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Top Decor Trends of 2018

by AH for Masha Halpern

Are you going to miss the genius designs and cute banter of Chip & Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper? Perhaps it’s time to get started on your own DIY home projects.

And what’s the easiest and most cost-effective way to freshen up your home? Change the color on your walls!


Below are some of the top picks for 2018 to give your home a trendy, new look.

Behr has named the 2018 color of the year as “In the Moment”. This “cool, tranquil, spruce blue is inspired by nature and is a soothing, restorative coalescence of blue, gray and green.” It’s versatility makes it great for both interior and exterior projects. To see all the colors in the top 20 palette for 2018, visit Behr’s website.

According to Southern Living, soft hues are in fashion. “The shades being selected today whisper rather than demand attention.” Find their soft color recommendations at

Perhaps the most surprising comeback in home decor….wallpaper!  According to Southern Living, wallpaper along with matching fabric (think curtains or upholstered chairs), can make a room “feel instantly pulled together”. HGTV has these modern wallpaper trends to try for yourself.

Top decor trends for 2018 across multiple industry resources are: brass fixtures, natural elements, velvet furnishings, geometric patterns, and wallpaper. Bamboo flooring & reclaimed wood are two of the trends on their way out. Want to see more of what’s in and what’s out for 2018? Check out these articles….

Trulia Home Design Predictions

House Beautiful Design Inspirations

Country Living Decorating Ideas

Huffington Post Design Trends


Need help in the garden? Here's some great tips!

by EM for Masha Halpern

There may be no greater satisfaction to a gardener than watching a spring garden bloom. Whether you are planning your first garden or are a seasoned expert, these six tips will help get your garden growing!

Map Your Garden

Good planning is key to a successful garden and mapping is a helpful way to do this. Making it as informal or formal as you like, start by drawing the existing structures in your space. While designing and adding features, think about what plants grow well together, the distance between each plant, the amount of sunlight the location gets, the soil’s moisture, and the region you live in so you can choose the right plant for the right place. The more detailed your map, the more time, effort, and money you will save. Here are some online templates and softwares to get you inspired!

Start Seeding Indoors

Not only is starting indoors a cheaper option than buying starter plants, it also brings an earlier harvest and greater yield. Fortunately, this process is fairly simple and is begun by filling containers with a potting mix and moistening the soil with water. After that, poke holes in the soil and sprinkle 2-3 seeds over. Lastly, cover the seeds with soil, spritz the surface with water, and place them in a warm location that receives 12-16 hours of light a day. When the seedlings get too large for their containers, be prepared to move them into individual pots!

Get Your Soil Ready

Soil becomes depleted of nutrients over the course of a growing season, so preparing your soil for the upcoming season is vital to the overall performance of the garden. The process of revitalizing soil involves adding materials to enhance or repair the soil’s components and should begin two to four weeks before planting. Soil kits from local home improvement stores are readily available and test the type and pH of the soil. This determines what kind of modifications your soil needs and leads to much healthier soil and plants.


Plant as Soon After the Last Frost Date as Possible

North Carolina has a great climate for growing. The cool springs, warm summers, and mild winters allow you to grow a wide variety of plants while taking advantage of the moderate temperatures for working. It also means you can plant and receive a harvest earlier. In North Carolina, the last frost date falls between the end of March and the beginning of May depending on the location in the state. Check out this handy planting guide to find out when to plant in your location!


Prune Shrubs and Trees

Pruning helps stimulate plant growth and improves the overall appearance of the tree or shrub. Pruning at the incorrect time, however, can cause irreparable damage so be careful to do it properly. In the spring, be mindful to only prune plants that have bloomed on new growth. Plants are still dormant in late winter and early spring so pruning them will not diminish their surge of spring energy. Plants that bloom on last year’s growth should be cut once their last flowering is over.

Add Mulch

Adding several inches of mulch around garden beds can save yourself a lot of time in the long run. Mulch has the important task of reducing weeds, mitigating disease, saving water, and moderating soil temperatures. Pine bark and straw are popular choices given the abundance of pine trees in North Carolina, but there are many other types to choose from. Pick a mulch that fits your specific landscape and preference the best. Here’s an easy-to-use guide to help. Lastly, don’t forget to water the soil before and after the mulch is spread and to keep the mulch a few inches away from plant stems.

Following these spring gardening tips will help ensure your growing season is a success!

For gardening workshops and classes in the Piedmont area, check out the North Carolina Botanical Garden and Hillsborough Garden Club events!



Darling Home gets New Owners!

by AH for Masha Halpern

This darling home featured a newly renovated kitchen and a large lot in a convenient location. Our team's marketing highlighted the property's features and with widespread coverage, this home had a smooth closing! Take a tour.

Call us today if you want to experience superior marketing for your home or investment property.

Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel HillDurhamCarrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

·Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

·Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hill & Durham's EXCLUSIVE  member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price pointsMasha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting

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by AH for Masha Halpern

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Masha Halpern of Keller Williams Realty provides real estate services in the Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham, North Carolina area including real estate services for buyer, sellers and those relocating to the surrounding areas of Apex, Bahama,Cary, Efland, Hillsborough, Holly Springs, Mebane, Raleigh, and Wake Forest. Search for homes in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham or the surrounding communities.  Request a market analysis for your North Carolina property.  I list and sell residential real estate, investment property, vacant land, lots for sale in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham, North Carolina area.

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