Holiday Gift Guide for Homeowners

The stockings are hung, the lights are strewn, and there’s magic in the air… There really is no better time than the holidays to let family and friends know just how much they’re loved. Here’s our gift guide for homeowners — our top picks from local sellers that any homeowner in your life is sure to enjoy!

1. City Maps by JHill Design

A personalized map from JHill Design is the perfect gift for a new homeowner
Photo: @jhilldesign

A personalized map from JHill will forever remind the recipient of the place they were on a special day in their lives. These maps are one-of-a-kind gifts, perfect for newlyweds, a graduate, or new homeowners to hang on their wall. At Covelle & Cohen, we love gifting JHill’s Boston-area maps to clients! | @jhilldesign


2. Anything from Twelve Chairs in the South End

Decor from Twelve Chairs in Boston's South End
Photo: @twelvechairsboston

If you want that unique item that will really catch your guests’ eyes, look no further than Twelve Chairs, a home furnishings shop and interior design studio located in the historic South End neighborhood. There, you’re sure to find unique, vintage-inspired decor inspired by subtle details, enduring character, and custom craftsmanship. We love Twelve Chairs’ area rugs, bedding, end tables, and of course.. CHAIRS. | @twelvechairsboston


3. Plants from Niche Urban Garden Supply in Cambridge and Boston

Pretty curated plants from Niche Urban Garden Supply
Photo: @nicheboston

You can never have enough plants! For the plant parents in your life, Niche Urban Garden Supply has gifts galore. At this boutique plant shop located Cambridge & Boston, pick up a decorative potted plant in a contemporary container to add a little green to any living space. | @nicheboston


4. Lighting Fixtures or Clocks from Design Within Reach on Mass Ave in Cambridge

At Design Within Reach on Mass Ave in Cambridge, find wares from world-renowned designers
Photo: @designwithinreach

Design Within Reach gives people to the best in authentic modern design. At the Cambridge store, find luxe modern living home accessories from the likes of world-renowned designers such as Michael Anastassiades, Tom Dixon Studio, Muuto, and Philippe Starck. Sleek fixtures like these can transform any home from outdated to chic. | @designwithinreach


5. Wine from The Urban Grape in the South End

Find the perfect gift for your holiday party host at The Urban Grape in Boston
Photo: @urbangrape

Most of us could use a drink this holiday season…. Look no further than The Urban Grape, Boston’s award-winning wine, craft beer, and spirits store in the South End. Shop the holiday party selection here. | @urbangrape 


6. Art Print By Noat in Somerville

Noat’s minimal, modernist designs will tie together any room.
Photo: @designwithinreach

Noat’s minimal, modernist designs will tie together any room. Bonus: we think they’re quite calming to look at. Buy the art print here. Noat is the new project of Somerville-based brand design team, Oat. | @noatpaper


7. Walnut Bar Cart by The Cottage in Concord

Gorgeous bar cart from The Cottage in Concord
Photo: @bostondesignguide

Why walk all the way to the fridge or kitchen for refills? This gorgeous dark walnut bar cart from The Cottage in Concord fits perfectly with every holiday party. Give the gift of pretty and practical indulging this holiday. Protip from Boston Design Guide: dress it up with simple glassware and a festive wreath! | @the_cottage_concord_ma


8. Anything from HausWitch Home + Healing in Salem

Head to HausWitch in Salem to rebalance your home's energy with crystals and spell kits
Photo: @hauswitch

For the witch in your life! At HausWitch, find everything you need to bring good vibes home. We love the HausWarming Spell Kit for a Cozy Home… with clove scented candles and cinnamon incense. Buy it here, along with other crystals and spells made with love and reiki. | @hauswitch


9. Peterman’s Boards and Bowls

Every wooden bowl or accessory from Spencer Peterman has its own story
Photo: @petermansboardsandbowls

Every wooden bowl or accessory from Spencer Peterman has its own story. Peterman seeks out locally fallen trees like maple, cherry or black walnut. He upcycles otherwise discarded, decomposing wood to create strikingly unique, hand turned bowls. His crafts are the perfect statement piece for any kitchen counter of coffee table, sure to spark a conversation. Bonus: you can find these bowls at the Boston Public Market! | @petermansboardsandbowls

5 Things You Need To Know Before Renting A House

1. Research the area.

Think about the area before you move in. Is it near a hospital? If so, can you hear ambulances all the time? Is it near a noisy pub? Check all the surroundings before you sign. “It is up the tenant to do their own research and inspect the dwelling and surrounding area before they sign the agreement and move in,” James Plunkett, head of consumer research at Citizens Advice, tells BuzzFeed Life.

2. Discuss pets early.

“Bring up pets early in negotiations with your prospective landlord,” Plunkett says.

“If the landlord does not want pets at the address, then the tenant should look elsewhere. Having a pet in breach of a tenancy agreement that prohibits pets will generally lead to a possession action and eviction further down the line.”

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30 Luxury Home Design Trends And Features Adorning 2017

Originally posted over on Inman

What high-end homebuyers seek, and sellers should consider…

Key Takeaways:

  • Luxury buyers look for anything but cookie-cutter, while convenience, style and recreation opportunities make the top of their wish list.
  • A ranch-style featuring a designer kitchen, blended living space and mixed-metal trimmings — such a house would embody 2017 luxury, so long as it was also decked out in smart home technology.
  • That’s according to twin brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott, co-founders of Scott Brothers Entertainment and Scott Living.
  • The duo and HGTV hosts — real estate agent (Drew) and fixer-upper transformer (Jonathan) — launched their first book this year, New York Times’ best-seller Dream Home: The Property Brothers’ Ultimate Guide To Finding & Fixing Your Perfect House, along with a luxury home project in Las Vegas: Dream Homes by Scott Living.
  • The project offers well-to-do buyers the chance to snag a new build from their portfolio of customizable original designs.
  • What do the brothers have to say about this year’s biggest luxury design trends, features and homebuyer requests? Which investments add value, and where should the top 1 percent of sellers refrain from splurging?

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Sell Your Home Fast: 21 Staging Tips

Originally posted on Houzz

If you are planning to put your house on the market, it goes without saying that you are hoping to sell your home as quickly as possible and get your asking price. Set the stage for success with these 21 tips for styling and upgrading your home, and see results — fast.

Traditional Exterior by Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.
Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.

1. Boost curb appeal. This is something you always hear, and with very good reason. Many people thinking of touring your home will do a quick drive-by first, often deciding on the spot if it is even worth a look inside. Make sure your home is ready to lure in onlookers with these tips:

  • Power wash siding and walkways (How to Wash Your House)
  • Hang easy-to-read house numbers
  • Plant blooming flowers and fresh greenery
  • Mow lawn, and reseed or add fresh sod as needed
  • Wash front windows
  • Repaint or stain the porch floor as needed

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