She's Crafty by Jessica Miller

My latest rehab with Archway Development officially hit the market on Thursday! Good news, bad news though— it sold in under 24 hours. I immediately fell in love with with the charm and layout with this arts & crafts bungalow. I knew from the moment I walked in what I wanted to do design- wise. The character, built-ins, layout and Bertha <see woman on mantle> instantly connected.

Walls - Creamy SW 7012

Trim- Pure White SW 7005

Star tile - Wayfair

Floor finish - Minwax Provincial

Cabinetry - Lowe’s

Lighting - Wayfair

Listed with Eric Quiner - Iowa Realty

Developed by Archway Development

Check out the before and afters!

First Floor Floor Face Lift by Jessica Miller

Let’s talk LIGHTING. Lighting can be such an easy and affordable thing to replace in an older home. This 2005 Urbandale ranch had heavy Tuscan lighting and a sponge painted fireplace that were immediate eye sores for it’s market and competition. I worked with the seller on budget and we were able to replace 13 light fixtures on the main level for under $2k. The return on investment would be major for this $489k listing. Thanks to the listing agent Gina Swanson, Webster Electric, Brian Bartlett Painting and my team we were able to change out lighting, paint and stage this home in 6 hours. Talk about team work!

Check out this quick and easy face lift below.

16003 Winston Ct Urbandale - Listed with Gina Swanson, Century 21

Like one what you see? Check out my Pinterest board for the project.

A Craftsman Kitchen by Jessica Miller

Our historic home in Sherman Hill was built in 1880 and came equipped with a 5 by 5’ kitchen —teeny tiny. At some point the main kitchen was located outside the home which is now our neighbor’s garage about 20 yards away. The internal “prep” kitchen was virtually left untouched besides some cosmetics for the past 139 years so it was time for a big change.

We removed the built-in hutch, removed the wall, moved the back door over a few inches (every inch counted in this small space), moved plumbing, added can lights, new cabinetry, flooring and appliances. It’s still small but way more functional with the peninsula.

The original kitchen was so small it made it tough to even get before photos but check out what I got below. Shopping list provided below as well. Enjoy :)

Cabinets - Lowe’s Custom Shenandoah - Irvington - Painted Ember Glaze

Faucet - Build.com

Hardware - Build.com

Flooring - The Tile Shop or Wayfair

Paint - Sherwin Williams Creamy and Tricorn Black

Lighting - CB2 and Lamps Professional

Barstools - CB2

Metal Cabinet - Homemakers’ clearance room

Dining Table - Wayfair

Dining Chairs - Crate and Barrel

Small Lady Artwork - Anthropologie

Large Lady Artwork - Peter Keil

More Modern Time in Grimes by Jessica Miller

Check out the before and afters of my latest full flip property in collaboration with Archway Development.

301 N James Street Grimes 187k

Listed with Eric Quiner with Iowa Realty

Want to shop my lighting, flooring, paint and hardware selections? Check out my Pinterest board for easy shopping :)

TOP 18 in 2018 by Jessica Miller

Well, I think it’s safe to say 2018 was successful! I just counted and recounted (because I didn’t believe my math) the number of stages last year and I came up with 125?! How is this even possible? Last year was 52 and the year before that was 35! Holy moly, that is a 140% increase from last year! I even had 30 staging consultations, 15 flips and 10 interior design clients mixed in. I can’t thank my clients enough- agents, investors, homeowners. corporations and agencies. Thank you for trusting me with your homes, projects and designs. I brought on a full-time assistant, leased a 2,000 sqft warehouse and Sprinter van to make job run as smooth as possible. So far so good :)

Here’s my top 18 stages of 2018. I wish I could share my commercial work with Pella Corportation but it won’t be out til early 2019. Thanks for everything! Can’t wait to see what 2019 brings!

Best,

Jess

End of Summer Inventory by Jessica Miller

It's been fun and busy last two months!  Thank you to all the investors, agents and sellers who have hired me to help sell their listing.  Whether it was already listed, new to the market, a flip, occupied, vacant or a spec.  I love and appreciate them all.  Happy selling and happy buying, Des Moines!

Best,

Jess

2104 SW WOODSIDE CT ANKENY by Jessica Miller

Exceptionally rare find in Ankeny - a nature's retreat!  Loved every second of walking through this thoughtfully designed home.  So unique and beautiful. I was asked to stage this gem last Spring and when I finally heard it was ready for me last month I could not wait to get my hands on it.  All the dark furniture was not helping showcase the beautiful wood and stone work so I knew exactly what to do.  Check out the before and afters!

25 Stages in 14 Weeks by Jessica Miller

It's been an crazy busy start to the year and it's about to get even more insane.  Here's a look back at 25 properties I've staged all over the metro in the past 4 months.  Moving furniture has been a total blast this winter and "spring".  I'm looking forward to some medium warm weather days ahead.  Thank you for all the business, Des Moines real estate world!

Best, Jess

3000 High Street Before and After by Jessica Miller

This home had been listed on Zillow for 64 days with just over 2k views. The before photos are are the actual images pulled off the MLS. Check out what some pretty furniture and high quality photography can do for a listing. Update! Home sold the week it was staged. 

3910 72nd Street Urbandale by Jessica Miller

Stunning Mid-century modern infused walk-out ranch. This custom home built for Charles Gabus is sure to impress. All the bells and whistles were incorporated into this stunning home, including a built-in audio system, two fireplaces, a game room, 1st-floor laundry and a five-fixture master bathroom. Enjoy the large backyard with mature trees and a small fruit tree orchard. With so much space you'll be entertaining guests in no time in your extravagant living room while the kid can play for hours in the large rec room with access to the backyard.  You won't find another gem on the market like this one! 

Full listing here

TOP 17 IN 2017 by Jessica Miller

Twenty seventeen has been quite the year. Thanks to new and repeat clients, I staged 52 homes (35 last year) all while being pregnant and being new to motherhood. It's been a wild ride thanks to Des Moines real estate. Can't wait to see what twenty eighteen brings!

Happy New Year to all!

Here's my top 17 of the year.

Baby Lucia's Room Before and After by Jessica Miller

We decided to turn the smaller bedroom that was once my office into the nursery.  When I brought the house in September of 2015, I discovered not one but two layers of wallpaper! One that you see here and the one beneath literally just plain white textured paper.  My mom rented a deluxe steamer and bought a laundry detergent because this wallpaper would not come off.  So much so that we were losing piece of the wall.  After a couple days, the wallpaper was officially gone, dry wall needed to be replaced and my whole house smelled like Tide.  

The next steps were to paint the walls, ceiling (it was literally brown) and trim.  The first color I chose for my office was Iced Apricot SW 6352. We thought we could keep this color for the nursery but decided it was a little too dark once everything was placed. We ended up landing on Nearly Peach SW 6336. I'm a big rug fan so I found the rug I loved first then started shopping for supporting items based on rug. 

Jenny Lind Crib - Buy Buy Baby; Vintage Moroccan Boucherouite Rug - Spearmint Love; Glider - Amazon. Antique buffet - The Picker Knows; Baskets - CK Design Co; Elephant Hamper - Home Depot; Chandelier - Wayfair; Cat paintings - Ramona Muse.