A Lake Washington Home Gets A Fresh Renovation {A Lake Washington Home Gets A Fresh Renovation} – English

A Lake Washington Home Gets A Fresh Renovation {A Lake Washington Home Gets A Fresh Renovation} – English

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Jeffrey Taylor visited the house on a hill overlooking Lake Washington, he was off the clock. Taylor was there not as an architect, but as a boyfriend, helping the woman he was dating search for a new home for herself and her three children. While the residence itself didn’t fit her needs, the property was stunning, and his girlfriend, who was seeking a fresh start, knew she had finally found the one.

Upon deciding to tear down the original structure and start from scratch, the next order of business was to hire an architect. “It wasn’t a given that I would hire Jeffrey,” she says. “But ultimately, I knew he was the right person because he believes in building the house that his clients are asking for, not the one that feeds his ego.” The client was clear on three points: She wanted the dwelling to be family-friendly, to maximize natural light and to include a dance studio, where she could invite her friends over for weekly dance or yoga classes, a tradition she had enjoyed in her previous home. “I told myself, I’m going to treat her like any other client,” says Taylor, who asked her to fill out an extensive questionnaire and to peruse inspirational photos to identify the styles she found most appealing. “What’s fascinating is he was able to translate all my abstract responses into specifics,” the client recalls.

They ultimately decided upon a traditional-style home with a modern twist. For his design, Taylor drew inspiration from the work of architect Robert A.M. Stern, as well as local legends Arthur Loveless and Carl Gould. Extensive millwork and moldings and dark-oak floors bring a classic vibe to the airy, open-plan interior, which features high ceilings, wide hallways, white walls and tons of windows to let in the light. “It’s kind of like a guy in a tux with tennis shoes on–less stuffy, a little more playful,” quips Taylor.

The architect recruited two of his frequent collaborators, general contractor Klaus Toth and designer Deena Rauen, to join the team. “We packed in lots of gingerbread details on the exterior, and box beam ceilings and paneling on the inside,” notes Toth. “It all had a warming effect.” For Rauen’s part, she brought a subtle hand to the home’s hard finishes, using the ample light and lake views as a starting point. “I wanted to keep it very timeless and classic,” she says of the surfaces appearing throughout the home, from marble tiles with a hint of blue on the master bath’s walls and shower to the charcoal-hued limestone flooring in the entryway.

Designer Graciela Rutkowski, a friend of the homeowner for many years, who also worked on her former residence, tackled the soft furnishings. Because she knows the client and her lifestyle so well, she was able to hit the ground running, aiming above all else to make the house conducive to both family living and entertaining. “My philosophy is that anything that’s going to be touched and sat on a lot needs to be a workhorse,” she says. “So, we chose mostly indoor-outdoor fabrics and high commercial-grade double rubs.”

For the palette, Rutkowski also took her cues from the lake, washing the interior in whites, blues and grays with the occasional pop of orange. “Instead of competing with the outdoors, we decided to bring the outside in,” she notes. As for the furnishings, she mixed family heirlooms, mostly Asian antiques, with newer pieces, like a backless sofa that cleverly integrates the kitchen and family room, a piece which has since become a family favorite.

Rounding out the team was landscape architect Kenneth Philp. Among his notable contributions to the program is a striking pedestrian procession that leads from the street up to the front door. “I wanted it to feel like a series of movements rather than one long stretch of stairs, which can feel overbearing and uninviting,” he says.

From outside to in, the finished house and its surroundings are completely inviting. Perhaps that ineffable quality that only some homes possess has something to do with the love and friendship that went into creating it. While Taylor vowed to treat the project like any other, he poured himself into it. “I just really wanted to do something special for her,” says the architect. Adds Toth: “Their relationship was the central theme of the project. We all knew the undercurrent was that they were falling in love right in front of us, and it was fun to be part of that.”

