2019 Home Design Trends

Each new year seems to usher in a new trend or two in design. 2019 of course, is no different. Below are the top 15 trends you should expect to see for this year.

2019 Home Design TrendsColor of the Year
For this year Pantone has chosen “Living Coral” a bright fun way to start off the year. It’s a great way to accent your home with a gorgeous pop of color that anybody would love.

Floral Fabrics and Wallpaper
The stark Scandinavian trend is starting to decline ushering in floral patterns and bold wallpaper. Consumers are getting tired of minimalist statements, bright colors and graphics are now becoming more popular.

Full Tile Backsplash
A full tile backsplash feature wall is a great investment for 2019. Creating a striking feature wall is a great way to give a tired kitchen new life.

Artisinal Fixtures
Gone are the days when everybody has the same faucet or light fixture. Now is the time to find that perfect element nobody else has. Artisinal fixtures add great personality to any space in your home.

Natural Elements
While 2018 design trends were dedicated to technology this is the year natural elements make a comeback. From plants to stone or granite organic materials bring a calmness to any space.

Copper
While rose gold dominated in 2018 we will see less rose gold and a higher rate of copper or other metals. With its warm earthy hue copper is guaranteed to make a statement in any home.

Rich Jewel Tones
Jewel tones are the perfect way to dress up white space. From emerald, ruby, jade or amethyst layered jewel tones create interest in any space.

Boho

While it never really went away boho is back in a really unexpected way. For example, layered fabrics but with bold unexpected patterns. Now is a great time to add some whimsical character to your space.

Home Design Trends Remodeling in 2019Bold Black
Gone are the days of solid white bathrooms. Now the trend is sultry and sleek but still maintaining a spa-like feel.

Light Wood Floors
Thanks to homeowners wanting to maintain an open and airy feel light hardwood floors are on their way back. Birch, light oak or even white these floors reflect more light giving homes a brighter and lighter feel.

Comfort
Gone are the days where comfort was sacrificed for style. Now rich carpets, soft couches, and luxe fabrics are all in high demand.

Black and White
A timeless trend that continues to make a statement, black and white decor will be something to incorporate this year. The contrast will simultaneously add drama and balance to any room.

70s
With fabrics like velvet and curved furniture coming back it is no surprise that the 70’s are having a moment when it comes to design. Expect to see warm palettes, funky design, and high personality rooms in 2019.

Window Walls
Sunlight never goes out of style! With full walls of windows, you are guaranteed to both maximize the view as well as any natural sunlight that may shine your way.

Spanish Style
The relaxed casual Spanish and other Mediterranean styles check a lot of boxes homeowners are looking for. It’s light, airy, and above all else comfortable. With creamy walls, wrought iron accents, large fireplaces, and natural wood it is a simple and classic style.

Above all else, with trends, it is important to remember that at the end of the day they are just trends. Look at your own personal style and decide what works best for you and your home.


Janet 
SimonsI am passionate about Real Estate and eager to answer all of your real estate questions! Text or Call me at 360-880-2356 or email me directly to ask about Buying, Selling or Investing in today's Real Estate Market - serving Lewis County & Thurston County, WA.

Janet Simons | Certified Residential Specialist | Real Estate Broker
Mountain Valley Real Estate


Appliance Shopping Made Easy!

Shopping for AppliancesWe’ve all been there either the washer dies and no amount of resuscitation can fix it, or the freezer has suddenly turned your house into a pool. Or even a new house needing all new appliances, it is hard to know exactly where to start! How do you find the best brands at the best prices? It’s a daunting task just to get started but here are some tips to help.

Choose a Price Range

Without knowing what price you are willing to pay for each item you are going to have a harder time finding brands that will work for you. By narrowing down options that do not work for your price range you are saving time on your research.

Wish List Time

Next, make a list of things in two categories, one what you are not willing to compromise on and what is negotiable. For example, you may know that for your family requires a large washing machine by excluding sizes like 3.8 cu ft. you are quickly able to narrow down the list of possible brands that will work for you. Or if you are like me a refrigerator with an ice machine is at the top of the list, I am able to search for that and exclude options that do not fit my criteria.

Compare Brands

Comparison Shopping for AppliancesThis is the part most people tend to dread when it comes to appliance shopping. There are so many places to look at reviews, and in some ways, it feels like a guessing game when it comes to what to get. The first place I would look is the website where you plan to purchase your appliance or appliances from. Where I live that narrows your store down to one option, for others there could be multiple places. But with your criteria in hand, you are able to quickly sort through what will and won’t work for you. Once you have a short list of options, start looking over reviews, even if you don’t plan to buy from that specific store the reviews are an invaluable resource for you. Other options for reviews would be Consumer Reports, J.D. Power, or Consumer Affairs website are all great options for reviews as well.

