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Everything old becomes new again! I’m old enough to remember the early 80′s when gray was the neutral. It looks like it is making a strong comeback. Clients are calling it Greige and in this article they are calling it Dune. It’s basically a warm-toned grey.
Regardless of what you call it, I like it and already have a room this color. I find it goes well with stone or brick (the mortar in brick can be the same tones.) In surveying my house, I find that it is all solids – not patterns – which makes changing a color pretty easy. Someone once told me when selecting colors for your home to look at your wardrobe as it contains color you tend to like. I can’t say the color scheme applies to me – I have a pretty bright summer wardrobe and fairly dark winter one – but the lack of patterns certainly holds true.
Beyond White: Hot Color Trends for the Kitchen and Bath RISMEDIA, Thursday, October 17, 2013— (BPT) – So many of us love the rich colors featured in kitchen and bath magazines, but when it comes to selecting colors for our own homes, we tend to play it safe. It’s time to be bold and get out of the color comfort zone. Whether it’s a vibrant backsplash, playful shade on the wall, or a new sink color that pops with personality, today’s hot color trends are anything but boring.Consider these top five color trends for kitchen and bath spaces:
1. Gray reigns king
The 2013 NKBA Trends Report names gray the coveted color of the year. According to the report, use of gray color schemes in both kitchens and baths has dramatically increased since 2010, particularly over the past year. The hue is currently used in 55 percent of kitchens and 56 percent of bathrooms.
“I regularly work gray into my projects because it instantly elevates the design and adds depth to the palette,” says senior interior designer Travis Rotelli, who works at the Kohler Design Center in Kohler, Wis.
Another old style that is making a comeback is brass. So often, I hear clients say that they don’t like all the brass in a particular house. The solution for that now is to simply take the good quality Baldwin brass and have it dipped to remove the clear coat. This will reveal the natural brass. This natural aged brass is beautiful and the new style again. I have Baldwin Brass in my home and may try it in a few rooms to see how it goes before I do the whole thing. If I do, I’ll be sure to take before and after pictures. I like the warmth of brass, and while hardware styles and choices change so frequently, high quality fixtures should be able to pass the test of time.
What do you think of both of these comeback styles? Have you or would you use either of these in your own home?
I’ve recently had a few listings that a few Atlanta real estate agents called “contemporary”, and although the homes themselves would not be called contemporary it seems that anything different than what Atlantans are used to seeing being built by builders around 2005 gets labeled contemporary. I’ve had agents tell me contemporary doesn’t sell in Atlanta.
I want to be the first to disagree and talk about the contemporary trend in metro Atlanta real estate.
When I first started in real estate in 2002, I may have agreed. I saw builders all building the same things – brick and stone with a lot of mixed media in between. The floors plans all had a similar feel.
In 2013, not only do we have a different audience in Atlanta, but also we have a very global influence on our home designs and clients’ desires. Those from NY, California and yes, many places in between have been seeing modern architecture and finishings a lot longer than here in the heart of the South where oriental rugs and draperies seem to be the preference.
I was inspired to write this post this morning after reading an article in my daily Prudential e-news. The article which I’ll post below is about Legos and the simplicity their new design holds.
I find myself starting to move everything in my house to “white” or variations of it. I like the simplicity, the ability to add accents in different seasons and have a new look all the time. Sometimes when life is crazy, the best retreat is to a room that is clean and simple. It’s relaxing to me. I guess that’s the Zen feel that many look for.
Anyway, I hope we continue to see more structures in Atlanta that are “simple” with clean lines, and our children can take the monochromatic Legos and really “create” versus copying the picture off the front of a box. I like the lesson learned here, and I think I’ll find this set for my son for his birthday.
