Category: Interior Design

The Best Renovation Ideas That Give You A Return On Investment

Investors can make big money by renovating and reselling distressed and neglected homes. That being said, not all renovations are created equal. Today I reveal the best renovation projects that will get the highest return on your investment.

Add Some Curb Appeal

Investors become so focused on the interior design of a home remodel, that they often overlook the exterior. First impressions are everything! Would you want to purchase a home that has a dying yard and dilapidated siding? Of course not! Curb appeal is extremely important when it comes to selling homes. Make sure to budget for landscaping, exterior renovations, and additional architectural elements. Similar to interior renovations, there is a wide range of cost-effective options for exteriors that look and feel expensive.

Incorporating a beautiful entryway into your home is another way to make a lasting impression with homebuyers. Investors should also consider high-end amenities including outdoor living spaces, gardens, and swimming pools.

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Remodel The Kitchen

Kitchens are the heart of every home! To see the best return on investment, you need to impress homebuyers with a stunning and functional kitchen. Here are some of the best ways to make your kitchen renovation a stand out:

1) Go open concept – Most homebuyers are looking for open concept living, and the kitchen is no exception. Knocking down walls is a smart way to make a small kitchen feel larger. To create a timeless space, choose a simple design and floor plan that blends seamlessly with the rest of the home.

2) Islands – With an open concept kitchen, you will need to maximize storage without sacrificing sightlines. Adding a large island will create that touch of sophistication every homebuyer is looking for. More than just visual impacts, kitchen islands improve functionality, have additional storage, and provide additional seating.

3) Beautiful kitchen cabinets – Cabinets play an essential role in a renovating a kitchen. What is the condition of your existing kitchen cabinets? Giving your existing cabinets a make over is a great way to cut costs while still creating a refined space. But remember, only move in this direction if your cabinets are in terrific condition. Buyers will expect the best. No cutting corners!

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There are plenty of affordable, high-end options out there if you need to preplace your cabinets entirely. Make sure to pick cabinets that stay true to the style of the home. Shaker style is great for traditional homes, and flat-door designs are perfect for contemporary spaces. To add more visual interest, try experimenting with glass-front cabinets and open shelving.

4) Don’t forget the finer details – Choose affordable materials and finishes that look elegant. Quartz countertops are less expensive than marble and granite for example, but look just as beautiful. (Quartz is also a favorite among homebuyers.) Be thoughtful with your selection of hardware, architectural details, accessories, and color palette. What are buyers looking for in your neighborhood? Remember, no detail is too small. Buyers also expect energy efficient appliances in high-end homes.  

Upgrade The Bathrooms

Beautiful bathrooms are must-haves for homebuyers, and another great opportunity to make money as an investor. Here are my tips for creating an opulent bathroom:

1) New and contemporary – Similar to kitchens, homebuyers are looking for upgraded bathrooms in contemporary styles. To impress buyers, you will need to replace the toilets, bathtubs, and possibly the vanities. Renovating your bathroom in a neutral color palette will make the space feel bigger, brighter, and cleaner. Look for contemporary faucets and hardware, elegant finishes, and cabinetry that look expensive and make life easier for homebuyers.

2) Freestanding bathtub – Nothing says luxury like a freestanding bathtub. You want to create a peaceful space where homebuyers want to unwind after a stressful day. Again, you can find affordable options in a wide range of styles that look upscale. Depending on what buyers are looking for in your specific neighborhood, you can punch up your bathroom with wallpaper, glamorous lighting, and pops of color.

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3) Refined showers – Create an elegant oasis by incorporating unexpected tile design, showerheads, and even technology. Rainfall showerheads are a cool design feature that provides a luxurious showering experience. If you have the space, open showers and benches are also a favorite among homebuyers.

4) Maximize storage – Organized bathrooms are attractive to homebuyers. His and hers vanities and contemporary wall units provide plenty of storage without compromising design.

Build A Master Suite

No flip is complete without a master suite. Walk-in closets, spacious en suites, and lots of natural light are features every investor should consider when renovating the master bedroom. High-end flooring is also important for resale. Hardwood or tile floors are more expensive than laminates and carpeting, but are more popular with buyers.

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Again, keep a neutral color palette. Buyers can be turned off by bold interior design. Keeping the space neutral will help them envision how their style would translate to the home.

 


Steven G’s Record Breaking Design for Seasons at Naples Cay

Steven G just made history.

The Seasons at Naples Cay just sold the most expensive furnished penthouse of all time…and our very own Steven G designed it!

