Best Of Design Miami 2022

posted by on 2023.10.02, under Art

With Miami Art Basel around the corner, we find ourselves reminiscing on last year’s experience. When we checked out all the art fairs in Miami last December, Design Miami was truly one of our favorites. There were so many beautiful and imaginative spaces. Unlike some spaces that feel cold and uninviting, everything here was presented in a warm setting. It was at once relaxing and inspiring to walk through the galleries.

Some of the highlights below!

The Cristina Grajales Gallery: Leopard Skies by Mark Grattan room was giving Scarface in the best way. There needs to be more mirrored and velvet rounded furniture in the world.

Where else will you find a Cindy Sherman jewelry collaboration? We’ve never seen this before, and think this is a prime venue to see artists trying new mediums.

We love when artists experiment outside of what the public expects of them, and this type of work should be getting more exposure, in our humble opinion. More of Cindy Sherman x Lizworks cameo designs can be seen here:

Breathtaking moss sculptures by sculptor Kim Simonsson. Although they were in the back corner, they were one of the highlights of the show.

Sculpture by Kim Simonsson

Thought these chairs would have a soft texture like Gaetano Pesce’s other sculptures! Nonetheless, an excellent collaboration with Bottega Veneta.

Superhouse curator Stephen Markos never fails to dissappoint in his NYC space, and this conceptual bedroom designed by four artists was a hit.

We’re not mad at this Flinstones-inspired chair.

Futuristic shapes were abundant, like this new take on a simple coffee table.

This AGO Projects room was a refreshing and whimsical take on color and shape.

Maison Perrier-Jouët presents Garance Vallée’s ‘Planted Air’ 

USM Modular Furniture presents USM NYC by Ben Ganz, a collaboration with PIN–UP Home

The Tuleste Factory: Through and Through room was a study on blue, proving once again that a monochromatic look never fails. Here, one of our favorite glass pieces.


A welcoming chair at Friedman Benda. Too bad we were not allowed to sit on it.

The disco ball thing has been overdone on social media in our opinion, but this was playful version was a fresh take. It was a hit at the show. Rotganzen’s Various works (2022) at Rademakers Gallery

A tasteful Elvis and Priscilla lamp set.

We are blown away by all of the innovative 3-d printed ideas out there, like this wall sculpture spotted at Design Miami. Can’t wait to see what else is in store in just two months!

How to Prepare Your Home for Sale and Get It Noticed Fast!

posted by on 2023.09.26, under Partnered Post

Whether you’re new to the real estate market or are looking to get started by selling your first property, it’s really important to get to grips with how people perceive properties and the ways in which they’re discovered. After all, even if you agree to sell your property, how will you let people know and what will attract them to buy your property over others?

There are a number of factors that you can and can’t change, but understanding how to take advantage of them and play to your strengths can help make your property stand out and get sold faster. This will lead to smoother capital gains and will greatly improve your success in the real estate market.

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Understanding what your audience is looking for

Your property appeals to a certain kind of audience, and it’s your duty to figure out who they are! For instance, if your property is a high-rise apartment located in a busy city, then there’s a good chance that your buyers or tenants are going to be people who work in that city and have bustling lifestyles. They probably travel around a lot and they don’t spend as much time in the home as a family would. Chances are they’re single, or may have a partner, but they might not be married or have kids–especially if it’s a one-bedroom property.

As you can see, it’s a helpful and fun practice to think about the ideal tenant or buyer for your property. You have to put yourself in the shoes of others so you can see what they like or dislike about your property. This can take a bit of practice and not everyone has the experience or knowledge to pull this off. However, it’s never a bad idea to get started! Learning what other people see in your property and understanding their needs means that you can tweak your properties and add (or even more) things that would make it more appealing.

And just remember–even if you miss out on a potential sale, there are probably lots of other people who have the same search criteria. There are likely hundreds, if not thousands, of people looking for one-bedroom apartments in major cities, so it’s not like you’ll be struggling to find potential buyers. But with that said, it’s never a bad idea to consider how you can make your property more appealing to everyone!

