Art & Home | Thoroughly Modern Mid-Century

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From the October 2017 edition of Art & Home, Iyna Bort Caruso shows us that mid-century modern architecture isn’t just having its moment. It’s having an extended renaissance.

“It’s as if the mechanism that refreshes cultural trends every few years has developed a glitch,” wrote The New York Times.

The modernist style began in the late 1930s and took hold after World War II as new materials and building techniques became available that allowed architects to break with the past. Decades on, mid-century modern continues to feel fresh. And not just because TV’s “Mad Men” glamorized the style. It’s because the clean lines, open floor plans and expansive windows that characterize the style emphasize the “modern” rather than the “mid-century.”

1Price Upon Request | San Rafael, California | Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty 

Carib Daniel Martin, an architect and self-described “modernist at heart,” renovated the mid-century modern house in the Washington, DC, suburb of Kensington, Maryland, that serves as both his home and office.

He says he’s attracted to the simplicity, the airiness and the way mid-century modern homes “nicely straddle two worlds. They have a modernist feel but are still connected to the more traditional idea of what a home is, which is why people feel comfortable in them.”

imagereader.aspx$1,900,000 USD | Amagansett, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Hampton Brokerage

Martin and his architect-wife, Gabriela Leniz, have worked on many renovation and expansion projects of mid-century modern homes. He says clients tend to be evenly split between those attracted by style alone and those who appreciate its historical context.

On the other side of the country, influential mid-century modern architects and builders left legacies in California, particularly in Palm Springs and the San Francisco Bay Area. Michael Dreyfus of Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty in Palo Alto, California, says, “We are fortunate to have an inventory of homes built in the 1950s by developer Joseph Eichler, the pioneer who brought mid-century modern to the masses.” Buyers like the efficiency. “The homes were able to deliver so much in less space. You can get three and four bedrooms in a very small footprint,” he says.

imagereader.aspx-3$5,950,000 USD | New Canaan, Connecticut | William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty 

More recently, Dreyfus has noticed the trend of mid-century modern elements being incorporated into new construction. “There’s something about the style that’s captured people’s imaginations today,” Dreyfus says. “Younger buyers in Silicon Valley are more design-oriented, and mid-century modern really plays into the social fabric.”

imagereader.aspx-2$5,450,00 USD | Denver, Colorado | LIV Sotheby’s International Realty 

The love affair with mid-century modern is inescapable. Architectural walking tours sell out, museum exhibits trumpet its culture-shaping impact and events like Modernism Week, an 11-day festival in Palm Springs, routinely draws tens of thousands of devotees to the land of William Krisel, Richard Neutra and Donald Wexler. “Mad Men” may have inspired an obsession, but the resurgence of midcentury modern continues on, powered of its own accord.

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Art & Home | Speaking Volumes

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From the September 2017 edition of Art & Home, Iyna Bort Caruso shows us that a library can be a true reflection of your best self.

Walk into a personal library and you enter a realm, not just a room. No other space offers as much insight into a homeowner’s preferences, style and intellectual curiosity. They can feel intimate and consequential.

Rhode Island$2,500,000 USD | Newport, Rhode Island | Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty 

In Newport, Rhode Island, the centerpiece of one sprawling condominium is a massive library with vaulted cedar-shingled ceilings, cherry and mahogany millwork and an imposing fireplace. Although it looks authentic to the home, the library was a meticulous 21st century reimagining by its current owners out of a space where coachmen once met. The condo, joined together from three units, is in a former carriage house built in 1852 that was once part of an estate owned by John Jacob Astor. Kate Kirby Greenman of Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty in Newport calls the library “remarkable.”

Utah$5,900,000 USD | Salt Lake City, Utah | Summit Sotheby’s International Realty 

The 30 by 30-foot room, accessed by stairs or elevator, also has an adjoining butler’s pantry and wet bar which makes it ideal for entertaining as well as for quiet contemplation, notes Greenman. “People enter the library and are just awestruck,” she says. “It’s very peaceful, very beautiful and it just takes your breath away.”

