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Perk up Your Space with the Perfect Accessories!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Eeek! Where do I begin?” This is the question I hear the most when it comes to styling your home to sell… It's a lot to take in when you're getting your home 'show ready' so I wanted to start with some of the little accents that make a big impact on the space. From the rug selections that you choose to the accent pieces that you place on your end tables, there's a method to designing a home that will appeal to the most number of buyers. Designing your home is fun and exciting! Here are my top tips when it comes to choosing the perfect accessories for your space.

Decorative Clusters

You may think that decorative pieces are just placed in the room; however, there's a true method to what goes where and how much of it is in a room. For example, it's always important to use a mix of the following:

  • Metals

  • Texture

  • Greenery

  • Pop of color

When you're clustering your items on a table, keep these elements in mind. My favorite elements to incorporate into a space are coral and shells. Take a look at what's metal, what has texture and what you can take from the yard when you're deciding what items to place on a table. When you do this, you add some depth and life to the space and buyers just can't take their eyes away from your designs.

The Power of Odd Numbers

Another thing I always say is that you never want even numbered clusters. For instance, two items on one side of the table and two on the other. Instead, try for three decorative items on one side and two on the other, and always be sure that these items are never less than six inches apart. The thing is, when decorative items are less than six inches apart, they're then considered knick-knacks, which are more sentimental in nature and should be put away for showings. The goal is to not have your items less than six inches apart here to create that look you want for your space.

Timeless Color Combinations

Brushed gold is hot right now, which is why I'm loving it in a lot of the homes that I'm designing. My favorite thing is intermixing brushed gold with matte black to give that true timeless feel in the space. This works especially well in areas of the home, like the breakfast nook. Don't add too much brushed gold to the space though. It's meant to be an accent feature in the home. And because black will never go out of style, this is the perfect look if you want that timeless appeal in your home.

Rug Selections

Simple is always better when it comes to your rug selections. I always say that if you're going to go with a patterned rug, it should be a large pattern. If the rug pattern is too busy, it limits you on what you can do with the furniture and pillows in the room. So, if you're going with a simple rug, you can do more with the furniture by way of patterns, colors and designs, but if you're going with a busy rug, you'll need to keep your furniture and pillows simple in design.

Accenting Your Space

The right pieces provide the right feel in the space, so don't be afraid to go out of your comfort zone when it comes to choosing accessories for your home. Try elements that you wouldn't normally choose and see how they add a unique feel to the room. Most importantly, enjoy this time and have fun with your choices! Accent your space and create a timeless appeal in the home!

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My Favorite Home Design Trends for 2019

Friday, December 14, 2018


As I'm getting ready for the New Year, I'm getting excited for all of the new home design trends that are springing up and I can't wait to share them all with you! From floor to ceiling, homes are getting quite the makeover, and it may not be what you think. There are surprises galore for 2019, not only on the inside of the home, but the outside as well. As we prepare for another beautiful year, let's talk home design. Here are my favorite home design trends for 2019.

From Trendy to Timeless

When we think of modern, contemporary homes, we think minimalism. It seems as though intricate details have gone away, replaced by clean lines and basic details. The things is...these flip flops between West Indies and modern designs are all cyclical. As time goes on, these designs that we're seeing in homes today will be out of style, replaced by something different. We're starting to see a shift in home design trends to a more timeless appeal. Homeowners want their homes to stand the test of time, instead of being outdated every couple of years. When it comes to trendy versus timeless, timeless is pulling ahead.

Wood Detailing is Making a Comeback

Remember when homes used to have wood details throughout? You may not see that too much these days as modern design trends have minimized many aspects of the home. Timeless and cozy, wood details give a home a much more comfortable and inviting feel. We'll start to see more homes incorporating crown molding and ceiling details, such as wooden beams and tongue and groove designs to add character back into the home. Modern minimalism seems to have taken away some of our home's uniqueness, and it's exciting to see it coming back.

Shiplap has also seen a soar in popularity, mainly due to HGTV's influence on many homeowners, looking to add an updated style to their homes. We've seen smaller wood planks used in shiplap in the past, but expect to see wide planks popping up in homes. Using wide planks and tongue and groove designs create a less cluttered look in the home, while adding in that aspect of uniqueness that seemed to have been lost.

Tile Upgrades

Let's not forget about flooring! One of the hottest home design trends for 2019 is luxury vinyl tile. This special type of flooring is increasing steadily in popularity in many homes, due to the fact that it is completely waterproof and shows no grout lines. Homeowners are also opting for bigger tiles. New 48 x 24 inch tiles are taking center-stage this coming year. Homeowners and designers are brick-laying these throughout the home and are opting for a more neutral palette.

