The valet parking line stretched down the block for Honolulu-based lux furniture store C.S. Wo’s annual “Home for the Holidays” bash for its top-tier customers and designers. This year’s event marked the 16th anniversary partnership between C.S. Wo and Neiman Marcus.
The event, in conjunction with Neiman’s HeART corporate charitable giving program, featured some 60 exclusive holiday items from the Love to Give Collection. Ten percent of proceeds will be donated to the Honolulu Museum of the Arts.
On the surface, this was an event like many others … until you noticed cross-cultural Pacific catering snapped up by attendees that included a pair of roast suckling pigs served Chinese style, a poke (po-kay) bowl of seasoned fresh ahi with kizami and tobico served on warm sushi rice or the pork and vegetable encrusted shrimp served with chili sauce. Rounding out the menu was a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese icing, perhaps a nod to Neiman’s Texas roots?
YOU KNOW SEVEN MILE BEACH, YES? Probably the most famous and glorious beach in the western hemisphere, it is a long crescent of coral-sand perfection on the western end of Grand Cayman. Seven Mile Beach has been named “The Caribbean’s Best Beach” by the revered Travel and Leisure. Others think it is one of the best beaches in the world. It is public property (as are all beaches in the Cayman Islands) and you are free to walk the full length of the beach, which is actually 6.3 miles, regardless of where you are staying or how small your hedge fund is. There are a few residences along this famous beach, with condos built in the 1980’s starting at about half a million. The homes, as you can just imagine, are in the multi-million range. But nothing much new in the way of residential or hospitality has been built along this beach in more than ten years.
That is, until now. Dart Realty, one of the largest developers in the Cayman Islands, proudly unveils its newest property: the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, the boutique hotel brand’s first Caribbean property, and The Residences at Seafire. There will be a total of 265 rooms, including the private wholly owned homes.
“On behalf of Ken Dart and Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd., we are excited to announce that we have begun the one-year countdown to the opening of Grand Cayman’s first luxury resort in more than a decade, the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, and our for-sale residential offering, The Residences at Seafire, situated on the award-winning Seven Mile Beach,” said Mark VanDevelde, CEO of DRCL.
View of Seven Mile Beach and the Caribbean Sea from the lobby of Kimpton Seafire
The Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, and The Residences at Seafire, both reflect founder Ken Dart’s vision of creating places where both visitors and residents want to gather, spend time and be inspired by the beauty of Cayman’s natural environment, says VanDevelde.
It is also another testament to Dart’s commitment to help grow the local island economy as well as create new employment opportunities. The property topped out in August, and the design team is now focusing attention on the build-out of the interior spaces. The resort and residences are on schedule for opening in November, 2016. The Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, and The Residences at Seafire, will add the first residential dimension to a developer renowned for thoughtful design approaches encompassing sustainability, advanced recycling efforts, and the most energy efficient structures. Dart Realty is an investment, development and management company with more than one million square feet of built assets including the uber master-planned, mixed-use development of Camana Bay, featuring more than 700,000 square feet of developed grounds including courtyards, gardens, event spaces, sports fields, car parks, roads and a helipad.
Soap star Sean Kanan asked Dallas designer Kathy Fielder to create a vibrant, personalized space.
When you envision the interiors of your second home, you might gravitate toward relaxing color schemes and open spaces with comfortable furniture. It should be a space for relaxing and letting go. A space for enjoyment, not practicality.
Not everyone has the talent to create that kind of space, nor the time. That’s why Sean Kanan, a renowned daytime TV star, enlisted Dallas-based veteran designer Kathy Fielder to create the perfect environment for his vacation home in Palm Springs.
“The combinations that Kathy put together echo my taste,” Kanan said. “She utilized a combination of bold patterns with solids all within a neutral palette that I love.”
But how do you achieve that look without succumbing to design ennui? We asked Kathy for a few tips on designing the perfect spaces for your vacation home.
Charleston South Carolina has been having a moment lately, but then again, when hasn’t it been a desirable spot? It’s consistently been ranked as one of Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 25 Cities In the World and was ranked as the best city in the United States by Travel + Leisure in 2014. What makes Charleston such a great place to visit or live? It’s a potent mix of history, beauty, great weather, and world-class cuisine.
High Point, North Carolina is currently famed for being the furniture capital of the United States, bringing furniture designers from around the globe in for the High Point Market two times a year. High Point, though, like many other Southern towns, was also built on textiles and tobacco.
Hillbrook, was built for textile baron Comer Covington (he and his wife Elizabeth Harriss Covington, were the founders of Harrris-Covington Mills) in 1930 and is considered one of renowned architect Luther Lashmit’s preeminent works. Lashmit, of the firm Northrup & O’Brien, was the architect behind other notable North Carolina homes such as Graylyn Mansion (built for an RJ Reynolds president) and Adamsleigh (another grand home built for a textile titan). The home has alternately been described as a Norman Tudor and, in archival materials at the NCSU libraries as a Cotswold Tudor.
Designed after the shared-community model, but with the added bonus of world-class facilities, the 505 Ranch offers lakefront living nestled within a stunning ranch setting. The lush, tree-filled concierge community offers the best of parallel settings – lake and ranch; a sense of community combined with privacy; a refuge and an escape; rustic unspoiled nature and modern amenities. (more…)
Maybe it’s the frothiness of the One Percent, or maybe the drop in oil prices just hasn’t sunk in. But people are buying vacation homes more than ever, the buyers are younger, and the vacation properties are further from the primary home. We know this from a terrific Austin-based company called HomeAway. The vacation rental guru celebrates its 10th anniversary this month. Because HomeAway has more than one million listings, they’ve seen it all! They have witnessed vacation rental owners take what was seemingly a “cottage industry” and become micro-entrepreneurs, turning their second homes into significant profit-drivers, funding college tuition, future retirement homes and family vacations. The vacation home market is good for business!
To celebrate, they reviewed a decade’s worth of data to compile a list of five trends driving meaningful change in the vacation rental ownership industry. Yeah I know, most people would open a bottle of bubbly, but the HomeAway folks really like pulling data, which they have plenty of. here are five key insights of the current vacation home market: (more…)
Maybe you’ve just returned from a holiday escape to the hills. Or maybe you are planning a ski outing in a month or two. We all know how much North Texans love to head to the mountains of Colorado to get their downhill fix. One of the top destinations for Dallasites is Telluride, Colorado. The town happens to be the county seat of San Miguel County in southwest Colorado, a former mining town in the San Juan Mountains. But ever since skiers discovered its steep mountains and fabulous snow in about 1972, Telluride has become known as the pinnacle of Colorado mountain living, both in summer and winter.
Telluride is a laid-back Aspen: no Prada store, no Louis Vuitton. Rumor has it that even Starbucks must get permission to move to Telluride, and thus far that permission has not been granted. There is a Starbucks in Mountain Village in Hotel Madeleine, about as close as a Skinny Vanilla Latte will ever get to this place. (more…)