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June 2017 Newsletter


Summer has officially arrived!  And if you would love to be spending it in the beauty and vibrancy of the Hamptons, check out our recent staging.  

The owners of this new 6 bedroom, 5 1/2 bath home set on 4 acres with a gunite pool realized that in order to showcase their property and differentiate it from others on the market they needed to stage at least the main level of the house.  Otherwise the listing would show a series of empty rooms that wouldn't catch a buyers eye online, and worse, would leave them feeling "empty" when walking into the vacant space.   See below for the Before and After photos. 

And this Saturday, July 1st, you can view it in person at the Open House from 10:30 to 12 noon. 

Warm Regards, 

Donna M. Dazzo, President
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In This Issue
Testimonial of the Month:
Featured Staging: $3.295M 6 BD/5.5 BA Home on 4 acres in Beautiful East Hampton, NY
Market Overview: New York, NY
Tips and Tricks of the Trade: Summer Touches to Refresh Your Bedroom!
Did You Know...? Genius Summer Party Ideas for Easy Entertaining!
Market Overview: The East End
FREE Closet Organization, Open House & Moving Checklists
  Testimonial of the MonthTestimonial

"Renee and I were out at the house yesterday and I wanted to tell you what a beautiful job you did in staging the house. Your professional eye for interior design is truly outstanding and your organizational skills are equally impressive. Thank you for all you did on our behalf."
                                                           Peter G., Homeowner, East Hampton, NY

Jackie and I love showing this house. You have done such a fantastic job of staging it, that most people who come to see it, don't want to leave! We love your attention to detail including your selection of furniture, artwork, and right down to the hand towels. We look forward to working with you again soon."

Jackie Dunphy                                Greg Schmidt
Corcoran, East Hampton, NY        Corcoran, East Hampton, NY 

$3.295M 6 BD/5.5 BA Home on 4 acres
in Beautiful East Hampton, NY

As you can see below, photos of an empty home do nothing to engender positive feelings in a buyer and catch their eye online amidst the scores of other newly built homes on the market in the Hamptons.  That is why the owners of this home realized that staging at least the main floor was necessary in order to sell it.  

In addition, we also staged the beautiful bluestone terrace showing buyers how they can enjoy the space for outdoor entertaining and relaxing, close to the 50 foot heated gunite pool.
Living Room Before Staging

Living Room After Staging

Living Room Before Staging

Living Room After Staging

Casual Dining Area and Kitchen Before Staging

Casual Dining Area and Kitchen After Staging

Kitchen Before Staging

Kitchen After Staging

Dining Room Before Staging

Dining Room After Staging 

Den Before Staging

Den After Staging

Master Bedroom Before Staging

Master Bedroom After Staging

Master Bathroom Before Staging

Master Bathroom After Staging

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Tips and Tricks of the Trade: 
Summer Touches To Refresh Your Bedroom

With the arrival of summer comes the need to bring a lighter feel to most living spaces, especially the bedroom. Houzz contributor,  Meera Innes  offers some great ideas for integrating "quick and simple updates to give your sleep space a fresh, warm-weather mood." 

Pack away your winter linens
Rebecca Hayes Interiors

Swapping heavy soft furnishings is one of the quickest ways to update a bedroom for summer. Sturdy wicker baskets like the ones on top of the wardrobe here are ideal for storing bulkier items, such as winter bedding; tucking them away atop the wardrobe makes the most of storage space and keeps warm blankets accessible in case the nights get chilly. 

Keep your decor light and bright

Replacing your heavy duvet with lighter sheets and blankets is just the start; also consider incorporating a brighter color scheme and embracing florals and fluttery fabrics. Here, floral cushions paired with a pale pink throw, delicate curtains and a lightweight rug are enough to transform the feel of the room. For a crisp final touch, add freshly cut flowers. 

Make the most of natural light

Long summer evenings are the perfect time to recline in a comfortable chair and enjoy the last of the day's light. Create a seating area in your bedroom near a window - leading into the garden, if you're as lucky as the owners of this well-positioned bedroom - where you can curl up with a book or a glass of wine before bed and enjoy the evening breeze. 

Dare to go bare

Few things feel as summery as padding around the house in bare feet. To re-create that barefoot holiday feel, swap heavy winter rugs for something lightweight in a natural texture, such as sisal, or keep the floorboards bare. If you have fold-back shutters, throw them open to flood your room with light and let in the summer breeze.

Boost your color scheme

If your bedroom features strong, dark colors that aren't easy to change - on a wall or piece of furniture, say - fear not: A summery bedroom might only be a few pillows away. Dress the bed with crisp white sheets and then add splashes of vibrant color through soft furnishings for a bright and breezy bedroom. Well-placed mirrors are also a great trick for maximizing the light in a room.

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Didyouknow    Did You Know.....? 
   Genius Summer Party Ideas for Easy Entertaining!

Summer days featuring backyard barbecues and trips to the beach, followed by summer nights of cookouts and cocktail parties! Good Housekeeping Assistant Editor, Caroline Picard has gathered a healthy list of fun, easy party ideas fit for any bash as these summer days go on, and we've featured a few below.

Tie up extra cushions
Soften or cover seats with no-sew pillow covers. Sandwich a cushion between two bandanas, then join each corner together with a rubber band and a thin ribbon.

Roll your veggies
These sushi-style apps are delicious, healthy and perfect for summertime - and at just three steps they couldn't be easier to make.

Put a flower at every seat 
For a more formal affair, transform your cloth napkins into some adorable blooms without paying for the real deal. Mix up the linens to create a colorful flower bed right on your table.

Scoop Your Fruit
Use a melon baller to carve out watermelon, honeydew or cantaloupe. After a quick stay in the freezer, the bite-sized fruit will infuse your beverage with a delightful flavor.

Arrange Tomato Tulips
These pretty appetizers practically spring into bloom, they're so easy to assemble. Just don't forget to tell your guests about the hidden toothpick!

To read about more ideas, click here!

The following is a comparison of May 2017 vs. May 2016 annualized, by town, according to Suffolk Research, Inc.

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