Feb. 19, 2019

It's Taco Tuesday! Where to Eat in Boerne

Who doesn't love Taco Tuesday?! It's the best thing about the day... and that it's not Monday! If you're craving some delicious tacos and some chips & guac, here are some of the best spots to hit up in Boerne:

 

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Boerne Taco House

Boerne Taco House is in an adorable little house just off of Main Street. They serve up delicious breakfast and street tacos Monday - Saturday 7:00am -2:00pm!

 

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Centinela Mexican Restaurant and Bar

Open for breakfast lunch and dinner. Centinela's offers 100% authentic Tex-Mex cuisine, a family friendly atmosphere with timely service, great prices and a full bar with great margaritas.

 

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Mague's Cafe

Family-owned and operated restaurant featuring hand-made tortillas, Tex-Mex, and authentic Mexican food. A breakfast favorite of many locals!

 

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Mary's Tacos

Some of the best tacos around! One reviewer on TripAdvisor.com compares them to South Texas Valley Tacos. Which is a VERY good thing.

 

What's your favorite taco spot in Boerne? Let us know in the comments!

 

Feb. 16, 2019

Spring Break in Boerne

What are the best places to go for spring break? A tropical resort? A bustling European city? Sure, it can be exciting to jet set to a faraway location. But it can also be expensive, stressful, and (depending on your situation) impossible to coordinate with family and friends.

Even if you can’t travel, you can still have a memorable vacation right in your own hometown. Check out some ideas from VisitBoerne on how to spend your Spring Break in Boerne: 

 

It’s time to start thinking about warm weather days again! Spring Break is coming up quick (we know, not quickly enough). We’ve got inspiration for your vacation to Boerne as the world turns to bring the warmth back into the Texas Hill Country! The aesthetics here are beyond breathtaking, and we think you’ll love experiencing it firsthand with these 6 outdoor activities perfect for celebrating a little time off from the stress of everyday life. Grab your calendars and make room for all the fun attractions we have to offer to make this Spring Break escape the best one yet!

 

Sailing Lessons –

Ever thought about getting a sailing lesson or license? This Spring Break could be your perfect opportunity! Trisum Sailing offers lessons, charters, and licensing all through Captain Chapa, an experienced sailor himself. The skills of sailing are something that the Captain is eager to share with the Texas community. Private and group lessons are both options, and chartered rides are available as well. Sail into the sunset with your loved ones on Boerne City Lake!

Alpine Tower & Zip-Lining –

Located out at Don Strange Ranch sits a thrilling obstacle course that’s just calling your name. While being physically and mentally challenging, this adventure course is complete with a ropes tower, bridges, and a zip-line! It is designed to help build teamwork and communication skills among its visitors. Get lost in the scenic views of the surrounding oak trees and hilly terrain. Purchasing a package with Alpine will include all of these benefits – plus a burger, fries and a drink for lunch! Yum!

Paddle-Boarding –

Paddle-boarding is much easier than it looks – we swear! Once you find your balance, it becomes easy to paddle around and is great for getting good exercise. Hill Country Paddle Sports faithfully comes to Boerne City Lake every year with lots of options for rentals. Want to really try something new? SUP (Stand Up Paddle-Board) Yoga is available to take on Saturdays beginning at 9:30am! We encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and take advantage of this exhilarating water sport.

Horseback Riding –

All of your other horseback riding experiences will pale in comparison to taking a trail ride among the rolling hills of Boerne. Diamond C Stables and Stricker Trail Rides offer reasonable prices to hoist yourself up on one of their ranch horses for a relaxing adventure through green pastures and the hills that give this great region its name. If you’ve ever been around horses before, you know they each can have a unique and distinct personality! You’ll love the fresh air and rejuvenation the Hill Country can bring you from this perspective this Spring Break!

