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Open House: Three Statement-Making Vignettes

This is sponsored content produced in partnership between Downtown Summerlin and WENDOH Brand Studio, the brand marketing unit of WENDOH Media.

Melody Gangi is a Las Vegas–based blogger and home-decor influencer, myhouseoffour.com    

My passion lies in creating chic, stunning and—most of all—comfortable living spaces. In search of spring and summer inspiration, I did a little prep work at Downtown Summerlin and conceived three vignettes that define the season.

A Springtime Tablescape

An inviting table for your guests should be both high in style and extremely functional.

I have a big crush on blue, so that color is a must. From pale ice blue to deep indigo—it’s not going away anytime soon and always has its moment in my designs.

Kin Lui | Vegas Seven

I also love to mix in new trends with staple pieces. In this tablescape, I used the beautiful white, everyday dinnerware from Macy’s The Cellar collection and added seashell bowls from West Elm.

This is just the beginning of the look for this tabletop. Gold flatware for special occasions also gives it an elegant feel.

I put glass vases and hurricanes from West Elm at the center of the table and as the main inspiration. The powdery-blue hydrangea floral arrangement from Ethan Allen serves as the focal point.

When it comes to dining room seating, I love to mix it up and use benches for a casual and fun look. The neutral tufted chairs from Kirkland’s complement the modern clean lines of the black-and-white-striped Clinton bench from Ethan Allen.

Kin Lui | Vegas Seven

 

A Refreshed Living Room

Rugs are great for defining a space while adding warmth and texture. A geometric wool area rug from Ethan Allen adds a splash of deep navy blue on the floor in this vignette.

Lovesac provides a love seat, which was customized with a neutral-colored cotton slipcover. The pretty blush pink pillows from West Elm and Ethan Allen complement—and the sequined pillow from Kirkland’s adds some glam and texture. The wonderful thing about decor pillows: For a small investment, you can change them up as often as you like.

Blush is one of my favorite on-trend colors. A little goes a long way to create a cozier and more modern look.

An Ethan Allen coffee table pulls the living room together and tells a great visual story.

Finally, the beautiful black and white art photography from Bobby Wheat Gallery creates a great conversation piece and a focal point above the sofa.

Kin Lui | Vegas Seven

A Contemporary Entryway

An entryway gives a first impression of your home’s style and personality. Using a white Parson’s desk from West Elm, I sought to create a contemporary feel, which is enhanced by the piece’s simple lines and lacquered finish.

Adding a single brass industrial desk lamp (also from West Elm), a tray table to drop your mail and keys, and accessories such as books and vases give the area more texture.

Another design trick is to use benches, stools or chairs at an entrance. A set of neutral tufted chairs from Kirkland’s and a fun white pillow with gray Greek-key stitching balances this look but is also functional.


Where to Buy All home decor items available at Downtown Summerlin.

Bobby Wheat Gallery 702-569-7080; bobbywheat.com | Ethan Allen 702-436-4444; ethanallen.com | Kirkland’s 702-0869-0548; kirklands.com | Lovesac 702-363-0141; lovesac.com | Macy’s 702-854-6229; macys.com | West Elm 702-255-4030; westelm.com

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After a bidding war, Diane Kruger unloads super-stylish East Village pad for $1.1M

Actress, model, and fashionista Diane Kruger sold her unsurprisingly stylish East Village pad for $1.1 million, higher than the $985,000 listing price. The Post tells us that a 12-offer bidding war ensued, likely due to the myriad of charming features–expansive exposed brick walls, a renovated modern kitchen, and lovely outdoor terrace–and the prime location at 315 East 12th Street, between booming 1st and 2nd Avenues.

The loft-style apartment, just a one-flight walkup, has deep-set oversized windows that run the entire length, letting in great southern light, as well as Cocoa Bean hardwood oak floors and a perfectly styled mix of mid-century modern furniture and urban-chic accessories.

The kitchen has been completely remodeled with custom gray cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and a stainless steel counter and backsplash.

The two-bedroom home is currently configured as a one-bedroom, but it could be easily converted back. The bedroom has a walk-in closet and ensuite access to the newly renovated “Jack and Jill” bathroom.

The terrace, surrounded by the neighborhood’s quintessential brick tenements, has enough room to dine al fresco or host a small group of friends.

