Martinsburg’s Best: La Trattoria

Happy Tuesday, everyone! How’s your week going so far? I hope you were all able to relax and enjoy yourselves last weekend! Now it’s been a good while since I last posted about food, but today I thought, hmm… Why not feature one of the most popular restaurants here in my city of Martinsburg, West Virginia?

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Unsurprisingly, it’s an Italian restaurant called La Trattoria. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like Italian cuisine, because how can you go wrong with good old hearty food? Pasta and pizza are comfort dishes that everyone can enjoy, and at La Trattoria, they sure do a pretty good job! The place is local and family-owned, but is voted as one of the best restaurants in the city even on Trip Advisor!

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Check out their website here!

Goodbye, Olive Garden! La Trattoria offers fresh, homemade dishes at affordable prices (you can check out their menu here). Other than their pasta specials, they also have paninis, steaks, and a little bit of Mediterranean cuisine influence. Talk about a bang for your buck!

Here are just some reviews from satisfied customers:

“Excellent homemade Italian food. Family owned and operated. The friendliest staff I have experienced in years. The Fettuccine Gypsy is to die for as well as the Calamari. Service is speedy, friendly, and attentive. We will definitely be back and we live 2 hours away!”‎

– Micky C.

What a find!! Fantastic Italian restaurant.. everything is home made. The rolls, sauce, cheese cake..You will not be disappointed. Who woulda thought you could find a high class Italian restaurant in West Virginia. Prices are more than resonable!

– Dave C.

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If that doesn’t entice you, then I don’t know what will! So next time you happen to drop by here in Martinsburg, check out La Trattoria! Maybe the food will be so good it will make you want to move into town, and then you can contact me so we can find you a house! Lol, just kidding.

Enjoy the rest of the week, everyone!

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Interior Design 201: Storage Secrets

A happy Friday, everyone! It’s the end of the week again before we know it! And to think that it will be November already in just a few more days! It’s really crazy how time seems to be flying faster than ever. Next thing we know it’s already Christmas, and then it’s the New Year! Oh boy…

Anyway, recently I just finished a series of posts on home design basics, so from this week onwards I’ll be getting a little more advanced/specific with some key aspects of interior decor that shouldn’t be overlooked. Today I’d like to talk about storage.

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With designers getting more creative and efficient, there are now numerous ways in allotting storage space for your home without actually having to create a separate room for it. Doors and windows are a good example. Instead of it being just a flat, useless surface, you could use that narrow space in the wall next to the hinges for books, trinkets, and other small decor. The same can go for nooks and windowsills as well.

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It’s also become a familiar concept nowadays to use wall space without it necessarily touching the floor. Just like in the creatively placed cabinet turned workstation above, you can utilize the vacant space at the bottom for other items.

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For multi-level homes, also consider using that space under the stairs. Even a small desk can make a big difference and help in organizing your things a little bit more.

Nooks and crannies are often overlooked, but with the rise of small living due to rapid urbanization in bigger cities, people have become increasingly adaptive and creative in utilizing what limited space they have. Of course, this mindset can still prove very useful even in the suburban family home, don’t you think?

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Have a great weekend, everyone!

DIY Toolkit: Essential Tools For Minor House Repairs

When it comes to home and family, expenses are inevitable. With prices rising everywhere, every penny saved counts. Wouldn’t it be great if you could save on home repairs too? Fortunately, if you have some of these common household tools, you don’t have to spend that extra cash on getting a repairman when you can DIY!

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Carpenter’s Square: Get both a speed square, which is hand-held, and a larger framing square when possible. Squares are great straightedges, tape measures and right-angle testers.

Utility Knife: Whether you call it a box cutter, razor knife, or any of several common terms, a utility knife is a DIY tool essential. Your utility knife makes quick work of slicing through drywall, carpet, linoleum, rigid foam insulation and many other materials. Keep a supply of razor blades in the knife’s hollow body.

Staple Gun: A staple gun comes in handy for installing faced fiberglass batt insulation, hanging plastic sheeting and other projects around the home. Manual staple guns require a little more muscle but eliminate the need for electricity.