Working with the right real estate agent will help a lot

We also can’t forget about the real estate agent that you work with. Unless you’re planning to list and sell your property yourself (which will take a lot of work) you’re probably going to be using some kind of real estate agent to help you. This isn’t a bad idea by any means, but it does mean that you’ll need to find one that has a good reputation.

There are a couple of things to consider when looking for someone to sell your property. Reputation is one thing, but you also have to consider how much commission they’re taking and also their experience. A lot of people are attracted to low commission fees, but this may result in a much worse experience for you as the owner of the property. Low commission fees don’t really mean much, but in the same vein, neither do high commission fees. You’re really just at the mercy of these estate agents, hoping that they’ll provide a good service. This is why looking at their reputation and reading reviews is such a great idea.

You could also speak with them in person. A lot of people tend to find it easier to gauge an estate agent’s capabilities if they first speak with them. Discuss the process, talk about the more technical aspects of selling a home, and use that interaction to gauge if they know what they’re doing and if they’re the right people to sell your home for you.

But if you’re willing to do it yourself, then there’s always the option of selling your property yourself. This is a multi-step process that you’ll need to manage by yourself for the most part. You’ll have to collect and request a lot of documentation, so don’t take this lightly! It’s usually a good idea to have legal assistance to ensure you’re doing things correctly. However, if you master this, then you could take advantage of much lower (or even zero) commission fees and complete control over the selling process.

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Tips to help you prepare your home for sale

So now that we’ve covered some of the more technical and behind-the-scenes aspects of selling a home, it’s time to talk about some practical things you can do.

A lot of people underestimate just how much of a difference a good-looking home can make. So here are a few things you should do around the property to make it more appealing.

Clean up the front and back yards

A lot of people forget that it’s not just the inside of the house that matters, but also the outside. It’s what people will see immediately when they come for a viewing, and it also affects how the public perceives that property. From cactus removal to gardening and landscaping, hire services (or do things yourself) to make the outside of your home look just as good as the inside! Failing to do this can put people off viewing your property before they’ve even walked through the front door.

Repair things around the home

You should also think about repairing things around the home and getting work done as quickly and as efficiently as possible. There’s nothing worse than a potential buyer coming in for a viewing, only to notice that lights don’t work, your appliances are broken, and the windows are letting in a big draft. Fix things up as soon as possible if you’re serious about investing in property. Don’t let your buyers discover that you haven’t put much work into the home, and don’t try to hide problems in your property as that’ll just lead to legal issues in the future.

Home staging can be really effective

Staging your home is essentially just arranging furniture in the property to highlight the features and give viewers and potential buyers an idea of what to expect. For instance, you could leave the TV on and put some books around to make a space look like it’s being lived in. You could place some random kitchenware around, such as appliances, to give people an idea of where they can keep their things. Giving little hints like this can really improve someone’s vision of your home, and it’ll give them ideas on how they can improve or use those spaces.

Photography makes a big difference

Lastly, don’t forget that taking flattering pictures and recording informative videos on your property can make a big difference. It helps people get interested in your property before they’ve seen it in person, and there are loads of unique technologies that we can use today such as 3D viewings. All of these new features can make it really convenient for someone to gauge if they want to engage further in discussions when looking at a property.


Selling your first home can be a daunting experience, but we think that there are plenty of ways to speed up the process and make it a lot simpler if you have the right knowledge.

Top Tips To Get The Best Out Of Your Garden

posted by on 2023.09.20, under Partnered Post

Unless you have a huge interest in gardening, plants, and everything in between, your garden may become a wasted space. Sure you might spend some time sitting outside on a warm day, or let your children play out, but have you ever thought of designing your garden to make an outside space you can spend more time in? You don’t need to be green-fingered to make the most out of your outside space. Here are some of the top tips to help you get the best out of your garden. 

