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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

The Chic, New Neutral Color Backdrop

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Move over, beige. Shades of whites and grays are becoming the trendy wall color choice nowadays. For contemporary, sophisticated walls, stagers are reaching for the whites and grays. In some cases, the colors...
August 18, 2014

5 Design Trends You May Want to Avoid in Staging

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Stagers are embracing some of the latest home design trends in freshening up homes for-sale (view this “Dressed to Sell” slideshow). But some trends, they’re thinking twice about incorporating. “If you’re too trendy,...
August 11, 2014

Mudrooms: Should You Stage One in Your Listing?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Given the harsh winter across the country this year, more home buyers may have added a mudroom to their wish-lists. Could staging one in your listing win over more buyers’ hearts? The home...
July 7, 2014

Can You Squeeze an Outdoor Retreat onto a Small Lot?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Builders increasingly are squeezing large, luxurious homes on smaller lots, at a time when home owners and home buyers say they crave outdoor retreats. While buyers say they want outdoor space, they also are...
June 30, 2014

Will Stainless Steel’s Popularity Ever Be Dethroned?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Appliance manufacturers are providing home owners with modern finishes to their kitchen appliances, and some of the offerings have even been touted as the “new stainless steel.” Appliance makers are in the search...
June 9, 2014