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20 March 2019

How to Pick Food and Wine Pairings That Pack a Punch

Posted in Food and wine pairings, Bespoke

Don’t Snooze on these Surprising Spring Selections

How to Pick Food and Wine Pairings That Pack a Punch

The sun is shining, the weather is warm, and the year’s first flowers are in bloom -- it’s almost spring, and we can’t wait. It’s time to get outside and fire up the grill in the outdoor kitchen and spend some time with friends and family in the backyard.

This year, we’re especially excited about the fresh seasonal produce and discovering the best food and wine pairings. We've put together this guide to help you find an intriguing wine to emphasize the exciting and indulgent flavors of the season.

26 February 2019

Your Guide to Monterey Car Week

Posted in Monterey Car Week, Life

Celebrate the Elegance of Automotive Design

Your Guide to Monterey Car Week

Every year the world’s greatest sports cars prepare for months to compete against each other. But it’s not their top speed that’s on display. It’s their style and elegance.

The year is 1950, and Phil Hill, who would go on to automotive glory as the only American-born driver to win the Formula One World Driver's Championship, sits behind the wheel of a Jaguar XK. Little does he know he'll become the first ever to win the Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance.

13 February 2019

Set Sail with the World’s Most Stunning Super Yachts

Posted in Bespoke, Smart Features on Luxury Yachts

A Look at the Best Smart Features on the World’s Luxury Yachts

Set Sail with the World’s Most Stunning Super Yachts

Nautical exploration is what shaped the world as we know it today. When humanity took to the sea, it led to some of the most significant advancements in civilization, science, and technology.

Because of its significance, it’s been romanticized over and over in literature, movies, and music. As President John F. Kennedy put it: “All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea – whether it is to sail or to watch it – we are going back from whence we came.”

Ships have become yachts; travel for necessity has become travel for pleasure. And that's allowed technology to act in aid of stunning comfort and incredible luxury.

 

Here, we’ll take a glimpse at some of the best smart features of the world’s luxury yachts. Get ready to set sail.

10 January 2019

Why Tunable LED Is the Hottest Tech Trend of 2019

Posted in Home Automation Trends to Look for in 2019 , Elements

Enjoy a Lighting System That Improves Your Lifestyle

Why Tunable LED Is the Hottest Tech Trend of 2019

The New Year is here and there’s plenty of great new technology trends coming your way. While rollable TVs and artificial intelligence may be some of the most talked-about technology upgrades at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, there’s one technology that will transform the way you get through your day: tunable LED lighting.

Want to find out how a ground-up tunable upgrade will transform your lifestyle? Curious why it’s one of the best home automation trends to look for in 2019? Find out here.

15 November 2018

Hitting the Slopes? Here Are 5 Incredible Ski Destinations to Check Out This Winter

Posted in Top 5 Ski Destinations for this Winter, Bravas

Break Free on Some Fresh Powder

Hitting the Slopes? Here Are 5 Incredible Ski Destinations to Check Out This Winter

“Go that way really fast. If anything gets in your way… turn.”

That sage ski advice from the 1985 John Cusack classic “Better Off Dead” still holds true today. If you’re planning on hitting the slopes this year, we highly recommend dodging out of the way of any obstacles that you encounter on your way down the hill.

We also recommend checking out some of the best up and coming ski destinations around the world, so you can have a memorable winter vacation with friends and family. There is nothing like spending your days on the slopes and cozy winter nights at the lodge.

So, where can you go for the most unique ski and chalet experiences this year? Check out our list of the top five ski destinations to visit for the perfect holiday getaway.

Just keep reading for the best spots for blue-bird days and exciting winter nights.

16 October 2018

Stunning Kitchen Design Trends for the Foodies in Your Family

Posted in Kitchen Trends for the Ultimate Foodie, Spaces

Build a Space That Brings Everyone Together

Stunning Kitchen Design Trends for the Foodies in Your Family

Do you feel it? The first bite of cool fall weather is in the air. And while the leaves may be changing outside, there’s a good chance you’ll be spending a lot more time inside now that summer is over.

That means it’s time to consider all of the home upgrades you may have overlooked in the warmer months. And what better place to start than the kitchen?

If you’re like us, you’re going to be spending a lot of time in your kitchen as the holidays approach. So, you don’t want it to look shabby and out-of-date. And you’ll want to enjoy all the modern conveniences currently available to simplify holiday meal planning.

Looking for some fun kitchen trends that you can enjoy this year? Just keep reading.

