A Win Win Strategy for Decorating Your Child’s Room

Buying a home, whether it’s a family’s first house or a newer model, can be an exciting time for all involved. While parents may look forward to decorating their master bedroom or organizing a kitchen space to hold family dinners, kids may have their own “ideas” about how to creatively decorate their room. It is important for parents and children to work together so that the child’s room is unique to their taste while still reasonable for long term plans. This is especially true for young children who are likely to outgrow their own tastes and furnishings in a few years, according to the Wall Street Journal. There are several options and strategies available to parents that will allow them to avoid outrageous patterns, wall colors or fabrics while still striking a happy balance with their children. Take a look at how celebrity Kourtney Kardashian decorated her son’s room in a fun but tasteful way for her son Mason. (image via domainehome.com)

Focus on the Big Furnishings

Children often change their tastes repeatedly over the years, meaning that last year’s princess-themed bedding set may change to pink leopard or demure pastels the next. To avoid spending money on new furniture and accessories each year, parents should focus on buying neutral furniture that can match a child’s changing style. Purchasing plain desks, chairs, headboards and dressers can serve as a base for any other type of small accent pieces, such as carpets, mirrors and decorations.

The same holds true for choosing a wall color. Instead of agreeing to paint the walls electric blue or hot pink, compromise with children on pale pink or baby blue to give them more options when it comes to changing the color or decorating their space.

Don’t sweat the small stuff

Once the bedspread, walls and furniture are taken care of, most children will decorate the rooms to their liking, with pictures, toys, books, ornaments and sports memorabilia representing most of their decorations, the Journal reports. This lets parents off the hook for purchasing more accent pieces and kids will have more freedom to decide where to put their personal items in their rooms.

Parents who are trying to avoid too much clutter in their kids’ rooms can also purchase colorful storage bins, small dressers and racks or shelves to both dress up the rooms and hold some their kids’ belongings. Storage bins that appeal to kids can be purchased inexpensively at several retailers, ranging from high-end furniture stores to big-box chains and home improvement stores.

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3 Snow Day Essentials for Kids

There are four little words that kids long to hear during cold months…

Schools Closed Snow Day

Now for those in warmer states, like Florida for example, you may not be able to relate but trust me when I heard these words as I kid I felt like I hit the jackpot! A snow day at home means sleeping in, having hot chocolate and of course, the best part, playing in the snow!

If you grew up before 2000, I am sure you will agree that the only toy that really mattered on a snow day was a good sled. Well my friends, things have changed. Each year my cousin Tracey makes Christmas shopping super easy because she tells me exactly what my cousins Matthew and Patrick want.  This year they had a snow ball and snow brick maker on the list and I must say they are actually pretty cool toys. In addition to these I also found Sno-Markers which I have a feeling I will end up getting for them as well. Check out these awesome toys that have have now become essentials for a good snow day at home.

Snow Ball Maker

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For less than $10 this product has some pretty awesome benefits.

1) Makes up to 60 perfect snow balls per minute. (Um, wow!)

2) Obvious but eliminates cold, wet hands

3) Snowballs disintegrate on contact so they won’t hurt like ordinary hand-packed snow balls

Proof that it works!

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Patrick was a snowball making machine with his new gift!

Get it on Amazon

Sno-Brick Maker for Building Winter Snow Walls, Igloos and Castles

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I’m sure this existed when I was a kid but until my cousins asked for it I had never heard of a snow block maker. Needless so say I am jealous I missed out on this awesome little invention. I was pretty excited to see the boys laying down a nice foundation. Check it out in action!

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Patrick and Matthew testing out their new toys.

Get it on Amazon

Sno Art Kit

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What is a child artist to do when sidewalk chalk isn’t an option? They use sno-markers!

Get it on ToysRUs.com Here

Do you know of any other cool snow toys? Let us know about them in the comments section.

 

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8 Tips for Enjoying a Snow Day at Home

Snow Day!  It may be the single greatest thing to ever happen to a kid.   Thursday night in the Northeast, anticipation was running high.  Kids peered out windows hoping the high winds and frigid air would allow the blinding snow to stick.

