Friday, February 21, 2014

Rustic Goat Now Open!

Now open for dinner and coffee, the Rustic Goat is receiving some rave reviews! After the closing of a historic, 100 year old cannery building, Kaladi Brother's Coffee decided to expand. They reused the wood of the old cannery to help construct it's new venture, the Rustic Goat restaurant.

Located at 2800 Turnagain St, Anchorage, AK, many have visited the new restaurant. Receiving outstanding reviews from the customers, Rustic Goat is a must for those living in or visiting Anchorage! 

For more information and menu options, visit the Rustic Goat's Facebook page.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Decorating the Modern-Day Laundry Room

Gone are the days when sterile white was an unspoken mainstay. In the modern laundry room, anything goes! From color selections to wall décor, go bold to show off individuality and personality. Cover the basics in terms of appliances, organization and functionality, and then let creativity rule to help build a workable space that's also enjoyable to be in.

Cover the Basics

There are a few obvious features that should be included in every laundry room. A washer and dryer, ironing board and utility sink are obvious "musts." Consider functional placement of these items to ensure ease of work. Washer and dryer units can be stacked or placed on pedestals for added under-unit storage when space is limited. Ironing boards can be built into or attached to the wall (only being lowered when in use) to again preserve valuable space. If possible, cabinetry and shelving should be included for storage of laundry soaps or additional cleaning supplies. Adequate counter space should also be considered to allow for folding clothes or sorting laundry, and closet space is handy for additional storage or air-drying delicates.

Building Off of Bold, Beautiful Color

Think of this room as your blank canvas to do with what you'd like. Classic laundry room color selections typically include clean, crisp whites or shades of pale blue. This color palette pairs perfectly with the feel and smell of warm, clean sheets and freshly folded towels.
Don't be afraid to choose bold wall colors such as red, green, yellow and even pink to liven up your space and make it more playful and fun. Add throw rugs and accessorize with complimentary colors. Have a utility sink skirt designed with a color or pattern that pairs well to add more flair and conceal added storage space underneath. Consider covering an accent wall with a patterned wallpaper and add a jeweled chandelier to create a shabby chic look. If your home has an overall established theme such as Tuscan, rustic or maybe even Southwest, consider maintaining this consistency in your laundry room.

Miscellaneous Décor

In addition to the fun décor items already mentioned above, this is where you can add personality to your laundry room. Consider a custom-made patterned valence for a window to enhance the room's theme while inviting an abundance of natural sunlight into your working space.
To create a rustic feel, consider adding vintage laundry accessories into your space, such as old washboards and irons or weathered metal buckets. Add vintage wall signage in wood or metal, and consider an old accordion wooden peg rack, which can be functional in addition to rustic.
Create a more contemporary feel with an appropriate light fixture and minimal wall décor. Keep your space tidy, clean and simple, adding only a classic vase with fresh flowers for a splash of color. Decorative wall tile such as subway tiles establish a more refined, modern environment.
A modern-day laundry room can include anything from classic framed prints that coincide with your chosen theme to wooden laundry signs or even wall decals and stencils. Block letters spelling "laundry" can also be fun and, depending upon space, can be either hung on a wall or sit on a shelf.

A Functional Space With Style

Bearing in mind that the laundry room serves a very specific purpose, there are still countless ways to maintain a very functional, organized workspace "with style." It can be fun and easy to accessorize while being practical.
Instead of leaving exposed laundry soaps or fabric softeners on your counters or shelves, use decorative wire or wicker baskets to conceal them while adding some charm. Decorative jars, including apothecary or mason jars, make great storage for anything from laundry soaps and loose dryer sheets to clothespins. Creative labeling can be a neat way to add additional detail and personality.
Think creatively. Let your personality be your inspiration. Use the decorative tips mentioned above to design your own unique laundry room.

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Municipality of Anchorage Residential Tax Exemption

It's that time of year again, Tax Season! Did you buy a home in 2013? If so, you may qualify for the Municipality of Anchorage Residential Tax Exemption! Contact Christina Gamez today to find out how to apply!

Click here to view the application.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Crazy Low Housing Inventory in East Anchorage

Did you know there are only 13 homes in East Anchorage for sale priced between $275,000-$300,000? Twenty-five homes, that's crazy!

What does that mean for you? Houses are selling fast and it's a great time to be a seller! If you're a buyer, when you find the right home there is no time to waste. Make your offer count!

Want to compare your home to homes for sale in your neighborhood? Click here

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Kitchen Remodeling

Warming Up to the Idea of a New Kitchen?

Kitchens are the number one place a home buyer will spend thousands of dollars on if it’s renovated. In fact, many buyers fall in love with a home solely on the fact that they loved the kitchen. So, if you’re thinking of selling your home, placing a little extra care into the kitchen could net you a higher purchase price on your home.

