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Making a Statement

These bold staircases are making a statement.

In 2019, designers are paying attention to creating staircases that leave a lasting impression — whether the staircase is made of wood or metal, or shaped as a spiral or curve.  

Regardless of style, a staircase can often serve as a home’s focal point. These staircases have been intently designed to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Spiral

The free-standing, white-plaster spiral staircase at luxury condominium 277 Fifth Avenue was designed by famed interior architect Jeffrey Beers with a custom-made, commercial-size chandelier composed of 18 strands of brass-trimmed pendants that suspend down its center.

The staircase was intently crafted to create a visually stunning and dramatic connection between two floors that house 7,000 square feet of amenity spaces, including a game lounge and state-of-the-art fitness facility.

Courtesy of Pentagram

Suspended

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach features a unique multimillion-dollar lobby designed to cater exclusively to art enthusiasts and world travelers boasting a $500,000 Piero Lissoni-designed staircase as its focal point. Leading up to the second floor library, the staircase is designed for both beauty and function.

Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Residences

Wood

Skyline Tower’s glistening bronze and wood staircase was crafted to create a dramatic entryway to the condominium’s expansive Residential Lounge, cascading elegantly into the open-air common space, which was designed to feel like an extension of each resident’s home.

Courtesy of Binyan Studios

Floating

The graceful floating stairs that take you from the foyer to the rooftop in the penthouse at Nine on the Hudson. The staircase leads you to a modern glass atrium that captures the sunlight and serene Zen garden, bringing in natural elements into the home.

Courtesy of VDP

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400 Years New

Nestled upon a hill in the Tuscan countryside, this centuries-old farmhouse has been meticulously restored — merging 400 years of history with modern-day features.

With an original structure dating back to 1598, Podere Paníco features authentic wood beams, cotto flooring and roof tiles. Restoration architect Fulvio Di Rosa also purposefully hid modern infrastructure — such as plumbing, electrical, and insulation — to maintain a sense of authenticity throughout the home.

Additional, age-old building materials were sourced to maintain an historical presence. When encountering modern elements — such as indoor staircases, indoor lighting, or pools — Fulvio embraced contemporary materials to curate a luxurious touch as well.

“Fulvio has amazing attention to detail and a strict adherence to authenticity in the structural elements of the home,” says listing agent Bob Hurwitz of Hurwitz James Company. “Stonemasons and carpenters were tasked with problem solving using only methods and techniques available during the era of original construction.”

The abandoned property was rediscovered in 2013 with many of its beams and arches still intact. “What separates Paníco from other restorations, in addition to the unparalleled authenticity, is the open concept design that was achieved.… Paníco’s interior is spacious and light, with beautifully large, arched windows opening views in multiple directions from virtually anywhere in the home,” Hurwitz says. With over 7,000 square feet of living space, Paníco is the ideal setting for multiple families, corporate retreats, weddings, or any large gathering. Both homeowners and guests can relax in three distinct living areas — one on the main level, one on the upper level and one in the barn. Meanwhile, the open-concept kitchen with a traditional Tuscan fireplace allows for a range of culinary adventures. When you step outside of this one-of-a-kind home, you are greeted by unrivalled, sweeping vistas. “With its hilltop location, the 360-degree views from the property are amazing, particularly from the infinity pool,” Hurwitz says.

With a row of cypress trees that guide you up to the five-acre property, Paníco offers the utmost privacy, “with your only neighbors being other ruins in the distance and a herd of sheep that sometimes graze nearby,” says Hurwitz.

Located mere minutes from the historic streets of Siena, the location is another key selling point of this luxurious, Tuscan farmhouse. Hurwitz recommends that guests “spend the day exploring the classical and gothic architecture, the afternoon shopping in local markets, or [get] swept away with a romantic Italian dinner.”

“Pedal through the wide-open landscape of Crete Senesi, past ancient hilltop towns, brick farmhouses, iconic cypress trees, and lush vineyards. Then stop to savour delicious Pecorino cheeses, homemade pastas, fruity olive oils, and celebrated Tuscan wines,” adds Hurwitz.

This fantastically located home has more than 400 years of unique history, and once was even “used as a base of operations for the commander of the French army during the Allied campaign in Italy in WW ll,” according to Hurwtiz. More recently, the farmhouse served as home to countless families and animals. As the home is currently on the market, Hurwitz says that Paníco’s casual luxurious style will draw in large families in search of a first or second home. “Paníco also attracts affluent travelers and a high weekly rental rate, making it an ideal investment property,” he adds. “The quality and authenticity of the restoration will allow for maximum capital appreciation in the future.”

