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.  

What We Want, What We Really, Really Want

What you want, what you really really want

Our spaces are personal, and in these minimalist days, what we choose to surround ourselves with matters. 40 years in the people/space/stuff business I know what we want, what we really really want (and why we want it) is rooted … Continued

Thank You Nandi Bushell

Last year I saw a cool video. OK, it was one of many, but this one really stayed with me. A young girl, banging the hell out of her drum kit covering Foo FIghter’s “Everlong”. Her joy, passion, and confidence … 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

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

Everyone Starts Somewhere

We all start somewhere

When you work for yourself, your brain can be one big echo chamber. Keeping up with the day-to-day while trying to anticipate what’s down the pike leaves little time for introspection. It’s easy to lose perspective. My husband was buying … Continued

What is Worth?

What is Worth

What is worth? Instantaneously our head is full of thoughts and visions, usually reflective of recent, or powerful, milestones or circumstances. What we-or someone else-paid…. or didn’t pay.  How something mattered so deeply…or so little. Bottom line, our impressions of worth … Continued

There’s No Post-COVID. And Forget About A New Normal.

There is no post-COVID

This week in a design/hospitality trade webinar I heard one of the panel members make that remarkable statement: There is no post-COVID.  And forget about pre-COVID…or  a new normal. What?? Of course there’s a pre-COVID. We had parties and concerts!  … Continued

If You Hit a Wall, Paint It

Entering the 4th week of staying at home you’ve probably run out of distractions. You’ve done the fun stuff, the stuff that was needed, and probably even have done or learned a few new things. But now you’re feeling unfocused, … Continued

Keep Your Eyes on the Road

Many years ago, in the middle of my corporate design career I was wooed away, and for a brief time I sold Mercedes-Benz cars. As part of  training, went to the Lime Rock racetrack in Connecticut. There’s a driving school … Continued