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THE LUXURY OF HOME


DENNIS E. ZIRBEL ARCHITECT Lake Tahoe & Truckee


PHOTOG RAPH BY VAN CE FOX


INTRODUCTION

Of all the elements open to interpretation when it comes to creating a custom residential experience, there is one truth on which all involved can agree: It takes a team of dedicated and supremely talented professionals, pooling their respective areas of expertise, to bring a dream project to fruition. INTRODUCTION The work of the distinguished professionals on the following pages speaks to the collaborative thread that binds these luxurious residences from coast to coast. Each firm profiled delivers the rare combination of passion, insight and detail-oriented services that sets them apart and affirms their commitment to excellence.

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“ARCHITECTURE SHOULD SPEAK OF ITS TIME AND PLACE, BUT YEARN FOR TIMELESSNESS.” – FRANK GEHRY –

Just a handful of the virtuosos in this book: Clockwise from top left: Kara Smith (304); Stephen Jones and Bart Jones (120); Jeannemarie Conley (198); Shane Mahan (300); David Espinoza, Rodrigo Ferreira, Natalie Zirbel and Dennis Zirbel (096)

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MICHAEL DE ROSE DESIGNS Santa Barbara


PHOTOG RAPH BY JIM BA RTS C H


“THERE ARE 360 DEGREES, SO WHY STICK TO ONE?” – ZAHA HADID –

Just a handful of the virtuosos in this book: Kristin Paton (208); Jeffrey Dungan (028); Dina Landi, Rebecca Riskin and Sarah Kelly (294); Todd Richesin (192); John Albanese, AIA, Matthew Korn, AIA and William Harrison, AIA (152)

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JEFFREY DUNGAN ARCHITECTS Atlanta


PHOTOG RAPH BY CH RIS LUK E R


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INDEX

AT L A N TA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 025 C A RRIBE A N . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 4 5 CH A RL O T T E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 6 1 H O US T O N . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 7 7 L A K E TA H O E & T RU CK EE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 9 3 L AS V EG AS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 L E XIN G T O N . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 L O NG ISL A ND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 4 9 M O N T ERE Y PENINSUL A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 6 9 N ASH V IL L E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 5 NE W EN GL A ND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197 O RL A ND O. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 13 PA L M SPRIN GS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229 PA RK C I T Y . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 5 PHIL A DEL PHI A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 6 1 SA N A N T O NI O . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 7 7 SA N TA BA RBAR A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 3 SA N TA FE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 313 V ERO BE ACH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 329

IN T RO DU C T I O N . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 0 3 P UBL ISHER ’ S L E T T ER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 1 6 M AS T HE A D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 02 0


PHOTOG RAPH BY E VAN J OS EPH IM AGE S

SMITH & FIRESTONE ASSOCIATES Santa Barbara


FROM THE PUBLISHER

Welcome to the third edition of The Luxury of Home—found exclusively in private jet airports. Inside you’ll find a collection of work from some of the most respected luxury home design professionals from across the country and the Caribbean. Markets featured in this issue include: Atlanta, Caribbean, Charlotte, Houston, Lake Tahoe & Truckee, Las Vegas, Lexington, Long Island, Monterey Peninsula, Nashville, New England, Orlando, Palm Springs, Park City, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Santa Barbara, Santa Fe and Vero Beach. In addition to over 400 images showcasing many of the finest examples of residential architecture, construction and interior design, every chapter opens with current real estate trends and projections provided by local realtors and brokers who specialize in that specific luxury market. If you are inspired by the work and expertise of one or multiple professionals featured in this issue, feel free to contact their firm and let them know you saw them in The Luxury of Home.

—Mike Ruskin

mruskin@sandow.com

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SMITH & FIRESTONE ASSOCIATES Santa Barbara


PHOTOG RAPH BY ME GH AN BEIE RLE


STAFF

Mike Ruskin PUBLISHER

ADVERTISING & MARKETING DIRECTOR OF CLIENT SERVICES S P E C I A L P R O J E C T S C O O R D I N ATO R DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Tanya Suber Molly Polo David Bergstein ART

D I R E C TO R O F C R E AT I V E O P E R AT I O N S C R E AT I V E O P E R AT I O N S M A N AG E R GRAPHIC DESIGNERS PAG I N AT I O N M A N AG E R PHOTO RETOUCHERS P R O D U C T I O N C O N S U LT A N T

Michael Shavalier Keith Clements Christopher Ferris, Melissa Kelly Jody M. Boyle Christian Ablan, Michael Warnock Jamie Beauparlant

EDITORIAL COPYWRITER COPY EDITOR

Kevin Kaminski Leann Harms

Adam I. Sandow CHAIRMAN AND CEO

Erica Holborn PRESIDENT

Peter Fain

Paul Suh

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER CHIEF DESIGN OFFICER

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

VICE PRESIDENT, DIGITAL DIRECTOR OF MANUFACTURING & DISTRIBUTION CONTROLLER DIRECTOR OF FINANCE FINANCIAL ADVISOR DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR OF TALENT ACQUISITION DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC PROGRAMS SENIOR PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE CEO

Yolanda Yoh Bucher Cindy Allen Juan Lopez Pamela McNally Fern E. Meshulam Barbara Mabie Andrea Efland Christopher Fabian Lisa Silver Faber Sharon Jautz Marilene Schofield Rachel Lexier Stephanie Brady

Founded in 2003 by visionary entrepreneur Adam I. Sandow, SANDOW® is more than just a media company, building brands and businesses that offer interactive experiences across print, digital, retail, licensing, consulting and events. It creates high-quality products and services that are custom-tailored to consumer and professional audiences in the luxury, design and beauty categories. With offices around the world, SANDOW’s portfolio includes Culture + Commerce, Fred Segal, Interior Design, Luxe Interiors + Design, Material ConneXion, NewBeauty and Worth. The company’s global headquarters are in New York City’s iconic Time & Life Building, with corporate headquarters in South Florida. sandow.com

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GLOBAL HQ

CORPORATE HQ

1271 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS

3651 NORTHWEST 8TH AVENUE

17TH FLOOR

BOCA RATON, FL 33431

NEW YORK, NY 10020

561.961.7600

917.934.2800


PHOTOG RAPH BY TH URSTO N SAILE R

PAUL WEBER ARCHITECT

New England


E.B. MAHONEY BUILDERS INC. Philadelphia


PHOTOG RAPH BY TOM CRAN E


AT L A N TA Once referred to as Gate City for the South, the capital of Georgia possesses a modern-day cachet that transcends its U.S. border. Home to a host of Fortune 500 companies, the world’s busiest airport, and one of the largest economies on the planet, Atlanta continues to draw newcomers looking to plant roots in one of its many thriving urban neighborhoods or luxury suburban communities.

JEFFREY DUNGAN ARCHITECTS


PHOTOG RAPH BY CH UCK WILLIA MS


ATL ANTA

REALTOR

a The dome lights

of midtown and downtown Atlanta create the South’s most striking skyline.

THOMPSON KOFFLER & ASSOCIATES

As buzz about Atlanta and its many opportunities continues to grow, future homeowners turn to the experts at Thompson Koffler & Associates to help them find their dream property.

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3565 Rembrandt Road. This European brick estate off West Paces Ferry

So pronounced are the city’s inherent Southern charms, that outsiders often forget that Atlanta also means business. The capital of Georgia and its greater metropolitan areas host nearly 20 different Fortune 500 companies—from Home Depot and Coca-Cola to Delta Air Lines and United Parcel Service. The region offers countless opportunities for job seekers and entrepreneurs, one of the many reasons why its estimated

“The philosophy behind our firm is that we live, work and play in our market area. We know Atlanta backward and forward.”

features an open floor plan on one of the premier lots in the neighborhood. The four-bedroom, 4.5-bath layout includes completely revamped interior spaces and an exquisite center slate

population is 6 million-plus residents—and growing. The same can be

courtyard. The high-ceiling

said for interest in Atlanta’s luxury residential offerings, a definite buyer’s

and architectural elements

market, according to Susan Thompson, president of Thompson Koffler

of the home create a

& Associates. “Between our warmer climate, low cost of living (which

striking showcase. This is

is considerably more affordable than major cities along the East Coast)

an A-plus location in the

and lower home prices, we’re seeing more and more companies coming

heart of one of Buckhead’s

to the area,” Thompson says. “That’s creating a strong relocation market.”

finest neighborhoods.

