Condo Owner

Spring 2017

Condo Owner publishes information vital to the business and pleasure of resort condominium ownership. Topics covered relate to real estate market trends, community association matters, rental management issues, tax and insurance updates and more.

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S P R I N G 2 0 1 7 • condo owner 23 Ala. "At one time the trend was all about bed- spreads, and oftentimes big, bright patterned bedspreads that weren't easily washable, but that's no more," Martin said. "Today, most everyone wants bedding that's easy to wash, and typically the look everyone wants is white or another neutral, which is soft and beautiful yet usable. That's a big difference now versus 20 years ago." A change toward functionality can also be seen in window treatments, Martin said. At one time the look was all about thick, pat- terned curtains; today it's all about white or neutral-colored curtains—if any at all. "I in- corporate as little curtains as I can," she said. "Most of the time in a beach condo we do white linen curtains, as sheer as we can go." In addition to the color and fabric changes of window treatments, today the style of blinds is completely different as well, added David Niven of Window Décor & More. "Years ago, verticals would have been what everyone had," he said. "That was the product of choice. Now they have been replaced with drapery. The biggest trend we're seeing now is powered solar shades, which allows the occu- pant to still have a great view. We're also doing a lot more roman shades today." THE FABRICS Perhaps the biggest shift in the Gulf Coast interior design market in the last 20 years is the fabrics. "Years ago, the main fabric used was cotton duck, but today owners are going more and more with linen," said Cheryl Macedon of Cheryl Interiors. Today's product offerings include many more fabrics that are family and pet friendly, as well as more suited to the elements of beach living, such as Crypton, Sunbrella and Revo- lution fabrics. "Now you're seeing so many new fabrics that are really better for what we do and need," Waterfield said. "They are stain resistant, kid friendly and fade resistant." ► The number one tourism destination in Alabama, Baldwin County's miles of white sand beaches have made it a prime vacation destination along the Gulf Coast, drawing in millions of vacationers each year. But as Baldwin County residents will tell you, the only thing greater than visiting our area is living here. As the fastest growing county in Alabama, Baldwin County's high quality of life and economic opportunities have attracted more than 6,000 local, national and global companies, making us a leader in Alabama for incoming business investments. For condo owners and casual vacationers alike, why not have the best of both worlds? The idea behind Business Where You Beach is simple. You stay here, you beach here—why not bring your business here? For more information, contact Lee Lawson at "...we were still in somewhat of a 'cutesy' period with lots of items and patterns with fish and tropical plants...." interiors

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