Aqua Creations: Unique and Gorgeous Lighting and Furniture

Between cleaning out old files from our office and resourcing furnishings for the LEED Platinum beach house we are working on in Montecito, I came across an old catalog from Aqua Creations. This firm offers an extensive array of

lighting and furniture lines that are completely unique and absolutely stunning. Aqua Creations Lighting & Furniture Atelier was founded in 1994 by designer-artist Ayala Serfaty and photographer Albi Serfaty. Since its inception, the atelier has acquired a reputation for innovative designs and has earned international awards. Over the years, the pioneering use of handcraft techniques with advanced lighting technology has put Aqua Creations in the forefront of sustainable design and green industry.

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Solar Energy into Sustaining Enterprise in Africa

One thing Kenya is certainly not short of  is good weather.  In one of Nairobi’s poorest neighborhoods, people have started working to make the best of the free energy potential of the sun.   
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Elie Tahari: A Fashionable Rags to Riches Success Story

Everyone wants to move into the New Year with resolutions and hopes for a brighter year ahead.  Fashion designer, Elie Tahari is a great inspiration who has progressed  from sleeping on park benches in Central Park to runway fashion mogul. Israeli -born, he arrived in Manhattan 35 years ago almost penniless and now at 55 he commands a $500 million a year sportswear empire with a global presence in more than 40 countries, including 600 U.S. stores and free-standing boutiques.

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New Kindle? Top Books of 2010

New Ipad or Kindle for Christmas?  Or,  maybe you prefer the old fashioned  page-turning method? Either way,  escaping under a cozy blanket with a good book could not be a better Rx to unwind from the holiday stress.  I turned to “Oprah,” ” The new York Times”  and “NPR”  for their Top Ten lists of 2010 and consolidated them  into one.  And, here’s my list!

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Freedom
By Jonathan Franzen

A great American novel about Big Issues (war, the environment) that’s also insightful about the details of everyday life. It’s an honest portrayal of a good, strong and flawed family–in other words, a normal family. It’s about disappointment and expectations unfulfilled but, ultimately, about love and its redemptive power.  The most terrifying thing about the book is that, in many ways, he is writing about us. About you and me,  and both the flaws and goodness within all of us.

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20 under 40: Stories from the New Yorker

edited by Deborah Treisman
Young fiction writers who are, or will be, central to their generation are featured. The magazine published twenty stories by this stellar group of writers over the course of the summer.  They are now collected for the first time in one volume. Continue Reading…

Perfect Last Minute Gifts of Scent: Jo Malone

The perfect last minute gift? Scents by JO MALONE! Jo herself believed that giving gifts should be the ultimate pleasure and provide a luxurious way to create a lasting memory. Whether as a treat for yourself or a gift for a loved one, the essent

ial joy of giving or receiving fragrance is captured in the moment the gift is opened. Brilliant, right?

The distinctive cream bag… the pristine box…the black, grosgrain ribbon…the tissue paper misted with fragrance. Before you even lift the lid, the Jo Malone experience is something special. But, choosing is almost exciting as receiving. What will you select? One, two, a trio of colognes? A solo scent, paired with a velvety crème, or maybe an aromatic bath oil? You can not only combine all fragrances, but also use, for instance, a shower gel in one scent, a body lotion in a second one and a cologne in a third scent. With some seventeen perfume lines in her program, Jo Malone offers an infinity of combinations. You can even create a personal bespoke perfume.

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Hermes: Essence of Classic Luxury

Whether you want a piece of classic luxury on your arm or to rest your arm upon, you’ll be interested to know that  Hermes is unveiling an exclusive collection of furniture designed in collaboration with minimalist designer, Jean-Michel Frank.  This year the Frank family gave Hermes the exclusive rights to reissue his designs that began in 1924, including chairs to dining tables, all of which will be numbered and certified editions.

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The Comfortable Chair will be among the designs to  be unveiled at Hermes’ Left Bank Paris location and available in April 2011.

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If you would rather tote this luxury on your arm, you may already know the Hermes Birkin Bag, named by co-designer Jane Birkin; or the Kelly Bag, renamed by Grace Kelly in the 1930’s; these bags are ” where it’s at.”  Only a handful are shipped directly from Hermes each year and the catch is: the wait list is closed.

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But, guess what? ..I found this gorgeous Gold Ostrich 35cm Birkin bag on ebay, pre-owned, and only $16,999.

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Grace Kelly with Kelly Bag/image courtesy: ebay seller- Teeho

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Kate Moss with Kelly Bag/image courtesy: ebay seller- Teeho

Ebay seller Teeho has one too, with great pictures of past and present celebrities shown with this timeless bag.

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Because of their exclusivity and the sheer demand for these handmade amazing pieces of  leather, buyers must beware of fraudulent listings on ebay.  To see tips on how to determine “authenticy” look here.

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