Home for the Holidays | Entertaining Tips

Holidays bring family and friends together to celebrate, reflect on the past year and look forward to a bright new year ahead. From tablescapes, to menus and more, the devil is in the details when designing the perfect event for your guests.

Jamie Horton, managing director for Harlequin London, UK’s leading source of luxury tableware, decorative accessories and lighting, shares his top tips on planning a festive holiday celebration to entertain family and friends.

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Dining is one of the most magical experiences this time of year – so don’t skimp on dining accessories. Sparkling crystal flutes for champagne and exquisite porcelain tableware will ensure your evenings have a truly five-star feel.

Roaring Fire WyomingPrice Upon Request | Wilson, Wyoming | Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty

Roaring log fires are an absolute must for holiday entertaining. Perfect ways to bring warmth and style to your holiday party include keeping extra firewood in decorative baskets and adorning couches with lush throws.

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When it comes to your holiday dining table, don’t be boring! Unusual colors will bring your table to life and work really well to create something memorable. Also, think about the color wheel, and go for subtle splashes of complementary colors against your main hue, to keep the scheme from looking monotone.

Table setting London£6,950,000 GBP | London, England | London Sotheby’s International Realty

No holiday is complete without beautiful floral arrangements adorning dining tables, mantelpieces and staircases alike. Combine lower-level pieces in subtle whites to add pretty interest with more dramatic arrangements using traditional winter foliage to give a truly festive and striking feel.

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Candlelight is an essential part of winter – layer up your lighting to enhance the cozy feel with plenty of lanterns and tea lights alongside sophisticated table lamps.

Once the scene is set, you’re ready to share a memorable holiday with your dearest companions. Wishing you a wonderful holiday celebration!

Jamie Harlequin CEO

Many thanks to our guest blogger, Jamie Horton, managing director at Harlequin London. Follow Jamie on Twitter at @J_F_Horton and Harlequin London at @harlequinldn. Visit Harlequin London.

Keeping it in the Family | Legacy Homes

Legacy homes are built with custom touches, including charms of the past combined with today’s modern amenities. Located near popular university towns around the world, these inviting legacy homes are sure to be passed down for generations to come.

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$3,800,000 USD | Princeton, NJ | Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty

Princeton, New Jersey- This gracious and comfortable one-of-a-kind home is located in the prestigious university town of Princeton, New Jersey. Exposed beams, stone and plaster walls, as well as six fireplaces, offer welcoming warmth to all formal and informal spaces.  Reading nooks and sitting areas introduce six architecturally intriguing bedrooms, perfect for a growing family. Wine cellar, fitness and rec room, pool and fire pit complete this tasteful home.

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$4,475,000 USD | Austin, Texas | Capital City Sotheby’s International Realty

Austin, Texas- This true contemporary waterfront home in Austin features six bedrooms, six bathrooms, three car garage, and 110 feet of Lake Austin waterfront with plentiful views. The home is complete with a beautiful swimming pool, outdoor kitchen and a two story boat dock. Not too far away, is the bustling city of Austin, home to universities, great restaurants and more, making this a perfect legacy home.

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£5,800,000 GBP | London, England | London Sotheby’s International Realty

London, England- An elegant and immaculately presented family townhouse located in the heart of Connaught Village, a moment’s walk from Hyde Park. The house has been lovingly refurbished and compromises of four to five bedrooms, four bathrooms, formal reception room, dining room, kitchen, two cloakrooms, conservatory, a large garden, excellent storage space and a roof terrace. Overlooking communal gardens, the house benefits from wonderful privacy and lovely views, offering a touch of country life within the big city.

$2,455,000 USD | Berkeley, California | East Bay Sotheby’s International Realty

Berkeley, California- A stunning, gated masterpiece French Mediterranean in the heart of the Berkeley Hills. This home offers privacy and tranquility with sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay, Mount Tamalpais, and more. A large outdoor patio and backyard are perfect for entertaining and gardening. The location of this four bedroom home provides easy access to shopping, restaurants, parks, schools and freeways.

