Transform Your Space: Curating Art for Your Home

Art for your home

Your home serves as the outward expression of your inner-self, something of a vessel for your spirit. To capture that essence, clear structure, a thoughtful palette, and ambient lighting hold key roles; but it’s what you display in this space that makes it unique. Curating art for this blank slate is what makes a home uniquely yours.

Perhaps you’re a strategist, focusing on pieces with a kind of visual mathematical precision; maybe you’re a minimalist, preferring one or two bespoke pieces where the light hits them just so; or it could be that you’re a bona fide enthusiast, peppering your dwelling with an eclectic mix of oils and photography, not to mention a strategically placed sculpture or two.

If you’re unsure of where to start when it comes to art, you’re in luck—the home itself is one the best starting points when looking for curation clues. After all, everything from the white quartz of kitchen counters to industrial-chic finishing touches can inform your art collection. Consider your abode a look book for inspiration, and transform it from blank slate to bespoke gallery. No gallery-white walls necessary.

Identify Your Taste

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ONE Sotheby’s International Realty – Contact Alexa Iacovelli for more information

Some things in life speak to you, and you alone, and that can lead to feeling torn between aesthetic aspirations and authentic representation when decorating your home. In theory, you may love the idea of sharp, mod looks and lines, but in practice, find yourself choosing bold colors and organic shapes.

The same can be true of art curation. You may admire the broken grid gallery walls in a recent issue of Wallpaper*, yet in a gallery, you’re drawn to a single, enveloping piece commanding the space. Instead of trying to conform to an idea of what should be into your home, consider what instinctually draws you in.

Focus on Mood

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Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty – Contact Leigh Williamson for more information

How do you want to feel when you walk into a room? Elated? Relaxed? Inspired? Just as you took great care in finding a home with an infinity pool to end your days on a mellow note, equal attention should be given when seeking poolside art to complement it. Perhaps the wave-like quality of a smooth marble sculpture reminds you of peaceful shores, or maybe the mirrored shards of a mixed-media piece in the library help shift your focus to self-reflection.

You can embrace, amplify, or transform moods with the right curated collection. Art can shape not only how a room looks, but also how it makes you feel.

Play Matchmaker

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Sotheby’s International Realty – Montecito Brokerage – Contact Suzanne Perkins for more information

You have this room in your house that’s truly magnetic. When friends and family are introduced, they immediately get it. There’s something about the way the furniture frames the window, or textures you’ve added throughout—it simply works. Now you just need to add some final polish by finding that perfect finishing touch.

When you’re searching for new pieces to fit the bill, bring mementos of your favorite rooms with you—think photos, fabrics, swatches, or even small hardware. Trained in the art of curation, gallery directors can help create an encompassing artistic voice for your space from similar textures, colors, or cues. Sometimes the smallest slice of similarity is a match worth marrying.

Frame it Right

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Sotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country – East Napa Street Brokerage – Contact Ginger Martin and Gregg Lynn for more information

Framing your new favorite piece isn’t simply about the physical frame. In fact, your burgeoning collection may not require wall mounting at all—it’s about how it works withinthe space. Great arrangements draw in the eye and invite it to explore nearby, but they continually loop you back to a focal point.

Decide what you want the focal point in your room to be. It doesn’t have to be the art, but it could be a breathtaking view, elegant handcrafted side table, or even a prominent lighting fixture. Wherever you want your eye to start and finish, frame it with complementary—but not overpowering—furnishings and works, so you keep coming back to your favorite spot.

However you decide to curate for your inner-sanctum, let it reflect your personality and show yet another side to how you love to live.

Play with Light

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Beacon Sotheby’s International Realty – Contact Josi Van Horn for more information

Lighting is more than just a regal lamp or sconce placed near a remarkable work of art. It brings the work to life, highlighting its most beautiful details. It can be a challenge to match the proper lighting element to the piece, but when done correctly, the lighting elevates the portrait into that of a masterpiece.

Play with the physical bulbs first – what color light shines the best light; white, yellow, or a soft blue perhaps? Then, discover the outer hold. A lamp, a tasteful sconce, or installed lighting from the ceiling can provide the perfect ambiance for your artwork. Be careful not too overdo the lighting, as it may take away from your luxurious pieces.