I remember being a kid when the local radio stations were the only way we learned about school closings. We had WRAN in Randolph, NJ.  Wrapped warm in bed, I would be up at 4 a.m. listening to the school closing reports every 15 minutes.  It was alphabetical order and I was so jealous that the kids in Arlington always knew first.  I’d pray, “please, please, please say Randolph Township schools are closed.” Hour after hour I would listen. When they finally said it, pure jubilation ensued no matter the hour!

Times have changed.  Now kids will watch the Weather Channel with their parents, put on their pajamas backwards and inside out for good luck and pray that the phone rings, or texts arrive, with the announcement. When it comes, just like the old days, pure jubilation ensues no matter the hour.

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My Son Michael

 

Here are some tips on how to enjoy a snow day at home:

1). Use your “rainy day” or “snowy day” fund to treat yourselves and the kids with supermarket treats bought the day before.  I bought five different types of cereal because we already had three different ice cream choices at home.  Extra chips and cookies?  Of course!

2)  Know you will be up at least five times on snow day eve as your kids – or you – keep checking outside to see if it is still snowing. Bedrooms become houses of worship with so many saying silent “let it snow” prayers.

3).  Sleeping in probably won’t happen. The kids are too excited and your body clock didn’t get the memo

4).  Be prepared that your kids – and you – might not shower or get out of your PJs

5). Kid meltdowns will likely occur as excitement turns to cabin fever because they didn’t want to stop playing video games to get outside

6). Because you probably will have to work from home, find a great hiding spot where you can connect to your WiFi but your kids can’t find you

7).  Snow days are a great time to send your kid’s teachers a “thank you” email since you spent the day wondering how they control 20 or so kids, while you can’t handle you own during a simple snow day.

8)  Pray that the snow stops, the roads become passable and school opens again!

cover image via sincerelyyours-kate.blogspot.com

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Classic Movies You Need to Watch this Holiday Season

Personally, I think that holiday movies should be watched year-round because they bring me so much comfort and joy. Realistically speaking however, it’s only right that they remain on standby until the holiday season. Being that this special time is upon us, I thought it would be interesting to provide some “Did you know” facts to coincide with a list of the top classic movies you must watch this season. You’ll definitely enjoy learning a few things about some of America’s most beloved films!

1. “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)

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Did you know…?

  • At the 20th Academy Awards, Miracle on 34th Street won ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role,’ ‘Best Writing,’ ’Original Story’ and ‘Best Writing, Screenplay’. It was also nominated for ‘Best Picture’, but lost out to Gentleman’s Agreement. Miracle on 34th Street tied Gentleman’s Agreement for most awards that night. Needless to say, this movie is a timeless masterpiece!

2. “Elf” (2003)

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Did you know…?

  • Did you know, that infamous belch heard after Will Ferrell’s character finished a 2- liter bottle of Coca-Cola was real?! Try pulling that off this year at your family’s holiday dinner. (or maybe don’t)
  • The movie made a huge profit. International and domestic sales totaled over 220 million dollars; while it only cost 33 million to produce.

3. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965)

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Did you know…?

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas debuted on CBS in 1965, with an estimated 50% of American televisions tuned in to its premier, and has been shown during the Christmas season every year since.
  • The movie has received an Emmy and a Peabody award. 

4. “A Christmas Story” (1983)

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Did you know…?

  • Due in part to its cultural significance, A Christmas Story was selected to be preserved into the National Film Registry.
  • Jack Nicholson, one of my all-time favorite actors, was in the running to play the, “Old Man.”
  • Peter Billingsley, who played the main character Ralphie in the movie, has went on to lead a very successful career post child-stardom. He was featured in Elf, (how ironic). I challenge you to watch it back and see if you can spot him! Billingsley has also earned his place as a highly respected executive producer. He has worked on popular projects like The Break-Up and Iron Man

5. “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946)

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Did you know…?

  • It’s a Wonderful Life initially was not a box office hit.
  • Ultimately though, it went on to be nominated for five Oscars and was named one of the 100 Best American Films Ever Made by the American Film Institute.

