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Serenity Now: Using Blue in the Bedroom

Our bedrooms are our sanctuaries. Or they should be, at least. According to this article , one way to get the most out of our bedrooms is to have it painted blue. In theory, cool shades of blue create a calming atmosphere. The light tones make the room look bigger and evoke memories of peaceful skies or still water. More than once, I've read that blue is "soothing," which I think we all need in a place we are going to sleep.   This bedroom (one... Read More
Posted by John D Smith at Monday, July 11, 2011

The Gardens of Central Gardens

There is, of course, a reason why the Central Gardens Historic District has the name it does. You might not always get to peek into a backyard, but driving through the neighborhood, you're sure to see several blooms from the street. And as luck would have it, some of these home with gorgeous gardens are for sale!     This garden is in the backyard of 1483 Goodbar . Those colors are unbelievable! And I promise the photos haven't been retouched!    Here's another... Read More
Posted by John D Smith at Monday, July 11, 2011

Trimming Your Brick House

Not trimming as in cutting back, but as in the color of paint you use for the trim. While white is often the go-to color for trim, there are plenty of other colors that can be used and that many don't consider. It's time to think outside the box and make your brick home stand out! This blogger  has several shades she recommends from charcoal to slate gray and even eggplant. Ehow.com also suggests examining the brick's hue for ideas or using the color wheel .   ... Read More
Posted by John D Smith at Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Backyard Escapes

Summer is in full swing, alright, but that doesn't have to mean running inside to avoid sweltering afternoons. With a shady deck, outdoor living room, or swimming pool, you enjoy being outside and sipping sweet tea. HGTV and Martha Stewart have some great ideas about decorating your outdoor area  and  DIY projects  as well as  "hardscaping"  with everything from fireplaces to furniture.   This house on  S. Belvedere ... Read More
Posted by John D Smith at Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Dining Room Design

While looking at the HGTV website, I saw an article about new ways to rethink the  design of your dining room pop up. The type of furnishings you have can help build an ideal atmosphere, but optimizing the layout and features of your dining room are also important to the look and feel of it. It's true that many of us reserve the dining room for formal occassions, but a fresh design could spark some creativity and lead to your dining room being one of your favorite rooms!   ... Read More
Posted by John D Smith at Monday, June 20, 2011

Sowell & Company Blog Up and Running Again

Hello! Welcome to our blog, which we will be updating regularly once more. We have a number of open houses coming up. You can find the locations and times both on our  website  and in The Commercial Appeal. One of our listings is practically in our own backyard in Midtown. On June 19, you can see  this house on Rembert. It has a very large screened-in porch and a patio in the backyard, which will be nice to have this summer, right? Speaking of front... Read More
Posted by John D Smith at Wednesday, June 15, 2011

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