Better Than Baking a Pie for Harry Connick, Jr.

It’s been a busy week around here!  I worked with three new clients – one of them even had the welcome sign out for me on her front porch when I arrived:

welcome decorologist

Now that’s the way to start out your morning!

This lady worked in the entertainment business and spent many years traveling all over the world.  She said, “I’ve sung back-up for Wynonna, met the Emperor of Japan, and baked a pie for Harry Connick, Jr., but I’m more excited about meeting with you than any of that.” You’ll have to check out the little ditty she wrote for me at the end of the this post!  While I was there, we chose a new paint color scheme for the entire first floor of her home.  The new paint colors will make her furniture and upholstery sing (pun intended) – and we are even taking on the kitchen cabinets and a brick fireplace!


I also worked with a another client that I had consulted with on paint colors two years ago.

staged bookcase


I hung art, arranged furniture, styled bookcases, and accessorized her living room, dining room, den, and entry.  Here’s a bit of the fun and colorful living room after:

revere pewter living room


The great neutral paint color we chose is the perfect backdrop for the great upholstery and accessories in this space.  I love how it turned out.

colorful designer room


Mid-week, I consulted on a new build in Massachusetts.  My client needed some direction and advice on the fixed elements of her kitchen and bathrooms, as well as paint color for her trim and kitchen cabinets.  Later that day, I met another client and her husband to discuss their kitchen renovation.  We had a really productive afternoon, choosing all the main components for the new kitchen – cabinet color and door style, island color, quartz countertops, backsplash, new wood flooring, cabinet hardware, wall paint color, and trim paint color!

kitchen fixed elements

Yesterday, I met with a new client who wants to update her living room.  I drew up a new floorplan that will make the amazing architecture the focal point, while still making it possible for everyone to see the television from the seating.  We’ll be shopping for new sofas, swivel chairs, and coffee table soon.  Then, I met a repeat client to deliver a piece of art I had framed for her and to rehang all the art in her large paneled den.

home staging course

Finally, most of you know that we opened registration for my Psychological Staging course in September here in Nashville, where you can earn your Expert Psychological Stager certification and start a brand new chapter of your life – just like I did ten years ago. We still have some slots open, so sign up here if you want to finally pursue your dream of working in the field of home staging and design.  Now, you’ve got to hear the song that was sung for me this week:

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Totally made my week. What a fun and talented lady – I have the best clients!  Now I’m going to try to get a little R&R this weekend – hope you do, too!


  1. Michelle

    Love the song!

  2. Lex

    Ok, that song at the end just made my day! Truly terrific. What a happy, happy thing to gift you with! 🙂

  3. Karen

    You have a groupie!!! 😉 (LOVE THE KITCHEN CHOICES!!)

  4. Jennifer

    What a true testament to how talented you are! She waited for the best!

  5. Kathi

    Wow, your schedule leaves me breathless-glad your taking the weekend off-her house turned out great and she is as cute as can be-what a great voice she has! love the kitchen selection also!

  6. Lezlie

    I would like to make a pie for Harry Connick, Jr! Of course, spending time with you is wonderful, too. So, without your guidance, I would never have put that zig zag (Chevron?) chair with that rug. What makes that okay? The chair seems very modern and the rug seems more traditional. I think it looks great.

    • Kristie Barnett

      Good question, Lezlie. This client has some eclectic pieces with differing styles. What makes that chair work with the rug is the color – despite their differing styles, there is a vivid raspberry red color in the rug that is picked up by some of the zigzags in the chair. Also, I think this small rug gives the vignette a bit of a global feel – it’s a real Persian with vivid color, not the cheap knock-off that we saw everywhere in the 1990s. I wouldn’t have put THAT kind of rug in this room, but this interesting Persian adds another layer of interest to the space.

  7. Maureen Bray

    Hi Kristie ~ What a fun client to not only make a cute sign to greet you at the door, but to sing for you and praise your talents!! We’re so lucky to work with amazing people and help them enjoy their homes 🙂 You deserve some relaxing time … have a great weekend!

    • Kristie Barnett

      Thank you, Maureen – I hope you do, too! I’m doing a stress-reduction clinic later today – yoga, meditation, and acupuncture. New for me, should be interesting!

  8. Jessica

    Love the song. That’s exactly how I felt when I set up my appointment! Those book cases are beautiful.

    I just finished painted the half bath, as you had suggested. It looks moody and beautiful, which is exactly what I wanted. Still working on all your suggestions for the living room…

  9. Hannah Dee

    That was simply the best. There is no topping a song being written and sung about you! So funny!!!

  10. Charish~J

    Sounds busy go lucky; she was happy to meet you more 🙂 Nothing more wonderful than a satisfied clients! I think it is all about appreciation. Good words compliment good work and this is very well reflected in your work! Wishing the best for you..!


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