Urban KC winery begins selling Atlanta United championship wine, bubbly

A Kansas City-based urban winery is hoping Atlanta United FC fans want to toast in style.

Mano’s Wine released a series of limited-edition wines and champagne to commemorate Atlanta United’s first MLS Cup championship. The officially licensed bottle is etched and hand-painted in either a gold or black bottle and range from $30-$50. The two “Championship Reserve” wins are either a Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, which have been “aged for 15 months,” according to a release.

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Maisons du Monde Offers Up Eclectic Style with Comfort and Flair

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While hundreds of famed international art galleries gathered in Miami for Art Basel and the other fairs, one of France’s famous furniture and home decor companies also made an appearance in Miami: Maisons du Monde officially opened the doors to its first store in the United States. Known for its globally inspired products that have universal appeal, the store is fittingly located in Wynwood, one of Miami’s hubs of creativity.

Homedit was there for the launch — including the special events featuring Dabito of “Old Brand New” and “The Jungalow®”’s Justina Blakeney who discussed styling, trends in decor, and what they’re planning for their own holiday celebrations.

Wildly popular in Europe, the Maisons du Monde brand offers a wide range of frequently changing products in a full spectrum of prices, from very affordable to high end. At the opening, we spoke with Anne-Laure Couple, brand executive director, about the store, the collections it offers why it is launching in Miami.

“We chose Miami because we have a relationship with Modani Furniture and because Miami is at the center of art and creativity and the DNA of our brand is creativity,” said Couple. Earlier in 2018, Maisons du Monde acquired a 70 percent stake in Modani, which is an aspirational lifestyle brand based in Miami that has 10 showrooms across the United States.

“And, we chose Wynwood because it’s very happening and very international,” she added. While the Wynwood store is smaller than the typical outpost in Europe, the collections presented are the same, albeit edited down to fit the space.

Speaking of collections, “the strength of our brand is the number of styles we have. We launch five to six collections every few weeks each season,” Couple explains. “About every three weeks we launch a story.” The collections are all appropriate for mixing and matching.  “We don’t want to tell someone what style to buy. They can mix and match from all the collections and parts of the store. We want to help them tell their own story with the products in our store,” she says.

Here’s a peek at the winter collections and trends in the new location, along with a look at some of the tabletop products Maisons du Monde is currently offering.

Deep Velvet

Collections are grouped, making it easy to pick coordinated items.
Collections are grouped, making it easy to pick coordinated items.

Rich and exotic colors like peacock blue and emerald green characterize this collection that is bold and eclectic with luxurious details. Plush velvet pillows,  golden metals and plenty of greenery make this product range that brings the outdoors inside. Comfortable pieces with tropical flair make this a rich and distinctive collection.

The furniture is all accessorized to inspire your styling.
The furniture is all accessorized to inspire your styling.

Miss Bloom

Pinks and the trending color for 2019 -- coral -- are part of this collection.
Pinks and the trending color for 2019 — coral — are part of this collection.

Millennial pink may have already had its moment but the rosy hues in the Miss Bloom collection are as popular as ever particularly because they include shades of coral, Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2019. Many of the pieces have a vintage aesthetic and there’s plenty of whimsy around, with flamingos in many forms.

Bolder pieces in red can be combined with the lighter pinks in the collection.
Bolder pieces in red can be combined with the lighter pinks in the collection.
Fun accessories are a big part of what you can find here.
Fun accessories are a big part of what you can find here.
All the collections include pieces with graphic accents and plenty of baskets.
All the collections include pieces with graphic accents and plenty of baskets.

Cozy Blue

Settle in for a season of hygge with this range of soft blues.
Settle in for a season of hygge with this range of soft blues.

The Cozy Blue Collection spans a range of blues and soft earthy hues that are ideal for snuggling in during the colder months. The vibe is relaxed and the colors all work as neutrals so they can be easily mixed with other pieces from the store or whatever is already in the house.

The blue shades coordinate well with all neutrals, especially grays and natural wood tones.
The blue shades coordinate well with all neutrals, especially grays and natural wood tones.
Each collection has a huge number of coordinating accessories.
Each collection has a huge number of coordinating accessories.

Emma & John

Earthy neutrals and mustard yellow characterize the Emma & John collection.
Earthy neutrals and mustard yellow characterize the Emma & John collection.

