Mary Tyler Moore’s design influence

Mary Tyler Moore passed away this week causing a flood of memories of her characters from her TV shows. As Laura Petrie, her home was Mid Century Modern eye candy. As Mary Richards, her stylish studio apartment was dreamy. Her Minneapolis sunken living room had a pull out couch that turned into her bedroom.

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Put your home on a diet!

How does your house make you feel when you are home? Life is stressful; coming home should be an instant relief. If you are avoiding certain rooms in your home because you feel uncomfortable in them, it is time for a change.

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Creating Merry Memories

Merry Christmas! We now begin to focus on starting fresh for the year. Our home, our personal space is the only area we have complete control of the energy we create. Creating a pleasant environment is a healthy foundation for you and your loved ones. Read more

Shop local for the holidays

Are you making a list and checking it twice? As we get closer to Christmas, the pressure rises and so does the crowds. Shopping small local businesses can make the experience less stressful. Here is my list of suggestions of local spots to hit to make the season merry and bright.

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Selling your home during the holidays

Homes sell all year round and the holidays are no exception. If buyers are looking during one of the most hectic times of the year, they are serious. The benefit of selling at this time is there is less competition.

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Feng Shui: Change your space, change your life

Feng Shui literally means Wind Water. Wind represents the energy we cannot see but can feel. Water represents the energy in our physical spaces we can see.

Feng Shui is based on principles based on the cycles of nature that have transcended various cultures for over four thousand years empowering people to facilitate changes in their lives. It creates balance in our lives as we connect to our environment, supporting us to shift, evolve and grow.

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Proper fit applies to homes and clothes

Did you ever meet someone and know right away that you need to work with them? That is what happened when I met Scarlett De Bease of Scarlett Image, a professional woman’s stylist, who was a speaker at a recent Association of Design Education conference in Connecticut. Read more

Moving in together

Dear Claudia,

I need tips on how to blend two households. I am moving into my boyfriend’s house. We are both in our 50’s. His taste is very “Ikea”, Swedish style modern simplicity, and I am eclectic/eccentric with antiques and funky mix. His house is fully furnished, as is my funky eclectic apartment, which is FULL of stuff. Quite honestly even my glassware would clash with his, not to mention my furniture, art pieces, and smalls. Any ideas on how we can do this so that it looks great, fits us both, I feel like I’m at home, and he doesn’t feel like he lost his?

~Anonymous

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Fabulous Flip of a Home

The definition of a “Real Estate Flip” is as follows: Profits from flipping real estate come from either buying low and selling high, often in a rapidly rising market, or buying a house that needs repair and fixing it up before reselling it for a profit as in “fix and flip.”

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