5/30

Plano’s Legacy West Embracing Toyota’s Multiple Thousands

During May of 2017, Toyota North America – a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corp. – welcomed its first 250 employees to its new corporate headquarters in Legacy West, at Plano.  That same number of personnel will arrive each week until the end of the year at, which time, the influx total will reach 65,000!  Other big companies will bring in additional thousands of employees over the next two years.  Because of that, the city of Plano promises infrastructure-improvement projects and enhanced traffic-management programs to meet the increased demands.

 

Toyota North America relocated its headquarters from Torrance, California; and the company’s skilled personnel bring, with them, expertise in areas ranging from engineering, to sales and marketing, to finance, and information systems.  As relocated employees arrive, they will take in a sprawling 100 acres of landscape that cater to Toyota’s 2.1 million-square-foot layout.  One point of interest includes on-site solar panels that are projected to produce 7.75 megawatts of electricity; and Texas’ energy-generating wind farms will provide the remainder of Toyota’s electricity requirements.

 

Plano – In the Thick of It

Toyota North America is only one of a number of mega companies that are calling North Texas their new home; and that translates into this part of the Lone Star State being in the enviable position of experiencing a massive amount of real-estate absorption.  Toyota North America’s relocation to Legacy West has caused many to stand up and take notice.  Case in point:  Plano’s Economic Development department states that Toyota is expected to produce approximately $7.2 billion in economic output over the next ten years.  A large part of this multi-billion-dollar total reflects sales as well as the company’s estimated ripple effect on the broader Plano economy.

 

By aggressively attracting new businesses in the area, Plano continues to dramatically stimulate and  enhance its level of prosperity.  Meet Chris Taylor – an executive managing director for Cushman & Wakefield’s Dallas office which tracks absorption once tenants take occupancy of respective real-estate space.  Taylor states:  “Last year we had normalized absorption of 2 million to 3 million square feet; but this year, we’ll have a big jump, in large part, due to Toyota.  We are still the preferred state when you talk to your capital partners.  We seem to hear of a new tenant kicking the tires each month; and those migrations are still going on.  If Houston is the oil and gas industry, we are the in-migration industry.

 

Highly-Coordinated Team-Effort Made It All Happen

Construction for Toyota’s campus began in January of 2015; and several Dallas-based business entities deserve the lion’s share of the credit and recognition for their respective roles which generated the on-going success of this endeavor:  KDC – developer, Corgan – project architect, Austin Commercial – general contractor, and JLL – the real-estate brokerage firm that worked with Toyota on its real estate search.  People worked above-and-beyond and went that extra mile to ensure Toyota’s campus site would come to fruition, seamlessly, and on-schedule.

 

Mayor LaRosiliere calls Plano’s Legacy West the “Center of the Universe” since he views this 240-acre park as a high-energy locale filled to the brim with continual, dynamic development.  Mayor LaRosiliere points out that along with Toyota, one will find the US headquarters of JCPenny, and Frito Lay as well as regional headquarters of FedEx Office.  Then there are JP Morgan, Chase Liberty Mutual, Pizza Hut, Boeing and other companies who have chosen Plano, as home.  LaRosiliere proudly points out that more than 35,000 people will be working for iconic global companies, in Plano –  designated as one of the top-ten safest cities in America.

5/30

Fort Worth Teams Up with Facebook!

Only two years ago, in 2015, Facebook had made plans to open a data-center in Fort Worth.  No time was wasted since it was during that same year that the social media giant broke ground for the project on State Highway 170 in Fort Worth’s AllianceTexas development.  If we fast-forward to May 4, 2017, we find part, of a very-massive project, that was realized since it was on that day that Facebook’s grand opening took center stage in Fort Worth.  This prestigious ceremony officially opened the $1 billion data center.  Instead of the usual ribbon-cutting ceremony, Fort Worth and Facebook officials lit a giant “Like” button to commemorate the historical event.  Mayor Betsy Price was elated to be in a position to welcome the social-media celebrity; and she creatively stated:  “We don’t love each other; we LIKE each other.”  As a side-note,  the address of the Fort Worth Data Center is, aptly, named:  4500 Like Way.

