The spectacular SGNW House was designed by Metropole Architectsand is embedded in the lush vegetation of Zimbali, South Africa. No matter what the standpoint, this modern home offers details that inspire and amaze. According to the official description provided by the architects:
Several bodies of water, including Koi ponds, water features and a rim flow swimming pool appear to coalesce into one, and flow through the house and out into the forest. The stacked roof is fragmented and linked with flat roof slabs, in correspondence to the spatial arrangement of the rooms below, which both scales and articulates the massing of the house. The main bedroom suite cantilevers six meters over the patio below, providing protection from the weather. As well as “wow” factor. Large amounts of glazing optimize views of the indigenous bush that encapsulates the house, and together with the palette of raw materials including natural timber, off shutter concrete, water and natural stone cladding, offset the clean architectural lines with a warmth and Zen like ambiance.
Due to a daring mix of colors and decorating elements, each room is more surprising than the next!
Travelling: Hayman Hotel, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Hayman five-star Hotel is located on a privileged island in Australia, and provides easy access to the Great Barrier Reef. The natural beauty surrounding the resort is just minutes away from exploring. This is probably why the 240 luxurious rooms of the hotel, included in suites, penthouses, villas and beach houses, are not just a way of guest pampering, but can also be considered the starting point of an unforgettable nature adventure. The hotel’s playful appearance, contrasted by the green forests and blue waters of the surrounding swimming pool, sets the tone for a holiday-inspired scenery. The interior design of the accommodation units tastefully combines modern details (precise geometric shapes and floor to ceiling glass windows) with more traditional furniture and wooden accents. The overall feeling is that of elegance and refinement throughout.
Harvey Specter: It’s one thing to become king of the hill. It’s another to stay there. Daniel Hardman: Accept this with grace, Harvey. Harvey Specter: You want grace? I’ll give you the courtesy you never gave me. I’ll say it to your face. I’m coming for you.
Jessica Pearson: You pretend like you don’t care, but you do. You care about the people you work with, you care about the people you work for and you care about every one of your clients. But you refuse to let people know… Harvey Specter: Is there a question? Jessica Pearson: I just want to know why. No answer? Are you embarrassed? Harvey Specter: Nope. Jessica Pearson: Afraid? Harvey Specter: No. Jessica Pearson: Then why? Harvey Specter: Just let it go. Jessica Pearson: No, you’re under oath. Harvey Specter: Then hold me in contempt. Jessica Pearson: For God sakes, what the hell happened to you? What kind of damage was done to you? Caring only makes you… Harvey Specter: Weak. They think you care, they’ll walk all over you.
Doheny Residence is a modern residence with a privileged location in the Hollywood Hills, envisioned by Italian architect Luca Colombo. The project is characterized by a high level of openness, even on the side facing the street, where illuminated stairs invite visitors inside. However, the spectacular facade opposite to the street has a lot more to offer. From an impressive swimming pool to a barbecue area and outdoor bar, this is just one of the areas of the project where the inhabitants can enjoy the much talked about comfort and opulence of a Hollywood home. Once inside, the double-height walls and highly modern interiors with tasteful arrangements are likely to make a strong impression also. The Doheny Mansion in Los Angeles is currently available for sale for $10,900,000. For this amount, you get five bedrooms, six bathrooms and a neighborhood with famous residents. Seems like a fair deal?
Secluded among luscious tropical greenery, the Seychelles Safari Retreat on North Island promises to become part of your most treasured memories. Here, in a dreamy landscape, where endangered Seychellesfauna and flora are being reintroduced, a heavenly sanctuary composed of 11 handcrafted villas shape the Wilderness Safariexperience. Described as “a place of barefoot luxury“, this island and all the exceptional things it has to offer can be considered a rentable paradise. Modern elegance meets wilderness in an unprecedented scenario – the eastern beach was reserved for the luxurious beach villas, each prepared to offer comforting moments to guests and each featuring a second bedroom, perfect for kids. The resort also includes a lounge, library, dining space, health spa and gym, world-class dive center and a rim-flow swimming pool to complete the luxury experience. The western part of the island captures amazing sunsets from the beach bar and restaurant, so your stay here will be a unique explosion of luxury accommodation, natural settings and thoughts of everlasting happiness.
