Asian Shares Rise, Oil Extends Gains After OPEC+ Deal {Asian Shares Rise, Oil Extends Gains After OPEC+ Deal} – English

Asian Shares Rise, Oil Extends Gains After OPEC+ Deal {Asian Shares Rise, Oil Extends Gains After OPEC+ Deal} – English

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Asian shares were cautiously higher on Thursday, while the dollar eased ahead of U.S. non-farm payrolls data, and oil prices gained for a fourth day after deep production cuts pledged by OPEC+ members.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan (.MIAPJ0000PUS) rose 0.4% in early Asia trade, as U.S. futures gained. The index is up 4% this week after faling 13% in September.

Japan’s Nikkei stock index (.N225) climbed 0.7% to its highest level since September, South Korea (.KS11) advanced 1.2% and Australia (.AXJO) edged 0.1% higher. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index (.HSI), on the other hand, fell 0.5%.

Read the full story on Reuters here.

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Apollo, Sixth Street No Longer In Talks To finance Twitter Deal {Apollo, Sixth Street No Longer In Talks To finance Twitter Deal} – English

Apollo, Sixth Street No Longer In Talks To finance Twitter Deal {Apollo, Sixth Street No Longer In Talks To finance Twitter Deal} – English

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Apollo Global Management Inc (APO.N) and Sixth Street Partners, which were looking to provide financing to Elon Musk earlier this year for his proposed $44 billion buyout of Twitter Inc (TWTR.N), are no longer in talks with the billionaire entrepreneur, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Earlier this year, Apollo was in talks to provide preferred equity financing for the deal, alongside Sixth Street, sources had previously told Reuters.

Apollo, Sixth Street and other investors were looking to commit over $1 billion in financing for the deal at the time.

Those talks ended months ago around the time Musk started having second thoughts about going through with the deal, the sources cited above said. Musk initially proposed the buyout in April before backtracking in July, and then changing course again this week.

Read the full story on Reuters here.

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Calling All Mountain Modern Lovers: This Book Is For You {Calling All Mountain Modern Lovers: This Book Is For You} – English

Calling All Mountain Modern Lovers: This Book Is For You {Calling All Mountain Modern Lovers: This Book Is For You} – English

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Photo courtesy Monacelli

For many years, forward-thinking architects have been reimagining the Rocky Mountain vernacular, adapting its traditional forms and rustic, regional materials to the cleaner lines of modernist design. Yet surprisingly few books have captured the resulting private residences.

In Rocky Mountain Modern: Contemporary Alpine Homes, published this summer by Monacelli, veteran design journalist John Gendall does just that. The 18 modern residences highlighted here cover the remarkable expanse of the 3,000-mile-long Rocky Mountains—from a ridgetop home near Canmore, Alberta, to a ranch house at the foot of New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

By including seven homes across Colorado, Gendall shines a spotlight on the state’s booming design scene. From projects by powerhouse firms Rowland+Broughton, CCY Architects or even the one-woman studio of Renée del Gaudio Architecture, the houses featured in this tome demonstrate modernism’s affinity not just for dramatic landscapes, but for some of the harshest environmental conditions in the West.

Cover of Rocky Mountain Modern book featuring a home in a field with mountain views

Photo courtesy Monacelli

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Dazzle Your Home With This Jewel-Inspired Furniture Collection {Dazzle Your Home With This Jewel-Inspired Furniture Collection} – English

Dazzle Your Home With This Jewel-Inspired Furniture Collection {Dazzle Your Home With This Jewel-Inspired Furniture Collection} – English

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PHOTO: COURTESY ADRIANA HOYOS

Desire a home that dazzles like a jewelry box filled with brilliant baubles? Furniture and interior designer Adriana Hoyos believes her newest Gem Collection is the most elegant and refined collection yet.

What sparked the Gem Collection? As we searched for inspiration during the pandemic, and without travel, we had to focus on what we had in hand—quite literally—because we have gems and jewels in our hands. The main piece of jewelry that inspired us is the cushion-cut diamond. Its shape and soft curves are replicated in many of our pieces, from cocktail tables to an ottoman.

Share the new styles you introduced. We add special curved shapes with soft angles and materials. There are two new wood finishes that match our two new metallic finishes. We also introduced a different hardware for our case goods. The leathered bases to decorate our dining table are a great accent of the collection.

