• Swimming Pool Design

    COVID-19 is driving a boom in demand for alternative swimming pools as people reinvest in their homes

    COVID-19 has sparked a boom in demand for swimming pools, and for some the quirkier the construction the better. Key points: COVID-19 has sparked a boom in demand for alternative pools From shipping containers to stock tanks, pools are being made from just about anything Restricted travel has meant homeowners are more inclined to reinvest in their properties  For decades pool styles have been fairly standardised, but now everything from shipping containers to stock tanks are being converted to use for a backyard swim. The pool industry has experienced unprecedented growth over the past two years due to COVID-19. “People are reinvesting in their homes; they’re making an oasis in their backyards,” Spiros Dassakis,…

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  • Kitchen Decoration

    The kitchen trends that will transform our homes in 2022

    Our kitchens have always served multiple purposes. They are the heart of the home where families and friends can gather, as well as a functional space for cooking, working or simply relaxing. In 2022, our kitchens will continue their hybrid role, as we will be more inclined to introduce permanent solutions to home working, as well as taking a fresh look at the flow and layout of our homes. From a design perspective, deep blues and forest greens will lead in 2022, accented with brass hardware, feature flooring, and a new approach to kitchen lighting. Below, 8 design experts weigh in on the kitchen trends we will see in 2022……

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  • Home Design

    Scenes from D Home’s Design Walk & Talk

    On October 7 and 8, D Home opened the doors to some of the Design District’s top showrooms during Thursday evening’s Design Walk, followed by expert-led industry panels during Friday’s Design Talk. Attendees began their Design Walk journey at home base sponsor Gary Riggs and were able to visit fourteen different showrooms throughout the Design District. After more than a year at home, visitors were ready to raise a glass and experience everything the Design District had to offer.  Shuttles provided transportation between the showrooms as visitors enjoyed unique food, drinks, and creative activities at each stop. Special thanks to participating showrooms Abitare 18, AF Home Interiors, Alta Window Fashions,…

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  • Real Estate

    Palm Beach Real Estate Is So Hot, at Least 22 Homes Sold for $40M-Plus Since Covid

    As the ink dried on a $122.7 million deal for the sale of a contemporary oceanfront Palm Beach mansion this past February, real-estate agent Ryan Serhant toasted his success with a glass of Champagne and a lobster at a table for one at the area’s iconic hotel, The Breakers. He had flown in from New York to finalize the deal, which was the largest of the year so far in Palm Beach. It also marked the pinnacle of a dramatic market surge that has overwhelmed local real-estate agents since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis. In many ways, the deal spoke perfectly to that unique moment. The seller, Mark Pulte,…

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  • Home Design

    Worldwise: Inspired Luxury Homes Founder and Principal Emily Mackie’s Favorite Things

    Interior designer Emily Mackie. Courtesy Emily Mackie Text size When interior designer Emily Mackie tried to convince clients and colleagues to embrace 3-D technology, no one was ready to leap into the virtual design world. “I realized that if I wanted to make this concept come to life, I had to do it on my own,” Mackie says. With a plat survey in hand, Mackie and her 12-person staff can generate an entire home via a pre-construction 3-D virtual tour before breaking ground, thanks to the new software she created.  This version of virtual reality technology helps potential homeowners understand interior spaces, giving them the ability to walk through room…

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  • Home Design

    Freedom (of design): A peek inside the homes of 3 Seattleites with independent style

    We’re approaching the Fourth of July, when the nation’s thoughts turn toward the concepts of freedom and independence. And while the lofty ideals of inalienable rights don’t really apply to the world of home design, freedom (from trends) and independence (of style) are still pretty grand notions to which we can aspire. That means freedom from a reliance on muted neutrals, fiddle-leaf figs, gold accents, white shiplap, framed sayings — all the trends that come and go — and an independence to style your home in a way that’s contrary to the aesthetic of the moment. To inspire your own forward-thinking ideas, we’re featuring the homes of three Seattleites who aren’t…

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  • Home Design

    Why Are Australian Homes So Cold?

    The Australia Letter is a weekly newsletter from our Australia bureau. Sign up to get it by email. The past few weeks has found me either wrapped in thermals and a blanket or working from my bed with my laptop balanced on my lap because it’s really cold in my apartment. It’s not so much a new realization as it is something else the pandemic has thrown into sharp relief (along with existing inequalities, our country’s reliance on migration and international travel, etc.). It wasn’t until I was spending most of my days working from home, in a room with no heater instead of a centrally heated office, did I…

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