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Mudrooms That Will Inspire You

by Meghan Riley, "2015 Sales Team of the Year"

When you have an active family, there’s nothing better than having a mudroom. It’s the perfect place to organize outdoor clothes and gear, and to trap dirt that would otherwise be trailed into the home. Mudrooms can be set up with all kinds of different features depending on your needs, so we’ve compiled some of our favorite mud rooms to inspire your own mudroom design. Take a look below!

Built-in Cubbies and Cabinets

Give everyone in your home a place to put their “stuff” with built-in cubbies. There are many versions to choose from – some homemade, others that you can purchase online and install – but most have a place to hang a coat and bag, and a shelf for a basket to hold loose items. The cubbies pictured here were a custom design from JDJ Lifestyle Design Remodel for a home in Brookfield that they remodeled. It has drawers and cabinets in addition to the usual cubbies.

jDj lifestyle design remodel - Built in Cubbies 

Jaime at That’s My Letter was also kind enough to share the plans for this locker and bench setup. You can see schematics and pictures from the assembly on her blog.

Thats My Letter - Locker and Bench 

Cubbies and Sink

Have kids that love to play in the dirt? You need a sink for washing hands! The folks at J.S. Brown & Co. designed this mudroom with cubbies and a built-in sink. The kids can peel off their dirty clothes and wash their hands before heading further into the house. It’s also convenient if you have pets that you feed in the mudroom.

JS Brown Company - Cubbies and Sink 

Dog Washing Station

Are your kids of the four-legged kind? You may want to upgrade that sink to a handy-dandy dog washing station. This half-shower setup shared by Annie at Live Simply is elevated and includes a removable showerhead so you don’t have to bend over to wash. The room also has easy-to-clean tile flooring for muddy paws. How neat is that?

Live Simply - Dog Washing Station 

Locker Room Style

Is your home overrun with sports gear? Then, a locker room style mudroom may be the best choice for you. Not only do all the cabinets keep everything looking neat, but they trap loose sticks, pads, uniforms, boogie boards, etc. so they aren’t getting scattered around. This one is from the 2011 HGTV Dream Home. Remember it? This home was positioned next to the ski slopes in Vermont, so the locker room style was great for organizing ski gear.

2011 HGTV Dream Home - Locker Style Cabinetry 

Chalkboard Painted Panels

Do you have a locker room style mudroom? Here’s one way you can make it pull double duty. Paint the doors with chalkboard paint and use it to keep your family on track with schedules, chores, to-do lists, and more! This one is courtesy of Brit + Co.

Brit Co - Chalkboard Paint 

Multi-functional Mudroom        

When your mudroom is technically part of another space, it can be hard to keep it functional. Built-ins, an easy-to-clean floor, and molding can keep the room looking unified while still giving everything an assigned place. This example from Zillow Digs has built-in lockers and drawers, and white hardwood flooring. It’s in a shared space sitting right at the home’s entrance which is open to the living room. They’ve also included a desk for taking care of household duties, but all of these elements are tied together with molding, uniform flooring, and similar paint colors.

Zillow - Open White Mudroom 

Mudroom and Laundry Room

It’s like peanut butter and jelly…milk and cookies…Tom and Jerry…Bert and Ernie…Han Solo and Chewbacca…Some things just go great together, including mudrooms and laundry rooms. Just take a look at this mudroom-laundry room combo from Distinctive Remodeling Solutions (via Houzz). The back entrance opens directly into the room, which has locker style cubbies, a sink, cabinets, and a washer and dryer. Family members can discard dirty clothes into a hamper or directly into the washer as soon as they enter the home. No need to haul them off to another part of the home.

Distinctive Remodeling Solutions - Laundry Room and Mudroom 

Here’s another great example of a combined mudroom and laundry room. This one was shared by Style at Home and is slightly smaller than the last example. White cabinets and shelving help give everything a place while the blue stackables and matching striped rug give the room a punch of color.

