An estate brand is both an ideology and a physical manifestation of aesthetic, design and service. It represents the intended reputation or expectations of the home.
Bill Dean owns two significant historic homes: the Robert Dodge House in Georgetown, and the Sebastian Spering Kresge home in Miami Beach. Both have undergone extensive- and expensive- renovations.
Celebrity Estate Management is a lifestyle… and it’s not English Manor Houses and ladies maids. It’s a choice to work crazy hours for creative people who invent and re-imagine more interesting versions of our reality. It’s a good balance; We’re control freaks and organization junkies and they’re spontaneous, carefree spirits. Being a CEM is a 30-70 […]
There are few people who have touched so many lives as my former employer W. Howard Lester. 20 years before I met Mr. Lester, I was enamored by his brand. When the Williams-Sonoma catalog came each month, I oogled the products, fantasized over the perfectly styled kitchens, and dreamed that one day I would make perfect spritzer cookies with my very own amazing Danish cookie press.
“As I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.” When I watched these lines being thoughtfully delivered by Tommy Howell in 1983, I was like every other tween – madly in love. Not only with […]
As the luxury condo scene heats up in Miami Beach, developers are stepping up their game by adding unique features and one-of-a-kind amenities. One such endeavor is an in-house art studio for the owners of Ritz Carlton Miami Beach Residences. An innovation of Piero Lissoni, the iconic Italian architect and designer, with guidance from local […]
Tucked away in the corner of a hip Russian Hill townhouse is Atelier Gabriela Daher. A bright fuchsia wall and floor-to-ceiling cubbies full of carefully folded fabric delineate the creative space from the living room. Posi, (short for the Mariposa Street SFSPCA where she was adopted), sees no difference and cozies up at Gabi’s feet by the sewing […]
As the proprietor of Dalat Gardens, Dat designs some of the most gorgeous and prominent gardens in the Bay Area. Aside from his understanding of form, space, and design, he has a love affair with exotic palms and delicate succulents that hold up to the finicky San Francisco micro climates.
I MAY HAVE stalked Tony Bourdain over the week preceding Thanksgiving. It started with a single post of Tony with rock legend Iggy pop on his Instagram labeled “two old dudes on the beach” with the location marked as Miami. It peaked my curiosity enough to hit the web and sure enough, discover that Zero Point […]
Among the posh mansions that line the shores of Star Island, number 27 stands as a testament to longevity. The 10,000-square-foot home is named Casa Di Paolo by its designer, famed architect Walter DeGarmo. Built in a Mediterranean style with several archways, mosaic tile interior and colored roof tiles, some call it a “mini-Vizcaya.” It […]