Lego, the Tool of Young Modernists
|By Christopher Hawthorne|
|RISMEDIA, Thursday, August 29, 2013— (MCT)—Over the last couple of weeks, a tiny monochromatic skyline has been growing in my kitchen.Since opening Lego’s new Architecture Studio, my daughters (who are 9 and 4) and I have been putting together, dismantling and redesigning a group of about 10 buildings. We’ve kept the results on display on a shelf above the sink.Because the Architecture Studio includes bricks in just two shades — white and transparent — the buildings we’ve created all seem to be related, at least distantly, to modern architecture. This is a decidedly Corbusian color scheme; as my 9-year-old put it, gesturing in the direction of a house she’d made, “If that was hot pink, it wouldn’t look modern.”Even her barn-like structure with a pitched roof looked as much Cliff May as old-fashioned stable, thanks in part to a transparent ground floor. The limited palette also seems to make the kit more forgiving — nearly any design looks pretty good in all white or the Lego equivalent of all glass (or a mix).Lego has produced a number of architecture-related products, but they’ve tended to be kits to design a single famous building: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, for example, or the Sydney Opera House. The Architecture Studio is closer in spirit to the original Legos, the ones that allow you to build whatever you feel like building.And as Edwin Heathcoate, the British architecture critic, pointed out recently, there’s something to be said for simplicity and open-endedness in toys. Part of that is nostalgia, I think, for a pre-digital age; but you can’t argue with the number of accomplished architects who talk about playing with Legos or wooden blocks as a formative experience. In that sense it’s surprising Lego didn’t release a set like this years ago.
The Architecture Studio comes with a pretty thick book featuring interviews with (and design advice from) architecture firms, including Tokyo’s Sou Fujimoto and the Swedish office Tham & Videgård. But it’s as much a collection of conceptual essays on the nature of architectural play as instruction manual — and to be fair, this is a product pitched at a target audience older than my kids, really teenagers and up.
I decided I liked the limited color scheme: It made the ungainly buildings I put together seem to come from the same architectural family as the ones the girls made, even if the shapes and sizes were quite different. I suspect more than a few kids, though, will open the box and immediately wish for brighter colors.
As I thought back on the time we’ve played with the set, I realized something surprising: The only time the three of us spent a sustained period of time using it together was right after we first took it out of the box.
The 1,200 pieces in the set come all mixed up in a bunch of small pouches. Before we built anything we decided to sort them by type as we all sat on the floor. That took a full hour. It was strangely meditative. A rare quiet descended on the house as we tossed the little bricks into growing piles.
Recently a friend called my walk in pantry my Costco closet. Then the other day I had a buyer mention that they needed shelving in the garage or a walk in pantry to use as their Costco Closet. How true!
This isn’t the first time a new “need” is uncovered as builders begin to catch up to it. Remember washer and dryers in closets? Now everyone wants huge laundry rooms with folding tables, hanging rods to drip dry, and cabinets for washing and drying products. The other thing that dawned on me was how uniquely American and probably middle to upper class this “need” is.
Years ago a friend from Bulgaria was at my home and laughed at the size of the shampoo containers I had in the guest room, along with a cabinet stocked with toilet paper. She explained that they only made enough money to buy what they need for the week and their homes were too small to store large quantities.
Then recently a friend from Singapore was staying with me and she was lamenting about missing the “Big Box” stores. She said when she moved to Singapore she had to take 2 years supply of paper towels as she was warned that they weren’t the same over there.
I know I can live differently and have when I was remodeling and basically liveing in a two bedroom apartment. I sometimes think things were easier with less then. As it seems something needs maintained everyday as a homeowner. But for now my pantry will be filled with huge boxes of Costco items for snacks etc.
Interestingly enough, you would think I’d face different requests with “empty nesters” as the term applies. You’d think they’d have less stuff – NEVER! They actually have decades of stuff they don’t want to get rid of. Thus they need to have a master bedroom on the main, and huge basements to store the stuff. They aren’t willing to get rid of their huge dining room furniture as they hope the family will come back at least once a year for the big dinner and they need the room for that one day! They don’t want a tiny dining room, because if they are going to use it, it needs to fit EVERYONE!
