The Art of Selling

Recently U&I had the pleasure of joining a local team of Artists and Realtors to get a home ready for the market.

U&I entered in with Judy Boone Realty, Judy Boone and Rob Principe, and the Homeowner to get the home ready for market. U&I discussed curb appeal with the Owners and with assistance from Man vs. Tree, Matt we were able to create a beautiful backdrop for the home. U&I worked with the homeowners to get things packed and stored before we came in and Staged the property. We worked for several days setting up the home and I must say the homeowners were gem clients. Motivated and ready….a stagers dream.

Judy Boone introduced in several local artists, Cathy Dixson, Linda House, Dollner Johnson, and Paul Wineman, Virtual Tour.

I must say it was a pleasure to work with other professionals with the same goal in mind….Sell that house.

Looking forward to our next adventure as a team of the ART OF SELLING.


June 25, 2012 at 6:24 pm Leave a comment

I love landscaping jobs




Photos: Before shed area, before plant material added.  After shed, stone, and mulch.  Beds around pool after plant installation and stone.

It is such a joy in life to have a career where I receive God’s blessings in jobs with all aspects I love.  Interior Decorating is my first love, landscape and gardening are my two next best things.

This past week I had the opportunity to enhance a beautiful backyard for a client.  The setting was so peaceful with a backdrop of wooded area beyond their fence line and a swimming pool stretched in the middle like a cat perched on a pillow in a sunny window sill.  It seemed to fit perfectly in it’s surroundings. The lawn was spectacular and felt like a cushy carpet beneath our feet.  The beds were our focus with weeding, pruning and had many plants out of place.  They needed that designer WOW factor. It was a beautiful start to a U&I finish.

The client had a pond area next to where the building was going to be constructed and was filled with wildlife.  Frogs singing all day in harmony with the song birds. We had an unexpected intruder one day while working. A snake had slithered in for a daily meal on one of the little frogs. It was a terrible sight watching Mother Nature take its natural course.  I know that is how wild life works and I am thankful for the little frog giving his life because when doing so he alarmed with a cry that made me aware of the snakes presence in my working area. It kept us aware that we were in a woody working environment and needed to be careful while in the gardens.

We leveled the ground, weeded for an entire day, installed 15 tons of stone, 8 yards of mulch, installed several carefully selected palms and plants to grow into their space perfectly and never have to be pruned.

One of my major specialties when landscaping; I pick and choose material for the client that fits the area when full grown in doing so gives the client less maintenance time in the gardens and more fun time in the pool.

It was a full week of hard manual labor, tough and exhausting on this 54 year old gal but still a pleasant work week in this lovely yard. I feel blessed not needing to go to the gym and never once regretting getting up for work.  The clients are very pleased with the outcome.

Another happy client for the U&I Team.


May 8, 2012 at 3:32 pm Leave a comment

The Wedding


Planning for months has finally flourished into the Magical Enchanting Day of the Wedding.  All the worry gone from a mothers heart of being asked by her daughter to decorate the most important day of her life….I was honored and humbled at the same time.  The planning and deciding had begun and I had to make sure it was perfection, down to the last sprinkle of silver on the table, it was finally complete.

I want to thank Rebecca, Brenda, Sharon, Christina, Christopher, Jeffrey, Erin, Amber, Carlina, Mandy, Dream makers linen and Reidun Paulson from the Grandview for your help. I could not have pulled off the two hour decorating marathon without you.

If you are in the Chattanooga area U&I Home Decorating and Staging highly recommend the Grandview on Lookout Mountain, Georgia for your special event….Reidun’s customer service is impeccable and the vista view backdrop is enchanting.

We started at 2:00 and pushed forward as fast magical and enchanting moment creators and completed the decorating in record breaking time…Delegating my daughters wants and my vision to my wonderful volunteered group of Family helpers we were dressed and ready for photographs by 4:30.  Unbelievable feat!

