Hello, friends! I am guessing that most of you found yourselves peeking in over here because Kim of Knock It Off Kim sent you over! Thanks, Kim, and hi to any new readers!

This entire week of Christmas decor tips and tricks and beautiful homes is all because of this amazing Simply Seasonal bloghop that Caroline Dilbeck from Organize Nashville has coordinated and hosted for us. Here is the line-up so you can check out all the posts if you missed the first half:


Having said that, my blog post for today is having a bit of a technical difficult with my photos – (such a pain, but it won’t dampen my holiday spirit!) – so check back later for my photos and tips on how we do Christmas and how it’s different every year.

In the meantime, it doesn’t mean that you can’t keep going with the others in the bloghop! Be sure to hop on over to Samantha from Little Bits of Home to hear how she readies her home for the holidays. I’ve added a link to everyone else participating {and the day they post} so you can be sure to check out all the amazing blogs in this series.



Monday, December 5

Organize Nashville

Creatively Homespun

At Home with Zan

Uncookie Cutter

Tuesday, December 6

Timeless Creations

Craftivity Designs

Green with Decor

My Life from Home

Two Purple Couches

Old House to New Home

Wednesday, December 7

Our Crafty Mom

A Purdy Little House

Roots North & South

Pender & Peony

Organize & Decorate Everything

Thursday, December 8

Flourish & Knot

Rocky Mountain Bliss

Pocketful of Posies

Recreated Designs

Knock it Off Kim

The Interior Maven

Little Bits of Home

Friday, December 9

Love My Simple Home

Brooklyn Berry Designs

Simple Nature Decor

2 Bees in a Pod

Country Design Style

Finding Your Joy in The Journey



Enjoy your Christmas Season and tell me what your favorite tips and tricks are for decorating and celebrating my favorite season of all!

xoxo, Amanda

The Interior Maven

Finally, I have a chance to sit down and tell you about the Nashville Event Collective, which is the new space I am now a part of starting this month! And of course I keep singing this to the tune of Black And Yellow “Brick and mortal, brick and mortar….”

Storefront | Nashville Event Collective

Storefront | Nashville Event Collective

I am (obviously) over the moon excited and giddy of all the possibilities I have before me at this point. Slow and steady, friends. So, without further adieu, here is the information for my new office location!

1900 Eastland Avenue Nashville Tennessee

1900 Eastland Avenue Nashville Tennessee

The Interior Maven, LLC, just signed a lease to become a part of The Nashville Event Collective located at 1900 Eastland Avenue in East Nashville.

If you are not immediately familiar with that address, I’m sure these few names will jog your memory…..

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (hello, immediate $25 down the hatch per week)….


Jeni’s East Nashville location

The Wild Cow (my favorite vegan restaurant)….

Graze Nashville (my new favorite plant-based restaurant!)….

Welcome Home (the most adorable little home store across the courtyard from us)….

Welcome Home Storefront | East Nashville

Welcome Home Storefront | East Nashville

Rosepepper (the delicious restaurant & “tequila specialist” across the street with the famous signs that change their quips constantly)….

Rosepepper | East Nashville

Rosepepper | East Nashville

….and the newest addition (which will be dangerously close – next door to us!) is the new location for FIVE DAUGHTERS BAKERY! (hello, donuts + 10 winter lbs)

If you are from here, then you now understand why this was so exciting for me! This is an area that I have been frequenting for a few years now. I take guests to this strip of town, I take my kids there for their birthday, I go here on a girls’ night out, I live *maybe* 10 minutes away.


I took the family by there this weekend and snapped some quick shots with my iPhone of the space, and of the kids checking it all out, so pardon the rough photos, but I know everyone was asking to see it!

Maddox + Magdalen enjoying the reception area

Maddox + Magdalen enjoying the reception area


Me, after coercing the kids to take a few photos of me on my first day in the workspace!

Me, after coercing the kids to take a few photos of me on my first day in the workspace!

