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Posted by Joe Kulle and Katie Riley on 6/23/2019

It's moving day. With all paper's signed and keys in hand, movers unload furniture and boxes into your new digs. But nothing seems to fit. Move just one thing, and everything is out of place. Your old furniture seems bulky—or dwarfed. 

It’s Just. Not. Right. Busting the budget to buy new furniture is out of the question, so what do you do?

Clear the slate

If the weather allows, or your garage is available, move everything out of the room. Once the floor is empty, draw out a rough floor plan with a half-inch to one-foot scale or use an online floorplan option—many online furniture retailers offer floorplan tools on their websites. Measure every wall, window, and doorway, twice!

Cut rectangles or circles the to represent furniture. Use the exact same scale you used for the floor plan. If you're using an online tool, choose sample furniture as close to the size and shape of yours available. Then, arrange and rearrange the most important or largest pieces until they fit.

Try unusual options

If the sofa always sits against the wall under the windows, try moving it into the room so that the back creates a walkway. Place loveseats opposite rather than at right angles to the sofa and place a coffee table between them. When the predominant piece is the entertainment center, consider if it fits at an angle. Group furniture for watching television separately from a conversation area or study area. Anchoring larger pieces on an area rug rather than against a wall gives a room depth and dimension.

Wait to hang art

Once you've placed the larger pieces. Live with them in place for a few days before you add wall art and décor. Lean larger artwork against first one wall and then another to see how light plays off the surface. Change up how you've always done it. Perhaps a painting that formerly hung in your family room could go in a bedroom instead. Group smaller framed art together to create dramatic visual appeal.

Move smaller pieces around

After a few days with decorative tables, bookcases, or lamps in one location, try moving them to a new position to see if it works better. If something feels congested or cramped, move it—or remove it. Conversely, when your new space feels empty, consider what might fill that gap. Avoid adding furniture just to take up space. You might find a stack of floor pillows, or a minor adjustment in location works better.

Buy to fit

When you’re sure of the spaces left over, save up to buy just the thing that both fits your area and provides you joy. After all, you'll be in your new home for several years, so you have plenty of time to fill the space with items you love. 

If you’re completely frustrated with making your furniture fit, consider hiring a professional decorator or organizer. With a fresh eye, what you already have might just be all you need.





Posted by Joe Kulle and Katie Riley on 6/16/2019


The kitchen truly is the heart of most homes, and when it comes to choosing the best appliances to have in your kitchen, you must consider every item within the broader context of your eating lifestyle. But all things being equal, the following is a list of must-have kitchen appliances that every kitchen should have.

  • High-Speed Blender. Blenders are particularly good investments if you are a family tilted to soups or smoothies. There’s nothing as needful as the ability to turn vegetables into delicious broth or crushing fruits into healthy smoothies for the kids. Blenders are also great for whipping up homemade mayonnaise in your style.
  • Slow Cookers. Slow cookers are perfect for days when you want to come home after a long day at work and meet a well-cooked, piping hot meal waiting for you on your arrival. Simply throw in all the ingredients and condiments for your soup before you leave in the morning, set the programmer and walk away. You will return a well-cooked meal on your return at night. It’s almost like having your personal chef.
  • Espresso Machine. This coffee device is definitely on the list of appliances that every kitchen should have. An espresso machine will save you some money spent on coffee shops by delivering high-quality coffee to you at home. More so, if you are very particular about your coffee beans and flavors, then having your own espresso machine is a good investment.
  • Toaster Oven. If you have some extra space available on your countertop, then having a taster over is something that you should consider. Some baked edibles may be too large for your regular toaster, which is where your toaster oven comes in handy. It can even bake cakes and pizzas in a short time without giving off as much heat as a regular oven.
  • Food Processor. A food processor is a vital appliance for running all sorts of kitchen tasks. From blending to chopping and slicing, the food processor is almost a one-stop solution to cooking. The best thing is that you get to save time by not manually chopping those carrots and slicing the garlic, which can be converted to other things to make your cooking go a lot faster.

Always remember—at the end of the day, a must-have appliance for you is one that really fits in with the rest of your cooking habits and be sure to check out internet reviews before you finally pick a model for whatever appliance you want to purchase.




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Posted by Joe Kulle and Katie Riley on 6/9/2019

When we decorate and organize our homes, few of us give more than a passing thought to the way our choices will affect our mood and behavior in our home. Most of us simply organize and decorate based on what we like on a whim.

There are, however, entire fields of study devoted to the way our environment affects us (environmental psychology), and ways we can engineer and design our environments to change our moods and behaviors.

If you’ve ever visited a big city like New York you will likely have noticed an example of this firsthand in city parks.

