Shannon Marcelino

Furniture Arranging Tips

If your looking to prep your home for the SPRING MARKET or you just want a fresh new look, follow these designer tips for re-arranging furniture for the best look, feel and flow.


10 Simple Decorating Rules for Arranging Furniture By Lauren Flanagan


1. Choose a Focal Point

2. Consider Traffic Flow

3. Create Conversation Areas

4. Don’t Push Furniture Against the Walls

5. Find Balance When Arranging Furniture

6. Use the Right-Size Rugs

7. Get a Big Coffee Table

8. Put Tables at Arm’s Length

9. Let There Be Light

10. Use the Right-Size Artwork


10 Best Free Room Design Apps By Freshome Team  December 21, 2019 in Decorating Ideas

1. Planner 5D

2. Roomstyler 3D Home Planner

3. Ikea Home Planner Tools

4. Ikea Kitchen Planner

5. Design a Room

6. Autodesk Homestyler

7. The Home Renovator

8. Sweet Home 3D

9. SmartDraw (as featured in photo on the left)

10. HomeByMe

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    Declutter Your Home

    If your looking to sell your home or looking to benefit from decluttering your life and home, this time of year is the perfect time to prep for the spring market or just start the year right.

    How to Declutter Your Home


    Step 1: Set Goals

    Before you get started, make a plan. No matter how many rooms or how much clutter you have to get through, starting with specific goals will help you create a plan that will reduce any frustration as you go.


    Step 2: Create a Sorting System

    Gather three boxes or storage bins, label them KEEP, TOSS, STORE.


    Step 3: Get Rid of the Clutter

    You have a few options for disposing of items that make their way into the “Get Rid of It" box.  Recycle, Donate or Freecycle, Have a Garage Sale, Rent a Dumpster.


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      Give Your Home a Fresh New Look & Feel for 2020

      Give Your Home a Fresh New Look & Feel for 2020

      whether you plan to list or plan to stay.


      Here are 12 simple changes:

      1. Declutter

      2. Rearrange Furniture

      3. Add or change an area rug

      4. Accent with color

      5. Add more house plants

      6. Update or Add a light fixture

      7. Hang a piece of statement art

      8. New knobs on kitchen cabinets

      9. Change out bedding

      10. Change out towels

      11. Change out pillow covers

      12. Add some cozy textures with pillows & throws

      For more information from us, click here, to read Getting Your House Ready to Show to Buyers and also be sure to check out article design-trends-2020, to assist you in giving your home an updated look.




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        Happy New Year 2020

        Highlight New Year’s Eve Burlington

        Highlight is Burlington’s new citywide New Year’s Eve celebration, produced by Signal Kitchen & Burlington City Arts. The festival brings Vermont’s leading artists, doers, and thinkers together to showcase our community’s creativity through lively festivities for all to enjoy.


        Wishing you and your family a healthy, prosperous, and happiest 2020 New Year ahead!!


        The Marcelino Team




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          TMT 2019 Winter Newsletter


          One in seven Vermont homes has elevated levels of radon. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that has no color, smell or taste. Radon comes from the decay of uranium, which is a radioactive element found naturally in the Earth’s crust. Over billions of years, uranium decays into radium, and eventually, radon. Radon is present in outdoor air, and radon levels can build up inside people’s homes. Unless you test for it, there is no way of knowing if radon is present in your home.



          Everyone is exposed to some radon in indoor and outdoor air. Breathing air with radon increases a person’s risk of getting lung cancer. A person’s lung cancer risk due to radon depends on the level of radon in the air they breathe, how long they are exposed, and whether or not they are a smoker. Radon decays into radioactive particles that damage lung tissue and can lead to lung cancer over the course of a person’s lifetime.



          The use of a long-term radon in air test kit is best because radon levels can change daily, weekly and seasonally. We recommend that you test your home for 3 to 12 months (ideally including a heating season). Longer test periods ensure the most accurate measure of actual exposure. Free long-term radon in air test kits are available to Vermont residents.


