The Kitchen Cabinet: How to Finally Organize It Perfectly

The Kitchen Cabinet: How to Finally Organize It Perfectly

If you’re like many homeowners, there’s no rhyme or reason to what goes inside the kitchen cabinet. Coffee mugs here, plates and bowls there, seasonings and culinary accouterments over there. Luckily, it’s easy to get an organization plan in place.

If you’re like many homeowners, there’s no rhyme or reason to what goes inside the kitchen cabinet. Coffee mugs here, plates and bowls there, seasonings and culinary accouterments over there. Luckily, it’s easy to get an organization plan in place. Here are some simple things to do to get those cabinets beautifully organized — and keep them that way.

Remember the Basic Principles of Organization

When it comes to the kitchen cabinet, the rules are the same whether you have open shelving or cabinet doors. Designate a place for everything (and stick to it), use containers instead of store packaging and place similar items together (baking ingredients such as flour and sugar should be positioned near each other on the shelf).

Store Items According to Use

Does your kitchen have hard-to-reach cabinets? Perhaps a cabinet above the refrigerator? Save those out-of-reach spots for kitchen gear that is seldom used. Cabinets that are easier to access should be used for everyday items like plates and bowls.

Use Attractive Containers

Whenever possible, get rid of the original packaging and store ingredients in a clear container, jar, or canister. Not only does it look attractive when you open the cabinet door, but it also makes it so much easier to keep items organized. Containers can be neatly stacked, jars arranged in an orderly fashion, and so on. No more having to hunt through a disorderly cabinet to get what you need.

Learn to Love Labels

When you bid adieu to cumbersome boxes and containers from the grocery store, you’re left with jars and canisters of ingredients. Stick a label on each one so you know exactly what you’re reaching for. Even in clear containers, quinoa and steel cut oats can look pretty similar. Browse here for some inspiring label ideas.

Use Every Inch of Space

Do your cabinets have doors? Make use of them by installing hooks to hang coffee mugs. The inside of a cabinet door is also a great spot for storing small containers of spices. You can also insert a wire shelf to stack dishes. If your home’s kitchen is on the smaller side, this is an especially helpful tip.

Add a Touch of Glam

Here’s an unexpected way to beautify your kitchen: Paint the inside of your cabinet doors. You’ll see a refreshing splash of color the next time you reach for your morning mug of coffee or evening glass of wine.

The kitchen is the hub of the home, and each kitchen cabinet should be where it all comes together. Follow the tips above to eliminate cabinet clutter and keep things organized.

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Staging Tricks for Using Furniture to Sell Your Home

Staging Tricks for Using Furniture to Sell Your Home

Using furniture to stage a room can help turn a space that is plain into a place that is sold.

The follow is a guest post from Patti Stern with PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating

 

Whether a room is too big or too small, the right furniture style and arrangement can make all the difference. Rearranging and replacing can bring new life and highlight a home’s architectural features, overall flow and downplay its weaknesses. The following are some common problems we run into when staging both occupied and vacant homes along with some simple solutions and photo examples for creating a space that will appeal to buyers.

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Problem: Room feels off balance with too much focus on the empty center space.

Solution: Float chairs and sofas away from walls and reposition into cozy conversational groups. Use a rug with a neutral background color that blends with furniture to create a more cohesive feel. Be sure to allow for an obvious walkway.

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Problem: Too much furniture, accessories and artwork makes a room feel cluttered and boxed-in.

Solution:  Open up and simplify the room by moving unnecessary pieces and repurposing from room to room.

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Problem: Not enough furniture to give purpose to a room.

Solution: A room needs an identity. A few key pieces of appropriate furniture, an area rug to unify and simple modern accents will do the trick. For example, a spacious empty closet or hallway landing area can become an extra office nook by adding a desk, chair and some functional accessories.

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Problem: Furniture is outdated and/or in poor condition.