Complete with 360-degree ocean views, this breathtaking unit sold for a record-breaking $14.7 million. Steven G renovated this penthouse from top to bottom, and it is 13,000 square feet of pure luxury. The home features five bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms, lavish walk-in closets, and a 1,750 square feet balcony for spectacular outdoor living. The penthouse also has a private elevator, fitness room and sauna, and its own automation system to control lighting, audio and room temperature.

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When it comes to interior design, nothing was too luxe for this soft contemporary home. Steven G used beautiful striated Italian porcelain flooring throughout the penthouse (inside and out) for cohesion, scale, and to accentuate the home’s fresh and warm color palette. The kitchen features dazzling white quartz countertops, custom millwork, and sleek Italian melamine.

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Comfortable, high-end furniture and one-of-kind accent pieces (including a baby grand piano) helps the home capture that cozy yet luxurious atmosphere.   

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Touches of natural wood and organic elements make the space feel serene and welcoming, and bold artwork is featured throughout the home to infuse pops of color. This penthouse is the very definition of sophistication and elegance… no wonder it made history!

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Visit the gallery to learn more about Steven G’s exquisite, record-breaking design.

 


The Difference Between Modern and Contemporary Interior Design

Modern or contemporary design…is there a difference? This question has been haunting homeowners for years! Today I’m going to set the record straight and help you decide between contemporary or modern style designs for your home décor.

Contemporary design is all about now.
Contemporary interior design is all about the here and now. It flaunts what’s happening in today’s world of interior design. It is constantly evolving – it plays around with conventions, embraces new ideas, and takes on different forms as each season comes and goes.

While contemporary design stays in the moment, modern design lives in the past.

Modern design showcases a specific era in time.
Modern interior design actually refers to the styles of the early to mid20th century – specifically the 1920s through the 1950s. For this reason, modern design never changes. It is meant to capture and celebrate the style and mood of a specific era. It is the very definition of timeless!

While these time periods can be anything from art deco to Bauhaus, mid-century modern style is considered the crown jewel of modern interior design.

Mid-Century Modern
Mid-century modern is one of the most prestigious and sophisticated styles in interior design. This aesthetic is famous for its ease, open concepts, clean lines and minimal decoration. Mid-century modern decorating is all about the beauty of simplicity. This uncluttered atmosphere gives more importance to the modern style architecture, and makes its mid-century furniture the focal point of the space.

Other essential design elements that define a mid-century modern space are:

  1. Open concept floor plans – We have seen a major resurgence of open concept spaces in recent years, and it’s all thanks to mid-century modern! This style is the godfather of open concept living. Having fewer walls creates a smoother flow from room to room, gives you more opportunity to play around with furniture placement, and makes your home feel significantly larger. Mid-century homes also tend to have bare floors, which blend beautifully into the idea of open, airy living. 
  2. Strong angles and lines – This style prides itself on its sleek lines, geometric shapes and distinct angles in everything from mid-century modern architectural details to furniture to works of art. Asymmetry is also an important feature of mid-century design. 
  3. Fewer furniture piecesEmpty spaces can be just as powerful as full ones. Featuring fewer furniture pieces emphasizes the mid-century idea of easy living. When it comes to this style, less is more! 
  4. White walls – Mid-century homes utilize white walls to keep things fresh and make its furnishings and architectural details pop! White walls also transcend seasons and trends, so your home will always look cool and feel current. Again, it’s all about simple sophistication. 
  5. Natural materials – Modern design always has a touch of natural elements to make the space warmer and more welcoming. This would include wood, leather, wool, linen and polished metals. This was also a time period that embraced industry and manufacturing, so pieces made of molded plastic and plywood were popular choices in mid-century homes. 
  6. Lots of windows – One of the most important philosophies behind mid-century modern design is forming a connection with nature. Designing a home with large windows (and plenty of them) was a thoughtful way to marry outdoor and indoor living spaces – not to mention providing an abundance of natural light!

Ultimately, it all comes down to this – modern interior design is all about seizing a moment in time, while contemporary design observes the present moment. Whichever style speaks to you, both are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

 


Aventura Park Square: An Interview with Steven G.

Steven G. Interior Designs of Miami discusses the innovation and interior design of the residences at the unique “city within a city,” Aventura Park Square.

