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Interior Design Trends of 2018

We are more than halfway through 2018 so it’s a great time to discuss the hottest interior design trends of the year.

As a realtor, I obviously see the interiors of a lot of homes. I’m always looking at who’s doing what and gathering new ideas to share with friends, colleagues and most importantly my clients.

Here are some of the trends I have seen since the clock struck midnight into 2018:

1. Arches: Curvy windows and arched doorways are all the rage. I’m seeing them consistently these days and I definitely love it!

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2. Chrome: It’s always been a go-to, but lately it has taken a backseat to brass. I am seeing more and more of clean and shiny chrome accents in many homes I visit lately so it’s definitely trending.

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3. Artistic Wallpaper: From geometrics to floral prints, the wallpaper craze is on! Long gone are the days of stuffy floral prints from the 70s, you can find fun, gorgeous options everywhere, from Anthropologie to local boutiques, like my favorite Walnut Wallpaper.

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4. Gelato Colors: These are colors you want to eat and almost cool you off just by looking at them. Pink walls, lime-green accents. Makes me wonder if the ice cream museum had any influence on this?

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5. Embellishments: Handmade blankets, throws, and pillows with added feathers, fringe, macrame or tufting seem to be everywhere right now, adding an extra bit of texture and comfort to every room imaginable.

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6. Cement Tiling: An affordable trend, the look of stone is a solid choice for a bathroom, literally unbreakable and also wont break the bank.

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7. Geometric Tables: These tables are an easy way to add a modern element that goes well with almost every interior design style. They are functional and visually striking, what’s not to love?

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Those are just a few of the trends I have been spotting on a daily basis. I’m sure I will have many more amazing ideas to share before the year ends.

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Juliette’s July Playlist: My Love For Music

I have always loved music. My entire family loves music. My father used to have a whole room of 78’s (those are very, very old records for those of you too young to know). My aunt was a singer, I was a singer, my son is a singer songwriter, my other son is a drummer, my sister played the piano and several other instruments and my niece is studying to be a jazz singer at the Royal Academy of music and plays the flute, my nephew plays guitar, bass and the drums. When I was young I was in the school choir, the church choir and finally graduated to attending stage school full time to become an actress and singer. I even studied for a short time to be an opera singer but realized that as much as I loved to listen and play music I was too embarrassed to be a performer.

But I didn’t want a real job so I decided instead to get a job at MTV and interview performers rather than actually be one. I was part of the original team to launch MTV Europe in 1987. I somehow blagged my way into a job as a studio PA despite being unable to speak a foreign language or having a degree or indeed knowing anything about television production whatsoever. But I had worked for a photographer called Katya Grenfell and using my will and moxy had helped her finish her book, titled Naked London by persuading various celebrities and other semi important people to pose naked in front of famous monuments in London (and yes there were some arrests). This impressed the Americans sent from New York to build the MTV brand in London and I got the job. There was no better job aged 22. Amoung other things, I had to watch music videos and write the VJ’s copy.  Yes I did say I was being paid to watch music videos and listen to music. I wasn’t paid much but I didn’t care. I got to meet people like Johnny Rotten (who by the way was scary) when they visited the studio. I later transferred to the film department and got a promotion working on the European movie shows eventually being transferred to New York to produce The Big Picture. But that’s another story.

My love of music started way before I worked at MTV and it continues to this day. When I was being treated for breast cancer music was one of the main things that carried me through. It is the thing that makes me happy and sometimes sad. I (slightly) judge people on their musical taste and have been known to fall passionately in love if someone has exquisite taste in music.  Each month I collect my favorite new songs and put them on a CD and so in addition to all the other things I put on this newsletter and website I’m adding my latest musical finds.

Click here to hear what I was listening to this past month.

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The Juliette Interviews: Interior Designer Georgia Tapert Howe

I’m obsessed with interior design, frequently in search for the latest design trends or appreciating how art and objects can add zest to a room. In an attempt to learn more about this infatuation with domestic composition, I sat down with former New Yorker and now Los Angeles interior designer Georgia Tapert Howe in the first of a series of interviews I will be doing with some industry insiders and professionals .

Here is what she had to say:

JH: You’ve been in the interior design world for over 15 years now. How have you seen the industry evolve over those years?

GTH: Yes, so much has changed. The biggest thing is that there are so many more direct to consumer products available and there are so many resources now for people who may not want to hire a full service design firm – whether its hiring someone from a place like homepolish.com or using an in-house person at restoration hardware. It was an industry that was sort of shrouded in mystery for a long time and not particularly transparent.  In addition, technology has helped make my job so much easier, things like Pinterest have made it much simpler for clients to share ideas.

JH: How have you transformed as a designer from when you first started?

GTH: Honestly, I still like a lot of the same things, but I’ve gotten a little less precious about the process.  I’m much better at remembering I don’t have to love everything my client picks – they may not always want everything I suggest and its my job to give them the best version of what they want.  I used to be really stubborn about what I thought they should have. And lets be serious we aren’t curing cancer here, its supposed to be fun.