6. “Home Alone” (1990)

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Did you know…?

  • Home Alone is recognized as the highest grossing comedy of all time!
  • Catherine O’Hara, who played Kevin’s mother in the film, also starred in Beetlejuice and supplied the voice of Sally Skellington in The Nightmare Before Christmas.

7. “The Polar Express” (2004)

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Did you know…?

  • Almost all of the characters in the movie were real actors that were made animated by using a technique called live action performance capture.
  • The Polar Express is in the Guinness World Book of Records for being the first all-digital capture film.

8. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)

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Did you know…?

  • The Grinch was the first Dr. Seuss book to be made into a full-length feature film. 
  • Behind Home Alone, it is the second highest grossing holiday film. 
  • The film garnered three Academy Award nominations, including Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction, and nominees Rick Baker and Gail Ryan won the Academy Award for Best Makeup. At the Golden Globes, Jim Carrey was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, but lost the award to George Clooney for O Brother, Where Art Thou?.(Wikipedia)
All fun facts courtesy of Wikipedia! Images: Miracle on 34th Street” image courtesy of moviepostershop, “Elf” image courtesy of designinterviews, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” image courtesy of a countryboycitybelle, “A Christmas Story” image courtesy of design-milk, “It’s a Wonderful Life image courtesy of parkcircus, “Home Alone” image courtesy of moviepostershop, “Love Actually” image courtesy of movieposterdb, “The Grinch” image courtesy of imdb, “The Polar Express” image courtesy of imdb. Featured image.

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The Most Beautiful Kitchens Suited for Holiday Entertaining

This is my favorite time of year. I adore being with my family and relishing in moments that I know will become some of my most fondest memories down the road. Thanksgiving takes the pie when it comes to my most enjoyed holiday, just beating out Christmas and my birthday. Thanksgiving is the holiday whose only stress is what to cook, rather than the pressures of picking perfect gifts. And as for my birthday, being born the first week of January (1/4) means that my big day was always overshadowed by the thrill of the major preceding “events.” Aside from the love I have for my family and for having them all around, my favorite part of Thanksgiving is definitely eating. The thought of food in general, let alone all of that turkey goodness, thrills me.

The hub of the holidays is the kitchen.

The first place everyone flocks to after entering through the door of my home is definitely the kitchen. Everyone wants to see what’s cooking. This got me thinking about what kind of amazing kitchens are currently on coldwellbanker.com so I started searching for the most stunning, entertainment-worthy, professional grade kitchens which I’ve shared below.

Give them a gander and don’t forget to check out our Pinterest page for more inspiring design and decor ideas like the ones shown below.

1. Rustic and spacious in Pacific Palisades, CA

Kitchen 1 300x225 The Most Beautiful Kitchens Suited for Holiday EntertainingBuilt in 1926, this architecturally significant Tudor mansion affords the ultimate in privacy and quiet. Rolling lawns, enormous trees and organic gardens provide the view from every room. Over 10,000 square feet of sun drenched living space, including a terrific guest house with two separate guest suites, a great room, a home office, six other bedrooms, a beautifully gated “carriage house” style 3+ car garage, a 75′ real swimmers pool and spa near the beautiful brick patio large enough to entertain on a grand scale.

2. Sleek and modern in Beverly Hills, CA

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This home was just remodeled with no expense spared by renowned designer Brett Barrett on one of the best streets in the flats of Beverly Hills. It features a two story guest house with full kitchen and bathroom which make it ideal for guests. Floor to ceiling windows open to the great outdoor kitchen from the bar and is perfect for entertaining. Professional grade kitchen includes all stainless steel appliances and oversized island with breakfast bar.

3. Magnificent open space in Guilford, CT

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4. Resort and high style living in Paradise Valley, AZ 

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This stunning glass masterpiece was designed to perfection by Kurt Holland and Bill Nowell. The flexible open floor plan includes 4 bedrooms with private patios/entrances all with floor-to-ceiling walls of glass walls. The slate floors and abundant art walls are the perfect palate for this artistic original.

