Is Your Bedroom A Sanctuary?

Of course, your master bedroom should be a sanctuary.  A place of peace, a place of calm, a place to dream. But with a busy life and young children beneath your feet, you probably think it’s just not in the cards at this point in your life, right?  I mean, your daughter wants you to redo her room all Audrey Hepburn-ish for her birthday.  And your son is tired of the neon green walls he insisted on a mere two years ago.  So those things come first before you get your OWN dream room.  Right?

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There’s No Place Like Home

The last week has been a whirlwind.  I attended the annual international Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) convention in Las Vegas, where I spoke last year.

Real Estate Staging Association Convention 2015

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In High Gear for Event-Filled Week, And You Can Join Me!

I’m in high gear getting ready for two exciting events this week in Nashville. The first is the Kings Chapel Parade of Homes tour located in Arrington, TN, which kicks off this Wednesday with a High Tea Blogger Event. Allison and I will spend Wednesday morning installing the Christmas tree I was asked to decorate for the million dollar French Provincial home built by Arnold Homes LLC.

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What I Learned About Design Trends at the Event

Last night I attended a event here locally.  It was sponsored by and held at PDI, a new kitchen and bathroom showroom here in Nashville. Attendees included designers, builders, architects, and other home professionals who have business profiles on

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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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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 . . .



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:

urban grub nashville Expert Psychological Stagers™ Karen Hattan, Allison Lynch, and Kristie Barnett 


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.



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!!!




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.

brandy adams of make+model

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