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Meridith Baer of ‘Staged to Perfection’

 

When homeowners want their interiors to look like a million bucks even if they’re worth $300K, they look to Meridith Baer. She pretties up spaces the best she knows how so you make coin, quickly.

Cred? Yep. Baer is the host of the HGTV show, Staged to Perfection, helping regular folks in South Florida and beyond. She has already worked over the lairs of a seriously A-list clientele. Think Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and John Mayer.

“You want your daughter to wear a pretty dress for the prom to look her best,” explains Baer, a former model. “It’s the same if you are putting your house up for sale. It’s most likely one of your biggest assets.”

Baer hauls in the stuff: snazzy furniture, rugs, art, lamps, mirrors and accessories to maximize pluses and to downplay blemishes.

The divorced Angeleno, who has staged cribs as far away as Dubai, has a suggestion for those who can’t afford her services, which can cost upward of $50,000. “Edit. Take out at least half of what is in your closet, 90 percent of the kids’ toys, nearly all of the family photos. Keep it simple.”

Back to her insane client list. What was it like staging Gerard Butler’s bachelor pad? His house was “European, masculine, large scale, darker colors,” Baer recounts. “Not a lot of feminine touches ... yet!” And Katy Perry’s home was like fans would expect: “Boho chic with a hint of rocker glam,” Baer says.

Sibling revelry

Never had the chance to see superstar Beyonce in the flesh? Watch her sister, Solange Knowles, in action July 5 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. The singer-songwriter is taking part in the Center’s 2012-13 Live at Knight Series, along with her 12-piece band. Solange will perform songs from her new EP, True, in the acoustically friendly John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall.

Something ‘Wicked’

Fisher Island native Marci Gold isn’t letting a little thing like divorce slow her down.

The now-Atlanta resident is one of the stars of Lifetime’s new “competitive mothering” Tuesday night show, Pretty Wicked Moms. In between running her sunglasses company, Everything Sunny USA, Gold is fully committed to her adorable brood of three.

“I went from being self-absorbed and selfish to selfless and completely consumed with raising healthy, well-adjusted children,” she says in the show’s bio.

Despite moving, Gold says she remains both a rabid Dolphins and Heat fan. This raises some “conflict” with her boyfriend, who is from Alabama.

Concert a no-go

Bummer, no Stevie Nicks sightings!

Saturday’s Fleetwood Mac show at Fort Lauderdale’s BB&T Center has been canceled due to an “unexpected scheduling conflict,” as per Live Nation.

Ticket refunds will be issued at the point of purchase.

Madeleine Marr

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