Few real-estate professionals understand the buzz-worthy markets in Atlanta quite like Thompson, who brings more than three decades’ worth of experience to her sellers and buyers. Her three-person team, which

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01.This sprawling Buckhead residence evokes the region’s Southern heritage. 02.Historic Brookhaven, one of the hottest neighborhoods in affluent Buckhead, is centered around a country club. 03.Peachtree Road, approaching the “Golden Triangle,” features luxury homes and condos surrounded by churches and cathedrals. 01

works under the auspices of Keller Williams Buckhead, handles an impressive variety of standout listings—from

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luxury estates in Buckhead and quaint cottages in Decatur to breathtaking penthouse

light that filters into living spaces

offers extraordinary residential

condos and midtown high rises.

and whether or not interiors

bang for the buck. Two recent

“Our team takes special interest

inside older properties have

listings at Thompson Koffler

in each and every client,”

been renovated, as well as the

& Associates—one in Atlanta,

Trending communities in and

Thompson says. “We strive

continued interest in kitchens

one in Roswell—both feature

around Atlanta typically offer

for 100 percent satisfaction

that open into an entertaining

more than 5,000 square feet

something for everyone.

in the home buying and

area. On the outside, Thompson

of air-conditioned space on

Residents will find plenty

selling process—and we take

says that luxury buyers prefer a

lots that cover more than an

of outdoor recreational

pride in earning our clients’

walkout from the main level to a

acre. Both are listed at less than

opportunities, historic enclaves

future business and referrals.”

stone patio and a pool (preferably

$1.3 million. “Even in the luxury

and great entertainment

saltwater). A three- or four-car

market, however, our buyers

WHAT ’S DR AWING INTEREST ?

garage is a must, and most

do not want to pay too much

prospective homeowners also

for a home,” Thompson says.

According to Thompson,

are looking for a small outdoor

“That’s when we go to work,

potential homeowners continue

sports court.

getting appraisals and doing

to gravitate toward traditional

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HOT SPOT NEIGHBORHOOD

destinations. Neighborhoods often possess a walkability component, which makes for easy access to boutique shopping and restaurants.

our homework on comparable

homes, but the cleaner lines

THE PRICE IS RIGHT

properties. We go out of our

+ Chastain Park

of a true contemporary

The good news, especially for

way to make sure we have our

+ Brookhaven

residence also seem to be

those coming from luxury

clients’ best interests at heart.”

+ Buckhead

gaining traction. On the

markets where lofty prices don’t

aesthetic front, buyers are

necessarily guarantee expansive

looking at the amount of natural

square footage, is that Atlanta

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+ Ansley Park + Vinings

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JEFFREY DUNGAN

JEFFREY DUNGAN ARCHITECTS

The visionaries at Jeffrey Dungan Architects don’t just listen to their exclusive clients—they translate those insights into one-of-a-kind residential statements. It will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with his firm’s visually arresting design work that Jeffrey Dungan came to architecture through a passion for art and painting. Since launching his namesake company in Alabama, Dungan has consistently infused his luxury residential projects with a thoughtfulness and virtuosity consistent with the artists who inspire him to this day. “At their best, our projects should help the homeowners live better lives than they did before,” Dungan says. “In addition, we try with every project to do some element that we have never done before. I think homes are about individuals; since we are all snowflakes, they should have something of that unique pattern that comes forth.” As evidenced in original projects throughout the United States and Central America—and as far away as Ireland—Jeffrey Dungan Architects delivers that singular quality time and again. The firm’s clean, modern approach to traditional vernaculars and classic architecture can be seen in a variety of styles and projects—from a dramatic Mediterranean-style retreat or

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cozy lakefront cottage to a sprawling English Arts & Crafts estate or tropical, shingle-style vacation home. Clients and industry experts alike continue to find the firm’s portfolio nothing short of dazzling. The American Institute of Architects has honored Dungan every year since 2006—and in 2015, the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art named him a fellow. “I think that our clients seek us out because, on some level, they want us to build their dreams,” Dungan says. “They see in our work elements that resonate within their soul.”

“A well-designed home has to be thoughtful and beautiful—and I think should move us emotionally.” FOUNDATION FOR SUCCESS As part of the creative process, Dungan and his team encourage clients to tear down walls, a transparency and honesty that not only leads to an understanding of architectural desires but that also sets the foundation for a friendship. “If the relationship isn’t there at the beginning—and I don’t feel some kind of kinship with a potential client—I generally will not pursue that project,” Dungan says. Similar principles apply at a firm known for its close-knit group of design professionals. “The people who create with me are the most wonderful bunch of people” he says. “It’s fascinating how they are all wired differently— yet we all bring our best selves to the project.”

| jeffreydungan.com

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01.Da Vinci stated, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” In this house we adhered closely to his sage advice. 02.A house designed to emulate an English Abbey (featured in Wall Street Journal 2014). 03.“Live in rooms filled with light,” said Cornelius Celsus. Our design for an airy and light-filled half kitchen open to expansive views of large hunting farm. 04.“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin,” noted Shakespeare. Designing from inspiration of amazing natural beauty means everything—the house grows out of the site. 05.A Moorish influenced tower house overlooking the Gulf of Mexico in Alys Beach, Florida. 01.Erica George Dines 02.Chris Luker 03.Chris Luker 04.Eric Marcus 05.Chris Luker

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This Atlanta residence boasts an 85-year-old reclaimed roof on a sprawling estate.


View from the back of a residence featuring three sets of French doors.

T H E G A R R E T T G R O U P , LT D .

The construction experts at The Garrett Group bring three decades’ worth of experience and innovation to the stunning custom-home projects on which the firm has built its impeccable reputation in Atlanta. After decades of creating masterpieces for its discerning clients, The Garrett Group’s legacy as a premier builder and remodeler of custom homes is evident in luxury communities throughout the greater Atlanta area. But proof of the renowned firm’s imprint isn’t limited to the sprawling estates and intimate residences that often bring classical architecture to life. It also resides in the clients—and the children of those clients—who entrust The Garrett Group with building something more than just a house. “We have customers who were kids when we provided construction services for their parents,” says company president Bobby Garrett. “To hear them explain how they want the same building experience they remembered as a child tells us we did something right.” What started as a low-volume speculative construction company in 1984 has emerged as the undisputed gold standard in the Southeast—including pockets of North Carolina and Florida—when it

“It’s so gratifying to have customers, years removed from the project’s completion, speak about the pleasures of their home.”

comes to singular works of residential splendor. From the beginning, the firm

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has been known for its straightforward approach and commitment to customer satisfaction, but those are hardly the only calling cards that it brings to the table. Many of its sub-contractors and on-site superintendents have worked with The Garrett Group for some 30 years, delivering an unsurpassed level of vision, craftsmanship and cutting-edge construction expertise to each and every project. “We strive to create an effective process from plan development to completion,” Garrett says. “Ultimately, our goal is to exceed all client expectations.”

ALL FOR ONE In working with some of Atlanta’s most respected and creative architects, The Garrett Group has helped to bring a variety of dramatic homes to fruition, from chic contemporary projects to epic examples of traditional Southern design that employ the latest in sustainable methods and materials. No matter the size or scope of a custom home, Garrett and his team place their clients front and center. In order to enhance the construction experience, he suggests the following: Employ a cohesive design team, and select the contractor early in the process; never be afraid to voice concerns; and don’t get bogged down overthinking every detail. “The owner’s energies are better spent providing timely, informative input to the design team and contractor,” Garrett says. “A well-designed home always will be a collaborative effort with the owner, designers and contractor. It takes a team to create the kind of special projects that we pride ourselves on.”

| garrettgroupatl.com

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01.This living room exudes beach coziness highlighting a driftwood console table. 02.This Florida residence is a picture perfect house located directly on the beach. 03.A cozy corner nook wonderful for reading, sleeping and entertaining guests. 04.The lush backyard on this Atlanta house is inviting and beautiful. 05.Enter into this grand driveway to reach this Carolina house with a twin peaked roof and stone façade. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE GARRET GROUP

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Stained concrete flooring and a granite fireplace complements furniture designed by Eero Saarrinen and Ludwig Mie Van Der Rohe.


S TA N T O P O L

STAN TOPOL & ASSOCIATES, INC.

