Like a Royal

By Ale Zamora

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     No matter who you are or where you are, you were well aware about the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle that happened just this past weekend. And if you’re like most people, you probably woke up just in time to witness the special ceremony, and marveled at the spectacular scenery, extravagant interior of the chapel, and the gorgeous, traditional clothing everyone was styling. Watching this exciting event play out united us all as we watched the now Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrate their love, and it made us all just a little bit envious of all the spectators who were able to witness it all in-person. If that sounds like you, fear not! While we can’t go back in time to transport you to the wedding, we can help you bring a little bit of that royal British feel into your home. Below we’ve picked out some home decor that closely resembles the aura of Windsor Castle, so you can feel like a royal today and every day.

 

The Crimson Drawing Room

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Elegant chandelier         Victorian wall console table       Vintage painting

 

Happy decorating!

*All photos from the Royal Collection Trust
Our Top Real Estate TV-Show Picks

By Ale Zamora

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     From drama to reality, the many, many program options our television provides us with can be quite overwhelming, especially when trying to find something new to watch. Sure, you could watch that new dramatic show everyone is raving about or turn on that new reality show that has everyone laughing, but have you ever just wanted a TV show that was mindless and relaxing, but inspiring and exciting at the same time? If you’re a fan of what we just described, then you’d surely love the real estate/design side of TV. There’s an array of options that you’ve probably heard of on channels like Create and HGTV, so we’ve broken down our favorites that cover a variety of topics, so there’s something for everyone!

Lakefront Bargain Hunt

Network: HGTV

     Miles and miles of coastline are at our fingertips here in Florida, but what we don’t see everyday are gorgeous lakes and mountains that are terrain staples in many other states. This show explores those states that do, and it’s pretty awesome to see some of these amazing, cozy cottages and the views that come with them. Turn this program on to feel like you’re living lakeside in Lake Tahoe, or let it inspire your next vacation.

The Vanilla Ice Project

Network: DIY Network

     Did you even know 90s rapper Vanilla Ice was also a veteran in the house-flipping business? The more you know! This television show profiles the mansion scene right here in Palm Beach, where Rob Van Winkle (yes, Vanilla Ice’s real name) dedicates his 30- minute episodes to completely revamping some of the most elegant homes on the Florida coast. Mr. Ice’s personality gives this show a funny twist, making it our top pick for mindless watching.

House Hunters Renovation

Network: HGTV

     You’re probably familiar with one of HGTV’s most popular shows, House Hunters, but did you know about the renovation version? House Hunters Renovation is essentially a classic episode of House Hunters, except it’s double the length of time because it follows the couples through their entire renovation process, complete with before and after shots! This show is great for drawing design inspiration, and can give you a great idea of what the costs are for some major home projects.

Happy watching!

Make Way for Millennials

By Ale Zamora

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Whether you’ve spoken the word over the last few years, or maybe you’re one yourself, you’ve surely heard of the millennial population. A millennial, as defined by most websites, includes anyone born in the late 1980s or 1990s. There’s a lot you’ve probably heard about this group of young people, and other than consuming extraordinary amounts of avocados and seemingly always having latest version of the iPhone, there’s a lot millennials are changing, especially in the real estate world. Keep reading for trends that are appealing more to millennials and changing the way real estate is done.

The Social Media Influence

Technology is a unifying factor tying all millennials together; not only are they using it often, they know how to work it, and are using it to move the future. In the same way, it’s also the main vessel in which information is viewed these days. In terms of real estate, millennials are using media to discover houses and neighborhoods. Popular apps like Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com are like dating profiles for houses; it gives users a useful, simple breakdown of a listing, complete with pictures and estimated mortgages. Sharing listings on apps like these as well as social media sites like Facebook and Instagram will surely attract more eyes to your listing and especially appeal to this younger generation.

The Waiting Game

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Work life plays a huge role in what the future holds for a millennial. With this group, the typical 9 to 5 jobs that most baby boomers held are not on their horizons. Rather, they’re searching for jobs where they can find their identities, and now more than ever, with digital and creative- based jobs opening up, technology is allowing these young people to be more flexible and purposeful with the work they do. But with this comes a longer waiting period- Byron Carlock, a national real estate practice leader, said, “[Millennials] have waited longer to enter the market, so their income levels are higher. In addition, they may have avoided renting by living at home or with roommates, so they have more saved to apply to their first home purchase.” So, while they may wait longer, the prices they’re able to afford to get the perfect place will be much higher (as will be their expectations).  

An Eye for a Different Design

When it comes to home designs, trends show millennials looking for that happy medium between a home full of character and a space they can design and make their own. This also means that more millennials aren’t opposed to having a renovation project- this allows them to score that vintage buy while making all the necessary changes on the inside, like new kitchen appliances, open concepts, and environmentally friendly energy systems. Check out Business Insider’s infographic in the link below to see more of a breakdown of what millennial patterns are showing.