Monday, July 16, 2018

The Secret to Kitchen Envy: A Stylish Island

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Home buyers love kitchen islands. It’s become a gathering spot for not just cooking but also eating, working, and socializing. As the island continues to gain stature in kitchens, homeowners are finding ways to spotlight it with contrasting shades or even different countertops to make it the focal point.

Check out some examples from designers featured at Houzz, which show how the kitchen island can become the showpiece of your space.

An island of a different color

Furniture-styled islands

Contrasting countertops

Lighting it up

Plenty of seating

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Friday, July 13, 2018

David Beckham: “No matter what, we’re coming to Miami”

Planned for last Thursday, David Beckham’s latest plan to host his Major League Soccer expansion franchise has been delayed for another six days, with Miami’s commissioners still not ready to make a decision.

The new Miami stadium, home of the MLS football team, will have the capacity to receive 25,000 viewers, with 3,750 parking spaces, a hotel with 750 rooms, restaurants and several free-form football pitches surrounding the area. Once is up and running, the franchise will also bring a training center, and an academy focused on developing local players to the Miami.

The project to build the stadium is taking more than five years to be concluded, and although other sites have been taken into account, the last proposal would be to build the stadium at the Melreese Country Club, the public golf course that the city owns, near Miami International Airport.

Last Thursday Beckham took Jorge Mas’s microphone, his development partner, to praise more than 100 supporters. “No matter what,” Beckham expressed to the fans, “we’re coming to Miami. Simple as that.”

In the proposal, the city’s council will collect approximately $140 million in rent payments over 39 years, a mark of almost $ 3.5 million annually.

Commissioners’ approval is the first step to turn the project into reality, after which voters will weigh in on November 6th and make a decision to change the city’s agreement and allow a no-bid deal to lease the 73 acres. Petitions to keep the golf club are circulating on the Internet.

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Sunny Isles’ $29 Million Apartment comes with its own custom ‘scent identity’

As luxury home sales slow down, sellers are desperately trying unique lures to attract buyers. From a stay in the Hamptons, a yearly membership at a gym or even a garage pre-stocked with luxury cars.

Now, it’s time for Regalia, a 43-story luxury condominium in Sunny Isles Beach, to entice possible buyers with something a little uncommon: a unique scent for the home.

The developer has partnered with the fragrance company 12.29 to offer this for its Regalia’s $29 million “Beach House” homebuyer. The company 12 .29 has already created scents for Valentino, Patek Philippe, Nike, Mercedes-Benz and Lady Gaga.

“It’s an opportunity for this very special buyer to live beyond their visual senses and tell their story through a scent that evokes their very being,” commented a spokeswoman for Regalia Beach Developers.

The 10,515-square-foot apartment integrates a 39-unit condo on 19575 Collins Ave. It features six bedrooms, six full baths and three toilets, a private pool, and spa, gourmet kitchen, living room, game room, custom wine cellar for up to 600 bottles and a 360-degree panoramic terrace overlooking the sea, the Intracoastal Waterway and city skylines.

Dawn Goldworm, a co-founder of 12.29, will collaborate with the buyer on a unique perfume, which can be diffused through the HVAC system from the unit to the residence, or integrated into perfumes or candles. The breeding process can take up to six months.

“We are offering these very special buyers an opportunity to live beyond their visual senses and tell their story through a scent that evokes their own being,” Goldworm said in a written statement. “What makes this experience so memorable and exceptional is the end result, which will be the only one of its kind, with a scent to be enjoyed or shared personally with others of your choice.”

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MSC announces the construction of a new cruise terminal in Miami

MSC Cruises and Miami-Dade County announced an agreement to extend the ship owner’s preferential berth rights, as well as the construction of a new AAA cruise terminal at the Port of Miami, scheduled for completion in October 2022.

“The new agreement and the expansion of the partnership with the Port of Miami and Miami-Dade County is another important step in the growth of MSC Cruises business as we continue to strengthen our global presence with a strategic focus in North America,” celebrated the president of the company, Pierfrancesco Vago.

Miami operates as an exclusive MSC shipping port in the United States and, with the new agreement, the company’s preferred berthing rights will be extended to Sundays. Before, Saturdays already had such a preference.

Following the construction of the new terminal, the port will be able to receive the company’s new generation of transatlantic ships, such as the MSC World Class, which is still under construction and will carry seven thousand guests.

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Staged to Sell: A Country Estate in Gaithersburg, Md.

