The Viceroy Hotel Group Creates A Sensation With Grand Unveiling Of Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai

Global Modern Luxury Hospitality Group Makes History With Stunning New Beachfront Resort

This past weekend, the Viceroy Hotel Group (VHG) raised the curtains to unveil Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai, a stunning beachfront resort at the center of Dubai’s thriving hospitality landscape. Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai is home to 477 rooms and suites, including 352 guestrooms, 85 suites and 40 hotel apartments located across 16 floors. Designed by Yabu Pushelberg and NAO Taniyama and Associates, this Icon Collection masterpiece showcases sweeping, unobstructed views of the surrounding city, from the Dubai Marina to the Burj Khalifa. The arrival of the Viceroy Hotel Group in Dubai marks the modern luxury hospitality group’s second foray into the UAE, bringing a fusion of California cool with Dubai sensation.1 (1)

Preparation for the opening of Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai has been an unforgettable journey,” comments Bill Walshe, CEO of Viceroy Hotel Group. “I remember my very first meeting with Kabir Mulchandani of SKAI Holdings, the developer, owner and visionary behind the entire development, and now, four years later, we have opened an incredible new experience for Viceroy guests, one where Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai has redefined modern luxury hospitality in this vibrant destination. I am extremely proud of General Manager Mikael Svensson, and the entire Viceroy team for how they have launched this incredible hotel.”

The opening of Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai marks the next step of VHG’s aggressive and expansive growth strategy over the next few years, with forthcoming properties slated for Argentina, Chicago, Colombia, Panama, Portugal, and Turkey.

MODERN MARVEL: PIONEERING ARCHITECTURE & OUTSTANDING INTERIOR DESIGN

Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai‘s glass cube structure creates a sense of anticipation. At center, a first-of-its-kind glass cube towers at 15 meters by 15 meters, an engineering feat. The cube seemingly floats in front of the hotel, allowing natural light to flood in and provides a direct view through to the resort’s runway like 60-meter pool, the ocean and beyond.

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Image of Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai, Viceroy Hotel Group’s stunning new beachfront resort at the center of Dubai’s thriving hospitality landscape

Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai‘s interiors feature clean lines, natural materials, and a standout design. Glamorous interiors feature a calming palette of neutral colors alongside Viceroy’s signature teal, with brushed bronze finishes adding a warm glow. Light and dark wood contrasts with layers of marble, creating balance and refinement, while a recurring honeycomb hexagonal pattern runs throughout. Contemporary furniture and rich fabrics similarly contrast with Greek and Italian-marbled bathrooms that feature hand cut mosaic tiling and bronze sculptured standalone bathtubs. Continue reading

2017 International Home + Housewares Show: Globally-Recognized Household Brand Braun Adds New, Innovative and Unique Hand Blender and New Features to Products

With The Successful Relaunch of Braun Kitchen Collection, De’Longhi Group Expands North American New Product Innovations

De’Longhi Group has launched a major expansion of its U.S. brand portfolio with the re-launch of the globally recognized Braun Household line of products last year. With a long-standing and highly regarded design heritage dating back 90 years, Braun products are performance-driven, stylish, durable and reliable. Building on the success of the relaunch, Braun is introducing a new hand blender, the MultiQuick 9 with groundbreaking ACTIVEBlade technology to complete more tasks with more convenience and perfect results, as well as a new stainless steel thermal carafe to its popular BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker. The new product will debut at the 2017 International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, Illinois from March 18-21.null

We are excited to continue the expansion of Braun household products in North America,” said Mike Prager, De’Longhi Group NA’s President, and CEO. “The new introductions offer consumers products that provide a meaningful mix of sophisticated, thoughtful design, powerful performance and high-quality standards that represent the heritage of Braun. The brand continues to strive to provide the ultimate kitchen experience by transforming the complex into simple.”

Braun inspires confidence and simplicity in food and beverage preparation while saving time to help consumers realize their true culinary potential. Braun helps the home cook conquer the expected tasks in the kitchen so unexpected meals can be created with amazing ingredients.

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Braun MultiQuick 9 Hand Blender (Photo: Business Wire)

The NEW Braun MultiQuick 9 Hand Blender is the next generation of Braun hand blenders bringing premium design and power to the kitchen, complete with up to five attachments, along with the revolutionary blending shaft. Culinary creativity is in the palm of your hand, with the power of the 700-watt MultiQuick 9 as the most versatile hand blender for even the hardest jobs.

The MultiQuick 9 hand blender features the world’s first ACTIVEBlade Technology that moves the blade up and down within the bell. This blade movement allows you to effortlessly chop nuts, coconut, ginger, pineapples, dark chocolate or any other hard-to-cut ingredients. Developed to tackle the toughest jobs, this innovative technology results in a cutting zone that are 2.5 times greater than that of traditional hand blenders. This results in faster blending times and finer blending results. Adapted to perform with ACTIVEBlade, the new PowerBell Plus incorporates an added milling blade, decreased suction and SplashControl technology that together contribute to an efficient and clean blending experience.

Like the popular MultiQuick 7 Series Hand Blenders that launched last year, the MultiQuick 9 has Smart Speed variable control technology inspired by German automotive engineering that allows you to intuitively change the speed and power of the hand blender using just your touch. The more you squeeze, the more power you get, making it easy to regulate speeds with just one hand. SPLASHControl technology prevents splashing and delivers the best blending results – to keep you and your kitchen spotless.

The hand blender also features durable stainless steel blades, an ergonomic one-handed design and the patented EasyClick Plus system for faster attaching of accessories with a new straight cut design that decreases the overall height of the hand blender keeping it comfortable and balanced in your hands. Continue reading

House and Home: New Attachments Help Make KitchenAid® Stand Mixer A True “Culinary Center”

For those using the “I don’t bake” excuse for not investing in a KitchenAid® Stand Mixer, the brand has introduced two new attachments that reinforce its role as the culinary center of the kitchen. A new Fresh Prep Slicer/Shredder attachment and Vegetable Sheet Cutter attachment will join more than a dozen other attachments used for grinding meat and grains, spiralizing and juicing, and making everything from ice cream to pasta.

There’s no question that Stand Mixers have always been a kitchen essential for bakers,” notes Beth Robinson, senior manager of brand experience for KitchenAid. “But every cook should know that each KitchenAid® Stand Mixer model has an attachment-ready Power Hub that opens up a world of possibilities for making one appliance do the work of many.”

The Fresh Prep Slicer (and) Shredder attachment was designed to take the work out of adding freshly sliced or shredded ingredients to salads, entrees and other dishes.

The Fresh Prep Slicer (and) Shredder attachment was designed to take the work out of adding freshly sliced or shredded ingredients to salads, entrees and other dishes.

The KitchenAid® Fresh Prep Slicer/Shredder attachment was designed to take the work out of adding freshly sliced or shredded ingredients to salads, entrees and other dishes. Three quick-change blades can handle everything from slicing cucumbers to shredding cheeses or vegetables, saving significant time with basic tasks. A 2-in-1 food pusher provides ideal slicing performance for both large and small diameter fruits and vegetables, from cucumbers to celery. The attachment is packed and organized inside its own storage case designed for easy access and simple storage. The blades and food pusher are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup; the main body can be hand washed. The Fresh Prep Slicer/Shredder attachment is scheduled for availability in April at a suggested retail price of $64.99.

The new Vegetable Sheet Cutter attachment cuts fruits and vegetables into thin sheets for making fresh, alternative versions of everyday dishes.

The new Vegetable Sheet Cutter attachment cuts fruits and vegetables into thin sheets for making fresh, alternative versions of everyday dishes. Three quick-change blades can handle everything from slicing cucumbers to shredding cheeses or vegetables, saving significant time with basic tasks.

The new Vegetable Sheet Cutter attachment cuts fruits and vegetables into thin sheets for making fresh, alternative versions of everyday dishes. Cooks can make substitutions for pasta and wraps, or reinvent snacks and sweet dishes, by creating sheets of zucchini, sweet potatoes, apples, cucumbers and other fruits and vegetables. Two blades allow for making thinner or thicker sheets, depending on preference or recipe and premium metal construction provides durable, long lasting performance. The KitchenAid® Vegetable Sheet Cutter is packed and organized inside its own storage case, designed for easy access and simple storage. Both blades, as well as a cucumber and zucchini adaptor, skewer and food holder, are dishwasher safe on the top rack. The body can be wiped clean with a warm damp cloth. The Vegetable Sheet Cutter attachment is scheduled for availability in August at a suggested retail price of $129.99.

Home & Tech/Design: Introducing Hestan NanoBond Cookware

Innovative Culinary Brand, Hestan, Launches First True Innovation In Stainless Steel Cookware In Over 100 Years

Beginning Immediately, NanoBond Will Be Available For Purchase Exclusively At Williams-Sonoma Stores And Online At www.williams-sonoma.com.

Hestan has launched Nanobond Cookware, a line of bonded stainless steel cookware uniquely engineered to last a lifetime, investing over $60 million in developing innovative technologies and kitchen products to elevate the culinary experience. Widely known for its high-end commercial kitchen equipment and premium residential outdoor grills, the company is applying their cutting-edge technology and innovative thinking to their first consumer cookware line, which promises to raise the bar among cookware brands and push the industry towards the future.

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Innovative Culinary Brand, Hestan, Launches First True Innovation in Stainless Steel Cookware in Over 100 Years. Introducing Hestan NanoBond.

Since its introduction to the kitchen over 100 years ago, there’s been no significant innovation to stainless steel cookware – often known for tarnishing when exposed to high heat and easily scratching. For culinary professionals and enthusiasts alike, NanoBond brings the most advanced technology to the kitchen, delivering a full line of cookware that introduces modern science to timeless culinary craftsmanship with molecular titanium. NanoBond offers incredible resilience, lasting beauty, and the cleanability to maintain its brilliance for generations.

NanoBond leverages a patented titanium based nanotechnology that creates thousands of superdense nanolayers of titanium alloys bonded to stainless steel. This enables the cookware surface to be four times harder than typical stainless steel. The result is a chemical free, extremely durable cookware that’s resistant to staining, scratching, salt pitting and provides superior performance. Thanks to a pure aluminum core, it is also 35 percent more conductive than other aluminum-clad cookware.

Hestan innovations span the culinary category including Hestan Vineyards – well-respected small-batch wines developed in Napa Valley, Hestan Smart Cooking – a guided cooking system that will forever change the cooking experience, and the award-winning Hestan Commercial and Hestan Outdoor. Continue reading

Williams Sonoma Debuts Exclusive Tabletop Collaboration With kate spade new york

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Williams-Sonoma is excited to announce the launch of the Sadie Street Tabletop Collection in partnership with kate spade new york and Lenox Corporation. Featuring kate spade new york’s signature polka dot motif in 4 distinct color palettes, the collection includes dinnerware, glassware, and flatware, available exclusively in 60 select Williams-Sonoma stores and on www.williams-sonoma.com.img55

The Sadie Street Collection marks Williams Sonoma’s first design collaboration with kate spade new york. We love that their iconic brand is known for a playful take on everyday personal style, which is evident in Sadie Street,” said Janet Hayes, President of Williams-Sonoma. “I am so pleased with the result of our brands coming together to design a product that will resonate with our customers.”

THE SADIE STREET COLLECTION INCLUDES:

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Williams Sonoma debuts dinnerware collaboration with iconic lifestyle brand kate spade new york (Photo: Business Wire)

Dinnerware: Featuring kate spade new york’s signature polka dot motif with bands of color rimmed in platinum, the collection is available in four palettes—turquoise, black, blush and grey—and includes a 4-piece Place Setting ($126), Dinner Plate ($35), Accent Plate ($29), Mug ($29), All-Purpose Bowl ($33), Serving Bowl ($100), and Platter ($125).

Glassware: Available in sets of two, the glassware selection includes the Double Old-Fashioned, Highball, Champagne Coupe, Wine Glass, and Champagne Flute and features a band of etched polka dots with a platinum rim ($50 per pair).

Flatware: Sleek silhouettes and a clean design complement the rest of the line. Available as a 5-Piece Place Setting ($70) and a 20-Piece Set of 4 5-Piece Place Settings ($280).

