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Fall Decor Ideas That Will Transform Your Home

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Fall is the season that brings cooler temperatures, so it’s important to add warmth to your home. How do you do that? These simple fall decor ideas will transform your home into a cozy oasis that will call your family and friends over to create memories.

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, and More Pumpkins

Adding pumpkins around your home, front door, and back patio can add a fun seasonal flair. Whether you choose to go for a real pumpkin you pick up at a local farm or a fake pumpkin you find at a store, pumpkins of all sizes, colors, and styles brighten up a home.

Light Your Home with Candles

Dimming the fluorescents and brightening your home with a few candles immediately adds warmth to your home. Using scented candles that smell like pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon, and bonfires bring in an extra touch of autumn.

Enrich Your Table Decor

Simply switching out your usual dinnerware for goblets and glasses with reds, ambers, and gold accents will bring in the colorful accents found from fallen leaves. Take it a step further by adding a new table runner, moody dinner napkins, and a festive centerpiece.

Texturize with Tartan

Tartan may be just as quintessential as pumpkins are. Bringing in tartan throws, pillows, and tablecloths immediately wraps you in warmth. Those tartan throws are also perfect for spending those brisk afternoons outside enjoying a hot mug of coffee, cocoa, or apple cider.

Strategically Place Straw Bales

Straw bales with a few pumpkins and decorations sitting atop of them can transport people from your front porch to a pumpkin patch. The charming decorations are a great way to welcome guests on your front porch, cozy up the areas around your fireplace, and can double as extra seating on your back patio.

“Show Your Doors, Walls, and Windows Some R-E-S-P-E-C-T” – A-WREATH-a Franklin

That was our creative way of saying that wreaths are a great way to liven up a plain wall, door, or window. You can go for a classic twine wreath with leaves and flowers on it or bring in a personal touch and add a little flair.

 

We hope these fall decor ideas have spurred some designs to transform your home. If you have any other ideas on how to decorate for the season, we’d love to hear them. Contact the David Morris Group for more recommendations and insights into the real estate market. We’re more than happy to help you buy or sell your home. Give us a call at (775) 828-3292.

 

 

 

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How to Spend Spooktober in Reno

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When October starts, every bump in the night makes you wonder if a witch is taking an evening flight. It’s a time for ghost stories, “Monster Mash” dance parties, and maybe even a few movies starring Jason Voorhees. There are so many things to do and different ways to spend Spooktober in Reno. Check out some of our favorite local fall hot spots.

Sierra Safari Zoo

Every weekend in October is Boo at the Zoo. There will be kid-friendly activities like a slide, hay maze, petting zoo, and more. Pro tip: Check out the Spookaroo at the Zoo event on October 30 and 31.

Adelin Family Farms

The family-friendly corn maze, pony/horse rides, pumpkin patch, and U-Pick sunflowers make the Fall Harvest Festival a must-visit, but the Corn Creepers Haunted Attraction and Zombie Paintball make Adelin Family Farms the perfect destination to get into the Halloween spirit.

PumpkinPalooza

Want a little adventure and an activity the whole family can get in on? Check out the Purple Pumpkin Pursuit presented by PumpkinPalooza. Register to receive a special Halloween-themed kit that comes with goodies and clues to help you solve the riddles, find the pumpkins around town, and win a great prize.

West Wind Drive-In

13 Nights of Fright is taking place October 19-31. West Wind Drive-In will be showing family-friendly Halloween flicks as well as some classic horror films. Take your family movie night to the drive-in!

Virginia City

As a city that wears its hauntings as a badge of honor, it would only make sense that they would go all out for Halloween. The month-long celebration is called Hauntober, and there are ghost tours, train rides, and more to enjoy.

Ferrari Farms

The Fall Festival at Ferrari Farms has everything you could ask for. From farm animals to visit to hayrides to hop on to zombie paintball to try, there’s no way your family can leave without smiles on your faces.

 

Have a fun and festive Spooktober in Reno! If you need more great recommendations on how to spend the month or have questions about the Reno real estate market, contact the David Morris Group. We’re more than happy to help you buy or sell your home. Give us a call at (775) 828-3292.

 

 

 

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Which Countertop Should I Choose?

