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contents live artfully


23 what to

128 done deal

drive, collect, desire, purchase, experience, use, celebrate, eat, pamper, buy

A Minnetonka mansion sells for $2.8 million.

131 IMS discoveries


The latest and greatest from International Market Square

139 abode


A Twin Cities designer is tapped to oversee a Florida condo remodel.

51 insider’s guide

Travel expert Rudy Maxa on MSP Airport’s recent renovations.

55 guide

What to buy now

60 show room

Prepare to be floored.

62 elements

144 décor

A stay at the St. Regis Bal Harbour is the antidote to winter.

148 build

164 72 hours in Miami

An inside look at Edina’s West Ride Farms

How to spend a long weekend in the Magic City

152 design

169 my kind of town

66 collection

Why three Twin Citizens of note love Miami

174 culture

Miami Art Week dazzles.

A Minneapolis native shares his unrivaled Edward S. Curtis collection.

176 nice ride

Jaguar does it again.

72 wine + spirits

179 fashion

Inside one man’s mission to make whiskey cool

Snow bunny chic

75 cruise

182 timepiece

Disney does it again, this time out on the open sea.

The Reverso stands alone.

186 travel

78 art

Monte Carlo will make you swoon.

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts takes us back to the time of Shakespeare.

192 society

Inside the Minneapolis Club

80 Minnesota made

195 vacation

The Faribault Woolen Mill story

Elite Destination Homes helps homeowners and vacationers alike.

85 tour


The very best Chicago, New York and Los Angeles have to offer

recurring 16 Artful Living

160 hotel

Santa Barbara meets the Hamptons in an Edina home.

A redesigned river bluff home combines class and coziness.

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154 Marketplace

199 back page Tales of travel

Top Doctor with a Big Heart A Twin Cities household name sets himself apart with his philanthropy. CONGRATULATIONS!! Dr. Crutchfield is the only dermatologist selected as a ‘ Top Doctor for Women’ every year since the inception of the Minnesota Monthly survey. Dr. Crutchfield has also been recognized by Minnesota Physician as 1 of the 100 most influential health care leaders in the state of Minnesota. “I want all my patients to look good and feel great with beautiful skin,” says Charles E. Crutchfield III, M.D. “When you come to Crutchfield Dermatology; the emphasis is on quality, in-depth skincare knowledge and service. That’s what really sets us apart.” A long list of awards and honors serves as evidence that Crutchfield is good at what he does. What stands out even further is his generous community outreach and support. “I realize that no one gets to where they’re at without the help of many people. And I’m in a point in my career where I can give back.” His support runs deep, especially for students, not only through scholarships and textbook donations, but also through mentorship. Dr. Crutchfield, a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School is a mentor in the University of Minnesota’s Future Doctors of America Program where undergraduate students of color shadow Crutchfield during patient appointments. They learn the art of medicine and are introduced to a wide variety of opportunities. Dr. Crutchfield recently received the Minnesota Medical Association Foundation’s Minority Affairs Meritorious Service Award as an outstanding mentor dedicated to students within Minnesota’s Future Doctors Program. Crutchfield’s preceptorships through Harlem’s Touro College of Medicine so impressed two medical student recipients that they relocated to the Twin Cities to practice. His medical students at the University of Minnesota Medical School have honored him three times as Teacher of the Year. Crutchfield’s definition of community enthusiastically includes the Minnesota Twins, and his love of baseball occasionally surfaces in his philanthropic work. During his residency, he learned that a hospice patient and fellow baseball fan dreamed of meeting Kirby Puckett. He arranged the meeting, and Mayo Clinic acknowledged his kindness with the Karis Humanitarian Award. When Twins player Bert Blyleven accepted a dare to eat night crawlers in exchange for a hundred dollar donation to Parkinson’s research, Crutchfield upped the ante to a thousand dollars, challenging other medical clinics to join him. His challenge raised almost $15,000 for the Parkinson’s Association of Minnesota. Crutchfield also donates to the Twins Community Fund to build ballparks for children in the inner city. “Sports give children focus and a sense of personal achievement,” he explains. “Many sports require a substantial investment, but baseball is

financially accessible. You give a kid a glove, a ball, and a bat, and they are good to go.” Remembering school days when he struggled with dyslexia himself, Crutchfield serves as a Hero Benefactor for the Reading Center; stepping in when available scholarship funds aren’t sufficient to cover the number of hopeful students. For the High school for Recording Arts, founded in Saint Paul to encourage at-risk youth to finish high school by linking lyric writing to English and marketing to mathematics, Crutchfield contributes funding and scholarships. Dr. Crutchfield routinely financially supports and encourages his staff to participate in breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s walks. He has also been given the “Patriotic Employer Award” from the Minnesota National Guard for his support of our troops. Dr. Crutchfield has also been awarded the “Gold Triangle Award” from the American Academy of Dermatology for promoting health-care awareness in underserved areas. He also offered free skin and scar treatments for the survivors of the tragic Minneapolis 35W bridge collapse. Dr. Crutchfield was selected as the first “Physician Health Care Hero” by Medica, Twin Cities Business and KARE11 for “Outstanding contributors to the quality of health care in Minnesota.” His philanthropy also extends to supporting Camp Discovery, a camp for children with skin diseases. For more than a decade, Crutchfield has been an active supporter and nominator, and dedicated all royalties from the dermatology textbook he coauthored to the program. Once a child is accepted into the camp, their entire experience is covered by donations. “As a child, I loved going to camp. But as a dermatologist, working with children with skin diseases, [I] see so many of them ashamed to go because they are afraid to expose themselves and be teased. Camp Discovery is a place where kids can be kids again.” Dr. Crutchfield’s efforts continue; he has established a lectureship at the University of Minnesota honoring his parents, Susan Crutchfield MD, as the youngest (at the time) and first African-American female graduate of the medical school, and Charles Crutchfield Sr. M.D. the first practicing African-American Obstetrician-Gynecologist in the Twin Cities, who has delivered almost 10,000 babies. He has also co-authored a children’s book for little leaguers extolling the virtues of being sun-safe and sun protection Little Charles Hits a Home Run is available on, Kindle, Nook and iPad. Proceeds will benefit the Twins Community Fund and Camp Discovery for Children. His latest medical endeavor is an initiative requiring automobile, cell phone and insurance companies equip cars with mandatory technology disabling texting while driving. Visit for more information. For Dr. Crutchfield, giving back has become a way of life.

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Contributors Carolyn Crooke is a freelance

Wendy Lubovich is a freelance writer living in New York City. Formerly a news anchor at KSTP TV, she is a museum educator at the Frick Collection and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan.

writer based in Minneapolis.

David Mahoney writes about travel, wine Janie Dorn is an intern at Artful Living.

She is an aspiring advertising copywriter and journalist studying communications and journalism at the University of St. Thomas.

and the environment for a variety of national and regional magazines. He is a former senior editor at Sunset and the former editor of Minnesota Monthly.

Rudy Maxa is host and executive producer of Rudy Maxa’s World on public television ( and a contributing editor with National Geographic Traveler.

Alyssa Ford has been covering the architecture and design scene since 2004. She has written for Midwest Home, Minnesota Monthly, the Star Tribune and many other publications.

Ivy Gracie writes for publications in the Twin Cities and Chicago. Her work has appeared in Mpls./St.Paul Magazine, Today’s Chicago Woman, Twin Cities Business, Twin Cities Statement and other publications. Gracie also has a blog at

Marguerite Happe is a former Artful

Living intern. She has written for USA Today, the Star Tribune and other publications.

Megan Kaplan is a freelance lifestyle writer and editor based in Minneapolis. Her work has appeared in Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, Town & Country, and Travel + Leisure, among others.

Heidi Libera is a publication features

producer, artist, designer and marketing director working with local and national clients in the arts, home and design industries.

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Michael Nagrant is a Chicago-based freelance

food writer who contributes regularly to Newcity, CS and the Chicago Sun Times. He’s also the founder/editor of Hungry magazine (hungrymag. com) and a contributing author to the awardwinning Alinea cookbook.

Karen S. Schneider is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Glamour, Sports Illustrated and People, where she was a senior writer and editor for nearly 20 years. She specializes in celebrity profiles, fashion and beauty stories, and business and personal speechwriting. Marlene Sholod is a Miami-based freelance

writer. She has written about arts and culture, architecture and design, inspiring people, and developing neighborhoods for such publications ss Florida Design and the Miami Herald.

Alecia Stevens is a freelance writer and interior designer dividing her time between Minneapolis and New York. Her blog is at

Chris Windmiller is the art aficionada for Artful Living. She has been creating and presenting tours for 10 years as a docent at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and is also a nationally accredited color consultant.

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n November 8, Jaguar Land Rover Minneapolis revved in the New Year a little early, but not without an abundance of style in celebration of the 2013 Jaguar all-wheel-drive XJ and XF. With the new Range Rovers on display alongside Crave’s array of food and wine, the event satisfied the palates of fine-car and fine-dining enthusiasts alike. A casual fashion show featuring saddlery and men’s riding apparel from Schatzlein Saddle Shop was complemented by a special appearance by TJ, Ian Schatzlein’s beautiful palomino trail horse. The celebration of the sleek 2013 autos was capped with a live auction benefiting Gillette Children’s Healthcare Charity, making for an eloquent end to a lavish evening.


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Jewels of Desire A socialite’s treasures go up for sale. | by Wendy Lubovich


f you were heir to an oil fortune and you could buy any jewels in the world, what would you choose? The public got a chance to find out in December, when Mrs. Charles Wrightsman put some of her finest pieces up for sale at Sotheby’s in New York. Now in her nineties, the philanthropist, arts patron and collector is known for her refined taste in both fine and decorative arts. Married to oil tycoon Charles Wrightsman, who died in 1986, she’s tapped Sotheby’s in the past to auction the contents of her Palm Beach and London homes. The December auction featured more than 60 lots of elegant and extravagant jewels from the likes of Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Boucheron, and Bulgari, and ranging from historically important 19th century pieces to bold, contemporary designs. “The selection was carefully curated and meant to be worn — and together provides insight into Mrs. Wrightsman’s much-admired style,” says Lisa Hubbard, chairman of the international jewelry division for North and South America for Sotheby’s.

Each piece tells the story of a most extraordinary life. Born in Flint, Mich., then Jayne Larkin married one of America’s richest men, an Oklahoma oil king more than 20 years her senior. She educated herself in art and antiques, becoming a connoisseur of 18th century French design. Indeed, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has several Wrightsman Galleries that reflect her unprecedented gifts of paintings, decorative arts and furniture. It was Palm Beach in the 1950s when Wrightsman became close friends with Jackie Kennedy and later helped find period pieces to redecorate the White House. A key socialite during the heady days of Truman Capote, she was a well-known hostess and contributed generously to a variety of charities. And at the height of her power, she was majestically photographed by the esteemed Cecil Beaton, resplendent in a fur-trimmed gown, surrounded by rich textiles and walls of gilded boiserie. Even today she remains a private but powerful member of New York society, lording over Fifth Avenue from her

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lavish apartment in one of the city’s most prestigious buildings. Now, near the end of her life, she has decided to part with these very personal treasures. Paging through the catalog, it’s a delight to imagine where the baubles have been. What parties did they attend? What special moments did they mark? A carved red and green clip brooch by Cartier conjures up visions of holiday dinners with its brilliant rubies and 100-carat emerald drop. And a 1910 belle époque diamond corsage ornament feels costume–ball–worthy with its dazzling constellation of stones. “The collection is multifaceted and includes jewels for every occasion — classic designs that are a mixture of color and texture, and jewels that define elegance and sparkle in candlelight,” Hubbard notes. A small selection of the bijoux went around the world, with viewings in Hong Kong, Geneva, London and Los Angeles. But just in time for the holidays, the jewels returned to New York for the marquee Sotheby’s auction. Individually brilliant and collectively magnificent, the baubles are exceptional treasures from an exceptional life.

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The WellAppointed Wrist Two luxury brands team up to create lavish timepieces. | By Janie Dorn


egendary automaker Bugatti and prestigious Swiss jeweler Parmigiani Fleurier have become a dynamic and luxurious duo in the watch industry, combining revolutionary mechanics and inspiration from extravagant automobiles to design exquisite timepieces. The Bugatti Super Sport watch, inspired by the 2010 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, is a handcrafted piece complete with 40 jewels, including six anti-reflective sapphire crystals and a unique crown. Parmigiani Fleurier recently introduced a new edition of the Super Sport in an extravagant rose gold. Dedicated to preserving high-quality Swiss craftsmanship, each Parmigiani Fleurier creation is designed as a showpiece. With just 30 editions of the rose-gold Super Sport in existence, only the most prestigious of timepiece connoisseurs will be able to have the sexy yet sporty watch pristinely fastened upon their wrist.

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Y. Ralph Chu, M.D. reputation for comfort and safety far surpasses that of the average European rental car. Borton Volvo, where John purchased his XC60, has been the country’s leader in selling the overseas package for the past four years. Martin Bertilsson, the Swedish transplant who oversees the Borton program, chalks this success rate up to the small dealership’s sales approach. “We’re very traditional in a lot of ways,” he says. “Education is very important, so all our salespeople know the overseas program very well. I try to talk to every client, and we have a 94-percent retention rate of our client base.” As part of that 94 percent, the Seversons are committed devotees of the program. “You’ve got your own car, and we love driving through all the little towns,” explains John. “We stop at a grocery store, maybe buy a cooler for meats and cheese and picnicking. We’re not bound by train schedules or groups. The roads are good, and the signs are easy. We just put our destination in our GPS unit, and it takes us right where we want to go.”

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had Greenway and his Lead the Way Foundation held its second annual Celebrity Waiter Night at Manny’s Steakhouse in Minneapolis on October 8. Greenway was joined by more than 20 of his Minnesota Vikings teammates, including Jared Allen, Christian Ponder, Jasper Brinkley, Kyle Rudolph, Erin Henderson, John Sullivan, Harrison Smith, Toby Gerhart and more. Paul Allen, the voice of the Vikings, entertained more than 180 attendees. The evening included five courses of Manny’s signature menu items and raised more than $180,000 to benefit the foundation, which helps enrich the lives of Twin Cities individuals and families in need. The following day, the foundation donated Chad’s Locker (presented by Northwestern Mutual, The Bohannon Group) to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Chad’s Locker, which features kid-friendly laptops, video-gaming systems and iPads, provides patients and their families access to technology as a means for relaxation and communication. The locker is housed inside the Geek Squad precinct within the Children’s Minneapolis location and will impact the lives of more than 90,000 people. “My wife, Jenni, and I are very grateful for the support from the Twin Cities community,” says Greenway. “We wouldn’t be able to fund programs like Chad’s Locker if it weren’t for the tremendous support. The money raised at Celebrity Waiter Night gives us the opportunity to give back to the community and change lives, which is so rewarding to be able to do.”

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A Shining Celebration JB Hudson hosts its 20th annual customer appreciation holiday party. | by JANIE DORN PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMBER URLACHER


outhwatering aromas, beautiful baubles and chic guests filled JB Hudson’s downtown Minneapolis shop on December 6 as the venerable jeweler hosted its 20th annual customer appreciation holiday party. Top Minneapolis chefs from Barrio, Butcher & the Boar, Chino Latino, Crave, D’Amico Kitchen, La Belle Vie, Manny’s, Union, and Vincent catered the occasion, decadently gratifying JB Hudson’s customers and friends as they browsed the diamonds, fine jewelry and watches on display. The annual celebration is an important occasion for Jeannie Joas, president and CEO of JB Hudson Jewelers, who strives to share her passion for jewels by creating an incomparable customer experience. Joas takes pride in the store’s team of professionals that promises each customer an incredible experience and an exceptional piece of jewelry that is always within one’s means. The evening, filled with divine dishes, exclusive jewels and good company, sparkled just as brightly as the diamonds on display.

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Union Made A new downtown Minneapolis eatery is equal parts party and pitch-perfect food. | By Joe Hart

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porn and its owner’s legal troubles. Union replaces Shinders with a threein-one entertainment complex. In the basement, a lounge designed to evoke Vegas or South Beach. The main dining area, in contrast, is a minimalist affair where “the food is the star,” says Sussman. The third-floor rooftop patio, which accommodates 200, has captured the lion’s share of attention for its remarkable retractable roof, which opens or closes at the push of a button. Heading up Union’s kitchen is Jim Christiansen, who earned his stripes with Tim McKee of La Belle Vie fame. Most recently, Christiansen worked in Denmark at the renowned Noma restaurant. Union is his first time at the helm. “This is his opportunity to do it on his own,” says Sussman. “It’s his coming-out party.” The menu, which features lunch and

dinner, is a testament to Christiansen’s creativity. Many of the items feature unique twists on old favorites (savory donut holes, chicken wings with Cheddar quinoa). “He definitely takes familiar dishes and puts his own stamp on them,” says Sussman. “But he also has a gift of taking food that’s outside of people’s comfort zone and making it totally accessible.” The dining is complemented by a drink selection concocted by local cocktail hero Johnny Michaels (also of La Belle Vie). If opening week was any indication — festivities included a private dry run for family and friends, a VIP preview, and a jam-packed first week of business over the Thanksgiving holiday — then this new anchor of Hennepin Avenue will serve as a lodestar in the Twin Cities dining scene. Talk about a heavenly union.

