Sending kids off to college can be tough...I know as I will be doing that next year and am already completely dreading it!  It's even tougher on the child and moving into ugly, boring and sterile dorm rooms does not make it any easier.   That's why I love this story about DORM ROOM STAGING  that I wrote for the National Association of Realtors staging blog which featured yet another way for stagers to do amazing things in unique locations!


Penn State wisely contacted HSR Certified Carolyn Plummer of Carolyn Plummer Designs and home staging based in Harrisburg, PA for a solution to boring dorm spaces and you won't believe the transformation...

Before Photo

After Photo -  Carolyn Plummer Designs

I absolutely love how Carolyn softens up the space with an on-trend color palette that pleases both boys and girls along with a TON of textures and cozy rug, pillows and throws.  Imagine previewing colleges with your child to find this staged dorm space as an option vs. the typical un-staged space above it?

The builder was ecstatic with her work and these staged spaces put Penn State on top of their college recruiting game!

Here's some more photos but to read the WHOLE story, CLICK HERE.

Before Photo

After Photo - Carolyn Plummer Designs

The builder also used these photos in their marketing materials...in fact, the developers of this housing unit were so impressed with the job Carolyn did, they kept the furnishings for the model unit.

They’ve since rented out all of the units through the next three years—wow!

As a contributor to the National Association of Realtors staging blog, my favorite thing to do is to brag about the incredible talent of my HSR certified home staging members.  I also find it so interesting to watch the MANY different directions home stagers take their business because there are so many niches available to them.  

I will share Carolyn's behind the scenes Member Success story soon but here's what she had to finish with when she shared her dorm room project with me...

Fortunately, I was very blessed to have had your amazing training and gain credibility through projects, presentations, etc.  Audra, you gave me the confidence and the knowledge to be successful…….I just can’t thank you enough!!!! 

- Carolyn Plummer Designs

Thank you Carolyn for sharing your story and talent to encourage others!   This is an amazing industry because of people like you.

If you're reading this and thinking about becoming a home stager and creating your own story...then watch my free video about how to become a home stager below...

Could  Home Staging" be a Career for You?


Don’t miss this..!!

  • 7 Key Questions to Ask Yourself
  • What the Cost is to Starting this Business
  • Do You Have the Personality for This Industry?
  • How You Know If You Have the Design Talent?

More Stories from HSR Certified Home Stagers...



A Home Flip, Styled Staging Success Story Who says you can't insert your own personal design style into your staging job, right?

Read More


Vacation Rental Staging and Design Award Winning Photos for March "Best-of -Best"I love to see all the ways my students are designing

Read More


Vacation Rental Design, Luxury High-Level Staging and More for February's BOB Winners Choosing who wins "Best of the Best" in our monthly

Read More


Staging & Design Award Winners for January and Kitchens We had so many incredible photos posted in our staging training community that

Read More


The Art of Staging Your Home Using What You OwnIn the staging world we call this "occupied staging" and it's when the

Read More


Best of the Best Staging Photos and Winners Well that's a wrap on our 2021 Best of the Best staging photos for

Read More


Summer’s coming to an end and Fall is in the air. Our Home Staging Resource September Best of the Best winners are

Read More


Summer’s coming to an end and Fall is in the air. Our Home Staging Resource September Best of the Best winners are

Read More


This month's winners of the Best of the Best Design and Staging Awards were featured in the National Association of Realtors, Styled,

Read More


Summer is HOT right now and so are the Home Staging Resource July winners of the Best of the Best Awards! The

Read More


Woohoo and this month's winners of the Best of the Best Design and Staging Awards were featured in the National Association of

Read More


HSR Stager Featured in HGTV MagazineIn this success story, not even a year after taking her HSR stager certification training, Ashley is

Read More
>