Earthy neutrals and mustard yellow characterize the Emma & John collection. The Emma and John Collection has an earthy palette of warm greys, mustard yellow and terra cotta that makes for a warm and comfortable space.  Just like the other collections, it includes everything from larger furnishings to pillows and throws, down to small accessories. It also has some really cute animal pieces with cats, pandas, bears and other cuddly creatures.

Animal motifs can be found throughout the store.
Animal motifs can be found throughout the store.

Outdoors and Indoors

Botanical elements can be found in many of the collections for indoors and out.
Botanical elements can be found in many of the collections for indoors and out.
Little details make the difference and there are lots to peruse.
Little details make the difference and there are lots to peruse.

Maisons du Monde also sells plenty of pieces to make outdoor spaces special or to bring more of the outdoors inside. Botanical prints mix with neutral furnishings in white and gray, which are perfect to go with the green of plants, walls or accessories.

The global vibe can be felt throughout the store.
The global vibe can be felt throughout the store.

Natural, sustainable materials are a big feature in the product line. One really awesome piece is this hanging chair that can be hung outdoors or mounted on its own stand. The globally inspired design and materials used in this and many other pieces give the room a little dose of boho styling.

Dining

Dining sets are versatile and comfortable, never stuffy or pretentious.
Dining sets are versatile and comfortable, never stuffy or pretentious.

Of course, a huge selection of choices for tableware and accessories are available to help customers with the “art of the table” with a French touch, explains Couples. Neutral settings for every day and some with just enough bling to make them ideal for any celebration are all part of the collections, and the choices are wide and very attractive, both in styles and pricing.

Natural elements still have a place in more contemporary styles.
Natural elements still have a place in more contemporary styles.
The range of tableware is impressive and affordable.
The range of tableware is impressive and affordable.

Furniture for the dining room is also part of the selection and the styles include natural materials in various degrees. The mainly white dining set has a cabinet that features rattan doors and the other set pictured is all in natural wood tomes with plenty of wicker and detailing with a global flair. The most striking thing about all the pieces is how naturally they can be mixed or matched with existing decor of many types.

Comfort is one descriptor that fits almost everything in the store. While all the pieces are stylish and on trend, they are above all user-friendly and without pretense. Even the tableware with gold detailing is versatile enough to be used for every day, not just a few special occasions each year. It too mixes easily with the less adorned pieces.

Plenty of details make setting the table fun for family and friends.
Plenty of details make setting the table fun for family and friends.

Throughout the collections, different pieces have graphic labeling as an accent and this is a really fun detail. From the printing on this placement to the graphics on the glasses and other dishes, it has a homey feeling and goes well with the super cute bulldog statue — a French one of course!

Touches of gold make this tableware ideal for special occasions too.
Touches of gold make this tableware ideal for special occasions too.
Couple, Blakeney and Dabito discussing Instagram, styling and decor.
Couple, Blakeney and Dabito discussing Instagram, styling and decor.

As we already mentioned, the opening festivities for Maisons du Monde featured plenty of engaging discussion with Couple, Blakeney and Dabito. Some of the trends discussed were, of course, natural materials along with colors like mustard yellow and rust. In addition, the celebrity designers noted that styling for Instagram is not real life: You have to create a home that is stylish, comfortable and works for your family. The ever-changing collections and pieces at Maisons du Monde are ideal for creating a space that works just for you.

Maisons du Monde was founded more than 20 years ago in France by creative visionary, Xavier Marie, who believed home décor should be global but also inspirational. With more than 320 stores throughout Europe, the U.S. market now has access to its eclectic and affordable home products, if not through the Miami store, via the US website.


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Why Houses DO NOT Sell in a Strong Market

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As we approach the end of the year, many homeowners find themselves asking the question, “If we’re currently in a strong real estate market, why won’t my house sell?

Below are the 5 most common reasons why a listing contract will expire:

1. The Price

Sometimes when the market is hot, homeowners attempt to set their listing price higher. Their hope is that a motivated buyer will be willing to pay any price for a house in their desired neighborhood! Sellers must remember, though, that in today’s market a house must be sold twice; first to the buyer and then to their bank.

A buyer can agree to pay the homeowner’s asking price, but after the bank conducts their appraisal, the price might need to be adjusted. The bank will only give the buyer a mortgage for the value of determined in the appraisal.

Sellers must also keep in mind that today’s homebuyers are well-educated. Before they look to buy a house, they have already seen many houses online. They’ve done their research on the neighborhoods they are interested in, including information on the school districts in the area.

