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How Best to Prepare and Organize Moving to a New Home

By Debra Worthington, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."
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How best to prepare and organize moving to a new home. The good news is our step by step checklist is easy to follow. We break these tasks down into smaller tasks to ensure you will not miss anything regarding the move. After all, you want to make the entire transition as smooth as possible for you and your family. Thus, you can properly plan your move with the help of these essential tips. Here’s our useful checklist: How best to prepare and organize moving to a new home-

 

  1. Budget. First things first, you need to set up a budget for the upcoming move. Without a definite budget plan, you may have a hard time going through the entire moving process. A few months before moving into your new house, be sure to set aside enough money for the relocation itself. The earlier you dedicate money for your move, the better.

 

  1. Moving inventory. Don’t wait for the mover to provide you with an inventory of all your belongings. It’s important you have an inventory of your own to make sure you know what you’re moving. That way, you’ll be able to plan your packing efficiently.

 

  1. Unused and unnecessary items. After the inventory, it’s about time to walk through your house and identify the items which you don’t use or need anymore. Remember, moving is the best time to sort and purge. Deciding on items you are keeping, disposing and possibly donating will enable you to save on your purchase of moving boxes. Be sure to take photos of items you are donating for tax purposes.

 

  1. Size of your new house. It’s essential to check and measure the size of your new house so you’ll have an idea what items you should bring to your new place. Before your final move-in date, be sure you’ve visited your new home and have the area measured to figure out what furniture and other home items you should include in the transit.

 

  1. Moving Quotes.Be sure these moving quotes are written and binding. Not only that but you should make sure the price offered is within your budget; make sure you give yourself ample time to gather and analyze your quotes.The key here is to get your estimates early enough before the move. Moving company pricing/quotes can be affected at different times of the year: around school stops and starts, moving at the end of the month, just before or after the summer and around big holidays. So be smart and book early!

 

  1. Moving insurance. While you’re making some arrangements with your prospective moving company, check whether they are bonded and have adequate insurance for your move and belongings protection. Thus, always look for a licensed and insured mover for the safety of all your belongings.

 

  1. Utilities. Arrange to have your local services turned on at your new house: water, electricity and internet services. It’s better to have these utilities and services live at your new house just before moving day to avoid extra hassle with regard to your family.

 

  1. Packing supplies. Be sure to have all the necessary packing supplies beforehand so your packing task is efficient. Fragile furniture and kitchen wares, may call for bubble wrap and specialty containers. Using colored markers with smart labels for your moving boxes will allow the moving foreman to create teams for the movers to deliver the boxes and furniture to the proper floor or room correctly. Proper labeling will make for move time efficiency with less errors of moving boxes more than once.

 

  1. Secret Best Moving Tip. Use one (1) box and label it OPEN FIRST BOX! Here’s what to pack in the OFB: chargers for all your phones etc., coffee maker or teapot, coffee, filters, teabags, coffee mugs or tea cups, knife, fork and spoon set for each family member, Paper plates, toilet paper, paper napkins, roll of paper towels, Kleenex, bottle opener, hand towels, bath towel for each family member, toothpaste, dog or cat bowl, animal food, leashes and bags for walking dog, and plastic trash bags. You will be so happy when you arrive at your new house and you order a pizza!

 

  1. Change of address. Be sure to stop mail at your current address. Visit your local post office and inform them about the move. In addition, fill out additional change-of-address forms for your subscriptions etc.to be forwarded to your new address.

 

The Bottom Line

Moving doesn’t have to be stressful!  If you’re too busy to make the necessary preparations in advance, hire competent movers to minimize the burden of moving. Entrusting your move to the professionals knowing they’ll handle your needs properly – from packing to safely transporting to your new house.

Commercial Interior Design What and How

By Debra Worthington, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."
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Commercial Interior Design, Newburyport

Now seems like a good time to introduce you to our other design service Commercial Interior Design what and how. Commercial Interior Design is comprised of office, retail, and hospitality/restaurant type of projects. When commercial clients are outgrowing their existing space, need test-fits of spaces for lease, or just a new venture or business that may require commercial style space; hiring a qualified Interior Designer can make your project a smooth success!  For instance, when we perform interviews to gather programming to analyze your needs and plan for future growth—this stretches your funds and insures value earned.

Designing for Retail or Hospitality/Restaurant clients is best served when their brand is threaded throughout the design, selected space and in all their marketing materials and signage. Worthington Interior Design is very adept at analysis merged with creativity to bring a winning commercial interior design space to life.

It was once said “Trendy is close to Tacky” so it’s enormously important for us to listen to our client’s needs and deliver stellar design that is both highly functional and unique. Timeless design for commercial interior design spaces is curated and studied. Each client is different each company or hotel is different offering their clientele a unique experience to work with them. So its incumbent upon interior designers like us at Worthington Interior Design to stay educated and informed to meet each type of commercial client we encounter.

After Programming is gathered, Space Planning is taking the client’s requirements and developing the space plan to mirror the program. Once the Space Plan is approved we move into the next phase of work called Design Development.

Design Development is where we develop the 3D aspects of the space plan. We address the walls, ceilings, floors and lighting. Each of these components is presented with materials or photos or samples. The client works closely with us as we begin to bring their company to fruition.

Construction Documents are drawn for actual construction. Any consultants required are engaged. These may encompass acoustical, structural engineering, or lighting consultants. Each consultant submitting design and construction drawings is included in the overall clients complete set of construction documents (CDs). The next step is to bid out the plans, select a General Contractor and manage the Construction Administration.

Worthington Interior Design is well versed in all areas of Commercial Interior Design. So if you are looking to be on the cutting edge with your unique business, commercial interior designers are well worth having on your team!

Work With an Interior Design Pro..11 good reasons why!

By Debra Worthington, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."
Worthington Interior Design
Worthington Interior Design Newburyport

WID has written about this very topic many times over; but if you are still not convinced read an article written by an Interior Design colleague below. A designer offers 11 ways a pro can help you get the most joy from your remodel while minimizing headaches along the way.  Yanic Simard May 22, 2018, Houzz Contributor, Founder, owner and principal designer of the award winning residential interior design boutique firm Toronto Interior Design Group…

When people consider hiring an interior design professional for the first time, they often don’t know what to expect. Television can make it seem as though designers are magicians. This can create the illusion that designing, purchasing for and executing a vision can happen in a day; that concepts cost next to nothing to achieve; or that these professionals do nothing but shop, cause drama and have the time of their lives spending clients’ money.

That’s good entertainment, but it’s not reality.

In the established design industry, the career is serious business. It takes years to master the art of interior design. It is complex, calculated and practical. A design professional is often part creator, part project manager and sometimes even part therapist, helping homeowners to determine their dream design and bring it to life while helping them to breathe through the complexities from start to finish. Design professionals have learned over the years to wear many hats to benefit their clients.

Here are some of the top reasons for entrusting your project, whether it’s big or small, to a professional designer.

  1. Designers keep it real. It’s important to have big design dreams, but it’s also important to have a good idea of your design limitations. Television shows can make it seem as though anything is possible, no matter your space or your budget. In reality, every project has limitations, whether from the physical structure (like immovable walls and support columns) or other factors.Design professionals can help you determine which of your goals are realistic for your project and warn you of potential issues before any work or buying begins. This ensures that your plans are achievablewithin the budget you’ve set.
  2. Designers see potential. When it comes to your space, design professionals see not only the limits, but also the potential. It’s easy to get used to a furniture plan or functional layout in your space, or to think that there are no other options. But trained eyes can help you see possibilities you might not have considered. Whether you’re planning a major renovation or just refreshing your style, a design professional can help you get the best from your home.
  3. Designers use a time-tested process. Knowing your project’s limits and potential is just the beginning of a process that design professionals use to make sure a project stays on track from start to finish.Each designer may have a unique way of doing things, but ultimately an experienced professional will have a tried-and-true method that will help guide the project and make sure nothing gets missed.
  4. Designers can save you money. Yes, bringing in a pro to help manage your project can even save you money. There are financial considerations that you might not see upfront, including the considerable potential cost of mistakes.That said, while professional design can prevent expensive errors, it is still a luxury. But it’s one that can be considered an investment in the enjoyment of your home.
  5. Designers speak many languages. Some design professionals may actually speak many foreign languages, but all speak languages you might not be aware of, such as “contractor,” “architect” and “permit approval officer.” Communication is key in any design project, and mistakes and hiccups usually occur when a seemingly simple conversation or request is misinterpreted by one or both sides. An experienced professional will know how to properly communicate your design vision to the relevant tradespeople and suppliers, with detailed drawings, documentation and follow-ups to make sure your design dreams don’t get lost in translation.
  6. Designers bring the best tools. Design professionals use a range of software programs that produce accurate drawings and 3D visualizations of a space. Whether you’re moving walls or ordering furniture, you might find it tough to picture in your mind exactly how things will fit and look. Proper drawings will ensure that the pieces come together the right way, and in good proportions, so you don’t have to return items and start again.

Professionals can also give you access to a wide range of samples and materials that have been preselected from their favorite providers. A trusted designer with knowledge and taste will greatly simplify the process of browsing materials and finishes by showing you the best of the best, rather than an overwhelming array of options.

Designers may look at hundreds of stone samples, fabrics or plumbing fixtures before showing the best three or four choices to their clients.

Most designers have access to exclusive products, paint colors, hardware or other go-tos that they have used before and know work well. These recommendations from an experienced pro are invaluable.

  1. Designers save you time. Designing, building and furnishing a home is a bit like planning a wedding: You don’t realize the incredible number of decisions that need to be made until the process is already underway and the to-do lists start to pile up.

Designers are also trained to anticipate obstacles, which pop up in virtually every project. A professional with years of practice overseeing complex projects will be able to spot the ways things could go off course and then plan ahead to avoid issues. Coordinating the ordering and delivery of materials, the different tradespeople and installers, and your personal schedule can be hectic, but it’s important to make sure these moving parts coordinate smoothly, or the project can see serious delays.

With every project, not everything goes according to plan. Things come up that require quick reactions. Designers are there on hand to make the crucial decisions on the spot so you can focus on life’s more important things.

  1. Designers think creatively. It’s easy to go into a store, buy a furniture set from a display, have it delivered to your home, set it up and call it a day. But will that set from a showroom floor suit your unique space? A design professional can think creatively about your goals for your space and come up with solutions and ideas that you would never have thought of. Clients often tell me, “I never would have pictured that piece or color in my home, but now that I see it, it’s perfect.”
  2. Designers know how to edit. While it’s important to be able to think of creative features to add to the space, it’s equally important to know what to leave out. An interior design professional can guide you through the intricate process of knowing when to stop adding new elements — and how to get rid of old clutter. Ultimately, it is good editing that gives a home a collected sensibility while remaining personal, unique and true to the people who live there.
  3. Designers offer a range of services. Hiring a designer isn’t just like handing over the keys to your home and letting someone take over.  While some designers specialize in full-service offerings, others will tackle smaller one-off jobs like helping you pick paint colors, find the right furniture, select materials or simply plan a space. Of course, with different offerings comes different fee structures, which is something you’ll have to discuss with your design professional.
  4. Designers find the wow factor. Finally, this brings us to the reason people often begin a design project in the first place: the wow factor. Clients may find it hard to take risks, and that makes sense. Nobody wants to gamble with hard-earned money and lose. However, it’s important to take at least some design risks to find the dazzling, show-stopping moment that makes a project feel as though it was worth undertaking in the first place. Call or Email Worthington Interior Design today.

