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October
3

National Book Month: Local Bookstores Near St. Louis

St Louis BooksIn St. Louis, the era of the neighborhood bookstore is far from over. There are still plenty of local shops and cafes where you can pick up the newest release from your favorite author or fall in love with some entirely new writer or genre. As avid readers, our real estate agents know the feeling!

National Book Month is coming up fast, and there are lots of places for you to indulge your cravings in and around St. Louis. Small, local businesses help these communities thrive, and that includes scads of booksellers. There just might be special events or deals on the way for this month's celebrations, too.

Here are just a few of the area's many bookshops for you to visit:

  • Left Bank Books – 399 North Euclid Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108
    Left Bank Books is open every day of the week, typically from 10 a.m. through 8 p.m. As one of the most popular bookstores near St. Louis homes for sale, it stands out for its book clubs and many "Meet the Author" events. The business is backed by a nonprofit, Friends of Left Bank Books, which aids the mission of literacy and inclusion. Backers enjoy discounts on ticketed events throughout the year.

  • Main Street Books – 307 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301
    Main Street Books works tirelessly to boost local independent authors, with separate events aimed at adults and young readers. Over the years, it's cultivated a community of authors who appear regularly during the store's happenings. A highly active book club and a full selection of audiobooks help round out the offerings, making this the neighborhood bookstore of choice near St. Charles homes for sale.

  • Rose's Bookhouse – 8935 Veterans Memorial Parkway, O'Fallon, MO 63366
    Rose's Bookhouse is one of the oldest independent booksellers in the St. Louis region and a shining beacon of literary merit near O'Fallon homes for sale. Touting "Books for everyone since 1980," it's responsible for anywhere from 200 to 500 book deliveries on a daily basis. It was elected the "Best Bookstore in O'Fallon" multiple times, including a run between 2009 and 2014. Trades are welcome.

  • Subterranean Books – 6271 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63130
    Subterranean Books has made a name for itself through its monthly subscription service, where team members will hand-pick and mail a book tailored to a reader's preferences. Whether you "book it" for yourself or a loved one, it makes for a terrific little surprise every month. Subterranean is also beloved by students since it strives to provide textbooks at more affordable rates than campus bookstores.

  • Neighborhood Reads – 401 Lafayette Street, Washington, MO 63090
    Neighborhood Reads is a bookshop and gift store with a twist. As the sponsor of the Missouri Reader Challenge, it helps motivate and inspire youngsters to read through friendly competition and fun prizes. It also maintains an active literary blog where local readers, including staff members and customers, may submit reviews of their favorite (and not so favorite) recent reads. All this and more can be found mere moments from Washington homes for sale.

Ready to start your search for a home near your favorite local bookstore? Contact us to learn more about real estate opportunities in the St. Louis area.

September
6

Where to Play Mini Golf Near St. Louis

Mini Golf

There are some truly outstanding golf courses in the St. Louis area, but the Gateway City has something else that it doesn't often get credit for... mini golf! The best miniature golf courses in the St. Louis area offer endless family-friendly fun, and our real estate agents are here to share their favorites. 

  • Swing-A-Round St. Charles - 3541 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, St Charles, MO 63303
    One of the most popular places for birthday parties and family fun in the St. Louis Area, Swing-A-Round St. Charles offers endless entertainment. Located just outside St. Louis and mere minutes from many St. Charles homes for sale, Swing-A-Round's attractions batting cages, arcade games, and, of course, miniature golf. Their mini golf course has been voted the best in the area and offers 18 holes surrounded by cascading waterfalls and fountains. It's the kind of place where you'll want to spend the whole day exploring all the different activities. 

  • Concord Bowl & Recreation Complex - 11801 Tesson Ferry Rd, St. Louis, MO 63128
    Bowlers in the St. Louis area know Concord Bowl & Recreation Complex as one of the best places to bowl in the city, with 32 lanes and competitive leagues. But there's more to enjoy here besides bowling, and that includes one of the best miniature golf courses around. Located a short drive from these St. Louis homes for sale, Concord Bowl is home to Pirate's Crusade Mini Golf, an 18-hole course that leads you through caves and canyons and around waterfalls and lakes on your way to victory. 

  • Swing-A-Round Fun Town - 335 Skinker Ln, Fenton, MO 63026
    The sister location of Swing-A-Round St. Charles, Fenton's Swing-A-Round Fun Town, is every bit as fun and exciting and has a convenient location near these Fenton homes for sale. Their miniature golf course is just the right level of challenge for kids (and grown-ups) of all ages to enjoy. You can also save money by choosing a one-, two- or three-hour Fun Pass, which offers unlimited access to mini golf, go-karts, batting cages, bumper boats, and the indoor playground for the duration of the pass. 

  • Aloha Mini Golf & Shave Ice - 13502 Big Bend Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122
    It's hard to imagine a more enjoyable place to spend a day playing mini golf in St. Louis than Aloha Mini Golf & Shave Ice. With their spectacular miniature golf course and lush, park-like setting, it's equal parts exciting and relaxing. This is the only place in St. Louis that offers all-you-can-play miniature golf, so if you want to arrive as soon as they open and keep playing until long after dark, you can enjoy the course all day long. Their Hawaiian shave ice is also a real treat, with more than 40 flavors available. 

  • St. Louis Escape - 1517 S 8th St, St. Louis, MO 63104
    Known for offering some of the most pulse-pounding escape room scenarios in the St. Louis area, St. Louis Escape also has a truly one-of-a-kind miniature golf course. Their retro, '80s-themed mini golf course is indoors and illuminated entirely by black lights, creating an ambiance that's unlike any other mini golf experience. You'll find plenty of great Insta-worthy photo ops here as well! And don't leave without checking out the themed escape rooms, which include Blackbeard's Revenge, Haunted Hotel, and the brand-new Jurassic Island. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the St. Louis area. If you're looking for your dream home, our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find it in St. Louis, St. Charles, and the surrounding areas. 

July
18

Bring the Spa Home with These Bathroom Upgrades

bathroom updates

Make spa-style relaxation part of your daily routine by upgrading your bathroom. If you're considering a bathroom remodel, our real estate agents recommend these luxurious upgrades.

  • Add a Free-Standing Soaking Tub
    It has become the standard for luxury bathrooms to now offer both a separate, walk-in shower and a free-standing soaking tub. For the most spa-like experience, design your bathroom remodel around the soaking tub as a focal point. A soaking tub offers a much more luxurious bathing experience, with options such as deeper water, a comfortable sloped back, and Jacuzzi jets.

  • Spring for Heated Floors
    If you're remodeling your entire bathroom, you might as well install heating elements while the floors are being re-tiled anyway. With heated floors, you can say goodbye to cold toes and icy tile in the winter. Whether you're stepping out of a relaxing bath or a rejuvenating shower, the floor under your feet will be heated to a comfortable temperature.

  • Install Plush Seating
    One of the main differences between your favorite spa and the typical bathroom is the availability of comfortable seating. This could be an upholstered chair, a vanity seat, or a cushioned, built-in bench. Make your bathroom a place to relax and put your worries behind you by ensuring you'll always have a comfortable place to sit, whether you're waiting for your bath to fill, applying makeup, or putting on your shoes.

  • Create Airy Spaces
    If you browse the most luxurious bathrooms found in the best Saint Louis homes for sale, you'll notice that one thing they have in common is that they are light, bright, and often white. Take that small, dark bathroom and remodel it to make it open and airy, giving it the sense of being a getaway right in the middle of your own home.

  • Decorate with Mother Nature
    One thing most spas have in common is the amount of greenery you find inside them. Bringing nature into the spa is relaxing, and it can do the same for you in your bathroom at home, too. Decorate with greenery and flowering house plants, hanging pictures with relaxing nature scenes, and use windows and skylights to let in lots of natural light and make the most of the view.