Focus on Curb Appeal

Last, but certainly not least, more homeowners are focusing on the landscaping of their property, including a combination of artificial turf and pavers to add more curb appeal to the home. Expect to see:

  • Angled pavers

  • Driveway detail

  • Backyard AND front yard oasis

  • Porches and conversation areas

Homeowners are realizing the importance of connecting with their neighbors. In Southwest Florida, I think this is due to Hurricane Irma's effect on us as a community. Having to band together, it helped us to see the beauty of community and reconnect with each other. Many homeowners are now incorporating front yard conversation areas, so they can mingle and stay connected as a community. Landscape design is definitely coming front and center in the New Year.

Fun Tip: Leave those Christmas lights up! Have you wrapped your Royal Palms in twinkling lights? Keep some of them wrapped in your backyard area, so you can create an outdoor oasis to enjoy all year-round!

Home & Design

The New Year is showing us all kinds of exciting features to include in your home. Bringing timeless design back, along with outdoor living and more details throughout the home are just a few trends to follow in 2019, and I can't wait to see what's next!

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'Tis the Season for Giving, So Let's Get Moving!

Friday, November 30, 2018


The holiday season is wonderful in so many ways. Enjoying family and loved ones, decorating and giving back are just some of the things that I enjoy the most. That's why the Let's Get Moving campaign is so near and dear to my heart. Let's Get Moving is not only a moving initiative, designed to get you up and moving your body, it's also a way to give back to the community and to truly help those who need it the most. 'Tis the season for giving, everyone! So, Let's Get Moving! Here's how my journey began...

An Idea is Born

About a year-and-a-half ago, I began a journey with a national charitable organization. Through this organization, my goal was to decorate one house per quarter to help a family in need. Unfortunately the program ended, and I found myself seeking, yet again, for a way to help my community. Then, one night, it hit me. Let's Get Moving. Thankfully, we live in one of the healthiest and happiest cities in the country, and what better way to celebrate this AND help others than by creating a moving initiative? Let's Get Moving embodies the whole concept of teamwork and helping others, and I knew that it was something that was destined to be impactful.

And So It Begins...

Let's Get Moving encompasses the idea of moving our bodies, and since one of my passions is real estate, moving homes as well. With all of the unique fitness facilities available, I just knew that these spaces would be the perfect pieces to the puzzle. Together with local fitness programs, we partnered to provide attendees with fun ways to get moving, all the while raising money for local charities. Starting out, my goal was to plan an event once per quarter, but through the popularity of the program with the local community and my agents' desires to organize their own campaigns as part of the Let's Get Moving initiative, we've well surpassed that this year, hosting a total of nine events...and the year isn't over yet!

Getting Involved


Being the amazing team that they are, my agents were excited to get on board with the program. Many agents have organized their own events, benefiting charities of their choice. Not only is this a fabulous way to take ownership and stand behind something, Let's Get Moving is a way for agents to get involved with the local community. Together, through this program, we've been able to raise $16,000 for local charities, and have been able to feature local fitness facilities through my partnership with FOX 4. Everyone benefits from this feel-good way to break a sweat and band together to help out our community.

Growing Together

Not only does the Let's Get Moving program help others, everyone involved grows too. Let's Get Moving starts with:

  • An idea

  • A passion

  • A cause

  • A mission

'Tis the season for giving. Let's give back to those who need it the most. Let's get healthier, happier and stronger. Let's Get Moving.

xoxo

Heather

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A Very Beachy Christmas: How to Decorate for the Holidays Florida-style

Friday, November 30, 2018


Here in Southwest Florida, we have some pretty funny ways to celebrate the holidays. Instead of making snowmen and warming up by the fire, you may find us riding in a Christmas Boat Parade, hosting a picnic on the beach, or enjoying the artificial snow on Third Street South in Naples, Florida. Decorating the home can be unique as well! With all the special collectibles that we find on the beach, why not incorporate them into your holiday décor? Creating a beachy feel at Christmastime can seem almost effortless...and not to mention, fun! Here are my top tips on adding a beachy-modern touch to the home during the holidays…no matter where you live!

Styling with Shells

Seashells are in abundance on our beautiful beaches here in Southwest Florida, and it's always fun to collect them during our walks. My girls and I love to incorporate these fun finds in our Christmas decorations by constructing mini-trees out of seashells and donning starfish as tree toppers. What a fun way to showcase some of our finds from all of our explorations! You can also find shells at your local craft store.

