Selling a house may seem complicated sometimes and, especially in the spring, you should pay special attention on how you will show your house to potential buyers to increase the chance of success. Many homeowners are unsure of how to proceed when selling a home in the spring months. With this in mind, here are the top six tips to selling a house in the spring. Property inspection When you sell a home, it’s important that is in great shape. Otherwise, a potential buyer won’t want to offer the highest price. To do this, you should call a local property inspector who can take a look at the foundation and other parts of the house. If you have trouble finding an inspector, contact a real estate agent who can give you advice on how to find a professional. Prepare the garden After a long winter, the garden may look dirty and ruffled, with all the dry leaves scattered averywhere. So you should clean out your garden and throw away old leaves and rubbish. Remember, plenty of people will check out the garden, so it’s better to make it look great in the spring. If you already have a nice looking garden, buy some flowers and place them in and around the garden. Flowers will give a touch of colour and they have a “magic” power to attract the people’s eye: this will excite visitors and help them see your home’s potential. Porch and patio People love the garden, as well as they love the porch and patio. Since springtime is a great time of the year to sit on the porch and enjoy the weather, you should improve your patio and make it attractive to potential buyers. Repaint the wood parts if necessary, clean the flooring and add nice cane…


We’re on a journey to discover a fascinating, haunting territory, where nature has been generous, although sever sometimes. Le Marche is filled with different natural environments, starting from the green valleys of the Apennines, sloping gently downwards, to the sandy beaches of the Adriatic sea. Here peasants have worked hard over the centuries to soften – without transforming – a land that has always been welcoming and heterogeneous. Today the ancient wisdom and knowledge about the fruits of the region’s land and waters are still alive. From this knowledge a great food and wine tradition comes, made up of a remarkable variety of ingredients and inimitable delicacies. We’d like to honor the “wonderful folk of the scattered houses” by listing below some of the most appreciated products, typical of region Marche. The towns and Hamlets of wine and vin’cotto The hills of region Marche, provide an ideal environment for vineyards, that have flourished here for centuries. The excellent exposure of these mostly sandy soils, combines with a proud tradition of grape cultivation and winemaking, that include meticulous pruning and care of the soil. This happy combination results in brilliant red wines and delicately perfumed white wines, that are appreciated all over the world, as the red wine Vernaccia di Serrapetrona or the white wine Colli Maceratesi, as well as vin’cotto. The Olive Route Knotted, twisting trees stud the rolling, fertile hills. This is the romantic olive route where, between the end of October and the beginning of November, the air is filled with the rich aromas of freshly crushed olives. The production of olive oil still respects one of the most honored agronomic traditions of the Province of Macerata; the proof is the flavour of many different kinds of olive oil, that you can taste directly in the numerous mills…


The referendum made the 26th of June 2016 quite an historic day. Since then, basically nothing has changed but understandably people who have already bought a property in the EU or are planning to buy have questions about the possible impact of the result on their lifestyle. This is what we know so far. The UK has two years to prepare the country for the exit from the EU and nothing will change until then. During this period the UK remains a member of the EU with all their rights and privileges intact. If you are currently resident in a EU country or plan to become so in the next two years, it is highly likely you will retain the rights you have acquired to reside in that country. While the host country is under no obligation to provide services such as healthcare, it is again likely the UK will reach an agreement with other EU countries for a mutual arrangement. If you are currently planning to buy a holiday home in the EU, then you are likely to be keeping a close eye on the exchange rate. Although Sterling has collapsed, it is still strong against Euro and it still makes overseas property in most areas very good value. If you are afraid this rate may worsen, then you can speak to a specialist currency broker and forward fix the rate you get. Post Brexit it would be possible for a country to impose additional or higher taxes on British owners. What is unlikely is that an EU country would impose anything overly-draconian that would deter British buyers. We believe the appetite for Brits to own property in the EU and around the world remains unchanged. It could get more expensive and slightly more complicated than before but if…


