This Fab Beverly Hills Home is the Epitome of Modern Cali Living, and It Can Be Yours for $10M

If you’ve ever dreamed of sharing a zip code with your favorite music and movie stars, this is your chance to make that dream come true. There’s a fabulous home for sale in Beverly Hills that embodies all the glamour and luxury of Hollywood, and it comes with a $9,995,000 price tag (and a 90210 address).

The home itself is no stranger to celebrities; past news reports identify the owner as media exec Andy Schuon, who co-founded music-focused cable network Revolt Media & TV alongside hip-hop artist and entrepreneur Sean “Diddy” Combs.

The fabulous property, featured in the LA Times as their Home of the Week, has four bedrooms, five bathrooms, and comes with a long list of cool amenities. One of them is the fact that Elton John lives nearby, so you’ll be in good company should you move here. But this property has a lot more to offer other than just proximity to your favorite celebrities. 

Luxury home for sale in Beverly Hills, CA. Image credit: Adrian Van Anz / Douglas Elliman

The 5,300-square-foot home lies on a massive, 20,711-square-foot lot, and it was carefully built to make the most of the sweeping ocean and city views. The effort has definitely paid off, as the views are simply breathtaking. 

The 1961-built home sits on its very own promontory, which covers nearly half an acre, and is decked out with state-of-the-art amenities inside and out — some likely hand-picked by the media executive himself, particularly on the tech side of things.

The house has 42 custom Fleetwood doors and windows, and comes with a plethora of smart home technologies. These include property-wide audio, video, and lighting systems; a hospital-grade HEPA and UV air purification system; a three-car garage with two electric car rapid charges; drought-tolerant landscaping; and solar-powered electricity throughout. 

Besides the ultra-modern smart home features, this Beverly Hills abode also comes with a long list of classic luxurious amenities. There’s a gourmet eat-in kitchen with marble countertops, Thermador appliances, and a large island that flows into the living room. Here, you’ll find natural colors, beautiful high ceilings, and a cozy fireplace to snuggle up to on cold nights. 

Luxury home for sale in Beverly Hills, CA. Image credit: Adrian Van Anz / Douglas Elliman
Luxury home for sale in Beverly Hills, CA. Image credit: Adrian Van Anz / Douglas Elliman
Luxury home for sale in Beverly Hills, CA. Image credit: Adrian Van Anz / Douglas Elliman

The kitchen, living room and dining room boast floor-to-ceiling glass windows that open to the gorgeous backyard. Here, you’ll find an outdoor dining area, a beautiful lounge area, and an infinity pool. It’s basically the perfect place to spend summer evenings, either relaxing with family or entertaining guests. 

Luxury home for sale in Beverly Hills, CA. Image credit: Adrian Van Anz / Douglas Elliman
Luxury home for sale in Beverly Hills, CA. Image credit: Adrian Van Anz / Douglas Elliman

The master bedroom features new hardwood floors, a home office, spacious dual closets, as well as a home gym with glass walls overlooking the city and ocean (which sounds like the perfect motivation to finally start working out).

Luxury home for sale in Beverly Hills, CA. Image credit: Adrian Van Anz / Douglas Elliman
Luxury home for sale in Beverly Hills, CA. Image credit: Adrian Van Anz / Douglas Elliman

All of the four bedrooms inside this Beverly Hills home are en-suite, and feature marble baths with Waterworks faucets and fittings. There’s also a library with a bar, a den, and a family room. 

Everything has been carefully thought out both inside and outside this home. Each room is impeccable from an interior design standpoint, boasting a fresh, modern, yet timeless decor. The spaces are airy and flooded with natural light, and the views are magnificent from all angles. 

The property is listed with Juliette Hohnen of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

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Why I Love Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring and Why You Should Too

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I’ve long had a love affair with wide plank hardwood flooring. I can’t actually pinpoint when the look seeped into my consciousness. I suspect it started when I began voraciously collecting European design magazines, as wide plank hardwood flooring is a mainstay of European and specifically Scandinavian design. Yet for so long wide plank floors were only used in “rustic” design in the United States. But I am the first to say that wide plank hardwood flooring is not only modern but timeless. I so firmly believe this, I made the decision from day one that I would put a wider plank hardwood throughout my own house!

Five years later, I only wish I’d know about Carlisle Wide Plank Floors when we were in the middle of our renovations. Going with a company like Carlisle Wide Plank Floors would have made my life so much simpler. They literally are your one-stop-shop for wide plank hardwood flooring – offering different wood species, various stains, and the ability to customize just about everything – you can find virtually any look you’re going for.

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I’m particularly smitten with white oak. White oak wears incredibly well, can take a variety of stains and will blend seamlessly with the look of any home. The typically lighter hue helps make spaces feel open, brighter and bigger. And while you think light floors would show dirt, dust, dander, pet hair and scratches, that all shows much more on dark floors. Trust me, I’ve had dark floors and it was not so fun.

