Pick the Perfect Paint Color


Painter man at work with a roller, bucket and scale.

If you’ve ever had to pick a paint color you know this major truth – the options are endless. Choosing the right paint color can be an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these 10 tips and you’ll have a new sense of confidence next time you’re in the paint aisle.

Bring Inspiration: Take along an existing pillow, piece of fabric or photo of your space. This will help you make more informed decisions.

The Right Light: Make sure to view your paint or paint chips in natural light to assure you’re seeing the color correctly. Paint looks different under artificial light, so try holding the chip near a window or painting a sample on your wall first.

Take-Home Testers: All the major paint retailers sell paint in small, tester sizes. These are perfect to take home and try out before committing to a full gallon of paint. The small amount will provide you with enough paint to give you an idea of what it would really be like to live with the color.

Try Multiple Shades: If you’re having trouble choosing, buy multiple testers and paint side-by-side squares on your walls. Live with them for a few days so you get the chance to see how the colors look morning, noon, and night. Make sure to mark them with identifiers so you’ll remember which one you liked best.

Choose Your Drama: Look to the color wheel for inspiration. Colors close together will make a room calm while those farther apart add drama.

Do What You Love: Start with a color you love, even if it’s not popular at the moment. Doing this will assure you’ll love the color for years to come. Just remember, your favorite color comes in a range of hues.

Lighten Up: If you’re afraid a hue may be too dark, ask the mixer to do a 50 percent tint of the color to lighten it up. Custom colors can also give a room a designer look, but make sure to jot down the specifics of your color for future touch-ups.

Room to Room: If you have rooms that are open to one another, avoid choosing radically different colors, which will make the spaces feel chopped up and small.

Go Bold: Small rooms that are visited more rarely, like a library or half-bath, can be done in stronger colors that make a statement.

Spraying vs. Rolling: Rolling may be the most popular choice, but it’s also the most time consuming and requires touch-ups more often. On the other hand, spraying results in a more high-end, professional look that also cuts painting time in half. With both options make sure you properly cover the areas you don’t want to be painted.

The Weekly Wrap-Up


In the market for a new home? Take a look at some of this week’s fabulous featured properties.

7123 Hill Forest Drive | Lake Forest | $1,800,000
5737 W Hanover Avenue | Devonshire | $1,350,000
5849 Versailles Avenue | Frisco | $1,349,000
11256 Russwood Circle | Russwood Acres | $1,050,00
2025 Woodall Rodgers #21 | Uptown | $999,000
7223 Casa Loma Avenue | Lakewood Hills | $950,000
4157 Hockaday Drive | Hockaday | $674,900
3401 Lee Parkway #901 | Oak Lawn | $574,900
8327 Nunley Lane | North Dallas | $549,000
731 Mayrant Drive | North Oak Cliff | $445,000

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Agents of Change :: Weston Pugh


The life of a real estate agent can be fun and exciting, for sure. But as with any profession, sometimes a “reality check” helps to reframe perspective and cultivate appreciation for just how good many of us really have it. Some may wait until this check comes to them; others like Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Weston Pugh make it a point to go looking for their own.

For four years now, the Top Producer has been actively serving at Camp Sanguinity through Camp John Marc (CJM) in the very northern reaches of the Texas Hill Country. Camp John Marc was named for the son of Jan and Marc Myers, who died of osteogenic sarcoma in 1987, and the land in Meridian donated by them. Each CJM camp offered serves children and teens who share a common medical or physical challenge. Camp Sanguinity is just one of 11 week-long camps offered every summer, and specifically serves campers who have blood disorders and cancer.

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Weston and counselor

Weston just returned from his annual week at camp, and we asked him to tell us a little bit about his takeaways and how they impact his everyday life.

DPM: How many years have you been involved with Camp Sanguinity?
WP: I just finished my 4th year as a counselor.

DPM: What is your current role with them?
WP: I am also a first-year board member. We meet the first Monday of the month to go over everything from budgets, to theme night, to how to deal with homesick campers and medical emergencies.