5. The perfect southern kitchen in Frisco, TX

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One of a kind custom estate with exceptional craftsmanship and superior quality finishes. Opulent details include natural stone flooring, ornate crown moldings, top of line stainless steel appliances, state-of-the-art media room, two kitchen locations, two Master suites, and a commercial elevator. The home also features a magnificent outdoor pool and covered loggia.

From Coldwell Banker, happy holidays and happy eating!

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Our Favorite Thanksgiving Moments

thanks football Our Favorite Thanksgiving MomentsThanksgiving is an occasion to be enjoyed with others. Instead of just one of us talking about Thanksgiving memories, traditions and even plans for this year, Gus, Lindsay and I sat down to share our different takes on turkey day.

Here’s how the discussion played out:

What’s a Thanksgiving tradition in your home?

David: Coming from an Italian family, we didn’t just have turkey on Thanksgiving. We had to have pasta too. Sometimes ziti. Sometimes stuffed shells. But red “gravy” was always involved.

Gus: With Puerto Rican and Italian roots in my family, our roasted pork, “arroz con gandules” and lasagna dishes were just as important as the turkey! Food aside, for some reason we always end up watching “The Honeymooners” DVDs until the wee hours of the morning.

Lindsay: Helping my husband get ready for his annual Turkey Day Classic football game with his family (image to the right). His grandfather started the tradition over forty years ago and the tradition continues to live on. The morning of Thanksgiving my husband is up bright and early fired up to play and I get such a kick out of seeing him so excited.

What’s a favorite Thanksgiving memory from your home growing up?

Gus: The Thanksgiving of 2009 is a special memory to me. I had moved out of my parents’ house a few months earlier and hadn’t been around much besides the occasional quick visit. I made a point of going back “home” first thing that morning and remember how great it felt to be back. We all ate breakfast together, watched the parade, I played entirely too much Playstation with my little brother and just had an all around perfect day with my family. It felt good to be “home”.

Lindsay: I have two. The first was my first Thanksgiving home from college. I have a really special relationship with my parents and it was hard for me to move away from  home. Spending that first holiday home with them after I moved out was something I will always remember. My mom and dad, as always, went overboard and made sure it was a day filled with amazing food, champagne toasts, and happiness. Of course, it made it hard to leave and go back to school.  My second favorite memory was the first Thanksgiving I spent with my husband who at the time was my boyfriend. I had never spent a holiday away from my family. Spending our first holiday together was a big step toward spending our life together and I could tell by the way his family acted together that it was family I wanted to be a part of forever…and now I am.

David: I distinctly remember it’s the day when my parents broke out the Christmas music. The tree and other decorations might not have been up, but the music was playing and brought to the car for the trip to Grandma’s house. That and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade were standard operating procedure in my home.

Is there some piece of decor or an element in your home that signifies to you that it’s officially Thanksgiving?

David: My sister-in-law’s rooster apron. It’s a French country style apron with a big rooster on it. She’s worn it every Thanksgiving since my wife and me were dating. If she ever wears a different apron, I’m not sure I’d recognize her.

Gus: When I was younger my family had a huge old record player that had to be from the 60s or 70s. It wasn’t officially Thanksgiving until my grandfather would bust out old “records” from his favorite bands of his youth. I’d pull at his shirt asking to drop the needle on the records and then my grandmother would always force me to dance with her.

Lindsay: For me, it is little things that my mom does at her home. She puts out special table clothes, hand towels, and other holiday décor. Now that I am a homeowner she is starting to pass down some of these things so that I can begin the tradition at my own home. It is really special for me to decorate my own house with things I grew up cherishing.

Will you be spending Thanksgiving at home this year?

Lindsay: We are spending Thanksgiving this year at my in-law’s house which to me truly feels like a home. Each year my mother-in-law spends a full week preparing for the meal and she makes the day so special for the family. She just recently got all new kitchen appliances so I can’t wait to see her in action this year!

David: Yes & no. I won’t be in the home I pay the mortgage for, but will be at a place that feels like home with my wife’s family in South Carolina. There’ll be a total of 10 adults and 12 children (ranging from 7 months to 13 years old) having Thanksgiving dinner together. While dinner is always good, dessert is ridiculously great.