A wonderful example of white oak wide plank flooring is in the stunning modern kitchen and dining space pictured above. I am obsessed with the idea of a floating kitchen – one that simply exists in the space – rather than being a room unto itself. The wide plank floors from Carlisle offer beautiful sweeping movement across the room without feeling busy or distracting.

I’m also often asked if you can/should mix wood tones in your home. The answer is a resounding yes and that kitchen is another excellent example of why multiple wood tones work so well together. The darker woods used for the cabinetry and storage area add more warmth that plays off the white oak floor while the black accents throughout – chair backs, counters, light fixture, and the stove hood – serve to anchor everything.

Why I Love Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring and Why You Should Too on Apt34

In contrast, the wide plank floor used in this kitchen offers a more casual feel to what would otherwise be a very classic all-white kitchen. The floors selected here are quartersawn, meaning they’re cut to enhance the natural grain and showcase the knots and texture found in the wood. A minimal, matte stain was used, giving the wood a natural look. The wide plank floor is the perfect complement to the modern stools, stretches of classic marble and brass hardware used in the space.

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If you’re looking to make an update to your home and want an elegant, timeless yet decidedly modern style, I strongly suggest considering wide plank hardwood flooring. I know I’ll put wide plank flooring in any home I do in the future (can you tell I’m itching for a new project!).

This post is in partnership with Carlisle Wide Plank Floors. Thanks for supporting posts that have kept Apartment 34’s doors open. If you’re interested in collaborating with us, please CLICK HERE.

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Why I Love Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring and Why You Should Too

Why I Love Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring and Why You Should Too on Apt34

I’ve long had a love affair with wide plank hardwood flooring. I can’t actually pinpoint when the look seeped into my consciousness. I suspect it started when I began voraciously collecting European design magazines, as wide plank hardwood flooring is a mainstay of European and specifically Scandinavian design. Yet for so long wide plank floors were only used in “rustic” design in the United States. But I am the first to say that wide plank hardwood flooring is not only modern but timeless. I so firmly believe this, I made the decision from day one that I would put a wider plank hardwood throughout my own house!

Five years later, I only wish I’d know about Carlisle Wide Plank Floors when we were in the middle of our renovations. Going with a company like Carlisle Wide Plank Floors would have made my life so much simpler. They literally are your one-stop-shop for wide plank hardwood flooring – offering different wood species, various stains, and the ability to customize just about everything – you can find virtually any look you’re going for.

Why I Love Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring and Why You Should Too on Apt34

I’m particularly smitten with white oak. White oak wears incredibly well, can take a variety of stains and will blend seamlessly with the look of any home. The typically lighter hue helps make spaces feel open, brighter and bigger. And while you think light floors would show dirt, dust, dander, pet hair and scratches, that all shows much more on dark floors. Trust me, I’ve had dark floors and it was not so fun.

A wonderful example of white oak wide plank flooring is in the stunning modern kitchen and dining space pictured above. I am obsessed with the idea of a floating kitchen – one that simply exists in the space – rather than being a room unto itself. The wide plank floors from Carlisle offer beautiful sweeping movement across the room without feeling busy or distracting.

I’m also often asked if you can/should mix wood tones in your home. The answer is a resounding yes and that kitchen is another excellent example of why multiple wood tones work so well together. The darker woods used for the cabinetry and storage area add more warmth that plays off the white oak floor while the black accents throughout – chair backs, counters, light fixture, and the stove hood – serve to anchor everything.

Why I Love Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring and Why You Should Too on Apt34

In contrast, the wide plank floor used in this kitchen offers a more casual feel to what would otherwise be a very classic all-white kitchen. The floors selected here are quartersawn, meaning they’re cut to enhance the natural grain and showcase the knots and texture found in the wood. A minimal, matte stain was used, giving the wood a natural look. The wide plank floor is the perfect complement to the modern stools, stretches of classic marble and brass hardware used in the space.

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If you’re looking to make an update to your home and want an elegant, timeless yet decidedly modern style, I strongly suggest considering wide plank hardwood flooring. I know I’ll put wide plank flooring in any home I do in the future (can you tell I’m itching for a new project!).

This post is in partnership with Carlisle Wide Plank Floors. Thanks for supporting posts that have kept Apartment 34’s doors open. If you’re interested in collaborating with us, please CLICK HERE.

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Why maximalism is the perfect decor trend for people living in small spaces – Insider

Why maximalism is the perfect home decor trend for small spaces

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  • Maximalism has become more popular over the last year, particularly in small spaces.
  • It brings personality and depth to a home, according to experts.
  • The key to making maximalism work in your small space is to be intentional about your design.
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Before the pandemic, there was a period of time where nothing was everything when it came to decor.

Whether it was Kim Kardashian West’s all-beige home or your friend’s new affinity for throwing away things that didn’t spark joy, minimalism was definitely “in” throughout 2019.

But over the last year, people have grown less interested in the less-is-more lifestyle, especially those who live in tiny homes or apartments.

