New Year, New You: Refresh and Update Your Home

Here are 5 trends in home design that I’m tracking for 2017:

1. Super Fancy Wine Cellars

  • The biggest trend is moving cellars up from basements into the main living level.
  • Serious collectors are also opting for two cellars – one below ground for long-term storage and a second, smaller one upstairs for the bottles they’re drinking now.
  • Expect to pay anywhere from $46,000 to $500,000 for your new wine cellar (and that doesn’t include the wine itself!).
  • Per Knight Frank’s Wealth Report wine investment by ultra-high-net-worth individuals is up 241% in the past 10 years.
  • The wine cellar in photo above (right) was created by Sonoma county-based ArchitecturalPlastics Inc. for a collector in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights. It holds 2,800 bottles. The doors, walls, and counters are stainless steel; the racks, cabinets, and drawers are crafted from 9,000 pounds of 1-inch thick, high-quality acrylic.More detailed info on wine cellars per Bloomberg, here.

Read on below for more on street art wallpaper (LOVE!), the comeback of velvet and the huge uptick in millennial gardeners.

2. Street Art Wallpaper

Love how this Pickawall Bricks and Balloon wall mural wallpaper from Sydney Wallpapering works in this bathroom. And also, very cool wallpaper for kid’s bedroom below.


3. Velvet and rich jewel tones

Seeing much more of this showing up especially in saturated colors like emerald green or sapphire blue. Whether it’s an upholstered couch or curtains or pillows, velvet adds richness and warmth. (Source: Zillow Digs)



4. Black steel and glass shower doors – big fan of this look!



5. Millennial Gardeners

  • 6MM new Americans took up gardening last year – and 5MM of them were Millennials per the 2016 National Gardening Survey, conducted by Harris Poll.
  • 37% of Millennials report growing herbs inside
  • Top priorities for home-owners when it comes to outdoors gardening: water-reduction and water-management  followed by fire pits or outdoor fireplaces, outdoor lighting, and outdoor Internet connectivity.

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