May 22, 2018

An Up-themed Playroom in Fort Collins + $50 Wall Stencil Giveaway

 

Ever since they discovered the movie UP, my kids have been obsessed. The sweet storyline of the older couple makes it one of my favorites too, so putting together this fun and whimsical playroom for the littles was a lot of fun.

Part of our son's love for this movie might be because he thinks we sell flying houses for a living. No matter how many times I've tried to explain that we're just regular Realtors, he sees the balloons when we do open houses, and that's all the proof his three year old mind needs!

 

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You can't call yourself an UP themed playroom if you don't have the flying house. Although our whole basement rec room is currently a playroom, I didn't want to paint the entire thing in bright blue with clouds, so I designated a nook for the playhouse and treated it like an accent wall. The nook is somewhat oddly shaped- it's the area under where our breakfast nook is upstairs, which I imagine will one day (far in the future) become a bar area or my basement wine cellar. 

The logistics on this were easier than they probably look since the playhouse arrived disassembled in a box, so we carried it down piece by piece and put it together in place. Getting it out of our basement someday will be the hard part, but we don't have to worry about that for years to come. There are a lot of good choices out there for playhouses, but I liked this wooden playhouse by KidKraft because of its compact size, while still being good quality wood and tall enough to accommodate the kids for several more years. I didn't want a plastic playhouse which might have looked cheap, and I did not want something enormous that would take over the whole room. It is spacious enough for both kids to play inside together, and they love the mailbox and working shutters which are perfect for playing peek-a-boo.

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Painting the sky mural was a lot of fun. I love to paint, but am not what one would call an artist, so I utilized wall stencils from Cutting Edge Stencils to make sure I got the look I was going for. I didn't want the clouds to be uniform, so I used all three different sizes of their Cloud Chalkboard Stencil (although I used regular interior paint, not chalkboard paint), and was sure to space them unevenly, occasionally use them upside down, and vary the number of paint coats so that some clouds appeared slightly lighter or darker. I also used their Flying Birds Stencil Kit on just one wall for the fun of it. It turned out even better than what I was envisioning and was so easy that I might just have to stencil every wall in our house now. Be sure to enter the $50 wall stencil giveaway at the bottom of this post!

To complete the scene, I went with paper lanterns over the playhouse, instead real balloons which would not be functional, and hung them from a command hook on the ceiling. They were easy to find at the party store, and made this a low-maintance decoration. 

 

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I knew I wanted a map to play into the "adventure is out there" saying from the movie, but never expected to find one that was so playful and beautiful at the same time. Discovering the work of Colorado artist, Charlotte Bassin of Wander + Wonder World Maps was an incredible find. Charlotte's original maps are perfect for children's spaces and the idea spurred from this beautiful commissioned piece that she created for her niece's bedroom. The original quilt map, which she crafted directly on wood with origami paper she purchased in Japan, gave our playroom an air of sophistication while tying together the colors and theme of the rest of the design elements flawlessly. 

I am captivated by this map and know that it will be a fixture in our home, long after an Up-themed playroom is necessary. While the quilt design lends itself to lively, lighthearted kid's rooms like these, Charlotte makes a variety of maps ranging from minimalist wood burn maps to maps made of metal or pin-board that are perfect for incorporating a worldly feel into more mature spaces. If you're not familiar with her work, I urge you to check out her blog and etsy shop!

 

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On the other side of the basement I set up a little art area next to the kids' large bouncy house. A magnetic chalk board is a fun way for the kids to play artist without a constant piling up of half colored papers, that aren't really worth saving but make me feel like a bad mom if I toss them. I did set up a line with hooks to display some of their favorite artworks that come home from preschool, however, or any special projects that we do together. 

The bouncy house was a very generous gift from Ben's parents and has been a lifesaver through the winter and on days when the weather isn't cooperating to wear the kids out! They love practicing flips from the bouncy house into the attached ball pit and scattering balls all over the floor. 

Here's a view of the whole room, as well as a few detail shots. I want to point out the really fun aviator hats just like the ones the kids wear in the beginning of the movie when they meet for the first time. Naturally my kids needed those for watching the movie in their new Up-themed playroom! 

