If I had to describe myself in a few words I would say that I'm an Italian attracted to innovation, jeans and sneakers, self-improvement, pizza every weekend and to the fantastic old Fiat 500 (yes, I even have a painting of an old Fiat 500 hanging in my living room). However, my true passion is, of course, interior design and more specifically spatial problem-solving.
I think I got my ability to make the most of a space from my parents who have always tried to find creative and practical ways to maximize every single centimeter of our small Italian condo (800 sq ft for four, tall people) and from the fact that I have lived in Italy half of my life, where everything is smaller. I mean, seriously, even the pizza is smaller!
After I moved to the States with my husband in the 90's, we rented a small (of course) apartment for a few years and then, in 2002, we bought our small (of course) house where I have been able to unleash my creativity always trying to find the best way to use our space and turn it into a comfortable place to live for our family of four (I have two teenage kids who are now taller than me, and I'm 5'8", just saying...).
However, I soon felt that designing a space with only the aid of my creative instinct wasn't enough. I wanted to learn more, which is why I started studying interior design and in 2004 I earned a diploma in Interior Decorating from Penn Foster Career School, then in 2006 I became an Accredited Staging Professional and in 2007 I also became a certified Dewey Color Consultant. However, my constant itching for learning and personal growth is what convinced me to enroll at Bellevue College, where in June 2018 I received my Associate of Arts in Interior Studies.
Meanwhile, I've been pursuing a complimentary passion of mine: digital photography. This new knowledge (plus constant practice) is now helping me explore a new career path: architectural and interior photography. Honestly, I think I'm seriously done with school, however, I will never stop being a student.
There you go. This is me.
I’m looking forward to working with you!
"Francesca, thanks for your help. The condo that we painted with the colors you recommended sold in two days and looked great!", Patricia Mason, Windermere Real Estate, Kirkland, WA
"Dear Francesca, thank you for all you have done to make the staging of my listings so easy and professional. You have been a great asset to me and my clients. You have a very nice way of getting my clients to see that the way the house should show to a potential Buyer is not the same as the way they live in a house. That makes it easy for them to make the changes necessary. You are very talented in looking at a room from a Buyer's prospective and making the changes necessary to provide not only excellent pictures but a beautiful home that a Buyer can visualize living in. Thank you for being a great resource for me and my Sellers". Sharon Berry, Windermere Real Esate, Kirkland, WA
"When I put my house on the market I loved the way it looked and I thought it didn't need to be staged. However my real estate agent suggested to hired one, and so I called Francesca. In a few hours she added some accessories and rearranged some of my furniture, and the house looked wonderful. I wished I would have hired her when I moved in to help me decorate the house! Everyone who visited my house was impressed by the design and the new look. In the end, it sold faster than I expected!". Daniela H., Sammamish, WA
"About one year ago my husband and I tried to sell our condo in downtown Seattle, but despite we repainted it and made some minor changes after four months our property was still on the market. Fortunately our realtor suggested to call Francesca Tosolini. We couldn’t have made a better decision. Francesca staged our vacant condo by bringing in furniture, pictures, and many accessories that she personally selected to give that classy touch that made it look so nice and cozy. Eventually we got an offer only 4 weeks after the staging. Francesca Tosolini made our life (and finances!) easier and we strongly recommend her to anyone who wants to sell their property within the shortest time ever!" Frances H., Seattle, WA
"When we saw Francesca’s staging of our house, we felt like moving right back in. Her tasteful use of accessories and color brought out the best of each of the rooms. In fact, I hadn’t been aware of how much of an impact staging could achieve, and the way Francesca staged our house made it stand out from other offerings. Two families had been looking for several months before making an offer on our house, and we credit Francesca with the strong appeal the house had on people. Francesca also diligently customized the scope of staging beforehand, giving us the choice for staging at two price levels, which made it easy on our finances. I would not hesitate to hire Francesca again, if we ever return to the Seattle area". Eileen S., formerly of Sammamish, WA
"Francesca redesigned my office with minimal input from me, and I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out. My office has almost turned into a "tour stop" for others to check out the uplifting colors & decor!" Chandru S., Microsoft, Redmond, WA
"Once Francesca finished staging our house, it sold in just over a month! That's after 8 months of our house sitting on the market. My only regret is that we didn't call her sooner! Francesca and her team were fast, thorough and detail oriented. She also gave me a lot of good advice with some small, inexpensive improvements that I was able to do on my own. It was well worth it!" David W., Sammamish, WA
"I was tired of my decor in my home and had no idea what to do or who to call. I've worked with other interior designers and found most of them too set in there ways and boring. I sell and buy luxury real estate and talking to a colleague about my frustrations he gave me Francesca's business card. I gave her a call and we met. She was on time, professional and listened to what I had to say, but not agreeing totally. I was taken back a bit, but she had enough creative ideas for me to give her the job. Well, I have to say I was humbled. The idea's I thought would work didn't, but she was gentle enough to show me why. I like her style and the way she works. No BS unless you want it. I have nothing but confidence in her abilities and have recommended her to some pretty persnickety clients and they rave about her. In my opinion Francesca Tosolini is one of the best interior designers on the west coast. I highly recommend her." Peter K., Bellevue, WA
"Your guidance on preparing our home for sale has been so helpful. Your ideas were always spot on and transformed our house easily with color and light/bright spaces. Your ideas translated wonderfully into beautiful presentation and photos of our home! Thank you so much for your help!" Amber M., Sammamish, WA
