Basic Black Dress for the Ladies, Gray or Navy Suit for the Gentlemen

Home Stager with Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092

Ladies, the beauty about the basic black dress is that you can create many dramatic looks with it.  You can dress it from office by day to party at night with the right accessories.   A different necklace, brooch, earrings, scarf or shoes will change the entire mood and look of the dress.  Gentlemen, same goes for the basic gray or navy suit, change it up with different shirts, ties and shoes. 

Well the same holds true when you are decorating your home.

The perfect accessories can complete the look of a room and make it truly your own. Basic furnishings can be personalized and given a whole new look with the addition of the right accessories.  It's the little things in a room that add up to make it a warm and inviting place.

When evaluating the room you are decorating, consider light source, color, pattern and texture of the furniture, wall and ceiling color, floor covering and color, and traffic pattern in the room.  This will get you started on your way.

Once these decisions are made, then you start to accessorize with throw pillows, tables, lamps, window treatments, artwork and personal objects that you would like to showcase. 

Decorating is really just as simple as getting dressed every morning.  You know what you like and what works together.  I bet there isn't one of us out there who hasn't asked a spouse/partner how we look after we finish dressing for work in the morning or a night out on the town. 

We all like a second opinion and someone to guide us through the process.

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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
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Nothing I needed to tell you Joanna, you're amazing!

Thank you Judi, that's very kind of you.

But you wouldn't have gotten paid..............LOL.  Thanks Sharon.

Now that's adding some bling Melissa, I like it.

Thanks so much Jerry, much appreciated.  You have to be careful with color, but nothing wrong with using it.

That's the way to do it every time.

Yep, that's what happened Sharon..........surprised the hell out of me...............LOL.  Thanks so much.

Thanks a lot Rob, good to see you.

I'll give you the same challenge I gave may be surprised Richard.

Most make it more difficult than it actually is's as simple as getting dressed up.

Obviously you're comfortable in doing what works best for you Andrea, kudos to you.

Your comment made me LOL Pat.............thanks!

So is that a bad thing Kevin?

Aug 08, 2012 02:45 AM #50
Debbie Gartner
Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring

Good morning, Roger.  What a great analogy.  You are so right and there are so many ways to dress up or dress down a room.  Congrats on the feature.

Aug 08, 2012 02:56 AM #51
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

It scares me to even think about it Sally, she is one of my all time favorites.  Love Miss Gorightry!

Thanks BARFF.......when I lived in NYC, you very seldom saw me in anything but black, it works every time.  You also know that I'll paint anything black.

Of course I can make you look classy Miss Joni, but that comes from within and you already have that..........

Exactly Sharon, understated is best.

Fresh flowers are a perfect touch Karen.................

I'm not sure black, white and gray ever left Pamela.................rather classic.

Good morning Debbie, thanks so much.

Aug 08, 2012 02:58 AM #52
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
You can't have too many black dresses --- great comparison - thanks for sharing.
Aug 08, 2012 03:09 AM #53
Amanda and Jared Christiansen
Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Century 21 Bradley Realtors

Great info here Roger.  Very well written post.  The only time you will see me in a suit is if somebody died.                    

Aug 08, 2012 04:49 AM #54
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson - Hudson Valley Homes for Sale

I love the little black dress and have a few... some how when i shop though I find myself gravitating to color! The mix is fun! 

Great info Roger... I love the comparison...

Aug 08, 2012 05:08 AM #55
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Roger, thanks for pointing out it doesn't take much for a good look. Good information!

Aug 08, 2012 05:10 AM #56
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Gee, I have none Norma.................

Well I hope I never see you in a suit Jared...........wait, maybe I do hope I see you see a suit, at least I'll know I'm not dead!

The mix is always fun Janis, but it's good to have the basics too.

My pleasure Michael, it's pretty simple.

Aug 08, 2012 05:49 AM #57
Tatyana Makarov
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor

Hello Larry,

I agree with you... Great post.

But may I ask, where did you get that black dress? Sorry, it wouldn't be my first choice :)

Have a great day.

Aug 08, 2012 06:11 AM #58
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

fairfax county real estate agents Jan and Steve Bachman




This what I like about men's clothes. Khaki, Navy and Gray pants. Blue shirts, jeans, 2 blazers, 2 suits and you are set for life.

Bad for the economy though... this is one reason we need women.

Aug 08, 2012 06:20 AM #59
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Maybe Larry can tell you where he found the photo of the black dress Tatyana................LOL.

I'm glad you said "one reason" Steve.......................

Aug 08, 2012 06:28 AM #60
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again Roger. This is a fabulous post and worthy of the feature. You are smart, savvy, and kind. Great blog!

Aug 08, 2012 06:43 AM #61
Ginny Gorman
Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Roger, i have trouble deciding everyday what i'm going to wear!  Not sure of this one for me...

Aug 08, 2012 06:57 AM #62
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

And you are full of compliments this morning, thanks so much Sheila, glad you enjoyed the post.

It could be the perfect thing for you Ginny, if you have a hard time deciding what to wear.  Pick something black!  The rest is easy.

Aug 08, 2012 07:08 AM #63
Bud & Beth McKinney
Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United

Good connection, there is so much you can do to make a space personal and you don't need to spend a fortune doing it! Just like with the black dress, a nice set of pearls can make it more fancy or just the necklace your daugher gave you for Christmas for at the office.

Aug 08, 2012 08:44 AM #64
Charlie Dresen
Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty - Steamboat Springs, CO
Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro

Roger-  Nice post and good analogy.  It really is all about the personal touches.

Aug 08, 2012 09:39 AM #65
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Hi Roger, great analogy and great post.  Basic simplicity always seems to work, and then POP with an accessory!

Aug 08, 2012 10:26 AM #66
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

You've got the right idea Bud and Beth.

That's what it all boils down to Charlie, those personal touches.  Thank you.

KISS - Keep It Simple Sandy...........Keeping it simple is the tough part for many people Sandy, but it's the right way to go.

Aug 08, 2012 01:01 PM #67
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A.

Roger - Start with the classic basics and add your personal twist whether it is your home or your body--let your personal style shine through.  Timeless advice!

Aug 08, 2012 03:25 PM #68
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!" - Merrick, NY
Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent

You know Roger, I'm liking that dress. I'm thinking I can't go wrong with that one.

Aug 08, 2012 07:45 PM #69
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