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.  

Relisting? What are You Going to Change This Time?

Every so often, if the planets are aligned, relisting a property exactly the same way will work the 2nd time.  External changes like inventory levels, interest rates, even a different season could do the trick without sellers changing a thing. … Continued

Color 101

The Refreshed Home Conservatory AFTER

If you live in the northeast, chances are good you spent a bunch of time this weekend checking out Henri with graphics that looked like this. Meteorologists rely on color to quickly get your attention and have you remember important … Continued

Real Estate Myths for $1000 Please

Deadlines are not bad. For many of us, having structure and accountability is how we get things done. But there will always be deadlines. And I suggest creating artificial, anecdotal, or unrealistic ones can backfire. In real estate circles, many … Continued

Second First Dates

Second first dates

Twenty-eight years ago tonight I had a second first date with my now- husband Doug.  Our official first date was 6 weeks prior, and it didn’t go so well. He was very sweet, but I was processing some difficult personal … Continued

Complete the Look: Prop Styling by The Refreshed Home

Complete the Look: Prop Styling by The Refreshed Home

Did you know in Westchester County, half the houses were built in the mid-1960s or earlier?  Capes, colonials, farmhouses and Tudors of course. And almost as many split levels and raised ranches, with a bunch of moderns and bungalows, just … Continued

FAQs: How Important are Listing Photos?

FAQs: How Important are Listing Photos

A question from a recent workshop: “How important are listing photos?” WELL….it was a centerpiece of a recent NYT’s “The Hunt” candidate. But simply, for buyers, sellers, and agents good listing photos are the first, the last, and everything. The … Continued