Cecilia Gómez, interior decoration

Interior decoration

When we talk about interior decoration, it is usual to think that we are referring exclusively to the house’s aesthetic. However, this goes far beyond. Beauty can be, for example, a synonym of order. It is also a way to plan the distribution of spaces, an aid to take a better advantage of them and to make the most of them. The interior atmosphere of our home is fundamental for human’s well-being .

Therefore, we can’t be satisfied just by the cover of decoration’s concept. If all elements that have been chosen are those that best suit you, are placed in a perfect location and are a part of a whole, it will be more likely that your house becomes more and more as your initial idea and begins to become the home of your dreams. And this is the philosophy of today’s post lead: the firm Cecilia Gómez.

Our participation in Salón Inmobiliario internacional de Madrid (SIMA) a few months ago, left us great experiences. The biggest Real Estate event celebrated in our country, brought together developers, builders, interior decoration shops, real estate agencies, credit institutions and all kinds of companies that have a direct contact with the industry.

During our stay there, we had the chance to know many brands from all sectors mentioned before. Due to the proximity to our stand, and so because of the great treatment that they gave to the exhibitors and visitors, and mainly for the quality of their materials and service, one of the best experiences that we took from SIMA was to meet Cecilia Gómez and her team.

So, on today’s post about interior decoration, we would like to dedicate a space to talk about them.

Cecilia Gómez is a family business headed by a mother and her daughter. Curiously, with the name of her daughter, which is Cecilia Gómez, the mother started in the world of interior decoration. Her current experience added to Cecilia’s, who grew up and learned from the best teacher —between projects of flats and refurbishments to be trained later as an interior’s architect— has made of the brand one of the leaders in the region of Madrid and also at national level.

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From left to right Patricia Martín, Digital Marketing Manager of iLuxenio, Claudia (Cecilia Gómez Decoración assistant), Práxedes Iglesias (Business Manager of iLuxenio) and Cecilia Gómez (Business co- manager of Cecilia Gómez Decoración).

 Nowadays, they almost have 30 years of experience in the sector. Their projects throughout their career show that they have a stamp and a style that distinguishes them. This is about an open line that create modern environments and where the upholstery has a main role.

In its aim to satisfy their clients, they care about their specific needs. With a detailed knowledge of the market, the firm offers you the opportunity to achieve a perfect decoration, just as you imagined it. The decoration adapts to your personality and your daily habits. Their slogan “Turn your projects into reality”, couldn’t be closer to this idea.

They are specialized in interior decoration of all kind of spaces, ranging from flats to detached houses going through hotels and offices. Besides, they complete a hundred of works per year.

Another of their most remarkable activities is the home staging:

In this way, they are perfectly coordinated with developers to offer to the client the possibility to visit show flats completely decorated. Enjoy absolutely of a real staging is a plus when buying a home. And with Cecilia Gómez, you can even apply the design that you have seen before to our own house.

In relation to the materials they use, although they work with different elements, from national and international manufacturers, they don’t hide their preference by the accessories, the wallpapers and the fabrics.

One of the keys of success of Cecilia Gómez is the professional team that it has. It its composed not only by decorators but also by experts assemblers, cabinet makers, carpenters, furniture restorers, graphics specialists and even builders. Besides, they have their own workshops in upholstering and production. However, and depending on the characteristics of the different projects they made, they also collaborate with other companies of the construction industry, which provides a quality result, thanks to the integral development of the process.

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If your interest in interior decoration world has increased after visiting this post and checking the endless possibilities that Cecilia Gómez offers, we encourage you to visit her. You can find them at Plaza de la Iglesia 2, local 10, in Torrelodones (Madrid).

For further information about this subject don’t hesitate to contact us to iluxenio@iluxenio.com.

iLuxenio, leaders in exclusive and sustainable construction.

 

Tips to sell or buy artworks

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Have you ever thought about buying artworks or selling pieces that you already have in your collection? Before you start this adventure, it’s important that you know how to do it. For this reason, today we offer you several tips that will help you to not make any mistakes. If you keep in mind what we will tell you below, it will be easier that those works which you feel connection at first sight will be yours; if on the contrary you are thinking about to get rid of some creation, now you will know what are the steps you should follow:

1.- Know the places where you can buy and sell the artworks

Nowadays there are three different types of market for art trading. On one hand we have the galleries, the fairs and on the other hand we have the auctions. Besides you can buy or sell art online.

We have to recall that fairs are the most importat places to buy and sell art. However, we shouldn’t forget about the galleries, where the career of an artist is really promoted.

We have to have in mind that to attend an auction you must be registered as a participant. There are some of them which are open to the public and anyone can go and bid, but they are unusual.

  • Galleries and fairs:

Purchase: First of all, you have to find what you like and then you have to talk with the gallery team. When you decide, they give you the documentation to fill. These requirements consists of a certificate of authenticity —even if the work is signed, it is important—, catalogs or texts about the artist and the invoice, which works as a proof of ownership.