 

Providing Cool Air Conditioning Comfort to our Community!

By Charity Lombardi-Simard, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Charity is president of Lombardi Oil & Gas. She is second generation in the family business that was started by her father in the 1950’s. Her interest in the industry is the continued evolution and fast-paced movement into cleaner and more efficient energy. Her vision for the business is to maintain a personal culture with the community and to provide options and service to those that heat with fuel – with focus on hi-efficiency equipment, use of new technologies and Biofuel delivery. In her personal time, Charity is active in the Icelandic Horse Community, with 2 of her own. She travels regularly to Iceland to train and supports promotion of the breed in the US.
Lombardi Oil & Gas
Air Conditioning, Newburyport MA

Air Conditioning used to be a luxury, but modernized homeowners are more reliant on cooler drier air. Higher efficiency options allow for comfort with less operational costs as well as creative solutions for style and decor. In addition to making everyday life more comfortable, air conditioning does much more for homeowners.

 

 

  • Air Conditioning continuously filters and circulates indoor air, removing airborne allergens, pet dander, pollen, pollutants and more. For those with respiratory conditions or sensitive allergies, HEPA filters and air purification systems work alongside air conditioning units to bring needed relief.
  • Air conditioning dehumidifies the air as it cools. This is important because humidity inhibits the ability of our bodies to self-regulate temperature, and it makes cooled indoor spaces feel clammy and smell musty.
  • Many modern air conditioning offers multiple fan settings, making it possible to filter and circulate indoor air even when the Air Conditioning isn’t actively cooling helping homeowners strike a balance between cleaner air and lower energy bills.
  • Smart Thermostats, the latest in thermostat technology, make it easier than ever to control air conditioning energy use. These thermostats can be controlled from anywhere using your smartphone, and they provide the most user-friendly interface for setting up detailed cooling schedules that will save you money.
  • As an alternative to central air systems, DUCTLESS Air Conditioning & HEAT PUMP units are Great for older homes, renovated spaces and targeted cooling and heating needs – and can provide added value with savings up to 30% in heating costs.
    • Whisper Quiet
    • Quick & Easy Install
    • Year-round efficiency
    • Wi-Fi compatible
    • Wall, ceiling or floor mounted
    • Aggressive rebates available for new installations

Some suggestions to keep your Air Conditioning system running at peak performance:

Keep your outdoor condenser free from leaves and brush. Sometimes you may want to hide the outdoor unit, however, please make sure to leave sufficient room around the whole unit, for proper air circulation on top and sides.

Change the filter regularly. Your air conditioner breathes through its filter, and when that filter becomes clogged, your AC unit struggles. A dirty filter can cause your fan to wear out prematurely and can sharply increase your energy use. Make a habit of replacing these on time!

Tune up your AC unit annually. Annual maintenance from a licensed technician is the only way to get your system ready for the cooling season. You’ll experience fewer breakdowns, lower energy bills and a longer life for your air conditioner.

Consider an Air Conditioning maintenance plan. The plan will cover an annual tune-up – and give you 15% off any parts and labor.

If you experience any disruptions in your cooling system, or have interested in upgrading to high efficiency or ductless, we are happy to help!

Customer satisfaction is important to us. We will offer the best value, with reliable, quality Air Conditioning service and installation and top of line expertise, to increase your comfort, convenience and safety. Call Lombardi Oil & Gas anytime to see how we can help you 978-465-7200 * Lombardioil.com!

Building Your Custom Home – Consult Newburyport’s Premier Custom Home Builder

By Greg Greene, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Greene Construction LLC based in Newburyport, MA. Greg began working in construction while finishing college, and decided he loved the creativity of finding solutions to give homeowners what they want and need. With more than 25 years in remodeling and custom home building, Greg loves what he does, and the community where he lives and works. He enjoys meeting with clients in their home or one of the Newburyport hotspots like Plum Island Coffee Roasters or Mission Oak Grill (awesome food). You can learn more about Greg’s varied projects at NewburyportBuilder.com.
Greene Construction
Building Your Custom Home, Newburyport MA

Building your custom home offers you the opportunity to design a home that manifests precisely how you imagine it to be and excludes any unwanted spaces or features that are not conducive to your lifestyle and personal preferences.  Consulting with a professional home builder will indeed, empower you by adding to the decision-making process and introducing factors you may not be thinking of. Your budget is something you surely have thought about; but have you considered factors such as the price of neighboring homes and how that might affect the value of your home?

When buying an existing home, you never want it to be the most expensive home on the street, because the selling price will be based on nearby homes. The same can be said for the custom-built home and its location. The property design is another factor to consider when building your custom home and you will want to ensure you are compliant with local zoning ordinances.

Searching for that utopian location can be tricky. Finding the exact match of the perfect location and the style of home that reflects your lifestyle and personal style is even harder. Location is key to your family’s daily routine and it’s important to think about where you are now financially, and how that has changed from where you were.

You may find yourself debating the expense of renovations for an existing house versus having the house built exactly to your standards. The benefit of building your custom home, is that it doesn’t have to be more expensive than investing in an already made home. You may find a home that is almost perfect, yet it’s missing something unique to your tastes. What’s worse, is having to deal with a section of a house or floor plan, that you would rather not be there.

Finding a home close to your liking may also not include the most current standards for safety codes. What is even more unsettling, is what you may not see, hidden in the foundation or the structure of the home. A custom-built home offers you the advantage of seeing the house from scratch to polish.

You may want to consider the resale value when planning your custom home location. Many people who have their home custom built may not think that they will ever want to move, but it is advisable to think about the possibility you may want to relocate at some point. As time changes, so do the lifestyles of their inhabitants.

Popular home styles in New England include: Colonial, Federal, Shingle Style, Victorian, and Contemporary. Even with classical styles and modern floor plans, you are more likely to see an efficient use of space and lighting with a custom-built home. Custom homes may externally appear to be architecturally older, but can have a floor plan that is quite modern. Building your custom home will implement energy efficient materials, climate control, modern insulation and innovative plumbing. Aesthetics that embody a balance between the structural integrity and the visual appeal of the home, will allow for future customization capabilities and home additions with less hassle and added value to your home.

Now that you are in the market for purchasing a new home, or even renovating your current home, contact Greene Construction, Newburyport’s Premier Custom Home Builder and Remodler. For more information about Greene Construction and our long history of designing and building custom homes in Newburyport, please visit http://newburyportbuilder.com

 

Call Early for Your Moving Services Estimate – Enjoy Big Savings!

By Mary Boddy, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Mary is the Office Manager for Ferrick Brothers Moving Company. From start to finish Mary gathers all important details about client moving needs, she sends quotes and executes contracts. She helps coordinate move logistics and convey important client needs to the folks facilitating the moves. Mary is there to help answer questions, confirm critical details and she is there in the end to follow up with clients and gather feedback about their moving experience.
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moving services

Most people and businesses planning their next move tend to forget something really important before they’ve even gotten started: a moving services estimate. Whether you’re planning a same-city “mini-move” or a long-distance relocation, calling early for a moving-services estimate could save you a lot of money – up to 50% on moving costs, in fact.

Ferrick Bros. Moving Company is a family-owned regional moving company serving commercial, residential, and industrial customers in the Newburyport area and beyond. As a locally owned and operated moving and storage company, Ferrick Bros. offers highly competitive pricing compared to national chains.

Be sure to get your FREE Moving Services Estimate as soon as you begin the moving process! Visit our website for a same-day online estimate or, for best accuracy, we’ll come to you. Online estimates are not as accurate as getting a quote from the owner, Bob Ferrick, either on the telephone or a free, in-house estimate.

Click here to get your moving coupons from Ferrick Bros!

  • $25 off any job between $500-$999
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Call us anytime 24/7 at 1-978-476-4229 for additional cost-saving moving services and storage tips. Same-day service available.

Ferrick Bros. also provides packing, unpacking, and pad-wrap services, and free boxes and other packing supplies are available upon request. We also understand that some moves require storage options as well. Ferrick Bros. offers furniture storage and portable storage facilities to fit any storage need.

Let Ferrick Bros. Moving Company do your heavy lifting for relocating your business office and equipment, moving into a new house or apartment, and/or transporting your specialty items with care.

Our strong reputation in the Newburyport area reflects our emphasis on best value and excellent customer service. Call or visit us online now to find out how much you could save on your next big move. You can’t afford not to!

Design Ideas for Outside Living on Your Patio, Porch or Deck

By Debra Worthington, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."
Worthington Interior Design
Patio, Porch or Deck, Newburyport MA

Explore easy ways to design outside living on your patio, porch or deck in Newburyport with amazing options for furniture, lighting and serve-ware! If you have enough space for a great sectional sporting an indoor/outdoor easy-to-clean material look to Restoration Hardware’s Classic Kingston collection. 14 different fabrics, 2 seat depths to fit  compact residential footprints are great. Want to get rid of your old picnic table? Wait a minute, you can paint it and apply a cool French stripe runner to dress up your 1950’s style picnic table. If you can’t bring your precious pillows outside on your patio, porch or deck have Newburyport’s 2017 Best Interior Designer, Worthington Interior Design work with you to select hip Perennials fabrics to create what looks like it belongs on the inside; but can live on the outside!

Newburyport has such a beautiful coastal setting to decorate your table with an obvious ‘sea-worthy’ theme, and there are so many great melamine dishes in marine, coral and nautical patterns it’s hard to choose. Think about introducing a different design approach of geometrics. Mixing stripes, chevrons, windowpane, hounds tooth or dot patterns to create unique outside space. All related without committing to a particular design so you can add more accessories year after year.  Anchor your outside space with a chevron rug in polypropylene, easy AND breezy!

Consider arranging your outside patio, porch or deck space whether small or large, so you have a view of your plantings and landscaping. Decorate the side of your house with all-weather artwork to resemble a room without doors and walls. Move your games and puzzles outside with comfy unique oversize to the trade cushions or poufs that Worthington Interior Design would be happy to acquire for you. Lighting with huge glass hurricanes and add a hanging a flea market chandelier from a tree with nautical rope you can find in Newburyport area marine supply stores creating a glow on your patio or deck. Just be sure candle- safety is in place. See our selection of French style Spring-Summer candles from Point a La Ligne/Bougies a la Francaise.

Also consider lighting with battery operated candles in all sizes to offer a worry-free outside! And the new LED colored sculpted sphere or globe lights with remotes will instantly set your mood to chill! Summer is all about outside, entertaining and fun. Fun can either be at the local Newbury Plum Island beaches or just a set-up game of croquet, badminton, or French boules in your own backyard!

Define your own outside albeit poolside, patio, deck or porch style with bright colors or classic neutrals! Try mixing the unexpected- turquoise with navy, red with pinks, oranges with purples and highlight with flowers in a single color for an understated elegance. With all the many ways to design living outside in New England’s beautiful coastal city of Newburyport, let us help you make the most of your patio, porch or deck decor.

 

3 Valuable Tips for Arranging Artwork in Your Home

By Debra Worthington, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."
Worthington Interior Design
arranging artwork, Worthington Interior Design, Newburyport

3 Valuable tips for arranging artwork on your walls and throughout your home. Often I get asked to help my clients hang their art or arrange their collectables in their home. First tip is to gather all the art into 1 room and begin to organize by size, subject or genre. This can take some time and is most important before anyone swings a hammer to nail! After you have made these select piles and you may mix all three ways just so you have separation. If you have sculpture pieces depending on the size or number you may need to make a special grouping for oversize or one-of-a-kinds.

