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Make the Front Porch a Selling Point

Make the Front Porch a Selling Point
Make the Front Porch a Selling Point By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The front porch is making a comeback. More builders are adding them back into new home designs too. The front porch was once a mainstay in home designs in the early 1900s. But over the years it has gotten swapped out for those street-facing garages. Also, homeowners sought more privacy and started favoring decks in their backyards than expansive front porches facing their neighbors. Now, we’re seeing those iconic front porches coming back. And the younger generation is bringing a different spin to this idea of ...
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Staged to Sell: This Staged Home Sold for 107% Above Asking Price

Staged to Sell: This Staged Home Sold for 107% Above Asking Price
Staged to Sell: This Staged Home Sold for 107% Above Asking Price Home stagers: Amy Burke & Katie Miedler, real estate pros and owners of Ambiance Decorators LLC The home: A single-family home located in Upper Montclair in Essex County, N.J. The home was staged by Amy Burke and Katie Miedler, and sold for 107 percent of the asking price at $1,073,575. Burke and Miedler sought to stage the home with a “fresh, updated, classic, and timeless” look. BEFORE AFTER Photo credit: Amy Burke & Katie Miedler, Ambiance Decorators LLC   Stagers’ tips: Curtains: Sheer curtains ar...
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Hot Home Trend: Geometric Patterns in Décor

Hot Home Trend: Geometric Patterns in Décor
Hot Home Trend: Geometric Patterns in Décor By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Color forecaster Pantone cited geometric patterns as one of the top home design trends to watch in 2018. Shapes and, in particular, circular ones are being showcased in more home decor. Greater use of bold, circular patterns are being infused into everything from accent pillows and rugs to wall art and even tile backsplashes. Photo by Michelle Hinckley – Search bedroom design ideas Photo by Lindsey Lang Design Ltd – Browse kitchen photos Photo by Astro Design Centre – Browse kitchen ...
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How to Make a New House Your Own

How to Make a New House Your Own
How to Make a New House Your Own By Julea Joseph, guest contributor The keys are in your buyer’s hands! They’ve gone through the process … the search, deciding, inspection, stress, closing, and finally, the elation of buying a new home. Now, they have to make it their own. Here’s how. Color –  Paint is the least expensive, easiest way to update a space.  It can individualize a room and put your personal stamp on your home. Pick your color style: From modern farmhouse neutrals to Boho bold colors. Whatever is in your style files (Pinterest, HOUZZ, tear-sheets), co...
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Hot Home Trend: Edison Bulbs

Hot Home Trend: Edison Bulbs
Hot Home Trend: Edison Bulbs By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Does your listing’s lighting need a contemporary makeover? Edison bulbs may be the answer. These clear glass light bulbs, in which the center is exposed, have a nostalgic-like appearance and let out a nice warm glow. They stand out, instead of allowing your lighting to blend in. Edison bulbs may best fit in an industrial décor style, but we’re seeing them weaved more and more into other design styles too. Table lamps, chandeliers, and pendant lights are getting an Edison-bulb upgrade. Not to mention, they’re popular ou...
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Staged to Sell: View Inside This Rosedale, Md. Home

Staged to Sell: View Inside This Rosedale, Md. Home
Staged to Sell: View Inside This Rosedale, Md. Home Have a home you recently staged that you’d like to show off here at Styled Staged & Sold? Submit your staging photos for consideration, along with three to five of your best spruce-up tips. Contact Melissa Dittmann Tracey at mtracey@realtors.org.    Home stager: Cyndi Ryan with Staging Gracefully, Middle River, Md. About the property: A 3-bedroom, 3-full bath single-family home with a 5-car garage and open floor plan in Rosedale, Md. The property was completely restored by Yanni LLC. Photo credit: Cyndi Ryan with Staging Grace...
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What’s the Buzz Behind the Lagom Home Style?

What’s the Buzz Behind the Lagom Home Style?
What’s the Buzz Behind the Lagom Home Style? By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine  Just when everyone was getting their hygge on—a new staging style has taken hold. Instead of it being all about cozying up your home décor, now it’s all about stripping it down and being minimal. The Scandinavian concept of lagom began taking hold last year and is catching on more in 2018. Case in point, Pinners on Pinterest are searching for “lagom” decorating ideas 905 percent more this year than they were in 2017, according to the 2018 Pinterest Home Report. Lagom is usually described as “not too mu...
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Hot Home Trend: Stylish Cowhide

Hot Home Trend: Stylish Cowhide
Hot Home Trend: Stylish Cowhide By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine From rustic to modern to even the most luxurious interiors, homeowners are sprucing up their spaces with cowhide. Cowhide rugs have seen one of the biggest jumps in Google searches on home design trends over the last decade, according to Digital Third Coast’s latest design trends study, based on search engine results. There are many types of cowhide to choose from, such as solid colored, cuvy shaped ones to black and white cowhide to ones with brown accents. The brown accent cowhides can be more subtle when us...
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Hot Home Trend: Vertical Gardens

Hot Home Trend: Vertical Gardens
Hot Home Trend: Vertical Gardens By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Want to add some greenery or a garden to a backyard but tight on space? Try a vertical garden. By going up with your plants instead of spreading them out, you’ll be able to squeeze a garden in even the smallest of spots. Vertical gardens are considered a hot landscaping trend. Use trellises, planting walls, and other structures to attach plants too. The vertical gardens can also double as a way to add privacy to a small deck or patio. Create a vertical wall of planters, such as by using mason jars of ornamental gra...
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