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25 May 2018

What Will This Summer Taste Like?

Posted in Unique Summer Food Trends, Bespoke

Unique Food Trends Poised to Spice Up (and Sweeten) the Season

What Will This Summer Taste Like?

Summer is almost here. You might be planning a big escape and looking to experience something new this year, but if all you’re focused on is travel, you’re missing one of the best parts of the season.

Of course, we’re talking about all the decadent food trends hitting eateries this year. And they can hit your next dinner party, too.

Here, you’ll find some cool, unique flavors you can experience this summer. Just keep reading to find out more.

30 April 2018

Is Your Own Garden the Perfect Spring Oasis?

Posted in Spaces, Bespoke

Rejuvenate Your Mind in Your Own Backyard

Is Your Own Garden the Perfect Spring Oasis?

With the weather finally warming up, you’re probably thinking of all the amazing places you can escape to this year. So, what are you doing? Exploring the temples in Bali, catching a movie at the Cinematheque Française?

What if we told you this year’s big relaxation spot was your own backyard? It’s time to enjoy the season in your own private spring garden. Keep reading to find out how can you transform your space into the ultimate spring retreat spot.

23 February 2018

How to Evaluate the Best Top-Tier Universities

Posted in Learning Community, Life

The Right University Comes Down to More than Just Name

How to Evaluate the Best Top-Tier Universities

Choosing a university is a decision that will decidedly impact one’s future. If you’re in a position to evaluate the options for a loved one in your life, it’s not something to be taken lightly.  

Harvard, Yale, Oxford – There are plenty of top-tier universities to choose from, and perhaps you already have a specific option in mind, but keep an open mind. There’s far more to the decision than going on a university’s name and reputation alone. Ultimately, it comes down to where the best fit might be.

As part of our commitment to the learning community, we’ve provided this guide to how you can sift through the options and work with your loved one to find the best education destination for him or her.

30 January 2018

Charitable Trusts: a Smart Idea for Any Philanthropist

Posted in Philanthropy, Life

Why a Charitable Trust is the Perfect Way to Avoid Capital Gains Tax

Charitable Trusts: a Smart Idea for Any Philanthropist

Charitable trusts are a smart approach for anyone seeking to increase philanthropy while simultaneously lowering their tax burden. You can give more to your desired charity without worrying about a high tax bill on a sale of assets: rental property, second home, a business or similar event.

Charitable trusts allow you to move assets to a trust that you can direct for the good of a charitable organization. The assets are protected against capital gain taxes, allowing there to be more assets to produce income. You can direct the income to yourself, family or others while the asset base continues to grow.

These contributed assets might be rental properties, private residences, or business holdings.

Since 1969, tax code has allowed capital gains to be split or redirected to good causes, reducing your level of taxation.

12 December 2017

Ring In The New Year With Celebrations Abroad Or At Home

Posted in Life, Bespoke

Here Are 6 Destinations Sure To Inspire A Memorable New Year’s Eve

Ring In The New Year With Celebrations Abroad Or At Home

December has arrived, and that means the new year is just around the corner.

If you haven’t made plans yet to ring in 2018, why not make this the year you indulge in one of the world’s best New Year’s Eve celebrations?

You can celebrate with hundreds of thousands of people if you desire, or you can tailor your experience to a private setting while still experiencing the festivities.

Below, we explore five destinations perfect for New Year’s Eve and weigh in on another celebration option (one that requires much less travel).

15 November 2017

What to Get the Person Who Has Everything

Posted in Life, Bespoke

Our Recommendations for Gifts that Will Impress

What to Get the Person Who Has Everything

On the hunt for that perfect Christmas gift? It can be tough to find that option that stands out, the gift that your loved one will continue to use all year long.  One of the things we love about smart technology is that there is an option for everyone; it’s a gift that can be personalized to fit any home or person. If you want to go beyond the basics with your gift-giving this year, consider one of these options.

18 October 2017

November Auctions Worth Attending

Posted in Life, Bespoke

Add These Auctions to Your Schedule

November Auctions Worth Attending

Fall auction season 2017 is in full swing, and the best auction houses are offering not-to-miss antiques, memorabilia, and art. So often, these events pass by without you even realizing they occurred. So if you’re an auction connoisseur, take a moment to peruse these November events before they pass you by.

