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Spring Into This Season’s Interior Design Trends

After a long, cold winter, it’s time to spruce up your home’s interior with spring’s latest design trends.

Spring has sprung, which means it’s time to put the heavy wool blankets and framed winter paintings in storage, and spruce up your home’s interior with this year’s spring design trends. By freshening up your space with bright colors and a mixture of materials, you’re embracing what spring is all about — growth and renewal!

Photo courtesy of AUDENZA

Velvet

When the weather warms up and you start wearing short-sleeved shirts, you want a fabric that feels lush on your skin. Luckily for you, that’s exactly what velvet does! Soft and sophisticated, not only does velvet feel great, but it also enhances any home’s aesthetic with flare. Incorporate bits of velvet throughout your space with pillows or step it up with an entire sofa. Feeling bold? Add a pop of color with AUDENZA’s turmeric velvet chair.

Feminine Tones

Nothing quite says “spring” as much as soft, feminine tones. From blush to nude, shades of pink warm up a room and create a cozy feel that’ll make you never want to leave. You can follow this trend by sprucing up your living space with pink pillows, decor or even chairs.

Mixed Metals

From silver to gold, metals are a perfect way to brighten up your home, as their shiny surfaces reflect light around and make any space appear larger. If you’re looking to be daring with your decor, try furniture with mixed metals, such as this Sinuous Gold Console from Boca do Lobo. Pair warm-toned metals, like copper or brass, with cool-toned metals, like chrome or steel, for a contrasting look.

Photo courtesy of Boca do Lobo

Geometric Patterns

Move over, florals. It’s time for geometric patterns to shine this spring! Edgy and bold, geometric patterns transform any space into a groovy hangout. Hang geometric pictures on previously bare walls to add detail and tie a room together. Totally in love with this trend and want to make a statement? Paint zig zag lines in different shades of colors on your walls and top it off with a swirly Gold Circlet Console Table from AUDENZA.

Photo courtesy of AUDENZA

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Spruce Up Your Bedroom with 2020’s Color Trends

Photo courtesy of Sofas & Stuff

From dusty lilac to vibrant mango, 2020 is the year of experimenting with color.

 

With spring in full bloom, flowers of every color are popping up in every corner. From pastel tulips to vibrant primrose, who doesn’t love the season’s natural beauty? It’s the perfect time of the year to take advantage of the sense of renewal spring has to offer, and bring the outdoors inside by freshening up your bedroom with this year’s color trends.

Red Pepper

What better way to make a statement than by incorporating elements of red pepper into your bedroom? If you’re feeling adventurous, contrast red with cool tones such as navy blue, dark green and white. You can also pair the color with warmer tones of beige, light pink and pale yellow to make any space more inviting.

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Dusty Lilac

Whether you’re looking to soften your bedroom or add a bit more femininity to an otherwise dull space, dusty lilac is a color you can count on at any time of the year. Found in flowers like tulips and hyacinth, lilac captures everything that spring is about. Because it’s an easygoing color, you can add as many elements of lilac as you want without overwhelming your space. Want to spruce up a white room but don’t want to add too much color? Try painting a dusty lilac accent wall!

Bluebird

There are countless shades of blue, but which is the best for a home in the springtime? Bluebird! Light and modern, bluebird is a color that matches perfectly with warmer tones, such as mango and red, and looks gorgeous in any style room. Decorate your bedroom with hints of bluebird by adding bedding, wall art and pillows. 

Mint

Timeless, fresh and bright, mint is the go-to color for every time of the year. Need a place to put your butter yellow daffodils? Grab a mint vase, throw in a bouquet and place it near a windowsill to spruce up your space. If your bedroom doesn’t get a lot of sunlight, brighten it up by painting the walls mint.

Photo courtesy of Sweetpea & Willow

Mango

Looking to add a pop of color to any corner of your home? Mango is the shade for you! Play it safe with hints of mango, such as pillows on your bed and vases to hold fresh flowers from your garden, or go bold with a mango chair or rug that just sings “spring!”

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Renowned Italian Designer Makes Debut in Hawaii

All photos courtesy of The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Honolulu.

Have you ever wondered what it’d look like to combine the luxury of Italian design and natural beauty of Honolulu? Now you don’t have to imagine.

Mana’olana Partners unveiled The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Honolulu’s new kitchen and bathroom designs in collaboration with renowned Milan-based designer, Molteni&C|Dada. This marks the Italian designer’s debut on the Hawaiian islands.

“As one of the world’s most influential tastemakers, Molteni&C|Dada is synonymous with sophistication and class and stands for everything that the Mandarin Oriental brand represents,” said James Ratkovich, co-managing partner of Mana’olana Partners, in a press release. “We are elated to welcome our future Residents to the Residence Gallery to experience the true-to-life Molteni spaces.”

