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Elegant Andalusian Architecture - Juliette Hohnen

Andalusian Architecture: Characteristics and Features

Andalusia is truly a melting pot.  With a rich, extensive history, the region has been inhabited by peoples of varying ethnicities and religious backgrounds.  Over time, the influences of the different groups have combined to create a style that is uniquely Andalusian.  This one of a kind style is especially evident in their architecture.

There are many cherished structures in Andalusia, including the Alhambra and the Great Mosque of Córdoba.  These buildings date to the Muslim era of the region, and are an excellent example of the traditional architecture of Andalusia.  Andalusian architecture retains its Roman and Arab roots, while adding a dash of Mediterranean character.

 Elegant Andalusian Architecture - Juliette Hohnen

One typical feature of traditional Andalusian urban houses is that they are  constructed with shared walls.  This is  to minimize exposure to the hot Mediterranean summer temperatures. Another smart feature is that they paint exterior walls with lime, which keeps heat out.  The roof can be terraced or tiled.

 Elegant Andalusian Architecture - Juliette Hohnen

One of the most characteristic elements of Andalusian architecture is the interior courtyard.  The patios of Cordoba are an excellent example of this feature, which was heavily influenced by Roman architecture.

 Elegant Andalusian Architecture - Juliette Hohnen

Andalusian architecture is noted for it’s decorative elements.  This includes wrought iron gratings, azulejo (painted ceramic) tiles, and lavish landscaping.

 Elegant Andalusian Architecture - Juliette Hohnen

One need not travel to the Iberian Peninsula to experience Andalusian architecture!  We have a beautiful example right here in California.  The historic Torre del Moro building in Beachwood Canyon was built in 1933 by Marie Russack Hotchener.  Hotchener was an opera singer and self taught architect, and designed this Andalusian style building on Helios Drive.  The property was restored in 2005 by the design firm of Howell & Padgett and converted to a condominium with just five units.

Andalusian Architecture

The unit that is currently available at 2270 Helios Drive in Hollywood Hills East blends classic character details with modern upgrades such as central heating and air conditioning, Carrara marble countertops, and a gourmet kitchen with high end appliances.  Multiple patios and balconies offer additional living spaces that make the home feel larger.  In typical Andalusian style, lush landscaping surrounds the property.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to own a piece of Andalusian architecture right here in the United States.  Visit our listing here for more information.

Our Favorite Luxury Outdoor Furniture - Juliette Hohnen

Our Favorite Luxury Outdoor Furniture

Summer days are on the horizon, and the pull of warmer weather is leading many of us outdoors.  Now is the perfect time to spruce up your outdoor space and create a backyard living area that you, your friends, and family can create memories in.  Here are some of our top picks for luxury outdoor furniture.

Hampton Swivel Bar Stool

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If you merged the comfort of a dining arm chair with the fun of bar seating, you get the Hampton Swivel Bar Stool.  The brand created a contemporary, clean look using UV-protected wicker in a flat woven design. This swivel chair includes a fade- and mildew-resistant Sunbrella® cushion, available in multiple colors. Priced at $575, this bar stool is a “must have” for any outdoor bar!

Tamiami Loveseat

Our Favorite Luxury Outdoor Furniture

Constructed with sun cloth lace, the Tamiami Loveseat from Brown Jordan is an excellent choice for hot climates or poolside seating.  The straps are expertly woven for strength, resilience, comfort, and style.  The loveseat can be customized in many different ways, just choose the finish and fabric color that matches your decor.

Cradle Day Bed

Our Favorite Luxury Outdoor Furniture

We can’t think of a better way to luxuriate outside than with the Cradle Day Bed by Gloster.  Pictured here in meteor and granite, this luxury outdoor day bed is available in other colors and with optional side and top panels.  Create a private oasis while still enjoying everything nature has to offer.  The Cradle Day bed starts at $10,000.00.

Spright Adult’s Set

Our Favorite Luxury Outdoor Furniture

Why should kids have all the fun?  If you love bright colors and fun, retro styled design, then the Iron Occasional Spright Adult’s Set by Woodard is a great option.  The playfully mismatched chairs and cool styling make this the perfect piece for relaxing with friends.

Tropitones Mobilis Collection

Our Favorite Luxury Outdoor Furniture

Create a visually interesting and inviting patio environment with this outdoor modular seating collection designed by Richard Holbrook.  The pieces in the Mobilis Collection have a retro modern appearance and can be arranged, mixed, and matched in multiple ways.  Create a resort-like feel in your backyard with this beautiful collection.

