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Tips For Decorating Your First Staten Island Home

You’ve finally purchased your first home and you’re absolutely bursting with excitement. But before you dive into a world of paint samples and fabric swatches, it’s a good idea to slow down and take a deep breath. While you may be in a hurry to put your personal stamp on your new property, becoming a homeowner involves a large financial commitment. Let Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty help you balance your checkbook while giving you some practical ideas for decorating your first home.

It may seem counterintuitive but decorating your first home actually begins with purging your previous residence. This critical first step will not only make your current digs easier to pack up, but it will help you feel less stressed during the moving process. It’s a good idea to rid yourself of anywhere from 25% to 50% percent of your old stuff. Items you’ll want to discard may include wobbly furniture, old linens, and those dust-collecting knickknacks you’ve accumulated over the years. Plan on having a garage sale, auction items off on eBay, or donate them to charity. Remember, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Once you’ve got the keys to your new house, go immediately to the bedroom. Why? Because you’ll be spending one-third of your life in that room! Opt for new bedding and don’t skimp on thread count. If you can afford it, paint your bedroom walls to complement your new bedding. You may also want to add coordinating window treatments. Invest in a sturdy bed frame and headboard that reflects your personality and unique style.

When it comes to home furnishings, fight the urge to match. Retail stores would love for you to buy everything in sets, but don’t do it! A few pieces with the same styling are fine, but any more than that and your home has the lifeless, generic look of a furniture showroom. Make sure your own personal style comes through! Your top priority should be proportion, scale, and balance of your furniture and accessories within each room. Don’t overcrowd your home! In addition, use color to tie your living spaces together. If you have a splash of blue in your kitchen countertops, try to incorporate some of that color into your living room with either a piece of accent furniture or throw pillow in the same tone. Color can be the ultimate unifier.

Remember, don’t bust your budget by thinking you need to buy everything all at once. A good rule of thumb is to live in your new home for at least two months before making any significant purchases. Consider how you’re going to utilize your new space. Ask yourself, “what are my priorities?” If you like to entertain on a regular basis, investing money into a kitchen renovation may be more important to you than purchasing furniture for the media room. Get to know your house and give yourself time to “live” in it before making any huge purchases.

Finally, try to solve your problems inexpensively. Freshen dated kitchen cabinets with a new coat of paint and consider changing out the hardware. Replacing bathroom light fixtures or updating medicine cabinets can immediately improve the room’s appearance without breaking the bank. Artwork and accent walls are also a good way to bring a new, updated vibe into what might be considered dated décor. Use what you have before getting into debt by impulse buying.

Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty is proud to serve as a resource for all your home buying needs! Whether you need advice envisioning how to decorate your new property or require our help to stage a home you want to put on the market for sale; we are here for you!

Contact Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty, 4 Minthorne Street, Staten Island N.Y.10301 Today! Office: #718-702-6848 or #917-414-0847. Be sure to follow Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and of course, Instagram for more ideas on decorating and staging your property!


More about Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty

Buying or selling a home is an exciting yet stressful time, so finding the right realty is an extremely important decision. We believe that there are two kinds of Real Estate professionals: those who understand the emotional and financial complexity of selling and buying a home, and those who don’t. If the idea of buying or selling a home is perplexing to you, look no further: we work with integrity and knowledge to guarantee that your experience is unmatched.

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Record Condominium Sale With Breathtaking Views of Manhattan – 90 Bay Street Landing

The North Shore’s historic St. George district is known for both its charm and convenience. With close proximity to the Staten Island Ferry, residents who call this community home can enjoy a 25-minute FREE ride to Whitehall Street, Battery Park, and Manhattan’s Wall Street district. Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty, Inc. is proud to assist our clients with purchasing waterfront properties — recently breaking a record condominium sale for The Accolade Condos at 90 Bay Street Landing!

History of Bay Street Landing

In the late 1980’s, several waterfront warehouses overlooking New York Harbor were converted into the architecturally significant complex known as Bay Street Landing. This pet-friendly, five-building community of co-op and condo lofts is home to many medical, legal, financial, art and design professionals. Bay Street Landing provides the perfect combination of privacy, security and tantalizing amenities.

The Accolade – Condos @ 90 Bay Street

As one of the five buildings that encompass Bay Street Landing, The Accolade Condos @ 90 Bay Street, offers a collection of pristine condos, including many with spectacular waterfront views. Residences include studios, one, two and three-bedroom units. Each unit features a sophisticated, elegant design. The Accolade’s expansive interiors provide a blank palette for unlimited decorative possibilities. Windows that stretch from hardwood floors to soaring ceilings deliver buyers panoramic views in every direction. These luxury units also offer stylish chrome, marble, and stainless steel finishes including a stackable washer and dryer and individual climate control. Select units offer a private outdoor space for relaxation throughout the seasons.

On-Site Amenities

Tennis Anyone?: Bay Street Landing has two beautiful tennis courts – FREE for residents to enjoy. The courts are well maintained, in a serene and peaceful setting.

Exercise Facility: Feel free to cancel your gym membership. You can enjoy a healthy lifestyle at Bay Street Landing without ever leaving home! Create your own exercise program before or after work, or get fit any time of day or night. The exercise facility offers a wide selection of free weights, universal-type machines, treadmills, stationary bicycles and much more. The HOA charges a yearly fee for membership in some of the buildings.
Parking: Every apartment has at least one designated parking space. Expecting guests? Notify your private security and they will provide a visitor’s pass so friends and family may park inside the gated community. Street parking is also available.

