2020 Trends

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Landscaping Trends 2020

I know I know, With the snow on the ground and the cold in the air none of us are thinking of how we are going to design our outdoor space but we wanted to let you in on the trends we will see this upcoming spring and summer in hopes to spark some excitement and anticipation that will help you get through these next few months. It’s never too early to visualize or maybe even long for the hours that are going to be spent in the sun, working on that tan or just relaxing and taking in that beautiful fresh air. Here are the 2020 landscaping trends we are going to see this upcoming season.

Keep It Simple

Sleek, simple and contemporary landscaping is a 2020 trend we are going to be seeing a lot of this year. A great way to achieve this look is with an elegant outdoor kitchen area, a water or fire feature or simplistic stonework. Our Listing on 1001 Westpoint is a great example of a beautiful fire feature adding a contemporary and sleek style to space. Another way to achieve a contemporary outdoor space is by adding plants with red, black or purple leaves this will give it a striking but elegant look to any space. Placing light under steps, patios or any of your landscape structures does not only add a level of safety to your space but will achieve the effect that they are floating and will give it a modern and futuristic feel to any outdoor space. Keeping it sleek and simple is a great trend because it has minimal upkeep and a lot of the features can be multi-season.

 

Outdoor Tiles QVA

Bring on the Porcelain

There is a lot to be excited about when it comes to porcelain tiles, they have a long life-span and are very versatile so they fit into any outdoor space. Porcelain tiles are a great idea if you have a high foot traffic area because it is resistant to breaks, scratches, and scuffs but also comes in a plethora of shades and designs.  Whether it be around your firepit or on your patio, porcelain tiles will tie your whole space together beautifully making it a 2020 trend we are all-embracing with open arms. 

 

Outdoor Fireplace QVA

Time to get Cozy 

Secluded spaces is a 2020 trend that we all needed, creating a cozy outdoor space will make it impossible to go inside. The ultimate goal when planning your outdoor space is to have a balance between lush growth and an inviting, comfortable area that makes you want to relax and take in some fresh air whether it be with a book or some music. This balance is quite simple to achieve, use that corner that you don’t know what to do with and add a cozy chair, a water feature and voila! You have your own outdoor getaway.

 

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Organic Garden

Reuse Reduce Recycle

Organic Gardening is a trend we all saw coming. It is both a trend and a movement as we become increasingly aware of the benefits of reuse-reduce-recycle. Organic gardening can be a lot of fun and a great opportunity to grow some of your own fruit, vegetables, and herbs. Gardening organically means preserving as many native plants as possible and using compost instead of fertilizer. Organic gardening has quite the list of positives, going beyond the health benefits, it also has environmental positives including soil health and preservation of the coexisting plants and animals. Long story short, although Organic gardening is a 2020 trend we don’t see going away anytime soon

Birds of Paradise

Bring that Vacation home 

Remember those beautiful and exotic plants last time you were on vacation in Mexico or Jamaica? Plants like orchids, and lilies? Well, it’s time to bring a little of that into your landscape.  A lot of us don’t think that is an option if you live somewhere with a colder climate but do not worry there are plenty of tropical plants that thrive in all areas, for example, Bamboo, Birds of paradise, and hibiscus are all very hardy and weather-resistant as well as low maintenance! So time to step outside and enter into your own personal oasis.

 

 

Interior Design Trends 2020

Oh, the excitement of the new year, as we celebrate another revolution around the sun we set new goals, challenges and of course we look forward to all the new trends. Since we are all setting goals to better ourselves this upcoming year we may as well give your home the refresher it needs. Stepping into a new decade means a lot of change and this gives us the opportunity to rethink what trends we should carry over to 2020 and what trends should be left in the dust. Here are some of the 2020 trends expected to take over this year.