According to Pinterest data, people are searching for “maximalist decor” five times more and “maximalist decor small spaces” three times more often on Pinterest now than they were a year ago.

Likewise, a quick scroll through Instagram or TikTok will show you a plethora of small spaces filled with color that are much more in line with maximalist decor.

Experts told Insider that the rise of maximalism is likely a result of people spending more time at home — and it’s a change they’re excited about.

Maximalism is a ‘more is more’ design style

As the name suggests, maximalism is a design aesthetic that leans into “more” to make a house feel like home. You can expect to see brightly colored walls covered in artwork, an abundance of plants, and statement furniture in a maximalist space.

It’s the polar opposite of minimalism, which was popular in 2019 thanks in part to shows like “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo.”

And while there’s certainly something to be said for decluttering, Michelle Fahmy, an interior designer and one of Apartment Therapy’s Changemakers for 2021, told Insider she thinks maximalism is often more practical for people in their day-to-day lives than minimalism.

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Maximalism encourages personality in home spaces.
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“Minimalism is quite beautiful when done right, but there is also a starkness to it, an unlived-in and museum-like quality which makes it much less practical when you are living your everyday life, making your home your place of refuge, trying to raise a family, or setting up an impromptu home office,” Fahmy said.

“There is something about maximalism that allows people to be free and experiment, to have fun with the items and design choices in their space,” she added. “Maximalism gives people the freedom to express themselves through their surroundings.”

Megan Zietz, who decorated her space with maximalism in mind, echoed Fahmy. 

“For me, maximalism encourages utilizing our small space in the boldest way possible,” she said. “It gives me the opportunity to play with colors, prints, and textures you wouldn’t necessarily think to use together.”

Maximalism has become more popular in the last year

Experts think it’s no coincidence that maximalism started trending during the pandemic.

“While stuck at home, people want to decorate their homes in a way that makes them feel good and reminds them of special moments, hence the rise in maximalism,” Swasti Sarna, Pinterest’s senior insights manager, told Insider. 

Danielle Blundell, Apartment Therapy’s home director, agreed, telling Insider maximalism has a “cozy factor” that makes sense for people spending more time at home.

“It’s the idea of layering and filling a space with the things that you love in a way that can make you happy,” she said. “When your home is full of all the things that you like, it can actually boost your mood and make you happier and provide lots of different stimuli to let your eye wander around the space.”

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Maximalism can make homes feel bigger.
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Fahmy also said maximalist decor can actually make a home feel larger when done right, which makes it a great design style for small spaces.

“Your eye only has so much ground to cover in a smaller space, so packing it in with thoughtful elements helps to actually make the space feel larger,” she said.

Experts told Insider that people who live in small spaces often pair maximalism with mid-century modern decor, as the latter can be a grounding style.

“The mid-century serves as a strong grounding presence in a small space because of its streamlined aesthetic,” Karina Lameraner, a creative stylist for the online interior design service Modsy, told Insider. “Maximalism beautifully contrasts this by inviting playful and adventurous elements into the space.”

The key to making maximalism work in your small space is intentional design

Maximalism is effective in a small space when the things in a room don’t look haphazard or thrown together, so it’s important to focus on the overall effect of a room when picking out pieces for it. 

“The trick to achieving maximalism in your small space is ensuring that colors, textures, and patterns all work together — and not against one another,” Lameraner told Insider. “Small spaces require layering as opposed to spreading, which means that the pieces you choose need to play off one another.”

She suggests picking items that have similar patterns or shapes to create a sense of cohesion. For instance, your couch and your bookshelf might both have rounded edges, or you can pick pillows that match the pattern on your rug.

Blundell said it’s important to keep in mind that even maximalist spaces need to have some negative space, which can help ensure the room doesn’t feel too busy. 

You can create negative space by leaving some parts of the walls blank, by having open space on shelves, or by making sure flooring is visible under a rug, according to Blundell.

Blundell also suggests buying simple furniture to ground a room, leaving the maximalist touches to more decorative pieces.

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The key to maximalism in a small space is intentional design.
Megan Zietz

Fahmy encouraged people who want to embrace maximalism to decorate slowly rather than all at once. You can add one statement piece to the room, and then see what you might need from there.

“As you add more, take a moment to stand back and look at the space,” she said. “There is an element of just the right amount of restraint that is needed when being a maximalist.”

Likewise, Fahmy thinks it’s important to remember that maximalism gives people the opportunity to put things that are important to them on display.

“Bring out those tchotchkes from your travels that have been tucked away and group them as a fun display on your mantle or shelf,” Fahmy gave as an example.

Maximalism can help you turn your home into one giant keepsake, quite literally turning a house into a home.

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Check Out 10 of the Biggest Celebrities Who Live in Malibu

Celebrities have a hard time staying out of the spotlight. Their photos, daily habits, and personal lives are always gracing the pages of gossip magazines, whether they like it or not. And with the so-called paparazzi always lurking, it’s no wonder that Hollywood celebs value privacy above all else when buying homes.