 

Currently, Facebook’s Fort Worth facility covers a swath of 100 acres and can, rightly, boast as being its largest data center, so far.  The first three buildings, currently being used, cover 440,000 square feet; but an additional 50 acres was added to Facebook’s property in Fort Worth in order to accommodate three more buildings that will be of similar size.  To ensure the newest of the three buildings will meet their scheduled completion, 750 construction workers are on-site, daily. This mammoth endeavor is projected to be finished in four to five years, and will house more than 2 million square feet of server space.

 

Joe Straus, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, is extremely excited aboug Facebook’s new home in Fort Worth; and he states:  “Facebook has made a major investment in Fort Worth and Texas; and that investment is already paying off through the creation of new jobs and through the company’s growing involvement in the community.”  Then, there is Charlie Geren, from the Texas House of Representatives, who is is just as thrilled:  “Fort Worth’s continued economic development is testimony to many years of hard work and planning; and I’m proud to be a part of it.  We’re excited to have a great corporate citizen, like Facebook, come here; and we welcome Facebook employees and their families to the Fort Worth community.”

 

Having One’s Cake and Eating It, Too

The project size of Facebook’s Fort Worth data center is unrivaled in all of North Texas.  Additionally, it is among the most-advanced in the entire world, featuring the latest in Open Compute server, storage, and network designs.  Facebook’s multiple data centers, in various parts of the country, serve as the heartbeat of the company since they, seamlessly, deliver its family of apps and services to billions of subscribers in every corner of the globe.

 

As if Facebook couldn’t be loved any more for what it is, it would be remiss not to mention the fact that its data center is powered by 100% renewable energy.  Credit goes to a 17,000-acre 200MW wind-energy farm in Clay County, only 90 miles away.  The wind farm was constructed by Citigroup Energy, Alterra Power Corporation, and Starwood Energy Group; and it produces more electricity than Facebook will need within the foreseeable future.  As if that weren’t enough, the facility will be cooled by outside air instead of energy-intensive air-conditioning units.  Though this may seem inconceivable when one considers Texas’ scorching summer heat, Ken Patchett, director of data center operations for Facebook’s West Region, states:  “Yes, we can make that happen even in the middle of the kinds of summers we have, here, in Texas.”

 

Facebook shares its zeal, gratitude and passion regarding its newly-established partnership with the city of Fort Worth:  “We are thrilled to be online and serving traffic.  From groundbreaking to grand-opening, it has been an incredible journey in Fort Worth!” 

5/24

3 Common Mistake To Avoid When Building a New Home

There is a feeling of eagerness and delight you experience when you realize you’re finally on track to build the home you’ve worked so hard to acquire! Everything from the home’s floor-plan to the floor covering adds up to a dream-come-true in the making!

 

However, building a new home requires some very thoughtful decision-making to help the building process flow seamlessly. Here are 3 common mistakes to avoid.

 

Mistake number one is not double checking to make sure that everything you discussed with the Sales Manager is in writing.  This could include major items such as the need for a contingency, to items such as options and upgrades you want to have inside your home.

 

Remember, circumstances can arise that are unexpected and may require an alteration or two. Sometimes those changes will involve additional costs. But, without a written statementon the builders authorized forms that show consensus on the part of the buyer and the seller, problems can ensue which can throw a wrench into the entire construction process.

 

Mistake number two is building the most expensive home in the neighborhood.

 

Having the most expensive home in the neighborhood does not allow your home to reach its full sale potential simply because it is now located in an area where the market value of neighboring homes is considerably lower.

 

Mistake number three is settling on a floorplan because the price is right.

 

Buying a home is often the single largest investment one will make in their life. Being that this is such a large investment, you don’t want the whole reason you purchased your home to be due to the lowest price.  Find a floorplan that truly fits your needs and your wants, the additional cost, when calculated out per day is often minimal.

