The WORST Countertop Choice When Selling Your House

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Now that graysare the new neutral in updating interiors, designers are looking for countertop materials that blend beautifully with these colors. Enter the latest star of the kitchen design world…marble.

Gird your loinsI have to admit, the first words that popped into my head about using marble for kitchen countertops were,“All right everyone, gird your loins!”(The Devil Wears Prada).

Devils…I mean trend-setting designers… are now specifying marble as the latest ‘must have’ countertop material. Check out Pinterest, Houzz, Better Homes.You’ll see what I mean.
But is it the BEST choice if you are preparing your house for sale?

Recently, one of my clients, who was updating her kitchen before listing, left mean excited voicemail saying,

“I’m soooooo lucky! I’ve just put their last two marble slabs on hold. According to the salesperson, they are…

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Waiting Game: Architect-designed Bus Stops


This is what happens when you ask top architects to design bus shelters.

The tiny Austrian village of Krumbach asked seven prize-winning architects to redesign their bus stops, which were built by local craftsmen. You can read more about the process over at Fast Company

The results? Public transit that’s worth the wait.

Images: © Adolf Bereuter, via Fast Company

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Should You Build a New Home or Buy a Fixer Upper?

Sibcy Cline Blog

DreamStOL Buying a home can be one of the largest investments, both financially and emotionally, that many of us will ever make. Not only do you have to consider what fits your financial situation, but you also have to consider (besides a roof over your head) what else you want out of your home.

With these considerations in mind, the debate between buying a new home and a fixer-upper becomes one with many factors to evaluate. So let’s look at some of the pros and cons of each scenario.

New Home


1. Everything’s New
In newer homes you know that all plumbing, electrical, HVAC, lighting and other systems that your house runs on are brand new and should be worry-free.

2. Fresh and Clean
“Move-in ready” is a key benefit of buying a new home. Everything – from floors to walls – is clean and fresh and requires no additional work before moving in…

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Screen Time Spring Cleaning…

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Good afternoon dearest readers!!

As the spring weather settles in and our bodies naturally yearn for sunshine-filled days and fresh starts, we are being presented with the perfect opportunity to make resolutions for leading healthier, more mindful and more enjoyable lives!

We find ourselves in an era where we each have multiple email addresses to check on a daily basis, a diverse array of ringtones emerging from our phones to signal incoming messages every minute, social media notifications constantly popping up on our screens in our peripheral vision, not to mention countless hours working away on a computer or laptop, on a regular basis.

All in all, this immense amount of “screen time” can sometimes be overwhelming, to say the least. In light of this, here are some pointers on how to make one of your resolutions this spring about creating a more positive atmosphere around screen time….

Feel that…

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Furniture Arrangement Tips

Chris George Homes

Furniture Arrangement Tips

Arranging furniture in your home gives you the ability to express your personality because each person has a different idea of how a room should look. Initially, it may appear that furniture arrangement is an easy task, but in reality, it actually takes some effort, a bit of calculation, and creativity. Furniture arrangement affects the entire atmosphere of a home and has the ability to do things like make small spaces appear larger or large spaces appear more cozy.

Fortunately, there are no rules when it comes to arranging your furniture. But, there are tips and considerations that can help guide you to achieve your desired look. Especially for home owners who still can’t quite picture what they want, searching for trends and tips on furniture arrangement is a great place to start.

One essential consideration for furniture arrangement is measurement. Know how much space you’re working with and the…

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