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1 200 000 $ CAD | Kingston, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Kingston, Canada- This unique and modern waterfront home is nestled in an exclusive, heavily treed enclave, great for a family and just 10 minutes from downtown Kingston. The fantastic floor plan showcases magnificent river views from the many large windows and skylights which flood this new home with light and love. The master bedroom of this four bedroom home has a walk-thru closet and a private balcony overlooking the water.

Luxury Penthouse in London / House Tour

A truly magnificent luxury penthouse apartment in London with spectacular uninterrupted, 150 foot frontage views over Hyde Park. This sensational lateral flat offers state-of-the-art luxury living such as a fully equipped gym, beauty treatment room, home cinema and 6 stunning and spacious roof terraces and gardens.

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New and Notable Luxury Properties for Sale / March 2014

From lavish urban oases to elegant country retreats, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale feature homes from some of the world’s finest locales.

Luxury Villas for Sale / Dubai, UAE

145,000,000 AED / Dubai, United Arab Emirates / Dubai Sotheby’s International Realty

Dubai—Lavish and elegant, this jewel of a villa was designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon who is known for hotels like the Savoy in London, The Four Seasons George V in Paris and the Peninsula Shanghai. With opulent facades and manicured gardens, this eight bedroom villa strikes an impeccable balance between luxurious living and great design.

Lake Como Luxury Villa / Como, Italy

Price Upon Request / Como, Italy / Lake Como Sotheby’s International Realty

Italy—Located on the shores of Lake Como, this historic villa has direct lake access and a private wharf. The property has a large panoramic garden with swimming pool, hot tub and terrace that offers by far the best sun exposure on the Lake Como shores.

Waterfront Estates / Coral Gables, Florida

$24,900,000 USD / Coral Gables, Florida / ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

Florida—Nestled into a cove within the exclusive, gated Tahiti Beach, this palatial home exemplifies world-class architecture and luxury living. With expansive bay views and a private beach that are travel magazine worthy, this stunning home features soaring ceilings, a wine cellar, media room, meditation room and elevator.

French Rivera Mansion / Cote d'Azur, France

 17.000.000 € EUR / Saint Paul De Vence, France / Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

France—Nestled on a park-like landscape, this extraordinary authentic mansion has been completely renovated and includes luxurious features including a professional home cinema, a wine cellar, a guest house, a pool house with kitchen, sauna, massage room, tennis court and a multi-car garage which can accommodate fourteen vehicles.

Unique London Penthouse / London, UK

£12,500,000 GBP / London, England / London Sotheby’s International Realty

London—Designed by Richard Hywel Evans, this truly unique penthouse apartment is located at Holland Park’s highest point and spans two floors. Consisting of mainly glass walls throughout, virtually all of the rooms enjoy uninterrupted, panoramic views over London.

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10 Most Popular Properties of 2013

Last year one of our most read blog posts was about the 10 Most Popular Properties of 2012, which listed our most viewed listings on sothebysrealty.com for that year. Back by popular demand, here are the 10 most viewed properties on sothebysrealty.com for 2013! Can you guess which property ranks number one?

10. Courchevel, France

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Propriétés de Courchevel Sotheby’s International Realty / Courchevel, France / Price Upon Request

Exceptional and unique, this beautifully designed chalet is located in the French Alps ski resort of Courvhevel. This luxury homes includes 8 bedrooms of which there is 2 master, a family suite, luxury spa complete with pool, gym, home cinema and wine cellar.

9. Santa Barbara, California

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Sotheby’s International Realty – Montecito – Coast Village Road Brokerage / California, USA / $49,000,000 USD

One of the most significant homes in California, Solana features a magnificent 20,000+ grand estate as its centerpiece with hand-carved mahogany, European forged bronze hardware, museum quality mosaic tile floors, 18th century wall sconces, 17th century French oak paneling and stunning 360-degree views that stretch across the entire Montecito Valley to the foothills, past Santa Barbara’s beaches and the picturesque harbor. Whether it’s simply for your family’s enjoyment or to host a large benefit, Solana has the facilities and accommodations to suit the moment.

