The farmhouse sink is certainly having a moment. It’s cropping up in remodel after remodeling. From matching white porcelain, to stainless steel, copper, and more, the farmhouse sink is as much of a statement item as it is a design trend.
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Being a real estate agent is easy right? You get to talk to people all day and drive around looking at pretty houses. Maybe you sell one here and there. No boss, no cubicle, no coworkers.
While we love our jobs at Coastal Premier Properties and love when things go easily, our actual day-to-day work is far less glamorous.
Take a look at what three of our top agents were up to this week:
Agent #1: On my way to a showing and the seller calls me from my work. “I forgot to pick up the dog poop from the backyard!” she says. The buyers are already on their way, so when I get to the house, I find some paper towels and pick up all the droppings from the yard before the buyers and their agent get there.
Agent #2: I’m selling a house that needs a new interior paint job. Problem is, the walls are so patchy and faded, I’m not even sure what color they’re supposed to be. We want to match as much of the paint as well can, to save costs on what we don’t have to repaint. I found a closet and laid down inside in the dark with a screwdriver, chipping off some bits of paint that we could use to get the match. Next up: handling the repainting myself.
Agent #3: I’m doing my walkthrough of the house, getting it ready for the buyers who are already on their way. I get to the master bathroom upstairs and discover that the maid forgot to clean the toilet. Worse yet, it’s the one the contractors have all been using, so it’s not going to pass for “clean”. Frantically, I open up the cabinets and grab some cleaning supplies. I finish cleaning the toiler right as I hear the buyers as the door downstairs.
There you have it…just another day in the life of a real estate agent. So the next you see your agent, be sure to say “Thanks”!
Is your home looking sad and bare without all the holiday decorations? Decorating for the winter season is an easy and pretty way to keep your home festive until spring!
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What You Need:
1/2 cup dried Italian-style bread crumbs
1 garlic clove, minced
2/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano
1/3 cup grated provolone
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
4 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 (1 1/2-pound) flank steak
1 cup dry white wine
3 1/4 cups
Simple Tomato Sauce: recipe follows, or store-bought marinara sauce
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
2 (32-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
4 to 6 basil leaves
2 dried bay leaves
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, optionalDirections:
1. Stir the first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl to blend. Stir in 2 tablespoons of the oil. Season mixture with salt and pepper and set aside.2. Lay the flank steak flat on the work surface. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture evenly over the steak to cover the top evenly. Starting at 1 short end, roll up the steak as for a jelly roll to enclose the filling completely. Using butcher’s twine, tie the steak roll to secure. Sprinkle the braciole with salt and pepper.
3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
4. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a heavy large ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add the braciole and cook until browned on all sides, about 8 minutes. Add the wine to the pan and bring to a boil. Stir in the marinara sauce. Cover partially with foil and bake until the meat is almost tender, turning the braciole and basting with the sauce every 30 minutes. After 1 hour, uncover and continue baking until the meat is tender, about 30 minutes longer. The total cooking time should be about 1 1/2 hours.
5. Remove the braciole from the sauce. Using a large sharp knife, cut the braciole crosswise and diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Transfer the slices to plates. Spoon the sauce over and serve.
1. In a large casserole pot, heat oil over medium-high heat.
2. Add onion and garlic and saute until soft and translucent, about 2 minutes.
3. Add celery and carrot and season with salt and pepper. Saute until all the vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes.
4. Add tomatoes, basil, and bay leaves and reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and simmer for 1 hour or until thick.
5. Remove bay leaves and taste for seasoning. If sauce tastes too acidic, add unsalted butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, to round out the flavor.
6. Pour half the tomato sauce into the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth. Continue with remaining tomato sauce.
If not using all the sauce, allow it to cool completely and then pour 1 to 2 cup portions into plastic freezer bags. Freeze for up to 6 months.
Another year, another set of design trends! In 2015, we’re already seeing that the soaking tub is having a moment. Many new constructions or bathroom renovations are getting rid of the shower/tub combo in favor of a separate shower and a deeper, larger soaking tub. These tubs are ideal for relaxing after a long day at work or a unwinding on a weekend. The vintage claw-foot tub is taking another turn, but some of today’s soaking tubs are more modern in design and composition. Take a look at some of the design inspiration we have rounded up for you!
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Not ready to commit to new cabinets? Sometimes a fresh coat of paint is all you need to give your kitchen a good refresh!
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