Solution:  Replace dated and worn furniture with modern style rentals (as our client did in photo above). Or select best pieces and hide imperfections by using a slipcover, draping a throw or accenting with colorful pillows.

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Problem: Focal point is hidden or doesn’t exist.

Solution: Create a focal point by arranging furniture to showcase a window with a view, a well-staged bookcase or an uncluttered fireplace mantel with a special mirror or colorful artwork.

How to Make the Choice Between Two Homes

How to Make the Choice Between Two Homes

Torn between two houses? This advice may help.

Finding the right house is an unmatched feeling that many buyers fear they will never feel. When it does finally happen after searching for a few weeks or perhaps even months it is enough to make your heart sing! As you walk from room to room you may imagine moving in your furniture and adding personal touches or the memories you and family and friends could create in each space. But what happens when you find TWO dream homes? Making the decision between two houses can be difficult when they both feature affordability, space and great features. To avoid feeling buyer’s remorse after purchasing a home, there are a few factors to consider when making your choice.

Location Location Location!

Neighborhood amenities should be closely examined when comparing two dream homes.

If both homes are perfectly suited to meet a your needs, it may make sense to go outside the house itself for more insight. When moving into a new house, you aren’t not simply moving to a new home, but also a new neighborhood. Hence the real estate mantra “Location, Location, Location.” For this reason, compare the communities the two homes are located in to determine which one is a better fit. There are several factors you should consider, such as proximity to your office, how the school systems compare with surrounding areas and the crime rates of the neighborhood. Location to family and friends may also play a role.

It can also be helpful to meet some of the neighbors and ask about their experiences living in the area. Polls and statistics can also tell you a great deal about a community, but speaking with the locals allows you to both learn more about the culture of the area and introduce yourself to prospective new neighbors. This actually saved my husband and me from buying a home in a flood zone when we were first time buyers!

Future Value

In many cases, a homeowner may have goals that drive what type of home they are seeking out. For example, some may be looking for a starter house while others are seeking out a property they can retire in. It can be helpful to examine prospective houses against those in the neighborhood. If you are planning to sell this home within a few years and other houses in the area are depreciating in real estate value, this may influence your decision. On the flip side, properties in some areas may be appreciating in value, which can be beneficial to your long-term goals.

In addition, owners who are comparing the prices of two homes may want to speak with their real estate agent about whether there is room for negotiations with the sellers of the two properties. If money is the deciding factor, your may find that you will get a better price with one seller over the other.

Have you ever been torn between two homes during the purchasing process? What made you choose one over the other?

4 Tips for Designing a Bathroom that Will Grow with Your Child

4 Tips for Designing a Bathroom that Will Grow with Your Child

Our friends at Home Depot share decor tips for your little one’s bathroom.

Kids love change when it comes to decor. The bathroom is one of those rooms in our homes where kids spend a lot of time doing things they’re often not particularly interested in doing. If you can create a look for the bathroom that will make your kids feel energized about their hygiene routine, it’s a win-win for both you and your kids. The real trick is realizing that your child’s taste is likely to change frequently. It’s important for you to utilize some elements in the bathroom that are easy to change up and others that can stand the test of time. Follow these tips to help you create a space that both you and your child will love.

Neutral Paint

A neutral paint palette can adapt with your child over the years. Pick tones that will coordinate with many different accent colors so that your bathroom accessories are never limited to matching with the color on your walls.

Cool neutrals in green, blue and purple hues are a great option for bathrooms because they are soothing and allow you to use warmer or brighter colors in your accent pieces. If you stick to cool neutrals, you also have a lot of flexibility if your child is interested in adding an accent wall to the bathroom. A little color theory research can help you make the right choice when it comes to paint colors and accent pieces.

Unique Art

Art pieces and bathroom accessories are a great way for your child to insert his or her own personality into the room. Whether your child prefers to feature his or her own artwork or follow a theme, you can find many affordable pieces to add to the room that can bring a unique, fun feel to the bathroom.

