Top 10 Luxury Wine Cellars

A personal collection of fine wines can make a special gathering even more exquisite. The luxury wine cellars we're featuring in this list are of the highest quality with all the right trimmings. Check out the full list below.

10.

Marco Island, FL

Gulfshore Realty, Inc.

Kris Bareis & Jeff Gilman 

239.860.8177

Gulfshoremarco@aol.com

www.gulfshorerealtymarco.com

9.

Park City, UT

Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

Jamison Frost

435.513.2820

jamison.frost@sothebysrealty.com

jamisonfrost.summitsothebysrealty.com

8.

Ocala, FL

Joan Pletcher, Realtor

352.347.1777 

352.266.9100

Joanpletcher@aol.com

www.JoanPletcher.com

7.

Jupiter, FL

Sotheby’s International Realty

Todd F. Peter 

561.281.0031

Todd.Peter@sothebyshomes.com

www.ToddFPeter.com

6.

Andover, MA

William Raveis Exceptional Properties

Deborah Lucci 

978.771.9909

Deborah.lucci@raveis.com

Deborahlucci.raveis.com

5.

Scottsdale, AZ

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Monica Monson 

480.250.0848

Monica@monsonluxurygroup.com

www.monsonluxurygroup.com

4.

Redington Beach, FL

RE/MAX Preferred

Timothy Shields 

727.318.3229

soldbytim@gmail.com

www.15718gulfboulevard.com

3.

Belleair Bluffs, FL

Klimis & Company

Jason N. Klimis 

727.641.1571

jasonklimispa@gmail.com

2.

Alexander City, AL

Home On Lake Martin

Becky Haynie 

256.750.3283

Becky@homeonlakemartin.com

www.HomeOnLakeMartin.com

1.

Park City, UT

Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

Christine Grenney

435.640.4238

www.summitsothebysrealty.com


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Top 10 Sunning Views and Vistas

There's nothing quite like ending a day with a spirit and a beautiful view. Lounging on the porch with family or taking in the salty beach air is perfect for unwinding and experiencing the best of the summer weather. Here are our Top 10 Stunning Views and Vistas.

10.

Mount Pleasant, SC

The Cassina Group Jimmy Dye 

843.452.6482

jdye@TheCassinaGroup.com

www.200Bank.com

9.

Scottsdale, AZ

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Monica Monson 

480.250.0848

Monica@monsonluxurygroup.com

www.monsonluxurygroup.com

8.

Kenai, AK

W. Scott Anderson, Jr.

609. 868.1995

winfieldsjr@me.com

7.

Miami, FL

17 Real Estate

Sydney S. Budina, P.A. 

786.327.8963

sydneybudina@gmail.com

www.sydneybudina.com

6.

Redington Beach, FL

RE/MAX Preferred

Timothy Shields 

727.318.3229

soldbytim@gmail.com

www.15718gulfboulevard.com

5.

Lanikai, HI

Hawaii Homes International

Ralph Gray 

808.295.0704

BgWvRdr@aol.com

www.HawaiianBeachfront.com

4.

Savannah, GA

The Landings Company

The Landings Home Team 

855.930.7653

info@TheLandingsHomeTeam.com

www.TheLandingsHomeTeam.com

3.

Sarasota, FL

The Kolter Group

Michael Saunders & Company 

941.951.6650

info@TheResidencesSarasota.com

KolterUrban.com/duPont

2.

Keewaydin Island, Naples, FL

Young Realty Group

Lori Young 

239.260.5084

NaplesAgent@yahoo.com

www.NaplesAgentOnline.com

1.

Pacific Palisades, CA

Jody Fine Estates – BHHS CAL

Jody Fine & Monica Antola

310.230.3770

jody@jodyfineestates.com

www.JodyFineEstates.com


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Publisher's Choice: Top 10 Pools

Summer is all about sunshine and outdoor activities, which places the pool at the top of the list. There's nothing more refreshing than a perfect summer pool. Here are our Top 10 Pool picks for August.

10.

Boca Raton, FL

Lang Realty James Gabriel

561.929.4445

Jimgabriel64@gmail.com

Langrealty.com

9.

Ocala, FL

Joan Pletcher, Realtor

352.347.1777 

352.266.9100

Joanpletcher@aol.com

www.JoanPletcher.com

8.

Sugarloaf Key, FL

Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate

Lisa Ferringo 

305.797.1221

LisaFerringo@aol.com

UniqueKeysHomes.com

7. 

Garrison, NY

Robert J. McCaffrey Realty

Bob McCaffrey 

845.265.4113

bmccaffrey@mccaffreyrealty.com

www.mccaffreyrealty.com

6.