They will know if your house seems overpriced and will not waste their time considering it. This is why it’s so important to make sure that your home is priced right from day one on the market!

2. The Condition of the House

In many areas, builders are taking advantage of the lack of inventory of homes for sale by building new houses. These newly constructed homes create competition for existing homes in the market. For this reason, many homeowners are making renovations and updates to their homes to compete with the new construction in their marketplace.

Most agents recommend that homeowners declutter their houses before putting them on the market. Buyers want to be able to imagine themselves living in the home instead of focusing on the current homeowner’s decor.

It’s important to take care of the small problems like dripping faucets and torn screens, while also remembering to remove any posters hanging in your teenager’s bedroom. Making sure your home is in perfect condition will make buyers fall in love with it and will ultimately help you get the right price for your house!

3. Seller’s Motivation

Why did the seller put their house on the market in the first place? Is the seller’s motivation still the same as it was when they first listed?

If homeowners are really motivated to sell, they will make sure their houses are both priced right and in good condition. The seller’s motivation will push them to consider all offers and help them make the right decision for their family’s future.

4. Marketing Plan

Having a marketing plan is important! According to NAR’s 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 95% of buyers searched online for a home last year. The days of looking for a newspaper ad or yard sign in your preferred neighborhood are over.

If you want to sell your home, you need a real estate professional who understands your local market and knows how to promote your home online. Something as simple as using pictures taken by a professional photographer can make a huge impact in advertising your home!

5. Lack of Communication with Your Agent

Keeping an open line of communication with your agent is crucial in getting your home sold with the least amount of hassles, in the right amount of time, and for the right price! From the beginning, establish a continuous line of communication with your agent, and make sure you review your agreement often to see if any changes need to be made. For example, adjusting the selling price!

Bottom Line

There are houses selling every single day because they are listed at the right price, they have the right marketing plan, and they are staged for the sale. If for some reason your home didn’t sell and you’re still motivated to get it sold, let’s get together to figure out the reason your house isn’t selling!

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Concrete And Wood House Brings The Outdoors In Through The Swimming Pool

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The seamless integration of architecture into landscape has lately become a natural concern for builders, architects and designers all over the world. The strategy is different in every single case so we’re never running out of examples to show you. One of the latest such projects is the Forest House located in Durban, South Africa. It was built in 2017 and offers 400 square meters of living space in total. The project was developed by Bloc Architects.

The Forest House is organized into three volumes, two on the ground floor and another one on top
The Forest House is organized into three volumes, two on the ground floor and another one on top
The indoor-outdoor swimming pool is the strongest link between the house and its immediate surroundings
The indoor-outdoor swimming pool is the strongest link between the house and its immediate surroundings
The swimming pool literally brings the outdoors in in tandem with cool reflections of the sky
The swimming pool literally brings the outdoors in in tandem with cool reflections of the sky

The house is part of an exclusive forest estate and the views and the landscape surrounding it played important roles in its orientation, structure and overall design. The architects focused on raw materials and on a functional organization so they structured the house into three volumes with concrete frames, steel columns and timber screens. The service volumes contains spaces such as the laundry area, a workshop, a gym, a staff apartment and a garage for three cars. There’s also a social volume and a sleeping volume and the ground floor also has an indoor-outdoor swimming pool which literally brings the outdoors in.

A cozy and open outdoor sitting area is built around a large fire pit
A cozy and open outdoor sitting area is built around a large fire pit
The volumes have large glass walls, sliding doors and timber screens for increased privacy
The volumes have large glass walls, sliding doors and timber screens for increased privacy
One of the volumes is dedicated to all the social areas, including a big open kitchen with a large island
One of the volumes is dedicated to all the social areas, including a big open kitchen with a large island
The sunken living room is large and open but at the same time very cozy and comfortable-looking
The sunken living room is large and open but at the same time very cozy and comfortable-looking
The bedroom suites have access to private balconies with clear glass railings and sliding doors
The bedroom suites have access to private balconies with clear glass railings and sliding doors
Slide the doors open and the panoramic views of the surrounding landscape rush inside
Slide the doors open and the panoramic views of the surrounding landscape rush inside
The facades and overall exterior design of the house are simple and focused on raw materials and finishes
The facades and overall exterior design of the house are simple and focused on raw materials and finishes
The ground floor volumes form an L-shaped floor plan and are totally independent from each other
The ground floor volumes form an L-shaped floor plan and are totally independent from each other

 


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