  • Set the Mood with a Chandelier
    A chandelier helps to set the mood in any room, and your bathroom is no different. Many luxury bathrooms with a soaking tub as the focal point hang a chandelier directly over it. The chandelier adds beauty, glamour, sophistication, and most importantly, the right kind of lighting to set the mood. Who wouldn't feel relaxed while soaking in a tub with a glass of wine in one hand and a crystal chandelier overhead?

A modern, luxurious bathroom is one of the features that many homebuyers look for, so updating your bathroom will never go amiss if you're looking for ways to add value to your home. Is it time for an upgrade? To list your existing home and start the search for your dream home, contact us today.

July
5

Recently Opened: New St. Louis Restaurants

St Louis Restaurants

St. Louis is known for many things, but it's increasingly gaining a reputation for its culinary scene. New restaurants are opening on what feels like a weekly basis, and Food & Wine magazine recently called St. Louis "the next great food city."

Our real estate agents love to see our city getting some much-deserved recognition! If you're looking for a taste of what St. Louis has to offer, try one of these exciting new local eateries. 

  • Diego's Cantina - 630 North and South Rd., St. Louis, MO 63130
    Arguably the most exciting new Mexican restaurant in St. Louis, Diego's Cantina serves an elevated take on authentic Mexican street food. Flaming cheese and costra tacos are highlights of the menu, and you'll get a great deal on their wide selection of tacos every week on Taco Tuesday. Diego's also has one of the best selections of tequila in town and is within walking distance of many St. Louis homes for sale

  • The Wine Cafe - 703 S. Main St., St. Charles, MO 63301
    Opened in the spring of 2022 by Tiara and Terrence Curry, The Wine Cafe is a perfect melding of the couple's love of wine and extensive background in the food industry. With a location convenient to these St. Charles homes for sale, the cafe's menu includes a broad selection of wines from across the country and around the world, along with some truly excellent charcuterie boards. 

  • Gallery Pub on Thurman - 4069 Shenandoah Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110
    Newly opened this year in the Shaw neighborhood, the Gallery Pub on Thurman serves up great drinks, tasty pub grub, and outstanding live music in their warm, welcoming space. Local bands perform everything from jazz and blues to folk and country while you sip a craft cocktail, dine on grilled pizza rolls, and check out the unique artwork that adorns the walls.

  • Chirco's Pizza - 14870 Clayton Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63017
    Though it might not be as widely known as New York or Chicago-style pizza, St. Louis natives are fully aware that St. Louis-style pizza is its own beast. This local favorite is the star of the show at the new Chirco's Pizza. This new spot is just minutes from these Chesterfield Homes for sale, in the former location of Pie 2 Go. 

  • Goshen Coffee Roasters - 910 Geyer Ave., St. Louis, MO 63104
    A beloved roastery based in Edwardsville, Illinois, Goshen Coffee Roasters has just opened up a second location here in St. Louis. The new shop is located in the Soulard neighborhood and offers the same impeccably crafted coffee that the original is known for. The cafe has a welcoming, rustic-chic ambiance, and it's a great place to sit and chat a while while you enjoy a latte or pour-over. 

  • Taco Fuego - 902 E. 6th St., Washington, MO 63090
    The opening of a new taco joint is always a happy occasion, and thanks to Taco Fuego, which recently set up shop in the WashMO Center, Folks in the St. Louis area have a lot to be happy about. Located a stone's throw from these Washington homes for sale, Taco Fuego offers tasty street tacos, fajitas, and burritos in a cozy space. Everything is made fresh to order, and there are some great vegetarian options on their menu. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in St. Louis. If you're looking for your dream home in Missouri, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way!

May
2

Mother's Day Brunch Spots in St. Louis

St Louis Brunch

Mother's Day is right around the corner. It's an opportunity to spend some quality time with your mom and to reflect on the impact she's had on your entire life. 

If you're looking for a place to spend time with mom this Mother's Day, our real estate agents have a few ideas. Check out these great Mother's Day brunch restaurants in the St. Louis area!

  • The Wheelhouse - 1000 Spruce St, St. Louis, MO 63102
    Located in a downtown renovated industrial space, The Wheelhouse is a perfect Mother's Day brunch spot. The kitchen opens at 10 am on Saturday and Sunday, offering up brunch staples like waffles, Benedicts, and omelets. The Wheelhouse is also open late on Fridays and Saturdays, with a full bar and an assortment of creative pub grub. It's a great place to take your mom that's just minutes from many St. Louis homes for sale

  • Chris' Pancake & Dining - 5980 Southwest Ave, St. Louis, MO 63139
    It's right there in the name. If you're in the mood for pancakes, there's no better place than Chris' Pancake & Dining. This beloved institution has been serving St. Louis breakfast for more than 25 years, including classic pancake, egg, hash brown, and meat combos. Breakfast is served all day (during open hours, 7 am to 4 pm), so there's never a bad time to enjoy a great Mother's Day breakfast. Chris' serves some excellent mimosas as well. 

  • Living Room Coffee & Kitchen - 2810 Sutton Blvd, Maplewood, MO 63143
    Some of the best coffee in the St. Louis area is made and served at Living Room Coffee & Kitchen. This local small-batch coffee roaster does all their own roasting in-house, and you can really taste the freshness in your cup. They also serve some tasty breakfast and lunch fare, including sandwiches, burritos, and several healthy vegan and vegetarian options. Living Room Coffee & Kitchen is located in Maplewood, a short drive from St. Louis and a stone's throw from countless Maplewood homes for sale

  • Turn - 3224 Locust St, St. Louis, MO 63103
    Offering healthy, delicious takes on classic American comfort food, Turn is a can't-miss option for Mother's Day brunch in St. Louis. Avocado toast, biscuits and gravy, brioche French toast, and grilled salmon sandwiches are just a few highlights of their brunch menu. The folks at Turn also serve excellent espresso drinks, as well as boozy brunch drinks, including bloody Marys and a next-level blood orange mimosa. 

  • Prasino St. Charles - 1520 S 5th St #110, St. Charles, MO 63303
    Prasino St. Charles is an outstanding brunch spot that offers up an eclectic assortment of locally sourced farm-to-table food. Breakfast is served daily until 3 pm, and lunch is served starting at 11. Omelet and eggs Benedict options are breakfast highlights, while the lunch menu includes some excellent tacos, flatbreads, and salads. Be sure to check out these St. Charles homes for sale nearby.

  • Egg - 2200 Gravois Ave, St. Louis, MO 63104
    Nationally recognized and routinely ranked as one of the best breakfast/brunch restaurants in St. Louis, Egg is the perfect place to enjoy brunch on Mother's Day. This cozy contemporary-industrial diner serves killer breakfast food, often incorporating global flavors. Unique omelet specials are offered daily. Everything is made from scratch in-house using local eggs, produce, and meats. 

  • Olivino Tasting Bar - 120 W Main St, Washington, MO 63090
    Enjoy a delicious brunch combined with a cooking demonstration when you stop by Olivino Tasting Bar near Washington homes for sale. The secret behind the tasty brunch fare? The olive oil, which is all available for purchase! Take your mom there to celebrate Mother's Day, or surprise her with one of their gift baskets. They also have another location in the St. Charles area. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in St. Louis. If you're ready to find your dream home here in Missouri, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way. 

April
4

St. Louis Greenhouses for Your Gardening Goals

St. Louis Greenhouses

Spring is in the air! Our real estate agents always look forward to the gardening season in the St. Louis area, and it's finally time to start planting. 

If you have a green thumb and are looking for the best source for your plants, seeds, and seedlings this spring, we have a few ideas. These are some of the best greenhouses and garden centers in the St. Louis area. 

