It was a classic story. A couple finds themselves with an empty nest and decides to ditch their traditional suburban home in favor of a more relaxed abode at the beach. Only this time, said beach house is less, well, beachy, and a lot more sophisticated. Such was the case when designer Tamara Magel was approached by her clients several years ago about designing their Sagaponack home in the heart of the Hamptons. “They wanted something that was elegant enough to be their full-time home but still casual because it’s right on the beach,” says Magel, a New York City–based textile and fashion designer.
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In the midst of transforming this Mediterranean-style residence, Jamie Herzlinger created a personal oasis so calming that it could lower anyone’s blood pressure. The designer and principal of Jamie Herzlinger Interiors, with locations in Scottsdale, Arizona and New York City, explains that her clients wanted classic interiors and some out-and-out glamour to make their home timeless and elegant.

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While your friends and family may not be in the know, you have an advantage in creating a guest suite sanctuary that rivals any posh boutique hotel so that your guests have the most enjoyable and comfortable stay while in your home. “There are so many small but meaningful things you can add to your guest room to make it inviting and like a home away from home,” says interior design expert Ronique Gibson from InStyleModern.com, a top source for trendy, chic, and affordable contemporary furniture. “Special touches also make your guest feel special and welcomed.” Here are six ways to make the most inviting guest room.
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Last month was the highest selling April on record for Metro Vancouver. Residential property sales in the region totalled 4,781 in April 2016, an increase of 14.4 per centfrom the 4,179 sales recorded in April 2015 and a decrease of 7.6 per cent compared to March 2016 when 5,173 homes sold. April sales were 41.7 per cent above the 10-year sales average for the month.

“Home buyer competition remains intense across the region,” Dan Morrison, REBGV president said. “Whether you’re a home buyer or seller, it’s important to work with your local Realtor to get the information you need and to develop a strategy that will help you navigate today’s market.”

New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Metro Vancouver totalled 6,172 in April 2016. This represents an increase of 3.9 per cent compared to the 5,897 units listed in April 2015 and a 2.4 per cent decline compared to March 2016 when 6,278 properties were listed.

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