Time to clear the energy of the house

After years of staging homes going on the market I decided it was time to work on my own house. For those of you who have remodeled while living in your house, you know the stress level is high.

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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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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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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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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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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

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