Modern Color That Never Goes Out of Style

Color is powerful. It can be commanding, soothing, or energizing; therapeutic and mood-altering; and perhaps beyond all else, it can make (and leave) a solid impression. With such influence at your fingertips, deciding on a color palette for your home can feel daunting—deciphering the nuances, knowing when to go bold—but these tried-and-true shades never go out of style.

Black and White

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Nantucket, Massachusetts | Craig Hawkins & Bernadette MeyerMaury People Sotheby’s International Realty

Has there ever been a more classic color combination? Checkered floors will always be a kitchen favorite, but the fresh way to use this combo is to lean further into white and employ black in the elegant contrasting details, as seen at this beautifully designed Nantucket home. The pairing offsets the more casual aspects of the home, including an outdoor pool and family game room.

Taupe and Coffee

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Montecito, California | Suzanne PerkinsSotheby’s International Realty – Montecito – Coast Village Road Brokerage

Typically, Balinese-style beach houses in tropical destinations are outfitted with bright accents to offset the wealth of wood running throughout, but this Montecito stunner breaks the mold with shades of taupe and coffee. The mostly monochrome walls and furniture take a refined and relaxed backseat so the setting—particularly the sunset views from the infinity pool—can really shine.

Gray Escape

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Southampton, New York | Harald Grant & Bruce GrantSotheby’s International Realty – Southampton Brokerage

From a cloud-like softness to steely strength, gray has substantial versatility, especially when it comes to modernizing traditional estate designs. Upstate at a Southampton summer-house, an airy main living space is accented in slate and smoky metals, adding depth to an otherwise creamy palette. Punch up neutral rooms with this moody hue and bask in the calming power of a good gray.

Soothing Blues

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New York, New York | Randall Gianopulos & Christian EmanuelSotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

Dusty blue curtains, porcelain objets d’art, and a beautiful coat of blue paint all pair perfectly with antique, historical furniture, crafts-style woodworking, and a heavy dose of patterned fabrics. Blue’s tranquil feel has the ability to anchor beloved treasures, as seen at this Upper East Side mansion in New York.

Yellow and Gold

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San Francisco, California | Bernadette LamotheSotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

There is a particular richness to yellow tones, be they featured on textured mustard walls, sunshine-bright seating, or rippled gold frames. Not only does this sunny shade complement almost any kind of lighting design masterfully, but it instantly illuminates vintage chandeliers and antiques. Pass it from chair to patterned wall to French door to feel as though you’ve stepped into Versailles, as executed at this palatial Pacific Heights apartment in San Francisco.

While there is much to be said for passing trends, as long as you stick to a classic color palette, your home will always stay in fashion.

Find palettes that spark your imagination in these designer listings, and bring timeless color into your life.

A Sunday in Milan

Italy’s second largest city is no slouch. Centuries of history, art, and culture underscore its reputation as a high fashion destination, design hub, and foodie paradise. Milan is also the nation’s financial and economic capital, drawing in business and design powerhouses from around the world. Whatever the reason you come to Milan, you’re sure to find yourself in close proximity of something to revere.



Milan, Italy | Barbara FregonaraItaly Sotheby’s International Realty

Start your sacred Sunday in the fashion district among the haute couture boutiques in an on-trend contemporary penthouse. Take in the views of the Duomo from your lower private terrace or 360-degree views of the city from a second terrace upstairs before pouring over your options in the walk-in closet. Alternatively, you can rise nearby, in an exclusive two-story penthouse with concierge service, complete with 180-degree views of Viale Luigi Majno and sweeping city vistas.


Pasticceria Marchesi in Milan, photo courtesy of Pasticceria Marchesi

Wherever you start, it is sure to be close to a spot for “colazione all’italiana” (Italian breakfast), which consists mainly of three major coffee food groups: espresso, cappuccino, or latte macchiato. Pair your pick with an Italian cornetto—usually more petite and sweeter than the French croissant, and often filled with jam, cream, or chocolate spread. If you want to wander to a true breakfast institution, venture over to Via Montenapoleone and visit the 19th-century-built Cova or Marchesi cafés.

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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, photo courtesy of pcruciatti / Shutterstock Inc.

Hopping on a tram and getting lost in the city is a favourite Milanese pastime, so beyond the beautiful Duomo di Milano, you’ll find some hidden and entertaining treasures in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a glass arcade shopping center first designed in 1861, or the romantic Orto Botanico di Brera gardens in the art-laden district of Brera, where pathways of greenery and lush flora may convince you that you’ve suddenly stepped into the countryside.

