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Master Bedroom 

Master Bedroom 

A man’s bedroom is the ultimate expression of his personal taste. This year, celebrated New York interior designer  has brought his broad experience and refined vision to bear on the master bedroom suite. found his inspiration for the room—a study in pattern and finish—in the impeccable luxury of Ermenegildo Zegna. “New, rich, textural, sophisticated, enduring, timeless; these are the Zegna qualities that convey the idea of a master bedroom really being ‘his place,’ more of a dressing lounge than a formal bedroom,” says Platt. In addition to incorporating the Zegna-inspired ideas of weaving and structure into the master suite’s design, Platt has used textiles from the Italian men’s brand throughout the room.

“The master bedroom was created using some of the finest Ermenegildo Zegna fabrics available,” says Robert Aldrich, President & CEO of Ermenegildo Zegna North America, “touching on our roots as a fabric mill founded in 1910 by the young entrepreneur Ermenegildo. In collaboration with Campion Platt, we selected a rich color palate and sourced fabrics from our own Lanificio mill to be used throughout the room. Zegna materials in pure cashmere, silk, and superfine wool create a luxurious environment showcased in the duvet cover and accent pillows and throws.”

Incorporated into Ermenegildo Zegna’s 2011 fall line—and into the master bedroom—are limited edition items created by Zegna to celebrate the company’s 20th anniversary in China. Zegna has developed a dedicated wardrobe that combines sartorial Italian style with a touch of Chinese influence. The collection includes a subtle silk print based on a twelfth century painting, Along the River During the Qingming Festival, by Zhang Zeduan. Zegna has incorporated the print both on leather bags and on a Chinese silk fabric used in jacket linings; additional yardage of the fabric was specially produced for Platt to create the master bedroom’s duvet cover.

The master suite is a total environment. From the major design elements to the finest details, Platt, perhaps borrowing a page from Frank Lloyd Wright or Gio Ponti, has taken charge of the difficult space. The bedroom is a remarkably intimate room, and at night, it is nestled in a cradle of city lights. To achieve the right affect, Platt had to overcome the dramatic yet rather unforgiving geometry of the suite. “We were challenged by the space itself and the inability to really locate the bed on a wall, so we floated it in the corner. To create more ceiling height and work with the heavily angled walls, we used a graduated venetian plaster in aubergine hues to compliment the fabrics from Ermenegildo Zegna. The interplay between the furniture and the Kim Heirston-curated art and sculpture all evoke a shimmering downtown feel to complement the sparkle of the city.”

Finishing details of the room include carefully selected art and lighting, such as a touch-sensitive work lamp by Antonio Citterio, recently launched in Milan by Italian manufacturer FLOS in partnership with Zegna. Above the desk is a monumental black and white photograph by British twins Jane and Louise Wilson, entitled CASTEMATE H667.

The closet, designed by Platt and custom built by SFA Design, puts the ultimate Zegna fall wardrobe at the Esquire Man’s fingertips—from suits to shirts to outerwear, shoes to alligator accessories. The unique master bathroom, comprising a 30-foot long expanse of gray stone and clear glass, includes his-and-hers vanity sinks, an open shower, and an enticing freestanding tub, all with views of the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan.

“The Esquire Man is refined in taste, he appreciates design innovation, and he desires products that are the ultimate in quality,” explains Aldrich. “We have an over 100-year heritage of design, fabric innovation, and quality at Ermenegildo Zegna, so the Esquire Apartment is the perfect venue to experience a very modern and unique approach to interior design.”Click here to see the next room


Book Review The Building Construction Gardening Consultant

Book Review The Building Construction Gardening Consultant

Recent Architectural Designs for Your Home and Office Living has the well-earned ambivalence of the cold climate gardener, calling winter “the icicle in the soul of the gardener” and yet acknowledging its “shivery perfection.” But the range of his thought and the dry subtlety of his wit in Essays on Gardening in a Cold Climate go beyond the confines of one region or climate.

