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Our New and Improved Website!

We are very excited to announce that finally our newly designed and improved website for Geri Reilly Real Estate has officially launched! Same web address as before, but a totally new look and all sorts of new features! Please check it out and let us know what you think!


We hope you like our new site! Feel free to leave a comment and let us know your thoughts...


Looking for a Unique Holiday Gift?

On exhibit at Geri Reilly Real Estate is Vermont artist, Natasha Bogar's Archival Giclee Prints on canvas. These limited edition prints are embellished by the artist with acrylic paints. The collection includes beautiful paintings of Vermont's Camels Hump, Burlington Bay, Stowe Mountain Lodge and ski trails at Stowe Mountain. It also includes a lovely portrayal of Ames Pond at Deer Isle in Maine as well as several other landscape pieces.

Natasha Bogar received her painting BFA from the University of Maine. She spent a year a Studio Giambo in Florence, Italy studying ceramics, mosaics and fresco painting. Natasha also attended the School of Italian Plasters Decoration Academy. As a certified applicator of Safra Plasters from Verona, Italy, she creates many old world wall finishes. Her twin sister, Saskia Reinholt, is also an artist and the two of them often collaborate on large murals and stained glass commissions. You can explore their works on Natasha's design sense is inspired by the natural world, especially the beauty of Vermont. Her studio is located in the backside of 144 Main Street in Stowe and welcomes visitors!

Geri Reilly Real Estate also welcomes visitors! Stop by and check out Natasha's exhibit. You might just find that perfect gift you were looking for!

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2010 Kitchen Trends

Here are some great tips on modernizing  your kitchen, whether you're selling your home or not!  The trend today is an open floor plan with a cozy, connected kitchen. Kitchens and living rooms are combining to create a new look for kitchens these days. The most popular room in the house isn't just for cooking anymore! Today it's used as a gathering place for families, a central work space, an open area to pursue craft projects or a leisure area to entertain guests.

Living room and family room activities are merging into the kitchen, and it's changing how kitchens look. Particularly as homes are getting smaller, we're using the kitchen for much more than we have in the past. Home owners want a more versatile floor plan and need to get creative with their space.

The walls in kitchens started coming down in the 1980s and 1990s. First to go were walls separating the kitchen from the dining room and now home owners are saying goodbye to walls between the kitchen and the living room. Kitchens also are being designed in a less utilitarian way with larger windows, fewer cabinets, and softer lighting.

What if your house doesn't have these elements? There are simple things you can do to create that cozy, social feel:

Install a kitchen island. Kitchen islands not only have functional benefits but also provide space for entertaining, informal dining, and extra storage. If space is limited, consider a portable island, which can range from a butcher block to a breakfast table with bar stools. Just make sure that the style you choose is consistent with your existing decor in the kitchen and the size is appropriate. At least 3 feet is recommended between the island and walls so there's plenty of space to move around. If the kitchen island is large, add chairs to show it can serve as an extra gathering place.

Furnish with comfy chairs. Skip the typical wooden stools for an upholstered bar stool with a back. Switch out traditional chairs around the kitchen table for wing chairs, a love seat, or even an upholstered bench.

Soften the light. Use accent lights and sconces, usually associated with a hallway or den. Numerous small lamps also will create a softer effect. Hang a chandelier or light fixture over the kitchen island.

Get crafty and add a decorative backsplash. Not only are backsplashes super functional behind the sink and stove, they can also be very appealing to the eye and can exemplify personal style. Glass tiles are very popular now, but so are ceramic tiles and tin panels which are particularly easy to install.

Add storage. Extra storage is key especially in smaller kitchens. Consider a wall peg board or a hanging wrought-iron rack to hang pots and pans. Add a standalone cabinet, cupboard, buffet, or wall shelving. Stage cabinets with craft supplies to show that the space can serve many purposes.

Display quality pieces. Take the artwork you may have once reserved for the living room and display it in the kitchen. Accessorize shelves with collectibles or books. For smaller kitchens, mount a mirror on one wall which will give the illusion of more space and reflect light.

Make sure the basics are strong. If the bones of the kitchen aren't strong, fix those first. The condition of countertops, hardware, flooring, appliances, and cabinets aren't going to be covered up by creating a cozy atmosphere.

(Contributing writer: M.D Tracey)