5/15

Grapevine, Texas Partners with A Japanese Giant – Kubota!

It is an exciting time for Grapevine, Texas – Kubota Tractor and Credit Corp. is calling the community of Grapevine home.  It is here where Kubota’s headquarters and research & development departments are, now, in full swing.  Kubota executives diligently partnered with the business leaders of Grapevine, to bring to fruition, Kubota Tractor Corporation’s move from Torrance, California.  Since 1969, Kubota has established itself as one of the most-recognized tractor producers in the United States.  Kubota says the move to Grapevine is part of restructuring intended to strengthen the Kubota brand in the United States.

 

Kubota is a Feather in Grapevine’s Cap

Grapevine’s beautiful, new facility for Kubota Tractor Corp is up and running with about 200,000 square feet to accommodate all the business, research and development needs.  The office project is covers 25 acres north of State Highway 121.  With 344 new job positions and $51 million generated in capital investment, president and CEO of Kubota Tractor Corp., Masato Yoshikawa, says the company will continue to expand.  Mr Yoshikawa states:  “This is the most significant change we have undertaken in our long and successful history in the US; and we are looking forward to further establishing our roots here in Texas.”

 

Texas:  The Business-Friendly State

Texas has developed a coveted reputation for supporting and nurturing businesses of all types – both large and small – and because of that, businesses and corporations continue to flow into the Lone Star State.  Kubota Tractor Corp. is fully utilizing Grapevine’s centralized location since it will put Kubota’s executives and professional staff closer to major markets as well as its Georgia and Kansas manufacturing, assembly and distribution facilities.  Kubota will, also, relish Texas’ regulatory and licensing simplicity and other attractive business incentives.  Kubota Tractor Corp, like many corporations, have left the more-intrusive and demanding California regulations, behind, and have taken full advantage of the more business-friendly opportunities in the Lone Star State.  What is continuing to be California’s loss, in terms of businesses, continues to be Texas’ gain.

 

The vital economic partnering between the community of Grapevine, the state of Texas as a whole, and Japan is an extremely positive endeavor, both now and into the future.  Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, proudly stated:  “If you look at all the states in the US, if there is a best place for a Japanese-connected business to establish their roots and their headquarters to grow and prosper, it is in the great state of Texas.  Thanks to our low-tax, low-regulation environment that allows businesses to thrive, we are able to bring job creators, like Kubota, to Texas.”  Aside from Osaka-based Kubota Tractor moving into Grapevine, Farmer Brothers Coffee recently moved its headquarters to Northlake; and Toyota is in the process of moving its North American headquarters and its 3,000-plus employees to West Plano.  Interestingly, all three corporations relocated from Torrance, California.

 

From 2004 to 2016, Chief Executive Magazine ranked Texas as #1 for ‘Best States for Business’; and Governor Abbott, reiterated: “For the 12th straight year, CEO’s across America have agreed there is no place better for conducting business than Texas.” 

5/8

Boeing Global Services Headquarters Makes Plano, Texas It’s Home

It’s a big feather in the business cap of the thriving community of Plano, Texas which is the honored recipient of Boeing’s Global Services Headquarters.  Boeing’s Global Services will be calling Plano’s Legacy West, home.  One of the building’s top floor in this almost-$3.2 billion complex is being given the finishing touches in preparation for a big Texas welcome.  Fifty leadership executives in the aerospace arena will be arriving, soon, with executive president and CEO, Stan Deal, being one of them.  Mr. Deal has reiterated that Plano’s centralized location serves as the ideal spot, from which, Boeing can accommodate world-wide commercial and defense operations.  About 20,000 employees around the world will be served from the Plano site; and July is the month that Boeing Global Services is expected to be in full swing.

 

A number of other world-recognized businesses such as Toyota, Fed Ex, Liberty Mutual and JP Morgan Chase have established themselves in Legacy West, as well; and other companies are making plans to join the Legacy West business complex.

