6 Designer Tips to Make Your Home Look Expensive

By Barbara Pronin Creating a stylish interior for your home is rarely a problem when money is no object. But when funds are in short supply, says interior designer Cheryl Eisen, there are plenty of tricks for achieving the luxe look you want. Eisen, a long-time New York-based home stager who works for high-end clients, shared six practical if inexpensive tips... (more)

Sunny Days: Controlling Natural Light at Home

No matter the level of natural light in your home, controlling the light is important, especially if limited privacy or damaging rays are concerning. Several blocking techniques can correct these matters, say the experts at ODL, Inc., a leading manufacturer of door and window products. Those techniques are: Trapping light with textiles — If you’ve always... (more)

49-53 Appleton Street - Unit A, Arlington MA

The Idahurst Mansion’s newest unit is now available! This is a direct access unit via your private stone patio. The kitchen features GRANITE countertops w/maple cabinets, tiled floor & backsplash. The living room boast gorgeous exotic HW flrs, crown molding, and recessed lights. The 2nd entryway has marble flrs, and a huge closet for storage. Bathroom... (more)

What to Buy in October

By Barbara Pronin  Summer’s over, and a fall chill is settling in over much of the country. Retailers, even with Halloween yet to come, are beginning to stock Christmas merchandise. For thrifty shoppers, it’s a good time of year to pick up some great bargains on current and out-of-season goods. From Bankrate, Consumer’s Report, and online consumer... (more)

5 Home Upgrades to Make This Fall

Fall is the perfect time of year to tackle home improvement projects, especially those that enhance existing features or add new functions to your home. This season, consider making cost-conscious upgrades, such as: 1. Revitalizing worn woodwork – Nothing ages a home’s appearance faster than tired, weathered woodwork on the front porch or back deck. Apply... (more)

10 Tricky Ways to Save for a Down Payment

By Barbara Pronin   Saving up enough money for a down payment on your first home can seem like a daunting task—and it can be. But, say consumer advocates at, you might try using a few of these odd little shortcuts to trick yourself into saving more—and faster: -Automatic transfers from your checking account to your savings account can help... (more)

Greener Pastures: 5 Lawn Maintenance Tips for Fall

Come autumn, caring for your lawn should go beyond a weekly mowing. In fact, there are many steps homeowners can take to ensure their lawn remains healthy, green and beautiful for many seasons to come. 1. Aerating Aeration involves removal of soil cores to improve water and air movement in compacted soils, and aids in promoting deeper and increased root growth... (more)

Is It Smart to Buy A Fixer-Upper as Your First Home?

Buying your first home can be very exciting. Among all the decisions you’ll have to make when you seek that home is whether you want to buy one that’s ready to move into and live in as is, or one that needs a little work. Many people buy fixer-uppers because of the lower cost, but sometimes those kinds of homes can end up costing you a lot more in... (more)

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