Not Your Mother’s Wood Paneling

“Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wood PanelingWe’ve mentioned it before and we’ll mention it again, Denver is the hottest housing market in the nation!  This means that there are so many qualified people vying to become homeowners that they are buying less than stellar homes for more than they would care to admit.  So, how can a budget-busting fixer-upper become a dream home without breaking the bank?  In this article, we are going to focus on taking inspiration from something you will likely see many of these homes, wood paneling, and provide some replacement alternatives for your Colorado home.

Reclaimed Wood
This style is becoming more and more popular as anyone with a “home design” Pinterest board will testify.  But, it makes complete sense why so many people love this design!  The concept is extremely flexible, both in budget and in styleReclaimed Wood Paneling.  If you’re a do-it-yourselfer on a budget, properly refurbished pallet boards can be repurposed into a beautiful accent wall; or, if you are looking for something more upscale, beautiful hardwoods like oak, cherry, or mahogany can be installed to match the rest of the home’s design.  Reclaimed wood paneling also lends itself to many home styles; driftwood boards are beautiful in beach homes, reclaimed pallet boards can provide a little flavor to a modern or contemporary house, and boards made from beetle-kill trees is an interesting way to spruce up a mountain cabin.  We also suggest reusing wood from something that has history, if you have access to an old barn or you are replacing the dock in front of your lake house, you can install an interesting story or two into your home while saving a pretty penny by reusing the assets already at your disposal.

Shiplap Paneling and Tongue and Groove Paneling
Shiplap Wood PanelingThese styles of paneling look very similar, but differ in how the panels connect to one and other.  Shiplap panels are connected by a rabbet joint, which looks similar to a set of 2 stairs and fits tightly together to create a waterproof seal, hence the term “SHIP-lap.”  In tongue and groove paneling, like the name suggests, each board sits on top of another and the “tongue” of one board fits into the groove of another creating an overlapping style, instead of the flush style of the Shiplap paneling.  Both of these styles are used for a home’s interior and exterior, notably, tongue and groove is better at protecting a home against the elements.  This style is more informal for an interior and works well in a cottage home, beach house, or cabin.  If you like this style, but are on a budget, shiplap traditionally costs less than tongue and groove.

Flat Panels
Wainscoting Wood PanelingFlat panels, as you would imagine, use large flat panels to decorate the walls of a room.  This is the style into which you would classify wainscoting and other higher-end paneling.  Flat Paneling is typically more expensive because the single boards are larger, harder to make, and are often more elegantly styled.  However, many houses with wainscoting use beadboard as a beautiful and significantly more affordable alternative.

If you’re stuck with the old, dark, 1970’s wood paneling and are looking to upgrade to something a little more modern, we would love to help.  Contact us to set up a consultation and our design experts can provide some great direction on what type of paneling would complement your home, as well as what kind of furniture and accessories would accentuate your new walls.

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Design in Mind: Concealing the Television

“If there were only one truth, you couldn’t paint a hundred canvases on the same theme.” –Pablo Picasso

If you’re like most Americans, the television is probably the focal poArmoire TVint of your living room.  To be fair, it has probably earn that right, since it is probably one of the most used articles in someone’s home.  However, what if you want to have a social evening conversing with friends or curled up in front of the fireplace, how do you separate yourself from the tube?  We have come up with a few suggestions that will keep your TV available for use, but hidden during the rest of the day.

  • If you have the space and the right design in your living room, an old armoire can be easily converted into an entertainment center. The large wardrobe provides plenty of opportunities to organize and store all of the accoutrement for a fully-functioning 21st century media center, but with a stylish 19th century shell.  The drawers are often perfect for storing DVDs and Blu-Rays, the lower shelves are great for hold media players and game consoles, and the whole piece does a great job of hiding and organizing wires.

 

  • hiding-the-tv-behind-console-made-of-champagne-racksYou may have a television that is just too wide to fit into something like an armoire. In this case, you may have to consider getting your hands a little dirty and putting together a custom shadowbox that will conceal the TV.  While this project takes a little manual labor, it is a fairly simple project that makes a great family home improvement project.