Architecture: Royal Penthouse II, New South Wales, Australia
A luxury modern Australian penthouse apartment should look like this – sophisticated lighting in the evening creating a soft atmosphere, while natural daylight creates the feeling of a larger space, overlooking a fantastic view. Coco Republic Interior Design just put this idea in my head with their elegant way of expressing pure comfort and luxury in the interiors of the Royal Penthouse II in New South Wales, Australia. This three bedroom penthouse apartment took 5 months to completely design. Surprising details like the rounded walls connecting spaces or glazed platform-like dining space create a dreamy scenario of exploring different corners of the apartment. Beautifully arranged bedrooms impose a unique, bold style in different shades of earthy colors. Wood, stone, washed linens and jute compose a natural living environment while the dark framed glazing reminds owner of the ocean beach panoramas outside.
Mike Ross: You know, you keep telling me that I have to decide what kind of lawyer I wanna be. And if I were smart, I’d probably be just like you, because everybody knows you’re the best. But I’m also trying to decide what kind of person I wanna be. And sometimes I like my kind of person.. a lot more than yours.
Harvey Specter: You wanna know what kind of person I am? Tough but fair. I call it like I see it. And what I see is a kid who asked for an opportunity who still hasn’t decided if he wants it or not.
Architecture: Luxurious Penthouse, New York, United States
Take 5,000 square foot and give them to the architects Beyer Blinder Belle and Costas Kondylis! The output: an exclusive five bedroom duplex penthouse located in the city of fascination, New York. This city is so vivid because it vibrates in the very own heart of it. A crowded-bohemian lifestyle, filled with luxury and exquisite tastes, this is what New York has to offer! The very own shelter of many architectural wonders, Manhattan is probably the most coquette and chic place to be. Nearby Central Park, in a residential skyscraper called Park Laurel, a stunning apartment with 360 degrees overview upon the architectural horizon of Manhattan is out for sale!
Amazing sight, high ceilings, large windows and an exquisite selection of elements of décor adorn this place, giving to it a vibrant touch of elegance. A subtle choice of neutral colors and the smart mix of glass reflecting the outside view, elements of contemporary art and an imposing fireplace, now that’s something we call dream home! Besides the incredible precise care towards details, the central and the accurate furniture alignments, everything seems dramatically extended: from ceilings to the panoramic sight upon this magical city. Here is a testimonial of a broker that knows this property very well: “This trophy property offers luxury at every turn and jaw dropping 360 degree park & skyline views from every window.” In case New York is an option, this duplex is an excellent choice for those who can afford it! We’re talking about a valuable residential space, offered for sale at $26.5 million dollars!
Travelling: Top Holiday Spa & Wellness Retreats Worldwide
Sophisticated getaways call for sophisticated services, which is why this post is dedicated to some of the best spa & wellness retreats out there. Exotic landscapes, nature-inspired architecture, exquisite spas and body-trembling massages- these are all elements that contribute to a memorable holiday experience. The post features wellness retreats from various parts of the world (from Indonesia and Thailand to Italy and the US), all ranking high in terms of visitor satisfaction. Another factor I considered was the relationship between the spa resorts and surrounding landscapes; most of the getaways in the photos below are spectacularly embedded in nature. So take a deep breath and prepare for a stunning display of ten highly sensory escapes:
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives
Encompassing the essence of these words – “where the heart wonders, tranquility will follow” – Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa gathers luxury facilities on 30 acres of lush vegetation pierced by nature trails – a perfect setting for the perfect waterfront vacation. The resort located in the southern most atoll of the Maldives stretches across the sparkling waters, offering a luxurious place to relax. CHI, the Spa at Shangri-La is said to blend personal peace, enchantment and well-being.