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Ivan Ramirez: Aventura Park Square. That’s something that we wanted to talk because it is a very interesting concept, what you’re introducing there. Let’s talk a little bit about how you got involved and what your involvement is in the whole project.
Steven G: Okay. When the development team approached me, they said, “We’re doing something that nobody has ever done in this location.”
Ivan Ramirez: Mm-hmm. (affirmative)
Steven G: I said, “Tell me.” So it became a city within a city. Amazing retail, amazing medical, office building, retirement facility, luxury condominiums, and you don’t have to leave the neighborhood. It’s like a neighborhood within a neighborhood. I was enamored with the concept. Absolutely enamored.
Based on that success story, which has just not stopped, we’ve now gone into full blown presentation. The people are walking in buying their unit, as you would say turnkey. They will close and sleep there that night. Where in the marketplace, in Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach county, can you do that? Nowhere.
Ivan Ramirez: Nowhere.
Steven G: The concept for me was exciting. The team is amazing to work with. More important, for us, it’s a one of a kind. There’s nothing like this. Where do you walk out of your apartment and you could buy an office space and go to work, go downstairs, have breakfast, go workout in a world class gym, go to lunch, have dinner, have food delivered, and you never get in a car? To me, it was amazing.
Ivan Ramirez: It’s great. Great. Now, with the turnkey, which we’re seeing fully furnished residences, you are delivering them, like you said, the day our buyer closes, they are able to sleep in their home, it’s going to be fully furnished-
Steven G: It is every aspect of design.
Ivan Ramirez: Okay.
Steven G: The unit comes with beautiful porcelain floors that the development team provides. We go in. Furniture, artwork, greenery, accessories, window treatments, television. What else do you need? Unheard of in the industry. Nobody has ever done what we’ve done because we’ve taken it to a different level of not just furniture being delivered. Wallpaper finished by a licensed designer that is sitting with you, the client, and coordinating your fabrics, your leathers. I use the word leather. No vinyl or pleather in our process. The client gets real leather. We’ve taken it to a place that nobody ever has, at a price point that nobody could touch.
Ivan Ramirez: Amazing. I think that’s going to be, and it is already, an amazing success for our clientele because as you know in Miami, in Aventura, we have people from all over the world. They’re coming from everywhere and they don’t have time. Or if they do have the time, they don’t want to go through the hassle. They don’t want to … They understand how to do the things. With the coordination that you and the developer have put together to make this happen, like you said, is unknown. It’s not offered anywhere.
Steven G: Our trucks and installation team will go to the site two days prior to closing of the unit. By the time the client signs, transfers their funds, they could go and sleep in the unit because the maids have been there already.

The Characteristics of Traditional Interior Design Style

Traditional is one of the most popular styles in interior design. But what is it exactly? The word “traditional” can mean something different to every homeowner. Today I’m sharing the characteristics of this favorite aesthetic so you can decide if Traditional Design is the right style for your home.

European Influence

Traditional interior design is inspired by 18th and 19th century European décor. It’s a timeless style that exemplifies elegance and comfort. Traditional decorating is perfect for those who love antiques, classic art pieces, symmetry and other design elements that are rich with history. Traditional design prides itself on its harmony, order and its friendly charm.

Dark, Rich Colors

If you love dark woods, refined colors and rich tones then this is the style for you! Traditional spaces usually have a neutral paint color on the walls so the room’s colorful furniture, artwork and accent pieces can pop. Red, brown, green and warm jewel tones are popular accent colors in traditional style design. Fusing these bold accent colors with neutral walls creates a warm and inviting space that also feels dignified. Florals, paisleys, damasks, stripes and plaids are also standard traditional décor patterns for accent walls, furniture pieces and drapes.

 

Hardwood floors are a staple of this style, and the richer the hue the better! Maple, mahogany, cherry, merbau and walnut are prominent species in traditional spaces.

Regal Furniture

There is nothing minimalist about traditional interior design, and the furniture is no exception. Traditional homes tend to have heavier, more sumptuous furniture pieces. You’ll find a lot of claw-foot and button-tufted pieces, armchairs, carved wood and metallic details. Traditional furniture (like the flooring) is generally made out of mahogany, maple and cherry. High-end fabrics are usually chosen for upholstery, including leather, velvet, and silk.  

Silhouette is also important in traditional style decorating. It is famous for its curved lines, wingback couches and chairs, and furniture in the Queen Anne, Chippendale and Sheraton styles.

Elegant Furnishings

Traditional design is all about the finer details. Here you will find a lot of grand touches like candleholders, china, classic lamps and shades, vases, decorative throw pillows, mirrors, sconces, book collections and chandeliers. It’s also common to add a dash of gold and silver to any of these accessories for some natural sophistication.

 

Heavy curtains, drapes and valances are also an intricate part of a traditional space, and area rugs in classic styles are a must-have in a traditional home décor.

Ornate and Architectural Elements

Architectural details are what make a traditional home design, well, traditional! Built-in cabinetry, crown molding, columns, wood paneling, and tray or coffered ceilings harken back to the 18th and 19th century home while also adding a touch of opulence. (Not to mention some extra storage!)    

