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  • Modern Penthouses: NYC's Top Properties

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    Modern Penthouses in New York

    In the big apple, the hottest residential properties are the ones that literally sit on top of it all. Whether you're writing a down-payment check or just salivating over the thought of it like me, there's no denying the allure of New York's building-topping, showstopping spaces (such as Jill Stuart's edgy apartment above).

    There's hardly a bad view from the 52nd floor of the Bloomberg Tower either:

    Central Park Penthouse Views

    What could be more appropriate than Warhol's soup cans in the kitchen? Does everyone in New York have an art collection to die-for (or to at least retire on)?

    Modern Penthouse Kitchens

    And who says there's no view of the sky, stars or trees in the city?

    Rooftop Gardens New York City

    Generous use of wood extends the natural theme of this lower Manhattan penthouse apartment to the indoors. Distinctive pendant lights and modern recessed lighting maintain the contemporary feel.

    New York Penthouse Apartments

    Chrome Pendant Lighting

    George Kovacs Brushed Nickel Mini Pendant Light

    At a decent altitude, light and space are easy to come by in the city, as in this spacious Chelsea penthouse by designer Marie Burgos.

    Chelsea Penthouse Apartment

    Burgos has also applied her magic to a loft in Tribeca. I love the modern pendant lights that hangs overhead and sought out the design at Euro Style Lighting. This style works for kitchen islands as well as dining room tables. 

    Modern Tribeca Loft

    Crystal Bar Pendant ChandelierBroadway Collection Crystal Bar Chandelier

    Sure, a penthouse apartment in New York will cost a bundle. Infusing your home with the aesthetic however (minus the view) is much less cost-prohibitive. 

    Images: Small ShopWorld of Architecture, HiConsumption, Joel Sander, Marie Burgos

  • Cool + Collected 1.3

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    Marimekko Textiles

    +Design Milk features a great piece on the making of print art, covering a tour of the textile printing factory of Marimekko.

    +Space shuttle Endeavor made its final journey to the California Science Center, marking the end of NASA's shuttle program. Los Angeles Times has some great videos of the shuttle's trip through the streets of Los Angeles.

    +Tumbleweed Tiny House Company has come out with a book called "The Small House Book" and it's receiving wave reviews. Want to know how to build a small home for $20,000?

    +Learn how a home went from average to modernly chic with a reasonable budget over on Design*Sponge. The blog post even provides a complete list of sources used for the renovation as well as budget details.

    +If you're heading to the "City of Brotherly Love" anytime soon, Travel + Leisure's November issue features a complete Philadelphia restaurant guide, along with the ultimate travel bucket list and it even includes packing tips.

  • Luxury Suites at Yankee Stadium

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    Yankee Stadium Great Hall

    Love the Yankees or hate the Yankees, they're always in the playoffs come October. And with that, it seems appropriate to pay tribute to the finer points of design with the luxury suites at the new Yankee Stadium.

    In New York, America's past-time is all about luxury. With 56 luxury suites (compared to 19 in the old stadium), there's no shortage of big-ticket seating or big-ticket spenders. The Legends Suite (below) sets a muted mood in Yankees blue and white. Under cabinet lights and glowing frosted glass will help set the mood for any luxe interior.

    Yankee Stadium Legends Suite

    The Audi Yankees Club is built for fans who want to keep their eyes fixed upon the field. European-inspired styling is sparse and functional with the right touch of class. In this case, turf centerpieces by floral designer Rachel Cho.

    Audi Club Yankee Stadium Suites

    Everywhere you turn, there seems to be another suite. The Yankees Club suite (below) keeps things thematic yet elegant. Hi-definition screens play the game throughout the stadium, in case anyone forgets why they're at the ball park. 

    Yankees Club Luxury Suite

    Top shelf amenities aren't just for the paying customers. With luxe tile finishes and frosted glass, the locker rooms are in step with the seven and eight figure salaries of the players who use them. Adding some bath bar lights in your home bathroom might help you feel almost as luxe.