26 September 2017

Hurricane Relief: Make a Direct Impact

Posted in Philanthropy, Life

3 Trustworthy Charities to Help Those Affected by Hurricanes

Hurricane Relief: Make a Direct Impact

14 May 2018

Immerse Yourself in These Daring Luxury Pool Design Ideas

Posted in Luxury Pool Design, Spaces

Wade into Summer Fun

Immerse Yourself in These Daring Luxury Pool Design Ideas

April showers might bring May flowers, but summertime is all about basking in the sun next to your pool.

Of course, staring at the same outdoor fixtures year after year can get boring. It’s time to upgrade, update and unleash the beauty of your property. And if you’re looking for something modern-yet-classic, a place to take a dip that you’ll never get tired of, you’re going to need some serious luxury.

Here, you’ll find some unreal luxury pool designs that you can enjoy for an unforgettable season.

20 April 2018

3 Unforgettable Destinations You’ll Have to See to Believe

Posted in Life, Bespoke

Your Next Vacation Just Got a Little More Spectacular

3 Unforgettable Destinations You’ll Have to See to Believe

Spring has finally arrived and 2018 is in full swing. That means it’s time to start thinking about your next getaway. But where do you go when you can go anywhere?

Easy. You pick the most striking, intriguing and unforgettable places you can find. In fact, we’ve done some of the work for you. Below, you’ll find our top three recommendations for this year’s best high-end vacation destinations.

Keep reading after the jump.

15 February 2018

Enhance Your Private Library with Smart Technology

Posted in Spaces

Explore the Ways to Add Even More Refinement and Comfort to Your Library

Enhance Your Private Library with Smart Technology

For many, a private library is about more than the sum of its parts. It’s about creating a space where you can escape into the quiet comfort of a good book.

The idea of incorporating technology into a library may seem counterintuitive, but there are options that will actually enhance the ability to enjoy the tactile comfort of physical books.

How might smart technology add elegance and convenience to your library? Here’s our recommendation...

17 January 2018

For Music Lovers Only

Posted in Spaces

The Benefits of a Dedicated Listening Room

For Music Lovers Only

When construction finished on Frank Gehry’s masterpiece of architectural design, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, in spring 2003, the Los Angeles Philharmonic had a challenge before them.

They had to postpone their debut in the new space because the theater’s unique design offered completely new sonic dimensions.

However, when they finally did debut in fall of the same year, they received rave reviews, with many critics citing the hall’s acoustics as a primary contributing factor.

The point is: a space designed to capture and enhance the acoustics of your music can greatly affect your listening experience.

Here, you’ll learn about all of the benefits of a dedicated listening room. Just keep reading for more.

07 December 2017

Is Your Home Made to Entertain?

Posted in Spaces

The Stunning Tech That Sets Your Gathering Areas Apart

Is Your Home Made to Entertain?

It’s that time of year again. As Christmas draws near, there’s a party every week – each one more impressive than the last.

As you prepare to open up your home for a get-together with friends and family, it seems a fitting time to ask yourself if your property is evoking the full sense of panache befitting your lifestyle.

The most common smart technology upgrades in luxury homes are typically focused on improving comfort and convenience for the homeowner, but we would like to challenge you on another upgrade particularly important in this season of festivities: your gathering areas.

Below, we cover the technologies that will not only make life more comfortable for you but will also create the stunning ambiance that will draw admiration from anyone who steps through the door.

07 November 2017

The Essential Technology Features for Your Private Luxury Spa

Posted in Spaces

How Technology Adds Sophistication and Comfort to Your Spa Experience

The Essential Technology Features for Your Private Luxury Spa

Taking a trip around the world to visit the most incredible spas is always fun and interesting, but at the end of the day, nothing beats the convenience and comfort of having a spa in your own home. The benefits of a private spa at home are endless—you can customize every nook and cranny, include designer brands you use every day, and tailor the controls to your daily schedule. Here’s how you can incorporate technology to improve the experience in your personal spa.

16 October 2017

Sail in Luxury with Yacht Automation

Posted in Spaces

Consider Adding Premier Technology to Your Yacht for the Ultimate Comfort

Sail in Luxury with Yacht Automation

Adding style and comfort to your luxury yacht is a primary concern when you entertain business partners, friends, and family, but have you considered adding professional audio, video, and automation controls to your boat? Your guests will be able to stay connected to the mainland through the use of a commercial-grade network, making it easy to watch cable TV or download a new movie. Your crew will also be able to easily tailor every part of your sea vessel for intimate dinners, cocktails at sunset and more.

Keep reading to discover how to elevate your yacht experience with luxury technology.  

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