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.
Over the years, I have acquired quite a few pieces of art by local artists. Finding that special piece that speaks to you is quite easy. You will find you don’t have to look too hard or go too far. Visit a local gallery, art school, studio tour, artisan fair or search online. Viewings may now be by appointment or virtual. When art connects to your heart, you know you found that special piece to bring home. Read more
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.
Once upon a time, 2 months ago, I would make a grocery list and shop once a week. Now I am shopping minimally, maybe once a month. My new normal will be mindful shopping with less frequency. Read more
Colors of the Year are announced annually. For paint, Benjamin Moore, selected First Light, a soft pink. Sherwin Williams selected Naval, a deep blue. Read more
Two years ago, I met Julia Whitney Barnes at a house party via mutual friends. Through the power of social media, lives and talents are revealed. Her work is stunning. Here is her story. Read more
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
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
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
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