 

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Pastoral Living | 4 Modern Farmhouses

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We often associate rural living with simplicity, quiet, and escape. The notion of farmhouse living conjures images of a small home perched atop a hill, overlooking acres of grassy pastures while horses or other livestock roam the open fields.

Today’s modern farmhouses, however, take all the benefits of breathtaking landscape, vast natural surroundings, and wide-open spaces and marry them with the trappings of luxurious amenities, contemporary design, and plain-old good taste. These pastoral charmers are shining examples of just that.

Woodland, Utah, United States

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Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

Warm, rustic design meets a penchant for adventure in this cabin-style property by award-winning architect Fred Babcock. Traditional American farmhouse features—a table by the hearth at the edge of the kitchen, a welcoming front porch, and provincial windows —receive an updated twist from details like the sturdy granite countertops and ambient outdoor lighting.

Stunning woodwork is present throughout, from the beams supporting the vaulted ceilings to inviting hardwood flooring passing throughout the common areas and seven bedrooms. Outside, an open pavilion plays host to a generous, circular fireplace with room for handmade chairs, a three-quarter acre pond is stocked with rainbow trout, and a 500-square-foot barn houses your prized sorrel with room to spare.

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty

Pastoral living isn’t constrained to rustic country style—proof of which is in the minimalist details and comfortable open rooms of this pavilion-style residence in New South Wales. The decor is earthy but lively, reflecting the spirit of the area and fluidity of its indoor-outdoor living.

A 25-meter mosaic-tiled pool is flanked by lush greenery and an outdoor cooking area, complete with wood fire pizza oven. Inside, the master suite steals the show, with its own walk-in courtyard and garden. Other modern trimmings to adore: a gourmet kitchen, impressive wine cellar, home theatre, and boat room, among others.

Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand

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New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

Let snow-capped mountains and scenic lake views turn up your expectations of farm living. Sitting within a solid 24 hectares, this New Zealand property is as private as it is picturesque. Inside the Sarah Scott–designed home, a ceiling of incredible truss-style wood radiates warmth throughout. The expansive open-concept main room is comprised of a sleek chef’s kitchen overlooking a cozy living area, complete with inviting fireplace.

The finishing touch? An organic wrap-around deck that brings the outdoors in to every room and with it, unrivaled vistas of the night sky.

Texas, United States

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Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

At this incredible Texas ranch, unrivalled stone columns and wood beams crisscross over 10,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor space. With over 105 acres to call home, the property makes good use: two guest houses, a main barn, caretaker’s house, tennis court, fishing lake, and horse barn pepper its stunning grounds. (Definitely not the typical pasture land, although it has that too.)

Once known as “The Briarpatch”, the ranch has played host to parties and events attended by sports legends and the Hollywood elite, who often arrived via private plane or helicopter.

Modern developments are changing the face of farm properties, bringing creative opportunities for the contemporary homeowner keen on the trappings of pastoral life without having to sacrifice creature comforts. And while these impressive estates may offer luxurious retreats miles from hectic city living, they also sit miles out of the ordinary.

 

A New Era of Lakefront Living

Point West

Ever imagined life on the lakeshore, with the best of both Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa? Your waterfront dreams can be made a reality at Point West, an exclusive community of 24 J. Visser-designed year-round cottages providing captivating views of Lake Macatawa.

Located mere hours from Chicago, Milwaukee, and Detroit, Point West boasts a lifestyle unlike any other, with unparalleled sunsets, tranquil surroundings, and access to both lakes. Marvel at 2398 Interlake Walk, a coastal masterpiece with outdoor kitchen, screened in porch, and contemporary spaces for entertaining. Or build your own custom lakeshore paradise on any of the available properties.

No matter where you choose to reside, one thing is for sure: at Point West, you’ll discover your dream stay-cation.

Interested in life at Point West? Contact us today!

 

The Best of Island Living

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Turquoise waters, breezy sea air, sun soaked beaches and lush greenery are part and parcel for the idyllic island jaunt, but there are tropical escapes, and then there are tropical escapes.