8. Snowmass Village, Colorado

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Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty / Colorado, USA / $44,000,000 USD*

Situated on 504 private acres in Snowmass Village, this property is a compound that includes a main house, guest house, barn, pastures, ponds with water rights, outdoor spaces and breathtaking views. The main house features more than 23,000 square feet on three levels with four bedrooms, five full baths, three half baths, contemporary kitchen, formal and informal living and family rooms, his and her master baths and closets and large exercise room. There also is a massage room, indoor spa with sunken hot tub, multiple offices, game room, three-tiered theater, wet bar, vaulted ceilings and beautiful outdoor spaces with fire pit and wood-burning fireplace. *This Property Has Sold.

7. London, England

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London Sotheby’s International Realty / United Kingdom / Price Upon Request

A truly magnificent luxury penthouse apartment in London with spectacular uninterrupted, 150 foot frontage views over Hyde Park. This sensational lateral flat offers state-of-the-art luxury living such as a fully equipped gym, beauty treatment room, home cinema and 6 stunning and spacious roof terraces and gardens.

6. Baltalimani, Turkey

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Turkey Sotheby’s International Realty / Turkey / $115,000,000 USD

This remarkable mansion, located in Baltalimani, RumeliHisari was built in the second half of the 19th century by the famous French architect Alexandre Vallaury for Müsir Zeki Pasha, who was a minister during the ruling of Sultan Abdulhamit II.

5. Piemonte, Italy

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Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty / Italy / Price Upon Request

One of Italy’s most beautiful monuments, The Castle is considered one of the most scenic and extraordinary castles for sale in the world. Its marvelous noble courtyard with the suggestive Fountain of the Mysteries is surrounded by impressive, historical walls which were built between the 9th and 14th centuries. With 30 bedrooms and 47 bathrooms, all the rooms and the halls are of an incommensurable beauty. The luxuriant medieval park is able to accommodate up to 300 guests within its perfectly manicured gardens.

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de Rham Sotheby’s International Realty / Switzerland / Price Upon Request

This ravishing waterfront property stands in beautiful 13-hectare grounds on the shores of Lake Geneva, surrounded by broad meadows, fields and woodland ensuring complete seclusion. Built in 1923, the property consists of a superb mansion, adjoining house for use as offices and guest accommodation, gate house and wonderful pavilion by the lake. Refined and elegant the interior living space includes several reception rooms with marble floors, fireplaces and beautiful wood paneling, a luxuriously equipped kitchen, nine bedroom suites, lavish bathrooms and a spectacular vaulted wine cellar and tasting room in the basement.

3. Hillsborough, California

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Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage / California / $100,000,000 USD

Located half-way between San Francisco and the Silicon Valley in the bucolic town of Hillsborough, this Mediterranean-style mansion has been owned for 150 years by one family. Decorated by celebrated interior designer Anthony Hail, the mansion interiors encompass elegant and ornate public rooms, which evoke the sophistication and grandeur of a bygone era. Formal gardens and park-like grounds adjoin dozens of undeveloped acres surrounding the mansion, providing ultimate privacy and security.

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Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty  / Bahamas / Price Upon Request

This private island, located in the heart of the Exuma chain in the Central Bahamas offers the ultimate privacy and relaxation.

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Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage / New York, USA / $95,000,000 USD

The New York penthouse located at The Pierre Hotel encompasses the entire 41st, 42nd, and 43rd floors. Beautiful 360-degree views of Manhattan are found in this incomparable property. The Penthouse is located within one of the world’s greatest hotels. It is the triplex penthouse at The Pierre, a residence that will forever remain without peer in Manhattan.

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New & Notable Luxury Properties for Sale / September 2013

From an opulent Las Vegas compound to an ultra modern villa in Israel, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale showcases elite lifestyles from around the globe.

