Project Fi officially rebrands to Google Fi, finally supports iPhones and most Android devices

The prematurely posted report from yesterday was right: Google has indeed rebranded its Project Fi carrier into Google Fi. To further mark its exit from beta status, it’s also announced that the network finally supports iPhones and most Android devices.

There’s a huge catch, however. While you can bring your own phone to Fi, in order to benefit from the full functionality of the service you still need to use one of only a few Android handsets that the carrier is offering directly (or has in the past).

This means that the smart network switching between T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, and Wi-Fi won’t work on an iPhone or any Android device that Fi isn’t selling. You’re also not getting Wi-Fi calls, and it seems that if you bring your own device you’ll only be using T-Mobile’s network. So make sure to check coverage in your area before you make the jump to Fi.

Your Android phone needs to be on Nougat or later, while iPhones need to be on iOS 11 or later. If you make the jump to Fi with your current phone, an ongoing promo is offering you $200 of service credit (if you port-in your number), but only if you sign up today.

Do that and also purchase a phone from Fi and you will receive a travel gift card in the exact same amount you spent on the phone. You’ll be able to use this at Delta, Southwest, Airbnb, and Hotels.com. It’s a pretty amazing deal but it expires at 11:59 PM PT today.

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Shop Our Editors’ 13 Favorite Locally Owned Home Decor Shops

Denver’s decorating scene is better than ever, especially when it comes to locally owned boutiques: There’s one for every design style, whether you’re a dyed-in-the-wool traditionalist, midcentury-modern enthusiast, or someone whose aesthetic defies definition.

1. Bloom By Anuschka

Photograph by Rebecca Stumpf

Neighborhoods: Cherry Creek North and Union Station
When Alice fell down the rabbit hole, she must have felt a bit like customers do upon entering this Cherry Creek boutique for the first time: completely enchanted. “The stores are supposed to feel like a fantasy world, a curated treasure hunt,” says owner Anuschka Pashel, who opened a sister store at Union Station in 2014. A former model who began traveling the world at 18, Pashel now brings the world to her storefront: You might spot a 6-foot-tall Balinese carved-stone sculpture, paintings by European artists Sabine Maes and Matti Berglund, ceramic origami-inspired incense holders, and a Brazilian quartz-crystal cluster (a striking focal point for your foyer) that weighs more than 200 pounds.
What’s New: A collection of Moroccan wool rugs, from Beni Ourains to flatweaves, picked by Pashel.
300 University Blvd. and 1701 Wynkoop St.

2. The Lark

Photograph by Rebecca Stumpf

Neighborhood: Denver Country Club
If House Beautiful magazine were a shop, it might well be the Lark, a Dutch-doored storefront that’s lured traditional types with ginger-jar lamps, fox figurines, and boxwood topiaries since it opened in Country Club in 1970. “It’s so Larky is one of my favorite sayings!” says owner Jill Livran. Locals stop in for tins of key-lime cooler cookies from Savannah, Georgia, and Simon Pearce’s glassware, hand-blown in Vermont.
What’s New: Refillable, liquid paraffin oil taper and pillar candles from New York-based Lucid Candles—buy once, use forever.
1219 E. Fourth Ave.

3. Eron Johnson Antiques

Photograph by Rebecca Stumpf

Neighborhood: Athmar Park
Eron Johnson was a high schooler when he began salvaging doors, mantels, and stained glass from 19th-century Denver homes marked for demolition, an obsession that led him to found his namesake store in 1972. His new location on South Lipan Street—open by appointment—is an antiques cache worthy of however much time it takes you to explore the depth of its riches. Here, you’ll find everything from pieces of an oak-paneled room from 16th century Suffolk, England (once part of the collection of the Denver Art Museum and now yours for a cool $190,000), to an early-20th-century cast-aluminum streetlight from Chicago’s Burnham Harbor. But don’t be daunted by the grandeur: Many pieces are priced under $500.
What’s New: Current inventory includes design names you know and love—architectural pieces by Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan, glass from Louis Comfort Tiffany, and original furniture designed by Swiss starchitect Pierre Jeanneret.
377 S. Lipan St.

