“Use white as a unifying element when mixing antiques,” suggests author Susan Sully. This homeowner had a variety of antiques of different styles and countries. To dial down the formality of the room, the homeowner left the frame over the bed uncovered and stuck to a clean, white color palette. The result is a calming room that feels both eclectic and cohesive at the same time.
Incorporate metallic accents. The wall around the sink in this National Kitchen + Bath Association-winning powder room is covered in metallic tile that looks like silver leaf, a costly update. However, Arizona designer Lori Carroll with Lori Carroll and Associates, says you could get a similar DIY effect by painting the wall a darker shade, taping off squares and then using a metallic paint.
Mirrors and mirrored furniture are high-impact ways to get a luxury look, even on a budget. You can simply add a mirror, such as this round fish-eye mirror above the bed, which Atlanta designer Michelle Mentzer found at a discount. Or go glam by switching out a basic bedside table for a mirrored nightstand. If you have hardwood floors, add a patterned rug from an outlet store.
The owners of this Arizona home wanted their own tropical oasis all year long, so they installed artificial grass around an incredibly opulent water feature. Plus Arizona is on schedule to be as dry as California and watering a lawn can be just as extravagant as a trip to the Seychelles.
A sitting area and plush decorative benches at the foot of the bed take this bedroom from comfy home to a sumptuous experience, plus the butter and gray color palette gives the room a restful vibe. Cindi MacPherson of the Interior Partners says that master bedrooms and bathrooms that they design have coordinating colors and fabrics, another detail that adds to an extravagant feel.
For another molding idea, go the extra step by creating a diamond design on your vent hood to connect sections of cabinets. For this high-end kitchen, Atlanta designer Michele Gratch also brought in luxe barstools and surfaces but then accessorized with affordable items from home decor stores.
The home's master suite, with ornate moldings, ebony floors and a spacious spa bathroom, rivals even the most luxurious hotels. A posh sitting area with two armchairs provides a spot for intimate conversation.
Install a sleek sconce on the side of the bed, instead of cramming a lamp onto a small side table, says Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson, architect and designer with Terracotta Design Build in Atlanta. Sconces may feature swing arms or other ways to change the direction of the light, which helps create a comfortable environment for nighttime reading. A wire basket below a bedside table provides additional, yet stylish, storage.
Agent Dominique Jeramaz is asked to list an $8.3-million Malibu home. She's never sold in the area, but if Dominique can find a buyer, she'll earn a $415,000 commission. On the other hand, if she drops the ball, her reputation will take a major hit in one of the most elite real estate communities in L.A. Meanwhile, an oil tycoon turns to agent Victor Kaminoff when he decides he needs out of his $45K-a-month rental to buy into a Malibu property. If successful, Victor could walk away with a $500K commission. If he fails, Victor will lose a long-term client who keeps bringing him high-end deals.
Keller Williams agent, Steven Aaron, helps his friends downsize and sell their property to be able to move to their dream home in Sonoma County. Hilton Hyland agent Rodrigo Iglesias is challenged to sell the largest residential property in Orange County. If he can market to the right buyers, he'll sell the dream ranch and make a $645,000 commission.
Agent Kofi Natei Nartey helps an ESPN analyst quickly relocate to a new Hollywood Hills property before his current lease expires, while Kennon Earl and Nancie Richards scramble to move a Venice property in a matter of days.
Vanessa Fitzgerald's new clients are longtime friends, who want to buy their first home together. They've lived in LA for a long time, but their modest budget of $800,000 will lead to a challenging search on the affluent West Side of LA. Meanwhile, Victor Kaminoff's sold nearly every home on Kings Road, so when given the opportunity to sell the same home for a FOURTH time, he's determined to keep his winning sales streak alive.
Agent Katy Landrum takes on a developer client, who doubts her abilities, in hopes that she can prove herself and gain her client's trust to be considered to list his ever growing property empire. Christophe Choo entertains a German baron who's flown overseas to find a family estate in the $20 million price range.
Country singer Grant Langston and his wife Catie are in the market for the perfect pad to raise their growing family. Meanwhile, Kennon Earl needs to stage a home correctly to create a welcoming environment for potential buyers.
A veteran agent has to price, stage, and sell a property for his client who grew up in the house and is emotionally attached to it. And a young agent helps a friend and her fiance look for a starter home after toxic mold in their condo made them sick and forced them to move in with his parents.
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Russian-born, American recording artist, Sasha Gradiva, is looking for a house to live, work and fulfill her creative needs in the Hollywood Hills. And Sasha isn't the only celebrity in the neighborhood. Two-time Emmy award winner Michelle Stafford has a home to sell, but in a down market, getting the price she wants is going to prove difficult.
Agent Kofi Natei Nartey tries to expand his business with a $10 million listing in Las Vegas. His plan is to cast a wide net appealing to the local, LA and international communities with target marketing. And broker David Bailey's hard-to-please client and long-time friend Joni Rim is relocating to the West Coast and is in need of a $1 to $1.5 million condo near Beverly Hills' Golden Triangle.
When broker Rob Aigner hears of an agent in his Santa Barbara office is in despair, he decides to help dually market the property in LA as a home away from home. And back in LA, Kofi Natei Nartey gets a client through one of his networking groups, and vows to help them find a home near Redondo Beach before their upcoming wedding.
A client challenges agent Rebekah Schwartz to sell her $2 million Marina Del Ray home. If she's successful, she'll give her the listings on her large portfolio of high-end properties around the city. And, a Southern Belle realizes the hundreds of thousands of dollars she spent in renovations didn't result in her dream home. Now she wants VFG agent, Nicole Contreras to come up with a creative way to bring buyers into the home, and get it sold, before she moves back to Texas.
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