Author: Melissa Tracey

Sherwin Williams’ Pick for 2018’s Hottest Color

Sherwin Williams’ Pick for 2018’s Hottest Color

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine A rich blue with jewel-toned greens is forecasted to be 2018’s hottest color of the year, according to Sherwin Williams, which unveiled its 2018 Color of the Year choice this week. Other paint companies will be announcing their paint choices over the next few weeks. Oceanside SW 6496 is a […]

Add Some Pumpkin Spice to Your Autumn Staging

Add Some Pumpkin Spice to Your Autumn Staging

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine It’s pumpkin season and that means pumpkin everything — lattes, muffins, cookies, cakes, and, yes, even home décor. Home stagers are adding a little “pumpkin spice” to their decor, from the welcoming fall scent to pumpkin accents that inspire a cozy, autumn feel. Plus, orange can serve as a […]

Why You Should Stage a Cozy Fire Pit Area

Why You Should Stage a Cozy Fire Pit Area

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Fire features, like outdoor fire pits and fire tables, are in demand. The National Association of Landscape Professionals calls it one of the hottest landscape trends for the fall, based on a recent survey of 5,000 of its member landscapers. These hot-spots can be a great way to show […]

Watercolors on Walls? You Bet!

Watercolors on Walls? You Bet!

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Want to make a bigger statement with a wall? Watercolor wallpaper can add some pizzazz and wispiness to an otherwise blah wall in the home. Pinterest called watercolor wallpaper one of the hottest trends that emerged from its home design survey in the U.K., in which the site analyzed […]

Hot Home Trend to Watch: The Two-Toned Kitchen

Hot Home Trend to Watch: The Two-Toned Kitchen

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Two-toned colored kitchens are gaining popularity this year. White and gray painted cabinets are dominating kitchen color schemes, according to the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends survey conducted by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Photo by Rebecca Hay Designs – Look for kitchen pictures Particularly gray-toned kitchen […]

That Small Backyard Can Still Be a Selling Point

That Small Backyard Can Still Be a Selling Point

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine  Don’t underestimate the power of a space based on its size. Sure, your listing may be size-challenged in the yard department, but that doesn’t mean it can’t still be a showpiece. “As building lots continue to be smaller and scarcer, lot preparation with the goal of maximizing livable outdoor […]

The Best Homes for ‘Porching’

The Best Homes for ‘Porching’

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine  Porching is gaining a following. And as the summer heats up, who doesn’t want to hang out on a cozy, stylish front porch or veranda while reading, sipping wine, or saying “hello” to neighbors as they pass by? Some houses were just made for porching too. Check out some of […]

The Wood Paneling Trend Is Back With a Twist

The Wood Paneling Trend Is Back With a Twist

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Wood paneling is back, but we’re not talking about he 1960s version that you may still be peeling down from some of your listings. Instead, today’s wood paneling trend is being used as an accent wall, instead of a complete cover of an entire room. For example, wood panels in […]

Showcase Stylish Storage Solutions

Showcase Stylish Storage Solutions

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine “The home needs more storage!” It’s a common gripe heard from homeowners and buyers. A home can never have too many shelves or closets. Indeed, a majority of about 1,000 survey respondents said their number-one biggest annoyance about their home: “The lack of storage,” according to the 2015 HSH.com […]

Vinyl Flooring Is Stealing the Spotlight

Vinyl Flooring Is Stealing the Spotlight

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Vinyl can get a bad rap. Often it’s confused with linoleum and conjures up memories of outdated, cheap 1980s flooring rolled out in sheets. But lately, vinyl is showing itself as anything but “cheap” looking. It can be laid out in planks, tiles, and sheets and it’s getting some […]