Check out these trending floors!

When it comes to flooring, most people want something that is stylish and practical.

Flooring trends typically change throughout the years as many homeowners acquire new taste and technology advances creating new varieties of flooring. Here are some Trending 2018 floor styles that will make your home look stylish and amazing!

Hard Wood:

Solid Hard Wood flooring is certainly a durable flooring option and high quality, well-maintained hardwood floors will outlast us all! Choosing the right species of hardwood floor is a major factor of how durable the floor will be. Some of the most durable hardwoods are Brazilian Walnut and Ipe.  And some of the most popular hardwoods used today are Red Oak, White Oak, Maple and Brazilian Cherry.

The average cost for homeowners to install Hard Wood Floors is $4,113, with most homeowners spending between $2,952 and $4,646. Pre-finished solid wood flooring prices start at about $4 and can cost as much as $12 per square foot, but most is found in the $4-$10 per square foot price range.

Some of the colors trending with Hard Wood Floors are; dark browns, grey, light, and white washes.

Porcelain Plank Tile:

 

Porcelain Plank wood tile has always been available but has only recently found popularity with global décor trendsetters, thanks in large part to vastly improved technologies that make the wood effect more realistic than ever. Although colors and patterns of wood-like tile may change from year to year, its popularity in dazzling, contemporary home designs is here to stay.

Porcelain Tile floors are waterproof. So, they are often used in areas that may have water or moisture like kitchens, bathrooms, and basements and on top of concrete sub-floors where it may be difficult, inappropriate and too expensive to install solid hardwood flooring.

The average cost to install Porcelain Tile Planks is $1,986, with most homeowners spending between $1,008 and $2,048. Average budget ranges at around $3 per square foot to exclusive ranges from upwards of $15 per square foot.

The colors trending with Porcelain Plank Tile floors are cooler tones such as whites, grays, and espressos.

Vinyl Plank:

 

Forget the ugly vinyl tiles of the past. Plank shapes that are long and narrow, mimicking real wood boards; “click” joinery, allowing adjoining boards to snap together; and improved embossing techniques, vinyl flooring is gaining in popularity once again.

With superior resistance to moisture Vinyl flooring has gained popularity among many homeowners looking for a less expensive floor alternative.

Vinyl flooring ranges from extremely inexpensive, about $0.50 for thin vinyl squares in basic patterns and styles, to moderate about $3.00 for a vinyl plank in so-called premium luxury styles.

It looks and feels amazing, and it’s a floating floor, which means that it can go on top of virtually any type of surface, including tile, as long as the surface is flat and level.

Furthermore, for all those do-it yourself folks, this is a project you can do on your own.

What’s your favorite flooring trend?

Wishing you an EGG-CELLENT Easter Weekend!

Here are some local ideas for your Easter weekend with the family!

The Art of Ice Cream Experience Egg Hunt

4224 N Craftsman Ct. Scottsdale, AZ 85251
This art pop-up in Scottsdale is an interactive ice-cream themed exhibit where many Easter eggs will be hidden through out along with ice-cream treats! There will be an Easter egg hunt for kids 5 and younger and one for kids 6 years and older. The cost is $10 for kids and $20 for adults. Click Here For More Info

Bunnyland at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

7575 E Princess Dr Scottsdale, AZ 85255
This Scottsdale resort is hosting a Alice in Wonderland themed Easter egg hunt on 4/1. Other activitites include brunch, corn maze, train rides and even a visit from Alice, Queen of Hearts, Mad Hatter and the Easter Bunny. Brunch is $49 for kids and $109 for adults. Egg hunts are scheduled for every half-hour from 10 am through 4 pm. Click Here For More Info


6850 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
This Scottsdale Hotel will be having a FREE Easter egg hunt for both guests and the community starting at 9 am 4/1 on the ZuZu patio. ZuZu, the restuarant will have brunch available from 6 am to 2:30 pm. Cost is $19 for kids and $59 for adults. This includes the brunch and hunt. Make sure to bring your own basket! Click Here For More Info

 

Scottsdale Culinary Festival 40th Anniversary Weekend

PURCHASE TICKETS  |  MUSIC SCHEDULE  |  CHEF DEMO SCHEDULE

 

The Scottsdale Culinary Festival returns to Scottsdale for their 40th Anniversary! Event is April 14th and 15th starting at 12pm Saturday. Come hungry because there will be over 40 unique local restaurants and 30 craft breweries. For entertainment you can enjoy 20 bands over the weekend, chef demos, wine garden and much more! Tickets range from $10 – $150 with VIP Packages. Children 12 and under are free. Bringing the kids? There’s fun for them too! The Family Zone which runs from 12 pm to 5 pm both days has a bouncy house, games, crafts and more to keep the little ones entertained.

SCRUMPTIOUS FOOD

LIVE MUSIC

 Main Stage Saturday 4/14

  • ELVIS BEFORE NOON 12 pm – 1:30 pm
  • FAYUCA 2 pm – 3:30 pm
  • THE BLACK MOODS 4 pm – 5 pm
  • EVE 6 5:30 pm – 7 pm
  • EVERCLEAR 7:30 pm – 9 pm

Main Stage Sunday 4/15

  • JAY ALLAN & THE UNCOMMON GOOD 12:30 pm – 2 pm
  • SPARK JACK DADDY 2:30 – 4 pm
  • PHOENIX AFROBEAT ORCHESTRA 4:30 pm – 6 pm

EVENT LOCATION

7380 E 2nd St Scottsdale, AZ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scorpions…are they really that bad?

When we moved here 18 years ago I was thrilled to not have all of the mosquitoes, flies and various bugs that we had back in North Carolina. The kids being able to play outside without a heavy dousing of off spray! Shortly after we moved here I was at my children’s school & heard a woman talking about scorpions. Her description of them sounded like the beginning of the apocalypse! Were they that bad? Were they going to attack my children and pets?

