Monday, September 21, 2020

Staging: A Cambridge Condo

At the beginning of the month I was brought in to consult on and then stage a 2bed/2bath 2nd floor condo in Cambridge. The location was great but the interior needed just a touch of work. Mainly, painting. One of the bathrooms (below) was mint green, the other (not pictured) was a deep pink. 


Thursday, June 11, 2020

Staging A Somerville Studio

I was asked to stage a condo in Somerville for a couple who were moving to Colorado. I get it. In a pandemic, with no end in sight, I am constantly thinking about how much I wish I was in Wyoming instead of Boston. To be fair though, they also have a new baby and a boisterous dog, so a studio no longer made sense for them. For a single person or a couple though, this home can absolutely work, quarantine or not. Because on top of the beautiful interior there are two porches.


Thursday, May 14, 2020

Week 9 of Quarantine

I read something the other day on twitter, a reminder that what we're doing is not working from home. It's attempting to continue to work under pandemic conditions. I find myself tired all the time even though I spend the entire day sitting at a computer. A couple weeks ago my sister and I were each notified by our employers that we'd potentially come into contact with a person who had Covid the week prior (that it happened to both of us within days of each was jarring). My sister is considered an essential worker, she is at risk on a daily basis, and on some level I'm thinking about that multiple times a day, usually when I drop her off and pick her up from work and all the minutes in between.

I find myself trying to focus on positive things, lately. I look back at my pictures of Wyoming and Yellowstone and find calm in them. It's something about the wide open space, the quiet that is in those mountains and plains, and the way the air feels different there, cleaner. I also snuggle my cats as much as I can. They are the happiest creatures, content to let me hold them and kiss them as much as I need, and something about the vibrations of a purring cat loosens the anxiety in my chest. 

I could focus on all the stresses, like my grandmother who lives in an assisted living facility and is not doing well and cannot have visitors, or the fact that I no longer find comfort in cooking and am over-eating at an unhealthy rate, or the pain I have consistently in my back. But I'm trying, I'm really trying to focus on the feel of the sun on my face for those 15 minutes I'm driving my sister to work, or the fact that I'm still employed while so many others aren't, or that my sister lives with me so I'm not alone in this. Or even just the feel of a hot shower in the afternoon. Sometimes that's enough. 

With no sense of future, forced to live in this odd state of unending present, I think we have to find little pockets of positivity to hold onto. I'm trying my best. And I hope you are too.

I swear, there's nothing better than the smell of a kitty's fur when they've been laying in the sun. 

~ Stephanie

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

A Case For Staging

4 Tybee Ln Unit 4, Salem, MA 01970
*photo courtesy of

I was contacted last week by a realtor trying to sell a condo. It had been on the market for five months with no offers so she was hoping I could stage this big living room/dining room combo. It still amazes me that prospective buyers can go into a space and not see what it could be, but I suppose if everyone could see then I'd be out of a job. 

Friday, May 1, 2020

The Maynard Cape: Kitchen Before and After

The kitchen. I had never seen a yellow kitchen before this house. I managed to snag a piece of the wallpaper and framed it, adding it to my collection from previous renovation houses. I demoed the kitchen primarily by myself on our first day. My dad claimed he was staying out of my way, but let's call a spade a spade. He was letting me do the heavy lifting. It's fine. It was a good workout for me.

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