Now looking at your piles, the 2nd tip for arranging artwork is to assign each piece to either a room or space that identifies with the furnishings or purpose of that room. For instance, if you have a room with a black and white color scheme you may want to use only black and white style art in that room. Or you may have a room with not a lot of color so choosing a grouping with lots of fun colors may really work nicely if the frames or pieces are not too heavy. If a room with neutral colors can be thrown off balance if the colors are too strong and the frames too heavy to hold the room or space together. In this case I would opt for colors that may be muted or pastel to go with the neutral furnishings in that room.

Tip 3 – Now that you have placed a grouping in the room or space : say you have 8 pieces of all different styles but the same subject as we mentioned above, you take the largest piece and lay it on the floor in front of the wall you are using. Then take the next few pieces say they are pair just smaller lay them next to the large piece and space them out using the middle of the large piece and do not let them exceed either the horizontal or vertical dimension of the large piece to find their final location.

Each time you lay down a piece and review if you like your arrangement be sure to take a photo of the layout recording it for hanging. Continue with the other pieces in the grouping placing them around the largest piece and relating them each piece you continue to place. This will create an interesting dialogue of your art and show you where it will fit best on your wall. If you have furniture on that wall it will also guide you with the starting heights. Many homeowners hang their art too high so keep in mind 60” above the floor onto the wall is the common site line dimension we use in the industry.

Using these 3 valuable tips for arranging artwork on your walls can make it a fun activity! However, if you need our help to solidify a special arrangement for your artwork call and make an appointment with us,  Worthington Interior Design 617-633-3005, we’d love to hang with you!

Happy spring!

See you next month.

Quality Service and Repair – Protect Your Heating & Cooling Investment!

By Charity Lombardi-Simard, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Charity is president of Lombardi Oil & Gas. She is second generation in the family business that was started by her father in the 1950’s. Her interest in the industry is the continued evolution and fast-paced movement into cleaner and more efficient energy. Her vision for the business is to maintain a personal culture with the community and to provide options and service to those that heat with fuel – with focus on hi-efficiency equipment, use of new technologies and Biofuel delivery. In her personal time, Charity is active in the Icelandic Horse Community, with 2 of her own. She travels regularly to Iceland to train and supports promotion of the breed in the US.
Lombardi Oil & Gas
service and repair, Newburyport MA

When inviting someone into your home for service and repair on your gas/oil heating or ac system, you want to ensure that you have partnered with a qualified, company that you can trust. We recommend for your safety and comfort, that the company be licensed and insured properly with both General Liability and Workers Compensation, technicians should be wearing company uniforms, always arriving in a marked company vehicle fully stocked with parts and tools and be fully licensed and trained. If you are using services of Fuel Oil Delivery, reputable companies will be taking extreme care with safe delivery process for environmental protection of your property. They should offer to check your oil tank to make sure its safe for delivery, and be sure that there is an accessible fill pipe and properly working vent whistle. We recommend Bioheat Fuel Oil, a cleaner energy option for your home. An Automatic Bioheat Fuel Oil Delivery program is highly suggested as it ensures that your fuel level doesn’t get too low, potentially stirring up any bottom residue, and clogging up filters. Also, drivers and routing programs can help to uncover any service issues, no heat issues and excessive usage. All Heat/Hot Water/AC systems should be serviced annually to keep them operating at peak performance while checking all safety features, and helping to prevent more costly breakdowns.

Homeowners Choose Lombardi Oil & Gas for their service and repair comfort needs!

If you need Bioheat fuel oil delivery, service and repairs on heating, hot water or AC, a consult/estimate for an upgrade to your heating system or conversion installation to high efficiency, you can count on us. We commit to offer the best value, with reliable service and installation and top of line quality and expertise. Over the past 60 years, we have kept our service area very localized to Newburyport and its surrounding communities so that we can be local and service local, quickly and efficiently. We have built our business on customer loyalty, referrals and providing unparalleled and quality customer services.

Choose us and count on:

  • Quality Gas or Oil Heating Service and Repair or Installation
  • Quality Water heater service and repair, or installation
  • Quality Central Air Conditioning and Ductless Mini-split heat pump, service and repair or installation
  • Value & Service that we stand behind
  • Automatic Delivery option for Bioheat fuel oil delivery
  • Payment plans on Bioheat fuel oil delivery
  • Option of Cap, Pre-buy and fixed price oil programs
  • Self Service account access
  • Senior and Pay per delivery discounts
  • Gas or Oil heating service plans, including Annual Maintenance and Oil Tank Insurance
  • 24-hour emergency service for our Bioheat oil delivery customers and Gas Service Plan Accounts
  • Company is Licensed & insured. All In home service technicians are full-time employees of Lombardi Oil & Gas, licensed, trained and have had full background check
  • Our commitment to exploring new heating and air conditioning technologies to promote energy conservation and efficiency for our customers. Including: Bioheat Clean Fuel, High Efficiency gas or oil heating systems, On demand Hot Water Heaters, Heat Pump heating and hot water systems and smart thermostats.

Customer satisfaction is important to us. We will offer the best value, with reliable service and installation and top of line quality and expertise, to increase your comfort, convenience and safety. Call us to see how we can help you!

Lombardi Oil & Gas is a home heating, AC and fuel oil delivery company, located in Newburyport, MA. Lombardi Oil & Gas has been servicing the greater Newburyport community for over 60 years, offering personal quality service. Lombardi Oil & Gas has built their business on customer loyalty, referrals and by providing unparalleled and quality customer services. Over the past 60 years they have established deep community support of local organizations and businesses. Lombardi Oil & Gas is available to its regular accounts for peace of mind 365 days of the year. Homeowners Choose Lombardi Oil & Gas for their delivery of safe, reliable, quality and forward thinking services.

3 Versatile Appliance Products for Your Home

By Debra Worthington, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."
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As Interior Designers we are always looking for versatile appliance products to offer our clients, solving a whole host of space and design dilemmas. Hopefully you’re getting excited about the spring  weather coming soon!  So after some thought and some recent projects, the topic of versatile appliance products seemed to resonate as entertaining, doing less house work and having more fun outside is the order of the day!

The first versatile appliance product for many our clients to consider is under-counter washers and dryers from Miele. You may need to gain more space near the back door or mudroom or even laundry on the 2nd floor all while having your space still looking fresh and modern. I bet you have seen these units in European homes. They actually install them in their kitchens! Solving clients design dilemmas with laundry rooms and basements; these versatile appliance products check every box especially when it comes to our beloved mudrooms in New England! Take a look at these quiet and efficient washers and dryers for any of your space saving needs.

Our 2nd versatile appliance product is fromUline and Marvel.  Try the dual under-counter wine and beverage refrigerators.  The Uline 3000 makes a wonderfully designed product that can alleviate the headaches of storing drinks and taking up precious space and real estate in your main refrigerator. The Marvel line has a back light color and they each have some nifty options. You can even spread them apart in your kitchen if they work better with your room layout. Having these appliance products means your kids can get to their juice or other drinks by themselves at their level. You can lock a side if you want to store alcoholic beverages. You can otherwise stock these fridges with all the mixers, lemons and limes for your adult beverages;  keeping them all in one place. You will be amazed how much space you regain in your main refrigerator and how a simple appliance product for your home can make your life easier!

And third and last versatile appliance for your home is a built-in coffee system.   Miele makes a wonderful system that can be built-in to your cabinetry which immediately helps to keep your kitchen counters clutter free. It pays for itself within a year and you can have gourmet coffee right in your own home without taking up counter-top real estate. Have a party and it’s easy to offer coffee at the end of a meal without having to count people before you make a pot. Miele’s ease of use coffee system makes a cup of java well worth having it at home!

Give us a call at Worthington Interior Design and let’s make your house a home 617-633-3005!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and spring is on its way!

See you next month.

3 Tips for Selecting Interior Colors

By Debra Worthington, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."
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Interior Colors, Newburyport MA

3 tips for selecting interior colors for your home to steer clear of mistakes or repainting and blowing your budget. First it’s good to take inventory of what furniture you have and are keeping. This includes the color of the wood, materials or fabrics you will be using in each room. Are the materials a cool palate or a warm palate? For instance if you have predominately cool colors you want to select a complimenting neutral color to enhance the room. If all your furnishings are neutral and bland you may want to liven them up with a crisp white so you won’t be overwhelmed with color. But if you like color our next recommendation is to …

Pay attention to your existing type of lighting as well as how the light comes in your windows or if you have no windows in those rooms.

Regarding the lighting– do you have a solo center fixture, lamps, sconces or recessed fixtures? All of these types of lighting affect the colors you choose. If you have lots of window light know that a strong color will lighten on the wall at the height of the day and as the day is done it will become more intense. So if you are trying to achieve a cozy room a dark tone color may work for your space.

And lastly study the floor treatments and ceilings in each room or space. Wood floors light or dark can have an effect on your color palate. Stone or tile also will also affect the interior colors you choose because natural or man-made tile happen to react to colors because of their inconsistency especially in a natural product and the man-made product is often trying to emulate the natural product.  Both can be difficult to match colors against especially if you want a neutral color palate.

What are the current ceilings treatment(s) you are working with to choose a color palate for the walls? Do you have ceiling a swirled finish, a drywall finish, beams across the ceiling to name a few or do you have an architectural feature like a coffer or cathedral ceiling? When working with existing conditions, providing you are not embarking on a full renovation, still need to play a role when you select new colors for your home.

So live with samples of your selections so you can see them during different times of the day. And if you want to achieve a simpatico relationship from room to room when it comes to color consider these 3 tips for selecting interior colors for your home.

You may always give us a call at Worthington Interior Design for a color consult to help!

Happy Valentine’s Day and may your month be filled with lots of reds and pinks!

See you next month.

 

5 Smart-Money Reasons to Buy an HVAC Maintenance Contract

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Do you regularly change the oil in your car? More than likely you do, because a poorly serviced engine runs less efficiently and can create serious – and costly – problems down the road. Heating and cooling (HVAC) systems in the home work much the same way: Service them regularly and you’ll maintain efficiency and even spot small problems before they develop into expensive emergency repairs. Here are five time- and money-saving reasons why Caswell recommends that homeowners purchase an annual HVAC Maintenance Contract.

  1. An HVAC Maintenance Contract can’t eliminate all issues, but preventative maintenance can help detect a mechanical problem before it turns into an emergency situation. Pay a service fee up-front to avoid a much larger future repair bill.
  2. Annual maintenance enables our technicians to develop a long-range view of your HVAC service system. A service technician that is familiar with your system is far more likely to spot a small problem and fix it before it turns into a major malfunction.
  3. When your heating system breaks in the dead of winter, who do you call? More importantly, who calls you back? Caswell customers with an HVAC Maintenance Contract get top priority in cases of a heating or cooling system malfunction.
  4. Annual servicing helps prolong the health and efficiency of your HVAC system, and that means lower monthly energy bills for you – a significant cost savings over time.
  5. Typically customers with an HVAC Maintenance Contract get top priority with service scheduling. In fact, Caswell will contact you with a reminder to schedule your next maintenance appointment.

No one wants to pay higher energy bills and deal with emergency repairs. With an HVAC Maintenance Contract from Caswell Mechanical, it’s far less likely that you’ll have to.

