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May 2018 Newsletter


It was deja vu when I received a phone call from Marie Schmon of the Corcoran Group.  She was about to list an apartment we had staged for her sellers 4 years ago at 173 - 175 Riverside Drive.  The sellers wanted the apartment to be staged just like it had been when they fell in love with it 4 years ago.  

Well, our staging magic worked again and the apartment "sold" at the first open house for the asking price!
See our transformation in the before and after photos  below.  

Warm Regards, 

Do nna M. Dazzo, President
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Testimonial of the Month
Featured Staging: $1.95M 2 Bedroom/ 2 Bath Apartment
Market Overview: New York, NY
Tips and Tricks of the Trade: Genius Ideas For Your Outdoor Space!!
Did You Know...? Best Places to Travel for the Summer of 2018!!
Market Overview: The East End
FREE Closet Organization, Open House & Moving Checklists
"Typically it is the real estate agent who suggests that an apartment be staged. In this case it was the young couple selling the apartment who, during our first meeting, suggested to me that "we should stage the apartment and use the same stager who had staged it when WE fell in love with it at the first open house 4 years ago."

And history repeated itself! The apartment, for the second time in four years and with Donna's  magical touch, sold at the first open house for the full asking price. The most wonderful thing was that so few people were aware that the apartment was staged. Donna, as she always does, had made it feel like a lived-in, beautiful home that one can aspire to, and not a for-show-only, fake looking home. And that is one of her big secrets!"
The Corcoran Group
New York, NY
Featured Staging: History Repeats Itself
$1.95M 2 Bedroom/ 2 Bath Apartment 
The owners of this apartment fell in love with it 4 years ago when we staged it and wanted us to do the same for a buyer, now that they were selling and relocating to another state.  We made it look like a home, rather than a series of empty rooms that buyers cannot relate to and that don't show well online.

Just like what happened 4 years ago, it sold at the first open house for the asking price! 
   Living Room Before Staging

 Living Room After Staging

Living Room Before Staging

Living Room After Staging

  Dining Area Before Staging

Dining Area After Staging

  Office Before Staging

Office After Staging

Master Bedroom Before Staging
Master Bedroom After Staging

   Kid's Bedroom Before Staging

   Kid's Bedroom After Staging

                                Kitchen Before Staging

                                 Kitchen After Staging

                                Master Bath Before Staging

                             Master Bathroom After Staging

 Kid's Bathroom Before Staging

Kid's Bathroom After Staging
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Tips and Tricks of the Trade: 
Genius Ideas For Your Outdoor Space!!

Apartment Therapy contributor Colleen Murphy says, " It's officially patio season! We've finally shaken off the winter months and started dining alfresco and taking our morning coffee in the sunshine. Not all of us have big backyards or a wraparound porch, though, so these "musts" will help turn your petite patio or limited lawn into a stylish and functional hangout." And what follows is a sampling of her list of 10 commandments for creating that outdoor space oasis!


1. Let There Be Light

No matter the size of your space, this advice from the founder (and namesake) of  Sara Story Design is for you: "People often forget to add lighting when designing for the outdoors, but I find it really allows you to enjoy the space both day and night." Her suggestion for a small space? Incorporating fun lanterns or clusters of lights.

    2. Throw Some Shade
                  Image Credit: Amazon   

Some of us prefer to be more sun-dappled than sun-soaked, and a small outdoor space may not offer a lot of versatility when it comes to sunlight. A shade sail is a great alternative to a bulky umbrella.

2. Think Versatility

A tiny space doesn't have to be single-use. Why not consider adding extra quirk with this space-saving Murphy Bar  from Shades of Blue Interiors? It will instantly turn your outdoor reading nook into an open-air happy hour.

3. Do Your Homework

Mel Walter, Interior Designer and Owner of   Cadisfly, emphasizes planning before purchasing. After you've found some inspiration images, "Use tape or newspapers to plot out how big the furniture is and where you will put it. Make sure there's enough room to walk around."

4. Add Some Color

When tackling exterior decorating, Story always injects some color. In smaller spaces, "Something as simple as an outdoor ceramic table or small accent piece adds whimsy," she says.

     5. Go Paper Thin
                                 Image Credit: @architectabroad 

Sometimes you have to think two-dimensionally! Drake loves the idea of adding weatherproof wallpaper to a single wall in a small outdoor space.

To read about more tips click  here!
Didyouknow    Did You Know.....? 
  Best Places to Travel for the Summer of 2018!!

Deciding where to take that long-anticipated summer vacation can be a daunting challenge.
Consider one of the following destinations where off-season deals, fewer crowds or special events make this the right time to go. Here are some of the places to travel in the summer of 2018, as curated by CNN's Meredith Rosenberg:

St. Bart's
             Helene Valenzuela/AFP/Getty Images

While some of the island's more famous hotels are still closed due to damage from hurricanes Irma and Maria (Hotel Le Toiny, Le Guanahani), about 60% of St. Barts' villas have reopened, with some new additions.

         Dmitry Serebryakov/AFP/Getty Images

Russia is set to host soccer fans for the 2018 World Cup, happening June 14-July 15 in 11 different cities. 
The opening match and final games will be held in Moscow, with other matches taking place in St. Petersburg, Sochi and lesser-known cities, including Saransk and Kazan.  An online fan guide  provides overall guidance on creating an itinerary, finding hotels, obtaining a visa and other logistics.

Azores, Portugal
The Azores, a self-governing Portuguese territory about 1,000 miles from Portugal, have remained under the radar due to limited access from the United States.  Not so anymore, thanks to new flight routes. In fact, Delta just started a seasonal option that will fly direct five times a week between JFK in New York City and the capital of Ponta Delgada.

It's been two years since a Category 5 cyclone struck Fiji, killing 44 people and leaving behind about a billion dollars worth of damage. But Fiji has rebounded, as evidenced by a spate of new hotels.  Newcomers include the five-star  Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay . It's both Marriott's first foray into Fiji, and the first hotel on the main island to offer overwater villas. The resort is a bargain compared to other arrivals.

California Wine Country

This past October, deadly wildfires swept through parts of Sonoma and Napa, but the tourism sector sustained minimal damage, making this summer the perfect time to support the region.  Sonoma lost Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa, along with Hilton Sonoma Wine Country, the Fountain Grove Inn and America's Best Value Inn & Suites. But the remaining wineries and hotels are open, while some new hotels have joined the scene.

To read about more of the best places to travel this summer,  click here!
 Market Overview: East End  

A brief departure from our usual sharing of East End numbers, we'll return next month with a full report. In the meantime, enjoy the article from Curbed contributor, Michelle Goldchain on the  Ranking Hamptons Towns by Affordability.

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