10 September 2018

The Amazing Innovations We Saw at CEDIA 2018

Posted in Bravas, Top CEDIA Trends 2018

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.

26 February 2019

What’s New with Voice Control?

Posted in Voice Control , Elements

Breaking Down the Differences in Platforms

What’s New with Voice Control?

If you've updated your technology in the past few years, you're likely familiar with the concept of voice control. Your cable service provider, smartphone, and more probably have some variation of technology you control through spoken commands. But one of the most productive uses for voice platforms is to control your smart home system.

Of course, with so many companies competing to dominate the market, you could quickly lose track of what the differences are between each device. Should you integrate an Amazon Alexa or Google Home system? Can you enjoy voice control without inviting a major tech company into your home? Find out here.

14 February 2019

Adding Sophistication and Style with Technology

Posted in The Sophistication and Style of Hidden Technology, Elements

Minimize the Clutter and Streamline Your Technology

Adding Sophistication and Style with Technology

As one of the first significant streaming hits of 2019, Marie Kondo's Netflix phenomenon Tidying Up highlights the distinct relationship between decluttering your home and living a better, more fulfilling life. And while she may be talking about cleaning out closets, architects and designers should pay close attention to her methods.

The lifestyle guru behind the KonMari Method recently told Elle Magazine: “... in the past, most of my clients were interested in organizing. Now, my clients are mainly interested in a life that is more centered around mindfulness and wellness.”

The popularity of her new show indicates an interest in reducing clutter on the path to wellness. And few things can clutter a room more quickly than technology components.

When you're designing your next project, consider factoring in the reality of the role technology plays in the day-to-day lives of your clients. Create a space where the devices remain useful, but they don't dominate the look or feel of the room.

Here, you’ll find some interesting modern solutions that will help you design a less cluttered, more mindful space for your clients. To get more out of the sophistication and style of hidden technology keep reading.

10 January 2019

Watches That Add Timeless Style to Your 2019 Look

Posted in Bespoke, Latest Greatest Watches

The Latest, Greatest Watches for Classic Sophistication

Watches That Add Timeless Style to Your 2019 Look

It all started with a little rebellion. In the 1540s, Protestant reformer John Calvin rose to power as the head of the church in Geneva. During that time, he banned wearing jewelry throughout Switzerland. It would be one of his most significant acts, though he may not have known it at the time.

That’s because Swiss jewelers weren’t going out quietly. Instead, they learned how to make watches.

The first watches were a kind of spherical pendant -- a stylish and practical addition to your wardrobe. Roughly a century and a half (and a few major technological developments) later, England’s Charles II popularized the waistcoat. To keep up, pendants were flattened and rounded out. Thus, the pocket watch was born.

A few more centuries and one World War later, and the watch migrated to the wrist. What began a bit of a joke (a bracelet that tells time?) was transformed by military pragmatism into an indispensable part of men’s fashion.

Today, wristwatches can do a lot more than just keep track of time. They can make phone calls and control your smart home. They can connect you to a world that’s always online.

But there’s something to be said for a classic timepiece. Here, we’ll show you some of our favorite watch designs to help start your New Year with a timeless look.

22 November 2018

Love Luxury? Here’s What You Need In Your Media Room

Posted in Must-Have Home Media Room Upgrades, Elements

Must-Have Upgrades for a Memorable New Year

Love Luxury? Here’s What You Need In Your Media Room

With the holidays right around the corner and the fresh spring air a lot closer than you think, you’re likely going to spend a lot of time with your friends and family -- spending time in your media room!

That’s why you’ll want to make it as luxurious as possible. From the ultimate game room to an all-in-one sports haven, you can turn yours into an entertainment escape right in the comfort of your home.

Want to learn how you can make your media room the most luxurious space in your home? Keep reading.

26 October 2018

Is Your Home Ready for the Holidays? A Checklist

Posted in Bespoke, Pre-Holiday Home Checklist

A Guide to Making This Season Special

Is Your Home Ready for the Holidays? A Checklist

With Halloween just a few days behind us, you’re probably so full of candy that you haven’t even started thinking about the holiday season.

But Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and the winter holidays aren’t far behind. Before you know it, you’ll be out of time to get ready for the festivities ahead!

Don’t panic, we’ve got you covered. From meal preparation to playlist selection, there are plenty of ways to make your holiday season unforgettable.

That’s why we’ve put together this helpful checklist, to help you get a head start on some of your holiday cheer. In it you’ll find helpful hints for your kitchen, living room, and more.

To get the most out of this season, just keep reading.

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.

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