Sheron Cardin's Input...: Staging It Forward...life is good and the weather is just fine!

I have been an interior designer for over 27 years and I have always taught my clients the principles I used while decorating their home so they may enjoy decorating too. The home staging trend in residential real estate is a great way to reach more people every day and what I enjoy the most is they are learning the basics of good design through staging. It is my dream for every person to know the joy and pride of living in a decorated home.

Staging It Forward...life is good and the weather is just fine!

Selma under construction It has been so blazing hot this summer that I have not been able to enjoy the simplest of things outdoors.

I live on a corner and both streets have been under construction and torn up for months and the grape vineyards once enjoyed have been torn down to make way for a subdivision of 125 homes across the street. Gotta love it if you are in this business but not so good when your in the middle of it!

Every day my house fills with dirt if I leave a door or window open, my patio is covered in it and I get my blower out every morning to remedy the situation if only for a few hours. my grass has died from from all the loose blowing dirt and they have only begun. Usually evenings and mornings are the best here in the San Joaquin Valley but not for me this year.

This is the view from my office, my kitchen, my living room, my bedrooms. I am surrounded by earth movers. We have been in lock down for months, held captive by the reality of urban sprawl.

Ginger and SheronHowever, yesterday I met one of my favorite Active Rain Home Stagers Ginger Foust at one of my all time favorite hangouts The Elbow Room and the weather was absolutely stunning...we laughed and laughed as if we had known each other forever. Ginger and I grew up in the same neighborhood at the same time and it was fun to share the cruising in our cars stories. We enjoyed our lunch with cool breezes at our backs and had fun talking about the future. The ensuing rain clouds in the distance were a welcoming sight. The sun is friendly again at last.

This morning I pulled my slippers from my closet which have been stowed away for six months and affectionately put them on, grabbed my luxurious terry cloth robe and dusted it off, grabbed a fresh cup of coffee and my new Sunset Magazine and headed for the patio. The rain last night had quieted the flying dirt and settled polluted particles from the air. It was quiet since construction comes to a halt on weekends...I sat back in my comfortable patio chair, opened my magazine, took a sip of my coffee and sighed...ahhhh, life is good again!

It is 10:30 AM on a Saturday and it is only a delicious 65 degrees outside compared to 90...color me happy!

Namaste

Comment balloon 17 commentsSheron Cardin • September 22 2007 12:41PM

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Sheron,

How nice that you and Ginger had a chance to meet! It must have been fun to compare notes on growing up in the same area....what fun! 

I feel  your pain about the construction hassles.  Directly across the street from my home, a 5-story building of 23 condos has been under construction for the past 11 months.  Not only the dust, dirt, extra traffic, litter, etc., but the NOISE and ground shaking was almost unbearable.  Some call it progress but I call chopping down over 30 very large trees heartbreaking.  Hopefully your neighboring project will at least bring you some work?

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) almost 12 years ago

Hey there....now you're talking BIG equipment!  I went out pine cone hunting today, for my next staging job, and I didn't even work up a sweat....it was wonderful!  I think that it's time you move...up to the hills??? Then we could partner up and you could do the business end. AND we could plant money trees all over the place!  :-)

 

Posted by Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging (Certified Staging Professional) almost 12 years ago
Sheron, I guess Ginger is your NBF eh?  I'm still smarting from not being included.  But tomorrow I'll put on my big girl panties and head to Universal Studios where I can drown my heartache at the Mummy ride)-:
Posted by Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495 (Stage it Right!) almost 12 years ago

Terry - have you been dipping into the beer again? I am sorry and I didn't understand a thing you just said...you are always welcome...how will I know it is you?

Your NBF reminds of that really funny commercial where the family text message all the time and even the grandma is into it...just kills me! Come on over...the weather is finally fine, just bring your fishing boots to wade through the mud :) 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago

How fun you guys! Isn't it fun to meet people here on AR.  Michelle and I were NBF right off the bat when we met.  Now I have to fly down and see her every couple of weeks for my LA Staging fix!

Can't wait for my Holiday trip to see you and hopefully Terry too.

jujube... those lil' sticky candies that we would flick at people in the movie theaters ;)

Posted by Lori Kim Polk, Home Stager - Roseville, Sacramento ( Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services) almost 12 years ago

I love our post.It's always great to read about ar people hanging out and also reading about your joy of enjoying the outside and relaxing. I am so sorry about the construction! This too shall past, and hopefully it will bring you some work!

Cheers,

Cindy 

Posted by Cindy Lin (Staged4more Home Staging & Designs // EcoJoe) almost 12 years ago
Sheron, It sounds like you and Ginger had a blast, how nice that is when you instantly "click."  Save room for me, I'm going to show up one day....if I can get past the dirt!
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 12 years ago

Hey Lori - this could be the start of something BIG...can't wait.

Cindy - how do we explain to our significant others or even just friends that we are off to meet our new friend from the Internet? You're in SF so we should try to get to your neck of the woods and crack some crab together!

Carole - there will always be room for you...AND a room. I will throw you a rope! 

kashun - cashing in woohoo! 

 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago

An AR party in Central Ca, that would be fun!  I bet Sheron knows how to throw a great party??? And of course I'll help.  Sheron...shopping in SF in the bay area...let's go.  I bet you know all of the great places there too.  Such a gal around town my NBF is! 

RAIN finally!

 

Posted by Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging (Certified Staging Professional) almost 12 years ago

What a great idea! It has been quite awhile since I have been to the Design Center! My Agent/Stager sister Tina goes all the time. We can also go to Market in January...actually they have a pre-market sale of high-end designer floor samples just prior to market. Let's plan something...I will get the info and post about it! What a BLASTfamass idea!

kiwano - caus I want to!

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago
Sheron I don't have wading boots, only big girl panties!  Maybe your NBF has wading boots she can lend me :-)
Posted by Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495 (Stage it Right!) almost 12 years ago
Maybe silly person. Guess what...I am actually having a beer right now...never do that. You may be a bad influence on me ;-0
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago

I do! LOL

 

SF here we come!

Posted by Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging (Certified Staging Professional) almost 12 years ago
Sheron - Glad you have a AR NBF.  I am sorry about all the construction but I am glad you were able to put on your slipper's and robe, grab a cup of joe and settle in with a Sunset Magazine.  Sounds like a perfect day!
Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) almost 12 years ago
Janice - I sure did enjoy my morning, thank you! Now about NBF...I know of some really kewl AR NBF that are in your area...I'm just saying....until I get down there...I take the 210 to the 57 to get to Dana Point and will be passing right by...
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago
Sheron - I would love to do a road trip and meet with a N AR BF in Dana Point.  If you are interested in heading east a little I would love to introduce you to some great local wineries! :)  Might be a great place for an AR Staging Convention. :)
Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) almost 12 years ago
Janice - sounds good. We will work on it. Right now I am going to Vegas in December.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago

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