Geocaching –

Go on a special Boerne geocaching adventure during March 8-17! Geocaching – for anyone who doesn’t know – is the recreational activity of hunting for and finding hidden items by way of a GPS. Use your smart phone’s GPS system to find hidden treasures and goodies by locating their coordinates. The coordinates for these hidden treasures can be found on the Boerne Parks and Recreation website during the days of the city-wide event. Go solo, or go in teams! Younger children are encouraged to join groups as these events involve travel, adventure and geography. Happy hunting! Can’t make it to Boerne in early March for this special event? No worries! Geocaching is an activity that can be done year-round. Check out geocaching.com or download the app for the full rundown.

Guided Tour at Honey Creek State Natural Area –

Hiking is great exercise for the body, but also a good revival for the soul! Get an up-close and personal look at true Hill Country landscape and wildlife. Tour guides will meander you through this beautiful territory, the Honey Creek State Natural Area, which is only open for touring on Saturday’s beginning at 9AM. This Natural Area is only accessible from inside the Guadalupe River State Park. Hear stories about the property’s past and learn fun facts about the land and its inhabitants. You can learn more about what to expect from this exciting hike here!

Posted in Boerne Attractions
Feb. 12, 2019

Sweets for Your Sweetheart!

Needing a last minute Valentine's Day idea for your sweetheart? Take a look at some of the great restaurants in Boerne for their special offers and their always delightful and delicious treats that are sure to make your Valentine swoon!

 

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The Dienger Trading Co.

The Dienger Trading Co. is hosting a special menu dinner on Valentine’s Day in our Homestead room. Join us for an enchanted evening of fine dining and libations as we celebrate this special day of love.

 

Thursday, February 14th @ 6:30 p.m.

The Dienger Homestead Room

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 

Dinner service begins at 7:00 p.m.

 

Four Course Dinner with champagne upon arrival 

& one bottle of wine of your choice

 

$150 per couple

 

 

RSVP @ 830-331-7493

Check out the special menu here. Or you can browse around the boutique which carries a variety of goods, ranging from women’s fashion and jewelry, men’s clothing and accessories, children’s outfits and classic toys - you're sure to find something great for all the valentine's on your list!

 

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Sugar Shack

Have a lovely dinner planned but want a yummy dessert to top of the night? The Sugar Shack has everything you could want and more! A 50s style ice cream parlor and soda shop specializing in decadent homemade ice cream sandwiches, delicious banana splits, hand dipped ice cream, frothy shakes, retro bottled sodas, hot cocoa, coffee & tea, yummy baked fresh daily cookies & Boerne souvenirs sounds like the perfect place to end the night with your sweet sweet valentine.

 

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Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery

Smallcakes: A Cupcakery And Creamery in Boerne, Texas creates award-winning, delicious sweet treats for every occasion! Every morning Smallcakes bakes our signature 12 flavors from scratch. 

Announcing Valentine’s Day Specials ♥️ $3.00/Cupcake or $30.00/Dozen - Choose any combination of these 6 cupcakes ♥️ Gift 1, 2, 4, 6, 12 or more! Gifts cards available too! 

•Pre-Order now 🧁830-331-2167

•Available for pickup between 11:00am-8:00pm Valentine’s Day

•Special Pricing for pre-order Valentine’s Day Cupcakes Only 

•ALL cupcakes will have Special Pricing IN-STORE on Valentine’s Day

 

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Tootie Pie

We have cookie deals for your Valentine... Now through the 14th, save $10 on our Valentine cookie tins. Act fast as quantities are limited. No code needed. Price on the website is already reduced. Visit us at TootiePieCo.Com or call us at 210 - 737 - 6600.

 

Wishing you and yours a special and sweet Valentine's Day!

Posted in Boerne Attractions
Feb. 7, 2019

Take Your Love on a Taste of Boerne Valentine's Day Tour

Valentine's Day is only a week away! What better way to celebrate with your loved one than by exploring a mix of restaurants offering delicious choices from cocktails to appetizers, entrees and desserts! Take your own tour of Boerne with these recommendations:

 

 

For Cocktails –

You'll definitely want to hit up Salvador Dobbs’ for a tasty drink to start your Valentine's night off right! Dobbs serves martini’s, spiked hot cocoa, and everything in between. They also offer draft and bottled beers, wine, and champagne! Next to that, the Dobbs stage is typically full on the weekends with live music performances - sounds like a great way to spend time with your loved one for a romantic, fun night without the kids!

