Home Decorating Trends for 2015 Sweeping North Texas

When my wife and I moved to Texas in 2002, the big home decorating trend was the Tuscan and Old World look mixed with crosses and touches of the Southwest. Some decorating trends remain intact for 2015, but this may be the year for sweeping changes in every room of the house, starting in the kitchen. What can you expect to see when you look for a new home or what should you do when updating your exiting home to sell? The answers might surprise you.

1. Watch for color explosion in the kitchen this year. Starting in the kitchen, bright and muted pastels are making a comeback with blue topping all the lists. Black and Grey will remain popular joined by more color across the spectrum particularly in cabinets. Pastels, primary colors, bright, bold, you name it. Color will splash into other rooms and new furniture offerings are showing this change with glass replacing stone in back splashes.

2. The less-is-more trend will likely grow, starting in the kitchen. Breakfast nooks are getting bigger and formal rooms for dining and living are going away as people move from single use rooms to more flexible multipurpose spaces. Homes will be centered around an open kitchen concept, which includes a family room with space for a big-screen Smart TV, in-kitchen seating for eating, and bigger breakfast nooks. To minimize the use of water, bigger showers will replace spa tubs. “Authenticity” is the new vibe. Use of natural materials, while keeping to clean lines and easy to maintain surfaces, will drive buying and remodel decisions for several years.

3. Natural light and eco-friendly design will drive the evolution of our living spaces well beyond 2015. Homes with more natural lighting and that use less water, while creating a smaller carbon footprint, will rule the day. Naked windows are out, but don’t look for the heavy drapery of the 1990s to return. In response to the use of natural light, brighter colors and simplicity will drive interior design and furniture. Many new designs will appear retro, with a growing emphasis on natural flooring and geodesic looks and fixtures. Home layouts will continue to maximize the use of light to reduce artificial lighting, and things will look more sleek — think the look on the set of Mad Men.

4. Outdoor living space will continue to be popular, taking on a more eco-friendly flair. Good news for Texas, the Texas Room remains in vogue, but becomes more modular and do-it-yourself. Like every other part of the home, the Texas Room of the future will be more sleek and eco-friendly. Modular components make creating the outdoor living space easier and less expensive. Rather than a destination place, the Texas Room will be an extension of the kitchen-based hub. Following the demise of single use spaces, outdoor living spaces will evolve beyond the simple Texas Room approach and embrace the outdoors as part of the whole.

5. Easy to maintain landscapes with native and drought tolerant plants. This is a growing trend that should play well in North Texas. According to the 2015 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey (ASLA), sustainable and low-maintenance design are the top trends for residential landscape projects. “Consumers care about designed landscapes that are attractive, easy to take care of and eco-friendly,” says Nancy Somerville, executive vice president and CEO of ASLA. Builders and existing home buyers need to pay attention.

Diverse people are moving to North Texas and home decorating trends will change. It’s safe to say that they will become infused with our unique Texas spin. How does Texas chic sound?

Image Source: Flickr/James Joel

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5 Things to Look for in the Next Great Place to Live

Imagine getting into the next hot neighborhood before the prices skyrocket. Residents in NYC’s SoHo, LA’s Venice, and Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood know that living in a city’s trendy area is worth a lot. What does it take to spot the next up and coming area near you? In this segment of LXTV Open House, Mary Kae Higgins, associate broker with Coldwell Banker Reliable, gives us 5 things to look for in the next great place to live.

The next hot spot is often an affordable, but formerly unnoticed neighborhood. A great example is Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, from where this segment comes to us.

So, what should you look for in the next hot neighborhood?

  • Cultural aspects – If business owners are willing to invest in the neighborhood, that’s usually a good sign. Look out for art galleries, trendy restaurants and cafes popping up.
  • Unique architectural design - Does the real estate have a particular look and feel?
  • How fast things are selling – Is real estate moving quickly? If that brownstone sells in a day, it usually means that the area is in demand.
  • Proximity to mass transit and business centers – Convenience is key. Is there a subway, bus stop and grocery store within short walking distance?
  • Closeness to other hip, trendy areas - Trendiness is contagious. Follow the artists and young professionals to their next new landing spot.

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2013 Home Buyer and Sellers Trends

OH TWITTER ICON NEW 2013 Home Buyer and Sellers TrendsWhat are the big features that today’s home buyers are looking for in a new home? What are the best ways for home seller’s to increase the value of their home? What is the general mood of today’s real estate buyer and seller about the housing market?

These are some pretty good real estate questions as we are almost a full month into a new year so we thought it was about time someone answered them. Coldwell Banker sent out a survey to our agents across the country asking them what the sentiment of their buyer and seller was and what were their biggest needs/wants/desires in today’s housing market.

Take a look at the highlights of the survey in this segment that was featured on NBC’s LXTV Open House this week.

Real Estate Headlines for the Second Full Week of December

Back East there’s finally a winter crisp in the air, malls are packed with last minute shoppers, Elf seems to be on TV twice a day and most houses in my neighborhood are fully decked out with colorful lights and inflatable snowmen. Yup, we’re less than two weeks away from the Holidays! While you make your final holiday preparations and prepare to be with family and friends this festive season, here are a few real estate headlines to get your week kicked off right:

*Photo Courtesy of: Keith011764

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Real Estate Headlines for Monday Morning

August is the most popular month for vacations, but it’s also one of the most popular months for moving as people try to get situated before school begins and autumn comes. With that in mind here are some of the top stories in real estate on this Monday morning, August 8, 2011:

Mint.com takes a look at how many homeowners are saving big by “living small.”

The Wall Street Journal reports on Realogy CEO calling for a White House summit on housing. (Full disclosure: Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC is owned by Realogy)

The Street ranks America’s Most Walkable Cities and puts The Big Apple at #1.

RISMedia breaks out its crystal ball and sees real estate trends for the last half of 2011 and beyond.

And lastly, Agent Genius compares Coldwell Banker Bluescape search to a real estate version of Pandora.


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