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If you've been following any of my other room transformations you're probably looking at that golden oak trim and wondering what it's still doing there. Thanks for pointing that out! I don't love it, but I've decided I can live with it because it's in the basement and we have so many other, bigger projects going on right now. A few years down the road, our kids will be big and way too cool to play with toys, and at that time we're going to redo this space again. So white trim is on the same timeline as my wine cellar. Yep, you heard me right. Ben is never getting a man-cave down here!

  

   

$50 Wall Stencil Giveaway

Cutting Edge Stencils is giving away a stencil up to $50 in value to one of my readers! 

 

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To enter the giveaway:

There are three steps to enter...

Step 1) Like Gyrath Realty Group on Facebook

Step 2) Like Cutting Edge Stencils on Facebook

Step 3) After reviewing the Cutting Edge Stencil's Product Catalog, comment on this post stating which stencil you would love to win AND tagging a friend who loves interior design!

 

The winner will be selected by random draw at 5 pm on May 30. We will get in touch with them promptly for a delivery address for the stencil. If we get no response after one week we will move on to the next winner. Winner must be a resident of Colorado.

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May 18, 2018

Things to do in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Windsor and greater Northern Colorado

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 There's always something fun to do in Northern Colorado! Bookmark this page and check back weekly for updates on events, shows, farmer's markets, festivals and things to do with kids in Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor, Greeley and greater Northern Colorado.  

 

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May 8, 2018

An Exterior Facelift in Fort Collins

 

As confusing as spring weather can be in Northern Colorado, I think it's finally safe to say that spring has sprung! This will be our first spring since we had the house painted, so I've been excited to accessorize the porch and show off our newfound curb appeal! 

 

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While the original tan color of the siding wasn't horrible, the house was in need of new paint when we bought it so we jumped on the opportunity to give our home a little bit of an exterior makeover and make it our own. Deciding on the primary paint colors was easy, as I'd already been eyeing some of the beautiful grey homes with white trim when looking at real estate listings for our clients.

The most challenging part, believe it or not, was agreeing on the color for the front door. We originally decided on red, then second-guessed our decision because we were worried it would clash with the color of the brick. After having the door painted a mustard yellow, which I liked but was probably too modern and trendy for the style of our home, we ended up going back to our first impulse and repainting it red after all.

I'm a huge fan of Shade Brothers Painting for a few reasons, but the most relevant is that they did a fantastic job painting the exterior of our house. We've had several friends and clients hire them after seeing the work they did for us, and I'll continue to pass their contact information out and hire them on future projects. As a small family business ourselves, we always try to support other small businesses in the Northern Colorado community, and it's easy to do in this case!

Dark grey with white trim is on trend right now, but it also feels very classic. I especially love the clean, bright white and the contrasting garage doors. We've gotten so many compliments. It's only been a few months, but Sherwin Williams already discontinued one of the colors we used, so I tried to find the closest match to share here: 

 

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You might also notice that the color of the roof has changed. Okay, probably not because it's a very subtle change, but I'm gong to talk about it anyway! In true Northern Colorado fashion, our roof and some of our windows were damaged in a hail storm last year, so we finally had those replaced. It honestly had never even occurred to me that we could change the color of our roof, but once it did I was pretty excited move away from the dark brown to a deep charcoal that would match our new siding color. Pachner Exteriors, another great family owned and operated business, did the work for us and also helped with the claim on our home owner's insurance, making it a surprisingly easy and seamless process. 

 

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Lastly, I had some fun accessorizing the front of the house and the front porch. I always put a wreath and flower pots out, but other than that our porch has sat empty since we moved in. Our time outdoors is spent in the backyard, mostly because we have two kids and a dog that need a fully fenced area to play in so this wasn't a priority to me. It occurred to me, however, that our front porch is the first thing people see when they come as guests to our home and it was time for me to pick up the ball and make this an inviting space!

You can't see them all in great detail in some of the distance photos, so I have some closeups of my favorite accessories below.

 

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Updating light fixtures is always a pretty impactful change to make, so we opted for a nice oil rubbed bronze lantern style light by the front door, as well as the garage doors. This coordinated well with the new oil rubbed bronze hardware on the front door, as well as in the interior of our home. 

