Meaningful Makeovers – Bettering Bedrooms for Children in Crisis

I’ve been scheming and dreaming for several months now about a very exciting project that the Greater Nashville RESA Chapter will be undertaking this month and through September!   As you may know, I have been a Regional Vice President of RESA® (the Real Estate Staging Association®) for the last three years, serving the states […]

When You Shouldn’t Buy That Rectangular Coffee Table

There are so many things to consider beyond “do I like this piece of furniture?” when designing a room from scratch, and most people don’t consciously consider the shape of furniture they are including in their room. But this is a very important thing to consider, especially if you are working on a small space. […]

Testing Benjamin Moore’s New Gold Metallic Paint

Benjamin Moore recently contacted me to participate in a testing program for their new gold metallic paint. You guys know how much I love GOLD, right? I guess they know it, too.   Over the last few years, I have used various gold metallic paint on decorative items, old metal chandeliers, and even wood tables […]

Trim Color for Brick and Siding – Netflix Inspired!

I’m always on the lookout for exterior color combination inspiration, and I love when I find great examples of trim color for brick and siding. Sometimes you need to show someone a photo for them to understand what you are proposing! One of my favorite shows on television right now is TURN – Washington’s Spies […]

Maybe (Just Maybe) I’m Setting the 2018 Color Trends?

We’re not even to the halfway mark of 2017, but they are already predicting the 2018 color trends!   I apologize in advance if you think I’m being arrogant in this post, but this is just too uncanny for me not to mention! The 2018 color trends I’ve seen thus far look strikingly familiar.  Here’s […]

Neutral Paint Colors for Historic Homes? No Way!

Time and again, I’ve seen people use neutral paint colors for historic homes. With very few exceptions, it doesn’t work. Why not? Beige and gray paint colors have been all the rage for go-to interior colors since the 1990’s. Not so much prior to that. Your grandparents and grandparents’ grandparents were looking to brighten up […]

Study Confirms: Staging Colors Increase Home Sale Prices

I’ve been saying it for years now – the right staging colors increase the sales price of homes on the market. I believe it and have built my business on it!   Many of you know that I founded the RESA-accredited Expert Psychological Stager™ certification course after a decade of staging homes to sell quickly and […]

The Surprising Reason Why I Choose Paint Color FIRST

When designing interior spaces, I typically choose paint color first. If you work in the field of design, you may have been taught to do the exact opposite. I know, I know. That’s what they teach in design school. You start with art or fabric or rug, then choose a wall color from one of […]

The Best Countertop Material and Latest Trends

Everyone wants to know the best countertop material for kitchens. Is quartz really better than granite and marble for countertops? It’s now the best-selling countertop material, surpassing granite. Let me tell you WHY. On a scale of 1 to 10 regarding hardness of material, diamond is a 10. Quartz is an 8, granite is a […]

The Last 10% – The Art and Science of Photostyling

Let me start by saying I am NOT a professional photographer. But I know the power of really great photostyling. I recently had the opportunity to do a little speed staging for one of my favorite local Realtors, who just happens to be married to my former office manager, Allison! While Allison now stages most […]