The personal Real Estate shopper

Personal Real Estate Shopper

Taking the step to choose and decide on a house is not a simple task. Rarely you will be completely sure if the most eye-catching option will be also the best one. The uncertainty due to lack of experience or knowledge of the real estate market when buying or renting a home is a feeling that you have experienced, if you have gone through this process. Indeed you may not have decided to buy or move into a new house for fear of facing this adventure. However, although you have never heard about it there is a magnificent figure. He will solve your life and help you jump in the deep the  personal Real Estate shopper.

The concept of personal shopper not only applies to the world of fashion, but it is possible to transfer it to the Real Estate sector.

These professionals have a longer presence in Anglo-Saxon countries where their services to buyers is more common. Here, in Spain,their participation in the search and purchase of houses has been gaining more and more weight for some years now. If you want to know which companies provide this service we recommend you inform yourself at the Spanish Association of Personal Real Estate Shopper (AEPSI). This association is in charge of grouping the different companies  of the Spanish market that are associated with this entity. Enric Jimenez, the president  and founder of the company Somrie, was one of the first to encourage the presence of these experts in the processes of buying real estate assets.

What exactly does a personal Real Estate shopper do?

Simple: looking for the property of your interest, negotiating the price and sealing the best option. As an expert in the real estate market, they offer personal and exclusive assistance to individuals and investors, speeding up the procedure so you can save time. Also, guaranteeing that the final choice is protected by technical and objetive notions. Thanks to them, buying hastily  out of fear that someone may go ahead, or doing it just because a house looks more beautiful are things of the past.

Personal shopper vs agent

There is a really interesting point that we need to talk about so that you understand what we mean by personal Real Estate shopper. He is not just a real estate agent. The latter has the role of mediating between buyer and seller. However, the personal shopper is a professional who works solely to meet the needs of the buyer. His main mission is to protect his client and find the house that really fits his needs and desires. In this way clearing all the doubts that we mentioned before.

Likewise, caring about the client’s wishes, the possibilities to choose house are much greater, since unlike the agent, the personal Real Estate shopper  not only has the offer that a specific agency has in its portfolio.

 

Why does the personal Real Estate shopper figure appear?

As we already commented, it is strange not having lots of doubts before accepting to buy a house. And even when we choose to rent.  Price, benefits, hidden defects location are some of the issues that come to mind before accepting a property. Not to mention the great amount of paperwork that you must face. The personal Real Estate shopper is able to facilitate your purchase and offer solutions. It is estimated,  that you can save between 5% and 20% of the initial price.

 

Is hiring a personal shopper very expensive?

Obviously, we can consider it a figure more connected to the luxury real estate market. Although  many people considered  it dispensable, it shouldn’t be  this way. We cannot consider the hiring of a personal Real Estate shopper as an expense. Why? Because the final result of the operation can mean a considerable savings. That’s why paying his fees does not constitute too much.

 

Prices may vary depending on each client’s demands. In order to offer more options of customization you will not be able to know the price of his services until you meet the professional beforehand. Only after interviewing you and knowing your conditions and needs, they will be able to set a budget.

 

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The 5 best places to celebrate the night of San Juan

San Juan Night

One of the most magical nights of the year. Enjoying bonfires on the beach, swimming in the sea, pyrotechnic shows, traditions and superstitions, music … It is a tradition that lives with special intensity throughout Spain, the San Juan Night. It is a special night that that take place on 23 June that welcomes the summer in a big way.

Depends on how it is celebrated, the protagonist can be fire, water, the religion or the tradition of each locality. However all have a common goal: to give up the bad and attract good luck.

Do you want to know what are the best places to celebrate the San Juan night in Spain?

What is the origin of the festival of San Juan?

 The celebration of the summer solstice is as old as the appearance of humanity.

Our ancestors, aware that the days were getting shorter, always lit fires to give strength to a sun that made them afraid that they would not come out again. The Celts celebrated the Alban Heruin, the Berbers, the Ansara, the Aztecs oriented their constructions so that the sun affected them on this date, the Hindu shamans read the future in the flames, the ancient Greeks crossed the Door of the Men.

When Christianity arrived, the San Juan Night became a religious festival based on sacred texts. The texts say that John the Baptist was born on June 24 and that his father, Zacarias, had a bonfire ¡lit to announce the arrival of his son.

As we can see, one way or another, sun worship and the cult of fire have always been part of our history.  In the times we live, you are the protagonist of the most magical and spiritual night of the year, so read on and choose where you will celebrate the next San Juan.

