Stage Coach

Stage Coach

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, (mostly because I forget things all the time), but staging matters!  If you are trying to sell your home and not having any luck, I would seriously consider hiring someone.  Behold at the difference professional stager Robin made in this home’s living/dining area!

Before: very plain and a bit confusing.  The living room isn’t differentiated at all from the dining room. That single arm chair looks like it just wandered away from the table and to watch TV or something.  But with a pair of side-by-side chairs and a rug to clearly define the area, the effect is stunning!  A healthy serving of much-needed color didn’t hurt either.

See more of Robin’s work in this room at Madison Modern Home.


See a few more great staging makeovers from Robin here and here.


The Ugly Lamp Contest is coming soon!  Send your original picture to betterafter(at), subject line ‘Ugly Lamp’ by August 10th to enter!  More info HERE.



  1. August 6, 2013 / 10:01 PM

    That’s an astonishing difference! Beautiful. Plus I’m a bit in love with that strange little coffee table.

  2. August 6, 2013 / 10:12 PM

    Any chance you know where those curtains came from? I love this!

  3. Malena
    August 7, 2013 / 2:55 PM

    Better After is one of my first stops every day. Every. Day. Love love love. But please go back to the other blog format – am I lazy for not wanting to click through to read the rest of the story? So sorry…

  4. August 7, 2013 / 7:10 PM

    Wow, Lindsey, the website looks great!

    And I love this transformation! Her use of color is so good, like she’s a pro.

    Annie XO

  5. August 7, 2013 / 11:51 PM

    WOW! That is a HUGE difference! I’m loving those green and white curtains!

  6. Maria
    August 8, 2013 / 3:14 AM

    Hey what happened? I’m looking to go LOVE IT and it ain’t there. Got this page which looks like one of the medical forums I am on. Nope siree, don’ like it one lil bit. I mean there aren’t any FACES to look at any more. You know? On blogger we got to see US, your fans! I DO love the room changeo though! I bet the owners decided to stay anyway, hey? 😉 Anywhoosies, that’s my rant for the day. Love ya Lindsey!

  7. Lindsey
    August 8, 2013 / 4:17 AM

    Hi Malena!
    Thanks so much for your feedback. I actually hate truncated posts just as much as you do, and never, ever plan to use them. I was in the process of switching my blog over to WordPress today and the site was down for over 24 hours, wherein I had no access to fix or even SEE anything that was happening, even though other people around the country could. SO frustrating. Hopefully I can get the kinks worked out soon and everything will be running smoothly asap.

  8. August 8, 2013 / 12:54 PM

    Awesome job!

  9. lynn
    August 8, 2013 / 8:10 PM

    Hi Lindsey I’m so sorry you had to cry from mean comments 🙁
    Your site makes me so happy everyday, (I hate to think some readers would be that way). Anyways thank you for your site and the inspiration it gives.
    Hope your new format/site behaves for you.

  10. Amy
    August 9, 2013 / 8:15 PM

    Weeeeeeeeeee! So glad it changed back! Didn’t realise I must have clicked on the one day things were working quite right – I like to ‘save up’ so I have a few posts to view at a time. 🙂

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