May 2016

There are 9 blog entries for May 2016.



There’s more to spring than cleaning – it’s the ideal time to dump the heavy winter window coverings and hang up lighter fabrics for spring. If you shop at local sales, or discount retailers online, new curtains don’t have to cost a fortune.

When it’s time for you to update the window treatments in your Spokane home, check out the following tips.

Colors and Patterns

Choose your colors and patterns carefully. In fact, here are some tips for you:

When considering color, your aim should be to complement accessories. Too many colors will overpower them. If your room is small and you opt for big, bold patterns in your draperies, don’t use patterns in other upholstered items in the room.

If, on the other hand, you’ll be choosing a solid

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When you begin shopping for Spokane homes for sale the first thing you'll no doubt notice is that our neighborhoods are diverse - ranging from commercial and entertainment districts to suburban areas filled with the sounds of children’s laughter. Among these different neighborhoods, north of Spokane’s downtown area, is North Hill.

The five thousand homes of North Hill sit inside a little more than two square miles between Francis Avenue in the north and along the bluff to the south, including Cora and Courtland avenues. The western boundary falls on Ash Street, and the North Hill community extends eastward to Division Street.

There is a combination of renter and owner-occupied homes in North Hill, mostly in single-family properties. Home prices

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When your Spokane home is on the market you’re at potential buyers’ beck and call. Of course, real estate agents will show the home while you’re at work but what about weekends and evenings when the family is at home doing what we all do at home ― relaxing? Yup, buyers still rule your universe, at least if you hope to get the home sold.

Unfortunately, evenings and weekends are also when most buyers are available to view homes. So, while the family is relaxing or playing, the house is bound to get messy. The phone rings and it’s an agent with a potential buyer that wants to see the home in 30 minutes. What do you do?

Read on for tips on how to get the home show-ready in less than a half hour.

  • Grab a box or laundry basket and run through the
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With a river running through town, Spokane clearly embraces natural living. With plenty of parks and trails, it’s hardly surprising that many homeowners have pets – and want to take their dogs with them when they can.

And, Spokane is a dog-friendly city. You’ll find plenty of restaurants happy to open their patios to patrons with pets. Here are just a few you might want to try next time you’re headed out with your four-legged friends.

Picabu Neighborhood Bistro – You’ll find this restaurant in Lower South Hill. They’re serving up an incredible mix of “Thai-American-Mexican-Cajun” dishes – so it shouldn’t be difficult to find something to tempt you. Recently covered by the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, this restaurant is fast

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It’s always so much easier to enjoy breakfast out on the town when the days are long and filled with promise. And, now’s the time to find a new favorite spot to enjoy a croissant and a cup of coffee while you read the newspaper… or to indulge in a full breakfast you would never dream of preparing at home. Why not give one of these places a try this weekend?

Italia Trattoria – Your first thought for breakfast might not be a busy Italian restaurant, but the morning bites served out of this establishment will change your mind. You’ll find the usual favorites along with a few menu items you just don’t want to miss. Why not try the Farmer’s Breakfast with white bean and tomato ragu along with house-made Italian sausage and fried eggs? You’ll find Italia

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Cleaning your house before putting it on the market is just a common sense approach. Staging the home is a choice, but often times unnecessary. De-personalizing it, however, is a must. If you’ve lived in the home for any length of time you may not even notice how personalized it has become.

Diplomas on the wall, trophies on a shelf, collections of CDs and DVDs and all those kids’ drawings tacked to the refrigerator door may alienate buyers, who more than anything need to be able to see themselves living in the home.

From how you’ve chosen to use the rooms in your home to your taste in décor, the time to de-personalize it is now, before you put it up for sale.

Paint is a miracle cure

If your walls have seen better days, slap on a fresh coat

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It’s difficult to ignore a problem with lighting in a home and yet, it’s one of those things that you never notice when it has been done right. This is the time when many homeowners in Spokane spot issues with the lighting in their homes.

The Importance of Lighting in a Home

Not only can good lighting improve the moods of everyone living in it (and your visitors too), it also has the potential to increase the value of your home… without a major outlay of cash.

But, good lighting doesn’t mean spaces flooded with light. That can be too harsh, and it can also put people on edge (think of the bright lights at hospitals as an example). It also doesn’t mean low lighting throughout the house so that you’re always feeling around for what you need.

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Isn’t it wonderful when it’s warm enough to play a game in shorts? Doesn’t it just make you happy when you can dust off your favorite clubs, pack them in the car, and head off to a day in the sun? If you’re a golfer, you live for the days when you can play a new course or really make yourself at home with your existing membership.

At Kalispel Golf Course and Country Club on the north side of Spokane, you can do both. And, you’ll want to. This historic course had some shaky roots, but the founders understood perseverance; it took a lot of hard work to make this Par 72 course what it is today. But when they got it right in 1910, they really got it right; the course hasn’t seen a lot of major changes over the years.

In the middle of the gorgeous

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Even if you’re not in the market for a luxury home in Spokane, I thought it might be fun to take a look at how the 1 percent lives by peeking inside their homes for sale on the Spokane real estate market.


The most expensive home on the Spokane real estate market right now sits on more than 3.5 acres, providing lots of privacy. The home features 4 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms in 10,582 square feet of living space. Those are just the basics of this stunning home. Built in 2012, it offers high ceilings and lots of glass and wood, a solarium, an elevator and more. The security, lighting and music systems are top-of-the-line. There truly are far too many amenities to list here. By the way, it’s located a short 20 minutes from downtown Spokane.

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