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4 Easy Bedroom Makeover Tips You’ll Love

Your bedroom is the place in your home where you should feel the most comfortable and love spending time in but having the same layout and decoration in your bedroom for a long time can start to get not only boring but also depressing. Don’t let your bedroom become a source of stress and boredom. Try out some of these four easy makeover tips to breathe new life into your room!

A Splash of Paint Goes a Long Way

Sometimes it’s the simplest things that make the biggest difference. Whether you’re completely changing the look of a wall or just rejuvenating it with a fresh coat of paint, a new color on your bedroom walls will instantly brighten the space and can even make it look bigger than it originally was. You don’t have to simply paint a wall in the same block color. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can paint a mural on your wall of whatever you want. This will not only breathe new life into your bedroom but customize it completely to your tastes with a mural of things you love. 

Switch Up the Color Scheme

If you’re getting bored of looking at the same old room or you’re finding that you’ve grown out of the color scheme that you once chose, you can easily change it to give your room a whole new feel. For a classy look, try replacing your existing room with modern and elegant colors such as duck egg paired with a classy and bold tan. It can be difficult to picture what colors would look good paired together or whether your existing décor will stand or need to be placed, so try creating mood boards on websites like Pinterest to get a clearer idea of what you want before you commit. 

Try Minimalism

Minimalism is a craze that not only applies to lifestyle but also applies to a style of designing. Making use of white walls, muted colors or earthy tones, minimalism wants to play down a design and make it look elegant, classic and raw rather than turning your head with bright, bold colors. A classic minimalist look is plain white walls, little decoration or clutter, string lights and a tapestry hanging on the wall. Plants are also immensely popular in the minimalism movement, as they add an airy and elegant look to a room, so get planting and put them wherever you can! Whilst this look isn’t for everyone as it can seem quite empty or boring to some, it is very easy to achieve, so why not try minimalism?

Comfort is Important Too

Whilst the idea of a makeover makes people think simply of what they can see, it is important that your makeover takes comfort into account too, as people often spend a long time in their bedrooms, so it’s important to be comfortable! If you have an old wooden chair at your desk, this is the perfect opportunity to throw it out and get more comfortable with a simple velvet, comfy chair decorated with a throw. As your bedroom is where you sleep, it’s important that your makeover includes your mattress. Throw out your old uncomfortable mattress and replace it with a beautiful memory foam mattress, designed to adapt to your curves and figure for ultimate sleep quality. If you’re unsure where to find these, check out this one from Zoma and never have a restless night again!

Sometimes a bedroom makeover is just what you need to lift your spirits and bring new excitement and new beginnings into your life. It doesn’t have to be a difficult full-scale project, try some of these four easy bedroom makeover tips you’ll love and, most of all, make sure you have fun!

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Santa Monica Mid Century


This Santa Monica Mid Century was designed originally by Fredrick Monhoff in 1949. It was a 3 bedroom 1 bath home, a total of 1200 square feet. It has since received several additions including a green roof now in construction.
 
In 2013, homeowners Elaine and David contacted Abeer Sweis wanting to expand square footage to meet the needs of their growing family, and to make updates. Sweis designed a new wing that provides two additional bedrooms, two bathrooms and a den, using leftover space for a laundry room and pantry. Sweis also expanded the dining area and renovated the main living space with the exception of the original brick fireplace.

There were four specific elements driving the design: indoor/outdoor living, utilizing natural light, having an open floor plan with continuity of space and views, and the use of modern materials that fit seamlessly into the midcentury architecture.

Indoor-outdoor flow both to the patio and the den on the other side was created with the use of folding doors and large windows, and by carrying the tile from the interior living space out to the patio and spa area. The hall, typically simply a circulation space, became one of their favorite rooms in the house. It ties together the spaces in the new addition and accentuates the intersection of the angles existing and new.

The clients lived in the home during this phase of construction.

The north wing of the home is undergoing renovation now in construction. An accessory dwelling unit (ADU) will replace the existing one-car garage and guest room. The challenge was to add more square footage without sacrificing the outdoor living space. Although built with contemporary innovations, the green roof design of the accessory structure compliments the original home.

