Interior designers reveal how to get the ‘show home’ look

Viewing a show home not only gives potential homebuyers plenty of interior design inspiration, but for those considering buying an off-plan property, it enables them to visualise what their future home could look like.



a living room filled with furniture and a fire place: Interior designers reveal how to get the 'show home' look with some secret tips and tricks, including colour coordination, floor to ceiling curtains, and something unexpected.


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Interior designers reveal how to get the ‘show home’ look with some secret tips and tricks, including colour coordination, floor to ceiling curtains, and something unexpected.

Show homes are often well coordinated and kitted out with luxe furnishings and high-end appliances. There’s always a strong theme and design direction which runs throughout. There could be light neutrals on the main walls and a stronger colour on one feature wall in a room or hallway, which is then echoed as an accent colour throughout the home in artwork, cushions or bedlinen. In a typical open plan living space, you may find floor lamps in corners and lots of luscious houseplants to soften corners and introduce greenery.

UK homebuilder, CALA Homes, works with an expert team of interior designers across the UK to create aspirational show homes with added wow factor. Here, a panel of interior design experts share some of their show home secrets to help create that professional look in our own homes.

What’s the secret to show home styling like a pro?

‘Focus on colour coordination, balance and a smooth harmonious flow from room to room. Although each space should always have its own “wow” such as an amazing light or a favourite print, try to keep a “thread” of connection between all the spaces,’ explains Eileen Kesson at Envision Showhomes. ‘Personally, I am a huge wallpaper fan – a fabulous on-trend wallpaper can add instant pizazz and lift a room in an afternoon!’



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Pat Nightgale at Blocc Ltd, adds: Create a focal point in each room. Something that draws the eye. It could be a piece of artwork, a mirror, cushions or a light fitting. Something unexpected, and sensational! A brightly coloured rug in a neutral room, or wallpaper the ceiling! Something that introduces character and real style.’

Jon Piling at Abode says curtains can make the biggest impact. ‘For us, the big trick that everyone misses are curtains, they can make or break an interior scheme,’ he reveals. ‘Typically we would always try and go for wall to wall, floor to ceiling wave headed curtains to make the room look wider and taller – after all, who wouldn’t want that in their home?!’

But Felicity Stevens at Haus Interiors reminds us that not every design decision has to be so noticeable. ‘Creating a memorable experience is imperative, and impact does not always have to be obvious,’ she says. ‘We always consider the basic senses of sight, scent and touch. Sight – a well-balanced interior that is pleasing on the eye; scent – selecting a scent that creates a memorable experience; touch – using layers of texture so that the interior is interesting to touch.’



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Interior designers Reveal Secrets To Show Home Styling Like A Pro

Viewing a show home not only gives potential homebuyers plenty of interior design inspiration, but for those considering buying an off-plan property, it enables them to visualise what their future home could look like.

Show homes are often well coordinated and kitted out with luxe furnishings and high-end appliances. There’s always a strong theme and design direction which runs throughout. There could be light neutrals on the main walls and a stronger colour on one feature wall in a room or hallway, which is then echoed as an accent colour throughout the home in artwork, cushions or bedlinen. In a typical open plan living space, you may find floor lamps in corners and lots of luscious houseplants to soften corners and introduce greenery.

UK homebuilder, CALA Homes, works with an expert team of interior designers across the UK to create aspirational show homes with added wow factor. Here, a panel of interior design experts share some of their show home secrets to help create that professional look in our own homes.

What’s the secret to show home styling like a pro?

‘Focus on colour coordination, balance and a smooth harmonious flow from room to room. Although each space should always have its own “wow” such as an amazing light or a favourite print, try to keep a “thread” of connection between all the spaces,’ explains Eileen Kesson at Envision Showhomes. ‘Personally, I am a huge wallpaper fan – a fabulous on-trend wallpaper can add instant pizazz and lift a room in an afternoon!’

