Are you looking for stock market books?The best economists will get you back on track

stock market books

Most of those who start at stock exchange investment, usually learn by failing over and over again. So,  if you’d like to start at investing in the stock market, we recommend to read some of these stock market books.

They’ll lead you to understand properly the stock market functioning and acquire a global vision. The most important thing about these stock market books is that could save lots of money.

Firstly, recommended books to learn how to invest in stock market for dummies:

The Intelligent Investor

One Up on Wall Street

Most Important Thing Illuminated

El pequeño gran libro del Value Investing

  • Authors: Carlos Bellas Sánchez andVladyslav Marcos Nagay
  • Overview:  It’s about the reviews of some of the most important investors’ works and styles of the history. It’s originally written in Spanish, hence with a lots of examples of Spanish companies.
  • SpanishEl pequeño gran libro del Value Investing

Secondly, recommended books for intermediate and advanced investors:

Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits

The Little Book That Builds Wealth

The Little Book That Still Beats the Market

stock market books

Beating the Street

  • Author: Peter Lynch
  • Overview: It’s recommended to understand how this investor made decisions. It isn’t translated yet.
  • English: Beating The Street

Value Investing: From Graham to Buffett and beyond

Thirdly, recommended books about analysis and companies valuation:

 Security Analysis

  • Authors: Benjamin Graham and David Dodd
  • Overview:  Another book you must have in your library.
  • SpanishSecurity Analysis

Investment Valuation

  • Author: Aswath Damodaran
  • Overview: Investment Valuation is rather an international reference book for any financial asset valuation. Also it’s not recommended for amateurs.
  • SpanishInvestment Valuation

Competitive Strategy

  • Author: Michael Porter
  • Overview:  Certainly, it’s the international reference book about competitive analysis, written by Harvard’s professor Michael Porter. It helps to analyze if the company counts or not with competitive advantages.
  • SpanishEstrategia competitiva
  • English: Competitive Strategy

Competition Demystified

  • Author: Bruce Greenwald
  • Overview: Above all,  a book which gives a twist to competitive analysis and helps to understand which factors could be considered as competitive advantage and which could not. It’s a great complement to read after “Competitive Strategy” from Michael Porter. It isn’t available in Spanish yet.
  • English: Competition Demystified

Fourthly, recommended books for personal finances:

Alicia en Wall Street

  • Author: Luis Allue Bellosta
  • Overview:  A great book about personal finances which also contains basic education on value investing.
  • SpanishAlicia en Wall Street

The Millionaire Next Door

Fifthly, recommended economy books to learn how to invest in the market:

Money, Bank Credit, and Economic Cycles

Irrational Exuberance

  • Author: Robert Shiller
  • Overview:  An historical book by this Nobel awarded professor in 2.013, in which he analyses and forescasts the stock bubble during dotcom era.
  • SpanishExuberancia Irracional
  • English: Irrational Exuberance                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Finally, we hope these recommended stock market books may be helpful for you!

 

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Wine tasting to enjoy in Spain

wine tasting

If you are a wine tourism lover, you may discover some of the best wine tours in Spain and participate in a great wine tasting. There is nothing more pleasant than enjoying wine in its place of origin, surrounded by beautiful vineyards. They say that drinking wine is one of the most fulfilling experiences for our senses. It stimulates our eyesight, our sense of smell and we can also feel its temperature.

Wine tasting is a special activity. Today we suggest you six of the best routes to live the experience in Spain.

Our country is rich in natural landscapes and, of course, in wines. We can go to different tastings all over Spain from Galician Atlantic area, where it’s in vogue Albariño and later, throughout Jerez, La Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Penedés. Let’s start the trip:

Wine route in Ribera del Duero.

The first winery let us know red wines made, mainly, with a grape’s variety called Tempranillo. Its name is Pago de los Capellanes and it’s close to Pedrosa de Duero. The building has a contemporary architecture and 8 centenary walnut trees in its vineyards.

Another interesting place to go is Portia winery which was designed by Norman Foster. He created an architectural complex where you can find an art exhibition space. To continue, we suggest to visit Protos wine cellar. The building, with a century-old tradition, was designed by Richard Rogers. It is placed in Valladolid and it’s well-known because of its famous Crianza wines. Those are always fourteen month aging in oak barreld and twelve more months in a bottle. After all of this work, they acquire a red tone similar to cherry and grenade.  To finish this part of the trip in Ribera del Duero, we should go to Comenge wineries and know their innovative process of wine-making.

