How my trip to Mesa Verde enriched my perspective about design

How my trip to Mesa Verde changed my perspective about design My family and I recently returned from a family vacation at the historic Mesa Verde National Park. For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity, I highly recommend it! Mesa Verde is in the southwestern part of  Colorado and known for its well-preserved Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings, notably the huge Cliff Palace. I had only traveled there to run a cross-country race in high Read More

Is it already August!

It’s already August! It’s hard to believe the beginning of school is right around the corner! Our spring consisted of snow until after Mother’s Day resulting in shortened summer activities which is a bummer when you live in Colorado. I am a Colorado native, but we raised our children in Kansas, so they had no idea how many added activities they could do in a dryer climate. Fortunately, they are both attending college in Colorado Read More

Meet you where you are at…

We meet you where you are at The world of home staging and redesign has grown tremendously over the past decade, thanks in part to HGTV.  We have also observed expanding growth opportunities for professionals within the industry.  There are stagers who specialize in vacant and/or occupied staging, those who also provide color consultations, photo prep sessions, personal shopping, and those who specialize in consultations and reports. We are also trained to redesign spaces when Read More

The painful purge process…do I really need this many wooden spoons?

Do I really need this many wooden spoons? If you are preparing to list your home, NOW is the time to have a serious pep talk with yourself about how to tackle “the purge”. It is crucial to attack this from a practical perspective, otherwise you will find every excuse to keep items that will continue to bog down space both on a physical and emotional level. If you are on the fence about an Read More

Common Misconceptions about Home Staging

Common misconceptions about home staging! Misconception: The home stager only works on the interior of the home.  Reality: The home stager’s evaluation starts at the curb. We will address landscaping needs, exterior paint, things in need of repair, and excessive clutter. Basically, if an item doesn’t add to the aesthetic beauty of the surroundings, it shouldn’t be part of the first impression. Misconception: Home staging and home decorating are basically the same. Reality:  While many professionals can Read More

Am I truly ready to list my home?

Am I truly ready to list my home? I personally believe that emotional attachment is one of the hardest things to conquer when it comes time to sell your home, at least it was for me. This photo happens to be my home back in Kansas. Oh the memories! BUT, if you don’t have to think twice about taking down the personal photos, have the heart to paint over the children’s room (see photo below), Read More

Icing on the cake

Icing on the cake… The importance of a home’s online presence cannot be stressed enough in these modern times. If your online photos look like you haven’t touched your home in more than 10 years, you may have eliminated a large portion of your audience. When I was young, my siblings and I would go through the JCPenney catalog and claim our treasures. We turned EVERY page but blushed and giggled when we came to Read More