Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Discovery Green's Thursday Night Concerts

Discovery Green's Thursday Concerts are a perfect way to spend a summer evening in Houston with free live music under the stars and the downtown skyline as the backdrop. You won't want to miss out on the remaining stellar lineup over the next few weeks. (All concerts start at 7 pm and end at 9 pm.) 

May 24th: It's an evening of Gulf Coast Blues featuring Marcia Ball and the Mighty Orq.

May 31st: Two Texas troubadours, Terry Allen & Libby Koch, take the stage.

June 7th: The Rockabilly sounds of Rosie Flores and The Octanes will kick off your weekend early. 

June 14th: Punk legend John Doe will rock the stage along with local opener VODI.

June 21st: Don't miss the bluesy sounds of Ruthie Foster and The Peterson Brothers. 

June 28th: Have some honky tonk fun with Dale Watson and Celine Lee. 

Pack a picnic for the whole family and enjoy the surrounding festivities at Discovery Green and Avenida Houston. Or make it a date night and hit up one of the nearby happy hours at MKT BarThe Grove, or Xochi before the music begins. 

Enjoy the show! 


Kathlyn



Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Time to Fire Up the Grill for National BBQ Month

It's National Barbecue Month, the time to celebrate flame-grilled foods and the great outdoors. Whether you enjoy backyard burgers with family and friends or you're a vegetarian with a penchant for travel, there are so many ways to celebrate this month that fit your unique culinary style and tastes.
Here's some grilling inspiration for your family meals, social gatherings and adventures with nature.

For the entertainer: Throw a backyard barbecue bash with friends and neighbors and prepare all the favorites: burgers, ribs, corn on the cob, watermelon and more. You can even ramp it up with a smoker or pizza grill. Just make sure you test your new tools out before the big day, and be sure to have enough charcoal or propane on hand.

For the vegetarian: Meat-free barbecues are more common than you might think. Aside from tofu dogs and black bean burgers, your guests can also enjoy portabella burgers, stuffed chilis rellenos, baked potatoes or veggie skewers from the grill. Peaches and pineapples also make for great grilled desserts.

For the family: Plan a nice home-cooked outing just for the family. Have everyone pick their favorite main course, and get all the kiddos involved in the prep work and cooking. You can even invest in some monogrammed branding irons to make family grilling even more special.

For the nature lover: Take your celebration on the road, and head to the beach or a campsite to enjoy your meals with nature. Bring along a portable grill, ingredients for s'mores, comfy chairs and your favorite sleeping bag to celebrate under the stars.

As long as you've got great food and great company, you can't go wrong celebrating May with meals prepared on a grill.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Houston's Newest Park

Houston, we are spoiled when it comes to parks! The lastest addtion to the green scene in the city is Midtown Park, which celebrated its grand opening April 28th. The park is full of amazing and unique features with something for everyone.   

Visitors are greeted by Wild Wonderland, a larger than life mosaic of Houston flora and fauna by local artist Dixie Friend Gay. This impressive piece of artwork is made of over 800,000 hand-cut glass pieces, each adding incredible detail to the featured nature. Our family was especially fond of the cute ladybug, beautiful butterfly, and flashy lizard.  Nature lovers will also love the "Bayou" landscape and waterway, which mimics the bayous and wetlands of the gulf coast and utilizes native plants and trees. 

Budding athletes will love the state-of-the-art playground equipment, with its climbing sphere, interactive pipe section, and swings. Fido will love running the ramp at the dog park. If the family is still full of energy, play a game on the Great Lawn, before enjoying a cooldown in the "Rain" splash pad.  

The Camden Pavilion is a beautiful outdoor stage that will host live music and performances. Be sure to follow along the Midtown District Instagram account for upcoming events, as well as fitness, dancing, and yoga classes.

Midtown (and all of Houston) is lucky to have such a wonderful addition to the neighborhood! 

If you are interested in finding a new home near this amazing space, please give me a call! 