For celebrities who have to stay close to the spotlight, but who also want to enjoy some quiet beach time away from the prying eyes of the media, Malibu is a highly sought-after destination.

This exclusive neighborhood has been a Hollywood favorite since the 1930s, and nowadays its private beaches are lined with stunning celebrity homes (and some quite memorable TV show homes). The Malibu lifestyle even appeals to real-life royals, as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were checking out properties in the area earlier this year — before they reportedly decided to settle down in Santa Barbara.

Celebrities that call Malibu home

Celebs love Malibu because, even though it’s just a stone’s throw from Los Angeles, it offers a lot more privacy and seclusion than, say, Beverly Hills, not to mention some downright gorgeous beachfront views. Some of our favorite movie and music stars have lived here on and off during the years, while some have no plans of ever leaving. Let’s check out 10 of the biggest celebrities who live in Malibu right now, in no particular order. 

Courteney Cox

Hollywood darling Courteney Cox has a lot in common with our favorite F.R.I.E.N.D. One thing is that both Courteney and Monica, her character in the iconic sitcom, are highly attached to their homes. Cox has lived in Malibu for more than a decade, and she doesn’t have any intention of ever leaving.

Over the years, she has put in a lot of work into her forever , a Malibu beach house which features guest cottages, a movie screening room, as well as a tennis house, among other things. 

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga’s full-time residence is a 10,270-square-foot stunner right across from Zuma Beach. The singer paid $22.5 million for her home in 2014, and she’s become so fond of it that she’s dubbed it her ‘Gypsy palace.’ We’ve recently taken you on a tour of Lady Gaga’s precious sanctuary, which was also featured in the Netflix documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two

Spoiler alert: the house isn’t as wacky as you might expect it to be, at least not when compared to the homes of other celebs on this list.

Lady Gaga’s house in Malibu, CA. Image credit: The Agency

Leonardo DiCaprio

Hollywood leading man Leo DiCaprio owns several luxury properties around the world, including a lavish oceanfront home in a part of Malibu known as ‘Billionaires Beach.’

DiCaprio bought his 1,765-square-foot home in 1998, presumably after hitting it big with Titanic, and invested in upgrades over the years. The actor, whose roles include Rick Dalton in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Gatsby in The Great Gatsby, decided to list the three-bedroom bungalow as a rental in 2017, for ‘just’ $25,000 a month.

Miley Cyrus

Singer Miley Cyrus has been living in Malibu for quite some time now, and she doesn’t seem to be in any rush to leave. She used to share a home here with her former husband Liam Hemsworth, but it was destroyed in the 2018 Woolsey Fire, which damaged a lot of celebrity homes in the area.

Cyrus wasn’t going to let this unfortunate event run her out of Malibu, so she bought the house right next door to the original site. Her funky bachelorette pad cost her $2.4 million, $4.4 million shy of the home she used to share with Hemsworth. 

Miley Cyrus’s Malibu home. Image credit: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage/MLS via Homes & Property)

Caitlyn Jenner

You might remember that during season 10 of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Caitlyn Jenner (back then, Bruce) moved into a stunning home in Malibu, yearning for seclusion and getting away from all the media hype.

Not long after, Jenner moved on to a stunning hilltop mansion (also in the Malibu area) that came with awesome views of the ocean, which she now shares with her dogs and current girlfriend, Sophia Hutchins. The 2018 Woolsey Fire nearly destroyed her idyllic home, but luckily the damage was contained and Jenner can continue enjoying her Malibu peace and quiet. 

Caitlyn Jenner’s Malibu home. Image credit: 4 Malibu Real Estate via Variety

Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr., better known as Tony Stark from his iconic run as Iron Man in the Avengers franchise, has been living in Malibu for quite some time now.

He purchased a massive $13.4 million property in 2009, which includes pretty much everything you could ever dream of, including a zoo, playgrounds, swimming pools, and jaw-dropping car collections. The actor must have seriously fallen in love with the area, since he snapped up another Malibu home in 2017 for $3.5 million.

Interestingly enough, this house shares the same zip code as Tony Stark’s fictional home near Point Dume. Coincidence? We think not.

Robert Downey Jr.’s $3.5M Malibu home. Image credit: Realtor.com

Rick Rubin

Def Jam Recordings co-founder and iconic music producer Rick Rubin is no stranger to luxury Malibu living. The producer purchased the legendary Shangri-La recording studio, which once housed Bob Dylan, in 2011, and he also bought several homes in the nearby area over the years.

Rubin seems to also have a hidden talent for interior design, as one of his Malibu projects was highly praised and featured by the Wall Street Journal in 2017. One of the most unique features of his Malibu oasis lies in its emphasis on music — every room in the house is fitted with a state-of-the-art speaker system that ensures uninterrupted listening experiences. 

