McCleary Group Partners With Smart Cause

Greenhouse Scholars Logo
McCleary Group is thrilled to announce it has recently partnered with Greenhouse Scholars, a leading, education nonprofit organization dedicated to improving opportunities for low income families and communities across the nation and the globe.

Each year, Greenhouse Scholars identifies extraordinary leaders, or scholars, in various communities who then act as role models who will positively impact others in his or her area.  Scholars have tutored, mentored and inspired over 12,000 middle and high school students across the world. Through donations and fundraising, Greenhouse Scholars has also been fortunate to fund and support more than 200 impact projects, including college boot camps, clean water projects and homes for impoverished families.

Glass Half Full LogoTo help increase awareness of this wonderful organization, McCleary Group will take part in Greenhouse Scholars’ annual Illinois fundraiser, “Glass Half Full“, happening in Hinsdale on September 9th, 2017.  More information, please contact Megan and Tom here.

Together we can all raise a glass to meaningful change!

Real Estate Insider: February 2017

McCleary Group Real Estate, along with Berkshire Hathaway HomeSerivces KoenigRubloff Realty Group, is proud to release its monthly Real Estate Insider newsletter. This February, information on key indicators impacting the housing market in the coming months.  A recap of how 2016 fared and winter design trends are also inside!  Please click the image below to read the full newsletter.  You may also click here.

Real Estate Insider February 2017

Five Home Design Ideas to Ditch in 2017

Living RoomEach year interior designers come out with lists of what is trending and, more specifically, what is O-U-T.  According to Elle Decor, below are five tips on what NOT to do if you are looking to spruce up your space in 2017.

All White Kitchen
All White Rooms
We know.  At some point, someone said the stark, all-white kitchen or living room was the next big thing for contemporary homes.  If you just updated your space, don’t despair. Designers are now suggesting to add pops of color to break up the boring.  On trend for 2017, navy and other “moody” blue tones, but any solid color will work. Experts say this will add warmth and freshness and avoid a clinical feel.

Edison Bulbs
Edison BulbsThe industrial chic look still has legs, but the Edison bulb trend has run its course. “Old-fashioned” is out but vintage and retro lighting is still on point. For example, bare bulbs are now being phased out for more luxurious pieces like glass chandeliers.

Smooth & SleekSmooth and Sleek Design
2017 is moving towards texture.  Meaning, find furniture pieces and decor that are less about sharp edges and clean lines and more about folds and chunky stitching. The great thing about this trend is that it can apply to many different design aesthetics. Experts suggest approaching your design around the “emotion” of a room. This way, you can avoid the “flat” feel a more modern makeover may give.

Chunky Furniture
Chunky Furniture
This one is pretty cut and dry. The smaller your furniture is, the less space it takes up.  We’re not saying buy a smaller bed, but the giant headboard and frame are not as necessary. 2017 is about space-efficiency and not overwhelming your room with multiple pieces that over-power the area.

Let’s face it, do you really want to do-it-yourself?  DIY DesignRegardless of the project, the idea always starts off great, and while the videos make it seem so simple, it rarely goes as planned!  DIY designs may save you some money, but if you’re not handy with the tools of the trade, chances are your project will take a lot longer than anticipated and look homemade.  Instead, consider purchasing artisanal crafts. Not only will you get a well-made piece by an expert, you’ll be helping give back to small business owners!