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FEATURED IN THIS EPISODE: SHARON TARA An organizational wiz, Sharon has the magic touch when it comes to transforming New Hampshire homesSharon's PageMELISSA MARRO 2007 RESA Stager of the Year nominee, Melissa exudes Southern charm and is a self-proclaimed design addict responsible for decking many Charleston hallsMelissa's Page AUDREY HOFFMAN AKA STAGING GIRL In addition to staging the Baltimore/DC area, Audrey does graphic design, copyediting and copywriting, marketing proposals, interior decoration consulting, tradeshow support, well....what doesn't she do?? Eat tomatoes.Audrey's Website Could it be?? Did you MISS an episode? Don't worry, catch up here: PART 1 PART 2 SHOP STAGING GIRL MERCHANDISE! Yes, now you can be STAGING GIRL! Check (24 comments)
Feng Shui is getting a lot of fanfare these days, but it’s nothing new. Pronounced “Fung Schway,” (in the Mandarin dialect of Chinese; differs for Cantonese but the characters are the same) it translates as “wind water.” This ancient art is said to bring creativity, prosperity, good health and better relationships, with the correct positioning of objects and furniture. I can respect the concept and principles, although I am not an advocate for both religious and personal reasons. If you’d like to get some more advice on the subject, Active Rain has many members who are consultants and even a group. (16 comments)
Are You Serious? Bad Online Advice and the Aftermath - 02/21/08 12:24 PM
If you’re not familiar with Trulia.com, you should be. It’s a great tool for consumers in the real estate market. One of its best features is Trulia Voices, a Q&A forum. I recently answered a question from a home owner asking about staging for their home. They live in a different state and are not in my "market area," but I believe in sharing advice and no other comments had been posted from an actual stager. The questioner wanted to know about costs and asked for referrals! One answerer was a true gem: they talked about the ROI (Return on Investment) of (22 comments)
How I Became a Celebrity OR The Theory of Scratch 'n Sniff - 02/18/08 07:38 PM
Today I was busy dealing with a case of the Mondays (so much to do, so little time!), and didn't get my daily dose of rain until after 6 PM. That's when I umped on my email and blog and discovered....I'D BEEN DISCOVERED! Okay, to my credit, I am a published writer and was almost a television star. (I turned down an offer to be in a commercial advertising a Mexican tienda...) But even though I'm not on a Mexican-whoa-oh-radio ad, I've been blessed with something truly special: A HIDDEN GEM DESIGNATION! Here I've been telling anyone that would listen just (15 comments)
Sounds Silly? So What! This Skillet is HOT! - 02/15/08 02:51 AM
I remember a CitiBank ad that read, "Invest in the occasional Get-Happy-Quick Scheme." It featured a guy holding a dozen or so balloons on an elevator. For my own Valentine's Day gift to myself, I was thinking about getting a humidifier. I actually need one (the gift is just a nice way to put it lol) because my studio had a former cat owner and I am deathly allergic. My antihistamine drowsiness is killing my productivity! Or so it seems. Anyway, I hate clunky, bulky, unattractive appliances/gizmos. (Read: It's taking me a while to find a humidifier that I actually want (13 comments)
STARRING IN THIS EPISODE ELAINE MANESIn addition to being Staging Girl's hero, Elaine is also a staging guru serving the Denver metrohttp://activerain.com/maneselaine AUDREY V. HOFFMANStaging Girl resides in Baltimore city and helps dress to impress spaces throughout the Greater Baltimore/DC metro area http://activerain.com/blogs/hoffmark MISS THE FIRST EDITION? CHECK IT OUT AT http://activerain.com/blogsview/366963/The-Adventures-of-Staging Coming up: Melissa Marro, Sharon Tara and Karen Otto!Wanna guest star in an episode? Submit some photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know your thoughts about home staging! (32 comments)
Comment Commitment: Why I’d Like to Get my Feet Wet before Jumping Headfirst - 02/05/08 11:09 PM
I get it all the time: “You seem older,” or “I just knew you were older. Oh, no, not the way you look, it’s the way you act (carry yourself, behave, insert other verb here).” After the initial chagrin wears off (they must really think I LOOK old), I do accept this as a compliment. How did I end up this way? Well, I grew up around adults more than kids. And I grew up down South…that means don’t speak unless you’re spoken to, which translates into a whole lot of listening. I was at the family business office far more (16 comments)
Get FRAMED! - 02/03/08 07:14 PM
Stagers and Fans of Good Design,I read a blog asking whether or not to remove family photos from a home on the market. My take is to edit, use moderation. Some are gifted in artful photo display and other just appreciate being surrounded by loved ones and treasured memento. I'm a fan of clever and creative storage, and revisioning things we already have. But sometimes ready-made solutions are the answer: like when they're on CLEARANCE! Bargain stagers behold, Exposures is having a sale! Store those album extras in their archival lined "shoe boxes" or upgrade your album collection. Get it while (0 comments)
A New GREEN? - 02/01/08 11:43 PM
While it’s becoming more a mainstay than a buzz word, green design is not yet a well-oiled (or should I say ethanol fueled?) machine. When I worked full-time in the architectural arena, green design had already become an expected component versus lofty goal. New buildings can achieve LEED accreditation (see link below for more info) and are now designed with life cycle maintenance in mind. No longer just a commercial endeavor, individual consumers are now taking stock in well, what they stock. Looks matter, but an item’s material and how it was manufactured are now part of the decision making process. While (2 comments)
Taking BOLD Back to Basic: Calming Down a HOT Color - 02/01/08 09:32 PM
When can you go BOLD with color? An all aqua room may be a bit much for your average home buyer. But as an accent, it's surprisingly relaxing and absolutely refreshing! How do you take a four walls like this and transform it into a "neutral?" Simple, get rid of the rest of the color in the room. Bright sheers get replaced with white linen panels. Colorful bedding is replaced with a bleach-bright matelasse set. The room's molding, doors, and ceiling fan are also stark white and the whitewashed floors help continue that clean aesthetic. A little color goes a long (6 comments)
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