  • Expertly crafted by Lenox, American makers of fine dinnerware since 1889, the collection is an elegant addition to special-occasion meals throughout the year.
  • Five-piece place setting includes a dinner fork, salad fork, soup spoon, dinner knife, and teaspoon.
  • Spoons and forks are crafted of 18/10 stainless steel; each knife is forged from a single ingot of hardened stainless steel for a well-honed cutting edge.
  • Natural silver finish is easy to maintain.
  • Dishwasher safe.

To view the entire collection, visit: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/shop/tabletop-glassware-bar/kate-spade-new-york/ Continue reading

Pottery Barn Announces Product Assortment Expansion For Spring 2017

Spring 2017 Will Introduce Thoughtful Solutions for Every Home at a Great Value

Pottery Barn, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands, has announced the expansion of its product assortment launching for Spring/Summer 2017. The collection will debut new styles that are designed and engineered to be size-conscious and multi-functional, offering solutions for smaller living spaces. Each piece is constructed with the same high-quality artisanal design Pottery Barn is known for to appeal to a range of lifestyles at an accessible price.pblogo

We recognize the opportunity to diversify our products and reflect the different ways people live today,” said Marta Benson, EVP, General Merchandise Manager, Pottery Barn. “Our spring collection offers new furniture and décor that embody Pottery Barn’s comfortable, relaxed style and are designed with an eye toward functionality, value and smaller scale. It’s exciting to expand our assortment and bring customers more choice when it comes to furnishing their home, big or small.”

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Bellevue upholstered sofa with storage by Pottery Barn (Photo: Business Wire)

Adding soul and warmth to the home, the new pieces celebrate classic handmade craftsmanship, reflecting the brand’s heritage and touching on global and historic references. Many of the items, including select furniture pieces, are available to ship directly via UPS adding a level of ease, speed and convenience for customers. Continue reading

Pottery Barn Teen Announces Partnership With Teen Artist And Designer Isabella Rose Taylor For Exclusive Collection

Home Décor Collection Set To Launch in April 2017

PBteen, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands, announced today an exclusive home décor partnership with gifted teen artist and designer, Isabella Rose Taylor. Available for purchase in April 2017 on www.pbteen.com and in PBteen stores nationwide, the Isabella Rose Taylor for Pbteen capsule collection offers a range of home products including bedding, decorative accessories and wall art featuring exclusive sketches and paintings from the artist herself. The collection of over 40 pieces is designed with a feminine yet sophisticated modern aesthetic and is Isabella’s first foray into home furnishings. pbteen-logo

Isabella Rose Taylor is a design and lifestyle brand founded in 2011. With her mission and vision to create truth in art, Taylor designs merchandise, art, clothes and home furnishings for girls looking to express their creativity and show their best selves. At a remarkably young age, Isabella began sewing, painting and designing. She is the youngest designer to have a collection at Nordstrom and the youngest talent to ever present a clothing collection at New York Fashion Week. Taylor has been named by Fast Company as one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” and she has spoken at TEDX Hollywood and TEDXJanPath in India. Featured in Teen Vogue, Elle, Forbes, Entrepreneur along with television appearances on Steve Harvey and The Today Show, Taylor plans to finish up college while heading up her company IRT and exploring new creative ventures.

I’m so excited to be partnering with PBteen on a home collection,” said Isabella Rose Taylor.This collection is truly a reflection of me, blending my passion for art and fashion perfectly. PBteen and I have created pieces that are not only beautiful, but will encourage others to channel their own creativity.

We are so impressed by the talent and originality that Isabella brings to her work,” says Jennifer Kellor, executive vice president of merchandising, Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen. “Her entrepreneurial attitude and innovative outlook has allowed us to create a one-of-a-kind collection bringing her fresh take on the world of fashion and art into the homes of teens across the country.

PBteen launched in 2003 and is the first home retailer to focus exclusively on the teenage market. Designed to fully furnish bedrooms, study and lounge spaces for tweens and teens, PBteen provides fresh, fashionable options to appeal to varying teenage tastes. Categories include: bedding, window treatments, rugs, lighting, gear, decorative accessories, storage and organization solutions, and furniture including beanbag chairs. PBdorm, launched in 2010, is an exclusive collection that offers dorm furniture and essentials. This collection includes XL twin sheets, lighting, seating, storage bins and organization solutions, and other accessories designed to help teens turn their dorm room into their ultimate home away from home. PBteen products are available through direct mail catalogs, e-commerce site www.PBteen.com and U.S. retail stores. PBteen currently offers international shipping to customers worldwide. PBteen has an active following on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, PBteen ♥ and its PBteen blog. PBteen is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

The Isabella Rose Taylor for PBteen capsule collection will be available in April 2017 on PBteen stores and online at PBteen.com. Be the first to know when the collection launches by sign up at pbteen.com/isabella-rose-taylor.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is a specialty retailer of high-quality products for the home. These products, representing eight distinct merchandise strategies – Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, West Elm, PBteen, Williams Sonoma Home, Rejuvenation, and Mark and Graham – are marketed through e-commerce websites, direct mail catalogs and 624 stores. Williams-Sonoma, Inc. currently operates in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, offers international shipping to customers worldwide, and has unaffiliated franchisees that operate stores in the Middle East and the Philippines and stores and e-commerce websites in Mexico.

Pottery Barn Kids Debuts Exclusive Collaboration With Designer Margherita Maccapani Missoni Amos

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Pottery Barn Kids, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands, launched today an exclusive product collaboration with celebrated tastemaker and stylish mom, Margherita Maccapani Missoni Amos. The Margherita Missoni for Pottery Barn Kids collection of home décor for nursery, bedroom, and playroom, was inspired by the playful spirit of childhood. The capsule collection, which is Margherita’s first foray into children’s home furnishings, is now available online at www.potterybarnkids.com and Pottery Barn Kids stores nationwide on January 20th, with prices ranging from $19-$399.pottery_barn_kids_logo-_jpeg

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Margherita Missoni Collection for Pottery Barn Kids, debuting today online and at Pottery Barn Kids stores nationwide

Composed of over 50 pieces spanning bedding, furniture, decorative accessories, wall décor, lighting and essentials for nursery and new parents, the Margherita Missoni for Pottery Barn Kids collection exudes Margherita’s love for bright colors, bold patterns, and unique accents. The collection is designed to be versatile and encourages mixing and matching of different pieces to create a distinctly personal and unique look. The thoughtfully chosen materials and intricate details, including wicker, embroidery, pom-poms and fringe, showcase Margherita’s imaginative design philosophy. Margherita’s rich Italian heritage, family traditions, and eclectic design influences are seamlessly infused into every piece of the collection, from lullaby sentiment sheets to statement pillows, and are inspired by her sons’ nurseries and her own childhood keepsakes. Standout pieces include the Daisy Pouf, Daisy Mirror, and Daisy Pom Pom Quilt. Each feature Margherita’s namesake flower, the daisy, which is a signature in her children’s clothing collection, Margherita Kids.

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Margherita Missoni for Pottery Barn Kids – Piccolo Mio Nursery

Collaborating with Pottery Barn Kids was such a joy and a natural fit for me, as it brought together playful design and quality craftsmanship to create a beautiful collection for kids and baby,” said designer Margherita Maccapani Missoni Amos. “The collection is comfortable, colorful, and it evokes the same sense of freedom I feel when dressing myself and my children – mixing, matching and creating something that is unique to your own sense of style.”

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Margherita Missoni for Pottery Barn Kids – Caio, Caio Bambino Nursery

Born in Northern Italy, Margherita Maccapani Missoni Amos, is the eldest daughter of Angela Missoni, Creative Director of the renowned Missoni brand, and the granddaughter of the house’s founders. Having grown up in the idyllic countryside of Sumirago, amidst a family of fashion designers, She developed a keen eye and a unique sense of personal style from a very young age. She also dreamed of becoming a designer like the women in her family. After University, Amos studied theater in New York, then moved to Paris and Rome to pursue a career in acting. Continue reading

HGTV Dream Home Giveaway 2017 Now Open For Entries

Starting now and continuing through 5 p.m. ET Friday, February 17, 2017, viewers can dream about moving into the 2017 HGTV® Dream Home on St. Simons Island, Georgia. Fans can enter twice a day by visiting www.HGTV.com/HGTVDreamHome for a chance to win the grand prize package valued at more than $1.7 million. Eligible U.S. residents can log on to www.HGTV.com for full details and official rules.

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Enter for a chance to win the HGTV Dream Home Giveaway 2017 at HGTV.com.

In addition to the approximately 3,200-square-foot residence and all its furnishings, the grand prize winner will receive the keys to a new Honda Pilot, plus $250,000 from national mortgage lender Quicken Loans®.

Interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn has restored a hidden gem into a one-of-a-kind getaway with a design aesthetic that can be described as Southern Transitional. With Sea Island as the backdrop, the 1980s-built home maintains a traditional look that embodies true Southern charm with an emphasis on architecture reflective of its coastal location.

The charming seaside location of St. Simons fits the bill as a ‘dreamy’ location where our fans can see themselves relaxing by the backyard fire pit or hosting friends by the pool,” said Ron Feinbaum, general manager and senior vice president of Home Promotions for Scripps Networks Interactive. “Working with architect Michael Stauffer and builder Allen Construction, we were able to transform this home into a residence with design inspiration that our fans can use in their own homes.” 

The main living spaces reflect an entertaining-savvy layout that features muted, muddy earth tones mixed with bright whites. Comfortable furniture and formal statement pieces are intertwined with casual textiles. A selection of modern art elevates the house to a game-changing showstopper. The three bedrooms and four bathrooms take their cue from the property’s mossy vegetation with shades of green, and the neutral browns are a nod to the nearby beaches. Complete with a private pool, the abode is a fresh new take on Southern style.

Learn more about this year’s giveaway and its sponsors – Honda; Lumber Liquidators, Inc.; Quicken Loans®; Wayfair; Cabinets To Go; Delta Faucet; CESAR® Canine Cuisine; Realtor.com®; Trex Company, Inc.; Belgard; Bush Brothers & Company; ICON Health & Fitness; SimpliSafe Home Security; Sleep Number®; Greenworks Tools; and Bose Corporation – at www.HGTV.com/HGTVDreamHome.

Smart & Blue Unveils 3 New Smart Shower Products plus First International Availability at CES 2017 in Las Vegas

In the run-up to CES 2017 in Las Vegas, French Eco-Tech company Smart & Blue today announced three new HYDRAO smart showerhead products, the much-awaited international availability of its products, plus new industry awards. Smart & Blue is an innovation leader in smart solutions for water conservation. Headquartered in Grenoble, France, the company was founded by founder Gabriel Dell Monica in 2015. The company now employs 10 people directly.sb_logo

The new HYDRAO Loop and First smart showerheads and HYDRAO Drop smart shower light bring innovation, color, enjoyment – and now French design chic – to the bathroom. They are designed to increase awareness of water usage and encourage reduced water and energy consumption. HYDRAO First will be the first product to become available internationally – starting tomorrow.

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Smart & Blue Founder Gabriel Dell Monica

The designs of HYDRAO Loop and Drop have already won two new CES Innovation Awards: HYDRAO Loop in the Smart Home category and HYDRAO Drop in Tech for a Better World category.

THREE NEW SMART SHOWER SOLUTIONS

HYDRAO Loop: a combination of advanced Smart & Blue technology innovation with French luxury design to bring smart-shower capabilities to stylish, modern bathrooms.

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HYDRAO Loop smart shower set (Photo: Business Wire)

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HYDRAO Loop Hand shower

HYDRAO Drop: adds smart-shower water saving capabilities to an existing shower. It is simple to install, and has a flexible arm that can be positioned to illuminate any shower surface or water jet.

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HYDRAO Loop on a showerhead

HYDRAO First: a fun, educational and affordable smart hand shower. Launched in France at the end of 2016, HYDRAO First is available internationally from Jan. 4th 2017.

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HYDRAO First is a LED-illuminated showerhead that brings color and enjoyment to families, while educating users on water usage.

