Holiday Décor Trend: White-on-White Luxe

From a stunning mantel display to an elegant table setting, you can capture the magic of the holiday season in festive touches that are certain to make your home even more merry and memorable. The white-on-white design trend is definitely at the top of most luxury designers’ lists these days, and this extends to Christmas décor, as well. For some stylish inspiration, take a cue from these beautiful holiday decorating ideas.


This year it’s all about seasonal glamour, metallic flourishes meet elegant finishes for a luxury look to perfectly complement Christmas time at home.


Metallic decor is very popular for decor today because it’s stylish and gives a refined and elegant touch to any space. Silver and gold are the most used shades but copper has become a leader recently because of its soft and warm shade.


White and gold décor can be bland without a deeper anchor color. Black accents lay low while bringing out the brightness of the white and metallic accents.


A huge part of the white on white decorating trend this year is the flocked Christmas tree.


If you are feeling devoid of color, adding a small amount of red to a flocked tree makes a huge impact.


A light touch of pastel blue gives a softer impact while evoking the feeling of Christmas at Tiffanys.


With all this white on white minimalism, you might start to feel a little snow blind – or simply bored. Another trend on the horizon is blue and green, inspired by the favored Peacock décor from the Victorian era.


The vivid colors are stunning on a white tree and blends very well with metallic accents in the home.


So what do the experts advise for decorating a tree? Here are a few tips to help guide you:

When in doubt, go for more lights. Nothing beats a well-lit tree.

Take a break and step away from the tree. It never hurts to revisit an hour later. You can often make just the right tweaks when you come back and look at something with a new set of eyes.

Don’t take decorating your tree too seriously. It is a tradition and is meant to evoke memories. Showcase your personality with your favorite ornaments and have fun with it.

Do what you love. You can be as creative as you want with your Christmas tree, so decorate it with whatever you’re into; shells, birds, or anything else. Just because you’re trimming a tree doesn’t mean you have to incorporate traditional standards.



Windermere Real Estate Unveils “W Collection” Ultra Luxury Brand

Today, the Puget Sound Business Journal exclusively announced the launch of Windermere’s new ultra-luxury brand, W Collection. Spearheading the W Collection is Leigh Canlis, Vice President, Luxury Division of Windermere, who joined the company in February.

Canlis said,  “W Collection is much more than a luxury marketing program, it is like the American Express Black Card of real estate. “W” is a high-touch concierge service that not only markets luxury listings, but connects Windermere brokers and their clients to every aspect of the luxury industry.”

The new division will focus on homes priced at $2.5 million and above in Seattle and $3 million and above on the Eastside, and the top tier brokers who work in this arena.

Read  Patti Payne’s entire story in the Puget Sound Business Journal.


Windermere Agents Party in the Park for a Good Cause

On Friday, June 24, Seattle Art Museum (SAM) hosted its annual fundraiser, Party in the Park, at the Olympic Sculpture Park. This much-anticipated dining event is a chance to take part in one of their largest fundraisers to benefit exhibitions and public programs. Windermere Real Estate was proud to sponsor an Artist’s Table at this year’s event. Our agents in attendance were treated to a table that was decorated by renowned jewelry artist Rachel Ravitch, as well as a delicious meal prepared by Daisley Gordon, Owner and Executive Chef of Café’ Campagne.


Barbara Cahill, Jan Selvar and Ty Evans





Windermere Agents Set Sail On A 3 Hour Luxury Tour

On June 9, more than 100 Windermere agents set sail on an Argosy cruise for a guided tour of luxury waterfront homes around Lake Washington.


With food, libations and conversations flowing, Windermere agents from all over Western Washington were given a unique preview and perspective of some of the remarkable homes on last weekend’s 2016 Waterfront Home Tour.


Listing agents were able to share key information regarding the space, amenities and lifestyle offered by each home, making it an educational tour as well as a boat load of fun.


Welcome Leigh Canlis!


We are excited to announce the addition of Leigh Canlis to the Windermere Services team!

Leigh has been a well-known business and community leader in the Seattle area for more than 18 years. Her background includes managing sales, events, and VIP client relations for Dale Chihuly, 13 years as President of Canlis Glass, and Vice President-Private Banker at JP Morgan, as well as Vice President-Wealth Strategist for Northern Trust. Leigh is also well known for her extensive charitable work with several Seattle-area non-profits.

“I want to help Windermere push the traditional boundaries of luxury real estate and define a new, refined category within the marketplace,” she said in a statement. “I want it to make a mark and grab people’s attention with its grace and sophistication, to feel out of the box for the real estate world, while complimenting everything that Windermere stands for.”

Windermere already leads in luxury sales in the greater Seattle area, but we are excited for the creativity and fresh ideas Leigh brings with her. We know all too well how quickly our market can change, and we want to make sure Windermere stays ahead of the evolving needs of our clients.

Welcome to the Windermere family, Leigh!

This blog was originally posted on the Windermere Eastside.

Over the Top: What’s the Most Outrageous Feature You’ve Seen In a Home?

IMG_7082It’s not every day you get to tour a $16.5 million dollar mansion. But yesterday we were lucky enough to be able to crash an invite-only Brokers Open event that drew more than 50 Windermere agents from throughout the greater Seattle area. You’ve heard the saying “fit for a King” but this place really is FIT. FOR. A. KING. Walking through this jaw-dropping 13,610 square-foot masterpiece honestly takes your breath away. If you don’t believe us, check out the pictures.

