Richman Signature Properties and Laurel & Wolf Unveil 2017 Trends for Apartment Interior Design


Designed Model Homes at Aurora in Tampa and Parc at White Rock in Dallas Offer Glimpse Into Trends, Including Individualism, Simplicity, Refuge From Tech.


Greenwich, CT, USA — Today’s millennials and Gen Xers are forgoing home ownership and flocking toward apartment rentals in record numbers. And while they’re doing so by choice to maintain their flexible lifestyles in live-work-play environments, they are not willing to sacrifice on style. Historically, apartment communities have shied away from allowing residents to individualize their apartments through painting and other customizations, but Richman Signature Properties (, a leader in luxury rental communities with properties throughout the U.S., is doing just the opposite. In fact, the company has teamed up with leading online interior design service Laurel & Wolf ( to create chic interior design options curated specifically for this demographic.

Living room model at Parc at White Rock in Dallas, Texas*

Living room model at Parc at White Rock in Dallas, Texas*

“We’ve worked with Laurel & Wolf designers to uncover the top trends for apartments that feel like forever homes. It’s all part of our mission to reimagine what rental living looks like for our residents. A major differentiator of our communities is the design flexibility each property offers, not typically found in other apartment communities that have stringent rules for decorating,” said Kristen Gucwa, vice president of marketing for Richman Signature Properties. “Our partnership with Laurel & Wolf is a testament to our commitment to give our residents the opportunity to express individuality through on trend, in demand home design.”

Living room model at Aurora in Tampa, Florida*

Living room model at Aurora in Tampa, Florida*

Beyond the design insights, Richman Signature Properties is making the stylish décor options a reality for its residents. Upon moving into one of its luxury communities, residents at all Richman Signature Properties may choose to Live Prettier with a complimentary Laurel & Wolf Signature Design package (, customized to complement residents’ individual tastes, lifestyle and budget. The service connects residents to work one-on-one with a designer entirely online.

Bedroom model at Parc at White Rock in Dallas, Texas*

Bedroom model at Parc at White Rock in Dallas, Texas*

To demonstrate the trends and showcase to future residents the stylish possibilities for their new home, Laurel & Wolf has created an entirely furnished look for Richman Signature Properties’ newly completed model homes at Aurora in Downtown Tampa and Parc at White Rock in Dallas.

Following are the top apartment interior design trends for 2017 from Richman Signature Properties and Laurel & Wolf, which can be implemented into any apartment home that needs a refresh.

A Shift in Bedroom Space
With an increase in the use of technology and the bustle of everyday life, renters are feeling the need to make bedrooms a sanctuary for rest and relaxation. Millennials and Gen Xers are moving their home offices and TVs out of the bedroom, and shifting to calming colors and monochromatic palettes. Additionally, articulating sconces are taking the place of traditional table lamps in the bedroom. They offer a more direct source of light, creating more peace in the space, and can be ideal for young professionals and couples with differing bed times.

Maximizing Style with Curated Colors
Millennial and Gen X renters are taking a page out of the history books and looking toward more classical color palettes for their homes. This year, we’ll see a rise in popularity of pairing rich pigmented tones in dusty blues and grays with hunter green and wheat accents. Warm, calming colors will be complemented by natural textures to further tie to the need for home sanctuary.

Simplicity and Originality is a Must
When it comes to millennial renters, the big trend is ‘less is more.’ There’s a desire to streamline spaces – to be uncluttered and less fussy than traditional design. For the pieces they do choose, millennials are open to spending a little more money if it makes their room stand out, especially from their friends.

In addition to simplicity, there is a renewed interest in original furniture pieces and mixing design styles to create a one-of-a-kind, simple yet eclectic look. Driven by the desire to be unique, we can expect millennials to purchase more antiques, vintage and one-off pieces over the mass-produced furniture makers.

Going Green (In Moderation)
Recently, Pantone released its 2017 color of the year: Greenery. Greenery is bright, lush and ideal for residents who want to bring that outdoor feel into their homes. While renters may feel more comfortable sticking with neutrals for wall colors, we’ll see a rise in modern takes on plants, e.g., lush terrariums to add a splash of greenery in the home, similar to the living room model found in Richman Signature Properties’ Parc at White Rock in Dallas.

“Today, millennials desire more than just a space to call home, they want to live in a place that showcases their unique tastes and draws upon their life experiences,” said Leura Fine, CEO and founder of Laurel & Wolf. “So, through our partnership with Richman Signature Properties, we are proud to be able to provide residents the opportunity to create a space that truly reflects their wants and needs – a place that celebrates their individual style.”

