Date Archives: July 2021

Pogo Blog Home

rss logo RSS Feed
Home Maintenance | 20 Posts
Buying a House | 2 Posts
Portland OR | 5 Posts
Seattle WA | 27 Posts
Uncategorized | 6 Posts
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
12

Picnic Spots Throughout Seattle

Picnic Spots Throughout Seattle

With a city surrounded by water and mountains, is it any wonder that outdoor dining is so popular in Seattle? Pack a basket or grab some carryout and visit one of these amazing picnic spots around Seattle recommended by our brokers

  • Waterfall Garden Park - 219 2nd Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98104
    An urban picnic area may sound like an oxymoron, but Seattle is full of such unconventional delights. Waterfall Garden Park is tucked into an unobtrusive 60-by-80-feet spot in historic Pioneer Square. Until 1975, the site held the headquarters of United Parcel Service. Today, the charming park includes a 22-foot man-made waterfall and a dual-level patio with tables and chairs, making it a wonderful place for a lunch hour picnic or reading break. Park hours are 8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. daily.

  • Green Lake Park - 7201 E. Green Lake Dr., Seattle, WA 98115
    The area around Green Lake Park features some of the most desirable Seattle homes for sale, and it's not hard to see why. Who wouldn't want to live just down the street from a beautiful three-acre lake surrounded by lush green space? The neighborhood is full of great restaurants, delis, and sandwich shops where you can pick up a picnic-friendly meal. Work up an appetite or work off some calories with swimming at the lifeguard-patrolled beach or a walk along the 2.8-mile path that circles the lake. Bring along a guidebook to identify the numerous birds and waterfowl you're sure to see. Green Lake Park is open 24/7.

  • Dr. Jose Rizal Park - 1007 12th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98144
    Seattle has one of the most iconic skylines in the country. Take in some incredible views of downtown and Puget Sound during your picnic at Dr. Jose Rizal Park on Beacon Hill. With nearly 10 acres of grounds, including reservable picnic areas, the park can accommodate groups of any size. Be sure to bring Fido along and spend some quality time at the off-leash dog area. Park hours are 4 a.m. - 11:30 p.m., seven days a week.

  • Gas Works Park - 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103
    When someone in Seattle says, "Go fly a kite," people immediately head to Gas Works Park. The 19.1-acre site, once the home of the Seattle Gas Light Company plant, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Kite-flying on the park's spacious hills is a local ritual, while remnants of the original facility are incorporated into a play barn that's a favorite of families. Watch seaplanes land and take off from Lake Union against the backdrop of the downtown skyline. Gas Works Park is open daily from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.

  • Washington Park Arboretum - 2300 Arboretum Dr. E., Seattle, WA 98112
    Nature is on display in all its glory at Washington Park Arboretum, a 230-acre extravaganza of gardens, wetlands, and wooded areas. The grounds contain 5,500 different plants from all corners of the world, including one of the top Japanese maple tree collections. Choose your favorite points of interest and create your own walking tour along the numerous trails. Print one of the seasonal scavenger hunts from the website and see how many items kids can find. Leashed dogs are welcome at the arboretum. Hours are dawn - 8 p.m. daily, and admission is free.

  • Carkeek Park - 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd., Seattle, WA 98177
    Washington state is known for apples because of spots like historic Piper's Orchard in Carkeek Park. Six miles of trails lead to the orchard, as well as spectacular views of Whidbey Island and the Olympic Mountains. The salmon-themed playground plays tribute to another notable product of the state. Check out the tide pool beach at low tide, when you can walk hundreds of feet out into Puget Sound. Park hours are 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

  • Woodland Park Rose Garden - 750 N. 50th St., Seattle, WA 98103
    With 2.5 acres filled with nearly 3,000 roses, Woodland Park Rose Garden is perfect for a romantic picnic for two or a delightful family outing. The garden is one of only two dozen American Rose Test Gardens in the country, displaying new hybrids before they're available to the public. Fun fact: since the garden went pesticide-free in 2006, the flowers have been used to feed animals in adjoining Woodland Park Zoo. Hours are 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily, and admission is free.

Picnics don't get more exclusive than the ones you hold in the backyard of your Seattle home. Have questions about buying or selling real estate? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for cheerful and experienced help.

Disclaimer: All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. All properties are subject to prior sale, change or withdrawal. Neither listing broker(s) or information provider(s) shall be responsible for any typographical errors, misinformation, misprints and shall be held totally harmless. Listing(s) information is provided for consumers personal, non-commercial use and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumers may be interested in purchasing. Information on this site was last updated 08/13/2022. The listing information on this page last changed on 08/13/2022. The data relating to real estate for sale on this website comes in part from the Internet Data Exchange program of RMLS (last updated Fri 08/12/2022 8:34:57 PM EST) or Willamette Valley MLS (last updated Fri 08/12/2022 11:51:39 PM EST) or COAR/MLSCO (last updated Fri 08/12/2022 11:31:24 PM EST) or NWMLS (last updated Sat 08/13/2022 6:56:43 AM EST). Real estate listings held by brokerage firms other than Coldwell Banker Bain may be marked with the Internet Data Exchange logo and detailed information about those properties will include the name of the listing broker(s) when required by the MLS. All rights reserved. --

Privacy Policy / DMCA Notice / ADA Accessibility

Login to My Homefinder

Login to My Homefinder