Try supporting small local businesses, artists, makers and friends with service-based businesses. Yours truly is being gifted by a husband as a surprise for his wife who has been wanting a consult with me. You may choose to shop online but even that can be with local businesses. Here are a few favorites.
Comfort levels about socializing indoors vary during our current state of pandemic life. New York has proven that wearing a mask and safety protocols work. Not everyone is on board which has affected our traveling locally, nationally and internationally.
Define your space based on purpose. With some creativity for simple projects or remodeling, here are some ideas to create a staycation.
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.
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?”
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.
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
Question: What are some active and passive ways to keep your house cool in the summer?
As temperatures rise during the summer months, keeping cool becomes a priority. Air conditioning is ideal, but not all homes have it. When my former house was being building in the late 80’s, we added central air with multiple zones and the builder thought we were crazy. Crazy or not, it is a necessity in my life and well worth the investment. In my new house, which is 3 levels with one zone, I’m getting adjusted and finding ways to cool my house. Here a few of my tips followed by shared tips from readers.
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.
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.
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.