Toronto, Ontario, CAN

Harvey Kalles Real Estate, LTD. Brokerage

Elise Kalles 

416.441.2888 x291

www.elisekalles.com

5.

Naples, FL

William Raveis Exceptional Properties

Frank Sajtar

239.776.8382

Franksajtar@raveis.com

Frank.Sajtar.raveis.com

4.

Marco Island, Florida

Premiere Sotheby’s International Realty

Cathy Rogers 

239.821.7926

cathy.rogers@sothebysrealty.com

marcoareaexpert.com

3.

Orlando, FL

Suzi Karr Realty

Chris Sapp   

407.574.1002

chris@chrissapp.com

www.SuziKarrRealty.com

2.

Boca Raton, FL

Mizner Grande Realty

Ari Albinder 

561.393.7000

Ari@MiznerGrandeRealty.com

www.MiznerGrandeRealty.com

1.

Hidden Hills, CA

HJC Yates Estates

Andrea Yates 

310.456.1776

andrea@TheHJC.com

www.andreayates.com


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Top 10 Man Caves

Every man dreams of a space of his own in his home. That's why we turly appreciate these 10 man caves. They're exactly what we think men are looking for when they think about their own space. Check out the full list below.

10.

Ocala, FL

Joan Pletcher, Realtor

352.347.1777 

352.266.9100

Joanpletcher@aol.com

www.JoanPletcher.com

9.

Lake Norman, GA

Harry Norman, Realtors

Luxury Lake and Mountain

Julie Barnett 

404.697.3860

www.juliebarnettrealtor.com

8.

Highland Park, IL

The Agency Kofi Nartey 

Mauricio Umansky

424.230.3756 

424.230.3701

Kofi@TheAgencyRE.com

StartYourLegend23.com

 

7.

Scottsdale, AZ

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Monica Monson 

480.250.0848

Monica@monsonluxurygroup.com

www.monsonluxurygroup.com

5.

Camas,WA

RE/MAX Equity

Terrie Cox 

360.607.4100

Terrie@TerrieCox.net USA-Relocate.com

4.

Toronto, CAN

RE/MAX Ultimate Realty Inc., Brokerage

Max Taylor 

647.923.2121

max@maxtaylor.ca

www.remaxultimate.com

3.

Orlando, FL

Suzi Karr Realty

Frank Deltoro  

407.810.7125

fdeltoro01@aol.com

www.SuziKarrRealty.com

2.

St. Charles, IL

Coldwell Banker,

The McKay Group

Debora McKay 

630.587.4672

Debora@TheMcKayGroup.com

www.TheMcKayGroup.com

1.

Draper, UT

Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

Debbie Nisson 

801.739.5179

Debbie.nisson@sothebysrealty.com

www.summitsothebysrealty.com


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Publisher's Choice: Top 10 Dream Kitchens

An incredible kitchen makes all the difference. Entertainers and families alike reap the benefits of a well-equipped, beautiful kitchen. We found these 10 particularly stunning. Check them out for yourself.

10.

Sanibel, FL

VIP Realty Group Inc

Karen Bell 

239.851.0168

TheBellTeam.com

9.

Ocala, FL Joan Pletcher, Realtor

352.347.1777 

352.266.9100

Joanpletcher@aol.

com www.JoanPletcher.com 

8.

Lake Norman, GA

Harry Norman, Realtors

Luxury Lake and Mountain

Julie Barnett 

404.697.3860

www.juliebarnettrealtor.com

7.

Marco Island Florida

Gulfshore Realty Inc Kris Bareis 

239.393.0017

gulfshoremarco@aol.com

www.gulfshorerealtymarco.com

6.

Toronto, Ontario, CAN

Harvey Kalles Real Estate, LTD.

Brokerage Elise Kalles 

416.441.2888 x291

www.elisekalles.com

5. 

Avon, CT

William Raveis Exceptional Properties

Steffen Reich 

860.810.7013

Steffen.reich@raveis.com

SteffenReich.raveis.com

4. 

Scottsdale, AZ

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Monica Monson 

480.250.0848

Monica@monsonluxurygroup.com

www.monsonluxurygroup.com


3.

Camas,WA

RE/MAX Equity

Terrie Cox 

360.607.4100

Terrie@TerrieCox.net

USA-Relocate.com

2.

Savannah, GA

The Landings Company

The Landings Home Team 

855.930.7653

info@TheLandingsHomeTeam.com

www.TheLandingsHomeTeam.com

1.

Old Greenwich, CT

William Raveis Exceptional Properties

The Breglia Group 

203.869.9263

Breglia.group@raveis.com

BregliaGroup.raveis.com


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Publisher's Pick: Top 10 Fireplaces

Often, the centerpiece of a magnificent home is a masterfully crafted fireplace. They add character and give families and groups a place to gather. Here are our Top 10 picks for August. Tell us which is your favorite. 

