I am Becca Schwartzbauer founder, owner and lead designer of Grey Duck Staging. I am a MN native and my heart belongs to Saint Paul. My love for layout and real estate started with a Barbie dream house and today I have a much more intimate knowledge of the industry and actual human scale! I founded this company to serve the stumped, the stuck or those just motivated to get the highest profits as quickly as possible! Grey Duck Staging & Design services will maximize the appeal and marketability of your home by amplifying function and flow, delivering cohesion from space to space and increasing desirability with diverse textiles, art, modern color palettes, up-to-date furniture and decor that all enhance the unique characteristics, era and charm of the home. Peruse through the portfolio page to see how I have transformed spaces all over the Twin Cities!
Ok this is where some of the hard conversations start… Let’s talk about the elephant in the room... Where you have your couch might work for your lifestyle and day to day HOWEVER it is not going to look right in photos. This is just one example of the type of thing some sellers just don’t think about and that’s ok because that is our job! Let us do the heavy lifting! Our designer will use your current furniture and decor to present the home in the best light possible. Professional movers will be on site to assist in placing furniture in new layouts, move items to the garage and basement or take excess items to donation centers for you!
A professional, certified designer will install furniture, art, and decor that is specific to the era of the home and its unique spaces! Through customized, on-trend design we are proud to provide top quality value and service that sets us apart from other companies. Grey Duck Staging & Design offers complimentary professional photography with full-home staging and flexible payment options.
From kids rooms and reading nooks to master bedrooms and kitchens, we believe that there are so many parts of a house that can resonate with a buyer and tug on the right heartstrings. This is why we offer to go above and beyond the industry standard “four-room staging package.”
Photography is complimentary with every vacant home staging and is performed by a professional company that is leading the market with quality! The first showing for every listing takes place online, this is why it is so important that we put our best foot forward. With providing photos of the WHOLE home, not just the staged areas to ensure that your home is marketed in the best light possible!
We believe that staging should be approachable and affordable for all sellers which is why we offer several creative pricing structures. Please contact us for your bid today!
“From hollow, lonely and drab to vibrant, colorful and fervent, Becca from Grey Duck Staging and Design can transform any home towards a quicker sale. As a very busy listing agent I have used many staging companies over the past 20 years. Becca’s design sense is above the rest. She understands the quality and cohesiveness a staged home really needs in order to evoke the right response from buyers. Using the most current trends Becca’s style stimulates an emotional response from buyers that other stagers often never capture. I’m always so proud of my listings after Becca adds her creative genius to them. Both my clients and myself find Becca to be flexible and easy to work with, not to mention my clients are always so thrilled with the outcome! Time and time again Becca’s staging has more than paid for itself. If you want someone to make you, and your listings, look fabulous, the buck stops here!”
— Shane Montoya, Top Producing Agent, Keller Williams Integrity Realty
“ We love Grey Duck Staging! We were selling our house, and while it was cute and in a desirable area, it was small and on a busy corner. We were busy and couldn’t do much more after moving out. We were concerned that we might not get the price we wanted. We called Grey Duck Staging and they did everything! Right away, they put a wonderful plan together. They used bright colors and furnishings that created a warm, cozy atmosphere, and staged all the rooms and small spaces in such beautifully practical ways! We loved it so much, we joked about not selling our house. Within a week of being on the market, we got an offer for the price that we wanted and ultimately sold it to that buyer. Thank you Grey Duck Staging!”
— Kayla and Andre, home owners
“ Wow! What can I say? I’ve been in the business for over 25 years and never been a fan of staging. I believed people charged a lot of money to partially stage a house with fake furniture. When a new client of mine wanted to stage I had to dig in and do some homework. I interviewed/talked to several stagers and honestly wasn’t too impressed until I met Becca! I could mention how her pricing is better-how she doesn’t have to rent her furniture because she owns a 40,000 square foot warehouse full of treasures, how she stages the entire house, how she can juggle 20 some jobs at one time with her amazing, efficient crew—-how all stagers are NOT the same. She has the creative energy of 10 people. She is a Pinterest warrior. She takes control and the end product leaves you breathless. She staged her first home for me on Como lake in Saint Paul. People were completely dazzled by her work and showcase of the house. It was transforming. She cares about everything she does and how she does it. Communication is excellent. Becca is the only stager I will ever use. Take a look at her Instagram or Facebook, meet her for a cup of coffee. Her style and charm are infectious. Oh and staging does help sell houses...who would have thought.“
— Jennie Smittkamp, Top Producing Agent at Keller Williams Integrity Realty
“ Becca came in and did her thing with staging. WOW -We were astounded by the look she created. everyone we showed our pictures to, that were familiar with our house, couldn't believe that was the same house and that it looked so vibrant and fresh and different. The best part of all was we had an offer $10K over asking on the first full day. I attribute this to the amazing job staging! ”
— Karen & Dave, home owners
“As professional real estate photographers, we shoot a great deal of staged properties. That said, not all staging is equal. Grey Duck Staging really goes the extra mile in making homes perfect in terms of style and taste, not only for photography, but for potential buyers seeing the home for the first time. Working with Becca and Ana, and seeing firsthand the excellent work that they do, truly has been a pleasure.”
— Jim & Bill, Professional Real Estate Photographers at Mill City Team
Grey Duck designers are eager to assist you with our all-encompassing interior design services.
We work hard with our vendors to pass along discounts and special offers to our clients.
Are you in your forever home? Let our team help you choose fresh furniture, new finishes or even make recommendations for a new layout to see your home in a totally new way or just fall back in love with where you are.
Hold the phone! Interior design is also a valuable tool for the savvy real estate investor as well. Make sure you have on-trend colors and material to set your project apart from the rest. No matter what your end goal is, our team can help you get there.
These are the people and businesses that we know, love and trust. They are those that have done exquisite work for us and have treated us like family! The vetting process is something we have worked hard on and stand by our tradespeople. Give us a call and we can help you find the right person for any job!
Our community is our home, we strive to support the people and their businesses by cultivating strong partnerships and sharing our favorite things! Check them out!
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Want to do some updates before you sell your home but not sure where to start? The first step should always be making sure you are picking the right places, colors and finishes that will appeal to the majority of buyers. Consulting a professional at Grey Duck Staging & Design means that all the time, sweat equity and dollars will produce the best possible return on your investment. Consult a professional before you make hard and fast decisions, this is the time to get all your questions answered! From new furniture layouts to fresh paint colors and light cosmetic updates; flooring, lighting and hardware recommendations etc! Rates start at $200-$300
The National Association of REALTORS® 2019 Profile of Home Staging takes a look at the value that staging a home brings to the selling process. If these statistics don’t sway you, check out our testimonials page!
83% of buyer’s agents say that staging makes it easier for buyers to ‘visualize’ the property as their future home.
44% of buyers’ agents say that staging a home increases the dollar value offered.
53% of sellers’ agents say that staging a home decreases the amount of time a home spends on the market.
95% of agents recommend that sellers declutter their home before putting it on the market.
source: NAR Profile of Home Staging 2019
Our collection of successfully staged homes is growing every day! See a few HERE.
Staging and design make a large impact on the marketability of your home, whether you have a small budget or are willing to spend a lot to make a lot, let these examples speak to the high impact we can help you achieve. Here are before and after photos, some of which include our consultation for paint and hardware updates as well.
Work in progress, coming soon!