Kruger bought the home in October 2015 for $976,000. She recently told amNY about why she loves the neighborhood: “I feel like it’s still a little gritty. When I used to live here, you did not come there at all. It was a dangerous place for a girl to go by yourself. It’s been gentrified a lot. It’s harder and harder to get a sense of a neighborhood. I love the West Village, but it feels too manicured to me.”

[Listing: 315 East 12th Street, 8 by Frances Katzen and Maggie Zaharoiu of Douglas Elliman]

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Mother’s Day Picnic Etiquette: Everything’s Coming Up Rosé

Fill the basket with love – include items that make her smile and that she will enjoy eating, doing and using. Pamper her with bath salts, a rose scented candle, a floral journal, rose’ champagne, a beautiful box of chocolates, or a book or magazine you know she’ll love to curl up and read with. A new, pink insulated water bottle may be a treat for a fitness buff, while a fantastic corkscrew or bottle opener is a great gift and the perfect picnic accessory that can be used again. Include her favorite dessert in celebration of a picnic in her honor.

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Baldwyn educator turns to baking after recession

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Liberty Commons updates: What’s open, what’s coming and what restaurant dropped out

HomeGoods will be the latest tenant to open in Liberty Commons.

The off-price home decor retailer plans an 8 a.m. May 21 opening at 257 S. Stewart Road in Liberty. The store will have about 65 full- and part-time employees.

Merchandise will include furniture, rugs, lighting, decorative accessories, kitchen and dining goods, bedding, bath items, children’s decor and toys, outdoor, pet accessories, storage and workplace.

Hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

HomeGoods, a division of TJX, has more than 570 stores across the country. It also plans a new location in Overland Park’s Prairiefire, scheduled to open in August.

It will continue to operate its Marshalls/HomeGoods store in Zona Rosa until late summer, when a new Marshalls is scheduled to open in Tiffany Springs MarketCenter. Then it will close the stores at 8690 N. Dixon Ave.

Legacy Development’s $80 million redevelopment of Liberty Commons includes retail, restaurants and a hotel. It plans a ribbon cutting on May 12.

Academy Sports + Outdoors, Five Below, Gordmans, Kirkland’s, Maurices and Natural Grocers, Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse, PetCo and Ulta Beauty are currently open.

Still to come:

▪ Bath Body Works, June 5

▪ Meshuggah Bagels, mid-June

▪ Joplimo Mattress, summer opening

▪ Louie’s Wine Dive, fall opening

▪ McAlister’s Deli, fall opening

▪ Slim Chickens, Aug. 7 opening

▪ TownePlace Suites Marriott, spring 2018

But Aveda salon and Spin Neapolitan Pizza no longer plan to open in the center.

Aveda officials couldn’t be reached for comment.

Spin founding partner Gail Lozoff is retiring on July 1 and new partners are coming on board, said founding partner Edwin Brownell. He said Spin had a lease for Liberty Commons, but the developer missed the “deliver by date,” which allowed Spin to drop their plans so the new partners could have more input on future expansion.

According to Legacy, Gordmans also plans to close its Liberty Commons store later this month as part of a national bankruptcy, but Legacy is in talks with a possible tenant for the 44,867-square-foot space.

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Reading China and Glass at VF Outlet Center to close – WFMZ

Reading China and Glass at VF Outlet…




WEST READING, Pa. – A popular retail store in Berks County will soon be closing its doors after 38 years in business. 

Reading China and Glass announced Thursday that it will be closing its store at the Vanity Fair Outlet Center in West Reading this summer.

The store’s owner, Eric Brinsfield, cited the retail center’s recent sale to a Philadelphia developer and its transformation into a mixed-use complex of office, retail, and restaurant space as a factor in his decision to close.

“The redevelopment project has a lot of moving pieces,” Brinsfield said. “We understood that it would be a challenge to accommodate our large store in development plans. As difficult as it is, it seemed it was time for us to move on.”

The store’s marketing manager, Steph Graves, told 69 News that the store will have discounts beginning Friday and lasting six to eight weeks. The store is expected to close by mid-July.

“We really want to thank the folks of Berks County and beyond for all of the great years that we had in West Reading,” Brinsfield said. “We will be offering some incredible values for folks as we wind down the store, beginning on May 5.”

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Bud and Aggie Jansen founded Reading China and Glass in 1979. It specialized in china and glass sourced from around the world. The “Reading China” backstamp on dinnerware is still known nationally, Brinsfield said. 