Home stager: Libby Paulson with Preferred Staging

The home: Paulson staged this remodeled, single-family country estate in Gaithersburg, Md., which featured cathedral ceilings, a two-story stone fireplace, gourmet kitchen, formal living and dining room, two staircases, and a walkout basement with full kitchen and bath. The home is listed at $709,500.

Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging

Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging

Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging

Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging

Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging

Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging

Paulson’s tips:

1. Greenery is a Must:Greenery is considered natures neutral. It provides a space harmony, freshness and energy. Greenery can be incorporated into a staging as an accent color or as a way to soften and welcome someone into a room. Some great examples are fiddle fig plants or ferns of all types as well as large leaves arranged in a vase.

2. Pillows are required: If you are looking for an easy, affordable way to make your home ready to sell try adding some throw pillows. Using some trendy pillows you can transform any space. They also help large furniture stand out and complement and highlight the home’s structural features. So choose pillows that complement the home’s aesthetic and style, and don’t be afraid of adding color as long as it adds style. A quick tip is use solid color pillows if furniture has a busy print or patterned pillows when working with solid color furniture. For an upscale look use pillows with subtle texture such as linen or tweed.

3. Bookshelves are not just for books:The first thing to remember is you don’t need to fill each self. When staging bookshelves try to add items to make the eyes look across, around and down. Limit the amount of books and use pairs of items.


Have a home you recently staged that you’d like to show off here at Styled Staged & Sold? Submit your staging photos for consideration, along with three to five of your best spruce-up tips. Contact Melissa Dittmann Tracey at

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Friday, July 6, 2018

$220M racetrack and private car club planned for Miami

After the announcement of Formula 1 arriving to Miami in 2019 and the exhibition of Grand Basel, a luxury car exhibit, in February 2019; the city has become the focus of the automotive industry.

These events are the prelude to the opening of The Concours Club, which will include a racetrack worth $220 million, as well as a full spa and hammam, an infinity pool and Jacuzzi, storage for wines and cigars, restaurant and bar and full concierge services.

“The amenities are what set us apart,” commented co-founder Neil Gehani. “We want to be sure we bring in the right people, and then we want to keep everyone here once they get here.”

The club is expected to open in May 2019 at the Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport.

Its owners, Neil Gehani and Jay Pollak, reported that a membership system would be developed for the first 40 “founding members,” which will be priced at $350,000, at no additional cost for annual fees. Invitations for the 40 founders start in July.

The first customers should invite friends and acquaintances to be part of the “legacy membership” that is estimated at $125,000 plus annual fees (only 150 slots for this type of membership).

“We want to make sure we attract the right people, and we want everyone to stay here once they enter,” Gehani said.

While many other racetracks need to be far apart from the city because of zoning and noise ordinances, what sets the Concours Club apart is its location. The racetrack is closed enough to Brickell, and Miami Beach and its adjacent location to Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport settles the issue.

Source: The Concours Club

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For $4.75 Billion Boeing strikes aircraft deal with Brazilian Embraer

Two aviation giants – Boeing and Embraer – announced on Thursday, July 5th the creation of a new joint venture in the area of commercial aviation valued at $4.75 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, Boeing will hold 80% of the new business and Embraer, the remaining 20%.

The new company agreement is solemn regarding regional jets, passenger planes with about 100 seats and ranges up to 5,000km. None Airbus or Boeing builds such aircraft.

Boeing, the world’s largest aircraft maker, is expected to pay $3.8 billion for 80% of the joint venture. Embraer will have the option to sell its 20% stake, subject to approval by the Board.

“The non-binding agreement proposes the formation of a joint venture comprising the commercial aircraft and services business of Embraer that would strategically align with Boeing’s commercial development, production, marketing and lifecycle services operations,” the companies said in a statement.

In a conference call to shareholders, Embraer clarified that it would continue to be a listed company and the Brazilian government’s right over Embraer will be maintained.

The federal government owns a “golden share” in Embraer, which guarantees veto power in the strategic decisions of the company, including the transfer of share control.

Agreement depends on approval

The transaction depends on the endorsement of shareholders – among which, in the case of Embraer is the Brazilian government – and the regulatory bodies of the Brazilian and American market.

If the approval occurs in the expected time, the transaction is supposed to be closed by the end of 2019, between 12 and 18 months after the definitive agreements.

According to the companies, once the transaction is completed, the joint venture in commercial aviation will be led by a team of executives based in Brazil. Boeing will have operational and management control of the new company.

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