Blog :: 10-2015

Looking for Kitchen Ideas?

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Have you been thinking about renovating your kitchen? Or do you just need a few fresh ideas?

Come to the 13th Annual Kitchen Tour on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 10am–4pm (rain or shine) to benefit the musical theatre program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

This year’s tour of eight homes in Sharon, Lakeville, Salisbury, Falls Village and Canaan, CT features kitchens with many different renovating and decorating ideas.

Information about each kitchen is provided, including designers, builders, and materials — a handy reference for later use. Enjoy nibbles at each house, generously donated by local restaurants and caterers, meet a cookbook author, watch a cooking demonstration, and try your luck at door prizes!

Tickets ($40 each) may be purchased online at HMTS.org or at the Salisbury, Sharon, and Kent pharmacies through the day of the tour.

Best & Cavallaro Real Estate has been a proud sponsor of the HMTS Kitchen Tour since its inception.

 

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    Small Towns = Happy Brains?

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    Dr. Edward Hallowell is an adult psychiatrist, best-selling author and the founder of a center for cognitive and emotional health. (Google him for a list of titles.) He summered in Norfolk for years with his family.

    I remember a talk he delivered one summer evening on the health of the human brain. He emphasized the importance of people connecting to family, friends, work, school, nature and animals as being crucial to brain stimulation and thus to emotional health. Apparently, when we encounter a familiar face, even in passing, our brain fires off a ton of neurons, which is good for the brain and in turn releases internal reactions that make us feel happier. Or at least better. Or maybe not grumpy.

    Anyway, he claimed that small towns are the healthiest places to reside because we encounter familiar faces on a regular basis. An involved conversation isn’t required, just a simple nod or quick “hi” will suffice. Something to think about on your next trip to the post office, grocery store or coffee shop.

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      Floor Plans

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      While photographs are essential in describing a property, there is nothing like a floor plan to enable potential buyers to analyze the flow and functionality of a house. Unless you build a house, chances are that you do not have floor plans. Especially for a higher priced property, consider hiring an architect or designer for an hourly fee, to measure the house and draw a floor plan to scale.

      Having had a previous career as an interior designer, I know firsthand the advantages, even the necessity, of working with a floor plan. The floor plan can help a potential buyer visualize where furniture or even where a potential addition to the existing house might go.

      The floor plan is a useful tool to share with contractors when having preliminary discussions about proposed changes. Con-tractors are accustomed to working from scaled drawings, which can expedite any required work estimates. If buyers are contemplating changes or an addition, they can share the plan with their own architect, who can use it to more quickly to come up with sketches.

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        Around We Might Not Be Going

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        Driving from Salisbury to Torrington, I wonder as I enter the Goshen roundabout at Routes 4 and 63 whether I'm going to exit intact. Entering traffic appears to be a combination of drivers executing a desperate act of darting into the unknown with fluffed courage or bullying through with a hope and a prayer.

        Years ago I was stuck in my first roundabout for what seemed like twenty minutes with a chorus of horns applauding my lack of circle skills. So in the interest of keeping the traffic flowing in Goshen I thought I'd share (inexpert) tips!

        When you approach the roundabout, please hesitate slightly as you check to see if there is traffic coming from your left. If the left is clear, enter and exit on your chosen route (using your indicator!) Stop if there is traffic to your immediate left but please do not stop while in the circle to allow the vehicle to your right to go first. They are waiting for you.

        Happy (and safe) driving!

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          Fall Festival in Salisbury, CT

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          While the hills are turning to shades of crimson and golden hues, Salisbury village turns its attention to the annual Fall Festival Weekend on Oct. 9-11, 2015 (salisburyfallfestival.org).

          Delightful scarecrows adorn many doorways; always a keen competition for the best, funniest, most original in various categories. Stroll along the street for a pleasant visit and enjoy the fun.

          Memorable events like blueberry pancakes from breakfast time through lunch at St. John's, or hot dogs on the green. A quilt show, tag sales, home made goodies, SVNA providing healthy apples, and the venerable Salisbury Association Historical Society open all day with a historic photographic exhibit and the recently installed cannon from the Revolutionary War.

          The Housatonic Valley Regional High School Robotics Team will feature a bake sale and demonstration of student-built robots. Check the Fall Festival website (salisburyfallfestival.org) for times and locations.

          This is small town America at its best, enjoying friends and neighbors in an annual celebration unique to northwestern Connecticut. This is a great time to buy the home of your dreams; we will welcome you to our office, anytime!

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