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Top 5 Home Staging Props

3/21/2018

1. ORCHIDS & HIGH QUALITY FLORALS

Orchids are an incredibly versatile prop. They are beautiful, elegant and add class into any interior, regardless of the style of home. They will pair well with just about any room. You can add it into a bathroom for a spa-like feel, group it into containers for a grand entryway centerpiece, or make it the highlight of the dining room. Adding high quality florals can be the perfect way to decorate any space, and the variety of flower types and arrangements can blend into any decorating theme.

2. BOOKS

Books are wonderful space fillers and can introduce you to subtle pops of color into your living space. They can also be used as risers to add dimension to your room by propping other decorative pieces. 

3. BOWLS, TRAYS, & VASES

Ceramic containers can really add a calming and organic effect into a decorative scene. They have a beautifully subtle, and can be the right touch to bring a room together. Using vases, trays, and bowls allow a lot of versatility. Vases can be used as a creative way to hold utensils in a kitchen and bowls can be used for small plants. The right container, paired with the right filler, can set the scene and create a warm and inviting space.

4. FILLERS

Fillers are the perfect couple to the types of containers noted above. Fillers can be wicker balls, moss balls, faux lemons or other fruits, limes, bread, lemons, flowers, and just about anything else you can think of. Fillers can bring in a lived-in look to any space, warming up what could otherwise feel like a bare room. 

5. LIFESTYLE ELEMENTS

Having lifestyle elements in your home can really set the pace for the theme you want to incorporate. Lifestyle elements are things that breathe life into any room, and prevent it from feeling too staged. These can be things such as a teapot on a night stand, a bowl of fruit on a dining room table, little figurines on nightstands, books on a coffee table, etc. You can even add a breakfast tray on a set bed. Use lifestyle scenery sparingly so it doesn't come off too cheesy and over-done.

Freddy's Frozen Custard

2/22/2018

The Benton area is gaining a new restaurant off I-30. Freddy's Frozen Custard is set to open today in the Shoppe's of Benton. Benton residents are excited for the new changes. Residents are also anticipating the arrival of Red Robin, but construction has not begun. Within the past two years Benton has seen a lot of new things come their way which has left the economy thriving!

FIVE STAR REVIEW!

9/30/2017

"She is a very sweet Lady, she goes beyond her service to help answer any questions and makes sure everything is in order and is quick to answer all questions. She made the process of our buy quick and easy. Loved her friendly personality and very professional." - littlesis665

Bought a Single Family home in 2017 in Mabelvale, AR. 

FIVE STAR REVIEW!

8/28/2017

"I would highly recommend Kayla, she kept us informed all the way till closing. I was very satisfied with the way it all turned out. We had multiple offers and she went over everyone in great detail. She was very knowledgeable and fast." - Ian Kumpe

Sold a single family home in 2017. 

Improving Safety for The Citizens of Saline County

7/20/2017

Selling items on craigslist, facebook, and other social media sites has become increasingly popular. With that popularity has been an outpouring of crimes happening during the exchange, so the Benton Police Department has decided to take a stand to help prevent these crimes. The department has added a safe location spot that is under 24 hour video surveillance for people to use when selling items on the internet. This area is also a great location to do a child custody swap.

If you take exit 117 and cross over Military Road then the Benton Police Department is located behind the Benton Utilities building. Once you are there then you will notice a "Safe Exchange" sign right beside the parking lot.

Midtown Subdivision in Bryant, AR

7/5/2017

Midtown Subdivision gives the feeling of a city within a city. It is located right off Hwy 5 in Bryant, but it feels like a city all on its own. There are single family homes, townhomes and cottages. What is most appealing is the small town feeling that is apparent the moment you enter the subdivision. There is a small shopping center, farmers market, picnic area and of course a community pool. Their vision is to continue to develop the neighborhood to include a neighborhood grocery store, numerous shops and parks.
These charming homes resemble a beach type theme with brightly colored siding and simple yet beautiful landscaping. All the grounds and the community pool are maintained by the POA. There is a rather steep HOA fee of $800 to maintain these, but it can hardly be a surprise with all the amenities that Midtown offers. This area is rare and much different than the all brick subdivisions that normally pop up around Benton/Bryant.
It is only 3 minutes to get to the main road in Bryant (Reynolds Rd) and approximately 15 minutes to the Little Rock Outlet Mall/Bass Pro Shop. Homes are zoned for Bryant Schools and Collegeville Elementary. Experience the relaxing neighborhood you've always dreamed about. It is a wonderful place for children or a great place to retire.

