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4 Things to ALWAYS Include on Your Bathroom Design Board

Monday, April 29, 2019



I LOVE bathrooms! Not only is this a space where you can relax and escape, you're able to incorporate natural elements with stylish design to create a tranquil oasis in your home. When it comes to designing a bathroom that will sell, I have some best practices that I keep in mind to help me design the perfect space that's not only functional, but beautiful as well. Here are my top four things to ALWAYS include on your bathroom design board.

Why Design Boards are Important

When you're creating a space in your home, you want to be able to have a clear vision, and the best way to do that is to create a design board, specific to that space. Think of this as a time for reflection. What do you want to accomplish in this space? By having a design board, you can find out which direction you want to go. Incorporate the following into your space:

  • Color

  • Texture

  • Wood

  • Metal

On your design board, you'll be able to have a clear picture of what blends with what, so that you can find the components that belong together. My key tip for you here is don't think within a box. It's kind of like thinking that you can't wear white before Easter. You can mix and match woods with metals. You can try something that you've never tried before. When you create a design board, you can see what will work together. You don't want elements of the space to be too matchy-matchy. Live a little here!

1. Consistency is Key




When designing your space, you don't necessarily need wood tones or metals to match completely, but you want them to be in the same family. My go-to practice is to pick two. For example, matte black and champagne gold can create a really sophisticated and high-end look in this space. You may want to choose matte black hardware with champagne pull handles in the tub. Tie it all up in a nice, neat bow by incorporating a light fixture that includes both colors.

2. Timeless Wins

A big trend for this year is open-concept bathrooms. This places the tub in the shower and loses the shower door to create a more open space. Although this can be functional, I say that this trend is solely dependent on personal preference. I always say that you need to do what's right for you in the space, and just because it's trendy now, doesn't mean that it's going to last. My advice...keep it timeless.

3. Don't Forget Elements of Texture




I think what people miss the most when they're designing their bathroom is texture. Add some elements of texture to the wall behind the mirror by way of tongue and groove designs or decorative tile. Wallpaper is making a comeback, but my advice is that if you want to use wallpaper in your bathroom, keep it limited to an accent wall.

4. The Right Decorative Pieces

Bathrooms need to be functional, so when you're trying to decide what decorative pieces to incorporate into this space, keep them functional. My go-to items are pretty glass jars that I can put necessities in, like q-tips and cotton balls. Not only are they pretty and elegant, they also serve a purpose. I also love to add in natural elements into this space. My favorites are bowls of shells, pieces of coral and candles. I like to create an indoor-outdoor feel in this space, and this helps me create this feel perfectly.

Your Bathroom Design Board

Your bathroom deserves to be your private getaway, nestled right in your own home! In creating a detailed design board of your styles and options, you'll be able to find the right look to complement the space. Remember, keep it functional and don't be afraid to think outside the box!

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Tips for Styling Your Great Room

Thursday, January 17, 2019



The moment you walk through the front door can say everything you need to know about a home. Did you know that it only takes 30 seconds for buyers to decide whether or not they want to buy a home? 30 SECONDS! Not only do I agree with this wholeheartedly, because I've seen it with my own eyes, the way your home looks when your buyers first walk in sets the tone for the entire home. Being in real estate for 16 years, I know the moment my clients want to buy a home, simply by watching the look on their face. This makes the Great room one of the most important, if not THE most important area of the home, so taking the time to design the perfect space is crucial. Here are my top tips for styling your Great room.


What Makes this Room Unique?




I always say that you never have a second chance to make a first impression and nothing rings truer than that when a potential buyer first walks into the Great room. One of the main components of a warm and inviting Great room is character. Buyers want dimension when they walk into the space and they want more than just an empty canvas to look at when they're trying to envision themselves there. The Great room is unique, because it needs to be able to capture the buyer within seconds. Simply put...it needs to impress.

Adding Character to the Space




The look and feel of the Great room needs to satisfy all senses. Texture and color reign supreme when it comes to satisfying a potential buyer's senses, but it's important to tread lightly and not go overboard. You'll need to aspire to the broadest range of buyers, so keeping your neutral color on the walls is preferred. Add in your pop of color to the accessories that complement the room. A popular approach is taking the color from the front door and blending that color into the interior of the home. A good rule of thumb is to never have more than three colors in a room.


