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Fine Art Peggy’s Passion

Daring Art Deco Luxury on Lake Garda

Plus In Monet’s Garden Twin Farms Global Connections

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ESTATE OF MIND

Robbie Briggs

The Story Live, Work, Play

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y wife, Nancy, and I and our five children, have lived in a very “traditional” way— in a wonderful neighborhood in Dallas. I spent my adult life in real estate, some of it with my father, getting to list and show many of the most beautiful estates in Dallas. It has only been recently that traditional dwellers have been looking into what is the new tradition—urban living. Unlike in New York, Los Angeles and other global cities, urban living was not really something Dallasites thought of as an option. In Texas, remember, it is all about the land. In the last few years, however, the landscape has been changing. Because of the wonderful new venues for theatre, music and the arts, I have been touting “live, work and play” in Uptown/ Downtown Dallas.

We went to the nearby Perot Museum of Nature and Science and walked through Klyde Warren Park. The stroll was quick and easy, allowing us to take in the Downtown sites while the children frolicked through the elevated park. I have always said I would like to be a granddad in a vibrant urban setting so I could take my grandchildren to discover art, museums, theatre —and I was right. That evening we hosted our son, daughter-in-law and a few friends, and we all meandered about the Terrace’s green space as we grilled. The children ran about and played ball and blew bubbles that glistened as they floated toward the color-splashed skyline. The next morning as we said goodbye, I did not want to leave. I felt as if I had really lived, worked and played in this extraordinary home in the middle of Downtown Dallas. Who knows … we might be living there soon.

So this February I decided to do just that. Nancy and I spent three days and two nights living at Museum Tower, the city’s premier high-rise in the heart of Downtown Dallas. From the valet to our private entrance on the 35th floor, we were welcomed to the most wonderful views of the city. As we enjoyed the weekly cocktail party on the Terrace and then joined a few guests for a dinner planned by Tanya Mendenhall, Director of Resident Relations and prepared by renowned chef Ken Rathbun, the mantra was relaxed luxury. With ease and friendliness, we met some of the neighbors from California, Colorado and Texas. “Is it always so wonderful around here?” I asked. And the reply was the same, “We are really spoiled.” The concierge service makes life easy—unloading your cars, walking your dogs and arranging for theatre tickets – and allows you to do what you love. I wanted to work at home so the next morning I held meetings in the high-tech conference room. Afterwards, I welcomed my grandchildren Zoey and Micah.

Now, let me invite you to some other extraordinary live, work and play stories. In this issue of MetaLuxe you’ll read about the Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli and marvel at Art Deco jewelry now making a red carpet resurgence. You’ll see where art and history come together at Twin Farms in Barnard, Vermont and visit Venice and the modern art Mecca conceptualized and created by Peggy Guggenheim. And you’ll join Claude Monet at his country home in Giverny and relax at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania. Please enjoy your spring and summer, wherever you choose to live, work and play. Robbie Briggs rb@briggsfreeman.com 3


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BY VIVIAN HOLLEY

Extraordinary Travel

VILLA

FELTRINELLI Luxury on Lake Garda

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In 1943 during World War II, Benito Mussolini was moved by the Nazis to a confiscated mansion on Lake Garda in northern Italy, where he was virtually a prisoner. In 1945 he managed to escape with his mistress. Big mistake. They were captured and killed by partisans. The question: Why did Il Duce want to leave? House arrest scarcely seems a hardship when the house is an 1892 neo-Gothic turreted treasure set on the western shores of Lombardy’s Lake Garda–an area that Winston Churchill loved to paint, and that D.H. Lawrence called "one of the most beautiful places on earth." Built to be the summer residence of the wealthy Feltrinelli family, it’s a stunning retreat of priceless frescoes and painted ceilings, with stained glass windows and a handsome marble staircase. Thanks to the family lumber fortune, the villa is uncommonly rich in ceilings, wall panels, and furnishings of intricately sculpted wood. Pity poor Mussolini–forced to live in such surroundings.

on right page: lakeside italianate gardens and landscaped grounds are planted with olive, orange, ancient oak, cypress and magnolia trees on next page: terrace -la pergolaou. you can choose to eat on the terrace, with its beautiful pergola. the salon, where the walls are covered in frescoes. the room contains a bosendorfer piano, one of 70 pieces of original furniture villa feltrinelli is a 1892 neo-gothic turreted treasure set on the western shores of lombardy’s lake garda the dining room features a tasting menu from chef stefano baiocco you can also choose to eat on the terrace, with its beautiful pergola il poeta suite villa feltrinelli - casa rustica guesthouse credit for all

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But then, grand as it was, the place was not yet Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli. It took the vision of famously innovative hotelier Bob Burns, founder of the Regent hotel chain, to see the possibilities in the property that had been sold and left vacant and deteriorating. First, with the idea of making it a private getaway for his family, he purchased it in 1997 for $3.5 million. Then, considering the cost of painstaking restoration, he decided to create an ultraluxurious hotel of 21 rooms and exquisite amenities. Five years and $35 million later, the place was – and is – simply perfect. The "grand hotel" of its name is a bit misleading, since nothing about the villa reflects the formality that often accompanies such a title. Villa Feltrinelli has the warm, welcoming feel of the home it once was, with service as unpretentious as it is pampering.


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guest can feel as comfortable sipping a limoncello in the gorgeous salon with its ethereal frescoes and Bosendorfer piano (one of 70 pieces of original furniture) as poking into the pantry for a midnight snack. To enjoy the sumptuous dining and wining, you might pull up beside the fireplace in the dining room, or ask to be served lakeside, in the wine cellar (1,000 vintages strong) or the garden gazebo. Or, of course, in your heavenly

room. While each has its own character, you can count on Pratesi coverlets, Frette linens, fluffy down pillows, fresh bouquets, and a plate of lemon cookies. Big marble bathrooms boast a heated floor, deep French soaking tub and separate shower. Reach into your fridge for fruit juice or wine (along with laundry service, mini-bar libations are complimentary, as in a gracious country house), and then switch on the impressive sound system that offers eight music options, from opera to jazz.