Award-winning designer Stan Topol and his extraordinary team bring luxury to residential and commercial spaces to life, in part, by playing by their own set of interior rules. Stan Topol refers to interior decoration as an art form—but in his experienced and creative hands, it’s often much more than that. Since the launch of his award-winning firm in the mid-1970s, Topol has not only realized interior dreams for his luxury clients, he’s also paved the way for future generations of designers. Early in his career, Topol spent summers in New York working with Billy Baldwin, the dean of American interior decoration. Topol’s intense commitment to education took him to the Art Institute of Atlanta, where he headed the interior design program and, later, oversaw the curriculum for the entire institution. With the help of his students, Topol would start his namesake firm intent on translating his clients’ vision through captivating spaces that reflect life, past and present, at its best. “We create comfortable and usable residential interiors,” Topol says. “Attention to detail is our

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hallmark; every element is touched upon,

project. “We draw from our client’s dreams

from architectural and livability factors to

and their private requirements—and then

finishes and furnishings. We strive to bring

turn those thoughts into reality,” Topol says.

total coordination to ensure perfection

“This process starts on paper, and so begins

in the end.” Over the years, Topol and

the client’s journey. For some, this journey

his team have raised the interior bar

will last a lifetime. We educate our clients

time and again with commercial and

along the way to grow in their love of

residential projects. They have managed

the art of interior design.” Part of that

to capture the client’s dreams and stir

education lies in the rules of placement

01.A dramatic staircase with hand-forged iron railing leads to artwork by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. 02.J. Robert Scott custom upholstery sets the stage for this room-sized antique Agra rug from Raphael Fine Art in New York 03.This pre-war Park Avenue living room was brought into the 21st century, while retaining character. 04.The owners’ love of French antiques and rugs creates an interesting juxtaposition between nature and beauty in this riverside living room.

the senses. The award-winning firm’s

that Topol has developed, axioms from

resume includes the St. Regis Hotel

which he never strays. Among them:

and Residences in Atlanta, the Peabody

Always understand the purpose of a room;

Hotel in Memphis—and a high-rise in

always counter-balance the structure of

Atlanta for legendary rock star Elton John.

a room with the furniture; and remember

01. Max Kim-Bee 02. Peter Vitale 03. Peter Vitale 04. Peter Vitale

prodigious talent and added vision to a firm

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that what is a trend today may look dated

RULES TO LIVE BY Over the past three decades, Topol has been joined by Reynolds Brown, Cindy

and tacky tomorrow.

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KITCHEN & BATH DESIGNER

Feminine and masculine details blend seamlessly in a kitchen that includes a dark-wood island, and stone and brass details.


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DESIGN GALLERIA KITCHEN AND BATH STUDIO

The dedicated professionals at Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio, with access to a breathtaking range of visually striking and state-of-the-art materials, accessories and appliances, continue to set the bar high when it comes to kitchen and bath décor. It’s been nearly four decades since Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio first pulled back the curtain for luxury homeowners on a seemingly infinite world of possibilities for two of the most important spaces in any house. But even though trends and technology have evolved over time, nothing about the commitment of co-owner and principal designer Matthew Quinn and his award-winning team has changed. “Over the years, Design Galleria has become synonymous with timeless design, uncompromising craftsmanship and an extraordinary client experience,” Quinn says. “Our team of designers, engineers and installers are among the best in the industry. Superb attention to detail and client-inspired design are among the qualities that maintain our long-term relationships with architects, designers, builders and homeowners.” Part of the Studio’s success lies in its uncanny ability to not only roll with the changes—but remain ahead of the industry curve. As evidenced by its astounding menu of materials, appliances, lighting, moldings, accessories—and more—the experts

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at Design Galleria bridge the worlds of functional, cutting-edge innovation with eye-catching treatments. Look no further than the array of customized cabinetry options, which call on an understanding of physics, spatial planning and material durability—as well as the organization and decorative needs of the client. “Our brand is distinctive in that, regardless of style, there is tangible attention to detail, quality, elegance, fit and finish,” Quinn says. “But when it comes to style, it’s important to have a cohesive thread throughout the kitchen or bath to create harmony. A cohesive space can be relaxing and comfortable without being boring.”

“We’re hired as kitchen and bath specialists working in tandem with a team of professionals to achieve the same goal for the client.” COLL ABOR ATIVE INSPIR ATION Part of what distinguishes the Design Galleria brand is its emphasis on continuing education, especially when it comes to the eco-friendly practices that can turn a kitchen or bath that works for the home into one that also works for the planet. In addition

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clients—their interests when it comes to travel or fashion—in order to better serve the project,” he says. In the spring of 2016, Quinn released “Quintessential Kitchens by Matthew Quinn: Volume One,” a glimpse at 15 of his exquisitely rendered residential kitchens, each one a testament to his philosophy that precise and personal function means more to a space than sheer aesthetics.

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01.Bathroom vanities serve as bookends for the Demi tall furniture piece, which features geometric mullion patterns. 02.The exquisite details in this kitchen include Calacatta Manhattan marble, polished nickel and herringbone ceramic tiles. 03.The simple lines of the oversized wood hood frame a CornuFe range in this all-white, 1920s-inspired kitchen. 04.Leathered Quartzite counters offset the regal black range and hood in a kitchen that exudes casual elegance. 01. Rachel Martin 02. Rachel Martin 03. Erica George Dines 04. Emily Followill

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CARIBBEAN No longer a destination to simply escape to for long weekends and mini-vacations, the tropical islands of the Caribbean—led by Turks and Caicos Islands and its ever-expanding pockets of paradise— are providing those looking to plant part-time and, in some cases, permanent roots with a stunning array of luxury residential options.

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a Turtle Tail Estate,

a stunning private villa on a 4.57 acre peninsula, overlooks the south shore of Providenciales.

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As interest intensifies in all that the Caribbean territory has to offer, buyers and sellers turn to Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty for its incomparable knowledge of the luxury residential market.

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Sapodilla Bay Estate. A spectacular nine bedroom compound that spans 15,000 square feet and includes state-of-the-art tennis court, gym, home movie theatre, staff accommodation, master

With a dream-like island backdrop straight out of central casting, and

and guest pavilions on 280 feet

a burgeoning luxury market that seems to provide more astounding

of frontage. Listing inclusive

residential possibilities with each passing year, it would seem, on paper,

of furnishings, equipment and

that real estate in Turks and Caicos Islands sells itself. But even a renowned

two vehicles.

Caribbean paradise with the motto “beautiful by nature” requires a deft touch when it comes to sifting through its myriad of vacation-home, second-home, luxury villa and primary residence possibilities. That’s where the experts at

“The unique characteristic about Turks & Caicos is that our real estate and tourism markets often go hand-in-hand.”

Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty (TCSIR) stand apart. Led by Joe Zahm, who has managed and brokered some $1.2 billion in condo and real estate products over the past 20 years, TCSIR offers unparalleled insights into every aspect of Turks and Caicos. “Turks and Caicos is now a go-to affluent brand for those seeking the ideal combination of luxury with ease of access and use,” Zahm says. “Our luxury tourists of yesterday and today become our

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01.Water sports and ecoadventures abound throughout Turks & Caicos 02.Condominium developments line the awardwinning Grace Bay Beach, a main attraction for visitors. 03.Blue Haven Marina in Leeward is an Island Global Yachting (IGY) destination assuring the highest levels of service. 04.The Regent Grand penthouse offers commanding views of the beachfront at Grace Bay.

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luxury property owners of today and tomorrow.” Since merging his former independent company with Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty in 2009, Zahm and his talented team have further established their own brand as the go-to real estate firm in Turks and Caicos. In 2015, no company came close to closing as many residential deals over $1 million as

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TCSIR, which claimed 54 percent of such sales. The firm’s prolific stable of spellbinding multimillion-

strategies that instantly connect

on revenue generated from the

dollar offerings never ceases to

the client's property to real estate

property and no capital gains

amaze—like the 15,000-square-

influencers around the world.

tax on property transfer; plus,

foot, nine-bedroom compound on

The Sotheby Realty brand also

the U.S. dollar is the primary

Prime residential destinations

Sapodilla Bay, listed at $11.8

delivers listings on a digital

currency. “With our region

feature oceanfront views and

million, that features a tennis

platform (sothebysrealty.com)

being vacation or second-home

proximity to shopping, restaurants

court, home theater, gym, and

that attracts more than 75 million

purchases, most buyers inquire

and entertainment. Walking

master and guest pavilions.

page views per year.

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distance to the beach and these

their property of interest,” Zahm

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says. “This is where our product

year-round tropical climate. Central,

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and market knowledge is

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estate in Turks and Caicos,

invaluable. We advise them

estates, Zahm and his team will

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custom-tailor a marketing plan

several reasons to consider

them compare, and then let

that capitalizes on their detailed

investing in a slice of the good

them decide on the best choice

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understanding of Turks and Caicos

life—beyond the mesmerizing

for their investment portfolio

real estate, as well as the wealth

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estates and jaw-dropping views.

and lifestyle. We love what we

of tools available to the Sotheby’s

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Among them: There is no

do, and we do it well.”

Realty family. That plan can include

restriction on foreign property

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everything from high-profile U.S.

ownership; title insurance is not

media placement to social media

required; there is no income tax

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uptown neighborhoods invariably bring people together; residents love being part of that action.