We’re not going to mislead you- kitchen renovations cost a pretty penny.  Remodeling magazine's Cost vs. Value Report 2013 says the cost to renovate a 200-square-foot kitchen with wood cabinets, an island, laminate countertops and a standard sink and faucet is about $54,000. That price also includes new appliances, lighting and flooring. Just imagine what it would cost for a truly gourmet kitchen! As Alaskans we also have to take into account costs of materials and labor is more expensive than it is in the Lower 48 states.

But what if you could find some low cost alternatives to a full on kitchen renovation? Would you consider upgrading your kitchen? Consider the following options:

1.      For a fresh look, paint or refinish your current cabinets. A little elbow grease and you’ll have a big impact.

2.      Install a new modern backsplash. Tile can be pricey, but will make a big impact in this space. This is also a job you could chose to do yourself, saving on the labor expense.

3.      If your appliances are still functional, consider adding a stainless steel cover or even painting them.

4.      If you’re on a budget and can’t afford to splurge on the floor, try a vinyl floor that mimics tile or wood.

As Alaskans we are heading into the long winter months, so you may ask why we are discussing the benefits of a kitchen upgrade. Well, what better time to curl up with a cup of coffee and a kitchen remodeling magazine planning your summer project. Whether or not you plan on selling your home this year, upgrading your kitchen is a great way to attract future buyers to your home- and you may even get to enjoy the benefits of an upgraded kitchen yourself!

If you have questions about selling your home in Anchorage, contact me today for a free no obligation consultation or visit my website!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Rolling Into Fall with 2 Great Recipes

Now that the days are getting shorter and the nights cooler, we're thinking it's about time to dust off those fall recipes. We've hit our books and found two great starters to ease us into the season. These are perfect for sitting by a warm fire with those you love most. Feel free to post your success stories in the comments. We hope you enjoy!


Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Apples & Bacon


3 lbs. butternut squash - peeled, seeded, and cubed

1 Tbsp. olive oil

Salt & ground black pepper to taste

8 strips bacon, chopped

1 large onion, chopped

6 stalks celery, chopped

6 carrots, chopped

1 bay leaf

2 Tsp. curry powder

1 Tsp. dried thyme

1 Granny Smith apple - peeled, cored, and cubed

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup apple cider

1 1/2 Q chicken stock

1/2 Tsp. ground nutmeg

1 1/2 C sour cream


1.       Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place squash in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil; mix to coat; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spread squash into a single layer on a baking pan. Roast the squash in the preheated oven, turning once, until fork-tender and caramelized; 30-40 minutes.

2.      Place the bacon in Dutch oven and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Remove the bacon slices to a paper towel-lined plate, reserving the drippings in the pan.

3.      Place the onion, celery, carrot, bay leaf, curry powder, thyme, and salt and pepper in the Dutch over; cook in reserved bacon drippings until the carrots and celery are soft. Mix in the apples and cooked squash and cook another 5 minutes. Stir the garlic into the mixture and cook another 1 minute. Pour the apple cider over the mixture; reduce heat to medium-low and bring to a simmer; allow to reduce about half its original volume. Stir in the chicken stock; simmer over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes.

4.      Puree the soup in small batches in a blender, or use an immersion blender. Stir the nutmeg into the soup. Garnish each bowl with 1 Tbsp. of sour cream and some of the bacon pieces to serve.

*Makes about 12 cups


Pumpkin Roll


3 eggs, beaten

1 C white sugar

2/3 C pumpkin puree

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

2/3 C self-rising flour

2 Tsp. ground cinnamon

1 Tsp. ground nutmeg

1 Tsp. ground ginger

1 C confectioners’ sugar

¼ C butter, softened

8 ounce package cream cheese

1 Tsp. vanilla extract


1.       Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Butter or grease one 10x15 inch jelly roll pan.

2.      In a mixing bowl, beat together eggs, sugar, pumpkin, and lemon juice.

3.      Sift together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Add to wet ingredients and mix well. Spread into pan and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool enough to handle.

4.      Remove cake from pan and place on tea towel (cotton, not terry cloth). Roll up the cake by rolling a towel inside cake and place seam side down to cool.

5.      Prepare the frosting by blending together the sugar, butter, cream cheese and vanilla.

6.      Before completely cool, unroll cake and spread with cream cheese filling and roll up again without towel. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar and slice into 8 to 10 servings.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Announcing New Lots for Sale in Anchorage

Several lots have been released for sale in Anchorage out near Resolution Pointe. Several are bluff lots with beautiful inlet views. This is an exciting time for Anchorage and the perfect chance to build your dream home right here in Anchorage. Contact me today for more information!