While we had all of these luxury real estate experts in one spot, we thought we’d ask them what the most opulent feature was that they’d ever seen in a home. When in Rome, right?

It’s probably hard to think of anything else when so much opulence is staring you right in the face. For Patrick Crowthers from Windermere’s Bellevue South office, it was the pool room of the very home we were standing in. “The attention to detail and the time it must’ve taken to mentally create and then execute the fine details,” were what stood out to him. His business partner, Leighsa Francis agreed, “It’s so over the top luxurious, huge, and high quality.” Karl Lindor, one of the agents representing the
listing, told us that the mosaic tiles of the pool room were the most over-the-top feature he’d ever seen. Specifically, “theIMG_7098 artistic design and the fact that each time you view the mosaics, new colors, new materials, and new creatures appear.” John Kritsonis, Karl’s co-listing agent on the home, was in awe with the Onyx powder room. He said it had “opulent translucency.” We should mention this place boasts exquisite marble, granite, and Onyx gleaming from floor to pillar. And a 300 bottle wine cellar. And Italian fountains. Need we say more?

Ruth Harle, also an agent from the Windermere Bellevue South office, told us about a different pool she had seen that might just be on the same level as the one in this home. She said it was “an outdoor pool with a giant movie screen so you could watch movies IMG_7009and swim at the same time.” Ruth also mentioned another home with an underground shooting range and an equestrian barn converted into a car museum. Not too shabby. Last but not least, Windermere agent Rick Franz said the most outrageous luxury feature he had ever seen was “a house that had its own recreation of a sports club and hair salon. It was very decadent.”

This home may not have a hair salon or underground shooting range, but it has just about anything else you can think of when it comes to luxury amenities and design. Even if you can’t afford the $16.5 million price tag, you can still get a taste of what it might be like to live there by watching this video. As for us, we’d be fine living in the pool room.

Premier Look Book November 2015

This month’s Premier networking breakfast saw more than 120 Puget Sound-area agents come together to hear the latest information on the waterfront real estate market. Brokers from as far away as Bellingham joined local brokers at Overlake Golf & Country Club to present their newest luxury listings and to discuss updates and trends of the waterfront market.

This month, we had a panel who shared waterfront statistics and trends in the Greater
Seattle area. Kelly Weisfield spoke about Mercer Island, Anna Riley about the Eastside, Margo Allan on Lake Sammamish, and Barbara Cahill on Seattle. Many of the statistics were gathered by Julie Barrows (Windermere Mercer Island) and can be found at the The Eastside waterfront market is strong with several homes  entertaining multiple offers
before selling at or near their listed price. Mercer Island has seen moderate gains in their
waterfront market with a few notable sales above list price but otherwise a slow, steady and sustainable market. The waterfront market on Lake Sammamish saw 13 sales in a very active third quarter. The Seattle waterfront market in the third quarter posted 14 waterfront sales, with the highest private waterfront sale at $3.92 million in Laurelhurst. In addition to our knowledgeable panel, Alan Pope from Alan Pope & Associates gave insight on waterfront
appraisals and the trends we are seeing as a whole.

Check out November’s Look Book and read more about the event by clicking on the picture below.

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Luxury Lookout: Broadmoor 1929 Tudor

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1818 Broadmoor Dr E   


$3,888,000 | 5 Bed | 3.5 Bath | 5,460 SQFT

When it comes to making a statement, nothing quite does the trick like a classic William Bain Tudor circa 1929. An over-sized lot, a paneled library, and a private dining room; we’ve either stepped into a game of Clue or we’ve finally found the quintessential Seattle historic gem we’ve been longing for (most likely the latter). Not to mention the perfect backyard for lavish pool parties. Where do we sign!?

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Luxury Lookout: Laurelhurst Waterfront


5012 NE Laurelcrest LN


$3,250,000 | 5 Bed | 3.25 Bath | 6,100 SQFT

It’s not every day that you get a glimpse inside your boss’s house. Come on, you know you’re curious where the big guy (or gal) eats, sleeps, and plays when not running the show at work. Now think about your boss being the head of a large real estate company. It adds a whole other level of intrigue. That’s why we’re so excited that Windermere’s fearless leader, OB Jacobi, has put his Laurelhurst-area home on the market. And it’s not just any home. I mean, the views alone justify the $3.25 million price tag.

Back in 2003, OB built this home with both fun and family in mind. All you have to do is check out the outdoor living space with its Tiki Bar and fire pit to see what we mean. And get a look at the iron chandelier. Why you ask? Because it’s a custom-made replica from the movie Shrek. Yes, you heard right, Shrek. When it comes to the details, OB stops at nothing.

As for the rest of this 6,100 square-foot masterpiece, there’s everything you might expect from a home of this magnitude: chef’s kitchen, movie theatre, spa bathroom with steam room, and a climate-controlled, 700-bottle-wine cellar. It’s also steps away from the shores of Lake Washington and Laurelhurst Beach Club. And did we mention the views? They’re epic.

If this house tickles your fancy and is within your budget, then what are you waiting for? Make an appointment to see it today! Word on the street is if this legendary listing sells in a week, we get a raise. Game on.

See Patti Payne’s take on this ‘Cool Pad.’