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Posted by Judy Moore on 9/15/2019

One decorating principle thatís a huge help for any homeowner is that of layered lighting. This is the different aspects of lighting that youíll use in different rooms of your home to complete your lighting needs. The layers of light create a basis for the design of the room. These three main aspects of lighting also have a practical purpose which is nice as well. Below, youíll learn more about the three main components of lighting for any room of the house and how to best use them. 

Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting is often the base of where people start with their lighting design in a room. This type of lighting allows you to get the overall feel for a space. The brightness level should be good enough for anyone to walk through the room without walking into things. The illumination may not be bright enough for activities that require a lot of focus like reading or chopping vegetables.

Accent Lighting 

If you think of a retail store and how the shiniest things have the brightest lights focused on them, youíll discover that you can use this type of lighting right in your home. Think of a chandelier hanging over a massive dining table. Accent lighting is usually for decorative purposes. The lumens that are given off are typically not enough for any other purpose than to attract attention to the item the light is shining on. This type of lighting is best used for things like display cabinets, statues, and china closets. The bottom line is that the accent light will add some drama without actually adding much practical use. 

Task Lighting

This type of lighting is important because itís what ensures that you wonít chop your hand off while youíre chopping up vegetables in the kitchen. Task lighting varies widely from room to room and can be anything from a desk lamp to a reading lamp to lights on the vanity for shaving and putting on makeup. Task lighting is all about being functional. When youíre trying to decide where to put your task lights think of everything from safety to convenience. The last thing you should worry about with task lighting is the look. While these lights are great under cabinets, for example, so the more creative you get with where to place your task lighting the better the look will be.  

Using this simple yet useful design principle can help you to light your entire home correctly. The right lighting can truly transform a space and give it the depth that it needs.            

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Posted by Judy Moore on 9/8/2019

Architecturally speaking, many home buyers have very definite ideas about their preferred house style.

Whether it stems from a sense of practicality or positive childhood memories, few house hunters are "on the fence" when it comes to the number of stories their ideal house should have.

Perhaps you're one of those people who grew up in a two-story house and wouldn't feel right sleeping down the hall from the kitchen and family room. Some people just prefer their sleeping quarters to be on the second floor!

Although it's a matter of personal preference, there are certain practical aspects to buying a ranch-style or traditional rambler house.

Less stair climbing: While this is an advantage that seniors typically value the most, stairs can be a burden anyone -- especially when you're lugging suitcases, boxes of books, or that heavy new futon you wanted to put in the guest room.

You can probably also recall countless evenings when exhaustion set it, and the last thing you felt like doing was climbing a long, winding staircase to get to your bedroom. (Okay, well maybe it's not "winding," but you get the idea!)

Then, of course, there are those times when you haven't been to the gym in a few months -- make that years -- and your home treadmill has turned into more of a clothes rack than an exercise machine! Although going up and down stairs a few times a day can help counteract the effects of a sedentary lifestyle, sometimes stairs can feel like they're more trouble than they're worth! That would definitely be the case if you have any physical conditions or health problems which make climbing stairs painful or medically unsafe. (Your physician can provide helpful advice on the latter.)

Home maintenance: If you hate getting up on tall ladders to paint your house or clean your rain gutters, owning a one-story home is a solution. Since home maintenance and repairs can often end up costing a bundle, it may make sense to consider doing your own exterior house painting. Although it's time consuming, messy, and sometimes a bit strenuous, painting your own house can potentially save you thousands of dollars in labor costs. Naturally, you'll still need to buy your own paint, brushes, rollers, and other supplies, but the amount of money you can save on labor is substantial.

Personal safety: If there's a fire or other emergency and you need to quickly evacuate your home in the middle of the night, a first-floor window can be safer and less scary than having to exit your house though a second-story window. While this type of dire situation is unlikely and will hopefully never happen to you, it's one of many factors to consider when comparing and contrasting ranch-style homes with other architectural styles.

If you do opt for a two-story (or three-story) architectural style, such as a colonial, craftsman, Tudor, Victorian, or farm house, it's especially important to have a fire escape ladder on hand, as well as a working knowledge of its proper use.

Posted by Judy Moore on 9/1/2019

While some home improvement projects are done purely for aesthetic reasons, window replacement projects offer a wide range of benefits.

If your current windows are decades old, they're probably difficult to clean, provide poor insulation, and get stuck every time you try to raise or lower them.

Old wooden window frames also tend to deteriorate over time, which negatively impacts both their appearance and their ability to seal out drafts and outdoor temperatures.

Modern, energy-efficient windows make older models look like they're straight out of the Stone Age! Many windows manufactured today meet strict U.S. government standards for energy efficiency and durability, which can help you save money on your home energy bills. These new features include multiple panes of glass, which provide improved insulation and impact resistance. Instead of using just plain air, many of these advanced windows are insulated with non-toxic gases, such as argon and krypton. (As long as you're not Superman, you'll do just fine!) If you're willing to pay extra, there's also the option of having mini-blinds inserted between the panes of glass.

