Celebrate Halloween with a Blast from the Past in Old Pasadena

Do you love arcades and Halloween? If you do, Neon Retro Arcade on South Raymond in Old Pasadena is the perfect place for you to celebrate the Halloween season. Neon Retro Arcade has announced their plans to host a Retro Halloween Celebration during other lively events in Old Pasadena. This event is a celebration of all things, 80’s and 90’s, arcades, and Halloween and will run from Friday, October 27th through Tuesday, October 31st.

This arcade event is family friendly and children are encouraged to attend. In addition, a costume contest will be held over the course of the event and will feature 5 different categories including: Best Overall Costume, Best Video Game Costume, Best Pop Culture Costume, Best Couple/Duo/Group Costume, and Best Kid Costume.

There will also be a selfie station set up in the arcade that will allow you to show off your Halloween costume creation. Those who are interested in participating in the contest will need to take a selfie at the selfie booth and send a direct message to the Neon Retro Arcade Facebook page and winners will be provided with prizes supplied from local area vendors.

Once you have shown off your costume, take a stroll around the arcade and play your favorite games from your childhood. The Retro Halloween Celebration is the perfect way to get in to the spooky spirit of the season!

Posted on October 23, 2017 at 12:01 pm
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5 Common Sources of Buyer’s Remorse

Buying a home is a huge event. In fact, it’s likely the most money you’ll ever spend in one single purchase. This is definitely not the kind of transaction that you want to regret after you’ve locked into a deal. It’s not buying a sweater – you can’t just return it after you’ve bought it.

Posted on February 27, 2017 at 5:46 pm
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Do’s and Don’ts of Bathroom Remodeling

It’s a small, unassuming space, but it’s a crucial one nonetheless. Bathrooms are one of the more important rooms that can add a great deal of value to a home if they’re modernized and up-to-date, not to mention bring years of comfort and pleasure to those who use it.

Posted on December 27, 2016 at 6:22 pm
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What’s Involved in Building a “Green” Roof?

Homeowners are typically open to any efforts that will effectively help to reduce their utility bills as well as their imprint on the environment, and green roofs can help do exactly that.

Posted on November 28, 2016 at 6:03 pm
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6 Signs That You’re Ready to Be a Homeowner

Ready to buy your first home? Join the millions of others out there who are navigating the waters of real estate for the first time. It’s exciting, yet it’s completely intimidating at the same time, and for good reason. Your home is most likely the most expensive purchase you will ever make, so it’s not something you want to jump into without making sure you’re emotionally and financially ready.

Posted on August 1, 2016 at 4:30 pm
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How to Make Sure You’re Getting a Fair Deal on a Flipped House

Many homebuyers are looking for a turn-key property that’s move-in ready. Buying a home with little to do to it is very attractive, especially for the millennial demographic.

Posted on July 5, 2016 at 6:48 pm
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Infographic: Baby Boomers & The Real Estate Market

Millennials get all the press these days, but Baby Boomers still have a larger impact on the real estate market than any other demographic. This excellent infographic sheds light on this generation’s ongoing influence over the housing market.

Posted on February 22, 2016 at 8:15 pm
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[INFOGRAPHIC] 16 Interesting Facts About California’s Real Estate Market

California has one of the most dynamic and multidimensional housing markets in the world. Wrapping your head around all of the nuances and complexities can be daunting. In this elegant infographic, we demystify the Golden State’s real estate market.

Posted on February 5, 2016 at 12:12 am
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Incorporating Pantone’s Serenity & Rose Quartz Into Your Home Decor

Not one, but two colors have been chosen by Pantone as the ‘it’ shades of 2016.

The winners? Pantone 13-1520 TCX (Rose Quartz) and Pantone 14-3919-TCX (Serenity). In layman’s terms, that would be pastel pink and pastel blue (with a touch of lavender).

So what’s up with these specific color choices? According to Pantone, it all has to do with the blurred lines in the gender realm of our current times. That’s right – the colors of the year have been heavily influenced by cultural forces, and more specifically, the acceptance of gender fluidity in society.

No other two colors are more representative of gender – traditionally, pink for girls and blue for boys. And by choosing these two specific hues, Pantone hopes to help shatter the stereotype that each of these colors belongs exclusively to one gender over the other.

And if you thought these particular shades were stuck in the 80s, or could only work in a kid’s bedroom, think again. The softness of these colors provides designers and homeowners more flexibility when decorating a home’s interior. Not only can they be used on their own, they can also be used together within the same space to add luxury and refinement.

