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10 Tips for Maximizing Profits on Your Vacation Rental Property

The Complete Guide to Buying, Renovating, and Managing Your Vacation Rental Property

A request our firm gets more and more frequently is, “Can you design my vacation rental?” It’s a phone call we’re always excited to get. The truth is designers love working on hospitality spaces. Whimsical and fun, vacation rentals are about escape and pleasure, and owners are usually willing to push boundaries of design a lot further than in their own homes.


10 Home Decor Trends You’re About to See Everywhere in 2018

Style Trends in Home Decor for 2018 Keeping It Cozy Coziness: That is really going to be THE buzz word heard around the globe when it comes to trends in home decor. Hygge, the Danish word that loosely translates to coziness is already a popular design style overseas and has been in design circles for a while, but is just now making its way into mainstream American homes. The palette of a hygge space can go a couple of ways: Think monochrome with hints of millennial pink OR layers of tobacco and other rich earth tones, but ALWAYS layers of blankets and pillows by the fire. (More on 2018 color trends later on!)   Make It Fashion! This year we’re going to see an increasing amount of high fashion and home decor crossover. Gucci Home, Badgeley Mishka, Louis Vitton all launched home decor collections recently, with eclectic, quality furnishings existing at the perfect intersection of European high style and coziness. Even H&M and Zara are getting in on the game. And of course, we’re no strangers to the growing home decor collections of Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie. Color Trends in Home Decor for 2018 Cosmic Explosion: Ultraviolet Pantone Color of the Year, Ultraviolet has a cosmic, futuristic vibe, but is a relative of the popular millennial pink, which, while complimentary, has a more vintage vibe. As more millennials become homeowners, you’ll be seeing more home industry designers and retailers catering to their needs.  We expect to see minimalism to be taking strong hold in modern bedrooms, where you’ll likely see ultraviolet popping up quite a bit. Cabin Fever: Rich Earthy Tones This past year, we had the incredible opportunity to report live from the High Point Design Bloggers Tour, where we really got to see how the sausage is made: We can tell you first hand what retailers will be stocking their shelves and showroom floors with in the upcoming year: Namely warm, rich, earthy colors, paired with jewel tones: think mustard, burgundy, forrest green. Expect to see these tones in cozy communal spaces, small parlour rooms, man caves and she sheds, and home offices. Color In Unexpected Places We’re so excited more homeowners are getting over their fear of color and are starting to request color in unexpected places like kitchen appliances and cabinets, ceilings, and on upholstery like sofas or dining chairs. UPDATE: This funky modern kid's room we designed has been featured on Shutterfly!   Blasts From The Past: Vintage Home Decor Trends Making a Comeback! Vintage Lighting: Updating a room’s lighting is arguably the best way to instantly upgrade a room! Although, this year, we may be going back in time: Antique lighting like aged copper pendants and candlestick sconces add a stylish, warm, lived-in vibe to any room. Double Rachel Wall Sconce from Dunes & Duchess This is one trend we’re particularly excited about, as we love the architectural shapes that lighting features bring to a space. Uplights will also be making a comeback to showcase beautiful landscape architecture and enhance outdoor entertaining spaces at night. Prints & Chintz! Wallpaper is coming back in the big way! The gorgeous patterns from the latest Osborne and Little collections, for example, are the perfect way to make a statement in a powder room or a liven up a stuffy formal, dining room. And we’ve already been placing orders for traditional, detailed, custom bedding and drapery, complete with all the bells and whistles: trims and fringe galore! Design Trends that are Here To Stay! Modern Farmhouse: From industrial lighting, to deep farmhouse sinks, the modern farmhouse design trend has been taking over the past couple years, and has mutated a few times: from the homespun version made famous by Joanna and Chip on HGTV to the industrial chic version you often find in suburbs surrounding cities to the coastal twist on the modern farmhouse. We don’t expect this trend to go anywhere anytime soon, but expect to see a few more versions of it in the upcoming year! Statement Backsplashes: We love tile and are so excited to see homeowners daring to make a bold statement with exciting kitchen and bathroom backsplashes. Outdoor Kitchens and Living Rooms: The backyard features adding the most value to the home are not pools or built-in golf courses, but *cozy* (there’s that word again!) and frequently used outdoor kitchen, dining, and living room areas complete with full kitchens, stocked bars, gorgeous fireplaces and fire pits, pergolas and cabanas! What home decor trends do you anticipate seeing in 2018? Which are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!


Furnishings for an Elegant Holiday Home

All our favorite finds from the High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour

Imagine Your Holiday Home with All our Favorite Finds from the High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour In anticipation of the holidays, we have clients wanting to freshen up the spaces in their home used to entertain family and friends. Some want to give their living room a glamorous update, spruce up guest bedrooms, or make sure their dining rooms are ready for a Thanksgiving feast. Just in time for the holidays, we thought we’d take this opportunity to share with you some of our favorite findings from a recent furniture sourcing trip, as part of Esteem Media’s Design Bloggers Tour of High Point Market Cozy, Glamorous Living Rooms Green Apple Home Style, www.greenapple.pt Green Apple Home Style was a refreshing surprise at this year’s High Point Market. The Portuguese-based company has the perfect pieces to add a bit of elegance and glam to your living room Duralee, www.duralee.com If you’re interested in recovering some of the fabulous furniture you already have, be sure to check out Duralee’s fabrics or give your walls a daring update with one of their wallcoverings. They have the best selection of colors and prints, and partner with the best designers to make luxe designer collections accessible. Guest Bedrooms: Century Furniture, www.centuryfurniture.com A piece from Century lasts FOREVER. It truly doesn’t get much better than a Century bed. Be careful-- you guests might get so comfy they never want to leave ;) Highland House, www.highlandhousefurniture.com And complete your cozy contemporary guest suite with the breathtakingly beautiful silhouettes of Highland House Furniture. ModShop, modshop1.com If its super trendy accents you're in the market for, look no further than Modshop! We love their boho chic collections and their super glam millennial pink pieces! Dining Rooms: Bernhardt Furniture, www.bernhardt.com When it comes to designing a jaw-droppingly gorgeous dining room, it doesn’t get much better than Bernhardt! The 125 year old, family-owned furniture company has the perfect, polished pieces for a formal dining room you’ll want to entertain in year-round. Scott Living, www.scottlivinghome.com For a more casual or modern dining style, look no further than Scott Living, which blends the Property Brothers, Drew & Jonathan Scott’s distinct twin-personalities into one with trendy, wooden, mid-century pieces. Phylum Design, PhylumDesign.com The industrial chic trend is alive and well! But none's mastered it quite like Chris Dunker of Phylum Design who turned a fascination with industrial culture into a gorgeous art collection.   California Christmas: Creating Your Outdoor Oasis (Even in the Winter!) Lloyd Flanders Industries Inc., www.lloydflanders.com Now, if you’re in California, you’re all about that indoor-outdoor living year-round! You’ll want to sip eggnog around your outdoor firepit in Lloyd Flanders beautiful outdoor furnishings. Sunbrella, www.sunbrella.com And you’ll want to cover your outdoor seating with Sunbrella fabrics-- the most durable and stylish outdoor fabrics. They’re GREENGUARD® Gold Certified, OEKO-TEX® Certified, and have the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Approval.