lets-talk-color-testimonials“I NOW SMILE EVERY TIME I WALK INTO MY HOUSE, AND THAT’S BECAUSE OF WORKING WITH MAX”

I liked my house, but I didn’t LOVE it. After working with Max, I NOW love my house and smile every time I walk into my home, and to each room. My house needed a “facelift”, some redesign, more color and FABULOUS accents to really make that happen. Working with Max was not only the best money that I spent, it was so much FUN!
Max has an AMAZING eye for color and design, but she uses your own things that you love, and just adds to them and makes them more beautiful. Her INCREDIBLE attention to details, ability to see what the room can look like, and her own sense of style, make her so FABULOUS at what she does. It was such a joy to work with Max. She not only changed my house back into my home, she made me LOVE my home again!

Max, you are truly a ROCK STAR! I would highly recommend Max if you want to LOVE your home again!

Darlene Templeton

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lets-talk-color-testimonialsI love color and I love paint, and making a change has never bothered me. I would wake up, go to a local home improvement store and stand in front of the paint chip display to choose my “new color,” sometimes I would even take a small object; like the nice pink rose on the teacup; to try and match the color. Needless to say after many hours of painting the end results was not always what I thought, but now I have to live with it for a while, because who has money to paint and repaint immediately, not to mention that the husband did not even understand the first need to repaint, let alone an immediate request because you “don’t like the color,” didn’t you choose it yourself, he would ask.

Well my success changed when I heard about Max from Let’s talk color. I told her of the major overhaul that I wanted to do in the house, going from a traditional to contemporary design style. She even brought her big paint boards with her to confirm my color selection when I finally found couches I liked. (She helped us choose those colors too)

After the furniture arrived, she came back to the house with large paint boards, to show me how the paint will look in the house with the natural light that is peculiar to each home. Who ever knew that gray could look lilac, blue or green, yet with the large display boards, it was so easy to see the difference.
My objective was to have a light, cool and modern look. Max’s great ability to translate my request into a color recommendation stunned me. Like I said, I love color and she recommended gray. It took all my courage to trust her as the expert and go with the recommendation, I thought if this does not work, I can just go back to the paint chip board and start over again.

I was wrong! When we finished painting I was amazed at the end results. The soft, clean gray Max recommended, is like a woman – you never know what side she will show next! This color changes with the light. It looks different with fresh morning light, when it is dark and gloomy outside and with soft living room lights. The color is so light dependent, I was amazed that there could be so many shades of gray coming out of one can of paint. I love these room, Max, you are a wonder!
Not only did it exceed my expectation, but it is a lovely “conversation starter,” when people see the total transformation of the room.

Max, you will see more of me in the future. Thanks for taking me to places where I have never been.

Aletta van der Walt
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A year after buying our new home and after a year of dealing with ugly walls I had finally had enough. Choosing wall colors intimidated me and I needed help. So I called Max. Max came prepared with boxes of paint swatches and techniques to help me to finally chose and commit to colors for rooms throughout my house. I had wanted a designed looked and that is what she delivered. We are very pleased with the colors Max guided me in choosing and I can finally say that I love my home!

Shannon Garbutt
Steiner Ranch

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lets-talk-color-testimonials“Hiring Max was hands down the best decision I made in my remodel project!”
“Working with Max was such a wonderful experience, she was an absolute godsend! I had just closed on a new house and had less than two weeks for a complete overhaul. I was completely overwhelmed with the project and Max was highly recommended from a friend. I hired her to help me pick colors for literally every wall, ceiling and cabinet in the house. Her expertise and understanding of colors was amazing, she was incredibly patient and went above and beyond to ensure we had every room perfect. I cannot tell you how many compliments I continue to receive on my house and I owe it all to Max!”

