Exciting Updates and Progressing Projects

Another busy week when I’ve barely had time to write!  This week included a Speed Staging that was pretty dramatic.


speed staging in Brentwood, TN

I should have some before/afters to share with you soon.  It’s always fun for me to work with the Allen Team at Brentwood Area Homes – we are like whirling dervishes during our Speed Stagings!


Brentwood, TN home staging


I also spent one morning hanging art and styling bookcases for an ongoing client:


styling bookcases

And the following morning checking in on another client’s bedroom progress.  We are so happy with the new chairs for beside the fireplace.  How lucky is she to have a fireplace in her bedroom?

upholstered chair

new chair in buttery yellow fabric!

This is yet another fireplace that we have transformed with paint.  This was the fireplace before:

fireplace before

fireplace before

The room is nearly complete – you’ll see more soon.  Here’s a sneak peek of the difference:

painted fireplace after

faux painted fireplace

Then yesterday, I taped two news segments with Talk of the Town’s Tuwanda Coleman.  She just bought a new home, so I shared some tips about choosing new paint colors for your home.

kristie barnett and tuwanda campbell

Me and Tuwanda Coleman of Nashville’s top midday show, Talk of the Town

I was pleased to be invited to a brainstorming meeting about the 4th Annual Bella Rustica Barn Sale this fall. This is THE sale to attend in the middle Tennessee area, so make sure you mark your calendars for October 10-11, 2014!

Bella FB  Collage2

Bella Rustica 2014

Proceeds from the Bella Rustica sale benefits AGAPE, a wonderful charity that provides counseling, adoption services, and foster care for needy children.  Linda Lindley, the tireless organizer of the event, gave me these sweet gifts as I left the meeting:


gifts from Linda

Nothing like a fabulous hat, flowers, and a fabulous cookie to make my day!  Thank you, Linda!  I’m really looking forward to this fabulous event – I always find the greatest treasures. Just look at some of what I scored last year:

the decorologist and bella rustica

Bella Rustica 2013 treasures, Melanie G Photography

Oh, and my article on the HGTV Smart Home hit the local paper this weekend, so that was fun to see!

hgtv smart home kristie barnett

find The Tennessean article here

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend.  We’re having a big family Easter dinner and egghunt at our home on Sunday.  See you next week with new before-and-afters and decorating ideas!


  1. Mel

    Congratulations on the article. You sure have been busy. The fireplace looks a whole lot better.

  2. Linda Lindley

    Thanks so much Kristie! Bella will ROCK this year with such great talent behind it!

    • Kristie Barnett

      I agree, Linda, it’s going to be fabulous! And Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin is such a beautiful venue 🙂

  3. Julie

    Congratulations! You have some many great things going on. Do you know if the news segments will be available online?

    • Kristie Barnett

      I don’t know yet, Julie. If it does, I will post it! Unless I sound/look like a goober, of course 🙂

      • Julie

        Just realized I typed like a goober in my comment. 🙂 I really (really!) actually do know how to write coherent sentences. I look forward to the links if/when they go up!

  4. Beth

    Busy girl! I have found that sometimes it’s hard to ask for “before” pictures when I’m there for a consult and we suddenly just start moving things around. I had one this week that was in pretty good shape, but the realtor, seller and myself ended up rearranging furniture and bookshelves in every room. Within 2 hours, almost the entire house was ready for photos.

    Congrats on all your media success, Kristie!

  5. Tammie

    Found your blog via Rhoda’s. I’d like to know the name of the yellowish paint that is shown in an eating area (white banquette benches). I would also like to know how you made the plate railing over the kitchen cabinets. Great idea.

    • Kristie Barnett

      Benjamin Moore Weston Flax is the yellow wall color. Plate rail was put in during the 1960s.

  6. Cindy Butler

    What brand are the chairs? I live in Illinois and have been looking for a material like that but no luck yet. I want to order a round ottoman in the gold lattice material. I bought one but it is too small I think. Lazy boy had one similar but the gold was the wrong shade

    • Kristie Barnett

      They are Ballard Designs Wembley chairs – so comfortable and a great value!

    • Francie

      The fabric is not from Ballard. It’s by Regal Fabrics, pattern is Beth, color is saffron. It is reversible so it can be more gold or more ivory. The nice thing about Ballard is that in addition to the many fabric options they have, you can send your own for them to use.

  7. Jennifer Collins

    That brick looks fantastic! Would love to read about how it was done.
    Congrats on being published!

  8. Katie

    This is kind of silly, but I love lamps in the kitchen so much that even when we go on vacation and rent a condo for a week at the beach I will move a lamp into the kitchen for our stay and move it back before we leave.

  9. Sherry

    Any chance you or your faux finisher plan a trip to St. Louis in the near future? I have two fireplaces that could use a breath of fresh air. The difference is amazing!

  10. Kathy

    Is the mantel going back? The brick looks great alone, but the antique mantel and overmantel is really unique.


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