Wall decals are another element you can add to the bathroom that will dress up the walls and easily come off when your child is ready for a change.

Timeless Bath Fixtures

 

It can be tempting to select bath fixtures that match the current trend of your child’s bathroom, but timeless faucets and bathtub fixtures are a guaranteed way to ensure that a bathroom update doesn’t become costly time and time again.

Faucets like American Standard’s Kempton line provide a classic, vintage-inspired design with clean lines and oval shapes giving it that timelessness that will grow with your child’s changing taste in decor. Styles that are classic rather than overly trendy will help your fixtures meld with any bathroom theme.

Fun Linens

From shower curtains to bath towels, the linens in your child’s bathroom can and should be replaced fairly regularly, so why not make them an essential part of the decor too?

You can often find shower curtains that match exactly with your towels, but it’s also easy to mix and match based on the color scheme your child is most interested in at the moment. If your child isn’t set on a specific bathroom theme you can use linens and rugs to add pops of your child’s favorite color to the bathroom.

Growing children have growing tastes and opinions about how their own space should look – even their bathroom. You can keep up if you determine what elements of their rooms should be more permanent fixtures and what items can be affordably updated and changed out over time to accommodate their many interests.

What ideas for renovating spaces for kids have you tried?

How To Take the Stress Out of One of the Most Painful Parts of Moving

How To Take the Stress Out of One of the Most Painful Parts of Moving

Say goodbye to tangled wires and hours of nightmare unpacking.

China packed? Check. Picture frames packed? Check. Clothes packed? Check. Suddenly, you look into your office and family room, the music from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho plays in your head. The computer, stereo, and home theater all glare back at you, taunting you – “Go ahead pack us, we will never come back to life again.” Electronics are some of the last things to be packed before a move. No one wants to disconnect their entertainment and online lifelines. You’re filled with the dread of trying to fit each electronic piece into boxes and the terror of not being able to set them all up correctly in your new place. Thankfully, with these tips your entire computer, stereo and home theater will fit into boxes properly. You can put an end to the scary visions of endless tangled wires and the confusion of not knowing where to plug each cord. Simply color-code your wires and use your cell phone camera to document the process.

Here is how to tame your electronics:

Step 1: Prepare & Pack

Get the Proper Gear: Visit your local office supply store and purchase colored dot stickers and colored Velcro cord wraps.

Label: BEFORE unplugging your computer, stereo systems, and home theater wires: neatly wrap each wire with a different color cord sticker. Label each corresponding input with a colored dot. Match the color of the sticker wrapped around the cord to the color of the input dot. For example, place a green dot next to your mouse input on your computer and place a matching green sticker wrap around your mouse cord. You simply match the colors when you are setting your computer and electronics back up. Always label both ends of each cord with the same color dot.

Photograph: BEFORE you unplug. Use your camera and snap a shot or two of your color-coded work.

Unplug: After you have colored labels on all of your cords and inputs, properly shut down your electronics. Then unplug all of your cords from all inputs.

Organize: Before packing up a cord, place a Velcro colored wrap around one end of the cord. Use the same color Velcro wrap as the dot sticker already placed on the cord. Then gently and loosely wrap the cord in a circle around your hand. Once you have wrapped it, secure it with the Velcro wrap. Using Velcro cord wraps will better secure your cords during your move as well as prevent them from tangling.

Now you will be able to channel your inner geek and set your electronics back up like a nerdy pro! Next up, packing your electronics.

Step 2: Pack Your Electronics

Proper Gear:  If possible, pack your electronics in their original cartons. If you did not keep their original boxes, use a dishpak box. Dishpaks are specially designed boxes to handle and protect fragile items. You can find dishpaks at moving companies, box stores and home improvement stores. If you can’t find dishpaks, use double corrugated boxes. You will also need lots of recyclable packing paper, bubble and packing tape.

Assemble: Put the boxes together. Place double packing tape on the bottom of each box over the opening and across the middle. Then double tape the perimeter for extra support.

