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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.
Never been a horse person...but what drew me in enough to read California Chrome's story, chuckle at the story behind  "DAP" on the silks, then be genuinely touched by, and interested in this at all was this photo of him winning the Derby, all decked out in purple and green. See, I'm a little par...
"What do you know about Staging?" is how I begin my Home Staging workshops. After a moment of hesitation, someone will tentatively offer- 'de-personalize, de-clutter'. My next question-"OK, why?"- elicits a few responses that start off strong, parroting some more buzz words, but trail off, ending...
Good Cop/Bad Cop is a time-honored cliche, a tool used to shake up the equilibrium, and prod someone into action. The Good Cop is supportive, looking out for you; the Bad Cop says the tough things that need to be said. Home Stagers often wear many hats during the course of even a consult (figurat...
"It's Only Weird if it Doesn't Work". This has been the second NFL season this tag line has been reverberating through millions of homes. Mis-matched socks, assorted rituals and talismans, and let's not forget the dreaded QUINOA BURGER.  And this summer "Fear the Beard" was the mantra as the wool...
One of the reality checks I do every so often is troll through the older, and price-reduced listings. After the initial bum-out, I'm energized, convinced I have been gifted with a fresh new way to preach an old message. So resolved, it's 2014, and time to swear off the 80s. The 80s was a good tim...
Real Estate fascinates me, and the state of Real Estate in Westchester County is certainly an engaging, and challenging topic. Maybe even better and more telling questions are what is the state of the market at this very instant, in XXXXX ZIP code? The Refreshed Home does not try to be all things...
After many years in this business, working in many, many houses, and with their homeowners- two things have been proven to me: First-people can do more than they think they can. Second-they will usually make the best choices on their own, when pointed in the right direction. Thus is the premise f...
If you're in the market for a new mattress, first, acknowledge the very act of buying a mattress is uncomfortable. You're laying down, in front of a stranger....who wants to sell you something.  Trying to relax, while your brain is hissing 'pay attention, so you don't overspend'. Not a primer on ...
The Refreshed Home wonders if there is anything more cliched this time of year than leftover turkey that no one wants to see? Oh. Right. Old listings with little interest, and no offers. And sellers and agents who sit and twist their hands, bemoaning their state of affairs. Channeling Cher, from ...
Giving the Gift is an annual series TRH creates to put Westchester County Small Businesses and Shops on your radar. So far we've covered Original Art, and now Special Gifts. Next? For Love of the Printed Word: Westchester County independent bookstores! As so knowingly chronicled in the classic A ...

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Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager
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