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Laundry Room Confessionals, Part II: The Reveal

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

In the last post, I bravely shared the embarrassment that was (key word “was”) my laundry room. As a Home Stager in Denver, I’m constantly giving advice to clients who are placing their homes on the market, about the fastest way to sell their homes for top dollar.  Much of this advice  is about organizing, de-cluttering, and ways to show small spaces as open and functional.  My laundry room was the opposite of all those things, and if I’d see something similar in a client’s home during a staging consultation, I’d have a lot to say…

So, in an effort to practice what I preach, and bring the laundry room up to the standard of the rest of my well organized home, I was on a mission.  With some inspiration and about $150, I really was able to create a space that met all the items on my check list:

  •   Reduce, reduce, reduce
  •   Add functional and easy to maintain storage
  •   Bring in some aesthetically pleasing elements


Much better, don’t you think?

Here’s what I did:

Removed EVERYTHING and did a deep clean.  During staging consolations we often recommend a “white glove” cleaning.  It’s easy to live in your home and not realize the dust and clutter in every day spaces.  When preparing a home for sale, imagine running a white gloved finger over every surface.  Is it still white?  Then you’re ready for sale.   I got rid of what we didn’t need and organized everything else into appropriate baskets.  One for washing, one for general cleaning, and one for ironing.  Put my liquid laundry detergent into a drink dispenser for easy dispensing and beautiful storage.  Doesn’t it just make you want to do a load of laundry?  Or drink lemonade?

Attached easy hanging storage solutions to the side walls.  Purchased a hanging catch all for mops, brooms and the dust buster (my most prized household item), lifting all these items up of the floor of the laundry closet. Removing items from the floor of a space helps the area to seem larger, open and more spacious.  Also bought a hanging rack to mount on the side wall as a place to hang dry items.  A small rod with hooks was mounted under the shelf as a place for socks without their pair or small delicates to dry.  Both came from Ikea and were under $10.




I knew I wanted to spruce things up a bit with some color and pattern.  I painted the bottom half of the back wall with leftover paint from my son’s room. I saw this amazing tutorial about wallpapering with wrapping paper from Emily Jones.  She also did a laundry room re-do, and I was inspired.  So I gave it a whirl with these amazing patterned wrapping paper sheets.  Each sheet was only $4 and I used 5 sheets.  Not bad for what looks like designer wallpaper.  With the help of my mom (who gained a lot of experience with wallpaper in the 80’s) and a few simple supplies, we were done in less than 2 hours!

(Before putting the paper on the wall, we measured each piece, numbered them on the back, and lined them up on the floor.  The wallpaper paste was $20 from Home Depot, and we used a handy dandy small kitchen spatula to gently smooth out bumps and air bubbles)



I’m thrilled with the finished product, and can now do laundry without guilt!  The space has become so much more functional, easy to use, and maintain. And I can confidently tell sellers, from personal experience, what a huge difference this process can make…for showing and selling, or just simple living.


Holiday Decorating–a yes or no when selling your home?

Friday, October 26th, 2012

With the first now on the ground in Denver and holidays right around the corner (already saw a Target Christmas commercial–too soon??), sellers are starting to ask questions about the kind of holiday decor that’s appropriate when listing their homes.

As a general rule of thumb, anything that distracts potential buyers from the house itself, is too much.  When showing your home, you want people who walk through the door to focus on the highlights of your home.  The great views, the updated kitchen, the huge master bath.  Let the features of your home catch buyers’ attention–not your holiday decorations.

Simple decor, that will add to the cozy, welcoming feeling buyers love so much is the way to go.

Like this neutral mantle display.

And even if your nutcracker collection is a Christmas tradition, it’s not the first thing you want potential buyers to focus on.  Until next year, nutcracker army.


And when considering how to present the outside of your home, remember how important curb appeal is.  Besides internet searches, “drive-by’s” are one of the biggest ways potential buyers will find your home.  Again, let the home’s best features speak for themselves.  Chose decor that will add to the best parts of your home, not distract from it.

Try something like this


Or this


Not this


Here’s a recap…keep decor simple.  Make sure it complements the home’s features, not distracts.  It’s extremely important that potential buyers don’t feel bombarded with your religious beliefs and family traditions–because many potential buyers won’t have the same beliefs that you do.  Allow potential buyers to envision what their holidays could feel like if they purchase your home.  Overbearing holiday decor will not allow buyers have that vision.

And please.  None of this.

