Author: Melissa Tracey

Sherwin Williams’ Pick for 2018’s Hottest Color

Sherwin Williams’ Pick for 2018’s Hottest Color
Sherwin Williams’ Pick for 2018’s Hottest Color By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine A rich blue with jewel-toned greens is forecasted to be 2018’s hottest color of the year, according to Sherwin Williams, which unveiled its 2018 Color of the Year choice this week. Other paint companies will be announcing their paint choices over the next few weeks. Oceanside SW 6496 is a statement color. It can add a bold, attention-getting pop to wall colors, furnishings,  accessories, and even a home’s front door. “Green-blues in deep values, such as Oceanside, respond to changes in light, which i...
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Add Some Pumpkin Spice to Your Autumn Staging

Add Some Pumpkin Spice to Your Autumn Staging
Add Some Pumpkin Spice to Your Autumn Staging By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine It’s pumpkin season and that means pumpkin everything — lattes, muffins, cookies, cakes, and, yes, even home décor. Home stagers are adding a little “pumpkin spice” to their decor, from the welcoming fall scent to pumpkin accents that inspire a cozy, autumn feel. Plus, orange can serve as a great staging color. The bold hue pops against a neutral backdrop. Now, before you go all Trader Joe’s-pumpkin-explosion style, restrain yourself. Do not over-pumpkin your listing! Try adding a few pumpkins to...
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Why You Should Stage a Cozy Fire Pit Area

Why You Should Stage a Cozy Fire Pit Area
Why You Should Stage a Cozy Fire Pit Area By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Fire features, like outdoor fire pits and fire tables, are in demand. The National Association of Landscape Professionals calls it one of the hottest landscape trends for the fall, based on a recent survey of 5,000 of its member landscapers. These hot-spots can be a great way to show off the entertaining potential of your outdoor space. Set up a fire pit with a few outdoor chairs around it. You can even drape a blanket over one chair and add ingredients to s’mores on a table to finish off this perfect cozy...
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Watercolors on Walls? You Bet!

Watercolors on Walls? You Bet!
Watercolors on Walls? You Bet! By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Want to make a bigger statement with a wall? Watercolor wallpaper can add some pizzazz and wispiness to an otherwise blah wall in the home. Pinterest called watercolor wallpaper one of the hottest trends that emerged from its home design survey in the U.K., in which the site analyzed user data from May 2016 to May 2017 to see the most popular “pins.” More homeowners seem to want to know more about watercolor wallpaper, as it was among one of the most pinned trends in home design. It can be chic with an abstract desig...
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Hot Home Trend to Watch: The Two-Toned Kitchen

Hot Home Trend to Watch: The Two-Toned Kitchen By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Two-toned colored kitchens are gaining popularity this year. White and gray painted cabinets are dominating kitchen color schemes, according to the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends survey conducted by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Particularly gray-toned kitchen cabinets are seeing a surge in popularity lately.     Photo by Shaddock Caldwell Builders & Developers – Browse kitchen ideas   Other colors are getting mixed in too, adding a little ...
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That Small Backyard Can Still Be a Selling Point

That Small Backyard Can Still Be a Selling Point By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine  Don’t underestimate the power of a space based on its size. Sure, your listing may be size-challenged in the yard department, but that doesn’t mean it can’t still be a showpiece. “As building lots continue to be smaller and scarcer, lot preparation with the goal of maximizing livable outdoor space tops the list of property enhancement desires,” according to Kermit Baker, chief economist at the American Institute of Architects. Indeed, the desire for outdoor living space ranked tops among ar...
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The Best Homes for ‘Porching’

The Best Homes for ‘Porching’
The Best Homes for ‘Porching’ By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine  Porching is gaining a following. And as the summer heats up, who doesn’t want to hang out on a cozy, stylish front porch or veranda while reading, sipping wine, or saying “hello” to neighbors as they pass by? Some houses were just made for porching too. Check out some of these homes that offer some of the best porching across the country. Palmetto Bluff South Carolina Lowcountry Palmetto Bluff touts itself as the largest remaining waterfront property on the East Coast. The 20,000-acre development is...
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The Wood Paneling Trend Is Back With a Twist

Wood paneling is back, but we’re not talking about he 1960s version that you may still be peeling down from some of your listings. Instead, today’s wood paneling trend is being used as an accent wall, instead of a complete cover of an entire room. For example, wood panels in walnut may be used as an accent wall behind the bed in the master bedroom. Or, maybe one wall will be covered in white distressed shiplap, a trend popularized by HGTV “Fixer Upper” hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines. Wood in all finishes, whether clear stain or in its natural form, are being used to create sophisticated, s...
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Showcase Stylish Storage Solutions

Showcase Stylish Storage Solutions
By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine “The home needs more storage!” It’s a common gripe heard from homeowners and buyers. A home can never have too many shelves or closets. Indeed, a majority of about 1,000 survey respondents said their number-one biggest annoyance about their home: “The lack of storage,” according to the 2015 HSH.com survey. Sixty-seven percent of survey respondents put the lack of storage as one of their top five annoyances about their home. In all your listings, showing off the storage potential should be one of the top items on your to-do showing prep lis...
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Vinyl Flooring Is Stealing the Spotlight

Vinyl Flooring Is Stealing the Spotlight
Vinyl Flooring Is Stealing the Spotlight By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Vinyl can get a bad rap. Often it’s confused with linoleum and conjures up memories of outdated, cheap 1980s flooring rolled out in sheets. But lately, vinyl is showing itself as anything but “cheap” looking. It can be laid out in planks, tiles, and sheets and it’s getting some trendy looks. The vinyl flooring industry is booming as new designs resemble the look of real hardwoods, but without the high maintenance. Vinyl is known for being scratch-proof and even waterproof, which is making them espec...
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