By on February 27th, 2017

Selling This Spring? Here’s Your Essential FSBO To Do List

Planning a spring home sale? Spring is the busiest time for real estate, after all –  that includes for For Sale By Owner (FSBO) home-sellers. When you’re going it alone, having a few months to prepare your home staging and real estate to-do lists can make the FSBO home-selling process a smooth and effortless experience. … Continued

By on February 22nd, 2017

These New Apps Will Make Your Next Open House A Cinch

Last week I covered the secrets to holding the perfect open house. White Orchid Interiors has also shown you unexpected ways technology can help you sell your house and apps every FSBO home-seller needs. That’s why we’re now introducing you to some helpful apps that will further support all your open house planning needs once your home staging is … Continued

By on February 20th, 2017

The Year’s Hottest Kitchen Trends (And How To Stage With Them In Mind)

We’re dishing on the latest kitchen trends. As a result, you can stay ahead of the design curve when it comes to home staging that appeals to today’s discerning buyers. New year, new trends and that holds true whether we’re talking about 2017’s latest real estate trends, or the newest design trends at home. It’s in the kitchen … Continued

By on February 15th, 2017

10 Secrets To Holding The Perfect Open House

We’ve talked about how you can get a leg up when it comes to taking the For Sale By Owner, like how to stage a big house on a tiny budget and 6 secrets to successfully sell your home FSBO. Now I’m dishing on how to host the ideal open house your first time out.  When it comes to selling … Continued

By on February 13th, 2017

Meet The Home Staging Team: Scott Leistiko

  We’re taking you behind the scenes here at White Orchid Interiors to learn more about how professional home staging works, and about the people who make staging a home so effortless and successful. Role On The Team Scott Leistiko has been a integral part of growing White Orchid Interiors. As a result, he has helped establish the … Continued

By on February 8th, 2017

Big House, Tiny Home Staging Budget? 3 Solutions For FSBO Sellers

When it comes to home staging, there’s often a misconception that preparing your home for sale will break the bank – especially if you have a large home. Try these great tips if you’ve got a big house, but a tiny home staging budget this year. Regardless of the size of your house or your … Continued

By on December 21st, 2016

5 Critical Real Estate Trends To Look Out For In 2017

In 2017, home staging will become an even more important tool when it comes to selling your home quickly and for more money. We’re talking some of the most critical real estate trends for 2017 – check out what’s in store for the real estate market in 2017 so you can take advantage. Planning on selling … Continued

By on December 14th, 2016

How To Sell Your Home Fast With Farmhouse Home Staging

Style trends may cycle in and out of fashion, but when you’re selling your home, sometimes capitalizing on the latest home design trends can also mean big bucks. Staging your home with the right design can excite buyers, entice multiple offers, and ultimately drive up your sale price. Farmhouse modern home styling is trending across the country … Continued

By on December 7th, 2016

What FSBO Home-Sellers Need Most For Effective Home Staging This Winter

Winter home staging is essential. The truth is, It’s always real estate season, especially in real estate markets like Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Miami. But even in places like Denver and Seattle the real estate never sleeps. As a FSBO home-seller, ensuring your home staging is on point for the season can be the difference between a … Continued

By on November 30th, 2016

Happily Ever After: This Home Redesign Will Melt Your Heart

We’ve showed you how you can stage a million dollar home in just one week on DIY’s “Raise the Roof,” now White Orchid Interiors is honored to contribute to an emotional home redesign surprise on Freeform’s “Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?”  From Raising The Roof To Roses At White Orchid Interiors we get to participate … Continued

By on November 23rd, 2016

Lauren’s Top Decor Picks For Home Staging This Winter

You’ve battened down the hatches. You’re ready to snuggle up in front of the fireplace. Winter is nearly here. But before we watch the clock tick down on another calendar year, all across the country there are still tons of houses waiting to be sold. Check out these top picks for a successful winter home staging. Real Estate’s … Continued

By on November 16th, 2016

The Secret To Home Staging At Any Budget

Regardless of whether you’re selling a budget-friendly home or a multi-million dollar property, home staging is an essential part of an easy and profitable home-sale.There are a number of critical to-dos when selling your home, but home staging is the one that can net you the biggest return on your real estate investment. Learn the secrets … Continued

By on November 9th, 2016

Meet The Home Staging Team: Marisa Harris

We’re taking you behind the scenes here at White Orchid Interiors to learn more about how professional home staging works, and about the people who make each home look so appealing and effortlessly put together.  White Orchid Inteirors‘ Marisa Harris has an eye for aesthetics and a passion for design. With an education in interior design, Marisa has climbed … Continued

