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Choose One Realtor with the Power of Many FRISCO | PLANO | PROSPER | CELINA | MCKINNEY | ALLEN | DALLAS

Lynn Slaney Silguero Ebby Halliday Realtors lynnslaney@ebby.com 972-588-8449

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ON THE COVER

Gothic cathedral-style home in west Plano showcases local artisan talent in handcrafted details. See Page 6.

LET THERE BE

COVER PHOTO BY KELSEY KRUZICH

CONTACT US liz McGATHEY E DITOR 972-398-4206 lmcgathey@acnpapers.com

light WHEN IT COMES TO FINDING THE RIGHT LIGHTING SCHEME

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“Every builder puts in a ceiling fan with a light kit and those are the first things I say to get rid of,” Arnold said. “Those lights are going in different directions and aren’t pointing in the right spots, and usually are just tacky globes. If you have to have a ceiling fan, at least get an attractive looking one and don’t put a light kit in.” For four years Arnold has been using her personal intuition to help clients create rooms that reflect their personality and lifestyle. The former sales and marketing executive thrives on encouraging each client to think beyond the stan-

dard bulb box when striking the perfect color and lighting balance in their home. “It’s about creating cohesion; everything in the room needs to agree somehow,” Arnold said. “You can even have an eclectic room, but it has to balance in some form.” There are two things you must consider when it comes to selecting the right lighting – the type of bulb and the lighting sources available. For rooms boasting cooler tones like blues and greens, Arnold recommends fluorescent lighting and LEDs. However, she warns against using them when complimenting warm hues like reds or oranges. For this, Arnold recommends GE Reveal bulbs, which best resemble a natural light source. “They are perfecting [them] more and more each day, but they’re really still challenged with the temperature of the light – not the heat but the color temperature,” Arnold said. “That means it stays that real white-


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bluish color. It’s not attractive if you have warm colors in your kitchen [for example].”

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On the other end of the spectrum are incandescent lights, which possess more yellow and orange tones. These can make blue upholstery look green, and therefore should be coupled with the warmer tones. Recessed lights in the ceiling with dimmer switches are a must in any living room, as it allows you to adjust the room’s “mood,” Arnold said. Recessed lighting and indirect lighting from lamps, sconces and/or spotlights for artwork work together to create the perfect lighting balance. “People always think about light coming down, but there’s also a lot of accenting you can do with lights going up,” she said. “Have a pin light going straight up and it just creates a really cool effect on the wall. You can do it on top of mantels or light artwork from the bottom up and have a completely different effect than lighting it from the top down.”

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Triangulation is the best way to create depth in a room, especially one with only a couple of windows or none at all. The idea is to arrange lamps in three different parts of the room as a way to balance the light. If a room isn’t big enough for three individual light sources, add a reflective surface, like a mirror or crystal. For those with pricey artwork on the wall, consider using bulbs specifically designed not to damage its surface. Thanks to modern technology and an array of lighting sources to choose from, it’s easy to personalize your living space without the costly price tag associated with a new furniture set or the elbow grease of a paint job.

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The oversized, arched front door of Mike and Julie Karnes’ west Plano home lets visitors know they’re in for a treat before they’ve even crossed the threshold. The 8,200-square-foot abode is situated on an acre near Plano West Senior High School and, despite its modern comforts, holds Medieval touches that truly make the Karnes’ five-bedroom home their castle. Julie and Mike live in the house – which they built six years ago – with daughter McKenna, a junior at Plano West, and son Paden, a sophomore at the University of Texas. One step inside offers a peek at what the Karnes have created. The eyes travel across the foyer to the study, where a lion skin rug sprawls across the natural hardwoods, and around to the iron and wood staircase that boasts a restored 18th century piano displayed in the niche near its base.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY KELSEY KRUZICH

Julie, a Plano native, describes her home as simply “comfortable.” The desire to create a livable home paved the way for the Karnes to build from the ground up as opposed to buying an existing home, and spurred the Karnes to move away from their previous style – a contemporary approach – for its design. Julie and Mike had very specific ideas for their new home and found an architect to put their ideas on paper. After bidding out various builders, the Karnes hooked up with Martin Raymond Homes and seeded a lasting relationship with Martin “Marty” Raymond. “We wanted a builder who would think outside of the box, but we wanted somebody who could work within our floor plans,” she said. “Marty turned out to be exactly what we were hoping for.” In their previous Plano home, Julie and Mike worked with interior designer Joy West, in a relationship that carried over into the new project. Julie said Joy had never worked with Marty before, but together the two professionals proved to be invaluable.