10.

Ocala, FL

Joan Pletcher, Realtor

352.347.1777 

352.266.9100

Joanpletcher@aol.com

www.JoanPletcher.com

9.

Bluffton, SC

Weichert Realtors Coastal Properties

Alison Melton

843.290.3640

amelton@4472gmail.com

www.luxelowcountry.com

8.

Scottsdale, AZ

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Monica Monson

480.250.0848

Monica@monsonluxurygroup.com

www.monsonluxurygroup.com

7.

Boca Raton, FL

Lang Realty

James Gabriel 

561.929.4445

Jimgabriel64@gmail.com

Langrealty.com

6.

St. Charles, IL

Coldwell Banker,

The McKay Group Debora McKay 

630.587.4672

Debora@TheMcKayGroup.com

www.TheMcKayGroup.com

5.

Park City, UT

Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

Jamison Frost 

435.513.2820

jamison.frost@sothebysrealty.com

jamisonfrost.summitsothebysrealty.com

4.

Park City, UT

Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

Jamison Frost 

435.513.2820

jamison.frost@sothebysrealty.com

jamisonfrost.summitsothebysrealty.com

3.

                                                                                                                                  Marco Island, FL                                                                                                              

Gulfshore Realty, Inc.

Kris Bareis & Jeff Gilman 

239.860.8177

Gulfshoremarco@aol.com

www.gulfshorerealtymarco.com

2.

Alexander City, AL

Home On Lake Martin

Becky Haynie

256.750.3283

Becky@homeonlakemartin.com

www.HomeOnLakeMartin.com

1.

Ocala, FL

Joan Pletcher, Realtor

352.347.1777 

352.266.9100

Joanpletcher@aol.com

www.JoanPletcher.com 


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Publisher's Pick: Top 10 Bathrooms

Bathrooms provide homes with an oasis of serenity and relaxation when done right, and these Top 10 picks are a testament to incredible design. Check out our publisher, Thomas duPont's picks for the August Anniversary issue.

10.

Sanibel, FL

VIP Realty Group Inc

Karen Bell 

239.851.0168

TheBellTeam.com

9.

Ocala, FL

Joan Pletcher, Realtor

352.347.1777 | 352.266.9100

Joanpletcher@aol.com

www.JoanPletcher.com

8.

Greenwich, CT

William Raveis Exceptional Properties

Janet Milligan 

203.253.1770

Janet.milligan@raveis.com

JanetMilligan.raveis.com

7.

New Canaan,CT

William Raveis Exceptional Properties

Hannelore & Company

914.450.3880

Hannelore.kaplan@raveis.com

Hannelore.raveis.com

6.

Marco Island

Florida Premiere Sotheby’s International Realty

Cathy Rogers 

239.821.7926

cathy.rogers@sothebysrealty.com

marcoareaexpert.com

5.

Phoenix, AZ

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Monica Monson

480.250.0848

Monica@monsonluxurygroup.com

www.monsonluxurygroup.com 

4. 

Portsmith, RI

East Shore Properties

Chee Laureanno 

401.683.6200

eshoreprop@aol.com

www.eastshoreproperties.com

3.

Dallas, TX

Twigg Realty

Carlos Ubinas 

214.403.1933

cubinas@yahoo.com

www.twiggrealty.net

2.

Savannah, GA

The Landings Company

The Landings Home Team 

855.930.7653

info@TheLandingsHomeTeam.com

www.TheLandingsHomeTeam.com

1.

Park City Utah

Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

Brigid Flint 

435.640.9873

Michelle Eastman 

435.640.6597

www.summitsothebysrealty.com


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Top 10s of 2014: Amazing Fireplaces

Kamuela, Hawaii

Island Resort Property

Ed Rapoza | 808-329-7170

ed@edrapoza.com

www.christiesrealestate.com 


Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

Lake Toxaway Company

Wes Dickman | 954-850-2120

Wes@laketoxaway.com

www.laketoxaway.com 

 

Bozeman, Montana

PureWest Christie's

Sally Uhlmann & Mike Schlauch

Sally 406-223-5964 | Mike 406-580-8380

info@suplatinum.com

www.BozemanLuxuryRealEstate.com


Saint Petersburg, Florida

Century 21 Rick White & Associates

Dania Perry | 727-215-2045

Dania.Perry@gmail.com

www.DaniaPerry.com


Lake Burton, Georgia

Harry Norman, Realtors

Julie Barnett | 404-697-3860

Julie.barnett@harrynorman.com

www.juliebarnettrealtor.com 

 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Premier Estate Properties

Julie Jones | 954-525-0018

Julie@premierestateproperties.com

www.LuxuryRealEstateFtL.com 

 