In addition to the online interior designers, Richman Signature Properties’ collaboration with Laurel & Wolf provides residents with expert insights on interior design trends and a collection of on-trend paint colors selected exclusively for Richman Signature Properties’ to help residents create one-of-a-kind living spaces.

*Additional high res images available upon request.

Parc at White Rock in Dallas and Aurora in Tampa are part of the fast-growing upscale collection of Richman Signature Properties including The Sedona, Grady Square, and The Epic at Gateway Centre in Florida’s Greater Tampa Bay area, and Azura, Palm Ranch and Portico in South Florida. Additional upcoming communities include Infinity LoHi in Denver, Library Tower and F11 in San Diego, Sage at Cerritos in the Los Angeles area and Biscayne 27 in Miami.

Visit and discover luxury rental communities in top markets across the U.S. Join the conversation on social media @LiveatSignature.

About Richman Signature Properties
With more than 30 years of experience in development, construction, asset management and property management and operations in 49 states, The Richman Group recently debuted a new division of the firm, Richman Signature Properties. With the portfolio of luxury apartment residences, they reimagine rental living with an emphasis on individuality, social connectivity, preferred signature amenities and an accommodating resident-focused culture dedicated to elevating renters’ lifestyles. Richman Signature Properties currently has properties in Florida, California, Texas, and Colorado and plans to continue to grow its portfolio across the U.S. Together, The Richman Group has developed nearly 20,000 residential units and owned or asset managed over 100,000 units. For more information, visit

About Laurel & Wolf
Laurel & Wolf is the leading online interior design service that allows you to connect and collaborate with a professional interior designer to create your perfect space. Founded in 2014 by professional interior designer turned entrepreneur, Leura Fine, Laurel & Wolf is transforming the way people live through the power of great design. For more information, please visit and follow on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest @laurelandwolf.

Media Contacts:
Sloane Fistel
rbb Communications for Richman Signature Properties

Jamie Glushon
Laurel & Wolf

First Edition Design Publishing Releases New Book, “American Yellow” by George Omi

American Yellow, by George Omi, relives the devastating effect on his Japanese American family sent to a U. S. internment camp during World War Two. Award winning – must read!

First Edition Design POD & eBook Publishing

Mill Valley, CA, USA — George Omi’s American Yellow is a firsthand account of what transpired during those fear fueled times after Pearl Harbor.


After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, Minoru Omi’s life was turned upside down. In George Omi’s American Yellow we follow the Omi family, as it makes its way through World War II – from San Francisco to an internment camp in Arkansas and back again.

This award winning, five star book is a must read for its timely historical importance. Author awards have included:

1st Place winner, American Yellow, contest for self-published e-books in 2016 by Writers Digest, category, Memoir, Life Story. 1st Place winner, Oyakoko, SouthWest Writers (Albuquerque, New Mexico), Annual Writing Competition, 1994, Mainstream Novel. 4th Place winner, American Yellow, 1993 America’s Best mainstream novel competition, The Writers Foundation, Syracuse, NY. Short story, Gambare (Persevere), published in book titled Legacies, by Maury Leibovitz and Linda Solomon, Harper Collins, 1993. 3rd Place winner, 1991-1992, Gambare, (among six thousand entries!) writing contest for Americans sixty and older, sponsored by Jewish Association for the Aged, New York City.

WOW! What an awesome read! This book is very eye opening and informative. The author does an excellent job of keeping the reader engaged the entire book. At times I felt like I was living in the moment with the author as he told his story. I was able to finish this in a few days because I just could not put it down! ~AmazonReader

Excerpt – “I heard Papa say that President Roosevelt was going to speak tomorrow. He also said that he heard that Japanese soldiers might invade California. What then? I thought. What would become of us? Whose side were we supposed to be on? Such questions rang in my ears. Our world inside the larger world of America was suddenly not safe anymore.”

Genre – Japanese, Minoru, Pearl Harbor, War, Japan, Evacuation, Bombing, Internment Camps

The ebook version of American Yellow ISBN 9781506902265, published by First Edition Design Publishing (, is available on-line wherever ebooks are sold. The 150 page print book version, ISBN 9781506902227, is published by First Edition Design Publishing and distributed worldwide to online booksellers.

Media Contact:
George Omi

8th Annual “Abstracts” Art Competition Announced by Art Gallery

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces its 8th Annual “Abstracts” online juried art competition for the month of February 2017.

