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Julea Joseph

Julea Joseph
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Stylish homemaking shouldn't be out of your reach or cost you a fortune. From entertaining to decorating, home should be celebrated and your special place in this busy world. Join me on my quest to enhance, celebrate and appreciate all things home - from choosing lettuce seeds to that perfect sofa.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Über Holiday Décor Tips





Furniture Arrangement for parties and gatherings...
Whether a gathering is 6-60 your furniture arrangements in your public areas need to be redesigned. A formal living room can be arranged to serve as seating for dinner guests. Circular tables and chairs can be added and dressed with layers of coordinating tablecloths, placemats and runners to serve as extra seating for dining guests.

A foyer can host a bar; a family room extended dining, and a formal living room more than one conversation area. A favorite is to use an entry console to host wine or beverage selections, along with stemware and an ice bucket.

Focal points may change away from TV viewing to a glorious blazing fire or brightly lit tree. A definite party faux pas would be guest watch the tube rather than enjoying the company. Redesign your furnishings in a new arrangement with the emphasis away from the entertainment unit by creating a new focal point on the fireplace or tree.

Always take of traffic patterns and how you want your guests to move about your home into consideration. Guest should be able to move about your home freely and easily w/out bumping into chair arms or tables. Removal of a few pieces for the gathering to a storage area frees up space for large amounts of people.

Great Conversation is the pinnacle to any gathering. Here are a few tips to help motivate your revelers....

Champagne flutes hanging from red velvet ribbons from the foyer ceiling. Cut lengths of red velvet ribbon and mount to a ceiling or hang from an entry chandelier. Have a selection of scissors for each guest to ceremonially cut the ribbon upon entry to your home. The foyer serving as the bar area, especially works well with this conversation starter. Take the idea one step further and use the red ribbon as part of the invitation, as a small clue of the surprise ahead.

Baskets filled with Santa hats, red & white boas or scarves and toasty slippers set the stage for a lively party. Adults and children alike all like to “Dress-Up.” For extra fun, have a Polaroid camera or two available for impromptu photo shoots.

Vignettes showcasing antique family photos enjoying a special celebration or mementos such as antique ice skates, sled or ornaments will bring up stories of the past and thread together guests. These vignettes are especially wonderful in areas that guests can mill around or be seated to chat about the past memories.


Fabric & Linens are easy holiday decor. Shop your local fabric store for fresh ideas and trendy prints...

Tablecloths, napkins, placemats, runners and fabric yardage can really help create a dazzling table settings and home decorating. Choose or shop for fabrics that coordinate with your holiday or home’s décor.

Fabric can be tucked into bookcases, rivered on sideboards, topped on armoires or draped on chairs. Don’t be afraid to mix and match textures and colors. Fabric is one of the easiest decorative elements to when hosting a celebration.
The best part about using fabrics is they're compact and easily stored.

The Dining Room should make a real decorative statement in your home, but in many cases, it’s one of the hardest to creatively decorate. Here are a few suggestions to inspire you...
Whether for an intimate family dinner or a huge buffet gathering, a dining room was meant for celebrations and conversation; celebrate this “family” room with a rich, warm colors, conversation making displays, and wow décor that will make every guest want to sit down!

Divine Décor – Wrap wall art in holiday paper, bow and all.
Sprays of evergreens, berries and seasonal picks can halo mirrors, paintings and doorways.
Seasonal China can be hung on walls with plate hangers, easeled within China or curio cabinets or used as a tray for soaps in powder rooms.

China Cabinets can be refreshed to highlight seasonal china, heirloom ornaments, and seasonal floral. Normally mundane cut crystal with glow with a toss of color tinsel, small glass ornaments or a string of garland. Ribbon wrapped silk amaryllis or paper whites look splendid laid along a China cabinet shelf.

Chandeliers can host ornaments on ribbons, ivy, snowflakes and mistletoe. New holiday colored silk chandelier light shades can replace the existing ones, and the chain can be wrapped with fabric. Take it one step further and “wrap” each of the dining room chairs with seasonal fabrics also.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The "Neiman Marcus" Cookie


Easy Gourmet Cooking & Entertainment Show DECEMBER - Seen on cable TV Palos Heights, Palos Park & Orland Park Channel 4
This Urban Legend has been circulating for over 50 years … Neiman-Marcus charged a shopper $250 for its cookie recipe, not the $2.50 - The woman had been expecting to pay. As revenge on the store for refusing to reverse the charge, she now provides the recipe for free and exhorts others to pass it along.
This is a great recipe to share and tell the torrid Tall Tale... Make sure to include the recipe with your cookie gift to pass along the recipe!