 

Plano Couldn’t Be More Pleased

Mayor, Harry LaRosiliere, couldn’t be happier with Boeing’s move into Plano and states that Boeing’s presence will open up the world to his community.  Mayor LaRosiliere went on to say:  “It is their upper-level management, with an exposure to an incredible array of companies from all over the world, that will come and visit this location for business purposes.”  Mayor LaRosiliere has used this opportunity to highlight what Plano has to offer incoming Boeing employees and their families:  a safe community with wonderful schools, coveted amenities, robust work-force, a plethora of restaurants and shopping, and affordable housing – all, of which, reflect the high quality of life that Plano offers.

 

Texas Governor, Gregg Abbot,  is very pleased, as well, and stated that Boeing’s decision to position a major component of its company within the Lone Star State is indicative of Texas’ economic policies that encourage and support industries to expand their operations in this business-friendly state.

 

Then, there is Legacy West Master Developer, Fehmi Karahan, who shares the eager anticipation of Mayor LaRosiliere and Governor Abbot.  Mr. Karahan states:  “I am so excited an unbelievable American company, like Boeing, has chosen Legacy West for their divisional headquarters; it’s an honor.  Out of all the cities they could have gone to, in the United States, we are very excited they chose us.”  As president and CEO of The Krahan Cos, Mr. Karahan worked feverishly on the real-estate planning with Boeing, helping to turn the vision into a much-anticipated reality.

 

Mr Karahan will hold a grand opening for Legacy West’s mixed-use development – located southwest of the Dallas North Tollway and Sam Rayburn Tollway – on June 2nd, 3rd and 4th.   In addition to businesses located there, retail shops and restaurants will add fun and flavor to the Legacy West development plan.

 

Boeing Global Services is expecting to create a small, core headquarters group that will be located in Dallas.  It is in Dallas where Aviall currently has a notable presence.  Aviall Inc. is a Boeing company which specializes in airplane components.

5/2

Interest Rates Rising, Yet Mortgages are Still Low!

Any serious home-buyer is well aware that the Feds have raised interest rates; and their plans to continue to raise rates is no secret.  It would stand to reason that higher interest rates would, automatically, mean more-costly mortgages; but, interestingly, the reverse has been true.  This is good news for those contemplating buying a new home, now.  It was during March of 2017 that the Federal Reserve chose to raise its key interest rate; and as a result, mortgage rates have become lower, rather than higher.  The average 30-year fixed mortgage in mid-April inched downward to 4.08%; and not only that, but Freddie Mac tells us that the 4.08% rate is embedded into four consecutive weeks of declines.  Interestingly, 4.08% is the lowest rate, thus far, for 2017!

 

Why the Lower Mortgage Rates?

In-spite of higher interest rates, the lowering of mortgage rates can, still, emerge.  Typically, when the rate of Federal Funds is increased, banks are obliged to borrow money at higher rates.  In return, consumers are subjected to increased home-loan rates; but it’s a two-sided coin:  Home mortgage rates move more in-line with the 10-year Treasury note which is issued by the US Government.  Since Uncle Sam backs that type of note, it is viewed as extremely safe.  The Treasury Note is freely traded; and when there is a large demand, the interest rate – also known as ‘yield’ –  is lowered, as well.

 

Yields will, also, fall when there is uncertainty regarding global events; and add to that, White House agendas that are not being met as quickly as predicted.  Currently, the 10-year Treasury yield is around 2.23%; yet during mid-March of 2017, that figure was closer to 2.62%.  Bottom line:  When the Treasury yield is lowered, reduced mortgage rates can ensue.

 

Remaining Cautiously Optimistic is Prudent

Home-loan rates are still, remarkably, low regardless of the fact they have risen over the past 12 months.  According to Len Kiefer. Deputy Chief Economist for Freddie Mac, wise consumers should, however, pay attention to the proverbial writing on the wall.  He states: “We will, probably, see rates higher at the end of the year, around 4.5%”.   Kiefer feels prospective home-buyers should take advantage of the lower rates, even though a sellers’ market exists in many areas due to a shortage of housing inventory, which drives home prices upward.  With homes being priced higher, coupled with mortgage rates that will rise, now could be the opportune time to buy!

