JOHN LEGEND AND CHRISSY TEIGEN’S STYLISH BEVERLY HILLS HOME
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HOME | DECOR 12 D-ZYN CORNER AUTOMOBILE | RIDE 14 Dawn Silver Bullet in its Natural Habitat
REAL ESTATE 16 Ryan Serhant Launches Multidimensional Real Estate Brokerage Designed for a New World
19 Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Special Edition ‘Boutique Monaco’
22 One Steuart Lane, San Francisco’s Ultra-Luxury Waterfront Condominium Tower, Celebrates Official Topping Off
30 Madison Place Luxury Apartments Usher in
Exclusive Access to Area’s Newest Concert Venue
32 Wayne M. Boich Announces Mixed-Use Building in Miami Beach
38 35 How to Bring More Space into
Bathrooms to Build Buyer Appeal
36 Frenzied Buyer Demand and Low
Inventory Ignite Double-Digit Growth in Home Prices
TRAVEL | LEISURE 38 Sandals South Coast Unveils New
Design Plans, Marking A New Era of Innovation
40 Experience the Glamour of The French Riviera
42 Mondrian South Beach
BUSINESS 50 Nearly Half of Employees Now Working from Home Want to Stay Remote, Study Finds
52 5 Life Strategies to Maximize Your Life
HEALTH | BEAUTY ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD 44 Curo Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon 46 Provence Herb Blend & Orange Blossom Olive Oil Cake
48 Celebrated Italian Restaurateur Mario
Iaccarino to Open Casa Don Alfonso at The Ritz-Carlton
54 4 New Beauty Must Try Looks
This Fall by Jennifer Gonzales
56 The Top 4 Newest Celebrity Beauty Trends
ART | CULTURE 62 Ross + Kramer Gallery 64 Grove Square Galleries
Sees Significant Demand for Picasso, Miro, Chagall in Current Climate
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Dear reader, Welcome to our September real estate issue. In this issue we are thrilled to document the stylish Beverly Hills home of singer John Legend and Chrissy Teigen. Later in this issue, we turn to Ryan Serhant, a real estate industry leader, media innovator and star of Bravo's two-time Emmy-nominated Million Dollar Listing New York, as he launches SERHANT. a multidimensional real estate brokerage designed and reimagined for the marketplace of tomorrow. We further explore emerging trends as the market continues to shift and evolve. We trust these insights will go a long way in helping determine how the real estate industry itself can and should adapt to meet our needs. We hope you enjoy this issue. Cheers!
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HOME | INTERIOR DESIGN
How to CreateYour Dream Closet 12
Creating the closet of your dreams could be in closer reach than you may think if you’re willing to take matters into your own hands. With a little creative inspiration and some basic DIY skills, you may be surprised by the stylish space you can design by yourself.
Start with a vision Creating the perfect closet space begins with your ideas. Think about the details such as how you want the space to look and the amount and type of storage you need. Envision everything from colors and finishes to the physical shape.
Get practical Once you’ve dreamed up your ideal closet, compare your ideas with the space you have available and adjust your plans to fit your footprint and budget. This step allows you to get creative with ways to maximize your space and use every available inch to create a closet that gives you the function and aesthetic you desire.
Create closet zones An envy-worthy closet isn’t just a stunning space, it integrates functional elements so seamlessly that they blend right into the design. When it comes to storage, a stylish and easy-to-assemble system like ClosetMaid’s SuiteSymphony balances form and function in almost any space. This tower-based closet system, which can be a perfect option for projects on tighter budgets, combines multiple tower sizes and corner units to create a completely custom DIY closet system. The system also accommodates a wide range of accessories for more customization such as stylish doors and drawers, angled shoe shelves, jewelry trays and tie and belt racks.
Pay attention to details It’s not just the structure that can bring your dream closet to life; little touches can add up in a big way. Upgrade your light fixture, for example, and look for other ways to personalize the space for a look that’s all yours, such as shelving to display treasured photos or keepsakes, or a spot on the wall for a vision board to draw inspiration from as you begin each day.
Keep color in mind Introduce light and personality into your closet with rich color and style. Add accent color on the walls behind your clothes or incorporate color with the structural elements. For example, the SuiteSymphony line offers several color options, including on-trend finishes like Graphite Grey and Midnight Brown. Find more inspiration for creating your dream closet yourself at closetmaid.com/suitesymphony. Courtesy of Family Features.
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AUTOMOBILE | RIDE
DAWN SILVER BULLET IN ITS NATURAL HABITAT 14
Rolls-Royce releases the first official images showing Dawn Silver Bullet in its natural habitat – on the open road, as the first of the client commissioned Collection Cars roll off the production line at the Global Centre of Luxury Manufacturing Excellence, in Goodwood, West Sussex. Photographed on the shores of Lake Garda, a series of in-motion and drone shots capture Dawn Silver Bullet in locations including mountain hairpins and corniche roads. The new photographic portfolio also includes static images, taken in the open air, highlighting the car’s charismatic expression. Under the Italian sun, Dawn Silver Bullet lives up to its name, travelling with speed and precision. Its ultra-metallic Brewster Silver Paint is a vibrant nod to the epic trial’s cars of the past, such as the Silver Dawn, Silver King, Silver Silence and Silver Spectre. The four-seat Rolls-Royce Drophead is transformed into an adaptable two-seat roadster, by the addition of a rakish Aero Cowling with vapour-blasted titanium finisher, heightening the Collection’s sense of speed and purpose. Launched in 2020, Dawn Silver Bullet is a contemporary interpretation of the classic roadster spirit and driving experience, offering committed drivers a sublime blend of serenity and sophistication with an exhilarating sense of uncompromised freedom. Dawn Silver Bullet is strictly limited to just 50 examples worldwide.
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REAL ESTATE | NEWS
Launches Multidimensional Real Estate Brokerage Designed for a New World 16
Leader of The #1 Sales Team In New York Builds Vertically Integrated, Media-Powered Company To Support All Aspects of Residential Real Estate Sales and Propel Industry Progress Ryan Serhant, real estate industry leader, media innovator and star of Bravo’s two-time Emmy-nominated Million Dollar Listing New York, announced the launch of SERHANT., a multidimensional real estate brokerage that sits at the intersection of media, entertainment, education and technology with a commitment to amplifying the success of those in the industry. Founded by the leader of the #1 real estate sales team in New York and the most followed real estate brokerage brand in the world, SERHANT. is the first real estate brokerage designed and reimagined for the marketplace of tomorrow. The company is made up of an ecosystem of divisions with media, branding and technology-enabled departments designed to fuel sales growth in a shifting market. Serhant brings together his different lines of business under one roof: his industry-leading training course that has over 4,000 agents in over 100 countries, his interactive in-house film studio, and his real estate brokerage to create SERHANT., a company uniquely engineered to create the most branded agents in the industry, and revolutionize residential real estate sales. Since its inception at Nest Seekers International in 2008, The Serhant Team, created and led by Ryan Serhant, has completed over $4 billion in sales. The team generated over $1.4 billion in closed and in-contract sales in 2019 alone. During this time and through the work of Serhant Media Group, The Serhant Team has become the most followed real estate brand in the world with 3.5 million followers across their various platforms, an average of 100 million impressions per month, and high-profile property listing videos garnering over a million views each on YouTube. The first film studio singularly dedicated to promoting and sell properties An integral part of the new brokerage, SERHANT. Studios is credited with making real estate more shoppable through social media and for creating the most-followed real estate brokerage brand in the world. SERHANT. Studios creates entertaining and innovative content to reach global buyers and showcase properties. The studio will promote SERHANT. listings as well as its agents, with lifestyle shows featured on YouTube. Listed, a first-of-its kind lifestyle channel for real estate, is produced by SERHANT. Studios, and will feature and build profiles for agents of diverse backgrounds and create shows based around passions such as cooking, friendships, and home entertaining. A digital education product that builds community and referrals SERHANT. Ventures is the education and entrepreneur incubator of the new company that deconstructs the winning tools and tips of selling to teach the next generation of brokers. Sell It Like Serhant: The Course, which quickly became the #1 course of 2019 on the #1 online course platform, will continue its role teaching the next generation of brokers worldwide, nurturing relationships and creating a referral network and a future recruitment pool. SERHANT. Ventures also houses Ryan Serhant’s speaking and teaching engagements and it is designed to be a launch pad to support agent’s entrepreneurial product ideas outside of traditional real estate sales and leasing. “At SERHANT., we exist to amplify the success of others - both our clients and our agents,” said Founder, Ryan Serhant. “With a vertically integrated company, we have a sustainable model built for a world that is undergoing September 2020
massive change, one that is ready for today and strong for 2030 and beyond. By incorporating proprietary elements like media, branding, tech, a film studio and an education platform into our foundation on day one, we create a company with a unique blueprint that consistently operates in sync to showcase and sell more properties than anyone else.”
