The American Yacht Club (AYC), in Rye, NY hosted the Leukemia Cup Regatta to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The Leukemia Cup Regatta campaign is a thrilling series of sailing events, nationwide, that combine the joy of boating with the important task of raising money to cure cancer.
With Co-Chairs Jim and Judy Wilson at the helm for the second year, an astounding $200,000 has been raised to fund the LLS mission, cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. After a day of sailing, nearly 270 guests attended the post-race party held at AYC and danced to music by The Chad Hollister band, sipped wine and champagne provided by Chandon, beer from DogFish and Captain Lawrence, and enjoyed Goslings rum products.
Silent and live auction items ranging from artwork to vacations to a Rolls Royce rental (compliments of Miller Motor Cars), coupled with a ‘Fund the Fight’ paddle raise brought in $79,000.
Elegant Westchester Mansion Located less than 15 miles from New York City in the Greystone on Hudson enclave, this three-level stone manor has stellar Hudson River views.
“One of the most amazing amenities in this home is its two-story library which is inspired by JP Morgan’s historic library, in Manhattan,” says Andy Todd, President of Greystone on Hudson. “It is such a tranquil space and the definition of a wow room.” The mahogany-filled library has a marble fireplace and 25-foot soaring ceilings, and includes a sliding ladder to reach the books on the second level. Recreational options include an indoor basketball court and rock-climbing wall.
The master suite has two master baths, a sitting room, two dressing rooms and a private terrace. There’s plenty of outdoor space, with almost 6,000 square feet of covered porches and verandahs. Other highlights include an exercise room, home theater, wine cellar, a backyard larger than a football field, and 24/7 doorman and concierge services.
Whether you’re planning on selling or buying a home this year, or are just making some updates to yours, knowing the latest trends can help you make smart decisions.
Prioritizing Convenience Buyers want homes that are easy to maintain, in tight-knit neighborhoods with maximum walkability, according to real estate experts. “The current trend is for smaller homes and closer to town,” says Arnold Karp, President, Karp Associates in New Canaan, CT. While previous generations of buyers spent their weekends working on their new homes, Millennials just aren’t interested. “Today’s buyer, especially the younger ones, does not want to do much work, if any. They also don’t want to deal with the maintenance of an excessively large property or home,” says Jake Fay, Senior Sales Manager, William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage and Insurance. Like the sales market, the rental market is also seeing a premium put on finishing touches that make living easier. “In addition to walkability, renters want luxury amenities, says Thomas Rich, President of the F.D. Rich Company in Stamford, CT. “First-class, 5-star hotel-style amenities are an absolute must. From the gym to the 24-hour concierge to the community rooms and doggie pet spa, today’s renters want it all.”
Anyone who’s ever owned and maintained a home knows that in addition to location and size, the age of a home can dictate how easy it makes life. Which means turnkey properties—or those renovated to become like new—are in high demand. Stuart Disston, Partner, Austin Patterson Disston Architects in Southport, CT, says he’s seeing both frequently in his practice. “Our new projects in Fairfield County at this time are predominantly renovations—clients who have lived in their houses for a period of time want updates as they have decided to stay instead of looking for new properties,” says Disston. “Our new Westchester projects, on the other hand, are new construction for young clients moving out of the city.”
Modern Interiors and materials Interiors are leaning towards more modern looks. “We’re seeing a move towards a clean, transitional/contemporary look, while the exteriors may continue to have a more traditional appearance that fits with the existing neighborhood,” says Robin Carroll, Lead Project Manager, Karp Associates.
Part of that futurized interior look is attained by using newer, high-tech materials. For instance, Douglas VanderHorn of Douglas VanderHorn Architects in Greenwich, CT, says LED is turning up everywhere. “LED lighting offers superior and dynamic brilliance, a significant energy cost savings over alternatives, as well as a diverse selection of fixtures and installations.”
In addition to lighting, modern, eco-friendly materials are at the tops of buyers’ and renovaters’ lists. “Making a connection between design choices and one’s health leads many homeowners to seek options such as radiant heated floors, low-VOC paints, sophisticated water filtration systems, air-purifying HVAC equipment, ‘green’ furniture, organic upholstery and bedding, and natural wool floor coverings,” says Olga Adler of Olga Adler Interiors in Westport, CT.
