Designing with Black and White: Conversation with Donna Mondi

24 Jan
black and white

When it comes to color palettes, nothing is as classic as designing with black and white. Old-World elegance, art deco grandeur, traditional spaces, contemporary expanses—they all look spectacular wrapped in the glamorous color combination. Some of the earliest known black-and-white décor may have been highlighted in checkerboard floors in 15th century European artworks, and most […]

Finding Community: Where to Look

17 Jan
retirement

After years in the workforce and raising a family, the full house empties and the schedules dwindle for the senior population. And, many times, without scheduled activities, a vibrant group of friends, and a social scene, aging adults are left feeling isolated and lonely. Thus, establishing community is ever so important. So, where does one […]

9 Overlooked Items to Prep Your Home for Sale

10 Jan
prep your home

So you’ve prepped your home cosmetically for sale in every imaginable way – fresh paint, a deep cleaning, new landscaping, decluttered closets and even organized the garage! Your house looks better then it ever has and you are ready to hit the market! Before you proceed with the “For Sale” sign in the ground, there […]

Tips on How to Have the Downsizing Conversation with Aging Parents

03 Jan
downsizing

The time comes when the tables turn in life and we begin to worry about our aging parents, just as they worried about us growing up and establishing ourselves. We foresee the future and the possible inability of our folks “keeping up” with things, particularly a larger family home. Having this downsizing conversation with aging […]

Hollywood Closet Design: Confessions

27 Dec
closet

Hollywood Closet Design: The closet — once an afterthought in architectural design — is having a moment. Fashion-minded homeowners with both square footage and dollars to spare are increasingly opting to turn their dark, narrow closet spaces into Instagram-worthy wardrobes. Some are even going so far as to create closets that rival their favorite designer […]

6 Stunning Ways to Replace Popcorn Ceilings

13 Dec
Via Coldwell Banker Blog

Popcorn Ceilings No More This article originally published on Coldwell Banker’s Blog. Guest post by Lauren White Realtors across the nation agree: popcorn ceilings repulse buyers. They see it as a significantly outdated style that also gives them asbestos suspicions. Removal has the potential to raise your home value and keep buyers interested. You’re probably […]

Hidden House Costs for First Time Homeowners

06 Dec
Photo via Unsplash

While purchasing a home is certainly a wonderful investment and usually a much better long-term financial decision than renting, as a first-time home buyer, there may be some unanticipated, hidden costs beyond just the cash due at closing. Many individuals and couples new to the home ownership game may not anticipate those hidden line items […]

8 Modern Day Gardens That Embody Formal Parterre Design

22 Nov
parteree

Modern Day Gardens and Parterre Design Houzz Contributor, Kristy Woodson Harvey & Beth Woodson A kept-to-perfection garden is fabulously beautiful and can’t help but add to the charm and desirability of a home. And the formal parterre garden, created by 16th-century French garden designer Claude Mollett, is a classic, gorgeous look for anyone with a […]

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