 

 

Starters - 

If you're looking for some delicious appetizers, Cibolo Creek Brewing Co. has the best food with the freshest ingredients. CCBC sources from local, Texas farms. That being said, the tastes are definitely something you don’t want to pass up! Opt for a “Bier Bun” which contains browned goat, cabbage, cheese and a fried egg all wrapped in a potato roll! Or pair their Market Board (complete with artisanal cheeses, meats, and pickled seasonal veggies) with house-made jam and beer-infused mustard.

 

 

Soup or Salad - 

Boerne Soup Kitchen has a brand-new menu every week, and it’s always unique! Garden fresh ingredients are a priority every day, and everything is made from scratch! This team loves having the opportunity to provide the Boerne community with fresh cuisine, and they pride themselves on being 100% gluten free. So, feel free to indulge yourself in savory soups that are so good, you could swim in them! If you can’t choose which soup fits your fancy, try their soup shooters for a chance to taste them all. If salads are more your thing when it comes to multiple-course meals, fresh mixed greens with nuts, fruits and veggies drizzled in house-made vinaigrettes are available for your devouring pleasure as well.

 

 

Entree - 

What's more romantic than an Italian restaurant?! The philosophy at Valeria Ristorante Italiano is that “life is too short to eat bad food”. That statement rings true here, as they are another Boerne restaurant that bring fresh local ingredients to the table! The extensive dinner menu at Valeria will make it hard to choose what to have for your main course, but hey – who doesn’t like to have options? Every kind of pasta you can think of is available, paired with farm-raised meats and doused in delectable Italian sauces (ranging from red to creamy white) that will inspire your palate.  Enjoy a glass of exceptional wine with your dinner as well – the chef is an expert on pairing wines with his entrees and will have several recommendations!

 

 

Dessert -

I mean, is it really even Valentine's Day if you don't have dessert? SmallCakes Cupcakery and Creamery carries decadent, rich cupcakes topped with sugary sweet frosting. They have flavors like hot fudge sundae, lemon drop, peanut butter cup, and red velvet – just to name a few! Freshly churned ice cream is also available for anyone who prefers a frozen treat. Try their 24 Karrot cream cheese ice cream infused with carrot cake cupcakes, or Lily’s Strawberry layered with fresh strawberries. Perfection!

Not quite ready to call it a night? How about one more stop for a nightcap! 

 

After Dinner Drinks –

Opt for after-dinner drinks with Peggy’s On The Green! Here, you’ll find a full bar with wine and cocktail menus (both are 3 pages long). Try a signature cocktail or order your favorite go-to drink. Their bartenders are sure to please! Beer is in no short supply either – even non-alcoholic beers are available. Finish off your night in the relaxing, upscale bar Peggy’s has created inside the historic Ye Kendall Inn.

 

And don't forget to have a Happy Valentine's Day! 

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Feb. 1, 2019

Texas Hill Country Real Estate Market Trends | January 2019




Our Texas hill country real estate market currently remains strong and active relative to the rest of the U.S. Additionally, this minor downward deflection in the last month has had little or no impact on the increased values seen in the past 12 months.

Kerrville remains the leader in year over year with properties posting a 9% increase in estimated value in the previous year (1.79% in the past month). While Kerrville the final hill country holdout of reasonably priced properties, this trend could see Kerrville become less affordable in the coming years.

Here are the year over year estimated value increases for our other markets:

  • Comfort: 7.86% (-0.54% in the past month) Low volume will continue to influence the volatility of this market.
  • Fair Oaks Ranch: 4.85% (1.37% in the past month)
  • Fredericksburg: 6.75% (2.13% in the past month)
  • Boerne: 7.96% (2.88% in the past month)

Note: Statistics include Single Family homes, lots, and farm and ranch sales.

More insightful statistics and data in the market reports covering our Texas hill country market at the links below. 

