Sunday Serenity

(I have been slacking! But here we go again:)

Each Sunday, I will feature a picture taken by one of my daughters,
and some words of faith, hope, and love given by our Father:

Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit?
      to be out of your sight?
   If I climb to the sky, you're there!
      If I go underground, you're there!
If I flew on morning's wings
      to the far western horizon,
   You'd find me in a minute—
      you're already there waiting!

   Then I said to myself, 
"Oh, he even sees me in the dark!
      At night I'm immersed in the light!"
It's a fact: 
darkness isn't dark to you;
      night and day, 
darkness and light, 
they're all the same to you. 

Psalm 139:7-12 (The Message)

Home Staging -- A Dining Room

Hello, y'all!

Today, let's remember that what we do in our homes
is worth as much as if we did it for our Lord.
Our positions as home makers are sacred and pleasing to God,
not because we do the work itself, but because we do the work to be obedient to Him.

For those of you that are new 'round here--WELCOME!!

 I have been staging since before it was called home staging, 
have my own business, take jobs when I "feel like it".
My main job is making my own home and keeping it.

So, I have many pictures to share with you, of homes that I have had the privilege
to transform from a home to a house and then back again for resale.

Today, we are looking at a Dining Room.

The example being used today, is from a $289,000 home
that was on the market 2 months before I staged it.
The closing papers were signed 3 weeks after that.

Now, I love red, and a few of you might like red.
But, most people don't. It's a personal color.
If you are that buyer that doesn't like red, your first thought when you see this room is, 
"I will be painting over that red."
What needs to be avoided when selling your home, 
is creating a mental "TO DO" list in the mind of the buyer.

Not only is red too personal, it is rather dark.
A neutral shade is needed here.
And while this space didn't have too much extra furniture,
I always remove everything except the table, 4 chairs and a hutch (if there's room). 
I also remove all the "small" art and accessories that say "clutter" instead of "chic".

Primer, paint, and a day later, and here is the result.

Painting the top half of the wall the same color as the Home Library 
directly opposite this room,
created consistency, symmetry, and proportion in the buyer's eyes. 
The darker shade below the chair rail is the next darker shade on the paint chip.
Rather than having their backs turned toward the foyer,
I positioned the chairs to intrigue the buyers into entering the room.
It's not practical for every day living, but perfect during selling.


(Some cabinet doors from the kitchen that have been painted, are drying on the floor).

After Staging.



Ikea "tube" slipcovers were slid over the chairs and secured with napkin rings.
A runner with pizzaz, and a simple vignette are all that are needed for the tabletop.
Not every place needs a setting. It appears contrived.
What the Dining Room should suggest is family memories during celebrations and/or entertaining.

The rug was moved from the Home Library.

Tureens and a platter suggest large holiday gatherings with family and friends.
Bottles of champagne (or sparkling grape juice) and stemware suggest intimate celebrations.

If you are planning on staging your home to be sold, here's how you can capture buyer's interest and keep it, after they've walked in the front door:
  • Remain detached emotionally from your house. See your house through buyers' eyes. It is no longer your home. It is a building, a commodity that you want to sell for the highest amount possible!
  • Clean and polish everything. Table, window treatments, chandelier, silver, windows, floors.
  • Repair anything in disrepair. Furniture to flooring.
  • All trim and doors throughout the house should be the same color. (I prefer to paint them all white).
  • Make sure that this room has a dramatic focal point, by showcasing a unique piece of furniture or artwork.
  • Remove anything personal to your family: photographs and monogrammed items.
  • Group accessories in vignettes of no more than 3 items, varied by height.
  • Make traffic lanes easy to navigate for several people passing through at the same time.
  • Remove one or two leaves from the table if the room needs to appear larger.
  • If the china cabinet is really, really large, consider removing it and replacing it with a dresser or buffet.
  • If the cabinet stays, and has glass doors, remove enough shelves and contents to appear "chic". Group like items together.
  • Allow as much light to filter into the room as possible.
  • Use only white or small patterned china in the china cabinet or hutch and keep the place settings to 6. Pack the rest.
  • If the room is particularly large, create a room within a room. Add a small secretary or small desk. Add a lamp and a box of stationery to the desk.
  • Or bring in a bookcase and an arm chair to suggest a library.
  • Leave no electronic equipment in view.

Any thoughts or questions?


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Meet the Little Sisters, Claire and Sylvia, our Ferrets

Most people have dogs, and those that don't have dogs, love cats.
Those that don't have dogs or cats, have birds or fish.
Some families I know have turtles, hedgehogs, snails, crabs, snakes or lizards.

Other friends we have keep a combination of all of the above.

When we get asked if we have pets, and then give our answer, 
"Yes. We have two ferrets,"
we get puzzled looks, then a myriad of questions and comments.

Some of the questions: 
"Don't they bite?"
"Do they smell? 
"Do they make good pets?"

We answer:
Ferrets are like other animals that when they are babies, 
they tend to nip or chew things (sometimes your finger or shoes), 
but they have to be trained NOT to do these things.
Our girls do not bite ('cept occasionally while playing, but most pets do that).
In fact, Claire will lick your hand when you get her out to play, 
as if to say "Hi!" and "Thank you, for getting me out of that cage!"

All animals smell. They have noses, right? Heh. 
Ferrets do have scent glands, but most domesticated ferrets have had them removed,
and you can bathe your ferrets once a month or so.
No one has ever guessed that we had ferrets as pets at the first visit to our home 
(i.e. they don't "smell" them).
They are also like cats, and are self-cleaning.

Ferrets are awesome animals and pets!
Not only are they smart, clean, quiet, curious, and very friendly,
they are HILARIOUSLY fun to watch!

(After meeting the Little Sisters, most of our visitors, especially children, 
want to play with them again and again when they visit).

Some of the comments: 
"I don't know what that is."
"My brother's cousin's sister's friend's teacher's hair dresser had one of those."
"I saw those at the pet store."

More answers:

Today, the Little Sisters
(this is their nickname because my daughters, Miss S and Miss A
are the Big Sisters) are going to share with you their 

by Claire and Sylvia

Hi ladies!

Let us introduce ourselves.
I, Sylvia, the Dark-eyed White on the left, 
will be narrating, because I'm a better speaker than my sister, Claire,
the Chocolate Sable on the right.
Today we waited for our mom to get us out of our house
for a trip to the tub.

Once we were in the tub, I changed my mind and decided I wanted to get out.
I'm a good jumper.

I calmed down as soon as I saw mom about to grab my favorite
shampoo: cucumber-melon.

We waited and waited till the tub filled up.

So we could swim around.

I can't believe I'm letting mom take pictures of us 
while we are nekked in the tub.
Do you mind?

Claire seems to like it, though. Weirdo!

This is the part I hate. Someone SAVE me!

Claire is a suck-up.

After the water disappears down a scary hole in the tub, 
mom throws down a towel.

We dry ourselves off.

Mom is amused, I think.

I'm almost ready to get out now.

Claire goes first.

When we want mom (or anyone else) to pick us up, we climb on their arm.

Mom always gives us lots of hugs and kisses. She's really nice!

Don't I look gaw-gee-us?

Back home for a nap, we're exhausted.

Mom said if y'all (we're Southern ferrets) want us to, 
we'll be back next month, with more Tails, I mean, Tales.

We are at a Pet Party at Miss Debbie Doos house.
Lots of new friends to make!
After our nap, of course.



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Snippets :: What I've Been Up To

I'm not through with it yet, but will show you the befores and afters when I am!

Can you guess what it is I've been up to?


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