Design Trends: Bold Front Doors

One of our favorite design trends of 2017 is the bold front door! If you feel you need to freshen up your home’s look, painting your door is an easy and affordable way to give it the upgrade you’ve always desired. Paint your door to accent the colors already featured in your home or use a contrasting color for an especially daring look. Our favorite hues to try? Red, blue, turquoise, yellow, and orange!

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Like HGTV’s Fixer Upper? You’ll Love the Design Home App!

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Can’t get enough of decorating tv shows? Dream about quitting your day job to become an interior designer? You’ll love Design Home, the new app that lets you design beautiful interiors!

The premise is simple: enter challenges to create beautiful room designs and win prizes and cash to spend in the app! Use your cash to buy more furniture, rugs, and decor elements to use in your designs. Vote for the best designs to earn keys which unlock more challenges. Keep playing to level up and unlock new items.

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Pro Tip #1: Make sure you sign in every day to claim your daily sign in bonus of diamonds and keys. You need keys to enter the challenges. Diamonds can be exchanged for more cash or keys.

Pro Tip #2: Each day, the top challenge on your home screen will pay you $2,500 in cash for entering a design. Make sure you do that challenge every day to stack your cash to help you win more of the challenges with smaller cash payouts.

Design Home is available for iPhone and Android and is free to play, but does have in-app purchases.

 

Design Trends: 2017 Color of the Year

Sherwin Williams has recently announced their color of the year for 2017! The color is called “Poised Taupe” and it has a serene balance between warm and cool, while also being not too dark or too light. Sue Wadden, the director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, commented on the Today Show: “It’s like gray and brown had a baby.”

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The company explains that their chosen color reflects a timeliness classic which resonates with the color preferences of the modern era.  Reflecting on the recent demand for neutral colors,  the company mentions that “it signals a new direction in society’s ever-growing thirst for beautiful neutrals that bring warm and cool tones together to create one irresistibly versatile color.”

Poised Taupe can work perfectly with wooden floors and structures with white trimmings to give off traditional and inviting vibrations. Below are some examples of how Poised Taupe would look in various rooms inside your home!

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Design Trends: Pattern Play

Mixing patterns is extremely difficult because it usually turns out either looking very good or very bad. When done right, it can really make a room pop. Check out these examples below, and if you think you have what it takes, then be sure to give it a try!

All images via our Pinterest! 

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17 Awesome Colors for Your Home, Picked by Realtors

No home is complete until your walls are painted with the color that you love. Colors posses an important role in setting the atmosphere and nature of a room and each unique color setting can greatly affect an individual’s mood. Whether it is the calming appearance of white, or the serene hues of grey, it must perfectly fit your visual taste. Here are some of our fellow agent’s favorite colors.

Dunn Edwards: Foggy Day

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Dunn Edwards: Crisp Muslin

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Dunn Edwards: Stucco Tan

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Dunn Edwards: Desert Suede

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Dunn Edwards: Looking Glass

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Dunn Edwards: Lace Veil

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Sherwin Williams: Pale Oak

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Sherwin Williams: Trusty Tan

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Sherwin Williams: Realist Beige

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Sherwin Williams: Iron Ore

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Sherwin Williams: Accessible Beige

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Sherwin Williams: March Wind

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Sherwin Williams: Edgecomb Grey

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Frazee Paint: Silver Lining

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Frazee Paint: Excalibur

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Frazee Paint: White Shadow

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Benjamin Moore: Collingwood

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Decorating for Outdoor Entertainment

Whether or not you have a vast backyard, being able to set it up in a way to accommodate guests for a day/night of festivities should not be a dilemma.  Let us give you some pointers on making the most of your yard and transforming it into your own pocket-sized paradise.

  • Choosing Furniture: Being strategic when picking furniture is vital, try saving space by using “two in one” types of furniture such as storage ottomans and benches, nesting tables and folding chairs.

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  • Arranging the Furniture: Now that you have your furniture, its time to set it up.  Try placing the seating and tables around the perimeter and give your guests a nice plot of space in the middle to stand and move around with ease.

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  • Foliage:  You may already have plenty of plants, but be sure to watch where they are placed, plants easily make a deserted space feel like an alluring getaway.  Now that we’re in a drought, it would be wise to use plants that do not require a lot of watering such as succulents.

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  • Lighting:  When it comes to lighting, you can’t go wrong with string lights across the patio that can open up small areas around your get together.  Plus with these lights, you get a warm glow instead of an interrogating spotlight, resulting in cozy vibe.

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  • Adding Extra Seating: If you’re finding yourself coming short on places to sit toss down some floor throw pillows, they’re super cozy and very easy to add or subtract.

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What Are Your Best Tips for Decorating Your Yard For Entertaining?

10 Easy Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

One of the most important things you can do when you’re thinking of selling your home is improve its “curb appeal” or its overall look. From big projects like repainting the whole exterior to small projects like adding more bark to your flowerbeds, a little extra attention can go a long way. Here are ten easy things you can do to improve your home’s curb appeal.

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1) Freshen Up Your Landscape

Add more bark, gravel, or rocks where it’s needed. If you’ve recently removed your lawn or are thinking of doing so, consider installing low maintenance landscaping. Even adding potted succulents around the front entry of the house can help give the yard a well tended feel.

2) Replace the Little Things

From old house numbers to a sticky front door handle, replacing the little things before buyers ever arrive at your home can help with your sale. Most buyers are looking to purchase a home that is “move-in ready” or one that won’t need any work right after purchase.

3) Wash the Windows

Wash those windows inside and out for glass that sparkles.

4) Paint the Front Door

If a new front door isn’t in the cards, a fresh coat of paint on an existing door can make it feel like new.

5) Clean Up Debris

Keep walkways and driveways freshly swept and clear of debris.

6) Upgrade Your Lighting

Change or fix any outdoor lights that don’t work well. If your home tends to look dark at night, consider adding some extra lights for a feeling of coziness and safety. Many potential buyers will come back and see your home after dark.

7) Fix Your Fencing

Repair, replace, or repaint any fencing that needs it.

8) Install a new Mailbox

If you have a mailbox on your property, replace it with a new one.

9) Clean Your Gutters

Make sure your gutters and drain sprouts are clean and free of leaves and sticks.

10) Accessorize

Purchase a new doormat or seasonal wreath to place outside the front door. It might not seem like much, but these little details make an impression on buyers. It creates the thought that the home has been well cared for before they ever step inside.

 

Contact us for even more curb appeal ideas!