Global pandemics have a funny way of altering plans. When a Brazilian businessman purchased a 7,500-square-foot house on a sweeping corner of San Marco Island in Miami Beach, he was thinking of the property solely as a solid investment—a minimalistic, two-story, six-bedroom residence that would surely sell fast in Miami’s hot real estate market. But as Covid-19 began to change life as we know it, he suddenly reconsidered and began to think of the house as home. Not that he was compromising by any means. The jet-setting client had tapped Luciana Fragali from Design Solutions to spearhead the interior design, and when he saw her 3D renderings and heard her vivid descriptions of what she had planned, he decided Miami Beach would be a fine place to set roots in.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted lives across the country and the world. For example, on St. Patrick’s Day this year, many people had to forgo the usual parades and celebrations, instead remaining hunkered down at home. Thankfully, Martha Stewart provided a taste of normalcy as she whipped up Irish soda bread and filmed it for all to see—and she’s not the only famous chef sharing her quarantine recipes online. Massimo Bottura’s three-Michelin-star Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy—a frequent top-five on World’s 50 Best Restaurants lists—can’t greet diners anymore, so instead he’s hosting cooking shows on his Instagram. Read more here
Authors Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley started writing “Until Proven Safe,” a book about medieval quarantine architecture, long before COVID-19. Read more here
As sunny days and warmer nights start making their approach, now is the perfect time to pay attention to the patio you’ve been neglecting. It may be outdoors, but it’s still a part of your home—as such, it should feel connected to the rest of your space, so make sure to give it some love this spring. You can make it conducive for a quick daytime retreat, or a friendly dinner under the stars. Or you can just de-stress and sit around a cozy outdoor … Read more here
Antipasti, small bites at the beginning of the meal, are perfect for pairing with wine. Pairing wine and antipasti is fantastic as you can experience several different flavors at the same time, noticing how each different antipasti impacts the wine in your glass and vice versa. Whether you make an antipasti platter at home, or order one while out, here are eight of our favorite wine and antipasti pairings:
There’s hardly any space more personal than a bathroom—and no one knows that better than designers. “I get to ask the hard questions,” laughs Dallas designer Denise McGaha. “Like, when you shave your legs in the morning, are you okay with your husband being in the room?” It’s these types of questions that have led to a trend designers say they’re seeing more and more: Separate bathrooms for couples in one home.Read more here