First ever macro and micro data-powered residential real estate company The proprietary Amplification Data Exchange (ADX), designed and used exclusively by SERHANT., uses big data, micro data, tech partnerships, and machine learning to predict market trends, track the reach of the brand, and to offer texture to support listings and SERHANT. agents. These custom-built technologies accompany listings and share valuable neighborhood data and provide resources to arm SERHANT. agents with marketplace insights. ADX also provides a tracker of the audiences across all media so the marketing plans can be measured, analyzed, and optimized.
Brand and design experts for new developments and custom services for luxury properties As part of the strategy to have the best capabilities for a constantly shifting marketplace, SERHANT. has dedicated teams to service the different facets of residential real estate: individual properties, the ultra-luxury marketplace, multi-unit developments and new developments. Leveraging marketplace knowledge and data from ADX, SERHANT. ID Lab is an exclusive marketing and branding hub that creates positioning and concepts for new developments. This team of creators is an in-house, one-stop solution for developers, designed to more efficiently and effectively market and sell the most ambitious projects in the world. Another specialty group under the real estate brokerage is SERHANT. Signature, an expertly curated, media-powered marketing program dedicated to properties valued at $10 million or more. For properties that qualify as SERHANT. Signature, its sellers will work with a dedicated team of experts to carefully position high-net-worth clients’ homes to a global luxury audience through fine-tuned media exposure, with a targeted reach not seen before in traditional real estate brokerages. “I have spent the past 12 years obsessed with real estate, innovation, creating, and selling,” added Serhant. “In bringing together the media and education sides of my businesses, with the power of my proven formula to sell real estate, we are creating a brokerage built to lead in tomorrow’s marketplace. I am inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit and entertainment value that transcends all industries and I am excited to drive the future of the global real estate brokerage business, which looks very different today than it did just ten years ago.” All of Ryan Serhant’s existing and active projects from his tenure at Nest Seekers International will continue to be represented and managed as before, with both Ryan, his team, and Nest Seekers’ full commitment, resources, and power. Follow SERHANT. on social media: @serhant, @ryanserhant to stay up to date, or visit www.serhant.com. 17
CLASSIC FUSION AEROFUSION CHRONOGRAPH SPECIAL EDITION ‘BOUTIQUE MONACO’
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Hublot celebrates the 1st anniversary of its boutique in Monaco and pays tribute to the Principality’s colors with the Classic Fusion Aero fusion Chronograph Special Edition ‘Boutique Monaco’ Red and white adorn the new Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Special Edition ‘Boutique Monaco’ in an elegant simplicity, echoing the flag of the city-state to which Hublot has been particularly devoted for many years through its sporting and cultural partnerships. Only 30 pieces of this 45-mm case in satin-finished and polished titanium, fitted with a red calf and white rubber strap, will be released and available exclusively at the Monte Carlo boutique. Hublot.com
One Steuart Lane, San Francisco's Ultra-Luxury Waterfront Condominium Tower, Celebrates Official Topping Off The Once-In-A-Lifetime Residential Building Located on The Cityâ€™s Famed Embarcadero Reaches Significant Construction Milestone Ahead of a 2021 Opening 22
Paramount Group, Inc., and SRE Group Ltd., announced the official topping off of San Francisco’s only new ultra-luxury waterfront condominium tower, One Steuart Lane. Rising from one of the most premier sites on the West Coast and touting unobstructed views of San Francisco’s historic Bay Bridge and Ferry Building, One Steuart Lane reached its vertical height of 220 feet as the 20-story, 120-unit tower continues to be developed as one of the last newly constructed residential buildings on San Francisco’s prized Embarcadero. One Steuart Lane celebrates this significant milestone following a 2018 groundbreaking and ahead of an estimated 2021 completion date. Considered a once-in-a-lifetime, generational opportunity to own an iconic piece of San Francisco, the premier stone and glass building will redefine the city’s skyline while introducing a rare collection of elegant one- to three-bedroom ultra-luxury residences and private outdoor living spaces unlike any other in the city of San Francisco.
Featuring influential architecture and residential interiors by renowned architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), with timeless public space interiors curated by Rottet Studio showcasing iconic European brands Molteni Group and LIAIGRE, One Steuart Lane exhibits a global level of sophistication. Meticulously designed to maximize bay views, the building draws inspiration from its natural surroundings using timeless, high-quality materials, captivating color palettes and intentional sustainable design. One Steuart Lane’s panoramic views, expansive terraces, and evocative light, color and textures create an unparalleled connection to the water’s edge, producing a new, superior level of California living. “It has been an incredible journey realizing the architectural masterpiece that is One Steuart Lane,” said Chris Brandt, Senior Vice President of Asset Management, Paramount Group, Inc. “The project mirrors the city of San Francisco by being firmly rooted in a sense of place with effortless simplicity and authenticity. Future residents will envelop a stronger connection to the city and its bountiful surroundings in a way that will never be replicated.” Unique to any residential building in San Francisco, One Steuart Lane’s exterior façade is made up of luminous solid Italian travertine stone and ultra-clear glass. Cantilevered cubes outline the building, intentionally stacked to preserve resident views, and create a balance of lines, delivering unique layouts and terraces to residents. With its use of low carbon materials and minimally reflective glass allowing for abundant sunlight and reduced energy consumption, the
building is planning to become one of San Francisco’s only ultra-luxury residential buildings to hold a prestigious LEED Gold certification. “One Steuart Lane is one of the West Coast’s most incredible places to live,” said Craig W. Hartman, Senior Consulting Design Partner at SOM in San Francisco. “The architectural massing of the building, along with its unparalleled site delivers landmark qualities. We are immensely proud to reach this milestone and draw closer to unveiling one of San Francisco’s most iconic residential towers.” One Steuart Lane’s exclusive residences range from approximately 839 to 3,000 square feet in size with penthouse residences up to approximately 6,200 square feet. Priced from approximately $1.6 million to over $10 million, the residences boast floor-to-ceiling glass windows and over nine-foot ceiling heights offering luxurious, yet understated, flexible indoor and outdoor spaces with breathtaking vistas of the landmark Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, Ferry Building and city’s vibrant art and culture scene. Unique to One Steuart Lane, a never-before-seen collection of 12 premier terrace residences are being sold offering sprawling 40-foot private wraparound terraces and towering sliding glass panels creating seamless indoor/outdoor
living spaces. Residences will feature Dada kitchens by Molteni Group with striking white marble island and kitchen counters complimented by platinum matte Dornbracht fixtures and a premier collection of Gaggenau and Miele appliances. Ultramodern, free-standing tubs and sleek Dornbracht platinum matte fixtures extend into the bathrooms complete with Dada custom cabinetry by The Molteni Group. Future residents will enjoy an expansive collection of amenities including a staffed lobby with 24-hour concierge and valet services and contemporary public spaces adorned with LIAIGRE pieces, meticulously curated by Rottet Studio. A flexible indoor/outdoor second floor residents’ lounge will be adjacent to a gourmet kitchen and dining room complete with a lush Terrace Garden and outdoor barbeques overlooking Cupid’s Span and the bay. Owners will also enjoy a state-of-the-art indoor/outdoor Wellness Center which includes a gym, outdoor hot spa, Effegibi sauna and steam room, and state-of-the-art vertical shower system with massage jets and optional aromatherapy. At the ground level, a beautifully designed lobby experience will be offered alongside an approximately 4,500-square-foot retail space. One Steuart Lane’s 5,000-square-foot Sales Gallery is now open and accepting private showings by appointment only. Interested buyers can browse captivating interactive visuals and an immersive true-to-life model residence featuring interior furnishings by LIAIGRE, and custom Dada kitchen and bathroom cabinetry from The Molteni Group. To learn more about One Steuart Lane please, visit www.onesteuartlane.com.
