Sometime’s it’s not what you know, but who you know ….

What does that really mean anyhow ?

Well to me, and I bet most of us, all of those who’s, really add up to a whole lot ! Where would we be without all of our resource peeps, I shutter to think ?!

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This is my idea of a candy store, a good fabric shop- Associated Fabrics !

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Designing in 5 states and living part – time in many Home Depot’s, I can honestly say, this woman is the Best I have ever worked with, she is so pleasant to work with and will go out of her way for her customer’s ! Go Diedra !

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Outstanding, reliable and just all around good guy, I Love my Painters, Santo’s & Chilo!!

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Construction forman Eve aka Sandie, so grateful to her for so many years of hard work, it’s not easy, but she keeps us all in line !

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Wow, I Love this place, such a hodge podge of goodies to choose from here in Chatt., TN ! Owner’s Robert & Susan Phillips, great folks !

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Sherwin Williams is one of my fav paints. Build a relationship with your local store, tip, try to work with the manager, they have the best training & knowledge of their products.

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Realtors extrodinaire- Clair Lee & owner, Amanda Howard, one of the top rated in the nation, selling or buying real estate, do your homework, it’s worth the time & effort !

Really, think about all those behind the scene’s people who when you need them most, they magically pull a rabbit out of a hat, just when you thought oh no, how can I make this work, there they are !

I would like you to meet my greatest resource


Kirby R Totty, the most detail oriented, skilled, sometimes free labor a girl could ever hope for, if I can Design it, he will make it happen !!

In your business or personal life, who do you rely on for help ?

As a Designer, finding and working with “The Best” contractor’s, Realtor’s, painter’s, electrician’s, plumber’s etc…, is critical as, their involvement can be a reflection on what we are working to achieve. If you have ever had a bad experience with any of these professions listed here, then boy you understand !

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Just a plain dull space.

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What a differance a few details and alot of help from my pro friends will make !

So my Design friends, are you considering taking on a Design project, one you can do all by yourself, or, hire out to a pro, remember your local resources, find the ones you can have a good rapport with, people you can trust and count on to give you good solid advice and product information ?!

Here a just a few “Design Tips”-

1- Always get two or three estimates.

2- Check out your pro’s, how are they rated, Angie’s List, Houzz, referrals etc…

3- Have a very clear idea of what your budget is including labor & products.

4- Start looking in advance for sales (definitely holidays presidents day, labor day etc…) on products, furniture, appliances (appl. stores will usually store for a wk or two until you are ready) paint etc. & purchase even if it’s a month or two prior to your project, every little bit of savings helps. Sherwin Williams has 30% off on their paints about every three weeks or so, try to stock up then, if you need to paint a large area, you can really save by purchasing a 5 gallon bucket vs 5 separate gallons.

5- When you find a great pro, pass on the good word to your friends, neighbors & colleagues, share the good news, there is no greater reward than a referral !

I sure hope you too have a list of who to know people for  help you to help and for them to help you in your life, reliable, skilled and just good-hearted peeps !!!

Thanks SO much for checking in, hope to hear you on the SWS radio show every Saturday 10 CST !

My Best to You always,


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    Hi there,
    It’s been months since you reached out last September with some suggestions on “going viral”. I missed it then and am catching up now. Thanks so much.
    If you have not been back so see what is happening in 2018 at #DawnDTottyDESIGNS I hope you do so. It’s been and exciting year with projects and posting of new trends.
    Cheers, Dawn

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