Florida$165,000,000 USD | Manalapan, Florida | Sotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage

In a digital world, the idea of a space given over to actual hard-covered books might seem anachronistic if it wasn’t still so alluring. Even die-hard texters, tweeters and e-reader enthusiasts easily get swept up in rooms dedicated to stories, history and ideas. But without question libraries have evolved. Today, they’re a backdrop for entertainment and a showcase for art and design.

Arizona$16,950,000 USD | Paradise Valley, Arizona | Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty 

“I love the way you can manipulate space with books,” says architect Susan Bower of Mitchell Wall Architect and Design in St. Louis, Missouri. Line a room with books and they can give the impression of wallpaper. Build freestanding bookcases and they become sculptural pieces. “They lend a presence and a depth to any room,” Bower says. “In a library, you have all these ideas captured between bindings. It’s just a wonderful repository of human thought.”

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Art & Home | Through the Looking Glass

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From the Summer 2017 edition of Art & Home, Iyna Bort Caruso takes us through the looking glass and into a world of homes that feature captivating glass structures.

For the last 16 years, Thomas Roszak has lived with his family in a glass home of his own design, and he’s already thinking of his next one. “I don’t see any other way to live.”

NewZealandPrice Upon Request | Auckland, New Zealand | New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

Roszak, a Chicago, Illinois-based architect, built his see-through home in the suburbs on an acre of land screened by 60 to 80-foot maples, oaks and honeylocusts to block the sun–and block prying eyes. It was his dream house, combining his ideas about how space flows from one room to the next and the changing play of light. At times the home is transparent, other times it is reflective, mirroring the environment and creating a habitat where the outside and inside become one.

Glass walls frame scenery like a mural. The more dramatic the backdrop, the greater the role glass plays as a design element. Mike Shapiro, chairman of HÔM Sotheby’s International Realty in Newport Beach, California, says, “Homeowners here spend millions for the view, so the more glass the happier they are.”

NewYork$19,995,000 USD | Bridgehampton, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage

Glass brings homeowners into nature with an aesthetic that fits in perfectly with the simplicity of modern design. Light, airiness and a sense of abundance are at the very essence of contemporary architecture.

Glass buildings are modern, but they’re not new. Today’s generation pay homage to icons like the Glass House by Philip Johnson built in 1949 in Canaan, Connecticut, and the Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois, completed in 1951 by Mies van der Rohe. Both are now operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and look as fresh and relevant as the day they were built.

California$24,000,000 USD | Carpinteria, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – Montecito – Upper Village Road Brokerage

The difference is that today’s glass structures are no longer plagued by the problems of earlier models such as condensation, leakage and energy waste. They don’t suffer heat loss in winter or heat gain in summer. Glass homes are now high performance structures. Thanks to advancements, glass is also being incorporated into residences in inventive new ways. Shapiro has seen a surge in glass used in interior bridges, flooring surfaces and negative edge pool walls. “The technology is extraordinary,” he says.

Arizona$4,495,000 USD | Scottsdale, Arizona | Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty 

Glass homes as architectural curiosities are a thing of the past. “When we first moved in nobody on our street liked the house,” recalls Roszak. “Now 15 years later, everybody loves it. They talk about how they live on the road that has the glass house, so now they kind of made it their own.”  Roszak says it’s about education. “People don’t understand modern houses until they see them on the timeline of architectural history. As technology advances, aesthetics advance.  Art and architecture should always look forward.”

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RESIDE® Magazine | Where to Eat and Drink in Rome in 2017

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From the Summer 2017 issue of RESIDE® Magazine, writer Katie Parla shows us where to enjoy fine dining and spirits “when in Rome.”

