Snapshot of Shelbie Northup

We recently sat down and chatted with Licensed Real Estate Agent, Shelbie Northup. The video is below.

Shelbie grew up in Delmar and has lived in Clifton Park for four years, and she loves being a realtor. She says, “I love helping people find their house. The excitement of when they find that house and they know it’s the one and you can just see their faces beaming. It’s such a big thing in people’s lives, and then to be able to be a part of it is just amazing.”

Shelbie loves that she has become friends with her clients. She knows what is going on in their lives- whether it’s a pregnancy, a new job, or some other milestone. She loves that her clients are like family and she is part of it. She said, “I have had two clients who have had a baby, and I feel like I was part of that process. I got to see pictures, I went to a gender reveal, and you become a part of these people’s lives.”

Shelbie recently has take up running and she is obsessed with it. She said, “It’s just getting out there and doing it and getting out of your comfort zone. A lot of the runs also benefit charitable organizations. Shelbie mentioned, “I have run two Veteran’s Runs, and the last run was for the Arthritis Foundation. I get to do something I love, and it benefits people as well.” Right now, Shelbie is currently training for the Seneca 7 Race in April, which is a relay race that goes around Seneca Lake in western New York.

When Shelbie is not showing homes, or running races, she is spending time with her boys who are 7 and 12.

If you would like to contact Shelbie, you can email her at



Small Biz 518 – Saratoga PLAN – Preserving Land and Nature

Karen Totino, Licensed Real Estate Person at Monticello Real Estate recently met up with Maria Trabka, Executive Director, from Saratoga PLAN. You can watch the video below.

Saratoga PLAN is dedicated to preserving the rural character, natural habitats and scenic beauty of Saratoga County so that these irreplaceable assets are accessible to all and survive for future generations. We help landowners conserve their farmland, woodlands and natural habitats to sustain the county’s “quality of place” and the environment, economy, and public health. Saratoga PLAN helps communities create plans that balance growth with conservation to sustain the Saratoga Region as a great place to live, work, visit and farm.

Maria explained that Saratoga PLAN has protected over 7,000 acres and they currently manage 5,000 acres. She says, “land is essential to our lives. It provides our water, our air, our food, our quality of life, our outdoor recreational opportunities.”

PLAN, which stands for “preserving land and nature,” connects people to nature through an extensive trail network with over 200 miles of trails in the county. They have found over the years that a good “plan” leads to the ability to take advantage of opportunities as they arise and accelerates results.

Saratoga PLAN is a community-based conservation organization, conserving “places for people.” Although not all conserved lands are open for public access, they provide health benefits and environmental services far beyond their borders. These lands are very much conserved by the people, too! PLAN’s roster of student interns and volunteers are the heart and soul of the organization, consisting of 250+ individuals finding ways to advance the conservation of Saratoga County’s unique places and natural resources. Volunteers help develop and implement plans at all levels of the county. PLAN’s staff of six provides support and coordination for the volunteers.

Maria says, “We have hundreds of people who work in different ways to support the organization. The work that Saratoga PLAN does is forever. So, although it benefits us today, it also goes on for generation after generation, after generation.”

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Trends for Home Design in 2019

It’s hard to believe we are already into the first few days of 2019. If you’re anything like me, you might be thinking of projects for your home. I am constantly trying to think of ways to spruce up my home and stay “trendy.” Below, are some top trends for 2019.

  1. Add natural elements – People are moving towards fresh, natural materials such as copper, concrete, and granite. These elements will help bring an organic and serene ambiance to any space while reflecting the world around your home.
  2. Turn towards floral patterns – This decorating trend has been around for a while. However, in 2019, we will see floral patterns in a new light. Decorators expect to find exaggerated proportions and contrasting colors used for this timeless decor pattern.
  3. Don’t be afraid of rich colors – Softer and muted colors can help spaces feel less overwhelming. Yet,  designers believe that 2019 will be a year where bolder colors are preferred. Richer hues throughout your home can make your more muted furnishings and decorative decor pop. Look out for dramatic reds, statement pinks, bold yellows and organic greens.
  4. Embrace geometric patterns – Incorporating geometric patterns is a hot trend, and can make a bold statement in any room. One way to incorporate a pattern into your home without making a huge commitment is by adding some geometric throws or pillows.
  5. Use matte finishes –  Compared to the dramatic effect that high-shine finishes conjure, matte finishes lend furnishings a more relaxed, however, futuristic appeal. For a similar effect, look for matte finished furnishings that boast unexpected hues and silhouettes.
  6. Look for concrete accents – Concrete provides a crisp, clean look and it isn’t just for countertops. Geometric concrete tiles will become increasingly popular and pair two of the hottest design trends into one stylish piece.
  7. Use velvet and linen for bedding –  Stonewashed linen comes in many patterns, colors, and looks great without being ironed or steamed. It’s low maintenance that still looks elegant and sophisticated. There is also an uprise in crinkled, crushed, and quilted velvet duvets. They tend to create a luxurious feel to the room.
  8. Go Green! Have you ever had a spot in your home where it just needs something? When in doubt,  get some indoor plants. It fills the space, provides some life, and adds some color. If you don’t have confidence in keeping plants alive – then invest in some high-quality artificial plants.
  9. Do you. Trends are inspiring and act as a guide when you are about to decorate or update a space. But, the most important design expert you can ever bring on board to a project is… you! Decorate your space with the things that are valuable to you, remind you of good times or are just beautiful to you. Trust yourself and enjoy the space you create!