Last of 5 Custom Homes | 5201 Bestor Blvd | Pacific Palisades

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     Luxury residence furnished by Designed To Move

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Timeless in its sophistication, this home will
impress the most discriminating buyer. 


Recently completed with the finest materials and timeless design.  
Exquisite attention to all details and finishes.

ABOUT US

We provide full service interior design, premier home staging services and luxury leases for the Real Estate Industry as well as custom residential projects. Offering design specifications and design services for spec home builders, developers and private design projects. IIDA and ASID affiliate.




Bestor Avenue | Pacific Palisades, CA

Five new construction homes to suit your style in the Palisades. 
            
        
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ABOUT US

We provide full service interior design, premier home staging services and luxury leases for the Real Estate Industry as well as custom residential projects. Offering design specifications and design services for spec home builders, developers and private design projects. IIDA and ASID affiliate.


245 N Bundy Drive | Los Angeles, CA

Gracefully Crafted Residence
Nothing outshines this gracefully crafted 2014 Brentwood residence. 
A traditional haven dotted with every attention to detail throughout. 
            
        
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ABOUT US

We provide full service interior design, premier home staging services and luxury leases for the Real Estate Industry as well as custom residential projects. Offering design specifications and design services for spec home builders, developers and private design projects. IIDA and ASID affiliate.


Featured on Houzz!

The Cure for Houzz Envy: Guest Room Touches Anyone Can Do

Don’t let perfectly styled rooms give you the blues. Steal ideas from them instead. In this series we’re fighting off Acute Houzz Envy by ransacking beautiful rooms for easy and free (or very inexpensive) ideas we can use in our own homes.

Since this is the time of year when guest rooms get used the most, we’ll head there. Guest rooms are usually pretty spare, which means that small details are important. Guests should feel relaxed and have everything they need close at hand. And should you happen to wander in occasionally to avoid the laundry that’s sitting on your bed, you might get some pleasure out of it, too.

Add a comfortable chaise or occasional chair. Having a place beside the bed for sitting and reading or talking on the phone is really a nice addition. When you’re expecting guests, tuck a power strip nearby for charging — you don’t want their phones, Kindles, laptops etc. junking up other spots in the house.

Provide the latest glossies. Current magazines are a great touch. (But don’t be like the doctor’s office and lay out three-month-old issues of Time.) The nicer and better outfitted your guest room is, the more it will keep your visitors content and happy … and away from you for a bit. I know you love your guests, but every host needs a break from company now and then.

A final note. Don’t forget that the guest room is not just for guests. Think about your visitors when setting up a guest room and accessorizing it, but remember that a guest room can be a secret getaway for you, too. You can close the door, enjoy the beautiful surroundings you’ve created and put that chair and magazine to use.

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220 12th Street | Santa Monica, CA

A blend of linens, white hides, rich silver, porcelain and mirrored accents 
provide modernized drama to this new construction transitional masterpiece. 
Interior Furnishings provided by Designed To Move
            

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Presented by Jack Graniti, Pacifica West Properties
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ABOUT US

We provide full service interior design, premier home staging services and luxury leases for the Real Estate Industry as well as custom residential projects. Offering design specifications and design services for spec home builders, developers and private design projects. IIDA and ASID affiliate.


15201 Bestor Blvd | Pacific Palisades


     New luxury residence furnished by Designed To Move

   

Timeless in its sophistication, this home will 
impress the most discriminating buyer. 



Recently completed with the finest materials and timeless design.  
Exquisite attention to all details and finishes.

ABOUT US

We provide full service interior design, premier home staging services and luxury leases for the Real Estate Industry as well as custom residential projects. Offering design specifications and design services for spec home builders, developers and private design projects. IIDA and ASID affiliate.


MONTECITO BEAUTY | 290 Sheffield Drive

Staged and Styled by Designed To Move     

$3,995,000

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This spectacular European Country home is privately located down a long drive on 1.3 creekside acres. 

 Additionally, the home features a fabulous 1000+ bottle wine cellar, beautiful wood and tile floors, custom cabinetry, marble counters, cathedral beam ceilings, steel windows, French doors, high ceilings, stucco and stone exterior, impressive motor court, 3-car garages, and loggia with fireplace ideal for outdoor entertaining. 

The luxurious master bedroom suite enjoys an expansive walk-in closet and European bathroom, raised hearth fireplace, and a private covered balcony.

Listed by Marsha Kotlyar 

http://marshakotlyar.com/offerings/290-sheffield-drive/

ABOUT US

We provide full service interior design, premier home staging services and luxury leases for the Real Estate Industry as well as custom residential projects. Offering design specifications and design services for spec home builders, developers and private design projects. IIDA and ASID affiliate.