The villa and its guesthouses come wrapped in eight manicured, magnoliashaded acres with impeccable lawns sliced by white gravel paths, croquet green, and swimming pool; Adirondack chairs for contemplating Italy’s largest lake backdropped by snow-crowned Monte Baldo; and an 1800s limonaia – one of the terraced structures with the look of Roman ruins that lace hillsides and protect the legendary local lemons. 9


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he property’s private 52-foot pleasure craft stands ready to zip you about the lake for a look at Isola del Garda’s 19th-century Venetian castle, where Countess Alberta Cavazza leads tours of her family home and olive-rich gardens. Or for lunch at Locanda San Vigilio (spring means fresh asparagus, and the risotto is possibly the best you’ll ever taste), a longtime favorite of celebrities from Laurence Olivier to Richard Gere. By land, the charming village of Gargano is a 10-minute walk away. Historic Salo, a once-fortified town of cobbled streets and sunny squares, is a 20-minute drive. Unlike Mussolini, you may never want to leave. 10

Information: Tel. (39) 0365-798000, www.villafeltrinelli.com


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Daring Art Deco Jewelry Made for the Mindset of the 1920s, But Still Suited for Modern Styles BY SHIRLEY B. MOSKOW Paris couturier Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel in the 1930s was one of the first high-end designers to endorse the wearing of costume jewelry. She approved, she said, as long as the jewelry was worn “while it was fashionable, then discarded.” Hers was a radical pronouncement. Before that, precious jewels were a status symbol. Most people who wore costume jewelry tried to give the impression that it was real. After Mikimoto developed the technique for making cultured pearls so nearly perfect it was difficult to distinguish them from nature’s, women would purchase them in a size commensurate with their income to give the impression that they wore Oriental pearls. Daring young women following a fad of the 1920s sometimes sported a large string of obviously cultured pearls. One such fashionable woman knew that her mother would not approve, so whenever they were together she hid that necklace. Manners and styles were changing, often dramatically. The new styles of the 1920s, also known as The Jazz Age and The Roaring Twenties, encouraged originality without reliance on tradition. One of these new styles took its name from the 1925 Paris Exposition des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels, or Art Deco. Art Deco – its contemporary name was “moderne” – dominated the period between the two world wars. It was a major style of the 20th century. It affected all material culture: art, architecture, furniture, textiles and transportation. And, of course, fashion. Streamlined shapes and innovative use of luxurious materials crafted by talented artisans became the era’s hallmark.

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esigners created Art Deco objects, including costume jewelry, for a sophisticated elite. Many widely diverse cultures contributed to the look of Art Deco. It has roots in South America’s ziggurat patterns no less than in Scandinavia’s minimalism. Artifacts found during the 1922 discovery of the ancient tomb of Egyptian King Tutankhamen inspired jeweled masks and scarab bracelets. Japanese prints, Chinese lacquer and African carvings found expression, too. Abstract art provided the palette for bold color. Art Deco also introduced many new materials, including glass, wood, bamboo, steel, and synthetics such as Bakelite, to jewelry, which was often big and bold, daring and dashing. Art Deco met the challenge of modern times for a modern look. It suited the liberated, more independent role of women in the world of work and in sports. The ’20s and ’30s ushered in many new fashions. Clothing was less structured. Hemlines rode up and down. Necklines followed. The backless look was the epitome of glamor. Dresses became flatter and looser with softer fabrics, sometimes cut on the bias. Long gloves were discarded along with corsets and petticoats. The sleeveless look came into vogue. Women cropped their hair into a bob or shingle style.

opposite page: flapper with gold ring. the 1920s brought forth an era of daring young women who turned tradition on its face – wearing long strings of cultured pearls and cropped hair that showed off bold art deco earrings. deborah kolb / shutterstock

2 & a half in. onyx & gold pendant with 4 half carat diamonds framed by natural seed pearls

this 2 ½ inch onyx and gold pendant, with four half-carat diamonds framed by natural seed pearls, exemplifies the bold style of art deco. photo / shirley b. moscow

diamond and platinum watches in a popular design. this rectangle design was popular with art deco watchmakers. these are made with diamonds and platinum. photo / shirley b. moskow shirley moskow is a freelance writer specializing in art, leisure, and travel

The new clothes called for new styles of jewelry. Trend-setting French couture houses, including Chanel, often employed their own jewelers to design accessories to complement their clothes. Women appreciated that these designers, knowing in advance what the coming fashion would be, provided the perfect jewelry to be worn with it. Art Deco jewelers also designed such opulent trinkets as women’s powder compacts, cigarette cases, lighters, evening purses, and lavishly decorated evening fans. Jewelry took its cue from fashion. Cropped hair was too short to hold ornamented combs, so designers invented tiny pins worn on a few strands of hair, even on eyebrows. With ear lobes revealed, earrings took on new importance. The fashion called for dangling earrings, some reaching to the shoulders. Bangle bracelets clad arms left bare by sleeveless dresses. 15


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custom made costume jewelry brooch costume jewelry – large in scale and certainly statementmaking – gained popularity with the art deco movement. photo / shirley b. moscow one of a pair of diamond dress clips with the short hairstyles of the 1920s, art deco designers found little demand for ornate hair combs – the bob wouldn’t hold them. so they designed smaller clips that would hold a few strands of hair, or that would even attach to a dress. photo / shirley b. moskow

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hen wealthy British socialite and writer

Nancy Cunard sat for her portrait by celebrity photographer Cecil Beaton, she donned no fewer than 14 ivory and jade African-style bangles on one arm and six on the other. She also wore a large necklace, bulky rings, and tiny decorative pins on her cloche, the 1920s fashionista’s hat of choice. Technology also changed the look of jewelry. Jewelers developed the baguette-shaped diamond. Combined with more traditional diamond shapes, it produced jewelry that refracted light from many angles for an appealing shimmer, especially when worn on satin, acetate, rayon or other shiny, lightweight fabrics. Platinum was the metal of choice for Art Deco jewelry. The ancient Egyptians had platinum, but it didn’t reach Europe until the 18th century, when Louis XVI dubbed it “the metal of kings.” Because of its hardness and high melting point, however, jewelers didn’t use it much until the 20th century. Lighter and stronger than gold or silver, it made possible larger, but not necessarily heavier, jewelry for a dramatic effect. In the 1920s and 30s, Hollywood popularized glamorous Art Deco fashions, and modern manufacturing methods brought the style to the masses. Today, worn and collected around the world by those who appreciate sumptuous materials and fine craftsmanship, Art Deco is a classic.

