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Home and Design

Engel & Völkers presents guides, tips, and tricks for property owners and real estate pros. 

Found 26 entries about Home and Design.

By the Engel & Völkers Team


We had the pleasure of chatting with our very own Dean Poritzky, Private Office advisor and license partner of Engel & Völkers Wellesley, to discuss current generational trends and shifts he’s seeing in the Wellesley, Weston and surrounding Boston area real estate markets. Here’s a peek into some of his on-the-ground insight. 

E&V TEAM: Your market is known for having many historic, New England homes (we’re talking homes circa the 17th century). What’s in it for millennials?

PORITZKY: Many millennials are moving from Boston, where many will still work and commute. They're looking to raise their families with more space in quieter neighborhoods, but still visit Boston for work, a night out or a weekend trip. The

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A Guide to Effortless Home Staging  

By the Engel & Völkers Team

When it comes to looking good, we don’t want to appear as though we tried too hard achieving it—and home staging is no exception. With over 25 years of real estate experience, one of our in-house experts Suzie Doratti of Engel & Völkers Okanagan has also made a name for herself as a home-staging consultant and specifically for being able to capture a home’s laid back, yet sophisticated look. Suzie has given countless homes the kind of je ne sais quoi facelift that makes them inexplicably attractive to potential buyers, so here are a few tips from the pro herself that’ll give your home that certain #WokeUpLikeThis appearance. 

Old and New Work in Harmony

Casual displays don’t

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By the Engel & Völkers Team

Some historic properties can be charming, but the impressive castle Kasteel van Olsene, currently listed through Engel & Völkers in Belgium for 25 million euros, comes with extraordinary comforts that ring a bit more than cutesy. With sleek modern edges around its outdoor (and indoor) pool, flanked by gorgeous chandeliers and priceless crown molding, we imagine this moated castle located just 40 miles west of Brussels could be the perfect hideaway for James Bond himself. After all, the castle also features a car lift and underground garage that could perfectly fit up to 12 of Bond’s signature sports cars.

In addition to having high-tech video surveillance, necessary for any secret agent mission, Kasteel

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By the Engel & Völkers Team 

Nothing says I love you, Dad more than buying a home, but while most people are probably short on change to cash in on an extra house, it never hurts to get some phenomenal inspiration in hopes of one day snagging an amazing house for all those awesome dads, just in time for Father’s Day. Because dads all around the world really are the best—at least for the weekend. (Shhh, don’t tell Mom.) 

Here are seven homes on the market that have something special for every type of dad.

For the Car Enthusiast

Whether he has two cars or ten, if your dad has a car he loves he deserves an equally beloved space to show them off. Give Dad that trophy room to display his prized possessions, right at home. You can even gift him some

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By the Engel & Völkers Team

What do Beyoncé Knowles, Demi Lovato, Mischa Barton, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Venus Williams all have in common? They all bought homes for their moms. For celebrities and the ultra-wealthy, buying Mom a home for Mother’s Day sounds like a doable gift. For everyone else, it doesn’t hurt to have a #inspo list, because you never know ... those singing and tennis lessons may eventually pay off. For the next celebrity superstar, here are five homes we think moms would love.

 

For the Movie-Going Mom

Whether it’s to binge on Netflix, watch the Cannes Film Festival prize winners, or simply enjoy the best movies for Mother’s Day, this home movie theater is designed to look like the real thing with the added comfort of

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By Julie Pellestor, Intern from France

Like with any large country, houses in France come in all different shapes, sizes and materials. There is no single “French home” when it comes to architecture and design. However, there are features that are distinct and more common than most. They’re hard to notice if you’re there for too short a time, however, if you’ve been there as long as I have, they are easy to spot. Should you ever consider moving to France and are in search of authentic design and home features, here are a few to get you started.

Rooftops

The Parisian rooftops are truly distinct and recognized around the world. They are designed for maximum light, most likely adorned with chimneys  and are made of zinc, which has been the case

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By the Engel & Völkers Team 

Homes are more than structures. Today, more than ever, we seek refuge and comfort in them as we break from the chaos that greets us when we leave the door. While a home is also the center for family and friends to gather, sometimes you need to take a break from it all. Check out these beautiful bathrooms where baths take center stage, and envision yourself enjoying a spa-like experience right at home. Cue the candles, bubbles and music.

Feeling Zen

We are bamboo-zled with relaxing vibes just looking at this.

Naples, Florida

Center Spotlight

With this circular gem, pick your view as you cool your jets and enjoy a cozy fire. 

Weston, Massachusetts

The Double Soaker

Take your pick between these

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By Katelyn Castellano

Is life truly better on a farm? We think it could be, especially when we're talking about this exquisite pair of luxury properties located in Colts Neck, NJ. Abbey Farm and Windy Hill Farm neighbor one another, separated by 64 acres of fields, ponds and majestic views – each of which border several hundred acres of Bucks Mill Park.

Within an hour drive from Manhattan, and 20 minutes from the beach, this sprawling countryside destination provides something for everyone, possessing their own unique personalities.

Welcome to Abbey Farm

Looking for a $13.5 million stunner? You’ve found it here on Abbey Farm. This 18,000+ square-foot European Style Chateau was inspired by the French castles of Europe and designed to blend the

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By Elisa Kim

These houses are best-in-class when it comes to homes on the market across the U.S. and Canada, and their one common trait has everything to do with green, photosynthesized goodness growing over and all around them. These luxury homes are taking Boston Ivy, Japanese Creepers and deciduous Woodbine to another level to entice prospective homebuyers—and to satisfy those of us who occasionally like to fantasize about owning a mega mansion—because money can indeed grow on trees homes.

From the ultra-trendy Savannah, Georgia and Vancouver, B.C. markets to the ever-exclusive communities of Westlake Village, California and Wellington, Florida, it’s clear that romantic, wild and modestly ivy-covered facades can only add to the value of dream

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By Katelyn Castellano

For many, a second home is where responsibility and stress of the daily grind simply don’t exist. A second home is a realization of your passions, whether it be skiing, beach living, golfing, hiking or simply enjoying the view. It’s a place to make memories and relax with friends and family, so it’s important that it remains a sacred retreat that you continue to dream about and enjoy. Décor and design scheme are important elements of a home’s personality, so here are a few things to consider when decorating your home-away-from-home.

Throw Caution to the Wind

Leave behind any rules you'd usually apply to decorating your home; your second home is the place to have fun. Experiment with light, patterns and colors to create a

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