Style at Home - Coastal Feel Laundry Room and Mudroom 

Barn Door

If you have an open floor plan, you may want to section off the mudroom area of your home to cut down on dirt and dust. Traditional doors can take up needed space. Barn doors, on the other hand, sit against the exterior wall making it easier to optimize the wall and floor space inside. Here’s a good example from J.S. Brown & Co.

JS Brown Company - Barn Door 

Closet to Mudroom

Want a mudroom, but not sure you can make one fit? Here’s one example of how you can incorporate a mudroom into your current home. Megan from TheSchmidtHome.net (shared via In the New House) converted a bi-fold closet into a mini-mudroom with a bench, shelving, and coat hooks. It’s the perfect place to sit down and remove her shoes.

In the New House Designs - Closet to Mudroom 

Hidden Shoe Rack

Want to really up your mudroom game? Here’s a convenient shoe rack hidden behind the coat rack, perfect for storing away all those off-season shoes that your family isn’t wearing.

Hidden Shoe Rack 

Which of these were your favorite? Any ideas you’ll be incorporating into your own home?

Mudrooms That Will Inspire You

Tuesday Tally - Return to River Oaks, Wilmington

by "2015 Sales Team of the Year"


Melanie Cameron returns to River Oaks in Wilmington, NC, to present this week's Tuesday Tally and gets a community update from Tracy Grant of Bill Clark Homes. Watch the video to see the brand new model home and make sure you stop by River Oaks on October 8th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for their Grand Opening. There will be food, prizes, and giveaways, and you'll get a chance to see their inventory. Make sure you tell them Melanie Cameron sent you!

Join Our Tailwind Tribe!

by Meghan Riley, "2015 Sales Team of the Year"

Home Design and DIY Tailwind TribeIf you are a blogger or an avid Pinterest user, and one of your main focuses is home themed pins, then we would love to have you join our Tailwind Tribe! What is a Tailwind Tribe? It's a tool that allows groups of Pinterest users to bring together quality pins of similar topics in one place. They can then schedule those pins to post to Pinterest on their selected boards. This tool is currently in Alpha testing, but it's free to use by anyone invited to a tribe. Here's more info on our Tailwind Tribe:

Home Design & DIY

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This tribe is for pictures of homes (nice interiors/exteriors, room makeovers, and home trends) and DIY (renovation tips, furniture makeovers, decor projects, art projects, and holiday/seasonal decorating).

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If you're interested in joining, CLICK HERE for the invite link.

For more info on Tailwind Tribes, here is a Quick Start Guide and the Knowledge Base.


OPEN HOUSE: 412 Dover Road

by "2015 Sales Team of the Year"

Stop by for a tour of this home and have all your questions answered. Every Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage open house you visit gets you entered in Coast In & Win for the chance to win $500!

412 Dover RoadSaturday, September 24
412 Dover Road

Wilmington, NC 28409
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Realtor Kellye Brill will be hosting an open house this weekend at our listing located in Lansdowne Estates!


Property Details:

Delightful 4 bedroom 2.5 bath home located on a large corner lot in the family friendly neighborhood of Lansdowne Estates! The versatile open layout features 2,422 sq.ft. of living space, freshly painted interior, a cozy gas fireplace in the den and newly updated kitchen with granite countertops, tile floor and stainless steel appliances. The master bedroom has 2 walk-in closets and his/her vanities. At the rear of the home is a sunroom to enjoy morning coffee and the company of friends and family. The large back yard is perfect for hosting the annual neighborhood Halloween cookout, which homeowners have grown to anticipate and enjoy year after year! A 1-year home warranty is included for added peace of mind.

Click here for a map, more details, and pictures!

“Fall” Into Cozy

by Meghan Riley, "2015 Sales Team of the Year"

Now that we’re officially heading into the cooler months of the year, it’s time to think about changing out your home’s décor to welcome in the change of seasons. Fall or autumn is the perfect time to usher in all the scents and accessories that make your home feel cozy and warm in order to make your home more inviting for yourself, family, and friends. This is one of our favorite times of the year to write about, because it means a break from the hot weather in our Coastal area. So, we wanted to share some of our tips for “fall”-ing into cozy.