I absolutely love my stunning new handmade welcome sign and the custom outdoor pillows that took a standard bench and made it look like a cozy place to sit. While I wanted to make this a welcoming space, I also didn't want to spend hundreds of dollars on an outdoor sofa when I know it's not going to get much use. A bench, some pretty flowers, and a few gorgeous handmade accessories from two of my favorite etsy shops did the trick! As an added bonus, working with etsy shops is always such a fun process as you get to chat with the person who is actually making your product, and sometimes be a little creative by customizing the items. Plus you're supporting small business and local artisans, so there's no downside!

 

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Custom Welcome Sign

 

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Monogrammed Initial Outdoor Pillow and Welcome Lumbar Outdoor Pillow

 

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May 3, 2018

10 Mother's Day Gifts that Aren't Things

 

Whether you’re shopping for your own mother or the mother of your children, skip the flowers this year and instead give a gift of quality time that fills her bucket.

 

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1. Say Thank You

It sounds cliche, but only when you’re a mother yourself will you understand your own mother's love and sacrifices. Of course, you love and appreciate her every day of the year, but make sure Mother’s Day is a day when you stop, look her in the face, and tell her "Thank you!"

 

2. Pamper Her

Sure, this varies by the season of motherhood, but most of the mothers I know can hardly slow down long enough to drink enough water, let alone indulge in any real self-care. Give her a massage, a pedicure or a whole day at the spa if you can to allow her to really unwind and feel pampered.

 

3. Feed Her

Take her out to dinner, or if she really loves to cook, get tickets to a class at the Cooking Studio Fort Collins where you’ll experience a hands-on tutorial on how to prepare a new dish followed by a delicious dinner. If you’d rather avoid the mother’s day crowds you could pick up her favorite takeout as long as, and this is the key ingredient, she doesn’t clean up after the meal.

 

4. Give Her the Night Off

When was the last time she went out for a girl’s night? Husbands, if you have little ones in the house, there’s a good chance that she can’t remember either. Make the plans and be there to give the baths, read the books, and pajama the kids so she can have a night to regroup and unwind with her friends.

 

5. Support a Cause

Is there a special cause that is close to her heart? Consider reallocating the money you would have spent on flowers to a donation in her honor. Or, even better, make arrangements to spend the day volunteering together.

 

6. Learn a New Skill

Would she prefer a yoga class or a paint and sip class at Pinot’s Palette? Practicing a new skill that requires creativity can be a wonderfully enriching experience, and spending time doing this with a loved one can make great, lasting memories.

 

7. Reserve Your Seats

Whether it’s the ballet, a sporting event, concert or even just a movie that she’s been dying to see, Mother’s Day is the day that she gets to pick. Think of all the piano recitals and soccer games she’s attended for you, and this time, sit your butt in the seat next to her and have fun watching a performance of her choosing.

 

8. Lend a Hand

Is she drowning in projects? Ticking off a project on her to-do list not only lightens the load, but it also frees up time for her to do something more enjoyable instead. If this happens to come in the form of a cleaning service or a professional organizer, she won’t complain about that either!

 

9. Sign Her Up

What does she love that she doesn’t do often enough? Consider buying a membership to a favorite destination to take the kids, like the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.

 

10. Take Her on an Adventure

Whether she would prefer to hike Devil’s Backbone or take a picnic to one of Northern Colorado’s many natural areas, spend Mother's Day together appreciating Colorado’s beautiful scenery and soaking up sunshine.

 

 

 

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April 29, 2018

Just Listed! 3697 Angora Dr, Loveland, CO 80537

 

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This beautiful 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom, 4,598 square foot ranch style home in the Dakota Glen subdivision of Loveland is offered at $679,000. Built by award winning builder, Buer Custom Homes, this home will sweep you off your feet with its craftsman finishes and upgrades.

 

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The finished walkout basement and professionally landscaped backyard backs to open space and farmland with amazing views of both the mountains and Boedecker Reservoir. With wakeless boating, fishing and hiking trails just steps away, this location is an outdoor lover's dream. Click here to read more about Boedecker Reservoir.

 

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Wonderful craftsmanship with rustic, modern finishes including alder cabinets and trim, quartz countertops in kitchen and baths, stone fireplace, designer tile, transoms above interior doors, hand troweled walls and hardwood floors. 

