Wellesley & Weston Real Estate News

Dec. 9, 2018

How to Set up your Home Office

How to Set Up Your Home Office


The No. 1 essential for your office is comfort. An office you want to be in will help you get more done! Keep in mind the number of hours you will spend there.


  • Choose a location that is big enough so you aren't squeezed in anywhere, in a separate room, if possible.
  • Your chair is everything — make sure it is ergonomically correct and adjustable, rotates 360 degrees, and allows for rocking and bouncing. You should test the chair in-store and have a warranty in case you don't like it after a couple of hours at home.
  • A stand-up desk reduces the time you spend sitting and eases pain, or opt for an adjustable-height desk.
  • Lighting is key to fighting eye strain, so position lights where they won't create a glare against the computer screen. Position a desk lamp on the opposite side from your writing hand to reduce shadows.


Organization helps keep you at your most productive. Know your style and work with it. For example, use baskets to sort papers if you like papers within reach, or have a filing cabinet.


  • Choosing practical furniture that also has style adds to the décor — and your good mood!
  • Choose pieces on wheels, so your office layout can always change if you want it to.
  • Vertical storage conserves horizontal space: Floating shelves and file cabinets work well.
  • Wrangle computer cords by placing devices close to outlets and leading them through a hole in the desk. Rubber bands keep cords neat and bunched together.


Don't skimp on the decorations, which can be as crucial as putting pens in your cup! Without a beautiful space, you won't feel inspired, cheerful or energized to work.


  • Bring the décor of your home into the office, whether traditional or contemporary.
  • Paint color can affect your mood: Bright colors can be exciting, while cool colors such as blue have a calming effect.
  • Choose between glossy (high-energy) and matte (calm and focused) paints.
  • Put your desk near a window for the view and the natural light. If no window is available, then hang a picture over your desk or face your chair toward the door.
  • Carry out your decorating scheme in everything, from your wastebasket to your pencil cup; if you're going for a contemporary look, then bring it out in a few choice items.
  • Save room for a couple of inspiring knickknacks, a family photo or a memento!


The key to making your office an enjoyable space is tailoring it to your workflow and bringing out your personality. Those two simple things will make you feel ready to get down to work!


Dec. 7, 2018

Tips to Enjoy your Patio this Winter!

Here in New England we all love the outdoors and for some buyers outdoor living space is equally as important as indoor living space. Winter can be long but here are so great ways to use your outdoors spaces once the weather has turned colder.

How to Use Your Patio When It's Cold: An Outdoor Transformation


You don't want to miss the magic of winter by being cooped up inside. You can enjoy the colder months by transforming your outdoor space into something more comfortable for the changing temperatures. Here are some quick and easy tips to get you started:


Add a heat source


There is no doubt you will need to add some kind of heat source to make your outdoor patio, balcony, porch, etc., feel comfortable. Look into installing a fire pit or heated floors. Heat lamps are also a good investment. 


Another option is heated furniture. It's a good alternative if you don't want to do a major installation project. 


Bonus: Don't forget to roast marshmallows and chestnuts if you go the fire pit route! 


Plant snowdrops and winter jasmine 


Just because it's no longer warm outside doesn't mean you can't have some fresh greenery. There are lots of plants that flourish in the cold. Look into installing some planters and filling them with snowdrops and winter jasmine — two plants that do great in lower temperatures. 


Use lots of rugs


If you're not going to install heated floors, make sure that you compensate with lots of layered rugs. You can combine low-pile rugs with high-pile ones, wool with faux fur — anything that suits your style. Nothing will keep you from using your outdoor space more than freezing cold feet!


White lights and candles (for ambience


Besides the practical features that you need to include in an outdoor space, you should also create an environment that reflects warmth and happiness. White lights strung on railings or dangling from the ceiling will make it look like a winter wonderland. Put candles on all the surfaces and light them at night for a delicate flickering that will make you feel warm and toasty. 


Screen it in


If it's feasible with the type of outdoor space you have, install screens to help keep out the elements. A major project would be to install glass windows and a roof if you don't already have one, but as long as you have a heat source like a roaring fire and some soft sweaters, screens will help reduce bitter winds. 


Throws galore 


Make sure that every piece of furniture you have in your outdoor space has an extra blanket or throw. Outdoor spaces are never going to be like indoor ones — there will always be some element of chill — but that's part of the fun. Layering blankets is a great way to add texture and warmth.


Looking for even more ways to make over your home for winter? Give us a call today for our favorite tips! 


