FEB. 2018 • ISSUE NO. 2
NTC NEWS live, shop, dine and play #nexttochicago
A Note from the Editor Thanks a million times over to everyone who supported the launch of NTC News last month! We had a whopping 194 new subscribers and I am completely blown away by all of the amazing feedback, I so love this community! Winter has been extra mild this year which means Spring is just around the corner, I predict at least one coat free day in February, even though Punxsutawney Phil predicts 6 more weeks of Winter! This month's issue is packed with all things leading up to Spring; from cheery wallpaper tips from Home Ec. to Spring cleaning help from Amanda at Trends. Looking forward to seeing you at our Let it Glow dance party! Aubrey Jacknow firstname.lastname@example.org Photo & Styling Credit: Home Ec.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
CUT & PASTE THIS - 1 SAVE THE DATE - 2 SPRING CLEAN - 3 MARKET UPDATE - 4
LOCAL GOODS - 5 VALENTINE - 6 #OLDHOUSELOVE - 7 ASK THE EXPERTS - 8 FEBRUARY PLANNER - 9
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NATALIE & KIM FROM HOME EC. DIVE INTO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF WALLPAPER
Interiors are what make your house your home. While furniture is important, nothing will look right unless your walls are on point. Whether you use paint or wallpaper in your home, walls have a huge impact on your home’s personality. That's why wallpaper is making a huge comeback. We'll help you with some ideas on using paper to bring your walls to life! Whether you are looking to add a subtle pattern, texture or color to a room, wallpaper is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to go. We always recommend ordering samples of some of your favorite patterns first so you can see and feel them in person before making the leap to purchase. So how do you determine what wallpaper is best for you? Here are some things to consider:
Are you drawn to color and pattern? You may be a great candidate for some bold wallpaper choices like Butterfly Parade by Christian Lacroix.
Are you looking for a subtle, organic design without a lot of busy pattern work? Wall murals are a great way to avoid a pattern repeat, come in a variety of designs and colors like this Watercolor Wallpaper Mural by Murals Wallpaper.
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Is modern, more geometric your thing? We love Elements Rousseau Geometric 3D Embossed Wallpaper Wayfair. The monochromatic color is a nice background for the modern aesthetic of incorporating furniture and styling pieces with pops of color. Making a bold statement? Then don't be afraid to go big in scale! This Dark Floral II Black Saturated Wallpaper by Ellie Cashman is absolutely stunning and cannot help but get noticed. It feels luxe and demands attention.
If you find yourself drawn to quirky patterns or are designing a kids space, you are in luck! There are so many varieties of quirky, whimsical choices like this retro Analog Nights wallpaper we recently used for a tween space by Aimee Wilder.
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Once you've chosen the right paper for you, the question now is who hangs it?? You Tube has loads of videos for the do-it-yourself route and yes, it can be done yourself! If you are doing one solid wall of paper, even a novice can handle it. Make a night out of it and ask a friend to help! We recommend calling a local professional for quotes on trickier spaces or if you just aren't feeling up to the task. We have referrals, shoot us an email!
Need something for a small, dark space? We recommend a pattern that brings a little life to an otherwise unnoticed room like this small entryway. The light background and pretty pattern in Copper Peonies by Hygge & West gives this space a distinct personality right as you get in the front door.
Whether you are looking to add a subtle pattern, texture or color to a room, wallpaper is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to go. Scared you'll get sick of it? Temporary Peel & Stick wallpaper have come a long way! Etsy and wallsneedlove.com have a ton of fun options that don't require the same type of commitment.
Your walls are waiting! Have fun and visit us on Instagram at home_ec_op for more inspiration or contact us at email@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org
save the date
Some things we are looking forward to in February! Post your favorite local events in the comments at www.jacknowrealty.com and submit your events to email@example.com. 1 - BASE Camp Registration is open 3-4 - "Show Your Love" Portrait Event by Marcela Rafea Photography @ Sugarcup Trading at 11am, sign up required 4 - Hip Hop Yoga @ Altiro with Hit It! Fitness at 10am, sign up required 4 - Tapestry Weaving @ Academia at 1:30pm, sign up required 10 - Sip'n shop pop-up-shop @ Scoville Square from 12p-5p 10 - Valentine's Ice Cream Social @ Beer Shop 7pm
14 - Let it Glow - Jacknow Valentine Dance from 3p-6p @Hit It! Fitness benefiting Housing Forward Featuring Academia, Novick Orthodontics, The Federal Savings Bank, #TheJilly, Jacknow Realty, Buddha Belly Kids Yoga, DJ KJ, My Gym, The Birth Boutique and Creativita. CLICK HERE to register. 14 - Whisky & Wine be your Valentine @ UPG with Becci West from 7p-10p 15 - 17 Dunn Dunn Fest @ Fitzgerald's 16 - Chinese New Year Celebration! @ Serenity Acupuncture 16 - Prismatica Grand Opening @ Navy Pier 17 - Retail Warehouse Sale, 11a-5p @ The 19th Century Club Seriously, DO NOT MISS THIS AMAZING EVENT! 20 - Studio 8 Opens in Forest Park 25 - #sprinGO challenge packet pickup @ Lively
SPRING CLEANING IS ALREADY IN FULL SWING #NEXTTOCHICAGO. HERE IS A QUICK, LOCAL GUIDE ON WHERE TO DITCH THE CLUTTER WHILE POSSIBLY MAKING SOME MONEY, HELPING LOCAL CHARITIES AND KEEPING IT OUT OF THE LANDFILLS.