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“It was a wonderful experience,” she said. “I heard so many people who were building houses say what a nightmare it can be, and we had none of that. I think it was just the marriage of our designer and our builder.” Julie said having a hands-on builder who was always onsite and consistently available showed her that Marty and his building supervisor, Mark Eggleton, were as concerned about the little things as she was. “They were a great partnership. Marty knows all the contractors and they were all onsite as well,” she said. “Even now, his memory of the details blows me away; he knows the house inside and out. He took pride in it, and that made it positive for us as well.” Julie and Mike, who have been married for 28 years, had always preferred more contemporary features, but decided they would leave that “young married lifestyle look” behind. Together with Joy, the Karnes found a more traditional aesthetic loaded with antiques, many of which hearken back to the Middle Ages – complete with a full suit of armor in the foyer. As the gothic cathedral feel began to emerge during the planning stages, so did the ideas for features like gothic-shaped stained glass windows throughout, a turret out front and handcrafted ironwork. “The artisans that are out there today ... I didn’t even know those kind of people were around anymore,” Julie said. From the piano bench to the fireplace, both handcarved by the craftsmen at Emmanuel Design Group in Dallas, detail is what gives the Karnes’ home all the interest of a museum. The same passion and attention to detail was given to all the

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ironwork and stained glass throughout the house. Above all this, Julie said one of the first things she set out to have in one of her six bathrooms was an amethyst sink that is, without a doubt, the literal jewel in this crown. “I had seen an amethyst sink in a parade of homes in a contemporary house and thought, ‘that is the coolest thing; someday I’m going to have an amethyst sink,’” she said. The amethyst, handpicked from Mineral Hunters Dallas, is now a working sink that hangs from a miniature drawbridge in the powder room as a testament to the out-of-the-box thinking that the house was built upon. The Karnes spared no creativity – all the way

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down to the floor in the wine cellar. With Marty in tow, Julie headed to Canton, Texas (where First Monday Trade Days offer everything including the kitchen sink), to find antique gates to lay into the cellar floor. They couldn't find just the right thing; but where there’s a will, there’s a way, and iron doormats where floated in the concrete floor and sealed by Mark for the right look. Furthering the home’s lived-in appeal, McKenna’s princess bedroom and ballet room display the Chamberlain Ballet dancer’s love


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for all things feminine, and Paden’s taxidermic decor draws the college boy home. In addition to its five bedrooms and six bathrooms, the home’s loggia offers its residents a place to relax and where McKenna and Paden can bring their friends. “We wanted someplace that was comfortable, that we could entertain in and where we could enjoy the outside,” Julie said. “We spend a great deal of time in the loggia.” During the winter, a heater compliments the loggia’s fireplace, and during the warmer seasons, folding doors open from the family room to welcome a scented breeze from the wooded area just behind the house. When the family isn’t lounging by the pool and enjoying the loggia, a media room is equally inviting with its theater atmosphere and leather recliners. “And we watch everything from ‘Next Top Model’ to ‘American Idol’ to Cowboys’ football games in there,” Julie said.

thing about her custom surroundings. “Some homes that are this size have these large rooms that aren’t used,” she said. “But we really use our house ... we really live in our house.”

Julie dismisses any notion of changing any-

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Jenny Moots said one of the most beneficial things about home gardening is the ability to know exactly what went into the growing process of your produce. She said all of the plants bought at Calloway’s are organic, so with proper gardening techniques you can ensure what you are eating is 100 percent organic.

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what “A lot of people haven’t been turned on to organic gardening so we try and educate them when they come into our store,” Moots said. “I have been very impressed with the organic fertilizers and pesticides that have come out recently. They do just as good a job, if not better, than their non-organic counterparts. Even with store-bought organic produce, you can never be sure what you are getting. Just because the government certifies it as organic, sometimes that just means that less than a certain amount of something was used.” Moots said growing your own fruits and vegetables can also save money, especially with plants such as blackberries and raspberries that come back each year. She said even if you don’t save money in the first year, the savings will start to be realized in successive years. For information on plants and gardening techniques, visit www.calloways.com/info.

