Wednesday, June 19, 2019 / by Amy McLeod
Selling your home these days takes more than just finding an agent and listing it. You’ve got to really sell it. That means impressing buyers the second they walk in the door.
One of the best ways to do this? Home staging, where your home's decor undergoes a makeover in order to entice home buyers to swoon and make an offer.
“The statistics don’t lie,” says Samantha Rose Frith of Warburg Realty in New York City. “A well-staged house will sell more quickly and draw a higher sales price.”
But who has time for that? Hiring a pro is pricey (here's more on how much home staging costs). Plus a pro can't do all of the work; you’ll still need to do some sprucing up if you have an unexpected showing.
So if the clock is ticking, here are home staging tips and tricks that you can pull off fast, depending on how much time you have—from an hour to just 5 minutes.
Home sta ...
Monday, April 1, 2019 / by Amy McLeod
If you're a homeowner who takes pride in staying on top of interior design trends, you've no doubt been busy lately. High-end kitchen island? Check. Living wall in the living room? Sure thing! And you've most certainly got a Chip and Joanna Gaines-inspired farmhouse sink or shiplap lurking somewhere, too.
Sorry to break it to you ... but those trends are très passé. The rest of the world has moved on, and they're decking out their homes with way hipper stuff than that.
Relax, your friends at realtor.com are here to help! Just feast your eyes on four of the hottest, hippest home trends we've seen lately.
Kitchen islands with beds
Kitchen island with bed
Kitchen islands have been getting bigger and more souped up than ever. This so-called "hub of the home" can now incorporate sinks, ovens, breakfast bars, charging stations, and far more. But let's be honest here: Al ...
Monday, January 21, 2019 / by Amy McLeod
What is boho home decor? If you're partial to mixing prints and colors in new, exciting ways, it's a trend you might want to take for a spin. Boho decor, which draws its name from bohemianism, is an open-minded approach to interior design. It's all about embracing an eclectic and informal mishmash of patterns and textures.
Below, our design experts share the quintessential elements of boho home decor and how simple it is to master this popular look in your home.
What is boho home decor?
Photo by Aundra Skinner Interiors
Boho decor is bold, free-spirited, and adventurous, says Lotta Lundaas of Norse Interiors. Think design that is inspired by decor you could have seen in a home during the hippie movement of the 1960s and '70s.
"I also associate boho design with colorful bazaars and marketplaces in Africa and the Middle East," Lundaas says. "Various textures, colors created from exotic spices, and handpainted patterns all come together and create a warm an ...
Friday, November 2, 2018 / by Amy McLeod
Friday, November 2, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
56th Annual Polk County 4-H Holiday Fair. Some of the items to be offered by the 125+ exhibitors will be wooden toys, greeting cards, Christmas wreaths, ornaments, handmade items, photographs and much more.
Polk County 4-H Oregon
289 E Ellendale, Suite 301
Dallas, OR 97338
For more information call: 503-623-8395
Courtesy of Amy McLeod, The McLeod Group Network
Photo Credit: travelsalem.com
Monday, October 1, 2018 / by Amy McLeod
Pumpkin decorating ideas are popping up everywhere right now, with Halloween and Thanksgiving on the horizon and our obsession with pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin-scented everything cranking into high gear. If you're bored with the usual jack-o-lantern and want to pull off some more creative gourd decor, you need look no further than this list below.
1. Go full metal
Photo by Sarah Greenman
Liz Toombs, president of PDR Interiors, likes to keep her pumpkins in service from October through December. "One year, I was even able to incorporate pumpkins into my Christmas decor because I used a woodland-themed tree," she explains.
One of her secrets is spraying them with metallic paint. Toombs gives them a coat of silver and then groups them on a black cloth runner with matching serving pieces and dried grass. "It makes for an interesting texture combination in a chic color scheme," she reports. And she likes to paint the pumpkins on her front stoop and adorn them wi ...