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Interior design firm recently relocated to Sandy Springs

The store: Offers an edited collection of furniture, lighting, accessories, rugs and original art. Vignettes in the store help shoppers visualize how fabric, furniture and carefully placed accessories work together.

Article source: http://www.ajc.com/lifestyles/home/interior-design-firm-recently-relocated-sandy-springs/kTLkgIuZRp4fsdBhol9ciP/

Interior design firm recently relocated to Sandy Springs

The store: Offers an edited collection of furniture, lighting, accessories, rugs and original art. Vignettes in the store help shoppers visualize how fabric, furniture and carefully placed accessories work together.

Article source: http://www.ajc.com/lifestyles/home/interior-design-firm-recently-relocated-sandy-springs/kTLkgIuZRp4fsdBhol9ciP/

Right Plant, Right Place

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Article source: http://www.capemaycountyherald.com/lifestyle/home_and_garden/article_943f8f94-e1ce-11e7-be64-5ff76d69946a.html

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Article source: http://www.capemaycountyherald.com/lifestyle/home_and_garden/article_943f8f94-e1ce-11e7-be64-5ff76d69946a.html

Top 10 gardening books for Christmas 2017

My Life With Plants by Roy Lancaster  (RHS/Filbert Press, £25)

A well-loved figure tells his story straightforwardly, the tale peppered with anecdotes. There is the time he hid up a tree for a conifer thief at Cambridge Botanic Garden (he caught the culprit, a local teacher) or the occasion of his first lecture, aged 23, to the science club at a girls’ school: “Faced with the eyes of 40 girls following my every move, I considered turning round and running for my life”. Not much soul-searching here, the author is probably too busy thinking about the next plant.

The Japanese Garden by Sophie Walker  (Phaidon, £49.95)

Even if it did not contain original essays by Tadao Ando, John Pawson and Anish Kapoor, this would be a superior book. One hundred gardens are featured in detail. Key texts explain the principles of the Japanese garden in depth. The author’s summation is: “The deeper beauty of the garden resides not in its surface ornament but in its profound search for contact with the original state of nature.” A must for anyone serious about the topic.

Article source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/problem-solving/top-10-gardening-books-christmas-2017/

Top 10 gardening books for Christmas 2017

My Life With Plants by Roy Lancaster  (RHS/Filbert Press, £25)

A well-loved figure tells his story straightforwardly, the tale peppered with anecdotes. There is the time he hid up a tree for a conifer thief at Cambridge Botanic Garden (he caught the culprit, a local teacher) or the occasion of his first lecture, aged 23, to the science club at a girls’ school: “Faced with the eyes of 40 girls following my every move, I considered turning round and running for my life”. Not much soul-searching here, the author is probably too busy thinking about the next plant.

The Japanese Garden by Sophie Walker  (Phaidon, £49.95)

Even if it did not contain original essays by Tadao Ando, John Pawson and Anish Kapoor, this would be a superior book. One hundred gardens are featured in detail. Key texts explain the principles of the Japanese garden in depth. The author’s summation is: “The deeper beauty of the garden resides not in its surface ornament but in its profound search for contact with the original state of nature.” A must for anyone serious about the topic.

Article source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/problem-solving/top-10-gardening-books-christmas-2017/

Making downtown a destination: Consultants pitch ideas to city officials

Areas included in the study are highlighted and sorted by their current use. (Courtesy City of Williamsburg)
Areas included in the study are highlighted and sorted by their current uses. (Courtesy City of Williamsburg)

Outside consultants have big ideas for downtown Williamsburg.

A consulting team has concluded its study of the downtown area, and presented its findings and suggestions to the Williamsburg’s City Council and Economic Development Authority at the Stryker Center Monday.

The EDA launched the project in September 2016 and retained Econsult Solutions Inc. and Group Melvin Design as a consulting team to help create a vision for downtown redevelopment.

The team defined downtown as areas east of Richmond Road, South of Lafayette Street, and continuing south between Boundary and Nassau Streets. For purposes of the study, Downtown encompasses Merchants Square, the Williamsburg Library, The Municipal and Community Buildings, the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and the William Mary Law School.

City officials were told they were starting from a position of strength, but the consultants compared the area to a nice pair of shoes — broken in and comfortable, but could use some polish.

The team stressed that improvements could make downtown more appealing to residents, students and tourists alike.

“There are so many great aspects of downtown, but part of our job is identifying some of the challenges,” said Sara Woolf, planner and urban designer with Group Melvin Design. “You don’t really get that organic mixture of people that you do in some of the more active downtowns, and that leads to less vibrancy.”

The consulting team said that different parts of downtown attract different segments of the community. (Courtesy City of Williamsburg)
A consulting team said that different parts of downtown attract different segments of the community. (Courtesy City of Williamsburg)

Instead, Woolf said, tourists tend to visit Duke of Gloucester Street, while students and residents have their own favorite spots. They agreed the key was to create more places, such as coffee shops, that give people a reason to visit, mingle and linger in downtown.

