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.  

I’ll Ping You

I'll ping you

The conversation ended between two accomplished professionals with one saying “I’ll ping you”.  Had it been between two IT colleagues, or other tech-savvy folks there would’ve been a nod and a smile from the other. But it was a conversation … Continued

Change Happens

change happens

“Can you BELIEVE this??” my husband thundered from upstairs. “UNBELIEVABLE!!” Doug has a deep voice, but does not typically “thunder”.  So I ran upstairs. The subject of his ire? A new can of Barbasol shaving cream. Yes, the shaving cream … Continued

Expectations, and All You Can Eat Sushi

Never thought about the words All You Can Eat Sushi being together, in one phrase before until I saw this in a FB feed. There are instances where unlike things that are fine-even great-on their own become something bigger and … Continued

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