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20 September 2018

How One Display Upgrade Will Get You Ready For Gameday

Posted in Elements

Is Your Entertainment System Ready for Some Football?

How One Display Upgrade Will Get You Ready For Gameday

It’s the most magical time of year. Not because the leaves are changing color. Nor because of the crisp fall air. It’s not even because the winter holidays are just around the corner.

No, it’s because the next few months will see the MLB playoffs, the start of NHL and NBA seasons, and, of course, the beginning of football season.

In other words, it’s time for an AV upgrade.

Whether you’re cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles to a second straight Super Bowl win, ready to see the Houston Astros win the pennant, or want to see how LeBron does with the LA Lakers, you’re going to want to experience it with the best AV possible.

Here, you’ll find some helpful hints at how you can upgrade your entertainment system for the ultimate sports season.

30 August 2018

Send Off Summer in Style: End-of-Season Supper Club

Posted in Supper club

Get the Most out of your Last Vacation Days

Send Off Summer in Style: End-of-Season Supper Club

Smell that? It’s the distinct scent of pumpkin spice. Store shelves are filling with Halloween-themed bags of candy. And the weather is teasing us with the first hint of a late-year chill.

In other words: fall is coming.

But right now, we’ve still got a few days of sun and warmth – perfect for spending late nights out back with family and friends.

If you haven’t already, now’s the time to start planning how you’ll say goodbye to summer. We suggest a supper club.

In this blog, we’ll look back at some of our great seasonal entertaining ideas so your last few summer nights will be unforgettable.

31 July 2018

3 Recipes to Try in Your Outdoor Kitchen this Summer

Posted in Outdoor Kitchen, Spaces

Add Some Flare to Your Cookout

3 Recipes to Try in Your Outdoor Kitchen this Summer

This summer is all about trying new things. And one of those things is your new outdoor kitchen.

But a kitchen is only as good as the food you prepare, so why not explore new flavors this year?

Below, we’ll highlight some of our favorite summer recipes and show you how to spruce them up to enjoy some of this year’s hottest food trends.

Want to savor the summer just a little bit longer this year? Keep reading below!

29 June 2018

Feeling Down? Crank Up the Volume!

Posted in Bespoke, Life

A Fascinating Way Music Affects Your Mood

Feeling Down? Crank Up the Volume!

How do you deal with a bad day?

Do you spend some time alone, meditating on your problems? Do you relieve stress at the local batting cages?

Well, according to a study by the University of Queensland, you may just want to turn the Metallica up to 11 and bang your head for a while. Sort of.

The study found that, contrary to previous evidence, loud, aggressive music like metal or punk can relieve anger and sadness, and help listeners calm down. It’s just one of the surprising ways music can influence your mood.

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 Bespoke, Spaces

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.

10 September 2018

The Amazing Innovations We Saw at CEDIA 2018

Posted in Top CEDIA Trends 2018, Bravas

Energy Automation, Tunable Lighting, and Even More Voice Control

The Amazing Innovations We Saw at CEDIA 2018

Today’s technology is smarter than ever. From the phone in your pocket to the thermostat on the wall, we’re able to connect to everything and access all kinds of information with just the touch of a button.

And at this year’s CEDIA, technology took a major leap into the future.

Whether you’re interested in managing energy in your home, finding the right lighting for any occasion, or simply using your voice to get the most out of your system, new technology will help you achieve your goals.

What were the most innovative tech trends we saw this year? Find out by reading below!

15 August 2018

Work from Home? Great Ideas to Set Your Workspace Apart

Posted in Luxury Home Office, Spaces

Style, Comfort, and Technology Help Increase Productivity

Work from Home? Great Ideas to Set Your Workspace Apart

Whether you’re running a Fortune 500 company, you work in a creative field, or you just want to know what’s happening at your place of work, a home office is the perfect way to maximize your workspace and encourage personal productivity.

At its best an office reflects who you are – how you work and what you want to accomplish. That means you’ll want a space that helps you achieve your goals.

Here, we’ve put together some great ideas that will help you get the most out of your luxury home office. Find out more by reading below.

19 July 2018

The One Upgrade You Need to Transform Your Backyard This Season

Posted in Outdoor Lighting System

Luxurious Lighting for Long-Lasting Summer Nights

The One Upgrade You Need to Transform Your Backyard This Season

As a rule, no house is a home without lighting. Sure, your home may be your escape from a busy working schedule, or where you enjoy hanging out with your friends and family… but none of that is possible if you can’t see your way around the property.

But lighting is also obvious. So obvious, in fact, that you may not have thought about it in years. This summer, we’re going to change that.

Your next home upgrade should be your outdoor lighting system. Don’t believe us? We’ll prove it. Just keep reading to find out more.

15 June 2018

Sensational Summer Kitchen Ideas for Outdoor Cooking Out This Year

Posted in Outdoor Kitchen

A Customized Cooking Space Turns Up the Heat on Backyard Fun

Sensational Summer Kitchen Ideas for Outdoor Cooking Out This Year

It’s time to go beyond the Weber. A bold idea? Maybe. After all, summer is known for artfully crafted burgers and outdoor parties featuring the grill. But why limit your culinary masterpieces to just one instrument?

We suggest customizing your very own outdoor kitchen space. There are plenty of unique ways that you may have never considered to add your own style to your backyard entertaining area.

Whether you want to revolutionize summer fun or just want to try something new this year, these summer kitchen ideas will help you experience the best of your backyard.

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 Bespoke, Life

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...

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