The 3 Questions You’ve Been Asking About the Expert Psychological Staging™ Course

Many of you have asked questions about the Expert Psychological Staging™ (EPS) certification course that I am offering January 29, 30, 31, 2015.  Since they seem to be versions of the same three questions, I thought I’d share the answers with you all, in case you are wondering about the same things but haven’t asked.

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Obviously, I would encourage you to take my course!  But I thought you might appreciate the perspective of some of the recent graduates of my September 2014 course.  Here are the questions and answers you might need:

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How to Score Bargains at Flea Markets

There was a two-page article in Saturday’s Tennessean newspaper about the upcoming Bella Rustica Marketplace, and guess who wrote it?

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Acres of Diamonds – Saying No To Good Things

A gal named Laurie Beth Jones said, “Because we live in a day and age when opportunities are endless, and ‘acres of diamonds’ lay everywhere at our feet, we need to be able to understand what to pick up and what to put down.”

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How To Style a Coffee Table That Starts Conversations

You know how I like to change things up.  Fairly frequently.

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Staged for Success (And You Can Be, Too)

Over the weekend, I wrapped up my Expert Psychological Stager™ certification course after spending three intense days with 22 amazing women.  We worked hard, but had a whole lot of fun!

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Mortgage professional, Joe Repass of F&M Mortgage in Brentwood, TN, hosted our group and provided morning snacks and a catered lunch on the first day of training.

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In addition to training materials, everyone received paint fandecks from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams and a copy of my new book, Psychological Staging – The Home Staging Secrets of The Decorologist. I also debuted my Psychological Staging Color Boards for sale.  I’m excited to be able to offer an easy way for Home Stagers and Realtors to choose the right paint colors for their staged homes without having to be a Color Expert!  Stayed tuned for more info about their availability soon . . .

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To break up a long day of learning on Friday, we had a private lunch at a local favorite, The Puffy Muffin.

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Nashville is a great city for foodies, with no lack of great dining.  Friday evening, we hung out at Urban Grub in the trendy 12th South Neighborhood.  The food was world-class, and the conversation amazing!  Here’s a selfie we took that night:

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Saturday culminated in hands-on stagings of two homes that are going on the market.

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Half the group worked on one house in the morning, and the other half worked on the other house in the afternoon.

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It was so great to watch them all apply what they had been learning over the last couple of days in real-life staging situations!  They did such amazing work.

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My trainees came from seven states – Pennsylvania, Texas, North Carolina, Illinois, Florida, Nebraska, and of course, Tennessee. The entire group of women gelled so well, and we really got to know a lot about one another in a short amount of time.

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They all passed the course with flying colors –  these women are staged for success!!!

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I never could have pulled it off without Allison.  I don’t know what I’d do without her!

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We’ve been inundated by requests for information regarding the next course we are offering January of 29-31, 2015.

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If you want to change your life and follow your passion for home staging and interior design, this just might be the chance you’ve been waiting for!

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Location yet to be determined, but it will be in the Nashville area. For the first ten people that sign up,  you’ll get our Early-Bird Special of $1599.  After then the course will be $1799 until we fill up.  CLICK HERE to sign up now!  For more information about what the course includes, see this post.

I Go Kicking and Screaming – Eclectically Fall Home Tour

Hello, and welcome to those of you coming from The Space Between blog

In the interest of honesty and full disclosure, I am NOT a fall kind of girl.  When the days grow shorter and the nights grow colder, I begin to get a bit SAD (seasonal affective disorder). Please tell me I’m not alone???  When Kelly Elko of Eclectically Vintage asked me to participate in her 2014 Fall Home Tour, I was hesitant. Click here for the tour of Kelly’s home, then read on below for mine.

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I love summer – oh, how I love summer.  And you’ll never here me complaining about the heat. BRING IT.  But the cold?  It’s just really hard on me.  Cold weather just makes me want to curl up under a blanket and get absolutely nothing done.  It makes it hard for me to produce, and I’m the kind of girl who likes to produce, work, achieve – you get the picture.

