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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.
The first holiday solicitations arrived around Columbus Day. A package with holiday wrapping paper, some thematic greeting cards, and (still more) personalized address labels. Most of these mailings were not inexpensive. Had donated to some of these causes in the past, but several came in my maid...
What's BIG in My Staging Kit This Week   Client advocacy was one of the earliest founding principles of The Refreshed Home. Even before the company was named, which was long before I even heard of BNI, or any of the other networking groups, I knew providing solid, quality referrals without fee, ...
So many MLS photo faux-pas can be easily eliminated with a little time and attention. Atlanta Home Stager Kathy Nielson of put a great list together here-thanks Kathy!The Top 10 Things MLS Photos Should NEVER Include: Trash cans - Inside and outside. Let's face it, trash cans are not appealing.  ...
Word of the Week: RESPONSIVE After a bit of hiatus, Word of the Week has returned. SO many good, underused words out there, SO little time, so getting right to it, this Word of the Week is RESPONSIVE. There are several reasons I like this word. By definition an adjective, but because its about ta...
If you receive an email from the BBB saying a customer filed a complaint against you, and gives you a file number and a link to respond, DON'T OPEN IT.   I received one today-and of course my mind was spinning. Never got anything like that before...but because I really don't have unhappy custome...
  At this very writing, the post-season future of the NY Yankees hangs in the balance (Game 5, top of the 8th, Yanks leading Orioles, 3-0,, with 2 outs, but based loaded with Orioles....ARRRGGGG)... But their Team Captain, Derek Jeter got some resolution recently. It was reported earlier this we...
Just came through my IN box.... "....I don't know if John [Realtor] told you but we are signing contracts for the house - the buyers sign today. The proposed closing is Dec 1st. We're assuming no impediments but even if the unforeseen occurs and the deal doesn't go through, I think it's high tim...
  Channeling Mark Twain here, and NO, not talking about me, but rather a store.   The rumors started this spring, when a tractor-trailer backed into the front of Stickley Audi on Tarrytown Road in White Plains.   The sign came down, boards went up, and the whispers started.   Then there was the C...
As the economic numbers slowly but surely continue to improve, the question about putting a house on the market this time of year looms large in the mind of many. Data and anecdotes can support either position.... so "IF" and "WHEN" should be a decision you and your Realtor make together, based o...
Decorating for the Stars: Happy Birthday, LIBRA!!   Even if you are not a believer, it's always fun to check and see what the stars are SUPPOSED to hold for you. Each month we take a fun look at what makes each of our boats float, home decor-wise. This month, we wish a Happy Birthday to LIBRA! F...

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Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager
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