Archive for April, 2015

Living Luxe in India

By iadmag

My wife and I are taking a cruise to Myanmar (Burma), and I will report back on what we discover in this beautiful, but long isolated, part of the world. I was struck when I learned from the latest World Giving Index (produced annually by the British-based Charities Aid Foundation) that out of 135 countries polled, Myanmar ties with the United States for top spot (Canada follows in third spot). The index, based on data from Gallup’s World View World Poll, measures three activities: helping a stranger, donating money to charity and volunteering. How did the people of Myanmar, long …read more

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At Home with Krystin Lee


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A 20-something PR gal by day and blogger by night, Krystin Lee started the lifestyle blog, Suburban Faux Pas to prove that regardless of one’s postal code, a stylish lifestyle can prevail.

Located on a quiet street in Oakville, Ontario, Krystin’s home can only be described as a feast for the eyes. It is bright, light and filled with lots of different materials, metals, textures and it all comes together beautifully. Her home is an absolute reflection of her and is sweetly polished with personal touches.

We sat down with Krystin to discuss her real …read more

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London Design Competition: Part 1

By iadmag

A London design competition yields smart structures that brilliantly repurpose real estate in one of the world’s hottest markets. So what does an ambitious architect call a London bomb site? An opportunity. With real estate brimming with value, awkward lots and overgrown junkyards left to languish after the Second World War are being sold off for profit all over the city—to legions of young architects looking to exercise their potential. Young, community-minded practices have carved the cleverest of spaces into once-forgotten land, building pillars of the community where there was once no life.

These so-called infill homes have become some of …read more

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Bordeaux’s Hearty Red Wines

By iadmag

Now is the time to invest in Bordeaux. The reason I say this is that two of the best vintages over the last decade, 2009 and 2010, are on the shelves even as we speak. Pauillac, Margaux, Saint-Julien, Saint-Estèphe and Graves from the Gironde River’s left bank, as well as Saint-Émilion and the voluptuous Pomerol on the right, are all finding their way into my cellar as fast as I can stock them. According to Château Vray Croix de Gay (see right), the 09 is its best wine of the 21st century.

In great years, these wines last for decades. They …read more

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Weekly Design News

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Giving new style to the brown bag, this isn’t your typical carrying case for your lunch. Urban Kraft’s collection of bags and accessories are created from a durable kraft paper that can hold your laptop, books, and everyday necessities. [Design Milk]

During Milan Design Week, Matteo Zugnoni‘s wooden bike garnered attention for being both aesthetically beautiful and environmentally sustainable. [Design Boom]

The Treasurer-Vape, designed by Mormedi for Swiss company Nexvap, is the newest design fix for smokers looking for a simple way to quit. The e-cigarette offers a stylish accessory that creates …read more

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Montreal’s Essential Guide to Luxury


Montreal is the largest city in Quebec and the second-largest in Canada. Originally called Ville-Marie, or “City of Mary”, it has earned its name after “Mount Royal”, the hill in the heart of the city. Montreal is well known for its Old World charm, blended with an innovative and cosmopolitan dynamic. The city is on the Island of Montreal and features a beautiful combination of 18th-century old Europe and 20th-century contemporary architecture surrounded by water and a diverse landscape.

Sotheby’s International Realty Canada invites you to discover Montreal’s more luxurious side. If you fall in love with the city and can’t …read more

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