Interior Design

Key Indicators Point to Strong Summer for Kirkland Housing Market

Key Indicators Point to Strong Summer for Kirkland Housing Market

Kirkland inventory, pending sales, and home prices have all increased during the month of June compared to a year ago, according to the latest report from Northwest Multiple Listing Service. The same report, which covers 23 counties in Washington state, shows year-over-year drops area-wide in both the volume of new listings and closed sales, giving buyers some relief this summer.

Create an Inspired Life

Create an Inspired Life

In today’s hectic world, stress is always present. Your home contributes a lot to how you feel once you walk in the door; It will either nurture you and promote positive thoughts or overwhelm you, leaving you exhausted. So, it is important to create an environment within your home that is calm and peaceful, allowing you to recharge your energy and help you lead a happy life. Here are nine tips for creating your own calm and peaceful sanctuary at home.

7 Ways to Turn Your Backyard Into a Summer Oasis

7 Ways to Turn Your Backyard Into a Summer Oasis

One of the best things about Summer in the Pacific Northwest is being able to enjoy time outside. The beautiful weather this time of year far makes up for the dreary Seattle winters, and it means we appreciate the sunshine more than anyone else! This summer, don’t limit yourself when it comes to home decorating- and take the comfort of our indoors outside with these seven outdoor decorating ideas.

Sustainable Designs that are Trending Right Now

Sustainable Designs that are Trending Right Now

Sustainability has emerged as a definite trend in home design and renovation projects. Below we have outlined a collection of top-trending materials and designs for you to consider as you begin your remodel or design process to decrease your carbon footprint and breathe a “green” element into your daily lifestyle.

Decorating Tips to Improve Your Home

Judith Taylor of Houzz presents "12 Key Decorating Tips to Make Any Room Better," that prove helpful whether you're looking to improve your home or considering preparing it for a sale. 

As Taylor first explains, people who specialize in home decor "are creative types by nature and love to imagine, dream and explore," but there are a few "tried and true things that work" no matter your creative/design skill level. 

Here five of our favorite tips: 

1. Wait to choose your paint color to make sure that you not only pick a color that suits your home, but that complements all the items you plan to put in it.

2. Find a piece to serve as your focal point and allow the rest to complement it. As Taylor says, "your focal point might be a dramatic hood in the kitchen, a mantel and art piece in the living room or a headboard in the bedroom." What you choose is open to interpretation, just ensure that you "choose something that will draw attention."

3. Don't be afraid to be bold because it creates personality. The article describes that it is important to "incorporate unexpected elements for drama" in order to personalize and create a unique space that people will appreciate.

4. Hang your artwork so that the center is approximately 57 inches from the floor. Why? As Taylor writes, "the average human eye level is 57 inches," so it offers the perfect height for you and your guests to enjoy your pieces.

5. Give yourself permission to be creative. While following creative principles can be helpful, just "go with something personal that makes you smile and, above all, is comfortable." If you do, you're sure to end up with a space you (or a potential buyer) will love.

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