Welcoming family gem in the heart of Paddington

first_imgUrban views from the property at 51 Tooth Ave, PaddingtonMr Mugnaioni said they had enjoyed entertaining guests out on the deck.“It’s always been a home full of friends and crowds,” he said.‘There’s just such a welcoming feel to it.” The home at 51 Tooth Ave, PaddingtonMr Mugnaioni said buyers would enjoy the north-facing outlook and position of the property.“The view from the back deck looks out over a valley that’s so green and lush,” he said.“There’s always a breeze. It’s very cool in summer.” The home at 51 Tooth Ave, Paddington“We were living locally just around the corner in Bardon while looking for the perfect long-term family home,” he said.The two-level home sits on an elevated 395sq m block. Inside 51 Tooth Ave, PaddingtonMr Mugnaioni said he thought the home would particularly appeal to family buyers. “There’s good separation between the master bedroom and the kids area downstairs,” he said.“And families will love the convenient, inner-city location.“It’s perfectly located within walking distance between the shops and restaurants on Latrobe and Given terraces.”center_img Inside 51 Tooth Ave, PaddingtonMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoOn the lower level of the home there is a two-car garage, bathroom, laundry, two bedrooms and a covered deck.Upstairs on the main level of the home, there is an open plan living and dining area with a stand-alone fireplace, study nook and kitchen which opens out to the covered deck area. On the same level, there is a master suite which also opens on to the deck area through french doors, and an additional bedroom. REAL ESTATE: 51 Tooth Ave, PaddingtonThis Queenslander-style property is a quintessential Paddington home. Mark Mugnaioni said his mother, Chris Mugnaioni, purchased the property at 51 Tooth Ave, Paddington, almost 20 years ago. last_img read more

NEST chief executive to stand down after eight years

first_imgNational Employment Savings Trust (NEST) Corporation chief executive Tim Jones is to stand down at the end of the year after eight years in charge of the auto-enrolment vehicle.Jones was appointed in October 2007 as head of the Personal Accounts Delivery Authority (PADA), the government body charged with delivering NEST – an auto-enrolment master trust with a public service obligation to accept all employers.PADA was renamed NEST in the build-up to auto-enrolment, and its only chief executive will now leave to develop a digital financial product in a throwback to his career prior to joining the organisation.Jones said the development of the digital product had been an ambition and that he hoped his long notice period demonstrated his commitment to the master trust’s success. Before joining NEST, Jones was head of retail banking at NatWest and chief executive of Modex, Purseus and Simpay – banking and mobile payment financial software firms.As chief executive, he was key in delivering the trust that opened its doors to new members as auto-enrolment began in October 2012.NEST now has close to 2m members with more than £330m (€446m) in assets.The organisation said it was commencing its recruitment drive for a successor immediately and hoped to have someone in place by the time Jones stepped down.Otto Thoresen, the recently appointed chairman at NEST, praised Jones for his “fantastic” work in leading the body.“He has successfully taken NEST from the early stages of development through to the first key stages of delivery and established NEST as an integral part of auto-enrolment in the process,” he said.Thoresen was appointed chair of the trust after Lawrence Churchill stepped down earlier this month after five years in the role, overseeing the launch of auto-enrolment alongside Jones.last_img read more

Fashion emerges from discards

first_imgLA SOLEDAD, Mexico – Empty candy wrappers, potato chip bags and cookie packages that once littered roads and filled Mexican dumps are now making fashion statements in Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo. Indian men and women from the central state of Mexico have converted the food labels into colorful women’s clutches, shoulder bags and hip belts that are selling on Web sites and in upscale U.S. boutiques and department stores for up to $200 apiece. The idea began here with the nonprofit Group for the Promotion of Education and Sustainable Development, or Grupedsac, an organization that since 1987 has helped poor Mexican Indians become self-sufficient through development projects that also aim to preserve the environment. Solar energy, water cisterns, irrigation systems, organic food cultivation and housing construction are among the many initiatives the group has brought to dozens of residents in La Soledad and other poor communities in Mexico State, which surrounds Mexico City on three sides. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Making purses out of nonbiodegradable packaging started about eight years ago, after a visitor to Grupedsac’s training center taught a group of women how to mold candy and food-wrapper chains into small change purses. The classes inspired Edith Samanao, a social worker with Grupedsac who at the time was teaching women how to sew and make stuffed animals. Samanao learned from her mother years ago how to weave suspenders and belts out of wrappers, but she didn’t know how to make the purses. “We realized that it was actually very easy to do,” she said, adding that soon she and her students began making larger purses as well as designing and manufacturing their own backpacks, bracelets, earrings and placemats. Recently, they added a new item to their collection: belts made from metal beer-can tabs. In early 2004, Grupedsac began looking in earnest for ways to market the purses, initially distributing them to small gift stores and boutiques in Mexico, project coordinator Olivia Mogollon said. Later that year, a daughter of Grupedsac Executive Director Margarita Barney de Cruz brought a few purses with her to show to friends in Palm Beach, Fla, where they quickly caught the attention of retired British textile manufacturer Stanley Cohen and his wife, Elaine. The couple were so attracted by the bags’ designs and socially conscious origins that they began buying them in bulk from Grupedsac in 2005. The organization currently provides the Cohens with up to 150 bags, plus dozens of belts, a week. The Cohens resell them to Bloomingdale’s branches and small boutiques throughout the state of Florida, as well on their Web site, www.Sweetiepurse.com. “Customers love them,” said Stanley Cohen. “They sell from age 8 to 88.” Miami-based entrepreneur Jonathan Marcoschamer began buying the purses more than two years ago – first from a woman who learned how to make them at Grupedsac and now directly from the nonprofit group. Marcoschamer says he has distributed the purses to 250 high-end boutiques in Los Angeles, New York and other major U.S. cities, as well as to other countries, including Japan. “The product has a really significant `wow’ factor,” he said. Marcoschamer says the product also appeals to the socially aware. “In the U.S. and Europe and around the world, there is more consciousness toward the environmentally friendly,” he said. “We try to communicate the fact that the products are one-of-a-kind, made from materials that would have ended up in landfills, that are now giving people the chance to earn a living.” Keeping up with production isn’t easy for the 40 women from Grupedsac who manufacture bags for export. Due to their elaborate, handmade construction, each artisan is able to turn out only five small purses, or two large purses, each week. Grupedsac pays the Mexican artisans somewhere between $10 and $20 per purse, depending on each product’s size and complexity. The group then marks up the bags by 20 percent to 25 percent for export, investing all proceeds back into the nonprofit organization, said Mogollon, who along with Barney volunteers her time at Grupedsac. Graciela Cristobal, a housewife and mother of four, said before Grupedsac came along, many men in her small community of San Lucas Ocotopec emigrated to the United States because they couldn’t make a living as subsistence farmers. “By selling our products, we have some income to help our husbands stay here and continue working the land,” she said. The purses can be found in Mexico, both in outdoor markets and small specialty shops. Some are distributed by Grupedsac, while others are peddled on the street by unrelated artisans who have picked up the technique on their own. The women of Grupedsac make the purses in their homes and occasionally get together as a group, as they did on a recent day here in La Soledad. Displayed on one of the artisan’s work tables was an elegant black and white clutch purse that upon closer inspection revealed the secret of its design: hundreds of bar codes cut out of product packages and woven together. A shiny shoulder bag that glimmered as if made of copper was actually composed of the inverted wrappers of chocolate cookies. “We never thought they would become so fashionable,” Barney said, “or that they would end up being sold in New York.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img