A “Pop” of Color

If you haven’t noticed, there’s a lingering trend going on. It’s lingered so long, I finally decided to jump on the bandwagon. Was I peer-pressured? Not really. Was I feeling a little left out? Possibly. Was my front door looking sad and dreary? Yup! Front doors with pops of color have definitely been a thing… Read More

It's Finally Spring, is Your House Ready?

It happened, everyone. Spring is here! I don’t know who is enjoying it more, me, or my dog, Vinnie. With the temperature finally rising and the sun finally shining, everyone is outside taking it all in, including prospective homebuyers. Whether you are selling your house or not, it’s good to keep up with home maintenance… Read More

20 Tips Leading you to a Sold Sign

Selling your house can be a daunting task. So how can you speed up the process, you ask? By starting out on the right foot. They say photos are worth a thousand words, and that is the truth! Make sure your house is in picture-perfect shape before having listing pictures taken. Once photos are taken,… Read More

Clearing the Clutter

In our last blog post, you learned the art of Marie Kondo’s famous organizational methods. Thanks to us (and Marie!) you now have a pile of trash bags filled with “junk” that no longer brings you joy. While you might be convinced no one could ever find joy in your discarded belongings, think again. As… Read More

KonMari Mania

Unless you live under a rock (no judgment) you probably have heard of Marie Kondo and the wave of decluttering she has sparked with her book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” and new Netflix program, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”. The tiny Japanese organizational guru is all anyone can talk about this January, and… Read More

Go Velvet and Go Home

Are you feeling a bit blah about your living spaces? Do you feel like your home needs a style boost (or overhaul)? Sometimes all it takes is a simple change of color or a statement painting to make your home feel updated and on trend. If you are looking for inspiration, we have compiled some… Read More

Look What's Coming!

If you’ve read my blog posts before, you know they usually come with a long story and lots of text.  This time you’re in for a treat… less rambling and more photos! Because we manage neighboring properties, we were given the opportunity to get a sneak peek of the new Film Streams Dundee Theater and… Read More

Rustic Renovations

My husband and I moved into our house in 2012. It’s a beautiful, classic farmhouse built in 1917 that sits on six acres. The house is the perfect size for my husband Jason, our dogs Clancy and Platte, and me. BUT when we invite a few friends over, we hit max capacity real quick! Last… Read More

#BallingOnABudget

I really love to shop; like, the love runs deep… but over the years, my income hasn’t always shared this love. This post is dedicated to all of you who have a dream similar to mine, and who don’t have the luxury of making it rain cash on a daily basis. I am going to… Read More

MTRL DSGN: No Vowels, Just Genius

If you’re an 80’s child I hope you remember the movie Real Genius. Those unforgettable characters – Chris Knight, played by Val Kilmer (below), and some dude who played Mitch. And the unforgettable popcorn scene at the end of the movie. Well… I suppose some of you may not know the movie. Basically, it is a bunch of… Read More

The Magic Mattress

Hannah Porto shares her experiences as a Realtor and Property Manager, keeping in tune with her love of small town living, in her series Green Acres. Stuff. Do you like stuff? I certainly do. Particularly stuff for my house. I don’t care what anyone says, a great scented candle and rockin’ tea towels hanging from… Read More