With 2 master suites on main level and a finished 4 car garage, space won't be an issue in this ranch style home.

 

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Call 970-682-2453 to schedule your private showing.

 

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April 27, 2018

A Modest Makeover of a Dated Master Bathroom in Fort Collins

 

When we bought our house, the master bathroom was carpeted.

I feel like I should pause and let that sink in for a minute.

Are you picturing moist, steaming hot feet stepping out of the shower onto plush, permanent carpeting? If so, then you understand why having the carpet ripped out and the bathroom floor tiled was the very first improvement we made on the house when we moved in. Until the tile was finished, I was perfectly content to take my showers in the kids' bathroom down the hall that was graciously furnished with laminate flooring.

 

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To select the tile, we visited the beautiful showroom at Dales' Carpet One in Fort Collins, which despite its name offers every type of flooring, and hired their contractors to install it. There were so many options in the showroom, from wood-look tile to various shapes and textures and patterns of installation. Keeping in mind that the existing tile surrounding the tub and shower would remain, we selected a porcelain tile in a very neutral grey to compliment the existing elements in the room and maintain a somewhat minimalistic asthetic. I was very happy with the end result, and the designers in the shop as well as the installers who came to our home were a pleasure to work with!

 

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Once the new floors were in, my attention zeroed in on the golden oak vanity and trim. As a Realtor, I know that there are a lot of people who love golden oak and that this stain color has it's place in the world, but that place was not in my master bath. As much as I would have loved to have ripped out the vanity and replaced it with a sleek, furniture-style vanity with a Carrera marble countertop and vessel sinks (and still dream of doing this in the future), our goal with this somewhat modest makeover was to make this master bathroom functional. And clean.

I used a bonding primer after a light sanding, followed by a few coats of a high quality paint. While the job was a DIY and the finish isn't flawless, my newly white vanity and trim made the space feel clean and fresh. I also painted the walls a light grey to tie in with the hue of the tile. While I very much like the tan walls in the rest of the home, a cooler tone in the bathroom always just feels a little more clean.

I also updated accessories with oil rubbed bronze hardware and a large framed mirror that played off the same color palette. I selected the cup style drawer pulls for the vanity because I love that they add a farmhouse feel, and that their larger size broke up the white a little bit. I wish I had better "before" pictures that showed the number of towel bars in this bathroom. There were six, which just seemed like an excessive number to us. We took them all out and replaced them with decorative hooks in the same oil rubbed bronze as the lever-style door handles and drawer pulls.

 

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The final step was to add a few accessories to increase functionality. For us as a family with young kids, we quickly learned that we needed more storage space, and that storage space needed to be out of reach from certain little helpers. These are three accessories that made a huge improvement in our ability to find things and keep them tidy(ish).

1. Mirrored Cabidor- I have pictures of this at the bottom of this post, but wanted to rank it first as this cabinet has been a game changer. Our previous homes always had a medicine cabinet in the master bathroom, which, it turns out, we missed as soon as we didn't have one. This is a great replacement that hides out of the way behind the door, and because it stays magnetically closed against the door, it functions perfectly as a full-length mirror when not in use. It also is huge and can hold a lot of items.

2. Space Saving Over the Door Laundry Hamper-  Our littlest one is at the stage where any container she finds must be emptied all over the floor, so getting the dirty laundry out of her reach was important. If only it was this easy to get everything out of her reach!

3. Counter Shelf- This might seem small but adding this shelf took the counters from a tangled mess of cords to an organized, tidy space. I also love that the natural wood brings back some of the rustic look that we lost inadvertently when we decided on a white vanity.

 

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April 25, 2018

7 DIY Natural Cleaner Recipes from Fort Collins' Cleaning Company, Mulberry Maids

 

Cleaning deeply does not mean that you have to use harsh chemicals and soaps to get the job done.  Below are some recipes for simple, all-natural cleaning solutions using just vinegar, baking soda, essential oils, lemon, and water.

 

 

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1. Refrigerator Cleaner 

Mix a ½ cup of baking soda into a bucket of hot water.  Use a rag to clean inside the refrigerator with the solution. 

