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.  

What is Worth?

What is Worth

What is worth? Instantaneously our head is full of thoughts and visions, usually reflective of recent, or powerful, milestones or circumstances. What we-or someone else-paid…. or didn’t pay.  How something mattered so deeply…or so little. Bottom line, our impressions of worth … Continued

Knock, Knock! Who’s There??

Thoughtfully crafted solutions for occupied Westchester County properties will always be The Refreshed Home’s signature. Whether selling, or staying and improving, projects are often just as much strategy and logistics as they are about aesthetics. 13 years, thousands of happy … Continued

There’s No Post-COVID. And Forget About A New Normal.

There is no post-COVID

This week in a design/hospitality trade webinar I heard one of the panel members make that remarkable statement: There is no post-COVID.  And forget about pre-COVID…or  a new normal. What?? Of course there’s a pre-COVID. We had parties and concerts!  … Continued

Do We Need to Stage Mom’s House?

Do We Have to Stage Mom's House?

2020 has brought many things into focus for us all. Deciding to sell a family house is one of them. Inventory has been low in Westchester County for some time, and *at this moment* buyers outnumber sellers handily. So with … Continued

Picking Paint Colors: Really That Much Fun??

Picking Paint Colors: The New Aphrodesiac?

SO…I’m looking for a new image for my website to represent Color Consults. A picture is worth 1000 words so it’s got to be right. Paint color selection is one of my most popular services, but geez louise! These folks … Continued

Gathering and Evaluating vs. Deciding and Doing

Ever have a big decision that feels overwhelming? Was your instinct to retreat,  or just freeze? Understandable! But if it IS big, important, or even just necessary, delay often adds to the burden. Consider the difference between gathering and evaluating … Continued

Over-Engineered

Over-engineered

Over-engineered. Too much. Superfluous. Ungapacht. Unnecessary.  Whatever you call it, you know it when you see it. Or, more accurately, when it fails to work, or fix the problem.  It’s not you. It’s over-engineered. Created usually by inexperience or ego, … Continued

Understanding What Makes Good Lighting

Good lighting is highly underrated.  As a design professional I KNOW you don’t consciously notice good lighting, but if lighting lacks, oh how we’ll adjust/contort our bodies, bend our habits or otherwise compensate. TRH asks why not look to adjust … Continued