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Feb. 22, 2019

Wallpaper Makes Triumphant Return

loft with wallpapered accent wall

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Wallpaper Makes Triumphant Return

Like other decorating trends, wallpaper has seen its star rise and fall. It’s now shining bright once more as homeowners turn to it for accents and textures.

wallpaper in entryway

© Antony Chandler

 

Wallpaper made its debut centuries ago as a less costly alternative to tapestries used by affluent homeowners for decorating. In stark contrast, wallpaper today represents a luxury decorating tool. While the medium continues to cycle in and out of style, the pendulum has now swung in favor of wallpaper as more homeowners are eager for hues and patterns beyond the white, beige, and gray neutrals that have recently dominated interior palettes, says Chicago-based designer Tom Segal, principal of Kaufman Segal Design.
 

 

Queen Elizabeth wallpaper

© Flavor Paper

 

But these aren’t the dainty floral or striped patterns of the past. Manufacturers such as Brooklyn, N.Y.–based Flavor Paper have introduced modern, sometimes funky patterns that include Andy Warhol floral prints and nature motifs. “[Wallpaper] lets my client start and end the day in a joyful way,” says interior designer Phillip Thomas. One of the reasons for the uptick in interest, he says, is because so many artisans now design papers that resemble exquisite works of art. “It gives homeowners an opportunity to create interest in certain rooms and differentiate spaces.”
 

 

guest bathroom with wallpaper

© Lexington Homes/design by Eleni Interiors

 

Lexington Homes, a developer of townhomes and single-family homes in Chicago, uses wallpaper to woo buyers to its upscale townhome communities. “We have never worried about turning off buyers with wallpaper,” says principal Jeff Benach. But as Chicago designer Jessica Lagrange points out, wallpaper is an expensive, highly individual decorative treatment. There’s a chance that the choice may not be a good fit for every buyer. If a resale is in a homeowner’s immediate future, they should have a game plan for its potential removal, she says.

To help buyers or sellers who are curious about using wallpaper to complement an interior without making it look dated, here are some tips on products, trends, and techniques from design experts.

Room choice.

 

living room with wallpaper accent

© Kaufman Segal Design/photography by Daniel Kelleghan

 

Most design professionals agree that wallpaper can be an exciting alternative to spice up a few rooms—in moderation. “Too much wallpaper makes a house dizzying just as painting each room a very different, dramatic hue can,” Segal says. Most often, wallpaper is used best in entryways, powder rooms, dining rooms, and master bedrooms, says Rebecca Pogonitz of GOGO Design Group outside Chicago.

New York–based designer Jody Sokol prefers to limit paper to two rooms on the main floor of a two-story home. In a one-story house or apartment, she thinks it fine to paper a few more areas as long as adjoining rooms flow together with the same paint color, eliminating choppiness.

Because of its typically small square footage, the powder room is hands down the most popular room to paper, Segal says. For dining rooms, he suggests going with a dressy paper to make it look special. Choose a calming pattern and color for a master bedroom, where the goal is to unwind and sleep. Los Angeles–based designer John McClain says the decision to use it in any space depends on both the room and pattern. “You love a jungle print but you may not want to lie in your bed and stare at it,” he says.

The room where wallpaper seems least desirable is the kitchen, particularly when it’s filled with attractive cabinetry, appliances, and tile. It’s also used less in bathrooms due to potential damage from steam and water, though certain vinyl and commercial papers may hold up.

Placement.

While it’s still common for designers and homeowners to apply wallpaper on all four walls of a room, using it on a single accent wall is a growing trend. This is commonly seen behind a bed, atop a ceiling, or around a fireplace to create drama, Pogonitz says.

 

wallpaper in bookcase

© Cheryl Kees Clendenon, In Detail Interiors/photo by Greg Riegler

 

Kristin Barnett, a Nashville-based designer, stager, and color expert known as “the Decorologist,” also applies wallpaper to the back of bookcases. But she avoids using it below chair rails or as a room border, which she says dates the look.

Thomas suggests giving wallpaper a new twist by using it in ways it wasn’t necessarily intended. “I like to think outside the box and install a stripe vertically or horizontally, cut it into squares or triangles, create unique patterns, or use it on furniture,” he says.

Many removable peel-and-stick wallpapers are now available in more patterns and colors and often at a lower price than traditional papers. They can work well for those who are DIY enthusiasts but don’t plan on staying in their homes or apartments over the long term.

Color.

 

wallpaper in living room

© Phillip Jeffries

 

No single color seems to have taken hold, according to Segal, but there is a growing preference for a rainbow of saturated hues rather than pale neutrals. Pogonitz agrees but stresses limiting bold color choices to a single room or two. Though they may be losing favorite now, neutrals still have their place, especially when patterns are small or paired with a texture, Segal says. And when the exact desired color can’t be found, many manufacturers will make custom color papers. 

