Thursday, January 19, 2017

Architectural Goodie: Unique stained glass in University City

I have seen a lot of century old stained glass windows in St. Louis over the years...
...but never ever one depicting bleeding hearts?! πŸ’• So pretty, understated, delicate, and unique!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A special day, personally and professionally.

As I wish my youngest a happy 15th birthday today...

... I also celebrate 15 amazing years in St. Louis residential real estate with Coldwell Banker Gundaker.  This little bundle caused us to outgrow our own home and I decided to "give real estate a try", or at least move us. One of the best decisions that I ever made... ❤

Sunday, January 8, 2017

In St. Louis and dream of a new home in 2017?

Stop dreaming, take action, and make it happen, St. Louis!  If contemplating a move in 2017, the time to prepare is now as Spring is just around the corner. I am currently meeting with Buyers and Sellers to create a "plan of attack" for the swift Spring selling market in St. Louis.

2016 was a terrific market for both Buyers and Sellers in St. Louis.  Experts project an even stronger market for 2017 as value continues to steadily increase, the job market remains healthy, and interest rates remain historically low. 

I have over 15 years experience of selling residential real estate in St. Louis and wear my past clients' testimonials like a badge of honor.  Let's connect and make your dreams a reality. To get the process started, call me at 314.298.5275 or email me at

Learn more about me HERE.  Read about my professional accomplishments and see what my clients have to say about me HERE.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Just For Fun: Winter Date Night in Forest Park

I dare to say that there is nothing more magical...

... than an evening at Steinberg under the stars.  Bonfire, hot cocoa, and a Forest Park icy adventure makes for the perfect date night with my hubby!  If you have never visited Steinberg, I beg you to do so.  It is a charming and magical winter oasis under the shadow and big city lights of the Central West End.

The 2016/17 Skating season runs November 12 - Feb 23rd

Sunday-Thursday 10am-9pm
Friday-Saturday 10am-Midnight
Extended Holiday hours—10am-Midnight (Nov 23-26, Dec 16 through Jan 7)

All ages skate admission is $7.
$6 for skate rental. You may bring your own skates.

400 Jefferson Drive 
St. Louis, MO 63110 
In the SE corner of Forest Park near the Planetarium

(314) 367-Rink or (314) 361-0613


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

To Stainless or not to stainless... that is the question!

Stainless steel appliances have been the "belle of the ball" for some time now, as they have become the hallmark of a desirable and updated kitchen.  However, I have been privy to client concerns and complaints for years, typically for two reasons:

1) Fingerprints: 
"Kids do NOT touch the refrigerator today as the house is being shown!"

Note- I have heard more home remedies on reducing smudge than I care to count from baby oil to coconut oil.

2) Dents: 
"Carrie- should we buy a magnetic wipe board or something to camouflage it for listing?"

In fact, this post is brought to you by...

...the big fat dent made by the delivery men upon installing our brand new 24 inch special order counter-depth wet bar refrigerator. 

No, no, no! *sigh* 

Universe- I will take your 2 months of waiting for this fridge only to have it dented upon installation and spin it as a gift. A happy accident. Had this dent not been made by the poor delivery man, it would have likely been made by a member of my family with zero recourse. We sadly learned a lesson at his expense, I suppose.

While most Buyers love themselves some stainless steel and I don't see it being out of vogue for a very long time, there has been a distinct shift in what I have begun to see in homes around St. Louis and trending in design publications.  As Homeowners begin to seek contemporary appliances that are lower maintenance, designers and large appliance houses have responded in a big way. 

If you enjoy the aesthetic of stainless steel and seek a low-smudge alternative...
Black or slate-toned stainless steel is trending and is hot, hot, hot!  Not long after its introduction, this finish has quickly taken over Pinterest and big box stores due to its popularity.

In addition, traditional white and black appliances are making a huge comeback as they have a new sexy swagger with clean lines, smooth surfaces, and high-end options.

Those aren't your parents' appliances.  Clean, stylish, and gorgeous, aren't they?

Per the Nenonens, we have changed courses for our unique space that requires a very thin (24") yet tall (70") special order fridge.  While I was initially drawn to the sleek and modern appearance of the steel fridge for our wetbar makeover with new granite and carrara marble...

I have opted to reorder the white version instead.  Yes, the somewhat painfully practical decision, but likely the right one for us.  With no less than a dozen teenagers in my basement every weekend, we have tried to create a space that is stylish and pretty, but yes... practical and durable, as well.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year and Thank You!

There is nothing more intimate to a family than their home, their safe haven.  For that reason, the client/Realtor relationship is a sacred one, based on an incredible amount of trust. 

To my 2016 clients- thank you for placing your confidence in me, taking the leap, and trusting the process.  I had an amazing year and truly cherish the new relationships made. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your continued business, referrals, and friendship! 

Eleanor Roosevelt said "Happiness is not a goal, but rather a by-product of a life well lived." The new year marks a new chapter. Seize the fresh start and accept the challenge of new people to meet, exciting new adventures to embark upon, and warm memories to create. 

Happy New Year, friends. πŸΎπŸŽ‰

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Streamline your laundry room with a commercial kitchen sink!

Per an earlier post, this winter we have committed to modernizing and elevating the aesthetics of our already-finished basement in the attempt to streamline the space and add storage.   In the midst of working with our laundry room space, we kept stumbling upon nothing but flimsy plastic laundry tubs (similar to what we already have).  Seeking something more sleek and sturdy, we opted for THIS commercial kitchen prep sink instead, found on Amazon...

I think it is a terrific solution, don't you?  I can't wait to install it this week!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Happy Holidays!

However your family chooses to celebrate... 

...light, love, and blessings to you this holiday weekend, friends!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Curb Appeal Matters: Front Porch Fun

You can't control the weather, but you can control your curb appeal...
One front porch urn, three seasons of fun. We have officially shifted into winter mode at Casa de Nenonen with fragrant fraser fir, magnolia leaves, and dehydrated orange...