Styling Bookshelves and Staging Houses

As most of my readers know, I’ve launched a new design business. I’m still doing graphic design, but I’ve added interior design/decorating to my “job description.” For my very first client I got to design a spa oasis master bedroom. She wanted browns, spring greens and ambers, with lots of succulents and white hydrangea. I will tell you more about that in another post.

My second client was a staging project. Her house had been on the market for about nine months, still waiting for a contract. Her mother (a dear friend of mine) hired me in hopes that a little bit of re-styling could help it sell. By taking a few accessories in and re-styling some of hers, we were able to highlight the house’s best features with very little expense.

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In the before photo you can see that the table was in the center of the huge dining room. We moved the table to the bay window area to show off the built in bookshelf and to provide a separate seating area on the other side of the room.

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I changed out their gorgeous but very personalized beach wedding photo with a floral pop of a picture. I gave the table a richly colored floral arrangement for a centerpiece, along with a textured basket that she had.

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With the built-in exposed I went to work styling the bookshelf with some of her accessories and some of mine.

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The other side of the room was now freed up to allow for a bistro table and chair that my client’s mother brought and styled.

One of the things I love about old houses is the many built-ins they often have and Sarah’s house was blessed with two.

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The before picture shows the bookshelf in her living room needing a little love.

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By taking some pieces she already had and adding a few pieces from her mother and me the shelves became a focal point in the room.
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See that pop of color behind the calla lily picture? It’s a place mat wrapped around and taped onto a piece of cardboard. Using what she already had plus adding a little creativity we were able to create depth and tie the colors in the room together for no added expense.

Remember how I told you the house didn’t have a contract after nine months of being on the market? Just two weeks after the staging, the sellers received an offer and are now making plans to move into their new home. All of this (plus some additional styling in the kitchen and porch) was done for very little money and three hours of my time.

Staging occupied homes is just one of the design services I offer.
Head over to my Design Services page to check out all the options I have for creating a space that is uniquely you, including E-Decorating for out-of-towners.

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Neutral Colors + Paper, Metal, Wood and Rust

Time for a house sale and moving update. Unfortunately the contract we had
on our house fell through.

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fortunately another offer came in within a week and we are under contract again.

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we aren’t going to close until September!

So the saga continues. Slowly working on sorting, pricing and boxing items for a grand moving sale.
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This is a small sampling of the bits and baubles I will be selling. There are a lot more where these came from and since I’m moving on from making jewelry I will be getting rid of all the wonderful pieces I have squirreled away over the years.

Because of the extended closing date we haven’t been able to seriously house hunt.
Most sellers won’t want to wait that long to close and it just becomes an exercise in disappointment if we find one we love.

Until we know what our next house will be like, I’m unable to choose exactly which big pieces to keep and which ones to sell. We’ll start looking again in July or maybe a little bit sooner and will schedule the moving sale for sometime in early September.

So, what does one do when she can’t sell her wares? She buys more of course.

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My semi annual flea market shopping was last week and these are the things I couldn’t pass up. One can never have too many vessels to hold flowers and stuff, right? Don’t answer. But especially in neutral colors. The bucket, tray and galvanized pan can all be used in various ways, in various rooms and each item was a real bargain. I got the books and chunky leg for a song. All of it could and might end up in my sale if I decide I don’t need them…

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Eureka Springs Girls Trip Photos

A few weeks ago I wrote about a Eureka Springs, Arkansas girls trip that I was getting ready to go on
and I promised pictures so here we go.
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I may or may not have climbed a fence and snagged my pinky finger on barbed wire while jumping down to make it in this shot.
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Live music everywhere.
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Dancing in Basin Park.
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Lots of cool art and architecture
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The choices for good food and shopping were plentiful, community events participation impressive and the night life did not disappoint. It was the second trip I have made to Eureka Springs and I would not hesitate to visit again if the opportunity presented itself.

