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Category: Design & Architecture

Only You Inspired the Only YOU

Newcomer luxury boutique hotel in Chueca, a central Madrid neighborhood, came on the scene determined to make a difference in each guest’s stay. Transform a former Madrid palace into a hotel that’s a design showstopper. Add a concept that pampers the individual guest. Make it cozy, yet chic, and it’s a hit from day one. What to name a hotel is similar to naming a baby. It’s often a toss-up. Will the choice fit? For the five-member naming committee of Ayre Hoteles, based in Ibiza, Spain and already “parents” to 10 hotels, the task to brand their first boutique...

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European Hostels Forge Into Luxury

When I visited the Amalfi Coast, a world-renowned stretch of Italian coastline known for its pastel colors, old-world charm and turquoise waters, I foresaw my accommodations, Hotel Londra, to be as alluring as the destination. Unfortunately, one of the two did not live up to expectations, and it wasn’t the Mediterranean region that has been around since the sixth century. Upon booking my trip with a popular tour group, bus2alps, I was given the option of staying at Hotel Londra or Seven Hostel, both located in Sant’Agnello, which is minutes from Sorrento. As most logical Americans and unlucky moviegoers...

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Hidden Culinary Treasure in Cour des Loges

There is plenty to see in Lyon, France. They have a magnificent Basilica decked out with the most intricate mosaics, a plethora of world-class museums, including the Musee des Beau-Arts, a historic old town which had once been the center of the silk industry and a newly revitalized river bank district lined with eye-popping, industrial chic buildings and trendy art installations. But I was there first and foremost for the food. This 2,000-year-old city, considered the world capital of gastronomy by many, is home to approximately 2,000 restaurants, with 22 of them sporting Michelin stars. This is fabulous if you...

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Oxford Capital Group, LLC Announces Plans to Open “LondonHouse”

Oxford Capital Group, LLC Announces Plans to open “LondonHouse” The London Guarantee Building is among the highest profile properties in the city of Chicago. Oxford Capital Group, LLC has just announced plans to open “LondonHouse” at the corner of North Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive in the spring of 2016. This latest lifestyle hotel development from Oxford Capital Group, LLC will feature a 452-room hotel within the historic Alfred S. Alschuler-designed London Guarantee & Accident Building, blended with a new 22-story architecturally synchronized Modernist glass tower designed by Chicago’s Goettsch Partners. Built on the site of Fort Dearborn in 1923, the...

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Wieliczka Salt Mine Art Treasures

The day we arrived in Krakow, Poland, we were delighted to sit down and enjoy a wonderful lunch, but not as eager to continue a tour to a salt mine. Personally and for most in our group of four, we had been in mines before. Despite something we were pursuing with hesitancy, we ended up enjoying ourselves immensely. We were not prepared that our excursion down over eight hundred steps of the Wieliczka Salt Mine would reveal artwork in salt, like nothing we had imagined. To reach the interesting part of the mine, our first encounter in starting our...

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Homespun Design –A New Horizon for Handcrafted Furniture

To view the magazine layout of this article in PDF format click here. In a world of mass production, replicas and standardized products, it can be difficult to find something unique. Homespun Design seeks to counter-act this trend with its handcrafted, American made furniture. Founder, Joe Noonan, combines classic techniques of the past with modern technology of today, to bring distinctive home décor to the masses, with the expectation that it will last for generations. He has partnered with select crafters across the country to ensure the highest quality of work and greatest preservation of the environment. These “makers,”...

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Popping the Corque: Wine Country’s Best Digs

Chumash Indians walked lands around Solvang, Los Olivos and the Santa Maria Valley in Santa Barbara County for thousands of years before Europeans settled here. Of course, it was Danes who bought and developed Solvang, creating a unique Danish village. But the circle has become complete as the Chumash tribe, with their acquisition of Hotel Corque, has returned to its roots. Though located in Solvang, Hotel Corque is really the antithesis of its Danish surroundings. Solvang started in 1911 as a Danish outpost from its native homeland and is still ripe with its Scandinavian heritage. But a new modern sensibility,...

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An Eye For Design: Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Multi-award winning interior designer to the stars, Martyn Lawrence Bullard weaves together a touch of magic in every home he decorates. Revered by his A-list clientele for his eclectic style, savvy fashion sense and keen eye for luxury. Architectural Digest has named him one of the world’s top 100 interior designers. In addition, Bullard has starred on Bravo’s hit TV show “Million Dollar Decorators” and the UK based reality design makeover show “Hollywood Me”. Bullard boasts a stunning line of fabrics inspired by his travels around the globe and he is presently working on a fashion and jewelry line,...

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Earth-friendly UMASAN Is Changing How We Look at Fashion

At Fashion Week this September, be on the lookout for two of the most innovative, young, award-winning German designers hitting the runway. Anja and Sandra Umann of UMASAN are taking the fashion world by storm with their celebration of subversion of sustainable design. I recently stumbled upon their spring fashion collection and I couldn’t resist putting them on my list of “people of interest” that I would like to learn more about. Anja and Sandra are identical twins and are about as close as two sisters can be, working side by side to create their unique take on fashion....

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The Museum Of Arts And Design Offers An Array Of Beautiful Objects

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), (www.madmuseum.org) is one of my favorite museums in Manhattan. This Museum displays and documents contemporary and historic innovation in craft, art, and design. MAD is the place to go to see what lurks in the creative minds of those creative visionaries who think outside the proverbial box. MAD Has An Ideal Location MAD is located at 2 Columbus Circle, a small, trapezoidal lot on the south side of Columbus Circle, near West 59th Street, between  7th and 8th Avenues. Located a few steps away from Central Park, the neighborhood is a bustling thoroughfare...

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Constructing Coastal New Jersey Vacation Dreams into Realities

Like surfers to the swell or sailors to the sea, building is in Greg Pouliot’s blood. Pouliot, a home-builder on the Jersey Shore, has been priding himself on constructing his clients’ vacation homes for the last 40 years through his New Jersey company, Crown Homes. The third-generation builder grew up surrounded by fellow constructors, his father and his grandfather, who held building careers which included the construction of apartments, warehouses, and commercial and residential properties. “How could I not get started in custom home building?” he said. “My father was a huge influence in my career, guiding me from single...

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Most Expensive Homes in America – Infographic

The luxury of fine living can be seen in homes across America. The United States is home to some beautiful one-of-a-kind real estate. From historical farmhouses and plantation properties with hundreds of years of history; to ultra-modern penthouses in the heart of a booming urban metropolis, there are practically limitless examples of every type of luxury home imaginable. But of all the amazing properties throughout the country, only a few stand above the rest as the priciest and most luxurious homes in America. Find out what sets these properties apart as the most expensive real estate in the country....

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