When we formalize the documentation, we pay for the work and the gallery organizes the framing, when necessary, and the delivery of the work at the buyer’s address.

Sale: for sale it’s different. We must know that each gallery is sorted by specialty. For example, some of them only sell abstract and modern art, and there are others which specialize in figurative art and great masters artworks. Thus, we have to consider what kind of work is what we want to sell and choose the most convenient gallery for us. Art galleries reach an agreement with the seller to receive an amount of money when he sells his work.

Famous fairs to mention:

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  • Auction:

Purchase: In order to buy at an auction one or several artworks you need the catalog to know that convenes you. There are three ways to participate at: in the room, physically; by phone, making an appointment with the auction house that organizes the bid previously; or in writing. You must set a maximum bid, a fixed price that you can’t exceed. Understandably, to buy the artworks you must make the highest offer.

Sale: In the auctions the works aren’t only sold by the market price: you can receive much more money, not only for pictures of some famous artist but also for any auctioned work there.

The Auction Houses makes the appraisal of the work and if you agree with the price, they proceed to auction it. If you finally sell the art piece , the auction house charges a percentage of the final sale price.

Famous Auction Houses: Sotheby’s/ Christie’s / Bonhams / Phillips de Pury & Company / Dorotheum

  • Buy on the Internet. 

Purchase: On the internet, we can participate in every singles market above described to buy artworks. In addition to allow participation in auctions, some websites offer the possibility of buying in galleries too.

For example, Artnet, Paddle8 or Artsy are the best known websites. The biggest problem of online shopping is that you can’t see physically the work. Thus, you can not appreciate what is its state.

Sale: In the case of artworks sales on the internet, there are many sites where art can be sold. The most important thing is to take a good pic to check the entire piece from all perspectives. Besides you should explain carefully the characteristics of the work. Thanks to that, potential customers can trust on the type of work that you offer to him. In general, Internet sites earn a percentage of the value of the sold work.

2.- Know the price of the work

To know the price of a work, it is essential to know:

Who is the author?

At best, the work has a  signed, the artist is known and your research is restricted only to verify that the work is authentic. The problem comes in when the work is not signed or, despite of being an original work, the signature of another artist has been added. In this case, you must investigate to figure out who the true author is or, if you can’t find it, at least being able to place the work in a particular time and specific school.

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What year does the work dates from?

Even if we don’t know who the author is, the painting can have a value for belonging to an artistic movement and be representative of it; or to a specific historical period or have value as an antiquity. We must also have this point in mind.

Finally you must prove that the work is good and check which is its legitimate origin and investigate how much similar works are being sold for .

You can also ask for advice from experts or, if we are lost we can learn much more by going to exhibitions, reading about art, etc.

For further information about this subject don’t hesitate to contact us to mailto:iluxenio@iluxenio.com.

iLuxenio, leaders in exclusive and sustainable construction

The search of your design kitchen

kitchen design

The role of the kitchen at home is essential. When we make a reference to the heart of the home, is none other but the kitchen. As such, keeping the kitchen as the most treated part of the home seems to be fundamental. That’s why kitchen design has much to do with how the heart of the home could look like, and how to play it up.

Kitchen design has to proceed on a basis: how  and what for we are using the kitchen.

Firstly, we have to define the key parts of the kitchen, these have been defined in 5 areas by the best kitchen designers:

  • Pantry: the cupboard for provisions and food, and so home appliances to preserve them: fridge, freezer, etc.
  • Warehousing: brooms, mops, pads, vacuums and all the required elements for a good performance.
  • Sink: cleaning are for the own kitchen tools.
  • Preparation: reserved space for worktops, lunch tables and generally working in the kitchen.
  • Cooking: kitchen tools with a high electricity consumption and dedicated to the food elaboration, the basic fuction of the kitchen.

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These 5 areas in a well-designed kitchen, perfectly complement and don’t generate any space or use problems while working simultaneously. Yo can reach an efficient use of the kitchen. Also, we have to recall that 3 of these 5 areas are fundamental for kitchens with urgent needs of space. And these are: Preparation, cooking and sink.

To design and build properly your kitchen requires of a measuring precise work. And also, of a perfect unison between the architect and the furniture designer, especially if it’s about a new construction.

That’s why we want to give some unfailing advices so your kitchen design becomes a resounding success:

  • Knowing the room you’re working at: apart from checking the previous conditions of it, in order to solve moisture problems or ventilation issues, to buy the right sized furniture for our kitchen.
  • Stay within the budget: if we dont’ want to exceed our initial budget with last-minute details, we have to keep an expenditure control in order to meet what we first thought.
  • The triangle of work: preparation, cooking and sink will guide the first line of functionality in our new kitchen.
  • Define you style: the designer is an expert, and normally respects your tastes and help you to define your idea.
  • Security: if we have childen or pets at home, we have to avoid dangerous shapes at low parts of furnitures which could damage to the little ones. Also, regarding ventilation and closures, we have to check that the kitchen meets security and energy efficiency standards.

