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Picking Paint Colors: Really That Much Fun??

Picking Paint Colors: The New Aphrodesiac?

SO…I’m looking for a new image for my website to represent Color Consults. A picture is worth 1000 words so it’s got to be right. Paint color selection is one of my most popular services, but geez louise! These folks … Continued

Understanding What Makes Good Lighting

Good lighting is highly underrated.  As a design professional I KNOW you don’t consciously notice good lighting, but if lighting lacks, oh how we’ll adjust/contort our bodies, bend our habits or otherwise compensate. TRH asks why not look to adjust … Continued

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

Complete the Look: Prop Styling by The Refreshed Home

Complete the Look: Prop Styling by The Refreshed Home

Did you know in Westchester County, half the houses were built in the mid-1960s or earlier?  Capes, colonials, farmhouses and Tudors of course. And almost as many split levels and raised ranches, with a bunch of moderns and bungalows, just … 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

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

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

Lighting, Light Bulbs, Paint Colors and You

Getting ready to paint? Might want to check out your light bulbs first.  Paint colors and lighting are intertwined; always my first consideration in design and staging consults. Paint color anchors a room, and nothing determines how paint color reads … Continued

Ironing Linen

Ironing Linen

My favorite linen blouse was wavier than I wanted for this first meeting with a new client.  Going for a polished appearance, I reached for a familiar solution. Waiting for the iron to heat up, found myself asking why. It’s … Continued