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10 Ways To Help Your Home Stand Out On The Market



Selling your house can become difficult if you’re struggling to gain attention from buyers in your local area. Luckily, there are likely to be many different ways you can help to add value to your home and make it more appealing to those looking for homes on the market. To help you with some inspiration, we’ve put together some ideas for you to take a look at. Read on to learn more.

Creating More Modern Rooms

One area of your home that may be holding you back on the market is because your décor is too dated. Have a look around and think about what it is that you could change to make your house appeal to that more intent on the modern style for their future home. A lot of people don’t want to do a lot of work to their home themselves when they buy it. Therefore, modernising your home’s style will help to reduce the chances of them being put off from buying the house. Try and research which kinds of styles are most in-demand from potential buyers on the market, and what they’d like to see from your home. Home styling accounts and taking inspiration from show-home new builds can be a great way to choose how to redecorate your home.

Extending Your Home

Another way to make your home far more appealing is to add an extension onto the property if possible. This will help to create more space in your home as well as make it more aesthetically appealing. Popular areas for creating more space in a home include kitchens, living spaces, as well as creating more bedrooms. This also has the benefit of adding more value to your home if you should choose to sell it. It’s important to make sure you’ve applied for planning permission before you decide to extend your home. Without the right planning permission in place, you could risk losing the extension in the future if you’re ordered to remove it. If you’re interested in extending your property, you will need to find local builders to help with projects and reduce the chances of things going wrong. If you’re dealing with structural issues, it’s especially important to make sure you’re using a reliable and trustworthy contractor.

Adding Extra Bedrooms

A great way to add more value to your home is through adding extra bedrooms if possible. Even just adding one extra small bedroom can help you to see an upwards spike in the price that your home would sell for and make it more appealing to a wider audience of potential buyers. Good options to help you with adding more bedrooms include:

  • Addinga stud wall into a larger room to create two smaller rooms
  • Renovating an attic or basement
  • Adding an en-suite to the new bedroom for extra added value

Fitting Another Bathroom Or Water Closet

Similarly, adding another bathroom or even a water closet to your house can help to raise the value of the property on the market. Even small spaces can be used for an extra toilet, such as a cupboard underneath the stairs. If you can, it’s a good idea to try and include a toilet downstairs if possible, which makes a home more appealing to families and older members of the family that might struggle with stairs. Downstairs floor plans can be re-arranged to help improve the layout and add features such as water closets. You could also add things such as utility rooms alongside a downstairs toilet to help add value to a house.

Improve The Exterior Of The House

If you want your house to stand out to potential buyers, improving the exterior can help to make a better first impression when people are coming to view your house. Some good ways to help improve the exterior of your house could be by improving aspects such as the rendering of your home. Having this improved and a new coat of paint can make a big difference to how well-presented your house looks. You could also try improving any garden space at the front of the house and tidying it up. A driveway is a big selling point for a property, so either installing one or having a new driveway laid out can make a big impact on viewers. If you can’t afford big changes such as these, you could make more affordable changes such as potted plants, hanging baskets, and power washing the front of your home to tidy it up.

Take High-Quality Pictures

Listing your home online can help increase the reach it has to a wider audience of potential buyers. It’s likely that potential buyers looking at your property online will have also looked at many others online too, so you need to help yours stand out. The best way to do this is to take high-quality pictures of your home to help grab the attention of potential buyers online. To do this, make sure you’re using a good-quality camera, and you’re using good lighting. Taking pictures when the sun is out, or there is good light when the sun is going down, can help make pictures more appealing to viewers online.

Decluttering Your House

When people are coming to look around your home, they need to be able to imagine what it would look like if they moved in and added their own touch to it. This can be difficult if there is a lot of clutter in the home and too many of your own style choices. If you’re trying to make your home appeal to potential buyers, try decluttering and creating clearer spaces. If you don’t have anywhere to store your items while selling your home, you could consider renting a storage space to help get your items out of the way while you’re trying to make your house more appealing to buyers.

Redecorating The Interior

Another aspect of helping potential buyers to picture themselves in the house is to try and make the interior styling more appealing to them. Although it might not be your own personal taste, creating plainer, cleaner walls will help viewers to visualise their own style and furniture choices in your home. Try painting walls white, as this will help to simplify the style of your home as well as improve the reflection of natural light in the property, which is another selling point to buyers.

Landscaping The Garden

Creating a landscaped garden is a fantastic selling point for any home, as it’s something that many buyers have high on their list of priorities when buying a house. Even if you only have a small garden space, try and maximise the use of it as much as you can. For example, if you’ve got a courtyard space at the rear of your property, you could add a table and chairs, outdoor lighting, and potted plants to help improve its look. If you have grass and hedges, make sure they’re trimmed and under control, as having a lot of work to do to garden can be off-putting to those thinking of buying your house. Adding decking or slabbed areas to your garden to create a social seating area can also help make your garden more appealing to viewers.