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Winter is still blanketing North Texas, but the time to plant spring fruits and vegetables is already here. Gardeners hoping to have fresh blackberries for pies and smoothies have less than six weeks to get their plants in the ground to ensure optimal yields. With time running out, gardeners should begin preparing flowerbeds in the next few weeks so the planting process is as smooth as possible. “You want to get them in the ground before they start flowering around March 1,��� said Jenny Moots, store manager at the Calloway’s Nursery in McKinney. “Plants such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and squash need to be in by Good Friday.” For first-time gardeners, Moots suggests preparing the flowerbed by using a quality organic compost to break up the hard clay soil found in the region and add crucial nutrients to the soil. A longer-term solution is to use expanded shale, which will keep the soil nice and loose. After preparing the soil, cover the area with a weedblocking fabric or two to four inches of mulch to keep weeds at bay. Once the bed is ready to go, most fruits and vegetables can go directly into the soil. However, some plants such as blueberries require a little more care. “Blueberries require a little more acidic soil then we have here in Collin County,” Moots said. “People usu1: blackberry plant; 2: blueberry tree; 3: pink lemonade blueberry; 4: blackberry; 5: green onions PHOTOGRAPHY BY KELSEY KRUZICH

ally grow them in pots where the soil pH is easier to control. Blueberries like the soil to have a reading between 4 and 5, while our soil is typically between 6.5 and 8.2. Adding aluminum sulfate will make the soil acidic and suitable for blueberries.” Moots said when the berries start appearing in the summer it is important to keep the birds from stealing the fruit before it is harvested. She suggests using bird netting to prevent birds from getting to the plants. One of the more popular plants sold at Calloway’s are onions, which Moots said should go in the ground as soon as possible. “When it gets hot in the summer and the tops of the onions die, you know it is time to pull up the onions,” she said. The tops of the onions can be cut off for chives, Moots said, adding the tops will grow back after they are cut. ■

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THE AVERAGE PERSON SPENDS ONE TO TWO HOURS A WEEK LOOKING FOR THINGS

KEEPING

taxes IN ORDER A filing system for tax information can be handmade or purchased. When making your own filing system, make sure the files are organized alphabetically and by color to help when scanning for something in particular. Most people have a tax organizer folder which has different slots for storing mortgage statements, 1099 statements and other tax-related information. Smead and File Solutions Group provides great systems for home and for business, said Tonia Tomlin, professional organizer and founder of Plano-based Sorted Out. Note: Tomlin said it took her three hours to build her filing system. She said the average home office takes anywhere from eight to 12 hours to organize, so plan accordingly.

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WITH 80 PERCENT OF WHAT WE SIFT THROUGH BEING ITEMS WE END UP NEVER USING, IT MAKES YOU WONDER WHAT TAX SEASON WOULD BE LIKE IF WE DIDN’T HAVE ALL THE JUNK TO NAVIGATE THROUGH. Perhaps people might not make such a fuss over April 15 if they simply had a shredder and a few file folders, said Tonia Tomlin, professional organizer and founder of Sorted Out LLC in Plano. “I think the biggest misconception and why people don’t get prepared for tax season is that they procrastinate and they don’t have a good filing system,” Tomlin said. “There’s nothing fun about taxes, paying them and getting paperwork ready, but if you don’t it’s going to cost you more money and time if you’re not prepared.” Tomlin and her team of organizers provide a wide range of organizing and consulting services to help both corporate and residential clients regain control of their time and the disorganization in their lives. Tomlin has been featured on the Martha Stewart Fine Home Living Network, HGTV’s

“Mission: Organization,” Parenting Magazine and “Good Morning Texas” for her stylish organizational skills and attention to detail. The first thing to do when preparing for tax day is assess the severity of the disorganization in order to accurately determine how much time will be needed to turn the mess into a success. Depending on paper load and the size of the mess, the average home office takes anywhere from eight to 12 hours to organize, Tomlin said. “You have to allow yourself to have that time to go through things and set a realistic expectation,” Tomlin said. When it comes to helping a client prepare for tax season, Tomlin recommends committing to a fourhour minimum session once a week for four weeks. The hands-on sessions consist of anything from gathering receipts, itemizing and creating effective filing systems. At $75 an hour, Tomlin said hiring a professional organizer not only saves the client time but also money, as a CPA is likely to charge more for organizing a box full of odds and ends.


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“You always want to align [the tabs] all on the right-hand side, middle or left, because this is more pleasing to the eye and your eyes aren’t bouncing around,” Tomlin said.

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Most people have a tax organizer folder that has many different slots for storing mortgage statements, 1099 statements and other tax-related information. Smead and File Solutions Group provide great systems for home and for business, said Tomlin, who said it took her three hours to build her filing system.

