I’ve been admiring the work from C&B Home Staging on instagram for months now. Every room in it’s perfectly lovely, clean, fluid, consistency.
These are not jaw dropping rooms (which staging shouldn’t be) you find in bold, architectural magazines (not that I don’t admire that side of design, I do) but rather current, orderly little oases that do not turn you off in any radical fashion.
You want to buy them, add a little personality, and stay for dinner.
There are no window treatments swagged to high h or paint color transitions for every angle in the room. No wildly out of date furniture or 80’s wallpaper borders. Or light blocking obstructions that make the space feel like a cave.
They allow you to breath. They feel healthy. Good feng shui in the most logical sense.
Do you know spaces like this are difficult to achieve if you’re dealing with occupied spaces? It’s much easier to come in and layer more design clutter when the owner feels something is missing. But often what’s missing is this clean sweep.
Empty the room, eliminate every furnishing you don’t love and give all surfaces a fresh coat of paint. One of my absolute favorite tricks (as you see in C&B’s work) is to use 1 white shade for everything. Trim, ceilings, cabinets, whatever it may be. You get seamless flow. Don’t ever underestimate the power of a fresh white ceiling either- that will be my next post.
There is serious resistance in interior design. People are very, very afraid to paint surfaces, simplify, and let go of things. I’m human and understand. I hold onto shoes I wore 10 years ago- no idea why. It happens.
I will spend the rest of my working days fighting the resistance. And sometimes I win and we all have a happy cry and I’m not kidding.
Last week a client asked me how much counseling is involved in this profession. I laughed and said- A TON! Good thing that was my second career choice- it’s all coming together :)
Have a wonderful week readers!
(thank you C&B Home Staging for inspiring me)