What they are saying about us

We were referred to Ellen Mann by our realtor to assist with the downsizing of my mother’s duplex in the spring of 2017. For anyone who has helped a parent in a similar situation likely empathizes the range of challenges starting with accumulated belongings all the way through the fear of change and all the sensitive psychology associated with this process.

Ellen brings a very confident, professional and sensitive approach to her consultation. On day one she reinforced the big picture goal was to obtain the best possible price for my mom’s home and to accomplish that we needed to market to the next potential buyer who would be interested in her place. Having zero expectations as the son watching from the sidelines, I was impressed with how quick Ellen picked up on my mom’s fear of this entire process. Her following words were compassionate and extremely supportive in trying to ease my mother’s fears. She went as far as making herself available for any questions even before committing to her services.

With fears settled – Ellen put together a very detailed list of recommendations focusing on creating space, organization and simple do it yourself repairs. As a bystander and three time homeowner myself I learned what its like to have an objective lens when it comes to marketing a home. Following this initial consultation, Ellen provided us with a very reasonable quote – and got to work quickly to capitalize on the spring market. Ellen’s work was so impactful that my mother could not believe the transformation her home went through and secretly wanted to stay in her newly marketed environment. Ellen’s work is nothing short of impressive, impactful and classy. I suspect the potential buyers during the first weekend of the home being listed likely felt the same – my mom’s home sold in 3 days with competing offers starting on day one and eventually leading to $20,000 over list price.

I would recommend Ellen not only on the above outcomes, but as a business owner myself, anyone who struggles with the natural reflex of thinking with your heart versus your head when it comes to buying or selling your home.

My mother and I are grateful to have met Ellen, benefited from her professional services – and frankly consider her a friend going forward.
– Mike R. –
 Father, Husband, Son, Wine Importer.


Let’s not beat around the bush first! The most important thing you want to know about hiring Ellen at Chrysalis to stage your house is this: We received an offer in THREE DAYS at 99% of our asking price!

The results speak for themselves! We gave ourselves over to her entirely and had immediate interest, and people still wanted to see the house even after it was under contract. We were literally turning people away. We had all the interest we were could hope for!

To start, we LOVE Ellen. We were referred to her through our marvellous new agent Art Lee (equally fantastic!). Our house was previously on the market for 90 days, more than half of that it was vacant, then we took it off and put it back. Here’s our story. The first time on market, we waited until it was vacant to make some improvements. We had touched up our walls both ourselves and hired someone to do larger areas with the existing colour. We didn’t want to hear that the colour was not what people wanted and the vacant sad echo made people complain about other things and make mountains out of molehills. We received only one insultingly and extremely low offer and little interest even after other touch ups we did. The house had nothing wrong with it, a gorgeous place, location was awesome, price reduced… still nothing.

When we decided to go with another realtor with a different perspective, we listened to the experts on Art’s team and were introduced to the lovely Ellen Mann of Chrysalis Creative Home Staging. The house was a very good one, the advice we got was important to listen to – Ellen gave us only the facts. She broke it to us that the colour we had on our walls before was the most returned colour. Meaning people buy it, try it on a wall and then realize it doesn’t work and return it. Only a small portion of people would actually like the colour, which meant we were really cutting ourselves off from a greater audience. We can’t argue with facts, so we decided to put everything in Ellen’s expert hands. She suggested we paint a certain colour and she staged it her way, which meant our time money and efforts we put into painting previously, would be in the toilet, and painted over. It was sad for us but we knew after investigation and being presented with her knowledge, Ellen was the right choice for us and we put our faith in her and her choice of painter.

