Home is where the Art is

Nothing brings a home together quite like the pieces of art waiting to be discovered inside. From extraordinary display shelves built specifically for showing off your art, to breathtaking wall pieces, you won’t see anything quite like these artistically unique homes.

216 Bird Key Drive, Sarasota, Florida

This architecturally significant and beautifully designed contemporary home in the highly desirable Bird Key on Little Sarasota Bay, is perfectly positioned for extraordinary views and breathtaking sunsets. As you enter through a unique set of eight-foot custom design entryway doors, you are immediately taken by the soaring, vaulted ceilings with dramatic decorative exposed beams and a wall of windows meant to capture your senses. The exceptional design of this two-story home incorporates extra-large room sizes, five bedrooms, six baths, custom built-in cabinets and display shelves. This waterfront home showcases both stunning and functional interior redesigns.

2211 South Winds Drive, Naples, Florida

This South Winds estate breaks all boundaries and has become one of the area’s most recognized iconic European-inspired architectural homes. Under the leadership and design of Lime International Décor, the three year project, from conception to completion, encompasses groundbreaking products sourced from around the globe. Meticulous attention to every detail makes this residence truly one to set all standards. Completed in 2017 and engineered to cantilever over its own private lake, the home feels like it floats with water views glistening from every room through the huge walls of glass.

16612 Johns Lake Road, Clermont, Florida

Situated on seven, elevated and landscaped acres, just northwest of Orlando this three-level modern estate home was architecturally designed to showcase private lakefront views from almost every room. The main home boasts approximately 7,500 square feet of living space and has five bedroom en suites, a two-and-a-half-story formal living room with full-height glass window walls showcasing serene scenic sunrise views over Johns Lake, a formal office, large workout room and six-person home theater. The home’s façade amazes with a stunning porte-cochere and brilliant double entry door with custom designed glass artwork.

298 Lodge Ridge Trail, Banner Elk, North Carolina

The South Beech Summit, located on the ridge top of The Lodges at Eagles Nest, is one of the jewels of The High Country. The four season inspired mountain retreat offers residents a unique lifestyle all its own. Boasting 180-degree southern exposure at 5,200 feet of elevation and over 100-mile-long range views, the home provides sunrises and sunsets looking over numerous rolling mountain ranges. Offering four bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths on over three expansive acres, the decor is best described as Miami meets the mountains and finds the perfect balance between simple mountain elegance and sleek contemporary sophistication.

Whether you enjoy subtle reflections of art or statues that make a bold statement, art will always have a place in your home.

The Pearl | Art Deco Sarasota Condominiums

South Beach Style in Sarasota

A trend that made its debut in the mid-1920s, Art Deco design is an iconic part of the South Beach style. The style’s linear appearance with geometric decorative elements combined with South Beach’s vibrant pops of color give the area a distinctive feel of coastal fun.

The Pearl brings an even more sophisticated Art Deco design to Florida’s west coast. Sarasota, long hailed as the cultural coast, sets the perfect backdrop for an architecture lover to appreciate a new, distinct take on coastal Art Deco.

A New Art Deco

The Pearl Exterior Art Deco

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Exclusive: Inside Ockley Manor

Ockley Manor Luxury Cottage Front Elevation

Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, Ockley Manor is a quiet cul-de-sac of seven luxury cottages featuring 19th-century English countryside design boasting black slate roofs and white-washed painted brick facades. With a starting price of $1.6 million, Ockley Manor is one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Charlotte.

English Countryside Cottage Dining and Living

Inside, these single-family homes range from 4,000 to 6,000 square feet and offer beautiful reclaimed hardwood beams complemented by wide-planked hardwood floors. The first floor contains the main living areas including a master suite, second bedroom and an exquisite, state-of-the-art kitchen complete with scullery. Entertain with ease with a separate room for cleanup and an open floor plan incorporating the entry, living room, dining space and kitchen into shared area.

Ockley Manor Interior Living Kitchen and Dining

The developer, Kingswood Custom Homes, began operation in 1996 when its founder, Peter Leeke, an award-winning custom home builder in London relocated to the area. Other developments featuring homes by Kingswood Custom Homes include The Sanctuary, The Point, Springfield, The Club at Longview and The Peninsula.

Ockley Manor Outdoor Entertaining

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Mastering Mosaic

It is said that the peacock is a symbol of immortality, as they guard the Gates of Paradise and welcome all who enter. Above the custom mosaic steps on each side of this Siesta Key’s estate entryway, sit a pair of custom designed mosaic tiled peacocks welcoming guests to this piece of paradise.

A domestic and international design award winner, this home is all about the stone, tile and glass details with custom mosaics elevating this modern luxury with Old World charm. Inside, the kitchen ceiling was lifted, barreled and embellished with custom mosaic tiles and beams and glistens with an almost copper-like glow.

Designed by the owner as a replica of an old European castle, the estate’s sunroom was an addition with three hand-carved, Bulgarian-gold-marble archways transitioning between the new room and the rest of the house. The room’s medieval theme is a trip back in time with extensive mastery of stone complemented by faux paintings and special lighting. The ceiling is adorned with 3-by-3-foot panels of marble mosaic, custom created and inspired by Renaissance art. The columns, television doors and limestone fireplace all feature imported custom mosaics.

All of the exterior mosaic featured tiles were imported from Bulgaria and were hand-laid by a Bulgarian craftsman. The pool, spa and lower relaxing pool boast brilliant hues of blue glass mosaic lending to an exquisite play of light on the water. The blues of the lower relaxing pool’s mosaic are complemented by yellow and green speckled mosaic fish, and an antique mosaic wall plaque adorns the upper terrace fountain.

The owners of this estate created a paradise adorned in details of stone, tile and glass, with artistry and craftsmanship unparalleled by anyone’s standards. For more information on this mosaic masterpiece click here.

Beaming Design

Ceilings thoughtfully adorned with wood beams can add the right amount of detail to dress up a room. A growing trend in design, exposed beams provide a raw element with a rustic feel to spaces that are often coastal-inspired, contemporary or even Mediterranean. Whether creating drama by accenting a vaulted ceiling or creating a warm and cozy ambience by framing a rustic space, here are just a few ways that wood beams can be the highlight of any space.

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 Exposed beams are the perfect addition to a rustic space and bring the elements inside in this North Carolina mountain estate.

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The design is in the details; these wood beams provide the ideal rustic element to contrast this white, contemporary kitchen.

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This Florida home is resplendent in craftsmanship and unique detailing with soaring ceilings and hand-hewn beams. White and yellow pine, post-and-beam construction and Australian cypress floors blend artistry with nature.

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This elegant living area in the Charleston model at Estuary at Grey Oaks in Naples, Florida, is appointed with distressed wood beams that bring a coastal ambience to the indoor-outdoor space, ideal for entertaining.

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These wood beams perfectly accent the bold colors, tiles and finishings in this Mediterranean estate.