Fido and “For Sale”- How to Handle Pets When Selling Your Home

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

This topic falls under the category of “selling your home is NOT the same as living in your home”.

Even the world’s biggest dog lover can have a hard time with pets in the home during a showing.  Living with, and loving YOUR pets is very different from a potential buyer entering your home and loving YOUR pets.

This might be a normal afternoon activity for you and Fido…Potential buyers will not want Fido to expect this of them


As sellers, it’s important to help potential buyers envision what THEIR life could be like in your home.  Your barking dog or counter climbing cat will not make that vision so easy.

While maybe not the most convenient for you, the very best thing to do with pets during a showing is to remove them from the house entirely.  This isn’t just better for the showing, but for your pets, too.  Many new visitors can cause anxiety for your cat or dog…and even if kenneled, can lead to whining, barking, etc.  Not very welcoming for your potential buyers.  Try to find a friend, neighbor or family member to take care of your pets outside the home for the afternoon.

If sending your pets out for the day isn’t an option, DEFINITELY  keep pets out of sight during showings.  Pets can make people nervous.  And nervous is not the feeling you want your potential buyers to have.  A slobbery dog jumping up when you step on to the back patio or cat watching speculatively, perched high atop his carpeted cat tree in the master bedroom, do not exactly lend to a serene feeling.  Do your best to keep Fido and Snowball out of sight…and out of mind.




This means concealing all signs of pets, entirely.

  • remove food and water bowls
  • vacuum, vacuum, VACUUM. 
  • store pet toys and paraphernalia (dog beds, cat towers) out of sight
  • if pets are not in their kennels, store those, as well
  • if you have a dog, clean up after them in the back yard!  Nothing could make a house seem more undesirable than stepping in something while touring the garden
MOST IMPORTANTLY….be conscious of pet odors!  Sometimes it’s difficult to realize you have a pet odor situation on your hands.  If you’re not sure, ask a friend to come over and take a whiff.  You want potential buyers to have the best possible impression when they walk in your front door, not be blown away by the odor.
Solve pet odor problems by:
  • removing litter boxes and deep cleaning the places they were located
  • have carpets professionally cleaned.  Often times, pet accidents will leak through to the pad beneath the carpet and can cause long lasting odors
  • use fresh air or natural cleaners!  Open doors and windows…using too many air fresheners will often just mask the pet odor, and can leave an incredibly unpleasant smell themselves
Follow our advice…potential buyers will thank you by offering top dollar on your home.
Fido will thank you.



Pineapple Interiors & Staging Denver Join Forces to Give Back

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Denver’s premier Home Staging companies joined forces last week in conjunction with Realtor Joyce Sedam of Cherry Creek Properties, and Rebuilding Together Metro Denver to ensure that a newly remodeled home donated to RTMD looks it’s best. The organization is selling the home and using the proceeds to further it’s mission of partnering with local volunteers to rehabilitate homes of low-income seniors and people living with disabilities. Since their inception in 1999, they have repaired or rehabilitated over 800 homes and 9 nonprofit facilities.

Pineapple Interiors and Staging Denver are accustomed to staging homes for Builders, Realtors and Homeowners to assist them in selling their homes quickly and for the best possible price. Together these two companies have a combined 23 years experience in doing just that with amazing results. With no cost to RTMD, the staging companies combined their resources to fully furnish and accessorize the home quickly. The results beautifully showcase the work that has been done on the home at 12825 E. Wyoming Place in Aurora, Colorado making it even more appealing and comfortable to potential buyers (here is more information about similar houses for sale). RMTD’s goal was to have someone in this terrific family home for the holidays. The home went under contract in just 6 days!

Tammie O’Brien of Pineapple Interiors said, “It has been a blessing to us to serve the Denver area for more than 6 years and it is our pleasure to give back to our community in this manner. When you join forces with people and organizations such as Staging Denver, Joyce Sedam and Rebuilding Together Metro Denver, it’s easy to make a difference”.

Home Staging in Denver Colorado

Home Staging in Denver Colorado

Home Staging in Denver Colorado

Home Staging in Denver Colorado

“Lights, Camera, Action!”

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Last week we had the pleasure of working with Realtor Marina Jensen to film a video segment for her blog.  Marina asked us to help prepare her client’s home for sale while giving decluttering tips and other easy ways to help homes feel warm and inviting for showings.

Check out our silver screen debut from CutterWelderMaestro!