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Giardino Botanico of Brera, photo courtesy of pcruciatti/ Shutterstock Inc.

Even if you didn’t wake up next to it (possibly because you’re in Milan’s modern Porta Nuova district, where impressive new skyscrapers are changing the skyline of the city), the Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli is Milan’s oldest and most impressive park. Since 1784, the gardens have been repeatedly enlarged and enriched with educational attractions, including the Natural History Museum and Planetarium.


Japanese sushi restaurant in Tortona, photo courtesy of Paolo Bona/ Shutterstock Inc.

Head to the young and dynamic district of Tortona for lunch, where new and innovative restaurants serving Indian and Japanese dishes are mixing it up amongst the old Milanese osteria. A plate of traditional “cotoletta” (pan-fried veal) is sure to satisfy.

After your bite, you must shop. After all, Milan is an epicenter of global style. In Brera, Tortona and Naviglio, small boutiques with emerging luxury designers offer shoppers something fresh, while in the Via Montenapoleone fashion district, you can find the most famous labels within steps of each other.


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Iyo restaurant in Milan, photo courtesy of Iyo

To visitors, Milan may be a pizza and pasta heaven, but to real foodies, it is a Michelin-star capital. Try Cracco in Galleria, Iyo, or Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia to start. More casual but equally delightful fare can be found at luxury Indian spot Cittamani, hipster hangout Dabass, or Potafiori, where you can eat amidst bold arrangements of the seasons latest blooms.

Post-dinner cocktails and aperitivos can be found along the Corso Garibaldi, which doubles as a fantastic pedestrian street, should you wish to walk off your meal. Or head back to Brera, where Bar Jamaica has hosted Italian artists and poets since 1911, including Gianni Dova, Roberto Crippa, and Erenesto Treccani.

“Milan is full of hidden treasures, from the Giardino Botanico in Brera to the old Milanese streets close to Corso Magenta,” agree Milan real estate experts Ilaria Pinto and Nerina Masini from Italy Sotheby’s International Realty.“You should hop on a tram and get lost in the city”.

Wherever you plan to shop, see, and eat the day away, your Sunday in Milan is sure to be full of serendipitous turns and surprises and wrapped in the city’s rich history.


LIVE | Transformed

Ceramic artist Natalie Herrera found inspiration while she experienced the contrast of textures found in Dubai. From the city’s rich history as a place within the cradle of civilization to modern and technologically driven feats of future-finding architecture, design, and innovation, Dubai had much to offer in terms of inspiring sources.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Seran GheorgheGulf Sotheby’s International Realty 

We all have a passion. We all have a dream. For some, it’s about adventure. For others, it’s about tranquility. Our dreams are as vast and varied as the world is wide, but they all start with inspiration and inspiration starts with our surroundings. That’s what home is – what you choose to surround yourself with. Home is where you truly LIVE.


Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in Mexico

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates announced it’s expanding presence in Mexico with the formation of Mexico Sotheby’s International Realty.

Mexico Sotheby’s International Realty is located in the country’s capital of Mexico City and will serve the luxury residential real estate markets in the greater metropolis as well as the surrounding areas including the Metropolitan area of Puebla; Valle de Bravo and Malinalco in Estado de Mexico; and Cuernavaca and Tepoztlán in Morelos. The firm is owned and operated by Carlos Gonzalez.

“The luxury residential real estate market in Mexico City is experiencing tremendous growth,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “The area has attracted many new developments, mainly luxury high-rise projects with top-of-the-line amenities, and has also seen an increase in overall inventory. We are proud to welcome Mexico Sotheby’s International Realty to our global network.”

“There are so many extraordinary communities and exciting areas in the Greater Mexico City area; it is our goal to be the ultimate guide for our clients, leading them to the Mexico City home of their dreams,” said Gonzalez. “Affiliating with the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand allows us to connect to the brand’s prestigious real estate companies around the world and reach an international clientele.”

With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty network now has nine independently owned and operated offices throughout Mexico; also operating in the country are Agave Sotheby’s International RealtyGuadalajara Sotheby’s International RealtyLos Cabos Sotheby’s International RealtyMonterrey Sotheby’s International RealtyQueretaro Sotheby’s International Realty, and Riviera Maya Sotheby’s International Realty.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 22,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in 950 offices in 70 countries and territories worldwide. In 2017, the brand achieved a record global sales volume of $108 billion USD. Mexico Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be marketed on the global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.

