"The unanswered questions aren't nearly as dangerous as the unquestioned answers." Dena
Has anyone else received the most recent Ballard Designs catalog in the mail? Mine actually came several days ago, but I just had time to check it out today.
I get a real kick out of reading the little blurbs they attach to some of their merchandise. On page 77 of the catalog they are highlighting the new Kingston Bedroom collection. There is a handwritten tag describing the process as to how Ballard Designs came to find inspiration for this collection in the original antique piece they found in Brussels. The title caught my eye because I might expect to see it here, on Active Rain, in Stage It Forward.
"Sometimes, all it takes is a little paint"
And so, I read further. Funny how that happens, isn't it? Something captures your attention and you read on or listen more intently to gather more information.
The third sentence began, "To be honest...." They further say, "it was not love at first sight."
This really caught my attention, because I recently read something that was written cautioning against speaking or writing with this language. Funny again, don't you think, that a major marketing campaign is out and about using those same words?
My first point ... there are very few absolutes. If you state one, chances are you'll have to defend it at some point. Why? There are plenty of folks that consider unquestioned answers dangerous and thank goodness too or we might not grow individually or collectively and I can't help but wonder how difficult it might be to stage a cave, mid-winter, in New England.
My second point ... evaluating and presenting something in a different perspective can be beneficial. In that little handwritten history, Ballard Designs describes how only one person of their crew saw possibilities where all others saw none. Professional Home Stagers are proving this many times over in the real estate industry by assisting home owners in preparing their homes for sale.
Finally ... Any one person can repeat and do what everyone else says and does if they want the same results. It takes a certain amount of courage and fortitude to know when you're right and be willing to be different. I'm thinking there are now thousands of Realtors® and home owners that have recognized the difference stagers bring to the home selling process that can attest to this.
To order the Ballard Designs catalogue or read additional information about the Kingston Design Collection I referenced go to www.ballarddesigns.com
Special thanks to Dena for always signing her emails with that quote, it has been life altering
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