Cape Cod-Based Interior Design Firm Wins Four Top Awards

CAPE COD, Mass., Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Casabella Interiors was recently honored with four design awards from three different organizations. Luxe Interiors Magazine awarded Casabella the “Best of the Rest, Landscape Design/Outdoor Rooms” award for 2020. The Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (EM NARI) awarded Casabella the 2020 EM NARI Contractor of the Year (CotY) Gold Award for Residential Exterior, and America’s Property Awards selected Casabella for both Bathroom Design and Residential Interior Private Residence Design awards.

These awards reflect Founder and Principal Designer, Michele Holbrook’s continuous pursuit of design excellence for her clients. Says Holbrook, “”Our top priority is to provide an ultra-premium design experience for our clients. Each client’s interior reflects a completely distinctive approach – no two homes are alike. I am always thrilled to see the efforts of me and my team be professionally recognized.”   

The LUXE Interiors Magazine RED Award honors excellence, innovation and the best residential architecture, interior design and landscape architecture projects across the country. Casabella’s winning entry features extraordinary work on an outdoor living space in Dennis, Massachusetts complete with custom-designed poolside sectionals precisely placed for best ocean views, a stone fireplace, and state-of-the art outdoor kitchen.

For the CotY Award there were 80 projects submitted across eighteen categories. A panel of eleven independent reviewers judged the project entries in a blind evaluation. Casabella’s outdoor space took top honors for the combined mixture of poolside relaxation and luxury.

A stunning, fully reimagined bathroom overlooking the ocean took the top prize with America’s Property Awards as did Casabella’s captivating residential interior featuring a fetching queen size rope bed, custom kitchen cabinetry, and bespoke furnishings to lend the home a chic seaside feel.

About Casabella Interiors

Casabella Interiors is a nationally recognized design firm specializing in distinctive and inviting home interiors. They source from a globally curated selection of custom furnishings, artwork, fixtures, and textiles and work with best-in-class artisans to deliver a five star design experience to their clients. The firm also has a Cape Cod boutique featuring a selection of their custom offerings and a 2,500 square foot off-site showroom.  

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Burj Khalifa interior design firm says owed $22m by troubled Arabtec

Dubai-based Depa, the global interior solutions group which worked on the Burj Khalifa, said on Monday that it is owed AED82 million ($22.3 million) from troubled construction giant Arabtec.

In a statement to Nasdaq Dubai, Depa said it awaits clarity on the outcome of Arabtec’s discussions and any liquidation application that may be submitted to the competent courts so as to determine the likely impact on the company.

Huge ‘reverberations’ expected as Arabtec confirms dissolution

Construction industry expert says repercussions will be felt on a much wider scale than simply those who are directly involved with the company

“To the extent that Arabtec or member(s) of its group enter liquidation, this would likely have a material impact on Depa’s financial performance and financial position,” it said.

“Depa continues to pursue its pipeline of opportunities and deliver on its secured projects. Management is implementing Depa’s group-wide transformation and restructuring programme and continues to take action to reduce Depa’s cost base to protect its financial position, in addition to the continuation of its non-core asset disposal programme,” it added.

Depa said further announcements will be made to the market “as and when appropriate”.

Arabtec is Depa’s second largest shareholder, owning 24.18 percent, but the majority of Depa’s shares are held by individuals, funds and institutions not connected with Arabtec, the company said in a statement. 

Arabtec also has a minority representation on the board of directors of Depa.

In a statement issued to the Dubai Financial Market on Monday, Arabtec said it would be holding a meeting on Wednesday to discuss its next steps.

Last week, Arabtec confirmed that shareholders had voted to discontinue with the company and dissolve it due to its untenable financial situation.

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Dubai based construction giant Arabtec voted on Wednesday to file for an insolvent liquidation following a net loss of $216m for the first six months of the year.

The resolution of the shareholders grants the Arabtec board a maximum period of two months to allow for discussions with the main stakeholders before a liquidation application may be submitted to the competent courts.

Experts said the impact of the liquidation of the UAE construction giant will send “reverberations” throughout the industry, with the repercussions felt on a much wider scale than simply those who are directly involved with the company and its current pipeline of projects.

Mark Raymont, partner, construction advisory disputes at Pinsent Masons, explained that the twin shocks of the current coronavirus pandemic and depressed oil prices, has increased the stress on what was already a struggling industry.

Raymont told Arabian Business: “Arabtec is a big name among contractors, one of the largest in the UAE. This is going to send reverberations through the market. There’s the obvious immediate impact. I’m sure all the projects they’re currently involved with, there’s going to be a long, hard look at the contracts taken by the owners

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Home Improvement Financing Firm PowerPay Partners with FinMkt

PowerPay, a provider of home improvement financing, and FinMkt, a SaaS provider of point of sale consumer finance technology, have announced a new partnership. According to FinMkt, the agreement will enable it to expand its product offering to include staged funding, 10 and 15-year terms, and loan amounts up to $100,000.

FinMkt’s platform allows homeowners to complete one application with the ability to receive and review financing offers. By partnering with multiple lenders like PowerPay, FinMkt’s platform allows homeowners to qualify for financing.

Mike Petrakis, PowerPay’s CEO, said that FinMkt’s team and tech are the best in the industry:

“We are very excited to offer PowerPay’s advanced loan products for home improvement financing via the FinFi platform so that we may reach a broader range of borrowers.”

FinMkt states that COVID has accelerated the demand for home renovations and repairs. FinMkt has adapted its technology in response to changes in the marketplace to expand product offerings. FinMkt’s partnership with PowerPay is one of many enhancements FinMkt will be making to its home improvement financing platform.