The Global Real Estate Advisors at Beacon Sotheby’s International Realty can help with your next local, domestic, or international real estate transaction. Experience the luxury service we provide at every price point. Give us a call today to experience the Sotheby’s International Realty difference – 269.673.7133.

Winner’s Circle: 6 Prestige Properties Near Top Equestrian Events

Many of the most memorable moments in the history of sportsmanship have happened during equestrian events. With the thrill of the chase and the majesty of the horses, the Kentucky Derby is known as “the most exciting two minutes in sports”. Those cities fortunate enough to play host to the world’s premier racing and show jumping circuits—LouisvilleHong Kong, and Paris, among others—routinely attract an elite clientele, not just for the equestrian spectacle, but for the elegant, exclusive properties located so close to the action. After all, why travel halfway around the world to reach the races when you could reside right in the winners’ circle?

Kentucky Derby: Louisville, Kentucky, US

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Entrance to Churchill Downs, image credit: Thomas Kelley /

The longest running sporting event in the United States, the Kentucky Derby first shot out of the gate in 1875. From an original crowd of 10,000 to today’s hundreds of thousands, the Derby holds a hallowed spot in American culture. Whether you attend for the horses or to wager amongst friends, this is one equestrian highlight you won’t want to miss.

Poplar Hill Woods, Louisville, Kentucky

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Terri BassLenihan Sotheby’s International Realty

Put down roots near The Run for the Roses in this genteel mansion that combines the luxury of the country club with the comforts of home. Traditional woodwork brings the beauty of the outdoors in, while the classic interiors draw inspiration from Georgian architecture and design. Plan your bets in the cherry-paneled library, with its peaceful views of the surrounding greenery. Set in seclusion among the trees, this house exudes serenity, even if the excitement of downtown—and the twin spires of Churchill Downs—is only a short distance away.

Beckley Crossing Drive, Louisville, Kentucky


John LenihanLenihan Sotheby’s International Realty

This welcoming estate is an ideal getaway: it boasts 4.41 acres of grassy pastureland and well-appointed living spaces for entertaining and debating all things equine. The house features marble floors, meticulous mill work, and a bar and billiard room that look like they belong in Derby’s fourth-floor clubhouse. Best of all is the veranda, where a large pool provides the perfect spot to sip a mint julep and soak in the Southern sunshine.

Hong Kong Derby: Hong Kong, China

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Image courtesy of the Hong Kong Derby

Two years older than its venerable American counterpart, the Hong Kong Derby is a thrilling racing event with a prize purse of approximately $2.3 million. Entry is restricted to four-year-old horses, with several world-ranked champions making their name on the Sha Tin Racecourse grounds. Located along the Shing Mun River, the pulse-pounding pace of the race contrasts with the more contemplative nature of the district’s central waterway.

Macdonnell Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong

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Binoche ChanList Sotheby’s International Realty

Riding enthusiasts looking for something a little closer to the hustle and bustle of the Hong Kong scene will be right at home in this 1,864-square-foot apartment. With its green surroundings, lush wood furnishings, and full balcony—complete with vertical garden—it conjures the verdant ambiance familiar to country club-goers while providing sleek modern amenities. Dynamic marble adds depth to the kitchen and dining room, as do the designer lighting fixtures situated throughout.

Shouson Hill Road, Shouson Hill, Hong Kong


Binoche ChanList Sotheby’s International Realty

Those looking be relatively close to the Hong Kong Derby while also enjoying peaceful environs will be right at home in this exclusive designer townhouse, located on the scenic Shouson Hill not far from Deep Water Bay. For avid sportspeople, the Aberdeen Marina Club and Hong Kong Golf Club are both near this gated neighborhood—and for captains of industry, the Central business district is just a short commute away. High molded ceilings, expansive windows, and polished hardwood floors help fill this tasteful home with light and make it a dream retreat after a day at the races.

Saut Hermès: Paris, France

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For equestrian lovers looking to enjoy the acrobatics of show jumping, there’s no ticket more covetable than the Saut Hermès in Paris, established in 2010. Held in the Grand Palais in the Champs-Élysées, the event draws the world’s best riders under the glass domes of the Beaux-Arts-styled historic site and exhibition center and is surrounded by some of Europe’s most enviable apartments.

Triangle d’Or, Paris


Kyan ZarePropriétés Parisiennes Sotheby’s International Realty

This sunlit penthouse comprises the top floor of one of Paris’s iconic Haussmannian freestone buildings, located in the famous Triangle d’Or. With Avenue Montaigne just steps away, residents here are within the leisurely walking distance of the Grand Palais’ glistening glass halls and the Saut’s soaring leaps.

