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The Home Staging Process - Before and After Pictures Included

As a professional home stager in Atlanta, Georgia, I'm frequently asked what the home staging process is like. The questions range from "how long does it take?" to, "how do you select the furniture and accessories?." Fair questions, for sure. Before I elaborate on these two questions, it's important to understand that the process will vary by stager. The best advice I can offer is to ensure you ask these questions of the stagers you've reach out to.

As for my answers:

  • How long does it takes to stage? We do it in a day. We typically arrive in the a.m. and leave when the home is completely staged. The amount of hours will depend on the size of the home. 
  • How do you select the furniture and accessories? I gain insight into the demographics of the buyer. Knowing whether they will be young, old, with kids or without kids is important. Next, I match the selection based on the style of the home. A contemporary home will get more contemporary pieces. A traditional home will be matched with traditional furniture and accessories.

The selection of the furniture and accessories is absolutely my favorite part. After deciding on the furniture, and the day before the staging, I'm physically inside my warehouse and hand selecting each of the items. When I make those decision on the accessories, I've also visualized exactly where that piece will go and pack-up, by room. I've found that it makes the physical staging so much easier.

So without further ado, here's my latest Atlanta Home Staging Before and After Pictures:

Here's what the living room looked like as we began the staging process. 

Living room before being professionally home staged

The finished product.

Living room after home staging

Different angle:

Living room after home staging

Kitchen eat-in after being professionally home staged:

Eat-in Kitchen After Home Staging

Kitchen after home staging - By design, we kept this simple.

Kitchen after home staging

A close-up:

Close-up of Atlanta Home Staging Accessory

Home Staging Atlanta - Kathy Nielsen - 678 522 8392

 TOP 10 Professional Stager of the Year in the

United States 2013  - RESA

This Atlanta home stager understands what it takes to separate your home or listing from the others on the market. Armed with a massive inventory, we can add the furniture and accessories befitting the style of the home as well as the demographics of the buyer. We also provide our after pictures at no additional charge. 


Atlanta Georgia Home Stager Kathy Nielsen


Our Atlanta home staging services have helped hundreds of sellers secure a contract quickly. Visit our website at to see first-hand the solutions for selling your home, listing or flipped property. Contact us today to schedule your appointment by emailing Kathy at or by calling 678 522 8392. We've got the furniture and accessories your home needs!



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Comment balloon 26 commentsKathy Nielsen • February 18 2011 09:35AM


Wow, big difference in the before and after. Very nice job on the pics in your flyer as well. Good luck

Posted by Jeremy De La Garza, Corpus Christi, TX (Corpus Christi Realty Group) over 9 years ago

A picture is relly worth a thousand words.  What a dramatic difference.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker over 9 years ago

I have scrolled through your before and after series, and there are some really great shots!  Love the area rug above, and in other shots the punches of green "life" in the baths, and red in the kitchen!  Color and texture bring a room to life!

Posted by c m over 9 years ago

Oh, la, la! Beautiful-love the rug!! Outstanding job Kathy!

Posted by Cathy Lee, ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA (CL Design Services Home Staging) over 9 years ago

Kathy: The photos are stunning and the house looks fantastic. You are a Master of Home Staging!

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) over 9 years ago

Kathy.....that is some beautiful staging!  The photos, as always, are stunning!!

Posted by Kathy Burke, S.F. East Bay Home Staging (Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA) over 9 years ago

Kathy, what a great example of the difference good staging can make to a property.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Thanks, everyone!

This staging project was tons of fun.  And... the investor LOVES it, which always makes me happy.


Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager ( over 9 years ago

Nice job Kathy and it is good to see that you can work around using some of the existing furniture.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) over 9 years ago

Kathy-You really did a gorgeous job! And I agree that the rug really adds pizzazz! And yes-you are the Queen when it comes to great photos :)

Posted by Marianne Cherico, Home Stager -Massachusetts and Rhode Island (Interiors by Marianne Cherico) over 9 years ago

Kathy, I learn so much from you!