With a city nicknamed Caput Mundi—Capital of the World—it’s only natural that Romans are accustomed to seeing their home as unrivaled in matters of history, culture and food. And while it’s true that traditional local cuisine holds a sacred place at the table, Rome is hardly impervious to change. The city’s classics, from carbonara to cacio e pepe, are still universally beloved, but Rome’s dining and drinking culture, like that of all cities, is in a constant state of evolution (albeit at a glacial pace compared to New York, Paris or London). Recently, tightening purse strings, transitioning food systems and changing palates have conspired to create exciting new ways of dining, drinking and shopping for food.

Roscioli – Via Dei Giubbonari 21

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The Roscioli family, famous for its bakery (Antico Forno Roscioli) and coffee shop (Roscioli Cafe), opened this restaurant/wine bar/deli near Largo Argentina in 2005. Purchase wine, cheese, fine pasta and cured meats to take away, or enjoy a proper meal at one of the tables. Book several days in advance for dinner and request a ground-floor table near the back of the dining room. Start with burrata paired with semi-sundried tomatoes, butter with Cantabrian anchovies on toast and mortadella with 36-month-aged Parmigiano Reggiano. Follow these dishes with carbonara or cacio e pepe, or both! Skip the main dishes and dessert—they will bring cookies at the end of the meal anyway—but don’t overlook the extensive grappa and amaro list. Solo diners can book a spot at the bar; Roscioli is one of the few places in town offering bar seating.

Al Moro – Vicolo Delle Bollette, 13

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Tucked away in an alley near the Trevi Fountain, Al Moro is among Rome’s most historic trattorias. Helmed by four successive generations of Romagnolis since the 1920s, the place began humbly, slowly building a reputation among actors at the nearby Teatro Quirino, but over the years it has become a favourite of Roman aristocracy and well-heeled travellers. Go for local classics, which have virtually vanished from the city’s tables: lumache alla romana, snails cooked in a sauce spiked with anchovies, chili and mint; fegato di vitella, tender pan-fried liver; and tagliatelle con le rigaje, fresh pasta with a tomato sauce enriched with chicken innards. There are plenty of mainstream dishes, too. In the spring, try roasted abbacchio (suckling lamb) with potatoes. Year-round, enjoy spaghetti alla Moro, the house version of carbonara featuring a pancetta-enriched egg sauce seasoned with red pepper flakes.

Mercato Centrale – Stazione Termini | Via Giolitti, 36

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Mercato Centrale, Rome’s newest food hall, resides among the limestone arches trimming Stazione Termini’s southern perimeter. The marketplace occupies three floors, but the action is on street level where over a dozen stalls sell food according to theme. Start near the main entrance where Gabriele Bonci’s bakery serves stellar pizza by the slice, then grab a glass at the wine bar next door, which has a great selection of small producers and glasses starting at just €4.50 ($4.82 U.S.). At the far end of the market, Trapizzino serves thick triangular sandwiches filled with meaty Roman specialties like stewed chicken or simmered oxtail. For a sweet finale, circle back to the main entrance for two scoops at Gelateria Cremilla. The second floor has a restaurant helmed by Michelin-starred chef Oliver Glowig.

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Spiritual New Zealand: Walking with the Maori

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From the pages of Summer 2017’s issue of RESIDE®Kathy Ullyott explores New Zealand and discovers a land rich in spirituality and culture.

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It was still light when Bill Matthews, looking more like a sheep rancher than a Maori sage and storyteller in his black oilskin duster and work boots, picked me up at the Copthorne Hokianga Hotel on New Zealand’s northwest coast.

By the time he stopped the SUV at a dizzying height above Hokianga Harbour, the sun was beginning to slide into the sea. Matthews killed the engine, we got out and he swept his arm to encompass the platinum mirror of the bay below.

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There’s probably nothing more authentic than a Maori-inspired tattoo, which historians believe European sailors to the South Pacific brought back to the western world in the 16th century.

