Some people just don’t realize how important that first-impression entrance is!

First impressions are everything whether you are living in your home or preparing it for selling. When I taught interior decorating and now home staging, I always loved to talk about how making a WOW entrance sets the tone for the entire home.

During the 5 day PRES Staging & Redesign training course we go into ‘real client’s homes and work with what they have for living or selling. In this case, the wife’s mother had given her a gorgeous mirrored cabinet that she placed in the front hall. This is a heritage home and while that cabinet is gorgeous and modern certainly works with traditional – it didn’t quite represent what this family was all about. And that is one of the primary functions of a home’s entrance. It needs to let people coming in know about ‘who lives here’. People discern that quickly based on what they see, paint colours, clutter or not and overall just how inviting the entrance is.

This is the heritage’s entrance before….

Beautiful cabinet but not really fitting in here...
Beautiful cabinet but not really fitting in here…

And this is the entrance way ‘After’. What is so amazing here is that the piece of art we put over the oak cabinet had been in the owner’s possession for over a year but they had not even unwrapped it from the framers. This beautiful photograph is from the historical Vancouver archives and is a photo of their home in the 1940s! What a statement for this family!

Gorgeous and a WOW!
Gorgeous and a WOW!

And this is how they really felt….

From Lesley the wife: WOW, We are so impressed! Our home looks like a show home. We are thrilled with the transformation. Dana’s team is so professional and kind we can’t say enough. Even our seven year old twins said, “Our house is now the best!” We couldn’t have made our house a home without your talent. Many thanks for a fantastic job.

From Thomas the husband (and we know husband’s don’t usually gush this much): Dana has worked a miracle. Our family home is 101 years old, divided into separate rooms and of course filled with all of our stuff. Dana and her team came in and made those rooms distinct. We were not aware of the mix of colour schemes and furnishing styles we had going on in each room but Dana was. She put the things that should be together, together. Moved furniture, drapes, area rugs and art work. She gave distinction, theme, flow and space to each room. Love it, love it, love it.

I can’t wait to go home and view it again. It’s like I moved into a new house and bought new furniture. Dana you and your students are amazing. Thank you!!”

Colleen McClure
Proud owner of PRES Staging® and expert home stager. I naturally started drawing interiors when I was very young. I see finished projects completed in my minds-eye as the client explains to me how they would love to see their space created. I then can draw sketches quickly to produce this vision right then and there with the client. My creative talents led me to full time work as a career counsellor working with people, designing workshops, facilitating groups when the economy did not support the luxury of home improvements. My many talents in this field was a happy marriage to own PRES the Professional Real Estate Staging Centre. Helping others start and run their own home décor businesses for redesign and staging, learning design principals and building confidence brings me great joy and passion. Working with people and helping them make confident decisions comes easy to me.