  • Bowood Farms - 4605 Olive St, St. Louis, MO 63108
    The family-owned Bowood Farms Garden Center was established in 2006. They offer some of the healthiest, high-quality plants around. The garden center also includes a studio space that often hosts art and gardening classes, and an organic cafe where you can grab a healthy bite to eat just minutes from these St. Louis homes for sale

  • Garden Heights Nursery - 1605 S Big Bend Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63117
    From plants and seeds to pots and decor, Garden Heights Nursery has all your lawn and garden needs covered. This modern garden center also offers a wide range of potted plants and is a great place to find a gift for a plant-lover in your life. Garden Heights Nursery is nestled in the vibrant St. Louis suburb of Richmond Heights, within walking distance of many Richmond Heights homes for sale

  • Fendler Nursery & Garden Center - 1803 Lemay Ferry Rd, St. Louis, MO 63125
    Fendler Nursery & Garden Center has been one of the best family-owned nurseries in St. Louis since it first opened its doors in 1954. It's a great place to find colorful flowering plants to liven up your landscape or pick up all the seedlings you need for this year's vegetable garden. Fendler Nursery also offers excellent customer service, with friendly staff who will help you find whatever you're looking for. 

  • Jost Greenhouses - 12340 Eckelmann Ln, Des Peres, MO 63131
    Established in 1984, family-owned Jost Greenhouses is a great place to fulfill all your landscaping needs near Des Peres homes for sale. They offer a tremendous range of perennials, groundcovers, grasses, and shrubs, with a special focus on plants that are native to the Midwest. Just about everything you see here is grown in-house, either in the 24,000 square foot greenhouse and neighboring 2-acre outdoor growing space or on their much larger farm in Chesterfield. 

  • The Potted Plant - 524 S Main St, St. Charles, MO 63301
    The Potted Plant is a boutique garden shop that offers a well-curated selection of seeds, seedlings, and potted plants. There's a great variety of pots, botanical-themed decor and gifts stocked as well, and the on-site florist also creates amazing floral arrangements for any occasion. It's a fun place to simply browse. The Potted Plant is just minutes from many St. Charles homes for sale, in the historic Main Street district of St. Charles. 

  • Daniel's Farm & Greenhouses - 352 Jungermann Rd, St. Peters, MO 63376
    A staple of the community of St. Peters, Daniel's Farm & Greenhouse has an incredible selection of lawn and garden essentials. Whether you need topsoil and mulch to get your garden back in shape, or trees and shrubs to spruce up your landscape, you'll find everything you need here. Located a stone's throw from some lovely St. Peters homes for sale, Daniel's also offers delivery and installation of all landscape features. 

Contact us today to learn more about all the opportunities that springtime brings in St. Louis, including an opportunity to find your dream home. Our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way. 

February
21

Award-Winning Restaurants to Try in St. Louis

St Louis Restaurants

Missouri is famous for its delicious downhome barbecue, but our real estate agents know there's more to it than that. If you want a true taste of all of the rich culinary diversity that Missouri has to offer, one of the best places to be is none other than St. Louis.

This city of more than 300,000 people has attracted world-famous celebrity chefs and local restaurateurs eager to make their mark, starting with their own hometown. St. Louis is also a local leader in professional conventions and sports venues, so it is no surprise there is always demand for great food.

There's no limit to what delights you can find near St. Louis homes for sale when you know where to look.

Let's visit just a few of the award-winning restaurants found here at "The Gateway to the West."

  • Tompkins Riverside – 500 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301
    Tompkins Riverside prides itself on locally sourced ingredients that come together in an elegant, historic atmosphere. Its high-end dishes are frequently paired with a wide range of premium wines. Ideal for a date, the vibe of Tompkins is "cultured, yet casual." Many entrees incorporate fresh produce from local farms, and the service is reputed to be excellent – a top pick near St. Charles homes for sale.

  • Prasino – 1520 South 5th Street #110, St. Charles, MO 63303
    Also located in St. Charles, Prasino offers breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner with exquisite selections from an expansive menu. "Prasino" is the Greek word for green, and seasonality is the core experience in this local, organic, sustainably sourced kitchen. The menu changes on both a weekly and a seasonal basis but always provides you with an authentic encounter with the flavor of the region.

  • Cowan's Restaurant – 114 Elm Street, Washington, MO 63090
    Cowan's Restaurant has been a local institution for generations. It is known for its homemade meals ("just like Mom used to make") as well as its pies, winners of many local, state, and national awards. Cowan's has made a name for itself as the "Home of the Mile High Pie" and is one of the leading family-friendly places to dine near Washington homes for sale, providing a full kids' menu.

  • The Tavern Kitchen & Bar – 2961 Dougherty Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO 63122
    The Tavern Kitchen & Bar stands out as a top St. Louis selection for celebrating a holiday, having a romantic evening, or impressing a client. A striking combination of modern aesthetics and classic service. Menus are seasonal, with an anchoring presence of top USDA prime cut steaks, seasonal produce, and vintage wines.

  • The Block Restaurant – 5800 Southwest Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63139
    A restaurant, butcher, and bar that bills itself as "a neighborhood establishment," The Block Restaurant has been led by in-laws Marc and Brian and their wives since 2011. Both graduates of the Culinary Institute of America, they offer a family-style dinner menu with full to-go service, curbside, or takeout. All meats are butchered on-site, and the seared pork chop is one of the most popular entrees.

Contact us at Coldwell Banker Premier Group to learn more about Missouri homes and neighborhoods.

November
22

What Appliance Upgrades Add Value?

Appliance Upgrades

If you're selling your home now or plan to in the future, outdated appliances can make prospective buyers turn away from your home to look at another house with newer ones. Buyers can replace your appliances when purchasing a home, but they usually don't want to go to the trouble or expense to do so. And even if you're planning to stay in your home awhile, outdated appliances can make your home less attractive and functional than it could be.
  
Here's what you need to know about appliance upgrades that can boost the value of your home:

  • Think of What Fits Your Home
    Consult one of our real estate agents to find out what type of appliances are popular in your home's price range. While you want to make your home more valuable, you don't want to price yourself out of the neighborhood.
      
  • Look for Energy Star Appliances
    Appliances with the Energy Star sticker or tag meet strict energy-efficiency requirements set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They'll help you save money on your energy bill, and when you're selling your home, they'll appeal to prospective buyers. Leave the Energy Star sticker on your appliances, so buyers know they'll save as well.

What to Replace  

  • Refrigerator
    Kitchens can make or break a sale, so if you have money to spend, this is an excellent place to start. An upgraded refrigerator that has French doors, as well as built-in filtered water and ice dispensers, will appeal to the majority of buyers. The same is true of a stainless steel finish, which remains extremely popular. If you're thinking of going for a high-tech option like a TV-embedded fridge, it may not be a wise move unless you have a luxury home.

  • Laundry sets  
    An appliance upgrade is definitely in order if your washer and dryer don't match. Not only does this make the set less attractive, but it also makes a buyer immediately realize that one appliance is older than the other. This makes them likely to wonder just how old it is and how long it will keep running efficiently. Aside from a nice, matching appearance, buyers want high-efficiency front-load and top-load units. And if you have a large home that might appeal to families, a large capacity washer and dryer is a good investment.

  • Stove  
    A stove that's built-in will be more popular than a standalone one. And buyers also appreciate flat tops and stoves with self-cleaning functions since they're easy to keep clean. And if you have some gas utilities, gas stoves generally appeal to serious cooks.

  • Appliance sets   
    Retailers often discount sets of appliances, so they can help you save money while ensuring that you have matching sets. For example, a kitchen appliance set may include items such as a stove, refrigerator, built-in microwave, and dishwasher. While there's usually no need to select the most expensive options with every imaginable bell and whistle, the cheapest set is usually not the best choice either. Instead, choose a mid-range set that will appeal to a larger number of buyers.