“A thousand years ago, the great chief of the mythical land of Hawaiki set out in pursuit of a giant wheke, or octopus…” he began. The chief, Kupe, eventually vanquished the octopus and discovered a new land called Aotearoa, “land of long white cloud.” He departed from the very bay below but vowed to return, which he did. His descendants, the Maori, have populated Aotearoa ever since.

In the liquid subtropical twilight, it wasn’t hard to imagine the carved red waka (canoes) drifting to the beaches below, their wide-eyed passengers overwhelmed by the wild lushness of their new home. But this lookout wasn’t our destination, and the story of the coming of the Maori to New Zealand was just a prologue.

At the verge of the fabled Waipoua Forest, a primeval rainforest and sanctuary for the vast native Kauri trees, the last light filtered through the silver ferns, symbol of New Zealand and as big as rooftops. After cleaning our shoes to prevent introducing any plant diseases, we ducked into the underbrush. Matthews, walking several feet ahead of me, began a low chanting prayer to greet the ancient gods.

It’s not surprising, really, that the misty ranges, bubbling hot springs and vast forests that were such inherently sacred sites for the Maori have, in more recent years, inspired and attracted pilgrims of all spiritual stripes.

Lonely Planet’s guide to “experiences of a lifetime”—Lonely Planet Code Green—includes Footprints Waipoua, for which Matthews acts as guide, as one of its 82 most life-changing experiences in the world.

Before we met Te Matua Ngahere, Father of the Forest, Matthews asked me to stop while he chanted a blessing. As if summoned, a light rain began, silencing the cries of the kiwi and tui birds that had been keeping us company.

“ You are a seed. Even though you are small, you have value.”

Then there was the tree itself: 3,000 years old, 52 feet/16 metres around and as wise and silent as a vast monk. The Maori believe that the giant trunks of the Kauri trees hold up the sky and, indeed, Te Matua Ngahere gleamed like a temple. We watched and waited in silence as the rain filtered through the ferns.

Screen Shot 2017-06-13 at 10.27.45 AM Bianca Ranson started her company, Potiki Adventures, in 2004, partly because “I was having trouble finding work that allowed me to live my values as a Maori person,” she told me as she introduced me to Waiheke Island just off of Auckland. After a five-year high school unit of total-immersion Maori and a further year in an intensive Maori outdoor-skills course, Ranson decided she wanted to work with young Maori to re-acquaint them with aspects of traditional culture.

A benefactor suggested she also give visitors a taste of New Zealand from a Maori perspective. Many awards later, she is still imparting Maori traditions to Maori youth and giving Pakeha hands-on experience of Maori activities, perspectives and spirituality. Guests stay in the Marae, a traditional ancestral meeting-house, visit historical pa (power) sites and participate in activities such as ax- weaving, poi-making and mau rakau (martial arts).

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“The name for afterbirth in Maori is whenua,” Ranson said in a TEDx Waiheke presentation. “The name for land is [also] whenua. It shows the direct connection between us and the land.”

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In fact, according to traditional Maori belief, the land was Papatuanuku, the earth mother; Ranginui was the sky father. In the beginning, “Papa and Rangi” weren’t separated but clung tightly together, shutting out all light and making it impossible for their six sons to see. The sons squabbled among themselves about how they might separate their parents. Finally, Tane Mahuta, Lord of the Forest, New Zealand’s largest known living Kauri tree, braced his head against the earth and pushed mightily against the sky with his feet until the two parents were pushed far apart, light flooded in and the humans they had parented were revealed.

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Tane Mahuta still dwells in Waipoua Forest, and I was on my way to meet him.

After Matthews and I offered a final prayer to Te Matua Ngahere, we followed the forest path in silence until he asked me to stop once again while he chanted a greeting. Ahead, Tane Mahuta stood in a clearing. Standing at nearly 170 feet/52 metres and with his head lost in the night sky, he wasn’t hard to imagine as an ancient creative force. Although the rain had stopped, the forest was quiet. Matthews drew a piece of hardened resin from his pocket and lit it with a lighter while he said another prayer. The forest seemed to let out a sigh as Matthews extinguished the smoldering resin and handed it to me. But he had one more gift. He leaned over, felt the ground for a kauri seed and presented it to me with a traditional ancient Maori message: “You are a seed. Even though you are small, you have value.”