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ew Minneapolis restaurants have been as eagerly anticipated as Union, which opened with a weeklong blitz in November. The eatery/entertainment destination is the latest and most ambitious brainchild of restaurateur Kam Talebi, owner of the Crave restaurant franchise. “He sees this as an opportunity to leave his legacy for Minneapolis,” says Crave Marketing Director Zach Sussman. “This one is a labor of love.” The new restaurant breathes life into a long-blighted property with a marquee location, Sussman notes. Union occupies three stories on the corner of Eighth and Hennepin in downtown Minneapolis, the former site of the fabled Shinders newsstand. By the time it closed its doors, the former Twin Cities institution had earned a seedy reputation for its stock of

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Winter Vacation Rehab How to ensure your skin and hair survive the holiday season | By Marguerite Happe

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dry skin, but it stimulates the circulatory system through massage with a heavyweight cream that soaks into skin without feeling greasy — it helps your whole body feel radiant.” Easily affected by dry plane air and harsh climates, hair can also be tricky to maintain through long vacations. Wagner recommends updating your haircut and color pre-departure for easy maintenance and a healthy sheen. “Ask your colorist for a balayage treatment to add shades and dimension to your usual color, such as a caramel or gold to your usual blonde,” she recommends. “If you are going out of the country, take a dry remedy package treatment on the plane to keep a soft, glowing texture no matter what climate you happen to be in.” Eyelash tinting, leg and underarm waxing, and eyebrow maintenance also top Wagner’s list of must-dos before heading out on holiday to ensure freshness upon return. Most importantly, however, she credits her own radiant glow to the crucial vitamins and homeopathic remedies in the Beauty from Within department at Juut Salonspa. “You can find really great products recommended by doctors to keep your immune system strong and healthy throughout vacation,” says Wagner. Some tried-and-true favorites include the homeopathic vitamin B12 from Sprayology to combat travel stress, Vitamin C packs and protein powder to mix into smoothies as an alternative to heavy, sodiumfilled airplane food.

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innesota winters are known for their ever-persistent harsh winds and snowy gales, making a vacation a necessity for those eager to be rid of dry skin and frostbit fingertips. Beauty, well-being and health maven Charlie Wagner, co-owner of Juut Salonspa, is an expert on winter vacation prep and how to retain that post-getaway glow. “The most important thing for all of us is that whether we’re going to the mountains or to the beach, we want to feel really beautiful both when we leave and when we return,” she explains. After returning from a ski trip in the mountains or a sunny stay in a balmier destination, re-entry into the frozen tundra can be daunting. Windburned skin, chapped lips and brittle hair come hand in hand with winter travel. Rather than waiting for a holiday to take its toll on your beauty routine, Wagner emphasizes long-term preparation to keep you feeling fresh throughout a vacation and rejuvenated upon your return. Keeping skin moisturized and exfoliated before and throughout a trip are vital to sloughing off dry skin cells and literally putting your best face forward, she says. “Because we live in Minnesota, we have dry heat and our skin tends to be very brittle in the winter,” Wagner notes. “Our Caribbean Body Treatment is perfect before a holiday. Not only does it exfoliate

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Precious Stones Amsum & Ash opens an unmatched show room at International Market Square. | By JANIE DORN

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ast October, natural stone importer and wholesaler Amsum & Ash celebrated the opening of its International Market Square show room, offering Minneapolis the company’s vastest selection of exquisite stone products. Owned by the world’s third largest natural stone processor, Amsum & Ash is among the Midwest’s leading providers of natural stone, offering more than 300 colors of granite, marble, onyx, soapstone, sandstone, slate, quartzite and limestone to all industries, from hospitality to health care to home. Each Amsum & Ash product comes with a promise of the highest quality of unique and exotic stone; it’s not just stonework, but artwork. Owner Amit Gupta says that stepping into the show room is a luxurious experience in itself: “The IMS show room is not just a show room, but a gallery of design, modern designs of different dimensions of stone and different lifestyles.” IMS is the company’s first location to have actual-size slabs of granite inside the show room, something that has never been done before. This should come of no surprise to those familiar with Amsum & Ash, as conquering the unimaginable seems to be a motto the company passionately stands by. Says Gupta: “We represent natural luxury stone. This show room is a modern art museum.” And that museum holds a rich assortment of one-of-a-kind colors, styles and finishes for each world-class Amsum & Ash natural stone, transforming a standard element of a building or home into a statement piece.

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The New MSP It’s all about sleek dining options, iPads and free Wi-Fi at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. | By RUDY MAXA It’s been a year since we asked travel journalist Rudy Maxa to prowl around the airport (“Secrets of MSP,” Winter 2012), and we asked him to return for a glimpse of what’s new — especially on Concourse G.


he future is now on Concourse G at MSP’s Terminal 1. It’s the single concourse not managed by the Metropolitan Airports Commission. Instead, Delta Airlines runs the show there, and as the finishing touches are put on a host of new eateries and shops, Concourse G is serving as a testing ground and showcase that other airports — and other concourses at MSP — are likely to emulate in coming years. Working with OTG Management, an airport food and beverage operator out of New York, Delta is changing the way passengers view spending time at an airport.


Mimosa and iPads

Across from gates G3 and G4, a black-and-white checkered tile floor — more reminiscent of a Brooklyn butcher shop than an airport — leads to a restaurant and bar that gleams. Welcome to a brasserie and raw bar called Mimosa, designed by OTG in consultation with restaurateur Russell Klein of St. Paul’s Meritage. Klein assisted with menu selection and sourcing of product, plus the chef du cuisine at Mimosa hails from Meritage. Like some of its fellow new dining options on Concourse G, Mimosa lets diners order via handsomely mounted iPads that display appetizing photos of menu items. Checks can be paid with a simple

swipe of a credit card at that same iPad, and diners can roam the Internet and check email at their leisure. Plus there are two power outlets at every table. Like any good brasserie, Mimosa features an oyster bar and such menu items as steak tartare, braised lamb shank and moules frites.

Grab and Go in Style

Remember when you couldn’t find a piece of fresh fruit at an airport? Adjacent to Mimosa (as well as in several other gate pods along Concourse G), a deli concept called CIBO offers fresh food and sandwiches. As you enter the first gates on Concourse G, to your right is an extensive salad bar. Hot and other cold options are available, such as burgers made with grass-fed beef. And local celebrity chef and television host Andrew Zimmern worked with OTG to construct a sparkly and splashy bar called Minnibar (just across from Mimosa) that doubles as a sandwich cafe that serves a Korean sloppy joe (Sloppy Ko) and a croque monsieur.

And from the East

Koshiki Yonemura Smith, chef and owner of beloved Lowertown Japanese restaurant Tanpopo, worked with OTG to open Shoyu, just a few steps into the G Concourse where Wolfgang Puck’s airport outlet once stood. The serene space features a glassed-in section where you can see fresh noodles and dumpling wrappers being made, and the sushi Artful Living

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At Long Last, Free Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is now on the house for 45 minutes if you’re willing to watch a 30-second commercial. Then you can repeat the process for another 45 minutes. Available for $2.99 for 24 hours: a higher-bandwidth, commercial-free connection.

But Wait, There’s More

Across from G12, Volante (opened in conjunction with Piccolo’s Doug Flicker) is a sit-down restaurant serving porchetta with Brussels sprouts, guanciale and Tuscan kale, and a variety of pastas. A pizzeria named Vero is near G7 and G8, inspired by Pizzeria Lola chef and owner Ann Kim. And across from G18, Mill City Tavern boasts four beers on tap, including a Surly. This one is inspired by Lenny Russo, owner and chef of Heartland in St. Paul’s Lowertown. Neighbors at the end of Concourse G are a World Bean coffee shop and an Italian pizza place out of New York, Tagliare, whose breakfast strombolis are fat and luscious. And in the main concourse, there’s now an Aveda, where you can stop in for a free hand or neck and shoulder message and a taste of Aveda’s comforting tea sweetened with licorice root and flavored with peppermint, basil and fennel. New touchscreens throughout the airport offer maps and directions . . . And before security in Terminal 1, Hot Dish serves up walleye sliders.

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All of MSP’s 200 restrooms are getting remodeled in a process that will take 20 years. Automatic counters will record visitors and alert janitorial staff when it’s time to police the place, and air will be circulated across the floors to keep them dry. Larger stalls will permit passengers to keep their rolling bags with them. See them first on Concourse F.

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The new Dunn Bros. between gates C12 and C13, next to the new Chick-fil-A, serves Talenti gelato by the scoop. That alone makes flying out of Terminal 1 at MSP worthwhile.

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Terminal 2 is enjoying an upgrade as well, with the arrival of Minneapolis-based Barrio, a second Surdyk’s Flights, a Subway and a Caribou.

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These boots are all about comfort. Inspired by snowboard boots, they put your feet in a natural position, which is the key to all-day comfort and better performance. The Apex Ski Boot System combines a walkable support boot for comfort and warmth with an open chassis for superior edge control. The warmest boot on the planet is also the first truly walkable ski boot. With Apex, you can have it all. Hoigaard’s,, $795–$995

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Floored The latest trends under foot | by Marguerite Happe


looring is kind of like a piece of jewelry for your home; it’s the final touch that you put in a room that gives a space luxury and character,” explains Annette Schwartz, team member with Twin Cities flooring specialists Floors of Distinction. If you’ve never thought of your hardwood floors as quite as exciting as your recently purchased baubles, Floors of Distinction just might change your mind. Established in 1989 by owner Bruce Beaudoin, the show room has expanded into a specialized team of experts that’s part of the nation’s largest flooring co-op, CCA Global Partners. The product advantage and buying power associated with the co-op helps the Maple Grove

“Flooring is kind of like a piece of jewelry for your home; it’s the final touch that you put in a room that gives a space luxury and character.” - Annette Schwartz

shop maintain a competitive edge and lower prices on its vast selection of choices. Current flooring trends include linear styling in carpet, tile and vinyl that typically leans toward a palette of warm grays, says Floors of Distinction designer Heather Sandberg. Other options include hardwood floors with exotic woods, wide planks and distressed texturing for a warm and comfortable feel. Schwartz believes one of the distinguishing factors of Floors of Distinction is its extensive show room, with tastes of every material, from cork to leather to hardwood: “Customers need more than just a flooring square to decide, which is why our show room features everything from designer carpets to nontraditional flooring that helps customers become engaged in pursuing options they may not normally choose.” Schwartz’s passion for flooring stems directly from a personal connection to the space one inhabits: “How we express our style is through interiors — and flooring is a large part of that,” she says.

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rite down your dreams on paper, and Accent Elegance will melt them into creation in the form of rippling AuroraStone. Recognized for its versatility, iridescent water-like texture and durability, AuroraStone is the brainchild of founder Len Frame. “Canoe country, northern lights, Lake Superior, the forests of the Northwoods — AuroraStone evokes feelings that encompass the warmth and depth of those places into one material,” explains Susan Frame, artistic director of Accent Elegance and Len’s daughter. “When my dad came to me with samples of the first material they poured, I was blown away by how gorgeous it was — it was unlike anything I had ever seen,” says Susan. Unique is an inadequate description for the process and product made from Minnesota taconite tailings. The task of creating material from recycled materials is a challenging one: Mountains of reclaimed mining waste products are melted at extremely high temperatures and an exacting pace until the sensitive material is poured into a handcrafted mold and annealed in a kiln. While the AuroraStone line includes such items as centerpieces and accent tables, customer involvement is key to the custom design process. “It’s exciting to develop a friendship with the customer as we work through the process together, envisioning where the piece will go in their home,” says Susan. “They also learn about us, about our passion to create beautiful products — this helps us better fulfill their wishes.” The variety of projects Accent Elegance has undertaken ranges from an outdoor floating bar top with flowing edges to a luxurious powder-room vanity. Susan loves the process of designing each and every piece: “With the floating bar top, both the homeowner and interior designer have ideas, we have ideas — we are working together to create something the homeowner dreams about.”


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The Artful Life A Twin Citian shares his unrivaled collection of the work of famed ethnographer Edward S. Curtis.


hristopher Cardozo is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading authority on internationally famed photographer and ethnographer Edward S. Curtis. The Twin Cities resident began avidly collecting Curtis’ work 39 years ago. Cardozo has penned eight monographs on Curtis, and has created and curated exhibitions seen in nearly 100 venues in more than 40 countries. Cardozo’s involvement with Curtis’ work in itself may well be unique in the history of photography; indeed it has been said: “No individual, other than Curtis himself, has done more for the increased awareness of Edward S. Curtis and his marvelous photographs.” In 1973, Cardozo spent six months living in an isolated Mexican Indian village, where he made more than 10,000 negatives, created film footage, made sound recordings of language and music, and collected traditional clothing, daily objects and more. He did not realize there had been another photographer, also from Minnesota, who had preceded him.

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More than a century ago, Curtis created a landmark in photographic history. Championed by President Theodore Roosevelt, he photographed, filmed and made audio recordings of more than 80 tribal groups before their way of life was lost forever. Thus, Cardozo was unwittingly following in Curtis’ footsteps before he was even aware of his work. Within days of returning from Mexico, Cardozo encountered Curtis’ work and went into debt to start collecting. Since that day, he has continued to build a collection unrivaled in size, scope, breadth, depth and connoisseurship. Cardozo’s collection has been exhibited in museums in the United States, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Spain and France, to record-breaking attendance. A major international tour of the Cardozo/ Curtis Collection is being planned for 2014–2015, and a major, new book based on the Collection is also in the works. An expert on the subject, Cardozo has lectured internationally about Curtis and is a frequent consultant to many major private collections, major international auction houses, appraisers and major museums, including the Morgan Library & Museum. Cardozo’s books about Curtis have been translated into five languages, with more than 300,000 copies in print. Cardozo holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography and film from the University of Minnesota as well as a Juris Doctor. His personal work is in many public and private collections, including the permanent collection at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. An active philanthropist, Cardozo has supported many American Indian, art and environmental organizations for more than three decades. He established the Christopher G. Cardozo/Edward S. Curtis Scholarship Fund at the University of Minnesota in 2005 and is the founder and board chair of the Edward S. Curtis Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving and exhibiting the work of Curtis internationally. As Cardozo notes: “I view Curtis as a co-creator, messenger and witness. His Native American collaborators/co-creators were every bit as responsible for the iconic photographs and enduring legacy that still move people around the world.”

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Back to the Future John Glaser is making blended Scotch cool again. | By David Mahoney


welve years after startingthe iconoclastic whiskey company Compass Box, John Glaser is in some ways right back where he started. And that’s just where he wants to be. At the turn of the millennium, the Wayzata High School graduate was living in London, having worked his way up the corporate ladder to global marketing director for Johnnie Walker, the best-selling brand of blended Scotch whiskey in the world. But the comfort of job security wasn’t enough to make up for the unsatisfying answers he was getting to his questions about why things couldn’t be done differently in the staid Scotch industry. “Scotch whiskey was at a different place than it is now, both internationally and in the U.S.,” says Glaser. “It wasn’t as cool, it wasn’t as vibrant, there weren’t a lot of brands out there.” When the company took a pass on his suggestion to start a brand with a more contemporary appeal, he decided to do it himself. “I wanted to show people a different side of Scotch whiskey that they didn’t know existed,” he notes. “I wanted to make it more relevant.” A different side, indeed. Compass Box’s first product was an untraditional blend consisting solely of grain whiskeys, spirits that had been used mostly to soften the more assertive single malts in blended Scotch. Glaser wanted it to be approachable, likeable, sexy — a pleasure to drink. He called it Hedonism. “It got people’s attention,” he laughs.

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More envelope-pushing products followed, each carving out a unique identity. Yet they are united by their adherence to a New World style that emphasized richness on the palate and enhanced complexity, achieved largely through innovative uses of oak barrels — particularly new ones. (Most Scotch whiskey is aged in barrels that have been used multiple times.) This approach reached its peak of apostasy with the 2005 release of The Spice Tree, a malt whiskey blend that went through a secondary maturation in barrels fitted with toasted oak-stave inserts. “We were borrowing a page out of the winemakers’ playbook,” Glaser explains. But the Scotch Whisky Association cried foul, threatening legal action to “I wanted to show people a different stop Compass Box from so shamelessly flouting tradition. Faced with a costly court battle, Glaser side of Scotch whiskey that they stopped production of the blend in 2006. Three didn’t know existed. I wanted to years later, he revived The Spice Tree, this time using heavily toasted barrel heads instead of the make it more relevant.” — JOHN GLASER inserts to achieve the desired new-oak influence. Last year, Glaser finally got around to doing what he had wanted to do from the beginning: create a blended Scotch in the traditional vein, combining grain and single-malt whiskeys, but doing it his way, with higher-quality barrels and a greater percentage of malt whiskey. “My belief has always been that, although I love single malts, blended whiskey is so much more versatile and drinkable,” he says. “But it has a bad image. I always wanted to challenge that and make blended Scotch in a more interesting way.” Called Great King Street, it won Whisky Advocate’s Blended Whisky of the Year award. “Compass Box has carved out a niche among whiskey geeks — people like me — and that’s fine,” says Glaser. “But Great King Street is a way to take some of our approaches to whiskey-making and create a brand that is more approachable.” So Glaser now finds himself in familiar territory: at a well-established company on solid financial footing, with the mission of marketing a blended Scotch whiskey. “We’re in a really strong position for the future,” he says. “Now it’s about spreading the word about what we do with Scotch whiskey and building a company that’s built to last.”

blend in the road

For Compass Box’s newest offering, Great King Street’s John Glaser created an approachable blend of grain and single malt whiskies.

