Mary Cusano
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Commonwealth Real Estate | 508.561.5411 | [email protected]


Posted by Mary Cusano on 3/24/2019

Your home is your haven, and as such, it deserves special treatment. Contrary to the erroneous idea that home décor takes up lots of cash and time, we have put together a few ridiculously easy home-décor tips that are sure to help you transform your house to the home it deserves to be.

  1. Employ bright colors. Bright colors have a magical effect on any space. Colors help make even the smallest room appear more prominent. A great combination of large windows, bright-colored walls and carefully chosen furniture is all you need to bring the style and space home. Dark colors, on the other hand, suck up space and life in a room. Even a big room looks small and cramped with dark colors.
  2. Let the Mirror do the Trick. A mirror is yet another way to work the magic. They add scale and dimension to any space. Bright reflection from mirrors helps project an optical illusion of space. Be sure to place it just opposite the window for an effective result. Let the mirror do the trick!
  3. Use Dimmers with Your Lighting. Bright is not always the smart choice, especially when it comes to lighting. Make your home feel warm with dimmers. Dim lights will complement the mirrors and bright-colored walls, floors, and furniture.
  4. Use Drapes to Project False Height. Proper use of drapes with simple floor ceiling can create an illusion of higher ceilings. Make sure the curtains hung correctly for a fantastic result.
  5. Don't Push the Furniture Against the Wall! The first line of thinking when it comes to creating space in the living room is to push the furniture against the wall. Yes, you get some free space, but the room becomes more of a waiting room than a living room. Let the furniture float instead. Experts advise placing the furniture at least 18 inches from the anchor coffee table. You could choose any area you wish. It doesn't have to be the middle of the room.
  6. Spice Things up with a Touch of Varying Patterns. An excellent way to spice up your décor is to employ different patterns. You could mix things up with expensive and inexpensive designs. Matching new patterns with old ones is a creative way to go too. Mixing it up helps to give your home a unique touch that others lack. Give it a try!
  7. Add Color with Plants. Going green is the wave of today. Try adding color to your home décor by having plants in every room. Besides improving the beauty of your home, these plants also help cleanse the air in your home by absorbing pollutants and removing harmful gases. Go green!

For more home improvement ideas, speak with your real estate professional today.




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Posted by Mary Cusano on 3/23/2019

This Single-Family in Canton, MA recently sold for $402,000. This Cape style home was sold by Mary Cusano - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Commonwealth Real Estate.


11 Blackman Rd, Canton, MA 02021

Single-Family

$419,900
Price
$402,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Charming cape in great family neighborhood. This house has been occupied by same family that built it in 1953. Hardwood floors throughout, nice 3 season sunroom attaches house to garage. Partially finished basement with built in bar, great for entertaining. Backyard is almost completely fenced in, great for pets. Newer furnace. House has always been well maintained, maintence free vinyl siding, 1 car garage with electric door opener. Put your personal touch on this charming home to make it your own. Open House Saturday February 2, 2019 11:00-1:00

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Posted by Mary Cusano on 3/17/2019

After a move, everything feels fresh and energizing. This is, of course, in part because of the energy that comes with a big change. But it also comes from having a neatly, organized home. In the jumble of packing and unpacking, junk gets tossed and items get new homes. Everything gets a new dedicated area where it belongs. Everything is tidy, as it should be.

So how then can you maintain this wonderful feeling and continue to keep things neat and tidy?

First, you need to make a daily habit of doing a quick clean sweep every day. Whether you do it in the morning, afternoon or before bed isn’t important. What is important is that you do it every day.

Go through the house to make to corral up stray dishes, put items back into their dedicated places, and give homes to those who don’t have one yet.

And if you can’t think of somewhere to put it? Question its purpose and consider either donating or tossing it.

Aim to keep your surfaces clear of items. Allowing things to accumulate is one of the fastest for clutter to quickly take over. Stop it in its track by tidying up when you’re done using this “station” of your home.

Practice not being “lazy”. If you bring your tea to sip on the couch when you leave the room take your mug with you straight to the dishwasher. If you finished the last of the chips put the clip away where it belongs instead of leaving it out on the counter. Put pens back away after using them to jot out notes. Recycle magazines when you're done reading them.