“Abeer, Jeff and their team did an amazing job expanding and renovating our mid-century modern architectural home. The design process was a true partnership-Abeer listened to our needs and incorporated our preferences, while executing an incredible design vision for our home. We enjoyed the process very much. Jeff did an exceptional job leading the construction process. Every detail was addressed and the end product is truly amazing. Every aspect of our new home meets our needs, both in terms of form and function. We highly recommend [them] and would hire them again without reservation.” – David + Elaine 

Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

Starting Your New Year With Best Home Makeover Tips

Everyone prays that this New Year brings prosperity, love and prayers for the ones they care about. They greet them with all the affection they can exhibit. The first day in both the Gregorian and Julian Calendar holds a special moment for people all around the world. And it is the time of the year when you can get almost anything you desire, from Q-Tip to Moon Rock.

People plan to give the best outlook to their house before making it their residence. They make a list of plans from which only a tiny portion gets done. And the rest of them becomes an idea on your sticky notes. So, this time, on the occasion of New Year, we have collected the best views on Starting Your New Year with Best Home Makeover Tips.

1. Revamp Your Entry.

The first thing that any trespasser or visitor will see is the door of your home. Forget them, and it is the first thing that you know when you enter — the way from your porch to your foyer that needs to be maintained. Make proper shoe stand, dog leashes, hang decorative and shiny ribbons on the front to make every visitor feel like celebrating. After some time, replace them with small and stencils.

2. Refurnish Your Garden Space.

Everyone loves a garden in their home. A big-sized garden or small-terrace area, the garden gives the soothing sensation that everybody loves. Cover the garden area with glass walls so that the water when sprinkled washes down as compared to non-washable brick or wood. Cover your balcony or your terrace with glass walls so that they increase the level of beauty from outside, and plants get proper sunlight too.

Growing creepers over your entrance or your stairs give a better look than the rest of the places. Snake plant, Pothos, Dracaena, Spider Plant, Bromeliad are some of the most in-houseplants you can go for. Check for the plants which release carbon dioxide at night to avoid suffocation. Orchids and Snake plants do the opposite and emit oxygen in the night, which can be put in your bedroom. Keep small pot or hanging plants in your workplace.

3. Add Some Art to Your Walls.

It’s the first day of refreshing 365 days period, and everyone will be coming to take a look at their neighbor’s decor. And the first thing that they see after your sweets is the walls of your home. Your walls glorify a lot about the order of mindset that you take within yourself. The images, the graphics, the wall paintings, and posters all add up to the scenery. And what’s more comfortable than preparing a set of portraits with your family photos who dignify what you are.

Try CanvasPop. The best quality collage prints can make the best use of your wall space. Showing love to your walls and connecting your feelings with them, CanvasPop makes the human as well as pet portraits at its best. Many Background Styles from Woodcut Plates to Synthetic Cloth Outlets to choose from. No necessity of a well-maintained copy. Even the photos from your social media account can be processed. The final piece that you will see will be enough to make you and everyone who sees it gasp for a moment.

4. Update Your Light Fixtures.

The fourth most important thing anyone observes is the lighting. Take proper lighting measures in the kitchen and drawing-room. Try setting the light in the middle of the room to maximize the glow at every corner. Use LEDs instead of table lamps under the covering. Look at the types of light for which you can buy one for your own home.

 1. Ambient: The light with overall illumination. 

 2. Task: The light present over the kitchen island or a reading nook.

 3. Accent: The decorative ones.

5. Streamline the Stuff.

Whether you like it or not, you have to purge your home of necessary items. All the clothes you don’t wear old furniture and everything that adds up in little to contribute to the big. Never start clearing out the clutter from your storeroom. It will demotivate you. Remove all the empty boxes from your kitchen cabinets. You can also make your cabinets look new by applying a new coat over them. Try keeping it in the dark and retro look so that it looks mesmerizing.

For rooms, Try from your bedroom instead. This time, bring those items that cheer you up and fills positivity in the home. Prevent any broken item in the house that drains energy. DVDs, Remote, Chargers, and those shoes you still imagine they fit you all of these falls under the section of cluttering. Keep smaller yet those things that you can connect yourself to.

6. Your Floor Need Care Too.

There might be a hard chance that your house doesn’t have tiles in any section. And as many years pass by, we forget them to clean, and they become dull and ugly. Try bringing in professional in yourself and make them shine like new with a mixture of baking soda, water, and some lemon juice. For hard tiles on your driveway, vinegar can be added to the solution to remove old tire prints.

