Not so long ago – not so far away there was once this handsome man who
insisted encouraged me to take a design course/staging. That man is my husband. I love him for the kind words he uses as to describe my taste in decorating. But there was a slight detail he left out while insisting encouraging me to sign up for the next course study in Interior Decorating 101. When my realtor husband has a listing with a new client…..he would no longer hire that “good eye” for decorating if the home should, [lets say] needs a little less European flair or to remove the Italian bronze statue of Saint Romulus who greets you at the front entrance gate. The gallery of the children starting from zero grade until the last era of college. Or the sports emporium of every athlete you ever gotten an autograph from. He typically hires a stager if I don’t accompany him to the new listing. And in the world of marketing real estate comes photography for your best images online and on those brightly stated brochures. The hired professional photographer at times has his or her own stager. Mostly it’s up to the individual agent to make that call. Football Superstar doesn’t slack off when marketing a home. He goes in winning the game. And this is where I entered the game. Over the past few years I’ve gone with him to assist in removing clutter from a garage, switching out the six foot Oriental vase for something softer or less chunky to allow the natural light of room to flow. Nothing beats natural lighting when it comes to a large single family home or urban townhome. But when I became his “bad guy” for what needed to go and what could stay and what is tacky or what was slightly a questionable color on the walls to what is head on perfect……I needed to visit these homes which are sometimes owner occupied without the protection of my ex-football lineman. Meaning I needed a piece of paper stating I was qualified to do so. Congratulations you are now a certified Interior Designer/Stager/Therapist/Home Destructor.
At first I was like – sign me up! I’ve always loved interior design. And perhaps I learned from watching my mother early on. My mother would change out our home(s) my entire life with her. My father had a good eye for color, but it was my mother who would pick and chose the fabric, the shade and the texture of wood and textile. French Provincial whites and blues where her “it thing”. I never knew what French Provinicial furniture was until we were instruced to never put a glass on the Distressed Pecan French Provincial style dining room table! [still makes me giggle] Beginning with my first city apartment I felt excited to always change up a room. And though in the early 1980’s primitive country home was in, I found a modern twist of this and that was always fun to incorporate into a room.
My styles have changed as my homes did. Depending on where I lived [city, suburbia or country] made a huge impact on my home design. My taste could take me to 1800 style prarie home or a civil war relic. I once drenched myself in primitive antiques – the rustic the better. I have also visited the fresh air garden theme where most of my bedroom looked like something out of Smith and Hawken. Talk about over the top boxwood wreaths! I would say over the past eight years my style has been industrial meets vintage and cottage charm visits once in a while. I loved each home we lived in, but I honestly feel the townhome we have now is probably the brightest. I go ga-ga over natural light – bright and I mean bright wide windows where every bit of sunshine flows in no matter which direction the sun decides to move. I prefer natural colors on my walls. Creams and tans. Wood floors. Stone or brick walls. Porcelain tile. And with having a canvas like this to work from gives me the opportunity to add whatever shades and textures I feel comfortable for my home – most importantly my family. Not to mention easy clean up for pets or the occasional coffee spill. What does all this have to do with my piece of paper indicating I’m capable of staging your home? Nothing except everything!
In my brain there’s Modern Refinement, Industrial, Comtemporary, Continental, European Traditional, Classic, Comtemporary Urban [different from Comtemporary], Historic, French, French Provincial, French Market, Italian, Moroccan and Coastal. Then there’s lighting by Sea Gull Lighting, Hinkley, Quoizel, Feiss, Monte Carlo, Kichler……the list goes on. And they are not all found at Lowe’s or Home Depot. [go figure]
Am I really capable of staging your home? No. Why? Because I don’t like what you may like. And because my [brain] won’t allow myself to go into the depths of your very liking! I try to remove all interior from my inner self before walking through a home. Be the mediator not the decorator. Meet in the middle. Stay focuses on the client and not the fact the living room walls look as if Crayola sent preschoolers in to paint. Remember Football Superstar says off white, natural color paint on the walls open up the potential buyers mind to all possiblities. But there I stand stuck feeling as if I have the worst wedgie because I can’t say two simple words to these clients. Oh. Yuck.
This is why I stopped recording the very channels I loved to watch late night before falling asleep. Fixer Upper is my go to one and only favorite. I love Joanna, however I must say before they became the adorable fixeruppers on TV, we were selling industrial meets cottage meets antique meets artsy at my shop years ago. So why can’t I go back to years ago and meet the needs of these clients as I did when we had Gettysburg tourist stop and shop at Simple Dimple? What’s blocking my mind from the free flow artisit talent I once dallied up on the walls of my cottage shop? What’s blocking me from pulling out that wedgie and saying ” lets begin with painting your walls…all of them…yes…all of them”. What’s blocking me from saying “let’s begin with taking down the safari photos – yes all fifty 8×10’s. I love animals….but your home can not be a museum for Animal Planet during these next few days [or weeks] while your home is on the market”. Enough said. [all said with an industrial size smile]
My canvas. Your home. We need to begin with a blank canvas. And I will eliminate any doubts that your home can look the way
I want it to all potential buyers can and will see their future home. Enough said.
It’s time to call #1-800-PODSTORAGE
So my books have been
thrown placed aside for now. My last online study course is at the end of May. I could drive into DC but I’ll just take it from the comfort of my industrial/French market/vintage/coastal decorated home. I’ll not throw in the towel rack yet. Besides….it’s saving my husband from paying $375 just for a consultation to have a home “reviewed” before the actual staging takes place. I’ll work for Pirate’s Booty and my water front lake or beach trips. I believe that’s pretty fair in trading spaces!
Oh, dear readers….thanks for
listening reading! I will pull myself together! If not for payment in Pirate’s Booty….then for you! [[wink]]