Well we should have done this from the start and wouldn’t have wasted time or money. The results were SPECTACULAR!!!! Ellen’s painter did an excellent job, the cuts were perfect and the colour is incredible! Better than we expected. Ellen’s choices of furniture, the decor, the art on the walls, the tables and accents, were perfect to appeal to the exact audience that would be in the market to buy our place – and had no complaints about anything! That’s the thing. While our own furniture AND TASTES ARE DIFFERENT in colour and style, Ellen’s was UPDATED, MODERN and exactly what people want to see. Even my mother said that while it wasn’t to her own tastes (who is 30 years older than the average buyer), Ellen knew exactly what the buyer of TODAY AND TOMORROW wants. It’s NOT about what WE like or want, it’s about Ellen’s knowledge of the market and her expertise and skills! And she’s got her ear to the ground about what’s HOT, what’s not, and what will sell your property.

We went live on a Sunday, and immediately started getting interest and showings. No complaints about anything, just great feedback, tons of interest and even others wanting to write back up offers. We got the offer we wanted within 3 days, and by Tuesday night we were signing for just slightly under our asking price! In this market, you don’t know what will happen, but thank God we are satisfied to finally have this long journey over, and SO SOON thanks to the new team we chose to help us sell, which included Ellen’s incredible staging knowledge, experience, skill and advice.

Choosing to stage with Ellen is a NO brainer and in fact a MUST in this market (Summer 2017). This paid for itself several times over. I SHUDDER to think how much longer the house would have stayed on the market if we were stubborn and continued to do things our way, or how it would have affected things if we only took her advice half-heartedly… Yikes we could have sat until next year paying mortgage… No folks, do EVERYTHING Ellen says. If you’re having trouble selling your house, think about taking it off for a couple weeks (and going with any of the competent agents on Art Lee’s Team instead!) and implementing ALL of her advice during that time, she’s right about EVERYthing! Put it back on market and enjoy the magic going to work on the public. Honestly – to my fellow sellers – DON’T take only part of the advice, DON’T do it half-way and cheap out. Give yourself over to Ellen, or you’re literally missing out.

I would also like to add we did all this from another province! Ellen was so great to work with from afar. This was a lesson to us that we want to pass on to you if you’re wondering what you can do to sell the house – call Ellen Mann at Chrysalis and call Art Lee’s office. Painting and staging… costs how much? Compare that to how long you sit on market, paying mortgage, getting low ball offers etc. The best thing you can do is go with a great savvy expert who will present your house in the best way possible and you have to do the work to improve it. That’s Ellen and a good agent like ours, and our willingness as sellers to do our part and listen. It’s a partnership!

Lastly, I would like say a note about Ellen personally. She is a smart, sophisticated and savvy woman, classy, and again SMART. I respect her – she knows what she is doing and works HARD at all hours and gives up a lot of personal evening and weekend time because real estate doesn’t take time off. Ellen deserves the maximum rating. THANK YOU so much Ellen, we are so happy we were referred to you and went for the full package! You are MAGIC!!!
– Lisa Beaulieu –


I connected with Ellen from another Realtor in my REMAX office after I had trouble selling a property. He spoke extremely highly of her and mentioned that his listings sell after using her services. Clearly that sparked my interest and after consulting with three professional stagers, I chose to with Ellen based on her pricing, value added service and prompt communication; all of which are very important to me in choosing a vendor. After the home was staged, to mine and the seller’s satisfaction, we got the home sold in less than two weeks. The results speak for themselves and I am now a true believer of staging a property to get a higher price and quicker sale….thanks Ellen, very impressed =).
– Trung Bien –
Remax Central


My house sold last week. Since the house was empty, I thought it best to invest in having it staged. Ellen was recommended to me by my realtor. Ellen first recommended an excellent cleaner to get the house sparkling and then staged it beautifully. The house not only sold in three days but I was it sold for over the asking price! In my opinion, having it staged more than paid for itself! I might add that I don’t live in Calgary and was able negotiate this entire sale without ever stepping foot in the city. A testament to having an excellent team helping me through all of this. Thanks so much!
– Nancy Newsom –