Rick Rubin’s Malibu home. Image credit: Martien Mulder via Curbed LA

Cher

Music and fashion icon Cher is another long-time resident of Malibu, which should be reason enough for anyone to move there immediately. The singer teamed up with Ron Wilson for the 19th time to renovate a Renaissance-style villa overlooking the ocean and turn it into a fortress of privacy.

The result is truly stunning, and reminiscent of the former Versace Mansion in Miami Beach, which Cher visited on multiple occasions. The 16,000-square-foot home is, as Architectural Digest put it, just ‘as dramatic as its owner,’ featuring Gothic chandeliers, Egyptian rugs, and more.

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson’s Malibu mansion looks like it was built centuries ago, but it actually dates back to the 1990s. The actor paid $11.5 million to buy it from David Duchovny and Tea Leoni in 2008, and has continued to own it ever since, even though he’s put it up for sale twice over the years.

In 2017, Gibson listed his 6,578-square-foot home for $17.5 million, but failed to actually found a buyer for it. He then listed it again in 2019 for $14.5 million, but the discount didn’t take the property off his hands (at least not yet).

Cindy Crawford

 Supermodel Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber own quite a few properties in California. Among them is a gorgeous Malibu home that they bought in the 1990s, and which they’ve been using as a summer rental for $45,000 a month.

They listed the property for sale, and managed to find a buyer earlier this year who was going to acquire it for $6.5 million. Unfortunately, the buyer had to back out of the deal due to the global pandemic, but Crawford was very understanding of the whole situation, and graciously let the buyer out of the deal, even returning their deposit.

Crawford is so in love with the area that she’s got another gorgeous Malibu property to enjoy with her lovely family, which Vogue toured in 2017.  

Cindy Crawford at her main Malibu residence. Image credit: Vogue

These are just 10 of the biggest Hollywood celebrities living in Malibu at the moment. But since the area is unlikely to lose its appeal among the rich and famous, expect to see many more A-listers flocking to its sandy beaches and oceanfront location. However, if Malibu doesn’t tickle your fancy, then be sure to check out these 10 celebrities who live in Beverly Hills.

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The 5 Best Home Décor Trends We’re Adding to Cart in 2021 – Who What Wear

Like most people, I’ve spent more time at home this year than ever before and it’s pushed me to the realization that I’m craving a space of my own. So after years of living with roommates, I finally took the plunge and moved into my first solo apartment and I can already tell you that there are definite pros and cons to living alone, but one huge upside is the ability to decorate my space however I please. And you can bet that I have so many styling ideas in mind. 

As a style person, I’m always keeping an eye out for the freshest trends and while my attention is usually on fashion trends, moving into a new apartment has been the perfect opportunity to dive into the world of home décor and find my own interior design taste. My research has taken me down Pinterest rabbit holes as frequently as it’s taken me to furniture showrooms and overall I’ve pinpointed five motifs that I’m keen on decorating my new space with.

From the bouclé couch of my dreams to ’60s inspired color palettes, continue on to see the best home décor trends that I’m personally backing, read about why I’m drawn to them, and then peruse some of the furniture, art, and décor objects currently residing in my cart for each theme.

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What the Flip? Portland Home Gets a Major Face-Lift and Gains $600K in Value

Flipping a house is a lot of work that can yield a big profit. But not every project is guaranteed to be lucrative. So what’s the key to successfully making over a fixer-upper and selling it for a gain? Our series “What the Flip?” presents before and after photos to identify the smart construction and design decisions that ultimately helped make the house desirable to buyers.

Known for friendly faces, eclectic locals, and beautiful scenery, Portland, OR, has been seen as a desirable place to put down roots for a while now. It was even rated the ninth best U.S. city to live in by U.S. News & World Report. All of those benefits, plus historically low real estate inventory, mean housing prices in Portland are high. But for flippers who can nab a fixer-upper with good bones, there’s plenty of potential for profit—as this example shows.

The flippers who took on this five-bedroom, five-bathroom house made a smart move by pouncing on the well-worn property for $875,000 when it was listed in June 2019. After a full-on renovation, they put the home up for sale, and in December 2020 it was sold for $1,475,000.

So how did they raise the home’s value by $600,000 in just a year and a half—and during a pandemic, no less? The booming market wasn’t the only thing that made this home sale such a success. The fresh renovations also had something to do with making this a must-have property.

Taking into account the home’s now-stylish interior design, we asked our team of experts to look at before and after photos and weigh in on the changes that made the biggest difference in this home. Here’s what they had to say.

Living room

Talk about major changes! Once full of dark, drab wallpaper and a dated, textured ceiling, the living room now has a brighter, cleaner look.

“The application of white paint on everything really works well in this room,” says designer, real estate agent, and house-flipping investor Laura Schlicht. “Two of this house’s biggest assets have been artfully played up: the architectural moldings and the fantastic view.”