By on November 2nd, 2016

Home Staging Success: The Design Secret That Got This Realtor Two Instant Full Price Offers

List Price: $750,000 Location: Denver, CO Size: 2 Bed, 1 bath; 1,230 sqft Home Staging Style: Comfortable contemporary Home Staging Program: Office, living room, master bedroom Home Staging Outcome: 2 Full-price offers in 3 days! About The Home-Seller Do you know the design secret to help ensure full-price offers on your home, instantly? Lorie G., a Denver real estate agent, does. … Continued

By on October 26th, 2016

3 Keys To Keep A Child’s Room Looking Staged

I’ve talked to you about “How To Live In A Staged Home.” But when you’re a family, particularly with young children to look after, living in a staged home presents its own set of unique challenges. So, with that in mind, I’m dishing out my home staging tips on how to keep your child’s room looking staged. … Continued

By on October 19th, 2016

Why Fall Is The Best Time To Sell Your Home

Fall can actually be the most beneficial season to sell your home, despite popular belief. Many people think that spring is the best season to sell a home. Whether that idea persists because the weather is cheery, or because selling a home might be the ultimate form of “Spring cleaning,” this belief has greatly contributed … Continued

By on October 12th, 2016

Home Staging Success: How This Home’s Staging Netted Five Offers Fast

For this mid-century ranch home in Santa Ana, California, the White Orchid Interiors home staging team to turned a focused eye toward the home’s potential target buyer. In a short time, the home’s seller and agent were sifting through five offers. Sale Price: $960K Location: Santa Ana, CA Size: 4 Bed, 3.75 bath; 2,242 sqft Home … Continued

By on October 5th, 2016

Behind The Scenes Of Our Second “Raise The Roof” Home Staging

This time we got to provide professional home staging for a once-small bungalow in Denver’s Wash Park neighborhood. It’s been truly amazing working alongside “Raise The Roof”contractor-host Keith Nylund to see how he pops the tops of these houses, in order to make them truly modern homes. These homes had so many fun historic elements. By bringing in great … Continued

By on September 30th, 2016

Success Story: Re-Listed With Home Staging, This Mid-Century Sold How Fast?

ABOUT THE HOME Sale Price: $529,900 Location: Denver, CO (Park Hill neighborhood) Size: 4 Bed, 3 bath; 2,562 sqft Staging Style: Contemporary Mid-Century Staging Program: Staged living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom.   Before home-seller Kellen contacted White Orchid Interiors, he had listed his home in Denver’s hot Park Hill neighborhood for sale vacant. … Continued

By on September 28th, 2016

Behind The Scenes Of Our First “Raise The Roof” Home Staging

We’re so excited to be a part of DIY Network’s new show, “Raise The Roof.” We were thrilled to provide professional home staging for contractor-host Keith Nylund’s recently-renovated houses. I think that giving viewers a peek into the home staging world has opened up a few eyes. The first of our two episodes of “Raise the … Continued

By on September 21st, 2016

We Wondered What Would Happen If Donald Trump Needed Home Staging

The race for the Presidency is in full gear. That means that in just a few months, either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be moving into the White House and out of their usual residence. That’s why last week I wondered just how I might use home staging to prep Hillary Clinton’s current residence. This … Continued

By on September 14th, 2016

We Wondered What Would Happen If Hillary Clinton Needed Home Staging

The race for the Presidency is in full gear. That means that in just a few months, either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be moving into the White House and out of their usual residence. With that in mind, I wondered just how I might use home staging to prep the candidates’ current residences … Continued

By on September 7th, 2016

Realtor’s Guide: How to Prep Your Client for Home Staging

I find that the homeowners most prepped on the subject of home staging are the ones who have the least difficulty adjusting to it. So how do you prep your client for home staging? As a Realtor, you know that sticking a sign in the front yard and publishing a listing on the MLS isn’t … Continued

By on September 1st, 2016

Insurance for Home Staging Companies

“Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.” This is definitely the role insurance will play in the life of your home staging business. I have had several new and experienced staging professionals ask for my input recently, so in this article I am going to share some of the insurance policies we have in place at White Orchid Interiors.