Ananda Luxury Spa In the Himalayas, India
Located in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, on 100 acres of virgin forest, the impressive Ananda Spa invites guests to meditate and unwind. The resort uses the healing principles of the East and the West with a specific focus on Ayurveda and Aromatherapy, all combined with contemporary spa technology. Yoga, healing experiences and beauty treatments are just some of the services provided here.
Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia
Southern Ocean Lodge is a luxury resort located along the cliffs of Kangaroo Island, Australia. The Southern Spa is a private oasis of calm, perched high on a cliff top and commanding dramatic views of the Southern Ocean stretching toward the Antarctic. A destination in its own right, the spa fuses the unique landscape and location of Southern Ocean Lodge with the acclaimed Australian-made Li’Tya range of spa products and professional staff.
Brilliant Resort & Spa Chongqing, China
Located within the ancient hot spring temples built during the Ming and Qing dynasties, this spectacular oasis of misty, awe-inspiring relaxation captures the essence of spa treatments bedecked with a myriad of inspiring design details. Rising above the Jialing River, in the North Hot Springs Park of Chongqing, the resort welcomes guests with a collection of reasons to come back again and again: 31 spa suites and villas with private plunge pools team up with private terraces and hot spring gardens to shape an unforgettable travel experience.
Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort, Tuscany, Italy
Located in the rolling hills of Tuscany’s Maremma region, Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort invites guests in a luxurious setting. According to the hotel staff, the varied architectural components, furnishings and colors merge into one to form an atmosphere of total multi-sensory pleasure. This quest for harmony has inspired architects from the Parisotto & Formenton Studio to interior design the area which separates the spa reception from the zone specializing in treatments and therapies. Entering the spa area, guests can enjoy a sensory kind of full-body envelopment.
Bulgari Resort, Bali, Indonesia
Resonating with its surroundings, the Bulgari Resort in Bali speaks a hybrid design language, combining traditional Balinese shapes and high class Italian style in an unforgettable destination. A sophisticated atmosphere intertwines with exquisite services in a successful attempt of creating a sublime experience. Gathering views across the Indian Ocean, the resort sits 150 meters over the sea, implementing natural inspiration and creating a dreamy setting for guests.
The Mezzororre Resort & Spa, Italy
The Mezzororre Resort is located in Forio d´Ischia, in the province of Naples, Italy, in a lovely setting. The 5 star hotel is perched on a bluff above the sea, offering guests tranquility and a magic atmosphere. Equipped with modern and exclusive health and beauty treatments, the Spa contributes to a perfect state of relaxation.
Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Spa, Thailand
Tucked discreetly amidst the coconut palm trees of the picturesque Koh Phangan, lies a unique tropical haven boasting 44 suites and villas, each with a private plunge pool. The Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort is equipped with an exquisite Spa, within jungle gardens: “Our treatments incorporate ancient herbal remedies to restore and revive the body’s inward and outward beauty. Along with timeless herbal elixirs we introduce modern remedies for relaxation and detoxification, creating innovative and therapeutic treatments to restore inner peace and total wellness.”
COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali, Indonesia
COMO Shambhala Estate is located near Ubud, Bali, and consists of picturesque villa-style accommodation units with terrace rooms, garden rooms and various types of suites. Even though visitors are sure to be overwhelmed by the comfort and papering of their accommodation unit and the services provided here, few of them will remain inside for a long period of time, during their stay in this tropical paradise. The Spa offers the opportunity for Asian-inspired treatments including massage, facials for restorative skincare.
Amangiri Hotel & Spa, Canyon Point, USA
Designed by Rick Joy, Wendell Burnette & Marwan Al-Sayed, this nature embedded hotel has a total of 34 luxurious rooms, each offering dramatic views over the stratified rock towards the Grand Staircase. According to the hotel staff, the Aman Spa at Amangiri is a 2,322-square metre (25,000 square foot) destination unto itself, providing a wonderful setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. The entrance pays tribute to the nearby slot canyons and opens into an intimate reception and lounge area featuring a glass tiled, sky-lit reflection pool and a central fireplace.