Contact us if you'd like to visit St. Louis homes for sale or, if you're selling your home, to receive expert advice on what kinds of upgrades can help boost its value. 

October
18

Fall 2021 Interior Design Trends

Fall Interior Design

Fall is here, and so is a new wave of interior design trends. According to our real estate agents, this season's design ethos is all about comfort and self-expression. Let's delve into 5 of the most popular interior design trends this fall, how we've seen them applied in many of our St. Louis homes for sale, and how you can bring these ideas into your home. 

  1. Earth Tones
    Fall's stunning orange and brown color palette is providing inspiration for some homeowners in 2021. In addition to rich chocolates and muted apricots, many choose to add soothing blues and verdant greens to their homes. These hues evoke the natural world. 

    Because many of these colors are very close to neutrals, they are very easy to incorporate into almost any room. Repainting the walls is the most obvious way to do this, but it isn't the only way. A small touch like a mist-colored vase or some mossy green curtains can go a long way. 

  2. Soft, Cozy Fabrics and Textures 
    In stressful times, people often try to make their homes as comfortable and welcoming as possible. This might be why homeowners are currently so eager to add soft textures to their living rooms, bedrooms, offices, and other living spaces. At the moment, most use discreet, removable items like blankets and rugs for this purpose instead of permanent fixtures like carpeting or upholstery.  

    It's easy to bring this trend into your home with a single shopping trip. Look for throw blankets and decorative pillows, especially ones made of materials like wool, flannel, and sherpa. 

  3. Dividers 
    In the past, homeowners often wanted to open up every space as much as possible. This is no longer the prevailing trend. Instead, many people are adding room dividers (screens, shelves, and other partitions) to their homes to break up those open spaces and create more intimate areas without having to actually build new walls.  

    If this idea appeals to you, experiment with different types of room dividers. An elegant folding screen, sturdy bookshelf, or long silky curtain can break up those large rooms and add some additional function or decoration to the space, depending on what you prefer. 

  4. Natural Finishes and Other Elements 
    Homeowners are also taking cues from nature when adding furniture and fixtures to their space. Faux stone finishes, light natural woods, and other rustic accents are becoming increasingly common this season, especially in conjunction with nature-inspired color schemes. Together, these two design choices amplify each other and create an even more sense of soothing respite within the home. 

    Countertops, mantlepieces, coffee tables, and other focal points are great places to incorporate natural elements into your own home. 

  5. Vintage Furniture and Housewares 
    Finally, fall 2021 has also brought an increased interest in vintage furniture and homeware pieces. After spending so much time in their homes over the last year and a half, homeowners see their interior spaces as an extension of themselves. This has led to an interest in personalizing spaces with art, furniture, or knickknacks from the past, especially if these items are family heirlooms. 

    These days, it's easy to find as many charming old items as your heart desires – if you can't find exactly what you want at local thrift stores and garage sales, hop online and see what's listed on sites like eBay and Craigslist. 

No matter how you choose to decorate the inside of your home, the most important thing is that you feel happy and at ease there. If you're in the market for a new home, contact us today. 

September
20

5 Things to Know Before Installing a Fence

Fence TipsThere are dozens of reasons to build a fence, and when done properly, it can add tremendous value to your home. But there are also several factors that will affect your decisions. We would like to make you aware of them before you make your plans. If you're considering one of the lovely St. Louis homes for sale, you may want to think about fencing before you buy. Here's what to know before adding a fence to your property.

  1. Know the Rules
    Local governments and homeowners associations often have complicated regulations with respect to height, materials, and placement. Before you have your heart set on a particular design and style, make sure you understand all restrictions and limitations. Be aware of easements. Information regarding access through the property should have been disclosed in the closing documents when you purchased the house. If they aren't listed or are incomplete, property deeds on file through the county describe nonowner rights of usage. Our real estate agents can order a title report during the purchase process and advise you accordingly.

  2. Check with your Neighbors
    A fence along your property line can affect them, too. On the positive side, they may agree that a fence would be beneficial to both parties and agree to share the expense of both building and maintenance. If, however, they regard a fence or wall an encroachment on their rights or block a view, you may be asking for a longstanding feud. Talk before you plan. They may not appreciate a wall but would be fine with another type of fence. Whether or not they have legal rights, a simple conversation might help you avoid conflict of any kind.

    It's also important to verify property lines so that you don't inadvertently build on part of their property. 

  3. Match the Fence to its Purpose
    Picking a type of fence is easier when you consider why you want one in the first place. If for example, you wish to have your dog roam in the fenced-in yard, make sure it can't dig under it, wriggle through it or even jump over it. If you need the neighborhood children to stay off your lawn, you may need a short garden fence. Different materials provide different barriers, and it's important that the fence you build provides the benefits you are seeking. If your goal is privacy, you may wish to consider a hedge instead of a fence, but that will provide little in the way of security. 

  4. Consider the Cost
    A brick wall may cost $45 or more per square foot, while stone costs upwards of $80 per square foot. Fencing costs also vary according to materials from $5 to $20 per linear foot, and lumber costs are rising. Consider the length of the fence. Will it surround a large property or just circle a small yard? You may need to mix fence types in order to address your needs economically as well as functionally. Rural properties may benefit from wire fencing to block wildlife, but make sure you don't disturb migration patterns or access to water. 

  5. Learn about Required Maintenance
    Wooden fences require a good deal more upkeep than alternative materials but cost far less than most to construct. The beauty will fade when slats warp or decay. You'll need to make regular repairs to keep it looking attractive. Vegetation must be trimmed around the base of the fence. All of these issues should be discussed with your neighbors before you come to a decision.

Contact us for more information about the St. Louis real estate market. Our agents look forward to hearing from you. 

June
21

Start Upcycling Furniture With These Tips

Upcycle St. Louis

If you enjoy browsing vintage furniture and tend to see it for its potential, you might enjoy upcycling furniture. Upcycled furniture can be funky, trendy, or even classy with the right touch, and that one special piece might be great for starting a conversation with your guests or perfect when staging your home for sale, according to our real estate agents. Here are a few tips for giving tired outdated furniture new life.

  1. Look for Good Bones
    When you're on the hunt for vintage furniture to upcycle, try to see past the current finish (or lack thereof), and instead look at the bones of each piece. You'll want furniture that is sturdy and made of real wood so that it'll stand up to the demands of a makeover and a new life. Look also for interesting features such as mid-century modern styling or interesting curves and carvings that painting and distressing would highlight.

  2. Find a New Purpose for Old Things
    Part of the fun of upcycling furniture is thinking outside of the box. There are a lot of old pieces that don't necessarily have a purpose anymore, but you can make a trendy new purpose with a little creative thinking. For example, vintage crates can be stacked to use as bookshelves, a cozy little vintage dining table would make a great desk, and that vintage radio or record player could find new life retrofitted as a wine rack or liquor cabinet.

  3. Update the Look with a Little Paint
    Typically vintage furniture is cast-off not because it no longer functions, but because the finish has become scratched and worn. Purists will repair or refinish a valuable piece, but you can give the more mundane pieces exciting new life with a little color. Perhaps the piece is perfect for your current look but needs a facelift with a new coat of paint. For something a little more interesting, you can opt for shabby chic with a distressed look, or aim for more urban with stenciled accents.

  4. Stick to the Style
    While mixing and matching can be cool and trendy, you won't do the furniture any favors if you don't work with what you've got. Different pieces have different looks, and your upcycling will be the most successful if you stay true to the style. Furniture with straighter lines, such as mid-century modern, will look better with clean paint or geometric stenciling, for example. Furniture with graceful lines, carved details, or even simple country style will pair well with distressed finishes.

