What I Learned in 2010

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Home Stager with Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia

Here it is, the final day of 2010.  It's time to be reflective and think of what worked this past year, what didn't work, and what I want to do differently in 2011.  Here's a recap of what I learned, both good and bad, in 2010:

  1. Being a professional color consultant is lots of fun!!!
  2. Flying squirrels love to party after midnight -- especially in my attic!  Here's a shot of Zack with Caliber Pest Solutions holding (dead) flying squirrel #8.Zack with flying squirrell #8
  3. Gaining weight is much easier than losing weight.  (Okay, I already knew that.)
  4. If you eat too much chocolate, you will gain weight.
  5. You can do Zumba videos all day long, but if you eat too much chocolate, you will gain weight.
  6. Home staging still works, but the home must be priced right to sell.
  7. L'oreal #5 "medium brown" is MUCH DARKER than L'oreal #6 "light brown."
  8. Marketing is expensive.
  9. Just because you build it, they won't necessarily come.
  10. Transitioning my business from Stage, Show & Sell Home Staging Co. to Patsy Overton Interiors was a heck of a lot of work, but well worth the effort.

Here's to learning from my mistakes and having a banner year in 2011.  Happy New Year to all of my AR friends!

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Rainmaker
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Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

Melissa - thanks!

Shar - I see where congrats are in order for being the biggest loser!  Have you figured out how to lose while keeping up your chocolate intake?  Please share.  Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2010 07:01 AM #21
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Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

We have regular squirrels in our attic!!!  It's funny, but I've been doing more decorating than staging these last five months...www.houzz.com has helped with this - check it out!  Good luck in the new year!  Julie

Dec 31, 2010 07:39 AM #22
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

Oh Patsy it is so very good to see your smiling face here in the rain again!  Please don't go away so long next time.  You always make me laugh and learn a few things as well!  Great job on the new website and the new name.  My business partner were just talking about the very same issue.  While we love staging, we also enjoy color consultation, redesign and organizing.  Our name should reflect that. 

Here's to a very rewarding and healthy 2011!

Dec 31, 2010 07:57 AM #23
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Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

Hi Julie!  Great to hear from you!  I'll check out the site.  And the best to you in 2011!

Laura - what a cute pic of you!  Is that an, "Oops, I ate too much chocolate" or "Oops, I thought you said your sofa was green"?  Yes, I decided "Stage, Show & Sell" was much too narrow for my services so I broadened it.  Once people heard I did staging, they sort of wrote me off if their house wasn't on the market.  It was definitely a good move for me.  I wish you great success in 2011!

Dec 31, 2010 08:27 AM #24
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Patsy - Good for you for expanding your business.  Still laughing at your list - you are speaking for so many women!  As for the flying squirrels (!)...  I'll trade you for my pitter-pattering mice in my attic...

Dec 31, 2010 10:17 AM #25
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

It appears you have had a very successful year, based on all the insight you have developed...chocolate seems to be a big part of your life, LOL!  Best of luck in 2011 with POI!!

Dec 31, 2010 11:43 AM #26
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Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA

Can't work without chocolate-ever, not one day!! Love, love, love your new logo!! So excited for you and so nice to see your smile again on AR. We need to catch up, Call when you can. Happy New Year!!!

Dec 31, 2010 05:10 PM #27
Rainmaker
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Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA

Love your new website too!! Bravo!

Dec 31, 2010 05:11 PM #28
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Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

Sally - how 'bout you keep your mice and I'll keep my flying squirrells, okay?  There's something about mice that sends shivers up my spine!

Sharon - thank you!  BTW, I love your new photo!

Hello Miss Cathy!  Thanks so much for your kind words.  Yes, we need to catch up.  I've just put "call Cathy" on my To Do list.  Happy New Year!

Jan 01, 2011 04:17 AM #29
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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Seems like you've learned an awful lot and are fully prepared for 2011............best to you Patsy.

Jan 01, 2011 11:47 PM #30
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Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

And the best to you, Roger!

Jan 08, 2011 02:43 AM #31
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Peggy Chirico
Prudential CT Realty - Manchester, CT
REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate

Hi Patsy - I really like your WP site.  I am still working on mine and have a long way to go, but yours is very pleasing and I love the colors (figures you are a color consultant!).

Jan 15, 2011 11:32 PM #32
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Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

Hi Peggy.  Thank you!  That site is always a work in progress.  Don't know if I'll ever "finish" it.  That's the good (or bad) thing about a WP site -- you can change it any time you want to.  Best of luck with yours!

Jan 17, 2011 01:20 AM #33
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Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Patsy - I hope 2011 is a great year for you.  Maybe you'll have wonderful things to report next year as well!

Jan 17, 2011 01:32 AM #34
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Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

Thanks, Carla!  And the best to you as well.

Jan 17, 2011 01:38 AM #35
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Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ
Broker/Owner

GOOD MORNING PATSY!  And I thought the problem was eating chocolate while doing Zumba..!! I can't let go of chocolate so I'll resign myself to maintaining my current weight!   This is a cute post! -- G

Jan 29, 2011 12:16 AM #36
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Barbara Heil-Sonneck
Design2Sell - Atlanta, GA
Home Staging Atlanta

Hi Patsy, congratulations! Wishing you a successful 2011!

Feb 17, 2011 05:37 PM #37
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Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

Hi Gabrielle -- glad you enjoyed it.  So far this year, I'm doing better with my chocolate habit, but those lbs. are harder and harder to get off.  Ugh.

Barbara -- thanks so much.  May you also have great success in 2011!

Feb 20, 2011 08:22 AM #38
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Sondra Meyer:
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Patsy, I've been wondering where the squirrels that hang out in my tree go to at night and when it is freezing cold outside.  I sure hope they are not in My attic. 

I hope you keep your sense of humor with you throughout 2011.  And, remember, dark chocolate is supposed to be good for you. :)

Feb 20, 2011 02:33 PM #39
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Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

Hi Sondra.  If the squirrels were in your attic, you'd know it!  And, yes, dark chocolate is good for me but not for my waistline.  Also, I've learned since January that it's VERY hard to get rid of once it attaches itself to your body!  Ugh.  Thanks for your comments.

Feb 21, 2011 12:24 AM #40
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