Upgrades To Refresh Your Kitchen For Less Than $2,000

Remodeling A Kitchen Is Still One Of The Best Value-enhancing Investments You Can Make In Your Home.

Dallas Home Inspection Remodeling Magazine’s 2011-2012 Cost vs. Value Report says that even minor kitchen remodels return more than 72 percent of your investment at the time of resale. Yet the cost of even a “minor remodel” doesn’t look that minor – $19,588 on average, according to the report.

What If You Don’t Have That Kind Of Budget? The good news is it’s possible to completely change the look and feel of your kitchen for less than $2,000 – by choosing meaningful upgrades that have the biggest cosmetic impact for the least cost. When deciding what changes will have the most value for your project, think about changes that will be most visible in the space. [Read more…]

Ten Lucky Home Decor Trends For 2013

Despite Its Negative Reputation, The Number 13 Doesn’t Always Have To Be Unlucky.

Take these top 10 decor trends for 2013 from design experts, manufacturers and trend forecasters across the country. They’re fresh, fun and sure to bring good fortune to any home.

dallas home inspectionA Splash Of Color

Industry leader Pantone’s annual fashion color report sets the tone for home decor as well as clothing, and the spring 2013 report is no exception. Its softer-hued palette of Dusk Blue, Lemon Zest, African Violet, Grayed Jade, Linen and Tender Shoots is emboldened by Monaco Blue, Poppy Red, Emerald and Nectarine. Marc Thee, founder of the No. 1 residential interior design firm in the country, also sees a move toward pure color palettes such as cream and sea glass, khaki and white, or neutral with a pop of yellow.-

Not Your Mama’s Wallpaper

Repositionable wallpaper is a decorating mainstay, says Todd Imholte, president of Murals Your Way, whose website, www.muralsyourway.com, is the top online destination for wall murals worldwide. The company’s10 collections of peel-and-stick wallpaper are available in such themes as Vintage, Dots, Flower Prints and Mostly Modern, and can be removed and reused hundreds of times without losing their adhering qualities. Because the company offers color matching, customers can match their repositionable wallpaper to an existing paint color, updated decor or the new Pantone color palette. [Read more…]

Beautiful Rooms Are Meant To Be Lived In

Real Estate Dallas  Fall Is The Time Of Year When Thoughts Turn Back Toward The Home.

With kids back in school and the holidays approaching, many homeowners look for ways to make their rooms more stylish, but struggle to find the balance between beautiful and livable.

“Of course your home should be stylish. But if you can’t enjoy living in it, what’s the point?” says Erinn Valencich, a Los Angeles-based interior designer and blogger for HGTV’s Design Happens. “I believe in creating beautiful spaces that are fun, elegant and livable.” [Read more…]

Getting Your Home Ready For The Hosting Season

Dallas Foreclosures Some might call the fall and winter months the holiday season, but it could just as easily be known as the hosting season.

It’s the time of year when cooking for crowds and welcoming friends and family for celebrations is the name of the game. For those opening their homes to guests, it can be hectic, but there are plenty of ways to make the season as full of cheer as it should be.

Decorating your home for the holidays goes hand-in-hand with getting ready for guests – whether those visitors are planned or impromptu. So, as you start to consider your decor themes, think about updates that can be made around the house to make your guests feel even more at home. [Read more…]

Halloween Decor – More Treat Than Trick

While displaying ghosts and goblins is great for the kids and the standard for Halloween decor, how about getting into the spirit but with a bit more sophistication this year?

If you are throwing a Halloween party for those adults who are kids at heart, a spooky holiday theme can still be part of the festivities, but with a touch of panache.

There are many directions you can go with a decoration theme. Certainly there are the colors of black and orange that can be integrated into the decor and the use of pumpkins or candles, which still scream Halloween but can be displayed elegantly. [Read more…]

New mobile app puts flooring in hand

Applications for smartphones and tablets are everywhere today.

And more than ever, people are using these applications to save time and money while finding that perfect product to enhance their busy lives.

In 2011, there were almost 1.2 billion mobile Web users worldwide, the International Telecommunication Union estimated. This includes nearly half (46 percent) of Americans, according to a 2011 study by comScore.

Naturally, many of these mobile Web users are homeowners and maximizing the value of their biggest investment is at the forefront of their minds. Flooring is vital to achieving that goal, and a new flooring application for iPhone and iPad is leading the way. [Read more…]

Fashion for the home: Hardwoods are key design element in contemporary furnishings

plano real estateFrоm thе runway tо thе living room, hot trends іn home fashion cаn tаkе thе style оf а room frоm simple tо stunning.

Incorporating trendy furniture into home decor іs an easy wаy tо add style wіthоut having tо mаkе costly renovations.

If yоu аrе looking fоr ideas tо upgrade your home’s interior decor fоr 2012, thе American Hardwood Information Center offers design trends inspired by thе mоst recent High Point Market home furnishings show. [Read more…]

Instant gratification: Painting projects to update your decor in one weekend

Updating the decor in your home doesn’t have to be a long, laborious or expensive process.

Instead, get a little instant gratification by using paint to easily refresh areas and items throughout the house. With a little cash and a free weekend, you can makeover your house right now.

Furniture facelift

Whether it’s an old pair of chairs in the attic or a desk that’s seen better days, it’s easy to breathe new life into pieces of forgotten furniture with a fresh coat of paint. You can add interest and a pop of color to any room. A semi-gloss finish works best when painting furniture because it’s easy to clean and hides any imperfections. [Read more…]

Ring in 2012 with renewed home decor

Dallas Real EstateNew Year’s іs а tіmе whеn many people commit tо starting fresh оr developing sоmе positive changes іn thеіr lives.

As yоu consider what yоu wіll change іn 2012, thіnk аbоut whеrе yоu spend thе majority оf your tіmе. Your surroundings cаn greatly influence your mood аnd actions, аnd а refreshed interior cаn hеlp yоu step fоrwаrd into а nеw аnd improved lifestyle. Enjoying lіfе mоrе іn 2012 cоuld start wіth just а fеw simple updates tо your home. [Read more…]

Learn how to get your home ready for winter – inside and out

Lakewood Dallas Real Estate It may not feel like winter yet, but cold weather is around the corner.

Take advantage of the good weather now by following these tips to prepare the outside and inside of your home to survive the winter months ahead.

Outside tips

* After a summer of caring for your lawn, you might be looking for a break, but make sure you don’t stop mowing too soon. Lawns should be mowed well into the fall, even after growing stops. Grass should be at least 3 inches high and clippings should be raked up and bagged on the last mowing of the season to prevent roots being smothered over the winter. [Read more…]