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DPM: Did you have a personal connection to the organization?
WP: Fortunately, I don’t have the typical connection to camp. I was recruited by a very good friend that said I “had to go.” It was five years later when I decided it really was time. One of the best decisions I’ve made as an adult!

DPM: You spend a week of your year in the hot Texas summer sun. What makes it all worth it to you?
WP: This is that time of year that re-centers, realigns — whatever you want to call it — my life. You see these kids that are frail and bald, and they could not be more excited to be at camp getting to act like a normal kid for five days. So it really helps put my life back into perspective. And it’s evident that camp is truly powerful for these kids because we have many counselors that were once campers or siblings of campers. It holds a special place in their memories.

Weston Jenga

DPM: What are some highlights from your time at camp?
WP: Every year the staff puts on a theme night, and this year was video game characters coming to life. Those little kids like to have lost their minds! To see them get that excited about a staffer dressed up in a Mario outfit is the best. They also get to do a ropes course with a zipline at the end, and it’s so cool to see them cheer each other on. It’s like they know how important each little victory is, and the victory isn’t winning or completing a task — it’s challenging yourself to go outside of your comfort zone.

DPM: Do you have a particular story that stands out?
WP: One year toward the end of camp, we were at the pool. One of the campers was too tired to get in, so I sat next to him and asked if he wanted to play Uno with me. Over the next 45 minutes, he opened up and shared his story about his treatment and what he and his family had been through. It was amazing to listen to this 14-year-old boy talk in such a mature manner about serious life issues. He was wise beyond his years and touched everyone’s life he came into contact with.

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DPM: What would you most like people to take away from your experience?
WP: Find a charity that speaks to you and then put yourself into it completely. Get involved… stop putting it off! No, really — you’re not that busy.

DPM: How has your work with these campers impacted the way you conduct your real estate business?
WP: It’s so much bigger than that. We all need to remember any person we are dealing with is a culmination of events in their life and not just the tired, frustrated person that is stressed about the move or sale of their home. It’s our job to reassure them — “We’ve got you!”

Weston walking

Thank you, Weston Pugh, for sharing your summer with these campers and with us!

7 Etiquette Rules for Home Sellers


7 Etiquette Rules for Home Sellers

 

If you’re trying to sell your home, you’ve probably scrutinized it, staged it, and scrubbed it down as if the folks from Architectural Digest were stopping by for a cover shoot. OK, so it’s in immaculate shape — but your home isn’t the only thing under scrutiny here. You are, too. That’s right: No matter how nice your home is, your behavior can also affect how buyers feel about making an offer.

 

Below are seven etiquette rules sellers should follow to show their home — and themselves — in the best possible light.

 

Leave — Sure, you’re dying to know if prospective buyers will love what you’ve done with the kitchen, but agents agree sellers should not be there lurking in the shadows during an open house or showing.

 

Take your pets with you — You may think your dog is the cutest ever, but not everyone is bound to share that opinion. In addition to having allergies, some home shoppers may not be in the market for a run-in with an animal they don’t know.

 

Move your car — Make it easy for visitors to park and view your home. No one likes parking issues. Having them is a sure way to get a viewing off to a bad start.

 

Offer some refreshments — House hunters can get parched and peckish. You can help. Putting out a few small bottled waters in a bowl of ice is always appreciated, along with some light, easy grab-and-go sort of refreshments like mints or cookies.

 

Be patient waiting for feedback­ — Of course, you’re dying to know what buyers thought of your home, but that information may not flow back to you instantaneously. It’s reasonable to ask for feedback from your agent after the showing, but understand it may take a day or two for the buyer’s agent to respond.

 

Don’t be greedy — Who doesn’t want top dollar for their home? But an unwillingness to negotiate can kill a possible deal and keep your home on the market long after you were hoping to be unpacking at your new place.

 

Listen to the professionals ­­— If your Realtor has some suggestions for improvements that may help sell your home faster, take them to heart but don’t take them personally. Keep emotions out and listen to what a licensed, trained, professional has to say about your house.

 

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