7. Last but Not the Least, Your Bedroom.

Your bedroom needs the most attention; after all, this is your favorite spot in the house. Keep light-colored curtains on windows to ensure proper light comes from outside. Make your bed look bigger by removing the extra cushions. Keep bolsters to help your back problems from small cushions. Make leveled folds in your mattress to give a classic look. Put one mirror at least in your bedroom or every room in your house. Mirror bounces the light in the room and maintains the energy level.

We have tried to cover almost every part of your house. From the entrance to your kitchen, from the bathroom to your bedroom, every place needs some love and care like humans. Try sharing some affection with your house this year and awaits you the rain of calmness and a lot of appraisals from everyone that steps to your doorsteps.

For additional design inspiration check out HGTV.com

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Why a Painting Is the Perfect Gift

For most of us, giving a present to a loved one means given the latest, expensive gadget because it goes to show the depth of our love for them. But do gadgets really express timeless love? Not in our opinion. For gifting something that would express your timeless love and commitment and how much you cherish your bond, paintings make it to the top of the list. You may wonder why a painting is the perfect gift. Well there are plenty of reasons why paintings are valuable gifts and here are some of them. 

Paintings last lifelong and hold more emotional value. But in addition to these, there are more reasons why paintings make a better choice.

Timelessness

When buying a present, most people wish to give something that will last lifelong. However, when items like gadgets, perfumes or such are given they last only for a short while and the essence of the gift disappears just as soon as the product becomes unusable. Even if it is something as expensive as an iphone it will certainly not last more than 3 years. 

Paintings on the other hand are priceless treasures whose value does not diminish with the passing of time. Of course new paintings are introduced in the art market regularly but that does not take away the value of the old ones even slightly. A painting becomes a steady and a permanent part of your life and its presence is something one never ceases to enjoy. 

Hence, if you’re looking for something that will forever remind your loved one about you and retain its value for years then a painting is truly the perfect choice for a gift.

Art Evokes Emotions

Gift items such as perfumes, gadgets, food items rarely evoke any emotions. Yes, they do make a person happy for that feeling does not last for a very long time. As long as a commodity is new and popular in the market, it gives a feeling of satisfaction to its owners, but once something better replaces it in the market, the value of it also diminishes in the eyes of the owner. The interest in using it is also thus lost. They also lose their place of honor in the lives of the people they are gifted to.

However, where paintings are concerned, people relate to them in their own individual ways. Often times, people can feel the emotions portrayed in paintings flowing through them. This is the primary reasons why paintings can make a perfect gift choice for someone. It is a great medium of expressing emotions.

Easy Maintenance and Eco-Friendly

Most other gift items are mode out of materials that cause great damage and harm to the nature. Look at gadgets for example. Not only do gadgets have to be handled with extraordinary care they also come with certainty of failure in future. Can one mobile phone function all of a person’s life? Most definitely not.

Paintings on the contrary require very little care by the owner. They can remain intact while being hung on the walls for years and still not lose their beauty. The only maintenance they require once in a while is for the dust to be wiped off. It really is that simple, eco-friendly and completely low on maintenance. 

Paintings Improve the Quality of Life

If the word of art lovers can’t convince you then science most certainly would. Art, as proved by science researches, promotes the quality of life and makes a person feel good emotionally and mentally.

A neurobiologist, Professor Semir Zaki from the University College of London says that when a person stares at an artwork, its effect is to stimulate the part of the brain the same way when falling in love does. The brain releases dopamine, which is a feel-good chemical when one falls romantically for another. In this process, feelings of affection and attachment are evoked which are quite pleasurable.

The same pleasurable feelings are evoked when a person closely observes great artworks. Artworks by Constable, Turner and Monet and masterpieces like Sandro Botticelli’s ‘The Birth of Venus’, are like therapy for the minds. 

Paintings also often motivate a person to positively change their ways of life. There are several paintings which portray moral ideas such as the painting of a Hindu Lord Krishna, uplifting and teaching a depressed Arjuna. Such paintings inspire the good in people and if your gift can do something similar for your beloved, how great it would be.

