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Decorating Tips II - March

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Testimonial "It's been over a year since I first downloaded and read your Home Staging Training book (Ed Note: not the free ebook). I wanted to thank you as it encouraged me to get into the decorating business I love, despite not having expensive training as a decorator. After reading your book I made my first call to a local Realtor and offered a free consultation - a year later I'm exhausted with the constant work and my husband is considering joining me! This is especially surprising since I thought the business would 'slowly' grow until my youngest was in school. I'm busy, clients are happy and as yet I'm getting all my jobs from website contact and Realtor referrals. Realtors love my economic service and it keeps me in demand. Thank you for your priceless, hard-core business information that made me feel prepared to compete with the Big Boys of staging in my area! I believe most arts (including decorating) are talent based, but your business information gave me critical information to provide professional services from the first day. Thanks! - Shannon Emmanuel, Artisan Home Staging"

Questions and Answers

"In Feb/08 I was fortunate enough to purchase your Deluxe Diamond Training and am enjoying it immensely. Currently we are building our home overlooking Tampa Bay in Florida. I am working and residing in Toronto until completion and am at a disadvantage when it comes to color. I have chosen Sherwin Williams "Westhighland White" for the trim color but am stumped for a color for the ceiling. The ceilings are 11 ft tall and are coffered. Should the ceilings be a flat white or match the trim or should the wall color be brought up inside the coffers?? I look forward to your response."

Thank you for the compliments about the course. It's always gratifying to hear back that it is being enjoyed. Bear in mind that I'm at a disadvantage not seeing the actual color nor the home, but here are my thoughts.

Personally, I like the background to be as much one color as possible. The reason is that the less "cluttered" the background, the easier it is to direct attention to where I really want it. So for that reason, I think it's rather nice for the wall color to continue onto the ceiling, so long as it is a soft color and neutral.

Eleven foot walls does give you wiggle room because of the height, so one could actually go a bit darker than white on the ceiling if one chooses. It's a matter of personal preference. A white/white ceiling will, of course, make the room look and feel it's largest, and as you darken a ceiling it begins to pull the ceiling down. This can be ideal if you want a cozier feeling.

For future resale value, however, a white ceiling is probably the best choice. But still in all, I really like the wall color merging on to the ceiling and using a color other than white/white (so you remove it from that "apartment-like" feeling). I hope this helps you make a decision.

Free Decorating Tips

Outdoor Decorating

Think about the use of your backyard and plan accordingly. Perhaps your
family enjoys eating outside. Perhaps you play games together, such as
volleyball or badminton or crochet. Think about how you will navigate from one
point to another.
. . . . Outdoor Decorating


Cleaning Furniture for Patios

Even though I live in a mild climate here in Southern California, I still have to watch my outdoor furniture to make sure it is clean and not deteriorating. But even here it is a challenge. Moisture and sun can cause furniture to become pitted, corroded, discolored or even develop rust. So here are some brief tips. . . . Cleaning Furniture for Patio


Beautiful Patios

Since spring is right around the corner and warmer weather on the horizon, it's not too early to think about how to dress up the patio and enjoy being out with nature. . . . Beautiful Patios


Patio Furniture

Have a tree in the middle of your yard? Want to make it more of a focal point, especially if the trunk is thin and the branches high? . . . . . . Patio Furniture


New Style of Doormats

I don't know how much dirt and moisture a wooden doormat will remove if you place it at your front door, but it sure looks cool, don't you think? It's even engraved with the owner's last name. Now how's that . . . New Style of Doormats

Saga of the Stinky Curtain Rods

She spent the first day packing her belongings into boxes, crates and suitcases.

On the second day, she had the movers come and collect her things.

On the third day, she sat down for the last time at their beautiful dining room table by candle-light, put on some soft background music, and feasted on a pound of shrimp, a jar of caviar, and a bottle of spring-water. When she had finished, she went into each and every room and deposited a few half-eaten shrimp shells dipped in caviar into the hollow of the curtain rods. She then cleaned up the kitchen and left.

