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.

Make+Model Home Tour, A Mash-Up of Vintage Chic Style

I recently sat down with Nashville’s Brandy Adams, to talk about her vintage decor business and personal style. Brandy lives in a 1972 home with a mock Tudor facade and a mid-century modern interior with neo-classical elements.  The mash-up of nostalgic architecture suits her just fine.

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A Toast to All of You

Wow.  I can hardly believe this one, my friends.

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So Who Wants to Become an Expert Psychological Stager™?

Today is my 45th birthday, so this blogpost will be short and sweet!  The countdown is on (just over three weeks) for our home staging training course where 23 attendees from 7 states will earn their certification as an Expert Psychological Stager™.

 

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Dinner with Meryll Rose and her Fabulous Library!

Last night I had one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. The event was a gathering of southern bloggers put together by Forest Home Media and hosted by Nashville’s Talk of the Town host, Meryll Rose.

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Not only is Meryll an amazing host and cook, but she is a wonderful decorator who has created a beautiful home.

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Meryll Rose and Kristie Barnett

Bloggers and local media gathered in her beautiful home, where Meryll and her husband prepared an amazing meal for us.

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Much of the meal was straight out of Meryll’s garden.

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Rhoda of Southern Hospitality choosing fresh veggies from Meryll’s garden

My favorite room is this dramatic library in the center of her home.  The paint color is Benjamin Moore Yorktowne Green HC-133, and it is DIVINE.

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 southern bloggers Lesley of Chaotically Creative, Heather of At the Picket Fence, Beth of Unskinny Boppy

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Southern Living’s garden diva, Carmen Johnston, gave each of us a beautiful container garden to take home at the end of the evening.

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 Kristie Barnett and Carmen Johnston

Forest Home Media put together a weekend full of events for the group, like shopping and lying on the furniture at the HGTV Smart Home in Nashville.  That’s a big deal – no one was allowed to sit on the furniture until now.  I had to work yesterday, so I didn’t get to do that!

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Nancy McNulty, Carmen Johnston, and Dana Tucker on the furniture at HGTV Smart Home

So much fun!  Many of the girls are hitting the Nashville Flea Market and historic Leiper’s Fork today for shopping and site-seeing. I hear there may be some honky-tonking tonight as well.  Can you believe I’ve lived in Nashville my entire life, and I’ve never been honky-tonking???

Advice for Choosing Lamps from a HomeGoods Ambassador

You may have noticed a new badge on the right side of my blog.  Now that I’m an official “Ambassador” of HomeGoods, I will have front-row access to the latest HomeGoods news and plans!

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Decorating in the Twilight Zone

Sometimes some very weird stuff happens to me related to decorating and, oddly enough, estate sales.  Like the time I was pregnant and tracking down vintage Fisher Price Little People for my unborn child.  I had a dream that I went to an estate sale and found a Little People barn layed out on a blanket.  The next day, I went to some garage and estate sales.  And guess what I saw layed out on a blanket . . .

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vintage Fisher Price Little People barn 

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