Lake Burton, Georgia

Harry Norman, Realtors

Julie Barnett | 404-697-3860

Julie.barnett@harrynorman.com

www.juliebarnettrealtor.com 

 

Dana Point, California

Realty One Group

Marilyn Nobles | 949-280-1774

Marilyn.nobles@cox.net 

 

Bozeman, Montana

PureWest Christie's

Sally Uhlmann & Mike Schlauch

Sally 406-223-5964 | Mike 406-580-8380

info@suplatinum.com

www.BozemanLuxuryRealEstate.com


Ocala, Florida

 

Joan Pletcher

Joan Pletcher | 352-226-9100

Joanpletcher@aol.com

www.joanpletcher.com 


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Golden Oak

The name Disney brings images of happiness, sunny days, and childhood memories. Their slogan, "The happiest place on earth" has been proven true in the lives of every lucky family who visits this resort and theme park. Another phrase associated with Disney is, "where dreams come true". This phrase has come to life with their new residential community Golden Oak. Located in Golden Oak Florida residents travel down the aptly named Dream Tree Boulevard to gain access to this fantasy land. It definitely adheres to the Disney standard in that this neighborhood appeals to only your wildest dreams. Its sheer beauty and elegance make it seem almost like a visit to Disney World itself, but a lucky few actually get to call it their home. This spectacular city houses four neighborhoods. The first is the Marceline neighborhood. It's houses average 4-5 bedrooms with 4 1/2 to 5 baths. Each house is located on a one-quarter acre space and takes up around 3,000 to 5,000 square feet. The second is the Carolwood neighborhood. These houses are around 6,500 to 12,000 square feet and sit on land up to three quarters of an acre. They average 5 bedrooms 5 baths with a few six bedroom houses mixed in. The third is the Silverbrook neighborhood. These houses are mostly 5 bedroom 5 bath and about 5,000 to 7,000 square feet. Each home site is approximately one half acre. The last is the Kimball neighborhood with houses ranging from 3,000 to 5,000 square feet. Each house has an average of 4 bedrooms with 4 1/2 baths. A full description of each house in all four neighborhoods would be nearly impossible. Each house is equally as unique and beautiful as the next. Depending on the neighborhood and specific house most come with pools and back yard space. Some of the larger models have wine rooms, game rooms, guest wings, and of course spa style pools.  Golden Oaks is a residential community that also functions as a resort. They use a concierge fee based approach to assist their residents and visitors alike. There are many unique benefits and services provided to residents and guests. Just to mention a few; Disney parks and special events tickets, private VIP tours, in-home dinners and parties, Disney-inspired holiday décor, private transportation to destinations within the Walt Disney World® Resort, dining reservations, spa reservations, golf tee-times, and home maintenance as well as move-in services. All residents and guests also have access to the Summerhouse. This amenity only partially open yet it is already being enjoyed by the Golden Oak community. The Summerhouse provides guests and residents with state-of-the-art fitness facilities and locker rooms, a private training area and workout studio, a courtyard, function lawn, outdoor fire pit, heated outdoor pool, and family room game area. This is an extremely kid friendly neighborhood however it's easy to see the developers ensured adults would enjoy this paradise as well. These houses are truly elegant while the location is also impeccable. Residents get the unique opportunity to live their life in Walt Disney's own vision of the perfect neighborhood. For more information on this exclusive housing development contact Golden Oak Realty at (407) 939-5577 or visit their website at disneygoldenoak.com.


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dR Home: Bar None

A home bar will become a gathering point when you entertain.

Even if you never consider setting up a bar during the year, chances are that your holiday entertaining will call for a space dedicated for drinks. Where and how you use this bar really depends on your own personal style. If you have the room and the inclination, you can have a bar ready to entertain at all times. In other words, think of this as a “dedicated bar”. Others cannot devote the space to a bar or do not want this to be the focal point of a room.

For those is this category, there are two schools of thought about how to make room for a bar. One is that the bar should be seen only when it is on use. I call that the “hideaway bar”. In other words, the bar looks like another piece of furniture when closed. When open, it is ready for entertaining. The second idea is to have a temporary area, which becomes a short-term bar. The “on-display bar”, as I call this category, can be placed wherever you want and can be mobile if it has wheels.

Whichever placement and whatever furniture you select, may the holidays be filled with good spirits in your home. Here are some ideas for making your entertaining easier.