Catherine Timko, senior advisor with Econsult Solutions, referred to a survey the consulting team conducted among Greater Williamsburg residents. She said the team found residents want more diverse food options in downtown, and that the downtown’s retail options did not score well on the survey.

“What is here is not necessarily the right mix for who’s coming here,” Timko said.

Timko advised city officials that the city was in a strong position to attract retailers to downtown that could fill citizen interests, and suggested a 30,000 square foot grocer that would both fill a niche and draw foot traffic to boost surrounding businesses.

She added more than 500 people responded to the survey.

The team suggested officials consider adding a beer garden and other “tiny shops” in the triangle between Scotland Street, Prince George Street and Armistead Avenue. They also recommended transforming the green spaces in front of the community building and library into a city park for events, such as movie nights and concerts.

Other ideas included a “restaurant row” along Scotland Street, a redesign of Merchants Square, and residences or mixed-use buildings on underused parking lots.

A chart included in the presentation lists the consultant’s suggestions, sorted by cost and timeline. (Courtesy City of Williamsburg)

Many of the other suggestions were cosmetic in nature, including installing bike racks, benches, lighting, landscaping and wayfinding signs— all to attract people to downtown and make them want to stay.

Mayor Paul Freiling said he appreciated the consultants’ ideas, and said creating a hub of activity would be a “terrific benefit” to residents and tourists alike.

Now, the challenge for the city is to select which ideas to pursue, find ways and funding to implement them, and market the enhanced downtown hub across the region, he added.

“What we’re doing is creating a greater diversity of entertainment opportunities that attracts people,” Freiling said. “It adds to the quality of life of the people who live here because they feel like they live in a really cool place with a lot of fun, interesting things to do, and they’ll want to spend more time in the downtown area.”

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Article source: https://wydaily.com/2017/12/12/making-downtown-a-destination-consultants-pitch-ideas-to-city-officials-nws/

Last-minute buyer derails Neverland-like auction

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Holiday gift ideas at Decor

Decor Interiors and Jewelry is located on Olive Boulevard near 141. Give them a call at 314-207-4379 or visit them on line at decor-jewelry.com.

Article source: http://www.ksdk.com/article/entertainment/television/show-me-st-louis/holiday-gift-ideas-at-decor/63-498582870

Thavorn Hotels – Phuket’s luxury beach destinations

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With its history tracing back to the very first full-service hotel in Phuket, Thavorn Hotels Resorts has been a prominent family-owned hotel brand in Phuket for over 30 years. Having begun with the founder’s dream in 1950 to steer Phuket into an international tourist destination, today Thavorn Hotels Resorts features two luxury beach resorts in Phuket’s best locations.

Thavorn Beach Village Resort Spa features 185 rooms and suites and is nestled right on the secluded Nakalay beach near Kamala, Phuket. It’s sister resort, Thavorn Palm Beach Resort is perfectly positioned directly opposite Karon’s Beachfront and features 198 rooms and suites.

Having dedicated most of the resort grounds to natural landscaping, the resorts resemble the owner’s concept of a “real” resort, with the purpose of connecting guests with nature rather than intrude upon it.

With most of the resort’s grounds dedicated to natural green areas, Thavorn Hotels are renowned in Phuket for their unique resort environment of lush tropical gardens and beautiful landscapes.

Speaking with Managing Director Khun Charearn Thavornwongwongse, he says “Up to 70% of our beach resort areas is dedicated to natural areas, as opposed to building spaces. While this may not be the most optimal approach for maximization of profits, we take pride that guests staying at our resorts will truly experience a relaxing holiday and enjoy the splendor of nature in our beachfront atmospheres.”

The beauty of the detailed landscapes at both Thavorn Beach Village Resort Spa and Thavorn Palm Beach Resort was not easily achieved, with the resorts’ grounds spreading over more than 35 acres and 18 acres of land respectively.

“It took more than 20 years to develop our landscapes. Landscape gardening is a time consuming task that requires both attention to detail and passion. Unlike the construction of rooms, in which a master design of each room type is developed and applied for mass construction, gardening is unique in that each and every corner is different and tells its own story. Guests staying at the resorts have loved this element which adds to the charm and character of our resorts”

In addition to the focus on the resorts’ landscaping, guests will experience the element of Thai and connection to culture at Thavorn Hotels Resorts. Khun Charearn added

“Our endless tropical gardens showcase the exotic trees, plants, and flowers species that are unique to Thailand. The different sculptures within our landscape also manifest Thai’s culture and literature”.

Today, Thavorn Hotels Resorts remains ever committed to the owner’s concept and differentiates itself from thousands of other hotels in Phuket.

Thavorn Beach Village Resort Spa

Thavorn Palm Beach Resort

Article source: https://www.phuketgazette.net/lifestyle/thavorn-hotels-phukets-luxury-beach-destinations