The boat show on the French Riviera will host the world premiere of Canados 76 GT. The Canados shipyard will present to the public the Oceanic luxury yacht GT 76, at the Yachting Cannes Festival 2016, which will take place in September. The construction of the model is now almost over. It is expected that delivery takes place on August 1. More than 40 people are working on this project to observe the contractual terms. The hull and superstructure were finished as those of a superyacht, giving the boat a mirror effect ever seen on a boat of this size. The engine room is already completed and all the equipment is installed; Stern Thruster, Seakeeper, Hamann Water Treatement Plan, the two Kohler 20 kW generators, pumps, fire protection systems, Idromar water maker. Also the decor of the lower deck, hand made to measure, has been mounted. The interiors of the 76 ‘GT Oceanic were designed by Cristiano Gatto, usual designer of Canados. Technical specifications in capsule form: Length (L.O.A.): 23,70 m / 77’7’’ Width: 5,80 m / 19’ Draft to propellers: 1,98 m / 6’6’’ Empty weight: 49 ton / 108.026 lbs laden weight: 56 ton / 123.459 lbs Cabins: 1 master cabin – VIP 1 – 1 or 2 double Bathrooms: 3 or 4 Crew cabins: 1 for 2 members Engines: Two Caterpillar C18 ACERT / 845 kW – 1,150 hp Two Man V12 / 1,140 kW – 1,550 hp Two Caterpillar C32 ACERT / 1,081 kW – 1,450 hp Maximum speed: 26 to over 32 knots Cruising speed: 20 to 27 knots Generators: 2 x 20 kW Kohler Crusing range: over 360nm at 20 knots


The British real estate market collapses because of the fear due to Brexit. And to revive the business, here is an “ad hoc” termination clause. The London housing market, one of the hottest in the world, has experienced a significant slowdown. Since the beginning of the year, the sale of properties in London has dropped by 40% and the cause is the fear for Brexit. As a matter of facts, many Brits fear that if Britain leaves the EU the price of houses may collapse, thwarting their investments. With Brexit, prices would collapse The Treasury expects that, in case the “leave” wins on the 23rd of June, prices may immediately drop by 10% up to 18%. Obviously, everybody now has stopped buying houses, waiting to see what is going to happen, especially investment funds and those looking for luxury apartments. Real Estate Agencies have introduced an anti-Brexit clause The ‘money back guarantee Brexit pledge’ is a guarantee for those who want to make a purchase but are held back by the referendum. In fact, the clause, allows to terminate the purchase contract in the event that the secessionists will win the referendum. Also the labour unions are against the Brexit The main labour unions in the UK, with a letter appeared on the Guardian, have called for Britons to vote against the Brexit. The general secretaries of Unite, Unison, GMB and Usdaw stressed that the exit from the EU may interfere with the rights acquired over the years by workers, such as checks of motherhood and paternity, legal equality of part-time and full-time employees and even paid vacations and illnesses. The polls show the supporters of the Brexit are leading Meanwhile, as reported by the Guardian, another survey again gives the Eurosceptics in advantage over the EU supporters: according to…


“No meaning, no symbols, no sense” was one pre-war American verdict on mining magnate Solomon Guggenheim’s collection of abstract art. Why does abstraction leave many people scratching their heads? As the astonishing selection from the collections of Solomon and Peggy Guggenheim at Palazzo Strozzi demonstrates, art that depends on form, colour and gesture empowers the viewer’s personal perceptions. Abstraction was the dominant creative force in the visual arts of the last century. Many artists followed this trend in the 1900s, but just a few can be remembered as the best proponents of this form of art. One of them is, for sure, Vasily Kandinsky (1866–1944), whose paintings are now shown at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Tuscany. Kandinsky’s Dominant Curve welcomes visitors to Palazzo Strozzi’s highlights from the Guggenheim collections. When made in April 1936, Kandinsky was fascinated by embryology and botany; numerous light-coloured organic shapes appear to circulate within the perimeter of the painting like basic life forms seen through a microscope. Nearby is Theo van Doesburg’s (1883–1931) Composition XI from 1918. Here, too, buoyant shapes float on the white surface of the canvas. But these forms are roughly rectangular and colour is limited to subdued red, yellow and blue. In radical contrast with Kandinsky’s image of teeming energy, this composition is in search of its own quiet balance, a sensation it conveys to the viewer. Along the way the visitor’s senses are buffeted and elated by form, tone and gesture as if walking through frequent changes in the weather. The expressive impact of paintings by Hans Hofmann, Willem de Kooning, Sam Francis and Joan Mitchell animates space itself. Two artists are accorded their own galleries. In one, 18 works trace the decade-long evolution of Jackson Pollock’s (1912-1956) painterly language from turbulent, ritualistic symbolism to completely abstract, his “all-over” style…


