Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Tips For A Faster Home Sale

Staging Tips That Help Homes Sell Quickly

The numbers don't lie; well-staged homes sell faster and for more money than their cluttered counterparts. The key is getting an early start on the process. By beginning the monumental task of clearing the clutter and doing a pre-pack now, you can reduce the stress of preparing for showings and make it easier to pack when your home sells.
Try these five staging and organizing tips to help you reach a faster sale.
Purge From Top to Bottom -- Do a proper sort and purge, getting rid of outdated clothing, duplicate items and rarely used gadgets. To keep this task from turning into a source of serious frustration, tackle one room (or even one drawer) at a time.
Pack Up Everything But the Essentials -- Start pre-packing your home, storing non-essentials or out-of-season gear in the garage or off-site. The idea is to give potential buyers a sense of space, which can't be done if your home is overloaded with clutter.
Fix Glaring Problems -- Remove out-of-style wallpaper, replace broken light fixtures, update cabinet and drawer pulls, and refresh dated window treatments. These simple fixes make your home stand out from the competition.
Depersonalize -- Remove family pictures and personal collections, and replace them with neutral artwork and eye-catching accessories. The idea is to give potential buyers a neutral canvas so they can picture their belongings in your home.
Go for Polished -- Research the latest design trends and stage your house to match. Professional stagers recommend tailoring the design style to your target demographic. For example, if you're in a family neighborhood, style the bedrooms for children, even if none live in your home.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Why I Love Houston: Access to the Arts!

Welcome to my Why I Love Houston Series, where I share my favorite Houston experiences and excursions. My goal is to make my hometown of Houston more accessible to the ever-changing mix of folks adopting our amazing city as their home base and reminding natives of the hidden gems throughout H-town.

Why I Love Houston...Access to the Arts! 
A night at the new Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston, MATCH, 3400 Main Street
Houston's reputation for providing its residents and visitors with easy and affordable access to the arts is well-known. Our city has a thriving museum and theater district, along with festivals devoted to music, dance, and film. And now we have the Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston, aka MATCH, an exciting, new venue which will house multiple arts organizations under one roof on lively Main Street where there's already a robust gallery row and live music scene. There are plans for on-site food and drink during performances but there's plenty of restaurants and bars to enjoy in the area like Chef Monica Pope's Sparrow, Tacos A Go Go, and comfort food friendly, Natachee's Supper 'N Punch

Lion Dance and Lunar New Year Exhibit at MATCH
MATCH recently hosted a Lunar New Year celebration last week which is part of the Houston Arts Alliance's on-going Winter Celebrations program. The festivities included a lion dance and drumming performance, pork buns and moon cakes, and an exhibit dedicated to The Year of the Monkey 2016. The next Winter Celebration will focus on the African-American trail riders who take part in the kick off to the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Be sure to mark your calendar for Thursday, February 11, 6-8 pm, when MATCH will honor the African-American cowboy tradition with a night of zydeco music and an exhibit that will be on display through February 16. Free admission!

Enjoying Family  Fun Day at MATCH with my friends and fam!

The weather last Sunday was picture-perfect for Family Fun Day at MATCH. Kids were treated to sidewalk chalk painting & face-painting, music performances including a set from DJ Beetlejuice (dressed just like the movie character!), and a bounce house. Good times! 

Looking forward to more events at MATCH and I hope to see y'all out there!


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Color Trends of 2016

If you like to stay up to date on the latest in home design, you may be interested to hear the color trends predicted for 2016. From Benjamin Moore's Simply White to Behr's Ivory Keys, the leading color trend is white, which serves as a neutral backdrop for other dramatic elements.
But before you go out and buy gallons of white, note that this year's on-trend whites have color and warmth to them. These subtle variations in tone make them the perfect accompaniment to other hot colors highlighted this year, so keep that in mind as you select accent colors.
To update your space using the neutral white trend, take the following steps:
  • Create a blank canvas -- Paint an entire room in your favorite warm white. Starting with a neutral background lets other elements in the room stand out and become the focal point. Neutral rooms tend to be minimalist, so scale back on accessories and let the major pieces support your design.
  • Experiment with hues -- Try layering with several shades of white. Create a clean, classic look with a white room and an occasional pop of color. The design possibilities using a white color palette are surprisingly endless.
  • Add contrast -- Bold accent colors and crisp lines create sharp contrasts against white walls. Consider creating a feature wall with one of the other 2016 trend colors, like Blue Cloud from Olympic Paints or Paradise Found by PPG Porter Paints. You can also add other architectural elements in a dark wood or with geometric patterns.
  • Kathlyn's Tip-- When selling your home, you can't go wrong with choosing from a palette of white, grays and blues for neutral background that's always pleasing to the eye.  For color trend inspiration, take a look at my listing for this beautiful home in the heart of the Heights at 211 22nd Street

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Why I Love Houston: Fabulous Farmers Markets

Welcome to my Why I Love Houston Series, where I share my favorite Houston experiences and excursions. My goal is to make my hometown of Houston more accessible to the ever-changing mix of folks adopting our amazing city as their home base and reminding natives of the hidden gems throughout H-town.

Why I Love Houston...Fabulous Farmers Markets! 

Urban Harvest Eastside Farmers Market, 3000 Richmond, Saturdays 8 am-Noon
The start of the new year inspires many of us to take up healthy habits. Shopping at Houston's Farmers Markets is a great way to jump-start your resolutions and support local vendors and farmers. Spending a Saturday morning at the Urban Harvest Farmers Market on Eastside & Richmond is a weekend tradition for many Houstonians. It was even featured as one of America's 50 best farmers markets by Cooking Light Magazine. Local chefs like Sparrow's Monica Pope and Underbelly's Chris Shepherd are frequent shoppers. Bring your own shopping bags and browse for fruits & veggies, flowers, meat & seafood, and snack on crepes and coffee. 

The bounty at Urban Harvest Eastside Farmers Market

The scenic campus of Rice University is also home to a farmers market on Tuesdays from 3:30-6:30 pm where you can pick up produce along with a variety of prepared foods if you don't feel like cooking. For downtowners, the Urban Harvest Farmers Market at City Hall reopens Wednesday, February 24 from 11 am-1:30 pm - it's a great way to spend a lunch break and get some fresh air! 

And if you have green thumb goals, mark your calendar for January 16, 9 am-1 pm, when Urban Harvest holds its 16th Annual Fruit Tree sale with over 100 varieties to choose from and experts on hand to help you find the right fit for your yard. 

Here's to a happy & healthy new year,