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One of the most difficult decisions to make when refinishing a room is how much of a current trend to inspire your choices. Jumping in with two feet can be fun and certainly create a wow factor. However, trends can also quickly become outdated and if you’ve invested a lot of time and money into a particular one you will also have to spend a lot of time and money to change it.

Luckily, this isn’t an all or nothing situation. So whether your current obsession is mid-century modern or shabby chic you can satisfy your style preference without making a top to bottom change in a few months or years.

To start, keep bigger items like the wall color, flooring, and furniture neutral in both style and color. What I mean by this is to choose furniture that is inspired by or similar, but simpler, to a more trendy piece. And neutral doesn’t have to mean beige. Blacks, grays, blues, browns, whites, and creams with just a hint of the desired hue are perfect multitaskers that transcend both trends and time.

For example, if you want pink for a blush-toned creme or for green a sage infused blue. If you’re craving color black and white create the perfect canvas for colorful accessories to really pop and make a statement. Navy and charcoal are neutral but underutilized colors that allow you to give a little push style boundaries.

Bring in those pops of color with accents. Wall art, decor, throw pillows, curtains and bedding are perfect ways to do just that. Incorporate your favorite new colors and patterns throughout the room for a consistent look and not as if you haphazardly placed pieces as an afterthought.

The best part of using these details to infuse your trend of choice is that they enable you to go as bold or subtle as you like. Curtains or a comforter in a bright color or a bold print capture the eye immediately. Throw pillows and wall art, on the other hand, make for a room filled with personality.

It’s always fun to incorporate trends when we are decorating. It gives the room your unique brand of personality and brings the space to life. Cleverly choosing your larger items to remain understated to allow your trendy pieces take the spotlight is the perfect way to join in while also staying flexible if you tire of it or want to change things up down the road.

You’ll also be making a more budget-friendly project by choosing neutral tones for your investment pieces. They will be able to carry over decades to come while transcending, for the most part, the many trends it is sure to outlive.     


These days it seems sitting in front of a screen playing video games or watching movies is how many kids are spending their time. But it's important to know that encouraging them to keep in touch with nature is a good idea. When they get their hands dirty there are valuable life skills that can be taught, like with gardening. Gardening is not just a means to produce foods, it can also help to create bonding time between kids and other. It can also be a great time to broaden their knowledge of the science and the origins of their food.

Some valuable life lessons kids can learn from gardening are:

1. Responsibility

When you teach your kids to be responsible, it prepares them for all that life has to offer. With gardening, you can teach young ones the importance of responsibility, to accept a task or project, and see it through to fruition. They not only take pride in their accomplishment, but tit also helps them to get used to more and more responsibility as they grow.

2. Creativity

Gardening can also help bring out the genius in your kids by exercising their creativity to do something new. Whatever their task in the garden – selecting plants, staking, watering, planting or learning as plants grow, the garden provides the perfect spot to build and develop.

3. Health and Fitness

Doing something fun like gardening in the outdoor is plain fun and exciting. Hence, you need to encourage your kids to get their hands dirty. The bending, carrying, walking up and down are all forms of exercise. With this, they get to grow healthy while developing their physical and sensory faculties.

4. Nutrition

Eating healthy food that you grow yourself can be more nutritious than buying it from the grocery store. With locally produced foods, you enjoy all the vitamins and other essential nutrients in the produce that help to create a healthy and balanced meal. Growing your vegetables is better than depending on processed foods that are laden with chemicals and already lost nutrients. Home-grown sorts of foods are healthy for kids and they will even learn to make much wiser food choices in the future.

5. A Perfect Opportunity to Discover

The garden is like an outdoor classroom where your kids can learn practical and real-life lessons. In here, you can teach your kids about nature, nutrition, weather, the importance of water and sun to plants, etc. Many kids also believe the grocery store is the source of food, but a garden is the perfect spot to change this misconception.

Find a place in your yard today, or try using planters if space is limited, and you'll see the plants wont be the only thing growing.


This Single-Family in Lynn, MA recently sold for $400,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Philip & Hrono Partners - EXIT Realty Beatrice Associates.


Lynn, MA 01905

Single-Family

$379,900
Price
$400,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Welcome home to this centrally located residence that has been updated and is ready for you to move in! The first level offers a large living and dining area, spacious fully renovated kitchen with stainless appliances and granite counter tops. There is also an ample sized bedroom and an updated full baths. The floors are a combination of hardwood and tiled surfaces. The second level offers three well proportioned bedrooms and a second full renovated bath! A two-car garage, off street parking, roof installed in 2018 and a nice level lot add to the value and charm of this well priced home that will not last! Call today to schedule your showing!

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This Single-Family in Brockton, MA recently sold for $300,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Philip & Hrono Partners - EXIT Realty Beatrice Associates.


Brockton, MA 02302

Single-Family

$289,900
Price
$300,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1/2
Full/Half Baths
This 3 Bedroom Ranch Style home with 1 full bath and 2 half baths is waiting for your personal touches. The Kitchen is centrally located to all of your entertaining areas and flows into the Dining Room that will accommodate your formal dining with wall to wall carpeting and a bay window. Half wall into the generous size Living Room. Archway into the sun-filled Family room offering white wainscotting and an extensive view of your backyard through the sliders. Three considerable size bedrooms along with Full Bath off the Master Bedroom. Open floor layout with great flow! Mass Save insulation installed in the attic. Roof -2015, Gutters -2015. One Car Garage! Fully Fenced-in Yard for entertaining and pets to roam! Located in a neighborhood, setting conveniently close between Route 18 and 24 and near commuter rails, shopping, restaurants and much more!

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This Single-Family in Pepperell, MA recently sold for $342,500. This Split Entry style home was sold by Philip & Hrono Partners - EXIT Realty Beatrice Associates.


Pepperell, MA 01463

Single-Family

$339,900
Price
$342,500
Sale Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
1
Baths
Move right into this completely renovated 4 bedroom home located on a quiet street in a nice neighborhood..1st level features an eat-in oak cabinet kitchen with all new appliances and a slider to the freshly painted double deck that overlooks a large rear private yard that includes a storage shed, a new bowed window in living room, 3 bedrooms and a full bathroom..lower level consists of 3 newly carpeted rooms (a large family room, bedroom and bonus room/office) along with a workshop and laundry ..Updates include a newer roof and vinyl siding (2017) replacement windows, attic and foundation insulation (2018) upgraded 200 AMP electrical (2018) a new heating system and hot water tank (2017) along with new central air conditioning (2017)...all on a spacious private yard..just waiting for you to move in!!

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