Home Sweet Home

There’s no place like home, especially when it suits your lifestyle. As the spring Real Estate market approaches, find out the target market for your house if you plan on selling. If the potential buyer for your home is who you were when you purchased the house, it is time to bring it back to showcasing the architectural features of the house itself, not its contents. Think of it as a job interview for your house. It needs to dress the part to make a good first impression by editing and staging each room. Read more

Life in Boxes, A Moving Story

When moving, every item needs to be accessed on whether it gets packed, donated or discarded. Every. Single. Item. When downsizing, you can’t take it all with you and soon realize how emotionally and physically exhausting the process is. A few readers and I share some thoughts on decluttering and moving. Read more

Letting Go of Your Stuff

Ready to purge the excess and not sure where to start? Think something has value so you end up keeping it because you don’t know what to do with it. This was my life for the last 6 months before moving. Read more

The 2019 Colors of Year

Every paint company announces their color of the year along with Pantone, the global color trend forecaster. Based on trends and color psychology, here are a few color trends for 2019.

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Finding inspiration and connections

In October I attended my first conference with the International Association of Staging Professionals held in Charlotte. The Staging industry has becoming a vital marketing component for Real Estate. It takes more than just watching a TV show to become a stager. Look for professionalism and accreditation.

 

“Our 2018 IAHSP Conference & EXPO was a HUGE success! Not only did we have the largest number of attendees to date, we also had the hottest duo in the Home Staging/Design world – The Scott Brothers!  They charmed and educated our attendees and added such great celebrity star power to our event!  All attendees earned their Luxury Home Staging (IAHSP-LHS) Designation as well as learned valuable information and insights from top-notch speakers.”

– Jennie Norris, Chairwoman, IAHSP International

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Creating a Cheery, Less Weary Holiday Season

The month of December brings joy, excitement and a lot of stress. As I write this I’m all packed up waiting to move so this month will be spent unpacking. Moving and the holidays equates to an overwhelming sense of chaos.

Here are some helpful tips for to make the season less weary and more cheery. Read more

Shop Local for Holiday Magic

As I dismantle my house in preparation to move, there are memories of milestones including past holiday celebrations. Moving is not easy especially during the holiday season. Read more

Anatomy of a Room Redesign Part 2

In my last column I started the redesign process of a reader’s family room. Every family’s needs are different. The space should look good, feel good and suit the needs of the family. Read more

Anatomy of a Room Redesign Part 1

Less is more unless you’re trying to have a functioning family multipurpose room. A reader asked for help with redesigning her family room. This column will share the dialogue between us to understand the needs of the family in order to create a functioning, attractive space. Follow the journey and stay tuned to my next column for my suggestions. This may help you access a room in your own house. Read more