Champs-Elysées, Paris

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Geoffrey BenoitParis Ouest Sotheby’s International Realty

For a spot of modern in historic Paris, this 3,250-square-foot penthouse offers clear views stretching from Sacré-Cœur to the Eiffel Tower to the Arc de Triomphe. Fully renovated to make the most of an open floor plan, this apartment’s ninth-floor rooftop terrace features a summer kitchen and vegetable garden. Pairing this property with the three-day spectacle of the Saut Hermès would make anyone feel like French aristocracy.

All year round, exhilarating events take place at Churchill Downs, the Sha Tin Racecourse, and the Grand Palais—and once per year, they each host one of the premier galas of the equestrian world. Having a home in one of these locales is a unique privilege, presenting unlimited access to these preeminent sporting events.



New & Notable Properties for Sale | May 2018

From an inviting modern home in London, England to a Caribbean masterwork by renowned architect Marco Aldaco in Turks and Caicos, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale feature homes from some of the world’s finest locales.

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London, England | Emma Reade & Aree RandUnited Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

Classic and charming neo-Georgian architecture meets the finest modern interior design set on one of the most exclusive roads within one of the most exclusive postcodes in London. This beautiful home set over five floors of luxurious and generously proportioned accommodation enjoys a south-facing front that leads to a reception room and dining area following on to a contemporary kitchen with integrated state-of-the-art appliances looking out onto the beautifully landscaped gardens.

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Upper West Side, New York | Michael SiegerSotheby’s International Realty – West Side Manhattan Brokerage

One of only three townhouses remaining on Central Park West, this thoroughly restored Queen Anne mansion affords luxurious modern living while paying homage to its distinguished past. The eye-catching façade is distinguished by an ornamental gate and restored museum-quality sandstone carvings. The grandeur of late-19th-century Manhattan fills the versatile interior, which has been updated with an open, airy ambiance and 21st-century technologies and amenities.

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Kailua, Hawaii | Brandon E Kim & Myra BrandtList Sotheby’s International Realty

Kai Moena, “House of the Resting Sea,” is a captivating oceanfront estate that reflects the skillful merging of modern architecture and luxury design. Inspired by Hawaii’s culture and climate, this expansive property totals almost 60,000 square-feet of land with over 250 linear feet of pristine white sand once owned by the storied Rothschild family.

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Providenciales, Turks And Caicos | Nina Siegenthaler, Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty 

Bajacu is a Caribbean masterwork, designed by renowned, Architectural Digest Top 100 Architect, Marco Aldaco who is known for his technical mastery of scale, color, and materials. Bajacu (“rising sun” in the language of Caribbean natives) sits proudly above the beautiful island of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. The ultra-private six-bedroom estate is situated on one of the island’s highest points, on an over eight-acre south shore site, with breathtaking views of the Caicos Banks.

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The First Permitted 3D-Printed Home Unveiled

Last month the first ever permitted 3D printed home in America was unveiled at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. The project was the inception of the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand’s charitable partner New Story and their construction technology partner, ICON.

The 3D printer is expected to accomplish the following goals:

  1. Significantly decrease the cost of building a home in the developing world. Currently, it costs $6,500 for New Story to build a home. The printer will significantly cut the cost to $4,000 a home with potential for it to continue to become more affordable.
  2. Make home construction faster. Homes can be built in 12-24 hours with the printer.
  3. Improve the quality of the final home.

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A defining factor of this new technology is that it will be used first in the developing world, in El Salvador, for people who are currently living without shelter, a basic human need. The printer can fit on a truck so it’s easily transportable, it’s durable and it uses a mortar that can be found anywhere.

“We made the decision to partner with New Story in 2017 because we agree that the home is the epicenter of your life. New Story’s desire for continued innovation to drive change is remarkable,” says Lindsey Scharf, Director PR & Communications Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.“The launch of the 3D printer will make a huge impact in their mission to provide homes for families in the developing world and we are proud to be aligned with them in this venture.”3D printed house

“We are incredibly proud to help advance New Story’s mission to transform people’s lives by providing the foundation of life, a home,” says John Passerini, Global VP Interactive Marketing, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “Their innovative approach to not only building homes but entire communities has already made an incredible difference for so many people and with their introduction of a 3D printer, they will be able to streamline the process like nobody has ever done before.”

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The 3D printer received significant media coverage including Architectural DigestFast CompanyWiredThe VergePBS and BuzzFeed to name a few.

Take a closer look at the 3D printer in action

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