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Sustainable Luxury Living While Cruising the World

While trawler-style yachts may not be seen as glamorous on the Cote d’Azur,  they are the more sustainable choice for eco-conscious world cruisers. Although they move slower through the water than their Euro-designed Mediterranean counterparts,  they  give the owner more time and, more importantly,  more space to enjoy the views.  Besides, when you are in a rough sea, you can’t race through it on any boat. So, when you want to cruise to the Five Most Expensive Marinas in the World consider what will make you happiest as you arrive at your destination.

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When an extravagant 40th birthday of a friend of ours landed us in Shanghai, the city of Shanghai was abuzz with EXPO and the summer sizzle of China.  But one of the best parts of the trip was that when we left Shanghai, we planned to visit the Nordhavn factory in Xiamen,  en route to our business meetings in Hong Kong.  The factory manufactures the N55 and N60 as well as the N47, N52, and N86.

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Luxury High Tech Modern Houseboat

Looking for some inspiration today, I turned to a blog I love but hadn’t looked at in a while.  Appropriately titled If It’s Hip It’s Here,  I didn’t have to search far into their posts to find this inspiring houseboat, the MetroShip by Ballinger & Co.  Inspired by an open New York City loft apartment, this boat was conceived in London and handmade in the USA.  It’s a luxury item fit for the 2010 fantasy gift list in the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book.

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This 48ft x 12ft modern houseboat has 7 ft. ceilings and has been designed as an intimate luxury loft that also just happens to float.  It’s fitted with translucent aluminum grid panels; an aluminum, fiberglass or steel hull; premium windows & doors and a one piece fiberglass roof system. The kitchen is equipped by Viking & Gaggenau. The bath has an Italian vanity & Kohler shower. It is internet- ready and the Danish sound system & Sony HDTV’s will not disappoint the high tech user.

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Open and airy, it features  waterproof hardwood floors and double-glazed windows. The kitchen is centrally located for better stability and is enhanced by  an oversized island with hand-made white gloss cabinets.

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This is one deck, yes, but the Roof Deck is also ready to be converted into additional outdoor living space!

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The bedroom is an oversized open plan with a W Hotel bed.  Optional bedroom “pods” are available that rise up from the floor level at the push of a button.

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At night it truly glows with sophistication thanks to maintenance-free translucent thermal aluminum walls.  It’s all yours for $250,000.

If this is not quite up to par.. watch for the Mega MetroShip 110′ Yacht….coming soon…

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Modern and Unique Holiday Decorating

Modern Holiday Decor

The time for Holiday decorating has come and so I thought I would share some inspirations for a more modern style of decorating in case you have grown as  tired of the traditional as I have. Here are some unique ideas from “House and Home” and “Living Etc.”  that I found inspiring.
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Elegant Organic Jewels from the Sea

If a certain person on your list loves the ocean and deserves something special, have a look at this unique line by Sigal Gerber.  Inspired by the earth and the ocean, stones, seashells, and diamonds are collected and combined – celebrating their organic beauty.

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WoW Saturday Shopping with 1st Dibs

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1970’s Modern Fountain

USA

Homme

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Three Piece Surrealist Suite

Italy,1940

Lamberty

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Aldo Tura Lacquered-Blue Goatskin Console

Italy, 1960’s

Todd Merrill Antiques

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Art Deco Metal Tricycle

USA, 1937

Judith and James Milne

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Fine Moroccan Rug

1920, Morocco

JH Minassian

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Sculptural Fiberglass Room Dividers By Don Harvey

USA, 1960’s

Thomas Hayes Gallery

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Pair of Anabesk lounge Chairs by Folke Jansson

1955, Sweden

Craig Van Den Brulle

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Coney Island Pendants

1940, France

Coup D’Etat

Black Friday-Dress Shopping with 1st Dibs

Black Friday is here, why not do something a little different and shop sustainably from home for your home for yourself for all those Holiday parties you have coming up!

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Haute Couture Yves Saint Laurent Red Silk Gown

France, 1070

20th Century Couture

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1997 Christian Dior Haute Couture Silk Tulle Skirt
France, 1997

20th Century Couture

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Versace Beaded Asymmetrical Pant Suit
Italy

The Way We Wore

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Valentino Haute Couture Zebra Sequin Ostrich Feather Coat
Italy

Lynnban

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Atelier Versace, Worn by Melanie Griffith, Canne Festival 2004
Italy

The Paper Bag Princess

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1977 Chanel Haute Couture Ensemble
France

Rare Vintage

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1968 Courreges Couture Navy and Cream Dress
France

Rare Vintage

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A Fine and Densely Beaded English Tunic
England

Rare Vintage

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1920s Gold Bullion Pullover
Unknown

Kakkoii Mono

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Valentino Knit Wool Dress
Italy

P.S.

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Jacques Cassia JC-34
Monte Carlo

Jacques Cassia Collection

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