A Staged Home Can Sell for 20% More—Here’s the One Item to Include in Yours

By Lydia Geisel Kirsten Blazek’s ranch-style home in Pasadena, California, used to be the definition of vanilla. But the bland white exterior and granny interior (the space had barely been touched since it was built in the 1950s) worked in her favor when she purchased the place in late 2017. “It was nondescript. Luckily it… Keep reading

After a Soulful Remix, a Mid-Century Ranch Asks $2.4M in Southern California

By Kathryn M. Originally built in 1950, this ranch-style house near the edge of the Arroyo in Pasadena, California, remained in the hands of one family before the current owner, Kirsten Blazek—founder and creative director of home staging and interior design company A1000xBetter—gave it an expert upgrade. “The property stands out due to its exceptional,… Keep reading

A Beautiful California Modern 1950 Ranch in Linda Vista, Pasadena

This breathtaking custom-built California Casual Modern 1950 Ranch remained in one family until its current owners painstakingly renovated and reimagined it, while preserving its Linda Vista heritage. Designed by acclaimed interiors firm A1000xBetter, the home holds a special place near the edge of the Arroyo above the iconic Rose Bowl. The peaceful natural setting, serene… Keep reading

Kirsten Blazek Remakes The American Ranch House

By Philip Ferrato The “Ranch” is so ubiquitous a form of housing that we sometimes forget how radical they were, transforming the landscape in the post-WWII era with endless one-story homes. There are the classic Eichlers and Cliff Mays, which introduced one-story Tract Modernism to America, but there’s another species that evolved alongside them with… Keep reading