4. Lulu’s Furniture & Décor

Photograph by Rebecca Stumpf

Neighborhood: Englewood
For proof that change is good, look to mother/daughter duo Christy Brant and Caitlin Marsh, who moved their beloved Lulu’s from LoHi to Englewood in April. Now, floor-to-ceiling windows allow natural light to illuminate their hand-picked wares, including copper windows salvaged from New York City’s Hotel McAlpin and a modular sectional from Robin Bruce that transforms into multiple configurations. “We strongly believe that good design should be functional and doesn’t have to be outrageously expensive,” Brant says. Further evidence that the boutique is relatable, not stuffy: the shop dog, Whistlepig.
What’s New: Canadian furniture line Sunpan—a fount of clean-lined pieces—and Zents, a Colorado-based toiletries collection with scents like fig and water.
3475 S. University Blvd., Englewood

5. Homebody

Photograph by Rebecca Stumpf

Neighborhood: Cherry Creek North
The ironic thing about a store called Homebody—which debuted in October 2017—is that it’s a favorite among the most well-traveled design connoisseurs. Owner Dory Pratt scours the continents for design finds, from a 1970 abstract painting unearthed at a Paris flea market to an $8 set of mother-of-pearl-and-wood caviar spoons. “Opening Homebody allowed me to do two of my favorite things for a living: travel and shop,” Pratt says. She’s also the consummate hostess: The shop has a complimentary coffee bar and wraps gifts—gratis—in their signature botanical-print paper.
What’s New: Homebody is now selling Swedish Byredo fragrances and Astier de Villatte ceramics made from black clay and finished with a snow-white glaze—both excellent gifts for design-lovers this season.

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Private Dining Guide

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Being with family doesn’t always have to mean being at home. Not every kitchen can handle the whole clan, and sometimes the occasion calls for going out. These private rooms and dining services are ready to treat you like family and provide food every bit as good as your own holiday fare—without the stacks of dishes at the end.

Bali Hai Restaurant has been a favorite event venue in San Diego for over sixty years. The spectacular view of San Diego Bay and the downtown skyline make it the perfect location for all private event types. The versatile spaces provide accommodations for festivities of almost any type or size.

Whether you’re planning a wedding, class reunion, birthday, anniversary, rehearsal dinner, celebration of life, fundraiser, business meeting, or corporate event, the Bali Hai provides an incredible canvas for moments that will last a lifetime. Offering extensive food and drink packages, from a luau buffet menu, plated meal service, or a private brunch buffet, we have options available for all types of events with friendly, efficient, and experienced staff on-site to assist in making your private dining experience one to remember.

Amenities: Three private spaces to accommodate parties from 30 to 300 guests
Variety of menus available to accommodate different event types
Event assistance from our friendly, efficient, and experienced events team
Free parking in front of the restaurant for event guests
Access to our private dock for boat arrivals and departures

Donovan’s sets the standard of fine dining excellence. Whether you’re downtown at our Gaslamp location, or in La Jolla to see our wonderful view overlooking the shores, Donovan’s has what you need. You can rent out one of our many private dining rooms at our Gaslamp location, or our main dining room in La Jolla. Spend the evening outdoors overlooking La Jolla Shores while you celebrate. Donovan’s is the place for your holiday party and a way to celebrate the past year.

Amenities: Private wine cellar in La Jolla for up to 22 guests
Gaslamp: Two fully private rooms with 40- and 26-person capacities, also a semiprivate space that seats up to 20
Personal attention to every detail with our private events coordinator
Full buy-outs at either location Private lunch events

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The modern dining room

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Mixing and matching is the modern approach to furnishing a dining room. It makes the room feel more personal and stylish. It should be a feast for the eyes, as well as the appetite.

Interior designers suggest choosing two different finishes for table and chairs that contrast and complement each other. Remember the look should be harmonious, not hodge-podge.

Consider:

1. Budget, size of the space and your style.

2. Reach for the measuring tape and measure the space. Leave 36 to 48 inches on all sides away from walls and other furniture. You’ll need room to pull out the chairs and have easy traffic flow around the table.

