Staging for Success

In today’s fluid economy, selling your home can be quite a task. With too few buyers and prices plummeting, it is hard to have sky-high needs and without justification for them. Two of the most important things buyers have in mind when they are looking for a home is price and condition.

That’s where home staging comes in. I recently staged a home for Linda Barchard of Coldwell Banker’s in Sarasota. I devised a plan for this home. [Read more…]

First Meeting with Winner

News Tease…

Today is my first meeting with the IKEA Rockin’ Room Sweepstakes winner! The contest ran on from July 16-August 31, 2010 and was sponsored by Pandora Media Inc., and presented by IKEA Systems B.V.  Users between the ages of 18-24, who resided within 60 miles of an IKEA store location, were eligible to enter the sweepstakes for a chance at winning a “rockin’ bedroom “make over” utilizing up to $1500 in IKEA merchandise”.  Lauren M. of Tampa, FL was randomly selected to receive the bedroom makeover to be designed by Yours Truly this month!


Stay tuned for the inside story…


Virginia College "Salvage in the City"


This past week was a big trip, I was the guest of honor at “Salvage in the City” hosted by Virginia College in Birmingham where I was one of the first classes to graduate with a Bachelors of Applied Arts in Interior Design. It was great to be back and share my experiences of the past 10 years in the design field, the trials and tribulations and TV.

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Christmas early

Hi all,

So when Coldwell Banker Residential approached me to do Christmas before Halloween, I though they were crazy, 26 hours a very limited budget and a 13 million dollar estate, WHAT! I have to say it was great because I had full creative control to do what I pleased. I need to stress a very very  limited  budget with help from Nellie’s Deli catering, Sacs and bevena flowers I pulled it off.

I had a blast with the help of my trustee assistant Sabrina “stuffie stuff” so course she filmed what I was doing and unexpected. I took a beige dinning room and turned it into a white winter wonderland of Lilly’s, crystals and gold ornaments. This look can be achieved with any budget I used plastic ornaments and faux garland mixed with fresh flowers and white lights. I know you know at this point I am not a fan of permanent  botanical but when needed they come in handy.

Here are some before and afters what do you think?


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"Habitat Chic" The Design Challenge Begins

Habitat Chic Design Challenge Begins Friday!

Competition and Events to Benefit

Manatee County Habitat for Humanity

Bradenton (October 22, 2009) – The Habitat Chic Design Challenge begins!  On Friday, October 23, HGTV Design Star contestant Jason Champion and “Chic on the Cheap” author Mark Dalton will face a reality-TV type makeover challenge as they use items from Habitat’s ReStore and donated retail furnishings to completely decorate two Habitat homes as the clock ticks toward a quickly approaching deadline.  Each designer has visited with the soon-to-be homeowners to get to know them, their preferences, styles and needs. The designers will have 24 hours, 1,100 square feet of living space and a limited budget to make these two Habitat homes over with style.  Once the competition starts, an METVma film crew will be on hand to capture each designer’s work in reality television-type style to be broadcast at a preview party fundraising event and also on local cable television.

Designers Jason Champion, Mark Dalton and their interior design volunteer teams will be decorating the homes as follows (available for media interviews/photographs/filming):


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