At Your Service: The handsome Crossroads Collection Serving Cart from Henredon features bronze mirrored serving surface on top with antique brass gallery, a drawer with silver liner, and two shelves below on antique brass casters. Dimensions are 43.25" L x 33.75”W x 19.75” D.  It brings your party to wherever you are entertaining. $3885, Livingston Interiors Inc. www.livingstonfurniture.net 

Counter Culture: This raised panel Northport bar by Ty Pennington for Howard Miller Home is finished in Burnished Black and includes a black faux leather armrest, accentuated with antique brass nailheads. The many features include lockable door for liquor storage and built-in ice bucket. Dimensions are 75-3/4” L x 43” H x 27.5” D. $2699, Design Interiors Furniture. www.designinteriorsfurniture.com 

Tall Story: Reminiscent of an apothecary cabinet, this Beveled Tall Cabinet is a signature item from designer Thomas Pheasant for Baker furniture. This version in mahogany is equipped as a dry bar-with two long doors, a lined drawer, a mirrored back, and a brass gallery. Dimensions are 30.5´Lc 60.3/4” H x 20.5”D. $12,495, PJ Newman Fine Furniture and Interiors. www.pjnewman.com 

Spirited Style: The  Elegante Bar Cabinet by Oggetti is a small but sophisticated Art Deco addition to any room. It can fit in almost anywhere. The cabinet is finished in an ebony macassar with Antique Shagreen. The Interior has partially mirrored shelves, with cubbies and one drawer. Open it, and the party begins. Dimensions: are 29"L x 46 1/2"W x 14"D. $6500, Home Resource. www.homeresource.com

Take It Away: The Biscayne Bar Table is the perfect size for a small party or can be placed in various spaces or pared together. A finely polished collapsible structure supports a sophisticated tray lined with faux croc and gated with deep walls. The cut out handles allow for easily transporting delicacies and beverages to mingling guests. Dimensions are 23" L   x 23" W x 32" H. $159.95, Z-Gallerie. www.zgallerie.com

Open and Shut Case: Southern hospitality is the inspiration for this Paula’s Bar Hutch from Paula Deen Home for Universal Furniture. Finished in Spanish moss, Tobacco, Linen, Sea Oat or white, the cabinet opens to great storage for glasses and spirits. The interior doors are chalkboard. Dimensions are 48”L x 87”H x 24”D. $1799, Matter Brothers Furniture and Design. www.matterbrothersfurniture.com

Ice Cool: The perfect martini starts with a chilled glass. And if you are a perfectionist, you will want this 10 glass martini rack that can be added to Perlick’s Signature Series 24-inch under-counter Freezer. Convertible door design allows the door the ability to be converted to wood overlay from stainless steel. $3208 includes Freezer with martini rack, Appliance Gallery. www.appliance-gallery.com  

Bar Tended: This traditional Edwardian Bar from Pulaski is made of polished wood accented with antique brass hardware. It has laminated marble top  with inset stone pull out cutting surface and four utility drawers  There are also glass storage racks, wine racks plus an  adjustable shelf behind lockable door Dimensions are 72"L x 42"H x 26"D. $2,495.00, Robertson’s Billiards and Bar Stools. www.robertsonsbilliards.com 

All Shook Up: The Century cocktail shaker in sterling silver has chic art deco attributes. While it does not promise to make your cocktails better, it is a beauty to look at.  It may be personalized with 3-letter monogram.  Dimensions 10” H. $2250, Tiffany and Co. www.tiffany.com

The Chill Factor: The Massena crystal ice bucket from Baccarat sparkles in the sunlight. The stylish 330.2/5 oz. bucket features a highly textured exterior with classic beveled pattern and has a stainless steel handle for easy transporting.  Dimensions are 4.78" H. $760, Saks Fifth Avenue. www.saksfifthavenue.com

Pull Out The Stops: Waterford’s Mixology Argon Blue Decanter is not your grandmother’s crystal decanter. It clearly with an electric blue over deep cuts of clear crystal pushes the use of storing spirits for a very happy hour..  Dimensions 5.75” L x 9”W x 5.6” H. $375, Silver Queen. www.silverqueen.com 

Pitcher Perfect: From the Belle Époque Collection of French manufacturer, Christofle Silver, this Asian-Inspired water pitcher is the perfect addition to your barware. A beautiful anemone decorates the handle pf this silver plated pitcher, which holds 51 fluid ounces. Dimensions are10.5 "H X 7" w. $1,150, Saks Fifth Avenue. www.saksfifthavenue.com 

Spiked Wine: These original Spike Glasses from Artech Glass Blowing Studios are a tactile delight; a scotch thistle inspired glass that massages the hand as you indulge in a good drink. Whatever your poison, these  6 ounce thorny wine glasses are quite the conversation piece. $40, Carter’s Gallery. www.cartersgallery.com 

Mix It Up: Ever have blender envy when you see the powerful commercial bar blenders? Well, this Xtreme Hi-Power Blender MX1200XTX from Waring Commercial can be yours.  It is capable of handling virtually every blending need as and smoothies well as preparing ice-based drinks like a pro with its 3.5 HP motor. $1,122.71, Restaurant Depot.  www.restaurantdepot.com


duPont REGISTRY Holiday Gift Guide 2012

While we normally feature luxury homes, we're pretty sure that a multi-million dollar estate isn't going to be a holiday gift for many. Instead, we've found a few home accessories for discerning buyers.

