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 […]
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 […]