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Art & Home | Imagination to Innovation

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The latest volume of Art & Home is here! This month, Iyna Bort Caruso takes us to the forefront of design and innovation.

There are architects who design homes. And then there are visionaries who rethink the very definition of what a home is and how it should be experienced. 

Utah$6,700,000 USD | Park City, Utah | Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

In certain circles, innovative architecture is a boundary-pushing test of one-upmanship. Architects are juxtaposing styles and exaggerating silhouettes to create what seems like newly invented forms. They’re embracing the element of surprise and a hint of playfulness. 

Texas$5,995,000 USD | Austin, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

To be successful, however, innovative design has to do more than break with the past. It has to be functional. It is the architect’s responsibility to create designs that better the lives of the people who inhabit the home, says Dan Brunn, a Los AngelesCalifornia-based architect whose residences have incorporated pivoting walls to display (or conceal) artwork and zig zag-shaped balconies. Bringing shapes and spaces together, capturing volume and light, framing views and choreographing floor plans so that “forms comes alive” are the attributes of great architecture, Brunn says.   

Germany3.500.000 € EUR | Saxony, Germany | Berlin Sotheby’s International Realty

In areas like Scottsdale, Arizona, some luxury home buyers are shifting away from traditional Tuscan and Southwest Territorial styles. They’re opting for statement-making properties with striking contemporary lines that “contrast with our Sonoran Desert, yet balance with its natural setting in terms of aesthetics,” says Deems Dickinson, president and principal broker of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty in Scottsdale. A custom home located on the 17th fairway of the prestigious Mirabel Golf Club community, for instance, is a remarkable example of modern architecture that stands out in the openness of the desert surroundings. The home features an indoor atrium with a bamboo garden, a floating staircase and windows that extend from the floor to ceiling and beyond, becoming full-length skylights. 

Arizona$4,490,000 USD | Scottsdale, Arizona | Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Architecture that challenges conventions has the power to turn heads. But architecture that’s fueled by transformational design has the power to turn homes into instant landmarks.

Alabama$3,275,000 USD | Orange Beach, Alabama | Kaiser Sotheby’s International Realty

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Art & Home | Living History

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The latest volume of Art & Home is here! This month, Iyna Bort Caruso takes us through homes steeped in history from around the world.

When considering exquisite luxury goods—paintings, sculpture, even fabrics, furniture and wine—we think of personal, highly curated items that make our living spaces distinctive and enhance the ambient experience of a particular home. In some cases, however, the home itself is the oeuvre d’art.

canada1 760 000 $ CAD | Victoria, British Columbia | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

In the art world, older isn’t always better, but revered older works do carry additional prominence, specifically the prestige of age and history that newer art hopes to acquire with time. Similarly, as beautiful homes and estates begin to acquire the patina that only decades or even centuries can bring, they take on an unmatched nobility and grandeur.

texas$2,500,000 USD | Round Rock, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

There’s a certain class of buyer and homeowner—patrons, if you will—that places a premium on properties graced by time. To them, living in a historic residence is akin to living within a famous piece of art.