SMART-SHOWER INNOVATION WITH LUXURY DESIGN

DESIGN INNOVATION AND WATER EFFICIENCY: Both HYDRAO Loop and Drop benefit from a new miniaturized version of Smart & Blue’s patented smart shower technology, allowing users to benefit from a sleek, streamlined design, with no compromise to HYDRAO’s water conservation guidance. Also new is the ability to allow individual users to monitor their own personal usage and savings – on either one or multiple HYDRAO smart showers.

New smart water pressure innovations also let users enjoy an enhanced shower experience, even at low pressure levels.1 These enhancements include increased energy efficiency for the internal turbine, new water pressure regulation capabilities and an innovative aerated water flow feature. Together they ensure optimum water flow and lighting intensity, while decreasing overall water consumption.

For professional customers, the fully modular, interchangeable design of HYDRAO Loop and Drop allow for design customization. Smart & Blue smart shower technology can also be integrated into own designs. Continue reading

Marquee Openings Across Europe Mark a Milestone Year for Marriott International’s The Luxury Collection

Luxury Brand Accelerates Growth By Reaffirming Its Presence In London And Paris, Opening Its First Ever Ski Resort In Cortina, As Well As Entering The Armenian Capital Yerevan

The Luxury Collection, part of Marriott International, Inc., announced the signings of five flagship properties for the brand: the internationally-renowned boutique hotel The Wellesley and the exclusive The Westbury in London, Hôtel de Berri, a new alluring hotel in the heart of Paris, Cristallo Resort & Spa in Cortina, Italy, the first ski resort of the collection, and The Alexander in Yerevan, marking the brand’s debut in Armenia. These illustrious additions to the portfolio will further strengthen the brand’s presence in Europe, with 2017 on target to be another milestone year for The Luxury Collection, one of Marriott International’s luxury brands.tlc-logo

Over the last few years, we have seen a seismic growth in luxury travel,” said Satya Anand, Chief Operations Officer, Luxury & Southern Europe, Marriott International.Together with the owners of these five new Luxury Collection hotels we are working towards meeting the increasing demand for luxury accommodations and offering our guests an extraordinary collection of luxury experiences in established and up-and-coming European destinations.”

The Luxury Collection® brand is comprised of world-renowned hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world’s most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination’s indigenous charms and treasures. Originated in 1906 under the CIGA® brand as a collection of Europe’s most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection brand is a glittering ensemble, recently surpassing 100 of the world’s finest hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world’s finest.

Marriott International has the strongest team of luxury talent in the industry, with boundless creative energy. This, combined with The Luxury Collection’s remarkable global growth strategy, consolidates our position as the leading hospitality company serving the luxury consumer”, said Mitzi Gaskins, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection. “Europe offers tremendous potential and we are committed to increasing our footprint significantly with the world’s finest luxury hotels over the next few years. Our goal is to open 12 Luxury Collection hotels globally by the end of 2017, and with these five additions in Europe, we are well on track.”

The Wellesley, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Knightsbridge, London

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The Wellesley, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Knightsbridge, London – The hotel’s interior Art Deco style (Photo: Business Wire)

An intimate and refined hotel converted from a luxurious 1920s townhouse, The Wellesley is ideally situated in the prestigious area of Knightsbridge, overlooking Hyde Park and steps away from London’s finest boutiques and acclaimed restaurants. Hotel guests have the opportunity to explore London in the hotel’s Rolls Royce and access 24-hour Butler service to suit their needs, lifestyle and expectations. Famed for its exquisite style and impeccable service, The Wellesley features 36 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites, with many offering panoramic views over the London Skyline. The hotel’s interior design is timeless with a sophisticated Art Deco style; bronze doors unveil a shimmering marble lobby highlighted by crystal chandeliers while the elegant guestrooms combine beautiful 1920s-inspired design with the latest modern amenities. Indulgent culinary venues include the Oval Restaurant; Crystal Bar, which features a vast selection of whisky, cognac and Armagnac; Jazz Lounge where guests can enjoy weekly live jazz performances; and the exceptional Cigar Terrace, an exclusive heated terrace complete with bespoke walk-in humidor and a connoisseur’s selection of the finest cigars. The Wellesley will become London’s third Luxury Collection Hotel when it joins the brand, slated for the first half of 2017. Continue reading

Now Taking Reservations: Hilton Bali Resort Welcomes Guests in the Heart of Nusa Dua

Hilton Hotels & Resorts Debuts in Bali with Stunning Cliff-Top Getaway

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Hilton Bali Resort Aerial View

Hilton Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Hilton Bali Resort, which joins 130 distinguished resort properties across the Hilton portfolio located in some of the world’s most sought-after destinations. Designed for travelers seeking relaxation and rejuvenation, Hilton Bali Resort (located at Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Bali, Indonesia) brings breathtaking views, extensive recreation facilities and magnificent event space to the Nusa Dua Beach enclave on Bali’s southern peninsula.

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Hilton Bali Resort Pool Aerial View

Hilton Bali Resort is a significant addition to our flagship brand portfolio, bringing Hilton Hotels & Resorts’ renowned hospitality to one of the world’s premier island destinations,” said Sean Wooden, vice president, brand management, Asia Pacific, Hilton. “Hilton continues to deliver world-class service and product innovations that meet the changing needs of discerning travelers and Hilton Bali Resort is well positioned to deliver exceptional experiences to every guest, every time.

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HiltonBali Resort Hotel Front Desk Lobby

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Hilton Bali Resort Lobby Bar

Hilton Bali Resort is situated atop a 40-meter cliff in the prestigious Nusa Dua area of Bali’s southern peninsula. Hilton Bali Resort is set within a lush 28-acre compound. Each of its 389 guest rooms and suites combine modern amenities with local Balinese charm and feature private balconies and terraces overlooking the Indian Ocean or the hotel gardens. Guests may also choose to stay in one of 19 exclusive villas which feature a private plunge pool, gazebo, separate living area, round-the-clock butler service and access to the private Nusa Dua Villa Lounge, or an Executive Room, which has access to the Executive Lounge. Hilton Bali Resort’s extensive recreational facilities boast four interconnecting swimming pools including an adult-only pool, a sand lagoon, a 30-meter waterslide and a Jungle Kid’s Club with indoor and outdoor playgrounds, and a 360-degree observation deck. In addition, guests may enjoy a sun deck, sauna, hot tub and gym, as well as a Mandara Spa, three indoor tennis courts and a retail outlet.

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Hilton Bali Resort’s Kupu-Kupu Amphitheater

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Hilton Bali Resort Executive Lounge

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Hilton Bali Resort’s Multi-Funtion Banquet Room

While offering direct access to one of the most picturesque beaches on the island, the property is also within 1.3 kilometers of the 18-hole Bali National Golf Course and various watersports centers, and 3.7 kilometers from the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center. Ngurah Rai International Airport and the Kuta shopping district are also approximately 15 kilometers from the hotel via the Mandara toll road.

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Nusa Dua One Bedroom Villa

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Nusa Dua One Bedroom Villa

Hilton Bali Resort is a testament to the confidence we have in this stunning resort destination and our deep commitment to serving the burgeoning market of Indonesia. This opening marks our fifth property in Indonesia and third in Bali alongside Conrad Bali and Hilton Garden Inn Bali – Ngurah Rai Airport,” said William Costley, vice president, operations, South East Asia & India, Hilton. “The location makes the hotel a great base for travelers visiting Bali, and positions us well to capture opportunities from Bali’s rising inbound and domestic tourism.” Continue reading

Pantone Unveils Color of the Year 2017: PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery

A Refreshing And Revitalizing Shade, Greenery Is Symbolic Of New Beginnings

Pantone, an X-Rite company and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today announced PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery as the PANTONE® Color of the Year selection for 2017; a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals individuals to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

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Pantone Unveils Color of the Year 2017: PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery

While Serenity and Rose Quartz, the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016, expressed the need for harmony in a chaotic world,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color InstituteGreenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the hope we collectively yearn for amid a complex social and political landscape. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate, revitalize and unite, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.

The Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend pantone-colour-of-the-year-greenery_dezeen_hero2analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even up-coming sporting events that capture worldwide attention. For 17 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. Past selections for Color of the Year include:

  • PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity and PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz (2016)
  • PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala (2015)
  • PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid (2014)
  • PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald (2013)
  • PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
  • PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
  • PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
  • PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
  • PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
  • PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
  • PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
  • PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
  • PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
  • PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
  • PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
  • PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
  • PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)

The color selected as the Pantone Color of the Year 2017 was taken from the PANTONE Fashion, Home + Interiors Color System, the most widely used and recognized color standards system for fashion, textile, home and interior design.

The more submerged people are in their own modern realities, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.

PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery, a life-affirming shade, is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.

The tangy yellow-green speaks to our desire to express, explore, experiment and reinvent, imparting a sense of buoyancy,” said Eiseman. “Through its reassuring yet assertive vibrancy, Greenery offers us self-assurance and boldness to live life on our own terms, during a time when we are redefining what makes us successful and happy.

In this spirit of reconnection, exploration and belonging, Pantone has partnered with Airbnb – a community marketplace that provides access to unique accommodations and experiences around the globe – to bring Greenery to life through an experience in early 2017. The collaboration, a first of its kind, was inspired by Pantone’s vision for Greenery and Airbnb’s community that connects travelers to magical experiences.

GREENERY COLOR PAIRINGS

Nature’s neutral, PANTONE Greenery is a versatile “trans-seasonal” shade that lends itself to many color combinations. As displayed in the 10 palettes below, Greenery is paired with neutrals, brights, deeper shades, pastels, metallics and even the enduring presence of PANTONE Color of the Year 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity. These palettes easily cross over fashion, beauty, product and graphic design applications.

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A Color of Innovation:

While often associated with environmentalism and nature, Greenery is also a unifying thread in tech and innovation because of its association with boldness, vigor and modernity. Many new apps, animation iconography and digital-first startups express this energy by using the riveting and attention-getting shade of green in their logos. Conveying progression and a pioneering spirit, Greenery portrays an entrepreneurial essence that aligns with the industries that have embraced it.

Greenery for Fashion:

Greenery is nature’s neutral. A great harmonizer merging undertones of cool blues with vibrant yellows, the hue is a natural complement to a wide range of palettes. Like the spectrum of possibilities in colorful petals and blooms paired with lush green leaves, plants and trees, Greenery provides a pop of color in accessories and footwear, or as acts as a bold accent in a pattern. Prominent in fashion for men and women, as seen in the recent collections of Kenzo, Michael Kors, Zac Posen, and Cynthia Rowley, Greenery has also been shown in a variety of solids and prints in children’s wear.

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Hotels and Accommodations: Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Opens The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane

For The Distinctive Art Deco Hotel, A New Era Begins After 90 Years Of Moving History

Extending the reach of Sheraton Grand, a new premium classification for the brand, the Sheraton Hotels & Resorts (a brand of Marriott International) has launched the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane after a several million pounds extensive renovation and redesign of the 303 rooms. The comprehensive renovation also comprised of work on the public spaces, including the famous The Palm Lounge3_mh_logo_blk-1 Court, the Ballroom* and the opulent foyer Silver Gallery.

The interior architects of MKV Design are responsible for the extensive renovation project, in collaboration with the Sheraton Global Designteam, combining the history of the building and its impressive location opposite the Green Park with modern, stylish elements and details. The profound renovation was followed by the redesign to the Sheraton Grand, the premium classification of the Sheraton brand for hotels characterized by particularly attractive locations, exclusive design, excellent service and outstanding customer experiences. The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane is the first hotel in London to meet this exquisite portfolio of currently 35 Sheraton Hotels worldwide.

As one of the global travel hubs, London is a crucial market for Sheraton, the internationally most widely-used brand of Marriott International. That’s why we should be one of our flagships, “said McGuinness, senior vice president and global brand leader for Sheraton Hotels and Resorts. “The Sheraton Grand Park Lane London and its extravagant refurbishment gives the Sheraton brand a very special glow and serves as a great model for the transformation we are striving for the brand.