10 destinations to enjoy the San Juan Night:

A Noite Meiga in Orzán Beach, La Coruña, Galicia

 Undoubtedly, the celebration of San Xoan in the Coruña beach of Orzán is one of the festivals of San Juan that you should not miss. This celebration is full of old traditions and especially remembering meigas and witches. The flames of the bonfires of San Juan burn to welcome the summer. It is a magical night where we free the evil spirits. Our tradition says that the Night of San Juan opens the door to the beyond (the world of Alén) where the typical cachelos and sardines roast in the shelter of the fire.

The night of the júas in Málaga

In Málaga, the tradition is to write a wish on a piece of paper and throw it into the fire. Always with good company, food and drink. A wonderful city and very fun to squeeze the shortest night of the year to the maximum between concerts, “espetos”, fireworks and the burning of the júas. The júas are enormous rag dolls that, like a wimp, satirize the popular characters of the moment and end up being burned by flames. The most popular beaches are “La Malagueta” and “La Misericordia”. On the other hand it is important to take a bath at midnight to preserve your beauty.

Festes de Sant Joan in Ciutadella, Menorca

In Ciutadella on the island of Menorca the day of San Juan coincides with its patron. This is why the celebration is so special. In addition to the bonfires of San Juan and the pyrotechnics, the real protagonists are the horses, which take the center of the city. The “caixers”, riders, are in charge of making them jump among all the neighbors as a symbol of power and nobility. If you go, you can not leave without stopping to try the “pomada”. This is a typical drink based on Menorcan gin with lemonade. If you did not know where to go or what to do in the Night of San Juan in Spain, now you have a plan!

Sant Joan in Tarragona, Catalonia

In Tarragona on June 23 is celebrated in each neighborhood with dinners, parties and firecrackers until dawn. In Catalonia, the bonfires of San Juan are lit with the “flame of Canigó”. This is  a fire that lights up on the top of the mythical mountain of Canigó, in the Pyrenees. Neither you can miss the human castles that the castellers of Tarragona raise during the day or the rain of fire under which the Diables dance for the Night of San Juan.

Burning of Monuments in Alicante

In Alicante the day of San Juan is very similar to the “Fallas” . Although, with better weather, very close to the beach and with a lot of fun. They install the “monuments” with the bonfires in the street so that tourists can enjoy of this tradition. It’s a unique experience. There, fire and the Mediterranean go hand in hand with the pyrotechnic show that is launched from the hill of Mount Benacantil.

We hope you enjoy this wonderful night anywhere in Spain

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Spanish decoration events and fairs

Decoration fairs

Decoration is our passion. That’s why once more this will be a post full of references to this world of interior design at home. On this occasion this post is addressed to those who still do not have very clear what style to apply at home. Also to those who are considering to change their furniture and ornaments. How to find inspiration? At the best home decor events and decoration fairs of our country!

On the other hand, we also want to indicate the best chances for professionals in the sector to meet other colleagues and build useful relationships.

Decoration fairs are a perfect place to get a first-hand look at trends. You will know the newest on furniture market  and decoration in general. That’s why we recommend you keep an eye on the following dates:

 

Casa Decor (Madrid)

We cannot start this article without mention this exhibition in Madrid. It is the great event par excellence in Spanish interior design and many editions endorse its importance. More than 25 years celebrating an event where decorative art have a main role. It has designs that go from  traditional works to the most avant-garde ones.

To the prestige of the event we must add the personality of the venues that host its editions. Examples of them are the Núñez de Balboa building or the Francisco de Rojas building. The last two exhibitions have taken place in these two places.

Visitors can live an incredible experience surrounded by the most special proposals of many professionals in the sector. For them, the interior designers and architecture and decoration studios, is a perfect place to show their work. Also, it is an opportunity to meet other colleagues and companies. More than 40,000 people attend the event and although it’s too late to attend this year’s edition, it took place last February, keep an eye out to know when the next one will take place, it’s worth it!

Intergift (Madrid).

If instead of decorating your home you are thinking of how to make the best decorative gifts for a friend or family, we recommend you to go to Intergif, the Lifestyle and gift fair in Spain and Portugal. It takes place twice a year, so if you missed the winter edition, do not hesitate to visit them in September. At the exhibition you will find differents interior design and furniture projects. In addition, you will find national and international brands. They reserve the “Handmade” for craft-focused makers.

Decoration fairs

Habitat (Valencia).