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A Disney cruise liner offers a swanky at-sea experience. | By Marguerite Happe


he happiest place on earth is the icy Atlantic waters on the crest of the glittering new Dream liner. Harkening back to the 1930s when steamer trunks and traveling attire were part of the experience and glamour of cruising, the Disney Dream has recreated the splendor of the era in a ’30s-inspired vessel with all the modern amenities of a classic cruise liner — as well as new and unexpected features found only on the Disney Dream. Offering three-, four- and five-day cruises for families large and small, the ship is outfitted to create an ideal and personalized vacation. Designed as the largest and sleekest of all three Disney Cruise liners, the Dream has the comfortable capacity to fit 4,000 passengers and more than 1,458 crew members, who staff everything

from the numerous pools to the expansive ocean-view staterooms. The cruise stops at Nassau, the Bahamas and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, for a chance to take in a little Caribbean magic Disney-style. The typical cramped, closet-size room is nowhere to be found on the Dream. Expansive rooms designed for families feature pull-down beds and multiple bathrooms. Rooms without ocean views include “magical” portholes with real-time video of the ocean so no one misses out on a minute of the sea outside. For luxury amenities such as spa services, dining-room seating preferences and a personalized concierge to meet your needs, the concierge level suites elevate the experience. Passengers will find it hard to be bored on board; after all, entertainment is Disney’s specialty. There is no shortage of activities Artful Living

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for adults and children alike, from pools designed for specific age groups to energizing youth clubs. True to Disney’s pioneering fashion, the Dream features the first-ever “water coaster” at sea, which has received rave reviews from the likes of USA Today Cruise Editor Gene Sloan. The 765-footlong water ride circles the pool deck, swirling through the air in opaque tubes large enough to fit a raft — as Sloan puts it: “the stuff of which family vacations are made.” The ship’s 1,340-seat theater features three Broadway-esque musicals with appearances from original Disney characters. The 3-D movie theater plays first-run Disney films. And each cruise features a Pirates in the Caribbean Deck Party accompanied by fireworks. Fireworks? Yes, Disney is the only liner with fireworks at sea. A Disney destination has been integrated into many a childhood vacation. Luckily for children and parents alike, such a vacation has been made easier and simpler with the glamorous, whimsical and convenient Disney cruise.

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Disney’s Dream cruise liner does everything right, from the onboard entertainment to the onshore excursions. TOP LEFT The industry’s first-ever “water coaster” encircles the ship’s pool deck. RIGHT Children, teens and adults have their pick of age-appropriate activities and spaces. OPPOSITE

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Supper with Shakespeare A famed food historian recreates the evolution of English banqueting at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. | by Chris Windmiller, docent at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts


ith the holidays behind us, we savor the memories of friends and family around the table enjoying the dishes we’ve come to love — or hate — that tell the story of our culture and the traditions of today. We’ve come to wonder what the table looked like that our ancestors sat around for similar dinner parties. What was on the menu? What was the preparation process for each dish? How was the table set and the food presented? Ivan Day, a world-renowned English culinary historian, in collaboration with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts has brought history to life by reproducing a banquet table full of 16th and 17th century culinary delights from England’s Tudor period. The exhibit, “Supper with Shakespeare,” recreates an Elizabethan-inspired feast inside the MIA’s Tudor Room, rounding out the experience. The term “banquet” in Shakespeare’s time meant a visually pleasing collection of after-dinner sweet foods, preserves and confections, intended to impress and delight guests while servants cleared the remains of the main feast. This was the period of the English Renaissance, a time of great prosperity in England — and when William Shakespeare was considered a great writer and was busy at work, using food and drink as metaphors to create accurate impressions of the times in which he lived. The Tudor Room reveals a rich assortment of tables, chairs and case furniture that evokes the furnishings and lifestyle of Tudor and Elizabethan England. The room itself, including the oak-paneled walls, is believed to come from a late 16th century manor house in Suffolk County and was installed at the MIA in 1923. Although the room may seem bare by today’s standards, in England during that time it would have been considered the height of comfort and wealth. The family that built the house was quite prosperous, their wealth likely based on rent from tenant farmers and perhaps income from a small mill or industry.

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Visit the museum to step back in time and experience the dinner table of the English Renaissance. This free exhibition is on view through March 31. Artful Living readers are invited to join me for an exclusive guided tour of the exhibit Thursday, January 24, at 1 p.m. Look for the Artful Living sign in the main lobby. For more information, visit or call 612-870-6323.

banquet bequest Reproductions of Tudor delicacies,

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A Legend Reborn The Faribault Woolen Mill reopens — and revitalizes a community — under new ownership. | By Kate Nelson


n American legend shuttered its doors in 2009. The venerable Faribault Woolen Mill, which has sat on the banks of the Cannon River since 1865, ceased production of its token blankets, throws and other super-cozy accessories. But thanks to Chuck and Paul Mooty, that wasn’t the end of the historic brand. In 2011, the cousins reopened the mill, and today business is booming. Case in point: enviable partnerships with such retailers as Target and JCPenney and iconic hotels like New York’s Waldorf Astoria and Hudson. Paul, the company’s president and CFO, notes they also hope to break into the military, hospitality and health care markets. And that’s good news for the staff, which has grown from a meager seven to 80 strong (many of those former mill

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employees) during the Mootys’ short tenure. The motivation behind reviving the brand is manifold: to bring back much-needed manufacturing jobs during a troubled economy. To answer the demand for American-made goods. To reinvigorate an intercontinental brand with such a rich history. And to honor the deep passion, reverence and love the community has for the mill. “We are so proud and humbled to be the caretakers of this amazing legacy,” says Paul. The mill took its rightful place on the National Register of Historic Places last summer. In the works are plans to restore some of the mill’s structures, like its iconic brick chimney. And while the new management is committed to making improvements (think energy efficiency and production environment), many mill traditions remain. The

company’s annual fall picnic has been revived. Much of the equipment in use today predates the Mootys, with at least one machine dating back to 1905. And the mill is once again a family-run business with a strong commitment to the skilled craftspeople who make up the mill family. Among Paul’s favorite products? The Revival Stripe Blanket — so named because it was the first item the mill cranked out upon reopening. Sewn into every ware, the heritage brand’s label reads: Faribault Woolen Mill Co. – purveyors of comfort and quality. And perhaps a little inspiration, too.

skill and craft

Revived in 2011, the Faribault Woolen Mill produces its goods from start to finish, all under one roof. The mill’s 148-year-old story is still being woven today with partnering retailers such as Target and JCPenney. Artful Living

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Warehouse Chic The Wythe awakens Williamsburg.

| by Wendy Lubovich Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn 718-460-8000 //

The industrial but glamorous Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg is attracting Manhattanites from across the river for its fine eatery, Reynard, by Brooklyn restaurateur and tastemaker Andrew Tarlow. Now they’re adding even more food and film to the equation. A mini movie theater is opening in the hip hotel’s basement alongside a private dining space for visiting chefs. All this further highlights the warehouse-turned-hotel as Williamsburg’s ground zero for cool. The 72-room inn feels low-key and pays homage to the building’s 1901 start as a cooperage (a maker of casks and barrels). The space was gutted, but wood, glass and metal were salvaged and repurposed throughout the interior. Even the bed frames and desks are made from salvaged wood. Natural light is plentiful, and many rooms have floor-to-ceiling views of Manhattan, which looks like a distant mirage across the East River. Poured concrete floors are toasty warm with radiant heat, while vintage mirrors and custom-designed wallpaper feel both hip and homey. But the true gathering space is the much-acclaimed Reynard, with its 13-foot-high timbered ceilings and its soaring, arched windows. Almost all of the fare is touched in some way by the wood-fired oven for an inspired American cuisine that changes weekly. And just outside the door you can tour Williamsburg, which is very quickly transforming from sleepy to sleek.

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Say Cheese Fromage lovers have a new favorite haunt.


| by Wendy Lubovich Murray’s Cheese Bar, 264 Bleeker St., New York 646-476-8882 //

Fromage should be fun. That’s always been the idea behind the legendary Murray’s Cheese Shop in Greenwich Village, and now they’re expanding the party, with the recent opening of their own restaurant just three doors away. Murray’s Cheese Bar is the kind of place where you can sit down with friends and revel in the gooey, nutty and earthy offerings, one bite at a time. White subway–tiled walls recall the inside of a dairy, while tomato-red chairs feel cheery. Under categories like Soft-Ripened, Washed Rind, and Semi-Firm and Firm, flights of cheese can be paired with such meats as prosciutto, salami and ham. For the adventurous, the Cheesemonger’s Choice offers a surprise assortment based on your preferences and curiosities. “This is the kind of place where you can try lots of different things, sort of graze through the menu,” says Chef Fromager Tia Keenan. “You’re here to have fun, try something surprising and learn a little in the process.” Sample one of the cheese-centric offerings and you’ll discover comfort food with an edge. Deep-fried Buffalo Cheese Curds are served with a blue-cheese dip. The Rarebit Cheddar Burger features a tableside pouring of a luscious Cheddar-beer sauce. And for dessert, the playful Ch’Mores features gallego cheese and chocolate between two oat cakes. “It’s cheese-tastic,” Keenan quips.


Scandinavian Style New York goes Nordic.

| by Wendy Lubovich

Moods of Norway, 75 Greene St., New York 212-966-9678 //

Moods of Norway aims to elevate shoppers’ moods with its brightly hued, playfully patterned shirts, trousers and cocktail jackets. With the tag line “Happy Clothes for Happy People,” the shop sets out to build a narrative about style and the Norwegian spirit. “It’s a fun cross between where we come from and a growing international influence,” says Stefan Dahlkvist, one of three founders who started the brand in 2003. All marketing majors attending college in Hawaii at the time, they came up with the idea one night at a party and have been building the brand ever since. A playful ode to the plentiful tractors in the Norwegian countryside, the company’s logo is a pink tractor. Vintage family snapshots can be found on the hangtags. Inside some men’s jackets, you’ll read: “Made with love by really, really pretty blonde girls,” and inside some women’s pieces: “Made with love by tall, blond hunky guys.” “We’re playing off the Norwegian clichés,” Dahlkvist laughs. “People think everyone in Norway is blond, and they’re not.” The first New York store in Soho carries the theme Cocktail Mountaineering, with mannequins sitting atop giant ski lifts, sipping martinis and looking glamorous. Expect several more U.S. outposts in coming years. Artful Living

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Beautiful Dreamer A shop off the beaten path presents timeless costume jewelry.


by Janie Dorn

Dream Collective, 1404 Micheltorena, Los Angeles 323-660-2000 // Right in the heart of hipster L.A. neighborhood Silver Lake sits a small, whimsical studio: Dream Collective. The shop features high-end costume jewelry, beautifully handmade from African beads and wonderfully raw earth delicacies like oxidized brass, bones and wood — all crafted by shop owner Kathryn Bentley and other area artists. Bentley creates pieces that are elegantly unique yet timeless. The Dream Collective line is continually updated with new pieces both online and in store.


Santa Monica Informal Good eating from one of America’s most successful restaurateurs you’ve never heard of


by Rudy Maxa

R+D Kitchen, 1323 Montana Ave., Santa Monica 310-395-3302 // You’ll never see an ad for R+D Kitchen. In fact, you’ll never see an ad for any of the 40 or so restaurants in the United States owned by the publicity-averse, promotion-shy former manager of a Steak and Ale outlet in Tennessee, George Biel. One of the country’s most successful restauranteurs, Biel has little incentive to shout from the rooftops; his places, most of which do not accept reservations, are always busy. Biel’s Hillstone Restaurant Group operates such eateries as Hillstone, Houston’s, Bandera and Gulfstream in addition to R+D. I never go to Los Angeles without paying at least one visit to R+D in Santa Monica. It’s informal and has all the hallmarks of a Hillstone eatery: fresh ingredients prepared perfectly and served at a reasonable price in an architecturally attractive setting by a crackerjack wait staff. The menu is simple, the execution impeccable. Try the fat Reuben sandwich with perfect corned beef and coleslaw — or any salad or fish on offer. Don’t miss the pot de chocolate for dessert. There’s a lively bar scene, but arrive early for lunch or late for dinner to avoid the lines of locals who know a good thing when they eat it.

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Historic Hot Spot The Beverly Hills Hotel remains scintillating after more than a century.




The Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills 310-276-2251 //

Let us now praise The Beverly Hills Hotel. The venerable “pink palace” on Sunset Boulevard turned 100 in 2012. And it’s better than ever. This is where Howard Hughes lived in one of the bungalows, stashing girlfriends in nearby rooms. Elizabeth Taylor spent six honeymoons here. George Hamilton cultivated his tan at the hotel’s pool, where Hollywood celebs preened but rarely swam — though Katharine Hepburn did do a backflip into the water in her tennis clothes (but Kate always was unpredictable). After the Dorchester Group closed the hotel and redid everything from plumbing to wiring, the hotel immediately bounced back as a place to see and be seen. The façade is still pink, the iconic wallpaper with its bright green banana palm leaves still adorns the walls, and you’re as likely to see Paris Hilton or George Clooney in the Polo Lounge as diners of yesteryear were to spot Marilyn Monroe or Cary Grant. And there are 23 bungalows tucked behind the main building in a jungle of palm trees, banana plants, bougainvillea and other tropical fauna. Check into one of the great guest rooms. Join locals for a grilled cheese in the cozy, downstairs Fountain Coffee Room or sit among the show-biz types for lunch in the Polo Lounge. And don’t miss the Neil McCarthy salad. Artful Living

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EUROPEAN Chic Sarca injects an exclusive European élan into the Gold Coast shopping scene.


by Ivy Gracie

Sarca, 710 N. Wabash, Chicago 312-255-0900 // Think upscale, think cutting-edge, think Euro-chic — think Sarca. A recent winner in the retail category of the eighth annual Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Awards, this high-end boutique’s selection runs from city casual to cocktail chic, with an emphasis on European luxury. “It’s a sophisticated look with an edge,” explains owner Alexis Cozzini. “The women who shop here are the trendsetters in Chicago.” Several times a year, Cozzini hops the pond to select items from well-known designers and handpick new and exclusive lines to keep her inventory fresh. Shoppers can expect such familiars as Missoni, Nicole Miller and Norma Kamali; they can discover new favorites like European clothing lines Ella Luna and Markus Lupfer, showstopping shoe collections from Jerome C. Rousseau and Bionda Castana, and statement jewelry from the likes of Lizzie Fortunato. What’s catching Cozzini’s eye right now? “We have a line called Avec Modération — they’re pony-hair flats that come in a rainbow of colors and patterns,” she oozes. “They’re a must-have for sure.” From ultra-stylish street wear to elegant-yet-edgy evening attire, Sarca is filled with an astounding assortment of gotta-have-its and to-die-fors.


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Luxury À La Carte Acadia serves up four-star cuisine at two-star prices.


by Michael Nagrant



Acadia, 1639 S. Wabash, Chicago 312-360-9500 //


SLEEP Imagine dining at one of the world’s top restaurants but instead of being beholden to a pre-fixe menu, you can order à la carte at an affordable price. At Acadia, one of the best new eateries to open in Chicago in 2012, you can do just that. Chef Ryan McCaskey (a veteran of the four-star Courtright’s) combines the seasonal influences of his home state of Maine and a modern precision technique-driven style to create food that’s as inventive and delicious as the cuisine coming out of Thomas Keller’s kitchens. Not to be missed is the faux risotto, where the usual arborio rice is replaced with buttery, al dente bits of Yukon gold potato studded with leek, pumpkin, Burgundy truffles and melting foraged mushrooms. Another highlight is the deconstructed pot pie, featuring a whole lobster tail flanked by pearl onions, anise-perfumed, deep-fried mashed potato doughnuts and a puff pastry round served with velvety bisque poured tableside that banishes all bad memories of the frozen Swanson Chicken iterations. And though prices are reasonable, the dining room, outfitted with chenille banquettes, cedar woods and a beaded, waterfall-like room divider, is luxurious and exquisite — the perfect place to watch McCaskey, a superstar on the rise.

Historic Hospitality An architectural landmark blends history and modern convenience.


by Ivy Gracie

Hotel Burnham, 1 W. Washington St., Chicago 312-782-1111 // Fans of The Devil in the White City, architecture buffs and travelers with a hankering for well-heeled hospitality can find their footings at Hotel Burnham. Located at the heart of the city’s hustle and in the building that set the precedent for the modern skyscraper, the Burnham offers a glamorous glimpse into Chicago’s past from a vantage point that’s rich with contemporary comforts. Named after renowned Windy City architect Daniel Burnham, the boutique hotel anchors the Reliance Building, a collaboration between Burnham, John Root and Charles Atwood that, in 1895, forever altered the course of American architecture. For more than 115 years the building has been a Loop landmark, its steel and glass design, original marble columns, refurbished terrazzo floors, and ornate elevator grills epitomizing the Chicago School architectural style. But let’s be perfectly clear: Despite its history, the Hotel Burnham is anything but dated. The 122-room inn radiates elegance and energy, beginning with its main-floor dining destination, the Atwood Cafe. The hotel’s private spaces are equally appealing. Guest rooms are lushly appointed in deep blue and gold damask, and feature Frette linens, velvet headboards, flatscreen televisions and Aveda bath products. Stately but not stuffy, historical yet hip, the Hotel Burnham is both a timeless landmark and a modern-day destination. Artful Living

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XOXO, LV We already knew Lindsey Vonn was crazy fast and impossible to stop. But this season, the Olympic gold medal skier has a new goal: having fun. | by Karen S. Schneider


ail, Colo., is understandably proud to call Lindsey Vonn its hometown hero. But here in Minnesota, we know better. The fastest female skier on the planet is clearly a citizen of the world: Click on her Facebook page, and you will find her posting from Switzerland one day, New Zealand another and on to outposts in Bulgaria, Sweden, Russia, Germany, Chile — wherever the ski slope calls. She speaks fluent German. She keeps a pet cow (her trophy from a 2005 win in Val d’Isère, France) on a farm near the U.S. Ski Team’s training base in Austria. And she is equally at ease accepting a gold medal on a podium in Vancouver, Canada, as she is posing on a mountaintop in a race suit and stilettos for the cover of Italy’s Sportweek.

