Thousands of people visit Coldwell Banker’s Pinterest and Instagram accounts daily. They come for decor and design inspiration, for their fix of beautiful properties, and for information about some of the hottest listings in real estate. We’ve compiled a visual list of the homes that were the biggest hits on our social media accounts this month. Check them out below! Read more
Getting ready to sell your house? We asked our global Coldwell Banker network for their best advice for those prepping their homes. Check out what they had to say.
“Get the home inspected and address any necessary repairs now before it becomes an issue during negotiations.” says Susan Heckman, Marketing Coordinator for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. At the same time you should also check with your town to ensure there are no open permits on your home. Read more
From Nest to SmartThings to Belkin there are a ton of companies that are creating devices for your home that help you automate it. Setting your thermostat or resetting your alarm from your phone is no longer a “wow.” It’s quite plebeian actually. Ok, maybe I took that too far.
Beyond the fact that robots are taking over our homes (and we think it’s awesome) this latest product took me by surprise. I’ll admit I lose my keys as much as the next person, but do I need my iPhone to literally be the key to my home? Read more
The following is a guest post from noted interior designer Brian del Toro
For those interested in the decorative arts, interior design and fine arts, the annual winter antiques show in New York City is an exhibition not to be missed. With exhibitors from all over the US and Europe, it allows the discriminating connoisseur the opportunity to view and shop from each dealers best pieces, collected all year long to be presented here. Some have likened the show to shopping in a museum. Even if one’s pockets aren’t deep enough to purchase, the chance to see the caliber of the items presented here is astounding.
The more show stopping pieces exhibited here can be the focal points of fabulous rooms, or the smaller accessories can add depth and extra shine to a room to finish it off, like a great earrings or beautiful watch to a well-tailored suit. Antiques like these add a graciousness or a sense of quality to a room, and can be mixed with more contemporary items. Everything in a room does not have to be as precious as some of these items, but can actually stand out when paired with simpler, more tailored items of much lesser cost.
Antiques like these also add a very particular note to interiors that reflect their owners taste and sophistication. They add polish and uniqueness to rooms and make them truly special and unique. Like any type of art, unique pieces like these will hold their value while giving their owners years of pride of and enjoyment for many years. Read more
A journey back to earth from the dark edges of space is overwhelmingly viewed as the greatest coming home scene in movie history according to our readers. Apollo 13 launched a commanding lead early and held on to the top spot in our Oscar season poll.
With over 2,000 consumers participating, the historical film was able to more than double the second place scene which was from The Wizard of Oz. The biggest surprise for me was the fact that the homecoming in Home Alone finished dead last. Really? Such a great film and great scene. Oh well.
While we’re handing out awards, the Academy will be doling out Oscars on Sunday night where Coldwell Banker will debut its latest ad entitled Your Home. You can get a sneak peek of it here or tune in on Sunday night, March 2nd to watch it from the comforts of your home.
Your home is made of wood and nails. It’s made of doors and windows, but it’s more than that.
Home is the canvas on which much of our life is painted. It’s the place we long to return to. It’s the joy we celebrate when we find it. It’s the castle upon which our personal kingdom is built.
Your home is built with infinite memories. Crack open an old scrapbook or browse through your digital photo album and you’ll see the most prominent memories start at home. Graduation. Birth. Marriage. Birthdays. Holidays. Little League. These moments are captured at home.
At just 39, Leonardo DiCaprio already has a litany of spectacular and legendary performances to his credit. Despite all of the historic roles and performances, the “Best Actor” Oscar has mysteriously eluded him – until now; or at least that’s what Hollywood “insiders” think. Everyone with an “in” seems to believe he will take home the Best Actor Academy Award this Sunday for his portrayal of the infamous Wall Street criminal/tycoon Jordan Belfort.
If you just so happened to see ‘The Wolf of Wall Street‘, then you could attest to the fact that his performance was so good that he was basically unrecognizable – he really became Jordan Belfort. With that being the case, we’ll use real life Leonardo DiCaprio vs. Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort to help answer an aged old debate in real estate circles: Read more
Concrete, glass and heavy timber combine to create an over 10,000 square foot palace on Okanagan Lake. This $8.8 million home is a “looker” – so much so that in 2013 it took home the prestigious Pinnacle award for master suite design, luxury pool design and single family home design.
The home’s aesthetic is punctuated by all glass walls that let in an abundant amount of light and mountain and waterfront views. The property has 4 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms and top of the line amenities and appliances throughout.
I can just imagine heading out to the outdoor space and taking in those captivating mountain and lakefront views from the infinity edge pool or from the outdoor living room and spa area! Click here if you’d like to see more photos of this beautiful home listed by Jane Hoffman with Coldwell Banker Horizon Realty.
If you live in an area where snow falls each winter and the temperature dips below freezing this time of year, chances are you may have to deal with ice dams at some point. Not sure what ice dams are? It’s when ice builds up in your gutters forming a dam that prevents water from flowing off your roof and forcing it to find other places to go – likely inside of your home.
What makes me an expert on ice dams? Well, let’s just say I’ve felt their wrath this past winter and have exhausted all avenues to try and deal with them.
The biggest issue with ice dams is that because water can’t flow off of your roof it finds any crack or crevice to go in which often causes leaks in your home’s ceilings, water to flow from windows and even the insides of your walls. I’ve experienced all three this past month and it is zero fun. Zero fun.
To help you avoid my own painful homeowner experience here are some questions and answers to consider when winter wields its frostiness at your home’s gutters. Read more
To many Hollywood insiders, the race for the “Best Picture” award for this year’s Academy Awards has come down to ’12 Years a Slave’ and the 10 time nominated film, ‘American Hustle‘. Centered around the 1978 “Abscam” scandal, the film features a world class cast set in a perfectly recreated late 1970s landscape – colorful shirts, perms, velour couches and all.
As is usually the case with all things design, we seem to revisit the past often and use it as inspiration for the clothes we wear and furniture we buy. Over the better part of the last 7-8 years, our obsession with 1960s vintage fashion, music and home decor has dominated the American aesthetic. As the 1960s craze tapers off a bit, the colorful and diverse palette of the 1970s has begun to creep its way into design and the wildly popular and superbly art directed ‘American Hustle’ has only fanned those flames.
Here’s a look at 5 interesting home design and decor trends from American Hustle to keep an eye out for in 2014: Read more