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Since its heyday as the first choice for personalities of society, public life and the aristocracy, the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane has maintained the tradition of bringing people together in the heart of the Mayfair District. The design concept builds on the Art Deco heritage and this social influence, creating a wealth of spaces and an interior in which business and leisure can be easily combined. The 303 rooms have been completely redesigned in an elegant and luxurious style, breathing the spirit of Art Deco. 43 newly created Sheraton Club rooms and suites offer exclusive access to the Sheraton® Club Lounge, a private retreat where guests can enjoy breakfast, drinks and snacks during the day, as well as an afternoon tea in the style of The Palm Court , While in the evening, a varied selection of drinks and canapés are offered. For business travelers, this category also includes the use of a private conference room in the Sheraton® Club Lounge, which can accommodate up to eight people.

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Grand Suite Living Room – Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel. (Image courtesy of Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel)

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Grand Suite Bathroom – Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel. (Image courtesy of Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel)

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Grand Suite Bedroom – Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel (Image courtesy of Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel)

The 21 suites of the hotel have been redesigned in such a way that the indoor space is optimally utilized and the view outside on the laubbowers of the Green Park can be enjoyed to the fullest. Many suites can now be connected to neighboring suites, so that large families and groups can get enough space. The Grand Suite of the hotel is a commitment to luxury and opulence and includes a representative entrance area, a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, as well as various living and dining areas. The rooms are interconnected with double-width sliding doors, so the Grand Suite can be opened to a single spacious room.

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Sheraton Hotel & Resorts – Sheraton Grand London Park Lane – Art Deco Suite (Photo: Business Wire)

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Renovated Park View Suite at The Sheraton London Grand Park Lane Hotel

The new design of the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane marks a milestone for Sheraton in the United Kingdom,” says Even Frydenberg, Chief Operations and Franchise Support Officer Europe, Marriott International. “Thanks to a successful collaboration with Sir Richard Sutton Limited, this newly refurbished hotel represents the grand category of the brand and is a strategically immensely important home for the Sheraton portfolio.”

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The Palm Court at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel

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The Palm Court at the Sheraton London Grand Park Lane Hotel

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The Palm Court at the Sheraton London Grand Park Lane Hotel

The renovation brought forth modern meeting places for city dwellers and world travelers alike. The prestigious The Palm Court Lounge, with its elegant furnishings and a magnificent stained glass roof, is the perfect backdrop for meetings in an aesthetic and lively atmosphere. Following the tradition of the Grand Hotel lounges of the 1920s and 30s, here breakfast, afternoon tea, dinner and cocktails, a special menu called serving and Paired , Sheratons creative culinary offerings, the small dishes and delicious bar snacks excellently combined with premium wines and local craft beers.

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Mercante Restaurant, Sheraton London Grand Park Lane Hotel

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Interiors and Design: Herman Miller Broadens Consumer Reach with New York City Retail Store

Opening Of Physical Retail In North America Part Of The Company’s Multi-Channel Consumer Strategy

Global design manufacturer Herman Miller, Inc. announced the opening of a Herman Miller-branded retail store anchoring the company’s New York City flagship. Open to the public as of Tuesday, November 22, 2016, the store occupies 6,000 SF on the ground and second floors of Herman Miller’s multi-level presence at 251 Park Avenue South (251 Park Avenue South at 20th Street, www.hermanmiller.com/new-york-city-flagship 212.318.3977, Open Monday-Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm.) in Manhattan. The store is part of Herman Miller‘s transformation into a premium lifestyle company, and will offer consumers the opportunity to connect with Herman Miller through a new channel. Herman Miller has had a physical store in Tokyo since December 2010, and launched online stores to serve customers in India and the United Kingdom earlier in 2016.288476logo-1

We’ve made great progress with a consumer strategy that allows us to engage with the communities we serve across multiple channels and touch points,” said Chief Executive Officer Brian Walker. “In addition to growing the Design Within Reach studio footprint and our global e-commerce platform, having our own physical retail presence in a major U.S. market will further cement Herman Miller’s position as a premium lifestyle brand with unrivaled multi-channel capabilities. Our goal is to create fans, not customers, and this store will connect us with new fans in a tangible way.

Located in the retail hub where Union Square, Gramercy, and Flatiron meet, the new store is designed to appeal to the high concentration of design-driven consumers that made this market a top choice when Herman Miller began exploring locations for expanding its retail presence. The tri-state area consistently ranks highest for Herman Miller’s consumer sales, proving George Nelson’s assertion in 1948 that “there is a market for good design.” Nelson, who served as Herman Miller’s design director from 1945 until 1972, strongly believed that if the company made good things, people would buy them.

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Herman Miller Opens New York City Flagship Store – Photo credit Nicholas Calcott. (PRNewsFoto/Herman Miller, Inc.)

The distinctive in-store experience was inspired by another Herman Miller partner, Charles Eames, who said the role of the designer is that of a “very good, thoughtful host.” The new store’s floorplan is laid out as a modern home, with rooms that demonstrate problem-solving designs for living, working, dining, socializing, and sleeping. The display and inventory blend current and vintage Herman Miller furniture, lighting, and accessories with a curated set of complementary products from likeminded vendors and skilled artisans from around the world. These include rugs from Danskina and Breuckelen Berber, kitchen and tabletop items from Deborah Ehrlich, pillows and bags from Maharam, accessories by Doug Johnston, Knotwork, Carl Aubock, and Helen Levi, and Nelson Bubble Lamps along with lighting from Wastberg, Noguchi, and Michael Anastassiades. (Through seasonal programming and merchandising, the two-story retail space will demonstrate the many interpretations of modern living supported by Herman Miller.)

Consumers throughout the United States can also shop with Herman Miller online at www.store.hermanmiller.com, which has been operating since October 2010.

In addition to the new store, 251 Park Avenue South houses commercial showrooms for Herman Miller and Geiger, and corporate office space for Maharam, Design Within Reach, and Geiger, all Herman Miller owned companies. In total, Herman Miller occupies eight floors, equaling almost half of the 120K SF building.

Herman Miller is a globally recognized provider of furnishings and related technologies and services. Headquartered in West Michigan, the global company has relied on innovative design for over 100 years to solve problems for people wherever they work, live, learn, and heal. Herman Miller’s designs are part of museum collections worldwide, and the company is a past recipient of the Smithsonian Institution‘s Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. Known and respected for its leadership in corporate social responsibility, Herman Miller has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the past 12 years, and has earned the Human Rights Campaign Foundation‘s top rating in its Corporate Equality Index for the past nine years. In fiscal 2016, the company generated $2.26 billion in revenue and employed nearly 8,000 people worldwide.

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Win a $3,000 Dream Christmas Tree From ScentSicles

The World’s Largest Christmas Fragrance Brand Partners With Holiday Design Experts To Give Away the Perfect Tree

Now holiday enthusiasts have even more to be excited about this season with the ScentSicles® “Dream Tree Giveaway”. ScentSicles, the largest Christmas fragrance brand in the world, has partnered with three influential design experts to give consumers a chance to win a stunning artificial tree, carefully styled and curated by the design expert of their choice. The winner will receive a beautiful 7′ artificial tree, $2,000 to spend on all of the perfect trimmings and a ScentSicles Gift Pack that will have their tree smelling like the real thing.

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ScentSicles scented ornaments bring the holidays to life with the authentic aroma of a real tree. (PRNewsFoto/Enviroscent, Inc.)

The sweepstakes features three notable lifestyle bloggers – Kristin Cadwallader (Bliss At Home Blog), Jennifer Crotty Holmes (Dear Lillie Blog) and Beth Hunter (Home Stories A to Z) who provide tips and tricks on how to decorate the perfect Christmas tree.

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Image Courtesy of Kristin Cadwallader (PRNewsFoto/ScentSicles)

We’re thrilled to partner with such talented designers to give our fans the chance to enjoy a dream Christmas tree this holiday,” says Karla Attanasio, VP of Marketing for ScentSicles. “We believe that every tree should be special, stylish, and of course, smell like a real Christmas tree.”

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Image Courtesy of Beth Hunter (PRNewsFoto/ScentSicles)

ScentSicles scented ornaments are made of natural paper sourced from sustainable resources and infused with pure fragrance in the iconic scents of the Christmas season and offer a no-mess and no-flame way to make artificial holiday greenery smell real or to enhance the scent of a live tree. ScentSicles holiday scents include White Winter Fir, Christmas Time Spruce, It’s A Wonderful Pine, Snow Berry Wreath and Two Dashes of Cinnamon.

The “Dream Tree Giveaway” sweepstakes will run through November 27, 2016 and can be viewed at www.ScentSicles.com.

Made in the United States, ScentSicles are a product of Atlanta-based Enviroscent, Inc. – a company focused on developing the finest home fragrances on earth. The ScentSicles collection may be purchased online at www.scentsicles.com as well as through major retailers across the United States.

Premier Shopping Center In Metro New York/New Jersey Home To Impressive New Design Within Reach Retail Space

World Leader in Modern Design Opens at Westfield Garden State Plaza in Time for the Holiday Season

Design Within Reach announces the opening of its newest retail location, a 12,000 square foot Studio, adjacent to Nordstrom, at the country’s premier shopping center Westfield Garden State Plaza. The new space (DWR Paramus Studio, One Garden State Plaza, Paramus, New Jersey, 07652.) features a grand glass atrium entrance, a private VIP valet service and a Chilewich shop-in-shop.Design Within Reach Logo

Founded in 1998, Design Within Reach made modern design accessible to the U.S. market through its groundbreaking catalog and e-commerce site and has evolved into a destination for its exclusive collection of modern furniture and accessories.

Garden State Plaza is a new market for us, so we expect that a lot of people will experience Design Within Reach for the first time,” says DWR CEO John Edelman. “We’re excited about the opportunity to engage the community, especially during this time of year. We believe shoppers will look to DWR as a resource as they prepare their homes this holiday season.”

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DWR Paramus is home to the company’s second Chilewich shop-in-shop. Photo: Alex Kusak Smith (PRNewsFoto/Design Within Reach, Inc.)

The experience at the new DWR Paramus Studio will be unlike that offered by any other furniture retailer in the area. A glowing installation of hundreds of pendant lights, the Light Cloud, welcomes customers to the space at both entrances and invites them to discover the company’s extensive product assortment. The Studio displays thirty-six room vignettes that integrate iconic classics by designers such as Charles and Ray Eames or George Nelson with pieces designed by emerging designers like Egg Collective, Norm Architects and Chris Hardy.

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Design Within Reach has opened its newest retail location, adjacent to Nordstrom, at Westfield Garden State Plaza, the country’s premier shopping center. Photo: Alex Kusak Smith (PRNewsFoto/Design Within Reach, Inc.)

Shoppers looking to individualize their décor will love the Swatch Wall (itself a piece of beautiful design), which shows off more than 300 of the thousands of upholstery options available from the likes of Maharam fabrics and Edelman® and Spinneybeck® leather, and the opportunity to see how products will look in their own homes using the DWR 3-D Room Planner.

DWR continues its partnership with New York-based architecture firm DFA to bring the Paramus Studio to life, as well as enlisting the help of Light Studio LA in creating dramatic lighting design throughout the space.

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Shoppers looking to individualize their decor will love the Swatch Wall – shown in the distance – which shows off more than 300 of the thousands of upholstery options available. Photo: Alex Kusak Smith (PRNewsFoto/Design Within Reach, Inc.)

The Studio can be reached at 201.843.2650 from 10am–8pm Monday–Saturday; closed Sunday. Design Within Reach is hiring: dwr.com/careers.

Design Within Reach, Inc., founded in 1998 and headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, is the world leader in authentic modern design. The company sells its furniture and accessories to residential and commercial customers through retail Studios in North America, via the Web at dwr.com, by phone at 1.800.944.2233 and through the Contract division at dwrcontract.com. Design Within Reach, Inc., is a subsidiary of Herman Miller, Inc.

