California Cool Style Comes To A Florida Home For An Active Family {California Cool Style Comes To A Florida Home For An Active Family} – English

California Cool Style Comes To A Florida Home For An Active Family {California Cool Style Comes To A Florida Home For An Active Family} – English

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The look was a slight step outside the boundaries of Miller’s portfolio. But that didn’t mean she couldn’t pull it off. “While this was a bit of a departure creatively from what I normally do, I liked the challenge,” she says. “This was exciting, because no one had ever asked me for a California-modern design.”

The house, by residential designer Dennis Rainho, presents a contemporary coastal-style façade with little ornamentation. “The exterior’s clean lines really set the stage and created a stepping point for the finishing details,” he says. Adding an edgy feel amid the structure’s soft gray shutters are dark bronze window and slider frames. “There are no outriggers or molding,” general contractor Michael Maxwell says, “so the shutters are the only architectural feature.” Inside, the owners wanted “a lot of verticality and lots of light,” Maxwell says, so the team placed floor-to- ceiling windows where possible and 13-foot-high walls in spaces such as the living area. They also introduced Shaker-style millwork on ceilings and walls, adding dimension and interest.

The clients, a couple with four children ages 11 to 17, were relocating from a residence with a lot of unused space and unnecessary upkeep. “We lived in an area nearby, but the house just didn’t suit what we needed as our family was growing up,” the wife says. “The idea here was more of a utilization of space and making every room fully functional.” Keeping usability front of mind, the team added an extra set of machines in the laundry room and created a large mudroom with pantry space, a second refrigerator and floor-to-ceiling lockers— one for each child—designed by Miller. “With four kids, all involved in various sports, they needed a space where they could neatly stow all their sports gear and backpacks,” she explains.

The family-friendly mindset continued in Miller’s choice of hardworking performance fabrics throughout the home, such as flax-colored Crypton on the club room sofa and indoor-outdoor textiles on counter stools and dining chairs. “The owners can literally take them outside and hose them off,” she says.

The designer restrained the palette in the common areas for a cool, California vibe, balancing white walls and clean-lined furnishings with wood accents and select shades of blue. Yet she still made sure to leave her signature mark of inserting bold prints where appropriate. The laundry room’s flooring consists of intricately tiled maritime blues and grays, which complement the mudroom’s blue lockers and cabinets. Each bedroom suite also has its own pop of color or pattern: a blowfish-print wallpaper for the son’s bathroom; blush hues for the younger daughters’ shared bedroom; seafoam and lavender tones for the eldest’s.

But the space that draws the most attention is the back exterior, accessed from the living area’s sliding glass doors. With the move to a smaller home, indoor-outdoor living was essential to the family, and the team delivered with a large covered loggia that houses an outdoor kitchen, a dining table and a gathering area. Overlooking the seventh hole on the golf course, the property also includes a pool, a private outdoor shower and an elevated deck with a fire pit and lounge seating. Landscape architect Steve West designed the grounds, and Miller fulfilled the husband’s single request for a triple-faucet sink—just like the one at his favorite local restaurant—in the cabana bathroom.

The family’s new residence is a hive of activity, the wife says, and that’s just what they envisioned. “I’m at the point in my life where I want to enjoy what I have—and our surroundings and my family,” she says. Most importantly, each beautiful space is lovingly used. “We were very intentional with this house,” Miller says. “Every square foot was well thought-out.”

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Soft Blues And Whites Fill A Serene Florida Retreat {Soft Blues And Whites Fill A Serene Florida Retreat} – English

Soft Blues And Whites Fill A Serene Florida Retreat {Soft Blues And Whites Fill A Serene Florida Retreat} – English

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Designer Kara Hebert, who led the project, spent her childhood in Jupiter riding her bicycle to the beach and taking family boating trips to the Bahamas–idyllic experiences that have “influenced my work and my lifestyle,” she says. Her latest endeavor is no exception: Hebert incorporated variations of soft blue throughout every room, creating a soothing atmosphere in the home by residential designer Dennis Rainho and general contractor Michael Maxwell. To ensure the pervasive primary color is subdued yet engaging, she incorporated shades of white and gray, introduced prints and presented varying hues and textures. The result is a seamless, calming getaway.

The residence’s restful tone is established in the entry courtesy of an abstract ocean watercolor, pale blue lamps and a chandelier made of white shells. From there, the great room takes over as the wide-open heart of the home, encompassing the kitchen, living area and dining area as well as leading to a family room and patio. Comfortable seating includes an approachable white sofa and four light blue chairs, two of which swivel–so during gatherings, occupants can turn toward any conversation. “Strong furniture and art placement in the great room were crucial,” Hebert says. “The space has a high ceiling and an abundance of natural light from windows and glass doors, a signature of Maxwell homes.” Clear handblown glass pendants allow unobstructed views from the living area to the kitchen’s focal shiplap wall, with the family room and patio on the right side and a stunning marble-walled laundry room on the left. “This sight line is my favorite view and probably the most interesting in the house,” the designer says. “It shows a layered effect, which is so important when using a singular color palette.”