A few weeks back, I was meeting with an investor at a vacant property, and he asked how I was going to select the furniture and accessories.  I knew the area well, so I was able to explain how the style of the home and the potential buyer are taken into consideration when making those selections.  I think he was pleased (a) that I knew what I was talking about and (b) that I understood the needs of a potential buyer in that neighborhood.

I love the shot over the coffee table that captures the rug beneath it!  WOW!

Posted by Kathleen Emhof, Home Staging and Redesign, Experts in Transition (Buffalo, Amherst, Orchard Park and Western New York) over 9 years ago

I love the black and white color scheme...and that splash of red flowers above the fireplace is the perfect touch!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 9 years ago

Kathy, your work is always super and your photography shows it off so well.

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) over 9 years ago

Kathy -- the touch of red accents works so well with the black and white pieces and makes for a dramatic presentation!  Your photos are spectacular!!

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 9 years ago

WOW!  I love what you did with the space and I especially love the black and white with touches of red.

Posted by Wanda Richards, Shows Great Home Staging (Shows Great Home Staging and Web Solutions ) over 9 years ago

Thanks everyone. I love the black and white as well. When first paid a visit to the home, here's what it looked like:

home under construction

This was taken at the end of October. I knew then that I wanted a very specific look for this home and I knew it would be a black/white theme. For me, this is the fun part of the job - implementing my vision.

So... with all this pre-planning - I must tell you that all your kind comments mean the world to me. 


Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager ( over 9 years ago

Great vision - great results!  Love that upholstery!  Julie

Posted by Julia Maher, Connecticut Home Stager (Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes) over 9 years ago

Kathy - not only do you give great staging advice (knowing the seller's demographics and how timely staging can be done),  but this is one of the best transformations I have seen. I LOVE the black and white rug and the way it pulled the whole room together! I bookmarked and suggested - this is so worthy of a gold star! You are one talented lady!

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) over 9 years ago

Kathy - I love the description of your process for home staging.  I work the same way you do.  I have a "master plan", and hand pick the accessories, with an idea of where they will be placed in the house.  Have to echo the rest of the crowd and say I'm digging the red, white and black theme.  Wonderful.

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) over 9 years ago

Another beautiful staging job...demographics are a key for us as well.

Posted by Jo Potvin, Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market (Design To Market LLC) over 9 years ago

Hi Kathy, it takes vision to make all this happen. You definitely deserve all the nominations for stager of the year. Black and white seems to be working in staging right now. For the longest time it was neutral all the way. Now the trend is to punch it up a bit. Great accessories and the area rug is dynamite. 

Identifying the target market makes our work of being a professional stager successful. You hit yours right on!

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 9 years ago

The staging looks awesome, and your photos capture the feel and design so well. Love how you used black and white as the foundation for the look in this house.

Posted by David Peterson, Home Stager Portland OR-Synergy Staging-Portland Oregon (Synergy Staging ~ specializing in vacant home staging) over 9 years ago

Hi Kathy - love your photos and of course your staging is superb!  Nice job and love the black & white.

Posted by Mannie Ferguson, APSD, RESA (The Staging Fashionista) over 9 years ago

I always love seeing what you've done.  I love the black and white with a pop of color.  Gorgeous.  Great to finally talk to you.  Have a wonderful weekend.

Posted by Chrissie Sutherland (Ready Set Stage) over 9 years ago

looks so great! I'm a bit jealous I want to stage fun big homes like those, not these old nyc homes.

Posted by Tori Toth, 888.667.6643 NYC & Beyond, HSR, SAR, RESA, LIBOR (Tori Toth, International) over 9 years ago

Great post! Wow what a different staging make! The listing agent needs to convince the sellers to do it!

Thanks for sharing,


Posted by Adam Malachi, QSC,CDPE,CIPS,CNE,CRB,CRS,GRI,MRE,SFR (A 2 Z Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

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