Jerusalem, Israel

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Located in the hills of Jerusalem, in the shadow of history, is a thoroughly modern boutique hotel. After a day touring some of the world’s most revered religious sites, the weary traveller can escape to an oasis of pampering in this burgeoning vineyard region. First time visitors to Jerusalem may want to add an extra day to the itinerary to enjoy the Cramin Hotel’s spa and fitness treatments or tour one of the neighbouring boutique wineries.

Dabble Savvy: To preserve the tranquil, relaxing atmosphere, only guests over 10 years of age are welcome.

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ABOVE: Jerusalem—the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity and a sacred city for Muslims—attracts thousands of visitors each year. The devout come to worship, the curious to learn and the adventuresome to explore.

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ABOVE: A young man touches the ancient stones in the sacred wailing wall.

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What’s Trending in the Art World

From mediums, to subject matter and hanging styles, here are just a few trends we’ve been noticing in the art world.

Photography
Photography continues to be prominently displayed on condo walls, in hotel lobbies and office spaces. Especially fashionable are large, colourful works that exude a sleek and contemporary feel, in line with a modern and cosmopolitan lifestyle. Scenes of urban decay, cinematic dreamscapes or landscapes are particularly trendy.

Maureen O'Connor, photograph

Photograph by Maureen O’Connor

 

New Media Art (Art + Technology)
The use of technology as subject matter and/or medium is omnipresent in the art world. Digital art, virtual art, internet art, multi-sensory and multi-media installations, even video games, have taken over the art world. Mixed media works that employ manipulated digital images combined with other mediums like paint, pencil or resin are also very fashionable.

David Trautrimas, digital photograph

Digital photograph by David Trautrimas

 

Resin
Resin is a trendy medium that many artists are adopting. Pouring resin onto panels or canvases gives the artwork a thick, glossy, modern surface. No matter if the work is a collage, photograph, digital work or painting, a resin coat provides a clean, contemporary and cool surface.

Aaron Jones, mixed media

Mixed media by Aaron Jones

 

Urban or Street Art
The aesthetics of street art are now widely celebrated in mainstream culture. Characteristically colourful, graphic, raw, energetic and immediate, graffiti and street art have moved from the sides of buildings in alleyways, on to canvases in private residences. Banksy is often credited with breaking down the walls between street art and high art.

Matthew Catalano, digital image

Digital Image by Matthew Catalano

 

Salon ­Style Hanging

Finally, a popular form of display, which actually has its roots in French salons of the 18th century, is the salon style display of hanging works of art. Filling a wall with an eclectic grouping, by arranging pieces together, no matter their colour, size, theme or media, breaks the monotony and adds interest to any space.

GoldenEye – The Home of Ian Fleming

“I’ve made up my mind. I’m going to live the rest of my life in Jamaica.”

~Ian Fleming

Design Contributor Nicholas Rosaci at GoldenEye in Jamaica. Photography by Angela Auclair

Design Contributor Nicholas Rosaci at GoldenEye in Jamaica.
Photography by Angela Auclair

On the northern coastline of Jamaica, in the parish of St. Mary’s, is the GoldenEye Hotel and Resort. This Caribbean hideaway, comprised of 13 luxury villas and lagoon cottages has restaurants, pools, spas, and beaches. It’s also got Bond. James Bond. Well, at least it has his essence.

GoldenEye is an oasis which has played host to legendary visitors such as British Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden, Noel Coward, Elizabeth Taylor, Truman Capote, Errol Flynn, and more recently Jay Z and Beyoncé, Martha Stewart and Bono. (Martha and Bono were not there together!)

Beloved British author, Ian Fleming purchased these 15 acres of land in 1946. He turned the donkey race course (we’re not making this up) into a 3 bedroom bungalow and named it GoldenEye. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea one can no doubt understand how Fleming grew inspired to write the 14 novels of his now famous James Bond 007 series.

The estate was purchased by Bob Marley in 1976, and sold one year later to record mogul Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records. Blackwell propelled Reggae music worldwide and catapulted the careers of Bob Marley, Grace Jones and U2.

GoldenEye Hotel & Resort, formerly the home of Ian Fleming. Photography by Angela Auclair

GoldenEye Hotel & Resort, formerly the home of Ian Fleming.
Photography by Angela Auclair

Recently renovated, GoldenEye re-opened in 2010 with an additional 17 rooms. The décor has an organic-tropical vibe that just may inspire you to do something creative.

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Ian Fleming wrote all 14 novels of the James Bond 007 series at GoldenEye.

Not planning a trip to Jamaica this year? Then check out Pierce Brosnan (a gorgeous Bond!) in the movie of the same name. GoldenEye.

Design Express 2014: New York (Apr 30 – May 4)

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Join Kimberley Seldon for a truly unique design express experience.

~ 5 days, 4 nights ~

customized events: nothing off the tourist menu
fine accommodations: stay in the luxurious Waldorf Astoria
great design: including private home tours
shop ‘til you drop: Kimberley’s favourite design shops
delicious food & wine: amazing tastes await your arrival
good friends: that’s where you come in!

Wednesday, April 30th to Sunday, May 4th, 2013
DESIGN | ARCHITECTURE | SHOPPING | FOOD & MORE
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 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL (before November 29th)   $3,995

Double Occupancy (Standard)   $4,495

Single Occupancy (Upgrade)   $1,295

Click to Register

 

The Fairmont Château Laurier

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A regal gem within walking distance of Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, the Prime Minister’s residence and the Byward Market is the century old Fairmont Château Laurier. Visitors will appreciate the festive holiday décor provided by an annual fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Stop in for a warm drink and watch the snow fall.

Hutton Hotel, Nashville

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Walking into a hotel lobby can sometimes feel stark and impersonal. The Hutton Hotel in Nashville is anything of the sort. It’s warm, inviting and gives a vibe that you’re walking into your friend’s uber cool living room.

With elements of country that are transformed into hip and modern the hotel is a place you will love returning to at the end of your day. You will be welcomed by the friendliest of staff willing to help you with any of your travel needs.

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Art is a large part of the design concept. An organized collage leans on linear shelves showcasing contemporary art. Sculpture is also impressive in the space, with a life sized abstract steel horse nodding hello as you walk through the lobby doors.

The rooms themselves are stylish and comfortable, the rain head shower is relaxing and a Nespresso machine on each floor means you can run down the hall in your robe to fetch a cup of morning brew.

A respect and appreciation for the environment is also evident in the design with eco friendly finishes and materials throughout. However, they go beyond suggesting that you re-use your towel. Eco-minded considerations in the form of light control with your room card, biodegradable cleaning products, and a recycling program for glass, paper and plastics to name a few. The Hutton Hotel is *clean* chic.

I’m sure you’ve got a trip planned south to Nashville after reading all about this fine city in the March/April issue of Dabble Mag so be sure to check into the Hutton Hotel when you get there.

Desert Rock Resort

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In addition to our Desert Rock Resorts featured on page 115 in Mar/Apr 2011 issue, a new player has just emerged, sweeping us off our feet.

Room With a View: Amangiri

WHERE: Canyon Point, Utah, USA

WHAT: Winner of the Travel+Leisure Best Resort for 2011, Amangiri is in the centre of the Grand Circle, surrounded by National Park icons like the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, and the Grand Staircase. Nestled in a protected valley, the architecturally spectacular Pavilion building, and its suite wings, at once blend with the rugged landscape and provide a peaceful place to look out upon the towering ancient bluffs. Watch the colours change with the passing of the desert sun overhead.

HOW MUCH: From US$850 per night.

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