Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Thow in the Towel, Towels

No Lovelies, I haven't thrown the towel in--even though I haven't posted in a long while.  But other folks should throw in their towels. Consider giving them an extended life as rags. New towels are not expensive!

Look at these fluffy new towels. Even draped on hooks they look lovely.  New towels rule.
If there is one thing that is a common denominator in most of the houses I consult on, regardless of price, it is crappy towels. 

Here's a little peek into a few of the Towel Offenses that I've witnessed.  And, yes, the owner's know I am coming and that the house is to be 'show ready'.

Dirty towel.
Don't matched towels.

Old, use ta be black towels.

 Sad towels.

Faded towel.
 Slung towels.
Used-too-long-wet-nasty towel.   
Snakin' towels!
 Rolls gone wrong towels.
Don't match-don't care towel.
Flippin' initials on old embroidered towels.
Patriotic towels.
Stop and Go towels.
Geriatric blue towels.
Just all wrong towels.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Musings: Decor Tour?

Katherine, Southern Charm, Bravo. Love her expression. Just how I'm feeling.

I was at the dermatogist this week.  The nurse began in a monotone with her questions, "I see you don't have any issues, etc." until she got to the bottom of my form. There was a line for occupation and hobbies. (I assume they want to know how much time you spend outside and are exposed to the sun?) "You're a Stager!  I love decorating!  I watch HGTV religiously!"  She went on and on telling me her house was 'OK' but it needs 'something'. She told me, "I need you."

After the doc inspected every inch of me, we resumed our chat. I mentioned that I had considered offering a 'Decor Tour'. I would take folks out to some of my fav shopping haunts and have a traveling workshop.  She jumped at it and said to sign her up.

So here's the rub.  I really had not thought it through when I mentioned.  Her enthusiam was contagious.  Hmmm....is this is a good idea?  Maybe other folks would be interested? (Not to mention it would provide an additional revenue stream. Hello!) 

I'm lovin' the idea of my 'Decor Tour' but it has me stumped on how to pull it off.  Oh 2015, you are delivering me a task that is sooooo out of my comfort zone.

So I'll ask you folks if you have any words of wisdom, thoughts, ideas.

Maybe I should just stick to staging.....

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday Musings: Points of Pinterest

Don't we all love Pinterest?  We can click and save, click and save.

You youngin's might not get this....but in days of yore, we cultivated stacks of magazines.  These oldies were tombs for future reference.  My stash of mags had corners folded, scrappy notes poking out and sticky Post-it's marking points of interest.  My magazines sat in a basket patiently waiting for the day I would rescue them to be reopened and appreciated from a new prospective.

The fun was in the process.

The process was allowing myself a bit of time to sit and explore.  I would flip through, snip around, then select and paste in a journal or folder ideas.  The fun was flipping through the old pages.  Often, I would reread articles or see one I had missed.  The fun was recovering an image I thought was save-worthy.  Funny how many 'what-was-I thinking' moments I had.  "Keep" or  "ditch" was not always clear cut.  I was absorbed in considering options. The process  of editing was part of creating.

The process took time.  It  required judgement.  But, oh Honey, how it spurred ideas extraordinaire.  This time sucking indulgence was one that I adored.  It was an indulgence of fruitful intention.

Yes, Pinterest, I love you. It is awesome to have a collective resource.  Amazing that we can borrow others creativity.

But there is something lost in the accumulating of images and the discernment over what shall stay and what shall be purged.

As in life, it not about the goal, it is about the process of getting there.

Monday, January 5, 2015

My Top 5 Predictions on 2015 HouseTrends


1.  McMansions will be McEmpty.  Large house sales will suffer from being on the market a long time.  Folks are leaning towards more cozy, low-maintenance digs.  Mile high windows,super ceilings, and sprawling lawns hold less appeal in 2015. Tiny house sales are on the rise!

2.  Humpty Dumpty Needs a Wall.  Open concept living is in for an adjustment.  I think we may see some walls going up and/or partitions installed around kitchens--or at least the prep space.  Let's face it, folks don't like seeing a messy kitchen. Open kitchens create stress.
Eric Davis - HGTV

3.  Dining Rooms are Dinosaurs.  Talk about your oxymoron, people are spending more time in their homes entertaining, but not around the dining room table.  Check out Craigslist and you will notice a zillion beautiful dining room sets offered for a steal.  Boomers are downsizing and millenniums are turning dining rooms into home offices or playrooms.
4. Re-lo-ing to the Burbs. The dive in gas prices is setting records. I think more folks are going to forget the pricey housing in the city and drive to the suburbs.

5. "Uber Think" Applies to Buying and Selling.  We are all familiar with the start-up car service Uber.  I predict that the Uber mentality is going to penetrate the real estate market.  I think 2015 may mean more buyers and sellers taking the cheapest route.  Realtor fees may be thwarted by more FSBO's (For Sale by Owner) or sellers using discount firms.  Legitimate stagers will be back-burnered for DIY stagers. Ouch!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Waiting for Motivation in 2015?

Happy New Year!

As we open a new chapter, I hope you embrass 2015 as "MY YEAR" to create something amazing.

Waiting for motivation is futile.

I'm not quite ready.
Jump in.

 I am uncomfortable.
So what.

But it's hard.
  Push through it.

Maybe tomorrow?
Just start!

2015 is going to be a great year full of success.

With love and affection,

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy, Happy, Happy Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving I am particularly thankful that my oldeast and dearest friend, Karen, got a clean path report after her double mastectomy a couple of weeks ago. Happy, happy, happy.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.


Monday, November 24, 2014

Trust Me, Dear Client

I'm working on a family room for a client.  The client is one of my regular realtors that hires me for all of her listings.

I think I need to come clean that I don't work like the rest of you talented designers.  Oh, how I wish I could compose one of those boards with all the furniture and accessories picked out.

Nope, can't do it.  I have to have an inspiration. So, today I stumbled upon this chair and ottoman.
Jackpot!  I'm always happy when I see trendy upholstery on a classic piece. Check out the print on this chair is awesome.  Soooo much to work from!
 Love the vivid red, blue, black and gray.
Of course, there is white or beige as a background player.
A girl's gotta have curves.  This chair and ottoman have awesome curves.

Then I saw this over-the-top-but-would-be-really-cool-painting-to-go-in-the-room. 
Anyway....I'm sad.  I've already completed three rooms for my client. (No design boards-just trust in my vision--that the both the wife and hubs always loved.)

But, the out-of-da-box chair scared her.  It was my muse for a very wonderful room.  Oh, how I wish she would trust me one more time.  The chair was only one piece in the fabulous room.  Wish I was able to make a design board to show her my inspiration played out.....but can't do it.  Cuz I really don't know until I get there.

But, it would have been some kinda wonderful.