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Home Stager - Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY
Home and houses, time and money, family, friends and loved ones; bettering your spaces, and the community at large. Ideas and solutions to help you make good plans, and wise decisions so you can get on with-ENJOYING-your life.
In the NICE and PRETTY Rut? Try OneLook Reverse Dictionary   Communication skills are one of the things that set us apart in in life and business; vocabulary is one aspect. Unexpected words elevate the message. They add interest and nuance, and help the message be heard more effectively. I person...
Welcome back to Staging FAQs where the Home Staging experience is de-mystified TRH-style...that is you learn, maybe smile, and get back to your life, all in 400 words or less. The very short answer is "no", this Westchester County Home Stager gets paid like any other contractor-a retainer at the ...
161 games over six months, and for 3 teams in the Active Rain Baseball Junkies Fantasy Baseball League, it all comes down to tonight. The lead has see-sawed back and forth for the last two weeks. This morning when we woke up, Bill Feela’s Minnesota Rain was in first place; my husband Doug-who TOR...
  Fairfield County residents-sorry, I'm letting the cat out of the bag... Moments off exit 8 of I-95 in Stamford CT is Juliska, one of the most lovely gift and tabletop stores I have even been in. Even better-this Saturday starts their annual warehouse sale! A company store year round, Juliska is...
It's pretty simple to craft a happy space for those born under the sign of Virgo (August 21-September 20). They are consistent, detailed, precise, meticulous. And worriers...big worriers. SO-wait for it- simple...but not necessarily easy. Well, ok, as long as you keep anything loud, bling-y, fuss...
I remember a lot of that day eleven years ago, but more about the days after. Vividly, violently confronted with the previously unimaginable, people in the NY metro area clung to each other in their horror and grief. From this vulnerability came tenderness and kindness. In the days-weeks-months t...
As the housing market continues to improve, more and more properties are hitting the market. One of the questions I've been getting a lot lately are about getting estate properties sold. In this market, any property that does not look its best attracts either no interest, or rings the proverbial ...
Welcome back to FAQs, the series where the "House" Specialty is short answers to your home decor, and Home Staging questions. Properties being sold to settle an estate have distinct goals, usually to sell quickly, for the best price. But in this market, buyers want a deal, AND a good-looking plac...
SURPRISE! Having a property professionally prepared for sale (a.k.a. "Staging") guarantees nothing. Teamwork is what does it every time. Consider Home Staging to be that proverbial third leg of the stool: Sure, it clears away the obstacles between For Sale, and SOLD. But Home Staging supports a s...
Tomorrow marks the start of the the US Tennis Open in Flushing Meadows Park, in Queens, New York, which means yesterday was Arthur Ashe Kids'Day. The annual kick-off event for the US Open since 1993, it's a combination tennis-entertainment-charity event that commemorates tennis legend Ashe's comm...

Marie Graham

Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager
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