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The 2015 Color of the Year Is …

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine If the “2014 Color of the Year” – the bright pink-purplish Radiant Orchard – was too bold for your tastes, you may find Pantone’s 2015 color choice a perfect toned down hue: Marsala....
December 8, 2014

3 Staging Solutions to Modernize a Space

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Stager Sandra Holmes, president of Home Staging Concepts in South Florida, shows how a few design touches can instantly transform a room. #1 Accessorize it. Master suite sitting area Problem: The nearly bare seating...
November 17, 2014

6 Trends Driving New-Home Designs

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine What is luring home buyers to new homes? Technology, the outdoors, and “super kitchens” are among what Nick Lehnert, executive director at KTGY, and Mollie Carmichael, principal at John Burns Real Estate Consulting,...
November 10, 2014

Add Some Harvest Decor to Your Staging

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Fall is in the air… Just because your home owners have their home listed for-sale, doesn’t mean they have to strip their home of all fall seasonal décor. In fact, adding a little...
November 3, 2014

Show Off a Home’s Dining Space

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Nearly three-quarters of about 1,700 home owners recently surveyed say that they use their dining rooms on a daily or weekly basis, according to the 2014 Houzz Decorating Trends Survey. The majority of...
October 27, 2014

See the Green: The Latest Nature-Inspired Hue in Staging

Traditional Living Room by Little Rock Interior Designers & Decorators Tobi Fairley Interior Design   By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Stealing a note from nature, spring green and yellow-green colors are moving into more home interiors. It’s nature’s...
October 13, 2014

That ‘Special Function Room’ Is Back in Demand

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The special function room – like outdoor living rooms and home offices — had mostly vanished from new-homes and home remodels during the housing downturn. But now they’re reappearing. Also back in demand,...
October 6, 2014

4 Ways to Makeover a Master Bedroom

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Only 2 percent of more than 1,700 home owners say they have achieved their design vision in their homes, according to a survey by the remodeling website Houzz (2014 Houzz Decorating Trends Survey)....
September 29, 2014

5 Remodeling Projects with the Lowest Paybacks at Resale

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine If you want to get the biggest bang for your remodeling buck, replace the entry door to steel, according to the 2014 Cost vs. Value Report, produced by Remodeling Magazine in conjunction with...
September 15, 2014

Stylish Staging That Has Comfort in Mind

Transitional Dining Room by Dallas Home Builders Ellen Grasso & Sons, LLC   By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Nearly 70 percent of about 6,000 home owners surveyed by the remodeling website Houzz said they’re happiest in rooms that...
September 8, 2014