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“People procrastinate,” Tomlin said. “Make an appointment on your calendar every week for a couple of hours so you’re not stressing out three days before tax time, and you’re staying up into the wee hours of the night trying to get your stuff together or you’re having to file for an extension.” Regardless of whether you opt to hire help or go it alone, the best way to achieving the best benefits for your 2012 filing starts with a clean and simple filing system. Eliminate any unnecessary papers first, as often much of the chaos in those desk drawers come in the form of things like miscellaneous flyers, take-out menus and dated birthday cards.

A receipt organizer is also another tool that is almost a necessity for organizing a year’s worth of purchases, she added. Aside from organization, communication is also key to surviving tax season with your sanity and money intact. Tomlin recommends meeting with your CPA and financial planner quarterly to make sure all parties are on the same page and the same goals are being worked toward. There won’t be any surprises the more you plan ahead, Tomlin said. “You really need to take your time with taxes because you could save a lot of money,” Tomlin said. “There are a lot of things people don’t take advantage of that they don’t necessarily know.” ■

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Once the piles have been whittled down to what’s important, Tomlin said, they can be sorted out by category and subcategories. Examples of this include a file for all documentation pertaining to your vehicle. The “auto” file should have subcategories such as maintenance receipts, car payments and insurance documents. Other examples of categories include a medical expense file and a banking file with subcategories containing information from each of your accounts. A filing system for tax information can be handmade or purchased. When making your own filing system, make sure the files are organized alphabetically and by color to help when scanning for something in particular.

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for your remodeling buck Whether you’ve lived in your home for 10 years or 10 days, surely there is something about it you would like to change. Maybe you want to update your master bathroom or perhaps you’ve been sketching a garage addition. Whatever your remodeling dreams may be, certain projects can offer real-life payoffs when you decide to sell your home. Even if you may not think you will be selling any time soon, it couldn’t hurt to keep your home’s resale value in mind for the future. Here are a few things to consider when planning your home improvements. “Remodeling” magazine publishes an annual Cost vs. Value Report that compares the cost for popular remodeling projects to the amount the projects recoup when the homes are sold. According to the 2011-12 report, all remodeling projects in the Texas region offer less than a 100 percent return, although some projects come closer to paying for themselves than others. According to the survey, the projects that retained the most value in the Texas region

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were replacing entry doors (83.6 percent) and remodeling a home’s basement (82.6 percent). While those may not fit your idea of an exciting remodel, they are projects that hold their value at resale. Replacing existing siding with fibercement siding also scored high (79.6 percent), as did replacing the garage door (74.5 percent). The value of home improvements can vary from city to city and even neighborhood to neighborhood. One constant, however, is that odd or unusual projects may not increase your home’s appeal to the average prospective buyer. If you plan to stay in the same house for years to come, go ahead and turn your living room into a replica of Kyle Field. Be aware, however, that if you do choose to sell, it may stand out to potential buyers…for the wrong reasons. Generally, low- and mid-range projects hold their value better than upscale remodels. For example, an upscale, major kitchen remodel with an estimated cost of more than $100,000 returned only 63.3 percent according to the Cost vs. Value Report, while an $18,000 minor kitchen remodel returned 74.9 percent.

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The report from “Remodeling” magazine is a good place to start, but for specific advice about how a room addition or other improvement may affect the resale value of your home, ask a Realtor. And if you’re already planning a move, a Realtor can even help you choose projects that might help your home sell faster. If you’re looking for a Realtor to help you with the home buying or selling process, I encourage you to visit the Collin County Association of Realtors’ “Member Search” link on its website, www.ccar.net. ■

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It’s important to remember that every home in every market is different. It’s true that the data says you won’t get much return on your investment from adding a sunroom (49.7 percent), but what if you really want a sunroom? Or what if most homes in your subdivision have sunrooms, and you think you’ll be at a disadvantage competing against them when you sell?

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COOKIN’

LET’S GET

WITH A SURPLUS OF HOUSES ON THE MARKET, SELLERS MUST MAKE THEIR HOUSES AS ATTRACTIVE AS POSSIBLE IN ORDER TO INCREASE THEIR ODDS OF FINDING A BUYER.

