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YouTube Cofounder Steve Chen’s Penthouse for Sale

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Gotta love those techies.

YouTube co-founder Steve Chen has listed his penthouse inside the Ritz Carlton Residences (equipped with 24/7 concierge and a gym) in San Francisco for $8 million, according to The Wall Street Journal. Complete with a fully furnished roof deck, the two-story, 3,063-square-foot pad has two-bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Chen spent 21 months working with architect Joel Sander to turn the condo into a “tech lovers dream home,” including installing a glass wall between the master bedroom and bath that turns from clear to frosted at the touch of a button, according to Curbed SF.

Chen purchased the pad in 2007 for $4.85 million, when it was “just an empty shell,” according to the WSJ. The living room has a large sectional and a bar for entertaining, but Chen said his “favorite part of the home” were the 3 TVs located here. My favorite part is the minimalistic kitchen with beautiful white and wood accents and walls. His office with blue accents is pretty baller as well. Chen is selling this amazing place because he just has a 2nd child and his family needs more space. Check out the photo tour below!

The Ritz Front Entrance

Welcome to the Ritz Carlton Residences in downtown San Francisco.

Chen purchased the pad in 2007 for $4.85 million, when it was

The living room has three TVs, which Chen said were his

Chen is selling because he just had a second child, and his family needs more space.

The kitchen is very minimalistic with its combination of white and wood accents and walls.

This room has a very serene vibe to it.

The living room is a prime spot for entertaining. With a large sectional and a bar, there's plenty of places for your guests to sit.

We love the lighting and the fireplace in this room.

With the purchase of the residence comes access to the hotel's 24/7 concierge service.

The high ceilings really open the place up.

The home incorporates a lot of wood into the design.

The master bedroom has views of the south. And in the master bath, there are lava-rock floors.

The roof deck is fully furnished.

The apartment has views of the San Francisco Bay, the East Bay, Twin Peaks and Nob Hill.

You also have access to the hotel's gym.

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Iris Apfel at Stark Carpet

Iris Apfel at Stark Carpet

The Stark office has been busy since I left for India…Check out Quintessence‘s post about our Iris Apfel Market Week event below!

One of the final events at fall market was hearing the legendary Iris Apfel speak at Stark Carpet. In her interview with Huffington Post Style Senior Editor Brie Dyas, the “accidental icon” shared many of her experiences and opinions on style and design.

Iris Apfel at Stark Carpet

As many of you know, she and her husband Carl were the founders of Old World Weavers, now part of Stark and this anecdote is an entertaining tidbit about one of their more illustrious clients. A little treat to start your weekend off in style. Enjoy!

Watch the whole interview below.

Iris Apfel at Stark Carpet from Quintessence on Vimeo.

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My 1st International Business Trip

INDIA!!

I hope I’ll have time to see the Taj Mahal!

I have dreamed of going to India ever since I missed my high school sponsored ‘educational’ trip over New Years 2008…now this dream is finally coming true.

I leave for India tomorrow, October 6th 2012, for what promises to be an incredible learning experience. Stark manufactures and buys many handmade rugs in India, so my 10-day trip will be packed with business activities 24/7. I fly into New Delhi for a night, but am spending the majority of my time in Varanasi where I will be visiting different Rug vendors on Stark’s behalf. The pictures I take of all the beautiful rug samples will be incredible! Good thing I just bought this camera

I might be heading to China for 2 days from Varanasi to meet with a carpet mill but I’m having some issues with my Visa right now…That’s what I get for waiting until the last minute! #idiot

I’ll try to post an update on my blog during the trip with some cool pictures of the culture and maybe some new products. Can’t wait to learn more about the rug business in India and how different the culture is there!

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Luxurious Penthouse in NYC with great views

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again…THIS is the type of apartment I dream of living in.

This is what you get when you take a 5,000 square foot space and give it to the architects Beyer Blinder Belle and Costas Kondylis – an exclusive five bedroom duplex penthouse located in New York. This apartment is evidence that Manhattan is definitely the most coquette and chic place to be. Nearby Central Park, in a residential skyscraper  called Park Laurel, this apartment has stunning 360 degrees views of  Manhattan’s architectural horizon! I guess it’s awesomeness justifies the $26.5 million sale price

High ceilings, large windows and an exquisite selection of elements of décor adorn this place, giving to it a vibrant touch of elegance. A subtle choice of neutral colors, the smart mix of glass reflecting the outside view, elements of contemporary art, and an imposing fireplace are just some of the incredible aspects in this dream home. Besides the incredible precise care towards details, the central and the accurate furniture alignments, everything seems dramatically extended: from ceilings to the panoramic sight of NYC. Here is a testimonial of a broker that knows this property very well:

“This trophy property offers luxury at every turn and jaw dropping 360 degree park & skyline views from every window.”

via Luxurious Penthouse in the City of Fascination, NYC.