Go to the Store

Now that you have 1-3 appliances you have narrowed the search down to your next step should be going to the store if possible. Even if you plan to buy online it is easier to make sure you can reach the bottom of the washer before it’s installed than after (I may be speaking from experience here). Or the buttons to the oven may have looked great online but in store, they feel cheap and likely to break. These are all things to take into consideration.

Shop the Sales

At this point, you should know exactly what you are looking for. Now is the time to shop for some sales. Using sites like Honey or Flipp you can easily browse sales papers. These sites allow you to easily find what options you may have; one store may be able to save you hundreds off the purchase price! Also, you should be aware most large appliance manufacturers release new models in the early Fall. So. shopping in September or October may work out well for you. As well as these dates there are Black Friday deals to be aware of as well.

With all of these tips in mind, we hope to make appliance shopping a little less of a hassle and a lot more fun!


Janet 
SimonsI am passionate about Real Estate and eager to answer all of your real estate questions! Text or Call me at 360-880-2356 or email me directly to ask about Buying, Selling or Investing in today's Real Estate Market - serving Lewis County & Thurston County, WA.

Janet Simons | Certified Residential Specialist | Real Estate Broker
Mountain Valley Real Estate


Are Zestimates Accurate?

According to Zillow: “The Zestimate® home valuation is Zillow’s estimated market value, computed using a proprietary formula. It is not an appraisal. It is a starting point in determining a home’s value. The Zestimate is calculated from public and user-submitted data, taking into account special features, location, and market conditions.” While this sounds like the data collected would be accurate, Zillow’s proprietary formula often leaves people scratching their heads.

With over 90% of home buyers starting their search online the Zestimate (or similar online tool) is one of the first places they check. Many believe that the Zestimate is the “true” price of the house and the asking price is just wishful thinking from the homeowner. The problem with these Zestimates is that they are usually inconsistent and more often than not inaccurate.

But what makes the Zestimates so inaccurate? Below are some very common reasons why the number Zillow gives is nowhere close to what the value of the home actually is.

Mistakes or Omissions in Tax Records or Sale Price

Accidents happen, it is too easy to lose a zero along the way or a number ends up transposed. If the data Zillow uses to generate a Zestimate is incorrect then obviously the number will not reflect the correct value.

Inaccurate Information

If a home is recorded as a two bedroom when in fact it has 3 that will cause the Zestimate to be incorrect. Also, lot size and square feet have a big impact on the Zestimate as well. If the adjoining lot was sold along the way then Zillow could have the wrong lot size, therefore, making the Zestimate overestimate home value. Zestimates are only as accurate as the information given and when that is faulty the number will not be correct.

Upgrades

This is actually a pretty common issue with Zillow. Say the last purchase of the home was 10 years ago, and 2 years ago the homeowners did an entire remodel as well as added on a screened in porch and pool. There is no way for Zillow to know this and the estimate will not reflect that information. Upgrades like granite countertops, hardwood floors, or additions will increase your home’s value but the Zestimate will not.

Zillow’s Zestimates are a great place to start but it is important to understand that at the end of the day they are just an estimate. There are just too many factors that can change the Zestimate for them to be entirely accurate.

Using a local REALTOR is the best way to get an accurate evaluation of your home value and its marketability. Buy local, Sell local!


Janet 
SimonsI am passionate about Real Estate and eager to answer all of your real estate questions! Text or Call me at 360-880-2356 or email me directly to ask about Buying, Selling or Investing in today's Real Estate Market - serving Lewis County & Thurston County, WA.

Janet Simons | Certified Residential Specialist | Real Estate Broker
Mountain Valley Real Estate


Christmas Through a Child’s Eyes

When did Christmas go from the most wonderful time of the year to the most stressful? Between the parties, the gifts, wrapping, travel, and sheer exhaustion it is easy to focus more on what is next on the calendar instead of enjoying the time spend with friends and family. How did Christmas lose its wonder and how do we get it back?