Oh yeah, and I also hate football.  So there’s really nothing for me in the fall.  Dead leaves, bulky clothes, and football.  Yay, team. You won’t see pumpkins, corn stalks, or hay bales in my fall decor.  Instead, I embrace fall by changing a few of my pastels to jewel-tones.  I ramp up the emerald and sapphire and add in a heavier dose of gold to warm things up.  I also add in my collections of woodland animals, because they need to come inside from the cold.  Ok, so here we go with my Fall Home Tour:

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This is the “fall” version of my living room:

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I know, it doesn’t feel very fall-ish, but maybe you should see my “summer” version:

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See?  It’s all relative, isn’t it?  The main things I switch out in the fall are my rugs, pillows, and some lamps and accessories.  I have a prop closet where I have some storage space to cycle out my things and to keep it feeling fresh.

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Yes, that’s a unicorn with a golden horn on the wall.  Don’t judge.

 

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Among the many things I tend to collect are these vintage trophies.  I never won any as a kid, so these aren’t mine.  But for some weird reason, it makes me happy every time I look at them.

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This is a chair that I painted with chalk paint last year – not just the wood frame, but also the upholstery.  It’s one of my favorite chairs.

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My fireplace mantel is an ever-changing vignette of books and collected vintage items.

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I have lots of books, and I stack them here and there – on shelves, mantels, tabletops, and little stools.  All over the place.

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This table is in the entry of our home. The pillow on the victorian chair is from World Market’s Woodland Retreat Collection.

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I love my owl lamp – it was originally brown, but I painted it with chalk paint, too.

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I often rotate some art pieces with the season. I like to tuck small art and postcards in the corners of mirrors, like this one.

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I have a mixture of painted and natural wood finishes in my dining room.  Too much dark finished wood looks dreary to me.

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I applied a flamestitch shelf liner in the back of my antique hutch, which really lightened up the interior and makes my dishes more visible.

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This old tole chandelier once hung in a rental home we have.  Rather than hanging it, I use it as part of my tablescape.

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There’s rarely a rhyme or reason in my tablescapes.  I just use what I like and experiment with the interplay of color and texture.

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World Market was so kind as to give a $200 gift certificate to all of Eclectically Fall Home Tour bloggers to help us “fall up” our homes.  Did I go for a little bit of this and a little bit of that? Nah. I saw this kelly green desk and lost my mind.  Had to have it.  It’s the perfect desk for my girls to do their homework in their “new’ homeroom den (the room my younger daughter is moving out of into Mr. Man’s former office).  I blew my gift card on that, but it was worth it.

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I also bought a couple of pillows – you saw the other one in my entry, and this one sits on the desk chair.  I just love the patterns in World Market’s Woodland Retreat collection.

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Thank you visiting my home!  If this is your first time here, I typically blog about interior decorating, paint colors, and home staging and would love to have you visit again or subscribe to my free emails for lots of decorating tips and tricks. Also, we’re currently giving away a Dyson DC59 Motorhead vacuum – it’s lightweight, powerful, and CORDLESS.  Check out this post to enter. Only a few days left in the giveaway!

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Make sure you check out the other fabulous fall tours on Eclectically Vintage by clicking the image below!

 

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Happy Fall, Y’all!!!

Home Staging – What NOT to Do

I spent much of the Labor Day weekend preparing the presentation and manual for my Psychological Staging Training in a little over two weeks. In reviewing and gathering old staging photos to use in my presentation, I stumbled on a blogpost I wrote over four years ago that I thought I would share with you guys.  I think you’ll get a kick out of it:

 

Did you know that staged homes sell for about 15% more money in 1/4 of the time of unstaged homes?  Good home staging is a must in today’s difficult real estate market.  You have only one chance and about 15 minutes to make a prospective buyer fall in love with your home.  With fewer eligible buyers, you have to make every showing count – big time.

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The following photographs are “befores” of some of my early clients’ homes.  All of my clients are wonderful and talented people – but everyone needs a little help to make the sign in the front yard go from “For Sale” to “Sold.”  Names are withheld to protect the innocent and the unstaged.

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