5 Design Trends from ‘American Hustle’

To many Hollywood insiders, the race for the “Best Picture” award for this year’s Academy Awards has come down to ’12 Years a Slave’ and the 10 time nominated film, ‘American Hustle‘. Centered around the 1978 “Abscam” scandal, the film features a world class cast set in a perfectly recreated late 1970s landscape – colorful shirts, perms, velour couches and all.

As is usually the case with all things design, we seem to revisit the past often and use it as inspiration for the clothes we wear and furniture we buy. Over the better part of the last 7-8 years, our obsession with 1960s vintage fashion, music and home decor has dominated the American aesthetic. As the 1960s craze tapers off a bit, the colorful and diverse palette of the 1970s has begun to creep its way into design and the wildly popular and superbly art directed ‘American Hustle’ has only fanned those flames.

Here’s a look at 5 interesting home design and decor trends from American Hustle to keep an eye out for in 2014:

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The set designer of ‘American Hustle’ attempted to highlight “Rosalyn’s”  over-the-top personality by designing a home for her with an equally bold aesthetic that still felt real. While you’d be hard pressed to find a home with such bold decor choices in it; the patterned wallpaper is a trend we’ve seen in more and more homes hitting the market. Take a look at this $925,000 home in Pine Township, PA that highlights the return of this oft forgotten trend.

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Bold Pops of Color 5 Design Trends from American Hustle

Amy Adams’ character is less rooted in the more blue collar design trends of the 1970s and instead opted for more clean and timeless choices in her home. While her NYC apartment is dominated by stunning oak floors and white sofas, she wasn’t afraid to add spice to her spaces by adding bright pops of color. Of all the trends from the 70s that have begun to make a comeback, bright color choices is the one catching on in a big way. Take a look at this stunning $3,950,000 estate in Bainbridge Island, WA for a spot on example.

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Carpet Makes a Comeback 5 Design Trends from American Hustle

Carpeted floors seem to have gotten a bad wrap over the past decade or so for being hard to clean and easy to dirty. With that being said, they are pretty comfortable to walk on and they do add a certain warmth and coziness to a room that’s hard to get with solid wood floors. Carpet aficionados fear not, it appears as if there may be a comeback imminent!  Take a look at this stunning $3,395,000 home in Minnetonka, MN for an example of the the resurgence of carpet!

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Warm Woods and Dark Browns 5 Design Trends from American Hustle

You can’t have a discussion on home decor from the 1970s without bringing up warm woods and the color brown! According to The Decor Lounge, the usage of modern and warm woods and browns “was impacted by the continuing inspiration of Space Age technologies and the availability of new materials.” Wood floors have been “a thing” for a long time but the confluence of clean lined wood and browns all together in one room have been seldom seen until recently. Take a look at this $5.5 million waterfront home in Edgewater, MD for a great example.

Edgewater 5 Design Trends from American Hustle

Patterned Tiles 5 Design Trends from American Hustle

While all white subway tiles have had their heyday as of late in the design world, colored and patterned tiles (especially in bathrooms) are a trend to keep an eye out for in 2014. This bathroom from the club scene in American Hustle depicts a bold dark look with three distinct patterns on the floor and walls. While this multi-layered approach to tile work may seem a bit strong, we’ve begun to see scaled down versions of this look and even more jaw dropping uses of colored tiles in bathrooms. Take a look at this truly unique $17 million estate in Weston, MA for an example of out of this world tiling.

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Well there’s a look at the top 5 1970s inspired design and decor trends from ‘American Hustle’. As you can see from the various listings you can find on coldwellbanker.com, it seems as if the 70s are indeed coming back. Be sure to tune in to the Oscars this coming Sunday for a look at the debut of our “Your Home” ad.

*Images Courtesy of Domaine Home and The Decor Lounge

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’500 Days of Summer’ Inspired Home Design

During a recent rainy fall weekend I re-watched the 2009 indie hit 500 Days of Summer starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon Levitt. Now that I am in full fledged furnish my new home mode (more to come on that later); I was impressed with how the film used apartment design and decor to amplify the subtleties of the two main characters.

The film is bathed in an appreciation of all-things quirky and vintage but without being too contrived or “thrift shoppy”. This is no more evident then in the apartments of the two main characters Tom Hanson and Summer Finn. Searches for ‘Apartments from 500 Days of Summer’ or ‘Summer Finn Apartment’ yield tens of thousands of results on Google, and that’s because these two homes have some really unique and striking design elements that could be easily replicated.