Elisabeth Eisleben
Bee Caves

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4My husband and I recently moved into a new house. The entire house had white walls, was devoid of color and we have lived here for more than a year. Every day I walked through the house thinking, if I could just paint these walls, I would love this house. The architecture was amazing and it had so much promise, but I was stuck. I had remodeled our prior home with all my favorite colors and I didn’t want to do the same here, I wanted something amazing. I had found a home décor piece with two colors that I liked, but I still couldn’t envision what colors would look good in each room, with different lighting during the day. I was completely indecisive and it seemed like a monumental task to keep thinking about it.
I had worked with Max before when we were selling our house and she had a great eye for color, what pieces should go where, how much space to highlight and our house sold in less than 12 hours, so I gave Max a call. She brought over this very large box of samples and I immediately started to worry that this was going to be an arduous process. We narrowed down the colors we wouldn’t ever consider and then started working from room to room looking at the different colors in different lighting and even went so far as to decide on accent colors.
I have a five thousand square foot home, and thought it would take forever, but in less than two hours we had decided on a color for every room, accent colors and all I needed to do was hire the painters.
She provided a summary of the colors we had chosen which I was able to give to the painters so they wouldn’t make a mistake. After one week and room by room, I am completely astonished at the difference. If feels homey, inviting and the colors work well with each room and even give the outdated tile a completely different look. My husband is thrilled because that means I won’t spend more money replacing tile – haha!
Every day that I walk through my house, I cannot even remember what it was like to live in a white house. I am so thankful to have Max, who helped me get out of my slump and see my beautiful house for exactly what it is. The results are beyond amazing and I am so happy with all of the colors we chose and would highly recommend her to anyone that wants to make their house look fabulous. She is tremendously gifted and has an eye for color!

Christine
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lets-talk-color-testimonialsIn the past when painting a room, I would buy a few quarts of the colors I was considering. Squares of color would then be painted on the wall for me to decide which color I liked most. I found it very difficult to get an idea how the color will look because of the color samples being small. Hardly ever was I satisfied with the first color I painted.

Recently I had the pleasure and delight to have color consultant, Max Ruthven, work with us in our home to select and coordinate colors for our powder room. Max had lots of large samples to look at. She gave excellent advice on how to choose the best color for the room. She saved us a lot of money by having the colors spot on the first time. Max’s professionalism, attention to detail and honesty are second to none. I will highly recommend her service in choosing the best colors for your home!

Naomi Klopper
Austin, TX

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We were concerned about selling the home we love in today’s economy and wanted buyers to be able to appreciate everything about it. Our realtor had worked with Max and highly recommended her. I gathered several names and spoke with different people, but I chose Max because of her professional yet accessible personality. She was enthusiastic about our home and knew how to present it even though we had sent all our furniture away.

We were really down to the wire and needed to get it done quickly. Max arranged everything and came in with her pink tool kit and broom–it was all I could ask for and more! I was SO pleased with the furniture and how she arranged it. It was just so fun to see how the empty rooms got new life breathed into them again. She even managed to make one giant wall look great with the large pictures placed properly–a real design challenge!

We were hoping we could get our home sold within 90 days, but Max had a good record. Sure enough, our home was sold in FIVE DAYS!! All my friends are amazed and we are so thankful. We highly recommend Max to anyone who wants to sell their home! She brings in a fresh perspective that helps your home appeal to the buyer rather than just be an expression of the seller. That was perfect. We could not be happier! We know the new family will be just as satisfied in our home as we were because they can feel good about their purchase. Max helps a buyer get a vision for a lifestyle that awaits them. We got an offer above the asking price in just five days. We are so thankful to God and we know He used Max to bless us! Thank you, Max!

S Rivers, Pflugerville, TX

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I have sold Real Estate in Austin for over 11 years. I have used other stagers in the past to no avail. I was fortunate enough to have recently started using Elemental Staging. Max has staged more than one of my properties with remarkable results. On this particular property, ( Elkhorn) the house had many upgrades, but the overall appearance just didn’t pop and really accent all of the features. Max did a remarkable consultation for the sellers before she actually came and staged the home. This gave my sellers some homework (and some sense of control in the process). As you can see from the pictures, we did not do a major remodel. Max’s eye for height, space, flow, light and color is really the expertise that not only Realtors are looking for, but Sellers are looking for as well. What a difference her ideas made in this home. Because of the way she moved furniture, pictures, removed and added window treatments and decorated (mostly with the owner’s supplies) suddenly the house SHINED. Now you could really see how the space worked and flowed. She made the home feel warm and inviting while still being able to depersonalize it. You could really see the space, not the place.