          You can request one from the Radon Program by:

          Calling 800-439-8550 (toll-free in Vermont) or Emailing


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            Upcoming Holiday Activities & Events

            Upcoming Holiday Activities & Events

            Below is a list of a few local activities & events that are sure to put you in the holiday spirit.


            Colchester Community Chorus Holiday Concert

            Colchester High School Performing Arts Center

            Friday  12/13/19  7:30-9:00pm


            Holiday Ice Skating Show: The Gift

            Leddy Park Ice Arena in Burlington

            Saturday 12/14/19  2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


            Flynn MainStage

            VSO Holiday Pops  -  Saturday  12/14/19  7:30 PM

            Vermont’s Own "Nutcracker" -  Saturday 12/21/19  2 & 7 pm

                                                              Sunday 12/22/19  1 & 6 pm


            THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride

            Adventure begins in the Wing Building lobby at the bottom of King St., (just South of Union Station), in Burlington, Vermont.

            Saturday 12/14/19 & Sunday 12/15/19   Eight trains daily: Noon, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7pm


            Horse-Drawn Rides

            Shelburne Farms Welcome Center

            Saturday, 12/21/19 to Tuesday, 12/31/19   

            11:00AM–2:00PM, every half hour.




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              Looking for a new way to display holiday cards?

              Looking for a new way to display holiday cards?

              Who doesn't love good DIY projects and some that can repurpose items you're no longer using.

              Check out these great DIY ideas!


              This article

              “32 DIY Christmas Card Holders That'll Display Your Season's Greetings in the Prettiest Way”

              BY HERRINE RO   08/29/19


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                Tips & Tricks to make your holiday prep easier!

                Tips & Tricks we hope will make your holiday prep easier.




                From: check out these

                 9 Handy Holiday Decorating Tips

                1) Hang a Wreath on a Door without leaving an ugly nail hole.

                2) Easy-Clip Tree Ornaments - use plastic-coated paper clips.

                3) Use a Christmas Light Tester to Check Holiday Lights

                4) Holiday Light Hangers - clip the wires to the bottom lip of the fascia with clothespins.

                5) Lighting Tips - coil them into a 5-gal. pail to keep them tangle-free.

                6) Zip-Tie Your Decorations - a simple way to string holiday lights on banisters and fences.

                7) How to Repair Christmas Tree Lights - find out how to diagnose and fix common problems.

                8) Hang Lights from Gutters - how you can hang lights from them without leaving the ground. 

                9) Easy Outdoor Light Control - use an outdoor remote control switch.


                From: check out these

                12 Genius Hacks That Will Make Christmas So Much Less Stressful

                1 DIY Gold Christmas Lights - Just be sure to follow the directions.

                2 Décor Hack - Fill a vase with a toilet paper or paper towel tube so you don't have to use all of your ornaments to create this centerpiece.

                3 Christmas Tree Light Hack - Use two different sizes of lights to make your tree more magical.

                4 Repurposed Gift Tags - Repurpose paint chips into gift tags by cutting them into holiday shapes.

                5 Wreath Hanging Hack - Use an upside-down Command Strip to hang your wreath from the other side of the door.

                6 Christmas Tree Light Hack - For a corner tree, try stringing your lights in a zig zag pattern down the front to use fewer strings.

                7 Wrapping Paper Storage - Store your wrapping paper in a garment bag & hang up. 

                8 DIY Gift Wrap Hack - using kraft paper, an ink pad and a pencil.

                9 Outdoor Christmas Light Hack -Try this tip at your own risk.

                10 Cookie Decorating Hack - place icing in squeezable ketchup bottles.

                11 Repurposed Christmas Cookie Packaging - Clean out used Pringles containers, cover them in festive paper.

                12 Tomato Cage Christmas Trees - How to make.




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