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.  

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If you’ve ever had to show, or were shown an outdated or over-personalized property you wished for this.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, or otherwise unexpected you wanted this. You didn’t know … 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

Then and Now: Design Trends We Can All Get Behind

Design fads and design trends may sound mysterious and arbitrary but are rooted in realities. Both signal our innate desire for change, for something new, and both reflect some element of what’s going on in our world. Trends usually involve … Continued

(Un) Official (Sub)Urban Design Dictionary

Experience gives you insight, a way of explaining things and the right to opinions. This month, as I begin a(nother) decade in this crazy-wonderful business, here are some of the things clients of The Refreshed Home have gotten used to … Continued

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