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This Beverly Hills Studio Melds Architecture, Design And Landscaping With Ease {This Beverly Hills Studio Melds Architecture, Design And Landscaping With Ease} – English

This Beverly Hills Studio Melds Architecture, Design And Landscaping With Ease {This Beverly Hills Studio Melds Architecture, Design And Landscaping With Ease} – English

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WHO: London native Gavin Brodin’s Beverly Hills studio has built a portfolio anchored by notable properties such as Spelling Manor and former L.A. hotspots like the Crown Bar and the Rolling Stone restaurant.

WHAT: Brodin oversees all elements: architecture, interior design and landscaping, melding luxury and ease with an emphasis on tailored forms.

WHY: He shares all aspects of his practice online, from drawings to presentation trays to installation photos.

IN HIS OWN WORDS: “Instagram is an amazing platform for us because we’re able to showcase the style and mood we aim to achieve for each project. Our followers are able to get a better idea of our aesthetic through beautiful images meticulously organized in a complementary way.”’

PHOTOS COURTESY GAVIN BRODIN

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Inside A Mountain Home As Stellar As Its Views {Inside A Mountain Home As Stellar As Its Views} – English

Inside A Mountain Home As Stellar As Its Views {Inside A Mountain Home As Stellar As Its Views} – English

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First, the designers addressed the choppy layout by opening the space on the main level, removing two walls: one between the dining room and great room and another cutting the kitchen off from the dining area. They replaced the dated carpet and tile flooring in this space with gray-toned hardwood, which brings out the gray notes in the stone fireplace wall. Next came a new coat of paint for the interior and exterior walls. “Painting the walls white and accenting the trim with a warm, taupe gray changed the look of everything,” Schwab says. “Now, the space feels very current.”

In addition to those gestures, introducing metal and concrete into the architectural mix of glass, wood and stone further steered the project in a contemporary direction. They chose bronze, for example, to accent the custom entry doors, and married the metal with concrete in the master bedroom’s fireplace. They also used bronze to wrap structural columns and fill in spaces in the ceiling beams that were left when they removed the old track lighting.

In similar fashion, landscape designer Scott Kleski demolished the traditional slate-and-stone patio to make way for more modern porcelain pavers across a larger open space that was once bound by perimeter walls. “I wanted to take those walls out and let the patio flow all the way to the golf course,” he says. And as general contractor George Trusz executed the construction, he overhauled the home’s infrastructure in the process–a huge undertaking that included building new wind-shear protection after structural walls came down, removing an elevator and relocating heating and cooling systems. “I don’t think that we left any part of the house untouched,” he says.

When Schwab and Dinner were ready to furnish the home, part of their mandate was to infuse it with vibrant pops of color. “Our other homes have been done in neutral tones. I was ready for some color,” the wife explains. Shades of red and orange punctuate the lower-level media room and the patio just outside, and they also enliven the kitchen’s breakfast nook and sitting area. “We like to move colors around the interiors, so they repeat and act as accents in a neutral palette,” Dinner says. They also incorporated curvy shapes and organic patterns to offset the home’s angular volumes. “Each space has a counterpoint to those angles,” Dinner explains, pointing to elements such as a globe pendant over the breakfast table, a rug in the study that’s woven with oversize flowers and the wallpaper imprinted with leaves that fully envelops the powder room.

The designers worked with consultants at Ann Benson Reidy & Associates and Walker Fine Arts to fill each space with art, opting for sculptural objects to hang as groupings on the wall–another tactic to give linear planes more dimension. “This is how we ended up with some really fantastic pieces,” Schwab says. “Art can be all different kinds of media.” The designers also treated the lighting as artwork, choosing fixtures as varied as tissue-paper-like pendants hanging from red cords, a chandelier made of Shabbat candles by Israeli glass artist Shimon Peleg and light fixtures with gold-leaf interiors. “We’ve never had such iconic lighting,” the wife says. “The pieces add so much personality.”

Finally, Schwab and Dinner transformed the lower level into a media and games hub for the owners’ three children and their families, a tactic designed to keep them coming back every summer. “We wanted it to be sophisticated enough for adults with a little touch of whimsy for the kids,” Schwab says. The five guest rooms, Dinner adds, cater to the different ages–each one with its own signature wallpaper. “They really feel like destinations, not like sterile hotel rooms, and each of the rooms have a sense of fun,” she says. After their first summer there, the wife confirms the design has had its intended effect. She happily notes, “Now, the entire family wants to come here!”