 

pottery-barn-flat-tv-cabinet-remodelistaStart by mounting your television to the wall using a TV mounting kit sold pretty much anywhere you can buy a TV.  Measure the dimensions that you will need to cover the monitor, including depth.  Cut your pieces of wood at to length, leaving 45 degree angles on the edges.  Fasten your pieces together, check that it fits well over your television.  Finish the design by place the covering over the front of the shadow box.  After the shadowbox design is complete, place it over your television and mark where the studs cross the box.  Use brackets to fasten the box to the wall (making sure that it is level) and you have successfully hidden your television!

 

It is important to remember that you will have wires that need to be hidden, you may need to build shelf or additional mounted cabinet or cut open your drywall to successfully hide them.  You will also need to have a place to store your entertainment equipment, such as a cable box, DVD player, and game systems, so a mounted cabinet may be your best option.

 

  • Finally, if you are a bit more capable and really want to impress your guests, create a built-in to house your television. First, make sure that you have room in your wall to add the built-in.  Then install the TV so that it is either inset, so that it can be concealed, or flush, so that it can bTV behind arte framed and turned into a beautiful digital picture frame when not in use.  While you have your wall opened-up, it is probably a good idea to call a certified electrician to add an outlet to the built-in that will help hide your wires.

These are just a few of the unlimited ways that you customize your entertainment center to your lifestyle by adding a little flair.  If you are looking to redecorate your home or even just a room, we are happy to set up a consultation.  Give us a call or shoot us an email using the information provided below.

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Home Design: Picking the Right Theme

“If there were only one truth, you couldn’t paint a hundred canvases on the same theme.” –Pablo Picasso

Like all things in fashion, styles and trends come and go and come back again.  But just because something is the new big thing, it doesn’t mean that it works for every unique variety of house.  In this blog post, we are going to discuss the importance of design limitations in relation to the architectural style of your house.

Home DesignHome DesignObviously, the first step to redesigning a home while keeping the existing foundation in mind is knowing the architectural style of your home.  At this point, you may be panicking because you’re not sure what kind of home you have.  Never fear!  Since Staging Denver designs the interiors of homes, we have provided a link to a nifty gallery of “26 Popular Architectural Home Styles” courtesy of DIYNetwork.com.

As you may be able to tell after perusing the article, if you have an Art Deco or Mid-Century Modern exterior, you probably don’t want to fill it with Victorian- and Colonial-style furniture.  You would be mixing clean lines with intricately detailed patterns that will likely complicate and mismatch the original intention of your intended home design.  The same is true if you walk into a Craftsman-style home only to see Contemporary décor.  While individually, both can be executed very well, but together, something will probably just feel off.

Although, crossing genres isn’t impossible; however, it’s usually best left up to the professionals.  If you are redesigning your own home, it’s best to just choose a theme for your interior that complements the curb appeal of your home.  For example, just because Open Concept Designs are currently popular, it doesn’t mean that you should knock out a wall in your 80 year old farmhouse and install a granite countertop.  Instead, play to the existing strengths of the building and choose furniture that feels warm and inviting.  An old farmhouse is the perfect place to implement a sophisticated rustic design that utilizes beautiful antiques and meaningful heirlooms.

If you are planning a redesign or staging for your home, give us a call or shoot us an email.  We are always excited to schedule a consultation and tackle a new challenge.

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Our Home Design and Decorating Services

“Home is the nicest word there is.” –Laura Ingalls Wilder

Decorating ServicesIt’s true, most of our time is spent staging homes to sell for top dollar.  We work hard to make sure that each facet of your home appeals to potential buyers, increasing the offers sellers receive.  However, what if you are completely happy remaining in your home for years to come?  How can you benefit from our expertise?

Of course, you can follow our blog for tips and tricks to organizing and designing your home, but you may not be happy with your end result if you commit to a piecewise redesign that takes place over the course of a few years or more.  Instead, if you feel like the design and layout of your home is tired, outdated, or just needs a bit of a change, we recommend that you contact us about getting a redesign.  Much like a staging, we set up a consultation to get an idea of your style preferences, look over some options, and develop a design.  After the meeting, we will work up some options present them to you before finally implementing the final design.  After making you fall in love with your home again, you can continue to update and maintain the new design by following this blog each week and employing some of the ideas and habits that we discuss.

If you think that it’s time for your home to get a makeover, contact us today!