If you find things are building up as clutter quickly you might have too much stuff. Which is okay, it happens!

Decluttering isn’t a one and done process. We need to consistently be assessing the things that collect in our homes and what benefit they are adding to your life. Sometimes we once used all the time have fallen out of favor or need to be repaired/replaced.

Make time once a month for a quick declutter session and once a season for a more detailed one.

And the best way to avoid clutter is to closely monitor what you’re allowing to come into your home in the first place. If you find you love to take things home just because they were free or on sale, it’s important to take a step back and ask yourself why.

After all, the less stuff we have in our homes the less there is to manage. Which means more time spent doing what you enjoy doing, like spending time with your family, and less time organizing it all.

 





Posted by Mary Cusano on 3/10/2019

Once you have bought a new house, you may feel lost as to where to start. There’s a long checklist of things that you should do to get yourself established in a new space. Here, you'll find a plan on what to do next. 


Get Recommendations On Local People You Can Work With 


Your realtor is a good place to start in asking who they recommend for many types of workers including plumbers, electricians, contractors, and more. You may even want to talk to your next door neighbors and see who they have used in the past for these types of handy work jobs. Even if you don’t need any kind of work done immediately, it’s a good idea to have some names and numbers on hand for future reference.


Don’t Paint Right Away


Although it seems much more practical to paint an empty house, once you live in your new home for awhile, you’ll get a sense of where the light hits and what colors will complement your furniture. When you pick colors in a rush, you run the risk of choosing shades that you may not love in the long term. Focus on properly lighting your rooms before you even start to paint.


Don’t Forget The Housewarming Party!


If you plan a housewarming party for a date that’s not too far after you move in, it will give you motivation to get things done in the house. The housewarming party is your accountability partner to get you to unpack those boxes and get decorating. Try to plan the party somewhere between one and two months after your planned move-in date. This will give you time to get things done, just not too much time!  


Meet The Neighbors


You should take some time very soon after you move in to meet your new neighbors. They can be a great resource for you as to what happens in your new neighborhood. Find out if any of your new neighbors have dogs that your own dog could meet for a friendly walk. Your new friends will even give you information about a neighborhood watch or important community activities as well.


Safety First


You’ll want to check all of your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and alarm systems. Be sure that they work. Then, change the batteries in each system to start fresh. You should also equip your house with a fire extinguisher or two. You can never be too prepared for an emergency. 


Next, you should check all of the door and window locks. Replace anything that used a key. You never know who had keys to the home before it was sold.

When you start small in a new home, things will begin to come together slowly but surely just like puzzle pieces.




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Posted by Mary Cusano on 3/3/2019

Choosing an interior decorator to handle your home remodeling project can be tough. You want to have the best result and everything to look exactly as you dreamt it. Because you will be spending a large amount of money on the project, it is crucial that you choose the perfect person or company to take charge of the job for you.

Here are a few things to contemplate so that you hire a great interior designer for your home or living space:

Communication

Any successful interior design project depends on the client and the designer being able to communicate well. The interior designer must able to provide regular updates and ask for the client’s opinion in all areas of the job. When interviewing an interior designer, ask about their design process to see how they involve you in the process.

The Rule of Three

To pick the right person for a job, the rule of three suggests that you should meet at least three designers. Meeting several designers allows you to get a feel for different styles, personalities, and quotes. After seeing three designers, chances are you may not have found the "chosen one" but you would have learned what you definitely don't want.

Be prepared for the meeting.

Bring your mood board, inspiration pictures and your existing floor plan to the meeting with the interior decorator so that you can have an informed conversation. Your preparation also means that they have to speak based on what is available so you can easily tell if they are learned or not. It also passes along the impression that you know precisely what you want and won't be pushed around. While it also creates a design bias, it's a practical way to find out bad fits for you.

Budget

Be honest about how much you want to spend on your project so that the designer can give you options that are achievable for you. The budget determines what the designer will recommend. It also leads to the conversation of which rooms are the priority or high rollers. All these help you to know what the discussion and final project will look like if you hire the person.

Follow your guts.

If you don't like the person upon first impressions, chances are you may not work well with them no matter how great a fit they are. You must be comfortable with whoever you choose to design your home.

Now that you know how to pick an interior decorator for your project start that process today.




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