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This stunning project on Babalua Beach rises 40 feet above sea level and then, architecturally, cascades down the slope.


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R.A. SHAW DESIGNS

Clients seeking a slice of the good life in the Caribbean find a true residential visionary in R.A. Shaw Designs, which brings striking, creative architectural possibilities to life throughout Turks and Caicos Islands. What started nearly two decades ago as a one-year plan involving a single design project has evolved into an award-winning body of architectural work throughout Turks and Caicos Islands that continues to lend new residential meaning to the notion of a tropical paradise. For the clients who entrust R.A. Shaw Designs with their Caribbean dreams, the possibilities become limitless. “My focus, beyond the style, is to establish unforgettable features in the architecture, both in how they appear and work,” says company president Ronald Shaw. “It’s so much more interesting to design in an environment where exterior living spaces are more important than the interior. With every project we try to maximize the natural views and create unique elements that tie the spaces together seamlessly. Ultimately, our goal is to deliver a marriage of interior and exterior that mesmerizes.” Time and again, R.A.

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Shaw has exceeded even the wildest dreams of its A-list clientele with inspired design that embraces the region’s climate in more ways than one. Look no further than the concrete Bermuda roof technology that it brought to Turks and Caicos—and then modified with concrete gutters that are able to withstand hurricane-force winds. Working with its sister company, Design-Build Associates, R.A. Shaw offers conception-to-completion services that even include interior details—from furnishings and appliances to art installations. “Having full control of both the design and construction allows for quick problem solving and detail solutions,” says Shaw, who launched his firm in 1998.

“My passion for design— and for sculpting the form and function of living environments—grows stronger with each day.” SEEING IS BELIEVING The firm’s work is distinguished by a relentless drive to produce original, dazzling solutions for clients. This signature style is evident in Emerald Cay, a $42 million, 30,000-squarefoot Mediterranean-style villa; the geometric simplicity that defines the Windermere project; or the stunning 9,200-square-foot Cascade residence, an oceanfront gem with three pools on multiple levels. Often, such Shaw residences are placed on the lucrative short-term vacation rental market. “It will be mission accomplished if 20 years from now vacationers remember the R.A. Shaw villa they resided in,” Shaw says.

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01.In uniting the living space with turquoise waters of the north shore, the property takes on an infinity-edge vibe. 02.Access to lower levels starts with a stair that goes under the main pool as pool water cascades into the stairwell. 03.The pool starts at the front door and travels through the living space—with glass floor panels enhancing the design. 04.Clean white is the order inside this contemporary villa with stimulating geometric features. 05.An illuminated water wall cascades from the second-floor balcony providing a soft backdrop for the water cube garden. 01. & 02. Steve Passmore, Provo Pictures 03., 04. & 05. Andrew Mann, Brilliant Studios

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HOME BUILDER

The Residences by Grace Bay Resorts encompasses three luxury beachfront homes with separate cottages, a fitness center and manager’s apartment.


DAVID HARTSHORN

PROJETECH CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT & SERVICES

Projetech continues to set the luxury residential construction bar impossibly high in Turks and Caicos. Projetech Construction Management & Services didn’t put Providenciales on the map all by itself, but the industry leader certainly has done its part to change the face of, what is now, a 38-square-mile slice of paradise in Turks and Caicos Islands. As recently as three decades ago, Providenciales was a parcel of untapped potential in the North Atlantic, one that lacked basic roads and infrastructure. But with the help of Projetech—which has developed more than 200 residential, commercial, hospitality and civil engineering projects since David Hartshorn launched his firm in 1996—the island known to locals as Provo has emerged as an international destination for the luxury market. “Who has never, at some point, imagined living on an exotic, tropical island?” Hartshorn says. “Well dreams can come true here.” Projetech has been instrumental in helping discerning homeowners realize those dreams with its comprehensive menu of services, which, in addition to general contracting, range from site sourcing, design, budgeting, interior design and procurement. Projetech also provides full property management services through its sister company Hummingbird Luxury Management (including maintenance and short-term rental marketing, booking services and concierge). “The all-too-often uncompromising environment created by differing client

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and contractor objectives was a major motivation behind Projetech’s beginnings,” says managing director Steve Thompson. “David wanted his company to be different, with a focus on making the home-building process as enjoyable as possible.”

“Each of the more than 200 projects we’ve completed in Turks and Caicos Islands has its own story” IMPECCABLE REPUTATION Not only has the process been enjoyable for Projetech clients, the results have been nothing short of stunning—original works of residential art rich in detail and eco-friendly in design. “A well-constructed home will bring the homeowner’s vision to life in a way that is not only beautiful and functional but also incorporates the environmental features of each site, along with new technologies and materials,” Hartshorn says. Equally impressive is the firm’s honest approach to the bottomline aspect of construction. Whether clients table their concept, or Projetech produces one, the company provides a quick, accurate open-book cost analysis. From there, the firm manages the project to meet the client’s expectations—and purse strings usually on a fixed-priced basis. “Given our fairly unique longevity in the TCI we offer both financial and performance certainty. We have a tremendous reputation for integrity and quality of work, which attracts new clients naturally and brings past clients back to us time and again,” Thompson says.

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01.Stunning lagoons enhance the sophisticated outdoor setting at Lidija House, the central villa at The Pearls of Long Bay Estate. 02.Pearl East and West of The Pearls of Long Bay Estate are eight-bed luxury villas available for short-term rental. 03.The Pearls villas feature seamless windows and sliding doors that open fully to welcome views of pristine Long Bay Beach. 04.The open-living concept brings together the kitchen, dining and living areas at The Residences by Grace Bay Resorts. 05.Seamless windows, glass balcony rails and retractable television units are among the master bedroom details in Pearl East. 01. Delphine Hartshorn 02. Delphine Hartshorn 03.Steve Passmore 04.Steve Passmore 05.Steve Passmore 054 / 055


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INTERIOR DESIGNER

This chic contemporary living space in Grand Cayman transforms into a beachside cabana when opened up.


MICHELLE NICOLE BUTLER, DAVID A. WILSON & FA Y E E L L I N G S O N - L E W I S

DESIGN STUDIO

The visionaries at Design Studio never fail to find the interior ties that bind luxury residences to exquisite natural backdrops in the Cayman Islands. Like the iconic Jimi Hendrix song its name recalls, the Purple Haze residence on Rum Point in Grand Cayman is a testament to a rhythm so compelling that it stands the test of time. The interior project brought to award-winning fruition by Design Studio employs a subdued palette with elegant materials that help to seamlessly bridge the interior and outdoor spaces in this breathtaking beach house that overlooks the Caribbean Sea. That the hits just keep coming for company principals David Wilson and wife Michelle Nicole Butler is no surprise to the luxury clients fortunate enough to work with a firm that, over the past decade, has specialized in thoughtful, innovative interior design. “In every project, we challenge ourselves to keep evolving and learning; to keep pushing the boundaries on what we have done and what is typically done in the region,” Michelle says. “It is essential to us that our design is sensitive to the context and the client’s needs, but we also like to take opportunities to experiment with new ideas and materials. Ultimately, a project should surpass the mandate and encapsulate the joyfulness and beauty of our Caribbean

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locale.” With bases in Grand Cayman and Providenciales, Design Studio is able to deliver its own brand of beauty to discerning residential and commercial clients throughout the Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos. “Our design philosophy, as with our life philosophy, is to enjoy the journey as much as the destination,” David says. “For us, that starts with connecting with our clients—hearing about their families, their lives, their goals. That’s how we’re able to work with them to create spaces that can house their dreams.”

“Each project is driven by a unique client dialogue, which translates into a new, often surprising, design.” TRUE ORIGINALS It also helps that Design Studio has relationships with custom furniture and home accessory artisans throughout North America and Europe, giving clients access to one-of-a-kind offerings—several of which are displayed inside its retail showrooms. These days, the firm is “very material driven,” constantly working with different textures to see how they can be

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what the style, we tend to streamline the look and add a level of richness through detail.” Though still a relatively young firm, the foundation is set for Design Studio to elevate the aesthetic inside high-end Caribbean residences for decades to come.

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01.The Technicolor patchwork in this glass-encased shower adds playfulness to the space. 02.The color palette of the garden-view bedroom takes cues from the vibrant foliage. 03.A live-edge dining table creates an organic contrast with the geometric rhythms of the staircase. 04.Layered elements of traditional West Indies style, island artifacts and modern design evoke the spirit of casual island life. 01. Martyn Poyner 02. Martyn Poyner 03. Kenroy Lumsden 04. Justin Uzzell

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CHARLOT TE One of the nation’s fasting-growing cities, Charlotte seamlessly blends major metropolitan assets with a heaping dose of Southern hospitality. In addition to being the second-largest U.S. banking center, the Queen City is luring residents to a sizzling residential market with business opportunities in categories ranging from the energy and health care sectors to the motorsports industry.

