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Blog :: 01-2021

Cook Up Kitchen Improvements on a Budget

Kitchen ImprovementsSometimes injecting new life into your home’s aesthetic requires a professional and a big budget, especially when it comes to kitchen overhauls. But there are many ways to give your kitchen a fresh makeover on a mini budget – all it takes is a little time and creativity. Following are a few relatively inexpensive ways to add some punch to this high-traffic space. 

Make a (back)splash with tile – Play with color and pattern to create a unique backsplash with tile. Consider taking the tile all the way up the walls to the cabinets, or extend even higher for added drama.

Switch out hardware – Often, dated drawer pulls, cabinet knobs and faucets can bring down your kitchen’s appeal. But it’s easy, and inexpensive, to change out such hardware; make sure to keep the style and finish consistent throughout the kitchen for a seamless, updated look.

Add paint or wallpaper – A change or pop of color can do wonders for your kitchen, whether you choose to upgrade all the walls or concentrate on accenting with a vibrant hue or unexpected wallpaper pattern.

Fresh flooring – Adding a durable rug or runner can be both practical and pleasing to the eye, especially when you choose a pattern or color that stands out. If you’ve got a little time and a slightly bigger budget, you can play with tile or other flooring to give your kitchen a fresh look.

Kitchen Upgrade on a BudgetShelf this idea – Hanging open shelving not only expands your storage options, but offers plenty of opportunities to display decorative elements. Use open shelves to park prized plates, special stemware, and other kitchen items too pretty to put away.

See the light – One easy fix for a dated kitchen is to change lighting. Whether hanging new fixtures over a bar, installing a focal-point chandelier, or simply switching out old bulbs for a brighter set, upgraded lighting adds lift to both small and large kitchens. 

Small appliances, big panache – Small appliances have gone from simply utilitarian to conversation piece. Amp up your small-appliance stock by incorporating items like toasters, blenders and coffee makers that boast modern features, cutting-edge design and unexpected colors.

Open doors for your cabinets – If your wood cabinets have seen better days, there’s no need to spend hundreds to replace them. Consider lightly sanding and repainting them in a classic white or soft gray.

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Cultural and Recreational Attractions Abound in Hendersonville

Hendersonville NCHendersonville, N.C., located 22 miles south of Asheville in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, boasts a gentle climate, breathtaking views, rich culture and history, and lots of outdoor recreational attractions. The Cheers! Trail showcases 16 craft beverage producers, including Sierra Nevada, plus wineries and cideries in the area.

Chartered in 1847 as the county seat of Henderson County, Hendersonville (pop. 14,150) is traditionally known as “The City of Four Seasons.” Filled with historic buildings and vibrant streetscapes, Hendersonville’s downtown – the largest in Western N.C. outside of Asheville’s – offers many outdoor dining options, as well as unique shops and galleries, along Main Street. Hendersonville’s downtown is part of the Main Street Program, aimed at revitalizing central business districts across the country through historic preservation, attention to design, and thoughtful recruitment of businesses. 

Hendersonville is optimally situated, with I-26 running through the east side of the city, and routes 25 and 74 running concurrently. The city is a 17-minute drive to the Asheville Regional Airport. High schools in the city and surrounding area include Hendersonville High School, West Henderson High School, North Henderson High School, and East Henderson High School.

Hendersonville Cultural and Outdoor Activities

Hendersonville NC Walkable TownThe culturally rich area offers many options for an afternoon of entertainment. The Mineral and Lapidary Museum of Henderson County features giant geodes, minerals and dinosaur eggs; Hands On! Children’s museum boasts a fun, safe environment for learning; the Henderson County Heritage Museum, in the 1905 county courthouse downtown, features a gallery of regional Carolina history. North of Main Street is the Historic (1878) Johnson Farm, a summer retreat for tourists as early as the 1920s. The Western North Carolina Air Museum, featuring vintage airplanes, is near the small Hendersonville Airport.

Outdoor adventures abound as well: Five miles west of downtown Hendersonville in the town of Laurel Park is Jump Off Rock atop Jump Off Mountain. This overlook provides a panorama of the Pisgah and Blue Ridge Mountains. Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Forest, replete with hiking and biking trails, waterfalls and stunning scenery, sit less than 30 minutes away from Hendersonville.

Festival Fun in Hendersonville

The heart of apple country, Hendersonville hosts the extremely popular annual North Carolina Apple Festival, a four-day Labor Day weekend celebration that culminates in the Apple Parade. Main Street is home to other annual festivals and special activities throughout the year, including the Garden Jubilee Festival (Memorial Day weekend), the July 4th parade with free live music and fireworks, Fiesta Hendersonville (September) featuring the best of 20 Latin American countries’ music, art, food and culture; and Home for the Holidays, with many events from Thanksgiving through New Year's including ice skating, lights and carriage rides.

