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Need a Vacation? Let your travel horoscope inspire your next trip!

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VRBO put together a guide to help you pick your next vacation destination. Where will your birth sign be taking you?

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YOU NEED BALANCE

You’re intense, dude! The trick is to find a getaway challenging enough to satisfy your rugged drive that also forces you to relax and marvel at the natural world.

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YOU NEED STIMULATION

You yearn for adventure this fall. Mental thrills, cool sights, you name it, you must explore. And it’s gotta be in a boredom-free zone. Perish idle thoughts!

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YOU NEED COMFORT

You work crazy-hard. It’s time to unplug. No need to get too far outta your zone — too laid-back or too remote. A small town with big design appeal is the right move.

YOU NEED INDEPENDENCE

You work crazy-hard. It’s time to unplug. No need to get too far outta your zone — too laid-back or too remote. A small town with big design appeal is the right move.

YOU NEED A BIG CHILL

Despite being naturally mellow, you’re a sensitive, compassionate sort who requires a reboot to refill your tank. Retreat to a calm, daydreamy place by the sea.

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YOU NEED ACTION

You’re gonna take charge on vacay like every day. You’d never settle for simply lazing around a pool, so don’t even front. Say "hey" to a bustling paradise instead!

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YOU NEED INDULGENCE

It’s time to bask in the glory you provide for others without expending tons of effort. Find a dramatic landscape in a luxe setting and soak it all up.

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YOU NEED NOVELTY

Impulse-control issues aside, you’re the good kind of adrenaline junkie! Go where your spontaneous spirit will encounter endlessly interesting places and people.

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YOU NEED PEACE

Take a step back from the stress. Find a chill place by the shore to recharge and treat yourself to the TLC you’re always doling out to everyone else.

YOU NEED INSPIRATION

A whimsical creature like you needs serene, transcendent scenery this season. Nothing less than magical forest vibes will do.

source: VRBO

Transformation Tuesday: From Cramped Closet to Open Master Bathroom

Finding a property that checks off 100% of your wish list items is pretty rare, especially in our current low-inventory real estate market. One of my favorite parts of touring properties with Buyer's is opening their eyes up to the possibility of reworking a space to make it suit their needs. Sure, everyone would love to design their dream home from the ground up but transforming an older space to fit your lifestyle is also a fantastic option.

HOUZZ highlights this perfectly in their Before and After’s stories on www.houzz.com. Here are some highlights from their most recent post about a Seattle couple who transform an attic closet into the en-suit master bathroom of their dreams.

BEFORE

There was a lot of work to be done to transform the old closet into an en suite bathroom, but the designers also saw a lot of potential.

This side of the house faces east, giving the homeowners a view of Lake Washington and an abundance of morning sunlight. The existing bedroom was large but not functional. Space under the eaves was wasted, and parts of the attic were still unfinished. 

“We find that when you are working with constraints, such as dormers, brick facades, tight spaces, it is an opportunity to create a unique space,” says project manager Alev Seymen.


 AFTER

 A bright and open bathroom replaces the once closed-in closet. The design team extended the existing gable along the front of the house to match the footprint of the first floor, recapturing vertical space that was lost under the eaves. The new peaked dormers fit in with the Tudor’s original character, looking as if it was built this way from the start. 

 


CLICK HERE for the full story.

LUXETRENDS | Less is More

Minimalist Properties for Understated Luxury

Sometimes a little goes a long way. Minimalism is quickly becoming one of the most popular trends in home décor and luxury real estate, with homeowners abandoning their ornate tastes for spaces with a more streamlined aesthetic. Clean and modern design radiate throughout each of the following properties and show that true luxury can be understated and refined.