Shopping Cart – Recipe can be halved.

2 cups butter

2 cup packed brown sugar

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla
4 cups flour

5 cups blended oatmeal**

2 tsp. soda

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp salt

24 oz. chocolate chips

1 8 oz. Hershey Bar (grated)

3 cups chopped nuts (your choice)

Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla; mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey Bar and nuts. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees - Makes 112 cookies.


** Measure oatmeal and blend in a blender to a fine powder.


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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tips & tricks for the Harried Homeowner & Hostess.



A harried homeowner is not a celebrated delight, and most likely not the prettiest sight during the holiday months. The multitude of happenings and holidays that occur from fall right through the New Year can get anyone into a tizzy. Gentle ladies; do not get your Spanx in a bind, with a bit of savvy pre-planning, simplification, and a splash of creativity - Anyone can pull off the holidays without a hitch!




Proper Holiday Décor - Decorating your home with continuity & flow...



Decorating with personal objects or what I call them "enrichments," is a way to create a home that truly reflects you. These things are an important expression of which you are - Especially inherited or treasured items. Try to hold yourself in check when out shopping, a few new decorative pieces are fine to add to your collection, but try not to buy the entire collection. Your home should have a common decorative thread. Rather than creating theme rooms, have one common theme which creates continuity and flow through out you whole home.


If your home is on the market, it is important to create a more subdued, universal look for the season. Decorate with creative constraint - keeping in mind that you’re selling square footage and the buyer’s vision of themselves in the home.




2008 Seasonal Trends ...


Shakin’ up the old stuff – Refresh and revitilize what you have, dig through past collections to create a fresh new one, a & swap out a few with something new.



· Old World Metallic – Treasure the past by infusing old with the new.


· Going Green – Nature is your guide.


· Opposites Attract -

Lime Green & Hot Pink
Purple and Yellow/Green
Orange & Turquoise

· Chocolate – Try adding a splash of chocolate to your existing décor.



Savvy pre-planning, simplification, and a splash of creativity go a long way…


1. Know your décor & entertainment style. Make sure to be comfortable in your own home, your budget and your lifestyle. Choose what works best for your home, and what is easy for you – Imaginative trumps flashy every time. No need to keep up with the “Jones’.”

2. A well Stocked Pantry. Stocking your pantry with a few essential items can make entertaining seamless.

- Crackers. Keep an assortment of crackers on hand to serve with cheese or for dipping into sauces.

- Cookie Dough. Buy either a roll or tub of cookie dough. Besides the heavenly scent they make while baking, they always appear to be “home-made.” They can be served on their own, or with a bowl of ice cream or whipped cream.

- Dried pasta. Any gathering wouldn't be complete without pasta; cook according to package directions and then toss with whatever you have on hand, like pesto sauce, veggies, seafood or chicken.

- Lemons and limes. Perk up vegetables, pasta, dips and salads with a squeeze of lemon; serve cocktails with a wedge of lemon or lime.

- Quality olive oil. Re-create the restaurant experience by letting guests dip bread into small bowls of olive oil. You can whisk olive oil with vinegar to create a quick salad dressing, or drizzle it over grilled vegetables just before serving.

- Jars of salsa, tapenade and other dips. Always have these in your pantry for an instant party snack; spread on bread or crackers, or dip chips or raw vegetables.

- Canned or Packaged Tuna. Tossed in pasta or a salad, made into a dip, or served on crackers, this staple makes for a super easy recipe.


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FALLing for your Kitchen - Simple Seasonal Updates for the Heart of the Home






The kitchen is the most utilized and meaningful room in a household. It is the hub for family tasks and used for food preparation, household management, and of course entertaining. It is indeed the heart of any home. No matter how many rooms you have dedicated for entertainment, everyone always ends up in the kitchen! With the kids back in school, a cool nip in the air, fall kicks off our major holiday season - in fact, we can celebrate right through the New Year. Now is a great time to get your kitchen “party readied,” and organized for easy maneuvering during the holiday rush, and of course-seasonally updated.

