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LUXE announces 16 Design Trends We’re Excited to See More of in 2016

Article by Elise Gabriele


16 Design Trends We’re Excited to See More of in 2016

1. Sculptural Furnishings
The owners found the elevator entry’s sculptural bronze chair at Art Miami. Sycamore-clad walls, fabricated by D & R Architectural Woodwork, act as an elegant backdrop for their art collection.

2. Textured Accent Walls
This contemporary Michigan home’s great room is accentuated with a fireplace hearth covered in white ceramic tile. “It’s almost shell-like, but it also has a modern vernacular,” says interior designer Stephanie Wohlner.

3. Semi-Precious Stone Accents
Designer Chandos Dodson Epley added matching semi-precious stone lamps to the living room of homeowners Marcie and Brian Peters.

4. Indoor-Outdoor Connections
Motorized door panels on one corner of the living room retract to turn the patio and living room into one big indoor-outdoor space. The Royal Botania table and brushed marine-grade stainless-steel chairs were selected to blend in with the palette.

5. Metallics and Mixed Metals
Sconces by Thomas O’Brien for Visual Comfort illuminate the powder room’s handmade mirror from Justmorocco Furniture Imports in Clearwater, Florida. Romo’s metallic-vinyl wallcovering pairs with a custom Waterworks washstand and a Kallista faucet.

6. Retro Furnishings
Jonathan Adler table lamps and chairs, covered with a tangerine Duralee textile, enliven a retro guest bedroom. A Lee Industries ottoman stands at the foot of the bed, which is accented with custom shams made with Kravet Couture fabric and Designers Guild trim.

7. Monochromatic Décor
For the parlor of a couple’s new Sedalia house, designers Miranda Cullen and Devon Tobin kept to a monochromatic palette when reupholstering a sofa and two armchairs with Fabricut linen. The ceiling fixture is by Currey & Company.

8. Pantone-Inspired Blue and Pink Accents
In the living room, Vittorio Rossi’s Murano glass heads from YM Antiques in New York flank Christine Pichette’s painting. Before the artworks is a periwinkle sofa from Saladino Furniture in Summer Hill fabric from Jeffrey Michaels.

9. Industrial Lighting
Industrial style galvanized pendants from RJ Imports meet classic Shaker style cabinetry in the kitchen. The walnut butcher block on the island, the soapstone counters and the subway tiles are all from Famosa Surface Studio.

10. Minimalism
Concrete floors flow through this minimalistic home that designer and homeowner Maria Gomez outfitted with classic modern furniture.

11. Spa-Like Bathrooms
Architect Martin Goldstein worked with the designer on reconfiguring the master bathroom. Custom vanities, designed by Hintgen and purchased through Minteriors, are topped with onyx by YK Stone Center and flank a steam room complete with a shower and tub.

12. Geometric Patterns
A pair of Madeline Stuart ottomans from De Sousa Hughes stands at the foot of an upholstered bed by Bernhardt in the master bedroom. The wool rug is by Stark, and the polished-nickel wall sconces with fabric shades are by The Urban Electric Co.

13. Colored Cabinetry
In the kitchen, a farmhouse sink by Handcrafted Metal—featuring a Jaclo faucet— complements the vibrant blue cabinetry and hardware from Chicago Brass. Quartzite countertops are from Stone Source.

14. Statement Staircases
The free floating-step staircase is complimented by paintings by Richard Serra and Frank Stella from Evelyn Aimis Fine Art that form a vertical gallery above the sideboard in this modern Miami Beach great room.

15. Globally Crafted Goods
The media room is saturated with color for a Moroccan feel. Interior designer Chandler Prewitt worked with La Puerta Originals to design a chaise made from antique-wood carvings from India and paired it with a George IV Bobbin turned-leg bergère.

16. Colored Ceiling
Pendants from The Urban Electric Co. are suspended from the ceiling, which is painted in the same Wescott Navy shade as the kitchen cabinets. Joan Miro’s Tracé Sur La Paroi III is a focal point in the dining room; the custom table features an iron base and wood top.

Happy New Year!

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6424 Belmead as seen in Christie’s Great Estates magazine, Issue One 2010

6424 Belmead: Christie's Great Estates

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10 Must-have Features in Today’s New Homes

From a MarketWatch article:

Paul Cardis, CEO of AVID Ratings Co., which conducts an annual survey of home-buyer preferences, said there are 10 “must” features in new homes:

  1. Large kitchens, with an island. “If you’re going to spend design dollars, spend them where people want them — spend them in the kitchen,” McCune said. Granite countertops are a must for move-up buyers and buyers of custom homes..
  2. Energy-efficient appliances, high-efficiency insulation and high window efficiency. Among the “green” features touted in homes, these are the ones buyers value most, he said. While large windows had been a major draw, energy concerns are giving customers pause on those, he said. The use of recycled or synthetic materials is only borderline desirable.
  3. Home office/study. People would much rather have this space rather than, say, a formal dining room. “People are feeling like they can dine out again and so the dining room has become tradable,” Cardis said. And the home theater may also be headed for the scrap heap, a casualty of the “shift from boom to correction,” Cardis said.
  4. Main-floor master suite. This is a must feature for empty-nesters and certain other buyers, and appears to be getting more popular in general, he said. That could help explain why demand for upstairs laundries is declining after several years of popularity gains.
  5. Outdoor living room. The popularity of outdoor spaces continues to grow, even in Canada, Cardis said. And the idea of an outdoor room is even more popular than an outdoor cooking area, meaning people are willing to spend more time outside.
  6. Ceiling fans.
  7. Master suite soaker tubs. Whirlpools are still desirable for many home buyers, Cardis said, but “they clearly went down a notch,” in the latest survey. Oversize showers with seating areas are also moving up in popularity.
  8. Stone and brick exteriors. Stucco and vinyl don’t make the cut.
  9. Community landscaping, with walking paths and playgrounds. Forget about golf courses, swimming pools and clubhouses. Buyers in large planned developments prefer hiking among lush greenery.
  10. Two-car garages. A given at all levels; three-car garages, in which the third bay is more often then not used for additional storage and not automobiles, is desirable in the move-up and custom categories, Cardis said.


