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Check out this luxurious ranch home in Hyde Park that didn't skimp on the amenities (can you say gourmet kitchen, two walk-in closets and spa-inspired master bathroom?). Click here for the Listing of the Week.

Imagine yourself in this Hyde Park ranch home with 4 bedrooms and a den. There are high-end finishes throughout including a gourmet kitchen with a La Cornue stove, an island with double slab granite, a convection oven, and a Viking fridge. The master bedroom features 2 walk-in closets and a spa-inspired master bathroom with a marble shower and double vanity. The lower lever has a walkout with a family room, kitchenette, bedroom, and full bathroom. Enjoy a fenced in backyard with a patio in the spring and summer and stay warm in the heated, 3-car garage during the winter months.

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


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This open concept new-build has all the modern touches and takes luxury to a new level. See for yourself in this week's Listing of the Week.

Woodland Vistas is up-and-coming and its D Model is listed at $770,500. The 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home offers a spacious open floor plan that’s perfect for entertaining. Luxury finishes are available in the model including a chefs kitchen, cathedral ceilings, powder room, and spacious master suite on the first floor. There is also a design for an optional elevator if you choose. The ranches have spacious attic space as a standards and incredible views are available from both levels of this home. Options and upgrades are limitless. The square footage in this home is 3,818 square feet. 

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


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Panoramic views, an incredible kitchen, and amazing master suite -- all on The Hill's best street. Get a peek inside with this Listing of the Week!

This rare Mt. Adams brick townhouse sits on a double lot. The exceptional space features large rooms, a cook’s kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and an amazing master suite. There are moldings throughout the home, intricate details that build its character, and a veranda with a breathtaking view of the Ohio River. The home is located on what’s considered the best street on The Hill and is listed at $1.395 million.

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

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Feel like you're on a permanent vacation in this Floridian-style home in this week's Listing of the Week!

This home truly is unlike any other. It’s a Floridian-style home, designed by Mark Dierkrs, with approximately 11,000-square-feet in the main house and an additional 7,000-square-feet in the pool house. The home is located on 5 private acres in Elsmere, Kentucky, and conveniently located near entertainment, shopping, the hospital, airport, and downtown Cincinnati. 

The home features elegant finishes, well-designed lighting, crown molding, coffered ceilings, three kitchens, custom cabinets, modern bedroom suites, large windows, and so much more. 

There are 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, four bedrooms that are en-suite with full bathrooms and walk-in closets. The master bathroom suite offers heated flooring, jacuzzi tub, arched walk-through equipped shower, double vanities, warming drawer for towels, a hidden TV in the vanity mirror, and a juice and coffee area.

The lower level features a kitchen, huge theater screen, billiards, and ping pong. There’s also a music/band room with a stage and a walk-in secret safe. 

The luxury home has an all-seasons pool that was featured on HGTV’s Cool Pools. Outdoors there are two patio areas, multiple verandas, an entry fountain, a meditation garden, two grilling pre-stations, a custom built fireplace, firepit, a workshop, and a 12-car garage.


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Enjoy smaller living in the big city in this week's stylish, stunning and city-living Listing of the Week!

You don’t want to miss this beautifully restored, sunfilled condo in Hyde Park! The 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit features finishes and style including two new marble bathrooms, a custom, eat-in kitchen with honed granite and stainless steel, dark refinished floors, laundry, custom closets, central air, and a garage. The home has incredible character including a Georgian terrace, a fireplace, and 9-foot ceilings.

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 offers these five festively fabulous ways to bring the beauty of the holidays into your home.

Our design columnist offers five tips for decorating for Christmas.

Pile on the Plaid

Use plaid for a classic old school take on Holiday Cheer. Today, plaid is a bit of a maverick pattern with an affluent hipster preppiness. All the cool kids are doing it! Haha! But seriously, it’s everywhere and I’m a fan so piling it up with pillows, throw blankets, comforters, bows, ornaments, table runners, towels etc. Avoid only using one pattern, don’t be afraid to mix and match plaids of varying sizes and scales. The easiest and most budget-friendly way to incorporate plaid into your Christmas is by ribbon.


Merry Mailbox

This simple Christmas decoration is an easy way to spruce up your front yard for the holiday season. Wrap ribbon loosely around a pine garland and drape the garland around the mailbox, securing with a flexible, thin wire or fishing line where necessary. Add a few artificial berries on each side for a final touch. All season your mailbox will be a classy welcome for guests and the mail deliver will enjoy it too.

Put Out Christmas Lanterns
Greet guests in style by arranging a grouping of festive candleholders and lanterns at your entryway for quick and easy holiday style. We love this technique because it is very versatile. Choose lantern sets in elegant shades of gold and deep reds for a more upscale effect. Arrange large, sturdy candles for a warm glow.  Consider using flameless candles as a worry-free alternative to regular pillars.

Decorate Pendant Lights
It’s Christmas eve and your guests wander in the kitchen gravitating towards the smell of a special meal or desert. Decorating pendants with garland is perfect when entertaining as the host can be the center of the festivities. Use natural or pre-made garland with pine cones, berries and small branches. Grab a ladder, and dress up pendant lights in a kitchen or over an island with festive evergreen garland. Using wire, simply secure the garland to the extended lights.

Magical String Lights
String lights work wonders inside the home. They have a secret weapon of sorts because every twinkling strand does something magical. I’m not even sure what it is but it’s an intriguing and captivating statement. And, there are so many ways that you can use them to dress up a place in a modern, chic way. Draping them evenly or casually in a corner of a room. They can create ambient light perfect for those special holiday moments filled with love and family.

Merry Christmas from Tyson Designs!

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Get a look inside this recently renovated ranch that's in the heart of Hyde Park, hidden away on a private drive but with walkability to the Square, for this week's Listing of the Week!

Located in the idyllic neighborhood of Hyde Park is this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home listed at $1,399,999. With over 3,100 square feet of living space, you can live in style luxury on the prestigious private lane of Hill and Hollow. The completely renovated ranch is at the heart of Hyde Park and has walkability to the Square as well as just about everything else in the neighborhood. There are top-notch finishes throughout the home, luscious landscaping, privacy, and more. Check it out for yourself! 

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

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You don't want to miss this luxury home in the heart of Over-the-Rhine! Click here to see more!

Find all the amentities and quality you’d expect in this custom-built, John Hueber home located in the heart of Over-the-Rhine. Listed at $1.495 million, this beautiful home features 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in 3,582 square feet of space. This luxury home has quality Andersen windows, a gourmet kitchen, custom closets, high-end window treatments, and even high-quality crystal and porcelain door knobs. The home is also LEED Silver certified and a Control4 Smart Home, tax abatement pending. 

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


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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.



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? 



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.