Thinking back to Christmas when I was a child, I remember the excitement surrounding the Holidays. I have fond memories of spending time with family, eating too many sweets, and staying up way past my normal bedtime. Was having 10+ children under 10 in the same room all opening presents at the same time stressful? Yes! The thought of that now is enough to give me anxiety just thinking about it. But as kids it did not matter that we were cramped together to make sure everybody had room, sitting on the floor because all the adults were on couches. It was loud and chaotic, but I do not remember it that way.

When preparing for Christmas it is easy to focus on the idea that everything needs to be perfect. The children NEED to have certain outfits on so the photos will look good, they must be frilly and stain free and you and your spouse must coordinate too. The food HAS to be perfectly cooked and has nothing but everybody’s favorites. The decorations MUST look as though they are straight out of a magazine. Why do we put all of that pressure on ourselves? I can just about guarantee you the only thing the kids are wondering is when they can take off the itchy dress and when can they open presents.

Life around the holidays can and will get chaotic. There are always last-minute gifts and a change of plans. Why not instead of letting this throw your day off completely think of how excited you are to see the family member who called 5 minutes ago to see if they can stop by? In the grand scheme of things will sitting for an hour to catch up be the end of the world? Of course, there are always exceptions to every rule but for the most part isn’t it more important to remember to enjoy the experiences life offers?

How do you plan to bring more magic to Christmas this year? The countdown has started and gift wrapping is in full swing. Every so often look at your child, see how excited they are for Christmas and remember that in the end everything will be okay.


Janet 
SimonsI am passionate about Real Estate and eager to answer all of your real estate questions! Text or Call me at 360-880-2356 or email me directly to ask about Buying, Selling or Investing in today's Real Estate Market - serving Lewis County & Thurston County, WA.

Janet Simons | Certified Residential Specialist | Real Estate Broker
Mountain Valley Real Estate


Why Do I Need a Home Inspection?

Janet discusses the importance of home inspections with Eric Corder of Cornerstone NW Inspections.


Janet 
SimonsI am passionate about Real Estate and eager to answer all of your real estate questions! Text or Call me at 360-880-2356 or email me directly to ask about Buying, Selling or Investing in today's Real Estate Market - serving Lewis County & Thurston County, WA.

Janet Simons | Certified Residential Specialist | Real Estate Broker
Mountain Valley Real Estate


The Power of Being Pre-Approved

Janet speaks with McKenzie Kelly of Prime Lending who explains the difference between being pre-qualified for a loan vs pre-approval of loans.

Find out why pre-approval makes you a stronger buyer and strengthens your bid for your new home.


Janet 
SimonsI am passionate about Real Estate and eager to answer all of your real estate questions! Text or Call me at 360-880-2356 or email me directly to ask about Buying, Selling or Investing in today's Real Estate Market - serving Lewis County & Thurston County, WA.

Janet Simons | Certified Residential Specialist | Real Estate Broker
Mountain Valley Real Estate


How to Beat the Heat!

Cool Down in the Sprinkler

Ever had one of those days where you start to do the first of fifteen million projects for the day only to realize 10 minutes in you are absolutely melting? When the temperature reaches close to 100 in the shade it’s a perfect excuse to sit 3 inches from the AC but what if you HAVE to get things done (and let’s be honest, that’s most of us.) So, what are some ways to still stay cool?

  1. Drink water, dehydration can cause your body temperature to go up. It’s much easier to stay cool when you’re fully hydrated.
  2. Buy a fan that attaches to your phone. Your cellphone is already attached to your hand like its superglued so why not use it to your benefit. You can buy a fan that attaches straight to your charging port on your phone and instant breeze.
  3. Create a cross breeze, open a window and place a fan directly across from it.
  4. Chew minty gum and drink cold water. This will cool you down in a hurry. Don’t ask me how but it works.
  5. Need to cool down in a hurry? Run your wrists under cold water or apply ice packs to your pulse points.
  6. Wear cotton, it’s much more breathable than synthetic fabrics which allows for air circulation to keep you cooler. Bonus points if it’s lightly colored and loose.
  7. Got kids that you need to keep occupied? Freeze toys in ice (like dinosaurs) and let them play paleontologists until they get them all out or the ice melts.
  8. Set up your bed, hammock, or cot as close to the ground as possible. Warm air rises so the closer to the ground you are the cooler you will be.
  9. Freeze fruit in ice cube trays for an added boost to whatever you’re drinking.
  10. Unplug gadgets you aren’t using, they all emit a low level of heat that’s only adding to the temperature.
  11. Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the fridge. You can spray yourself down whenever you feel hot.
  12. Hang a wet sheet in front of an open window, this will cool down the whole room.
  13. Invest in a bed fan to make hot summer nights bearable.
  14. Try storing lotions or toner in the fridge to help cool you down.
  15. Go camping, you won’t have four walls and insulation to trap heat. Pitch a tent and sleep under the stars.
  16. If you’re wearing a hat, put some ice water in it and place it back on your head.
  17. Do NOT turn on the stove, invest in an instant pot, slow cooker, or anything else that doesn’t add extra heat to your home. Heck, just skip cooking all together and order a pizza if you’re so inclined.
  18. Avoid caffeine and alcohol (I know this is the most boring tip ever) both will dehydrate you.
  19. Eat cold foods like salads, pasta salads, fruit, sandwiches, etc.
  20. Keep popsicles in the freezer, you can make your own or buy them from the store. They even have dog safe treats!