Photos by Marco Grillo.

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Britannia Opens its Doors After Four-Year Renovation

Whether you’re in Trondheim for a historic visit, romantic getaway, or business trip, this 257-room luxury hotel will offer an unrivaled, 5-star experience.

After a four-year, $160 million renovation, Norway’s iconic Britannia recently celebrated its grand reopening.

A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, the 246-room, 11-suite property is set in the city of Trondheim, located on the fjords of central Norway and just 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle.

Originally opened in 1870 for aristocratic Britons in search of the world’s best salmon fishing, the property was long considered the world’s most northerly palace hotel. After 150 years of operation, Norwegian billionaire Odd Reitan closed the property for a head-to-toe restoration, ushering the hotel into the 21st century with the latest technology, enhanced amenities and cutting-edge Norwegian and Scandinavian design and art.

The new Britannia Spa features a heated indoor pool, six treatment rooms, multiple saunas, an ice bath, relaxation room, Jacuzzi, gym, infrared cabin and more.

Under the helm of Bocuse d’Or Silver medal winner, Christopher Davidsen, all six restaurants and bars began serving guests, including: The Palm Court, the glass-domed cafe that was originally the “meeting place” of Trondheim society; Speilsalen, the fixed-course, fine-dining restaurant; Jonathan Grill, the casual dining; the Britannia Bar, a chic cocktail bar and lounge; and Vinbaren, a wine bar serving directly from the hotel’s 8,000-bottle cellar.

Photos courtesy of Britannia

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9 Inspiring Architectural Marvels

Are these architectural wonders on your bucket list?

These architectural marvels, as highlighted by Architectural Adventures, are must-sees for all architecture lovers.

© Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia Commons

The Famed Duomo in Florence

ITALY

 

Dominating the center of Florence, the Renaissance dome is the world’s 4th largest cathedral and took about 140 years to build.

Milan’s Giant Gothic Cathedral
ITALY

 

As the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, Duomo di Milano has more figures than any other building in the world with 3,400 statues, 135 gargoyles, and 700 figures.

The Todaiji Temple

JAPAN

 

Once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples, the Todaiji Temple houses the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana and serves as the Japanese headquarters of the Kegon school of Buddhism.

The Parthenon
GREECE

 

Built during the Athenian Empire rule in honor of the goddess Athena, the Parthenon, the sublime Doric temple, serenely fulfilled its function as the religious centre of Athens for over a thousand years.

The Taj Mahal
INDIA

 

One of the finest and most sophisticated examples of Mughal architecture is the iconic Taj Mahal, or “crown of palaces,” which was named as such to refer to the beauty of the deceased Persian princess and wife to Shah Jahan.

Alhambra’s Beauty
SPAIN

 

The most famous of the three main sections of the Alhambra are the Nasrid Palaces, which feature the Alhambra’s signature Moorish architecture and mosaic-work.

©Travis Witt / Wikimedia Commons

The Mission Concepción
TEXAS, U.S.

 

The Mission Concepción is the oldest unrestored stone church in America, and part of the San Antonio Missions UNESCO World Heritage site.

Marek Holub / Wikimedia Commons

Sagrada Família
SPAIN

 

The Mission Concepción is the oldest unrestored stone church in America, and part of the San Antonio Missions UNESCO World Heritage site.

Richard Mortel from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia / Wikimedia Commons

Rector’s Palace
CROATIA

 

Notice effortless combination of Renaissance and Baroque elements showcased throughout the Rector’s Palace, also serving as Dubrovnik’s ornate cathedral.

 

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Martin Lawrence Galleries Celebrates Unique Works of Sam Francis

This carefully curated exhibition, which opened on April 11, includes paintings, watercolor, and acrylic on paper works completed by American abstract expressionist Sam Francis.

The imagery and works included in the Sam Francis exhibition exude a spontaneity, openness, and bold presence that were as much a part of the artist as of his work. Francis allowed chance and accident to shape his images. His ability to understand and convey the meaning of these unconscious elements enables viewers to understand the artist, as well as his art.

 

“In a city saturated with pop art, this is a chance for modern-art collector to consider works for their home by an actual abstract-expressionist,” says Gallery Director R.L. Sparks, who notes that “most of us, of course, will never acquire a Jackson Pollock or Willem de Kooning.”