3. Choose a shape.

  • Round —Fits in a smaller space; shape encourages conversation.
  • Rectangular — Most popular shape; seats the most people; allows for bench seating options
  • Square — Works well in a small room; seats fewer people

Modern tables often have an extension leaf (or two) built into the table, so you don’t have to fetch it from under the bed when you’re hosting Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

4. Choose comfortable chairs. Sit down, squirm around, lean back — how does it feel?  Slide the chair up to the table.

You need to know:

  • Standard table height is 30 inches.
  • Standard seat height is 18 inches.
  • Measure 12 inches between the top of the seat and table bottom. (Allow for the table apron, if it has one.)
  • Rule of thumb is 24 inches of room per chair. A 72-inch long table can seat six; a 96-inch seats eight; and 120-inch seats 10.

5. Upholstered or wood chairs?  A wood chair is often more narrow, allowing more chairs to fit at the table; simple to clean. An upholstered chair is comfortable and invites lingering; treated fabrics make wiping away spills and stains easier; myriad choices in colors, patterns, texture, etc.

For the arm chair, leave 7 inches between the chair arm and table.


A sideboard

The classic storage piece for the dining room, use a sideboard to tuck away silverware, napkins, platters, serving dishes, etc. It also makes a perfect surface for serving a buffet, displaying a showstopping dessert or for a holiday-themed vignette.

Sideboards are available in three sizes — small, medium and large. Consider the size of your room  and dining room table, as well as how much storage required for dining accessories.

Consider the finish and style of the sideboard.  A sideboard also can make a fashion statement, complementing or contrasting other furnishings

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Entertaining must-haves, dining rooms still offer utility

Generally speaking, homebuyers today are said to appreciate open floor plans to more partitioned, strictly defined interiors. They tend to lean toward turnkey possibilities as they home shop, over more labor-of-love and labor-intensive fixer-uppers. They look for lots and acreage that require little or manageable maintenance.

Today’s homebuyers are also believed to value more intimate, casual interiors over the traditionally formal spaces once in vogue with Greenwich residents. Some may find themselves pondering the importance and value of a formal dining room.

“I work with several builders and when it comes to a dining room we always have discussions on how to make this room in the house festive, inviting and user friendly,” Houlihan Lawrence Realtor Jaimme Pudalov said. “Buyers want a large dining room; a lot of the time, bay windows in the room [help to] accommodate the extra space needed for holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas.”

Pudalov is currently representing the seller of 14 West Lane, a 2013 custom-built European-inspired estate on 7.87 acres. Here, the formal dining room and chef’s kitchen are complemented by a butler’s pantry.

“Extensive butler’s pantries are a key to a great entertaining in the dining room,” Pudalov noted. “Buyers today look for a clean, expansive look for the dining room and additional built-in cabinetry space in the butler’s pantries, where you can find a second dishwasher, ice maker, wine cooler, cappuccino machine, tons of additional space to display holiday china, and counter space in prep for serving.”

During formal or big-gathering occasions at 14 West Lane, the hosts can bring in professional catering help, utilizing the kitchen and butler’s pantry while the guests remain pampered, entertained and nourished — unaware of the hustle and bustle behind the scenes.

“At 14 West Lane you have it all — an extensive butler’s pantry with all of the listed above items and pocket doors — and the dining room itself, with gorgeous custom lighting, in-wall speakers, bay windows and hardwood flooring with decorative inlay. It is the first room you see as soon as you enter the magnificent foyer. Typically for any luxury home, the formal dining room and living room are the first rooms that people see when entering the house.”

A formal dining room should be both a pleasing backdrop and practical space.

“While some buyers abide by the theory that today’s more casual lifestyle doesn’t lend itself to formal living and dining spaces, most realize that having a proper dining room is important, especially for buyers in the luxury market,” Marijane Bates Hvolbeck said. A broker with Sotheby’s International Realty in Greenwich, and the co-listing Realtor (with Brad Hvolbeck) for 781 Lake Avenue, she understands a buyers desire to have a functional, comfortable space, and also a pleasing and memorable décor.

“A formal dining room does not have to be decorated with antiques and delicate fabrics that are not ‘user friendly.’ Grand and comfortable are not mutually exclusive,” she explained. “The décor sets the tone.”

Hvolbeck described the formal dining room at 781 Lake Avenue — listed for $8.975 million — as “beautifully proportioned,” and said that her clients have hosted both intimate dinner parties and large holiday gatherings there, with 20 or more guests at times. “The wood-burning fireplace in this dining room creates a festive atmosphere, and dual French doors open to a large stone entertaining terrace,” she pointed out.

