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Posted by Mary Foley Real Estate Inc. on 7/7/2020

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Rustic décor style has been around and around some more. Today homeowners and designers alike still love this style, but it has evolved to meet some of their more modern design preferences. What is rustic décor? It’s a design style that focuses on natural fibers and textures with a heavy emphasis on wood.

Rustic styles can gravitate toward southwestern, country cabin or beachy, nautical décor depending on the color, tones and woods used. In the past rustic style has been marked by heavy furniture with large and oversized sofas and chairs, but today’s home seeks a sleeker and chicer version of this style. So, how do you accomplish rustic chic?

Woods

Instead of heavy wood pieces implement wood in other areas so you can keep the furniture décor light. Add wood beams to the ceiling or rustic paneling to the walls. Design a beautiful wooden mantle. Use a weathered gray wood for flooring, or even a charred finish. If you want a large wooden furniture piece, opt for a dining or coffee table made from one large slab. Another great place for wood is in the kitchen. You can pair a rustic kitchen island with sleek white walls and cabinets or go for the opposite and have a sleek island with rustic cabinets.

Textures / Fabrics

Using textures to soften the hard woods in your rustic décor is a subtle way to steer the design toward sleek instead of clunky cavern. Instead of the old rustic trends with big sofas and chairs sporting heavy rounded arms, try modern minimalist sofas in light colors and fabrics like grey canvas or linen. Add in more rustic vibes by selecting wooden accent furniture with leather upholstery. Keep window treatments lightweight and sheer as well, and stick with natural fiber rugs with little to no pattern.

Accessories

The best way to keep your rustic décor chic is by implementing small accessories and art. Evoke a rustic country or beachy vibe without overdoing it on the cheesy clunky items. Stick with small pieces you can add to the mantle or bookshelf, throw pillows and blankets and items with functionality like crates, trunks and bar carts. 

As with any chic décor look, the key thing to always remember is that less is more. Determine what direction you want to lean with your rustic décor and then implement the style with pairings that keep your home light, clean and inviting.




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Posted by Mary Foley Real Estate Inc. on 6/30/2020

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Some people seem like born organizers, especially when it comes to meal planning. In reality, it's a skill you can cultivate. Let us show you how to do just that, in five doable steps.  

1. Commit to the Effort

Any goal — exercising more, learning a new language or planning meals — starts with making a commitment. When you decide to get organized about planning meals, write down ways this new skill can help you. Start by asking your family or friends what they like to eat. Choosing people you actually cook for enables you to factor in their preferences.

2. Choose a Method that Fits Your Lifestyle

If you work full-time, you might not have time to cook fresh meals every day. Here's an example that nets you several meals with a few main ingredients. Buy a rotisserie chicken for one dinner, use some of the leftovers on a fresh salad the next night, then change it up by throwing the remaining meat into yummy chicken tacos. That's three meals down. Does roasted pork loin with veggies sound great for Sunday dinner? You can use the leftovers to make pulled pork sandwiches on Monday.

3. Map Out Your Meals with Recipes & Shopping Lists

You can also map out two weeks of menus at a time. This saves trips to the grocery store and makes it easy to plan meals around ingredients that fit more than one recipe. Remember to give yourself a break. This could mean occasionally eating out or including easy-prep meals to take the pressure off. Once you creating a grocery list that strategically maximizing all the ingredients you have to buy, work on another two-week meal plan. Eventually, you'll have several go-to roadmaps, complete with recipes and grocery lists, to feed your family two weeks at a time.

4. Cook Perishables First

If your meal plan includes perishable items, make those early in the week. Save simple omelets or pasta plates for further out to minimize trips to the grocery store. Balancing fresh and frozen goods can save money and allow you to buy some items in bulk. Many people over buy fresh produce and end up throwing it out when it goes bad.

5. Critique Your Success

After you eat a meal, take time to ask everyone for an honest evaluation. Make it fun with a star system. Gold stars are definitely do-overs. Bronze stars and below may need to be replaced on the roster.




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Posted by Mary Foley Real Estate Inc. on 6/23/2020

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When purchasing a home, there are many issues to keep in mind. These often include items such as the interest rate on the mortgage, real estate taxes, and homeowner's insurance. If you've purchased a home governed by a Homeowner's Association and have not lived within a similar community before you may find some challenges adjusting more specifically, HOA fees. Changes to rules and regulations within HOA communities usually require an official voting process before they are implemented. However, if you consider your community fees to be too high, there are a few negotiation tips that might get the process started.