Need a Color Lift? - Pick a wall if daring - pick them all. Paint it a seasonal color - Ben Moore’s Toasted Pecan #1209, Burnt Sienna #1196, or Sherwin William’s Library Pewter SW0038, or Studio Blue-Green SW0047. It’s just paint, and is the easiest and cheapest change you can make.

• Counter Tops - Swap out a tired canister set with a new revision; there are loads to choose from (If you’re not a gourmet cook, store pens, notepads, and takeout menus inside.) They add needed color and design. Large platters on plate stands are good-looking in unused dark corners or grouped on walls. Extra-large clear glass canisters are conversation makers when layered with dried beans, nuts or black, yellow and white dried popcorn. A kitchen must is a sassy new set of dish towels, seasonal kitchen candles, and a hand soap/lotion set in scents of spiced apple, pumpkin or caramel.

• Tell a Story with your Floral - A whimsical floral whether store or home made adds a bit of seasonal flair to any table. Create a mini-container garden by abundantly grouping those adorable “mini” annuals and petite ivy. or a bountiful arrangement with fuax fall veggies, dried pods, leaves and vines.

• Looking Up - Upper cabinet tops or upper shelves seem always to pose a decorating challenge. For a quick and easy change, large seasonally inspired platters, framed art, and garden items such as gazing spheres, or obelisks fill spots fill tired spots.

• Smart Cook Organization - An easy way to organize, is to create stations within your kitchen. Love to bake? Set aside two cabinets and counter space solely used for baking (near the oven of course,) fill with baking essentials such as pans, small appliances, spices and other baking staples. Task clustering such as this will help you to stay on task during the busy holiday rush.

• Get your Party Started - Love to entertain, but don’t have a Butler’s Pantry? Convert your little used desk area into an entertainment station.
-Replace wood panels of upper cabinet with glass, adding lighting, and glass shelves - store glasses and decorative bottles.
-Line desk drawer with felt, and hold bar essentials and serving pieces.
-Add a tension rod with shirred fabric for extra storage to the knee hole space, or find the perfectly sized rolling cart.

• Space Game - Use a Lazy Susan cabinet for a “Party Pantry.” Store food products, Beverages, paper goods. and china that can be used to throw a soiree at moment’s notice. If you’re even luckier to have an unused closet. super size it and linens, vases, and decor all in one neat place.

No matter how large or small your kitchen, whether you’re a gourmet cook or take-out type, every kitchen needs a seasonal boost and should be readied for family, friends and favorite holiday celebrates in style.


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Easy Gourmet November Recipes




A monthly cooking and lifestyle show on local Illinois cable Palos Heights Channel 4 or Palos Park Channel 6 - Get great cooking, entertaining and decorating tips.





Pumpkin Spice Apple Cider Mimosas

Give your guest a very special introduction to your holiday celebration with these wonderful cocktails.

Sparkling wine or Champagne
1 table spoon flavored syrup (We used Pumpkin Spice.)
Splash of fresh Apple Cider
Sugared rimmed sparkling wine glasses


Directions for sugar rimmed glasses:
Reserve two saucers. Add ¼ cup of lemon juice to 1 saucer, and one with ½ cup of sugar. Feel free to vary your sugar choices. Try raw sugar for an interesting twist. Dip rim of glass in lemon juice followed by sugar. Let dry overnight before serving.

Quick Pasta Melody

Stock your pantry with a few staple ingredients, a quick visit to your local grocer - And you can whip up a gourmet meal in a flash.


Ingredients:
1 bag of gourmet dried pasta
1 9oz. jar of flavored sauce, salsa or topping (We used a Tuscan Artichoke Spread.)
1 Bundle of Asparagus ends removed.
1 Cup other fresh veggies of choice
1 Cup Deli Fresh Roasted Chicken cubed.
1 Tablespoon olive oil for sauté
Salt & Pepper to taste


Directions:
Cook pasta according to bags directions. As pasta is cooking, heat olive in sauté pan. Chop veggies into bit size pieces and sauté till soft. Add Chicken and heat. Drain pasta, and in a large bowl toss pasta, veggies, chicken and flavored sauce till coated - Plate onto a large serving platter or bowl. Feel free to top with grated cheese & fresh minced parsley.


Filo Crust Cherry Tart

This is such a treat, and can be served warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. The filo pastry makes the recipe unusual and will guarantee them coming back for seconds!