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Jupiter, FL, USA — Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces its 8th Annual “Abstracts” online juried art competition for the month of February 2017. The gallery urges all 2D and 3D artists (Including Photography) to submit their best abstract art.


Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery encourages entries from artists regardless of where they reside and regardless of their experience or education in the art field to send the gallery their best interpretation of the theme “Abstracts”. The “Abstract” theme will be the artist’s interpretation and depiction of nonobjective or nonrepresentational art for this competition.

A group exhibition of the top ten finalists will be held online at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery during the month of March 2017. In addition, Special Merit and Special Recognition categories will be awarded as well. The submission process and the deadline will end on February 24, 2017.

Winners of the “Abstracts” Art Exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity in the form of email marketing, 70+ press release announcements, event announcement posts, extensive social media marketing and distribution, in order to make the art world aware of the art exhibition and in particular, the artist’s accomplishments. In addition, artists shall also receive a digital Award Certificate, Event Postcard, Press Releases and “Leveraging Your Success” marketing materials if they place in this exhibition.

Interested artists should provide to us with your best abstract art now or before the deadline of February 24, 2017. Interested artists may apply online here:

About Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery conducts monthly art competitions and monthly art exhibitions for new and emerging artists on a worldwide basis. It is Light Space & Time’s intention to showcase this incredible talent in a series of monthly themed art competitions and art exhibitions by marketing and displaying the exceptional abilities of these worldwide artists. The art gallery website can be viewed here:

Media Contact:
John R. Math
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
118 Poinciana Drive
Jupiter, FL 33458

Online Women’s Community Opening Its Doors

BeFab Revolution is a new concept in online communities, focused exclusively on the needs of modern women age 50+. The community, which features certified experts on topics of interest to members, will be opening its doors for founding membership from January 25-February 1 only.


Portland, OR, USA — A new concept in online communities will soon be accepting applications for membership. BeFab Revolution (, the online community for women age 50 plus, will open its doors to founding members between January 25 and February 1, 2017. Membership will be open world-wide during this period for any woman meeting the age requirements.


“This is the first community to offer members direct access to credentialed experts (doctors, authors, speakers, industry insiders) on the many topics that women over 50 care about,” says BeFab Founder Gretchen Asher. “Finally, as a woman you have one reliable place where you can get real answers from a bioidentical hormone doctor, watch a webinar about re-coding your brain to achieve your dreams, and discuss what you learned about dealing with a younger boss– all from your sofa.”

Experts for the community have emerged from around the globe, providing an international and multicultural experience for members that is also unique. While currently member resources are available only in English, the community welcomes women from all over the world.

BeFab Revolution ( is already using language to change the narrative. The tagline, “We are not our mother’s generation” speaks to women who live in the new millennium, who have been found to be the healthiest, wealthiest and most vibrant generation of women over 50 ever. Yet BeFab and fans believe that even now, misinformation, underhanded marketing, and the perpetuation of the classic narrative pervade society. Writes fan Deirdre, “Fabulous Gretchen! Such important work empowering these women to show up in their magnificence. I love it. So much wisdom to be shared with the world. And you are the one to facilitate that now. Yuhooo!” Deirdre, like many women, is ready to show up.

The community itself is billed partly as a celebration of how wrong the old narrative is and how important it is to find knowledge and positivity. Gretchen blogs of her own experience with a marketing executive who once told her women over 50 are irrelevant and not fabulous. “We are fabu-LOUS, not fabu-LESS” is a central tenet of the community, and there is laserfocus on loving- or learning to love- this stage of life. Writes one enthusiast on social media, “Turning 51 in April. Need all the advice I can get.”

“Gaining knowledge from experts and having my questions and concerns addressed makes me feel very empowered,” Gretchen notes. “In this Third Act of life, we still have so many new directions to take and opportunities to reinvent ourselves. We ARE fabulous!”

In line with the latest paradigm in self-sustaining socially-responsible business, BeFab will charge a nominal fee to cover costs. Founding membership is set at $18 per month, and the price will be locked in as long as a member remains in good standing. After February 1, membership will be closed until later this year, when membership fees will increase in accordance with the additional content available.

Founding members in this new online community concept will also get a special opportunity: Setting the tone for the community as it blossoms. This can be anything from seeding the discussions on the secret Facebook group to taking the opportunity to ask questions of the experts who present to them via webcast. “As the first members from the public, founding members will have a big say in the directions BeFab will take,” says Gretchen.

