DIY Holiday Decorations


Christmas Decoration Ideas

The holiday season is one of the only occasions that welcomes glitter, plaid, and tinkle lighs with open arms. Good Housekeeing says if you're planning to decorate your house for the holiday, you might as well go all out with well-trimmed trees, elaborate centerpieces and accessorized mantels. Instead of sticking with the classic red and green, refresh your kitchen, living room, or other areas in your house for the season by taking inspiration straight from these Christmas decoration ideas, ranging in style, price, and DIY skills.

The Christmas tree, while a spectacle in itself, is just the start. Use stockings, wreathes, and garland (along with other festive finds!) to fill th...

Bathroom Remodel Ideas

Is your bathroom looking dull right now?
You can make a big change in your bathroom by making small, targeted changes in specific areas. For example, putting in new light fixtures can give the room an entirely new look and feel, and you don't have to change anything else in the room to make it feel fresh. Pottery Barn gives us some great bathroom remodel ideas that target specific parts of the room that can allow you to revamp your home without making any major changes.
Shower and Bath Remodels
Shower and bath remodels tend to be pretty dramatic, so that's not the best area to start on if you want to focus on a low-key remodeling project. There are plenty of things you can do that won't re...

Top Paint Colors for Your Living Room

Living room paint color ideas

House Beautiful has some great ways to jazz up your living space with colorful walls. Your living room is your go-to-spot, so why not make it your place to look forward to relaxing in? Grab a paint brush. House Beautiful has every color idea you should consider.

This jewel-toned color makes a room feel like a Caribbean oasis. Add potted plants and we're completely swooning.


A crisp, matte white is totally timeless. Sherwin Williams Pure White is there for you when you just can't with trends anymore.

Does the thought of painting your living room yellow scare you to your very core? Just choose an accent, like a door or a single wall, instead.

This jewel-ton...

Choose Chase Hanks As Your Mortgage Loan Officer!


Whether you're buying, selling, refinancing, or building your dream home, you have a lot riding on your loan officer. Since market conditions and mortgage programs change frequently, you need to make sure you're dealing with a top professional who is able to give you quick and accurate financial advice. As an experienced loan officer Chase Hanks, with Movement Mortgage has the knowledge and expertise you need to explore the many financing options available. Her goal is to ensure that you make the right choice for you and your family. She is committed to providing her customers with mortgage services that exceed their expectations. Browse her website, and check out the different loan progra...

Kitchen Makeover Ideas

Time for a kitchen makeover? Lowes has some great ideas, from creative backsplashes, new cabinets, kitchen islands, sleek countertops, or even a cozy nook addition. We've rounded off a variety of ideas to give your kitchen style, function, and flair in the heart of your home.
Updating your cooking and food-prep area with a tile backsplash is a visually appealing, functional and long-lasting design choice, and it allows plenty of room for your own creativity to shine through. If you opt for subway tile, you can even design your own pattern that harmonizes with the look you want. Check out more Kitchen Backsplash Trends.
With a little work and few basic skills, you can brighten a large or s...

Give the Gift of Black Mountain!

Black Mountain has been called "America's Prettiest Small Town" by TripAdvisor, and part of our mountain town's charm lies in the many wonderful, family-owned small businesses that dot our little slice of heaven. And this holiday season, why not give the gift of Black Mountain by purchasing gift certificates to one of our lovely little shops, restaurants, or spas? We've rounded up a few great Black Mountain businesses offering gift certificates that will make great gifts for the mountain lovers in your life.

Red Rocker Inn

It's been proven that experiences are better than things, so why not give the gift of a wonderful stay or meal at Red Rocker Inn, ranked the #1 restaurant in Black Mounta...

A Few of Our Favorite Things (Er, Favorite Communities)

"Raindrops on roses
And whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells
And schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver-white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things"

From--"My Favorite Things" from "The Sound of Music

Some of these favorite things--snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes, silver-white winters that melt into springs--accurat...

Most Popular Content from 2018

In 2018l, we made a commitment to post new blogs on the regular, and we nearly hit our goal of a weekly post. We also put more time and energy into our digital presence and consistently shared updates, community and regional information, financial advice, and, of course, real estate advice and listings to our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, and Pinterest accounts. So, we wanted to share the top five most popular pieces of content that we shared this year in hopes that you find it useful--or at least puts a smile on your face!

1. 5 Reasons People Love Living in Western North Carolina

It's no surprise that this blog was our most popular blog from 2018 as it includes a roundup of five ar...

Black Mountain Businesses to Support to #ShopSmall

Everyone has heard of Black Friday, but have you heard of Small Business Saturday? This concept was launched in 2010 by American Express to help small businesses that were hurting from the 2010 economic recession "in an effort to support local shops that make our communities strong." Momentum has been strong since, and today, more than 7,000 Neighborhood Champions in all 50 states that help promote the movement. And with eight years under its belt, Small Business Saturday has encouraged customers to spend more than $85 billion dollars in only eight Saturdays of shopping small.

To encourage YOU to shop small tomorrow, here are some local Black Mountain businesses that are having #ShopSmall s...

Top Content of November 2018

It's time for another roundup of our most popular content from this month!

#1: Thanksgiving Turkey Brigade

The biggest news of the month was that our Thanksgiving Turkey Brigade fundraiser raised enough money to provide full Thanksgiving meals to 12 local families in need, blowing past our initial goal of raising enough to support five families.

#2: Black Mountain Rental

Two bedroom two bathroom ground level apartment attached to main house located in Black Mountain on top of mountain road. Very open living space floor plan. All new paint. Lovely outdoor area. 4WD vehicle highly recommended. Washer & dryer provided. Huge screened porch.

Utilities included: electric, water, trash pick-up, wi-fi...