Pack In the Pillows

Create the perfect lounging area by changing out your current living room pillows with nice plump ones in the colors of fall. They’ll add a beautiful touch of color and help set the mood for the room. If your current interior design doesn’t blend well with fall colors, a common issue for those of us who live on the coast, check out Blue I Style for some non-traditional fall color palettes. Stone Gable Blog has a wonderful round-up of fall pillows that shows that they don't need to be the traditional oranges and browns.

Stone Gable Blog - Pumpkins Pillow 

Make Blankets Accessible

As temperatures drop, it becomes harder to shake that cold feeling. Make your home inviting by leaving out a basket of fleece, knit, or crocheted blankets. Friends and family will appreciate the thoughtfulness. Plus, what’s better than a nap on a blustery fall day? Here's one put together by Amy at While Wearing Heels.

While Wearing Heels - Cozy Blanket Basket  

Lay Down the Rugs

Hardwood and tile flooring can feel extra cool during the fall and winter. Laying down some rugs where your family members like to congregate most often in just their socks is a good way to cozy up the home. We suggest sticking to the plusher variety and avoiding the natural jute rugs that are more fitting for the spring and summer. This one from the Affinity Home Collection is just one example.

Affinity Home Collection Shag Rug 

Fluff It Up

Changing the colors of your home décor is a pretty obvious step in updating for fall, but don’t forget a change in textures can be fun too. Fluffy fabric is a great choice for making your home feel cozy. Incorporate it in pillows, blankets, rugs, chairs, and even wall art. We just recommend you don’t place it anywhere where dirt will be tracked or blown in. It can be hard to keep clean. This example is from Inspired Wives. Check out their blog for fall-inspired ideas specifically for the bedroom.

Inspired Wives - Faux Fur Blanket  

Put Out the Mugs

This is the time of the year for good conversation over hot drinks – Pumpkin Spice, black tea, rich coffee, and hot chocolate. So, why not celebrate it by decorating with mugs? Include a canister of some of your favorite flavors to make it easy for visitors to choose. For inspiration, here is Baked Bree's coffee station. See how she put it together on her blog.

Baked Bree - Coffee Station 

Thicken Up the Curtains

Windows are a common source for heating issues during the fall and winter. Help keep your windows insulated by changing out thin curtains with thicker versions. They’ll block cold air from seeping in and warm air from sneaking out. These blackout curtains from Designing Solutions (shared on Home Design etc.) are a good example of how thick curtains can cozy up a room.

Designing Solutions - Blackout Curtains 

Fill the Air with Earthy and Warm Scents

When updating the décor in your home, don’t forget to appeal to all of the senses, including scent. Put out some soy candles, potpourri, or essential oils in fall scents – apples and cinnamon, vanilla, pumpkin spice, caramel, clove, cranberry, sandalwood, etc. Stovetop mulling spices are also a good option for creating a cozy atmosphere. The candle pictured here is called Hayride (new mown hay with notes of sweet Balsam combined with Cedarwood) and is sold by Brandywine Candle Co. on Etsy.

Hayride 4 oz Jar Candle Autumn Soy Candles - Country Farmhouse Decor

Dim the Lights

Curling up next to a fireplace with the lights down low is the epitome of cozy, but not everyone has the luxury of a fireplace. Instead, try incorporating small warm white LEDs into your decorating. They may not have the crackling warmth of a fire, but they’ll create the same ambiance that’s nice on a cool fall night. Consider mixing lighted branches with some real ones or using these LED copper wire string lights.

Lights.com - Copper Wire LED Lights 

Bring in the Outdoors

With the harvest of pumpkins, gourds, and corn so common in the United States, this is a wonderful opportunity to bring the outdoors in to provide some warm and cheery décor. While these are easy to purchase at your local grocery store or farmers market, also try fall leaves, sticks, kernels, dried peas, lentils, pinecones, and evergreens for low-cost decorating DIY projects. HGTV shared a great DIY for making lentil candles.

HGTV Lentil Candles

Need some more ideas? Check out this blog post from The Krazy Coupon Lady and this one from My Life and Kids.