One way to do this is by upgrading certain features of the house, with one of the most important being the kitchen. Patti Pfeiffer, a realtor with Gallery Realtors in Flower Mound, said upgraded kitchens are a big selling point, especially with women. “The most popular things that buyers ask for these days are granite countertops, as well as island kitchens and stainless steel appliances,” she said. “You will never get back all the money you put into improving the kitchen, or any area of your home, for that matter. But you will get back a percentage in the sale price, and it can also help you move your home faster.” Pfeiffer said advertising an upgraded kitchen can also be key in getting buyers through the front door, which she said is difficult to do in this market. “Buyers are very choosy and are very selective, and they can afford to do that right now because there are so many homes on the market,” she said. “Anything that will stand out in the advertisement such as upgraded kitchens or bathrooms will make the house more mar-

ketable and attractive to buyers.” Eppler Construction, a family-owned company based in Dallas, has seen an influx of requests for home remodeling. Owner Kirk Eppler said his company offers a wide range of options, from simply installing new countertops to fully gutting a kitchen and starting over. “A lot of homeowners are looking for more of an open concept,” Eppler said. “With the way people live today, they are looking for an open kitchen that looks into the family room where you have your TV. With the open kitchen, people that are entertaining and spending time in the kitchen will still be able to visit with their guests.” Some of the most common upgrade requests Eppler receives are custom cabinets and granite countertops. The company can work with the existing footprint to ensure the refrigerator, sink and oven remain in their existing spots

and the costs remain lower. Simple additions such as new lighting fixtures and under-cabinet lighting can really improve the look of the kitchen. Eppler cautioned about homeowners attempting to do the remodeling job themselves, saying all too often this ends up costing more money when a contractor has to come in and finish the job. Contractors will get better prices on materials and the work will be completed quicker. He said when a project is complete, you can usually tell the work done by professionals compared to the work done by do-it-yourselfers. ■

billCONRAD, bconrad@acnpapers.com MYCASTLEMAGAZINE.COM FEBRUARY 2012

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BEFORE YOU

hit the roof

The glamorous life of a real estate agent I once had this image of real estate agents. Cutthroat, snooty, nasty witches – they smugly drive around in expensive cars, with noses aimed upward, doing little and making much. Then I became one and learned nothing could be further from the truth. Geez. What was I thinking?

The hailstorms that swept across North Texas in 2011 damaged roofs throughout the area. With spring and the severe weather that accompanies it quickly approaching, now is the time for homeowners to get their roofs inspected to ensure they are in good working order. Broken and missing shingles, caused by hail and high winds, reduce the integrity of the roof and can result in water damage due to leaks, which can go undetected for several years before it is noticeable. With hail-damaged shingles hard to detect from the ground, Ralph Harris of Frisco-based Town & Country Roofing said there is an easy way to assess the condition of just about any roof. “Wind damage is easy to spot because you will see missing shingles, which results in water travelling down into the felt and then finding a seam and getting inside the house,” he said. “With hail damage, it is important to look for collateral damage. Check the gutters and air conditioning units. If they show hail damage, you likely have damage to your shingles and should get an expert opinion.” Harris said some leaks can be

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detected by simply observing a wet spot in the ceiling. Others occur inside the walls and are harder to spot, and may require going into the attic to see if water can be spotted dripping from the roof. When a leak is found, he said it is important to replace the damaged drywall as well as the insulation to ensure mold doesn’t begin to grow. Luckily for homeowners, Harris said many insurance companies will pay to replace roofs damaged by hail and wind. For those people who don’t have that option, Harris said his company has a solution to roofs that have only light to moderate damage. “With the economy as bad as it is, people may not have the money to get the roof completely redone,” he said. “An alternative is getting a roof tune-up, which will fix wind damage. When we do that, we replace broken shingles and also check to see if there are any exposed nail heads. We inspect the PVC pipes to make sure there are no leaks and make sure the singles around the wind turbines are in good shape. When the roof is tuned up, you can usually get another two to three years out of a roof.” ■

billCONRAD, bconrad@acnpapers.com

I have no idea what got into me. One day I’m sitting on the sofa, content witnessing dust bunny collection on the inside and grass grow on the outside. Next thing I’m screaming, stressing and pulling out my hair. Needless to say, I’d converted from a carefree domestic goddess to crazed real estate agent. And I’m aging quicker than ever, realizing I have no patience, complaining too much, doubting my competency and questioning this dramatic lifestyle change. My first listing was a big one. My bright red sign signaled to the public, “Looky, looky. I’m starting off right!” After months of time, tension, hard work and mounting marketing expenses, unbeknownst to me, my sign came down and the foreclosure notice went up. Pssssss … My ego deflated – as did my business account. So I did what any desperate real estate agent would do – I preyed on family. Mom sold her home and bought another. Guess who her agent was? Yes, I went to school on my parent, learning a lot from transactions which abruptly uprooted Mom, transplanting her from her beloved comfortable cottage to East Texas. And before anyone gets the wrong idea, I didn’t make any commission on either of those deals. The fruit of my labor went toward Mom’s closing costs. Nice, huh? Boy, my real estate career was off

