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.  

If You Hit a Wall, Paint It

Entering the 4th week of staying at home you’ve probably run out of distractions. You’ve done the fun stuff, the stuff that was needed, and probably even have done or learned a few new things. But now you’re feeling unfocused, … Continued

Keep Your Eyes on the Road

Many years ago, in the middle of my corporate design career I was wooed away, and for a brief time I sold Mercedes-Benz cars. As part of  training, went to the Lime Rock racetrack in Connecticut. There’s a driving school … Continued

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

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

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

Avoiding Paint Color Regret

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