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Are you Living Your Dharma?

In the last 3 weeks, I have been thinking of my dharma quite a bit. Interestingly, I did not know what this term meant before that. But it keeps coming up and jumping out in front of me.  “Hey, you, I’m your dharma…are you paying attention”?  Well OK, now I am. Who are you and what do you want?“I am your purpose in life. Your true calling – what you were put here to do”. OK, well, you are a little fuzzy and nebulous. Could you make yourself a little clearer?  “Yeah, but you Read more [...]

Tips for Converting Your Home into a Rental Property

When most people move into a new home, they sell their old property. But this isn’t your only option! If you want to skip the stress of marketing your home and negotiating with buyers—especially during the age of social distancing—consider turning it into a rental property. Converting your residence into a rental is a great way to get into the world of real estate investing and earn some passive income. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get set up and find your first tenants! Make Read more [...]

I Bet You Made These Three Color Mistakes

I Bet you. Why? Because most people do. Why? Because this bad advice is all over the internet. Why? Because people continue to repeat this bad information on blogs and in forums, so most people think it is true. Mistake #1-Testing paint colors against a white background People often think white is a perfect neutral background to see the true characteristics of the color they are testing.  Looking at your color against the old paint color can affect your perception of the new color. White Read more [...]

Make Magic Happen When You Start with the Art

Do you wonder how to make the magic happen in a room, where all the colors, textures and pieces fit together just right? Maybe you've tried it several times and somehow the end result was off, but you couldn’t figure out why? Did you spend a lot of money buying pieces you loved but were not happy with the way everything looked together? Is there some magic formula to make it happen? Why yes, there is!  Start with the art!I may be a little biased, because I am both a designer and an artist, but Read more [...]

Up Your Game and Look Great on Zoom

Zoom meetings are becoming our new normal. We are working, learning and entertaining from home online to stay connected. Our co-workers, parents, teachers and students now have an intimate look into our homes whether we like it or not! Or do they? Not if you have a great Zoom background!Turn your messy bedroom or kitchen table into a beautiful office, or a beautifully decorated living room set up for a party designed by an Interior Designer!   The EDesign Tribe has created beautiful Zoom Room Read more [...]

Make Your Mother’s Day

Today I spent a lot of time thinking about my mom. I realized Mother's Day is coming up this weekend and was wondering what I could do for her. My mom is 91 and at this point in her life she is not interested in collecting more things, so I am more careful these days about what I can give her that does not add to her collection of stuff when she is trying to eliminate things. As an artist, I often make things for her....but then again, it is just more "stuff". Sometimes I get her gift cards for Read more [...]

How to Make Magic Happen in Your Home with Lighting

Lighting is Magic Yes you can make magic happen in your home with lighting! Lighting is magic. Lighting can make a huge difference in how your home looks and feels. You have probably heard that layering your lighting, and having three sources such as overhead lighting, table or floor lamps and task lighting is important. But what does that really mean and how does it look? And is that all you need to do to really get the look you are going for?  I find that lighting is a problem for many people Read more [...]

Time to Up Your Game at Your Vacation Rental

When I say, “Up your Game”, I mean take care of all the things that you have not had time for in the past because you were too busy with customers. You know, things such as maintenance, painting and re-decorating. Why? When things open back up, people will likely be more than ready to want to get and travel, visit new places or family in other areas. Many vacation rental owners may be running special deals, trying to make up for lost income. You want your vacation rental to stand out from the Read more [...]

The #MYZOOMROOM Challenge

The eDesign Tribe has created the first Zoom Room Background Download Contest for it’s Edesigners.  The most downloads by 4/17/20 wins the challenge!  I have 3 zoom backgrounds of a beautiful, serene office. Go Green! If you like any of my designs, I would love your vote. It’s $10 to download one background and if you do, it is equal to one vote for me. Click on the images below for the links to my designs. My designs are on page 3. There are lots of other beautiful designs as well Read more [...]

How to Sell Your House at the Worst Possible Time

Do you need to sell your house right now when non-essential businesses may be closed, and social distancing may make it impossible to show your for-sale home in person? Don’t worry! There are ways to make it happen! Is Your Home Selling Team Available to Help? This E-book give you everything you need to know to select a great Realtor, home stager and professional real estate photographer. Buy Now When you are selling, Read more [...]