Why was this the right time for the collection? The pandemic taught us what we like and what we don’t like in the spaces we live in. We went through a different creative process this time by trying to bring out the crème de la crème of our brand. We wanted to pamper our clients through our most elegant designs ever, specially made for their homes.

dining table by Adriana Hoyos

PHOTO: COURTESY ADRIANA HOYOS

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Peek Inside A Rare Midcentury Modern Gem In Central Denver {Peek Inside A Rare Midcentury Modern Gem In Central Denver} – English

Peek Inside A Rare Midcentury Modern Gem In Central Denver {Peek Inside A Rare Midcentury Modern Gem In Central Denver} – English

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Carrie Hudak’s home wouldn’t look out of place in Palm Springs, California, which makes it an anomaly considering its location: central Denver. The just-over-5,000-square-foot midcentury modern dwelling is tucked amid dozens of traditional 1920s and ’30s residences more typical of historic Cheesman Park. With a front façade punctuated by just a few slender floor-to-ceiling windows and a vine-covered wall concealing much of the house and yard from the street—thus furthering its mystique—this is an abode that invites curiosity.

Carrie herself had long been intrigued by it. So when the property came on the market, she snapped it up. She picked up on its potential at first sight, but also noted plenty of spaces ripe for improvement, including an oddly laid-out kitchen with an island set at a diagonal, dated bathrooms and a sea of mismatched concrete-and-brick pavers in the courtyard. A renovation challenge was far from daunting, however, thanks to a bona fide ace up Carrie’s sleeve: her sister, interior designer Amy Casey.

To tackle the renovation, they called on architect Katrina Eckelhoff and builder Christine Regis, both of whom had worked on Carrie’s previous residence. Eckelhoff noticed the home’s charms right away. “It just had a good feeling when you walked in,” she recalls. Built as a small two-bedroom in 1959, the property was expanded in the ’60s into its current U-shaped layout. Studying the house’s subsequent renovations, the architect could see where previous owners had attempted to fix some of its awkward corners. It helped her identify new ways to improve the dwelling’s flow without altering its floor plan. “She had all these subtle ideas that turned out to be game changers,” comments Carrie.

Together, Eckelhoff, Casey and Regis envisioned how to transform this abode into the best version of itself. To retain some of its midcentury character, they opted to keep the original parquet floors and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, but the bathrooms and kitchen were stripped down to the studs and some partitions between the rooms removed. For the interiors, Casey also drew inspiration from an unlikely place: Carrie’s career as a geologist. Her knowledge of rocks and stones is highlighted throughout the home, from varying surfaces on countertops to decorative accents here and there, including a huge statement slab behind the primary bathroom’s freestanding tub. Individual stones are also displayed around the house. (“When you’re a geologist, people can’t resist gifting you rocks,” Carrie jokes.) The owner’s taste in art hints at her interest in Earth’s history, too, with photographs of the sea and several landscapes adorning the walls. A nature-inspired palette complements the scene, with, for instance, forest-green accents in the primary bedroom and botanical wallpapers in the children’s bathrooms creating an organic, resort-inspired vibe.

A walnut paneled wall in the lounge area off the main living room caused one of the few moments of disagreement between the sisters. The interior designer was initially inclined to take it out, but Carrie felt she’d miss the warmth of the original wood. Casey found a compromise by working it into her design scheme: She eventually loved it paired with the room’s blacks, whites and grays, and sourced similar-toned woods for the built-in breakfast table and to panel the kitchen island.

Outside, the team worked with landscape architect Dave Johnson to refresh the walled yard without moving any major elements. Casey’s idea of an outdoor seating area around a fireplace just beyond the interior living room created a stronger indoor-outdoor connection, all the while providing a better view than the garage wall. The existing pool received a face-lift complete with a new hot tub. And after a lot of jackhammering, the dated pavers were replaced with flagstone stepping-stones for a modern, streamlined look. Ensconced in what now feels like a private oasis, Carrie’s children, aged 10 and 12, and her husband, Charley, never feel cooped up.

But what makes the home truly special is the comfortable collaboration that went into it. “It was me, my sister and a female architect and builder too—a real ‘woman power’ team and pleasant experience,” Carrie recalls with a smile. “Ultimately, Amy took my concepts and amped them up in a good way. I’m glad I followed her advice, because this is now such a pleasant place to live.”

