Luxury Living at Walt Disney World Resort: The Cinderella House

June 22, 2017


For most of us, Walt Disney World is a place to experience a vacation full of enchanted rides, pineapple dole-whip floats, and a never-ending playlist of feel good music. But for a select few, Walt Disney World is more than just a place to vacation - it's a place to call home.

Located in Orlando, Florida, Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort offers first-ever whole ownership of single-family homes at Walt Disney World. Homes start at $2 million and offer a wide variety of amenities, including access to the Four Seasons Orlando 5-acre water park, complete with a lazy river and two slides, as well as access to basketball and sand volleyball courts, a tennis facility, and a full Tranquillo Golf Club Membership.

The design of the homes marry the timeless beauty of Old World and Old Florida architecture with contemporary finishes. Each home can be customized and residents have the option of decorating their homes with "hidden mickey's" or other Disney themed features. The Cinderella House at Golden Oak is perhaps one of the most magical in the resort. From the pumpkin carriage balcony detail to the princess themed wall murals - this home will leave you feeling the Disney magic. Check out the tour below and let us know what you think. Would you live at Disney World?



Get the Look: Sophisticated and Romantic Master Retreat

June 1, 2017
See how to recreate this sophisticated and romantic sanctuary with the products listed below. 


This romantic and sophisticated master retreat has all the comfortable and cozy feels without sacrificing clean lines and simple sophistication. To see how you can recreate this look in your own home, check out the products we've listed below along with a few tips to help you get started.


Accent wall: 
Adding a textured accent wall is a great way to add character to a room and it can be done with little effort thanks to a product called Vant Panels. Vant panels are easy to assemble and can be installed in as little as five minutes. Choose your preferred size, shape, and color, and style them to meet your own unique taste. To see a full list of color / finish options, click here




Shag Rug:














Canopy Bed:
The unique charm of the bed pictured stems from the height of the beaded curtains. While it is an option to recreate this look using a canopy bed, an alternative choice is to mount rods from the ceiling above your bed. Using this approach will create the illusion of a bigger space. Rest assured it's not as intimidating as it sounds and all of the supplies needed can be found at your local hardware store. To see how to complete this project, click here.

Pro Tip: For a clean look, paint the rods to match the color of the ceiling. 


Fringed Drapes:
Though the fringed drapes pictured above are custom made, there are a number of different options you can consider without having to go completely custom. Websites like Etsy sell a wide variety of fringed drapes and the length of the drapes as well as the design of the beads can be customized to your preference.  See our top pick here.

Pro Tip: To make a room appear taller, let the drapes hang straight from ceiling-to-floor and avoid bunching them.



















An alternative option is to use sheer drapes with a neutral pinstripe. The pinstripe will create a similar affect as the fringed curtains by adding clean lines and height to the room.



Nightstand:

























Orchid: 


Silk Plants Direct Phalaenopsis Orchid Plant, Pack of 1

Wall Sconce:



Fine Art Lamps Arctic Halo 2 Bulbs B-10 Candelabra Sconce - Matte Black


Pillows:






























11 Inspiring Places to Stay Around the World This Summer

May 17, 2017

  If you're an avid Instagram user, chances are you've come across a picture-perfect vacation post that's stopped you in your tracks. It's the kind of post that conveniently crosses your feed when you're sitting at work wanting to escape day-to-day doldrums. But planning a much needed get away to one of these exclusive destinations can be difficult as often times these posts are recycled and location and hotel information are no longer credited by the time they reach your feed. So if you've ever wondered where some of these popular destination images are being taken and how you can book a vacation there, take a look at the list of 11 inspiring places with must-see views we've listed below.    



11. Astarte Suites



Location: Santorini, Greece


Almost feeling like you've stepped straight into a photograph, Astarte Suites is the epitome of travel goals. The hotel sits on a clifftop overlooking Santorini's caldera and the Aegean Sea. 



See additional hotel info here


10. Hotel Villa Honegg


Location: Ennetburgen, Switzerland 

Located in the heart of Switzerland, this 5-star boutique hotel offers relaxation and privacy in a unique and breathtaking setting. The luxurious outdoor pool stays heated year round and is equipped with panoramic views and underwater music.  


See additional hotel info here


9.  Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort & Spa



Location: Bali, Indonesia 

This serene resort is set on a coffee plantation and is surrounded by rainforest and views of the Bali sea and Volcanoes in Java in the background. The Banyumala twin waterfall is situated just around the corner of the hotel's plantation and offers scenic views for a refreshing swim. 


See additional hotel info here



8.Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa


Location: Paje, Zanzibar (Tanzania) 

This luxury boutique hotel is located on the pristine sands of Paje Beach and offers a laid-back experience in a gorgeous setting. The resort hosts only 11 villas to ensure an undisturbed and tranquil experience.