Paintings Also Have Affordable Options

It is true that original paintings usually require huge chunks of cash. But why not settle for the alternatives? It is after all the thought that counts, not the money spent that matters. Most other gift items do not come with affordable alternatives. If it is an expensive gadget you decide upon but don’t have the resources for, what would be your alternative? Possibly something that is cloned or a lower end version. 

This does not happen with paintings. There are multiple options suiting every budget range. You can settle for canvas prints, reproductions or posters. These alternatives only cost a fraction of the originals but do no compromise on any qualities which the originals offer except perhaps only the monetary appreciation of an original. But gifting your beloved a painting, you gift them a treasure that will last them a lifetime. What could be better than that?

Art is Treasure

With the passage of time, what is valuable today will become trash tomorrow. Paintings however, never become trash. They have their own way of becoming a person’s most valuable treasure which only increases in importance as the years advance. Any original but ordinary painting bought today can turn into tomorrow’s most priceless possessions, which rarely happens with any other item. 

One only needs to take a look around the art history for evidence. The most expensive and most sought after paintings today are the ones that were created centuries and decades ago. If you gift a painting to your beloved, you most likely give them a treasure for life.

Art is Personal

Gifts that hold personal value are even more special than the others. It is commonly believed that taste in art is considered personal. This works well when you want to gift something to someone you care deeply for. When you buy someone a painting suited to their tastes, you actually show them how well you understand their preferences, know what aligns well with their interests or reflect their vibrant personalities. This goes a long way in expressing the thought and effort you put in to make your loved feel special.

Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE, design, decor, interior design

Choosing the Right Type of Windows Mississauga Bathroom.

Selecting the right type of windows Mississauga for your bathroom should not be something daunting if you understand what to look for in terms of energy efficiency and privacy. Although bathrooms are not some of the home areas where energy efficiency is of great concern, that doesn’t mean that you should consider this aspect when choosing windows for your bathroom. You should still select well-operating window units.

Apart from choosing high energy efficient window units, you should also make sure that your bathroom windows in Mississauga are offering sufficient ventilation to your bathroom. In addition to that, such window units should offer some privacy while at the same time letting natural light in.

  • Things You Ought To Know When Purchasing Bathroom Windows.

The bathroom usually receives a lot of humidity. All the moisture that builds-up in the air when you use a shower needs a place to go out. This is why it is essential to install at least a single window in your bathroom that is operable. Having an operable window in your home ensures that you don’t have to run your fun often.’ It re recommended to ventilate your bathroom for at least 15-20 minutes every day to minimise the levels of humidity in the air and avoid condensation formation on the windows.

There are many risks associated with poorly ventilated rooms. One of those dangers is mould growth that spreads to the walls and around the bathtub. Mould normally grows in warm and humid conditions, and your bathroom offers an excellent environment for mould to thrive. If nothing is done about it to prevent it from spreading, it can cause respiratory issues such as asthma and allergies, not to mention discolouration of the walls. However, if your bathroom is adequately ventilated, the issue of mould can be dealt with entirely.

  • Crank Windows for Bathroom.

If you are looking for energy-efficient replacement windows Mississauga for your bathroom that will offer you excellent energy efficiency, then you cannot get it wrong with crank windows, especially awning and casement windows. 

As opposed to sliders that come with weather-stripping, crank windows are fitted with compression seal around the area where the frame meets with the moving sash. The work of a compression seal is to create a perfect airtight unit when you close the window and prevent heat loss. However, you should know that though these window styles are more energy-efficient, they come at a high cost, which is 15-20% more compared to sliding windows. 

  • Awning Combination.

A more ingenious trick is to use awning windows together with the fixed windows Mississauga. Combining these two styles of windows helps boost energy efficiency while at the same time maintaining the operation of the windows and proper ventilation.

  • Slider Windows.

Though they cannot be compared with crank replacement Mississauga windows when it comes to energy efficiency, sliders are still an excellent option for homeowners. They are inexpensive compared to crank windows, but still, provide reasonable energy efficiency, and they allow you to open them when you want to allow natural light into your bathroom.

But as we said earlier, sliders depend on weather-stripping to fill the open space between the window sashes. These spaces are vulnerable to freezing, especially in cold winter months. So if you decide to use slider windows Mississauga, you may want to use them along other features such as Low-E coatings to enhance their energy efficiency, especially when temperatures drop below -20 degrees.

