The Concrete Craze in Home Design

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine So you don’t typically think of concrete as a decor item inside your home but something more reserved for your driveway or a home’s foundation. It can be a cold, harsh surface. So, why are so many designers now using it in the design of interior spaces? The faux […]
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Hot Home Trend: Color Block Your Kitchen Cabinets

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Getting a little mismatched in kitchen cabinet color designs is no longer being viewed as an unfinished reno job, but instead perfectly stylish in fitting with today’s trends. These “tuxedo kitchens,” as they’re so nicknamed, are where the upper cabinets may be in one color—like in all white—and then […]
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How to Understand Home Staging Pricing and Proposals: Do’s and Don’ts

By Audra Slinkey, Home Staging Resource A lot of real estate agents are looking for a good, reliable home stager that can magically transform their listings into the price point their seller is hoping to achieve.  The trouble and confusion sometimes comes when the real estate professional asks a few home stagers to “bid” or […]
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Transform an Ikea Kallax into a Rustic Mid-Century Style Shelving Unit!

TheSorryGirls cast a magical spell of the Ikea Kallax and get the transformation going in a super cool YouTube video tutorial that explains everything you need to know about forging the makeover. If you already own a Kallax, the whole project won’t cost you more than 50 dollars to get it done. Otherwise, it’s a […]

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Staged to Sell: A Country Estate in Gaithersburg, Md.

Home stager: Libby Paulson with Preferred Staging The home: Paulson staged this remodeled, single-family country estate in Gaithersburg, Md., which featured cathedral ceilings, a two-story stone fireplace, gourmet kitchen, formal living and dining room, two staircases, and a walkout basement with full kitchen and bath. The home is listed at $709,500. Paulson’s tips: 1. Greenery is […]
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Make the Front Porch a Selling Point

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The front porch is making a comeback. More builders are adding them back into new home designs too. The front porch was once a mainstay in home designs in the early 1900s. But over the years it has gotten swapped out for those street-facing garages. Also, homeowners sought more […]
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How to Make a New House Your Own

The keys are in your buyer's hands! They've gone through the process ... the search, deciding, inspection, stress, closing, and finally, the elation of buying a new home. Now, they have to make it their own. Here's how.
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Hot Home Trend: Edison Bulbs

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Does your listing’s lighting need a contemporary makeover? Edison bulbs may be the answer. These clear glass light bulbs, in which the center is exposed, have a nostalgic-like appearance and let out a nice warm glow. They can make your lighting stand out. Edison bulbs may best fit in […]
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What’s the Buzz Behind the Lagom Home Style?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine  Just when everyone was getting their hygge on—a new staging style has taken hold. Instead of it being all about cozying up your home décor, now it’s all about stripping it down and being minimal. The Scandinavian concept of lagom began taking hold last year and is catching on […]
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Hot Home Trend: Vertical Gardens

Want to add some greenery or garden to a backyard but tight on space? Try a vertical garden. By going up with your plants instead of spreading them out, you’ll be able to squeeze a garden in even the smallest of spots.
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Keep your Favorite Drinks Handy with this Amazing DIY Table-Top Working Water Dispenser!

And it’s not just a plain water dispenser, you can employ it to keep your beverages, lemonades, iced teas and much more on the tabletop – simply making a glassful of the same as and when required and get going to sip! You would be delighted to learn that just a handful of basic supplies […]

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