Gus: Seeing how I’m not entirely settled in my new home yet, I’m welcoming the thought of heading to my grandparents’ house for Thanksgiving dinner! I’m looking forward to some delicious food, great company and my grandfather’s rants about how bad the New York Mets are.

Besides your family, spouse or significant other, what are you most thankful for in your home?

Gus: Hmm, I’m most thankful to my girlfriend for allowing me to have the spare room all to myself! I’m building a music studio in the room and fear that she won’t see me much. Come to think of it maybe that’s why she let me have the room in the first place?!

Lindsay: I am thankful FOR my Home! This is my first Thanksgiving as a homeowner and although we won’t be spending it there I feel incredibly blessed and grateful to have my first home.

David: Is it shallow if I say my DVR? Probably, but it’s a wonderful thing. It keeps peace amongst my four boys while giving my wife and me a chance to unwind when the boys are in bed. Thank you Mr. Inventor of the DVR. Thank you.

 

Header image courtesy of Flickr user regan76

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5 Perfect Rooms to Curl Up in this Fall

While I sometimes think that summer is my favorite season of all, I am brought back to reality when September rolls around. Baking in the sun, swimming, and cook-outs are all fun activities to partake in during the summer but I love the comfort and coziness of Fall best of all. As we settle into October, it is so nice to have a break from summer’s heat waves, breeze into Indian Summer, and then slowly enjoy the crispness of Fall. Apple and pumpkin picking, Halloween decorating, and Thanksgiving dinner are all staple things to do and enjoy during this beautiful season and that’s why it is definitely my favorite.

I love that after a full summer of outside activities all of my family and friends gather into the best room of the house, what we call the “Fireplace Room,” to cozy up and enjoy each other’s company. Here are some other incredible “Fireplace Rooms,” that we collected from our Pinterest page. Enjoy!

1. Aspen, CO- $11,900,000
A home families rave about…this mod mountain home atop Knollwood highlights 6,500 square feet of light and bright functional living spaces with a contemporary flair. From the strikingly elegant and inviting entry and soaring ceilings, to the grand fireplace with phenomenal views, this unique home is both comfortable and elegant. Listed by Coldwell Banker Mason Morse Real Estate. 

2. Los Angeles, CA- $10,900,000 
An exciting two-story contemporary home with city and ocean views. This home represents the LA Lifestyle with a sophisticated expression of international design and details by European Designer Luca Colombo. This sculptural assemblage of glass and steel creates a unique balance of art and architecture! Listed by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. 

3. Raymond, ME- $10,500,000
This architectural masterpiece is a product of years of focused collaboration with renown architects, master craftsmen, and designers. Owners of this home can enjoy 48 acres of absolute privacy nestled on the sparkling shores of Big Sebago Lake! This is the ultimate place to wind down in on a cold fall or winter night. Listed by Coldwell Banker Team Real Estate. 

4. Toluca Lake, CA- $27,500,000 
Built in 1939 for beloved comedian Bob Hope, the original English Traditional main house was designed by architect Robert Finkelhor and then remodeled in the 1950′s by architect John Elgin Woolf.  This iconic estate represents a rare opportunity for an incredible compound, unmatched in its prestigious history, unbelievable grounds, and incredible beauty. Listed by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. 

5. Chicago, IL- $3,195,000
A great fireplace to gather around can also be in the bedroom just like in this beautiful master! Designed by John Joyce, formerly of Booth Hansen, this new, state-of-the-art home perfectly fuses classic elegance with urban sophistication. Listed by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. 

We hope you enjoyed the visual visit to these incredible and cozy homes! For more great photos of Coldwell Banker listings please check out our Instagram and our Pinterest pages!

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This is Home with Rapping Kids

thisishome This is Home with Rapping KidsThe Coldwell Banker Life, Camera, Action YouTube contest provided some amazing videos of kids, pets and homes from across the country. Actually the videos with pets vs. the videos with kids was pretty much a 50/50 split. The 10 finalist videos were all pretty amazing. It was fun to see the different takes on what makes a home so special. Some were touching. Some were humorous. But the winning video was just plain adorable.

