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Publisher & CEO - Amy Scalia, a Cincinnati native, is the editor in chief and publisher of Cincy Chic. Send her an e-mail at ascalia@cincychic.com. From growing up in the cornfields of Harrison and getting a Mass Communications B.A. degree in the bubble of Oxford, to living on the NKY side of the river in Newport and then Ft. Thomas, Amy Scalia has embraced Cincinnati with her presence. Her major life accomplishments include: being a mom of two girls and a boy, a 2010 "40 Under 40" recipient from the Cincinnati Business Courier, winning the "Best New Product/Service of the Year" Award from the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce and a national Web-writing award from ASHPE in 2007, a national feature writing award from ASBPE in 2006, and running three Flying Pig Marathons.

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A former carriage house turned historic estate is featured in this week's Listing of the Week!

The carriage house to the original estate home on Grandin Place. Over 5,000 square feet! Wooden beamed ceilings (11), Italian marble floors, Versailles patterned parquet wood floors, grand entertaining space! First floor master suite, walkout finished lower level, brick patios. Extra large rooms, very special one-of-a-kind! Agent is owner and has listed the 4 bedroom, 6 bathroom home for $1.425 million.

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

 

 

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Cozy character, luxury finishes and a prime location in Mt. Lookout are just a few of the things we love about this week's Listing of the Week!

Listed at $1.02 million, this exceptional home is on a flat .327 acre lot with frontage. The home features architectural details, fine finishes, large rooms, natural light, and hardwood floors throughout. The 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home has a finished lower level in 3,823 square feet.

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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Need design, home improvement, or party hosting ideas? Cincy Home Chic Home has it all! Click to check out this month's recap!

Here’s a recap of what you can find on our new site, Cincy Home Chic Home, this month!:

Decor Ideas:
The Layers of Design 
A Modern Twist 
All About The Details 

Real Estate Tips:
How To Sell Your Home When You Have Children 
Inspection Process 101 

Home Improvement:
Four Ways Light Makes a Room 

Listing of the Week:
11759 Enyart Road 

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Luxuries and river views abound, we're off to the gated Rivers Edge Community for this week's Listing of the Week!

Brand new, spacious, beautifully finished custom built home with large rooftop deck for amazing river views! Extravagance and upgrades galore down to the tiniest details. Four bedrooms plus office, five full bathrooms, elevator, and much much more, in gated Rivers Edge Community. Pending Platinum LEED tax abatement status. The home features 4 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms for $1,599,900.

 
This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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Surround yourself with luxury in this home located in the exclusive Riverview Estates at Coldstream. Click for a peek inside.

Enjoy this spectacular custom built home on 1.33 verdant acres in the exclusive Riverview Estates of Coldstream. The home features exceptional craftsmanship with quality and luxury at every turn. Its thoughtfully designs open floor plans features 5 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms in 9,196 square feet. It has only the finest finishes, includes a first-floor master suite, gourmet kitchen open to the hearth room, a magnificent lower level with wet bar and wine cellar and the home is meticulously maintained and extensively improved. The home is listed at $1.975 million.

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic. 

 

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With the holidays right around the corner, you’re likely beginning to think about who you need to shop for and what to buy them to put under the tree. You’re off to a great start just by thinking about holiday shopping this early. 

If you want to save some extra money this year without looking like you’ve been pinching pennies, here are a few tried and true, easy ways to save when shopping for the entire family:

1. Look for Coupon Codes

Before you make any purchase online, you should always do a quick search for any coupon codes. Simply type in the search query “(store name) coupon code” into your search engine. RetailMeNot is a great resource for finding coupon codes as well. 

Another option for finding coupon codes is to use the browser extension Honey. After a quick install, Honey will automatically search for coupon codes for you and automatically add them to your order for effortless savings.

2. Sign Up for Retailer Emails

You should also make sure you’re an email subscriber of your favorite brands. Many retailers send emails with exclusive coupon codes, free shipping offers and other discounts. These emails will also alert you of any sales, so you can get the best deals on your favorite must-haves for you and your family.

3. Splurge on Quality Staples

For wardrobe staples such as winter coats, lightweight jackets, sneakers and jeans, it’s always worthwhile to invest in top-quality gear from the best brands. Not only will this gear last longer and perform better, but it will also hold its value so you can eventually re-sell or consign it to recoup some of your investment.

When applying this principle to children’s wear, don’t be afraid to size up so that your little ones can get more use out of it. Kids are often growing so fast that it won’t take long for them to grow into the proper fit of the garment. 

4. Pay Attention to Prices

Sure, you’re diligent about price comparisons when you’re considering whether to make a purchase, but what about after you buy it? Do you continue keeping track of the price for another week or two? At most retailers, it pays to, literally. 

Many retailers offer price adjustments for items that have a price reduction within 14 days of when you made the purchase. Typically, all you need to do is watch for a price drop, provide the retailer with your dated receipt and ask for a price adjustment to get automatically refunded the difference in price.

5. Don’t Pay for Shipping

These days, paying for shipping when shopping online is a rookie mistake. There are simply too many options when shopping online to waste your hard-earned money doing so. Some stores offer free shipping on every purchase, while others require a minimum purchase to earn these deep discounts. 

If that’s not the case, though, look into other options such as free shipping codes, joining customer loyalty programs that include free shipping as a perk and always consider using the “in-store pick-up” option when it’s available. 

Indeed, there are so many different ways to earn free shipping now that the only time it’s worth spending any money on shipping is if it is to expedite an urgently needed item.

Get Excited for the Holiday Season

After heeding our advice and looking for coupon codes, signing up for retailer emails, splurging on staple items, paying attention to pricing after making a purchase and never paying for shipping, don’t be surprised if you’re actually excited to do your holiday shopping. You may even find that you have some money left in your budget to treat yourself to a little gift.

 

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Spectacular architecture and stunning views make this East Walnut Hills home not just a work of art, it's a masterpiece. Read on for a sneak peek inside.

Spectacular architecture and stunning views make this home not just a work of art, it’s a masterpiece. Everywhere you look – inside and out – beauty and serenity abound. Spacious, bright, open floor plan. Coveted 1-floor livability. 3 bedrooms/3+1 baths. Walls of glass. Auto courtyard. Over-sized 2-car Garage. Greenhouse. Glorious. This home is listed at $1.648 million.

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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Combine modern living with historic charm in this Hyde Park home! Click here to see inside this week's Listing of the Week!

Exquisite, quality renovation! An exceptional display of character, craftsmanship, and comfort! This home combines the historical charm of a Hyde Park home with desirable updates such as open-concept living, large master suite 1st floor laundry & back stairs. Tax abatement has been applied for (10-year). The home is listed at $949,000 and features 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and 3,300-square-feet..

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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