Designed by Dianna Wong Architecture and fabricated by Molteni&C|Dada, the 99 exclusive residences will feature custom Italian bathrooms with a selection of two dramatic color palettes.

The Daybreak Palette will include Dada light oak wood cabinetry, Dada pewter metal trim, Dada Maxxigloss white lacquer cabinetry, White Carrara marble Kitchen counter and backsplash, and ADM White European Oak wood flooring.

The Nightfall Palette will have Rhone camel stained Oak wood flooring, Dada Eucalyptus wood kitchen cabinetry, Dada Titan metal trim and Grigio Lido Opaco Marble counter and backsplash.

Residents will have premier access to a private amenity level comprised of a luxury pool and lounge area with sun cabanas, a chef’s kitchen with a dining room, state-of-the-art theater and more.  

Residents and hotel guests alike will be able to shop in the Retail Salon, which holds the finest merchandise from couture fashion and accessories to jewelry and luxury timepieces. 

Prospective owners can virtually experience the building through the Residence Gallery, which features an interactive touchscreen, in which users can explore floor plans, renderings, views and fly-through videos as well as tour vignettes of the Dada-designed kitchens and bathrooms.

Select residences are available in the low $2 millions and up to $35 million, which includes the most expensive penthouse on the market in Honolulu.

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Who’s Who Luxury Real Estate Retreat Announces World Record Holder As Keynote Speaker for Spring Retreat

Want to learn how to become the real estate industry’s go-to professional? Ryan Avery is the expert you’ve been looking for.

Emmy award-winning journalist, two-time best-selling author and world record holder, Ryan Avery, was announced as the keynote speaker at this April’s 18th Annual Luxury Real Estate Spring Retreat, where he’ll share his strategies on how to Go from A to THE® in luxury real estate.

Through effective storytelling techniques, Avery will encourage the audience to become the real estate industry’s go-to professionals by identifying what makes them different from their competition and transforming their communicating strategies, as well as their mindset.

“It is no longer acceptable to offer A product, A solution or even be A leader,” says Avery. “Today’s consumers, employees and followers want THE product, THE solution and THE leader to follow.”

At 25-years-old, Avery became the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking, after going up against over 300,000 contestants from 116 countries and winning the World Championship for Toastmasters International in 2012. Since then, he’s delivered more than 500 keynote speeches in over 30 countries around the globe.

The Spring Retreat will take place from April 19 to 22 at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in California.

Photo courtesy of Ryan Avery

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How to Add Elegance to Your Bathroom

Elevate your bathroom’s appeal by including a touch of luxury.

Photo courtesy of Maison Valentina

Looking to remodel your dreary bathroom into a personal spa that you can escape to after a long day at work? From tiles painted with Italian designs to plush armchairs, today’s bathrooms are going all out with elegance and sophistication.

Functional Furniture

Between bulky towels, bottles of shampoo and conditioner, and cleaning supplies, there’s a lot that needs to be stored in a bathroom with no place to put it. For added elegance and storage, incorporate a large armoire or chest. Now that your clutter is out of the way, you have room to decorate your bathroom with luxury pieces, like an armchair or dressing table, that elevate that spa look and give you a place to unwind.

Photo courtesy of Tom Tailor

Bathroom Sink

Let’s face it — nothing makes a busy morning worse than bumping elbows with your partner in the bathroom. Say “goodbye” to that early-morning fuss by adding an elongated double sink with a marble countertop or blocking out a space on either side of the room for a separate sink for each person. To elevate your bathroom sink’s appeal, prop a large metal, marble or hand-blown glass bowl on top of your counter and decorate the surrounding space with a matching soap pump.

 

Photos courtesy of Maison Valentina

Luxurious Lighting

It’s a new year, which means you need to leave that ugly overhead lighting behind and invest in lights that warm up your bathroom and add a touch of class. Opt for soft lighting by hanging a luxurious chandelier over the bathtub and placing a lamp on your dressing table. To enhance your bathroom sink, place lighting fixtures on either side of your mirror. These changes will completely transform your cold bathroom into the oasis of your dreams.

Photo courtesy of Sweetpea & Willow

Framed Mirror

It’s time to swap that frameless wall-sized mirror for a framed mirror that hangs on your wall. From plain silver or gold to ornate designs, framed mirrors are an easy way to show off your unique style and enhance your bathroom. Need more storage? Purchase a mirror that doubles as a cabinet, where you can hide your toothbrush, mouthwash and skincare.

All in the Details

You’ve got the armchair, framed mirror and ornate chandelier — what’s next in your bathroom transformation? Amp up the details! Turn your bathroom from a basic spa to a high-end haven by decorating your space with Italian tiles that frame your mirrors or doorways. You can also add more sophistication by decorating with Persian or Turkish rugs, plants and artwork. By incorporating details in every corner of your bathroom, you’re able to highlight your own personal style while adding interest to your space.

Photo courtesy of Tom Tailor

 

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