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But we know our brand new kitchen would look better if we could represent it off-plan without the need of turning to a professional. That’s why nowadays we have at the market some free apps to help you to represent your future kitchen.

Here we leave list with 10 websites for kitchen design:

Floor Planner

In order to create and share interactive plans on line. With Floorplanner you can recreate your home, garden or office in just two clicks. And you can also add furniture to your plans with its great object library.

IKEA 3D Kitchen Planner

Looking for an improvement at user experience, IKEA created this tool. Like this, each customer becomes his/her own kitchen designer. And once you have your design done you can print it at home or take it to the shop and start your home’s assembly!

Homestyler

This is one of the most popular and used interior design softwares. It offers an specific module for the kitchen, finishings with 3D and it has an app for your Smartphone.

Lowe’s Virtual Kitchen Designer

It offers three-dimensional and renderings designs. It isn’t easy to use, but the finishings for a free app, are more than good.

RoomToDo Software

It’s another webpage with mobile version. It has a very good approval among individuals and interior designers. It has very complete design options.

Planner5D

This one meets its functions perfectly well. Although it’s a bit limited for kitchen design itself. It’s more responsive with desktop version.

Home Hardware Kitchen Design Software

The best thing about this tool is that it offers prepared templates for editing. But you can also start your design from zero.

Backsplash and Cabinet Design Software

This is the best prepared tool for cooktops and furniture designs, and it counts on a powerful range of colours.

Home Stratosphere’s Interior Design Software

It’s a tool which, personally, is particularly very difficult to use at mobile version. You can use it to design the whole home, but it has a speacial model for the kitchen

Roomstyler

For 3D online kitchen designs. It has such a level of detail that you can even add kitchen tools.

Finally, don’t forget that in iLuxenio, we have plenty of experience at remodelling with the best architects of the market, to help you with one part of the home as the kitchen is, or for several. Giving special relevance to design exclusivity and energy efficiency.

 

For further information about this subject don’t hesitate to contact us to iluxenio@iluxenio.com

iLuxenio, leaders in exclusive and sustainable construction.

 

 

Building your Smart Home in 2050

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Who didn’t dream of giving an order and see how it’s instantly followed? To turn on the lights, to put on a song… this is already a reality.

Smart home or intelligent homes are the future. But in order to keep the whole house connected, it’s necessary to count on a good connection. For it, we simply need a strong router which i sable to teach any of the home’s devices. We also need security in the systems. Likewise, it’s importants security in the systems

This future which apparently seemed to be far is already a reality and technological facilities add some new added value to a home.

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Which are the new trends?

Virtual Reality

Current leading companies are starting to rub their hands with virtual reality. A 6% of users make use of one of these devices, but the trend doesn’t stop growing, so this increases companies’ expectation at the time of attending this technology as something to offer a wide variety of services to their customers.

Technology and ‘retail’

The use of a Smartphone represents a real chance. A 73% of users affirm to use their ‘smartphones’ to look for products or services. Apart from that a 68% also uses it to check some opinions and reviews about these product and services.

‘Fitness band’

The use of connected devices at the time of exercising is experiencing one of the greatest gowths in just two years, its adoption has risen more than a 100%.

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What could we appreciate as breaking trends in our future Smart Home?

– VR and AR contents. Virtual reality and augmented reality already settled in other markets and we have a good feedback to work on, but there’s also coming a kind of content which would help us to design furnitures or to watch ideas for home design.

– Increasingly bigger screens.

– 3D food printers. Imagine to create your own espagueti, tamales or perfect hot cakes.

– It’s the kitchen where we would see more advances with smart home appliances, as these are ovens with cameras, integrated digital thermometers which would be very helpful for chefs.

Mirrors that allow to simulate your look and so you can easily choose your clothing.

– Mattresses with dream monitoring and with individual setting for each part of the body.

Apart from these trends we’ve just mentioned at future smart homes, they’ll exist many more of them thanks to Artifical Intelligence and Big Data, are we ready?

What can we control in a smart home? Here we’re telling some of the home appliances and devices that we could control:

Washing machines

-Powder control.

-End of washing time alarm.

-It notifies when it’s time to buy more poder.

-Puede hacer el pedido y comprar online. You can make and order and buy online.

Fridges

New fridges which contain a 21,5” digital screen on the door with Internet connection, so you won’t need more magnets to hold all the papers. Other innovation is that they dispose of internal cameras with a dual system to take pics on the interior and send them to your Smartphone.

– You can make your order online.

-Watch televisión.

-Send and receive emails.

-You can check if you have enough yoghurts, for example if you are in the supermarket.

-You can even make zoom to check products’ expiration date.

Dishwashers

Same as washing machines, some dishwashers start to make available a WiFi connection, with the purpose of sending to your smart phone all of the information.

-Control of the state of washing programmes.

-Some models are already able to make online orders.

-It notifies you when there’s a lack a powder and you should buy more.

Televisions

In terms of image, customers look for the purest black as it highlights the rest of colours and advance towards a 3D image, but without being it.