This is the light and furniture fair in Valencia that over 50 editions later, is considered an international showcase of the Spanish sector. In this case, the fair is exclusively reserved to the professionals. It is a decoration event that acts as an access point to markets of great importance, from Eastern Europe to Asia. The next edition will take place on September 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th, 2019.

Expohogar (Barcelona).

The venue: Fira Barcelona – Montjuic held this biannual Catalan event. In addition to the exhibition they organize activities, workshops and informative lectures which are carried out by experts specialized in interior design, window dressing, retail, marketing, social networks, crafts, design or demonstrations of floral art and gift packaging. The new edition of Expohogar will be from September 27th to 30th.

Fira Hogar (Alicante).

This is the furniture, furnishing and home decoration fair. There you will find all kinds of decorative proposals ranging from furniture and interior design to lighting and exteriors. This is for all types of audiences. There you can find everything, from ideas for decorating your home based on new trends to  offers of different types of products.

 SurMueble (Sevilla).

Unlike the previous decoration fairs, SurMueble does not stand out for being very long-lived. This only taked place twice. However, in its short history it has already reached more than 10,000 people visiting this event where the Andalusian furniture industry meets. Its headquarters, the Palace of Exhibitions and Congresses of Seville (FIBES) brings together many professionals from the furniture sector during its celebration.

These are some of the decoration events of our country. However, if we expand our horizons a little, we will soon discover that the meetings and decoration fairs are still on the agenda. From the Furniture Fair in Milan to Expoambientes in Mexico City, through the 48HDeco International Fair, in the French city of Lille (one of the most important in Europe). As you can see, the list of options is wide. If you are interested in decoration, you have no excuse! Plan the trip and visit one of them.

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The most spectacular caves in Spain

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Spain has amazing tourist attractions from beaches to mountains along with a great gastronomic offers and other countless leisure possibilities. Surely, coast activities on, such as diving, surfing or simply sun and beach tourism are the most popular choices and the best known options to everyone. However, today we will not talk about any of them but rather about another incredible alternative which is also attractive and that will impress you on your visit to the Iberian Peninsula. Let’s talk about the best caves in Spain!

Our country’s natural wealth, even hard to believe, also resides in the Earth’s interior. The caves which are listed below, were genereted there. They are natural treasures that have been formed over the years, and have reached our days with beauty and a conservation status that is worth seeing in itself.

These are the Spanish caves that we recommend you visit:

Cueva del Drac (Mallorca)

Mallorca is a clear example of what was metioned before. This city does not only stand out for its coves and beaches but also for its four wonderful caves connected together that make up the Cueva del Drac. Cova Negra, Cova Blanca, Cova de Lluis Salvador and Cova dels Francesos were formed by the action of rainwater. Some experts date the appearance of the cave in the Miocene. If you visit it, during the tour (which lasts one hour), you can also attend a classical music concert on the shores of an underground lake.

Price: € 15

 Cueva del Valporquero (León)

The beauty of this place is stunning.  It is one of the most beautiful caves in Spain and it is located in León. Its remarkable stalactite columns make up a structure of seven different halls open to visitors. Some of them are considerably high. An example of this is the 40-meter long gallery called Gran Vía, named after its length although not especially wide, barely 8 meters wide. Under the tourist zone, there are passageways only suitable for speleologists and experts.

Price: € 8.50.

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 Cueva El Soplao (Santander)

It is located in Cantabria among the villages of Herrerías, Valdáliga and Rionansa. It is best known for its natural formations: it is the area with the highest concentration of eccentric helictites. They are a very peculiar type because they grow in all directions. Since 2005, it is possible to visit this cave that is more than 20 km long. The Fantasmas, Coliflor or Bosque galleries are some of the areas that you can visit.

Price: € 12.5

Grutas del Águila (Ávila)

In 1963 it was discovered by pure chance by some hunters who were crossing Valle del Tiétar. To date its origin, we must go back more than 10 million years ago. It is estimated that it is approximately 12 million years old.

Price: € 8

Cueva de Mendukilo (Navarra)

Although it has been open to the public for only a few years (it has been reserved for speleologists) and it is not even possible to visit it completely, the amazing nature of this place has earned a place on the best Spanish cave list. If you happen to go to Navarre, we recommend you to see the three halls that are open to visitors at the Cueva de Mendukilo.

Price: € 8

Cueva del viento (Tenerife)

Outside the peninsula, particulary in the Islas Canarias which is another of the main beach tourist destination, we also have a grotto to know. Although  it would be better to say, that it is the longest volcanic tube in Europe and the fifth largest in the world. It’s the Cueva del viento. With more than 2000 years of history, it stands out for its volcanic, biological and paleontological importance.