 

Black Is the New Black 

Dark Tones Kelowna

Some believe this was an inevitable future as the trend the last few years has been white on white with bright accents but dark tones have always had a place in our hearts. This upcoming year we are expecting to see dark accent walls, sofas, and cabinets. Pairing dark cabinets with light hardware will give it an edgy and modern look As seen in our listing at 716 Vance Ave.  This trend will remain timeless as the years pass by. Expect to see the rise of black tubs and bold, dark colors on doors “Painting an interior door in a rich color adds warmth and character to space” stated Anne R. Kokoskie of Styled by ARK.  Now, this doesn’t mean rip up all of the white countertops and repaint the walls, all we are saying is adding some dark tones will create a beautiful contrast that will make any space pop. This is a 2020 trend we are looking forward to.

Live and Let Live!

The Next 2020 Trend that is worth discussing is going to add some life to your space, REAL PLANTS in 2019 we saw a huge trend of faux plants but we quickly realized that the novelty wears off fast. Faux plants don’t grow (duh!) so there is no transition in space, faux plants also get dusty FAST and who wants to wash their plants? Wasn’t it the zero maintenance that started faux plants in the first place? Having real plants not only looks nice they have plenty of health benefits too, so time to go plant shopping and exercise that green thumb we know you have!

Been There Done That 

Geometric Patterns is not a new trend, it has been around not only in 2019 but 2018 as well, cups, notebooks, sofas, light fixtures, wallpaper, etc it was everywhere. Geometric designs are beautiful because they can be colorful or monochromatic but they still add a sense of art, so they fit into any space, sounds great right? Well, we have taken it a bit too far so the 2020 trend of geometric patterns is to take it one step farther by taking a step back. Geometric balance is the 2020 trend we are following, you can still make that bold, creative statement but instead of making it the entire sofa let’s spice up your space with a geometric pillow or throw. Moving forward we want to be strategic, less is more when it comes to geometric this year

Natural Bathroom Kelowna

Let us connect  

According to Webster’s dictionary, Biophilia is defined as a hypothetical human tendency to interact or be closely associated with other forms of life in nature. Biophilia is another 2020 trend that has been a long time coming. With all of the climate change and sustainability issues, it is time we shift our design to something less manufactured and more organic. Having a more natural look to your home promotes not only cleanliness but a sense of welcoming and friendliness to any space. Although high tech homes are great it’s time we get in touch with nature again, maybe we put down the phone and check out the view that we are surrounded with especially here in Kelowna. In 2020 using recycled wood for tables, chairs and live plants to add some color you can have a stylish home and a clean conscious this year.

Old is the New, New

You read that right! Vintage is coming back, The 2020 trend that we are most excited for is vintage accents. Hopefully, your grandma didn’t throw away her old chandeliers or coffee tables because they will be worth a pretty penny this upcoming year. The trend we will be seeing a lot of is vintage ACCENTS, don’t go too overboard or you may just come across as outdated. Vintage accents can add a beautiful contrast in a modern style room and really draw attention to the details. The great thing about Vintage is there are so many styles and options you can still bring your own personality into it. Time to start thrifting!

In-home Sanctuary

2019 was a chaotic year and as a result, the 2020 trend we are all happy to slip into, is the In-Home Sanctuary. Lived -in and cozy are the vibes we are going for here.  2019 was full of modern design, steel, and straight lines but it’s about time we embrace a more harmonious look and feel in 2020. With a warm and welcoming home comes neutral colors, comfy couches, and smaller, warmer spaces. I don’t think this is a trend anyone is going to complain about this year.

A perfect example of this  look and feel of our luxury listing at 4850 Tuscany Lane.

 

 

Now that you know what to look out for let’s find your dream home in the Okanagan. The professional Realtors® at Quincy Vrecko & Associates specialize in helping buyers discover the kind of luxury real estate Kelowna’s wealthiest covet for good reason. Call 250-863-8810.

 

 

 

 

Kelowna Shops While Home for the Holidays

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Being Home for the Holidays can be a bit overwhelming with all the events, shopping and family suppers, here at Quincy Vrecko and Associates we thought we would try and make the holiday season a little less stressfull so you can truly enjoy this cheerful time.

