Hilary W. Foutes' Blog

Posted on 09/25/2022
4 Keys to designing French gardens
To add classic elegance to your home’s exterior, consider taking inspiration from French gardens. French garden design has a legacy of precise, formal and beautiful landscaping, making it the perfect style for homeowners wanting to dress up their outdoor space. While a French garden can be more maintenance than other garden styles due to the emphasis on clean...
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Posted on 09/18/2022
Try These Salad Skewer Ideas
Even in a group full of veggie-lovers, a big bowl of salad is not a convenient party snack. Luckily, most popular salad recipes can be turned into handheld party appetizers. Here are some ideas and recipes for making fresh and tasty salad skewers for your next get-together: Caprese Salad Skewers Caprese salad is a party favorite you can...
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Posted on 09/11/2022
How to Hide Your Radiator: 3 Simple Design Ideas
Does your home have a wall radiator you wish you could hide? While immobile, radiators can be hidden or disguised in plenty of creative ways. If you're looking for smart and safe ways to make your radiator less of an eyesore, here are some ideas to try. Upcycled Iron A clever way to hide your radiator while also...
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Posted on 09/04/2022
How to choose between a fixed or adjusted mortgage
When deciding between loan options, one of the first things...
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Posted on 08/28/2022
Interiors: Do You Need an Architect or Designer?
When you’re having a home built, you’ll be working with a team of design professionals and builders. While you might already have builders lined up, who handles the design side of your project? Interior architects and interior designers are two different types of professionals you might end up hiring to help you design your dream home. While they...
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Posted on 08/24/2022
Fixed rate mortgage: Definition & key considerations
To choose the right mortgage loan, it’s important to...
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Posted on 08/21/2022
Choosing a Contractor: How to Find the Perfect Fit
Finding the perfect contractor might seem like a daunting task. With so much information available and so many choices to compare, the process can be long and tedious. However, there are some ways to make the process simpler while keeping your best interests in mind. Here are some tips for how to find a contractor: Personal Recommendations Start...
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Posted on 08/14/2022
Hosting a party: Clean & prep for your best event ever
Post party clean up is one major downside of...
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Posted on 08/12/2022
Another Property Sold - 30 Longview Drive, Marblehead, MA 01945
Nantucket feeling Colonial home on one of your favorite Marblehead streets! This house has it all...Updated Kitchen, bathrooms, interior & exterior living spaces. Updated electrical, heating, insulation, roof, lighting, closets, mantle, bulk head, & so much more. This house is 30 years young and only lived in by 4 owners. It has central air conditioning & a security system. Open layout on the first floor with great entertaining flow between the interior and exterior. 1st floor has spacious chef's kitchen with granite countertops and high-end stainless steel appliances,& at two-tiered countertop bar. Dining, Living &...
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Posted on 08/07/2022
How to Grow Umbrella Plants
Schefflera, also called umbrella plant, is a popular indoor tree. The plant gets its name from the whorl-like pattern of its leaves resembling the top of an umbrella. The vibrant, glossy foliage creates a dense canopy at heights up to six feet indoors. If you're interested in growing an umbrella plant at home, here are some basic tips:...
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Posted on 07/31/2022
Bedroom plants: 3 of the best houseplants for your bedroom
Bedroom plants have many benefits. In addition to making your space brighter and more lively, they can also help your mood and purify the air. If you're looking for houseplant ideas for your bedroom, here are some options to consider: Snake plant Snake plants are at the top of NASA's list of air-purifying houseplants. What makes them even...
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Posted on 07/30/2022
Another Property Sold - 15 Olde Village Drive 1601, Salem, MA 01970
This is THE BEST *3 Bedroom end-unit at the Highlands! RENOVATED inside and out. Current owner did extensive hardscaping & add'l landscaping including: Granite & Stone water fountain (lights up at night) overlooking a large custom built patio with sliders leading to the open concept first floor. NEW kitchen featuring Bosch® stainless steel appliances, large center eat-at Silestone™ island, under counter lighting & more. Wood burning fireplace you can enjoy from both the living & dining rooms. Designer Marble first floor bathroom. Two renovated full bathrooms on the 2nd floor plus Master suite with big walk in closet &...
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