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Lowe’s donates over $9 million to help keep homes safe and affordable in Charlotte

Lowe’s Home Improvement store is donating $9.25 million in funding, products and gift cards to organizations in Charlotte to keep “homes safe, healthy and affordable” amid the coronavirus crisis.

Lowe’s announced Tuesday it is making the donations in a combination of funding, products and gift cards to nearly 30 local charitable groups and businesses for affordable housing, skilled trades training and technology, the company announced Tuesday.

The Mooresville-based company is extending how it thinks about the word home, company executive vice president of human resources Janice Little said.

Little told the Observer the donations are another step in the company’s efforts to help with community projects. Lowe’s also has an employee volunteer program that has been focused on affordable housing and skilled trades over the last year.

“We really need to make sure that we can support all members of our community,” she said.

Some of the Charlotte hometown projects supported through the donation, according to Lowe’s, include:

? $1.67 million to Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region to support home repair, new home construction and two new apprentices for its apprenticeship program. Even with the COVID-19 pandemic, Habitat Charlotte Region has moved 26 families into newly completed homes.

• $1.33 million grant to the city of Charlotte for its Safe Housing Home Rehabilitation Program in the Beatties Ford Road Corridor to help with home repairs. It also helps older residents age in place and low- and moderate-income families be able to stay in their homes.

• $1 million to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation to create the Lowe’s Technology Lab at the new main branch offering technology help and classes.

? $50,000 donation to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Foundation’s Connect for Tech program to help close the connectivity gap for local students during the pandemic.

• $200,000 in gift

Little White House office highlights four homes

Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Little White House office is showcasing four homes, two of which will be held open this afternoon.

Served by the Highland Park Independent School District, the custom residence at 7908 Hanover St. (7908hanover.ebby.com) in University Park is offered for $1,699,000. It will be held open from 1 to 3 p.m.

This four-bedroom, 4½-bathroom home offers an open floor plan. A large family room with a woodburning fireplace opens to a kitchen with an island, custom cabinetry, a breakfast bar and a walk-in pantry. The primary suite has French doors that lead to the balcony. The backyard offers a covered patio, fireplace, built-in grill and pool. For additional details, contact Chris Hickman at 469-569-1106 or [email protected]

Located in Dallas’ Belmont neighborhood, the five-bedroom, 5½-bathroom home at 6032 Richmond Ave. (6032richmond.ebby.com) is offered for $1 million. It will be held open from 1 to 3 p.m.

The traditional-style residence features a spacious open floor plan with wood flooring and high ceilings. The kitchen provides marble countertops and a walk-in pantry and opens to a living room with a fireplace. The backyard has a pool, spa, cabana and built-in grill. For more information, contact Paul Farrow at 214-641-9814 or [email protected] com.

The estate at 4720 Royal Lane (4720royal.ebby.com) in Preston Hollow is offered for $3.5 million. This gated home features a stone exterior with cast-iron accents. There are seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, four half-bathrooms and four woodburning fireplaces. The kitchen is equipped with high-end appliances and a spacious pantry. The primary suite has dual bathrooms and a well-equipped exercise room.

The resort-style backyard features a pool and spa, sport court, outdoor kitchen and brick gazebo. Additional amenities include a wine vault, elevator and separate guest quarters. For more details, contact Dorothy Bell at 214-906-4788 or [email protected] or Joe Gall at

Top Vancouver Realtor, Mahsa Babaie, Uses Her Interior Design Skills to Stage Homes and Impress Buyers

Vancouver has a costly and competitive real estate market. A homeowner cannot merely list their property for sale and expect to find a buyer for their preferred sales price. A successful sale can only be achieved with the assistance of a licensed realtor that has the right experience and skills in more than one trade.

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Mahsa Babaie is a top-selling real estate agent in Vancouver with her real estate company, Mahsa Babaie Personal Real Estate Corporation. She utilizes her interior design background to offer a concierge service to sellers that add value to their properties by staging, repairing, redesigning and improving the appearance of their homes so they can sell for more money. That way, buyers will be impressed and amazed when they step foot inside these homes and see how attractive and appealing everything looks.

“I work with all sorts of sellers and buyers from different walks of life,” said Mahsa. “The quality and standards of my services are consistent with every client. Budgets or circumstances are irrelevant. I’m a perfectionist, and I work hard to help my clients as best as I can.

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Mahsa was a professional interior designer before she was a successful realtor. She has extensive education, work experience, and credentials in the interior design industry. She has also taken construction and technology classes at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, so she has a lot of knowledge about the homes her clients buy and sell.

Together, these skills taught Mahsa how to increase the value and integrity of a structure from the inside out. During her interior design career, Some of her

Interior Design brings color to the Parade of Homes | Real Estate

The Housing and Building Association’s Parade of Homes started this weekend and continues today and next weekend, with eight homes that are available for online touring, and seven homes that are available for in-person visits. With the popularity of home remodeling shows from areas across the country, it’s easy to stay on top of home interior styles elsewhere, but the Parade is a great opportunity to see the styles that locals love.

The experts say that the Grand Valley is typically a few years behind the rest of the country when it comes to home interior design choices, but one thing is consistent with local design preferences regardless of whether a home was designed in Tuscan style back in 2006 or in modern farmhouse in 2020: rustic never quite goes away, and it’s not uncommon to see the outside brought inside with textures, colors and materials during the Parade of Homes.

“Western Colorado is more nature-oriented,” said Courtney Carrigan, interior designer with Porter Homes. Although the Porter Homes Parade entry has tile flooring throughout the house, wood flooring remains a popular choice for most people, whether it’s hardwood, engineered wood, luxury vinyl tile (LVT) or luxury vinyl plank (LVP).

Sitting on the edge of Colorado National Monument, the Porter Homes house on Broadway features quite a few wood accents, even though none of them are on the floor.

“The biggest feature in the great room is the 16-foot tall ceilings with the timber beams,” Carrigan said, adding that the outdoor kitchen and the front entryway also feature great ceiling detail with wooden beams and tongue-in-groove looks.

“Rustic is more regional,” Carrigan said, “timber beams are a trend everywhere; it goes with the farmhouse look, but it will stick here in western Colorado because of our proximity to the mountains.”

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James Kennedy, Raquel Leviss’ Los Angeles Home’s Fall Decor

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The season just changed, and so did the decor at Raquel Leviss and James Kennedy’s Los Angeles apartment. The Vanderpump Rules couple, who live together with their pooch Graham Cracker, have been showing off their progress as they deck out their house for fall. And by now, the space looks about as autumnal as a pumpkin spice latte tastes. 

In her Instagram Stories, Raquel has been sharing the decor installation —and it’s clear that she and James are feeling the Halloween spirit. The duo has an illuminated pumpkin and miniature witch cauldrons along the windowsill in their living room, and a corner table by their TV has a spooky little ghost and another prop pumpkin. 

Elsewhere, a trio of owls hovers over a “Trick or Treat” sign, and yet another pumpkin-themed installation features a glass and ceramic version of the festive gourd. (There’s also a sign that reads: “Pumpkin Patch.”) And finally, new string lights on the bedroom ceiling will make Halloween night glow spookily bright. 

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