Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, people and businesses have had to adapt to a “new normal,” with daily life shaken up by social distancing and limited physical contact. Making changes to adhere to guidelines while keeping people safe often requires some creativity, and MY Furniture, a luxury, high-quality furniture retailer, has made it easy for customers to enjoy furniture shopping without ever having to leave their homes.
First, MY Furniture introduced a Video Call Facility for customers, a video call-in appointment that allows people to easily visit the company’s virtual showroom. By navigating to the website and clicking the “Request Video Call” button, a member of the MY Furniture team will be able to call the customer at a suitable date and time via FaceTime, Skype, or WhatsApp depending on the customer’s preference to show them the item they are interested in. This is also helpful for busy customers who would rather skip out on viewing furniture pieces in person in a showroom.
To control the flow of customers in and out of their showrooms, MY Furniture has also introduced an appointment system, adhering to social distancing and capacity guidelines. Deliveries are handled by couriers that deliver to the front door, and not inside the property, to maintain cleanliness.
Increased social distancing and personal appointments have proven to fare well for MY Furniture, with the changes resulting in a 30-percent increase in online business and an increase in older customers shopping online who previously would not have shopped this way. With new adaptations like virtual shopping and private appointments becoming the norm, customers can rest assured that furniture shopping can effectively be a safe, enjoyable experience.
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Kitchens and bathrooms are established markers of luxury — without updated, high-end versions of these important rooms, a home is likely to quickly decrease in value regardless of how elegant its other elements may be. However, the most luxurious homes need more than just above-average indoor spaces to be considered grandiose.
An entertaining, opulent addition to a large backyard, outdoor kitchens have become popular staples among luxury homeowners. From small-scale pizza ovens accompanied by an understated seating area to a fully furnished kitchen tailored to outdoor cooking, having access to a means of preparing food in an outdoor space is crucial to high-end homebuyers, especially in warm
Arcadia White Pane. Photo courtesy of Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet.
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Kalamazoo Gaucho Grill. Photo courtesy of Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet.
Russ Faulk, Chief Designer and Head of Product at Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, says that one of the biggest outdoor culinary trends is cooking on a live fire.
“Live-fire cooking isn’t new; in fact, it is the oldest form of cooking,” Faulk says. “But more recently, people are re-embracing wood-fired cooking and its primal nature. It started with the chef community. Restaurant menus described dishes as wood-fired or wood-grilled steaks, seafood, vegetables, and even dessert. It was all about capturing the char, smoke and unique flavor that comes when you grill using wood. Now people can capture that same experience right in their backyards.”
Outdoor kitchen design used to capitalize on the novelty of the out-in-the-elements nature of the space, but lately, Faulk has seen homeowners transition their outdoor kitchens to mirror their indoor ones.
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“We’re seeing indoor kitchen trends move into the outdoor kitchen. That includes more transitional designs, more cabinetry drawers versus doors, and more color,” he says.
These spaces can serve as a poolside dining area made for entertaining, or more simply as a peaceful place to cook on a summer night. The versatility and unconventionality of an outdoor kitchen makes a statement even among the most luxurious of homes.
You’ve found a place dedicated to your morning workout and upgraded your space with the finest finishes, now it’s time to bring the best equipment home.
Don’t settle for unattractive workout equipment, choose from colorful designs, enchanting patterns and the finest materials for your routine. Long gone are the days of plastic water bottles, dull workout mats, and beat up gym bags. Athletes and enthusiasts are searching for equipment that will brighten their workouts and spark envy at the gym.
Yoga Design Lab offers a variety of mats, blocks, kids mats, towels, exercise balls, and other equipment that are nothing short of works of art. Whether you’re a beginner or the owner of your own home studio, these choices make the perfect addition to any session, a thoughtful gift, or the fun source of motivation you’ve been missing.
Yoga Design Lab stemmed from a desire for creativity and function, along with bio-renewable consciousness. Praised around the world for its wide variety of products and designs, the company continues to expand and create enviable yoga and other workout essentials.
Embrace color on and off the mat.
Beauty meets premium performance. The natural tree rubber base with an ultra-grip laser cut surface helps align your practice.
Redefining yoga mats. Mat and towel combined in one product. Made from recycled plastic bottles and designed to be awesome.
Experience how this non-slip, super absorbent, microfiber yoga towel takes your practice to the next level.
Achieve backbends smoothly, loosen tight muscles, and add creativity to your practice with the Yoga Wheel.