Easter is coming and it’s time for you to start planning the setting of your table, so that you can leave your guests speechless! Since it will be already spring, a good idea is getting inspired by flowers and all the soft and light shades, that normally characterize this season. Let’s start with a centrepiece, that will impress your guests: take the sponge normally used for hand-crafted works, fix it on a plastic support and give it an egg shape. Once you’ve finished, take some flowers of different colours and set them on the sponge, starting from the base. Don’t make it a boring one, but try to mix light colours with some spots of orange or red. This way, the egg will be elegant, but not plain. Put it in the middle of your table and your success will be guaranteed! You can adorn each guest’s plate with an edible basket made of white chocolate: mini ice cream cones dipped in white chocolate, filled with cotton candy and topped with mini pink eggs tucked into shredded coconut make a precious place setting indeed. You can make these mini baskets in any color combination you desire. You could also add a place card. And what about towels? Don’t just leave them on the table, but make them look special: take a tulip and place a pink ribbon all around the towel and the tulip itself. Your table will have a very elegant and classy look! Decorated Easter eggs are a must: place them into a basket and place it on the dining table or spread them all around your home to create a cheerful atmosphere. There are no rules about decorating Easter eggs, just follow your style and inspiration. If you are not very creative, here are a couple of…


Spring is coming and it’s time to start thinking about the setting and decoration of your garden, where you’ll spend moments of cheer and joy with your family and friends. The shabby chic style garden will evoke all the charm of past times, in an environment made of romantic details, slightly retro. The main feature of the shabby chic style is the use of intentionally aged materials like wood or wicker, as well as the pastel shades and old items recovered from the grandmum’s garage and reinvented, giving them a new life. The shabby chic garden should look natural, rustic, although actually nothing must be left to chance. The plants will grow in an apparently disorderly manner, but you’ll have to arrange them carefully, so that they can create beautiful corners or flowering paths. The preferred plants are climbing ones, because they give a natural look to the facade of the house. Wisteria, ivy, roses, vines, will colour porches and gazebos and will spread their good smell all around. Inside the old containers, such as tin buckets, wheelbarrows and jars of marmelade, you will settle seasonal flowers such as daffodils, violets, tulips and geraniums. The garden furniture will be preferably in wrought iron and in shades of white or light blue. Wood will be fine, as long as the effect is pickled or bleached; keep in mind, however, that wood requires more maintenance in outdoor spaces. Wicker is also good for the furnishing of a shabby chic style garden: you can choose it for outdoor seating areas, composed of armchairs, sofa and coffee table. Adorn your chairs with colorful cushions or with floral patterns and soft blankets in pastel shades. If you have enough space, you can make secret corners in the garden, which will give the place a touch…


A softer take on color for 2016: For the first time, the blending of two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity are chosen as the PANTONE Color of the Year Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times. As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace. The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association. In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.


What are the details that turn a nice bathroom in a luxury environment? Discover it with us in this article, where you can find many ideas and tips for decorating a luxury bathroom. The bathtub covered in gold leaf, the basin shaped in onyx, the lacquered furniture in the ‘20s style, the ceramic coating that mimics the texture of the most precious fabrics: do not miss the latest trends in luxury bathrooms! Elegant constrasts The refined idea of great visual impact to furnish a luxury bathroom? Create elegant color contrasts between the different elements. For example, you can choose refined two-tone marble floors and fine furniture in shades of black. Unusual materials When furnishing a luxury bathroom, materials are a key element to create an exclusive and unique environment. The latest trends in interior design, in particular, suggest to focus on new materials, and usually not very common in bathrooms, such as bronze or onyx. Gold plated surfaces Not just furniture or accessories, but all surfaces are gold plated, in the most exclusive bathrooms. Starting with the bathtub that, if you want to decorate a modern and trendy luxury bathroom, must be covered in gold leaf. Don’t forget that the bathtub is an essential element, to create a real dream-bathroom. Retro design A retro design and old finishes: here is an idea for those who want to furnish a luxurious bath with an unconventional style. Textural coverings The textural wall coverings are another detail to consider when you decide to design and furnish a luxury bathroom. From raw stone to bricks or resin, the choice is wide and varied, depending on the style you intend to give to your bathroom. If you prefer modern luxury bathrooms with a magnificent look, you can opt for a refined grès porcelain stoneware with…


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