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Yes, Vonn, 28, is an international superstar. But deep down, the winner of an Olympic gold medal, 57 World Cup titles and Olympe the cow is still the kid who took her first run not in the Rockies or the Alps but at Buck Hill in Burnsville. Back then, she was super slow but relentless, tireless, fearless — a Minnesotan through and through. As her close friend Vanessa Larsen told Sports Illustrated, “Here’s what she is: She’s a total Midwestern, sweet, normal girl.” A sweet Midwestern girl who this season has shown the world a whole new kind of fight and grit. In December, Vonn stunned fans by revealing to People magazine that she has been keeping a secret: a long-time battle with depression so serious, she said, she couldn’t get out of bed. And in another surprising move from the athlete who has been racing since she was in elementary school, Vonn announced on her Facebook page she is taking a break from World Cup competition due to a serious intestinal infection that sent her to the hospital for several days last November. Though she went on to win four World Cup races, she explained, “I have been struggling with my energy and strength. I believe that some time off the mountain will help me

regain the physical strength that I require to compete at the level that I demand from myself.” Vonn has been adamant that her decision has nothing to do with the depression. In fact, she told People, with the help of therapy and antidepressants she is in a “new chapter in my life. And I’m happy for the first time in a really long time.” No one doubts Vonn will be back chasing the big wins, but even before she took some time off to heal, she clearly was

“If you love something you have to give it everything you have.” — LINDSEY VONN loving life’s little victories, like finding time to have brunch with her beloved grandpa and grandma Kildow. “Made it to my grandparents’ house safe and sound,” Vonn told Facebook fans last April. “I’m so happy to have some quality time with the fam.” Asked by Artful Living what she misses most about Minnesota, she doesn’t have to think twice:

“My family!” Given the vast flatness of her home state, the only American woman ever to win Olympic gold in skiing doesn’t get home as much as she might like. Until her hiatus, as she traveled the world this season with the U.S. Ski Team, battling wind, ice and the ever-present pressure of Slovenia’s Tina Maze nipping at her ski boots in her pursuit of the record for World Cup wins (Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Pröll holds the title with 62), Vonn’s greatest comfort was the company her younger sister, Laura Kildrow. She had taken a year off from her studies at the University of Iowa to be at Vonn’s side. But quality time with the rest of the family — her three other siblings, mother Linda Krohn and father Alan Kildow, with whom she recently ended a six-yearestrangement — is just one of the many things Vonn has had to sacrifice to become The Greatest Athlete Ever to Come Out of Minnesota. As Vonn has said: “If you love what you do, you have to give it everything you have.” And you have to do it with a smile. Famous for her grueling six-hour workouts and a Spartan lifestyle that allows for the occasional piece of dark chocolate, hot bath and episode

sweet spot Success for Vonn means finding a perfect balance in the fact of constantly changing elements, emotions

and injuries. Though her talent, warmth and movie-star looks make her a favorite with the media ABOVE (in Vancouver in 2010), she has been reluctant to open up about personal struggles such as her depression and her divorce – until now. “All the parts of my life are finally in sync,” she recently said. “I accept who I am and I’m moving forward.” Artful Living

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of Law & Order, Vonn almost always ends her social-media posts with a :) xoxo — or at the very least a handful of !!!!s. For years, her trademark good cheer (let’s call it what it is: Minnesota Nice) may have hidden her struggle with depression. But it also belies the fight of a fearless risk taker. “She wants to push her limits,” Laura wrote of her sister’s racing philosophy in a blog post last October. “She has a high tolerance for pain. She always gets back up.” Still, while on “I’ve always firmly believed that her way to winning 12 World Cup races sports build teamwork skills, last season (the most ever for a U.S. self-confidence and a sense of racer), Vonn had to empowerment. Combine that fight through more than the usual pain with a group of girls and strong — the kind that a female role models, and the sky splint and a smear of Lidocaine or even is the limit.” a time-out from the mountain can’t fix. In November 2011, Vonn announced the end of her marriage to Thomas Vonn, 37, a former U.S. Ski Team member and Olympic athlete who had been her coach, manager, ad-hoc sports psychologist and business advisor. She had reached a state of misery, she admitted, “where I said, ‘I don’t care if I ever win another race; I just can’t live like this.’” She filed for divorce with great sadness, she said in a statement, adding that she was going through “an extremely difficult time in my personal life.” The news stunned the outside world. After all, the two had seemed a storybook couple since they exchanged vows during a snowy ceremony

strike a pose ABOVE Vonn swapped ski boots for stilettos

and a peek-a-boo bra during a photo shoot for Italian Sports Week magazine. RIGHT Vonn wants to pass on a sense of confidence and empowerment through her Ski Girls Rock program in Vail.

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at the base of a Utah mountain in 2007. Just 19 years old when she moved in with the racer nine years her senior, Lindsey clearly counted on Thomas for support in a high-stress world. It was he who calmed her when a bad case of nerves hit before the world championship downhill race in 2009; he who radioed up to Lindsey, offering last-minute counsel before her gold medal downhill a year later; he who kept, as he told Sports Illustrated, “the messes off her plate so she can concentrate on training and racing.” It was also he who helped her get out of bed in the morning when her depression was so bad, she said, she felt “hopeless, empty, like a zombie.” It was Thomas who finally urged his wife to seek professional help. As she said: “He was there for me.” But in the end, marriage to the man she once called her rock “just wasn’t working,” Lindsey told People. “Nothing bad happened, but there was just unhappiness.” Days after announcing the split, Lindsey blew away the competition during training for the World Cup downhill race at Lake Louise in Canada — besting the skier behind her by an almost unheard of 1.67 seconds and setting the stage for her record-

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setting season. If Thomas was her rock, it seems life without that heavy weight has left Lindsey with a lighter step. It also left her with a new outlook — as evidenced in less than ideal circumstances when, just weeks after the season ended, news broke that she owed $1.7 million in unpaid taxes. Immediately, fans blamed her husband-manager, and while Lindsey (who quickly paid the debt) did not name names, she did uncharacteristically comment about the very personal matter on Facebook. “This is an important lesson for me,” she wrote. “Not being in control of my finances and relying on someone else who you believed had your best interest at heart was a mistake and one I will not make twice.” In the wake of her split from Thomas, the lesson was not just about her finances; it was about empowerment. As her friend, mentor and fellow Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street told EpicLife: “She wanted her life back. I’m proud of her for getting in the driver’s seat and controlling her destiny.” Truth told, her husband was not the first man Lindsey experienced as both a blessing and a burden. While she has credited her father, a Minneapolis attorney and former U.S. junior skiing champion, with pushing her to be her best, she has also blamed him for pushing her too hard in her junior years, causing a rift in their relationship. The bad blood worsened when he expressed vehement disapproval of her relationship with Thomas, and father and daughter stopped speaking even before the wedding. Or rather, daughter stopped speaking. Alan says he never stopped reaching out, leaving Lindsey phone messages and emails, but she did not return them — until she split from Thomas and ended her six-year silence with a phone call to Dad. Addressing their rocky past “was hard, really hard — but we talked it through,” says Lindsey.

Her decision to reconnect with her father seems to signal a reconnection to her inner alpha female — especially after dealing with her depression. She told People she had suffered secretly since her teens. “Because of my stubbornness or shame or not wanting to admit something was wrong,” she said, “I didn’t do anything about it.” Emboldened in her personal life, she also found a new self-confidence on the slopes. “I didn’t give myself enough credit in the past,” she told Epiclife. “I found strength in myself.” And that strength is something she is determined to pass along. In Vail this winter, girls age 5 to 15 are taking to the slopes in a new program called Ski Girls Rock, designed by Lindsey to teach skills on and off skis. “I’ve always firmly believed that sports build teamwork skills, self-confidence and a sense of empowerment,” Lindsey, who personally trains instructors in her philosophy, told EpicLife. “Combine that with a group of girls and strong female role models, and the sky is the limit.” Lindsey’s love of the sisterhood has always been powerful, and she refuses to bend to anyone else’s definition of what kind of a role model she should be. At 5’10” and 160 pounds of pure muscle, she loves short skirts and high heels, and was caught on camera dabbing on makeup moments after winning her Olympic gold. Vain? Perhaps. Call it a woman’s prerogative — especially a woman who can whoosh down a mountain at 70 mph. So was posing in a bikini for the 2010 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, for which some fans gave her flack. But Lindsey only cared about one opinion: “I have to get approval from my grandma,” she admitted. “Otherwise I’m in big trouble.” As Lindsey well knows, like the crashes that come out of nowhere, trouble can come unexpectedly in the world of elite racing. And so it

golden moment “This is the best day of my LIFE!!!!!!!!!” Vonn told her Facebook fans after winning gold in the alpine downhill at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.

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did in St. Moritz in December, when Minnesota Nice momentarily gave way to Minnesota Naughty: Lindsey crossed the finish line to beat Tina Maze by .37 seconds for the win in a super-G World Cup race — and swore. Maze’s boyfriend and trainer, Andres Massi, filed an official complaint for “unsportsmanlike behavior,” a move that stunned Lindsey, who said she was merely expressing relief about a hard-fought win, not dissing Maze. “It definitely hurts,” she told reporters. “I would never say anything bad about another athlete at the finish.” Or at any other time, for that matter. To Lindsey, the accusation was more than inaccurate; it was unthinkable. She sought out Maze and told her, “I hope you trust me enough to believe me.” Apparently, she did — as did the officials who reviewed the tape, who accepted Lindsey’s explanation and dismissed the complaint. Later, the two athletes hugged on the podium, living examples of the anti-mean girl female-bonding spirit Lindsey hopes to instill with Ski Girls Rock. As she well knows, the women she skis against (including her teammates) are her friends as well as competitors. “Tina has had an amazing season so far,” an admiring Lindsey said of her top rival. Maze echoed the emotion: “I wanted to win, but Lindsey was better. It was fun to ski today.” And after a lifetime of hard work, hard knocks, heartbreaking setbacks and heart-pounding victories, the most successful alpine skier in the history of the sport is after just that: fun. “I was skiing every race like it was my last, but I took myself too seriously,” says Lindsey of her attitude in the past. Lightening up has meant letting go. When she won her Olympic gold in 2010, she knew right where she wanted to put it: on the mantel in the home she shared with her husband, right next

to his bowling trophy. Where is it now? “No place special,” she says. It’s not that Lindsey doesn’t value the win. In fact, she expects to be back on the mountain in 2013 and is already looking forward to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and the 2015 World Championships in Vail. It’s just that things seem to feel easier, less rigid, less of her trademark pushing limits, tolerating pain mode and more, well, more :) these days. As she told EpicLife, “A lot of circumstances in my life changed this year and made me realize that I can just ski and have fun.” And her more than half a million Facebook fans are along for the ride — including some 52,000 who liked a shot of Lindsey in her race suit, a black bra and heels in Italy last March and another 10,000-plus who liked a photo of her in a red bikini on a beach in the South of France last May. “Vacation was amazing!” she wrote. “I’m so sad to leave this amazing place but it’s time to go back to work… training starts early tomorrow morning…goodbye St. Tropez!” It is classic Lindsey: grit, gratitude and girlish glee, just like a random sampling of her Facebook posts: “Arrived in Portillo, Chile… Can’t wait to put my skis on!” “Had a great day of super-G training this morning!...It feels good to go fast!” “Disappointed to not finish the super-combined race today but tomorrow is another day and another opportunity! Going to rest up and get after it!!” A December post from Lake Louise summed up a weekend of highs and lows, wins, losses and mistakes — in other words, a perfectly ordinary day in the life of our sweet, normal, Midwestern hometown hero who surely will be back breaking records soon: “Could not be happier right now! It was a hard road but everything worked out in the end… :) Never give up! Xoxo Lv.”

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Launch Pad From a slow start on a tiny ski hill in Minnesota, Lindsey Vonn raced to the peak of her profession with a little help from her father and her first coach. | by DAVID MAHONEY


n a drizzly Saturday morning in November, dozens of kids charge up a brown ski run at Buck Hill. The local racing season is still more than a month away, but these young racers have been doing dry-land workouts several times a week since early October. Once there’s enough snow, they’ll start running gates on skis — over and over and over again. With its rope tow–served practice hill, this modest mound rising barely 300 feet above I-35 in suburban Burnsville might not seem like a world-class training site. Yet it has spawned a surprising number of international-caliber skiers. It was here, running 400 gates a night with her fellow Buck Hill Ski Racing Club members, that Lindsey Vonn (born Lindsey Kildrow in St. Paul on Oct. 18, 1984) laid the groundwork for the amazing string of successes that would take her to the pinnacle of her sport. Was it her drive or her DNA that led to an Olympic Gold, more overall World Cup titles than any other Americanskier (man or woman), and widespread belief that she just might be the greatest ski racer ever — no qualification of gender or citizenship required? Neither, jokes the man who first taught her a proper tuck. “Without me, there would be no Lindsey Vonn,” says Erich Sailer in his modest office at Buck Hill, where he has presided over the ski racing program since 1969. Actually, he appears to be only half joking. His claim isn’t based solely on the fact that he coached Lindsey for the first several years of her racing career; he also coached her father, Alan Kildow, to three junior Artful Living

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national championships. “He was my first protégé,” says Sailer, who has built a reputation as one of the most successful development coaches in North America since arriving from his native Austria in 1954. As a teenager, Kildow would travel north on weekends from his home in southern Wisconsin to train with Sailer at Mount Telemark, near Hayward. Kildow even transferred to Hayward High School for a winter so he could put in more time honing his racing skills. He won three junior national championships and had an eye on competing at the 1972 Winter Olympics when he blew out a knee while training with the Austrian national team. At 18, his ski racing career had come to an abrupt end. Sailer says Kildow may have had even more of a will to win than his famously competitive daughter. He recalls a slalom race at a junior national championship in California that had a hairpin turn going into the last gate. “I told him, ‘You have to slow down when you get in there,’” says Sailer. “And he didn’t. He went in full speed and came out the wrong way. He hit the finish gate, and it threw him over some bales of hay. So he was behind the finish. And he crawled on all fours to the finish from behind. That’s how much he wanted it.” He adds, “Of course, he was already disqualified.” Kildow went on to coach with Sailer for 14 years, while also attending college and law school. After he and his then wife

(Linda Krohn, whom he met in law school) had their first daughter, Lindsey, it was only a matter of time — about 7 years, as it turned out — before he had her running gates under Sailer’s supervision. It was not a particularly auspicious debut. “She was super slow,” says Sailer. “She moved so slow that I always said she looked like a turtle.” But Sailer didn’t push her, and before long she started to get the hang of it. “She picked it up very easily,” he says. “Everything came natural to her.” Although Vonn is now best known for her prowess in speed events like downhill, both Sailer and Kildow (now managing partner of the Minneapolis office of DLA Piper, the world’s largest law firm) stress how accomplished she became as a slalom skier at an early age. “By the time she was 10, you could really see that there were some possibilities,” he recalls. “And at 11, she was very, very good.” Around that time, she went to Colorado to compete in a Junior Olympic downhill race at Vail against kids two or three years her elder. “You could see that she was a natural at it,” says Kildow. “She had a real affinity for it.” He compares her aptitude in speed events to what it takes to be successful at auto racing: “Some people just have the ability to hold their foot to the floor going into a turn at 150 miles an hour. And some people don’t have that courage. It’s the kind of thing that either you have it or you don’t.” Still, natural ability will only take you so far. “It was my feeling that if you’re

the road to success From the start of her career, Lindsey Vonn has had the support of her family and her first coach, Erich Sailer.

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Lindsey Vonn: A Timeline 1984

Born October 18 in St. Paul, to

Linda Krohn and Alan Kildow.

1999 At 14, becomes the first American girl to win the slalom at Italy’s Trofeo Topolino, the so-called “junior junior worlds.”

2002 At 17, races in the slalom and combined events at the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Her sixth place finish in combined is the best U.S. women’s result.

2004 Wins her first World Cup race, in downhill, at Canada’s Lake Louise. With the exception of one second-place finish, she has topped the podium at the same race every year since.

2006 Crashes during downhill training run at Torino Winter Olympics and is evacuated by helicopter to a hospital. After finishing eighth in the event two days later, is awarded the U.S. Olympic Spirit Award for her courageous performance.

