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I’m not sure this is up your alley, but should I write a real estate love letter when I find my perfect home? Angie Personal, heartfelt notes written in a tight real estate market, potential buyers compose real estate love letters to homeowners in hopes that their bid is chosen to buy the residence for… Continue reading On Real Estate “Love Letters”
As a professional organizer, I know there are many definitions of clutter: useless trash taking up space, delayed decisions fueled by procrastination, or anything you just don’t need or love. However, sentimental clutter includes things you may love but don’t really need. Photographs, yearbooks, children’s art, grandmother’s China, collections, and vacation souvenirs are taking up… Continue reading Streamlining Sentimental Clutter
Calling my smart-shopping, bargain-hunting, kindred-spirits! Several years back HGTV Magazine published an article on the best times to shop for items needed for the home. When I teach interior decorating, my students are thrilled to get these tips and you may be, too! Manufacturers do have sales on home products that correspond with everything from… Continue reading Best Places and Best Times to Shop for Home Goods
Happy new year! What a great time to think about bringing more happiness into 2022 by sprucing up your home décor. So, what’s new in the new year? Let me tell you and let the decorating begin. When it comes to color, neutrals take center stage with beige replacing gray. If you’re a fan of… Continue reading New Year, New Decorating Trends for 2022
In a recent blog, “To Judge or Not to Judge?” I wrote about decorating pet peeves and wanted to share the things that miff me the most in home design. My top two pet peeves are dirt and clutter. Neither should be the focal point in any home and, if unchecked for too long, can… Continue reading Decorating Pet Peeves
When I first meet someone new in a social setting and introduce myself as an interior decorator, one of the first questions posed is often, “Do you judge everyone’s home you enter?” I politely chuckle and reply, “No, because I might never be invited back again!” But honestly, I do; if you think about it,… Continue reading To Judge or Not to Judge?
Want to have a “magazine worthy” Christmas tree? In order to decorate a Christmas tree like a pro, begin by breaking down the tree into five components and pay special attention to each: the lights, tree topper, garland, ornaments, and what’s under the tree. However, you can still have a great designer look by focusing… Continue reading Designer Christmas Tree in 5 Easy Steps
Excerpted from the Quincy Sun, October 2021: I wanted to write about the popularity of using the color black and other deep, saturated colors like charcoal, navy blue, eggplant, and winter green in home décor. A dark color palette doesn’t need to be gothic and gloomy; if done right, it will be moody and magnificent.… Continue reading Using Dark Colors in Home Décor: Terrifying or Tremendous?
As someone living in a condo with a laundry closet in my kitchen (which doubles as extra pantry space), I envy these stylish large laundry rooms on the home improvement shows which combine both form and function. To achieve one of those beautiful spaces, follow these three steps. Assess Your Needs Don’t skip this important… Continue reading Laundry Rooms: 3 Steps to Form & Function