Home Staging and Decorating thought activism at its most passionate! Snappy answers and reasoned resets for your space and your stuff, and why it all matters so darn much.  

Then and Now: Design Trends We Can All Get Behind

Design fads and design trends may sound mysterious and arbitrary but are rooted in realities. Both signal our innate desire for change, for something new, and both reflect some element of what’s going on in our world. Trends usually involve … Continued

Lessons From the Supermarket

Searching for ways to explain and clarify what I do is always top of mind; making connections between familiar but disparate elements (of any type) has become sort of a hobby.   Here, food shopping puts a new light on some … Continued

Why Bother Staging in a Hot Market?

“There were ____ showings!” “They got ___  offers” “Buyer waived the ____ contingency” “Contracts were signed in ____ days!” “It went for ____ over ask” Fill in the blanks any way you want. Chances are good someone you know will … Continued

CHOPPED: The Home Version

Basket of unknown and unlikely elements

CHOPPED: The Home Version isn’t a game where you draw ingredient cards and advance on a board filled with different culinary challenges. And it’s not an app either. (Not sure how that could even work, but there’s an app for … Continued

Real Estate Myths for $1000 Please

Deadlines are not bad. For many of us, having structure and accountability is how we get things done. But there will always be deadlines. And I suggest creating artificial, anecdotal, or unrealistic ones can backfire. In real estate circles, many … Continued

Clever or Cool Isn’t Enough

A multi-pack of facial tissues was on my shopping list. The office supply company’s in-house brand was the same price as the tried-and-true brand. But the latter was more eye-catching. Brightly colored and witty was a bonus, right?. No one … Continued

There’s No Free Lunch

No free lunch

There’s no free lunch. True in 1800s pubs, true today.  In the staging business you can assume any of the following to be true if you hear the word free consult: Someone else  is underwriting the cost of an expert’s … Continued

Top 2020 Best-Of Lists

We like the succinctness of recapping and synopsises, and also closure.  Best-Of Lists are a year-end staple, and 2020 has provided lots to assess, rate, and otherwise notice. Anyone have ZOOM on their most-downloaded app Bingo card in January? Or notice … Continued