Pad: After taping, pack the bottom of each box with crumbled packing paper for padding.

Wrap: Always pack your heaviest items first, so for instance, pack your computer tower and monitor first. Wrap all electronic items separately. Lay your bubble on a flat surface with the pop side facing up. Place your computer tower, stereo, DVD player, etc. standing up right on top of the bubble. Pull the wrap over and tape it all together. Repeat by laying the item on its side and pulling the bubble over the sides. Keep taping until the wrap is securely tight to the item and on all sides. Make sure the item is completely covered. Place it up right, vertically in the box. Repeat this process for the next big item then place it vertically in the box next to the first item. For a computer, this would be the computer tower next to the monitor in one box. Pack the computer items in one box, stereo items in one box, etc.

Stuff: Before packing smaller items like your keyboard, mouse and speakers, and remotes, stuff packing paper in open spaces between the bigger electronics such as the computer tower and DVD player to ensure they cannot shift. Pack some paper on top for extra cushion.

Pack Accessories: Wrap your keyboard, mouse, and remotes in packing paper before placing them in the top of the box. Then wrap up your carefully color coded wires in packing paper. Tape the paper around the wires to secure them and then place them on the very top of the box. Fill the rest of the box with crumpled packing paper. Be sure to label the wrapped up items with a pen: “cords,” “mouse,” etc. so they don’t get mistaken for the crumbled up packing paper.

Tape & Label: Tape each box shut by double taping over the opening and across the middle. Then double tape along the top perimeter of the boxes for extra security. Label the outside of the box with the contents and the room the electronic should be moved into.  Make sure to mark FRAGILE on all sides of the box.

Done! Your electronics are safely packed and organized! Ready to get back online? Just carefully unpack each component, refer to your photos on your camera and let your color codes lead you safely back to movie watching and cyber space. Check out this video to see these tips in action.

5 Energy Efficient Upgrades to Increase Home Value

Boost the value of your property and cut back on utilities with these 5 upgrade ideas from HomeAdvisor

Energy-saving home upgrades will drastically improve the overall value of your property (and cut back on utilities). Are you curious about where to start with your eco-friendly upgrades? Here are a few suggestions.

Let in the Sun

Take a natural approach to your home’s illumination. Sun tubes, also known as light pipes, sun scoops and tubular skylights, are growing in popularity because of their affordability and skylight-related benefits. Sun tubes work with the power of reflective material, funneling natural light through a ceiling fixture and into a room.

Replace Your Fireplace with a Pellet Stove

Pellet stoves are popular for a good reason. Not only do pellet stoves conserve trees, but they also burn hotter and cleaner than conventional fireplaces. A pellet stove is an ideal upgrade to your home’s value and carbon footprint reduction.

Find Creative Ways to Heat Water

There are creative and efficient ways to heat water with the power of the sun. A solar-powered water heater consists of a heat-trapping solar collector and a water-storage tank. Solar heaters heat water with a much higher efficiency percentage than traditional heaters (sometimes up to 80 percent). A good solar heating unit with ideal installation can deliver 150-degree water to your home. Which is much higher than the 125-degree water from a standard heater.

Decrease Heating and Cooling Demands

Give your furnace a break by improving the sealing and insulation of your home’s exterior. To reduce your HVAC usage, use these insulation-boosting tips:

  • Fill any air penetration points in your home. Once insulation is in place you won’t have access to air penetration points. Insulate your attic floor, pipes, chimneys, wiring and recessed light fixtures.
  • Because heat rises, insulate your attic floor first. Add at least 10 inches of insulation to your attic. Consider other types of insulation that might better suit your home and budget.
  • Seal your seams. Wrap your ducts with insulation to cut your HVAC costs by roughly 30 percent.

Block Window Leaks

New windows can cost $800 or more. If new windows are too much for your budget, consider replacing the weather-stripping or frames around your current windows. Always remember to hire a trusted pro regardless of whether you choose new windows or weather-stripping.