The Interior Maven | Brick and Mortar

Selfie Success!

Selfie Success!


The kids checking out Laurie

The kids checking out Laurie’s beautiful wedding invitation display.


Move-in Ready!

Move-in Ready!

Now that you know the location, I can introduce you to the idea of the shared office space I am leasing. I am currently sharing an entire office space (including kitchen + bathroom + workspace + receiving area) with two other wonderful ladies.

Abigail Volkmann | Photo Credit: Unknown

Abigail Volkmann | Photo Credit: Unknown

The person heading this up is Abigail Volkmann of Abigail Volkmann Photography. She produces the most beautiful portraits that I get to see hanging in the space and featured online. And you know I love some excellent photography to drool over!

She had a brilliant idea, after moving to Nashville back in the winter, to open up a space that included a small number of creative entrepreneurs that could share space and have a location for client meetings, quiet working space, visibility in town and also  a place to collaborate. And it is such a beautiful space that she and her husband worked very hard on!

Laurie Montgomery of Fanciful Ink | Photo credit: Abigail Volkmann

Laurie Montgomery of Fanciful Ink | Photo credit: Abigail Volkmann

The other person who uses the space just as regularly as Abigail is Laurie Montgomery who runs Fanciful Ink. She is a calligrapher + designer who illustrates wedding invitation suites and much more! She is AMAZING at her work. I met Laurie and Abigail on the same day and they were so wonderful that I could have stayed and chatted all day long. Definitely go check both of them out!

My next step is to slowly move my product and sample books/boxes and store them in my storage space for clients. Abigail and Laurie are there a lot on the weekend and evenings for bride meetings and I will be there a lot during the weekdays once the kids start back to school this week. I will be taking appointments there, writing there, working on design projects and would love it if a friend wanted to plan to meet me at one of my favorite places in the strip for lunch some days or even an evening out after work.

Thank you to everyone for your excitement for me on this journey, it has meant so much to me! Being a solo-preneur gets pretty lonely, as I mentioned in an earlier post this year, so this came along at just the right time! I now have these two wonderful women to chat with, work side-by-side with at times, and possibly collaborate with on projects in the future.

Cheers! xoxo

  • August 5, 2016 - 5:49 pm

    Elizabeth Scruggs - How EXCITING!!!!! Your space is beautiful and I’m THRILLED for you!!!! Way to MAKE IT HAPPEN GIRL!ReplyCancel

    • August 5, 2016 - 9:11 pm

      amanda@theinteriormaven.com - Thank you, Elizabeth!! I couldn’t have down it without the support of the strong ladies influences around me! (Yes, you are one.) 😉ReplyCancel

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    • August 5, 2016 - 9:11 pm

      amanda@theinteriormaven.com - Thanks so much, Yolanda! I appreciate it!ReplyCancel

  • August 6, 2016 - 9:39 am

    Sandra Turpen - I say lets meet at Graze for lunch this week! 😉
    I still haven’t tried it!ReplyCancel

    • August 8, 2016 - 3:55 pm

      amanda@theinteriormaven.com - I would love that! Maybe Thursday? Or maybe next week after I get kids started in school. :)ReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2016 - 2:59 pm

    Karen Hattan - Way to work it!! It is a beautiful space, and a most excellent location!!! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

2016-08-01 11.29.58I am pretty excited to say that The Interior Maven LLC is saying hello to East Nashville starting this month! I know……WHAT?!?!?! So, so, so crazy and it all has happened so fast.

But let me back up for a second. I have been loosely looking around for an office or work space locally for about a month now. I wasn’t coming up with anything except for a perfect little spot about 2 miles from the house, but it ended up being way out of my current budget. I was pretty sad once I added up overhead, because it was a historic building being remodeled and would really be perfection for my business. (Maybe down the road one day.) I quickly regrouped and moved on in my heart….

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As usual, things have a way of working themselves out if you keep your mind and heart open.

