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Are Open Floor Plans For You?

Open floor plans are in. In fact, is is one of the most highly sought after traits in both rentals and for those seeking to purchase real estate.

There is a new trend emerging though. Homeowners who already live in open-concept homes are saying they are staring to miss the walls according to Realtor Magazine.

With an open floor plan, a kitchen, living room, and dining room are often one large open space.

“Buyers are moving away from uninterrupted views,” Loren Larsen, a real estate professional with Compass in Boston, told The Boston Globe about what she is frequently hearing from clients. Her clients, she says, no longer want their kitchen, along with its dirty dishes, on display.

Life can also be too loud in open concept living, says Bob Ernst, president of FBN Construction in the Boston area. The family togetherness that open concepts bred may ultimately be too much togetherness to some homeowners now. Parents find it difficult to watch adult TV programs if their school-age children are not in their rooms, or to conduct a work call in private.

However, some homeowners may be struggling to voice their dislike of the open concept. “The message [of open concept living] is so powerful that to admit you don’t want to live in a house as open as a soccer field is to reveal something shameful,” The Boston Globereports.

What do you think about open floor plans vs. walls?

All my best,

 

Teresa

Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you an owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

 

Two of the 2019 Huge Bathroom Trends

When you think of your home, there are a few places that guests will generally go.

Guests will normally hang out in your living room, eat the food being served in your kitchen and most likely, visit your bathroom at some point during their visit.

We thought it would be a good idea to show you some of the hottest 2019 bathroom trends.

Matte Black Finish

Whether you mix finishes or go for a matching look, using black as a bathroom accent can totally change the look of your space. Against a light backdrop, a stylish matte black showerhead is sleek and sophisticated. Adding a matte black faucet or vanity hardware can be equally alluring.

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“Consumers continue to be drawn to incorporating dark accents into their spaces,” says Jessica Birchfield, Senior Industrial Designer for Moen. “They want unique finishes that make a statement, which makes matte black an ideal choice.” As a response to rising consumer interest, Moen expanded its matte black bathroom offerings, including their new Doux bathroom suite, and added a matte black finish option to some existing lines.

Wood Vanities

Whether driftwood, reclaimed barn wood, or a stunning shade of stained wood, the use of the natural material in bathrooms is on the rise. San Francisco-based designer Kriste Michelini says client interest in wood vanities specifically has increased.

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“I notice that more clients are looking for clean, light spaces that aren’t sterile,” she says. “Introducing a beautiful maple or even a natural driftwood adds dimension and a soft, comfortable feeling.” She adds that the influence of hygge could be behind the increase. “I think the Danish influence has definitely taken hold on bathrooms. It is all about making your space cozy and celebrating simple things.”

All my best,

Teresa

Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you an owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

 

 

 

 

The Paint Forecast 2019

The paint manufacturers have released their 2019 color forecasts, and we couldn’t be more excited about their color predictions for the year to come!

Neutrals take a warm spin this year, leaving cold shades of gray behind.

Moody blue, brown, and burgundy paint colors are on the rise, as well as grounding shades of black.

If you’re looking for the perfect paint color, you will find beautiful inspiration from these forecasted colors.

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“Moody” might not be what you want to hear when it comes to weather forecasts and the stock market, but when it comes to picking a paint color, the moodier the better!

Rich, dark, and complex colors like chestnut brown, deep burgundy, and charcoal blue are considered moody because of their velvety appearance and complex undertones. This provides layers of rich depth that we don’t always see with traditional colors.

These rich colors are a great way to make a dramatic statement on cabinetry or accent walls, and in small bathrooms for a den-like appearance.

Paint manufacturers take a close look at all aspects of society, including fashion trends, architecture and global influences, as they form their yearly color forecasts.

Even our increased use of smartphones and devices is a factor that color experts note can play a role in the paint colors we gravitate towards.

Serene colors reminiscent of the sky, nature, and the ocean are gaining popularity with consumers. This is a way to balance and relax our overstimulated eyes at the end of the day. Look to muted blues, greens, grays, and browns for a calm nature affect.

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So no matter if you are seeking moody blue or muted nature, these are some of the hot paints in 2019!

 

All my best,

Teresa

Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you a owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

 

How To Differentiate Your Property

In the real estate market, it can be touch to get an edge on the competition. One of the best says you can differentiate your property from another is through amenity offerings. It the extra “bang for your buck” that tenants are seeking out today. Not only that, but it gives current tenants a reason to stay.

The great part of this for property owners is that you are full control of what the amenities are.