  • Multiple Windows Mississauga in Your Bathroom.

The main aspect of having windows in your bathroom is to offer ventilation while at the same time providing acceptable energy efficiency and privacy. That is why you should consider to install multiple windows and include some units that are operable to allow airflow in your bathroom and ventilate the room. 

  • Privacy Glass.

Privacy is critical in bathroom replacement Mississauga windows. That is why bathroom windows should be fitted with privacy glass to prevent visibility but at the same time, be able to let in natural light in the bathroom. 

However, if you are considering to use a privacy glass in your windows, remember different privacy glasses offer a different amount of light. So, be specific about what you need.

Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE, design, decor, interior design

How to Successfully Complete a Home Design Project

If you are guilty of starting home design projects but never seeing them to completion, then you need to change your attitude and how you approach design projects. A kitchen or bathroom remodel won’t complete itself, after all. 

Most people will admit to having various unfinished design projects in their home, but once it becomes a pattern and you never finish anything you start, it’s time to reconsider your thinking and take it on with a different angle. 

Home design projects require commitment, dedication, and a whole lot of effort. If you come home from work exhausted, there is no question about why you don’t feel up to finishing that project. 

If you want to change this, and often feel guilty about leaving projects uncompleted, then take on this advice.

  • Plan Before You Start

It can be tempting just to get stuck right in on a project and see where the flow takes you, but this approach will not see you through to the end. 

Before you even pick up your tool kit, thoroughly plan what you are going to do. It’s crucial that you know where to start and where to pick up next time after you finish. It can be incredibly demotivating to try to pick up on the project a week or two later, only to be unsure of where you had left off the last time.

Planning will also give you a better overview of the project and whether you can feasibly complete it by yourself.

  • Set Goals

Motivation is vital for projects that will take some time. Set goals for yourself to achieve. Aim to have all of the kitchen cabinets installed within two weeks or have the bathroom plumbing installed and working by the end of the next. 

Goals like this can help you to envision the end result and give you the boost of motivation you need to keep going. 

  • Ask for Advice

Even if you have decided to take on a design project by yourself, there is no harm in asking family members, friends, or even expert designers for their advice on the project. To get the work done faster, you can also get help from experts for replacement windows.

If you are struggling with installation but have the design down, here’s a great resource: www.gkandb.com.

  • One at a Time

If a project isn’t going your way, it can be incredibly tempting to abandon it and start another, but these will simply leave many unfinished projects. 

Make sure you finish a project to the best of your ability before you start working on something else. Having multiple ongoing projects at home can make it a more stressful environment, and you certainly won’t have the energy to work on them all. Before you start replacing the tiles in the bathroom, make sure you are happy with the kitchen first. 

If you have a one project at a time rule, you will feel more encouraged to finish one design project so that you can get on with another. 

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Lokal Eatery & Bar

By Vaughn Lowery

Jersey City officially opened up one of the swankiest restaurants on their waterfront with magnificent views of Manhattan. Mona Panjwani is the proprietor and visionary of this establishment. After 12 days of having their doors opened, they have built a team of individuals who are personable, approachable and possess a strong sense of ownership. Literally a recipe for prosperity.

With sufficient space, Lokal Eatery & Bar can comfortably sit up to 200 customers and is the perfect destination for a rehearsal dinner, trunk show, celebratory engagement and/or corporate gathering. Towards the rear, there’s a semi-private area with its own seating, lounge and sound system to drown out the clutter of what’s taken place in the main arena. “Lokal” murals, perfect for social engagement, are sprinkled throughout the spot which were constructed by a local commissioned artist. Adding an element of youth and elegance similar to its milieu. Overall the architecture and intent of this eclectic eatery have an industrial yet modern feel. Iron gates frame the bar and above the 30-foot island hangs a custom lighting installation.

Nestled in the heart of a rising luxury neighborhood within JC, this venue is destined to become one of the area’s most popular draws. Executive Chef, Walter Donadio, has managed to fabricate a tantalizing menu of appetizers, small plates and entrees which are certain to keep you coming back. Some of his best infused tapas and items include succulent scallops, rock shrimp, sauteed mushroom bowls as well as a vegan surf and turf packed with savory lentils. Most of their components are locally sourced and fresh from the Garden State – right down to the blueberries featured in some of their signature drinks.

