Archive for July, 2012
School will soon start in Oklahoma City and children who are living with their grandparents will have the chance to use a new backpack this coming fall. Sunbeam Family Services has partnered with the law enforcement of the city for a Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program, which involves giving away backpacks and other school supplies to children.
Sunbeam Family Services is a local nonprofit organization that aims to fulfill the needs of the community through foster care, early childhood education programs and senior citizen services. Throughout the more than 100 years of servicing to the city, Sunbeam has already helped thousands of people all across the metro. The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program is part of the organization’s advocacy to help grandparents who are living with and are raising their grandchildren on their own.
To help these kids get ready for the beginning of the new school year, Sunbeam will be giving free school supplies to 430 children who are living with and are raised by their grandparents. Law enforcement officers within the city are also helping out to make the program more successful. Triad, the collaboration of the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department, the local police departments and senior citizens will be providing the donations through an area-wide funding.
Aside from Sunbeam and Triad, there will also be volunteer members of the Oklahoma City and Midwest City police departments to help by putting supplies in the backpacks to be given away to children on Tuesday. Backpacks will be donated by the Oklahoma Recyclers Association.
Alan and I really paid attention to hotel designs as we remodeled our home several years back. It helps to get outside of the local trends and see what the rest of the country/world is doing in style! What you think about these hotel bathrooms?
Sourced From: http://www.destinationweddingmag.com/gallery/10-ultimate-hotel-bathrooms
Best Artistic Design: In a town known for its gorgeous architecture and thriving artistic community, los baños at the 37-room Casa de Sierra Nevada, in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, fit right in. Each is uniquely designed, with antique Talavera tiles (many hand-painted), plus appreciated extras like separate tubs and walk-in showers, heated floors (it gets chilly in this mountain town, especially in the winter months) and Molton Brown amenities. The most stunning water closets are housed in Casa Limon, the 18th-century-style mansion on the grounds. Our favorite, in the colonial suite, contains a hammered-copper tub tucked into a nook with shutters that open for breezy evening baths.
Best Seascape: The hillside Jade Mountain, on the island of Saint Lucia, is one of the Caribbean’s sexiest resorts. The 23 rooms (known as pool sanctuaries, each with a celestial name like Moon or Galaxy) were built without a fourth wall, so there’s nothing between you and incredible views of the sparkling sea and towering Piton mountains. Bathrooms are open-plan, melding into the ambience. Showers include a rain showerhead and six separate body sprays, but our favorite touch is the two-person chromatherapy Jacuzzi, whose underwater LED lights are customizable to your mood, from calming green to energizing red.
Best High-Tech: Got a gadget-loving groom? He’s gonna love this. With just a simple tap on the tubside control pad, guests at The Peninsula Tokyo can switch the bathroom ambience to “spa,” which dims the lights, silences the doorbell and phone, and pipes in soothing music. The toilets are also high-tech: Seats automatically raise, shut and heat — and they come with four bonus buttons, including bidet, wash, dry and a curious option known as “massage.” There’s even an automatic nail-polish dryer! The tech touches extend beyond the bathroom: Enjoy wireless, Skype-able phones; bedside controls for lighting and temperature; and surround-sound music systems. But all the bells and whistles can’t compete with the comfort of your round ofuro soaking tub, some with front-and-center city views.
Best Exotic Effect: Malaysia is known as a cultural melting pot, and the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, on Malaysia’s white-sand Tanjung Rhu Beach, reflects that with decor that blends Asian, Indian and Arabic influences. All baths feature imported Spanish Amarillo marble and accents in the rich yellow hues associated with Malaysian royalty. Upper-level pavilion loos are inspired by Turkish hammams, with a two-person sunken bath accessed through a spade-shaped entryway. Lower-pavilion rooms up the ante with outdoor terrazzo soaking tubs. The spa can set you up with an in-room Malay bath ritual, which blends coconut leaves, Kaffir lime, lemongrass and spices into a blissful soak.
