By following the same principles stagers use to prepare a house for market, you can make your home more comfortable all the time, says Julie Chrissis, owner of the New Hampshire-based design firm Chrissis & Company Interiors (chrissisandco.com, 603-557-8399).
ONE ROOMAT A TIME
“The biggest source of frustration homeowners have is not seeing progress. If you tackle one room at a time, you cannot help but see the space as it is transformed.”
“People often buy a lot of furniture for the two times each year they entertain large groups. We really need to decorate to meet our everyday needs and have a Plan B for special occasions.”
TRY AND TRY AGAIN
“Keep experimenting. People get this idea that if it’s not right the first time, then that’s as good as it’s going to get. But we might stage a room six different ways before we say it’s all set.”