Home Staging and Decorating thought activism at its most passionate! Snappy answers and reasoned resets for your space and your stuff, and why it all matters so darn much.  

FAQs: How Much Do You Charge?

Its the design elephant in the room. I can read the thought bubbles over a potential new clients’ head, as we exchange initial pleasantries over the phone: “How much do you charge?” .   Or from an agent I just meet: “What does … Continued

On-Demand Design: How The Refreshed Home Rolls!

On-Demand Design: How The Refreshed Home Rolls!

On-Demand Design is how The Refreshed Home does home design. It’s acronym (ODD) belies how user-friendly, efficient and very practical the process is.   On-Demand Design gets things done by way of an open-ended agreement. There is no long-term commitment.  Simply, clients … Continued

What’s Wrong with These Listing Photos?

HGTV never talks about listing photos.  After 26 minutes of semi-drama, buyers magically show up at Open Houses. Truth is, listing photos are EVERYTHING, they will make or break a listing. Sellers and agents who can see things as buyers … Continued

Selling Westchester County Real Estate in the Age of Yanny or Laurel

Selling Westchester County Real Estate in an Age of Yanny or Laurel

Yanny…or Laurel?  Split…or colonial?  Homefinder apps have changed real estate forever.  Instant, and voluminous amounts of information pumped into smartphones has compressed-and some argue, distorted-buyers’ assessment of online listings. For some, viewing leans to sport. The Dress (ancient history) and … Continued

Stager-ating: Updating $1M+ Houses, It’s A Thing

Staging, and Decorating: While practitioners of each insist they’re different, the line has gotten even more blurred of late with $1M+ properties for sale in Westchester County. Stager-ating:  Important aesthetic updates to get a high end house noticed, and sold is … Continued

Fads and Trends: Where They Come From, and Why They Matter

Calling something a fad or trend isn’t a complement. Used dismissively, it suggests a short-sighted, insignificant, or immature choice. As a stager and a decorator I guide clients on making costly and meaningful decisions about their spaces, possessions and acquisitions. … Continued