Chai Type Residence: Jewish Renaissance Meets Mediterranean

Emilie Posner Haas was born and raised in Buckhead before spreading her wings in the New York fashion industry. She did marketing and public relations for the designers Perry Ellis, Georgio Sant’Angelo and Daniel Hechter. She started her career at Rich’s here in 1968. Fast forward to marriage and family before meeting urologist Dr. Joe Haas (who died in 2018) and first met at The Temple Sunday School.

“Unique is a great way to define how Joe and I got engaged at The Varsity, got Krispy Kreme donuts, and then got married in Vegas.”

After retiring from real estate sales, Haas noted, “When Joe and I stepped on the doorstep here in 2005, we both gave the thumbs up before we even looked around.” The result is a home design that rolled into one The vortex of Old World romance is lively and captivating. The arched doors have unique moldings in expansive spaces.

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The Mediterranean Brookhaven house is 7,000 square meters with blooming peonies in the front yard. // Photos by Howard Mendel

Tour of ancient Rome:

Jaffe: What about this property that you “sold”?

Haas: The house is 7,000 square feet and the master is on the main level. I was most impressed to find a level back yard in Brookhaven. We have created a paradise with a pool and complete privacy. We included the loggia where the house’s original bricks were used as the floor.

Jaffe: When you bought the house, there were a lot of incredible things included?

Haas: Barbara Ames was the builder and former resident. Much of the lighting was here: the amber chandelier in the dining room, the curtains and the sink in the farmhouse. The unusual beams in the “Chamber of Commerce” are actually plaster of paris, not wood. Joe contributed the Waterford chandelier in the master bedroom of his former home.

The unusual beams in the stable are made of plaster, not traditional wood. // Photos by Howard Mendel

Jaffe: What’s going on in that elongated 35 foot kitchen?

Haas: Certainly I don’t cook. We have an ironic cast of The Last Supper and then various Hollywood stars like Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable.

Jaffe: Is your daughter a Hollywood actor?

Haas: I spent seven years in California with my daughter, Alyson Hannigan, to advance her acting career.

In Los Angeles, she had roles in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “How I Met Your Mother” and the “American Pie” trilogy. She is currently the presenter and producer of Penn & Teller: Fool Us.

Jaffe: Describe the ambience here.

Haas: I answer “whimsical or unique”. There’s a mix of things from David’s interiors, real estate sales, goodwill, an antique rolltop desk, closets, and mid-century modern. There’s a framed Hermes scarf from Central Park, a collage of beeswax and sticks bought in Piedmont [Park] Arts festival. I love a painting by [former U.S. Attorney General] Griffin Bell’s daughter Melanie and a colorful wall hanging that once belonged to the Consul General from South Africa.

The ground floor contains vibrant colors starting with the carpet. Both ends of the room are anchored by reworked pews. // Photos by Howard Mendel

Jaffe: Work out the family items you have.

Haas: My grandparents Esther and Hyman Mendel were one of the founders of the Ahavath Achim Synagogue in the late 1890s. Their vases became our living room lamps. One of my favorite possessions is the Shabbat candle holders that my late and wonderful aunt and uncle Helen and Dr. Irving H. Goldstein belonged.

Speaking of family, my late sister Marie Posner Saxe lived in Manhattan and did the interior design here. From the house plans and photos of each piece of furniture, she created a book with instructions on where each piece of furniture should be placed. That was incredible. We settled in in two days.

Jaffe: Your lower level contrasts stylistically with the rest of the house.

Haas: The terrace level has 13 foot ceilings and had no walls. We have added a lot of them. The archway to the wine cellar and sauna rooms opens with a vintage Paris elevator gate that was purchased from Paris on Ponce. The wine cellar has the doors of Joe’s former house and the sauna room has the original Moorish front doors from that house.

The vases of Emilie’s grandparents Esther and Hyman Mendel became living room lamps. The roll-top desk is from David’s Interiors. // Photos by Howard Mendel

The ground floor contains vibrant colors starting with the carpet. Both ends of the room are anchored by original pews. We designed the loungers and had them manufactured in Norway. The gym has 90 framed old album covers. The guest bathroom is tiled in black and white and has the same sink and mirror as Elton John in his bathroom. We bought them both from Atlanta Fixture.

Jaffe: Are you in the accessories business?

Joe and Emilie made this 2.70 meter high sculpture using an original anesthesia machine and a painted fishbowl. // Photos by Howard Mendel

Hate: I have a booth and showcase at Antiques & Beyond on Cheshire Bridge Road and sell a variety of items that I keep changing, including original art, art and costume jewelry, crystal, furniture and my own “Tchotchke” art.
Joe and I have traveled to small towns all over the place bringing back collections of vintage toys and other interesting things that we built or framed in towers. My favorite is the garden art we made from Joe’s broken Alfa Romeo muffler. A special feature on the lower level is a 2.70 meter high original anesthesia machine with an artistically painted fishbowl.