“It was a great move to get rid of the extra door on the side of the fireplace,” adds real estate investor and agent Molly Gallagher, of Falk Ruvin Gallagher. “There are plenty of other ways in and out of the room, and it allowed them to widen the hearth and keep the green-tiled theme going.”

Kitchen

The old kitchen was spacious, but that’s about all it had going for it. Once the flippers worked their magic, they had a kitchen that would impress any prospective buyer.

“Removing a section of the wall between the dining room and kitchen brings much more light into the kitchen, bouncing off the bright white cabinets, rather than keeping the view for the dining room itself,” says Kate Ziegler, real estate investor and real estate agent.

She adds that her top question from buyers touring homes is whether or not they can remove a wall.

“Having done this update for the buyers broadens the audience for this home, and boosts sale price as a result,” says Ziegler.

Real estate investor and agent Tracie Setliff, also with Falk Ruvin Gallagher, was impressed with the island addition.

“The island placement is perfect—it seems like it was always there and makes up for some of the storage lost by opening up the wall,” she adds.

“We love that they nod to the original lights and time period of the home with the updated light fixtures they chose,” adds Gallagher. “And they smartly chose to appeal to a wide buyer pool by not adding in some specific tile that will be dated in five years.”

Home office

Before 2020, a home office was just a bonus, but now it’s essential—whether it’s for work or school, or both. Even though this renovation was started before the coronavirus pandemic, the flippers chose to upgrade this home office in a major way, which really paid off by the time they listed the home.

“I love that they removed the old attached bookshelf,” says Setliff. “The room has an airier feel to it without the hulk of the built-in shelving. There are so many cute bookshelves that are much sleeker.”

Schlicht agreed, explaining that the built-in bookcase, while often a bonus, was actually the wrong size for the space and made the room feel crowded.

“Let’s take a moment to notice the windows,” says Ziegler. “New windows are a significant cost that most new buyers don’t want to take on in the near term—but the payback in efficiency can be remarkable. Replacing windows as part of a flip makes the whole space look more contemporary and polished, but also adds real value to the home that buyers can quantify.”

Dining room

At first glance, it may seem like the only real change in the dining room was a new coat of white paint, but Ziegler says that’s not the case. In fact, she was rather impressed with the flippers’ efforts in this room.

“The dining room demonstrates places where the investors behind this work took the time to restore and retain older details: keeping the built-in sideboard, and even the mirror detail below the smaller window shows a thoughtful approach and is indicative of more time-intensive work,” Ziegler says.

“Restoring details rather than replacing with cheaper, contemporary alternatives requires patience and care, and that attention to detail is something buyers notice even if they don’t have the vocabulary to describe it,” she adds. “The updated chandelier is trendy but also a nod to midcentury modern styling that is appropriate for a house of this age.”

Setliff is happy to see the “boring” light fixture go, in favor of the new “sophisticated, sculpturelike light.”

“Buyers do not want to have to change fixtures, as simple as it seems, and keeping it fun yet unfussy was the way to go,” she says. “It is interesting how you notice the views from the windows now that your eye isn’t drawn to the dark brown of the built-in cabinets and window trim.”

Den

This old den went from afterthought to amazing after this flip, and our experts are impressed with the results.

“Goodbye, ’60s; hello, now!” says Gallagher. “Knotty pine is best reserved for Wisconsin supper clubs these days, and today’s buyers are not interested in having a supper club theme for their den.”

“Removing drop ceilings and wood paneling is an easy, instant update, but the nicer detail here is the addition of recessed lighting,” says Ziegler. “Recessed lighting in a basement space creates the illusion of more headroom, making for a much more comfortable den. Updating the basement den adds valuable square footage that buyers might have otherwise written off as just basement space.”

And we can’t forget about the star of this room: the fireplace.

“Replacing the dated brick with a pop of green tile and the white surround and mantel transform this new den,” says Setliff.

Source: realtor.com

5 Ways to Improve Your Home Office Setup – Redfin

February 9, 2021 February 12, 2021 by Lexi Klinkenberg

Updated on February 12th, 2021

The pandemic has affected our lives in countless ways, but a shift in workplace habits is among the most notable. The pandemic has forced millions of workers into their homes, taking away their commutes, their routines, and, of course, their offices. In fact, having a home office is one of the most popular home trends on the market right now and homes with a home office are currently seen in 9% more homes for sale than last year. If you’re among those stuck at home, day in and day out, making a few tweaks to your home office can improve your productivity and boost morale. Here are five great ways to improve your home office setup.

home office setup

home office setup

1. Lean into an ergonomic setup

Many office spaces are designed with employee comfort in mind, but our home offices can be a little less thought out and could potentially increase discomfort and stress during the workday. There are a few upgrades you can make when it comes to your office equipment. Consider investing in an ergonomic chair and desk. An ergonomic chair will provide you with the support you need to avoid neck and back pain and ergonomic desks can often move up and down giving you the ability to sit or stand as you work throughout the day. Additionally, specific keyboards, laptop risers and an external mouse can add extra comfort to your current office workspace. Adding just a few of these ergonomic upgrades to your home office can lessen your discomfort, making it easier to stay at your desk and stay focused on the task at hand.