Just this past Friday, I was randomly scrolling through my Instagram feed (I say that as if I never look on there, but we all know that’s the opposite of true) and came across a gorgeous photo a local calligrapher had posted of her workspace. I was totally intrigued by her post and contacted her directly to inquire whether there was an open office to rent. She promptly responded and told me all about it and put me in touch with the person I needed to speak with.

(Here’s where I want to take a second to encourage others. People are always saying how lucky I am when things work out, or they can’t believe how things work out for me because it’s unreal sometimes. But the honest-to-God truth is that my parents taught me that you don’t get anything unless you ask. JUST ASK. What if I had been afraid to ask this girl about details? What if I already had a negative feeling that it wouldn’t work out? I would never have found this perfect situation. If you have anything that you want, JUST ASK. Say it to someone OUT LOUD. You can’t just sit around all day and never take chances. I thrive on taking chances and I’m so thankful for parents, and now a husband, who have always encouraged me to take these chances. So, get out there and do something!)

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Things moved pretty quickly after that…I hopped over to the potential office over the weekend, LOVED it, LOVED the location, and most importantly, LOVED the amazing creative business women I met and talked with. It was like a little nod from God telling me to keep on hustling and working and doing my very best. I was giddy. Sometimes when you feel in a rut and have been busting your tail and you’re not sure which direction you need to go, it’s nice to get a little nudge. But always keep your eyes OPEN. If you are always looking down, you’ll keep missing the opportunities ahead of you.

Chad and I talked over the pros & cons and he quickly agreed that it seemed like a perfect opportunity. (Score! Sometimes I dream up ridiculously big schemes and he talks me down, but I knew I was onto something with this one. I could just feel it.) So on Sunday evening, I emailed and told them that I was in.

I . WAS . IN.

This morning, August 1st, at 8am, I was officially handed a key.

I officially signed a lease for The Interior Maven, LLC.

I suddenly have a very clear picture of my business and where it is headed and it is the most exciting feeling. I am also aware that sometimes pictures change and that’s okay, too, but as long as I’m moving onward, I know I’ll get where I’m going.
2016-08-01 11.26.07One of the great parts of the new office space is I will now have a space in a VERY popular area of town to meet clients and lay out tile, carpet, flooring, etc., for design meetings. This was a little difficult before because I would haul it everywhere in my van. And then haul it into a client’s home that may or may not be under construction. Not always ideal.

Now I don’t have to haul it everywhere until I’m finalizing finishes, I can come up with my design plans in the space AND present the plans in the space.

Plus, piles of tiles are heavy, people. Not sure if you noticed that.

I’ll post more specific details and photos later, but I wanted to share my exciting news with you before my crazy packed Tuesday gets going.

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  • August 2, 2016 - 1:23 pm

    Glor // Always Creating Blog - What an amazing accomplishment! I am so happy for you, congratulations! I love that you’re pursuing your dreams! May all great things and God’s blessings continue to come your way, especially for your business, The Maven Interior, LLC! XOXOReplyCancel

    • August 3, 2016 - 10:26 am

      amanda@theinteriormaven.com - Thank you so much! I am working hard, praying this through, and making mistakes along the way. It’s the only way to learn. Every client is different, every day is different, that is the part that you have to get used to. :) Thank you for your encouragement, I really appreciate it!ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2016 - 6:43 pm

    Heather Steinke - What an amazing blessing! So proud to know you and to see your business thrive! Hugs girl!ReplyCancel

    • August 3, 2016 - 10:27 am

      amanda@theinteriormaven.com - Thank you so much, Heather! I really, really appreciate your comment! This has been a hard road for me with two kids along for the ride as I have pushed and pushed to get to the little spot I’m in today in my career. Lots of prayers have been said over the past 1.5 years. :)ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2016 - 8:25 pm

    Katrina - What exciting news! God is good!! I can’t wait to see your space!ReplyCancel