Morgane

Morgane is located in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. This Woman Clothing store has a vision to always provide a personal and enthusiastic styling experience. Morgane will help you look good and feel comfortable in the clothing you wear no matter where or what you are doing. This Boutique perfect place to stop by if you are home for the holidays

 

Location:1393 Ellis St, Kelowna, B.C

 

European Goldsmith

European Goldsmiths was founded by John and Kim Berg in 1996, European Goldsmith Fine Jewellery is a family-owned and operated jewelry store in Kelowna, BC. Their warm and welcoming staff truly love the industry and appreciate the ability to be part of your special moment. When you visit European Goldsmith, you get to discover what feelings look like.

Location: 109 – 2900 Pandosy St, Kelowna, B.C

 

Macdermott’s

MacDermott’s has been the luxury shopping destination in Kelowna since 1995 and has been a one-stop-shop for modern men’s business wear ever since. This beautiful shop carries a large selection of premium brands and was voted ‘Best in Men’s Clothing in Kelowna’ for multiple years, MacDermott’s reputation for modern style and customer service is what makes it a need to see if you are home for the holidays this season 

Location:565 Bernard Ave, Kelowna, B.C

 

 

Karat Chocolate and Pastry Boutique

Karat Chocolate and Pastry Boutique located in the Heart of Kelowna this magnificent small-batch chocolate company focuses on bringing you the freshest essentials to make your day perfect. Each bar and chocolate is carefully crafted and wrapped by hand. If you are home for the holidays this season make sure to treat yourself to a cup of Phil & Sabastian coffee and some Signature Karat Chocolates

  Location: 1526 Ellis Street, Kelowna, B.C

Mosiac Kelowna

Mosiac Book Store

Mosiac Book Store carries over 6,000 bargain-priced books that are generally 50-70% off the list price, this includes new releases and popular sellers. This book store doesn’t stop at books, they carry jigsaw puzzles and board games too!

Location: 411 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna, BC

 

Lakehouse Downtown Kelowna

LAKEHOUSE

LAKEHOUSE is a family-owned and operated “lifestyle store”, combining unique ingredients to create an exceptional and unexpected experience. Thye have sourced hundreds of suppliers from around the world to bring the people of Kelowna a fresh new style. LAKEHOUSE has something for everyone including kitchen, furniture, home décor, wine and bar, and giftware.

  Locations: 100 – 510 Bernard Ave, Kelowna, B.C + 1264 Ellis Street, Kelowna, B.C

 

7 Necessities for your Kelowna Guest Bedroom

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Now that it is October and the summer has come and went it is time to update and organize your Kelowna home. Whether it is small weekend projects or a big project that will take months it is time to get your Kelowna home updated to better suit your family’s needs. With the weekend slowly approaching we have a small project that you can tackle – Your Kelowna Guest Bedroom! Here are 7 things we believe every Guest Bedroom needs.

Clean Sheets

There’s something about coming home to the smell of a clean house and a freshly washed pair of sheets so make your guests feel that way when they step in their guest bedroom. Invest in a few good sets of sheets so you are not stuck doing laundry if you have back-to-back guests coming. Keep some thicker blankets in the closet or end of the bed so if your guests get cooler in the night they have a blanket to add on!

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Keep Necessities on Hand

No one is perfect, it is fate that one of your guests will forget something when they travel whether that be a toothbrush, a hairbrush or some toothpaste. Make them feel welcome by keeping some necessities on hand for scenarios like this. Great idea to have a bucket of toiletries in the closet or end table for your guests so they don’t have to come to you every time they realize they forgot something.

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Clean Out the Closet

If you have been using the guest bedroom closet as a place for storage it’s time to get cleaning! Clean out the closet and leave some extra hangers so your guests have a way to organize their clothes rather than wrinkling them in their suitcase.

books and magazinesSet of Books/Magazines

It’s always nice to have a few magazines or books in the bedroom, so if your guests are having a tough time going to bed or just want to be able to relax for a few hours they have something to do! Keep them in the bedside table for easy access and your guests will thank you later!

Extra Chargers

There’s nothing worse than leaving your charger at home by accident. Have a few chargers in the bedside table of your Kelowna guest room so just in case your guest forgot theirs they can still enjoy using their mobile device while away to keep in contact with their loved ones back home.

bedside lampAdd Some Extra Lighting

Do your guests like to read before they go to bed or do they like to enjoy a little midnight snack? Don’t let them enjoy it in the dark! Find some unique end table lamps to add to your Kelowna guest bedroom!

