Out with the Old- Ten Ways to Make Your House Beautiful in 2018

January 2018 Newsletter 
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Inspiration- What gets you going?

Happy New Year! I think back on 2017, what I accomplished and what made me happy and look forward to making 2018 a great year. This gets me thinking about inspiration. What gets me going in the morning? What makes me who I am? What inspired me to create a home staging and design business, and why does it matter?

In business, some people call this your “brand”. Why should your customers pick you over someone else? What is it about you they “connect” with? It is probably that invisible thing that inspires you, that gets you going, that resonates with them in a way that they trust you and want to do business with you. Most people will tell you all about the product or service they offer and why it is so wonderful. But it really comes down to you.  What makes you different?

For me it is all about beauty. I love beauty. I want to surround myself with it and surround others with it, like a warm, cozy, colorful blanket. I like to see it when I wake up, it makes me happy. I love to make beautiful rooms and jewelry and art.

What inspires that sense of what beauty is in me? Looking back I think it all relates to the colors, patterns, light and texture in nature. Mother nature is the best designer, there is magic everywhere you look!

Love these colors for a room design. Photo of Tern Lake by Trish Hart.

Having worked as a wildlife biologist in my "other career" for close to 25 years, I have spent a lot of time examining things on a large scale and down to the microscopic detail in nature. I see a beautiful wildflower or bird with its colors and patterns and envision a room using that color scheme. I look at a plant under a microscope and think, wow that would make an amazing fabric pattern or piece of art or the perfect accent pillow.  I look at the color of a glacial lake and want to design a piece of stained glass that with the light shining through would capture that amazing color. I look at the gorgeous view outside your house and think of your windows as the art in your home that everything else should highlight. I see the unfolding of a fern in the spring and want to design earrings that show that beautiful shape.  I see the full moon rising over the mountains and want to capture the beauty of the light in a room. I see the magic of the northern lights and want to provide you with that feeling of amazement when your house is complete.

This is how I want you to feel when you see your completed home staging or design project. Photo by Rovert Kasuboski

Once I see your house, I envision what it could be and can’t stop thinking about it until it happens.

What is your inspiration for your business and your life?

Photo by Pop Brixton, London, United Kingdom

Out with the Old-Ten Ways to Make Your House Beautiful in 2018

It's a new year. Why not make a resolution to make your house beautiful! But how!

Make a Plan

You are much more likely to get the end result you want if you start with a plan. Many people just start buying things they like, hoping that it will all work together in the end. This usually does not work. A designer can help you come up with a great and affordable plan. It starts with understanding your own style, what you want and how your design will enhance how you live in your space.

Tell Your Own Story

It is easy to see pictures in a magazine or online of a room and think, “I want that”.  To have a beautiful house you love and will be unique, you need to tell your own story! Those pictures may serve as inspiration, but the items may not fit well in your space, fit your lifestyle, or work with things you own. Find things you love and are meaningful to you, give them a place of honor and build the design around them.

Buy what you Love

It is better to buy what you love, even if it is more expensive and it takes longer to get all the pieces you want than to rush to finish your design project with cheaper items. The things you love will make you happy over the long term. Try to find classic items that will stand the test of time, rather than something trendy. Trends fade quickly as will your interest in it.

Be Brave with Color

Color makes magic happen, affects the way you feel and is easy to change. Painting is an inexpensive way to make a dramatic difference. Get help from a color consultant or Interior Designer to determine the perfect colors for you that work with your finishes and furniture.

Let there be light

Add magic to a space with layers of light. Find beautiful fixtures that add overhead lighting, mixed with lamps at mid-level and task lighting. Accent lighting on art and under cabinets look great.


We often collect so many things that nothing has a chance to shine. Get rid of the things you do not love.  Give the things you love a place of honor and enough uncluttered space around them so the eye is drawn to them and you can appreciate it. You can always put the other things away and change out the items you want to highlight for variety.

Be Patient

A great interior design perfectly suited to you happens in layers and takes time. Be patient.

Create a sanctuary for yourself

Your space should not only look good but feel good, give you a place to re-charge and feel like your favorite place in the world.

Change it up

Using more neutral colors for the walls and furnishings allows you to change the other colors in the room such as accent pillows, art and accessories as often as you like for variety.

Break the rules

If it looks good, feels good and you love it, do it!

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Lose the wallpaper. If it is in good shape, a professional painter can paint over it with a good neutral color, which will appeal to more buyers.

Thanks and stay in touch!

Thanks for taking the time out of your day to read my newsletter. I hope you found some helpful information!

I would love to hear from you about some of your challenges related to selling your home, home staging or decorating.
 Mary Ann
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