 

He adds, “But Francis is his own man. His career traversed more styles than Pollock attempted and with a color palette brighter than any of the other expressionists.” The artist’s desire to explore his art led him to Paris in the early ’50s, and it was here that his professional career as an artist indeed began. From early in his career, Francis realized commercial and critical success with his large, paint-splattered, colorful images.

Untitled, 1994 (SFP94-39, SFF.1714) acrylic on canvas 16 x 24 inches

His paintings of the 1950s evolved through a series of stages, beginning with monochromatic abstractions, followed by more massive richly colored murals and “open” paintings that feature large areas of whiteness. After his 1953 painting “Big Red” was included in the 1956 exhibition “Twelve Artists” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Francis began a rapid rise to international prominence.

 

Included in the exhibition are archetypal works and images — mandalas, trellises, and spirals which dominated his work during a period in the ’70s when he immersed himself in the work of Swiss psychologist Carl Jung. Francis’ works of the early 1970s have been referred to as Fresh Air pictures. Created by adding pools, drips, and splatters of color to wet bands of paint applied with a roller, these works re-asserted the artist’s interest in color.

Untitled (Blue Cross) 1984 acrylic on paper 78 x 42 inches

Bright Ring Drawing, 1964 watercolor and acrylic on paper, signed ‘Sam Francis’ March 1964 Tokyo’ verso 41 x 27 inches

During the course of his career, Sam Francis was commissioned to paint many important murals, including those in at the Louvre Museum in Paris, the San Francisco Museum of Modern and the Kunsthalle in Basel, Switzerland.

 

“There are several huge works on display, big bold works, two of which are taller than I am, and I’m 6’2,” says Sparks. “But my favorite paintings personally are the more organic works of the early 1960’s where the artist is creating works more akin to what you’d see adrift in a petri  dish, under a microscope, than what the hands of man usually devise.” Francis died in 1994, and his originals are currently listed online for up to $30,000.

Martin Lawrence Galleries is located in New York, New York.

For more on Sam Francis, visit samfrancis.com

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Furniture Evokes Fantasy for Children

CIRCU, a unique design brand geared toward imaginative children, curates furniture that merges creative design with exceptional quality.

CIRCU creates a world full of magic and fantasy for children. Whether it is sleeping in a princess castle or doing homework “in the sky,” children may turn their dreams into reality with these pieces of furniture.

Golden Princess Castle

 

Castles have always been a source of inspiration, adventure and fantasy in the magical world of children. Whether in the role of prince or princess, this castle bed will delight any child in love with fairytales.

 

This romantic fantasy item is perfect for kids to live a real fairytale with a happy ending. With an inspiring design, the intention is making sleepy times increasingly wanted by little princes and princesses.

Sky Desk

 

Up, up and away! Take off to the sky for some aeronautical adventures. Sky Desk, a desk inspired by Disney movie “Planes,” is the perfect combination for your aviator inspired bedroom decoration. Bring a little aviation-inspired magic to the little pilot’s bedroom.

 

With a creative and playful design, the Sky Desk is the best addition for the little pilot’s room. The decorative suitcases are storage compartments. 

Cloud Lamp

 

This cloud shaped lamp has a cotton-like texture that replicates the fictional feeling of a fluffy cloud.

 

Inspired by the Pixar short-film “Partly Cloudy,” the design relates to the sense of serenity and peace transmitted by clouds, the same feeling we want to create in the children’s rooms with this realistic Cloud Lamp.

 

With a sound system and color changing RGB light remotely controlled, this suspension lamp can be used to create a calm atmosphere for the bedtime.

Sky One Plane

 

The Sky One Plane is an airplane-themed kids bed with a playful design that it’s both didactic and fun. An airplane inspired decoration for kids’ rooms is perfect to encourage the little explorers to develop their creativity.

 

This airplane-shaped kids bed is inspired by the Disney movie “Planes” character Skipper, an iconic Navy Corsair aircraft, providing this way both a modern and vintage motif to the bed.

The Rocky Rocket

 

The Rocky Rocket it’s a children’s interactive chair, painted in red and white checkered pattern.

 

The moon rocket has become an iconic symbol for kids, while parents will recognize it from the adventures of Tintin, kids will relate it to Buzz Lightyear from “Toy Story.”