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REALTOR

a Outdoor charms abound in and around downtown Charlotte, including walking areas like this park.

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The continued explosion of interest in Charlotte’s metropolitan charms mirrors the growth of its active housing market —reason enough to turn to Kim Raymond, who possesses an unparalleled knowledge of the city’s luxury real estate offerings.

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This majestic Euro-style mountain manor, perched on more than 7 acres in Banner Elk, encompasses nearly 7,000 square feet with

It’s no secret that Charlotte’s post-recession growth is one of the nation’s major metropolitan success stories, a reality that’s having a significant impact on the city’s residential scene. With its hip, urban pockets, thriving cultural scene, NASCAR, NBA, and NFL sports franchises, and entrepreneurial allure, the renowned banking capital is like a magnet to the movers and shakers of the baby-boomer through millennial generations, who continue to be a driving force in the rapidly changing market. “Charlotte offers so much to so many,” says real estate professional Kim Raymond. “Cost of living is very

“Our lives are so busy; we need a home base to ground us. I enjoy being able to help families find that oasis.”

reasonable; there are great opportunities for relocating companies; and it is located only a few hours from the Appalachian Mountains, multiple lakes and beaches. These are all great factors to move to the Queen City and enjoy

custom details throughout. The six-bedroom, 5.5-bath layout includes five antique marble, granite and stone fireplaces, a gourmet kitchen with butler’s pantry and China room, custom inlay wood flooring in the living areas, an artist’s solarium, ornamental glass and much more. The 1,313-square-foot covered patio has its own dining and

all of the benefits that our great city offers. New construction has come

lounge area. Breathtaking

back strongly in both single and multifamily housing. Charlotte has a great

long-range views cascade.

deal of 1930s- to 1980s-era homes that are ready for a major renovation to meet the needs of various groups like the millennials and empty nesters.”

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01.A beautiful estate in Banner Elk, located in the High Country. 02.A stately antebellum home in Myers Park, a historic area in the heart of Charlotte. 03.Breathtaking mountain views from a golf/summer estate in the High Country.

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For decades, Raymond has had her finger on the pulse of the market in and around Charlotte. Today, she’s recognized as one of the undisputed experts when it comes to single-family and multifamily luxury properties. “It truly is the American dream to own your own home.” Raymond says. “I love the possibilities of

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transforming something static into something active for a family to live in and enjoy.”

GROWING PAINS The addition of light rail transportation is changing the

Charlotte city limits,” she says.

nuances of its many communities

“Our roads and infrastructure

prove especially invaluable. “I ask

are being upgraded to handle

my clients detailed questions in

all of this growth.”

order to best understand their

Various factors are driving Charlotte’s

circle of life—their needs, their

burgeoning residential market. The

interests, their activities,” she

light rail system, international airport,

says. “If I know this information,

4 seasons, parks, museums, sports

I can find what best works for my

teams, corporate work opportunities,

clients and their families.” As the

major medical centers, and southern

Luxury home market continues

hospitality are all factors contributing

housing landscape near the

MATCH GAME

transit hubs and surrounding

Charlotte is such a fast-paced

areas of Charlotte. Raymond

market with limited inventory,

points to an explosion of condo

Raymond works doubly hard to

development in those areas, as

provide her discerning clients

well as in uptown/center city;

with the detailed analysis and

she expects to see continued

resources necessary for them to

retail, restaurant and residential

make quick, informed decisions

expansion in communities near

on potential properties. Raymond

hospitals, the airport, and near

believes, “It’s imperative for the

major highways and the 485

agent to do the legwork ahead

loop. This intensified interest

of time for their buyers and

in the region has created a few

sellers.” At the end of the day,

growing pains. “It’s increasingly

nothing proves more critical than

difficult to find 1+ acre and

location; that’s where Raymond’s

larger home sites within

knowledge of Charlotte and the

to strengthen in the Charlotte area, it is critical that owners navigate the market with every ounce of knowledge available

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to growth and preservation of our historic home neighborhoods and creating a resurgence of our 1930s-1980s homes.

to them. Find out the top 10 mistakes luxury home sellers are making in this market and how you can avoid them for top dollar on your home by visiting https://goo.gl/VxIxSf.

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Nestled into rock outcroppings, this mountain Tudor home emerges from its sloping site as if it were part of the natural landscape.


“We seek to create personal connections between our clients and the buildings we design for them.”

HARBINSON ARCHITECTS

By distilling the abstract elements that bind clients and architecture into tangible splendor, Jeff Harbinson and his team of design experts create projects that truly reflect those who inspire and occupy them. Over the years, clients of his namesake firm have described the process of working with Jeff Harbinson and his talented team as “architectural therapy.” It’s understandable, given the connective tissue that Harbinson Architects strives to weave into inspired custom design projects that range from master plans and historic preservation to luxury residential estates and resorts. “We believe that architecture has strong emotional and psychological components; it’s clearly able to shock and impress us at a basic level,” Harbinson says. “But on a deeper level, it can [bond] with us spiritually and passionately. We seek to find the ties between architecture and our clients.” Time and again, the North Carolina-based boutique firm has stirred the senses in more ways than one, creating diverse, thought-provoking spaces that draw on the true essence of its clients. “The renovation of a historic house will often have prescribed aesthetic demands; a mountainous site will have topography elements that influence its form,” says Harbinson, who’s been practicing architecture since 1982. “More importantly,

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01.The scale and placement of this four-story home has been carefully manipulated to achieve a modest, almost cottage-like, appearance. 02.Dark-stained wood furniture sets off the carefully detailed stone surfaces to create an ethereal quality to this master bathroom. 03.Expansive views by day and warm fires at night make this covered porch a favorite place to relax and entertain. 04.Reclaimed timbers, hand-painted tile and textured natural materials create a casual, cozy kitchen atmosphere. 05.Thick masonry walls and an axial arrangement of spaces create a classic composition softened with rustic materials.

though, are the personalities, preferences,

his team include the client during each

experiences, habits and memories that

step of the creative process. “We typically

our clients bring to a project. Our goal is

produce a variety of schematic plans

to create a physical reflection of this

quickly, based on initial conversations,

psychological content that results in

a program and site conditions,” Harbinson

beauty and happiness as defined by

says. “These are ‘ice breakers’ and really

our client.” Over the years, Harbinson

serve as a starting point for more varied

Architects has raised and exceeded that

and detailed conversations that allow us

bar with masterful projects along the

to deeply understand our client. We make

Eastern seaboard—including the centennial

ourselves available so that our clients

torch restoration of the Statue of Liberty.

become as comfortable reaching out

The firm’s artistic versatility allows it to

to us as they would a family member or

work in a variety of styles—from Greek

a friend. This not only allows us to create

Revival, Georgian, Mediterranean and

a carefully designed custom home, but

French Renaissance to Colonial, Arts

it fosters long-lasting friendships.” In

& Crafts, Shingle, and Contemporary.

addition to its architectural expertise, the firm also offers interior design and

PERSONAL PROCESS Whether collaborating with key members of a community on a historic project or

landscape design.

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HOME BUILDER

Hand-hewn logs, bark siding and native stone contribute to the rustic splendor of this estate set on 1,000 acres.


“I want our clients to have trust in the working relationship—and know that we have their best interests always in mind.”

PHILIP R. THOMAS CONSTRUCTION

Variety isn’t just the residential spice of life at Philip R. Thomas Construction, it’s the challenge that drives the Charlotte-based firm to produce some of the region’s most compelling luxury projects. In the same way that professionals in the movie industry refer to a compelling performer as an “actor’s actor,” architects throughout Charlotte no doubt point to Philip R. Thomas as the “designer’s builder.” For more than 30 years, Thomas’ namesake construction firm not only has realized the complex blueprints of some of the region’s most dynamic residential architects—it has thrived on those luxury projects. “Along with the relationships we develop with our clients, one of the things I love most about this job is working with such incredibly creative people,” says Thomas, whose firm specializes in new home construction and remodeling. “Typically, we follow the lead of the architects. My job is to bring together a talented crew of artisans that can and will execute the owner’s and the architect’s vision.” It would be one thing if those visions fell neatly into similar styles of architecture that were right in the company’s wheelhouse. What distinguishes Thomas and his experienced team of industry standouts is an uncanny ability to deliver any number of challenging designs with the same attention to detail

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and aesthetic splendor. Look no further than a Parisian-inspired townhome with a grand salon and elegant staircase; a striking contemporary estate with soaring geometric spaces and walls of glass; a secluded hunting lodge with stone fireplaces and cozy log interiors; or a Louisiana plantation-style project with placement of walls and courtyards that thoughtfully portion the overall weight of the property. “A well-designed home requires the owner, architect, designers and builder all working together to realize a successful outcome,” Thomas says. “I’ve been fortunate to [collaborate] on some of the more noteworthy homes in the area, ones easily recognized for their unique design and workmanship.”