2. Upgrade to new technology

Are you tired of trying to get work done on a tiny laptop screen? Do you struggle to hear your coworkers on video calls through old computer speakers? If so, some new technology might be just what you need. Investing in quality speakers, additional monitors, or even a smart home system to ensure you’re always looped in can be a big benefit, making it easier to do your job while eliminating some common headaches.

Not all companies will offer reimbursement for technological upgrades but some may, so it never hurts to ask. With the newest technology at your fingertips, you may be able to increase your productivity and enjoy your home office setup more than ever before. 

3. Improve your lighting

The wrong lighting can be unpleasant and uncomfortable, especially when you spend most of the day in your office workspace. Without adequate bulb brightness and warmness, you may be more likely to strain your eyes or even get headaches while staring at your screens. If you have bad lighting in your home office consider increasing your access to natural light by taking away blinds or relocating your desk. Add a desk light or floor lamp to your office to bring in a warm, happy feel, or put better bulbs in your overhead light fixtures to improve comfort and visibility. 

Many studies have shown that lights in higher color temperatures (above 3500K) directly impact our learning and productivity and increase our ability to take in information and concentrate on tasks. The higher the color temperature, the higher the level of focus. For this reason, it is recommended that you purchase LED lights with color temperatures around 4000K to increase focus and save you money on electricity bills. Bringing warm, bright light into your office space is especially beneficial if you live in an area that tends to have overcast skies, like Seattle, WA

home office setup

home office setup

4. Add custom cabinets and organizational spaces

Many careers and positions require keeping extensive records, which is fine when you’re in an office with shelves and cabinets. But now that you’re working from home you most likely are dealing with a smaller space. With cabinetry designed to accommodate your job, you can improve organization and efficiency. Consider adding some custom cabinetry to your office, it is a great way to keep your office looking great while also giving you plenty of space to store your work so it doesn’t turn into towering piles around your desk. 

If you don’t have the space for custom installations, even a small filing cabinet, shelves on the walls, or a desk with more drawers can make staying organized a little easier.

5. Bring in the decor

A drab workspace may seem functional, but it’s probably not a place you want to spend a lot of time. Stepping up your decor can be an aesthetic improvement that can excite you about working in your home office setup rather than dreading it. A work area that looks nice will feel nice, and that may be all you need to stay motivated during the day. Here are some simple upgrades you can make to your home office to help inject a little more energy and color into your space. 

  • Add a colorful rug: Rugs can be fashionable, but they can also make your space homier. This is particularly true if your at-home office is in a basement or a room that’s less cozy. A rug can also be easier on your feet and provide insulation to help regulate the room’s temperature, not to mention it could add some much-needed color and texture to your space. 
  • Draw on some curtains or blinds: If your workspace has a lot of natural light, curtains and blinds can be a good way to keep the rising or setting sun at bay.  There are many curtain and blind options available these days that can be used to modify your windows. And, with the vast range of color options, materials, and designs available, you have the freedom to choose any that match your style and interior design. Whether this means adding some sage green curtains to your windows or automatic modern blinds that open or close with the touch of a button, the options are endless. Nice curtains or blinds can elevate the feel of a room, which could certainly help enhance a drab space. 
  • Incorporate artwork and plenty of it: Office workers across the country keep pictures on their desks, so why not hang some art in your home office? You may not need pictures of your family necessarily, since you might be able to hear them right down the hall, but t maybe a favorite art print, framed photos from one of your favorite trips, or any other fun and enjoyable pieces that can brighten up your home office setup. There are so many art options available, just find something that speaks to you and helps you stay energized and motivated. 
  • Invest in indoor plants:  Plants can complement any decor and really add personality to your home office space. Other than plants having the ability to spruce up any space, they also have other benefits. Indoor plants are great for providing a pleasant and tranquil environment for working. Learn more about your favorite species — like the amount of maintenance and sun the various types of plants need— and choose the indoor plants that would be best suited for you and your home office.

Working from home is no longer a temporary situation for many Americans, so there’s no longer a reason to just make do with a cramped desk, an uncomfortable chair, and otherwise unmotivating workspace. Improving your home office setup can make working from home easier and more enjoyable, no matter what the future holds.