Full Customization Interior designers and architects agree that clients are asking for one-of-a-kind customization for every aspect of their homes. Lara Michelle of Lara Michelle Beautiful Interiors says her clients are requesting bespoke built-ins and cabinetry. “Our clients want fancy mudrooms, large walk-in closets with islands, unique TV units, and custom bathroom vanities,” says Michelle. And basements aren’t just for storage and a bare-bones “man cave” anymore. Says VanderHorn: “Today owners have grand ideas about how to utilize basements. We have been creating resort-like game rooms, saunas, home gyms, theaters, loungesand wine walls.”
Photos by (Austin Patterson Disston) ChiChi Ubiña; (William Raveis) Ree Ann Macachor; (Karp) Alan Kun; (Lara Michelle) Chuan Ding;
While the ski season in the U.S. usually ends by April, in Lapland, Finland, it can go as late as June, due to its location far north in the Arctic Circle region. Ruka, a tree-filled ski-resort located in Kuusamo, Eastern Lapland, has ski-in rooms, in-room saunas and balconies (with Northern Light views). Not only can skiers expect 200 powder-filled days a year, but the slopes stay open until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. For those who don’t ski, there’s plenty more to experience through Ruka Safaris, including reindeer sledding, snow shoeing, ice fishing, and snow mobiling. They’ll even provide warm winter snow suits, gloves, boots, wool socks, ski/face masks and helmets. Here are some of their most popular excursions—all of which will appeal to the whole family.
Snowshoe hiking in Oulanka National Park
This hike takes you to some of the prettiest parts of Kuusamo, including the famous Oulanka National Park. The trail goes alongside the river Kitkajoki with stops at the Myllykoski old mill, where hot chocolate, coffee, sandwiches and marshmallows made over a roasting fire await.
Snowmobile safari to a reindeer farm
Kids five and older can join their parents on this magical winter adventure. Guests travel through the wintery forests and over ice-covered lakes until they reach a traditional reindeer farm, where they’ll stop to feed the animals and go on a reindeer sleigh ride. They’ll head back after filling up on hot beverages, pastries and local sausage.
Adventurous types will relish this unique Arctic experience. Float suits keep kids and adults warm while they glide through the chilly waters. After, they’ll warm up with a fire and hot beverages.
Don’t worry—these adorable dogs know exactly what to do, but you will still learn how to “drive” the sled through the snowy forests.
Aspiring ice fisherman enjoy a guided snow shoeing tour over a frozen lake until they reach the perfect spot to drill a hole, pick up a rod and catch perch, whitefish and pikes.
Searching for the Northern Lights
If you go all the way to Lapland, you don’t want to miss viewing the Northern Lights. A sleigh pulls visitors through the forest, up the hill and and far from any town lights. If visitors don’t see them on the sleigh ride, they have another chance once they reach camp (set up with warming snacks, beverages and a cozy fire).
The home of assistant director Jeffrey Wetzel (The Hangover, I Am Legend), this 1920s Tudor was redone in 2011 by award-winning builder Tom Falciglia. “It has a very sophisticated, relaxed feel,” says Karla Murtaugh, real estate agent with Neumann Real Estate in Ridgefield, CT. She adds: “Magnificent millwork combined with original stone material sets it apart from many homes in this segment.”
The gated driveway leads to a courtyard, fountain and turnkey estate with lots of natural materials including stone, granite and hardwood. The sunken family room features a
floor-to-ceiling fireplace surrounded in natural stone and wide-board hardwood floors. The family room is open to the transitional style kitchen with high-end appliances.
The master suite with vaulted ceiling and fireplace has a sitting room with built-in cabinetry and wet bar. The his-and-hers master baths include a deep soaking tub, frameless glass showers and custom closets.
Theselovely pieces draw inspiration from the pastel ice cream shades seen everywhere on spring runways.