Blue appeals to most buyers. I believe that this comes from the love of the ocean. Anywhere from a light turquoise to navy and all variations in between, having blue accents helps to add that wow factor to the space. Incorporating natural elements into the room also helps to create a relaxing feel. Try adding in natural items, such as:


  • Coral

  • Shells

  • Pine cones


If you're wanting to blend your furniture more seamlessly into the room, but new furniture isn't in your budget, my go-to is a white throw. Simply add this comfy element into the space and watch your buyers envision themselves wrapped up on the sofa, relaxing with a glass of wine.


Other Helpful Tips


Your home needs to be styled to sell. Think about how much money we spend on hotel rooms. Do you know why we spend so much? It's because we love the crispness and clean feel of these rooms, and that's what buyers want to incorporate into their homes. One of my most important tips is not to remove everything in the home. Leaving something personal in a subtle way can help buyers envision themselves living in the home. It can also help with your negotiations if buyers can see exactly who it is that they will be working with on the transaction. Make your buyers fall in love with you and your home!



Finally, remember how I mentioned character? How can you add character to this space? Make this space look more than just a box with sheet rock. Add in dimension with faux fixtures and floating shelves to add that warm, inviting feel to this important room. Money for character needs to be well-spent, but it perfectly sets the tone for the entire home and can make the difference between a potential buyer wanting your home or deciding that it's not right for them.


You hold the key to your home's future and it all starts from the moment your buyers step into the Great room. Wow your buyers and show them just how amazing this home is, and help them envision themselves there.


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Thanksgiving Decor Ideas: Impress Your Guests this Holiday Season

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

As we prepare for the beautiful season before us, I'd just like to take a moment to share some helpful tips when it comes to Thanksgiving. I can't believe how fast this year has gone, and I'm so grateful for all of the amazing people in my life and the experiences we have shared together. Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and remembering all of the wonderful things in life that you're thankful for, but it's also a time of celebration. If you're planning a gathering this holiday season, here's my helpful guide on Thanksgiving preparation and what every home should have for the holidays.

Your Table Setting

Let's talk table settings. One of the main focal points at Thanksgiving is going to be your table setting. After all, that's where you're going to share what you're thankful for with all of your friends and family around the table. Make your table setting shine and embrace your unique style as well! Take a moment now to think about a theme. Maybe you want to go a more traditional route and keep your table setting simple or maybe you want to mix it up with a bit of edgy style. Some of my favorite table setting trends include:

  • Natural elements

  • Rustic chic

  • Fall floral

  • Holiday glam

No matter what your style, embrace it and dress your table to impress!


Versatile Dinnerware

It may be a good idea to find yourself a versatile set of China that will match your table setting. Many hosts choose to have a set for the winter months and a set for summer months, so that when it comes to setting your beautiful table, it's a breeze! There's no need to worry about which plates will go along with your décor. Simply find a set that can complement your fall colors. My tip is to keep it natural with some neutral tones or rich chocolate brown accents.

Centerpiece Glam

There's nothing wrong with a little glam! Your centerpiece is meant to be admired, so dress it up how you desire. Add a little glitz to the table with a glammed-up centerpiece and leave your guests in awe. You may want to try a modern black and white feel and add a pop of deep red or orange to grab attention in the space. Adding in some vivid color to the table helps to give the room a warm feel. Use your creativity to find the best centerpiece for your table, keeping in mind that it's meant to be a focal point.

A Warm & Cozy Space

Carry this warm feel throughout the home as you add in some neutrals and warm, vivid colors throughout. The focal point of Thanksgiving is the table, so dress it up and don't be afraid to take some risks with your style choices. Create that welcoming space in your home, where guests can gather and be thankful. This Thanksgiving, find the joy in others and emanate positive energy to all. Give thanks and continue to be grateful for each other this holiday season.

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"! 
 



Morningside Home Renovation - Before

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

My husband called me one day and said the 5 word phrase used very often in our home, "I FOUND THE PERFECT HOUSE!"

So, what makes a house a "Perfect House" when you are looking for a house as an investment?

First, obviously is PRICE! You need to make sure the home is priced low enough that after renovations/realtor fees/closing fees there is still room for a profit.

Second, what is your CARRYING COST such as HOA fees and/or maintenance fees for the home?

