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

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

 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.

A Splash Of Color

Charlotte Home InspectionIndustry 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…]

Homeowners Tackling More Home Improvement Projects Themselves

Real Estate Charlotte NC On any given weekend, homeowners can be found climbing around in attics to add insulation, repairing shingles on the roof, installing new floors in kitchens and bathrooms, and handling many other home improvement projects that, with a little elbow grease, they are able to do themselves.

This trend is crossing many generations. Forty-four percent of millennials (born between 1980 and 2000) and 57 percent of Gen Xers (born between 1960 and 1980) prefer to do home improvement and renovation projects themselves, according to Iconoculture researchers.

“Small updates can make dramatic improvements to the look and feel of your home, like adding a fresh coat of paint, replacing an exterior door or installing new flooring,” says Kathy Krafka Harkema, Pella Windows & Doors spokesperson. “Renovations can also help increase energy efficiency, which may save money on utility bills.” [Read more…]

Beautiful Rooms Are Meant To Be Lived In

Charlotte Homes 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

Charlotte Real EstateSome 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…]

Unique chalkboard craft projects are a stylish way to stay organized

Everyone’s life needs a bit of organization – so why not do it with a bit of fun and whimsy?

For a new way to get organized, think charming, unique … think chalkboard paint. That’s right, the old-school chalkboard is making a stylish comeback. And with a bit of hands-on creativity, your home can be organized, stylish and enjoyable.

Definable drawers

Is your home being overrun with clutter? The best way to overcome clutter – and keep everything tidy – is to ensure everything has its place. Labeling is a great way to stay organized and alert family members where items are – and where to put them away. Using stickers and markers for identification can sometimes look plain and boring, and are more permanent. Luckily, there is another way to label: chalkboard paint. [Read more…]

Creating the perfect master suite retreat

The master bedroom is the ideal place to take refuge from reality – and when it comes to creating the perfect bedroom and bath, casual and comfortable retreats are more appealing than formal, model-home-like spaces.

The right color palettes, furnishings and fixtures can transform a master suite into a tranquil escape from the stresses and headaches of the day.

But blissful hideaways are not limited to only one style and feel. Relaxation can come in a number of ways – it simply depends on the eye of the beholder. Here are some ideas and inspiration to create a serene master suite, no matter your definition of relaxing. [Read more…]

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

Charlotte Mecklenburg Real Estate Lookup From the runway to the living room, hot trends in home fashion can take the style of a room from simple to stunning.

Incorporating trendy furniture into home decor is an easy way to add style without having to make costly renovations.

If you are looking for ideas to upgrade your home’s interior decor for 2012, the American Hardwood Information Center offers design trends inspired by the most recent High Point Market home furnishings show. [Read more…]

Spring Into 2012 With The Hottest Colors For Your Charlotte Homes

Charlotte Real Estate As yоu anticipate what exciting thіngs thіs yеаr wіll bring, yоu might notice your home decor hаs bееn left behind.

Fortunately, yоu cаn easily beautify аnd modernize your home using hints frоm design experts оn thе hottest color trends. Don’t worry thаt you’ll need tо break thе bank – simply updating thе shades оf your walls cаn create thе fееl оf an entire nеw home wіthоut thе cost оf buying оnе. And you’ll enjoy starting thе yеаr іn fresh, contemporary surroundings. [Read more…]

Prepare Your Yard and Garden for Winter

charlotte real estateSnow, ice, freezing temperatures and other elements of winter are not far off.

You’ve enjoyed your backyard all summer long, but now it’s time to get everything prepped to handle the upcoming cold weather.

Preparing your lawn, shrubbery and gardens for the winter months can help ensure you’ll be able to enjoy your landscaping as soon as the temperatures warm next spring. By renting the right equipment to successfully handle those jobs, you’ll save time and free up space for all of your home beautification projects. [Read more…]