Our photographer was Marsha Smith of The Lightbox Photography another high recommendation goes out to her for capturing this lifetime of precious moments on film for us.  You can view the entire wedding, starting with Engagement, to Pre-Ceremony, The Ceremony, and The Reception on her website!i=1806223854&k=jdvG2nq

A special thank you to my Brother in law Jeffrey for capturing some amazing shots with his camera for us…I will forever be grateful for your kindness and photographic eye.

We had a bit of a stir from Mother Nature with some dark clouds and a minor sprinkling but Reidun’s crew pulled out large tarps and covered the tabletops and saved the day.  Her calm was my salvation at that uncontrollable moment.  The decision was to made stay outside or inside…The Groom said outside.  We had faith….it was the right the decision. I have been told it is good luck to have rain on your wedding day…..It was just enough!

The clouds lightened up, the drizzle stopped and off went the tarps exposing the unscathed décor and our beautiful white mophead hydrangeas.  Time was counting down and we were ready for the line up….My father officiated the wedding making the evening even more special for us.  The ceremony was beautiful, and the reception was a hit.

The Bride and Groom couldn’t stop smiling.  We were a success….

Thanks be to God for their happy union.


April 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm 2 comments

Process of Decorating a room “Completed Example room”

  • We started with Style “Polished Casual with Natural Allure” decided by Better Homes and Garden decorating style quiz
  • Wall color “Sherwin Williams Hopsack SW6109, Trim White SW7757”
  • Furniture “Landon Collection Pottery Barn and Slipper chair Leyland Ballard design”
  • Rug “”
  • Drapery “Thai Silk Restoration Hardware”
  • adding all of our accessories….Viola’….

Our completed room.  I hope you have enjoyed the process of decorating a room with U&I.

April 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm Leave a comment

Process of Decorating a room

I have been posting about an example room on my business Facebook page and wanted to share with my blog followers.  If you would like to follow via Facebook here is the link:

To recap and catch you up…we were working with a Better Homes and Garden quiz to pick your style

You can take the quiz and find a beautiful power point photo and description of your style pulled from answers that you give doing the quiz…try it it’s fun.

My personal style came back Polished Casual with Natural Allure: Description You love to mix and match your favorites from several styles, so Polished Casual is the best way to describe your look. Crisp, fresh, and always comfortable, this approach anchors itself in neutral, subtle hues and furniture that isn’t fussy but isn’t slouchy either. Pair your clean-lined sofa with a dark leather wing chair or a weathered metal table—anything goes, but simplicity is key.

That is so me!

I am using my style to do the example room to explain the process of decorating a room.  One of my Facebook followers ask about the process of decorating a room. I thought it would be fun to walk her through it with posts of U&I decorating a room.

So far we have chosen our style Polished Casual with Natural Allure, room color (neutrals because I love to change often), and neutral Living room furniture…again because I fall in love way to easy and I want everything…part of the beast I must tame often in my line of work…hahahaha.  Below are my choices via internet for our example room.








The room color choice SW6109 Hopsack and all trim SW7757 High reflectence white, Furniture Landon Collection Cream Twill dark wood legs, Sofa $1800, Chair $1300, Ottoman $600, Slipper Chair Leyland from Ballard Designs $419 and last but certainly not bland our color inspiration for the example room a Low Pile 8×10 modern striped rug from Net channel Inc. ( $1000

I’ll keep you updated as we proceed in the process of Decorating a room with U&I Home Decorating and Staging.

Deborah Lutz

April 2, 2012 at 1:48 pm 3 comments

27 Clever ideas to make your life easier….

Okay so you totally have to check this daily buzz out….It was sent to me via an e-mail from my friend Janet….Thanks Janet this is some great stuff….27 tips for using everyday things in very clever ways….enjoy…and thanks Daily buzz and Janet.

…so trying everyone of them.

Enjoy Deborah

December 18, 2011 at 7:14 pm Leave a comment

Merry Christmas and a colorful New Year from the U & I Team

December 14, 2011 at 1:55 am Leave a comment

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