BUILDING THE FOUNDATION Thomas has long appreciated the intricacies of building and design. In high school, he spent a semester researching historical architecture in Charlotte’s first suburban neighborhood, which was developed in the early 1900s. He would begin renovating historic homes out of college, a path that ultimately would lead to the launch of a firm whose client roster includes Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson. Whether working on a room addition to an existing property or bringing a sprawling custom estate to fruition, count on Philip R. Thomas Construction to draw on its unmatched expertise to make the process seamless—and the end result nothing short of astounding.

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CHARLOTTE

INTERIOR DESIGNER

A vibrant family room captures the spirit of an active, creative family.


ELIZABETH MYDOSH

EMC DESIGN + STILO

The quest to help clients find their own unique aesthetic distinguishes the original work at EMC Design, which continues to transform luxury spaces throughout Charlotte. Struggling early to find her creative niche at Savannah College of Art and Design, Elizabeth Mydosh recalls reaching out to the head of the architecture department with the sketch of a house that she had conceptualized. “She took one look at it and told me, ‘Honey, if the building falls down, it’s your fault,’” Mydosh says with a chuckle. “She then directed me to the interior design department—and I immediately fell in love.” Architecture’s loss was the interior world’s gain, especially in luxury residential and hospitality circles in and around the Charlotte area, where Mydosh’s firm, EMC Design, has become synonymous with one-of-a-kind spaces as functional as they are visually striking. A design veteran with residential and corporate experience in New York, Washington, D.C. and South Carolina before launching her own firm, Mydosh delivers a full menu of services—from personal shopping and space planning to selections of fixtures and finishes. In addition, EMC’s industry connections give clients access to top-tier seamstresses, upholsterers, general contractors, carpet installers and much more. It’s an impressive palette of offerings from a firm that never fails to see the untapped potential in a space. “I love the big picture; it’s like building blocks in my head,” Mydosh says. “The lighting, the ability to enhance a space

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with the correct emotion; the colors in a room, which can affect a person’s well-being and bring harmony; and the textures in furniture, fabrics and accessories, which can dictate how a person reacts to a space: we all tick very differently. My job is to figure out how my client ‘ticks’ so that their environment is most suitable for them.”

“It’s most important to me to create unique environments for each of my clients, spaces that feel like ‘home.’” REALIZING THE DREAM No matter the size and scope of a project, Mydosh and her talented team always ask for wish-list images, Pinterest pages or magazine clips to better understand the clients’ tastes and needs. EMC then produces “palette” options based on those samples, the start of a process that can bring any desired space and style to life, whether eclectic, contemporary, traditional, soothing or ultra sophisticated. The possibilities, in EMC hands, are endless. It’s no wonder that much of Mydosh’s business is word of mouth, or that she has client relationships that span decades. “We love working with clients who give us the freedom to help them find who they are,” she says. “It’s not just designing someone’s home; it’s like giving therapy to the soul.”

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01.Art takes center stage in this living room, with designer fabrics helping to create a perfect symphony. 02.Natural light fills this bright, open sunroom, the perfect spot to restore the soul. 03.A peaceful den area gives its residents a place to curl up with a blanket and book. 04.This wonderfully lit, classic kitchen features unique design and bold accents. 05.Sunlight filters in to this carriage house, set away from the hustle and bustle of the main house. Photography by Jason Neman 074 / 075


HOUSTON One of the nation’s hottest housing markets over the past several years, Houston and its greater metropolitan communities continue to draw global interest for a myriad of reasons. Not only is it home to more Fortune 500 headquarters than any city except New York, Houston also features world-class medical and research sectors— along with buzz-worthy culinary, entertainment and cultural scenes.

THE HOPKINS COMPANY ARCHITECTS


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REALTOR

a The inviting

Houston skyline hints at the excitement that awaits in the downtown area.

J A Y M O N R O E A T M A R T H A T U R N E R S O T H E B Y ’ S I N T E R N A T I O N A L R E A LT Y

With the city’s luxury residential market still booming, future homeowners turn to awardwinning real estate professional Jay Monroe for a true insider’s perspective on the hottest communities and most buzz-worthy listings.

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1514 Banks Street: One-of-a-kind sustainable all-steel framed sanctuary

While major metropolitan regions and surrounding communities throughout the United States struggled to find their footing in the aftermath of the recession, Houston dug in its heels. Not only did the country’s fourth-most populated city survive, it began to thrive. No longer known only as the nation’s capital when it comes to oil and gas, Houston has emerged as a vibrant, diversified and highly desirable place to plant roots—one that has added more than 500,000 jobs between 2009 and 2015. “I often call Houston a ‘great big small town,’” says Jay Monroe,

“Houston is going to become more vertical. Traditionally, we liked our space on the ground,but that’s changing.”

broker associate at Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty. “It’s very friendly, yet very international. It has an awesome arts scene, it’s a foodie haven, and it’s a great place for outdoor sports year-round. We are also the largest city in the U.S. with no zoning, so while deed restrictions protect most of our neighborhoods, there are funky parts where you can find a historic mansion next to a townhome next to a tattoo parlor! We are

dubbed ''The (Almost) All-American Home'' by The New York Times in ultimate Museum District deed restricted locale. Designed and built by architect Karen Lantz, this LEED Platinum property redefines luxury living. The 4,156-square-footproperty features three bedrooms, five baths, and poured terrazzo floors on every level including the 1,000-square-foot-basement.

very lucky to live in Houston.” Few real estate professionals understand the nuances of Houston’s burgeoning real-estate scene like Monroe,

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01.The Museum Square district of Houston, home to the Sam Houston monument, hosts various residential high-rise buildings. 02.Tucked away on one of West University Place’s most exclusive streets, this classic American coastal farmhouse is infused with modern touches.03.It’s a sunny morning at Hermann Park, one of Houston’s first public parks. 01

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a member of the Martha Turner Circle of Excellence Hall of Fame with sales approaching $400 million since his career began in 1992. Armed with a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Houston, Monroe brings a much-appreciated discerning eye to his client interactions. “Buyers think they have a list of criteria, but through the process you realize together what they really need,” he says. “I have developed a sixth sense; I can walk into a house and immediately know if it is or isn’t right for a buyer.”

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with extra rooms. This is

about it, Monroe says that his

especially true of the millennial

top concern is resale. “Every

population that continues to

residence I look at with buyers,

pour into Houston. “They want

I ask myself, ‘What will the

Luxury communities throughout

to be close to the action and

objections to this house be in

Houston continue to prove

have easy access to shopping

five years when my client asks

irresistible for potential

and restaurants,” he says. “They

me to sell it?’” More often than

homeowners. The hottest

are willing to sacrifice square

not, that happens; some 85

neighborhoods, like River Oaks

footage and large yards for

percent of Monroe’s business is

and West University, feature

other amenities.” Monroe also

repeat and referrals, a testament

beautifully conceived homes,

works with several high-end

to the expert knowledge he

clients with multiple homes.

possesses about the market—

“Many residents choose other

and the renowned customer

locales for their weekend and

service he provides. “I’m not

summer homes,” he says. “This

a salesman; I just help people

+ River Oaks

means they need a ‘lock-and-

buy and sell their home,”

+ West University/Bellaire

go’ home here. Therefore,

Monroe says. “Treat people like

+ Memorial

high-density, low-maintenance

they are family, and they will

+ The Heights

homes are becoming popular.”

work with you again and again.”

+ The Museum District/

Monroe sees more and more residents in the luxury sector

ALL IN THE FAMILY

moving away from large estates

Even if buyers aren’t worried

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After enjoying the elegant entertaining spaces in this “party barn,” visitors can spend the night upstairs in twin guest suites.


“Every space we design is bright, airy and flows graciously without compromising the integrity of the individual rooms.”