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Stylish Beverly Hills Home
The A-List couple of singer John Legend and his model-turned-cookbook-author wife, Chrissy Teigen, have been everywhere lately making a huge splash between recording songs for John, such as his new Wild, and Chrissyâ€™s cookbooks and associated engagements. Now with one of the most stylish homes in Beverly Hills and a third child on the way, they are listing their beautiful home at $23.95 million and moving on up. The busy couple has a talent for selecting exquisite real estate and their homes are routinely featured in Architectural Digest. This one is certainly no exception. Built in 1966 and brought up to the highest contemporary standard, the 8,520-square-foot home has seven bedrooms and eight baths. The high drama of the entry, with its 33-foot ceilings, curving stairwell leading to a second-floor catwalk and purple grand piano, is only a taste of what is to come. It leads into a large living room with a floor-to-ceiling glass wall with views over the canyon. The chefâ€™s kitchen is the ideal venue for a chef-author to test sumptuous recipes and leads into a spacious family room. The master suite has a brass, concrete and clay fireplace, a balcony with far-reaching views
and his-and-her dressing room and walk-in closets that are more like fashion showrooms and Italian-inspired â€œGlam Room.â€? All seven bedrooms are in suite and have balconies. Also included is a gym and comfy home theater. Special finishes and decor include mandala-patterned ceilings from Thailand, ebonized cerused oak floors, clay and steel-rolled walls, onyx sinks and Italian quartz countertops. Outside, the entertainment area includes fabulous canyon views from the pool terrace, which has a heated saltwater pool, jacuzzi, chefâ€™s grill and wood-fired oven. A grapevine-shaded pergola is perfect for alfresco dining. Super celebs John Legend and Chrissy Teigen are at the top of their game careers and a talent for picking real estate that they turn into modern contemporary palaces. Now on the market is their exceptional Beverly Hills home. Hard to top this one, it will be interesting to see where they go from here. Priced at $23.95 million, the listing agent is Marshall Peck of Douglas Elliman, Beverly Hills, for more information about this listing please, visit www.elliman.com & www.toptenrealestatedeals.com.
REAL ESTATE | DEVELOPMENT
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Madison Place Luxury Apartments Usher in Exclusive Access to Area's Newest Concert Venue Residents receive box office seats for more than 180 events at Ovation Pavilion 30
Madison Place, the area’s first high-rise luxury apartment community in Covington, Ky., is enhancing the resident experience with exclusive VIP access to the newest state-of-the-art concert venue, Ovation Pavilion. “Madison Place was built on this idea that our residents would experience the extraordinary, complete with city views, unparalleled entertainment and all the luxury comforts of home,” said James Sellar, regional sales, and marketing director of Village Green. “With Ovation Pavilion located just steps away from our community, it was a natural fit for us to offer this unique VIP access to the best live music events to our residents without the hassle. From our new box office amenity to our sky deck, 24-7 attended security and pet-friendly services, we offer it all at Madison Place.” Madison Place residents will receive four reserved seats and priority ticket ordering for additional tickets to more than 180 events featuring world-famous acts, personal cocktail service and VIP lounge access beginning in Spring 2021, which is when the state-of-the-art, 38,000-square foot indoor/outdoor concert venue is slated for completion. In addition to the box office seats, Madison Place features a complete package of amenities designed to deliver optimal wellness and relaxation to residents. Amenity offerings include serene riverfront terraces along the Ohio River, 24-7 attended security, a best-in-class fitness center, club lounge, sky deck, chef-inspired demonstration kitchen, complimentary bike storage, paw spa and dog run, an infrared sauna, and private massage spa. The 14-story, 187-unit Madison Place, located at 50 West RiverCenter Boulevard, is owned by Covingtonbased Corporex, a national development, and investment firm. The property is managed by Michigan-based Village Green, a premier property management company with more than 40,000 units across 90 cities. New resident incentives, such as first month’s free rent and six to 18-month lease terms, are currently available. For more information on Madison Place, schedule a virtual or in-person tour, or to learn about its contact-free move-in for residents visit www.livemadisonplace.com. September 2020
REAL ESTATE | DEVELOPMENT
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Wayne M. Boich Announces Mixed-Use Building in Miami Beach The City of Miami Beach has approved entrepreneur Wayne M. Boich and Boich Companies plans for a mixed-use building in Sunset Harbour. Construction on the five-story project, located at 1910 Alton Road, will begin immediately. “We at Boich Companies are not only looking forward to developing this project in one of Miami Beach’s most vibrant neighborhoods, but to also making this the new headquarters of our company. 1910 Alton Road will be architecturally significant — featuring state of the art construction and design. We’re excited to bring new and exceptional spaces to Sunset Harbour,” said Wayne M. Boich, Chairman and CEO, Boich Companies. Designed by renowned architect, Kobi Karp, the 15,997 square ft. 32
project will bring world class design to the heart of Sunset Harbour. The five-story building consists of a residential unit on the top floor including an expansive rooftop deck, two floors of office spaces, a ground floor art gallery, secured lobby and 15 private parking spaces. The mixed-use development will also feature interiors by Allison Antrobus of Antrobus Design Collective and is expected to be completed in late 2021. Wayne M. Boich is Chairman and CEO of Boich Companies, a family investment office headquartered in Miami, FL. Boich Companies has a significant real estate portfolio with assets throughout the U.S and invests in a wide range of businesses including energy, specialty finance, telecommunications, technology, and culinary services. www.HighRiseLife.com
REAL ESTATE | HOME IMPROVEMENTS
How to Bring More Space into Bathrooms to Build Buyer Appeal Today’s designers, architects and builders are creating modern bathrooms that are practical, luxurious, comfortable and accommodating. They know homeowners and homebuyers desire – even demand – these features regardless of the bathroom’s size or layout. Therein lies the challenge: How to create a feeling of spaciousness and openness without sacrificing valuable floor space, obstructing traffic flow or forfeiting storage space. Despite these impediments, building professionals can meet these bath-design challenges and even exceed them with an option like Johnson Pocket Door Frame Kits. Pocket doors can be installed in virtually any room but are particularly well suited for use in bathrooms, where space is often at a premium. The typical hinged door requires up to 14 square feet of floor space to swing open. A pocket door, conversely, slides into the wall, leaving the space in front of and on either side of the doorway open and available. Pocket doors are commonly installed at the entrances to bathrooms and can also be used to conceal linen closets and washers and dryers when the bathroom serves double duty as a laundry room. There’s also a growing bathroom remodeling trend of enclosing the toilet alcove to create a toilet “room” within the bathroom. However, space September 2020
restrictions seldom allow for the installation of a swinging door, so remodelers often install pocket doors. Pocket door frames also allow for items to be mounted on the pocket wall. For instance, when used with Johnson’s 151558PL Pocket Wall Reinforcement Clip Set and 5/8-inch thick plywood, the 1500SC Pocket Door Frame with all-steel split studs can support wall-mounted fixtures such as towel bars, shelves, framed mirrors or artwork. The pocket door frame kit comes equipped with soft-close hardware that allows doors up to 200 pounds to be opened and closed by the touch of a fingertip for less risk of pinched fingers and slammed doors. The frame also comes with self-tapping screws that work for both drywall and finish trim, and the smooth-rolling pocket door hardware and track exceed ANSI standards, meaning they can successfully complete 100,000 opening and closing cycles. Another potentially unexpected benefit of using pocket doors in bathrooms is the free space gained can be used to install larger vanity cabinets, freestanding shelving units, bigger bathtubs and other fixtures that may have been squeezed out in order to accommodate swinging doors. To find more ways to bring more space to your bathrooms, visit johnsonhardware.com. Courtesy of Family Features.