Atla Illuminated Planter

Our Favorite Luxury Outdoor Furniture

This is more of an accent piece than furniture, but we couldn’t resist including the Atla Illuminated Planter on our list of favorite luxury outdoor furniture.  Illuminate your world with this beautiful two-tone design.  This will add gorgeous ambiance to your evenings spent outdoors.

The Bilander Sofa

Our Favorite Luxury Outdoor Furniture

If you love clean lines and natural products, the Bilander Sofa is an excellent choice.  Made from solid unfinished Teak which is graded BC, the number of knots in the wood will be very limited.  This beautifully crafted sofa will create a gorgeous contemporary silhouette in any outdoor living space.

Tommy Bahama Fire Pit Lounge Set

Our Favorite Luxury Outdoor Furniture

The Tommy Bahama Outdoor Ocean Club Pacifica Wicker Fire Pit Lounge Set provides an inviting setting for you and your guests.  When the temperatures drop a little, there’s no need to move the party inside.  Snuggle up on the lounge set which is perfectly arranged around the fire pit, and continue chatting long into the night.

Life’s too short to spend it indoors.  Live life outside, in luxury, with our picks for top outdoor furniture.

Spring Cleaning Tips - 10 Things to Tackle this year!

Spring Cleaning Tips – 10 Things to Tackle This Year

After being cooped up inside all winter, it’s a delightful change of pace to finally fling open the windows and let fresh air into our homes.  It’s also a great time to clear away the dust and dirt that’s been accumulating all year.  While there are many cleaning tasks that have to be tackled more often, here are ten items that, in most cases, only need to be done once a year.  So hurry up and tackle this to-do list so you won’t have to worry about it for 364 days!

1) Replace the batteries in your smoke detector.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry.  Don’t wait for your smoke detectors to start beeping to let you know the battery is running low.  Pick a date each year to replace all the smoke detector batteries in your home, and keep yourself protected in the event there ever is a fire.  Do the same with your carbon monoxide detectors if you have those as well.

2) Deep clean your carpet.

If you have pets or young kids, you may want to do this more often, but most people can get away with an annual carpet cleaning.  This includes rugs!  Rent a machine or hire a professional to give all your floor coverings a thorough deep cleaning.  Spring is the perfect time to tackle this chore because you can open the windows and run fans to speed the drying process.

3) Drain your hot water heater.

Most manufacturers recommend that home owners drain their hot water heaters once a year.  This will help flush out minerals and other debris that can accumulate and cause the hot water heater to malfunction.  Be sure to refer to the owner’s manual for your particular hot water heater to do the job correctly.

4) Reseal outdoor surfaces.

Time and the elements take their toll on outdoor spaces.  Take advantage of the nice weather to inspect surfaces like decks, driveways, and outdoor woodwork.  Reseal wood surfaces and repair any cracks to extend the life.

5) Clean the windows.

Head outside and get those windows clean.  Dishwashing detergent, a sponge, and a water hose are usually all that’s needed to get the job done.  Inside, grab a vacuum and clear dust and dirt out of the window casings as well.

6) Dust ceiling lights and fans.

It’s easy to forget to clean the things that are above eye level, but dust will accumulate up there!  Don’t wait till it gets hot and you turn on your ceiling fan to send dust flurries all over the house.  You can use an attachment with your vacuum to quickly get the dust off lights and fans in your home.

7) Clear gutters.

Don’t wait for those April showers to hit to realize that your gutters are clogged.  Right now they are probably filled with leaves that settled in the fall.  Clear them now and you won’t have to worry about your gutters for a while.

8) Really clean out your closets.

Take a good hard look at your closet.  Is there anything there that you haven’t worn or used in the last year?  Clear out clothes, shoes, and accessories that no longer fit or that you no longer use.  Consider donating gently used items so that others can enjoy them.  Do the same thing with books and other items you may collect, like hobby supplies.  Spring is the perfect time to declutter your home.

9) Clean out your pantry and refrigerator.

You might be surprised what you find in there after a deep cleaning.  Toss anything that’s expired, and use this opportunity to rearrange and reorganize both your pantry and  your refrigerator.  While you’re at it, wipe down all the shelves so everything will be clean and organized, at least for a little while!