 

Decorative and functional animal sculptures made from recycled metal by Yardbirds. These unique and whimsical creatures for the garden and home are full of personality! Giraffe, $630 at Carter's Gallery. www.cartersgallery.com

The Lynx is a 54-inch, 100,000 btu with a cooking area of 1,555-square-inches and comes on a cart. It also has a sear zone and rotisserie. $6,100 at Appliance Gallery. www.appliance-gallery.com

Identical to the classic photo booths found in amusement parks, arcades and boardwalks, this photo booth can take and print a four-frame strip of pictures in 16 seconds. Comes with two rolls of film that provide up to 3,200 pictures (or 800 sessions of four-frame photo strips). Uses a thermal printer exclusively designed by Polaroid, producing 2-inches high x 2-inches wide, 72 dpi monochrome images. The booth is made of powder-coated 14-gauge steel. Plugs into AC. The dimensions are 74-inches high x 37-inches wide x 60-inches long and is 770 pounds. $11,000 at Hammacher Schlemmer. www.hammacher.com

The Venetian is a six-leg, solid maple wood pool table in the Olhausen Signature Series. Customizable in terms of size, finish, legs, rails and sights. Can be made as a billiard table of snooker table. $7,995 at Citrus Park Billiards. www.citrusparkbilliards.com

Polished gemstone and Swarovski crystal picture frame. Handcrafted in the USA. Price for 4x6 is $675 (5x7 is $775). Sold exclusively at Neiman Marcus this holiday season. www.neimanmarcus.com

A soft cashmere blanket with suede trim features a scene from the famous Grand Priz de Monaco, which takes place every year in Monte Carlo and was held for the first time in 1929. Produced in a limited and numbered series. $5,450 at Loro Piana. www.loropiana.com

A 24-set handmade leather cufflinks' case is crafted in fine Tuscan calf and Italian leathers. The world-class quality men's storage box also serves as a men's jewelry ring holder. $799 at Brookstone. www.brookstone.com

A chic contrast of graphic black and ivory, Courtly Check three-tier sweet stand by MacKenzie-Childs features hand-painted tiers and decorative solid brass. $435 at MacKenzie-Childs. www.mackenzie-childs.com

Magnifico! From the Enzo Mari Collection, a collaboration between acclaimed Italian artist Enzo Mari and Corsi Design Laboratory of Milan Italy. Scacchi Cono, a stunning vase of bubbled resin. 12-inches high by 9-inches wide. $700 at Barney's of New York. www.barneys.com

From California glass blower, Caleb Siemon's Meteor series. Murrine made of overlaying colors on a clear core created and then fused together in a carefully laid out arrangement. The slab is then rolled up and shaped into form showing differences in the viscosities of the colors used creating a heavily textured piece. Piece is signed and numbered. $2,650 at Barney's New York. www.barneys.com

Every inch of this table is beautiful and finished in an actual auto-body shop to showroom quality. It's even painted in original 1965 "Rangoon Red" and clear-coated with real automotive clear coat and buffed and polished by hand! $9,995 at Gibbs Sports. www.carpooltables.com

MWE Emporer 200 Workstation is the ultimate high-tech workstation for the home or office with three monitors, a touch-screen interface, air filtration system, electric powered leather seat and light therapy illumination. $49,150 at MWE Lab. www.mwelab.com

Lighted countertop makeup mirror by Electric Mirror Company has 3 times magnification. Available in polished chrome finish. 8-inches wide by 8-inches tall. $425 at Olde World Cabinetry. www.oldeworldcabinetry.com

Relax in this beautiful chaise lounge chair. The headrest adjusts to fit you perfectly and the premium leather is available in Cappucino or Snow White. $1,185 at Scan Design. www.scandesign.com

One of the world's finest backgammon sets. Chrome plated checkers inlaid with Water Snake and trimmed with Swarovski crystals, a giant inlaid Water Snake and chrome Doubling cube, ball cornered precision dice for a perfect unbiased roll. $8,800 delivered at Geoffrey Parker Games. www.geoffreyparker.com

