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5 optional upgrades to think twice about when remodeling

1. Bi-fold doors

Bi-fold doors have become a standard fixture in new home builds, most commonly installed between the living spaces and al fresco zones. Ideal for blurring the boundary between inside and out, glass bi-folds look good and feel well-suited to the Australian outdoor lifestyle.

But Anchor Homes project consultant Laurie Raikes believes owners rarely take advantage of them.

“The concept is great but in reality they never get used,” he says. “You’ll pay a lot of money [on a project home] for bi-folds as an upgrade and they’re difficult to screen. You may want to consider allocating that money elsewhere.”

Bi-folds can also encroach on your living space, as they protrude once stacked, and may impair views as each panel has a wide frame.

On the other hand, sliding doors are generally cheaper and offer larger expanses of glass to maximize light and views.

2. Fancy Fittings

When it comes to designer fittings, Raikes says you risk alienating future owners with different tastes to your own. He also cautions against items like bar fridges and spa baths, which may have limited appeal.

Raikes installed a spa bath in his new home, but now regrets doing so.

“I thought it was a great idea, but I’ve probably only used it twice in 12 months,” he says. “A spa bath takes up a lot of space and might cost up to $2000.”

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Update your home with lasting changes – guidelines to avoid looking dated

Stick with the basics for your basics

Clean lines and neutral colors, while not the stuff of Instagram likes, will probably outlast current obsessions such as patterned cement tiles and benches upholstered with ratty sheepskins. Design pros preach that the backbones of your home — floors, walls and major furniture — should skew toward simplicity. In a decade, that swoop-armed Pottery Barn sofa might feel more tired than a low-slung, squared-off midcentury modern couch.

Indulge in trends — in a small way

Holland says she sometimes gets pushback from clients when she presents a design proposal with neutral base elements. “They’ll sometimes say, ‘That’s boring,’ but I emphasize that the way to do these trends — macramé, a bold pattern — is in a pillow or a small area rug,” she says. It’s akin to shelling out for the little black designer dress you’ll wear forever, then dolling it up with this season’s necklace and shoes.

read more at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/seven-tips-for-creating-a-classic-look-at-home/2018/08/07/93eae784-9036-11e8-bcd5-9d911c784c38_story.html?utm_term=.1afadb5462bc

Shop a Bazaar from your phone

Weaving personality into home decor while making it relevant regardless of style requires a honed eye, spot-on instincts, the expertise of a trusted designer and imaginative resources. Color, a deft mix of beautiful fabrics, and well-chosen art and accessories, layering and texture add punctuation. And vintage, one-of-a-kind or handcrafted pieces really bring generic sofas, tables and chests to life.

The thrill of the hunt is everything for some shoppers, especially when you land that special piece. So is a good sale. Whether you’re shopping Portobello Road in London, a Marrakech souk or a dazzling bazaar in Mumbai, part of the fun is exploring global marketplaces. When you find a bargain among precious items that are barely affordable, it’s a real treat. And sometimes you don’t even have to worry about having enough cash: Vendors in the flea markets of Florence and Paris make it easier by taking credit cards.

In the last 15 years, “e-tail” sites have been game-changers, changing the landscape of furniture buying. They allow you to scroll through thousands of “curated” antiques and unique pieces, in addition to well-known furnishings and designer brands, 24/7. Some of the products are part of “flash” sales, where the added allure is the savings off a suggested retail price for a short window of time. Like retailers and catalogs trying to set themselves apart, the websites now offer engaging features on a variety of design topics.

For luxe goods, there’s nothing quite like 1stdibs (www.1stdibs.com), which covers furniture, lighting, fine art, jewelry, fashion and vintage haute couture from top dealers around the world — “the most beautiful things on earth.” It’s like a tour through art history and design museums. Where else are you likely to find a 17th-century polychromatic horn lice comb ($9,500), an English Civil War Parliamentary helmet ($4,500), a rare 17th-century Dutch rosewood, ebony and tortoiseshell cabinet ($390,485), or a specially priced Tiffany Russian table lamp?

read more at: http://www.uexpress.com/by-design/2016/2/1/the-modern-bazaars-at-your-fingertips