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Good News and A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT + Giveaway!

After many, many months of waiting, trying my best to be cheerfully patient, and waiting some more I finally have two pieces of very happy news to share with you. I don’t know which to share first! I guess I’ll start with the one during which you, my faithful readers, have followed along with and supported me.

We have a buyer for our house!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Many things about the way it transpired are ironic, but I will share just one. A major reason the selling process was so agonizing was that my obsessive and perfectionistic ways would kick in every time we had to get ready for a showing. And when you’re talking about trying to make a large house “perfect” several times a week it can be both physically and mentally exhausting. So guess what? The time it sells is the time I am out of town and had to call hubby to ask him to get the house ready for a showing. Ha! He did his best but I got home from my trip right after the couple left the showing and I have to tell you, it was FAR from perfect.

So now we have begun the search for a new home, something much smaller and simpler to care for. And I am beginning to get ready for a massive tag sale ~ I plan to sell 60% or more of all my furnishings and accessories. I’ll keep you posted on my progress on both fronts.

And now for my other

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!!!

I have been working on something for months and I finally get to share it with you.

Ann Huffman Design is now open for business!

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I love to share my passion for decorating and I offer many different services, including E-decorating for those who aren’t local. Check out all the ways I can help you explore the potential in your home and give you a beautiful space by clicking here or clicking on the “Design Services” tab in the menu at the top of the page.

And to celebrate the launch of my new business I’m giving away a 2-hour Shop Your House or E-decorating service! You can enter whether you’re local or not. Good luck!

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Road Trip To Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Getting ready to leave on a girls’ getaway. Oh, those words have a sweet sound in my ears. The word getaway is like medicine right now and the phrase girls’ trip always puts a thrill in my heart. I can put the frustration of things not happening fast enough out of my mind and get a fresh perspective moving forward.

It’s a road trip and we’re headed south for three days in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Blooms should be bursting forth even more there than they are here and when I return I anticipate the leafing of the trees to be in full swing. Love this time of year, don’t you? I’m taking my “good” camera and promise to share photos of my trip in a future blog post.

But for now there’s this.

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I’m happy I get to enjoy the blooms of this three year old magnolia before we move.

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I find it interesting that the younger the bud, the more saturated the color and as it grows and unfolds it becomes a paler shade.

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Next week I’m going to share what I’ve been working on for the past few months. I’m really excited about it and can’t wait to tell you.

I’ll be on Facebook while I’m gone and would love to connect with you there. Just click on the little “f” to come over and chat.
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1853 Wine Cellar Video Tour and Honest Ramblings

cog·ni·tive dis·so·nance
noun [PSYCHOLOGY]: the mental stress or discomfort experienced by a person who simultaneously holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values; when performing an action that contradicts existing beliefs, ideas, or values; or when confronted with new information that contradicts existing beliefs, ideas, and values.

Hello readers! Going all pyscho on you today (pyschological that is, not psychotic). I seem to be spending a lot of time in my head. So many changes going on and transitions that need to happen and I feel stuck in limbo. The one foremost on my mind that I was supposed to put out of my mind (self mandate) is the fact that I’m ready to move but our house hasn’t sold. A couple of probable sales that turned out to be no sales have left me weary of the process.

The cognitive dissonance is perpetuated when i get online and look at houses for sale (not 5 times a day) even though ours isn’t under contract and I can’t seem to stop myself. Where’s self-control when I need it?!

Cognitive dissonance is sort of like that scripture that says:

“For what I am doing, I do not understand.
For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.”
Romans 7:15

Getting it all out here on the blog might help.
Truthfully the best help is to keep my mind renewed and I’m doing that too. Sometimes.

As long as we’re on the subject of my house, I’d like to share a video tour of our wine cellar that I put together. I’m also including a link to the house listing if you’d care to check it out and share.

I hope you enjoy your weekend. I’ll be enjoying a pedicure and some friend time.

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