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Category: Design & Architecture

Last Tango in Paris: Napoléon’s Tomb

“Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.”~ Napoléon Bonaparte “That was the greatest and finest moment of my life!” a smallish man in a white raincoat proclaimed loudly as he exited the domed church at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris. Moments before, this man stood trembling with excitement and removed his cap out of respect as he gazed for a long time at an ornate marble tomb. It was June 23rd, 1940; just three days after the French capital had become German-occupied territory. The following day during his official sightseeing city tour,...

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How to Make Your Home Decor More Luxurious

Updating your decor is a great way to make your space feel like new. If you want to introduce some elegance into your home, creating a luxurious living space is only a few steps away. Whether you live in an apartment, condo, or house, there are plenty of ways to bring a splash of high-class into your decor. Here are a few of our top recommendations for making your home more luxurious. High-Quality Furniture First things first, your furniture is one of the most important aspects of your interior design. From style to comfort, it plays a large role...

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Global Sustainable Home Trends You Should Be Following

With the world aiming to reduce emissions and improve energy efficiency, sustainability has become a prevalent trend in home design and renovation. A study from Chicago-based real estate developer AMLI Residential found that homeowners are now more concerned with the “green” amenities and features in their homes. The research revealed that this trend is especially true for millennials—who are currently the biggest market for home design and solutions. They want their homes to reflect the world they want to live in. As more people become passionate about eco-friendly living, industries and designers are modernizing their approach to respond to this demand...

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10 Things to See and Do in Manhattan this Summer

Recently on an exciting trip to New York City, it seemed everyone was a wide-eyed tourist. According to NYC & Company, the city’s official tourism arm, there were a record-breaking 65.2 million visitors exploring NYC in 2018. Most were out of state visitors, however there were over one millions tourists from Great Britain and China visiting “The Big Apple.” Fun Fact: During the 1920s The reference to “The Big Apple” was used as a reference by John J. Fitz Gerald to the city’s prominence in horse racing. It became popular in the 1970s as an advertisement campaign. Staying three nights at...

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Give Your Kitchen a Facelift

Whether completely remodeling your kitchen or just looking for a few simple upgrades to make your cooking space shine, it can be difficult to know where to begin. A well-designed kitchen can incorporate both style and luxury, but it’s also important to upgrade in ways that make everyday tasks easier and your space more efficient. From larger upgrades like an entire suite of matching stainless steel kitchen appliances to elegant and durable quartz countertops or a new dining set, to smaller optimizations such as a smart thermostat to control temperatures or multi-tiered cabinet organizers, it’s easy to breathe new...

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6 Top Home Design Trends for 2019

  The influence of global cultures is increasingly visible in home decor as technology expands homeowners’ worldviews. Acting on the inspiration of global trends can be as simple as shifting your outlook to bringing eye-catching features and everyday functions into your home. For example, playing with color, replacing doors and incorporating unique accents can help contribute to an on-trend style that flows seamlessly from room to room. Colors offer the opportunity to create a mood and update a space. Doors provide an average of 800 square feet of previously untapped design potential that can add visual interest and enhance...

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Oceania Cruises Reveals All-New Owner’s Suites Furnished Exclusively With Ralph Lauren Home

Oceania Cruises, the world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line unveiled the first of many exciting enhancements coming to the line’s acclaimed 1,250-guest ships Marina and Riviera: an altogether new generation of Owner’s Suites furnished exclusively with Ralph Lauren Home. “The Owner’s Suites furnished exclusively with Ralph Lauren Home are signature elements of our brand and truly iconic,” stated Bob Binder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Oceania Cruises. “As we are always looking for ways to elevate the guest experience we took the opportunity to completely re-master these suites and provide our guests with an entirely new experience. Everything from the furnishings to...

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Something About Mary Jurek Design

Entertaining is more than just cocktails and crudités. Décor, ambiance and good company (of course!) are the secret ingredients to successful entertaining. The style of the hostess’s tableware is influential in setting the tone of any given soirée. It’s an extension of the host’s personality. Would martinis be so popular if not served in the decadently iconic cocktail glass? I think not! The luxury of design is what draws us to classically elegant pieces. Like those designed by artisan Mary Jurek. I discovered Ms. Jurek’s tableware collections and was immediately drawn to her work. I reached out to her...

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Create a Summertime Bedroom With Lacoste and Saaya

The bedroom that felt so warm and inviting last winter can now, during the summer feel…too warm. The lush fabrics—the velvets and wools and damasks–that made your bed so cozy in January can be stifling in July. The rich colors that brightened your winter bed on your bed—burgundy and emerald green or navy and red, for example—now seem…wrong. Enter Lacoste, the iconic brand best known for crisp and stylish sportswear. As this year marks the 85th anniversary of René Lacoste’s designs –in particular, the sporting classic L.12.12 polo shirt—the company has now added Lacoste Maison and created a line...

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Home of Designer Francine Coffey on the Market

THE APARTMENT This approximately 1,425 square foot pre-war mansion parlor floor-thru, home of designer Francine Coffey, is a classic. Whether you enter up the grand staircase or from the internal elevator which opens directly into the apartment, the effect on the senses is stunning. Bask in the baronial sized Living Room with its 11 foot ceilings, a full wall of floor-to-ceiling French doors overlooking the tree-lined block and featuring a wood burning fireplace with decorative mantle, herringbone oak floors, magnificent wood molding detail, and decorative ceiling details. Down the hall is the enormous Master Bedroom with a gas burning fireplace, French doors overlook the Juliette balcony, dressing room and ensuite bath with its soaking tub and hand-held shower. Herringbone floors and decorative molding round out the design. The library overlooks the gardens with south, east, and west exposures and has floor to...

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Architect Rafi Elbaz’s One-of-a-Kind Brooklyn Townhouse

185 Macdonough is a four-story, two-family townhouse graciously designed over 3,800 square feet of interiors plus a fully finished cellar. Meticulously restored to highlight the glamour of original nineteenth century details combined with the essential elements of modern luxurious living, this house is one of a kind and an acclaimed architect’s true labor of love; the townhouse was designed by and serves as the home of award winning architect Rafi Elbaz of SAHONYC. https://youtu.be/QFbn3Bmc_b4 Enter the parlor level through restored double doors featuring imported inlaid mosaic tile flooring to the dramatic living room with nearly 12-foot-high ceilings. Breathtaking and...

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Eiffel Tower “Diamonds” the Perfect Luxury Gift

Every night, for the first five minutes of every hour, 20,000 bulbs make Eiffel Tower sparkle in the Parisian sky. Having reached the end of their useful lives, 450 of these bulbs have been taken down and made into outstanding ornaments. Christened the “Diamond Light”, this unique piece comes with a certificate of provenance. If you’re looking for an unique gift idea and give a (little) piece of history from Paris’ most famous monument, this is it! A unique, authentic piece, imbued with emotion The Eiffel Tower is offering a limited number of these collectors’ items for sale, giving...

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