Best Terrace: California’s Post Ranch Inn is an oasis tucked in the cliff above Big Sur. The 40 architecturally varied rooms have a few things in common: a design aesthetic that harmonizes with nature, copious amounts of windows, and incredible views from as many places as possible, including bed, terrace and bath. Pacific-suite bathrooms put tumbled-marble soaker tubs in front of floor-to-ceiling windows, and they open to wraparound terraces. Each Ocean House suite has a two-sided fireplace, to be enjoyed from both the living room and bathroom. Mountain rooms swap views of the ocean for endless acres of pristine forest.
Best Zen Spread: Phuket is one of Thailand’s busiest tourist towns, but you’d never notice while tucked away at Anantara Phuket Villas, situated on a blessedly secluded stretch of Mai Khao beach. Modeled after the traditional homes of southern Thailand, the oversize villas here are feng shui perfection, built with architectural principles that embrace outside light and air. The 83 pool villas have sleek marble bathrooms with floor-to-ceiling doors that open to gardens blooming with orchids, jasmine and birds of paradise. Here you’ll find your outdoor rain shower (there’s another one inside), plus a mosaic-tile plunge pool and a sunken terrazzo tub that’s encircled with candles come nightfall.
Best Sunbathing: Anguilla’s powdery beaches are some of the most beautiful in the Caribbean, but sometimes you want to soak up the sun with no fear of tan lines. Enter the oceanfront junior suites at Cap Juluca. The top-to-bottom marble washrooms were designed with couple-friendly tubs and glass-enclosed showers that open onto private outdoor solariums complete with lounge chairs, palm trees and half-walls that ensure privacy without making you feel closed in. In the mood for a romantic bath à deux? The spa concierge can prepare an in-room Tropical soak using papaya, candlenuts, sea salt and rose petals.
Best Vista: Few places on the planet can claim scenic superiority to the expansive landscapes of East Africa. Perched on the edge of the 12-mile-wide Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unbroken caldera in the world, Tanzania’s &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge makes the most of the locale. After a day on safari spotting lions, zebras and elephants, get cleaned up in your dreamy bathroom, designed with Tanzanian pine, floor-to-ceiling windows and a claw-foot tub. Opulence comes in unexpected forms, like glass-beaded chandeliers, vases stuffed with lush red roses from nearby Arusha, and the views: The tub, rain shower and W.C. have windows facing the caldera.
Best Standard Digs: Bigger is better at The Palazzo hotel, in Las Vegas. Even the entry-level Palazzo Luxury suites come with 120 square feet of bathroom fun, with a deep Roman tub, a 20-inch high-def TV, chic bath products from Agraria San Francisco, and a separate vanity area with a wall-mounted makeup mirror and plush velvet stool, perfect for primping. Higher levels throw in a jetted tub and choice of room extra: massage table, pool table or piano.
Best Art Direction: Leave it to film director Francis Ford Coppola to build the film-set-worthy Turtle Inn, an award-winning eco-resort in coastal Belize. The 26 thatch-roof cottages are designed to mimic the region’s tropical beauty. Open-air showers are deceptively simple, with a clever bamboo nozzle for faucets, plus landscaping that features locally sourced limestone and lush vegetation like red ginger and fragrant hibiscus. Interiors are finished with handcrafted furnishings and textiles personally chosen by the family and imported from Bali and Central America.
A new position has been officially added to the 2012-2013 budget of Oklahoma City involving overseeing the arts industry of the city. The first Arts and cultural Affairs position of the city has now been filled by the former head of the Urban Redevelopment Division for Oklahoma City’s Planning Departments, Robbie Kienzle.
Since 2009, the City Council had provided more focus on the art industry of the city given its profitable benefits in the business sector as well as its attraction to tourists. An ordinance had been approved, which grants the art industry one percent of the construction expense of the city. The one percent will be used to construct new buildings or implement renovations related to the arts.
Kienzle’s position will entail acting as administer the to the arts community and making sure that proper development budgets are being implemented. Keinzle will also be in charge of supervising local art activities and events as well as the existing art collection of the city.
The Oklahoma City City Council had chosen Kienzle for the position given her extensive job experience with regards to city development as well as her leadership in the field of the arts. Aside from her headship in the Planning Department, Kienzle was also the Director of the Festival of the Arts, the Executive Director of the American Institute of Architects and the Visual Arts Consultant for the MAPS projects.