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Staging to Sell: How Much Stuff is Too Much?

“Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.” – Le Corbusier

We have almost 20 years in the home staging industry; during this time, we have found dozens if not hundreds of ways for sellers to increase the value of their home without ever having to call a contractor.  In this blog post, we will be focusing on a couple of easy and inexpensive ways to accent the areas of your house to show off its storage capacity and spaciousness.

  • before after clean house Keep It Clean. This may seem obvious, but it’s something that sellers can accomplish and then forget to maintain over the course of multiple days or weeks. As you near the listing your house, emphasize its cleanliness, treat it like your in-laws are coming over for a week.  Clean everything.  Make the floors shine, steam the carpets, and put all of the clutter into storage.  Once you have accomplished “clean,” switch to the “Keep” part of “Keep it Clean.”

Life has a way of making it easy to let the clutter pile up or allow well organized spaces erode into disarray as the days pass.  When selling, you will need to stay vigilant and keep everything tidy and in its place.  During this period, adopt the mantra “If it takes less than 5 minutes to do, do it now.” This will encourage you to develop the habit of maintaining the immaculate condition of your home.  Continuing to do this throughout the sales process will help your house to appear livable, not lived-in, and that is what buyers want to see.

  • Storage Shclosetould Remain Half Empty. Whether it’s your closets or cabinets, shelves or sheds, you need to flaunt the holding capacity without cramming too much into a space.  In your closets, take out half or more of your clothes and space out the remaining clothes evenly providing an open and spacious energy that makes the closet seem larger.  This process works the same in your kitchen cabinets, book shelves, and even the backyard shed.  Order and organization streamline storage and maximize the amount a surface can hold, making each surface appear larger, aesthetically pleasing, and more valuable.

Keep following our blog for more helpful hints and tips to sell your home for top dollar.  Contact us any time for a consultation or redesign.

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In for a Penny, In for a Pound: Selling Your Home for Top Dollar

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” – Confucius

Sell Your Home for Top DollarHave you ever walked into an open house, looked around, and thought to yourself, “The space is nice, but there is something off?”  In Denver’s hot housing market, as a home seller it is easy to assume the attitude that “The house will sell, and it will sell for a lot more than we paid for it.  We don’t need to do any work, let the buyers deal with it.”  Often times, these sellers aren’t wrong, but “more than we paid for it” is not the same as “as much as we could make from it.”  It’s up to you as a seller to decide that your home is an investment and that you want to get the highest return on it that you can, but once you do, it is our job as the best home staging company in Colorado to put our money where our mouth is and help express the beauty of your home in a more obvious way.

Selling Your Home for Top DollarA lot of home selling is a formula, the number of bed and bathrooms, total square feet, neighborhood, school district, etc… These numbers can provide potential buyers with a rough idea about the worth of a home.  Staging a home takes these quantifiable numbers and statistics and injects poetry, art, and life.  Half the fun of owning a home is filling it up, and what better way to spark the imagination of potential buyers than by providing a beautiful template.  A gorgeous home can ooze potential, but if it is presented as an attractive but empty space, a lot of buyers won’t tap into that energy and will make unmotivated comments like, “It’s a great space,” “I can see the potential,” and “I like that it has vaulted ceilings.”

Sell Your Home for Top DollarInvesting time, effort, and money into an inspired staging design will stimulate potential buyers to imagine replacing the staged furniture with their own design.  When this occurs, you’ll hear comments like, “Look at this kitchen, if we had this I’d actually start making dinner,” “This room would make a great den!  I could put my Dad’s old fishing stuff on the wall and make a nautical theme,” or “This dining room is amazing.  We’d have to buy a bigger table, but we could start having family dinners with your parents and my sister’s family once a month!”

We understand how stressful it can be to buy and/or sell a house.  Making the experience more enjoyable for everyone is why we work so hard to help sellers maximize their investment and buyers fall in love with a home that stands out in a crowd by creating a smart and sophisticated model home from the house where you have lived for years.  Let us help you get the most out of your property, contact us today:

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Subtle Home Staging: Know Your Short Comings

Home StagingIf you are selling a house, you know all of the less-than-impressive aspects of your home.  It’s worth investing a little time and money to fix up some of the off-putting aspects of a house, knowing that you are raising the value of your home.  This may include cleaning and fixing gutters, doing a little light landscaping, or adding crown molding, but often it means providing a bit of a makeover to one or two of the rooms to show off their potential, instead of their limitations.

