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Looking for inspiration this holiday season? Check out this gift guide with an edge. These concrete-inspired items are perfect for your home or office and will stand the test of time to celebrate for years to come. Concrete is an environmentally friendly material. The fabrication of concrete uses fewer fossil fuels during the whole production process than traditional ceramics, making it an ideal addition for those interested in sustainable living.
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Mensch Made Concrete Vase with Gold-plated Leaves
The design of this Concrete Vase plays with the contradiction between culture and nature. A bold geometrical shape is combined with a texture of organic ornaments, delicate foliage imprints, some of them gold-plated. Natural grey concrete contrast with genuine gold. A very special object that can be appreciated by itself and of course be used as a vase for flowers or twigs.
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Block Concrete Disc Pendant
This concrete pendant necklace is inspired by iconic British Brutalist architecture.
The hand-cast concrete necklace celebrates the dynamic monoliths of the controversial movement. Statement concrete jewelry embraces the character of concrete, a lively material. Its surface reflects its history, presenting imperfections and changing with you and your environment.
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Concrete Cubic Pendant Light
This eye-catching Concrete Cubic Pendant Light by German label GANTlights combines light gray concrete with silver, gold or copper, resulting in a timeless and elegant designer lamp.
Part of the B series collection, this handmade lamp is ideal for illuminating a long dining table, a sideboard, a desk or a bar and is suitably hung individually or in a group. The high-quality gilding of the insides emits a pleasant warm light. Due to its minimalist design and the contrasting materials, the designer lamp can be combined with any style.
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Ava & I Pretty Little Things Concrete Trinket Pot
This trinket pot is from the Ava & I collection, combining influential on-trend elements for a collection that embodies empowerment with modern style and a dash of sass. A real quality design, the pot is made of concrete with gold detail and a sweet Pretty little things motif. A stunning addition to any dressing table or a useful piece generally for the home, the heavy nature and lid of this pot will not be knocked over easily.
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As family and friends gather around, set an unforgettable spread this holiday season with these tips.
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Mix and match prints for a festive and comfortable look. There is a time for pristine white table cloths and identical table settings. If you’re looking for a slightly more cozy feeling, try mixing and matching various prints and textures to create a one-of-a-kind look. A vibrant table cloth will pair nicely with a neutral or complementary napkin. Your colorful salad bowls or bread plates can shine against a muted dinner plate. Explore new prints and patterns this season!
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Whether it’s a sprig of holly on dishes, a bowl of multicolored gourds or a towering vase of flowers, even the smallest touch of nature can go a long way. Garlands of pine or other greenery can make the perfect runner for your table. Allow fresh flowers and plants to complement colorful tones in your table cloth and other fabrics.
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Don’t neglect your bar area, buffet table or side tables. The dinner table is the main show but side tables can be as festive as they are functional. Add small lights to your drinks cart. The lights will reflect in the glasses and bottles to create a magical setting. Add a runner or exiting table cloth to your buffet table to keep the merriment going.
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A small favor is a great way to begin your meal! Consider incorporating a small treat into each setting or amongst the table for guests to enjoy. A sweet treat can be placed on the dish alongside a touch of greenery. The table can be spattered with ornaments or small trinkets for guests to take with them. Fresh whole fruit or a small dish of berries can serve as a hint of color in your decor as well as an appetizer. A tiny wreath or potted plant will also welcome guests!
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The centerpiece should attract attention but not overwhelm the table. Keep your centerpiece at a reasonable height so as not to block guests but still draw the eye. The center of your table can be made up of several components that work together to create a warm and welcoming scene. Try a collection of small vases, bowls, mixed with greenery, fruit, or traditional candles. Be creative when bringing your table together this season.
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Located on the sunny south shore, Kahalawai #38, a contemporary home designed by Dean Sakamoto and Kelly and Stone Architects and inspired by the designs of mid-century Hawaiian modernist Vladimir Ossipoff, embraces the island landscape with spaces for seamless indoor-outdoor living.
