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Most Popular Bathroom Trends for 2017

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Move over traditional styles. Contemporary and transitional-styled bathrooms are overtaking traditional in design preferences, according to the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report by the National Kitchen & Bath Association. The member...
April 3, 2017

It’s Now Cool to Have Mismatched Fixtures

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine A home with a mix of chrome, nickel, brass, and bronze fixtures may prompt some home buyers to pause. But such mismatches are actually on trend. (Good news to those remodelers who may...
March 27, 2017

Go 3D With Your Wall Designs

Add a third-dimension to your walls: 3D wall panels can offer a unique, eye-catching look. One company called WallArt offers chic, environmentally friendly wall coverings. The three-dimensional effect can help add the “wow” factor to a room, whether styled...
March 13, 2017

Do a Foundation Check: 5 Things to Watch For

Take a closer look at the home’s foundation before buying, says Matt Stock, president of U.S. Waterproofing, based in the Chicago area. An undisclosed structural foundation repair could leave a new buyer facing a price tag of $20,000 or...
February 6, 2017

The Number One Design Style for 2017 Is …

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The Modern Farmhouse is on trend in home design this year, according to a newly released survey by Next Day Blinds. We may have Joanna and Chip Gaines from the HGTV hit show...
January 23, 2017

Best of CES 2017 for the Home

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine CES 2017 (#CES2017) – the annual international consumer electronics tradeshow — kicks off this week in Las Vegas. In this year’s show, home product debuts are taking up even more of the spotlight...
January 5, 2017

Beige Is Back: And There’s No Blah About It

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Beige is pushing out gray as the hottest neutral color tone in homes heading into 2017, according to several color forecasters. Beige had once been cast aside in home design as too boring....
January 2, 2017

How to Choose the Right Paint Color

A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest and most affordable home improvement projects to tackle prior to a home sale that can make a big difference. Sara McLean, color expert and blogger for Dunn-Edwards Paints, offers some...
December 26, 2016

10 Staging Tips for Holiday Decor

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine You don’t have to go all Clark Griswold to show your holiday spirit. Decorations can be subtle, tasteful and inviting when a house is up for sale during the holiday months. Sure, there...
December 19, 2016

Pantone’s Nature-Inspired Pick for 2017 Color of the Year

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Adding nature, via plants, has always been a popular way to help spruce  up a home for sale. But Pantone’s 2017 choice for Color of the Year wants you using the color of...
December 9, 2016