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The Woodlands TX

The Woodlands TX Real Estate blog sponsored by Michele Flory and Company of The Woodlands TX including community news, activities, lifestyle events, the woodlands tx real estate market, homes for sale the woodlands tx, free real estate services.

Last Build Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:00:56 +0000


Styling Tips to ‘Wow’ Spring-Time Home Buyers

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:00:56 +0000

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(image) By Patti Stern, PJ & Co. Staging and Interior Decorating The new year and the upcoming spring season brings with it a fresh outlook and new beginnings. What will prospective home buyers be thinking about while searching for their new “happy place”? For sellers preparing their homes to sell this spring, that means engaging buyers by showcasing a warm, welcoming and cheerful property that others can easily envision living in. The following are our spring décor styling tips to help sellers prepare their property to stand out among the sea of new listings. Natural Elements Paired with Metallics One of our favorite trends is plants of all shapes and sizes–succulents, trees or plants in baskets and colorful planters, and fresh or synthetic garden flowers in vases and wreaths. Since metallic accents continue to be on-trend, we love pairing the two together for an elegant touch to appeal to today’s buyers who like to feel close to nature. Pops of Bright Accents Pair bold pops of colorful accessories such as accent pillows, throws, artwork, glass bowls filled with fruit, and fluffy bathroom towels against a neutral backdrop to give any room a boost of energy and warmth. Mix and match different […]

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Amerigo’s Grille

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:31:06 +0000

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Image Source: Amerigo’s Grille has been in The Woodlands over 30 years.  A young acquaintance recommended it recently and I was surprised that a young hip person would know about it.  I was more surprised on my first visit that it was full of young people!  It has fast become one of my new ‘old’ favorites.  I love the bar area.  The bartenders are great and give exceptional yet relaxed service. The Happy Hour menu has an amazing charcuterie board — one of the best in the area.  My favorite on the HH menu is a tasty toasted ravioli dish that is hearty and delicious.  I know bread is often overlooked at restaurants, but their olive oil with seasonings is the perfect accompaniment to their warm crusty bread. I can’t stop eating it.  Shrimp panko and ahi tuna round out an impressive meal-worthy list of hearty Happy Hour snacks.  The dinner menu has all the items an Italian or fine dining establishment should have.  Pasta, steaks, veal, seafood, and primo vegetables are well represented. I had lamb as a recent off-the-menu special and it was exquisite.  Cooked perfectly and encrusted with rosemary, it was earthy and fresh and as […]

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7 Ways to Add More Romance to a Home’s Decor

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 07:00:13 +0000

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(image) By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day this week. But a romantic flair to warm up your home design may very well be in style year-round. In fact, one-third of homeowners say they intended to renovate their master bedrooms to create a more romantic or intimate space, according to a 2015 survey of more than 1,500 homeowners conducted by Houzz, a remodeling website. How do you achieve a more romantic style with your décor? Here are a few ideas. 1. Fluffy pillows The more pillows on the bed, the better. Decorative pillows can add a softness to a room. Read tips from stager Audra Slinkey from the Home Staging Resource: How to Use Pillows in Staging Photo by Marker Girl Home – Discover bedroom design inspiration   2. A lush Rug A faux sheepskin rug under the bed may add a touch of luster to the flooring. Photo by About:Space, LLC – Search bedroom pictures   3. Whites and pastels Softer colors can add a more romantic vibe. Pristine white mixed with soft pastels may add warmth to a bedroom. Try whites or pastel bedding and accessories up against a slightly darker wall […]

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Hot Home Trend: Florals Are Dressing Up Interiors

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 07:01:42 +0000

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(image) By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Consider adding more floral patterns into your staging. It’s bold and trendy, home designers say. Floral prints are seeing a revival in home design, according to the design community on Houzz, a home renovation and design platform. In fact, they are calling florals one of the hottest home design trends of 2018. But its re-emergence in interiors does come with a twist this time around. Floral designs in contrasting colors is trending. It can make a big statement and can be an eye-popping pattern to jazz up a space. “Forget low-energy patterns and think botanical references in high-contrast colors, such as black and white, or teal and gold, and over-sized blooms,” Houzz notes in its forecast. Floral patterns of roses, peonies, and lilacs are popular in wall art, throw pillows or bedding, rugs, or furnishings. It can feel vintage, and add a little flair to an otherwise neutral staging palette. Photo by Angela Flournoy – Browse bedroom photos Photo by Angela Flournoy – More bedroom photos Photo by Angela Flournoy – More bedroom ideas Photo by Oak Hill Building & Remodeling – Look for living room pictures

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Tue, 30 Jan 2018 15:53:15 +0000