Why it’s a fit for the holidays: With warmer temperatures year-round, Kauai continues to be a popular family destination for the holidays. This home’s open floor plan allows families to enjoy their time together both indoor and outdoor. The ample outdoor space overlooking the lush landscape of the island makes for the perfect backdrop during a Thanksgiving meal with friends and family.
This fully-furnished 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom residence, which is currently on the market for $5,950,000, offers incredible sweeping ocean views.
Why it’s a fit for the holidays: Perched above the famed Kapalua Bay, Residence 1404 offers some of the best views at Montage Kapalua Bay with enough room to comfortably host and entertain the entire family. Additionally, the lanais offer prime viewing to Maui’s world-famous sunsets. The home is just steps away from a variety of activities for all ages including, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, swimming, or simply relaxing beachside. Groups of any size can also enjoy two world-class golf courses, hiking, walking and biking trails and so much more.
Casa Higuera is one of the only fully turnkey custom homes currently available at Maravilla Los Cabos, a private residential community situated between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas on the Sea of Cortez. The community spans both Las Viudas Beach and the renowned Santa Maria Bay, encompassing two of the few year-round, swimmable beaches in Cabo. The five-bedroom, 6.5-bath home features 4,059 square feet inside and 4,908-square feet of outdoor space, as well as a 951-square-foot garage.
Why it’s a fit for the holidays: Built with familial holiday celebrations in mind, Casa Higuera offer multiple spaces for entertainment. The full gourmet kitchens (both indoor and out) boast SubZero, Miele and Wolf appliances, along with a fire pit, barbecue and Kalamazoo pizza oven. The property’s private infinity pool features a floating dining palapa for al-fresco gatherings, while the home’s lower-level basement features a family room equipped with a full bath, 85” flat screen TV, shuffleboard and pool table as well as a walk-in 180-bottle wine cellar.
Tucked into Montage Residences Palmetto Bluff is 119 August Lane. This charming three bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom home priced at $1,889,550 is inspired by low-country architecture and features timeless, comfortable design inside and out. Among many features, this home allows for year-round living afforded by expansive porches and Carolina room with fireplace.
Why it’s a fit for the holidays: Ideal for multi-generational families, couples with young children and groups looking to entertain, the residence features spacious gathering areas, including an open living and dining room, expansive kitchen, Carolina room and a fully-appointed screened-in porch.
Nakoma Resort is located in Northern California’s eastern Plumas County, a region known as the “Lost Sierra.” Surrounded by mountain peaks and the Plumas National Forest, Nakoma offers an escape from the traffic and crowds around Lake Tahoe. The modern resort is home to a minimalist 42-room Lodge, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Clubhouse, 18-hole championship golf course, Altitude Recreation Center, 12 Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired villas and Ascend Residences at Nakoma, a collection of mountain-modern homes.
Why it’s a fit for the holidays: The snow-capped Lost Sierra is your destination for family winter play away from the crowds. Ascend Residences offer open floor plans with ample space for entertaining family around the annual Christmas tree plucked from the surrounding landscape. Families can avoid the lift lines, whip down the tubing hill or jump on a fat bike to ride atop the snowy trails. Snow permitting, Nakoma will groom 2.5 km of cross-country ski trail steps from a crackling fire in the Wigwam Room. Families who want to explore further into the Lost Sierra can plan an adventurous snowmobiling tour.
Spread over 750 acres, Grand View Lodge offers a variety of private, luxury lodging options with cabins, townhomes, villas and clubhouse suites dotting the shores of popular Roy and Gull Lake. Owners and guests enjoy access to 2,500 feet of sandy beaches along two glacier formed lakes, several tennis courts, an indoor pool with waterslide, 54 holes of championship golf and the award-winning Glacial Waters Spa.
Why it’s a fit for the holidays: The Lodge becomes a winter wonderland during the holidays with ice skating, hockey, skiing and snowboarding nearby, tubing, sleigh rides, ice fishing and snowmobiling. There will also be an abundance of holiday festivities for families, including Santa Elf Tuck-ins, stories with Mrs. Claus, wine tastings and s’mores by the bonfire. After a long day of winter activities, families can gather together in their cabins near the fireplace to share gifts and spread some holiday cheer.