REAL ESTATE | MARKET TRENDS
Frenzied Buyer Demand and Low Inventory Ignite Double-Digit Growth in Home Prices The national median listing price climbed 10% to $350,000 in August as homes are selling at their fastest pace in 15 months - Inventory continues to decline nationwide with the number of homes for sale down 36% year-over-year - Homes are selling in 56 days on average, five days faster than a year ago - Of the Top 50 housing markets, Miami was the only market to see a decline in listing prices During a time when the typical homebuying season is showing signs of slowing down, home buyers were out in full force in August, scooping up homes at a rapid pace and sending the nation’s median listing price up 10% to a new record of $350,000 as the nation’s inventory of for sale 36
homes reached new lows, according to realtor.com’s August Monthly Housing Trends report. Nationally, buyers continue to outnumber sellers as the inventory of available homes declined 36% in August year-over-year -- a faster pace than July when inventory was down 33%. New listings were down 12% year-over-year, a slight improvement over July’s decline of 13%, but not nearly enough to make a dent in the overall inventory shortage. At the end of August, there were nearly 500,000 fewer homes available for sale compared to a year ago. www.HighRiseLife.com
The lack of available inventory and strong buyer demand combined to accelerate listing price growth to its highest level in three years, while the pace at which homes sold continued to pick up steam. On average, a home in the U.S. is selling in 56 days, five days faster than last year. “It’s difficult to imagine that the housing market will be able to sustain the frenzied demand we are currently experiencing, but we have yet to see any signs of slowing,” said Danielle Hale, realtor.com Chief Economist. “Buyer traffic on realtor.com is outpacing the record levels we saw earlier this year, suggesting that demand will continue to exceed the number of available homes for sale. Although demand is much more intense than it normally is this late into a buying season, the typical home asking price has likely peaked for the year at $350,000. However, given the strong demand, sellers will remain in the driver’s seat for the foreseeable future.” In July, the number of homes listed for sale in the nation’s 50 largest metros declined 38.1% year-over-year in August, up from the 34.8% year-over-year deficit in July. Forty four of the 50 largest metros experienced greater inventory declines than July despite an uptick in the September 2020
volume of new listings in many of these same metros, underscoring just how hot the housing market is. Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Ind. (-55.9%); Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif. (55.5%); and Providence-Warwick, R.I.-Mass. (-51.7%); posted the largest inventory declines in August, while homes sold two, nine, and 10 days faster than last year in those markets, respectively. Listing prices in the nation’s largest metros grew by an average of 8.9% compared to last year, up from 7.8% in July. Of the largest 50 metros, 49 saw year-over-year gains in median listing prices in August. The Northeast is leading the price gain with listing prices up nearly 19% in Philadelphia, 14.7% in Boston; and 12.2% in Providence-Warwick. On the West Coast, San Francisco saw listing prices increase 12%. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach market was the only metro to see a year-over-year decline, with listing prices falling 0.3% most likely due to the recent spike in Coronavirus cases and lower international buyer demand. For more information please, visit realtor.com. 37
TRAVEL | LEISURE
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Sandals South Coast Unveils New Design Plans, Marking A New Era of Innovation Coming this December, resort will usher in first-ever Swim-up Rondoval Suites situated on longest pool in the western hemisphere, a completely renovated Dutch Village with two additional swim-up pools, and a contemporary new wedding garden. Sandals Resorts International, the worldâ€™s leading all-inclusive company, is proud to unveil the design plans of a multi-million-dollar renovation at their picturesque Jamaican oasis, Sandals South Coast. Set to debut this December, guests can expect a new era for the resort company with the 38
addition of the worldâ€™s first-ever Swim-up Rondoval Suites, positioned on a 17,040 sq. ft. pool oasis. Guests will also revel in a completely reimagined 112-room Dutch Village with direct access to two new expansive swim-up pools. A modern lush wedding venue is being added to adorn the garden in the resorts Italian Village. Having first introduced the cutting-edge Rondoval design at Sandals Grande Antigua, followed by Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Grenada and Sandals Royal Barbados, Sandals South Coast will now set another www.HighRiseLife.com
milestone with the first-ever Swim-Up Rondoval Suites. Designed to be a luxurious haven tucked away from the world’s path, the 20 Swim-up Rondoval Suites will measure an impressive 22 feet in diameter with 20-foot conical ceilings. Bringing guests closer to the water than ever before, the suites in the round will feature private plunge pools ornamented with Italian glass-clad fountains and Indonesian limestone. Hallmarks of the innovation include access to a zero-entry 17,040 sq. ft. pool, the longest pool in the Western Hemisphere, a scalloped Tranquility Soaking Tub for two and a cozy indoor wicker swing with scenic outdoor views. Furnishings will be custom-made from across the globe, bathrooms will boast a suspended stone vanity with a Hollywood lit mirror, and outdoors, contemporary lounge furnishings will complete the private coral sundeck. Couples will enjoy the attentive pampering of a personal butler, trained by the Guild of Professional English Butlers, offering complete exclusivity throughout their stay. Further exceeding expectations of next-generation leisure travelers, the resort’s Dutch Village will undergo a complete renovation setting the scene for modern relaxation inspired by the sea. The fully reimagined suites will be a nod to the water’s natural beauty with a light blue and neutral color scheme. The 112-room village – comprised of 16 Butler Elite suites and 96 Club and Luxury Level rooms will include indoor free-standing tubs and showers, outdoor Tranquility Soaking Tubs for two, and swim-up access from a private pool for select categories. “Sandals South Coast is one of the most beautiful destinations in the uncharted land of Jamaica,” stated Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts. “Our goal is to exceed expectations time and time again, and the new Sandals South Coast will do that and more. The resort which is nestled within a lush 500-acre nature preserve, along crystal blue waters was our inspiration for this incredibly expansive project. We can’t wait for our guests to experience these new, luxurious innovations.” Stewart continued. These enhancements will join the resort’s already cutting-edge architectural design features, such as the lavish Over the Water Bungalows, Over the Water Serenity Wedding Chapel, and an overwater bar offering 360-degree views of the ocean. Sandals South Coast will reopen on October 1, 2020. The new Swim-Up Rondoval Suites and renovated Dutch Village suites are now accepting reservations for arrivals beginning December 10, 2020. For more information about the Sandals Resorts, visit www.sandals.com.
