Category: Home Owners

Dawn Dause Group Review

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Check out one of Dawn’s latest reviews from Zillow!
Highly likely to recommend
09/27/2017 – gergescz
Sold a Single Family home in 2017 in Shorewood, IL.
Local knowledge: Five stars
Process expertise: Five stars
Responsiveness: Five stars
Negotiation skills: Five stars
We chose Dawn after having our home on the market with another realtor for 9 months with no offers. Dawn sold our home in 2 1/2 weeks! Dawn’s marketing strategies are outstanding and I’m sure this helped get our home sold. Dawn has great communication skills and kept us “looped in” with everything that was going on with our home. We highly recommend Dawn Dause if you are looking for a realtor that is motivated and in touch with the market as well as always keeping her client at the center of the transaction!
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The Design Rule Of 3-How To Use It

The design rule of 3 is a widely known guideline for interior design. It is fairly simple to implement in your home and helps design elements look their best. The rule of 3 basically means that objects grouped in odd numbers are more visually appealing and more impactful than things grouped in even numbers.

 Photo of a living room for an article about the design rule of 3.

*Accessories: Grouping knick knacks in groups of 3 creates a balanced and finished look.

*Color: Using only two colors for a room can make the space feel bland and two dimensional. Try adding in a third accent color and see how the room transforms into a finished space with depth. The same is true for texture; adding three textures to a room really brings it to life.

*Difficult spaces: If you have a room or corner in your home that is awkward to fill, try adding three things to the area such as a piece of furniture, a shelf, and a piece of artwork.

*Vignettes: Try using three objects of different sizes to fill the tops of tables, shelves, or nightstands.

*Artwork: Hanging artwork in groups of three instead of groups of 2 or hanging pieces in odd numbers instead of even numbers is generally more appealing to the eye.


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Home Maintenance Mistakes

Are you taking care of your home? Are any of your home maintenance methods doing more harm than good? Find out if you are making any of these home maintenance mistakes!

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  • Overusing chemical drain cleaners: When most people get a clogged drain, they turn to a drain cleaner instead of paying a plumber, but is that always a good choice? Drain cleaners and even baking soda and vinegar can break down and deteriorate pipes over time. A drain snake or a $2 tool called a Zip-It may be a better way to go in the long run.
  • Sealing countertops too often: Natural stone, glass, butcher block, and concrete counters only need occasional sealing while laminate, Quartz, and Corian are best without a sealer. Sealing a counter too often can result in a streaky and cloudy appearance. A good rule of thumb for knowing when to re-seal is to put a small amount of water on the countertop; if it doesn’t bead up and stay that way for 15 minutes, it may be time to re-seal.
  • Using too much bleach: Bleach can be useful around the home but using too much of it can do more harm than good. Did you know that bleach can discolor laminate and colored grout, fade acrylic tubs, actually dissolve vinyl flooring and more?
  • Improperly storing firewood: Many homeowners keep firewood piled outside the home and against an exterior wall. While that may be an easy storage spot, it can cause a huge problem. Keeping wood against the house invites termites to live there. Instead, keeping wood stored at least twenty feet away from the home will keep termites at bay.



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Farmhouse Gray

Do you love the trendy farmhouse gray style? Are you thinking about adding it to your home? Here are some perfect gray hues to achieve this look!

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  • Ammonite by Farrow & Ball
  • Gray Owl by Benjamin MoorePhoto of a gray bedroom for an article about farmhouse gray design.
  • Lamp Room Gray by Farrow & Ball
  • Pashmina by Benjamin Moore
  • Horizon Gray by Benjamin Moore
  • Modern Gray by Sherwin Williams
  • Sleigh Bells by Benjamin Moore
  • Winter’s Gate by Pratt & Lambert
  • Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore
  • Rodeo by Benjamin Moore
  • Whisper by Benjamin MoorePhoto of a gray bathroom for an article about farmhouse gray.
  • Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams
  • Cloud by Dunn-Edwards
  • Cheating Heart by Benjamin Moore
  • Shoreline by Benjamin Moore
  • Horizon by Benjamin Moore
  • Wickham Gray by Benjamin Moore


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Brightening Up A Room

Do you have a dark room in your home? Brightening up a room can be easy and doesn’t have to cost a lot! Check out these ways to transform a dark space into a light and bright retreat.

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Bad Homeowner Habits

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 What are some bad homeowner habits? Do you have any of them? Read on to find out what you should be doing differently in your home.




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3 Landscaping Mistakes To Avoid

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  1. Plant for only one season: Think about all seasons instead of  just one when planning what trees and flowers you want to plant. Don’t just plant flowers that will bloom in the spring and summer, leaving your yard brown the rest of the year. Consider adding evergreens that will add color throughout the year or trees that bloom in the summer and have colored leaves in the fall.
  2. Ignore the upkeep: Don’t get into the habit of neglecting your yard; plant low maintenance flowers and trees so that the yard can be easily taken care of.
  3. Leave clutter around: Yard toys, sporting equipment and extra lawn furniture can all take over your yard, making it look chaotic and neglected even if the landscaping is taken care of. Invest in an oversized storage bin that these items can be kept in.
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CRS Designation

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Dawn Dause has earned the CRS designation and is now a member of the Council of Residential Specialists! What does this mean? Dawn has earned her CRS designation by completing extensive training and meeting significant experience requirements. Working with a CRS Realtor means they will provide exceptional service and will use their top notch negotiation skills to benefit their clients.

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Spring Home Decor Trends

Modern navy blue bedroom as an example of spring home decor trends.

  • Black is out and blue is in: Designers are gravitating towards navy blue instead of a black and white color scheme. Navy blue walls with pops of white will be seen quite a bit this spring, as Scandinavian design is being widely used.
  • Acrylic: This material is having a huge surge in popularity and is seen all over sites such as Pinterest. Not only is this material chic, it’s helpful to create the illusion of more space in a small room. Clear acrylic tables and chairs and even picture frames are being used more and more.
  • Hygge: This Danish way of simple living is being seen a lot in design lately. The basic premise is to create a cozy, simple living space. This means lot’s of candles, throw blankets, coffee table books, and not much else. Check out Pinterest for lot’s of ideas of how to incorporate this trendy design theme in your home.
    Hygge style coffee table as an example of spring home decor trends.Copper: This material is a very trendy choice for the home and will be seen throughout 2017. Try adding copper accessories or go bold and install copper lighting such as copper fixtures over the kitchen island. Copper light fixture for an article about spring home decor trends.
  • Climbing plants: With Pantone’s Color of the Year being Greenery, it’s appropriate that plants are a major spring home decor trend. Hanging plants are an excellent choice to add some signs of spring and life back into your home as we enter spring. Hanging plants are very easy to take care of and very hard to kill so they make perfect house plants, especially Philodendron.

Philodendron house plant as as example of spring home decor trends.


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