Incorporating these two blissful colors into your home can be done any number of ways without turning your home into an Easter egg.

Offset their demure side

These colors are naturally gentle. To bring in a little more drama, these hues can be combined with deeper, darker shades of the same color, such as navy blue or mauve. And to go modern and contemporary, use neutrals like off-white or cool gray coupled with Pantone’s choices.

Stick with their original effect

Serenity is the perfect color to use in bedrooms or other settings where a calm, serene effect is sought. The blue with a hint of soft purple is named accordingly, as it truly evokes a soothing, tranquil feeling, which is ideal for any space where you want a calming ambience.

Go subtle

If you’re sort of embracing these colors, but aren’t so bold as to lather them all over your walls, you can always start off small and infuse your space with Rose Quartz and Serenity via accessories. Whether it’s artwork, throw pillows, flowers or vases, you can easily use these winning shades of pink and blue without having to fully commit to them. Or else dedicate only one ‘accent’ wall to one of these colors, and complement it with a variety of neutral wall art.

Bring it outside

You don’t have to confine these two colors to the interior only. In fact, Rose Quartz and Serenity were meant to be outside! Think about the colors of many of your favorite followers – from bluebells to peonies. Many of them are already sporting these colors, so it only makes sense to add a splash of Serenity or Rose Quartz to your garden fence or landscaping trim.

Go all out

If you’re head-over-heels in love with Pantone’s choices and aren’t scared of commitment, then cover all your walls in one of the shades and use the other in your sofas and chairs. And if that’s still not enough for you, throw in an area rug with one of these colors to really show your support of Pantone’s choices for 2016.

Regardless of the societal message behind these two particular colors, one thing is for sure: they really do look lovely together. They’re both beautifully pleasant shades that make great companions with each other, even without the political message behind them.

Posted on December 7, 2015 at 9:03 pm
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Stylish & Affordable Furniture for First-Time Homeowners

Going from a renter to a homeowner is a big step, especially if it means going from a tiny, cramped space to a multi-bedroom house. In addition to having an endless expanse of empty wall space to fill, a new homeowner also must deal with filling all of those rooms with chairs, couches, tables, and beds.

Since many first-time homebuyers are on a tight budget, finding furniture means not only filling space but also meeting budget restrictions. Fortunately, there are many affordable options that will fill those rooms without costing a fortune.

Keep It Simple

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The first thing to realize is that nobody expects you to have a house full of furniture right away. Take the time to shop around and find the best look for each room. Make a list of priorities, meeting your basic needs to eat, sleep, and shower first. You can save money on a bed by skipping the expensive headboard and footboard until you have the budget for an upgrade. For guest rooms, get a headboard less bed in place before worrying about other furniture items.

Be Thrifty

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With the enduring shabby chic trend, thrift store shopping is more popular than ever. You can find great pieces at thrift stores and garage sales, including tables, dressers, nightstands, and accent items. Homeowners also often list furniture for sale on Craigslist as they downsize or upgrade to new furnishings. As you shop, you’ll likely be inspired by what you find, leading you to decorate rooms around the unique furniture you find.


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Even if you have plenty of space, you can benefit from furniture that serves dual purposes. You’ll get more for your money if you invest in a bed that doubles as a desk or a dining room table that turns into a poker table for game night. You can even get a coffee table that makes it easier to eat while watching TV. You’ll get two pieces of furniture, usually at only a slightly higher price than what you’d pay for one.

Make Budget Choices

Understand that the choices you make today don’t have to be with you for your lifetime in your new house. Items like accent tables can be purchased on the cheap and used temporarily, until you can choose something better. You may even find an inexpensive piece you like that you can paint to fit the look you want for your rooms.

Get Dorm Inspiration

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Seating can be expensive, but if you’re truly strapped for cash, furniture traditionally used in dorm rooms could be an option. If you’d like to go a little more upscale, there are affordable seating options that are more attractive. For true comfort, however, you’ll likely need to spring for a higher-end sofa or recliner. Scour Craigslist and yard sales for used furniture at great prices.

Furnishing a new home can be tough, especially for first-time homebuyers who are strapped for cash. By taking it slowly and searching carefully for the best prices on furniture, you’ll be able to fill your new home with furniture while still staying close to your budget.

Posted on September 17, 2015 at 5:20 pm
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