Dream Home- South Beach Residence by Light on White

In the heart of south beach, with sweeping views of the Miami Beach golf club, a modern 4,500 sq ft residence was designed by Light On White as a true reflection of its unique client and context.

© Kim Sargent

© Kim Sargent

Purchased from a developer as a concrete shell, the modern structure with generous volumes was particularly in need of warmth and a touch of originality to make it the client’s own. Featuring oversized glass sliding doors looking our onto the lush tropical vegetation, the design of the residence celebrates indoor-outdoor living and the sleek lines of the modern architecture.

© Kim Sargent

© Kim Sargent

Elegant, masculine neutrals are accented with pops of copper and bronze metallics. The understated palette is layered with rich and unexpected textures, combining open-grain wood against high-gloss lacquer, dyed shagreen against hand painted glass and embroidered linen against deliciously soft leather.

© Kim Sargent

The use of the materials in their raw form celebrates their natural beauty, imperfections and all. The result is an immersive, sensory design with timeless

Create Hotel style at home

I love staying in hotels. I do. For me that can be a major high or low point in my travel plan depending on how good or bad my accommodation is. I just love the attention to every small detail that is given from the welcoming way you are greeted at the door, to the perfectly made bed, to the beautifully arranged flowers. I can just go on and on.  Some of my exceptional experiences has been with properties under the Small Luxury hotels of the world (SLH) profile.  Small Luxury Hotels of the World has got some of the finest small independent hotels in their portfolio. From cutting edge design hotels to palatial 17th century mansion, city centre sanctuaries to remote private islands, SLH offers only the best. Well as luck would have it SLH team has gone behind the scene at a number of their properties and got us tricks on how to create the hotel experience at home. Here are a few of the tips they have shared with us;

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1. How to create a stylish vase of flowers

2. How to draw the ultimate relaxing bath

3. How to mix a spot on Martini

4. How to choose art to compliment your space

5. How to create your own home Spa

6. Create a Romantic evening and serve wine like a Sommelier

Travel: Architectural Marvel

By Isha Marwaha

What If you see a building or a house which is upside down? Strange right? You’ll be amazed to know about some extraordinary and odd architectural buildings. And naturally the question pops up, how did they manage to do it?Crooked House, Poland, www.stylecity.inThe Crooked house, Sopot, PolandDancing House, Prague, www.stylecity.inDancing Building, prague, Czech Republichole house, Texas, USA, www.stylecity.inThe Hole House, Texas, USAUpside down house Poland, www.stylecity.inUpside down house, Szymbark, PolandNewark-ohio-longaberger-headquarters-frontThe Basket Building, Ohio, USA

Chic and Stylish: Aloft Hotel, Bengaluru

It seems it has been ages since I went out of town and enjoyed a holiday. Now the secret about me is that half my purpose of going out of town is the hotel stay, so imagine my joy when I got an opportunity to visit Aloft Bengaluru, a funky and quirky new Hotel.The second you enter the Hotel you are greeted by an airplane of the ceiling. This instantly piques your interest while the hotel’s stylish urban design, buzzing bar and vibrant social scene is set to make Aloft the hottest destination in this fast growing market.Front desk, Aloft Bengaluru, www.stylecity.in

Cessna on the ceiling, Aloft Bengaluru, www.stylecity.in

Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park boasts atmospheric public spaces where guests can mix and mingle, read, work or play a game of pool at the Re:mix lounge or grab a drink and enjoy “Live @ Aloft Hotels” that showcases live band performances by emerging artists at the signature wxyz bar.

Refuel, Aloft Bengaluru, www.stylecity.in

Spacious loft inspired guest rooms feature the brand’s signature 9 feet high ceilings, oversized windows, an ultra-comfortable platform bed and walk-in showers with Bliss Spa® bath amenities. Designed for the millennial traveler in mind, Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park offers fast and free WiFi throughout the hotel.  Each room is equipped with a unique plug-and-play connectivity solution that connects most electronic devices to the 42’’ LED TV, turning the room into a high-tech office as well as an entertainment centre.

