Why Do We Love the Coastal Style?

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The “coastal” style is universally popular, especially for those of us who love to be outdoors or want to invoke a tranquil atmosphere with beautiful natural sand tones, or the rich blue tones of the beach. I recently came across a video on HGTV’s YouTube Channel, where professional designer Brian Patrick Flynn details how to create a seaworthy vibe in any room. 

If  you aren’t careful, nautical/coastal rooms can become very cliche and/or juvenile. To avoid this, stay away from any decorations that involve anchors, fish, crabs, or lobsters. Brian and the folks over at HGTV recommend a more sophisticated approach to the coastal style. 

In the video above, Brian brings in sand tones with a Jute Boucle rug, as well as oatmeal-sandy tones in the upholstery. As for the blues, you don’t have to only focus on navy. Bring in navy to anchor the room, and add in some blue-grays and seafoam tones to diversify. A few blue-tinted touches of glass can be reminiscent of sea glass, which you can see in the lamp, as well as in some vessels. 

Driftwood is the ultimate beachy texture, but you should use it sparingly, maybe in just one or two elements or accessories. 

If you are looking to bring a coastal feel into your own home, stay away from the more cliche approach and do it in a more unique and abstract way. 

If you have any questions for us about this video, or anything else real estate related, feel free to give us a call or send us a quick email. We would love to hear from you!

What Are 5 Different Ways to Style A Room?

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Today I wanted to take a break from talking about the real estate market and the latest numbers to give you some valuable home design advice. Whether you are trying to stage your home for sale, or just want a different feel than the same old room you’ve always had, we’ve got you covered. 

In the video above, from HGTV’s YouTube channel, Brian Patrick Flynn, a very talented interior designer, goes through five different ways to style a room. The furniture never changes, just the accessories around them, and that’s the beauty of interior design. Today we will go through the 5 different ways Brian styles this room, and detail how each of them offers a different feel from the next.

1. Traditional
For a traditional look, add fresh flowers and soft coral accents. Accessorize the room with understated accents, like a stone bust, and keep the color palette soft. 

2. Masculine
To create a more masculine look, utilize bold prints, and different shades of blue. Use only a few large accessories to make a bold statement.

3. Feminine
Adding bright pink, cozy, soft fabrics and curvy accents is the best way to add that feminine touch to your room.

4. Neutral

For a neutral look, adding colors like ivory, beige, and taupe and accessorizing them with patterns in varying sizes and textures will keep this neutral look interesting. 

5. Coastal

Creating a coastal look in your room requires using organic accessories, as well as hints of blue. Instead of the wicker furniture that beach homes are known for, substitute with a wicker lamp to keep the feel of a beach house within the comfort of your living room. 

There you have it, five great, unique ways to style any room in your home. If you have any questions for us, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We would love to hear from you!

What's Happening with Real Estate in San Mateo County?

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We're here to give you a brief market update for San Mateo County. What we're seeing right now is that median home prices have stayed relatively steady ($1.3M). Active listings have dropped by 3.5%, and the average days on market has dropped by 3.2%.

Year-over-year, home prices do seem to be increasing by 8.2%, which is excellent news for homeowners in the area. The average home sale price rose by 21%, and the average days on market fell by 21.8% year-over-year.

This is placing us in a very nice seller's market. High demand and low inventory are fueling this market, and we don't expect this to change too much in the next few months. This means that if you've been waiting to sell your home, now would be a great time to do so. Inventory continues to drop, so we are in need of good homes to sell.

Mortgage rates have risen very slightly in the last few weeks, but we don't expect a major spike anytime soon. With an election coming up next year most people do not expect rates to rise too much until then. What this means for you is that now is your opportunity to buy affordably. If you wait to buy, your buying power will take a big hit even if interest rates rise only by 1%.

What this all means is that now is an excellent time to sell, and an excellent time to buy. If you need help doing either in San Mateo County, please don't hesitate to contact me!