Clockwise from top: Sies Marjan; Tiffany & Co Tiffany T smile necklace in 18k gold with rubies, $3,400, tiffany.com; Shreve Crump & Low Multi-color semi-precious 14k yellow gold ring, $950, Greenwich, CT, shrevecrumpandlow.com; Michael KorsAccess Sofie rose gold-tone and acetate smartwatch, $375, michaelkors.com
Clockwise from top: Marc Cain; Alex Soldier Amethyst, peridot, garnet and diamond blossom drop earrings in yellow gold, $8,900, alexsoldier.com; Gumuchian 18k yellow and rose gold Strawberry Ice Cream ring, $4,800, Manfredi Jewels, New Canaan, CT, gumuchian.com; Fred Leighton Antique yellow gold and blue enamel bracelet, price upon request, New York, NY, fredleighton.com
Clockwise from top: Vivetta; Monica Rich Kosann 18k yellow gold petite blue topaz locket, $2,800, monicarichkosann.com; Faye Kim Designs 18k gold aquamarine and green tourmaline double drop hinged earrings, $2,295, fayekimdesigns.com; Pasquale Bruni Bon Ton rings in rose gold with pink chalcedony and diamonds, $2,650; milky quartz and diamonds, $2,650; light-blue chalcedony and diamonds, $2,650; and rose quartz and diamonds, $3,300, Manfredi Jewels, Greenwich, CT, manfredijewels.com
Get a jump on your summer fitness goals with infusions from StriveIV, a new company based in Stamford, CT. Their popular Fat Burn infusion is filled with amino acids that break down and prevent the storage of fat, says CEO Maura Mandell. In addition to choices focused on weight loss, you can choose from others that hydrate, give energy and boost immunity. The company goes to clients, so the 30-minute procedure can be done at home or at your office, all facilitated by RNs who are infusion specialists. “Our whole model is a mobile, on-demand one. We’re available any time of day, any day, to accommodate our clients,” says Mandell. Infusions from $149
On Sunday, March 4, Breast Cancer Alliance hosted Kids for A Cause Carnival Day at Round Hill Club, for young families. The event, which raised over $23,000, included face painting, balloon animals, magic by Seth Dale, arts and crafts courtesy of Purple Zebras and Lego Love, and a performance by Songs for Seeds. Families packed gift bags for women in treatment with donated items by generous committee members, Dr. Kim Nichols, Fresh Cosmetics and Whole Foods. The highlight was seeing the sassy models, ages 3 to 10, who took to the runway in playful fashions courtesy of lead event sponsor, Hoagland’s of Greenwich. By The Way Bakery donated sweet treats for the end of the day.
Molly Calhoun, Kathy Morrissy, Sarah Pribyl and Candace Procaccini chaired the wonderful 30 member committee. Calhoun explained why she is involved: “This is an important event for our community because it raises money for critical grants and patient support locally. It engages children in the process of helping others, and we hope that it will help serve as a foundation for lifelong social responsibility.” Kathy, owner of Hoagland’s, added: “Hoagland’s is pleased to be involved because we have been touched by breast cancer within our store organization and in our families. As a store made up primarily of women, we can well appreciate the reality that one in eight women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer. The work of the BCA is essential in funding the research that may well lead to a cure. As a mother, I am pleased that my daughter will have the opportunity to do something for others and understand the importance of advancing breast cancer research.”
Clockwise from top left: MICHAEL Michael Kors Lavender crinkled leather biker jacket, $495, michaelkors.com; Tibi Garment dyed twill demi jean, $425, tibi.com; JFine Diamonds 3 stone, 3.17 carat fancy pinkish purple VVS2 diamond ring, price upon request, betteridge.com; Hobbs London Lydia jacket, $375, Lydia trouser, $230, Lydia shirt, $185 and Annie slingback, $265, hobbs.co.uk; J.McLaughlin Postcard scarf, $58, jmclaughlin.com; Longchamp Blouse, $460, longchamp.com
Slip Dress Returns
Clockwise from top left: Miu Miu S/S ’18 Runway; Everlane The Japanese Go Weave long slip dress, $88, everlane.com; Coach Embellished empire slip dress, $995, coach.com
Clockwise from top left: NARS Embrasse Moi Lip Cover, shimmering peach pink (limited edition), $28, narscosmetics.com; #Lipstories Lipstick All Washed Up Matte Finish lipstick, $8, sephora.com; Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Titanium Smoke, $85, tomford.com