Eliane Consalvo - KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY / Merrimack Valley



Posted by Eliane Consalvo on 5/28/2017

There are many benefits to living in a simple and minimal environment. Lack of clutter helps us focus and boosts our mood. Have you ever sat down at your desk at work or in your home office and felt like you just couldn't get any work done and started tidying up instead? It might be a good idea to listen to that impulse and make your work environment a more productive place. In this article we're going to give you some tips for making your home office a distraction-free, minimal sanctuary. At the same time, these tips will be low cost--minimalism and frugality go hand in hand after all.

Why minimalism?

If you're the type of person who lives in a "well-organized mess" and is able to function highly in this environment, maybe you don't need to strip things down. Or, if you feel the most comfortable in a busy room and are able to get more work done this way, maybe the busy and cozy office environment works for you. However, the majority of people don't fit that description. We tend to do our best work when we have only the necessities at had. Having a minimal home office has numerous benefits. Aside from helping you focus and adding a spacious, pleasant atmosphere to the room, minimalism can help your room look more updated and modern (increasing the value of your home), and can help you save money once you start making only the most useful purchases for your home office.

Your office as a workshop

If you work on cars in your garage and nothing else, you'll probably only want to fill your garage with the right tools for the job. This is also true for your home office. We have a tendency of putting old and extra furniture and decorations from our house into the less frequented rooms, like a home office. Look around your office. Has it become a storage room for old pillows, lamps, or furniture? If so, this is your chance to get rid of some items to clear up the room. Unlike your garage, the tools for the job needed in your home office have been extremely cut down thanks to technology. Among the items that laptops and smartphones have made obsolete:
  • filing cabinets--Google Drive and Dropbox can securely store all your documents
  • calculators--your phone and laptop have these
  • staplers
  • hole punches
  • landline telephones
  • bulletin boards
  • desktop calendars and planners
This list goes on and on. If you have the equivalent or a replacement on your laptop, there's no need to clutter your room with it.

Minimal decorating

Since simple living and minimalism are current trends there are a range of resources available to you when looking to revamp your home office. Some decorating tips to help you along the way:
  • Shop modular. Modular furniture from stores like IKEA and VITSOE are great space savers.
  • Keep your surfaces clear. Avoid the urge to cover your desk with items. That goes for tables, floors, walls, and ceilings as well.
  • Think about color. Using bright colors for your walls and ceiling will make your room feel more spacious and minimal.
  • Nature is your friend. Natural light and one or two plants will compliment any minimal space.





Posted by Eliane Consalvo on 2/12/2017

Is your home a restful and relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of the work-a-day world? Or is it dark, dreary, and certainly not a place where you would want to “hang-out” 24/7? If you acknowledge that your habitat could use a facelift, but the thought of choosing colors and making decisions on décor items paralyzes you, not to worry. Interior decorating can be simple and easy if you follow a few basic principles. Let There Be Light Sometimes all it takes to make a room look inviting and warm is a change in lighting. You may be considering a major remodel such as installing larger, eco-friendly windows or a skylight or perhaps all it takes is a new light fixture to change the dynamics of the room. Hang Artwork At Eye Level To achieve a harmonious feeling in any given room, hang your primary pieces of artwork at eye level. When “eye-catching” items are hung too high or too low on a wall, it can make the room seem off-balance or give the illusion of disorder and diminished space. No matter if you are tall or short, hang art items at your eye-level, you are the one that lives here and will see it daily. However, if you share your space with others, it is best to hang at an average height of approximately 5’8” from the floor. Decorate To Please You – Not The Public Avoid getting caught up in trends that are soon dated. This is your home, your space, so decorate it in a way that is pleasing to your eye and compliments your personality. Unless you are preparing the property for sale, keep in mind that you are creating a space where you will feel comfortable; forget about impressing “The Jones.” Enliven Rooms With Mirrors If you are working with a small space, consider install or mounting mirrors to reflect interest aspects of the room and to provide a feeling of spaciousness. Strategically placed mirrors make any room look larger. To add visual interest, consider mirrors with different styles and colors of frames. Make a collage, hang a mirror from the ceiling: you are only limited by your imagination. Take Your Time When planning to redecorate or remodel a room in your home, spend some time considering the room’s intended purpose. If you plan to use the space as a home office, you will want adequate lighting, mood-uplifting colors, a well-planned work center, bookshelves, and lots of electrical outlets. On the other hand, if redecorating a bedroom, you may want plush rugs, a four-poster bed adorned with handmade quilts or a modern, streamlined contemporary décor featuring glass and chrome furniture and recessed light with a ceiling fan. Take your time finding a “look” that feels right to you. Visit home and garden show, open houses, designer showrooms for ideas and inspiration. Avoid Pointing All Your Furniture Towards The Entertainment Center How often have you walked into someone’s family room, living room, entertainment center, or den and noted that all the furniture was pointed at the television? Doesn’t anyone talk to each other anymore? Create a conversation grouping, or install a window set where you can curl up with a good book.