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(Image Source) I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of a restaurant that markets itself as green. For me, it’s all about the food. So let me talk about that first, and then I can talk about the green thing. Bella Green is a healthy fast casual restaurant that serves salads, pizza, pasta, burgers, sandwiches, tacos, soup, and desserts. Recently I enjoyed an outstanding chicken sandwich — grilled all-natural chicken breast, bacon, mixed greens, tomato, house-made pickles, onion, avocado, swiss cheese, mango ranch dressing, and served on a whole-wheat bun. That mango ranch dressing made the sandwich. And the pickles added an outstanding zing. They have an awesome selection of burgers, including veggie, beef, turkey and lamb. The sweet potato fries are fantastic and what I suggest as an accompaniment. They sell lots of salads all day long and they are excellent. The honey fried goat cheese with arugula is my favorite and the curry chicken is also different and exotic. The salads are my number one recommendation here. Servings are big so make sure you take one of their ecofriendly to go boxes. If you want pasta or comfort food, the quinoa mac n cheese is a guilt […]

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Stagers Who Stand Ready to Transform Properties

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 07:00:30 +0000

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(image) By Audra Slinkey, Home Staging Resource A lot of people don’t realize just how much home stagers do for their clients. Certified professional home stagers are true artists and will go to great lengths to get that “right look,” as well as help seller’s maximize the return impact on the sale of their home. Here are two, behind-the-scenes staging stories that show you how far your home stager will go to GET IT DONE RIGHT… You may have seen this unique residence in your news stream a while back, but did you consider how it got staged?  It is on an island just off the Connecticut coast and the residence spans the entire three-acre island.                       There were five houses to be staged (a main house, guest house, tea house, game house, and pool house.)  The real kicker is that the caretaker’s boat had weight restrictions and could not hold couches, beds, or larger pieces–so the stager had to be creative! HSR Certified home stager Leia Ward of LTW Designs in Fairfield County is the brave home stager who took on this property, and using only accessories, staged it beautifully!  Here […]

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Hot Home Trend: Black Is Back

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:00:07 +0000

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(image) By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Black is getting popular in home design. Black fixtures, appliances, and even black furniture are emerging as one of the hottest trends in the new year. Black fixtures are replacing brass or rubbed bronze as a trendy home hardware in 2018. Black makes a great finish because it goes with anything. In matted finishes, it can also be easier to clean than your lighter, polished metals–so that’s definitely an added perk for homeowners too. Photo by Office of Architecture – Browse bathroom ideas Photo by – Look for bathroom design inspiration Black cabinets in the kitchen are getting trendy too. To offset the darkness, some homeowners are mixing the black cabinets with lighter cabinets. Check out this one from Weston Lodge… Photo by Woodale – Look for kitchen design inspiration Black stainless appliances are also gradually gaining more momentum in the kitchen. Black stainless was once again being showed in the newest appliance models at CES 2018, the consumer electronics show this year. As  more smudge proof, black stainless is proving itself as a trendy alternative to traditional stainless. Photo credit: Samsung

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26 Rillwood The Woodlands Texas

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:53:16 +0000

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The Woodlands 26 Rillwood. Beautiful updated home with spectacular pool, great location, plus zoned for top rated schools.

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#CES2018: Tech Up Your Style

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 10:00:12 +0000

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(image) By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The mega consumer electronic showcase, CES, lands in Las Vegas this week. It may not be the place you typically go to for décor trends, but technology is having an undeniable influence in home design, like see-through refrigerators and smart lighting. Consumers look to you for expertise too. Forty-two percent of Americans say they would look to their sales agent to provide suggestions about how staging their home with smart home products could impact the sale of their home, according to a newly released Coldwell Banker Real Estate survey of more than 3,000 Americans. So what do we see that has potential this year to spice up some designs? Here are a few picks from CES 2018. Accent Wall Light Show   Photo credit: Nanoleaf Nanoleaf’s color-changing Aurora light panels would make for an attention-getting accent wall in small or big doses. Connect them in any configuration you like. They just stick to the walls. The panels change colors, and you can sync the lights to music and also with one of your AI’s, Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant. The panels are touch-sensitive so with a tap you can turn them on and off, […]

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White Kitchen Fatigue?

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 07:00:36 +0000

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(image) By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Are homeowners growing tired of the all-white kitchen? Some design experts believe so. White kitchens have been popular over the past few years, but Houzz editor and writer Mitchell Parker predicts that the number of homeowners who will get “white-kitchen fatigue” will grow in the new year. Some homeowners may experiment with adding more colors back in to the kitchen. “While white kitchens aren’t going anywhere, expect to see a rise in color, especially other neutrals like gray and blue,” Parker notes in reporting on 2018 home trends. “Plus, warm wood tones are becoming a popular replacement for painted cabinets, leading to sophisticated, rich palettes.” The two-tone look started catching on in 2017, in which cabinet colors were mixed and matched in the kitchen. For example, the bottom cabinets might be a darker color, such as gray, and the upper cabinets then all in white. Or, homeowners were making a bigger statement with their kitchen islands by painting it a bolder color that contrasted with the rest of its kitchen cabinets. Photo by Rikki Snyder – More kitchen photos Photo by Art of Construction Inc – Browse kitchen ideas Photo by USI Design & […]

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