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Smart Design With Suzette: Small House - Big Design

on March 24, 2017 - 6:59am
Create the feeling of more space selecting a warm ‘French vanilla’ color scheme. Courtesy photo

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

There are big benefits to living in a small home. It means thoughtful consideration of what goes in it. For some however, it seems limiting – more of a curse than a blessing. Regardless, if your home or apartment feels small to you, maximizing space is essential.

My first home was a 900 square foot bungalow in Florida. I quickly learned how to make the best use of a small space.

Tour This Weekend's Top Open Houses!

on March 10, 2017 - 4:03pm
REAL ESTATE News:
 
Tour the top open houses scheduled for this weekend throughout the area!
 
The Los Alamos Daily Post features a weekly section highlighting the open houses throughout Los Alamos, White Rock, Jemez Springs and Santa Fe.
 
Photographs, details and a map depicting the location of each open house are included in this weekly section.
 
Click on the map to read details about the featured homes. Print out a copy of the map before heading out to tour the open houses or pull up the map on a smart phone or ipad from the road!
 
Click on the Real Estate Section "red button" near the top of

Smart Design With Suzette Fox: Easy Spring Decorating

on March 10, 2017 - 8:25am

Daylight Savings is a great opportunity to spruce up your house and bring nature inside your home. Courtesy/Suzette Fox

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

This weekend Daylight Savings Time begins. Yay! My favorite time of year! When spring’s breezes (or gusty winds – depending where you live) inspire you to embrace the new season, use these decorating ideas to freshen up your home.

Spring Cleaning

There are few rites of spring more satisfying than the annual cleaning. For many people, however, the pleasure comes only after the work is finished.

Rep. Candie Sweetser's Tiny House Bill Passes 66-0

on March 7, 2017 - 7:59am
Rep. Candie Sweetser

STATE News:

SANTA FE -- Rep. Candie Sweetser (D-Deming) recognized the emergence of the tiny house industry, with her bill to define and allow assessors to review tiny homes. Monday night, her HB 512 passed unanimously by a vote of 66-0.

Tiny homes arrived on the scene in recent years as a creative way for people to live sustainably and own a home without the burden of unmanageable mortgage payments.

“I think this is the beginning of giving tiny homes an avenue to move forward in New Mexico,” Rep. Sweetser said.

Smart Design With Suzette: Coffee Bar 101

on March 3, 2017 - 3:13pm

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

If you can’t function without your morning cup of joe, you aren’t alone. Americans consume more than 400 million cups of coffee per day, so it should come as no surprise that coffee stations are becoming a must-have design element in the modern home.

Before you start knocking down walls; however, there are a few things to consider about designing your own coffee bar. Here are some of the most important things to keep in mind as you’re looking for coffee station ideas.

Location
How much room do you have for your coffee station?

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Smart Design With Suzette: Style Your Bookshelves Like a Pro

on February 19, 2017 - 7:24am

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos
If you are like me, I absolutely love bookcases in a home. I dream of having a custom bookcase built around a fireplace or a library dedicated to relaxed reading. But what I do have are small bookcases that hold literary treasures, art and accessories that represent who I am.
 
Style-Defining Bookcases

Most people struggle with decorating and filling bookcases, and as time progresses, they end up asking me for advice. Your beautiful home deserves bookcases that showcase your personal style with organized arrangements of books, collectibles and pieces of art.

Smart Design With Suzette: Home Remodeling Projects That Pay Off

on February 12, 2017 - 7:27am
Roughly 10 percent of all projects nationwide had a return of more than 100 percent and every one of the projects had a payback of more than 100 percent in at least one market nationwide. Courtesy image 
 
By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos
 
Depending on the project, the average return on investment (ROI) nationwide for remodeling projects ranges from as high as 107.7 percent to as low as 53.9 percent. That’s the word from REMODELING Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report that compared costs for 29 of the most popular professional mid-range and upscale remodeling projects in U.S.

Smart Design With Suzette: Green Building - Designing Your Home To Help The Environment

on February 5, 2017 - 7:13am

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Whether we want to admit it or not, the Earth is currently facing some serious challenges. Fires and droughts are becoming more common, and the ice caps are melting.

If climate change is going to be managed, it’s going to require participation from everyone in society. Below are a few ways you can live green and use your home to help the environment.

Use a Smart Thermostat
If you want to make your home greener, you need to make your home’s heating and cooling system more efficient. One way to do that is to install a smart thermostat.

