The Happiness Bucket
Dana with her Mom became acutely aware of hoarding tendencies, disarray of closets and drawers, accumulated piles in my garage, and rooms that had been neglected for too many years. Gently Dana offered to assist me in making dramatic room changes and how to let go of piles of accumulation. We started with my laundry room (upon my request) where she and her mom emptied out the room. She had me fill out a form from The Happiness Bucket that focused my attention on how I envisioned the room. Never once did she demand what I should do. But directions were clear and concise that by following all the guidelines I would have a fresh, clutter free, and organized room. She subtly suggested artful and functional containers, guided my paint color options, and as a result I have a very lovely room! As the changes occurred she also took upon herself to replace an across the room shelf on one wall to take away a warp from the former too small shelf. I had just become a widow and was spending most of my time out of the state caring for a new grandchild, and Dana often had the work done while I was away. I always couldn't wait to return home to see what surprise had unfolded for me in my room's transformation. Today I have a gorgeous room that my friends say to leave the laundry door open to show off the pretty room. Being very pleased, I asked Dana to take on my bonus room that I wished to convert into an art room/craft studio. Following the same questionnaire/guidelines as before; the room was totally emptied; discards proceeded; grouping of supplies and materials occurred; and a search for the pieces of furniture I needed began. She sent me to Home Depot and Lowes while she checked out other retailers for flooring samples. I had 20 year old stained carpeting removed and discarded; Dana lined up a painter for the room (after guiding me through the selection). Furniture arrived unassembled (storage cabinets, a craft table, a large flat file, and a "hidden" desk). After a few days she and her husband had assembled all the furniture. The transformation is stunning! Visitors to my workspace are amazed! It's beautiful and functional. My room "calls" to me to enter and be creative! If there was a problem, Dana always had a solution. After opening the box to assemble my craft table, Dana felt the top of the table was unacceptable because a portion was marred. She made contact with the company and they immediately sent a new top. She was proactive in informing me of a very good floorer who wasn't bonded. I agreed to go with him and even though Dana lives 45 min. or so from my house, she and her toddler stayed at my house while my new floor was being installed. I had to leave the state to continue childcare for my grandson. Because of Dana's commitment to my rooms, I was inspired to take on another room all by myself. It too is complete and lovely. She inspired me to contact a tiler who in a couple of weeks is to remove all bathroom carpet and replace with ceramic tile. He is to remove dated wallpaper too. When years pass and excuses become commonplace a kind of paralysis to change sets in. But I am happy and proud to say that Dana has broken that paralysis and has kindly and graciously led me to beautiful transformations that I could not have envisioned for myself. Dana suggested from the beginning that she would tackle my garage, but she so generously refocused her expertise on my interior rooms per my request first. Hopefully this fall we can begin on my garage. Dana is a working woman and I have been impressed as to how she has the time or can sustain her interests in my house! But she follows through everything she starts to its finality. I have never sensed any loss of interest either in the process of these major changes for my house. My report my be lengthy but it is my way of recommending Dana, her charm, her guidance, to take on a project and seeing it through completion. She has talent, foresight, and resources for completing home transformations. Pictures are helpful of the befores and afters, but living in the "afters" is a joy!Jun 25, 2015
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LocationSmyrna, TN 37167
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?All jobs are customizable and really are based on the needs of the client. We charge $45 an hour with a 3 hr minimum for in-person sessions, this includes a free 30 min consultation. Our 1 hr virtual coaching session includes a 15 min consultation and the hour can be used in whatever increments the Client chooses. There are packages available for large jobs. Project Management pricing depends on the job.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Yes, we are constantly learning as new techniques come out. The world is forever changing so you must continue to educate yourself.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?I have always loved order and helping people...the two things just make me happy. I truly believe it is my purpose in life.