Fall Luxury Design Trend Roundup

The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta are at the forefront of luxury design trends in high-rise living. Below are three fall design trends approved by the industry’s top publications and how they are incorporated at The Residences.

Bold, Earthy Colors  

Don’t be afraid to let bold-colored décor confidently take the spotlight. Emerald is the it color of the season and is the perfect anchor for other jewel tones that are trending. Designers are loving jewel toned accent trims and furnishing as contrast to monochrome walls. Colors like moss, teal, mustard, chartreuse, and even fruity hues, like deep plum, cherry and berry are going to be big for fall and winter.

Versatile Velvet

Velvet has been one of 2017’s hottest interior design trends and it isn’t going anywhere. Both luxurious and dramatic, velvet can be a funky furniture piece or a royally elegant addition, guaranteed to warm up any space. Try bringing a bold pop of velvet into your space by adding jewel-toned throw pillows and curtains, or go for the statement piece, like this headboard in one of the residences.

Plant Roots

Houseplants are evergreen in design and are trending year-round. Not only do they act as a natural air filter, they also add the perfect decorative element to every room. Liven up your space this autumn and decorate with a pretty fringed fern palm, or maybe opt for some sweet little succulents.

Q&A with Mindful Meditation Instructor Lena Franklin

At the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, providing an array of luxurious amenities to residents is a top priority. Fitness and wellness are an important part of this lifestyle, and we are proud to partner with renowned mindfulness-based psychotherapist Lena Franklin for Mindful Meditation Mondays. As a mindful healer, Lena encourages her students to practice presence. We sat down with her to hear more about how she can help our residents find peace.

What made you want to devote your career to mindfulness and meditation?

Franklin: I grew up in a hybrid Buddhist/Christian home and was introduced to meditation at a young age. I would witness my mother meditating at the family altar, cultivating daily presence and compassion. This cultural foundation eventually blossomed into a deep passion to guide others on that transformative journey inward. During my schooling to become a psychotherapist, my mother suddenly passed away. This is when yoga and meditation became daily practices, as I was searching for something more than the constrictions of traditional talk therapy. It was through my mom’s teachings, a master’s education in clinical social work and formal training in Buddhist Meditation, that became the perfect convergence to birth my mindfulness-based business!

What is mindfulness to you?

Franklin: Mindfulness is paying intimate attention to the present moment, intentionally and without judgement. I often use the word presence to describe mindfulness. Presence is our true nature as human beings. When we practice mindfulness, we’re truly coming home to ourselves.

What are some of the key benefits of regular mindful meditation?

Franklin: Cultivating a consistent meditation practice has all kinds of benefits – it’s truly amazing! You’ll decrease chronic stress and increase emotional balance while simultaneously finding profound meaning, joy and love in your life. When we’re able to “be with what is” – including thoughts, feelings and body sensations, without needing to change the present moment, we become liberated from our chaotic minds. Meditation is a way to come back to the love affair of life!

What are some ways we can practice being mindful on the go or at the office?

Franklin: I often teach mindful portable practices because most of us live perpetually busy lives. There’s a technique that I call the “3 P’s” that you can integrate into daily life. Whether you’re standing in line at the grocery store or driving to work, you can practice this. It’s simple but impactful, you 1.) Pause wherever you are and stop what you’re doing. 2.) Practice 5 deep slow breaths into the belly 3.) Presence then flows over you naturally. I do this dozens of times a day…no meditation cushion or yoga mat necessary!

How is practicing meditation at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta a unique experience?

Franklin: The Monday class I teach at the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta is truly a unique experience designed for you to shed layers or stress and busyness that tamp down your innate sense of boundless joy for living life. I often give a short teaching at the beginning of class to cultivate a powerful, healing environment. By integrating Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation, Yoga for Mood Management and Chinese Energy Medicine together, the meditations are customized to enhance your human potential. As I often say, presence is the greatest gift we can give ourselves and the world – when we come home to presence, we transform.

Luxury Housing News

The Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta is at the forefront of trends and technology in luxury high-rise living. Below are links to three noteworthy real estate stories that caught our eye recently.

