Archives: December 2013

A Healthy Fireplace

Although we Triangle residents only have a few fleeting days a year that really call for a cozy fire, it’s still very important to make sure that your fireplace is in tip top shape to avoid problems. MSN has a great article on fireplace maintenance, click here for the full article; here are the basics: […]

Holiday Home-Easy Ideas

 If you’re in need of some last-minute holiday home decor inspiration, here are some of our favorites from Pinterest! As we always advise, simple is best if you have your home on the market over the holiday season. Greenery or a few bows are great ways to add a festive feel to your home. If […]

Christmas By Candlelight

          Give your holiday season a historic twist! Costumed guides will lead you through this festive Christmas By Candlelight tour at Duke Homestead. The historic home and farm, owned by tobacco baron Washington Duke and his family (ever heard of Duke University?), will be festooned with period decorations of Christmas in […]

State Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting

Grab your hats and coats and bundle up to head to downtown Raleigh for the State Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Festival! The celebration begins with the lighting of luminaries and musical performances on the Capitol grounds, followed by the Governor and First Lady lighting the state Christmas Tree during the traditional ceremony on the […]


Mark this on your calendar! Head over to the world-famous Nasher Museum of Art in Durham this Thursday for a unique Historic Happy Hour event, hosted by Preservation Durham. Enjoy drinks before taking a private tour of the Doris Duke’s Shangri-La exhibit. Shangri La, which began as a secluded place of rest for philanthropist Doris Duke, […]

Chapel Hill To Get New Luxury Cinema

University Mall in Chapel Hill is getting a new 13-screen luxury movie theater! The company, Silverspot Cinema, is part of a growing luxury theater trend and will offer film-goers hand-stitched leather seats, high-tech projection technology and live broadcasts of opera, ballet and theatrical performances. The theater is also expected to serve a higher-end fare than […]

Renovations On The Rise

According to a recent study on 2013 home renovation trends conducted buy Houzz, almost 30% of the 100,000 participants reported that they are planning a bathroom remodel or addition in the next two years. A whopping 23% are planning a kitchen renovation or addition. Bathroom and kitchen updates, if done well, are excellent ways to […]

Homes Selling More Quickly

Online real estate website Zillow reports that homes on its site sold 25.9 percent more quickly in September than they did a year ago. Homes monitored on the site spent a median of 86 days on the market on Zillow in September, representing a 30 day drop from the September 2012 sales rate. “The declining inventory […]