Disclosaphobia? 5 Tips for Completing a Seller’s Disclosure

Disclosaphobia? 5 Tips for Completing a Seller’s Disclosure

The seller’s disclosure is one of the most important documents that a buyer closely scrutinizes prior to going under contract. Here are important things to keep in mind as you complete this form.

The following is a guest post from Cara Ameer, an agent with Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

The dreaded seller’s disclosure – it’s that pesky document that asks you umpteen questions. How many ceiling fans are in the property, what’s the make and model of each appliance, how old is the roof, A/C system and so forth. Really? Do you have to answer these questions and all of them? Well if you are selling your house, the answer is YES and you must answer to the best of your knowledge.

The seller’s disclosure is one of THE most important documents that a buyer closely scrutinizes prior to going under contract. If there are any blank questions or ambiguities, you are likely going to be asked for further clarification and it could delay or prevent a buyer from moving forward.

Here are 5 tips to help you overcome “disclosaphobia” and complete this document with ease:

1. Do your Research – If you purchased your home within the recent past and had a home inspection, that document can be a useful reference as to the make, model and age of certain components in your home such as the A/C system, water heater, etc. Keep in mind that if you have replaced any of these items, then you will need to complete the disclosure reflective of that information.

2. Be Accurate – If you had a four point inspection for insurance purposes at the time of purchase, that could tell you the age and type of key components such as the roof, plumbing and electrical. Use this to help determine the present age when you are completing the disclosure.

3. Be Honest – Answer every question to the best of your knowledge. If there was something that happened such as a roof leak or water damage for example, provide as much information as possible. Buyers want to know when the issue occurred, the nature of the damage and what was done to repair or address the issue. If an insurance claim was filed, be sure to note that and what the outcome was as far as coverage. The claim could very well turn up when the new buyer works on obtaining insurance – better for the buyer to learn about it from the disclosure first. Attach any relevant paperwork as well such as receipts or invoices. Buyers need assurance that all adds up. Surprise is never a good thing in real estate.

4. Be clear – Don’t leave a buyer guessing. Avoid vague answers or leaving questions blank. That only raises more questions for a buyer. If you don’t know or the question is not applicable to your kind of property, note that.

5. Set Expectations – The biggest challenge for disclosures arises when the party selling the property has never occupied it or only lived in it for a brief period of time. Be sure to clearly state what your occupancy situation was and to what extent if any, you have knowledge about the property. Setting proper expectations upfront in this regard with potential buyers is important.

If necessary, attach an additional explanation for anything that requires more information than what the form provides. Make sure all information is legible and will transmit clearly across a variety of mediums when printed, emailed, scanned or faxed.

In short, be thorough and provide information to the buyer that will give them confidence in their decision. Contrary to popular belief, buyers are not frustrated with too much disclosure, but rather not enough.

Buying a Home? Here’s One Flaw You Should Never Ignore

Buying a Home? Here’s One Flaw You Should Never Ignore

One of the most stressful things about buying a home is ensuring that the property you end up with doesn’t have any hidden surprises. If you think you sense a musty smell, don’t ignore it. Moisture issues and mold can be unhealthy and expensive to fix.

One of the most stressful things about buying a home is ensuring that the property you end up with doesn’t have any hidden surprises. If you think you sense a musty smell while touring a property, don’t ignore it. Moisture issues and mold can be one of the most expensive problems to correct and, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, carry a host of nasty health problems if left untreated. Here are the signs of water damage to look for when viewing a home that you never want to ignore.

Trust Your Nose

Many homes will have their own unique odors caused by a variety of benign issues, but if your nose is detecting a more earthy smell, you may want to have a closer look. Mold and mildew carry with it a very distinct, musty odor, that smells like dirt or damp leaves. Encountering these smells in enclosed areas like a basement, crawl space, or attic warrants extra investigation into the cause. Even if you can’t see a problem, moisture meters and other probing tools can find hidden damage, so following up with a home inspection is likely the smartest move.

