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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3 reasons why poufs and ottomans offer so much more to modern interiors

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Poufs, footstools and ottomans are no longer designed and used for their sole and primary purpose.  Instead, manufacturers are rethinking their original purpose in innovative ways, adding not just sculptural originality but also functional enhancement with value for every space around the house.  While the fundamental objective of an ottoman remains as it was, the following modern ottomans offer storage, a source of light and sculptural integrity.

1. Visual originality – Earth Wind and Fire Poufs by Gino Carollo for Bonaldo are meant to be used as a composition or individually; turning from a single seat into a bench while enriching the visual value of their surroundings.

Earth Wind and Fire Poufs by Bonaldo

Earth Wind and Fire Poufs by Bonaldo

2. Storage – functionally convenient without visually depreciating the overall design impact, Secret ottoman by Mauro Lipparini offer storage and a seating solution at once.  The same stunning aesthetic dominion and functional brilliance applies to Plisse ottoman by Tonin Casa and the smart stool trio of Freddy, Bruce and Sugar by Gamma Arredamenti.

Secret ottoman by Mauro Lipparini

Secret ottoman by Mauro Lipparini

Plisse ottoman by Tonin Casa

Plisse ottoman by Tonin Casa

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5 Key Design Elements of a Modern Farmhouse

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016
  1. Rocking Chair: Cornelia rocker by Cattelan Italia represents an indoor/outdoor seat that’s symbolic of farm life with its simplistic design and sturdy metal profile.
  2. Reclaimed beam: old wood with new purpose adds another stylistic dimension and the Jerez dining table with its walnut beam is an exemplary reconditioning of an otherwise futile materials.
  3. Trestle legs: a timeless design element that applies to a farmhouse style because of its basic austerity is often seen as a dining table base but rarely as anything like the Giotto bookcase.
  4. Woven rugs like the Halibut rug by Cattelan Italia is a sign of simplicity and nostalgia and familiarity.
  5. Surfaces with wood knots: a sign of a very organic surface without many frills and corrections is another emblematic character of farmhouse style.  Sometimes seen on table tops, benches and occasional tables, its can also be integrated into the façade of a sideboard as done by Cattelan Italia’s Nebraska sideboard.
Cornelia rocking chair by Cattelan Italia

Cornelia rocking chair by Cattelan Italia

Giotto bookcase by Cattelan Italia

Giotto bookcase by Cattelan Italia

Halibut rug by Cattelan Italia

Halibut rug by Cattelan Italia

Nebraska sideboard by Cattelan Italia

Nebraska sideboard by Cattelan Italia

Creating the perfect closet is not an easy task

Monday, April 6th, 2015

The walk-in closet is a personal haven, as far as we [shopaholics] are concerned because it offers an opportunity to express our inner self and highlight our most coveted possessions, including shoes, bags, belts and off course the clothes…here are a few tips of how to create that perfect oasis of fashion and fantasy that says everything to, and about us!!!!

Spacing – in order to see your Chloe from your Chanel, allow a minimum of an inch of hanging space between dress, skirt or blouse.  Make sure that all items hanging together are of similar scales, and keep bulkier items in a different.

Tecnopolis collection from Presotto

Tecnopolis collection from Presotto

Displaying – dedicated sections of the dressing room should be spatially matched with quantities of handbags, hats and shoes desired to be displayed.  Smaller accessories like a collection of sunglasses, watches or jewelry should be adequately showcased, perhaps using a centered island.

Grouping – clothes should be arranged according to a particular look or routine.  Separating workout from work outfits will result in efficiency and will minimize chaos.   Undergarments should be stored neatly and grouped in matching sets for quick decision making.

Pratico collection by Zanette

Pratico collection by Zanette

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Winter White

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Modern white interiors

It’s winter and my obsession with winter white is in overdrive.  White color is so incredibly elegant and pure that its usage in home decor with proper application is nothing short of spectacular.  Some recent white room examples include a an all-white dining room featuring a brand new version of the Eliot round dining table by Cattelan Italia, with this year’s edition offering immense round dimensions, big enough to utilize the super convenient lazy susan.  Eliot round table with white Carrara marble top is amicably complemented by all-white leather upholstered Betty dining chairs, Joker all-white bookshelves and Eclipse chandelier.

Another example of minimally contrasted white modern decor is a home office space consisting of the Qwerty office desk and Piquant bookcase both of which offer an opportunity to highlight the content of the space like books, plants, etc…rather than its comprising furniture elements.