It truly is the details that make a house a home. From furniture and lighting to bedding and storage, each piece makes a statement about the space, and therefore, the people in it. It is important to take the time to make the right selections in order to bring forth your own personality and a true sense of luxury when decorating your home.
This stunning piece of furniture offers a pop of bold color that will make it a certain conversation piece. Made from wood and tempered glass, the lines on this sideboard are sharp and contrasting, giving it the power to pull together an otherwise neutral dining room. The variety of shapes and colors offers an eclectic dash of personality without sacrificing the feel of luxury and style. This piece is sure to be a unique standout that can act as a guide for the rest of your decorating choices.
Nothing says luxury quite like a unique, carefully crafted rug. This stunning Ventana rug is sophisticated and suave. Its artisan construction ensures that no two rugs are exactly alike, giving you a one-of-a-kind piece to build your living room furnishings. This hand-woven rug is as versatile as it is beautiful and would be an incredible addition to your luxury home.
You will spend approximately one-third of your life in bed, so shouldn’t your bedding offer the most luxurious comfort available? The Sferra Giza 45 Trina collection does exactly that. Made in Italy using 100 percent Egyptian cotton, there is no finer combination of style and coziness. This collection will envelop you in softness and provide a stunning backdrop for your entire bedroom decor ensemble.
This breathtaking Burst chandelier from coveted designer Lindsey Adelman “bursts” with personality and would turn any entryway into a showstopper. Wow your guests from the moment they step into your home with this expressive collection of handblown glass globes and gold foil edges. Choose from clear or opaque design options to best fit your overall scheme for the home.
Here are some quick tips that will make your guests feel at home during their stay.
Create a home cheat sheet that provides your guests with the Wi-Fi code, instructions to turn on the television, garage code, and any other amenities they may need. Be sure to include your address, landline number and emergency contact information.
Hotel toiletries and deluxe samples placed in a glass jar look elegant displayed in the guest bathroom. Your guests will like the availability of extra products, especially if they may have forgotten something.
Plants or well-crafted flower arrangements in the guest room add brightness and freshness that anyone will appreciate.
To create the ultimate retreat for your guests, place a basket in the corner with items that will make them comfortable. Think soft throw blankets, magazines, bottled water, snacks and a reading light.
Make sure to leave extra towels and washcloths in the bathroom so guests can always use dry ones. An extra toothbrush is a nice touch, too.
Sense of smell
Adding a candle or diffuser to the guest suite is always a good idea. Be careful, however, because not all guests love the smell of warm vanilla. Avoid polarizing scents and use neutral fragrances, such as fresh linen. A small bottle of room or linen spray is also a great addition to the room.
As summer begins to dwindle, it seems as if the Texas heat is here to stay a little longer. A cabana is the perfect place to sneak away from the sun during a relaxing day at the pool, and it is the best hangout spot when you have guests over.
We’ve gathered 11 beautiful cabanas worth catching some shade in.
Whether you’re planning an exotic escape or taking a quick weekend trip somewhere fun, summer is a time to relax and enjoy a change of scenery.
It’s important to take the necessary measures to close up your home before leaving. The tips below will ensure you can stay worry-free while away.
Leave your keys with a neighbor you trust If you have a trustworthy neighbor, leave them a copy of your key as well as your contact information. While you’re away, they can check your home, collect mail and be available in case of emergency.
Lock up Take extra precautions by hiding your valuables or placing them in a safe. Be sure to lock each window, door and fence in your home. If you have a garage, park your car inside.
Be mindful of energy consumption Electronics can still expend energy when not in use. Unplug any devices such as appliances, computers, gaming consoles and televisions to prevent hazards and save on your energy bill. Turn off your air conditioning or leave it at a level to keep any pets comfortable, and put your water heater in “vacation mode.”
Plan ahead for pets Make arrangements for someone to feed and watch your pet. If you will be away for an extended period of time, you should consider having someone housesit and stay overnight to care for your animals.
Avoid unnecessary smells Leaving food that will expire soon in your refrigerator while you’re away will only become more of a hassle when you get back. Avoid smells and messy cleanup upon return by discarding almost-expired food before you leave. Be sure to remove all trash before you leave, as well.
Time your lights Invest in a few timers for lamps in your home. Program them to turn on lamps near windows to mimic the appearance of activity. This can help prevent intruders who may target homes that have been dark for a few days.
A sunny getaway can help lift spirts and reveal the history and wonder of a new space far away from home. Take a look at some of our favorite warm weather destinations and start planning your next trip.
This tiny island located about 120 miles southwest of Barbados is quickly becoming a popular travel destination among the world’s elite. Canouan is a secluded island, with no direct flights from the U.S., so many visitors must fly to an airport in St. Vincent, Grenada, St. Lucia or Barbados and then take a short flight by private jet or propeller plane to get to there. The Mandarin Oriental Canouan, which recently took over the old Pink Sands Club, is the premier hotel on the island and has five restaurants and bars, a freestanding spa and a golf course, among other amenities.
LORD HOWE ISLAND, AUSTRALIA
Guests looking for both privacy and beauty can look no further than Lorde Howe Island. No need to worry about overcrowding here; only about 400 visitors are allowed on the island at one time to experience the natural features, which include the famous twin peaks, subtropical forests and clear waters. The island was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage property in 1982 due to its beauty and biodiversity. Visitors take advantage of many local attractions, including feeding wild fish by hand at Ned’s Beach and hiking Mount Gower.
FAROE ISLANDS, DENMARK
With dramatic landscapes and stunning waterfront views, The Faroe Islands are a must-see for any traveler. Located between Iceland and Scotland, lies this breathtaking string of islands that were once considered Danish Viking territory and today occupy about 50,000 residents. Luxe features are being added to the islands every day, including Michelin-star restaurants and trendy shops for tourists. Koks Restaurant won its first Michelin star in 2017 and has a staff of 10 chefs (each from a different country). Reservations are recommended for this exclusive restaurant; it is open from April to September and only serves 24 customers a night.
For many families, summer vacation means the kids are home for a while, ready to relax and play without worry. While they’re having the time of their lives away from the classroom and homework, there’s no place like a playroom to keep the kids entertained, and keeping your home clutter-free.
We’ve gathered a few properties with playrooms perfectly fitted for the creative and fun young ones in your life.