Design & Real Estate

New Neighbors

Real Estate powerhouses Philip J. Spiegelman and Craig S. Studnicky of International Sales Group, LLC, have just made a move of their own, relocating their offices to our own backyard in Brickell. Their new digs at 500 Brickell Ave. includes 4,000 square feet of office space that will house a team of rockstar real estate experts. Skeptical? Let the numbers do the talking: ISG’s conversion record is 3x higher than the industry average. Welcome to the neighborhood; 305.931.6511,

Ribbit Alert
What’s ridiculously cute and could also save your home from thousands of dollars in water damage? The LeakFrog, of course! This cute little green friend might look like a bath toy, but don’t throw it in the tub unless you like ear-piercing, screeching alarms. The LeakFrog is set off by as little as 1/32 inch of water, and will sound for hours if not reset. If you don’t hear it, your neighbors certainly will; $14.95,

Much Inspired

Want to know what renovations will actually improve the value of your home, instead of just costing you much-needed cash? Check out this list of proven winners.

Knock Knock
It seems small, and that’s the point — the low-cost change of updating an older exterior door with a new steel model yields an impressive 128.9% return on your investment, according to Remodeling Magazine.




Bath Investment
Though it’s one of the costlier remodeling options, adding a new bathroom to your home can potentially earn you a 92% payback at selling time. Bonus? No more waiting in line to brush your teeth.




Curb Appeal
The cost can be nothing more than a bit of blood and sweat, but cleaning up your landscaping and getting rid of clutter inside are a couple of the best ways to quickly increase the value of your property.