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.

Room to Grow | Luxury Living for Couture Kids

1395 Great Egret Trail | Naples, Florida

Little ones inspire big dreams. So when it comes to home design, passionate parents are looking for more than just pink or blue — they want a space where their kids can play, learn and thrive. “Designing children’s rooms today is a really fun process because modern parents are looking to make their homes kid-friendly without being kid-centric,” says Brandon Quattrone of Consort Design.  “We’re creating rooms that are functional for children but flow cohesively with the rest of the home from a look-and-feel perspective, and because of that approach, these rooms are able to easily evolve as the child grows.”

“Our favorite way to create a classic space that’s fun for all ages is to incorporate elements that will activate a youthful imagination,” says Quattrone, “whether it be through pops of vibrant color or conversational patterns in wallpaper and linens.” If you’re looking to design a bold bedroom or a posh playroom, explore these luxury listings for some pint-size inspiration.

3315 Bayshore Road | Sarasota, Florida

6760 Sable Ridge Lane | Naples, Florida

 

 

Serene Spas | Cool Trends in Hot Tubs

28921 Cavell Terrace | Naples, Florida

As temperatures drop, outdoor luxury living is heating up. According to artist and designer Pablo Solomon, the hottest trends in spa design can be summed up in four words: sustainable, soothing, stone and savings — energy savings. “Creating surrounds to spas that conserve, collect and store water is in,” he explains. “Solar water heaters are supplying the hot water for many installations, and solar-powered pumps and lights are making installations easier — and saving energy. Better filtration systems are reducing the amount of maintenance and use of chemicals.”

16248 Gulf Boulevard | Redington Beach, Florida

Architecturally, stone, brick and composites are replacing wood as the material of choice, and hardscapes — landscaping such as terracing, berms and retaining walls — are becoming  more popular. Solomon reports that for high-end spas, there is a return to the grotto trend of the Romantic period. If you’re looking to warm up your outdoor oasis, peruse these luxury listings for some inspiration.

15923 Roseto Way | Naples, Florida

8642 Arbor Oaks Circle | Concord, North Carolina