Media Contact:
Gretchen Asher
BeFab Revolution

Fusion Art’s “Watercolor” International Online Juried Art Exhibition Opened January 15, 2017

Fusion Art is pleased to announce the opening of the “Watercolor” International Online Juried Art Exhibition. The exhibition is now available for viewing on the Fusion Art website.

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Palm Springs, CA, USA — Fusion Art ( is pleased to announce the opening of the “Watercolor” International Online Juried Art Exhibition. The exhibition is now available for viewing on the Fusion Art website.


For this exhibition watercolor artists, worldwide, were encouraged to submit their best watercolor artwork. The competition was open to all artists working in water-based media on paper or synthetic paper surface. The work could range from realism to surrealism to abstraction and all artists, regardless of location or experience, were encouraged to submit.

Eight winners, Elizabeth Burin, Megan Foldenauer, Mark Kaufman, Diane Morgan, John Ressler, Amanda Schuster, Roy Tibbits and Cecily Willis, were chosen to participate in the online group exhibition, which will be featured on the Fusion Art website for three months, from January 15 – April 14, 2017. During that time, the artists will be marketed and promoted extensively by the gallery.

The international competition received a diverse collection of quality artwork from watercolor artists all around the world, including the US, Canada, Pakistan, India, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Founded by Award winning artist, Chris Hoffman, Fusion Art, a fine art gallery located in Palm Springs, California, was envisioned and formed out of a passion for art and the artists who create it. The website promotes and connects new, emerging and established artists with collectors and art enthusiasts, while offering the opportunity to participate in art competitions and experiences.

Each month and quarter Fusion Art hosts uniquely themed art competitions and exhibitions. Both winners and finalists are provided with worldwide exposure, by having their work promoted through Fusion Art’s website, in 70+ press release announcements, email marketing, online event calendars, art news websites and through the gallery’s social media outlets. The gallery’s objective is to promote the artists, worldwide, to art professionals, gallerists, collectors and buyers.

To view the exhibition and for further information on the winning artists and artwork please visit Fusion Art’s website:

Media Contact:
Valerie Hoffman
Fusion Art
2658 S. Cherokee Way
Palm Springs, CA 92264

New Study Indicates Monaghan Medical’s Drug-Free Aerobika® Device Shows Promise for Treatment of Bronchiectasis

This latest study adds to the growing base of evidence that demonstrates Monaghan’s drug-free Aerobika® device is effective for lung health maintenance.


Syracuse, NY, USA — Monaghan Medical Corporation (MMC) today announced that the findings of a study published in the most recent issue of Academic Radiology shows that patients with non-cystic fibrosis (CF) bronchiectasis responded favorably to airway maintenance therapy using the Aerobika® device. This latest study adds to the growing base of evidence that demonstrates Monaghan’s drug-free Aerobika® device is effective for lung health maintenance.

In this latest study, researchers noted significant improvements in ventilation function for a number of bronchiectasis patients after three weeks of using the Aerobika® device. There were no adverse events related to the use of the device reported during the study.(1)

Bronchiectasis is a condition in which the structure and function of the airways become permanently damaged, usually as the result of infection or other condition. Patients suffering from chronic bronchiectasis typically have trouble clearing mucus from airways and suffer from a repeating pattern of airway damage, mucus buildup, and recurrent infections. The result is typically a vicious cycle of decline, resulting in reduced air exchange in the smaller airways.

There are three primary goals in the successful treatment of bronchiectasis:

1. Treat any underlying conditions and lung infections
2. Remove mucus from the lungs, and
3. Prevent complications

“This most recent study just adds to the mounting clinical evidence that our Aerobika® device is effective for patients with bronchiectasis, COPD, and related respiratory disease,” said Dominic Coppolo, MBA, RRT, FAARC, Vice President Clinical Strategy and Development at Monaghan Medical. “We are always pleased to see real-world findings that demonstrate the efficacy of our Aerobika® device in clearing mucus to improve lung function in patients with chronic bronchial ailments as well as high-risk COPD patients.”

