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The Grant Experience

Categories: Buying a Home, Decorating Ideas, Family Homes, The Grant Experience | Posted: May 19, 2017

Every third Thursday of the month, Grant homebuyers fill the conference room at the main office at 177 Crescent Drive, Collierville, to meet the Grant staff, sales team, builders and Design Center consultants and to learn more about the building process, mortgage process and home closing.

We call this meeting “The Grant Experience.”

All of us at Grant & Co. are delighted to meet with our new buyers to introduce ourselves and educate the homebuyers on a process that can be a little bit intimidating, especially if we are building the new home from the ground up, a presale, for the buyer.

Manuel “Mano” Boyadjian, Mortgage Investors Group, is our mortgage partner for The Grant Experience.  Mano is here every Thursday night to explain the mortgage process, from contract to closing.  He talks about how to qualify for a mortgage loan, the importance of using a local lender and all the things to do and not to do during the process of buying a new home.  Mano can answer any questions about the different types of mortgages, qualifications and special programs.

Mark Miesse, Memphis Title Company, is the Grant preferred closing attorney. Mark or a member of his staff, is always on hand to discuss the closing process and answer any questions home buyers have about what they need to bring to closing in order to enjoy a smooth closing and get the keys to their new home as soon as possible.

A tour of the Design Center with our Design Consultants, Lacy and Lauren, is always the highlight of the event. With many years of experience in home design and décor, these consultants know their way around new home selections and help to make a buyer’s new home perfect for their family.

Whether you are a new Grant home buyer, someone interested in buying a new home or a Realtor interested in having the opportunity to sell a Grant home, The Grant Experience is the perfect time to learn all there is to know about owning a Grant home.

From contract to keys and beyond – The Grant Experience covers all the details and will give home buyers peace of mind about the home buying process.

The next Grant Experience is scheduled for Thursday, June 15 from 5:30 pm until 7 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Want to know more? Give us a call at 901-854-0525.

 

Living on Love & Lawn Chairs

Categories: Buying a Home, Decorating Ideas, Family Homes | Posted: May 3, 2017

Guest Blog by Martha H. Fondren, Director of Sales & Marketing for Grant & Co.

I remember the first home I purchased as a newly married 20-something. The only real furniture in the house was a bed and chest of drawers I brought from my old room in my parent’s home. We lived with folding lawn furniture, an ice chest (no refrigerator) and a small TV for a couple of months. Even so, the first thing we purchased for our new home was a stereo system. We were young, newly married and, well, pretty stupid. We had great music but had to sit on the floor to listen to it.

Living on love and uncomfortable outdoor furniture could only go so far. Eventually, we had to figure out the furniture-buying program. Purchasing new furniture and decorating your new home can be a little overwhelming. Especially if you are a first time homeowner. Here are some tips all new homeowners have to learn along the way:

  1. Take inventory. What do you already have that you can use somewhere? Make a list of your must-have furniture pieces and your would-love-to-have pieces.  Check out the decorating websites like Pinterest and Houzz and copy furniture ideas you love.
  2. Make budget and stick to it. What can you buy right now and what wonderful pieces are you saving to buy? Try not to finance your furniture even if the furniture store offers 0% finance. You will end up paying so much more for your furniture.
  3. Shop, shop till you drop. Compare prices online. Shop estate sales and antique stores. Check out those cool websites. Don’t buy the first dining table you see even if you think you love it. Go look at other stores and see if there is a similar or better table at a lesser price. It will be worth your time when you find the perfect table at the perfect price.  Read online reviews about the stores and the furniture brands.
  4. You’ve seen the TV commercial where the family is “testing” the sofa or bed. Do not be afraid to try before you buy! Sit on it and thoroughly check out the comfort of that chair or sofa or mattress. There is nothing worse than spending your hard earned money on a piece of furniture and getting it home only to find out it is not comfortable.
  5. Buy quality furniture! Do not invest in furniture that has a great price tag but will not last through the first Christmas gathering. Even if you have to buy your important pieces of furniture one piece at a time, it will be worth it to find classic, timeless furniture. If you buy good, top quality furniture, you can expect to have those pieces for many years. You can change up décor, colors and themes with fabric pieces like pillows, throws, window treatments and rugs. The “bones” of your home can stay the same through years of changing decorating trends

We eventually bought a house full of furniture including a disco orange sofa and love seat, an orange corduroy chair, a glass top bamboo-based kitchen table with (you guessed it!) orange cushioned chairs and a refrigerator with no ice maker (that costs extra).   Oh well, everyone has those “what were we thinking??” times in their lives.