NEW YORK, NEW YORK | US $29,950,000  Soaring ceilings, remarkable views of the Hudson River and a captivating wraparound terrace are just a few of the highlights of this gorgeous penthouse. This 4-bedroom 4-bathroom masterpiece has an expansive, open floor plan that accentuates the effortless flow throughout the space. Styled with white en suite marble bathrooms and sleek floor to ceiling windows, the home has a simplistic aesthetic that focuses on impeccable interior design and the beautiful view overlooking the city.  Luxury Portfolio ID: CLUT

NEW YORK, NEW YORK | US $29,950,000

Soaring ceilings, remarkable views of the Hudson River and a captivating wraparound terrace are just a few of the highlights of this gorgeous penthouse. This 4-bedroom 4-bathroom masterpiece has an expansive, open floor plan that accentuates the effortless flow throughout the space. Styled with white en suite marble bathrooms and sleek floor to ceiling windows, the home has a simplistic aesthetic that focuses on impeccable interior design and the beautiful view overlooking the city. Luxury Portfolio ID: CLUT


SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO | US $3,300,000

An impeccably designed modern property tucked away near the mountainside features beautifully simple details. The 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home has an openness throughout, ideal for showcasing photography, art or interesting sculpture. Picture windows and folding glass panels peer out onto the breathtaking landscape from the indoor lap pool while fiber optic lights shine from above to resemble a desert sky. For added convenience, a Vantage control system provides control of the blinds, radiant heat, and museum quality lighting in the space. Luxury Portfolio ID: VNRT


BERLIN, GERMANY|  €3,200,000

Always on the cutting-edge of modern design, Berlin hosts some of the most contemporary and minimalistic properties in the world. In this sleek villa, natural stone floors and an intimate fireplace within the spacious living area add to the clean and practical nature of the home, while the open spa area and rooftop terrace overlooking Berlin offer a hint of indulgent relaxation. Modern appliances and neutral coloring throughout the home add to this property’s understated charm. Luxury Portfolio ID: EEHV


HURLINGHAM, JOHANNESBERG, SOUTH AFRICA | R13,000,000

Proof that minimalism does not have to be dull, this unique home showcases a unique geometric layout with sporadic pops of color throughout that add a hint of flair to the space. Reminders of the contemporary aesthetic can be seen at every turn, from the distinctive design of the stairs leading to the second floor to the solitary red wall in the kitchen area. The incredible marble floors, high ceilings, and linear aesthetic in the living area contribute to the homes high-tech and contemporary design. Luxury Portfolio ID: ATTZ


PUZOL, SPAIN | €850,000

Set in a prime location with an incredibly unique layout, this property is truly a one of a kind. The 4-bedroom 3-bathroom villa features an open living room area, a study, dining room and an incredible kitchen with sleek and modern appliances available at your fingertips. Variations of both height and lighting from room to room add to the exceptional design of the home’s interior, while the gorgeous greenery and linear design of the structure complement the exterior. The simplistic design combined with the unconventional layout of the space add a sense of comfort and quality to the home. Luxury Portfolio ID: MCYZ

SOURCE: Luxury Portfolio International | LUXE TRENDS | BLOG

5 Popular Ideas for New Decks & Terraces

It is August 8th and our local grocery store already has Halloween costumes out! For those of you who do not want to let go of summer for at least another month or two, here is a great article from Houzz talking about the latest trends in outdoor living!

1. Consider Local Materials

Gauged Frontier stone from Montana is an apt choice for this Jackson Hole, Wyoming, terrace because it blurs the lines between the architecture and the surroundings. With a design like this and a spectacular view of the Grand Tetons, it’s easy to see why so many Houzzers are drawn to this photo. Look for local or regional materials to best blend a terrace or patio into the landscape.


2. Use Sail Shades

This deck and pool area offers shady and sunny spots thanks to contemporary charcoal gray sail shades.


3. Extend the Architecture Overhead

This modern take on the trellis accentuates the architecture of the house and provides a spot to hang magical outdoor globe lights.

 

 

 

 


4. Build In the Furniture

Similar to the previous photo, a substantial trellis defines this outdoor living room on the deck.

But another important trend represented here is built-in deck furniture. This can make a small deck feel more expansive than free-standing furniture and maximize your deck’s seating potential. While these benches float, others we’ve seen have built-in storage beneath them to keep cushions clean and dry.


5. Think Tiers

If you have the space, consider building several levels for the deck. Here, it helps the transition from conversation areas to lounging areas. And this one delineates the levels even more by using different materials on the deck. Long boards emphasize the area you traverse, while a more rhythmic composition sets the tone in the sitting area and turf adds a relaxing element in the sunbathing area.