Price: € 20

Cueva de Nerja (Málaga)

While the Grutas del Águila cave was discovered by chance by some hunters, in this case, the Cueva de Nerja was discovered by a group of children. The Sala de la Torca is well-known for its cave paintings. With more than 4,800 meters in length, it is one of the most developed in Andalucía.

Online price: € 11. Tourist guide price: € 13. 

Cueva de Los Enebralejos (Segovia)

It is the most important one in the province of Segovia, located particulary at a short distance from Prádena de la Sierra. It is a cave packed with history because inside of it, many paintings and engravings have been found. The grotto was a necropolis that now is millions of years old. Price: € 6.20

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Best bilingual schools to educate your children

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Today at iLuxenio we want to help you find the best bilingual school for your children. We believe that the education of children is a fundamental issue for families. For this reason, it is very important that parents know and evaluate a wide range of possibilities.

In Spain we have many academic centers that open up their doors every year to welcome tomorrow’s professionals. First of all, we bring you some of the most outstanding centers in the province of Seville:

Buen Pastor bilingual school:

It has been 25 years since a group of educational professionals took ownership of the Buen Pastor bilingual school.

Since that time, they have been extremely focused on adapting the ideals of The Free Institution of Education, Siurot and Padre Manjón, to the 21st century, with the goal of forming free citizens, educated and involved in the regeneration of the country.

The Buen Pastor has a group of teachers involved in their ideas. They are in continuous training and their reputation is proved in different subjects. This is reflected in their success. Year after year, at the university Olympics of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, etc. The students of the Buen Pastor school have represented our country in international Olympics. They have won scholarships such as the “Amancio Ortega” or have got a 100% approval rating on the university extrance exam, with one of the highest grade point averages in Seville.

The school is 100% bilingual so,  we highly recommend it. The students of this center participate in the Ruta Quetzal project, the Magallanes. They also make exchanges with schools in Münster, Nantes, Quebec or London. The English language (the Buen Pastor school is an official test center of the Trinity College of London), French, German and Portuguese are part of its educational offer, as are study trips through Spain and Europe

The educational center organizes internship programs at NGOs and companies. It is committed to local and international solidarity. For this reason, it supports community kitchens like the one at the Adolfo Kölping School, in Ecuador. Besides, it also supports a lot of other projects. The list will go on forever if we had to name all the projects!

 Entreolivos / Tabladilla School

The bilingual schools Entreolivos and Tabladilla have been helping families of Seville educate their children for more than 40 years.

The keys to its success are bilingualism, innovation, educational quality and personalized attention.

The learning of English begins at 3 years in Pre-School Education and they incorporate French lessons in Primary education. The students of Entreolivos and Tabladilla take the Cambridge English exams at the school: B2 (FIRST) in 4th grade of ESO, B1 (PET) in 2nd grade of ESO and A2 (KET) in 6th grade of Primary.

At Entreolivos and Tabladilla schools teachers provide a complete educational coaching with tutorial support and personalized attention to their students and families.

If you are looking for an educational center for your children on the Costa del Sol, we recommend these schools in Malaga:

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Patrocinio San José bilingual school:

It is a well-known bilingual school in Andalusia. With more than two centuries of history, offering a teaching program in Spanish reinforced by English, French and German lessons.

It has a dining room, a swimming pool, music program, sports club, interactive whiteboards and they frequently use tablets in the classrooms. All of this contributes to the productivity of the classes and children’s well-being at the school.
It has two different centers, one in Estepona and the other in San Pedro de Alcántara. Sports are one of their key points because they understand it as something essential for students’ personal development.

It is also a language test center (Cambridge / Trinity).

 Salliver:

This bilingual school founded in 1971 provides comprehensive training from Preschool to High School. It stands out from the rest because it follows a very interesting teaching methodology. It focuses on keeping educational quality and that’s why students don’t take exams until high school, nor do they have to do homework.
For this reason, it has been awarded the EFQM +400 European Seal of Excellence This way of teaching is directly supported by four points: multilingualism; multiple intelligences; cooperative learning; and communication and information technologies.

English lessons start in preschool, but Salliver also offers a German teaching program from primary to high school. His bilingual program seeks to develop linguistic competence in English. For this reason,  teachers use these languages ​​and never in Spanish for any type of communication.

These are just some examples of bilingual schools we can find in Andalucia. However, the list of outstanding centers with a  high-quality foreign languages ​​ program in our country is very broad. You can check this useful ranking here.