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Pat Nightgale at Blocc Ltd, adds: Create a focal point in each room. Something that draws the eye. It could be a piece of artwork, a mirror, cushions or a light fitting. Something unexpected, and sensational! A brightly coloured rug in a neutral room, or wallpaper the ceiling! Something that introduces character and real style.’

Jon Piling at Abode says curtains can make the biggest impact. ‘For us, the big trick that everyone misses are curtains, they can make or break an interior scheme,’ he reveals. ‘Typically we would always try and go for wall to wall, floor to ceiling wave headed curtains to make the room look wider and taller – after all, who wouldn’t want that in their home?!’

But Felicity Stevens at Haus Interiors reminds us that not every design decision has to be so noticeable. ‘Creating a memorable experience is imperative, and impact does not always have to be obvious,’ she says. ‘We always consider the basic senses of sight, scent and touch. Sight – a well-balanced interior that is pleasing on the eye; scent – selecting a scent that creates a memorable experience; touch – using layers of texture so that the interior is interesting to touch.’

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Acura teases the 2021 MDX’s interior just ahead of its reveal

Acura is teasing its upcoming next-generation MDX via some photos of the interior with lots of pretty colours.

The brand has already given us a small teaser of the exterior via a YouTube video, showing that the new MDX will borrow styling from Acura’s new S-Type sedan, which means more pronounced creases and more machismo.

Acura says the new MDX’s interior will be the “most premium and performance-focused” version of the SUV, and that it earned its “elevated status” as the brand’s flagship. Previously, the RLX was the brand’s “flagship,” but after Acura only sold 1,000 units, it got demoted.

Apparently Acura will reveal the MDX “Prototype,” but we’re guessing it’s going to look almost exactly like the production version. However, it won’t look anything like these photos in real life, mainly because you won’t have a team of people carrying around neon lights every where you go to make your MDX look good.

But what you will get in real life is three rows of seating, including second-row captain’s chairs. All seats feature quilted contrast stitching, and the front seats get a massage function. The dashboard also receives an upgrade in the form of “hand-wrapped” French seams.

The car is set to be revealed on October 14, where we’ll get a better look at the interior without all the pretty lights.

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Acura MDX interior teasers reveal digital gauge cluster, massaging seats and more

The MDX’s interior looks to be a big step up.


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Acura released a bunch of new MDX teasers on Thursday, this time showing its next-generation SUV’s interior. We got our first glimpse at the new MDX last week, in a very rad teaser that looks like it’s straight out of an ’80s video game. We’re glad Acura is continuing that neon-esque theme with these new photos.

The new MDX will be revealed in prototype form on Wednesday, Oct. 14, but despite this not-quite-finished status, it should give us a pretty good idea of what to expect from Acura’s next-generation three-row SUV. For now, the company confirms the prototype will have open-pore wood, hand-wrapped leather with French stitching and quilted, massaging front seats.

On the technology front, the MDX looks to be chock full of the good stuff, with a high-definition infotainment display, 25-speaker ELS premium audio system, LED ambient lighting and a fully digital gauge cluster. It’s unclear if Acura’s infotainment technology will be any different than what’s found in the new TLX sedan, though the center screen looks a little bigger here in the MDX.

Overall, even in these teasers, we like what we see. The two-tone steering wheel is something you don’t commonly find outside of superpremium cars, and the stitching on the seats looks fantastic. The general cockpit design reminds us a lot of the TLX, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, even if the center stack is kind of busy and still has that huge Dynamic Mode knob right in the middle.

We’ll have the full scoop on the Acura MDX when it officially debuts next week, so check back then for more.

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House members call on FAA to ‘fully reveal the data’ proving the 737 Max is safe to fly

In their letter, Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (D-Ore.), chair of the House Transportation Committee, and Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) called on the FAA “to publicly release all documents related to design revisions or evaluations related to the aircraft’s safe return to service.”

Michael Stumo, whose daughter Samya was killed on the Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed on March 10, 2019, had made a similar request Wednesday and Dickson said at a news conference that he faced limits in revealing such technical details.