BEST DESIGNER FOR 2013! VOTED BY HOUZZ COMMUNITY



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DTM Interiors has been awarded  “Best Of Houzz” 2013 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design.  The interior design, staging and design/build firm was chosen by more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community!  FOLLOW US ON HOUZZ!

          

The Houzz “Best Of Houzz” award for 2013 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design.Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the community of 11 million monthly users, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 124 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app.


PIECES WE LOVE | by AIMEE MILLER


DRESSING UP A TRADITIONAL MASTER SUITE WITH QU
ATRAFOIL DOOR KNOBS
MAKES THE INTERIORS LOOK MORE INTERESTING

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PLANK PORCELAIN TILE IS OUR PICK FOR A SLEEK AND WONDERFUL WOOD GRAIN FLOOR FOR

WINE ROOMS, MUDROOMS AND OTHER AREAS WHERE WATER MIGHT DAMAGE WOOD FLOORING.
GIVING THE LOOK WITHOUT SACRIFICING WARMTH AND TEXTURE.
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GLASS HURRICANE INSPIRED PENDANTS FOR KITCHEN ISLANDS ARE A MODERNIZED TOUCH TO ADD

LIGHT WITHOUT HEAVY FIXTURES INTERFERING WITH A VIEW OR CONVERSATIONS ACROSS THE KITCHEN.
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ABOUT US

We provide full service interior design, premier home staging services and luxury leases for the Real Estate Industry as well as custom residential projects. Offering design specifications and design services for spec home builders, developers and private design projects. IIDA and ASID affiliate.



HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND BEST WISHES FOR A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!

We would like to thank all of our clients, agent partners and friends for
their business in 2012, and we wish you all a bright and prosperous 2013!
DTM Interiors | Designed To Move Team

ABOUT US

We provide full service interior design, premier home staging services and luxury leases for the Real Estate Industry as well as custom residential projects. Offering design specifications and design services for spec home builders, developers and private design projects. IIDA and ASID affiliate.


PIECES I LOVE | by AIMEE MILLER

While working with our private design clients and sourcing for our design/build projects,
we are constantly searching for new design inspiration.  These are some of our recent obsessions….

                                                                 

                        Wallpaper |   Celerie Kemble                      Ebony and bone table  |  Bunny Williams  

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                 Westbury Chandelier  |  RALPH LAUREN                      Custom Embroidered Pillows
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                            White Hide Mirror                                          Trays with Leather Handles    
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ABOUT US

We provide full service interior design, premier home staging services and luxury leases for the Real Estate Industry as well as custom residential projects. Offering design specifications and design services for spec home builders, developers and private design projects. IIDA and ASID affiliate.


HOME STAGING | DESIGNED TO MOVE

DTM Interiors Staging services, operating under the name of Designed To Move, has installed well over 1,000 projects from streamlined modern condominiums to the grandest of Palatial Estates up to $42 million from Los Angeles, Malibu, Newport Coast to Santa Barbara. Projects also include Rocky Mountain resort markets of Aspen, Park City and Jackson Hole Each project is unique as DTM draws on its resources and furnishings from a wide variety of vendors and industry sources, as well as create its own furnishings. As each home is unique unto itself, no two projects are alike. DTM distinguishes itself by selecting individual furnishing items, rather than purchasing multiples of case goods or upholstered pieces in bulk..


The effect is a unique and custom installation, personalized to complement and enhance each property’s distinct features, rather than predictable, cookie cutter copies which other stagers routinely produce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Using fine interior and exterior design concepts, our goal is to
increase the sale price and reduce the time a home is on the market.

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CLIENT TESTIMONIAL
When deciding who we would hire for our new house, we knew we wanted a designer whose work was fresh, original and would make our house stand out from the rest. We knew immediately that Aimee would bring that to our project. Her vision was spot on and her pieces and style enhanced the beauty of our interiors. The bonus is that her crew is courteous, clean and respectful. She made the process a breeze and helped to sell our house in the first few days!”
- Tracey Andrews
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ABOUT US

We provide full service interior design, premier home staging services and luxury leases for the Real Estate Industry as well as custom residential projects. Offering design specifications and design services for spec home builders, developers and private design projects. IIDA and ASID affiliate.


Our New Look | It’s All in the Details

OUR NEW LOOK
We are very excited to unveil our new website that displays our newest looks
and styles along with a terrific portfolio of our interior design work!
We are thrilled to share new photos and results of our expanded services with you!
www.DTMInteriors.com and www.DesignedToMove.com
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IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS
Details are very important when it comes to design. Small touches can have a major effect
on the look and mood of a space. Below are a few detailed shots that set us apart.

