Time to Update Your Lake Geneva Kitchen

Updating your Lake Geneva Kitchen Doesn’t Need to Be Expensive

Interior Designer Timothy Whealon for elleDecor.com

Interior Designer Timothy Whealon for elleDecor.com

Contemporary home design on lakefront property is all about knowing what the latest trends are and which to choose when regular maintenance calls for a change in appliances or décor.

What’s ‘In’ for Lake Geneva Kitchens in 2014?

In 2014, Eco-friendly appliances are definitely ‘in’—as are the pops of bright color meant to create a vivid and welcoming kitchen.

And as convenience features continue to evolve, those are increasingly prominent factors influencing design choices.

If you are planning to sell your Lake Geneva home in the near future, there are a few home design directions that you can go in.

They’re most likely to impress prospective buyers who’ve been exploring the latest kitchen trends.

Renewable Materials

Eco-friendly Bamboo Butcher Block by RefugeBuilding.com

Eco-friendly Bamboo Butcher Block by RefugeBuilding.com

Going green is a pronounced trend, not just in home design.

Using renewable, Earth-friendly materials can be a way to update a kitchen while minimizing environmental impact.

A sample idea would be a sustainable bamboo parquet butcher block to grace the kitchen counter or table.

They come in beautiful, rich wood tones, and when large enough to cover a substantial counter area, can warm the feel of the entire room.

High Tech Gadgets

Photo Courtesy of Siemans/Multimedia Ventilation Hood

Photo Courtesy of Siemans/Multimedia Ventilation Hood

Another (almost diametrically opposed) current direction is to deck the kitchen out with a few of the latest high-tech gadgets.

Even if you resist an ultra-modern look, a few chic techie touches can add a dash of luxury to your Lake Geneva kitchen.

TVs aren’t just for refrigerators anymore.

Siemens Home Appliances makes a multimedia ventilation hood comes with a 17-inch LCD screen.

It has options for listening to music and watching TV, too.

It’s a creative way to make cooking more entertaining—and one that would certainly help make your Lake Geneva listing stand out!

Appliances in Bright Colors

Color hasn’t always been popular in kitchens, but lately, appliance manufacturers have been less shy about offering exuberant finishes.

You can find blenders, toasters, microwaves and refrigerators in bright blues, pinks, reds, yellows, greens and oranges.

And the smaller, more portable appliances can be an inexpensive way to add a splash of color to your kitchen, too.

Big Chill Kitchen Appliances at www.BigChill.com

Big Chill Kitchen Appliances at www.BigChill.com

Stay Neutral Rule when Selling Your Home

If you’re planning on selling your lakefront home soon, I’d recommend you forgo the large, bright appliances.

Don’t invest in a red refrigerator or pink dishwasher just yet. You don’t want buyers to walk into your house and immediately think about the extra costs of replacing a stove or refrigerator because they have a strong reaction to the color.

So if you are getting ready to sell your home, it’s always wise to go with neutral colors, no matter how gorgeous that red fridge might be.

Confine the color pops to bright accent chairs, plates, or colorful floral arrangements.

Valerie Pasquiou Interiors + Design, Inc.; Houzz.com

Valerie Pasquiou Interiors + Design, Inc.; Houzz.com

Copper is Popular

In-Detail Interiors at Houzz.com

In-Detail Interiors at Houzz.com

Copper is also an increasingly popular trend in kitchen design this year.

Its natural antibacterial properties make it a practical home design element.

With a cool, rustic hue it looks great in warm, gold-toned kitchens.

Copper sinks and faucets are both practical and stylish – although keeping them bright and shiny can be a challenge.

There are certain things you’ll need to do in order to maintain them.

The great thing about copper is that no matter what your kitchen style, a copper sink and faucet will look beautiful.

It’s a great conversation piece, and a BIG PLUS when it comes to selling your home.

Selling Your Lake Geneva Home? Think Kitchen Update

Lauren McPhillips with Erin Feasby for Bleeks Design for StyleAtHome.com

Lauren McPhillips with Erin Feasby for Bleeks Design for StyleAtHome.com

If you are thinking of selling soon, consider incorporating one or two current Lake Geneva home design ideas if your kitchen could use a decor infusion.

Looking for more ideas?

Let’s connect. We’ll discuss what is making today’s lakefront homes in Lake Geneva S-E-L-L!

– Michaleneblog image seven

Sheridan Road Magazine

I’m very excited to be a part of the April 2014 issue of Sheridan Road magazine and to be interviewed by my friend, John Conatser.

Here is the complete article . . .



Also as seen in the April 2014 issue of Sheridan Road magazine . . .

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Springtime is Prime Time for Listing Your Lake Geneva Vacation Home

Know When it’s the Right Time to Sell Your Lake Geneva Vacation Home


Before April 15th came and went, perhaps you and your accountant had one of those occasional chats about your assets and liabilities.

If owning your vacation home in Lake Geneva has resulted in more taxes or less financial gain than you’d planned for—or if you and your family just don’t use the place as often as you used to–this spring or summer is a good time to consider selling.

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Lake Geneva WI

Custom Built Home In Country Club Estates

Luxurious, custom built home in Country Club Estates.