Here are some of our favorite design items from 500 Days of Summer:

Tom’s Chalkboard Wall + Headboard

The staple of Tom’s bedroom and the central part of one of the coolest montages in the film is the huge chalkboard wall he has behind his bed. Tom uses his talent for drawing to the fullest by drawing a headboard and using the wall as a canvas for his drawings that serve as the inspiration for his return to architecture. Seeing how I can’t draw at all, I would use the chalkboard to pen inspirational daily quotes, to-do-lists and even intersperse posters and cool art throughout.

You could achieve the chalkboard wall look fairly easily by purchasing some high quality chalkboard paint from your local hardware store.

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Pops of Color and Wallpaper

Contrary to Tom’s apartment, Summer’s home is full of energetic blues and refreshing white colors throughout that really open up the space. While the fictional character has great taste in colors, the real tour de force here is the unusual and bold blue toile wallpaper you see throughout the home. According to Casa Sugar, “French toile patterns date back to the 17th century, and they saw a rejuvenation in popularity about 10 years ago, when an antique or country look in interiors became popular.”

While blue wallpaper may be a bit much for most spaces, consider the impact it would have as an accent wall or as a companion piece to accentuate otherwise muted pieces, like duvets, pillowcases or even curtains. Ikea (a favorite hangout from the film) has a very similar duvet cover set.

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Lights as Decorations

From her clothes to the color on her walls, Zooey Deschanel’s character in the film has an infatuation with the color blue (so do we!), and she ties it all together in her bedroom by tying funky but understated blue lights around the head of her wrought iron antique bed frame.

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In the famous “Reality vs. Expectations” scene towards the end of the film, we see an expert use of ambient lights and lanterns on her roofdeck to set the right atmosphere. While the rooftop lights look great during the day, they look even more magical during the night. How would you use lanterns and lights inside and outside (backyard/patio/roof) to set a festive and relaxing ambiance?

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These ’500 Days of Summer’ inspired design ideas can be achieved for little investment and can be implemented on your own for the most part. The philosophy behind the decor from the film seems to be one rooted in a vintage aesthetic powered by what speaks to you most. For example, if you’re really into literature or art, find cool ways to pull aspects of your favorite story into your decor somehow; like how Summer has an old top hat on her coffee table with an apple on it as an homage to her favorite painting from René Magritte.

*First Image Courtesy of: Emily Henderson / *Second Image Courtesy of: Lost and Fawned / *Third Image Courtesy of: The Stylish Fashion Blog / *Fourth Image Courtesy of: Lost and Fawned / *Fifth Image Courtesy of: High-Heeled / *Featured & Sixth Image Courtesy of: Apartment Therapy

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5 Beautiful Outdoor Kitchens

One of the best things about summer is being able to spend the majority of our down-time unconfined and in the great outdoors. Not many things top the smell of fresh air, fresh green grass beneath our feet, sand between our toes, and yummy seasonal favorites in our bellies. Well there is one thing that can top all that…being able to enjoy what we just mentioned in your own backyard oasis, equipped with an outdoor kitchen!

Here are 5 beautiful outdoor kitchens from across the country that we love and we’re sure you will too.

1. Private Oasis in Boca Raton, FL- $3,250,000
Next to the definition of luxury one can certainly find this home. Everything about this home is pristine. It has many amazing amenities, like a theater and exercise room, a waterfall lagoon pool with attached spa, and a remarkable summer kitchen.

2. Perfect Entertaining Home in Rockleigh, NJ- $2,800,000
This Jersey home is the perfect spot for entertaining. It has a heated saltwater custom-designed pool with two waterfalls, a cabana, and a full outdoor kitchen.

3. Extraordinary Escape in Mercer Island, WA- $2,900,000
This estate just went through a massive renovation! What we love most is its fabulous outdoor area. It features formal gardens, a gas fireplace and grill, Pennsylvania Blue Stone patios, an in-ground pool with an electric safety cover, and its own cabana.

4. Beautiful Penthouse in Miami Beach, FL- $15,900,000
If your tired of being inside this lavish apartment (we highly doubt that’s possible), feel free to spend some time in the home’s 2,000 square foot outdoor living space which features a zero edge stainless steel hot tub and swimming pool, flamed limestone floors, two fireplaces, and a Poliform kitchen.

