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    On a ledge in the stairwell, Elizabeth Polansky, owner of The Styled Home, removes non- functioning blinds to let in more natural light – all part of the pre-photo staging process at 35 Buttonwood Lane in Portland last week.

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    Artwork, vases, and a plant from elsewhere in the home were employed to enhance the foyer.

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    Polansky, right, and Holly McQuinn escort an outdated television from the premises.

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    Holly McQuinn of The Styled Home hangs a picture in the foyer, to provide a focal point.

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    The living room before it was staged.

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    McQuinn, left, and Polansky help a coffee table section to a new spot in the living room.

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    The living room post-staging. The previously hidden fireplace is revealed.

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    Jill Butler, left, marketing manager at Dambrie Garon Real Estate at Keller Williams, helps Polansky move a chair from the living room to a downstairs bedroom.

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    Polansky removes a silk ficus from the master bath, and McQuinn folds fresh towels. The dusty ficus went to the storage room.

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    "Does this look crooked?" McQuinn, left, and Polansky re-arrange pictures on the wall of the lower-level great room. After removing two of the original five, they adjusted the height and spacing of those remaining.

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    The master bedroom pre-staging.

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    Polansky flips bedding to achieve a more neutral shade in the master bedroom.

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    The master bedroom at 35 Buttonwood after staging. Window treatments and fabric draped over the stools were removed. "I typically take off all window treatments," Polansky said.

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    Polansky carefully removes a vase from the dining room shelving to use elsewhere in the home. "We 'shop' in closets and cabinets and everywhere to re-purpose furnishings," Polansky said.

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    The dining room after being staged.

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    The home at 35 Buttonwood Lane in the Stroudwater neighborhood of Portland.

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