2007 Marries Thomas Vonn, a former U.S. Ski Team member, on September 29.

2008 Wins her first overall and downhill World Cup titles.

2010 At the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, becomes the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in downhill. Also wins a bronze medal in super-G. 2011

Files for divorce.

2012 Has most successful World Cup season to date, winning 12 individual races and fourth overall title. Sets new women’s record for season point total.

going to be a speed skier, you need to be introduced to the mountains at a young age,” says Kildow. So, when Lindsey was 12, Kildow moved the whole family — including, by this time, four more kids — to Vail, where former U.S. Ski Team and Olympic coach Chip Woods had developed a top-notch speed racing program. “For young kids, it’s a tremendous training facility,” says Kildow. “They learn how to go fast, how to handle jumps, high-speed turns, things like that. And to do it often and regularly. Not to mention just the ability to free-ski on the mountain.” This gave Lindsey the opportunity to slowly move into the speed events. Kildow compares this ramping-up process to learning how to ski jump: You don’t start by going off the highest jumps. “You have to build up,” he says. “There’s a progression that’s necessary.” Although relocating the entire family to advance his daughter’s career may seem like a monumental move, for Kildow it was a return to familiar territory. He himself had gone out to Vail at age 16 to train with Austrian native Pepi Gramshammer, who had co-founded a summer ski camp near Red Lodge, Mont., with Sailer in the mid-1960s. “I knew everybody at Vail, I knew all the coaches, so it was just an easy, natural transition,” Kildow says. What was not so easy was to watch some of the spectacular falls Lindsey took when she began to race in World Cup downhill events at 17. Kildow remembers one particularly hard tumble at Lake Louise. “It was at that time that I concluded that if she didn’t get into better condition, she Artful Living

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was going to get seriously hurt,” he recalls. The next summer, he sent her to Monaco to work with renowned trainer Jacques Choynowski, who put her through grueling workouts for six and a half hours a day. “That’s when she really started to get into shape, and that’s when she began to score podiums in the World Cups,” says Kildow. Along with Vonn’s natural ability, fearlessness and competitive drive, Kildow points to her willingness to put in the hours to stay in peak shape as a key factor in her racing success. He also credits Sailer with instilling in her a rock-solid foundation of racing fundamentals: “She learned the technical aspects of skiing when she was very young, and a great deal of that was with Erich at Buck Hill. Erich is able to produce a large number of high-level ski racers because with him it’s basics, basics, basics.” Although Sailer takes some credit for putting Vonn on the path to greatness, he freely acknowledges Kildow’s role as the prime mover. “He arranged everything, he paid for everything,” Sailer says. “He put everything into it — his time, his money, his health — everything,” Sailer says. “Without him, it would not have happened.” Kildow’s careful orchestration of his daughter’s racing career struck a discordant note when she started dating Thomas Vonn, a U.S.

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Ski Team racer nine years her senior. They met while competing at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah. Lindsey was 17; Thomas was 26. They moved in together a couple years later. The relationship didn’t sit well with Kildow. Although he didn’t find out about it until Lindsey was nearly 19, the age difference disturbed him. “If you have a 17-year-old daughter and a 26-year-old guy shows up to take her on a date, your antenna would be up,” he says. “You’d go for the shotgun.” Thomas took over the management of Lindsey’s career, which no doubt added insult to injury as far as Kildow was concerned. His disapproval of the relationship eventually led Lindsey to stop speaking to her father altogether. When the couple was married just a few weeks before Lindsey’s 23rd birthday, Kildow wasn’t invited to the wedding. But in 2011, about the time the Vonns announced they were getting a divorce, Lindsey reached out to her father (who had gone through a divorce of his own, from Lindsey’s mother, several years earlier) for the first time in six years. Asked how his relationship with his daughter is now, Kildow replies, “It’s terrific. Just like always.”











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Offered at $379,000-$579,000 10 Lots Available Heather Hansen TEL: 612.366.0051

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Offered at $675,000 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 John T. Wanninger TEL: 952.240.7600

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This spectacular home is situated on a point that extends out into the lake and affords wonderful privacy on its 200+ feet of naturally sandy lake frontage. From the spectacular 280° lake views and the views of Buck Hill to the gorgeous finishes and unique architectural details, this home is a true piece of art. Impressive with its soaring cathedral ceilings, floor to ceiling windows and custom fieldstone fireplaces this home retains a cozy family feel that’s sure to please the most discriminating homeowner.

357 Maple Island Road Burnsville, MN Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 6 Offered at $2,690,000

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In any season, the Lake Minnetonka area is an idyllic place to live. If you’ve been dreaming of moving out to the lake, you’ll appreciate this rare opportunity to build a new custom home with Elevation Homes, a division of Streeter & Associates. Showcasing traditional cottage style models designed by Andrea Swan of Swan Architecture. This exceptional corner lot in Cottagewood is located near the Cottagewood Store, neighborhood beach, parks, tennis courts and boating marina’s. Enjoy walking or biking on the nearby Luce Line Trail all year long.

20225 Lakeview Avenue Deephaven, MN Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 To-be-built model, lot and landscape package starting at $1,289,000 Smith + Roffers TEL: 612.867.5667

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On Minnehaha Creek, unique 1/2 acre lot extends both sides of the creek. Wonderful two-story home, highlights include 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, hardwood floors, stone fireplace, built-ins, ceramic tile floors, main floor laundry. Great views of the creek from your bayed window in dining area. Beautiful landscaping and mature trees surrounds the home. Put your kayak in the creek right out your front door.

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Hamptons Shingle Style home in Edina’s Hilldale neighborhood. Nearly new, this home features a dream kitchen, open floor plan, walnut floors, stone fireplaces and vast windowscapes. Great lower level with a bar, family room and fitness room/sport court. Artful Living

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Parkwood Lane This two-story home was custom built and is situated on .62 acre lot with mature trees. Home is perfect for entertaining featuring an open floor plan, floor-to-ceiling windows, large room sizes and high ceilings. Wonderful center-island kitchen with breakfast bar and informal dining area walks out to deck. Highlights include formal dining room, main floor office, spacious master bedroom suite, screen porch & temperature controlled wine cellar. Oversized lot has an in-ground pool and plenty of space to build a sport court.

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Wonderful opportunity to build your dream home in Parkwood Knolls of west Edina. Choose from sizable lots on ponds, sunset views and quiet cul-de-sac streets. Various walkout and flat lots available. Custom features and quality finishes are the hallmark of every Carl M. Hansen home. Your vision and our attention to every detail, create a signature space that reflects your style and taste, providing timeless beauty for generations to come. Luxury Model Home will be completed June 2013.

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Offered at $775,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Debbie McNally Group TEL: 612.388.1790

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Nantucket Shingle style home at the end of a culdesac. Tremendous privacy on a 1.24-acre lot. Grand entertaining spaces, soaring ceilings and huge window-scapes. Chef’s kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances. Walking distance to Breck School.

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Designing Women If there’s a genetic predisposition for good design, the LeJeune women have it. | By Alyssa Ford


or more than 50 years, Jean LeJeune has pursued the singular hobby of good taste: decorating her homes. “I adore it,” she says. “It’s magical to take a place that’s soso and make it beautiful.” For decades, she worked with local icon Fred Hey, now in his eighties, and legends in the making like Billy Beson. But her go-to interior designer these days is Renée LeJeune Hallberg, her daughter and the principal at RLH Studio at International Market Square in Minneapolis. “She’s the best,” says Jean. “And I don’t think I’m biased at all.” Jean remembers when Renée as a little girl would ask her if she could sit in on her interior-design appointments “with Mr. Hey.” Renée remembers that, too: “I loved watching her plan and scheme and flip through those big swatch books. Living in beautiful spaces was always a part of being at home for me.”

The two LeJeunes began working together for real when Renée was 26. “Mom was such a veteran client, and I was so wet behind the ears,” remembers Renée. “But she hung in there with me, and now we have a lot of trust. It’s actually been really interesting and fun to see myself grow with her.” Mother and daughter have since designed three whole-house projects. The latest, a 3,500-square-foot villa in Naples, Fla., is particularly special because not two but three generations of LeJeunes brought it to fruition. Gabbie LeJeune Geraty, 27, Jean’s granddaughter and Renée’s niece by her twin sister, Laura, is Renée’s trusted assistant at RLH Studio, having earned degrees in business and interior design. “When I was a girl, I would visit Renée in Chicago, and she would take me to the Merchandise Mart. I remember being so wowed by the place,” recalls Gabbie, who pursued interior design for its unique blend of art, business and psychology. Artful Living

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Like all of Jean’s projects, the Florida villa holds to a formula she perfected for herself. “Every home my mother completes has its own sense of character, but you can count on the fact that it will be very tailored and that it will have a kind of whispered formality,” says Renée. “That, and the fabrics will all be to die for.” Case in point: a letter-perfect writing desk in Jean and husband Larry’s Florida bedroom paired with a refined, rolledback slipper chair upholstered in an oatmeal-and-cream botanical print. This vignette sits just across from a gently arched upholstered bed in Belgian linen, fronted by a petite sofa from Hickory Chair. “Grandma prefers a palette that is serene and monochromatic,” says Gabbie. “Lots of grays, tans, goldens and ivories.” Jean says the room that gets the most use is the 10-foot-tall family room, which looks out over water to the surrounding golf course, and lush plantings of bougainvillea and bird of paradise. True to Jean’s color sensibilities, the walls are painted a soft beige (Benjamin Moore’s Lady Finger); a pair of unfussy sofas, upholstered in woven linen, anchor the space. In the corner sits a smart, scissor-legged table, where Jean and Larry play many intense hours of bridge, hand and foot, and Quiddler. Like many veteran interior-design clients, Jean has long been sold on using local woodworkers to build magnificent pieces of custom furniture. For the family room, Jean and Renée collaboratively designed a massive TV cabinet and a streamlined coffee table. Both were hand-built by Florida artisan Tony Myers. Because Jean has been choosing fabrics and wallpapers since the Kennedy administration, she’s got very clear ideas. Yes to grasscloth, Barbara Barry, glazed cabinetry and nubby, organic fabrics. No to shiny metallics, glitz and glam. But every now and then Jean surprises herself — and her daughter and granddaughter. “I showed her this fantastic wallpaper from Osborne & Little with stylized peonies and metallic line work,” says Renée. “She said, ‘I love it. Let’s do it.’” And they did. It reigns in full metallic glory on the walls of Jean’s jewelbox powder bath in Florida.

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Home on the Range Lifelong Midwesterners find respite in the shadow of the Tetons. | By Alyssa Ford

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or years, Tim and Bonnie Johnson talked about building a second home somewhere in the world. But they never actually flipped the switch. That is until they went on a winter sojourn to Big Sky country, to the Grand Tetons in the northwest corner of Wyoming. There in the snowdrifted mountainscape of granite spires and icecovered lakes, the Johnsons found a wilderness full of serenity. “We were deeply humbled,” says Bonnie. The town of Jackson, Wyo., is an offbeat place, named for hard-edged 19th century mountain man Davy Jackson who trapped beavers and could rightfully claim a certain iconic Southern general as his nephew. Tim and Bonnie aren’t themselves the Wild West types; they’re high-achieving native Wisconsinites who met at Northwestern University. “We played pool at a bar on campus for our first date,” remembers Bonnie. Tim is co-founder of a private equity investment firm; Bonnie oversees Wayzata Public Schools’ programs for special-needs students. Since the first explorers forded the Mississippi, the West has been doling out the same bit of magic, decade after decade: an unbridled sense of adventure in one of the most ruggedly beautiful places on earth. The Johnsons found their own slice of adventure in Jackson Hole, the 48-mile-long mountain valley that

surrounds the town of Jackson. They staked their claim in the southern valley, in a coulee the locals playfully call the Banana Belt because it might be a tropical 20 degrees below zero when the rest of the valley is 25 below. Tim and Bonnie wanted the cabin to be a legacy gift for their grown kids, Shelby, Daniel and Whitney, says Bruce Kading, principal of Kading Interior Design in Minneapolis and the Johnsons’ long-time designer. To make the place as grand as the vision, the Johnsons sought out a young architect, Paul Bertellli, principal at Jonathan L. Foote Architect & Associates in Bozeman, Mt. Bertelli sketched out a massive stone and reclaimed-wood house with a 50-foot-square great room centered around a 30-foot-tall dry-stack stone fireplace. When the architectural plans arrived at his office, Kading was stunned to see they sat more than three inches high on his desk. “I’ve never in my life worked with such a detailed architect,” says Kading. The house itself took an entire year to design plus three additional years to build and furnish. For the interior design, Kading toyed with a “mining vernacular” and used primarily a rustic palette of reclaimed wood, tin, steel, nailheads, iron, wool, bronze and rust. For the island top in the kitchen, he specified that sheets of metal be riveted into sections and then pounded smooth. The rough-cut kitchen cabinets have a subtle undertone of green; Kading says the sheen will show up more as the house ages and the copper accents around the windows begin to oxidize. Kading’s design is about more than a Western motif in a Western place. He took inspiration from the set of the 1992 film A River Runs Through It by the late Oscar-winning set designer Gretchen Rau. In the film, the Maclean family’s 1920s log house in Missoula, Mt., is filled with Georgian furniture they had brought with them from Nova Scotia plus Midwestern classics from Clarion, Iowa. To recreate the sense of possessions being moved from place to place over many years, Kading spent hours thinking about combinations of materials that could be placed in eloquent vignettes. Like the ornate Italian cabinet centered over a parged stone wall with two massive Indian standing vases. Or the handpatted plaster walls the color of doeskin hide with a century-old oriental rug on the floor. Almost every room has artwork chosen by Tim and Bonnie from the eccentric galleries around Jackson, including an etching of a moose for their bedroom and an ethereal painting of a teepee by local artist R. Tom Gilleon. Bonnie says that since they’ve had their “camp cabin” the past few years, they’ve discovered that Jackson Hole is almost as much fun in the summer, with hiking, biking and the famous Grand Teton Music Festival. But each Christmas, Bonnie says, she remembers all over again why they chose this place over all others. “When the elk are out to graze and the snowshoe hares make prints and the Tetons are just covered in snow, Tim and I just marvel at what a stunning place it really is.” Artful Living

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Home Team Advantage Remodeling and redesigning a second home is simple with your first-home team. | by joe hart


t’s easy to choose a designer/remodeling team for a project in your hometown. Most of us get a referral from friends — and if the team did a project for a friend, it’s easy enough to take a peek at their work. When it comes to second homes, however, it’s another matter entirely. Without personal references, you’re left to choose someone at random in a distant city. And there’s the question of how to supervise the work from a thousand miles away. There’s an easy (but not always obvious) solution: hire your hometown team to execute the work in your second-home city. A Twin Cities client of Lynn Woodruff, an interior designer with M.A. Peterson, is doing just that. Woodruff is in the process of supervising a remodel and refresh at the couple’s Naples, Fla., condo. “It makes a lot of sense,” Woodruff says of the cross-country project. “When you have an established relationship here in the Cities, you take your designer and build team with Artful Living

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you. It’s not that difficult — we’re already experts in our client’s taste and in the process of making a project like this one succeed.” In fact, the arrangement has some distinct advantages. When it comes to high-touch discussions about aspects of the job like color palettes or furniture styles, Woodruff had close access to her client. For executing the work on-site, Woodruff created a process for hiring local subcontractors. Beginning with a few references, she set up interviews to select the crew. “The condo manager was a great point of reference,” she says. Between input from the condo manager and personal interviews with subcontractors, a team was assembled. The building itself is a relatively tall, modern high-rise condo development that served as a clean slate when it came to redesigning the unit. “It’s typical of Naples, ” says Woodruff. “The beauty comes in that it’s all about the beach. It’s less about being in your condo but instead about gravitating toward the outdoors.” The interior style takes its inspiration from the Florida palette. “I know these clients and their style very well, but a typical color palette from up here is pretty muted,” says Woodruff. “That muted color palette goes to Florida and dies. So we knew we wanted bright, bold Floridian colors.” The deep, rich turquoises, blues and greens Woodruff selected would seem almost startling in Minneapolis, but they were a perfect match for the ocean views from the fifth-floor condo. “You take those colors to Naples and you look at the sky and the ocean and the terracotta roofing tiles — the color palette bridges from the inside to the outside,” she says. The clients took a moderate approach to remodeling. The team replaced molding, painted walls and ceilings, installed new carpets, added new vanity mirrors and lighting, and selected furniture full of color and beauty for their family. For Woodruff, the experience expanded her design aesthetic and offered unique challenges: “I’m not a designer who tries to influence my clients with my personal taste. Some people want that, but I want to investigate your personality — what are your needs and desires, from food to travel to what inspires you. Then I’m working to get you out of your comfort zone and push you to think in new ways.” Working in Florida had a similar impact on her own aesthetic. “As a designer, it’s great to work outside of your usual environment,” she explains. The project wrapped in January, and Woodruff says the experience was a positive one for all. “The big advantage for my clients in hiring their home-based team is the trust factor. They didn’t have to fret about their second home. In fact, they’ve only gone down a couple times to check things out. It’s the advantage of doing it this way — as the client, you can just sit back and enjoy the process and the end result.”