Smart Design With Suzette: Insights From Kitchen & Bath Show 2017

on January 20, 2017 - 7:14am
Thompson Traders copper sinks. Courtesy photo

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Design trends, professional growth, product launches, networking, industry speakers, innovation, inspiration, learning opportunities, kitchens and baths…that’s what I experienced last week in Orlando at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), National Association of Home Builder’s (NAHB) International Builders Show and Design and Construction week.

Held at the Orange County Convention Center, I went everywhere – from the West Hall to the South Hall (and back and forth more than I want to remember) to the Outdoor

Smart Design With Suzette: Organization

on January 15, 2017 - 7:27am
Organized closet. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Happy New Year! Many New Year’s resolutions involve getting organized. Disorganization puts tremendous pressure on both the mind and the body. Taking the time to organize your home can lift a great weight off of your shoulders and reduce stress.

But let’s face it, getting organized can be difficult and time consuming. One of the toughest part is getting starting and knowing the process. Here are some tips to help you.

Clear Out Some Clutter

The first step is to get rid of things you don’t need.

Los Alamos Single Family Home Prices Jump

on January 11, 2017 - 7:07am
 
LAAR News:
 
The Los Alamos Association of REALTORS® (LAAR) reports that the median price of Single Family Home salesjumped by 18 percent when compared to the 4th Quarter of 2015 or $270,000 to $320,000 in this quarter.
 
Single Family home sales moved from 57 in the 4th Quarter of 2015 to 63 this quarter. Single Family home sales volumes also rose sharply from $16.7M in 2015 to $20.8M for the 4th Quarter of 2016 reflecting the increase in home prices. Condo and Townhome sales also rose in the 4th Quarter of 2016 to 21 units sold compared to 16 units in 2015.
 
During this same

Operation Holiday Home Protection Roll Outs New Toll Free Number

on January 2, 2017 - 8:26pm

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE Anyone facing foreclosure or finding it hard to make their mortgage payments, Keep Your Home New Mexico, a program run by the Office of the Attorney General may be able to help.

Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that the program has a new toll free number: 1-800-220-0350. By calling this number or by visiting www.keepyourhomenewmexico.org, New Mexicans can get assistance that may help keep them in their homes.

“Foreclosure can feel like a hopeless, scary situation, but the worst thing you

Smart Design With Suzette: What’s Next?

on December 30, 2016 - 4:05pm
Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Residential construction leaders have begun predicting green building trends for 2017.

Most homebuyers aren’t looking for a LEED label on a new home, but they are looking for high performance and comfort.

That’s the consensus from builders and other industry professionals who have participated in the Excellence & Building Conference in Texas.

Here’s an overview of insights and trends shared by building professionals.

 

Energy/Water Efficiency
When homebuyers were surveyed, the tops “must haves” in a home were energy and water efficiency.

Smart Design With Suzette: The Year In Review

on December 24, 2016 - 10:55am
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By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Happy Holidays everyone!

As we slide into the remaining week of 2016, it’s time for pause and reflection.

For many this has been a really tough year. No doubt, some wonderful things have happened in your life. And, you’ve likely had your fair share of struggles and setbacks, too.

The idea is to create a road map for the year ahead—an overall outline of what matters and what you hope to achieve in the next year. I complete this process in bits and pieces over several days because it helps me to think about it slowly.

While a lot of people want

Smart Design With Suzette: Pantone Unveils 2017 Color Of The Year

on December 17, 2016 - 7:33am

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By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Pantone, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, announced PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery as the 2017 Color of the Year. Greenery, a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring, illustrates the lushness of the great outdoors.

“Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Smart Design With Suzette: Holidays - Stress Free

on December 9, 2016 - 8:25am
Relaxing at home during the holidays. Courtesy photo
 
 
By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year, complete with family gatherings, meaningful traditions, delicious food, and gifts. It is precisely these things that can lead to stress and overwhelm us.

Keeping the holidays simple can reduce stress and chaos. Consider the following ways to simplify your holidays this year. Taking time to reflect on what you do want this holiday season — and what you don’t — can help you keep your celebrations simple and heartfelt.

UnDecorate
Perhaps the thought of

Smart Design With Suzette: Holiday Decorating

on December 2, 2016 - 8:43am
Dining room decorated for Hanukkah. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

It’s that time of year…we excitedly stand out in the cold to watch the holiday light parade, marvel at the performance of the Nutcracker ballet and look forward to time spent with family and friends celebrating the holiday season.

Whatever holiday you celebrate, I hope you will enjoy reading this as I share some ideas that might inspire you this season.

