How It Works

Most have never worked with a designer or home stager. You may have read or heard things or had a TV show plant a seed in your mind. But you wonder, really, how does it work?

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The Refreshed Home: Before and After Pics Part One

Besides results, The Refreshed Home’s best deliverable in design and listing prep work is peace of mind…. but let’s face it, pictures start the conversation. So welcome to the inaugural…

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Marie Graham of The Refreshed Home

“What’s the Hardest Space to Work On?”

Hiring a design or home staging consultant-really, any personal service provider!- is kind of a big deal for many people. It’s easy to assume potential cost is the nexxus on…

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Buying Upholstery: Part One

Buying upholstery?  Measurable things like how it’s made and how much it costs get the most press. We’re fluent in color and style, yet still hesitate or stall. Sound familiar?…

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The Heroic Challenge of Delivering Happiness

Today’s post is on both expecting, and delivering happiness. This first sentence plays to the algorithms. 🙂   Rest is for consumers and service providers alike. Inman Connects are mega-conferences for…

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On process and purpose

On Process and Purpose

At my very first RESACon ohsomany years ago, a woman named Abby Vasek was one of the keynote speakers. Process and purpose was her topic. Tall and slender, she channeled…

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Less AI, More EI

Even in our loud and noisy world, the seemingly sudden immersion of AI into our everyday lives has stood out. In February two tech-savvy guys who make a living making…

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Pansies for The Refreshed Home's staging, from Carlson's Nuesery

Coloring Your World: Make Yellow Your Friend

Welcome back to Coloring Your World, where we look at fun bits of info,  and the psychology of the colors that surround and influence us.  Rounding out the primary colors,…

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Friend's PIVOT scene

Field Guide of Furniture Sizes for Downsizers, Buyers and Renters

New rental housing construction abounds here in southern Westchester, with New Rochelle and White Plains leading the field. Realtor (and my candidate for unofficial Mayor of White Plains) Nick Wolff…

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How to shop for a mattress

How to Make Mattress Shopping Easier

It’s prime time for mattress shopping! Big sales are coming, timed to coincide with when most consumers buy: right after they come back from a vacation. (After sleeping on a…

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Yes, I Do Windows

Yes, I do windows. Actually, I do a lot of windows! They’re an important piece of a room’s real estate, so whether you’re a design or staging client, what your…

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FAQs: Why White Walls are the Kiss of Death in Listing Photos

Selling, or looking to snazz up your Westchester County property? Believe TRH:  99% of the time, white walls are the kiss of death. Consider:  The science of it is the…

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Marie approaches her recommendations with a down-to-earth sensibility and is also a lot of fun! I have a new friend.

– Susan Sachs, Chappaqua

After Marie staged our house, we had second thoughts about leaving. Couldn't believe we live here.

– Paula and Roger, Hastings-on-Hudson

I don’t always like deferring to experts, but my investment was paid back approximately 20:1.

– Thor Mann, Croton-on-Hudson

Marie has a skill set that is professional and gentle. She removes a homeowner's stress and feeling of being overwhelmed.

– Bonnie Stein, Julia B Fee, Rye

Marie was very easy to work with. I wish we had used her expertise years ago!

– Barry Zelin, Ardsley

Marie Graham gets 5 stars from us! She was spot on in knowing exactly how our house should look for the photographs and the showings.

– Charlotte and Hal, Ardsley

Marie helped us with both selling our old home and decorating our new home. She recommends practical items of good value and is so committed to the details.

– Sandy McCormick Sleepy Hollow

I'm very thankful for Marie's excellent suggestions, from paint colors to floor finishes. We had 3 offers and sold above the asking price!

– George Casale, Bronxville

Marie is the color whisperer. We wanted totally new colors, and now our home is colorful, energizing and harmonious. Our friends comment on how welcoming and warm it is.

– Lesa Rader

She is smart, funny, engaging, with a great eye and creative ideas that we’ve implemented ourselves. I highly recommend her!

– Nan F., White Plains

She’s through and goes throught your home without judgment, providing recommendations with absolutely no pressure.

– Karen Dreher, New Rochelle