I have a wonderful client who appreciates style and trends but is truly focused on style that is unique and AUTHENTIC to her. I love it when a home reflects the unique style of the client. Just a little glimpse at a work in progress...
From the portfolio: Thank you to Abigail Gervais of Endicott College for the photography.
This couple downsized to a lovely 1100 sq foot home in Portland. We curated an immense collection of art, objects, and furnishings. The goal was to create a cohesive color story in each space to show as much art as possible without feeling cluttered. Creative storage was designed and built into the dining room, turning a dead space into a beautiful, functional part of the home. The 3 season porch was properly transformed into a year round office nook, and the smaller bedroom became a larger addition into a proper master bedroom thanks to the talent of Jamie Broadbent at Hellbent Design. Jamie designed the clients' previous Harborview Townhome and understood their aesthetic. The first two photos below are of that amazing project.
My goal was to honor the clients' love of art and ensure they could enjoy their day to day life by applying "aging in place" principles of design.
A glimpse of that journey:
We expanded the smaller bedroom and streamlined the exterior.
We took into account lifestyle (durability for entertaining, pets), acquired a minimal amount of new items and focused on reimagining/repurposing existing pieces into my new design plan. I choose a deep, dramatic neutral as a proper background for artwork. The I created color stories. I must confess this was a dream come true as I am an art fiend
For the dining area, I suggested built in bookshelves to flank the only window. Bright white kept the room airy and matches the white kitchen cabinets (not shown). We maximized both storage and display opportunities. Very talented carpenters navigated the baseboard heaters (I am still impressed).
The third photo (L to R) features the newest addition to the collection from encaustic painter Dietland Vander Schaaf. For this room I pulled together a palette of lavender, purple and aqua. We moved an antique rug into the space and the deeper purple tones are accentuated by painter Tom DePaul's "Conversations". The focal point of the room is "Fine Arts Quartet Sequence". by Sante Fe artist Frank Ettenberg. He painted this while listening to Shostakovich's string quartets and if you look closely you can see music stands within painting. He was only willing to sell all 6 together as they correspond with different movements in the music.
We modified this bathroom to accomodate aging in place. A walk in shower, new floating vanity, and a pop of color help this small space feel larger and a bit more modern. On the left is one of the client's favorite pieces, "Avelon" by Jacqueline Carter. On the right is "Autumn Adobe" by Joyce Hamil.
I hope to photograph the rest of this wonderful project later this year. Working with objects that are created, rather than reproduced, is a fulfilling experience!
I was asked to contribute to an article asking 100 designers across the globe for their feedback on color trends. Here was my answer. I haven't linked to the article as it is still being edited for typos.
I am happy to announce the addition of Lisa McWilliams to the Fiore Home team. She will be overseeing the Real Estate projects and home staging schedule.
Lisa McWilliams lives in Portland. Her career has always involved her two passions: film and food! Now she is making time to explore her passion for design. As an independent film producer, Lisa has been associate producer, co-producer and executive producer for television documentaries and independent features airing on PBS, A&E, The History Channel, Bravo, Sundance Channel and HGTV, as well as overseas. She founded a nonprofit organization called The Mobile Film School. She was a cook and kitchen manager at Lois’ Natural Marketplace for three years. She has renovated several homes has a unique understanding of the complexities and details that go into successful real estate renovation projects.
To see a list of Fiore's Real Estate offerings, go here.
...Miracles. That is the short answer.
The longer answer-we shorten the number of days on the market, help streamline the prep process for sellers, and we know what buyers want so we don't waste time or resources on anything else. We have developed relationships with tradespeople and vendors and know where to source and who to hire if updating is needed. We prepare the property for sale and free up time for the Realtor to do their marketing and work.
I hate the word "staging". So much. I never offered staging as a service when I lived on the west coast. It was reserved for my design clients who also had real estate investments. I took some bad advice when I moved to Maine and offered it as a service and then was pegged as a "stager who also does design". Huh? When I make payments on my student loans, it is was not for a staging program.... you get my point. So I took some time off from this part of my work and re-evaluated my priorities. The fact is I produce success every time I participate in a project geared for Real Estate in Portland (or surrounding areas). I have no interest in cheap flips that involve painting over flooded basements or hiding flaws. Those are not my people. My people are committed to selling homes that are presented with integrity.
In 2014 I quit responding to bargain hunters who offer "exposure" for reduced or free work. I am a 38 year old experienced, published, interior designer. I can work miracles on a small budgets if the home owner is motivated. I do not discount my work because I offer many different price points for consultations. Everyone can afford guidance from a professional. This reflects my values as a person. There is nothing wrong with budgets or being frugal-that is where the creativity and experience brings balance and success. I am simply good at all things Real Estate and I love working with other people (Realtors, Developers, Builders, motivated home owners) who are successful, honest, and happy!
These are the Real Estate offerings for 2016-2017. If you would like to discuss them in person, please come visit the studio!
Verbal Home Staging Consultations: up to 2 hours, clients are encouraged to take notes.
Written Home Staging Consultations: Access to the property is required. The designer will provide a written report following the visit and assessment. A .pdf document of the staging report will be sent to the seller and the seller’s Realtor (if requested) within 48 hours. Typically these reports are 4-10 pages and provide the written blueprint you’ll needed to stage a home yourself.
Occupied Property Staging Enhancement: After an initial home staging consultation we return once the pre-staging recommendations are completed. Utilizing what you currently have in your home, Fiore’s designers enhance, edit and re-arrange your existing furniture and décor to showcase the space. ** Shopping services and purchase options for furnishings are also available upon request.
Vacant Staging: Currently we offer vacant property staging services for homes up to 5,000 square feet. We have several options to choose. Pricing estimates are available by phone or email once scope of work can be determined. Full house or key rooms only. We offer both rental services as well as purchasing for builders/model home units.
Corporate Relocation Staging: Staging to sell the home of the relocated Executive or employee, as well as setting up furniture and households for incoming Executive or employees. Furniture used to set up the new home can be rented or purchased. We also work with the relocated family’s existing furnishings. Less extensive than our interior design services but with the same professional standards.
Commercial Real Estate Staging: Fiore stages your commercial office spaces with rented or purchased furniture and décor intended to attract the best tenants.
MLS Photo Styling: This service is available to existing staging clients who have had their home staged with Fiore Interiors and would like pre- MLS photo “staging” styling services. Fiore will be on site the day MLS photos are taken to ensure your rooms photograph their best. If your Realtor doesn’t currently have a professional photographer on staff, we can coordinate/assist in hiring one.