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Be Eco-friendly and sustainable, the future of luxury brands

environment

Today we celebrate World Environment Day, so we want to dedicate today’s post to talk about environment .

Nowadays, there is a growing concern for brands to be environmentally responsible, trying to be as sustainable as posible. Mostly millennials are responsible for consuming these types of brands, therefore big luxury brands do not want to lose sight of this generation.

They are committed to their values ​​and aware of this reality, that’s why they boost this type of purchases encouraging big brands that care about the eco-friendly, being for some of them prescribers.

This is also happening with luxury hotels, which are offering their services trying to cause the least impact on nature, being able to provide their guests with experiences of the paradises where we can find them. As for example Soneva paradise. The eco and the simple are nowadays a definition of current luxury, favoring those, luxury brands so  they have a greater affinity with their public.

A study by The Shelton Group shows that millennials, as mentioned before, are the main consumers of these brands, so these luxury brands are increasingly making positive strategies for the environment .

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Which are these brands?

Vivienne Westwood

A British fashion designer closely associated with punk and New Wave movements. It is one of the pioneering brands in sustainable fashion, although it does not stand out in its image. She named her AW17/18 show “Ecotricity”, and was related to renewable energy,  as an attempt to attract other luxury brands to move to the green energy movement. Her campaign was backed by the mayor of London and the British Fashion Council, and several British companies such as Belstaff or Marks & Spencer, which have already committed to follow Westwood’s example.

We can see the exhibition on active sustainable fashion currently in the V & A Museum, in London.

Gucci

This was one of the first brands to get involved in sustainability, creating a collection of 100% sustainable bags.

In 2010, they launched the use of recyclable containers with FSC certificate. The next year, in 2011 they introduced a collection of eyewear. They made it with greener materials that are based on castor-oil seeds. In 2012 they presented a collection of sandals of sustainable and biodegradable plastic.

Later, in 2014 they focused on corporate social responsibility and its objective was to achieve leather and fur proceeding from 100% of “verified captive breeding operations or  from wild populations in a sustainable way”

Besides, in 2017 they announced that they refused to continue using fur in their collections, stop using fox skins, mink, rabbit, Karakul, raccoon in their collections.  This action produced a very positive attitude for vegans, vegetarians and animal activists.

In 2018, the company launched Gucci Equilibrium to aspire to greater sustainability. The website Equilibrium.gucci.com is “designed to connect people, the planet and the purpose” by allowing Gucci staff to devote 1% of their working time to volunteering in local communities.

Stella McCartney

Since 2001, the designer does not stop at the exclusion of materials from animals. She shot her last publicity campaign in a landfill. It is one of the brands that commits to change their energy suppliers for green energy by the year 2020.

The State of Fashion event, the largest event on sustainability and fair fashion, includes Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood in their exhibitions as pioneers of sustainability in luxury fashion.

McCartney is also present at the V&A Museum’s sustainable fashion exhibition.

Versace

This luxury brand has only  an “E”-rating at the sustainability ranking “rankabrand.org”

Michael Kors

The American luxury company Michael Kors wants to stop using fur by the end of the year.

Burberry

They announced that the luxury fashion brand will stop destroying products in stock.

This year, Burberry has also become a core partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s   Make Fashion Circular initiative, along with Gap, H&M, HSBC, Nike and Stella McCartney. And furthermore, Burberry announced that it will stop using fur in its collections.

Known for its leather bags has also been declared “fur-free”. They announced that the ban will be official in November 2018.

Furla

Fashion is not just about being beautiful, or in fashion. In the 21st century, the question goes beyond. It’s about buying according to certain principles, being aware of what you wear. This is why more and more companies are appearing in the ethical or sustainable movement. Brands that manufacture in Spain or in Europe, tend to be the ones that take more care of the environment.

First of all, they  care about having optimal working conditions. These brands with Spanish seal are: visit them here

 

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How decorate your mansion

Luxury decoration

Luxury has different aspects when we talk about decoration. We want to show different versions of luxury decoration that always keep their style intact. We teach you different ways of understanding and approaching it. It just depends on you to find the one that best suits you and the house of your dreams.

We can start talking about quiet luxury.

It is nearly always a kind of ‘l’art de vivre’, good taste and the ability to get excited. It’s the most peaceful decoration. What we really want is to strengthen the structures of the house. For example, taking advantage of columns, pavements, wooden beams… Decorating with a few well-placed pieces and special decor.  Its value lies in making a beautiful space with no soul, being able to capture the sophistication and good taste. You have to know how to use luxury decoration so you get a quiet and balanced space.