Architecture: "Smart Home", Johannesburg, South Africa
This luxurious three-level penthouse in Johannesburg, South Africa is the result of a design collaboration between SAOTA and OKHA Interiors. According to the architects, the client desired a home that would showcase the evolution of 21st Century urban living, reflect individualism as well as evolve the technological aspects of the smart home, with tailored lighting and automation.
The result is an opulent apartment located on the 11th floor of a building in a commercial city center in Sandton, which breathes, despite its integration in a crowded urban landscape:
“In effect, we created a wall-less 900m² penthouse, with a garden, that gives the impression of levitating above the city mass“- stated designer Adam Court.
The layout of the penthouse is based on a continual flow of materials and colors, while also emphasizing on the particularity of each living zone.
A lot of people may say that age is a state of mind, that a person is only as old as they feel. That is an upbeat and optimistic approach to aging; however the question is if that applies when it comes to relationships. It has quite often been acceptable for a male to be the older person in a relationship. Some issues can arise if the opposite happens; a younger man and an older woman. In addition, there can be some issues as well, if the male is many years older than the female. It is possible to have a secure and loving relationship in which there is an age difference, if both people involved understand certain issues that may arise and they can work together to resolve them.
The most important factor to understand is that although our bodies will show our age to a certain degree, age is most significant when it relates to maturity. Whether you find yourself to be the younger or the older person in a relationship, take into account whether your maturity levels match. It depends on their life experiences, personal outlooks and goals.
One dynamic that can make or break a relationship is the common ground that you share with the other person. Most people will undoubtedly get along with someone who has similar interests and hobbies. A night owl versus a morning bird will certainly not be in sync with each other. The same theory holds true for interests. While it is healthy to have some of your own personal interests, it is very helpful to the relationship that you share time together doing things that you both enjoy. Think about whether the age difference will affect activities done together; whether they go for wellness, skiing or watching movies, these times spent together will keep the relationship strong.
Another aspect to consider is if the age difference will interfere with your own personal goals. Whether you want to concentrate on your career, have children or spend your free time traveling; ask yourself if your partner’s age difference agrees with your way of life. Discuss the future, not just the present situation. Some topics to consider are finances, children and career choices. You may find it very useful to choose a time to sit down and seriously talk about how the age difference may affect your lives one year, five years and possibly twenty years down the road.
Most importantly, if you and your partner feel you are right for each other, age will not matter. We all begin our quest for love as young adults and we live with the intention of holding strong into our senior years. If two people are lucky enough people find each other, it usually will not matter at which point in life they do so.
Travelling: Nannai Beach Resort, Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
Perfect for romantic getaways and honeymoons, the exotic Nannai Beach Resort in Porto de Galinhas is defined by comfortable luxury and the constant proximity to water. Extending over 6,000 square meters, the huge swimming pool is divided between different zones for relaxation. Swimming lanes lead to beaches overlooking the ocean, Jacuzzi welcome those looking for luxurious bubbles, while water volleyball lovers have their own pool area and children can enjoy special water zones built with safety and fun in mind. Equipped with 42 apartments and 49 bungalows, the alluring Brazilian resort also boasts a restaurant, a bar and a beach bar, all constructing the sense of a natural reserve adorned with modern luxury details.
The Brazilian retreat merges adventure and relaxation in a complete package – the Tyrolean traverse takes you up over the luscious surroundings, water sports introduce you to azure waters, while tennis, beach soccer and beach volleyball courts alongside the fitness center keep you in shape. The steam sauna is there to relax your body after enjoying the day under Brazil’s sun. The following photos offer only a glimpse of what lies between palm trees and inviting water features, the rest must be discovered in person.
To better compete with the finest that Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Jaguar have to offer in the full-size luxury sedan segment, Lexus put its fourth generation LS under the knife.
In the U.S., Lexus has said that the 2013 LS460 will be the first to arrive in the market in October followed by its more dynamic sibling, the LS460 F Sport in November and the hybrid LS 600h L in December. Pricing has not yet been announced; though don’t expect any significant changes.
What Do You Think When You Hear The Words “Be Yourself”?