(Please note: The links to the .pdf reports expire in 30 days. Large files, patience please!)


Boerne

Fair Oaks Ranch

Fredericksburg

Comfort


Kerrville

Please Contact me with questions you may have about the information in these reports, to preview any highlighted available properties, or to discuss marketing strategies for your property.


 

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Jan. 22, 2019

Rainy Weekend Ahead? Things To Do Indoors with the Family

There's rain in the forecast this weekend, and instead of letting that put a damper on your plans... how about find something fun to do indoors with the family!

 

NOW SHOWING! Get exactly what you love about the classic movie theatre experience! AMC Classic brings you the best of times at affordable prices, offering you the same great atmosphere with a few new and fantastic additions. Don't miss out on $5 Ticket Tuesdays! RealD 3D and Coca-Cola Freestyle available.

 

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Boerne Turn Verein (Bowling)

The Boerne Turn Verein is a non-profit social and athletic club incorporated over a hundred years ago. The bowling club is open to all and children are welcome. During the week, leagues reserve all the lanes after 6pm until midnight.

 

 

Gina Marie's Art Studio

Gina Marie's Art Studio is an art studio and boutique here in Boerne! This is a home for children's art classes. Call today to schedule a party, camps, family events, ladies nights and more!

 

 

Maker's Place

Maker's Place offers walk-in canvas, board, & ceramics painting. Blank and pre-sketched canvas's available. Open for public walk-in painting and private events.

Fun for a creative date night out or bring the kids for good time with the whole family! 

 

Open: Tuesday- Saturday

 

NinjaCity

An obstacle based gym, inspired by the show American Ninja Warrior, offering classes, parties, and an open gym. Ninja City offers a wide variety of obstacles to allow people of all ages and abilities to develop skills, build strength, agility, and balance in a fun environment. The obstacles change monthly so there is always something new to experience.

 

Sugar Shack

50s style ice cream parlor and soda shop specializing in decadent homemade ice cream sandwiches, delicious banana splits, hand dipped ice cream, frothy shakes, retro bottled sodas, hot cocoa, coffee & tea, yummy baked fresh daily cookies & Boerne souvenirs!  The Shack Parlor is a cool hangout in the back of the Sugar Shack with an Arcade, table top bowling, checkers, coloring books, barrel of monkeys and lots of old school fun!

Posted in Boerne Attractions
Jan. 15, 2019

New Year's Resolutions for You and Your Home

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With the new year comes a new you and new home improvements. Here is a list of 12 New Year's resolutions to help improve you and your home this year.

Any homeowner will tell you that maintaining a house is a full-time job. Chances are, though, that home maintenance isn’t at the top of your list of priorities for the new year. However, if you plan ahead, you can keep your house in tip-top shape without giving yourself a headache ­– and you may even be able to avoid costly repairs.

Keep this monthly list of resolutions handy so you can stay on top of home maintenance in the new year.

January

Do a safety check: Start the year off on the right foot by making sure you and your family members will be safe in the unlikely event of an emergency. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries as necessary. You should also make sure you have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and that it is in proper working order.

 

February

Check for leaks: The cold winter months are the perfect time to tackle indoor home maintenance. Water leaks can often go undetected, causing extensive, costly damage. Take some time to inspect the areas around your shower, tub and toilet for leaks and recaulk them as needed. You should also check for dripping or leaking faucets, which can make your water bill add up. If needed, tighten or replace the washers to repair leaks.

 

March

Make sure windows and doors are properly sealed: Cracks around your windows and doors can cause heat and air to escape your house, leading to higher utility bills. Inspect the areas around your windows and doors for cracks and add weather stripping as needed. It’s a good idea to tackle this project before the temperature extremes of summer and winter hit. If you need to replace your windows, be sure you get energy-efficient ones.

 

April

Power-wash the exterior: Everyone loves a little spring cleaning, so after you’ve decluttered and organized your home, pay some attention to the exterior. This time of year is perfect for power-washing and deep cleaning the exterior of your home. Wash the siding and the windows, and your house will look as good as new. To get the most bang for your buck, time your cleaning after the majority of spring pollen has hit but well before the leaves and debris of fall arrive.