Reducing Home Energy Costs

According to the EPA, "Replacing old windows with ENERGY STAR certified windows lowers household energy bills by an average of 12 percent nationwide. Lower energy consumption also reduces greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and shrinks a house's carbon footprint."

Energy Star-certified windows also have special coatings that reflect both infrared and ultraviolet light. That not only helps keep your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter, but it helps stop the sun's rays from fading furniture colors, flooring, and other materials.

Some of the newer windows are available with three or more layers of glass panes, which can help make your home more comfortable and quieter. If external noise is an issue, installing well-insulated windows with multiple panes can reduce that problem significantly.

Although many of the new window products are constructed of wood, they're often covered with vinyl or aluminum to be more weather resistant and durable. Fiberglass is another low-maintenance, durable material that offers good insulation qualities.

Cost Versus Benefits

While a window replacement project can take a big chunk out of your home improvement budget or bank account, it does provide a return on your investment. In addition to the fact that your home energy costs should decrease, installing new, energy-efficient windows will improve your home's marketability in the future. If and when you decide to put your home on the market, the fact that you've installed energy-efficient, easy-to-use window replacements will be a major selling point in the minds of prospective buyers.

As is the case with all home improvement contractors, it's always a good idea to get several estimates and check references, read online reviews, and take a look at Better Business Bureau ratings before choosing someone to handle the project.

Posted by Judy Moore on 8/25/2019

So many people have tried severally to lose weight but to no avail. They have tried a countless number of weight loss teas and pills only to find out that it is just an utter waste of time and money. In reality, consuming most of these weight pills and beverages aren't healthy ways to lose weight. They pose a lot of danger to your health. If you intend to lose weight naturally, below are three practical ways to burn that fat without having to buy any expensive pill or tea:

Detox your belly 

In most cases, having too much weight comes with a big belly. Detoxing your stomach is very important if you wish to have a flat tummy. However, so many people do this wrong and don't get a much-needed result. When you detox your belly, you clean it from toxins that may hinder the liver from getting the fat stored in your stomach. Belly detox helps the liver to properly burn the stored fat which will then result in a flat tummy.

Two active ingredients for belly detox are lemon and ginger. These ingredients have numerous health benefits, and that's why they very effective in belly detoxing. If you have already tried this before and you did not get a good result, chances are you did not make use of the peels from the lemon and ginger. Studies have shown that the active components of lemon and ginger are in their skins.Recipe for lemon-ginger belly detox


a. 3 cups of water

b. 2 large ginger 

c. 3 medium sized lemon


a. Wash the lemon and ginger properly

b. Cut the lemons in half, and squeeze the juice into a clean cup. Cover it and put it in the refrigerator. Keep the peels

c. Blend or grate the skins of the lemon thoroughly with the whole ginger

d. Add two cups of hot water to the blended ginger, add lemon peels and leave overnight

e. Sieve the water from the blend and pour it into your lemon water

f. Drink this along with four glasses of warm water every morning on an empty stomach

g. Do not eat for at least 4 hours after drinking the detox water.

Note: This detox water is not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers.

Avoid carbohydrate-rich food

The reason for detoxing the belly is to allow the liver to get the fat stored in those areas. This effort becomes a total waste of time when we eat high carbohydrate foods like rice, bread, sugar, pasta, etc. after detoxing. In order not to make the detoxing futile, you should be on a low carb diet or ketogenic diet. In conclusion, make movement a part of your daily habit. Do some form of physical exercise for at least 10 minutes every day. If you can do these three things for a month, you will lose some considerable amount of weight.

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Posted by Judy Moore on 8/21/2019

Welcome to this expanded, well maintained 4 BR, 2.5 BA Colonial in an appealing North Sudbury location! Featuring 3,364 SF of flexible living space including an open floor plan w/sun filled rooms, gleaming HW floors, oversized kitchen w/new granite countertops, island, some newer appliances & views of tranquil backyard w/waterfall frog pond, patio & walking trails. Enjoy LR w/fireplace, office w/built-ins, generous DR w/French Doors, handy den leading to inviting FR w/wood burning stove, mud room to outside deck & 4 BRS on the 2nd floor including MBR w/bath. Additionally the lower level walkout has a terrific game room for even more fun. Recent updates include: kitchen granite countertops, double ovens, dishwasher, refrigerator, high efficiency gas boiler, Superstor hot water, re-painted exterior and so much more. Numerous conveniences include CA, new back up generator, 3 car garage. Desirable loc less than 3 miles from the commuter rail and a short drive to Rt. 2. Welcome home!

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