Tag Archives: the decorologist

Loving the Fireplace You Used to Hate

Ah, the fireplace. The heart of the home, the hearth, the focal point of any well-appointed living room.  But what if the heart of your home fills you with contempt?  Lovely, Non-Contemptuous Fireplace   In the photos I’m going to share with you below, the wall color stayed the same and no new furnishings or […]

Does Virtual Design (Long-Distance Decorating) Really Work?

Obviously, if I am writing this post I think the answer is “Yes!”  Some people call it “e-design” or “online design,” but I’m sure you’ve heard about it.  Awhile back, a sweet girl named Emily contacted me about virtually-designing the small older home she shares with her husband.   The only caveat was that she […]

Turn Your Builder-Grade Bathroom Into a Spa In One Simple Step

Who wouldn’t want to spend every morning in a bathroom that feels like an oasis of calm?  source   So you have a drab, neutral bathroom.   It’s your typical builder-grade bathroom – the cabinets and hardware are fine, just nothing special.  You’re tired of it, but you don’t have the budget for a major […]

What Would You Buy With a Gift Certificate to Merridian Home Furnishings?

If someone gave you a $500 gift certificate to Merridian Home Furnishings, what would you buy? source   That’s the question I am asking myself, because I won that $500 gift certificate in a designer contest last week for showing off my fabulous Lansing Desk in my newly-organized office that I blogged about here.  Lansing […]

Even a Compulsive Collector Can Be Organized

  I began working with a professional organizer yesterday because my life seemed to be teetering on the edge of disarray!   I am really good at making the surface of my home look lovely, but there’s a lot that lies beneath the surface . . . You have no idea what all is in those drawers . […]

Going to School with The Decorologist

kristie barnett

In the part of the country where I live, there are many families who decide that homeschooling is the best option for their children.   I have had multiple clients over the last few years who homeschool and have particularly challenging decorating dilemmas.   This particular family has been successfully educating their 5 children in […]

Paint Swatch Valentines

Whew.  Yesterday was a very long and busy day – I got my car stuck in the mud in the morning,  conducted an Exterior Color Consultation in the rain, and then did a Speed Staging in the late afternoon.  More about the Speed Staging in a future post, but for today I am reposting a post […]

Nashville Home Stager Shares the #1 Secret to Getting Your House Sold

I started out in this field as a Home Stager before I became an Interior Decorator, Color Consultant, and Design Blogger.  I guess I just don’t know when to stop!  I actually don’t do as much staging as I used to – that’s because I am typically booked out too far to be ready to […]

Ceiling Light Dilemmas: How’s It Hanging?

Don’t you wish builders would use a little forethought when they install ceiling light fixtures?  Aargh.  Most builders hang ceiling light fixtures in the dead center of each room.  Is that where they should be hung?  Not always.  source   Just because someone installed the light in the middle of the room doesn’t mean that’s […]

Do You Have Domestic Bulimia?

2011 is over, 2012 is beginning.  When the holidays are over, we collectively survey the decorations, the wrapping supplies, the gifts, the food – all the things that have cluttered our spaces (physically, emotionally, spiritually) for at least the past month, maybe the past year. source   We all ate too much, spent too much, […]