 

This interactive chair features an educational light and sound system to foster curiosity and excitement among kids.

Bun Van

 

This bed, reinvented by CIRCU, is perfect to bring some fun and imagination to any space. Inside it contains several storage compartments, a bed, a TV, a desk, a mini bar and a sofa.

 

Parents will recognize the inspiration for this piece, one of the most remarkable vehicles ever produced and at the same time, one of the most iconic and magical symbols of fun and freedom!

 

Few other vehicles have the ability to turn heads and conjure a spirit of freedom, adventure and open roads.

photos courtesy of Circu 

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Casa Terracota: This House is Also The World’s Biggest Pottery

Casa Terracota is a 5,400 square-foot, two-story home constructed entirely of clay — making it the world’s largest single piece of pottery.

 

From the stairs and walls to the beds and bathroom, every feature of this unique home is made from clay.

Casa Terracota, located within Villa de Leyva in Colombia, was built over the course of 15 years by architect Octavio Mendoza. Mendoza crafted the home one layer at a time, allowing for each layer bake and harden in the sun before moving onto the next.

 

The structure was built exclusively by hand using only accessible natural resources, which means it does not contain any cement or steel.

 

Outside, this one-of-a-kind home is surrounded by green farmland and breathtaking views of the mountains.

 

Inside, bright tile mosaics add color to the baked earthy walls which slope and curve like the surrounding hills so that the home blends in with the horizon. While creating the design of the home, Mendoza aimed to blend the indoor spaces with the surrounding outdoor spaces to create a natural yet livable home.

 

“I love that the rooftop is a usable and livable part of the home,” explains Paul Drecksler, the founder of Travel is Life and travel blogger who had the opportunity to visit Casa Terracota. “I love being outside, and I feel that most traditional homes waste outdoor space or limit it to a tiny balcony. The architect of Casa Terracota created the roof and outdoor areas as part of the living space, which I really appreciate.”

 

Inside, the clay cottage also offers some modern features — solar panels for hot water, toilets and sinks covered in colorful mosaic tiles, two floors, and a fully functional kitchen. “In regards to functionality, I was surprised at the home’s livability. It offered working bathrooms, a kitchen, and electricity — which you’d expect in a ‘normal’ home, but my bar was set low for a livable piece of pottery,” Drecksler says.

 

The kitchen features furniture, as well as utensils made exclusively from clay. Lighting fixtures are crafted from scrap metal, while mugs are molded from recycled glass. “Casa Terracota exceeded my expectations in terms of both aesthetics and functionality. Photos and videos don’t do the home justice because it’s difficult to capture a subject and the environment around it at the same time,” Drecksler says. “Casa Terracota is designed to blend in with its environment, so in order to fully appreciate its aesthetics, you’ve got to visit in person.

 

“I would definitely recommend tourists add Casa Terracota to their bucket list if they visit Villa De Leyva, Colombia if they have an interest in architecture and enjoy visiting unique homes,” Drecksler adds.

 

This unique home is now also open to the public for tours. 

Photos courtesy of Paul Drecksler at TravelisLife.org

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Get Your Backyard Ready for Spring

When the weather is warm, it is important that luxury homeowners have a backyard suitable for entertaining — whether it is to host an intimate family gathering or a large celebration with friends.

 

With spring in full force, it’s time to say hello to outdoor picnics, long days spent in the pool, and family barbecues.

 

In order to refresh your backyard in time for spring, we explore a few quick tips that will help your space to feel both luxurious, yet livable.

Seating

Whether it is a complete outdoor living room and a full-service kitchen, or a small table with chairs and an arrangement of delicate metal benches, ample outdoor seating is a must-have.

Photos courtesy of Garden Trading (above featured image, left image and image to the right) and designbotschaft GmbH (middle)

Featuring a three-seater sofa and two armchairs, the Colwell Sofa Set creates a lightweight aesthetic whilst also offering comfort. The set will look striking beside a pool, on a decking area or patio to sit and relax during the warmer months.

Fire

On chilly spring nights, a stylish fire pit or outdoor fireplace can provide some much needed warmth while it also improves the design appeal of your backyard space.

Solus Decor’s Elevated Halo Fire Table fit well into a wide variety of outdoor environments, with their clean profiles and soft curves.

Photos courtesy of Solus Decor

Lighting

String lights and lanterns help to create a relaxing ambiance perfect for entertaining all evening long.

