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July
26

Interior Design Trends: Cottagecore Home Decor

Home Decor Tips

Part of homeownership is getting to redecorate your place and make it a reflection of your style. As you consider various trends to add to your home, you may come across one that is becoming more and more popular, known as cottagecore, which is a home decor journey to a cozier time. If the homes you are asking our brokers to show you are perfect for adding these design touches, you're on your way to having a cottagecore inspired home. Follow these tips below.

  • Take Inspiration From the Past
    As we mentioned before, cottagecore embraces simple living from the past. How you incorporate this blast from the past is completely up to you! Maybe you'll go all out with this decor style, and only use muted tones and wall art. Or maybe you prefer to just make your couch and blankets follow this style. Add antiques or just books and knick-knacks that have been in the family for a while. Your cottagecore inspired room provides a perfect setting to display them.
  • Embrace Simplicity
    Technology is all around us, and this design style offers a retreat from it. This could be part of the reason this trend is becoming so popular! Part of embracing cottagecore home decor means unplugging and highlighting simple living. When incorporating cottagecore interior design trends, necessary technology will often be hidden in various clever ways. That way your TV isn't a jarring addition next to your woven blankets and simple artwork. Stay away from the cold, sleek surfaces that are more popular in modern decor. Instead focus on incorporating elements such as wooden features, the natural textures of organic materials, and the cozy atmosphere they bring. 
  • Take Cues From Nature
    To embrace nature with your decor, the interior of the home should blend with your home's exterior. Accomplish this by using muted colors, natural materials, house plants, and fresh or dried flowers. One way to bring the outdoors into your decor is to possibly add in a small herb garden. Herb gardens are easy to add to your office or kitchen because they take up minimal space and don't require a large amount of upkeep. An indoor herb garden can provide just the right touch to a cozy kitchen. You'll also have delicious fresh herbs to take your cooking to a whole new level. 
  • Add Vintage Touches
    Part of embracing the past means that antiques are a huge part of this design style! Don't worry, though. You can obtain the vintage look without spending a huge amount of money on antiques. To get the look you're seeking, focus on lines, wooden frames, and natural textures. Consider a trip to your local antique shop and scope out options there that you can add to your current decor. Or look at upcycling your current furniture with different stains or upholstery. 
  • Have a DIY Attitude
    A cottagecore style means you can also highlight your crafty side! Show off your creations and use them as a part of your decor. Have you learned to embroider or sew and have pieces that would look good in your living room? Find a rustic frame and proudly hang it on your wall. It's not just arts and crafts you can display. Did you recently start a garden? Store your homegrown fruits and veggies in wire baskets on the kitchen counter. Not only do these methods add to the decor of your home, but it also helps highlight your interests and hobbies in a new way!

Our team can help you find a home for you to decorate with your favorite home decor style. Contact us when you're ready to start your search for a new home in the area.

July
19

What Outdoor Home Features Add Value

Home Features As our brokers will tell you, most homebuyers make up their minds about a home before they take a look inside. No matter how much money, time, and effort you put into styling your home's interior, it will be much harder to sell your house if the exterior does not charm potential buyers. First impressions are everything when it comes to real estate. A buyer is more likely to move on to the next home if your home's exterior is not well-kept and lacks features that offer recreational benefits.

As you prepare your home for the selling process, you may want to consider exterior upgrades that could add value to your home today and in the future. Find out which investments make the most sense with this list of popular outdoor home features that boost property value, marketability, and appeal.

  • New Siding
    For a very modest investment, you may find that refreshing the exterior of your home by repairing or restoring your siding will greatly improve the structure and appeal of your home. Consider pressure washing your siding to remove dirt and debris. If your siding has chipping paint, giving a fresh coat of paint can help create a welcoming curb appeal. If cleaning and resurfacing your siding is still not enough, a full siding replacement may be the most efficient and cost-effective way to improve the value of your home.


  • Outdoor Kitchen
    Installing an outdoor kitchen allows for entertaining on an ambitious level. Ultimately, it's important to ensure the space is completely functional. Think of a fully equipped outdoor kitchen with electricity, plumbing, gas, and a roof for shelter. Specialty appliances like burners, ovens, sinks, grills, wine coolers, refrigerators, dishwashers, icemakers, and pizza ovens add sophistication to the space.


  • Windows and Doors
    While outdoor home features that involve entertainment and recreation are a major selling feature, so are ones that add functionality and lifetime value to your home. Upgrades such as windows and doors are well worth your investment. Installing energy-efficient window panes is one way to add value to your home. Swapping your front door for a steel unit with casing, window panels, and new hardware is another great way to make an impressive entryway that sets the tone for the rest of the house. While you're at it, consider a new set of door hardware, doorbell, door knocker, lighting, and house numbers to complete the front door makeover.


  • Landscaping
    Luscious landscaping will increase your home's value and increase the chances of winning the hearts of your potential homebuyers before they even get inside your home. If your home's landscaping is outdated, overgrown, or just needs a refreshing new look, consider giving it a modern and clean look. Beautiful ways to boost your home's value include adding stone planters, installing a natural flagstone walkway, mulching, and planting various shrubbery, perennials, blooming annuals, and a sizeable tree.


