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Using your creative abilities to expand your business & client base (photos)

 In conducting business with my clients and associates I let them know I have the ability to help them beyond room redesign & preparing their home for sale as a stager/property stylist. While they may not need one of the extra services I provide at that moment, I’ve planted the seed and when the time comes hopefully they will keep me in mind or refer me to friends and family.

 The advantage is that they already know me I’ve been in their home between 2 and 6 hours and in that time I’ve started to develop a relationship. I seem to have the most pleasant clients, so lucky me huh? I sure think so!

Whether it's floral design, custom artwork or small party planning I can help them out. Heck, I can even make them a beautiful bracelet or a pair of sparkly earrings for that party too.




 Here are a few design pieces for a client that called for an elegant but natural look in a lakeside setting for her holiday party. Coming up with ideas and themes for holiday parties are fun and when it's time for the installations it makes you think on your feet. For example if they need a custom tree topper, be prepared to whip one up.  My vehicle is usually packed even for the smallest of jobs so I can accommodate the little extras a client may need or want pronto.


A removable European hand tied bouquet accented with pheasant feathers & berries in my client's container. This design enabled the client to still use her favorite accessory year round. All she had to do was pick up the bouquet, it stays in place to be packed away.



hand tied bouquet  


Copper sparkle adds a bit more drama to the fireside table piece while pods, moss & preserved boxwood are used lending it the more natural look. This design needed to be more compact to allow for guests use the coffe table.


  copper centerpiece


 Below a garland of designer pine with feathered birds in moss nests, berries, pine cones, mixed greenery and a bit of holiday sparkle for the credenza. The copper sparkle mesh that was woven in the pine garland doesn't show up in the pictures, too bad...cause it was the perfect touch!


    pine garland with birds


So go ahead and expand your business and client base by using your creative abilities. Whatever talents you may have let your clients know! They may need your services now or remember you for the future.



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Comment balloon 33 commentsCynthia Bartch • January 11 2010 12:08PM


Great Article!

Posted by Jim Startzman (Long and Foster Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Cynthia: Your florals are wonderful girl! Thanks for the great ideas you've shared here and the reminders that we need to be open to helping clients in many creative ways and it will help us out in turn.

Posted by Debra Valentine, Utah Home Staging for, Bountiful, Salt Lake & Surrounding Areas (Designing Details ~ Staging & Design, LLC) about 11 years ago

Gorgeous accessorizing, Cynthia! Bet your sellers were thrilled!


Posted by Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours ( Real Estate Showcase Photography) about 11 years ago

I love using items to stage that you can take with you.  Then, it doesn't seem like "a waste of money" to people.   Of course, it's not a waste because it makes buyers want your home.  Thanks for the thoughts.

Posted by Jill Schmidt about 11 years ago

I love the look of your work Cynthia. Anytime you can go a little above and beyond the call of duty, it impresses people. And when you impress people gain their confidence and they will send you business.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) about 11 years ago

Thanks Jim! I appreciate the re-blog.

Hi Debra, I just can't abide by ol' saying "Do one thing and do it well" I must try it all, lol! Yes some of us have to expand the business model. Thanks for the kind words.

Thanks Debi, This is one reason I've been away, Oct-Dec are killer months but I'm very happy to have the work.

Jill I appreciate you dropping by and yes you have to try and create the I want it and I want it now factor.

Hey JL, Nice to hear you like the designs. I couldn't agree more with your very wise words.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch about 11 years ago

Cynthia - I bet your client was thrilled with your designs, they are beautiful. You brought the outdoors inside in such a creative and appealing way. I also checked out your website and liked what I saw there also. Nice work!

Posted by Judy Jennings, Tap into Judy's real estate expertise & resources. (Top Agent Plus) about 11 years ago

I'm so excited to see more of your work.  It's just beautifu and I would expect nothing less, as I can tell you are uber creative from  your writing and eye of natural beauty that shows always in your photographs.    By the way, so nice to "see you" again too.  I hope you have great success in 2010 and still find time for the "rain".

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 11 years ago

Hi Judy, She was very happy indeed and called after the party to tell me so. It's always such a warm fuzzy feeling when you get those calls, I wonder if she could hear me smile through the phone??? Thanks for the compliments and for checking out the site too!

I have been thinking of you Tammy for the past few weeks...I gotta blog w/ photos, I gotta blog w/ photos, I gotta blog w/ photos. Could you feel me thinking of you? I'll post more designs soon I promise because the frenzy has died down. Thank you for the super kind words, it means a lot to me! It nice to read you too Tammy, I should be visiting AR on a more regular basis.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch about 11 years ago

I love the natural elements Cynthia - your work is just gorgeous and I'm glad you shared the photos so we can see it!  Welcome back, I have missed you while you gone with your busy holiday season!

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) about 11 years ago

Hi Mary, I've missed reading you. I have to say the natural elements in the designs are my favorite too because you can make them to stay out all winter season long so you get more bang for the buck. I'll be posting more soon!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch about 11 years ago

Lovely arrangements and natural.  I noticed that when you took the photos, you could still see the outside and the arrangements looked like they belonged there.  Did you take classes to learn how to do this?

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) about 11 years ago

Wow, Cynthia, that is impressive!  I couldn't make them without taking classes.  I think you should start a custom business doing just this and not just for holidays.  I'd be my own clients would love these works of Art!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 11 years ago

Love them all.  And wow!  What a talented lady you are.  Love the butterfly picture, by the way!


Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager ( about 11 years ago

Hi Cynthia ~ very beautiful and creative natural arrangements!  It must be very time-consuming yet so rewarding when your clients see the finished product.  Thanks for the photos.

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) about 11 years ago

Love the combination of the pheasant feathers with the greenery.  These are really lovely arrangements.  

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) about 11 years ago

Beautiful, I would love to learn how to make arrangements.  Mine are more simplistic.

Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) about 11 years ago

Hey, Cynthia -- Those are pretty spectacular, and I bet you won't find anything like them at Michael's!

Posted by Not a real person about 11 years ago

Hi Dawn, For the camera angle it's just me goofing practicing with the camera. There are a few photography gorps here on AR and I'm a subscriber to the talented Debi Boucher's blog, her posts are always worth a read! Thank for the compliment :)

Hi there Carole, Well I started as a main broom pusher at a floral shop and worked my way up many years ago. I do carry a few pieces with me when I do redesign or consults if they an extra touch. Then in-between the staging gigs I help out in my friends design studio too. I hope to soon have a separate blog about the studio work. You are too kind and am humble by your words, thanks!

Hi Kathy, Yes I figured it was time for an avatar change. I really appreciate your nice words coming from a super talented lady as your self, thank you!

Oh Maureen, you are dead on it is extremely labor intensive work, but I do enjoy working with my hands in many mediums. And again you are correct my wise friend, when the client is pleased it's a high that gets me through the days!

Hi Sally, Well we have something in common, I think the feathers really add a special touch to the arrangements too! In fact this year I learned how to make them bend and curl into the design without breaking one :)

Oh Cindy never discount you talent, in fact simple is sometimes the only type of design that will do. Just try adding  different textures and layers to your designs, it will change up the look. I have no doubt you can do it.

Hello there Russel, I try to do different types of arrangements but I must admit I have bought a odds & ends at Michael's on occasion. It's the designer wholesale houses that have the pine that looks like real pine, it even fool's me :)

Posted by Cynthia Bartch about 11 years ago

I think it's a GREAT idea/way to expand your client base.....Interior Stylist.....the stylist term is used alot today with fashion and it translates well to the interior design/re-design arena!!

Posted by Kathy Burke, S.F. East Bay Home Staging (Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA) about 11 years ago

I'm just not all that surprised!  Of course they would be beautiful!  I love the ability to transform the look by creating the piece to be transferable.  Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 11 years ago

Hi Kathy, When I've staged a home and the client has stayed in the area it's a great opportunity to let them know all the creative ways you can be useful in the new home. Yes I like the word stylist too, it does cover many areas!

Hi there Sharon, You are very generous with your compliment, thank you :) This client wanted to use her really cool container but I wanted her to have the ability to use it all the time so I suggested this type of design. Fo myself they are a bit more time consuming to make but it was the perfect solution!

On another note Sharon, the other day it was colder here in GA than in Fairbanks Alaska. I know you are used to this weather living in NH but now I've gotten used to the milder climate, glad I still have my wool socks ;D

Posted by Cynthia Bartch about 11 years ago

Those are just beautiful, Cynthia. I need to take a course, as I'd love to be able to create such wonderful accent pieces, as you! Good on you for just being able to "whip it up" on site!

Posted by Deena Cottingham, Home Stager & Photographer (GreenApple Staging & Images, Calgary Staging & Photography) about 11 years ago

Looks like this has already been said in previous comments, but I think it can be said again... Those are beautiful!

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 about 11 years ago

Our ESP must be in synch, as I have been thinking along the same lines, since "florist" is one of my past titles, too!  I enjoy doing arrangements for specific purposes, like your beautiful arrangements above.  Even though the color didn't show well, I KNOW the copper mesh was gorgeous in there! Don't you LOVE that stuff!?  Very nice work...

Posted by c m about 11 years ago

VERY nicely done Cyn !! And I love the term "property stylist" !

... great to see your face shoulder w/butterfly back in these parts :o)

Cheers !

Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) about 11 years ago

Hi Deena, well I envy your fabulous photographic skills, it's something that I'm going to work on this year.

Hi John, thanks for kind words, they are greatly appreciated!

Hi Cheryl the Published Author, I do remember you have a background in the floral design field! Go for it !!! That copper mesh was fun to work with this season. I know there must be something I'm doing wrong in not capturing the sparkle :(

Hi Sheldon, thanks for stopping by and for the compliment! I know you have been busy in RainCamp. Thinking of your Mum and family Sheldon.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch about 11 years ago

Cynthia  The amount of time you spend with a client certainly is also advertising time

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) almost 11 years ago

Very wise words spoken from an even wiser woman Karen! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it greatly.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch almost 11 years ago

Cynthia you are so creative!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) almost 11 years ago

Thanks so much Debra, if I couldn't be creative I'd go crazy...I hope my husband isn't reading this answer :)

Posted by Cynthia Bartch almost 11 years ago

THANKS for the tips!  I can't wait until someday we have real sellers who will actually care about things like home staging and creative use of space and placement of centerpieces :)

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) almost 11 years ago

Hey there Renee, Sometimes it's a breeze and other times it's an uphill battle convincing the seller to prep the home. Once I explain it to them most of the time they get it! It all depends on their personal situation and motivation.

Thanks for the visit!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch almost 11 years ago

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