Less is more unless you’re trying to have a functioning family multipurpose room. A reader asked for help with redesigning her family room. This column will share the dialogue between us to understand the needs of the family in order to create a functioning, attractive space. Follow the journey and stay tuned to my next column for my suggestions. This may help you access a room in your own house. Read more
Did you ever have full conversations in your head where you ask questions and answer them? This is what happens on a daily basis when you prepare to move.
Random thoughts, questions and plans pop into my head constantly, sometimes at 2am. Insomnia is my new nightly habit and I am thrilled, excited, stressed, overwhelmed all at the same time, 27/7. It is a lot to deal with.
When preparing a house for sale, the exterior is as important as the interior. A well-maintained property and house has curb appeal.
“Are there certain colors that sell homes better than others? I have a carriage house with a red barn. – Future seller from Harriman
Labor Day weekend marks the end of the summer. As I write this column for the first weekend of September, enjoying a delightful cucumber/watermelon seltzer, thinking how I’m running out of time to let go.
Downsizing, moving and trying to get it all done is extremely stressful. Already got rid of many items yet there is so much more to purge. Some things are easy to let go while others, not so much. Read more
One of the most personal choices to make for a home are the colors we chose to live with on the walls, fixtures and home décor. Color evokes a feeling. A neutral palette can be soothing to some and boring to others. A boldly colored space may bring joy to some yet stress and overwhelm others. Read more
There are two types of homeowners: those that buy a house and live in it without updating and those that do. Overtime, things break down and need repair and replacement. Most people stay on top of the breakdowns. While you are not paying attention, your house is getting dated.
Deep into the process of downsizing my home of 29 years has me accessing how it has evolved. The living room was never used because of the family room. The formal dining room, used maybe twice a year, was cramped which lead to switching the rooms for a more comfortable experience. Read more
The heart of the home is the kitchen. My best memories from my childhood were centered on food. Who am I kidding? Food still takes center stage in my life. Even at a fair, food is a big draw. Eventually we have to eat. Read more
The 3-day Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck is filled with antiques, vintage, rustic and handmade items where the pages of Country Living Magazine come to life. The fair is held the first weekend in June.
As I sit here wondering what to write about, I think of change and how so many fear change. The one thing that is constant is change. I’ve worked with a few clients over the years that have a hard time with change. One client, during a staging consultation, had an issue with moving a chair away from the fireplace. “It has always been there”, they said. I explained how it was blocking the view to the fireplace and how we are selling the house and its beautiful architectural feature is hidden behind a chair upon entry into the space and in photos. The chair stayed put and the house lingered on the market for a very long period of time. The energy was blocked.