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Art & Home | Nature’s Embrace

The latest volume of Art & Home is here! This month, Iyna Bort Caruso reflects on private, peaceful and artfully designed gardens.

Extraordinary gardens share intimacies with the estates they embrace, delighting homeowners in ways that are both subtle and profound.

They are nothing if not personal. The palettes that captivate, the fragrances that enchant, the views that charm are singularly unique. Together these elements deliver a romanticized view of a small green universe to the point where the mere act of wandering through a garden can feel like a celebration of nature.

Explore the latest edition of Art & Home!

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Did You Know that May is the Best Time to List a Home?

In a recent Puget Sound Business Journal article, Emily Parkhurst declares that “This is the best time to list your house for sale in Seattle.” The dates she’s referring to? The first couple of weeks in May. As the feature describes, “houses listed between May 1 and May 15 sell 20 days faster than the yearly average.” What’s more? “They also sell for an average of $2,600 more.” These dates apply to most of the market in the United States, but are even weightier in a market as hot as Seattle’s.

May will thus mark an especially significant time to list in the already favorable market. As the Puget Sound Real Estate Trends & 2015 Year in Review, released by Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty, explains, the year 2015 witnessed white-hot real estate conditions throughout the Puget Sound not seen since before the Great Recession. Prices of real estate throughout the Puget Sound catapulted higher in 2015 and a similar trajectory is expected in 2016: expanding demand, anemic supply and developers playing catch up to increasing homeownership levels.

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Spring Remodeling: Trends in Kitchens and Baths

Looking to remodel this spring to reinvigorate the interior design of your house? While the better weather is certainly a great time to take on such a project, it's also important to note how or if you will recoup the remodeling costs by the time resale comes around.

Recent findings from US News & World Report found that a "midrange bathroom remodel costing $16,724 would only add $11,707 to the resale value of a home in today's market." That being said, there are some great trends in decorating and appliance choices that can help to keep costs low while maximizing your interior potential!

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