Dec. 6, 2018

Learn more about Mid-Century Modern Design Trends

Get the Trend: Mid-Century Modern


The mid-century modern design trend comes from the style of home décor and furniture that became popular after World War II. The 1950s and 1960s saw a whole new approach to home design that focused on futuristic patterns, clean lines and furniture that was both functional and stylish. This type of décor has become hugely popular again, and there are some simple ways you can get the trend in your own home.


Ergonomic furniture


The idea that furniture should be made for efficiency and comfort was a popular concept in the 1950s and 1960s. Lots of chairs were designed with the user in mind. Ergonomic furniture features a simple, clean build, and comfort is the goal. Sofas and chairs from this time period were often designed with tapered legs. 


Egg Chair


The Egg Chair is a well-recognized piece of furniture. It was designed in 1958 and is distinctly mid-century modern. These chairs are making a huge comeback and can be found in many homes that rock the mid-century modern trend. You can buy this style of chair at a variety of places such as Pottery Barn and Wayfair.     


Eames Lounge Chair


Another quintessential piece of furniture is the Eames Lounge Chair. It was developed in 1956 and some original examples can be found in the Museum of Modern Art. Much like the Egg Chair, countless furniture brands make their own version of the Eames Lounge Chair, and you can find them at different price points. You can find versions at West Elm and even Etsy. 


Embrace tweed 


Tweed was a very popular fabric for furniture in the ’50s and ’60s. We’re not suggesting that you deck your house out in tweed-only furniture, but investing in a loveseat made of tweed will instantly give your home mid-century modern vibes. 


Know your patterns


A variety of patterns are known as distinctly mid-century modern, such as geometric, modern deco and atomic. Use these slightly wacky but tasteful patterns as inspiration when you shop for textiles, wall prints and throw pillows. 


A neutral palette with pops of color


The classic mid-century modern color palette features lots of muted tones such as gray or moss, but accents of yellow and orange are common. It’s all about balance when it comes to this design trend. If you have one wall painted a burnt orange, keep the other walls a neutral color and add hints of orange as you further accessorize the room.  


Be as clutter-free as possible 


In its simplest form, mid-century modern design is all about creating open space that breathes relaxation and cleanliness. Everything you bring into your home should have a purpose, and you should try to keep your home as clutter-free as possible. It’s not necessary to always have your home immaculate, but you should look for pieces of furniture that will help you stay organized. A coffee table with underneath storage or a wood hutch to hide extra blankets, magazines and mail are all great additions. 


Want more home décor tips and tricks? Give us a call today 617-306-3642.


Dec. 4, 2018

BIG NEWS: We have an App!!

The Teri Adler Group is so thrilled to introduce our new mobile app. This app is a game changer in how you browse homes and gain valuable information on the real estate market. Now everything you need in real estate can be found on your personal device. CLICK HERE to download our app  and get started today!

Nov. 29, 2018

Semi-Annual Home Maintenance Checklist

As we approach the end of another calendar year, it is a great time to check some home maintenance items of your list. The patch.com recently published a checklist with suggested semi annual home maintenance items. We have included it below.
Maintaining your home on a regular basis will insure that you can enjoy it for years to come!

Semi-Annual Home Maintenance Checklist


Semi-Annual Home Maintenance Checklist

If you love your home, you want to take good care of it. This includes doing the obvious things like fixing a broken window or removing water from a flooded basement, but it also includes taking preventative measures to keep your house in working order.

Homes, just like people, need regular checkups to help catch potential problems before they become full-blown disasters. Doing some vital maintenance tasks at least twice a year is essential to ensure a safe and efficient home.

Not sure where to start? We've got you covered with a semi-annual house maintenance checklist every homeowner needs to read.




Preventing water damage is a lot less expensive than fixing it after the fact. That is why it's best to make sure your home's plumbing is working properly now. It can save you money on utility bills and potential repairs later. Some key items to check include:

  • Toilets - Check for leaks in the water feed and the bottom of your tank.
  • Sinks - Check all faucets, hose bibs and supply valves for leakage.
  • Bathrooms - Check for evidence of water leaks under sinks, showers, toilets and tubs.
  • Water Heater - Drain the water until it's clear of sediment. Inspect the flue assembly and check for corrosion. If this doesn't sound like a DIY task for you, not to worry: Most plumbers can handle it in under an hour.



We don't give much thought to the household appliances we use every day. But we sure do notice when they're not working! To help your everyday essentials last longer, make sure to inspect the following as part of your semi-annual checklist:

  • Washing Machine - Clean water inlet filters, check the hoses and replace any that are leaking.
  • Dryer - Vacuum any lint from the dryer ducts and the surrounding areas.
  • Refrigerator - Clean the drain hole and the pan (this should be done more often in warmer weather), wash the door gasket and vacuum the condenser coils.



