It’s been a while since my last Blog post, but a lot has been happening on the Hale Nani home staging front – unfortunately, not that much actual staging, but my website is finally complete and up and running! The whole process took longer than expected – mostly due to my being a great end-user of technical products but being a complete novice at understanding how websites work behind the scenes! Thanks to the great team at Home Staging Resource, and their team of experts who keep everything working behind the scenes, the Blog is now visible on my website! I am taking a break from posting on Facebook and LinkedIn until later this year, but the blog is up and running on this website!
I should be writing about outdoor Spring decorating ideas – flowers and plants on porches, ideas for patios, etc., but frankly, it is too darn cold here in the Pacific Northwest! At last check (about 10 a.m. PDT), it was 48 degrees outside. That is too cold for me to spend much time outdoors, and any plants would likely freeze if left outside overnight. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t bring Spring indoors!
If you’re like me and have that hard-to-decorate spot in your home – what in staging terms is called a “showstopper” (where all staging stops until the stager can figure out what to do with it) – then you know the frustrations. These areas can be things like an early-2000 TV nook over a fireplace that cannot accommodate your new Smart TV, a half-wall in the entry area that made sense in 1985, or in my case, an oddly shaped fireplace that juts out into the living area.
At Christmas time last year, I decided to change the surface above the fireplace from a catchall for random objects to a place to display seasonal decorations. By standing on a ladder on my tippy toes and reaching as far as I could, I was able to place a large removable hook (almost centered) above the fireplace. The hook worked very well for a heavy lighted holiday wreath, but after the holidays were over, I couldn’t reach the hook to remove it, and the surface above the fireplace isn’t designed to accommodate any weight. So, there I was with a large white plastic hook on my slightly off-white* wall – what to do? Decorate for Spring of course!
Early February is a great time to hit your local craft stores for Spring decorations as that is usually when they are on sale. I went to my local JoAnn store and bought a tulip wreath, an ivy garland, and some faux tulips. The ivy garland isn’t an exact match to the greenery on the wreath, but that is great! Mixing shades of the same color family and using various textures makes your vignettes more interesting. I added some battery-operated candles I had purchased for Christmas, and a small sign on an easel, also from JoAnn. The glass candle holders are from Amazon, the rabbit figurine and vase are from my own collection. (Please see pictures, below).
I can’t do anything about the electrical outlet above the fireplace, as I need that for an external Wi-Fi router, and the old cable TV connection is behind the sign. In your home, you may have some of these same things to work around. Rather than letting them stop the show, add the decorations you like (such as some bunnies for Easter), and make the odd nooks and crannies of your home work for you!
All of this Spring decorating may make you wish you had a simple, spring-like side dish for your dinner. Try this recipe for Pea Salad – it can be made ahead which will leave more time for decorating – or for curling up with a good book and a hot cup of cocoa!
*Sherwin-Williams Downy 7002…my favorite white for interior walls and ceilings!
1 cup Miracle Whip Salad Dressing
¼ cup sour cream
6 cups frozen peas, defrosted
6 cups diced celery (medium dice)
½ of a large green pepper, diced
1 to 1-1/2 cups chopped white onion
White pepper to taste
Salt to taste
- In a small bowl, combine the Miracle Whip and sour cream; set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the peas, celery, green pepper and onion.
- Add the Miracle Whip and sour cream mixture to the pea mixture, being careful not to smash the peas.
- Taste, then add white pepper and salt to taste.
- Chill for several hours or overnight
NOTE: This recipe makes a lot – approximately 30 ½-cup servings, and is great for a large gathering or picnic. It is easy to cut this recipe in half.