Posted by Peggy Farber on 7/11/2018

Magazine styled homes are gorgeous but theyíre not quite practical. Especially when youíve got little ones running about. But that doesnít mean you canít still have a stylish home. Iíve got a few tricks for you to today to integrate kid-friendly decor with a grown up touch. 

When house shopping keep those with open floor plans at the top of your list. Open floor plans help your family to stay social and connected with each other. Itís also a whole lot easier to keep your eye on your little ones in the living room while youíre making dinner. Additionally, an eat-in kitchen creates a welcoming atmosphere for older kids to hang out around after school while eating snacks or working on homework.

When it comes to furnishing your new home opt for furniture that doubles as storage to tuck away toys. This helps to keep a tidy home while maintaining a welcoming room for children to pull out a few toys and spend time with the family. If you choose to have wall to wall carpeting be sure to choose one designed to withstand heavy traffic. Alternatively, for a statement rug using an outdoor carpet inside adds visual interest and makes for easy cleaning.

Furnishings in heavy duty fabrics like microfiber, acrylics or distressed leather can withstand messes and frequent cleaning. For existing furniture, slip covers are another way to protect sofas while being able to easily wash messes from kiddos and pets. Round shaped tables eliminate sharp corners and the bumps and bruises they create.

It may be tempting to choose dark colors to hide inevitable messes and stains however itís best to opt for mid-tone colors to keep a bright, welcoming room. Add pops of color with pillow covers in lighter colors. Pillow covers are ideal since not only can they easily be swapped out to give a room a fresh new look but they can also easily be cleaned by throwing them in the wash.

Install shelves that allow books to be propped up with their covers viewable. Children will be more likely to grab them to read and they will also double as an evolving art display in your home. Another great way to add child-friendly art is to frame the paintings and drawings your children bring home. Youíll have a unique one of a kind piece to rival Pollock and Rothko.

A guest bedroom with one or two bunk beds will make your home the sleepover favorite among your childís friends. Youíll maximize space and provide a much more comfortable sleeping space than a sleeping bag on the floor. Storing snacks in baskets and see through jars out in the open makes it easy for kids to grab and go throughout the day. Youíll have peace of mind visitors arenít going hungry while creating a welcoming, homey space for all.

When decorating most put their own taste and style first. However, when raising a family the difference between a house and a home is that everyone living under its roof feels at comfortable in its space. Creating a family friendly home doesnít mean sacrificing style but it does mean a few tweaks that bring everyone closer together.  




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Posted by Peggy Farber on 7/4/2018

Whether you live in a huge mansion or a modest cottage, your home is your castle, and you're entitled to be safe and secure at all times!

Unfortunately, there is a criminal element in society which can pose a potential threat to homeowners (and renters) who fail to take precautions.

While each individual has to decide for themselves what security measures are necessary for their own safety and that of their family, everyone can benefit from developing a sense of heightened awareness. This is not a difficult thing to do; it simply requires you to focus extra attention on the need to keep your home and family secure. As an old song lyric by Kenny Rogers reminds us, "Trust in God, but lock your door."

By nature, we are all "creatures of habit." It's easy to lose sight of the big picture and allow ourselves to be lulled into a sense of false security. No matter how safe you think your neighborhood is, you're inviting trouble if you habitually leave your doors unlocked. In the same way you may be conscientious about turning off the stove when you're finished using it, getting in the habit of locking your doors (and windows) before you leave the house or go to bed is also a good safety practice. Just that simple thing done on a consistent basis can drastically reduce your chances of becoming a crime statistic.

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Another easy and inexpensive way to fortify home security is with lighting. Your house and property should never be pitch black at night because it makes your home look more vulnerable and unprotected. Creating the impression that someone is home -- whether they are or not -- can be as simple as turning on a couple lights before you leave the house, connecting your lights to a timer that will automatically turn on and off at designated times, or installing a system that enables you to control your home's security remotely. Motion-activated outdoor spotlights can also be an effective deterrent.

One of the many advantages of having a high-tech home control system is that you never have to worry about forgetting to lock your doors, turn on the lights, or adjust your thermostat; you can do it from virtually any location. If you're not technically inclined, you can have a system installed and monitored by a home security company (Make sure to compare prices, services offered, and customer reviews first, though.)

Some homeowners even opt for a video surveillance system, which is one of the most effective ways to keep tabs on your property. Implementing that sort of security system doesn't fit everyone's comfort zone or household budget, but home automation, in general, is an option worth considering and learning more about.

Whether you decide to stick with old-fashioned techniques or try the latest high-tech methods of keeping your home secure, your most important resources are awareness, alertness, and a good set of locks on your doors and windows.





Posted by Peggy Farber on 6/29/2018


27 Atwood Circle , Brewster MA 02631 Single Family Home Real Estate For Sale A Brewster GEM! Appealing both inside and out. Classic, traditional exterior has a contemporary flair on the interior, against a backdrop of gleaming wood floors. Cathedral ceiling in living room plus a natural gas fireplace. Kitchen with center island and granite counter tops..beautiful with a charming nearby dining area. First floor master with private bath and first floor laundry room allows for one floor living really with 2 bedrooms and full bath on the second floor. The landscaping is rich, beautiful and easy to maintain. Relaxing deck, outdoor shower and quaint garden shed. Perfect location for the golfer(s) in the family as its a breeze to get to both Ocean Edge facilities as well as The Captains Course, a consistent favorite. Convenient to bike trail, Ferretti's (yum). Beautiful.

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Posted by Peggy Farber on 6/29/2018


356 Slough Road , Brewster MA 02631 Single Family Home Real Estate For Sale Lovely contemporary home in West Brewster near beautiful Slough Pond and peeks of Walker Pond. Convenient to shopping, movies and a quick drive to north side bay beaches starting with picturesque Paines' Creek Beach. Plenty of room for entertaining and hosting friends and family. Generous sized rooms with high ceilings provide a light and airy feel. Very roomy first floor master suite with walk in closet first floor laundry room and half bath. The kitchen offers so much wonderful space to create the kitchen of your dreams! Walk in pantry and access to the deck and garage, which is connected by a walkway. Two additional bedrooms and full bath on the second floor. For the craftsman, furniture builder? The garage is heaven sent with 2 bays and a fantastic unfinished second story! Your move!

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Posted by Peggy Farber on 6/29/2018


191 Crocker Lane , Brewster MA 02631 Single Family Home Real Estate For Sale It's a pleasure and a privilege to bring ''Restless Wind'' to the market for the first time. Timeless styling with a light and airy open floor plan with soaring ceilings, skylights and over sized windows that capture the light and seem to bring the outdoors in. Refreshing, to say the least. This meticulous home offers four bedrooms, all en suite, with private placement of the first floor master suite. Wood floors, recessed lighting are throughout. The living room has a stunning fireplace with soapstone surround french doors strategically positioned to access the deck and rear yard, where you will find privacy first and foremost and a bocce court. The path to the bay beach a scant 300 feet away. Located in the coveted ''Kings Grant'' neighborhood, right smack in the heart of Brewster.

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