CAPTURING THE VACATION AND LIFESTYLE VIBE

Dated: July 17 2019

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AS A SECOND HOME VACATION SPECIALIST, I recommend sellers to steal these 8 hotel design secrets:

1. Make sure buyers get that same emotion when they step into your house: Re-create that chic lobby atmosphere in your entryway, by adding a table with an overflowing vase of flowers, lamps, and some seating.

2. Depersonalize and declutter your space to appeal to as many buyers as possible. But do not wipe the slate clean; you can use your treasured objects to woo house hunters. Create interesting focal points by having some historic books out on a table.  A rule of thumb with design is that we only have two of three objects on every surface.

3. Most upscale hotels prefer neutral yet luxurious palettes—harmonious shades such as warm grays, taupes, rich browns, and even blacks.  And, stick to two or three colors maximum throughout your home.

4. Bedding is so important!  Replace the duvet covers and pillow shams in the bedrooms with hotel stripe bedding—all-white linens embroidered with one stripe of color—and a couple of throw pillows that tie in.  In upscale hotels, the duvet is almost doubled back over at the end of the bed, which looks so welcoming.  Using two or three inexpensive duvets into one duvet cover will immediately give a really thick, fluffy duvet.

5. Bathrooms!  Create an OASIS by using a soothing, simple palette of whites.  Doing a all-white towels, hand cloths, and washcloths, will create a very spa like feeling.

6. Create the illusion of space with lighting and proportions: really large mirrors—even floor-to-ceiling ones. Walking into a room that’s evenly lit makes the space feel much more inviting and comfortable: it increases the scale of the room. When it comes to art: bigger is better as undersize works can actually make a room feel smaller.

7. Continue the vacation vibe outside: transform a deck with comfy seating and a separate space for dining so that buyers are reminded of alfresco dinners on hotel patios. Set up white candles in large hurricane lamps and casual vases of fresh flowers for an added touch of luxury.

8. Use biophilic design: take your inspiration from the outsides. Look at what's around you—the sea, grasses, palms—and pull those in as references.

After an article in "Realtor" by Wendy Helfenbaum on June 20, 2019.

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Michele Vasilescu MA, '84 New York University

I am a real estate professional licensed in Florida, with twelve years of experience in residential real estate, including the luxury sector. I am certified by the National Association of Realtors as ....

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