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Posted by Eliane Consalvo on 12/25/2016

As house sizes grow ever larger more people find themselves with spare bedrooms in their homes. These bedrooms are often called "guest rooms" by default, even though they're usually just a place where all the extra furniture ends up. When guests do come to stay over, you shouldn't have to worry about cleaning out their room. Ideally, a guest room is low maintenance and includes everything your guest will need to feel comfortable away from home. So, instead of filling the room with the 25 old pillows that have been accumulating in your house, here are some essentials that every guest bedroom should have.

Decorate like you'd want to sleep there

Use bright, but calming colors on the walls, put a bedside table with a beverage coaster near the bed, use curtains that can be closed to block out the morning sun or opened to let in as much light as your guest would like. The important thing to remember is to avoid clutter and personal objects. If your guest feels like they're surrounded by junk they won't feel very at home. Similarly, if there are personal items like your photos, notebooks, or clothing in the room they will feel like they're intruding in your space. Instead, keep your personal items in your own bedroom or office and think of the guest room as more of a hotel within your home.

Essential items

We won't discuss the obvious necessities of a bedroom (i.e., beds and beddings). Rather, here are some items you may not have thought to include in your guest room that will make your guest feel more at home.
  • Cell phone charger. Odds are your guest only brought one charger with them. But if you have an iPhone or Android (micro USB) charger ready for use on the bedside table, it will let them keep their own charger in their bag for use outside the house.
  • Wi-Fi name and password. Write the Wi-Fi name and password down on a notepad and place it on the bedside table. This way your guest won't have to worry about disturbing you late at night to remind them of the log-in info. It's also a good idea to leave a pen with the notepad in case your guest wants to leave themselves any notes.
  • Empty storage space. To help your guest feel organized, make sure they can use the closet or dresser to unpack their clothes and belongings and store away their suitcase.
  • Tissues and wastebasket. A common, but overlooked, courtesy to include for your guest is a box of tissues and a wastebasket.
  • Ear plugs. Even if you don't live in a noisy neighborhood there may be some late night sounds that have become white-noise to you but that your guest isn't familiar with (i.e. trains, heating or AC sounds, wildlife).
  • Shower caddy with useful items. You can buy a small shower caddy at the dollar store and fill it with useful items for your guest, such as: soap, shampoo, shower sponge, razors, Q-tips, headache medicine, and band-aids. Your guest can bring this back to their bedroom and won't feel like they're taking up space in the bathroom.
   