A Tale of Two U.S. Housing Markets from Seeking Alpha

Excerpt:

“The high-end [housing market] is booming. It’s easy to understand why. Luxury consumers have been a boon for the U.S. economy all year. According to the latest numbers complied by Hedgeye, luxury goods consumption is up almost 12 percent overall in 2017.” 

Homebuilders Opt to Deliver Luxury Homes as Building Costs Increase by Lauren Marshall for AZBig Media

Excerpt:

“A new study from the National Association of Realtors shows that sales for cheap housing options are decreasing while luxury housing sales have increased by 20 percent during the month of July.” 

Electric Cars Are Forcing Real Estate to Change Gears by Tina Casey for Inman

Excerpt:

“Electric vehicles (EV) will eventually be like any other appliance in the market. The demand for ‘smart home’ and remote-controlled technology is already pushing EV-ready features into the market for new luxury homes.”  

Sip Champagne Under the Sun at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

Consider yourself a Champagne connoisseur? Join us at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta for another exclusive private dinner and Champagne tasting in the lush English Garden. On Tuesday, October 10, experience a Champagne sunset in the garden hosted by Ruinart Champagne brand ambassador, Lacey Burke. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. residents, guests and locals are invited to sip on Ruinart cuvées and exclusive Dom Ruinart while enjoying gourmet canapes and small plates.

The prestigious House of Ruinart Champagne is the oldest established Champagne house in France, exclusively producing champagne since 1729. Ruinart produces some of the region’s most beautiful Blanc de Blancs as well as rosé Champagnes. The House of Ruinart only distributes its champagnes through selected outlets and we are thrilled to have them at this exclusive event.

Tickets are priced at $95 per person and can be purchased by emailing, moatl-rsvp@mohg.com.

What’s New in Buckhead

One of Atlanta’s most vibrant neighborhoods, Buckhead is known for its posh culture scene, including dining, nightlife and wellness. It’s no surprise that luxury condos in Buckhead are in high demand, given that most have easy access to unique experiences, chef-driven restaurants and world-class shopping. Here’s what’s new in Buckhead this month.

Donuts Rolling In

Duck Donuts Franchising Company, a brand known for its made-to-order doughnuts, is opening its doors at the Tuxedo Festival Shopping Center off Roswell Road. In addition to savory custom doughnuts, the story will also offer Duck Donuts’ signature coffee blends, espresso, tea, breakfast sandwiches and more. The store will host the public at its grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 7, from noon to 4 p.m.

Furniture Franchise Coming to Buckhead

BoConcept furniture company is making its debut in the Georgia market with a storefront coming soon to Buckhead. A company spokesperson says the brand will offer customized, coordinated and affordable furniture and accessories and bring stylish and modern designs to the ever-growing millennial population in Atlanta. The Denmark-based furniture franchise will be situated in Buckhead’s recently renovated 309 East Paces development. BoConcept has more than 250 stores in 60 countries worldwide.

Enjoy Craft Beer at Lenox Square

Lenox Square Mall’s food court will soon be ‘open container’ to accommodate the new beer-on-tap concept, Peachtree Pint. The new concept will offer over 30 international and domestic beers and prepackaged snacks prepared by local chefs. Peachtree Pint is slated to open by the end of the year in the mall’s food court.

 

HGTV Falls In Love with Wine Wall at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

HGTV.com can’t get enough of the jaw-dropping interiors at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. This week, HGTV.com featured the one-of-a-kind wine wall in their “Wine Walls That Wow” article. The writer spoke with Robert Tretsch from Harrison Design Atlanta who comments on the infamous wine wall’s inception. Tretsch explains how the developer of The Residences was inspired by the wine wall at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, and wanted to incorporate a modern floor-to-ceiling wine encasing as a focal point in one of the last remaining full-floor residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta.