 

Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist for realtor.com, strongly urges home-buyers to not sit on the fence and wait for a buyers’ market to emerge – and when that could happen would be anybody’s guess.  Mr. Smoke states:  “If you wait to buy, you are gambling that the future market will be a better time to purchase; and that’s not a smart gamble – you should be buying with urgency and as soon as possible”.   Smoke predicts that the housing inventory will continue to shrink; and he cautions that into August of 2017, the thinning inventory of homes will, likely, be much more of an issue for buyers.             

4/12

Five Traits to Look for in a Home Builder

Five Traits to Look for in a Home Builder

When you’re in the market for a brand new home, choosing that home, as well as the homebuilding company who will build it, should be given careful consideration .

A home will become the single-most important investment most Americans will purchase in their entire lifetime; so what traits should a prospective home buyer seriously look for in a home builder? The list could be a long one, but there are five traits that seem to stand out above the rest.

Trait #1: Is the Home Builder Home-Owner Focused?

At Nathan Carlisle Homes, we pay special attention to the fact that you, the buyer, may have never built a new home before.  Therefore we incorporate a very hands-on approach to the homebuilding process with many one-on-one meetings with you and the construction manager that will be building your home.  It is important to us that you have a positive building experience, and we believe this starts with an educated buyer on the homebuilding process.

Quality #2: Does the Home Builder Offer an Array of Floor plans and Options that Fit for Today’s Buyers?

Nathan Carlisle Homes offer a vast and gorgeous selection of award winning floor plans.  From two story plans with secondary bedrooms on the main level, to open and spacious single story floor plans with optional second floor game rooms, media rooms and bedrooms.  Whatever your floor plan needs may be, Nathan Carlisle Homes has you covered.

Quality #3: Does the Home Builder Offer Energy Efficient Homes?

Nathan Carlisle Homes has a strong belief that building an Energy Efficient Home should be an obligation to the home buyer, not an optional feature for you to pay extra for. Nathan Carlisle Homes builds each home to meet the strict requirements of Energy Star and the Environments for Living program which gives our homeowners a 3 year Heating and Cooling guarantee.

Quality #4: Does the Home Builder Promote A Positive Connection With the Buyer?

Nathan Carlisle Homes design studio offers home buyers the opportunity to connect with a professional design consultant.

Our consultants listen to your needs and desires, offer ideas and suggestions, and help you personalize every component involved with every feature of any selected home.

Quality #5: Does the Home Builder Offer a Recommended Lender Program?

An in-house lender is certainly not mandatory, but when lenders partner directly and intimately with home builders, it can prove to beadvantageous to both the buyer and the builder.

Communication between partnered lenders and established home builders affords a much greater likelihood that an expedited loan process will materialize for the buyer.

3/31

Home-Builders Optimistic Regarding Trump’s Deregulations

President Trump is wasting no time with revising a multitude of governmental regulations which were in full swing during the Obama administration.  As protocol procedures for deregulation become activated, so too, does the eager anticipation of home builders who view Trump’s deregulation policies as highly supportive for the home-building industry.  Home builders across the country have expressed exasperation and concern regarding strict governmental regulations that have stymied home-construction expansion, in the past; and Trump has expressed his view of those federal regulations as unnecessary and unwarranted governmental overreach.

 

Home builders quickly point out that upwards of 25 percent of home building costs, today, are directly attributed to mandatory compliance with rigid regulatory guidelines.  But goods news seems to be on the horizon:  increased confidence among home builders is coming to the forefront due to Trump’s proposed policies – home sales have risen, sales expectations are increasing, and buyer traffic is expanding.

 

To put the facts and stats in a more meaningful format, take a look at the following:

 

***  A monthly index of builder sentiment rose 6 points – the highest level in 12 years!

 

***  The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing market index rose to ’71’ in March of 2017.  A year ago, that figure was ’58’.  Any figure beyond ’50’ is regarded as ‘positive sentiment’.

