Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist

Services Provided
Interior & Exterior Paint Color Consultation, Design Consultation, E-Design, Home Staging, Education/Training

Areas Served
Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin, TN
Across the U.S. with Online Consulting

Business Description
Color Expert, Interior Decorator, & Design Blogger ( Helping you define your personal style, gain confidence in your choices, and express yourself through the decoration of home. Admitting you need help is the first step!

Certification and Awards
Best Occupied Staging of North America - RESA, Nashville House & Home 2012/ 2013 Readers' Favorite Award, Nashville Scene - Best of 2013, Certified Color Consultant - CSPI, True Colour Expert (TCE), Benjamin Moore Color Expert & Design Advisory Panel Member, MA in Psychology
nashville, TN US 
Kristie Barnett 
nashville, Tennessee,
United States, 37220 
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Staging vs. Decorating: What's the Difference?

Unlike decorating, staging your home isn't about personal style — it's about creating ambiance and appeal for buyers Full Story
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Marie Thomasson
If I go into a home that is sparsely furnished and devoid of anything personal I find it cold, uninviting and without soul. The first impression would be that no one who lives here could truly be happy (and therefore could I or my family?). Our homes should express our interests and how we go about our lives. If a prospective buyer immediately states they don't like the furnishings, or colors it is the JOB of the real estate agent to remind them they are not buying the décor and to point out the details that will function for this buyer. Rather than strip every ounce of the sellers personality, it would be better for them to focus on repairs, clutter and a top to bottom scrubbing so every inch shines.
March 24, 2014 at 8:59am     
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Rooms in Bloom Home Staging & Design Inc.
I found this article both informative and helpful - it outlines the basic differences between staging and decorating and it's important that home owners understand why they aren't the same thing. I like a lot of what the decorogolist (Kristie) discusses and the fact that she uses 'super neutrals' in her staging - so do we. Part of being a professional stager is knowing your market, knowing what buyers in that area are looking for and being able to deliver a marketable product that they will pay top dollar for.

Sometimes that is simply sticking to neutrals. Yes, neutral taupes and beiges aren't our favourites but it's not about us, it's about the value neutral paint colors add to a property. By painting the walls a neutral, home owners ensure that buyers of virtually any demographic can move their furniture into the home - regardless of style - and live with it for between 3 - 5 years. This is incredible value. When buyers are rarely willing to buy a home that 'needs work', even if that is a coat of paint, they will keep looking and pay MORE money for a home that is move in ready.

Good staging these days incorporates neutral wall colors (we use a lot of greys that are on trend) and punches of color introduced through rugs, art and decor. Great stagers know how to strike the right balance in any space so that it's memorable, beautiful and most definitely not boring.
March 25, 2014 at 3:36pm   
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It was either Lowes or Home Depot!
March 22, 2014 at 7:04am   
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Review by tybee1170:

Paint color selection. Great room inspiration board & furniture layout. We had an online consultion with Kristie to pick out the paint palette for our home. ...
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Review by ruthcirillo:

I had a consultation with Kristie regarding a remodel I will be doing. She came in and got right to the heart of what needed to be focused on. We worked nonstop...
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Review by wileydm:

Kristie knows what she is talking about. She made the extra effort to drive my house which is not near her at all. She not only shared her opinion on what color...
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Review by 3youngs81:

Kristie is truly amazing. We consulted Kristie originally for paint color guidance to update our home. She came with large painted samples and recommended color...
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Review by saradanmurphy:

I am absolutely delighted with Kristie’s color guidance! My husband and I purchased a home in need of a full interior paint change-up. Kristie listened to our g...
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Bella Tucker does beautiful work! They recently breathed new life into my clients' kitchen with a painted finish on the cabinetry. I was thrilled with the res...
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Review for Warline Painting Ltd.:

Warline Painting is a one-of-a-kind company. Heidi Nyline is an expert in specifying beautiful exterior and interior colors - she is always spot-on! This is t...
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