June 21, 2018

Inspired by the Tropics | Use Tropical Flowers to Spruce Up the Summer Season

Happy Summer! The summer solstice happens today officially kicking off the season that reminds us of sunny days, beautiful beaches and relaxing by the pool. While we can’t always getaway to beautiful island along the Pacific, we can always easily bring the beauty of the tropics into our homes with gorgeous tropical flowers and plants. Earlier this month we took a trip to the New York Botanical Gardens, as part of my birthday celebration, to discover their new exhibit Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai’i. She was a pioneering American modernist who created innovative depiction of her surroundings. The artist’s subject was flowers and plants. This landmark exhibition offers a rare focus on 20 of O’Keeffe’s depictions of Hawai‘i from a nine-week sojourn in 1939 while on commission to produce images for a Hawaiian Pineapple Company promotional campaign. Elsewhere in the garden visitors can study and document the plants of Hawai‘i; contemporary sculpture […]
June 14, 2018

[VIDEO] 10 Important Measurements to Follow When Decorating a Home

Have you ever tried decorating a home and the space felt “off,” like something was wrong with it, but you couldn’t put your finger on it? Well, in most cases the problem is derived from the placement of objects.When it’s time to decorate a home, it’s important to know the rules of spacing. Whether you’re selling a home, decorating an existing space, remodeling or starting from scratch, understanding a few key measurements and organizational guidelines can help your life run more smoothly at home. Depending on where things are located, specific items in the proper place not only appeases the eye from a decorating stand point, but it allows you to use the items more effectively giving the room better function and flow. Here are 10 rule of thumb measurements to follow when decorating a home: Artwork Hung Too Low or Too High I’ll start with wall art placement since […]
June 7, 2018

Behind-the-Scenes of Fox 5 NY Home Staging News Segment

We recently had the opportunity of showcasing our home staging work on a local New York City news channel, Fox 5 NY. The news segment highlighted how you present a home for an open house and a real estate listing can make a huge difference in its sales price. Come along behind-the-scenes to discover why I chose this furniture set-up, see the transformation, shop the look and my technique for working on a video shoot. Let me start from the beginning, this segment didn’t happen overnight. In fact, there were a lot of moving parts similar to when a property is being staged that needed to be orchestrated by the Good Day New York show’s producer, Donielle Battista-Stanton, and myself. [Side note: I used to work with Donielle at WCBS-NY on the local morning news show years ago.] Donielle dealt with finding a location, researching interviewees, and scheduling her team to interview and […]
May 31, 2018

[Shop the Look] 8 Fool-Proof Wall Art Ideas to Choose in Your Home

Have a room with empty walls? Why not, dress the space with these eight wall art ideas. When decorating a home, wall art is one way to bring flair, personality and style into each room.  From framed photos to contemporary painted canvas, there are many ideas you can use to transform your space. Browse through our best wall art tips to learn what type of wall art to display in your home that brings in personality without being too personal– especially if you’re in the process of selling your property. As you know when selling a home choosing wall art should involve pieces that display the lifestyle of that home’s style and neighborhood. Here are some ideas to consider, and the best part all of these ideas are under $250 (click on any of the images below to shop the look): Wall Art #1: Try Abstract Art   Swirling shapes, splats […]
May 24, 2018

[Checklist Inside] Home Staging Tips to Prepare for an Open House

Having an open house in your home is an opportunity to get your product in front of potential customers, so it’s important to put your best foot forward and make sure your home is prepared properly for sale. While opinions about whether to hold an open house vary from agent to agent, the overall goals of an open house remains the same– to attract home buyers, create a buzz and sell houses. Is your house ready for an open house? Will home buyers notice the best features of your home? It goes without saying that your home must be in good condition for an open house to be successful, or most likely buyers will walk out. If you want to appeal to home buyers, looking for move-in ready properties, have a plan before holding an open house. Here’s what home sellers should consider: A Week Before an Open House Now is the time to […]