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.  

Who’s Responsible for the Listing Photos?

“Who’s responsible for the listing photos?” Usually asked regarding the cost, scheduling or physical taking of photos, but rarely asked, and IMO insufficiently addressed regarding quality. Each of us is responsible for our own success. It’s always dandy if you … Continued

Three Things Amateur Home Stagers Miss

Rooted in the word ‘love’, Wikipedia defines amateur as someone who loves doing something, but does it casually, is unpaid/under-paid, new and inexperienced, and/or often self-taught. TRH heartily supports homeowners doing things on their own…when they know what they’re doing. Three things amateur Home Stagers miss: The Sellers Brain We … Continued

De-Personalizing “DE-PERSONALIZATION”

“What do you know about Staging?” is how I begin my Home Staging workshops. After a moment of hesitation, someone will tentatively offer- ‘de-personalize, de-clutter’. My next question-“OK, why?”- elicits a few responses that start off strong, parroting some more buzz words, but trail off, ending as questions. … Continued

The Refreshed Home: Good Cop or Bad Cop?

Good Cop/Bad Cop is a time-honored cliche, a tool used to shake up the equilibrium, and prod someone into action. The Good Cop is supportive, looking out for you; the Bad Cop says the tough things that need to be … Continued

”It’s Only Weird if it Doesn`t Work”

Its Only Weird if It Doesn't Work

“It’s Only Weird if it Doesn’t Work”. This is the 2nd NFL season this line has been reverberating through millions of homes. Mis-matched socks, assigned seating, assorted rituals and talismans, and of course the dreaded QUINOA BURGER.  And “Fear the Beard” was the … Continued

Resolved for 2014: Swearing Off the 80s

One of the reality checks I do every so often is troll through the older, and price-reduced listings.  After the initial bum-out, I’m energized, convinced I have been gifted with a fresh new way to preach an old message. So resolved, it’s 2014, … Continued

DIY Home Staging? Sure, If You Know What to Do!

DIY (do it yourself) projects have been around for a long time, with results as varied as the projects, and the people who attempt them. From piercings to plumbing, YouTube is full of DIYs Gone Bad. The DIY draw, in most cases is financial; the … Continued