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May 2017 Newsletter



I hope you had a nice Memorial Day weekend and paused to remember those who died fighting for our country.  I decided to spend the weekend in the city and went to see an amazing exhibit at the New York Botanical Gardens - Chihuly Nights.  For those of you who are not familiar with Dale Chihuly, he is an American glass sculptor known for his colorful and inventive works. I have only seen his works during the day out in the sunlight or in hotels in Las Vegas and St. Petersburg, Florida, but seeing his works lit up at night was just breathtaking.  I highly recommend that you go to see the exhibit, whether day or night.

This month we are highlighting the staging and sale of a sweet one bedroom  apartment in Brooklyn Heights. See below for the Before and After photos. 

Warm Regards, 

Donna M. Dazzo, President
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In This Issue
Testimonial of the Month:
Featured Staging:1B 1BA Brooklyn Heights Co-op Staged and Sold for Asking!!
Market Overview: New York, NY
Tips and Tricks of the Trade: 8 Decorating Tricks to Brighten a Dim Room
Did You Know...? Fun Facts About Summer!!
Market Overview: The East End
FREE Closet Organization, Open House & Moving Checklists
  Testimonial of the MonthTestimonial

Donna's team was excellent, as always. The bones of the apartment were really great and it was renovated only a few years ago. Yet vacant, the space felt oddly lonely and hard to visualize. The furniture and accessories instantly made the space make complete sense and really showed the scale of the rooms. The natural charm of the space came through and buyers were beyond smitten.

Laura Amin
Halstead, New York, NY
One Bedroom One Bath Brooklyn Heights 
Co-Op Staged and Sold for Asking!!

While this apartment was located in a desirable area, just steps away from the Brooklyn Heights promenade with spectacular views of lower Manhattan, it had a small combined living/dining space, and looked a little worse for wear. 

The owner agreed to have it painted, and we swapped out the ceiling light fixtures in the living/dining room, foyer and hallway to update them.  Rooms always appear smaller when they are empty than when they have furniture in them, and this was the case with the living/dining room. Buyers would not be able to envision they could create two separate "rooms".  As you can see from the photo, you certainly can.  And the bedroom was the big surprise for me.  I wanted the owner to remove the mirrored closet doors, however they ended up making the bedroom seem larger and brighter.  
Entryway Before Staging

Entryway After Staging

Living Area Before Staging

Living Area After Staging

Dining Area Before Staging

Dining Area After Staging

Bedroom Before Staging

Bedroom After Staging

Bathroom Before Staging 

Bathroom After Staging

Kitchen Before Staging

Kitchen After Staging
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Tips and Tricks of the Trade: 
8 Decorating Tricks to Brighten A Dim Room

A dim room can be a common conundrum for New York City living, no matter how large or small your abode. Luckily, Houzz contributor, and principal designer at the award-winning Toronto Interior Design Group, Yanic Simard offers up some helpful tips to bring more light to any degree of dimness you may encounter. His advice is a mix of both beginner tips and more advanced ideas, which can help bring in more light and maximize what you already have to work with!

Start with white
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When trying to brighten a dark space, many people look to mirrors to reflect light around a room. But that's actually a bit of a design myth. The best way to scatter light is by using lots of white, because the non-hue doesn't absorb any color. Instead, white sends as much light as possible bouncing indirectly back to other surfaces. So if it's brightness you seek, the first thing you should do is paint your walls and ceiling white.

Light the walls

Washing walls with light helps keep the edges bright, so even if you have lots of pot lights or ceiling lights, consider adding sconces with shades that aim light upward and downward. This powder room feels bright despite its lack of windows, thanks to the warm glow of a pair of sconces.

Cool with blue

Natural light is cool compared with yellow-toned incandescent bulbs, so adding blue gives a pleasing crispness that reminds us of the sky. Plus, cool blue is neutral enough to work with nearly any accent color you want to toss in. 

Counteract with black

It seems counterintuitive, but introducing some hits of stark black or charcoal adds touches of contrast that make the light areas surrounding them pop even more. Look especially to thin, linear elements, such as these chairs, or long floor lamps, sharp picture frames or patterned fabrics for the right dose of darkness. Better yet, add punches of blue and black (or navy) to a room to create a beachy vibe that recalls luxe seaside getaways with plenty of summer sun.

Update lightbulbs

Besides adding actual blue, you can also choose to update your lightbulbs to a brighter output and a cooler "daylight" color tone. Warmer, yellow lights, such as the ones seen here, create a beautifully warm, intimate atmosphere, but if you'd prefer a brighter and fresher look, try a "true white" bulb.

To read about more tips click  here!
Didyouknow    Did You Know.....? 
   Fun Facts About Summer!!
Summer is almost here, so gathered below are some fun facts to  inspire excitement for the coming season!!! 

1.  The first modern Olympic Games were held in the summer in 1896 in Athens, Greece.
The first day of summer is between June 20th and June 22nd every year. The day varies       due to the Earth's rotation not exactly reflecting our calendar year.


3.  If you love ice cream, the summer season should be your favorite. July is national ice         cream month. 
4.  Another interesting fact about summer is that television shows used to only be reruns       during the summer months. The idea being that everyone was outside enjoying the           weather. 


5.  July is national blueberry month. 

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