Enjoy romance all year long at these cozy spots

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we thought we'd pull together some of the most dazzling spaces in our current listings. Nothing says romance like cozy, well-designed spaces and big views. 

Scroll through these five luxurious photos and find the corresponding description below. 

1. Rich, luxe tones

With a wall of art in shimmering gold frames and a rich, tufted headboard, this room draws us in with its symmetry and playful textures. Light a few candles, and this Capitol Hill penthouse couldn't be more romantic.

2. Bathed in light

Recently remodeled by Stuart Silk, this gorgeous Queen Anne home has been redesigned to maximize light. In addition to the amble light throughout, mirrors have been placed strategically to enhance the bright essence of this gorgeous bath.

3. Dine at the edge of the world

Enjoy dinner for two, with front row seats to the Puget Sound's spectacular sunsets over the Olympic Mountains. Featuring different levels of outdoor entertaining spaces, this Magnolia beauty is sure to inspire every day.

4. Velvet, gold & bold

Nothing says romance like curling up next to a toasty fire! Long, luxurious velvet drapes create a stand-out statement next to the crisp white bedding. The gold-framed mirror is the final touch of glamour in this beautiful master suite in the Highlands.

5. Dazzling city views

Imagine walking out onto your master suite terrace to find these sparkling city views! The scene transforms at sunset, when the sky turns the city into a sea of pastel hues. Grab a glass of bubbles, and watch the city glitter.

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3 Kitchens You'll Absolutely Adore

Kitchens are often the gathering place of a home, regardless of how much or how little cooking actually happens! And a well-designed kitchen can inspire us to eat in, have friends and family over, enjoy a long weekend breakfast. We collected a few of our favorite kitchens from our current listings, kitchens that we wouldn't mind brushing up on those cooking skills in -- because we all have goals of cooking more at home, right?

1. Bright, bold & beautiful

This stylish kitchen stands out with its oversized island, eye-catching white quartz counters, and rich cabinetry. An open layout was applied to the whole main floor of this 1913 Georgian home in Queen Anne. Wonderful for entertaining, the kitchen flows right into the dining room, which flows naturally to the lush outside area. 

You can just see yourself hosting boozy brunches and intimate dinner parties, right?

You can just see yourself hosting boozy brunches and intimate dinner parties, right?

2. Warm hues, lake views

These counters look familiar, eh? We're seeing this style of crisp, white quartz counters often lately. They add a splash of sophistication and modern appeal. We love how the stark white counters are paired with the natural wood grain of the bar stools. With the sink situated in the island, the chef can also enjoy sumptuous views of Juanita Bay through the curved wall of windows that lines the main floor.

If it looks this good in full light, just imagine how this west-facing kitchen looks during sunset...

If it looks this good in full light, just imagine how this west-facing kitchen looks during sunset...

3. Fabulous & functional

With a large skylight overhead, you'll always have the benefit of natural light in this kitchen. The custom design that flows throughout this home is especially evident in this well-equipped kitchen. Pretty cabinetry does a lot of work here, showcasing dishware and providing a home for your most prized bottles of wine.

If you think this is a great view, just wait until you see the Puget Sound views this home was built around. 

If you think this is a great view, just wait until you see the Puget Sound views this home was built around. 

Design trend: Swoon-worthy wallpaper

Wallpaper has had its share of transformations over the years (starting a couple thousand years ago with decorated rice paper in the homes of stylish Chinese, followed by Europeans in the 16th century.) While paint has become the new staple in home decor, wallpaper is coming back into vogue. With a wide array of designs to choose from, wallpaper can transform an entire space, infusing it with elegance, whimsy and style.

The following photoshand selected from our listings this yearshow just how versatile and delightful wallpaper can be in a well-designed space. From entryways to bathrooms, the right wall covering can be transformative in the best possible way.

Like what you see? Explore these homes: Chic powder palette  | A pop of pattern | Breathtaking elegance | Larger than life | Step back in timeTo see more beautiful Seattle real estate listings, click here.

Three takeaways from Inman Luxury Connect

This week, we attended Inman's Luxury Connect conference in Beverly Hills to learn about real estate marketing, technology, business intelligence -- and to catch up with the most talented realtors in our industry. We were overjoyed to soak up some California sunshine, learn new insights, and to also reaffirm what we already know and practice. Read about our main takeaways from this year's conference. 

1. If you market to everyone, you market to no one.

Sharran Srivatsaa, co-president of Teles Properties gave a powerful talk about 7 Superpowers of Elite Agents. His first slide announced "Riches are in the niches" -- meaning that finding your specialty is imperative to your success. Once you can find that focus and connect with your audience, you'll be off to the races. This advice is applicable to most industries, but particularly helpful for real estate since there is such an immense spectrum to our business. 

2. Get to know people and show your value.

Building upon this sentiment, Director of the Compass Global Sports & Entertainment Division, Kofi Nartey explained that once you have identified your niche, you must know your value and exude it with confidence. Many other speakers touched on this point as well, including Sally Forster Jones, President of John Aaroe International Luxury Properties, who emphasized how realtors must lead with the tremendous value they provide to their clients. 

3. When it comes to branding, consistent online presence is key. 

We heard this over and over at this year's Luxury Connect. Realtors often have to be a one-man (or woman!) show, from salesperson to legal expert to marketing guru. Taking the time to plan out how you want your brand to be perceived is crucial. From your social media presence, to your website, everything should be current, flow seamlessly and, (this is big) be mobile-friendly.

We learned from Adam Fish, Partner Lead responsible for the Real Estate business at Google, that 50% of people will use a competitor's site if your site is not mobile-friendly. And 40% of people will abandon a site if it takes longer than 3 seconds to load. Wonder how your site stacks up? Use this link to find out how fast your website loads, and use this link to determine whether your website is mobile-friendly.