Presidential suite- 3D paint on the walls, Aloft Bengaluru, www.stylecity.in

Bedroom, Aloft Bengaluru, www.stylecity.inRecreational facilities at the hotel include Re:charge fitness centre and Splash pool. You can get a quick foodie fix at Re:fuel by Aloft, a one-stop, 24-hour grab-and-go food and beverage area or enjoy a leisurely meal at the hotel’s urban cool café style restaurant, Nook.Nook, Aloft Bengaluru, www.stylecity.inThe hotel offers 10,050 square feet of meeting space with largest banquet hall being 411 square meters, 7 tactic meeting rooms equipped with the latest generation of audio-visual hardware and an outdoor terrace Backyard providing the perfect creative spaces for business meetings or social gatherings.Remix, Aloft Bengaluru, www.stylecity.inPrice starting from Rs 6499/- plus taxes inclusive of breakfast Sunday to Thursday and Rs 5489/- plus taxes inclusive of breakfast on Friday and Saturday. SPG members, Starwood Hotels’ award winning loyalty program earn double StarPoints on this offer.

For more information call 18002582516 or log on to www.alofthotels.com/cessnabusinesspark.

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Travel: Amazing Beaches

By Isha Marwaha

When you think of going to the beach, you think of sand and sea- shore or ocean right? Well, here are some amazing beaches that do not meet the usual expectations you had in mind, but look gorgeous anyway…

Maldives Beach Brings The Stars To The Shoremaldives beach- the stars to the shore, www.stylecity.inThis is one truly incredible sight to see! The lights on the shores of this beach are caused by a bioluminescent phytoplankton. Individually, these creatures are too small to be seen, but gathered together they look like a starry night!

Glass Beach in Californiaglass beach california, www.stylecity.inLocated near Fort Bragg in California, Glass Beach looks beautiful but is the truth of its formation is rather sad. Many years ago, residents used to dump their trash in these waters. Today, the glass is from trash materials moulded by the water and washed back onto shore.

MOERAKI BOULDERS “Dragon Eggs”, Koekohe Beach in New Zealanddragon egg beach, New Zeland, www.stylecity.inThe pieces of sedimentary rocks left behind are too hard for the water to completely break down, but as the water continuously rolls against them, it creates these egg like formations.

The Beach of the Cathedrals located in Ribadeo, Spain Beach of the Cathedral, Spain, www.stylecity.inOver the years the water continuously pounds against these rocks, creating what looks like stunning cathedral architecture, all produced by the creative hand of nature.

Hidden Beach located in Marieta, Mexico hidden beach located in mexico, www.stylecity.inThe beautiful hidden beach, officially called Playa De Amor or the Beach of Love, was created by the Mexican government during target practice in the early 1900’s.

Travel: Fountain Wonders

By Isha Marwaha

Fountains have always been used as an accessory to decorate and embellish outdoor spaces. Water becomes an artistic form of expression as it dances over sculptures and skylines. Find here a few of our selections which continue to attract millions of tourists with their spectacular light and water shows, or just with their unique design, see how many you recognize, if not time to revamp your bucket list

Fountain-in-Place-de-la-Concorde, ParisDE LA CONCORDE FOUNTAIN IN PARIS

Magic Fountain, Barcelona, SpainMAGIC FLOATING FOUNTAIN, MENORCA,SPAIN

Swarovski_Fountain, innsbruck_AustriaSWAROVSKI FOUNTAIN, INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA

Trevi Fountain, RomeTREVI FOUNTAIN, ROME

Archibald-Fountain-Sydney-AustraliaARCHIBALD FOUNTAIN, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Take the Plunge

By Isha Marwaha

Pools are no longer just a hole in the backyard of some resort and hotels. Nor are they just a feature a resort must provide.Pools can be any style, any shape, with unique features. They reflect a growing desire for style with features such as waterfalls, fountains, dramatic lighting and creative finishes.  Here are few unimaginable and exotic places all around the world where everybody’s desire is to be and cherish amazing moments in the pool, from Bali to Switzerland!! So what are you waiting for, pack your bathing suits and get ready to take the plunge…

Giola-Lagoon, Greece
Giola Lagoon, a natural pool near the village of Astris on Thassos in the Greek IslandsHanging gardens, Bali
The pool at Hanging Gardens Ubud Hotel in Bali, IndonesiaThe Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
The Oberoi Udaivilas pool on the shore of Lake Pichola in Udaipur, IndiaBoucan by hotel chocolat, St Lucia
Pool at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat in St. LuciaThe Hotel Caruso pool on Italy’s beautiful Amalfi Coast
The Hotel Caruso pool on Italy’s beautiful Amalfi CoastThe_Cambrian outdoor pool, Switzerland
The pool at the Cambrian in Switzerland

Sculptural Expression

By Isha Marwah

We know some great sculptures all around the world which are part of the history including the Roman and Greek Empires. Sculptures are known for decoration or entertain the on lookers but they are also the symbols of development of a culture. These sculptures as we know came through the minds of the sculptor’s who wants to express their thoughts and ideas while experimenting with different forms and materials.Here are few incredible and unique artworks that have been made to decorate streets, squares and towns across the globe which are so creative that you can get inspired to the core of your heart.

