Fences & Flowers

The CB Bain Blog

Why do homes sell? Is it because of location? Price? Architectural style? Surely these all come into play, but more than anything else, homes sell because buyers fall in love with them. And love, generally, has little to do with location, money or architecture. People buy homes with their hearts. It’s an emotional thing.

Even though it’s almost February, 2017, I’m still struggling to polish off my New Year’s resolutions for last year. I only had three: attention to health, organization and comfort. I did manage to hit the gym more often than not, and I bought a bunch of new shoes that make my feet deliriously happy. So, two out of three ain’t bad. But organization … well, I’m still working on that one. I successfully cleaned out my closets and reorganized my kitchen cabinets and pantry early in the year, but my home office is still not the tidy, efficient workspace I know it can be. And every weekend, it seems, something more fun exciting urgent keeps popping up instead.  

Scrambling for the perfect holiday fragrance to accompany your awesome décor this year? There’s still time to create your own custom blend! Avoid chemical filled plug-ins and toxic sprays, and be inspired by pine, cinnamon and orange. Your guests will love these ideas and the happy holiday memories will be that much sweeter.

Aug 11, 2016

Written by:

Charly Tate

Living in an apartment isn't always easy. It requires careful and strategic layout planning, streamlining and updating. Fitting everything you need into a smaller space is a challenge, and when you finally succeed in creating a functional (and beautiful) space, it feels like a major victory (and a little more like home). 

Jul 27, 2016

Written by:

Charly Tate

In the apartment community I live in, I have a neighbor who happily sits outside every few weekends, working on the flowers he planted in the small patch of land adjacent to his window. The landscapers take care of everything on the property, and the grounds are clean and beautiful. But pretty flowers are sparse, so I was happy to see this man take the opportunity to make at least a small part of the property look that much more vibrant.  

Jun 21, 2016

Written by:

Charly Tate

Who doesn't love a good summer party with family and friends, lounging on a deck in the sunshine, enjoying your favorite cold beverage? I've been to many gatherings , for both business and pleasure, and they've all been stellar experiences . So what's the secret to a memorable event?  

May 11, 2016

Written by:

Robyne Curry

If you paid Uncle Sam more than necessary last year and an income tax refund has your name on it, you’ve no doubt compiled a long list of items to spend or splurge your money on.

I don’t know about you, but after the gray winter we had, I'm craving some color and light. Does spring have you inspired to spruce up your interior? You’re not alone! Here are some easy, and inexpensive ways to bring new life into your home.

Mar 31, 2016

Written by:

Robyne Curry
Filed Under

Selling, Decorating

Selling a house today means your buyer is likely starting his or her home search online. Gone are the days when house hunters cruised their favorite neighborhoods and grabbed a flyer from houses that looked promising. Now a home’s first impression is created on the internet, not at the curb, and it’s got to be dazzling enough to lure looky-loos away from their devices and to your front door.

Home prices are up so it’s a good time to sell. But the market is tight because inventory is so low, so where will you buy once you sell? Faced with this very dilemma, plus other factors such as loving their neighborhood or not wanting to leave their children’s school district, many homeowners are opting to remodel their homes rather than sell. In fact, a team of Harvard researchers estimate that spending on home improvement projects will jump nearly 7% by the end of June.



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