The Norman Rockwell’s of Today

New Life For An Architectural Gem

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About a decade ago, the term Boutique Hotel began to surface in the travel world.  These hotels often were smaller, and a bit more minimalistic than the major chains.  They all had a unique personality.  Most had a bar with select food options, and of course coffee.  Early on, as we stayed at the various hotels, I tried very hard to relay to others what we liked about them.  What was the draw?  I really couldn’t pinpoint any one thing they all had in common except they have a “feeling” that is comforting in a haunting kind of way.

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Go Ahead and Keep Digging a Bigger Hole

HOW TO PREVENT BUYERS REMORSE WHEN PURCHASING FURNISHINGS

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Did you buy that “cheaper” sofa, that just isn’t right or is falling apart?  The one you are now trying to “fix” with throw pillows.  The one that requires you to have the condescending warranty guy on speed dial to keep patching it back together?  Sorry to be so harsh…but we have to get your attention.  We hate to see this happen and it does, over and over again.

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Been Under Pressure Lately?

DO YOU NEED A MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY?

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We’ve prevailed and the major holiday is in the books!  The preparation, the event, the clean up…it’s exhilarating and exhausting.  Everyone is ready for some well deserved “me time”.  All we need now is permission, or the motivation, to allow ourselves to take it.

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The Party Line

GO AHEAD AND TALK BEHIND OUR BACK

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The best thing about a holiday is the opportunity to be together with several different generations.  Friends and family alike.  From the mouths of babes to the seasoned words of wisdom there is so much to learn when we take time to pause, and listen.  Continue reading

Rising To The Occassion

SETTING A HOLIDAY BUFFET LIKE THE PROS

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With a few simple tips, everyone can become a food stylist at holiday time.  Taking a little extra time can ensure the presentation of our special meals is as memorable as the season.  Setting a table is a breeze…we’ve been doing that for ages.  Styling a buffet is not something we do every day.  A pretty set up eluded me until I learned this one simple secret.

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Ring Around the Rosy

A POCKET FULL OF POSIES JUST IN TIME FOR EASTER

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Never Ask A Gal Her Age


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THIS IS WHAT TIMELESS ARCHITECTURE AND DECOR LOOKS LIKE

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You know where these houses gather. You know the kind of neighborhoods we are talking about.  Tree lined streets artistically lit at dawn and dusk, mature and manicured lawns that fill the air with new grass aroma.  Homes with flagstone walkways and entries with just the right amount of moss. Dogwoods and azaleas so perfect in the spring they look like paintings.  These are the neighborhoods of more than one generation. These are the homes we want to peak inside.

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We’ve Got You Covered

 

Some homes just feel like they belong in the summer.

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When Is A House Not A Home…

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As Soon As It Goes To Market

The minute you consider placing your home on the market is when it needs to become a house again.  It was just a house when you purchased or built it.  It was a business transaction, and a very important one in your life.  After the purchase is when this mere piece of architecture became your home, filled to the brim with your memories and your personalities.  When you decide to pass this house onto someone else, you must look at it as a business transaction, a very large one that you want to be successful.  You are not selling your memories.  They get to go with you.  Continue reading

I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair

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LAUNDRY AREAS FOR REAL PEOPLE

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It’s Monday and we all need a little Motivation to get the laundry done this week.  Half the nation has been on school spring break somewhere.  The rest of us have played hooky from weekend chores and enjoyed a little spring weather.  Regardless, in a lot of homes right now, there is laundry everywhere. Who are we kidding, this week is not too much different from any other week. There is always laundry to be done!  Unsorted, sorted and lying around in piles ready to wash, some in the washer ready to dry, some laying in the dryer wrinkling and hopefully some hanging and folded, ready to put away.

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