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.  

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 design elephant in the room. I can read the thought bubbles over a potential new clients’ head, as we exchange initial pleasantries over the phone: “How much do you charge?” .   Or from an agent I just meet: “What does … 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: 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

Selling Westchester County Real Estate in the Age of Yanny or Laurel

Selling Westchester County Real Estate in an Age of Yanny or Laurel

Yanny…or Laurel?  Split…or colonial?  Homefinder apps have changed real estate forever.  Instant, and voluminous amounts of information pumped into smartphones has compressed-and some argue, distorted-buyers’ assessment of online listings. For some, viewing leans to sport. The Dress (ancient history) and … Continued

Stager-ating: Updating $1M+ Houses, It’s A Thing

Staging, and Decorating: While practitioners of each insist they’re different, the line has gotten even more blurred of late with $1M+ properties for sale in Westchester County. Stager-ating:  Important aesthetic updates to get a high end house noticed, and sold is … Continued