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Experience The Glamour of The French Riviera Behind The Wheel of an Iconic Classic or Super Car There is nothing like feeling the thrill of driving an iconic classic or super car on the scenic and breathtaking roads of the French Riviera. Concierges at Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel have partnered with the car rental company Joey Rent to offer guests customized driving experiences. The scenic roads of French Riviera have been immortalized in many famous movies, chosen for their breathtaking views inspiring legendary films such as How to Catch a Thief directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant, Grace of Monaco with Nicole Kidman and several James Bond movies. Now, the Hotel concierges in collaboration with car partner Joey Rent, have customized driving
itineraries to follow the steps of those illustrious celebrities and enjoy discovering the most emblematic roads of the Côte d’Azur in style. Guests can choose from an impressive selection of super and classic cars including a Maserati Gran Turismo, a Lamborghini Huracan, an Aston Martin, a Ferrari 488 GTB, a Rolls Royce Wrath and an Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider, just to name a few. All experiences are tailor-made by Joey Rent’s team offering, upon request, the assistance of a roadside service to make your journey even more enjoyable while cruising the enchanting landscapes of the French Riviera.
Suggested itineraries include: The Corniche roads from Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat to Monaco - 60 kilometers / 37.29 miles This tour has been designed specially to explore the famous Corniche roads joining Nice to Monaco along the Mediterranean coast. Drive through the magnificent Eze, a medieval perched village. Follow your way to La Turbie village and its Trophy of Augustus, which was built in 6 BC in honour of Octavius, Caesar’s nephew and future Emperor Augustus. End your journey in Monaco only 20 minutes from the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat. When scenic roads meet French Riviera’s art and culture – 75 kilometers / 46.60 miles Enjoy the main cultural highlights along the beautiful scenic roads between Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat and Vence. Your journey will start at Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, former home of the Rothschild Baroness, an architectural Belle Epoque jewel with certainly the most beautiful garden of the Côte d’Azur. Continue to Cagnes sur mer and stop at the Grimaldi castle, former residence of Monaco Princely family, then pursue your way to Saint Paul de Vence. Stop by the famous Maeght foundation to admire its unique modern art collection before arriving at Saint-Paul de Vence, a famous village highly frequented in the 60s by French and international actors like Yves Montand and Simone Signoret. A 10-minute drive from Saint Paul de Vence, do not miss the charms of the provençal village of Vence and its Rosary Chapel entirely conceived and decorated by Henri Matisse. The French Riviera viewed from the coastal roads 100 kilometers / 62.13 miles Discover the Côte d’Azur driving along the Mediterranean Sea and stopover the main coastal highlights and villages to experience the real French Riviera way of living. Your journey will start in the fisherman’s village of Villefranche-sur-Mer, with its beautiful bay and Vauban fortress. Pursue your way through the iconic Promenade des Anglais in Nice direction Antibes, passing by the cities of Cagnes sur mer and Villeneuve Loubet offering different panoramas of the sea. The Fort Carré, another renowned work of Vauban dated from the second half of the sixteenth century will welcome you to the old city of Antibes, a perfect stop for lunch and a walk through its rambling pedestrian streets, home to Picasso museum and a beautiful daily local market. Do not miss a ride through the Cap d’Antibes with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea. Concierges can customize each itinerary according to guest’s interests and provide recommendations on where to stop, where to eat and where to park.
For more information please, visit www. fourseasons.com.
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Mondrian South Beach Multi-Million Dollar Property-Wide Transformation Centers on New Baia Beach Club, an Indoor/Outdoor Restaurant and Bar, Membership Club, and Renovated Spa Plus New Hotel Common Areas, Guests Rooms, and Meeting Space Mondrian South Beach, the waterfront oasis on Miami Beach’s Biscayne Bay, announces a $20 multi-million-dollar property-wide transformation. First opened in 2008, the bayside retreat is again setting out to redefine trends with a new modern tropical look, feel, and experience. Located on West Avenue with direct marina access, the 220-room property is now accepting reservations starting November 16, 2020. The renovation is being led by hotel partners Russell Galbut of Crescent Heights and Chairman of Norwegian Cruise Line and Michael S. Liebowitz CEO and Founder of Harbor Group Consulting.
“Since partnering with Russell Galbut, I knew this property deserved a complete makeover. As the audience of the hotel grows up, so should the property,” said Michael Liebowitz, co-owner of Mondrian South Beach. “Whether visiting as a Baia Beach Club member, dining at our bayfront restaurant, or staying in one of our new guest rooms, Mondrian South Beach will be a new and exciting experience for all. Mondrian has always been a go-to hotel for those looking for a welcoming, laid-back atmosphere, and we’re looking forward to bringing back that incredible energy.”
Originally designed by Marcel Wanders, the property-wide transformation will introduce a completely refreshed design. A sophisticated casual elegance ties together with natural and organic materials creating a relaxed tropical modern environment. The focal point of the property will be its new bayfront destination, Baia Beach Club, led by world-renowned boutique restaurant group, LDV Hospitality. Elevating and defining a true sense of place at restaurants including Scarpetta, Dolce Italian, American Cut, The Seville and others, LDV Hospitality curates an ambiance of effortless elegance at every turn. Embodying a Mediterranean coastal flair, Baia (Italian for Bay) Beach Club will be an open-air living room space where members can drift through the property’s relaxed design mixed with accents of raw organic timber, billowing airy shades, handmade macramé fixtures, Belgian linens, and exquisitely curated bespoke furnishings. The Beach Club will be a hub of activity for hotel guests and locals alike, featuring a new dining concept with multiple areas for dining and entertainment throughout, seaside cabanas and pavilions, boat dockage, access to a full-service wellness facility, state of the art fitness center, curated programming, exclusive member-only events and more. Mondrian, owned by sbe, the leading international hospitality group, launched the brand in 1996 in Los Angeles. Currently, with 5 locations in Los Angeles, New York, South Beach, Doha, and Seoul, and new hotels slated for Bordeaux and Cannes next year. The Mondrian brand expects to grow its lifestyle hotel portfolio in partnership with Accor to approximately 15 properties by 2022. Brought to life by local Miami-based designers, Peter Oleck and Danny Cubes of OS Design Group, Mondrian South Beach’s renovation embodies
the spirit of an oceanfront oasis by combining imported natural materials sourced throughout the world, OS Design Group took inspiration from the world’s greatest coasts like the Greek Islands, Balearic Islands, Amalfi Coast, Sicily, and Tulum to create a new design vocabulary – tropical, raw, organic, visceral, authentic, laidback but still sophisticated. Upon entering the iconic hotel, guests will be welcomed into a transformed lobby space with two-toned marble patterned floors, flanked by fluted natural coral columns that give way to an open reception clad with woodwork, fluted wood reception desks, artisanal handcrafted artwork, and a custom wind-flowing linen chandelier. The lounge features tambour ribbed concave and convex marine blue woodworking, contrasted by dark smoked oaks, and Italian pink Quartzites. The connected lobby lounge and bar take mixology to the next level featuring intricately crafted cocktails while overlooking breathtaking bayfront views. Various dining and lounge areas transform from day to night with an evolving escalating energy, mood, and dynamic vibe. Desaturated smoked woodwork, artisanal marble, handcrafted encaustic cement, louvers, flowing linens, soft lighting, and lush plantscapes define the areas. The elevated look and feel makes way into the guest rooms with a relaxed elegance of natural woods, organic materials, teak, bamboo, and rattan light fixtures. Additional renovations and amenities include over 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space and will include an outdoor pre-function area and a new enclosed poolside space with bayfront views. A new state of the art spa and wellness center will accompany the revamped property. For more information please, visit /www.sbe.com/hotels/mondrian/south-beach.