By on August 31st, 2016

Success Story: Orange County Vacant Home Stage Sells Over-Asking Price

ABOUT THE HOME List Price: $898,500 Sale Price: $910,000 Location: Coto de Caza neighborhood, Orange County, CA Staging Style: Comfortable contemporary Home Size: 4 Beds, 2.5 baths; 2,700 SQFT Staging Program: Staged entire home   Wondering how can Orange County home-sellers can maximize their sale price? The answer is great home staging. Great Orange County home staging not … Continued

By on August 29th, 2016

Lauren Matthews Featured on DIY Network’s “Raise the Roof”

We’re incredibly excited to announce that White Orchid Interiors Founder, Lauren Matthews, will guest star on DIY Network’s new home-improvement show Raise the Roof. On September 6 and November 4 at 8pm PST/9pm MST Lauren will appear alongside contractor-host Keith Nylund to give recently-renovated homes the stylistic edge they need to attract buyers and bids, fast. Raise … Continued

By on August 24th, 2016

How To Live In A Staged Home

Staging your home for sale is a valuable part of the home-selling process. But if you’re still living in the house how can you avoid messing up the staged home on a daily basis? I’m asked this question all the time. All. The. Time. Work, kids, pets — the prospect of cleaning up every last … Continued

By on August 17th, 2016

Look For These 5 Personality Traits In Your Home Stager

For a real estate agent, picking a home stager that understands your approach, and can help sell your home quickly – for top dollar – is important. But how do you know what personality traits in a home stager indicate they’re be the best? Bringing in the right home stager to revamp the house you’re selling is an … Continued

By on August 10th, 2016

Location, Location, Location: Which Home Staging Styles Attract Buyers in Your Region

Home-buyers in different areas are attracted to different home staging styles. As a realtor you know your audience, it’s important your home stager know that audience, as well! You want your house to appeal to the specific home-buyers who are looking to buy in your region. Outfitting a home with the right decor isn’t just … Continued

By on August 3rd, 2016

3 Unexpected Ways Technology Makes It Easy To Sell A House

We can all agree technology makes it easier to sell a home. As a real estate agent, you may have been used to old ways of marketing to other agents; today, however, you and the home-sellers are able to use apps to market directly to consumers for a speedier transaction. Research from the National Association of Realtors … Continued

By on July 27th, 2016

Success Story: On Day One This Denver Home Stage Nets Multiple Offers

ABOUT THE HOME Sale Price: $485,000 Speed of Sale: 1 day Location: LoHi neighborhood, Denver, CO Staging Style: Comfortable contemporary Size: 3 Beds, 2 baths; 1,534 SQFT Staging Program: Living room; Dining room; Kitchen; Office, Master bedroom With the help of White Orchid Interiors‘ home staging, Denver home-seller, Jeff, received multiple offers on his home the first day it … Continued

By on July 23rd, 2016

Passion for Interior Design & Home Staging

History of White Orchid Interiors Our Passion for Interior Design & Home Staging   2006: Lauren Matthews founded White Orchid Interiors in Denver, Colorado Like many great businesses, White Orchid Interiors started in a garage. Lauren recognized a demand for high quality home staging services and began accumulating inventory to furnish and stage vacant homes. … Continued

By on July 20th, 2016

3 Critical Signs a FSBO Home Sale Won’t Work For You

There is no question about it: selling your home For Sale By Owner is a lot of work. There are a few critical signs that a FSBO home sale won’t work for you. If readying your home for viewing by prospective buyers and strategizing your real-life and digital marketing techniques, makes you feel like you’ve taken on a second … Continued

By on July 13th, 2016

Home Staging Tricks: 5 Ways To Create Visual Square Footage

Selling your house and looking to maximize its square footage with some home staging tricks? Try creating visual square footage. A home’s square footage can be one of the biggest factors in a buyer’s decision to purchase. That is why, as a home-seller, visual square footage should be one of your  top priorities. Visual square … Continued

By on July 6th, 2016

6 Secret Hacks To Successfully Sell Your Home FSBO

Selling your home For Sale By Owner (FSBO) is a lot of work. But there are some hacks that might help you successfully sell your home FSBO. Selling a home For Sale By Owner means you’ll need diligence, patience, and unyielding marketing – you’re going to want to have a couple of insider-only tips to make the process … Continued

By on June 29th, 2016

Critical Signs Your FSBO Approach Won’t Result in a Home Sale

Are you growing a little anxious, wondering why going the For Sale By Owner route hasn’t yet resulted in a home sale? You’ve crossed off everything on that seemingly endless FSBO to-do list and are ready to find new owners for your old home. No matter how well you’ve marketed and prepared your home for sale, however, … Continued

By on June 27th, 2016

Home Staging and Design Trends from Dwell on Design 2016

The latest home staging and design trends were unveiled this weekend at Dwell on Design. On June 24-26 Los Angeles hosted the year’s biggest modern design exhibition, Dwell on Design, where more than 350 exhibitors and 100 speakers took to the Los Angeles Convention Center to talk about the latest trends in home design. Straight from Dwell on … Continued

