Can I Toot my Own Horn?

Home Stager with Rooms With Style

Is it okay to toot my own horn? I feel a little weird about it but if I don't...who will?

I found out yesterday that I have been selected as a Semi-Finalist to be one of the next Top MyKirkland's Designers! Yeah!! How cool is that!!

After all the applications they have narrowed it down to 20. Now I have to go through a 30 minute interview with the corporate office in Nashville. The top 10 will be selected and then America will be able to vote online with Five Designers being Selected. I'm counting on my AR friends to vote. But only if you are voting for me of course. LOL

I hope I make it to the top 10. I hope I am selected to be one of the Top Designers. If I only make it to the top 20 I will still take it as an honor.

Here are the design before and after photos I submitted with my application.






A little side note about this project. I did EVERY room in the house. LR, DR, FR, TOY ROOM, MB and bedrooms for 6 kids. It was all new paint colors (of which they loved dark), every piece of furniture was new down to lamps, artwork, accessories, drapes, drapery rods, bedding, sheets, bed pillows, and rugs. Only one TV was keep.

I had 10 days to complete the project top to bottom, including all the shopping, coordinating and design day. Out of that 10 days I had only 1 1/2 days to pull it all together with furniture delivery at 9:00 one morning and the big reveal at 3:00 the next day. Not a whole crew, just a team of two. Whew.

Click on one of the links above to see more photos of this project.


Comments (27)

Claudia Andrade-Desbiens Los Angeles Modern Staging
Modern Mecca Home Staging, Luxury & Architectural Real Estate Staging, Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles & Orange County


I hear ya. I always feel weird about tooting my own horn as well - But if we don't do it ourselves who will? You did a fantastic job especially considering the scope of the project and the timeline. Congratulations on a job well done and I am looking forward to voting for you!


Jul 16, 2010 04:52 AM
Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

That's fantastic!  What an accomplishment!  I'm exhausted just thinking about the time and energy it took you to complete the work on the home.  Beautiful job!

Jul 16, 2010 06:54 AM
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Toot away Shar! You did a great job! Good luck!

Jul 16, 2010 07:51 AM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Fantastic.  You deserve to toot


Jul 16, 2010 08:20 AM
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Julie, the family was thrilled. The kids screamed, Mom cried. It was worth the agony.

Andrew, a photography class is on my to do list.

Roger....thank you. I will let you know.

Tish, love your optimism!

Thanks Ginger and Cathy. And if I make it to the next step I'll let you know so you can cast your votes!

Ha, I call that the "Castle" sofa Julie. What else can I say except where do you suppose they bought it?

Claudia and Patsy, thank you. It was an exhausting job to say the least. The first day I was in the furniture store when they opened at 10:00 and was still there when they closed at 9:00pm. They were going to get me a name badge.

Thank you Janice and Virginia!

Jul 16, 2010 09:17 AM
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

Way to go, sounds like fun!

Jul 16, 2010 04:45 PM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Shar - I checked out the rest of the photos on your website, and frankly, if you don't win, there's something terribly wrong!  What an AMAZING transformation.  The amount of thought, sweat, planning, tweeking, details that went into that job is incredible.  Best of luck - you deserve it - Toot Toot!

Jul 17, 2010 03:13 AM
Cynthia Bartch
Granville, OH

Hi Shar, yep you can toot your own horn and we will too! The photos you submitted look splendid and you've got a great chance to win this gig. Let us know when the voting begins because you have my vote.

Jul 17, 2010 05:53 AM
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Thanks Cindy for stopping by.

Sally, thank you very much. I did lose some sleep and some hair on that one!

I appreciate that Cynthia, I'll let everyone know if I get to the point where people can vote.

Jul 17, 2010 08:25 AM
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Shar - congratulations are due and we would have never known if you hadn't tooted so toot away. I've flagged this for a feature so more will learn about your success and be able to cheer you onward

Jul 17, 2010 12:57 PM
Linda Scofield
Toccoa, GA

Shar - Toot-Toot for you. Fabulous work and in such a short amount of time. Let me know when to vote. I am there.:)

Jul 18, 2010 03:53 AM
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Thank you for the suggest button Kathy!!

Thanks Linda! Hoping I get that far.

Jul 18, 2010 08:50 AM
Connie Tebyani
Platinum Home Staging, Inc. : RESA-Pro - Calabasas, CA
Platinum Home Staging, Los Angeles and Ventura County

TOOT away, Shar!  You're right: if you don;t toot your own horn once in a while, who will?  Congrats and keep us posted!

Jul 18, 2010 01:10 PM
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

What a transformation.  Don't you love quilts nailed to the wall for curtains?

Jul 18, 2010 11:48 PM
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Thanks Connie. Interview is tomorrow!

There wasn't much about the decor to love when I started Penny. ;)

Jul 19, 2010 12:22 AM


Jul 21, 2010 10:13 AM
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager


Beautiful job as always!  Congratulations on being selected for this honor. 

Jul 23, 2010 04:45 PM
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Thanks Linda. I have had my interview. I am suppose to find out Monday if I made it in to the top 10!

Jul 23, 2010 05:00 PM
Chrissie Sutherland
Ready Set Stage - Greensboro, NC

Beautiful work.  I love you website too.  Where do you get all the gorgeous furniture?  We are lacking rental companies in this area. 

Jul 28, 2010 01:51 AM
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Hi Chrissie. I have my own warehouse of furniture so I don't use rental companies. Thank for the compliment on my website and the furniture! I really appreciate it.

Jul 28, 2010 02:19 AM