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Artificial grass versus real grass

One of the first things to think about would be whether you want to consider artificial grass or real grass. Perhaps you already have a lawned area but are not sure what to do with it. The truth is, that a lawn can be high maintenance. You need to regularly cut it, and then let’s not forget how pets and children can ruin it. Artificial grass is an easy option. It always looks good and can be easily maintained. Real grass is great if you have the time and will always make your garden look picture-perfect. However, if you want to get more out of your garden you will have to consider what is more practical for you and your family. 

Create zones in your garden

No matter how big or small your garden is, you can always create usable zones to help you get more out of it. You may want an area where your children can play. Perhaps have a trampoline, football net, or even a swing set. If you are not too good at building those things then hiring someone who can help with playset installation could be the way forward. You might also want an area to grow vegetables and fruit, perhaps a place to sit where you know you get the afternoon or morning sun. Figure out the areas in your garden and how best you can use them. This will help you to design those specific areas with that function in mind. 

Keep things tidy and organized

It is no good creating a beautiful garden space, but then you have kids’ toys lying around or nowhere to store your garden furniture, cushions, or appliances like the lawnmower. This is when you need to think about keeping things tidy. You might want to look at a new shed to store everything in or even a storage box where you can keep things tidy and dry. Having a place where you can put things away at the end of the day, especially during the summer months when you will be using the garden more often, will help you to maintain the garden and keep on top of it. 

Low-maintenance plants and flowers

Are you green-fingered? If so then you may not be bothered by what you plant because you know you will keep things in check. But if you are not an avid gardener then do some research into low-maintenance plants for your garden. There will be plants that won’t require you to water them or trim them regularly, as well as flowers that you can plant for the summer and then get rid of during the winter months. A gardener could help you choose the right sort of plants for you, or seek advice from your local garden center. You could even consider artificial plants and flowers which will look great all year round. 

Patio and decked area

Another thing that you could consider would be a patio or decked area. This would help you to enjoy being outside a lot more. You can use this area to have some garden furniture such as a table and chairs, or a sofa and sun loungers. Sitting outside in the morning for a nice cup of tea or enjoying your food al fresco, having the option to do those things will encourage you to get out in your garden much more. 

An outside kitchen 

If you love a BBQ or like to cook then an outside kitchen could be a great option to consider. You could look at having an area just for your BBQ or even have hookups for an outdoor fridge and gas hobs. Some even have a pizza oven built. There are so many ways you can utilize an outdoor kitchen and it can be the perfect way to get the best out of your garden. 

Let’s hope these tips help you to get the best out of your garden. 

How To Make Your Home Dog-Friendly 

posted by on 2023.09.20, under Partnered Post

How To Make Your Home Dog-Friendly 

Getting a dog is certainly exciting, and it’s something that a lot of people are keen to do. Dogs give you constant companionship and unconditional love, so they’re great if you live alone and want some company, but they’re also the perfect pet for families, especially if you like spending time outdoors or you want your children to learn some responsibility. No matter what your reason for getting a dog, it can often be the best thing a person can do. 

Of course, there’s a lot to think about and just bringing a dog into your home without any planning or making important changes could be a disaster for you, the dog, and even your home. That’s why it’s best to take your time over the whole situation and ensure that you have everything in place before they arrive – in that way, you can just enjoy being with them and learning about who they are, and everything else is already dealt with. With that in mind, keep reading to find out a few of the things you’ll need to think about before your new dog arrives. 

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Your Flooring 

Your flooring might not even make the list of important things to think about when you’re assessing your home, but it’s actually one of the most important things you can consider, and if you do need to make changes (which you might), then it’s also potentially one of the more expensive and disruptive things you’ll need to do, which is why thinking about this well in advance is a good idea. 

If you want to create a dog-friendly home, you’ll need flooring that’s easy to clean but that’s also durable, as it’s going to take a lot of wear and tear; think of a dog’s feet – their claws and paws make direct contact with the floor all the time, and that can cause damage if you don’t choose the right surface. 

