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Staging tip: The welcome mat

Jul 29th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

One small investment that is overlooked is the welcome mat. Consultation after consultation, whether the plan is to sell or not sell the home, the welcome mat is faded and dingy looking. My guess is that most folks are not using their front door. The front door is usually the way potential buyers will be […]

3 Reason to Love Hiking Even When You Hate It

Jul 24th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Three years ago, I went on my first hike. Mount Beacon was steep, rocky and gnat-filled. I laughed, I cried… I made it to the top and then to the top of the rickety water tower. Surprisingly, heading down the mountain was almost as hard as ascending it – that slope is rough on the […]

10 Ways to Speed Clean Your Home

Jul 17th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

There are many things I hate in the world: jumping spiders, sweet pickles, when my flat iron just won’t seem to get hot enough… Of all the tiny nuisances I could live without, dusting and sweeping are at the top of my list. Unfortunately for me but fortunately for my dust allergy and my hardwood […]

Claudia Jacobs Staging Tips : Carpeting

Jul 15th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Old, dirty, warn out carpeting can be a huge deterrent when trying to sell a house.  During a staging consultation, I mentioned replacing the carpeting in the entry, hallway and living room of the home. It was a dirty, stained, beige color and it was blah. The house was perfectly fine except for this issue. […]

Local Teen is Changing Lives – Including Her Own

Jul 13th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Guiding Eyes for the Blind, known around the globe as one of the foremost guide dog schools, is inviting Dutchess County residents to open their homes and hearts in a rare volunteer opportunity to raise a future guide dog puppy. The nonprofit has announced its next orientation series, which begins on July 22, for those […]

How to Know If a Cheater Will Do It To You Again

Jul 10th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

If I think about – which I usually don’t – I haven’t been cheated on in a while. I say that with pride, because I believe I’ve made progress when it comes to picking men. Honestly, though, it’s probably just chance – I’ve been cheated on by great guys and should’ve trusted the bad boys […]

Claudia Jacobs – Dealing With Commitment Issues in Your Home

Jul 8th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Dealing with commitment issues in your home Making selections within your home can be challenging.  As a professional decorator and stager, I work with clients to discover their personal taste and style. When it comes to my own home I have commitment issues. It really is tough to be objective in your own space. Sometimes […]

ORMC Urges Caution to Help Avoid Serious Head Injuries this Summer

Jul 5th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Orange Regional Medical Center is asking local residents to exercise caution as they engage in the season’s warm weather activities. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are more than 2.5 million emergency department visits each year due to traumatic brain injury across the U.S. Outdoor sports and activities like skateboarding, bicycling and motorcycle […]

5 Pearls of Wisdom to Save Every Freelancer’s Sanity

Jun 26th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Eight o’clock. That was my bedtime during a two week vacation to Florida a year ago. During my waking hours, I sunbathed, swam and ate ice cream, but mostly I stressed out about my job, conversations with clients and a workload I didn’t want. I think I fell asleep so early each night because my […]

Financially Secure Your Home and Valuables

Jun 26th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Homeowners, renters and businesses continue to financially suffer from major disasters such as Super storm Sandy, fires and thefts. The insurance company takes forever to write checks. “why?” They need proof of your loss, such as major appliances, electronics, and all items you will forget about. Be proactive to rebuild and recover accurately fast. Everyone […]