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One Size Does Not Fit All in Organizing

By | Organizing

I think we can all agree that Pinterest is both a blessing and a curse.  As a whole it provides amazing ideas, recipes, inspiration and laughs (I could spend all day on the humor page), but it also gives an incredble influx of information that not everyone can handle and sometimes (okay a lot of times) makes us ungrateful for what we have, jealous for what we don’t have, envious of someone else, and sometimes we spend more money than we should, just to keep up with what we see on Pinterest.  I’ve searched MANY Pinterest pages and boards looking for ideas and inspiration for my clients and if there’s one thing I’ve learned , it’s that, when it comes to organizing, you have to create your own system.  You can’t copy someone else’s work and expect it to work flawlessly for you.  Yes, you can grab ideas, find bins, labels, organizing tools and more but don’t find a picture on the internet and say, “This works for them therefore it will work for me.” It’s not going to happen.  Each space is as unique as the person/family using it and should be organized that way.

Here’s why – your space won’t have the same items the other space has, your needs and expectations are different from the other person’s needs and expectations, and your space as a whole is probably different, even if it’s just slight.  Or maybe it’s not.  Maybe it’s a cookie cutter build and you have an exact match to a space you love but guess what, you’re not that other person!  You’re you!  With your own life to live and with your own life that will fill that space differently.  No two closets I’ve worked in are ever the same.  My clients have different preferences.  There may be similarities, but never identical in the items they hold.  No two pantries are the same.  Again, there may be similarities but I have never come across an exact match for any pantry I’ve seen or worked in.

And I don’t know about you, but I love that.  I love the challenge of coming up with new ideas that will work for my clients.  I love the process of transforming their space to fit their specific needs.  I love seeing the satisfaction on their faces when it’s done and they realize what we’ve done can be maintained after I leave because it was organized with them in mind!

So yes, do your research, find ideas that will work for you, get inspired!  But when it comes down to it make sure the way you’re organizing fits you and your lifestyle.  You’re unique and your space needs to reflect that.

Cheese Board Awesomeness

By | Nashville Food

I haven’t been cooking much lately because we’ve had a crazy couple of weeks, but I did make another cheese board for a party last week. Here it is just before I put plastic wrap over it and drove it over with a big veggie platter. The dips were raw cinnamon honey and whole grain mustard. The bright green pickles were made by my good friend @wadecofer and they were 👍. (Notice the sweetest little hand stealing a bite before I covered it. 💙) #charcuterie #meatandcheeseboard #partyfood #eatwholefoods

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Why You Should Invest in Nashville Real Estate (Even If You Don’t Live Here)

By | Nashville Real Estate

Listen — even before I was a real estate agent, I was a real estate evangelist. I think owning your own home is almost always a great idea, and I also think owning other real estate (rental properties, etc.) is a fantastic investment if done wisely. However, I know for those who live in areas where the housing market is super-expensive, owning even your own home may be out reach. Even if the monthly payments are doable (since you are already paying rent which is usually more expensive than a mortgage), the down payments can be the deal-breaker. Or, maybe you are a small business owner and you already have a loan for your business that makes getting a mortgage in a high-priced area difficult. But, if your mortgage payment was significantly less than what you’d pay in your home state, investing in real estate might be a possibility!

Enter Nashville. Nashville has been ranked the #1 real estate market in the country for 2017 by Zillow. Our home values are rising, we have a strong economy with jobs and several corporate headquarters. We aren’t just country music; we are ALL music…and healthcare, and automotive, and higher education, and more. And our region is still growing by 100 people a day! What’s more, our rental market is strong…all those aforementioned musicians and other newcomers frequently rent — so investing in a rental property is still a good bet. And even though there has been some recent tightening up on permits, short-term rentals (like VRBO and AirBnb) are killing it right now.

You can find a cute 3 bedroom, 1 bath ranch in East Nashville/Inglewood for $250k (which is where many of the newcomers want to live). You can find homes even cheaper than that, with land, less than an hour from downtown. There are downtown condos on the market today from $229k to $1.9 million. There are single family homes within 10 minutes of downtown at multiple price points. AND, property values have risen an average of 24% since 2013 in the entire Metro area, and as much as 57% in some neighborhoods! If you’d like more information on the investment potential of different Nashville neighborhoods, you can start research here.