5. Outdoor Retreat in Niwot, CO- $2,995,000
This Colorado escape is unique from the others on this list in that it embodies a certain rustic elegance. The home sits on top of one of Colorado’s famous mountains and is truly a private getaway. In addition to its beautiful indoor living space, its outdoor living space is truly remarkable. It is the perfect spot for entertaining as it features amenities like a pool, hot tub, fire-pit, and built in grill.

We hope you enjoyed these awesome kitchens. For more beautiful properties check out ColdwellBanker.com or visit our Pinterest page for more amazing photos like these.

5 Beautiful Outdoor Kitchens

One of the best things about summer is being able to spend the majority of our down-time unconfined and in the great outdoors. Not many things top the smell of fresh air, fresh green grass beneath our feet, sand between our toes, and yummy seasonal favorites in our bellies. Well there is one thing that can top all that…being able to enjoy what we just mentioned in your own backyard oasis, equipped with an outdoor kitchen!

Here are 5 beautiful outdoor kitchens from across the country that we love and we’re sure you will too.

1. Private Oasis in Boca Raton, FL- $3,250,000
Next to the definition of luxury one can certainly find this home. Everything about this home is pristine. It has many amazing amenities, like a theater and exercise room, a waterfall lagoon pool with attached spa, and a remarkable summer kitchen.

2. Perfect Entertaining Home in Rockleigh, NJ- $2,800,000
This Jersey home is the perfect spot for entertaining. It has a heated saltwater custom-designed pool with two waterfalls, a cabana, and a full outdoor kitchen.

3. Extraordinary Escape in Mercer Island, WA- $2,900,000
This estate just went through a massive renovation! What we love most is its fabulous outdoor area. It features formal gardens, a gas fireplace and grill, Pennsylvania Blue Stone patios, an in-ground pool with an electric safety cover, and its own cabana.

4. Beautiful Penthouse in Miami Beach, FL- $15,900,000
If your tired of being inside this lavish apartment (we highly doubt that’s possible), feel free to spend some time in the home’s 2,000 square foot outdoor living space which features a zero edge stainless steel hot tub and swimming pool, flamed limestone floors, two fireplaces, and a Poliform kitchen.

5. Outdoor Retreat in Niwot, CO- $2,995,000
This Colorado escape is unique from the others on this list in that it embodies a certain rustic elegance. The home sits on top of one of Colorado’s famous mountains and is truly a private getaway. In addition to its beautiful indoor living space, its outdoor living space is truly remarkable. It is the perfect spot for entertaining as it features amenities like a pool, hot tub, fire-pit, and built in grill.

We hope you enjoyed these awesome kitchens. For more beautiful properties check out ColdwellBanker.com or visit our Pinterest page for more amazing photos like these.

5 Beautiful Outdoor Kitchens

One of the best things about summer is being able to spend the majority of our down-time unconfined and in the great outdoors. Not many things top the smell of fresh air, fresh green grass beneath our feet, sand between our toes, and yummy seasonal favorites in our bellies. Well there is one thing that can top all that…being able to enjoy what we just mentioned in your own backyard oasis, equipped with an outdoor kitchen!

Here are 5 beautiful outdoor kitchens from across the country that we love and we’re sure you will too.

1. Private Oasis in Boca Raton, FL- $3,250,000
Next to the definition of luxury one can certainly find this home. Everything about this home is pristine. It has many amazing amenities, like a theater and exercise room, a waterfall lagoon pool with attached spa, and a remarkable summer kitchen.

2. Perfect Entertaining Home in Rockleigh, NJ- $2,800,000
This Jersey home is the perfect spot for entertaining. It has a heated saltwater custom-designed pool with two waterfalls, a cabana, and a full outdoor kitchen.

3. Extraordinary Escape in Mercer Island, WA- $2,900,000
This estate just went through a massive renovation! What we love most is its fabulous outdoor area. It features formal gardens, a gas fireplace and grill, Pennsylvania Blue Stone patios, an in-ground pool with an electric safety cover, and its own cabana.

4. Beautiful Penthouse in Miami Beach, FL- $15,900,000
If your tired of being inside this lavish apartment (we highly doubt that’s possible), feel free to spend some time in the home’s 2,000 square foot outdoor living space which features a zero edge stainless steel hot tub and swimming pool, flamed limestone floors, two fireplaces, and a Poliform kitchen.

5. Outdoor Retreat in Niwot, CO- $2,995,000
This Colorado escape is unique from the others on this list in that it embodies a certain rustic elegance. The home sits on top of one of Colorado’s famous mountains and is truly a private getaway. In addition to its beautiful indoor living space, its outdoor living space is truly remarkable. It is the perfect spot for entertaining as it features amenities like a pool, hot tub, fire-pit, and built in grill.