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Let’s see the totally opposite side, the excess.

Here the opulence, the ornate, is carried away. It seems that there are too many elements but it is just an impression. In these spaces nothing is missing, but nothing is unnecessary. In this luxury decoration you cannot miss golden glitters, marble and the wonderful fabrics that dress windows and upholstered sofas.  We cannot help mentioning the classic pure excess of velvets, they are used to make all kinds of patterns to decorate cushions, blankets, curtains, etc. This new luxury, more transgressive and bold, shows the most extravagant side of the house and is only suitable for brave people. You must be really careful not to cross the line of good taste into the most horrendous result. Betting on this version implies a lot of self-confidence

We can talk about another type of luxury decoration somewhere between moderation and excess. A more neutral decoration.

Many times luxury is the details, the proportions, the distribution that makes the spaces look serene, balanced, with harmony. Creating spaces that can captivate and excite us.

Another type of decoration worth commenting on is the collector’s spirit.

Art in motion. We do not only refer to painting, photography and sculpture – almost always synonyms of luxury – but we open this artistic universe to include pieces of furniture. Armchairs, lamps, tables … are usually the protagonists of the spaces, providing the necessary touch of sophistication.

Luxury decoration

Another form of decoration to brighten up your home is the “dazzling style”.

With this expression we refer to metals, crystals, mirrors … elements that reflect light.

This type of materials are ideal for a decoration less opaque or polished.

As we have mentioned when it comes to creating a sophisticated and stylish atmosphere, you should take into account the light but also the color.

Light and color.

Lights can also be used to light up paintings or give a touch of theatricality. Color, on the other hand, is a very important ally, but if chosen wrong can ruin the space. There are different ways to play with colors. You can create different environments with dark tones. But nevertheless, people have the wrong idea about darks colors making rooms look smaller. The easiest solution is White. Anyway creating luxury implies a risk.

As important as the color and lighting is the staging.

The arrangement of different elements and decorative object, including artworks, is very important. It is always a good idea to show your interests but without overdoing it. For example, placing some pictures, but not everywhere. You can also exhibit your books with beautiful spines, or cover them with decorative papers. We always tend to clutter up our lives and we need to know what to exhibit.

Rugs:

Another tip is to put a rug in each area. In this way the furniture of that area will be pulled together, helping to define spaces.  Walls are usually the ones to define the room, but carpets can change the focus on each area.

We cannot conclude without mentioning golden and precious metal decorative elements. They are highly recommended for a sumptuous decoration, since they are the best representation of luxury. Anyway, the world would be a very dull place without a bit of extravagance

 

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The world’s most famous private clubs

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We already had the chance in this blog to talk about the social clubs in one of the most exclusive areas of our country: Sotogrande. Today, we want to increase the geographic range and show you which are the most famous private clubs in the world. If you are interested to know how these elegant places, where the jet set meets are, don’t miss today’s post!

Who would not want to be in places where you can form a friendship with important people and attend business, trend and lifestyle gatherings that will set the pace of today’s society? If you are invited to join one of these private clubs, you are in luck: you have been selected from the crowd to rub shoulders with the most exclusive circles you could imagine. Do you want to know where they are?

As we have discussed on previous posts, these clubs were born in England and they have centuries of history. However, although the oldest ones are in London there are many others. From North America to Asia passing through Europe, today you will discover where to find them and which ones are the most luxurious.

London

We can not start the list without talking about the cradle of private clubs. London houses many of the most sophisticated clubs and has the oldest tradition in relation to these places. If we had to mention some of them, they would undoubtedly be:

The Hurlingham Club,  It was inaugurated in the 19th century and frequented by British royalty.

It was originally a space designed to practice shooting. It is famous, among other things, for the regular presence of King Edward VII. He used to hunt pigeons there. It is one of the most chosen clubs by the most exclusive people in Great Britain, but also from the international scene. Despite its longevity, it has modern facilities on its 17 hectares of land and the palace that makes it up. If it has crossed your mind to join this club, we cannot help. You should know there is a 13-year waiting list

 Annabel’s : Frank Sinatra, Richard Nixon, Ella Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Taylor, Margaret Thatcher, Aristotle Onassis, Mick Jagger or Lady Gaga. These are some of the members that have been in this London club that stands out especially for its nightly parties. The place has a room where mobile phones or other devices capable of recording images and sounds are not allowed. What happens inside is a mystery. Entering this club is even more difficult than  the previous one since the admission list has been closed for years.