Enjoy seasonal views of the West End of Lake Geneva from nearly every room.

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The ideal location to enjoy the lake with friends and entertain in this spacious thoughtfully designed home. Hardwood floors, large group kitchen, screen porch, sun drenched master suite with a wall of windows to maximize your views of the lake.

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Protecting Your Lake Geneva Investment

When we read or hear that Lake Geneva property values continue to be on the rise, it’s a relief.



No matter what else is going on, at least our real estate investments are back on track! That comforting thought has a less reassuring sidebar, though, having to do with time and its effect on our investments.

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One of the Most Sought after Locations on Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva Manor – New Home Listing!


The Lake Geneva Manor has always been the favorite of many…walk to town, awesome pier with a full time lifeguard, and beautiful views on the water watching the Gage boats stroll by.



Enjoy your summer days in this newly renovated home,  professionally decorated, including boat lift.




This stunning 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom home is perfect for those who love to live in style.







Every room of this beautiful Lake Geneva Manor home boasts gorgeous views of Lake Geneva. Enjoy your day sitting on the wrap around deck looking over the professional landscaped yard.




The walk out on the  lower level is complete with an amazing wine cellar to house your extensive wine collection and newly added screen porch.




This lake view home has so much to offer! Only steps to the Lake Geneva Manor Association with access to the park, private swim pier, boat pier, and sandy beach play area.







Listing Price: $ $1,699,000
Address: 1530 N. Lakeshore Dr Pier 10
City: Lake Geneva
State: WI
ZIP: 53147-9705
MLS #: 1273644
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 5

Enhance the Visual Appeal of Your Lake Geneva Home

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Your Lake Geneva Home is One of the Greatest Investments You’ll Make

It’s important to remember that your home is not just where you live, but it’s also an investment – an important investment – and it’s probably one of the biggest investments that you’ll make in your lifetime.

You’ve most likely lived in your home for a while and you like it, just the way it is.

Maybe you think that you don’t need to change anything in order to sell it – even if you’ve been told in the past that making those changes might help you sell your home.

Think like a CEO When Selling Your Home

It’s important to remember that if you keep a “business mindset”, you’ll most likely sell your Lake Geneva home faster. watch time schedule resize

When selling your home – as emotionally disconcerting as it might be – you need to look at it as a business investment, not just as an emotional one.

But even if you agree and understand that your home is an investment, a busy schedule can keep you from making important improvements and aesthetic changes needed to better position your home.

Rest assured, because there are many inexpensive and smaller projects that you can do in just a weekend that can add perceived value to your home.

Curb Appeal and Your Front Door

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If you can – even temporarily – surrender some familiarities.

Install a few bright fixtures and schedule a little time for some handyman work.

This small investment of time and money can pay-off, bringing rewards, ten-fold.

There are many things that you can do to increase the perceived value of your home.

And about your front door . . .

Though often overlooked, the appearance of your front door is essential.

It’s literally the point of entry to your home.

The appearance of your front door leaves a lasting impression on all of your visitors, influencing how potential buyers view your home and what they’re about to see.

Front Doors, Mailboxes and Door Knockers

test nockerConsider adding a curbside mailbox, a door knocker and a new doorknob, and giving the front door a fresh coat of paint.

You’ll see that suddenly, the front of your home has a fresh and welcomed feel that beautifully represents the rest of your home.

Your home will instantly be viewed as more inviting and welcoming to visitors and potential buyers.

There are several finishes to choose from, from brass, to polished brass, to pewter, copper, and iron, so have fun and let your creative juices flow.

Just remember to keep the rule – all hardware needs to compliment and match one another.

Also be sure that your choices compliment your door color and the exterior color of your home.

Multiply with Mirrors

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HGTV; Inspiring Small Spaces

Buyers are attracted to homes with large rooms.

So if your hallway, dining area, or another room is smaller than average, consider adding a mirror or two.

They not only reflect images, but they also reflect light and color, too.

A home can never be bright or light enough than when it’s on the market, ready to be sold.

If you’re feeling a bit daring, you can even use mirror tiles to mirror an entire wall.

Your room will appear to double in size.

A few large wall mirrors – strategically placed – can make any home appear larger and more inviting.

Remove Big TVs from Smaller Rooms

Most American have a big screen TV and their owners never want to part with them.

I agree – they’re great entertainment – and when displayed in balanced in proportion to the room, they’re a great example of home entertainment luxury.

But when visually they don’t, they just don’t work.

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Houzz.com; Crestwood Construction, General Contractors

If your big screen is too large for the room you have it in, the room will appear smaller than it is, and that’s not a good thing when you’re trying to sell your home.

Buyers prefer bigger rooms, so if you’re selling your home and your big screen is too large, consider replacing it with a television that’s more appropriate to your room size.

You can always bring your awesome Big Screen back when you move into your new home.

Attract More Lake Geneva Home Buyers

Even on a budget, there are simple and minor improvements that you can implement to visually enhance the look and feel of your home.

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Houzz.com; Andrew J. Coleman Lighting

When you do, you’ll peak more interest from potential buyers in the Lake Geneva real estate market.

