Ilona Beedie, ISRP

color consultant , home stager , interior decorator , interior redesigner

Ilona Beedie, ISRP
Nanaimo, BC

The Secret is out: Stage it, List it, SOLD!

It is really all about falling in love. The minute a prospective buyer walks in, they should fall madly in love with YOUR HOME!!

I would love to work with you and get your home ready to get that "shock effect" happening again. That "I cannot believe this is the same home" kind of effect.

Home Staging does not have to be a costly affair but your home will sell faster and for more $$. I like to work with what is already in the home, it might even be hidden in another room, basement or attic!

Or, maybe you are just tired of the "same old, same old" kind of decor of your home and you want a fresh pair of eyes to give you new ideas.

When I first heard about Staging I thought “wow what a great idea, getting paid for something that I love doing anyway!”

My name is Ilona Beedie and I am originally from Holland. I have lived and worked in many European countries and have been a resident of Nanaimo for the past 30 years. During that time I have helped many friends and family in setting the stage in their homes. I have redesigned and decorated so many homes, including my own, that I have lost count. And it was all done out of passion for making those homes looks their best!

Becoming a professional stager, therefore, was not only an easy transition but a natural one. The only difference from then to now, is that people are actually paying me for my services and that is wonderful! I love the before and after effects and the genuine expressions of gratitude after a home has been staged and is ready to be put on the market. And to be able to sell the home faster and for more money than was originally expected, is indeed an added bonus.

I believe I bring a variety of skills to the table and not only from a staging and redesign point of view. In my professional career I have worked as a legal assistant in conveyancing for many years, as well as the nursing industry. I understand the real estate market, I work great with people (my specialty is working with seniors) and, last but not least, I speak 4 languages. English, Dutch, French and German.

It would be my pleasure to give you my suggestions and expertise. Your home will stand out from the crowd, and will whisper “Buy me, buy me” and before you know it, it will say “SOLD!”.


We offer a range of services so that you can customize your home staging experience to include just what you need. We work with you to meet your requirements for your space within your budget.

No matter how beautiful your furnishings, if they are not arranged in a practical and efficient manner your home will suffer a lack of functionality and style. A Staging Professional is trained in the art of room design and will help you restyle your home to maximize visual space, create logical traffic patterns, and define room identities.

Neutral, friendly colours create a warm, welcoming environment that allows buyers to feel at home. Let First Stage help you choose a palette that will entice!

Cluttered, over-furnished rooms give the impression that a space is smaller than it really is. But what should go and what should stay? First Stage will help make those tough decisions a whole lot easier.

Nothing is a bigger turn off to buyers than a dirty home. When it comes to clean, we don’t cut corners – we make them spotless!

First impressions are everything! If your home does not look its best from the road, buyers will not move in, they will move on. If you can’t get them out of the car, you can’t get them in the house and it won’t matter how wonderful your home is inside, you will have missed the opportunity!

Know what you want but don’t know where to find it at the right price? We use your budget and our legs!

Buyers have difficulty envisioning their stuff in an empty space, rooms seem smaller and cold, and without furnishings all of a home’s flaws will be obvious. A furnished and decorated space is warm and welcoming and says “This is home!” Home Staging is definitely the answer!

Downsizing and having to give up treasures that have sentimental attachments can be emotionally upsetting. Caring professionals at First Stage help to make the transition easier by capturing your treasures in an album format so they are never more than a picture away!

You know how you want it to look and function but you just need a little help in fearlessly pulling together a plan for what to spend and where to spend it. Let us help with friendly, frugal creative advice!

A new space and a new start! Get some quick and practical design advice to help you create a home that suites your style and how you live! Integrate your furniture and art into your new home so that it feels like it was always meant to be there!

The challenge of making furniture from a larger home fit into your new efficient space can be so much easier with the help of a Staging Professional!

Need a home facelift? Tired of the same old look but not sure how to achieve something new? Spend a couple of hours with a Professional Home Stager and transform your space into a fresh oasis, using what you already own!

For information on any of our services please contact us at 250.753.9182. We will be glad to assist you in finding what you need at a price you can afford. Ask about our Seniors’ Discount. Also find out how to receive 10% off our services.


Staging is the way of the future! I am looking forward to working with First Stage on more of my listings. The results were exceptional! Without your efforts this property would have taken another price reduction and who knows how many more months to sell. Thanks for getting the job done in such a timely and professional manner.

Natasha Koch, Coast Realty, Downtown Nanaimo, BC

Working with First Stage has been a real pleasure. The colour recommendations seemed rather startling but the paint went up and looks great! This has been such a good experience that we expect to consult a decorator when we get into our new home.

Leslie and Ray Brown, Home Owners, Lantzville, BC

Wow, you really did some magical genius here! As you know people these days buy with their eyes and staging is the single most important thing in listing a property to get top dollar in today’s very competitive Victoria market. I wish you were closer as I could keep you real busy in our office.

Mike Martin, Talk to Dino Real Estate, Victoria, BC

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