 

***  Concerning the most-recent market index:  1) home sales have jumped to ’78’ – an increase of seven points 2) sales expectations are projected to jump from ’73’ to ’78’ – beginning March of 2017 to September 2017 and 3) buyer traffic has escalated eight points, to ’54’.  This is very good news if one realizes that buyer traffic had been wallowing in ‘negative territory’, at ’46’ points.

 

***  Then there is the ‘Waters of the US’ rule – Trump’s recent executive order to rescind or revise this regulation is intended to loosen-up permitting for home builders.  Builders have viewed the Obama-administration’s version of the ‘Waters of US’ rule to have been extremely oppressive regarding home-building growth.  Case in point:  The EPA’s safeguarding of water areas has, in the past, included, large puddles and water-filled ditches on farmland or potential home-building sites – small, insignificant bodies of water were federally protected from dredging and filling.

 

President Trump wishes to give home-builders and developers much more lee-way for building opportunities.  President Trump feels development interests should no longer have to contend with regulations that prohibit the draining of small wetlands, small streams and other small bodies of water that are not only unnavigable, but do not affect interstate commerce, in any way.

 

At the Oval Office, in February, President Trump addressed the ‘Waters of US’ issue and signed an order instructing the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to revise the current rules and regulations. Home builders, ranchers, farmers and county commissioners were present with President Trump at the While House in full support of the President’s expected changes relating to the ‘Waters of US’ rule.

 

In years past, the selling of farm land to builders/developers, many times ran into challenges.  Builders and developers would, unexpectedly,  be faced with properties that would have jurisdictional ‘waters of the US’ on them.  Under these circumstances, the developers had to secure federal permits to possibly move forward with development.  Owen McDonough, with the National Association of Homebuilders, feels the Obama administration went too far in deeming that small streams, prarie potholes, and isolated marshes were subjected to federal governance. The American Farm Bureau went so far as to launch a campaign called ‘Ditch the Rule’.

 

After it’s all said and done, one can say with certainty that home builders are extremely optimistic that continued deregulations will help to lower construction costs, thereby, stimulating the building industry, overall.  CNBC wrapped it up, nicely, with an uplifting statement in their Business News and Finance report:  Home-builder sentiment has risen to its highest since June of 2005 – the highest level in 12 years – as Trump rolls back regulations!

3/31

Home-building Optimistic with Trump as President

President Trump’s role as America’s Commander in Chief has, and is, sparking enthusiasm within the home-construction arena.  From lending institutions to home-builders, optimism regarding an increasingly robust economy is coming to the forefront.  Projected governmental policies, wage and job growth and President Trump favoring a more business-friendly atmosphere, are all combining to set the stage for a fresh dose of confidence regarding increased home construction and home sales, across the country.

 

The Figures are Noteworthy

President Trump is not short on words, nor is he short on promises.  If tax reductions and a $1 trillion infrastructure bill go as planned, they will help to strengthen the US housing market.  The US Commerce Department tells us that US home construction has become stimulated due to overall optimism regarding America’s economy.  That, and the unexpected warmer weather, helped to create a housing surge that took place in February of 2017.  US Commerce Department data indicates the construction of single-family residences noticeably rose to 6.5%, which comes out to 872,000 units.  That figure becomes even more meaningful when one realizes that is the highest reading since October of 2007!

 

The National Association of Home Builders’ optimism index surged to a 12-year high during March of 2017 when it reached a reading of 71.  That number reflects the association’s highest reading since 2005 – one of multiple indicators that the economy is showing signs of increased strength.

 

Mortgage Rates – How High Will They Go?

It’s not new news that mortgage rates are inching upward; and this should serve as a wake-up call for eager home-buyers who, now, have an opportune time to take advantage of still-low interest rates.  Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve’s Chairwoman, is strongly hinting at a total of three rate-hikes during 2017.  Though it’s hard to predict how high interest rate figures will become, one thing seems certain: higher rates are on the horizon.  Most of us don’t need to be reminded of December 2016, when the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark rate for the second time since the financial crisis – from 0.5 percent to 0.75 percent.