 

May

Service your A/C unit: Nobody wants to be sweltering hot in the summer, so before those scorching temperatures arrive, make sure your home’s A/C unit is up to the challenge. Contact a professional HVAC company to service your unit and ensure that it can cool your home adequately and efficiently. By paying a little up front, you’ll avoid repair costs and higher electric bills as the result of poor performance. Consider scheduling an additional appointment for the fall to check your heater before the winter.

 

June

 

Spruce up your deck: Summertime is perfect for outdoor parties. Make sure your deck is ready by pressure washing it to remove debris and re-sealing it to avoid water damage if needed. Make the safety of your guests a priority and check for protruding nails, loose boards and other potential hazards.

 

July

Check for insect activity: The summer months are when many insects are at their most active. Keep an eye out for specific pests, such as termites and carpenter ants, that may pose a threat to your home. These insects eat and burrow through wood, which can result in structural damage to your house. Consider a pest control plan and regular inspections to keep these unwelcome guests at bay.

 

August

Give your roof a once-over: Like any part of your house, your roof is subject to wear and tear. Check the areas around the eaves and gutters for leaks and water damage. Many times, a roof leak can lead to larger issues, including mold, elsewhere in your home. You should also be sure to check for any loose or missing shingles and replace these as necessary. This will help prevent further damage from storms or extreme weather.

 

September

Get your fireplace ready: When fall approaches, cool weather is right around the corner. If your home has a fireplace, late summer or early fall is the perfect time to give it a thorough inspection. You can schedule a professional fireplace inspection and chimney cleaning to ensure everything is in proper working order. Other fireplace maintenance tips include removing ashes, making sure the flue damper opens and closes easily, and removing unsightly smoke and soot stains.

 

October

Inspect siding and paint: Take advantage of the mild fall temperatures and touch up any damage on the exterior of your home. Look for chipped or peeling paint and cracks in your siding. If needed, add some new caulk to repair damage. This is also a good time to look for signs of foundation damage, such as cracks in the foundation or gaps between bricks. Not only will these checks ensure your home is structurally sound, but they’ll also boost your curb appeal.

 

November

 

Rake leaves and clean gutters: Those quintessential falling leaves are beautiful, but they can be a real nuisance for homeowners. Regularly rake your yard to keep your grass from dying, and take time to collect debris or trim bushes away from your house, as these can act as a pathway for insects or small animals looking for warmth. After most of the leaves have dropped from the trees, clean out your gutters. It’s important to do this before the winter, as excess debris can trap water and lead to ice dams around your roof during colder weather.

 

December

Get cold weather ready: Speaking of cold weather, it’s a smart idea to get ready before the bitter winter temperatures of January and February roll in. If you have screens on your windows, remove them so snow doesn’t get trapped and damage your window frames. You should also prep your pipes, as well. Consider adding insulation to keep them from freezing. Not only will frozen pipes disrupt water flow in your home, but they may also burst and cause extensive water damage. If you can’t add insulation, keep an eye on the weather and let your faucets drip slowly when temperatures drop particularly low.

 

Rest Easy

 

Being a homeowner comes with a degree of uncertainty. Performing regular home maintenance throughout the year will help you avoid expensive repairs and sleepless nights. 

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Jan. 10, 2019

Retreat to the Hill Country

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by Greg Kagay

Greg Kagay

Is it right for you?

Have you ever thought about buying a weekend place in the country? I myself am a city escapee, having for several years worked weeks in the city (New York) and retreated on weekends to the country (East Hampton). Starting my little Jeep, which was waiting for me at the train station when I arrived on Fridays, was the happiest moment of my week. This town and country setup served me extremely well. (Ultimately I gave up on the city aspect and moved to the Texas hill country outright.)