Carry your mat and essentials to class or run away to a deserted island for the weekend. It’s got you.
Luxury yoga straps, blocks, balls designed to support you in the most beautiful way and stretch further.
For years, the coastal town of Port Aransas, affectionately called “Port A” by its residents, has seen visitors from other areas of Texas and from all throughout the U.S. In fact, the amount of visitors so far in 2019 has exceeded last year’s numbers by 40 percent.
This influx of new visitors is only expected to rise with the new festivals Port A is involved in over the summer. The location has long been described as an ideal fishing destination, and the 84th Annual Deep Sea Roundup is a reflection of just that. As the oldest fishing competition on the Gulf Coast, the Deep Sea Roundup, taking place from July 11 to July 14, brings people from all over to enjoy fishing in this relaxed atmosphere. Also attracting fishers from across the nation is the Texas Legends Billfish Tournament, taking place from August 7 to August 11.
The Beachtoberfest is a seven week-long festival involving a 5K run, a music fest, fishing tournaments, chef competitions, craft beer tastings, an art walk and other events as well. Also located at Port Aransas, the festival is taking place from September 13 to October 27.
Port A’s underrated food scene will also be showcasing itself during the Texas Super Chef Throwdown Series, occurring from September 18 to October 21. Consisting of 30 chefs from all around the state, the event qualifies the winning chefs to the World Food Championships in Dallas, Texas, consisting of 450 chefs competing from around the world.
All these events, taking place in Port Aransas, are a reflection of the culture and lifestyle in this coastal town — one where breathtaking luxury meets a casual atmosphere and invites all families to join in on the festivities.
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Susan Macarz is a unique real estate professional in Toronto’s prestigious and upscale neighborhoods. From a young age, Susan honed her love of fine homes in a real estate family. Her dad — a successful real estate developer and builder of communities in and around the Greater Toronto Area — nurtured Susan’s flair for home decor and passion for fine home design.
With an enthusiasm for sales, Susan was soon redesigning model suites, giving a great perspective of how meticulous design works as a sales tool. As she concentrated on interior design and marketing, Susan worked closely with her father, absorbing real estate knowledge, sales strategies, and negotiating tactics. In the early 90s, Susan went for more, focusing her career on real estate sales and marketing. Not settling for the ordinary, she achieved her real estate broker license designation and has gone on to win Re/max awards of distinction: In 2005, she won the award for Top 3 Individual Transactions in a population over 150,000, as well as memberships in the 100% Club, Re/max Platinum Club, and Re/max Hall of Fame; and in 2015, Susan was presented with The Lifetime Achievement Award.
Susan has always looked for more innovative ways to lead, but it is her art of negotiating that has truly set Susan apart over the years. She has a knack for looking at a deal from all sides and finding inventive solutions to get it done.
Susan is a smart marketer and sharp negotiator!
Look no further for the perfect outdoor furniture this summer. Vondom embodies quality, innovation, and drama in its designs, which explains the inspiring success of the company. Prestigious in its designs but also in its experience, this furniture appears at resorts such as the Oliva Nova Beach & Resort in Valencia, the Temptation Hotel in Cancun, and The Beach Club Kallis Visby in Sweden.
Whether at a resort, beach club, or in your backyard, Vondom takes the spotlight. The sleekness of each piece brings a sense of elegance to any commercial or residential space. Minimalists will love Vondom’s collections. The lines, fabrics, and colors all create a sense of peace that ensures total relaxation.
In these hot summer months, pool-goers, entertainers, and afternoon-nappers can now relish in the sun in ultimate comfort, with Vondom daybeds, sun chaises, and canopies. Modern, sleek, and quality-made, these products take lounging to the next level.
Ulm and Vela — designed by Ramon Esteve, Vondom’s artistic director — are just two of the collections offered, but there are over 45 available. Both collections are designed with color-changing light features that make it easy to incorporate them into a variety of spaces. The crisp and neutral shades that Ulm and Vela use are softened by the warmth of light. When the pieces are illuminated from underneath it creates a mesmerizing place to rest, day or night.
Vondom’s outdoor furniture is perfect for stretching out to soak up the sun, taking a nap, or decompressing by the pool. With retractable sunroofs, adjustable positions, swivel mechanisms, and designs that ensure comfort, you won’t have to the flee the sun for the indoors.
Photos courtesy of Xavi Gordo and Vondom