Horizon 2.0 light by Humanscale. Photo courtesy Humanscale.
Available in 2-foot- and 3-foot-tall options, these sleek, linear LED module lights are elegantly held in place by a simplistic yet high-quality steel base.
The wooden component is offered in sustainably sourced maple or walnut, reclaimed heart pine, ebonized oak, or reclaimed water tower redwood. The metal base is available in powder coated white, slate grey or matte black, hand-blackened steel, polished nickel or brass, or brushed nickel or brass.
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A champion of well-being in the workplace, Humanscale’s two new task lights, Nova and Horizon 2.0 utilize advanced LED technology for improved comfort, optimal light output and cost-saving energy efficiency. Now ready to order, Nova and Horizon offer a smarter, healthier choice for offices and the environment.
“As the lines between office and home blur, products need to offer functionality paired with simple, clean aesthetics. Nova and Horizon 2.0 are highly versatile LED task lights that combine industry-leading technology with a contemporary yet timeless design,” says Mesve Vardar, director of industrial design at Humanscale.
Energy Star 2.0 certified, the inventive, ergonomic design protects the eyes against strain, faithfully renders colors and produces a single shadow on a work surface, so the hard worker in your life need no longer complain about a headache after a long day at work.
Humanscale’s new Horizon 2.0 also checks all the boxes for the eco-conscious individual who loves iconic design and technology. Improving upon the prestigious Red-Dot award-winning Horizon task light from Michael McCoy and Peter Stasis (featured in the MoMA permanent collection), Horizon 2.0 implements the latest LED technology to produce its signature, ultra-thin plane of light with greater efficiency.
Energy Star 2.0 certified, Horizon 2.0 uses only healthy, sustainable materials and is available in five vibrant colors: Bronze Gold, Silver, Jet Black, Arctic White, Twilight Blue and Morning Pink.
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True’s Undercounter Beverage Dispenser is ideal for person who appreciates a perfect beer pour. Handcrafted to specifically dispense the perfect draft pour, the company’s advanced airflow technology ensures a consistently frosty, and refreshing flow. The unobtrusive 15-inch stainless-steel dispenser comes with either a single or dual tap and for indoors or out — a true gift that won’t go out of favor or flavor! Also, because of the brand’s TrueFlex® shelving system, the versatile cooler is completely convertible into a wine cabinet.
For the budding sommelier, while a wine cellar might be ideal, True’s Dual Zone Wine Cabinet and storage system is pretty fantastic for wine enthusiasts. Designed to preserve your bottles, independent climate zones allow for separate temperature ranges (from 40°F to 65°F), while glide-out, vibration-dampening racks hold up to 45 bottles and protect that special vintage. TruLumina LED lighting — with 14 different color options — allows for the ambiance to fit your mood.
Left & Bottom Right: True Residential’s Undercounter Beverage Dispenser. Top Right: True’s Dual Zone Wine Cabinet. Photos courtesy True Residential.
A stocking stuffer that actually enhances wellness, Hansgrohe‘s newest design, aptly called PowderRain, recently hit the market as the perfect tool to enhance the shower experience while also fitting into any style. Characterized by a “powder-like” micro-fine mist, the eco-efficient spray is designed to completely envelop the body, with thousands of microscopic water droplets cloaking you in a protective oasis of relaxation.
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For the most discriminating buyer, Salone del Mobile.Milano is ready for the holidays with the launch of their 6th partnership between SaloneSatellite and the Rinascente Department Store. For 2018, 12 select products, created by 9 international designers, will be on sale through the holiday season at the famed department store.
The selected products place huge importance on the quest for new solutions, both tangible and intangible, always intelligent and sometimes poetic, inspired by traditional craftsmanship and ancient materials that can inform a better future. A plethora of chairs, tables, lamps, trays and vases, fitness equipment and everyday and decorative objects will be on display, all deriving from simple intuition and actions and marrying technology, craftsmanship and emotion.