Symmetry is paramount in traditional design. Almost everything comes in pairs. This includes sofas, chairs, end tables, lamps, sconces and accessories. The purpose of pairing these pieces is to create a balanced space around an important focal point – usually a fireplace, television or piece of art.

 


3 Major Trends In Miami Interior Design

In today’s post, I wanted to run down some of the biggest trends in Miami interior design for my fellow South Floridians and give you some tips on how you can incorporate them into your own homes.

Soft Contemporary Design

Contemporary spaces are revered for their sophistication, strong lines and minimalist motifs. This style is the definition of modern elegance and a Miami favorite. Today my clients are asking me to introduce a little more warmth into their contemporary homes, and here’s how I’m making it happen:

1) Softer color palettes instead of the standard white – Designing a space in shades of cream, beige, tan and eggshell will make a contemporary space feel warmer. If you’re inspired by monochromatic home design (another Miami favorite), then look for furniture pieces, fabrics and wall treatments within this softer color scheme.

2) Mix and match shapes – Contemporary interior design is famous for its use of angles, shapes and geometric forms. Square pieces can appear strong and commanding, circular elements may feel gentle and delicate. Incorporating a variety of shapes into your home will create a more harmonious and relaxing space.

3) Softer furniture – My clients want furniture that is luxurious and comfortable. Soft leathers, natural fabrics and thicker cushions will add a touch of ease to any space.

Touches of Natural Wood

A touch of natural wood can transform any room into an elegant sanctuary. Organic elements make a space feel warm, welcoming and serene. My clients are craving touches of natural wood in every room of their homes!

Luckily, there are many ways you can incorporate the trend into your spaces:

1) Hardwood floors – Choice of flooring is one of the most important design decisions a homeowner can make. If you opt for hardwood flooring, make sure you select a species that best suits your lifestyle and tastes. If you have an active family, oak might be the best choice for you. (It’s the most durable, comes in a variety of colors, and takes stain well.) Mahogany and walnut floors are good options if you want a richer, warmer mood.

Don’t be afraid to pick options with personality! Have fun with colors and grains. Go for wider planks of wood if you want a bolder look.

2) Bring it to the walls – Why not wow your guests with a spectacular wall feature? This can be anything from custom book shelving and cabinetry to accent walls and artwork. Take some design risks! Dare to be unconventional!

3) Add a hint of natural wood to your space with accessories and accent pieces.

Bold Artwork

Artwork will add character, charm and pops of color to your space. It’s also one of the best ways to show off your personality.

One of our favorite art shows at Interiors is Art Basel Miami Beach. Art Basel is one of the most anticipated and star-studded art events in the entire world. It’s a nerve center for modern and contemporary artists, filmmakers, photographers, musicians, celebrities, and of course, designers. Art Basel is a goldmine for Miami interior designers. There is inspiration at every turn!

Art Basel may be the Holy Grail of art shows, but beautiful artwork can be found anywhere! Check out your local events and galleries to find unique pieces that elevate your space and showcase your personal style.


What To Look For In An Interior Design Showroom

Every interior designer should have access to a showroom where they can show you a wide variety of options for your home. The best interior designers should have their very own showrooms.

The next question is: What makes a showroom a showstopper?

The best interior design showrooms share a specific set of qualities – traits that take their designs and customer service experiences to new levels of sophistication. Today I’m sharing these secrets with you! You can finally find a showroom that meets your style needs.

Quality Pieces, Not Trendy Ones

High end interior design should stand the test of time. Sadly, most showrooms today focus more on passing fads than they do timeless principles. A superior showroom will showcase its quality and style of products, not just the hottest trends of the day. (Trends are temporary – quality is forever!)

It’s natural to want to stay current when decorating your home, and you can incorporate design trends in myriad ways – artwork, accent walls, vintage pieces, colorful accessories…but these pieces should never be the focal point of any design. A superior showroom will carry well-made pieces that won’t look dated five years from now.

Incredible Lighting

Lighting can be a make-or-break moment for showrooms. It is one of the most important elements of interior design, and a poorly lit room can spoil the ambience. Lighting also plays a huge role in the functionality of a room. (A high-end interior designer would never light a bedroom the way they would kitchen.)

Lighting techniques and technologies are constantly evolving. Incandescent bulbs were the standard for more than one hundred years until fluorescents came long. Now LEDs are the most efficient lights on the market. As crazy as it sounds, we spent an enormous amount of money on state of the art LEDs years ago. We recently discovered an even better type of LED, and spent $100k relighting the entire showroom.

