• Home Decor

    Design World Says Gray Is ‘In’

    Gray is the “cool” color this year, and Grandma’s wingback chairs are fashionable again, especially if they are updated with new fabrics. Even the nail heads are back in style. The interior design world is embracing traditional more enthusiastically than it has since the time between the Great Depression and World War II, say trend watchers. “Everything has been about a return to tradition and formality,” says Michelle Lamb, a Minneapolis-based trend spotter. Traditional Home magazine reports that the lines between traditional and modern are being blurred, which makes the new traditional look up to date. Other design trends include: *Bare wood, including tree stumps used as end tables or…

  • Selling a Home

    Photographs Help Sell Homes

    It’s important to capture your home in a series of flattering photographs since in real estate, the more photos of a listing, the quicker it will sell. At Real Living, we have the ability to post up to 80 photographs per listing. Teresa knows which types of pictures sell a home, and she follows these rules when it comes to listing photographs. Listing photos showcase the seller’s home. Opening the blinds and turning on all the lights create an illusion of a larger room. Teresa will take photos from unusual perspectives to make your home look its best and most inviting on the Web. Teresa understands that it’s important to…

  • Building

    4 Things to Consider When Picking a Floor Plan

    Factors that dictate what floor plan will work best for a home buyer include how old their children are, how they entertain, and whether they have pets, says Jeff Benach, a principal with Lexington Homes in the Chicago area.Here are some issues Benach suggests considering when buying a home: Mudrooms. A spacious mud-room can make managing a young family’s comings and going much easier. They are also good for pet owners. Over-sized kitchen/family-room combinations. These rooms work for some people, but they aren’t good for party givers because large spaces are noisy and don’t lend themselves to intense cooking and food staging. Fireplaces and windows. Filling more than one wall…