Who can help but smile

He leaped the fence, and saw that all nature was a garden.’ From the first time I encountered that phrase, I loved the visual image, of a still slender, youthfully middle-aged, perhaps dandyish figure sailing over the confining fence, the sense of psychological freedom as skipped, or scissored, or straddled, or did the Fosbury Flop, one of those long-legged long-armed characters from illustrations to slightly scary children’s stories, a frayed jacket and an Old School scarf flying in the breeze.
While seriously considering the relationship of a rural garden to the larger natural landscape surrounding it, Bixley avoids descending into academic pomposity by confessing to his outlandish mental picture of a phrase “cherished by garden historians.” Yet it is only after tracing the idea of nature held by proponents of the English Landscape Garden, and articulating his own resolution to this tension between artifice and nature, that he ends his essay by revealing that

the fence that metaphorically leaped was, alas not a rail fence or a wire fence but a sunk fence. Floated not upwards, but downwards.And didn’t need to leap to see what lay outside the garden. The garden historians, with the exception of Walpole, don’t tell us that.
Now this is one of the things I like about Brian’s writing: he never takes himself too seriously. But he is very serious about gardening. In fact, he calls it “the most profound and complex of the arts.” Indeed, the arts are never far from Brian’s musings; he draws upon literature and music to understand his garden and to better examine the broader issues of garden design and history. And yet he can devote a whole essay to one tiny draba and cause this non-alpine gardener to hold her breath, wondering if the plant will make it.
There is a satisfying mix of the theoretical and the practical in this collection. You will find critiques of garden history and instructions on creating a maze in a meadow with a riding lawn mower.

There is an essay addressing practical considerations when starting a garden you can only visit on weekends and a memorial for a favorite dog. There are some book reviews, yes, and two book review spoofs. The same man who writes about growing trees from seed that will mature after he is dead confesses, “I look forward to an old age as Snowdrop Inspector.” And who else besides an Economics professor would attempt this:

On the basis of [Sternbergia lutea] flower production from 1984 through 1987 I had been moved to make some alternative forecasts of what was likely to happen in the years to 1995 (see diagram.)
Yes, he includes the graph of his projections for your perusal. Throughout, there is an intelligence and wit underlying the writing, drawing on knowledge of the larger world and synthesizing it in the world of the gardener.
I still feel I have not done this book justice. If you find your thoughts wandering as you weed, not only working out gardening logistics and resolving pedestrian conflicts but connecting the dots between seemingly disparate topics, you will love this book. I don’t know why Essays on Gardening in a Cold Climate is not more widely known. I don’t know why Brian Bixley is not as well known as Eleanor Perenyi or Henry Mitchell. Perhaps it is because he published the book himself and is the only source from which you can obtain it. Yes, Brian is hoarding the world’s supply, and quantities are limited. Order your copy here before they’re all gone.


About Kathy Purdy

Kathy Purdy discovered the joys of writing in fourth grade, when she started corresponding with a former classmate. She’s been writing letters ever since, first on looseleaf, then electronically, and now as weblog entries. That makes you, the blog reader, her pen pal. Her first independent (though frustrating) attempts at gardening were made in high school, though the gardening bug didn’t bite hard until her mid-thirties, when she found herself mistress of a rural home on 15 acres.

Home Inspections Avert Future Headaches

Home Inspections Avert Future Headaches

The recent drop in home sales has many sellers offering incentives to buyers. Buyers ready to purchase shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy a home at this time. With incentives from sellers to assist with the buyers closing cost and lender fees this could mean a savings of several thousand dollars when purchasing your home. With many sellers willing to consider an offer less than the listed price plus the incentives this could amount to huge savings. Call us today so we can start you on your way to owning a home for less than you thought you would have to pay. This market will be gone soon so act fast before it is too late. Remember those who buy before the end of the 2007 will be able to qualify for their 2008 homestead property exemption. This could mean a savings of $500 to your average property taxes if you buy before.Homeowner’s insurance for the County area is still very affordable when compared to other parts of the country. Best housing choice in today’s real estate market.