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ruby ring technology changed the look of jewelry. jewelers produced jewelry that refracted light from many angles for an appealing shimmer, especially when worn on satin, acetate, rayon or other shiny, lightweight fabrics


the late dan kiley, recognized as one of the country's foremost landscape architects, created a sense of joyousness and fun at twin farms, while embracing nature and a respect for the environment. the wildflower fields in June show the grounds in all their glory. photos / twin farms

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under the eyes of architect peter bohlin and interior designer thad hayes, the aviary is a two-story marvel of glass, stone and cedar timber. sunken tub, field stone fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows characterize the secluded cottage, while the porch sits in the treetops as if suspended in midair. photo / twin farms


BY SHIRLEY B. MOSKOW

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Art + History at

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n 1928, novelist Sinclair Lewis purchased a 300-acre farm in Barnard, Vermont, as a wedding gift for his bride, foreign correspondent Dorothy Thompson. The property, Twin Farms, which was first cultivated in 1793, soon became the hub of the couple’s sophisticated circle, which included German war refugees, film producer Karl Zuckmayer and his Austrian actress wife, Alice Herndon. Alice’s memoir of life at Twin Farms, The Little Farm in the Green Mountains, was a postwar best seller in Europe. Since 1993, Twin Farms has been a luxurious, all-inclusive resort owned by several managing partners, including art collectors Sharon and Thurston TwigSmith. Thurston bought Twin Farms in 1973 as a family retreat. When his family grew up, he listed it for sale. When it didn’t sell, he decided to open a bed-andbreakfast. “To say that he got carried away is putting it mildly,” says Sharon. “It’s gotten a 5-Star Forbes Award eighteen years in a row.”

From Novelist’s Wedding Gift to a Collector’s Family Retreat to Lauded Luxury Resort

The property’s romantic landscape of pond, wooded trails, and wildflowerstrewn meadows embraces a 19th-century main house, “farmhouse,” and lodge with single rooms and suites, and 10 spacious cottages, complemented indoors and out by art and antiques. Most of the interiors were decorated by the late Jed Johnson, whose clients included Andy Warhol and Barbara Streisand. Sharon credits Johnson for setting “the tone, with his wonderful sense of collecting furniture, antiques, and folk art from all over the world.” Each cottage is architecturally unique. The Studio seems plucked from the Cotswolds. Inside the Pennsylvania-stone gothic cottage, however, it’s a contemporary loft—with an open floor plan, a wide expanse of glass wall, and a soaring ceiling. In the foyer, Saul Steinberg’s hand-colored lithograph and drawing Tango (two versions) depicts a man and woman dancing to radio music. Circuits; Pergusa III, a massive relief-printed etching and woodcut by Frank Stella, commands the fireplace wall. Its exuberant, colorful forms are a foil for the bleached wood furniture. On the opposite wall hangs L.A. Eyeworks, Jim Dine’s etching, aquatint carborundum. A witty Roy Lichtenstein etching, Untitled, hangs on a small wall. David Hockney’s Image of Gregory, a lithograph/collage in a double frame designed by the artist, is at the foot of the stairs that lead to the sleeping loft. By contrast, Perch Cottage resembles an elegant fishing lodge, its screened porch overlooking a stream and beaver pond. Antique fish decoys and an old fishmonger’s trade sign embellish the cream-colored walls above dark paneling. A watercolor landscape by William Wegman is among several of the artist’s works at the resort. Folk artist Edward Larsen made the painted wooden fish on the bathroom wall. 21


view the lake from the cabana. on-site activities include hiking, biking, tennis, pond swimming, fly fishing and canoeing during the warmer months. golf is available nearby. in winter, guests enjoy private downhill ski slopes, trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing as well as ice skating and sledding with all equipment provided. photo / twin house

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he public rooms in the main house are equally enlivened by great art, including Corpse and Mirror by Jasper Johns, playfully hung opposite Light Bulb, also by Johns. Upstairs, “Dorothy’s Room” has photographs by Berenice Abbot. “Red’s Room,” in homage to Sinclair “Red” Lewis, includes the Ed Ruscha lithograph, Main Street, the title of one of the Nobel Prize winner’s novels. Period folk art, including painted signs and carvings, complements the public areas, cottages, and suites. Twin Farms excels in pampering. After working out in the gym, skiing on the private slope, fishing, hiking, or relaxing in the warm Japanese pool and enjoying the spa, guests can stroll across the covered bridge to the main house for dinner at eight, tailored to guests’ preferences and enhanced with paired selections from among the 20,000-bottle wine cellar. The tradition of hospitality begun by Thompson and Lewis endures. Shirley Moskow is a freelance writer specializing in art, leisure, and travel.

Twin Farms Barnard, Vermont 800.894.6327 www.twinfarms.com

Inns and escapes in this region: The Point Saranac, New York 800.255.3530 thepointsaranac.com This private Adirondack estate, set on the shoreline of a shining mountain lake, marries luxury to nature. The Point is designated as Forbes’ only 5-star resort in Upstate New York. The retreat was built by William Avery Rockefeller a century ago, as a Great Camp of the North Woods. The log mansions, crafted of native timber and stone, personified the 19th century romantic notion of roughing it in great comfort, style and luxury. White Barn Inn Kennebunk Beach, Maine 207.967.2321 www.whitebarninn.com Originally constructed in the late 19th century, the Main House of the White Barn Inn has offered a hospitable welcome to guests for well over a century. Guests are steps away from the AAA Five Diamond Award, Forbes 5 Star fine dining The White Barn Inn Restaurant and the spa. Rooms in The Garden are located near the brimming pool overlooking the garden area, and the Waterfront Cottages can be found in a private, gated compound on the Kennebunk River.

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Wheatleigh Lenox, Massachusetts 413.637.0610 wheatleigh.com Wheatleigh was built in the Berkshires in 1893 by Henry H. Cook as a wedding present for his daughter, Georgie, who married Carlos de Heredia, a Spanish Count. Its 19 sophisticated and luxurious rooms and suites are complemented by antiques and custom design. The Wheatleigh’s restaurant has received a Five Diamond Award from AAA.