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Kitchens and bathrooms are some of the most common rooms that homeowners decide to renovate. Besides choosing fixtures, accessories, and appliances, you’ll also have to choose the countertops you’ll tie into the design. Below are some common and popular types of countertops you can pick and what you should know about them.

Quartz Countertops

These countertops are engineered from natural quartz and combined with a resin binder. This stone is nonporous, incredibly hard, and never needs to be resealed.

Granite Countertops

The natural stone has great durability and is available in a range of dark and light colors with variations of all kinds. They can be cut with different edges, require very little maintenance, and are easy to take care of. To clean your countertops, you’ll only need soap and water, and granite is heat-resistant, so cooking is a breeze.

Concrete Countertops

Concrete countertops have become more popular, but they are prone to cracking. Repairing cracked concrete is relatively simple, but it can take up to 28 days for concrete to dry and settle.

Marble Countertops

Marble is a softer natural stone that draws the eye, but it can be scratched if you cut directly on it. Because marble is porous, it’s easy to stain, so sealing your countertops regularly is crucial to its longevity.

Soapstone Countertops

Soapstone is known for being very low maintenance and nonporous, so it is stain-resistant, bacteria-resistant, and heat-resistant. It’s recommended that homeowners oil the countertop once a month for the first year to allow the surface to oxidize and allow the patina to develop.

Butcher Block Countertops

Butcher block is made from pieces of wood that are bonded to form a larger slab. They can be sealed or unsealed, but unsealed butcher block countertops must be oiled twice a year. Butcher block is also very porous, so spills need to be cleaned up quickly to avoid staining the wood.

Laminate Countertops

Laminate countertops are very popular in homes constructed in the 80s and 90s, but they’re making a comeback with newer designs that look like more expensive materials. Laminate is nonporous, so it won’t absorb bacteria, never needs resealing, and is easy to clean.

 

It’s important to choose countertops that fit your lifestyle as well as your home design. If you need more great recommendations or have questions about the Reno real estate market, contact the David Morris Group. We’re more than happy to help you buy or sell your home. Give us a call at (775) 828-3292.

 

 

 

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Fall Activities to Make the Season Special

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Leaves changing colors, a slight nip in the air, and pumpkins spotted everywhere — that’s right, we’re talking about fall. It’s a season full of holidays, time well spent with loved ones, and outdoor fun. This year, there are some great fall activities to make the season special!

 

  1. Carve and decorate pumpkins.
  2. Explore a corn maze.
  3. Plan a getaway trip.
  4. Curl up with a good book.
  5. Attend a harvest or fall festival.
  6. Take family photos for your holiday cards.
  7. Start planning your Halloween costume.
  8. Sample beers and brats at your own Oktoberfest event.
  9. Plant fall flowers.
  10. Go for a hayride.
  11. Visit a haunted house or create your own.
  12. Make a pecan, pumpkin, or apple pie.
  13. Decorate your home for fall or for the fall holidays.
  14. Go for a drive to check out the leaves changing colors.
  15. Go on a hike and soak up the cooler afternoons.
  16. Have a horror movie marathon or binge on your favorite Halloween/fall classics.
  17. Try out a new soup recipe.
  18. Go apple picking and make candy apples.
  19. Donate old sweaters, blankets, and boots.
  20. Have a chili cook-off.
  21. Play or watch football.
  22. Warm up by the fire.
  23. Sample a few hard ciders or cozy up with a hot mug of apple cider.
  24. Visit a farmers market to pick up seasonal fruits and veggies.
  25. Take a ghost tour and share ghost stories.
  26. Go wine tasting.
  27. Roast pumpkin seeds.
  28. Tackle a fall craft project. Fall is the perfect time to pick up knitting or crocheting!
  29. Jot down what you’re thankful for and share them on Thanksgiving.
  30. Rake together a pile of leaves, then leap into it.
  31. Have a driveway tailgate.
  32. Get a head start on your holiday shopping.
  33. Have a picnic.
  34. Have a fall-centric scavenger hunt.
  35. Have a sack race.
  36. Make a scarecrow.
  37. Have a neighborhood costume parade.
  38. Make Halloween and Thanksgiving cards.
  39. Use the toilet paper you stocked up on to turn your family into mummies.
  40. Collect pine cones to decorate a mantle or tabletop.