Now Accepting Reservations: Experience A Landmark Of Sophistication Reborn In The City’s Historic Heart At Four Seasons Hotel London At Ten Trinity Square

  • Grade II*-listed heritage building in the City of London transformed into a luxury hotel just steps from major landmarks, business hubs and cultural destinations
  • Now confirming arrivals from January 26, 2017
  • Four Seasons also will be home to three Michelin-starred Chef Anne-Sophie Pic’s first London restaurant

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    The Exterior Facade of the new Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square

Nearly a century in the making, Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square is now accepting reservations as it puts the finishing touches on an exquisite restoration in anticipation of its opening on January 26, 2017. Located in the City of London, Ten Trinity Square is just steps from the Tower of London and a short walk to St. Paul’s Cathedral. The Hotel also offers easy access to the Canary Wharf financial district and the city’s famed West End.four-seasons-hotel-london-at-ten-trinity-square-1

Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square joins sister properties Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane – a favorite of Londoners and international travelers for the past 46 years – and the country estate experience at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire.

Ten Trinity Square was the setting for the inaugural reception of the United Nations General Assembly in 1946, and now the very room where that remarkable gathering took place has been meticulously restored down to the smallest detail, with discreet technological upgrades to accommodate today’s demands.

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Architectural Detail at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square

The new wood paneled UN Ballroom is the perfect setting for a sit down dinner or cocktail reception, offering stunning views over the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the River Thames. Across a shared pre-function area, the circular Merchant’s Hall is a unique, naturally-lit space above the building’s rotunda. In all, Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square offers 7857 square feet (730 square meters) of function space, including several smaller venue options.

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Superior Room at the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square

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Executive Room at The Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square

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Deluxe Room at the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square

In this landmark of power and prestige, we plan to introduce a more intimate, personalised experience for international travellers as well as local guests,” says General Manager Charlie Parker of this important building’s transformation into a luxury hotel and residence. “In the story of Ten Trinity Square, a new Four Seasons chapter in London is about to unfold.

Home to just 100 guest accommodations as well as 41 private residences, Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square will also offer guests three dining options, a luxurious spa experience, state-of-the-art fitness centre and beautiful indoor pool. Gracious event spaces will accommodate up to 200. The heritage building’s past as headquarters of the Port of London Authority is reflected in the maritime-inspired details of its elegant architecture and interiors. Continue reading

Holiday Events, Special Rates Make Four Seasons Hotel Austin A Winter Value

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Austin is the heart and soul of Texas, with a dazzling array of talent that includes blues, jazz, folk and alternative rock musicians. Historic landmarks dotting the landscape include the State Capitol, University of Texas Tower and the Governor’s Mansion. A resort-like haven just steps from Austin’s central business and entertainment districts, Four Seasons Hotel Austin in downtown Austin (98 San Jacinto Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78701-4039 U.S.A) boasts an unrivaled setting on the banks of Lady Bird Lake. The Hotel offers 291 spacious hotel guest rooms, including 28 suites, all with exceptional views of the lake or Austin cityscape. TRIO at Four Seasons Hotel Austin offers fine dining in a contemporary atmosphere both relaxing and sophisticated, with a menu that is centered around steak, seafood; carefully chosen wines and a setting that is both metropolitan and scenic.four-seasons-hotel-austin-1

From a fairy tale Gingerbread Village that will light up the Lobby to a full lineup of festive events, the Four SeasonsHotel Austin is offering a veritable winter wonderland this holiday season for travelers looking to enjoy the capital city’s holiday charms.

And with special seasonal rates starting at USD 399 per night between November 18, 2016 and January 7, 2017, there’s never been a better time to visit. Below are just a few of the special offerings and dining events taking place at the Hotel in the coming months:

Thanksgiving Day Buffet – Synonymous with food and family, Thanksgiving at Four Seasons Hotel Austin is an experience visitors of all ages will enjoy – and not just because someone else handles the clean-up! Executive Chef Elmar Prambs and his team outdo themselves each year with a buffet spread that incorporates traditional favorites along with holiday fare.

Date: Thursday, November 24, 2016 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Ballroom (until 8:00 pm in TRIO)

Price: Ballroom, USD 90 plus tax and 18 percent gratuity for adults; USD 35 plus tax and 18 percent gratuity for children ages 6-11; TRIO – USD 90 plus tax for adults; USD 35 plus tax for children ages 6-11

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Teddy Bear Teas in the Lobby Lounge Traditional tea service, caroling and a fireside reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas by Santa make the Hotel’s Teddy Bear Teas in the Lobby Lounge a popular activity year after year. Children attending a Teddy Bear Tea are asked to bring a new, unwrapped teddy bear as a donation for Dell Children’s Hospital.teddy-bear-tea

Dates: November 26 and 27; December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18, 2016 with seatings offered at 12:00 noon or 3:00 pm

Price: USD 45 plus tax for adults and USD 30 plus tax for children ages 11 and under

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Gingerbread Village Open Houses – A beloved tradition, the Hotel’s annual Open Houses officially kick-off the holiday season by inviting locals and visitors to ooh and aah over the Gingerbread Village in the Lobby, all while enjoying complimentary hot apple cider and festive cookies. The talented pastry chefs who created the houses – along with special guest Santa – will also be on hand for photo opportunities and to answer questions about this year’s “Fairy Tales”-themed Village, which will be on display from November 21 through December 25, 2016.aus_611_aspect16x9

Dates: November 28 and 29, 2016 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm

Price: Complimentary and open to the public

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Christmas Day Buffet – Already the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas is even more memorable when enjoyed at Austin’s Four Seasons. TRIO and Ballroom guests will feast on more than 80 dishes prepared by the Hotel’s award-winning culinary team, with live piano music adding to the festive ambiance in the Ballroom.sew_541_aspect16x9

Date: Sunday, December 25 2016 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Ballroom (until 8:00 pm in TRIO)

Price: Ballroom – USD 90 plus tax and 18 percent gratuity for adults; USD 35 plus tax and 18 percent gratuity for children ages 6-11; TRIO – USD 90 plus tax for adults; USD 35 plus tax for children ages 6-11

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National Geographic Offers Gifts for the Adventurer, Traveler, Stargazer, Photographer, Book Lover, Young Scientist and More

Explore The World With National Geographic And Give A Gift Inspired By Travel, Adventure, Science, Exploration, Photography And Global Craft This Holiday.

If you have a love of people, places, culture and history or if you are looking for gifts that are out of the ordinary, National Geographic has some unique selections in its 2016 Holiday Look Book. From books to home goods, eclectic apparel and jewelry, gear, photography workshops and private expeditions National Geographic offers high-quality, authentic gifts that would delight anyone on your list.

Another plus: All purchases support National Geographic Society’s vital exploration, conservation, cultural preservation and education programs around the globe.

Buyers from National Geographic travel the globe in search of beautiful, handmade objects that tell a story,” said Jill Dvorak, director of site merchandising & marketing, catalog and online operations for National Geographic. “We’ve assembled an extraordinary collection of gifts for the traveler, the book lover, stargazer, home decorator, adventurer, animal lover, young scientist and beyond that will inspire them to learn and explore the world around them.”

Highlights From The 2016 Gift Selection:

National Geographic Exclusive: Geno 2.0 Next Generation Genographic Project Participation and DNA Ancestry Kit. $179.95

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Geno 2.0 Next Generation Genographic Project Participation and DNA Ancestry Kit

The revolutionary Geno 2.0 Next Generation test has been enhanced to offer the most up to date ancestry available and now has:

  • -Improved results based on a higher-capacity DNA-testing chip
  • -More accurate regional ancestry—double the number of regions and 50+ reference populations
  • -Improved DNA haplogroup calls and 20 new ancestral stories.

Introducing the next generation of the Genographic Project Participation Kit. This new DNA test uses cutting-edge technology to give you the richest ancestry information available. Join the more than half a million people who have already taken part in National Geographic’s groundbreaking Genographic Project—contribute to this real-time scientific effort and learn more about yourself than you ever thought possible.

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Spencer Wells and his team designed Geno Next Gen based on the new technologies and insights that emerged since the launch of the Genographic Project ten years ago. Using an exclusive, custom-built genotyping chip, they test nearly 750,000 DNA markers that have been specifically selected to provide unprecedented ancestry-related information.

For the Holiday Host or Hostess: Personalized Nautical Flag Coasters (Set of 4), $55.00

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Personalized Nautical Flag Coasters – Set of 4

Although signal flags have been largely replaced by two-way radio and cell phones, in the 19th century they were how ships at sea communicated with each other. Each flag stands for a letter, but also represents a full message. For example, the “T” flag also meant “keep clear!” Today the flags are reserved for yacht racing and formal occasions. Choose your three-initial monogram and artisans in New England will create a coaster set on cork-backed, rustic tumbled marble that shows your initials along with the corresponding signal flags. Click here for a list of initials and their corresponding flags, or click on the Flag Meanings tab to see what phrase each flag symbolizes in the International Code of Symbols.

(Please note: Personalized items cannot be returned unless damaged or defective. Please check your order carefully; once placed, your order for this item cannot be canceled. Not available for shipment outside of the U.S. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery to the continental U.S. and 4-6 weeks for delivery to Alaska and Hawaii.)

For the Adventurer: Carabiner Clip Watch with LED Micro-Light, $45.00

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Carabiner Clip Watch with LED Micro-Light

Equipped with a powerful LED micro-light, this clever explorer’s watch has a built-in carabiner that clips right onto belt loops, packs, and more, keeping the time and a light source within reach as you travel. Luminescent hands and hour markers provide visibility in all kinds of conditions.

(Details: Uses one 376 watch battery and one LR1131 watch battery (both included). We recommend having a jeweler replace the battery. The case is intentionally challenging to open in order to better protect the mechanism and increase the watch’s water resistance. 1 1/2”W x 3”L x 1/4”D, 3 oz, Water-resistant to 100 feet.)

For the Book Lover: Wild, Beautiful Places: Picture-Perfect Journeys Around the Globe, $40.00

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Wild, Beautiful Places: Picture-Perfect Journeys Around the Globe

Experience the world’s most wild, remote, beautiful places with shots by National Geographic photographers and vintage photos pulled from the National Geographic archives. Highlighting 50 of Earth’s most pristine, scenic locales, this beautiful book is illustrated with stunning images, coupled with accessible, engaging descriptions and practical travel information. The book covers everything from otherworldly, secluded valleys to far-flung, soaring mountain ranges. National Geographic photographers share some of their favorite shots from around the world and explain how they got them, and historical photos culled from National Geographic’s hallowed image archive highlight old Society explorations in rugged, distant locations, and give a glimpse into the bygone days of these exotic places.

For the Photographer: Camera Lens Travel Mug. $24.00

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Camera Lens Travel Mug

Increase your focus, clarity, and zoom abilities. We’re talking about the coffee! This deceptively realistic, BPA-free travel mug looks just like a DSLR camera lens with details like a focus ring and grip—perfect for coffee lovers and camera enthusiasts alike. The stainless steel lining keeps drinks hot and is extra easy to clean. The screw-top lid with sliding sip top keeps your coffee from spilling as you venture off road to capture that perfect shot. Continue reading

Celebrate The Warmth Of Hearth And Home This Christmas At The Biltmore Estate

When George Vanderbilt opened The Biltmore Estate to family and friends on Christmas Eve 1895, it began a tradition at Biltmore that is carried on to this day. Christmas at Biltmore this year reflects the theme of “Hearth and Home,” getting right to the heart of what Vanderbilt intended for his North Carolina home.

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Christmas at Biltmore: Christmas Candlelight House (exterior)

Running through to Jan. 8, 2017, The Biltmore’s holiday celebration will provide guests with a completely immersive experience. The wonders of Biltmore House—masterpieces of art, architecture, and Vanderbilt family treasures—are enhanced with more than 70 intricately decorated trees along with hundreds of poinsettias and garlands. The towering 34-foot-tall Fraser Fir in the home’s immense Banquet Hall is the star attraction.

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The Banquet hall at the Biltmore House

While the sheer volume of Christmas décor is staggering, the resulting beauty is a testament to the expertise of Biltmore’s floral staff. This year, the team has interpreted the theme of “Hearth and Home” throughout the house, emphasizing fireplaces and mantels in the grand spaces with warm colors, soft textures, and vintage-inspired ornaments.