  • Outdoor Lighting
    Lighting is one of those features that homeowners often forget when adding value to their home's exterior. Outdoor lighting deters burglars, ensures guests arrive at your door safely, and creates a magical ambiance in your yard. Opt for stylish, architectural lighting to highlight the features of your home, as well as carefully designed landscape lighting to allow for the shrubs, flowers, and trees to be enjoyed at night.


  • Firepit
    There's hardly a backyard that won't benefit from the warmth and functionality of a beautifully installed firepit. Even if you don't live in a cold climate, a firepit creates an outdoor oasis right in your backyard. It also provides a space to share stories and create delightful memories. And when it's time to sell your home, you will realize a 60 to 70% ROI on a permanent, gas-powered firepit. Be sure to check with local authorities and your HOA about any restrictions.


  • Deck or Backyard Patio
    Wooden decks and covered patios are some of the most appealing exterior renovation projects that are certain to add value to your home. These features provide the perfect setting to grill in the afternoon, sunbathe, entertain, and relax with the family in the evening. Most people prefer big yards with plenty of grass and landscaping, so a small patio is more desirable. Patios can be made from concrete, hardwood, tile, brick, or flagstones. 

Adding outdoor home features can vastly improve your ability to relax outside in your home, boost curb appeal, and increase your home's resale value. But it's important to research before starting any project. For more information on home improvement, contact us today.

July
6

Test Your Knowledge at These Portland Trivia Nights

Think you have what it takes to be a trivia champ in the Portland area? Grab your family and friends and join our brokers in showing off your knowledge at these great trivia nights near Portland homes for sale

  • Schmizza Pub & Grub - 320 NW 21st Ave., Portland, OR 97209
    Could there be a better name for trivia hosts than Geeks Who Drink? With a slogan of, "Useless knowledge means everything," this national company brings their British pub-style trivia show to Schmizza Pub & Grub each Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. Teams compete in seven rounds of eight questions each, with cash and other prizes for the winner. Be on your toes for bonus questions when you can score extra treats. Keep your brain cells fueled with one of Schmizza's two-dozen specialty pizzas, such as Alligator Pie, topped with alligator sausage, red peppers, onions, tomatoes, and feta. Regular hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors close at 8 p.m.

  • Chill N Fill - 5215 N. Lombard St., Portland, OR 97203
    Looking for a place to unwind after a long day of work? With its casual decor and relaxing ambiance, Chill N Fill has created a classic neighborhood gathering spot. You're sure to find a favorite beverage from more than 30 rotating taps of craft beer, wine, cider, and kombucha. If that's not enough, Chill N Fill also carries a wide selection of local bottled beer, wine, and cider. Stop in Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. for team trivia hosted by Rain Brain, an award-winning local quizmaster. Get a head start and test yourself with sample questions on Rain Brain's website. Don't forget to fill your growler before you head home! Regular hours are noon - 11 p.m., seven days a week. 

  • Rose City Book Pub - 1329 NE Fremont St., Portland, OR 97212
    Whether you want to socialize or just curl up with a good book, Rose City Book Pub has you covered. This cozy shop combines the best qualities of a bookstore with a European-style bistro, serving appetizers and light meals along with beer and wine. In addition to interactive Zoom trivia on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., Rose City Book Pub hosts author readings, live music, and various cultural events. Regular hours are noon - 10 p.m. daily.

  • The Old Barn - 9656 SW Barbur Blvd., Portland, OR 97219
    You won't find any live animals or haystacks, but The Old Barn is definitely a comfy place to kick back with friends. Watch the game on one of 20 TVs or try your hand at video poker. Seafood lovers flock to The Old Barn on the second Friday of each month for Dungeness Crab Day, with a menu showcasing the iconic Pacific Northwest shellfish. Wednesday night trivia at 6:30 p.m. is hosted by Last Call. Sign up for their newsletter to get a list of answers to random questions that may or may not turn up at The Old Barn. Regular hours are 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 a.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. - 2:30 a.m. weekends.

  • Jolly Roger - 5627 SW Kelly St., Portland, OR 97239
    Nestled in the venerable John's Landing neighborhood, Jolly Roger was originally Stanich's West until Rob and Starr Jackson purchased and remodeled the restaurant in 2008, reopening under its current name. According to their slogan, "No one has more fun than we do," and that's especially true during Wednesday night trivia at 8 p.m. Local quizmaster Bridgetown Trivia is the host, and with teams of as many as 35 players allowed, the proceeding can get rambunctious. Bridgetown uses a variety of question styles, including puzzles, pictures, music, and fill-in-the-blank. Regular hours are 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily except Sunday when closing time is 10 p.m.

  • Cascadia Tap House - 13619 NW Cornell Rd., Portland, OR 97229
    Stumptown Trivia, the newest player on the Portland quizmaster scene, has gained fans with their lively trivia nights. You'll find them at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at Cascadia Tap House. Raffle prizes give you additional chances to win. Sip on one of the many local and regional craft beers, wines, and ciders available at Cascadia as you nibble on chips and salsa, artisan pretzels, and other favorite bar snacks. You're also welcome to bring in food from one of the restaurants around the mall. Regular hours are 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

Buying or selling a home in Portland is no trivial pursuit. When you need the right answers, contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain.

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