Excerpt:

“Wine is moving from out of sight to being seen and appreciated as part of the overall interior design, says Robert Tretsch with Atlanta’s Harrison Design. The Bellagio in Las Vegas inspired an extensive wine wall encased behind glass and steel doors in a contemporary condo’s dining room that he designed in Atlanta. ‘I wanted it to be the backdrop of the dining room,’ Tretsch says. The floor-to-ceiling metal racks hold more than 600 bottles, giving another graphic element to the modern space. The freestanding racks, which have a cooling system, allow people to see the length of the bottle and the full label, compared to slipping bottles into a rack and having the tail end show. For extra drama, he used a Bianco Carrara marble behind the racks. The wall spans 13.5 feet, taking up the width and height of the room, but Tretsch says the look could be done on a smaller scale, such as one or two racks and a glass door.”

Read the full article here and learn more about the featured home here.

 

The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta Featured on HGTV

Can your home wear white after Labor Day? Of course! We are thrilled to share that HGTV.com highlighted The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta in their “Why Designers Still Love White-on-White Rooms” article. The article features one of Atlanta’s most talented designers, Robert Brown of Robert Brown Interior Design, who discusses the importance of strategically-selected finishes to add interest to the space. Brown references a master bedroom at The Residences where he used the classic white walls as a backdrop for displaying unique accent pieces, like a huge gold-framed mirror and dark wood furnishings.

Excerpt:

“Finishes, like lacquered or mirrored tables, and different shapes and patterns add rhythm to the space, says designer Robert Brown. In a high-rise condo, he played off the white walls with his signature classic style. He balanced the white table, artwork, linens and bed with metal accents, matching dark wood end tables and an antique French chair. ‘It’s a great backdrop if you have a great antique collection,’ Brown says.”

Read the full article here and learn more about homes at The Residences here.

Sip and Savor with Sushi September at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

Looking to add an exciting, Japanese flair to your dinner routine? The Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta is hosting Sushi September, featuring an exclusive sushi and sake menu through the end of the month.

Residents, guests and locals are invited to dine in The Café & Bar or on the SouthEast terrace from Wednesday to Sunday, 4 to 10 p.m. and experience an assortment of traditional and modern hand-crafted sushi dishes and hot and cold sake. Menu highlights include Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna, Avocado and Jalapeno and a Naruto Roll with Kampachi, Jalapeno, Cilantro, Scallions and Ponzu Sauce. The September sushi menu also features classic rolls like California and Spicy Tuna.

 

Residents are welcome to make reservations by calling +1 (404) 995-7500 or by emailing, moatl-restaurants@mohg.org.

Luxury Housing News

Photo courtesy of Mansion Global

The Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta is at the forefront of trends and technology in luxury high-rise living. Below are links to three noteworthy real estate stories that caught our eye recently.

Less Is More: Downsizing to a More Simple Life Intown by Kathy Dean for Atlanta Intown

Excerpt:

“More and more Atlantans are trading their large single-family suburban homes for Intown living, where residents can enjoy a less is more lifestyle. There’s more walkability, more time and more freedom. While there are many choices for Atlanta residents looking to simplify their lives – condominiums – condos offer an opportunity to enjoy the convenience of vertical living and the security of home ownership.”

New Townhouses Get Condo Treatment by Anne Machalinski for Mansion Global

Excerpt:

“The new crop of townhouses maintains the privacy and charm of classic homes, while borrowing many modern features, like high ceilings and luxurious finishes from the new construction condo world. Oftentimes, new townhouses are attached to a luxury condo development, which means buyers can also take advantage of convenient services and full suite of amenities, experts say.”

Hippie Amenities with a High-End Twist by Kim Velsey for The New York Times

Excerpt:

“A growing number of New York luxury buildings have embraced the hallmarks of 1970s hippiedom with a high-end twist, incorporating amenities like rooftop gardens, kitchen composters, art and meditation studios, bike shares and infrared saunas.”

What’s New in Buckhead

One of Atlanta’s most vibrant neighborhoods, Buckhead is known for its posh culture scene, including dining, nightlife and wellness. It’s no surprise that luxury condos in Buckhead are in high demand, given that most have easy access to unique experience, chef-driven restaurants and world-class shopping. Here’s what’s new in Buckhead this month.