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Fireplace at The Biltmore

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Poinsettas in the Winter Garden

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Entry Hall

Guests may also enjoy the entire estate as part of their admission. The glass-roofed Conservatory anchoring the Walled Garden is filled with blooms, and daily seminars at A Gardener’s Place shop provide tips for guests’ own holiday décor. At Antler Hill Village & Winery, the Winery offers free tastings of Biltmore wines—including the new Christmas commemorative wine—and additional in-depth tours and programs to further wine appreciation. Weekends in the Village bring carolers sharing traditional Christmas favorites, and Santa making guest appearances at the bandstand to hear wish lists from guests of all ages.

Candlelight Christmas Evenings

From fireplace mantels draped with evergreens to towering trees festooned with lights, Candlelight Christmas Evenings provide a warm welcome on a frosty night. By reservation only, these evenings in Biltmore House have become a cherished holiday tradition for many who enjoy a uniquely different view of holiday lights and live music.

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Christmas Shop

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Home & Interiors: Lime and Leaf Launches Original Home Décor Line Inspired by Nature’s Details

New Company Focuses On American-Made Textiles

Lime and Leaf, a new line of high-quality home décor based in Alexandria, VA, launched this past week with the opening of its online store. Inspired by the unique colors and patterns that exist only in nature, the company’s handcrafted, American-made textiles are designed to encourage the calm of the outdoors inside the home. Founded by two sisters, Lori Morris and Kari LePage, who realized that there was no perfect product at the intersection of their two loves – nature and home décor – so they decided to create their own.

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Lime and Leaf’s sheets, duvets, shams and throws are 100% American-made, with bedding fabricated from the highest quality Supima cotton and a unique garment dying process that results in a soft, pre-washed feel. (PRNewsFoto/Lime and Leaf)

Founded in 2016 by Morris and LePage, Lime and Leaf is an online home décor company selling American-made textiles and additional decorative accessories. A wide range of products from linens and throws to table top items are available through www.limeandleaf.com and can be shipped nationwide.lime-leaf-logo

LePage, a Rutgers College and Stern School of Business graduate is an independent consultant in the field of retail strategy. Prior to that, LePage spent over seven years as the GVP of Strategy and Consumer Insights for The Children’s Place and Disney Stores, worked for eight years at PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting and started her retail career in the strategy department at Gap, Inc. Morris, has a Master’s in Education from George Washington University (GWU). With over 15 years of experience in early childhood learning, Morris is president of the Bruhn-Morris Family Foundation, established in February of 2003, to support programs focusing on youth and family.

As early as initial company brainstorms, Lime and Leaf is committed to sourcing material and manufacturing in America for the production of its original designs. From factory floors in North Carolina to embroidery shops in New Jersey and cotton farms in California, the company’s production supply chain highlights the best of what American manufacturers offer. Lime and Leaf‘s sheets, duvets, shams and throws are 100% American-made, with bedding fabricated from the highest quality Supima cotton and a unique garment dying process that results in a soft, pre-washed feel.

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Lime and Leaf’s new line of American-made pillows and throws are inspired by nature. (PRNewsFoto/Lime and Leaf)

Beyond bedding, Lime and Leaf offers a number of other distinctive products and accessories including patterned pillows, vases, picture frames, and decorative tabletop accessories. Pricing ranges from $198 to $228 for sheet sets and duvet covers. Pillows and table linens are priced between $48 and $68. Continue reading

Luxury at Home: Cocoon(TM) by Sealy Mattress Selected For Oprah’s Favorite Things 2016

Oprah Snuggles Up With Cocoon By Sealy To Give The Gift Of Sleep This Holiday Season

It didn’t take long for the Cocoon(TM) by Sealy mattress to make an impression on Oprah Winfrey. The Sealy quality mattress that is shipped directly to consumers’ doors debuted in March and has now been named one of Oprah’s Favorite Things for 2016. For 25 years, Oprah has been meticulously selecting her favorite things for the ultimate holiday gift guide and this year Cocoon by Sealy is among 101 items featured in the December issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.

Tempur Sealy named in The Oprah Magazine December 2016 Issue

“If there’s anything better than a good night’s sleep, let me know, because I haven’t found it, said Oprah. “What I have found is a memory-foam mattress that ships in a remarkably hassle-free box that will actually fit through your door. Open it up and hit the hay.” (PRNewsFoto/Tempur Sealy International, Inc.)

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Cocoon by Sealy, the Sealy quality mattress that is shipped directly to consumers’ doors, debuted in March and has now been named one of Oprah’s Favorite Things for 2016. (PRNewsFoto/Tempur Sealy International, Inc.)

If there’s anything better than a good night’s sleep, let me know, because I haven’t found it,” said Oprah. “What I have found is a memory-foam mattress that ships in a remarkably hassle-free box that will actually fit through your door. Open it up and hit the hay.

To celebrate being named one of Oprah’s Favorite Things for 2016, Cocoon by Sealy is spreading the holiday cheer by offering $100 off any mattress through Dec. 31, 2016. The discount applies to any size mattress (available in sizes from Twin to California King), in either Soft or Firm feels, and even for the new Cocoon by Sealy mattress featuring Chill cooling technology.

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Cocoon is a Sealy quality mattress, sold exclusively online at http://www.CocoonBySealy.com or http://www.amazon.com anddelivered in a box directly to consumers’ doorsteps. (PRNewsFoto/Tempur Sealy International, Inc.)

In addition, O, The Oprah Magazine will give away 20 Cocoon by Sealy mattresses – along with every other item on the 2016 list! To continue the spirit of giving, Cocoon by Sealy will give one lucky consumer a $10,000 shopping spree before the holidays. Watch for more information about the holiday shopping spree in the coming days at www.cocoonbysealy.com/oprah.

It truly is an honor for a new brand like Cocoon by Sealy to be named one of Oprah’s Favorite Things for 2016. It’s the season for giving, and what better gift than the gift of sleep? We’ve received fantastic reviews from consumers about the ease of delivery and setup, the quality of materials and the importance of ‘feel’ options. We are very proud that Oprah’s experience with our product was also so positive,” said Scott Thompson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tempur Sealy. Continue reading

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Find the Joy of Giving This Holiday Season With Magnificent Gifts From Macy’s

From Fashion And Tech To Home Goods And Stocking Stuffers, Macy’s Wide Assortment Makes Holiday Shopping A Breeze.

Plus Extra Help Is Always Available From The Gift Specialists At My Stylist@Macy’s

The holiday season is a celebration of happiness that brings loved ones together, and Macy’s has the perfect gifts to make family, friends, and all those near-and-dear feel special. Whether it’s the runway show-obsessed fashionista, the diehard athlete, the tech fanatic, or the master chef, Macy’s has an abundance of items at every price point sure to warm the hearts of those who mean the most.macyslogo-1

No [other] time of [the] year inspires the sentiments of love, caring and generosity quite like the holiday season,” said Kathy Hilt, Senior Vice President of My Stylist@Macy’s. “This year, we’ve truly topped ourselves with the most unique assortment of gifts for every person on your list. Plus, if you need a little help, Macy’s dedicated gift specialists at My Stylist@Macy’s make picking the perfect present easier than ever.”

The Gift of Style

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Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this holiday season at Macy’s stores and on macys.com; I.N.C. International Concepts Slippers, $39.50. (Photo: Business Wire)

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With a roster of top brands and celebrated designers, Macy’s is the ultimate destination for items to elevate that special someone’s wardrobe this holiday season. For her, handbags, shoes, jewelry and always-on-trend athleisure items will inspire pure joy. Jewel-embellished slip-ons from MICHAEL Michael Kors are chic, sporty and rendered in luxe velvet, applying the must-have fabric of the season in a unique and unexpected way. A signature Mickey Mouse wristlet in a bright hue from Coach is whimsical, practical and stylish, while a funnel neck hoodie and tights from Nike, or Calvin Klein Performance logo joggers and sweaters can take her from yoga to brunch with flair. Give her the gift of both comfort and glamour with a pair of fabulous faux fur-trimmed glitter moccasins from I.N.C. International Concepts.

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Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this holiday season at Macy’s stores and on macys.com; Kenneth Cole Reaction Wallets, $48 each. (Photo: Business Wire)

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For him, a velvet sport coat from Alfani immediately adds panache to any look. Pair the coat with bar III slim trousers and a tie for a more formal approach, or layer with jeans and loafers or boots for a look that is relaxed, yet polished and urbane. Polarized aviators from Ray-Ban are a classic, but undeniably sleek and stylish way to protect his eyes from the sun, and a zipper slim billfold wallet from Kenneth Cole Reaction is an excellent way to update a staple he uses every day.

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Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this holiday season at Macy’s stores and on macys.com: YSL mon paris parfum spray, $122

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Beauty and grooming are the finishing touches, and Macy’s has a wide array of fabulous products that are sure to delight. The Impulse Beauty artistry palette and 9-piece brush set allows her to experiment with countless looks in an awe-inspiring number of colors and shades. For him, Kiehl’s 4-piece Hydration Hits set gives the oft-coveted gift of smooth and healthy skin. Continue reading

Homes & Interiors: Valspar Creates New Paints Specifically For Furniture And Cabinet Projects

Valspar Paint Introduces Two New Specialty Products – Valspar Furniture Paint and Valspar Cabinet Enamel.

Every year, eight million tons of discarded furniture end up in landfills, often trashed because of minor blemishes like watermarks, dings and scratches. Two new specialty products developed by Valspar Paint Furniture Paint and Cabinet Enamel – offer consumers an economical and easy solution for bringing such castoffs back to life. The paints are the linchpin to Valspar’s new cheeky PSA-style digital campaign named #TheRehabProject which encourages consumers to rescue and refurbish old discarded furniture through inspiration and how-to videos.

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Valspar Furniture Paint and Valspar Cabinet Enamel are available in hundreds of Valspar color options and can be purchased for $24.99 per quart at Lowe’s stores nationwide.

These latest Valspar formulations are designed to arm both the most proficient as well as brand new DIY consumer with the ideal coatings to refinish, revive and reinvent an existing piece that might otherwise get kicked to the curb,” said Russ Neale, Director of Product Management and Innovation at Valspar. “Furniture and cabinet makeovers account for more than half of the paint projects that consumers tackle on their own. So, now Valspar Furniture Paint and Valspar Cabinet Enamel is the perfect go-to. Both paints require minimal prep time and yield completed surfaces requiring little to no maintenance over time. We wanted to be sure we were providing products that would give consumers the confidence to pick up a paint brush and transform something they love, avoiding ‘Pinterest fails’ and achieving results they can point to with pride and a sense of accomplishment.

Valspar’s Furniture Paint is an oil-enriched satin finish paint formulated to provide smooth durable coverage that’s resistant to spills, scuffs, stains and discoloration caused by moisture. It adheres to most surfaces, even laminate, with minimal priming and sanding needed, making it an ideal solution for upgrading furniture, whether for indoor or outdoor use. Two coats are required for best results.

Cabinets found in bathrooms and kitchens typically require a coating that withstands frequent cleaning and exposure to steam, and Valspar’s Cabinet Enamel delivers that in one fell swoop. The paint comes in a semi-gloss finish featuring a non-yellowing formula, and like Furniture Paint, the coating adheres most surfaces with no priming and minimal to no sanding needed. Drying to a smooth factory-finish quality, one of the added benefits is that doors and drawers will not stick.

To further boost confidence plus inspire, Valspar has produced a series of “Rehab Project” videos, accessible online at Valspar Rehab Project. Spotlighting a variety of mini-makeovers that can be accomplished by using the new paints and completed in as little as one weekend, the step-by-step process is fully demonstrated. Also available and echoing these projects are “recipe cards” that not only detail the painting how-tos but also guide on what supplies are required, prepping and cleanup.

Valspar Furniture Paint and Valspar Cabinet Enamel are available in hundreds of Valspar color options and can be purchased for $24.99 per quart at Lowe’s stores nationwide. For more project ideas and information on Furniture Paint and Cabinet Enamel, please visit http://Valsparpaint.com/rehabproject-furniture and http://Valsparpaint.com/rehabproject-cabinet.

