About Me

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Matanuska River with Pioneer Peak in the background.Matanuska River with Pioneer Peak in the Background

Welcome to my home staging website, my name is Marcy. 

I am a happy resident of the stunning and fertile Matanuska-Susitna Valley in South Central Alaska.

Giant kohlrabi from my garden.Giant kohlrabi from my garden.

My beautiful city is encircled by stunning mountains; from the imposing Pioneer Peak along the Knik River, the Talkeetna Mountains to the north and the Chugach Mountains to the south and east.

The Matanuska River divides my city, and though it appears deceptively calm it is really quite dangerous. Many have perished after falling into the silty and frigid glacial water.

The Mat-Su Valley is best known as the agricultural center of Alaska because of its fertile soil and long days, which create ideal growing conditions resulting in some of the largest and sweetest vegetables in the world.

The long hours of daylight in the summer impart a particular sweetness to carrots, kohlrabi and many other types of vegetables. 

Every summer, gardeners partake in giant vegetable contests, where the winners are revealed at the Alaska State Fair. This fair takes place in Palmer and goes from mid-August to September.

Cow Moose visiting my yard mid-winter.Moose are common visitors on my property.

The Matanuska-Susitna Valley holds world records for giant kohlrabi, kale, rutabaga, turnips, broccoli and cabbage. The largest recorded cabbage was 138.24 pounds at the 2012 Palmer Fair.

We are blessed with an abundance of wildlife here in Alaska. I especially enjoy the moose passing through my property, stopping to dine on birch, willow and cottonwood leaves, or simply to nap in the sun.

In the spring, moose cows often birth on my property, where they remain until the calves are strong enough to run. They have learned that predators, (bears!) typically avoid people. 

I have been charged by roaring cow moose a few times, (Yes, they really do roar!) when I mistakenly ran across a newly born calf on my property.

Protective mother hormones are raging for the first two weeks after birth. Once calves reach a certain age, the cows are more relaxed.

My family and I enjoy the many hiking and biking trails in this area. Our favorite place is Hatcher Pass, a scenic mountain pass about 22 miles from Palmer.

My husband and son are more energetic hikers than me, enjoying mountain trails in the Chugach Range like, Matanuska Peak and Lazy Mountain, (don't let the name fool you-- it's not a lazy hike!) They have yet to climb Pioneer Peak, which rises over 6,000 feet.

Cold winter mountain view along the Knik River behind my property.The view from my backyard in winter is spectacular! But cold...

I enjoy picking a variety of local berries to make jam and jelly; high-bush and low-bush blueberries, wild raspberries and cranberries.

We work on expanding our garden every summer; we added a greenhouse in 2022, a welcome addition. In 2023 we added some sassy new residents, eight chickens to keep us in eggs.

Me standing under the famous burled arch in Nome, Alaska.Standing under the famous burled arch at the finish line of the last great race, the Iditarod in Nome, Alaska. I'm wrapped in many layers, waiting for mushers to come in.

How I became involved in home staging

Pouring concrete footings for my Alaska cabin.Me helping pour concrete footings for our cabin foundation. I'm not exactly properly dressed for the occasion.

I first became aware of home staging years ago when I was in the process of selling my own house. I was just hours away from expecting my first potential buyer when my sister, (who was visiting at the time) suggested that we "stage the house". "What's that?" I asked.

She explained that it was getting rid of clutter and hiding personal stuff to make the home more appealing to buyers.

My sister rushed around the house, washing windows, clearing off kitchen counters, stashing appliances, even hiding things in the oven. My house sold that afternoon to the first person who viewed it!

Flushed with success and a newly confirmed believer in the power of home staging, I set out to learn more about it. With a background in art and a strong interest in interior design, it was a natural fit for me. I pursued the subject and enrolled in a home staging and redesign course.

My home staging interest led me to work as a Realtor for a period of time, where I was able put my home staging knowledge to work. It was a valuable experience and an interesting study in human nature.

Working as a Realtor certainly provided me with plenty of useful information for my do-it-yourself home staging website, and I saw first-hand, the power of home staging.

My husband was a home builder for many years and eventually moved on to running larger construction projects. I like to think that I absorbed a bit of construction knowledge over the years simply by association.

Together we remodeled and sold three houses, two of them over 100 years old, so I learned quite a bit about the problems you can run into when remodeling an old home.

It was fun to see the different home decor styles of past eras as we peeled away wallpaper layers, lath and plaster and flooring during the demolition process.

We even found treasures hidden inside walls, window sills and in attic crawl spaces. We found old coins, ancient newspapers, shopping lists and old pictures from the 30's.

We even came across a secret stash of empty whiskey bottles hidden behind a wall in one home!

Pictures of my English Springer Spaniel litter.Puppies from Lucy, my English Springer Spaniel's only litter, 2015. You'll find Lucy featured throughout my pages. What does this have to do with home staging? Nothing! But simply too cute not to share. We kept the one on the far right.

I've always been a do-it-yourself kind of person, so when I thought about the kind of website I wanted to create, a diy home staging web site seemed like the perfect fit.

Perhaps you live in an area without access to a home staging professional? Or maybe you just have a question about choosing paint colors, arranging furniture or how to make a small space look larger.

Whatever your question, I hope you find the answer here. If not, just ask me and I’ll be glad to answer.

Places I've been in Alaska

Picking berries at Hatcher Pass.Picking Berries at Hatcher Pass near Palmer, Alaska
Bess the Corgi at Hatcher's PassBess, my beloved Corgi at Hatcher Pass near Palmer. Dec. 2008-July 6, 2021.
Wildflowers along the Knik RiverWildflowers along the Knik River in Palmer, Alaska.
Nunatak Mountains in southeast AlaskaNunatak Mountains in Juneau, Alaska.
Snowy Mountain on Admiralty Island, AlaskaSnowy Mountain on Admiralty Is. in Southeast Alaska.

Admiralty Island is also known as, "Fortress of the Bears," home of the highest density of brown bears in North America!

Bull moose in Anchorage, AlaskaBull moose in Anchorage, Alaska.
"Forget-me-not" Alaska state flower"Forget-me-nots"-- The Alaska state flower.
Sitka black-tailed deerSitka Black Tailed Deer in Petersburg, Alaska.
Devil's Club in southeast AlaskaDevil's Club in S.E. Alaska.

Devil's club are highly prized by Native Alaskans for their medicinal value. A cup of devil's club tea is very energizing.

Devil's club is a beautiful, but treacherous plant that grows throughout Alaska. It's also known as the "devil's walking stick" for good reason!

The branches are covered with very sharp thorns that are quite painful and difficult to remove once imbedded in the skin. In late August, red berries adorn the plant. 

Mendenhall River in the winter in Juneau, AlaskaWinter scene along the Mendenhall River in Juneau.
Snowy meadow in AlaskaA snowy field behind my old house in Juneau.
Indian Paintbrush, an Alaskan wildflowerIndian Paintbrush, a delightful Alaskan wildflower.
Winter mountain scene in AlaskaWindswept mountains near Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau.
Petersburg Creek near Petersburg, AlaskaWalking along Petersburg Creek in SE Alaska. My grandpa had a dairy and kept his cows here during the summer months. In the fall, he loaded them onto a barge to spend winter at his barn in town.
Son and Corgi in the SnowSon and corgi romping in the snow.
Hoarfrost on winter grasses in AlaskaHoarfrost on dry winter grasses.
Pink alpine flowers in AlaskaDainty alpine wildflowers on top of Mt. Juneau.

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Updated 08-06-2023