Investing in Luxury: top decorating tips for investment properties

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

It’s utterly lucrative to invest in the next hottest real estate opportunity and many of these are disguised as vacation homes that get rented occasionally.  With sought-after high-rise condo properties that offer ocean views like those steadily springing up along South Florida’s coastline, luxury living is inevitable.  But beside the obvious luxury perks like full concierge and full amenities, these properties are blank canvas and require an equal amount of luxury design to make them on par with their backdrops.  Here are a few decorating tip that guarantee exactly that:

Function is key and most of the time, storage is one of the most important elements which is why it is pivotal to invest into custom closets and wardrobes.  Ranging from simple to elaborate, functional closet organization is truly essential in every room as well as at the entrance, kitchen pantry and bathrooms.  Some stunning examples include Plana collection by Pianca and Tecnopolis collection by Presotto.

Plana collection by Pianca

Plana collection by Pianca

Tecnopolis collection by Presotto

Tecnopolis collection by Presotto

Sophisticated window treatments and ambient light fixtures are also popular luxury barometers as are wall coverings and smartly placed furnishings.  So choose wisely by selecting finishes and materials that have a wide appeal and also are consistent with the look and feel of the condo property.  Some properties have a clean modern look while others offer a more transitional vibe.  Check out Big table by Bonaldo with the colorful base in an all-white condo space that certainly gives off an art-deco, Miami-like style.

Big dining table by Bonaldo

Big dining table by Bonaldo

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Color Trend: Pink is not just for nurseries and Barbie houses

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

When thinking about pink interiors, one’s immediate association is with a little girl’s room and of course with every doll’s house on the market.  But there is a grown-up way to use pink color in interior design that is not blatantly feminine but rather soft, sophisticated and full of style.  Powder pink, or any unsaturated shade of the color with dusty hue will yield a fresh and elegant result whether through an accent or a backdrop or even when taking on the center stage.

With a visible yet not overwhelming contrast, pink is compelling as an accent to a generally white room like the one featuring white Vendome glass table and Paris sideboard by Tonin Casa that are contrasted by pale pink leather upholstered Vivienne dining chairs.  On the other hand, equal amount of pink and blue makes for a striking and highly noticeable combination that’s often used on furniture and accents as shown in Luca Papini’s Liber Showcase collection for Tonelli.  Emanating elegance and tranquility, the subtle nature of pink makes its presence sinuous with almost any color, from grey hues like the accent pillows on the Charcoal colored Lars sofa by Giuseppe Vigano for Bonaldo, to a single cabinet in Presotto’s I-modulART composition that is by and large graphite and charcoal brown, pink proves as a subtle and sensible element in modern decor that departs from its childish relatives.

Pink modern interior design

Color Trend: Teal is fun and fresh

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Teal shades are certainly making their presence known in modern furniture with unique realizations of the color, from the role of an accent to statement pieces.  Dark and bright teals are trending because of their chameleon-like character that’s both blue and green, equally and independently powerful.  With the help of natural and dramatic lighting as well as various complementing color schemes like greys, yellows and neutrals, teal colored furniture yield inspiring results and create fascinating interiors full of modern, dynamic and bold ambiance.  This is especially true when teal color is the main attraction in a space, with the perfect example of that being Squaring Penisola bed by Bonaldo that’s daringly upholstered in teal fabric and accented by lots of natural light.  Teal color is also an excellent choice for accent furniture like the Plisse ottoman by Tonin Casa or the desk section of Presotto’s I-modulART wall unit as well as in the form of smaller accessories like decorative pillows and throws.  Teal furniture and subsequently, teal interiors are balanced and sophisticated, especially when elegantly accented by black or white colors like the combination of the La Defense dining table with white base and teal-colored Round dining chairs by Tonin Casa.

Teal interior design color trends

Are large scale square dining tables close to extinction?

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Perhaps the most unusual and least common dining room layout is one with a square dining table as its centerpiece.  Why?  While it’s certainly a contemporary choice, the open layouts of today’s living/dining spaces almost necessitate a rectangular or an oval dining option.  And even when the space does call for a square shaped table, many are discouraged by the edges and instead opt for a round dining table.  The resulting design prognosis in such environment where demand drives supply, is a scarcity of modern square dining tables that can accommodate a large party.   However, scarcity does not mean entire extinction which brings forth the awe-inspiring introductions in recent years with awe-inspiring aesthetics. Offering to make conversations easier and dining rooms more dramatic, these designer showpieces are truly awe-inspiring and can be easily paired with curved dining chairs to soften their hard edges.

Topping the list is the Autoreggente dining table by Patrizia Bertolini for Horm which is truly spectacular from every angle.  It’s sculptural but minimal, with the main focus on the purity of its materials, which are either solid walnut or stained natural beech and clear tempered glass top.  Autureggente’s largest size is 71”x71 making it fitting to accommodate 12 people.

Autoreggente dining table by Patrizia Bertolini for Horm

Autoreggente dining table by Patrizia Bertolini for Horm

Autoreggente dining table by Patrizia Bertolini for Horm

Autoreggente dining table by Patrizia Bertolini for Horm

Another stunner is the Mille dining table by Bartoli Design for Bonaldo featuring a striking architectural focal point as its base and a minimalistic aesthetic that transcends color palettes and even stylistic dispositions.  Mille dining table is also available in a 71”x71” size which can accommodate at least 12 guests.

Mille dining table by Bartoli Design for Bonaldo

Mille dining table by Bartoli Design for Bonaldo

6 essential design philosophies for minimalist interiors

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Simplicity is relaxing and very alluring especially to those who appreciate the “no-frill” lifestyle.  Pragmatically organized interiors are thus decorated with the motto of “less-is more” utilizing just the right amount of furniture and a keeping to a fluid sense of wholesomeness.  Following three simple philosophies that define this style, a minimalist modern decor is can easily be realized.

Function is first – to avoid cluttering and over-furnishing any space, focus on defining the function of every space and every piece of furniture or object within its confines.

Penrose office desk by Tonelli

Penrose office desk by Tonelli

Scale and fluidity – furniture should be proportional to their surroundings, decor should be proportional to the furniture and the space around it.  The room should have a clear sense of dimensional balance and stylistic congruency.

Nuvola sectional sofa by Bonaldo

Nuvola sectional sofa by Bonaldo

Focus on quality – minimalism encourages fewer objects therefore it is natural to invest in higher quality elements with durable materials, innovative functionality and unique designs as they will be used more often and will draw more attention to themselves.

Aqua platform bed by Presotto

Aqua platform bed by Presotto

Understated details — when it comes to adding decorative touches to the room keep in mind the entire space and reinforce its simplicity with small but essential decorations that add stylistic intensity without screaming for attention.
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