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10 Fantastic Staged Kitchens

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Staging is definitely a form of art and it does wonders to improve the image of your house, when it comes to the real estate market.  Your kitchen is one of your biggest selling points; check out our favorite staged kitchens for some inspiration.

1. This kitchen counter is the perfect mixture of staged and lived-in.  It has a vintage, country feel with the flowers in the cheese grater and the wicker baskets.  The open cookbook really makes a visitor feel like they can live and cook in the kitchen.  We found this great example at The Vintage Wren.  

1.     2. The bright burst of color from the citrus and the classy feel of the glass vases brings a lot of life to this kitchen.  It also draws visitors’ eyes to the countertops.  This example comes from Decorating Ideas Made Easy.

1.    3. Storing food items such as flour and coffee in clear, glass containers is a great way to make your kitchen feel lived in.  Thanks to The DIY Playbook for this example.

1.     4. These homeowners traded out their typical, branded soap and dish soap containers for clear ones to add more of a classy look.  We got this example from Serendipity and Spice.

1.     5. Using coffee beans as decoration is not only a fun, clever design trick, it also keeps your kitchen smelling great for visitors!  Thanks to Make Something Marvelous for this great-smelling tip!

1.     7. Growing green plans, such as herbs, in your kitchen makes it feel homey and alive.  Just make sure to take good care of them!  Country Living shared this great way to make sure your plants get sunlight.

8. 8. An organized pantry not only makes your home feel complete, it also makes your pantry seem larger and more spacious.  The CSI Project did a great job with this pantry.


9  9.  If you have a table in your kitchen, make it look seamless, but used.  A great way to do this is with place settings.  Finding Home Online shared this great example.

1010. I know you love your family photos, but staging is not the time to display those.  Visitors should be able to imagine THEIR family in your home, which isn’t easy with those adorable pictures of your kids displayed. Instead, display fun cooking quotes or kitchen wall décor.  Happy Clippings has instructions on how to make this wall décor yourself.

These kitchens all have several things in common:  they’re put-together, organized and homey at the same time.  Feel free to use any of these examples or tips as you prepare your house to sell.  Or, go to SellAndStage.com to find out about our staging voucher included when you use the Sell and Stage team to sell your home. 

Happy decorating!




The Sarenpa Team
Keller Williams Premier Realty - Wayzata, MN
Serving Lake Minnetonka & Surrounding Communities

There are some super cute organizing ideas here. Thanks for the tips! 

Oct 22, 2014 01:26 AM
David Barr
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty - Sarasota, FL

Some of these look like they run the risk of over-staging, and taking away from the intrinsic appeal of the home.  Less is more.

Oct 22, 2014 02:59 AM
Will Johnson
Hendersonville, TN
The Sell and Stage Team

Jeff Jensen, I agree; organization can definitely be difficult!  However, it's absolutely critical when your home is on the market.  I think it really just takes commitment to the cause, and the discipline to put something back exactly where it goes when you're done with it.  

Oct 22, 2014 05:12 AM
Will Johnson
Hendersonville, TN
The Sell and Stage Team

Eileen Burns thanks for mentioning my post in yours!  And I really appreciate your kind words.  I'll definitely look into joining the group.

Oct 22, 2014 05:14 AM
Will Johnson
Hendersonville, TN
The Sell and Stage Team

David Barr, thanks for your opinion.  I never thought of it that way before. There definitely is something to be said about simplicity.  However, I also think there are a lot of people that would use these ideas in their own home, even when they're not preparing to sell.  And it definitely depends on the home that's being staged.

Oct 22, 2014 05:15 AM
Caroline Gerardo
Licensed in 20 states - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

Basil will grow in a sunny kitchen window from those extra Trader Joe's clippings. Trim the botom leaves and place in water. Keep the water clear from dropped leaves and green goop- the basil smells great and leaves can be used for cooking as you need

Oct 22, 2014 07:09 AM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

I'm exhausted thinking of the dusting to keep this kitchen clean.

That said, it would be completely worth the time.  I love my kitchen and I'm sure these owners do to.

Oct 23, 2014 12:30 AM
Chris and Maria Jeantet
Shasta Living Real Estate - Redding, CA
Top Realtors in Redding CA

Great tips!  I like the storage ideas. Thanks for sharing!

Oct 23, 2014 03:37 AM
Will Johnson
Hendersonville, TN
The Sell and Stage Team

Great tip, Caroline Gerardo!  I didn't realize that you could grow basil from clippings.  I'll definitely have to give that a try!

Oct 23, 2014 04:23 AM
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

To sell and stage in Hendersonville, TN call Will Johnson at 615.822.8585.

Oct 24, 2014 12:25 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Beautiful photos.  Lenn Harley made me laugh with her comment about dust, LOL.

Oct 28, 2014 06:03 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Sooo many opportunities that people don't consider in a kitchen which is now a statement instead of just a place to cook.

Oct 28, 2014 09:09 PM
Will Johnson
Hendersonville, TN
The Sell and Stage Team

Sharon Tara Thanks for your comment!  I agree with you about Lenn's post as well :)

Oct 29, 2014 04:23 AM
Will Johnson
Hendersonville, TN
The Sell and Stage Team

Sally K. & David L. Hanson I agree completely.  To many people, a kitchen is associated with cherished childhood memories.  To others, it's the place that family and guests gather while they make their meals.  And I think that it's important for sellers to present it as a place that allows for that rather than just a place to cook.  Good thought.

Oct 29, 2014 04:24 AM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Those are great shots of well-staged kitchens in real homes.

Nov 05, 2014 03:55 PM
Will Johnson
Hendersonville, TN
The Sell and Stage Team

Glad you enjoyed the photos, Michelle!  I much prefer sharing photos of staging in real homes rather than just offering suggestions and tips with no proof. Michelle Carr-Crowe-Selling Silicon Valley Homes in Top Schools San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga, Palo Alto-Just Call 408-252-8900 

Nov 06, 2014 03:07 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi Will - I missed your post the first time around; I'm glad Donna Foerster sent us over today. Great pictures!

Nov 23, 2014 11:26 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Will, you have so many great ideas in this post!  I remember telling a seller that it was important to stage her pantry, and she couldn't believe I said that!  She had a great pantry, by the way - albeit a bit cluttered.

Nov 24, 2014 09:58 AM
Will Johnson
Hendersonville, TN
The Sell and Stage Team

Thanks so much, Lottie Kendall!  Your comment means a lot.  Glad you enjoyed the post!

Nov 28, 2014 10:19 AM
Will Johnson
Hendersonville, TN
The Sell and Stage Team

Patricia Kennedy, thank you!  I definitely agree that staging pantries, closets, etc. are important -- buyers will open them to see how much space there is and clutter will make the space appear smaller.  Great comment!

Nov 28, 2014 10:20 AM