Bed

The smart mattress developed by Sleepnumber values you in terms of weight, heart rate, temperature, night moves or breathing. Its price is over 900.000 euros.

Entryphone

The most innovative technology of smart home has arrived to your home’s door. If someone rings the bell and you aren’t in at that moment, the system sends you a message to your mobile device so you can chech who’s that person and consequently act.

Pans

This is the latest! Smart pans that calculate the number of calories that you’re cooking and even the ideal temperature and time that you should cook them.

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Ultimately, transforming your house into a smart home requires of process of systems integration connected to the Internet and which offer several control possibilities inside the home, as those we have already told you about. If you’re thinking of building a home with all of those new technologies, in iLuxenio we can offer it to you, thanks to the professionals working with us.

 

For futher information about this subject don’t hesitate to contact us to iluxenio@iluxenio.com

iLuxenio, leaders in exclusive and sustainable construction.

 

 

 

The best luxury decoration boutiques

luxury decoration boutiques

In the last few years, decoration fever has invaded social media, mainly at Instagram and Pinterest, they’re used as inspiration.

Also with posts in different specialized magazines as ADThe Selby, Apartamento Magazine or Kinfolk. Here we can discover awesome homes located at the most beautiful places in the world and all of them are properly decorated.

On the other hand, we take ideas when we travel abroad, from that hotel where you stayed at to enjoy of vacation or that place where you took a coffee.

On today’s post we want to sum up for you which are the best decoration/interior and luxury furnituring boutiques in Spain. Our aim is to help you discover which is your closest boutique and where you can find the last trends at interior design and luxury decoration for your home. Apart from inspiring you at all social media an online magazines we previously mentioned.

There are plenty of styles to decor your home, from classic, going through minimalism, nordic style, a rustic hint or a modern air. Now industrial style is in vogue too. When talking about decoration, everything’s fair!

Also, many vintage decor lovers are back thanks to the Internet, where many of them wanted to acquire some pieces with decades of history. From old crockeries to 60’s lamps. “A few years ago, it was unthinkable to have an old object at home, it was considered old-fashioned. Now, mixing new pieces of furniture with pieces from another epoques made us scape from that trend of having homes equally”. asures Eduardo Boillos, owner of Lucio y Romana.

This is our first reference, on his website you can find plenty of “vintage” pieces.

Eduardo Boillos, owner of the boutique tends to offer a new wat of seeing and integrating the ‘vintage’ factor into modern spaces, always in search of a fresh, light, elegant, male patterned and above from, contemporaneous result.

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Pic: Pair of coner benchs from Lucio y Romana.

Odalisca Madrid:

From 13 Bastero Street in Madrid, at Latina neighbourhood, they show their customers their passion and specialization for antique objects. They own pieces of Art Nouveau, Art Decó and from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, you can check them whether on their website or at their boutique. The owners are Francisco Cortés, Prehistory graduated, and Lola Galanes, Fine Arts graduated.

Alquilán, space of vibrating colours:

Juan Martínez and David Moya, they both rescue antiques and sell them on their online boutique and in their physical store. They both left their jobs and created Alquilán. In addition, they recently created a new adventure called Hóptimo, an ‘online store’ where they sell exclusive illustration papers for home decoration. This boutique is full of explosive colours at bronze pieces, Murano glass. ceramics, etc.

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Pic: Alquilán web page.

Tabisan:

At construction and decoration industry in Alicante we can highlight Tabisam. You can find comprehensive solutions for all your projects.

They offer all kind of construction materials but in the decoration part they have a gift. Apart from that, they make showrooms along the province and they count on own centres spread at Alicante and Murcia.

Mobile & Diseño:

In south of Spain, specificly in Marbella we have another company which  stands out for selling decoration and luxury furniture. Mobile & Diseño only works with the most exclusive luxury furniture brands. Apart from that, they count on professionals to make construction projects or rehabilitations.

ILINTERIOR:

It’s new young luxury furniture design boutique established in Marbella too, it offers all kinds of luxury and exclusive furnituring made in Italy and Spain. They offer a great range of decoration products, from classic to moders in order to adapt to all kind of tastes. Apart from this, they make custom interior projects or spaces’ decoration. Some of the exclusive brands they work with are: Amboan Luxury Furniture, Grassoler Sofás, Il Loft, Tonin Casa, VGnewtrend…

 

VIVECA:

In Viveca you’ll finf an unique mix with a very personal style. Antiques from S.XVIII, much Nordic furniturinf and from the French countryside, Masai tribe’s fabrics, wooden pieces from Atlas’ lemon trees, custom local ceramists crockery, little pieces of art, young artists designs and more.

This boutique is at Palma de Mallorca and we recommend it without a doubt. Anything that brings mildness and peace to your home, Viveva has it in their shop.

Mestizo Contemporany store

It’s a Magic place. That kind of place that you know you don’t want to get out from. And you wish your home was exactly like that. The shop is located at Salesas neighbourhood in Madrid. Their neat selection for furnitures, fabrics and decoration objects is unique in the capital. It’s a mix between vintage and modern, in order to make you have an unique, cosy, elegant and different home.

