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February
23

Even if your home has seen a generation or two of living, creating a contemporary new look may not require a full-scale renovation. The key to creating a more modern feel is all in the details.

Many of these elements can be tackled one by one so you can transform your home into the modern marvel you desire on a timeframe and budget that fits your lifestyle. If a contemporary home is your ultimate goal, start with these key features to create a more modern look.

Lighting

modern lighting fixture

Dingy lighting and dim rooms are the antithesis of modern design. A contemporary space is airy and bright, and the lighting fixtures often help set that tone. Replace outdated fixtures with modern alternatives that boast sleek lines and finishes. Add more fixtures, including table-side task lighting and floor lamps, to brighten a room with limited natural light. Have some fun with the lighting by incorporating colored or textured globes that allow the fixtures to become focal points of contemporary design rather than functional afterthoughts.

Windows

modern windows

When it comes to curb appeal, windows play an essential role in the overall aesthetic. Old, outdated windows are a tell-tale sign of an aging home, so when you're planning for a modern exterior upgrade, be sure to include the windows as part of your plan. An option like Milgard Trinsic Series vinyl windows offers an expansive viewable glass area and a narrow frame to help you embrace modern home design. Not only do they provide even sightlines for clean, unobstructed views, they're manufactured for maximum durability and energy efficiency and require little to no maintenance.

Walls

freshly painted walls

No matter the color, a freshly painted space simply feels new. For a true contemporary style, honor simplicity in design and keep colors on the lighter side. However, don't be afraid to introduce a pop of color in the form of a bold accent wall or even wallpaper that makes a statement. A good rule of thumb: maintain a simple palette of no more than three shades to incorporate a truly minimalist, modern atmosphere.

Doors

modern doors

The entry and exit points to your home are more than functional features; think of them as a canvas for making a bold design statement. For the patio, consider a sleek and contemporary door with a frame profile so narrow you'll hardly know it's there. For example, Milgard offers a contemporary Trinsic Series sliding patio door with the maximum available viewable glass area and an optional narrow handle that blends seamlessly into the frame to lend a modern flair. The doors are also ideal for low-maintenance living; the durable vinyl frames don't absorb moisture or require painting.

Hardware

modern cabinet hardware

Even the smallest details matter when it comes to contemporary design. You may not need to replace or update your cabinetry, but you'll most likely want to select hardware that fits a more modern motif. Avoid weathered and overly polished finishes in brass or nickel, and opt instead for selections like matte black, gold and copper, which are all well-suited for contemporary kitchens. Don't be afraid to mix and match for a bit of an eclectic look, such as different pulls for the upper and lower cabinets or a unique style for drawers.

Source: Milgard

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2019. All rights reserved.

February
18

Century 21 American Homes would like to congratulate Barbara Mullaney - Long Beach. Barabara Mullaney, featured in Top Agent Magazine Barbara was also featured recently in Top Agent Magazine. Barbara launched her real estate career in 2002. When she first started, she worked in real estate during the day, while waitressing and bartending in the evenings. She had such an affinity for the business that she was soon able to focus solely on being a full time agent. As an individual agent, Barbara has achieved the honor of receiving the prestigious Century 21's Double Centurion Award, is ranked #2 out of all the Century 21 agents in the Metro NY area, and ranks #33 out of 55,000 C21 agents in the entire United States. The Barbara Mullaney Team sold over $37 million in Real Estate this past year. It is also important for Barbara to give back to the community where she lives and works. Most recently, Barbara and her team hosted a fundraiser as guest bartenders to raise money for Long Beach Reach, a nonprofit organization that helps people with addiction and mental illness. "It's a fun way for people to get together for a good cause and to raise awareness," she explains. Also this past year, Barbara played basketball with other community members against the Harlem Wizards to raise money for the local East School Elementary PTA. "It was a lot of fun, especially because of the excitement and entertainment it provided for the kids!" she says. She also contributes to the Christmas Angel, an event that supports Long Beach families in need. Other charities close to her heart are Easter Seals, Make A Wish Foundation and Stand Up to Cancer. She and her team are passionate about supporting Long Beach residents and anyone in need. mullaneyteam Source: TopAgentMagazine.com Barbara has appeared in two episodes of HGTV's Island Life where she showcased the city of Long Beach on national television and helped buyers to find their dream home. To learn more about Barbara Mullaney, visit www.c21amhomes.com/barbaramullaney, e-mail realtor.barbara@gmail.com, or call 516.582.6096
February
3

Whether you have been planning for months or you're inviting guests the day of, hosting a huge crowd on game day requires a bit more than RSVPs and a welcoming setting. Whether a "huge crowd" to you means five guests or 50, starting out with a plan can help make the day more enjoyable for everyone. To help make your game day soiree a success, knowing which snacks are top picks for the event might make shopping a little easier. The experts at Frito-Lay North America conducted the inaugural U.S. Snack Index - a poll that surveyed Americans for insights on which snacks rose to the top for consumers this year - to share what guests want on game day. Get Organized From Guests to Groceries. From sending invites to selecting the snacks you'll serve, start by organizing your thoughts and writing down the details. For starters, create a guest list so you'll know exactly how much food and drink you'll need to buy and map out your grocery list for a stress-free trip to the store. Game Day Setup. A picture is worth a thousand words, and you can rest assured many game day viewers will plan to share images of their spreads on social media. To make sure your game day setup is ready for primetime, start by decluttering your space, arranging furniture for ample seating and laying out the picture-perfect snack table so guests can reach for snacks, plates, napkins and utensils with easy access. Snacks for All. While it may be first instinct to feel like you need to cook crafty dishes and artsy snacks, that may not necessarily be important to game day guests. In fact, according to the index, nearly all game day party-goers will enjoy snacks during the competition, and 80 percent of viewers said they'll eat either potato or tortilla chips. Chips aren't the only thing to consider. Score big with your guests by picking the perfect pairings, like salsa for tortilla chips, which ranks as the most popular dip overall, or French onion dip, which is the most popular choice for dipping potato chips. Encourage Fun for Everyone. Of course, the game is the reason for the party and the center of attention, but the fact is it's possible not every person in attendance is a sports fan. By bringing out board games or cards and setting up tables in adjacent rooms, you can encourage a fun environment for everyone at the party. Plus, by creating a secondary station away from the TV, you'll allow for non-sports conversation without upsetting the diehards. Keep it Simple. Generally, game-day watch parties are of the more laid-back variety. This no-fuss attitude carries over into party snack prep, as more than half of viewers surveyed in the U.S. Snack Index prefer to prepare simple recipes whether they're hosting or attending. On top of laid-back snacks, more than one-third of consumers polled plan to simply put snacks in the closest bowl rather than planning out a social media-worthy snack table. Source: Frito-Lay Published with permission from RISMedia.

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