But the stairs are gross | a cautionary tale to condo owners…

I was recently giving a client of mine a little bit of a hard time because she was completely dismissing a potential property because the carpet on the stairs in the main part of the building was old and overdue for replacement {kind of gross looking if we’re being honest… definitely less than fresh}. I teased her for being too picky, but she was onto something even if she didn’t realize it. How a building maintains it’s common spaces says something about how it approaches maintenance and upkeep in general. One challenge in living in a condo building is that you…

Committing.

I just realized… I have a problem with commitment. In my last video post I talked about realizing that I was playing it safe by always having twenty different things going on {contrary to my belief up until then that I was just amazing at multi-tasking… and just amazing in general}. I intentionally started taking things off of my plate so that I could really focus on the most important things I was wanting to create. But sometimes even when you make purposeful changes like that, you don’t quite see the effects that you are wanting… so what’s up? Last…

The Curse of the Cancelled Deal

Having a deal fall apart is kind of like the real estate version of the Scarlet letter. It’s a black mark that is most often perceived by other potential buyers {and agents} as a warning sign of something being wrong with the building or space that came up during the inspection. Back. Away. Slowly. But does a cancelled deal always mean that something is wrong with the building? In today’s market low inventory and high demand, it’s not always fair {or accurate} to assume that a cancelled deal means a big red flag. Yes, it very well might, but there…

Feel Good Friday Inspiration

I had a post about real estate and dead deals all ready for today, but then I saw this video and changed my mind. {I know it’s disappointing ;) you’ll get to read about it on Monday though! ~ sigh of relief} Instead, I’m writing about something that’s a huge deal in most people’s lives and sharing a crazy inspiring story. How many things are standing in the way of us having our biggest dreams… the life and experiences we really want, if we could have everything we dream about… If you ask someone that question they will likely have a…

My Favorite Way to Design a Space… Slowly

As I’m working on a new interior design project {my last for a while as I’m wrapping this up and making more space to focus on real estate} I’m reminded of my biggest struggle in design… I love the idea of moving to a new place and starting from scratch. Designing the space and being able to buy all new furniture… art… finishes… really making the space you. You can get rid of everything that isn’t you anymore.. {and sometimes that’s everything} and start fresh. Really be in present time. It can be a powerful thing to do, a completely…

What’s with all the pineapples?

Every year there’s some crazy new trend… everywhere you turn there’s a message that you need this and hurry before you miss out! This year it’s pineapples?! Don’t get me wrong, sometimes the trend is something I really love, like when flamingos were having a moment {actually I don’t think their moment is over yet}, but unless your spirit animal is a pineapple, maybe we can skip this one? We all know that the only reason trends exist is that, without new things being offered, people wouldn’t be buying stuff nearly as much. I do love the freshness and newness…

Diving into the awkward

As I was recording… and re-recording, my video post.. and then editing… and editing more… I kept feeling inadequate… clumsy… Things like ~ I don’t look or sound as good as other bloggers who do videos {or anyone else who is in front of the camera… ever} kept coming up… as I thought about bloggers and TV personalities who have been doing their thing for years, whether videos online or being actual TV show personalities and hosts… hmmm… But as I worked on it I realized {or rather remembered} something so so important ~ No one ever started something new…

Having Less… to Have More

Every year I have so much going on that I can’t manage it all… and one thing that always falls to the wayside is this blog {ARGH! – so frustrating!} Why can’t I get everything done?! Why am I not better at multi-tasking… why can’t I just keep going at 100 miles an hour constantly?! Well, I always have a ton going on in my life, and that’s something I’ve always felt good about… it was part of my idea of who I was… but was it really working for me, that’s the big question I had to get super…

Interior Inspiration: Incorporating Vintage Furniture

So, as much as I love spaces where everything is brand new, I really love incorporating vintage furniture into a space. I think there’s something special and unmatchable in a space that is that perfect mix of new and old… it has a richness and character that other spaces just don’t have. But not all antiques are the same… and there is definitely an art to mixing them ~ both with vintage pieces from other eras and with new furniture. As always, design is subjective, but with that in mind here are some of my ‘rules of thumb’ for incorporating vintage…

How are those Resolutions coming??

How are we already in the beginning of March?! I feel like we are literally racing through 2017… so as we enter the tail end of winter and round the corner toward Spring I’ve been thinking ~ how are those resolutions coming? I always feel like my birthday is more of a personal new year than January first, for me it’s a great chance to check in with yourself  and is a more ‘real’ time for starting new things. So this past week I’ve been spending some time thinking about how I’ve been doing with my own list of resolutions… and…