By on June 22nd, 2016

Real Estate Apps Every FSBO Home-Seller Needs Now

Selling your home for Sale By Owner? These are the real estate apps you need right now. The app world has infiltrated every part of our lives: there are apps to track the amount of sleep we get, count the number of steps we take, and match us up with our next significant other. Is … Continued

By on June 15th, 2016

How to Pick a Tech-Savvy Real Estate Agent When Your FSBO Fizzles

So you’re trying to pick a tech-savvy real estate agent now that your FSBO has fizzled. You listed your house on FSBO sites; put up open house signs; got the word out via family, friends and social media; staged the home; and took amazing real estate photos. But your house is still sitting on the … Continued

By on June 8th, 2016

4 Critical To-Dos Your Home’s First Week on the Real Estate Market

The first week of having your FSBO home on the real estate market, is usually the most critical: you will receive the most interest, because the home is new to market. Capitalize on the excitement by checking off these critical must-dos for your home’s first week on the market and see how quickly you can change that … Continued

By on June 1st, 2016

Must-Do Tasks Before Selling Your Home For Sale By Owner

There are a number of things one must do before showing your home to prospective buyers. Selling your home For Sale By Owner (FSBO) can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Before you get caught up in the incalculable number of details that need addressing, take a look at our list of absolute … Continued

By on May 25th, 2016

Success Story: Colorado Home Staging Lands $25k Over-Asking For Home-Seller

ABOUT THE HOME List Price: $387,000 Sale Price After Staging: $412,000 Location: Aurora, CO Staging Style: comfortable contemporary Size: 5 bedroom, 4 baths Staging Program: Furnished the entire home Aurora, Colorado home-seller, Horatio, and his realtor, Jeff, asked White Orchid Interiors to implement a decorative scheme for Horatio’s five-bedroom home. The home was priced at … Continued

By on May 18th, 2016

5 Simple DIY Home Staging Tips

Home staging is one of the most effective ways of changing that “for sale” sign to read “sold”. Even if you’re still debating whether or not to hire a trusted professional stager, there are some simple DIY home staging tips that will allow you to get a leg up on the competition on your own. We’ve laid … Continued

By on May 11th, 2016

A Home-Seller’s Guide To Nailing Real Estate Photos

Your real estate listing photos are more important than ever, especially when you choose the For Sale By Owner (FSBO) route. Social platforms, like Instagram and Pinterest, have elevated home-buyers’ tastes and expectations for their new homes. Nailing the real estate photos of your beautifully staged home is one of the first steps in your For Sale … Continued

By on May 6th, 2016

These Top Features Sell Your Home Faster

Today’s home-buyers value a beautiful kitchen. Whether it’s a result their devoted viewership to television shows like Top Chef or to HGTV’s latest home make over special, your potential buyers will appreciate and gravitate toward the look of a new kitchen. To sell your home for top dollar, however, a recent study by Zillow found … Continued

By on May 4th, 2016

3 Big Ways Selling Your Home Has Changed This Year

Selling your house is a momentous occasion; there is a lot of strategizing and, sometimes, stressing that goes into ensuring you receive more than what you paid for your home. As in any industry, the real estate market has endured a lot of changes within the past year that are changing the way people buy … Continued

By on May 2nd, 2016

Success Story: Home Staging Prevents $50k Price Drop in Laguna Niguel

ABOUT THE HOME Sale Price: $1.4 million Location: Laguna Niguel, CA Staging Style: Comfortable contemporary Staging Program: Furnished the entire home After their Orange County home had sat empty, on the market for months, home-sellers Dave and Stacey began to worry. After dozens of showings, the house had only received one offer – and it … Continued

By on April 27th, 2016

What Every Home-Seller Needs To Know About Staging Their Empty Home

Most people need a little help in constructing their fantasy home, and when you’re selling your house, that’s exactly what you want your prospective buyers to see: their fantasy. Most prospective home-buyers are more apt to see themselves in a home that already looks like, well, a home. Unless buyers are looking to convert the … Continued

By on April 20th, 2016

5 Surprising Real Estate Trends This Spring

Spring is a time for renewal and rebirth. It’s a time when we revisit those new year’s goals – like buying or selling a home. The spring and summer seasons are generally more prosperous when it comes to home-selling (and buying!), so now is the time get up to date on this season’s top real estate … Continued

By on April 13th, 2016

10 Home Staging Questions Every Home-Seller Should Know the Answer To

For a homeowner, the process of selling your house can be incredibly daunting. Even with a trusted realtor on board, there is no guarantee you’ll be able to sell your house at or above asking price, let alone quickly (there’s nothing worse than getting stuck paying the mortgage on a house you no longer want). … Continued