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$70,000,000 USD / Las Vegas, Nevada / Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty

Las Vegas — Wayne Newton’s former Casa de Shenandoah Ranch, new owner has invested in excess of $15+ Million in improvements. This compound consists of the main house and seven additional homes, a jumbo jet terminal for entertaining, car museum with seven double doors, a gaming room and zoo. There is also an equestrian facility comprised of 37 stables with offices, tack rooms, equestrian pool and acres of corrals.

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$46,000,000 USD / New York, New York / Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

New York — Paul Mellon, heir to one of America’s great banking fortunes, and his wife, Bunny Mellon, built this extraordinarily forty foot wide townhouse on a fabled Upper East Side block in 1965. This iconic townhouse was designed in Neoclassical French style and evokes the charm of the French countryside in the middle of Manhattan.

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Price Upon Request / Lucca, Italy / Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

Italy — Located in the beautiful countryside of Lucca, this historic villa belonged to the Mansi family, who were very well-known in the European silk trade. The original building dates back to the second half of the 16th century, though it has been largely transformed in the first half of the 17th century. The property was later re-transformed in the 18th century by the architect Giusti, giving it its elegant facade seen today. While the transformation of the park by Filippo Juvarra , endowed the villa of elegant green spaces for which it is nowadays famous. The property consists of a main house , stables and farmhouse , for a total of about 5,000 sq.M., all being surrounded by a park of about 4,5 hectares.

Luxury Mansions for Sale Israel

$33,000,000 USD / Herzliya Pituach, Israel / Israel Sotheby’s International Realty

Israel — Ultra luxurious Modern Villa with unmatched first row Mediterranean Sea views, in exclusive Herzliya Pituach. The property showcases lavish finishes including Versace inlays and crown molding, marble floors, an ultra-sleek kitchen with spacious center island and beautiful contemporary cabinets.

London Luxury Apartments

£19,500,000 GBP / London, England / London Sotheby’s International Realty

London — Spanning the entire 45th floor of The Tower, the expansive apartment is comprised of five reception rooms, four bedrooms and five bathrooms whilst commanding views of London. The elite residence has bespoke facilities, spa, infinity pool, gym, business lounge, private dining facilities, conference facilities, secure underground parking and professional 24 hour concierge services.

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in October 2013

Highlights from this week’s top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles and home.

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£19,500,000 GBP / London, England / London Sotheby’s International Realty

London Luxury-Home Values Climb at Fastest in Five Months - Bloomberg

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in SwitzerlandSotheby’s International Realty

What the [US] Government Shutdown Means for the Mortgage MarketWSJ Developments Blog

Modernist House in New Canaan, Connecticut / Estates for SaleArchitectural Digest / October 2013

West Village [NYC] haunt that hosted Lennon, Mailer sells for $13MThe Real Deal

On The Market…Stately HomesThe Lady Magazine

Small House with Big Pedigree: Eisenman’s House VI Goes on the MarketLitchfield County Times

Sotheby’s 40th Asian AnniversaryThe Wall Street Journal

Record Diamond Tops Sotheby’s $493 Million Hong Kong SaleBloomberg

Realogy to host hackathon at NAR’s annual meetingInman News

New & Notable Luxury Properties for Sale / April 2013

From urban penthouse mansions to sprawling country ranches, this month’s collection of Exceptional Properties features some of the world’s finest properties including the triplex trophy penthouse located at The Pierre Hotel.

New York City, USA / $125,000,000 USD / Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

Penthouse at the Pierre Hotel New York City

The New York penthouse located at The Pierre Hotel encompasses the entire 41st, 42nd, and 43rd floors. Beautiful 360-degree views of Manhattan are found in this incomparable property. The Penthouse is located within one of the world’s greatest hotels. It is the triplex penthouse at The Pierre, a residence that will forever remain without peer in Manhattan.

London, England / Price Upon Request / London Sotheby’s International Realty

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A truly magnificent London penthouse apartment in one of the most glamorous locations in London with spectacular uninterrupted, 150 foot frontage views over Hyde Park. This sensational lateral flat offers state-of-the-art luxury living such as a fully equipped gym, beauty treatment room, home cinema and 6 stunning and spacious roof terraces and gardens.

