What’s Best for Warmth?

November 26th, 2019

Sweater weather will soon turn to the season of snow and ice – and that means we’ll all be looking for extra warmth.

A wood stove can make a real difference in keeping your home warm and cozy.  Which wood stove is best? There are many styles, but your first consideration should be what kind of fuel you will want to use. The two main choices are firewood and wood pellets. Each works with a different type of stove, and each offers its own advantages and disadvantages. A pellet stove is easier to use, but it requires electricity.  So, if you lose power, you’ll also lose the ability to heat with your stove. A wood stove can be used without power, but wood can be labor intensive and messy. 

Learn more about the pros and cons of each type of fuel with this article from The Spruce. Then get ready to curl up by the fire and enjoy the special warmth a wood stove can offer on the coldest winter days.

Switch Up Your Thanksgiving Menu

November 21st, 2019

If you’re tired of the same-old turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce on your Thanksgiving table, maybe this is your year to switch things up. Try something new like these menu ideas from Women’s Day. They include non-conventional recipes, as well as those that are perfect for a crowd, a few that require six ingredients or less, one that celebrates a medley of flavors, plus ideas for what to bring if you’re invited to a potluck turkey-day gathering Read More...

Goodbye Grey!

November 14th, 2019

After close to a decade of interior color schemes trending grey, new shades are about to make their debut.  A number of paint companies have revealed their 2020 Colors of the Year. In all but one case, the palette is going softer and more colorful.  Benjamin Moore’s choice is a rosy hue called First Light Read More...

Great Homes. Great Schools.

November 7th, 2019

Choosing a new home community is about more than home size and style. If you have kids, it’s also about school districts.  At Sal Paone’s newest community in Plymouth Meeting, you can enjoy the best of both. Plymouth Valley Estates will offer 11 gorgeous, single-family home models and the academic advantages of being located in the Colonial School District Read More...

Are You Ready for Some Football Food?

October 16th, 2019

For the football fan in your family, it’s finally tailgating season!  That means food you can make-and- take, grill in a parking lot or serve out of the back of your truck or van.  For diehard fans, it may also mean being ready to serve breakfast, lunch and after-game snacks.  To help you prepare, here are recipes for traditional favorites involving breakfast sandwiches, hot dogs, burgers, wings and salads, along with some newer additions that are both easy and delicious Read More...

Is It Retro… or Outdated?

October 9th, 2019

Not everyone can afford to constantly change their home décor to keep up with the trends.  So, it’s tempting to just look at your older furnishings and decorating style and tell yourself that it’s not old… it’s retro!  But if you’re considering selling your home, you might want to get honest, look at your place the way a home buyer would, and make a few updates Read More...

Live Close to Spooktacular Fun!

October 2nd, 2019

Plymouth Valley Estates, the newest Sal Paone Builders community, will soon be going up in not-so-scary Plymouth Meeting!   This wonderful community thinks Halloween should be fun for the whole family.  Their Spooktacular Family Night is a celebration of fall, offering all of the season’s favorite, non-frightening activities Read More...

Two-Tone Before and After

September 25th, 2019

We love before and after remodeling photos – almost as much as we love the trending two-tone look for interiors. Many of our new home buyers opt for a two-tone color palette, similar to what’s highlighted in these photos from houzz.  They show how an older kitchen and dining area were given a clean, contemporary look with the simple choice of color in two slightly different shades, or in different, but compatible hues Read More...

The Dreaded SLFs!

September 19th, 2019

The Spotted Lantern Flies are back for another season of terrorizing our local area. Although beautiful in some ways, they are a destructive, invasive pest that threaten many crops and plants, especially fruit trees, grapevines, hops, hardwoods and ornamentals.  These pests can also cause a foul odor, which develops as the SLFs feed on trees and excrete a sugary substance, sometimes called honeydew Read More...

September in the Garden

September 12th, 2019

Summer is over and much of the weeding in hot, sticky weather is behind you.  September is the perfect time to actually enjoy working in your garden! Add gorgeous colors with fall foliage trees or shrubs featuring colorful autumn leaves.  Or, plant chrysanthemums, marigolds, white alyssum, nasturtium, pansies and snapdragons,  flowering kale and flowering cabbage to create a rainbow of shades and brilliant hues Read More...