The Mayflower Inn Washington, Connecticut 860.868.9466 www.gracehotels.com/mayflower The 30-room Mayflower Grace is a destination luxury spa and country house hotel in New England, nestled among 58 acres of landscaped gardens. The property has the rare accolade of achieving both Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond Award status. The Mayflower offers luxurious accommodation in a picturesque setting, surrounded by 3,000 acres of nature preserve.


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One Woman’s Drive to Create a Modern Art Mecca in Antique Venice Changing Place Changing Time Changing Thoughts Changing Future

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tched in neon across a courtyard wall, these words in a work by Maurizio Nannucci– one of some 400 pieces that form the Peggy Guggenheim Collection–seem particularly apt for the riveting tale of how the art trove finally found a home in Venice. Within the 18th-century walls of Palazzo Venier dei Leoni is an assemblage of Cubist, Surrealist, and European abstract painting and sculpture valued as one of the world’s great collections of modern art. Yet, visitors who explore this electrifying venue–intimate rather than grand–are not likely to forget for a minute that this was once home to the famously free-spirited American who devoted half of her lifetime not only to amassing 20th century art but also providing aid and encouragement to many an emerging artist. 32

Today, you can venture inside the dining room where once and future icons of modern art pulled up to a now slightly wobbly 15th-century table and treat yourself to works of Cubist masters Georges Braque, Marcel Duchamp, Constantin Brancusi and Pablo Picasso. In Peggy’s kitchen, feast on Max Ernst and Vasily Kandinsky and the evolution of the avant-garde. Linger in her guest room, given over to the brilliant splashes and convoluted color trails of Jackson Pollock. Have a look at her bedroom that shows off the Silver Bedhead created for her by Alexander Calder–who, along with Yves Tanguy, also designed her earrings. Throughout the rooms and corridors, in the leafy garden and courtyards, and on the terraces and rooftop where Peggy once lifted local eyebrows with her sunbathing, are treasures from her collection augmented by additions from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (Peggy’s Uncle Solomon). In the decades before her death in December 1979 at the age of 81, the eccentric and sometimes scandalous art patron had reached that state of superstardom where only a first name is necessary. She was...Peggy. The artful gate that swings open to the visual bounty from a narrow Dorsoduro street–a design of translucent colored stones caught in a thicket of black metal–is titled, simply, Peggy’s Gate. – Continued on page 36

peggy guggenheim at palazzo venier dei leoni with alexander calder, arc of petals

(1941, PGC), venice, early 1950s. Behind

her jean arp, overturned blue shoe with two heels under a

(1925, PGC). solomon r. guggenheim foundation. / archivio camera photo epoche. gift, cassa di risparmio di venezia, 2005 black vault photo


the courtyard, with neon words by maurizio nannucci. Š peggy guggenheim collection, venice. ph. andrea sarti/cast1466 33


marino marini’s the angel of the city, with the grand canal in the background.

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n times past, if, like the lady of the house, you possessed your own personal gondola, you might have glided up to the Grand Canal entrance marked by a low-lying march of stone lion heads. You would have been welcomed by Marino Marini’s The Angel of the City–an exuberant sculpture of a man on horseback, head back, arms thrown wide. How to become a titan of the art world? Money helps. And the Guggenheims had quite a lot of it. 36

Peggy was born in New York on Aug. 26, 1898, to Florette Seligman and Benjamin Guggenheim, one of seven brothers. With their father, Meyer, they built a family fortune based on metal mining–but Peggy’s life changed abruptly when her father went down with the Titanic in 1912. Money may have been in shorter supply, but Benjamin’s young daughter was by no means broke. At 21, she received $450,000 from her father’s estate,

and when her mother died in 1937, another $500,000. With her first husband and father of their two children, Laurence Vail, she turned up in Europe in 1921, plunging into the creative, unconventional life of Paris and its colony of American expatriates, forming lasting friendships in artistic circles. In 1928 she left the volatile Vail marriage for the love of John Holms, who died young in 1934.


Four years later in London, the maverick American with the sharp eye for spotting talent was off and running with her first gallery and plans to create a museum of contemporary art. Incredibly undeterred by the German juggernaut of World War II, she set a goal of buying "a picture a day," acquiring works from then lesser-known names such as Salvador Dali, Georges Braque and Piet Mondrian. Fernand Leger’s Men in the City was purchased on the day Hitler invaded Norway. Constantin Brancusi’s Bird in Space was negotiated as the Nazis neared Paris. Finally fleeing war-ripped Europe for New York–with Max Ernst, who would be her second husband–she launched a museum-gallery called Art of This Century in 1942, and set about being a player in putting New York on the art map. European escapees flocked there, soon followed by American luminaries-to-be such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Robert Motherwell. The volatile Pollock, a pioneer of American Abstract Expressionism, grabbed the spotlight (Jack the Dripper, critics dubbed him) when Peggy’s gallery hosted his first one-man show. Separated from Ernst in 1943 and back in Europe in 1947, she unveiled her increasingly celebrated collection in Europe for the first time at the 1948 Venice Biennale. As it turned out, Peggy would purchase Palazzo Venier dei Leoni–a low-slung structure of white stone, an anomaly among the fanciful facades and sunset tones of the palaces that grace the Grand Canal–and the magical city would become her base for the next 30 years. In early 1951, the peripatetic heiress began opening her doors each summer for public viewing of her art. A quarter-century later, she transferred ownership of her collection to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation with the agreement that the collection would remain in Venice. The year-round opening to the public came in 1985.

alexander calder's mobile arc of petals, 1941

From a corner of the shaded, sculpture-studded garden where her ashes rest in peace, the palpable presence of the former resident presides over all, as visitors from around the globe gather to pay respect to her achievements in preserving the art of her time for future generations. Doubtless, Peggy would be pleased. peggy guggenheim in the dining room of palazzo venier dei leoni, venice, 1960s on the wall (left to right) marcel duchamp, nude (study), sad young man on a train (1911-12 pgc), vasily kandinsky, landscape with red spots, no. 2 (1913, pgc), georges braque, the clarinet (1912, pgc); in the foreground, on the table, jeanarp, head and shell (1933, pgc). solomon r. guggenheim foundation. photo