    New Yankees Stadium Locker Rooms

    At $1.5 billion, the new Yankee Stadium which opened in 2009, is a model of modern commercial design and the second most expensive stadium ever built in the world. However, with high-priced luxury boxes and VIP lounges becoming the new standard among stadiums and arenas, it might not be long before we see price-tags like this on a regular basis around the company.

    Images: Wikipedia, Arch Systems, Rachel Cho, Yankees, Wall Street Journal

  • Modern Home Office: The Key To Productivity

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    Modern Home Office

    It's that time of year again where keeping cozy inside your modern home office seems like a better idea than going anywhere else to work (if you have the option).

    Having the perfect office chair is often times the key to staying productive because if your legs start falling asleep or your back starts hurting, productivity is out the window! Finding a cozy chair to sink into (but not too far) is key! And just because you want something comfortable doesn't mean you have to compromise on aesthetic. There are so many stylish, modern office chairs to choose from these days. 

    Here are some of our top picks (below) for your crisp white modern office...

    White Office Chairs

    1)ZUO REGAL WHITE OFFICE CHAIR  2)ZUO PERFORMANCE COLLECTION WHITE OFFICE CHAIR  3)WHITE LEATHER HIGH BACK SWIVEL OFFICE CHAIR 4)ZUO SCOUT WHITE ARMLESS OFFICE CHAIR

    Home Office

    Some of you would be much more cozy with an organic-style office design. Mixing in modern design elements with pops of color, like a modern red office chair, will give your office a little energy.

     Red Office Chairs

    5)ZUO ANGLE RED OFFICE CHAIR 6)ZUO ADMIRE RED ARMLESS OFFICE CHAIR 7)ZUO HOLT COLLECTION LOW BACK RED OFFICE CHAIR 8)TRAFICO RED OFFICE CHAIRS

    The key to having a productive workspace is getting your office clean and organized. This will bring you clarity and allow that creative energy to flow. Hope you're all staying cozy and being productive as the weather continues to cool down.

    Images: FreshHome, Dust Jacket Attic

  • Wythe Hotel: Brooklyn Urban Hotel Design

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    Urban Hotel Desgn

    The Wythe Hotel located in the heart of Brooklyn, has been receiving many praises since opening in May of this year. This 8 story, 72-room urban hotel blends into the historic core of Brooklyn and it's prime waterfront location. The building itself, a former textile factory, has many impressive features and loads of character that have been beautifully preserved. Making this gem of a hotel shine brightly, but not too bright for it's surroundings.

    Industrial Interior

    The interiors stay true to the surroundings, mixing a modern edge into the decor and providing an impressive design. It is also a place you walk into and immediately feel like you're at home. The wood ceiling, exposed brick, and floor to ceiling grid windows  are prominent elements throughout the hotel. 

    Industrial Wall Sconce

    A gorgeous mix of grays, greens, blacks, and natural elements blend to create a warm and inviting space. Industrial wall sconces will always make a statement against exposed brick walls. 

    Industrial Wall Sconce

    Bruno Collection Scissor Arm Pharmacy Plug-In Light

    Industrial Windows

    The rooms are minimal, full of natural light and feature brilliant views of the city.

    Custom Wallpaper

    Custom wallpaper makes a bold statement in the guestrooms allowing the black accents to really pop against.  

    Contemporary Decor

    A minimal black desk lamp can stand alone when paired with a contrasting material, such as cool reclaimed wood. The modern black leather chairs look as cozy as could be and are placed in a perfect spot to sip coffee and enjoy the views these beautiful windows provide.

    Painted Concrete Floors

    Globe Pendant Light

    Pele White Glass Satin Nickel Tech Lighting Mini Pendant

    Not only does that Wythe Hotel have a beautiful lobby and guestrooms, but Reynards Restaurant is the go-to place for locals and travelers alike. The impressive architecture, globe lighting, painted concrete tiles and exposed brick walls make this a gem of a space. Just look how cozy this place feels!  

    So whether you are a New Yorker or in New York with family, friends, your band or co-workers, Wythe Hotel is the perfect place for all. It's stays true to the Brooklyn vibe, with history providing tons of character.

    Images: Wythe Hotel

October, 2012