To create more visual interest, Hebert selected a subtle patterned fabric for the living area’s swivel chairs and topped the sofa with throw pillows that add pops of blues and grays. For texture, she maintained wood as the main material for various tables, including round washed-mango-wood end tables, a square gray washed-wood coffee table and, in the dining area, a solid wood table surrounded by slate-colored upholstered chairs. “Because you can see into almost every space from the great room, I wanted a visual treat everywhere you looked,” Hebert says. Wooden elements reappear in the family room, where a lattice-back chair and a round drum coffee table retain the coastal vibe. Here, darker gray walls and a powder-blue linen sectional add to the cozy feel for movie nights and lounging. “This is the owners’ favorite room in the house,” Hebert says.

While much of the home gives a nod to the ocean, the master bedroom, where the wife requested a “cloud-like” feel, points toward the sky. Hebert combined a white custom rug, white linen draperies trimmed in seafoam and a comfy bed upholstered in the same powder-blue fabric as a nearby chaise. White linen bedside chests further soften the room, as do the cotton-sateen linens the designer acquired to outfit each bed in the house. The pampering continues in the spa-like master bathroom, where pale sky linen draperies frame a soaking tub. A dramatic wood bead chandelier and walls lined in horizontal shiplap reintroduce the beachy presence.

The restful spaces are more than what they seem: To stand up to the owners’ rescue dogs and visiting family members, Hebert incorporated performance materials throughout the home–notably Crypton fabrics on nearly all the upholstered pieces, including the living area sofa, the family room sectional, the dining chairs and even the master bedroom headboard and chaise. All of the countertops are engineered quartz, known for its durability. And there is not a carpet to be found: Rather, indoor-outdoor area rugs and durable tile that mimics wood provide proper footing for scampering feet. “I wouldn’t want to design a house that will stress someone out,” Hebert says. “I always tell my clients, I want their home to reflect their family and the way they live.”

It’s safe to say Hebert hit her mark: According to the wife, guests say their blood pressure drops in the peaceful environment. “So much of the gratification I get out of my job is making sure clients are comfortable in their home,” the designer says. “To me, that’s the best result.”

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This Naples Floral Designer Looks To Victorian Art For Inspiration {This Naples Floral Designer Looks To Victorian Art For Inspiration} – English

This Naples Floral Designer Looks To Victorian Art For Inspiration {This Naples Floral Designer Looks To Victorian Art For Inspiration} – English

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Spreading love through flowers is Elaine Muller’s goal, and she has done just that with her Naples-based shop, Jardin Floral Design, for the past five years.

Not a big follower of trends, Muller’s arrangements draw their inspiration from European style, particularly modern Victorian paintings, which she says are “great inspiration for flowers, colors and movement.” But trend follower or not, she does let the seasons dictate the blooms she selects for her arrangements.

With the change of season, she has been focusing on mixing year-round favorites like roses and hydrangeas with popular winter blooms such as boldly colored amaranth and daisy-like anemones. “I personally love the magnificence of cymbidium orchids balanced with the simplicity of hellebores,” Muller says.

PHOTO COURTESY ELAINE MULLER

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East Coast Tradition Meets West Coast Chill In A Youthful Hamptons Abode {East Coast Tradition Meets West Coast Chill In A Youthful Hamptons Abode} – English

East Coast Tradition Meets West Coast Chill In A Youthful Hamptons Abode {East Coast Tradition Meets West Coast Chill In A Youthful Hamptons Abode} – English

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Beyond pushing him outside of his geographical comfort zone, the project held further creative appeal. Arnold came on right at the beginning of the ground-up project, allowing him to collaborate with Farrell Building Company on the plan and layout, and put his stamp on just about everything. “That was the fun part for me—going from choosing plumbing fixtures and tile down to the dishes,” the designer recalls. One of his highest impact decisions was establishing the home’s overall look. “We wanted Shingle style, but I said, ‘Why don’t we do a black house because you don’t see those all the time?’” he recalls. This approach translates to the exterior feeling of-a-piece with the silhouettes of its more traditional neighbors, but the matte black color sets it apart as a modern riff on the vernacular.

