August 31, 2016

Get Outside: A Week in the Woods

It’s here, the end of summer… where has the time gone? I am away with my family enjoying the last few days of calm before the madness of school sets in. We are spending time swimming, catching frogs and crayfish, playing hours of UNO and grilling hot dogs and corn. It’s a much needed recharge before the busy autumn sets in and I plan to return refreshed and ready for a busy few months. I hope you have managed to pack in some fun this summer!

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August 24, 2016

Get Outside: Wild Blueberries

Last weekend I found myself unable to stop picking blueberries. I didn’t need any more… but I couldn’t help myself! The crop this year has been incredible due to lots of sun, hot days and a perfectly timed rain right as the season kicked off. The result has been gigantic berries in large clusters enabling even a novice picker to score enough berries for a pie in under half an hour. It’s bonkers.

With that said,

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August 24, 2016

Color Story: Painting the Exterior of 120 Oakview (Part IV)

Quite a bit of time passed  between the application of the primer and the final coat of paint. The rains just kept on coming and the painters were unable to do any work. When the sun finally came out they got to work and things progressed quickly. Once the paint was applied, as opposed to just the tinted primer, I breathed a sigh of relief and was reassured that the color I chose was the right one for the house.

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August 23, 2016

Preserving the Summer

I have always been a huge blueberry fan. Since I was a little kid summers were spent at a lake in rural Litchfield County. The lake is rimmed with wild blueberry bushes and my Augusts were consumed with the tiny blue fruit. The only thing I enjoy more than eating wild blueberries straight off the bush is picking them. By the bucket full.

It’s an obsession.

Over the course of a good berry season I inevitably find myself with more fruit than any human can consume at one time.

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August 18, 2016

Design Essentials: Indoor/ Outdoor Rugs

It’s no secret that I love a pretty rug. I am a firm believer that rugs add depth and personality to every room in the home and the dining room is no exception. When a simple rug is placed beneath a dining table it can really make the space feel finished.

Dining rooms are typically full of hard surfaces and often have a little bit of an echo. A rug will soften the the sound bouncing around the room while making the space feel polished.

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August 17, 2016

Color Story: Painting the Exterior of 120 Oakview (Part III)

I have to admit, when the first coat of tinted primer went up I panicked… It just looked so light, there was barely any contrast at all between the house and the trim. I called the incredibly patient George Mera at Independent to express my uncertainty and he calmly talked me down assuring me that the actual paint color would be slightly darker. Not too dark though right? Not too dark, I was told.

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August 16, 2016

Get Outside: Planning Fall Crops

Welcome to mid-August! The dog days of summer are in full swing here in SOMA and my garden is overflowing with more produce than I can possibly use. I am busying myself in the kitchen freezing, cooking and canning in order to extend the bounty. It’s exhausting.

While my tomatoes and long beans seem to regenerate every night while I sleep, some of my veggies have reached the end of the line. The snap peas have long since browned and shriveled up,

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August 11, 2016

Color Story: Painting the Exterior of 120 Oakview (Part II)

I love helping people choose colors for their homes – both interior and exterior. There are so many possibilities, so many beautiful colors, each one setting a different tone for a home. With that said, when it comes to making decisions for my own home something in my brain shifts and I become extremely indecisive. There are just so many lovely options out there and narrowing the choices down to one winner seems so Important.

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August 11, 2016

What Low Interest Rates Allow When Competing in Multiple Bids

My clients found themselves in the midst of a multiple offer situation this week — so to help them navigate their highest offer and best terms, I put together a number of different financial models for them, and this got me thinking…

Financed money will never be more competitive; that is, unless interest rates magically go down from this historically, artificially-low point where they are today.

Let me explain.

Let’s say you’re competing for a $500,000 listed home that will receive multiple offers.  

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August 10, 2016

Get Outside: Encouraging Pollinators

Since planting my first vegetable garden 3 years ago I have become slightly obsessed with pollinators. Well, slightly may be an understatement… I have started keeping honey bees after all, but that’s a topic for another day.

My first few stabs at a bumper crop were disappointing and as I researched successful gardening practices it all seemed to hinge around pollinators. The thing is, without bees, butterflies and other helpful winged creatures we wouldn’t have any pollination and without pollination there are no vegetables!

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