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the palazzo venier dei leoni, which holds the peggy guggenheim collection, as seen from the grand canal in venice. © peggy guggenheim collection, venice. ph. andrea sarti/cast 1466

once a home, now a gallery including works from the world’s most notable artists © peggy guggenheim collection, venice. ph. andrea sarti/cast1466

the collection’s works by jackson pollock

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Wonder in the Woods

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Combines Lovely Scenery and an Eclectic Art Collection

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he 3,000-acre Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and sculpture garden is cloistered in the woods of Laurel Highlands, about 60 miles from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Featuring elegant accommodations, a spa, innumerable outdoor activities, and four- and five-star restaurants, Nemacolin also houses an impressive art collection of more than 1,000 objects valued at over $45 million. Daily tours take visitors to see a selection of works, which range from Medieval to modern art, sculpture, furniture, porcelain and glass, antique automobiles, and even memorabilia from Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, and an airplane once owned by actor Steve McQueen. With no discernable focus other than to bring enjoyment, the collection ranges from a carved and painted, six-foot-tall Punch figure from Andy Warhol's New York apartment to marble sculptures from ancient Rome. Some works, like the vintage Hermès centennial scarf, were acquired on impulse from a dealer. Others, like the bronze resort logo, Fat Bird, were commissioned. The resort and collection are the creation of Joseph A. Hardy III, founder and CEO of 84 Lumber Company, the country's largest privately owned building materials supplier to professional contractors. Prior to his acquiring and expanding the property in 1987, it was a private game reserve and conference center. The name of the resort is shared with

the chateau lafayette hotel features a grand reception lobby, tea room, cigar bar, and nemacolin's forbes five-star and aaa fivediamond fine dining experience, lautrec. the chateau also features some exquisite pieces from the $45 million dollar hardy family art collection. photo / nemacolin woodlands resort

the atrium glows with light filtered through a nine-part tiffany window. photo / nemacolin woodlands resort

that of the Delaware Indian chief who pioneered trails through the region from 1749 to 1750. He is immortalized in bronze in the sculpture garden, standing on a rock with arms extended skyward. Sculptor Alan Cottrill (b. 1952) also cast life-size statues of several other historic figures with ties to the region, including George Washington, whose "fort of necessity," hastily pitched during the first skirmish of the French and Indian War, is also memorialized in the nearby Fort Necessity National Battlefield. 41


the pride & joy airplane hangar shows a private collection of vintage airplanes, including a 1931 pitcairn pa-8. this fully restored and airworthy was once in the collection of the late movie star and hollywood icon steve mcqueen. photo / nemacolin woodlands resort the hardy family’s collection includes images from naturalist and painter john james audubon’s “birds of america.” photo / nemacolin woodlands resort

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emacolin welcomes guests as if they are visitors in a home. Guests sit on the ornate Gianni Versace chairs and play pool on the four antique billiard tables. The art collection is displayed throughout the buildings for all to enjoy. Visitors may walk past works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901), Fernando Botero (b. 1932), Frank Stella (b. 1936), or Norman Rockwell (1894–1978). Original gouaches and an eye-arresting mobile by Alexander Calder brighten the hall leading to the wine cellar staircase and the library where a Frederic Remington (1861–1909) bronze, The Rattlesnake, is prominently displayed. The paneled library glows with an assortment of table and floor lamps from Louis Comfort Tiffany Studios. In addition, a nine-part Tiffany window is mounted on the atrium ceiling, and a three-panel Tiffany wisteria window accents the conference center. A rare elephant vase by master glassblower Emile Gallé (1846–1904) is among the few pieces displayed under glass. There are only two in the world. "It is truly one of the best examples of Gallé's incredible gift for glasswork—outstanding," Hardy states in The Hardy Family Art Collection catalogue.

magical world of shells museum, another specialty exhibit, displays hundreds of precious shells. photo / nemacolin woodlands resort the canoe museum is one of the specialty exhibits open to guests at the resort. photo / nemacolin woodlands resort in the tavern bar, considered one of the resorts family friendly venues, guests can play on one of four antique brunswick billiard tables or gaze at the 8,500 gallon free-standing saltwater aquarium. photo / nemacolin woodlands resort

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"It's nearly impossible to derive a theme," says resident curator Brenda M. SoriceGirod. "The art collection is a reflection of the Hardy family's eclectic aesthetic." They acquire objects that they like with no longrange plan. The result is idiosyncratic and surprising, with a charm that calls many guests to return time and again. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort 1001 Lafayette Drive Farmington, PA 15437 1.800.422.2736 www.nemacolin.com


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water lilies in the pond inspiration for monet’s acclaimed water lilies series bursting with color dahlia in monet's garden a pink dahlia blooms in the garden cover page monet's bridge – a footbridge offers a different vantage point of the gardens monet’s garden

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nd he had his own house. As exuberantly splashed with color as its cultivated surroundings, the exterior is pink with apple-green shutters. Inside, there's a cozy blue room where, according to a tour guide, "he smoked cigars and sipped Calvados to counteract dark winters." Yellow walls light up the dining room, its table set with a dinner service in yellow and blue. Bolstered by vibrant color, he lived and worked here, struggling with failing eyesight. His last great effort – it required the construction of a huge new studio – was the celebrated water lilies series of large panels to be transferred at completion to a pair of specially constructed rooms in the Musee de l'Orangerie in Paris. The famed oval canvases were installed and dedicated after his death in 1926 at the age of 86. Giverny became a mecca for hundreds of artists of many nationalities who flocked to the French countryside, including Americans who formed a colony of painters working in the Impressionist style. A short stroll up Rue Claude Monet is the Musee d'Art Americain, opened in 1992. The museum sports its own Monet-reminiscent aspects ranging from pristine all-white plantings to a field

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ablaze with poppies. Leading to the entrance is a breathtaking arbor of trailing white wisteria. Like other signatures of the museum's garden, the tumbling clouds of wisteria pay tribute to the fabled flowers of a famous neighbor who once lived just down the road. Surely, Claude Monet, his own legacy a bridge to modern art of the 20th century, would have loved it.


