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.  

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

Gathering and Evaluating vs. Deciding and Doing

Ever have a big decision that feels overwhelming? Was your instinct to retreat,  or just freeze? Understandable! But if it IS big, important, or even just necessary, delay often adds to the burden. Consider the difference between gathering and evaluating … Continued

Over-Engineered

Over-engineered

Over-engineered. Too much. Superfluous. Ungapacht. Unnecessary.  Whatever you call it, you know it when you see it. Or, more accurately, when it fails to work, or fix the problem.  It’s not you. It’s over-engineered. Created usually by inexperience or ego, … Continued

Understanding What Makes Good Lighting

Good lighting is highly underrated.  As a design professional I KNOW you don’t consciously notice good lighting, but if lighting lacks, oh how we’ll adjust/contort our bodies, bend our habits or otherwise compensate. TRH asks why not look to adjust … 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

Be the Let It Go! Elsa

Marie Kondo’s urging divestiture of unnecessary possessions is always a good lead-in for home stagers, but today’s inspiration comes from the story of Disney’s Princess Elsa. Her inadvertent actions hurt others, and the well-intentioned efforts were not received so well … Continued

What Does Luxury Look Like in 2020?

Those of us in higher-end goods and services know the word luxury is not the buyer-nip it used to be. In my fields of design and home staging, I have a front-row seat. I see what buyers choose…what they under-value, … Continued