Jaffe: What are your voluntary activities?

Haas: I am a big supporter of the Brookhaven Police Department and the establishment of a souvenir shop in the new Brookhaven Public Safety Building for the benefit of the BPD Foundation. I am also a volunteer at the Oakland Cemetery Visitor Center.

To make it easier, I’m starting a singles group for 65+ through The Temple with the aim of mingling, mingling, and making new friends. Before that, I introduced 15 couples who got married. That reserves my place in heaven!

A Fairytale Partnership – Animation Initiatives Introduced by Massive Display Leisure Group, The Princess Community and Animation Renaissance

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., February 26, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Big Screen Entertainment Group (OTC: BSEG) is developing a variety of animation projects with its new production partner The Princess Network and the fast-growing animation Renaissance studio.

The new projects will be fairytale-like, leveraging the innovative work and cutting-edge technology on which Animation Renaissance boutique studio has built its growing reputation.

A feature film will be produced first with a fresh version of Cinderella, and the as-yet-untitled film will be co-directed by Catherine Taylor and Kimberley Kates.

The internationally renowned director Catherine Taylor is one of the most exciting newcomers in directing. She was helped on her rise to success by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) new talent programs. She has made fashion films for stylish brands such as Tom Ford and Stella McCartney, and has gained recognition for her feature films and music videos.

Kimberley Kates is the chief executive of Big Screen and has driven the public company’s most recent expansion into streaming, content creation and acquisition. This is Big Screen’s first animated production in collaboration with its newest partner, the elegant lifestyle brand The Princess Network (

“It will be amazing to share this wonderful opportunity to create animation magic and inspirational imagery together,” said Richard Culver, owner and director of Animation Renaissance in Thailand.

Thousands of variations of the Cinderella story have been told across the world for centuries, but the timelessly constant theme of a young woman rising above her circumstances is more relevant to this day than ever.

About animation renaissance:
An animation studio in Thailand run by film director Richard Culver. Animation Renaissance is known for its stunning graphics and its unique creative talent as an artist, which differs from other studios in that it is innovative, original and always at the cutting edge of technology.

About the Big Screen Entertainment Group (BSEG):
Beverly Hills-based Big Screen Entertainment Group is a 16 year old production and distribution company that continues to grow and develop into new business models in the rapidly changing media landscape.

Forward-Looking Statements: A number of the statements in the press release are forward-looking statements that are made under the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. This includes the timely development and market acceptance of products and technologies, competitive market conditions, the successful integration of acquisitions and the ability to secure additional sources of funding. In this press release, words such as “may,” “plan,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “potentially,” “should” and similar expressions are forward-looking statements.

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Netflix’s ‘Bridgerton’ is main a romance novel renaissance | Leisure

The show was a huge boon for romance lovers too.

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But what will change and who will benefit from it is a story that has yet to be written.

Unsafe times have turned everyone into romantics

“Romance has a moment. The trend is to pass out” Tessa Dare, a bestselling historical romance authortells CNN. She says it was exciting to see Bridgerton become a worldwide phenomenon and to prove what millions of romance readers already know: these types of stories have something for everyone.

“Love, sex, and relationships are generally compelling subjects,” says Dare.

They are also profitable. A spokeswoman for Avon, the cast that publishes the “Bridgerton” novels, said CNN sales of the original eight “Bridgerton” books have “increased exponentially since the show premiered.”

It’s no surprise that such ultra-romantic, ultra-sensual stuff tops bestseller lists and breaks streaming records. In fact, it’s just business as usual.

“Last year was so difficult for everyone. Together we needed a mass infusion of joy,” says Dare. “If the world can not agree on anything else, at least 63 million households can celebrate the perfectly raised eyebrow of the Duke of Hastings.”

“Bridgerton” could attract new romantic readers

Although it is a thriving and evolving genre, outsiders often view romance novels with disdain. Every time a show like “Bridgerton” takes hold culturally, part of that stigma falls away. The effect can be a win-win situation that attracts more readers to the romance and encourages long-time fans who may have hidden their passion to talk more about the genre they love.

“Growing up we had the image of cheesy novels you pick up at the supermarket and people stuck to that idea,” he says Roni Loren, a bestselling contemporary romantic writer. “Seeing the popularity of ‘Bridgerton’ legitimizes the genre for some people. It gives people permission to check things out in the romance section.”

Exactly why novelists and readers continue to struggle with these assumptions is a sensitive question.