We hope you check out all of the fall activities to make the season special, and be sure to share your favorites with us! If you need more great recommendations or have questions about the Reno real estate market, contact the David Morris Group. We’re more than happy to help you buy or sell your home. Give us a call at (775) 828-3292.

 

 

 

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Reno’s Favorite Food Trucks

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If you’re missing Food Truck Fridays and wanting to reminisce on some of Reno’s favorite food trucks, you’re not alone. We’ve put together a list of some of the best food trucks to check out.

 

  1. Paisan’s Old World Deli & Catering – Sandwiches, tacos, and pasta dishes make this food truck the perfect lunch spot. Check here for there current food truck location or visit their restaurant location at 6550 Longley Ln, Suite 110.
  2. The Fix Falafel – This food truck is serving up tasty treats that are 100% vegan. They’re specializing in falafel and hand-cut fries! For updates on where they’ll be serving up their food, follow them on Instagram.
  3. Java Ship Coffee – This mobile vegan beverage and dessert trailer serves a wide variety of locally roasted and organic espresso drinks, organic teas, and more. Check their Facebook page for updates on where they’re located.
  4. Fuego Habanero – Taco trucks were the first ones to make food trucks so popular, and Fuego Habanero is known for its tacos and burritos.
  5. Kika’s All Kine Grindz – Serving up authentic Island style BBQ and Hawaiian cuisine, Kika’s All Kine Grindz is bringing the aloha spirit to Reno.
  6. Slater’s Ding-a-Wing – The award-winning wings have been a staple of Wingfest, and they continue to shake up the community with their wings, tenders, and sauces. Be sure to follow their journey on Facebook.
  7. Big Blue Q of Tahoe – One of a kind menus with locally sourced produce and the freshest ingredients means food that is exceptional in taste. They can be found around town and are also available for catering, events, and private dinings. See where they’ll be next on Facebook.
  8. Codfather – With a love for fish and chips and serving the people of Reno, the Codfather was born. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy fresh seafood, check out where the Codfather will be next on their Facebook page.

Food trucks are ingrained in Reno’s culture and the events that call these local traveling eateries to us draw a lot of people together. While we’re missing Food Truck Fridays, there are still so many ways you can support your favorite food trucks and the Reno community.

 

If you have questions about Reno’s culture, the local real estate market, or what we love about Reno, contact the David Morris Group. We’re more than happy to help you buy or sell your home. Give us a call at (775) 828-3292.

 

 

 

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Ghost Towns Outside of Reno

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In times of social distancing, what better way to spend the day than exploring historic ghost towns? Just outside of Reno, you’ll find several towns with little to no residents, but buildings reminiscent of when it was a bustling town. Below are some of the most beloved ghost towns outside of Reno to explore.

Fort Churchill State Historic Park

About an hour outside of Carson City lies the Fort Churchill State Park. It’s a former United States Army Fort that was built to protect early settlers as they made their way across the American West. The fort’s ruins make a great adventure spot and can help you picture what life was like 150 years ago.

Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park

With a rich mining history, a crumbling ghost town, and 225 million-year-old marine reptile fossils, Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park has it all. You can check out many of the original buildings from 1890 when the town was first built.

Gold Point Ghost Town

Near the Nevada/California border lies a silver mining camp that was established in the early 1860s. The buildings from the Gold Point Ghost Town are still intact, so be sure to check out these historic homes, an old general store, bank buildings, stamp mill sites, and even a modern-day Sagebrush Saloon or two.

Unionville Ghost Town

Between Lovelock and Winnemucca is a little backcountry town with a population of fewer than 24 people and has the cabin ruins of a pretty famous former resident, Mark Twain! Unionville Ghost Town was founded in 1861, and it’s a must-visit for any history buff.

Virginia City

It wouldn’t be a true list of the best Nevada ghost towns without including Virginia City. It was home of the largest silver strike in the world, and visitors can stroll original wooden boardwalk-lined streets, visit haunted hotels, and sit in old-time saloons.

 

There are tons of places in Reno that are full of history, and we love all of the new and old places there are to explore. If you have questions about any of the communities in the area, or if you’re looking to buy or sell a home, contact the David Morris Group. We’re happy to help you begin your home search. Give us a call at (775) 828-3292.