For career-minded folks in Austin and San Antonio, the Texas hill country is a great consideration for a nearby weekend retreat. Country homes can serve many purposes for city dwellers. A weekend home offers a place to recreate with friends and family, with plenty of elbow room that sometimes does not exist on small city lots. Country retreats put one into frequent close proximity to nature and outdoor activity. They also offer useful constraints. For anyone overburdened with big-city social obligations, a not-too-distant weekend retreat offers a great excuse to be away from tertiary "opportunities", like company picnics and nephews' recitals.

Roughing it?

With modern technology, country living is easier than ever. The Wall Street Journal, most magazines, and most books are delivered instantly to your phone and tablet over cell service. Fast wi-fi for streaming movies and games is already available across much of the hill country, and service areas are expanding as providers build out their wireless networks. (So-called 5G networks promise even better user experiences in the not-too-distant future.) Finally, with satellite television, sports and other television programs are just as available in the country as in the city.

Town or Country, Which is Primary?

A weekend retreat offers a place to entertain, read, cook, and/or craft. Or as a headquarters to explore the region. For cyclists, one makes a great club house from which to take advantage of the tremendous hill country roads. I encourage city dwellers to think big. Or, at least, think differently. In my experience as a former town and country career man, I emphasized my country home as my primary home, and my city apartment as something more like a hotel room. My city place was small and simple, a spot at which to sleep while working and from which to focus on big-city enjoyment of restaurants and attractions, not at-home puttering. I minimized my financial and maintenance upkeep investments in my city place (I only ever rented there), putting all of my nesting energy into my country home. This country-bias may not be for everyone, but it worked very well for me.

Investing in the Texas Hill Country

Anyone considering a country retreat should consider the investment potential. In addition to stocks and bonds, most money managers encourage inclusion of real estate as its own asset class in one's portfolio. Although not especially liquid, real estate tends to be a favorable inflation hedge. That is unless a property is not maintained, or the local market becomes less favorable. At present, the long-term value trends of the hill country appear favorable. Tremendous investment here in wineries, distilleries, restaurants, beer gardens and other attractions is being met with strong visitation trends. Combined with our state's population growth, the geographic beauty of the hill country along with its existing infrastructure suggest property in this region should hold its relative value well.

Another investment consideration for a country retreat is rentability. Whether one rents one's country home to friends and family only, or offers if for rental online through portals such as airbnb.com or homeaway.com, a country retreat could be more affordable than you think. It could even be a favorable side business.

Country Inconveniences

Of course owning a second home presents not only opportunities bus also responsibilities and, well, inconveniences. I don't recommend owning a second home to anyone who is not already a good steward of their primary home, either through do-it-yourself efforts or do-it-for-me third-party management. Whichever route you choose, even a mix of both, adding a second residence adds complication.

Another aspect of country living important to consider is patience. Wherever one is in the hill country, one is never surrounded by a diversity of grocery stores and home centers, like in big cities. When things break, one may have to wait a few days to receive replacement or repair parts by mail, or to visit a city with a Lowe's or Home Depot. And the average small town grocery will not have the wide assortment of, say, mushrooms that your big city Whole Foods or Central Market offers. Favorably, unlike for us full-time country folks, anyone commuting back and forth on the weekends is in an enviable position to easily re-provision regularly.

Get Started

If you are curious about or interested in investing in a Texas hill country weekend retreat, contact me to get started pursuing your town and country lifestyle.

--Greg Kagay

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Retreat to the Hill Country originally appeared on Invaluablist.com on Thu, 10 Jan 2019 16:00:00 CST.

Jan. 10, 2019

What To Do This Weekend in Boerne

There's lots to do this weekend in Boerne! What are your plans?

 

Kendall County Jr Livestock Show and Sale

Friday, January 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:00pm

Participating children, families and other visitors to the Kendall County Junior Livestock Show feel the excitement in the air that comes with competition.  But there is so much more than simply winning that comes from the event. Raising livestock is a fabulous teaching experience that brings families together and develops lifelong friendships. Kids learn not only the mechanics but also the underlying sense of responsibility and what it takes to get a job well done.

Friday's Schedule:

Friday's show features all animals (other than poultry).