Home Inspections Avert Future Headaches

Suppose you bought a house and later discovered, to your dismay, that the stucco exterior concealed a nasty case of dry rot. Or suppose that when you fired up the furnace in the winter, you discovered a cracked heat exchanged leaking gas into your home. The best way to avoid unpleasant surprises like these is to arrange for a home inspection before you buy.

Home Inspections Help You Avoid Unpleasant Surprises

A good home inspection is an objective, top-to-bottom examination of a home and everything that comes with it. The standard inspection report includes a review of the home’s heating and air-conditioning systems; plumbing and wiring; roof, attic, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, foundation and basement.
Getting a professional inspection is crucial for older homes because age often takes its toll on the roof and other hard-to-reach areas. Problems can also be the result of neglect or hazardous repair work, such as a past owner’s failed attempt to install lights and an outlet in a linen closet.
A home inspection is also a wise investment when buying a new home. In fact, new homes frequently have defects, whether caused by an oversight during construction or simply human error.

Getting an Inspector

Real estate agents can usually recommend an experienced home inspector. Make sure to get an unbiased inspector. You can find one through word-of-mouth referrals, or look in the Yellow Pages or online under “Building Inspection” or “Home Inspection.”
Home inspections cost about a few hundred dollars, depending on the size of the house and location. Inspection fees tend to be higher in urban areas than in rural areas. You may find the cost of inspection high, but it is money well spent. Think of it as an investment in your investment – your future home.
Some builders may try to dissuade you from getting a home inspection on a home they’ve built. They may not necessarily be trying to hide anything because most builders guarantee their work and will fix any problems in your new home before you move in. Some builders, in fact, will offer to do their own inspections. But it’s best to have an objective professional appraisal – insist on a third-party inspector.

An Inspection Will Educate You about Your House

Education is another good reason for getting an inspection. Most buyers want to learn as much as they can about their purchase so they can protect their investment. An examination by an impartial home inspector helps in this learning process.
Ask if you can follow the home inspector on his or her rounds. Most inspectors are glad to share their knowledge, and you’ll be able to ask plenty of questions.

Inspection Timing and Results

Homebuyers usually arrange for an inspection after signing a contract or purchase agreement with the seller. The results may be available immediately or within a few days. The home inspector will review his or her findings with you and alert you to any costly or potentially hazardous conditions. In some cases, you may be advised not to buy the home unless such problems are remedied.
You could include a clause in your purchase agreement that makes your purchase contingent upon satisfactory inspection results. If major problems are found, you can back out of the deal. If costly repairs are warranted, the seller may be willing to adjust the home’s price or the contract’s terms. But when only minor repairs are needed, the buyer and seller can usually work out an agreement that won’t affect the sale price.


White Kitchens Decorating

White Kitchens Decorating

Kitchens White Kitchens Decorating

Want to have a completely spotless kitchen? Do you love white but want your kitchen look no personality? Look at the selection of white kitchens that we have prepared for you, because they will inspire you and them can take many ideas to bring to your home. And you can rest easy, because a kitchen in which the target is almost the only protagonist can look fantastic. They say the best example is a button For you I am prepared lots of buttons to get you out of doubt.


And is that white is a color that goes well into the kitchens and will give many benefits to the space. This is going to take to give clarity and brightness will make the kitchen look more clean, will get your kitchen look larger, going to get any splash of color enhancement and stand out even more, you seem little advantage? What style give your white kitchen?


Well that really depends on your tastes, because this color can create almost any kitchen. The Nordic style is know to use light colors, but painting wood furniture white can create a style of romantic or rustic kitchen, with furniture of straight lines and bright can create a minimalist kitchen, etc.