Festive Tip: Hobby Lobby is my go-to place to find little Styrofoam trees that my girls and I attach our seashells to. They come in a variety of sizes, making them perfect to place throughout the house and in my girls' rooms.

Don't Forget Your Outdoor Living Space

We are fortunate enough to be able to embrace indoor-outdoor living with ease. Many of our homes have relaxing outdoor living areas that can be decorated to capture the essence of the holiday season. My favorite way to create a tropical “winter” wonderland is wrapping the bases of my palm trees in lights and matching my outdoor lanai to the beachy Christmas vibe in the home, tying in the entire beachy-modern feel all through the space.

Festive Tip: Love looking at Christmas lights? Victoria Park is the best community to enjoy all the beautiful holiday arrangements! Hop in the car, grab some hot cocoa (you may have to turn up the A/C to set the mood) and take a drive through this beautifully-decorated community.

Embrace Your Holiday in Paradise

Southwest Florida is simply paradise, which is why I love to embrace our area’s natural beauty when I'm decorating my home for the holidays. Remember, if you're looking for a change from the normal Christmas décor, try incorporating the following to create a holiday in paradise that you'll never forget:

  • Beach-themed accents on your tree

  • Mini-seashell trees

  • Light and bright ornaments

  • Light up your outdoor living area

Keep it bright, keep it fun and enjoy the season! The key thing to remember here is to embrace your inner style and have fun with it. The holidays are a time to reflect, spend time with loved ones and enjoy each other's company. Create moments together that you'll always remember. Find the look that speaks to you and don't be afraid to go against the grain with your decoration choices.

xoxo

Heather

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Healthy Kids: How to Keep 'em Moving in the Summer

Friday, June 29, 2018

Summertime is here! Personally, there's nothing better than being able to spend more time with my family, enjoying the beautiful weather, long, sunny days and the (slightly) slower pace. I always have an amazing time, seeing my kids learning and growing, and I can't stress enough the importance of staying active all year round. During the school year, kids get their daily activity, but when school lets out, it can be challenging to keep them active during the lazy summer months. Here are my top tips on how to keep our healthy kids moving in the summer.

Healthy = Happy :)

Active kids seem to be happier and healthier than kids who sit around all day. Why? Activity helps kids maintain their appropriate weight and also helps with bone and muscle growth. In addition, keeping our kids moving gives them the chance to perfect a skill or learn a new one. Activity helps to develop them as individuals. It's recommended that healthy kids get about an hour of physical activity each and every day, so what are some activities that you can get your kids involved in? Let me share some ideas with you!

Enroll Kids in Summer Programs

Camps and learning enrichment programs are perfect for keeping our kids active. These programs not only keep your kids learning new things, they also incorporate physical activities that are fun and helpful for them. Our kids have the chance to learn new skills, participate in different activities and make new friends. Summer camps are easy to find at places, like:

  • Churches

  • Schools

  • Community centers

  • Museums

  • Parks

  • Gyms

Ask around or take a look at your child's school website to see what's offered if you're unsure, and sit your child down to talk about what they'd like to learn more about. By letting them help with the decision-making, they'll be more likely to get the most out of their summer camp experience.

Work Out Together

If you're like me, you know how beneficial getting a good workout in can be, and for good reason! I love the way it clears my head and keeps me fit enough to get through some of those tough home renovations. Even if you're not too experienced with exercise, it's the best time to learn together. Take your kids to a Zumba class or keep it simple with a nice, brisk walk around the neighborhood. Take advantage of your community gym, if you have one, or take your kids to the local park. There are a ton of different options to get our kids up and moving.

Home Improvement Activities

Summer is the perfect time to spruce up the home. Whether you're looking to refresh the paint in the living room or add a garden to the backyard, get your kids involved. My kids love helping me run errands when I'm working on a client's home. They get the chance to see what I do and help me make some design decisions. Ask them for their input and they'll feel more involved with the process.

Let's Get Moving Together!

Our little ones are only young once, and it's going by in a blink of an eye, isn't it? Making sure they're staying happy and healthy is a habit worth keeping. Keep watching my Let's Get Moving program for great opportunities to get active with your kiddos...and for a good cause. Have an amazing summer, everyone!

Best paint colors for Selling you home!

Monday, June 04, 2018

Nothing makes me happier than freshly painted walls and baseboards when I'm showing buyer's homes. It's the little things in life! :-) A fresh coat of paint can go a long way when it comes to selling your home especially if you select the right color.