As an investor (different than an owner-occupied property), it generally takes a 20% down payment (though sometimes you can do 10% and pay PMI), and the rates are usually a bit higher (around 5% right now). But, if you are making a few hundred dollars a month, and the property is gaining in value, you could have monthly income as well as selling the property in a few years for a profit.

All this to say, Nashville is a great market to consider investing in. If you are remotely interested, I encourage you to do three things:

  1. Register on my website leisawilcox.com. Poke around, view properties, and just see what’s out there. Call me if you want to talk about any of them!
  2. Just for fun…contact my colleague Brent Haas with Movement Mortgage. Tell him I sent you, and you are considering purchasing an investment property. Let him run the numbers for you to tell you what is possible! You can reach him at (615) 477-4383 or brent.haas@movementmortgage.com.
  3. Keep me posted, I can keep my eyes open for specific properties as well. I’d love to help!

So…would you like to buy a house? Let me help you find your Home (or Investment) in Music City!

 

You can reach Leisa at 615-813-1813 or lw@homeinmusiccity.com.

6th Annual Ring of Fire Ride

By | Tennessee on Two Wheels

The long awaited 2017 Ring of Fire Ride took place on Sunday, August 20!

Bubba Boswell lead a ride of at least 130+ bikes from Ring of Fire H-D in Madison heading to The Bull and Thistle in Gainesboro, TN.

I don’t think I was able to really grasp how big this ride was gonna be but my buddy Ray said, just wait and see. Here’s some pre-ride pix in the parking lot as riders kept rolling right up to the last minute.

Tennessee on Two WheelsWe took some windy back roads with a few twists and turns that I wasn’t ready for but ended up doing well. I’m definitely not ready for Dragon’s Tail.

Tennessee on Two WheelsThere’s about another 12-16 bikes in front of us but that was a quick stop at the Hwy 87 intersection to gather everyone back up in the group.

Just a couple of dudes who like to ride!

Oh, this was the Sunday before the big eclipse event and I couldn’t resist posting this space man pic I did of Ray. You might have seen it on my Instagram (@krandallwilcox) feed but here it is again.

After a bite to eat at The Bull and Thistle, Ray and I followed Bubba and Melissa back for a bit and eventually broke off and I got to log some more highway miles in on the 40 headed back to our house.

What an epic day with a big group of people.

I officially logged 3,250 miles as new rider at the end of this trip. Time for a 5K mile service and switch to synthetic.

Now that Fall is about to be in full swing, I cant wait to get back out on the road. Some trips coming up: Memphis, TN, the recently restored Castle & Key Distillery in Frankfort, KY, Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg, TN.

#bikersmagazine #lifeontwowheels #heritage #hdsoftail #softailnation #motorcycles #nashville #tennessee #designer #thesunisout #letsride #harleydavidson #KickstandsUp #LiveYourLegend #bikelife #harley #harleydavidson  #harleydavidsonmotorcycles #motorcyclesofinstagram #harleyrider #harleysofinstagram #livetoride #TennesseonTwoWheels #HomeinMusicCity #ringoffire

My Favorite Product for Spices

By | Organizing

Okay, being perfectly honest I don’t know how recently this organizing product came in to existence.  I never heard about it while I was growing up (and no offense to my mother, that’s not really surprising.  Love you mom!).  I first learned about this awesome organizing helper after I started Top Shelf and researched “spice storage”.  Let me tell you, after looking on the internet and working with lots of clients in their kitchens, an overwhelmingly large number of people have horrible spice storage.  And they know it!  Sometimes they use a spice step (which, if you’ve been a reader for a while you should remember my post about why I don’t like spice steps); sometimes they use an in-cupboard shelf (click here if you don’t know what I’m referring to), but most of the time the spices are just randomly packed into a cupboard, which means finding the one spice that is needed can take a bit of time if it’s not used frequently.  Well, let me give you three little words that can erase your spice storage dilemma:

Spice.  Drawer.  Organizer.

Some of you may be thinking, “I don’t have enough drawers for that” and if that’s you and that’s true then click the link in the above paragraph to find some great solutions for your spice storage problem.  But, if you DO have enough drawer space, or can create drawer space, then this product may be for you.