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Create your own success story: Prepare your home to sell

From an article on the Briggs Freeman blog:

One Briggs Freeman client took six days to diligently go through a check list her agent had given her to prepare her home to sell. After putting the house on the market, she received two offers after only three showings – both over list price. Before putting your home on the market, ask your agent for an individual plan. You can use these tips below to create your own success story:


  • Clean every room and remove clutter. This will help make your home appear bigger and brighter.
  • Re-stage furniture and remove pieces where necessary. (A professional stager is very helpful.)
  • Hire a professional cleaning service every couple of weeks while the house is on the market.
  • Shampoo and vacuum the carpets.
  • Remove clutter from counters, closets and attics.
  • Clean the fireplace and hearth.
  • Replace broken or cracked windowpanes, molding and other woodwork.
  • Repair dripping faucets and showerheads.
  • Put new grout in bathrooms if necessary.
  • Clean and press the drapes or curtains.
  • Clean windows and dust blinds.
  • Repair flooring and tiling throughout the house.
  • Repaint soiled or strongly colored walls with a neutral shade. Apply the same colors to carpets and flooring.
  • Remedy animal odors.
  • Clean oven, range and microwave as well as kitchen appliances.


  • Keep the lawn edged, cut and watered regularly.
  • Trim hedges, weed flowerbeds and prune trees regularly.
  • Unclog gutters and downspouts.
  • Make sure light fixtures are operating properly.
  • Replace any screens that have holes or fraying.
  • Check the foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and crumbling.
  • Inspect doors and windows for peeling paint.
  • Add a few pots of beautiful flowers or annuals near your front entrance.
  • Keep your garage door closed.
  • Apply a fresh coat of paint to the front door.
  • Pressure-wash the exterior if necessary.


  • Open draperies and curtains before prospective buyers arrive.
  • Keep your home set at a comfortable temperature.
  • Play soft music throughout the house.
  • Leave the house while a prospective buyer is viewing the home and avoid having too many people present at the same time.
  • Keep pets out of the way.

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Experience the same utterly relaxed state you slip into while on vacation within your home’s walls

On Facebook, I subscribe to daily postings and inspirations from a group called Daily OM. Today’s posting is fitting for my daily pursuit in finding wonderful homes for my clients. Thanks to the administrator of the Daily OM, Marcia Kearl Johnson. – Becky

July 29, 2009
An Instant Vacation

Throughout our lives, most of us are led to believe that relaxation is best pursued outside of the home. As a result, we spend months anticipating weeklong vacations, seldom fully appreciating the leisure time we are blessed with on a more regular basis. It is possible, however, to reexperience the same utterly relaxed state you slip into while on holiday within your home’s walls. The feelings of serenity you enjoy during a vacation are a product of your outlook rather than your locale. You give yourself permission to enjoy yourself and unwind while on vacation. Granting yourself the same privilege while at home allows you to experience complete relaxation, even when surrounded by routine.

4678 Christopher Place Dallas 75204    3/3.1/Fmls/Den/Patio     $1,425,000

4678 Christopher Place Dallas 75204 3/3.1/Fmls/Den/Patio $1,425,000

Our homes can be distracting places as most survival tasks are addressed there. Reviving the tranquility you felt on holiday is as easy as creating an atmosphere that helps you relax. First, divest yourself of the notion that messes must be cleaned up immediately and reaffirm that relaxation is as vital as physical nourishment. Then, set the mood. Music that reminds you of a beloved vacation destination can put you in a vacation mind-set. The exotic flavor of a tropical beverage or the spiciness a favorite ethnic dish can transport you to a more restful mental space. Finally, put aside your projects and commit to doing only what you consider truly pleasurable. Your responsibilities will wait as you put up your feet and revel in peacefulness that comes from within.

If you find it difficult to ignore the temptation to simply fall back into your usual schedule, consider that relaxation should occupy a prominent place on your to-do list. You deserve to take “you time” and to care for yourself, even during life’s busy periods. While you may not always be able to get away from it all, you can still nurture yourself and regain your peace of mind.

The Daily OM


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Thanks to StyleSwoon.com: Samantha Reitmayer’s latest and greatest creation

Thank you, Sam, for writing about the latest addition to our home, the screen porch. We are honored to be a part of the new Style/Swoon.com. Check out this great blog about cool finds around town, houses, and fun information that you want to know. Sam is super creative and I love all of her ideas. This is her latest and most exciting – enjoy it.
And she is right, I am always looking for a new project – so let me know if you see a good re-do.
– Becky

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