Trip any circuit breakers and ground fault interrupters monthly to insure proper protection. For anything involving wiring or electrical work, hiring a licensed electrician is money well spent.

That said, you should check exposed wiring in your home every six months for frayed cords or wires. If anything looks damaged or dangerous, call in a professional to take a further look.




Check your basement and foundation for cracks and excess moisture. If either problem is severe, bring in a professional to discuss what can be done to remedy the issue and prevent future damage.



A little cleaning and caulking should be part of your semi-annual home maintenance checklist, too. At least every six months, take a few minutes to work on:

  • Exhaust fans - Clean the grill and fan blades.
  • Range hood fans - Wash the fan blades and their housing.
  • Interior calking and grout - Inspect the caulking and ground around tubs, showers and sinks. If the caulking has been pulled away, you should scrape it out and recaulk or call in a professional who can.



Professional Home Maintenance and Inspections

If completing these semi-annual home maintenance tasks twice a year seems too tedious or time consuming for you, you can pay a home inspector to evaluate your house. The inspector can also perform a roof inspection and troubleshoot potential problems with your home.




First Photo Credit: Bubbers BB/Shutterstock


Nov. 27, 2018

Fun and Festive Holiday Decorating Ideas

December is right around the corner and that means it is time to break out the festive décor. Bring on all the greens, glitter, bows and lights. We just love this time of year! We have put together some ideas for fun and festive décor that are sure to "WOW" your guests all December long!


Start outside


A wreath on the front door is classic and timeless. A pine or boxwood wreath is always beautiful—or dare to be different. Opting for a wreath of fake fruit or small squashes extends the life of the wreath to the whole holiday season. If you want to go crafty, wrap yarn in holiday colors around a hoop of Styrofoam, tie on an accent of jingle bells, and create a wreath that lasts for years.


Don't stop there!


Extend the greenery inside! Place wreaths in the windows and on cabinet doors inside your home where the green will go great with the wood.


Remember the garland too—match the foliage in your wreaths to your garland for a put-together look. Creating a garland out of ribbon instead of pine can give your stairs or fireplace mantel that extra flair, and you'll avoid the hassle of cleaning up pine needles. For the stairs, attach wreaths to the railing with wire and loop the ribbons through it for a drooping curve effect.


If you're still craving nature inside, though, consider a mini-tree. Spray paint sticks from the yard, plant them in a vase, and adorn as you desire. Silver ornaments are a dime a dozen, so pop a bunch on there for easy decoration.


You already know how to decorate the full tree, but keep in mind its visual appeal. Matching it to other pieces in the room with colored bows or lights can finish off a room nicely.


Keep the party going at dinner


Wow your guests when they walk in with a few easy decorations. The tried-and-true way to achieve this is by dressing the dinner table. Pull out your best dishware and placemats and aim for a theme. Winter is a great time for silver, or choose plain white plates with a few accent pieces for pops of color and design. Be sure to use those pieces for serving food.


Ornaments placed in unusual places create an air of whimsy. Consider hanging spare ornaments from light fixtures with ribbons or hooks alongside greenery snipped from your tree. Or pile everything onto a tiered cake plate to make a nice centerpiece. A tall houseplant can even serve as a humorous place to put your spare baubles. Be aware of kids and pets, though!


Centerpieces can make a really big statement while being easy to create. Here are some ideas to get you started:


  • Use leftover, oddly shaped wrapping paper to wrap small boxes.
  • Mix any of the following in a bowl for that all-encompassing winter feel: fruit, ornaments, pinecones, holiday lights, bells, and candles.
  • Place two or three small, elegant bouquets on the table—cups of roses won't bust the budget on flowers.
  • If you're down to the last minute, snip some greenery from your Christmas tree, tie it with ribbon at the bottom, and place it in a glass with an inch of water.


Keep your living space nice and clutter-free—edit after you decorate to be sure you don't overdo it. If you add a wreath, for example, take away a picture on the wall.


Decorating is easy and simple with a few ideas to get you started. Small details can generate a lot of buzz when the relatives start arriving—they'll feel welcomed and in the holiday spirit already!


Nov. 25, 2018

Wellesley Middle School Presents Aladdin Jr!


Wellesley Middle School Presents “Aladdin, Jr” – November 29 – December 1, 2018



It's almost opening night! Don't forget to purchase your tickets to Aladdin, Jr!  Aladdin Jr. is a one-act, eleven-scene theatre musical adapted from the 1992 Walt Disney Animation Studios film Aladdin which is an adaptation of the folk tale Aladdin.


Wicked Local has published a great writeup with photos recognizing all the hard work of the 100+ student cast, 20+ student-staffed stage crew, drama teachers, choreographers, music directors, costume designers, lighting, sound and set crew.  Whew!!  It truly takes a village (and a small army of dedicated volunteers) to bring this fabulous production to fruition.