 

Extra Pillows

There’s nothing worse than staying at someone else’s house and having sleepless nights. Make your guests feel comfortable in your Kelowna guest bedroom by adding some extra pillows to the bed.  This also doubles as a backrest if you don’t have a chair in the bedroom. They can easily place the pillows behind their back for a more comfortable position to read in!

fresh flowersAdd Florals

Nothing says a clean fresh room like a bouquet of flowers. It doesn’t have to be an expensive arrangement but something small and fresh will do the trick. Just ensure you buy it the day of or day before your guests arrive so it stays fresh throughout their stay.

 

Are you getting your home ready to sell? Take advantage of the time and advice given by our expert Kelowna real estate team, which ensures your home is in its best shape to set your sale up for success. Get in touch! 1-778-760-2860!

 

Boost your Home Curb Appeal 

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While we were traveling through the Upper Mission on the weekend, we couldn’t help but stare at some of the homes with the BEST home curb appeal. We just had to share some of the ideas with you! If you are lacking an eye-catching exterior for your home, we’ve got you covered!

Paint your Front Door

Yellow and blue door on brick house

Painting your front door is a quick and straightforward way to add to the home curb appeal, and if done right it can be completed on the weekend! We recommend a bold color to stand out from the rest of the house. Painting your front door is fun and unique, if your house is a grey or brown this is a fast way to add a signature touch to your home to prevent it from blending into the rest of the neighborhood

Upgrade your House Number

Modern house numbers

A simple upgrade to your house number will do more than you think! You can quickly modernize your home and there are so many different ways you can upgrade your house number. Whether you go to the store and buy some new numbers or you make your own, it is guaranteed to increase your home’s curb appeal.

Be creative with your mailbox

Doing something creative with your mailbox is a great way to add some personality to your home. Decorating your mailbox is a very fun project that will add curb appeal and function to any home. When painting your mailbox you can go as crazy as you want! You can even let your kids get creative and they can hang their artwork in front of your home. 

Get a new doorknob

Getting new doors nobs is a quick and cheap way to instantly add a modern look to your home. There is a wide range of styles and prices there is a doorknob for everyone. It does not seem like a big change but success in the details!

Add some greenery 

Adding some lush greenery to the front of your home will help add home curb appeal as well as make your home look healthy and maintained. All of the most attractive homes have an arrangement of plants out front. Greenery makes the home feel welcoming and cozy without even stepping inside.

 

 

Tracy at Quincy Vrecko and Associates is happy to give a free home curb appeal advice. Whether it be because you are selling your home or just want a little update.

Tracey and Quincy Vrecko

Partners in life and in business, co-founders Tracey and Quincy Vrecko are the face of Quincy Vrecko and Associates.  Started as a small team of 2, they are now one of the top teams for RE/MAX Kelowna. Together for 20 years and parents to 2 boys, we find out what keeps them connected both in and out of the office.    

Where did you meet?

Tracey:  We met in Calgary in 1999.  We both worked in the retail industry at the time and the stores we were running were across from one another.

When did you move to the Okanagan?

Quincy:  We moved in 2009 when our oldest son Gabriel was almost 2, and Tracey was pregnant with our second son Paxton.  We were looking for a quieter city to raise our family that had a great sense of community, for that reason, we decided on Kelowna.

Tracey : I wanted to move back to Winnipeg where I am from and Quincy wanted to go back to the coast where he grew up.  Kelowna was a great compromise!

What do like the most about living in Kelowna?Vrecko's at Big White-Kelowna Real Estate

Tracey:  I like the work/life balance we have.  We are so lucky to be able to balance our time so that we can spend time watching our kids grow up.  They grow up too fast.

Quincy:  I love the lifestyle.  We ski and snowboard with the kids in the winter, and boat and bike in the summer.  Life doesn’t get any better than that.

What do you do when you’re not in the office?

Tracey:  We spend most of our time with the boys at home.  We are real home bodys. We do family movie nights on Friday’s and spend most weekends up at Big White.  In the summer, we are out on our boat or in the pool.