 

From iLuxenio we ewant to make of your home a marvellous and cosy place.

iLuxenio, leaders in exclusive and sustainable construction.

How are new luxury brands?

luxury brands

On today’s post we’re telling you about the most valued luxury brands in the world. The most renowned and their creations. A 90% of luxury brands included in the TOP ranking are European, and besides, them are the most valued in the world.

Globalization is one of the main causes which changed the model of social relationshios. This created an increasing homogenization at tastes and fashion.

Hence in this industry, they exist many kinds of Premium experiences, from travels to jewelry, going through clothing or tehcnology, it attempts comsumers and it’s adapting to new purchasing experiences. And great luxury brands didn’t stop growing.

But the most exclusive luxury brands increased their value between 2006 and 2017. Hermès, second at BrandZ Ranking, rised a 385%. In comparison, Louis Vuitton, leads this luxury BrandZ Ranking, it growed a 50%, and the value of other luxury brands rised up to a 29%. Super luxury brand in this ranking went from weighting a 27% in 2006 to a 41% in 2017. The highest positions in the classification are completed by Gucci, Chanel, Rolex and Cartier.

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In the last year, luxury brands consider the alternative of widening their audience, including the possibility of renting luxury ítems to specific occasions, but with the need of protecting luxury exclusivity”, points out Kantar Millward Brown report. Luxury brands kept doing traditional advertising, by trying to increase their audience while they retain loyal customers”, marks out Kantar Millward Brown. Just one out of three brands count on online and mobile sales channels. According to Luxury Spain data research. (A Spanish Luxury non-profit Organisation registered at National Organisations Register with the purpose of gathering professionals of Spanish companies and luxury brands).

While Apple, Google and Microsoft are the three most valued companies in the world. Louis Vuitton takes the first place in the list as the most valued luxury brands, with 19 years of experience, thanks to its relevant brand-culture relation. But, according to 2017 Interbrand Best Global Brands ranking, they sum up the most valued brands in 2017 according to their economical value and their ability to influence at customers’ choices.

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1.Louis Vuitton (19) — $22.9 billion USD

2.Hermès (32) — $14.2 billion USD

3.Gucci (51) — $9.9 billion USD

4.Cartier (65) — $7.5 billion USD

5.Tiffany&Co. (81) — $5.3 billion USD

6.Burberry (86) — $5.1 billion USD

7.Prada (94) — $4.7 billion USD

8.Dior (95) — $4.5 billion USD

(Source: itfashion)

Hermès got a great growth in the last two years, coming from the brand’s integrity protection and for the committed to preserve its cultura of excellence.

The key factors at luxury brands industry:

-Liable products range dimensioning to be part of luxury industry.

-But, which is the purchase decission-making process. A luxury product is normally related to something which purpose isn’t just satisfying a primary need.

– Buyer’s purchase power: something more decisive than the life style or a social class belong.

Globalization caused, two consequences: an easy access to luxury products. And then the entry into worldwide market of new actors coming from emerging countries.

-It turned complicated due to counterfeiting appereance.

-There have been an evolution from brand consideration as a logotype to a brand as as relation model.

-Expected quality, we can say that luxury always means quality, but nowadays they what they look for in luxury is more distinction and exclusivity.

How do luxury brands differentiate?

Finally, the answer to this for the most part is related to intangibles, as they are customer service, and making of purchasing act an unique experience.

-Customer service. At online buying, it’s very complicated to find an online valued relation with the customer.

-Turning the product selling and the product itself into an experience. As these are very difficult to replicate.

Because of this, all the brands had to define the “customer journey”. about buying process. How to achieve a purchase from a potential customer, but above from all, what to do to maintein the loyalty; and what to offer to turn them into a prescriber of the own brand.

 

For futher information about this subject don’t hesitate to contact us iluxenio@iluxenio.com

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The best sustainable villas in the world

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On today’s post we’re telling you about some of the essential elements which define iLuxenio’s activity. Our subject is not other but the construction of sustainable villas.

After reading this post, you’ll know what actually means a sustainable home, which elements are them composed of. As well as the reasons of the customers to choose this kind of construction. Finally, after explaining you the current scenario for these, we’ll leave you a list with the best sustainable villas in the world.

A sustainable home is that which bases its performance and construction on sustainability principles. This will imply a clean energy consumption and even energy self-sufficiency. We can also talk about homes made of ecological materials, or which performance (apart from coming from clean energy), it doesn’t provoke any impact on the environment.