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House Beautiful’s 2012 Color Trends

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I felt compelled to make another post about color since my last post seemed to catch people’s eyes.

House Beautiful releases an annual Color Issue that takes an in-depth look at the year’s color trends. This information presented is based on an in-depth survey of 4000+ House Beautiful readers, design bloggers, and other professional designers. Fortunately for us, the results are displayed in a very friendly way with lots of color! 

The top image shows how color trends vary regionally in the United States. Keep reading below to see the favorite paint colors for 2012 and how color preferences change from room to room in a house. I find this piece so interesting because color is a very subjective topic and everyone has their own opinion. My favorite color right now is blue – based on the map above, maybe it’s a sign that I should move to California!

To gain more insights (like why people think pink is “over”), pick up the September issues of House Beautiful. It’s on stands now!

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Unique and Colorful House for Fab.com’s Founder

 

My favorite designs are ones that really catch my eye, and this house definitely stands out. Color, modern art, and rare furniture truly make this house unique.

It’s not a surprise that Bradford Shane Shellhammer has an incredible weekend home he shares with his partner, Georgi Balinov. After all, he is a co-founder and the Chief Design Officer of the design-centric flash-sale retailer Fab.com. “I have a shopping problem, always have,” said Mr. Shellhammer, 36, who might be one of his company’s best customers. “I pieced together the house on Fab.”

These pictures were taken by Trevor Tondro for a great New York Times article. Enjoy!

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I love LA

I just got back from a 10 day trip in sunny California and if you follow me on social media, you already know what i’m going to say: I love LA.

I was there on a business trip for Stark where I spent time visiting our LA, Costa Mesa, and SF showrooms. Big shout out to my homies Neil Jacobson and Zach Wanerman for letting me crash on their couches. I was also given the opportunity to DJ at the Beverly Nightclub, Tru Nightclub in Hollywood, and a banging 4th of July party at my friend Dan’s house. What a trip.

I really want to make the west coast a priority for Stark because there are a lot of exciting thing going on in California. Here’s a glimpse of what we’re doing:

Los Angeles

Not only are we moving the Stark Fabric showroom into a larger space in the building, but we are also moving our carpet and rug showroom out of the Pacific Design Center into our own 10,000 sq ft space at 805 La Cienega in Los Angeles. This new location is prime time in the heart of the LCDQ. The windows are HUGE, our street signage is SICK and parking isn’t an issue because we have 26 valet parking spots on the roof. I’m most excited about this new venture because it is our first real high street location for Stark Home. I’ve already gotten involved working closely with partners like Missoni Home to ensure this location’s success. We are having an enormous launch party in the fall, and I will be back on California a lot this year to set it up and make sure it runs smoothly. The more I get involved, the more it will make sense for me to move to LA…

Costa Mesa

We opened one of our largest Stark Home locations as a main tenant in the SouthCoast Collection shopping center a few years ago. The center has been flourishing and we are now surrounded by many other great high-end design companies like Fixture’s Living and Scalamandre. It’s time for us to update the appearance of the showroom. This opportunity gets my juices flowing because it is an opportunity for us to create a template showroom that, if it works, we can roll out to all of our Stark Home locations nationwide.

San Francisco

We are moving our showroom from the 4th floor of the San Francisco Design Center into a bigger space on the 1st floor with street access. This gives us a chance to renovate the showroom there and essentially start from scratch. We are not converting this location into a Stark Home facility, but it is exciting nonetheless. Can’t wait to get back out there again.

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It’s a little difficult focusing on business that is 3000 miles away from our corporate offices in NY. so it’s probably best if I move to West Hollywood. To help out, I will be heading back to LA for a week in August and then again for a week around the time of the La Ciénaga and SF launch parties in October. I like to think I’m on the 2 year plan: NY for 2 years then off to LA. Now that I have my goal in writing, let’s see if I can stick to it.

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