Five Points Block Party!

July 28th, 2PM-4PM @ El Barrio in Athens, GA! Join your neighbors and friends for the first annual Five Points Block Party at el Barrio on Sunday, July 28th, from 2-4pm, brought to you by the Five Points Business Association. Five Points restaurants will provide small bites for sampling, Terrapin’s bringing the beer, and we’ll have live music! The cost is $40 per adult and kids 12 and under are free. Proceeds will benefit the school garden at Barrow Elementary, our neighborhood school in Five Points. Tickets are available on Eventbrite:

Family Day: Color, Form, & Light!

July 20th, 10AM-12PM @ Georgia Museum of Art in Athens, GA. Join us to explore the exhibition “Color, Form and Light.” Inspired by the dramatic compositions and bold colors of minimalist works of art, complete gallery activities and create art in the Michael and Mary Erlanger Studio Classroom.


Fireworks in Oconee

4th of July Fireworks

Oconee 4th of July Fireworks in Athens, Ga! The 2019 Oconee 4th of July Fireworks are Presented by Piedmont Athens Regional. Join us at Epps Bridge Centre on Thursday, July 4th and view the Fireworks display. Please note no other activities will be held and parking is NOT permitted in the Hobby Lobby shopping center. Parkway Boulevard will be closed prior to, during and after event for a few hours as a safety precaution.

Athens Farmers Market

Downtown @ Creature Comforts | Wednesdays from 4-7 PM

The Athens Farmers Market Downtown is a fun and rewarding way to, not only grocery shop, but pass through the mid-week slump in style. Every beer purchased at Creature Comforts during market will get you free tokens to spend at the market!


AthFest Music & Arts Festival

 Downtown Athens, GA | June 21-23

AthFest Music and Arts Festival is a three-day outdoor music festival featuring performances by some of the world renowned Athens music scene’s best bands and musicians.

The festival brings the best local and regional musicians and visual artists together in Downtown Athens. By incorporating multiple events and venues throughout downtown, AthFest is able to reach a broad range of audiences and attracts an eclectic mix of lifestyle interests.

The festival showcases the best talent in our area, and generates huge awareness for the nonprofit, AthFest Educates, and its mission to provide much needed funding to support music and arts education for youth.

Athens Heritage Tour

Athens Welcome Center | Monday-Friday Weekly | 1:00 PM

Dig deeper into what makes Athens THE Classic City of the South as we introduce you to this vibrant Mecca of the arts, culture, and classic Southern living. Begin your tour inside Athens’ oldest surviving residence – the home to two University Presidents – and learn how this great college town began in the up-country that was once Native American territory.

Offered with reservations at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Also offered on a first-come, first-serve basis at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, if the Museum Mile Tour is not requested. Other seasonal and private group tours may pre-empt this schedule. Minimum 4 participants.

Reservations 24 hours in advance – Call 706-208-8687.  Walk-ins accommodated when possible.

Creating a First Time Home Buyer Wish List

6 Considerations Before You Begin Your First Time Home Buying Search

(Information and photo via Keller Williams)

You’ve started your search, but do you know in detail what type of home are you looking for? There are so many choices that it is important to have an idea of what you want and need before you begin looking. Consider making a checklist of amenities that are essential and those you would like to have in your new home.

The list of 6 considerations below may help you clarify your thinking on what is important to you when you are ready to purchase your first home:

  1. What neighborhood(s) would you like to live in?
  2. What price range do you have in mind?
  3. What type of home interests you? (One-story, two-story, split-entry, townhouse, condo, duplex)
  4. Are schools a factor? Do you need to be close to public transportation? Learn more about schools and local housing values!
  5. How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need? How many do you want?
  6. What other interior and exterior features are important to you?

Please feel free to submit a request for contact, email or call me at any time to learn more about specific areas you are interested in learning more about. I am happy to help you in your research and can give you an up-to-date snapshot of the real estate market.

Spring Cleaning Tips!