Above all make sure your summer is enjoyable. Short of moving into a cave it’s hard to escape the heat. Be sure to use common sense by not doing intense activity when it’s the hottest part of the day, stay as hydrated as possible, and always use sunscreen!


Janet 
SimonsI am passionate about Real Estate and eager to answer all of your real estate questions! Text or Call me at 360-880-2356 or email me directly to ask about Buying, Selling or Investing in today's Real Estate Market - serving Lewis County & Thurston County, WA.

Janet Simons | Certified Residential Specialist | Real Estate Broker
Mountain Valley Real Estate


How Dad Makes a Home

Growing up it wasn’t uncommon for there to be renovation projects in my house. My dad, could do just about anything as far as fixing the house up. I remember him taking out the old carpet and putting down beautiful hardwood floors. Pine boards he had worked on himself at the saw mill part time to afford them. The thing I remember most about my dad was that he was always working. He left every morning to go to his job, came home to work in the garden, to grow food for us. He’d collapse on the couch just to do it all over again tomorrow. That’s how my dad showed his love and made our house a home.

The definition of a father is simply one who acts like a father to a child or is a biological parent of a child. However, the true role of a father goes much deeper than that. A father can be many things usually all at one time. He might be the protector from monsters under the bed, the provider, teacher, and many other things over the course of his children’s life.

I already told you the story of my dad working endlessly to improve our home and grow us food to eat. He provided for us financially of course working full time but providing for your children goes beyond that. He provides his time going to baseball games, he provides his knowledge for his child to understand how to solve a problem, he provides a listening ear for his kids troubles at school or in relationships.

A father is also looked at to be the protector of the home and children. When I was home alone, an intruder came lurking around, I called Dad (and 911 of course). He beat the police there and they ran off when his truck hit the driveway, thankfully before getting into our house or taking much from the shop. He stayed with me, protecting and providing a sense of security and comfort.

My Dad taught me a lot growing up, not only about how to build a bookshelf or how to grow vegetables in the garden. He taught me the value of hard work every day, not by his words but by his actions. Dads can teach us practical things like fixing this or that, the art of grilling, how to change a tire or check the oil. However, they can also teach us so much more than that. How to balance work and home, how to be a better person, how to set goals, gain independence and so much more.

Being a Dad is a tough job, one that many willingly do every day. They have such a powerful and important role in the family’s life. Providing for them, sheltering them, and loving them, it is truly a monumental task, thankfully they’re fully prepared for the job.

Thank goodness for all the Dad’s in this world, Happy Fathers Day!


Janet 
SimonsI am passionate about Real Estate and eager to answer all of your real estate questions! Text or Call me at 360-880-2356 or email me directly to ask about Buying, Selling or Investing in today's Real Estate Market - serving Lewis County & Thurston County, WA.

Janet Simons | Certified Residential Specialist | Real Estate Broker
Mountain Valley Real Estate


Going to the Lake this Weekend?

Boating in Lewis CountyHere in Lewis County we like to spend a lot of time on or near the water. Whether you are canoeing on Skookumchuck, water skiing on Mayfield or fishing for trout on Riffe Lake, Lewis county is full of creeks, ponds, rivers, and lakes. All of this fun on the water means that the threat of drowning, even for those who can swim well, is an ever-present threat. In fact, Washington has a higher drowning average than the rest of the United States. According to the Washington Department of Health “In the latest data available from 2010, the unintentional drowning rate in Washington State was 1.6 per 100,000. There were 133 Washington State residents who died from unintentional drowning, including 17 boating related drowning deaths.” Those numbers should be enough to remind you that even a beautiful day on the lake can quickly turn tragic.

