October 2015

Found 20 blog entries for October 2015.


10 Things To Do For Halloween In Fort Lauderdale

Halloween conveniently falls on a Saturday this year, but there's no need to wait until Oct. 31 to enjoy spooky sights or get creative with pumpkins. 

Fortunately, there are tons of Halloween-themed events in Fort Lauderdale and across Broward County, and many tricks await. But first, we'll treat you to a little poem...

Ghosts and goblins, we've got you covered. 

Witches and wizards, too. 

Here are 10 great picks for Halloween. 

We've brewed them up just for you.


Ghoulish Guardians Pumpkin Carving

Where: Pembroke Pines Community Garden

When: Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost: Free

The City of Pembroke Pines will provide families with up to two pumpkins each, as well as carving tools, for a pumpkin

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A developer has started building the first of eight condominiums planned for the $1 billion Metropica development in Sunrise. The 263 units in the YOO at Metropica will be priced from $300,000 to more than $1 million. Construction of the 28-story building, the tallest in Sunrise, is expected to be complete in 2017. The 65-acre, mixed-used project is west of the Sawgrass Mills mall at the northeast corner of Sunrise Boulevard and Northwest 136th Avenue.

When finished in five to seven years, Metropica will include more than 1,900 condos, 345 apartments, a hotel, 400,000 square feet of retail and 150,000 square feet of offices, master developer Joseph Kavana said. "We're building this not just for the residents we will have here, but also for the

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It wasn’t so long ago that sushi was still considered an exotic delicacy by many, one too strange and outside-the-box to pay much attention to. The seemingly simple pairing of raw fish and rice was the domain of the adventurous and the very rich, the ones who were looking to impress. Today, however, there are sushi restaurants across America of just about every stripe, from holes-in-the-wall turning out decent California rolls and tuna sashimi to sprawling emporiums run by internationally renowned chefs, from cozy neighborhood favorites to upscale counters that might as well be temples to fish and rice. There are some amazing sushi restaurants in America, and this is our second annual ranking of the nation’s best.

How did we go about identifying the

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9 New Luxury Retailers Are Opening Outlet Stores In Sawgrass Mills' Expanded Colonnade Outlets

Sawgrass Mills shoppers will have nine new high-end outlet stores to choose from as the holidays roll around.

Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone, CH Carolina Herrera, Helmut Lang, John Varvatos Outlet and Tod's are expected to open in The Colonnade Outlets section of the mall in November and December. The stores join already announced tenants Alexis Bittar, Ted Baker London and Vince. 

They will all be their respective brands first outlet stores in South Florida. 

“South Florida is a shopping mecca, and The Colonnade Outlets offers a mix of high-fashion designers and world-renowned brands found nowhere else,” Sawgrass Mills general manager Luanne Lenberg said in a press release.

The Colonnade Outlets, the luxury shopping area of

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Replacing a purchase that turned out to be a fashion faux pas is much easier and less expensive than undoing a décor trend in your home. Following what’s in vogue for the interior and exterior of your home may not always be the best choice. You could be stuck with it for years. Tread lightly and think ahead when considering new crazes to include in your refurbishing.

We collected ten overrated design trends for you. Eight of them came from the experts at Realty Times. The Zakhar Team of real estate brokers in Mission Viejo, California, contributed the last two via their website.

1. Marble Counters

Although beautiful when new, marble requires extra maintenance to keep stains and scratches at bay.

Marble Kitchen


2. Stainless Steel Apron Front Sinks

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With no city lights for miles, The Pillars Estate stands alone in the darkest of nights. Inside, guests are greeted by dim candlelight, a windy staircase and a gentleman from Scotland. Tony McMurtrie purchased the Civil War-era estate in Albion, NY when it was ready to be torn down. Restoring it to its former glory over the past decade, he’s carefully curated every detail – from the grandfather clocks to the silver. “I don’t know where it comes from,” he explains. “I just like that time and that era.”

His love of antiques and a refined way of life hasn’t gone unnoticed. Cora Goyette moved to Albion from England and bonded with McMurtrie over their shared appreciation of European culture. Today,

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If you’re the type to avoid purchasing pet furniture because it doesn’t fit into your interior design scheme, you’re probably paying for it in the form of fur all over your Arne Jacobsen chair, or constantly pushing a purring feline off your laptop keyboard. Dedicated cat furniture isn’t exactly known for its pleasing aesthetics, but modern alternatives are becoming easier to find. Take Meyou’s new line of cat cocoons, for example, which are currently up for pre-order on Kickstarter.  

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The French company has created a range of cozy little cat shelters that look like minimalist sculptural objects, all made of natural materials. The Cube is a woven-cotton sphere set within a cube-shaped frame, while The Ball balances on a

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The top-floor lounge of a renovated medieval fortress in Croatia. Photo by Scott Frances via Arch Digest

This month, Curbed is teaming up with the National Trust for Historic Preservation on #ThisPlaceMatters, a social campaign celebrating personal landmarks that people cherish and would love to keep around. While it's not always possible to preserve a beloved old structure, there are often opportunities to protect the essential spirit of the historic building. Here now, 10 homes around the world proving that remnants of history—timber beams, stone trusses, gothic windows and more—can mix in with the modern day, and to brilliant effect.

  • This 1880s warehouse-turned-live/work-space in
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Mockingbird Trail, Downtown Fort Lauderdale's New 2-Mile Urban Art Trail, Launches Oct. 17

Downtown Fort Lauderdale's first urban art trail will be unveiled to the public on Saturday.

Mockingbird Trail, located in Flagler Village, was created by landscape architecture firm Cadence and features sculptures by Valeria Yamamoto. It stretches over two miles and features green walkways, outdoor seating, exercise routes, urban street furniture, and more than a dozen public art installations.

The trail will officially launch during the 6th annual Art Fallout in Flagler Village on Saturday, Oct. 17. The event, celebrated during National Arts and Humanities Month, brings together contemporary art spaces in downtown Fort Lauderdale through interactive exhibitions, presentations and live mural painting.

From 5 p.m. to 9

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Polish artist Przemek Krawczyński transforms calabash (bottle gourds) into carefully handcrafted, intricately carved lamps that illuminate their surroundings with brilliant displays of light. The unique sculptures are beautiful by day, but they become truly magical in the dark as light shines through thousands of holes to project radiant designs and patterns around the room.

"By day, my lamp is a unique sculpture, while at night, the light breathes new life into that sculpture, seeping through intricately carved wood and passing through thousands of holes," Krawczyński says. "Flowing shadows fill the space and cast the patterns on the surrounding surfaces, which turns each interior into scenes [of] breathtaking spectacle. The hypnotizing light can

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