Kathlyn 
   


  

Thursday, April 26, 2018

INTRODUCING THE DIALOGUE: VOICES AGAINST EXTREMISM



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INTRODUCING THE DIALOGUE: VOICES AGAINST EXTREMISM

(Houston, TX, April 23, 2018) - Fatih Ozcan of The Dialogue Institute of the Southwest, and Kathlyn Curtis of Why I Love Houston Properties, will present “The Dialogue: Voices Against Extremism” (VAE), on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 8:30 AM, at The Dialogue Institute of the Southwest in The Turquoise Center, located in SW Houston at 9301 W. Bellfort Avenue.  They will introduce the plan and purpose of VAE to Houston, unveil “The Dialogue” an art installation depicting dozens of different modern and ancient religious leaders, prophets and symbols, and seek support from Houstonians. This event is open to the public and will include a key note speaker, breakfast and reception.

“The Dialogue” aims to align our thinking with that of great teachers and philosophers promoting peace on earth and the idea we are all connected. Created by Mary Jane Miller and Valentin Gomez, artists living in San Miguel de Allende, the installation includes seventeen paintings of Gods and Goddesses, ten paintings of master teachers and forty prayer wheels rotating in forty different languages, saying “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”.  Lastly, seventy symbols flank three ascending steps to a doorway with a portrait of our beloved planet earth.

The goal of VAE is to become a unified voice against the use of violence or any form of persecution against any religious individual or group in the name of any other religion.  Through VAE, an annual festival will be held with a visual arts exhibition, a performing arts component through music, song, and dance, and a mediated panel discussion bringing together religious leaders from diverse backgrounds to share their faith with others.  The annual VAE festival will be presented to the public in a way that condemns terrorism and increases awareness of themes of Love, Mercy, and Tolerance in all faith backgrounds.  To find out more about participating in the Festival of Faiths this fall, please contact Fatih Ozcan at fozcan@thedialoginstitute.org or Kathlyn Curtis at kat@whyilovehouston.com.  

An example of the VAE’s goal of artistically promoting Love, Mercy, and Tolerance is the Interfaith Peace Garden Project underway at the headquarters for the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest in Houston, Texas.  The Interfaith Peace Garden will serve the Greater Houston community and Houston’s visitors as a multi-religious center and physical pilgrimage site for all people to meditate, worship, and learn about how their fellow Houstonians understand and worship the divine.   The Interfaith Peace Garden currently includes three, steel-frame life-size structures of a synagogue, mosque and church.  

About the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest
The Dialogue Institute of the Southwest (formerly known as the Institute of Interfaith Dialogue) was established in 2002 as a 501(c)(3) by Turkish-Americans and their friends.  The Institute aims to promote mutual understanding, respect and cooperation among people of diverse faiths and cultures by creating opportunities for direct communication and meaningful shared experiences. For more information, please visit: thedialoginstitute.org.

About Kathlyn Curtis
Consistently a Top Producing Agent at Keller Williams Realty, Kathlyn is an authority on Houston’s most desirable neighborhoods and a trusted advisor to her clients.  A driving force behind her success is her breadth of experience including being an attorney, her fiduciary duties to her clients and her love of Houston. Her passion for diversity and interfaith dialogue led her sponsor The Dialogue: Voices Against Extremism project.
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Press Contacts:

Fatih Ozcan
The Dialogue Institute of the Southwest
601-454-4782

Kathlyn Curtis
Why I Love Houston Properties
713-376-3011

 


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Affordable Ways to Update Your Home

Lighting is a simple but effective way to upgrade your home 

Tired of your home looking off-trend and out of touch? Or investing in an older home and want to update it? You don't need deep pockets to do either. In fact, upgrading your home can be quite affordable with the right projects.

Here are five ways to make a big impact without spending a lot:

Repaint. Paint trends come and go, so if your walls are still the same color or have the same wallpaper from 1950, they're likely out of date. Consider giving the walls a new look with a more modern tone.

Change light fixtures. It's time to kick out-of-style light fixtures to the curb. Pendant lighting, Edison bulbs and simple recessed lighting are what's hot with today's designers and buyers.

Update your hardware. You'd be surprised at how easily doorknobs, drawer pulls, locks and handles can start to look aged. Take a good look at your existing hardware, and consider upgrading to newer models. And don't forget the hinges.

Reface your appliances. Have an old, yellowing appliance but don't want to replace what's not broken? Just use peel-and-stick stainless steel or marble contact paper, and reface those appliances instantly.

Install a kickplate. If you want to upgrade your curb appeal but can't afford a new door, consider installing a kickplate. It's an instant, affordable way to add visual appeal to any existing entryway.