THE HOPKINS COMPANY

The thread of elegant simplicity that runs through each stunning residential project designed by The Hopkins Company is surpassed only by the dizzying array of architectural possibilities the firm is capable of bringing to life. In the four-plus decades since launching his namesake architectural business, George Hopkins and his team have designed more than 1,300 residential projects in the coastal states between Texas, New York and Florida. But not once, along the way, has the founder of The Hopkins Company put pencil to sketch paper without first heeding the approach that continues to ground his award-winning firm: Listen and learn before you create. “No two homes designed by my firm are ever the same because no two clients’ interests, jobs, families or lifestyles are ever the same,” says Hopkins, whose firm is licensed in 26 states. “The personal pleasure and professional gratification of planning, designing and building the homes our clients have dreamed about remains incredibly fulfilling.” Residents of The Hopkins Company’s artful architectural works of residential art would be the first to say that the pleasure, in truth, is all theirs. As evidenced by its mind-numbing portfolio of luxury estates, the firm delivers a level of expertise and creativity much broader than a single stylistic appearance. Hopkins and his team

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have created masterful architectural designs in styles ranging from French to Mediterranean, Neoclassical to Southern Plantation, and Georgian to Contemporary. “We strive to create a marriage of classic architectural forms with floor plans carefully designed to address contemporary lifestyles,” Hopkins says. “Exterior designs are balanced either symmetrically or asymmetrically. Elegant simplicity is also achieved by strategic placement of key design elements. Every home we create has a fundamental design concept to which all other elements relate. Each home we create is an individual architectural statement of its owner’s artistic preferences.” The unique interests of our discerning clientele continue to drive the firm to new creative endeavors. One of The Hopkins Company’s most recent commissions was the design of a four-story contemporary villa on a 75-foot-high bluff.

THE LEGACY GROWS One of the successes in his firm’s prodigious history that Hopkins is most proud of is a redevelopment plan that he advanced in his Ph.D. dissertation at Tulane for five miles of Mississippi riverfront. “My firm was (later) awarded the planning contract to design that project,” Hopkins says. “The concept removed port traffic from residential neighborhoods and spawned $100 million in infrastructure improvements for redevelopment of the ragged edge of the port into viable neighborhoods.” Hopkins is also the author of Creating Your Architectural Style (Pelican Publishing, 2009), lauded by industry insiders as a valuable resource and ready reference guide to the residential design and construction process.

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01.Antique brick floors mesh seamlessly with salvaged-pine ceiling and cabinetry treatments to create this country kitchen. 02.Rustic timbers form the walls and ceiling of the bar, creating an intimate atmosphere for conversing with family and friends. 03.This antique pine tack room features hinged storage compartments below a cushioned bench. 04.Elegantly landscaped gardens enhance the Greek Revival façade of this majestic plantation home appointed with Doric columns. 05.This Neoclassical cottage, overlooking a golf course, features a broad flagstone porch supported by Corinthian columns and a slate roof. 01.Greg Miles 02.Greg Miles 03. Alison Gootee 04.Chad Chenier 05.CAVU Media Group 082 / 083


HOUSTON

HOME BUILDER

A stately estate home in Carlton Woods speaks to Hann Builders’ penchant for jaw-dropping work.


“As a custom home builder, it’s our responsibility to bring excellence and commitment to detail to every style that we build.”

HANN HOME BUILDERS

The pursuit of excellence that Hann Builders brings to its award-winning work is evident in both the jawdropping custom homes it produces and the clients whom it never fails to satisfy. For more than two decades, Hann Builders has been changing the lay of the land throughout the Greater Houston area with original works of residential artistry that often defy description. But as inspired as one of its multimillion-dollar creations can be, it’s hardly the only hallmark of this award-winning design-build firm. Since its launch in 1993, Hann Builders has placed as much emphasis on the intangibles of luxury home building as it has the finished product. “We’ve always been a firm that specializes in taking our clients through the entire process of creating and building a custom residence,” says Stephen Hann, the company’s principal. “By networking with some of the best builders in the nation over the last 20-plus years, we’ve been able to incorporate what we think are the best practices to

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make the process organized, efficient and enjoyable for our clients.” Hann’s team of experts and artisans offers everything from new construction services and high-end remodeling work to detail-rich custom home design. Though the firm can bring any architectural vision to life, there is a consistent thread that runs through its work in affluent pockets such as the Woodlands and the Memorial Corridor. “Our homes are all built with attention to detail that incorporates the latest industry innovations and the finest materials,” Hann says. “Another thing our projects share in common: satisfied clients who are proud of their homes and the way we took care of them.”

INFLUENCES AND HONORS Hann credits his father, an engineer, with fostering his passion for building— a fire that he continued to stoke at Trinity University, where he earned degrees in business administration and construction management. But it’s his on-the-job experience, including an early stint in commercial construction, which taught Hann the impact that solid communication can have on a project. “The more we know about why our clients have decided to build, the better it helps us to be more effective,” he says. “Building a home is an emotional roller coaster, and open communication is 01

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01.A walk-around library on the second floor adds to the grandeur of this living room space. 02.This estate is an example of Hann’s ability to interpret classic Greek Revival architecture. 03.A spacious walk-in closet accommodates the client’s desires. 04.Dusk falls on this stunning Mediterranean project in Memorial. Photography Courtesy of Hann Home Builders

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blessed to do something I love and to see the satisfaction and joy it brings to our clients and their families when our job is done.”

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INTERIOR DESIGNER

This federal-style living room features a custom Hokanson area rug, and antique French and Russian furniture.


MICHAEL J. SILLER

MICHAEL J. SILLER INTERIORS

Since launching his eponymous firm nearly 30 years ago, Michael J. Siller consistently has tapped into the “soul” of his clients’ luxury spaces, infusing those interiors with classic elegance and the spirit of creative possibility. The sketches of houses and floor plans that Michael J. Siller began drawing in elementary school may have been the earliest signs that he had an eye for residential detail. But over the past three decades, the hard proof that Siller has mastered the art of interior design can be found in a dynamic portfolio that spans luxury projects nationally from Texas and California to New York and Florida—and internationally in Mexico, England, France and Switzerland. “The company has completed an array of projects that includes primary residences, high-rise condominiums, beach houses, ski resorts, ranches, restaurants, executive offices and private aircrafts,” says the founder of Houston-based Michael J. Siller Interiors, which debuted in 1987. “Our goal is to create interiors that are inviting and comfortable while maintaining a sense of formality. The end results are luxurious spaces that are livable and, most importantly, reflect the client’s personality and taste.” Credit Siller Interiors’ emphasis on communication as one of the main reasons the firm is able to translate client desires into works of interior splendor that have graced the pages of national design magazines.

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01.The Solarium has a collection of antique French furniture from trips to France; the plates are part of a Russian dowry. 02.The contemporary atmosphere inside this Zen-like study includes grass cloth on the walls and custom upholstery. 03.This deep midnight blue paneled media room has a lacquer finish with upholstered blue velvet inset panels. 04.A portrait of Russian princess Zinaida Nikolaevna Yusupova presides over the master bedroom, where Pratesi linens dress the bed. 01. Emily Minton Redfield 02. Emily Minton Redfield 03.Christopher Alexander 04. Emily Minton Redfield

“Sometimes it can be easier to create a showpiece. To make a home is a more exacting challenge.” Siller accepts that challenge on behalf of discerning clients with a creative process he lovingly refers o as the “mad scientist” stage. “I feel I am creating a three dimensional piece of art,” he says. “The creative process mixed with guidelines of what I refer to as ‘great

“I don’t limit myself

Though Siller himself is recognized for the

design,’ I think comes from a place that is

signature proportion, balance and use of

truly a gift from God.” Those gifts have

color that he brings to high-end projects,

engendered long-standing, endearing

the company is fluent in any number of

relationships with clients, one of which has

styles. “Right now, I’m inspired by so many

called on Siller to complete eight different

about a traditional

diverse styles of design and combining

homes. “My greatest success is having my

room as I do a

them with integrity in a creative and

clients trust and believe in me—and then

exciting manner,” Siller says. “A period

maintaining a relationship after the job is

French chair next to a midcentury table

completed,” he says.

to a certain style. I get as excited

contemporary space.”

with a Russian console? Now this inspires me! Great design evokes a mood.”

IT ’S A MAD, MAD WORLD One of Siller’s favorite quotes is by the fashion designer Valentino, who once said,

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L A K E TA H O E & T RU C K EE Few communities manage to combine yearlong outdoor pursuits with Rat Pack-era entertainment quite like Lake Tahoe. The largest alpine lake in North America—and the casino gambling on its Nevada side—draws tourists and conventions from around the world. Meanwhile, its scenic slopes attract ski enthusiasts during the winter, and hikers and mountain bikers during the summer.

DENNIS E. ZIRBEL ARCHITECT, A.P.C.


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CHASE INTERNATIONAL

Luxury residential options in and around Lake Tahoe can be as rich and bountiful as the region’s natural splendor—all the more reason to turn to Trinkie Watson, one of the area’s most trusted and knowledgeable real estate experts.

