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December
21

Interior Design Trends to Watch in 2021

Seattle Interior Design Trends

The year is coming to an end, but for many homeowners, there is no end in sight to the amount of time they'll be spending indoors. The extraordinary increase in work from home and learn from home have turned the house into an office, a school, and a social space for entertaining. As we move into 2021, our brokers understand that a change of scenery might be necessary. Here are a few burgeoning interior design trends for you to consider in 2021.

  1. Warm Color Schemes
    So much time spent indoors has made us all look a little too long at our walls. While some colors like blues seemed bright, some homeowners discovered that these cooler colors are invoking the blues. A change of paint is in order for 2021, with homeowners adopting warmer or neutral colors to create a more inviting space. Colors that stimulate the mind, such as blues, greens, and yellows, may be used only in workspaces like offices.


  2. Low-Cost Chic
    The "chic" style is quite diverse, and it's headed to a home near you. Some will opt for a Shabby Chic or French County Chic style that mixes vintage or antique furniture with contemporary pieces to create an elegant space. Homeowners will be scouring garage sales and flea markets into the New Year to find live-in pieces that are worn with refinement.


  3. Timeless Traditional Style
    There's a reason classic traditionalism is both "classic" and "traditional." It's such a timeless look that it's easy to integrate into any space. More importantly, it's an effective way to try something new without going all-in on a more eccentric décor style, such as the chic or ultra-modern design. The symmetry and harmony that a classic traditional style brings to a room also creates a feeling of order and control to a space.


  4. Sustainable Modern Pieces
    Although home renovation budgets are tighter than ever for some homeowners, many are still committed to sustainable living. 2021 will continue to see sustainable designs with a modern touch. Whether utilizing recycled and repurposed materials or adopting the latest bioplastics, an interior designer will seek to incorporate materials with a low impact on the environment.


  5. Global Inspiration
    Wanderlust is higher than ever, which means we shouldn't be surprised to see a global influence in many interior designs. Natural materials like woods, glass, and stone will come together with earthy, neutral tones to make the space feel more at one with nature. Some homeowners may also integrate regional décor, such as those inspired by wildlife or global cultures.


  6. Industrial Interior Style
    With so many homeowners utilizing their spaces for work and school, the industrial style is becoming increasingly popular. This style prioritizes multipurpose and open spaces through both form and function. Clean, crisp lines define the parameters of the space with multi-use furniture like dining room tables that double as workspaces filling the area.


  7. Modern Rustic Styles
    The rustic style is quite popular in many regions, and we should expect to see this style given a modern touch in 2021. These homey interiors are warm and welcoming for guests and owners alike. Redesigned classical pieces or redefined "traditional" pieces give these spaces a blend of old and new for the homeowner who seeks a style that screams "today."


  8. Creative Storage Spaces
    Chances are high that most homeowners either have too much stuff or not enough space. As we roll into 2021, some homeowners will carry over the minimalist trends from the last two years, but others will instead seek to maximize storage opportunities. Installing shelving or refashioning closet spaces to organize items more efficiently can instantly enhance storage.


  9. Wallpapered Ceilings
    If you're surprised that wallpaper has made a comeback over the years, then you'll be even more so knowing the wallpapering the ceiling is shaping up to be a hot 2021 trend. Though it sounds strange, it actually adds dimension to the room and challenges the design status quo by mixing patterns. It also allows homeowners to inject a little character into their spaces without it dominating all four walls.


  10. Indoor/Outdoor Living
    One interior design trend that bleeds into the exterior, homeowners are opting to maximize their indoor/outdoor living spaces. Using furniture and furnishings typically staged for interiors, homeowners are creating multi-use spaces on their patios and balconies that are comfortable, convenient, and ready for diverse usage.

Do you envision a brand-new home in 2021? Let us help you with your search. Contact us today to schedule a showing of our latest Seattle homes for sale.

December
14

Gift Board Games from these Portland Shops

Board Game Shops

Our brokers are hard at work this holiday season, helping motivated buyers in the Portland area find the homes they want. But everyone should slow down during the holidays and spend time with loved ones – and often, searching for the ideal holiday gifts is a part of the enjoyment.

Here's a holiday tip: Board games are having a renaissance!

Yes, with more people spending time indoors, board games are a fun and fast-paced alternative to a computer or video games that everyone can take part in. And there truly are games for everyone, from children of all ages to adults looking for a more sophisticated experience.

While some games only get played once or twice, others have real staying power. They can even form the backbone of a new family tradition. If you're hungry for something new on game night, you're in luck: The Portland area is replete with shops where you can explore board games, card games, and RPGs.

Let's take a look at some of the most popular places to buy and play games:

  1. Versus Board Games – 12551 Southwest Main Street, Tigard, OR 97223
    Tigard homes for sale are some of the best around, and Versus Board Games is just one of the many delightful reasons why. Here, you'll be swept into a veritable wonderland of board games, Lego sets, Dungeons & Dragons, 2D and 3D puzzles, graphic novels, and toys. Versus maintains plenty of used games in great condition so that you can start your collection off right at an affordable price.

  2. Finnegan's Toys & Gifts – 820 Southwest Washington Street, Portland, OR 97205
    Found a short walk from some of the top dining and shopping in Portland, Finnegan's Toys & Gifts is conveniently situated in the Stevens Building. It dazzles visitors with a wondrous assortment of classic toys for all ages and interests. In addition to a full selection of board games and puzzles, you'll also find activity books, art supplies, cars and trucks, dolls, costumes, and STEM toys.

  3. OC Geeks & Games – 1656 C Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, OR 97045
    Located in the Southridge Shopping Center, OC Geeks & Games calls itself "the Home of Tabletop Gaming in Oregon City." Dedicated to board games, collectible card games, role-playing games, and miniatures, it is more than just a store. Its goal is to build a vibrant and inclusive gaming community for players of all ages. Free Family Board Gaming Day takes place regularly. All this and it's convenient to Oregon City homes for sale, too.