Ingredients:
2 Can Cherry Pie Filling
1 Package Filo Pastry Sheets
1 Stick of Butter Melted
Sugar


Directions:
Heat oven to 350. In a tart pan, coat bottom and sides with butter using a pastry brush. Open package of Filo pastry and place a damp towel over sheets to keep moist. Layer 4-6 layers of Filo pastry sheets, brushing each layer with butter forming a crust. Add 2 cans of filling, and then repeat sheet laying for crust top. Tuck ends over sealing the top crust. Brush will remainder of butter, and sprinkle top with sugar. Bake for 30 minutes until crust is golden brown. Let cool before serving.
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Monday, September 29, 2008

Scratching Your Color Itch




My job as an interior stylist allows me to help you celebrate all aspects of your home. My quest is that you are delighted with the way your home looks and feels each time you walk into it. My goal is that your home has your soul written all over it.

Although your home may seem complete, every few years, we feel the need to make a change, especially when it comes to color. Do not fret over this itch that comes over you.


Our taste in color changes, just like our food tastes change. This is due to emotional and/or cultural maturity. For example, you may travel to France, and just fall in love with the alluring blue/green that your Inn displayed, or the fantastic Comté cheese that you married each night with your evening glass of wine. These cultural experiences may bring a change in taste and the way you want to reflect your living spaces.



Making those changes whether emotional or cultural are good sign, and mirror that you, as a person are evolving, changing and developing. Why not employ that change in a new color palette in one, or all your spaces. Be inspired by a color that you've been attracted to recently - It could it be inspired by a color trend that you've just fallen in love with, or perhaps a new interest in your life; Art collecting, travel, or a hobby. How about that special Inn that you stayed at with that unusual, but stimulating blue/green hue or that perfect buttery ivory color of that yummy cheese you ate? Why not be motivated by those colors and try them out as a new foyer hue, a knobby hand knitted throw on your living room couch, or even soft silky silk panels in your master bedroom?

By taking a new single hue and spreading that color around the house, it becomes a new exciting connecting thread that will visually move you from one space to another. Best of all, you've made a change influenced by something you've come to enjoy, and scratch that itch...



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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Tales of an Interior Stylist








Romancing the Home – A guide on how to fall back in love with your space.

Is your relationship with your rooms in a rut? Are you at odds with your house? If you feel hindered and helpless over the haplessness of your home – Here are some pearls of wisdom which can help mend your broken abode relationship and help regain your home’s amorous disposition.






  • Get over it! - Certain things just can’t be changed, and the more you whine - The less happens. If it’s your home’s architecture that makes you whine – stop the snifflin’ and get over it. Unless you’re ready to knock down walls, add an addition, or just move, you need to come to terms with what you have, and how you can think outside the box to make the space work.


  • Define How You Really Live - Covet the stunning rooms in decorator magazines? Wish you could transport those spaces to our own home? Could you actually live in that room? Be realistic in your decorating goals and lifestyle needs. Instead, be fed by your wanting desire and be inspired by pieces of the space - The delectable color scheme, the lush fabric textures, or the awesome accessory style. Incorporate bits and pieces of the dream, and reinvent or rework them and make them your own.


  • See the Same Old Same Old in a new Light – Sure you’d love to have a new couch, new side board, new whatever… But sometimes the best stuff has been there all along. Take a shopping trip through your own home, and rethink how you could relocate, repaint, update or reupholster your existing belongings first, before you rush out to purchase new.


  • Harmony in Hues – Color is the easiest way of forming a common thread to connect spaces and develop an exquisite space. Pick three, and start creating a recipe for the room with paint color, fabrics, art and accessories.


  • Shake it Baby! - Be opened minded and try something new. Don’t be afraid to marry pieces, colors and styles together that you would have never dared to in the past, or re-think your rules. Although you want to stay true to who you are, change is always good.


  • Understand You’re Limits – Set a budget, a timeline and what you can or can’t do yourself. If you’ve never made your living room livable because you haven’t found time to paint it, realize you need to hire a painter and just get it done. Once you established limits, the project can move forward.

    So - Whether you just want to add a bit of spice back into your space, or are ready for a whole reinvention, hopefully these pointers will have helped with your pursuit of home happiness.
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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

From Languishing to Lovely & SOLD!


Just Closed ...
This 1.5 Million Dollar home had been on the market for just over the 2007 year. In a tony Chicago-land suburb, this was 1 of 6 new homes for sale on the block.
In 3 months, this now lovely went from languishing to SOLD SOLD SOLD.

