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    Wednesday, February 6, 2019   /   by Holly Northup

    5 Ways to Make Your Home Smell Like Fall

    Written by The Bucher Group

    From pumpkin pie to apple spice, the fall season is full of enticing and welcoming scents. Whether you’re considering a home sale or you’re just looking to enjoy the warm and cozy aromas of the season, here are a couple of ways to make your home smell like fall:



    Simmer Spices
    Fill a pot with water, fruit and spices. Bring the mixture to a boil and then simmer on low heat. The smell is incredible. One thing: make sure you top the water level while it is simmering. What ingredients should you use? Here’s a look at some great smelling recipes:

    Apple Spice

    One apple, sliced
    ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
    Dash of ground cloves


    Citrus Spice

    Peels from two oranges
    ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    Dash of ground cloves


    Citrus Apple Spice

    Peels from two oranges
    One apple, sliced
    ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    Dash of ground cloves



    Make Herb and Spice Fire Starters
    If the smell of the fire doesn’t do it, c ...

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    Wednesday, February 6, 2019   /   by Holly Northup

    8 Design Tricks to Pick the Perfect Color Palette

    Written by The Bucher Group

    Colors can instantly transform your home. Blue is peaceful and calming; purple is royal and elegant; etc. But, how do you know what colors will look good together? What color palette will make your home shine? It turns out; it isn't too difficult to pick the perfect color palette. Here is a look some tips designers follow:

    Use a Pattern
    Is there a large pattern you absolutely love? Pluck colors from it. This way, you know that large piece will fit into the new color scheme. For the walls, focus on the patterns neutral colors (whites and beiges).

    Decorate Vertically
    As you go up in the room, the colors should lighten. Darker colors should be used for the floor, medium tones for the walls and light values for the ceiling. Basically, think about replicating what you see outside.

    Formal First
    Start by choosing a color scheme for the living room, dining room and entryway of the house. From here, pull a color, tone it down and use it as an accent in ...

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    Wednesday, February 6, 2019   /   by Holly Northup

    Fall Events & Festivals in the Greater Austin Area

    Written by The Bucher Group

    Fall is a great time of year in the Austin area! What events can you enjoy with your friends and family? From Austin City Limits to Austoberfest, here is a look at some of the best events to enjoy fall to the fullest in Texas’ Capital City:

     
    Fall Events & Festivals
    October 2018
    10/5-7 and 10/12-14
    Austin City Limits Music Festival
    Zilker Park

    10/6
    Texas Teen Book Festival
    St. Edward's University

    10/13
    Liga MX Friendly: Chivas V Tigres
    Dell Diamond

    10/13
    Oktoberfest
    German Free School

    10/18-20
    Banger's Oktoberfest
    Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden – Rainey Street

    10/19-21
    FORMULA 1 United States Grand Prix
    Circuit of The Americas

    10/25 - 11/1
    Austin Film Festival
    Paramount Theatre & Various Locations

    10/27
    Austin Area Jazz Festival
    Rosewood Park

    10/27
    Viva La Vida Festival & Parade
    Downtown Austin

    10/27-28
    Texas Book Festival
    Texas State Capitol Building

    10/28
    Austin Symphony Orch ...

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    Wednesday, February 6, 2019   /   by Holly Northup

    Fall Home Staging Tips That’ll Get Your Home Sold

    Written by The Bucher Group

    While it is often said that spring and summer are the best months to sell your home, don’t be fooled. In fact, with less competition and a still active market, fall may be better. How can you make your home stand out from others? Simple: upgrade your home’s appeal with these fall home staging tips:



    Start outside
    What they say is true, first impressions do matter. So how do you stage your front porch to leave buyers wanting to see more? Think seasonal items: potted mums near the door, a fall-themed wreath, pumpkins and maybe even a fall doormat. Oh, and while falling leaves go with the season, they are not so appealing to homebuyers. Clean them up before any showings.

    Think fall, not Halloween
    Pumpkins are appealing. However, leave the Jack-O-Lanterns, spider webs and other Halloween decorations for your next home.

    Transition to a seasonal hue
    Bring the fall colors in by adding some throw pillows and blankets in seasonal hues. Great fall co ...

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    Wednesday, February 6, 2019   /   by Holly Northup

    The Best Wineries in the Texas Hill Country

    Written by The Bucher Group

    The Texas Hill Country is known for gorgeous views, rolling hills and its wineries. With so many to choose from, the only problem is deciding which winery to visit. While they are all pretty good, here is a list of some of the best wineries in the Texas Hill Country. Fill your day with winery tastings or plan ahead and visit one on the weekend while they have live music. Each winery on this list is definitely worth a visit!

     

    Fall Creek Vineyards
    Distance: 22 miles
    Location: 18059A FM 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619
    Hours: Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m.

    Duchman Family Winery
    Distance: 26 miles
    Location: 13308 FM 150 West, Driftwood, TX 78619
    Hours: Monday from 12 to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    Westcave Cellars Winery
    Distance: 32 miles
    Location: 25711 Hamilton Pool Road, Road Mountain, TX 7866 ...

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