Torche, by Les Jardins Solar Lighting, merges modern sensibility with versatile design. Torche is the ultimate outdoor accessory, especially when used as an upgraded version of a tiki torch to light darkened pathways.

Photo courtesy of Lights4fun (left) and Les Jardins Solar Lighting (middle & right)

Greenery

When enjoying an evening outdoors, it is important that your guests are able to enjoy the smell of fresh greenery and blooming flowers. Be sure to include a ton of plants and flowers throughout your backyard space.

Photo courtesy of Lights4fun

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Around The World

We look at four areas outside the U.S. attracting international attention for their real estate.

By Alyssa Gautieri, Kristen Ordonez and Marlene Ridgway

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Turks and Caicos

With a booming economy, a rise in tourism, and massive projects underway, Turks and Caicos is attracting luxury buyers nationwide, according to Perla Nieves Chesterton of The Pearl Residences.

“Besides the lovely, sunny and warm weather, people flock to the islands to cash in on the opportunities,” says Chesterton. “There are no income, property, capital gain or estate taxes. There’s a shortage of and a need for just about any business, so success is almost guaranteed.”

 

Property in Turks and Caicos can range from $1 million to $75 million. According to Chesterton, luxury condos can be purchased for around $1 million, exceptional condos for $2 million to $3 million, and waterfront homes for around $1 million. Beachfront residences are typically priced between $5 million and $25 million, but may go up to around $75 million. “The entire country and its marketing is positioned at exclusive and luxury hotels, homes and services,” Chesterton explains.

 

Visitors, residents and investors are coming from geographically diverse locations — from Russia and China to the U.S., Canada and U.K. The primary market is Canada, the U.K., and the U.S. — with most American buyers coming from the Northeast.

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos | ©istockphoto.com / anouchka

Canada

Canada is one to boast some of the safest communities in the world, from the metropolitan areas of Toronto to quaint neighborhoods like Halton Hills. Melissa Krause, sales representative for RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., considers herself an expert here as she has witnessed the town evolve before her eyes.

 

“Halton Hills has a genuine sense of community, where people come together to support one another,” she says, also noting that many families are drawn to these communities. According to Krause, there are many aspects of this region that attract buyers both nationally and internationally.

Glen Williams, Toronto | Photo courtesy of Melissa Krause

 

 

”[Halton Hills], which features Georgetown, Acton and the quaint villages of Glen Williams, Limehouse and Norval, often brings about buyers from the larger and surrounding metropolis,” she notes, saying that many relocate from the bigger cities of Oakville, Mississauga and others with the desire to live in a small town. This need from buyers is satisfied in areas like this in Canada both through luxury residences and communities as well as extracurriculars and amenities for all.

The most desirable luxury homes in Halton Hills are in Glen Williams, or “The Glen,” which is home to the largest artisan’s village in North America. From the different studios, antique shops, and both fine and casual dining to the three exclusive subdivisions, the luxury lifestyle is within easy reach in this small town.

In terms of prices and listings, the highest priced listings in Halton Hills range anywhere from $1.5 million to $2.5 million, with these homes sitting in any of the high-end subdivisions, Wildwood Estates, Bishop Court and Meadows in The Glen. The highest-priced residential home can be priced upwards of $4 million, surrounded by 10-plus acres with all the “bells and whistles” included, from in-ground pools, gourmet chef’s kitchens, and more. “Rural homes of this magnitude do not come up often and when they do it can take a much longer time to sell,” Krause says.

Argentina

 

With foreign consumers coming from Spain, France, Netherlands, United Kingdom and The United States, Argentina is drawing in a range of luxury buyers. “Argentina has always been considered a top destination in Latin America and has an important position in the South American luxury market,” says Viviana Bonelli of Coldwell Banker Grupo Gardiol.

 

“From an economical and political perspective, new leadership in Argentina has created better expectations for the future,” says Bonelli, who notes that favorable exchange rates in 2018 have increased interest from foreigners in the luxury real estate market. Growing popular in the U.S., Argentina is particularly popular among residents from California, Miami and New York.

 

“Vacation homes have long been a draw for high-net-worth investors — whether it is ski, golf, mountain or beachside retreats,” Bonelli says. “In Argentina, we observed that affluent consumers look for something that is truly unique, and this has a different representation for each person.” She said the highest-priced listing in Buenos Aires area is around $10 million.