    • August 3, 2016 - 10:29 am

      amanda@theinteriormaven.com - Thank you, Katrina!! I am so so so so excited! :) God IS great! I have prayed over this business so many times, asking for direction and when I get these types of answers, it is such a relief to see a solid answer.ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2016 - 12:39 pm

    Kim Pearse - Congrats and great inspiring words for all
    Of us to remember.ReplyCancel

    • August 5, 2016 - 1:30 pm

      amanda@theinteriormaven.com - Thanks, Kim! I hope things are going great on your side of things! :)ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2016 - 11:09 am

    Abigail - Just want I needed to read today!! I love learning your journey and I love the advice to keep looking up for opportunity!! XOReplyCancel

    • August 5, 2016 - 1:30 pm

      amanda@theinteriormaven.com - Thanks so much, Abigail! I’m so excited to be joining the space with you and Laurie! You have been wonderful! <3ReplyCancel

WEEKEND SNAPS. Because I take so many photos and never share.

It is no big secret that I love to take photos. I’ve had a camera of some sort attached to my hand since I  was 7 years old and I was gifted a blue plastic camera with a disposable flash and real film. It was all I really wanted and I put it to good use. Some things never change.

So I thought I would start sharing a bit of our weekends and what makes them fun, what makes them sad or thoughtful and what makes them mine.

And honestly, I own this minuscule corner of the internet and I can do what I want here. Ha! It will be a hodge podge of subjects and photos, but real life.

Here goes, all from my phone or someone else’s:

Sabbath afternoon view | Snooze by the pool and watch the clouds roll by

At church that morning, my dear friend Sandra handed me a jar of something from her purse. At first I was confused because the last time she did this, it was a jar of homemade whiskey sauce. 😉 This time it was homemade strawberry jam that is DELISH.

After church lunch with old friends | Chef’s Market, one of our favorite places

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BUCKET LIST | Chad and I received last minute passes to the CMAFest and I finally got to hear and see Steven Tyler play a few favorites live with 75,000 other fans. A FAVORITE LIFE MOMENT to add to so many others.

Sweet Friends | Thanks to Linda for making sure we took a selfie before heading home after the Steven Tyler show. Drew, Linda, myself

Sunday Morning Vibes | I ran down to The Urban Juicer first thing Sunday morning to grab a Well-Being juice to jumpstart my week of healthy(er) eating.

Mom/Daughter Date | My sweet Maggie surprised me by planning our Sunday afternoon together while I grabbed a quick shower. When I saw this, my heart melted. So we ran out and tried to do everything on the list. We didn’t get to every single thing but we enjoyed our time together after she had asked for time with just me for weeks now. Love her.

First Cinnabon | I introduced Mags to the wonderful world of Cinnabon. She is in love now! I ditched my healthy eating plan for an afternoon treat with this girl. Worth every calorie!

Cinnabon Heaven | I’m late the game, possibly, but did you know that Cinnabon has a cup of Center-Of-The-Roll cinnamon?!?! I think I have found my new favorite! Mmmmm.

Shopping with this child is always a pleasure | Love having Opry Mills so close by to run and grab things when we need them.

Favorite girl. <3

Chef Chad | My sweet husband always is on board when I jump back into healthy eating. I dug into my amazing salmon/avocado salad before I got a photo, but it was worthy of a magazine shot. He had made this deliciousness and had it ready when I walked in the door from our ladies afternoon. This was all that was left. I devoured it.


As for other events of the weekend in Orlando, I can’t NOT mention it. Chad was born and raised in Orlando. That is his original home. So many friends there and family still and the tragedies that unfolded this weekend are heartbreaking to say the least. Many people that we know work at one of the main hospitals there that I’m sure saw the victims as they rolled in. I can’t imagine.I would like to publicly solicit your prayers for that city and the family & friends of all those that are gone now.