The Reading China Glass store at the Rockvale Outlets in East Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, will remain open.

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Whirlpool acquires Yummly, the recipe search engine last valued at $100M


Some consolidation in the world of subject-specific search and social networks, as a legacy player from the world of white goods makes a play for a wider audience. The Whirlpool Corporation — the world’s largest home appliance maker, founded back in 1911 — has acquired Yummly, a visual and semantic recipe search engine and aggregator with 20 million users, which also let you create shopping lists and (in some locations) order food for delivery and equipment to make a meal.

Terms of the deal, which was announced without much fanfare earlier this week — were not disclosed. Publicly traded Whirlpool is a $14 billion business with revenues last year of $20.7 billion, and it said the deal would have no material impact.

For some context, Yummly was last valued at $100 million when it last raised, $15 million in 2015. Since being founded in 2009 by David Feller and Vadim Geshel, Yummly had raised just under $23 million, according to CrunchBase, with investors including Bauer, First Round, Harrison Metal, Intel Capital, Physic Ventures and Unilever Ventures.

Yummly plans to stay in its offices in Redwood City, California, operating as a subsidiary of Whirlpool, after the deal closes later this month.

The deal is an interesting one for a couple of reasons. It shows how legacy, non-tech companies continue to snap up tech startups to help catapult themselves into the future. And it shows how smaller, but notable, startups focused on specific verticals may opt for these kinds of exits in the face of trying to grow their businesses as independents in a forest of larger trees (in Yummly’s case, the likes of Google and Pinterest).

For Whirlpool, the acquisition is one of many steps that the company has taken over the years to place itself into the current and next-generation of how consumers cook. If you have ever attended or read about the massive Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, you will have probably heard about some of the company’s many efforts in the connected kitchen.

Whirlpool threw its hat into the ring with Samsung, LG and others early on with slightly gimmicky things like fridges with digital photo frames and iPod docks.

But more recently, it’s been making appliances to fill out the kitchen of the future: including smart sensors that can detect what item you put on a counter to tell you what to do with it, cook it for you, and then clean up the dirty dishes you leave in the sink. It’s also been an early partner of companies like Amazon and IBM as they, too, have sought more endpoints for their own IoT and connected home technologies.

“We are committed to introducing new products to market that remove complexity from the day-to-day lives of consumers. Increasingly, these products will be defined by both physical and digital experiences. Yummly brings an outstanding platform on which to begin building our digital product offering,” said Brett Dibkey, vice president, Integrated Business Units for Whirlpool Corporation, in a statement.

Yummly basically can help extend the kinds of services that Whirlpool can offer in that context: it can more recipes and other suggestions for your food items; Yummly has created a lot of specific parameters for recipe searches which help make results more specific to what users need.

But it’s also a potential standalone sales channel. Whirlpool owns brands like KitchenAid, and given that Yummly has already made moves to sell cookware (via Amazon), it becomes an obvious place to market blenders and more.

“We look forward to the many possibilities to create value for our consumers with this acquisition,” said Joe Liotine, president of Whirlpool North America.

As for Yummly… it’s not completely clear why the startup chose to sell up right now to Whirlpool, but my guess is that Whirlpool’s interest, but also Yummly’s own business fortunes, might be connected to the Pinterest effect.

The image-based search and discovery network last reported 150 million monthly active users and counts food and cooking among some of its most popular categories for users. That points both to direct competition for Yummly, but also the market opportunity for Whirlpool. Yummly, again, has 20 million users, growing by just 5 million in the last three years.

On top of Pinterest’s size, Pinterest is investing in innovation: the company, which was last valued at $11 billion (back in 2015), has raised about $1.3 billion in funding, and it has been working on various features to improve how people use its services. These include Lens, the company’s visual search engine, which now integrates with your phone’s camera as well to detect items and provide Pinterest-based results for them.

Tying up with Whirlpool gives Yummly an avenue and budget to also explore ways of evolving its service, too.

“We are extremely excited about the opportunities and innovations we can create with Whirlpool Corporation,” said Brian Witlin, CEO of Yummly, said in a statement. “Whirlpool’s purposeful and consumer-centric approach to innovation aligns perfectly with what we do, who we are, and what we seek to create for consumers as the kitchen becomes ever-more digitally connected.”

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