Author: Melissa Tracey

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 Often it’s confused with linoleum and conjures up memories of outdated, cheap 1980s flooring rolled out in sheets.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 […]

Most Popular Bathroom Trends for 2017

Most Popular Bathroom Trends for 2017

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Move over traditional styles. Contemporary and transitional-styled bathrooms are overtaking traditional in design preferences, according to the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report by the National Kitchen & Bath Association. The member survey reveals some of the following bathroom trends this year: Most popular color schemes: Whites, off/whites, […]

Most Popular Bathroom Trends for 2017

Most Popular Bathroom Trends for 2017

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Move over traditional styles. Contemporary and transitional-styled bathrooms are overtaking traditional in design preferences, according to the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report by the National Kitchen & Bath Association. The member survey reveals some of the following bathroom trends this year: Most popular color schemes: Whites, off/whites, […]

It’s Now Cool to Have Mismatched Fixtures

It’s Now Cool to Have Mismatched Fixtures

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine A home with a mix of chrome, nickel, brass, and bronze fixtures may prompt some home buyers to pause. But such mismatches are actually on trend. (Good news to those remodelers who may not have gotten around quite yet to updating all of those fixtures to the same color!) […]

Go 3D With Your Wall Designs

Go 3D With Your Wall Designs

Add a third-dimension to your walls: 3D wall panels can offer a unique, eye-catching look. One company called WallArt offers chic, environmentally friendly wall coverings. The three-dimensional effect can help add the “wow” factor to a room, whether styled as ultra-modern or country chic. You can choose from several geometric designs, like minimalist Tetris or […]

Do a Foundation Check: 5 Things to Watch For

Do a Foundation Check: 5 Things to Watch For

Take a closer look at the home’s foundation before buying, says Matt Stock, president of U.S. Waterproofing, based in the Chicago area. An undisclosed structural foundation repair could leave a new buyer facing a price tag of $20,000 or more. “We’ve seen foundations sink 8 inches,” says Stock. “That was a $150,000 repair for the […]

The Number One Design Style for 2017 Is …

The Number One Design Style for 2017 Is …

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The Modern Farmhouse is on trend in home design this year, according to a newly released survey by Next Day Blinds. We may have Joanna and Chip Gaines from the HGTV hit show “Fixer Upper” to thank for the surge in popularity of this rustic style. Photo by Gardner […]