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Ocotillo Business Helps Clients Spruce Up Homes

October 23rd, 2018 SanTan Sun News
Ocotillo Business Helps Clients Spruce Up Homes

By Colleen Sparks

Managing Editor

When someone wants to add zest to their home so it captures their heart again or to attract buyers if they are ready to sell it, they can check out a new Ocotillo store with colorful, unusual furniture and accessories.

Spice Up Your Home Furniture & Staging on South Arizona Avenue offers a variety of what the owners call “designer-style” furniture, pillows, paintings, vases and knick-knacks they say would be hard to find elsewhere.

Husband and wife co-owners Kerry and Talia Stennett opened their store on South Arizona Avenue, just south of Ocotillo Road, June 28, and customers have praised its diverse selection, with frequent new offerings and fun shopping experience. Kerry and Talia moved to Chandler from Georgina, Ontario, Canada.

“The furniture in the store is all brand-new furniture,” Talia Stennett said. “It’s one-of-a-kind and it’s ever changing. It’s one stop to decorate your home. The staging part is to help people present their house in the best possible way.”

The expansive store houses beds, as well as dining room and kitchen tables, ottomans, couches and other furniture, along with wall art, pillows, blankets and quilts, mirrors and candles organized by color.

Customers can find quirky, eclectic items including canisters resembling owls, custom-made leather ottomans that look like horses, elephants, bears and moose and light brown wood pumpkin-shaped lanterns that fit candle holders.

A wall hanging designed to look like an old-fashioned bicycle and tabletop décor in a bronze color resembling a baseball bat and ball are other pieces of art at Spice Up Your Home Furniture & Staging. Huge canvases with abstract, modern paintings can transform a room.

“I just like the accessories,” in the store, Kerry said. “The accessories really make the store push. The colors that we have are very vibrant. I like the uniqueness.”

Customers are urged to buy something as soon as they see it if it catches their fancy because once it sells out, the business probably will not reorder the same thing again. That way shoppers can find furniture and embellishments they won’t see in their neighbors’ homes, Talia said.

She said she, Kerry and their employees can help people who “love their house” but are “not in love” with it anymore make changes so they once again become enamored of it.

“We try to stage the home and help you change and love your home,” Talia said. “The goal is to create a different vibe.”

She and Kerry search for special furniture and accessories around the world and not found in other stores in the same geographical area as their business.

Modern dining room, kitchen and coffee tables with wood are abundant around Spice Up Your Home Furniture & Staging. Stylish living room chairs with black, white, red, blue, beige and other colored fabrics are scattered near the many couches.

A MOE’S Home Collection slate gray, indoor-outdoor table with a large black base sits near the front of the store. That collection, sold at Spice Up Your Home Furniture & Staging, is one “a lot of stagers and designers” love, Talia said.

Seasonal items, including an intricately created glass pumpkin with a light that can be turned on or off, are some of the whimsical accessories the store provides. A large, handcrafted open vase with a hand-finished silver polish for about $100 is a piece of art on its own without the need to put flowers in it, Talia said.

While the furniture and home adornments are high quality, they are also available for a “fraction of the price” found at upscale stores in Scottsdale and online businesses, she said. Dining room chairs range from about $170 to $300 each at Spice Up Your Home Furniture & Staging, Talia said.

A MOE’S Home Collection coffee table for $389 that looks like a suitcase and opens up for storage is one of the novel finds at the Ocotillo furniture store. It could pair well with a distressed leather MOE’s Home Collection couch priced at $3,200.

Bedford Collections throws in a multitude of colors are cozy additions to couches or beds. Talia said besides their comfort and style, they cost about 20 to 30 percent less money at the Ocotillo store than they do online.

Christina Semerad of Chandler enjoyed shopping at Spice Up Your Home Furniture & Staging recently with her teenage daughter, who wants to redo her bedroom.

“The store is set up in color vignettes for full room ideas,” Semerad posted in the Living Chandler Facebook page. “The sale prices were pretty reasonable. The sales person was extremely friendly and helpful. We will definitely go back and shop. It’s also really nice to have a furnishings store basically in our back yard.”

Kim Bartosik Apt also liked her visit to Spice Up Your Home Furniture. She posted in the Living Chandler Facebook page the owners and staff members are “fantastic.”

“I love the variety of items… there are new things each time I go in,” Bartosik Apt said in the Living Chandler Facebook page. “I like that they carry more unique items… not stuff you’re likely to find one of your friends already has. It’s also not a high pressure sales environment.”

Those who are getting ready to sell their home can also turn to Spice Up Your Home Furniture & Staging for guidance and help. Talia was a Realtor for 14 years and started staging homes when she was trying to help clients sell their home in Canada.

The house had 1970s-style, green carpet and other outdated features. She said she wanted to spice up their home, which she did by adding dining room chairs and other furniture, as well as providing “flavors, textures.” Talia said the house sold in eight hours and she became known in the real estate world as the “stager.”

She had also previously worked as a police officer for five years, and Kerry had worked as a police officer for 26 years in Canada before they opened the Ocotillo store.

Talia said the three keys to selling a home are: pricing it right, location and “how are you presenting your home.”

The first step for customers who want Spice Up Your Home Furniture & Staging to stage their home is a consultation for between $129 and $185, depending on location. Talia said she and her team will visit the home and suggest changes including different furniture to bring, new paint colors and inexpensive, new accessories like a light fixture to add. This consultation usually takes about 90 minutes.

Then the staging takes place, with the local store doing a minimum of two rooms. Customers pay the cost of delivering the furniture and other items from Spice Up Your Home Furniture & Staging’s warehouse. The furniture delivery, set up, design and then de-staging of the home is a one-time fee of $299 or $399, depending on location (how far away the home is located) and square footage.

Talia said she and her team always recommend at least staging the living room, dining room and master bedroom. The furniture store will spruce up the kitchen and bathrooms for no extra cost.

Those who want to stay in their home but want to enhance it can spend $129 to $189 for roughly 60 to 90 minutes.

“We give suggestions,” Talia said. “We play around with the furniture.”

She and Kerry said the Chandler, Sun Lakes and neighboring communities have been supportive of their business. Kerry said the “demographics” and “infrastructure” in the area are “fantastic” for their business.

“Everybody’s been really supportive,” Talia said. “People are starting to be return customers.”

Spice Up Your Home Furniture & Staging is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The store is located at 4140 S. Arizona Ave. Information: spiceupyourhome.com.

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