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A Miami Condo Emanates Playful Elegance {A Miami Condo Emanates Playful Elegance} – English

A Miami Condo Emanates Playful Elegance {A Miami Condo Emanates Playful Elegance} – English

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Luciana Fragali to transform their newly built getaway overlooking the ocean. “They wanted a modern, clean and neutral retreat that was cozy and welcoming,” says the interior designer. Working with CH Construction Group on the structural modifications, Fragali followed her clients’ cue by creating a luxurious space with customized millwork, thoughtful lighting and European design that encourages relaxation while taking advantage of the pristine views.

Taking on the project as a decorator-ready unit–raw from the developer with basic lighting, unfinished flooring in the main areas and primed walls–Fragali worked within the existing floor plan, later tying together modern and relaxed details seamlessly throughout. Centrally located, the kitchen anchors the apartment with a large living area and adjacent master bedroom, both with water vistas. On the opposite end lives a breakfast area and two other bedrooms–one for the homeowners’ two children and another for guests. Having the ability to work within a newly constructed unit allowed the interior designer the freedom to thoughtfully plan out each room and incorporate detail.

Each space was designed with the family’s needs and lifestyle in mind: “The homeowners told me instead of hosting dinners, they prefer to dine out,” explains Fragali regarding her decision to forgo a formal dining area. The living room was quite large, so dividing it into two spaces carved out a casual side for watching television near the windows and a more intimate sitting area near the kitchen. In the master bedroom, rather than placing the bed parallel with the window, as was recommended by the building’s plan, she opted to have it facing the incredible view. “We wanted them to be able to wake up, raise the blackout curtains and see the ocean,” says Fragali.

Throughout the condo, the ceiling was dropped and the lighting was arranged according to the planned furniture layouts. For the length of the living area, a modern concrete wall with niche LED-lit shelving was constructed that is both stylish and functional–it showcases books, objets d’art and a collection of Murano glass. Like the shelving’s hidden LED lighting, the door off of the living area that leads to the master bedroom was concealed by enveloping it in wallpaper and adding hidden retractable door handles to eliminate clunky hardware. “We didn’t like the idea of having the entrance to the master off the living area,” says Fragali. “So my solution was to make the space flow better visually–you don’t see unnecessary hinges anywhere.”

As a contrast to the apartment’s concrete walls in the main living area, the remaining surfaces are swathed in either textured wallcoverings or covered with wooden panels. For example, behind the master bed, carpenter Diego Fulia built and installed one of Fragali’s custom linear designs that adds depth and dimension to the bedroom’s muted tones. And underfoot, wide-plank flooring made out of engineered hardwood in a matte walnut-gray offers “great balance to the decoration,” says the designer. “It’s rustic and adds warmth.”

Staying within the homeowners’ request for a relatively subdued color palette, the interior designer knew she could have some fun with the furnishings. “My clients really know design,” says Fragali. “Their main residence is very modern, and they move often, so their taste evolves as designs change.” As a result, iconic European pieces punctuate the large living area. Along the concrete wall, two low-slung gray modular sofas ground each of the two spaces, with a custom caramel-colored tuftedleather ottoman resting between. A cluster of tables form a geometric composition near two white-leather Italian armchairs, and diagonally, a bold blue modern lounge chair overlooks the patio. This piece, says Fragali, informed the direction of the entire living room. “They wanted very modern and neutral. While gray is their preferred choice, I gave them two options, and they chose blue,” says the interior designer.

Arriving at the finished home now, a sense of calm settles in, and it’s clear that no detail has been overlooked. “One thing we pride ourselves on is that we really listen to our clients,” says Fragali. “When we design, we do it based on the client’s needs, specifications and budget, always.”

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Payments Group Nexi Extends $8 Billion Nets Merger Talks {Payments Group Nexi Extends $8 Billion Nets Merger Talks} – English

Payments Group Nexi Extends $8 Billion Nets Merger Talks {Payments Group Nexi Extends $8 Billion Nets Merger Talks} – English

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Nexi entered the exclusive discussions in early November over a potential $8 billion deal, which would follow an agreement struck with Milan-based SIA just a month ago for a multi-billion merger to create an Italian champion.