As mentioned above, the white color is ideal for amplifying the presence of a detail of color, so it is important that the accessories you choose color are successful. By this I mean to be accessories with character. They will stand out above the rest. And yes now I’ll leave you with the image gallery of white kitchens I promised that I had prepared. With them as we said we plenty of inspiration, so open your mind and think as well take the details that you like to your kitchen at home. IT operations analytics has shown that this is really effective for future kitchens.


Colors for Interior Decorating


Let’s talk about colors and furniture, throwing the eye to 2014. Any suggestions can give us that large manufacturers of paints. Trendy shades for 2014 are purple, blue and neutral tints. In fact, glancing at magazines, it seems that it will be so.

Supreme Court Issues RARE Real Estate Decision

Supreme Court Issues RARE Real Estate Decision

There was a little known Supreme Court decision that did not receive the same fanfare as some of the other cases before the Court. The recent property-rights ruling went in favor of landowners and land developers. The ruling could have far-reaching effects on how government handles property owners’ decisions that “cause wider harm or social burdens” on the community.

The case, River Management District, revolved around the property owner desire to develop about four acres of a 14.9-acre wetland property. When sought a permit for the development from the local water management district, he was told that he could choose either to develop only one acre or pay for contractors to make improvements to government-owned wetlands in the same watershed in exchange for a full permit.

Opted to take neither option and sued, saying that his property was essentially “taken for public use without just compensation” because he was not able to develop his land without agreeing to “extortionate demands.”

Backed by the National Association of Home Builders, civil liberties groups, and property-rights advocacy groups, and case spent 11 years working its way through the legal system. The Supreme Court ended up siding, saying that the local watershed “impermissible burden the right not to have property taken without just compensation” by creating a set of parameters around the receipt of the desired permit that prevented from using his own land for his own benefit.

The vote was 5-4 in favor , with Justice writing in support of the decision that “land-use permit applicants are especially vulnerable to…coercion…because the government often has broad discretion to deny a permit that is worth far more than the property it would like to take” and that “government…may not leverage its legitimate interest in mitigation to pursue governmental ends that lack an essential nexus and rough proportionality to social costs of the proposal”.

Not surprisingly, many property owners are breathing a collective sigh of relief that their rights are being further defined and protected, but critics of the decision warn that the ruling sets a dangerous precedent since technically no physical thing was taken away. Justice, who wrote the dissenting opinion on the case, said that the ruling “threatens to subject a vast array of land-use regulations….to heightened constitutional scrutiny” and “I would not embark on so unwise an adventure”.  Why an I am not surprised that Justice dissented on this.


What Every Real Estate Investor Should Know

What Every Real Estate Investor Should Know

Real Estate Flipping

Some may consider flipping real estate a glamorous venture. Everyone hears from time to time of people getting a home and making money off of it. There are television networks that do nothing but talk about renovating properties. But, the fact is that real estate investing is tough, and is nowhere near as easy as it is shown to be on television. To be successful at real estate investing, the initial step is understanding how it all works, and the following article explains it to you.

If you plan on investing in the real estate business, you should get a business license. This will help to protect both you and the investments that you make in the future. You will also benefit from looking into possible tax breaks that could be available for your business.


Don’t make a property investment until a professional has inspected it. If they offer to pay for the inspection, it may be someone that favors them. Always use a neutral party, or a trusted person.

When dealing with industrial or retail properties, you must consider two things. The number one rule is never pay more than the land itself is worth. It’s also important to make sure that too much money isn’t spent on the property. Take an objective look at the physical as-is property value and how much it could potentially earn as a rental. If the numbers are good, then it’s a good buy.

Key Elements

A key element in real estate investing is finding the right location. Property condition must also be considered. Properties that are in terrible areas will always be bad investments. When looking to purchase real estate, always make sure you investigate the area and its property value.

Listen during a negotiation instead of talking. You will be surprised at how often someone will do all the work for you just by letting them speak. Also, because you are listening, you will catch the right moment to strike for the price you seek.

Online Information

Keep up with online blogs and investment groups to keep up with the tricks of the trade of those already successful in real estate investing. This helps you stay privy to valuable information concerning the real estate market. You could even talk to someone in a more personal atmosphere.