I dare you to watch this video without smiling. The $25,000 grand prize winning video above is called “This is Home” but affectionately here at the Coldwell Banker office we refer to it as “Rapping Kids.” It’s quite simply one of the sweetest and entertaining videos about home that you’ll ever see.

The video comes to us from the Johnson family of Henderson, NV where dad, Jeff, is a schoolteacher and his wife, Suzanne, runs her own business out of their home. Their twins, Liam and Elle, will turn 4 in December and have easily the brightest music career imaginable ahead of them.

I talked with Jeff about the inspiration for the video and he said the song was something he was actually working on for a few months and when he heard about the Coldwell Banker contest it gave him the motivation to finally complete what he had started.

As you can imagine choreographing twin 3 year old’s while also trying to get them to sing the right words is quite a task and the video take more time than expected to get done which didn’t give them much time to get votes before the contest ended. But thanks to a late push in voting by friends and family their video was able to make it into the top 10 finalists.

We wondered how a high school social studies teacher manages to find time to create rap songs and shoot music videos, but Jeff explained this is something he enjoys doing as projects. Well Jeff, this project just paid off.

The Johnson family moved into their current home just over 2 years ago when they quickly realized their home at the time that had only 2 bedrooms wouldn’t quite work for their growing family. So the winnings from the contest they hope to put towards redoing their backyard as they’ve had some plans for it in their minds but didn’t think they’d be able to see them come to fruition.

I’m hoping their plans involve a water slide and perhaps a basketball court, but whatever they end up doing I’m sure Liam & Elle will love it.

Take a look at the video above to see “This is Home” and add a smile to your day. And if you really want a smile, watch the video below and see the kids’ reaction to being told they won the contest:

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Home as Seen Through the Eyes of a British Bulldog

No the title is not referring to the former WWE wrestler, but rather the third film in the Coldwell Banker International Film Festival entitled, ‘Watson.’

This video comes to us from American filmmaker, Jared Januschka, who explains how a banned photo became the inspiration for this video:

I was banned from sharing the photograph that inspired The Wonderful World of Watson. Basically, it’s of one of my dearest family members asleep on the couch with Watson laying near his head. One of Watson’s arms is extended over his cuddle buddies shoulder in a protective gesture. After seeing that, I knew I had to make a project around my pup and Coldwell Banker gave me the perfect opportunity.

 

This warm humanist gesture was the epitome of what ‘home’ meant to me and what I believed Coldwell Banker strives to continually bring to the world.

If man’s best friend can’t make a house feel like home, I’m not sure what can. Januschka also dishes on a little bit of gossip from the film set. Turns out that Watson is a Mariah Carey-esque diva on set. Somehow I’m not surprised.

I guarantee you’ll love this humorous and heartwarming take on what the true value of a home means when seen through the eyes of the family dog.

Click here to watch ‘Watson’ and the other videos in the Coldwell Banker International Film Festival at films.coldwellbanker.com.

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The Hunt for a Home: City vs. Suburbs Part 1

lxtv openhouse The Hunt for a Home: City vs. Suburbs Part 1Ah the age old question that has faced many a homeowner with a growing family: do you stay in the city or move to the suburbs? Do you forsake the hustle and bustle of the metropolis for the quieter, although seemingly less awesome, life in the “country.”

With the help of our friends over at NBC’s LXTV Open House, we followed a Chicago couple, Lauren and Allen, on their quest to answer that very question. They are working with Coldwell Banker agent, Karlina Mina with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in the Chicago area, to see some options in each locale and ultimately determine where they’re going to put down some roots now that they’re more than just a carefree couple.

Will they choose life in the Windy City or make the move to a place with more space? In Part One of “The Hunt” Karlina shows Lauren and Allen a nice townhome in the Lakeview section of Chicago. This afternoon we’ll take a look at Part Two when Lauren and Allen head outside the city to observe life in the ‘burbs and ultimately make a decision.

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