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If you are looking to make some upgrades to your Miami home, there are a few trends that you might want to take into consideration. While some trends are simply fads that are likely to leave as quickly as they came, there are a few trends that are going to stay for years to come. Here's a look at some trends that are worth a closer look.

Trend #1: Expanding Outdoor Living Space

A growing number of buyers are interested in homes that make good use of outdoor space. This is particularly important in Miami with its year-round good weather. Outdoor kitchens, fire pits, water features, spas and accent lights are all good investments when remodeling your home.

Trend #2: Eco-Friendly Makeovers

Consumers are growing increasingly aware of the environment and the impact they have upon it. They are also looking for ways to save money on energy costs. When you put these two trends together, it only makes sense to make eco-friendly makeovers whenever possible. Energy efficienty appliances and home electronics are very popular and will remain popular well into the future. The same is true of energy-efficient windows. Even better, there are many tax incentives available when purchasing and installing energy-efficient products.

Trend #3: Hard Surface Floors

Hard surface floors are becoming increasingly popular. The most popular options include tile, natural stone and hardwood flooring. Not only is hard surface flooring easier to maintain than carpet, but it also does not trap dust and other allergens. While the bedroom is still a popular choice for carpeting, consider replacing your other floors with tile, natural stone or hardwood.

Trend #4: Home Theaters

As consumers look for ways to cut costs, staying home and enjoying a movie night is becoming increasingly popular. A home theater offers a great way to make this happen. With the help of an HDTV and a surround sound system, you can recreate the feel of a theater at home. If you have the space, having a dedicated home theater room with custom seating, sound prooffing and lighting is even better.

Trend #5: Kitchen and Bathroom Makeovers

Kitchen and bathroom makeovers have always been a popular trend, and this trend is not likely to ever change. Fortunately, making over these two rooms does not have to be as expensive as it once was. Tub liners and bath surrounds are now available, making it far easier and less expensive to change the look of your bathroom without needing to replace your tub or retile your shower. Refacing your cabinets and replacing your countertop can also go a long way toward giving your kitchen a facelift without spending a lot of money.

 

Whether you want to revel in fireworks on the beach, party with a celebrity or dance all night, Miami Beach has just the right celebration for you.

Beach Celebrations

City of Miami Beach New Year's Eve Celebration:A New Year's Eve Jam on the Sand! The Orange Drive Music Festival features live musical groups and fireworks at midnight. The free event is at South Beach on Ocean Drive and Eighth Street and runs from 9 pm to 2 am.

Bayfront Park's New Year Eve Celebration: A dance party with Funky Frank leads up to the countdown to midnight with Big Orange and fireworks. Starting at 8 pm at Bayfront Park on Biscayne Boulevard, the free celebration runs till midnight.

Bar Crawl

Crawl 'Til The Ball Falls Bar Crawl: (Try saying that 5 times fast at the end of the Bar Crawl!) Starting at Brother Jimmy BBQ Miami, register for this mega Bar Crawl, get your cup and wristband and get started! Check out parties at El Vato Tequila & Taco Bar, Red Bar Gallery, and Tobacco Road.

Location: Registration at Brother Jimmy BBQ Miami on S. Miami Ave.

Cost : Registration fee $10

Time: 5 pm to 4 am

Hotels

The Fountainbleu continues a tradition of NYE parties with celebrities at its iconic venue:

Mondrian South Beach:Enjoy a 4 hour premium bar in this intoxicating atmosphere. General Admission starts at $165 and the revelry happens from 8 pm to 3 am.

Wall at the W Hotel:Dance to the hottest electronic beat with DJ Michael Brun. Admission starts at $545 at 11 pm with a three hour premium bar.

Wet at the W Hotel:With DJ Dirty South bringing the hottest music in South Beach, celebrate with a poolside party. The three hour premium bar opens at 9 pm through 12 am and admission start at $218.

Clubs

Join Lil' Wayne at Cameo Nightclub with a three hour premium bar from 9 pm to midnight and the party continuing until 5 am. Ladies have a special price of $75 with general admission at $150.

Mansion is offering open bar all night with tickets starting at $150. Enjoy the Playboy club from 9 pm to 5 am.

Join three international DJ's at Story Nightclub with an open bar and champagne toast from 9 pm to midnight. General admission ranges from $100 to $250.

Club Space presents Take Me to 2014 with Paul van Dyk in the Main Room and Paco Osuna & Hector on the Terrace. The party runs from 10 pm to close with an open bar from 10 pm to midnight.

All of these events start on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 and continue through midnight (and some well beyond!). Enjoy the variety that Miami Beach offers for NYE celebrations and ring in 2014 with fun and entertainment.

 

Hustling about to complete that never ending Christmas list can be an extraordinarily taxing proposition without a game plan. For those searching for that perfect "something" in the Miami, Florida area, there are plentiful retail and boutique options to find that unique item that is assured to bring a smile to even the most discerning of faces on Christmas morning. Whether it is the convenience of a centrally located mall, or the rare piece that can only be found in an antique consignment store, the residents of Miami have some great options when it comes time to form their holiday shopping game plan.

Lincoln Road Mall…

Lincoln Road Mall is the nexus for convenient big-box retail outlets and kitschy specialty store shopping options. If the inveterate traveler is on this year's list to but for, then Argentina International is offering high-end luggage options like Samsonite, Jansport, and others to help outfit that next weekend excursion. Conversely, for the sports lover on the list, Lids Hats has an inventory stocked from the floor boards to the rafters with hats from every major league and college team that steps out onto the gridiron. Everything from sexy apparel at Victoria's Secretes to stylish Brazilian summer footwear at Havaianas is available within the pedestrian-only mall that has been called the premier "people watching" spot on South Beach.

The Shops at Sunset Place…

A member of the Simon Malls family, The Shops at Sunset Place are dedicated to providing a seamless shopping experience that allows the customer to explore their boundaries and refining their essential style. For those high-end recipients on the holiday shopping list this year, The Shops at Sunset Place provide the excellent stomping grounds for locating that ideal hard to find gift. Incredible deals can be found at such name brand stores as Banana Republic, Aeropostale, Brookstone, Forever 21, and many more. There is no need to search hither and yon throughout the greater Miami Beach metropolitan area in search of the perfect gift when they are clustered at The Shops at Sunset Place.

Alessandra Gold…

For those looking to eschew the mall experience this holiday season, Alessandra Gold is the perfect blend of both high and low-end labels that have signaled this unique boutique shop out for considerable interest for those Miamians in the know about his local treasure. Whether looking for vintage eyewear or edgy items from favorite Tripp NCY, shoppers will find what they are looking for in this trend setting boutique.

From local malls to hidden boutiques, Miami Beach residents will find an easy time of taking care of their holiday list this year. Savvy shoppers will get that shopping done in record time and be ready to enjoy the holiday festivities in style with their friends and family.

 

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