Home Staging Expert® Trainer Joanna Gyrath Reveals Bathroom Update in Colorado


Bathrooms are always a big selling point for potential buyers.  And here, our very own Certified Home Staging Expert® Trainer Joanna Gyrath shows us just what she did to update the bathroom in her own home.  For all the gorgeous details and more fabulous photos, click here.

And don’t forget…Joanna is one of our Certified Trainers!  If you’re interested in earning 14 CE Credits in Colorado or Wyoming, Joanna has several upcoming workshops to choose from.  Here’s the list!  Check it out to find a date that works for you.  FYI – She’s even got a Live Virtual 2-Day Workshop coming up December 9th and 10th and you still have time to register.


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“Ask the Home Staging Expert®”: If Our House is on the Market, can We Still Decorate for Christmas?


Hi, Lori – With the holidays approaching, we need some advice.

This year made us realize how important our family is and how much we miss them, so we’re selling our home to move closer.  Currently, houses in this market are moving fast, which is why we thought we should get our home listed now.  A Realtor® friend advised us not to wait and said things likely won’t be slowing down between Thanksgiving and New Year, so my husband is anxious to get things rolling.

The problem is…Christmas!  Our girls are now 7 and 9, so it’s a very big deal to them and it’s always been a very big deal to me.  I tend to go full-Gonzo with the decorations during the holiday season and always look forward to it.  As much as I want to move, I do think it’s more important than ever to carry on the traditions.  My husband thinks the most important thing is to get the house sold as quickly as possible.

While I agree that all the decorations might be distracting to some buyers, I don’t want to ignore Christmas.  So many normal activities have already been taken away from our girls because of the pandemic, I think it’s just too important not to give them this holiday.  What do you think?  Can we still decorate for Christmas?

Christmas-Gonzo in Virginia


Dear Gonzo –

I get it.  I truly do.  This year, ‘normal’ has taken on a whole new meaning.  We all miss it, and I feel particularly bad for the children and elderly who’ve been cooped up and have to make so many sacrifices.  And with the world currently sitting on a tilt, who knows what next year will bring?

For you and your family, I think it’s all about priorities.  You seem to agree that now is the best time to get your home sold.  You just have to wrap your head around what that truly means.  The good news is, you can still have a fabulous holiday without going ‘full-Gonzo’ on the decor!  And turning it down to a level most potential buyers will find more acceptable certainly doesn’t mean you’re ignoring Christmas.

Personally, I don’t think any reasonable buyer is going to care about a holiday tree and a few decorations.  Just don’t let them overwhelm your space.  Your kids are probably old enough to understand that this year is a little different.  Not just because of the virus, but your plans to move, as well.  Get them excited about that!  Remind them of how awesome it will be to see Grandma and Grandpa so often!

Instead of an explosion of decorations to represent the holidays for you, get the kids involved in a flurry of festive activities!  Make your own ornaments for the tree.  Make bird seed ornaments and decorate a tree for the birds outside.  Bake up and decorate a GONZO amount of holiday cookies and mail them off to that family you’re missing.  Make your own Christmas cards to send.  It’s a long-lost tradition, but probably more important now than ever before.  You can also check around the nursing homes in your area to see what their policies are, as many of them do allow people to drop off cards and non-food items for their residents.  I’m sure plenty of them would LOVE to receive a holiday greeting or handmade painting from your girls!

So you see?  There are actually many things you can do to make the holiday special for you and your family and get your house sold at the same time.  And please remember that the children are going to pick up on your attitude about this new way of celebrating.  If you’re enthusiastic about it, they will be, too!  Just consider it an opportunity to explore some new options that very well may end up turning into holiday traditions in your new home.

Wishing you and yours all the best and hope this helps!

If you have a question for “ASK THE HOME STAGING EXPERT®”, please contact lori@homestagingexpert.com.

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Before and After: Realtor® Michael Hughes Creates A Positive First Impression in Boulder, Colorado

For potential buyers, it’s all about that first impression!  If you can impress them on the very first showing, you’re halfway there.  Here at Home Staging Expert®, we cannot stress enough how important that is.

Luckily for his clients, Realtor® Michael Hughes of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty in Boulder, Colorado, knows just how to impress!  After taking our workshop with HSE Certified Trainer Joanna Gyrath and earning his Home Staging Expert® Certification, Michael hit the ground running and we could not be more pleased with his home staging success!

While most Realtors® would just assume that a home this well-appointed would require very little effort to prepare for market, keep in mind that designing to live vs. staging to sell are two different things.  It’s all about the positive impact those rooms will have on a potential buyer at first glance!  By opening up the floor plan, drawing the buyer’s eye directly to the features, and enhancing those features even more, Michael was able to transform this beautiful home into a desirable listing.

Thoughtfully edited furnishings allowed him to create more visual square footage, offering a much easier flow that is fully accessible to anyone wanting a closer look.  The new arrangement also helps to draw the buyer’s eye directly to that gorgeous fireplace!  Accessorizing with artwork in softer tones over the mantel gave this entire feature a subtle but unmistakable boost without grabbing too much attention on its own.  And the placement of the now distinctly noticeable red upholstered chairs liven up the entire space and bring the balcony doors into plain sight, giving potential buyers a glimpse of what lies beyond.

This is what staging can do for your property, and this is what Michael can do for you!  A top tier real estate professional with local expertise and global connections, Michael Hughes is known for his integrity and an exceptional level of service to both buyers and sellers in the Boulder community.  His outstanding skills as a Realtor® and Home Staging Expert® Certification are sure to leave not only a positive first impression, but a lasting one.

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What the Flip? How a Fixer-Upper in Portland Brought in Big Profits

I had the honor of participating in a wonderful article on a beautiful house flip written by Whitney Coy that appeared on Realtor.com in October.  Thought you might like to read more about this amazing transformation!  CLICK HERE for the full article.



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Upcoming Home Staging Expert® Workshops in Colorado & Wyoming – Earn 14 Continuing Ed Credits


1-day workshops also coming to Georgia (CLICK HERE) and Mississippi (CLICK HERE) for 7 Continuing Ed Credits!



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Before and After: Long Island Realtor® Ricky Janotha Stages Listings for His Clients

A life-long Long Island resident, Real Estate Agent Ricky Janotha of S.A.S. Real Estate, New York knows how to sell a house!  Staging is part of his formula.  He knows that your home is the biggest investment of your lifetime, and wants to ensure you get the best possible price when you sell.  And a big part of selling is ensuring potential buyers see the beauty and function of your home from the moment they walk through the door.

Ricky proves his expert staging skills here by showing buyers exactly what they want to see!  A big, beautiful entry that makes sense and pulls the buyers eye directly to the positive features.  Editing the space by removing the table and chairs, area rug, and excess proved key.  Now the gorgeous staircase, wood floors, fireplace, and glass doors to the back come directly into focus and there will be no doubt in the buyer’s mind how they can utilize this space!

First impressions count, as Ricky shows us here.  You never get a second chance to make a good impression, and this entryway makes the kind of positive first impression potential buyers want to see!

Ricky Janotha earned his Home Staging Expert® Certification and offers full real estate services in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens Counties, New York.  If you are looking for an agent to list your property and help you make that positive first impression and get the best possible price, please contact Ricky at rjanotha@verizon.net or 516-426-8372.

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