As the Bay Area’s leading high horology salon specializing in small, independent watchmakers and designers, Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry is the place to shop for luxury timepieces that will captivate this holiday season. These highly desired timepieces may serve as fascinating gifts for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, or technology professionals.
For the Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist
Above: MB&F Legacy Machine No.1
Right: Greubel Forsey Double Balancier
Conveying elite access and bold personal style, MB&F is known as one of the most innovative brands in the watchmaking world. The designs are highly playful, innovative, and uncompromising in quality. The MB&F Legacy Machine No.1 watch in 18k rose gold is the perfect gift for any luxury tastemaker who blurs the line between work and play.
Greubel Forsey has built its reputation as a maker of ultra-luxury timepieces engineered with complex chronometric solutions that offer improved performance. Complex and compelling, Greubel Forsey is the timepiece for those who with the vision to appreciate the very best of the best in complex horological craftsmanship and rare artistry.
For the Tech Developer, Engineer, and Consultant
If he’s the type who prefers hoodies and casual wear to suits, he will appreciate the clean, distinctive look of the Ressence Type 5 titanium diver’s watch with domed, oil-filled case. In a first for a mechanical watch, the brand’s innovative use of oil makes for a vibrant, domed dial with complete legibility whatever the angle of view.
De Bethune’s poetic DB25 Starry Varius speaks to collectors who appreciate rarity, quality, and a distinct, modern style. The slender case in lightweight grade 5 titanium completes this artful, well-engineered timepiece which is equal parts classic aesthetic and science fiction, destined to appeal to the tech-industry innovator or programmer.
Above: Ressence Type 5
Left: DB25 Starry Varius
Above: Richard Mille RM037 ladies’ Automatic Big Date
Right: Hermes H
For the Female Executive
Women want accessories and timepieces that communicate their success and precision. Richard Mille’s tech-driven designs and performance aesthetic make this the brand of choice for a female executive looking to make a powerful statement on her wrist.
A subtle statement can be the most powerful. For those who prefer discretion over boldness, the classic style of a long-established luxury house embodied by the Hermes H watch, is the perfect gift. This gold-toned steel watch features the emblematic Hermes “H” shaped case, an elegant white dial, and barenia toned, stitched leather strap.
In addition to a luxury spa, this residence offers unparalleled ocean views.
At 2000 Ocean, each residence features a private eastern oceanfront terrace and a private western garden-facing terrace —affording residents the ability to watch the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean and set each day over the Intracoastal Waterway. Meanwhile, the spa at 2000 Ocean will feature a tranquil yoga room which opens onto a contemplative courtyard and garden planted with bamboo trees. The indoor space features a suite of treatment rooms, including a heated steam bath, ice room and relaxation room.
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This beautiful waterfront oasis offers all of the amenities of a boutique resort within the comfort of your own home.
The Fairchild Coconut Grove is perfect for a romantic evening. Enjoy the holistic wellness spa, which features a steam room, sauna and a Hammam steam bath makes. After indulging in a romantic dinner at one of Miami’s nearby restaurants, residents may wander through the lushly landscaped serenity gardens or follow the jungle rainforest path to the waterfront deck where they may enjoy breathtaking views. Residents may also choose to enjoy a nighttime bicycle ride or a moonlit outing on the bay.
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This quiet island sanctuary is the epitome of elegant island life.
Bijou Bay Harbor is located in the fashionable Bay Harbor Islands, which are surrounded by clam water perfect for boating and water activities. It is also minutes away from the prestigious Bal Harbor Shops. The intimate, 9-story waterfront property offers the best aspects of the South Florida lifestyle.
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This property brings spa-like relaxation into your home.
Nothing says romance like the relaxing, spa-like bathrooms at One River Point. Complete with walk-in rain showers and free-floating soaking tubs, couples can relax while enjoying stunning views of the Miami River, Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline. Rising on the banks of the Miami River in the heart of Downtown Miami, One River Point is poised to be a landmark addition to the city’s expanding skyline.