to a whopping start. Foreclosure, Mom, then a line of lease clients. However, money was not my motivation. I like helping people. Most agents would kill for a million-dollar transaction. Yet seeing the smile on the face of someone when they lease their perfect place is more valuable than money. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not all noble. I’ve downed a few glasses of wine after work trying to douse sparks and the ensuing fuming over clients that I long to throttle – those that think they know better and deserve something for nothing, including part of their agent’s hard-earned commission. But still, there’s nothing better than involvement in a home welcoming, whether long- or short-term. My first non-family, full-commission-collected client was a friend. After several offers she finally purchased a place last fall. Among my Christmas gifts this past year was her sharing how much she and her family love her home. It’s not a trite statement when agents say it’s a pleasure and privilege making dreams come true, helping others find a home, assist in a sale, ease a person’s property burdens. That’s what makes a real estate person a true professional. I never knew how hard agents work until I worked as one. It’s difficult, time-consuming, tedious, tough and has huge responsibility. However, the profession is also exciting, gratifying and rewarding. Likewise, clients hopefully find dealings with their real estate professional a positive experience. For information visit the Texas Real Estate Commission website at www.trec.texas.gov. Patti Pfeiffer is a columnist for Star Community Newspapers, freelance writer and author and Realtor. She can be reached at pattip913@msn.com.


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Reinventing a room with new decorations can be a fulfilling experience. It can also be stressful – and costly – if you don’t know what you’re doing. My Castle Frisco spoke with Peggy Spitaletto, the owner of Decorating Den Interiors in Plano, for some tips. Spitaletto has been an interior decorator for 30 years.

making it

It’s a tough economy. How are people managing to save money and decorate at the same time? They’re deciding to stay and are re-investing in their own homes. They’re updating and putting what they want in the homes they’re in right now, instead of upgrading to a more expensive home. Just from the beginning of the year, we’ve gotten a bunch of calls from people who are remodeling their kitchens, remodeling their bathrooms, updating window treatments and just sprucing up quite a bit. What are the biggest mistakes people make when redecorating their homes? Not calling a decorator. Some people are afraid to call a decorator because of several reasons: They think they’re going to cost too much or they’re going to impose their own tastes on them, and that’s really not the reality. Most decorators are trained to pick up on their client’s lifestyle. Most homeowners, when they’re doing it themselves, make a lot of costly mistakes. Because we have a vision – we can see the room before it’s completed – we can advise them on the right things to select. With most people, the mistake that they make is in proportion and scale and selecting things. Either the furniture is too small or too big, or not appropriate for the room. So when you make that selection and you spend that money, it’s something you have to live with. What decorations would you recommend to spruce up the inside of a home? The biggest bang for the buck is a coat of paint. For $20 or $40 … if they can handle a paintbrush, they can make a dull room really come alive. And then maybe bring that color around the room to a couple of different places, from pillows to a rug to accessories to match that color around the room. If they’ve got a little bigger budget, then I’d say maybe new window treatments or a new piece of furniture. It depends on the room that they’re working in and what their

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better Here’s her advice on how to spruce up a home, inside and out.

budget is. A couple of new lamps can really be eye-catching. There are some beautiful, wonderful styles out now. What decorations would you recommend to spruce up the outside of a home? Outside decorating is huge. It’s one of the biggest areas that’s growing in our industry right now. Especially in this area where we have a lot of outdoor space to work in, from outdoor furnishings to outdoor kitchens to outdoor fire pits and heat lamps. All of that is extremely popular right now. We have tons of books right now with indoor/outdoor fabrics, where before if we had one, we’d have to really search for it. But I probably have 20 books with indoor/outdoor fabrics to do pillows, cushions and all of that. We’re doing lots of area rugs that would go out on the patio that can come inside, also. They’re great for kitchens or families with children, because you can scrub them down or hose them off. They’re great for either outdoors or indoors. What outdoor decorations work well in the winter? Flowers. Pansies are the winter flower here in Texas. They can be very colorful and look beautiful outside, whether it’s your front yard or your backyard. That’s where we get a lot of our inspiration from is from flowers. So if you look at the colors of pansies now, we’re bringing those colors indoors. The purples, the yellows mixed with the gray tones make a great color combination. ■

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