Breaking for Bobcats

Breaking for Bobcats

Last weekend began with me almost hitting a bobcat. He darted out from the sagebrush where I had no chance of seeing him but luckily he made it okay. That’s definitely the most exotic animal I’ve ever had the pleasure of skidding out to avoid.

One of the things I love most about the desert is how the wildlife is still abundant. I watched a roadrunner dart through the wash from my living room. Then today this rattlesnake was sunning across the road blocking our way. My least favorite wildlife of the weekend was definitely the large spider building a dense web in my pile of clean underwear. I really don’t want to think about what he was hoping to catch.

We did some thrift store shopping for our upcoming Gold Rush themed party and found this gem:

Cowboy Vest

Which immediately inspired this ridiculous photo shoot:

Wild West

AndreThis should tell you just how slowly the days pass in the desert. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Teeth Cleaning

Teeth Cleaning

Most houses in the desert have some bones somewhere and we’re no exception. These cow skulls can get really dirty! I guess I missed my true calling as a Vet Dentist.

Teeth Cleaning

 

Palms Condo Staging

Palms Condo Staging

My client had already moved into his new place when he enlisted me to stage his old condo in Palms. The unit was desperately in need of some light, and some streamlined furniture that complements the contemporary feel of the space. I loved working on this job and the quick sale led me to believe I helped a little.

LIVING ROOM BEFORE:

Palms CondoAFTER:

C5I painted the entire space white for a clean new look. The idea was to bounce the light coming in from the patio and create an airy feel. While I couldn’t do anything about the wall air conditioning unit, (why is it up so high?) I tried to play up the lovely stone fireplace. I added an easy to remove fabric hanging from the flat screen mount. Listen, I hate TVs taking over nice architectural details, but it’s obviously what most buyers would do here. My job is to create a welcoming space that gets you in the open house, not try to change the way people want to live. I think it was a good compromise.

DINING ROOM BEFORE:

DINING ROOM

AFTER:

C2Light, light, light! My baroque mirror fit the space shockingly well. I painted it black from white for more contrast and to tie in the vintage chairs I borrowed from my landlord. (He had these beauties tucked away for 40 years!) I made a terrarium from the biggest fish bowl ever and threw in my good old trusty cowhide. The curtains belonged to the client so I couldn’t let out the hem. In a perfect world I would have them break on the ground.

Here’s a few more shots from the job. I used blue accents through out to mix up the black.

Palms Condo

Palms Condo

C6

 

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