Taking Care of Stainless Steel:cleaning stainless steel

To keep your stainless steel bright and clean, Adam Kamens of Amuneal Manufacturing Corp. suggests using a light mist of wax-based aerosol spray once or twice a week. Don’t put on too much– you don’t want to soak the surface and make it greasy. Wipe the mist clean with a lint-free cloth, and never use oils to keep away fingerprints– lint will stick to the oil. Also, don’t use cleaners with bleach after you’ve put on the waxy layer, or it will dry out and lose some of the luster. And finally, don’t use anything abrasive, not even mild products like Soft Scrub or Scotch-Brite pads. You don’t want to scratch or ruin the surface.


Organizing Closets:

Organizing your closet is the first step to organizing the rest of your home. Get rid of unused clothing and accessories, and organize the rest by how you get dressed in the morning and by color. Your closet will look appealing, and your everyday routine will be easier.






Removing Stains & Odors:removing stains

Ruth Travis, president of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, says that to remove stains and odors, blot up as much of the smelly mess as you can right away. While you’re blotting the upholstery, put a plastic liner or garbage bag between the fabric and the cushion so that you don’t push the contaminant into the cushion. Then flush with cold water as best you can– cold water doesn’t set stains as much as hot water. Blot and flush again. You can also use a portable spot cleaner or wet/dry vac. If there’s still a residual odor, use a half-vinegar, half -water solution and rinse again. If that doesn’t work, call in the professionals.

Cleaning Painted Walls:

clean-painted-walls-2To Clean your painted walls, Carl Minchew, director of Product Development at Benjamin Moore, suggests starting with a clean cloth or sponge and water.  If that doesn’t work, dip the rag or sponge into water mixed with a little dish-washing liquid– the milder the better. If the stain persists, apply a few drops of soap directly on the wet sponge or cloth that you’re using. For more stubborn cases, you could apply a little soap right onto the stain. If you need to resort to a stronger product like Fantastik, or Formula 409, realize that they contain strong solvents and can soften the paint surface. Make sure that whatever you do to get rid of the stain, you rinse the wall afterward with plain water.


Creating a Different Mood:

For easy makeovers, designer Thomas O’Brien says, “I’ve always collected textiles, and you can make a fast, easy change with bedding, towels, and table linens to create a different mood. Switch things out seasonally, or for a special event, or whenever you want to play with a certain color or pattern.”





Caring for Your Tiles:

mopping-ceramic-tileMarty Hoffman, of Hoffman Brothers Floors, suggests cleaning bathroom and kitchen tiles with a cleaner that has  “neutral pH” on the label. You can also mix a 1/2 cup of baking soda into 2 gallons of  water and mix very well for a homemade cleaner. Apply the liquid with a mop. For grout, use the same cleaner. However, for tough stains, you should call a professional.


Removing Stains from
Granite Counter Tops:

cleaninggraniteGetting rid of stains on granite can be tricky, but the key, according to kitchen designer Florence Perchuk, is to wipe up stains ASAP. You can poultice away rust, and remove soap scum and mildew with a solution of 1/2 cup ammonia in a gallon of water. For most coffee or juice stains, you can use a little hydrogen peroxide in water with a few drops of ammonia. For everyday wear-and-tear, buff away small scratches with superfine dry steel wool, called “grade 0000.” For all other stains, check out the Marble Institute of America‘s website, or call in a professional.  Also, have your counter top sealed as soon as it’s installed. You’ll know it’s properly sealed when liquids bead up and form droplets on the surface.


