Oprah, JLo, Shaq and the Kardashians all featured here:
Here’s a review of the smart-home devices seen at the CES this week, including Alexa in your showerhead!
Some different spins on the old traditional fireplace!Link to More
Convert your garage to a granny flat, and travel the USA! Might be a good way to start your retirement – do this for a few months or years after you sell and downsize.
You’ll get the idea in the first couple of minutes:
Worried that your kids who have to share a room might suffer?
I shared a bedroom with my brother until I went off to college, and never thought anything of it. But these days every kid seems to deserve their own bedroom – but not every house is equipped.
Here are a couple of ways to minimize the conflicts!
Zillow thinks color is making a comeback – their thoughts:
Goodbye, Hygge (look it up). Hello, color!
Fun will return to home design in the form of bold prints, lively wallpaper and brightly hued walls. After a decade of Scandinavian modern design that dominated retail and social media feeds as Americans embraced neutrals, minimalism and clutter-free living, expect a shift toward playful, creative design. Look for color to be injected in unexpected ways in kitchen cabinetry and appliances, in lighting fixtures and on interior doors and moldings.
Sherwin-Williams agrees! Naval was their color of the year, and now Black Bean:
We saw the SW paint color of the year (naval), and here’s a collection of others:
Thinking about a kitchen re-do? It’s the best thing you can do to sell your house for more money!
The daughter of our client runs a eclectic homewares business:
Handcrafted Homewares & Home Reno Adventures by Angie Johnson. Est. 2007. LA based (previously, Montreal & San Francisco) Handmade in the US
With prices so high now, everyone knows that it’s smart to fully upgrade your house before selling – at least when possible. But not many sellers do, so buyers get as close as they can and then deal with the rest. My general rule-of-thumb still applies – expect to spend another $25,000 to $50,000 for upgrading any house you buy!
We are happy to assist our buyers with those upgrades too!
Here are photos of a newer but normal tract house that our buyer thought needed some pizzazz, so Donna coordinated the work before our buyer moved to town.
The TV was on a large, barren wall, and adding an electric fireplace gave it a traditional feel. But instead of installing it flush, let’s build it out to add some dimension:
This electric appliance kicks out steady heat and has 50+ color combinations!
The kitchen had an off-white antique finish to the cabinets, which looks dirty after a few years. Let’s paint those light gray, change the cabinet pulls, add some modern stools, class up those pendant lights, and install a built-in fridge too:
The master bathroom was base grade:
Let’s ditch the basic wall mirror/medicine cabinet and combo them up instead – with lighting!
How about this new closet by Top Shelf Pull Outs for about $6,500!
Note to self – always take two photos in case someone has their eyes closed!