Stains or Condensation

Stains or spots on ceilings, walls, and floorboards may be from a prior leak that has already been fixed, but they could indicate an ongoing problem. Once water collects in a home, mold can begin to germinate after as little as 24 to 48 hours on porous surfaces. So even if the active leak has been stopped, the mold may still exist where you can’t see it, and that may mean hiring mold eradication firms to clean it up. Condensation in windows or on walls means there is trapped moisture in the air. Whether it is a bathroom or clothes dryer with inadequate ventilation, excess humidity in a home can quickly become an attractive breeding ground for mold spores.

Window Condensation

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Insulation

Many energy conscious homeowners add extra insulation to attics to protect against temperature extremes, but extra insulation that blocks roof vents or is heavily compacted can reduce airflow, leaving the attic susceptible to mold growth. Check to ensure roof vents remain free of insulation and check attic beams carefully for the existence of mold.

Foundation Damage

Most importantly, having a thorough look at foundation walls is essential when looking at any home to purchase. A failing foundation can become a huge and expensive problem to solve, so catching problems early is essential. Even on a dry day, a basement that leaks will leave behind a white, powdery, salt-like substance on foundation walls and floors, called efflorescence. These stains can be found both inside and out of the home and indicate an area where water runs or pools. Make sure that the grading of the lot slopes away from the foundation walls, and downspouts are diverted out into the yard. Check the foundation walls for cracks or areas that have been repaired and be sure to point out areas of concern to your home inspector.

Stained foundation wall

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Strategic Renovations

New flooring and paint can add great value to a home, but if it seems that only a portion of a wall or ceiling is painted, or an odd bit of flooring replaced, be on guard. Chances are, if there was a problem, it’s been correctly fixed, but knowing what to look for will help you determine what questions to ask.

It’s important to remember that no home is perfect. But knowing what red flags to look for, and working with the right real estate professionals, will help ensure buying a home is exciting and positive

4 Things to Know About House Hunting in a Hot Market

This expert advice on house hunting in a hot market will help you in your search!

Get Pre-Approved

I tell my buyers their first step should always be to get pre-approved. This is an important first step for a few reasons:
1. You and your realtor will know what kind of budget you are working with.
2. You will find out if you are stretching your budget or perhaps you can afford more!
3. You should know how rising interest rates can affect your monthly payments and purchase price (compare present vs. future!)
4. You may learn how to save time and money by using funds from different types of bank accounts such as Roth IRAs or your 401k.
5. Some sellers will request a pre-approval to book a showing.
6. Lastly, you will need one on file to make an offer!

Work Closely with Your Agent

In today’s market there are so many buyers looking for a new home and a severe lack of inventory! By being the first to see a new listing (and hopefully get in the first offer), this gives you a leg up in that the seller will most likely come to you first with a counter offer or notification of a competing offer, so you will have more control when it comes to negotiation. Also, sometimes sellers are so happy to get a fast offer, they will accept right away and take it off the market (as long as it’s a strong offer!) Make sure your realtor is sending you listings personally via text/email and has you on an automatic listing alert system so you don’t miss anything.

Be Prepared for a Bidding War

In fact, be prepared for multiple bidding wars. In my market, almost every property is going into a highest and best situation. Most of my clients lose the first couple of times, just because they are getting a feel for the market and how it works, but as long as the buyer remains competitive and aggressive, they always end up with a property. My advice is to be decisive, expeditious, and listen to your realtor! Don’t forget we do this every day. If you know and trust your realtor, they will guide you into making a smart decision to reach your ultimate goal of obtaining a property. Remember, not all realtors are the same – do your research and hire a professional!