Love watching stock car racing and wish you could try it too? Now you can with a realistic state-of-the-art simulation experience. The Stock Car Racing Simulator reproduces the racing conditions you'd find at the track like entering a turn and moving up a bank. Realistic audio surrounds racers who sit in a padded racing seat as they speed around 21 renowned stock courses. Realistic graphics are displayed on a wide-screen LCD monitor. $60,000 at Hammacher Schlemmer. www.hammacher.com


Three Simple Home Upgrades to Revamp Your Living Space

Tired of looking at the same old decor in your home, but don't want to go through the hassle of an elaborate remodeling project? Simple finishes and fixtures can have a dramatic effect on virtually every room in the house and can easily be applied and exchanged as often as home decorating trends evolve. If you're looking for a fun and easy way to get creative with your living space without committing to a huge project, the following list of cool and contemporary ideas can give your home a brand-new look and feel in just a few hours.

Fashionable finishes are your friend

One of the quickest way to update your kitchen or bath is to choose a new finish for your fixtures. According to Judd Lord, the director of industrial design for Delta Faucet Co., chrome is one of the best-selling types of finishes on the market today. Although chrome offers an eye-catching, glamorous look, homeowners can also choose brass, copper, nickel, gold-plated, oil-rubbed metals, matte finishes, shiny finishes, satiny sheens or even customized textures for an entirely unique look. Lord claims that one of the most popular finishing trends is customization, which involves combining two different finishes such as brushed nickel with oil-rubbed bronze for twice the shine and an original appeal.

Start from the top with a modern ceiling fan

A lighting fixture without a ceiling fan is a wasted opportunity. Although some newer lighting fixture styles – such as skylights – may add a chic touch to your home, homeowners can derive much more functionality and personality from modern styles of ceiling fans. Ceiling fans come in a wide variety of different styles, and they all come with the added benefit of improving the air circulation in your home. You can choose a finish for ceiling fans that complements other fixtures in the home. 

Create a pop of color and comfort with decorative rugs

Rugs offer one of the simplest ways to completely change the look and feel of your living space. The best part? You can switch out a decorative rug frequently to match your mood or the season. Adding a rug to a hardwood or tiled area of the home keeps the floor warmer beneath your feet, which gives your home a cozier feeling and provides better insulation during the colder months. Add utilitarian low-pile rugs to areas of the home where you do a lot of standing, including in front of the refrigerator, sink, stove and doors for better support and comfort. For enhanced safety, make sure to include a slip-proof mat beneath each rug to prevent accidents.

Busy homeowners, have no fear. In just half a Saturday, you can freshen up the look of your home just in time for that dinner party or friendly get-together without hiring a professional designer. These simple projects can add a touch of elegance and newness to every room in the home, which can keep you on top of the latest trends between major renovations.

This post was provided by Jessica Sark, an architecture buff with a flair for interior design. In her spare time, she blogs on behalf of Sears and other prestigious brands. Image Source: koocbor


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LoveStone Inn

Restore your soul today with this masterpiece manor, the LoveStone Inn, located on the shores of Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. While the lake itself is known as the “Jewel of the Blue Ridge,” LoveStone Inn could easily be the “Jewel of Smith Mountain Lake.”

“This inn is different from other estates in Smith Mountain Lake due to the six acres of grounds, beautiful two-tiered beach, no-wake cove, and private neighborhood,” say Dawn Spencer and Tom Zirkelbach, current owners of LoveStone Inn. “In addition, the architecture is unique and unlike anything you will find around the lake area.”

Built as a private residence in 1977, the property now serves as the LoveStone Inn Bed and Breakfast and the PebbleStone Cottage and Conference Center. “We moved from Chicago to Virginia with a dream of being on Smith Mountain Lake and running a premier bed and breakfast,” say Dawn and Tom. The bed and breakfast has become just that – LoveStone Inn has been voted the “Best Place to Stay Overnight” on Smith Mountain Lake every year from 2003 to 2011.

The inn features four guest rooms, four full bathrooms, three large living spaces, a custom, gourmet kitchen with granite counters, two decks encompassing 2,500 square feet, and a hot tub. Just 100 feet away, the cottage has over 1,400 square feet with a master bedroom, massive loft great room, full bathroom, custom kitchen, laundry room, and storage room.

With two tiered beachfronts and a boat dock, the location is perfect for boating, kayaking, sailing, or fishing. Antiquing and wineries are favorite pastimes of Dawn and Tom, and Smith Mountain State Park is a short walk from their front door. Though the grounds are peaceful and private, you can enjoy city amenities with a quick 40-minute drive to Roanoke or Lynchburg.

