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Hot Home Trend: Stylish Cowhide

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

From rustic to modern to even the most luxurious interiors, homeowners are sprucing up their spaces with cowhide. Cowhide rugs have seen one of the biggest jumps in Google searches on home design trends over the last decade, according to Digital Third Coast’s latest design trends study, based on search engine results.

There are many types of cowhide to choose from, such as solid colored, cuvy shaped ones to black and white cowhide to ones with brown accents. The brown accent cowhides can be more subtle when used up against hardwoods or brown leather furnishings. The black and white cowhides, meanwhile, are for the wishing to make a bigger statement.

Where should you add a cowhide? Here are a few ideas to show how the trend is being used in home design.

FURNISHINGS: A cowhide accent chair or ottoman can create a focal point in a space.

RUGS: A curvy cowhide rug under a coffee table in the living room can help anchor a space. Designers say the cowhide even helps “loosen up” an otherwise perfectly symmetrical balanced space.

ACCESSORIES: Cowhide accessories can also make an impact, such as cowhide patterned throw pillows or cowhide print blanket to dress up a brown or black sofa.

One thing to add with this trend: Don’t overdo it. You don’t need a lot of cowhide to make a statement.


Community Real Estate Market

The Woodlands 99 Taylor Point

The Woodlands. Beautifully updated with a modern flair home on nearly third acre lot in the sought after neighborhood of Taylor Point! Gorgeous curb appeal with inviting front porch suggest southern charm! Light naturally oiled white oak floor throughout the home, trendy carpet on stairs only! White walls allow you to show off your art work, & brighten the home to maximize natural light. Eurostyle custom kitchen island shows off the kitchen with recently painted cabinets, appliances, Quartz counters & glass backsplash! Custom sleek Eurostyle hanging cabinets in family room offer abundant storage. Master suite offers views of the pool & back gardens! Master bath is beautiful with new fixtures, hardware & frameless enclosure. 3 bedrooms up, each with ensuite baths! Game room & huge bonus room up! Roof replaced in 2016, 3 a/c units replaced in 2012/2013, mosquito misting system, tankless HWH, generator! Walk to Bush Elementary, Alden Bridge park with pool, courts, pond & more! 10 minutes to Town Center!

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Community Real Estate Market

The Woodlands 23 Freestone In Noble Bend

The Woodlands. Gorgeous custom home on a great cul-de-sac lot backing to a true greenbelt! Private yard with a gorgeous pool with new plaster & decking Separate fenced play yard! Perfect for entertaining with both formals…family room with wall of windows to pool area. Kitchen is open to family and breakfast area plus wet bnar to formals.. Master suite is private and spacious plus views to the pool and gardens. Upstairs game room with covered balcony, 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Carpets replaced in 2017. 3 car garage is squeaky clean with epoxy coating. New roof in 2018! Next to Buckalew Elementary and Lakeside Park with access to Bear Branch Reservoir for fishing! Hop on the hike and bike path for shopping and restaurants at Alden Bridge Shopping Center..

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Staging and Style

Hot Home Trend: Vertical Gardens

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Want to add some greenery or a garden to a backyard but tight on space? Try a vertical garden. By going up with your plants instead of spreading them out, you’ll be able to squeeze a garden in even the smallest of spots.

Vertical gardens are considered a hot landscaping trend. Use trellises, planting walls, and other structures to attach plants too. The vertical gardens can also double as a way to add privacy to a small deck or patio.

Create a vertical wall of planters, such as by using mason jars of ornamental grasses. Or, plant a variety of vegetables or flowers. Attach multiple containers to a frame or wall and then fill them up with plants.

But a vertical garden still requires a lot of upkeep. Be sure to prune plants appropriately. Also, you’ll want to make sure the upper levels of the plants don’t overshadow the lower areas and the garden stays vibrant and green.

Read tips on getting started with a vertical garden from the National Association of Landscape Professionals.

Photo Credit: Photos by Linda Oyama Bryan for Mariani Landscape, Lake Bluff, Ill., a member of the National Association of Landscape Professionals

Photo courtesy: Dennis Hammett, Ebby Halliday REALTORS(R)

Community Real Estate

The Woodlands 22 Snow Pond In Cascade Canyon

The Woodlands. Beautiful home in the desirable neighborhood of Cascade Canyon! This home has so much flexibility in the floor plan. Formals are great for entertaining…family room is tucked away for privacy. Spacious kitchen with granite, stainless appliances, plenty of cabinets, and a desk/planning area. Breakfast, kitchen and family all offer great views of the pool and private backyard! Master suite also with views of the pool and gardens…bath has a “spa” feel. Game room has a wall of windows overlooking pool. Wait until you see the size of the bedrooms…they are huge! Step outside and enjoy the pool for play or exercise plus the spa for relaxation! Large private yard Just minutes to three shopping centers…Town Center is a short drive. Zoned for Galatas Elementary, Mitchell Intermediate and The Woodlands High School Research Campus. John Cooper is just minutes away.

Cascade Canyon is a neighborhood of 103 custom homes in The Woodlands Village of Indian Springs. Built between 2001 and 2008, the homes range in size from 4,000 to 7,000 square feet on lots ranging from 14,000 to 62,000 square feet.

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