When you invest in a property that you wish to rent, be wary of whom you choose as tenants. They should pay a deposit and the first month’s rent early on. If they can’t get their money together at this time, they probably won’t be able to make the rent.

Look for someone else.

Consider the possible rental income of a home when you project its worth. You might generate thousands of dollars annually by renting out your property. Later, you can resell the property for a larger profit.

Make sure you get some money back so that you can invest in properties and add some extra onto it. By failing to ensure a healthy profit, your investment is only an asset that may lead to a loss over time. Do not list a property for less than you paid, especially after renovations.

When contemplating a real estate investment, give some thought to hiring property managers who can weed out risky tenants. Because rental payments are likely to be the source of your mortgage payment, your tenants need to be reliable. Otherwise, you may end up losing money.

While reality shows make it seem easy, there is really a science to it. Do your research and make sound investments. Remain calm, act wisely and you can be successful in investing in real estate.

Real Estate Investing Is Fun To Learn About!

Real Estate Investing Is Fun To Learn About!


When you learn the ropes properly, you can make good money with real estate investments. You run the risk of losing money if you do not take the time to understand what you’re doing. Read this article to learn as much as you can before engaging in real estate investing.

Prior to investing in any type of property, make certain you do a market analysis and research that property thoroughly. Look at between 50 and 100 properties in a location you desire, and create a spreadsheet with each one. Things to look at include repair budgets, expected rent, and current prices. Thinking about these factors can assist you with separating good deals from bad deals.


When getting into real estate, reputation is very important. This means sticking to your word and not lying to your clients. This allows you to be credible where you’re living so that people can be loyal to the company you run.

Know the local real estate market. Mortgages and rent in your local neighborhood could give you a better feel for the house’s value as opposed to its financial statements. This will help you to make a practical and heady decision.


Interact with others who invest in real estate. Find out what tips and tricks they have learned along the way. Pick the brains of all the knowledgeable people that you run into. Search out like-minded people online. Investigate the possibility of going to meetups and joining forums.

Join groups aimed at investors and follow industry blogs. This will provide you with valuable insight that will help you to formulate your own strategies. Often, real estate professions are willing to help newcomer to the industry and you can build your network of contacts, in this way.

Cheap Properties

Avoid buying property that is dirt cheap. This is tempting because of the price, but is not a good investment. You want to be certain that you can sell the property at a profit.

Make sure that you know how much you can rent the home out for after purchase. That way, you can generate lots of income through your tenants. This adds up to a bigger gross profit at sale time.

Be very patient when beginning. Getting the first deal done can take longer than expected. Perhaps the terms were not right, or there were no good properties available. Refrain from stressing out if this happen to you. That is not a good way to use your money. Be patient, and invest only when a great deal comes your way.

Diversify, Diversify, Diversify

While you may want to diversify your portfolio with purchases all over the place, it is wise to make some local investments. You may find places in your area that are great investment opportunities. This is definitely a place to get a good start.

Never buy properties only to run up the number that you totally own. It’s not smart to purchase properties just to have them. Do plenty of research on the market, and always remember that quality usually trumps quantity. This must be what takes up most of your investments.

Make sure you keep detailed books. You may find it easy to not pay attention to your bookkeeping, especially when you first get started. There are many other more pressing things to think about. It is vital that you have good bookkeeping skills. It can prevent you from getting major headaches down the road.

Research Local Laws

Do some research on the city’s government before you invest in any real estate there. Most municipalities have an official website. It will be possible to learn things about the city’s master plan that give insight into future property values. Growing cities tend to be good investment opportunities.

Foreclosure listing services are something you will want to look into. Signing up for these foreclosures listings can save you time so that you do not have to go to the courthouse to find foreclosures. These lists are usually current and can help you with your search.