My kids are running in the opposite direction and stuffing things under their pillows and my husband is mysteriously staying late at work for the last week - it must be that time of year. The time when all of the toys from the holidays have started to break or lose my kids interest. When I question where in the ###***! all of this random stuff in my home came from and how on earth am I going to get rid of all of it. It's bi-annual cleaning time, and I honestly feel really bad for my kids and husband right now. I start with my own mess. As I peer into my closet I am horrified at the condition it is in. My once neatly organized jewelry box is now stuffed to the brim with necklaces earrings and bracelets I haven't seen since before I had kids (even though I swear I cleaned it out last year). From there I tackled the usual suspects: kids clothes, pantry, toys and "surfaces". It took me a week and delaying some other things to get it done (this article for one), but it's done now and I am ready for another 6 months of clutter(ish) free living. Read on to see my after photos and to find out some of my favorite local places and events to rid your clutter.
spring clean (cont.) 01. Enter Amanda from Trends. She posted this amazing closet clean out challenge, which was the inspiration for not only this post, but the current condition of my closet and home. Although I didn't make her deadline, because, well, Â kids, I did ditch all of the things that I haven't worn in more than a year. Bonus here is I brought all of my old jewelry, shoes and clothing to Trends to consign and have already started raking in some cash to support my ridiculous shoe that I never wear any more habit. Pro tip, bring clothes in clean, on a hanger and in great condition. Bring jewelry in untangled and neatly organized (I put all of mine in those fold top sandwich bags. They will donate anything not in consignment condition to local charities, just one of the many reasonsÂ IÂ heart Trends!
3 02. Let's talk kids clothes and accessories.. I have little tiny single socks hidden everywhere and despite having three girls, you would think I would be able to resist the urge to buy new clothing for my second and third girls. But no, the universe is not on board with this plan. They were all born at different times of the year and they are all different heights, so I have so many clothes and bows. While purging their drawers, I pull out all of the stuff that I don't love and put it in a giant bin to save for the Hephzibah Kids Resale Event.; April 13th & 14th. Click here for more info. including how to consign, what they will take and how to shop the pre-sale.
"tiny single socks hidden everywhere" 03. On to the pantry. It has become a dumping ground for all of the foods that I wanted to "test out" or want to like but I never get around to using them. These days you can find the mac and cheese, tomato sauce and pasta frequently rotating out of their pantry homes. I do usually end up wasting some random bags with a few tablespoons of powdered sugar leftover from holiday cookie making, but I use this as a good time to rotate out any food that may expire before i get to use it. My favorite local place for this? The Forest Park Food Pantry or Sarah's Inn. They are always in need of food items after the holidays.
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04. My kids stuff, it's everywhere and it has taken over my life. The little glitter shoes from LOL Surprise dolls, miscellaneous Barbie accessories and holy cow can we talk about the Lego pieces!? I have an irrational fear that if I get rid of a toy then a yet unborn child of mine will become obsessed with wanting it, so I resort to obsessively organizing, swapping, selling and donating all the toys. I packed a large bag to donate to our local playgroup at St. Luke. I posted a few items on the Oak Park Mom's Resale Page (message me for more info). When all of the toys must go ASAP, I defer to The Economy Shop.
05. All of the surfaces! They collect so many things, there is something so calming about just a lamp sitting on a table with nothing else to junk it up. I got rid of some old picture frames and played with my shelves a bit for some new eye candy in the house. I brought the small stuff to The Economy Shop and called in Divine Consign for the big stuff! Have you seen their new payment system Zibby!? Stay tuned next month for the ultimate local guide on how to dispose of everything,. From batteries and electronics to books and bras, this this is jam packed with all the info you need!
market update The day after Super Bowl is known as the beginning of the Spring real estate market #nexttochicago. We have seen a nice increase in inventory but also a steady increase in sales and pending transactions. In January 2018, there were 256 new listings, 104 pending transactions and 72 closings in our area. For detailed statistics on Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park, click HERE. If you would like a detailed report for another town not listed, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am also thrilled to announce that I have partnered with Home Ec. to offer interior home consultations, more details can be found in our new home buyer/seller packets that we issue to our clients! If you are curious about your homes value, please contact one of the experts at Jacknow Realty for an in person meeting.Â Aubrey Jacknow (312)523-7811 email@example.com Patrick Jacknow (708)705-3375 firstname.lastname@example.org Jerry Jacknow (708)366-8989 email@example.com
8 ask the experts Lauren D.W. Tatar, Esq. started Easy Tax Appeals in 2015. With over 25 years of legal experience, Lauren has a broad range of exposure to both business transactions and litigation matters in Chicago and Cook County. Lauren and her family have lived in Cook County since 1992. Lauren will personally review and supervise each and every appeal that comes across her desk.. Q. IF I HAVE A RECENT HOME PURCHASE, CAN I STILL GET A PROPERTY TAX REDUCTION BY APPEALING?
New homeowners often don't realize that they may still get a property tax reduction despite their recent purchase. While true
that it is very difficult to get a reduction by filing an Assessor's Office appeal in this situation, the same cannot be said for the Board of Review appeal process which is the second appeal opportunity each year. While the Board of Review will also consider a recent purchase price as a factor in its decision making process, it is far from being the only, or even most important consideration. The BOR is bound to carefully consider a lack of uniformity among other similarly situated Cook County taxpayers. Accordingly, in addition to a recent purchase price, the BOR also considers a comparison of the subject property's assessed value to comparable properties in the neighborhood. While there is never any guarantee of tax savings through the appeal process, chances are good that recent purchasers can and will still receive a reduction if there is a good basis for that reduction otherwise. Of my 250+ Oak Park and River Forest Township clients, many of whom purchased within the 3 years before the Reassessment in 2017, 100% received a reduction!
You can find Lauren at: www.easytaxappeals.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 773-549-7390
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#nexttochicago news issue 2. Features from Home Ec., Jacknow Realty, Lauren Tatar Esq. and more!