Once you decide to own a slice of paradise, the details of island living become that much more nuanced. It becomes about sun and shade cycles, open-air living, a welcome dose of privacy, and views whenever possible. Warm wood adds a beach-hut feel, sweeping white walls offset pops of topical color, and washed stones evoke nearby shorelines. Couple those trappings of good taste with resort-like amenities and you may never leave the island.

Castillo Caribe, Grand Cayman

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$39,950,000 USD | Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands | Cayman Islands Sotheby’s International Realty

The Caribbean’s year-round sunshine and bright culture are nearly eclipsed by the oceanfront majesty of this Cayman Island retreat.

Castillo Caribe’s boutique hotel–like features make it an unforgettable spot to retreat with friends. A grand front hall presents woven-style ceiling details, recessed lighting, and a sweeping wood staircase, all of which get a splash of the island’s natural elements via indoor palms and two-story floor-to-ceiling windows.

Here, classical features and decor outshine typical nods to beach living: a long table dining hall with elegant chandeliers, an expansive chef’s kitchen with multiple prep areas, and a master bedroom with beautiful wood ceiling inlay. Then there’s the wine cellar, games room, home theatre, gym, outdoor pool and private grotto. Cap that off with the Cayman Islands’ tax-neutral environment for the ultimate break from normalcy.

Makena, Maui

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$26,995,000 USD | Makena, Hawaii | Island Sotheby’s International Realty

Look out across the endless Pacific Ocean from one of the most beautifully constructed, custom-detailed homes in Maui. Perched upon one acre of land, this 10,500-square-foot residence is an exemplary model of indoor-outdoor living.

Custom wood detailing runs through every area, including the eight bedrooms. Rippling fountains keep relaxation dialed, and a home theater is at the ready when you need a break from the sun. Or maybe you’ll prefer to soak up that movie in the open night air—an outdoor theater rises from the pool deck.

The nearby pool house accommodates any additional guests, and the nearly 4000-square feet of deck is perfect for large celebrations and star-gazing alike.

Sentosa Cove, Singapore

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$19,900,000 SGD | Singapore | List Sotheby’s International Realty

Incredible modern architecture defines this rare oceanfront residence in Singapore. The lure of a marina resort meets high residential integrity here—a marriage of raw wood, polished steel, fair-faced concrete, and tropical sea air.

Views of the water rush into grand rooms at the rear of the home, while front rooms face the waterway. Flow, light, and open space are abundant, as is indoor-outdoor living. A timber bridge intersects the main staircase, giving way to a covered terrace so you can comfortably enjoy the local climate out of the sun’s rays (a dip in the pool will also do nicely). Sliding and folding glass doors expand the living and dining spaces for breakfasts and dinners al fresco. Whether you’re upstairs in a private, inviting bedroom or taking in the tranquility of the courtyard, this Sentosa Cove stunner is open and alive.

Mahoe Bay, Virgin Gorda

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$23,000,000 USD | Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands | British Virgin Islands Sotheby’s International Realty

Beachfront living just doesn’t get any better than this. Stunning local stonework, warm woods, Travertine marble, and sandy shades of upholstery line the rooms of the villas at Aquamare.

Three 8,000-square-foot villas, equipped with 30-foot vaulted ceilings and beautiful indoor-outdoor detailing—including hammock seating—can house up to 12 guests each. Each also has its own private waterfront infinity pool with clear views of Drake’s Channel and upscale beachside lounging. A manager’s villa is partnered with the property, making large celebrations and group gatherings easy.

Elevated island homes offer the ideal blend of private retreat and resort living, where tempos slow and lapping waves provide the soundtrack to your days—your own personal paradise.

 

Up Next: 5 Ways to Transform Your Winter Space

 

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5 Ways to Transform Your Winter Space

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If you reside in a warmer-weather climate, we here in Michigan might be a tad jealous. While we are experiencing a bit of a “heat wave” (with temperatures peaking just over 40 degrees this week!), winter is still full steam ahead. With precipitation in the coming forecast, we’re predicting more time that might be best spent indoors.

With that in mind, grab your comfiest clothes and put your dreams of summer on pause as you use these quick tips to transform your home into a delightfully warm interior for even the chilliest winter days.

