Tips, Trends & Living

Tips, Trends & Living 2022 Home Trends Hello 2022! Life in the new normal goes on, and with it continues a trend toward all things natural and nostalgic. We’re still seeing the Scandinavian concept of “hygge” live on in warm accents and cozy textiles, but with a newer emphasis on “perfect imperfection” (known as “wabi-sabi” in traditional Japanese art). Irregular curves, handmade […]
Tips, Trends & Living Pro Lighting Tips to Brighten Your Home As we approach the darkest days of the year, a few tweaks in your interior lighting scheme can brighten your home (and your mood) from the inside out. Here are some great tips from Real Simple for a lighting scheme that is flattering and functional…   Use a combo of overhead and up lighting for […]
Tips, Trends & Living The Four Phases of Remodeling As with anything in life, a remodeling project can come with its ups and downs. Certain phases seem to go a mile a minute, while others feel like they’ve lasted a lifetime and a half, all while it looks as though nothing is being completed. Fear not—this is pretty typical. And, while every project is […]
Tips, Trends & Living 2021 Home Trends Ready for a fresh start in 2021? With home still the place to be, refreshing your indoor and outdoor living spaces can make a big difference in your everyday life. The stresses and challenges of 2020 have influenced the trends of 2021 with a turn toward comfort, nostalgia and independent spaces to work and play… […]
Tips, Trends & Living Payback times for energy-efficient home upgrades   Thinking of going green? Today’s technology offers a whole host of ways to boost your home’s efficiency, reduce your carbon footprint and lower your energy bills. Some upgrades can pay for themselves in a relatively short amount of time, while others with large price tags might take decades to start paying back. The good […]
Tips, Trends & Living 2020 Home Trends   With 2020 now in full swing, we’re seeing some clear shifts in how homes are being designed and decorated. Most notable for our area is the Modern Farmhouse trend with its juxtapositions of old & new, light & dark, and clean & rustic. Softer grey and lagom neutrals are here to stay, but are […]
Real Estate Remodeling Cost vs. Value   Every year, Remodeling Magazine evaluates which projects bring the most return at resale in different markets around the country in their “Cost vs. Value” report. While returns have dipped nationwide due to growing costs and consumer anxiety, Seattle still saw better pay-off on remodeling than the national average. The chart below shows cost vs. […]
Tips, Trends & Living Planning for the Life Expectancy of Your Home   Nothing in life lasts forever – and the same can be said for your home. From the roof to the furnace, every component of your home has a lifespan, so it’s a good idea to know approximately how many years of service you can expect from them. This information can help when buying or […]
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Tips, Trends & Living Preparing Your Garage for an Electric Car   Electric cars help lower emissions and fuel costs, improve fuel economy, and bolster energy security. And considering the volatility of gas prices—and their general skyward trajectory—electric fuel shows promise as an economic alternative. But switching to an electric vehicle entails more than new driving habits and a conversation piece with strangers. It’s also a […]
Real Estate Should I Move or Remodel?   There are a number of things that can trigger the decision to remodel or move to a new home. Perhaps you have outgrown your current space, you might be tired of struggling with ancient plumbing or wiring systems, or maybe your home just feels out of date. The question is: Should you stay or […]
Tips, Trends & Living Outdoor Living Trends for Summer 2018   The sun is back and summer is so close you can almost taste the s’mores being toasted around the fire pit…is this the year to spruce up your outdoor spaces? Fun new trends in alfresco design revolve around individuality of lifestyle and a desire to bring the inside out with rooms, furniture and lighting […]
Tips, Trends & Living Kickoff 2017 – Design Trends Panel At our recent Kick-off event for the Windermere offices on the Eastside, 3 design experts participated in a panel discussing the latest trends for the home here in the Pacific Northwest. Susan Marinello, of Susan Marinello Interiors, Brenda Gage from JayMarc Homes, and Sheri Olson, of Sheri Olson Architecture, dished on the freshest interior design […]
Local Community & Events Where to Drink Coffee in Seattle Right Now, Fall 2016 Originally posted on Windermere Premier Blog. Lucky Seattle. This city has tried-and-true coffee industry veterans, solid neighborhood cafes, and a growing crop of newcomers pushing the scene forward. Venerable roasters Vivace and Victrola helped build the Emerald City’s reputation as the specialty coffee center of the planet, and they’re bolstered by a fresh set of bean […]
Tips, Trends & Living Benjamin Moore Color Of The Year For 2017 In an interesting turn of events, Benjamin Moore moves from Simply White, color of the year for 2016, to Shadow 2117-30, a rich amethyst color, for 2017. Shadow is paired with a palette of 23 colors that embody Benjamin Moore’s take on 2017’s most influential hues.
Tips, Trends & Living Houzz Ideabook: How to Pick the Right Paving and Decking Material If you are trying to decide on paving or decking materials for a new outdoor space, or a refresh on an existing patio or deck, Houzz shared this comprehensive material guide that could be very helpful. The author compiled the pros and cons of popular and trendy paving stones, paving techniques, and decking materials so you can […]
Tips, Trends & Living On Trend In Luxury Living Being a Windermere Premier Director has its benefits.  I am able to provide you concierge level services with ease, through the tools provided by Premier Properties. It also affords me the ability to stay current on the trends in luxury living. And seeing the latest and greatest is one of the most fun parts of […]
Tips, Trends & Living White Hot Interior Trend for 2016! Let me share something that’s a bit surprising: 4 major paint companies – Behr, Glidden, Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams – all tapped a shade of white to be their “it” color for 2016.  In a time where we’re experiencing chaotic events globally, the calming, clean slate of white does soothe the senses. Achromatic white is […]
Real Estate Should I Wait to Move Up? While only you can decide when it’s the right time to purchase a new home for your family, there are some compelling reasons to consider a move now rather than later…  Did you know that sellers moving up to a more expensive home actually fare better when prices are low?  As you can see in […]
Tips, Trends & Living Need a Few Gift Ideas? I am just starting my gift shopping and wanted to share a few great gift ideas for those people on our list who are tough to shop for… Unusual gifts – How about whiskey rocks (shown on left) that will keep your drink chilled but not watered down?   I found unusualgifts.com and they have lots […]
Tips, Trends & Living Is Your Home Ready for Winter? As winter approaches and temperatures start dropping, will you be warm and snug in your house? Is the outside of your home ready to face cool temps and windchill? Now is a great time to winterize your home…while the weather is still mild, take some time to complete winter basic maintenance; you'll be glad you did […]