 

Read the full story on Reuters here.

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Development Banks Make Landmark Climate Pledge, But No Fossil Fuel Phase Out {Development Banks Make Landmark Climate Pledge, But No Fossil Fuel Phase Out} – English

Development Banks Make Landmark Climate Pledge, But No Fossil Fuel Phase Out {Development Banks Make Landmark Climate Pledge, But No Fossil Fuel Phase Out} – English

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The world’s public development banks on Wednesday pledged to align their financial firepower with the Paris Agreement on climate change, but avoided a firm commitment to phase out fossil fuel financing.

As a source of funding for many large infrastructure projects, including in the energy sector, public development institutions are key to efforts to steer finance away from fossil fuels and into low-carbon projects.

Together, such institutions invest around $2.3 trillion each year – equivalent to 10% of all global investments from public and private sources.

Read the full story on Reuters here.

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Rising Mortgage Rates Are Squeezing Home Buyers In The U.K. {Rising Mortgage Rates Are Squeezing Home Buyers In The U.K.} – English

Rising Mortgage Rates Are Squeezing Home Buyers In The U.K. {Rising Mortgage Rates Are Squeezing Home Buyers In The U.K.} – English

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British home buyers on a budget face a frustrating puzzle: The Bank of England has kept interest rates at a record low 0.1%, yet mortgage lenders have been driving their own rates up.

Demand for homes is high right now. That’s in part because the government temporarily scrapped a related levy — known as stamp duty — in July. Sales soon soared to their highest level in over a decade. Prices posted their biggest annual increase since 2015 in October.

Read the full story on Bloomberg here.

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Capitol Music Group CEO Steve Barnett Steps Down {Capitol Music Group CEO Steve Barnett Steps Down} – English

Capitol Music Group CEO Steve Barnett Steps Down {Capitol Music Group CEO Steve Barnett Steps Down} – English

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In conjunction, the Capitol Music Group announced that current Capitol Records President Jeff Vaughn and CMG COO Michelle Jubelirer will be promoted to oversee the company.

 

Read the full story on the Los Angeles Times here.

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Bentley To Retire Roaring 12-Cylinder Engines, Go Electric {Bentley To Retire Roaring 12-Cylinder Engines, Go Electric} – English

Bentley To Retire Roaring 12-Cylinder Engines, Go Electric {Bentley To Retire Roaring 12-Cylinder Engines, Go Electric} – English

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Bentley will offer only hybrid and electric cars by 2026, and switch its entire lineup to fully-electric vehicles four years later, the Crewe, England-based manufacturer said Thursday in a statement.

 

Read the full story on Bloomberg here.

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Parkline Chicago Residences Set To Be In The Loop Next Spring {Parkline Chicago Residences Set To Be In The Loop Next Spring} – English

Parkline Chicago Residences Set To Be In The Loop Next Spring {Parkline Chicago Residences Set To Be In The Loop Next Spring} – English

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Set to debut in spring 2021, Parkline Chicago is a rarity for the city as both a new build in the Loop and a hybrid condo-apartment concept. Currently under construction at 60 East Randolph across from Millennium Park, the new residential building will have 24 condos and 190 apartments. Residences—located on floors 20 through 25—will feature Wolf, Sub-Zero and Cove appliances, Snaidero cabinetry, quartz countertops, and walk-in showers and soaking tubs. “Every home features gracious layouts with a balance of formal and informal living spaces and design elements that flow together to create an expansive feel, maximized by 10-foot ceiling heights and floor-to-ceiling windows,” says Thomas Roszak, founder and principal of Thomas Roszak Architecture, who’s collaborating with developer Moceri + Roszak. A 19th-floor amenity space exclusive to condo owners will have a private conference room with catering kitchen, a library and a sky terrace, while the fourth and 18th floors will have fitness and wellness facilities open to all residents. parklinechicago.com

RENDERINGS COURTESY PARKLINE CHICAGO

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