Author Archives: Lisa Van Dore

About Lisa Van Dore

I have lived in Sherborn, Dover and most recently North Walpole, for a total of 15 years (and counting). Having recently been through the process of selling a home and buying (and renovating) a new one, I understand the conflicting emotions of excitement and anxiety inherent in the process, whether you are a seller or buyer, whether this is your first home purchase or your tenth. I have a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Indiana University. My early career found me working as a CPA, and later as the controller of Crate & Barrel. More recently I spent seven years running my own personal training business. I understand the hard work and dedication necessary to build a business and a reputation...most of my personal training clients came to me by referral and my first client was still with me when I decided to leave personal training. This speaks to the level of effort I put forth for my clients, week after week. On a more personal note, I raced triathlon for seven years and more recently completed my first half marathon. In my free time I enjoy cooking, reading, Maine, hiking and, in the fall, following college football...my teams are the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and Texas Christian University (Go Frogs!).

5 Ways to Create a Beautiful Outdoor Living Space

A friend posted a picture on Facebook the other day of a tiny patch of snow with the caption “Some people just don’t know when to leave.”  As of Saturday I had a teeny tiny patch left in a spot … Continue reading

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8 Popular Countertop Materials, the Pros and the Cons

A few weeks ago I posted a two-part series called “8 Tips on Choosing Kitchen Countertops” (see here for Part 1 and Part 2).  Those posts walked through what to do before you look at materials, things to consider when … Continue reading

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Surviving the Spring Market ~ 6 Tips for Sellers

In many parts of the country it is a seller’s market…certainly in the greater Boston area we are seeing more buyers than there is inventory.  Some towns are particularly frenzied right now with multiple offers, properties selling before hitting MLS … Continue reading

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8 Tips on Choosing Kitchen Countertops, Part 2

So I hope you enjoyed my post, 8 Tips on Choosing Kitchen Countertops, Part 1.  If you didn’t read it, I suggest you go back and start there before continuing on with my tips #5-8.  Onward… Tip #5:  Think about what … Continue reading

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8 Tips on Choosing Kitchen Countertops, Part 1

A friend of mine is redoing her kitchen and recently posted on Facebook that she was looking for countertop ideas.  The post generated a ton of responses…so many people have redone kitchens and everyone had some input ~ marble, black … Continue reading

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Surviving the Spring Market: 6 Tips for Buyers

The spring real estate market is about to explode.  While spring historically attracts a lot of buyers and sellers, this spring may be even a bit nuttier.  With record-breaking snow in February here in the Boston area, things slowed down … Continue reading

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7 Oscar Worthy Home Theaters

I have seen 5 of the Best Picture nominations…Boyhood, Grand Budapest Hotel, The Theory of Everything, American Sniper & most recently, Whiplash.  I found Boyhood to be very real and an interesting concept, to film over a period of 12 … Continue reading

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The Who, What & Why of the Tiny House Movement

  For starters…what is the “tiny house movement?” A “tiny house” is generally anything between 100 and 400 square feet.  As in the entire “house.”  Bedrooms in a “normal” house are often bigger than 100 square feet and master bedroom suites … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day

A simple post filled with hearts. Spider love.   A cute little craft that even a non-crafty mom or dad could pull off with the kids.  Full instructions here. Do you have any hearts?  Go fish. The obvious heart in … Continue reading

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6 Christmas Treats to Try & My Favorite Gingerbread Recipe

So I have made some progress on my Christmas shopping…thank you internet.  I love having an idea, finding it online, typing in my address and credit card information and then sitting back waiting for it to show up at my … Continue reading

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