These upgrades may seem minor, but when done properly, they can have a serious impact on your home's aesthetic.

If you're considering more extensive updates, let's get together to discuss ways to increase your home's marketability and long-term value.

Kathlyn 

5 Ways to Update an Aging Home

Tired of your home looking off-trend and out of touch? Or investing in an older home and want to update it? You don't need deep pockets to do either. In fact, upgrading your home can be quite affordable with the right projects. Here are five ways to make a big impact without spending a lot:

Repaint. Paint trends come and go, so if your walls are still the same color or have the same wallpaper from 1950, they're likely out of date. Consider giving the walls a new look with a more modern tone.

Change light fixtures. It's time to kick out-of-style light fixtures to the curb. Pendant lighting, Edison bulbs and simple recessed lighting are what's hot with today's designers and buyers.

Update your hardware. You'd be surprised at how easily doorknobs, drawer pulls, locks and handles can start to look aged. Take a good look at your existing hardware, and consider upgrading to newer models. And don't forget the hinges.

Reface your appliances. Have an old, yellowing appliance but don't want to replace what's not broken? Just use peel-and-stick stainless steel or marble contact paper, and reface those appliances instantly.

Install a kickplate. If you want to upgrade your curb appeal but can't afford a new door, consider installing a kickplate. It's an instant, affordable way to add visual appeal to any existing entryway.

These upgrades may seem minor, but when done properly, they can have a serious impact on your home's aesthetic. 

If you're considering more extensive updates, let's get together to discuss ways to increase your home's marketability and long-term value.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Why I Love Houston: Miller Outdoor Theatre


When I'm helping new Houstonians find their perfect home, I'm often asked for recommendations for things to do in the city. One of my favorite suggestions is a performance at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Its world class programming has something for everyone - concerts, musicals, dance, movies, and so much more. And the best part - it's free! The 2018 calendar runs thorugh August with lots of events to choose from for the whole family. Here are few of the performances I'm looking forward to attending. 

Introduce the little ones to opera with the Houston Grand Opera children's show of Monkey & Francine in the City of Tigers. This Bollywood style production will be sure to bring on a fit of giggles as the monkey prince and his sister outwit crocodiles and tigers to prove they are worthy of running the Monkey Kingdom one day. This show runs May 2-4th at 11 am. 

Treat mom to the ballet as Houston Ballet presents Don QuixoteMother's Day weekend, May 11-13th. I recommend arriving early with a cooler full of picnic supplies to enjoy a beautiful sunset on the hill before the performance starts. Our family go-to spots for picnic favorites are take out from Barnaby's on Binz, the drive-thru at Oui Banh Mi, and treats from the aisles of HEB on Alabama. 

The 2018 season ends with the Houston Shakespeare Festival July 27-August 5. You can choose from the drama of Hamlet or the rollicking tale of mistaken idenity in The Comedy of Errors. After the play, our family loves to end the evening on a sweet note with dessert at nearby Chocolate Bar or Sweet Cup Gelato

Hope to see you on the hill! 


Kathlyn


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Easy Ways to Save for a Down Payment


With rising rental costs and the amount of student debt at an all-time high, it's no surprise that many potential buyers are unable to save up for a down payment. If you've found yourself in this boat, don't lose hope. With the help of technology and a little foresight, you can save for that down payment -- and probably sooner than you think.

Here's how:

Set up automatic deposits. Enable automatic deposits into your savings account. Schedule them right after paydays, when you know you'll have the cash available. If you can't automate your deposits, set a reminder to transfer money every two weeks.

Try a round-off app. What if you could round off every purchase you make to the nearest dollar and then put that extra cash to good use? Apps like Acorns and Clarity Money round off your transactions and either invest your money or add it to a savings account.

Cut down on spending. Find an area of spending that you can afford to cut back on -- maybe eating out or grabbing to-go coffees. Each month, tally up your saved funds and add them directly to your savings account. You'll be surprised at the impact.

Clean house. Do a little spring-cleaning, and declutter those closets, drawers and shelves. Sell anything you don't want on Facebook, Craigslist or a consignment app. It may only be $20 to $50 at a time, but when added to an interest-paying savings account, it'll make a big difference.

Remember, you don't need the mythical 20 percent down payment ready and available to buy a home. In fact, thanks to low down payment loan options and a plethora of down payment assistance programs, you can actually buy a property with much less than that -- sometimes just 3 percent!