Create a Personal Nook

Love to read, nap, or get caught up with the news on your tablet? Create a special place in a corner of your home where you can curl up with a blanket, pillow, and hot beverage. This can be on a lounger, in a big stuffed chair, or on a window seat. Whatever you choose, the sheltered space will feel much cozier than an open living room. See more relaxing reading corners just like this one on Home DIT.

HomeDIT - Reading Corner 

However you choose to cozy up your home for fall, make sure you make it as personal and unique as you. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. That’s the fun part of decorating your home.

Do you have a good tip for “fall”-ing into cozy? Share it in the comments!

Fall into Cozy

Tuesday Tally - Airlie Gardens

by "2015 Sales Team of the Year"

Melanie Cameron presents this week's Tuesday Tally from historic Airlie Gardens in Wilmington, NC. Learn more about this beautiful landmark and find out how the Wilmington real estate market has been performing.

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by Meghan Riley, "2015 Sales Team of the Year"

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OPEN HOUSE: 8804 Tilbury Drive

by "2015 Sales Team of the Year"

Stop by for a tour of this home and have all your questions answered. Every Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage open house you visit gets you entered in Coast In & Win for the chance to win $500!

8804 Tilbury DriveSaturday, September 24
8804 Tilbury Drive

Wilmington, NC 28411
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Realtors Cindy and Matt Perkins will be hosting an open house this weekend at our new listing located in Sagewood at Plantation Landing!


Property Details:

Charming 4 bedroom, 3 bath home in the lovely community of Sagewood at Plantation landing! Featuring a welcoming front porch and a convenient open floor plan, this home has a lot to offer! The great room features vaulted ceilings and a gas fireplace flanked by windows. At the heart of the home is a spacious kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a breakfast area and formal dining room. Just off the kitchen is a keeping room complete with a fireplace for coziness and warmth. The 1st floor master suite includes walk-in closets that sit on either side of the passage to the attached bathroom, which boasts matching vanities, a separate shower, and a Jacuzzi tub. Also on 1st floor is a guest bedroom. On the 2nd floor are 2 bedrooms, and a bonus room. Other features include fresh exterior paint, tons of walk-in storage space and rear deck overlooking private backyard. Community amenities include a beautiful clubhouse, tennis courts, 2 swimming pool and walking and biking trails. Home warranty is included for added peace of mind.


Click here for a map, more details, and pictures!

Amp Up Your Room's Style with These Ceiling Ideas

by Meghan Riley, "2015 Sales Team of the Year"

Ceilings are an often overlooked design element of a room, but they have a lot of awe-inducing potential. If you’re looking for a way to amp up a room’s style, you may just want to look up. We’ve compiled some of our favorite examples of design inspiring ceilings so you can get your creative mind working.

Geometric Granite

Trey and coffered ceilings are sometimes used in open floorplans to set one room apart from the others. Now here’s a different approach to that – a geometric ceiling. This technique, which has been executed by Robart Interiors, breaks up the ceiling like puzzle pieces and backlights them to create a beautiful art piece that also divides up the open room. The ceiling displayed here covers a sitting area.

Robarts Spaces - Geometric Granite 

Fun with Light and Color

LED lights can be a fun way to spruce up a ceiling, because they come in a variety of colors and cost very little to run. This ceiling in particular was made for a futuristic movie theater that was featured on HGTV. The designer used violet lights in a ring around the recessed area, as well as in a space pattern inside, which gives off a lovely amount of light that’s just perfect for viewing movies. 

HGTV - Futuristic Movie Theatre 

A less obvious way for colored lights to be used can be seen below. This room was originally shared in our 12 Breathtaking Fireplaces post, but can you see why we wanted to share it here? This room is made up of mainly neutral colors, but the homeowners decided to add a touch of color with orange recessed lighting that shines upward on the coffered ceiling. This is one way to bring more color into a room without it being overwhelming.

Evolution of Style - Orange Lighting 

Decorative Molding

Molding can be a great way to add some architectural details to a usually boring ceiling. Peter Shelton and Lee F. Mindel did just that when they made over this apartment featured on Architectural Digest. The key to doing this successfully is having an isolated space that can be equally divided up into a symmetrical pattern.

