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May 2014 - JANET PORCARO

Contemporary Home in Newton Centre Sings Creativity!

Contemporary Home in Newton Centre Sings Creativity!

Artfully designed contemporary home boasts the best of a West Coast ambiance and a highly desirable East Coast location. Unpretentious exterior gives little indication of the amazing interior with an expansive flowing layout, soaring ceilings, and an exquisite blend of materials including exotic wooden cabinetry (designed and constructed by Graham Grallert of Thoughforms) and and metals (metal artist, Pierre Tresfort of Tresfort Metal Works).

Italian Murano glass panels and windows are featured throughout the home offering a delightful palette of colors and light, as well as,  offering a consistently beautiful vista to .61 acre landscaped grounds. The grassy grounds are the part I love the most about this home. The artful fun of an amazing tree house, play structure, and patios are carefully placed around the old trees which have matured beautifully. This home inspires one to meditate. This is a home of the future.

Chef's Kitchen with exotic wood cabenetry

Chef’s Kitchen with exotic wood cabenetry

MLS No. 71679712 
ADDRESS 152 Homer Street
Newton, MA 02459
17 rooms
5 beds
3 1/2 baths
Listed for $3,995,000
Listing Broker, Susan Ormont, Keller Williams Realty, Newton

Jewell toned dining room filled with reflections and light

Jewell toned dining room filled with reflections and light

If you would like a Buyer Agent’s advice as you tour the home, contact me at 617-797-9497 or at Janet@JanetPorcaro.net

As the day ends, living space is transformed with magically beautiful fixtures

As the day ends, living space is transformed with magically beautiful fixtures

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Colors and glass reflect the sea in this spa like bath

Colors and glass reflect the sea in this spa like bath

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Glamorous master bedroom

Glamorous master bedroom

 

Moving Out: Best Color to Paint Each Room

Moving Out: Best Color to Paint Each Room

Moving Out: Best Color to Paint Each Room

Moving OutWhen you’re trying to sell a home, it’s important to evoke emotion in potential buyers. Specifically, you want buyers to feel comfortable in your home and able to visualize themselves living there. Because a home is a refuge, you have to make yours inviting. Believe it or not, using the right paint can be a means of causing viewers to linger – or to run. Remember the following tips when considering what color to paint each room in order to maximize your home’s selling potential:

• Consider neutral colors. Neutrals are better than strong colors, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for white or beige if you feel that’s too “boring.” There are plenty of neutral blues or even yellows you can select. Whatever you choose, it should have a calming influence over potential buyers.

• Avoid unusual colors. Remember, buyers want to be able to see how their belongings will fit in your home. If your walls are a bold or odd color that doesn’t fit buyers’ color scheme, that signifies extra work should they purchase your home.

• Use accent walls sparingly. Accent walls are a fun trend when decorating your home, but you may unintentionally make your rooms feel smaller, a no-no when trying to sell. If you do want to accent a particular wall for some purpose – there’s a great fireplace, for example – choose a color that is two or three shades darker than the other walls.

• Maintain a sense of continuity. A home in which every room is painted a different color can feel choppy and disconnected. Avoid this by using the same color throughout the home, with varying shades of that color in hallways or on accent walls.

• Consider how different colors evoke different emotions. Whether we realize it or not, colors can change our mood. Use this knowledge to your advantage when selling your home. If you’re going to change up the color schemes throughout your home, choose earthy tones – like shades of brown, green, blue, and orange – for your living and dining rooms. These colors are a good match for rooms that exhibit a lot of wood or stone. Save your oranges and reds for the kitchen, as these colors make people think about food; however, be sure you select soft, warm hues. Finally, evoke a feeling of relaxation in the bedrooms with calming shades of blue.

Selling your home has its challenges. Let the colors on your walls be an asset to your ability to sell, not a detriment. If you don’t feel able to select the right color palate on your own, consult your realtor, local interior designer, or home staging experts. Good luck – and happy painting!


David Shapiro is a marketing specialist for moving companies such as Allied Van Lines. He lives in AZ and, when he isn’t working, enjoys various outdoor activities such as biking, swimming, and mountain climbing.

Newton Woman Raises $200,000 for Brain Tumor Research

Newton Woman Raises $200,000 for Brain Tumor Research

Newton Woman Raises $200,000 for Brain Tumor Research

Lisa Shapiro, Local Hero

Lisa Shapiro, Local Hero

On May 18, Newton resident Lisa Shapiro will take part in the National Brain Tumor Society 20th annual Boston Brain Tumor Ride, an event aimed at increasing awareness and funding for critical brain tumor research in hopes of someday finding a cure. Nearly 20 years ago, Lisa was diagnosed with a Grade 1 Astrocytoma brain tumor at the young age of 20. Lisa had surgery immediately to remove the tumor and after undergoing a few weeks of physical therapy and promising her physician that she would undergo radiation the following summer, Lisa was able to go back to school on time.

While away at college, Lisa continued to have partial seizures—sometimes as many as six a day—that were controlled through medication and she underwent acupuncture treatments in her dorm room as well as medication changes. She wore a hairpiece and baseball hat to ensure that outwardly she looked no different than anyone else. Remarkably, Lisa graduated on time with her friends and went right into six weeks of radiation treatment.

Following surgery, Lisa strived to have the ordinary life that she had always envisioned. She went to graduate school and became a teacher, wife and mother of two young children. Eleven years passed with Lisa’s tumor remaining unchanged until her seizures drastically increased to nearly 100 partial seizures a day. She then had to undergo another invasive brain surgery to removing the growing mass. The operation caused her to lose significant movement in her right side, leaving her right leg permanently disabled. She still wears a brace today to help her with walking. Remarkably, she later gave birth to a third child, not letting the idea of being partially handicapped stop her from living the life she had always envisioned.

Since Lisa was diagnosed nearly 20 years ago, her family and friends have taken part in the National Brain Tumor Society’s Boston Brain Tumor Ride to support Lisa in her battle with a brain tumor. Family and friends have ridden every year on her behalf and after her second surgery seven years ago, formed the team “Lisa’s Riders.” The team is made up of important people in Lisa’s life, many of who ride in memory of a family member or friend. Lisa’s Riders ride to help find a cure so people will not have to worry what their future holds if they receive a brain tumor diagnosis. Remarkably, to date, Lisa’s Riders has raised almost $200,000.

To learn more about the Boston Brain Tumor Ride or to donate and support “Lisa’s Riders,” please visit: www.braintumorride.org/Boston

Or

http://www.braintumorcommunity.org/site/TR/TeamraiserEvents/BostonBrainTumorRide?team_id=68146&pg=team&fr_id=2241.