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.  

Function First When Choosing Window Treatments

WINDOW TREATMENTS. Is that phrase like nails on your mental chalkboard? Relax, “window treatments” don’t mean “drapes”. And voluminous yardage, fringe, tassels and the like are yours only if you insist. Window treatments are anything covering or framing windows, sliders … Continued

Time to Vote for Westchester’s Best Home Stager!

Regular readers know The Refreshed Home was voted Westchester’s Best Home Stager this year by the readers of Westchester Magazine…now it’s time to defend this title! Ballots are out for 2020’s Best of Westchester contest.  Can I count on your … Continued

Shopping Westchester: Great Gifts Right Under Your Nose

You’ve got a list…and the wish to find special gifts. Shopping Westchester would be AWESOME….but time is fleeting, and your laptop is beckoning. WAIT! Before you fill an online cart with whatever’s trending, consider a gift card for a local … Continued

Get Out!!

Get Out!!

GET OUT!! Who knew the best advice to characters in a horror movie would be the same advice to help those trying to clear out or lighten up their space??  GET OUT!! We scream, mouth (or yell) at it the … Continued

FAQs: How Important are Listing Photos?

FAQs: How Important are Listing Photos

A question from a recent workshop: “How important are listing photos?” WELL….it was a centerpiece of a recent NYT’s “The Hunt” candidate. But simply, for buyers, sellers, and agents good listing photos are the first, the last, and everything. The … Continued

How Old Are Your Smoke Detectors?

How Old Are Your Smoke Detectors

The 2nd of 2 posts to support October being National Fire Prevention Month. The first reminded us not all heroes wear capes; this one asks: How Old Are Your Smoke Detectors? In December of 2008, on the last day of … Continued

Take Fire Prevention a Step Further

Take FIre Prevention a Step Further

In support of National Fire Prevention Week this is the first of two posts on fire prevention, and fire safety. Fire Prevention Week/Month is traditionally this time of year, but front of mind awareness of fire prevention and fire safety … Continued

Cooling on Grays? Working with, and Changing Them Up

Cooling on Grays?

Like a lowland fog, grays gradually rolled onto our collective palette a number of years back. And so enamored were we!! Crisp and polished, we couldn’t get enough. Until we actually did get enough. Even  waaay more than enough. So-grayed-out, … Continued

Preventing (and Remedying!) Paint Color Regret

Avoiding Paint Color Regret

Paint color consults are The Refreshed Home’s #1 service. But all too often the inquiries are preceded by tales of paint color regret, how what was chosen does not look as expected. Preventing paint color regret is do-able, here’s my … Continued