Often times, you inflict a new place and the waitstaff is uncertain on what to recommend. That’s not the case for Lokal. Many of their squad members were well-informed on what they offer and even had ample recommendations for their handcrafted cocktails. Our favorites were their Elliott Stubb (reminiscent of an old fashioned) and Jerry Thomas – cucumber water iced cubes make this drink refreshing.

The future is bright for Lokal Eatery & Bar. And, with a strong location, menu and bar, it’s set to be one of the most prestigious brunch/dinner spots for global foodies, making it a firm contender for three Michelin stars and a James Beard Award. Subsequently, it’s extremely apparent that Mona and her crew are meticulous and pay close attention to details.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

*Brunch is Saturday & Sunday from 11am-3pm. A perfect place to relax and kick back with friends as well as family before the week starts. If you eat meat, be sure to try the lamb burger. The Bloody Mary and Margarita are sure to get almost any party started.

**Happy Hour is daily from 5-7pm.

ABOUT TEAM LOKAL:

CHEF: Walter Donadio will serve as Lokal’s Executive Chef.

Donadio is a Michelin star kitchen trained chef with over 17 years of versatile culinary professional experience managing the provisions of fine dining for hotels, restaurants and country clubs. His experience spans the globe from various chef positions at Richy’s DMCC and Café Habana in Dubai to The Smith, Nobu Fifty Seven, Le Circ and Brasserie in New York, along with supervising kitchens at Hilton and Marriott in New Jersey. Passionate about food since growing up in his grandmother’s own restaurant, he loves combinations of flavors from different cuisines and is always searching for the perfect balance. He is a graduate from the French Culinary Institute (now International Culinary Center).

OWNER: Mona Panjwani

Panjwani opens Lokal as an events industry vet in the Northern New Jersey region. She launched an events production company in 2014 and came across the idea to create Lokal more recently while seeking a venue for her own company. The gorgeous waterfront eatery in Jersey City – which will primarily serve as a full service restaurant and bar is also complete with event and private dining spaces – combines all of Panjwani’s skills, passion, experience and goals into one. Panjwani is a member of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce, Hudson County Women Rising and LadyDrinks South Asian Women Entrepreneurs Networking Professionals. She has been a Jersey City resident for a decade.

ARCHITECT: Abraham John ARCHITECTS

A multidisciplinary architecture, interior design, landscaping and urban planning firm founded in 1967. Abraham John & Alan Abraham are the Joint Principal Architects of Abraham John Architects. Abraham John Architects’ design approach is to re-connect architecture with nature, make optimum use of space, natural materials, lighting & landscape to reinvent and transform living environments and urban spaces. The firm works at multiple scales and with various organizations right from private clients to corporates & NGOs allowing itself to experiment and diversify its work.

LOCATION: Crystal Point Condos

2 2nd St, Jersey City, New Jersey, 07302

PHONE: +1 201-222-6800

Land Rover Defender Debut In 2019

Land Rover North America today announced something to celebrate in the New Year, the next-generation Land Rover Defender will be offered for sale in both the U.S. and Canada, starting in 2020.

Testing of the new vehicle is already underway around the world with the first development mules and prototypes reaching North American shores earlier this month. Testing on the continent provides valuable data to engineers given the wide variety of terrain and surfaces available in America. Engineers will subject the vehicle to rigorous test extremes to make sure the new Defender is the most off-road capable Land Rover vehicle ever; operating in temperatures from -40F to +120F while driving the test vehicles on- and off-road at altitudes of more than 13,000 feet above sea level.

“There are a handful of automobiles that are beloved around the world and stand for a brand, a country and a distinct way of life. The Land Rover Defender is such a singular vehicle,” said Kim McCullough, Vice President of Marketing for Jaguar Land Rover North America. “On behalf of Land Rover and our retailers, we are proud to announce the voices of American and Canadian customers has been heard: The all new Defender will be for sale here starting in 2020. This announcement is a holiday gift to our Defender fans in North America and a hint of what’s to come in the New Year.”

Series Land Rover vehicles have garnered a cult-like following for both their iconic design and reputation for rugged go-anywhere utility, making them among the world’s most capable off-road vehicles. In the time since they were sold in the U.S. and Canada, “NAS-Spec” Defender vehicles have appreciated in value significantly and are widely sought after as collectors’ items for both off-road enthusiasts and those who appreciate the design aesthetic of the vehicle.

