Category Archives: Tips and Ideas

Tips for Working from Home

As many people are working from home now, I wanted to address some of the work-at-home issues you may be encountering and offer tips. If you already have a home office, you will still find beneficial advice in this article.

Create a workspace, preferably with a door.

You will want this separate from daily life, away from distractions. If you don’t have a separate room or a guest room, transform the space that you have. I’ve heard of people transforming closets and attics into workspaces.

Clean the space and remove all the clutter.

Add a desk and chair.

If you have a desk, move it into this space or consider purchasing one if you don’t have anything you can use. Keep in mind that how you sit, the desk height, the type of chair you sit in will affect your health. Depending on your size and desk requirements, you will want to choose the right desk for you, click here for tips. Depending on how much you are sitting at your desk, you will need a comfortable chair, click here for how to choose a chair.

Arrange your desk for maximum light and an open feeling.

Try arranging your desk in different ways. I like to place a desk facing the door using the “power of position” in Feng Shui. Depending on how much space you have, you could put your desk perpendicular to the wall or away from the wall leaving enough space for your desk chair. Having your back to the wall allows for the perception of more light and openness.

Add light.

Open all window coverings to maximize the amount of natural light that comes into the room. Move lamps from other areas of the home to create the light needed.

Create a feeling in the room that brings you joy.

For example, if you have a favorite photo or piece of artwork, hang it so that you can see it. Move plants, accessories, whatever creates a peaceful environment for you to work in from the rest of your home into your workspace.

Extra tips:

  • If you are on the phone or in online meetings, you may want to invest in a decent headset.
  • If you are someone who cannot work without sound, move your home assistant, Google Home, or Alexa device, into your office area. Play ambient music (or whatever works for you) at a level that isn’t distracting. If there is too much noise happening outside your office, consider using a sound machine that will flatten out those noises and allow you to focus on your work.
  • If you have a family, set up rules. A family discussion on how this will work is critical to a functioning household. If you and your spouse are both working from home, discuss work schedules, and have morning or evening check-ins to discuss the plan for the next day if changes are required.
  • Working from home can be sedentary. Be sure to move every hour, set a timer on your phone. Take mid-day walks outside for a change of scenery.
  • Stay connected! Try one of these ideas:
  1. Set up morning coffee break meetings with co-workers.
  2. Eat lunch separately from your desk.
  3. Schedule video lunch breaks with friends and co-workers. Having these connections will create stability in an otherwise unstable feeling situation.

Hang in there, you may find you enjoy working from home!

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How to Move Large Furniture

As a professional home stager and interior decorator, I’ve moved a lot of furniture over the years! I was recently talking with a redesign client of mine who had purchased a new rug for her living room and waiting for help to move her furniture to place it that prompted me to write this post! You don’t have to wait; you can do this yourself!

Rules for moving large and heavy furniture:

1. Protect your back.

I cannot stress how important it is to protect your back! You don’t want an injury while you are trying to make your home beautiful.

Tips from WebMD

Lifting: Don’t lift objects that are too heavy for you. If you attempt to lift something, keep your back straight up and down, head up, and lift with your knees. Keep the object close to you, don’t stoop over to lift. Tighten your stomach muscles to keep your back in balance.

For a video on how to lift or move things with proper form to not injure your back, click here.

2. Protect your floor.

The best way to move heavy things is to slide them, do not try to lift. Sliders are special pads that are made of materials that will assist in moving furniture on top of carpet, tile, or wood floors. The key is placing a slider under each pressure point. For example, for a side table or couch, place a slider under each foot. Click here for a video on how to use sliders.

You can find sliders at your local home improvement retailer or purchase online. There are specially made sliders for carpeting, and wood flooring you can buy online:  Wood floor sliders or Carpet Sliders. Take your time and don’t be in a hurry and try to take short cuts.

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How to Have an Eco-Friendly Holiday

The holiday season is a time of beautiful decorations, lights, and festivities. I was thinking of ways that we could have less of an environmental impact this holiday season and did my research; these are a few of my findings that I would like to share with you.

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Keep Holiday Guests Happy and Entertained

Do you have family or guests visiting for Thanksgiving? This week, I would like to offer support in preparing for your guest’s arrival and keeping them (and you) happy during the holiday. First, download my revised Holiday Checklist to get your guest room ready. Read on to find activities that are occurring in the Philadelphia, PA, and surrounding areas that include diverse activities to keep everyone happy.

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Fall Home Projects: Add an Enclosed Deck or Patio

As we head into September, it’s a fantastic time to think about any home projects you would like to get done. If there is a project that you have been putting off, the fall is a great time to complete it. As daylight dwindles and evenings are cooler, you may consider how nice it would be to have a 3-season porch or consider adding a screened-in area to keep the bugs out. Adding this space creates more living space and value to your home.

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5 Tips to make Artwork Appear Larger

Over the years of running a professional interior design, decorating, and staging business, I have encountered many of the same questions. A broad category of these questions has to do with choosing art pieces and how to hang artwork properly. If you missed it, read my last decorating article, How to Hang Artwork, for tips. A common question is how to deal with artwork that is too small for a specific area.

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Does Your Outdoor Furniture need an Update?

Now that the weather is warm, and we are spending more time outside, how’s your outdoor furniture looking? Often the furniture is in good shape and may need a refresh with a good cleaning and coat of paint. The challenging part is when you want to replace cushions or pillows. If you have ever shopped for them, you will notice there is a wide variety of options, and it can be confusing, so I decided to investigate.

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How to Increase Wellness in your Home

I frequently say that all space should be beautiful. I am referring to a home that offers you peace, comfort, and beauty as we cannot control what is happening outside of our homes; we can influence what is happening inside them. In this article, I would like to discuss the wellness of your home and how you can increase it.

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Container Gardening for Beginners

Let me begin this article by saying I am not a gardener. I do love the taste and freshness of herbs when I cook, and I was interested in starting an herb garden using containers. If you have ever expressed the desire to venture out and give this project a try, now is the perfect time to start.

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