If you only focus on optimizing the best parts of a house, but ignore the less than perfect areas, potential buyers will leave open houses with saying something like, “I loved the high ceilings and exposed beams, but the kitchen just seemed dark and closed-off.”  With the right eye and a positive attitude, many “bad” things can easily become “fun” and “quirky.”

At Staging Denver, we take our craft very seriously; it is our duty to recognize the potential of a space and then elevate the reality of a space to its apex.  Our attention to detail and dedication to the art and science of interior design is what makes us the premiere staging company in Denver.  We have assisted dozens of realtors sell their properties at top dollar by helping buyers recognize the value in a home by bringing out its true beauty.  Let us help you get the most out of your property, contact us today:

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Subtle Home Staging: Create Flow

Home StagingYou may have your home arranged in the way that best served your family’s needs, but remember, you are looking to sell your home for a reason.  The best arrangement for your family may not be ideal for the audience looking to buy your home.  For example, if you are selling your house because your family has grown and you need more space, maybe you should take your sectional and replace it with a loveseat to remove the claustrophobic feeling that a lot of rooms give off when they are too cluttered.  In the same way, if you are an empty nester and are looking to downsize your home, make sure that your furniture doesn’t appear as islands in a vast sea of open space.

When staging a home, the furniture should create a flow that makes a home feel open, but not lonely.  Creating flow will also help your realtor conduct an effective and efficient open house.  It will keep visitors from getting in each other’s way and create a queue that will allow the realtor to address each group visitors in an organized fashion.

Subtle Home Staging: Tip One

“Tiny details imperceptible to us decide everything!”

– W.G. SeBald

Home staging is all about making the people who don’t live there feel at home.  Unfortunately, when sellers stage their own home, it is already that, home.  It takes a stranger with an eye for detail and a warehouse full of furniture and props to truly bring out the potential of a space.  That is why we have listed a few small suggestions that can make a big impact on the sale price of a home.

 

Utilize Shelving Appropriately

Home Staging ShelvingIf you are a homeowner selling a house, you probably exist in one of two worlds; either you are living in your home and everything is as you have had it for year or you have packed up and everything is bare.  Either way, your shelving and cabinets are probably an eyesore.

Start by removing everything from your shelves, cabinets and cupboards; then, choose simple pieces, sophisticated books, and any high-brow collections you may have.  Start populating your shelves sparingly; do not crowd your shelves.  This will open up the room and show the storage potential without looking deserted.

As for your cabinets and cupboards, try placing some of the larger cabinets with appropriate dishware or maybe even a cereal box or two to accentuate the storage capacity.

Home Staging: Taking Imagine Out of Imagination

When you were buying your first home, you probably walked into a house, bare of all furnishing and told something like, “Close your eyes and picture it.”

Home StagingMaybe you were able to imagine yourself cooking dinner in the kitchen or watching a movie in the living room.  If so, you possess a great skill; however, many people are unable to envision an empty home as anything more than a blank space.  Buyers want to fall in love with a house before they buy it, meaning they picture themselves eating dinner at a big table, feeling the heat from the fireplace on a cold day, and reading a book in a quiet nook.

Home StagingHome staging is the processes of giving those potential buyers the opportunity to experience real life in that house.  It is more than plopping furniture into a few key rooms, instead, a well-staged home should accent the natural poetry of a space.  The little touches, like a book on the bed or pictures over the mantle, should prompt the buyers to write a story about this make-believe family in their heads as they move from room to room.  Ideally, the home should make buyers envious of this family in the story they have created.  An envy that fuels the desire to be the family in the beautiful house.

At Staging Denver, we take our craft very seriously; it is our duty to recognize the potential of a space and then elevate the reality of a space to its apex.  Our attention to detail and dedication to the art and science of interior design is what makes us the premiere staging company in Denver.  We have assisted dozens of realtors sell their properties at top dollar by helping buyers recognize the value in a home by bringing out its true beauty.  Let us help you get the most out of your property, contact us today:

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