See additional hotel info here




7.Shangri-La Hotel, Paris


Location: Paris, France

Endless romantic views define this beautiful hotel. It is the former home of Napoleon Bonaparte's grandnephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte and truly exudes a royal ambiance. If you're looking for a romantic getaway, consider making this number one on your list of places to visit. 


See additional hotel info here


6. W Retreat Koh Samui



Location: Koh Samui, Thailand

The W Koh Samui is located on nine miles of tropical paradise. All 74 villas are equipped with a private pool and stunning sea views. The lounge area offers iconic views of the northern coast of the Gulf of Thailand. 



See additional hotel info here



5. Shangri-La's Le Touessrok Resort & Spa


Location: Trou d'Eau Douce, Mauritius 

A tropical and chic getaway located on the untouched eastern coast of the verdant island nation, this hotel is nestled on uncrowded world class beaches. The luxurious island ambiance and postcard-perfect views make this destination the perfect spot for sophisticated lounging. 

See additional hotel info here

4. Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora


Location: Motu Tehotu, French Polynesia 

These thatched-roof bungalows sit on stilts above the Bora Bora lagoon and overlook the breathtaking turquoise waters. The resort features a private beach, a marina, and a full-service spa. 


See additional hotel info here



3.  Hurawalhi, Maldives


Location: Hurawalhi Islands, Maldives

Located on a lush private island in the Lhaviyani Atoll in the Maldives, this adults-only resort is a must-see. It's the perfect place for a romantic getaway and the resort is home to the popular 5.8 Undersea Restaurant. 

See additional hotel info here

2. Myconian Avaton Resort


Location: Mykonos, Greece

A place of magical beauty suspended between sky, earth, and sea. Few views compare to the serene and breathtaking skyline of Mykonos. The hotel pool is a popular and well-known destination for picture taking. 

See additional hotel info here

1. Pearls of Long Bay Estate, Turks and Caicos Islands


Location: Providenciales, Turks and Caicos 

The Pearls of Long Bay Estate are three luxurious home rentals located along provo's stunning Long Bay Beach and offer uninterrupted views of the turquoise waters. Each home features private pools and lagoons along with private access to the ocean. 



See additional rental info here

3 Kings Point Road Video Tour: Luxury Home Designed by Kensington Home Designs

May 5, 2017
Truly elegant and ornate, this stunning estate boasts approx. 8500 square feet of luxurious living space and comes complete with a library, elevator, pool/jacuzzi, and a 3-car garage. 


Location: Great Neck, NY

Size: 7 Bedrooms,  5.5 Baths,   Approx 8500 Sq. Feet

Designer: Kensington Home Designs 











        @kensingtonhomedesigns                   

        Cinematography: Explorify 3D      

21 Bathroom Design Ideas to Inspire Your Next Renovation

From rainfall shower heads to walk-through showers, see an array of inspiring and trendy design ideas. 


Bananarch Design Studio
It is well-understood that bathrooms and kitchens sell homes. But even if you don't plan on selling your home anytime soon, updating your bathroom can have a big impact on the way you feel about your home. To get the most out of your bathroom renovation, you'll need to have a good understanding of your own wants and needs, as well as current design trends. To help inspire you, we've pulled some of our favorite functional and trending design ideas and listed them below. 


1. Add a textured accent wall 
2id Interiors

2. Add a skylight
General Assembly Architects 

3. Add a double-sided fireplace
Dekora Staging 
     

4. Install a walk-through shower
Hollingsworth Design


5. Design a separate bathroom vanity
Studio 511 Architects


6. Add recessed shower niches.
Chantel Elshout Design Consultancy

                                                             7. Install vessel sinks
WAM Interior Design

     8. Create depth and dramatic contrast with a dark ceiling color
Photo: Alan Blakely

9. Create an elegant lighting concept with arched vanity niches
Wright Interior Group

10. Install a sauna room
Cozy Houzy Interior Designers & Decorators 

11. For an ultra luxurious design, keep the shower and bathtub separate
Moniomi Design

12. Make a bold floor selection. 
Joe Ginsberg Interior Design

 13. Stay organized with pull-out drawers
Great Place Interior Designers & Decorators 


14. Install built-ins
Great Kitchens & Bath: Kitchen & Bath Remodelers 

15. Add coastal design elements 
Home & Design Magazine Naples

16. Use a bed of river rocks to create a spa-like ambiance
Fedorova
17. Install a built-in stepping stool  
Goodall Custom Cabinetry

18. Add a touch of gold 
Ridgeline Construction Group, INC. 

19. Install separate his & her vanities
Frankel Building Group

20. Install a waterfall faucet
Habachy Design

 21. Install a rainfall shower head
AV Architects

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