Join the Board of the HOA

One of the first steps to consider is joining the governing board of the HOA. The best way to search for ways to lower HOA fees or impact other types of change within your community is to participate in meetings and to get to know the history of your community and the other members. These relationships and experiences provide a view of the current issues and goals of the governing group.

Review the Books

The breakdown of how the HOA is allocating fees is information that should be readily available to the community. If you're interested in exactly where these fees are going, request to review the books. You'll gain insight into the contractors that help serve the community whether it be landscaping, pool maintenance or any other amenities. If you have suggestions for adjustments the community may implement to save money, it is worthwhile to present those options to the board for consideration. When the HOA saves money, the HOA members save money as well.

Reduce Costs

One of the most common areas where an HOA allocates considerable funds is on landscaping. It is important to have well-kept property to benefit property values; however, it doesn't have to be expensive. If the books show high landscaping or maintenance fees, request that the board negotiates with the current provider for a reduced rate or interview other providers who may be a better value. If the current contracts are reasonable, the board may be able to defer non-essential maintenance.

Consider the Costs of Property Management

Finally, consider the costs associated with the current property management company. Those who live in a condo building, townhome, or other collective living association often have a property management company that handles the high-level issues. While they perform an important function, they can also be expensive. It can be helpful to negotiate a reduced rate with the property management company or consider other management companies that might come at a cost-saving to the community. This can help the HOA members save money on their periodic fees.




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Posted by Mary Foley Real Estate Inc. on 6/16/2020

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In many homes, the dining table is the ideal get-together spot to share a meal, hold gatherings and talk about important topics. However, it’s not only for eating, clinking glasses or having family discussions. It’s one of the focal points of your house and should be carefully considered. If you're interested in buying a dining table, you'll probably want to buy it to last, to compliment your home’s decor and only have to buy it once. Here is a guide on how to choose the best dining table material for your home.

Choosing Materials

Sturdy Wood

The ideal dining table is one that can last through years of wear and tear. A traditional dining table made from hardwood will take what you dish out. The best hardwood tables to go for are walnut, oak, mahogany or maple. Make sure that the hardwood is solid and from a reputable manufacturer to ensure its strength and durability. If hardwood isn’t your favorite option but you still want a solid table with a nice, wood finish, try composite wood. These tables are engineered from different, sturdy materials and are very economical.

Glass

Though wood remains at the top of the list, glass dining tables are also a popular choice, especially if you’re looking for a sleek or minimalist design. One of the unique advantages glass has is that it can blend seamlessly with many home decor themes. Additionally, it makes the room appear larger, lighter and brighter.

Marble or Granite

If you’re looking to impress your guests, a marble or granite dining table may be worth looking into. Natural stone has an irresistible and timeless appeal. They're also incredibly sturdy. However, they still have their downsides such as weight, cost and upkeep. If you decide to go with a natural stone table, remember marble can stain easily and granite requires annual treatment with sealants.

Choosing the shape

One of the advantages of a round table is its ability to fit into any room, be it a small nook, large dining room, or a part of the living room designated as the eating area. They offer flexible seating for conversation; an attribute many other dining tables lack. Likewise, a long, wooden, trestle table allows for guests to sit across from each other for friendly conversation and may still give you that classic, traditional rectangle. Finally, the ever-popular pub table adds ambiance to your space with a modern yet vintage appeal. 

Finding Your Color

Just because your table may be natural hardwood doesn’t mean it can’t have a splash of color. Chalk paint finishes on wooden, farmhouse tables might be just the look to tie your spaces together. You can also stain your wood in a dark finish to give it a dramatic glow. Glass tables come in colored or frosted glass, giving you the option to stick with a clear surface or add a little color to your dining area. Marble and granite range from pale off-whites to deep red or black hues. Whatever your choice may be, be sure to let the colors accentuate your interior decor.

Getting a dining table might seem like a daunting task, but with these tips, you will be able to choose one that serves the exact purpose you envision. If you don’t have space for the table of your dreams, let me know, so I can make a larger dining area one of our priorities during your home search.




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Posted by Mary Foley Real Estate Inc. on 6/9/2020

BEAUTIFULLY REMODELED THREE BEDROOM COLONIAL! HEATING SYSTEM AND APPLIANCES ARE NEW. HARDWOOD AND CERAMIC TILE THROUGHOUT. LARGE KITCHEN WITH BREAKFAST BAR. HOME HAS A ONE CAR GARAGE AND IS SITED ON .12 ACRES. CONVENIENT LOCATION NEAR HIGHWAY AND ALL AMENITIES.

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