 

Stanley Fischer, the Fed’s Vice Chairman, is another voice to pay attention to.  He dittoed Ms. Yellen’s statements concerning rate hikes, and said:  “We’ve seen a lot of substantial change in a relatively short amount of time.  There is almost no economic indicator that has come in badly in the first three months of 2017”.  Because less risk-taking is perceived in a more stimulated economy, higher interest rates come into play – it boils down to supply and demand.

 

According to the Federal Reserve, home-loan rates on 30-year mortgages are up by a half a percentage point from a year ago; and Mr. Fischer tells us that the current stock-market boom has created increased wealth that will allow for more spending – an additional indicator that the US economy is reflecting signs of confidence from the American people.  That, of course, trickles down to benefiting the home-building industry where increased home sales means more families will achieve first-time home-ownership; and retirees, for example, will be able to purchase their long-awaited dream-home.  After it’s all said and done, home-buyers – regardless of whether they are first-time buyers or second or third-time buyers –  should ‘get in’ while the ‘getting in’ is still so favorable!

2/8

2017 Design Trends – Fun, Dramatic and Inspiring

As each new year approaches, it’s always fun to anticipate what the next new fashion trends will be, what amenities the newest models of cars will offer, and which home-decorating ideas will come into play.  For 2017, when it comes to interior design, a new emergence of some beloved classics will be noticed as well as the continued involvement of philanthropic endeavors that contribute to the home décor scene.

 

A few insightful interior-design professionals reveal some of the top trends that will make powerful statements in 2017, according to the January issue of Sunset Magazine:  Brian Paquette – a Seattle-based interior designer, Cecily Mendell – a San Francisco designer, Ashley Redmond of the online design service, ‘Decorist’, and Julie Carlson – editor of ‘Remodelista’.

 

The Hunter-Green Comeback

 

On the green spectrum, Hunter green is rich, bold and eye-catching!  This magnificent hue experienced its zenith during the 1990’s when Hunter green, Navy blue and Crimson were the colors of choice, especially, for carpet.  For 2017, Hunter green is expected to be a dynamic color option for a vast array of items including weathered buffets and bedroom furniture, stoneware, linens, throw rugs, accent walls, and more.

 

Upholstered couches and chairs that will be dynamically dark should be partnered with neutrals within the same room that will offer a soothing contrast: tan, cream or marigold throw pillows, lighter-colored wood flooring as well as golden elements embedded in area rugs.  Also, allowing plenty of natural light to flood into a room with Hunter-green walls is paramount to keep the room’s feel light, lively and uplifting.

 

From Kelly green to Kiwi green to Hunter green – greens will be seen, in 2017!

 

Philanthropic Home Goods

 

Ethical home décor is synonymous with home goods that are crafted with philanthropic roots and qualify as fair-trade products.  Philanthropic organizations, within the US, help to meet the basic needs of families in impoverished regions of the world.  An ever-increasing number of these philanthropic-based companies are expanding their horizons by offering furniture pieces and home accents to American consumers, via, partnerships with artisan-based companies around the globe.  Take, for example, wall décor crafted by single mothers in Kenya and Rwanda.  These talented, dedicated women become empowered through the sale of their hand-made home goods; and, in turn, can continue to rise above the poverty level and better meet the needs of their extended families.

 

By purchasing fair-trade, or ethically-made items, one becomes immersed in opportunities to support businesses that promote fair-trade practices.  These practices are designed to promote sustainable wages as well as ensure safe working conditions.

