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Add Some Romance to the Master Bedroom, Survey Says

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey It’s time to add more romance into your designs. One-third of home owners say they’re renovating their master bedrooms to create a more romantic or intimate space, according to the 2015 U.S. Houzz Bedroom Trends...
September 28, 2015

Move Over Man Caves, the ‘She-Shed’ Is Gaining Popularity

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Men have their man caves, but how about a space just for females? Welcome, the “she shed.” These backyard retreats are becoming the latest buzzword in interior design — emerging as the perfectly...
September 7, 2015

‘Heavy Metal’ is Rocking Home Design Accessories

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Mixed metals are growing in popularity in home design, adding some bling and modernizing spaces. Warm metallic — such as in burnished gold, bronze, and copper – are among the most popular, but...
August 17, 2015

The Hottest Color for Home Interiors in 2015

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine  Gray interiors are growing in popularity, holding the edge on most popular hue for the second year for home interiors, according to the Paint Quality Institute. “It’s understated and sophisticated,” according to the...
August 10, 2015

In Kitchens, the Design May Trump Cooking

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Home owners continue to invest in their kitchens but cooking appears to be coming in secondary to the design of the space, according to the latest American Institute of Architects’ Home Design Trends...
July 6, 2015

How Much Does That House Project Really Cost?

Your home buyers love that home, but if only it had hardwood floors instead of carpet throughout. How much would that cost? You may field such cost questions from potential buyers, and some new online resources may help you...
June 15, 2015

Master Bathroom Must-Haves

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Supersized master showers reign, according to the 2015 Houzz Bathroom Trends Study. Showers are expanding with many of the more than 3,000 home owners recently surveyed saying they plan to upgrade their master...

Powder Rooms That Make a Statement

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine More home owners are turning to the powder room to make a dramatic statement and packing in a lot of design into these often small spaces, according to the 2015 Houzz Bathroom Trends...
May 18, 2015

Top 10 Unmet Housing Desires Movers May be Looking For

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine May marks National Moving Month, a kick off to the traditional moving season. Many households will be on the move in the coming months, whether it’s relocating a few blocks away or miles...
May 4, 2015

Reimagine the Formal Living Room

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine A living room likely isn’t topping many home shoppers’ must-have list these days. In fact, some architects say the formal living room – that upscale room welcoming guests at the front of a...
April 27, 2015