Drill: Once you have a drill, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without one. From simple tasks such as hanging curtains to more complex jobs like replacing wood flooring, a drill – cordless or not – makes it easier. A cordless drill is more convenient but has a limited battery life.

Saws: Two basic saws will see you through most general DIY home projects. First, select a handsaw for places where you don’t have power or for situations where a power saw just isn’t practical. Next, decide on either a table saw or a circular saw. A table saw is sturdy and makes cutting boards and other material easy. However, a circular saw is portable and hand-held, making it more convenient. When you’re ready for a new saw, consider a jigsaw or reciprocating saw.

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All of the tools in the world won’t help you if you don’t have accompanying supplies. Keep wood glue, superglue and caulk in your supplies. Add an assortment of nails, screws, bolts and nuts to your tool collection as well. Don’t forget tape: masking tape, electrical tape and duct tape in particular. A heavy-duty extension cord is essential. Your collection will continue to grow over the course of your DIY adventures.

Enjoy the rest of the week, everyone!

Interior Design 101: Budget Smarts

Happy Friday, everyone! Soon it’s the weekend again before we know it! Now before I leave you to enjoy the last day of what I know was surely a busy and hectic work week for us all, I’m back with Part 5 of my Interior Design 101 series! Today we’ll talk about redecorating on a budget, because who doesn’t love discounts?

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Reverse Furniture
I mentioned in my previous posts that just because you’re revamping the look of your home doesn’t mean you have to buy everything new. Another way to reuse items (and avoid extra costs) is to simply change the furniture layout in a room or switch up the covers. Rearranging can drastically change how a room looks and feels, and even if you’re tired of your old pillow covers and bedspreads, even the cheap alternative of a plain, new coverlet (with a completely different color from your old palette) will do wonders for bringing in that much needed change.

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Time It Right
Is the nearest IKEA or Raymour & Flanigan in your neighborhood having a sale? Then this might be the best time to set that makeover into motion! There’s nothing better than using the right timing to take advantage of sales and discounts. Furniture hardly ever comes cheap, so every dollar saved makes a big difference in the long run! Furniture warehouses, retailers and outlets usually have their sales at the end of summer or winter, so keep yourself posted to make your renovation project attainable and affordable.

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Learn something new today? I hope you found this somewhat useful in your redecoration plans! Stay tuned for more posts on interior design basics, tips, and tricks.

(Images and concept by BHG.com)

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Shenandoah Junction Market Insider

Hey everyone! It’s that time of the month for another edition of Market Insider! This week I’m featuring the lovely town of Shenandoah Junction, WV. If you happen to be buying or selling a home here, you might want to take a quick read at this!

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The number of sales in Shenandoah Junction increased by 200% from the previous month. The median listing price for homes in this area is $234,700.

Understand the difference between “listing prices” (what sellers are asking for) and “sold prices” (what buyers are willing to pay). By comparing these price trends, you’ll have a good idea of where the market is heading. The median listing and sold property prices are calculated based on the market activity each month. (Some sales are not immediately available from public records. As they become available, the data are updated.)

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Median household income in Shenandoah Junction is $74,134 with 65 households earning between $35,000 to $40,000 annually.

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The Crime Risk Index compares the likelihood of different crimes happening within this community to the national average. The national average for each type of crime equals a score of 100. A score of 200 would represent twice the risk as the national average, and a score of 50 would represent half the risk.

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Median Age
38%
Married
904
Number of Homes
296
Homes with Children

The above data was gathered from multiple sources and includes current listings, recent sales, and more. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, the knowledge you gain will help put you in control of your real estate transactions.

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If you’d like to read more statistics on the current housing market in Shenandoah Junction, visit my website here. You can find more information on it such as local schools, a list of establishments (categorized and searchable by map), and you can even compare areas/neighborhoods according to zip code. It can really provide you with a thorough insight so you have a better idea of the community you want to move into.

Enjoy the rest of the week, everyone!