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Home Decorating – What’s in?

March 3, 2011

An interesting thing is happening in the world of real estate and home decorating. Everything old is new again. 

I am finding in this time of economic uncertainty that people are decorating their homes differently. I am seeing a lot of natural looking furniture, distressed pieces, color…in short an updated cottage style. COTTAGE is huge right now – you only have to look at the magazines on the racks to see that this look for home decorating is hot and here to stay. 

I think the trend toward this well defined look is a desire to feel AT HOME in our homes. I think it is an effort to buy something (affordable) and that makes us feel like we are back in grandma’s kitchen. This style of decorating is not about matching furniture and brown tones. It’s about COLOR and lace and older pieces of furniture that have been repurposed. You can call it a move toward green living or just call it a desire to save some green by buying gently loved furniture but cottage-style living is here to stay. 

Personally – I like it. The home with a cottage look has some personality. I like color. Pink is in and yellows, greens and blues are back. I love it – I think it is a decorating reminder that our house is our home and we need to make it look so. For many, it reminds us of sitting in our family kitchen and feeling the love. A house is not just bricks and mortar – it’s a place where families still eat around a dinner table and use tablecloths and laugh. It’s living life in a gentle and loving style.

For the record, I’m seeing this style in all price ranges. People are getting very creative and it’s all in the details. Chandeliers in bathrooms, walls in pink and blue, gentle loved and often scratched tables, lots of white. It’s all very interesting and intriguing.

Think outside the box and go bold. Start with color – you will be amazed how it will lift your spirits.

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Luxury Home shopping ONLINE

October 6, 2008

The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing recently released a study that states:

The 19% of American adult heads of households who earn $100,000 or more are heavy users of technology. The statistics below highlight their computer and Internet use and clearly demonstrate that as wealth goes up, so does Internet use. Where will you find the affluent? Online. Agents who work in the luxury market must be promoting themselves and their properties Online and communicating via e-mail.

• 98% of those earning at least $100,000 have a computer at home
• 90% communicate via email
• 88% buy goods and services Online
• 58% use their cell phone to go Online
• 30% read blogs
• 9% write a blog
• On average, they spend more time Online than they spend watching television
• They spend 23.4 hours every week Online
• Those who earn $250,000 or more spend even more time Online — 27.4 hours weekly!

What is so interesting about this? THE INTERNET continues to be the main source of information for Buyers and Sellers of real estate.

When you are thinking about hiring a real estate agent…think INTERNET. Selling a home? You need an agent with multiple websites, someone who is computer literate and an agent who knows how to disseminate important information to multiple websites…you need someone seriously tech savvy. There are new forms of technology on the horizon. Either you are ahead of the curve or it’s passed you by!