Class Accomplishments

Today, I’d like to showcase the fantastic job my most recent design class did with their Redesign/One Day Staging makeover. I am so thankful for the opportunity to teach these energetic and talented students!  We always begin in the classroom and end up hands-on in three different field homes throughout the week. You want to talk about heavy lifting?  Wait until you see all the sofas we moved to and from the basement! I am so proud of the job these women did, and I’d like to showcase their accomplishments!

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Let’s take a look at how this room turned out.

B1_ leather sectional

B2_ fireplace

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The students begin by applying the design theory they learned in class.

Balance and Scale

Often a client will use too much furniture to fill up a space, which may only overwhelm the room.  Proper balance and scale is an important design principle in building a congruent, harmonious room.

In a redesign makeover, we start by emptying the room, then we evaluate the room shape along with the existing furnishings.

In this project, we opted to move the overstuffed leather sofas down to the basement, and bring up a matching sofa and chair which was a better fit for the room. We then angled the seat grouping for a more casual feel.  An oriental area rug was added to anchor the seat grouping and add a punch of color. Next, the side tables, lighting and accessories were added to balance out the room.

The Principles of Rhythm

In staging and redesign, we often use the principles of rhythm to create harmonious rooms. The principles of rhythm are progression, gradation, opposition, alternation and repetition. In the field home, these concepts were best executed in the bookshelves and tablescapes and then carried over to the composition of the whole room.

The Rhythm of Progression

The students concentrated on progression in the bookshelf composition. They implemented the “high and low” concept, alternating heights and grouping, but “stacking” the shelves so they aren’t top heavy and are balanced. This shows a nice combination of items that tell a personal story about the homeowner from the books to figurines to miniatures. The whole bookshelf has an uncluttered look that’s actually very interesting. Aren’t the bookshelves balanced beautifully? Notice the repetitive color in the red books, which are grouped in varying sized collections on alternating shelves.

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On the mantle, we replaced the heavy floral with a picture from upstairs of this single pen and ink tulip. What a perfect compliment to the colors found in the bookshelves on either side.

The Rhythm of “Opposition”

In building the tablescapes, my students implemented the rhythm of opposition by placing items of different textures.  The silk flowers, leather books, ceramic lamps and glass paperweights are appealing because they are polar opposites in texture.

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The Rhythm of Repetition

On the wall in front of the adjoining staircase, we anchored a round cabinet with an art grouping using the rhythm of repetition by hanging a series of floral prints. This composition adds interest, height and color.

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A Job Well Done!

By implementing the design theory they learned in class, my pupils created a fresh new look. The successful strategic placement of furniture, art, and accessories helped construct a harmonious room. The client reveal was awesome. Both the husband and wife were thrilled! 

If you would like to participate in my classes and learn how to become a certified redesigner and home stager, please visit my training website at: or call me at 404 943 0779.

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