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Skillful curatorship – curadoria in Portuguese – lies at the heart of CURA, the new restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon. Like the timeless Portuguese modern artworks that frame the Hotel’s common areas, each seemingly simple dish reveals layers of complexity to evoke an emotional and sensorial response. Chef de Cuisine and head culinary curator Pedro Pena Bastos selects his ingredients as meticulously as an artist chooses his paints, drawing from Lisbon’s richness of seasonal ingredients to create artisanal dishes of great depth and meaning. Treating his ingredients with devoted respect – and following his instinct when it comes to the pursuit of taste, texture and technique – Chef Pena Bastos relies on the purity of the freshest local produce in a constant quest “for the complexity that lies beyond simplicity.” With its façade and entrance on Lisbon’s Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca, CURA is both of the city and of the Hotel, from the people and for the people. Mirroring the dishes served inside, the Hotel’s austere external structure similarly unveils layers of wonder within floor-to-ceiling windows, terraces overlooking the park, banquet spaces flooded with natural light and even a unique suspended staircase. Like the finest exhibition, CURA unites a collection of innovations and intentions into a stimulating whole. It foregoes tweezer precision in favor of artistic freedom; favors quality over quantity with a seasonal menu of just 12 dishes inspired by local hero ingredients; and adds poetry to the presentation through custom ceramics, cutlery, and glassware. And like the presentation, each dish is a dramatic celebration of reverie and reality: freshly caught sea bass garnished with brassicas, parsley and saffron; squid with hazelnuts, roasted seaweed butter and caviar; Hokkaido pumpkin, chanterelles, pistachios and Indian cress. Further revealing complexity within simplicity, the “bread moment” is one to savor. Crafted using ancient grains such as emmer and spelt for an intense depth of flavor, CURA’s iconic side dish is served with aged butter from Ilha das Flores in Açores, and vibrant green olive oil: an “early harvest” specialty from Chef Pena Bastos’ Tomar family estate. Desserts also merge modern flair and ancient seasonal edibles, from figs with beetroot, lime, and reindeer moss to chocolate lovage sunchoke arabica. Chef Bastos is a proud Portuguese native and former rock band drummer. His equally visionary team comprises: mechanical engineer and “joyful bear” Mario the Restaurant Manager; innovative and introverted Sous Chef Marco; boldly creative Pastry Chef Diogo Lopes; and intuitive and skilled Sommelier Gabriela Marques. With a quest to “cook with joy and make others happy,” they take to CURA’s open-kitchen stage like a well-rehearsed band, delighting audiences with a culinary experience in a setting that intrigues like one of the Hotel’s artworks. “CURA was designed as an extension of the Hotel’s art collection, a mirror of Portuguese culture through the decades, with a strong nod to the 1950s,” explains architect Miguel Câncio Martins. “The Ritz is a living museum of sculptures, painting, and tapestries where diverse styles – from Art Deco to Louis XVI to modern art – coexist. We sought to enhance the artistic form of the elements that compose the space to develop a restaurant that was part gallery, part eatery, yet entirely ‘of The Ritz’.”
Everything from the wine cellar to the walls and furniture has been developed as if it were art. Madeira wood paneling and beveled mirrors adorn the walls. Bahia blue granite adds drama and color to the tables and bar. The swirling spirals of the Picasso-inspired carpet tell a tale of the Hotel’s history, punctuated by teal sofas, brass accents, black Kenyan marble, while a vine-like wine rack harks back to Chef Bastos’ countryside upbringing; the source of much of the restaurant’s culinary inspiration too. “Where I was raised in northwest Portugal, ingredients weren’t something that you browsed and chose at the grocery store, but alive, transformative, and meaningful,” Chef Pena Bastos comments. It’s these memories that have shaped his approach at CURA, from working with small local suppliers to picking plump chickpeas from the wild. Each ingredient is selected not only for its flavour, but for the roots of meaning and memories it contributes. And while vegetarian Bastos can appreciate the marbled meat of Alentejo Iberian pigs, the menu’s plant-based offerings are set to steal to show.
Mindful ingredients deserve a sensitive wine pairing. Skillfully selected by Gabriela Marques, organic, Portuguese, and biodynamic specialties head CURA’s uniquely curated wine list, each weaving its own story into the menu: Quinta da Biaia – with its fresh mineral taste and persistent citrus notes – to complement the pumpkin starter; Quinta da Caldeirinha Vinha Velha, with its captivating blend of “old vine” grapes from a centuries-old organic vineyard; wildly piquant asparagus, green apple and marjoram juice – one of many non-alcoholic beverages and cold-pressed juices that combine to add ever-deeper layers to a menu that is itself a 21st century work of art. With a reduced total of 28 seats (to comply with physical distancing requirements) CURA is open for dinner only from Tuesday to Saturday, from 7:30 to 11:00 pm. Selections include a dedicated vegetarian menu and a range of set (7 and 13 moment menus) and à la carte options. All menus have wine or juice pairing options. To make reservations email email@example.com
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Photo by Valerie Quintero
Provence Herb Blend & Orange Blossom
Olive Oil Cake We were deliciously inspired by Local Milk’s Herbes de Provence and Rose Olive Oil Cake and decided to try it for ourselves. We incorporating our Provence herb Blend. We swapped rose water for orange blossom and modified the recipe to be dairy free.
Ingredients: 3 cups unbleached all purpose flour 1.5 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1.5 teaspoon flaky sea salt 3 tsp Provence herb blend 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice (o.j. works too) 1.5 tsp Orange Blossom (concentrate, like Nielson-Massey) 1 cup olive oil 1 cup Buttermilk* 1 cup 3 eggs 1 cup powdered sugar + more to thicken if needed 2 Tablespoons grapefruit juice 1/8-1/4 teaspoon orange blossom, to taste *To make dairy free buttermilk, add 1 TSP of white vinegar to 1 cup almond milk and let it sit for 10 minutes before incorporating.
Instructions: 1. Heat oven to 350°F. Thoroughly grease your cake tin, most especially thoroughly if using a Bundt pan. 2. In a mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, Provence herb blend, and sugar. 3. In a separate bowl whisk together the grapefruit juice, olive oil, buttermilk, rose water, and eggs. 4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and gently stir with a spoon to just combine, making sure to scrape the bottom. Do not over mix. 5. Pour the batter about 2/3 way up the sides of your cake tins or pan (will make about 3 small bundt cakes or 2-3 8” layers depending on how thick you make them), and bake at 350°F for 30 minutes to an hour (depending on size of cakes). Cake should be a deep golden brown and a cake tester should come out clean when inserted. A few crumbs are fine; it just should not be wet or goopy. 6. Allow cakes to cool in their tins about 10 minutes, and then turn out onto a cooking rack to cool completely before icing. 7. Meanwhile whisk together your glaze. In a bowl whisk the juice and rosewater into the powdered sugar. Add sugar if you need to thicken it to get it to a pourable but quite thick consistency. Alternately, you can thin it with additional juice or cream as needed. Spoon the glaze over your cake. And enjoy!