Perfectly proportioned

Ideally, the size of a home’s dining room should be proportionate to the rest of the interiors and overall architecture.

“When a home is 4,000 square feet, open living and dining rooms are a great way to utilize space,” Danielle Scialpi-Malloy remarked by way of email. Scialpi-Malloy is the senior vice president of residential sales with Real Living Five Corners Properties in Greenwich, and the listing agent for 35 Close Road, a grand Greenwich estate on 5.29 acres, with 300 feet of water frontage on Wilshire Lake.

“When homes reach the 7,000- to 8,000-square-foot plus range, every room tells its own story,” Scialpi-Malloy said. “Grand dining experiences cannot be overlooked; many have made memories in family photo albums and history books alike.”

As a homebuyer, determining how important a formal dining room is to your overall wish list can be narrowed based on a few considerations, Scalpi-Malloy suggested.

“I think the size and functionality of at-home entertaining events is something to consider,” she explained. “Are you the sole cook of a full-course meal? Do you cater your own events? Buffet style or formal sit-down? What is the average attendance? There are many things to consider.”

Of course the design and décor of a formal dining room creates the setting, mood and ambiance for those special occasions.

“The dining room at 35 Close Road has opulence and fluidity specially built into its design,” the listing broker said of the $12 million listing.

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Impress your guests with a curated, vintage-inspired dining room

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Cold weather is here, and for many of us, that means a lot of quality time spent around the dining room table. It’s the perfect place to share good meals and conversation with friends and family.

Interior designer and stylist Ginny Macdonald’s cozy, Old World-inspired dining room caught our eye on Instagram. The standout space looks warm and inviting — a perfect place to swap stories, jokes and laughs with guests around the holidays.

“My main inspiration for this room, and the house in general, was heavily taken from having grown up in the U.K.,” Macdonald, of Ginny Macdonald Design, wrote in an email.

The designer, who now lives in Los Angeles, incorporated a mix of vintage furnishings and contemporary accents to create a curated look.

While the dining table and Eames chairs are new and speak to a midcentury era, most of the other pieces of furniture are flea market finds,” she said.

The centerpiece of the room — the oversize vintage map of England — was scouted by Macdonald at an antique mall in California. “It’s probably my favorite vintage find in the house,” she wrote.

For a similar feel, she suggests searching on Etsy for vintage maps and art (she likes the shop Reclaimer), and mounting the work in simple and modern frames. You can also scour your flea markets, antique stores or eBay.

Want to achieve this look? Try these tips and products.

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Eames armchairs; Crate and Barrel’s beechwood Vienna dining chair in walnut Handout courtesy of Design Within Reach; Crate and Barrel

• For dining room chairs, don’t be afraid to mix and match styles. “Start off by selecting the main pieces, whether it be the dining table or the chairs,” Macdonald advised. “If you choose a modern dining table, then look for vintage chairs, and vice versa.” To “add a layer of eclecticism,” she mixed two modern Eames armchairs ($595, dwr.com ), above left, with her beloved vintage bentwood dining chairs, above right. That iconic bentwood design can be found in Crate and Barrel’s beechwood Vienna dining chairs in walnut ($149 each, crateandbarrel.com).

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DECADENT DINING ROOM IDEAS

Be brave and turn everyday dining into a glamorous affair with moody shades, shiny surfaces and plenty of pattern

Whether you do your dining in a cosy nook, a dedicated room or just the corner of your kitchen, it’s time to dial your decor up a notch. Who’d want a drab TV dinner when you could be dining at a marble table, sitting on a plush banquette beneath an over-sized chandelier, or gazing at a striking artwork?

For dinner à deux, family mealtimes or just tea and toast, these fabulous ideas have one aim – to elevate everyday dining to something special.

 

The Dining Room: Dedicated for eating and not a dumping grounds for paperwork

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The dining room of the home is many times the last-in-line to be decorated and styled. Many think as soon as you select a table and chairs the project is complete, but actually, that is not true. The dining room is the gathering place for family meals and memories and should not be an afterthought or the dumping ground for bills and paperwork. Some homes are designed with a more casual eat-in kitchen dining table and no dining room. For the purpose of this article, we are discussing homes that have a dedicated dining room although some of these rules can also apply to the eat-in kitchen.