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Residents at this luxury rental development may enjoy a romantic movie without stepping outside of their home.
This Valentine’s Day at 525 West 52nd Street, love birds can settle into plush seating, grab some popcorn and enjoy watching their favorite romantic comedy on the big screen in 525’s screening room.
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This home offers beautiful, marble bathrooms for two.
Enjoy intracoastal views from your expansive terrace and a beautiful bath design at Four Seasons Private Residences Fort Lauderdale. Inspired by the gracious South Florida sunlight, Greek Statuario Marble was selected for the bath experience at Four Seasons Private Residences Fort Lauderdale. The striking interiors and exteriors are designed by an international team of visionaries including Tara Bernerd, Kobi Karp, Martin Brudnizki, Fernando Wong and developed by Nadim Ashi.
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This luxury penthouse is the perfect spot for romantic, Valentine’s Day dinners.
After enjoying a romantic dinner, residents at Biscayne Beach Residences Penthouse 7 may enjoy a private rooftop pool, sauna or rooftop deck. The Miami building also features a wide variety of luxury amenities, such as premier members-only beach club complete with a bay-front pool, an elevated man made beach, limitless water views, chaise lounges, day beds and private cabanas.
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This home offers residents the perfect space for a romantic night in.
Designed by NYC-based architecture and interior design firm, Morris Adjmi, 70 Henry‘s full-floor penthouse offers a private elevator and full private roof deck perfect for a romantic, al fresco dining experience, or an outdoor movie underneath the stars.
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By Alyssa Gautieri
Valentine’s Day is less than a week away, but it’s not too late to heighten the romance in your home this Valentine’s Day with fresh roses, heart-shaped frames or fluffy pillows. Floral paintings, vintage dishes or pastel-colored linens also emanate feelings of love and warmth.
Olivia Parazine, a creative floral artist and blogger for Olivia’s Romantic Home, prides herself on creating a romantic mood within her home year round, she definitely knows how to step up her game during the season of love.
I have used a mix of vintage pieces, roses, soft linens and pastels in my home décor for years to create a romantic feeling in my home. In addition, I like to use soft pillows, blankets and linens to make my family feel warm and cozy.
Valentine’s day is the perfect romantic holiday to showcase a romantic home. To elevate the romantic feeling of my home during Valentine’s Day, I bring out my vintage cherubs, heart pillows, pink rose dishes and rose florals. I also sprinkle in pale pink touches with fancy faux pink cakes, candles and chocolate hearts for treats.
My absolute favorite décor pieces to use during Valentine’s day are vintage cherub accent pieces. Bringing in the old vintage cherubs remind me of how romantic love gets better with age. Vintage hearts and bridal pieces are also lovely items to incorporate. I also love to frame my favorite family photos in heart scrolly heart frames.
My favorite colors to incorporate into my home to give it a romantic feel are pastels, especially pink, green and purples.
Roses are above and beyond romantic, and I like to accent every room in my home with rose florals and antique rose paintings.
“By decorating with the right accessories in your place, you can add that element of warmth with extra throw pillows on your sofa, fresh flowers on your coffee table or candles on your mantel.”
Due to the simplicity of adding a throw pillow to any space, Bester finds pillows to be her favorite Valentine’s Day decoration. “Pillows instantly change the feeling and mood in your space and make it ready for the special occasion,” she says. “They’re so puffy and soft that it makes your space feel inviting and romantic.”
Bester also loves to include glass jars with candies throughout her home. “What is more welcoming then having a glass dish full fresh seasonal candies to greet you?” she asks.
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This holiday season, Brickell City Centre REACH and RISE’s exclusive penthouse collection offers residents breathtaking views of the fireworks at Bayfront Park. The seven expansive penthouses feature private outdoor terraces that open up an array of design possibilities to host the ultimate celebration. Selective penthouses offer seamless access for owners to indulge in their very own private outdoor terrace that doubles up as a rooftop garden featuring an outdoor kitchen, spa and private rooftop pool. Prices start at $3,950,000.