 

2. Glass Cleaner

Mix 1 cup of high proof alcohol, ¼ cup white vinegar, and enough water to make a ½ gallon solution.  Put in a spray bottle and use on windows and glass.

 

3. Toilet Cleaner

Put a ½ cup of baking soda and 10 drops of tea tree essential oil into your toilet.  Add a ¼ cup of vinegar to toilet, and scrub the toilet while the mixture reacts. The essential oil will help to deodorize the toilet.
 

4. Cutting Board Cleaner

Use lemon juice or a cut open lemon and spread over the cutting board.  Use coarse salt if harder scrubbing is required and reapply lemon or lemon juice afterwards.

 

5. Bleach Alternative

Mix 2 cups of water, 3 tablespoons of liquid soap, and up to 30 drops of tea tree oil together for a less harsh alternative to bleach.

 

 

6. Oven Cleaner  

Use vinegar and salt (or baking soda for very deep oven cleaning) for an easy oven cleaner. Mix equal parts water and vinegar into a spray bottle, heat your oven to 125 degrees, and spray the vinegar mix on any caked on food in the oven.  Pour salt over these areas. Let the oven cool, and then wipe away the solution and food from your oven.

 

 

7. Microwave Cleaner

Make a lemon juice and vinegar mix, and put it into a dish or cup and microwave for 2 minutes.  Use the resulting steam buildup to wipe down the inside of the microwave.

  

 

Thank you, Michelle from Mulberry Maids for collaborating with me on this post! Learn more about their cleaning services and schedule your cleaning at www.mulberrymaids.com

 

 

April 20, 2018

Just Listed! 3425 Adams Ct, Wellington, CO 80549

 

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Meet our new listing in Viewpointe subdivision of Wellington! Priced at $360,000, this stylishly updated 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom, 2,346 square foot home does not disappoint. Call 970-682-2453 to schedule your private showing or stop by and see us at our open house on Saturday April 21 from 12-2pm.

 

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You have to see this backyard! Sitting on nearly 1/3 acre, and surrounded by mature trees, this lovely Viewpointe home boasts an expansive patio looking out onto the spacious, landscaped backyard! 

 

 

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Granite countertops, maple cabinets, tile backsplash and wood-look tile flooring provide for a modern feel in the kitchen. Gorgeous brick and stone masonry surround the fireplace in the living room. 

 

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Click here to view more pictures and full listing details for 3425 Adams Ct, Wellington!

 

Call 970-682-2453 to schedule your private showing or stop by and see us at our open house on Saturday April 21 from 12-2pm.

  

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April 13, 2018

9 Spring Cleaning Tips From Fort Collins' Cleaning Company, Mulberry Maids

 

A deep spring cleaning is great for any home, large or small.  While most of the focus is more obvious, such as floors, sinks, and countertops, there are many other areas in your home that should not be neglected.  Read on for some commonly missed household items to help with your annual spring cleaning.

 

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1. Washing Machine

Because washing machines see a lot of frequent use, there can be harmful bacterial buildup.  A simple cleaning method starts with vinegar (or bleach if you prefer) and baking soda. First fill the washer with water using the highest and hottest setting you have. While the washer is filling, add about a liter of vinegar to the machine.  After a minute or two, add in a cup of baking soda, and pause the cycle, so the water, vinegar, and baking soda can sit for an hour. While the solution is sitting, you can clean other parts of the machine with a rag or brush, including the corners and exterior of the machine.  After about an hour, you can close the lid and finish the cycle. For a complete clean, repeat the procedure once more. 

 

2. Dishwasher

Dishwashers take a lot of abuse, running almost daily.  For effective cleaning, first check the drain area to make sure there is no caked on food or debris that is clogging the drain.  Next, fill a cup of vinegar and place it on the top rack, and run the dishwasher through on the hottest setting possible. The last step involves running the dishwasher again on the hottest setting, but this time with baking soda around the bottom of the dishwasher.  

3. Pillows

While not a typical part of a deep spring cleaning, clean pillows are vital for your health and wellbeing.  Check out this post for detailed pillow cleaning tips.  

 

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4. Mattress

Like pillows, a clean mattress is an integral part of your health and well-being.  Dust mites, allergens, dead skin, are just a few of the items that make their way into your mattress.  Refer to this article for detailed instructions on cleaning your mattress.   

