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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

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
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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:

baby-builtin

DON’T FORGET YOUR BABY IN THE BUILT-INS WHEN YOU’RE DONE.

(photo via i suwannee)