Lighting: Gold is Back

Shopping for lighting recently with a client.  Gold is back.  And there are beautiful choices.  It’s different.  “Gilded Iron” now instead of shiny brass.  Rich with texture.

We had so many choices for the pendants we were planning for her master bedroom, we could have selected several if only we had more than one room to do!

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Stager’s Dream Clients

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Just as clients hope to find the perfect designer, designers quietly wish for opportunities to work with perfect clients.  This couple represents the epitome of an ideal staging client.

They wisely view staging as an investment, not an expense, providing an opportunity to earn tenfold returns.  Their commitment to the process resulted in multiple offers, on weekend one, at full asking price and above neighborhood comps which more than compensated for their staging investment.

They did everything right.  Their home was recently updated and painted in a neutral current color.  Fresh, new art and accessories were purchased that they will enjoy in their new home.  They rented the furniture, art and accessories that would help sell their current home in Texas but not be usable in their new smaller space in California.  And they stayed “out of the way”… helping when asked, but otherwise giving Design Perspectives free rein to remove, add, rearrange and hang to showcase their home at its finest.

It certainly didn’t hurt that their home has a drop-dead gorgeous, lakefront view.

Ideal clients like to celebrate success over sushi.  Check.



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Beautiful and Practical as a Bonus

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A mother of twin ten-year-olds, a career woman and a community volunteer, this client cut to the chase.  “Make it nice.  Make it new.  Make it practical.  And don’t give me too many choices, I’m not that particular.”

Nice and new indeed with a free-standing tub, a stunning mosaic accent tile that mimics the shape of her glass block, frameless shower glass and new polished nickel plumbing and lighting fixtures.


  • Porcelain tile with an epoxy-based grout will hold up to near anything.
  • A new bank of cabinet drawers provides additional highly functional storage.
  • Super White 3 cm granite looks like marble, but will hold up much better in a bathroom used daily.  Scored as a remnant making it even more practical.
  • Eliminating time-stamped sliding glass mirrored doors provides more usable space inside the closet.

One “power shopping” day was all it took to make these beautiful selections.  Her outcome could well have worked for someone who is “particular”.

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6500 SF Vacant Staging

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What we did:  paint and stage.  We painted cabinets and over faux.  We fully staged, the entire home.

Why stage a 6500 SF vacant home or any home for that matter?

  • Many buyers can’t envision how a room might be used.  Staging gives purpose to each room.
  • Many buyers can’t envision how a room will look once furnished.  Staging shows them.
  • Many buyers will miss or not remember a home’s best features.  A staged home highlights each room’s focal point.
  • Many buyers can’t judge the size of an empty room.  A furnished room speaks volumes.
  • An empty room runs the risk of suggesting “unnecessary space”.
  • Current furniture, art and accessories can freshen the space.
  • A staged home communicates a multitude of other subtle messages.  Among them, it suggests a home that has been enjoyed, well cared for and well maintained.

Model homes are decorated for a reason.  The same principles apply to previously owned homes.

The best time to stage a vacant is before it is listed, before professional photographs are taken and before the Broker’s Open.

Look at the “before” and “after’s” from this recent vacant staging by Design Perspectives which illustrate each of these points.


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Original Art and Staging

Using Original Art when staging a home sends powerful messages to buyers:  the home is high-end; the home has been well-cared for; details matter.

Thinking about their “next home”, these sellers purchased Original Art from Design Perspectives to stage the home they were leaving.

What an impact.  This home had multiple offers, all at asking price, all above comps, day 1 on the market.  And they have a jumpstart on decorating their new home.

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Unique Contemporary Staging

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This contemporary staging project was particularly unique and rewarding. After following all the standard staging principles to showcase the home:  de-clutter, clean, depersonalize, neutralize, rearrange and carefully accessorize, we had the unique opportunity to add the perfect punch to each room.

The seller is an artist, and with input from Design Perspectives, she painted original abstract art with the exact size, color and style to add the perfect finishing touch to each room.

Her home is now a gallery, offering special appeal to buyers seeking contemporary style with an eye for real art.

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Outdoor Furniture!

As you might expect, this is a great time of year to buy outdoor furniture as Brown Jordan (luxury outdoor furniture) is having a great sale. Perfect timing: the best weather we get in North Texas is around the corner. My designer discount is even better than usual, now through October 15th. 10 day quick ship on most items.

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