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Friday Five // August 22, 2014

The new school year has begun, which means football season is upon us! Celebrate the start of high school football tonight, Friday, August 22nd, at the annual Sertoma Football Classic. The games start at 5pm at Johnson Hagood Stadium.

Connoisseurs of all things beer-related will flock to Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park (a.k.a. The Joe) this Saturday from 6-9pm for the 2014 Ballpark Festival of Beers. Beer lovers will have the chance to sample of 100 American and international brands and specialty as well as enjoy live music and food trucks. Tickets may be purchased for $25 at any Kickin' Chicken location or for $30 at the Riverdogs box office.

Here's a fun way to beat the heat this weekend: join a massive, flash mob-style water balloon fight! The fun takes place at 11am on Saturday during the Farmer's Market on Marion Square. Anyone can participate in this free event. Just be sure to wear clothes you don't mind getting wet.

If your kids are fans of Disney Channel's Good Luck Charlie, they'll be thrilled to know that this weekend presents an opportunity to meet Bridgit Mendler (who plays Teddy on the show) Friday evening! The beloved Disney star will perform a free concert at Tanger Outlets at 6pm, followed by a meet and greet at 7pm.

In memory of the late Robin Williams, Cinebarre will show Good Will Hunting, the film which won Williams an Academy Award for his performance as Dr. Sean Maguire. The movie will be shown on the theater's giant outdoor screen at dusk. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, and sound bites from Robin Williams' comedy shows will be played prior to the screening.

From all of us here at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company, have a safe and happy weekend!

 

How-To Tuesday: Change the Look and Feel of a Room with Lighting

Does your home need a makeover? Does your decor look tired and uninspiring? Before you dive into a remodel or redecorating project, consider one thing. The culprit of your "blah" feeling probably boils down to one little, seemingly insignificant detail:

Lighting.

Lighting is more important than you think. Sometimes, all a room makeover needs to consist of is a small change in the way a room is lit. The right light bathes a room in an impeccable way, makes a space look comfortable and inviting, emphasizes the use and feel of the room, and makes you look and feel your best. Allow us to illuminate the subject. (See what we did there? Clever bunch, we are.)

First, let's go over the number one rule of lighting: No bright lights! Overly bright lighting makes a room look too sterile and washes everything out. This isn't to say that a room shouldn't be bright and cheery. The trick is to layer your sources of light (including natural window light) to achieve the perfect balance. There's no need to light an entire room. Think about the rooms in your house, their functions, and which areas need which kind of lighting.

Architect and designer David Rockwell says, "Choose your light source, and then determine how to diffuse it." According to Rockwell, simply switching out a lampshade can make a huge difference. Another way to diffuse light is to add a dimmer. In fact, it's a smart move to install a dimmer on every overhead light in your home, if feasible. Dimmers allow for flexibility as far as mood, time of day, and usage. Huge bonus: they also reduce energy consupmtion and make bulbs last longer. If multiple light sources are the only option in any given room, always install a dimmer switch.

The wrong type of bulb can also be the culprit of a poorly lit room. Repeat after us: never, ever, ever use fluorescent tubes. Even if you think they're an efficient way to light a large space. Just don't. They're too industrial, and not in the cool, funky, downtown loft way. They make colors look off and can cause fatigued eyes. As a different option to incandescent bulbs, consider compact fluorescent bulbs (CFEs). Screw-in LEDs are also a good choice, but they can be pricey. Dimmable white A-19 LED bulbs are another great way to add warmth to your light source.

