Your First Home: Beautiful Basics and Multitaskers for Every Room

Whether you are getting married, buying your first home or simply moving into your first real place of your own, you will likely find yourself with some shopping to do. A plan can help you stay focused and avoid unnecessary purchases, saving money and time (not to mention clutter) in the long run.

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Bedroom

What to choose:
Neutral sheets and bedding. Two sets of sheets made from pure, long-staple cotton in neutral hues can be mixed and matched with ease. Linen sheets are pricey, but can last forever and just get better with age. A soft white or cream-colored throw made of wool or cashmere always looks luxurious at the foot of the bed, and can also be used in the living room.

When it comes to bedding basics like pillows, a mattress and a mattress cover, you generally do get what you pay for (though it also pays to hunt for sales), so choose the best quality you can afford, and these items will repay you with a sound night’s sleep.

What to avoid: Loads of throw pillows. Those colorful pillows won’t seem so fun when you find yourself shoveling them on and off the bed each day. And trendy accent pillows tend to come and go, so what looks appealing to you today may lose its luster over the next year. Better to put that money toward a nicer set of sheets.

Bath

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What to choose: Two sets plus a spare. Having too many sets of towels just means extra laundry — two sets per person (bath towel, hand towel, washcloth), plus a spare set for guests, are all you really need.

What to avoid: White towels. Sure, they look fresh, fluffy and inviting … when they’re new. But those same fluffy towels are (sadly) destined to become decidedly less so — the problem is, unless you bleach them, they will get dingy; but if you do bleach them, they’ll lose their fluff, fast. It’s probably better to start out with a set of towels in a more forgiving color (gray is always chic).

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Kitchen

What to choose: Hardworking multitaskers. High-quality stainless steel saucepans and sauté pans, cast iron skillets, a great set of knives, a wooden cutting board and a Dutch oven that can go from stovetop to oven — these are the workhorses of the kitchen and are worth the investment. When it comes to cooking utensils, you can accomplish most cooking tasks with a pair of tongs, a few wooden spoons, a spatula and a ladle.

Small appliances can be quite useful, but think honestly about which you will use frequently and which you could do without. For some, a food processor is essential, while for others it would just sit in the back of a cupboard gathering dust.

What to avoid: Single-purpose tools and gadgets. Picking up specialty kitchen tools may seem harmless at first — but it’s a slippery slope, and before you know it you’ll have accumulated a drawer overstuffed with strange unitaskers you hardly ever use. If a tool you already own can get the job done, consider sticking with it rather than buying the “special” tool.

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Dining

What to choose: Beautiful basics. You really can’t go wrong with classic stainless steel cutlery, white dishes and clear glassware — it’s worth shopping around to find sets you really love, because you will likely keep them for a long time. A good set of white dishes and clear glassware can be dressed up or down, and can elevate the everyday. A set of cloth napkins (cotton or linen) can be used every day or for dinner parties, and a tablecloth in a natural color can dress things up further.

What to avoid: China so fancy you’re afraid to use it. Beautiful china can be a lovely way to make a special occasion even more elegant — but be honest with yourself about how often you are likely to actually pull it out. Would you use it for a casual gathering with friends, for instance? Or would you “save” it for a once-a-year major holiday … if you host it, which you might not? Spending more on a really gorgeous set of everyday dishes is probably a better investment — and if you really want to add something extra special to your dinner table, consider a set of fancy dessert plates or a beautiful vase.

Organizing

What to choose: Hooks, baskets and matching sets. Good, sturdy hooks and woven baskets can tackle all sorts of items, from coats in the entryway to aprons and cleaning tools in the kitchen. If you do find you need other organizing containers, like jars for pantry items or photo boxes, invest in a matching set rather than picking up a piece here and there at random. They will look better on your shelves, and when it comes to boxes, they will stack more easily as well.

What to avoid: Loading up on organizers before clearing clutter. If you’re facing a messy area, try clearing out the clutter before purchasing any new containers to sort it — once you’ve pared back, you may find you don’t need the extra containers after all.

Article retrieved from Houzz.com

Bold Pattern or Fresh Classic

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Selecting the right tile for your bathroom is key to laying the foundation of your overall design. Do you gravitate to bold patterns or blended hues? REVIVAL CATALINA by SHAW FLOORS makes quite the statement and becomes the focal point of the bathroom. On the other hand, the 12X24 SCULPTURE tile will not dominate your bathroom, but will nicely compliment other key features such as a claw-foot tub. Which would you put in your next home?

