Home Staging Riverside County, CA


Pottymouth! Yikes!

OK, lets talk potty, toilet, john, throne, latrine, can, etc.......

Actually, talking potty is something I prefer not to talk about, however even the little spaces need to be marketed correctly. :)

This is sort of a PART 2 to So you think you can Stage? Oh BOY! 

I was sort of taken back when I went to visit this Winchester property that was currently on the market with no offers.  This property had been lightly staged with accessories in the Kitchen & Bathrooms. 

IMHO, as a Professional Home Stager, having a Vacant Home partial staged with accessories in the Kitchen, Bathrooms, Closets, Laundry Room appears awkward.  Almost like the previous owners left the stuff they didn't want to take with them.  Umm....LEFTOVERS and who wants leftovers when buying a property?

OK, lets get back to the potty! 

Here is the Master Bathroom before I staged it. 

Master Bathroom before Home Staging


Sure, it's OK......I guess. A few books under a decorative accessory. Not much of a WOW factor, but whatever.....it's only the toilet area. No biggie, right? :(

However, I have to say in my 5 years as a Professional Home Stager I have never ever used books as a prop in the Master Bathroom or any Bathroom.

Remember, Home Staging allows Buyers to visualize how to use the space

Hello? Books in the potty. Just not the classy look we're going for when attracting Home Buyer's.

Hmm.......do we dare to take a closer look?

Closer look of Books


What????? REALLY????? Are You SERIOUS?????

  • The Cop Was White as SNOW
  • I'm Okay, You're Dead

I'm thinking to myself is this a JOKE? Am I being Punked?  Is this helping to attract Home Buyer's or scare them AWAY?

Maybe I need to lighten up....maybe I am being too picky. 

Do you think this really enhances the space?

Unfortunately I do not have an After picture from the same angle however this is how we staged the Master Bathroom.

Master Bathroom after Home Staging

We placed a couple of medium framed pictures on the first wall you see as you walk into the Master Bathroom. We also placed a medium size green floral silk plant on the toilet tanks lid.  DONE. Yup that's it! Remember, Less is More. :)

Remember,  when you are Home Staging you want to ATTRACT not DISTRACT Home Buyers.

This Winchester, CA property sold 1st month after Professional Home Staging the main living areas!

Bottom line......Hire a Professional when selling what is probably your BIGGEST INVESTMENT to avoid having a crappy listing! ;)


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Comment balloon 38 commentsJanice Sutton • October 07 2010 03:21PM


Janice.  That's hilarious.  What a difference with a few wall hangings.

Posted by Susan Morrison (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 9 years ago

Hi Janice,

I actuallyprefer a book on my staged potties.  I have a favorite titled Rise to the Throne. I think it is hilarious. I am always looking for books with the word Throne in the title for just such a purpose. They are harder to find than one might think.

I don't mind a little subtle humor, especially in the more lackluster areas of the house, such as the "toilet closet."



Posted by Michelle Molinari, Feature This Real, Estate Staging & Curb Appeal Concepts (FEATURE THIS... Real Estate Staging & Interior Decor) about 9 years ago

Susan - Thanks!  Exactly less is more!

Michelle - Interesting.  I bet that book does get quite a few laughs! Unfortunately, the books in this post were a little tacky for me :)

David - Thank you!  I have been wanting to write this blog for awhile.  Those books really gave me the creeps.

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) about 9 years ago

Clever you Janice!  I can just see the person who created the before shot was looking for a red/white/black color scheme.  Were those the colors in the rest of the bathroom BEFORE? 

Considering those book titles, that item sitting atop the books could be an urn....from a distance or quick look-see.  Not good choices, for sure!

Posted by Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging (Certified Staging Professional) about 9 years ago

Books topped off with what looks like a funerary urn...