-Empty homes struggle to find an identity that a buyer can emotionally connect to.

-Although it had magnificent custom amenities, a great location, & floor plan, it felt cold and uninviting.

  • AFTER staging
  • -By choosing furnishing in-tune to the products of the home (in this case the lighting finish color & cabinet wood tone,) colorful home's style appropriate accents, and soft window treatments (a perfect foil for the tile floors -) The space goes from empty - TO A HOME.
-The beautiful selling features, neutral move-in ready color palette, are enhance, improved and inviting -THE BUYER MAKES A CONNECTION.
























In today's market, no matter how beautiful, how custom, or a tony the location every home needs bit of staging.

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Pushing all the Right Buttons When Staging a Living Room


Tales of an Interior Stylist
Pushing all the Right Buttons when Staging a Living Room



I'm your personal Home Elevator Operator, educated on every level of all your decorative needs no matter which floor you may require. Whether you wish the 1st floor - "Moving In," or top floor -"Moving Out," I'm there to help push all the right buttons (I also have the talent to stop in between floors, but that's another tale...)If requiring a trip to the top floor "Moving Out -" I've got some helpful tips on which buttons to push to get that Living Room in top shelf condition.


The Home's 1st Impression - One of the two rooms that flag the foyer, this space needs to set the collective tone for the whole home and impress the potential buyer.



A Whole Lot of P's - Once you've reached this floor, there may be packing, depersonalizing, pulling (as in wallpaper,) and painting in this space. May I suggest a calming, classic & reserved tone such as SW-7694 Dromedary Camel.


Give the Space a Spa Day - Refresh that Space! Clean the carpet or buff the floors, touch up the trim, vacuum the cushions, polish the wood, and Windex the glass. A bit of spit and polish will make everything shine. You get a 578% return on your investment.


Fixate on a Focal Point - Every space has a great feature, it could be a beautiful picture window or fantastic fireplace. Showcase this wonderful selling feature by arranging seating and furniture accordingly.
Queue Home's Style & Stature - Make sure that your furnishings and accents are in tune to your home's style and stature. There's nothing worse than the wrong shoes with a great dress.



Selling Square Footage - Keep in mind when creating your seating arrangement - you're selling square footage. Keep your HGTV angles and furniture to a practical minimum.
Corral your Collections - Although you may love acres of family photos, Thomas Kincaid's, or candles, when selling a home the collections must be minimized. Too many multiples are distracting, take up space, and may trigger personal opinions.



Making Positive Sense - Push the emotion button by evoking the senses. Try a large vase brimming with bright seasonal blooms either store bought or from your own back yard. (A personal favorite is simple fresh hosta leaves in a clear vase. ) Open the windows and let a gentle breeze stir, and try some tactile accents such as knobby throws or bamboo containers as a foil to smooth fabrics or shiny woods.

Set the stage for your home by presenting the Living Room in its best light. By showcasing the room's selling features, creating an emotional connection, and setting the style and stature of the home - You'll be pushing all the right buttons for a successful sale of your home.

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Treasuring Your Living Room



Tales of an Interior Stylist
"The Quest for Purposeful Space - Treasuring Your Living Room"

