Dining tables are an integral and very important piece of furniture in a home. The dining table offers a family gathering area where meals are shared and families enjoy carefree talks and easy smiles. The family dining table is often used as the crisis management center as well and in times of trouble, family meetings…
Ever wondered why some homes feel a little cozier, more inviting than the others? It isn’t a question of having a sprawling space, the latest home entertainment system to impress guests, or a set of furniture in every room in the house that seems straight from a stylish brand’s catalogue. Guests generally feel more comfortable in homes that project a lived-in feel—proof that the homeowners themselves, more than anyone else, embrace and enjoy living in the confines of their own homes.
When singer and actress Ashlee Simpson listed her 7,100-square-foot villa in the Beverly Hills Post Office area for $3.69 million in spring of 2011, realtor.com posted 20 photos of the fabulous Mediterranean style house on its website. With five bedrooms, six and a half baths, a pool and spa, media room, meditation room and breath-taking views of canyons, mountains and greenbelts, the listing was sure to go fast.
Not surprisingly the listing agent, Sotheby’s International, reported the house had sold by June 2011 for $3.475 million, not too far off the asking price in a slow real estate market. While we’re sure the meditation garden and gourmet kitchen had plenty to do with the quick sale, what really attracted us about the photos of Ms. Simpson’s home were the many and varied uses of wrought iron. From the railing on the second-floor balcony to lighting fixtures and accent pieces, wrought iron is a repeated decorating theme throughout the home.