The Kentucky Derby, most exciting 3 minutes in sports and here are 3 exciting old flooring options

By Debra Worthington, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."
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Worthington Interior Design, Flooring Options

The 1st Saturday in May brings us the Kentucky Derby, the most exciting 3 minutes in sports and here are 3 exciting old flooring options for your Kitchen, Mudroom and Laundry.

May in Kentucky is a beautiful time of year. The many horse farms have bluegrass brimming and mint juleps in play as the 143rd Run for the Roses takes place. Remembering a walk of the 1995 Derby winner Thunder Gulch’s stable and farm reminds me of the new meeting and viewing pavilion under construction at the time. The horse trailers would back up to a level ‘soft ‘ brick pavers walkway that lined the way to the stud pavilion. This is the place on this particular famous horse farm breeds their horses complete with padded walls and viewing gallery.

So this brings us to 3 different and exciting flooring options for your rugged mudroom. Think Brick.  Brick is relatively inexpensive and can easily be installed with a herringbone or chevron pattern with radiant heat giving you a ‘no fuss’ mudroom with a hip look! You can carry this look into your laundry room as well. Brick is often thought of as an outdoor material but bringing it inside for a particular space is renewing its long lasting style. Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello used brick flooring and this is one of our country’s finest designed homes. Brick comes with the following Pros:

  •  Design Flexibility
  •  Sturdiness and Slip Resistant
  •  Affordability
  •  Sustainable
  •  Warm, cozy, appeal

For another flooring option consider Limestone. It comes in various size tiles and warm colors that can give your mudroom, laundry room and kitchen a timeless look different than wood. Limestone tile is resilient and warms a room instantly even though it’s a stone! Its irregularity gives it a natural look and feel. Europeans uses limestone inside the home in many kitchens, pantries and mudrooms for its beauty and endurance. Some Pros for using Limestone:

  • It is a very sophisticated flooring material that needs minimum maintenance and is exceptionally attractive.
  • It has longevity and is a flexible flooring material that has a temperature free  nature.
  • It is an ideal flooring material for homes that are inclined to a healthy environment as it is convenient to clean and helps to maintain a hygienic atmosphere.
  • It provides a comfortable feeling under the foot and is very safe and secure.

Terrazzo is another oldie but goodie ancient material. Terrazzo was created by Venetian construction workers as a low cost flooring material to surface the patios around their living quarters. Originally consisting of scrap marble chips set in clay and sealed with goat milk, production of terrazzo became much easier after the introduction of electric industrial grinders and other power equipment in the 1920s.

Today Thin-set Terrazzo, composed of marble, quartz, granite and glass, is the most widely used installation method. For a residential floor you may use epoxy or a resin binding method to create an elegant floor for either a modern or traditional residential application. Some of the pros of thin-set Terrazzo:

  • Can be installed over new or existing concrete or plywood subfloors
  • Highest color availability
  • Resistant to chemicals, mold and bacteria
  • Most crack-resistant installation
  • Easy to clean

As with any of these materials there are Pros and Cons, so before you proceed with any of these flooring options it’s good to do more research and consult with your Interior Designer to make sure these options would work for your home.

Hope you pick the Derby winner, see you in June!

 

Gratitude and Giving Back with WBespokeSpace

By Debra Worthington, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."
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For our Gratitude and Giving Back with WBespokeSpace this November we’re rolling out Room selection design with WBespokeSpace Room Design. You share some of the tasks working together on the room of your choice (see below) offered with a half-priced design fee.

November truly marks a time in everyone’s life to embrace both gratitude and giving back as the holiday of Thanksgiving approaches. Reflecting on both of these topics we can do many things to give back: contribute to a charity, volunteer time and donate to name a few.

We all know practicing gratefulness daily is a good habit, but sometimes it can escape us for various reasons. How does this relate to the field of Interior Design you may ask?

Well, Worthington’s design philosophy is to listen to your wishes, needs and wants to formulate a workable design solution executing in a timely fashion within budget for maximum results. Essentially creating a beautiful and functional home environment aligning with  your lifestyle is our way of giving back.

Each time Worthington Interior Design, begins a new project we are always grateful and happy to bring timeless design solutions to our clients. Moreover, customer service and good communication are paramount for successful design projects. Whether working on commercial projects or hospitality (i.e. restaurant) projects the design experience should be enjoyable for all clients.

In summary, this is how the GGB program 2017 will work: Please email us with your Room selection before November 30, 2017. Let us know a good time to reach you and your phone number. We serve all the Northshore of Massachusetts, Portsmouth & Rye areas of  NH, Kittery & York, Maine and the surrounding areas. We shall contact you to review your request and forward our WBespokeSpace Questionnaire.

Briefly this is HOW IT WORKS: WBespokeSpace works after you fill out our Questionnaire:

Choose from our Menu which room(s) you would like to have done:

Our GGB2017 special program sign up is through November 30, 2017. Most projects have a time frame of 6-8 weeks to complete. Thank you

and looking forward to working with you.

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

3 Really Cool Coffee Tables to Update Your ‘End Zone’

By Debra Worthington, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."
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coffee tables, newburyport ma

So as we watch weekend football and enjoy libations and snacks I thought you might like to see some really cool coffee tables to update your own ‘end zone’! Okay just as we think we’re going to spend more time inside Mother Nature keeps gracing us with summertime weather. Worthington Interior Design has been busy cultivating new furniture selections for our clients.

Our first really cool coffee table to update your end zone is from OKA. The Trifoglio coffee table is 38” square made of wood with a rustic lace design known as trefoil, a classic architectural design that can make your space either casual or formal. The size is really great because it’s slightly bigger than 3’ and not too large to gather around with drinks and game day refreshments.

From this we come to the rectangular Lantau faux shagreen with gold accents coffee table. This table measures 47’ x 20” which works great in living rooms and open floor plans. The Lantau collection works with many styles of furniture so you can add some glamour without changing all the furniture in your room. The collection brings in the new trend of gold and brass we are seeing. In fact this is gilded gold leaf on the frame of this really cool coffee table! OKA says the Lantau Effortlessly elegant and deliciously opulent.”

Finding a coffee table that adds a cool factor yet is functional and wont date itself can be challenging but we at Worthington Interior Design have many, many sources to find you the best piece at a great price!

Sometimes you need a square, sometimes you need a rectangle and sometimes you need round style coffee tables. Now we are seeing many with tufted fabric tops more like an ottoman but you know placing a drink on a tray on these style pieces can be challenging, so we will work with you to find the best investment coffee table.

Our third winner is from Room and Board. We love the Gibson a mid-century style cocktail table measuring approx.. 53” x 36”.

Durable solid wood is transformed into the light, fluid profile of our Gibson cocktail table through the skill of West Virginia woodworkers. Softly beveled edges, turned legs and unique contours contribute to this table’s mid-century elegance.” Many of us have combined our living room or family room spaces and this table offers the table surface without the heavy look of furniture. Perhaps you have a view from your family room or living room and this table anchors the room without weighing it down. I love mid-century style pieces mixed withBohème or Traditional style furniturefor an eclectic look. It is both elegant and functional. Designing your own space with some unusual materials makes everything really warm and cozy.

You really can make any aspect of your home your very own ‘end zone.’ We would love to work with you on any project you have small or large. Making your house your home is what we do best.

Enjoy Mother Nature’s gift a while longer and check out these 3 really cool coffee tables to update your end zone from OKA or Room and Board. Give us a call at Worthington Interior Design to discuss your design project.

See you next month.

Man Caves and She Sheds – Everyone’s Perfect Sanctuary

By Greg Greene, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Greene Construction LLC based in Newburyport, MA. Greg began working in construction while finishing college, and decided he loved the creativity of finding solutions to give homeowners what they want and need. With more than 25 years in remodeling and custom home building, Greg loves what he does, and the community where he lives and works. He enjoys meeting with clients in their home or one of the Newburyport hotspots like Plum Island Coffee Roasters or Mission Oak Grill (awesome food). You can learn more about Greg’s varied projects at NewburyportBuilder.com.
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Man Caves, She Sheds, and the Perfect Playhouse – now everyone in the family can have a little place all to themselves. Each space can be designed to fulfill all of your needs and create a perfect sanctuary to retreat to. Greene Construction can help you customize these kinds of projects, or anything else within your home to make your space truly yours. What goes into making the perfect Man Caves and She Sheds?

The key to a successful Man Cave is planning the space perfectly to suit your needs. Will you want to mount a large flat screen TV on the wall? You’ll need to make sure the wall has the studs to support it. Will you be having friends over often? You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of electrical outlets so everyone can charge their devices. Is the kitchen on the other side of the house? You’ll want to consider putting in a mini-kitchen, or at the very least a mini-fridge for drinks and snacks. If the space you choose is in the basement or attic, you’ll want to make sure that it’s fully insulated and heated. Living in Massachusetts means that the weather changes often and quickly – you want to make sure your space is usable year-round! And so much more goes into customizing the perfect man cave.

For the ladies, if your home doesn’t have any extra space that you can take over, think about putting a shed in the yard. It can offer just enough space for you to get some “me time” and still be fully equipped with everything you need to be able to relax. Will your She Shed need plumbing for a bathroom or a sink to wash up after doing some gardening? Will you want electricity so you can put a TV in there to cozy up and watch a movie? What about built-in shelving to store books, craft supplies and photos? There’s a lot that can go into customizing your She Shed.  

Don’t forget about the kids – build the Perfect Playhouse for them! Create a space for them that appeals to their creative side, with lots of table space for coloring or drawing, or customize it to appease their adventurous needs by having a rock wall, ladders, slides or more. Creating a great playhouse lets your kids have tons of fun, and can be built near your Man Cave or She Shed so you can enjoy your space while your kids have fun in theirs.

Our goal at Greene Construction is to make our customers smile, so let us know if we can do that by customizing and creating a perfect relaxation space for you and your family! Man Caves, She Sheds and Playhouses are a fun way to create your special home inside your home! 

3 Stylish Beds for Kids to Hit the Hay after Hitting the Books

By Debra Worthington, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."
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You must have a look at these 3 stylish beds for kids to hit the hay after hitting the books! This time of year everyone can use a little refresh in their kid’s bedrooms. These stylish beds for kids will endure for a while since each bed style we have chosen has a timeless design. With all the websites offering children’s furniture; it’s Worthington Interior Design’s keen eye for design sourcing these treasures for your home.

While the the bunk style is chic it’s also convertible. Many shy away from bunk beds because they can look cheap but our selection here is not. Our twin bed picks are colorful and refined which transcend into high school and beyond.

Modway’s Phoebe has a sophisticated look complete with nail heads and tapered legs. Like we mentioned it can take your kids bedroom from middle school to becoming a senior’s hideaway! Your kids can choose from bright red, navy or even shocking yellow fabrics. I love the sensibility of design this bed offers.

The Austin bunk bed looks more like a genuine Frank Lloyd Wright or Richard Neutramid-century modern furniture design. This bunk offers accessories to customize your child’s bed. “Perfect for sleepovers or inseparable siblings, the austin bunk bed can be ordered as a split bunk bed for when the kids outgrow their shared space. Customize the bunk with cubbies on either side for more storage.” 

Once you decide on a style Worthington will help you with paint colors and bedding to complete your children’s look and declare their bedroom a cool place to hit the hay after hitting the books.

After a great summer it’s sometimes hard to reel everyone into a routine of studying and going to bed early; so adding a new fresh look can help everyone to get back into the swing of things. Studying can go from a chore to a happy place in your children’s bedrooms when you hit the refresh button.