5. Closet

A deep closet cleaning should be done frequently, and is an integral part of the spring cleaning process.  Clutter and dust need to be dealt with, and a clean organized closet will do wonders for your mental wellbeing.  For a serious closet cleaning, first take everything out. Perform a thorough cleaning of the interior, including vacuuming, dusting, and polishing of any surfaces.  The next part is the hard part. Go through every item that was in the closet, and decide what will be kept, what will be donated, and what will be thrown away. Reorganize your closet and enjoy the stress free nature of a clean and clear closet space!  For more information and tips on decluttering check this out this helpful post.

6. Windows

Shiny windows help to brighten up and allow your house to really shine.  Cleaning them should be part of any deep spring clean!

 

7. Drapes  

A great way to freshen up your home in spring time is to clean all your curtains and drapes.  Like so many household items, they accumulate dust and allergens, and can become dingy and dreary.  If you are unsure on the material, take your drapes to a dry cleaner. If you opt to clean them yourself, be as gentle as possible.  Use a mild detergent and gentle cycle if you machine wash them. Do not dry the curtains in a dryer, instead hang them out to air dry.  For routine maintenance, vacuum using a soft brush attachment on a low setting, or dust with a broom with synthetic fibers.

8. Trash Cans

Trash cans can be easily overlooked, but are filled with grime, allergens, and food scraps.  One of the easiest ways to clean a trash can is to take it outside and use dish soap and a hose to spray it down. Rinse and repeat as needed, and let it air out in the fresh air.   

9. Refrigerator

Like so many appliances in your home, your refrigerator gets used a lot!  Remove all the shelves and drawers inside the refrigerator, and wash in your sink. Take advantage of having everything out of the refrigerator to throw away old food, unused condiments, and all the clutter that accumulates. You can use a baking soda and hot water mix to wipe down the interior before restocking it.

 

 

Thank you Michelle from Mulberry Maids for collaborating with me on this post! Learn more about their cleaning services and schedule your cleaning at www.mulberrymaids.com

 

 

 

  

April 12, 2018

Active Listing: 4261 Woodlake Ln, Wellington

 

  

Woodlake Lane, Wellington, Park Meadows, Home for Sale, Real Estate, Northern Colorado | Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado, a blog by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor

 

Meet our lovely new listing in the Wellington subdivision, Park Meadows!

Just listed at $375,000, this 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 2,814 square foot home is a must-see! You'll find casual, main-level living at it's finest with upgraded, craftsman-style finishes at every turn. Call 970-682-2453 to schedule your private showing or stop by our open house on Sunday, April 15 from 1-3pm.

 

Woodlake Lane, Wellington, Park Meadows, Home for Sale, Real Estate, Northern Colorado | Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado, a blog by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor 

 

Contrasting espresso cabinetry against natural hickory hardwood floors and Giallo granite creates an elegant look in this well-maintained ranch style home. You will love the rustic, unexpected finishes of this beautiful, Park Meadows gem!

 

Woodlake Lane, Wellington, Park Meadows, Home for Sale, Real Estate, Northern Colorado | Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado, a blog by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor 

Slate backsplash and fireplace, craftsman style trim, vaulted cathedral ceiling in living room, tray ceiling in master bath, and granite in all bathrooms help to carry this upgraded feel throughout. You will love the cozy, earth tones in this laid-back, yet elegant ranch.

 

Don't forget to check out the partially finished basement with bedroom and bathroom that are perfect for hosting overnight guests.

 

 Woodlake Lane, Wellington, Park Meadows, Home for Sale, Real Estate, Northern Colorado | Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado, a blog by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor

 

 

Relax and sip your morning coffee under the shade of the pergola in the fully landscaped and fenced backyard. If the beautiful lot isn't oasis enough, this home is just steps from Park Meadows' neighborhood park!

 

Woodlake Lane, Wellington, Park Meadows, Home for Sale, Real Estate, Northern Colorado | Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado, a blog by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor

 

Click here to view more pictures and full listing details for 4261 Woodlake Ln, Wellington!

Call 970-682-2453 to schedule your private showing or stop by our open house on Sunday, April 15 from 1-3pm.