7 Luxurious Additions to Make to Your Colony Home

When you live in one of the gorgeous Colony homes, you’ve got the best of the best. Colony homes in Bonita Springs offer exceptional amenities and options for every taste. However, making your home truly yours is something every homeowner seeks. Putting your personal touch on your space can make your condo go from a Colony model to your home.

We have a list of seven luxurious additions that can accommodate your needs and really make your home a reflection of you. Read on to discover what luxurious additions you can add!

1. Wine Closet

Who doesn’t love a glass of wine?! After all, indulging in a glass of red wine daily can provide a number of health benefits. If you’re a wine connoisseur, keep your wine at your fingertips and stored properly in a custom wine closet. To create a true wine closet, you’ll want to make sure that you can control the temperature and humidity, as well as storing it away from UV light (this is what makes converting a closet an ideal location). You can create this yourself or hire a contractor to make your vision a reality. Houzz offers step-by-step instructions and images of some spectacular in-home wine closets that would be a perfect fit inside any Colony home. If wine isn’t your thing, there are number of other luxury options you can add to your home, so keep reading!

In-Home Theatre

An in-home theatre is a perfect addition to take advantage of rainy days or when you just need a time-out from the sun. Cuddling up on theatre style seating complete with top of the line audio and video can take simply watching a movie to a supreme theatre experience. This addition is also great for a night in with friends — catch up on the latest blockbuster hits, watch the classics, or even relive a time in your past by watching a home movie with the best quality sound and video. Nothing quite matches the rumble as you feel part of the action in your favorite action flick. You can create an in-home theatre environment by including video projection, premium sound, dimming lights, and the theatre seating of your choice. If you’re making it an entertainment space, elevate the back row for a true in-home movie-going experience!

Heated Floors

All Floridians know that the winter in Florida can still put a chill in the air. Despite the normally warm climate, rainy days in January can still make you close up the lanai and crank up the heat. And nothing beats getting out of a shower or bath and stepping out onto a warm floor! Whether you choose to install heated flooring in just your bathroom or throughout your Colony home, heating flooring is beneficial not just from a luxury standpoint — it also can help you feel comfortable and warm. Living in comfort is certainly a must-have!

Towel Warmer

Speaking of comfort, adding a towel warmer will give you that warm, just out of the dryer feeling every time you step out of the shower or bath. Pamper yourself with a towel warmer that reflects your personality — there are a variety of styles to choose from. You can have a free-standing towel warmer, one hardwired and installed in the wall, or you can even have a tucked away towel warming drawer. For open towel warmers, you can add in a modern flair or keep it classic looking. There really is an option for everyone!

Kitchen Improvements

From upgrading your entire kitchen to a chef’s kitchen or adding in simple luxuries, kitchen upgrades are sure to please everyone. Gourmet kitchens are an excellent option for those who enjoy cooking, but if you don’t plan on cooking large meals regularly, these features will surely be a waste of money. Opt for the upgrades you know you’ll use, like a touchless water faucet or flush countertop steamer. Your kitchen is also an excellent place to display your natural side. Install eco-friendly features like bamboo flooring or countertops or cork flooring and help out the environment while making a statement. If you don’t want to scream green, you can still upgrade your appliances (if they aren’t energy efficient already) or add in a recycling center conveniently into your existing cabinets.

Wireless Home Automation

Wireless home automation might be an improvement for the tech-savvy homeowners, but it really can be a benefit for everyone. Most of these systems are quite user-friendly, so even the technically challenged can find it’s a breeze to use. Wireless home automation allows you to control everything in your home from a smartphone or tablet. This is a phenomenal feature, especially for Colony residents who like to travel and want to check in on their home while they’re away. You can also just install the parts that matter most, like smart thermostats, and reap in the benefits of being energy efficient, or you can make your outlets and switches wirelessly controlled. The options are really endless, and this is also a great feature to add to your home theatre.

Details! Feature Lighting & Hardware

Your hardware and lighting choices are simple details that are often overlooked. You can really show off your personality in a subtle way by incorporating lighting fixtures and hardware that echo your sense of style. For example, the kitchen is an excellent place to install feature lighting to show off your dishes or illuminate your latest cooking creation. Additionally, knobs, pulls, and handles are everywhere in your home and offer the perfect opportunity for you to incorporate a touch of you. Selecting high-end, yet classic hardware can show a refined taste. Or, if you’re more whimsical, splurge on exciting or fun pulls, like silverware in the kitchen, etc. This is your chance to show off your style, whether it’s modern, traditional, luxe, or minimal! You’ll be amazed at what a big difference such a small touch can do!