Picnic On Property: Bay Street Landing offers a picnic and outdoor party area, equipped with gas barbeque grills, a canopy, picnic tables and plenty of space to enjoy the outdoors!

Children’s Playground: Bay Street Landing is a wonderful place for families with children! Kids can enjoy a playground with slides, climbing wall, net, and three crow’s nests!

Dog Run: As a pet-friendly facility, Bay Street Landing’s fenced-in dog run will equally allow members of your furry family to enjoy waterfront living. Mix and mingle with fellow pet-loving residents right on site!

Interested in exploring The Accolades @ Bay Street Landing? Or any of the Bay St. Landing Buildings? Does the charm of historic Saint George appeal to your home buying needs?

Then, CLICK HERE to see my current listing of 48 Bay Street Landing, another SPECTACULAR DUPLEX TOWNHOUSE FOR SALE! It’s a magnificent totally renovated & transformed 2000 sq.ft 2+ bedrooms, 2.5 baths Luxury Duplex co-op in St.George! Check it out on our featured 3D Virtual Tour link! 5 minutes to the ferry, quick & easy commute to Manhattan! Luxurious Grand Entrance with soaring 18ft. ceilings & Amazing Dramatic overhead mezzanine. Pristine Italian porcelain tile flows thru-out the entire first level. You don’t want to pass up this amazing property! Contact Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty 60 Bay St. Suite 701 Staten Island N.Y.10301 Today! Office: #718-702-6848 or #917-414-0847


Andrea & Anthony : Latourette

As first-time homebuyers, it’s extremely important to have an understanding and have guidance during the home buying process. Knowing the present market conditions and informing Andrea and Anthony what to expect was vital.

This is what the happy clients had to say about their home buying experience :

Holly was our real estate agent, and helped us find our first home! She was extremely professional, negotiated our deal perfectly, and guided us through the entire process. As first-time home-buyers, we weren’t sure of each step of the home buying process. However, Holly continuously guided us, and was available 24/7 to answer any question or concern! She also had great recommendations for a home inspector and lawyer. We can’t thank Holly enough for her hard work throughout this entire process,and highly recommend her to anyone buying a home :)

Ben : Grymes Hill

My goal was to effectively market and stage Ben’s home to it’s full potential. Preparing the home, neighborhood knowledge, providing updated data and staying in communication constantly made for a successful home sale.

This is what the Happy Client had to say about their home selling experience:

We recently worked with Holly selling our Grymes Hill home. Holly provided first class service from start for finish. Holly started by providing a detailed market analysis to help us price our home. Holly then worked with us to make sure the interior and exterior of the home was in top shape for showing and took professional photos for the listing. Holly attended every showing and kept us posted during all points of negotiations with potential buyers. Ultimately we found a buyer and got a great price for the home. Thank you, Holly!!!!

Harley & Tom : Sunset Hill


Time was a huge factor moving from Manhattan to Staten Island for Harley & Tom. Both worked in Manhattan and their daughter was attending school there also. They wanted an easy commute into New York City, but also had a specific type of home in mind. I worked aggressively to line up home showings including some FSBO because of low inventory. I was able to find the perfect colonial home in Sunset Hill to fit their lifestyle, and close the deal in three weeks!

This is what the happy clients had to say about their home buying process:

I did not know Holly and when I got off of the Staten Island Ferry, I was lost and wandering when she had spotted me.

She instantly puts you at ease and served as a well informed tour guide pointing out local hot spots, cheap gas stations, art galleries, parks and recreational centers, etc. She had lined up about 4/5 houses and had a very firm grasp on what we were looking for with regard to budget and overall housing needs.

We found the perfect house on our very first day! She had amazing recommendations for home inspector, roofer, general contractor and for anything else for which we inquired. She kept all parties on track to expedite our closing which she miraculously was able to have happen within THREE WEEKS!!!

I can’t speak highly enough about her professionalism and dedication and would recommend no one but her if you are looking to buy on Staten Island. As a native of Staten Island and member of The Chamber of Commerce, Holly is the only person you need to know for all things Staten Island!

Gaz: Dongan Hills


Helping Gaz and his family purchase their first multi family investment property involved targeting their specific search criteria. Once the property was located and the family agreed on it, I begin to set a plan into action.

This is what the happy clients had to say about purchasing their first investment property:

Holly is a delight to work with. She is very knowledgeable about the area’s of Staten Island and always had us in mind. Through the entire process she kept us up to date and provided us with exceptional service. I look forward to working with Holly again.

Nick & Nadia, Rossville

Sold Home in Rossville Staten Island.

Listening closely to busy homeowners Nick & Nadia, parents of 8 month old twins and a 3 year old… we discussed their goals and needs. Providing a strategic marketing plan, I set into motion a way to reach their goals and make the sale of their Staten Island home happen within the desired time frame. This is what the happy clients had to say about their home selling experience:

“Holly was always available to answer our questions and help us in the selling process. She was knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. She provided us with many comparables, helped us set a great price and even referred us to a real estate attorney prior to going into contract. She provided personal attention at every turn and made the selling experience very easy.”

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