New or Flipped, 
Homebuyers Seek 
Originality in Their Homes

What constitutes a beautiful house? With homes, as with faces and figures, beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder, and what was considered distinguished or elegant at one time may now be seen as tacky or outdated.

In this issue of Cleveland County Lifestyle, we examine which features today’s homebuyers are searching for in their ideal home, whether it’s a brand-new or older build, or even a house that has been “flipped.” An open concept for entertaining, spa-like bathrooms, state-of-the-art kitchens, living spaces that extend to the outdoors–these are just some of the features that one often hears as desirable traits today.

Also in this issue, we look at today’s trends in home décor. Matchy-matchy furniture is out. Grays are in, beige is out. Reclaimed wood from old barns is juxtaposed with shiny metals, while metals are being mixed with other metals. “Natural” materials, such as granite countertops and wood floors, also remain at the top of house-hunters’ lists.

But while certain styles and materials may be the rage, say the experts, the one “no-no” is lack of originality. As one interior decorator said, “It’s all about customization and personalization: no one ever wants to show up at a party wearing the same dress as someone else in the room!”

For the ultimate customization, some folk have decided to flip their homes, either as a do-it-yourself project or by working closely with a pro. Benefits of going this route may include: mature trees and already established yards; staying or moving into a desirable neighborhood or one close to work; restoring/updating a beautifully crafted home with an interesting history; and the opportunity to create spaces that are tailored for the needs of you and your family.

You’ll also read about the Sooner Stilettos. This group of (mostly) female community and business leaders was formed in 2003 by University of Oklahoma women’s basketball head coach Sherri Cole to support the athletic efforts of the team and act as role models and mentors. This year, the group’s president asked the professional women to trade in their work shoes for basketball shoes for an unforgettable session in reverse mentoring.

Our “Hot Spot” restaurant review this issue focuses on Oliveto Italian Bistro, which offers a taste of classic Italian “with a delightfully modern twist.”

Those are just some of the highlights. Happy reading!