Jackie Siegel’s New Premium Brand, Queen Of Versailles Coffee Is A Luxurious Coffee Delight



Jackie Siegel, American heiress and businesswoman AJ Catsimatidis, Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe and brand partner Michael Glovaski

I was invited to an intimate tasting of a fabulous new premium brand coffee co-hosted alongside Queen of Versailles Coffee’s Brand Partner, Michael Glovaski. I headed to 8 East 48th Street to Benny John’s where socialite, actress, model and philanthropist turned entrepreneur, Jackie Siegel — AKA, ‘The Real Queen of Versailles’ brought her new venture Queen of Versailles Coffee to New York’s influencers.

Jackie Siegel

The ground coffee and espresso beans are picked, sorted, and specially blended on-site in the volcanic mountaintops in Acatenango, Guatemala. The flavor has a rich taste of sweet honey, warm vanilla, and smooth bourbon notes. It was truly the best coffee I have ever tasted.

American heiress and businesswoman AJ Catsimatidis, Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe, and Suzanna Bowling

Adam Weiss and Angela Gorman

On site was also American heiress and businesswoman AJ Catsimatidis, Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe, the writer of the new musical Queen of Versailles Lindsey Ferrentino, Gordon Winston, Italian restaurateur and master coffee blender Matteo and Pilar.

Jackie Siegel and Gordon Winston

Jackie Siegel, American heiress and businesswoman AJ Catsimatidis, Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe

Siegel, alongside Miami-based Glovaski and the Italian-Guatemalan Droccos, are introducing an unmatched level of luxury to the coffee industry. Catering to the modern connoisseur, the brand provides not just a superior coffee experience, but an escape into the world of supreme elegance with every canister.

The event was well done, serving treats but most of all, a taste of this exquisite coffee, that you will be addicted to once you taste it.

Available at

#jackiesiegel/ #qvcoffee/ # queenofVersaillescoffee


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Bonnie Comley, ART TO WARE and ChaShaMa Present Nothing to Wear



Until April 30th Bonnie Comley, ART TO WARE and ChaShaMa Present Nothing to Wear in Port Authority’s 41st Street building.

Bonnie Comley and Anita Durst

Bonnie is a three-time Tony Award-winning producer. She has, also, won an Olivier Award and two Drama Desk Awards for her stage productions. She is on the Board President of The Drama League as well as a full member of The Broadway League and the Audience Engagement and Education Committee.

Nothing to Wear

Comley has produced over 40 films, winning five Telly Awards and one W3 Award. She is the founder and CEO of BroadwayHD, the world’s premier online streaming platform delivering over 300 premium live productions to theatre fans globally. Now she is an artist presenting her work at ART TO WARE (A2W) a wearable Art Gallery that curates up-cycled, hand-made, one-of-a-kind statement pieces to be seen, loved and taken home!

Bonnie Comley and Lelie Ware

Founded in 2021 by Lesley Ware, this Black-owned and women-run small business carries small-batch, socially conscious, up-cycled, and locally-made wearables and gifts. A2W curates an environment of creativity, acceptance, and collaboration within a dynamic retail setting that showcases the work of artists, designers, and creative visionaries.

Making this all happen is ChaShaMa and Anita Durst who helps create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive world by partnering with property owners to transform unused real estate. Currently, they present 150 events a year, have workspace for 120 artists, and have developed 80 workshops in under served communities. They award 11 million worth of real estate to artists, subsidizes 300 artist work spaces, provide over 215 free art classes, gives 200 artists free space to present and upport over 75 businesses with free space.

Nothing to Wear is a provocative look at our relationship with our clothing choices as it pertains to our self image, fast fashion and textile waste. It challenges the fashion industry to create an alternative to current business models and the global appetite for consumption and asks viewers to question dress codes like the current policing of women in political office.

Jose Febrillet from Port Authority



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Food and Drink

Spring Petals and Hairy Crab: Kintsugi Aligns with a Golden Touch



Tucked away in a slate-colored corner of otherwise colorful SoHo, Kintsugi stands in contained eloquence as a testament to the exquisite fusion of traditional Japanese cuisine and modern culinary artistry. Named after the ancient Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold, Kintsugi embraces imperfections, celebrating the beauty of resilience and transformation in post-pandemic NYC.

At Kintsugi, guests are treated to an omakase experience unlike any other, where every dish tells a story of meticulous craftsmanship and innovative flavor pairings. The menu, curated by Executive Chef Victor Chen (formerly of New York Sushi Ko), offers three tiers of premium omakase, each highlighting seasonal ingredients and Chef Victor’s imaginative creations.

