The Patina of the Country Living Fair

Definition of Patina: A surface appearance of something grown beautiful especially with age or use. Or a green film formed naturally on copper and bronze by long exposure or artificially (as by acids) and often valued aesthetically for its color.

The 3-day Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck has become my annual trek. The fair is filled with antiques, vintage, flea market, rustic and handmade items. The pages of Country Living Magazine come to life beautifully.

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Summer Real Estate market heats up

Summer has finally arrived and the Real Estate market has heated up. The savvy seller has been prepping their home for sale and not waiting till the last minute. This time of year also brings out the buyer for second homes. Location is everything, especially waterfront properties especially in the summer.

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Consign For A Cause

Before I write about a consignment shop I need to confess, I don’t do consignment shops. They seem to turn me off for various reasons. That is no longer the case with a gem of a store, actually two stores located in Cornwall Plaza in Cornwall, New York.

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It takes a team to sell a house

Your home environment is the foundation for your family’s life. Over time, the house may get neglected. By getting acclimated to how things appear, we can’t be objective to see the potential for change or the necessity of it. It may need a facelift. This is usually the case when it is time to put the house on the market. It takes a team to sell a house.

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Operation Cleanout to Move Out!

The spring Real Estate market has bloomed. Whether a seller takes their time preparing their home for sale or waits till the last minute, it is difficult to deal with a house full of years of accumulated content as part of the moving process. That is where a clean-out service can help.

Marty McDermott and Robyn Yearwood, owners of Warwick’s fun upbeat antique showroom, Retro Modern Antique, are always asked, “How do I get rid of a house full of stuff” or “I am downsizing and my kids don’t want my stuff.”

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Shop local products online!

CatskillMercantile.com is an online shopping hub featuring products inspired by the Catskill and Adirondack regions of New York. They travel throughout New York and surrounding areas to identify premiere small to midsize artisans as well as up and coming makers.

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Mission Spring-Clean

Spring is trying to spring and then it snows. Just like the warm weather, I start and stop the spring-cleaning process. In my last column cleaning tips and suggestions of places to donate items in good condition were featured. Here are more.

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Jump Start to Spring-Cleaning

With New York temperatures soaring into the 70’s after a week of snowstorms, I’m inspired to jump start spring-cleaning. Are you?

Consider three actions as you go through your home and find items you no longer want: Donate, Sell, Trash. Here are some helpful suggestions on where to donate plus some cleaning tips for motivation.

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