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Reading the Room | How Valerie Stafford of Rumor Designs Brings Her Interiors to Life

Jan 2020

A piece of art. A color palette. A potted succulent. For Valerie Stafford, the smallest detail can be the thread that weaves together her whole vision and concept for a room. “That’s the best part,” she says. “Starting a design is so much fun, and then following the path as it winds is the second best part.” Before she became Partner and a Lead Designer at  Rumor Designs , Stafford followed a winding path of her own: from the modern, forward-thinking schools of art and business at the University of California, Santa Barbara, to the more traditional training ground of Florence, I...

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Unlocking the Power of Joyful Design | A Conversation with Ingrid Fetell Lee

Jan 2020

We constantly receive advice on how we could be happier—cleanses, retreats, mindfulness—but according to industrial designer and author  Ingrid Fetell Lee , the secret ingredients of joy may be found in our surroundings. Lee has built a career studying the science of joy, and how everyday surroundings can engage us in ways that influence our emotional well-being. That’s the subject of her bestselling book  Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness . Her journey started with simple curiosity while studying for her Master’s in Industrial Design a...

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2020 Pantone Color of the Year | Classic Blue

Dec 2019

Since 2000, color matching powerhouse Pantone® has welcomed in the New Year with its Color of the Year announcement—a prediction about the hue and themes that will influence us over the next twelve months. The selected shade not only reflects the feeling and tone of the time, but surfaces in fashion, home décor, and graphic design as everyone from illustrators to tastemakers finds something fresh in the color of the moment. Pantone has looked to the horizon for 2020 and forecasted  PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue , which the company says instills calm, confidence, and connection, and “h...

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Experience Christmas in the Philippines

Dec 2019

September is when temperature normally starts to drop in tropical Philippines. Cold nights remind people that Christmas is coming.  A lot of Filipinos working globally would mark their long vacation leave and fly back home to the much awaited season of the year, Christmas.  Actually, Philippines is  known for celebrating the longest Christmas season in the world and it would definitely be a merry time  to experience the holidays. Below are some  experience that you will encounter.  “BER” Months   The holidays in the Philippines start when the...

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Why the Philippines?

Dec 2019

The Philippines, dubbed as “Pearl of The Orient” is now on the forefront of growth as the newest Tiger economy of Asia, with the country’s relatively strong macroeconomy, the nations credit rating has improved and garnered invest grade rating from well renowned financial institutions such as Moody’s, Fitch and Standard and Poor’s. The nation’s robust economy has fueled by sustained remittances from the country’s modern day heroes, the OFW’s. Billion dollar industry of the Business Process Outsourcing and the increasing growth in the tourism...

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Thriving Thonglor

Dec 2019

Few of Bangkok’s neighbourhood have changed quite as much in recent years as Sukhumvit Soi 55, or Thong Lor, as it is popularly know. A section of Bangkok in the Watthana district on the north side of Sukhumvit, Thong Lor is more than just a chic residential area for the well-heeled cosmopolitan. The upscale neighbourhood also draws crowds with great bars, cool cafes and some of the most happening establishments that come with them. As one of Bangkok’s most thriving area, Thong Lor is one of the preferred neighbourhood for the city’s property developers. Apart...

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Potential in Thailand Real Estate Market

Nov 2019

Thailand is the 2nd largest economy in ASEAN, with a gross domestic product (GDP) of S$529 billion, a 4.1% annual growth in 2018. According to the IMD World Competitiveness Ranking in 2019, the competitiveness of Thailand ranks 25th among 63 economic entities worldwide, jumping five spots from the previous year. In 2018, Thailand further laid out plans to develop its eastern provinces into a leading ASEAN economic zone with the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) under the Thailand 4.0 vision. Existing connectivity by land, sea and air will be strengthened along with the China’s Belt an...

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7 Staircases That Go Above and Beyond

Nov 2019

Whether elegantly ornamental or crisp, clean, and contemporary, these striking curvaceous stairways are fascinating focal points, as thoughtfully designed as the homes they anchor. Woolworth Tower Pavilion Residence New York, New York |  Stan Ponte ,  Joshua Judge  &  Tate Kelly , Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage Occupying the entire 29 th  floor of the iconic landmarked Woolworth Tower,  this rarefied condominium home  welcomes both luxurious day-to-day living and the grandest of entert...

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Design | 7 Futuristic Materials Having a Moment

Nov 2019

What makes a house truly feel like a home? Aside from the events that take place between its walls, much of a home’s personality is found in the materials, textures, and accents that bring it together. While it can be time-consuming to keep up with the latest design trends—especially the perennials that come in and out with the seasons—incorporating the latest high-end materials into your home is an easy way to give a space an instant, luxurious update. From cozy fabrics to rich metals, here are seven futuristic materials to freshen any room. Bouclé Harrison, New York |  Al...

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Thailand Real Estate Market: What You Should Know

Nov 2019

Thailand has always been one of the most popular spots for holidaymakers and investors alike. According to the Mastercard APAC Destinations Index 2018, Bangkok, Thailand’s capital and most populous city, remains the top destination in the region with more than 20 million arrivals, besting its figure of 19.3 million it achieved in 2017. Thailand’s booming tourism sector has the country on the map for investors and accounts for 12% of the nation’s economy. This is not surprising as Bangkok is a vibrant metropolis with an amazing history, incredible food scene and fantastic local scene....

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