Okay this brings us to saving the best for last with the Parker. I’ve presented it in this Kelly green color even though it comes in a few other colors, because it’s crisp and fun! Love the green wood stain and the styling is great.

So there you have it, 3 stylish beds for kids to hit the hay after hitting the books!

Enjoy autumn and the cooler temps and give us a call at Worthington Interior Design to help you refresh and make your home cooler too!

See you next month.

5 Best Sofas for Napping, Lounging and Reading

By Debra Worthington, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."
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Best Sofas for Napping, lounging and reading , Newburyport

Try these 5 Best Sofas for Napping, Lounging and Reading! Summer is always a great time to catch a Nap so why not try one of these cool sofas. The first sofa is the Sandra Napper Chaise. The name says super comfy and try placing it in an open loft space, alcove or  in front of a fireplace. It’s an all-around cool and chic sofa!Use a bright or neutral colored linen fabric and pair it with a light weight Brahms or Matouk coverlet.  Reading in the Sandra Napper Chaise will soon have you dozing!

Our second style sofa from Duralee is the Columbia collection in either a sectional with 2 chaises or a simple sofa. The low arm offers a comfortable angle for your pillow and head. Worthington would love to help you choose a standard fabric and voilà you have your very own cozy nest on a summer afternoon.

Thirdly, we cannot forget to mention the many styles of the famed English furniture line, George Smith. Their soft seating collections are dreamy and last forever!  It’s like the ole boxy 850 Volvo wagon that you hand down to your college age children. George Smith has classic style is timeless. From their  Standard Collection  we recommend the Classic Sofa or chaise. They have the stylish wheel foot and look fabulous in any fabric! Or venture out and use George Smith’s signature “Dog Kennel Chaise.” Once you have a George Smith piece you know true comfort!

Our fourth recommendation for best sofas for napping, lounging and reading is the Frank sofa by Mattaliano. Contact us to have a lounge on this amazing sofa in the showroom.  This sofa has wide and low arms where you can comfortably  perch or  lounge! In a  rich colored leather or a durable fabric you cannot go wrong with this fabulous sofa!

And lastly, we round out our fifth suggestion for best sofas for napping, lounging and reading from the ICON Group, Anees-Main Street Sofa.  Just sitting on this sofa in the showroom you want to fall asleep!  This is an investment piece you will love forever! Its depth and length accommodate all body types. The arm’s height and width are perfect! Our seasoned Interior Design experience has enabled us to guide our clients to invest in great furniture pieces that give years of flexibility and enjoyment. Make an appointment with Worthington Interior Design to order your next great investment piece.

While away summertime with one of our 5 best sofas for Napping, Lounging and Reading!

 

 

 

 

 

IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK, they’d say Wallpaper is back!

By Debra Worthington, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."
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Wallpaper is back, Newburyport MA

If these walls could talk they’d say Wallpaper is back! Coming from Europe on the decorating scene in the past 2 years has been floral wallpapers and handmade “de Gournay” wallpapers panels.  And you know there are some very pretty florals that look updated and fresh. SO before you wrinkle your nose let me give you a few places to look for fresh floral wallpapers and how to use them.

Newburyport is known for its maritime look and feel but you can bring some eclectic wallpaper into your home, think of it as letting the garden come inside! Now if you have a finished 3rd floor or attic space that you have made into a guest room go all out like the English and use the wallpaper on the ceilings and walls. It’s okay! Take a look at English UK wallpapers- Colefax and Fowler or Designer’s Guild. Or just stay state-side and look at Schumacher wallpapers.

You still don’t believe that wallpaper is back? Another idea a little more contemporary is to try oversized geometric wallpaper on 1 wall in your foyer, up one side of your stairway or even in your powder room. Many of the geometric wallpapers have pure color which enhances your furniture or bathroom vanity. If you use the wallpaper with a strong pattern in a controlled amount you will not get tired of it and you will find you can skip the artwork and highlight the space with the type and style of light fixture.

Think about your Northshore, Newburyport home just a little bit differently and use wallpaper in a pure color against a white backdrop. You will see how much you will love the change and understand why wallpaper is back!  Your room becomes a new space in your home. Want a great fresh color look at Thibaut wallpapers or step it up a notch with Quadrille’s vast collection of unique style wallpapers!

Many of you are minimalists and would prefer no wallpapers; but I beg to differ on this with you because you may want to look at Phillip Jefferies absolutely Amazing collections of grass cloth wallpapers. They even have some with overlay geometrics, like the Greek key or oriental style design. Using one of PJ papers will warm the space and hanging paper on 1 wall can make a huge statement. Cowtan and Tout and Kenneth James have been experimenting with a marbleized or agate style wallpaper that I simply love for both traditional and contemporary spaces. The colors are warm grays, soft neutrals and even a neutral pink that can work with many shades of colors, like navy, charcoal, or rich browns.

Worthington will meet and work with you at your residence to identify where “if these walls could talk, they’d say Wallpaper is back” in your home! We have so many wallpaper options to show you, whether wallpapering a simple wall, room or ceiling in your Newburyport or Northshore home Worthington will create just the right touch!“To Define is to Limit.” -Oscar Wilde

 

Have a Happy 4th of July and see you in August.

Helpful Tips for Protecting Your Coastal Home or Condo

By John Romano, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
John Romano is a licensed home inspector and owner of Romano Home Inspection Inc. He serves clients in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Southern Maine. Romano He has been inspecting residential homes, condominiums, multi unit homes, log homes, timber frame homes, mobile homes and commercial buildings since 1986. In addition to home inspections, Romano Home inspection also offers consulting services for home and building owners. As a home inspector he has inspected thousands of buildings from 1986 to present with many having historical interest. The buildings sale ranges from less than a quarter million dollars to multimillion dollar properties. John uses his expertise to educate you the client of the condition of what you may be purchasing and maintenance for the systems and components. My knowledge comes from hands on experience from the 1970’s with timber frame buildings, balloon framed buildings and platform framed buildings. John has attended Whittier Technical School for licenses in construction, heating and cooling in addition to countless hours of educational training with (ASHI) American Society of Home Inspectors. John is a long time member of (ASHI) American Society of Home Inspectors and a member of Historic Buildings Association. Besides being licensed in home inspection, he holds licenses in construction, heating, cooling (RRR) and wood destroying insects. John has been trained in carbon monoxide inspections with the Bacharach Company. John has retired from Title 5 septic system inspections and repairs as well as soil evaluations.
Romano Home Inspection
Protecting your coastal home or condo, Newburyport MA

Consider the importance of protecting your coastal home or condo! When you purchase a home or condominium near the ocean you need to be aware and accept the possibilities of damage to the building from extreme and hurricane force winds, wind driving rain and snow as well as over land flooding. Wind driven rain may penetrate the best constructed building envelop. This is all part of accepting the possibility of damaged homes or condos with living along the coast. Protecting your coastal home of condo is important for the longevity of the building as well as to minimize continuous repairs.

Buildings constructed next to or near the ocean tend to have more damage from these storms than inland buildings. Protecting your coastal home or condo may minimize damage that tends to occur with buildings near the ocean include roof shingle, roof sheathing, roof framing, exterior siding, exterior sheathing, windows and any other roofing and exterior related components exposed to the elements. There is a possibility of damage to the building from overland flooding.

Helpful Tips for Protecting Your Coastal Home or Condo When Renovating:

  • Roof shingle should be rated for winds up to 120 TO 150 MPH. These types of roof covering shingle tend to last with high winds if installed correctly. The shingle should be fixed to the roof with proper fasteners and roof shingle adhesive for coastal installations.
  • Roof framing and ceiling joists should have hurricane ties installed securing them to the top wall plates.
  • Wall framing should be secured with mechanical anchoring systems and fasteners to the sills and the sills to the foundations.
  • Vinyl siding is not recommended to be installed along immediate coastal areas. Vinyl siding tends to peel from the building. Vinyl siding is not fully water tight. It is the protection of the building sheathing and rough openings under the siding that prove to be water resistant if properly installed.
  • (Fiber cement) siding and hard board siding is not recommended as these siding materials tends to be swell, delaminate and break down more rapidly than wood.
  •  Wood siding is recommended for coastal siding
  •  Windows depending on how close to the coast they home is should be impact resistant windows. Coastal homes should have (Zone A) windows. These are impact resistant windows to a point and are vinyl clad to resist salt in the air and spray from salt water. The window frames, sash and panels are reinforced for high winds.
  • In many cases flood doors may be needed for crawl space and basements should overland flooding occur. Properly installed these flood doors allow water to come and go during overland flooding. In some cases with severe overland flooding during a severe storm damage to the foundation may still occur.

Buildings constructed next to or near the ocean tend to have more damage from these storms than inland buildings. Protecting your coastal home or condo may minimize damage that tends to occur with buildings near the ocean include roof shingle, roof sheathing, roof framing, exterior siding, exterior sheathing, windows and any other roofing and exterior related components exposed to the elements. There is a possibility of damage to the building from overland flooding.

Protecting your coastal home or condo with proper materials will help to minimize added funds needed for repairs. All exterior trim, fascia and soffit should be of a cellular PVC manufactured product rather than wood. These materials tend to stand up to high winds and are rot resistant. They need no finish applied. When using wood for fascia, soffits boards and trim the wood tends to rot quickly and paint tends to peel more rapid. Exterior decks, balconies and porch framing connectors should be stainless steel. Stainless steel fasteners should be used throughout the exterior of the building. All exterior attachments should be hurricane connected. Attic venting is not recommended due to the possibility of extreme wind and uplift of the roof frame. This however may contradict venting standards.

When purchasing a home or condo near or along the coast, the property should be professionally inspected to make sure damage has not incurred from wind driven rain, storm surge, debris or fire.

The first step in protecting coastal homes or condos is hiring an experienced professional inspector to evaluate all components with the home or condo. Even if you currently own a home or condo along the coast it is important to protect your coastal home or condo with first hiring an experienced professional home inspector.

Inspector Finds Hidden History in Local Antique Home

By John Romano, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
John Romano is a licensed home inspector and owner of Romano Home Inspection Inc. He serves clients in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Southern Maine. Romano He has been inspecting residential homes, condominiums, multi unit homes, log homes, timber frame homes, mobile homes and commercial buildings since 1986. In addition to home inspections, Romano Home inspection also offers consulting services for home and building owners. As a home inspector he has inspected thousands of buildings from 1986 to present with many having historical interest. The buildings sale ranges from less than a quarter million dollars to multimillion dollar properties. John uses his expertise to educate you the client of the condition of what you may be purchasing and maintenance for the systems and components. My knowledge comes from hands on experience from the 1970’s with timber frame buildings, balloon framed buildings and platform framed buildings. John has attended Whittier Technical School for licenses in construction, heating and cooling in addition to countless hours of educational training with (ASHI) American Society of Home Inspectors. John is a long time member of (ASHI) American Society of Home Inspectors and a member of Historic Buildings Association. Besides being licensed in home inspection, he holds licenses in construction, heating, cooling (RRR) and wood destroying insects. John has been trained in carbon monoxide inspections with the Bacharach Company. John has retired from Title 5 septic system inspections and repairs as well as soil evaluations.
Romano Home Inspection
Antique Home North Shore of MA

In New England there are many old homes and multi unit dwellings and in some cases the purchase process can be long and intricate when dealing with an antique home.  Many homes range between 150 years and 300 years old.  I have been inspecting residential and commercial buildings including timber frame homes, timber frame barns, log homes, condominiums, multi unit buildings, manufactured homes, mobile homes and mix use buildings for over 30 years.  Prior to inspecting buildings, in the 1970’s I worked with repairing timber frame structures from replacement of components to just reinforcement as well as building.

