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

4 types of leather and what you need to know about each

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Full grain leather is the most natural unhindered form of leather.  It is the closest leather type to rawhide and features imperfections like scars and stretch marks on its surface.   It is not corrected and does not show uniform grain, varying from animal to animal in its surface.  Full grain leather maintains all of its natural grain and is known for its strength and durability.  With time, full grain leather develops a patina that also signals of its high quality.  Full grain leather is available as aniline leather which is the most expansive, highly coveted leather and is also the most commonly used leather upholstery top Italian sofa manufacturers like Cierre and Gamma Arredamenti.  It is dyed with mild dyes that don’t cover the surface with paint or pigments, which preserves the hide’s natural surface including all of its grain and all the imperfections.  Full grain leather can also be semi-aniline which follows the same process as aniline leather only it also includes a thin protective top coat for better wear and stain prevention.  A superb close-up of full grain aniline leather can be seen on the Kong sectional sofa by Gamma Arredamenti.

Kong sectional sofa by Gamma Arredamenti

Kong sectional sofa by Gamma Arredamenti

Top grain leather is the next best thing after full grain leather and also the most frequently used in leather sofas and sectionals.  Top grain leather is stain resistant because it’s surface is buffed and sanded after which it is also coated by a protective surface.

Top grain leather by Gamma Arredamenti

Top grain leather by Gamma Arredamenti

Corrected grain leather is lower quality and has been artificially embossed to match the grain in a more uniform texture.  The “corrected” look hides all the imperfections and is most often available in many colors.  Corrected grain leather is available as semi-aniline (see above) and pigmented.

Corrected grain leather by Gamma Arredamenti

Corrected grain leather by Gamma Arredamenti

Bycast Leather is a combination of split leather with a polyurethane film laminated to the surface.  It is rigid and cheaper than top grain leather.  It features a uniform surface because it is manually embossed and is very easy to maintain.  Bycast leather cannot be repaired like natural leather.

Color Blocking with Gemini by Artifort

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Following on the footsteps of the hottest trends in fashion, Gemini modern chair is full of effortless style and fluidity of design.  Designed by UNStudio for Artifort, Gemini is envisioned to epitomize the “half” and features two irregular seats that mirror each other in shape and are complemented by a small table. The collection offers different color and layout variations that help create unforgettable and highly graphic settings befitting both commercial and residential environments.  From highly contrasting color blocking combinations to more similarly tonal, ombre-like pairings, Gemini chairs leave extra room for imagination and customization.

Gemini chair by UNStudio for Artifort

Gemini stunning chair by Artifort

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Modernizing the craft of quilting

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Dating back to 3400 BC, to the era of the 1st Egyptian Pharaoh who is illustrated in ancient drawings wearing a clothing article with quilted pattern, the art of quilting has evolved over many centuries, always embodying people, places and techniques.  Synonymous with patchwork, quilting fuses an assortment of materials that long surpassed their scope as a singular textiles into an original creation that can be used in a multitude of ways.

In the modern furniture industry, quilting epitomizes some of the most memorable and innovative design elements whether on a limited edition like Cattelan Italia’s Piuma dining chair or as unforgettable staples of Italian home-fashion brands among which is the boundary-pushing Leatherworks accent chair by Campana Brothers for Edra and Edward Van Vliet’s Sushi collection for Moroso that includes Karkaoma sofa, Juju armchair, Donut and Joy stools.

Piuma dining chair by Cattelan Italia

Piuma dining chair by Cattelan Italia

Leatherworks accent chair by Campana Brothers for Edra

Leatherworks accent chair by Campana Brothers for Edra

Sushi collection by Edward Van Vliet for Moroso

Sushi collection by Edward Van Vliet for Moroso