To Style or Not to Style…

To style, or not to style, that is the question—
Whether ’tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
The Disorder and Congestion of outrageous Bedroom,
Or to take Arms against a Sea of clothes,
And by opposing end them? To finally sleep—
So much better; and by a sleep, to say we end
The Heart-ache, and the thousand pair of socks
That Floor is heir to? ‘Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To finally sleep,
To sleep, perchance to Dream; Aye, there’s the rub,
For in that sleep of beauty, what dreams may come.


Telling your story

Styling your rooms should look like you just stepped out for Mexican food and will be back to your lovely, organized life momentarily. Okay, I can hear the chortling now…you don’t like Mexican food, so that’s not gonna happen.

It’s important that the rooms don’t look too perfect (no need to comment)—and stylists are pros at striking the balance. For example, a stack of books arranged slightly haphazardly on the bookshelf, a chair a little askew or a throw “thrown’.

Interior designers are pros at choosing the perfect fabric, furnishings, colors and patterns, but the finishing touch is the styling, kicking it up a notch by layering in key accessories that enrich the story already told.
It’s amazing how just the right flowers, pillows, vases, art pieces…can take a beautiful room and make it the most interesting and compelling space in the house – one that makes you just want to sink down and finish off your Mexican food.

A good stylist can look at a completed space and assess exactly what it needs to tell the design story in a single image. By bringing in extra accessories that might not have been in the client’s budget or overall design plan, the room gets a “collected over a period of time” look that really warms up a room, engaging all who see and live in it.

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IMG_2431b8b97cOops, sorry, not this. This is what I sometimes get faced with…Yes, a bit of a challenge, but nothing $50,000 wouldn’t solve.

I just had to share this with you. While surfing the other day (the internet, not in the Bahamas), I came across this absolutely indispensable styling tip for selling a home – “Try putting some fresh lemons in the bathroom in a glass bowl.” 
Let me know when you want to “try putting” some lemons in your bathroom and I will personally rush off to Safeway and buy you a bag.

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