We often see holiday decorating ideas that are perfect for the living room and even the tabletop, but what if you’re one of those particularly dedicated folks

Smart Design With Suzette: Designing Perfect Pantries

on November 26, 2016 - 8:57am
Walk-in pantry. Courtesy photo

 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Ask your friends what they dislike about their pantry and you’ll likely get “it’s too small” or “I can’t find anything!”  I hear these complaints often. Clearly, a pantry takes careful planning.

Whether you’re building a new kitchen or remodeling, you need to consider what makes a pantry work and which kind is best for your situation. There are three main types of pantries: cabinets, reach-ins and walk-ins. There is also a hybrid pantry/mudroom/laundry room that the homeowner walks through as they enter the house.

Keep a few

Smart Design With Suzette: Bathroom Face-Lift Or Renovation?

on November 19, 2016 - 6:59am
Curbless shower and sliding shower head. Courtesy photo

 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Do not underestimate the time you spend in your bathroom on a daily basis. Whether you are getting ready to start your day, unwinding in a warm bath, or getting the kids ready for bed, your bathroom is an important aspect of daily life.

An updated bathroom adds substantial value to your home in the event that you would ever choose to sell. Today’s demanding homebuyers are drawn to “move in ready” and spa-like retreats; and buyers are willing to spend more money to get the features they want in a home.

Smart Design With Suzette: Seven Sustainable Products From Greenbuild 2016

on November 12, 2016 - 9:06am
Dekton by Cosentino line Trillium. countertop. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Sustainability-minded designers and builders flocked to L.A. (the other L.A.) for the annual Greenbuild Conference & Expo last month.

Along with a slate of education opportunities, the event featured hundreds of manufacturers showcasing products that save energy, conserve water, maximize resources, provide daylighting (the illumination of buildings by natural light) and otherwise contribute to a home’s sustainability.

Though Greenbuild is still largely a commercial show, many new products on display

Smart Design With Suzette: Holiday Guests

on November 3, 2016 - 1:25pm
Guest bedroom with luggage rack is ready to welcome visitors. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Now that it’s November, the holidays are upon us, and with them, holiday guests. Here are a few tips for getting your home ready for guests with affordable ideas to refresh and organize your home.

Identify And Anticipate Needs
The only way identify what your guests might need is to stay in your guest room overnight. You might find you need an extra blanket, pillow, clock, radio, or reading materials.

Smart Design With Suzette: What’s Trending In Baths

on October 31, 2016 - 8:13am
Bathroom with a barrier free shower with a linear drain. Courtesy photo

 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos
 
In renovating my master bathroom, I’ve been looking into the latest trends and weighing the old with the new. One thing is for sure, linear drains are hot - here is why.

Previously, shower floors were fairly predictable – a round drain, centered, underfoot and highly visible. That’s changed over the past few years as sleek linear drains have quickly caught the attention of designers and homeowners thanks to their modern, streamlined appearance and installation flexibility.

Typically

Smart Design With Suzette: Designing A Green Lifestyle

on October 21, 2016 - 5:02pm
Solar panels. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Whether we want to admit it or not, the Earth is currently facing some serious challenges. Fires and droughts are becoming more common and ice caps are melting. If climate change is going to be managed, it’s going to require participation from everyone in society. Below are a few ways you can live green and design your home to help the environment.

Use a Smart Thermostat
In the summer, homes consume a lot of energy for air conditioning. During the winter, heating is the biggest energy expense.

Enchanting Halloween Decorating Ideas

on October 13, 2016 - 4:45pm
Tiny graveyard. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Halloween’s just around the corner. If you like to decorate for Halloween, it’s not too late to enhance your haunted house, add a touch of fright to party decor, or prepare for trick-or-treaters. Here are a few of my favorites…

Tiny Ghost Town
I saw this last year in a magazine and it turned out terrific. Matte black spray paint or dark gray craft paint will turn craft store birdhouses into an eerie mini landscape. To bump up the creep factor, add oversized spiders to your scene.

Billowing Ghosts
The two ghosts pictured are about 25

Los Alamos Home And Condo Sales Jump

on October 8, 2016 - 8:01am
Courtesy/LAAOR
 
LAAOR News:
 
A report released by the Los Alamos Association of REALTORS® (LAAOR) shows Single Family Home sales moved from 68 in the 3rd Quarter of 2016 to 94 this Quarter.
 
LAAOR President David Horpedahl
 
The median price of Single Family Home sales held nearly steady when compared to the 3rd Quarter of 2016 or $276,500 to $279,500 in this Quarter. Single Family Home sales volumes also rose sharply from $21.2M in 2015 to $29.5M for the 3rd Quarter of 2016 reflecting the surge in sales.
 
Condo and Townhome sales also increase in the 3rd Quarter of 2016 to 30

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