As an interior stylist and decorator that uses what my clients already own; I get giddy at the great horizontal planes of a bare cocktail table and ecstatic at the sight of a long forgotten closet filled with your Aunt Millie's inherited treasures. Much like Indiana Jones, with treasure map in hand, and trusty whip fixed at hip, bound for another adventure, I look at ill used spaces of your home and forgotten accessories with the same gusto and zest as Indy. Instead of a treasure map or whip, I've got furniture sliders and a hammer.
The quest for a purposeful living room - one that guests and family to actually walk into seems to be a desired treasure just out of reach. Looking for clues to help create a space that beckons your guests to enter, has purpose and reflects your personal style? - Here are some tips to help with your quest for a treasured Living Room.
•·Make a Map: Any good adventure requires a map. Whether drawn, written, scrap booked, or all the above - Map out architectural elements, create an inventory of the current or needed furnishings and accessories, and define the function and purpose of the room.
•·Keep Your Lifestyle Compass Handy: Although you may have a perfect vision of the space - be realistic. Your three boys under 10 and a rambunctious golden retriever may curtail your dream room and undermine your family happiness. Understand your lifestyle first before committing to the vision. Remember, the days of fussy formal living rooms are passé. Seek a space readied for lively conversations, music, reading or games.
•·Hunt & Seek: With map and lifestyle compass in hand, if you don't have it - find it. Seeking a curl-up-cozy living room for your book club reads? That languishing French settee in the spare room may be prized booty. Looking for themed accessories for your space styled for musical endeavors? Captured second-hand sheet music may be perfect wall art once creatively framed and hung. Want a large cocktail table to display collections? Could a second-hand dining table be repurposed by cutting the legs to a shorter length?
•·Forge your Path: Don't like the fabric on the settee, or the dull color on the walls? Don't let an obstacles defer your quest. Break new ground with a fresh coat of paint, or have that settee professionally reupholstered in a comfy and cleanable chenille that will satisfy your style yet will hold up to kids and pets.
•·Be Careful of Quick Sand: Don't get mired in tiny details such as making sure a vase, art or pillow will match perfectly. Rather, release yourself from perfection and gather pieces that you're just drawn to, have a special sentimental meaning or will unexpectedly evoke conversation. These are finds that will do the same for family and visitors too.
•·Stay on the Trail: If you stay true to your vision and refer to the map, your fortune will be within reach. In the end you'll have a room that beckons visitors to enter, family will have a purposeful space that can be a haven to enjoy, and you'll reap the bounty of a happy home - The true golden treasure.
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Monday, April 21, 2008

Topping off the Counter Top



Whether at a Staging Evaluation or teaching a Home Stage Workshop/Seminar, one of the most common questions I get is - "WHAT ARE THE TRENDS IN COUNTER TOPS?" My reply is always the same - if I'm wearing my Stager's hat I'll tell you "GRANITE-GRANITE-GRANITE," but when wearing my decorator hat I'll tell you "...We're so over GRANITE!"

It's a predicament for those of us that wear more than one hat. As a decorator, it is our job to be privy to what is hip and happenin' in the field, but when it comes to staging a home, we're skilled to what is universally appreciated, valued and accepted.

Top that off, (pun intended-) Here in the Chicago-land area, most established homes have a bit of competition - NEW CONSTRUCTION, - And when it comes to counter tops, 99.998% all of those new homes will have that collectively & universally adored product - GRANITE - So we'd better keep up w/those Joneses.

Although it would be delightful, refreshing and hip and happenin' to recommend, say Corian to a seller, it wouldn't be what is commonly excepted or valued at this time.


So when it comes to counter tops - when you STAGE IT - Say YES to Granite, but when you DECORATE IT - We have lots of options...


WANT THOSE OPTIONS? An attendee from one of my last seminars sent this to me -

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/10/garden/10counters.html?ex=1208577600&en=c763c1ad7e1c0409&ei=5070&emc=eta1
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Saturday, February 16, 2008

In a Pinch with Leechey Labels? - Use PAM


A new added product to my Interior Redesign/Home Staging "Bag 'o' Tricks" will include a can of PAM cooking spray.

  • I film monthly this little local cable cooking/entertaining show (which I affectionately call 'The Wayne's World of Cooking Shows,') and was preparing for the shoot yesterday. I had purchased new glassware for the tropical table setting, and was soaking the glasses in the sink - I was going for a whole "Wish I was at an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean - Instead of Here" look for the show.


With 45 minutes till the crew showed up, I was Red Bulling through my kitchen prepping for the show. With no time to waste, I pulled those glasses out of the water filled sink thinking that the labels would just slip off, only to find them firmly stuck to the bottom of the glasses like leeches on an Explorer's leg in the Amazon.


With a clock ticking down, my kitchen not in order, no lip stick applied, and those labels stuck - I reached for the closest thing to me - PAM.


With a little squirt, I got an end finally lifted up, and to my shock those puppies came right off. With a second squirt and some elbow grease, the layer of adhesive came off too.
I kissed my can of PAM, which reminded me I needed to apply that coat of lip stick, and put the glassware on the table.


The filming went off w/out a hitch, my table was a hit, I had lip stick on for the filming - A can of PAM - Saved the day!





--Post Note: Shopping Explorers BEWARE - Tuesday Morning has discovered a pricing label that defies all physics - It is made of some sort of plastic that is impervious to water, and has an adhesive bond that can compete with those crazy commercials for bonding materials that you can pull trucks with...

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