Inside, Arnold’s moody-hued take on Hamptons style is just as enticing. “We kept colors dark and neutral to maintain tonality,” explains the designer. “We wanted strong, but also easy on the eyes.” A sea of faded black, pebble gray and chestnut tones lace through the timber-beamed great room, coming to a crescendo in the adjoining den, which Arnold designed as “a jewel box to be seen from the living space.” There, he employed shadowy velvet drapes, floral wallpaper and painted tongue-and-groove style wainscoting to cozy effect. Equally cocooning is the master bedroom, which manages to feel light and breezy in spite of its black plaster paint walls. “In summer, it’s actually quite nice to retreat to a darker, cooler room,” he muses.

As with all successful design, Arnold took great care in maintaining balance. “I love primitive pieces, and it would have been easy to stay in that lane, but you could end up being too on the nose,” he says. Instead, furnishing choices are a measured mix. For every rustic form, there are contemporary counterweights—a dichotomy on chic display in the dining area, which features a custom dining table made from salvaged timber surrounded by a seating medley of a reclaimed bench paired with vintage Niels O. Møller chairs. “Not everyone loves a bench, but these clients love to cook and their entertaining style is more interactive and casual, so it suits them,” adds Arnold.

So in tune was designer with clients that the couple even enlisted Arnold’s help in curating items for their wedding registry—many of which now sing from the kitchen’s open shelving. Furniture sourcing, too, was collaborative and convivial. Early on, the designer took the couple on a local shopping excursion, yielding a pair of black leather club chairs and an antique rug that now reside in the den. “Those were the first pieces we bought, and they stayed in storage until install,” says Arnold, adding, “The best part of the reveal is when my clients get to see something we bought together in context.”

With his maiden Hamptons design voyage in the books, Arnold has the chance to reflect on his work and likes what he sees. “All of my projects are different, but they share a lineage: how the space feels rather than how it looks,” muses the designer. “This home holds up within the work I do, but it offers a different dialogue and personality. It goes to show that you can achieve both classic and timeless and updated and relevant without being trendy.”

PHOTOS BY TRIA GIOVAN

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SoftBank Nears End Of $23 Billion Buyback, Imperiling Bull Run {SoftBank Nears End Of $23 Billion Buyback, Imperiling Bull Run} – English

SoftBank Nears End Of $23 Billion Buyback, Imperiling Bull Run {SoftBank Nears End Of $23 Billion Buyback, Imperiling Bull Run} – English

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The Tokyo-based company purchased more than $20 billion worth of its own shares over the past year through March, according to SoftBank filings, an unprecedented effort that more than doubled the value of the stock. Now, with only about 10% of the committed capital left, the program may run out as soon as next month, Bloomberg’s calculations show.

 

Read the full story on Bloomberg here.

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Ethereum Jumps To Record High On Report Of EIB Digital Bond Issuance {Ethereum Jumps To Record High On Report Of EIB Digital Bond Issuance} – English

Ethereum Jumps To Record High On Report Of EIB Digital Bond Issuance {Ethereum Jumps To Record High On Report Of EIB Digital Bond Issuance} – English

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Ether is the digital currency or token that facilitates transactions on the ethereum blockchain. In the crypto world, the terms ether and ethereum have become interchangeable.

 

Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed sources, that the EIB plans to issue a two-year 100-million euro digital bond, with the sale to be led by Goldman Sachs, Banco Santander, and Societe Generale, according to analysts.

 

Read the full story on Reuters here.

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Huawei Founder Ren Zhengfei Hints At IPO For One Of Its Business Units {Huawei Founder Ren Zhengfei Hints At IPO For One Of Its Business Units} – English

Huawei Founder Ren Zhengfei Hints At IPO For One Of Its Business Units {Huawei Founder Ren Zhengfei Hints At IPO For One Of Its Business Units} – English

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The letter, published on Huawei’s official employee website, tackled the uncertainties the company is facing as US trade sanctions continue to affect its business. Ren issued a warning to staff not to falsify accounts, or else they will face dismissal.

 

While Ren was not explicit on whether Huawei has such a plan, the suggestion was a marked difference from the Shenzhen-based company’s previous statements, which have said it is not considering an IPO.

 

Read the full story on South China Morning Post here.

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Billionaire Ron Perelman Lists $60 Million Home In New York City {Billionaire Ron Perelman Lists $60 Million Home In New York City} – English

Billionaire Ron Perelman Lists $60 Million Home In New York City {Billionaire Ron Perelman Lists $60 Million Home In New York City} – English

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Last fall, Perelman unofficially shopped the property with a few “quiet” showings for around $65 million, along with a smaller, connected townhouse for a total of around $75 million.

 

That was part of an extraordinary sell-off that included art, one of his Gulfstream jets and a yacht — part of a strategy to “simplify” his life, Perelman said at the time, all while his business had to react to the pandemic-stricken economy.

 

Read the full story on the New York Post here.