I also want to remind people that you can’t live in fear. Yes, this happened. And yes, when I was at the CMAFest with 75,000 people Saturday night, don’t think that these thoughts didn’t creep into my mind as I walked around for hours there. But I didn’t voice it. There is no reason. I said a prayer for safety in my mind and knew that was all that I could personally do and then I moved on and enjoyed myself. How shocking it was to me to find out the next morning that something DID happen at a venue/event that same night, just in a different place, with different people.:(It broke my heart. But I  urge you to not let this change the way you live and love and enjoy the days that we have here.





Being an Interior Designer starting out on my own was tricky. And last year was rough since I had never worked for myself before. My husband has been telling me for years how hard it is to work for himself and I would stare at him as if he was speaking a foreign language. Because in reality, he WAS speaking a foreign language to me. All I could see was free time! my own schedule! not reporting back to anyone! and the list goes on.

Ha. Ha. Ha. The laugh was on me, for sure. But before I get to that, let’s talk about spring, because I’m a little bit obsessed with this week right now.

For the last week or so, I have been quietly and loudly declaring my love of this weather! I’m sure I look like Julie Andrews as she spins around on the grass in The Sound of Music…..except I’m spinning around because I can actually feel the sun on my poor pasty winter skin. (Thank you, Lord, for creating spring.)

During March in Tennessee, it usually feels one of two ways: either spring comes and surprises us like a gorgeous, vibrant rainbow or winter decides to hang around like a cowardly little weasel. (Have I ever mentioned how much I can’t handle winters?) I feel like this spring has been a nice easy transition. Right at the height of my winter discomfort and gloominess (and being over freezing), the weather threw out a couple of slightly spring-y days. Just enough to give me a little reminder of what I was hanging in there for. And then it slowwwwwly made it’s way, surprising us at every turn with the wonderful flowers and trees that take their turns each year. We’re just getting started here and I am D E L I G H T E D to say the very least. As I’m typing in my office, I can peek through the purple blooms on one of our trees out the window and see my kids playing Star Wars with sticks in the back yard. Perfect weather! And just in time. It’s been just at a year now that I started this little company for myself and I’m finally in a place this season where I can look back on my progress and how much I’ve learned. And more importantly, to see where I’m headed from here.


The Interior Maven FB page screenshot.


As I said above, I realized today that it has been a year that I hopped back into the design world and really began. After taking 9 years off from working in that field, it almost felt foreign. So many things had changed. Places had changed. Technology had come so far, thankfully, but scarily. And it has been tough. So here is my get-real-with-you post because I was in for an awakening.

In March of 2015, I began posting things here and there about our life and the pretty, aesthetic parts of it. I had big plans of getting a ton of photos ready for my big blog and website launch last May, but to be completely honest, I got so so busy working with design + staging clients that there was no time. I refused to give up time with my kids, especially while they were home for the summer, and so many things I was doing required more learning as I went. Plus, the actually juggling of children at home all day while I was trying to go on staging consultations was a job in itself.

EPS Logo

EPS Logo

I had just finished up my certification for Expert Psychological Staging with Kristie Barnett – The Decorologist when BAM! the work started rolling in before I was even really ready. But I’m always up for a challenge, so I just tried to roll with it. Looking back, I wouldn’t have changed it, but I now know better about having systems in place and things like that. Thankfully, Kristie’s program gives us a year of access to her private group and the questions that I received answers to were so valuable. (I happily paid the yearly fee to continue being a part of her group in 2016 again and am happy to call her a friend and mentor in this Nashville design world.)

Design Books & Resources

I threw myself into projects and learned along the way. And, of course, I’m still learning. Every single day! But, I’m also one of those that devours information. I’m always wanting to learn every new thing that comes along and it’s exciting for me. Sometimes I get hung up on the learning part, though, and forget about the actual doing. That is where my husband can give me a kick in the pants and remind me of my purpose. Which is NOT full-time student. For example: I had never had to write a contract before and so I consulted with my BFF Amazon and she shipped me the tools I needed to remember how to write contracts, letters of agreement and all of that stuff I learned in design school and then forgot.


