Since the start of the pandemic, gardening has become a popular hobby. Studies have shown that incorporating plants around your home can reduce stress and anxiety, improve your mood and boost productivity. If you’re a pet owner, it’s good to know which plants are safe for your pets to be around and which ones to avoid.

WEICHERT REALTORS WELCOMES THREE AGENTS

Joe Delvecchio, Downing Whitesell and John Bowen have joined Weichert Realtors as agents. 

Delvecchio will work out of the Sun City office. He grew up working in his family business building custom homes throughout Connecticut. He moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, and became a partner in a real estate firm selling luxury homes in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. 

TIPS FOR PUTTING YOUR HOME ON THE MARKET

The only thing hotter than the Lowcountry in July is the real estate market. 

“It’s funny, but the single most popular word we are hearing everyone use to describe this market is ‘crazy,’” said Chip Collins of Collins Group Reality, which has assisted more than 200 clients in 2021. “No matter how long anyone has been selling or participating in real estate, none of us have ever seen such a strong seller’s market with so few properties available for sale, and it’s happening across the entire country.”

HOUSE PLANTS THAT FLOURISH AT HOME

Beautiful, and functional, indoor greenery can improve your home space, enhance your mood and purity the air with popular options that will have you breathing easy. 

“Every plant is different, just like every child is different,” said certified master gardener and Hilton Head’s The Greenery greenhouse supervisor Erin Carpenter.

TIPS FOR A STYLISH AND ENJOYABLE LIVING SPACE

With every home we design, we think through how we interact with the outdoors, how we extend our living and entertaining spaces beyond the walls of our houses, how we ease ourselves into the landscape. 

Life on the southern coast is an indoor/outdoor life for most of the year, so it’s important to determine how best to use our outdoor spaces, and the elements of design that connect the interior with the exterior.

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR SPACE 

Garages, once a utilitarian afterthought, have become an integral part of home design and makeover. 

Sheltering cars remains the primary role of the garage, but many homeowners want the space organized with plenty of storage and smooth, clean floors. In other homes, cars are staying outside, and the garage is used for storing outdoor gear such as bikes, beach and water sports equipment. 

WEICHERT REALTORS WELCOMES SIX NEW AGENTS 

Weichert Realtors has added new agents to its team. 

Jessica Malinowska earned a bachelor of arts degree at Florida Atlantic University and a master’s degree at Florida International University and is pursuing a career she loves. She will work out of the Hilton Head office. 

WEICHERT REALTORS WELCOMES THREE NEW AGENTS

Jonathan Boatright, Cristin Calvi, and Chris Castro have joined Weichert Realtors as agents.

Boatright, who will work out of the Hilton Head office, earned a communications degree from the University of South Carolina. He’s a recent graduate from the Hilton Head Real Estate School.

HOME-BASED LIFESTYLES INFLUENCING KITCHEN & BATH TRENDS 

Designs that accommodate the COVID-induced lifestyle of working and learning from home are the latest trends in kitchens and baths.

“Most of our customers are working from home or helping their families with remote learning,” said Andy Johnson, CEO of StoneWorks, in written responses to questions about kitchen and bath trends. “We’re seeing more kitchen designs with open layouts and plenty of countertop space. Customers also want a kitchen that’s easy to keep clean and take care of.”

THE PERFECT SUMMER GARDEN

A flourishing garden makes for a cheerful grower. We invited local landscape and nursery experts to impart their green-thumb wisdom on healthy soil, proper moisture and the best way to harness that balmy Lowcountry sun.

“When first starting out, you need to know your sunlight,” says Bruno Landscape and Nursery manager Jordan Bruno. “After that, we just have fun exploring ideas.”