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Butler Parc - Mauldin's Hidden Gem

It is always exciting and very satisfying to see a community take shape. While each Rosewood community features Rosewood’s signature designs and amenities, each community embodies its own unique characteristics and personality. Butler Parc is well on its way to maturation and has become a hidden gem in the Mauldin, SC community. Located between N Main St.(Hwy 276) and Pinecrest Drive, Butler Parc has a secluded feel, while still being in close proximity to shopping, i85, and i385. The community’s one street, Golden Apple Trail, has a long entrance and connects the 31 home sites in and among grown trees and established neighborhoods.

It seems like they just broke ground yesterday, but now there are only two lots left - one corner lot at 0.23 acres and one at 0.15 acres, backing up to the common space with future gazebo. Now is the perfect time to view the community as several different floor plans are nearing completion. The entrance for Butler Parc is across from 210 Pinecrest Drive, Mauldin, SC. Homes start at $249,900. Plan your visit today, and an on-site preferred agent can give you a personalized tour!

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Greer's New Facelift - CenterG

There comes a time for every city to update it’s aging infrastructure and plan for its future growth - that time has come for Greer, SC. On January 15, 2019 they broke ground to complete the project known as CenterG, “a $10.8 million initiative that will reshape the business district's streetscape” (Randall, 2019). This 18 month project will transform one of South Carolina’s fastest growing cities into a modern, business-friendly gathering spot. One of the focuses will be on transforming Trade Street. One design feature involves removing the curbs to create a shared street design for better movement of pedestrians and vehicles. This change will allow Trade Street to be easily adapted into a pedestrian plaza for various city events. Greer has increasingly become a destination spot in the South Carolina Upstate. This project will continue to add value to business owners and residents alike.

Sossamon Construction, of Gaffney will be tackling this long awaited project. Their craftsmanship can be seen in the completed streetscape projects for neighboring Spartanburg and Fountain Inn. For more information and project progress go to www.futuregreer.com.

(2019, January 15). $10.8 CenterG launched with, appropriately, a groundbreaking. Retrieved from http://greertoday.com

Randall, J. (2019, January 15). City of Greer breaks ground on new $10.8 million project to reshape the city's business district. Retrieved from https://www.foxcarolina.com

Updated Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Tis the season of love, and what better way to express your love for your significant other than a tangible gift. Probably not to anyone’s surprise, the top five gifts according to statista.com are: Candy/Sweets, Greeting Cards, Flowers, Romantic Dinner, and Wine (Armstrong, 2017).

Here are a few alternative suggestions on these classics:

Ditch the bottle of wine and order a wine subscription. Taylor your selections to your lover’s taste preferences, and he or she will be reminded of your love all year long.

Instead of a romantic dinner out at some chain restaurant, make your own gourmet dinner together under the direction of Gordon Ramsay using his MasterClass instructional video.

Skip the cellophane-wrapped flowers and go for beautiful succulents. They are lower maintenance and will last much longer!

Words last; greeting cards do not. Think of ways that will make the biggest impact with your words (i.e. incorporating them into a piece of artwork or making a creative video)

Close the box of chocolates and open up the chocolate fondue. Choose some of your favorite fruits to dip, and you will create a special experience conducive to great conversation.

For those of you with a little more expensive tastes, you could always consider a new Rosewood home - a beautiful gift they will remember for many years to come!

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(2019, Feb 6). Unique Valentine's Day Gifts: These Presents Are Set to Impress Your Valentine. Retrieved from https://www.askmen.com


Plan Highlight : The Aurora

One of the first steps when deciding to build a home is selecting the right floor plan. With over twenty floor plans to choose from, Rosewood provides a wide variety both in size and layouts. Seeing the progression of a home going from a 2-D floor plan to a 3-D reality is quite exciting. Rosewood’s sales coordinator and preferred agents are there to help you narrow down your plan and visualize a final product.

One plan that definitely lives up to its name in beauty and grandeur is the AURORA. This is no ordinary cottage home. Upon entering, one will immediately sense the impressive nature of this home with its deep front porch, spacious foyer, and 10ft ceilings. The open staircase and french doors into the front study/bedroom help to add to its character. Walking into the open-concept living space one will be captivated by the indoor-outdoor see-through gas fireplace. This crowning feature comes standard in every Aurora. The beautiful L-shaped kitchen houses ample cabinetry and has over 26 feet of counter space. Built into the kitchen’s design is a recessed refrigerator opening, allowing for a clean, counter-depth look. The laundry room in the Aurora comes standard with bottom cabinets and undermount stainless sink. The luxurious 15ft x 18ft master bedroom on the main level has plenty of natural light, allowing one to enjoy the natural landscape of a Rosewood community. From the master suite, one can step right onto the covered back patio (extendable up to 8 additional feet on the Aurora plan). Whether enjoying a sunrise or a sunset this back patio will be a favorite gathering spot. To complete this nearly 2700 sqft home, the upstairs has two generously-sized bedrooms, a full bath, and loft area. If looking for distinguishing design features, spacious rooms, and ample closet space, the AURORA may be the plan for you!

