Cathy Toomey
Stone Ridge Properties | 978-609-3970 | cathyt@stoneridgeproperties.com


Posted by Cathy Toomey on 9/17/2019

So, you want to create a command center to enable your family to all be on the same page once in a while. The ideas online are as numerous as they are creative. Your supply list grows along with your doubt; maybe this wasn't such a good idea. As thoughts go, a command center is a great plan when you have several people on different schedules and many activities to attend. A command center doesn't have to be large to be effective. The size all depends on what and for how many people you need to keep track.

What to track

Common things you will see command centers track are:

- Weekly Menus
- Calendar
- Budget/Bills
- Keys/Leashes/Umbrellas
- Chore Lists
- School Bags/Homework
- Quotes

To keep the command center as simple and easy to use, limit the number of things you track to five or six. This way there is a better chance your household will adapt to using this tool and not be overwhelmed. 

Where to set it up

Most of the command center examples show them set up in and around the kitchen area. The kitchen is one place you know everyone in the house will at one time frequent at least once a day, hopefully. Other locations could be a small corner of shared space or even an exposed side of the refrigerator. A mudroom or entryway could work as a more substantial drop zone and command center. Anywhere that you know it will be seen and utilized will work. The key is to make sure the accessibility is appropriate for the entire household, keeping the age of all users in mind. 

How to put it all together

Now that you have a scope of the things you want to incorporate in your command center look around your home and see if there are items you can use before you rush out and start purchasing new things. Old clipboards and corkboards are great for hanging up and controlling papers. Use whiteboards for making menus, tracking chores or writing those inspiring quotes. Even old picture frames with glass can house an updated calendar page, and with a dry erase marker you can create your family calendar. Layout all the pieces on the floor before you hang anything up, that way you can play around with it before you commit.

Visit some open houses this weekend and look for places a command center would be useful. Contact your local realtor for a list of open houses.





Posted by Cathy Toomey on 9/16/2019

This Single-Family in Amesbury, MA recently sold for $329,050. This Colonial style home was sold by Cathy Toomey - Stone Ridge Properties.


14 Fruit Place, Amesbury, MA 01913

Single-Family

$325,000
Price
$329,050
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
This gem is in the heart of downtown Amesbury but on a little side street. It features a big open kitchen with a tile back splash and bead board. The living room and dining room both have wide pine floors. Upstairs are three good size bedrooms with more wide pine floors and good closet space. The roof is only 11 years old. The lot is larger than typically found with an in town location and there is a mudroom . Just walk to dinner or stroll through the shops of this historic town. Good access to commuter routes.

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Posted by Cathy Toomey on 9/10/2019

That great furniture sale filled the empty spaces in your home with a matching sofa and loveseat, coordinating side chairs and matching pillows. It looked great on that showroom floor, but now that it's in your living room it all seems a bit sterile and blah. The challenge with matching sets is that they lack depth and dimension. They donít satisfy the sense of touch Ö they need texture. 

You can add texture with a few well-placed pieces, either modern or vintage (or even a mixture of both).

Vintage textiles

Textiles are any woven fabric or cloth, but informally include knitted or crocheted items as well. When shopping for textiles at flea markets and vintage shops, you'll find a plethora of designs, appliques, embroidery, dyes, and other hand textures applied to fabrics. Often made from wool, cotton, flax (linen) and other natural fibers, vintage textiles add that unique feel for which you're looking. For your home, interesting options include classic pillowcases, framed doilies, hand-knitted or crocheted afghans, hand-stitched quilts, and tapestries. 

You also may discover stacks of uncut cloth leftover from some long forgotten sewing project. Open every item to inspect it for damage. Knit and crochet may completely unravel if threads have broken or knot loosened. Discoloration from damp and pests might be hiding in the folds too.

If you genuinely want vintage, you'll find most contain imperfections or uneven stitching, indications of a hand-made product rather than machine made. Check the back too, since aged woven fabrics typically show patterns on both front and back. Beware of bulk materials. Most often, when a dealer has a large stock of one fabric (unless its provenance shows otherwise), it is not very old.

Modern textiles

Modern versions of vintage textiles include hand-loomed woolens, delicate embroidery and lace and other hand-made, small batch fabrics. But, if your budget runs more to the lean side, you can get the texture without the vintage or hand-made price. Look for plush knit throws made from chunky yarns, coarsely-woven pillow fabrics, or embellished fabrics to add the depth you seek. 

Even a cotton duck (canvas) pillow cover adds texture to a microfiber sofa. Create interest with a seagrass rug or faux fur blanket too. Drapes or curtains of loose-weave, gauzy fabrics let in light while adding the coveted dimension. Wander through the offcuts from upholstery fabrics. You might find a paisley pattern that, if framed or hung from a rod, mimics the look of an expensive tapestry.

Donít be afraid of mixing textures. Vintage or modern, if you love it, buy it, and bring some life to your space. And if you need a new area, talk to your real estate agent.




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Posted by Cathy Toomey on 9/3/2019

This Condo in Amesbury, MA recently sold for $547,900. This Townhouse style home was sold by Cathy Toomey - Stone Ridge Properties.


16 Bartletts Reach, Amesbury, MA 01913

Condo

$549,900
Price
$547,900
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
3
Baths
If you have been waiting for a first floor master bedroom unit to come onto the market at Bartlett's Reach your wait is over! This unit is gorgeous. The eat in kitchen was completely redone in 2016 with quartz countertops, SS appliances, glass backsplash, gas stove with convertible dual oven and soft close drawers. There are maple floors in the foyer, kitchen, DR and LR. There are two wood burning fireplaces , first floor laundry and three full baths. The gas furnace and CAC unit were replaced in 2014. The master has dual sinks and marble tiled shower as well as a whirlpool tub. The loft features a family room, bedroom and bath. The lower level has another large family room with a bar. There is a huge composite deck off the LR and MBR with two retractable awnings. There is a club house, pool, tennis courts, pickle ball and a riverfront park with a kayak rack.

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Posted by Cathy Toomey on 9/3/2019


6 Atlantic View, Amesbury, MA 01913

Condo

$670,000
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
What do you get when you combine outstanding craftsmanship with a stunning view? 6 Atlantic View! This three level end unit w/ 2 car attached garage is even better than the day it was built. From the moment you walk in, you know itís a special place to call home. An open floor plan captures breathtaking views throughout. The main floor opens to kitchen, dining and living rooms leading to outdoor deck. Recent updates to the kitchen include soapstone counters, carrera marble tile, GE Cafe appliances, and CX Design (cxny.com) lights. The main living features a gas FP with natural stone surround. Also on the main is MBR w/ ensuite Upstairs is the 2nd master BR, full BA, and large open living space perfect for an office and living room. The distinctive lower level boasts a large family room w/ built-in sound sys, gas FP, and an amazing custom walk in closet that is larger than most bedrooms. All of this set on a hilltop with views to NH and Maine yet a short distance to downtown.
Open House
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