Know this:   A wonderful and warm family home starts with the perfect foundation – a new Grant home. What you choose to put into your new home is what makes it uniquely yours – for now and many years to come.

 

Bright White Kitchens are Classic and Timeless

Categories: Decorating Ideas, Family Homes, New Option & Upgrades | Posted: April 27, 2017

We are loving our new white and painted cabinets in the Grant Design Center!  Especially with shaker style cabinet fronts and brushed nickel hardware.  From the crisp white cabinets to our new painted cabinets in tones of gray and blue, our Design Center is filled with ideas to make your new kitchen bright and energizing.   See what Southern Living magazine has to say about the newest trend in white kitchens by clicking here.

Grant Design Studio Features Thousands of Options

Categories: Decorating Ideas, Family Homes, Houzz, Pinterest | Posted: March 31, 2017

Part of the fun of building a new Grant & Co. home is selecting features, finish materials, and colors in our newly renovated Grant Design Studio.  Our 2,000 square foot Design Studio is filled with traditional and modern option styles that will allow new home buyers the chance to truly customize the look of their new home.

Buyers can expect to spent two to three hours choosing everything from flooring to tile to countertops and everything in between. Our Designers encourage buyer to  bring sofa cushions or swatches to coordinate colors and styles.  Experts in current home décor options, the Grant Designers can show home buyers color combinations and materials that are trending right now and help them make decisions based on  lifestyle and preferences.

A great way to start thinking about options and current home fashions is to browse through websites like Pinterest and Houzz for ideas. Clip pictures of home interiors that you like from magazines like Southern Living or House Beautiful.

Of course, the selection process can seem overwhelming and the selection forms are detailed, but Grant Designers will go over all the details to make the process fun and easy.

 

 

Hearthstone Model Home Open

Categories: Buying a Home, Decorating Ideas, Family Homes, Featured Home Plans, Featured Neighborhoods | Posted: September 23, 2016

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Linda Wingo with Wingo Designs and Interiors just finished making this 4,440 square foot home a showplace in tones of grays, blues and silver. With an eclectic mix of both traditional and contemporary furnishings, the model home represents the lifestyle of busy homeowners who might like to entertain around the large kitchen island or outside under the large covered porch overlooking the fire pit. LR1 (1)

Come check it out today. The model home is open most days from 11 am until 6 pm.  For more information, directions and pricing, click here.Kitchen1 (2)

The Kitchen is the Heart of Your Family Home

Categories: Decorating Ideas, Family Homes | Posted: May 6, 2016

At Grant & Co., when we are considering new home plans or freshening up our plans, we always take a good look at the kitchens in our home designs.

A great family kitchen really is the heart of the home. It’s where countless good times are shared over family dinners, where important conversations often take place as mom or dad prepares a meal for the family, and where the details of the school day are shared over an afternoon snack. With our kitchens acting so much like a “family room,” maybe it’s a good idea to put a little thought into making it warm and inviting for family and guests alike!Kitchen

Want some great tips on how to make your kitchen the heart of your home? Click here.

Grant’s Design Studio Updated & Ready for Spring

Categories: Decorating Ideas, Family Homes | Posted: February 18, 2016

With a touch of warmer weather expected this weekend and the sun shining brightly today, there is definitely a touch of Spring in the air.Design Studio 2

The forecast for the newly updated Grant & Co. Design Studio is also bright and sunny! Lots of new tiles, hardwood, cabinets, paint colors, lighting, granite, faucets – all the things that go into making your Grant home your very own!  With the help of a design expert, we have added all the new colors and materials available for the most up-to-date look in home décor.

