“We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential.”
Home stagers, I love this quote by American journalist and Pulitzer prize winner Ellen Goodman because it reminds me of how much we can focus on the negatives in our lives. But instead of saying “look for what’s positive” which (sadly) has become almost cliche, she tells us to focus on our potential! How brilliant is that? And what a great thought to start the new year with!
Of course I also couldn’t resist this quote because it’s the perfect metaphor for what we do as a home stager! We literally do walk room by room noting all the problems. But the difference is, we don’t stop there, instead we are always looking for the potential for beauty.
After personally staging hundreds of homes, I’m still amazed that I can walk into a place that seems so ugly at first glance and if I look closely enough, there is always potential to be discovered. It continues to amaze me because every time it happens, there’s that moment at first where I think “this is it, this is the house that’s impossible to fix!”
Many times I’m working on a home I’d never personally want to live in, or working with furniture that is not my taste, yet there is always a way to highlight what is good and decorate in a way that will appeal to potential home buyers. Of course, that’s why home staging works! When my staging job is complete, I actually do like each and every house, even though at first glance I never thought I would.
Home stagers, how about you? Have you ever thought a house was “hopeless” before its potential was revealed to you?
Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®
President, Six Elements Inc. Home Staging
Debra Gould staged hundreds of homes before creating the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program to teach others how to earn a living doing something they love. She has written 5 guides and appears on HGTV and in numerous magazines and newspapers.