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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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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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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Life in Boxes, A Moving Story

When moving, every item needs to be accessed on whether it gets packed, donated or discarded. Every. Single. Item. When downsizing, you can’t take it all with you and soon realize how emotionally and physically exhausting the process is. A few readers and I share some thoughts on decluttering and moving. Read more

Letting Go of Your Stuff

Ready to purge the excess and not sure where to start? Think something has value so you end up keeping it because you don’t know what to do with it. This was my life for the last 6 months before moving. Read more

Let it go!

Labor Day weekend marks the end of the summer. As I write this column for the first weekend of September, enjoying a delightful cucumber/watermelon seltzer, thinking how I’m running out of time to let go.

Downsizing, moving and trying to get it all done is extremely stressful.  Already got rid of many items yet there is so much more to purge. Some things are easy to let go while others, not so much. Read more

Chalk paint or not?

Admittedly, I’m less of a ‘do it yourselfer’ and more of a ‘find a pro to do it’. If a client has a question concerning paint, I turn to Corinne Courtney of Nailed It! Hardware in Washingtonville. The store also runs classes on chalk painting and crafts. I took a chalk paint class with Corinne. The hardest part was selecting a color as she can turn any paint color into chalk paint. The rest was easy.

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DIY countertop update

One size does not fit all for updating a house, especially the kitchen. There are many simple home improvement projects that are affordable with huge return on investment without remodeling.

From simply replacing hardware, updating light fixtures to painting the cabinets, the possibilities are endless. Beth Owen updated her kitchen countertops with chalk paint and it looks amazing. Owen shares her story here.

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Living in an authentic home

The authentic home is your own home that reflects your personality and lifestyle. It not only functions, but also looks and feels good. If there is a room that is not being used, try to figure out why. If no one uses the family room because it feels uncomfortable, that’s not an authentic room.

Simple changes can transform a space. It’s all in the details. The right color, whether a new paint color on the wall or new accent pieces, can refresh a space. Sometimes all that is need is editing, de-cluttering, rearranging furniture and a few new decorative accessories, your home can be an authentic home.

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