Homes with rooms painted in shades of light blue or pale blue/gray can sell for as much as $5,440 more than expected, according to a new Zillow report.

Zillow’s 2017 Paint Color Analysis looked at more than 32,000 photos from sold homes around the country to see how certain paint colors impacted their sale price on average, when compared to similar homes with white walls.

Curious what colors may help you sell your home for more money? Here are a just a few examples. If you are looking to sell your home, my real estate team is the best in helping our clients select the right colors for resale along with staging your home to sell for TOP DOLLAR!

Blue kitchens

Homes with blue kitchens, often found in soft gray-blue, sold for a $1,809 premium.

 

 

Light blue bathrooms

Homes with light pale blue to soft periwinkle blue bathrooms sold for $5,440 more than expected.

 

Brown living rooms

Turns out homes with light beige, pale taupe or oatmeal-colored living room walls sell for $1,926 more than expected.

 

 

Cadet blue bedrooms

Homes with light cerulean to cadet blue bedroom wall colors can come with a $1,856 premium.

 

Slate blue dining rooms

Homes with slate blue to pale gray blue dining rooms also sold for more money — $1,926 more on average than homes with white dining room wall colors.

 

“Greige” home exteriors

A home’s exterior color may also have an impact on its sale price. Homes painted in “greige,” a mix of light gray and beige, sold for $3,496 more than similar homes painted in a medium brown or with tan stucco.



If you would like to learn more about what colors to paint your home that are best for resale or want to know which colors are featured in these pictures, I'd love to hear from you! 

75% off at ST-TROPEZ HOME

Thursday, May 31, 2018
I love a fabulous sale and let me tell you St-Tropez Home at Waterside in Naples is closing its location and they have everything 75% off. 

I stocked up on staging items for the homes I am selling right now. The store closes on Sunday, June 3rd so make sure you stop by ASAP while they still have some good stuff left.  My girls were in LOVE with the cool light fixtures for sale as well. See below pictures to see some of the remaining inventory.  Sorry in advance for the wacky sideways pictures, I am still learning how to use this BLOGGING program. :-)


I couldn't help myself and bought all of those Seahorse plates along with the cream circular plates so I could layer the two and use them for a formal dining room which a great technique when setting your table.

The color in these blue plates are stunning and pairing it with cream napkins and pretty silver and gold napkin ring would be spectacular. Speaking of napkin rings... Reagan was in love with some napkin rings and the kind owner gave them to her and wrapped it up all fancy. It made her night. Happy shopping!

My LOVE for Real Estate!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

What wakes you up every morning and gets you excited about life? Of course mine is family but anyone that has spent time around me knows that I have an absolute love addiction to ANYTHING real estate related. Here is how it began!

 

My love for Real Estate actually began when I was in college.  I went to school at the University of South Florida and received my degree in Marketing and Communications. 

While I was in college I worked full time in the leasing office where I lived so I could receive a discount on the rent.  I quickly realized I LOVED helping individuals find the perfect place to call home.  I really enjoyed helping them settle in their new home and making it what I called "COZY".  I loved the relationships and bonds I made with my clients and enjoyed being a constant resource for them when it came to anything "HOME" related.

 

After college graduation, I went to go work for a mold remediation company.  Why in the world would I work in mold remediation, right?!?!  Well, it was perfect for me.  I knew I wanted to do anything related to homes.  I also loved the idea of helping families renovate their homes after the mold was remediated.  I loved the look on my clients faces when I would put on my Tyvek suit to crawl under a pier and beam home to check for mold.  While I was working for the mold remediation company I also purchased my first home.  It was a major fixer upper.  I would work on the home at night and on weekends and sold the home two years later for a great profit.  That is when the Real Estate bug began.

 

After about four years in the mold remediation business, I was recruited by a large commercial real estate firm to manage a new building that was being built.  It was about a mile from my house and I thought it would be a great change of pace for me.   I would be responsible for leasing and managing the building with about 100 office spaces. After about a year, I was at almost 100% occupancy.  I loved the sales side, but I strongly disliked the property management side of commercial real estate.  I knew at this point commercial real estate was NOT a fit for me.

 

Thankfully, I was very involved in the community as an ambassador for my city’s chamber of commerce.  At one of our meetings, I went up to the President of a local home warranty company and asked him for a job.  I started as a sales rep and within a few months I was managing the state of Texas.  I hired reps from San Antonio to Austin to Dallas.  I really enjoyed this job.  I already knew about the construction of a home from my mold remediation days.  Now, I was getting a wealth of knowledge about the mechanics of a home.  I was also building my sales team and marketing myself to Real Estate Agents, Title Companies and Lenders all across the state of Texas.

