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Kristin Ellefson
August 3rd, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

A lot of times we take bookcases and built-in storage for what they are at face value – storage. But, it doesn’t have to be as simple as that! Traditional Home posted some great tips on how to use these storage spaces to elevate your decor and different ways to incorporate them in your design. A book case doesn’t have to be some stark shelves up against a blank wall, they can be decorative, styled, and functional, all at once!

1. Add a wallpaper or punch of color to the back of your bookshelf to give it some extra definition and really show the difference in depth from its surroundings! You can use a funky patterned wall paper or use one of your accent colors from your space to help bring the eye into the book cases!
2. Make it Monotone- the exact opposite of the first piece of advice! Incorporate it into your space. If your walls are painted, paint the bookshelves to match, , they don’s have to be wood shelving attached to a painted wall, invite them to join the party! Check out a great example below:

7432 Valleybrook Road - Click on the image above to view more photos of this home.


3. Break the mold! You don’t have to use a standard bookcase. Use something more industrial to give an open, airy feel, or try floating shelves! You could even refurbish an old piece and add shelves to it, there are tons of ways to create the look of a bookcase without adding a big bulky piece of furniture to your room. Doing something a little outside the box will also lift up the design elements in the space.


4. Frame it out! If you’re doing built-ins dont’ waste your space, go over windows or doors to create some extra storage or display space, check out this example below:

2214 Dogwood Bay Lane - Click on the image above to see more of this property!



5. Create order! A great bookshelf has a touch of style. Check out this office storage bookcase with coordinating storage boxes and bins. This makes the organization party of the storage, as opposed to having odds and ends all over the place, and it makes things easier to find. Check out this storage solution:


10107 Daufuskie Drive - Click on the image above to view more photos of this home.

Kristin Ellefson
July 31st, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Green space, that is! If you’ve been in Charlotte for any length of time, you know that the area has some really great public parks and green spaces. According to the 2014 Mecklenburg County State of the Environment Report, the Queen City averages 20.2 acres of parkland per 1,000 residents. Living in a more urban setting, its nice to have the opportunity to enjoy public parks and have an escape from all the hustle and bustle. A recent change in the landscape of the Queen City has everyone buzzing about the pop up of a few “parklets” around town. Charlotte Agenda recently reported on these “mini parks” and how they work, and who is managing them! This pilot program could see these small urban park spaces become a permanent fixture in 2016, if all goes well. This is a great fix in the more dense areas of uptown, where full-size greenspaces might not be the best fit for a little R&R, but for those who are looking for more outdoor time in the queen city, check out this map and a list of some of the parks and green spaces available for area residents to enjoy.

Romare Bearden Park in Uptown Charlotte - Photo Courtsey of


If you’re new to the area, here is a rundown on some of the areas most popular greenspaces:

  • Bryant Park
    1701 West Morehead Street
    15 Acres of green space including a  multipurpose field and historic stonewall
  • Freedom Park
    1900 East Boulevard
    98 Acres, 7 Acre Lake
    Several recreation and sports facilities and outdoor shelters
    Walking Trails that connect to Little Sugar Creek Greenway
  • Latta Park
    601 East Park Avenue
    32 Acres
    Playgrounds, Recreation Facilities, Multipurpose field
    Walking and Fitness Trails
  • Romare Bearden Park
    300 S. Church Street
    Located in the Heart of uptown, this public greenspace is right across from the Knights Stadium and hosts tons of great public events. Check out their page to see whats coming up soon!




Kristin Ellefson
July 30th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Jack Marinelli - NC Broker/Realtor

Helen Adams Realty  thanks Jack Marinelli for his continued service to all of his clients. His recent clients were very impressed by his wealth of knowledge, as it pertains to the local market place:

Jack Marinell’s expertise of the Charlotte real estate market, and especially the financial aspects of Charlotte home buying were invaluable in my recent home purchase.   Jack combines his knowledge of the market with his experience renovating homes to form a full picture when comparing home choices.   His work ethic is second to none and he strives to represent his client’s interests above all.   I highly recommend Jack Marinelli if you are considering buying or selling a home in Charlotte.

Congratulations to Jack  on this wonderful review, we’re so proud to have you represent Helen Adams Realty!


