The average mortgage rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage loan across the U.S. is 4.93%, with a range of 3.63%-7.61 percent. Here in Idaho the average is slightly lower at 4.91%, with a tighter range of 4.38%-5.38%.
A barn door accent can have several different styles ranging from farmhouse, traditional or even very modern.
Combine texture, color, tall and short, and new and old items to open shelves.
Open shelving is an ideal place to sneak in some storage and to display meaningful items that otherwise wouldn't have a home.
Decorative boxes are great in a stack or on their own and can provide a spot to stash away small items that otherwise end up lost. Mix those with some great framed photos of the family, found sculptural items, some small potted plants (I opt for easy care, drought resistant or faux) and some books and you've got a great collection of texture, color, tall and short, new and old to add interest and personality to your home.
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Love this kitchen? We sure do! It's from one of our Madison models, but the finishes, like all of our homes, are custom to this specific house. However, you can replicate this look in your home using the finishes listed below.
Sweater weather is upon us! Fall is officially here and the weather is changing. It’s a great time of year: the leaves change colors, pumpkin-flavored-everything is available, and it’s the time to get lost in a corn maze. Between carving pumpkins and sipping hot chocolate, get your home ready for Fall with these nine easy tips.
When decorating around a fireplace use the rule of three.
The rule of three suggests that things arranged in odd numbers, specifically three, are more appealing to the human eye.
The rule of three works really well when filling space on shelves around your fireplace.
Creating asymmetrical arrangements of vases, books or candleholders in a high, medium, low clusters creates an extra layer of interest especially if the colors and textures are complimentary to other decor in the space.
Are you buying a home? Have you considered new construction? Many homebuyers skip right past the new homes, assuming that they’re too expensive. While new homes often do cost more, there are benefits to owning new that should be considered as well.
The shopping process for new construction homes can be quite different from that of buying a resale home. Most notably, you don’t need an agent to look - new homes are open for viewing regularly, and there’s usually an agent available onsite to show you around and answer your questions. This leads many buyers to decide that they don’t need their own real estate agent when purchasing a new home.
I read a really interesting study from IKEA that came out this past week about how most people don't feel at home in their own home. In fact, "1 in 3 people all over the world say there are places where they feel more at home than the space they live in. For City people this feeling has has increased from 20% in 2016 to 35% in 2018".
Have you ever commented on how big home lots appear in some of the older neighborhoods you visit? Or how small they look in 21st century neighborhoods, particularly those built during the McMansion era of real estate development? In some cases it could be a case of perspective - tiny older homes compared to 3000-5000 sq. ft. homes on similarly sized lots, however recent data from the National Association of Home Builders (August 31st, 2018) shows that new home lot size started dropping in 1996 and have been mostly declining since then.