If you are moving to the Phoenix area, rest assured that scorpions are not crawling around everywhere you look as some people believe.

Get to Know Scorpions… (as found on tripsavvy)

Scorpions have four pairs of legs. They also have pincers that look like little lobster claws. Scorpions come in many sizes and colors, but most of the ones you’ll see in Arizona are usually pale gold or tan in color & are less than 3 inches long. Scorpions hide under rocks or debris. They live in crawl spaces.

They are active and feed at night. The scorpions that are native to Arizona typically eat spiders, insects and each other, if they are hungry enough.

  • They hide during the day. Check your shoes and clothes before putting them on if you live in an area where there are likely to be scorpions.
  • If you live in an area where there is a lot of construction, you may be more likely to find scorpions inside because their outdoor habitat has been disturbed.
  • They can live for months on water only. Because they are looking for water, you may find them in or under sinks or tubs.

Here are some common sense tips that will help control scorpions.

  • Close or caulk door openings, screen openings, and window cracks so scorpions can’t get into the house.
  • Dust and vacuum in corners and normally undisturbed places where scorpions hide.
  • Eliminate the scorpion’s prey (crickets, spiders, and other insects) by using common pesticides.
  • Eliminate outdoor places where scorpions can hide, such as trash piles, rock piles, decaying wood or piles of junk.
  • Don’t walk around the house at night in bare feet.

 

What are the best plants for your home in Phoenix?

There are two main growing seasons in Phoenix: from mid-February until the end of May, and from September to mid-November. As a result, nation-wide calendars are ill adapted to our needs.
Moving here from Charlotte, NC I didn’t know what to think when I went out in my yard. Lots of things with thorns and gravel everywhere! I loved getting my hands in the dirt and planting my flowers and vegetables. Now I stand here feeling bewildered…the ground is rocks & sand. What do I do with this? Where is my grass?

So I decided to check out our local plant nursery, The Green Goddess near Tatum and Bell and I found a whole new world of plants! Lantana, purple sage, bird of paradise and more. I also found that there were some of the plants from back east I could plant-pansies & geraniums just at opposite times of the year than I was used to!
I also discovered the draught tolerant plants. The many varieties of Bougainvillea, lantana, desert lavender, desert marigold, agaves and all of the beautiful cacti. I never knew there were so many different cactus-prickly pear, barrel and the list goes on…

By the time I left the nursery my fears were lifted and I found plants and flowers to plant & frame our little of piece of paradise. Now I can walk out in my yard and embrace the beauty of my surroundings! Whether you are looking for drought resistant landscape or more of a traditional landscape I’ll find you the home you have been searching for! Click here to start your search or call me 480-980-8286

 

 

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4 Top Rated Pet-Friendly Scottsdale Resorts

dog photoImagine a tranquil oasis with pampering spa services to renew your body and soul.  Then envision world class shopping and golfing just steps away.  Ahhhhhh….Scottsdale delivers all this in style with a wide array of amazing resorts!  But hate to leave your best buddy behind?  Never fear: there are several pet-friendly options to consider.  Check out these popular destinations which provide a soothing getaway for your entire family, even the four-legged members.

 

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch

Nestled in the heart of Scottsdale, this resort expertly delivers all the spa services you could desire.  For a sumptuous evening meal, Alto Ristaurante serves up five star, classic pasta dishes.  When followed by a serenaded gondola ride in the curving lagoons, mamma mia…that’s amoré!

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Another world-class setting to consider is the Princess.  The extensive grounds are perfect for roaming with your pup, while you gaze at the saguaros, cacti and palms.  In fact, December is an ideal time to book: with over a million twinkling lights and holiday displays, a night stroll in the desert winter wonderland is a must for all ages.

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

If retail therapy is on your short list, then the iconic Westin Kierland needs to be your choice!  Here’s a world class resort, surrounded by some of the finest shops in the Valley.  Then kick off your shoes and nestle into the plush appointments of your luxury suite.  Or, lounge next to the sparkling pool.  Even Miss Molly gets a cool drink, too!

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

For a true Sonoran desert experience, head North to the Four Seasons and book an adobe casita.  Unrivaled luxury combines effortlessly with Pinnacle Peak views by day and star-studded skyscapes at night.  Western flair abounds throughout the meticulously appointed grounds.  After a round or two of golf, be sure to book a relaxing massage in the privacy of your own terrace.

Fido Footnotes

Scottsdale boasts even more pet-friendly resort options, beyond these top traveler picks.  But regardless where you book, be sure your pup is on his best behavior.  Resorts will require that he is leashed at all times.  Excessive barking will be frowned on so overreactive breeds may not be ideal hotel guests.  And, of course, be sure to pick up after “his business” is done.  Leave no trace, as the saying goes.  Following these simple guidelines will allow both you and Fido to truly enjoy a desert spa getaway…and ensure a return visit!

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