Copper Counter Tops?

Selling a home today is a challenge.  Selling a home with custom details is EVEN MORE a challenge.  Today people prefer to keep things simple and run with the crowd.  HGTV say’s ” Granite” is the way to go.  The crowd buys Granite and all MOST buyers look for it in a home or think how they can add it.

Picture how I felt when I received a text from a client in a fabulous home, but had a high quality laminate counter.

Client: “I’m changing my counter tops”

YES-YES-YES

Client: “I’m going with a copper. I’ve always wanted this”

NO-NO-NO

Copper Counter Tops? I must admit, I have never seen then. I have two pictures of copper in my mind. The picture of the old fashioned shiny posts and roster shaped baking pans hanging on a great grandmothers kitchen wall, and the second NOT so pleasing. The ugly pennies stuck to the bottom of the cup holder in my car. Either way- this does not feel good to me.

I did a bit of research trying to brace myself for the review of her home this week, and found THIS site to be helpful. I even like some of the finishes. But which did my client do?

Stay tuned….

Got Art?

If  you were looking for something to do on this beautiful September day, you should have dropped by Piedmont Park to enjoy the annual Arts Festival!  Not only were there plenty of pieces of amazing artwork, but originally designed apparel, jewelry, and accessories were stationed, too.

From the Cellar Art booth, the most gorgeous glass treasures laid.  Nancy Cann has been creating these reversible pieces of jewelry for several years, and her skills are proven through her work.  To view more of her collection, CLICK HERE. (Sorry, she refused to let me take pictures!)

In another corner, Daniel Schemel had us frozen in time, as we gazed in awe at his wonderful clockwork.  Wooden watches  with leather bands, isn’t that unique?  To see more of his work visit Mistura Timepieces.

 

If you enjoy watercolor paintings, you should check out Helen Beacham’s Fine Art.  The most esquisite works of art could be found in this booth.  Her specialties are still life and landscape.  From the looks of things, she never disappoints!

 

 

My personal favorite display was Vicki Love’s.  She designs and creates products from deerskin.  At this particular booth, she displayed bags and a vest.  The detailed craftsmanship of each item exhibits her dedication to her work.  For a closer look, check her out HERE.

There were so many gorgeous works on display during this even.  If you missed out this year, now you know what to expect. Don’t miss out, this festival is one worth attending!

Cassia Preston (Photos not always consistent with content.)

Small Cool…

I think my house is too big.
I know I could never imagine thinking this, when I was in my smaller ranch home but, while sweeping the upstairs hall and discovering dust balls in places I haven’t been in weeks, I felt drained.
Not drained from the amount of work I had to do to keep the house in order, but drained in the creativity department.  Is there such a thing as having too much space for “stuff” that it actually stifles our creativity?
I don’t know, but I’m feeling it.  When I was in the ranch home, I remember being bold and daring.  I painted the dining room a deep chocolate-brown, I used baskets for storage and seats.  I recreated shelves and turned nooks into libraries.  In the living room, I painted one wall aqua  and on the other  white with a huge freehand aqua flower.
I hung curtains all over and weekly rearranged furniture to give each room new life.  The bold YELLOW kitchen always felt spicy and my red bathroom fun. I miss the ME, in that home.
Now with a little over 3,000 sq. ft, I feel…afraid!
I’m afraid to make any paint decisions that may stand out and not flow with the “theme” of the home…?? What theme? I still have yet to define my “theme” but don’t’ want to make any moves out of fear of potentially messing whatever it WILL BE, up.  Insanity!
I know and always tell clients, “Painting is the easiest, most affordable way to make a change. If you don’t like it- paint it AGAIN!”
So why am I not following my advice?
Today, I had to revisit a few good websites and books that always inspire and motivate me.  (http://www.apartmenttherapy.com) Apartment Therapy’s “Small Cool” book top’s the list.
I really miss my small cool home viewing this site http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/big-book/ ..now, how to take these ideas and be brave enough to incorporate them on a larger scale?

