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Greetings from Jennifer Ross -  Realtor
One Down, One Back  
Empty NestWith my daughter graduating from high school and off to Syracuse University in New York for the next  four years, I've been preparing myself for "the dreaded empty nest syndrome"!  Then the call came from my son who is  graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in June.  "Mom, would you mind if I move home for a few weeks while I look for a job?"  Naturally, I said "of course honey your room is ready and waiting"!  I'm now frantically turning my craft, sewing, library room back to his room.  Looks like I've avoided that "empty nest syndrome" for a little while longer!
Lynn Allen-Biros! 
Lynn has won a $50 restaurant gift card - congratulations, Lynn.
The next drawing will be in a few weeks.
Interior homeYour Home Can Make You Happier  
A new house with a snazzier kitchen or a big media room may seem like the ticket to happiness. But the burgeoning field of evidence-based design -- backed by science that studies the effect of built spaces on our brains and bodies -- indicates that neither tons of space nor high-end furnishings are key to your home satisfaction. Much more important are things that may seem minor but that pack a big emotional wallop.
"Light and color have a definite impact on people's emotional response," says Alison Whitelaw, a San Diego architect and vice president of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture, a group that brings research scientists and designers together.
Maximizing full-spectrum light during the day, matching wall color and ceiling height to a room's purpose, and placing the main seating in the "power position" (ideally with a wall at your back) -- those are just some of the tricks researchers say are proven to make houses feel better to their occupants
Now is a great time to take advantage of these insights. According to a recent poll commissioned jointly by Money and home-improvement chain Lowe's, 52% of homeowners say they are focused on smaller projects that increase their enjoyment of their homes even if they don't increase its value.
Problem is, those people are in danger of wasting money on projects that won't increase their pleasure after all. That's because our survey shows that people aren't always right about what will make them happy in their homes.
For instance, homeowners think that their outdoor space has a big impact on their happiness, but it turns out that's not true. Indoor spaces have much more impact -- particularly the living room or family room, the kitchen, and bedrooms.
In the next newsletter, there will be specific suggestions you can use to apply design research to make key rooms work harder for you. For example, your bedroom can get better at lowering anxiety and promoting sleep; your home office at helping you work more efficiently; and your living room at increasing family togetherness.
That last one is especially important, given that the National Science Foundation's General Social Survey -- which has polled some 53,000 people since it began in 1972 -- finds that what makes people happiest isn't their wealth, work, or health. Rather, it's their family relationships.
Best of all, the suggested fixes don't cost much. Some are free. And you need not tackle them all -- completing even two or three can make a difference.
One caveat: We don't all respond to spaces exactly the same way. What brings you joy is affected by your personal associations."If your happiest times were at your grandmother's house, which had green walls, then green may make you feel better" than the colors research suggests, says Dr. Esther Sternberg, chief of neuroendocrine immunology and behavior at the National Institute of Mental Health and the author of "Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being."
You Know You Are Living In The Year 2010 When...
Your daughter sells Girl Scout Cookies via her web site.
You start tilting your head sideways to smile. :-)
You chat several times a day with a stranger from South Africa, but you haven't spoken with your next door neighbor yet this year.
You call your son's cell phone to let him know it's time to eat. He texts you back from his bedroom, "What's for dinner?"
Using real money, instead of credit or debit, to make a purchase would be a hassle and take planning.
You wake up at 2 AM to go to the bathroom and check your email on your way back to bed.
Interesting Video 
An architect shows off how he turned a tight space into an eco-friendly apartment. The kitchen is behind the TV, the guest bed is above the bathtub, and the bed folds into the wall. The key is in the sliding wall system, which can make 24 different arrangements.
As always, feel free to give me a call 800-913-7677 with your real estate needs.  I appreciate your referrals.  

Acedemic Earth 

Jennifer Ross

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