January, 2012 Archives
by Shar Sitter in Pay It Forward, Recent Projects
Do you have a dream for the future? Let me tell you a story…..
My story starts last October when I was asked to “write down 50 things you would do if nothing could stop you” as part of a Home Stager Trainer’s Class. So that night I gave it serious thought…..
If nothing could stop me, if I had no barriers what would I do??? Hhmmmmmm…
#1 On My List: To start a Non-Profit that would decorate homes or spaces for women who were coming off the streets and out of abusive situations.
As Nate Berkus says “Your home should rise up to meet you”.
I believe that is for everyone…no matter what your situation or where your “home” is. Home could be a women’s shelter where you feel safe for the first time in years, a subsidized housing project that is all your own, or one room in an apartment shared by others in your situation. So, I wrote it down.
“I want to start a Non-Profit to bless women coming into perhaps their first safe clean living space ever.”
I had visions of what I would do with it when I retired. Receive donations, refurbish a worn out table by painting it a fun color, bringing new life to an old chair with fun fabric, have a list of volunteers to assist me. I could visualize it in the future.
So….guess what I did Thursday??
I decorated a three bedroom apartment for three women coming off of the streets from sex trafficking and prostitution.
Did you hear that?? Thursday. And I haven’t retire yet!
I won’t go into the details but this happened quickly. Someone at my local church knew what I did for a living, called me and asked if I would be willing to get involved. I called the charity and was told the women were moving in Friday and they needed help “pulling it together”.
I went down there Wednesday morning and a large local furniture store was just pulling away from donating BRAND NEW FURNITURE!!!!
But, there were no ‘girly things’. I went to my warehouse, picked out lamps, artwork, and girly things that I could donate.
Oh….I forgot the best part. When I told my sister what I was doing she came back to me a bit later with this:
“For these women the bed has never been a safe place. They need to know it is now safe and they need to be blessed with some nice new linens, not used.”. I must mention my sister is a psychologist and volunteers with women who have been sexually abused or part of sex trafficking.
So…off to Target I went to buy new bedding that she was going to donate. New sheets, new comforters, a fuzzy blankets for cuddling. All coordinated with their room’s paint color of course. Any good designer would have the paint deck samples with her. LOL.
I realized I needed help and needed to rearrange my schedule to meet the time commitment. With a one day notice I was back decorating the space with a wonderful woman named Sandy.
We worked for six hours cleaning, arranging furniture, making beds, hanging artwork. Boy were were exhausted but oh so blessed.
We left each woman with a brand new towel and wash cloth along with a box of chocolates and fresh flowers.
I think these women will have their home “rise up to meet them” when they walk in.
What do you think?
Bedroom 1: The taupe room
Bedroom 2: The lavendar room
Bedroom 3: The blue room
The common living room and dining area:
The Hallway Garden:
So….do you have a dream for the future? God may have something in mind sooner.
I don’t have my own Non-Profit yet to help numerous organizations assisting woman but hey….this is a start and it happened quicker than I thought.
What’s your dream?
by Shar Sitter in Local Interst
As a Home Stager and Redesigner I am asked to stage and decorate many types of homes. Starter homes, massive homes, ramblers, two-story. But, I have not yet been asked to stage one of MN’s most popular houses. Well……okay maybe not that popular.
But three months of the year they are fairly popular creating entire cities of houses! Remember the movie “Grumpier Old Men”? Yup…that was Minnesota! We love to Ice Fish! We meaning ‘they’…..not we including me.
There is the starter house:
The small but whimsical house:
The ‘sticks out in the neighborhood’ house: (every neighborhood has one)
The very cozy house:
The big boy on the block house!!!
And Aahhh…..the “Frosty The Snow Man House” – hurry up it’s warm outside:
I am hoping one day to be asked to stage one of these ‘houses’. I will let you know! Those of you in Florida…..eat your hearts out!
by Shar Sitter in Personal Notes from Shar
Yup….Must Be January!
New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight, get in better shape, blah blah blah. Don’t get me wrong, it is all wonderful! I commend you and I hope you stay with it.
But boy or boy it is hysterical come January to see the parking lot at my health club.
I work out at Life Time Fitness, an extremely large facility. The one by my home is one of their largest in the country I believe with something like 350,000 sq. ft or some crazy number. Plus four pools, spa, cafe, 4 water slides, outdoor umbrellas, outdoor grill, yoga room…..you get the picture.
So yesterday I go to work out about 8:30 AM (I don’t normally workout on Saturday unless I haven’t gotten there much during the week); and oops, forgot it was January! I had to park in the back forty literally!
The parking lot is huge as you can imagine with a facility that size and it was packed. I had to park at the furthest end instead of in my normal 4th or 5th row. I easily walked a block and a half from my car to the front door. Granted I am there for the exercise but when it is 12 degrees and even lower with the windchill it is BBbrrrrrr.
When I came out of the facility about 10:30 it was even worse! Cars were circling watching for people to leave because there weren’t any spaces, cars were parked along drive paths. It was crazy!
If the gym is part of your New Year’s Resolution stick with it! Make the rest of us walk a long distance the rest of the year, not just January!