Who would live in a house like this babes Chandeliers for dogs and champagne fridges in the walk-in wardrobe are must-haves for the super rich residents of Marbella
14:25 GMT, 10 September 2012
With 300 days of sunshine a year, 26km of sunny Mediterranean beaches, stunning views, and an expat community of over 300,000, it is no wonder that Marbella is the place where so many Britons aspire to own property.
And ever since The Only Way Is Essex shipped it's gang of fake-tanoholics from Sugar Hut to the Ocean Club for the series special of The Only Way is Marbs, Marbella became the hottest holiday destination faster than Joey Essex said 'reem'.
Now in a new and exclusive series to Home, viewers can follow the British estate agents, interior designers and developers working in the luxurious property industry in the popular region of Spain’s Costa del Sol.
Meet the cast: The latest batch of reality TV stars to hit our screens hail from sunny Marbella
The show, appropriately entitled Marbella Mansions, showcases extraordinary properties, which are designed to tempt and impress the super-rich- accurately reflected by their excessive asking prices and extraordinary designs.
Just one example is The Guadalmina Desire mansion which costs an eye-watering 6.5mn and is designed to appear as if it is floating on water, of course.
Designed with bank notes in mind, other features include a swimming pool, home cinema, spa, wine cellar, and most impressive of all, for sake of breaking a manicured nail flicking a light switch, the entire house can be controlled by an iPad.
The woman in charge of kitting out the homes of the superich is Devon-born interior designer Hayley Reed.
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The 28-year-old already has a well-established business and is editor of her own design magazine in Marbella, and the mansion owners have instilled their trust in her.
Known to give her clients exactly what they want, she cannot wait to be given the keys to the Guadalmina Desire mansion to start her redecoration work.
Other characters in the 10-part series include Jonty and his partner Sebastian, who are well known in Marbella for their outrageous and colourful design style.
They have already built a bespoke dog house for 10,000 for a local Italian millionaire, who now wants them to build the most striking ‘super penthouse apartment’ in the region for himself.
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Then there is contemporary designer Sally Blackshaw who is challenged with transforming an old 1970s penthouse to make it ‘white and modern’.
In this case, as in most, the home-owner pays their deposit to the designer and does not return to their property until the whole place has been decorated and filled with luxurious furnishings including chandeliers made from Swarovski crystals.
But with a design budget of 83,000, Sally has plenty to work with.
The British estate agents, interior designers and developers who work in the exclusive Marbella property market are used to living a lavish lifestyle.
Nicky Dalli, son of famous opera tenor, Tony Dalli, is a property developer and builder working in the area and is no stranger to illustrious properties, he has even designed and built a mansion in the hills of Marbella with an asking price of 14 million.
The Only way really is Marbs.
TOP TIPS TO DESIGN A HOUSE FIT FOR A MILLIONAIRE
Hayley Reed reveals her top interior tips…
1. Minimal doesn't mean clinical! It is all about clean living, who wants
to be dusting around hundreds of ornaments and picture frames when you
could be basking in the Mediterranean sun! The only expectation is
signature sculptures and large artwork that can add life, movement and
colour to a room.
2. Monochromatic colour pallets are all the rage! Rather than adding a
number of colours, play with tints, tones, and shades of a single hue.
Don't be shy, the blend of a single colour allows you to be more
outrageous with the shapes and patterns you use.
3. Beauty in the bathroom. Grand bathrooms are essential if one is to
look one's best and that requires good lighting and plenty of space in
order to pamper.
4. Mixing it up. The trick is to blend the clean cut contemporary and the
classic. The clean lines of modern furniture are complimented and
balanced with the use of classic details.
Marbella is the home to some of the world's most stylish, so having a home to match is a prerequisite
Jonty Richard Lewis on how to get your mansion noticed in Marbella…
1. Mirror mirror on the wall! We
just love to look at ourselves here in Marbs, so oversized
essential in every room. The other benefit is they capture every bit of
light to brighten up your room even on those rare dull day!
Forget wooden dog house, in Marbella pooches prefer mini mansions with chandeliers
2. Make your Garden in to a Barden. Build an outdoor kitchen bar completed
with a build-in BBQ, plasma television, and comfy sitting area to enjoy
those summer evenings and they are low maintenance.
3. Treat your little Fury Friends to their own Luxury Boudoir. Build them
their own house as wooden kennels are so pass. Chandeliers, soft
furnishings and their own garden are a must!
4. Be bold with colour and Swarovski crystals. Use fabrics and wallpapers
in striking colours and textures and then Bling it up! Swarovski
crystals aren’t just for wearing, use them in upholstery and soft
walk in wardrobe: In Marbella we get lots of visitors and everybody
wants to be your best friend, even so ditch the Guest Room and make it
your walk in wardrobe!….. And don’t forget to install a champagne
Marbella Mansions, new and exclusive to
Home, weeknights at 10pm from Monday 10th September (Sky channel 246,
Virgin channel 265)