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Founded in 1806 and headquartered in Minneapolis, Valspar is a global leader in the coatings industry providing customers with innovative, high-quality products and value-added services and offers a broad range of superior coatings products for the consumer market, and highly-engineered solutions for the construction, industrial, packaging and transportation markets. For more information, visit www.valspar.com.

Now Open: Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto Debuts First Las Vegas Restaurant At The MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

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Chef Masaharu Morimoto (Photo Credit: MGM Resorts International Public Relations)

Masaharu Morimoto, famed Japanese chef, known to millions as the star of Iron Chef and the Food Network‘s Iron Chef America (since 1998), has made his official Las Vegas debut with Morimoto Las Vegas, now open at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. The Las Vegas Strip is officially Las Vegas home to Morimoto and his distinctive Japanese fare from the world’s finest sushi creations to unforgettable dishes that showcase the Iron Chef’s unique ability to meld Eastern and Western flavors. The restaurant offers three distinct dining experiences: A Sushi Bar, A Main Dining Room and Teppan Tables, defining the luxurious elevation of Japanese cuisine and introducing the first and only iron griddle menu Morimoto offers in his renowned restaurant portfolio.

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Morimoto Las Vegas logo

Chef Masaharu Morimoto has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his seamless integration of Western and Japanese ingredients. In 2001, Morimoto opened his first restaurant in Philadelphia, which was later followed by restaurants in New York, Napa, Honolulu, Boca Raton, Mumbai, New Delhi, Mexico City and Maui. Morimoto Asia Disney Springs, Orlando, opened in 2015 followed by Momosan Ramen and Sake in NYC, Morimoto Bangkok in Thailand and Morimoto Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, all in 2016. Morimoto Las Vegas is open 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. The restaurant is located in The District at MGM Grand, adjacent to Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak.

Fate brought Morimoto Las Vegas to MGM Grand at an exciting time when the city’s dining scene is flourishing,” said Morimoto. “I’m continually inspired by Las Vegas’ glamour and wanted to create something we haven’t done before with a stimulating culinary show, bold cuisine and delicious drinks that my guests will not soon forget.

雰囲気 – the Ambiance
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Glamorous, Morimoto Las Vegas reflects a modern and chic dining environment offset with Japanese artwork. Diverse spaces are punctuated with compelling design elements, such as the cherry blossom wall behind the bar and exquisite photographs by Glamorous President and Representative Director Yasumichi Morita, above the Teppan tables. Additional artistic features include:

The Morimoto Rope Statue – While sipping cocktails before the meal in Morimoto Las VegasLounge, guests can gaze at a life-sized bust of Morimoto composed of red and white ropes crafted by acclaimed Brazilian sculptor Mozart Guerra.

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Diverse spaces with colorful Japanese artwork and compelling design elements provide guests with a serene atmosphere to savor Chef Morimoto’s cuisine.

The Glass Carving Room – Separating the Teppan tables from the main dining room is a glass-enclosed room displaying a variety of prestigious cuts of meat such as Japanese A-5 Wagyu and Mishima Prime Tomahawk Ribeye. Guests can watch as skilled chefs carve the finest and freshest beef selections right before their eyes.

Sushi Wall – Towering behind the restaurant’s sushi bar is a black-and-white mosaic showcasing traditional Japanese symbolism in a modern stylized fashion.

MGM Grand President & COO Scott Sibella said, “We want to officially welcome Chef Morimoto to MGM Grand. The addition of his restaurant to our culinary portfolio has elevated the dining scene not only at our resort but within Las Vegas. We are honored to have him as part of our culinary team and look forward to creating once-in-a-lifetime dining experiences at the city’s newest dining destination.”

食べる to Eat
Morimoto uses his natural gift of fusing culinary techniques with high quality, fresh ingredients, resulting in memorable dishes that harmonize Japanese and Western flavors. The extensive fare offers guests a variety of ways to indulge in the sought-after cuisine in which Morimoto is known.

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Chef Morimoto brings showmanship to Morimoto Las Vegas with his first Teppan table experience.

The Iron Chef’s First Teppan Experience –Morimoto takes a luxurious view on Teppan by making use of the world’s finest products, crafted by preeminent experts, resulting in an elite service experience. Guests can marvel as A-5 Japanese Wagyu is grilled on a bed of fresh vegetables resulting in a refined Sukiyaki served alongside a soft-poached jadori egg for dipping. At the Teppan tables, guests select from a variety of a la carte items, allowing them to cater specifically to their discerning palates.

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Known as ‘Morimoto Stained Glass Window Sushi Rolls,’ the Chef’s Combination combines various ingredients to create a picturesque work-of-art.

Sushi Art – The skill Morimoto uses to create legendary sushi takes center stage with mouth-watering delights such as the Soft Shell Crab Roll, a deep fried soft shell crab rolled with asparagus, tobiko, avocado, scallion and drizzled with a spicy sauce. The Chef’s Combination, which became an internet sensation known as “Morimoto Stained Glass Window Sushi Rolls,” combines various ingredients such as tamago, tuna, cucumber, rice and nori into a stunning and picturesque work-of-art.

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A 54-ounce Mishima Prime Tomahawk Ribeye steak is cooked to perfection and served alongside Chef Morimoto’s signature sweet onion and garlic jus.

Twisted Apps –Morimoto pays homage to world cultures with a series of bold appetizers such as the Tuna Pizza, which perfectly balances the saltiness of olives and anchovy aioli with a spicy jalapeño. The Mizuhiki Caesar Salad tosses crisp romaine lettuce with seared salmon and splashes of the chef’s special Caesar dressing and grapeseed oil for a refreshing mix of greens.

Luxe Entrées –Morimoto serves original creations in an approachable fashion allowing guests to explore flavors they haven’t tried before. The Braised Black Cod with ginger-soy reduction offers a delicious introduction to the light and airy flavors of the Japanese kitchen. The more adventurous diner might turn to the Duck Duck Goose that marries duck meatball soup with duck confit fried rice and gooseberry compote for a bold, robust dish.

Sweet Temptations –The showmanship of Morimoto shines through his desserts including the Fiery Salty Caramel Chocolate Tart where a sphere of dark chocolate sorbet, marshmallow, salty caramel ganache and spiced rum is lit ablaze tableside in a glowing end to the meal.

飲む –to Drink
Morimoto Las Vegas’ beverages deliver refined libations rooted in Japanese spirits and inspired by the restaurant’s glamorous setting.

Aged Sakes – Just like enjoying a fine wine or whiskey, guests have the opportunity to enjoy the aged sake from the label created by Morimoto including the 10-year aged Koshu boasting aromatic notes of chestnut and highland malt with a walnut cream finish. Morimoto Las Vegas also features a thorough selection of sake and shochu that can be ordered individually or in a tasting flight.

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Morimoto Las Vegas combines Japanese spirits with American mixology to create refined libations such as the Fool Me Once.

Vegas-Inspired Cocktails –Cocktails, such as the Las Vegas Meets Japan, blending vodka with nigori sake and finished with a lavender shrub, are built from Japanese spirits within an American mixology context. Other Morimoto cocktail creations exclusive to MGM Grand include the Las Vegas Fizz, a captivating concoction of gin, tuaca, cava, blackberries, and lemon, and the Fool Me Once that smokes hibiscus and pink peppercorns for a powerful aroma complemented by a smooth mixture of mugi shochu and amaro.

Once in a Century Bottle – Decanters of Louis XIII dé Remy Martin at Morimoto Las Vegas showcase the generations of cellar masters and the decades of craftsmanship necessary to create the legendary cognac. Available in half ounce, full ounce and two ounce pours, the rare and celebrated spirit presents a lavish ending to a memorable evening.

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Chef Masaharu Morimoto

Chef Masaharu Morimoto‘s first cookbook, Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking, won two IACP awards–in the “Chef’s and Restaurants” category and the “First Book: The Julia Child Award“–and it was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award. Morimoto will release a new book in Nov. 2016 called “Mastering The Art of Japanese Home Cooking.” For more information about Masaharu Morimoto, visit Facebook, Twitter or www.ironchefmorimoto.com.

The MGM Grand Hotel & Casino has a variety of accommodations to suit every need while guests discover signature dining by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Michael Mina’s PUB 1842, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill, Michelin three star restaurant Joël Robuchon and now Morimoto Las Vegas. The resort offers a wide-range of world-class entertainment at the MGM Grand Garden Arena; the epic by Cirque du Soleil; world-famous dance crew Jabbawockeez; master illusionist David Copperfield; Topgolf Las Vegas; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and Hakkasan Las Vegas in addition to a Pampering Spa and Salon and an elaborate 380,000-square-foot Conference Center. MGM Grand is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International. For more information and reservations, visit www.mgmgrand.com, call toll free at (877) 880-0880.

Now Open: Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto Unlocks The Hidden Secrets Of Japan’s Ancient Imperial Capital

Dedicated Four Seasons Experience Creator Devises Unique Itineraries That Give Travelers Exclusive Access To Authentic Cultural Encounters

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In the shadow of Higashiyama Mountain in the temple district of Japan’s ancient capital, a modern oasis of serenity and style opens the doors to a city that is both beautiful and mysterious, breathtaking and inspiring. This is Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, secluded amid a five acre (two hectare) 12th century pond garden, yet just moments from key centers of business, culture, history and natural wonders.kyo_027_aspect16x9

Kyoto is one of the world’s most alluring cities, but she can be shy in revealing her secrets – our mission at Four Seasons is to help our guests discover her wonders and experience all the city has to offer,” says General Manager Alex Porteous, who leads the 270-person team at the intimate Hotel with 123 rooms and 57 Hotel Residences in the historic Higashiyama District, close to downtown.

Cherry blossom time, in Kiyomizu Dera Temple, in Kyoto, Japan. Image shot 2012. Exact date unknown.

CNKDYW Cherry blossom time, in Kiyomizu Dera Temple, in Kyoto, Japan. Image shot 2012. Exact date unknown.

The new Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto is the sister property of Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi, suggesting an opportunity for travelers to experience the ancient and modern capitals of Japan in Four Seasons style. The company recently announced plans for a third hotel in Japan, in Tokyo’s Otemachi business district.kyo_058_aspect16x9

Welcome to Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

A Good Night’s Rest: Guest rooms including 13 suites – are designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates to showcase views of the pond garden, Myoho-in Temple and surrounding neighborhood. Traditional elements such as shoji panels, polished woods, locally crafted Kyoto-style fusuma screens and urushi lacquerware are paired with modern at-one’s-fingertips technologies. Selected accommodations, including the lavishly appointed Presidential Suite, also have balconies. At 245 square meters (2,637 square feet indoors plus additional furnished outdoors space, the Presidential Suite is one of Kyoto’s largest.  All guest rooms and suites feature the signature Four Seasons Bed.kyo_035_aspect16x9

Dining at Four Seasons: In a city renowned for its continuing history of innovative cuisine, Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto is a destination unto itself. The Brasserie brings the spirit of modern bistro fare to the city with a distinctive local twist. Dishes include Chef Tsuyoshi Iryo’s miso-marinated foie gras terrine and ox tongue bourguignon with local daikon and sprout salad. The pinnacle of Edo-Mae style sushi is showcased at the exclusive Sushi Wakon, produced by Michelin-starred Chef Red Masuda, with Chef Masashi Yamaguchi serving just 10 guests per seating at the eight meter long (26 foot) hinoki (cypress) counter. Two private dining spaces for 4 or 8 guests are also available.kyo_054_aspect16x9

In the inviting Lounge, guests are treated to gourmet bites to accompany selections of fine domestic and imported whiskies and other spirits, creative coffee drinks, “gastro” teas, and other beverages. Across the historic pond, a tea house awaits at Shakusui-tei, with a menu of local sakes and premium champagnes to sparkle alongside the water’s reflections in the evening.