Price of tastings: from 35 to 55 €.

Rías Baixas

Rías Baixas Designation of Origin called Albariño is all the rage among foreigner consumers. Although it produces some red wines, we must focus on white wine from Albariño grape but also on Loureira and Treixadaura. Our wine tasting starts at Pazo Baló that has six centuries of history.  Here we will find the winery where the fist Albariño was produced: Palacio de Fefiñanes. Another precious point to try this kind of wine is Granbazán winery, located at a restored palace. It has world-class wines. Our path ends at Pazo Quintero da Cruz, a neoclassic house in Galicia which is home of a big camellia garden.

Price of tastings: from 39 to 44 €.

Tenerife

Volcanic lands and Canarian weather provide with a very special flavour to their products. The winery Valle de Güímar produces white, red, Rosé and sparkling wines. On the North coast of the island is worth visiting Monje winery, famous because of the underwater aging process. To keep on this route we’ll get into Valle de La Orotava. In this place we will find Tajinaste winery that make white, Rosé and red wine. The last one will be Viñátigo winery, recognized for their environment awareness.

Price of tastings: around 39€.

La Rioja, this is the safest bet.

The most well-know Designation in Spain is notable for wines which are fresh, aromatic, and balanced. Besides they have a fabulous bouquet.

Although it is known for their red wines (Tempranillo, Gamacha and Mazuelo) it is also stands out for their excellent white varieties like Viura or Malvasía. The wine tasting route starts this time in Haro, a perfect village for those who love these drinks. They will find the largest area of vineyard of Haro, the Bilbainas wineries. Here they are too the Marqués de Riscal winery, famous for their luxury hotel designed by Frank Gehry. The Ysios winery, located at the foot of Sierra de Cantabria also has a beautiful design. The end of this architectural and wine tour is the Viña Real wine cellar in Laguardia. Where they prepare amazing rosé, red and white wine here.

Price of tastings: 52 €.

Jerez, an essential place for tasting wines

Cádiz is the most distinguished wine zone due to their liqueur wines (finos and manzanillas), their sweet wine (Pedro Ximénez and Moscatel) and other types of liquor. They are all produced with white grapes like Palomino, Pedro Ximénez or Moscatel.

We must visit Lastau wineries in Jerez de la Frontera whose wine called Jerez was named the best Sherry in the world in 2013. Also in this city we find Tío Pepe wineries (Byass winery, award for best winery in the world). This visit allows us to know how the elaboration of their Brandya and their wines. From Jerez we will go to El Puerto de Santa María to discover Caballero winery and taste of up to 5 different wines. Finally, our route will guide us to the popular Sanlúcar de Barrameda where it is possible to visit the Manzanilla Museum and the Barbadillo wineries, experienced in Manzanilla.

Price of tastings: from 50 to 75 €.

Penedés.

Penedés offers you the opportunity of know fantastic sparkling Catalonian wines (cava). For this reason, let’s start near Barcelona and know the old village of Ca N’Estrella, a building constructed in the 19th century. We recommend you to visit the centenarian facilities of Codorníu and its modernist buildings by trying their delicious cavas. We can finish the last wine tasting in the province of Tarragona. The Avgvstvs Forvm winery, at El Vendrell, gives you the possibility of try international prestigious vinegars.

Price of tastings: 45 €.

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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.

kitchen design

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.

kitchen design

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.

 

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Privileges of living in Sotogrande

Sotogrande

Since its origins in the 60s, Sotogrande has incredibly grown. It started with 50 mansions, but now there are about 5000. In all this time, its essence hasn’t changed. The urbanisation is much more than that; it is a sign of luxury without ostentation.

Dream villas, beaches, the sports facilities for the jet set … make of this option a perfect place where you can enjoy peace and privacy. All of this is framed in an unique natural area and an excellent weather to enjoy of calm and privacy. Besides, it has an exclusive leisure offer that has nothing to envy to the popular social life of Marbella.

Though the number of residents is far from the total amount of tourists who temporarily go to Sotogrande, the truth is people are deciding to stay. Nowadays, the sum of habitants rises up to 3.000, among them Spanish and foreigners. It’s a special destination for this last group due to its proximity Gibraltar’s airport. Belgians and French lead the ranking of Europeans who live in the area and that is now already open to the Russian market.

Why is it a wonderful place to settle in?