I was very unsure selling my house in today’s market-
In walks Ellen, and everything changed!  Ellen spent two hours at my home giving me recommendations, offering her ideas to stage my home to sell fast as I had already bought another home.
I was skeptical at first, but I acted on every recommendation and let Ellen stage my home – A half hour on the MLS – My realtor phoned to say we had a showing – I was stunned!  Within an hour we had an offer- one week later we had a firm deal- my house was SOLD!  I was in tears of joy as I had so many concerns about my house selling in this market- Ellen , along with my realtor Justin Warthe, produced results beyond my wildest expectations!
Ellen is amazing, kind- professional – personable and best of all darn good at what she does !!!!  I would recommend Ellen in a heartbeat if you want your home to show at its’ finest !
– Rene Birston –


I can’t say enough about Chrysalis Creative Home Staging and why you will be so happy you hire them! Ellen is the epitome of professionalism creativity and a calm presence in the chaos that comes with deciding to sell a home. Her suggestions are based on marketing. Not decorating. So once you realize the vantage point from which prospective buyers look at your home, you can take her guidance and run with it. Whether it’s the shopping g suggestion to find the perfect “something” or suggestions on how to incorporate your gems, Ellen is on point. She reinforces that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your house look like you did. Call her!!!!
– Moira Fitzpatrick –


Ellen recently helped my boyfriend and I to stage our home for sale and we were thoroughly impressed by her knowledge, personable nature and ability to be creative while keeping our tight budget in mind. She helped us to make a lot of small changes which together made a huge impact on the appearance and overall feel of our space. Not only are we happy with the result for staging purposes, but we are also so happy with the way it transformed our space for our everyday enjoyment. Ellen truly went over and above by not only laying out a shopping list for us, but by also providing us with recommendations of places where we could purchase the items for the best price without sacrificing quality. I highly recommend Ellen to anyone who looking to stage their home or even for those who are just looking for a few tips and tricks on how to improve their space – she is your gal!
– Ashley Jensen –


Ellen is amazing!! As a real estate professional, we count on our vendors to provide superior service and professionalism….Ellen not only provides those things, she went above and beyond for my clients!! Her “Barriers Of Sale” consultation is an absolute must for your listings. Her eye for detail with staging and professional recommendations to my clients increased the marketability, offers and overall positive showing feedback.
– Lisa Hiller Gallant –
Remax First


We recently started working with Ellen and we are so excited by the results we are getting. Our clients have been really receptive to her approach and advice. The first customer we had her help sold his home on the first showing after implementing her recommendations. Love her passion and commitment! She has been great to work with and ask advice. We highly recommend Chrysalis Creative Home Staging to help you market your properties!
– Grace Martin –
Maxwell South Star Realty


Ellen was a pleasure to work with.  She kept us informed during the whole process, we felt very involved.  She is flexible and always quick to answer. She is very creative!  We are so pleased with the end result.
-Carmen Jiwani –


Ellen brings a great work ethic and eye for creativity to the table when working with my clients, while staying within a very cost effective budget. I’m so impressed with her enthusiasm and love for creating an inviting environment that I know makes a positive impression on Buyers. I certainly know she’s done this in my listings and created that feeling of “I could live here” ~ ” this is so comfortable” ~ and a more recent comment from a showing Realtor and her Buyers on a condo listing of mine…”WOW… This looks beautiful!”
Check Ellen out and bring some more value to your Clients with her staging services…
-Cheryl Talbot –
The Real Estate Company


I can highly recommend Ellen to give you ideas on how to stage your house when selling.   Ours needed her talent and once she told us how to stage it right it looks amazing . She gives you 100%of her time and she is such a wonderful person to work with .
– Tracy Brown –