Westview developer, Jim Kelly, gets recognition

The Westview Community Organization recognized developer Jim Kelly last night at the WCO meeting for his commitment to “context sensitive design in his rehabilitation of historic homes in Westview.”  Photos of Jim’s quality work can be seen on the Westview Facebook page.  Jim is a resident of West End.  Thanks, Jim, for helping to rehabilitate one of Westview’s most valuable assets– its historic homes!

Home Fads That Are Falling Out of Style

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey  styledstagedsold

LAS VEGAS – Some home features don’t stay popular forever. More homes are inching away from incorporating the following home features, according to recent consumer preference surveys.

1. Fireplaces: The fireplace skyrocketed in importance in homes in 1991 with 62 percent of new homes having one or more. But the number has steadily been decreasing ever since. In 2007, the number dropped to 51 percent.

2. Carpet: While 54 percent of homes still have carpet floors, the number is decreasing and hardwood floors are taking the place. Vinyl and ceramic tile flooring also are being bypassed more by buyers. Seventeen percent of new homes contain hardwood floors throughout the entire house.

3. Living room: These once-decorative centerpieces of homes are slowly vanishing from newer homes. Thirty-four percent of consumers say they’re willing to buy a home without a living room.

4. Desks in the kitchen: These desks were once looked at as great storage areas but they’re often too small and quickly become clutter spaces in a home, said Gayle Butler, editor in chief of Better Homes and Gardens. Instead, more consumers say they prefer larger desks in or near the family room—equipped with a messaging center—where they can keep an eye on their kids as they work on the computer.

5. Skylights: The little windows that allow natural light to seep into a home from above are falling out of style. Only 10 percent of new homes will include them this year, a continuing downward spiral for skylights.

6. Upscale kitchen finishes: Granite countertops are slowly becoming less desirable among buyers who are now moving toward affordable, low-maintenance laminate countertops—which tend to last longer and now come in various styles.

What trends are you noticing are falling out of favor with your buyers?

Living in a Historic community and having 4 fireplaces which I LOVE- I do not agree with this one 🙂 – you just can not beat my heat sucking beauties!   I’m also not a fan of Granite- I have butcher block… I think next I would want concrete buffed..

Buyers Want Flexibility Over Bigger Rooms

Smaller, versatile  space is trumping huge square footage among home buyers, according to the findings of at least one major home builder.

Designers at Beazer Homes are eliminating long hallways to open up plans. They also are scaling back master bedrooms.

“We found some masters were getting deeper, so the distance from the end of the bed to the dresser across from it was often more than five feet–a no man’s land. Instead, we’re tightening it up and putting that [square footage] somewhere else,” says Kent Goff, Beazer’s vice president of planning and design.

Preferred floor plans include a flexible space that can be attached to master to be used as either another bedroom or an office.

“[People] are looking for spaces that can be used in a couple of ways, depending on how they live their lives,” Goff says. “It’s all about usable, functional space, not just bigger rooms anymore.”

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“My Big Amazing Renovation”, is coming to Atlanta!

One of HGTV‘s newest weekly series, “My Big Amazing Renovation”, is coming to Atlanta, GA and surrounding areas to film BIG, AMAZING, renovations! Each half-hour episode features some of the most incredible renovations throughout the country and the inspiring homeowners who roll up their sleeves and transform their current home into their dream home!

We are currently looking for homeowners who are:

  • Just starting a major renovation (already past the permitting phase)
  • Are doubling the size of their house
  • Are transforming the original space including the kitchen
  • Have several unique design projects planned for the renovation
  • Have a set budget and time frame for the completion of the
    renovation
  • Are passionate about their renovation, and eager to share their
    experience with others
  • Please note: we are not actually paying for the renovation, just documenting the amazing transformation

The series will premiere this fall and is produced for HGTV by High Noon Entertainment in Denver, CO. You can learn more about High Noon Entertainment by visiting our website at www.highnoonentertainment.com.

Homeowners who would like to be considered for the program should contact Jenna Friederich at 303.712.3146.