Glade Cultural Center
Located in The Woodlands @2000 Woodlands Parkway 77380, this Art Exhibits, Concerts (Classical to Jazz), Themed Dinners, Special Events, Center is one-of-a-Kind! They feature a get-together social wine tasting on Friday evenings, also. View their event venues tab here. Outdoor seating is available, too. (Prior to the Pandemic, there were art classes for Adults and children held here too! Fingers crossed they can come back in 2021!)
The Flower Child Restaurant located @1900 Lake Woodlands Drive, Suite 100, 77380. Honestly, I wouldn’t have selected this small, recently-opened place to take my sister to lunch, but she was “staying on her diet”… gluten-free… and I remembered it was close to home. They have a large patio with socially distanced tables. The staff was SO friendly and couldn’t do enough for us! Their mission statement resonated, too: “We’re on a simple, soul-satisfying mission to spread positively delicious vibes and healthy food in The Woodlands. Whether you’re craving a taste of our bowls, grains, greens and wraps or looking to refresh with our flavored lemonades, kombucha or organic wine and beer, we’re here to take you to a happy place. We make every last bite on the Flower Child menu from scratch, using farm-fresh ingredients from close to home. That’s our promise to you, whether you’re vegan, paleo, gluten-free or just hungry.”
Due to Covid-19, we have seen a decrease in construction materials, so we don’t see a lot of new construction to keep up with the 2021 demand for homes. Although we will see some distressed homes come on the market from those people in forbearance or who have lost their jobs due to Covid-19, the demand will be there to absorb additional homes in most markets.
While 2021 will see home builders responding to higher prices, supply and inventory will still be limited. Fed policy will enable lower mortgage rates for highly creditworthy borrowers, while inflation may begin to emerge. Finally, the Millennial generation will continue to be the defining demographic group in the housing market for years to come.
We expect to see the housing market continue its bull run well into 2021. Home value appreciation will approach 9% or even 10% by July, before cooling somewhat down toward 7% appreciation. This rapid price growth will be driven by the same factors that took the steering wheel in 2020: strong demographics, low mortgage rates, and inadequate supply.
The Millennial generation is moving into their mid-30s, bringing a wave of demand from renters looking to buy their first homes. Mortgage rates may inch back up to around 3%, but even at that level, they will be making home purchases more attractive all along the price range. And although builders are finally firing on all cylinders delivering new homes to the market, it will take them a long time to make up for the home building deficit we accumulated from 2008 to 2019.
The clearest barometer we have that reflects all these dimensions of the housing market is active inventory, which is down more than one third year-over-year. That suggests continued fast price appreciation ahead and competition between buyers.
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In 2021, designers are falling out of love with the industrial design aesthetic, favoring instead soft, lush interior landscapes.“The world is harsh and cold enough these days, so people are looking for spaces that nurture and envelope them,” designer Scot Meacham Wood told Elle Decor.
Industrial design isn’t the only feature that homeowners are dismissing. Vessel bathroom sinks-58%, open shelving in kitchens and bathrooms-52% , shabby-chic furniture-41% and floral furniture-39% are also on the way out. “Vessel sinks have outstayed their welcome in any bathroom” . “Not only are they awkward to use, but they can also potentially knock down the price of your home if the buyers want an updated bathroom. “Open shelving can look great when it’s first put up and everything looks neat and tidy on the shelves”. “But, inevitably over time, open shelving can look cluttered and untidy, and many buyers will notice this as they view your home. Open shelving doesn’t fit in with real, domestic life, so opt for covered storage.”
If you have already changed some rooms to an industrial design, AND you are looking to sell in 2021, make sure to stick to neutral palettes-especially when repainting- wherever you can when prepping your home prior to listing. “Bring in personality and the unexpected with vibrant art that provides a contrast to an otherwise more masculine industrial style decor.
The pandemic has shined a bright spotlight on housing in general. Residential real estate has become both more functional (move-in ready is critical to most buyers today..close the sale, get the keys, move in and start living!) and more emotional. Consumers aren’t just searching for a house; they’re seeking “home.”
While the pandemic has confined us to our homes to the point where we’ll do anything for a change of scenery, it has also pointed out how many things a home can be for us:
Home is shelter.
Home is safety.
Home is family.
Home is school, the gym, the movie theater, the best local restaurant.
Consumers appreciate “home” more than ever, and they have a more three-dimensional view of what they want their homes to be. Even with the low inventory levels, buyers do not want to compromise the picture they have of what they want in their next “home”.
...especially ones that eliminate some of the clutter that quietly becomes “a new normal”!
Use microwave minutes to stay organized
Disorganized homes are often the cause of constant procrastination. If you keep saying “I’ll deal with that later”, then you’ll end up with things dotted around the house, waiting (and waiting!) to be put away. Put an end to this by using “microwave minutes”. Microwave minutes refer to small pockets of time of around 5-10 minutes that can easily be squeezed into your day. These time blocks mean you can complete a few tasks that you would be able to fit in while waiting for your microwave to ding, or your kettle to boil. Some examples of tasks you can fit in during these time blocks include:
Identify danger zones
Every home has a hotspot for clutter, where things are most likely to dumped, ready to be sorted “later” (ALERT: “later” rarely comes around). Do you have a mass of mail, keys and bags dumped near your front door? Is there a spot on your kitchen worktop that has a permanent pile of items dumped on it? Take a walk around your home and look for clutter clusters. It can sometimes help to take a video on your phone that you can then watch back, as you’ll probably notice clutter that you’re normally oblivious to!
(excerpted from Wren Kitchens, Rhi- “Mummy of 4”!)