This lovely image by Mad Paperie
Even though things are a little scary,
this is the season of renewal.

The rains will end,
the sun will shine,
the flowers will grow.

I wish you peace, safety, health,
and the sustaining power of

Loving Where You Live.
xo-
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Home & Covid-19
This virus has forced us to have a more intimate relationship with our places of residence – and the people we share them with – than ever before.

Constant companionship tends to prove – or challenge – the strength of a relationship. The concept of “having a space of our own” has taken on special meaning.

And any parent can tell you that children become bigger the longer they stay indoors.

Our physical environment can add to – or relieve – the stress.
Working from home, binge-watching favorite TV shows, playing board games, assembling jigsaw puzzles, learning a new language, writing the great American novel, touring the world’s greatest museums online, counting your blessings, building a fort. The recommendations for home-bound activities is endless. (There's a great list from Parade here.)
No “Right” Space
One of the fascinating things about harmonizing people with their homes is the opportunity to observe a remarkable variety of tastes. Just because a given arrangement works for me is no guarantee that it will work for you.
What Would Make Your Space Awesome?
Here’s an idea: analyze what would it take to make your space so great you don’t want to leave?
 
Remote meetings, whether on Zoom or Microsoft Teams or some other platform, are the rule rather than the exception these days. While I never participated in a remote video meeting from my home office before covid-19, I certainly have during quarantine and suspect that I’ll do so in the future, even after we’re able to get out and about safely.
 
Something that will have to change for me to be happy with my environment at least while Zoom meetings are going on is this:
The door into that laundry room is glass, so shutting it won’t help. But frosting the glass will. Who wants to bet that I’ll have a frosted-glass laundry room door before long?
 
Some fixes take on an added urgency because of the quarantine situation.
 
I’ve always known that our outdoor spaces needed, shall we say, a little work. But since covid-19 curtailed many typical activities – including things like going to the park – the area immediately around our little Cottage on the Corner has taken on a new prominence.

Garden and fence changes will be happening soon!
A More Drastic Problem and Solution
Some dear friends were only days into lockdown when their suspicions of housing inadequacy were confirmed. Unless things changed, and quickly, their mental health was in jeopardy.
 
The problem, as it often is, was monetary. A new home was the solution, but a new home with the size and finishes to suit their needs … economically problematic.
 
We sat down (virtually, of course) and crunched the numbers. I scoured the inventory and found some prospects.

After a few visits, both virtual and in-person (taking appropriate precautions), we found one that they can make the way they want, within their budget.

Paint (which always is the biggest bang for your buck), removing some dated cabinets and replacing them with open shelving, and a couple of window treatments will make their new place fit their needs nicely.
 
They’ll close on their new home next month. (With proper precautions, the move can be handled safely, too.)
 
We also identified several changes that, while not strictly required now, will be nice to have in the future, as funds permit. Completing that list not only gives them something to work toward, it also will keep their environment fresh.
It’s true: financial considerations keep a lot of fantasies tethered to the ground. But it’s also true that, sometimes, dreams aren’t as far out of reach as they first appear.
 
The right house at the right price made the way that you want it – all within your means.
When the Covid-19 Cloud Passes
Most of the shortcomings in living arrangements exposed by covid-19 quarantines aren’t critical. Solving them can wait until all of this is over – and it will be over.
 
But there really isn’t any reason to postpone getting started. Zoom and Facetime and Skype allow us (virtually) to have a cup of coffee, remember how much we have to be grateful for, and talk about how to attain your covid-19-quarantine- love-where-you-live dreams.  

Debra’s experience in home renovation, staging, styling, and design sets her apart from the crowd in the Fort Worth area real estate market.

  • Creativity to re-imagine existing spaces for broader appeal.
  • Vision to see opportunities where others see problems.
  • Insight to know what buyers are looking for.

Debra doesn't just listen - she empathizes.
She matches buyers to spaces.

Debra doesn’t just sell property - she maximizes potential.
She helps her clients find harmony in their lives.

You can - and should - love where you live!
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