“We’re providing everything we can, within the law. Much of the data, I believe, that’s being asked for is proprietary,” Dickson said Wednesday.

But DeFazio and Larsen pressed the issue again Thursday “in the strongest possible terms.” Both Boeing and the FAA had mistakenly found the flawed flight control feature that led to the crashes “to be compliant” with federal safety standards, according to their letter, “despite the fact that the aircraft was actually unsafe.”

“To assure the flying public that Boeing’s fixes to the MAX have rendered the plane safe to once again carry passengers, the FAA will need to do more than merely certify that the plane is now compliant,” they wrote.

They said Dickson should release, among other documentation, “system safety assessments, related analysis, assumptions about pilot response times and key test data concerning the safety of the aircraft.” They said the FAA “should fully reveal the data any determination to unground the MAX has been based upon.”

In a statement, the FAA declined to say whether it would release the requested data or call on Boeing to release such information itself.

“We will respond directly to the members,” the statement said.

Boeing declined to address whether it supports the release of the information or would agree to waive any claim that the requested documentation may be proprietary.

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Ben Carson notes reveal he’s ‘not happy’ with White House official: report

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonState AGs condemn HUD rule allowing shelters to serve people on basis of biological sex Biden cannot keep letting Trump set the agenda The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump heads to New Hampshire after renomination speech MORE unintentionally indicated that he is not satisfied with the White House’s Presidential Personnel Office (PPO) after his notes were visible to reporters at a Trump 2020 campaign event on Friday, Bloomberg reported

Ahead of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It ‘isn’t worth the paper it’s signed on’ Trump ‘no longer angry’ at Romney because of Supreme Court stance MORE’s remarks at a Black economic empowerment event in Atlanta Friday afternoon, Carson spoke at a podium while holding a piece of paper with typed out statements that at one point became visible to reporters. 

“I am very loyal to you and after you win I hope to stay in your administration,” the notes said. “I am not happy with the way PPO is handling my agency.”

According to Bloomberg, Carson did not read those remarks publicly at Friday’s event. 

The PPO is responsible for vetting presidential appointments and hiring candidates to work throughout the White House’s various agencies. 

The office is led by John McEnteeJohn (Johnny) David McEnteeOPM chief abruptly resigns Meadows joins White House facing reelection challenges Trump administration hires another college senior for key role MORE, Trump’s former personal assistant who had been fired in 2018 for undisclosed reasons. Trump brought McEntee back on to oversee the PPO in February. 

In some of the images of Carson’s notes tweeted by reporters on Friday, a line appeared to say, “I like John and respect what he is doing, however I am sensing a severe [illegible] of trust,” with Carson’s microphone blocking the illegible words.

 

The White House declined to comment when contacted by The Hill. The Department of Housing and Urban Development did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

Carson has continuously vocalized his support for Trump and the president’s reelection, challenging claims that Trump is racist in his address at the Republican National Convention last month. 

“President Trump does not dabble in identity politics. He wants everyone to succeed and

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The Pretty Things Reveal Video For ‘Come Into My Kitchen’

The Pretty Things Reveal Video For 'Come Into My Kitchen'

The Pretty Things have shared a video for “Come Into My Kitchen” from their acclaimed new record ‘Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood’ released today through Madfish Music.

A beautifully orchestrated tribute from the band to their iconic frontman Phil May who sadly passed away suddenly in May 2020; “Come Into My Kitchen” is accompanied by a moving visual of lovingly curated archive material from across the band’s career interwoven with special footage from their sold out 2018 ‘Final Bow’ show that marked The Pretty Things’ retirement from electric performance.

A powerful take on the Robert Johnson classic and a return to the delta-blues they loved as young men, this an essential recording for Pretty Things fans – “Come Into My Kitchen” finds Dick Taylor once again demonstrating his mastery of blues guitar while Phil May’s vocal is masterful and impassioned, once again proving why he is such an influential figure in the history of British popular music.

