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.  

How to Shop for a Mattress

February is a big mattress-buying month.  If you’re looking, here are some very simple tips to make the process less stressful, and your decision easier. First, acknowledge the very act of buying a mattress is uncomfortable. You’re laying down, in front of … Continued

What Happens in Vegas Will Probably Not Stay There

‘What happens in Vegas’  is a successful campaign…but as far as the Home Furnishings industry is concerned, what’s happened in Vegas last week should most definitely NOT stay there. Since their inaugural conference July 2005, this semi-annual event has steadily evolved into an … Continued

CASAFINA Holiday Warehouse Sale: December 4th-9th

Broad tables laden with fine table linens and bed coverings…well-organized shelves, full of all things tabletop….unusual accent pieces of every price point imaginable, filling in whatever space is left….If you enjoy big warehouse sales with a wide selection of products … Continued

Ceilings: The New WOW

What’s the neatest way to immediately, easily and fairly inexpensively snazz up your living space? It’s over your head. Literally.  Ceilings-usually constrained to off-white palettes-are the new WOW, now seen in any of the other 95% of the colors. Trim isn’t just … Continued

`The Reports of My Death are Greatly Exaggerated`

Channeling Mark Twain here, and NO, not talking about me, but rather a store. The rumors started this spring, when a tractor-trailer backed into the front of Stickley Audi on Tarrytown Road in White Plains. The sign came down, boards went … Continued

Sofas for Dummies (NOT): Shopping with The Refreshed Home

(Fill in the noun) for Dummies has been one of the most successful franchises in  publishing history.  Since the inaugural DOS for Dummies launched in 1991, there are over 250 million of the the trademark yellow and black softcover books in print 1800+ … Continued

Buy New, or Re-Upholster? And What About Slipcovers?

  Increased activity in the housing market has increased confidence about updating our homes.  In my business, that’s translated to a lot of questions about the wisdom of buying new vs. re-upholstering, or just slipcovering. Helping clients make thoughtful and value-oriented decisions is what … Continued