Pattern and scale.

 

floral pattern in bedroom

© Jessica Lagrange Interiors

 

Oversized, bold geometrics and florals remain among the most popular newcomers overshadowing diminutive, sweet prints. Yet, a bold look requires some discretion. Barnett warns against using such patterns behind a television or on a wall that homeowners spend a lot of time facing directly.

Another popular trend is the use of natural motifs and landscape murals, especially in dining rooms. In a similar vein, digital printing of supersized images and simulations of natural materials—from wood grains to striated stones—has gained traction, says Angel Georgiou, senior marketing specialist for imaging supplies with Canon Solutions America in the Chicago area. “Home owners now can buy standard images off the shelf or turn their own high-quality photos into wall coverings,” says Georgiou, whose company manufactures equipment and distributes wide-format graphic printing supplies. “It makes it easier for consumers to order online and install products themselves without wallpaper paste. Then, later, they can more easily take them down.”

Texture.

 

wallpaper in entryway

© Kaufman Segal Design/photography by Daniel Kelleghan

 

McClain loves it when someone wants to walk up and touch walls he’s designed. Papers today are made with a variety of textures, such as grass cloth, leather, vinyl, silk, linen, suede, and even mother of pearl, creating excitement and countering the flatness of most paint finishes. Some textures are woven onto metallic paper so there’s a glint of sheen in the background.

Sustainability.

New breathable wall coverings aim to enhance indoor air quality, and many companies offer environmental sourcing information. “I think we will see more of these, though it’s still a very niche market,” McClain says.

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Feb. 20, 2019

Myrtle Beach State Park

South Carolina’s Easternmost State Park Has So Much More To Explore Than You May Remember

Myrtle Beach State Park turns 83 this year and it’s hard to believe how far it’s come since the historic day in 1936 when it became the first park in the system to open. Decades have passed and while some things may have changed at this timeless park, other things remain the same. Take a look at what you’ve been missing if you haven’t visit this infinitely fun state park in a while.

In 1955, Myrtle Beach State Park hosted an impressive 50,000 campers. The cost to rent a space? One dollar per night. If you are among the many who spent part of their youth each summer at Myrtle Beach State Park, you may be surprised when you reconnect with this awesome piece of history just how amazing it still is.

Myrtle Beach State Park is located at 4401 S Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, SC 29575. It’s open year-round. Day use hours vary by season. Day use admission to the park is: $5 adults; $3.25 SC seniors (age 65 & older); $3/ child age 6-15; free for children 5 and younger. Learn more at this link on the official website for South Carolina Parks.

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Feb. 18, 2019

South Carolina’s Longest Pier

You’ll Love A Trip To South Carolina’s Longest Pier That Stretches Infinitely Into The Sea

The longest wooden pier on the East Coast is located right here in our own front yard and you’ll love a visit to this massive wooden platform that extends 1,206 feet from end-to-end. It’s no surprise the pier is in Myrtle Beach either. One of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country, Myrtle Beach hosts 14 million visitors annually. But that shouldn’t stop us natives from enjoying all that the Apache Pier has to offer! (And we do have a bit of an advantage that allows up to know when times aren’t quite as busy on the Grand Strand, right?)

Apache Pier is located at 9700 Kings Rd., Myrtle Beach, SC. Access to the pier is through the Apache Family Campground entrance (just follow the signs after that.) If you’re driving, a small parking fee will be charged. The pier is always open to the public. The cost to enter the pier is $1.00 per person. When live entertainment is in play, the cost to enter the pier is $3.00 per person. Learn more on the official website of Apache Pier.

While you’re in town, also consider visiting the number one attraction in Myrtle Beach. Learn more in this previous article.

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Feb. 16, 2019

Don’t Underestimate the Importance of the Garage to Buyers

Don’t Underestimate the Importance of the Garage to Buyers
Luxuries like pools and lavish living spaces may not be as enticing to home buyers as a garage, finds a new poll by Zolo Realty, a Canadian online real estate marketplace. Zolo Realty surveyed more than 1,800 North American respondents to discover buyer behavior and desires.

Male and female home buyers gave the highest marks to properties with a garage; an en suite, main-floor bathroom; or a newer furnace or A/C unit.

Fifty-one percent of women and 41 percent of men ranked a garage a must-have when buying a home.

 

Features Home Buyers Want

© Zolo

 

“Buyers aren’t foolish,” says Mustafa Abbasi, president of Zolo Realty. “Updating a kitchen and removing walls is a lot of work, but these updates are not as hard or as costly as trying to carve out a bathroom for a master bedroom or building a garage from scratch.”

The ideal home to both men and women surveyed was: A 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home with a master bedroom suite and a garage.