Health and Well-Being: The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto is grounded in the Japanese aesthetic of enso, connecting mind and body. A menu of ceremonious rituals, results-oriented therapies and indulgent journeys are performed by skilled therapists in one of seven treatment rooms, including a couple’s suite. Of special note are skin care treatments using Tatcha, a luxury brand inspired by the 200 year old style guide called Miyakofuzoku Kewaiden. French high-performance line Biologique Recherche and all-natural Sodashi from Australia are also featured alongside Kotoshina products formulated with organic green tea from Uji, Kyoto and French spa water for beautiful skin.kyo_062_aspect16x9

The Spa complex includes a sauna, steam and whirlpool; a full-service beauty salon; state-of-the-art fitness centre, and 20 meter (66 foot) indoor pool. Continue reading

1 Hotels Announces February 2017 Opening For Flagship Brooklyn Bridge Property

The Riverfront Property Offers Stunning Views of the Statue of Liberty, NYC Bridges, and Manhattan Skyline, as well as Rooftop Pool and Bar, Expansive Meeting Spaces, Full-Service Spa and Gym, and Four Dining Venues

Following Opening Date Announcement of Portfolio’s Third Property, 1 Hotels will Soon Unveil Three New Developments, Including First International Location, Continuing Rapid Growth

1 Hotels, the mission-driven luxury lifestyle hotel brand announced that the newest addition to its portfolio, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge (60 Furman Street), is set to make its highly anticipated debut in February 2017.

As a luxury lifestyle hotel brand inspired by nature, 1 Hotels cultivates the best of eco-conscious design and sustainable architecture, together with extraordinary comfort and an unrivaled level of service. 1 Hotels, which launched in 2015 with the opening of exclusive properties in Miami’s South Beach and Manhattan’s Central Park and is followed by the upcoming Brooklyn launch in early 2017, is inspired by a simple idea: those that travel the world also care about it. 1 Hotels upholds this vision by channeling nature through design and culinary partnerships, while connecting with the local community and taking sustainable steps to make a big difference. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge will bring to life the brand’s philosophy of honoring and protecting nature in an unmatched Brooklyn setting. According Kemper Hyers, SVP of Design at Starwood Capital Group,

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the signature 1 Hotels design will be given an “industrial edge” in Brooklyn.

Located at Pier 1 on Brooklyn Bridge Park, just south of the iconic bridge in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood and minutes from downtown Manhattan, the 10-story sustainable ground-up development is designed by New York-based architecture studio Incorporated and will feature 194 guest rooms with sliding floor-to-ceiling windows –most offering stunning views of the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge and New York City skyline–including 29 two- to six-bedroom suites and The Riverhouse, its Presidential Suite. Guests of the hotel will enjoy a full service Bamford Spa, a legendary UK-based import focused on organic treatments, a state of the art Field House fitness center, a yoga and barre studio operated by POE Yoga, and more than 20,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including a 50-seat screening room. All aspects of the hotel’s design and construction will be carefully chosen to reflect 1 Hotel’s commitment to environmentally responsible hospitality, built in a joint venture between Starwood Capital Group and Toll Brothers City Living.

The 1 Hotels brand aims to show sophisticated travelers they can live well, do good, and respect the community around them while helping each other create a greener world,” said 1 Hotels founder and SH Group CEO Barry Sternlicht. “As our first brand new development, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is the true realization of our vision for 1 Hotels and quite possibly the best hotel I have ever done. The Brooklyn community is known for their vitality and innovation in health, wellness and eco-friendly practices. We are incredibly excited to be a part of this thriving community.

As with every 1 Hotel, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is committed to sustainability and protecting the environment. The property is being built under LEED® guidelines, and will boast a LEED Dynamic Plaque(TM). 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge will operate its own rain-water reclamation system and feature low-energy lightbulbs, a triple-filtered water purification system, in-room recycling bins and fresh dining offerings.

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Signature Restaurant by Seamus Mullen: The hotel has enlisted Seamus Mullen, award-winning chef, restaurateur and author to conceptualize the signature restaurant, which will have an open kitchen design and wood-burning grill as part of its concept. Mullen, known for creating food that is honest, healthy and natural, will introduce a clean culinary experience, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. He will also oversee menus for the hotel’s healthy 24-hour in-room dining.

Rooftop Pool & Bar and 10th floor Lounge: The rooftop of the property will welcome hotel guests and locals to its 4,000 square-foot lush retreat of native plants. With unobstructed views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Skyline, the rooftop will be designed both for daytime and nighttime programming, featuring:

  • An invisible edge plunge pool with day beds
  • A bar and lounge with rocking chairs
  • Fire pits to watch the night go by while looking at the Statue of Liberty
  • Open event space for private events and weddings

One floor below the rooftop, connected by a glass enclosed staircase, the hotel will unveil an indoor 10th floor cocktail lounge that will feature local craft cocktails and small bites, upon opening.

Meeting Spaces: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge will include more than 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space with high-tech audio/visual equipment, featuring sliding floor to ceiling windows and tree-line views of Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Meadow Rue Ballroom, located on the ground floor, features a full façade of collapsible doors and windows that open onto the park, creating a space to accommodate up to 1,000 guests.

Neighbors Cafe: Also located on the ground level, the hotel will offer a grab-and-go café offering of seasonal, fresh items from neighborhood Brooklyn purveyors, among other signature curated items. Continue reading

Holiday Gift Guide 2016: ‘Tis the Season for Twists with Yankee Candle’s New Holiday 2016 Fragrances

The Yankee Candle Company, Inc. has announced the launch of its new Holiday 2016 fragrances. The world’s largest manufacturer of premium scented candles draws on the vibrant spirit and brisk weather the holidays bring to infuse seasonal favorites with unexpected twists of citrus and vanilla. Whether it’s the warm glow of lights against freshly fallen snow, or the zesty tickle of a festive holiday cocktail, Yankee Candle captures both tangible and intangible delights of the season throughout the new line.yankee-candle-logo-transparent415241

Our customers absolutely love the holidays and they can’t wait to grab our new fragrances to mix with their favorite classic favorites. Some of our customers start asking us about our new holiday fragrances in September—they love preparing for the holidays with Yankee Candle,” said Rich Mathews, senior vice president of marketing at the Yankee Candle Company, Inc.The holidays are our favorite time of year, too. We love welcoming our customers into our stores to experience all we have to offer for the holiday season. They’ll find the perfect touches that will make every holiday celebration special.”

NEW HOLIDAY 2016 FRAGRANCES – Four new fragrances offer modern takes on holiday favorites for festive décor and gifting:

  • All Is Bright – A blend of sparkling citrus scents drifting on warm musk.
  • Bubbly Pomegranate – A festive mix of juicy berries and pomegranate on top of effervescent citrus.
  • Alpine Martini – Celebrate with a tart concoction spiked with mountain berries and a sprig of fresh-snipped pine.
  • Christmas Thyme – Uplifting thyme and lemongrass mingle with heady sandalwood and musk in this festive holiday celebration.

Prices and Sizes: $27.99 MSRP – Large Tumbler or Jar Candle; $24.99 MSRP – Medium Jar Candle; $15.99 MSRP – Small Tumbler Candle; $10.99 MSRP – Small Jar Candle; $4.99 MSRP – Scenterpiece™ Easy MeltCup; $1.99 MSRP – Tarts® Wax Melt or Samplers® Votive Candle

NEW HOLIDAY 2016 PURE RADIANCE™ FRAGRANCES – Two fragrances embody the season’s simple pleasures, featuring sleek textured glass and a Crackling LumiWick™ with real wood added to the cotton wick for a soothing crackling sound to evoke a cozy fireside:

  • Pine Bough – One of the season’s eternal scents – fresh cut pine rounded with orange, eucalyptus and vanilla musk.
  • Cherry Gin Fizz – A bubbly mix of cherry, pomegranate, cranberry, and vanilla that refreshes.

Prices and Sizes: $27.99 MSRP – Large Vase Candle; $22.99 MSRP – Medium Vase Candle, $15.99 MSRP – Small Vase Candle

Yankee Candle’s holiday fragrances are available for purchase now at Yankee Candle’s more than 500 retail stores, www.yankeecandle.com, and select specialty retailers and gift shops while supplies last. To learn more about Yankee Candle and the new fall fragrances, visit www.yankeecandle.com, the brand’s Instagram (@TheYankeeCandle) and Pinterest (TheYankeeCandle) npages, or join the conversation on Facebook at facebook.com/TheYankeeCandle Company or on Twitter (@theyankeecandle).

Behr Paint Introduces 2017 Color Currents, The New Standard in Annual Design Forecasting

Inspired by individuality and self-expression, this year’s collection of on-trend colors create a sense of Comfort, Composure and Confidence

Each year, the team of color experts at Behr immerse themselves in an extensive process to curate the latest hues by examining trends in art, product design, fashion and architecture. This forecast, paired with the modern ways in which people live, results in the development of the BEHR Color Currents, an all-new collection of on-trend paint colors. The 20 distinct hues of 2017 are available now at The Home Depot®, along with an exclusive in-store brochure that inspires consumers to incorporate the hues into both their indoor and outdoor living spaces.behr-logo

Paint is more than just a color; it is a method of communication. Color conveys emotion and allows people the freedom to express themselves and be who they really are,” said Erika Woelfel, Vice President of Color and Creative Services at Behr. “In today’s busy world, home is a safe haven, a retreat for living in the moment or

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The 20 distinct hues of BEHR Color Currents 2017 are available now at The Home Depot®, along with an exclusive in-store brochure that inspires consumers to incorporate the hues into both their indoor and outdoor living spaces.

welcoming guests for a weekend visit. That’s why our 2017 colors are time-honored and heart-warming, just like any homecoming should be.

Behr takes a non-traditional approach to color forecasting. Instead of choosing just one dominant color of the year, its team of experts create a collection of hues that are curated into separate themes, empowering individuals to choose colors and color combinations that speak to their moods, emotions and personalities. For 2017, the colors center around three overarching lifestyle themes: Comfortable, Composed and Confident.

We’re constantly innovating from both a product and color standpoint to keep DIYers on the forefront of design,” said Woelfel. “The Color Currents are a collection of new colors that reflect the ways consumers are living, interacting and expressing themselves.”

At The Home Depot, consumers can learn more about the 20 new hues and get inspiration from the BEHR Color Currents 2017 brochure. This brochure features detailed décor themes, as well as design and decorating tips, to help consumers visualize spaces both inside and outside their home. Experienced, friendly associates will also be on hand to assist DIYers with color selection, samples and determining the best product for their unique project.

Behr Color Currents 2017: Palettes Designed to Elicit Comfort, Composure and Confidence

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BEHR Color Currents 2017 – Living Room, Comfortable Palette

The Comfortable Palette features soft, tranquil and versatile colors. They work well for small spaces and help open up areas that do not get a lot of natural light. Recently, pastels have transformed from sweet to mineral matte shades. Light blue can effortlessly become the focal point when supported by neutral hues on the floor and furniture. These pale hues can be energized with bright accents of yellow, orange or bold green. Comfortable BEHR colors include

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BEHR Color Currents 2017 – Foyer, Comfortable Palette

  • Close Knit T17-01
  • Gold Hearted T17-02
  • Peek-a-Blue T17-04
  • Sepia Filter T17-03
  • Life is a Peach T17-05
  • Everything’s Rosy T17-06
  • Balanced T17-07

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    BEHR Color Currents 2017 – Bedroom, Composed Palette

The Composed palette consists of colors with depth and intensity. Its hues are for those who desire a stronger color experience. Deep, earth-inspired tones and rich jeweled shades provide an excellent background on which other colors can be layered. These robust shades are reminiscent of traditional grandeur, but offer a contemporary look when combined with gray, black and white. Charcoal gray proves it can happily dominate a space, creating a quiet and relaxing mood. Gray can also provide a modern effect when applied as one color to walls, trim and ceilings. Composed BEHR colors include:

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BEHR Color Currents 2017 -Dining Room, Composed Palette

  • Polished Aqua T17-08
  • Laid Back Gray T17-09
  • Shades On T17-10
  • Silent Sands T17-11
  • Wanderlust T17-12
  • In the Woods T17-13
  • Artful Magenta T17-14

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    BEHR Color Currents 2017 – Children’s Bedroom, Confident Palette

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