A Victorian Home Dreams are Made Of

As a realtor, I see A LOT of homes. Colonial, cape, split level, ranch, raised ranch….the list goes on and on.  Today, I showed a house that stopped me in my tracks. It was a remodeled Victorian, walking distance to a quaint town…simply put, it was gorgeous. High ceilings, large, open, bright rooms and finishes worthy of a restoration hardware catalog. Not only was the remodel done in EXACTLY my style, but also, the contractors won an award from the town for their Historical Preservation of this property. When I look at the before and afters, it is astonishing.

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Kitchen Before!


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Dream Kitchen After!

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Pot filler on stove, chefs kitchen complete with wine fridge.

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Cabinets that latch close with chrome hardware and marble countertops.

For me, this house is all about the details. The cabinets, doors, and light fixtures were all pieces restored from the time period the home was built. The wood floors were in perfect condition and the stairway was restored in all its former glory. door knob 1

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Antique light fixtures were restored and used in this home to add to the charm.

hallway after

Welcoming, bright foyer

bathroom after

Even the faucets were thoughtfully selected to be true to time period.

This home is truly a unique gem I will be dreaming about it for a while and made venturing out into the frigid temperatures today totally worth it!!


Lauren Auresto, Coldwell Banker 203-470-5150


A Smarter Home?

My husband will not be satisfied until our WHOLE house can be controlled by voice commands. His latest smart home addition is the Eccobee Smart Thermostat.

I have to admit, I am kind of intrigued by it too.

  • It is easy to install (according to my husband who did it within a few hours for three thermostats without too much complaining lol)
  • You can use Amazon Alexa to control our version of it. (the EccoBee 4 actually includes an Alexa in the unit so you can literally just talk to your thermostat and adjust temperature, ask for news, weather etc)
  • You can control it from your phone, and apple watch from anywhere. ( imagine being cold in bed, without getting up simply say, “Siri, set my bedroom thermostat to 70 Degrees” and viola! Toasty warm)

It has a sleek look and a touch screen that is very easy to navigate and control, and just looks much more modern than the old style thermostats. Additionally, you can include room sensors which will monitor different parts of the room and adjust the temperature if there are hot or cold spots.

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They claim you can save 23% on your heating costs from the units because its a smart unit that adjusts with the outdoor temperature changes too. They provide energy reports to give you give you insights on how much you’ve saved based on run times.


An eccobee is an inexpensive way to add a cool factor to your home. When thinking of upgrades that can add value to a potential buyer anything Smart Home or Energy Efficient is usually high on the list of what is desired, especially to a millennial buyer.

Because seriously, who wants to have to touch their thermostat anymore when you can just TELL it to do something #firstworldproblems. Now if Alexa would just learn to take down my Christmas tree on command we would be in good shape!

For other information see this website –


and some reviews…


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