Re-Organize Bookshelves:

Sort books by size and subject. Remove and discard any ripped dust jackets (unless you think they may have value). Line books, some vertically, some horizontally, in a rhythmic pattern. This will relieve the monotony of rows.






area rug cleaning

Caring for Area Rugs:

Phillip Costikyan of Restoration by Costikyan says that you should clean your area rugs every 4-5 years– or every 10 years if it’s not in a high traffic area. Over-cleaning contributes to wear-and-tear. Really fine, silk rugs need to be cleaned only every 20-30 years. For treating stains at home, keep a bottle of club soda on hand. The key is to act quickly. Stains caused by pets, coffee, orange soda, red wine, and anything with dye or an acid base are the hardest to remove. Pour club soda directly on the stain, let the soda absorb into the rug, and the salt in the soda will neutralize the acid. Blot again and again until the residue is gone. For bloodstains, you should use milk instead of soda. For oil and grease based stains, mix 1 part Ivory soap detergent with 16 parts water. If you still see residue, call an expert.

clean-polish-silver-1.6-800x800Polishing Silver:

Metal restorer Paul Karner says to use a toothbrush and Hagerty Silver Foam on your silver because it’s not too abrasive and it’s water soluble. For really bad black tarnish, Simichrome Polish is great. He also says to never put silver in the dishwasher, and to store it in anti-tarnish cloth bags when you aren’t using it.

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How to Pick Paint Colors

Paint has remodeling power when you use it to emphasize a room’s best features or play down the flaws.

“Paint is a powerful tool that can enhance the architectural character and intent of space,” says Minneapolis architect Petra Schwartze of TEA2 Architects. “As you choose your paint, think about what the experience in the room should be.”

More Schwartze advice:

Always sample paint colors on a few walls. Don’t be shy about painting a few large swaths on walls and trim to consider the effect of natural and artificial lighting. Add samples to opposite sides of a room to judge the paint color from different angles.
Check the space with the samples in place and watch how the paint color changes at different times of the day.
Evaluate your reaction to the proposed colors: Does the space feel cozy or is the openness enhanced?
How to enlarge space with color

Painting walls white, cream, pastels, or cool colors (tinged with blue or green) creates the illusion of more space by reflecting light. Paint trim similar to walls (or use white on trim) to ensure a seamless appearance that visually expands space.

White or light colors lift a ceiling; darker shades can have a similar effect if you select a high-gloss paint sheen, which reflects light and enhances space.

Employ a monochromatic scheme to amplify the dimensions of a room. Select furnishings in one color and paint walls and trim to match. Lack of contrast makes a room seem more spacious.

Make walls appear taller by extending wall color onto the ceiling. Create a 6- to 12-inch-wide border of wall color on the entire ceiling perimeter, or wherever walls meet the ceiling.

Vertical and horizontal stripes of alternating color can make a room grand. While vertical stripes enhance room height by drawing the eye upward, horizontal stripes lure your gaze around the perimeter, making walls seem further away. Use similar light colors for low-contrast stripes, and your room will look even larger.

Creating intimacy

When a space feels cavernous, draw walls inward and make it cozy with warm colors (red-tinged) because darker hues absorb light. Similarly, a dark or warm color overhead (in a flat finish) helps make rooms with high or vaulted ceilings less voluminous.

Give peace a chance

The right paint choice can lend tranquility to a bathroom, master suite, or other quiet, personal space. A palette of soft, understated color or muted tones help you instill a calming atmosphere. Some good choices include pale lavenders, light grays or greens, and wispy blues.

Define your assets

Call out notable features in a room with paint. Dress crown mouldings and other trims in white to make them pop against walls with color. Make a fireplace or other feature a focal point by painting it a color that contrasts with walls.

“Using a higher sheen of paint on woodwork, such as baseboards and door or window casings,” says Schwartze, “creates a crisp edge and clear transition from the wall to the trim.”

Hide flaws

Not everything should stand out in a space. Using a low-contrast palette is a good way to hide unappealing elements or flaws. Conduit, radiators, and other components painted the same color as the wall will seem to disappear.

Selecting low-sheen or flat paint colors also helps hide flaws. Unless walls are smooth, avoid using high-gloss paint because it reflects light and calls attention to an uneven surface.

What’s the cost?

As a DIY job, painting a 12-by-12-ft. space costs about $150, including paint, primer, brushes, drop cloths, and other painting tools and supplies. A professionally painted room using high-quality, brand-name paint costs $200-$400.

Thank you Jan Soults Walker and HouseLogic for the article How to Pick Paint Colors.

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