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Pantone has announced their color for 2016.

It is the first time that two colors have been selected. In laymans terms – baby blue and pastel pink. Don’t know that I am crazy about either one of these becoming the decorating rage.

It seems so 1990’s…


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Selling? 10 tips for decorating your porch for the holidays

Are you one of the thousands of sellers who has your home on the market this holiday season?  Are you torn between whether or not you should decorate at all?  Depending on which article you read, or who you speak with, will impact the advice and opinion you receive.  I am always pro-decorating for the holidays, with one simple caveat – it must be tasteful decor!  No big plastic Santa on the roof.  Or oversized inflatables on the front yard…

Plenty of people disagree with me and believe instead that holiday decorations increase the risk of offending someone.  In over 20 years of selling real estate, I have never had a buyer be offended by holiday decorations.  Instead, the decorated homes tend to appear a bit more welcoming, and warmer – which is an added bonus during a Chicago winter!

Just keep the decor tasteful.  Simple.  Soft.  Tone it down from your typical annual display.  Garlands on a staircase, garnished with twinkling lights.  A lightly staged mantled, dressed with stockings and candles.  The Christmas tree, tucked in the corner or filling the oft empty space of a bay window.

And do not forget the entry.  Especially if you are in a cold climate where a buyer will be standing, looking around, while the agent fidgets with opening the lockbox.  Again, keep it simple.  Want some ideas?  Check out this post from tatertots & jello, offering 10 tips for a terrific porch display.  Happy Holidays!

10 Tips for Creating a Beautiful Porch for the Holidays | eBay


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101 ways to make doing the laundry more fun…

Wow! Never have I thought that the prospect of laundry could be a wonderful thing. I think I would do tons of it just to spend time in these rooms!

Check out our pinterest link by clicking on the picture below.  There are over 100 great ideas for jazzing up your laundry room – no matter the size!  Creative decorating examples: from lighting to paint colors, wall decor to flooring type, window treatments to counter tops – there are so ways to turn a laundry room into a pleasant hub of your home!  Now comes the hard part – deciding where to start!

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Want the ultimate kitchen? Try these tips…

Ahhhhh…the holiday season is quickly approaching.  For some people, that means spending extra time in the kitchen – or worse yet, having lots of guests spend extra time in your kitchen.

In the world of real estate, the kitchen is generally the center of the home.  It tends to be a major focal point of buyers, and it usually is the most expensive room in the house.  And the room that we spend the most time in.  Not only to prepare and eat meals, it also serves as a homework space, hobby nook, home office and entertainment hub.  Have you ever noticed how many people congregate in the kitchen, whenever you invite a group to your home?

Better Homes & Garden put together 25 Tips to Get the Ultimate Kitchen.  While some are a bit more extensive (& expensive) to pull off, there are also some simple ideas that can easily be completed in time for the holidays.  Love your kitchen, it is such an important part of your home!

What one change could you make today?


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It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter…

#chiberia is back in full swing! With temps hovering near single digits, we thought that some neat #fireplaces would help warm you up! #winter

For some warm inspiration, click here


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Are you on Pinterest?

So are we! Stop by and follow our home-related boards!

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Fall influenced decor

Oranges, yellows & reds seem to be mostly associated with the Fall season. However, these wonderfully warm colors are great to use all year long.  Especially in colder climates, or dimly lit spaces (like the north rooms of a home).  Want to warm up your home’s decor?  Take a look at some of these ideas …

Fall Color Schemes