Career Goals

If you are moving toward making real estate investing a career or a way to bring in extra money, jump in and start learning right away. Too many people sit on the sidelines and hurt their chances of eventual success. You put yourself at a disadvantage if you wait compared to those who are getting experienced.

Screen tenants properly. A lot of times, bad tenants do great damage to properties and don’t pay the rent on time. Ask potential tenants for references, and run complete credit and background checks. This will help you make sure you have responsible tenants.

Find a building that you can maintain properly. Real estate investing is more than buying property. You have to maintain it well to sell it. A house that’s one story won’t be as hard to work with as a multi-level building, for instance. Don’t take on more than what you can handle.


If you have the ability to hold onto a property for a period of time before you resell it, try buying a property in an area with heavy foreclosures. Eventually, their values will rise again, and if you buy low, you turn a tidy profit. Remember that it may take time before you get the money you invested back.

Understand when you want to sell your property before you buy it. You will need a different amount of capital depending on the term of the deal. Make certain you have enough money to repair a “fixer.” If you are buying a home and don’t expect to sell it any time soon, you can afford to spend more on the home itself.


The Best Neighbourhoods to Rent a Condo in Montreal

The Best Neighbourhoods to Rent a Condo in Montreal

Before you decide on one of the countless condos in Montreal for sale or rent, you need to ask plenty of important questions. First of all, how close is the condo in question to where you work or enjoy your free time? Second, how much can you afford (as that will largely determine where you can live)?

t1A variety of other personal, individual criteria must also be considered before making any decision, but the overall process is one that deserves ample consideration regardless of circumstance. Below, we’ll discuss some of the best neighbourhoods on balance in which to rent a condo in Montreal so that you can narrow down the contenders.

Located in the greater area known as the Plateau, Mile End is a trendy community that attracts a wide variety of creativity-oriented individuals. In the Mile End community, you’ll find a plethora of interesting people such as film-makers, actors and artists who call the neighbourhood home.

As far as things to do, the neighbourhood contains plenty of new construction that houses plenty of condos in Montreal for rent, galleries, shops of all types, trendy stores and multiple sit-down cafes from which to enjoy the view and take a break. Several famous restaurants also call Mile End home, and depending on your tastes, you may do the same! Local real estate developer michael chu’di ejekam has been working on creating more communities similar to this.


Comprised almost exclusively as a residential enclave, Sherbrooke consistently ranks among the best places in which to rent condos in Montreal. Located directly south of Parc Le Fontaine, this neighbourhood has been planned well for those who enjoy outdoor environments and nature.
With plenty of parks and green space to enjoy, you’ll never have trouble finding a place in which to walk the dog, enjoy a picnic or go for a run. With plenty of apartments in the north western end and condos scattered throughout the community at-large, there are plenty of living quarters to consider in this relaxed neighbourhood.


Consistently popular with locals as a place to rent or own condos, Saint-Ambroise is situated in between Rue Notre-Dame and Rue St-Patrick and is close to Autoroutes 720 and 15. With a nice mixture of old and new, affordable and luxurious, this neighbourhood retains its olden charm while providing residents with all of the modern conveniences that they would expect in Montreal similar to services like septic tank atlanta. The culture of the neighbourhood is fully on show during the FRINGE Festival, held annually. Dedicated to diversity, accessibility and artistic freedom, it is the perfect expression of a neighbourhood that is welcoming to all.


Last but not least, Ahuntsic is a neighbourhood located on the northern edge of Montreal and is a picturesque combination of residential relaxation and city life. With two large parks contained in the neighbourhood – Victor Barbeau and Saint Alphonse – there is plenty of outdoor life to enjoy with friends and family.
A variety of restaurants and shopping alternatives exist throughout the community, making it easy to find everything you need close to home. Lower-income apartment complexes can be found near the centre of the community and houses tucked away in the north, but elsewhere condos can be found in rather great abundance for your consideration. for more reach out at us at http://michaelchudiejekamgreenbuilding.com/ ask for Michael Chudi Ejekam – he’ll help you with your needs.