Longhills Village Subdivision in Benton, AR

7/3/2017

Longhills Village is located on Hwy 5 approximately three minutes from Interstate I-30. It's a quiet subdivision, with sidewalks that are used widely by the residents for walking and/or running, and easy access to the main roads for both Benton and Bryant. The neighborhood is split between Benton and Bryant Schools, so it would be easy to find a home that fit your preference of school.

Lyndsey Management recently purchased the golf course and added "The Greens" apartments near the subdivision. They have also planned to reopen the Longhills Village Community Pool. There are speculations as to whether Lyndsey Management will continue operation of the community pool after the summer of 2017.

There is an active POA which facilitates events, picks a Yard of the Month, has a Neighborhood Watch, welcomes new residents, and holds meetings to actively involved the whole neighborhood. The HOA fees are $150 a year.

It is widely popular for people to come with families during Halloween. Many homes are decorated and the streets are packed with kids and families enjoying the streetlamps guiding their way. With the new Shoppes of Benton being within a few minutes from Longhills Village it is sure to increase the popularity of this family friendly subdivision.

Heritage Farm Subdivision in Benton, AR

6/28/2017

Heritage Farm has a wide range of homes that are ideal for families in diverse price ranges. Homes range from $150K - $300K. It is tucked away near I-30 with easy access back to the main roads in Benton. Many of the properties are zoned for Hurricane Creek Elementary, Bryant Middle, and Bryant High School. There are POA dues of $210.00 which are due on the 1st day of June each year.

There are many activities that are active throughout the year including the community pool, neighborhood garage sales, and the pavilion which can be rented out for parties, get-togethers, and other events. Renting the pavilion will allow access to the restrooms, but does not include exclusivity to the pool.

The POA for Heritage Farm takes a lot of pride in the fact that this is a welcoming, well-maintained and safe neighborhood for residents of all ages. They follow through with this by providing and maintaining a lovely subdivision with homes that do not stay on the market long.

St. Charles Subdivision

6/16/2017

The well established St. Charles Subdivision has been seeing a lot of growth both inside the subdivision and out! New families moving into St. Charles love the pool, tennis courts, playgrounds, fishing pond, and community gazebo, but the amenities inside the subdivision are not the only thing making this neighborhood widely sought after. Popularity of this area is still growing due to the Promenade Chenal Shopping Center, Altitude Trampoline Park, and wide variety of restaurants and shops.

Most homes here were built between the 1980's and 1990's and have been well maintained. The residents there often provide events for neighbors to get to together. Upcoming events can be found on their website and are currently featuring an event which includes bouncy houses, pony rides, and potlucks for the residents. To maintain all of this amenities the HOA for this area is approximately $370 a year.

Elementary school choices for this neighborhood are for the well sought after Don Roberts Elementary, which has a 10/10 great schools ranking, and Fulbright.

If a quiet neighborhood nestled right in the heart of West Little Rock is what your looking for then St. Charles should be definitely be considered.

Olde Salem Township Benton's Newest Subdivision

6/7/2017

Olde Salem Township brings beautiful homes to Benton with a wonderful outlook on what a subdivision should be. The subdivision is so new that is fairly hard to find since it has not been added to most maps. The homes here are pale colored (blue, yellow, gray) siding. Which gives the neighborhood a unique french country style feeling and you will likely see residents taking in the views on their large front porches.

Most of the homes are three or four bedrooms cottages with new modern designs inside despite the french country neighborhood. The homes are built with energy efficiency and have tankless water heaters, foam insulation, E-glass windows etc.There was nothing overlooked from walk in showers and soaker tubs to granite counters, walk-in pantries, and soft close cabinets. The outside of the homes have low maintenance landscaping and large front and side porches that look like they are straight out of a magazine.

Sizes of the Cottages range from 1800 - 2500 Sq Ft, but most of them are over 2000 Sq Ft. Prices start at $130 a Sq Ft which makes homes in this neighborhood higher than normal for the Benton area. There is also a yearly HOA fee that is $400+ and has a pool, picnic area, and bike trail that makes this fee worth while. The homes are zoned for Salem Elementary, Bethel Middle School, and Bryant High School.

These homes feel like a great escape from the normal brick subdivisions around this area. The community here feels secluded, but still has attention to so many details inside the home. I am hopeful that more subdivisions will look to Olde Salem Township and replicate some of these attributes that have made it so charming.

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