I think the 1960’s ranch plan is what is still desired by many. I realize the larger foundation is more costly, but empty nesters want everything on the main and are only willing to stick about 2 bedrooms ups.
A lot of current buyers think that floor plans that builders built in 2005 aren’t really working today, forget the Jack and Jill baths, every kid needs his/her own bath! I grew up sharing one bath with three brothers, but today heaven forbid a boy and girl share a bath.
Perhaps builders need to pick a specific demographic and design for that. There isn’t a one size fits all anymore. I always tell sellers that there is a buyer out there just like them and that’s the person that will buy their house – so true. Sometimes that pool of people is narrow and sometimes it’s wide. You’ll get a better price and sell quicker if the pool of people is wide, but you’ll always be able to sell at some price.
The stately presence of this home is best experienced while sitting on the grand front porch. And just inside the double front door is a large entry hall leading to both a formal dining room and coffered ceiling living room. The dining room is filled with natural light, a fulfillment of the original plan from Norwood Architects.
With so many special rooms in this house to experience, the current owners wanted to make sure accessibility was never a problem…..meaning there’s an elevator that accesses all three levels. One of the best rooms to find while using the elevator is the interior family room – kind of like a sitting room for the private areas of the house. This room is located on the 3rd level in the middle of all of the family bedrooms. In the past, this room was used for middle-of-the night feedings, and also includes a refrigerator and sink for drinks or a coffee bar.
A gated neighborhood is rare find in Cobb County, and it, along with a private street, is found here at Holden Estates. For metro Atlanta owners who travel, this secure environment is key. And traveling from this location is a breeze – literally about a minute to I-285 (west of I-75) and about 20 minutes to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Closer to home, you’re just a stroll away from Oakdale Park, and less than a mile away to One Ivy Walk – home of many great restaurants and boutiques.
6 bedrooms, 1 half bath, 5 full baths
Offered at $849,000
2095 Cooper Lake Drive SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
More great pictures at www.tinahunsicker.com
Prudential Georgia – Buckhead Office
(404) 931 – 3944
This home is currently SOLD.
Vinings French Provincial Home – 3480 Brandy Station Road – Atlanta, GA 30339
Shows like a new home! Linda McArthur designed and re-built in 2007.
Master on the main, all rooms are large and the three bedrooms up are ensuite with a playroom on that level as well. Pictures don’t do this Vinings estate justice. You must see to appreciate the quality and detail of the antique doors and large moldings. Such a great location for private school families. Sidewalks go straight from this home right on over to to Vinings Village and The Lovett School. Over 7,000 square feet with five bedrooms, five full baths and one half bath.
This home is currently under contract. Originally listed at $1,599,900 by Tina Hunsicker.
I had the opportunity to volunteer at this year’s Decorators’ Show House & Garden, located in an historical home in Buckhead, Knollwood. It was a real treat to be stationed in John Oetgen’s Solarium as guests passed through. This is a great way to support the arts, get ideas for your own home, be exposed to some of Atlanta’s most fabulous interior designers, and take a peak at incredible architecture. (Also not a bad idea for a last minute Mother’s Day gift!)
The Show House is open through Sunday, May 13, and tickets are $25 at the door. Click here to learn more about the Show House.
ATLANTA (WXIA) – Thirty-one stories above the streets of Buckhead is a 5,300 square foot condo for sale, if you’ve got $1.75 million burning a hole in your pocket.
The elevator at 2828 Peachtree takes you to a private entrance for the 5,300 square foot condo.
“It’s very rare to have a condo where there’s no one else on your floor,” said Tina Hunsicker of Sotheby’s International Realty. “What I’m seeing now in the marketplace, people do want that open, bright, contemporary space.”
The kitchen is spacious, with two refrigerators and two Gaggenau ovens among the top-line appliances. But of all the top amenities in this high-rise condo, the view is the biggest feature.
“This is unique in that it’s the only full 360 degree view with windows of this size in this building,” she said.
