Puppy Love

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I am crazy about this new model home for @home Builders in Baldwinsville, NY. This beautiful Lifestylist® Designed cottage home is in the Timber Banks community which has it’s own Jack Nicklaus golf course and marina on the Seneca River.

The homes feature spacious yards and places to walk a dog, so we thought “puppy love” would be the perfect theme for this home. What do you think?


Trend Tracking at The Las Vegas Furniture Market

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It is so exciting to see the changes that are coming in the design world. Technology is making a huge difference in the way we live, and with LED lighting becoming more affordable there are some really exciting changes coming in lighting and how we use light.

As a Lifestylist® it’s really important to me that I keep up with changes and trends so Sunday I’m heading to the Las Vegas Market. Usually  go for a day or two, but there are so many great seminars this time I’m going to spend a few extra days to learn about what’s new and what we’ll be seeing in 2014.

Customers visit model homes to see what’s new, and showing them new design trends gives them a reason to want to buy a new home. The Lifestylist® Brands visit at least 4 trade shows a year to make sure that we know what’s hot and what’s not.

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Happy Houses

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When you walk model homes today you can definitely see a difference in the attitude of buyers – we’ve gone from dark, gloomy homes without a lot of color to light open floorplans and design that bring the outdoors in.  White kitchens and baths are trending, and the more natural light the better in every part of the home.

The Lifestylist® Brands are  super busy and we are getting to work on amazing homes that are innovative and “push” the normal boundaries we’ve been working with. We are even working on a residence with it’s own bowling wing!

Here’s a few photos of some of the clubhouses, residences and apartments we’ve been working on – let us know what we can help you with.

The International Builders Show 2013

What exciting times these are for the building industry! The economy is starting to get back on track, and consumers are more positive about their futures and the thought of buying a new home.

The Lifestylist Brand is all about “Life Celebrating Style” and it’s great to have something to celebrate again! Attending The Builders Show and seeing what is new is the perfect way to start this New Year. It’s the first year that the show is being held in Las Vegas in awhile, and it seems like there are going to be exhibitors showing that haven’t been there in awhile. I’m also excited to see The New American Home – we were the Lifestylists for the 2011 home and I appreciate now more than ever how much work goes into each home.

On Tuesday I will be speaking on a panel discussing “90 Design Trends in 90 Minutes”. It was really hard to chose which ideas to talk about and it promises to be a fast paced program filled with great ideas. If you are attending the Builders Show I hope that you’ll come and join us.

It’s going to be really tough to get to do and see everything that I want to in 2 days, but I promise to take lots of notes and pictures and share what I see and hear here.

Finding Hope in 2013

Another year is almost behind us, and I think most of us are looking forward to a fresh start in 2013.

Last year made it clearer than ever that nothing is more important than relationships. I feel so fortunate that I was able to spend time with my cousins I hadn’t seen in years, had some great sister time and what was most important, got to spend a lot of quality time with my kids and grandkids.

Being around the grandkids reminded me how wonderful it is to always be looking forward to tomorrow and the opportunities it brings. The amazement of what a fantastic job my kids are doing as parents, and how talented their Jr Lifestylists are keeps reminding me how important it is to spend time with family.

Here’s hoping that 2013 is filled with hope for all of us, and we remember what brings us joy.

Ground Breaking: The Hammocks at Canandaigua

Our goal at Lifestylist Design is to accent the community lifestyle in every home that we merchandise, and The Hammocks at Canandaigua has lots to work with!

Located on a beautiful ridge just about Canandaigua Lake and the historic town of Canandaigua, residents will be able to sail and kayak on the lake, hike or ride bikes on the miles of trails around the lake, enjoy brunch or dinner in one of the quaint locally owned bistros in town, or just hang out on their patio and enjoy the view.

Construction is well under way, and the rental office is already open so potential residents can chose their favorite location in the community. We have had so much fun working on the interior for the clubhouse – I can’t wait to have it all in place and complete!

We’ll have more photos soon – I can’t wait to see all of the progress.

SE Homes of Texas Show Exceeds Expectations

This has been an unbelievably busy Fall – home sales are definitely on the rise, and with that is coming a need for fresh, well designed model homes. No matter what challenges a builder put in front of us, we believe in exceeding our client’s expectations and I think with these 5 new Lifestylist® Designed model homes we were able to achieve that.

Smaller, cost effective homes are what have been selling lately, but when customers have been able to experience this beautiful home – the largest in the show – it quickly become the #1 choice. The SE Homes of Texas team was able to design and build a home that’s perfect for today’s busy lifestyle and it offers an open floorplan that everyone is asking for, an amazing outdoor space and an owner’s retreat that you would normally find in a custom home with a much higher cost.

The pet friendly qualities of this home are another thing that set it apart. The pet shower and built-in feeding center in the mud room are the perfect way to pamper 4 legged family members.

We’ve also been getting a lot of positive comments about the colors and furniture in the home. Very unexpected, especially in this price point but fresh and inviting without overwhelming the architecture and features in the home.

For more information on SE Homes, contact Ryan Blackburn at: ryan.blackburn@sehomes.com

Life Staging Model Homes: The Lifestylist Advantage

A model home is one of the most important components of a builder’s marketing plan. It is where you show potential buyers the quality of your homes and show why their lifestyle will be better by buying one of your homes. A successful model home needs to be memorable, and merchandised in a way that it will be remembered more than all of the other homes that the potential buyers visit.

Our new Lifestylist® website has an article on how we made a model home very memorable by playing up interesting museums in the area. The next time you walk through your model homes, see if they are memorable enough for potential buyers to chose your home over the competition.

Red Makes Model Homes Memorable

The trend lately seems to be warmer colors in home interiors, but when a home is all browns and neutrals it can lack character and personality.

Lifestylist Design® just finished merchandising a show home for SE Homes of Texas that was shown in Tulsa, and by adding some red furniture and accessories it completely changed the way the home felt and looked. Red is a color that I’m seeing more of in different design elements, and it is a great way to make a home memorable and to stand out.

Even a great barn red color on an exterior can be stunning, and a red door will always get attention. At the recent International Builders Show ODL had a very cool new door design – ARRAY – that was done in red. It was one of the stars of the show and I’m hoping to buy one for the Home Idea Factory and have it painted in red as well.