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Photos Courtesy of Casa Don Alfonso
Celebrated Italian Restaurateur Mario Iaccarino to Open Casa Don Alfonso at The Ritz-Carlton The First United States Restaurant Venture by Michelin Star Italian Restaurateur Mario Iaccarino Will Bring the Sorrento Coast to St. Louis 48
enowned Italian restaurateur Mario Iaccarino is pleased to announce the opening of his first U.S. restaurant project, Casa Don Alfonso at the The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis this fall. A family with four generations in the hospitality industry, the Iaccarinos opened Don Alfonso 1890 in southern Italy’s Sant’ Agata, creating what is today an internationally lauded and beloved boutique hotel and restaurant with iterations all over the world, including Toronto and Macao. At Casa Don Alfonso, Iaccarino looks to welcome St. Louis diners with his family’s timeless Mediterranean recipes and signature charming hospitality that encapsulate the essence of the Sorrento Coast. “It was an easy choice to bring this project to the states with The Ritz-Carlton St. Louis,” says Iaccarino. “We share the same philosophy and incredible attention to detail, so it was a natural fit from the very beginning.” Iaccarino’s vision for Casa Don Alfonso is a relaxed and approachable setting, for which The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis enlisted Atlanta-based architecture and interior design firm The Johnson Studio to bring to life. The 140-seat restaurant and bar feature multiple dining opportunities with relaxed seating in the lounge area and counter seating surrounding the open kitchen in addition to traditional tableside service. The color palette, inspired by lavender fields in Sant’ Agata, sets a romantic tone for the restaurant where the light purple motif is featured in a cascading glass wisteria chandelier, hand-painted floral tile by Italian ceramicist Giovanni de Maio in the kitchen, and even accented in the servers’ uniforms. Prominently displayed is artwork from Italian artist Anna Russo featuring Mediterranean landscapes and shorelines, citrus fruit, and florals. Having been friends with the Iaccarino family throughout the years, Russo’s art can also be seen at Don Alfonso 1890. Guests will also notice curated family photos of the Iaccarinos in the restaurant’s corridor, as if being welcomed into the family’s home. Bringing together Sant’ Agata and St. Louis, and as a nod to the city’s converging rivers, The Johnson Studio intertwined architectural elements like arches and curves, inviting the diner’s eyes to dance through the interior. Don Alfonso 1890’s culinarian and chef Ernesto Iacarrino ‘s Mediterranean menu looks to illustrate beloved recipes passed down in the Iacarrino family for generations, while also honoring the culinary traditions of Italy’s Campania region. An early preview of the dinner menu includes treasured family recipes like Anti-Aging Soup, Sorrento-Style Gnocchi, Grandmother Titina’s Ziti, Organic Neopolitan Pizzas and Fish Cartoccio as well as whimsical desserts found in Naples’ bakeries. Overseeing the Casa Don Alfonso kitchen is chef de cuisine Sergio Chierego. Honing his skills at celebrated restaurants all over the world, including the United Kingdom, Germany and Saudi Arabia, chef Chierego joins the Casa Don Alfonso team for his first stateside appointment. Originally from Cagliari, Italy, chef Chierego most recently served as the chef de cuisine of Azzurro at The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh, where he drew upon seasonal ingredients to create modern Sardinian dishes. Chef Chierego and his team of culinary professionals will utilize the finest ingredients available to most closely resemble the sun-kissed produce harvested at the Iaccarino family’s farm. The Iaccarino farm was established by Mario and Ernesto’s grandfather, Don Alfonso, and acts as the ultimate inspiration for the cuisine by honoring the land and showcasing the exceptional quality of ingredients. Spearheading all restaurant operations will be general manager Alen Tanovic. Tanovic’s breadth of experience working in luxury hospitality has cultivated leadership and dedication for the guest experience, ensuring the highest level of service to create an unforgettable atmosphere. Casa Don Alfonso will open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner service this fall within The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis, 100 Carondelet Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63105. Grand opening announcements and hours of operations are forthcoming.
BUSINESS | SELF-DEVELOPMENT
Nearly Half of Employees Now Working from Home Want to Stay Remote, Study Finds For decades, the privilege of working from home has been largely reserved for elite, white-collar workers. In a matter of weeks, the COVID-19 crisis has forced millions more American workers into remote work, and a recent survey finds that many prefer keeping that arrangement. Forty-eight percent of employees working from home now say they would like to continue working from home, according to a new employee survey from The Grossman Group, a Chicago-based leadership and communications consultancy. Forty-eight percent of employees working from home now say they would like to continue working from home, according to a new employee survey from The Grossman Group. Clearly, employee work preferences still differ and working from home is not for everyone either because employees simply cannot do their jobs remotely or would prefer not to. Still, the survey findings are a clear signal
to employers that employee preferences are rapidly evolving and that it is time to rethink traditional ways of working, says David Grossman, founder, and CEO of The Grossman Group. “A great deal has changed in employees’ work lives in a short time, and if we want them to be engaged and productive, we’re going to have to be willing to meet them where they are as much as possible,” Grossman says. “Many employees have gotten a taste of working from home for the first time, and they like it. Others cannot wait to get back to the office. We encourage employers to help their people work wherever they can be at their best, to the extent that is possible. That’s a ‘win-win’ for companies and their people.” Curious about the employee perspective, the agency examined the preferences of different employee groups for when the pandemic subsides and offices re-open. Overall, the employees surveyed who are working from home had high marks for their employers’ response to the pandemic. This may have helped build their confidence in a remote working situation for the long-term. www.HighRiseLife.com
Key findings from the employees working from home: • 78% agreed their company leadership has lived up to the values of their organization during this time • 90% said their trust in their organization increased or stayed the same • 88% said their satisfaction with their organization as an employer increased or stayed the same • 80% agreed that their direct supervisor is communicating the information they need to do their jobs during the pandemic The Grossman Group conducted the online survey of 841 current U.S. employees across a variety of sectors from April 27 to May 1, 2020. Raw data were weighted by five variables (age, sex, geographic region, race and education) to ensure a reliable and accurate representation of the U.S. population, based on U.S. Census data. The margin of error for the data is +/- 3.4 percentage points. The Grossman Group helps organizations communicate more strategically to navigate periods of uncertainty, maximize the upside of change, accelerate leader impact, and improve employee engagement. The agency initiated the study after seeing growing client interest in new ways of working during the pandemic and beyond. Many employers were surprised by how quickly employees adjusted in the early days of COVID-19, which prompted questions about employee preferences and whether remote working options should expand. Some employers may find the growing interest in remote working difficult to accept, as it represents a large shift from the norm of only a couple months ago. Prior to COVID-19, only 7 percent of U.S. private sector workers had access to a “flexible workplace” benefit, or telework, September 2020
according to a prominent study of the U.S. Workforce the 2019 National Compensation Survey (NCS) from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many of those teleworkers were managers or other white-collar professionals. Thinking outside the box to identify new working arrangements that could be mutually beneficial to both the employer and employee is critical today, Grossman says. During the pandemic, even employers who traditionally expected employees to be in the office most of the time learned just how capable and resourceful employees can be, no matter where they are, he says. Further, many studies have shown that employees who work from home are at least as productive or more productive than those in the office. A frequently cited 2015 study by Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom reported many benefits from working from home, including higher productivity and a lower attrition rate. However, that prominent study produced cautionary findings, as well. Bloom found that many employees in the company he studied later changed their mind about wanting to work from home 100 percent of the time, as they felt too isolated. This led Bloom to recommend working from home a few days a week rather than constantly. This type of research supports Grossman’s own experience. “Many employees will be productive no matter where they are,” Grossman says. “A one-size-fits-all approach is not the wave of the future. More flexibility adds value to the employee experience, builds engagement, and brings results.” 51
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5 Life Strategies to Maximize Your Life Written by Andrea Marcellus, Author of The Way In
Practice Personal Authenticity Getting more out of life means knowing who you are, what you like and how you excel so you can use your strengths unapologetically and to your greatest advantage. But personal authenticity isn’t just about who you are... it’s also about who you are not. Pandemic Practice: Ask yourself: How did you spend your time? What made you feel happy? When did you feel most like yourself? Recognizing and then honoring the patterns that emerge from your daily answers will help power your life forward.
Live The Rule of Awesome Do what is awesome... and if it’s not awesome, don’t do it. (Unless it is for your family or kids, in which case we gladly do all sorts of sacrificial anything and everything!) But when it comes to yourself, whether it is chocolate cake, new shoes, a potential new client, or a social event... if it does not make you feel fabulous, don’t do it.
