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.  

Do We Need to Stage Mom’s House?

Do We Have to Stage Mom's House?

2020 has brought many things into focus for us all. Deciding to sell a family house is one of them. Inventory has been low in Westchester County for some time, and *at this moment* buyers outnumber sellers handily. So with … Continued

Gathering and Evaluating vs. Deciding and Doing

Ever have a big decision that feels overwhelming? Was your instinct to retreat,  or just freeze? Understandable! But if it IS big, important, or even just necessary, delay often adds to the burden. Consider the difference between gathering and evaluating … Continued

Other Paths to Buying, Part Two

We are busy creatures of habit. Automatically buying the same peanut butter won’t impact our lives terribly. But our stuff and needs, our taste and finances change, but so does the world!  Decisions about the what and why of our … Continued

Staying or Selling: Best Updates for Your Raised Ranch

The Refreshed Home advises homeowners, buyers, sellers and flippers on how to best improve and update their properties. This is the first of a series on how to update different style properties.  Raised ranch houses are one-story, set on a raised/partially above … Continued

Got Books? Know Dave!

Book collecting is arguably one of the more romantic pursuits.  Trade chatter points out ebooks (sales way down) and audio books (sales way up) have not dulled the demand for the hand-held printed word. “A book has got smell. A … Continued

FAQs: How Does It Work?

Welcome back to FAQs!  Snappy answers to your design and staging questions,  in about 300 words. “How does it work?” is really the warm-up question to the always popular  “how much do you charge?”. TRH is an independent design consultancy. I … Continued

FAQs: How Much Do You Charge?

Its the elephant in the room. I hear the apprehension, can visualize the thought bubbles as we exchange initial pleasantries over the phone: The potential client asks: “How much do you charge?” .   Or from an agent I just met: “What … Continued

End of Summer 2018: Search for Fun and Meaning

Originally published August 2014, refreshed and reposted for 2018 Remember that white-hot and very worthwhile Ice Bucket Challenge of 2014?  The way it exploded confirmed many of us search for fun and meaning  this time of year. As part of my end … Continued

On-Demand Design: How The Refreshed Home Rolls!

On-Demand Design is how The Refreshed Home does home design. It’s acronym (ODD) belies how user-friendly, efficient and very practical the process is.   On-Demand Design gets things done by way of an open-ended agreement. There is no long-term commitment.  Simply, clients … Continued