The Unexpected Preservationist // Bill Dean

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.

The Secret Language of Laundry

The modern laundry care label we see today is the evolution of an extensive classification and regulation system known as the ‘Textile and Wool Act’ put in place by the US Federal Trade Commission in 1939. Contrary to popular belief, these labels do not actually tell you the best way to clean an item of […]

The Benefits and Responsibilities of Loaning Art

There are several reasons collectors might loan a work of art to a cultural institution. They may wish to share a cherished pieced with the public who would otherwise not have an opportunity to view it. Museum exhibition can enhance the provenance and value of privately owned work. Likewise, a museum may provide scholarly details […]

The Estate ‘Green Room’

Traditionally, the green room is a quiet waiting place where an artist can gather their thoughts, rehearse a line or polish a few bars. It’s unknown where the name came from, but one story is that London’s Blackfriars Theatre (1599) included a room behind the scenes which happened to be painted green; here the actors […]

Storing the Seasonal Wardrobe

Proper handling and maintenance of your off-season garments is critical – it will enhance your wardrobe’s appearance when you need it next spring (or for a warm weather vacation this winter), and improper storage can cause deterioration, insect damage and discoloration of the fabrics. Therefore, the wardrobe storage experts at Garde Robe created this introductory […]

Story Poles

If you haven’t managed a construction project in Los Angeles County, you may be confused when asked to submit your story pole survey to the Planning and Zoning Committee. Story poles are tall poles with flags or contractor tapes on them that depict the outline of the project. They are put into place on site […]

Cleaning a Rare Book Collection

The favorite place for the family to gather in the winter is the library; It’s cozy and warm. There’s an 8 ft Victorian fireplace, plush club chairs and a sense that the freezing world outside has calmed, just for a bit. The family takes meals there this time of year and lingers after dinner for […]

Saving a Star Island Gem

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 […]

Historic Duck’s Nest is Handed Down to the Next Generation

Descendants of one of Palm Beach’s oldest families completed a real estate hand-off this week that included a $7 million deed transfer from one generation to the next. The transaction involved one of the oldest structures on the island, the deconsecrated church known as the Old Bethesda-by-the-Sea, which faces the lake at 306 Maddock Way. […]

An Exclusive Security Agent for Your Protection

The best Executive Protection Agents are those who devote their time to maintaining proficiency in marksmanship, medical knowledge, martial arts and are constantly aware of what is going on around them.