In this blog I want to concentrate on home inspections of old homes 300 or so years old, and tell you one of my greatest finds from a historic antique home.

(First) a little bit about old antique homes.  Older and antique homes do tend to go through years of water penetration, moisture penetration, wood destroying insect penetration, decay and degradation to the super structure.  Many old homes were constructed close to the soil grade causing a verity of problems to the (Super structure that include sill plates, floor joists, girders, sub flooring, roof rafters, perlins, roof deck sheathing and ceiling joists)

The foundation walls (typically rubble stone) and sometimes (rubble stone with brick) tend to loosen up from water penetration and displace laterally from hydrostatic pressure, the weight of the building and gravity tend to cause heaving inward and outward (displacement).  The living quarters floors may bounce, sag and walls bow and crack as a result if this.

When you purchase an old home or antique home you can expect some or all of these issues to have taken place and still may be in need of repair and or reinforcement. My job performing a home inspection is inspect the building objectively and not alarm you of the deficiencies in the building but to make sure you aware of the buildings issues and needs. Along with pointing out the issues and needs we discuss good points about the building as well. We will provide you with a written narrative inspection report with photos and diagrams typically within 1 to 3 days depending on how busy we are.

We encourage you to stick with us like glue during the home inspection. This is your time to understand the dwelling inside and out.

(Now to the great find) During the late 1980’s I inspected an antique home that was once a tavern during the turn of the 1700’s.  A tavern is where the public went, to have food and refreshments, get warm and then be on their way.  The building was built on a hill, on a busy street near a hospital.  I was told that this antique had fascinating history as a safe house for the Underground Railroad, but no one knew where the hidden room was.

After I finished the exterior envelop home inspection (grounds, roof and exterior) I preceded to the basement to inspect the super structure.  My clients where sticking to me like glue.  The foundation consisted of large boulders with smaller stone.  The foundation was dry stacked (No mortar in between the stone).  I noticed the foundation had a lot of lateral displacement and loose stone (Bulging Walls).  We had discussed methods of repair and reinforcement.  Remember this building is on a hill and busy street.  Tractor trailers were coming and going to the hospital making some vibration of the land.  Buildings on hills tend to experience high winds creating more vibration. That along with an occasional tremor with the earth, may have caused things to loosen up over the years.

Getting back to the basement I was probing the foundation where I suspected too much movement in the wall and a rock about a foot round fell out.  Well if I could just probe an area of the wall and a stone fell, then the foundation needed repair and reinforcement.  I went to reset the rock in the wall and I could not get in.  Getting a little nervous I cleaned out the soil in the cavity and noticed a key in a lockset.  This was getting interesting.  I turned the key and the foundation wall opened up.  Yes the foundation wall itself opened up.  On the back side of the stone wall, were large thick brackets and hinges holding the stone from collapsing.  I shined my light into this tiny room, and noticed shelving and broken shelving with gallon jugs still filled with masking tape on them.  Some were resting on the floor.  I could barely read the writing on the tape.  It said, Corn 1927, Corn 1929.  This was corn whiskey from probation days.

Can you believe this, the old tavern was possibly boot-legging whiskey, and before that it was a safe house with a hidden room no one could find.  I found it.

I suggested to the owner to notify the Smithsonian in Washing DC and share the find.  I am not sure if they did.  I asked for a jug but was rejected.  This was by far the best find I had ever experienced in my home inspection profession.  Unfortunately this was either before digital cameras or just on the cusp of digital cameras.

Start Your Home Remodeling Projects Now

By Greg Greene, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Greene Construction LLC based in Newburyport, MA. Greg began working in construction while finishing college, and decided he loved the creativity of finding solutions to give homeowners what they want and need. With more than 25 years in remodeling and custom home building, Greg loves what he does, and the community where he lives and works. He enjoys meeting with clients in their home or one of the Newburyport hotspots like Plum Island Coffee Roasters or Mission Oak Grill (awesome food). You can learn more about Greg’s varied projects at NewburyportBuilder.com.
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Home Remodeling Projects, Greene Construction, Newburyport MA

Are you waiting until the Spring to start your home remodeling projects? Don’t! Your home is your family’s foundation and it needs to be maintained regularly.  Changing seasons bring varying weather conditions that can affect your home, inside and out.  If you have considered making interior modeling plans, it might be best to tackle those projects during the winter.  Winter comes with shortened daylight hours.  Working on indoor remodeling projects during the winter allows you to make the best use of your time when you can’t be outdoors working on exterior projects. Although autumn is the best time to do home improvement projects externally, such as fixing leaky roofs and replacing damaged ones, it is wise to start planning your project now.

With winter upon us and children in school, now is the perfect time to plan and execute indoor remodeling projects.  As with any project, research is essential. Be sure to find a contractor of your choice that has been remodeling for a long time.  They can guide you through unforeseen delays that may impact your budget and timelines.  Contractors work with city officials on a daily basis and are aware of unforeseen delays that may affect your home remodeling project.

Be smart, and consult with your contactor to identify the various permits that will be needed to support your projects.  You will need interior remodeling permits if your project involves plumbing, electrical, heating areas and kitchen cabinets.  Your outdoor zoning/variance permits can take between 30-90 days to obtain.  By working closely with your contractor, you will gain the necessary knowledge and practices that will save you time, which means saving money.  Starting your home remodeling projects during the winter season can be very cost effective! 

Based on the complexity of your project, a good contractor will take into consideration the complications of the holiday season and how that may inconvenience you and your family, such as weather conditions. Breaking up the project into phases may be suggested.  The contractor most likely will schedule your indoor remodeling projects to start now during the winter months.  In addition to the execution of your indoor remodeling projects, you should start planning and preparing for your outdoor remodeling projects which may start in the spring.  Your contractor can advise you on the best quality materials to purchase for your indoor and outdoor projects.  By planning ahead, you can take advantage of sales, and slowly begin to purchase the materials for your outdoor projects in advance at the best price.  You can also store these materials now until you are ready to start your spring projects and have everything you need to complete your remodeling project with little or no delays. 

We can help with both your indoor and outdoor home remodeling projects.  Give us a call today for a free consultation at 978-790-4881, or visit our website at: http://newburyportbuilder.com.

Remember, do not underestimate the value of investing in your family’s foundation. Recall the memories you have spent with your family in the places you cherish the most in your home. Now it’s time to create new memories with a fun and exciting remodel!

An Ice Dam Prevention System For Home & Commercial Buildings

By Greg Greene, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Greene Construction LLC based in Newburyport, MA. Greg began working in construction while finishing college, and decided he loved the creativity of finding solutions to give homeowners what they want and need. With more than 25 years in remodeling and custom home building, Greg loves what he does, and the community where he lives and works. He enjoys meeting with clients in their home or one of the Newburyport hotspots like Plum Island Coffee Roasters or Mission Oak Grill (awesome food). You can learn more about Greg’s varied projects at NewburyportBuilder.com.
Greene Construction
Ice Dam Prevention System, Newburyport MA

Many Homeowners and Building owners in the northeast are having to deal with a growing number of weather related emergencies including hurricanes, wind storms, flooding and an increasing amount of snow accumulation from winter storms over the years. Ice dams in a matter of days, damage your home’s or business’s roof and the water that gets inside your buildings can require extensive and costly repairs. Owners need to install an ice dam prevention system to proactively prevent damage to the physical structure of the building they own, to reduce potential safety and liability issues.

New England Ice Solutions offers guaranteed Ice Dam Prevention Systems that save you time, money and potential safety disasters or liability issues. In many ways, our ice dam prevention systems are like homeowner’s insurance. You want assurance that you’re protected when you get extremely large amounts of snow on your roof. We think our solution is superior to insurance because we focus on preventing the problem from occurring, where insurance only helps to defray the cost of repairs. You’ve still got to live through the problem, deal with insurance adjusters and then contractors who will ultimately make the needed repairs.

The Benefits of an Ice Dam Prevention System for Your Home

greene-construction-5th-post-planning-a-home-addition-image-1-homeOur lives are busy and our homes should be a safe retreat from the world around us. When you get home at night, you want to relax and enjoy your family. You don’t want to deal with shoveling snow, or worse, calling contractors to get estimates to make repairs to your home’s interior due to a roof leak.
With our ice dam prevention solution, you get the following benefits, all of which provide you with peace of mind:
 
 

  • Schedule flexibility– means you don’t have to check on the weather at home while traveling for business, or spending winters in a warmer climate.
  • Automated operations– like other automated home features, you only have to turn your system on in the fall, and off in the spring. The automated controller runs the system for you.
  • Energy efficiency– means your system only runs when the temperature drops below 38 degrees, so as the weather fluctuate. You’re only using electricity when there’s a chance of ice dams forming.
  • Safety for family and guests– means you won’t have those beautiful icicles hanging from your roof. They’re lovely to look at but can easily hurt someone when they fall. A bigger safety concern is that hidden moisture in your attic, ceiling or walls can support the growth of mold, creating an unsafe environment for your family.
  • No repairs due to leaks from ice dams– will save you an enormous amount of time, as it’s not a trivial exercise to get the right repairs done, and the insurance company to pay for them. You can read more about this on our blog, Staggering Ice Dam Insurance Claims.
  • Investment protection– for your house means your roof, from the exterior shingles down to the roof deck below, will last longer and save you from having to replace it prematurely. We offer a 3year guarantee on materials and labor, so you know the system works.

The Benefits of an Ice Dam Prevention System for Your Commercial Building(s)

greene-construction-5th-post-planning-a-home-addition-image-commericalIce dam prevention systems should be part of your building’s long-term maintenance strategy. While it requires a sizable initial investment, you’ll save more than your investment over 2 to 3 really snowy winters like the winter of 2014-15.

 

 

 

 

Businesses need to invest in an ice dam prevention systems to avoid:

  • Higher insurance costs, and possible cancellation of insurance, with multiple claims due to multiple ice dam repairs which is happening to many condominium associations in New England.
  • Higher operating costs to deal with roof raking and ice dam removal from roofs, which may involve special equipment like the bucket truck (watch video)used to remove ice dams as the video shows. Admittedly there are electrical costs associated with running an ice dam prevention system.
  • Significantly higher repair costs due to roof and interior damagecaused by ice dams, along with management fees to get the job done right. And businesses often have higher deductibles to pay when these repairs are made.
  • Business liability in case of injurydue to falling icicles, which is a huge problem in the northeast part of the US because so many of our buildings are old and lack adequate insulation and ventilation.
  • Loss of business revenuewhen buildings, offices or apartments/condominiums must be vacated due to damage, repairs and/or mold remediation which is a common problem where there is water damage and ongoing moisture to sustain the growth of mold.

Live and work, worry-free about icicles, ice dams and their ongoing removal to prevent roof leaks and safety disasters. You can install our ice dam prevention system and turn it on in the fall (off in the spring) and it will go to work for you any time the temperature drops below 38 degrees Fahrenheit.

Ready to start the dialog? Call us at 877-705-1356, or read more about New England Ice Solutions.

New England Ice Solutions is owned and operated by Greg Greene of Greene Construction.

We’re builders so we know how houses and building are constructed. We know where the weak points are, and the best way to protect them.