Do Your Homework

It’s important to be working with an agent you can trust. If they are a referral from a family member or friend and have positive online reviews, that means they have experience and a solid history with their clients. There are multiple situations that may come up in your real estate transaction, and you will want someone to keep your stress levels low and your bank account high. Never do anything you are uncomfortable with. Also, make sure to go see properties that line up with your “check-list”. I recommend 3-5 at a time, and don’t waste any time going to see something ‘just to see it’ – if you know a property won’t match what you are looking for, it’s not fair to waste your realtors’ time and you don’t want to drain yourself mentally by seeing too many properties. Best of luck!

7 Heavenly Stairways

7 Heavenly Stairways

These architectural delights are so heavenly we wish they never ended.

The most beautiful homes find a way to turn functional architectural elements into showstopping design focal points. Case in point: these 7 stairways are so heavenly we wish they never ended.

While the idea of height in architecture stems back to Medieval Times when there was a need for towers to spot approaching enemies with enough time to close city or palace gates, today it is a way to add living space and make a separation between living quarters and sleeping quarters.

Starry Stairwell

1043 Craigland Court, Knoxville, TN listed by Barbara Apking with Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace, Realtors

This Charles Barber design is reminiscent of a 15th century Tuscan villa with interiors patterned after the Pallazo Davanzati in Florence, Italy. This painted ceiling, circular stair case, large windows and cascading fauna are swoon-worthy. This Knoxville, TN home was originally commissioned in 1926, by John F Craig to showcase the highest quality marbles quarried and imported by his firm, the Candoro Marble Co.

Airy Upstairs

823 Rhode Island Street, San Francisco, CA listed by Dona Crowder with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Accented by a spiral glass and wood stairway, this new modern minimalist home located on the north slope of Potrero Hill, offers views of downtown and the bay.  The floating steps, glass railings and spiral design make the separation between levels almost non-existent.

The Juliet Balcony

607 Upper Pinnacle, Stowe, VT listed by The Smith Macdonald Real Estate Group with Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate

A home with this level of elegance requires a grand entrance of Shakespearean proportions.  Ascend the grand master staircase and call out your goodnights from the magnificent Juliet balcony that runs the length of the foyer.  Reminiscent of a home in the French countryside, this gem is located more than 1,000 ft. above Stowe Village and from virtually all rooms enjoys exceptional panoramic views west to the Green Mountains. 

Opulent Ascent

450 Claremont Road, Bernardsville, NJ listed by Vincenza Montrone with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

This stairwell is reminiscent of a bygone era with the iron railings, pastel paneled walls and stained glass skylight.  Fitting for an iconic mansion that has been beautifully restored and renovated melding the original residence with today’s modern amenities.

Elaborate Escalier

298 Rugby Cove Road, Arnold, MD listed by Day Weitzman of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

The ornately carved railings make this majestic Maryland masterpiece a dreamy delight.  Who wouldn’t want to climb this staircase to plush bedrooms above? Situated on the sought after Severn River, this home was beautifully renovated and tastefully transformed into a warm, inviting home with many original details intact.

Treehouse Climb

14 N 2941 Co Rd, Kremmling, CO listed by Dennis Saffell with Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties

Ever dreamed of sleeping in a treehouse? Well, at this magnificent mountain estate, you can feel as though your swinging from the boughs of the tallest oaks, while snugly tucked into the finest quarters Colorado has to offer. The cut log steps, rustic wooden beams and stone walls make for a stunning stairwell unlike any we’ve ever seen.

Plantation Refinement

1-8563 KAUMUALII Highway, Kekaha, HI listed by Kelly Liberatore with Coldwell Banker Makai Properties

The beautiful craftsmanship of this Hawaiian plantation-style home is evident in the beautiful entryway and staircase.  And indeed, this alluring ocean view property is West Kauai’s best-kept secret: a beautiful plantation custom home and guest house, surrounded by lush tropical gardens, a heated swimming pool and thoughtfully placed garden fountains, complete this private sanctuary. The main home is an indulgence to the senses with its formal entry and wide plank Merbau hardwood floors. As if living in the Hawaiian tropics wasn’t enough, this home gives living in the lap of luxury new meaning