Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to shy away from bright colors, playful patterns, and sun-drenched beach motifs. When our clients told us they wanted a master suite that embodied the sunny disposition of their favorite Miami beach spot, we were excited to get started. Inspired by the young family’s fun and upbeat personality, we threw caution to the wind to create one of the liveliest spaces we’ve ever done. With rich colors, patterns-a-plenty, and lots of fun texture,…

As temperatures dip lower and the dreariness of January stretches ahead of us, it’s hard not to think about physically fleeing to a sunnier locale. While that might not be possible right after the holidays, you can keep your tropical daydreams properly fueled until spring emerges. Grab a mug of something warm and check out these 10 daydream-worthy island getaways. You might even find your next vacation destination! Hilton Head, SC 3 Castlebridge Ct, Hilton Head, SC 29928 For sale: $3.099 million Located on a corner lot,…

Franklin Roosevelt had his swimming pool. Harry Truman built the first White House bowling alley. George H.W. Bush installed tennis and basketball courts. Our personal lives are reflected in our homes, and the White House is no different. Since 1800, when John Adams moved in with his wife, Abigail, the residence has been a window into the way presidents and their families relax, exercise and play. For more than a century, New Year’s Day was an open house for anyone who wished…

Searching for a house locally is not without its difficulties. Add hundreds or even thousands of miles to the equation, and it becomes infinitely more complicated. Though long-distance house hunting has its unique challenges, it’s not impossible. In fact, with the right agent and the convenience of modern technology, it’s never been easier to buy a house remotely. Here are a few critical factors to keep in mind when you find yourself in a home search from afar. Do your homework When it comes…

Moderately sized cities in the middle of the country are now among the strongest housing markets in the United States –  with Nashville, TN topping the list, according to Zillow research on the hottest housing markets for 2017. With strong economic growth, plenty of job opportunities, and safe communities to raise families, these cities are giving the traditionally popular coasts a run for their money. Here’s a look at what the market offers in the top 10 hottest markets in the country for…

The old ways of farming have long fallen out of fashion in this area, but the Clarence Bouton Homestead, originally built in 1763, shines as a beacon of the past – with all the delights of the present. The 2,500-square-foot home, located in South Salem, NY and on the market for $795,000, offers 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, plus four fireplaces, original wood beams, stone fixtures and wide plank flooring. The lavish kitchen is a standout, boasting a hooded stove, warm wood cabinets and a…

When the Obamas leave the White House, they’ll be headed to a rented mansion a few miles away. It’s in Kalorama, the same ritzy neighborhood where Ivanka Trump and her family have found a home, and where Amazon founder Jeff Bezos reportedly recently paid $23 million for the former Textile Museum. Kalorama lacks the fame of its neighbor, Georgetown, but it’s rich in everything a former president or billionaire could want: Privacy, security and proximity to power. “If you’re looking for an…

Like most aspects of owning or purchasing a house, measuring the square footage of a home is complicated. There’s no established standard for measuring a residential property, and everyone seems to measure square footage differently. But if you get it wrong, it can affect your home’s value. There’s no need to be nervous about calculating your home’s square footage, however. Let’s look at how easy it actually is to measure a home’s square footage accurately. Gross living area For most…

No doubt these walls hold fond family memories, but Gwen Stefani and ex Gavin Rossdale are more than ready to let their old home go. The price tag: $35 million. After reportedly shopping the nearly 12,000-square-foot estate around offline, the former couple has officially listed it with Stephen Shapiro of Westside Estate Agency and Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker. The compound comes with a pedigree. Stefani and Rossdale bought the 7-bedroom, 11-bath home from hospitality honcho Sam Nazarian, who bought it…

2016 was a great year for interior design. So many trends were influenced by new innovations and technology; beautiful colors took new form; unique silhouettes filled every room of the home; and textures and fabrics breathed life into otherwise traditional furnishings. But it’s a new year, and time for new looks. Here’s a peek at three current trends that will have the interior design world buzzing in 2017. Va-va velvet For years, the design industry has been buzzing about texture, and how plush or sinuous fabrics flip a…