Sport facilities:

If you can’t live without practicing sport, the excellence of its five golf links will surprise you.  The Real Club Valderrama is the best of Spain and it is even considered the number one in the world. But if we talk about sport, the king is certainly Polo. We won’t find another place in Spain where it is widely practiced. Here, it’s rare not to find English high-class tourism or professional Argentinean players. The International Land Rover Tournament is the most important event of the year.

The charm of its beaches:

The largest beach, which shares the name with the residential area, is next to the mouth of the Guadiaro River. It has a length of 5,450 meters. Its dark sand and fantastic views of the Rock of Gibraltar create a peculiar landscape. Another option is the Torreguadiaro Beach where you can participate in sport and cultural outdoor activities frequently. But if you are looking for a unspoilt place, you should visit El Cabrero o Cala Sardina beaches.

Luxury homes:

If we have to mention something particular about the zone, it’s the millionaire villas and apartments that we can find along this place. Here you will discover VIP houses with thousands of m2, sea views, heated swimming pools and all kinds of pleasures. So its residents will delight in many comforts as possible. But if you are not thinking about staying for a long time, you’ll find stunning hotels with spacious suites and spas.

A select gastronomy:

As it’splaced by the sea, Sotogrande offers you the opportunity to go to clubs by the beachfront whenever you want. The Cucurucho has always been a usual point for visitors. Now it is called the Beach Club Trocadero and it has two restaurants with an unique decoration. One of them specializes in Mediterranean cuisine and the other one it’s an Asian establishment which only opens in summer. The Octógono and its restaurant Ovo are located next to the beach too. It has an exclusive gourmet proposal and it’s excellent for celebrating events. Torreguadiaro zone is known for Trasmallo de Agustino and Chiringuito de Carrero.

The port area:

In the heart of the Strait of Gibraltar we find an irresistible attraction. It is Sotogrande Marina, which is one of the most beautiful of the Spanish coast. You can take a boat tour through its famous canals and participate in competitions but you can take it easy too and simply enjoy. In addition, it has privileged facilities for naval enjoyment where it is possible to ride a watercraft, practice diving and go to the gym. Besides you can go to the nautical store and it also has fuel pumps. The port has more than 1300 berths between 6 and 70 meters in length.

Forest and sun:

But, what would be about all of these comforts if we couldn’t enjoy them in an exceptional natural environment? The green areas and the wooded landscapes contribute to the relaxation and disconnection of big cities where pollution is very present. The mouth of the Guadiaro is a natural reserve where it is possible to see a large number of birds. Dolphins are frequent at its beaches. The Andalusian weather offers mild winters and a lot of sunny hours per year. Few places can boast about it.

Here runs calm without leaving apart leisure. A place that isn’t only perfect to socialize but also to disconnect.

Many of those who visit Sotogrande decide to stay, are you going to be the next to experience in first person such incredible privileges?

Sign up to iLuxenio and build your dream home to live in Sotogrande.

 

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How much is your dream home?

dream home

You may already have the land where you want to build your dream home, if you’re exactly going through that moment, you may wonder: how much is it going to cost building my dream home? Where should I start from? It would depend on the location, materials’ quality, construction size and the investment we can afford on the infrastructure.

But the purchase of a land doesn’t allow us to build any kind of construction there. Before deciding to buy a property, we should read each community and town legislation, which is available at each town office.

We have to check the laws in terms of buildability and land-use, these characteristics are defined at each town or city’s legislation. The buildability of a land is the percentage over the whole surface in which we can build. And land-use is referred to the quantity of metres we can use in the field.

It’s important to check construction’s legislation in the place we’re going to build too. So it’s advisable to ask for help to a technician in order to understand the field’s construction legislation, as these laws can change even if the fields are in the same town, changes such as colours, materials, the number of floors and the exterior appearance.

Once you have chosen the field, we go to the project’s draft order. This is the stage when your dream home is designed and details are decided to make your project a reality. This is the longest stage of the process. Approximately, to have a final project it could last from 2 to 4 months depending on the size of the house.

The next step after having the project and the building permit would be to find the construction company, which is one of the most important factors for building your dream home.

You choose the price, as you tell the architect how we want our home to be and its qualities. It’s important to know the construction company’s reliability. Their team capacity and their commitment to finish the work at the proper time. The home style would depend on the customer’s preferences, classic, colonial, rustic, modern, minimalist… although we can find some of them in the same home. Materials are another factor to consider, and the façade’s design which is the first overview you receive from the work.

dream home

Other technical aspects to take into account are:

Making a topographic study.