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e prepared for the eerie feeling that you’ve ambled these paths before, even if it’s your first visit. It comes from years of gazing at Monet’s mesmerizing canvases treasured by museums around the globe and reproduced countless times in volumes of art history. Claude Oscar Monet, a man destined to lead a new movement, was born in Paris in 1840 and moved with his family to Le Havre as a child. Circumventing a career in the family grocery business, by 1856 he was soaking up techniques from artist Eugene Boudin, a pioneer of plein air painting (painting on location rather than in a studio.) Later, as an art student in Paris, Monet fell in with Pierre-Auguste Renoir, a cofounder of Impressionism. Again, Monet joined forces with a fellow painter, forging an enduring friendship. By the 1870s, Monet and Renoir, and other artists the likes of Edouard Manet, Camille Pissarro, Edgar Degas and Alfred Sisley, were setting up their easels outdoors, shifting focus from one canvas to another as the evolving light evoked a changed mood. In 1870, Monsieur Monet married his model, Camille Doncieux. For six years they lived in Argenteuil until her death in 1879. In a new relationship, Monet moved to Giverny, where he transformed a barn into a studio, finding peace and tranquility. But he was often away on creative expeditions. In a few months’ time, he turned out renditions of Rouen Cathedral, laboring over as many as 14 canvases in a single day. Along the way, he was altering not only artistic tradition but also the course of 20th-century art. A year for the scrapbooks would be 1899, when Monet launched his beloved water lilies series. Art historians pen pages about his penchant for "controlled nature." In Giverny, he had this in grand abundance: his own riotous garden, his own pond and weeping willows, his own elegantly curving bridge with its cascades of wisteria and his own exquisite water lilies.

irises at monet's garden in giverny, monet became master of his inspiration – gardens in riot bloom all season long monet's garden walk monet’s home – with its apple-green shutters – adds to the colorful bounty of the gardens monet's house in giverny the gardens grow straight up to the house

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It’s a landscape fit for a fairy tale. In Claude Monet’s storied garden in the village of Giverny, peonies and poppies, daisies and daffodils vie for admiration with rambling roses and rhododendrons. Zinnias and sunflowers lift their faces and tulips burst forth in full palette. Nasturtiums creep boldly across gravel paths. Forget-me-nots are not forgotten, and irises rise in royal purple splendor amid snowdrifts of cherry and crabapple blossoms.

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Set just a few miles from Vernon, halfway between Paris and Rouen, it’s more like an English country garden with a colorful reward waiting at every turn. In addition to the flower show sprawled in front, there’s an enchanting water garden where a pond gives birth to creamy water lilies each summer. Luxuriant, willow-shaded pathways boast azaleas and irises, rhododendrons and holly, slender poplars and dense stands of bamboo. Arching above the lily pads is a wooden Japanese footbridge, awash in wisteria.


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in the heart of Dallas, Museum Tower offers premier living with breathtaking views of our vibrant city center. each day, you’ll find yourself surrounded by adventure and culture. and on any given evening, you could be attending the ballet across the street, catching a concert or grabbing dinner at a nearby gourmet restaurant. every day, out of the ordinary possibilities are just an elevator ride away.

One, two and three-bedroom homes • 24/7 Concierge

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For a private showing, call or visit our sales center. 1918 N. Olive Street, Dallas, TX 75201 www.MuseumTowerDallas.com 214.954.1234 • info@MuseumTowerDallas.com

This material does not constitute an offer to sell nor a solicitation to buy in any state where registration is required if such registration requirements have not been filed. Certain described services are subject to future modification by the Condominium Association and may be subject to additional fees. Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty and the Sotheby’s International Realty logo are registered (and unregistered) service marks used with permission. Each office is Independently Owned and Operated.

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BY DAVE MUSCARI

Six-Stringed Sagas

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it’s like peas ‘n’ carrots…the words just seem to fit. Some say the two are even inseparable. For example: at the ripe young age of 70, would you be surprised to know that Dallas native and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller still owns his very first guitar? Another hometown guitar hero, albeit considerably less known, is Stephen Arnold. The St. Mark’s graduate is called “America’s most heard, least known composer.” His “sonic brands” mean big business, and are heard daily, worldwide on ESPN, The Weather Channel, CNN and many more. Then there’s Rob Bailey, a University of Texas-Austin MBA with his own sixstringed saga. While traveling throughout Asia working with large Fortune 500 clients, Bailey says he was also getting serious about his guitar playing, practicing a couple of hours a day. He lugged a bulky instrument along with him on trips. It was durable enough, he says, but awkward when in meetings, touring factories and so on. The added wait time for more checked luggage and extra fees didn’t help. “I wanted something I could bring with me, riskfree, and put an end to that sinking feeling I had when I tried everything I could to bring my guitar as a carry on… and it still didn’t fit.” That’s when Bailey went to work on an idea just for…you guessed it: guys ‘n’ guitars. He logged 300 hours of research investigating what it would take to build the “ultimate travel guitar.” He wanted a marketable product that

When Necessity Meets the Mothers of Invention players used to high-end instruments would appreciate, while fitting into small spaces on airplanes. “I wanted something I can get on one of those prop jets without a hitch,” he says. Fast-forward to Journey Instruments, Bailey’s brainchild, and home of the Overhead “collapse-able” guitar. It’s an invention, he says, that “Looks small, but once you play it…sounds big.”

The guitar literally breaks down, neck, strings and all, into the size of a remarkably small carry-on. There are a number of travel guitars on the market with folding or collapse-able necks. However, that’s where Bailey sees his advantage: a patented collapsing-latch mechanism. Click the neck into place, twist a knob on the back and within seconds you're playing like…well, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention (or something even more contemporary). “My 5-year old boy can do it, so it’s super user-friendly.” And his guitar stays mostly in tune after reassembly, which he says, “Blows most people away.” Bailey started with steel string instruments, and now there are classical and left-handed models with more on the way. The business is getting a lot of traction and plans on shipping instruments to dealers this month. So next time you hear Steve Miller’s classic rocker “Jet Airliner,” or get on a flight for that matter, think of Rob Bailey and his innovative guitar story. One of his Overhead instruments may be in the space over your head.