Posted by Julia Maher, Connecticut Home Stager (Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes) about 9 years ago

That is just priceless Janice! who owned the house a serial killer?  I was just telling my class to be careful about the books you leave in your bookshelves - from self help to raising rebellious tatooted teens... now I'll add "serial killing techniques" to it =)

Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes (Home Star Staging) about 9 years ago

Janice love your line "when you are Home staging you want to attract not distract buyers". PERFECTLY SAID! Great job in the bathroom and I love your approach to staging.

Posted by Heather Cook, Quality Home Staging (Rooms in Bloom Staging & Design Inc.) about 9 years ago

Ginger - Thanks Girlfriend!  Actually the color scheme in the rest of the Master Bathroom was Orange & Brown. LOL you are right the accessory on top of the books does look like an Urn.  Well at least she keep the flow right! (No pun intended)

Julia - Ha ha exactly! You and Ginger picked up on that!

Karen - I know! It was really creepy! Yes, when home staging you really should JUDGE A BOOK BY IT"S COVER! :)

Heather - Thanks so much!  I love your staging approach too!


Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) about 9 years ago

What a clever title for your post, Janice!  Although I love staging with books, I would never consider using books to stage a bathroom, especially with titles like those!  You just never know what you'll see next...

Posted by Anonymous about 9 years ago

That last comment was me, Janice.  I forgot to sign in... :)

Posted by Diana Young (Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties) about 9 years ago

Diana - Thanks! Glad we agree and that you like my title.  It is crazy some of the stuff we see in homes. Keeps us on our toes as we never know what we might see next!


Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) about 9 years ago

These books are classic!! OH MY!!! Too funny Janice!! Great transformation!

Posted by Cathy Lee, ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA (CL Design Services Home Staging) about 9 years ago

Janice -- we stage every house with books, but not on the Throne!!   LOL at your photo and the titles of those books.  Seller must have been watching way too much CSI.

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) about 9 years ago

"I'm Ok, You're Dead" and "Chopped Liver"?!!!  I'd be running out of there as fast as I could to save my life - someone might be hiding in the closet!!!  Yikes.  These are not the subliminal messages one wants to send!

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) about 9 years ago

OK Janice, you crack me up. That was definitely worth a good laugh and I needed one badly today. Thanks for providing some much needed humor. :-)

Posted by Judy Colburn, Los Angeles Glendora, San Dimas Covina, Home Staging (ProStaged Homes) about 9 years ago

Great title and Janice, hilarious post and the books on the toilet are "to die for"

VB ;)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) about 9 years ago

Janice you've pointed out punfully that having a sense of humor is a major ingredient in staging a home for sale! And details DO count. :)

Posted by Tessa Skeens, Staging For Realtors, Builders & Investors (Hampton ReDesign, Home Staging and Redesign ) about 9 years ago

The books killed this sale.  Your touches look great in this bathroom. 

Posted by Janine Bell, Home Stager - Atlanta Georgia Home Stager (Stage It Atlanta) about 9 years ago

OMG what are these books doing there? And then the closer look......

Posted by Birgit Anich, CT Home Stager Fairfield & New Haven County (Birgit Anich Staging & Interiors, 203.807.4040) about 9 years ago

Cathy Lee - I know! I was like are you kidding me!  These would be great for Halloween but not a Master Bathroom! 

Maureen - Ha ha you are funny! Lets say it together "NO on the THRONE!"  I love staging with books....but never in the bathroom.  I guess to each his own.

Sally - I totally agree!  Very creepy!

Judy - Your welcome Girlfriend! I am glad you had a good chuckle! Hope you have a great weekend!

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) about 9 years ago

Robert - Ha ha! "to die for" Good one! Glad you like my warped sense of humor! :D

Tessa - Yes, details do count and we all need to laugh its good for the soul and staging!

Janine - Thanks! Ha maybe they killed the sale...but I know they didn't help!

Birgit - That's exactly what I was thinking.  Ugh!


Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) about 9 years ago

I never understood reading in the bathroom. great photos

Posted by Tori Toth, 888.667.6643 NYC & Beyond, HSR, SAR, RESA, LIBOR (Tori Toth, International) about 9 years ago

Tori - Ha ha I totally agree! Thanks!

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) about 9 years ago

Too funny!  I think I would have been a little leary about not doing a "SPECTACULAR" job on this one if those were the owners books!  You DID!

Posted by Laura S. Baker, Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc (First Weber Inc) about 9 years ago

Very funny - tells you a lot about the client - maybe too much!

Once I saw a book in a clients bedroom entitled, "You are Worthless" - I thought I read it wrong and missed  the NOT. I had to ask and it tuned out to be a very funny, albeit dark humor book with funny antidotes.

Great work - looks really clean, crisp and beautiful.

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) about 9 years ago

Laura - Thanks! Ha ha....well it was an Investor's property so I felt safe.....but still a little creeped out!

Kristine - LOL I believe the client had a friend bring in the accessories...not sure.  Thanks!

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) about 9 years ago


Great post... I enjoyed the humor!  You really never know what you are going to see when you walk into homes.  This tops some of the most unusual things you find.  Fun how you lighten it up with humor!  Great job with the new and improved look with your staging!

Posted by Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager (Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging) about 9 years ago

I love the choice of reading Janice:) You have to know that most guys consider the bathroom like a library - LOL

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 9 years ago

Too funny! Thanks for the giggle this morning!  When I see books and magazines stacked on the back of the toliet or in a magazine holder by the toliet, I just gringe.  GET THOSE OUTTA THERE!  This is one place I don't think buyers want to imagine themselves being in...doing...argh! ;-)

Posted by Teresa Meyer, Home Staging Cincinnati-OH. (Cincinnati Home Stager) about 9 years ago

LOL! Love the books

I'm Ok your Dead?

I need to read that one

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Posted by Charles McDonald, REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions) about 9 years ago

I think I have used books in almost every room in staging but never the bathroom. That is a new one. Perhaps they were trying to portray a "cozy reading nook"? :)

Posted by Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M (Rooms With Style) about 9 years ago

I've never used books on the throne before, but I can see where Michelle's idea to do so can work because she chooses the titles...But these titles?  Are you kidding me....get them outta there!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 9 years ago

Linda - Thanks! I am still surprised by some of the things I see when viewing properties to stage or destage for that matter!  That is a whole other blog! :)

Bill - Of course you guys do!! :) All you guys need is a "Library" & Man Cave and your set!

Teresa - Thanks! I cringe too! Ugh not what I want to imagine when viewing a property!

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) about 9 years ago

Charles - Glad I could make you LOL! Ha ha you are too much!

Shar - Exactly! I wouldn't have written this blog but the titles really were over the top creepy!

Sharon - Yes, Michelle's book titles are great! These books killed the deal!


Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) about 9 years ago

Those book titles are so creepy!  It would have been easy to usher them out of sight and out of mind, but you took the time to write about it and give us all a good laugh.  Thanks and keep up the good work!

Posted by Michelle Drewry, Realtor - Signature Real Estate Group (Signature Real Estate Group ) about 9 years ago

Yes...creeepy indeed and buyers do notice that kind of stuff. No books on the toilet for me.

I met a Realtor last night who said she stages her listings for free. And I'm thinking "Oh Really??" A few sentences later she says how she puts a few things in the bathroom and kitchen and voila! Definitely a "disservice" in my eyes. Not helping the client at all with that but rather misguiding them to think that they have done all they can to get the home sold...NOT!!!


Posted by Valerie Sagheddu, ~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA (Apostle Art Home Staging & Design) about 9 years ago

Michelle - I agree...very creepy! I couldn't resist sharing this story...it was a one of a kind in my BOOK! ;)

Valerie - Exactly! No one wants to have a property tagged the "creepy" bathroom property! And we all know REA's label properties.

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) about 9 years ago
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