Update on Our Move :: My Own Staged Home Tour

We listed our house last week for sale.
It SOLD in 8 days!
For $3,000 over asking price.

The power of a great Realtor and staging made it happen!
It was the first time I'd ever staged my own home
(I've staged many, many houses-- belonging to other people)
since becoming a stager 13 years ago.
We are moving on to our home downtown.

Back in October, when I wrote the
31 Days to a Staged Home series which is now a book
(click on the book to be taken to Amazon to get a copy for yourself!)

I knew that my own advice would be ultimately put to the test
when we would be ready to move.

We close this Friday!
So these past few months have been spent
purging, painting, praying, caulking, scheduling inspectors, repair contractors, appraisers,
sweating, listing furnishings on Craigslist (half our house!), praying,
scheduling movers, enlisting help from friends, etc...

This week will be a flurry of activity and I'm seriously thinking
about taking the whole month of July off...may I?

In the meantime,
with my own home,
I will share with you my real-life answer
to a question that I received on Day 31:: Questions & Answers
when I wrote the staging series last October called:

Click on image or HERE to go to the start of the series.

The very first question I got was:

Q: Can you stage your house even if you are not planning to sell? 
Is it possible to live in a staged house?

My Answer?
A: If by staged you mean clean, maintained, simplified, kept in like-new condition, and up-to-date, then -  yes, I absolutely think that we can and should at least try to maintain our homes, be content with what we have been given, and avoid trying to constantly acquire more before tending to what we already have. It is not only possible to live in a staged house, it is ideal. Why should we wait to have a simplified, beautiful home, only to sell it to someone else? Let’s treat ourselves and our homes to the best that our spaces have to offer us!

I have personally discovered the bliss of living
in a home that is safe and sound, organized and pretty!

Let me give you a whole staged house tour.
Welcome to our home (well, at least until Friday)!

Main Floor.

Going upstairs to the Second Floor.

Going downstairs into the Basement.

 You don't have to have a For Sale sign in your yard to
make your nest pretty for your family.
In fact, I pray you won't wait till you need to list your house to bless each room.

The first room that we are setting up when we move
into our "new home" HERE, is the office.
This is so I can finish up the 31 Days to A Staged Home eBook.

Which I did, with a lot of help from my hubby and daughter, Sarah (the editor).
And here it is!

Click the book to be taken to Amazon to get a copy for yourself!

Thank you to those of you that have left me a comment here
or on my FaceBook wall HERE, wishing me a safe and blessed move!
I can feel your love and prayers!

They mean the world to me!

On to our next adventure...thank you, Lord!

What adventures do you have this summer?


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  1. Beautiful home Leslie!! I'm sure you have mixed emotions this week but I know you're going to love making your new house your home :)

    1. Hi Hilda,
      You're right. I'll miss this house because it's where the kids grew up.
      Many beautiful memories here.
      But, as we turn the page, I am excited for the new possibilities God has for us!
      I am also anxious to get back to perusing my bloggy peeps blogs (like yours!)
      HUGS to you Sugar!

  2. Congratulations on such a speedy sale. Your home looks so pretty I can certainly see why it sold so fast.

    1. Hi Brandy--
      What a lot of work it was!
      But worth it to only have to show it a few times!!!!

  3. This is gorgeous! Do you have a list of interior paint colors? I want to paint my new house with all of these!

    1. I agree! I love the colors and would love to have a list, since I'm planning to repaint everything very soon.

    2. I would also like to know the colors. Thanks

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  4. Your house is amazing! I can only imagine what your next home will look like. I would have bought this house in a flat second!

  5. Looking forward to seeing your new house staged in Leslie fashion. It will be as beautiful as your old home. Cannot wait to sleep in my hammock on the porch.

  6. Your home is absolutely beautiful. I am not surprised at all that is sold so quickly and above asking price. Congratulations to your and your family.

  7. Can you tell us more about the fireplace screen in your living room? We don't use ours, and I've been looking for a way to make that "big hole in the wall" more attractive.

  8. Doctor's orders: Take 30 days off Miss Leslie, ASAP:) You have worked too hard too long, time to relax and put those feet up.


  9. Wowsers! I can definitely see why it sold in just 8 days! Beautiful welcoming home that I could see myself living in! Congratulations on the quick sale and I hope you enjoy your new house very much (which is also adorable!)


    1. Question....is the bathroom in picture #35 (right after the picture with the dressform) painted Wythe Blue or Palladian Blue? So pretty!

  10. Just beautiful, Leslie! So proud of you and can't wait to see your new house! xo

  11. STUNNING! Who in their right mind wouldn't want to buy that house? Continued blessings...

  12. Your paint color choices are fabulous! You made such a lovely home! I can't wait to see photos of your new home when you get settled in! Beautiful!

  13. Absolutely gorgeous! I can see why it sold so quickly.

  14. You make an extremely exciting position here. I did lookup on this issue and i think that lots of folks will agree together with your weblog post.

  15. Thanks for sharing your personal experience with these catchy images. Your experience will help readers in deciding the most hassle-free way to sell their residential properties.

  16. Add me to the list of people who want to know your paint colors. Everything looks beautiful.

  17. Great pictures and advice! Congrats on the sale.If you have some time, check out my blog: www.lifeofthefarmerswife.com for DIY Home Projects, recipes & much more! Thanks, Marci

  18. I have more good things to say about this house. It's really beautiful!

  19. You are so talented and I defiantly look up to you as a mentor. I love your home and glad you found a new dream for you and your husband.

  20. Wow, that's the best interior designing, i have never seen such a great and attractive interior before this. great mind, loved it.SAP Calculations

  21. This is amazing! I remember seeing this house listed on The Haro Group's facebook page and falling in love with the chalkboard wall and open shelving in the downstairs kitchen! It looks beautiful and photographs so well, it's no wonder it sold quickly!

  22. wow that's really such an amazing interior and decorations. truly saying I loved it alot. brilliant home just want to stay here. Craigslist Posters

  23. No doubt that this beautiful house can be sold in just 8 days. It is well maintained, had great interior designs, nice paint color and reasonable price all that a buyer are looking for. A real estate agents will never having a hard time to sell house fast just like a beautiful house like this.

  24. Beautiful! Stunning. I love every single room. May I ask where you got the tiered planter that is on your porch? Thanks.

  25. Beautiful indeed. You have done an amazing job.

  26. Absolutely flabbergasting house!
    With admiration,

  27. SO INSPIRING! Thank you for sharing! Where did you get the little half decorative curtain scroll rods that are in your (old) living room and dining room? Is this something creative where you used a towel bar and added hooks or something? LOVE IT ALL!

  28. What is the name of the color (turquoise) you used on the front door?
    LOVE....you inspired me and give me strength to prep to list our home. Our desire, Lord willing, is to leave Florida, and move to Colorado, where our eldest daughter lives.Just need a good paying job for my husband and a buyer for our home. Pray for us. Blessings!

  29. Your house looks just amazing!! I wish I could accomplish something like that with mine, unfortunately I don't have the eye, at least not to that extent. Thank you so much for inspiring and motivating me to try and stage my own house!


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