 

2019 Zolo Home Buyers Survey

© Zolo

 

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Feb. 15, 2019

Study Shows Homeownership Makes You More Attractive

Study Shows Homeownership Makes You More Attractive
Nearly 60 percent of millennial singles say that homeownership makes a potential mate a lot more attractive, according to a new survey conducted by realtor.com®. Women were more likely than men to find homeownership attractive (48 percent versus 43 percent).

“Attractiveness is in the eye of the beholder, and this survey data suggests that many beholders find homeownership attractive, perhaps using it as a signal for financial savviness and success,” says Danielle Hale, realtor.com®’s chief economist. “Single millennials seem to find homeownership in a potential partner especially attractive, even if only one-quarter feels that it is important.”

Overall, 24 percent of 500 single respondents of all ages surveyed said they felt it was important for their partner to be a homeowner.

Homeowning folks are most likely to be found in the South and Midwest, the survey found. The greatest share of single male homeowners was found in Detroit, in which about 23 percent of all single males owned a home. Detroit was followed by St. Louis at 21.3 percent, Minneapolis at 21.3 percent, Cleveland at 21.2 percent, and Pittsburgh at 19.9 percent.

“These markets have a high volume of young people, and relatively low median listing prices,” realtor.com® notes in its study. For example, Detroit and St. Louis median list prices are $220,000 and $198,000, respectively.

Single women are one of the fastest-growing demographic segments in the housing market, according to realtor.com®. Homeowning females are likely to be found in Detroit, where 23 percent of single women own a home, followed by Baltimore (21 percent), Charlotte, N.C. (21 percent), Philadelphia (21 percent), and Minneapolis (21 percent).

“Strong job opportunities and growing economies that draw many young professionals to the areas are also helping keep them in these markets as homeowners,” realtor.com® notes in the study. “Affordable home prices have also helped singles achieve homeownership in these markets.”

Source:  Realtor Magazine

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Feb. 14, 2019

Hidden Underground Tunnel In Myrtle Beach South Carolina

Most People Don’t Know About ThisHidden Underground Tunnel In South Carolina 

Most people who have been to the coast in South Carolina will agree: an underground tunnel (a bit redundant, but we wanted to be emphatically sure you know it’s underground), is well, just unheard of – especially one that’s open every single day to anyone who chooses to enter. But in spite of the extremely low elevation, and even though the ocean is only steps away, the tunnel found along South Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach is a must see.

Before today, had you ever heard of this secret underground tunnel in Myrtle Beach? We’d love to know!

 

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Feb. 13, 2019

2019 Promises to Be Better for Buyers

 

After inventory and affordability challenges in 2018, prospective home buyers may have better chances of scoring a property this year. Affordability will remain an issue in some high-priced markets, says realtor.com® Chief Economist Danielle Hale, but overall, the national market is looking brighter for buyers who have stayed on the sidelines. Here’s why.

More homes are for sale. For the last few years, a limited number of listings has given buyers fewer choices. But housing experts predict more robust inventory this year. “For buyers, there is going to be more inventory, so that’s a bright spot,” Hale says. “The downside of that bright spot is it might not be in their price range.” The supply of homes for sale under $300,000 may not grow significantly, but they’re also not decreasing, she adds.

Home price growth is slowing. Home prices will still rise but at a much slower pace than the last few years. Hale predicts a 2.2 percent increase in home prices this year, down from last year’s nearly 5 percent growth. “We do still anticipate rising home prices, particularly for below-median-priced homes, so buyers in that price range may have some incentive to buy sooner rather than later,” Hale says. On the flip side, "as rising costs raise the bar to homeownership, some would-be buyers will be knocked out of the market. [That means] remaining buyers may have less competition to contend with than they saw in 2018.”

Mortgage rates are lower. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has backed away from the 5 percent mark, decreasing early this year. That means lower borrowing costs for buyers. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.41 percent last week. “That’s definitely a huge opportunity for buyers because it drastically improves affordability,” Hale says. “And I think that if these low rates persist for a little while, then we’ll actually see stronger sales than we originally forecast.”

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Feb. 12, 2019

5 Risky Places to Swipe Your Debit Card

5 Risky Places to Swipe Your Debit Card

Woman carefully using debit card at ATM
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Your debit card is connected to your checking account, which holds the money you use for everyday spending. That means you have to be even more careful about where you swipe your debit card since debit card fraud puts your hard-earned cash at risk. A debit card can be expensive, especially for certain age groups. For example, in 2017, consumers between ages 30 and 49 lost an average of $1,254 due to debit card fraud, according to data provided by Credit Sesame.

In many cases, credit cards are a safer choice. Most credit cards come with zero fraud liability which means you won't be held liable for unauthorized charges to your account as long as you report the charges within a certain timeframe. Debit cards don't come with the same protection, if you wait too long to report the fraud, you could be on the hook for everything stolen from your account. You can protect yourself from debit card fraud by knowing the risky places to swipe your debit card.