July 30th, 2015  |  +Maggie Burgan  |  Add a Comment

MLS#: 3102736

5 Bedrooms, 5/1 Bathrooms

Incredible home in highly sought after Blackstone neighborhood. Corner lot with almost an acre of land. Private setting with three-level living! Over 4,600 sq ft, 3-car garage, fenced yard, 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths and 2 Bonus Rooms! Brand new roof in 2015! New HVAC system for 1st two floors in 2013 with U/V Filter for Allergens! New Water Heater in 2014! Whole home generator! New Garage Door Opener 2015! Security system, Sprinkler System, Gas Cooktop and huge storage space!

Blackstone School Information:
Elementary School: Wesley Chapel
Middle School: Sun Valley
High School: Sun Valley

Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of new active single-family listings in Blackstone: 25
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Blackstone: $436,036


For more information, please contact:

Matt DeBoer
NC Broker/Realtor®
cell: 704.680.7274


Kristin Ellefson
July 29th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

If that summer yard work has been calling, it about time to get to work! Summer is a busy time when it comes to upkeep of your lawn and garden areas. With pop-up showers and all that summer sun, grass, plants, and probably weeds, are growing like crazy, so keeping up with your routine maintenance is a must. Better Homes and Gardens recently blogged a list of 7 Summer Must-do items to keep your lawn up to snuff during the dog days of summer!


If you’re unsure where to start, BHG recommends these 7 items as a part of your must-do summer maintenance regimen:

  1. Deadhead your perennials
  2. Pinch back late blooming perennials
  3. Trim back dead branches
  4. Control your weeds
  5. Fertilize your lawn
  6. fertilize your annuals and your vegetables
  7. Raise your mowing height


Not sure what the benefits of these tasks might be? Check out the full video for the hows and whys below. Its full of great information on the perfect time to complete some of these tasks, why they are best completed in the summer, and what you can help prevent by crossing them off your list sooner rather than later!





Kristin Ellefson
July 28th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

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Its hard to believe it has been a full year since the Charlotte Premium Outlets opened up in Steele Creek! This bustling shopping center boasts over 100 name brand stores offering savings year round! This new shopping destination is ready to celebrate having year one under its belt, and they are inviting everyone out to the party! On Saturday, from 1-5pm you can head out to the Charlotte Premium Outlets and celebrate with family- friendly activities including entertainment with Mr. Nigel and friends, balloon twisting, prize giveaways and more! Attendees will also receive photo opportunities with the Le Creuset Truckette and a chance to win a $500 Simon gift card. As part of the event, Charlotte Premium Outlets is working together with the Humane Society of Charlotte and will offer pet adoptions at the center. Families and friends will not want to miss this exciting weekend! Make sure you don’t miss out, and if you haven’t taken the opportunity to check out the outlet center, now is a great time, with all the end of season deals and steals, there’s no way you won’t find a bargain!

Kristin Ellefson
July 24th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Every year nearly 40 Americans move, and if you’re going to be part of that large statistic this year, you probably know that making all the arrangements fro your move can be a daunting task. With the summer months being the prime relocation season for most people, we thought it would be a good time to bring some tips to the table to help you make the best choices when it comes to organizing your big move! Good Housekeeping shared 3 major points to consider when planning your move, and we definitely agree that they are good things to focus on! First of all, its good to remember, like the folks at GH point out, moving is not a “one size fits all” situation, every move is different, so take time to consider these things and how they fit your situation:


  • Should you hire a moving service? This one is a huge point to consider, while a “self-move” option might be cheaper, its also important to consider your timeline, how far you are relocating, and whether or not you have enough man power to get it done! Also, as your home size grows, as well as your collection of belongings, it becomes less convenient to orchestrate a relocation than it might have been when apartment hopping in your twenties. If you think you might be able to handle portions of the project yourself, ask those questions when talking to a service provider, especially if the budget is a concern. Being honest about what you can handle and where you need help will go a long way in making your move less stressful!
  • Should you keep it? There is no time like moving time to really take a look at your belonging and lighten your load. A lot of us put things in storage or in a closet and totally forget they are there, which is why you should touch everything as you’re packing. Don’t just move boxes without opening them and knowing what you’re taking along! If you’re local to the Charlotte area, check out our Donation Resource Guide for tips on how your “de-cluttering” project can make a difference in our local community. Additionally, this is a great time to organize a garage or yard sale to make some extra cash before the big move! Remember, when moving into your new space, less is more!
  • Save on Supplies: Especially if you’re planning to DIY your move, supplies can be a huge cost. Keep an eye out for shipping boxes, or boxes from your local grocery store or big box retailer that you can save up to help with your move. Also take advantage of items that are perfect for storage and need to be moved, like suitcases, storage ottomans, etc. That aren’t too large to become exceedingly heavy if you pack other items in them for the move.