"As a listing agent my top priority is to get my clients the best possible price for their home. I know that I can always trust Francesca to help me achieve that goal. For the vast majority of people, there is a big difference between how they decorate and live in their home on a daily basis and how they need to do those things when they want to sell their home for the best possible price. Francesca helps my clients bridge that gap in a way that is simple, elegant and even fun. It isn’t easy to go into someone’s house and tell them that they need to change things if they want to get their home sold, but Francesca, with her easy-going attitude and down-to-earth mannerism makes it seem easy. People are always amazed when they see how a few simple changes can make such a big difference in how a house is perceived by the market. My clients love her and you will too!" Michael Wyman, Wyman Real Estate, Woodinville, WA
"Francesca was recommended to us by our Realtor who has worked with us on several projects. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Francesca on staging our multi-storey townhouse. She was very welcoming of my ideas and incorporated those into her staging process. She was also very mindful of our budget and resourceful for materials. Francesca is very creative and has an excellent flair for design. She is aware of the current trends and what appeals to the buyers. With her wonderful style, personal touches and very charming nature, Francesca is a wonderful stager and a great person. I would recommend her to anyone who wants to achieve successful staging!" Tona K., Kirkland, WA
"Francesca's help in choosing colors for my office was indispensable. She taught me simple, universal rules that I can apply to future projects. Her flare for design and her confidence with color made the task feel less daunting. I absolutely love the new space she created. I highly recommend her for home or office staging, interior design, or any project requiring a thoughtful and talented professional. She's the best!" Deborah Myers, Wisdom Tree Natural Health Services, Bellevue, WA
"Francesca is a complete delight to work with. I appreciate her expertise, professionalism, and ability to share her wisdom with clients in a non threatening, unobtrusive way. She puts everyone at ease and her recommendations are ideal!" Marilyn Carroll, Coldwell Banker Danforth & Associates, Kirkland, WA
"Francesca, thank you for the amazing job you did staging my home! I am so impressed with your ideas and creativity! It looked amazing and really helped me to sell my house!" Sara B., Fall City, WA
"Francesca, I always thought I had done well decorating my home but when we decided to sell in a declining market, I knew we needed a few changes. I was so impressed by your willingness to work with what we had and grateful that I didn't need to purchase or rent very much to really bring my home to it's very best presentation. Your ability to come into my home, walk through rooms and instantly make easy suggestions was so very helpful. During your return visit, I felt such relief to have you move things ever so slightly for such significant improvement. The small amount of expense made it more than worth it - I sold my home in one hour at full price. The real tribute, however, was that the buyers came back to me and asked if they could purchase many of the items in my home - most often, ones that you had recommended or improved upon. Thank you so much for your guidance, delightful demeanor, and brilliant recommendations. I can recommend you to others without question." Diane C., Bellevue, WA
"Francesca, thank you so much for the beautiful job you did staging my home. I know I didn't leave you a lot to work with, but it looks wonderful!! I have received several compliments about your work, and the viewings I have had so far have received nice responses. I just went on the market yesterday and have had a 3 viewings!" Michael S., Issaquah, WA
"Especially in this tough economy, a good staging will help you sell faster. I’ve experienced it. Professional and kind, organized and accurate, knowledgeable yet open to suggestions from my part, Francesca did for my house what I could not see and do for myself. She decluttered the spaces, rearranged my furniture and added some much needed color to the walls. She transformed the condo creating an inviting atmosphere which helped me in the selling process. I highly recommend Francesca’s expertise for staging or redecorating your house". Anna S., Redmond WA
"Thank you for making our home open and inviting for prospective buyers. I can really see how your changes can make a difference in how someone views the house. I really enjoyed working with you and hope our paths may cross again one day". Donna I., Bellevue, WA
"Francesca was amazing! Friendly, professional, affordable. Not only did she make my empty house pop with just the right touches, she helped it sell!". Elisa W., Fall City, WA
"I had a great time choosing the colors and your help was invaluable! It was just so good hashing it all out with someone who knows what they are doing". Jo L., Sammamish, WA
"Francesca staged our house for sale and we had 2 full-price offers in the first 3 days!!! Francesca knew exactly what to do to make our house look amazing. People who have been to our house many times did not recognize our furniture. She told us what to store away and where to put the remaining pictures etc. Also, she looked through my things to find pieces that were just right. So, most of the staging was done with our things. All I had to buy were some bedding and towels and plants. She is delightful to work with, flexible and creative and she really understands the psychology of a house buyer. I would use Francesca again in a heartbeat!!!!". Sandy B., Issaquah, WA
"I thoroughly enjoyed working with you. I doubt any of us would have been able to put any vision into existence, let alone a cohesive vision that actually works as well as this one does". Mark H., Run Studios, Kirkland, WA
"Francesca did a fabulous job staging our home so that it appealed to a large group of potential buyers. We had 5 offers within 36 hours of our property becoming available to sell and they all commented on the attractiveness and functionality of the rooms in our home.
Additionally, Francesca was tremendous. She was easy to work with and offered suggestions, moved around many of our own furnishings and had a variety of her own items that complemented our home. We would not have had the interest in our house, nor sold it as quickly as we did without her design and skillful decorating". Greg and Janet D., Redmond, WA
"We feel sure your beautiful staging is what sold our house so quickly. Four houses for sale on our street for quite a long time; one, way more beautiful than ours, and ours sold!!!". Nancy B., Kirkland, WA
"My wife and I met and interviewed 3 stagers for two listings I sold two months ago, both vacant houses badly in need of staging. We knew Francesca was the right one from the get-go. She gave ideas for inside AND outside on each house, had reasonable, rational and sane prices, and obviously has a gift for what she does. PLUS she is a joy to work with!". Phil Jones, Coldwell Banker Danforth, Seattle, WA
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