Upcycling furniture can be very rewarding, and you may find that your thrift store score ends up being one of your favorite pieces after a little (or a lot of) TLC. Just remember, if you'll be using the piece to stage your home for sale, that buyers tend to react more favorably to a neutral decor when browsing St. Louis homes for sale. For more information about how to stage a home for success on the sales market, contact us today.

May
3

St Louis BBQ Spots to Celebrate National BBQ Day

St Louis BBQBarbecue is a truly American cuisine, and our real estate agents know nowhere else does it like Missouri!

When you move to Missouri, you're on your way to the American heartland of barbecue. This Midwest state is famous for "burnt ends," flavorful bits of meat cut from the fattier portion of a smoked brisket. You'll see this taste sensation offered up as a sandwich, a platter, and all kinds of other ways.

Smoked pulled pork is also popular, with or without coleslaw on top.

As good as homestyle cooking can be, sometimes nothing but the best barbecue restaurants in Missouri can satisfy your craving.

No matter where you are in The Show-Me State, you have options! At the heart of it all lies St. Louis, our barbecue capital. There's never been a better time to taste what it offers than National BBQ Day, which is celebrated every year on May 16

Let's check in with some fiery local barbecue joints in the St. Louis area:

  1. Hazel's Back Porch BBQ – See Website for Current Food Truck Location
    Once found on Jefferson Street, now mobile throughout Washington, Hazel's Back Porch BBQ is a beloved place to find top-quality barbecue within a short drive from Washington homes for sale. It is cheered for its specialty items like Back Porch Nachos with brisket, pulled pork, or turkey, the meat and potatoes combo, macaroni and cheese, and the Texas toast sandwich stacked with a mighty half pound of your choice of meat.

  2. Salt + Smoke – 501 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301
    With four locations throughout St. Louis (including one coming soon) and one in St. Charles, Salt + Smoke has what you need when you want mouth-watering barbecue. Touting ribs, pulled pork, brisket, smoked wings, pulled chicken, and even more, it's also known for a delicious assortment of side dishes that create classic flavor combinations. On historic Old Main Street, it's a great place to visit while touring St. Charles homes for sale.

  3. Adam's Smokehouse – 2819 Watson Road, St. Louis, MO 63139
    Adam's Smokehouse is a leading pick for barbecue near St. Louis homes for sale. You can make your order by phone, online, or in-person for carryout, curbside, or in-person dining. This small, family-owned business has made its name with unforgettable food and friendly service. You won't want to miss the tri-tip sandwich!

  4. Bogart's Smokehouse – 1627 South 9th Street, St. Louis, MO 63104
    Bogart's Smokehouse will tempt your taste buds with barbecue that keeps you coming back. It's so good that it also has its own successful line of rubs and spices for home-cooked meals. With sandwiches and platters and meat by the pound, it stands out for its fresh pastrami and its Old Joe Platter featuring a full slab of ribs.

  5. Ethyl's Smokehouse & Saloon – 8505 Veteran's Memorial Parkway, O'Fallon, MO 63366
    Ethyl's Smokehouse & Saloon has been a part of the community since 1926 when operated under the name of the Wildwood Saloon. Still a colorful aspect of the neighborhood near O'Fallon homes for sale, it is a fun and welcoming place – and one of the only barbecue restaurants around that offers smoked catfish. It also has an impressive roster of sandwiches and a unique take on smoked barbecue pizza.

Ready to learn more about life in St. Louis? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Premier Group to discover St. Louis real estate.

April
19

About the Historic Neighborhoods in St. Louis

St Louis Historic AreasAs the Gateway to the West, the St. Louis area has plenty of history to delight local history buffs. Our real estate agents share some fascinating background on these historic neighborhoods surrounding St. Louis homes for sale.

  • Lafayette Square
    As the oldest historic district in St. Louis, Lafayette Square carries a strong aura of tradition. With its candy-colored, two- and three-story Victorian homes, Lafayette Square is also a visual delight. These homes, affectionately referred to as the "painted ladies," are a major reason why Better Homes & Gardens once recognized the district as one of the country's "12 Prettiest Painted Places." Lafayette Square, located just three blocks south of downtown, is the site of beautiful Lafayette Park, a 30-acre oasis that holds the title of oldest urban park west of the Mississippi River.

  • Old North St. Louis
    At its inception in 1816, Old North St. Louis was founded as a village on a parcel of land alongside the Mississippi River. One novel feature was the establishment of three circles of land designated for public use. By 1841, Old North St. Louis was absorbed as an official neighborhood of St. Louis. By the time the new century arrived, 14th Street had become a major commercial district, attracting shoppers from miles around with its numerous furniture, clothing, hardware, and grocery stores.

  • The Hill
    If you're a fan of Italian food, chances are you're already familiar with the Hill. Before the Civil War, the area drew scores of immigrants to work in the clay mines. Many Italian immigrants arrived in the area during this time. Today, the Hill is a modern foodie's delight, with its assortment of authentic bakeries, grocery stores, and trattorias. The Hill also proudly claims major league baseball legends Joe Garagiola and Yogi Berra among their own.

  • St. Charles
    Over the years, St. Charles has been known by different names that reflect the changing influences. In 1769, the city was called Les Petites Cotes, which translates to "The Little Hills." Later it became San Carlos Borromeo, with the current name of St. Charles originating shortly after Lewis and Clark began their historic journey here. Between 1821 and 1826, St. Charles served as Missouri's first capital, and the legend of Daniel Boone includes stories of his time as a resident. Today, more than one million visitors each year come to enjoy the beauty and history of the area around St. Charles homes for sale

  • Washington
    German immigrant Gottfried Duden was enchanted by the area, which reminded him of the lush natural beauty of his homeland. Duden composed glowing reports of his experience, which inspired many of his fellow countrymen to follow his path. In 1854, John B. Busch established a forerunner of his family's brewing dynasty when he started bottling the first Busch Beer just minutes from Washington homes for sale.  

Are you and your family ready to make some history of your own in St. Louis? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Premier Group for all your real estate needs.

April
5

Golfer's Day: 6 Golf Courses Near St. Louis

Golf in St Louis

National Golfer's Day is coming right up on April 10th. And after spending a long winter mostly indoors, our real estate agents are eager to enjoy a day on the links and some glorious spring sunshine in the St. Louis area. Plan your next golfing trip at one of these local courses. 

  1. Birch Creek Golf Club - 499 N Service Rd, Union, MO 63084
    With a course layout designed to be accessible to golfers of all skill levels, Birch Creek Golf Club is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable golf courses in the St. Louis area. Subtle rolls and breaks, along with multiple pin placement areas on each green, make it fun as well as challenging. Birch Creek Golf Club is located less than an hour from St. Louis and just minutes from many Union homes for sale

  2. Florissant City Golf Course - 50 Country Club Ln, Florissant, MO 63033
    First opened in 1964, Florissant City Golf Course has been one of the top courses in Missouri for more than 50 years. It has a championship par 72 layout, with rolling, always interesting terrain the provides endless challenges. With many Florissant homes for sale nearby, the Florissant City Golf Course is less than 30 minutes from the heart of Downtown St. Louis. 

  3. Eagle Springs Golf Course - 2575 Redman Ave, St. Louis, MO 63136
    A favorite among St. Louis golfers for many years, the Eagle Springs Golf Course offers an 18-hole championship course that plays to par 72 from the back tees, as well as a 9-hole par 3 golf course. Both offer engaging play and splendid scenery, and the Clubhouse Restaurant offers great food and service on their outdoor patio. Plus, there are numerous beautiful St. Louis homes for sale in the area. 

  4. Bogey Hills Country Club - 1120 Country Club Rd, St. Charles, MO 63303
    Bogey Hills Country Club has been one of the top courses in the St. Louis area for half a century, with beautifully maintained greens and fairways. The country club is also known for outstanding food, drinks, and service. Be sure to check out these St. Charles homes for sale a stone's throw from the Bogey Hills Country Club. 