  • 7:30AM - Breeding Swine Show, Market Swine to follow
  • 8AM - Angora Goats and Breeding Sheep Show, Breeding Goat Show, Market Goats to follow
  • 10AM - Breeding Heifers, Market Steers to follow
  • 1PM - Market Lambs

 

 

Posted in Boerne Attractions
Jan. 8, 2019

2019 Design Forecast: What's In, What's Out

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Is it time to say goodbye to shiplap and millennial pink? Design expert, Kerrie Kelly, weighs in.

As we flip open the pages of our 2019 calendar, it’s time to look at interior design trends on the rise — and say goodbye to those on their way out.

Here are her predictions about what’s in and what’s out.

 

What’s in

 

Warm modernism

It’s official — many regions throughout the U.S. are choosing a modern aesthetic over a rustic style.

While black-and-white contrast and raw materials like steel and wood will continue to be popular, they’ll be softened by color and asymmetry. These modern elements will have a fresh approachability when surrounded by sun-soaked fabrics and natural wall coverings.

 

Effortless technology and transformations

Talk-to-me tech products help you get things done with your voice, and homeowners are using them to modernize their daily routine.

In 2019 you’ll see smart faucets, fans, window coverings and appliances paired with popular platforms — Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Apple HomePod — for a convenient, connected home.

Additionally, products that offer easy installation and seamless integration into existing layouts make projects remodel-friendly. Innovative sinks, faucets, medicine cabinets, appliances and lighting provide a quick transformation to refresh the style and functionality of your space.

 

Om sweet home

Though talk-to-me tech is trending, some will be looking for ways to escape the chatter.

Meditative and sound-barrier features will appear in more homes this year — think transformative experiences using acoustic panels, colored lights and aura effects. Ethereal, sheer and translucent fabrics will support the aesthetic, pairing an organic feel with the benefits and convenience of select technology.

Industrial style

Concrete, quartz and metal lovers, rejoice! Industrial styles are predicted to rise in popularity in 2019.

Matte black and bronze continue to dominate and complement a more industrial vibe. But when selecting wall colors, appliances, faucet finishes and fabrics, consider the possibilities of moody blues and the gray color spectrum. From warm light grays to the coolness of matte black, these tones add a subtle layer of intrigue and distinction.

Plus, black and charcoal gray front doors could earn up to $6,271 more when selling your home!

Organic maker accents

Handmade details can immediately soften an interior. This year you’ll see rhythmic patterns and imperfect lines incorporated through hand-painting, stitching and detailing, expanding the possibilities for endless mixing and matching in the home. Additionally, fabrics and accents with strands of crystal, wooden and pearlescent beads present a sophisticated flair for artful detail.

Home decor favorites will still include earthy elements and nubby textures. Think neutral naturals by simply adding a wooden side table and sculpture, live and fake plants for color, and natural fibers through rugs and fabrics.

 

What’s out

 

Rustic

Is America finally over the “Fixer Upper” movement? Not quite, but the rustic, farmhouse-chic elements are getting refined.

The shiplap-crazy trend seems to be leaning toward a modern twist, simplifying layers of the look. Cutesy barn doors will take a backseat to more modern versions featuring glass and metal instead of reclaimed barn wood.

The signature statement range hood covered in rustic materials will swing to simplified finishes, like brushed brass, stainless and matte black. Lastly, the harsh light of the Edison bulb will move to a more complementary glow, reflecting concealed bulbs versus exposed ones.

Millennial pink

Bold, trendy color schemes are likely on the way out, with more subtle earth tones and cool, classic palettes on the rise.

Blues and neutrals continue to top Zillow trend reports, adding higher dollar values related to home sales when used in kitchen and bathroom areas. While millennial pink may have been all the rage on designer Instagram feeds, people don’t actually want to live with it throughout their homes.

Whether trends inspire you or not, it’s important to be aware of them, because they help shape our own personal interior style. If you love purple gingham in your dining room, go for it. If an all-white interior speaks to you, celebrate it.

Our homes are where we express ourselves and tell our unique style story, so I encourage you to do just that in the new year.

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