Tag Archives: before and after room

My 3 Secrets to Living with Antiques Without Getting Bogged Down in the Granny

Do you love antiques?  I certainly do – surrounding yourself with things that have history and meaning is a wonderful way to live.  Unfortunately, it’s easy to unintentionally overdo it.   So here’s 3 of my secrets to keep you from getting bogged down in “the granny”.  source

Sometimes Better is Good Enough

Yesterday I staged a home that was quite a challenge, stylistically.  The furnishings and accessories were so style-specific, that it was extremely difficult to turn them in the right direction.  I did the best I could, with what I had to work with.   As I looked at the photos I took at the end of […]

How Color Can Change Your Home’s Groove

Happy Monday, dear readers!  Have I got a fun room makeover for you . . . Kristie Barnett Suppose you lived in a home that looked about the same as it had for the last 50 or more years?  Same paint color (or lack thereof), same finishes, same old groove. Before Makeover   This mid-century ranch […]

Faith in Staging

My least favorite part of staging and decorating homes is selling myself and my vision to the homeowner.   I realize it is absolutely necessary, but I know they can’t see what I’m seeing in my mind’s eye and that can be frustrating.  My best days are those when I do a staging (or decorating or […]

What You Can Do With an Ugly Basement

Do you have an ugly basement?  Think there’s no decorating hope down there?  Think again.  Here is a “before” shot of designer Annie’s Selke’s basement.

Warm Up Your Living Room for Fall

I admit it.  I know the trees look pretty, but I hate this time of year.  Shorter, darker days.  Dropping temperatures.  Heavy, itchy clothes.  Summer’s more my thing.  What I do like is warming up rooms for fall.  Adding color, laying in some pattern, and layering texture can really add warmth as the temperature drops.   […]