Our job is to monitor the industry for new and improved technology, to insure we’re offering you the best solutions available.

Convenient & Economical Home Heating & Cooling

Soffron Electrical Newburyport MA

With the different temperatures that New Englanders face during the four seasons, some are finding it nice to come home to a house that is the perfect temperature and also saving money at the same time. “The Nest” smart thermostat is what is helping your neighbors achieve this savings.

“The Nest” smart thermostat is a programmable thermostat that takes cares of heating and cooling your home. You can set it manually from the actual device hanging on your wall just like your current thermostats with the older technology. You can program the thermostat from anywhere, such as your PC, laptop, or smartphone. The app for your smartphones comes free with the thermostat.

As you use “The Nest” it will eventually learn the temperatures you like your house to be and the time you like it to be those temperatures. It will learn every time you turn the ring, you will eventually find yourself using the ring less and less to control the temperature. It will eventually take over the control of your homes temperatures and keep you comfortable at night and then it will remember what time you wake and make sure your home is the correct temperature. It does not matter the season, it will always learn and keep its memory.

What if you have a great ski trip planned but do not want to leave your home because you afraid of some frigid temperatures that you heard are coming? Not to worry, “The Nest” thermostat has an away feature where you can set it and not have to worry at all while you are away. How about security of your home, “The Nest” thermostat has you covered. You can hook up a camera to the system and watch what is happening at your home live.

“The Nest” is eventually going to help you start saving money and energy. “The Nest” has a leaf that pops up on the screen of the thermostat and that means you are saving money. You might be using heat, but you can still save money with “The Nest” smart thermostat. Contact the experts at Soffron Electrical for assistance with “The Nest” and other great energy saving products.

Kitchen Backsplashes with Sizzle

By Greg Greene, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Greene Construction LLC based in Newburyport, MA. Greg began working in construction while finishing college, and decided he loved the creativity of finding solutions to give homeowners what they want and need. With more than 25 years in remodeling and custom home building, Greg loves what he does, and the community where he lives and works. He enjoys meeting with clients in their home or one of the Newburyport hotspots like Plum Island Coffee Roasters or Mission Oak Grill (awesome food). You can learn more about Greg’s varied projects at NewburyportBuilder.com.
Greene Construction
Kitchen Backspashes, Newburyport MA

When you buy a house in Newburyport or any of the towns on the north shore, you think about the style of the house – Federal Style, Victorian, Shingle Style or Colonial. You might even take time to research the many different home styles in our area by reading Yankee Magazine’s article on New England’s Architectural Styles.

You know if you want a historic home, or a house with an open floor plan. But you probably don’t give the same thought to what’s in the kitchen, and definitely not the kitchen backsplash. When planning a kitchen homeowners focus on the cabinets and countertops, followed by appliances, flooring and finally the backsplash which is easier to change than many other aspects of your kitchen.

The kitchen backsplash takes on an interesting role in the kitchen. You’ve got so much happening in the kitchen, there isn’t much room to decorate … and that’s where the right backsplash can make a huge difference. So we decided to explore what the latest trends are in kitchen backsplashes. Still mostly tile because it’s easy to clean, there are incredible new choices in tile you can put on your walls, ones that shimmer and shine.

So head on over the my article on kitchen backsplashes for a glimpse at the latest trends in kitchen backsplashes, and give us a call (978-790-4881) so we can help you plan your new kitchen.

Staging as Merchandising

By Tracey Chareas, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Tracey is a Residential Sales Specialist with a background as a designer and former CPA. She provides staging services as part of her listing package using an extensive collection of vintage furniture and home accessories, leveraging her unique and specialized skill set to analyze and effectively merchandise properties to achieve their fullest potential. Growing up she was involved with her family’s real estate development and interior design firms in Pennsylvania, through which she developed her passion for real estate as both an investment and a lifestyle. Tracey is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and has lived in various parts of the country, but has called the Boston area home for over ten years. A lover of antique houses, she lives with her husband and two young children in a Victorian farmhouse in the small village of Byfield within Newbury.
Tracey Chareas
Tracey Chareas Designs, Newburyport MA

As one of the staging specialists on Robert Bentley’s real estate team, Robert asked me to write a post to introduce myself and give my thoughts on the importance of staging as merchandising, which (due to my background) I like to refer to as “merchandising.”

There is a lot of talk about staging in recent years, almost a hype going on with it. There are so many real estate shows on the air showing how to do it, with people talking about “greiges” and “pops of color” and “repurposing” furniture that it probably either intrigues you or totally annoys you.

The truth is that it really is a powerful sales tool when done right, and even though there is so much information about staging available now, there are still far too many people who truly do not understand why it works. In fact, within the real estate industry it is a fairly controversial topic! I recently read some comments by a successful agent in which he claimed he did not believe in it because he felt it created “artificial value” by making houses look nicer than they would typically appear. Not a very good reason not to do it if you are selling a house, in my opinion.

But the real problem is that many people still think staging is only about trying to make a home look more beautiful or about “depersonalizing” a home (which is a borderline waste of time in my opinion). Instead, what we are trying to achieve is a proper staging as merchandising of the home so that as a product, it can be seen in its best possible light.

The flow of the rooms, the size of the rooms, the light coming into the rooms, the ceiling height, window size… all of these attributes need to be highlighted, and they can too easily be overlooked when you have too many things in a house, not the right things or no things at all. By highlighting features or showing that a small – looking bedroom can actually fit a queen size bed and dressers too (done it!), we can bring tremendous value.

I’ll share one great example I have (shown in the featured picture) which is a recent successful project I worked on with Robert. It was a fantastic loft condo in downtown Newburyport that was (I thought) a perfect mix of original rustic detail and modern conveniences. But after working many open houses it became clear that it was a challenge for people to imagine themselves actually living there, and numerous times I heard that the space was not practical.

I realized that we needed to physically show just how functional and well designed the space really was. So Robert, the developer and I came up with a plan to stage, using properly scaled pieces from my collection of vintage modern furniture, along with very limited “décor” to show this property to its fullest potential. The result was that not only did the property look aesthetically beautiful, but all the rooms looked bigger, the space flowed beautifully and it really got people talking about how they would decorate it if they had the chance. The excitement at the next couple of open houses we did was palpable and it went under contract shortly thereafter.

So the takeaway? Well, I believe so strongly in the results that we get that I actually stage my own listings so I urge you to not ignore this vital step in the pre-selling process. And if you have already listed but feel like you need a little help, we can always come in and help you. Proper design and new pictures makes a big impact no matter when you do it!

 

BLACK AND WHITE AND COOL FOREVER

By Debra Worthington, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."
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Black and White from Worthington Interior Design

Using the black and white in a small space can really be cool forever, you won’t get tired of this design scheme and it can look fresh season to season. You can add a hint of red- raspberry, coral-orange, easy- on- the eye greens or turquoise to change up your space.

Try a stripe of black and white on the walls but install it horizontally! Trimmed pillows or bolsters look great on a long sofa or a short settee. Upholster in black linen or velvet to give a more formal look to your living room.

The new wallpapers in black and white are looking very fresh and timeless. Make an appointment with Worthington
Interior Design to show you Thibaut Wallpaper, Fabrics & Furniture, Bridgehampton Collection of fabrics and wallpapers! We’re even getting in on the fun with using Demetrius in our foyer.

Keep wood furniture or metals accessories in their same family because black and white can be intense and heavyhanded so what surrounds them should be consistent and subtle.

Black and white comes with its own set of rules; the main rule being ‘scale.’ If you select a small scale and it appears too wimpy you lose the effect, too large and you look like the circus has come to town!

One of Worthington Interior Designs forte’s; scale and balance. We work in all size spaces and residences and we would love to work with you on your powder room, foyer or breakfast room.
So say you’d like to give black and white cool forever a chance in your home and you want to add a splash of grenadine red; give Worthington a call so we can show you where it may be best to start in your home.

With all the new outdoor furnishings you can pull black and white together with layering even outside. The chaises all can be ordered with black and white cushions. You can carry the look to the table also. Try some black and white bowls or plates with touches of a red salsa color and jazz up the outdoor barbeque!

This is one of many ‘cool forever’ color schemes we can create to work with your current interiors.

Giving your room a face-lift just before summer kicks in is like getting a new haircut. It’s fresh, crisp and simple.

Call Worthington Interior Design to get your ‘cool forever’ 978-255-3001.

 

Finding the Best Agent Just Got Easier

By Robert Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
CEO/Owner & Residential/Commercial Sales Specialist for Bentley's, Robert has been the #1 agent in the Greater Newburyport market for the past six years. Robert's success is due to his dominance with on-line real estate marketing, strong negotiation skills, and good old fashioned work ethic. Robert has a strong sales, marketing, and finance background and always does what is necessary to get the deal done, and make his clients happy. Experience and proven reputation are key when you are making the largest financial transaction of a life time.
Robert Bentley
Finding the best agent just got easier, Newburyport MA

Finding the best agent just got easier.  In partnership with Zillow and Trulia, RealTrends.Com is a national site that provides rankings of Real Estate Agent performance.  They have been tracking Real Estate Agent performance at the agent, team, and brokerage level for the past eight years and provide consumers the data necessary to make an educated decision.

Buying and selling a home is typically one of the largest financial transactions you will make in your life time.  Therefore it is critical to choose a local experienced agent with a proven track record.  Do you purchase or sell a car without checking ratings websites?  Almost all people research properties online, but researching agents is also an important part of the equation.  You need someone you can count on to get the job done.

In real estate, like many other fields, the more transactions an agent has done, the more capable they are of effectively advising their clients.  At the end of the day, you don’t need a new best friend, you need someone with extensive knowledge and experience, which directly correlates with sales performance.

Renovating Your Loo Working With Worthington, Expert Designer

By Debra Worthington, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."
Worthington Interior Design
Renovating your Loo, Newburyport MA

Modernizing and renovating your Loo or powder room can be exciting when it comes to shopping and selecting dramatic tiles and finishes, fixtures and bathroom furniture; but before you begin here are a few important renovating items and questions we will discuss:

 

 

 

  • What are some current upgrades where you can make your money back at the other end?
  • When you are thinking of renovating your loo first think about what your needs maybe.
  • Need to save space or create better function in the power room or bathroom?
  • What level finish are we going for? Home Depot , Semi-Custom, Custom
  • Are we upgrading to accommodate more people?
  • Do we need to replace the tub with a walk in shower?
  • Do we need a no- threshold to the shower?
  • Is there a window in the bathroom and where is it and should it go or remain?
  • Is the water closet ( Loo/Toilet) old and need to be change? Design a separate room within the bathroom?
  • What are the advantages of wall hung with Geberit housing or floor mounted?
  • Storage needs- drawer and cabinet space, dual sinks?
  • What materials are timeless and easy maintenance-wise
  • Can we donate my old vanity and fixtures to be recycled?
  • Flooring material upgrade or change?
  • Do we use the same plumbing location or not?
  • Structural issues
  • Lighting needs
  • HVAC system needs
  • Exhaust fan needs
  • Accessory options- towel heater, hooks, towel bars, toilet rolls
  • Shall we paint or use a hip new wallcovering- will wallcovering work in this space?
  • How long are we going to live here, how much do we upgrade?
  • Will my selections be eligible for a rebate and are they energy conservative?

Where to start can be overwhelming unless you have a good Interior Designer to work with to keep your renovation within your budget while developing your vision to include your wish list.