The main reasons for buyers to go for sustainable villas are:

  • Comfort: living in a sustainable house guarantees you the maximum comfort with nature, although visually it doesn’t seem to be like that. Feeling, breathing and touching a home made of fine materials always make you feel good.
  • Health: inside a sustainable villa, it’s impossible to perceive signs of excessive moisture, lack of ventilation, etc. This would help the increasing number of people who suffer from respiratory diseases. As it avoids allergy problems, asthma, migrain or skin irritations.
  • Savings: the fact that sustainable villas are built in the best conditions, talking about thermal insulation, orientation, or cross ventilation would mean that it’s easier to reach a constant temperature and that it wouldn’t require a greater energy performance for it, due to low-quality enclosures, or an inadequate construction as much as for materials as for home’s orientation. If we really want to have a full sustainable home, we won’t regret about the great advantage it brings at long-term.
  • Regulations: the Technical Building Code (TBC), on its Basic Document of Energy Savings binds all new constructions before December 31st 2020 to be considered as nearly-zero energy.
  • Lifestyle: if you feel yo owe nature, ori f you think you could be more responsible with it. The peak of a healthy lifestyle isn’t only affecting to diet or exercising, but to all the activities we’re daily doing.

How to identify sustainable villas? Which elements make them different?

First of all, the wealth of natural materials.

Sustainable villas are made of fine and local materials, and make use of them for its correct functioning. We talk about locals because of obtaining easily resources. And because these materials are naturally made for adapting to the environment where they’re extracted and where they’re going to be built.

On the other hand, the plants multitude. Those help to mantain a constant temperature and moisture in the home. Apart from it, it’s ideal to use plants which require of very few water resources an those covered with rain collected water.

Secondly, by its design and orientation.

Sustainable villas projected on a plane seem to be perfect bioclimatic architecture works. But on the ground, these could mean a pain in the neck.

On the ground, the correct orientation of the home could be something impossible to get, or the correct functioning of the house not as efficient as expected. The same thing could happen with design, the work execution has to respect and understand the villa’s performance so the inital purpose of the construction doesn’t ruin itself.

Finally, the use of renewable energies and technological elements.

Sustainable villas are match really well with technology, although we apparently match sustainability with natural and ecological. Technology is able to control some certain elements of the villa in order to reach ideal temperature conditions (smart home). And obviously, another differential element would be to see renewable energy devices joined to one of the adjacent parts of the villa.

After knowing these features of sustainable villas, here we leave below some of the best sustainable villas in the world:

sustainable villasYing Yang House by: Brooks+Scarpa

It’s a full efficient villa located at Venice, California. It’s a single-family home which adapts to the needs of a family with children.

sustainable villasZEB Pilot House by: Snøhetta

It’s located in Norway and it’s the perfect example to build rustic sustainable villas.

sustainable villasLa Casa de los Vientos: José Luís Muñoz

It’s a villa located in the province of Cádiz. From its balcony you can watch Sotogrande, the Mediterranean Sea and even the Rock of Gibraltar.

sustainable villasS-House by: KO+KO architects

In this case, the villa not only stands out for its meandering shape with S form. But for being one of the fews which provides itself with geotermal energy.

 

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The most renowned luxury residential interior designers’ creations

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On today’s post we’re telling you about the most renowned professionals working as the figure of an interior designer, and their most outstanding creations.

We’ll start talking about Pepe Leal, the inspiration for his projects comes especially from travels and art. He is an unconstrained and an innovative interior designer who likes using natural elements with a cosmopolitan hint.

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Work for Portugal’s embassy facilities  (Pic: revista AD)

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Portugal’s Embassy suite bathroom (Pic revista AD)

We go on with Beatriz Silveira, who although never loses her classical style she always looks forward to pursue luxury. Beatriz has always been a passionate for antiques and rare objects.

My main objective when I face a project is to understand the sensitivity, tastes and life style of my customers, turning their homes’ decoration into a especially exciting and inclusive moment for them” says Beatriz on her website.

Here down below we’re showing you some of her most outstanding creations:

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Turquoise Lamp (Web pic: Beatriz Silveira)

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Rustic Chic living room (Pic Web Beatriz Silveira)

Another project we should stand out at luxury industry is the restaurant ‘Urban Blue’ designed by Manuel Espejo.

Four stately appearance living rooms and a hall shape this creation developed by Manuel. About the lighting, it’s been a very detailed resource in order to give the restaurant a dignified and bourgeois style.

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Restaurant “Urban Blue” (Web pic Manuel Espejo)

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Restaurant “Urban Blue” (Web pic Manuel Espejo)

Or Casa Palacio Atocha 34 also externally decorated by Espejo with a soberb red classic façade placed at the Barrio de las Letras in Madrid.

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Casa Palacio Atocha 34 (Web pic  Manuel Espejo)

Miriam Alía also has a special guift as an interior designer, she makes antiques fresh and turn them into unique spaces. Miriam finds these historical shining pieces and mix them with the most trendy and simple furnitures. It’s curious to discover how these antique pieces add freshness tos paces and turn them into unique places. Her projects have a natural and discrete luxury involved into a bustling color palette where most of the times pink leads the creation.

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Dining room space Westwing (Pic web Miriam Alía)

For Virginia Nieto luxury doesn’t go out of fashion and the style of this interior architect either. For her, travelling helps to stimulate her creations with a warm, elegant and timeless style.

