Let’s Take it Outside

When it comes to home decor, the fastest growing trend is taking the comfort of the indoors and expanding it to luxurious outdoor living spaces. From couches and bars, to dining tables and chairs, outdoor living takes on many capacities for function. Dress up your patio furniture with patterns, textures and trinkets to create a chic space to lounge for you and your guests.

sotheby's real estate outdoor living space

It’s almost as if your living room is now outdoors. With the addition of fire pits for warmth or for roasting marshmallows, these spaces are truly functional for any season.

sotheby's real estate outdoor living

Whether you’re catching up with friends, hosting cocktail parties, or diving into your favorite book, outdoor spaces are a perfect way to submerge yourself in nature in a comfortable and luxurious fashion.

When it comes to finding the perfect materials for creating your outdoor oasis, look no further then Angerstein’s. They have a great selection of high-end natural stones and pavers

Images courtesy of BRANDYWINE FINE PROPERTIES SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY

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2016 Interior Design Trends

sothebys collage

A new year means new trends, particularly when it comes to interior design. There’s a captivating feeling when a space consists with of-the-moment decor. Taking a look at the year ahead, we’ve put together a list of what to expect in 2016 and how you can transform a room from boring and outdated to chic and modern.

1. Wood ceiling beams and reclaimed wood are two major design trends in the new year. Expect for both to stay around for a while as they add history and texture to the room, making them a timeless staple for any home.

Sothebys Wood ceiling

2. Glass pendant lights are a subtle but intriguing way to add style and function. You’ll see them a lot in both kitchens and bathrooms.

sothebys lighting

3.  Using textures like fur, woven rugs, brick and wood add detail in the best way possible. Natural materials are having a major moment and will continue to be prevalent throughout 2016.

sothebys texture

4. We saw barn doors used a little this year to create a rustic, charming look. Expect for them to remain popular because they are extremely efficient and add character.

sothebys barn doors 2

5. Patterned flooring sets the stage for a visually interesting room. It can add pop and compliment almost any space; small or large.

Sothebys pattern floors

6. Pantone just released their colors of the year: Rose Quarts, which is a soft pink, and Serenity, a pale blue. Both are tranquil enough for wall colors and decorating accents throughout your home.

sothebys pantone colors

7. The use of bold stripes adds depth and brings a new dimension to a straight and narrow style space. Don’t be afraid to mix with other patterns.

sothebys bold stripes

8. Metallics like brass, copper, and gold, together or alone, will add warmth and a touch of glam.

sothebys metallics

Images via Brandywine Fine Properties Sotheby’s International Realty: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 78, 9

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Decorating with Colorful Couples

We were thrilled when Chairish, an online consignment marketplace for the design obsessed, reached out to us about doing a color couples blog post. They wanted to know what inspires our current unique color combinations and what bold colors we’ve been daydreaming about lately. Between some of us redecorating and moving it didn’t take us long to come up with our color couple cravings.

look one: gray and pink

image of color couples pink and grayFirst up, we love how gray allows any color to pop. The combination of gray accented by pink is just what we’re in the mood for these days. For us, the look is modern yet timeless.

image of Color coupling with pink and gray Chairish items

Chairish has some great gray and pink home furnishings. For these two colors, we especially love the juxtaposition of the old and new, like an industrial lamp along side a vintage shelf.

look two: dark teal and yellow

image of color coupling with yellow and dark teal

Our second color coupling falls in the same line has above. This time our dark color is a jewel toned with a light warm color. Dark teal and light yellow are a match made in heaven. These colors not only work together by they can work together with a broad spectrum of other colors. In particular reds and oranges really add a nice touch.

image of color coupling with chairish teal and yellow items

These days velvet is our choice of fabric and it’s no surprise that Chairish has some great pieces that just scream luxury. They also have great decorating items to really round out this look.

Tell us, what color couples are you craving lately?

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Guest Post: Supal of chevrons & éclairs

Today, we are very excited to have Supal Desai from chevrons & éclairs share with us some of her favorite design touches found in a New York City apartment. The details are unexpected and gorgeous! We think you’ll love it.

Lilly Bunn's redesign of a New York city apartment

Lilly Bunn's redesign of a New York city apartment

Lilly Bunn's redesign of a New York city apartment

Lilly Bunn's redesign of a New York city apartment

Lilly Bunn's redesign of a New York city apartment

Lilly Bunn's redesign of a New York city apartment

Lilly Bunn's redesign of a New York city apartment

Lilly Bunn's redesign of a New York city apartment

Lilly Bunn's redesign of a New York city apartmentSupal’s song choice to set the mood: Hugo Hans – Wildrunners 

“A bit of femininity, funk, flair and fun. Lilly Bunn’s redesign of this lovely New York City apartment has rejuvenated it from its past. With spots of color among the white walls and sensual curves and lines that brings out nothing but the best details. Each element and pattern, if you can’t tell already, is oh so carefully picked and placed. If you’re looking for some proper inspiration for a bachelorette pad, don’t look any further. Combining all of every girl’s favorite elements of leopard print, floral touches, and exotic hues, you could do no wrong. So, when can I move in?”

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