 

 

 

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Some of the Most Photographed Places in Northern Nevada

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As a city that not only has artists, but welcomes them with open arms, there’s no shortage of museums to visit, murals to check out, and writers taking up residence in local coffee shops. Reno residents have a knack for being creative free spirits, and it draws in tourists and visitors year after year. People are drawn to the areas of the city that show how picturesque the Reno area is. Below are some of the most photographed places in Northern Nevada for you to check out.

 

  1. University Ridge Park
    If you’re looking for a great spot to shoot the Reno skyline, University Ridge Park is a great option. You’re able to see the neon lights of the casinos as well as the mountains in the background. It’s a great place to visit for a sunset photo shoot.
  2. The Reno Arch
    As the most iconic symbol of our beloved Biggest Little City in the World, the Reno Arch is photographed, painted, and sculpted by thousands of artists and tourists yearly. The original arch can be found on Lake St. and the latest version of the arch can be found on Virginia St.
  3. West Street Market
    West Street Market has a variety of colorful Adirondack chairs set up against a red brick backdrop making it the perfect place for a summer photo shoot. You can often find many groups meeting up there during the Wine Walk for a few selfies.
  4. Midtown and Downtown Reno murals
    The murals around Reno provide fun backdrops for anyone visiting or living in Reno. If you’re not sure where you can find a great mural, be sure to check out the Downtown Reno Mural and Public Art Map.
  5. Monkey Rock
    Right behind Tunnel Creek, you’ll find a trail for a short hike to Monkey Rock. It offers some of the best views of Tahoe and the fun perk of trying to spot the rock shaped like a monkey.
  6. Mt. Rose Highway Scenic Overlook
    The Mt. Rose Highway Scenic Overlook is a pull-off area along Highway 431 that offers an amazing view of the lake and the valley below. The greens of the valley and the blues of the lake make a beautiful backdrop.
  7. Virginia City
    As an old mining town, Virginia City is filled with rustic charm and wonderful places to take photos. With old buildings, mining gear, and workers dressed like outlaws, there’s no shortage of photo ops here.

While Artown may be winding down, Reno is still a destination for art. Check out some of the most photographed places in Northern Nevada, and if you know any creative individuals that are looking to move to Reno, be sure to contact the David Morris Group. We’re happy to help you search for a new home, so give us a call at (775) 828-3292.

 

 

 

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Reno Reads – The Local Authors and Books to Add to Your Reading List

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Still in need of ways to spend the time inside? Well, we come bearing gifts of some great books and authors to add to your summer reading lists. Check out these great storytellers, and be sure to share what you thought of the books with us!

  1. Owen McKenna mystery series by Todd Borg
    Looking for some thrilling mysteries to solve? This 17-book series has all kinds of twists and turns to have you guessing “who done it?” Follow former San Francisco homicide detective McKenna’s adventures through South Lake Tahoe.
  2. Roughing It by Mark Twain
    Mark Twain may be the most famous writer to coin a phrase here in Nevada. Go on a trek with the eccentric writer through the Wild West from 1861 through 1867 in this semi-autobiographical piece.
  3. Battleborn by Claire Vay Watkins
    The first collection of short stories set in a variety of Nevada settings that digs into the redemption of characters of all kinds. As the winner of several awards, you’ll want to pick up the boom and see why Claire has made her mark in Nevada’s history.
  4. The River Underground: An Anthology of Nevada Fiction edited by Shaun Griffin
    If you’re not sure what kind of story you’re looking to get lost in, try this compilation of works written by some of Nevada’s top writers.
  5. This is Burning Man: The Rise of a New American Underground by Brian Doherty
    If you find yourself missing Burning Man, pull this book from the shelf and dig into what has been described as the best chronicle of the annual festival.
  6. The Man in the Wheatfield by Robert Laxalt
    It wouldn’t be a Nevada reading list without a book from one of the first two writers named to the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, Robert Laxalt. Dive into a thrilling read of good vs. evil taking place in Nevada’s desert.

Spend some of the summer digging into Nevada’s history and creating some of your own for you and your family! If you have any recommendations on other great Reno reads, be sure to share them with us, and if you ever want to learn about the current real estate market, contact the David Morris Group. We’re happy to help you find out what your home is worth, search for a new home, or manage your property. Give us a call at (775) 828-3292.