For the foundations we have to know how the soil is and where is it. Those data are provided by the geotechnical study.

And on the other hand, the building engineer or technical architect, as this figure will be in charge of the correct work execution and will entrust himself with accomplishing the expected budget.

The periods are the following :

  • Project: between 2 and 4 months.
  • Visado colegio de arquitectos: 1 week.
  • Local permits: normally, local towns give you and answer between 1 or 2 months.
  • Work construction: with industrialised systems between 4 and 6 months. With concrete structure 8-12 months.

Another point which could be interesting for us is the funding and its requirements:

For these projects, banking institutions make available for us what we know as self-build loans, an installments kind of funding, the bank transfers the amount as the work advances. Before thinking of borrowing this loan, we have to have in mind three previous conditions:

  • Being the actual owner of the field in which we’re gping to build the home, it must be duly registered at Property Registration office.
  • Having a construction project from an architect and endorsed by theCollege of Architects.
  • Getting a building permit from the municipality where the home is.

 

These documents are submitted with the loan request. And the bank institution would review the operation’s financial viability and the needed quantity. Afterward, the interest rate to apply and the loan’s installments, which is usually a maximum of 30 years, although this depends on each bank.

About the loan’s installments:

Generally, the loaned money is from 80% to 85% of the final cost, but the bank doesn’t give the money in one go. The bank makes a first disposal, to allow the works to begin and which is a quantity between 40% and 50% of the total loan quantity. Immediately, construction stages are set up, so the bank checks the project is advancing as expected. And so after each stage we receive a new quantity of money until completing the loan’s entirety.

With these advices we don’t pretend you to follow all of them. But to help you making clear what is really needed.

 

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The best sustainable villas in the world

sustainable villas

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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Why is luxury becoming eco-friendly?

ecofriendly

What made environmentalism and sustainability to take part into major luxury firms rather than keeping at background? As much as construction, fashion, weddings, and travels. Even touristic draws, glamping, etc., ecofriendly world and luxury are already going hand in hand. And they’re getting on really well.

But they exist complementary concepts as eco-healthy, eco-chic.. . An endless list of definitions thai s eve making us to wonder if we really understand what we read whethe to embrace it.

But, in a scene of a strong bet for what is socially responsible. And for an ecosystem which isn’t letting us more time to hesitate about respecting the environment or not. All the luxury companies from all the industries are shaping their business model performing by the rules of environmentalism principles. And for it, ecofriendly concept (friends with eco world), comes out ahead.

How did luxury and environmentalism manage to complement each other?

Probably luxury is a concept conventionally related to resources waste and to extravagance. Environmentalism, to a simple life or to make the most of resources. In common, the change in society’s mentality. Resources provided by nature and required to any created and consumed thing. Apart from that, purchase power doesn’t save anyone from floods, earthquakes or hurricanes.

Now, more aware of a responsible consumption, companies want to become leaders in opinion, trends, and consumption in this field too. Selling luxury as a way of resources conservation, the purest and as less transformed as possible.

Once this trendy relationship explained, we would like to tell you about different industries related to luxury, which are very commited to ecofriendly philosophy.

Homes and construction

A recognizable ecofriendly character is related to a tolerant furnituring in respect with the environment, materials’ recycling with which they’re made of, or to their ecofriendly production and performance.

A zen luxury villa is the style (even visually) which better represents how an energy efficient house is.

Using plants for our garden that don’t require of much water resources.

Also, using disposable pallets, with a fresh painting and varnish layer, are a perfect solution for a portable table.

Painting without chemicals (mercury or lead) or holes used as stores under the stairs.

If you want to build your sustainable home or you want to check if your house is, the ideal thing is to appeal to certification mechanisms as LEED or BREEAM certifications.

These certifications establish some performing patterns for a home, and certificate it helps you to guarantee that your home is being respectful with the environment.

ecofriendly

Fashion

Also, in the world of fashion, we can see how real consumption clothing leaders as H&M or Inditex are creating their own ecofriendly and exclusive business lines.

In Inditex, ‘Green to Wear’ is in charge of the ecological management of clothes tinting, water management and machinery energy management.