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Coastal Kitchen Casa Verde Design cooks up a luxurious beach-infused look for a suburban home. | By Megan Kaplan

Do you take reservations?” I half jokingly ask Susan Brunn, an empty nester who regularly hosts parties and houseguests, after touring her newly renovated 1950s walkout rambler. Wrapped in high-end finishes and boasting five fireplaces, the Edina home is an inviting haven on a chilly day, the kind of place any visitor would want to tuck into for a while. Brunn, a principal at Casa Verde Design in Minneapolis, hired the studio’s president and designer Rosemary Merrill, to fulfill her “Santa Barbara meets the Hamptons” dream — a classic beach-infused house with lots of natural light. The kitchen, which you walk into upon entering the house, took first place in the National Kitchen & Bath Association–Minnesota 2012 awards and has all the trappings of a high-end kitchen without losing the warmth of home. The first thing Merrill did to the formerly cramped room was remove the surrounding walls that led to the hallway and living room, creating an open, airy space for entertaining and enlarging the footprint to its current 345 square feet. “I felt it was important to center the kitchen in that part of the home so it was convenient to the dining and living rooms.” A large center island faces the den’s seating area and stone fireplace, and allows Brunn to keep an eye on the foyer as friends arrive or to put the finishing touches on a meal while guests prop their wineglasses on the wood dining ledge. With its abundance of windows and French doors, the space provides expansive views of the two-acre property. “It’s like living in a snowglobe

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dream décor Homeowner Susan Brunn turned to Casa Verde Design to update her Edina home with a “Santa Barbara meets the Hamptons” motif.

in the wintertime,” says Brunn. A deck off the kitchen provides access to the outdoor grilling area and down to the geothermal-heated pool. White custom cabinetry, coffered ceiling beams, and Calcutta marble counters streaked with gold, black and chestnut hues give the space a traditional yet contemporary feel. One unusual touch is a long slice of counter with a waterfall edge that holds a towel bar beneath the window that looks out to the side yard. “I thought the lower cabinetry could use a visual break to add some interest,” says Merrill. A custom mantlestyle hood mimics the stone fireplace across the room; beneath it, Brunn has 60 inches of Wolf cooking modules to work with, including a built-in steamer and a high BTU burner for a wok or stockpot. On either side of the cook space are twin entries into the dining room. The transom windows allow extra light to pass through, and the pocket doors are perfect for temporarily closing off the kitchen. Brunn’s most recent event was in honor of a California winery, and there couldn’t have been a more suitable setting to host the elaborate dinner than her new coastal-inspired home. Artful Living

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Dreaming and Scheming The design phase is the vital first step in constructing a new home. | By Joe Hart


hen we envision building a home, we tend to think of a construction crew swinging hammers. But before the first nail can be pounded comes an important first step, one that dictates virtually every aspect of the construction process: the home design. This phase typically takes six to eight weeks (or up to four to six months for a complicated, larger home). But that’s time well spent. A clear and intelligent design not only increases the quality of the final product, it also simplifies the rest of the very complicated construction process. At Carl M. Hansen Companies, an Edina-based building and development company, the design process begins with a team meeting. Typically, says Marketing and Sales Manager Heather Hansen, this involves an architect, an interior designer, the builder and the client. “If you have the right people at the table during the design phase, it prevents a lot of changes down the road,” she explains. And that’s important, because changes to the design can cost both money and time. At the initial meeting and throughout the design process, these professionals are balancing three primary concerns with the owner: budget, lifestyle and the floorplan/style of the home. Budget is especially important in luxury building. “Carl doesn’t cut corners the way some builders might to achieve a price point that compromises quality,” Hansen says. “And because quality is so important, he feels it’s vital to communicate costs clearly and up front.” By discussing the budget up front, the design team can create a finished product with the stamp of fine craftsmanship that still remains within the budget.

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Equally important is gaining an understanding of the lifestyle of the family that will eventually live in the home. “We take time to figure out how they are going to live in the house,” says Hansen. “Is it a place to look out at the views or do they have kids who want to play pond hockey?” Once the budget and lifestyle are determined, the team can begin creation of a floorplan and style. Other factors come into play, such as site considerations, personal taste and building-code requirements. It can stack up to a lot of decision making on the part of the owner, but with the right team in place, that decision-making process can be made managable. “Some people want to build a new house, but the process seems too overwhelming and they don’t want to be that involved,” says Hansen. If that’s the case, the company usually begins with an existing design and modifies it for the site. “It can help to have a starting point.” Even with that starting point, moving from design to a workable blueprint requires a plethora of decisions. “Our philosophy is to help homeowners make intelligent choices,” says Carl Hansen, the company’s owner. “It can be overwhelming, but when we guide them through the process and advocate for quality, it has a huge impact on the finished product.” This article is the first in a series following the design and build process of a luxury model home in Edina’s West Ridge Farm.

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River Bluff Refinement Love, life and laughter abound in this sophisticated riverfront home. | By Carolyn Crooke


he minute you walk into this river bluff home, you sense something special about the couple that own it: their embrace of life. The spirit of love and togetherness within their family. You see the treasures they’ve collected through the years and enjoy the welcoming feeling of easy elegance. The couple embarked on the project of creating and designing the custom home at an exciting transition point in their lives: when their children were growing up and becoming independent.

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“This is a home that honors the past in a beautiful way and also looks forward to a future of grown children visiting with grandchildren,” observes designer Sandy LaMendola, ASID, of Twist Interior Design, who worked closely with the couple on the project. In fact, the homeowners were deeply involved in bringing their vision to life. “They were passionate about every detail,” LaMendola notes. “They were interested in learning the language of design and how to translate words and thought into materials, textures and rich colors that would help express what they wanted to say. They really had fun with the process.” The result is a sophisticated, restful, gracious place, roomy enough to host families and holiday gatherings but cozy enough for the homeowners to enjoy peaceful days doing the things they enjoy. “In many ways, this is a resort, a place you wouldn’t want to leave,” LaMendola points out. “All of the amenities you’d want are right here.” She calls it “river bluff refinement,” observing that it’s not overly formal. “It’s comfortable, approachable. There are formal and informal elements here that temper each other and work wonderfully together.” Strong architectural elements such as the fabulous beamed ceiling and the curved outer wall of the kitchen balance stunning riverfront vistas just out the window. Rich walnut floors warm these sweeping spaces, which were designed for elegant living and easy entertaining. A simple, natural palette of stone, clear glass and pure ivory paint complement a wealth of substantial furnishings. Favorite rugs, lighting pieces and accessories were reborn here, creating a timeless mix of old and new. It’s a toast to family, friends and a life well-lived.

appealing abode top lEFT Classic European cabinetry and tables bring a note of heft and heritage to the kitchen. The wall, done in contrasting tile, curves playfully around. bottom LEFT The great room rug inspired the palette of soft blues, bronzes and blush tones. Rich woods, from the walnut floors to the classic inlaid tables, warm these generous spaces. RIGHT The powder room is a place of “lovely excess,” notes designer Sandy LaMendola. Artful Living

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A collection of fine vintage automobiles

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1964 Jaguar XKE series 1 complete restoration done in 2007 very few miles added since then.

1962 Austin Healey 3000 Mk II stunning Colorado Red exterior, this roadster has 844 miles since it’s

1957 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe This combination of a survivor car and restoration has had only two owners. 64000 miles

1951 Jaguar XK120 Performance 5 spd

1986 Jaguar XJS Only 37000 actual miles

1960 Jaguar Mark ii 2.4 sedan With only 63 miles since it’s restoration. One of finest vintage

1995 defender 90. 93,000 miles. hardtop, AC, 6 CD changer, safari guard bumper, skid plate and heavy duty rock slider. 9000 lb. super winch

2007 Aston Martin DB9 Powered by a 6.0-liter, all-aluminum V12 that produces 450 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.

1953 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster Has a 5 speed conversion,aluminum radiator and front disc brake updates for exquisite performance.

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spotlight || hotel

Bid Adieu to Winter Trade in chilly weather for a beachside stay at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort. | by Rudy Maxa


t’s all about the ocean, the beach and the design at this oneyear-old luxury enclave. Where the Sheraton Bal Harbour once stood there’s now the sleek, 27-story St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, a cool-as-ice getaway spot that’s the only AAA five-diamond resort on Miami Beach. The hotel’s interior design is courtesy of Glenn Pushelberg and George Yabu of Toronto-based design firm Pushelberg Yabu. The two aren’t strangers to the Miami hotel scene. They transformed the Hotel Victor into a refined Thompson Hotel on Ocean Drive and are turning the more-than-dowdy Seville on Collins Avenue into Miami Edition, a new line of Marriott hotels the company is opening in partnership with Ian Schrager. The St. Regis Bal Harbour welcomes guests in its latter-day Versailles lobby featuring dizzying floor-to-ceiling mirrors and glass reflected by black marble flooring. Guest rooms are an oasis of tranquility with muted browns, golds and whites. And guests have a reason to thank the hotel’s architects: Closets, bathrooms, ballrooms and meeting rooms front on Collins Avenue, giving all guest rooms an ocean vista. Among the hotel’s perks is the 24/7 butler service that allows guests to request anything from a specific book title to a lastminute gift. Guests in suites can ask their butler to pack or unpack their luggage or to press clothing. And in what might count as the ultimate in morning luxury, a butler will arrive after your wakeup

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call to deliver coffee or tea, draw your shades, and deliver the morning’s newspaper and weather report. For children age five to 12, there’s a kid’s club featuring educational programs, arts and crafts, swimming, and other outdoor adventures. A full day of camp includes lunch and costs $80. There’s also a night camp Fridays and Saturdays ($65) that includes dinner. For teens, the in-house fitness club, Miami Fitness, plans excursions and age-appropriate activities. And for adults, the 14,000-square-foot spa features 11 treatment rooms and a couple’s suite. It may be the only spa in Florida to include extras like chilled champagne and Jacques Torres truffles. Among the hotel’s three restaurants is the J&G Grill, associated with Jean-Georges Vongerichten, with an outdoor terrace offering a palm-tree-framed view of the ocean. And if the midday sun is too much, step across Collins Avenue to the famous Bal Harbour Shops for a bistro lunch at La Goulue and some browsing through a cavalcade of designer shops, from Alexander McQueen to Yves Saint Laurent. So why don’t you stay awhile. You’ll forget it’s winter. The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, 903 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-993-3300,

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The only AAA five-diamond resort on Miami Beach, the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort pairs luxury with relaxation. Artful Living

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spotlight || 72 hours

72 Hours in Miami

The Ritz-Carlton

This trendy destination, with its grand hotels, colorful art deco buildings, energizing nightlife and bathing beauties, makes for a hot playground for vacationers from across the globe. | BY Frank Roffers

Thursday // 1 p.m.

6:15 p.m.

Go Directly to Pool

Happy Hour, South Beach Style

Check into The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach and have their poolside tanning butler apply the appropriate lotions to your basking skin.

The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach 1 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach 786-276-4000

Rose Bar at the Delano is a glamorous and sophisticated space perfect for a drink and people watching. This is classic Miami with attitude and opulence. Supermodels, Russian oligarchs, bad boys and posers come here to see and be seen.

Delano Rose Bar 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 305-672-2000

4 p.m.

Leave Your Worries Behind

The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach is home to the exclusive Rhythm Massage. This unique service is designed to use the rhythm of Latin Spanish music to connect your mind and body with the beat. An ideal way to capture the essence of South Beach, there are two types of Rhythm Massages: A Relaxing Rhythm Massage is performed using effleurage and long strokes to the beat of smooth and sensuous harmonies; the Energizing Rhythm Massage incorporates cross-friction techniques with upbeat music.

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9 p.m.

Original Joe’s Stone Crab

In 1921, somebody noticed the large number of stone crabs in the area and brought them to Joe Weiss to find out if they were edible. They were, and this Miami institution was born. The gigantic dining room feels electric. Stone crab is the star of the show, but the roast chicken and key lime pie are equally to die

LIV for. Long waits and rushed service are the norm, but a $50 bill to the maitre d’ can cut your 1.5-hour wait to 10 minutes.

Joe’s Stone Crab 11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach 305-673-0365


LIV and Arkadia

LIV and Arkadia are the recently revamped Fountainebleau’s dance club and lounge. Miami’s local party crowd, celebrities and VIPS make LIV the ultra-exclusive lounge and high-energy nightclub in town. The resort’s style lounge, Arkadia, features an adult pool and high-energy music in a sexy environment.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 866-539-0036

Delano Rose Bar Friday // 7 a.m.


Back in 1998, October Rose (yes, a real person) was a newly certified yoga teacher and began her day practicing yoga at the Third Street Beach. Rose has since moved to India, but the scene has become a year-round phenomenon. Sometimes there are as many as 20 people near the lifeguard stand at Third Street at 7 a.m., each donating $5 to participate.

9:45 a.m.

On the Front Porch

Joe’s Stone Crab

Try splitting the lumberjack-sized portions of reasonably priced “diner-type” American comfort fare. The conversations you’ll overhear in this ritzy cafe are almost as good as the food.

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spotlight || 72 hours Miami Beach Golf Club


Rodeo Drive, South Beach Style

Bal Harbour Shops

Just seven miles north of South Beach, Bal Harbour Shops features the most exclusive stores and boutiques in Miami. Shopaholics will find outposts of top fashion designers, including Jimmy Choo, Tory Burch and Alexander McQueen.

Bal Harbour Shops 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour 305-866-0311

4 p.m.

High End to Low End After exercising your credit cards at Bal Harbour, head to La Perrada de Edgar. Chef Edgar

La Perrada de Edgar

Gomez, a former fashion designer, offers up 21 over-the-top hot dogs. Try the Edgar special, which features cheese, pineapple jelly and whipped cream garnished with dried fruits and strawberry sauce. All dogs are under $5.

La Perrada de Edgar 6976 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 305-866-4543

7 p.m.

Sunset Lounge, Mondrian Style Here the botoxed and the ßber-muscled flock to show off the hard-earned results of their workouts. In addition to post card–perfect views of Biscayne Bay and downtown, take in the incredible sunsets. Drink cocktails infused with everything from cardamom to lemongrass. Friday nights are popular, when the DJ gets Latin-groovy and the Bentleydriving set pours in to nibble kobe beef sliders and order champagne by the bottle.

Mondrian South Beach 1100 West Ave., Miami Beach 305-514-1500

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Mondrian South Beach

Gulfstream Park

9 p.m.

Channeling Gianni Versace The Versace Mansion in the heart of South Beach remains an icon of fascination. Restaurateur Barton G. Weiss has turned the late Gianni Versace’s beachfront villa (where the fashionisto was gunned down in 1997) into a 10-room hotel. Non-guests going for lunch or dinner can get a glimpse of the estate’s grandeur, with fountains, frescos and stained glass. Go for formal service and unforgettable contemporary cuisine. Versace’s former bedroom has a nine-foot-wide bed, two balconies and — for those who don’t pack light — seven closets. Rooms start at $2,100.

The Villa by Barton G. 1116 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach 305-576-8003

Sunday // 9 a.m.

Fore! Try hitting a large bucket of balls at Miami Beach Golf Club ($12). As you hook your drive toward the not-so-distant Atlantic, imagine the view in 1923, when the course opened. If you decide to play, green fees are $200 per player.

Miami Beach Golf Club 2301 Alton Road, Miami Beach 305-532-3350

4 p.m.

Gulfstream Park One of the most important venues for horseracing in America, Gulfstream Park opened in 1939. A recent $130-million renovation of the grandstand and clubhouse has turned this venue upscale. The adjacent outdoor shopping district makes this destination exciting for non-gamblers as well. Valet parking is the way to go for easy arrival and departure.

Gulfstream Park 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach 954-454-7000


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spotlight || my kind of town

My Miami What three Twin Citizens love about the Magic City | As told to Ivy Gracie


n international playground on American soil, Miami is the tango to New York’s swing, the salsa to Chicago’s blues. Technicolor, tropical and torrid, frenetic, energetic and eclectic, the South Florida mecca lures pleasure seekers and players, models and magnates, and anyone desiring an escape at the epicenter of activity. Cuban, South American and European influences infuse Miami’s food, music, art and architecture, and a sensual blend of earthy elegance permeates every aspect of the city’s aura. Nicknamed the Magic City, Miami’s magnetism has captivated many, including three Minneapolitans of note. Here, they tell us why they’ve fallen under Miami’s spell — what excites them, what inspires them and why they keep coming back. Artful Living

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spotlight || my kind of town “Miami is a very international mix. It’s not just Americans, Cuban Americans and Cubans; now there are people from all over Latin America and Europe. And it has all the elements you need to have a vibrant arts community.”

