Moving a Studio Out of the Basement

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My client expresses his creativity with fused glass: multi-colored glass fired in a kiln at a variety of high temperatures to add depth, relief and shape.

Prior to my client’s move to Texas, his craftship was relegated to his basement:  dark, cluttered and less than inspiring.  In his new home, with more bedrooms that he would ever actually use, we created a studio on his second floor.  We ensured it was conducive to his craft:  brightly lit with both natural and artificial light and with glass shard friendly, vinyl distressed-wood plank flooring.  We equipped his studio with a custom-built glass supply cabinet, two workbenches and a pegboard for efficient storage of his tools.  With his kiln at the ready in his garage, his ingenuity is unlimited.

Interestingly, fused glass dates back to early Roman times, and some archeological evidence suggests Egyptians used the techniques as early as 2000 BC.  In a new, customized studio in Roanoke, Texas, fused glass is still going strong.

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Staging: Believing in the Value

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The realtor on this listing believes in the value of staging wholeheartedly.  Enough to subsidize and roll up her sleeves for hands-on help with the process.  Working primarily with the homeowners’ possessions, we rearranged, tweaked and supplemented only with rental art and accessories.  The reward:  multiple offers in short order.  This realtor earned both her commission and a happy seller.

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A Guest Bath with Form and Function

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My client has a regular guest:  her daughter.  She uses a shower, not a tub, so no need to trip over one.  By replacing the tub with a frameless glass shower the space feels enlarged.  A removable rain head in the shower and a large undermount rectangular sink provide better functionality.  The glass tile accent in the shower and unique tile layout on the bathroom floor, the granite, the framed mirror and new brushed nickel plumbing and hardware provide the “form”.  Inviting… to encourage her daughter to come more often and visit just a bit longer.

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Another Better Bedroom: Staging to Sell or Live


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It began as a staging project.  In the bedroom we removed clutter, made the bed in “hotel-like” fashion, added fresh lamps, art and a seating vignette in the bay window.  The client loved the changes in this room and throughout her home and decided to stay put.

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“Staging to Live”: Stage Before You Decide to Move

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With an upcoming move back east to be near family, this client engaged Design Perspectives to stage their Grapevine home to create “model home” appeal.

Simple improvements were made:  wood floors were extended into the primary living space and kitchen cabinets and walls were painted and freshened throughout.  The home was fully staged with supplemental rental furniture, art and accessories.

From my client:  “we got our asking price and a contract signed two days after putting it on the market, thanks to you.  I didn’t even want to move after you staged it.”

So many clients ask themselves, “why did I wait?  I could have been enjoying my space more while I was living in my home.”

You don’t need to wait.  Consider a new mindset:  “Staging to Live” versus “Staging to Sell”.



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Decorated and Decked Out

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Having reinvented her master bedroom and family room over the last 12 months, my client knew she wanted a fresh take on her holiday decorations.  We planned ahead and  shopped the best Market had to offer in August.  We had fantastic ornaments and trimmings to work with, my client was simply short on time.  Knowing she would be away nearly the full month of November, my client engaged Design Perspectives to deck her home for the holidays while she and her husband enjoy Milan this week.  Her home will be festive and ready for her annually hosted Christmas Open House when she returns.

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Guests Are Welcome

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What we did:  removed the unnecessary bookcases to make ample room for a queen size bed with nightstands and lamps on both sides, now allowing the closet door to swing without obstruction; replaced carpet with nail down wood extended from the hallway for better flow and function; added an indoor/outdoor rug that may be “hosed down” after any mishap; selected more “adult friendly” bedding; created a free corner for a chair allowing guests to relax and untie their shoes; replaced a “time-stamped” white and brass ceiling fan with a unique fandelier  providing additional room lighting while maintaining ceiling fan function.

Planned:  art over the bed and window treatments still to come.

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