Saturday, August 29, 2015

Move over, summer—a new school year is coming!

With the start of school, families face new organizational challenges. Early-morning alarm clocks ring. Paper piles swell as hand-outs and homework stream into the house. Shorter autumn days bring a hectic round of sports activities and events, and calendars fill to the brim. Get organized now for the best school year ever! Use these ideas to prepare your home and family for the busy days ahead.

Ease the family into a school year schedule.
The first day of school is no time for a huge adjustment of household sleep schedules. Instead, ease children back into a school year routine gradually. Begin waking late sleepers earlier and earlier, closer to the hour they’ll need to rise when school begins. Plan easy, healthy breakfasts and lunches ahead of tiem to make the mornings go smoother and pick clothing the night before. 

Keep up learning activities.
While it’s best to have learning activities throughout the summer, if you’ve fallen off, now is a good time to reintroduce them. Have your child read for at least 20 minutes a day, play math games and review math facts. Set up a designated homework station where the kids can sit down and focus to get it all done.

Gather supplies for organizing homework/paperwork.
For younger kids, shopping for a new backpack and filling it with school supplies builds excitement for the first day. Consider also purchasing a school supplies caddy filled with extra supplies, so if they run out at school you will always have more at home. Drawers for homework are a plus. For older kids, buy a notebook with dividers for each subject to organize homework, notes, handouts, quizzes/tests, and assignments. Use an accordion file to keep completed assignments at home.

Make a family calendar.
Nothing calms school year chaos like a central family calendar. Whether you use a paper calendar on the fridge or sync your tablets on a digital calendar, you’ll need a centralized place to track after-school activities, school programs and volunteer work. Be sure to add school lunch menus, important due dates, sports practice schedules or field trip days to keep everyone on track.

Starting the school year organized both at home and at school, will help the whole family to feel more prepared for fall. Happy New School Year!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Sought After Westridge NW Contemporary! - $749,900

49 Hillshire Dr. Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Tucked up into a park-like setting, this contemporary home is in the ideal location. It’s open, flowing floor plan with high ceilings, walls of windows, and southern exposure make it bright, light and sunny. Storage abounds throughout the house with multiple closets and pocket areas. Entertaining guests is fun and easy with the large living rooms, family rooms and lower level media/theater room. All will enjoy the backyard complete with an exquisite pool, hot tub, outdoor kitchen, fireplace, seating and yard space. A beautiful sunroom off the kitchen is the perfect retreat for morning coffee or respite from the elements. Award winning Lake Oswego schools; Westridge Elementary, Lakeridge Junior High and Lakeridge High School.

• 4193 Total Square Footage
• 4 Bedroom, 2 full and 2 -1/2 Baths
• Built in 1981
• High ceilings, skylights, walls of windows
• Beautiful hardwoods
• Extra closets for tons of storage
• Master suite with private entry and balcony
• Modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances and eat-in area.
• Family room with built in storage/bar/sink
• Formal dining room off kitchen
• Office with french doors
• Lower level media room
• 2 Car garage with storage closets and shelving
• Glass enclosed sunroom
• In-ground pool and hot tub
• Outdoor hot/cold shower
• Outdoor kitchen complete with grill, sink, and mini fridge.
• Beautiful decks and yard for entertaining.

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Kendall's Top 3 Homes Not to Miss at the Street of Dreams

The Mid-Century Evolution home features clean lines, open spaces
 and floor-to-ceiling windows at the 40th Annual Street of Dreams.

The 40th annual NW Natural Street of Dreams is expected to draw at least 70,000 people to Lake Oswego in August! As you tour the homes, you will see the finest in traditional, Mid-Century Modern and ultra-modern design from six builders: Brian Schmidt Builder, BC Custom Construction, Cornerstone Construction Services, Pahlisch Homes, Stephens Homes and Westlake Development Group. The homes range from 4,106 square feet to more than 5,730 square feet, and most feature outdoor dining areas; top-of-the-line, energy-efficient appliances; and ceiling-high doors and windows. As you tour the nine high-end homes priced at $2.5 million or more, be sure not to miss Kendall’s Top 3 Picks below! 

#1 - Joie de Vivre (Home #2). Joie de Vivre means “Joy of Life,” and you will certainly find lots of unique features in this home that will bring you joy. First, you can have your morning coffee on the back deck off the master suite while overlooking panoramic vistas. Next, head down to the modern yet warm and comfortable great room. Built for modern living, this home features a one-of-a-kind suspended staircase with lighting and AV systems that integrate seamlessly into the decor. The luxurious kitchen and dining rooms feature three full-wall doors that slide open to an outdoor living space complete with a beautiful fire pit and water feature. The home is also equipped with three linear fireplaces, a built-in bar, two wine refrigerators, a home theater, and an impressive pool table. This home’s a joy!

#2 - Mid-Century Evolution (Home #7). Influenced by the iconic designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, Joseph Eichler, and Portland’s own Robert Rummer, Mid-Century Evolution balances the best of past design styles with the best in current, innovative materials, methods, and technologies. The open flowing interior brings together three separate levels of living, giving the feeling that you are never too far from the rest of the family, yet you can easily find one the the many places to enjoy peace and quiet. The kitchen is a foodie’s dream with a state of the art, Le Cordon Bleu endorsed, Dacor® range. Wrapped around the range are period appropriate hand-crafted cabinets set on legs with quartz countertops. All the cabinets have the signature mid-century look of either resting on legs or floating from the wall. Don’t forget to check out the fun basement with a glassed-in cellar, custom bar, and keg wine on tap. Super cool home!

#3 - The Adeline (Home #9). The Adeline, named after a style of steel casting used in the Lake Oswego Foundry at the turn of the century, is a traditional style home showcasing timeless features. As you enter the grand foyer, a magnificent crystal Schonbek chandelier greets you. The open floor plan includes a living room, family gathering space featuring a 13’ painted box beam ceiling detail. The kitchen is any chef’s dream with all the top appliances. The master bathroom is clad in stunning Rue Pierre marble tile accented by a border of Silver Turkish travertine. Standing across from the glass shower enclosure, on claw-feet, is the Victoria + Albert® Cheshire tub.  This home also features two exterior patios with fireplaces and build-in blue limestone benches perfect for entertaining and taking in the views of beautiful Lake Oswego. A timeless dream home!

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