Architectural Digest - Ceiling Molding 

For another example of ceiling molding, take a look at this home office from Lindy Allen of Four Chairs Furniture and builder Davies Development that was featured on House of Turquoise. This white on turquoise floral design adds a beautiful feminine touch.

House of Turquoise - Ceiling Molding 

A Touch of Coffer

Usually coffered ceilings stretch across the major expanse of a room in a series of sunken panels linked one to the other, but sometimes all you need is a touch of coffer. One panel can create a nice focal point for a small room, especially if you add a touch of color, just like this foyer featured on House of Turquoise. One coffer at the center of the ceiling draws your eye upward while corner coffers balance out the design. A bit of turquoise paint and a matching rug brings it all together.

House of Turquoise - A Touch of Coffered 

Simply Paint

To add some dimension to a room, all you need is a can of paint! Just be careful about which colors you choose. The wrong color palette can turn a fun design into a circus tent. Just take a look at this teen bedroom from the Toll Brothers. The sunburst design on the ceiling works, because it was done in neutral colors. If it had been done in red, it would have quickly turned into a ceiling fail…unless, of course, the theme of the room was supposed to be the circus.

 Toll Brothers - Sunburst Ceiling

To create something beautiful, you don’t need to paint a pattern or an elaborate mural on your ceiling. Sometimes, you just need a bold color and a bit of courage to color outside the lines. For example, Country Living’s House of the Year in 2013 featured a bedroom where a bold turquoise color was used on the ceiling and upper walls. This created a cozy oasis for the home owners.

Country Living Magazine - Painted Ceiling 

Wowing with Wallpaper

Due to the pain of installation and removal, most people avoid wallpaper, but it can be a good alternative if you want to add design and texture to your ceilings. After all, not everyone has the artistic gift or stamina to paint a mural. We just don’t recommend installing it yourself if you’ve never installed wallpaper.

This sparkly star wallpaper featured on Better Homes and Gardens is one example of how wallpaper can amp up a room’s style. It adds a bit of depth and fun to this teen bedroom.

Better Homes and Gardens - Star Wallpaper on Ceiling 

HGTV has another good example of how a whimsical wallpaper can insert personality and color into a normally neutral room. They also share how it was applied.

HGTV - Bird Wallpaper on Ceiling 

Of course, there are much more bold and realistic style wallpapers to choose from.

Barrel Vault

If you’re building a custom home, here’s your chance to create something really special. Barrel vault ceilings radiate an old-world feel you can only experience in churches and wine cellars. This 18-foot barrel-vault ceiling featured on Atlanta Homes Magazine is the perfect example of how this rounded design can make a room airy, cheerful, and romantic.

Atlanta Homes Magazine - Barrel Vault 

Slanted Windows

Want to make a room feel larger? Add windows! This loft in Amsterdam feels twice as large as it really is thanks to a slanted window-filled ceiling that lets in a ton of natural light and provides an expanded view of the sky. Can you imagine falling asleep there? See more pictures from the loft on C-More.

C-More - Slanted Window 

Lush Outdoors

How romantic would it be to eat under a lush ceiling of hanging flowering plants? The gorgeous ceiling featured here was design by Marie Deroudilhe (shared on Knstrct) for a small Paris café called Lily of the Valley. This ceiling is more for an outdoor living space than it is for an interior area. It would be a pain to have to constantly cleanup leaves and petals discarded by the plants above, but would be absolutely wonderful for an outdoor sanctuary that just needs a quick sweep.

Knstrct - Flowered Greenery

Have you seen an awesome ceiling that could be adapted to a home? Share it in the comments!

Amp Up Your Room's Style with These Ceiling Ideas 

Tuesday Tally from Marsh Oaks, Wilmington

by "2015 Sales Team of the Year"

 Melanie Cameron presents this week's Tuesday Tally from Marsh Oaks in Wilmington, NC. Learn more about this sought after neighborhood and get your Wilmington real estate market update for the week of 9/13/16. 

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