Some of the best surfaces to invest in when you have a dog are hardwood, laminate, and tile. Although these might seem as though they would be hard for your dog to walk on – they might be slippery, for example – they’ll soon get used to the floors in your home, and those floors are going to last much longer than carpet, for example. Plus, they’ll be a lot easier to clean, which is important if you consider anything from outside can be tracked inside on your dog’s feet and cause a mess. 

Don’t Use White

Many people like using white in their interior design ideas. It’s chic and elegant, and it’s neutral too, and since we’re often told that neutral colors are best, it makes sense that so many people would have white in their homes that they can use as an ideal base for anything else they want to add. 

That might be the case if you don’t have a dog, but if you do and you want your home to be more dog-friendly, using white is probably not such a great idea. In fact, white can be a real nightmare with a dog around because their fur and muddy paws will quickly turn it from white into something grubby and mucky, whether it’s your flooring, your furniture, your curtains, or even your walls, to some extent. 

Instead of white, try something more dog-friendly that still looks great. Some options to think about could be grays, browns, greens, or perhaps even patterns that don’t show the dirt so much. You can also invest in slipcovers for your sofas and chairs because not only are they easy to clean when you need to, but you can also pick a variety of colors and patterns and change the look of your living room when the mood strikes – it’s dog-friendly and gives you the opportunity to make your room look just how you want it. 

Get A Good Vacuum 

One thing that can’t be avoided when you have a dog is mess; not only will their feet be dirty (sometimes more than others, depending on where they’ve been and what the weather’s like), but they’ll shed their fur all over the place as well. Unless you want your home to be furry and potentially grimy all the time, you’ll need to do a lot of cleaning, and that means investing in a high-quality vacuum cleaner so it can do the job well. 

It might be tempting to buy a cheap vacuum because it’s going to be picking up so much dog fur and that’s its main role, but if you buy cheap, it will likely get clogged up quickly, and might even stop working altogether because the motor can’t cope with the work you’re asking it to do. It’s far better to invest in a more expensive (and well-rated) machine and keep it for years rather than keep buying cheaper ones – in the end, it will only cost you more if you go for this option. 

When you’re looking for the right vacuum, look for ones that have a special attachment for cleaning up after pets, and specifically getting fur and dander off your furniture and floors. Plus, you’ll also want to buy one with a HEPA filter (that stands for high-efficiency particulate air) which will remove tiny allergens from the air, improving your health and maybe even your dog’s health too. 

Once you have your vacuum, you’ll need to use it on a regular basis, otherwise the mess will build up and the chore will become a much harder one that’s easier to put off, making things worse. 

Install A Doggy Door

A doggy door is a great addition to your home as it means your dog can come and go as they like (of course, they’ll need a secure outside space to go to – they can’t just be allowed to wander the streets). This means you can get on with your own work or even leave the dog for short periods of time, and because they can go out when they need to, your home won’t have any problems. If a dog is left inside for too long, they might need to go to the toilet, for example, or they might get bored and start chewing things and making a mess; a doggy door can stop this from happening. 

Even if you think you can’t have a doggy door because you don’t have what might be thought of as a traditional door to your yard, it’s not a problem; you can have a special dog door sliding door installed by professionals. Whatever your home setup is and whatever door you have, you can still make sure your dog has as much access to the garden as they’ll need. 

Once your doggy door is installed, it’s wise to put a mat outside or some pet-safe artificial grass, for example. This makes a much more comfortable ‘landing’ area for your dog, and when they come back inside, some of the dirt from their feet will be wiped away. Some people even train their dogs to wipe their feet, so that’s another possible option – if you have the time to do it! 

Keep Important Things Out Of Reach 

Dogs are curious creatures by nature, and they’ll happily explore whatever they can get their paws on and noses into – although this keeps their brains stimulated and even gives them some physical exercise, it can also lead them into trouble, especially if they decide they want to chew or rip up things that are important to you. Not only would this be upsetting, but it could be dangerous for your dog too. 