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Some of the obvious amenities are:

  • star appliances
  • wood flooring
  • tile flooring in bathroom
  • smart lighting
  • smart toilets
  • voice activated systems like Alexa or Google home
  • systems that let your tenants submit maintenance requests and pay rent easily online or via voice command
  • outdoor space
  • quality grill
  • updated kitchen counters
  • keypad entries on the garage

Most people when asked what they are looking for when it comes to picking a place to live, want to LOVE how it feels. Coming home from a long day’s work or from a business trip is appealing when it is somewhere you love to come home to.

Do your best as a property manager to communicate with your tenant. Check on them, mail them updates, and let them know you are available if they need you. If you don’t have time to do that, perhaps hiring a property management company is a good avenue for you to consider. After all, that is what we do. We do routine inspections to ensure the tenant is taking care of your property, that rent is paid online, that all service or maintenance requests are kept up to date and that your tenant will be the perfect person to take care of your space for years to come.

All my best,

Teresa


Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you a owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

 

 

 

Make White Walls Be Anything But Boring

All-white walls may be a blank canvas, but in the hands of textures, patterns and antiques, they’re anything but boring.

Have you ever walked into a white room and it felt sterile, cold or uninviting. Well today, I am going to show you some ideas of how to warm up the white and make it inviting for you and everyone that walks in your house.

When painting most people steer clear of white? Why do you think that is? It doesn’t get any more dirty than any other color. In fact, white can open up your space and make it look larger. How you accessorize and decorate to create the feel of the room will make all the difference in the world.

When you go to the paint counter of your local hardware or paint store, you might be shocked at all the difference variations of WHITE there are. I was quite shocked when I did this recently. I did not ever know there were so many versions of one color. It kind of made me chuckle. I always thought white was white.

I love white walls because it is just that, a blank canvas. You can create any look you want in your home, rental or apartment.

Paloma Contreras gives us a few decorating ideas to go by.

  1. Add texture.
  2. Curate accessories.
  3. Embrace bold accent colors.
  4. Create tension.
  5. Incorporate your TV into your design.
  6. Try oversized fixtures.
  7. Wallpaper a powder room.
  8. Command attention.
  9. Use mirrors.

You can read more what Paloma says about each of these here.

These white walls are anything but sterile or boring. If fact, white with all those accent colors has never looked so inviting and good.

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All my best,

 

Teresa


Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you a owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

 

Great Mudroom Ideas For Your House

A mudroom is not generally an idea you think of making beautiful but we wanted to show you how Better Homes and Gardens has done just this.

This will give you some great ideas of what you can do in your mudroom.

These photos are inspired by interior designer Amanda Reynal.

Her 6 basic tips are:

  1. Keep it cohesive.
  2. Fake a larger space with mirrors
  3. Incorporate custom cabinetry
  4. Designate a zone for every item
  5. Combine open and closed storage
  6. Divide and conquer

You can read more about her advice here.

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3 Ways To Make Your Home Look Expensive

Whether you’re moving into your first home or a new rental, there’s always a ton of things to buy.  Low-cost decor that looks expensive is everywhere.

Let’s have some fun decorating!

Stylish storage
Despite your best efforts to keep clutter to a minimum, life happens, and inevitably our homes fill up with stuff from the kitchen counters to the bathroom drawers. We are big believers in prevention rather than a cure, and that applies to more than just our health. Stop your mess in its tracks with storage that looks like stylish decor and makes chaos look chic.

A chic rug
No home, whether it’s your first or not, is complete without a rug. It’s the single most transformative thing you can do to any space, aside from paint. While there are several styles you can choose from, we recommend a jute or a flat-weave style. It’s incredibly hardy so it withstands any spills or wear and tear, but we love it for layering with – it’s the one home hack that transitions your home to winter. Throw a vintage or colorful small rug over the top for instant texture and visual flavor. It’s a super-simple change, but it makes the biggest difference.

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Nice dishes
Whether you plan on hosting guests for refined dinner parties or prefer to dine alone, you should always keep your buffet or kitchen cupboard well-stocked with upscale dining sets from dinner plates to bowls, salad, and side dishes. After all, a good hostess is always prepared for unexpected guests.

Have fun making your new house a home!

All my best,

Teresa


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8 Natural Ways To Make Your Home Smell Amazing

After last week’s post on evictions, I chose to lighten up the mood this week. You are in your home or rental trying to make it your own, now let’s make it yours by making it smell good. 

