Buying a new home can be a daunting process, especially if you’re a first time homebuyer. When you’re preparing to buy a home, the key is to stay organized, keep an open mind and have some talent on your team.
When you move into a new home, it can take awhile before it begins to feel like your own. Until you can paint the space, redo the floors or renovate your kitchen, accessorizing is an easy and inexpensive way to make your new house feel like home.
“It’s amazing how a pop of color and a few new accents can give a room a whole new feel,” said Caitie Smithe Jisa, a designer for Walter E. Smithe. “Start with a big sweep of your space and select which accessories you still love and want to keep around. Any accessories that you feel are tired, boring, or out of place should be purged.”
The annual Chicago Air & Water Show makes its triumphant return to North Avenue Beach on August 19th & 20th for another weekend of aerial magic and water-front stunts.
In preparation for the big event, be sure you have your viewing spot settled. The beach might seem like the most rational place to watch the show, but it can get overwhelmingly crowded on the weekend.
If you have school-aged children — or plan to in the future — school districts, especially in Chicago, can play a huge role in your home search.
There is nothing more heartbreaking than finding your dream home near the school of your choice, just to find out it’s one block outside the school boundaries.
We know the struggle.
Designing or remodeling your home doesn’t have to be stressful or break the bank. When you determine the true purpose of the project, set a comfortable budget range, and partner with a designer to create your desired aesthetic, the design process can be both enjoyable and gratifying. Read on for our tips to build – and stick to – an interior design budget that will allow you to create a beautiful yet functional space.
It’s official: you’ve found your dream home, your offer was accepted, and you’ve finally – finally – finished unpacking boxes. That makes throwing a party the natural next step in making new home ownership feel like a done deal.
If you want to throw a memorable housewarming party to show off your brand new digs – and of course, keep it completely stress-free – the key is to keep it simple. Your guests will know that you just moved and they won’t be expecting a five star soiree just yet.
If you’re saving up to buy a home or new to Chicago and want to get a sense of neighborhoods before you put down roots, your solution is to rent an apartment.
While it can be exciting to explore the city and suburbs’ seemingly endless options, finding a rental apartment can be a daunting task.
Once summer comes around, nothing beats having a lakefront paradise to escape to. Luckily for Chicagoans, we have the beautiful shores of Harbor Country just over an hour away.
From floor-to-ceiling windows to luxurious master suites, these homes have so much more to offer in addition to their stunning views of Lake Michigan.
They also happen to all be featured on the upcoming @properties Home for the Summer tour taking place August 5th. So if you see something you like be sure to come visit!