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.  

“You Made Us See It”

His name was Horace. He was the regional manager I interviewed with for my first design job. I was young and fearless, and made the appointment on a dare. I had had no real experience, and maybe 3 elective design … Continued

15 Stager Jedi Mind-Tricks for Realtors

Jedi mind-tricks are suggestions that’d typically be resisted, but are acted upon when Jedi has the Force with them. Home sellers know about staging, but they expect you to know more.  Sellers also need to participate in their own success, … Continued

I’ll Ping You

I'll ping you

The conversation ended between two accomplished professionals with one saying “I’ll ping you”.  Had it been between two IT colleagues, or other tech-savvy folks there would’ve been a nod and a smile from the other. But it was a conversation … Continued

Change Happens

change happens

“Can you BELIEVE this??” my husband thundered from upstairs. “UNBELIEVABLE!!” Doug has a deep voice, but does not typically “thunder”.  So I ran upstairs. The subject of his ire? A new can of Barbasol shaving cream. Yes, the shaving cream … Continued

…and the Oscar Goes to-WHOOPS!!

Originally published February 28, 2018, updated and re-published March 20, 2022 Oscar time of year always makes me think of the year we all were speaking in half-sentences afterward: “Did you see…?”, “Can you believe…?” , “What the heck …?”,  … Continued

The Katie Couric Effect

Originally published February 2013, updated and re-published several times since, most recently on March 1, 2022 Most of us know and love Katie Couric. She brightened our mornings and delivered bad news directly and compassionately. But a lot of us … Continued

Selling Collections: Books

Selling Collections: Books

Selling collections has always been a thing.  However as we continue to trend towards a pared-down abode, more of us find ourselves with collections we have no idea of what to do with.  The Refreshed Home…like Realtors, Organizers, and adult … Continued

Stagers Are Starters

Stagers are Starters

Originally published December 26, 2020. Updated for Spring Training 2022 Sports professionals know the importance of starting strong. They know it’s easier to establish, and maintain their momentum than it is to overcome anothers’.  Starting players are strong, and bring … Continued

2021 and 2022: Connecting the Dots

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them by looking backward” ~Steve Jobs 2021 was a vigorous year for Westchester County real estate. Sellers did well. Buyers were more measured as they persevered. Agents and trades … Continued