Source: redfin.com

5 Ways to Improve Your Home Office Setup

February 9, 2021 February 10, 2021 by Lexi Klinkenberg

Updated on February 10th, 2021

The pandemic has affected our lives in countless ways, but a shift in workplace habits is among the most notable. The pandemic has forced millions of workers into their homes, taking away their commutes, their routines, and, of course, their offices. In fact, having a home office is one of the most popular home trends on the market right now and homes with a home office are currently seen in 9% more homes for sale than last year. If you’re among those stuck at home, day in and day out, making a few tweaks to your home office can improve your productivity and boost morale. Here are five great ways to improve your home office setup.

home office setup

home office setup

1. Lean into an ergonomic setup

Many office spaces are designed with employee comfort in mind, but our home offices can be a little less thought out and could potentially increase discomfort and stress during the workday. There are a few upgrades you can make when it comes to your office equipment. Consider investing in an ergonomic chair and desk. An ergonomic chair will provide you with the support you need to avoid neck and back pain and ergonomic desks can often move up and down giving you the ability to sit or stand as you work throughout the day. Additionally, specific keyboards, laptop risers and an external mouse can add extra comfort to your current office workspace. Adding just a few of these ergonomic upgrades to your home office can lessen your discomfort, making it easier to stay at your desk and stay focused on the task at hand.

2. Upgrade to new technology

Are you tired of trying to get work done on a tiny laptop screen? Do you struggle to hear your coworkers on video calls through old computer speakers? If so, some new technology might be just what you need. Investing in quality speakers, additional monitors, or even a smart home system to ensure you’re always looped in can be a big benefit, making it easier to do your job while eliminating some common headaches.

Not all companies will offer reimbursement for technological upgrades but some may, so it never hurts to ask. With the newest technology at your fingertips, you may be able to increase your productivity and enjoy your home office setup more than ever before. 

3. Improve your lighting

The wrong lighting can be unpleasant and uncomfortable, especially when you spend most of the day in your office workspace. Without adequate bulb brightness and warmness, you may be more likely to strain your eyes or even get headaches while staring at your screens. If you have bad lighting in your home office consider increasing your access to natural light by taking away blinds or relocating your desk. Add a desk light or floor lamp to your office to bring in a warm, happy feel, or put better bulbs in your overhead light fixtures to improve comfort and visibility. 

Many studies have shown that lights in higher color temperatures (above 3500K) directly impact our learning and productivity and increase our ability to take in information and concentrate on tasks. The higher the color temperature, the higher the level of focus. For this reason, it is recommended that you purchase LED lights with color temperatures around 5000K to increase focus and save you money on electricity bills. Bringing warm, bright light into your office space is especially beneficial if you live in an area that tends to have overcast skies, like Seattle, WA

home office setup

home office setup

4. Add custom cabinets and organizational spaces

Many careers and positions require keeping extensive records, which is fine when you’re in an office with shelves and cabinets. But now that you’re working from home you most likely are dealing with a smaller space. With cabinetry designed to accommodate your job, you can improve organization and efficiency. Consider adding some custom cabinetry to your office, it is a great way to keep your office looking great while also giving you plenty of space to store your work so it doesn’t turn into towering piles around your desk. 

If you don’t have the space for custom installations, even a small filing cabinet, shelves on the walls, or a desk with more drawers can make staying organized a little easier.

5. Bring in the decor

A drab workspace may seem functional, but it’s probably not a place you want to spend a lot of time. Stepping up your decor can be an aesthetic improvement that can excite you about working in your home office setup rather than dreading it. A work area that looks nice will feel nice, and that may be all you need to stay motivated during the day. Here are some simple upgrades you can make to your home office to help inject a little more energy and color into your space. 

  • Add a colorful rug: Rugs can be fashionable, but they can also make your space homier. This is particularly true if your at-home office is in a basement or a room that’s less cozy. A rug can also be easier on your feet and provide insulation to help regulate the room’s temperature, not to mention it could add some much-needed color and texture to your space. 
  • Draw on some curtains or blinds: If your workspace has a lot of natural light, curtains and blinds can be a good way to keep the rising or setting sun at bay.  There are many curtain and blind options available these days that can be used to modify your windows. And, with the vast range of color options, materials, and designs available, you have the freedom to choose any that match your style and interior design. Whether this means adding some sage green curtains to your windows or automatic modern blinds that open or close with the touch of a button, the options are endless. Nice curtains or blinds can elevate the feel of a room, which could certainly help enhance a drab space. 
  • Incorporate artwork and plenty of it: Office workers across the country keep pictures on their desks, so why not hang some art in your home office? You may not need pictures of your family necessarily, since you might be able to hear them right down the hall, but t maybe a favorite art print, framed photos from one of your favorite trips, or any other fun and enjoyable pieces that can brighten up your home office setup. There are so many art options available, just find something that speaks to you and helps you stay energized and motivated. 
  • Invest in indoor plants:  Plants can complement any decor and really add personality to your home office space. Other than plants having the ability to spruce up any space, they also have other benefits. Indoor plants are great for providing a pleasant and tranquil environment for working. Learn more about your favorite species — like the amount of maintenance and sun the various types of plants need— and choose the indoor plants that would be best suited for you and your home office.

Working from home is no longer a temporary situation for many Americans, so there’s no longer a reason to just make do with a cramped desk, an uncomfortable chair, and otherwise unmotivating workspace. Improving your home office setup can make working from home easier and more enjoyable, no matter what the future holds.

Source: redfin.com