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.  

Cooling on Grays? Working with, and Changing Them Up

Cooling on Grays?

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

Preventing (and Remedying!) Paint Color Regret

Avoiding Paint Color Regret

Paint color consults are The Refreshed Home’s #1 service. But all too often the inquiries are preceded by tales of paint color regret, how what was chosen does not look as expected. Preventing paint color regret is do-able, here’s my … Continued

DEEP BLUES are the New Gray!

Deep Blues are the New Gray

Yes, it’s true! For all the reasons we’ve loved the polished gray palette…and ALSO for all the reasons it’s feeling a bit sleepy now,  Deep blues are the New Gray! One of 4 colors chosen for 2019 at  Milan Design Week  earlier … Continued

Fads and Trends: Where They Come From, and Why They Matter

Calling something a fad or trend isn’t a complement. Used dismissively, it suggests a short-sighted, insignificant, or immature choice. As a stager and a decorator I guide clients on making costly and meaningful decisions about their spaces, possessions and acquisitions. … Continued

Colors You Love: Going for the Greys!

Grays: Not Going Anywhere Anytime Soon

If  you’re chromophobic, but know it’s time to paint, all the decor chatter extolling the virtues of grey sure sounds like good news. I mean, it’s grey! How hard can it be?? Have you been to a paint counter lately??  Greys … Continued

Coloring Your World: ORANGE You Glad??

Besides being a punchline to a child’s’ knock-knock joke (‘ORANGE you glad I didn’t say banana?’)  and knowing there is no word that rhymes with it, The Refreshed Home asks-what do we really know about “ORANGE”? YES!  The series Coloring Your … Continued

California Chrome: Colors, and Destiny

Never been a horse person…but what drew me in enough to read California Chrome’s story, chuckle at the story behind  “DAP” on the silks, then be genuinely touched by, and interested in this story was this photo of him winning the Derby, … Continued

Coloring Your World: YELLOW-Letting the Sun Shine In!

Colors are visual tags that tell a story, Coloring Your World looks at the history and psychology of these colors that surround and influence us.  Rounding out the primary colors, this  installment focuses on big, bright, beautiful YELLOW. As a … Continued