Non-bank ATMs

One of credit card thieves' favorite way to steal debit card information is through card skimming. This happens when you swipe your credit card through a skimming device in an otherwise legitimate transaction. The skimmer captures your debit card information which the thief retrieves once they come back for the skimmer.

Skimming devices are commonly placed on ATMs that aren't attached to a bank. So, watch out for ATMs that are in gas stations, hotel lobbies, or anywhere outdoors. These machines aren't owned by banks and aren't always well-monitored, giving thieves greater opportunity to place and retrieve a skimming device.

Mobile vendors

Thieves can also pose as legitimate street vendors swiping your debit card through mobile credit card terminals. However, in some cases thieves are actually swiping your debit card through a skimming device and stealing your information. Unless you're well aware of various mobile card processing devices, you can't be entirely sure whether the merchant is actually processing a payment or stealing your information. Be careful when you're making purchases at events, outdoor markets, and other places where small businesses process card payments remotely.

Gas stations

Gas stations are another place that skimmers are more likely to be found, since the card reader at gas pumps aren't always well-monitored. Before you swipe your debit card at a gas station pump, give the credit card terminal a slight tug. If it jiggles or doesn't feel secure, don't swipe your debit card. Use your credit card instead (because it has much better fraud protection), pay inside, or go to another gas station. It may be inconvenient, but it's worth it to avoid dealing with the fallout of debit card fraud.

Self-checkout lines

Debit card thieves have also been known to place skimming devices over the card readers in the self-checkout lanes at major retailers. Thieves may work as a team, with one person covering the camera while another places the skimmer over the card reader. Skimming technology has gotten more sophisticated over the years. Thieves can retrieve the stolen information remotely using Bluetooth technology. Once they have your debit card information they can use it to create clone debit cards or sell it on the dark web to thieves who might use your information to make fraudulent purchases.

Restaurants

The risky part of using your debit card at a restaurant is that you aren't the one who swipes your debit card. Instead, you give your card to a waiter, who disappears with it, then returns minutes later with a receipt for you to sign. Thieves often run large criminal rings, recruiting waiters to steal customer debit card in exchange for a few bucks. Once your debit card leaves your sight, you have no control over what's done with it.

Detecting Debit Card Fraud

The worst part about having your debit card information stolen is that you don't know until unauthorized purchases show up on your account. With your debit card information, thieves steal your hard-earned money and you have to work with the bank to get it back.

Check your bank account often, at a minimum of once a week, so you can spot any suspicious activity quickly and report it to your bank immediately. They can cancel your current debit card and issue a new card with a new number or new security code or both. Reporting fraudulent purchases early minimizes your liability for purchases made on your account. You're more likely to get most or all your stolen funds returned to you by reporting early.

Because thieves are always developing clever ways to steal information, it's hard to protect yourself completely. Fortunately, you can minimize your losses by only keeping a small amount of money in your checking account and turning off overdraft protection.

 

 

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Feb. 11, 2019

Harrelson's Seafood Market, Murrells Inlet, SC

You’ll Never Forget A Trip To This One Of A Kind Fish Market In South Carolina

If you’re like me, then you love specialty markets. Perhaps your interest, like mine, is fueled by a passion for cooking. Whatever the case, this fish market in South Carolina combines your love of fresh seafood with your propensity to love specialty grocery markets into one colossal venue: Harrelson’s Seafood.

From all their seafood seasonings to the massive selection of local seafood and the friendly staff, it’s a sure bet that you’ll love this seafood market on South Carolina’s coast.

Make a day of it and visit South Carolina’s Top Outdoor Attraction while you’re in the neighborhood!

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Feb. 10, 2019

Mortgage Rates Fall to 10-Month Low

Mortgage Rates Fall to 10-Month Low

 

Mortgage rates for 30, 15, ARM. Full information at http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/

® REALTOR® Magazine

 

Borrowing costs were cheaper this week, as mortgage rates continued inching down. “The U.S. economy remains on solid ground, inflation is contained, and the threat of higher short-term rates is fading from view, which has allowed mortgage rates to drift down to their lowest level in 10 months,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “This is great news for consumers who will be looking for homes during the upcoming spring homebuying season. Mortgage rates are essentially similar to a year ago, but today’s buyers have a larger selection of homes and more consumer bargaining power than they did the last few years.”

Freddie Mac reports the following averages with mortgage rates for the week ending Feb.7:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.41 percent, with an average 0.4 point, dropping from last week’s 4.46 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 4.32 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.84 percent, with an average 0.4 point, dropping from last week’s 3.89 percent average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 3.77 percent.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 3.91 percent, with an average 0.3 point, falling from last week’s 3.96 percent average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.57 percent.

 

Source: 
Freddie Mac 
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