A lot of people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a copy. The majority of us are required to live a life of constant duplicity. Your health is bound to be affected if, day after day, you say the opposite of what you feel, if you grovel before what you dislike, and rejoice at what brings you nothing but misfortune.
„Be Yourself“ means always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. But It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
“I still want to be friends. We’re better as friends than lovers.”
Those words are the kiss of death in many relationships. Are they simply said to soften the blow or are they genuine? In my eyes even with the best of intentions, it’s tough to become buddies after a breakup.
Although, some people do decide to break up and remain friends but I guess that depends on the way the relationships ended and why it ended.
For example: If he/she cheated would you really want to be friends with someone who cheated on you? Regardless of any situation a true friend wouldn’t cheat on a friend so why would you want to be friends with a cheater?
Relationships end for all different reasons and they start for all different reasons too. No situation is exactly the same to anyone else’s so I am not in the position to say ALL ex-lovers shouldn’t be friends. Although, I do believe it should be deeply thought about because it could make it harder for you to move on. But then again I guess that will all depend on the intensity of the relationship you had together.
Ready for some resort-style inspiration? The Coco Palm Bodu Hithi Hotel in the Maldives fascinates with its collection of 100 villa designs to choose from, each luxuriously displaying a welcoming interior design and being strongly connected to the astounding surroundings. Located on a private island in the Maldives, the resort boasts contemporary designs merged with traditional influences. Eight restaurants, a spa with yoga and Tai-Chi and varied ways of spending time either relaxing or challenging your body and soul with new experiences were designed to prove that luxury and comfort can be successfully connected to a paradise-like location. White sands and turquoise stretches of water surround a superb interior environment in which the eye is constantly bombarded with exquisite details upgraded by magnificent views.
Encircled by tropical gardens and displaying an elegant design, Sunrise House offers a combination of luxury and comfort, with an option for further exploration on the Caribbean coast. The villa offers access to a private beach and it can comfortably accommodate up to 10 guests. Characterized by simplicity and sophistication, the residence accommodates five bedrooms, a spacious living area, a home theater, gym, tennis court, swimming pool and lovely terraces. Next to the main building and situated right on the beach, there are two small luxury cottages displaying a charming, nature-inspired design. The interiors have a genuine holiday feel, with eclectic furniture arrangements and plenty of seating options. Stone and wood add an original touch to the exterior appearance, while the dominant white color inspires serenity throughout.
Empathy is what makes a lawyer go from being merely good to being great. It allows a lawyer to serve the client’s interest, rather than merely solving the client’s problem. The difference is critical. While solving problems is important, it is really only a technical issue, requiring (usually) a meeting, research, the filing of a brief, etc., in order to make the problem go away. However, if an attorney is serving his or her client’s interests, the lawyer will understand the underlying issues affecting the client’s business and decision making in order to put the client in a better position to succeed, whether in the overall litigation, in business, or once the litigation is complete.
This implicates, that technical proficiency will only get lawyers so far, empathy and understanding are necessary to truly be great.
Architecture: Spectacular Infinity Pools That Will Rock Your Senses | Part 2
Not too long ago, I featured a post with some of the most incredible infinity pools out there. For today I gathered more of the most mind-blowing infinity pools that will certainly get your interest rising. The images below were shot in various countries around the globe, surprising unique moments. Even though swimming on the edge of a skyscraper’s roof may be different from diving into a pool that faces the sea, the experience is an unforgettable one (no matter what the location).
Architecture: Spectacular Infinity Pools That Will Rock Your Senses | Part 1
When it comes to contemporary pools, some home owners prefer to let go of all physical limits. This is probably how infinity pools were born: by embracing a feel of absolute freedom and put it into practice.
An infinity pool is a swimming or reflecting pool which produces a visual effect of water extending to the horizon, vanishing, or extending to “infinity”. One type of location in which the effect is particularly impressive is where the infinity edge appears to merge with a larger body of water such as the ocean, with the sky (if the pool is located on the side of a hill or field of green), or with foliage.