The dining experience began with the house signature cocktail, made with sake, yuzu, and violet syrup—a whimsical nod to the restaurant’s otherwise classic Japanese ambiance. The upbeat jazz music playing in the background added a lively contrast to Chef Victor’s quiet focus, creating a dynamic and engaging atmosphere.

The exciting spring menu babied us with glow-in-the-dark Firefly Squid as well as eels so delicate one would think they’re about to enjoy a bowl of glass noodles. A hairy crab peered at us over one course, sheltering a tangy salad made from its tender meat. Such creatures are common fare on the spring tides of the large Japanese coastline, chef informed us. An array of seasonal sea urchin species always brings a knowledgable crowd to Kintsugi, so book early for that summer treat.

While the atmosphere became increasingly lively as the evening unfolded and the guests got to know each other and the staff, the omakase culture at Kintsugi is one of careful curation and attention to detail. Guests can expect to pay a deposit and be patient, as Chef Victor and his team are focused and diligent in providing a truly exceptional dining experience. From bespoke sushi tailored to individual tastes to over 40 pieces of expertly crafted nigiri, every dish at Kintsugi is a work of art.

As you embark on your culinary journey at Kintsugi, be prepared to be transported to a world where every bite tells a story of tradition, innovation, and the beauty of impermanence. The latter of which is precisely what Chef Victor loves about sushi. “All of that work and it all goes into one bite” he says quietly as he gently sears a fat slice of sable fish. “Perhaps it is chewed a few more times, rolled around and savored for that moment and then its forever gone.”

In artful consideration of framing, each course is presented on dinner ware in collaboration with EM Ceramics and Spark Bird Studio who created an exclusive line of handcrafted, gold-fused dinner ware for Kintsugi. Experience for yourself the zen magic of this divine space and discover why, as host Klaus puts it, “everyone needs some Kintsugi after Covid.”

Kintsugi recently launched The Lunch Rush Omakase, a 12- course one- hour experience for $60. It is served on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from12–3 p.m. Also available is an optional seasonal beverage pairing (3) for $35 per person.

Kintsugi Omakase

28 Grand Street New York, NY 646-983-4616

Hours of operation:
Lunch: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12–3 p.m. Dinner: Monday-Sunday 5–11 p.m.
Closed on Wednesdays

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Food and Drink

Dream Tea NYC Dazzles with Delicious Sips



Calling all tea lovers!

Anney Norton has created a fabulous brand that is both delicious and a user-friendly way to create their  blend. Welcome to the wonderful world of Dream Tea NYC.

She has elegantly found a way to craft your own blend of tea from the highest quality organic ingredients. Each canister delivered to your door is full of flavor that is uniquely curated to your heart’s desire. From chamomile with whisps of apples, honey to responsibly sourced rose and lavender, there are hundreds of premium ingredients from dozens of quality sources to take the dreamer on an epic journey to discover amazing tea.

Custom tea blends are sent to your door. What is delivered to your doorstep is magical. Simply take their blend quiz by share a little bit about yourself and your flavor preferences. They then create the perfect custom blend for you.

It’s not just the special blend that will rock your world. The cutest and perfectly paired accessories help further produce a sophisticated culinary experience.

The Dreamy Tea Scoop is the perfect addition to your tea set. Using natural, non-toxic, food-grade steel, this brushed gold scoop is a safe and effective way to get the perfect amount of tea for every personal serving. In addition, Starry Sachet Bags are the only tea sachets using natural, non-toxic cotton fibers to help make a safe and effective way to brew the perfect cup.

Here is to creating your perfect sip today. For more information, please visit here.


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FAO Schwarz Launches Teddy Bear for enCourage Kids Fundraising



This is the cuddly gift that keeps giving.

FAO’s flagship store in the heart of New York City has launched the sale of a new look on Teddy with an enCourage Kids’ partnership. The high-quality plush toy is for the Send a Smile, Send a Bear program. Right now, Teddy is on sale at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

Teddy will soon be able to help even more pediatric patients navigate the stress of treatment, illness, and hospitalization. The program also delivers stuffed animal bears to hospital partners nationwide to help pediatric patients navigate the stress of treatment, illness, and hospitalization.

FAO’s motto is to be a source of wonder for each new generation, along with being a relentless supporter of quality and innovation in the life of every child. enCourage Kids envision a world where every child experience joy, hope and emotional healing along their medical journey. Together, we look forward to providing each child with this Bear, the ultimate symbol of hope, strength and courage.

Since 1985, enCourage Kids Foundation has helped humanize healthcare for children and their families by resourcing impact-driven pediatric programs and supporting the child life community. Serving more than one million children annually, enCourage Kids is focused on making hospitals a better place to get better.


Photos by Mychal Watts

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