  5. Old Warson Country Club - 9841 Old Warson Rd, St. Louis, MO 6312
    Located on land that was once a cattle farm going back to 1812, the Old Warson Country Club was established in 1953 and has been a vital part of the St. Louis golfing community ever since. Numerous high-profile tournaments have graced its fairways, and the course has a beautiful layout that continues to challenge and reward pro golfers and weekend enthusiasts alike. 

  6. Pevely Farms Golf Club - 400 Lewis Rd, Eureka, MO 63025
    Scenic, challenging, and well kept, the course at Pevely Farms Golf Club was designed by the famous golf course architect Arthur Hills on land that was once a dairy farm. It's one of the best public courses in the St. Louis area, with gently gliding terrain and tee times open to the general public seven days a week. Pevely Farms Golf Club is located near numerous Eureka homes for sale and just a half-hour outside St. Louis. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the St. Louis Area!

March
1

Celebrate Pi Day at These St. Louis Bakeries

St Louis Pie Bakeries

Our real estate agents agree math class would have been more interesting if it included "pie" instead of "pi." Celebrate National Pi Day on Sunday, March 14, with a slice of your favorite flavor from one of these top bakeries around St. Louis. While it might be a math holiday, we still consider it an excuse to check out local bakeries throughout the St. Louis area. 

  1. Glady Fay's - 1381 High St., Suite 111, Washington, MO 63090
    At Glady Fay's, everyone is family ... literally. The cafe is named for Gladys Fay Anderson, who taught her culinary secrets to her 10 children, one of whom will likely greet you when you walk in the door. The turnover-style hand pies are perfect grab-and-go snacks when you're viewing Washington homes for sale. Pies are also available by the slice and in mini four-inch versions. Glady Fay's is open weekdays from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

  2. The Blue Owl Restaurant & Bakery - 6116 Second St., Kimmswick, MO 63053
    After developing a devoted fan base for her baked goods through craft shows and festivals, Mary Hostetter realized her dream of opening The Blue Owl Restaurant & Bakery in 1985. Her signature Levee High Caramel Apple Pie has received the seal of approval from no less than Oprah Winfrey, who featured the pie as one of her "Top 100 Favorite Things for the Holidays." Hours are 6 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

  3. Pie Oh My! - 2719 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, MO 63143
    One cannot live on sweet pies alone, no matter how delightful it may sound. Pie Oh My! has the savory side covered with quiche and frozen, ready-to-bake chicken pot pies that make a great dinner after a day of touring Maplewood homes for sale. When it's time for dessert, Pie Oh My! features not one but two sizes of individual pies in a weekly rotating assortment of flavors. Pie Oh My! is open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

  4. Sweet Things Bakery - 3224 Rue Royale St., Saint Charles, MO 63301
    Beth Thompson's homemade baked goods were so popular that she quickly outgrew her rented kitchen space. After 10 years in Ferguson, Beth opened Sweet Things Bakery in New Town, right down the street from Saint Charles homes for sale. Everything, including the customer's favorite mini-pies, is made from scratch in small batches using the highest quality ingredients. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday.

  5. Russell's Café & Bakery - 952 Brookwood Center, Fenton, MO 63026
    Russell Ping saw his future when he was in the fourth grade, selling his homemade chocolate chip cookies outside the neighborhood pool. A dozen or so years later, the budding entrepreneur partnered with his mother to open Russell's Café & Bakery, just minutes from St. Louis homes for sale. Success led to the addition of a dinner restaurant and pizza joint, both serving Russell's delicious baked goods. Hours are 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday.

  6. Nathaniel Reid Bakery - 11243 Manchester Rd., St. Louis, MO 63122
    Armed with a diploma from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu, Nathaniel Reid worked in some of the finest pastry kitchens around the world. When it was time to break out on his own, he came home to open Nathaniel Reid Bakery, serving the community around Kirkwood homes for sale. The luscious apple pie croissant is a delightful mashup of two pastry favorites. Nathaniel Reid Bakery is open for carryout and curbside orders from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

We may not be able to calculate pi, but we can help you find your St. Louis home with a kitchen perfect for pie baking! Contact us at Coldwell Banker Premier Group for all your real estate needs.

February
1

What You Need to Know About VA Loans in 2021

VA Loan Tips

Are you an active or retired military member with your eye on one of the wonderful St. Louis homes for sale? Uncle Sam wants to help make your dream of homeownership come true. Our real estate agents share significant changes to the VA loan program taking effect in 2021 and how they benefit you.

What Is a VA Loan?

Before reviewing the changes, it's helpful to clarify what constitutes a VA loan and how it differs from other mortgages. First of all, only active service members, veterans, and eligible surviving spouses can apply for a VA loan.

Some people mistakenly believe funding for the loans actually comes from the Department of Veterans Affairs or VA. Private institutions, such as banks and mortgage companies, are still the ones issuing the loans. The difference is that the VA guarantees a portion of the loan, making it easier for the borrower to obtain more favorable terms.

Benefits of VA Loans

If you're looking at some great Washington homes for sale with the intent of using a VA loan, you still have to go through the traditional steps: Get prequalified and preapproved, make an offer, have the home appraised, and complete the closing.

Here are the ways a VA loan truly works to your advantage:

  • You can obtain a VA loan without a down payment. Many people cite the difficulty of saving for a down payment as the biggest obstacle toward purchasing a home.

  • Mortgage insurance is a requirement for home loans secured with less than 20 percent down. Even without a down payment, mortgage insurance is not attached to VA loans thanks to the VA's guarantee.

  • VA loans are not a one-time-only deal. You can use your VA entitlement for home purchases throughout your lifetime. Keep in mind, though, that VA loans are meant to buy a primary residence in "move-in ready" condition.

  • Previous foreclosures or bankruptcies don't preclude eligibility for VA loans.

  • There's no prepayment penalty for VA loans, so you can save money by making additional payments and retiring the loan early.

What's New in 2021

So what are the specific changes to the VA loan program going forward in 2021?

  • Until this year, National Guard members, including reservists, had to have at least 90 days of active duty to qualify for a VA loan. Under a new law, members are eligible with 90 days of service. The one caveat is that at least 30 of those days must be consecutive.

  • There is no cap to the amount of money a home buyer may borrow under a VA loan. Previously, however, limits were set to how much the VA would guarantee without a down payment. Those limits have now been eliminated for those with full VA loan entitlement. While this affects many VA loan applicants, there are two instances where VA loan limits still apply. One is in the case of those who have previously defaulted on a VA loan. The other is with homeowners who have one or more VA loans currently active.

Ready to start your search for a new home? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Premier Group to get started.

January
19

Local St. Louis Cafes for National Hot Chocolate Day

St Louis Hot Chocolate

Friday, January 31st, is National Hot Chocolate Day, and our real estate agents can't wait to huddle over a hot cup of cocoa. As we grow older, there's just something about a hot chocolate on a cold winter day that feels cozy and nostalgic. If you're interested in sipping your way down memory lane, head to these cafes near St. Louis for National Hot Chocolate Day.

  1. The Washington Coffee Shop — 2 E. Fifth St., Washington, MO 63090
    If you're in town at the tail end of January looking for Washington homes for sale, be sure to warm up with a cup of cocoa from The Washington Coffee Shop. This local hotspot is serving up espresso drinks, fresh-pressed sandwiches, and of course hot chocolate. Be sure to check out their daily baked goods and find the perfect one to pair with your beverage!


