Show Us Your Best Examples of Using Turquoise in Staged Homes


Turquoise is the color of the year, and we want to know how you’ve used this year’s “it” color in staging properties. Show us photos of how you’ve weaved in the color to brighten a room!

Top Kitchen Trends for 2010


white kitchen modern house mansionSo what’s cooking in the kitchen this year? The National Kitchen & Bath Association surveyed designers to reveal the top design trends for 2010.

Among the trends gaining popularity this year: Hide your appliances in kitchen drawers, whether dishwashers-in-a-drawer or undercounter refrigeration (drawers being used as refrigerators). More home owners are opting to tuck their appliances away so they don’t interfere with the design.

Also part of the appeal to dishwashers-in-a-drawer is their convenience with the capability of washing small loads of dishes in each drawer, which saves water and electricity.
Here are some of the other top kitchen trends for 2010:

Color: Shades of white and off-whites are the most common kitchen colors, followed by brown, beige, and bone hues.

Cabinetry: The most popular wood for kitchen cabinetry remains cherry, followed by maple. In the decline: Painted cabinetry and light natural finishes and distressed finishes.

Design style: Traditional is the most popular kitchen design with contemporary following closely behind. Read more

The Color of the Year


 REALTOR Magazine

So what’s the “it” color for 2010?

According to Pantone, it’s turquoise’s year to shine.

Look for this vibrant blue-green color to pop up in many fabrics, textiles and home interiors this year.

It’s a color that many people respond positively to, according to Pantone, which predicts the hot color each year by surveying designers. Many people associate the color with a pleasant and inviting form of escape, such as a tropical paradise, according to word-association studies.

“With both warm and cool undertones, turquoise pairs nicely with any other color in the spectrum,” according to Pantone. “Turquoise adds a splash of excitement to neutrals and browns, complements reds and pinks, creates a classic maritime look with deep blues, livens up all other greens, and is especially trend-setting with yellow-greens.”

Do you agree? Do you think turquoise is a good color to work into home interiors?

HouseLogic: A Home Owner’s Treasure Chest

February 19, 2010 by Melissa Tracey · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Home Trends, Remodeling Adviser 

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

The National Association of REALTORS® launched a new Web site this week that helps home owners make smart decisions when it comes to maintaining and increasing the value of their homes. The Web site — HouseLogic — allows you to plan and organize home projects as well as access tips and how-to advice on how to tackle each project.

You can register at the Web site for a free account and you’ll then be able to customize the site by creating your own to-do lists, setting project reminders, and finding ways to save money and increase the value of your home. You’ll also be able to take some quick, fun quizzes on many of the housing tips offered on the Web site to see if you mastered the topic.

Check it out:

10 Must-Have Features in New Homes

 REALTOR® Magazine

kitchenislandSo what home features are buyers asking for the most in their search for a new home?

AVID Ratings Co., a firm that provides surveys and employee training to home builders across the United States and Canada, conducts an annual survey of home buyer preferences.

The company found the following hot home features reign supreme in today’s market:

1. Large kitchens with an island.

2. Energy-efficient appliances and high-efficiency insulation and windows. (These were the most sought-after “green” features from buyers.) Read more

10 Hot Home Products for the New Year


By Don Logay

As the unofficial “What’s New Guru” of the home improvement industry, I attend numerous trade shows throughout the year and scour lots of magazines and trade publications looking for new and exciting products, intriguing concepts and “gotta have” gadgets that make life just a little bit better.

My checklist for “Hot Home Products” includes simplicity, ingenuity, affordability, and great end results. Here are a few of my most recent finds and all-time favorites:


1.  Giani Granite Countertop Paint

Got a kitchen countertop that’s seen better days? Laminate chipped and discolored? Solid surface counter stained and scratched? Giani is the world’s first granite paint kit for countertop makeovers. Get the premium “look” of granite at a fraction of the cost — with lots of extra benefits too. Water-based paint kits come in five realistic-looking color combinations and include everything needed to go “granite” in three easy steps in 24-hours or less. One $39.95 kit covers 35 square feet (16 running feet of 24-inch wide counter). Available at paint and hardware stores nationwide. Visit or call 1-800-650-5699.

2.  One2Flush Dual Flush Conversion Kit

Saving water is as “easy as 1, 2…” with the brand new award-winning One2Flush toilet conversion kit. In about 20-minutes, you can quickly and easily turn a standard water-guzzling tank-type toilet into an eco-friendly, high-efficiency, water-saving dual flush model. University tests prove One2Flush — with its “half flush for liquids and full flush for solids” — reduces water use by more than 38 percent and can save an average family over 10 percent on monthly water bills. Fits all standard two-piece toilets, 1.6-gallon flush and up. Starts paying for itself immediately. Available nationwide at most hardware stores (Ace, True Value, Do-It-Best). For more information visit Read more