Inspiration for Your Home Interior Decoration

Are you moving into a new home or updating your existing one and looking for ideas on home furnishings? Inspiration for décor can come from a variety of sources like nature, looking at home magazines, various homes you visit, or a designer showcase home.

We often ignore what is right in front of us in our everyday life. The colors around you in nature like a flower or different trees can inspire wall colors or theme of a room. You also visit furniture stores and look at the vignettes on display. This can help you decide if you want your home to be modern, contemporary, transitional or traditional. When you visit friends homes look around there may be a design aspect you like, an arrangement of furniture or a grouping of artwork.

Recently over 60 designers gathered in New York’s Metropolitan Pavilion for the annual Design on a Dime event sponsored by Housing Works. Everything was for sale and the proceeds benefit those affected by homelessness, HIV and AIDS. In Las Vegas there are show houses with rooms created by local interior designers. To find out where and when contact the World Market Center https://www.wmclv.com/

Inspiration is not always the latest objects – while new items may be appealing there are many vintage looks that you can mix with contemporary looks to give you a warm eclectic feeling in your home.

Keep your camera ready when you walk into a hotel or restaurant – if you see something you really like snap a picture of it. If you see it in a retail store it is most likely available to purchase it. And remember you don’t have to redo everything at once especially large pieces of furniture – buy a sofa, live with it and then add the pieces to compliment it.

Are you one of those people (like me) who find inspiration, but then you feel like you don’t know how to complete the concept? Consider hiring an interior designer just as a consultant – someone who just guides you, instead of designing the whole thing. It’s really pretty affordable. I actually work with 2 whose information I would be happy to share with you. Just call or email me.

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail space? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? We can help you with that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day…..Jeff

CapRock Partners from California Invest in Las Vegas

 

CapRock Partners, an industrial real estate firm from Newport Beach California has just acquired about 300,000 square feet of multi-tenant industrial space in the western and southwestern part of the Las Vegas Valley.

Taylor Arnett, vice president of acquisitions at CapRock, stated “An estimated 6 million square feet of industrial space is set to come on-line in 2018 and similar figures for 2019, with more than 90 percent of those projects estimated to be big box distribution space.”

CapRock owns and invests in multi-tenant industrial properties with smaller tenants and they see this type of property as hard to find in Las Vegas at the moment. A good reason for them to invest in the Las Vegas area, and they are looking at other sites to develop.

Brian Gordon, principal at Applied Analysis, agreed that most of the industrial ventures in Las Vegas are aimed at larger tenants. He believes that multi-tenant buildings can be a main component in the industrial market. With Las Vegas growing as fast as it is, having industrial space for smaller tenants can only be seen as a huge plus for companies that would like to move to our great city.

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail space? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? We can help you with that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day…..Jeff

Las Vegas Little Theatre is host to the Vegas Fringe Festival

The ninth annual Vegas Fringe Festival has begun with performances from June 8 – 17 at the Las Vegas Little Theatre at 3920 Schiff Drive near the corner of Spring Mountain and Valley View with performances in both the Mainstage and Black Box Theatres.  There are many new and established plays and performances being performed several times through the dates of the festival and the performances are no longer than 90 minutes. I, myself am performing in one of the shows entitled “Any Body for Tea?”, a whimsical story about a handsome homicide detective who learns his neighbors would “kill” to have tea with him!

So what is a Fringe?  The Fringe started in 1947 as an alternative festival that played concurrently with the Edinburgh International Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Though not invited to participate, groups of actors, musicians, and the like decided to perform at various venues on the fringe of the EIF. Robert Kemp, a local journalist,  in 1948 gave the festival the name Fringe: “Round the fringe of official Festival drama, there seems to be more private enterprise than before…” Kemp wrote.

In the United States no one organization or individual owns, controls or regulates the name “Fringe”. There are no national rules for how each individual festival operates; festival content, finances, and structure vary from city to city.  Generally, all festivals are committed to an open forum of expression that minimizes the financial risks for both artists and audiences. Fringes work hard to keep production fees and ticket prices low so that more people can participate in the festivals.