Taste of Buckhead

Buckhead’s annual food and beverage festival, Taste of Buckhead, will take place on September 14 at The Stave Room at American Spirit Works. This delightful event, hosted by the Buckhead Business Association, brings elite chefs and mixologists together to serve up the best culinary experiences the city has to offer. Proceeds from the event’s Spirit Wall fundraiser will benefit Second Helping Atlanta. Tickets can be purchased here.

Solcioty Arrives in Buckhead

Father-daughter duo Chris and India Welton are bringing the first Solcioty franchise to Atlanta, with their fitness studio opening in the Tuxedo Festival shopping center. The new, high-energy gym concept, designed for moms, runners, professionals, and beginners, aims to create a fun fitness community where members can get meaningful direction to help them reach their fitness goals.

The Mourning Dove Coming to The Shops Buckhead

Birmingham-based Revelator is opening a new venture in Buckhead called The Mourning Dove. The coffee concept will replace Corso Coffee at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta this fall. The Mourning Dove will offer a coffee program similar to other Revelator locations, serving alcohol and food as well.

 

Q&A with Yoga Instructor Adrienne Everett

At the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, providing an array of luxurious amenities to residents is a top priority. Fitness and wellness are an important part of this feature, and we are proud to partner with renowned yoga instructor Adrienne Everett for Saturday morning yoga. As a certified yoga instructor, Adrienne brings balance to her students, as she pulls from life experiences gained through her journey.

What started you on your path to becoming a yoga instructor?

Everett: I was looking for a path that would allow me to find myself, and turned to yoga where I’ve taken a path towards creating self. Today, yoga is deeply connected to my self-identity, my self-awareness, my pain, my growth, and my desire for a deeper encounter. Yoga is not simply a physical progression of elongating body muscles, and growing in flexibility; it’s an experience that allows one to put past and present experiences into a clear assessment, while helping to evaluate and construct how one levers the future. Yoga is a practice, a way of life, a form of energy – unique for each individual’s practice. Yoga is simply magical, and becoming an instructor has allowed me to give a gift of what feels like unrestricted life value.

What’s one important life lesson you try to share as a yoga instructor?

Everett: John Steinbeck said it best, “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good” …really good!

How is practicing yoga at the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta different from a traditional studio environment?

Everett: When practicing yoga at the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, the experience is distinctive and comfortable. The energy that exists in the spa is welcoming and tranquil, allowing one to enter a space of social escape and total relaxation. Upon completion of class, yogis are welcome to extend their Zen by enjoying the spa amenities. A true retreat into wellness.

What is your favorite yoga pose?

Everett: My favorite pose right now is Samastitihi (mountain pose)… reflection, intentionality, and standing tall – what life is all about.

 

Fall Luxury Design Trend Roundup

 

The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta are at the forefront of luxury design trends in high-rise living. Below are three fall design trends approved by the industry’s top publications and how they are incorporated at The Residences.

White on White

Who says neutral walls can’t be bold? White on white interiors are gorgeous, fresh and unexpected. No matter your style, there are countless possibilities when decorating with white. We love this elegant living space at The Residences designed by interior designer, Robert Brown. It incorporates warmer touches into the stark white interior and modern art adorns the walls, giving it life while remaining neutral, understated and perfect for changing seasons.

Clean Contemporary Kitchen Cabinets

Today’s homebuyers aren’t looking for elaborately detailed kitchens with moldings, corbels and accents. Instead, they’re looking for kitchens that speak to them and their image of how they live. Buyers want clean, contemporary kitchens with a great flow. We especially love bright white or gray cabinets with glass doors to brighten a space, and can’t get enough of striking marble accents or even centerpieces like an island.

Bring on the Brass

Antique brass is making a comeback. Used as an accent in frames, lamps, furniture or various accessories, the metal instantly warms up a room. This accessory adds a subtle flair of glamour to an end table in a home at The Residences designed by interior designer, Michael Habachy. We also love it for a statement faucet or funky lighting fixture, or along with classic gold and silver finishes for a mixed metal vibe.