For 9 years I’ve been telling aspiring home stagers that if you have natural talent to decorate or stage a home, you’ll know. While you can pick up techniques from courses or the Staging Diva Ultimate Design Guide, you are born with talent or you’re not. Your innate talent is a divine gift, it cannot be “taught.”
Telltale signs that you’re talented include:
- Sitting in a living room and knowing immediately that the couch is on the wrong wall. This is not an intellectual kind of “knowing”, it’s more of an instinct.
- A history of arranging and rearranging every room in your house even when everyone else thinks it’s already “perfect.”
- Walking into rooms wondering, “what were they thinking when they chose this color?”
- Friends and relatives who have been asking your decorating and color advice for years and saying things like, “You’re so talented, you should do this for a living.”
Which brings me to speaking houses
It turns out that “natural born home stagers and decorators” can also hear homes “speak” to them! I always thought it was just me, so I didn’t talk about it publicly. Then two long-time Staging Diva Graduates Leah Fritz and Donna Dazzo brought it up while commenting on a blog post I wrote about whether home stagers should set the table to sell a house.
This prompted me to write an article specifically on the topic of “hearing” what houses have to tell us about how they “want” to be decorated. I know you’ll enjoy the comments from both new and established home stagers!
Do houses speak to you? Share your experiences at this link.
You’ll get “before” photos of 10 rooms from my own clients. Then you’ll have a chance to compare your recommendations for improvement with what I advised during my own home staging consultations, plus what other home stagers would recommend!