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.  

Listing Photo Fail: Ceiling Fans

As a green-minded citizen of the world, I get all the reasons ceiling fans make sense. And they are great if you have big rooms with tall ceilings and are not selling your house. But as a Westchester County Home Stager … Continued

Home Staging’s Sweetest Fruit

We picked raspberries in the early morning stillness today at Rockefeller Park.   It was quiet, but steamy, and buggy; most of the fruit closest to the trail had already been picked. But many fat, ruby-colored berries called to me … Continued

Staging FAQs: What If My Property Becomes a Tear-Down?

Welcome back to The Refreshed Homes’s Staging FAQs where pertinent questions of the day are answered in 400 words or less. “What if my property becomes a tear-down?” has come up a lot lately. My response is, “Ok, what if it does?”.  Annoying, but … Continued

Who’s Responsible for the Listing Photos?

“Who’s responsible for the listing photos?” Usually asked regarding the cost, scheduling or physical taking of photos, but rarely asked, and IMO insufficiently addressed regarding quality. Each of us is responsible for our own success. It’s always dandy if you … Continued

Three Things Amateur Home Stagers Miss

Rooted in the word ‘love’, Wikipedia defines amateur as someone who loves doing something, but does it casually, is unpaid/under-paid, new and inexperienced, and/or often self-taught. TRH heartily supports homeowners doing things on their own…when they know what they’re doing. Three things amateur Home Stagers miss: The Sellers Brain We … Continued

De-Personalizing “DE-PERSONALIZATION”

“What do you know about Staging?” is how I begin my Home Staging workshops. After a moment of hesitation, someone will tentatively offer- ‘de-personalize, de-clutter’. My next question-“OK, why?”- elicits a few responses that start off strong, parroting some more buzz words, but trail off, ending as questions. … Continued