Best-selling author Jeanette Fisher, who will soon be featured
in an episode of TLC's popular series, Flip that House, has been
asked to stage the home of one of America's greatest cowboy
heroes for three open houses before it is auctioned off on June
2, 2007. Fisher has written two best-selling books on flipping
and staging houses, making her uniquely qualified for the task
of making William Boyd's Palm Desert home attractive to
After portraying Hopalong Cassidy in 66 films, 52 television
programs, and 104 radio shows, William Boyd became synonymous
with the Western hero in the minds of the American public, and
Boyd vowed never to do anything that would betray Hoppy's
squeaky-clean image. He stayed true to his vow until his death
in 1972, at the age of 77.
Throughout his career, Hoppy was dressed in black and rode a
pure white horse, Topper. Boyd's identification with Cassidy was
so complete that when it came to making design decisions for
decorating his home, he chose to feature Hoppy's favorite
colors--black and white.
Besides the simple black-and-white color scheme, Hoppy's home
presented Jeanette Fisher with other staging challenges. The
first was the fact that even though the home contains a modest
1,892 square feet, it only has two bedrooms and two baths. Also,
most resale homes have furnishings, but William Boyd's personal
effects have been moved. The Hopalong Cassidy memorabilia will
be sold in a separate auction on June 4, 2007, in Los Angeles.
Once Jeanette has finished staging the home, it will be opened
three times for public inspection before the auction: May 19,
from 4:07 p.m. to 6:07 p.m.; May 26, from 11:07 a.m. to 1:07
p.m.; and June 1, from 6:07 p.m. to 7:07 p.m. There will also be
a bidder's information seminar on June 1 at 7:07 p.m. on June 1.
The auction will then take place at 12:07 p.m. on June 2, with
no minimum bid and no reserve.
Jeanette says, "It?s exciting to be involved in helping stage
such an important part of America?s Western heritage. Hopalong
Cassidy was a wonderful role model for kids in the 20s, 30s,
40s, and 50s, and you can still see his films regularly on
television. I'm really looking forward to it."
To learn more about William Boyd's Palm Desert home, visit
www.hoppyhouse.com. It should be a momentous event: an
award-winning staging artist, using her talents to show the home
of a classic American film star to its best advantage. For more
information about Jeanette Fisher's books, seminars, or her
upcoming appearance on Flip that House, visit her website at