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The History Of Subway Tile

By Melissa Colabella You may know that subway tiles received their eponymous name after the distinctive 3" x 6" was selected as the choice design by George C. Heins and Christopher Grant La Farge who designed the very first station of Ne...

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Modern or Contemporary: What’s the Difference?

By John Hill, Houzz Contributor Modern or Contemporary: What's the Difference? What is the difference between modern and contemporary architecture? Why the distinction? At their most literal, "contemporary" is the architecture being pro...

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Best Neighborhoods Now – Jan 2017

By Melissa Colabella A former post I wrote entitled, "The Best Secret Neighborhoods in Westchester" generated a lot of interest from buyers from out of the area but also with buyers seeking intel on the next up and coming neighborhoods in se...

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Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

By Melissa Colabella Most first time home buyers (FTHB’s) start the process feeling overwhelmed, anxious, excited, nervous, and terrified. A home is the largest investment most people will make in their lifetime so it’s natural to fe...

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19th Century Europe – Chinoiserie Style

Chinoiserie translates to “Chinese-esque.” The style went on to become a key element in rococo design. Western fascination with eastern goods dates back to the Romans, who went crazy for the Chinese silk that reached them along carav...

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The Best “Secret” Neighborhoods in Westchester

By Melissa Colabella While perhaps not a secret to the residents of these towns, out of towners and even local Westchester natives are intrigued to learn about the below neighborhoods. So often buyers come up north from NYC with preconcepti...

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So You Want To Buy A Co-op?

By Melissa Colabella Why do we have co-ops? Co-ops existed prior to the Great Depression but we saw the bulk of them appear in NY as a result of legislation. Due to rent control provisions, landlords found that it was more profitable ...

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By Melissa Colabella This is a quote I use to explain the difference between interior design and staging. Take a look at the two photos above. The kitchen on the left belonged to John Legend and Chrissy Teigen and was designed by Desid...

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Octagon Houses

Of all of the Victorian styles, the Octagon is the simplest to identify with its eight sided construction. Some adaptations have six, ten, or more sides. Many sport octagonal cupolas or domes and porches; most have a raised basement. There are ...

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Debunking the Myth that Millennials Hate the Suburbs

By John Jordan, August 2016, taken from Real Estate In Depth WHITE PLAINS—The popular lore for some time among many real estate professionals and most media pundits is that Millennials are shunning the suburbs and instead are flocking ...

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