Author: Melissa Tracey

Hot Home Trend: Bamboo Everything!

Hot Home Trend: Bamboo Everything!
Hot Home Trend: Bamboo Everything! By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Bamboo is making its way into more home interiors. From flooring, window treatments to wall accents, furnishings and more, this sustainable material is popping up everywhere. Some designers are making bamboo their go-to material, which RISMedia recently highlighted in the article “4 Reasons Why Bamboo Is Taking Home Décor by Storm.” Bamboo is widely available and more affordable than many other wood products. Bamboo is traditionally considered a type of wood flooring, but it’s actually not a wood at all, but a gr...
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Hot Home Trend: The Statement Shower

Hot Home Trend: The Statement Shower
Hot Home Trend: The Statement Shower By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The shower in the master bathroom is getting a lot more attention. In fact, it’s one of the main splurges among renovating homeowners, according to the 2017 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study. These “statement showers,” as Houzz dubs them in its report, include high-tech features, like rainfall showerheads, dual showers, curbless showers, and body sprays. Photo by Alex Maguire Photography – Browse bathroom photos   Upgrading the master shower was the most popular renovation project, according to the s...
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Use Plants to Showcase a Healthier Home

Use Plants to Showcase a Healthier Home
Use Plants to Showcase a Healthier Home By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine You can clean the air with plants. And in an age when “healthy home” is what so many buyers are saying they crave, you may find this a cheaper alternative to improving the air quality in a home by just being smarter about the plants you choose to stage with. The Center for REALTOR(R) Technology has been studying how plants can improve indoor air quality, and has written a book on the topic, “A Pocket Guide to Cleaner Air.” The book focuses on which plants can improve air quality in commercial settings. The...
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Styled, Staged & Sold Earns Some Props

Styled, Staged & Sold Earns Some Props
Styled, Staged & Sold Earns Some Props Thank you to our loyal readers and top-industry contributors for helping to make Styled, Staged & Sold the top ranked “home staging blog on the planet!” Feedspot, a news RSS reader, ranked Styled, Staged & Sold number-one out of 100 staging blogs.   Feedspot used the following criteria to rank the blogs: Google reputation and Google search ranking; Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites; Quality and consistency of posts; and Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review Check out the full rankings. &nb...
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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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