30 Luxury Home Design Trends And Features Adorning 2017

Originally posted over on Inman

What high-end homebuyers seek, and sellers should consider…

Key Takeaways:

  • Luxury buyers look for anything but cookie-cutter, while convenience, style and recreation opportunities make the top of their wish list.
  • A ranch-style featuring a designer kitchen, blended living space and mixed-metal trimmings — such a house would embody 2017 luxury, so long as it was also decked out in smart home technology.
  • That’s according to twin brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott, co-founders of Scott Brothers Entertainment and Scott Living.
  • The duo and HGTV hosts — real estate agent (Drew) and fixer-upper transformer (Jonathan) — launched their first book this year, New York Times’ best-seller Dream Home: The Property Brothers’ Ultimate Guide To Finding & Fixing Your Perfect House, along with a luxury home project in Las Vegas: Dream Homes by Scott Living.
  • The project offers well-to-do buyers the chance to snag a new build from their portfolio of customizable original designs.
  • What do the brothers have to say about this year’s biggest luxury design trends, features and homebuyer requests? Which investments add value, and where should the top 1 percent of sellers refrain from splurging?

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Sell Your Home Fast: 21 Staging Tips

Originally posted on Houzz

If you are planning to put your house on the market, it goes without saying that you are hoping to sell your home as quickly as possible and get your asking price. Set the stage for success with these 21 tips for styling and upgrading your home, and see results — fast.

Traditional Exterior by Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.
Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.

1. Boost curb appeal. This is something you always hear, and with very good reason. Many people thinking of touring your home will do a quick drive-by first, often deciding on the spot if it is even worth a look inside. Make sure your home is ready to lure in onlookers with these tips:

  • Power wash siding and walkways (How to Wash Your House)
  • Hang easy-to-read house numbers
  • Plant blooming flowers and fresh greenery
  • Mow lawn, and reseed or add fresh sod as needed
  • Wash front windows
  • Repaint or stain the porch floor as needed

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Stay Warm By the Fireplace This Fall


A fireplace is a great way not only to stay warm fall and winter, but to dress up a living room! It adds a cozy & comforting aspect to the room. Some people lean towards the classic style fireplaces or like to give a more modern/contemporary appearance. Here are a couple BEFORE & AFTERS that we just love!


We absolutely love this before & after. The change of colors used adds a more trendy feel to the fireplace. We also love the touch of black that has been added! We also love the accessories and photos that have been added. The black & white portrait pulls everything together nicely. 


All white is a great way to brighten up any room & an easy way to add a updated and fresh appearance. If you are looking to Sell your home, consider an all white palette, it allows potential Buyers to feel as though they can start on a clean slate and it is also eye catching. 


Swiping out the beige for the gray embellishment around the fireplace also adds a more modern feel. We also love the white shelves that have been added for extra storage surrounding the fireplace.   fireplace

This is a more simple change, but makes the world of a difference. From old to new, this white coat on top the brick brightens up the room and creates the appearance of a larger fireplace. 

Are You Looking to Sell Your Home? Not only does our team have experience in Real Estate, but we also offer a free Consultation for Staging & Interior Design! 

Check out these BEFORE & AFTERS

Pantone Color Of The Year-Pantone Colors for 2018

There’s a whole new set of neutrals.

We’re still wrapping our heads around how to use Greenery (the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year) in every single way possible, and already, we have more inspiration to ponder for the year ahead. Behold: The 2018 color forecast is here.At the International Home + Housewares Show, Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman revealed what color and design trends we can expect next year, and there seems to be something for just about everyone.”Metallics we know are classic, but they have really moved over into neutrals,” Eiseman said. She also predicts a continued infatuation with iridescence, since “the human eye can absolutely not avoid” anything pearlized or translucent.Another standout trend will include a movement to intense colors rather than pastels — music to the ears for bright color lovers.”Intense colors seem to be a natural application of our intense lifestyles and thought processes these days,” she said.Ready to start color scheming for 2018? Read on for the eight palettes you can expect to see next year.

Resourceful: A palette made up of complementary blue and orange colors. “This is quite an interesting color combination,” said Eiseman. “It combines warm and cool tones that you just can’t avoid looking at.”

Verdure: Vegetal colors like Celery are combined with berry-infused purples and eggshell blue, symbolic of health, in this palette.


Playful: Think “Minions.” Bright yellow, lime popsicle, and all other things fun come together for this color scheme. “People need to stop and smile,” said Eiseman.

Discretion: Playful’s alter ego. Subtle hues such as Elderberry and Hawthorne Rose offer a new sense of strength. “Pink has developed more power than ever before,” said Eiseman.

Far-fetched: With warm, earthy hues such as Cornsilk Yellow blending with rosy tones, this palette “reaches out and embraces many different cultures,” said Eiseman.

Intricacy: A palette of neutral metallics (AKA, the “new neutrals”) with accents of dramatic Holly Berry red and yellow Sulfur.

Intensity: This is an eclectic mix of colors that evokes a sense of strength, power and sophistication, all balanced with black and gold.

TECH-nique: Bright turquoise, pink and purple colors anchored with Brilliant White and Frosted Almond nod to technology. This palette is all about hues “that seem to shine from within,” said Eiseman.

Source: The Pantone Colors 2018 – Pantone Color Of The Year

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All About Metal: Classic, Chic, Brass

Brass Faucets 

One way to dress up a room is by adding a metal. There are many options and opinions on the different metals that may be on trend. One metal we personally love is Brass. This metal is a beautiful statement piece and tends to stand out on its own, it does great accompanied with just white, just black, or both, especially in kitchens.


We love how this kitchen is tied together with the Brass statement pieces. 

Brass also does well in Bathrooms, it’s unique and tends to stand out, especially in smaller bathrooms that need a little boost!


One thing you need to be careful with is not to overload with brass, that is why some designs prefer to mix another metal within the design, such as silver.


Take a look at our Listings we Staged with Brass !

566 CommonWealth Ave , Boston


3 Saint Mary Rd, Cambridge 





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