Coffee, Chalkboard Paint, and Winter Sleet

How was your Valentine’s weekend, my sweets? Mr. Man and I attended a great fundraising benefit that we’ve been going to on or around Valentine’s Day for the last four years. Here we are, all dressed up and ready to go:

decorologist home


Two of my favorite clients are co-founders of Fabulous Friends for Africa. You can find out more about this charitable organization by clicking on the link below the image:

fabulous friends

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I bid on and won presentation coaching at the event’s silent auction. I’ll be spending a day with a presentation coach who has trained clients on four continents for over 20 years, so I’m pretty excited to see what I’ll learn!

I also received a sweet gift in the mail this weekend from one of my recently trained Expert Psychological Stager™ graduates. Amanda came to Nashville from Louisiana to attend my training a few weeks ago and is now a certified EPS™!


We are currently working on scheduling our next home staging certification course, which will probably be May 14-16, 2015 – I’ll let you know for sure when we get the date firmed up!

I’ve been writing for The Tennessean newspaper for a few years now after local style icon, Cathi Aycock, brought me on.  This weekend, they featured one of my recent before/after bedroom designs that you probably saw me post about a few weeks ago.

decorologist featured in the tennessean

My mother-in-law brought me this sweet gift yesterday for Valentine’s Day, and I thought it might give you a few ideas for using chalkboard paint in unexpected places:

chalkboard paint idea project

Isn’t it cute?  How many of us have a stack of silver-plated serving trays languishing in the cabinets?

The kids are out of school today because of sleet that descended on us in Nashville last night, so I’m staying in and working on adding before/after photos to the Homeseller’s Edition of Psychological Staging -The Home Staging Secrets of The Decorologist.  In the midst of writing the big book for professional home stagers, I decided that I should also write a smaller edition more directed towards homeowners wanting to sell their home. Yes, that slowed the whole book launch process down, but I think it’ll be a good option for many.  Here’s what the cover will look like:

Psychological Staging - Homesellers Edition

So I better get back at it. Maybe I’ll even attempt a little ice sledding later this afternoon. For those of you snowed under this week, stay warm and be careful!


  1. Mary CC from CA

    Love the cover of your next book. I think it will be a hit with both home sellers and their real estate agents !

  2. Paula Van Hoogen

    You two are soo good looking! Nice that you also love each other!!!
    Love your Mom-in-law’s gift!……. Saw a good idea for a foyer I’m drawing (for a spec house) — a full length mirror, frame only,
    Then fill with 1/4 plywood, prime & paint with chalkboard paint. Write in curly letters–Welcome Home!
    I’m just going to make it with pretty trim from Lowes or HD.

    • Kristie Barnett

      Oh, you are so nice, Paula! I love your idea of the framed chalkboard sign for the entry – perfect!

  3. Cathy Gibson

    Hi Kristie- is your big book available yet for home stagers to buy? I would love to purchase one! Love your work.

  4. Pam from Louisville

    You’re so pretty, and Mr. Man looks quite handsome.


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