Portland Home Staging: Mid-Century Design and Staging



This was a fun head-to-toe transformation from start to finish!  The sellers of this property live next door and bought the home only to annex part of the lot for their glorious gardens. They weren’t sure anyone would want an old concrete block house in their neighborhood and were concerned about the dated features that were from the mid-20th century. 

When I saw it I was struck by the wonderful original features that I knew would appeal to a young, professional hip buyer and opposed their plan to replace the original kitchen cabinets and to create a mainstream interior. In my professional opinion, those were selling points and I rather strongly insisted that they be kept and enhanced. Fortunately, these clients have great taste themselves and were open to my suggestions. As the husband is an accountant, those suggestions had to make fiscal sense as well…

Instead of tearing out the cabinets, I urged their preservation (which saved thousands of $s!) including the cabinet hardware. The original floors were cork but would have been expensive to restore, so I selected a very reasonably priced new cork flooring and that was installed in the entry, dining room and kitchen. Concerned about the bottom line, my clients went with carpet in the rest of the house which I selected. I found 2 very cool tile styles that we installed in the kitchen and bathrooms. And for a luscious touch of luxury (and eco-sensitivity) I chose gorgeous quartz composite countertops in the kitchen. The sellers with their good taste chose new appliances, faucets and lighting and lent their gardening talents to the landscaping.  It was a great team effort!

And then we staged it with mid-century style and yet made it comfortable. It was such a fun transformation!

The results spoke for themselves. Instead of sitting on a middle of the road property for months, the sellers received 5 offers and accepted an offer $10,000 over asking!  They were thrilled – couldn’t believe it!  And they got to pick their lovely new neighbors in the bargain.  It was Win/Win/Win for everyone!

(Our realtor) says he has never had so much action from one house. He hasn’t even done a brochure or realtors open. We are just amazed, and totally happy that we took the “risk” of following your advice: what to keep, what to change, choosing new surfaces, and your gorgeous staging.                                                                                         Lori Scott, Seller              

Exterior Before
Exterior Mid-Century Renovation
Living room Before
Living Room in Mid-century modern home staged by Transformations, Portland, Oregon
Living Room Fireplace
Fireplace After Staging
Kitchen Before
Kitchen left Before
Kitchen After renovation designed by Transformations, Portland Oregon
Kitchen close-up
Dining Room Before
Dining Room After
Bunk Beds Before
Bunk Room After Home Staging by Transformations, Portland Oregon home staging
Before: Master Bath
Master Bath After
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Hall Bath Before
Hall Bath after

Before: Concrete block house was dated and unappealing

After: New paint and upgraded landscaping

Before: Carpet covered original cork flooring which was too damaged to restore

After: New carpet and staging that showcases the Mid-Century roots yet is comfortable

Before: Fireplace and built-ins were dated

After: We had the fireplace painted black and tied it into the cool furnishings.

Before: Original cabinets with hardware were to be torn out

Before: Another shot of kitchen with old appliances

After: A stunning new kitchen with cork flooring, Caesarstone counters, and cool tile to ceiling

A closeup of the tile, countertop and new sink and faucet

Before: Dining Room with gorgeous wood slats and original light fixture

After: Original features now shine with new cork floors and mid-century style staging

Before: These lovingly crafted bunk beds were slated for the sledge hammer

After: A coat of paint on damaged wood and staged with love. Buyer loved this room and will use to work from home!

Before: Master Bath

After: Cabinets salvaged but gorgeous new quartz composite countertops and sink gleam

Closeup of new tile backsplash, counter, sink and faucet - all affordably priced

Before: Original hall bath was only a powder room

After: This was converted to full bath and given updated surfaces and lighting

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