Shop Small, Think Local First

We easily fall into the habit of shopping online in the comfort of our own home. When we shop locally, we not only support a small local business, we also get to meet our neighbors and experience personalized customer service. Since moving to Newburgh, I’ve enjoyed shopping local year-round. Read more

Art

There is nothing more personal and representative of style than the artwork displayed in your home. Art evokes emotion and connection and can be subtle or makes a statement.

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Is your house a home or a storage facility?

Question: “We will be selling our home and moving to a new home. We need to declutter, get rid of some ‘stuff’ but don’t want a yard sale. How can we get rid of perfectly good new gently used stuff before a move?”

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Stories Preserved for Generations to Come

Preserving your family history is about remembering those who are most precious to us. When family and friends are gathered to reminisce and relate stories handed down from parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, something magical happens. It is as if those who have gone are there with you. Read more

Preparing for nesting at home

September feels like the start of a new year whether dealing with a school schedule or not. My family’s back to school days have ended yet it still feels like it’s time for a fresh start without the January pressure of New Year resolutions.

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Selling Your House While Living in it

After years of helping clients and teaching on how to prepare a house for sale, last year this teacher became the student. I sold my house, downsized and moved. You don’t know what you don’t know until you are in it. The moment you decide to sell is the time to start prepping for the move. The contents of a large house will not comfortably fit in a smaller house. Read more

Cooking with summer’s fresh produce

Chef Cathy Vogt recently held a Summer Taco Cooking Party at Watergrasshill Bed and Breakfast in New Paltz, NY. Attendees learned how to chop, pan sear, season and work with local ingredients to create a delicious meal. I participated in this hands-on cooking class. My task was to make 2 salsas, tomato-pepper and mango salsa. We all worked as teams and shared a delicious meal of Summer Squash & Basil Soup, Pan Seared Chili Lime Cod, Spicy Mushroom Walnut Taco filling, fruit salsa, guacamole, crunchy vegetable slaw. The food was fresh and flavorful. Read more

Let’s Clear the Air

Smudging is a multi-cultural ritual that clears the energy of a person, place or thing. It can be done regularly or when needed. Let’s keep it simple, break it down and clear the air.

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Trends in window treatments

When it comes to window treatments, personal taste, style of home and privacy are considerations for selection. As a professional stager, I’m usually suggesting my clients remove heavy window treatments and layers of coverage before listing their home for sale. Why? Those layers hide the architectural features of the home.  Read more