We hope you enjoyed these awesome kitchens. For more beautiful properties check out ColdwellBanker.com or visit our Pinterest page for more amazing photos like these.

Home of the Week: A Design House for Charity

2013 DC Design House  Home of the Week: A Design House for CharityOur newest ‘Home of the Week‘ takes us away from a magnificent gem on Lake Washington to a five level masterpiece of a home just north of Georgetown; mere minutes from downtown Washington D.C.

Listed by Martha Apel with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage for $14.9 million, this massive home in one of America’s most charming and prestigious neighborhoods has eight bedrooms, eight full and four half baths, two gourmet kitchens and a pool you’d want to use year round. The home features multiple outdoor terraces, expert stonework that truly captures that “D.C” feel and a location that can’t be beat; just five miles from the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument.

On its own, this home is certainly something special and worthy of attention, but its recent selection as the 2013 D.C. Design House makes this home even cooler and significant as it recently opened its doors for a 35 day long charity event aimed at helping children.  It runs from April 14th – May 12th 2013.

The D.C. Design house is a “unique design show house event for the DC Metro area in which top area designers showcase their talents into a flowing design home to raise funds for a local charity.”

Over the last three years, this event has raised an amazing $400,000 for the Childrenʼs National Medical Center. The fundraiser features only one home and over the course of 35 days, 25 high profile designers go in and work their magic in different parts of the home. What results are great designs and decor that thousands of spectators get to enjoy all while contributing towards a great cause.

If you’d like to see this home on coldwellbanker.com click here. Follow DC Design House on Twitter @dc_designhouse for real-time pictures of designs and click here if you’d like to learn more about the charitable event itself.

Tips On How to Add Color to Your Home Without Going Overboard

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Table accessories are a great way to add color

Striking a delicate balance in your home’s decor between relaxed sophistication and engaging pops of color can be a challenge to say the least. Go a little too color happy and it will look like your children decorated your home while you were at work; stray a little too on the conservative side and you might end up with a sterile look more reminiscent of a hospital than a home.

If you want to create a warm and sophisticated atmosphere in your home, but also love some edge with color, LXTV Open House asked New Jersey based interior designer Uma Stewart to give a few extremely simple tips on how to achieve balance.

Living Rooms: If you’re into sophisticated, formal and comfortable living rooms, Uma Stewart suggests going with muted colors like grey and beige. The trick is to select muted colors with colorful undertones. In the video from LXTV Open House, she chose undertones of blue and orange which you can support by purchasing art and accessories in those colors.

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Use artwork for easy pops of color

Dining Rooms: For the most part, dining rooms should be a little more sophisticated and formal. Stewart recommends a white space but color can be easily added with simple anchoring accessories like a colorful table runner. You can support that pop of color withtable settings like silverware and napkin rings.

Master Bedrooms: In the client’s home that designer Uma Stewart shows us, she aimed to create a luxurious oasis for them; and don’t we all want that? Her plan of attack was to choose a natural color that “blends well wit neutrals but gives the eye something to look at.”

Master Bathrooms: Contrast is always nice but remember that it shouldn’t deviate from the decor of the master bedroom. Uma went with pale green in the bedroom so she used pale green in the bathroom but complimented it with rich dark browns to give the bathroom a nice contrast look. Soft muted colors like pale green in bathrooms also give off that spa like feel

So to recap, Uma Stewart’s top 3 tips on how to decorate with color without overpowering the design aesthetic of your home are:

1. Stick with bright pops of color on your artwork and accessories
2. Opt for muted colors on your furnishings
3. Pale washes of color on the wall work well. Even textured looks spice things up a bit.

 

 

The Ultimate House According to Pinterest

One of the fun parts of Pinterest is the ability users get to dream big.

Let’s be serious…if Pinterest were real life, we would all be dressed in designer clothing, cook like Giada De Laurentiis, plan a royal wedding like Kate and William, have a home that looked like Martha Stewart decorated it and still have enough time in the day to complete even one DIY project that has been on our list of things to try since the spring.

But that’s what makes Pinterest so unique. It’s the place to be for dreamers, and dreaming of a perfect home is something that millions do everyday regardless of whether they are pinning their dreams on Pinterest or not. So we wondered…if we took the most repinned photos from our boards what would the ultimate house actually look like?

Take a look!