The view follows you to the living area of the home.
“Let’s go to the southern side of the building which is actually the entertaining space,” Hunsicker said.
There’s a second kitchen for that purpose and a billiard room. Along, with, once again, the view. You can workout while staring at the skyline.
“You can see the clouds moving, you can see the weather coming in, you can tell what traffic is,” she said.
If you don’t have a fear of heights, you’ll get an even better perspective from the balconies that connect to the three bedrooms. Located in the heart of Buckhead on Peachtree Road, the price on this contemporary condo has dropped from $2.5 million to $1.75 million.
This penthouse is no longer listed with Tina Hunsicker, but she can help you find the perfect Buckhead luxury condominium for sale. Click here to contact her.
Happy New Year! I sat down to come up with my business ideas for 2012 and thinking creatively how to sell my listings in Vinings, Buckhead and throughout Atlanta. In thinking back to the buyers I worked with this year, one common theme runs through all the homes that they were interested in – Light and Bright.
Back when I started in real estate – now a decade ago, I remember a very experienced agent telling me something that stuck with me “light and bright sells”. That idea runs through staging a house for sale and time of day to shoot a house for pictures.
Often I have my client take down draperies that are blocking any sunlight. They may have spent thousands on having them made, but when we’re showcasing a house for a buyer, the more light the better!
One of my recent buyers was very interested in making sure the back of the house was south. Since most kitchen and family areas are on the back they would tend to get the most sun. I actually got her a “happy light” for Christmas as she truly believes that light affects her moods and she’d have to undergo light therapy if her house didn’t face the right direction!
Around 2005ish when new construction was booming, builders were building tudor styles with dark doors, dark beams, dark floors and cabinetry. I’m thinking these styles have gone the way of hemlines. (You know they say skirt hemlines go down in a bad economy and up in a good one.)
I’m thinking that in a bad economy people want to feel happy and light and bright houses help accomplish that.
I don’t believe everything has to be white to get that feeling. Designer Lori Tippins (Tippins Interiors) has helped two of my clients accomplish this feeling without doing that by:
- darkening the floors and kept the walls lighter with color still added
- helping clients make their houses more “still” and cut down on “busy”ness to give them a calm feeling.
- not putting granite in a kitchen in at least 4 years!
Without a lot of new construction out there the latest styles are not seen as often, buyers are having to make changes to update their homes. Lori believes in marbles, wood, concrete and other products like that. I do see some of the builders still using products that they were successful with 5 or 6 years ago.
Even my most traditional buyers want wide open, bright spaces. Sometimes that may mean cutting back trees or limbing them up on resale houses, as we all tend to like the trees in our yards, but as they begin to block windows, it is time to move them or cut them down.
I’ve sold two new construction houses in metro Atlanta since December 2011, and both were sold due to the light and bright feeling. One was very European feeling (Laurel Drive) with a wall of windows in the kitchen and hardly any upper cabinetry, but the feel of this room and the level backyard with a South Beach feel is what emotionally attracted the client to this home.
The other home I sold in December 2011 was in East Cobb (326 Greyhaven Lane) is the one that has good light, but Lori had to help my client with changing paint colors converting to marble etc.
Another item that is a new material I’m seeing in these homes is PVC supply plumbing. The first time I saw this I was shocked, but the inspector assured me it was OK, then when I saw it again in the Greyhaven house I was more prepared. With copper prices so high and the fact that the copper is actually being ripped out of the walls during construction, builders are moving to this type of plumbing. The jury is still out on it in my mind, but the inspectors say it will be fine.
Another aspect of this light and bright “need” is that I have definitely seen a real need for contemporary houses. The traditional houses that are all over Atlanta, are not what many younger buyers, clients from other countries and those moving in from out of state are looking for.
I think I’ll feature this desire for more contemporary style architecture in Atlanta in a future Blog Entry as it’s a pretty important new trend. I’d love to have any ideas you have on helping homes become light and bright!