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A Freshly Renovated Atlanta Cottage Gets Back To Its Roots {A Freshly Renovated Atlanta Cottage Gets Back To Its Roots} – English

A Freshly Renovated Atlanta Cottage Gets Back To Its Roots {A Freshly Renovated Atlanta Cottage Gets Back To Its Roots} – English

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Something else Henzlik had in mind was potential buyers—a pair of longtime clients looking to move from the Atlanta home she had previously designed for them into a Buckhead residence that would place them in close proximity to family. Upon viewing the house, the couple was immediately taken with its comfortable size, gracefully arched doorways and walkout backyard shaded by old oaks. “When our two sons heard that we were buying the first house we looked at, they didn’t believe it,” the wife recalls. “But when we saw it, we said, ‘We think this is the one.’”

The couple was equally decisive about beginning a renovation that would encompass architecture, interiors and landscape design—to Henzlik’s delight. “It’s so important to have a good architect to get the bones right and to have the landscaping in place,” she says.

Architect Greg Busch agreed with Henzlik’s assessment that the cottage was beautiful but overdressed. “Almost every room had paneling, and a lot of it didn’t match,” he recalls. “So, the project started with making it feel bigger and cleaner and more tailored by just stripping everything out.” Bulky fireplaces were redesigned with simple, elegant surrounds. Subtly textured wall plaster took the place of heavy millwork. Archways were enlarged and aligned to create seamless sight lines through the house. And the narrow entry’s massive mahogany front door was replaced with a custom, modern iron-and-glass version that floods the space with light.

In the absence of embellishment, “you have nowhere to hide,” Busch says of the home’s new aesthetic—which owes much of its success to builder Lindsey Potts. “A builder who’s paying attention leaves no gaps that need covering with trim; because of his attention to detail, we were able to create a much more tailored interior.”

Outside, the design team streamlined the look by removing brackets and columns, choosing a tonal scheme of warm white paint colors for the brick walls and new shutters and incorporating a tall, modern bay window to frame views of the reimagined front yard.

Before landscape designer Carson McElheney’s intervention, the property had been dominated by a large circular driveway with a concrete parking court. Replacing that hardscaping with a broad fescue lawn and pea-gravel drive made the house appear more established and refined, McElheney says, while new groupings of sculpted boxwoods—along with pachysandra, autumn ferns and large specimen trees—“balance and respect the architecture and tie this property back to the land.” A classic palette of gardenias, hydrangeas, popcorn viburnum, styrax and Southern magnolias “offers wonderful layers of green and white,” he adds, “creating a succession of flowers from early spring through fall.”

A layered approach also drove the interior design: a masculine-meets-feminine mix of traditional furnishings, finishes and fabrics combined with transitional and modern accents. “I like to be intentional about a design not being predictable,” Henzlik says. “I don’t even mind if it takes people a minute to decide if they like it or not. I don’t want their eyes just to move right through and not be caught off guard by something.”

In the study, for example, bold modern art and a sapphire-blue sofa pop against subdued white-oak wall paneling. In the living room, vintage seats by modern design master Paul McCobb mingle with Swedish antique chairs. And in the dining room, a sculptural chandelier and custom furnishings provide a contemporary counterpoint to a traditional coffered ceiling.

The home’s original details shine in other rooms, including the kitchen, which retains its floor-to-ceiling cabinetry and coffered ceiling. Though Henzlik refreshed the space with new lighting, hardware and a marble-topped island, she was judicious with her additions. “I don’t like to clutter a project,” she says, “but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of layers. The clients appreciate attention to every single detail, down to the color of a screw going in a hinge”—and for this home’s new iteration, it’s those subtle touches that make the design.

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Luxury Kitchen + Bath Products Await At This Newly Expanded Showroom {Luxury Kitchen + Bath Products Await At This Newly Expanded Showroom} – English

Luxury Kitchen + Bath Products Await At This Newly Expanded Showroom {Luxury Kitchen + Bath Products Await At This Newly Expanded Showroom} – English

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After a year-long renovation led by Gachot Studios, Waterworks reopened its newly expanded, 12,500-square-foot Manhattan flagship showroom on 58th Street this fall, home to their complete line of luxury bath and kitchen products.

With Carrara marble and white millwork, the gallery-like ground level displays faucets in shadow boxes and jewelry case-style vitrines, while shower fittings are tucked away inside drawers. A central open staircase leads shoppers downstairs to the minimalist cellar where tubs, washstands and mirrors are showcased, including the brand’s new Bond bath collection in collaboration with Gachot.

The new second level is home to color-coordinated collections of kitchen cabinetry, surfaces and hardware, in a setup reminiscent of fashion merchandising. To honor their reopening and celebrate Manhattan’s resiliency over the last year, Waterworks donated $25,000 to City Harvest to feed nearly 70,000 New Yorkers in need.

bathtub in showroom

PHOTOS COURTESY WATERWORKS

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