Virginia uses textures and fabrics with a handy and modern furnituring while chasing comfort. Meanwhile, her unconditional love for antiques and special objects’ restoration allows to empower of soul each corner of a home, designing it according to their inhabitants’ tastes and needs. She has very important projects as much in office as in luxury residential.

Atrevida Home (Pic from Virginia Nieto)

Conversely we find Erico Navazo, a restful and elegant interior designer, but subtle and natural at the same time. He is real wood fan, he creates dazzling spaces, with no artifices and with well chosen pices which suit a quiet and balanced atmosphere. They say of Erico that he’s a ‘whisperer of spaces’, as he proves his abilities to dialogue with rooms and to show their true beauty.

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Space decorated by Erico Navazo interior designer (Pic from Erico Navazo)

We want to mention too, the interior designer Diego Rodríguez who is an art déco passionate, he never loses sight of elegance nor personal character, Diego is a strong advocate of recreating spaces and living, all of his creations have a refined and pristine signature. Diego Rodríguez is one of the most renowned interior and decoration designers in Spain, whose studi Concepto DR works with Italian luxury brands, as Molteni or Minotti. He has a very characteristic style specially at creativity and design. He has succeed with his works in Paris, Londres or Mexico. We also want to highlight his ability to assign technology at home. A very present answer for this era.

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Living room –Saint-Gobain Space (Pic from: Casa Decor)

To sum up, we could highlight to these interior designers but there are plenty of them, many veteran (working on luxury, of course) and other newcomers ready to bring war. An others who have made a name in the top list of Spanish interior designers, as those above mentioned. We can’t forget to name Raúl Martins with his own space for Natuzzi or Jens Porsche with his bold colour and pattern mix which define the luxury of living “always beautiful”. Another designer to name is Almudena Rebuelta Domeneq with a warmer and more modern luxury view.

 

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The last breaking trends in luxury decoration

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Beyond tastes, styles and colours, there are infallible tricks in decoration, those which work a 100% sure. That’s why we’re telling you about the last trends in luxury decoration, with the new year come beautiful things, colours and details in decoration. This is what trends tell us about decoration for 2018.

The growing use of technology and social media allow us to know quickly and easily about trends and styles in interior decoration. We’ll show you the main design trends and luxury decoration for 2018, in a series of concepts that we’ve encountered to keep you updated.

Vintage is in vogue, this decoration is based on getting back old elements, and refurbish them in order to give our decoration a more trendy and modern hint. Another style which is boosting decoration trends for this 2018 is the renovated classic style, to create original environments.

Hereafter we’re telling you the trends in luxury decoration for this 2018:

Colour

Plenty of warm and earthy colours instead of the minimalist variety from the last seasons. Sienna, bronze, terracotta, green mold and reddish hues are seen in rooms’ walls, as they’re seen too on furnitures and decoration ítems.

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Kitchens

Marble is still the favourite material for kitchens although the current aspect looks way more discreet. Instead of Carrara’s marble, we can see green and brown marble. Marble foundations are thinner.

Other proposals go for black kitchens, which bring a contemporary and sophisticated aspect, especially if they mix with interior plants. The black colour applies to metal, painted wood and stone, even to the sink.

The trend of hiding homewares and crockery doesn’t exist anymore, now we see glass-door wardrobes and open shelves to show those dishes. Home appliances as refrigerators, dishwashers and kitchen stoves are elements proner to be hidden in the kitchen.

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Living rooms

Luxury decoration shapes are organic or geometric. Among geometrical designs we can see stripped shapes and among organic shapes many curved chairs and hand-painted wallpapers.

Regarding to styles and materials these include terrazzo, velvet, ottomans, and side tables, lamps, copper objects, glazed ceramics. Upholstery cloth keep being a breaking trend in luxury decoration.

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Bathrooms

Colour continues to be the player in the bathroom, for tiles and sinks and baths. We can see colours as pale plum, greyish blue, dark green, beige, brown and charred.

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Materials

Warm materials for floors and walls they will substitute to cold white-hued or neutral materials. Unlike the 80’s, they’ll have a natural matt finishing and then they’ll be used for floorings and walls’ coatings, as for chimneys.

Cork adds warmth and texture to spaces, and it’s also ideal to isolate from the noise inside our homes. It can be used at furniture production, but also for walls’ coatings.

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Currently, wooden bedheads are the most trendy, but in 2018, upholsted beadheads will dominate the market.

They are a traditonal element to decorate luxury bedrooms, but their use has been retaken in the last few years.

Whether you choose a traditional model in neutral hues with buttons, or a velvet model, this kind of element adds eye-catching luxury and glamour to a room. They’ll also be applicable to those decorated with nail heads.

The last trend is to create little spots to disconnect from all the technology sorrounding us. A little interior garden is a perfect chance for it. A squashy sofa facing the interior garden could bring us great comfort for a relaxing time contacting the plants.

Yet metallics hues are used, as they are copper, bronze and golden, but those will give way to more industrial metals as they are black steel or burnished metals. Brass, polished nickel, and silver are returning. But still the mix of warm and cold metals will be used, as iron and bronze.