Coral lamp and grey linen and leather stripe pillow bring warmth to this space,
framed by 18th C. hand colored engravings in burled walnut.

Hand embroidered pillows mixed with newly designed cable knit
euro pillows add texture to this tone on tone fall bedding.

Silver tray holds vintage collection of Bocce balls, paired with an antique iron garden armillary
which is combined with a forged pewter lamp to dress the corner of a family room space.
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ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Known for her attention to detail, Designer Aimee Miller puts thought and creativity into every vignette for her client’s homes. A blend of simple artifacts, day to day objects mixed with the unusual or unexpected makes for some amazing conversation starters.

Mixing vintage, new, retro and even modern pieces is a signature design aesthetic for Miller.

“Many times a client will say they have nothing to decorate with, and I show them how coupling unique items together can create something that brings out both their own personal style and can significantly change the mood in a space. Accessorizing doesn’t mean clutter, but pairing opposing items together can have surprising results.”

“I believe that combining new or purchased pieces with ‘found’ artifacts is a means of dignifying commonplace objects, and reflecting the Owners personality in a new light.”

- Aimee Miller, Designer

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Glass beeker lamp illuminates ceramic artichokes gathered on a
mother of pearl tray atop a family heirloom English chest for an inviting entry.

ABOUT US

We provide full service interior design, premier home staging services and luxury leases for the Real Estate Industry as well as custom residential projects. Offering design specifications and design services for spec home builders, developers and private design projects. IIDA and ASID affiliate.

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Ocean View Modern Home

See our most recent personalized design project in the Castellammare area of Pacific Palisades.  This ocean view modern home boasts 4 stories with a panoramic view of the Pacific coastline from the expansive master deck and roof deck, complete with bbq area, zen waterfall and lounge area.  We blended natural stones, neutral tones and warm woods to create an organic aesthetic.

Three dimensional ledger stone wall accents the transition between first and second floor, and highlights the dining space.

Pocket glass doors allow true indoor outdoor living from the entry through the dining room and into the generous kitchen.

Modern cut stone mixes with oversized picture window above the air bath tub for a minimalistic but warm Master bath, with his and her vanities and an electronically controlled shower experience.

 LIGHT AND COLOR
“The relationship between optimal paint color and select lighting for each space can have dramatic results. But finding that perfect combination can be daunting.  The first thing we assess when visiting a home is evaluating the windows. We consider which way they are facing and the ambient light.  With a south-facing room you’ll have sun most of the day; the opposite is true with one that only faces north. In rooms without direct sunlight—depending on sun direction, location, surrounding obstructions, or weather conditions—we recommend warmer colors to brighten the room.

If the room – for instance a breakfast nook-  is primarily used in the morning, the light is going to be clear and warm, which is why crisp neutrals and whites look best.   Add warm colors to rooms that are cool and dark.  Stay neutral or add cool colors with blue undertones to already bright and well illuminated spaces.  Also, the way light reflects from one color to the next can really influence the ambiance.  The bulbs in overhead lighting and your lamps will also change the appearance of a color on the wall. Your best bet is to upgrade as many bulbs in the house as you can before you choose a new color. “

- Aimee Miller, Designer

Master bedroom provides front row unobstructed view of the Pacific coastline from bed.

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Beautiful Custom Home – Sold Opening Day!

See our most recent personalized staging project, this gorgeous custom home north of Montana sold opening day with the help of our chic furnishings for asking price. We brought a transitional style with an updated perspective for this neighborhood to enhance this new construction traditional home.

Customized Family Room space accenting the black, grey and white marbles and stones installed throughout the house.


“Since I’ve been so successful customizing houses for my developer clients including both staging and complete interior design for homes offered for sale, I’m now being tapped by the real estate and brokerage community to do their personal homes and real estate offices.”
- Aimee Miller, Designer


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Mansion Makeover

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It’s a heavenly home fit for a king: a spectacular 22,000 square foot mansion on a mountain, the largest home on the market in Beverly Hills. Designer Aimee Miller says, “It looks like it could have been picked up from outside of Paris and dropped here.”

Miller furnishes high-end homes that are for sale. Her company, Designed To Move, was hired to transform this sprawling palace from empty to extraordinary. So after three weeks and over a million dollars worth of furnishings, it’s show time.

Before, the expansive living room could fit a full-size basketball court. After, Persian rugs and sultry sofas change it from cavernous to cozy.

Before, the study is beautiful, but barren. After, it’s a breathtaking place to read, work or just lounge in luxury.