Posted by Eliane Consalvo on 8/28/2016

Window with curtains Your home should be a sanctuary. The home is the place to get away from the stresses of everyday life. It’s our base, that’s why we call it home! There’s ways you can decorate your home that will give every room of the house a feeling of peace and calm. Here, We will break down some of the things that you can do to decorate your house with the intention of it being a stress-free zone. 1. Use the power of green Plants are the perfect accompaniment to every room of the house. Plants bring more oxygen into your house therefore you end up being less stressed because your overall well-being is better. When the air around you is cleaner, It brings a sense of calm. 2. Engage your senses with sights and sounds There’s plenty of ways that you can engage your senses inside of your home. From beautiful artwork to top-of-the-line sound systems to listen to music with you can be constantly amazed right from inside your home. Even inviting birds near your windows with feeders in places can connect you with nature in a new and exciting way. Make coming home a pleasant event When you come home from work in the evenings, you don’t want the first thing you see to be stressful. Place things near the entryway of your home that bring you joy. You could keep a stack of pleasant books, magazines, puzzles, or music right near the place you enter your house each night. This will remind you to make your house feel more like home, and less like a place that will require more work! Lower the lights When you hit your bedroom at night, you want it to feel like a sleep haven. Be sure that the things you use to adjust the lights are close at hand, so when you need to lower lights, it’s an easy task. In other rooms of your home, be sure it’s easy to adjust the lighting accordingly there as well. Think comfort and safety. 5. Keep boundaries between work and home If you have a home office, be sure that you have a set cut off time for work. Whether you’re working from home all day or just part of the day, you want to set boundaries for yourself. This will help keep your home life pleasant and less stressful. It’s important to separate your home life and your work life. Make it easy to develop a routine The placement of your coffeemaker may seem insignificant, but early in the morning when you want a fresh cup of joe, knowing exactly where to hit the button to get the coffee started can make a big difference in your mood for the day. Items in your home should be placed strategically as to how, when and where you use them. It’s also a good idea to have places for shoes, coats and hats to reduce clutter and stay organized.




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Posted by Eliane Consalvo on 5/29/2016

House plants can significantly improve the dynamic of a room.  While some are purely decorative, there are others that can have a dramatic effect on air and indoor pollution levels.  If you are planning on making a few botanical additions to your home, then why not get the added benefit of choosing plants that will work for you, as well as providing an aesthetic benefit?  Here are a few to get you started. Golden Pothos - This vine-like plant is very easy to grow, requiring very little light, and can survive quite comfortably if you happen to forget to water it on a regular basis.  With regular fertilizing, this plant becomes a fast-growing vine that looks fantastic in any room.  Clippings can be taken, put in water, and will develop root structures in as little as a few days.  Because this is a submersible plant, it is also popular with aquarium enthusiasts.  In addition, this plant is a heavy oxygen producer, and can also remove benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from your air. Peace Lilies - Interestingly enough, these houseplants are not true lilies. These attractive members of the Araceae family need only a little light and water in order to survive, and produce brilliant flowers. Rubber Tree - While used as houseplants in North America, these plants have an interesting use in India; the roots are guided over chasms in order to create what is commonly referred to as living bridges.  These plants prefer bright sunlight, and while they can withstand infrequent watering quite well, they will thrive if given enough moisture. Weeping Fig - This is the official tree of Bangkok, Thailand.  In a study by NASA, this plant was shown to effectively remove airborne toxins from its environment.  This plant thrives in warm, sunny conditions, but can also tolerate low-light conditions fairly well.  If it is moved to a new room, it will shed a large number of its leaves, and replace them with new leaves in response to the change in light conditions.  While it is adaptive to changes in light, care should be taken not to place it in an area where it will be subjected to strong, cold drafts.  This plant is also popular among bonsai enthusiasts for its aesthetic properties. Snake Plant - Also known as "mother-in-law's tongue", this plant has been recognized in the same NASA study as one of the best plants to remove indoor air pollution.  Like other pollution-reducing plants, this one can survive quite well with low light levels and irregular watering.  Care should be taken not to over water this species, as the root structure is fairly sensitive. For further reading, you can pick up the book How To Grow Fresh Air, by B.C. Wolverton.