Carmel Valley, California, USA / $59,950,000 USD / Sotheby’s International Realty – Carmel Rancho Brokerage

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Seven miles east of Carmel Valley Village, this 12-parcel historic ranch encompasses 14,000+ acres. Includes Owner’s, Manager’s and Staff residences, cattle grazing (400-450 head), operations and AG buildings, and a private air strip. Runs from the Tularcitos Mountains on the South to the Salinas Valley on the North.

Paris, France / Price Upon Request / Paris Ouest Sotheby’s International Realty

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Located on Avenue de Breteuil, near Place Vauban, this private Paris mansion has been completely renovated by an internationally renowned architect. Elegant volumes, sunny and calm. An area of 940 sq.m distributed over 3 levels with a glazed lift. This gorgeous property including beautiful reception rooms, a courtyard, a kitchen opening onto an enchanting terrace, 8 suites, a library, a porters lodge and a maids apartment.

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in April 2013

Highlights from this week’s top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles and home.

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Forsythe Pond: The fish are biting at John O’Hurley’s Vermont Retreat – Equestrian Quarterly

John O’Hurley is best known as J. Peterman on TV’s Seinfeld. EQ’s Stephanie Peters spoke to O’Hurley about his beautiful country home in central Vermont.

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4 Essential Things You Need To Know About The 2013 Spring Home Buying Season – Forbes

U.K. House Prices Reach Five-Year High as London Lead Widens – Bloomberg

Billie Joe Armstrong sells Newport Beach cottage for $1.625 million – LA Times

Sonic Real Estate Boom: 12 Homes Already Lined Up For Seattle’s NBA Players - Cured Seattle

New and Notable: Real Estate from Around the Globe – Sothebys.com

William Faulkner Heirlooms Going To Auction At Sotheby’s - The Huffington Post

Rare Bay Psalm Book Goes on View at Sotheby’s – The New York Times

Living in…Amsterdam - BBC Travel

Celebrate the Lush Beauty of Spring

Post provided by guest contributing blogger, Stephanie Lloyd, Director of Marketing at The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty in Nashville, Tennessee.

“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.” -Ruth Stout, American author and gardener

Within the next week or so, cities throughout the world that are lucky enough to experience four true seasons will be in full bloom as spring will be well under way. We can’t agree more with Ruth Stout, famous for her “no-work” garden methods, that the best way to greet spring is in a garden.

Many locations throughout the Sotheby’s International Realty global network are famous for their gardens, and especially the special beauty found there during this delicate and expectant time of year. As such, we’ve collected five cities from around the world that are home to some exquisite displays of spring blossoms every year.

Nashville, Tennessee

Walk among the flowers in Nashville at the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. The gardens span 55 acres with pools, fountains, statuary, boxwood plantings, beautiful views, and over 55,000 tulips will bloom soon!

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The winding driveway to this home in Franklin, Tennessee, is just the first glimpse of spring in this home featuring lush landscaping and an outdoor loggia perfect for taking in the all the fragrances of spring.

$3,700,000 USD / Franklin, Tennesee, USA / The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

Washington, DC

Stroll through Washington D.C. from March to April, and experience Japan’s gift of the cherry blossom trees. Though slightly delayed this year due to lingering winter temperatures, the Capital City is currently celebrating spring with the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

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This historic 1911 Washington, DC mansion has an exquisite outdoor patio with private views of the cherry blossoms in bloom.

$9,995,000 USD / Washington, DC, USA / TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver celebrates spring in many ways. They also have a cherry blossom festival and renowned botanical gardens. However, unique to Vancouver is the opportunity to whale watch in the spring. Whale watching season is from April to October and spotting grey whales is best done in April and May.

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Nestled in the hillside, this stunning contemporary home has the most spectacular views over West Vancouver and Horseshoe Bay.

$8,405,599 USD / West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada / Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

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