 

Bold Flatware

 

Flatware for 2017 will be shoving boredom aside thanks to ornate, jewel-toned handles that will be taking center stage during 2017.  Additionally, flatware handles made of polished or carved stone are cool contenders for adding excitement to the dinner table.  Simulated gems will make a bold, beautiful statement for any set of flatware; and genuine crystal is expected to adorn handles as well, offering the ultimate in style and class!  Very-privileged households from the past 200 years utilized flatware with mother-of-pearl handles; and this vintage look will be making a come back during 2017.  Some of these ornate pieces of flatware are so lovely, they are labeled as ‘kitchen jewelry’ and, rightfully, so.

 

Stone handles come in a variety of colors and patterns.  Natural jade green is striking; and natural tiger-eye and natural tree-agate stone are beautifully unique.  Stone handles are polished to an ultra-smooth finish or hand-carved with intricate designs and would qualify as coveted heirloom pieces.

 

Stained Glass

 

Stained glass for interior-decorating purposes had its hey-day in the 1970’s; and this beautiful art-form is coming back in all its glory!  Exquisite craftsmanship and brilliant detailing define stained glass ornamentation for the home – lamps, window panels, room dividers and even coaster sets are being embellished with stained glass to provide splashes of color and dynamics to any room.

 

Stained-glass window panels hung in front of a window allow the natural light to turn into radiant streams of color, creating an almost Heavenly illumination.  One specific look for 2017 will center around stained glass pieces embedded in weathered frames to be used for wall ornamentation – exuding a feel of country charm or old-world ambiance.

 

Imagine stained-glass that displays:

 

*** a flock of colorful birds sitting on a metal bar

*** a half-moon design with the stained glass simulating the beautifully-spread feathers of a peacock

*** a Tiffany-style Victorian window panel, circular in shape

*** two cats sitting side-by-side in a bed of colorful flowers

*** a stunning butterfly with outstretched wings in blues, oranges, yellows and greens

 

The themes to be included in stained-glass, remain endless!

 

Informal Dining Rooms Take on a More Relaxed Ambiance

 

Families today are real and unpretentious; and reserving a single room for isolated, special occasions is becoming passe`.  The ceremonial feel of formal dining rooms is being replaced with a more-casual tone where life that ‘just happens’ can happen in the dining room, as well – multifunctionality is the name of the game.  Whether it is where grand-children can do art projects or whether it is where a simple brunch can be enjoyed by close friends, the emotional dynamics of today’s dining rooms are replacing the feeling of restriction with a feeling of relaxation.

 

Furniture for this area of the home is, now, abundantly more casual and versatile where dining tables might accommodate chairs on one side and a long bench on the other.  Additionally, other non-traditional seating includes smaller, overstuffed chairs in corners.  It’s all about creating a warmer, cozier space to be relished any day of the year!

 

Dark-Walls as Focal Points

 

Darkly-colored walls are the perfect way to add a dynamic focal point for any room in one’s home; and dark gray variations are a big player for 2017.  Though stunning and dramatic, a dark charcoal-gray wall must be paired with lighter-colored accents to ensure the heaviness of the color doesn’t become overpowering.  Baseboards, crown molding, cabinetry and other wood accents painted with white or creams is paramount to ensure the room exudes a warm, welcoming tone.  In fact, much-lighter colored, upholstered seating pieces, vibrant area rugs with hues of yellow, gold and cream as well as colorful throw pillows will only serve to amplify the wall color’s impact without allowing it to become overbearing.

 

Nathan Carlisle Homes Design Studio Welcomes You

 

One of the most enjoyable aspects of building a new home with Nathan Carlisle is having the option to choose, and become immersed in, the colors, textures, patterns and designs of wood flooring, carpet, cabinetry, lighting fixtures, counter-tops and more!

 

Regardless of whether one’s interior design style is eclectic, traditional, contemporary or rustic, our design team is passionate about presenting sample options that will emphasize and reflect every new home-owner’s personality and lifestyle.  Absolutely stunning living spaces are created within Nathan Carlisle Homes’ spacious display floor in Coppell, Texas.  When you are ready to meet with one of our team members, just give us a call at:  817-796-1037.  We encourage appointments to ensure our design team can provide you with undivided attention.  We are ready when you are!