Thursday, March 26, 2015

BAR SHEDS: The Next New Thing!

Recently I ran across something really fun on Twitter and wanted to share it with you! Citing an article "Move Over Man Caves" by Caleb Houseknect in a website called Keg Works, wealth manager Bill Sullivan tweeted that Bar Sheds are among the next big things popping up on the market - and my imagination ran wild!

In my cloistered world of living among the rich, it seems that everyone has these amazing and elaborate outdoor kitchens; some small and intimate, others large enough to entertain hundreds of guests - requiring chefs, caterers, waiters and bartenders to accommodate the occasion. Here's a link to what I'm talking about.

But now there's something fun for all of us - a Bar Shed in your very own back yard - and it doesn't even matter what income level you're in at the moment. It can be as elaborate as your budget allows, or just silly and fun, a reason to get out of the house and go outside. Here's a link to what's already out there, but you could probably design and build your own with a little help from Home Depot or Loews, right? Of course, there might be issues with bitchy neighbors, barking dogs, and cops driving by if things get out of hand. But then, so what?

My cousin Celene and her partner Dan are way ahead of the game here. They have a nice home tucked away in the woods, a nice-sized pool with a volley ball net, and it's nothing to have twenty or more family members and friends sleeping over during hot summer nights, albeit with the aid of a blow-up mattress and a few sleeping bags on the floor.

But the most fun thing, they have a huge covered patio which could be considered the ultimate Bar Shed. It has a complete wet bar and a frig stocked with beer, two grills and a smoker, an armoire with a big screen TV, sound system, wi-fi of course, and enough seating, tables, and lounge chairs to accommodate everyone staying over - not forgetting the hammocks strung between the trees.

There's a flowing pond with gold fish and frogs, humming birds all around, deer grazing in the background, and the nighttime exterior lighting (complete with candles) makes the whole place look magical. In fact, the house is only used for sleeping and showers; the rest of the day is spent outside on the patio. The first thing you do when waking up in the morning is grab a cup of coffee and go outside to watch the morning news, then maybe take a dip in the pool to get the day started.

I know this is way off topic, but other people can have fun in this world - not just the rich, right? I might go so far as to say that the fun and love flowing at Celene's house is more sincere and satisfying than the pretentious and arrogant things I usually see around here. Not meant to be unkind, it's just the way things are.

Hope you're enjoying a nice spring, and thanks for dropping by this evening.

Andrew



Thursday, March 19, 2015

Lorre White: "The Guru of Luxury!"

Do you remember back in December when I was hyperventilating over Cartier's amazing three-minute commercials for their high-end luxury jewelry?

Easily among the most expensive ads ever made, the dramatic music and narrative of a gorgeous Spotted Panther in search of his beloved lost mistress instantly draws you in and can mesmerize you in a flash - especially the last tender moments when they finally meet and caress. In case you didn't see it, here's a link to what I'm apparently still raving about, and promise it won't be a waste of your time!  L'Odyssee de Cartier

Anyhow, I was totally mystified as to why Cartier would do that, spending millions and throwing themselves out there in front of a mass TV audience - the 99% of us who can't afford bupkis, right?

But then I ran across an article in Forbes Magazine that might make sense of the whole thing. It's written by Lorre White, known as the "The Guru of Luxury" in many circles, including numerous upscale magazines and TV shows like CNN Money, ABC, and NBC, just to name a few.

According to Ms. White there's so many new rich people popping up all around the globe, who don't have a clue as to how to spend their money, that wonderful old brands like Cartier, Crane and Company, and Patek Philippe need to get back out there and introduce themselves to this whole new crowd of newly-rich consumers. In fact, that's part of her consulting job, connecting luxury-item producers to people with deep pockets.

So it all makes sense now and satisfies my utter bewilderment. I'm guessing Cartier thinks that all these new rich folk are still watching the same crap on TV that all the rest of us do, right? But then a light bulb clicks on and the new rich suddenly realize, "OMG, we can afford Cartier stuff now!"

Here's a link to Ms. White's most interesting and enlightening article in Forbes Magazine.

As always, thanks for dropping in tonight. I hope you're looking forward to spring. As far as I'm concerned, this has been a really sucky winter!

Andrew