Month: October 2013

Auction Art

I very often find unique paintings from unknown artists at auctions and flea markets. Although the pieces are not priceless, they can be amazing jumping-off points for your design. This painting features both vibrant cool tones and an amazing sun

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Pretty Pantry

Ask Derik Your pantry stock should be edited down leaving plenty of space for the buyer to visualize their staples in the space. Expired food products should be composted and containers recycled long before any open house. Storage is a

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‘Ol Smokey

Ask Derik Nothing says home more than a fireplace and most people love the idea of wood burning fireplaces. Wood burning fireplaces are huge polluters and often banned (or use of) controlled in urban areas. They also smoke up the

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Oh Rats…And Snakes

Ask Derik I have a friend who brought home a lab rat from medical school and kept him as a pet. I can't stand rodents but that big boy was so sweet, friendly and smart everyone liked him. Keeping pet

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I See Angels

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Brick…To Paint Or Not

In general, I like an exposed brick wall. This is especially true when the brick has great character (old or new) and may appear weathered. My NYC apartment living room fireplace wall is fully exposed brick. Without the brick, this

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Home S(m)ells

Ask Derik A smell-filled home is an unhealthy home and it will be very difficult to sell. If you have been in your home for a long time you likely don't smell the subtle odors and/or don't find them offensive.

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Weekender

When two long-time clients were clients were faced with a pre-retirement conundrum I had to think fast. Faced with on-going health limitations, this couple cannot easily travel abroad yet needed regular “vacations” from city life. First stop…Google maps! Under two

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It’s “Life’s” illusions I Recall

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Gravenstein Highway

This project was developed for an abandoned Sonoma County Gravenstein ochard weekend home. The Gravenstein is delicious but, unlike other varieties, does not store well limiting the marketability. Many of these orchards have been converted to grape vineyards but a small

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