Thursday, Nov. 29 at 4:30 p.m.


Friday, Nov. 30 at 2 and 7 p.m.


Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.


Wellesley Middle School Auditorium


50 Kingsbury Street (rear of building)


General admission tickets are available online and will be sold at the door. $14 Adults, $8 Students/Seniors, $5 WPS Teachers.


To purchase tickets online, please click HERE. We'll see you there!


Nov. 20, 2018

'Tis the Season for Pumpkin!


Everywhere you turn, it seems like a new food item has been infused with the flavor of the season: Pumpkin. As our thoughts turn to the Thanksgiving holiday, you might want to consider a pumpkin pie alternative (or addition!) to satisfy your pumpkin-loving family and friends.


Some of you may know Elaine Bannigan, owner of Pinnacle in Wellesley Massachusetts, is not only a leading real estate professional but also an extremely knowledgeable, creative and talented cook and baker. Thus, any recommendation from her is sure to be a real treat.


With Elaine’s permission, The Teri Adler group is pleased to share this recipe with you now…


Elaine Bannigan’s Pumpkin Bread Pudding
2 cups whole milk
1 15 oz can pumpkin puree
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1.5 teaspoons cinnamon
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, dash cloves and dash allspice
1.5 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 loaf stale challah bread (about 10 oz.), cut into 1″ cubes
1/2 cup golden raisins


Whisk together all but the bread and the raisins and blend well. Then fold in the bread and the raisins. Transfer to an 11″x 7″ buttered baking dish and let stand an hour. Bake in bain marie for about 40 minutes at 350.


Caramel Sauce:
1 stick butter
1 – 1/4 cups dark brown sugar
1/2 cup milk or cream


Melt butter and sugar over medium heat. Whisk in milk and stir until sugar dissolves and sauce is smooth – about 3 minutes.


To serve:


Sift powdered sugar over pudding, nap with sauce and then garnish with whipped cream.


This recipe can be made a day ahead. Simple!  Enjoy!



Nov. 19, 2018

Special Needs Early Education in Wellesley Massachusetts

Special Needs Education in Wellesley Massachusetts part #1


It’s been a while since I posted on the special needs programs in our town. There is so much going to write about  and I’ll spread it out among posts.


Let’s talk about the public preschool in Wellesley to begin with. This charming school is called PAWS- Preschool at Wellesley Schools.



This is an integrated preschool where about half of the Wellesley preschoolers get services and half are typically developed. It’s a wonderful, warm and inclusive place in its own building set on the edge of the Fiske Elementary School property. The demand is so high for the school, some classes are now housed at one of the seven elementary schools in town. PAWS serves children from Wellesley Massachusetts with all forms of a disability. In fact, it was a safe place for us where our daughter wasn’t judged. It was the first time in our journey where we met other parents going down the same path with a special needs child. To this day those families are our friends. Allie received the services she needed and was integrated part of the day and in a non- integrated class the rest of the day for intense therapies. It was a great fit. The teacher to student ratio was excellent.


I also sent my two typically developed daughters to PAWS and saw the school through that angle as well. Once again, we were thrilled with the education they received at this Wellesley school. They were well trained for kindergarten. The teachers at PAWS have their masters in teaching or special education and are really preparing the kids with a similar curriculum to elementary school. 


It can be scary moving on from PAWS to elementary school and I’ll write about those programs in my next blog but I will say, the transition was a smooth one.


Teri Adler is a mom of a special needs daughter and top realtor in the Weston and Wellesley, Massachusetts area. Contact Teri for more information or if you are moving to this area. Tadler@pinnaclehouses.com 617-306-3642


Nov. 15, 2018

The Wellesley Massachusetts Education Foundation Spelling Bee


Spelling Bee Results 

Once again, the Spelling Bee, organized by the Wellesley Education Foundation, was a fundraising success and equally important, a fun night. More than 50 teams competing for bragging rights (accompanied by their cheering squads) added up to a full house.


I was thrilled to be a part of such a great event and while Pinnacle representatives did not take home the trophy, we nearly made it to the final round before we were stumped by the word “repertoire”. Could you spell it? Or define it? Webster explains it in the following way: the complete list or supply of skills, devices, or ingredients used in a particular field, occupation, or practice.   If I were to use it in a sentence, this is what I would say.  “The Teri Adler group is adept at using all the skills in their repertoire to provide outstanding service to their clients.”

There you have it.




Pictured from left to right, Me, Jane Neilson and Susan Bevilacqua. Photo credit: Elaine Bannigan.