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“The discerning, affluent buyers in our marketplace want a sense of history, or a certain provenance in a historic home that doesn’t exist in a new house,” says Michael Rankin, Managing Partner at TTR Sotheby’s International Realty in Washington D.C.

washington$6,250,000 USD | Washington, DC | TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

In addition to a notable pedigree, what buyers are looking for in older homes is character, and in particular preserved character. These individuals are typically knowledgeable about architectural periods and have a refined sense for authenticity. They demand the grand scale and proportion associated with previous eras—high ceilings, formal living rooms with entrance halls, double parlors with fireplaces—but also original features like restored trim work and molding; staircases with handcrafted balusters and banisters; and original hardware and wide-plank flooring. Kitchens and bathrooms may be updated, but otherwise the home should showcase the year and environment in which it was built.

finland2.750.000 € | Finland | Snellman Sotheby’s International Realty

“The people that buy an historic estate do so because they truly want to be the next steward of an architectural masterpiece,” Rankin explains. “They embrace the history and cherish the responsibility of being the caretaker of the home. In fact, they consider that undertaking a privilege.”

True, restoring and preserving an historic property can be a major endeavor, but for the right person it’s much more than labor—it’s a labor of love.

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RESIDE® Magazine | Autumn in Vermont

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From the pages of 2016’s northeast Fall edition of RESIDE® Magazine, explore the natural beauty of Vermont in Autumn.

How is it possible that autumn in Vermont is both dazzling and sublime? The blaze of fall foliage, the misty Green Mountains, the warm harvest colors and the charming country towns here have a way of simultaneously exciting the senses while calming the mind. No wonder people throughout the Northeast turn to Vermont as their second home destination.

“At a certain price point, luxury buyers can purchase property just about anywhere,” says Laird Cameron Bradley, Principal Owner-Broker at Williamson Group Sotheby’s International Realty in Woodstock. “So they do make an active decision to choose Vermont because it resonates with them.”

With boating, fishing and paddling on its many lakes including Lake Champlain, hiking and mountain biking on the state’s network of trails and some of the region’s east’s best skiing, Vermont is a four-season attraction. Autumn synthesizes the best of each.

vermont2$11,250,000 USD | Reading, Vermont | Williamson Group Sotheby’s International Realty

“People come here for the unspoiled beauty and outdoor lifestyle, but they’re also looking to be part of something unique,” says Alan DiStasio, EVP and Managing Director at Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty. That might mean plugging into Vermont’s independent communities of small farmers, artists, brewers and makers of cheese, wine, syrup or honey. “You can go to almost any small town in the fall and find a harvest festival or a fair,” he says. “That artisan ethos is absolutely a part of the local character, and fall is a great time to celebrate that creative energy.”

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Luxury property—particularly mountain or lakefront homes with acreage and views—exist throughout the state, but they’re rarely very far from a ski resort or quintessentially rural Vermont hamlets like Woodstock, Manchester or Dorsett. Even places like Shelburne, near the more urban Burlington, retain an unhurried New England sensibility.

“Some of Vermont’s growth policies have essentially slowed development, so there are still a lot of places that remain true to the virtues of how they were originally conceived,” says Bradley. The emphasis on preservation and historical integrity helps ensure a sense of authenticity and reflection, and an ability to make personal connections with others.

vermont1$9,000,000 USD | Woodstock, Vermont | Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty

Decisions on where and what to buy, however, are typically made viscerally.

“It could be simply a patchwork of fields,” Bradley says, “or how the sun hits the hillside that will make someone feel at home and give them comfort and a sense of peace.”

And that can happen virtually anywhere in Vermont, particularly when the leaves are turning and the scent of fall is in the air.

vermont4-a$3,275,000 USD | Woodstock, Vermont | Williamson Group Sotheby’s International Realty

“If it’s a good year and the colors are popping, there’s really nothing like it,” says DiStasio. “There’s something especially beautiful about Vermont that’s always stood the test of time.”

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Art & Home | Arrive in Style

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The latest volume of Art & Home is here! This month, Iyna Bort Caruso welcomes you through some of the most captivating home entrances from around the world.

Fine design is about the creation of memorable spaces, and when it comes to entrances, architects have one shot to get it right.

virginia$2,695,000 USD | Henrico, Virginia | The Steele Group Sotheby’s International Realty

 “An entrance is the starting point from which everything begins to unfold,” says Chris Whitehead, managing director of Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty in Dubai. It “dictates the way the property talks to visitors,” he adds. “The feeling generated in the entrance echoes throughout the house.”

dubaiPrice Upon Request | Emirates Hills, Dubai | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

The power of that initial perception can feel like the difference between a welcome mat and a red carpet arrival. 