All of this sounds great, but does it produce results? Well, the proof is in the pudding. At the time we put the house on the market, houses in this neighborhood were on the market for an average of 84 days with houses of this size selling for $175-$185k. Because of the upgrades, we listed it for $192,700. We had our first showing 4 hours after it hit the market. We had three more showings the next day and received an offer the same day. We ended up selling the house for FULL PRICE at the TOP OF THE MARKET in 1 DAY.

Staging doesn’t work. GREAT STAGING WORKS.

Our company’s revolutionary system to sell houses at their maximum value is heavily dependent on having a team of great professionals. Max and Elemental Staging were the final piece of our team that we have been looking for. She has added value to every one of our listings that she has touched and our clients love her. Thank you, Max and Elemental Staging.

Jonathan Stilley, SBR and Associates

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Max not only has a wonderful eye for staging, her easy going, eager to please nature is so hard to find in the staging industry these days. She is a true staging professional in every sense of the word! She staged my listing in Steiner Ranch and we were under contract within 10 days. I will use and refer Max business again and again. She is a pleasure to work with and rare find in the staging industry. Max helped me see the incredible importance of staging a home for sale. It really can make all the difference in the world!

Holly Dees –Keller Williams

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What a difference having a staged home makes! Max came to evaluate an empty, large home and immediately knew what to do and who the target market would be. She started her evaluation outside or as she calls it looking at the ‘curb appeal’, which can make or break a sale before they even go inside.

Based on the neighborhood and the people most likely to buy the house, she carefully chose furniture and accessories that immediately made the empty house appealing. And it really worked – our realtor received feedback on how well staged the house was.

You may think an empty house would look bigger but it really doesn’t – buyers need to envision themselves living there. Staging a home for sale is the best money you could ever invest in, and make sure to get Max Ruthven of Elemental Staging and ReDesign to do it.

Max, that’s what makes you so good – you really DO treat each project as if it were yours…and it shows Thank you!

K.F. Austin TX

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Once Max was done with my house, I wanted to buy it myself. I wished that I had used her expertise before we moved out of state. We didn’t have any traffic for more than 3 months while our house was in the market. I changed Real Estate agents and my new Realtor, Holly Dees, convinced me of the benefits of Home Staging and we had a lot more traffic and a serious offer within 20 days after staging! This was a GREAT experience and I would reccomend Max, Elemental Staging and reDesign, and the concept of Staging to anyone considering to sell their home.

Ed W. Canyon Glen, Steiner Ranch, Austin, TX

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I have been in my house for 16 years, never thought I would have to sell. Unfortunately life happens and it was an extremely difficult time and a very difficult decision for me to sell my house. My Realtor, Jennifer Walker introduced me to a Professioanl Home Stager Max, with Elemental Staging. She was empathetic, sympathetic and really took my emotional status, being sad as well as in denial, feeling completely overwhelmd, in consideration and walked me through the process of Home Staging. I had a well written report to work from, prioritized and organized which made the prosses so easy. Once my house was listed, it SOLD in 4 DAYS! The way the market is today, no one should ever consider listing a property without Staging it…Professionally

Debrah M, Downtown Austin, TX

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Max is a Fantastic Stager, not only because she knows and does her job expertly, but because she is passionate about it as well. I thought my house looked “nice” and needed just a little help, but once Max has done her magic, I wished that she had been there when I first moved in! I didn’t want to sell anymore, but within 8 DAYS we were under contract! Max is hardworking, energetic and consummate professional and not only will I recommend her, but I have already!

Adele Merz, Plugerville, Austin, TX

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Max Ruthven of Elemental Staging was a pleasure to work with and is keenly talented. My client needed to pull her house together to put on the market within a short period of time. We couldn’t have done it without Max and her ability to utilize my clients existing furniture and accessories along with some items which Max provided. The feedback received from guests of Open Houses as well as other Realtors is “WOW” and all positive comments regarding how well the property shows. Even our photographer was impressed! I’ve already referred Elemental Staging to other agents in my office who have seen her work and I look forward to working with her again on future properties.

Lynn Wilkinson, Coldwell banker, Austin, TX

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Max with Elemental Staging is a true pleasure to work with for home staging. As a real estate professional, I know that I can count on Max as a partner when I list homes for sale, and stage as needed. Those added touches, attention to detail, and enthusiasm make all the difference to a project! Thank you for everything!

Jenny Rosas, Zip Realty

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