The Last 10% – The Art and Science of Photostyling

Let me start by saying I am NOT a professional photographer. But I know the power of really great photostyling. I recently had the opportunity to do a little speed staging for one of my favorite local Realtors, who just happens to be married to my former office manager, Allison! While Allison now stages most […]

Dear Design Client: You’re Fired

People do it all the time. They shop in retail stores for furnishings, lighting, etc, get lots of help and information from store employees, figure out exactly what they want, then buy the merchandise. Online. From a different company – one with no storefront that offers lower prices.  Why shouldn’t they? The prices are better, […]

How To Choose Paint Colors for Staging Homes

Is choosing paint colors for staging homes to sell different than choosing them for a home you plan to continue living in? Yes and no. While I guide all my clients towards colors that update their home while taking their existing finishes into account, I want the homeowner’s personality and personal preferences to shine through […]

Abandoned Hospital – A Terrifying Birthday Surprise

Well, friends, today’s post is gonna be a weird one. REALLY weird. Often people ask me if my daughters take after me – that is, do they love to decorate?  The answer is an emphatic NO. In fact, being in the design business is probably the absolute last thing either of them would ever choose […]

Therapeutic Design in a Children’s Play Room

Today I want to talk about therapeutic design. I was recently asked to cast a vision for a makeover of a therapeutic play room for children being served by AGAPE. Some of you may remember the annual Bella Rustica barn sale that I supported and promoted in years past? That event was founded to help raise […]