The outside of the home would look something like this:

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The Northwest craftsmanship of this expansive home won the hearts of nearly 400 people.


Open the doors and walk into this beautiful foyer:

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From the gorgeous double staircase to the elegant simplicity of the chandelier, it’s no wonder this entry was a fan favorite.

This is what the “ultimate” backyard looks like:

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Any backyard with a fireplace is over the top awesome. But, add in a beautiful stone gazebo and that is backyard heaven!

Were you wondering if the ultimate home comes complete with a pool? Well of course it does!

UHPool The Ultimate House According to Pinterest

Four 20 acre parcels of privacy makes this pool in Bellevue, WA the ultimate in private resort living which is why it was also featured in our post 7 Drool Worthy Pools.

It would be tough not to wake up in a good mood in this sunny bedroom:

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This bedroom was an obvious choice with an abundance of natural light and beautiful views.

It’s no wonder this bathroom is one of our favorite pins of all time:

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Can you imagine stepping into this tub to relax after a long day?

The kitchen is the central hub of a busy home, and this one is a pure beauty:

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This open gourmet kitchen is just as beautiful as the view it frames of downtown Aspen.

A great living room is essential for homeowners who love to entertain:

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 No words needed.

No need to go to the movies when you can have a home theater like this:

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Shouldn’t every home come with one of these? (snacks included!)

For those lucky enough to work from the comfort of their home:

UHLibrary The Ultimate House According to Pinterest

 Whether you need to work from home or want to cozy up in front of the fire, this home office is a luxurious spot to escape from the rest of the house.

You can do this too! Pin photos of your ultimate dream house using pictures from coldwellbanker.com and tell us about it. We may choose your “dream house” as one to feature in future blog posts.

Small DIY Updates Can Change the Look of Your Kitchen

After buying a home, one of the first areas new owners concentrate on updating is their kitchen. This area experiences the most traffic from family members, and many households which have a joint kitchen and dining room host holiday dinners, family get togethers and parties in these areas. However, many new owners may be sticking to a budget after the home sale is over and are hesitant to spend money to renovate or completely redo this room.

Luckily, there are several small tasks that homeowners can complete themselves that can change the look and atmosphere of this space.

Focus on small accents

The term “the devil is in the details” can apply to remodels that focus on updating small features and characteristics. Tiny upgrades and accents can make a large difference in making a room look more spacious, modern and inviting. For example, owners can update the hardware on their cabinetry to shiny nickel, copper or burnished bronze for a more contemporary look to make cabinets look new, according to HGTV.com. In addition, painting dull cabinets to more colorful ones can add a freshness and modernity to a kitchen that can be accomplished without having to paint the entire room. This can be a good alternative for owners who want to choose darker colors, but have a small kitchen that they are trying to paint as more spacious. Painting the trim of cabinets a different tone can also make a room pop.

Replacing sink fixtures is another easy and affordable task homeowners can complete. In addition to the several finishes and styles sink faucets now come in, many also have modern features, such as soap dispensers, detachable sprayers and automatic functioning. Hanging new lighting is another popular decoration new owners add, which make a kitchen look more spacious. Recessed and track lighting can modernize older kitchens and create a certain level of ambiance that homeowners may be seeking.

New appliances

Homeowners should not underestimate the power of new appliances. Not only are many new items that are being sold more energy efficient, but they are an affordable way to make a kitchen appear new. Individuals who want to make small splurges do not have to stop with small appliances, such as blenders and toasters, but might also invest in a new gas stove.

Hanging pot racks and purchasing new utensil and spice stands is another way both save space and add a measure of color to a kitchen.

Look for Kitchen Design & Decor Inspiration? Start here.

The Coolest Mobile Home Ever

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A futuristic, completely customizable mobile home?

Typically, I like my homes with a foundation and piece of land around it. But I have to say, this mobile home from NonStandard.At is unbelievable.

Touted as a custom design camper, the Mehrzeller is far from your ordinary double wide. Using modern design and sophisticated technology, the Mehrzeller can be turned into a tailor-made living space. It’s got room for a kitchen, living space, bedroom and modern amenities.

It also has a very futuristic feel to it both inside and out. To me it look like a cross between an arctic hideout and the layer of a James Bond villain. In either case, I’m interested. Think about it. It has almost everything a regular home can offer (except some more rooms) and you can take it with you. Maybe it’s better off as a vacation home? I think I’m onto something here.

Check out the full set of photos and details at Mehrzeller.com.

 

Image courtesy of Mehrzeller.com