The hardest part of going out on my own to do design has been the solitude. I have never worked completely on my own before and after 9 years of having children with me constantly, it was REALLY weird! Haha! And it took some getting used to. I still think my best days are when I get to leave my house/office and talk to people at the showrooms or fabric houses or even stop and see a friend (that needs to happen more often!), and I LOVE shopping for staging inventory to stow away in my storage unit for the perfect client. As easy as it would be to just go get a job working as a design assistant to someone else and not worry about all the details on my own, I would not want to give up my freedom of still being available to my children when they need me after school. AND I will admit, I watch a lot of 90210 (the original version, of course) while I write reports and source items for clients online. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t do that at a corporate office. Or wear sweat pants on my office days.

After having said all of that, I decided I should share with you one very large milestone today: This week is the anniversary of my first staging job.

Staging Props

On April 1st of last year, I went to my first staging consultation. Ever. (And most people don’t know this story because it’s not something you really tell until much later on. Now I can laugh, but at the time it was the worst thing for my confidence.) Anyway, I went out and consulted with this person ON APRIL FOOL’S DAY (first clue, right?) and I told them I would get them their report done by a certain day. I had never written up a real client report before, so it took me waaaaay longer than it does now. This was also during the same time period that my friend had her baby (which I had promised to take photos of during delivery) and over Easter weekend while I was scheduled out of town for a previously planned trip. To make a very long story short….


From my first staging gig.


Probably because I told them on the day it was due that it would be later than I planned because of the hospital visit. I totally understood that, but the reason stated was because I did not offer to bring in rented furniture for their occupied property. Huh? I was confused. Most people don’t want to rent any furniture and spend more money when they are living in a place full of furniture, so I had no idea that was their expectation. There was definitely a breakdown in communication on this job and so another stager got the job. Lesson learned! Now I always ask what the expectation is and my staging is much more seamless for the client.

To make this story even more ridiculous, that client experience stressed me out so badly that I broke out with SHINGLES on Easter morning 2015. Kind of hilarious, one year later. Ha!

But my takeaway from that experience is that you canNOT let one person get you down. This kind of thing always can bring me down and I just have to pray about it, talk to my husband about it and have him talk me out of the horrible feelings it brings you. I realized that not every client is my ideal client. And THAT IS OKAY. In a year of working now, I am starting to see who my ideal clients are. They are not stuffy. They love to laugh. They enjoy life. They understand the value of the service I provide and then we work very well together. Again…learning experience.

Family Walking

To say the last year has been a doozy career-wise is an understatement, but things can move slowly, and I’m okay with that. I’m not out to become a celebrity interior designer. I am just out there to create beautiful spaces for those who hire me and help with the money for our family. And some other things happened in our lives that made it possible for the first time ever in our parenting journey for our kids to start seeing Chad every single day. Time with my family is my ultimate goal over any career goals and the blessings we have experienced since a year ago have been amazing. And I’m back, as a person. I’ve learned how to juggle my time better between work and family and I hope to be writing here more often. I hope to spend time with friends more often.

I have a fun treehouse post coming up this week and also stay tuned for a GIVEAWAY coming up the first week of April that you do NOT want to miss.

(Clue: Country Living  Seriously. You do not want to miss this!)



