Stay Warm By the Fireplace This Fall

FIREPLACE BEFORE & AFTERS 

A fireplace is a great way not only to stay warm fall and winter, but to dress up a living room! It adds a cozy & comforting aspect to the room. Some people lean towards the classic style fireplaces or like to give a more modern/contemporary appearance. Here are a couple BEFORE & AFTERS that we just love!

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We absolutely love this before & after. The change of colors used adds a more trendy feel to the fireplace. We also love the touch of black that has been added! We also love the accessories and photos that have been added. The black & white portrait pulls everything together nicely. 

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All white is a great way to brighten up any room & an easy way to add a updated and fresh appearance. If you are looking to Sell your home, consider an all white palette, it allows potential Buyers to feel as though they can start on a clean slate and it is also eye catching. 

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Swiping out the beige for the gray embellishment around the fireplace also adds a more modern feel. We also love the white shelves that have been added for extra storage surrounding the fireplace.   fireplace

This is a more simple change, but makes the world of a difference. From old to new, this white coat on top the brick brightens up the room and creates the appearance of a larger fireplace. 


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Pantone Color Of The Year-Pantone Colors for 2018

There’s a whole new set of neutrals.

We’re still wrapping our heads around how to use Greenery (the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year) in every single way possible, and already, we have more inspiration to ponder for the year ahead. Behold: The 2018 color forecast is here.At the International Home + Housewares Show, Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman revealed what color and design trends we can expect next year, and there seems to be something for just about everyone.”Metallics we know are classic, but they have really moved over into neutrals,” Eiseman said. She also predicts a continued infatuation with iridescence, since “the human eye can absolutely not avoid” anything pearlized or translucent.Another standout trend will include a movement to intense colors rather than pastels — music to the ears for bright color lovers.”Intense colors seem to be a natural application of our intense lifestyles and thought processes these days,” she said.Ready to start color scheming for 2018? Read on for the eight palettes you can expect to see next year.

Resourceful: A palette made up of complementary blue and orange colors. “This is quite an interesting color combination,” said Eiseman. “It combines warm and cool tones that you just can’t avoid looking at.”

Verdure: Vegetal colors like Celery are combined with berry-infused purples and eggshell blue, symbolic of health, in this palette.

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Playful: Think “Minions.” Bright yellow, lime popsicle, and all other things fun come together for this color scheme. “People need to stop and smile,” said Eiseman.

Discretion: Playful’s alter ego. Subtle hues such as Elderberry and Hawthorne Rose offer a new sense of strength. “Pink has developed more power than ever before,” said Eiseman.

Far-fetched: With warm, earthy hues such as Cornsilk Yellow blending with rosy tones, this palette “reaches out and embraces many different cultures,” said Eiseman.

Intricacy: A palette of neutral metallics (AKA, the “new neutrals”) with accents of dramatic Holly Berry red and yellow Sulfur.

Intensity: This is an eclectic mix of colors that evokes a sense of strength, power and sophistication, all balanced with black and gold.

TECH-nique: Bright turquoise, pink and purple colors anchored with Brilliant White and Frosted Almond nod to technology. This palette is all about hues “that seem to shine from within,” said Eiseman.

Source: The Pantone Colors 2018 – Pantone Color Of The Year

Check out last week’s blog: Mortgage Versus Renting 

All About Metal: Classic, Chic, Brass

Brass Faucets 

One way to dress up a room is by adding a metal. There are many options and opinions on the different metals that may be on trend. One metal we personally love is Brass. This metal is a beautiful statement piece and tends to stand out on its own, it does great accompanied with just white, just black, or both, especially in kitchens.

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We love how this kitchen is tied together with the Brass statement pieces. 

Brass also does well in Bathrooms, it’s unique and tends to stand out, especially in smaller bathrooms that need a little boost!

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One thing you need to be careful with is not to overload with brass, that is why some designs prefer to mix another metal within the design, such as silver.

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Take a look at our Listings we Staged with Brass !

566 CommonWealth Ave , Boston

&

3 Saint Mary Rd, Cambridge 

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All About Brass ..

BRASS REVIVAL – MODERN INTERIORS

40 Master Bathroom Ideas and Pictures

Designs for The Master Bathroom

“No matter the number of bathrooms in your house, the master suite deserves the grandest (and dreamiest!) look. Check out the details within these relaxing retreats and maybe you’ll be inspired to dress up your own personal spa.”

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Source: 40 Master Bathroom Ideas and Pictures – Designs for Master Bathrooms

Looking to Sell? Learn All About Your Home’s Value

Looking for ways to increase your home’s value?

Putting your home on the market and analyzing your home’s value can be stressful, especially when you want to get bang for your buck. A lot of the time many home owners hold a certain expectation for their listing price. But, it is important to keep a couple things in mind. What have you done in order to retain your home’s value over the years? One important factor is maintenance.

1. Get A Home Inspection

Getting a home inspection prior to receiving an offer is a great way to get a better understanding of your home’s value. Many times, Buyer do not waive the home inspection and things are found that can potentially the transaction falling through. According to the DIY Network, “Not every home improvement is cosmetic. Deteriorating roofs, termite infestation or outdated electrical systems — you can’t fix it if you don’t know it’s broken. Hire an inspector to check out the areas of your home that you don’t normally see. They may discover hidden problems that could negatively impact your home’s value.

2. Don’t Procrastinate-Make those repairs!

 

We know, repairs mean money, Keeping up with maintenance can be time consuming. But, it is important to keep in mind that the longer you procrastinate at making certain repairs, you are risking matters getting worse and in the long run you could potentially end up paying more for something minor. According to This Old House “Before thinking about a fancy upgrade to the kitchen, address the basics. Insulate the attic, repair plumbing leaks, replace rusty rain gutters, inspect the furnace and the septic system, replace or repair leaky windows, install storm doors, weed the flower beds.” Small changes make a BIG difference when it comes to increasing your home’s value. You don’t have to spend a fortune. Keeping up with your landscaping and curb-appeal also makes an impact on the first impression of your home.

3. Consider staging your home.

 

Staging your home is important when it comes to Showings, Open House, and of course your home’s photos that will be posted online (which a lot of the time is the Buyers first impression). Try spending time with a professional stager to get some advice as they know what it takes to make your home more appealing. A couple things that will need to be done is de-cluttering, keeping it clean, and organized.

Many Buyers want to feel as if the home is already move- in ready and well taken care of. It is important to think about the qualities you look for in a home and apply those to your current home. Professional stagers also have great advice about moving furniture to make a room appear larger & more spacious (which is a big deal to buyers) ..Also, adding simple little details that make a difference. Refreshing a paint job with neutrals also has been proven to help sell your home faster, for the most money.

 

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