Archives for April 2019

Debunking the Biggest Homebuying Myths Today

  • The average down payment for first-time homebuyers is only 6%!
  • Mortgage interest rates have been on the decline since November! Hop in now to lock in a low rate!
  • 88% of property managers raised their rents in the last 12 months!
  • The average credit score on approved loans continues to fall across many loan types!

Remodeling and Design Firms Expect Steady Demand This Quarter

The Q2 Houzz Renovation Barometer also shows that U.S. firms now have shorter project backlogs than a year ago

As we head into the second three months of 2019, many firms — on both the construction side and the architectural and design side of the residential remodeling industry — have positive short-term expectations, new data from Houzz reveal. Wait times for these firms to take on a new midsize project, however, are notably dropping. 

As a home remodeling or design pro, you can benefit from having a pulse on market conditions, since factors that affect pros in other specialties can also affect your business. The Q2 2019 Houzz Renovation Barometer tracks residential renovation market expectations, project wait times and recent business activity based on responses from more than 2,000 small businesses on Houzz.

Decorating 101: The ABCs of Arranging Vignettes

Learn how to make captivating displays with some of your favorite belongings

In the world of interior design, a vignette is a small, pleasing picture formed by grouping several objects — think of it as a pocket-size table arrangement that tells a story about you and your home. A vignette is a harmonious tableau made from a variety of items, rather than a large collection of similar articles (for example, clocks or toys), which would require a different display strategy. 

Vignettes can easily be reinvented to suit your whims — a change of season, a new find, a gift and a special occasion are all good reasons to refashion your mini displays. There’s a knack to making these small scenes look effortlessly composed and eye-catching. You can learn how to build delightful vignette worlds with this easy lesson.

Fun Facts About Your Digital Life

Are you always online? If so, then you join millions of people who have a digital life. The internet has become so ubiquitous that we take it for granted.

Where to Place Your Kitchen Cabinetry Hardware

Does it go in the middle of the drawer, on the edge or nowhere at all? Get advice on where to put the knobs and pulls

Remodeling a kitchen can be a daunting undertaking. There are so many decisions to make that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. And just when the end of your remodel is in sight, your contractor asks one last question: “Where would you like the hardware placed on your cabinetry?” 

It probably never occurred to you that there are placement options for your hardware. Like most design options, placement is based on a combination of tried and true design solutions and one’s own aesthetic. Let’s explore hardware placement so that when your contractor comes asking you’ll be prepared.

Home Buyer Demand Will Be Strong For Years To Come

There has been a lot written about millennials and their preference to live in city centers above their favorite pizza place. Some have even gone so far as to say that millennials are a “Renter-Generation”.

And while this might be true for some millennials, more and more research has surfaced that shows for the vast majority, owning a home is a major part of their American Dream!

New research shows that 66% of millennials who currently rent are determined to buy a home! Seventy-three percent of those surveyed by Pulsenomics plan to buy a home in the next five years, with 40% planning to do so within the next two years!

“Millennials want to own a home as much as prior generations,” Ali Wolf, Director of Economic Research at Meyers Research says. “We saw millennial shoppers scooping up homes in 2018—and 2019 will be no different.”

Bottom Line

Are you one of the millions of renters who are ready and willing to buy a home? Meet with a local real estate professional who can help determine your ability to buy now!

Design Through the Decades: 1930 to 1940

A monument to Art Deco sails into history, Fallingwater rises, and poise lamps and butterfly chairs take wing

This series looks back at iconic designs from each decade, starting in 1900. This installment covers transportation’s influence on 1930s styles, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, and ’30s design objects still popular today.

If the story of a style icon could symbolize the arc of a decade, perhaps that’s what the SS Normandie’s does for the 1930s. The ocean liner embodied the can-do spirit of naval architect Vladimir Yourkevitch, who spent almost 20 years trying to convince people in Russia and France of his design’s superiority. It also exemplified the optimism of the French government, which subsidized its construction despite the U.S. stock market crash of 1929 and the looming worldwide Depression. The Normandie was innovative, big and fast, setting a speed record on its maiden voyage from France to New York in 1935. And until its tragic end, it was dazzling.

Highest Rated Bedroom Furniture

Awaken new style in your room with bedding, seats and more

8 Ways to Jazz Up a Neutral Kitchen

See these creative ideas for giving a white, gray or otherwise neutral kitchen more personality

Many of us love a kitchen with a neutral palette — especially if it features cabinets that are white, wood or gray, according to Houzz research. Neutrals are also popular for kitchen countertops and backsplashes, as well as kitchen walls.

But if you find an all-neutral kitchen a bit too plain — or you’ve been living with one for a while and want to spruce it up — there are plenty of ways to add personality to the heart of your home. These eight ideas may get the creative juices flowing. Which one would you like to see in your kitchen?