Milan

In this Italian city we can find Club 1930, whose decoration clearly is a reminiscence of this decade. Besides, it is one of the most enigmatic clubs. Its entrance is not in view, and only if you know where it is you can locate it. This is because it does not have any sign or anything that could make you think that the private club is there.

In this same vein, it does not have a website. If it were not enough, members need an entry pass whose data are visible only under UV light. Among its luxuries highlights the varied offer of cocktails that they prepare. If you go to Milan Fashion Week, you may find  there some of the most coveted supermodels.

Dubai

If we are talking about luxurious cities where you can find a reference private club, we can not overlook the Arab city of Dubai. It brings together a large part of the world’s wealth. There we have the Capital club. It is known for being a key place to close and sign business deals. It has four suites, gym, rooms for events and meetings and an art gallery.

New York

The center of Manhattan is of course, another of the venues that hosts private clubs.

The Core has members who are leaders in different areas. From architecture, business, finance, fashion, sports, science, politics to the media. If any of them needs a private jet or a luxury car instantly, the club offers whatever they want in record time. To be part of it you must be proposed by an existing member. And then, your admission must be accepted by the committee

Tokyo

The top Japanese executives go to the Roppongi Hills Club. With spectacular panoramic views of the Japanese capital, it is much easier to close deals and businesses in a pleasant environment surrounded by diplomats, ambassadors, and business owners. The most stringent rules of this private club are about dress code. The elegance pertaining to past centuries samurais is impregnated in this place that will not accept a member inappropriately dressed.

In Spain  as well as La Reserva or Trocadero in Sotogrande, we find many others private clubs such as the private Casino Club in Madrid, the Sociedad Bilbaína, the Real Aeroclub of Santiago, the Soho House in Barcelona and many more.

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Real Estate Marketplaces

Real Estate marketplaces

What do we understand by real estate marketplaces? Can you sell houses online?

Real estate marketplaces are digital platforms to do online transactions are published. These platforms allow you to search online for properties to build, buy, sell or rent and provide information on market behavior.

A clear example of the real estate marketplaces is iLuxenio, where you can build your dreams house through a digital platform.

If we talk about online channels that present the properties for sale we can see the following ones:

  • Facebook:

At the end of 2017, Facebook announced the expansion of its marketplace to thousands of rental homes.

Anyone can publish their home for rent but also companies that manage rentals can act as brokers in the platform.

Facebook has its own classified ads application, where you can publish everything: cars, employment, clothing, apartments and houses.

Besides, one of the most remarkable aspects of Facebook’s marketplace is being able to filter by the products that our friends from the social network publish.

On the other hand you can also publish an ad, not as a seller, but as a potential buyer, indicating what you are looking for, why and choosing if you want to advertise to all users or only friends.

An important feature is that for publishing to sell and to buy, you always ask why, appearing the response in the ads.

  • Google

After several tests, Google rejected the idea of ​​being a real estate marketplace. Also Google didn´t want to becoming a national SML (service of exclusive multiple real estate contracts).

The real estate portals decided to bet on their own tools and not on Google.

Today the technological giant is dedicated to:

– the creation of specific pages for the publication of real estate listings,

– adjustments for quality improvement in the real estate search engine,

– reach agreements with real estate agents, so they take advantage of Google technology.

We are still to see if any day in the future will appear homes in the Google Shopping area.

  • Amazon

Another of the world’s big real estate marketplaces could not miss the opportunity to be inside the real estate market.

In Spain they sell prefabricated houses and have begun to include information on homes for sale.

The first of these property management companies that has participated in this project is Altamira, which offers a selection of new construction homes through Amazon.

The Amazon initiative together with Altamira consists of a microsite within Amazon, in which you can see new homes  Madrid, Barcelona and the Spanish coast.

The process is very easy: Altamira shows the housing promotions in the Amazon space, if you want to request more information about a home you will be redirected to the Altamira Inmuebles website, where you can get in touch to start the process of buying your home .

Today, 100% of people who want to buy, rent or build a house always seach on Internet. This was the reason why Altamira opted to be present in digital portals like Amazon.

Amazon has more than one million visits per day. In 2018 more than 18 million users bought at least once through Amazon Spain.

We know that the real estate market is changing and we are facing more and more informed customers with demands increasingly linked to the digital environment.

As we can see the sale of real estate is increasingly linked to services through e-commerce. We have statistical data that was invoiced more than 7,000 million euros in Spain, in the second quarter of 2018.