Olga Viso Executive Director, Walker Art Center

miami magic ABOVE Art Basel and Coral Castle RIGHT

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sstarted going to Miami as a baby. My parents are both Cuban, but they moved to Melbourne, Fla., which is three hours north of Miami and where I was born. My aunts and uncles and a lot of relatives lived in Miami, so I’d go there about once a month throughout my childhood. Now I love going down Calle Ocho and being in the Miami I knew as a child. It hasn’t changed a lot, so it feels very authentic and familiar. I like to go to Versailles or Havana Vieja — traditional Cuban restaurants that have been there for decades. I think La Carreta, across from Versailles, is owned by a distant relative. And when I go for Art Basel, I go to Casa Tua for a nice, quiet, great meal. I love the 1111 parking lot. It’s a parking ramp during the day that becomes an event space in the evening. It has a four-walled view of the river and the beach, and it’s a really ambitious, distinctive architectural project. Something like that can only exist in Miami and South Beach. It’s that Cuban sensibility of turning a negative into a positive — making something out of nothing. Here’s a parking ramp that has a function, but it’s so exquisitely designed and has other functions embedded within it. Miami is a very international mix. It’s not just Americans, Cuban Americans and Cubans; now there are people from all over Latin America and Europe. And it has all the elements you need to have a vibrant arts community: artists who are living and working there; diversity within the artists’ community; schools and universities; institutions that are buying art and doing exhibitions; and collectors who are supporting them. For a city this size, Miami has quite a number of museums and cultural institutions. And now, Art Basel anchors a large tourist population and gives occasion for people to really celebrate the city and its arts and culture. Miami is a crossroads and a nexus at the same time. It has the diversity of many different kinds of neighborhoods, which gives it dimension, character and complexity. And all the city’s cultural venues really pull out their best, whether it’s an artistic project at Coral Castle or a sculptural installation at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens. It’s vital and it’s chaotic, which contributes to the generative energy of culture. I don’t think there’s any other city like it in the United States.

Kam Talebi CEO, Kaskaid Hospitality


ccome to Miami for rest and relaxation. You go to other places and you’re always active — you’re doing this and running here or there. The No. 1 thing to do in Miami is hang out at the pools and the beach, enjoy the weather, and wine and dine. We’ll get up in the morning and do a five-mile walk on the beach when it’s quiet and you can hear the water and waves and walk on the sand — that’s something that you don’t find in New York or Chicago or Vegas. It’s unique to Miami. I’ve been familiar with Miami and the surrounding area for well over 10 years. And after getting a better understanding of the city’s dynamic and demographics, I decided to expand my restaurant into the city of Coral Gables, which is all of 10 minutes away from Miami. We opened a Crave restaurant there in December 2011. The culture fits well with what Crave stands for. It’s celebratory. I call Vegas a big party; Miami is a celebration. Crave is about celebrating your meal and enjoying the experience. The hotels on South Beach are right on the oceanfront, so whether it’s the W, the Fontainebleau or the Delano, being able to sit out at the pool or on the beach is one of the more precious things you can do. That’s what I look forward to: enjoying the scene and the atmosphere, and being on the ocean and enjoying the water and sunshine. South Beach is the place for me. It’s blessed with great hotels and restaurants. One of the restaurants I find myself going to consistently is Prime, right in the heart of South Beach. It’s a great place for dinner; there’s always pretty people watching and it’s always the place to be. And there are two clubs I like. One is called LIV. It’s inside the Fontainebleau and it’s enormous — a couple thousand people every night. Then there’s one on the strip, which is called Mint and is more boutique-ish. It’s a smaller club but always a great scene, great people and great energy. I love the atmosphere, energy and culture that surrounds Miami. I think a lot of it has to do with the strong South American influence. Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela — a lot of the community is represented by those countries. The people are incredibly friendly and warm and energetic. It’s a different type of getaway. It makes you feel alive. Artful Living

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spotlight || my kind of town PHOTOGRAPH BY STEVEN BROWN

Billy Weisman Philanthropreneur and founder of DoTopia


iami is as far away as you can get and still be in the United States. I always feel like I’m someplace else when I’m there. The weather, the culture, the food, the people — they’re all way different than Minneapolis. And everything about it encourages spicy living. Miami has a culture all its own: diverse, edgy and exciting. There’s an international quality of life there. It’s Latin, it’s European, it’s American, and the people are interesting. It’s an exciting place. Culturally, there’s one festival after another throughout the season. There’s Wine & Food, there’s Art Basel, there’s the Comedy Fest and others. And the food is awesome, from street food to the finest restaurants. There are the old standards, but there’s always something new. There’s Joe’s Stone Crab, which is probably the epicenter of South Beach restaurants. And then there are Prime 112 and Barton G., just to name a few. Miami’s skyline has buildings in colors and materials that would never happen in Minneapolis: buildings with mosaics, buildings with openings in the middle, buildings with interesting shapes. It’s not about what you can’t do; it’s about what you can do. They’re very creative, and I like that. I love the MOCA [Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami] and the whole art scene in Miami. For a long time in the art world, it was New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Santa Fe, but Miami really wasn’t a part of it. Art Basel Miami began 10 years ago, and they’ve done a fantastic job with it. Now it’s one of the world events in the art scene. Ultimately, when I go to Miami it’s about getting away, so the beach is a big part of my connection to the area. Wherever I am, I align myself along water because it’s an important element in my life. I’m not a surfer, I don’t engage with the ocean so much, but I like to walk the beach. It’s about being in nature. It’s a humbling, settling thing for me to see that there are things that are way bigger than whatever it was I was concerned about. It helps give me perspective. It feeds me to be in Miami. There are so many stimuli to engage me. It’s edgy and exciting, and that’s what I love.

miami magic Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, 1111 Lincoln Road Architecture, Miami Beach Sunrise.

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spotlight || culture

International art enthusiasts flock to the Sunshine State for a unique mix of art, culture and fun. | by Marlene Sholod


leven years ago, Swiss-based Art Basel raised some eyebrows when it launched a Florida edition of its world-renowned art fair. A success since its inception, Art Basel Miami Beach has become the most important art show in the Americas, attended by crowds of more than 40,000 people, including an international who’s who of curators, critics, gallery owners, collectors, artists, designers, dealers, socialites and celebrities. Plus the annual fair has been the catalyst for an ever-expanding galaxy of satellite fairs, special museum and gallery exhibitions, and cultural and social events that have become known collectively as Miami Art Week. Held December 6–9 in the Miami Beach Convention Center, ABMB 2012 presented 20th and 21th century artwork from more than 2,000 artists represented by more than 260 galleries from the United States, Latin America, Asia and Africa. As always, there were myriad layers to the ABMB experience. Special sections — Art Nova, Art Positions and Art Kabinett — respectively showcased young galleries, new artists, and themed or historical exhibitions. Art Conversations and Salons featured lively dialogues with art-world notables. Extending beyond the convention center, Art Video Nights, in association with London’s Artprojx, screened 60 films and videos on the 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall of the New World Center. Also alfresco were Art Public’s large sculptures and performance art. Design Miami, a global forum for design from the early part of the 20th century to present, was launched eight years ago. Originally held in the Miami Design District, the fair moved adjacent to ABMB and also collocates with Art Basel in Switzerland. Even Design Miami’s pavilion was state-of-the-art, designed by firm Snarkitecture, which created a “floating environment” from inflated vinyl tubes. Designer of the Year Acconci Studio’s commissioned work was a Möbius strip– inspired playground structure. Many of Miami Art Week’s 20 satellite art fairs are located in Miami Beach and housed in its boutique hotels, their artwork displayed in public areas or, for those who like their art up close and personal, within guest rooms. Among these, Aqua Art featured everything from artist Banksy’s wall reliefs to a collection from the Galleries Association of Berlin. Its VIP preview benefited the Miami Art Museum, and it birthed New Context, a smaller, curated fair exhibiting the work of emerging and middle-career artists. Nearby, 12-year-old Scope Miami offered 85 international and 20 emerging art galleries

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as well as film, installation, performance and, in a new collaboration, musical talent from VH1. The Miami Project, launched with support from the Museum of Contemporary Art, debuted with 65 international galleries.

As usual, the celebration of art continued with nearby Wynwood Arts District’s more than 50 cutting-edge galleries, 200-plus street murals and museum-like buildings housing private art collections. The Miami Design District’s luxurious design and fashion show rooms also delighted the senses. Beginning but not ending with ABMB, Miami Art Week can perhaps best be described as the art lover’s surround sound: a unique opportunity to be totally immersed in art and design in an exuberant, colorful, trend-setting destination.

creative culture Art Basel Miami Beach brings together

40,000-plus creatives, collectors, socialites and other art lovers.

William John Kennedy Warhol with the Marilyn Acetate, 2010. Silver Gelatin Fiber Print from the edition of 60 plus proofs. ©William John Kennedy. Courtesy Long-Sharp Gallery, Indianapolis.

Miami Art Week


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spotlight || nice ride

Cat-Like Reflexes The 2013 Jaguar XJ and XF marry luxury and performance. | By Janie Dorn


his winter, Jaguar is taking on the unpredictable weather. The 2013 Jaguar XJ and XF models feature Instinctive All Wheel Drive, which allows drivers to safely navigate poor conditions by enhancing traction while maintaining the authentic Jaguar sporty, smooth driving experience. The new 3.0-liter, V6 supercharged engine will have drivers safely piloting the roads — and saving fuel; both models are projected to deliver 25 mpg on the highway. Even more notable is the new, sustainable stop–start technology, which detects when it is appropriate to shut off the engine and to instantly restart it.

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The all-leather, heated steering wheel, large display screen with sharp graphics and ample storage space all complement the superior leather interior and sleek body to create the ultimate driving experience. The 2013 Jaguar XF and XJ will keep you luxuriously cruising, now more sustainably and safely.

The 2013 Jaguar XJ and XF Jaguar XJ Starting at $73,200

Jaguar XF Starting at $46,975

Where to Buy Jaguar Land Rover of Minneapolis 763-222-2200


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indulge your inner cheF. The Midwest’s Largest Appliance and Cabinet Showroom. 18,000 Square Feet of Design Inspiration. Featuring GE Monogram Appliances. Free Kitchen Design. Free Financing. 60 Day Best Price Guarantee.

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spotlight || fashion

Winter Wear Inspired looks for the season Photography by Brian Doben Wardrobe styling by Stacey Jones

look one

Alpaca wool structured coat with Mongolian fur and leather belt by Mimi Plange,, $3,520

spotlight || fashion

look two

Knit blouse by Kal Rieman,, $295; sequin tuxedo pant by Kal Rieman,, $495; fur vest by Strenesse Gabriele Strehle, Anik Boutique,, $4,490

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look three

Silk charmeuse tuxedo blouse by ZuZu Kim,, $1,095; orchestra stretch wool tuxedo pants with cummerbund by ZuZu Kim,, $1,124; stretch wool tuxedo jacket by ZuZu Kim,, $1,650; wool coat with fur cuffs by ZuZu Kim,, $1,875 Artful Living

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spotlight || timepiece

Concealed Charm A timeless timepiece marries personalization and prestige. | By nick pechman


orn of a unique collaboration among an exuberant collector, a celebrated movement manufacturer, a renowned case maker and a visionary engineer, the Reverso has remained a classic since its inception in 1931. It stands apart as a wholly different timepiece and the trademark model of famed manufacturer Jaeger-LeCoultre. For the past 82 years, Reverso timepieces have achieved the industry’s highest regard due to their storied past and classic design. Introduced as a concealable timepiece for rugged treatment by polo players, the Reverso has become better known as a refined timepiece worthy of personalization and bestowment. The reversible case is an inspired creation, imploring the lucky owner to make his personal mark on its bare half. Distinguish your Reverso with a family crest or a personal message. Jaeger-LeCoultre continues to develop the Reverso line, encasing ornate in-house movements with complications including power reserve, chronograph, duo-face, world time, tourbillon and perpetual calendar. Every timepiece, however, maintains the expertly designed 1.6-to-1 height-to-width ratio. Begin your own tradition with a Reverso timepiece from Jaeger-LeCoultre. International Market Square Consideration To The Trade

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Club Monaco An exploration of perhaps the most perfect place on earth. | by Rudy Maxa


here’s a half moon on this autumn evening above the central square of Monte Carlo — but who needs moonlight when the glow from the illuminated façade of Monaco’s iconic, belle époque casino is reflected by the hoods of the Bentleys and Ferraris parked in front of the Hotel de Paris? It’s a warm September night, and the hotel’s waiters tend to outdoor tables at Alain Ducasse’s Louis XV, where diners are perched just high enough above the sidewalk to be out of camera range of tourists posing

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for pictures alongside the cars, trying this Maserati or that McLaren Mercedes on for size. Louis XV’s menu offers a fixed-price dinner for $358 a person before wine, tax and tip. And why not? After all, this is a “golden palace of pleasure” — by the restaurant’s own definition — where all clocks are frozen at 12 o’clock to signify that “time is of no consequence.” Neither, for that matter, are crime, pollution, unemployment or taxes — all annoyances that are largely nonexistent in Monaco, which

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Winter was once the high season for Europeans visiting the Côte d’Azur, but now it’s April through October. Prices at Monaco and other French Riviera hotels vary by season.

Delta usually operates a nonstop flight between New York and Nice, France, in the summer. There are numerous one-stop options.

Driving to Monaco from Nice, you have a choice of three roads that hug the coast: the Basse (lower) Corniche, the Moyenne (middle) Corniche and the Haute (high) Corniche. The 30-kilometer trip along the Moyenne Corniche is one of Europe’s great drives. Take the Basse Corniche to see charming, seaside villages but note that traffic can be heavy during primetime. Helicopter service from the Nice airport is a great way to beat summer traffic.

The most luxurious hotels in Monaco are the three located near the casino: the Hotel de Paris, Hotel Metropole and Hotel Hermitage. All three are over-the-top in terms of service, furnishings and restaurants. Slightly less expensive options include the Fairmont Monte Carlo, the Monte-Carlo Bay and, situated on a point of land jutting out into the sea, the MonteCarlo Beach. For the budget-minded, there’s the Novotel Monte Carlo, Columbus Monte-Carlo and Miramar Hotel.

The usual resort sports such as tennis and golf are available through hotels. If you stay at an SBM hotel (Hotel de Paris, Hermitage, Monte-Carlo Bay or Monte-Carlo Beach), your SBM card gives you access and charge privileges at sister properties. At the Hotel Metropole, a new pool complex designed by Karl Lagerfeld that includes a third Joël Robuchon restaurant opens this spring.

All the big names fly their flag in Monaco, including Hermès, Dior, Céline, Prada and Chanel. And don’t miss Yves Delorme, downstairs in the Metropole Shopping Center, where you’ll find gourmet foods from around the world and foodstuffs fit for a picnic.

The dress code has become more informal in Monaco. While diners in upscale restaurants no longer must wear ties, many still do. Jackets for men are requested at Louis XV, Le Grill and Vistamar. Ties and coats are recommended for casino players but not required, but tennis shoes and shorts are not allowed except during casino tours from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bring your passport to enter as Monégasque citizens are not permitted to gamble in the principality.

explains why so many of the world’s wealthy come here to play or to buy apartments they sometimes seldom occupy. Except for neighborhoods up the hill and away from the water, where many locals live, the principality of Monaco — only three times the size of Washington, D.C.’s mall — resembles a movie set. The grass is manicured, underpasses are landscaped and there are no undeveloped plots of land littered with debris. Waiters sell bottles of champagne from refrigerated pushcarts along paved paths that serve cabanas on Monaco’s private beach. Bougainvillea spills over the fences of clay tennis courts. And palm trees and exotic flowers grace the Place du Casino, the heart of Monte Carlo, where buses disgorge tourists who marvel at the Hotel de Paris and the adjacent casino that doubles as an opera house.

Let me say it up front: I love Monaco. Maybe it’s the superficial perfection of the place. Or the fashion show each night around the Café de Paris on the Place du Casino. Or the mash-up of sunbathers with bankers, models with tiny dogs in handbags and — on one occasion when I was at dinner at Rampoldi — a polished young woman in a cocktail dress picking at her lobster lasagna with a small monkey perched on her shoulder. It’s difficult to believe that Monaco was once a rocky piece of barren, hardscrabble real estate, its one valuable asset — the port — having fallen into disuse in the 19th century. It took the opening of a casino in 1863 to hoist the House of Grimaldi into the big time as punters from around Europe began arriving for vacations. And the marriage in 1956 of Prince Rainier III and actress Grace Kelly from Philadelphia elevated the principality to fairytale status.

After all, this is a “golden palace of pleasure where all clocks are frozen at 12 o’clock to signify that “time is of no consequence.”

A charming prince! A beautiful, 26-year-old actress-turnedprincess! A 235-room pink palace! Chronicling that union and its offspring consumed barrels of ink over decades; in the ’80s, USA Today reported that American women, when asked where they most wanted to visit, answered, “Monte Carlo.” The first time I visited Monaco, in 1981, I was a young man on a free trip because I’d won a backgammon tournament in Washington, D.C., sponsored by Black & White Scotch. The liquor company paid for my then wife and me to attend the world championship in which I was to (unsuccessfully) compete. We were shown to a guest room in the Hotel Hermitage worthy of a bedroom in Versailles. When I pulled back the thick curtains covering a French door to a balcony, I saw a sun-splashed harbor filled with more super-sized yachts than I’d ever seen in one place. I remarked that the sleekest one, complete with helipad, “looks like the bad guy’s yacht in a James Bond movie.” And two years later, in the movie Never Say Never Again, it was. Artful Living

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spotlight || travel Arms merchant Adnan Khashoggi loaned what was then one of the world’s largest, private yachts, the 281-foot Nabila, for use as the floating headquarters of Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld. I’ve visited Monaco more than a dozen times since then, but in a nice bit of serendipity, I returned last September on the eve of the annual Monaco Yacht Show, and that same harbor was jammed with yachts seeking buyers. The Nabila wasn’t there. After Khashoggi ran into financial problems, he sold it to the Sultan of Brunei, who later sold it to Donald Trump, who hit a bad financial spell himself in 1991 and sold it to its present owner, Saudi Arabian Prince AlWaleed bin Talal. I took a water taxi around the harbor to consider what yacht I might like to buy when I win the lottery. Several of the largest ones were anchored offshore, awaiting visits from carefully vetted buyers. And the likely buyers of those six mega-yachts (with an average length of 263 feet) were the same folks who have become Monaco’s biggest spenders in the past several years: Russians and Eastern Europeans who found sudden wealth after the collapse of the Soviet Union and decided Monaco is a damn nice place to park themselves and perhaps their fortunes. They are everywhere, these often older, heavyset men leaning elbows on tables in the permanent, red twilight of the Buddha Bar, whispering to impossibly beautiful young women in gauzy, little dresses and high heels, sipping expensive champagne. And to some — including this writer — the people watching helps make Monaco a fascinating place to visit. But lest you get the impression this jewel-like principality is only a place in the sun where sybarites make large baccarat bets, let me dissuade you. Gambling revenue is a very small part of Monaco’s gross national product these days. There are high-tech companies and financial firms that make this a real business capital beneath its surface as a playground anchoring the eastern end of the French Riviera. And if you only splash out once or twice for a Michelin-starred dinner at Louis XV on the ground floor of the Hotel de Paris — or Le Grill on its rooftop, which offers a splendid view of Monaco’s harbor, Port Hercules — you can vacation here for the same amount of money you’d likely spend in Paris, London, Tokyo or New York.