When the husband returned with his new girlfriend, all was bliss for the first few days. Then slowly, the house began to smell. They tried everything: cleaning, mopping, and airing the place out. Vents were checked for dead rodents and carpets were steam cleaned. Air fresheners were hung everywhere. Exterminators were brought in to set off gas canisters, during which they had to move out for a few days, and, in the end they even paid to replace the expensive wool carpeting. Nothing worked.

People stopped coming over to visit. Repairmen refused to work in the house. The maid quit.

Finally, they could not take the stench any longer and decided to move. A month later, even though they had cut their price in half, they could not find a buyer for their stinky house. Word got out and eventually even the local realtors refused to return their calls. Finally, they had to borrow a huge sum of money from the bank to purchase a new place.

The ex-wife called the man and asked how things were going. He told her the saga of the rotting house. She listened politely and said that she missed her old home terribly and would be willing to reduce her divorce settlement in exchange for getting the house back.

Knowing his ex-wife had no idea how bad the smell was, he agreed on a price that was about 1/10th of what the house had been worth, but only if she were to sign the papers that very day. She agreed and within the hour his lawyers delivered the paperwork.

A week later the man and his girlfriend stood smiling as they watched the moving company pack everything to take to their new home......... And to spite the ex-wife, they even took the curtain rods!!!!!!

1 lb Shrimp $ 7.99 - 1 jar Caviar $ 18.95

Ex husband and girlfriend taking the curtain rods?   . . . PRICELESS

Courtesy of Karen Lockwood, AffordableBridals.Com

Overcoming Hot Flashes

I know, I know. This is getting personal. But I've got to share. For years I've suffered nightly sweats, some quite severe, post menopause.

I wake up wringing wet or I get up dry and shortly after I'm wringing wet. I refused hormone therapy from my doctor due to the increased risks of cancer. I have quite enough problems in other areas, thank you.

Some while ago my daughter told me about the research of a Dr. Sarno who has a book out on TMS (Tension Myalgia Syndrome). I think that's what he calls it. I haven't read the book but she told me that he reminds readers about the power of the mind over the body and lists a whole bevy of afflictions that are part of TMS.

Example. He says that the mind has been given by God power over the body and that you can literally instruct your mind to cause your body to perform certain functions for you. For instance, he says that if you have pain in some part of your body, you can instruct your mind to send more blood to point of pain. When you send more blood to that area, the blood brings oxygen with it. The oxygen helps your body fight off the inflammation and the pain disappears.

Being the skeptic that I am, I decided to try it on my right knee that started paining me every time I'd go walking. I ordered my brain to send more blood to my knee. And in about 3-5 minutes, the pain was gone. I did this day after day until after about 7 days the pain did not return. I've been totally able to walk ever since. Occasionally the pain returns and I simply send more blood to the knee and the pain leaves.

I know. What has this to do with hot flashes!

Well, a few nights ago, I got up in the middle of the night, and as a hot flash was about to overtake me, I told my brain to instruct my body not to allow its temperature to rise about 98.6 degrees. The hot flash still came, as usual, but it was more mild than usual. The next night I did the same thing. Same results.

The 3rd night I decided to pre-empt the hot flash and began ordering my brain to order my body to stay at 98.6 degrees BEFORE I saw any symptoms of a hot flash. Guess what. No hot flash. Nada. Zip. Zilch.

Next night, I repeated the pre-emptive strike. No hot flashes at all. None during the day either. Last night I waited until I felt symptoms of a flash coming on. I was not able to stop it altogether, but it was mild and in 5 minutes or less it was gone. I learned that the best strategy is to pre-empt the onset and eliminate it before you get any sign of one.

Having said this, bear in mind that I attribute all the honor and glory to God, who created the brain as well as the body. I am reminded that in Genesis God gave mankind "dominion over the animals". Which means he gave us dominion over our own bodies.

So if you're one of those poor souls suffering nightly sweats, and day time ones too, you have nothing to lose by giving this remedy a try. It's totally free. Let me know how you do.

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Barbara Jennings is author of 10 decorating books: Decor Secrets Revealed, Rearrange It, Home Staging for Profit, Home Staging for Yourself, Arrange Your Stuff, Advanced Redesign, Pro Art Consulting, Wall Groupings: The Art of Arranging Art and Photos, The Art of Hanging Art, Great Parties! Great Homes!

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