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We would love to see you tomorrow at this special Open House Event. Food and drinks, local vendors, two fabulous homes and amazing raffles prizes. Bring a friend and stop by anytime between 10am-2pm.

Special Open House Invite Oct 12 IG Version Final


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Home Decor Resources in Rye

Laurie Yarnell of Westchester Magazine recently wrote “Right in Rye” about the plethora of local wonderful home shops and design experts in downtown Rye. Below are a few highlights. To see the complete list of eleven businesses click here to read the entire article.

Carpet Trends
In-the-know decorating pros and savvy homeowners start their searches for the perfect flooring at this venerable shop. In addition to 50-plus rug and carpet brands, it offers wood, laminate, vinyl tile, and linoleum flooring, as well as wool rugs from New Zealand.
Address: 5 Smith Street
Phone: 914.967.5188
Website: www.carpetrends.com

Nest Inspired Home
With its chic “classic contemporary” style, Nest offers items with provenance, plus new ones that are modern in feel but not too trendy. You’ll find statement furniture pieces, striking lighting, and fun pillows, frames, and coasters.
Address: 20 Purchase Street
Phone: 914.921.6378
Website: www.nestinspiredhome.com

One of our favorite destinations for home-décor gifts, Twish displays an exceptionally stylish design sensibility and level of taste. Many of its sumptuous throws, classic glassware, unique serving pieces, and timeless trays can be monogrammed quickly in-house.
Address: 88 Purchase Street
Phone: 914.921.4860
Website: https://www.welcometotwish.com

Rye Art Gallery & Framing
An open gallery space featuring changing exhibitions by mostly local artists is combined with an extensive display of framing options. The expert advice offered by the longtime owners makes it a trusted resource, especially for tricky-to-frame family keepsakes and sports memorabilia.
Address: 1010 Boston Post Road
Phone: 914.967.5645

JWH Design & Cabinetry
Design specialist Jennifer Howard and her talented team receive kudos from clients for a stress-free kitchen and bath design process that results in exquisite yet functional spaces showcasing exceptional custom cabinetry. Specialized online planning tools offering three-dimensional perspectives add an additional comfort level.
Address: 1111 Boston Post Road
Phone: 914.967.6020
Website: www.jwhdesigns.com

Illustration by Mariko Jesse

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Now that the nice weather is here…get out of the gym and onto the water! SUP (stand up paddle boarding) Westchester offers paddle boarding (both group and private lessons), kayaking and SUP Yoga. Classes for beginners, experienced paddle boarders and everyone in between. Classes for children and families as well. Season opens May 18th.

Location: Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck
Phone: 914.202.5460

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We have some fabulous local talent right here in Rye! Now that spring is upon us, it is the perfect time to have an expert beautify your home inside and out. To see examples of their artistry follow them up on Instagram.

MBL Garden Design
Design ~ Installation ~ Maintenance

Mary Beth Lubeck
Phone: 914.720.8884
Email: MBLgardendesign@gmail.com
Instagram: mblgardendesign

Lucy’s Garden Life
Inspiring you to grow your own edible garden in your backyard.

Lucy Berkoff
Phone: 203.722.5876
Email: lucysgardenlife@gmail.com
Website: www.lucysgardenlife.com
Instagram: lucysgardenlife


The Outdoors Contained
Making beautiful and long lasting containers inside and out.

Amy H. Dolan
Phone: 917.494.4366
Website: www.lucysgardenlife.com
Instagram: outdoorscontained


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Hosted by the Chamber of Commerce this exciting (and tasty) event gives you the opportunity to ride a trolley to village restaurants to taste wine and sample foods.

Date: Sunday, May 6th
Cost: $50 in Advance | $60 at Registration
Registration: 12:30pm on 5/6 at Harbor Island Park (trolley runs from 1-5pm)

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Click here to purchase tickets online.


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Introducing North of NYC Journeys, a curated field guide of seasonal local adventures complementing our http://NorthOf.NYC digital lifestyle guide. Stop in any branch to pick up a copy or contact Joan today at jomeara@houlihanlawrence.com.

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If you are thinking of listing your home in the near future, you should consider the benefits of staging. It is a proven fact that staged homes are more likely to sell faster and for a higher value then non-staged homes. According to the 2017 National Association of Realtors:

  • 40% of buyers are more willing to walk thru a staged home that they viewed online
  • 77% of buyers find it easier to visualize the property as their future home when it is staged
  • 38% of sellers agents believe the staging increased the value of the sale
  • 97% of buyers agents says that staging has an effect on the buyers view of the home

A Home Gain report states that typical staging costs yield 196% return to the seller, with basic staging improvements such as brightening and de-cluttering, yielding up to 702%.

Here is an example of a home we staged in Rye. This staging brightened the room and gave it a more modern look.


Dining Room Before Staging

Dining Room After Staging

Feel free to contact us today to discuss staging your home….jomeara@houlihanlawrence.com or 914.329.5329

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