On the other hand, Green Carpet Challenge event, where celebrites are challenged to parade with eco brands throughout the carpet. Eco-Age brand, supplier of eco products to the greates fashion brands, and the footwear designer Sergio Rossi left us stunning designs as this is:

ecofriendly

Pic by: itfashion.com

But we would like to highlight too a Spanish company positioned at bathing clothes market. AllSisters has also known how to read the market’s needs and it’s already conquered several continents thanks to its organical clothes, with no need of giving up on processes functionality nor vanguardism at designing.

ecofriendly

Pic by: allSisters.com   

Travels

Especially relevant, Costa Rica is one of the most renowned countries for leading sustainable tourism. It’s an earthly paradise which has properly known how to take over ecofriendly market. Which offers wealthy hosting and activities options, all of them respectful with the environment.

Since they know their customers’ need, they know they these are ready to pay a higher price if they’re provided with services which guarantee that they’re not damaging environment. In the own country, they grant the Certificado de Sostenibilidad Turística (CST) to those hotels which meet the requirements.

Also, in the last few years an ecofriendly housing trend called glamping, has been created. It’s about the combination of glamour and camping words. And these are real sustainable pieces of art, which offer the maximum contact with nature at the same time with luxury services and equipments.

ecofriendly

Along this post, you could see the wide variety that ecofriendly and luxury offers.

In iLuxenio we are experts in the construction of luxury villas. By applying sustainability and exclusivity principles, from the main shaping material of the villa until its energy certification. We believe in a sustainable life style.  Beginning by your own home is a more than good way to make it.

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The last breaking trends in luxury decoration

luxury decoration

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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Do you imagine living over the sea?

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On today’s post we are telling you how the life is near the sea. Living near the sea is an unique experience. Those lucky people who have the chance to do it, for example at homes in Formentera, they can’t give better references : mild temperatures throughout the year, pure air to renew energies, and a Mediterranean diet very advisable to carry out a good lifestyle.

Hereafter, we’re telling you which are the particular benefits that people who live in the beach notice, and other spotted advantages by doctors and specialists:

Health

For those people who suffer from respiratory diseases, as asthma is. The decongestant components’ richness in the air helps to relief this kind of diseases (iodine and mineral salts).

It also helps to stabilize the blood pressure. We should take into account, that the air pressure is higher and so the oxygen quantity in the air. This air provides with more oxygen to organs and body tissues.

The high iodine content (natural bactericide) in the air fights eye and respiratory infections too, and generally the immune system. Iodine is also responsible for stabilizing the metabolic system and for helping the thyroid hormones’ production to normalise.

Stress out!

The lack of artificial activity in a natural environment as the beach is, it helps the environment to keep a negative charge (iodines). Those iodines’ negative charge helps us, among others, to stimulate neurotransmitters, to increase serotonin production and to clear the mind. Above from all, how it specially helps is by falling asleep faster. And we all say it, there’s no place to sleep better than the beach, without waking up in the night, without the city’s noise… just hearing the background roar of the waves.

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What does the sea provide to luxury?

A luxury life and so, a luxury home, is focused on the maximum comfort. From the own house’s elements, to its placement. And this is, after the benefits described above, isn’t already a luxury the simple fact of being able to enjoy of the coast?

Sea and luxury perfectly match, as both of them defend a perfect and pleasing lifestyle in which health, security and comfort go together in the same package. It’s not a coincidence that the most amazing villas, as those we build in iLuxenio, are all built right on the beach. They meet together the perfect home with the ideal placement.

For example, a very related element with luxury villas and these in a good placement are the infinity pools. These pools are, as we know well, those which visually lack of edges and reflect the landscape they face ahead. An infinity pool  at homes in Formentera is essential, the result is astonishing and the landscape clamours for it.

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Hereafter we are presenting you 2 choices of homes in Formentera, in which you could basically say that you are living over the sea.

Villa Borde de Mar

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Source: Luxury Estate

It’s about a villa very close to Caló Des Mort, this house is for sell and rent and counts on a surface of 500m2, 6 rooms and 5 bathrooms. As a proper Mediterranean home, it counts on fine elements as it is the local wood. And also vivid colours paintings in order to appease the heat in the summer and to reflect the endless Mediterranean sun in the winter. It has two floors, a 150m2’s terrace and besides an infinity pool perfectly refurbished with wood to avoid the heat storage on the floor, and which mimics the natural enviroment of the home.

