Sold! ~ Dogtown ~ OPEN SUNDAY 4/21

I’m delighted to present 1437 Kraft.  My friends and family will recognize this garden oasis home as my next door neighbor when my wife and I lived in Dogtown.

MLS#18029159                                                                                                                     $120,000

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Timely Tips: How To Start A Garden

So you’re thinking about starting a new garden ~ or at least you were until the temps bottomed out this afternoon! Rest assured fellow St. Louisians, give it a day or two and you’ll be once again ready to test your green thumb skills. The good news is that regardless of whether you’re a novice or seasoned expert, you can enjoy the benefits of a garden with nothing more than a little knowledge, some seeds, and the proper tools.

Step # 1: Pick Your Plants

Before you start a new garden, the first and most obvious step is to choose your plants. Some things to consider when making your selection include your geographical region, climate, soil condition and the size of your space. My wife is a big fan of hostas because they are easy to care for and hard to kill (and that’s important!)

 

Different climates demand different plants, which means you must choose wisely in order to get the most out of your garden. Your soil condition is important because most gardeners find it best to have a flat planting surface with a soil that has the nutrients necessary for a healthy garden. You can always add fertilizer, which can help to make up for any lacking nutrients in your own soil. The size of your space is important because seeds should not be planted too close together or too close to a wall.

Step # 2: Prepare Your Soil

Whether you are planting seeds or transplanting a garden, it’s important to loosen your soil to allow for the proper marriage of your plants and the earth’s nutrients necessary for survival. Some gardeners prefer to till their soil, while others simply dig and leave the surface loosened for planting.

Step # 3: Water Your Garden

Once your seeds are planted, it’s time to have patience. There’s nothing quite like the hurry up and wait feeling that every gardener experiences when they have made all of the necessary preparations for their new garden and then the waiting game begins. The proper watering can help your hard work to materialize in a healthy way. Most experts recommend watering a garden in the early morning hours when the air is still cool. Instead of applying the water directly to the plants themselves, try adding it to the soil instead.

Step # 4: Maintenance Matters

It’s important to keep on top of trimming and weeding or else your garden can get easily away from you.  Many gardeners love this process.  Me? Not so much. Here’s where I’m lucky. My in-laws’ housesit for my wife and me at least one week a year.  It’s awesome to come home to find they’ve taken care of that season’s maintenance!

Step #5: Enjoy

Sit back and take in the beauty that surrounds you.  For me, that means relaxing on the porch with my four-legged kids.  

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Sold! ~ Tower Grove South ~ OPEN SUNDAY 4/15

Showings start on Friday, April 13th.  Contact me today to schedule a showing for you!

Utah___Just_Listed

 

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Make.Me.Move Listing of the Moment

That drive down Lindell Blvd next to the park, you know the one, with the homes that could more easily pass as museums.  Well, if living in one has always been your dream, here’s your chance.  And it’s listed at under 1.4 million!

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It is Spring already, isn’t it? Tips for an Indoor Egg Hunt

Easter marks the beginning of spring in most places, but unfortunately, the weather doesn’t always cooperate. Right now, Easter Sunday in St. Louis looks dry but a bit on the chilly side.  There’s even a  chance the temps will fall below freezing late in the evening! But just because the weather may not cooperate,  there’s no reason to cancel the egg hunt. You can do an indoor egg hunt for your kids that’s just as much fun as an outdoor one—perhaps even more!

Plenty Of Hiding Places

The benefit of an indoor egg hunt is that it offers a large number of hiding places for eggs. You can spread the egg hunt through various rooms and use the furniture, window sills, and cabinets as hiding places. This could mean the egg hunt takes a lot longer than simply finding eggs spread out in the grass.

Make sure you choose hiding places that are within your shortest child’s reach. The last thing you want is a child trying to climb to reach an egg and having a dangerous fall. Also be sure that the locations are safe and secure, and there is nothing that a child could be hurt on or break.

Make It Part Of The Morning

An indoor egg hunt can be set up in the evening after the kids are in bed, creating a fun Easter morning surprise. Since you don’t have to worry about leaving candy out in the yard overnight, you can use the night before to prepare the hiding places.

And for those with older kids who may be too cool to hunt eggs, you can try a trick my wife’s parents use.  They tape a $5 bill to one or more of the eggs.  Over or near 50 years of age, and my wife and her sisters will still run around like 5-year olds to find the cash!  Use some creativity and you will see that an indoor egg hunt can be a lot of fun for all ages.

So get ready to enjoy a fun Easter no matter what the weather looks like outside!

 

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Shamrock Season is Here!

