Sage advice for your home

There are people you meet that keep popping up into your life. There are no coincidences and sometimes you just have to acknowledge and appreciate the connection. Stephanie Uszenski is one of those people.

We first met when I was selling a kitchen hutch on craigslist and she purchased the hutch. Years later she attended a “Fall Back In Love with Your Home” presentation I did at the Hudson Valley Builders & Remodelers Association. Thanks to Facebook, we became friends. A short time later she was having difficulty selling her house, I asked to see the listing, made suggestions, her house sold.

Last month Stephanie took a day off from her job at Millspaugh Furniture in Walden to attend my “House-Life Connection” at the Desmond Campus of Mount Saint Mary College. That is one of my fun classes where we discuss Feng-Shui and how to clear the energy of your home by burning sage, also called smudging. She mentioned how she was always hesitant about doing it but after taking the class she was willing to give it a try.

Here is a link to instructions on how smudge:

Stephanie’s smudging experience:

“I had a negative association of the concept of saging but I am open to new ideas. Your presentation was so clear, and made sense. I did each room from corner to corner. Although I didn’t experience some of the changes in smoke intensity where there are pockets of negativity described in your class, as the fourth owner of this house I was glad to remove any “unknowns”! My house felt ‘dark’ from neglect. The previous owner did not take good care of it.

Later that day

“No one was aware of what I did. When we arrived home, we had our typical chaotic day immediately running to soccer practice which I also coach, rushing back home to finish homework, make dinner and get ready for bed & the next day! It went very, VERY well even with four teen and tween girls!”

Walking into the house the next day, she reported that the house did feel ‘brighter’, like she washed the windows and the walls. “It definitely feels ‘clearer’ in some way and things seem to flow more smoothly. Thank you for the encouragement to try something outside my comfort zone. “

My story

Without sharing too much detail, this had been a rough year for me. Through our friendship, Stephanie made the following observation, “You can be a spokesmodel for the tagline, “never let them see you sweat”. Whatever you went through, you handled it with grace and poise. It’s admirable”.

My secret

When the going gets tough, I get saging. I personally do not do it all the time, just when I feel I need it and for the New Year. It is a reassuring feeling to know, at any point of your life, no matter what comes your way; you can have a fresh start. You just have to clear the air.

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Staging Tip: The entry view

When you walk through your front door, what is in the immediate line of sight? This is the first impression, a glimpse into the interior of the home. It sets the tone for the rest of the experience when selling a home.

If it opens into an entry way keep it uncluttered. If you have a coat closet, use it. Coat racks and hooks give the message that there is either not enough or no closet storage. If you don’t have one, relocate the landing area for your coats and shoes.

If you have an open concept floor plan, the peek into each room should be a welcoming and attractive visual. Keep the less attractive items on the other side of the room out of view out of sight. Remove whatever is not needed to set the stage for sale.

Just walk through your front door, do a visual panoramic sweep of your view, make changes to create a positive first impression.

 

Inspiring inspiration

For the past year I was told I could not do something. As frustrating as it was, I was too busy to do anything about it.  My goal for the new year was to make a big change.  I found someone who told me I can do it. It was a lot of work but the beauty of this change is now I can do what I wanted to do all along. When I got to the point when the end was near and the change was going to take place, it was exhilarating!

Frustrating situations can lead to growth, strength and inspiration. I put the following quote on Facebook…

Original artwork by Julie Saltzberg inspired by Claudia Jacobs's quote.
Art by xo Julissie  inspired by Claudia Jacobs’ quote.

“When someone keeps telling you you can’t do it, find someone who believes you can & shows you how.”

Later that day I had a lovely surprise appear on my Facebook wall. Artist xo Julisse was inspired by my quote and created an art piece and turned me into a winged caricature.

Always listen to your inner voice instead of someone else’s limited point of view. Magical things can happen, including a winged messenger showing up to lead the way.

Best of Houzz 2014 Award!!!

Claudia Jacobs Designs of Goshen Receives
Best Of Houzz 2014 Award

Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users
Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals

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Claudia Jacobs of Claudia Jacobs Designs has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. She was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Read more

A Mini Home Show

A Mini Home Show – Get Your Home in Shape with Claudia Jacobs Design – “Fall Back in Love with Your Home”

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The Builders Association of the Hudson Valley held a Mini Home Show on Saturday. A full house of homeowners joined in as Claudia Jacobs presented “Fall Back in Love with Your Home”. Charming and knowledgeable, Claudia gave an hour presentation of tips on how to get your home to look and feel special and new again. Have you ever felt that you were loved by your home? Claudia revisited this concept with some simple changes to rekindle the love again, like when you first moved in. Read more