Hudson Valley Vendors at the County Living Fair

The annual Country Living Fair was held in Rhinebeck, NY, on May 31-June 2, 2019, at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. The Fair brings the magazine’s content to life and gives readers access to a unique shopping experience. The fair features 200+ vendors from more than 30 states and draws more than 20,000 visitors from across the country. Vendors include: antiques sellers, food purveyors, artists, furniture makers, crafters, and more. Read more

Tips, Tricks and Life Hacks

Don’t know how to do something? You can get the answer by using Google, social media, ask friends or ask your mama. Here are some tips you may find helpful. Read more

Reclaimed Wood Adds Texture and Warmth to Walls

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

Thinking Outside the Gift Box

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.

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Accent the Positive and Focus on What You Love

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

Landscape with good bones

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.

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Go to your room!

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.

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Understanding the Occupied Staging Process

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

Clutter eats equity

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.

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Home Sweet Home

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