1 Daniels Street, Salem, Massachusetts, listed by the Merry Fox Team of Merry Fox Realty for $610,000. Photo: Realtor.com
Did you catch our latest Splurge vs. Steal on SecondShelters.com? It features one of the oldest residences in Salem, Massachusetts, and offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of history. Check out the excerpt below or read the full post here just in time for Halloween.
Who is ready for the popped corn, the bat brownies, the fabulous return of Hocus Pocus on repeat? Well, then it shouldn’t take long to figure out why we selected Salem, Massachusetts for our latest Splurge vs. Steal.
Need a Hocus Pocus refresh? Here goes, courtesy of Wikipedia: After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.
Thus, comedy, sibling rivalry, and teenage love ensues. We love a cult classic this time of year! And speaking of classic, the historic town of Salem affords more than witch trials and its annual Halloween Ball. Salem is a seaside city nestled on the northern coast of Massachusetts. It’s famous for its 1692 witch trials, but has come a long way since. There’s oodles of authentic New England charm, gorgeous lighthouses, eerie museums, historic homes, and more! In fact, today we feature two historic beauties in our latest Splurge vs. Steal that truly capture the spirit of the fall. Take a look!
Here is a look at our Salem Splurge: One Of The Oldest Homes In Salem Available For $610K
According to the description, it was built in 1667 for shipwright Stephen Daniels, and is aptly known as the Daniels House. It features multiple fireplaces, wide plank pine wood floors, exposed beams, and the list goes on. If only walls could talk!
Property records indicate the oldest parts of the building are the lower two stories of the southern half of the structure. The northern half, situated on the third floor, plus the sizable lean-to were added by Samuel Silsbee in 1756. Silsbee was Daniel’s great-grandson and a carpenter by trade.
From our research, it appears the Daniels House recently operated as a bed and breakfast, but has since closed shop. A Facebook page for the Stephen Daniels House reveals it was owned by a Ms. Catherine Gill, best known as “Kay,” who owned and operated the Daniels House for over 55 years...
See what people who actually stayed at the Daniels House are saying on SecondShelters.com and discover which historic Salem home we chose we for our Steal here.
Cheers, and Happy Halloween!
Amy Puchaty is a luxury real estate writer and communications specialist whose marketing campaigns and copywriting work have appeared in numerous print and digital publications including The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Inman News, The Denver Post, and Dallas Business Journal. Why Amy Puchaty? Because it’s selling season. Follow Amy at www.amypuchaty.com #AtHomeWithAmy #AmyPuchaty #LuxuryRealEstateWriter
Crittal Doors, Image courtesy of Décor Aid
As we near the end of 2018, there’s the annual talk of emerging trends that are certain to make a splash in the world of luxury interior design in the coming year. Industry experts work to predict the direction that styles are leaning towards, and catapult these ideas into their own work and designs. Thinking about a 2019 renovation? Our designers have scoured the trendiest of innovative design shows, followed the leads of industry giants, and have been inspired by adaptive innovators to predict the future of design for the next year and beyond. See how you can elevate your home and be on the forefront of interior design currants with these striking new trends.
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Décor Aid’s designers admit that they were a bit surprised to see more feminine shades emerging as dominant color schemes, even in homes that are a bit more masculine. Soft shades like muted coral or dusty peaches were given a more adaptable, neutralized hue to better pair with more gender-neutral decor, while still providing a bit of warmth. Soft shades that veer more towards greys have proven to be a viable option for those that want the best of both worlds - color, but easily managed color. Look to shades like powdery sage green to meet this balance.
2019’s color palette also seems to be inspired by our plates, with shades like apricot, aubergine, and plum emerging as standouts. Decadent, heavy colors are on the rise, not only as standalone wall colors but also punctuated throughout rooms via accent walls, furniture and decorative pieces. These colors provide an elegant, moody ambiance that elevates the luxury in any room.
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One of the most important areas of any home, the kitchen is constantly evolving. In fact, rooms from even a few years ago have come to look outdated. This year, our designers predict trends that will last. In the past, homeowners have opted for darker walls with light cabinets to brighten up their kitchen, but now designers are preaching the opposite. Instead of lightening your cabinets, choose shades that are deeper plays on bold color. You’ll find that a deep slate blue provides something more interesting to the eye than a true neutral, but is muted enough to not seem overwhelming in the space. Use a bright white on the walls to balance out the room, as dark colors can oftentimes shrink a space.
Hardware is a detail that defines the kitchen - often creating the tone of the space based on the finish, material, and style. Designers from all over are loving brass, not only for its contrast to bland neutrals, but for its true contemporary flair. It also becomes a striking addition when paired with the aforementioned trend of darker cabinets. Cutting edge kitchens have incorporated brass into anywhere a metallic element is necessary: faucets, handles, drawer pulls, light fixtures, knobs, and chair legs have all become areas that catch the light (and the eye) and influence the feel of the room.
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When frustration sinks in with an outdated home, don’t look at the big picture— look to making smaller but crucial edits that will modernize the space and leave a lasting impact. A few shifts in the structure of a room or two can make your home more on trend than even the newest buildings.
Crittal doors, while not new, have become a lot more familiar to those in the design world in the last few years. Our designers predict they’ll make a far bigger appearance in 2018 in homes that want to have a more sectioned off space without shrinking the home. Crittall style doors have quite an industrial minimalist look about them, usually with matte steel and glass framed in a grid-like formation, making them able to let light in and keep a space looking open. A full crittall wall with a door can function as a dividing wall between two areas, designating separate rooms. Because there’s glass, you won’t be compromising light or space.
Recessed floors are also making a comeback. While your first thought may be that they seem a bit outdated, designers have been taking great strides in modernizing the look of a sunken floor. While not always suitable in contemporary 2019 (after all, which direction would the TV or fireplace face?), they make the perfect upgrade to a space meant for entertaining guests, as they have the ideal arrangement for facilitating conversation and interaction. With the addition of a small coffee table or bar, your home will certainly be the designated spot for get-togethers. Keep your fabrics within a neutral color scheme; because there is four times the area of a traditional couch, most colors may be a bit too much on the eye at this level.
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In the world of furniture, it seems to be that current trends are holding steady, and accelerating at that. Tufted seating options — from couches, to ottomans, to stools — have remained a staple of any space that wants to add a touch of decadent luxury. Our designers have also seen them making appearances in spaces you wouldn’t initially think of, like bathrooms. For a master bathroom with space to spare for a stool or bench, a velvet tufted piece makes the perfect accent. Use them to dress up a space that may be slightly lacking in luxury, or doesn’t provide as much of an opportunity for expression, like a hallway or entryway. These pieces make a notable difference.
Like what you see? Learn more about Décor Aid’s award-winning designers here.
Cheers and Happy Designing!
Thank you to Décor Aid for collaborating on this post. Amy Puchaty's thoughts and opinions are her own. As a luxury real estate writer and communications specialist, her marketing campaigns and copywriting work have appeared in numerous print and digital publications including The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Inman News, The Denver Post, and Dallas Business Journal. Follow Amy at #AtHomeWithAmy #AmyPuchaty #LuxuryRealEstateWriter
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