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Why I Love Houston: The 31st Annual Art Car Parade!

Calling all Art Car fans!
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! 

Mark your calendar for this year's 31st annual Art Car Parade that's scheduled to roll through downtown Houston and Allen Parkway on Saturday, April 14th at 2 pm. Be sure to arrive early for the Starting Line Party so you can preview the colorful caravan before the art car drivers rev up their engines. The parade lasts about two hours so be prepared by bringing collapsible chairs, a small cooler, and plenty of sunscreen! Food and drink will be available along the parade route too. Admission is free but you can go VIP (for a price!) with special seating and other swag on the grounds of Hermann Square at City Hall. For more Art Car Parade fun, attend the Sneak Peek at Discovery Green on Thursday, April 12th from 6-8 pm where you can catch a glimpse of these moving works of art in the evening. Or get tickets to the Art Car Ball held on Friday, April 13th, for an original, uniquely Houston date night where costumes are encouraged. 

Let's roll! 

Kathlyn 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

BIG & BEAUTIFUL Homes COMING SOON & JUST SOLD!


Nearly everyday someone asks me: "What's the market like right now?"  It's no secret that the Houston real estate market is undergoing a shift at a rapid pace.  In the midst of a long-awaited economic upswing after years of precarious conditions in the upstream Oil & Gas sector, and following on the heels of the most devastating natural disaster in Houston's history - Hurricane Harvey, the real estate market in Houston is in constant motion trying to keep up.  My answer to everyone's favorite question: "The market is doing great!"  And 2018 is shaping up to be an incredible year for Why I Love Houston Properties and the Houston real estate market overall.  As buyer confidence increases, luxury properties are "in" and BIG & BEAUTIFUL Homes ideally located in the shadow of Downtown, the Med Center, & the Energy Corridor are in high demand.


COMING SOON - Family Estate Home on Gigantic Lot in Woodland Heights
COMING SOON - 2615 Beauchamp St. - Woodland Heights - 15,000 sq. ft. lot - $2.1 Million


2615 Beauchamp Street is an urban estate in the shadow of Downtown Houston, ideally situated on a 15,000-square-foot lot and featuring an incredibly flexible floorplan.  Originally built a century ago, this massive property features 4-5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, three living areas (2 down, one up), an amazing sunlit study with panoramic views of downtown, a chef's gourmet kitchen, wrap-around porch, huge back deck, and green grass and lush landscaping galore.  Bonuses include a huge gated driveway with parking for 4+ vehicles and a modern efficiency apartment over a 2-car garage.  Asking price: $2.1 Million.


COMING SOON - Architectural beauty w/ Master Down in Woodland Heights
COMING SOON - 2701 Florence St. - Woodland Heights - $1.1Million


2701 Florence Street features modern light-filled architecture and an ideal layout for most modern families - master suite downstairs and 2 or 3 bedrooms upstairs with a massive game room.  A stunning curving staircase greets guests from the dramatic two-story foyer.  Open-concept kitchen and living blends well with a separate formal dining room and wood-paneled study.  The 3-car garage is a rare bonus and the yard is easy-maintenance in front and back, complete with sprinklers.  Asking price: $1.1 M.


JUST SOLD - Million-dollar LOT in Southampton for Custom New Construction


2202 Bolsover, Houston, TX, 77005
I had 2202 Bolsover Street listed for just 10 days this month when it sold to a young couple planning to tear down the existing home that's in need of substantial repairs and build their dream home in an ideal location within a couple blocks of Rice University & the Village shopping district.  I'm sure their new home will be BIG & BEAUTIFUL and I wish them many happy years together in their new dream home!

For more information on any of these properties or any other real estate needs, please don't hesitate to email me or give me a call !  My team at Why I Love Houston Properties and I are always eager to serve you and your friends and family.

HAPPY EASTER, Houston!



Kathlyn 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

4 Remodeling Projects Worth the Investment

Remodeling your home can be a great way to increase its value and ensure you get good returns when it comes time to sell. But before you go tearing out your floors or adding another bedroom, take note: Not all projects are created equal. In fact, according to recent data from Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value report, there’s a pretty big discrepancy between which projects deliver high returns and those that don’t.
 
