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Category: Design & Architecture

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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How to Design the Perfect Home Office

Working from home can be a terrific way to mix family time with work. If you have your own business, then it allows you to choose the times and days you want to work, and potentially the clients you work with. However, whether you are working for yourself or someone else, you need a dedicated space that you can work in without any distractions; somewhere quiet and peaceful, but with all the tools you need to work efficiently. Choose Your Room When thinking about creating a home office, it can be logical to consider using the spare room. It...

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Heavenly Hallways: Decor Tips to Transform Your Corridor

Hallways are typically the most narrow, cramped spaces in our homes, making them difficult to design without crossing that fine line between stylish and cluttered. However, with so many cool furniture shops around, especially online, it’s easy to become enamored with everything we see and to make endless small purchases. Some people go the opposite direction and forget to style their hallways at all, leaving them bare and blank in a way that doesn’t quite match the aesthetic of the rest of their house. If you’re struggling with getting your hallway designed to your specifications, here are a few...

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Historically Inspired Modern Luxury Lamps

Lamps are a necessity that often intrigue me. When I see one that is interesting, I’ll frequently do a double take. When I saw the handcrafted iconic historically inspired table lamps from Pendulux, that combine functionality and modern luxury, I was really taken. An elegant tabletop or desk space is often a dream. More often than not, at least for me, the surface becomes a “function-only” zone. At one point, I had a glass table so I would be sure to clean my desk before leaving town. Now I have a beautiful desk in dire need of help. These...

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6 Hard-to-Leave Hotel Lobbies

The lowly hotel lobby. All too often, they’re the means to an end, a passageway to hurry through. Lovely, yes, but where’s my room? Today, hotels are rethinking the lobby as much more than a setting for a front desk transaction or an easy rendezvous point. It is a property’s signature space, the stage setter. When done right, it establishes a tone and a clear sense of arrival. Below are six hotels with lobbies that are hard to leave … Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit – Thailand Forgive yourself if you experience a sense of destination discombobulation upon entering this lobby....

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Executive Hotel Le Soleil: Manhattan’s New Luxury Boutique Hotel

New to midtown Manhattan, The Executive Hotel Le Soleil is just 650 feet from Empire State Building, 1,000 feet from Macy’s and 2,300 feet from Madison Square Garden. My accommodations: a two-room Queen suite that had a separate bedroom, bathroom, a combination living room/dining area/ kitchen that included two coffee-makers, a Keurig and a Nespresso. For my three-day stay in the city, this classic contemporary luxury boutique hotel was perfection. The service was “Old World” attentive, as were such architectural elements as 9-foot ceilings, marble stone floors and polished gold hand-painted Venetian plaster walls. The guest rooms and suites...

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Luxe Beat Exclusive: Living the Life with Luxury Event Planner Breeze Taylor

As one of the best-known names in luxury event planning, celebrity planner Breeze Taylor has dealt with elite clientele for the past 15 years in such cities as New York, Palm Beach and Boca Raton. Some of her clients include CEOs, presidents of Fortune 500 companies, top celebrities and athletes like Robert Smith of the Minnesota Vikings and Jeff Overton, PGA top-rated golfer. One reason Breeze has such a wide fan base: her relentless effort in the pursuit of each client’s goal, standard of beauty and meticulous attention to detail and budgets. She changed her business model in 2015,...

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Sleeping Like a Sultana: Tasodalar Hotel, Edirne

Having visited Turkey many times, but always heading east, I recently decided to go off the usual routes of Cappadocia and the beaches on the Mediterranean and explore the European part of the country. I made my base the city of Edirne, which is rich in history and natural beauty,  such as a rain forest , caves and countless vineyards, lined up like pearls on a string along the aptly named Wine Route of Thrace. The city is a treasure trove of historical sites and buildings, most prominent among them, the 16th century Selimiye Mosque with the highest minarets in...

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Of Castles and Cabernet Franc: leisure days in the Loire

There is a legend that the Abbey at Brittany was home to some of the first planted Cabernet Franc grapes in the soils of France’s Loire Valley. It believed that cuttings came from the Basque region in the 11th Century, over 1,000 miles away. We don’t know who planted what when and exactly where, but we do know the Romans had vines under cultivation in Loire even before that. Today the Loire is known for Cabernet Franc, and its stunning castles of which 42 of over 300 are part a UNESCO World Heritage site throughout the 600-mile long valley....

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Luxury Designer Jonathan Rachman

Jonathan Rachman is an internationally-acclaimed designer, soon to open an eponymous store of custom made goods, J. Rachman, in San Francisco, recently featured on HGTV, ELLE DECORATION and C MAGAZINE. He is about to open a store in San Francisco which will showcase many of his custom-designed goods in addition to serving as a showroom for my design business. In addition to his work as a designer, he is the editor-in-chief of a little magazine called DiSini DiSana, which means “here and there” in Indonesian, he says, “my heart is here and there all the time.” In a recent interview with Luxe...

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Andrew Morgan Brings Style into the Bedroom

Getting a good night sleep is one of life’s luxuries. Tempur-Pedic has launched a new home collection designed by Andrew Morgan. The luxury market has always been a focus of this former fashion designer. Before he launched his namesake company in 2000, he spent 18 years as a clothing designer for Bergdorf Goodman, Burberry and other sources of style. That expertise informed his interior designs, luxury hospitality line and Tempur-Pedic’s versatile collection. Consumers can transform their Tempur-Pedic® beds, starting with lavish slipcovers and layering pieces in a variety of chic patterns, colors and textures, to experience their bed at...

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Savannah, Georgia: The Hostess City of the South

Savannah, Georgia is called the “Hostess City of the South” for its hospitality, and that hospitality is one of the first things you will notice about this lovely city perched on Georgia’s Atlantic coast. Drawling Southern voices welcome you, and provide your first clue that Savannah is a place where the pace of life slows down, living is easy, and a tall glass of sweet iced tea is always the drink of choice. The city’s beauty, bedecked as it is by the ubiquitous Spanish moss, and arranged in a series of  lovely park-like squares, is probably the next thing...

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