Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Mosst Excellent = Wayne's World Pizzeria & Frozen Dessert Cafe





Nanuet, N.Y. welcomes a new addition to the scene:  Wayne's World Pizzeria & Frozen Dessert Cafe where the world of choices are available.  'Awesome' Appetizers, 'Most Excellent' Entrees, 'Superior' Salads, 'Pizzalicious' Pizzas, and 'Rock on' Frozen Yogurt and IceCream; and if that's not enough, the chef can make anything you want even if its not on the menu! Love that kind of friendly service!


The colorful space and delicious menu are thoughtfully created by the Mack Family of Suffern, NY.  "Come Hungry, Leave Happy," is their motto. I was able to experience that as I enjoyed a wonderful tasting of pizza, pasta and chicken dishes where the ingredients prove to be tasty and flavorful! Love the VIP treatment before the opening!





I am a pizza snob and I have to say that the dough, sauce and cheese combo is outrageous. I especially loved the meatball pizza. Excellent spices. I may have to have the meatball hero next time!



Meatball pie!


Sausage and Bacon pie!


The Chicken Scarpariello is sweet and spicy. Yumm!


The Chicken in the Marsala was lightly coated and braised with Marsala wine and mushrooms. How good does that look?


Fresh Vegetables and Chicken!



 My favorite was the Fettucine Alfredo. Tasty, Creamy... Perfection!


Waynes World opens Memorial Day Weekend! Go check it out!


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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Housing Works Design On A Dime Event 2015

I attended the Design on a Dime opening night party to benefit Housing Works at the Metropolitan Pavilion.  This was the eleventh year for the event where 1600 attendees came together to get a look at inspirational room vignettes created by more than 60 top interior designers while shopping for new high end merchandise discounted up to 70% off retail. Yes shop too...  you could feel the high energy in the room. I would stop to chat knowing that the person I was talking to was anxious to shop and glare at all the design. Once the bell rings, all bets are off. All the proceeds from the event go towards Housing Works building their newest supportive housing development, the Hull Street Residence.

Some of my snaps from the event:



Mingled with friends old and new: Rebecca Reynolds & Ashley, Tamara Stephenson, Jonathan Legate, Stephen Fanuka & Tyler Wisler, Jennifer Flanders. 

The opening night had a fab party vibe, totally mobbbed! Celebs like Andy Cohen from Bravo and Ryan Serhant from Million Dollar Listing were also abound. Below are some images of my fave one-of-a-kind vignettes decorated with donated merchandise collectively from over 400 charitable home decor brands: 

















Byron C. James



















image credits: Felix R. Cid


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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: JAMES MICHAEL HOWARD on LUXURY TURNKEY HOMES




Luxury turnkey properties are the new vogue in the Hamptons. Luxury homes are being sold completely furnished with not only high end furniture, rugs, finishes but also Frette linens and towels. Clients who desire convenience and a home with cachet and opulent detailing is the right client.  High end Developer/Designer James Michael Howard is at the forefront of the trend with his latest  $25 million Water Mill, NY home. One could say that Mr. Howard's style is classical but there is a modern slant with his use of color, exotic objects and antiques. The architectural features in this home is insane. I'm loving the the amazing inlaid stone patterned floors, the richly lacqured walls, the beautiful patterned ceilings, unique limestone fireplaces and beautiful carpets from Nepal. India and Turkey. 




I am so happy to share an interview with James Michael Howard today....


TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF AS A DEVELOPER/DESIGNER

I studied interior design at Parsons in NYC.  Along with my wife, I own several design stores in Florida, Atlanta and Charlotte, NC. Our firm consists of approximately 51 people and we focus on very high-end residential design. Some of our current projects are in NYC, upstate NY, CT, the Hamptons, Puerto Rico, multiple projects in the Bahamas, California and many other cities across the US.





WHAT IS YOUR SIGNATURE LOOK

I pride myself on not having a signature as I love the prospect of the next project whether it be Darth Vader or Betsy Ross.






WHAT WAS YOUR "AHA" MOMENT THAT LED YOU TO START TURNKEY LUXURY PROPERTIES. 

It wasn’t so much an aha moment as a new idea. Our stores are designed to look like very old and grand homes. Our customers always feel that we bought an old residence and moved in, but we didn’t—we designed them. So after building five stores over several years, and a few of the homes we lived in, I decided to try a house on spec. It sold for more than the asking price and rather quickly. So, I tried it again and again and I’m having the time of my life.






TAKE US BEHIND THE SCENES OF YOUR 4TH TURNKEY PROJECT. ANY CHALLENGES? 

You must be kidding! I liken my life in some respects to that of a heart surgeon. He cuts you open, looks inside, sees the problem and fixes it. No time for research, just look something up. I have been there and seen just about everything there is to see. It is just a matter of aligning all of the moving parts.









FROM TURNKEY 1 TO 4, WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED THE MOST?

Find the best subcontractors, pay them well and say thank you. Our houses incorporate more than 100 sheets of drawings and a very large book of selections. It is daunting and usually involves a sizeable team to get it all coordinated. Communication is essential, but the most important aspect is passion, passion, passion 





Thank you James Michael Howard for the enjoyable interview!

For more information on 41 Halsey Lane, Water Mill by James Michael Howard
visit Brown Harris Stevens


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