For today I gathered contemporary pools that defy boundaries. You will probably find most of them spectacular, even unworldly. But I tried to keep things as realistic as possible, which is why I featured a few small-sized infinity pools as well. The most stunning designs are integrated in fascinating natural landscapes. In the photos below, some infinity pools face the sea or the ocean, so that swimming becomes a liberating activity.
This post will have a second part of mind-blowing infinity pool photos, so stay tuned on IT’S UNIQUE.
Architecture: Kelowna House Overlooking Fantastic Scenery
The impressive Kelowna House, designed by Canadian architect David Tyrell, is a unique residential building displaying a contemporary architecture enhanced by its position. Nestled between natural landscape elements like the mountain that led to its shape and size and the forested land surrounding it, the modern home is a fortress-like construction offering a comfortable lifestyle despite the harsh conditions. Located near Kelowna, BC, Canada, the residence that received its name from the neighboring city displays a massive brick wall supporting the interior spaces. Overlooking Okanagan Lake, the modern and imposing residence gathers views from many vantage points, both interior and exterior. Wood columns on the upper terrace support large overhangs and add an interesting character to the upper floor pavilion containing the social and entertaining areas, as well as the master bedroom. An infinity pool completes the luxurious features of this home.
Whether You'd Rather Marry Someone Who's Rich But Ugly, Or Poor But Attractive?
Neither, honestly. It‘s nearly all about her personality. If she has an interesting and great personality she‘s automatically beautiful to me. But to answer that actual question, I‘d go with poor but attractive.
When the need for a fantastic holiday strikes, the beautiful Maldives offer exquisite experiences integrated in unforgettable landscapes. Taj Exotica Resort and Spa Maldives is a five-star exclusive resort, surrounded by lush tropical plants and crystal clear blue waters. Located in one of the largest lagoons in the area, the accommodation units spread idyllically along a mesmerizing beach, providing a lovely relaxation setting for their visitors. According to the official website of the location,
"The resort seamlessly extends the magic of the island’s blessed natural beauty in its design even as it offers the finest in contemporary luxuries and services. Jiva Grande Spa, an authentic Indian spa, offers a range of signature wellness experiences. A choice of gourmet cuisine, water sports, and recreation make for a complete and exclusive destination. The resort is only 15 minutes by a private luxury speedboat, available 24 hours, from Malé International Airport“.
Architecture: Home Overlooking the Ocean in Santa Barbara
Studio Hochhauser Blatter Architecture and Planning based in Santa Barbara completed the Whitehead/Bay Residence, a 5,400 square foot project located in Montecito, California. The current owner of this imposing home is Michael Bay, Hollywood film director and producer, who recently put the residence up for sale, requesting the sum of $6.8 million. The home includes three bedrooms, three full bathrooms and two half baths, a one bedroom guest house, full laundry room, ample storage, air conditioning, 3-car garage, and gated entrance. The interior design emphasizes on luxury and comfort with an airy, bright feel and excellent views from most of the rooms. An open plan living room is the focal point of the project and was planned on two levels. A vaulted skylight and a cathedral-like ceiling give this place a sophisticated feel. One could say that the most attractive feature of this home is the infinity pool with spa, which is surrounded by rich vegetation and faces the ocean.
Architecture: Spacious Apartment in San Francisco featuring a Basketball Court
Large spaces seem to have an attraction to people who love entertaining with style. This particular multi-level 5,000 square foot apartment is the perfect place to combine a flourishing social life with the comforts of home. The owner and Martin Building Company worked together to design a personalized space that would replace the old warehouse. Located in San Francisco’s South of Market district, the apartment found on My Modern Met draws the attention with exciting features like the basketball or the tree in the middle of the living room. A laser optic lit steel tube acts like the hallway, opening up the space to the double height living area. The large, bright space was obtained by keeping the many skylights intact, especially a 16 x 20 foot retractable centre skylight that floods the space with natural light. Exposed wood beams enlighten the space and create a fascinating pattern in the bright space. The large entertaining area was designed to encompass as much fun items as possible and many areas for relaxation. Many people would love to live in a place like this, but unfortunately, the loft was recently sold for $3.32 million.