The guitar literally breaks down, neck, strings and all, into the size of a remarkably small carry-on.


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HONOLULU, HI Mary Worrall

2014 has started off positive for luxury residential real estate with the global market moving forward with a more confident stride. Cities like New York, London and Miami are seeing a dynamic revival in the sale of trophy properties while housing values are climbing in the double digits in Hong Kong, Dubai and Brazil.

As a preferred global destination enjoying a strong state economy, we are successfully attracting foreign buyers seeking a piece of paradise.

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TELLURIDE, CO Bill Fandel As primary markets

continue their robust recovery, the second home markets of the mountain states are following suit.

Robbie Briggs President and CEO Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty Dallas, Texas

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA Arthur Sharif

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The luxury segment of our market has been fuelled by the superheated general market. There were two sales of over $25,000,000 in the Atherton market in the last quarter. One purchaser was Mr. Paul Allen.

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Coming off our fourth consecutive year of market growth our inventory levels are at historic lows, but there still is value in the market.

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KAILUA BEACH HAVEN

BEACHSIDE, HAWAII Sited on scenic Kailua Beach, the spectacular home sits on nearly an acre with a lush tropical landscape. It consists of 13 bedroom suites, large living and dining areas, and a new kitchen that opens to the pool and terrace. The master suite combines space, elegance, and privacy with magical views of the shoreline and ocean. A flexible floor plan makes this offering an ideal retreat for large gatherings or an intimate, tropical hideaway. Offered at $10,500,000 Mary Worrall 808.228.8825 mary.worrall@sothebysrealty.com Elizabeth Worrall Daily 808.478.0080 elizabeth.worralldaily@sothebysrealty.com

POIPU OCEANFRONT

Koko Kai, Hawaii This spectacular property is sited atop a dramatic cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A unique home that commands sweeping coastal views to Diamond Head with sightings of turtles, whales, passing ships and canoes. Few places in the world offer an island lifestyle minutes to a vibrant city like Honolulu. And only a few distinctive homes in the world offer such a unique and remarkable location. Offered at $6,900,000 Mary Worrall 808.228.8825 mary.worrall@sothebysrealty.com Elizabeth Worrall Daily 808.478.0080 elizabeth.worralldaily@sothebysrealty.com

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125 HANG GLIDER DRIVE, MOUNTAIN VILLAGE

Telluride, CO Set within a grove of towering Aspen trees overlooking the groomed Double Cabin ski run, this extraordinary ski-in/ski-out home and separate guest house offer the exceptional design of architect Tommy Hein, combined with the outstanding attention to detail of accomplished builder Overly Construction. The home offers multiple Master and Guest Suites across three levels of living along with a separate recreation room, media room, and bunk area . A fullydetailed gourmet kitchen opens to grand spaces framed by century-old logs with the refined finishes of plaster, stone, marble and granite found in the finest residents in ski country. Offered at $7,995,000 Bill Fandel 970.708.4141 bill.fandel@sothebysrealty.com

4 ROCKIN G' RANCH

Boulder County, CO Set within a stunning private valley just minutes north of downtown Boulder, Colorado, the 144-deeded acres of the 4 Rockin’G Ranch is the rarest of assemblages. Offering the combination of a comfortable family compound, premium working ranch and a true recreational retreat, 4 Rockin’G is bordered by over 1,000 acres of dedicated Open Space. The custom-crafted main home is designed with the quality, detail and elegance of a French-country estate which includes limestone, granite, walnut floors, fine woodworking and ironwork, and custom glass windows. The equestrian complex includes an Olympic-size riding ring, 12-stall barn, tack room and veterinary facilities - adjacent to an outdoor pool, dining and recreation area - a short walk to a separate guest cottage and caretaker’s home. http://4rockingranch.com/ Offered at $16,900,000 Bill Fandel 970.708.4141 bill.fandel@sothebysrealty.com

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Los Altos Hills, California THE MORGAN ESTATE An architectural masterpiece said to have played host to presidents and kings. Originally built in 1914 and meticulously restored over an 8-year period by its current owners and a team of 1000. This magnificent approximately 30,000 square foot estate is situated on approximately eight manicured level acres and is arguably the finest example of Tudor and Jacobean revival architecture in the United States and one of the grandest homes in California. A seamless blend of old world luxury and twenty first century sensibility is evident in the home’s systems including climate control, entertainment, lighting, connectivity and security which are all state of the art and are not intrusive to the period detailing. Two outlier buildings include a gym, utility building and a caretaker’s house. Located in a premier Silicon Valley neighborhood a mile from downtown Los Altos and a world away from everything else. An official Town Historic Landmark, it is listed on the local, state and national register of historic places. The estate’s historic designation is rewarded with a tremendous property tax savings.

www.TheMorganEstate.com Arthur Sharif | BRE#01481940 Arthur Sharif & Associates 650.804.4770 Arthur@SVLuxRE.com www.SVLuxRE.com

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming PANORAMIC VIEWS Tucked gently against the Snake River in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, this stunning 72-acre property has two enhanced creeks, Snake River frontage, ponds, panoramic views of the Cathedral Group of the Teton Mountain Range, and abundant natural foliage and forest. The 7,600 sq. ft. Main Lodge is built in the architectural style of the lodges of the great national parks. The grand entrance brings the spectacular outside in with massive windows framing a view of the pond, spring creeks and Teton Mountain Range. The main floor features a great room with a massive wood-burning fireplace, showcasing beautiful wood detail with large trusses and built-in cherry wood cabinetry. Off the west side of the great room is a cozy recreation room with sunken bar, fireplace and window seat. This room is open to a game room offering an additional entertaining area for guests. The finely appointed kitchen features a large island with bar stool seating. The private dining room sits off the kitchen and living room making the floor plan perfect for small gatherings or large parties. The second floor has a private master wing with two large balconies to capture the scenic views. A separate stairway leads you to two spacious guest bedrooms. Outside the home, a covered walkway leads to a sunken hot tub and a changing room with powder room. On the property, a separate 2,070 sq. ft. Recreation Home has an observatory, squash court, climbing wall and gym. A short distance from the main home is an additional residence – a 4,624 sq. ft. Bunkhouse. This home borders a spring creek and a large pond with a waterfall. The Bunkhouse is finished in the same quality as the main home offering 6 en-suite bedrooms. With a setting that is unmatched in Jackson Hole, this legendary ranch estate represents a rare opportunity. Brandon Spackman 303.739.8156 brandon.spackman@jhsir.com Dave Spackman 307.739.8132 dave.spackman@jhsir.com

