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Spring Cleaning Tips for Low Country Living

We're lucky, here in the Low Country, that we don't suffer interminable, cold winters. While the seasons here are mild, there is, nevertheless, a distinctive transition between winter and summer. Sometime between February and April, the short gloomy days give way to longer, brighter ones, the azaleas reappear and provide cheerful pops of color like the broad brushstrokes of a painter's brush, and even the birds seem busy with domestic chores of their own in the building of their nests and tending to their young:  Welcome Spring! Beyond Mother Nature's unmistakable signs that the season of rebirth and renewal is once again upon us, there is a more practical aspect of spring that is demanding our undivided attention, particularly after the...

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formal garden design

Different Types Garden Design

Spending time in nature is a proven way to reduce stress. And we could all use some stress reduction, especially after the year we've all had. A thoughtfully designed garden is a great way to make the most out of any yard space you may have. Take a look at some different types of garden design to help inspire your own outdoor masterpiece! Meditation Gardens Meditation gardens are Asian in origin, going back centuries with their roots in Zen Buddhism. With a very minimal aesthetic, these gardens were created to connect with nature, and oneself in a spiritual manner, in addition to being physically beautiful. Simplicity is key when designing a meditation garden. Common elements include: A winding path, made of stone, pavers...

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light collection

Interior Lighting 101

Nothing creates a mood quite like lighting. Whatever atmosphere you are aiming for, your lighting choices can really enhance or detract. Let’s go over some of the basic tenets of how to use light to set the scene. Levels One of the most important aspects of successful lighting design is to plan light sources at different levels in a room. This allows you to layer light that can be used separately or collectively, keeping your options flexible. You can accomplish this with table lamps, floor lamps, wall scones and overhead lighting options. Dimmers Never underestimate the power of a dimmer switch. Being able to minutely adjust the amount of light in a room is an easy yet powerful way to have the best lighting...

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Waterfront Second Home

Travel Dreams: Owning a Second Home

As the winter weather roars on up north and people continue to work from home all over the country, the idea of a second home or vacation home may sound pretty wonderful right about now. If you’ve been dreaming of getting away from your same four walls and wanting a change of scenery for a bit, read on for some introductory information about purchasing a second home. Second Home Location Location is an important aspect to consider when buying a vacation home. It needs to be far enough from your primary home that you really feel like you are getting away when you visit, but close enough so you can really utilize the property. If it’s too much of a hassle to...

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39 Myrtle View Rd

The Art of the Entryway

A home’s entryway is the first impression visitors will have of your home. Whether you have a grand, double height foyer or a simple hall tree to hang coats, January is a great time to reassess that vestibule and make the most of an often unconsidered space. Bold Wall Treatments The smaller space of a foyer allows you to play around with bold wallpaper or bright paint colors for a pop of the unexpected without spending a lot or making a large-scale commitment. Storage that is Stylish and Functional There are plenty of ways to fit functional storage in the entryway while keeping in tune with your personal style. Minimalist? Go for wall hooks in natural materials and a live-edge bench. Boho? Try funky baskets for...

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Savannah Real Estate Market: What to look forward to in 2021

I’m one of those people who gets irritated when I see Christmas decorations on store shelves in October. Even my boys, who can’t wait for Christmas every year, comment on its absurdity.  I’m of the opinion that we should take the time to appreciate the present moment, to the extent that we can, and celebrate the gifts of each season.  So, I feel like a bit of a hypocrite about writing the market forecast for 2021 when we’re still in December and in the thick of the holiday season. Part of me, I guess, wants 2020 to be over and the optimist in me believes that 2021 will be a better year than the last.  But, alas, this is my m.o....

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135 Gascoigne Fireplace

Design Eye: Which Fireplace Style is Right for Your Home?

It’s that time of year- even in the Lowcountry- where this is a chill in the air and staying snuggled up by the fireplace sounds like the best way to spend a winter’s eve. There are so many design styles out there, how do you know which one is best for you? Brick When many people think of the classic fireplace scene, a red brick fireplace comes to mind. A lot of homeowners have been painting their brick fireplaces in the last decade or so, so you can see a variety of colors out there but white and light gray are the most popular options for painting brick. A fairly straightforward DIY, painting your brick fireplace is a great way to make...

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46 Lady Slipper home office

The Return of the Home Office

With so many people still working primarily from home, and children attending classes virtually, the demand for a dedicated home office space has risen exponentially over the past few months. No matter how much space you have, or what your decorating style, there is a work-from-home setup that will work for you. The Den For some, nothing less than a designated room will do. A private sanctum where you can duck away from it all in relative quiet is a necessity for back to back Zoom meetings and virtual collaborations. Perhaps you need to have shelves of reference books readily available or tools of the trade close at hand. You may want space for a desk, chairs for visitors, and a side...

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695 Honey Ridge

How a Global Pandemic has Changed the Way We Live

Part One - The Foundation It’s undeniable that the worldwide pandemic, COVID-19, has changed the way we live and interact. The question on everyone’s minds is, ‘but for how long?’. Unfortunately, we at Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty don’t have an answer to that question. But we can help you navigate this new world of real estate by going over some of the changes we have seen these past few months with regards to what home buyers are looking for and how the home selling process has changed. There is a lot happening in the world of real estate so we’ll be breaking this topic down. Right now, let’s take a look at some of the fundamental changes we are seeing in how...

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