“Come Into My Kitchen” is taken from their brand-new album ‘Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood’. Released today by long time label Madfish, the album showcases 12 stripped-down tracks that will no doubt contribute towards The Pretty Things’ incredible legacy. Already receiving high praise from critics, the record

Consistent with The Pretty Things’ ambitious musical history and refusal to simply sit still creatively, this album is the breathtaking outcome of a personal challenge set by the band to themselves; to create meaningful new music in a stripped back, acoustic-driven format. ‘Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood’ achieves this intention emphatically, resulting in the life-affirming sound of two truly incredible musicians and lifelong friends playing together at their experimental best.

‘Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood’ is out now on CD, gatefold 2xLP on red vinyl and digitally, and is available here.

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The Block’s Darren Palmer is ‘blown away’ by bathroom reveal

It’s very rarely that all three judges on The Block are blown away by a room reveal.

But that was the case on Sunday’s episode, when Darren Palmer, Neale Whitaker and Shaynna Blaze laid their eyes on Luke and Jasmin’s 1910 master bathroom.

Darren could not hide his delight at specific details of the space, particularly the curved tile walls and skylight.   

'I'm just blown away!' The Block judge Darren Palmer (pictured) was momentarily lost for words over Luke and Jasmin's master bathroom on Sunday night's episode

‘I’m just blown away!’ The Block judge Darren Palmer (pictured) was momentarily lost for words over Luke and Jasmin’s master bathroom on Sunday night’s episode 

‘I’m in love, it’s so elegant, so pretty,’ Darren said of the skylight. ‘I’m just blown away by how beautiful that is.’ 

Neale and Shaynna were equally blown away, with Neale describing the aesthetic as ‘exceptional’.

‘This is exceptional. They have given us a very, very modern bathroom, but I think they have remained faithful to those period cues they introduced last week,’ he said. 

Winning design: Luke and Jasmin (pictured) presented a 1910-themed master bathroom, with curved tile walls and a statement black bath

Winning design: Luke and Jasmin (pictured) presented a 1910-themed master bathroom, with curved tile walls and a statement black bath 

Praise: Fellow judges Neale Whitaker and Shaynna Blaze were equally blown away with the space, with Neale describing the aesthetic as 'exceptional'

Praise: Fellow judges Neale Whitaker and Shaynna Blaze were equally blown away with the space, with Neale describing the aesthetic as ‘exceptional’ 

The only minor faults the judges found were the lack of a toilet roll holder and the vanity being too close to the shower wall. 

For Harry and Tash’s 1920’s master ensuite, the judges were in awe of the green tiled wall and feature bath.

Neale said it felt like a contemporary bathroom, but with definite references to the era, while Darren described the space as ‘glorious’ with ‘perfect’ floor tiles.   

Colour palette: For Harry and Tash's 1920's master ensuite, the judges were in awe of the green tiled wall and feature bath. Pictured: Harry and Tash

Colour palette: For Harry and Tash’s 1920’s master ensuite, the judges were in awe of the green tiled wall and feature bath. Pictured: Harry and Tash 

Elegance: Shaynna complimented the bath which she described as having an 'elegant' shape

Elegance: Shaynna complimented the bath which she described as having an ‘elegant’ shape 

Shaynna complimented the bath which she described as having an ‘elegant’ shape. 

Sarah and George also wowed the judges with their 1940’s master bathroom.

Darren adored the mauve tiles for adding a ‘subtle and soft’ touch, while also having a real impact in the space.   

All smiles: Sarah and George (pictured) also wowed the judges with their 1940's master bathroom

All smiles: Sarah and George (pictured) also wowed the judges with their 1940’s master bathroom 

Tiling: Darren adored the mauve tiles for adding a 'subtle and soft' touch, while also having a real impact in the space

Tiling: Darren adored the mauve tiles for adding a ‘subtle and soft’ touch, while also having a real impact in the space 

Shaynna commended the couple for seamlessly using four different tiles in the room, while Neale said the space offered an exceptional level of sophistication.  

