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Home and Design

Engel & Völkers presents guides, tips, and tricks for property owners and real estate pros. 

Found 23 entries about Home and Design.

By the Engel & Völkers Team 

Nothing says I love you, Dad more than buying a home, but while most people are probably short on change to cash in on an extra house, it never hurts to get some phenomenal inspiration in hopes of one day snagging an amazing house for all those awesome dads, just in time for Father’s Day. Because dads all around the world really are the best—at least for the weekend. (Shhh, don’t tell Mom.) 

Here are seven homes on the market that have something special for every type of dad.

For the Car Enthusiast

Whether he has two cars or ten, if your dad has a car he loves he deserves an equally beloved space to show them off. Give Dad that trophy room to display his prized possessions, right at home. You can even gift him some

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By the Engel & Völkers Team

What do Beyoncé Knowles, Demi Lovato, Mischa Barton, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Venus Williams all have in common? They all bought homes for their moms. For celebrities and the ultra-wealthy, buying Mom a home for Mother’s Day sounds like a doable gift. For everyone else, it doesn’t hurt to have a #inspo list, because you never know ... those singing and tennis lessons may eventually pay off. For the next celebrity superstar, here are five homes we think moms would love.

 

For the Movie-Going Mom

Whether it’s to binge on Netflix, watch the Cannes Film Festival prize winners, or simply enjoy the best movies for Mother’s Day, this home movie theater is designed to look like the real thing with the added comfort of

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By Julie Pellestor, Intern from France

Like with any large country, houses in France come in all different shapes, sizes and materials. There is no single “French home” when it comes to architecture and design. However, there are features that are distinct and more common than most. They’re hard to notice if you’re there for too short a time, however, if you’ve been there as long as I have, they are easy to spot. Should you ever consider moving to France and are in search of authentic design and home features, here are a few to get you started.

Rooftops

The Parisian rooftops are truly distinct and recognized around the world. They are designed for maximum light, most likely adorned with chimneys  and are made of zinc, which has been the case

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By the Engel & Völkers Team 

Homes are more than structures. Today, more than ever, we seek refuge and comfort in them as we break from the chaos that greets us when we leave the door. While a home is also the center for family and friends to gather, sometimes you need to take a break from it all. Check out these beautiful bathrooms where baths take center stage, and envision yourself enjoying a spa-like experience right at home. Cue the candles, bubbles and music.

Feeling Zen

We are bamboo-zled with relaxing vibes just looking at this.

Naples, Florida

Center Spotlight

With this circular gem, pick your view as you cool your jets and enjoy a cozy fire. 

Weston, Massachusetts

The Double Soaker

Take your pick between these

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By Katelyn Castellano

Is life truly better on a farm? We think it could be, especially when we're talking about this exquisite pair of luxury properties located in Colts Neck, NJ. Abbey Farm and Windy Hill Farm neighbor one another, separated by 64 acres of fields, ponds and majestic views – each of which border several hundred acres of Bucks Mill Park.

Within an hour drive from Manhattan, and 20 minutes from the beach, this sprawling countryside destination provides something for everyone, possessing their own unique personalities.

Welcome to Abbey Farm

Looking for a $13.5 million stunner? You’ve found it here on Abbey Farm. This 18,000+ square-foot European Style Chateau was inspired by the French castles of Europe and designed to blend the

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By Elisa Kim

These houses are best-in-class when it comes to homes on the market across the U.S. and Canada, and their one common trait has everything to do with green, photosynthesized goodness growing over and all around them. These luxury homes are taking Boston Ivy, Japanese Creepers and deciduous Woodbine to another level to entice prospective homebuyers—and to satisfy those of us who occasionally like to fantasize about owning a mega mansion—because money can indeed grow on trees homes.

From the ultra-trendy Savannah, Georgia and Vancouver, B.C. markets to the ever-exclusive communities of Westlake Village, California and Wellington, Florida, it’s clear that romantic, wild and modestly ivy-covered facades can only add to the value of dream

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By Katelyn Castellano

For many, a second home is where responsibility and stress of the daily grind simply don’t exist. A second home is a realization of your passions, whether it be skiing, beach living, golfing, hiking or simply enjoying the view. It’s a place to make memories and relax with friends and family, so it’s important that it remains a sacred retreat that you continue to dream about and enjoy. Décor and design scheme are important elements of a home’s personality, so here are a few things to consider when decorating your home-away-from-home.

Throw Caution to the Wind

Leave behind any rules you'd usually apply to decorating your home; your second home is the place to have fun. Experiment with light, patterns and colors to create a

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Spring Cleaning Tips to Last Year Round

by Charles Kim

 

According to a survey by the American Cleaning Institute 72 percent of Americans engage in the ritual of spring cleaning every year. From small apartments to large homes, the ritual is different for everyone. The one thing that should hold true for all is to have a plan. Here’s a list to consider and to start with if this is your first Spring Cleaning effort.

  1. Declutter. From clothing and linens to small appliances, label each item in one of two categories—to keep or not to keep. Keep in mind the local charities that look forward to this time of year for donations. Make sure to clean the spaces that you use for storage before returning the items you choose to keep. And organize what
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By Julie Pellestor 

Warm, dependable fires have kept up humankind for quite some time now, but today’s well-designed, modern fireplaces have proven there’s more to it than just survival. Contemporary fireplaces can provide warm accents, seamlessly blend into the layout of any room or stand out as a striking focal point, so here are some options to consider when you’re looking to warm your fingers and toes on something new and more eye-catching than a wood-burning stove.

Abandon your ax and stop chopping down those trees. As alternatives to a wood-burning fireplace, consider gas or ethanol ones. Powered by natural gas, many gas fireplaces are easy to start and can be operated with the single touch of a button. Their flames give a nice nod to

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By Katelyn Castellano 

Built-in shelves can add grandeur, sophistication and dimension to a room, but they can also hold quite a lot of responsibility. Silly, you say? The modern-day "shelfie" is proof that today's shelves have a whole lot to say about homeowner personality – these aren't your grandmother's bookcases. So if you find yourself face-to-face with a blank canvas, consider using books as your secret design weapon to create the perfect blend of style, charm and identity for your home décor.

  1. Where to Start: 
    Browse the books you have in your home that mean something to you. Consider purging or donating some of your guilty pleasure paperbacks and focus on classics or hardcovers that you enjoy and that represent your interests. If you
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