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Soaring 51 floors above Lower Manhattan, Penthouse 5 is the perfect downtown home for popping bubbly on New Year’s Eve. Designed by Hill West Architects, the penthouse at 1 Seaport offers an expansive wraparound balcony and sculpted glass walls to allow both residents and guests the perfect view of the city’s many fireworks displays. Price is set at $7.145 million.
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The penthouse at 1000M, the 74-story luxury condominium coming to Chicago, is the perfect destination for catching Chicago’s fireworks at the Navy Pier. Sitting on the 71st floor, the owner of this unique penthouse will be able to throw the ultimate end-of-year bash in the nearly 5,500-square-foot space, which features 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and a private terrace. Price is set at $8.1 million.
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Oceana Bal Harbour’s penthouse has a wraparound terrace and rooftop deck, which includes a rooftop terrace with an elevated pool deck, heated infinity pool and a sunset deck. With the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Biscayne Bay and the Bal Harbour marina to the west and Miami’s intoxicating city skyline to the south, this penthouse offers stunning views. Prices range from $3 million to $30 million.
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With 4 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms, this penthouse at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach is the perfect spot for a New Year’s celebration. Panoramic views, the 20-foot-tall wine cave, private terrace, BBQ terrace, complete outdoor bar and 2,000-square-foot deck area will help residents and guests ring in the new year with style. Prices range from $2 million to over $40 million.
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Privé at Island Estates’ penthouses boast views of Aventura’s intracostal and Miami’s beachfront skyline with exclusive rooftop terraces, infinity pools, outdoor summer kitchens and more. Privé Island offers five-star, resort-style amenities with 70,000 square feet of public space. Each luxury tower boasts 10,000 square feet of amenities including a waterfront, 2-story fitness center and state-of-the-art spa, children’s playroom, entertainment rooms, private dining rooms, library, wine room and more. Prices start at $2.1 million.
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The townhome at the Residences at Prince combines the strong lines of a late Federal house with the stylistic Greek Revival flair. The expansive open kitchen with its extensive marble countertops will be a joy to cook in for the holidays and leads through a dining room with a fireplace to a large south-facing, bi-level garden.
Spacious dining rooms were designed by interior architect Jeffrey Beers as the ideal space for hosting any size holiday celebration. The open-layout floor plans allow residents to easily entertain guests from the gourmet kitchen, while putting the final touches on a meal. The homes’ warm color palette create an inviting, comfortable environment for holiday mealtime.
The ultra-luxury condominium development coming to Chicago will offer residents an intimate, chandelier-lit private dining room with stunning views of the city and access to the sky terrace. Located on the 72nd floor, this space is sure to upgrade any dinner party.
This Upper West Side condo includes a contemporary chef’s kitchen and private dining room that pair the panache of New York City’s Michelin-starred restaurants with the intimacy of a private home. After sharing a meal together, family and friends can mingle in the media room, which includes a fireplace, billiards and a large comfy couch.
The Penthouse, with seats for 14 people, is the perfect spot for a dinner party. Featuring panoramic views, a 20-foot-tall wine cave, a private terrace on the first level, a BBQ terrace, a complete outdoor bar, and a 2,000-square-foot deck area with dining seating and lounge areas, this penthouse will help you and your guests ring in the new year with style.
Featuring an exclusive fête room, these two luxury towers allow residents to host the ultimate holiday soirée with stunning views of the Miami skyline. Located on the 7th floor, the sophisticated social room features an elegant furnished living room, dining table and eat-in, chef-worthy kitchen, creating the perfect space for a celebration.
There are many reasons to throw a dinner party, especially around the holidays. Having the right spectacular space to impress your guests is crucial. From sky terraces and amazing views to fireplaces and stunning chandeliers, these dining room’s “wow-factors” will surely be the talk of your dinner party.