My January decorating style in these areas went way more minimalist than I had realized. When I took these pictures, the nicest word I could come up with -- stark. I really over do at Christmas. This apparently was the sorbet, the palette cleanser, I needed to recover from the invasion of nutcrackers and greenery.
|This vase is from a Southern Living house party|
|I have used it every day for 4 years|
You'll also notice my nemesis, the ceiling fan remote attached to the wall (as if one ugly light switch is not ugly enough.)
- If you're getting ready to list your home, you should have some sort of a welcome statement at your main entrance. Even if you don't have a real foyer, a skinny table like this or even a floating shelf would work.
- You would want a piece of neautral art or framed mirror instead of the family picture I'm using here.
- This pin shows a great way to use an old table, yard sale find or goodwill treasure if you have a small entry space.
- Make sure you leave several Realtors' business cards on your entry table -- it makes people think lots of people are looking at your property.
You'll want to limit your accessories while you are staging. I get to go a little Easter Bunny crazy because we are renting instead of staging.
First, I clipped them off that spikey stem deally thing. Then twisted and bent and shuffled them around till they look rather pretty -- I think.
They cover the switch plate that we don't use -- yay! The obnoxiously huge, droopy silk bow also covers the wiry, fake stems. My Charleston sweet grass basket holds all the necessities and reminds me of SC just as I am heading out the door (usually 15 minutes late and hollering at Girlies).
I wanted real flowers on our kitchen table, though. I had this rustic, wooden trough that I'm pretty sure came with a set of bath products. It was not anywhere near water tight. So, I used a huge garbage can liner. I planted these hot pink cyclamen from Home Depot -- this time of year they should just pay us in garden supplies. Then we filled in with extra potting soil and trimmed the plastic back from around the edges.
Middle Girlie was my garden helper and then decided just how many eggs we needed to place around the edges. She was very particular about the placement of the colors. Now she is very particular about watering them. That's good, because, I still hold the Target record for the most live plants damaged out in one month -- they were not so live after I got done with them.
|taking a picture of my cell didn't turn out|
perfect, but you get the idea
If you need extra help with your planting, make sure to scan this crazy symbol with your blackberry or smart phone (ScanLife is the ap I use). It gives you way more advice than they could fit on the pick tag.
I know I need as much help as I can get for these brown thumbs.
Whether you are staging your home for sale or just trying to live a little more visit ready, I hope you "bloom where you are planted."
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