Unfortunately, I have some bad news for you: TV and movies have lied to you. I know, it’s not really a shock but hear me out. We are programmed to think that drowning looks like a lot of splashing and yelling however, that is not usually the case. Drowning is often quiet, a response from the brain to conserve as much air as possible to breathe. This phenomenon is called the Instinctive Drowning Response named by Francesco A. Pia, Ph.D.

Think it sounds a little suspicious? According to the CDC “From 2005-2014, there were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day. An additional 332 people died each year from drowning in boating-related incidents.” If you plan to be on or around the water, these are statistics you need to be aware of. Not just to keep yourself safe but your friends and family as well. Children are one of the highest age groups. The report goes on to say that drowning is the number two cause of accidental death in children age 15 and under (just behind vehicle accidents). Of the approximately 750 children who will drown next year, about 375 of them will do so within 25 yards of a parent or other adult. In 10 percent of those drownings, the adult will actually watch them do it, having no idea it is happening.”

According to Pia Instinctive Drowning Response looks like this:

Silent: the person drowning has no extra air to call for help, their brain focuses on just getting air in and out of their lungs.

Bobbing: They will bob up and down in an effort to get their mouth above water to inhale or exhale.

Stiff Arms: Their arms will be out to the side, hands on the water’s surface in an effort to help them stay afloat.

Still: They won’t be kicking; their legs will be straight and unmoving. Remember, movement takes energy, and the brain has signaled to conserve as much as possible

Drowning in a lakeThis response last anywhere for 20-60 seconds before the person goes completely under water to stay. This does not give anybody much time to respond. Sometimes even trained professionals miss the warning signs. “When a person is actually drowning, in many cases they seem to be playing,” says Gerry Dworkin, a professional aquatics safety and water rescue consultant for Lifesaving Resources LLC. “That’s one of the problems for moms, dads, and even lifeguards. They see somebody floating on the surface, but because of the movement of waves, they appear to be moving or playing even though they may be unconscious.”

Knowing how to swim is important. But even good swimmers can drown, and it can happen fast, Steinman says. “Never take your eye off children in the water. You have to watch them all the time. You can’t look away.”

Don’t let a day of fun in the sun, spent on one of our favorite water ways turn to tragedy. Enjoy the kick off to summer this Memorial Day weekend and keep it safe!


Janet 
SimonsI am passionate about Real Estate and eager to answer all of your real estate questions! Text or Call me at 360-880-2356 or email me directly to ask about Buying, Selling or Investing in today's Real Estate Market - serving Lewis County & Thurston County, WA.

Janet Simons | Certified Residential Specialist | Real Estate Broker
Mountain Valley Real Estate


How a Mom Turns a House Into a Home

How do you define a home? According to Merriam-Webster it is “a place of residence” but for
most the definition goes beyond that. It is where you are loved, accepted, and welcomed with
open arms and a smile no matter what time of day or how tired the occupants are. As corny as it
sounds, home is where the heart is.

To me the true definition of a home is not a physical location, but a feeling you get when you
walk in the door. And to me, one of the true tests to know if a house is a home, is if your mom is
there. A mother’s job, well one of them, is to make the house a home for her family. If you ask
some a mother could be defined as the heart of the home. The one person to make sure you
are comfortable, well fed, have something to drink, or a cookie to snack on. The one who keeps
the home thriving and moving together as a family.

For some home is the smell of your mom’s cooking when you walk in the door. Or it is the scent
she always used in the home. It’s the family albums she always displayed. It’s knowing she’ll be
in her chair in the corner of the living room sewing a quilt before you even walk in the door
because that’s where she is everyday at that time. It’s never leaving the house hungry, even if
she had to get up at 6AM to make you breakfast and knowing dinner will be ready for you at
5PM on the dot.

To be a mother is not an easy task and what roles you decide to play is different for everybody.
A mother can choose to stay home and devote her time to nurturing her children and taking care
of her home. A mother can be a single mom working two jobs to help give her kids a better life.
A mother can be a woman who never had children, but opened her home and heart to those in
need. Like home, there is no one definition of mother but without one, the other just isn’t the
same.


Janet 
SimonsI am passionate about Real Estate and eager to answer all of your real estate questions! Text or Call me at 360-880-2356 or email me directly to ask about Buying, Selling or Investing in today's Real Estate Market - serving Lewis County & Thurston County, WA.

Janet Simons | Certified Residential Specialist | Real Estate Broker
Mountain Valley Real Estate