The performances are not censored – you will find anything from bawdy to family-friendly.  Fringes are a vast variety of genres and feature a wide array of original material—sometimes by design, but usually because that’s what Fringes do naturally well.  The festivals take place in many different cities and countries and can last a few weeks.  In Las Vegas the Fringe lasts for 10 days.

Now you know what a Fringe is – so what is stopping you from getting tickets – there is still time. The website is http://www.lvlt.org/fringe2018

Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail space? We can help you with that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day…..Jeff

Lake Las Vegas is the Perfect Weekend Getaway

If you’re lucky enough to live in the Las Vegas Valley and want to have a couple of days with a change of scenery without several hours of driving, Lake Las Vegas is the perfect stay-cation destination. The 320 acre man-made lake, Lake Las Vegas is the centerpiece of this high-end residential resort community.

The area looks and feels like you have been transported to a small village in Italy with a lake at its center. When you drive into the area you will see two hotels- Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa that is adjacent to MonteLago, a Tuscan inspired Village at the Lake, including a marina with water sport activities, weekend concerts, boutique shopping, eclectic restaurants, championship golf courses and The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa a newly renovated hotel also near MonteLago village.

What a great place to escape to for Father’s Day weekend (or just about anything else). Reflection Bay Golf Club by Jack Nicklaus offers a 32,000-square-foot clubhouse featuring a full golf shop, as well as casual and fine dining. The facilities at Reflection Bay provide the perfect setting for VIP golf groups, corporate outings, celebrations and weddings. Also Reflection Bay offers some truly unique lifestyle experiences including a private white sand beach, paddle boarding, and access to the La Contessa and Lady of the Lake yachts. You also can experience one of the most unique concert events in the world with a floating stage turning Reflection Bay into a beachside venue like no other.

The picturesque MonteLago Village offers summer concerts, live entertainment and holiday festivities plus some wonderful lakeside restaurants offering many types of cuisines where you have the option to dine inside or out. There are also many boutiques to shop in and a unique upscale grocery shop – Seasons Grocery.

The lake itself has many activities to partake in like Stand Up Paddleboard, Kayaks and Pedal Boats, Fly board and Jetpack Experiences or Electric Boat Rentals. There really is something for everyone to have a fun lake experience. Go to http://www.lakelasvegas.com for more information and reservations.

Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail space? We can help you with that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have a an amazing day…..Jeff

A Laundry Room Can Be Office Space As Well

 

Many homes come with a large laundry room with a lot of wasted space – in today’s world we all multitask so why not have rooms that have multipurpose. Adding a desk, whether built-in or free-standing, can be a great way to maximize that space.

Besides washing clothes you can use the space as a bill-paying area, computer room and a cleanup station when entertaining in the nearby kitchen. If you don’t want the area to look boring add some color to the white walls in this space. You can paint one wall a lively color or use wallpaper in a graphic print to give the room character.

Also adding a few small souvenirs from your trips or adventures will add character to the area. To make the room have a “warmer” room add a desk lamp and an area rug that works with the color you have added to the walls.

Depending on the space you may be able to add a chair and desk for your work at the end of the room and you can add cabinets if you don’t have them already along the wall to keep the room neat and have storage space for detergent, iron and other cleaning supplies as well as space to keep files and papers.

You can always add cubby holes, if there is room, for each member of the family to leave their school books, sports equipment etc – making the area a drop zone as well. The laundry room is often near the kitchen so you could do your work and keep an eye on any food you are preparing.

If you laundry room is really small and you still want a part of that space for an office, you could always get a stackable washer and dryer that will open up more space.

Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail space? We can help you with that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day…..Jeff

It ain’t sexy, but let’s talk about water heaters for a minute (seriously).

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My first question for you is do you know where to turn off the water so it does not keep on leaking? Many people don’t. This is kind of important for 2 reasons; one thing that insurance companies consider when reviewing claims is did you make a reasonable effort to prevent additional damage after the initial discovery and, in many cases, the water will be going into your house through the walls and ruining things you love that can’t be replaced!

About 2 years ago my water heater died. If you have not had this happen yet, the bottom rusts out and the water leaks out and into the drywall surrounding the unit. We were home fortunately and saw it happening and got the water turned off before it had a chance to do much damage.

