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Category Archives: Lifestyle

Function and Luxury

“It’s all about luxury behind closed doors, unless you invite someone in to see,” says Peggy Fruin, owner of Hampton Design Interiors in Bridgehampton. “It’s a lady’s sanctuary, her special place. Men tend to get a very small portion of this closet.”

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Setting Sail

More recently, Nantucket has reinvented itself as an escapist’s paradise. Low-key millionaires and weary urbanites come to its shores in search of the un-Hamptons and of unadulterated-relaxation. Part of the terrain’s allure is its lack of visual stress. The landscape serves as a sieve that distills hue and shape down to the elemental: broad blue brushstrokes of water and sky, dancing green grass, and 19th century grey clapboard houses scattered around heather-strewn lanes, still extant thanks to strict preservation codes. Nantucket’s glory days may have set sail with the last whaling expedition, but the cobblestoned walk reinforces that the heart of the isle beats to a sanguine rhythm.

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Aston Martin

And, now, CEO Andy Palmer is boosting production to a maximum of 7,000 cars annually. But he also wants you to share Aston Martin’s “lifestyle” of luxury yachts, travel and real estate, with car ownership optional. “We’re a luxury brand; we’re not just a car company,” says Aston spokesman Matthew Clarke of the newer ventures. “They expose our brand to a greater number of people, which is very important.” So, with dreams of expansion, this quintessentially British enterprise keeps calm and races on, crafting some of the planet’s most desirable performance vehicles, as its vaunted name hurtles into uncharted territory.

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No Place Like a Haute Hamptons Home

“It’s a very livable home with a lot of comfort built into it,” describes Nancy Patterson, Kean’s director of marketing. “It can accommodate plenty of people, but, at the same time, it has an intimate feel to it.” She credits the designers for incorporating sophistication and quality that set it apart from other luxury homes in the area. “Thought has gone into every aspect of the design, from the pull of the cabinet doors, to the size and width of the center island in the kitchen,” says Patterson.

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The Dream Team

Imagine strolling down the red carpet as George Clooney’s date for his new movie premiere, biking with Bono through Central Park or riding shotgun on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s personal M47 Patton tank. For a mere $10 donation, these are just some of the extraordinary experiences that have become realities for a few lucky contest winners. It’s all thanks to Matt Pohlson and Ryan Cummins, co-founders of Omaze, a California-based company that’s revolutionizing the philanthropic sector and making fundraising fun.

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She Said: She Shed

For many women, she sheds are a practical way to extend their living area, affordably and comfortably. These days, the trend is turning to outbuildings to accommodate the extra space, says Erika Kotite, author of She Sheds: A Room of Your Own (Cold Springs Press, February 2017).

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One Warm Coat at a Time

As a child growing up in a military family and later as a peripatetic working adult, Sherri Lewis Wood lived in 15 different U.S. states, seeing American life in all its rich, diverse—and sometimes cold, isolated and desperate—glory.

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Holiday Helpers

Every year, Bryan Cooperman looks forward to making the holidays special for his two daughters, ages 9 and 11, and large extended family. But shopping for hanukkah gifts doesn’t figure into the harried single father’s 70-hour work week.

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Plotting the Design of Your Home Library

Having a home library provides a place of sanctuary, one where you can escape the outside chaos and immerse yourself in things that put you at ease, whether that includes gripping novels, luxe furniture and decor, or art collected on your travels.

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Luxury Living’s Choice Picks for Gift Giving this Holiday Season

A talent for baking and investing in her culinary passion has turned King into a Willy Wonka of the cookie sheet set. In 2011, her thin, crispy chocolate chips were hailed the top-rated cookie by Consumer Reports, and also earned the title of the “best chocolate chip cookie” according to a taste test conducted by a panel and reported in a past edition of Rachael Ray Every Day magazine. Sold in tidy green packages, they melt in mouths from the Hamptons to Hong Kong.

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