A few years ago I featured Stikwood in this newspaper column after seeing the product at the Architectural Digest Home and Design Show. In a high-tech world, people are craving more natural elements inside. Stikwood makes the high-design trend of bringing the outside in more accessible. Read more
Happy Mother’s Day! I associate this weekend with flowers and planting. Maybe not this year with the chilly weather, but it is usually safe to plant flowers on Mother’s Day weekend. Gift me a live plant to put outside or a hanging basket and I’m a happy woman. Flowers just seem to brighten any day.
This Spring Real Estate Market, I find myself repeating the same instructions during pre-listing staging consultations. Homeowners have their own decorating style making every house unique. Besides personal taste, how people live and maintain their house makes a big difference when preparing a house for sale. Read more
Attractive landscapes need good bones. Look around your neighborhood to notice what this means. The hardscape of good-looking properties is well designed and developed with natural landscape to enhance it.
The master bedroom is the most important room of a house and often the most neglected. By the end of this column, I hope you will be inspired to make your bedroom your sanctuary.
Your bedroom should be a relaxing comfortable space. It should not be cluttered or filled with things that cause stress. You may not see the pile of paperwork or laundry but your body picks up on that energy.
If you are selling your home, the first impression is everything. Buyers don’t want to have to look past your personalization to envision living in your house. They need to see how big the rooms are and to mentally “move-in”. Read more
Spring is in the air. After every frigid snow event we end up with temperatures in the 50’s. Time to start the spring-cleaning process. Clutter eats equity. An overly cluttered house will look and feel smaller. It may even give you an uneasy, unsettled feeling. In some cases, you may even feel buried alive surrounded by mountains of stuff.
There’s no place like home, especially when it suits your lifestyle. As the spring Real Estate market approaches, find out the target market for your house if you plan on selling. If the potential buyer for your home is who you were when you purchased the house, it is time to bring it back to showcasing the architectural features of the house itself, not its contents. Think of it as a job interview for your house. It needs to dress the part to make a good first impression by editing and staging each room. Read more
When moving, every item needs to be accessed on whether it gets packed, donated or discarded. Every. Single. Item. When downsizing, you can’t take it all with you and soon realize how emotionally and physically exhausting the process is. A few readers and I share some thoughts on decluttering and moving. Read more
Ready to purge the excess and not sure where to start? Think something has value so you end up keeping it because you don’t know what to do with it. This was my life for the last 6 months before moving. Read more