For Daniel and Jade’s 1930’s master ensuite, all three judges were captivated by the choice of fish scale tiles on the walls. 

Darren also found delight in the couple going with a matte grey tile on the floor, teamed with a ‘sexy’ gloss finish on the walls.  

Unique touch: For Daniel and Jade's 1930's master ensuite, all three judges were captivated by the choice of fish scale tiles on the walls. Pictured: Daniel and Jade

Unique touch: For Daniel and Jade’s 1930’s master ensuite, all three judges were captivated by the choice of fish scale tiles on the walls. Pictured: Daniel and Jade 

Minor fault: Shaynna noted how well Daniel and Jade designed the space, however Darren would have preferred a bigger vanity

Minor fault: Shaynna noted how well Daniel and Jade designed the space, however Darren would

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Renters reveal garden, double glazing and fast broadband are must haves for buying first home

Renters have revealed the must-have features for their first owned home – with a garden and high-speed broadband topping the list, research has revealed.

A survey of 1,000 tenants revealed they would happily move up to 20 miles if it meant they could get onto the property ladder.

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But before putting down their deposit, they would want to find a home with an allocated parking space, separate toilet, en-suite bathroom and a new boiler.

And 12 per cent said they would like a home office – a sign of how society has changed over the past six months.

However, while 81 per cent of those surveyed aspire to own their home, 68 per cent fear they’ll never be able to afford to.

The research, commissioned as part of Shared Ownership Week which aims to help people with smaller budgets get on the property ladder, revealed the average tenant has been renting for 10 years and has more than £13,000 saved towards a deposit.

A spokesperson for Shared Ownership Week said: “The situation this year has changed our outlook on life and with people spending more time at home.

“As a result, it seems things like high speed broadband and an outdoor space are now among the most important features.

The survey of tenants who live in London and the south east also found that a detached home just pipped an apartment to the most desirable type of property, with two bedrooms the optimal figure for most.

Location is the most important factor when looking at a first home, followed by affordability and size.

But 62 per cent would compromise on the location if it meant being able to own a home, while 60 per cent would settle for a smaller property than they’d really like.

It also emerged just 28 per cent of the respondents knew if they were eligible for a shared ownership property, which typically involves buying a 25 per cent share of a new build.

And in a separate nationwide study of 1,000 Brits, carried out via OnePoll, almost three quarters (73 per cent) said they had heard of shared ownership.

But only six in 10 (61 per cent) think everyone should aspire to own their own home, with 47 per cent believing renters should be encouraged to buy a property under

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FOIA documents reveal Interior’s 2018 push to manage Yellowstone bison like cattle | Outdoors

“I am feeling a lot like Phil Connor (Bill Murray’s character in the movie ‘Groundhog Day’), and that makes today February the 2nd. I am a bit numb from seeing this proposal so many times I don’t know how to respond now.”

Yet progress on a new bison management plan has stalled.

Buffalo Field Campaign’s fight for the park documents began in 2018. 

“This threat of domestication has been hovering over buffalo for many years,” he said.

Yellowstone is home to one of the most iconic bison populations in the nation. The story of a small herd’s survival, when thousands of other plains bison were eliminated during the 1800s, is a success story for wildlife conservation.

As the bison population has grown in the park, with the herd numbering more than 4,800 animals at last count, Montana officials and lawmakers have been able to force the Park Service to annually cull and slaughter hundreds of animals every winter.

Buffalo Field Campaign’s website says that 12,575 Yellowstone bison have been killed and another 540 have been captured since 1985. The purpose of the capture and slaughter program is to keep bison from migrating into Montana.

Last winter, 442 bison were removed from the park through the capture and slaughter program. Another 105 were isolated for quarantine to see if they can be eventually transferred alive to Indian tribes. About 280 were killed, mostly by tribal hunters exercising their treaty rights.

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