Want to make sure your remodels are worth the effort? Here are some top options:
 
  • Get a new garage door. It seems simple, but replacing your garage door is the most value-adding project you can take on. On average, it delivers returns of more than 98 percent upon resale.
  • Focus on curb appeal. Upgrades to exterior areas saw serious growth over the last year. Wood deck additions increased over 18 percent in value, while stone veneer installation value was up almost 14 percent. 
  • Replace your entry door. Don’t bother sprucing up old doors. Replacing them with steel models can deliver a whopping 91 percent ROI. And at an average cost of $1,471, they’re one of the most affordable updates for your home.
  • Upgrade your kitchen. Minor kitchen remodels continue to be a top value-adding project. This year, the average small remodel adds about $17,193 to your home’s value and recoups more than 81 percent of your costs.
You might want to rule out projects like backyard patios, master suite additions and major kitchen remodels -- they’re notorious for low returns. If you’re looking to boost your home’s value and increase its marketability, focus your efforts on projects that improve aesthetics and add ease and convenience instead. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

International Voices Houston Concert This Weekend

My years singing in choir have always held a special place in my heart, which is why I'm excited to have joined International Voices Houston. This prestigious choir celebrates the diversity of our city by bringing together the voices and cultures of countries from all over the world. We have more than 130 members who represent 40 nations that speak 30 different languages.  

Our upcoming concert, One World, is this weekend at MATCH. It promises to be a phenomenal experience where we will sing in a dozen different languages featuring pieces from Turkey, Ireland, Kenya, Ecuador, Mexico, and many more destinations. There are three opportunities to see this performance.  

Saturday, March 24th at 7:00 pm 

Sunday, March 25th at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Make the most of the Midtown location and pair the performance with global cuisine from one of the nearby dining options. Tacos a Go Go's pollo guisado tacos made Texas Monthly's list of 120 Tacos You Must Eat Before You DieWinbern Mess Hall is a global fusion of self-described Korean Mexican and Asian Hotdogs. Spicy Girl serves a menu of authentic Sichuan dishes. All are delicious! 

I hope to see you this weekend!

Kathlyn 



Wednesday, March 14, 2018

4 Fixes for a Lush Lawn


The colder months are notoriously hard on foliage -- and subsequently, curb appeal. Fortunately, spring is just around the corner, and that means now is the perfect time to prep your lawn for its revival.

Try these easy fixes, and you'll have lush landscaping in no time.

  1. Reseed and fertilize. Have bare or thinning spots of grass? Take the time to reseed now, and use fertilizer to encourage new growth. Be sure to scrape any bare patches with a rake before seeding, and keep the area moist until it begins to sprout.
  2. Look for problematic slopes or shaded areas. Sometimes large, shady trees or steep inclines can hinder lawn growth. Step back and analyze your yard for these potential problem areas. Consider planting fescues in shady zones, and look into hydroseeding in sloped regions.
  3. Use sod to patch extensive dead areas. If the cold weather has killed large swaths of the lawn, resodding may be your best bet. You can install sod anytime of year; just make sure to water it often until it sets.
  4. Consider xeriscaping. Xeriscaping is the easiest way to weatherproof your lawn no matter where you live. It's also super-low maintenance and low cost, and it can be a big selling point if your home's in a hot or arid climate.
Whether you're planning to sell your property or you just want a great-looking home, your lawn -- and its health -- is going to play a big role. Take care of it, address any problems now and by spring, you'll have an outdoor oasis you'll be proud to call your own.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Why I Love Houston: Mutton Bustin' at the Rodeo

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...Mutton Bustin' at the Rodeo! 


The rodeo is in full swing! I can't wait to take the family for a day of fun and festivities. One of our can't miss events is Mutton Bustin'. This crowd favorite is always exciting, as you watch the aspiring cowgirls and cowboys grab a hand full of wool and attempt to hold on for 8 seconds as the sheep buck their way across the arena. 

We usually take in a few rounds of the Mutton Bustin' at The Junction, where there are hourly shows from 11 am to 7 pm. If your little one is 5 or 6 years old and weighs under 55 lbs, they can take a turn on first come, first served basis. (The cost is $15.) More serious contenders can register for the big shows before the nightly performances at NRG Stadium. Registration for the 2019 Rodeo opens in November, so start your training now! 