Black stainless steel is winning, and it’s going to dominate at appliances this and the following years. As it’s very elegant and combines with every kind of decoration and design.

Natural materials as wood, clay or wicker will replace marble, this was very trendy in the last years. The natural texture, it’ll also be applicable to drive attention to the rooms. Dark woods are emerging for furniture usage in 2018.

Presently people prefer private designs. It’s about separating spaces for a greater comfort and practicality.

Tiles are applicable for baths and kitchens coatings, but current trends, will tend to diminish the surface’s size.

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Wallpapers, as watercolor strokes or huge painted flowers, apart from creating a powerful aspect in the rooms, they’ll also be breaking the market.

It’s about creating a full-scale piece of art.

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Pieces with worn-out aspect are in too, those add much tecture and personality to a room.

Geometric prints will be in for curtains, bed linens, cushions.

 

Other trends boosting the luxury decoration market will be:

  • burlap
  • natural colours
  • industrial style furnitures
  • open shelves
  • painted furnitures
  • natural fiber carpets
  • modern details from the middle 20th century, among others…

 

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The importance of taking care of details in home interior décor

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On today’s blog we are telling you what kind of interior décor is suitable for each four seasons of the year and what parts are able to cause a greater impact at the time of decorating your home.

In general, the interior décor is simplified to the mixture and elements’ overlap which make sense between themselves.

We’ll tell you the keys of a detailed and a versatile décor:

Mixing textures:

The different rugosities, as much on walls or in furnitures would make that we sense some movement and life in the room.

Counting on several elements such as fabrics would help to sense better this sensation, and a heavy amount of elements could ruin our good intentions.

Integrating decorations:

Adding accessories or decorative elements help to emphasise a room’s décor.

We talk about elements which are different from the standard furnituring of the home, paintings, clocks, lamps or cushions.

Those will improve our design brightness in the decoration.

Specially if the colours of this are according to the room’s colour  or adds light and emphasis to the painting.

Hints must be temporary:

This kind of accessories help when you want to make a little change in your home.

Temporality is a key element for an interior décor lover, so this must be according to each season of the year and to each special event.

Inside of this, trend plays a fundamental role, but we always have to choose elements easy to change and which don’t provoke great efforts.

Taking care of proportion:

To hang a piece of art or a very small painting on great dimension walls will make these to lose on the walls.

Proportion has to play a fundamental role so there’s an adequate balance between the decorative element and the own house’s installation.

The same thing will happen with a pic or a very big print on a low wall or with very few space margin.

Taking care of strenght:

We refer to the walls’ colours, if you’re not sure ask for a simple so you check how it’ll result.

It’s illumination, the quantity of layers to be applied and the rest of decorative elements which are able to change tone’s perception.

What parts of a home are more attractive to decorate?

The heart of a home is divided between the living room and the kitchen.

And apart from that, both are the reference to define the style that the rest of the home could have.

A detailed kitchen and a  prepared living room for each season of the year could augur well what we are going to find.

We’re telling you some advices so they both look well-crafted and well maintained:

To use natural fabrics, specially linen and cotton which are very adaptable to the summer and winter.

Neutral colours for our living rooms’ walls, as white is, gives naturalness to the rest of the furniture.

The same as for a living room, for a kitchen’s interior décor some factors have to be taken into account as lightening is.

It’s about avoiding to have a very beautiful kitchen but very difficult to clean.

We have to take advantage from walls, to find symbiosis with appliances’ and furniture colours, etc.

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Which interior décor can I apply to each season of the year?

 Autumn: For this season of the year in which we all feel like staying at home, we advice colours which provide us with warmth and peace.

As the mustard or ochre are, and of course all of earth colours: terracotta, tan, brown or chocolate.

Using natural floral elements for our furnitures, as they are flowers or dry plants.

Finally, using wood so we get a rustic style for our interior décor.

Winter: To use velvety materials, very smooth and which would provide us with heat to our home, wool for our carpet, or the mohair for a blanket.

To use strong colours which provides with visual heat to the environment or the use of unpholstered furniture.

For the bathroom, an iroko timber which is very resistant to humidity.

Spring: The light returns to enter and we take advantage of it to put curtains with bright colours and natural fabrics.

This time we take advantage for use more colourful and dynamic plants for décor. To apply the ‘floral print’ to our walls with conventional prints.

Summer: We’ll use pastel colours or very clear, which reflect exterior light.

A general bright décor where blue tones prevail, paisley printing cushions.

Therefore to paint white the wood and if we have a terrace, to refurbish it with green plants tones.

So with a canopy and chill out furniture we can enjoy of them.

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Following those advices and making inquiries to a good interior designer the success of your décor is guaranteed.

But, what would be about a luxury villa without a décor up to it? In iLuxenio we ensure that results are perfect.

Write all of your queries to us for receiving more information about this subject and don’t hesitate to contact us in iluxenio@iluxenio.com

iLuxenio, leaders in sustainable and exclusive construction