18
Oct 17

The New Neutral Kitchen is Anything But Bland & Boring

I have a lot of love for color in the kitchen — but with that said, colorful kitchens aren’t for everyone. Plenty of modern homes have open kitchens that are visible from lots of other rooms, which can make a brightly colored kitchen a hard sell. But that doesn’t mean a neutral colored kitchen needs to be boring or dour. By mixing natural materials and embracing texture, you can create a kitchen that eschews color — but is still full of energy and life. Here are some of our favorite examples.

READ MORE »

Powered by WPeMatico


18
Oct 17

A Mosaic Artist's Minimal & Modern Melbourne Cottage — House Tour

Name: Claire Plummer
Location: Brunswick — Melbourne, Australia
Size: 2,034 square feet
Years lived in: 15 years, owned

It might be surprising to learn that Claire Plummer — a telecommunications analyst by day, mosaic artist by night — is a self-confessed minimalist when it comes to decorating her home. But it’s precisely this conscious decision to keep it simple with furnishings that’s allowed the amazing, one-of-kind mosaic art she creates to shine.

READ MORE »

Powered by WPeMatico


18
Oct 17

​How to Flu-Proof Every Spot in Your Home

While the CDC recommends that “the single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season,” it’s also a good idea to pay special attention to where germs in your home can proliferate and be passed around, especially if someone in your household gets sick. Flu germs can live on hard surfaces for 24 hours, so target these hot spots in particular.

READ MORE »

Powered by WPeMatico


18
Oct 17

How to Set Up Your Living Room (Without a Focus on the TV)

These days, we tend to arrange living rooms with one thing in mind: making sure everyone can see the TV. But what’s ideal for television watching is often less than ideal for another time-honored living room pastime: conversation. In this post, I’m focusing on living room arrangements that are less amphitheater, and more intimate, cozy spots where you can have a lovely fireside chat (and maybe also fit a television, too).

READ MORE »

Powered by WPeMatico


18
Oct 17

Two Minnesotans Escape the Snow in this Modern Glam L.A. Pad — Professional Project

Project by: Ashley Scott of Scouted Home
Location: Santa Monica, California

Ashley’s clients basically handed over a large blank canvas and she made a masterpiece. Blending of-the-moment looks like large floral wallpaper with classic vintage looks, she created a space that is heavy on visual impact but not overwhelming.

READ MORE »

Powered by WPeMatico


17
Oct 17

Buying Remains Cheaper Than Renting in 39 States!

In the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia, they explained that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in the 100 largest metro areas in the United States.

The updated numbers show that the range is an average of 3.5% less expensive in San Jose (CA), all the way up to 50.1% less expensive in Baton Rouge (LA), and 33.1% nationwide!

A study by GoBankingRates looked at the cost of renting vs. owning a home at the state level and concluded that in 39 states, it is actually ‘a little’ or ‘a lot’ cheaper to own (represented by the two shades of blue in the map below).

Buying Remains Cheaper Than Renting in 39 States! | Simplifying The Market

One of the main reasons owning a home has remained significantly cheaper than renting is the fact that interest rates have remained at or near historic lows. Freddie Mac reports that the current interest rate on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage is 3.91%.

Nationally, rates would have to reach 9.1%, a 128% increase over today’s average of 4.0%, for renting to be cheaper than buying. Rates haven’t been that high since January of 1995, according to Freddie Mac.

Bottom Line

Buying a home makes sense socially and financially. If you are one of the many renters who would like to evaluate your ability to buy this year, let’s get together and find you your dream home.

Powered by WPeMatico


17
Oct 17

Glenn Frey of The Eagles' Brentwood Park Mansion Just Hit the Market for $15M

Jeff Lebowski’s feelings on the band notwithstanding, The Eagles were beloved to many and inducted in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame for a reason. Now, one lucky buyer can scoop up his or her own Hotel California: Eagles founder Glenn Frey’s widow just put their Brentwood Park mansion on the market for $15 million.

READ MORE »

Powered by WPeMatico


17
Oct 17

Cole Escola's Candy-Colored, Granny-Chic Brooklyn Apartment — House Tour

Name: Cole Escola
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Size: 425 square feet
Years lived in: 6 months, renting

If your sweet nana from the 1970s lived in Brooklyn in 2017, you can be pretty certain that she’d fan herself over Cole Escola‘s candy-colored apartment. After having lived with roommates for years, Cole was excited to make this one-bedroom home reflect his own unique style, and he’s worked diligently to make this happen over the short time he’s been in the space. From the mod Victorian murals painted by his friend, the artist Steven Hammel, right down to the very last doily, Cole’s home is infused with his passion for all things granny-chic.

READ MORE »

Powered by WPeMatico


17
Oct 17

Downsizing in Style in a Toronto Condo — Professional Project

Project by: Cynthia Ferguson Designs
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Cynthia was enlisted to help a family of four downsize from their family home into a condo that would better suit their life now. Working with her clients she was able to create a chic space that mixes new pieces with old favorites.

READ MORE »

Powered by WPeMatico


17
Oct 17

10 Ways to Get Rid of That Terrible Smell in Your Kitchen Sink — Kitchn

From Kitchn → 10 Ways to Get Rid of That Awful Smell in Your Kitchen Sink

READ MORE »

Powered by WPeMatico