Third, LOCATION.. LOCATION.. LOCATION.. What are the average days on the market for the location or neighborhood?

Fourth, FOOTPRINT of the home.. Does the home have potential with the current square footage or do you need to do an addition or change load bearing walls to make the floor plan more desirable for resale?

Last but not least, you must have VISION and PATIENCE! 

We both knew this house would be a good investment because it fit all the above perfectly. Well.. sometimes I lack in the patience department but I make up for it in my vision. :-)

The reason I was super excited about this home is it is 1 mile from the beach and A rated schools.  It is also right in the middle of the town so it is close to everything.

We purchased this Ugly Duckling right before Hurricane Irma hit and let's just say it has been a LONG renovation process.  A little part of me was hoping this home did not exist after the hurricane. I am just kidding! Well, maybe I am not kidding!  We purchased this home sight unseen with a two week close and no right to inspect.  This is why we were able to purchase the home for such a great price.

I am going to show you all the before pictures of this home and then I will walk you through the changes I have made to give the home character and turn it from a house to a home. Let's start from the beginning.

 

You may look at this and think well that doesn't look too bad, right? Pictures can we VERY deceiving. The entire front half of the house had asbestos and we had an unexpected $15,000 fee in remediation and air quality testing. Thankfully, we always budget in for the unexpected because you ALWAYS have things pop up during the renovation process. Once we removed all the sheet rock and insulation, we opened up a can of worms. We realized the entire house needed new plumbing, electrical, air ducts, A/C units along with a new roof. Basically, we needed a NEW house. :-) 

 

Check out this beautiful blue kitchen from the 1960's. Retro right? Let's just say everything about this kitchen had to go along with the load bearing wall to your left. I wanted an open concept so that I could create an enormous island which would be great for entertaining. I had BIG vision for this space and I had to make sure that wall could GO!

 

The HOLY PINK master bedroom that was extremely awkward with the shag carpet and super tiny master bathroom. You see that sitting area? It was the perfect space to create a beautiful master bathroom with dual vanity, large shower and separate water closet? Bathrooms and kitchens SELL a home and this home would not sell with this super tiny bathroom.

I fell in love with this HUGE screened in Lanai. Naples is all about outdoor living and this house had the space along with a fabulous large backyard. Stay tuned as you watch me transform this house into a HOME and make it stunning for a fabulous new family. 

I always want to end with a fun meaningful quote for you.. xoxo

 

 

Welcome to Paradise!

Friday, May 18, 2018

It’s a beautiful day in PARADISE! What is paradise to you? Is it a place, mindset or something you create?

Every morning since my girls were little I would open the blinds to their room and say, “It’s a beautiful day in paradise.” You may wonder why do I say this? I want my girls to think everyday we create our own paradise. My husband and I chose to raise our girls in Naples, FL which has been voted Happiest, Healthiest City in America along with having a piece of our heart still in Texas! (we own a real estate company in FL and TX) I would love to share with you what paradise means to me. Hopefully, this will help you learn a little about me.

My paradise is seeing the joy in my children’s faces and making my husband proud (our brokerage is Caine Premier Properties and I always want to represent his name well). I love seeing the excitement in my clients faces when they have achieved the dream of home-ownership and finding the perfect home they never thought existed or helping them create their dream home. I get great satisfaction empowering our Realtors in TX and FL with the knowledge, tools and confidence to grow their business. Designing our investment properties with love and unique TIMELESS character (nothing worse than a boring home) is also a source of great satisfaction. Growing in my faith with God and ending the day with my toes in the sand watching our beautiful sunsets with family or friends knowing that I lived the day with no regrets is my ultimate paradise.

In this blog, I will be sharing how I love to create paradise in people’s homes and backyards in my paradise of Naples, FL and North Texas.

I want to know, what is your paradise? Are you interested in creating your paradise and don’t know where to begin? Are you thinking of renovating your home or making it more functional and need ideas? Are you purchasing a new home and want ideas on how to give your home character? Are you about to sell your home wondering where to start? Using my “Design Techniques” I can help you sell your home quickly and for the most money.

My goal is to make you THINK... Are you living in your PARADISE? If not, how can I help you create your paradise? Paradise is a mindset, so let’s work creating your paradise together.

Paradise is not a PLACE it's a state of MIND!

 


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