This new lighting is absolutely breathtaking. Our showroom looks brighter, cleaner and more streamlined that ever before…and the lighting is just as impactful from a distance as it is up close. Even the tiniest of details can be admired from afar. It makes the world of difference for our clients and design team.

Clear Options

When you walk into the average showroom, what you see is what you get. Maybe you can pick a different fabric or finish, but your choices are very limited. A superior showroom will present you with a variety of design options that best fit your needs and lifestyle. This includes choices of fabric, color, texture, wall finishes, flooring, lighting, and accent pieces.

Comfortable Luxury

Contrary to popular belief, high end furniture can – and should – be comfortable. Did you know that we can raise the height of a table, change the back of a chair, or add more density to a sofa cushion? No? You’re not alone. A superior showroom has customizable pieces that are luxurious, functional and comfortable.

Our Approach to the Interior Design Showroom

I don’t want to sell my design clients a trend that is hot today and gone tomorrow. I want them to enjoy their homes, their condominiums, and their offices for years to come. I believe in leading my clients in the right direction by designing timeless spaces – not selling passing fads. We also pride ourselves on quality, and we stand by our products. They have longevity and versatility. Five years from now, our pieces will still look great in their homes.

At Interiors by Steven G., our chairs and sofas have hundreds of fabric choices and finishes. We can adjust the fill, foam and density to make our cushions firmer or softer – anything to make our clients happy. With us it’s not just about designing beautiful homes. We want to create warm, welcoming spaces that family and friends can enjoy for years to come.


DECORATING TIPS OF THE WEEK

Check out these helpful starting points when decorating your home.

Make sure your base neutrals match…
When it comes to colors you should start with choosing a base palette that allows for some flexibility. Warm or cool neutrals are the perfect bases to build on. Just make sure you pick the temperature and base the rest of your color scheme off of the base. Painting is the simplest, yet more transformative way to update your home. You accent walls will really stand out against your neutral base.

Try and avoid fully themed rooms…
You might be in love with a Scandinavian look right now, but trends fade as time goes by so it is important to incorporate a theme without overdoing it. Entire rooms built around one theme will become dated quickly. What you should do instead is mix it up, and combine features of different looks and make them work together and develop your own style.

Bring out the pops of color…
The perfect room to add a pop of color would be the dining room. The spaces where many people gather, usually at night, are a perfect time where bold color can really stand out. Bathrooms are another great place to add pops of color!


DECORATING WITH FALL COLORS

Summer days have come and gone now it’s the time of year to ditch the pastels for moody deep hues. Rich fall colors bring warmth to your interiors as the weather changes. Whether you choose to paint your rooms to reflect the season or you are just adding colorful accents, fall colors are perfect!

There are some changes when it comes to decorating for the fall.  For one, it is the time of year to embrace softer earth tones. Darker charcoals and oxbloods are great colors to accessorize your home with to really set the fall scene.

There are many ways to display fall colors without repainting a room. You can start by painting the risers on a staircase with an autumn hue. This will help truly define the stairs while also disguising any scuff-marks. This paint job is decorative yet not too overwhelming.

There are many rooms that are great for displaying fall colors. Entranceways are perfect for transforming for the season. You hallways color scheme serves two purposes. One is to create a first impression for guests and second, its sets the town for the entire home. The hallway can unites different parts of the house and create a smooth transition between various rooms.


HOME DECORATING MISTAKE TO AVOID ON YOUR NEXT PROJECT

Mistake #1: Do not go overboard on matching
It can be easy to fall into the trap of buying the same furnishings and start matching everything. This can make a room feel overwhelming, what you should is mix up accessories to add character to each room. This will bring uniqueness.

Mistake #2: Do not use poor lighting
Lighting is a very important element to the functionality and feeling of a room. You have to think about the color of light, the ­quantity of light and where to place it. When you have lighting in layers you can build more light based on the time of day and add dimmers. Now you can have the ability to adjust your lighting for any mood you want.

Mistake #3: Not testing paint colors
It is very important to test out you paint color choices before taking the dive.  Avoid too much intense color. Make sure you also mix up colors and test them out. Swatching is key to finding the perfect color.

Mistake #4: Don’t place all furniture against the walls
Instead of having your living room furniture stand pressed against the wall, try moving it f inward to create a warm seating arrangement for conversation. The furniture should be arranged to allow for guests and family to circulate through the space. Just add the perfect area rug and you can unite all furnishings.

Mistake #5: Do not ignore scale and proportion
It is very important to determine scale and proportion when designing a room.  Scale is the size of things, and proportion is the relationship of those sizes to each other and the room as a whole. Making sure you add the right furniture and create feng shui will bring peace to a room.