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A Time Machine Ride – Four Decades in One Day!

The 70’s were a great decade for many of us. Can you say “Disco”? How about “love the water-bed”. But the 70’s when selling a house is not the best flash from the past. This townhome in Rosemount, MN got a quick ride on a time machine so it can now compete for a modern 2010 buyer.

Living Room


Dining Room

Office Space

Selling a home is competitive and your buyer needs to see themselves living in THIS decade.

Mr. Cutie Pie Finally Has His Own TV Show!!

Yes, finally Mr. Cutie Pie has his own TV show and it started yesterday. Nate Berkus, Mr. Cutie Pie, had his season premier of his first ever TV show and I am so happy!

I used to DVR Oprah just to scroll through to see when Nate was on the show. He is one of the most talented designer’s plus he is the sweetest guy. Last night I watched his first show that I had recorded.

Of course Nate found a single Mom down on her luck, who had lost her Dad, had been laid off from her job, struggling to keep her house for her boys and it was a shambles. He did a full Kitchen Makeover and I cried through the whole thing.


Nate Berkus


Nate put into words what I have always thought about the color black. In his words but not exact….something like this: “Black highlights create a place for the eye to stop. It grounds everything in a room. Other colors you use with black end up looking stronger and more powerful”. Exactly!! I couldn’t have said it anywhere near that well. I guess that is why I don’t have my own TV show.  I just know I love to use a little black in every room as it grounds the room and adds strength. But look how he said it!

So, Nate….I am so glad you have your own show and I don’t have to record Oprah looking for your guest appearances.



Home Staging……by Nature

What a wonderful site I just came upon, a beautifully staged home in my backyard. I could not have done it better myself.

I bought this cute birdhouse for my enjoyment and to complete a cute vignette in one of my flower gardens. I had doubts that any bird would actually make a home in it. What I found today was amazing. Inside is the most perfectly constructed nest, just the right size for the home and large enough to hold a small family. Bird House

Even the curb appeal is perfect. Tiny little twigs placed on the porch to invite the little ones to sit and enjoy the view from the front stoop. I could not have gotten those tiny twigs placed so exact if I had tried.

Isn’t it nice to know that what we train and work so hard to achieve comes so naturally to God’s creatures!