JH:  Who is your greatest influence?

GTH: Probably my mom. She wasn’t a designer nor did she use an interior designer but she has great taste and loves interior design. The apartment I grew up in still feels timeless today,  I’m always amazed at how good everything looked when I look at old pictures.  She did it all herself and it was so chic and pretty.

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JH: 
How would you say art impacts a home?

GTH: More than anything its has the ability to transform a room.  You can walk into a room with beautiful furniture and curtains etc, but it doesn’t feel finished until there is art on the walls.

JH: Who would you say is your ideal client?

GTH: Someone that has taste and likes the process.  It’s always more fun when my client brings great ideas to the table.

JH: Any recommendations for where to purchase furniture and decor? Where can DIY-ers find deals or unique items?

GTH: Chairish and Etsy

JH: Any general advice for designing? What are a couple of your do’s and don’t's?

GTH: 
The right size and scale, if you can try and do a little floor plan its really helpful.  I hate when you walk into a room that has pretty thing and then the rug is like weirdly small.

JH: What are some of the latest interior design trends we can expect to see in 2018 and beyond?

GTH: I think color is making a come back!

Thank you Georgia for taking the time to answer these questions. If you’d like to learn more about Georgia Tapert Howe and see her full portfolio of work visit: georgiataperthowe.com

Summer Socialize

The Best Ways To Socialize Outdoors – All Summer Long

From coast to coast, summer is the best time for socializing. I personally love to spend my days off (which are few and far between), enjoying the outdoors, bike riding along the beach and gathering with friends and family to have a feast.

But a home is truly not a home unless you have some ideal outdoor spaces. When it’s time to chill some rosé and text all your closest friends to come by for an outdoor potluck – here are some of the top grills and outdoor must-haves to consider adding to your backyard:

1. The Big Green Egg – Exactly as described, it’s green and it’s egg shaped. Not the prettiest, but very efficient, and very affordable. It is a ceramic kamado-style charcoal grill which provides remarkable insulation. Perfect for searing a tuna or baking a pizza, this grill can do it all.

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2. Napoleon Prestige 825 Natural Gas Grill – This is a top of the line, elegant, stainless steel grill. It is designed to cook food to perfection. It features infrared ceramic burners, natural gas and a smoker tube. The side burner also turns into a wok, for healthy stir-fry made outdoors.

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3.  Bose Free Space 51 Outdoor In-Ground Speakers​​ – No social gathering is complete without music. These speakers sound great and feature an in-ground design that allows them to be hidden amongst the greenery of your outdoor garden.

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4. Original Balencia Bronze Chaise Lounges – What better way to ensure your guests are comfortable while seated poolside than some European inspired chaise lounges? Don’t forget to add the pillows and umbrella for added shade and comfort.

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5. Gloster Carver Collection Outdoor Tables – Custom made is always the way to go when it comes to outdoor furniture that is designed to last. Check out Gloster’s Carver line. They are L.A. local and create custom tables using teak, pumice and even ceramic. Also make sure to check out the ambient lighting collection for illuminating your outdoor parties in style.

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6. Outdoor living rooms – Ok, so this is one you will have to design yourself, but for inspiration, check out this link to see one of our listings with an incredible cabana outdoor living room. If you don’t want to “rough it” in the backyard, you can bring luxuries of indoors outside. Heaters and fans keep the temperature enjoyable in all seasons, while speakers and a TV create a major “Wow” moment. Add a mini fridge for drinks and you’ll never want to be inside!

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This is the Best Month To Sell Your Home

Were your social feeds getting bombarded with Justin Timberlake memes* on April 30th? Well if you’re looking to sell – pay attention next time you see the words “It’s Gonna Be May”. According to Zillow.com “Nationwide, the first half of May is the best time to list a home for sale in order to maximize sale price and minimize time on market.”

Why is this? For one, the start of the spring selling season usually sees a shortage of homes and a major number of home buyers are going to have a harder time buying their dream home. These buyers may end up spending more than they planned to, especially if they wait and get caught up in competing with other buyers or move too fast on a deal. Sellers who list in May may earn an additional premium by capitalizing on those frustrated buyers.

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The ideal time frame to list in Los Angeles is between May 16th – 31st and the best day to list is Thursday with the average sales premium at $8,100. Sellers in San Francisco can expect to earn up to a whopping $15,300 premium over listings during other months of the year.

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If you’re a homeowner in LA and thinking of waiting until the summer to sell, you may want to reconsider and get your home listed now. Also, if youre looking to sell fast, homes listed during this time frame sell, on average, around 18.5 days faster than homes that weren’t listed during May.

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*For those of you fortunate enough to have missed this dumb meme in your social feeds, here it is for your reference/”enjoyment”

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