Don’t worry if you do not know what you like; it’s better to know what you don’t like as far I’m concerned.

Make no mistake any renovation you embark upon with limited knowledge will come with many surprises!

Hiring Worthington Interior Design early on in the process will guarantee you have a great team to help you navigate the contractor’s role and requirements. No need for you to settle on a new bathroom you so deserve.  Call Worthington Interior Design for expert guidance renovating your loo, 978-255-3001.

 

Bathroom Trends – Larger Rooms & Sassy Bathtubs

By Greg Greene, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Greene Construction LLC based in Newburyport, MA. Greg began working in construction while finishing college, and decided he loved the creativity of finding solutions to give homeowners what they want and need. With more than 25 years in remodeling and custom home building, Greg loves what he does, and the community where he lives and works. He enjoys meeting with clients in their home or one of the Newburyport hotspots like Plum Island Coffee Roasters or Mission Oak Grill (awesome food). You can learn more about Greg’s varied projects at NewburyportBuilder.com.
Greene Construction
Greene Construction, Newburyport MA

It’s always fun to see new products as they enter the market, and most people only see them on television or in magazines. A business associate had the opportunity to attend the International Home Builder show in Las Vegas this year, and shared some of their photos so I could share them and today we’re looking at bathroom trends.

Bathroom Trends Like Never Before

If you think back over the last ten years, what’s changed in the bathroom. Granite countertops have moved in from the kitchen, free-standing sinks that sit on top of the countertop and larger, feature rich showers.

The newest trend that goes hand-in-hand is larger bathrooms and free-standing bathtubs. When you dig into the larger bathrooms, you quickly realize that what people are doing is creating in-home spas which are great for relaxing after a long day at work.

The question you want to ask yourself is how often do you get to the gym (not how often you’d like to visit the guy)? And how much time do you spend driving to/from the gym if you’re disciplined enough to get there? Now consider how much time and money you’d save, if you could workout in your own private spa, and finish up with a relaxing soak in a fabulous bathtub.

Another reason this makes so much sense is people aren’t moving as often as we once did. After the housing bust that started around 2007, homeowners are much more reluctant to sell their homes. That means we’re remodeling more kitchens and bathrooms than ever.

A Bathtub That Can Help You Relax

For years homeowners have thought about removing (or omitting when building a custom house) the bathtub from the master bath. It is true that many homeowners took out their jacuzzi tubs but kept some type of bathtub for resale purposes if nothing else. So I invite you to check out some of the new stand-along bathtub designs on my website … and when you’re ready to install one, give us a call at 978-790-4881.

Planning a Home Addition in Newburyport

By Greg Greene, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Greene Construction LLC based in Newburyport, MA. Greg began working in construction while finishing college, and decided he loved the creativity of finding solutions to give homeowners what they want and need. With more than 25 years in remodeling and custom home building, Greg loves what he does, and the community where he lives and works. He enjoys meeting with clients in their home or one of the Newburyport hotspots like Plum Island Coffee Roasters or Mission Oak Grill (awesome food). You can learn more about Greg’s varied projects at NewburyportBuilder.com.
Greene Construction
Planning A Home Addition, Greene Construction, Newburyport MA

Have you outgrown your home but don’t want to move? Building an addition may be the right choice for you, especially if you love your neighborhood. Building a home addition not only adds to the value of your home, it will make it more desirable to buyers when you are willing to give up your 01950 zip code.

In general, home additions have a good Return On Investment (ROI) and the longer you stay in your house, the more likely you are to recoup your costs. Couple that with the benefits of the added living space and you also get what I call “Return On Enjoyment” (ROE) and who doesn’t deserve ROE these days? Also important is the size of the addition, because that plays a huge role in the cost: the more you build, the less it costs per square foot.

Additions come in many shapes and sizes, but the most popular is a garage addition with a Master Bedroom Suite with spa-like bath above. Here’s a step by step process to help you with planning a home addition.

6 Steps for Planning a Home Addition

  1. First, research home values in your community – unless you want your house to be the white elephant on the block
  2. Next review the latest Cost vs Value report to familiarize yourself with average costs to build an addition
  3. Then set a budget for your project and decide how you’re going to finance it (home equity loan, refinance or savings)
  4. Consider possible timetables and whether you’ll remain in your home during the construction
  5. Communicate with the Planning Board to learn what local zoning regulations will affect the design of your addition
  6. Vet and hire your builder and architect early, so you’re all on starting from and working on the same page right from the start

You can learn more about the design build process on our website.

Building is a Partnership

By Greg Greene, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Greene Construction LLC based in Newburyport, MA. Greg began working in construction while finishing college, and decided he loved the creativity of finding solutions to give homeowners what they want and need. With more than 25 years in remodeling and custom home building, Greg loves what he does, and the community where he lives and works. He enjoys meeting with clients in their home or one of the Newburyport hotspots like Plum Island Coffee Roasters or Mission Oak Grill (awesome food). You can learn more about Greg’s varied projects at NewburyportBuilder.com.
Greene Construction
Green Construction, Newburyport MA

Homeowners love to dream about the house they’d like to have one day, but often they don’t know what steps to take to turn their ideas into reality. That’s where a builder/remodeler who offers end-to-end services beginning with design, through demolition and construction, makes the project much easier.

In fact you’ll save time and money by using a design build company like Greene Construction. The same team that turns your ideas into a blueprint, is the team that manages the project from beginning to end. We’ll bring speciality contractors in for their expertise when needed, but we’re there every day to insure the quality and your satisfaction to the very end.

We’re a design build company that offers a wide range of services including:

We’re Newburyport’s premier builder/remodeler and we’d love to discuss your project with you. You can learn more about us at RemodelingNewburyport.com and when you’re ready to talk, feel free to emailor call (978-790-4881) us to schedule your appointment.

Every homeowner deserves a home they love, and we welcome the opportunity to make your dreams a reality.

Newburyport A Destination City

By Robert Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
CEO/Owner & Residential/Commercial Sales Specialist for Bentley's, Robert has been the #1 agent in the Greater Newburyport market for the past six years. Robert's success is due to his dominance with on-line real estate marketing, strong negotiation skills, and good old fashioned work ethic. Robert has a strong sales, marketing, and finance background and always does what is necessary to get the deal done, and make his clients happy. Experience and proven reputation are key when you are making the largest financial transaction of a life time.
Robert Bentley
Newburyport A Destination City, Newburyport MA

Newburyport a destination city, serves as the hub for many North Shore and Southern NH towns.  Newburyport’s historic charm, amazing restaurant & shopping scene not to mention the beautiful water views all put Newburyport in high demand for the great lifestyle this unique community offers.  Newburyport provides the opportunity to experience city life along the Merrimack River and enjoy beautiful beaches with a quick ride or bike over to Plum Island.

Newburyport real estate offers something for everyone.  Whether you are in search of a multi-million dollar property water views, ocean and river front or just a one or bedroom condo, Newburyport is a city that you must explore.  As a city, Newburyport has a high walkability score.  Living in the downtown area you are able to enjoy the vibrant and diverse cultural environment created here in Newburyport all enjoyed without the stress of getting it a car.

Newburyport also offers convenience for commuters with quick access to both Interstate 95 as well as 495 making Boston, Southern Maine, Southern NH and points west all very accessible.  In addition, the commuter rail is a great way to travel to Boston and the C&J Trailways bus provides quick and comfortable access to Logan Airport and South Station.

Call Robert Bentley anytime with questions @ 781.858.5115.

 

Classic & Versatile, Gingham A Checkered Past…

By Debra Worthington, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."
Worthington Interior Design
Gingham a checkered past, Worthington Interior Design, Newburyport MA

Here we are near the end of February 2016 and we can see fewer weeks left demarcating winter.  As you continue to nest by the fire and enjoy hearty meals, the glimmers of springtime are in the offing. So this brings me to a fabric design of the past, Gingham.

It is a design pattern that really never goes out of style and in fact it’s ageless. Depending on the scale, large or small it plays nicely among stripes, paisleys, florals and even textured fabrics and wallpapers.

Revitalize a side chair and cover it in a  brightly colored gingham and it immediately makes your space feel fresh and crisp. Dare to mix colors and you can bring a bit of whimsy to your rooms.

Large oversize scaled gingham can give you an instant ‘sophisticated contemporary feel’ either upholstering traditional dining or breakfast room chairs.

Thibaut Fine Furniture, Fabrics and Wallpapers sells it in fun colors. Need new pillows try gingham on one side and print on the other side and you can switch up your look by flipping the pillows.

Want timeless drapery or tailored style roman shades …use it as trim to finish your look.

For your child’s room use coverlets on the beds or an area rug with a gingham print…it all works.

Patterned tablecloths or dishes make for a lovely background for a Sunday brunch, especially with Stonewall Kitchen’s blueberry sour cream scones!

And when springtime does arrive simply move the party outside on the deck or patio and upholster your outdoor furniture with sun resistant mixes of gingham and stripe fabrics.

Because the age-old Gingham pattern is so versatile, it’s a simple way to add home style as March 20th rolls around…the 1st day of spring!  Contact Worthington Interior Design to discuss these and other great design ideas.  

Prices Adjust with Increased Newburyport Housing Inventory

By Robert Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
CEO/Owner & Residential/Commercial Sales Specialist for Bentley's, Robert has been the #1 agent in the Greater Newburyport market for the past six years. Robert's success is due to his dominance with on-line real estate marketing, strong negotiation skills, and good old fashioned work ethic. Robert has a strong sales, marketing, and finance background and always does what is necessary to get the deal done, and make his clients happy. Experience and proven reputation are key when you are making the largest financial transaction of a life time.
Robert Bentley
Bentley's Real Estate, Newburyport MA

The Newburyport real estate market remains strong, but prices adjust with increased Newburyport housing inventory for the summer months, and Fall is starting to look the same.  The area saw premium pricing during the Winter months due to the low inventory but the Spring and Summer markets have provided buyers with many more options.  Properties in the mid and lower tier price points are selling as long as they are priced appropriately.  The upper tier housing market is not moving as quickly but again, the properties with realistic price points are selling.

Although we see some fluctuation in inventory and price points, the overall demand for Newburyport is strong.  The thriving downtown has so much to offer.  Newburyport serves as the hub for other North Shore and Southern NH towns with many great restaurants and shops and it’s beautiful views along the Merrimack River and close proximity to the beach.  The schools are strong as well with Newburyport High School just being ranked 253rd in News Weeks 2015 annual top 500 high school ranking and only one of 19 in Massachusetts.

If you are looking  to move to Newburyport, now is the time and if you are already a resident, it is highly likely that you have made a great long term investment by purchasing property in Newburyport. Contact Robert Bentley of Bentley’s to find out how much your Newburyport home is worth in today’s Newburyport MA Real Estate market.

Newburyport has become a top town on the Massachusetts North Shore, so when folks learn they are relocating here they first look to learn about this great community.  “Home Buyers are increasingly researching community first and not Real Estate as quality of life, schools, active lifestyle all remain large considerations to the home buying process” says Robert Bentley, Boston Power Player and the top agent in Greater Newburyport.

“We are seeing increased traffic on Newburyport.com and soon will have Newburyport Home Search built directly on the site’s real estate page that will allow visitors complete and direct access to MLS home for sale data updated real time.” Excitement for the value of Newburyport Real Estate remains high and inventory comes and goes, so working with a top local agent is critical to the Newburyport Home Search.  Reach out to Robert Bentley anytime with questions @ 781.858.5115.

 

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