Before leaving The Junction, we make sure to stop by the pedal-tractor pulls, Petting Zoo, and watch the adorable Pig Races, where the pig participants are rewarded with Oreos, all before heading over for our favorite fair treats. 

Happy Trails! 

Kathlyn

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Tiny Homes: The Pros & Cons

The tiny house trend is a big movement. Everyone from millennials to retirees is opting to live small, but that doesn't mean the lifestyle is right for you. Consider these pros and cons before you downsize. 

What consitutes a tiny house?
Generally, tiny homes measure between 100 and 500 square feet. Many are portable, but some city ordinances and housing divisions require homes to be set on a foundation.

What are the pros?
People are drawn to tiny houses for a number of reasons. Owners of tiny homes often cite price as the deciding factor. Tiny homes range from $10,000 to $60,000, depending on the manufacturer. Even a top-of-the-line custom unit typically costs less than $100,000.
Other perks include the freedom of mobility and the ability to live more sustainably. There's also the added flexibility to use the structure as a rental unit, add-on expansion or mother-in-law suite.

What are the cons?
Of course, not everyone is willing to contend with the realities of owning a tiny home. For instance, despite their low sales price, there are hidden costs that can sneak up on potential buyers. From construction crew markups and shipping fees to property taxes and plot purchases, the final figure can add up quickly.
What's more, unless you have enough liquid funds to make a cash purchase, financing for tiny homes can be difficult, and there are also obvious drawbacks such as space restrictions that complicate hosting guests and storing nonessentials.

No doubt our collective desire for simplification and financial freedom has birthed the tiny home movement. However, before you commit to one, it's important to educate yourself about the complicated regulations and overlooked nuances of owning a tiny home.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

5 Signs You're Ready To Sell Your Home


Have you outgrown your home? Or has your home outgrown you and your household? Fewer and fewer families expect to stay in their first or second home for the long haul. Here are some factors to determine if you're financially and emotionally ready to sell your house:

Growing or shrinking household -- Are you about to welcome a new baby or take in aging parents? Maybe you're sending your youngest off to college. In any event, if your living space has become too cramped or grown beyond your needs, it may be time to make a move.

Plenty of home equity -- Subtract the value of your home from the amount you have left on your loan. What's left over is the equity -- or the amount you'll have post-sale. After you sell your home, you'll be a buyer again, so having some funds to put down is key.

Interest from potential buyers -- You'll want to list when you know buyers are looking. Some experts say late spring is the ideal time to sell, but peak seasons vary by region. Milder weather can increase buyer interest, but that also means more competition from other sellers.

Changing circumstances -- Location matters. Whether your neighborhood dynamics are changing, you're unhappy with the schools in your area or a new job significantly increases your commute, your community needs to fit your lifestyle.

Home improvements -- Renovations may be a wise investment, but it's best to avoid listing your home in the middle of a project. If you plan to sell your home as is, completing some minor home updates such as new paint and fixtures can be a huge selling point.

Moving is a big decision, one that requires careful consideration. If your needs have changed since you bought your home, don't hesitate to get in touch.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

These Will Be The Hot Colors of 2018


Color can impact the overall mood of your surroundings as well as what potential buyers feel when they step inside your home. The challenge comes in choosing the right combination for your particular space. See what forecasters are predicting and learn how to implement the hot colors of 2018.
Hues to Use
Experts from Pantone, Sherwin Williams and other companies make annual paint color predictions based on global themes. Hues such as BEHR's color of the year, In the Moment, along with its peaceful palette, focus on people's need to unplug from an overconnected world. Similar shades like Equilibrium and Off the Grid also promote a sense of serenity.
The Light and the Dark
Contrasting light and dark colors is a great way to create dynamism in your home decor. The lighter the shade, the more spacious the appearance. If your furniture or flooring is primarily neutral, adding dark colors to the mix can bring balance and help create attractive focal points.
Capitalizing on Color
Our mood is subtly yet consistently influenced by the colors around us. For example, soothing shades such as the powdery blue Casual Day can help you unwind and relax after a long day at work. Conversely, vibrant deep oranges like Civara invigorate and promote an optimistic tone.
Pointers for Color Pops
Both fun and formal spaces are equally enhanced by accents. Whether you use them to highlight a unique architectural feature or tie an area together, the trick is to be strategic. In design, the 60-30-10 rule is a well-known way to bring balance to a room.