  4. Cloud Cap Games – 1226 Southeast Lexington Street, Portland, OR 97202
    Not far from Portland homes for sale is Cloud Cap Games, the perfect place to get a running start learning some of the most popular games around. It rents board games and holds lessons in playing Magic: The Gathering or the Pokemon collectible card game. The staff will be glad to introduce you to party games, family-friendly games, or whatever else your heart desires.

  5. The Portland Game Store – 922 North Killingsworth Street, Portland, OR 97217
    The Portland Game Store boasts a slew of traditional board games as well as mind-bending challenges like Warhammer (40,000 and Fantasy), Blood Bowl, Crisis Protocol, and Malifaux. It also has 80 board game titles for rent, just right for enjoying a marathon week of family entertainment. Magic: The Gathering aficionados should look at the buy list to trade in their old cards for cash.

  6. Red Castle Games7160 Southeast Foster Road, Portland, OR 9720
    Red Castle Games provides a formidable library of games and plenty of rare and in-demand singles for collectible card decks. Locals can enjoy next-day delivery on their orders or get walk-up curbside service. The Red Castle Games staff also teach teamwork, empathy, and storytelling for students aged to up 17 years old with their online-only D&D Academy.

  7. Guardian Games – 345 Southeast Taylor Street, Portland, OR 97214
    Guardian Games will spark your imagination with its array of fun and creative games. Taking its stock from the best publishers, including independent game creators, its range of games is one of the biggest in Portland. Collectible card game tournaments are held monthly, and shoppers are encouraged to try games out. There's even space to work on your miniatures or convene your role-playing group.

With a vibrant culture, strong economy, and some of the best dining and shopping, the Portland area is a place you'll be happy to call home. To find out more or get started, contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain.

December
7

Pick the Perfect Tree From These Christmas Tree Farms Near Seattle

'Tis the season that the Pacific Northwest turns into a winter wonderland, and our brokers love every minute of it! One of our favorite activities throughout December is to throw on our favorite holiday sweater, grab a thermos of hot cocoa, and take a stroll through a Christmas tree farm. Whether you're searching for the perfect tree for your home or if you love surrounding yourself in Washington's wonderful outdoors, we suggest you stop by these Christmas tree farms near Seattle this winter.

  1. McMurtrey's Red-Wood Christmas Tree Farm — 13925 Woodinville-Redmond Rd. NE, Redmond, WA 98052
    For nearly 50 years, the McMurtrey family has invited families to make special memories at their Red-Wood Christmas Tree Farm. Serving up complimentary cider, hot chocolate, and candy canes, their farm is the perfect place to shop for local, fresh-cut Christmas trees. After you see some of our Redmond homes for sale, you can bring your children and even the dog for a few family photos in McMurtrey's winter wonderland. With small tabletop trees and large 15-footers that can be delivered to your door, McMurtrey's Red-Wood Christmas Tree Farm will provide the perfect tree alongside picture-perfect memories.

     
  2. Olalla Valley Farms — 3655 34th Ave. W, Seattle, WA 98199
    Specializing in Nobel Firs, Olalla Valley Farms is a quaint Christmas tree lot located in the Magnolia neighborhood. Over the last 20 years, they've paired their Natural Noble Firs with Douglas Firs and Nordmann Fir trees to offer some of the most premium-quality trees near the city. A quick ride around the corner from our Seattle homes for sale, a visit to Olalla Valley Farms is one of the easiest ways to pick out and pick up your Christmas tree on a busy schedule.

     
  3. Seattle Christmas Tree — 3839 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103
    Whether picking out your Christmas tree is the first or final step in your holiday decorating plans, Seattle Christmas Tree wants you to know that they're ready to make your holiday traditions memorable. Their Noble Firs are among the highest-quality trees in the Pacific Northwest, each of them fresh-cut, super full, and perfectly shaped for any size space. Seattle Christmas Tree also sells tree stands and tree lights, so you can conveniently find everything you need in one quick stop. Best of all, they offer free delivery within three miles so you can pick out your tree without ever leaving your cozy living room.

     
  4. Andy Smith Christmas Trees — 210 NW 101st & Holman Rd. NW, Seattle, WA 98177
    Pay a visit to Andy Smith Christmas Trees and walk out with the perfect fresh-cut tree for your home. Their knowledgeable staff will give you advice on how to keep your tree healthy throughout the season and how to ensure that your tree doesn't create any safety hazards for your family. Make the holidays a little more romantic around the house by grabbing some of Andy Smith's fresh mistletoe as well.
     
  5. Buttonwood Farm — 14500 NE 116th St., Redmond, WA 98052
    Buttonwood Farm is one of the few Christmas tree farms in the area to sell certified organic trees. No pesticides, herbicides, or other chemicals are ever used, so you can rest assured that your tree is safe for everyone in your family to admire, pets included! This year, they're opening up their farm by appointment only, so make sure to schedule a visit around your Redmond homes for sale viewings.

     
  6. MJW Christmas Trees — 12120 NE 85th St., Kirkland, WA 98033
    If you're looking for a tree for your business or your home, MJW Christmas Trees has you covered. Their lot is near many of our best Kirkland homes for sale, but you can also shop their selection of trees, stans, wreaths, treatments, and disposal bags on their website. MJW's delivery service also includes an in-home tree set up featuring placement, pruning, watering, and clean up. As an added bonus, MJW also offers a tree removal service, making holiday clean-up a breeze and ensuring that your tree is recycled into garden mulch.

Now that you've found the perfect tree, it's time to find the perfect house to display it in. We would love to help you with your search! Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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