The Agency - home design

A Warm Welcome – How To Choose The Right Front Door

Apr. 3, 2014
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Your front door is more than just a functional opening into your private world – it is an integral part of the architecture of your home and overall curb appeal. While utility is a requirement, the ultimate goal is to create harmony and cohesion, resulting in a perfect balance of function and style. Whether you’re a Buyer or a Seller, if the time has come to replace your front door, the style of your home should be the first consideration when it comes to selecting just the right one.

The Countertop Conundrum

Mar. 14, 2014
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Whether you’re a seller wanting to update your kitchen prior to putting your home on the market, or a buyer seeking to create a unique kitchen you can call your own, the choices are endless. In the late ‘80s we couldn’t rip out the old Formica countertops fast enough to replace them with polished granite to add a bit of sophistication to these utilitarian spaces. To this day, granite remains the central element in an “updated kitchen,” and is worth the investment. For example, a $30,000 kitchen cost can easily be tacked onto the sales price of a home. Granite to most people means “top of the line.”

Beige Is The New Black: Dressing Your Home to Sell

Jan. 9, 2014
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By Max Mervis That bright, neon-green wall sets off your mid-century modern dining furniture beautifully; however, your potential buyers may not appreciate it quite as much as you do. Getting ready to sell your home means dressing the area down, not up, so its natural beauty shines through.  First, repaint your dark or bright walls with… Read more

Angeleno’s Jennifer Polachek On The Latest Interior Design Trends

Nov. 12, 2013
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The following interview with Jennifer Polachek was first published in The Agency Report – Second Quarter 2013. Polachek is the Associate Publisher of Angeleno Magazine, and Publisher of Brides California and Interiors California. Q: Here in LA, what trends are you seeing right now in terms of interior design? What colors are hot? What materials? Do you… Read more

Sandy Gallin: Veteran Hollywood Manager Turned A-List Home Designer

Apr. 18, 2013
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In a recent issue of the Wall Street Journal’s Mansion section, real estate reporter Lauren Schuker Blum profiles the design business of veteran Hollywood manager Sandy Gallin, who in his next act has become a designer and home flipper to stars in his inner circle.

Hot Design: The Safretti Vertigo Fireplace By Porsche Design Studio

Feb. 19, 2013
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It took two years and some of the best engineers in the field to create the Vertigo Fireplace for Safretti, a Western European manufacturer that is redefining “setting the mood.” Designed by the Porsche Design Studio out of Austria, this innovative fireplace not only uses new safe burning technology but does so within a contemporary… Read more

Mauricio Umansky In Forbes Magazine On The Value Of Luxury Closets

Oct. 9, 2012
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Boutique-like architectural closets that make traditional walk-ins look like, well, a shoebox are the new luxury must-have for celebrity homes, reports Forbes real estate writer Morgan Brennan. In an article on and set to appear in the October 22 issue of the magazine, Brennan profiles Lisa Adams of LA Closet Design, a company that… Read more

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