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Tour A Texture-Rich Atlanta Home That’s Both Hip And Handsome {Tour A Texture-Rich Atlanta Home That’s Both Hip And Handsome} – English

Tour A Texture-Rich Atlanta Home That’s Both Hip And Handsome {Tour A Texture-Rich Atlanta Home That’s Both Hip And Handsome} – English

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The arrival of twins marks a joyous occasion, and for one Atlanta couple, it also made the case for a move. So, they set about assembling a design team who could deliver the open, family-friendly floor plan they craved without compromising on sophistication. “Both of the clients are very fashionable,” reveals their interior designer, Kelly Wolf Anthony. “They wanted their future home to feel cool and hip, but at the same time, handsome.”

Since general contractor Bobby Johnson had worked on the family’s previous Buckhead residence, he already understood their preferences intimately—a fact that helped his team seamlessly apply many of those same elements to their new abode. “There’s so much value when your owner trusts your builder,” says residential designer William T. Baker, whose arrival to the project guaranteed architecture that would balance the couple’s refined taste with their growing family. Renowned for his graceful but restrained gestures, Baker’s approach to the house exemplifies understated glamour. His curved central staircase, for example, lends a dramatic focal point visible from the home’s entryway as well as one of its most-used spaces: its library-like dining room. “As I’m designing houses, I’m always very conscious of the vistas, the enfilade of the rooms,” Baker explains. “I try to make sure things are on an axis—furniture, art walls or something architectural—so that you have a visual to draw your eye farther down the home.”

Anthony, meanwhile, was interested in answering the couple’s request for a monochromatic palette while bringing in textured layers, such as tartan and bouclé. “It’s very much like a well-tailored suit,” Anthony says of the scheme. “The clients both enjoy plaids in their wardrobe and in their accessories, so we infused that into the home using flannels and wools; having those very tactile fabrics was important.” To dial up detailing in other areas, she brought in a frequent collaborator, designer Matthew Quinn.

While executing the abode’s well-appointed scullery, pantry and kitchen, Quinn teamed up with Anthony to refine Baker’s plan for a steel-and-glass partition dividing the latter space from the living room. The result? A clever feature that converts to a walk-up bar for entertaining or quickly closes to keep cooking aromas and meal-prep clutter sealed away. The owners wanted an accommodating layout where they could still entertain frequently, so they also loved Anthony’s idea for keeping their aforementioned dining room informal. “We didn’t want it to be the kind of room you only use a couple times each year,” says the interior designer, who worked with Baker on the space’s chevron-patterned bleached-oak floors and ceiling paired with coordinating paneled walls. Instead, “We wanted it to be used daily—whether for a meeting or curling up with a book in the oversize wing chair. It needed more of a swanky library feel than a traditional dining room.”

A similar duality emerged for the primary suite, which the clients specifically requested be on the main level. To keep the retreat feeling private, their design team devised a fluted wooden wall panel to keep its entry hidden. “We wanted that wall to read as solid, but when you open the doors, you have that big reveal,” explains Anthony, adding: “It keeps the house feeling entertaining friendly, because no one would know the bedroom is right beyond the living room.”

While Anthony kept the decor of the couple’s cozy sleeping space simple, Quinn had liberty to amplify the drama in their bathroom, where he clad walls and floors in contrasting white and black marbles, also adding an open shower that remains quite private thanks to the secluded lot. “It’s an elegant space, and I think it speaks exactly the same language as the rest of the home,” Quinn notes.

Outdoors, all elements were equally in harmony, apparent in the sight line that culminates in Baker and Anthony’s collaborative concept for the pool house: a classically inspired structure featuring a matte-gray stucco exterior. With landscape architect John Howard enhancing the areas surrounding it, Anthony was decidedly impressed. “John brought so much attention to detail with his planning, marrying the clean, modern look the clients wanted with classic details,” she says. “The result is spectacular in its minimalism.”

That parting thought is, by all accounts, a fitting way to sum up the project as a whole. The design team successfully straddled the line of subtlety and impact for their clients while adding features that accommodate their growing family. All told, Anthony notes, it’s a truly bespoke home that fits all their wants and needs in a timeless way, yet still allows room to grow.

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