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Six Hot Home Design Trends for Spring 2014

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

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(BPT)—Does the change of seasons have you itching to refresh a tired, lackluster room? Or maybe you're looking for some small ways to make a big impact on your home's style? Whatever the case, here are some of this season's most buzzed-about trends and how you can incorporate them into your next project.

* Wood is the new neutral. This season's strong trend toward wood textures pairs the warmth, richness and texture of real wood with limitless design flexibility. Think wood-textured textiles, tree-printed wallpapers and embossed soaps that look like wood. Installing engineered wood ceilings and wainscoting can bring the unique look of reclaimed wood into any environment - an easy do-it-yourself project with striking results. -

* Ode to the elements. Mother Nature is inspiring design in a big way this year and homeowners are finding unique ways to incorporate rocks, minerals and other natural elements into their home's design. Try replacing a common-place item like an alarm clock with one encased within a multi-colored agate. Bring this look to the kitchen with a stainless steel backsplash, or swap out run-of-the-mill hardware with mineral-inspired drawer pulls and knobs.-

* Shore thing. Homeowners, inspired by the calm, care-free attitude of coastal living are all about bringing the beach inside this season. Beach-inspired design elements are popping up throughout the home. Weathered and white-washed wood ceilings are a subtle but stunning on-trend addition - especially when finished with interior accents like decorative shells, drift wood furniture and marine-themed prints.

* Contrast in texture. Step aside Pantone, texture is spring's hottest new color. Homeowners are putting down their paintbrushes and adding interest with texture through high-gloss finishes, metallics, sequins and mirrors. A textured tile wall brings visual and tactile interest, especially when paired with contrasting high-gloss lacquer or low-gloss matte accessories.

* Visual punch. Reawaken the senses this spring by incorporating a striking visual element to the home. Multi-dimensional surface treatments in pearl, metallic and gold/silver combinations add panache as a coating used for hardwood, or can be applied to wallpaper, furniture or decorative accessories. And don't forget to look up - coffered ceilings bring a striking je ne sais quoi to any room.

* Manipulated metals. The versatility of manipulated metal makes it a great addition to any style home - from hand-crafted artisan to contemporary high gloss. Copper, pewter and nickel are getting in on the action and can be styled in a variety of ways, including hammered metal sink basins, tin-look ceiling tiles, antiqued copper light fixtures and brushed stainless steel cabinet hardware.

Source: http://www.armstrong.com/residential-ceilings.

Clean, Contemporary Styles Now Dominate in Kitchens and Baths In 2014

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

Clean Contemporary Styles In Kitchens & Baths For 2014

Consumers will be cleaning up their kitchens and baths in 2014, at least from a design standpoint, according to the annual Design Trends Survey released at the 2014 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).

While consumers still prefer traditional kitchens by a slight margin, contemporary will be the fastest growing kitchen style this year. In bathrooms, contemporary already surpassed traditional to take the top spot in design for 2013, with even more growth anticipated in 2014. 

Fading fast are Provincial, Tuscan and country/rustic styles and the distressed cabinet finishes that often accompany them, along with their companion bronze, terracotta and red color schemes.

Other key 2014 kitchen and bath trends:

-Gray is forecast to be the fastest growing color scheme for both rooms. In 2013, gray slightly trailed whites/off-whites in kitchens. In baths, gray was the third most popular color scheme, behind beige/bone tones and white/off white.
-Kitchen products expected to grow in 2014 include induction cooktops, quartz counters, glass backsplashes, wood floors, walnut cabinets, polished chrome faucets and granite composite sinks.
-Bath products on the upswing will be quartz vanity tops, wall-hung vanities, open shelving, polished chrome faucets, under-mount sinks, and ceramic or porcelain floors.
-Consumers are demanding more universal design features. Fifty-seven percent of NKBA designers specified accessible and/or universal design features in bathrooms in 2013 and 56 percent incorporated them into kitchens. In the bathroom, related features included shower benches and comfort-height toilets and vanities. In the kitchen, NKBA foresees an uptick in demand for microwave drawers and touch-activated or touchless kitchen faucets.
-Staying plugged in is a priority for kitchens. More than two-thirds of NKBA kitchen design professionals incorporated docking and/or charging stations, a trend that shows no signs of powering down.
-In baths, however, the desire is to unplug and relax. Spa features gaining ground include electric radiant floor heating and steam showers. While whirlpools continue to decline in popularity, fully 64 percent of NKBA designers specified a soaking tub in their master bath projects in 2014, and 42 percent expecting that trend to accelerate in 2014. 

Source: The National Kitchen and Bath Association

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2014. All rights reserved.

Green Valley AZ January 2014 Real Estate Statistics

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Real Estate in the greater Green Valley, AZ has gotten off to the typical slow start in 2014, with 79 sales as compared to 77 in January 2013, a mere 2.6% increase over last January.   Active listings on the market were 1001 at the end of January 2014 as compared to 972 in January 2013.   The increase in active listings had a negative impact on the "absorption rate" which tracks the number of months of inventory that are listed in a market at any given time.  We ended the year in 2013 with an absorption rate of 9.78 months of inventory on hand and that shot up to 11.33 in January 2014. 

There has been a positive change in the average sales price in January 2014 as compared to January 2013:  166,788 vs. 164,805, an increase of 4.16%.

If you are thinking about selling your Green Valley AZ home give me a call, I'd love to hang an Another SOLD By Judi in front of YOUR house.  With more than forty-five of my listings selling in 2013--and 11 already under contract in 2014, including 2 that were on the market less than a week--I'd love to make yours the next one.  My extremely successful marketing plan WORKS...let me prove it to you. 

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