Entrance halls convey the character and attitude of a residence and the people who live in it.  They can exude boldness, quietude, history, hospitality, strength or drama. They are also portals with mood-altering capacity to affect one’s outlook and signal a sense of anticipation by offering a hint of what’s to come. 

colorado$8,999,000 USD | Sedalia, Colorado | LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

“When someone opens the door and walks into a space that is inspirational, has great proportion and incorporates beautiful materials, you don’t know why you love it but those are the elements you savor,” says Nancy Ruddy, co-founder and managing principal of the architectural firm CetraRuddy in New York and a 2015 inductee into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. “Those are the things that make a space memorable.” 

southhampton$39,500,000 USD | Southampton, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – South Hampton Brokerage

A grand entrance is more than a matter of soaring ceilings. Today’s foyers are warmer, more nurturing and embracing with a greater interplay of natural materials like stone and wood. Art is more prominent, too. The entrance of one of Whitehead’s most memorable estate listings features sculptures set in an infinity edge reflecting pool. 

new-york$3,395,000 USD | West Harrison, New York | Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

Ruddy frequently incorporates her clients’ art in entryways calling them ideal spaces to showcase an art collection and project one’s personality. “As one client told us, ‘I never tire of coming into my home. There’s something amazing when you open the door.’ That’s what we call poetry.”

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Art & Home | Kitchen Culture

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The latest volume of Art & Home is here! This month, Iyna Bort Caruso takes a bite out of Kitchen Culture and invites you to dine in some of the finest kitchens from around the world.

“Knock-your-socks-off gorgeous,” is how Jamie Gold, a San Diego, California-based certified kitchen designer and author of “New Kitchen Ideas That Work” describes kitchens at the top end of the market. “It’s about brand. It’s about impression. It’s what the neighbors are doing–only better.”

1701dakar-37$3,299,000 USD | Fort Worth, Texas | Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Today’s kitchens are swoon-worthy showplaces of good looks, high performance and sophisticated wizardry.

Mass market is out. Fresh design interpretations are in. As dominions of personal expression, kitchens are places homeowners put their signature and showcase their style with handcrafted cabinetry and bespoke fittings and finishes.

$8,500,000 USD | Telluride, Colorado | Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

A recent survey of more than 500 architecture firms by the American Institute of Architects reinforces the role of kitchens as the command center of the home, with a caliber of appliances and appointments that not only reflects homeowners’ tastes but also makes them and their guests feel good.

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Sociability is the new word in luxury kitchens. It’s where life happens.

907-peacock-point-_18$2, 395,000 USD | Destin, Florida | Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty

“The first place guests go is not the parlor or the living room anymore. It’s the kitchen island,” says Christian Vermast of Sotheby’s International Realty Canada in Toronto. These days, homeowners are spending less time at the stove but more time in the kitchen reading, lounging, watching TV and socializing. Some 60 percent of homeowners spend more than three hours a day in their kitchens, according to the 2016 Houzz Kitchen Trends survey. “I don’t think it has anything to do with cooking,” Vermast says. “It’s about ‘How do I project myself entertaining my family, my in-laws and my friends?’”

314palmerston-v2-print-276 250 000 $ CAD | Toronto, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Fifteen percent of those polled by Houzz spent more than $75,000 to create high end activity hubs that blur the borders of adjoining living spaces. The mantra is bigger, better and built-in with clean architectural detailing to conceal utility. That’s no surprise to Vermast who says buyers prefer open-concept kitchens with hidden appliances that blend in for more of a furniture-finished look. “We have gone from seeing kitchens as strictly utilitarian,” he says, “to very much an emotional lifestyle choice.”

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