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Living Large Like Lagerfeld Villa La Vigie (“The Outlook”) stands white, proud and alone on a promontory on the edge of Monaco (it’s technically in France), just above the Monte-Carlo Beach hotel. And it’s yours for $100,000 a week in season, between April and late October — unless that wealthy Russian family that has rented it for the entire summer the past three years reserves it again. A wealthy Englishman built La Vigie in 1903 as a home for his family and his collection of animals from around the world. More recently, La Vigie was one of Karl Lagerfeld’s homes. He rented the place for 10 years until 2003 from the Société des Bains de Mer, of which Monaco owns 70 percent. SBM also operates four luxury hotels, Monaco’s casinos, a sumptuous spa, and various bars and restaurants. Lagerfeld didn’t touch the gardens or exterior, but he redecorated La Vigie’s six bedrooms and living and dining rooms with, among other things, acres of silk wallpaper. Today, the villa is all marble and high ceilings; it’s been restored and updated with the latest electronics. Its terrace offers a sweeping view of the Mediterranean and Monaco. Guests have access to the Monte-Carlo Beach’s huge swimming pool below as well as a cabana on the adjacent private beach. A live-in concierge is always available — though that concierge, Dirk Moeyersoms, tells us most guests bring their own staff.

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You don’t have to gamble to enjoy Monaco, but you don’t want to miss touring the main casino on the Place du Casino where, as a novelist at the start of the 20th century wrote, “weak humanity of all nationalities is allured by glittering promise of wealth.” There are still plenty of players of all nationalities at the tables hoping to break the bank in Monte Carlo, but this breathtaking cathedral to chance has undergone a major renovation, its gilt rococo ceilings renewed and its wall and ceiling murals refreshed. It’s quite stunning. Non-gamblers are welcome to check out the casino from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (there’s a 10-euro charge for adults). In the same building is the spectacular Salle Garnier, a theater designed by French architect Charles Garnier that opened in 1879 with a performance by Sarah Bernhardt dressed as a nymph. If you’re fortunate enough to be in town when there’s an opera, ballet or symphony scheduled, simply to marvel at the setting is reason enough to attend. For pampering, the sprawling Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo offers an encyclopedic list of spa treatments, including some using the powder of diamonds for exfoliation and a treatment for bruised muscles involving radio frequency waves. Traditional massages and other services are available, of course, and the light-filled spa and pool overlook the sea. For mind-improving activities, the Oceanographic Museum once helmed by Jacques Cousteau rises from a cliff in Monaco-Ville, the upper, older part of Monaco, where Prince Albert and his wife live. Some rooms in the palace are open to visitors. And as you enter the principality from Nice, France, on the Moyenne Corniche, the Jardin Exotique offers meandering walkways through some of the world’s rarest fauna.

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Shopping and dining are popular pastimes, and some of the world’s great chefs have outposts in Monaco. In addition to Ducasse’s regal and impeccable Louis XV, Joël Robuchon helms two delightful restaurants at Hotel Metropole: Restaurant Joël Robuchon, featuring a Mediterranean cuisine familiar to anyone who’s dined at one of his L’Atelier outlets, and Yoshi, a relatively new Japanese restaurant that won a Michelin star right off the mark. It’s difficult not to find romantic views from the restaurants at the Hotel de Paris (the rooftop Le Grill overlooks the harbor), the Hermitage (the Vistamar offers exactly what its name promises), and Blue Bay at the Monte-Carlo Bay, which is sited above a swath of landscaping and the hotel’s sand-bottomed pool with the Mediterranean in the background. And for dinner at the water’s edge, it’s Elsa at the Monte-Carlo Beach hotel, near the Olympic-sized, seawater, heated pool. Every once in a while, even in Monaco, something disquieting occurs (just Google “billionaire Edmond Safra” sometime), but crime is rare, partly due to a comprehensive closed-circuit television system that monitors most parks and streets, and partly thanks to one of the world’s largest police forces per capita. Add to that the mild climate, stunning sea and topography, and the obvious affluence, and, to some, Monaco may be what they imagine their life would be like if they were rich: They’d live in a perfectly landscaped, orderly place filled with well-dressed people whose primary concern is where to book a table for dinner. That’s the fairytale version of Monaco, of course, but just being there can make one feel prosperous and infused with a sense of well-being, even if the Lamborghini Diablo you’re leaning against isn’t yours.

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Club Mentality Members and guests of the five-star platinum Minneapolis Club travel across oceans and through time without leaving their downtown clubhouse. | By Paul Gregersen


n a Tuesday in November, a handful of American tourists gather for dinner to share stories, photographs, wine and laughter. Their meal has been selected and prepared by the executive chef himself. The purpose of the meeting is to celebrate their travels to the Cinque Terra, a rugged portion of coast comprising five hillside villages on the Italian Riviera. Their time remaining, as far as Italy goes, is short-lived. By month’s end, they will be chasing a new destination across the globe. As dinner wraps up and the farewell toast is complete, members of the Travel Club (as they are affectionately known the world over) disperse. One couple’s Maserati is waiting in the porte-cochère. If they hurry, they’ll make their grandson’s football game in Wayzata. Newlyweds cozy up in a pedal cab en route to a concert a few blocks away at Target Center. And the concierge has a taxi waiting for a handful of twentysomethings who will cross the river into St. Paul for a night out. The only one who lingers is a young executive waiting patiently in the lobby for her new big-time clients. Entertaining them is her agenda this evening, and she knows the Minneapolis Club is the place to do so. Since its inception in 1883, the Minneapolis Club has served as the premier downtown meeting place for the best and brightest business and civic leaders from the Twin Cities and around the world. Though membership to this prestigious club is exclusive, the atmosphere inside the clubhouse is as inclusive as it gets. Club personnel take the utmost care of members and guests alike with fivestar platinum service. Members and guests experience a rare combination of history with forward-minded programming and events that have cemented

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the Minneapolis Club’s legacy as a relevant and vibrant part of Minneapolis. From its world-class fitness center, where members can compete in simulated stages of the Tour de France on spin bikes, to the exotic food and drink from around the world served in its private dining rooms, pub or newly renovated restaurant, the clubhouse offers access to faroff destinations with the comfort and elegance members have come to expect. Though the Minneapolis Club is a home away from home for its Twin Cities users, it also serves as a destination for those who venture to Minneapolis for business or pleasure. It is part of a worldwide reciprocal network. Members of other clubs and guests of members can stay in one of the club’s fourth-floor guest rooms — as luxurious as any downtown hotel. In return, members of the Minneapolis Club can use reciprocal clubs nationwide and across Europe, Asia and Australia. And although there isn’t a reciprocal club near the Cinque Terra Riviera, this is no bother to members. They’ve already been. The Minneapolis Club welcomes new members year-round. For more information, contact the club at 612-332-2292 or visit

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Luxurious Leisure Elite Destination Homes offers options for vacationing in style. | By Ivy Gracie


n 2009, Marie and Randy McKay found themselves wondering what to do with their luxury vacation home in Hawaii. Work and family commitments kept them from frequenting the property, and the longer it sat idle the more the couple began to question their investment. As Randy puts it, “The home was sitting empty, and there wasn’t any ROI.” So they contacted St. Paul–based Elite Destination Homes. An established resource for high-end vacation home rentals and fractional ownership of desirable destinations, EDH was well-positioned to help the McKays rent their property and offset some of the costs of owning the home. “It was a perfect fit,” recalls Kathryn Lynden, a principal of EDH. “They had a beautiful home, they weren’t going there and we knew we could help them.”

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Turning the McKays’ home into an EDH luxury rental meant creating a specialized marketing plan for the property. “We list our homes in many different places, not just on our website,” Lynden notes. “We list on select websites, we partner with American Express Black Card, we partner with agencies in Canada and Europe, and we work with local agencies where the homes are located. We don’t work with companies that rent the $100-a-night places or that have 400 properties, because clients who are willing to pay $1,000 a night don’t go to those sites. We really research all of our resources so we can get the best bang for the buck for each property.” “These are $2-million to $4-million homes,” Randy chimes in. “Of course, anybody will stay there for $100 a night, but getting somebody to stay there for $1,000 a night takes a lot of work. EDH brought tenacity to the table. They made me feel comfortable that they could keep our property rented and do a good enough job so that they wouldn’t have to give it away, which is the easy thing to do.” According to Lynden, bringing in top dollar for rental properties means bringing in top-caliber renters. “We screen our renters carefully,” she says. “We take a 50-percent deposit right away, and we take a security deposit as well. We have a really good contract that protects the homeowner.” But the strict screening process serves the renters as well. “We spend a good deal of time getting to know them — why they’re traveling, who they’re traveling with — that way we can make the experience special for them,” she asserts. “It’s hands-on contact from start to finish. We really

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get to know our renters so we can personalize their stay.” Pre-trip and on-site concierge service ensure renters’ needs are met, from stocking the kitchen with favorite foods to scheduling tee times to making restaurant recommendations and reservations to arranging for babysitters, spa treatments and other services. With 60 homes in the United States, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe, EDH’s selection of high-toned vacation homes is widespread and varied. Each property has onsite management, housekeeping, maintenance and concierge services. And whether it’s a villa in Provence or a luxury apartment overlooking Central Park, each home meets a lengthy list of standards and specifications as to décor, furnishings and creature comforts like sheet thread counts, kitchen equipment, and Internet, television and phone service. “We don’t accept just any home into our portfolio,” says Lynden. “We’re very picky.” For the McKays, working with EDH proved so successful that they listed their second vacation home in Jackson Hole as well. “They knew what they were doing,” Randy declares. “And it was a good way to offset the cost and create some cash flow.”

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Eventually the McKays sold both their vacation properties, but they continued their relationship with EDH by becoming fractional owners of a home in Cabo San Lucas. Unlike a timeshare, which gives the purchaser the right to use a property, fractional ownership is true home ownership, complete with tax benefits and the opportunity to profit from an increase in the property’s value. “You get exactly the same experience of home ownership without the exposure or the risk,” Randy says. And because EDH handles each home’s upkeep and management, owners can simply enjoy their property without the headache of maintaining it. Prior to arriving at their property, the McKays consult with a pre-trip concierge to make arrangements for their stay. “We make a grocery list, and everything we need is there,” Marie says. When they arrive, the on-site concierge is there to greet them. “We show up, and there are margaritas and fresh quesadillas. Everything’s clean and dusted; the pool’s ready and the chairs are out. It’s a warm welcome.” And leaving, while bittersweet, is equally as effortless. “You just close the door,” Marie says matter-of-factly. “You can enjoy it up until the minute you have to go to the airport — you don’t have to prepare it for the next visit.” Each fractional owner enjoys ample time at the property. “Our model is five families for one home, so each owner gets 10 weeks per year,” Lynden explains. “We keep two weeks for upkeep and upgrades.” And if an owner can’t use all 10 weeks, EDH will rent the property. “It’s great knowing that if you’re not going to use it, it’s going to be rented out,” Marie asserts. “We don’t have to worry about it.” The company also offers a trade program for fractional owners, allowing them to swap time at their property for a stay at other EDH properties. “We can give up a week in our Cabo place for a week in Paris,” says Randy. “It’s nice to have that option.” Through EDH, the McKays found two ways to offset the expense of owning vacation homes, first by listing their properties as luxury rentals and then by becoming fractional owners. And the couple is sold on both concepts. “EDH did such a good job with our rentals that we took our relationship a step further,” Randy says. “And we love fractional ownership — instead of spending $4 million on a home, you can have the same experience by buying one-fifth of it.” “Some of the best moments of our life with our family and friends are at our place in Cabo,” Marie adds. “EDH has made it so easy.”

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ollin, clad in a colorful stocking cap, and Annie, responsible home-owning labor and delivery nurse/midwife from leaning into him, fill our computer screen with their Eugene, Ore., who shared his spirit of adventure. faces and our room with their aliveness, even though When we learned that Collin was moving to Eugene to live with they are halfway around the world. They look very, Annie, we celebrated. The boy had grown up after all. With travel as very happy. “We just got into a month-long silent a shared muse, they began looking into the Peace Corps. However, to retreat in Nepal,” Collin says. “We have to turn in our computer, cell join as a couple, you must be married, so they made it legal in a civil phones, all that, so we won’t be able to talk for a month.” ceremony sometime last summer. (We don’t even know the date. They “OK, back up,” suggests Lee, my husband. told us after the fact.) I’m more direct: “What? You can’t do a silent retreat. You’re on Last August, we gathered in Boulder to celebrate their marriage, your honeymoon. That would kill me. Don’t you want to talk about picnicking in the hills outside the city (with a keg of local microbrew your day? Do you get to sleep in the same room?” Lee glares at me, and a potluck, naturally). Aside from offering our blessings to their aware of the fragility of the Skype connection and wanting to hear more marvelous marriage, we were all there to toast upcoming travels before it crackles, sputters and dies, as it has before. before their time in the Peace Corps, a five-month honeymoon I call Collin continues: “So, we’ve been a week here in North India with the Eat, Pray, Love Tour. Now, these are not five-star hotel travelers (at the Dalai Lama — which is just amazing. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not least not for most of the trip). They are rent out your house, make sure luxurious. You squat to use the bathroom, meals are simple but good there is a handyman on call, give away your cat, sell the car, and put and maybe $3. It’s so cheap here. But people are just grinning. It is your life in a very large and unwieldy backpack kind of travelers. unbelievable to be in his presence. You go to They started in northern Italy in the hear him. We sit on the ground near where he Dolomites with an organized five-day be untethered, “at home” program. They hiked 10-plus miles a day, enters, and when he walks by, he looks you in the eye. He sees you. He connects. And he’s sometimes careening down loose, rocky wherever you are with so funny — always cracking up at his own slopes that threatened to blow out a knee, the person you love and a jokes. People are here from all over the world then spent the evening in an Italian chalet, and are just grinning — together.” with eight-course meals, feather beds backpack stuffed with all you Collin and Annie are grinning together. and Italian sheets. Another day, another need (including a pair of Italian chalet, another eight-course meal. From “So we heard about this incredible retreat in Nepal,” he goes on. “I guess it can take northern Italy, they trained to Rome, then boots) is freedom. up to a year to get in, but there were some back to Florence. Like us, they fell in love people who dropped out at the last minute, with the birthplace of the Renaissance, and we applied and they accepted us.” but they were too easily tempted to buy the buttery soft leather Now they are more like levitating. They pause for our reaction, boots. (How do you fit those in a backpack?) They Skyped from faces frozen in this grin, suddenly aware of the enormity of their Florence, woozy on love and beauty, like Stendhal after his commitment. “When we heard, we were so excited.” Pause. “But we felt famous visit to Santa Croce. like throwing up at the same time.” Phase Two: India. They flew to Delhi with the intent of finding an They’re still grinning. And we’re laughing, because we both know ashram in South India to spend a couple months. After a harrowing what that means. experience — a blackmail scheme that cost them more than the “Collin, that means you gotta do it,” Lee instructs in a fatherly tone. equivalent of 10 pairs of Florentine leather boots — they were on Collin, now 34, is Lee’s oldest son. We’ve always described him a train out of the gritty city when they heard the Dalai Lama was as a late bloomer, postponing college when others went, spending spending time in his home in exile in North India. And, this, of a decade in Boulder doing Boulder-type things (music, drugs, course, is where our story began. Buddhism). In his mid-twenties, he started college while working Phase Three is Thailand, and then back through Minneapolis, full time, eventually transferring to UC Boulder. He did well. His where we will also blackmail them. Food and love for stories — program had something to do with business and Spanish, but stories of an adventure I never could have done at their age, or now when it came time to study abroad, the options cost more than for that matter. I don’t have the courage. Adventure is not my muse. he was willing to pay, so he saved up and took a year off to create Alas, I love home and a place to settle in. But, to be untethered, “at his own “study abroad.” He went to South America, stayed with home” wherever you are with the person you love and a backpack families, went to language schools and applied many of his practical stuffed with all you need (including a pair of Italian boots) is skills to life on a new continent. And he met the charming Annie, a freedom. The world is their oyster. No wonder they’re grinning. Artful Living

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