Before, the master bedroom looks big enough to land a chopper After, it’s an intimate and romantic retreat.

Aimee says, “Our challenge was to come in and create inviting environments.” This house with a nearly 17 million dollar price tag sits on two pristine acres perfect for the grandest of royal bashes. Aimee says, “The grounds are laid out for entertaining. Up by the tennis court, out by the pool, probably 500 to 1,000 would be absolutely conceivable here.”

It’s amazing how a creative eye and a million dollars of furnishings can turn a hollow house into home sweet home.


Selling Unsellable Homes

Forbes
Betsy Schiffman

Geri Spira had what should have been any realtor’s dream: Last November she received the listing for a $6.5 million beach house in Santa Monica, Calif. But it wasn’t all good news.

Multimillion-dollar homes weren’t selling well, and Spira worried that this house would be particularly difficult to unload. Empty and sparse, it had been occupied by a very large family–and it looked like it, Spira says. The landscape was also unremarkable, and despite the fact that it was a massive 9,500-square-foot property, it seemed small. And it didn’t help that two other comparable homes were on the market in the same price range.

So Spira called in Aimee Miller, a high-end “home enhancer” (also known as a home stager) to furnish and decorate the public rooms and the master bedroom. By the time Miller was done, Spira says it was a completely different house.

“She did everything. She even placed his-and-her slippers on both sides of the bed in the master bedroom,” Spira says. “Aimee relandscaped the entry, brought in artwork, floor rugs, chose the music and even filled the shelves in the kitchen with saffron rice, vinegars, oils and jars of olives.”

Spira says the house was sold within 30 days, while the two other similar homes are still sitting on the market. She believes it’s due to Miller’s work.

“If we hadn’t staged it, it would still be on the market,” Spira says. “People just don’t have the imagination to see a home for what it could be. They say they do, but they don’t.”

Before home sellers open their homes to the public, they probably have to clean behind the washing machine and bleach the bathroom tiles. The end result is a home that looks pretty much the same, only it’s slightly cleaner and less cluttered. A home stager, however, can take a basic three-bedroom home and turn it into another house entirely.

Home stagers are similar to interior designers, only they take a home that’s on the market and fully furnish and decorate it to make sure it sells in good time and that it sells at the asking price. They are also often given the awkward task of replacing homeowners’ old stodgy furniture with something more attractive; or they may come into a home half an hour before an open house and light candles, turn on music, replace the toilet paper and leave a cheese board with fresh fruit on the kitchen counter. They are the dreamweavers in the real estate world, and they get paid quite well for it. Sometimes the seller does the paying, sometimes it’s the realtor.

Low-end home stagers (who suggest basic ways to clean up a space or rearrange the furniture) charge between $100 and $2,000. High-end home stagers however, can easily charge a $50,000 fee (for the rental of their private furniture inventory), a design fee and may sell another $100,000 worth of furniture sales by the time a property is sold. When all is said and done, a high-end home stager may make several hundred thousand dollars on a single job (including the furniture sold with the property)–even if the home continues to languish on the market.

It may seem an outrageous sum of money to spend selling a home, but in sluggish markets where $1 million-plus homes move slowly, it’s something of an insurance policy. Aimee Miller, who founded Designed to Move, a property “enhancement” firm (Miller thinks the term “stager” implies deceitfulness), says the majority of the homes she’s “enhanced” have sold in one to eight days this year.

Her proudest work was on a Los Angeles home that languished on the market for nine years. The owner was about to cut the price by 30% when Miller and her crew came in, redesigned the property in a cowboy/ranch style, and within two hours of the open house, the home sold.

Miller, who started out as an antique dealer, inadvertently became a home stager after successfully working on a Bel Air, Calif., home about six years ago. Now Miller has 60,000 square feet under contract; decorates four to five homes a month, and works seven days a week. (She’s only taken two days off this year.)

Miller works on homes that are priced at $2 million and up. In Los Angeles, that means a lot of celebrity homes. She says it’s her job to make sure the home looks just right–if that means buying 20 pounds of artichokes to use in a table centerpiece, she’ll do it. It also means paying for the upkeep of a warehouse where she stores more than $5 million worth of prop furniture between jobs.

Home staging has become commonplace in most parts of the country over the last five years. California, in particular, is a hotbed for home staging services (which explains Miller’s success). But in Manhattan, brokers balk at the concept.

“In this market?” says Sharon Baum, a Manhattan real estate broker with the Corcoran Group. “First of all, we never have time to get an apartment dressed. Secondly, if a property is priced right, it’s going to sell in the first month–regardless.”

Besides, Baum argues that New York homebuyers are naturally suspicious creatures and are extremely skeptical of artificial setups.