“This lifestyle has renewed our faith in people, places and brought us peace of mind,” the couple says. “LoveStone Inn can bring a renewal of spirit and peace that is rare in the world we live in. It must be seen to believe.”

 

For more information:

Leslie Becker
Smith Mountain Lake Properties
540-797-0477
Leslie@SmithMountainLakeProperties.org

 

Articel by Nicole Lauber


Making the Grand Entrance

In this age of oversized garage doors, the front entry door has taken a back seat. Add value and style with a new front door.

Drive down almost any block of beautiful homes and you will discover that the front door has almost disappeared from view in many neighborhoods. “Nothing adds more welcome than a well designed door,” notes Neal Fiske of TriplePoint Design-Build in St. Petersburg. “It should be elegant and yet overwhelming.”

Mark Leek of DoorPro Entryways in Tampa suggest that the front door is the most important door in the house. “It not only sets the style but should reflect the architecture of the house,” he adds. On how many homes do you see the inappropriate door style-like a Victorian on a ranch house?

Ed bailey of Artistic Doors in Tampa whose custom doors have changed the personality of a house insists that a well-designed entry door creates curb appeal and sets the tone for the rest of the house. For example, craftsmen style and more contemporary doors make a vast difference when fitted to a similar style house. However, a great door is not just about good stylish looks. It should have strength and longevity as well.

In 2012, the Florida Building Code will change to include higher wind ratings and this will affect not only windows but exterior doors as well for new and replacement construction. This may be a good time to really look at your own door with better scrutiny.

There are new doors that resist the elements better than older ones. Popular in the high-end luxury homes, wood doors, which has natural warmth and beauty, requires maintenance over its lifetime. A new generation of wood doors now has options to enhance the durability and lifespan in areas where inclement weather can be a factor. The new Simpson WaterBarrier technology is available in over 200 of their wood door designs. “The secret is a one-piece overlay over the exterior which helps them withstand direct exposure; the result is the beautiful look of real wood on the inside of the door with the protection of WaterBarrier on the exterior,” says Brad Loveless, Marketing Manager for Simpson Door Company.

Perhaps, the most important decision is what the door is made of. Beside wood doors, which are generally more traditional in style, high-tech alternatives of fiberglass composite and steel doors have popular design choices. Fiberglass is a smart choice for harsh or humid climates as it is virtually maintenance-free. Many mimic the look of wood and can be stained or painted to match the other outdoor details. Steel doors are the most durable and they do not warp or crack. The new generation of steel door is also the best choice if security is an issue.

If you’re considering a glazed entry door, you’ll have many glass options to choose from, including clear, etched, beveled, leaded and many others with ornamental glazing. Low-e-window glazing is a popular option but if you are concerned about security; look into laminated glass that is designed to resist break-ins. The fastest growing category in front doors, vented sidelights, offer the ventilation consumers want without the inconvenience and obstruction of storm doors or sliding screens. A new alternative from Therma-Tru for their Fiber-Classic Oak Collection Smooth-Star Collection now allows you to let in light and fresh air into your home without sacrificing energy efficiency or style.

Some homes directly on the water are lucky enough to have two front doors, adds Neal Fiske of TriplePoint. “The front door on the road is about security and street presence. The water entrance is all glass, although these days the glass may be high impact and laminated.”

Not quite ready to make a door change? Lucianna Samu, color expert for Benjamin Moore Paints, suggests that the creative use of color can add life to an old door. And do not just pick one color but three instead. A low contrast door and trim combination can enhance details of a door. Select a color and then step the next colors up or down so the color mixture pulls your eyes beyond the door. Neighbors will think you have a new door. And you will never tell!


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Can I have this Kitchen Range for Christmas ...Pretty Please?!

 

Dear Santa,

 

I want to bake the best cookies for you...and my family, so...

Please send me my dream Kitchen!

I'll make it easy for you, it looks just like this:

 

 

 

DACOR’s Epicure Dual-Fuel Range has a control panel that looks like a keyboard and tilts so it’s easier to use the digital touch pad to set the time and temperature.   It also has one of the fastest pre-heat times in the industry, according to Julian Exclusa of Florida Builder Appliances.  “How many times have you complained about how long it takes to pre-heat a stove?,” says Exclusa.  “This oven pre-heats in nine minutes.”  Why so fast? Most ovens put the heating element on the bottom under metal or porcelain.  The DACOR uses glass.

 

An excerpt from "Dear Santa: Please Make it A High-Tech Christmas." by Janan Talafer was used for today's blog,

To read the rest of this article please visit: http://www.dupontregistry.com/TampaBay/VMRegistration.aspx and turn to page 48, enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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