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.  

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 windows look like is a big thing to talk about. … Continued

#GoCordless: Kids, Cords and Caution

Originally published March 27th, 2010; updated November 4, 2022 It’s a sad truth that sometimes it takes tragedy to raise awareness. #GoCordless is the mantra of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, to prevent the former while promoting the latter with … Continued

Perspective is Everything

While at Parsons I came to both love and hate perspective drawing.  Appreciated and loved looking at it, dizzied and confounded trying to create it. Perspective drawing exists to give you more information. It adds depth and dimension. Its vanishing … Continued

The Ins and Outs of Buyer Consults

If you’ve ever had to show, or were shown an outdated or over-personalized property you wished for this. If you’ve ever listed, or tried to sell a property that was quirky, unconventional or otherwise unexpected you wanted this. If you … Continued

“You Made Us See It”

His name was Horace. He was the regional manager I interviewed with for my first design job. I was young and fearless, and made the appointment on a dare. I had had no real experience, and maybe 3 elective design … Continued

PUZZLED About Decorating or Redesign?

PUZZLED About Decorating or Redesign?

Decorating or redesign in your future?  Maybe a new space, or just want a new look, but you’re hitting a wall. The design shows, social media, et al make it look so easy….but where, and how do *you* start??  Would … Continued

COTY 2022: Will the Design Community EVER be Happy?

Sherwin WIlliams Evergreen Fog 2022 COTY

When pigs fly. A cold day in hell. Don’t hold your breath. Etc. You’ve heard them all, idioms relating to highly improbable events. Well, pigs are zooming past snowballs in hell while holding their breath today: all the major paint … Continued

What We Want, What We Really, Really Want

What you want, what you really really want

Our spaces are personal, and in these minimalist days, what we choose to surround ourselves with matters. 40 years in the people/space/stuff business, I know what we want, what we really really want (and why we want it) is rooted … Continued

Some of My Best Friends Are Analogies

Good communication isn’t about quantity, volume, or fancy words. It’s knowing how to have a point or idea resonate and be memorable. And sometimes it’s about finding kinder ways to say hard things.  That’s why analogies are this Westchester County’s … Continued