 

Bonelli also notes a rise in tourism in Uruguay, one of Argentina’s neighboring countries.

Bariloche, Nahuel Huapi Lake, Argentina | ©istockphoto.com / MaRabelo

 

“The tourism industry in Uruguay is an important part of its economy. Oceanfront luxury developments are attracting investors from Europe, Argentina and Brazil, looking for luxury living, with unparalleled degree of elegance and functionality plus extraordinary amenities,” she says.

 

Ireland

 

“The Irish economy is the fastest growing economy in Europe with a projected growth rate for 2018 of 5.6 percent,” says Phil Thompson, real estate agent for Des Lalor Auctioneers. This projection supports the notion that Ireland’s luxury real estate is solid and continuing to expand, which can partly be explained by the rise in net immigration. “A high percentage of luxury property buyers are coming from overseas, both returning Irish migrants who rode out the depression in more lucrative locations and high-net-worth individuals moving here for employment,” says Thompson.

 

Lake house in Republic of Ireland ©istockphoto.com / MaRabelo

Chinese and Asian buyers, as well as those “seeking a safe haven in the European Union,” are another source of expansion, according to Thompson. The rise in buyers has put a strain on the available housing in cities, which has boosted the value and popularity of space outside of Dublin. “Prices are increasing rapidly in the commuter belt, 10 to 20 miles from Dublin city center,” says Thompson.

Additionally, an area growing in value is The Docklands. This is the area where “social media giants such as Facebook, Google and LinkedIn have their European headquarters and is proving highly popular as the new workers try to secure homes close to where they work,” says Thompson.

Thompson reports no shortage of real estate options. “The luxury market in the Dublin area is generally considered to consist of properties in the €1 million-plus ($1.15 million-plus) range,” he says. The highest-priced listing is a 7-bedroom mansion in a coastal setting for €10 million ($11.5 million).

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Design Trends to Flourish this Spring

As spring kicks into full gear, here are some interior trends that are set to flourish this spring — as told by industry design experts.

Thin Countertops

“Thinner three-quarter inch countertops are the new trend, creating a different and unique way to approach a kitchen staple at about half the thickness of traditional countertops. These countertops can vary in look from pure white, quartz and concrete, to faux premium Italian marble. In the spirit of packing away the heavy winter gear, people are adding design elements such as thin countertops to their home to make it feel lighter for the spring.”

 

Adam Meshberg, Founder and Principal of Meshberg Group

Indoor / Outdoor Living

“Layouts that allow a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor areas in hospitality projects give the space a sense of continuity. Outdoor amenities that are on par with those you’d typically find inside … allow people to spend more time outside connecting with nature, which is increasingly important, especially in warmer months. Maintaining light and airy indoor spaces with lots of organic, natural materials also creates a fresh feeling for spring.”

 

BCV Architecture + Interiors

Photo courtesy of BCV Architecture + Interiors

Mixing Metals

“The all-black metal look is out, and a more refined mix of metals is in. While matte or polished black metal at plumbing or light fixtures or hardware is gorgeous and striking and remains popular, mixing it up with another metal in a warm or cool tone, will update a space with a more refined and luxe vibe.”

 

— Sara Ianniciello, Director of Design, Whitehall Interiors

Meaningful Art

“An entire wall of art of all types and sizes, is a memorable way to dress up any room. Art is meaningful and ought to be selected based on what moves you, and you love, whether it’s the medium, colors or subject. An oversized piece in a room can also be stunning.”

 

— Sara Ianniciello, Director of Design, Whitehall Interiors

Mash up of Textures

“We like to create a sense of dimension in the space with a mixture of eclectic textures, rough-hewn woven fabric walls, fumed copper accents, polished concrete floors inlaid with a rustic tile and rough-sewn oak cabinetry in a custom kitchen. In the spring, we mix textured indoor/outdoor rugs, organic accents, and vibrant art and accessories to brighten up both indoor and outdoor spaces after the dull winter.”

 

Adam Meshberg, Founder and Principal of Meshberg Group

Natural Materials & Bold Colors

“Spring is a time of rebirth and vibrancy; in design, this is a perfect opportunity to utilize natural materials and bright, bold colors. Embracing the natural grain and shape of wood coupled with pops of color, like the red chairs and long single-plank communal table at Gott’s Roadside in Marin, California, creates a warm and welcoming environment and cultivates community.”

 

BCV Architecture + Interiors

Photo courtesy of David Wakely

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