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.  

COTY 2022: Will the Design Community EVER be Happy?

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 flying 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

Knock, Knock! Who’s There??

Knock, knock

Thoughtfully crafted solutions for occupied Westchester County properties will always be The Refreshed Home’s signature. Whether selling, or staying and improving, projects are often just as much strategy and logistics as they are about aesthetics. 13 years, thousands of happy … 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

Over-Engineered

Over-engineered

Over-engineered. Too much. Superfluous. Ungapacht. Unnecessary.  Whatever you call it, you know it when you see it. Or, more accurately, when it fails to work, or fix the problem.  It’s not you. It’s over-engineered. Created usually by inexperience or ego, … 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