Our business is home staging, but we get to wear many hats in our work and personal lives.  We are boss babes, moms, and home decor enthusiasts.  On this blog you'll get to read a little bit about all of the above! 


In a stager's ideal world (at least OUR ideal world), every home we stage would be vacant. Vacant staging is just our jam: we can bring in furnishings to completely change the look of a home, which, if we're being honest, is sometimes what it takes to sell a place!

But we know that most people stay put while their homes are on the market, and that's where we come in with an Occupied Staging Consultation. In a nutshell, we help homeowners who are staying put throughout the selling process pare down, organize, rearrange, and spruce to get their homes looking their best. Read on for the details of this process!

1. The Tour

When we come to your house for your consultation, the first thing we would like to do is take a quick tour of the entire home. This gives us an opportunity to get a feel for the style vibe, assess storage space availability, and quickly check for any major issues that stand out right away. We also note the specs (# of beds and baths), room sizes, and layout.

2. Room by Room

Following the walk-through, the fun starts. We will go room by room to discuss recommendations. We try to give you some reasoning behind what we're telling you as well, but we ask that you listen with an open mind and trust in us! We do this for a living.

There are a few high-level tasks we recommend all homeowners complete before listing, and we can review them here:

- Deep Clean, everywhere. Carpets, trim, cabinets, closets, windows, bathrooms. All of it.

- Make minor repairs, including patching drywall, fixing finicky drawers, aligning slanted cabinets, and replacing burnt-out bulbs.

- De-personalize - we recommend taking away 2/3s of your personal/family stuff like portraits and pictures, vacation memories, diplomas, embroidered blankets, etc.

- De-clutter - organize and hide (or start packing!) your sh*t, you know the stuff. The bills, and papers, and bottles, and boxes, and rubber bands, and single socks, and paper clips, and magazines, the loose little odds'n'ends that we all have piles of everywhere. Why and How do they accumulate? No one knows. Do us and your potential buyers a favor and get rid of them!

It's amazing what a difference these simple tasks alone can make to help get you ready to list. And there's much more in store when we meet in person for your consultation!

Give us a shout at 314.254.5086, or reach out via email at info@oliveandopalinteriors.com, and let's set something up!

We re-share several our staging project photos with shoppable links on LikeToKnowIt every day. Each month we love to look back to see what you all shopping for currently and we've rounded up our top sellers for January 2021.


It doesn't come as a surprise that this affordable faux leather counter stool made January's top sellers. Counter stools seem to be in demand these days are we get it - they are an inexpensive and easy way to update your kitchen. We love how the faux leather is chic, but also super kid-friendly. Shop similar stools here and here.


This vintage-inspired area rug is fresh and modern and is a great pop of color against neutral furniture. We use this rug in all rooms - living, dining and bedrooms - it looks awesome everywhere. Shop similar rugs here and here.

BLACK METAL DINING CHAIRS - Overstock $155/pair

We have several sets of these versatile dining chairs in our staging inventory and Melinda also has a similar set in her own dining room. These chairs can work with any décor style and again, we love them because they are kid-friendly too! Shop similar chairs here and here.


These sleek gray nightstands are a great size and can hold their own against a big bedroom set. We love the warm brass hardware against the gray color of the nightstand. These are a total winner for your bedroom. Shop similar nightstands here and here.


Bedroom benches are a great addition of style and function in your bedroom. This tufted leather bench adds a masculine texture against soft bedding and in addition to looking great at the foot of your bed, they are a perfect spot to lay out tomorrow's outfit :) Shop similar benches here and here.


My husband gives me trouble about white upholstered furniture, but the best part about this skirted dining chair is that the fabric can be removed and washed - WIN! Shop similar dining chairs here and here.

It should be said that despite my best efforts, I cannot keep real plants alive at my house. I'd like to blame the lighting or draftiness of my house, but I think it has more to do with the homeowner, not the home. We use faux plants in home staging and in the four short years we've been in business, faux plants have come a LONG way. I used to turn my nose up to faux plants, but now I use them all over my house. So if you can't commit to real plants, or you are putting your home on the market, faux plants are a great way to add a pop of color, as well as bring some life to your indoor spaces.


We typically bring at least one faux tree to each staging project. They look so good tucked into the corner of a dining room and serve as an anchor to any room. We buy a lot of faux fiddle leaf fig trees for our inventory. With the large glossy leaves and voluminous stature, they are a lot of bang for the buck. We also love a good faux olive tree. They are a little more delicate than the fig, but give great visual interest and there are some really good faux olive trees out there.

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We can't even count the number of stems and vases that we take to each project. We truly believe that plants add so much to a staged property and our use of plants is definitely something that sets us apart from other staging companies. You can add faux stems just about anywhere in the house. We love to use stems on console tables, coffee table and in bathrooms - really, the sky is the limit. Like with real stems, it's important to consider the season when you select your faux stems. However, some faux plants and stems, like zz plants and eucalyptus, can typically work all year round.

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Whether you are staging your home to sell or styling your home to stay, we think you can't go wrong with some pops of greenery - faux or real! But if you have a black thumb like I do, faux might be the way to go.

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Home staging and styling for the St. Louis area. Serving Kirkwood, Webster Groves, Warson Woods, Glendale, Ladue, Des Peres, Olivette, Sunset Hills, Clayton, University City, Central West End, South City, Lafayette Square, & Soulard.