  2. Frontier Perk Café — 336 S. Main St., Saint Charles, MO 63301
    Nestled in the heart of historic Main Street is Frontier Perk Café. Surrounded by some of the town's most unique boutique shops, Frontier Perk Café is a great place to settle in for breakfast, lunch, or just a grab-and-go cup of joe. On National Hot Chocolate Day, treat yourself to one of their decadent hot chocolates, made with a house-blended cocoa powder and topped with marshmallows, whipped cream, and peppermint pieces. Drop-in while you're touring Saint Charles homes for sale and fuel up for the rest of your showings.


  3. Meshuggah Café — 6269 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63130
    Since 1992, they've been brewing up coffee and culture for all walks of life. Whether you're in the mood to hear a local musician, check out local art, play a board game with friends, or read a book with your coffee, Meshuggah Café welcomes you to come and catch some chill vibes. A hot chocolate pumped up with a flavor shot of Irish cream, pumpkin, or caramel will start your National Hot Chocolate Day on the right foot. Just make sure you grab a Brown Suggah Bagel to go with it.


  4. Foundation Grounds — 7298 Manchester Rd., Maplewood, MO 63143
    If you haven't sat out on the patio of Foundation Grounds Coffeehouse and sipped a warm cup of their tasty drinks, you're missing out. From house blends of coffee to hot chocolate, lattes, and more, the only way you can make your afternoon better is to add a tasty cup of soup, quiche, or their famous Goo Balls to your hot cocoa order if you arrive a little early to your Maplewood homes for sale appointment.


  5. Catalyst Coffee Bar — 1223 Pine St., St. Louis, MO 63013
    Handcrafted beverages are always ready for your enjoyment at Catalyst Coffee Bar. An extension of Art Saint Louis, Catalyst helps beautify the community with every dollar earned. What better way to celebrate National Hot Chocolate Day than by savoring a delicious cup of cocoa that also supports the art community of St. Louis?

Ready to cozy up with some hot chocolate in a new home? Let us help you heat up your search. Contact us today to schedule warm and welcoming tours of our St. Louis homes for sale.

January
4

Home Improvement Projects to Work on This Winter

Home Improvement Projects

While the cold winter months are ideal for cozying up on the couch, sometimes it feels good to be productive. A little home maintenance will also ensure your home looks its best if you list it among the St. Louis market and surrounding area. Whether your home is in St. Louis County, Franklin County, or even further north in St. Charles County, our agents encourage you to work on these home improvement projects this winter. 

  1. Declutter and Organize
    Winter is a perfect time to declutter and organize your belongings. You likely have some new holiday gifts that you need to make room for, and there's no better way to start the New Year than with an organized space.

    You can either tackle one room at a time, or you may declutter categories of stuff. For example, you might declutter all the clothing in your home or all your paperwork and mementos. Get rid of anything you no longer use, that you have too much, or that you haven't used in more than a year (aside from seasonal items).

    Once you know what you're left with, you can organize your belongings with containers, shelves, rods, and hooks. Our real estate agents know that a well-organized home also looks larger and more appealing to potential buyers. 
  1. Replace Old Hardware
    Old hardware, like your door hinges, cabinet knobs, doorknobs, and door levels, can quickly make your space look dated. Give your home an instant facelift by replacing these items. You can replace most old hardware with a screwdriver, drill, screws, and wood putty. 
  1. Service Your Ceiling Fans
    Did you know that you need to change the direction of your ceiling fans during the winter months? When the weather is cold, you want your ceiling fans to operate in a clockwise direction, so it pushes warm air down. You can adjust your ceiling fan's direction by using the direction switch on your fan's motor housing.

    While you're changing your fans' directions, give them a thorough dusting. Dust the fan blades with a microfiber cloth or duster that will prevent the dust from scattering. Wipe down the fan pulls with a damp cloth. 
  1. Repair Any Wall Blemishes and Touch Up Your Paint
    If you've got some areas with scrapes or holes, winter is a fantastic time to patch these blemishes and touch up the paint. You'll be spending a lot of time indoors, and you want your home to look as inviting as possible.

    You can fix most small wall defects with a layer or two of spackling compound. Once it dries, sand the area smooth and add a fresh coat of paint.
  1. Change the Batteries in Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
    Keep your family safe by changing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Once the units have fresh batteries, test them to make sure they're working properly. If necessary, install additional detectors in your home.

    You should have a smoke detector in each bedroom, in the hall outside every sleeping area, and on each level of your home. There should be a carbon monoxide detector on each level of your home and in your garage. 

Ready to explore new properties for your family? Contact us today!

December
21

Interior Design Trends to Pay Attention to in 2021

Interior Design Trends

With 2021 fast approaching, we're excited to see what trends will catch on in the new year. With so many people spending extra time on home projects in 2020, we're expecting even more homeowners to take on home improvement projects to make their home extra special for themselves or to get it ready to list. Our real estate agents were so inspired by these St. Louis homes for sale, they decided to put together a list of their predictions for what trends you can expect to see more of in 2021. 

  1. Coastal Themes
    Tranquility is going to be a very popular theme in 2021, especially considering the year we had. Many of us were forced to skip our beach vacations in 2020, so it wouldn't be surprising to see subtle coastal design themes pop-up in homes this year. Whether it's tropical leaves or flowers or the right mix of calming aquas and blues, pay attention to calming coastal design trends in 2021. This is a great option for those who love the beach and are looking to personalize their home office. 

  2. Rustic Vogue
    For those who like a charming look mixed with a bit of upscale character, rustic vogue is definitely going to be the design trend for you. This look is usually best in homes that already have some rustic character, such as old doors or original floorboards. Simply add some upscale furniture, neutral colors, and some bright statement pieces to create that upscale cottage feel. To achieve this look, be sure to check out thrift stores for that one-of-a-kind look!

  3. Pure Vintage
    Vintage designs and timeless looks will always be in style. Working antique furniture or pieces of architectural salvage into your living space is a great way to create a classic look. They really don't make furniture like they used to, so repurposing old pieces can really make a statement in your home.

  4. Textured Walls
    We expect to see textured walls continue to increase in popularity next year. Stone, marble, and wooden beams all significantly impact perception and can really add a classy touch to any room. Textured walls change the ambiance of the room in a big way. Best of all, they're generally easy to install and can hide cracks, dents, and holes in your drywall.

  5. Houseplants
    Get ready to step up your house plant game in 2021 because they're coming back in a big way. Retro 1970's hangers, unique succulents, and big blooms -- adding some green into your living space can definitely liven things up. They can also go a long way towards boosting your mood. Just make sure you buy plants that require little maintenance and are hard to kill.

Looking for a new home in the area for you to try new home improvement projects on in 2021? Contact us today!

December
7

Shop Local This Holiday Season at These Stores Near St. Louis

St Louis Shop Local

The holidays have certainly snuck up on us, and if you're like many of our real estate agents, you need to get a lot of gift shopping done. Instead of heading to the big box stores, we encourage you to shop local this holiday season at these stores around St. Louis, St. Charles, and Washington.

  1. St. Louis Art Supply — 4532 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63108
    If you're searching for a gift for the art enthusiast in your life, head down to St. Louis Art Supply. Stocked with world-class products, St. Louis Art Supply sources limited edition and small-batch supplies from exceptional independent workshops worldwide. They carry everything from acrylic and oil paints to pencils, writing paper, and even books. Stop by for a cup of coffee in their Cornflower café and ask them which gifts will help unleash your recipient's creative side.


  2. Looking Glass Designs — 1917 Park Ave., St. Louis, MO 63104
    One-of-a-kind gifts are some of the best presents to receive, and Looking Glass Designs is prepared to help you create a customized gift for the hard-to-please. Their products are either created in-house or by local artists, which means every gift is uniquely St. Louis. They also take care of personalization and customization via in-house laser engraving, embroidering, and monogramming. Visit their shop to discover the serving trays, cutting boards, coasters, earrings, glasses, and more that can be customized for your friends or family.