Amanda Carlson

aka The Interior Maven

  • March 30, 2016 - 3:53 pm

    Brooke - I love following your new business. You are inspiring.ReplyCancel

    • June 13, 2016 - 6:05 pm

      amanda@theinteriormaven.com - Thank you so much, Brooke. And I’m sorry I’m just now seeing your comment so many months later. Something is wonky with my blog and it’s not alerting me when people message me. I miss seeing you, but love keeping up with you on FB! :)ReplyCancel

  • March 30, 2016 - 6:36 pm

    Laurey Blinn - What an insightful year! So nice to hear someone admit their journey has not been a cake walk. So now, a designer question: am planning a new build. Would love a 3 D program such as is commonly used on shows such as Fixer/Upper. Any recommendations? Thanks. Keep blogging!ReplyCancel

    • June 13, 2016 - 6:09 pm

      amanda@theinteriormaven.com - Hey Laurey, I’m just now seeing your comment! Yikes! I see that you have already started the home building process, so how is that going? I hope it’s going smoothly. As for the 3D programs they use on the shows….those are created by an outside company and they costs about $10k to do a room or two. (I learned this from Drew & Jonathan from The Property Brothers.) It’s really just a television thing for those amazing remodel rendering videos. So I can’t help you there, unfortunately. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • March 30, 2016 - 8:06 pm

    Judy Sapp - You have had a roller coaster year but you enjoyed some of the twist and turns but also had some not so fun ones. But I’ve watched you start up your business and have seen some things you’ve done. Beautiful! Great job!!! You are a great mom and I’ve seen you continue on as a mom, wife and Interior Designer as this year has quickly passed by. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!ReplyCancel

    • June 13, 2016 - 6:11 pm

      amanda@theinteriormaven.com - Thank you for your super sweet words on your comment from like 3 months ago. Hahaha! I’m just now seeing it! What in the world?! I’ll get the hang of this new blog eventually. Thank you for always supporting me and always having faith in my endeavors. It mean so much to me.ReplyCancel

  • March 30, 2016 - 9:08 pm

    Beth L - Congratulations on your stage-a-versary! There is just DO much to learn, but that’s half the fun…..at least.ReplyCancel

    • June 13, 2016 - 6:12 pm

      amanda@theinteriormaven.com - Hi Beth, thanks so much for your kind words! I’m sorry I just now am seeing comments from March! Ha! It has been a crazy ride to learn staging and re-learn design after so many years away, but it has definitely been worth it. :)ReplyCancel

  • March 31, 2016 - 2:48 am

    Kim Pearse - Amanda, I was inspired after reading this post. As a new stager and new to the area, I am learning some of the lessons you are talking about. So glad I’m not alone out there. I would love to have a call with you if you are willing. But anyway, I found this to be very helpful personally to me. Thank you and best wishes for a productive 2016.ReplyCancel

    • June 13, 2016 - 6:14 pm

      amanda@theinteriormaven.com - Hi Kim! I feel so awful that I am just now seeing your comment and request for a call to chat. I am just now responding to about 5 comments that I never saw from March. Such a bummer. Anyway, I’m happy for you to be finding your way in this business and if you have any questions for me about being a newer home stager, please feel free to reach out via email or messaging on FB now that we are friends on there. :) Good luck to you!ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2016 - 1:29 pm

    Glor // Always Creating Blog - OMG, you’re my inspiration! I am slacking with my interior decor biz…I want to start one but not sure where to even begin. I’m working with a friend who just bought a house so I can stage for sale and help decorate her new home. So I’m hoping to use both as stepping stones! It’s one thing to decorate MY own house but totally different when it’s someone else’s. Any advice…and how was your experience with the Expert Psychological Staging cert? Is it online, can I do it from Northern VA? Thank you! xoxo GlorReplyCancel

    • August 3, 2016 - 10:24 am

      amanda@theinteriormaven.com - Hey girl – My experience with the Expert Psychological Staging certification was PHENOMENAL. I have my interior design degree and worked in interior design since 2001. But after taking a break from working to stay at home with my kids, I was ready to ease back into the design world slowly. So, I took this class and knew that staging would be the start to get me going again. Kristie Barnett is amazing. She is my mentor now here in Nashville. She is so encouraging, helps so much with questions, etc. I HIGHLY recommend the course. She has another one coming up in September, I believe? Email me for more information: amanda@theinteriormaven.com Happy to give insight into it all. :)ReplyCancel