Pandemic Practice A simple practice, but a truly profound concept, this life rule is all about becoming more discerning and economical in terms of choices. Not only is it a great strategy for avoiding “what should I wear” moments, handling takeout choices while you’re trying to lose weight, and saving money by avoiding impulse shopping, it establishes a technique for making decisions with clarity and purpose. Also, and more importantly, each time you decide something is worth it, you define and solidify your own self-worth, which levels up your life across the board.
Allow in The Extraordinary Life is full of beauty, even during a global pandemic, that too often passes by unnoticed as we race to fulfill one task, obligation, and responsibility after another. The precious time you preserve for yourself creates space and mental bandwidth for you not only to be able to recognize opportunity, but to seize it and pursue it. Pandemic Practice: The key is cultivating curiosity daily. By making a point to learn something new every day, even just a little thing, we keep the prefrontal cortex of our brain active, releasing dopamine and creating new synapses. Creating extra space and time allows you to slow down and receive beautiful moments, large and small, consequential, and not-so-much.
HEALTH | BEAUTY
4 New Beauty Must Try Looks
Written by Jennifer Gonzales
For the most part, reaching in our bags for that new fall color lipstick hasnâ€™t been the typical norm lately. It can be easy to lose motivation on applying make up before leaving the house or before getting to where we are going due to Covid. So, why not work with what we have? There are other ways that you can make your features stand out.
Over Liner For those who love the traditional wing eye liner look, here is a little something that you can add to enhance that look. The added over liner, is the new spruce to the wing. It is easy to do and you can play with color to make it fun!
Add That Glow There are so many products designed to add shimmer to your overall look, try and find one that you can apply right above the cheekbone and around the eyes. When you step out the house you are sure to glow.
Smokey Eyes Smeared eye liner has always been embraced by the brave, add a touch to your already applied eyeliner and you have created a sultry smokey eye look. The more eyeliner the more your eyes will stand out.
Fluffy Eyebrows Brush those arches up, try not to add color to the brows, just fluff. This is the new look designed to surely stand out.
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The Top 4 Newest Celebrity Beauty Trends Written by Michelle Harris
Injections for cellulite We will see these on the market soon. It is the latest injectable designed to treat the dimpled appearance of cellulite. QWO is a new injectable for the treatment of cellulite. You need three treatments, about 30 minutes each time, 21 days apart to improve the appearance of cellulite. With results lasting a year. Patients do not need anesthesia and they can leave their doctors’ offices and go about their day as they normally would. It is like Botox for your tush.
In Office Procedure for Cellulite, Cellfina It is long lasting and does not require surgery or general anesthesia. It targets the fat bands under the skin that cause the appearance of cellulite. Resulting in changes in the appearance of cellulite for up to 3 years. And it takes up to an hour for a treatment.
Non-surgical Facelifts with Threads These are not your mother’s threads. A new type of thread the builds collagen is now available. They have almost no down time and can be done right in a dermatologist’s office.
New Hyaluronic Acids Treatments Profilo has been done in Europe for years and we will soon have our own version in the U.S. It helps the skin build collagen and can be used as a “skin remodeler” It produces incredible results for line lines and wrinkles as well as overall skin quality. Patients do not need anesthesia and they can leave their doctors’ offices and go about their day as they normally would. About the Author Michelle Harris, is the host of Alive & Well with Michelle Harris, a national TV series promoting the wellness lifestyle. Michelle is one of the media’s leading lifestyle experts and is often on red carpets and live events. Michelle is also the co-founder of Animal Angels, a non-profit advocacy group where celebrities promote pet health and adoptions.
ART | CULTURE
Ross + Kramer Gallery
Photos Courtesy of Ross + Kramer Gallery
Ross + Kramer Gallery will open itsâ€™ doors at 515 West 27th Street in New York at the former space of the famed nightclub, Bungalow 8
oss + Kramer Gallery, the fine art gallery with predominately blue-chip artwork, is moving from its Upper East Side location this coming Fall to Chelsea where the historic nightclub Bungalow 8 lived. While admittance to the club has been referenced in pop culture as one of the most sought after in New York City, the celebrity hot spot closed in 2009. The opening of Ross + Kramer Gallery will grant access for all to view the works of prominent artists in this iconic space. “We are so excited to be moving the gallery downtown to Chelsea. When we saw the location, we knew it had to be ours. It was a beautiful jewel box space that we knew artists would want to exhibit their work in, helping us grow our primary program and artist partnerships,” said Todd Kramer, Co-Founder of Ross + Kramer Gallery. The inaugural exhibition set to open Fall 2020 will be titled “How Bout Them Apples” showcasing works from Nina Chanel Abney, Eddie Martinez, Erik Parker, Jonathan Chapline and other New York based artists. A percentage of the proceeds from the show will go to Project Sunshine, a nonprofit that brings creative arts activities to children in hospitals globally.
“We wanted our first exhibit in the new space to honor both its location here in New York City and the artists based here. It’s all about inclusivity and giving access to patrons, collectors, and artists,” said Todd Kramer. Ross + Kramer Gallery also has a location in East Hampton, NY and is looking to open in Miami come Fall 2021. Ross + Kramer Gallery specializes in exhibiting and bringing to market a wide variety of blue- chip artworks by established artists while also housing a strong primary program offering. RKG provides clients unparalleled advice for acquiring art — whether for someone making a first purchase or a seasoned collector looking to add to an already established collection. RKG is dedicated to cultivating a dynamic roster of artists in both its primary program and the secondary market, with imaginative exhibitions that source both the rising stars of the art world and those who are already landmarks. For more information please, visit www.rkgallery.com.
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Photo Courtesy of Grove Square Galleries
Grove Square Galleries Sees Significant Demand for Picasso, Miro, Chagall in Current Climate Grove Square Galleries have seen a huge surge of interest in their growing stable of established artists over the past six months and, in conjunction with this, have seen great demand for their blue-chip artwork which has been eagerly purchased by both new and existing clients alike. Grove Square were always aware that there would be a strong interest in the blue-chip market, and took the initiative where others had stalled, by increasing their holdings and unearthing some true hidden gems both at auction and through their own extensive networks of private collectors. The newly acquired works consisting of 14 pieces, including important works by Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro amongst others, enjoyed exceptional demand and were sold almost as soon as they could be collected and transported to the gallery. Due to the seasonal nature of key auctions in leading Auction Houses such as Christie’s and Sotheby’s, secondary market works frequently experience phenomenal demand however supply remains incredibly limited. It is therefore of vital importance that Grove Square seizes the next opportunity to acquire Secondary Market works to fulfil the growing appetite its clients and investors have for this valuable sector of the market. It is Grove Square’s expectation that these new acquisitions will prove even more popular and disappear just as quickly. Serena Dunn, Grove Square Galleries’ Art Director had the following to say about their recent blue-chip success: 64
“The team and I at Grove Square Galleries have been searching the worldwide art market with a fine-tooth comb for the most exciting secondary market works to augment our stable of emerging and established artists. “After many hours of intense research, we secured an incredible new collection of 14 blue-chip master graphics which have enjoyed fantastic success through our sister company Grove Square Art Advisory with both existing and new investors alike. “Our next acquisitions from this sector will include an even wider selection of great artists. There was enormous demand for the pieces previously, and we will only see an even stronger surge when we start to add Warhol, Matisse and Chagall to our collections. “The recent economic turmoil has been weathered well by the art market, but has also seen some elusive art collectors selling off parts of their collections. This means there are some great opportunities to own works of great historical and artistic importance. “It is a very exciting time in the market with important opportunities for both art investors and art lovers alike.” Grove Square Galleries are very aware that the low supply and high demand is good for the industry but can be difficult for those looking to purchase. They recommend anybody who has an interest to get in contact and register their enquiry at www.grovesquaregalleries.com. www.HighRiseLife.com
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