Luan Cox, FinMkt’s CEO and co-founder, said:

“In order to stay competitive, you need to be able to offer you customers financing that requires minimal effort to apply and delivers real time results. We are proud to be teaming up with PowerPay to provide contractors with the technology to grow their business by offering their customers access to the best financing options available by filling out one, online application.”


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House Republicans investigating California secretary of state’s contract with Biden-linked firm

House Republicans are launching a probe into a $35 million contract the California secretary of state’s office awarded to an advisory firm that is working with Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenCoons beats back progressive Senate primary challenger in Delaware Biden courts veterans amid fallout from Trump military controversies Biden campaign manager touts ‘multiple pathways’ to victory MORE‘s campaign. 

In a letter sent to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D) on Wednesday, the GOP lawmakers argued the contract with SKDKnickerbocker for a voter outreach campaign is a conflict of interest due to the firm’s ties to Biden, adding that it runs the risk of using taxpayer funds to promote Democrats in the upcoming election.

“The Committee on Oversight and Reform is conducting oversight of a $35 million contract the California Secretary of State’s office awarded to a pro-Biden consulting firm, SKD Knickerbocker, to ‘produce advertising to encourage voters to participate in the November election,’ ” House Oversight and Reform Committee ranking member James ComerJames (Jamie) R. ComerGOP lawmakers want answers from Disney on Mulan, China Hillicon Valley: Democrats demand answers over Russian interference bulletin | Google Cloud wins defense contract for cancer research | Cyberattack disrupts virtual classes Top Republican accuses Twitter of ‘mismanagement’ of security, employees MORE (R-Ky.), Oversight Subcommittee on Government Operations ranking member Jody HiceJody Brownlow HiceGOP lawmakers want answers from Disney on Mulan, China QAnon backer Marjorie Taylor Greene wins Georgia GOP runoff QAnon supporter in Georgia heads into tight GOP runoff MORE (R-Ga.) and House Administration Committee ranking member Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisHouse Democrats’ campaign arm releases ads hitting 10 Republicans on health care Lawmakers press CDC for guidance on celebrating Halloween during pandemic DCCC reserves new ad buys in competitive districts, adds new members to ‘Red to Blue’ program MORE (R-Ill.) wrote.

“This contract will undoubtedly provide a partisan firm the opportunity to use taxpayer money to influence the federal election.”

The lawmakers raised concerns about whether the firm will have “access to sensitive voter information” and whether any of the consultants on the Biden campaign will also be working on the project, noting the firm’s managing director is a senior strategist for Biden’s campaign. They also questioned why other firms that don’t have political ties to a candidate weren’t selected for the contract.

“A review of websites of the other two contract finalists shows that neither company appears to have listed publicly any 2020 election political candidate clients. This raises questions about why the contract was awarded to a firm that has such an obvious interest in the outcome of the federal election,” they wrote.

“In fact, being awarded a $35 million contract to contact voters using taxpayer money while publicly advertising its work on behalf of Joe Biden’s campaign for president and employing a senior advisor to his campaign essentially provides a pro-Biden entity the opportunity to conduct get out the vote efforts. Unfortunately, this voter contact operation is being funded by taxpayers.”

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6 Top Tips for Interior Design From a Leading Architecture Firm

The adage that the smallest changes make the most impact is undeniably true, more so when it comes to interior design. A mirror here, a painting there or a plant near can bring a whole new look to the same four walls. It doesn't matter if the home is brand new, old or just-moved-in; a few interior design tricks can breathe fresh air to any dwelling.

One of the leading architects in Chennai recommend a few tips to redesigning an apartment without putting a burden on the pocket.

  • Choose pastels and light hues.

The drawback of living in a metropolitan city like Chennai is the lack of space which means homes and apartments are getting smaller. Tiny rooms have the disadvantage of feeling claustrophobic and cramped-in. A manageable trick to give the illusion of space is using light colors for paint. Besides creating this visual impression, try to add mirrors which face windows. The reflection of natural light will convert any room into a magically massive place.

For those, who have homes with big rooms, try using darker shades on walls. It will bring a cosier and more intimate appearance to it.

  • Mirrors are for more than bouncing light.

Yes, mirrors can make a room look bigger than it is, but they are also brilliant ways to remodel a home. Instead of an average frame, choose a decorative and ornate one and hang the mirror on an empty wall. The frames will give the same impression as a painting or object of art. Another idea is to combine small mirrors in varying dimensions and make an art piece out of them.

  • Amalgamation is in vogue.

From patterns to colors, from art to décor, the 'in' thing for home interiors is mixing it up. Most abodes have a plethora of items tucked away somewhere. The idea is to take out those family heirlooms, or flea market finds and showcase them in all their glory. Remember a residence is a reflection of the person who lives in it. So, don't be shy from placing an old pendulum clock next to a contemporary Ikea couch, if you feel like it.

Take the concept a level up by piling patterns on patterns. Mix a sofa furbished in geometric material with a cushion that has an abstract design. Throw pillows and rugs of subtly changing hues to bring warmth to the living space.

  • Slip covers can do wonders.

A simple, inexpensive and gorgeous way to transform a house is slipcovers. Without spending a lot, the entire character of the furniture can be modified with covers. Plus, they ensure that not a single worry of damaging, dirty or destroying the precious fabric enters the head. In a dwelling that is occupied by kids, furniture covers should be the go-to way to redecorate. The only condition is to choose a more comfortable and casual style rather than a sophisticated and chic one.

  • Natural material baskets for the win.

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