  • Craigslist

Craigslist is a web portal classified ads with different sessions dedicated to employment, housing, personal contacts, concerts, discussion forums, among many others. If we enter at the website we can see that they have a housing section with the following information: 

 

  • Wallapop

Today we all know what Wallapop is. A Spanish company founded in 2014, which offers a digital portal for buying and selling second-hand products between users through the network.

Furthermore, it has a real estate section where you can filter by price, area, distance, from cheaper to more expensive, from more expensive to cheaper, news.

There are mostly properties for rent rather than for sale. And also for buying and selling garages.

  • Milanuncios

In milanuncios for quite some time we can find all types of rental, sale and purchase properties. It is a good way to show the information and put in contact with the interested person (an individual or real estate agency).

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Top European cities to visit for opera

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For enthusiasts of this genre of music, today we are dedicating our post to the best cities to experience opera.

There are many cities with an operatic tradition, so if you are thinking of traveling and want to attend an operatic performance, this list shows you the best cities and theaters for it.

The benefits of listening to it are many, and very similar to listening to classical music. Both of them gives relaxation, and helps us to perform highconcentration tasks without turning off the music.

Experts from the Italian University of Pavia demonstrated in a 2007 study that listening to it and classical music  allows us to reduce heart rate and blood pressure.

 

The following list shows the best cities to enjoy it by travelling  in Europe:

Venice:

One of its theaters was the site of some of the most emblematic operatic premieres: the Teatro La Fenice. In addition to Verdi’s premieres of plays such as Rigoletto or La Traviata, some of the 20th century’s best composers, such as Igor Stravinsky, have passed through its interior.

Paris:

It is as an institution in itself, is one of the most important ones in Europe. Founded in the mid-seventeenth century by King Louis XIV, today it is located in two buildings: the Opera House (or Garnier Palace) and the Opera House of the Bastille.

Vienna:

The capital of Austria is “the musical capital of the world”.  The relationship with classical music is so intimate that you cannot talk about a visit to this city without planning an activity related to Mozart, Beethoven or Wagner. One of the most important operas of the so-called bel canto.

Prague:

The capital of the Czech Republic has its own State Opera.
The name used to refer to the building built at the end of the XVIII century.

Moscow:

The second largest theater in Europe, after La Scala in Milan. The Bolshoi Theater has hosted theater, opera and dance performances since the 19th century.

Barcelona:

With the Gran Teatre de Liceu. This theater dedicated to the opera is one of the most important of its kind in the world and the oldest in the city, which opened its doors in the mid-nineteenth century.

Milan:

In this city Teatro alla Scala was the place where internationally known operas were premiered; Verdi or Puccini’s works were performed for the first time here. Its name is due to the church that was previously located in the same place.

London:

The British capital has the Royal Opera House as the theater of shows specialized in opera. Since it’s the headquarters for the Royal Opera and Ballet Company of England.

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Among the best opera  theaters we can certainly list:

The Bolshoi (Moscow):

It is a survivor, that has gone through fire, war and revolution. Its neoclassical façade is just a preview of its impressive interior, with chairs covered in red damask and Chippendale wood. If you also like ballet, you cannot miss it.

Royal Opera of Versailles (Paris ):

The interior of the Opera Theater of the Palace of Versailles is an ode to architectural ingenuity. Besides, the wooden walls were painted simulating marble and the trick is not noticeable. The gold is in all the versallesque atmosphere of the auditorium with the pastel tones of its walls and the blue of its curtain.

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The Royal Opera House (London):

Surrounded by shops, trendy bars, the London Opera House is an oasis in the most avant-garde cities of the world.

Sydney Opera House (Sydney):

Its architecture is an emblem of contemporary architecture. Its inauguration took place in 1973 and since then it has been one of the most emblematic buildings of the 20th century.

Teatro del Liceo:

Known simply as the Liceo is the oldest and most prestigious theater in Barcelona. It is undoubtedly a good place to get carried away by the emotions of an opera.

Lincoln Center (New York):

The legendary home of the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic and the New York City Ballet is the cultural quintessence. The building is the work of architect Wallace K. Harrison and the largest auditorium of its kind in the world.

The Scala (Milan):

The most famous theater in the world, the first one that comes to mind when we talk about opera.

Vienna State Opera:

The theatre reopened its doors after the Russian occupation and to celebrate its return to life chose to represent Fidelio by Beethoven, a song to freedom.

If you have not had the opportunity to attend  one of this kind of spectacle, this is the moment to add another experience from the best classical music.

 

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