August 2, 2018

Last Minute Dorm Essentials Every Student Needs

Sending a kid off to college this year? An empty nest doesn’t have to require an empty wallet. We’ve gathered our back-to-college picks that will turn a dull, boring dorm room into a multi-functional space for your kid to study hard or kick back and relax between classes. It can be a daunting task, packing up your life to move into a tiny dorm room with a stranger. It’s important to pack accordingly so you don’t waste space or end up with duplicate items. So, what do you need to bring to show off your style, save space and get you through until Thanksgiving? Well, check out our dorm picks from colorful area rugs and lighting to on-trend decor and pretty bedding there is something for everyone at an affordable price. Decor That Rules  The decor items below involve marble, mixed metals, organic materials, tassels and geometric patterns to keep your […]
July 19, 2018

Where to Start If You Want to Stage a Home on a Budget

So, you’ve made the life altering decision to sell your home and move on. That’s great! But, there is a lot of planning and preparation that has to coincide with this decision before placing the property on the real estate market. What’s your price point? Who’s your home buyer avatar? Where should you start making updates on your home? As a home stager, clients ask all the time, “where should I start staging my property?” There actually is a method to the madness. A qualified home stager will know what areas to focus on to highlight, to downplay and of course to update. For every property our company stages, we have a plan in place. Many times I refer to this plan as a “multipage action plan” which contains everything a home seller needs to complete on the property, broken out by room, before the home is listed on the market. […]
July 5, 2018

How to Clean Up Quickly After a Backyard Party (Even With a Hangover!)

Happy 4th of July Weekend — or should I say week? With Independence Day falling mid-week this year, if you’re a hostess with the mostest like me, chances are you’ve thrown a few soirees already. Partying may be great, but the clean up can be a hassle — especially if you’ve partied too hard the night before. (Who’s been there?) Party hosts walk a thin line responsible for being the party planner, coordinator and entertainer in most cases. Let’s face it —  your guests want to visit you, not just watch you work. So, how can you keep your sanity and still pull off the party of the year without cleaning up for days? Start here… Be Prepared  Savvy hosts know it’s all about the planning! The more you plan the easier it will be to manage unexpected issues that may happen. Have extra supplies on hand like cleaning materials […]
June 28, 2018

Tori’s 2018 Summer Home Goals

Summer is the season that reminds us of vitality, it symbolizes freedom, growth and exudes youthfulness as we take part in fun activities. The days are longer and the nights warmer to spend more time outdoors—gardening in the yard, jumping in the pool, firing up the barbecue, dining al fresco and soaking up the summer sun.  The earlier days in the season provide additional time to take on outdoor maintenance projects you may have come across when you inspected the exterior of your home in spring, but didn’t have time to get to yet. So, take action and sprinkle some of those projects into your schedule along with these tips below to welcome summer—don’t forget to plan a few adventures as well. Over the weekend Sal and I grabbed our new home planner, which highlights common seasonal projects and gives you a place to store all your home ideas. We prioritized which projects […]
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 […]