When you sit down on a park bench, you’ll likely find that it isn’t the most comfortable place to sit. There’s more than just a tight budget at play here. Many engineers who plan parks use the idea of “unpleasant design.” They create benches with the intention of dissuading people from lying down  the benches by making them curved or putting arm rests in the middle of them.

In the same way that a city park can be designed to affect your behavior, your home can as well. In this article, we’ll give you some tips on how you can better arrange and decorate your home to have a positive impact on both your mood and behavior.

Organize to your advantage

Many of us think of our homes as the opposite of work--it’s a place we relax after a long day. However, there are a number of chores and tasks you’ll complete at home that can be optimally engineered to save you time.

One simple example is to think about the placement of the items you use in the kitchen. Is your trash can far from the countertop, requiring you to constantly walk away to toss out scraps?

A good way to find out the needless extra work you’re doing around the house is to take note of how you go about your daily routine. This will give you insight into areas where you might better use your time.

Declutter for productivity

Whether you work from home frequently or you just need a quiet place to do taxes or pay bills, a home office can be a good way to avoid distraction. That is, until you fill your home office with distractions.

When organizing your office, think about the content of it. For most people, a decluttered minimalist environment is most conducive to work. Leave out the television, keep your cell phone at bay, and don’t cover your desk in papers that you’ll constantly be rearranging.

Similarly, your computer needs to be tailored to productivity as well. We all know how tempting it is to head over to Facebook or Reddit when we should be focusing on work. A good way to help break this habit is to utilize a time tracking app that lets you know when it’s time for a break. Alternatively, you can use an extension or add-on for your browser that blocks sites like Facebook during the time you specify.

Colors matter more than you think

Each room in your home serves a different purpose. The kitchen is a place of activity and conversation, the bedroom is one of relaxation, and the home office one of focus.

Studies have shown that there is a correlation between the colors and brightness of the room we are in and our moods.

So, when you’re decorating a room in your home, think about the type of colors that fit how you would like to feel in that room.




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Posted by Joe Kulle and Katie Riley on 6/2/2019

As a first-time home seller, it can be difficult to determine exactly what you need to do to prep your house for the real estate market. Lucky for you, we're here to teach you what it takes to sell a house in any real estate market, at any time.

Now, let's take a look at three important questions that every first-time home seller needs to consider:

1. Am I ready to sell my house?

For many first-time home sellers, the answer to this question is a resounding "No," and perhaps it is easy to understand why.

Adding a home to the real estate market requires home sellers to conduct plenty of real estate research. By doing so, a first-time home seller can determine how his or her house stacks up against comparable residences that are currently available.

Also, it may prove to be worthwhile to complete a home appraisal. This assessment will enable you to identify your house's strengths and weaknesses and complete any property repairs immediately.

2. After I sell my house, where will I go?

It is important for a first-time home seller to think about the big picture. Thus, you'll need to consider where you'll go after you sell your residence.

If you think about where you'd like to relocate, you can start planning accordingly. In fact, you can establish a home selling timeline and find ways to make the most of the time and resources available to you.

In addition, if you need to relocate as soon as possible, this may have far-flung effects on how you market your residence.

A home seller who needs to move right away may be more likely that others to list his or her house at a below-average price. On the other hand, a home seller who can afford to be patient can wait out the real estate market if necessary.

3. What should I expect when my home hits the real estate market?

Unfortunately, the housing market offers no guarantees. This means a dedicated first-time home seller who goes above and beyond the call of duty to prepare a home may watch his or her house linger on the real estate market for months. On the other hand, a home seller who does minimal prep work may watch his or her house sell immediately.

When it comes to getting ready to add your house to the real estate market, there is no reason to leave anything to chance. With an expert real estate agent at your side, you can boost your chances of getting the best results during the home selling journey.

An expert real estate agent can answer any questions that you may have about selling your house. Plus, he or she will help you list your residence, promote it to potential property buyers and set up home showings and open houses.

Ready to add your house to the real estate market? Use the aforementioned tips, and any first-time home seller can seamlessly navigate the home selling process.




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Posted by Joe Kulle and Katie Riley on 5/31/2019

TO BE BUILT- OPTIONAL IN-LAW, BRAND NEW Ranch style living. Ask for plans to see the OPEN FLOOR PLANS WITH 9 FOOT CEILINGS with this fabulous center island kitchen features granite counters, walk-in pantries and stainless appliances. Master bedroom has large closets and the master bath with a double sink vanity. Additional bedrooms are good size with plenty of closet space. Conveniently located Minutes to Commuter Rail, Highway, Town and Bridgewater State University, Shopping, etc. Generous allowances. Upgrades available!! Choose your colors and flooring. Optional lower level could have in-law or an extra bedroom with family room with the walkout basement there are many options. Give us a call and lets sit down and talk. Customize your new home today AND have your parents live with you. ASK FOR DETAILS!

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