The Series Land Rover vehicles haven’t changed much since the idea for the first model was dreamed up shortly after World War II by the Wilks brothers on the shores of Red Wharf Bay, Wales, more than 70 years ago. With each successive design – from the Series 1, 2, and 3 Land Rover vehicles, to the later “Defender” branded vehicles – changes were largely evolutionary, rather than revolutionary.

Even the design of the previous generation Defender remained largely unchanged for the 33 years it was produced. Instantly recognizable by its rugged squared-off exterior, round headlights and signature rear-mounted spare tire, the Defender and all Series Land Rover vehicles have been lauded the world over; driven by farmers, military and police, celebrities, and even royalty. By one measure, it’s estimated that a Series Land Rover was the first automobile many of the world’s population ever saw in person.

With an all-new exterior and interior design, as well as a suite of the latest driver assistance and connectivity features available, the next-generation Defender will be a revolutionary product for Land Rover with even broader public appeal. When it debuts in 2019, the new model will represent 70 years of innovation and improvement in just one model year; honoring the model’s history for rugged durability, while thoroughly remaining a Defender for the 21st century.

All will be revealed in 2019.

Luxury Architecture Firm IR Architects Launches Architecture VR/AR Studio AVR

Los Angeles-based architecture firm IR Architects today announced the launch of its sister company AVR (Architectural Virtual Reality) Studio, a virtual reality (VR) studio specializing in architecture. Led by CEO Ignacio Rodriguez and AVR’s team of professional VR developers, seasoned architects and interior designers, AVR will produce interactive VR walkthroughs of real-estate properties, ranging from concepts to in-progress previews, for their upscale clientele. The virtual renderings of properties will also incorporate detailed interior designs, providing a virtual staging of the space and most accurate representation of a finished blueprint. The VR property models allow clients to experience a new property prior to breaking construction ground, allowing for approvals, edits and additions, ultimately saving out-of-pocket costs and time on future revisions.

AVR Studio stems from the needs of IR Architects’ clientele, who required a better way to visualize their property beyond traditional renderings, in order to cut down on costly revisions. Clients, developers and financial investors can experience future properties at their leisure with a VR head-mounted display. Viewers are immersed in a fully interactive three-dimensional environment that provides a virtual representation of the building as a whole, including every room and hallway, down to pieces of furniture within. Some of the highest-level VR models allow viewers to maneuver throughout the property and open doors, turn on the television, experience future poolside and city views. With expert guidance and collaboration from the lead interior designer on a project, the virtual environment can also provide textile choices, countertops, floor designs, and other specific decor features that bring the space to life. AVR’s models will illustrate every detail of a property, from the countertops and floors to lighting and property planning, while also providing accurate scale, depth, and spatial awareness.

Click HERE to watch an informative video of AVR’s design and business practices.

“AVR Studio is going to radically change how client’s design, review, and approve projects in the future,” notes Founder of IR Architects and AVR Studio, Ignacio Rodriguez. “The challenge that many people feel when trying to understand two-dimensional architectural plans will no longer be an obstacle, as with VR, we are all speaking the universal language of volume and space.”

AVR Studio also collaborates with leading real estate agencies in the Los Angeles region to produce VR models of their current and future property listings to communicate the design to potential clients and beyond.

Rodriguez is a self-made and visually-driven architect with an impressive slate of multi-million dollar properties and estates throughout the Hollywood Hills and Southern California that are amongst the largest properties in America. He is a vigorous force in the highly-competitive world of Los Angeles luxury residential architecture and is pushing to disrupt long standing architecture and real estate business models with the use of innovative technology.

About AVR

Fusing cutting-edge technology with luxury architecture and interior design, AVR Studio is a virtual reality (VR) studio generating comprehensive VR property inspections. Driven to showcase finished exterior and interior designs of high-end real estate models to clients prior to breaking ground, AVR leverages the power of immersive technology to benefit clients and ease the complex construction process. The futuristic company offers cost-saving efficiency combined with clarity on the proposed designs to clients, developers and financial institutions.

AVR Studio and its reality-based VR techniques are at the helm of the architectural industry, making them well poised to disrupt the status quo and make virtual inspections the new standard for development projects.