Blog :: 12-2018

Easy Ways to Lower Your Heating Bill this Winter

Keeping Warm in Front of FireplaceIt’s hard to believe winter is almost here again! Here are some easy and inexpensive ways to lower your heating bill this season.


Caulk around the windows and check for any holes outside your home.

Weather Stripping

Replace weather stripping around the doors. If you can see light or feel a draft, it needs to be replaced.

Drapes & Rugs

Put drapes over the windows to help keep the heat in and the cold out. The heavier the drapes, the better. Rugs add a layer of insulation above the floor.

Water Heater

If you have an older hot water heater, put a cover on it to help it stay warm.

Fire Place

Close the flue to your fireplace when it’s not in use and make sure it closes all the way. If you don’t already have them, you may want to consider adding glass doors to help with insulation.


Change your filter monthly during the cold weather season. Don’t make your furnace work harder than it has to!


Get a programmable thermostat so you can keep temperatures cooler when the house is empty and warmer when it’s occupied.


Keep your bathroom door open when you shower so the heat can spread to other rooms. Leave the oven door open after you turn it off until it cools down so you can enjoy the added warmth.  

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    Diamonds, Champagne and Ol' Blue Eyes

    2018 has been a brilliant year for gems. Sotheby’s jewelry auction sales this year have totaled a massive $403 million.

    Sotheby’s fine jewel auction on December 4, 2018 featured collections with stunningly designed necklaces,  brooches, bracelets, and rings by powerhouse designers Van Cleef and Arpels, Harry  Winston, Cartier, and Bulgari. The diamond engagement ring that Frank Sinatra proposed to Barbara by slipping it in to her glass of champagne was sold after intense bidding for just shy of $1.7 million. The ”Lady Blue Eyes” diamond will twinkle on for its new owner. Cheers!

    The “Magnificent Jewels” and “Storied Provenance & Iconic Design” Auctions at Sotheby’s in New York totaled $46.4 million in sales. In addition to the Sinatra jewelry collection, important jewels from other well-known collectors were also auctioned. Of note was a flawless Harry Winston diamond which sold for $4 million. 

    There is still time to own a piece of the “Ol’ Blue Eyes” collection. Art work, jewelry, and collectibles owned and collected by the Sinatras will be available by on-line auction. Included in the sale are paintings by recognized artists as well as a number of abstract paintings by Sinatra himself. 

    Contributing to this year’s superlative results in jewelry sales was the Marie Antoinette collection of precious jewelry. Personal and important jewels and gems not seen by the public for over two centuries were presented for by Sotheby’s Geneva. The most notable item being the exceptional, natural pearl and diamond pendant which Marie Antoinette wore on her three strand pearl necklace. The lot garnered over $36 million CHF.

    While many of the fine art, jewelry and collectibles offered at auction may be too pricey for the average consumer, it still is a pleasure to “window shop”. Collections give us insight into what was appealing and coveted by their owners Sinatra’s collection is worth a look, you may learn something about Ol’ Blue Eyes that may surprise you. He was a singer and a painter and of course “he did it his way”.

    Close Up Series: Salon Reyna

    At Salon Reyna, everybody loves what they do, and it really shows! In episode 8 of Close Up in Our Community, Barrett Sotheby's International Realty team Laura Ferrara and Sheila Horne speak with Salon Reyna owner Lori Reyna about what makes this Salon stand out. The keys to their success are the quality of the work that goes out, as well as the friendliness and professionalism.

    Stop into Salon Reyna at 326 Great Road in Bedford, or visit their website 
    Check out this episode and all of the archives on our Close Up Series page

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