Your house can be cleaned fresh smelling all day when you use a DIY- all natural room smell. All you need for this first one is a mason jar, rosemary, vanilla extract and lemon. You’ll be amazed at how deliciously clean your home smells. (House of Hawthornes Tutorial)

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It may be cold out but that doesn’t mean you can’t have your home smelling like a fresh, spring breeze. What do you need for this? Some kind or spray bottle or jar, water, vodka (yes I said vodka) and lilac oil. Enjoy! (At the Picket Fence Tutoral)

 

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If you have carpets or rugs, you can freshen them with this homemade carpet powder. Sprinkle a mixture of this on your carpets, let sit for 5-30 minutes, vacuum and enjoy the scent about the house.  Ingredients: Baking soda, dried rosemary, lavender oil (you only need a little bit) (By Brittany Goldwyn Tutoral)

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Pre-made simmering pot recipes. You need:

  1. Mint and grapefruit, mason jar, lid and tag of some sort,
  2. Rosemary and lemon (see above), mason jar, lid and tag
  3. Lime, mint and ginger, mason jar, lid and tag

Note: these are great gifts to have premade for any ole occasion. (Two Purple Couches Tutorial)

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Don’t throw away empty plug in air fresheners. Just add your favorite essential oil and water to it. Reuse the glass container.  (Mom 4 Real Tutorial)

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This one is my favorite! If you re not a fan of smoky candles, you’ll love this. Made up of water-absorbing polymer, cinnamon oil, orange oil, and water. Delicious. (Shaken Together Life Tutorial)

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Cranberry Orange Potpourri

This just makes me hungry thinking about it. All you need for this is cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, rosemary and cranberry and oranges.  Bring to a boil on the stove, then simmer. (Liz Marie Blog Tutorial)

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DIY Reed Diffuser

Glass container, rattan reeds, alcohol, almond oil and essential oil.  (Mom 4 Real Tutorial)

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Enjoy. We love helping you make your house a home.

 

All my best,

 

Teresa

 


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Declutter Your Home Now and Into The New Year

Declutter! We all can agree that overflowing closets and stuffed basements just bring stress into your life. Especially if you have to walk around it.  Clutter comes with a lot of extra baggage – literally and figuratively.

Clutter comes with lack of organization, uncertainly, guilt, confusion and sometimes depression and anger.

In fact, according to an article by Christopher Peterson, Ph.D, in Psychology Today, clutter can have quite the psychological effect. Peterson pointed out a study published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology and notes, This line of research studies the effects on children of living in what is termed a chaotic environment. On focus is not the interpersonal chaos that may preside in some homes; that too takes a toll. Rather, the focus is on physical settings that are noisy and disorganized. Children who live in these settings have more than their share of problems.”

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Getting rid of clutter is a process and takes time but the benefits are clear.

  1. Sudden concentration.
  2. More creativity.
  3. Better sleep.
  4. Boosted mood.
  5. Let go of the past.
  6. Clear focus on your goals.

Letting go of clutter can be difficult but the benefits far outweighs any negatives that might come with it. Learn to let go of the clutter in your closet, garages, basements, kitchen…in fact, in every room of your life.

Living a minimalist life is well worth it.

All my best,

Teresa


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9 of the Best Ideas for Entertainment Centers

Organizing your home to make your house feel the way you want it can be tricky.

Better Homes and Gardens has shared 9 of their best entertainment center ideas that may work for you.

TVs are not like the TVs I grew up with. They are thin, sleep and can rid bulky components. Consider having your TV on the top of your mantel for a eye catching display.

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Cords, cords, cords! DVD players, video game systems, cable boxes and other electronic devices such as sound bars, stereo systems that can be bulky and an eye sore. Consider an old dresser as a storage space. You can leave the drawers in or take them out.

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Perhaps you were just thinking about throwing away all your vinyl records. Perhaps a shelving unit is what you need, while a wall mounted TV can be set above it.

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Just because you have media doesn’t mean it has to be bulky looking or lack style.

Wide and deep cabinets can store movies, video games, blankets and much more. When you frame your TV with the things you love, it will be sure to feel like home sweet home.

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Perhaps you have a small space or you are looking to put your TV entertaining area in a bedroom, basement or den. Consider separating the consoles into zones – games, remotes, etc. Keep the thing you use near where you will most likely use them at.

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A family room or play area is a great place to store games, toys and other kid activities.

Go through your items and consolidate. For instance, keep DVDs and other discs in a binder instead of their individual cases. Or corral all art supplies in one easy-to-carry tote rather than separate containers.

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Can’t see the TV? That is one look you can do too. There is a sleek hidden away look with built-in entertainment centers. This is a great way to make your area feel multi-purpose. My guess is every person who comes over will want their entertainment center this way too when they leave.

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Find a deep cabinet or console table and line up books, bookmarks, notebooks and other reading needs. This might end up being your favorite spot in the house!

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Are you looking for an airy, no clutter entertaining area. Consider concealed cabinetry for a balance between chic and storage. Inside these you can put movies, games, blankets, and other unsightly items.

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SW corner of the TV room/Family room

No matter which is your style, I hope this gave you some inside ideas of what you might consider for your entertaining area.

After all, making your house your home is what going home is all about.

All my best,

Teresa


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