Villa at Cala Envaster

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Source: Luxury Estate

This villa is located between Cala Envaster and Sant Ferran town. This beautiful villa is one of the many homes in Formentera located at exclusive points of the island. It counts on 300m2 of house but 4000 of field’s surface. Inside it, we can find 4 rooms and 3 bathrooms, and a rooftop swimming pool with Ibizan porch. Just like the previous villa, it’s made of natural materials and very breathable to stand for the high temperatures.

Living on the Mediterranean sea is something that very few people have within reach. In iLuxenio we’ve fulflilled our customers’ dream about having their own luxury villa at any spot of the coast. So if you have in mind to build your custom home, don’t hesitate to contact with the best professionals. We’ll guarantee you with the maximum exclusiveness, luxury and sustainability for your project.

 

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

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Swimming pools to customer’s liking

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A swimming pool is an essential luxury for a villa or a detached house and there’s a variety of existing swimming pools which count on plenty of designs, sizes and materials. As a result, swimming pools are the architectural elements which better define luxury.

In this following post we’ll talk you about all kinds of pools. As they are: infinity pools, in which the water seems to lose in the horizon, those on rooftops, those with colourful bottoms, those underground… all of them have in common their beauty and exclusiveness.

Kinds of swimming pools:

According to their design and construction, swimming pools could be:

Elevated pools

They’re known as prefabricated swimming pools. It’s a kind of pool which doesn’t require of much work talking about big works’ execution when installing them, as they don’t need a space on the ground. Although this kind of pools doesn’t exceed to ground level’s ones, those are yet the preference despite of the great technical advances  in the last years.

Underground pools

We find the vast majority of pools this way. These  kinds of pools require of a hole work on the ground. The builders prefer this kind of swimming pools against the prefabricated swimming pool models. Although there’s a increase in the demand of these in the last years.

Glass fiber reinforces polyester’s swimming pools

Since these are made of one single piece on a preformed shape. It embraces the shape of a mould or specific moulds which could be modular or single pieced too. For its installation, as it’s under the ground, a hole with the shape and size of the polyester pool must be dug. But, they exist many qualities and depending on those, this kind of pools would require more or less maintenance, but generally, it’s necessary to protect them for down times and to make a maintenance each 4-5 years at least, as the chemicals used for the water’s treatment affect the polyester and could produce a crack on the pool’s structure.

Stainless steel swimming pools

Stainless steel swimming pools are pools which installation consists mostly on stainless preformed modular panels which size would depend on the model and design of the chosen pool. Hence, they usually have a more similar finishing to a working pool. For the execution of this kind of pools, it requires a time of 7-10 days.

Concrete pools

They’re usually made custom size, according to the client’s specifications. Especially relevant, this is the most common underground or ground level kind of pool. Its installation costs less than a glass fiber polyester pool. The construction phases for these pools are:

Also design, hole digging, pieces placement and installation, plumbering installation, fittings of technical equipment, concrete’s spraying, slabs and glassy tiles placement and exteriors and interiors installation.

Mixed or steelglass swimming pools

It’s an underground pool’s construction system which covers the best of each pool. Adding quality, durability and finishings completely uniques in the market. This kind of pools brings us some advantages as they are: security, construction and assembly speed, quality/price ratio and its durability. But the greatest advantage which brings is the complete personalization for every single customer. As this one can choose the size which better fits, the desired shape, the numbers of entrances to the pool, the colour and engraving, the glass mosaic drawings or the lighting…

Wooden swimming pools

Probably, this kind of pools are the most uncommon, in Spain they’re not very usual to find, although it doesn’t mean that they don’t exist. Among the kinds of wooden pools, they exist several models: ground level pools or underground pools, semi-underground pools or elevated swimming pools.

Finally, pools are one of the most sought elements in a luxury home, having a great swimming pool, a whirlpool bath… it’s what the customer who wants to build his/her dream home looks for, a private wide pool with water falls is essential.

In conclusion, some luxury pools features:

  • Being able to join architecture and relax. Luxury swimming pools, apart from being amazing and large, usually have as the main feature its design.  It’s usually related to the fact of being able to enjoy of it.
  • Betting on vegetation: nature adds much value to the bath’s enjoyment.
  • Rustic colours, navy colours.. But colours are important when choosing a luxury pool.

Furthermore, here you have an article with 20 examples of the most amazing swimming pools:

Shingle House

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Private residence in Paia House, Maui, Hawaii

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Felicite Island

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Mediterranean House

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iLuxenio, leaders in exclusive and sustainable construction.