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Get ready to dream, Chic'ers as you get a peek inside this $3.35 million 10,944 sq. ft. luxury Coldstream home for this week's Listing of the Week!

Your dream home awaits at 7855 Ayers Road in Cincinnati’s Coldstream neighborhood. Listing at $3.35 million, this 4 bedroom, 6 bathroom home has 10,944 square feet. Scroll through the photo to see more of what this beautiful home has to offer!

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

 

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Our new interior design columnist shares four enlightening ways to light up a room.

Who doesn’t love when you walk in a room and are impressed with the lighting choices and the atmosphere it creates. It’s all planned that way to excite your senses and say something about the style of the space. Here are 4 ways that lighting can really make or break your interiors!

1. Staying on Task

Task lighting helps you perform tasks like cooking a meal or reading in bed. Your notice if there isn’t enough light in a room or if it’s not placed exactly where they need it!  Use undermount lighting in the kitchen, puck lights in bookcases, pharmacy lights near side chairs in living room and table or floor lamps next to your furniture.  And don’t forget that it’s ideal that it coordinates with your décor or creates that pop of color in the room.

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2. Setting the Mood

Ambient lighting is important in every room.  Table and floor lamps with a shade (especially darker shades) softens the lighting effect creating calmness and a sense of comfort. Layer your rooms with overhead task lighting, accent light from puck lights or rope lighting and lamps.  You even have options of colors red, blue, green, yellow, or white in LED strip and can be controlled with your smart phone to blink or fade in and out.  Have fun with creating a mood for your rooms and watch how it transforms your life.  Imagine and ask yourself what does “My happy place” feel like?  Warm, or bold, calm or wild? 

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3. Adjustable Settings

Dimmer switches are one of the best inventions for setting the moodThere is beauty in the function of being able to set the brightness of the room by a switch.  So whether you want to work from home or host a dinner party in the dining room the lighting will be perfect.  If you can I’d put this upgrade in every room of the home.  It’s just a little thing that adds to the experience of daily life. Why you’re at it… upgrade to outlets with USB.  

4. Color and Warmth

Pay close attention to the color of the bulbs especially now that LED is so in demand. LED can be specified as daylight and tends to shine with a blue tint or lean more yellowPeople like the efficiency of LED and the brightness it provides. Certain tasks such as a daylight experience in the kitchen but in the bedroom or theater room it may be better for warmer light that creates a cozy glow. Each room should only have one color temperature. Test out a few light bulbs to see which you prefer.  

 

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Read on for a peek inside this Columbia-Tusculum home with an open-concept kitchen, wine cellar and expansive outdoor space perfect for entertaining.

You don’t want to miss this beautiful, white colonial home in Columbia/Tusculum/Mt. Lookout! Listed at $1.1 million, this home sits on 1.7 acres off a private lane. There’s an updated kitchen with granite countertops, a 5-burner gas cooktop, and double sink to give you an updated feel in a classic home. The kitchen is also open to the family room with a wall of windows looking out onto a landscaped yard. There’s even a 350-bottle, temperature-controlled wine cellar. With 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, this home built in 1865 is one you won’t want to miss.

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

 

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Breathtaking views, a pool oasis, and stylish mid-century design makes this a one in a million home (well, technically, $2.5 million). Click here for a sneak peek inside this Listing of the Week!

To say this home is a one-in-a-million is an understatement. Priced at $2.5 million, this Mid-Century modern home in Hyde Park offers river and city views that are unlike any other. The home has been extensively restored with the highest of standards. The home is also the winner of multiple architectural and design awards. Nestled in the hillside, the home offers owners a wonderful sense of privacy with indoor and outdoor living at its finest.  this amazing home has 3 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. Built in 1952, there are 3 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms for the ultimate luxury living experience.

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

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Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views in this Mt. Adams abode that features five levels and nearly 4,500-square-feet of living space!

This Mt. Adams home is for the buyer who’s earned it. Enjoy sophisticated urban living in this 3 bedroom, 5 bathroom home that offers sweeping and panoramic views. There is nearly 4,5000-square-feet of living space on 5 levels with multiple outdoor balances.

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

 

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Fountains, riverbank, spa-like bathrooms, vaulted ceilings and stained glass galore! Click to take a peek inside one of the city's most prestigious estates.

Located in the California neighborhood at $1.75 million, this exquisite estate features spectacular views of the California golf course and lakes. It’s nestled on 5+ acres in a private enclave of 9 homes. The home features lovely architectural details throughout, ornate crown moldings, coffered ceilings, elegant antique fireplaces imported from Europe, a solarium with the interior foundation, a 1,600-square-foot Great Room for entertaining with a 20-foot diameter stained-glass, backlit ceiling dome. The laundry features heated floors, a gift wrapping station, and an office. An exterior Haddonstone foundation and planters adorn the landscaped estate, which also boasts a 9-car garage. The home is located minutes from Lunken Airport and downtown Cincinnati, tucked away on a private, gated drive. The home recently underwent extensive renovations, with many custom features. In addition to the 8,000-square-feet of finished living space, the home also offers 5,500-square-feet of a partially finished basement. The sun-filled home has abundant nature and wildlife, and is a bird-watcher’s paradise.

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

 

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We found a beautiful French Normandy home on one of Hyde Park's most sought-after streets! Click here to check out the Listing of the Week!

Looking for a home in one of Hyde Park’s most sought-after streets? Run, don’t walk, to this listing at 3573 Baynard Drive. This $1 million, 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom French Normandy home features 3,150-square-feet of comfort and luxury. The home is a short walk to more than 100+ restaurants in the area. The home features a rare open floor plan for entertaining, a large deck overlooking 1.3 acres of lush green space with unusual privacy, an oversized 2-car garage, attractive weeping brick, a wrought iron staircase, and the fourth bedroom has a walkout.

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

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Searching for unbelievable views of the city without sacrificing privacy? Check out this home located just outside the heart of the city's Central Business District!

Pack your bags because you don’t want to miss this rare opportunity! Priced at $1.5 million, this downtown apartment features breathing taking views of the city in 3,567-square-feet of luxury space. There are beautiful finishes throughout this modern home in a building with just 10 residents. Enjoy a 3-car garage, low condo fees, 3 terraces, proximity to parks, downtown Cincinnati, and Newport! This is one you’ll want to see for yourself!

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

Click here to see more pictures of this beautiful space!

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Listed at just under $1 million, this Montgomery home is situated on a private lot. Superbly maintained, it features 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, an open floor plan, high-end finishes, a large gourmet kitchen, and an enclosed porch. There’s also a finished lower level with an exercise room. This home offers a maintenance-free lifestyle and the social activities of this popular and conveniently located community.

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

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From the fabulous eat-in kitchen and media room to the sun-filled family room and breathtaking terrace -- all nestled in the heart of Mariemont -- you won't want to miss this Listing of the Week!

Check out this beautiful Mariemont home featuring 4 finished levels! At $1.05 million this 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom house has 4,102 square feet. A fabulous eat-in kitchen with marble counters opens to a sun-filled family room leading to terrace and large fenced lawn with sprinkler system. Spacious master suite, hardwood floors, office, 2nd floor laundry, screened porch, media room, and so much more!

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

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