Make a House a Home

At the end of the day, your home in the Colony should be just that — your home.  Make additions to your home to personalize it, increase comfort, and make you happy. By adding luxurious items like the above, we hope you’ll find that your home is your happy place. After all, nothing beats easy living! Which items will you be adding?

Bonus Room Decorating Idea: Forget the ‘Man Cave’. It’s time for the ‘Lady Cave’.

We’ve all heard the term “Man Cave” before. Most of us know the phrase to represent that male sanctuary where men are free to do and decorate as they please, be alone for “man-time” or hang out with friends. Move over men, it’s the woman’s turn!

Over the years, I’ve seen a trend amongst retired women or empty nesters and moms alike, creating a husband or children-free zone in their homes (with the exception of when the grandchildren visit of course!). The reasons vary. For some women, it’s a place to work and for others, it’s a place to relax, de-stress and at best, escape from the hectic world even if it’s for an hour.

Here are a few steps to help you create that perfect ‘lady cave’ whether it’s in your single-family home, villa, or high-rise condo.

Step 1: Claim Your Territory. The obvious choice is using a guest room. That may be easier for those empty nesters who live at The Colony Golf  & Bay Club and enjoy the retirement lifestyle. For moms who still have children at home, you may not have this option. But don’t worry. You can carve out a spot in the attic, basement, garage, utility room or even in your own bedroom. If these are your options, the close quarters may seem claustrophobic, so try choosing a windowed area. This will help open up the space. If that’s not possible, hang some mirrors, which will give the illusion of more space.

Step 2: Shut the World Out. This is easy if you have a home or high-rise condo with a guest room or bonus room. You can simply close the door. If you don’t have this option, simply add a sheer curtain, divider or screen.

Step 3: Choose Your Colors. This is your room so surround yourself with inspiration and things you love, including color. Painting the walls or buying a small ream of wallpaper is an instant way to transform a space. But if that’s too labor intensive, just create a consistent color scheme with your chosen furnishings. Picking the right hues depends on the ultimate goal for your cave. If you’re looking for a meditative, relaxing space, warm blues and greens are proven calming influences. Bright, neon greens and yellows are said to spark creativity.

Step 4: Find Comfortable Seating. Whether it’s a chair, chaise lounge, recliner, sofa, or loveseat, the seating is your throne, so choose something comfortable. Add layers of comfortable pillows in patterns and colors you love.

Step 5: Determine Storage Options. Storage should be functional and decorative in a ‘lady cave’. Think bookshelves, wall shelves, a desk, cabinets, decorative boxes, fabric covered file boxes or baskets.  Make sure you have enough storage to keep everything out of sight that you don’t want to see, and only leave out those items that have meaning and purpose to you.

Step 6: Add personality. Whether you’re using your area to work, craft, study, write or simply de-stress, the key is bringing in a few items that offer a positive vibe. Add a plant or fresh flowers to give it some life. Add a relaxation fountain to drown out background noise. Combine decorative items and framed photos that inspire you. Add mirrors, painted backs or lights to bookcases to showcase your treasures.

Last but not least, when you’re done creating the space, don’t forget to hang the most important decoration of all on the outside of your cave: the “do not disturb” sign.



How to decorate the bonus room in your home.

The living room is spacious. The kitchen is a cook’s dream. The master bathroom is like a spa, and there’s even a guest room for the grandchildren. But you still have another room left in your home at The Colony Golf & Bay Club. So what are you going to do with it? Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Home Office – Do you work from home or own your own business? If so, a bonus room can be the perfect choice to convert to a home office. Make sure you decorate and stage the space appropriately complete with ample storage and noise buffers plus everything else you need to work efficiently.

Game Room – Most modern game rooms have a TV, and the bigger the better. Movable seating is for gaming, so it can be easily moved out of the way for more physically active gaming such as Wii Sports. A Murphy bed is a great option to include since it can easily transition into a guest room. For more traditional game room ideas, basic fixtures include a pool table, dartboard and sometimes a bar.

Home Gym – Even though every high-rise tower at The Colony offers a fully-equipped gym, you may still want to use your bonus room as a private workout area. Include a stationary bike or treadmill, free weights and even a TV to keep you from getting bored.

Family Room – Your family and grandchildren visit a few times a year so it doesn’t warrant making it into a play room, but a family room in your new high-rise or single-family residence at The Colony Golf & Bay Club will create a place the whole family can gather and relax in. Include games, movies and a snack area, and keep the space cozy and inviting.

Whatever you decide to do with your bonus room, even if it’s simply creating another guest room for visitors, you’ll have ample space in your new single-family or high-rise residence at The Colony Golf & Bay Club.

How would you design your bonus room?