10) Reorganize the garage.

Depending on where you live, your garage might be housing snow shovels, sleds, and even Christmas decor right now.  Get the fall and winter gear put away, and make space for your lawn mower and other summer supplies.

 Use our spring cleaning tips to get your home ready for the spring and summer months.  A once a year cleaning can help you feel better about your home every day of the year.

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Needed: Show House for Great Publicity Opportunity

We’ve been tasked with finding a house for a unique publicity opportunity for a major TV network. Please see the details below and let us know if you’d like your house to be considered!

OVERVIEW

As fall takes off, a major TV network in partnership with a leading design magazine will transform a house in LA into a fun, innovative, luxurious beacon where entertainment meets high-design. A celebrated group of visionary designers will bring select TV shows to life through custom created rooms inspired by notable shows. The showhouse will serve as a destination for curated events featuring viewing parties, press and influencer festivities and privately sponsored events. Expected visitors may include press, designers, influencers, industry VIPs, television enthusiasts and talent.  Guests will interact with the TV brand in truly unique ways that will engage all of their senses, as this state-of-the-art showhouse becomes the hot spot destination for entertainment.

TIMING

  • We need the house from August through October with a couple scheduled times in June for the designers to measure their spaces.

LOCATION

  • Los Angeles, CA. Suggested cities: Hollywood Hills, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood, Glendale, Sherman Oaks, Burbank, Studio City, Culver City, Century City, West Hollywood
  • Large and spacious, multi-room home with minimum 5,000+ square feet. Our wish list includes a great outdoor space, pool, screening room and views but will look at any beautiful house.
  • Must be easily accessible for guests ideally with good street parking available.

POTENTIAL HOUSE EVENTS

  • Host brands and top sponsors will host invite-only events during the 4 weeks the house is open. Events may include press events, influencer events, tours, viewing parties (Emmys, premieres, etc.), cast parties/live tweeting Fall premieres, designer parties and/or sponsor events.

PROMOTION

  • The showhouse will be promoted across various platforms ranging from social, digital, print, and video platforms and via publicity, affiliate and partnership promotion.

BENEFITS

  • High traffic through the house of high net worth individuals including celebrities and brand VIPs
  • Potential sponsor-donated products to the house such as appliances, fixtures, tile, paint, cabinets, etc. which could increase the value of the home
  • Exposure of the property through brand assets in print, digital, social and video
  • Participation in a one-of-a-kind designer showhouse which will garner millions in impressions and awareness for the house
Mediterranean Revival Architecture - Juliette Hohnen

Mediterranean Revival Architecture Brings Spanish Charm

Many who have traveled to the Mediterranean have lamented that they don’t want to go home when the vacation is over.  The charm of the Spanish countryside or Italian seaside are hard to depart from.  The appeal of the Mediterranean led many to bring the style they encountered abroad home with them to the United States.  This is especially evident in Mediterranean revival architecture.  The design style peaked in the 1920s and 1930s, but it is still extremely popular today.  The style draws heavily on the architecture of palaces and seaside villas, and was easily incorporated into the rapidly expanding coastal resorts of California and Florida.

Mediterranean Revival Architecture

There are several key elements of Mediterranean revival architecture.  One immediately noticeable style marker is the red tiled roof.  Modeled after Spanish and Mexican missions, these fireproof tiles shed water easily and offer protection against the summer heat.  Our listing at Whitley Avenue provides a superb example of this gorgeous roof style.  Stucco walls, common in Mediterranean climates, offer excellent protection from the elements and are also commonly found in this style.  They are also an attractive alternative to brick and provide a great canvas for adding color to a home.

Mediterranean Revival Architecture

Arches are commonly seen in this style of design.  This self supporting element, which dates back to Roman times, creates sturdy walls.  Stones next to the keystone in the arch atop the side columns distributes weight and provide an attractive focal point.

Mediterranean Revival Architecture

Ornamental details provide elegance and a “wow” factor to these homes.  Heavy wooden doors, wrought iron balconies, and inviting courtyards all help bring the feel of the Mediterranean home.  This lovely balcony at Hidden Valley shows how inviting a balcony in a charming Mediterranean revival home can be.

Mediterranean Revival Architecture

Maybe you can’t vacation in the Mediterranean every year, but you can live like a Mediterranean everyday in one of these beautiful homes!  What is your favorite part of Mediterranean revival architecture?

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