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A Portland Oregon Home Staging Company      

The process of leaving one home for another can be an overwhelming experience. For many, there is neither enough time in the day nor the expertise to organize the move and prepare the home staging for market. Spade and Archer helps you realize the vision of a beautiful home—thoughtfully conceived and gracefully executed.

Spade and Archer Design Agency is based in Portland, Oregon, and provides  staging. The process of leaving one home for another can be quite an exhausting experience. For many, there is neither enough time in the day nor the expertise to organize the move and prepare the home for market.  Spade and Archer can help.

We also offer free consultations.   The Spade and Archer Design Agency provides the Portland Metropolitan Area with beautiful  staging and preparation services, thoughtfully conceived and gracefully executed.  Our creative director holds a bachelor of Architecture from the University of Hawaii. We have over ten years of interior design and construction experience. Contact Spade and Archer to help you realize the vision of a beautiful home- thoughtfully conceived, and gracefully executed.  Our extensive library of furnishings and accessories brings out the best in every style... whether a Portland four-square, a live-work loft or a newly constructed, we treat every project with the highest degree of detail. Whether the market is up or down, staging will give you an advantage over similar properties.

Below is a sample of what you will find in our  blog:

Every room needs a focal point.  The eye needs a place to be drawn when entering a space.  A good way to achieve this is the picture grid.  It takes the place of very large art, is easy to accomplish and won't break the bank.  The one shown here was created with 9 frames, all the same (purchased from a hotel consignment shop in an effort to reduce, reuse, recycle) and a calendar of Korean Buddhist art.  The layout of the pictures was based on color, keeping similar pictures as far away from each other as possible.  When hanging the picture grid, be sure to use a level and tape measure, which will keep you from making your wall look like swiss cheese.  The picture grid can not only create a focus for the room but also help accentuate it's better features.  The ceilings in this room are only 10 feet high, but the vertical layout of the pictures make them seem even higher.  

We stopped by our friend Kate's again today. Her living room was giving off a "dorm room" feeling  The furniture was not welcoming and it just felt cluttered. Spade and Archer to the rescue.  We started off by clearing the room of all it's contents, short of the flat screen TV. It was in the only place it could go, so we left it alone. We took down all the art and the drapes.  The windows had both drapes and blinds on them, the drapes were serving no purpose (except to add visual noise to the space). We folded the drapes for possible use later and set the large bamboo rods and swirly brackets off to the side. When we brought the couch back into the room we moved it closer to the front door and angled it by about thirty degrees.  This angle would dictate the remainder of the room.  We then took down the hanging lamp from above the ottoman and placed it on the floor behind the couch. This provided for an ambient glow in the room. The ottoman had been shoved back into a corner and was essentially acting as an extension of the couch.  We rotated it and the rug to match the couch. We then placed the ottoman in front of the couch so that it could be used as both an ottoman and a coffee table.

The chair which sat next to the front door originally moved to the opposite side of the couch and finished up the seating arrangement, it too was placed on the same angle as the couch.  The small end table followed the chair to the opposite side of the room, however in order to show off it's cute form and hardware, it was placed against the wall. The orange lamp, which was on it was swapped out for one in the dining room.  As you will recall, we salvaged both the large bamboo rods and the swirly brackets from the draperies.  We used the bamboo rods as art placed gently against the wall behind the couch for contrast and shadow from the light below. After the entry way mirror had been rotated ninety degrees, the swirly brackets, which looked a bit gaudy on the draperies work fantastically well as coat hooks for visitors.  We moved a small shelf from next to the door to next to the mirror, added some of Kate's beautiful pottery, some greens from the yard, and viola, a love entrance way.

The coral color lamp was moved back into the dining room and a tall, but rather skinny lamp was moved to  the living room.  By itself, it looked a bit odd, but surrounded by some very old family photos the composition came together.  One of our most favorite things is the remote bowl.  Every house with remotes should have one. It is a lovely vessel who's assigned purpose is to hold the remotes.  Remotes tend to get lost, and even when they are put away, they look messy.  Add a lovely bowl to hold them and remotes lose a bit of there utilitarian harshness.  So until our iphones rule the world, we at Spade and Archer will count on the beauty and usefulness of the remote bowl.  We stopped by Kate's house today.  Her spicy orange dining room was giving her a major case of the blahs.   So we made the following changes:  Took down the tired drapes To anchor the room, we moved the buffet from a small side wall to the main wall Busted out her beautiful pottery collection from it's confines of the buffet  Added an orange lamp, peacock print, and mirror (stolen from elsewhere in the house)  Moved the chairs from one on each end and two on each side to three on each side  Voila, a spicy and hot dining room.  All of this in less than two hours.

Today Spade and Archer starts the new adventure of blogging.  Hopefully, you will find some useful information along the way.