Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Punch List for Party Decorating

Eclectic Living Room by BELLA INTERIORS - Jill Kalman

When planning a party at home, decorating can easily slide down the to-do list as more essential tasks (like menu planning, shopping and cleaning) take priority. But isn’t much of the fun of a party the feeling that things are a bit fancier than the everyday? A few well-placed, non-holiday-specific decorations can dress up parties from now through the New Year. Hit these seven decorating hot spots, and you’ll know your home is party ready.

Traditional Entry by GR Home/Graciela Rutkowski Interiors


Even if you won’t be using the dining table during a party, it’s still a good idea to dress it up. A cluster of large decorative gourds like the ones shown here would look stunning through the fall. In winter try a cluster of mini trees or potted rosemary.

Traditional Kitchen by McReynolds Designs



Tuesday, May 21, 2013

"We will SURVIVE! We will SURVIVE! We will SURVIVE! " Who wrote that song? AND read this!

The market doesn't lie: Housing recovery is real

May 21, 2013: 1:06 PM ET
Time to move in? Shares of companies with ties to the housing market are surging.
Time to move in? Shares of companies with ties to the housing market are surging.
The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Paul R. La Monica. Other than Time Warner, the parent of CNNMoney, Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie, La Monica does not own positions in any individual stocks.
If the housing market is really on the mend, that is undeniably a good sign for the broader economy and the stock market.
Guess what? It's increasingly looking like the housing rebound is, to pull a famous Seinfeld phrase, real and spectacular.
Home Depot (HD) reported profits Tuesday morning that were much better than forecasts. It also raised guidance.
In its earnings release, CEO Frank Blake said the company is continuing to "benefit from a recovering housing market" despite the fact that there was "less favorable weather" during the quarter.
Some retailers have blamed the snowy and cold winter for soft first-quarter results and a slowdown in consumer spending. So it's really encouraging to see that Home Depot bucked that trend, thanks to the comeback in housing.
Related: Home appraisals no longer derailing sales
Shares of Home Depot were up nearly 2% Tuesday, making them the top performer in the Dow on an otherwise ho-hum day for the broader market. Home Depot rival Lowe's (LOW), which reports its earnings Wednesday, rose slightly as well.
Both stocks have posted phenomenal returns so far this year. Other companies catering to the housing market, such as paint maker Sherwin-Williams (SHW), furnishings manufacturer Leggett & Platt (LEG) and kitchen supplies retailers Williams-Sonoma (WSM) and Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) have also been Wall Street studs this year.
All of these companies are part of the somewhat erroneously named SPDR S&P Homebuilders (XHB) exchange traded fund, which also owns shares of actual builders. The ETF is up almost 20% so far this year, following a nearly 60% pop in 2012.

It makes sense that housing related stocks are trouncing the market.
The Federal Reserve has kept interest rates at historically low levels for a long time. Add in the numerous rounds of bond and mortgage-backed security purchases and you understand why mortgage rates have remained unusually low for a lot longer than they probably should be at this stage of the economic recovery. That's boosted demand for housing. We're seeing it in increased home prices, higher sales and a pick-up in building activity.
Of course, investors now have to worry if there is a new bubble inflating in the housing market. In fact, homebuilder stocks have been falling for the past few days.
PulteHome (PHM), Lennar (LEN) and D.R. Horton (DHI) were all among the worst stocks in the S&P 500 Tuesday.
Related: Apartment construction slows but single-family home activity remains strong
But these stocks are all simply pulling back from 52-week highs. It's natural for investors to take some money off the table. And it's premature to suggest that the housing market is already approaching a top again.
The mistake that some are making about the housing recovery is to assume that it can't last for a long time. But given how far the residential real estate market fell in such a short period of time during the Great Recession, it's not a stretch to think that a recovery will unfold gradually over a period of years.
If you look back at the first-quarter results of just about any company with tangential ties to housing, the comments from executives are bullish.
Paint maker Valspar (VAL) noted that housing is in recovery mode several times during its conference call earlier this month.
Online real estate listing firm Move (MOVE) said "that it's increasingly clear that a national housing recovery is underway."
Executives at both Citigroup (C) and fiber glass maker Owens-Corning (OC) ... start humming the Pink Panther theme ... noted that they think the recovery in housing is "sustainable."
And in perhaps the strongest endorsement of the housing market, real estate developer Brookfield Residential Property (BRP) went as far as to say that "in the U.S., the housing recovery appears to be in full swing."
Related: Home price rise continues to pick up speed
It's understandable that many are still skeptical. But the sheer volume of comments about how the housing market has finally turned the corner can't be dismissed.
Now we just have to hope that the housing rebound leads to even more job growth. If that happens, the entire economic recovery, and by extension the stock market rally, could last a while longer.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

MMMmmmmm...Bruno Mars and Maroon 5 Don't you just LOVE their music?

Did you say Bruno Mars and Ellie Goulding Performing Live at Key Arena in July?
Me and Raven are Going!

Let me know what YOUR favorite songs are from these artists!!  Would love to hear from you!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Don't Miss Out!
One of the All Time BEST Times to Buy a Home
is NOW!
Why? ask   (didn't you? :)
Home Prices and Interest Rates have NEVER Been Better!!
Check out the New Listings on my
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Below are pictures of a
"Kitchen Of the Year" Winner!

Who wouldn't LOVE a prep-sink area with everything handy like this?
Or a Pot N Pan Glass Pantry!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Once In a Blue Moon--Tonite! Don't Miss it!!

Don't miss Friday night's rare blue moon beauty

By: Courtney Baird

On Friday night a rare blue moon will rise in the sky in an astronomical event that occurs only once every three years or so. If you're hoping to see the blue moon but the sky above you is cloudy, don't fret. The web-based Slooh Space Camera will broadcast the event live beginning at 6 p.m. EDT. (The website's even got a countdown clock to its blue moon coverage.)
Friday evening's blue moon will allow fans of the late Neil Armstrong to marvel at man's incredible feat. Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the lunar surface back in 1969. This photo was taken early Friday morning as the moon technically turned full. Photo: Travis Burke
If you're more inclined to watch the real thing, the best viewing is usually available outside of town, away from the glare of city lights. Viewing is enhanced even more if you can find a nearby lake or pond that will reflect the moon's light. Of course, avoiding cloud cover is a must, so knowing where find patches of clear sky is key. Chances are there's a micro climate near you to do so.

Folklore will tell you that strange things go bump in the night when there's a blue moon--but what folklore won't tell you is that blue moons aren't really blue. The term is a misnomer and actually refers to the second of two full moons that occur during the same calendar month.
Because the lunar cycle is 29.5 days, most months only see one full moon. But every once in a while a full moon rises twice in the same month. The next time we humans will see a blue moon is on July 31, 2015.

Friday, August 10, 2012

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Amazing 4 Bedroom Home with Swimming Pool JUST LISTED! $189,500

Amazing Home!  Amazing Price!  Amazing Neighborhood Right by the River!!

408 Road 37, Pasco, WA  99301
Open House this Sunday from 1-3:00  August 12th!

Totally Remodeled 4 Bedroom Rambler!  3 Baths!!  Fenced Yard!
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