Interior Color


Paint color trends from The Spruce

The photo above is one of the photos used in the linked article above. The deep color on the walls looks luxurious, but is not overwhelming because of the white rug, trim, furniture, and ample natural light falling on the room.

Two personal stories for you:

  1. When we had three young children at home, I was always dreaming up ways of making our home more appealing (to me), and more usable for the family. After adding on a master bedroom and doing a lot of the work ourselves, we were down to the wall-painting part of the deal. I had chosen what I call “1940’s lawn furniture green”, which was a rich color. The room could support it, though, because it was lined with windows and plenty of white woodwork. I was standing in the other end of the house when I heard our eldest daughter say, “Daddy, why are you painting the room that color?” I laughed at my husband’s serious answer, “Because your mother went to art school.”
  2. Years later, different house. I had been contemplating our front room/entry hall for some time. I think it was designed to be a living room, but it was quite small for a home that was 4000 square feet. We used it for various purposes throughout our years in that home, and at this point, it was an office, with a cherry-finished L-shaped desk and credenza. I needed some excitement in that room, so one day when my husband came home from the office, I said, “Can you help me move this desk, please? I have decided to paint this wall purple.” And you know what he said? “Let me go get a phillips screwdriver to take apart the desk.” That was all!  By the way, in that same house, we went through 5 different paint colors in the dining room, including mustard yellow, before my friend landed on a soft green for us.

What paint stories do you have?



Mark Sprague, of Independence Title in Texas, forecasts that the cost of labor will rise as much as 25% in the next year or so. Let’s think about it: the entire Texas coast and inland for 75 miles or more, was damaged/destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. All those homes and buildings need repair and replacement. That requires lots and lots of workers, right? More need for workers= rise in wages to lure those workers to the task at hand. This also means that more people will have money to buy stuff. Perhaps goods and services that you and I provide?

Already, the cost of building a new house is rising because of labor cost. I am thinking that if you, or someone you know, were planning to buy a new home anyway, now is the time.

Kitchen in a Lennar home that a client and I were looking at this weekend.

Too Much Weather


It is hard not to think about the weather, even when I look outside and see bright sunshine and early fall temperatures.

Keller Williams Disaster Response Teams have been “on the ground” along the Texas coast following the disaster that was Hurricane Harvey, carrying 18-wheeler truckloads of cleanup supplies to leased warehouse space close to the points of need. Agents and brokers in the Keller Williams family have been coming and going from undamaged areas for a week now, helping KW agents in the coastal areas clean out their storm-and-flood-damaged homes. This next week was supposed to be the annual Keller Williams Mega Camp in Austin, during which there are speakers and sessions on all aspects of the real estate business. This year is different, however: all attendees will be bused to the coastal areas on 137 chartered buses to help make more order out of chaos for areas devastated by Harvey two weeks ago. Agents come from all over the world to Mega Camp, so there will be a lot of people working to clean up Texas this next week.

I was just in the office of the man who is coordinating the buses and the work sites so that help is spread evenly where it is needed, and making sure that Keller Williams’ efforts are not duplicating efforts by other groups in the same locations. He said that the 18-wheelers are already loaded with supplies for the Florida area after Hurricane Irma hits.

The current hurricane report from the Washington Post is here, and I have quoted it below describing Category 4 winds:

Catastrophic damage will occur: Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.

It is too late to re-engineer or do major preparations right in the immediate path of this storm, but Consumer Reports published some great articles on acting quickly after storms and flooding.

What Flood Insurance Does and Does Not Cover

How Flood Victims Can Get Financial Help

How to Salvage Your Valuables After Serious Flooding

Writing Off a Catastrophic Loss