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Westlake, Texas VAQUERO 2254 King Fisher Drive Rich architectural details, such as arched wood windows and doors, groin vault ceilings and hand painted designs are used throughout this spectacular home. The functional design of this stunning home features generous rooms and hallways with a great deal of natural light and an effortless flow from the inside spaces to the outside spaces. Travertine floors are paired with canterra stone accents and rich wood cabinets and beams. A spacious game room joined to an elegant media room provides a versatile floor plan with a wet bar and stone fireplace. This grand space with outstanding volume allows for a pool table, card table, piano and lovely sitting area great for intimate or larger gatherings. Ideal for entertaining both inside and out, the patio features a large outdoor kitchen, bar seating and ample dining and leisure space. A gorgeous pool and spa is surrounded by firebowls, a cascading water feature, pergola and stone firepit. A marvelous separate guest house sits beyond the pool. The home is beautifully situated on 1.44 acres with a one-of-a-kind, private back yard! Offered at $6,500,000 Jeff Watson 817.501.1923 jwatson@briggsfreeman.com jeffwatsongroup.com

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Westlake, Texas VAQUERO 2102 Cedar Elm Terrace Live in a true work of art! This significant Lake-Flato designed Texas Hill Country Contemporary home on one acre in Vaquero is bathed in natural light. The design features include multiple buildings surrounded by distinctive and creative outdoor spaces. The perfect location provides 270 degrees of water and golf course views. Quality craftsmanship in the exposed Oregon cedar wood details is carried throughout the home providing continuity, warmth and architectural elegance. An incredibly equipped working kitchen and show kitchen boast state of the art features such as builtin induction warming, pizza oven and commercial equipment. The private upstairs master suite overlooks the golf course, has a large sitting area serviced by a built-in beverage bar and has access to a private, elevated patio with an outdoor spa. The soothing sound of water comes from a man-made recirculating stream running down the property and entering the pond adjacent to the fishing dock. You can also work on your golf short game at the private green and sand trap. The dramatic pool area is positioned in the internal private courtyard and surrounded by lush covered and open patio spaces. A comfortable, screened patio room is a delightful and unexpected surprise! Offered at $6,900,000 (furnished) Jeff Watson 817.501.1923 jwatson@briggsfreeman.com jeffwatsongroup.com

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Dallas, Texas TIMELESS MASTERPIECE 9447 Rockbrook Drive Tuscan elegance is re-envisioned with clean lines and open spaces in this new construction home set on .73 acres in highly soughtafter Old Preston Hollow. From the carved mahogany front door to the hand-scraped oak floors, custom ironwork and sleek Carrera marble, this home embodies fine details that enhance gracious living. A state of the art, chef’s kitchen with SubZero, Wolf and two Bosch dishwashers is ready for family meals or hosting grand events. A favorite vintage can be selected from the 300-bottle, temperature controlled wine room, and friends will gather by the carved limestone fireplaces for a cozy evening. On the second floor, four spacious bedrooms are connected by a second floor balcony detailed with custom ironwork—all overlooking the large great room fitted with classic arches and a dramatic beamed ceiling. Outside, a spacious patio with an inviting fireplace opens to a treed backyard that can accommodate year-round entertaining. The downstairs master features a truly luxurious spa retreat with built-in cabinetry and his and her closets. This home is a timeless masterpiece that welcomes today’s modern living. Offered at $3,795,000 Sandy Petruska 214.850.9810 spetruska@briggsfreeman.com Courtney Petruska 214.546.2448 cpetruska@briggsfreeman.com

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Highland Park, Texas 4236 Lorraine Avenue This exquisite Santa Barbara Mediterranean home showcases arched windows crafted from German antique glass, solid Honduras cut mahogany doors, iron custom-stair railings and hand-scraped wood and limestone floors. Balconies overlook authentic stucco walls, a spacious cabana and terraces surrounding a sparkling saltwater pool, spa and fountains. This estate is a true labor of love with the highest attention to architectural integrity and character. Offered at $6,400,000 Caroline Summers 214.597.7513 csummers@briggsfreeman.com

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Highland Park, Texas 4304 Belclaire Avenue This incredible custom-built home is awash in marble and studded with rich brass sporting an artful patina. A French-inspired transitional adorned with the highest quality materials in a layout that makes it a prime spot for entertaining is located on one of Highland Park’s most sought-after streets. Designed by architect Will Snyder with Elizabeth Robertson and clad in sleek native limestone, this home will leave an impression on any guest. Offered at $5,900,000 Caroline Summers 214.597.7513 csummers@briggsfreeman.com

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Dallas, Texas OLD HIGHLAND PARK 3617 Euclid Avenue Nestled among gardens and terraces in an exquisite park-like setting, this home was originally built in 1919, and lovingly updated and expanded through the years. Today, it is a masterful blend of a traditional and welcoming exterior and a stylish contemporary interior. Mature trees and expert landscaping create a curb appeal that truly welcomes. A premier nearly half-acre corner lot in Old Highland Park sets this home apart, creating a private estate that is both spacious and warm. Inside, a sweeping staircase with stunning black accenting leads to the upper level, while fresh contemporary finishes in the entryway and living areas set the tone of modern sophistication. A glossy granite floor mixes with antique hardwoods to create unique experiences in each living space. A stunning library features dramatic black built-ins, a beamed ceiling, and plenty of natural light. A music room offers the perfect evening rehearsal spot, with padded walls and classic elegance. Not only is there ample space inside, but the outdoor living areas have something for everyone. A romantic two-story terrace creates a calming retreat, while a ground level patio and spacious, meticulously manicured lawn provide the ideal backdrop for an evening of outdoor entertaining with friends. Offered at $4,299,000 Pogir 214.244.3103 pogir@briggsfreeman.com pogirandpogir.com

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