Blog -Northern Lights Home Staging and Design

2019- A Colorful and Exciting Year

Now that 2019 is in the rear-view mirror, I decided to look back and see what I did with all my time, what I accomplished and consider what's ahead. Have you done the same? I hope the last year was all you hoped for! What the Heck I did with my time For me, 2019 this was especially meaningful as I retired last December 31st from a 33-year career as a wildlife biologist. Although I started Northern Lights Home Staging and Design five years ago,  I had more time to work on my design business Read more [...]

Re-Invent Yourself and Your Home in 2020

As the new year approaches, you will probably hear a lot about trends in design, color and the latest, greatest ideas in furniture and accessories. My mind is focused inward on a different way of transforming your home.

I think about 2019, what I accomplished and what my life and home felt like. I’m compelled to plan for 2020 to re-invent my life, health, business and home to be the ideal expression of myself. How about you?

I have been inspired lately listening to Jim Fortin’s podcast, Read more […]

Vote for my Master Bedroom Design in the Edesign Contest

I recently entered an Edesign for this global style master bedroom in a contest! We were given room dimensions and a photo, and could develop any design we wanted. I had recently seen Benjamin Moore’s new 2020 color of the year, First Light, and was not really a fan, as I am not fond of “pink or blush” for wall colors. I decided to challenge myself to come up with a design I loved using “First Light” as the wall color for this contest.

The contest is for Edesigners of the Edesign Tribe of Read more […]

Home Staging- How it Works, What it Costs

Home staging is the art of decorating a home to sell fast and for top dollar. It works by highlighting the home’s best features and creating an atmosphere that buyers make an emotional connection with, so they can visualize themselves living there. Each year statistics come out that talk about things like staged homes sell 78% faster and for up to 20% more. Of course, this all depends on how well you or the realtor markets the home and if it is priced competitively to start with.Just about every Read more [...]

Prepping for Sale: Home Projects That Won’t Cost You a Pretty Penny

Now that your home is ready to sell, you’ll soon be receiving money as opposed to spending it, right? Well, to get your home in tip-top shape and really grab those buyers’ attention, you’ll need to spend a little to impress a lot. Before you start to panic, rest assured that there are many budget-friendly ways to get your home ready to sell that won’t cost you a pretty penny.
Consider Small Renovations
There are definitely several simple ways to get your home ready to sell, but there are Read more […]

Edesign- How it Works

By now, you have probably heard of Edesign, which is sometimes called online Interior Design or Virtual Design.

Edesign is a collaboration between the designer and client, where the client takes on some of the design process since the designer is not there in person to implement the design. All you DIYers out there, I am speaking your language!. As the client, you will share some of the responsibility for the design by taking room measurements, ordering the products that your designer recommends Read more […]

Ways to Use Benjamin Moore’s 2020 Color of the Year- First Light

How to Make Magic Happen with a Color You Don’t Like
As  a certified color strategist, I get excited when the major paint brands announce their colors of the year, and dream about how I can use the colors in a design, various global styles, or create color palettes for you to use the new colors.

When I first saw Benjamin Moore’s color of the year for 2020, “First Light”, I thought “meh”.

I am not a pink/blush person, and generally love working with rich saturated colors over Read more […]

Black Friday Deals to Get a Global Style Look

My inbox is overwhelmed with Black Friday specials. Some are really worth checking out! I even have a few of my own! It is a great time to get some new things to spruce up your home design. Here are a few of my top picks! But first, I just want to say Thank You!!! Thanks for being here and reading this and wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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Gift Card- Interior Design Consultation- 50% Off
From now through  Cyber Monday I am offering a special service Read more […]

Get the Look- Moroccan Style Interior Design

Does the magic of lighting makes your heart sing? Do you love rich color, textured fabrics and natural materials? Your global design style may be Moroccan! What is a Global Design Style? Global styles are all about your worldly adventures and telling your story! They are usually very colorful, rich in bold designs and natural textures, patterns, colors and arts and crafts of various cultures. Each piece has a story and becomes a conversation starter.  Treasures are Read more [...]

Does your Vacation Rental Stand Out From the Crowd Online?

Does your Vacation Rental Stand Out From the Crowd Online? My vacation rental, Arctic Paradise B&B,  is in Seward, Alaska, a place that is unbelievably beautiful and everyone wants to come on their once in a lifetime Alaska vacation.

And so, our market here is saturated with Bed and Breakfasts and other vacation rentals.  The season here is about 100 days, so if you have a rental, you want to make sure it is booked every one of those days!

“The market here has become so saturated” Read more […]