Overlap between bronchiectasis and COPD

Researchers have observed overlap between bronchiectasis and other chronic airway diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Studies show that these types of patients tend to have higher rates of exacerbation and worse outcomes.(1) The overlap between bronchiectasis and COPD was highlighted in a recent study presented at the 2016 CHEST annual meeting in October. Investigators found that 92.7 percent of COPD patients who had experienced more than one exacerbation in the previous 12 months also had bronchiectasis.(2)

The results of the study published in Academic Radiology showing effectiveness in treating bronchiectasis patients using the Aerobika® device are in line with another 2016 real-world study presented at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress. Investigators found the Aerobika® device demonstrated a clinically significant reduction in exacerbations in as little as 30 days of treatment when used as an add-on to usual COPD medications.(3)

About the bronchiectasis Aerobika® device study
Fifteen participants with non-CF bronchiectasis and 15 age-matched healthy volunteers underwent spirometry, plethysmography, computed tomography (CT), and hyperpolarized (3) He magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Bronchiectasis patients also completed a Six-Minute Walk Test, the St. George’s Respiratory questionnaire, and Patient Evaluation Questionnaire (PEQ), and returned for a follow-up visit after three weeks of daily oscillatory positive expiratory pressure (Aerobika® device) use. Supplementary data related to this study can be found at

About the bronchiectasis and COPD overlap study
A retrospective study of the medical records of 961 stable COPD outpatients who were followed regularly during the period 2011-2015 at least twice/year. Complete medical records were found in 855 patients who were eligible for the analysis. Results were presented at the 2016 CHEST annual meeting.

The complete study can be found at

About the Aerobika® device real-world COPD study
A retrospective cohort study of the CDM hospital claims database was conducted between September 2013 and August 2015. The final study sample comprised of 810 patients; 405 received an Aerobika® device and 405 were propensity score matched. The study inclusion criteria were: =1 record pre-index, =1 record post-index, newly initiated on the Aerobika® device, =1 diagnosis of CB on/before index, =18 years old, no evidence of other PEP/OPEP anytime, with complete records. See more at:

About the Aerobika® device
The Aerobika® device is hand-held, easy-to-use and drug-free. When the patient exhales through the device, intermittent resistance creates positive pressure and oscillations simultaneously, which expands the airways, helps expel the mucus to the upper airways where it can be coughed out, and may also aid in improved drug deposition. The Aerobika® device is available in Canada, Mexico, and select European countries including the UK and Germany through Trudell Medical International and in the US via Monaghan Medical Corporation. (

About Monaghan Medical Corporation (MMC, USA)
MMC offers leading aerosol drug delivery devices and respiratory management products including AeroEclipse® II BAN, AeroChamber Plus® aVHC and the Aerobika® device exclusively in the United States. MMC’s strength lies in product development around core capabilities in mechanical design complimented by collaboration with a state-of-the-art aerosol research laboratory. MMC focuses on developing cost-efficient, outcome-based solutions for its customers. (

For clinical inquiries, please contact:
Dominic P. Coppolo, MBA, RRT, FAARC
Vice President of Clinical Strategy and Development
Monaghan Medical Corporation

[1] Svenningsen S et al. Noncystic Fibrosis Bronchiectasis: Regional Abnormalities and Response to Airway Clearance Therapy Using Pulmonary Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Acad Radiol. January 2017; 24:1,4-12.
[2] Kosmas E, et al. Bronchiectasis in Patients With COPD: An Irrelevant Imaging Finding or a Clinically Important Phenotype? Chest. 2016;150(4_S):894A.
[3] Suggett J. A Retrospective Cohort Study Demonstrating the Impact of an OPEP Device on Exacerbations in COPD Patients with Chronic Bronchitis. Presented at ERS 2016. Eur Respir J. 2016;48:PA3780.

Sensor Products Inc. Names New CEO

Sensor Products proudly introduces it’s new CEO, evangelist and leader.


Madison, NJ, USA — Sensor Products Inc. (Madison, NJ) announced today the appointment of a new CEO, Dimitri Raitzin. Dimitri brings with him over 30 years of strategic planning, business development and marketing know-how and is poised to be a major asset in bringing new products to market as well as managing and energizing the team. Dimitri’s core competency is in motivating people and allowing them to unlock and discover their full potential. To this end he’ll bring with him ideas and concepts who’s implementation will bring Sensor Products Inc to the next level. Dimitri has extensive experience in managing others and successfully bringing new products to market. Dimitri enjoys the outdoors and is an avid runner and camper. To reach Dimitri, email him at

Sensor Products Inc. was established in 1990. Our focus is on serving the manufacturing market worldwide with an array of tactile surface pressure measuring solutions. We strive to offer the most technologically advanced products in the industry and spend a considerable amount of our revenue on new product development each year. We have representation of our products in over 11 countries throughout the world.

For more information, visit

Media Contact:
Dimitri Raitzin
Sensor Products Inc.
300 Madison Ave.
Madison, NJ 07940