Helping You Sell Your Lake Geneva Home

As your real estate agent, it’s my job to help you recognize important opportunities as they arise; ones that can benefit you when selling your Lake Geneva home.

If you’re looking for more tips and creative ideas for selling your Lake Geneva home, give me a call.testimonial for Michalene Melges

I love Lake Geneva, have a true passion for helping people, and I strive to exceed my clients’ expectations.

From returning phone calls and e-mails, to negotiating on your behalf, I am committed to helping you successfully sell your Lake Geneva home. –  Michalene

Make the Move to Lake Geneva a Seamless Transition

Moving to Lake Geneva

Moving to Your New Lake Geneva Home Can be Invigorating

It can become your fresh start; an introduction to unexplored opportunities, and the chance to make new, life-long friends in a healthy and thriving community.

Every year, over 43,000,000 Americans move to a new home, and even though it can be an exciting start to a new life, the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council reports that according to studies, moving can also be stressful.

Things You Can Do To Make Your Move Easier

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Moving to a new location or home is reported to be the third most stressful event that can take place in a person’s life.

And finding yourself in the center of this experience can be nothing short of overwhelming.

So what do you do when you are suddenly facing an onslaught of decisions and details that need to be addressed?


Here are things you can do beforehand to ensure a more positive outcome when you’re ready to make the move:

Familiarize Yourself With Your Neighborhood Before Moving Day

Moving to Lake Geneva

Lake Geveva, WI [Image from Google Maps]

Whether you are moving for professional reasons, or to take advantage of a lifestyle that only Lake Geneva lakefront living can bring, you can reduce a lot of the anxiety that accompanies a move by first becoming familiar with your new neighborhood before moving day.

Once moving day arrives, leisurely neighborhood investigation and discovery will be the last thing you’ll have time for.

Make it a priority before your move to familiarize yourself with the lay of the land, and you’ll be happy you did.

Take Some Lake Geneva Mini-Vacas

It’s a great idea to visit Lake Geneva in advance a few times before your move, maybe even turning your mini-visits into mini-vacations.

Moving to Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva at Sunset [Photo from TripAdvisor JohnTheBear 2009]

Get Relaxed and Ready to Explore

Check into a local hotel for a few days with no pressing agenda and you’ll soon find yourself free to visit and learn more about Lake Geneva without deadlines or appointments looming overhead.

Moving to Lake Geneva

The Geneva Lakes Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show at The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa

Discover New Favorites

Visit our many area attractions, discover unique and culinary rich restaurants, and take in an abundance of historic and scenic landmarks.

There is so much to see and do in Lake Geneva. In no time at all, you’ll have your own list of favorite places to dine, unique shops to visit, and recreational places for having fun with family and friends.

Moving to Lake Geneva

Music by the Lake Series at George Williams College of Aurora University

Visit the Lake Geneva Chamber of Commerce

Moving to Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva Chamber of Commerce

Another great idea is to stop by the Lake Geneva Chamber of Commerce early in your visit.

Here you will find several resources that can help you become more familiar with the area, nearby sights, and surrounding towns.

They offer welcome packets with coupons, event schedules, a list of Lake Geneva happenings, and other things to do.

And they’re a great resource for answering any questions that you might have about the area.

The Lake Geneva Chamber of Commerce is a wonderful and free resource for all future residents and visitors to our town.


Connect with a Local and Knowledgeable Lake Geneva Realtor

Lake Geneva Realtor Michalene Melges

Michalene Melges

And whether or not you plan to buy or lease, if you’re relocating to Lake Geneva, be sure to connect with a local realtor.

You will want someone who knows Lake Geneva and the surrounding areas, too. 

There isn’t a more trusted source for insider tips, guidance to the best schools and neighborhoods, and for helping you find the perfect lake front home.

Stress Less on Your Moving Day

Moving to Lake GenevaAdvance planning can make your move a much more positive and productive experience, and it’s my business to help make that happen for my clients.

If you’re contemplating a move to Lake Geneva in the near future, give me a call.

I can help make your moving transition to Lake Geneva a seamless one.

– Michalene

Lake Geneva Lake View Home For Sale

The Picture Perfect Lake House – Just in Time for Spring!

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Indulge in incredible views of Lake Geneva, from the Riviera all the way to the Narrows.

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Watch the boats pass by and enjoy every minute of your summer in this exquisite 3-bedroom, 3-bath home with a true beach house vibe.

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Features include an open floor plan, floor-to-ceiling windows with custom window treatments . . .

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. . . large porches for entertaining and viewing glorious Lake Geneva sunsets, hardwood floors, and marble and tile bathrooms – just to name a few.

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 Enjoy the Beautifully Landscaped and Hardscaped Grounds.

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And the Best Part about this Beautiful Lake Front Home?

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It’s a Short Walk to Town, and it has Full Lake Rights.

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Enjoy Your Lake Geneva Summer on the Private Syverstad Pier!

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Listing Price: $ $849,000
Address: 818 Pine Tree Lane
City: Lake Geneva
State: WI
ZIP: 53147-2208
MLS #:
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3