And our final tip? Organize, organize, organize!! Don’t just throw things into boxes and bags, try to organize them by room and by how soon after the move you will need them so that you can prioritize your unpacking. The more organized your boxes and bags are, the less stressful it will be to unpack and organize your new space.

Kristin Ellefson
July 23rd, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Home maintenance is about more than just cleaning and organizing. It also involves keeping your home and its “equipment,” if you will, in good operating condition and up to date. A key part of doing this is making informed buying decisions AND knowing the expected lifespan of the items you are purchasing, that way you can plan accordingly for making replacements, and you won’t have to skimp on quality in an emergency situation. Ever wondered how long some of those household items would last? The National Association of Realtors Styled Staged Sold blog posted this great infographic with some average lifespan ranges for some of your most common household goods! Check it out below!

Kristin Ellefson
July 22nd, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

When you’re looking to beat the summer heat, one of the first things you think about is hitting up the pool, whether it’s in your neighborhood, at your friend’s house, or in your backyard, it seems like the best way to catch some relief. recently posted an article about the top 10 cities for homeowners that have a pool at the top of their must-have list! They ranked cities based on the number of single family homes with backyard pools, by percentage. While Charlotte didn’t make the list, which was comprised mostly of cities in the Southwest region of the U.S., (where you are likely to get use out of your pool for more months out of the year than some other places), our local market does have a lot to offer in that segment!


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we know for a fact that Charlotte has some breathtaking outdoor spaces, complete with the fabulous swimming pools that we are all dying to have this time of year! Check out some of these gorgeous pools, currently available around town!

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This backyard retreat is located in Waxhaw, NC and is complete with a pool & hot tub and a spacious patio area. This is the perfect space to catch a little R&R, and you don’t even have to leave the convenience of your backyard.


Click on the image above to view more photos!

This home is a Ballantyne Country Club exclusive Simonini-built custom home on private 1.3 acre cul de sac lot,  next to a park and just off the #16 fairway. This outdoor area is surrounded by a stone/paver patio,  and features an in ground pool, hot tub, fire pit,  and outdoor kitchen, perfect for all your entertainment needs.


Click on the image above to view more photos!

Looking for something a little different? This backyard pool and spa is also located in Ballantyne Country clue and features a salt water beach entry pool & connected spa with gorgeous landscaping and plenty of covered and uncovered patio space to enjoy!


Luxury heads to a whole new level with this backyard retreat! This outdoor entertainment space includes a fabulous pool, outdoor kitchen, hot tub, sun and shade terraces. Additionally, this home features a pool house with full bath & air conditioning! Perfect for a mid-summer stay-cation!


Can’t get enough of all these fabulous pools and spas? Check out more on our website!

Kristin Ellefson
July 21st, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment


Homearama is back with new innovations in home decor and technology and more! The Home Builders Association of Charlotte promises tons of exciting design ideas at this years event. Located in the Mint Hill Community of Cheval, these Homearama homes encompass the latest styles and materials for living areas, kitchen and bath design using cutting-edge, energy efficient products. Home builders include: Ullman Group – LevadeUllman Group – CamargueArcadia Homes, and New Old Custom Homes. The even started last weekend, but if you didn’t have a chance to make it out, don’t worry! The homes will be open each Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-7pm through August 2nd! Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased in advance on the Homearama website. In addition to seeing some of the areas most innovative luxury communities, you will also have the chance to enjoy food and festivities throughout the event. Make sure to make plans to attend today! This is a great way to get idea for home improvement projects, check out ideas for a new home construction, see the work of some of Charlotte’s best builders, or just oogle over the gorgeous design work! This is an event you’ll want to make sure you attend!