Can the Play Kitchen Stay? Preparing Kids’ Rooms for Sale.

Monday, August 29th, 2011

During a recent consultation we were asked for recommendations on two darling little girls’ rooms.  Whether all the toys could stay?  How much the closets needed to be organized? Did the play kitchen need to be put in storage?

Moving can already be a daunting and scary process for children of all ages; and in our opinion, minimizing those feelings is more important than making their room picture perfect for potential buyers. The main consideration when “staging” kids rooms is to make them appear as spacious as possible and of course, storage is always key. If your child’s room has floor to ceiling Justin Bieber posters, talk to them about keeping their favorites hanging and carefully storing the rest for their new “super cool” room when you move. If there are hundreds of stuffed animals taking over the room, perhaps they can also “move” into special new baskets and bins.

staging kids room

When it comes to kids rooms, we say a kid should still be a kid!  With that being said, here are some tips to “stage” childrens’ rooms without bringing on the tears:

  • Remove any extra toys that aren’t regularly played with.  Donate, pre-pack or store.
  • Neatly organize remaining toys and books in bins or baskets
  • Remove from closet and store any off-season clothing. If possible, keep items on shelves to a minimum and floors clear. This will help the closet appear larger.  See our post on closet organization for more specifics.
  • Clean carpets and walls.  Now’s the perfect time to whip out the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and clean up that crayon on wall masterpiece and re-hang the curtain rods that may have been pulled down while playing.

And finally, if the pink play kitchen is something that actually gets played with, is in good shape, and adds to the room’s memorability because everything else in the room is so nicely tucked away, let the kitchen get by without demolition.

Child's Room, Staging

kid's room, staging

A kid’s room that feels loved but looks tidy will allow potential buyers to linger there just a bit longer, imagining their own child living in and loving that same room. Click here to
learn more.

A Perfectly Staged Built-In for a Perfectly “Lived In” Feel!

Friday, July 29th, 2011

It seems that just about every house we’ve staged in Denver the past couple weeks has had built-in bookshelves.  A fabulous architectural feature, sure to help sell the home…and sure to help clean out our accessories inventory!

It’s easy to get stumped when staging or styling a built-in.  All that space can be daunting.  Which is why the Pineapple team has come to the rescue with some simple guidelines to help you get started!  We’ve added some visual examples along the way with each of our tips, too…  

1.  Use Plenty of BOOKS!  Though this may be our most obvious point, it’s sometimes easy to over think the layout and neglect the shelves’ true inhabitants!  Organize books by size and color, changing up the way books are placed on each shelf.  For example, stack books vertically on one shelf, then line up books horizontally on the next to create visual interest and balance.

And, did you know you can order books by the foot??  You can even choose your color scheme!  So cool.

staging builtins with books


And if you’re really an over achiever take a look at this…


2.  Layer, Layer, Layer!  Besides books, you will want to include other interesting objects on your shelves.  Think vessels like vases, jars and baskets.  Use other small figurines or  unique items to place on top of a stack of books or as book ends.  Use greenery to bring in fresh color and a natural element. These details will allow buyers to feel at home and cozy when inside your house! 

And it’s no coincidence that we used the word layer three times…remember THE RULE OF THREE!  Things generally look best when grouped in 3’s, and balanced based on size.  For example, try grouping a taller vase with natural birch branches or grasses, a medium sized, leather box and a small scale bird figurine.


staging builtins

staging builtins with greenery

REMEMBER, as always, when showing your home, TO MINIMIZE LARGE PERSONAL COLLECTIONS and TASTE SPECIFIC ITEMS to ALLOW POTENTIAL BUYERS TO ENVISION THEMSELVES LIVING THERE WITH THEIR THINGS!  In other words, when showing your home, built-ins are not the place for your entire collection of antique nutcrackers.  Even at Christmas time.

3.  Maximize Your Space!  Don’t be afraid to remove or rearrange shelves to create more space.  This way, you can add pieces of art or larger items.  And believe it or not, leaving open space (gasp!) in the shelves is okay, too!  Using negative space can help draw the eye to pieces you’d like to highlight, and most importantly, give the appearance of more total space in the built-ins.  (See last week’s post for more explanation on how jam packing spaces like closets, or in this case, shelving, with more things actually makes the space feel smaller)

 Here’s a great example of how to use larger spaces to display art work:

staging bookshelves


And finally, our last, and MOST IMPORTANT tip:



(photo via i suwannee)