  1. Illuminate your space – Shine a light on winter! Make your space brighter by keeping holiday lights up a little longer and opening blinds and curtains, even with gray skies. The added light will boost your mood and maybe even help you forget it gets dark by 6pm.

home theater2. Cozying up – Whether you have a love or a hate relationship with the chillier winter temps, the season only comes around once a year. Take full advantage by adding your best throws, blankets, and flannel sheets to your living and bedrooms. The added comfort is the perfect design element for your space.

3. Give your two scents – Allow a wintry aroma to filter throughout your home, creating a pleasant environment. Diffuse your favorite scent or add seasonal candles, greeting you as you step inside from the cold.

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4. Burn, baby, burn – Light the fireplace for added warmth, as the flickers and embers create a cozy ambiance for your retreat.

5. Take a sip – Still battling the winter blues? Mix a festive drink! Whether it’s cocoa or a cocktail, there is nothing quite like a warm drink, a soft blanket, and falling snow to help you appreciate winter. That is, until it’s warm again. Then we’ll see you at the lake.

 

The Best of 2017 | Top 5 Blogs

Happy New Year! In light of 2018, let’s take a look back at some of the favorite blogs, videos, and homes featured in 2017.

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Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi List Santa Barbara Villa for $45 Million

 

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Jacqueline Kennedy’s Historic Childhood Home in Virginia Listed for $49.5 Million

 

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The Sotheby’s International Realty® Brand Achieved $95 Billion in Global Sales Volume for 2016

 

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Apple TV | Building the Next Big Thing

 

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Featured Listing | Regal Estate with Dramatic Lake Macatawa Views

regal estate

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1967 South Shore Drive, Holland, MI | $4,650,000

A distinctive masterpiece on the shores of Lake Macatawa constructed decades ahead of its time, this custom built Mike Schaap Builders home is a timeless work of art. Boasting only the most lavish details from the inside out, you will be swept away by its captivating beauty and remarkable features, including theater room, deluxe game room, private study, hidden anteroom, and deep water dock with 80′ of Lake Macatawa frontage.

Get a glimpse into this treasure on the water. Interested in reveling in the beauty in person? Contact Josi and Chad today.

 

New & Notable Luxury Properties For Sale

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From five villas on the tip of Frond I in Dubai, to the Gucci Penthouse in New York City, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale feature homes from some of the world’s finest locales.

dubai

175,000,000 AED | Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

An opportunity to own the full tip of Frond I, this includes five, brand-new gated villas located on the tip, set on a 60,000-square-foot, sea-facing plot with views of the marina and Atlantis. Each one of the five villas offer approximately 9,500 square-feet of built up areas, with five large bedroom suites.

california

$29,000,000 USD | Pescadero, California | Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty

Located next to the historic Pigeon Point Lighthouse in Pescadero along California’s scenic Highway 1, Bolsa Point Ranch features approximately 414 acres of oceanfront property and fertile agricultural land with multiple buildings and existing residences, including a 12,000 square-foot packing facility, six rental units with garages, and a historic barn. A five-acre parcel is available for development of a personal estate.

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Price Upon Request | Monaco | C.I.C. Immobilier Monte-Carlo Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in the heart of the Principality, this magnificent, 1,045-square-meter apartment is just a few steps from the starting line of the Formula 1 Grand Prix. It boasts an incredible view on both the race circuit, and Port Hercule.

singapore

$60,000,000 SGD | Singapore | List Sotheby’s International Realty

Built as a modern re-interpretation of the British Black and White Colonial Bungalow and furnished to the highest luxury specifications, this home is dominating on high, elevated ground with complete privacy. It is located on a sought-after plot on one of the most prestigious streets in Singapore.

new york

$35,000,000 USD | Midtown East, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

This grand and breathtaking penthouse is situated high above the city and located at Olympic Tower on 51st and Fifth Avenue. The approximately 8,400-square-foot home offers soaring 14-foot floor-to-ceiling windows on the 50th and 51st floors. Ideally situated, the penthouse has breathtaking views of Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and sweeping views from the East River to the Statue of Liberty and the Hudson River.