Home buyer and seller activity continues to mirror historical averages in the Greater Vancouver housing market. These trends have helped keep the region in a balanced state for the last nine months.The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver reports that residential property sales in Greater Vancouver reached 2,661 on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in October 2013. This is a 37.8 per cent increase compared to the 1,931 sales recorded in October 2012, and a 7.2 per cent increase from the 2,483 sales recorded in September 2013.
Interior designer laura Umansky, president and creative director of the Houston, Texas–based firm Laura U Inc., spearheads the design of luxury residences and commercial projects in all corners of the world. Although she often brings a bit of Texas to her global and contemporary interiors, in this project, she brought international influence home to Texas
Located in a house in the coastal town of Darien, in a community often referred to as Connecticut’s “Gold Coast,” this kitchen offers a classic and timeless design. “The 1930s Cape Cod home belongs to a busy young family with school-age children, so we tried to create a completely family-oriented environment,” says Olga Adler of Olga Adler Interiors in Westport, Connecticut. “We created kid-friendly spaces, like a snack counter where Mom can set out cereal in the morning or after-school snacks and drinks. We also emphasized storage and made sure to accommodate multiple functions and purposes in the design.”
When two Toronto homeowners decided to downsize by moving into a 4,400-square-foot residence in west Toronto’s historic Kingsway neighborhood, they found themselves taking ownership of a home with stately Georgian architecture and great bones. Unfortunately, the home’s existing interior design didn’t fit their personal style—especially in the kitchen.
When Laura Casey was contacted by a client in the fall of 2009 to renovate a one-hundred-year-old bungalow in the historic Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina, she thought she was in for a challenge. The homeowners were clear in what they wanted: lots of color and a transitional look that bordered on modern—a complete departure from the more traditional architecture of the home. For Casey, though, the difficulty didn’t lie in incorporating her clients’ design needs into a wholly opposite aesthetic, but rather in preserving and respecting the architectural details of the century-old home.
“This is the original wine country,” remarked Dave Moulton as he gazed over his vines that seemingly race down the Santa Cruz Mountainside to meet the white caps on Monterey Bay. He should know. He’s the “principal” and winemaker for the Burrell School Vineyards & Winery. The name derives from a little red schoolhouse located next door to the tasting room.