 

My favorite part of this job was going into Real Estate firms and teaching classes to the Realtors.  While I was teaching Realtors, I realized, "Why not get my Real Estate license?"

 

At first, I used my license for just personal real estate investing.  After a few years of watching me transform homes; my friends wanted me to start helping them as well.  I am very blessed that I built my entire real estate business off of referrals.  After my second daughter was born, some of my friends wanted me to mentor them in real estate.  So, that is when I decided to take a BIG leap of faith and start Caine Premier Properties (my baby).  The rest is history.  As of today I am now a Broker in two states and have AMAZING Realtors that I have the privilege to work with every day.  I look forward to seeing what the future holds for my business in the years to come. I LOVE my Caine family and these people are not just Realtors apart of my company they are kind, loving, hard working, determined, sincere and strong individuals. I am not your typical brokerage that will take ANY new Realtor that has a license. I only want the best and won't settle for anything less. My favorite quote for our team. "We don't settle or ORDINARY because we are EXTRAORDINARY"!

 

Cheers to seeing what the future holds for our fantastic team!

Summer outdoor Design on a Dime!

Friday, May 25, 2018

 

Looking to create some outdoor PARADISE on a budget? Check out all these goodies at Kirkland's right now that are on a BIG sale. I personally LOVE the plastic ware with color because nothing makes me happier than a POP of color.

 

Shop here:

http://www.kirklands.com/product/Outdoor/Outdoor-Kitchen-Entertaining/Outdoor-Dining/Ikat-Medallion-Round-Platter/pc/3011/c/3013/sc/3022/227092.uts


Although, black and white is trending right now and they have these on sale too.

Shop here: http://www.kirklands.com/product/Outdoor/Outdoor-Kitchen-Entertaining/Outdoor-Dining/Black-and-White-Art-Print-Dinner-Plates-Set-of-4/pc/3011/c/3013/sc/3022/227684.uts

 

Outdoor pillows are on sale for only $9.99. These pillows have great color and they pair perfectly with the plastic ware.

Click here for the pillows: http://www.kirklands.com/category/Outdoor/Outdoor-Cushions-Pillows/pc/3011/2641.uts

Can you imagine the black and white plastic wear with the cute yellow and black “Hello Summer” pillow? Do you have a front porch swing? The “Porch Rules” pillow will look so cute paired with some blue pots and pink flowers? If you don’t have one, this one is on sale. 😊

 

http://www.kirklands.com/product/Outdoor/Outdoor-SALE/Savannah-Driftwood-Wicker-Porch-Swing/pc/3011/c/3092/206932.uts

 

 

 

Sorry but NOT SORRY! You must buy this adorable sign for outdoor BBQ menus and fun quotes, especially since it's only $24.99. I love using my sign for Open Houses to welcome all our guest when they come to see our properties for sale. Happy Shopping at Kirkland’s!

 

 

Let’s end the day with our toes in the sand.. well in this case seashells! 

Our house on HGTV "Clear to Close"

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Nothing better than the words "Clear to Close"! Those words make me do a serious happy dance! We purchased this property a year ago on an online auction. I love buying homes online it sure beats waiting at a courthouse. You might have seen us on the front page of Naples Daily News. Also, this home was featured on House Hunters, HGTV. Here are a few pictures from that article:

After this article was posted it got syndicated nationally and our phones literally rang off the hook for a week with production companies. These companies were from LA to NY and wanted to see if Katie and I would be interested in filming a Real Estate Renovation show. (This is a long but fun story and I will share it with you but in another post) :-)

Let's get back to the house. :-) The house renovation took about 5 months to completion, thankfully none of the walls I wanted to remove were load bearing so I was able to create an open concept and make the home feel very spacious. We sold this home for $345,000 and the buyer that purchased the home called me crying saying that she NEVER thought her dream home could exist in her price range. Those words have literally stuck with me because it makes me incredibly happy that I was able create her PARADISE in this home.

This is the only picture that we had of the home when we bid on it online. Is it weird that I get super excited to see what is inside after closing? It's like Christmas morning and I am so thankful that Naples Daily News was able to capture these pictures. 

 

After I put the home on the market, I received multiple offers and was able to do a "Pre-Occupany Lease to Purchase" with the buyer. It worked perfectly because the buyer needed more time and we weren't in a rush to close.

We ended up doing a full house transformation. Look at these after pictures!



Farewell beautiful home,  I am so happy another wonderful family gets to enjoy our "Caine Difference"! 
 




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