I don’t know if there are exceptions to this but above the water heater should be 2 metal water lines – one is for cold water coming in and one for hot going out. If you are lucky, they are marked with colors somewhere (blue/cold and red/hot). That cold water line should have a valve and if you turn that off, it should stop any more water from entering the water heater. Then you want to hook up a hose to the front of the water heater and empty it out to the street (remember that water is hot). Now, do you remember where I said it “should stop any more water from entering the water heater”? Well, if that valve is “worn”, it may not. In many houses, there is a whole house water shut off valve (sometimes in the garage – take a few minutes today to find yours). The downside of this is that it turns off all the water inside the house – the good news is, it will keep that water heater from continuing to fill and continuing to leak through the walls and all over your stuff! And if you can’t find that, you can go find the metal water meter cover in front of your house and remove that lid and turn it off at the street (if you live in a multi-unit building like a condo or apartment, ask where the shut off is for your unit).

 

Now, I have seen many water heaters with these cool pans underneath and assumed (be careful when you do that) that when they installed the new one 2 years ago, they would put one of these under it. They did not – they didn’t even offer. This made me sad, and there was really no reasonable way to put the pan under afterwards, so I just continued with my life and figured it was likely to be about 8 years before the new water heater failed (that is the average in Las Vegas I’m told).  Fast forward 2 years, it happened again, and this time, we did not discover it so soon, so water traveled through the walls and underneath our beautiful laminate floors…. ruining them.  This time, I went to a hardware store and bought the pan for them to install underneath, and it has the ability for me to attach pieces of PVC pipe and guide water where I want it to go next time it leaks, (instead of just letting it seep under my laminate).

This is not a story designed to have you feel sorry for me… it is supposed to inspire you to protect your belongings before what happened to me happens to you. Hopefully you’ll take the time to learn where your water shut-offs are, and if you have a water heater installed for any reason, make sure you get one of those pans (that goes for washing machines as well – I’ve heard some pretty bad stories about those too).

Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail space?  We can help you with that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day…..Jeff

 

 

Backyard Fire Pits – Perfect for Las Vegas

About month ago I bought a fire pit for my backyard and my family and I love it!  It’s a great place for the family gather or to entertain friends.  There are so many options from a fairly inexpensive DIY to a full on work of art.

If you have limited amount of space in your backyard you might want to look into a fire pit/table combo, like we did. This two-for-one arrangement allows you to use your table for eating and you can cover up the fire pit when it’s not in use. Then when you are ready for a cozy fire to sit around you automatically have a designated area. We also were not in love with the not so decorative rocks that came standard in the kit, so we are going to buy some of that cool glass that you find in some fire pits.

Another option that is budget friendly that will create a fun and intimate area in your backyard is the portable fire pit.  Just find the right spot and space the chairs around your fire pit in a circle to create a nice conversation space.

If you’re thinking of starting a large-scale backyard renovation, and you’re lucky enough to have a pool, consider adding a fire pit to the pool area and while you are renovating you can easily add elements such as gas to your fire pit. This solution works really well in Las Vegas where hanging out by the pool is an almost a year-round option.

The in-ground fire pit is also a great option although it will require a bit of renovation. Figure out where you want it placed, digging it out and replacing the stones or patio tiles once the fire pit is in and cover the spot when not in use. You night need a permit from the city for this option so make sure you check into that.

A concrete fire pit along with a bench is ideal for a more modern home. This kind of space can be customized to work in small or large backyard and can be hooked into already existing gas lines.

Do you already have a spot in your yard with built-in seating or benches?  Consider adding a fire pit as the perfect outdoor centerpiece.

Whatever type of fire pit you choose I’m sure you will enjoy it and wonder “Why didn’t I do this years ago.”

One word of caution – – – it’s fire, so please be smart about it. Make sure you choose a smart location in relation to buildings and overhangs, and don’t leave it unattended. If you are going to use wood instead of gas, make sure you can touch the coals with your bare hands before you go to bed. I’d hate to read about your firepit as a news story instead of a blog post!

Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail space?  We can help you with that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day…..Jeff