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.  

Be the Let It Go! Elsa

Marie Kondo’s urging divestiture of unnecessary possessions is always a good lead-in for home stagers, but today’s inspiration comes from the story of Disney’s Princess Elsa. Her inadvertent actions hurt others, and the well-intentioned efforts were not received so well … Continued

What Does Luxury Look Like in 2020?

Those of us in higher-end goods and services know the word luxury is not the buyer-nip it used to be. In my fields of design and home staging, I have a front-row seat. I see what buyers choose…what they under-value, … Continued

Function First When Choosing Window Treatments

WINDOW TREATMENTS. Is that phrase like nails on your mental chalkboard? Relax, “window treatments” don’t mean “drapes”. Voluminous yardage, fringe, tassels and the like are yours only if you insist. And we’ll always have Carol Burnett’s “Went With The Wind” … 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