Let's take a look at lighting each room. Think about the function of a room before you go out and buy whatever you think looks good. In a dining room, an overhead chandelier with a dimmer works best. Not only does it allow you to adjust the lighting based on mood, but it's more pleasing aesthetically. In the kitchen, consider the most-used sections. Focus direct light on work areas, utilizing under-cabinet task lights, pendant lights, and lights above the stove cooktop. The living room is one of those rooms where layers of light work best. Choose a pleasing combination of floor lamps, table lamps, and overheads like recessed lighting. Put some thought into how each light source fits in with the overall decor and feel of the living room. In the bedroom, overhead light is harsh and not relaxing at all. Once again, if you must have an overhead light, install a dimmer. But ultimately, all you really need are bedside lamps, reading lights by the bed or sitting area, and perhaps a brighter task light for dressing. The bathroom is another tricky area. Some people stand firmly in the "brighter is better" camp. Others prefer a soft glow for a relaxing feel. This is completely up to you and how you want your bathroom to feel. A kids' bathroom, for example, probably calls for bright white light. But the master might need something softer for ambience. Use candles as an option to enhance any lighting you decide on.

Now that we've shed some light on the situation, we hope a light bulb has gone off over your head. (We're full of bad puns today, but we just can't resist.) Try switching up the light in your home for a small change that makes a big impact. If you take this mini-challenge, let us know how it works for you!

 

Friday Five // August 15, 2014

 

It's time once again for the Friday Five, where we bring you five events happening in the Lowcountry this weekend. Cheer on young triathletes, plan your wedding, do a little fishing, and more! Click on the links below for more information on each event.

Put on your dancing shoes and head over to the Mt. Pleasant Pier for Shaggin' on the Cooper with the Coppertones this Saturday at 7pm. Beverages are available for purchase.

School starts again for most of the Lowcountry this week. Families with school-aged children can stop by Liberty Square near the S.C. Aquarium on Sunday for the First Day Festival. At this free event, students and their families receive school supplies, discover student support services, learn about healthy snacks, and enjoy Aquarium tours and boat rides.

If you're looking for something to do outdoors, check out the Big Kahuna Fishing Tournament on Folly Beach Saturday from 6am to 4pm. Prizes will be awarded for the best adult, lady, youth, and senior anglers. 

The busy season for weddings might be winding down, but the time for wedding planning is always right. At the Southern Bridal Show this weekend, brides and grooms will have the opportunity to speak with wedding vendors, taste caterers' offerings, and get excited about their big day. The event takes place at noon on Sunday at the Charleston Area Convention Center.

On Saturday morning, the Summerville Family YMCA hosts the 2014 Youth Triathlon at The Ponds. Kids ages 7 to 14 will swim, bike, and run their way to the finish line at 7:30am at The Ponds Farmhouse.

As always, we at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company wish you a safe and happy weekend!

 

Charleston Real Estate Market Statistics // July 2014

The Charleston Trident Association of Realtors released market statistics for July 2014 this week, and according to the numbers, the Charleston real estate market is still looking good. The region has seen "steady, sustainable growth in both closed transactions and median price," said CTAR President Corwyn Melette. Take a look at the numbers below; they speak for themselves!

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8 Unique and Beautiful Closet Transformations

 

One of the biggest trends in home design these days is the transformation of nooks and crannies into truly unique spaces. If you have a tiny closet or other awkward space that's just become a catch-all for junk and dust, you might want to think about taking some inspiration from others who have jumped on this bandwagon. If you're not sure what we're talking about, check out our eight most favorite examples of closet transformations below!

1. Not everyone has enough room in the house for a separate office. This closet-turned-office is such a unique way to create a dedicated space for work.

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2. Paint the inside of a closet and turn it into a study or craft space. Bonus: Facing away from the room helps you avoid distractions while you work.

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3. No room for a separate nursery? Put a beautiful crib and chair in the closet. It's like having a tiny en suite nursery!

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4. A small closet in a child's bedroom  is the perfect place for a hideaway playroom and reading nook.

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5. Create an inviting entry way by opening up the coat closet and making it into a beautiful "landing station" for jackets, shoes, bags, etc.

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6. Here's a two-for-one idea for your tiny closet. Push the dresser inside to create more space in a small room. This also makes the perfect changing station in a nursery!

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7. Another beautiful changing area from an even tinier closet.

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8. And then there's our personal favorite: a reading nook! We'd love to tuck ourselves away in this pretty nook on a rainy day and enjoy a good book and a cup of coffee.

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For more inspiration for transforming spaces in your home, check out our Pinterest boards

 

 

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