Sinking building outside state library,Melbourne, Australia, www.stylecity.in

SINKING BUILDING- OUTSIDE STATE LIBRARY, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Salmon sculpture, Portland, Oregon, USA,www.stylecity.in

SALMON SCULPTURE, PORTLAND, OREGON, USA

mustangs-by-Robert-Glen Las Colinas, Texas, USA, www.stylecity.in

MUSTANGS BY ROBERT GLEN IRVING, TEXAS, USA

De Vaartkapoen, Brussels, Belgium, www.stylecity.in

DE VAARTKAPOEN BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

Nelson Mandela, South Africa, www.stylecity.in

NELSON MANDELA, SOUTH AFRICA

So if you know about or have seen some such amazing sculptures, do leave a comment with a link, will add to the post..
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(Boat) Party all night!!

The latest entrant into the luxury party scene is partying on a boat. Secluded in the middle of the sea with thumping music, great company and a magical atmosphere, Boat Parties are catching up across the globe in places like Ibiza, Prague, Croatia and Cannes. And now India isn’t far behind. Here is a list of some of the best boat parties across the globe. Snag yourself an invite and let yourself loose as you dance to the DJ’s electrifying tunes.
Pukka-Up Ibiza, www.stylecity.in

Ibiza, Spain – Pukka Up
Pukka Up’s legendary boat parties are one of the best sunset boat parties in the world with 3 hours of great house music over the crystal-clear Balearic Sea. Now in its 11th year, Pukka up has really become as one of the best boat parties in the world. So much so that they now plan to have three days of boat parties in San Antonio & Ibiza Town.The Pukka Up Boat Parties offers the finest house music, exclusive CO2 cannons (like the clubs), plenty of free giveaways and a gorgeous backdrop of Ibiza.

Pukka-Up Ibiza, www.stylecity.in

Prague – Czech Republic
Prague treats its enthusiasts with floating clubs, equipped with flashy lights, bass-filled sound systems, with international DJs playing the hottest dance music. The stand-out thing about this boat party is that if anybody wants to take a break from the dance floor, the upper deck offers breath-taking views of one of the most beautiful cities in the world as the boatone floats under the Charles Bridge and through the heart of the city. This party is surely worthy of being a must go boat party.

soundwave Tisno, www.stylecity.in

Tisno, Croatia­ – Soundwave
Soundwave is an exciting annual festival that also runs a number of boat parties embarking the Adriatic Sea, with the Kornati islands only a short distance away. With stunning scenery and sunsets, the boat offers an onsite club to dance the night away under the moonlight at until the early hours. The boat party at Soundwave is certainly one of the most entertaining and exciting boat parties across the globe especially with it being stitched around one of the most happening festivals in the world.

Axe Boat party, www.stylecity.in

Cannes – AXE Boat Party
Every summer in the French Riviera is celebrated with the AXE Boat Tour along France’s southern coastline. It has introduced a unique way of partying over the 13 years of its existence. With the last extravaganza held in Cannes, the AXE Boat Party has propelled the idea of grooving to the beats of international DJs playing the most thumping tracks atop a boat. Having covered cities such as Le Lavandou and Argelès with international celebrities on-board, the AXE Boat Party is a party religion in itself. This year it makes its way to India.

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Travel: Shangri-La “City Escapes”

This winter, family travel will be merrier and more memorable when Shangri-La’s city hotels, Kerry and Traders hotels around the world introduce “City Escapes”to start the season of celebration from 10 December 2013 to 10 February 2014.

Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul, www.stylecity.in

Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo,www.stylecity.inShangri-La Hotel, Paris,www.stylecity.in

While counting down to the holidays, guests can peruse a selection of over 70 Shangri-La properties located in key city destinations, namely Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, mainland China, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. Each City Escape, designed to welcome Christmas and New Year in style and elegance, will offer great value and the convenience of being close to sites of interest. Guests booking City Escapes for a room or suite at the Best Available Rate will be entitled to complimentary breakfast and upto USD200 credit per stay to use for hotel dining or for pampering treatments at the spa. Even children under the age of six (up to a maximum of two) who are accompanied by a paying adult can enjoy complimentary buffet meals in all day dining and pool cafes.  For additional children aged between six and 12, staying at city hotels, a 50% discount off the buffet price will be included.

For booking or detailed information please visit www.shangri-la.com