Choosing a table and chairs: The first decision is the table and chairs. Selecting a style that flows with the rest of your home is as important as the dining room is usually open to the other public areas of the home. In deciding on the table and chairs, consideration should be given to the size of the room. Guests should be able to freely move around the table when other guests are seated especially when the table isn’t expanded. Many tables have leaves for added length and some are self-storing leaves. Most dining rooms cannot accommodate a fully expanded table for everyday use; plus, you may only expand your table two to three times each year, so most of the “rules” are for the everyday size of the dining table. Just keep in mind the furniture needs to be in proportion to the size of the room.

Storage needs: Next question is do you plan on having storage pieces like a sideboard, buffet or hutch? It is very nice to have storage for silverware, serving pieces, linens, china, etc. I have often seen homeowners struggle with the furniture placement of these types of pieces in the dining room especially if the chandelier was hung in the center of the room. That is because when a hutch or buffet is added, it can shift the center of the dining table to one side making the chandelier off center from the table.

Lighting: Speaking of lighting, most dining rooms will have a chandelier over the table or sometimes two. The lighting of a dining room should be dimmable so to keep ambiance as warm and inviting. The traditional height of a chandelier is 30 inches above the table for an 8-foot ceiling height to the bottom of the fixture, but as with all rules, exceptions can apply. Typically, you would add 3 inches for each additional foot of height. The size of a chandelier should be 12 inches less than the table width for a rule of thumb.

Area rugs: Your choice of an area rug also has an important role. Color, texture, and style will definitely influence the style and design of the room. If the rugs from the living room, entry, or other adjacent areas are visible, the rugs by no means need to match. They just need to coordinate and flow with each other. The dining room rug needs to be two feet wider than the table on each side, or in other words, four feet longer than the length and four feet wider than the width. This allows dining guests’ chairs to remain on the rug without the back legs falling off the edge of the rug.

Walls and windows: Wallpaper is reemerging as a strong accent and the dining room is the perfect room of your home to show off a wow factor. Paired with wainscoting, wallpaper can be the star even in a neutral color palette. Another wow factor to consider in the dining room is custom window treatments. The style of your home will dictate whether luxurious floor-length drapery or a simpler top treatment is in order, but the perfect finishing touch in the dining room is definitely a beautifully crafted window treatment.

So as we enter the holiday season, take a critical look at your dining room to see if it is living up to its potential. Enjoy entertaining by having your dining room attractive and well-designed.

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31 Great Private Dining Rooms at Austin Restaurants

The holiday season is upon Austin, and with that comes the battle to find the best venue for a festive party. Whatever the occasion (Festivus venue, baby shower, Tuesday), there are a multitude of options for parties and dinners of every size, while still ensuring that food quality is still top-notch.

Eater gathered the best of the best private dining rooms found in Austin restaurants. Celebrate with friends at the newest and trendiest (Suerte, The Brewer’s Table) or at historical favorites (Jeffrey’s, Moonshine Bar + Grill). Many locations offer a host of additional services like television screens or floral arrangements (Uchiko, Fixe) perfect for those business meals, special dinner parties, or for those who — be honest — get lost in planning every detail. This update adds Suerte, The Brew

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More than 1000 meals served at St. Vincent’s dining hall

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – Among hardships and stumbles, each of us has something we are grateful for.

“I am grateful for a lot. I don’t have much but I am grateful for everything I have. This here is just perfect, just perfect,” says Angela Doriza, guest at St. Vincent’s dining room. “I do not have a family and i believe that this here gives us a sense of community together as a family,” she says.

“I am still alive, 83 years old, that’s pretty good and volunteering, I don’t think I’ll ever quit,” says Henry Deber, volunteer.

To celebrate the holiday, a Thanksgiving meal was served at St. Vincent’s dining room.

More than 1000 people showed up to enjoy good food in good company.

“Some are homeless but not all of them, some of them just don’t have the means to have a Thanksgiving of their own, so you know we all have this strong desire to give everybody a little hope and love during the holidays,” says Marie Baxter, CEO at Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada.

150 volunteers were in charge of a beautiful turkey dinner, that more than feeding the body, fed the soul for many guests.

“I didn’t even have to get up and get my plate, it was served to me, and that’s a blessing, I can’t believe it,” says Ed Figueron, guest at the dining room. “This is here is the greatest blessing I got here in this city.”

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