Spice drawer organizers are exactly what they sound like – an organizer for spices that fits in a drawer.  Just think, no more shuffling through the random spice containers, no more knocking them over, no more wondering where the heck your ground nutmeg is… With this product you can see all of your spices in one sweep!  I’ve had several clients use this method and every single one of them loves it and says it’s wonderful.

Naturally, there are several different options to choose from:

Spice Rack Organizer
Spice Liner
Expandable Spice Tray Rack & Drawer Organizer

Another option would be to forgo the organizer entirely and simply lay your spices in a drawer, label side up, so you can see them all.  I have clients who are just as happy with this method as those with the actual organizer.  The spices do have a greater tendency to move around, since there isn’t anything holding them in place, but if you’re okay with that, then this idea would work just as well.

If you have more spices than can fit in one single drawer but you don’t have extra drawers to do this then I what I tell my clients to do is to put the spices that are used most frequently in the drawer (ideally one next to the stove) and the ones that are rarely used can go in a nearby cupboard.  Again, I have had clients do this and they are totally satisfied with it.

Spice storage is a pain and seems to be a problem for a very large number of people.  If you are one of them, this may be exactly what you need.  Look through your drawers, determine if there’s a way to free one up for your spices, and give this tip a try.  I guarantee it’ll make cooking more enjoyable and you may even use some of those special spices you’ve forgotten about in the back of the cupboard.

Open House: 6601 Highway 100, Belle Meade, Sunday 2-4

By | Nashville Open Houses, Nashville Real Estate

Fantastic 4-bedroom, 3-1/2 bath, all brick home in Belle Meade Highlands! Two stories, 3274 square feet, close to Percy Warner Park, Belle Meade Country Club, and Cheekwood. All this plus a 3-car garage, listed for only $614,000. Stop by this Sunday and see it in person!

Sunday, Sept 10, from 2-4 pm
6601 Highway 100, Nashville TN 37205

Check out a

Exclusive Listing provided by Chris Harwell of Tarkington and Harwell.
For more information on Open House, contact Leisa Wilcox, The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty, 615-813-1813.

 

Red Snapper with Garlic Asparagus

By | Nashville Food

I went by @littlesfishmarket for the first time today and they had some fresh (from this morning) red snapper. I only seasoned it with s&p and extra virgin olive oil before I baked it on 375 for about 15 minutes. Even my 99% vegetarian kid liked it! I cooked the garlic asparagus in the same oven at the exact same time. I made a “salsa” for the fish with watermelon, avocado, @whitesquirrelfarm radishes, cucumber, and hot pepper, a little avocado oil, a squeeze of lime, chopped mint leaves, and some s&p. I served my husband’s over basmati rice and mine over raw arugula. This meal took 20 minutes to make from start to finish. #speedydinner #weekdaydinner #feedthemwell #pescatarian #eatlocal #eatfresh #eatrealfood #supportlocalbusinesses #supportlocalfarmers

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Happy Labor Day

By | Organizing

“Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”*

As a small business owner I’m grateful for all the hard work that has gone in to building this nation and feel blessed to live in a country where workers are celebrated.  Enjoy today!

*www.dol.gov/general/laborday/history

Charcuterie

By | Nashville Food

I’m always in the mood for Charcuterie. Tonight, I took a little help from @prbutcher because you can never go wrong with their meats and cheeses. The meats are duck prosciutto and salametto, and the cheeses are goat Gouda, tommes chebris, cheddar, @noblespringsdairy peppercorn chèvre, and Green Hill soft ripened cow’s cheese. I filled the rest of the platter with marcona almonds, cornichon, #somewhereplaceelsefarm pickled okra and baby corn, castelvetrano olives, @lustymonkmustard, red pepper hummus, baguette, crackers, grapes, and cuties. This one will feed a crowd and took about 15 minutes to put together. #charcuterie #meatandcheese #eatlocal #supportlocalfarmers #summernights #labordayweekend

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Quick Breakfast

By | Nashville Food

Like so many, if it’s not the weekend, I need breakfast to be super speedy every morning or I might just skip it. I often make overnight oats or eat a couple energy balls with some fruit. Today, I scrambled an egg while I toasted @daveskillerbread. I topped it all with @whitesquirrelfarm carrot beet habanero hot sauce and some of their spicy peppers that I pickled a few weeks ago. #5minutebreakfast #eatwholefoods #realfood #weekdaybreakfast

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