“Sexism,” says Tessa Dare simply. “Society is prepared to regard everything produced by women for women as inferior, and there has always been an assumption that romance is frivolous, poorly written, and unattractive to men. Bridgerton’s success proves that all of these assumptions are wrong. “

Just like in the books, there are parts of the “Bridgerton” show that are spicy to say the least. (Episode 6. It’s episode 6. You’re welcome.) There are even some real tears in the bodice. And a lot has been written about how the series, like most romance novels, is purely structured from the female gaze: The women are best friends, family, rivals and sharp schemers. The men are complex in their own way, but everything you could want from a partner: caring, funny, respectful and good, very hot.

“I watch ‘Bridgerton’ for the act” another popular meme says, followed by several photos of the sexy male leading characters labeled: “The plot”.

That kind of value can’t be tagged with a dollar sign, and having people joking and sharing their naughty romantic opinions on social media doesn’t only add to the bottom line. It reveals the true impact of the genre and invites others to bask in the softly lit glow.

New eyes for romance put inclusivity in the spotlight

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However, this glow does not seem uniform in all experiences, and when it comes to inclusivity, “Bridgerton” occupies a strange place. From the start, the show attracted attention due to its diverse cast, including a black lead, a black queen, and people of color in all sorts of roles, big and small. This is a departure from Quinn’s novels, which make no reference to race and, like so many Regency-era novels, are set against the very white backdrop of 19th century London high society.

While “Bridgerton”, the TV series, offers its fans a comprehensive experience, this level of representation does not carry over to the romantic world in its current form. While there are sparks of new interest in the industry, the writers hope that the show’s success will lead readers to explore a wider range of love stories.

“We welcome new readers to Bridgerton with open arms,” says Suliekha Snyder. “But the crux of the ‘rising tide lifts all boats’ philosophy is that sometimes it only lifts certain boats.”

“Will these new people just be interested in the romance of the white Regency era? Or, by opening a book by Julia Quinn and realizing that the Duke is indeed white, will they look for more diverse and comprehensive books and thus expand the web ? “

When South Asian Snyder got into novel writing, she noticed many books in the genre fetishized and other South Asian people. This led her to write stories with characters of South Asian heritage.

Snyder cautions against viewing this level of “variety” in publishing as some sort of option, or as a way to fill a specialized bookcase in the store. She indicates that it’s just a reality.

“Diversity and inclusivity are not just a teaching tool. It’s our life. That’s how we love,” she says. “And that’s part of the struggle we’ve had over the past few decades. We just have to remind people of that [authors of color] exist and are real, and our books have just as much mass appeal as those of a white author. “

Speaking of mass appeal: Bridgerton, the TV show, has also raised exciting questions about the popularity of inclusive media.

“I don’t think the show is helping to fuel the conversation about diversity in romance,” says writer Alyssa Cole. “But was it not the other way around?”

Cole, a contemporary, historical, and science fiction novelist, has received multiple awards for her books with black, disabled and LGBTQ heroes and heroines. Historically romantic fiction by and with people outside the white, heterosexual, able population was avoided by large publishers. In recent years, even the Romance Writers Association, the top organization in the genre was torn apart by accusations of prejudice.

In short, it was a common belief that such stories don’t sell.

But Cole notes that the truth that Bridgerton’s success and future he might invite has set out looks more promising.

“At this point, we’ve seen several romantic adaptations with black and colored characters – would these shows have been as successful without a diverse cast?” She asks. “And if diversity is a major factor in the success of an adaptation, why not adapt more books by color authors?”

In romance, everyone deserves a happy ending

If there is really to be a “Bridgerton Effect” in the romance industry, it is clear that it has to be one that encourages writers and readers of all backgrounds. After all, the unifying theme of romance – whether you’re into werewolves, cybersex, Scots in kilts, or women in residence – is that everyone deserves a happy ending.

“I think here is the importance of inclusion, having this space to safely navigate our identities while we know it will end in a happy ending,” says Snyder. “Queer readers, readers of colors … when we reflect on the pages, we see our happy aftermath normalize. And that’s radical. It shouldn’t be. It should be commonplace. Unfortunately, we are not yet there. “

These are the things to remember the next time someone dismisses romance as frivolous. Yes there is sex. Yes there is fun and escape. And these things don’t justify an apology.

But romance means more to people.

“It’s very feminist. In many romances, women save themselves. It’s so consenting – it’s our fantasy that we want to be treated with respect,” says Roni Loren.

Cole says another big win is trust. “Characters are often protected because of past trauma. Part of their story is learning to trust someone, and that trust isn’t a mistake,” she says.

“One of the greatest fantasies is that you can show yourself – all of yourself, including the bad things – to a partner or friend and trust that they will still love you. In a romance, that trust will always be rewarded in the end.”

When readers open a romance novel, they trust that something of themselves will be reflected on these pages, no matter who they are, who they love or how they live.

And if a very sexy, very profitable Netflix show can pave the way for more of those stories, then bring on the love.