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The ‘New’ Brass Is Back in Home Design

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By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine

It’s all about that brass. But don’t expect to see that 1980s super shine. Today’s trendy brass is more of an antique brass, which is being used in light fixtures, mirrors, frames, and even furniture trims.

Mandie Maguire, an interior designer and broker associate with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services in Park Ridge, Ill., says antique brass fixtures are especially trendy with white kitchen cabinets along with a light quartzite countertop.

The antique brass also pops against gray walls.

“Brass is definitely back, but it’s a new brass – muted, less harsh, and not polished,” says Barbara Nazzaro, owner of A Simply Staged Home in the Boston area.


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Home Design Trends to Watch: The Herringbone Pattern


Photo courtesy of Laura AnnDiaz of Laura Diaz’s Photography and Mandie Maguire, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Herringbone is emerging as the pattern of choice in 2016. Herringbone is the arrangement of rectangles that is so named for its resemblance to the bones of fish.

This pattern is popping up on everything from hardwood floors, kitchen backsplashes and shower walls. It may be subtle or bold.

Mandie Maguire with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services says she’s noticed the herringbone pattern subtly appear on more kitchen marble backsplashes above a kitchen range. Also, in flooring, the herringbone pattern is being used with tile floors to give it a more rustic — even hardwood floor resemblance.

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Public Open House Sunday…September 18…2:00 – 4:00 pm

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Public Open House Sunday…September 18…2:00 – 4:00 pm

59 Northgate Drive The Woodlands TX. Dreaming of a gorgeous updated custom home on .67 acre with backyard living space & pool! Look no further, this is it! Kitchen & master bath completely remodeled, expanded utility & mud area addition, private home office/media room, new windows, new carpet & more! Both formals flow into kitchen, family & outdoors is great for entertaining! Windows allow natural light into the home! Circular drive! Located in estate home neighborhood…convenient to shopping…park & ride…entertainment! Hailey Elementary School, Knox Junior High School, The Woodlands High School College Park Campus.

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Sneak Peek: The ‘It’ Paint Color for 2017


Sherwin-Williams Poised Taupe (SW 6039)

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Time to paint the house taupe. Sherwin-Williams revealed its 2017 Color of the Year: Poised Taupe (SW 6039).

The company expects the brownish-gray hue to become the year’s go-to color for home interiors.

Taupe marks a departure from the company’s mostly cool-toned neutrals it has tended to favor recently. A 2016 industry survey suggests a transition from grey to taupe. Nearly 40 percent of survey respondents said they would like to use warmer neutrals – such as warm grays, taupes, or beiges – in their home’s colors. What’s more, about two in five respondents said taupe was the neutral they would most choose.

For a perfect pairing, Sherwin-Williams designers recommend combining Poised Taupe with pastels, brights, and jewel tones (such as a faded indigo hue for a French countryside look or combine it with a teal or sunny yellow for a more bold impact).

“Poised Taupe celebrates everything people love about cool gray as a neutral, and also brings in the warmth of brown, taking a color to an entirely new level,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams. “Not cool or warm, nor gray or brown, Poised Taupe is a weathered, woodsy neutral bringing a sense of coziness and harmony that people are seeking.”

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Photo courtesy: Sherwin-Williams


Photo courtesy: Sherwin-Williams


Photo courtesy: Sherwin-Williams