  3. Loyal Bella Co. — 120 Elm St., Washington, MO 63090
    As you're shopping for gifts, don't forget about your four-legged family member! Loyal Bella Co., just around the corner from riverside Washington homes for sale, has the perfect gifts for any pet. Take a walk into this boutique store in historic downtown Washington, and you'll find toys, treats, and a variety of other pet supplies. Consider grabbing a few fresh baked cookies to put in your pet's stocking. They also sell people-friendly gifts too, such as sweaters, ornaments, and jewelry.

    While you are exploring downtown Washington, be sure to check out other local favorites like Neighborhood Reads and The Painted Home.

  4. Bowood — 4605 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63108
    Grabbing gifts for the gardener in your life hasn't been easier than at Bowood Garden + Supply. This St. Louis staple has a vast selection to choose from. Along with garden supplies, plants, and containers, they also sell dried and preserved florals, books, tools, and holiday wreaths. If the aspiring planter in your life has a not-so-green thumb, buy them a gift certificate for one of Bowood's creative classes, such as watercolor cardmaking or a create your own terrarium workshop.


  5. Happy Camper Clothing & Co. — 510 S. Main St., St. Charles, MO 63301
    It's a safe bet that any gift you buy from Happy Camper Clothing & Co. will make your recipient, well, a happy camper! This small screen-printing company based near our St. Charles homes for sale has the coziest sweatshirts, t-shirts, hoodies, and beanies this side of the Missouri. If you can't get out to their storefront, you can always shop on their Etsy page and have your gift sent right to the recipient.


    Make the most out of your holiday shopping trip in downtown St. Charles and find more gifts at shops like Main Street Books or Addy's Floral.

Would you love to move into a new home before the New Year? We can help. Contact us today to tour our St. Louis homes for sale.

November
16

Painting Tips from the Pros You'll Want to Try

Painting Tips

With the average cost of painting the interior of a home running approximately $959 to $2,772, handling the job yourself is an excellent way to save a few dollars. Our real estate agents know that a fresh paint job is appealing to potential buyers and ensures your home's spaces look bright, inviting, and clean. Here are a few tips to following from painting pros for expert-level results. 

  1. Make Sure You Start with a Smooth Surface
    Before you start painting, see that you have a smooth surface for the job. Use the spackling paste to fill in any holes or imperfections in your drywall. If you have holes larger than six inches or so, you'll need to patch them using a drywall patch before covering the area with spackling paste. Once the paste dries, sand it using fine-grit sandpaper on a sanding pole. Press the sandpaper along the wall vertically, then horizontally, using gentle pressure to create a smooth surface. Wipe the walls with a damp cloth before you start painting to remove any leftover dust and grime from the sanding process. 
  1. Properly Prepare the Room
    Don't start sanding or painting until you've prepared the room. Move all the furniture to the center of the room, and cover it with drop cloths. Make sure to tape the dropcloths together at the bottom so that dust and splatters don't get in. Cover your floors with canvas drop cloths. They'll protect your floors much better than old bedsheets or plastic drop cloths. Tape them down around the edges so that they don't come up as you walk on them and turn into a trip hazard. See that you also cover any light or wall fixtures that you're not removing. 
  1. Use Painters Tape or a Quality Angled Paint Brush
    You'll likely have some areas that you want to keep a different color, like your baseboards or wooden trim. Protect these areas with painters tape if you have an unsteady hand; check that you firmly press the tape down so that it keeps paint from seeping underneath it. Or, if you have a steady hand, invest in a small, quality, angled paintbrush. This will allow you to paint around these areas with precision. 
  1. Do One Wall at a Time
    When painting, you might be tempted to do all the edges in a room and then go back and do the bulk of the walls. Instead, do one wall at a time so that you don't inadvertently wind up with wall edges that are a slightly different hue. Doing one wall at a time makes it easier for you to produce a seamless look that will help your home stand out against other St. Louis homes for sale. The color along your walls and edges will be even and professional looking. 
  1. Wash Your Paint Rollers Before Using Them
    A paint roller is an excellent way to reduce the amount of time it takes to paint a room. Before you get started, wash the rollers in your sink with a squirt of liquid soap. As you wash the roller, run your hands up and down the surface to remove any loose fibers. Rinse the roller well to remove all traces of the soap. You can start using them immediately (even if they're still wet). 

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October
20

National Cookie Month: Bakeries in St. Louis and Surrounding Areas

Bakeries Near St Louis

Pour a glass of milk and leave room for dessert — October is National Cookie Month! Instead of waiting until Halloween to satiate your sweet tooth, our real estate agents encourage you to embrace National Cookie Month and sample a few of the finest baked goods in St. Louis.

  1. Kim's Bakery – 13357 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, MO 63017
    Next time you're in the area touring Chesterfield homes for sale, treat your loved ones with the special hand-made, low-sugar cookies from Kim's Bakery. Using natural and premium ingredients, they bake each batch from scratch, just like your granny used to make them. Options include classic walnut cookies, oatmeal cookies, marble cookies, and more! Sample all twenty-four of Kim's cookies throughout National Cookie Month.

  2. The Cakery Bakery – 1420 Tamm Ave., St. Louis, MO 63139
    The Cakery is one of the sweetest places to order up sugary-goodness for your special event. Thankfully, you don't have to wait for the next wedding or retirement party to taste their exceptional buttercream sugar cookies. The Cakery can whip up dozens of different cookies in all kinds of shapes, colors, and themes. Far from the standard birthday and baby shower varieties, The Cakery's talented bakers accept custom orders for just about anything. Order up jersey-shaped cookies to support your favorite team or pink ribbon cookies for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. No matter which batch you order, The Cakery offers one of the most unique ways to celebrate National Cookie Month.

  3. Pint Size Bakery & Coffee – 3133 Watson Rd., South City, St. Louis, MO 63139
    If you're searching for South City's best-baked goods, there are no better bakeries in the area than Pint Size Bakery. Don't let the name fool you — their small batches deliver larger than life flavor. Their extensive menu includes a variety of cookies, including Breakfast Cookies made with applesauce, several different Tea Cookies, brownie and cookie Brookies, a zillion different shapes of Decorated Cookies, and their signature Quart-Size Cookies and Sammie Cookies. With fresh Kaldi's Coffee always brewing, Pint Size Bakery is a great place to catch breakfast during National Cookie Month.

  4. Sucrose – 700 S. Fifth St., St. Charles, MO 63301
    Locally sourced ingredients merge with exceptional baking talents to produce superior baked goods at Sucrose, an artisanal bakery just around the corner from St. Charles homes for sale. Don't walk into Sucrose expecting run of the mill chocolate chip cookies. Their reliance on seasonal ingredients can be tasted in their constantly evolving menu. Order up one of their French macarons in varieties like vanilla bean, hibiscus rose, and dulce de leche, and you'll immediately notice their attention to classic technique and emphasis on taste.  

  5. Federhofer's Bakery – 9005 Gravois Rd., St. Louis, MO 63123
    A lot has changed in 54 years, but the cookies at Federhofer's Bakery are still just as delicious as they were in 1966. Serving up your favorite cookies for all occasions, National Cookie Month is the best time to try Federhofer's selection if you haven't yet. Place an order for one of their assorted trays so you can sample their varieties. Make sure to note which ones you can't get enough of — Federhofer's will be taking orders for Christmas cookies before you know it!

  6. Schulte's Bakery – 1100 W. 5th St., Washington, MO 63090
    When a bakery has been in business for over fifty years, you know it's got to be good! Locals rave about the sweet treats Schulte's Bakery whips up near Washington homes for sale. While you can't go wrong ordering anything off their menu, if you're there for National Cookie Month, be sure to try out their chocolate chip, snickerdoodles, or a classic sugar cookie. All of their baked goods are freshly made, have no preservatives, and are the original recipes handed down from the founder Leo Schulte. 

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