Quincy:  Tracey and I like our TV.  We like to watch Netflix series and movies most nights.  When we can, we like to travel.

What is the best trip you’ve been on together?

Quincy:  It would be our trip to Europe.  We went for 3 weeks. I took Tracey to the Madonna concert in Amsterdam.  It was amazing. But more significantly, this was the trip we decided to start a family.  I will never forget that.

Tracey:  That’s a tough one.  We have travelled to some amazing places.  I would have to say our first trip Tofino. Quincy took me there when we were dating and introduced me to the ocean.  Since then we have been back every year with our family.

Tracey and Quincy couple-Kelowna Luxury Real estateWhat do you love about your partner?

Tracey:  I love his determination and resilience.  He is a strong, confident man and I admire that about him.  He deeply cares about the people in his life and would do anything for them.   And he makes me laugh!

Quincy:  I love her tenacity.  Not only is she a great business partner, she is a great mom to our 2 boys.  She is supportive, caring and hardworking.  I don’t know what I would do without her.

What is a couples story you like to share with people?Tracey and Quincy Vrecko-Kelowna Luxury Real Estate

Quincy:  I like to tell people that Tracey tried to break up with me when we first started dating.  

Tracey:  That’s true!  I took him out for lunch to have the “let’s just be friends talk”.  But he proceeded to tell me, “take the weekend to think about it, you will realise it is the wrong decision.  We have a good thing going here and we should be together”. Now here we are, 20 years later. What a salesman!

What have you learned the most about being partners in life and business?

Tracey:  That communication is the key to success in any relationship.  

Quincy:  That Tracey is always right!

What does the future hold for Quincy Vrecko and Associates?

Quincy:  We are working closely with a business coach to take our company to the next level.  Our new Mission statement really says it all.

Providing an unparalleled approach to buying and selling Family homes, Premium Properties and Luxury Estates in the Canada.  Our promise is to exceed the expectations of all clients and colleagues by always providing absolute exceptional service for every transaction.  

 

 

Sensitive Santa 2018

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Announcement:

The Sensitive Santa program will be running again this year at Orchard Park Mall.

Quincy and I are honored to bring back the Sensitive Santa visits.   With the help of Orchard Park Mall and Autism Okanagan, these precious Santa visits are treasured memories.  Sensitive Santa is a private one on one visit for children who have sensory sensitivities.  The hustle and bustle of the mall at Christmas time would normally overwhelm children on the specturm.  These visits make it possible for childen with Autism to enjoy this time honored event. 

Our 8 year old son Paxton has Autism.  It is difficult for him to enjoy a visit with Santa when there are crowds of people, bright lights and loud music.  Five years ago after a stressful attempt to visit Santa at the mall, we came up with idea of Sensitive Santa.Sensitive Santa-Quincy Vrecko real estate

The elements that would make a Santa visit a disaster for us, we now control with the help of Orchard Park Mall.  

Sensitive Santa visits are a success because we:

  • After hours-in order to ensure no large crowds
  • Each visit by appointment only- so every family doesn’t have to wait in line and has 5 minutes of privacy
  • Turn off the music and dim the lights- to ensure sensory sensitive environment

We controll the environment, therefore it has created priceless moments with families.   Before the Sensitive Santa program, these families have not been able to step foot in the mall.  Let alone to visit Santa at Christmas time.  

Autism Spectrum Disorder (known as ASD) is range of conditions. They are characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.  In Canada, 1 in 68 children are currently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.  This makes Autism the fastest growing and most commonly diagnosed neurological disorder in Canada.

Quincy and I hope to be able to bring more programs like Sensitive Santa to the Okanagan.  When I am not selling real estate, I am working with Autism Okanagan.  I am proud to be the acting president for the board of directors.  I am growing awareness in the community and increase activities for families living with a loved one on the Autism spectrum.

sensitive santa quincy and tracey vrecko

Dates for this year are December 2nd, December 9th and December 16th.

To register for Sensitive Santa visit http://sensitivesantaokanagan.ca/register/

Tracey Vrecko