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I live in a vibrant town nestled in the mountains where two beautiful rivers converge. I love my life and my work here in Asheville, and I hope you'll enjoy my posts. I write about what’s happening in and around the city, and my interests include art + design, photography, architecture, music, people, dining, gardening, books, real estate trends, hiking, and dogs. 

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Banish the winter blues with indoor greens

With a couple of grow bulbs and the Japanese art of kokedama, you can bring your favorite plants inside for winter. I love bringing small ferns inside and using the healthy, vibrant green moss that grows naturally here in Western North Carolina.

Kokedama translates as "moss ball," and is also known as the poor man's bonsai. They're simple to make and satisfying to watch grow.

Green inside lifts people's moods. Many indoor plants are helpful in clearing the air of VOCs and giving off oxygen, so gardening in winter can help keep your household healthy.

Make a kokedama to place in a sunny window or beneath a grow bulb.


Open House Sunday Dec 11th!

Enjoy the peaceful views of nearby mountains, kick back and relax on the covered front deck, or snuggle by the fireplace in the spacious main room of this newly constructed home in Candler.

Granite kitchen counters in the roomy kitchen are perfect for entertaining. Generous sized back deck for summer BBQ and stargazing. A landscaping allowance is available with acceptable offer, for the new homeowners to plan their custom garden.

Candler is located halfway between Asheville and Canton. More homes are soon to be built in this small new neighborhood.

Sound good? You're invited to come and check it out on Sunday, December 11th, from 1 - 5pm!


How YOU can help house the homeless

Party at the Peel!

You're invited, so put on your dancing shoes and come join the fun for a great cause.

Win delicious food...groove to the music of two local bands...
all while helping Town and Mountain Realty reach its goal of $20,000!* All donations go to five local nonprofits that work with kids and adults in crisis. 

Everyone deserves a place to call home.

Listen up.
Here's the lowdown:

This Saturday -- December 10th, 5 - 9:30pm -- Town and Mountain Realty's  5th annual holiday fundraiser downtown at  The Orange Peel. 


Bring the kids, grab your Santa hat, and have some fun at this benefit for five local organizations working to house the homeless and help those in crisis. People in our community are in immediate need.

These organizations can use our support right away.
The 5 nonprofits:
• Homeward Bound of WNC
• Helpmate
• Caring for Children
• Eliada Home
• Western Carolina Rescue Mission

See you Saturday at the Peel!

Thanksgiving, Asheville style

Temps are chilly for Thanksgiving Week, and as always, Asheville is warmly welcoming visitors.
Whether you're here on holiday or you're a local Ashevillian, a variety of music, brew, art, fun, and food awaits you in our lovely mountain city. 
If the weather makes you dream of cozying up with your dog, a good book, and glass of champagne, then get downtown--and bring your BFF*--to the
Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar.
To add to the holiday spirit this Saturday morning, drop in for
Christmas at the Carl Sandburg home in Flat Rock. There'll be hot cider, music, and storytelling.
The nearby Smoky Mountains are earning their name -- and my friends and I at Town and Mountain Realty send our sincere best wishes to the hardworking firefighters and volunteers working to contain the wildfires in
Western North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia.
Happy Thanksgiving to you, & cheers!
*Best Furry Friend

10 tips for selling your home over the holidays

During the holidays, Asheville’s bohemian heart glows merry. Yet, sellers can find icy weather and tight schedules bring fewer buyers to their door. Buyers who brave bad weather tend to be serious. Make them happy they left their cozy nook to come see your house.
1. Cleanliness is next to Santa-ness. Before stringing lights or hanging a wreath, do a deep cleaning to set the stage. Polish windows, abolish cobwebs, de-clutter surfaces. A sparkling clean home will sell faster.

2. Be a mistletoe minimalist. Less is more. Show off architectural detail with visual exclamation points. Hang mistletoe to draw potential buyers’ attention to an exquisite window, arch, or doorway.

3. Color and style. If your house is a modern dwelling in a monochrome palette, silver or glass ornaments can guide a visitor’s gaze. If your walls are painted in earthy hues, holiday reds and greens can add a pop.

4. Play soft music. Choose tunes that brighten the atmosphere. Light jazz or classical may play better than holiday favorites. Help buyers imagine living in the house during all the seasons.

5. Keep walkways safe. Sweep fallen leaves from decks and stairs. Assure that walkways are safe and that exterior lighting guides visitors steps to the front door. Brush away any puddled water following a surprise rain.

6. Picture sunny days. In winter, your house shows differently than in spring or summer when leaves are abundant, especially in this region. Set out a framed picture of your house during summer, so visitors can see the difference.

7. Maximize the views. Pull back the curtains, especially if your property boasts mountain views or offers a perspective of Asheville’s unique city-scape. Use lighting to show off sculptures, waterscapes, ponds, or other special features just outside the windows. 

8. Feed the senses. Try a twist on the classic advice to bake bread while showing your house. Warm a fresh, delicious loaf from one of Asheville’s fine local bakeries. Put orange, cedar, or rosemary essential oils in a diffuser. Go light. A hint of fragrance can calm and uplift even the Grinch's spirits. 

9. Dramatize your landscape. Use uplighting at the foot of the glorious oak in your front yard. Allow the interplay of light and shadow to draw the eye to a well-kept garden or the deck off of the master bedroom.

10. Treats for travelers. A tray of fresh baked cookies or a plate of luscious teacakes on the kitchen counter creates a lasting impression. Let visitors experience your house as a warm, inviting shelter in the storm.

Serious buyers, in spite of busy holiday schedules, make the time to pursue their dream house. Take the time to stage your home for the holidays, and who knows? A buyer ready to make a move could be your next visitor.
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