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.  

Clever or Cool Isn’t Enough

A multi-pack of facial tissues was on my shopping list. The office supply company’s in-house brand was the same price as the tried-and-true brand. But the latter was more eye-catching. Brightly colored and witty was a bonus, right?. No one … Continued

There’s No Free Lunch

No free lunch

There’s no free lunch. True in 1800s pubs, true today.  In the staging business you can assume any of the following to be true if you hear the word free consult: Someone else  is underwriting the cost of an expert’s … Continued

Everyone Starts Somewhere

We all start somewhere

When you work for yourself, your brain can be one big echo chamber. Keeping up with the day-to-day while trying to anticipate what’s down the pike leaves little time for introspection. It’s easy to lose perspective. My husband was buying … Continued

There Will Always Be Deadlines

There WIll Always Be Deadlines

Like death and taxes, there will always be deadlines.  Deadlines aren’t bad, it’s how things get done. Some irrefutable or unavoidable, but many self-imposed-and often mutable. Structure is helpful. But speaking to you long-time Westchester County homeowners who’ve danced with … Continued

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