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Natural Beauty Abounds in Scenic, Secluded Montreat NC

Montreat NCNestled amid the Blue Ridge Mountains in the valley of Flat Creek sits the compact, secluded town of Montreat. The town (population 700), which is part of Buncombe County, is 18 miles east of downtown Asheville and features natural beauty untouched by commercial development.

Montreat was incorporated as a North Carolina township in 1967. Much of the property in the area is still owned by the Mountain Retreat Association, formed in 1897 by John Collins. Lake Susan, at the center of Montreat, is surrounded by historic stone buildings and offers paddle-boating, canoeing and fishing. Homes in the area allow for plenty of room to spread out: Everything from modern mountain retreats to quaint cabins dot the landscape.

Popular Montreat landmarks

Among the spots Montreat is famed for is Montreat College, a four-year liberal arts institution founded in 1916. The college brings many special events to Montreat, including symphonies, plays, community arts festivals, adult learning programs, community trips abroad and sports programs.Montreat Conference Center, one of three national conference centers affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, draws 35,000 visitors every year, and includes a hotel, guest lodges, and a stone auditorium. The Rev. Billy Graham and his wife called Montreat home, and lent significant support to the town and the college during their lifetime.

Montreat North Carolina HikingMontreat offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoor beauty for which Western N.C. is famed. In addition to a greenway, Montreat has five tennis courts, a playground, and plenty of hiking. The five-mile Greybeard Trail Hike leads to the top of Greybeard Mountain (elevation 5,480 feet). The trail starts on the edge of Montreat, following Flat Creek for a mile or two over rocky technical terrain before reaching a section of the trail called the Trestle switchbacks. 

From there, the trail climbs more steeply to the summit of Greybeard through many short, technical sections. The summit offers stunning views of Black and Craggy Mountains as well as the foothills below.

Montreat's nearby destinations

Montreat is a quick drive to the charming town of Black Mountain, an arts and crafts, furniture and music mecca. Formerly home to the renowned Black Mountain College, Black Mountain offers an array of restaurants, specialty shops and breweries, as well as enviable access to lakes, waterfalls and hiking trails.

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As It Grows, Mosaic Realty Builds Support for Asheville's Community Organizations

Mosaic Realty Gives 2020Giving back to the community that has supported its growth has always been Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty’s mission. Since the realty’s founding a decade ago, the number of non-profit and community organizations Mosaic supports has expanded to encompass a range of segments across Asheville’s population. 

In the past 10 years, Mosaic has given well over $500,000 to hundreds of non-profit and community organizations and events in the Asheville area. In addition, representatives of Mosaic regularly volunteer their time organizing and assisting these community initiatives.

Mosaic understands the importance of supporting area organizations that advocate for the vitality of our local and global community. To that end, the realty aims to assist groups that touch on all segments: everything from youth education to health and wellness to social justice and beyond.

Asheville area youth and schools

Aiding organizations that educate and nurture Asheville youth is important to Mosaic. Among recipients of Mosaic support are Jones Elementary School, Vance Elementary Parent Team, Asheville City Schools Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC, and Buncombe Partnership for Children.

Health and wellness

A healthy population is a happy population: With a focus on helping to keep the community well, Mosaic supports Asheville on Bikes, Girls on the Run, Pisgah Rage Youth Mountain Bike Team, and the YMCA of Western N.C. And because mental and emotional health is just as important as physical well-being, Mosaic gives to All Souls Counseling Center.

Environment and green initiatives

Mosaic understands that as stewards of the Earth, it’s important to care for our environment through protective measures and green initiatives. Mosaic dollars go to support Western N.C. organizations like MountainTrue, Asheville GreenWorks and Green Built Alliance.

Housing and food security

Ashevillians in need have a number of resources at their disposal, but these organizations rely on countless volunteer hours and dollars to dole out that assistance. Mosaic helps by donating to groups like Homeward Bound, Mountain Housing Opportunities, Eblen Charities and Manna Food Bank.


Asheville is brimming with art and cultural events that enrich the community. By supporting such organizations as LEAF Community Arts, Blue Ridge Public Radio, Asheville Music School and Blue Ridge Orchestra, Mosaic helps to make dance, music, art and other cultural experiences available to a wider population.

Social justice

Aiding organizations that advocate for social justice is extremely important to Mosaic. Support from the realty goes to such groups as Our Voice and Pisgah Legal. 

These are just a few of the many Asheville area organizations and non-profits that receive Mosaic’s backing. For a complete list of groups that benefited from Mosaic’s support in 2020, visit our Donations and Volunteer page.

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