Ellen is fantastic!…..I am a single mom of two teenagers and after going through a separation I found myself with a house I hoped I could manage but I couldn’t so I found myself entering a housing market which I heard was full of gloom and doome. Then entered Justin Warthe and Ellen from Chrysalis and wow! What an amazing team these two are. I went from an overwhelming outlook to an I can do this attitude. I was very fortunate to meet these incredible people who litterly rolled up their sleeves, started cleaning and prepping my house with me and they were a force to be reckoned with.Ellen came in the first time talked, gave me a list of things to do, took some pictures and reassured me that we can sell my place quickly and for asking price. Several days later she returned..wow what a day that was. I was still cleaning out things and I was thinking I was going to have to push out the pics a few more days because I wasn’t ready….was I ever wrong….Ellen and Justin came in like hurricanes and before long my kids we unloading their vehicles full of art work, accent pieces some of Ellen creates herself! She had even gotten me some living room chairs donated to me from a friend of hers. Justin knew I didn’t like my existing table and chairs and bought me a set off of the net. And by the end of the day my house was transformed into this amazing place I wanted to buy. It was fantastic. The next day pictures were taken and 2 days after that it his the market at 9:30 and that was a Saturday morning. I had showing requests that day and the Sunday and by Monday I had an offer on the table. Currently I am just waiting for financing conditions to be met then it will be done. If you ever feel over welded these two people will change that and make you feel unstoppable. I can’t thank Ellen enough for her time, patience and her hard work. I fully 100% give my endorsement to her…..she is amazing.
– Diane Roy –

I cannot begin to say enough good things about Ellen and Chrysalis. Ellen genuinely cares about her clients and gives 100%, 100% of the time. A truly 10 out of 10 experience! Chrysalis is a brand new staging company and operates in a truly professional manner. I will recommend Chrysalis to all my Family, friends and colleagues and they have become a part of my listing presentation for all of my clients.
– Justin Warthe –
Top Calgary Real Estate – Remax Central


I recently had Ellen stage a home that seriously needed her talent for flair, flow and design. My clients were on a budget, so Ellen worked very hard to create the results we needed while respecting the funds she had to work with. Once she had finished, the home was totally transformed. I was blown away by what she accomplished. Had Ellen had a larger budget to work with, I can’t imagine what she could have created. However, the home still sold within a few days of being listed. I owe a debt of gratitude to Ellen for all her help and would refer her to anyone looking to stage their home!
Thanks Ellen!
– Mike Hornby –


Remax Real Estate (Central)-As a professional interior designer I am really impressed. Beautiful taste!
-Raad Benhalim-


If you are looking for someone to help you stage your home for sale or to give you ideas for giving your current home an”affordable” lift, you should contact Ellen. Ellen recently did a “Stage for Living” in our home. She gave me some great ideas for easy affordable changes as well as ways to take the pieces we already had in our home and put them in places that showed them off in a very clean and cozy way. Thank you Ellen for giving our home the little lift it needed!
-Annette Eckel-


We had Ellen’s help with renovations on our home. She helped with everything from choosing new backsplash tile and paint colour to flooring and countertops. When the renos were complete she helped with the finishing touches such as wall hangings and furnishings. She completely took the stress out of making all of those choices. I couldn’t have done it without her! I would strongly recommend her.
– K. Karwandy –


Ellen recently staged one of my clients Homes, we were all very impressed by the detail she went to. Ellen gave us suggestions on how to spruce up the home as well as where to move and best use furniture. It looks amazing now thanks to her!
– J. Mcintosh –
Remax Realty


I highly recommend Ellen as your choice for staging or decorating any room or space in a house, condo or office. Ellen came to my rescue when my condo was not renting and within a couple of days, was able to create a fresh, warm and inviting feel. What was also great was that she was able to use all of my personal belongings to keep my sense of style. Ellen was so awesome to work with, she was in constant contact providing options and advice and, she did all all the work herself! My condo listing was averaging 1 viewing a week, once Ellen spruced it up, viewings jumped to 4-6 per week with the condo renting within weeks. Thanks Ellen!
– Aaron and Anood –