Engineered Hardwoods: 101

Engineered hardwoods (EHs) are a great flooring choice for your new home both for look and durability. EHs are actually made of real wood layers that are stacked together. These layers are joined together in a cross-grained construction, making the product strong and very dimensionally stable.

Strengths: When comparing to solid hardwoods, engineered hardwoods have the upper hand in a few key areas. Engineered hardwoods are less susceptible to the natural expansion and contraction that occurs with wood due to fluctuating moisture. EHs can also be installed on any surface in your home, including concrete subfloors. Lastly, EHs in general tend to be slightly less expensive than solid hardwoods.

Care: As with many wood products, water is the enemy, so any precaution you can do to keep the two separated, the better. In case of a spill, blot dry immediately upon notice. It is not recommended to wet mop or even damp mop EHs as this can cause warping. As a general practice, keep floor clean by regularly sweeping or vacuuming (with a non-beater-bar head). It’s also a good idea to cover high traffic areas with a rug, to minimize normal wear and tear. Flooring products can vary, so always follow the manufacturer's specific recommendations for care and product use on your flooring.

Options: In additional to the various stain finishes, you need to consider the texture of your wood floors. Many manufacturers offer scrapped, distressed, smooth, and wire-brushed textures. Keep in mind your over-all design scheme for the space and choose a texture that will compliment your desired look. Another popular option is varying the width of the wood plank to add another dimension to your space. This look can work particularly well in large room or open-concept floor plans.

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Color Your Kitchen

When building a new home or tackling a remodel, one room has the power to set the tone for the entire house - the kitchen. “Kitchens should be designed around what's truly important - fun, food, and life,” says renown chef Daniel Boulud. One way to ensure a kitchen cultivates fun and life is by choosing the right cabinet finishes. Color is one of the most effective ways to build character and personality. Although classic white kitchens will remain popular in 2019, “kitchens with jewel toned cabinets will dominate” according to the Color Concierge. Indigo in particular is a great choice for those wanting to incorporate colored cabinets into the design. Indigo works well in classic kitchen, providing a rich depth that anchors the room, or it can also help create that one distinguishing feature in a more contemporary kitchen.

Have fun and be creative when designing your kitchen. You may opt to do all cabinets one color, or you may consider a two-toned option (different colors for the upper and lower cabinets). Another good option is to make your island a statement piece, as done in this kitchen of the BALTIC model. Popular author and home cook entrepreneur Michael Ruhlman has said “a kitchen is a good place to be, almost always the best place in the house.” Stop in a Rosewood model home or make a Design Center appointment to get your creative juices flowing and make the kitchen the best place in your new home!

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Top Trends in Kitchen Cabinetry Design for 2019. Retrieved from https://sebringdesignbuild.com

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Consider Mauldin For Your Next Move

Greenville’s diverse culture and thriving community have attracted the attention of people from all over. In 2017, The New York Times cited Greenville as one of the 52 places to go in the world. The appeal of the South Carolina Upstate continues to spread to surrounding cities like Traveler’s Rest and now to Mauldin, SC. Located just southeast of Greenville, Mauldin is “changing from a pass-through city to one where residents [and] businesses want to stay” (Landrum, 2018). Residents enjoy a small-town feel, while still being in proximity to all that Greenville has to offer. The city’s active Cultural Center frequently features one-of-a-kind theatrical productions, community festivals, and diverse art events. Mauldin has something for the outdoor lovers as well with a 400 acre nature preserve in its back yard. Lake Conestee Nature Park is a park like none other in Greenville County. With 12 miles of bikeable trails and bridges, LCNP gives front row access to beautiful lake scenery and wildlife. Add in higher median home values and low crime and unemployment rates, and it’s no wonder that HomeSnacks has made Mauldin #3 on its list of top places to live in South Carolina.

This established city is poised for a big growth spurt. The city’s proximity to i385, i85, and the Southern Connector make it a prime location for both businesses and residents. One development currently in the works is Bridgeway Station. This mixed-use development at the corner of I385 and Bridges Road will include new apartments, offices, shopping, dining, lodging, and entertainment. Developer Phil Hughes described the proposed village as “an Internet-connected, environmentally friendly place where people could live, work, and play without having to drive anywhere in a car” (Bell, 2017). There are even hopes that a connection to the Swamp Rabbit Trail via a pedestrian bring over the interstate will further connect Mauldin to Greenville. The Bridgeway Station development among others that are in the works, will continue to expand the value and culture of the Mauldin community. To learn more about our Mauldin community, Butler Parc, contact our sales team today.


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