The way it works is simple – choose your exclusive Grant home plan in the Grant neighborhood that is right for you. Then, enjoy putting your special touches on your new home by selecting your colors and home finishes.  Our very experienced and talented Design Studio coordinator, Lacy, will be there with you every step of the way!Design Studio

 

White Kitchen Cabinets Sparkle In a New Grant Home

Categories: Decorating Ideas, Family Homes, Featured Olive Branch MS Neighborhoods | Posted: January 27, 2016

White kitchen cabinets are easily the most popular color choice today, and there is something special about the color white. With crisp, white everything sparkles and looks clean, wholesome and fresh.  Our white cabinets are beautiful in the new model home at Villages of Hawks CrossingKitchen

A popular choice is to go with all-white everything and just accessorize with a complementary pattern or color, like red or orange or yellow chairs, a cookie jar, a knife rack, blender, etc., just to add a touch of color to break up the monotony while maintaining the integrity of the clean, crisp look of white.

And then there’s the regal look of all-white cabinets and light countertops with only dark wood floors to contrast it, or the more subdued look of white cabinets on top with muted, cool granite in shades of gray, tan and brown.

Muted colors go really well with white if you want color that doesn’t upstage it, merely complementing the white for a functional and interesting kitchen. If you do choose a bold color to accessorize, like red or black, just be sure to balance it out so it doesn’t overwhelm the senses. Too much red, and it hurts the eyes and gets the heart racing. Too much black and you’ve got a depressing dungeon-like tomb.

This is what is so wonderful about white. It gives just the right balance to lighten and tone down any color so that it just works. It truly is the perfect color for any personality and accommodates even the quirkiest left-of-center tastes.  Check out our white kitchen in the model home at Montrose.  For more information about white cabinets, go to Kitchen1http://www.hgtv.com/design/rooms/kitchens/white-kitchen-cabinets

To read more about the beauty of white cabinets, click here.

 

Transitional Style: Clean Lines and Crisp Colors Produce Sleek Elegance

Categories: Decorating Ideas, Family Homes | Posted: April 28, 2015

Transitional décor is finding the perfect balance between cool contemporary styling and warm traditional design.  This sophisticated look hits the sweet spot between traditional elegance and contemporary cool for harmony in your new Grant home.  contemporary-bedroom

Houzz Contributor Lisa Frederick explains Transitional Styling this way:   If Goldilocks were decorating a house, transitional style would check all of her “just right” boxes: not too cold, not too formal, not too fussy. It blends the comfort and warmth of traditional design with the clean profiles and understated colors of the contemporary look. The result? Gracious, streamlined spaces that radiate harmony. It’s about meeting in the middle, but it’s not at all middle of the road.
To keep up with the latest trend in home design, Grant & Company is now offering home buyers more options to create the perfect home for the lifetstyle they choose.  Along with the warm oil rubbed bronze faucets and earth toned lighting fixtures, Grant home buyers will  find cool satin nickel Moen faucets and the new winter gold lighting fixtures from Graham’s Lighting in Grant’s Design Center.  The Design Center is also filled with all new Sherwin Williams interior paint colors featuring all the new shades of grays and blues, lighter shades of granite, cabinetry, and hardwood flooring.

“It’s all about giving our homebuyers an opportunity to make their new homes uniquely theirs,” said Lacy Sarwat, Grant’s Design Center Coordinator.

To read more about transitional styling, see Lisa Frederick’s article by clicking Transitional Styling in New Homes

 

 

 

Christmas Tree Makes Your Home Festive

Categories: Decorating Ideas, Family Homes | Posted: December 5, 2014

During the Christmas season it’s wonderful to pass houses with majestic trees in the living room window all decked out in lights, garlands, and ornaments. Putting decorations on a Christmas tree is a time-honored tradition for many family treehouseholds, although Christmas tree decorating as we know it now didn’t gain popularity in America until the late 19th century. Early decorations were mostly homemade ornaments and brightly dyed popcorn garlands, but today’s decorations include everything from souvenir ornaments to vinyl records and — of course — lots of twinkling lights. Not sure how you want to decorate? Click here for three easy steps to decorate a Christmas tree.

Grant family homes have great places for your Christmas tree – large family rooms and warm cozy hearth rooms.  Find a home for your Christmas tree at www.grantnewhomes.com