Because of this, you’ll need to take a good look around before your dog arrives and do a risk assessment about everything in your home. These will be things you never thought of as dangerous or as being at risk of damage before, so you’ll need to look objectively at your possessions and make sure you take everything into account. 

Make sure that you move important (and potentially dangerous) things so that they’ll be out of reach of your dog – put them in cupboards and cabinets (with the addition of childproof locks to make sure no dog can get inside), or install shelving so you can store things at a higher level. 

On the same note, you should always keep your dog’s toys, blankets, and other things they might want to play with in a place they can easily reach them. If they can get to their toys, they’ll usually decide to play with them, and they won’t go looking for anything else, meaning your home stays much safer, so your dog stays much happier. 

Use Non-Toxic Cleaners 

Cleaning is a crucial part of living anywhere, and as we’ve seen, if you have a dog, it’s probably more important than ever to do on a regular basis. However, if you’re using any kind of chemical cleaner to make your home look and smell good, it’s time to have a re-think if you also have a dog – those cleaners can be dangerous to them. 

When you’re shopping, make sure you read the labels properly, and only buy cleaning products that have been certified as being safe for dogs – they’ll usually also be environmentally friendly products, which makes them even better anyway. If you can’t find anything or those products are out of your budget, why not make your own? You can combine normal household ingredients, like vinegar and baking soda, and create a natural cleaning solution that really works and won’t cause your dog any harm. 

Potential Dangers of Owning a Dog That You Have To Know

posted by on 2023.09.18, under Get the Look, Partnered Post

Adding a pet dog to your family can be a wonderful experience, but it’s not a decision that you should take lightly. Most people neglect the responsibilities involved when taking care of a dog, and this can lead to a poor quality of life for them.

But aside from this, you should also be aware of the potential dangers of dog ownership. While owning a dog can be a rewarding experience, you shouldn’t neglect these potential issues. Instead, learning about them and navigating around them can greatly enhance your dog’s life.

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Dog allergies

There are a surprising number of people who are allergic to dogs. Whether it’s exposure to their coat, saliva, or even their urine, it can trigger allergic reactions that range from mildly annoying to severe and damaging. Some common signs of dog allergies include sneezing or a runny nose, facial pain, or watery eyes. In more severe cases, you may experience a tight chest, coughing, or even a skin rash.

The idea of pet ownership with an allergy can be daunting, but there are ways to get around this. For example, vacuuming regularly and ensuring good pet hygiene can solve a lot of potential allergy issues. Good ventilation in the home is also important as it can remove a lot of the allergens that affect you. While drastic, you could also change carpet flooring with hardwood or laminate flooring because it’s less likely to trap allergens.

Dog bites

Dog bites aren’t uncommon even if you’ve owned a dog for a long time. Dog bites can occur when they’re playing too rough, if they’re prone to aggressive behavior, or if they’re feeling threatened. This is more common among dogs that have yet to get used to their new owners, so it’s important to know what to do after a dog bite. This is especially true if your dog doesn’t get along with other dogs in the neighborhood.

When your dog is around children, it’s important to educate your kids on responsible pet ownership and play. Most dogs will grow to love their family, and they’ll avoid doing anything that could potentially hurt their loved ones. It’s also good to train your dog to be calm and collected around strangers so that they don’t attack people which could potentially lead to mandatory training, fines, or even legal consequences.

Home and property damage

Dogs tend to be well-behaved when they’re trained, but if they’re not, then you might see home and property damage before you know it. Dogs can often chew through furniture, ruin your belongings, and break fragile items like glass and vases. If your dog isn’t properly trained or suffer from a condition like anxiety, then your home belongings may be in danger of being damaged.

To avoid this, make sure you train your dog to avoid playing rough with your furniture. However, you should also consider what decorations and items you put on display. If you put something expensive in reach of your dog, then it’s just asking to be knocked over and damaged.