I know you guys love a good landscape around a fascinating living space. But today I’m going to bend the rules a bit and present this fascinating place of retreat called Ayada Maldives and located on the island of Maguhdhuvaa, in the lovely Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll district. The resort consists of 112 luxurious villas and is due to open on October 30, 2011. Impeccable blue waters, powder white sands and lush vegetation- they all seem to be a given in this miniature paradise. The accommodation units have a beautiful warm and traditional feel and are fully-equipped, providing comfort beyond expectations. Even though there is a generous pool connecting all the small homes together, each villa comes with its own rectangular pool, for complete privacy. The services here are said to be excellent and the area is neighbored by seven restaurants, bars and cafes.
Blue Jay Way Residence comes from McClean Design and is located in Los Angeles, California, USA. According to the architects, the clients wanted a home built around a central pool, which was the starting point when planning this home:
Upon ascending to the main level of the house, the water element becomes an ornamental pool before dropping into the spa below, and then extends to a 75-foot-long lap pool cantilevered over the slope into the view. The entry to the house is a glass bridge over the pool below. The house is divided in half by the water feature and a pool to minimize the structure’s perceived size and to separate the private spaces (master bedroom, study) from the public (living, dining, kitchen). The living room and master bedroom are cantilevered over outdoor spaces below and appear to hover against the background of the city beyond. The lower level includes several guestrooms, a media room, and a four-car garage. The palette of materials is soft contemporary with extensive use of concrete, wood, and stone.
The project occupies an area of 6800 square feet and has panoramic views of LA, Santa Monica, the Pacific, and Catalina Island. Have a look at the photos for a better understanding.
My Pickups: Common Projects Black Achilles Lowtops
Inspired by utilitarian design and luxury products, Common Projects sets out to create minimalist design basics and accessories. Inspired by fundamental architectures found in everyday objects, each product is infused with tailoring and executed using the finest materials and processes. The line endorses the companies dedication to basic footwear architecture and marks each shoe with a proprietary gold stamp on the heel.
There are soo many Common Projects sneakers I like due to their huge ranges and variety. When I remembered back I was amazed at their lovely quality, manufacture, design and silhouette, when I got my first pair — the gray Desert Boots a while ago.
My second pair of Common Projects came today in mail. This time I got a great deal on the black Achilles Lowtops. Since I’m really glad with making this deal I’m definitely planning to buy the White Achilles Lowtops in future.
The spectacular Leaf House was designed by Mareines + Patalano Arquitetura and is located in Angra dos Reis, close to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Its unique design is said to be inspired by Brazil’s Indian architecture and was envisioned in a way that counteracts the humid and hot climate which characterizes the area. Stretching over a surface of 8,600 sqare feet, this original looking beach home is covered by a giant leaf-shaped roof that isolates the building.
To start with a blog isn’t that easy how I thought it would be. The first post of a blog is terrible important, because it sets the tone for the blog.
From the reader’s point of view, I would want to see different areas covered in my first post.
So I want to start with 3 areas …
1 - Who I am.
I’d say I’m just a normal 17-year old guy - called Sebastian - from Augsburg, Germany. I’m interested in sports, fashion, music, movies, shopping, travelling and much more. At the moment I’m goin’ to a prep school (gymnasium) - comparable with a High School in the United States -. It’s (hopefully) my last school year before I’ll go to the College.
2 - Why I’m bloggin’.
Maybe the most important question, cause it forces me to spell out my intentions to my audience. So the question is “Why would someone come to this blog, what would they be looking for?" Here I’ll be sharing many different things, that I’m interested in. Also, I think it’ll be a multifaceted blog, because the things I’m interested in are from really different sections and that should lead to the interest of ya’ll!
3 - What I’ll be bloggin’ about.
Like I said it before, I’ll be posting about all of my interests. That can be articles about the fashion world, my thoughts about the actual NBA/NFL season, but also travel destinations I’d love to go or just ‘bout a normal day of my life.
At the end I want to write something about the uniqueness of every human.
"A good voice isn’t so important. It’s more important to sound really unique."
So hopefully you’ll sometimes remember this blog and feel like reading it.