“In New York, if you play music when you’re showing an apartment, people think you’re hiding street noise, and they’ll ask you to turn it off,” Baum says. “If you have fresh baked bread, they think you’re hiding a smell. If you have the lights on, they want to see the natural light. [New Yorkers] are shrewd cookies. They see through everything.”

Instead, Baum opts for what she calls a “whitewash and ficus number,” which consists of a good hearty cleaning and a few ficus trees to add some green. But what does she do for an apartment that sits on the apartment for six months?

“Well, then the apartment’s not priced properly. Even then, maybe I would spruce it up with a paint job, but I’d never bring in a designer,” Baum says.

If New Yorkers are closed to the concept, Miller says it’s only a matter of time before the market warms up to it.

“When I first started, people thought the idea was dumb. But they’ve come around to it. This isn’t just about ‘fixing up’ a house. It’s the whole package: It’s throwing catered lunches to show the house; it’s replacing lights, replanting near the entry.”

And to be fair, it’s not a totally alien concept to New Yorkers. Toad Hall is a small Manhattan-based interior design and furniture boutique that specializes in very exclusive properties, so exclusive the company doesn’t advertise. It isn’t listed in the book, and the boutique is still picky about what jobs it takes. The shop has had several jobs on spec homes, for which it has designed and furnished empty homes to expedite the sale. Toad Hall makes money on these jobs by charging a 50% rental fee and a design fee. Manager Christopher Hebert says the company has sold hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of furniture in spec houses. But Toad Hall still hasn’t had many design jobs on open houses in Manhattan.

“Houses that are nicely decorated will always sell better,” Hebert says.

“But in Manhattan, apartments tend to sell so fast that it doesn’t matter.”


Seller’s Market Plays Dress Up

Daily Variety
By Allison Robbins

They call it everything from “home staging” to “home fluffing” to “property enhancement”, but Realtors and designers agree on one thing – seller that go the extra mile before putting their homes on the market tend to sell the property faster and for more.

The home staging industry has been growing right along with the blazing-hot real estate market in recent years. Bringing new meaning to the phrase “home theater”, designers can improve reality, creating anything from a vision of sophisticated splendor to one of settled domestic perfection.

The goal? “It creates a world somebody wants to step right into and live in,” says Michele Kleier, president of Gumley Haft Kleir, a New York real estate management and brokerage firm.

Katie Benson, a Pritchet/Rapf Realtor who sells in Malibu, says the practice started with model homes – brand new residences decorated much like movie sets. “You walked in and fell in love, so people started doing it with estates.”

“Most buyers need help visualizing the finished product,” says Stan Richman, manager of Coldwell Banker’s Beverly Hills office – particularly with vacant homes. For occupied homes, furnishings should reflect architecture and asking price, say the experts. If furniture is old, worn, or just plain wrong, fix it, replace it or rent some, goes the thinking and many stagers have their own warehouses to pull from. Services range from redecorating with existing furnishings to changing everything from a curbside to a back fence.

Aimee Miller of Designed to Move, who trademarked the term Property Enhancement™, describes her services as “mini-face lifts” that might involve new paint, updating old lighting and plumbing fixtures, installing new carpets and landscaping. The services tend to pay for themselves, and more, claim the specialists.

Speed can be critical: designers rarely get more than a couple of weeks, some homes must be staged in less than 48 hours.


Wire hangers, no. Tutus, yes.

Does your living room need a prop stylist?
Daily Variety
By Alison Manheim

When all the world’s a stage, is it any wonder your living room needs a prop stylist?

“The way you live and the way you present your home are two different things,” says Aimee Miller, founder of Designed to Move, a company offering “property enhancement” for the real estate market. She’ll stop at nothing. Miller once convinced a Fortune 500 CEO to ditch a beloved but rusty pinball machine in the middle of his living room; she purged a den of a Bobble Head collection.

Home stagers say these kinds of interventions — and appropriate replacements — make the difference between selling your home for top dollar and sending a
buyer running. The changes can be as simple as a new coat of paint, as subtle as luxury bath sheets in the linen closet and as elaborate as brand-new landscaping. However, the goal is always the same: Create the appearance of effortless and opulent domestic bliss.

“The popularity of shows on HGTV means that consumers know what they’re looking at,” says Miller, who is quick to distance her high-end home makeover company from decorator/housewife home staging. In sophisticated markets like L.A., stagers have to go beyond glass bowls with seashells and potted orchids on every flat surface.

However, like any good plastic surgery, staging should never be too obvious.

Says Miller, “When an agent has to ask, ‘Is this house staged?’, I know I’ve done a good job.”















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