St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday that is celebrated every year in March, but it’s not just the Irish that enjoy this festive occasion. In fact, along with countless other people around the nation, it’s one of my favorite holidays.  In St. Louis, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with parades, green attire and house parties that bring family and friends together. Speaking of family, there are a number of ways that you can make St. Patrick’s Day a festive and fun-filled family holiday.

Take Part In a Parade

Whether you are involved directly or simply enjoy watching a St. Patrick’s Day parade from the sidelines, make sure that you attend at least one. There are three great parades to choose from: Downtown for the traditionalist, Cottleville for the newcomers, and Dogtown for the truly Irish! Can you tell I’m a former Dogtown resident?! These festive events include everything from music to floats and local residents coming together to celebrate this annual holiday. You can enjoy a parade with your family by participating together, or simply by watching from afar.

Dress The Part

One of the longest standing traditions for St. Patrick’s Day is the requirement of green attire. Whether it’s a shirt, shamrock pin, pants or even a jacket, not wearing green often means you get pinched from good-natured family and friends. If you want to join in on the celebration as a family, make sure that everyone is wearing green before leaving the house.

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Have A Party

If you really want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, do so by hosting a party in your home. You can invite family, friends, neighbors and other local residents who share in your festiveness. Because the color green is so commonly associated with St. Patrick’s Day, it’s only natural that you would want to serve lime JELL-O, ice cream, and even green KOOL-AID to your guests. Don’t forget to decorate with the green theme in mind by using holiday plates, cups and napkins, table coverings, streamers and even balloons.

 

Festive Dining

For Thanksgiving, many families eat turkey. For St. Patrick’s Day, many families eat cabbage because, well, it’s green. Green beans, vegetables, spinach, fruits and other green foods also remain popular choices for those looking to dine with the green theme in mind.

Look For Luck

When it comes to luck, the four-leaf clover is a very common symbol and it is also associated with St. Patrick’s Day. This means that one of the best ways to enjoy family fun on this festive holiday is to go out in search of four-leaf clovers. Children especially love this and they feel a great sense of accomplishment if they locate the rare find. One of the greatest places to start looking is in your own backyard.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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New Beginnings

I love Spring. The sights, sounds, and smells of rejuvenation abound.  When we think of Spring we naturally think of delicate blooms and budding leaves, but there are all kinds of rebirth. Just drive down the street and witness the new beginnings of older homes from one neighborhood to the next. From beautifully restored original features to sleek modern makeovers, the resurrection of these properties is limited only by the owner’s imagination.

To be sure, planting a garden and/or grand scale rehab is not for everyone. But perhaps you’re interested in tackling a smaller project, like giving new life to a piece of old furniture.

Old furniture doesn’t have to be put aside if the basic structure is still in good condition. You can bring a whole new life to any piece of furniture with a few simple steps and items readily available from any home improvement store. Whether it is your dining room table or your patio furniture, you can get more mileage out of it and improve your home’s look at the same time.

Refinishing Wood Furniture

Any piece of solid wood furniture that has no major damage can be given a whole new look and many more years of service. Dining room tables and chairs, coffee tables, and dressers can all be refinished easily. Simply sand down the surface and then apply a new paint or stain, and finish it with a sealant for longevity. Your home improvement store will be able to easily help you locate all of the right tools for the job.

You can even add special finishing touches to the look if you want, such as a distressed antique look or faux finish of another sort—the only limit is your imagination!

Recovering Upholstered Furniture

Professional re-upholstering can be really expensive, but in some cases, you can do it yourself. For dining room chairs with a padded seat, simply turn the chair upside down and unscrew the seat. Choose a fabric (remember that it should be washable) and then cut to the right size, allowing extra to tuck under the seat. Pull it tight and then use a staple gun to attach it. Trim the excess and re-attach the seat.

For other types of furniture such as sofas and armchairs, slipcovers might be the way to go. You can find a wide variety of styles and colors to fit any piece of furniture. Slip it over the surface and pull it tight and you will have a brand new looking sofa or chair at a fraction of the price.

The Great Outdoors

Metal patio furniture is easy to refinish as well, with a little spray paint. Makesureyouchoosetherightbrandforthesurfaceyouarespraying. Paint carefully, and use drop cloths and masking to avoid overspray onto surfaces such as the patio itself or the walls of the house. Then spray, let dry, and you’re done!

If new furniture isn’t in the cards, don’t give up. You can simply and easily transform your current furniture for new life and a new look.

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Open Sunday – 463 Magna Carta, Creve Coeur – $565,000

Over 3,000 square feet of living space in this remodeled open floor plan ranch. Great location, high-end finishes, huge yard and new price reduction!  Stop by and visit me Sunday, Nov 19th from 1 – 3 pm to see for yourself.

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Under Contract in under 24 hrs! ~ Sappington

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Just Listed! ~ Southampton

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