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Located on Lake Tahoe’s east shore, The Pines has approximately 400 feet of shoreline, two parcels encompassing 13.6 acres, a main residence that covers

In and of itself, the largest alpine lake in North America certainly is a sight to behold. But as residents and second-home owners throughout

“Assisting buyers and sellers with large investments is a huge responsibility—one we approach with passion and integrity to fulfill their dreams.”

13,600 square feet, a guest house and caretaker’s house, a covered bridge—plus a

Lake Tahoe’s myriad of high-end communities can attest, there is more

three-hole golf course

to the region than meets the eye. “Lifestyle is what it’s all about,” says

complete with a practice

Katrine “Trinkie” Watson of Chase International, the preferred broker

green. A swimming pool

for the Lake Tahoe luxury market for the better part of three decades.

and spa overlook the beach,

“We have year-round outdoor activities—from skiing and snowboarding

pier and boathouse. Gigantic

in the winter to hiking, biking, kayaking and paddle-boarding in the summer.

granite outcroppings surround

When you add the wonderful restaurants and variety of entertainment, it’s

the residence’s east side, while

easy to see why this area is so special.” No broker understands the nuances

west and southwest panoramic

of the market quite like Watson, who has sold nearly 100 lakefront properties

lake views abound.

through the years. Her detail-rich insights into communities from historic Fallen Leaf Lake near South Lake Tahoe to the rural charms of Sierra Valley

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some 25 miles north of Truckee to the small-town intimacy of Tahoe City provide her discerning sellers and buyers with an insider’s understanding of homes, neighborhoods and the market in general. “In the last five years, pent-up demand has surged and our market is now back to healthy growth,” Watson says. “We are a beautiful choice for relaxation

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from the intense business life in the San Francisco/Silicon Valley Bay Area, and we’re a

other than condominium

communities. There’s also buyer

counterpoint, temperature-wise,

projects like Zalanta, a new

interest in turn-key opportunities

for those living in the warm

offering at South Lake Tahoe

and offerings that include more

desert and southern climates.”

that our company is representing,”

on-site services. “Overall, the Lake

Watson says. “There will be more

Tahoe region is in a stable market,

growth in the Truckee area,

with increased sales in 2016 over

existing subdivisions that will

2015 in most areas,” Watson says.

see more build-out. Reno/Sparks

“The luxury market, homes valued

will definitely see more housing

at more than $1 million, continues

with the business renaissance

to hold strong. Average and

$10 MILLION

underway in that area.”

median prices are inching up.

Property on Lake Tahoe,

WHAT ’S HOT Watson points to the 2,177-acre Martis Camp, a private luxury community between Truckee and North Lake Tahoe, as the region’s most successful custom-home developments. There also is continued interest in Tahoe Donner, Gray’s Crossing and Schaffer’s Mill—all exclusive communities in Truckee with dazzling amenities. “Because the Lake Tahoe basin has strong restrictions, there will not be much in the way of new subdivisions,

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$5 MILLION Potential site on Lake Tahoe or a grand off-water home in the basin—or in one of the newer golf communities in Truckee.

in Incline Village or one of the larger, newer homes

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is to provide the services and

Though the majority of her

information that our clients

buyers lean toward “mountain

need to accomplish their dream.

style” properties, Watson’s team

We’re not happy unless we hit

$15 MILLION

is seeing growing interest in the

a home run for them.”

Similar to above—except with a larger home and

contemporary architecture that’s reflected in the new construction occurring in the region’s off-lake

around the lake.

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“We are here to support our clients every step of the way, to make the process enjoyable and to ensure a successful and lasting end result.”

DENNIS E. ZIRBEL ARCHITECT, A.P.C.

Whether he is redefining the many architectural possibilities inherent to a mountain retreat of raising the creative bar in luxury resort design, Dennis Zirbel delivers more to his discerning clients than meets the eye. Twenty years into an award-winning run as an architectural planning and interior design firm known for its inspired, technically innovative design for exclusive residential and resort clients, the soaring interest in Dennis Zirbel’s brilliant work could easily dictate an expansion of his services. But the accredited LEED professional, who, among other things, has helped to change the face of mountain architecture in the Lake Tahoe/Truckee region, prefers to maintain the intimate, service-oriented approach for which his company always has been known. “At this level, I can be deeply committed to every project and every client personally,” says Zirbel, whose firm is licensed in California, Montana and Nevada. That commitment shows in a staggering array of high-elevation masterpieces in the Tahoe/Truckee projects that embrace any style desired by the client. It also shows a rustic Mediterranean-style villa that Zirbel’s team recently completed in Monterey, or the historic remodel of an 1860 Victorian hotel-turned-private residence. No matter the style, Zirbel’s

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namesake firm brings an intangible

BUILT TO L AST

element to the process that distinguishes

Over the years, the firm has completed

its work time and time again. “Successful

more than 250 luxury residential projects

architecture isn’t constrained by a specific

and nearly 20 resort/recreation facilities,

style,” Zirbel says. “Our core design

and has been involved in 10 master planning

principles and holistic approach to

projects in the Tahoe/Truckee area. With

architecture allow us to deliver whatever

many of its projects set in the mountains,

the client desires. With each project,

buildings and residences inevitably endure

we strive to create a ‘feel’ that can be

weather extremes—and, therefore, must be

01.Heavy timbers and 10-foot-tall sliding Weiland doors add to the splendor of this Martis Camp residence. 02.Shakespeare Rock looms in the background of this remodel to an existing Glenbrook, Nevada ranch home. 03.Stacked stone walls and reclaimed wood blend this modern Lahontan residence with its mountain setting. 04.Opening on two sides to patios and mountain views, this great room is perfect for indoor/outdoor entertaining. 05.An exposed flared roof system heightens the drama inherent to the Lake Room overlooking Lake Tahoe.

experienced from inside or outside our

structurally substantial. Whether bringing

buildings.” The creative journey begins

contemporary or traditional design to life,

with a thorough understanding of the

Zirbel and his team design with those

client’s interests, and the challenges and

realities—and much more—in mind. “Clients

possibilities inherent to the site and its

are looking for new building technologies,

topography. Those natural elements—from

understated luxuries and versatile spaces

existing views to solar orientation—

that accommodate flexible, efficient

continue to inspire finishes, features and

lifestyles,” he says. “We turn to our vast

conceptual themes throughout the

experience and our ongoing education

project. “The more client feedback and

for inspiration in creating the ultimate

input we have,” Zirbel says, “the more the

experiences for our clients.”

Photography by Vance Fox

and personal aesthetics of our clients.”

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This mountain lodge home with breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe feels welcoming from the first step through the door.

HOME BUILDER


“We strive to make planning, design and construction one seamless process that fulfills the owner’s desire for an organized, costeffective project.”

BRINK CUSTOM HOMES

Team building takes on new meaning at Brink Custom Homes, renowned for the collaboration with clients and fellow professionals that serves as the foundation of its spellbinding, one-of-a-kind estates in and around Tahoe. When the project managers, construction and design experts, and craftsmen at Brink Custom Homes emphasize their willingness to go the extra mile to bring their clients’ dream projects to fruition, they often mean it in the most literal sense. For this lakeside mountain home, the firm incorporated many shipments of reclaimed barn wood siding, old growth oak flooring, heavy timbers and quarried stone, sourced from all over the country. The team worked side-by-side with the owners to deliver their exact vision for the family home. Every detail was passionately thought through and no detail was overlooked, from how the windows aligned with the structure, to the artisan steel fireplace and railings, to the masonry and tile details—every detail mattered. The artistic nature of our client really shines in this home and the team had so much fun challenging the norm and throwing ideas back and forth to create such a unique and beautiful home. Along the way, the Brink team and clients became very good friends. We see our work as three-dimensional art; each lot is a blank canvas to create something wonderful

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for clients to enjoy with their family and leave as their legacy.” For nearly 30 years, Brink and his team of prodigiously talented professionals have been creating such one-of-a-kind residential legacies in North Tahoe/Truckee, as well as Reno, Nevada. Collaboration remains at the core of the Brink philosophy, communication not only with the client but with the architect, interior design and landscape experts. What continues to separate Brink is its ability to translate that input into original, sustainable, cost-effective luxury estates that mesh seamlessly with their breathtaking natural surroundings.

OVER THE TOP Though the firm has extensive experience with “Old Tahoe” mountain style homes, Brink is celebrated for giving that traditional style of architecture a contemporary sheen through dramatic finishes and materials of the highest quality. More and more, the firm is seeing a resurgence of modernism, with clients looking for homes with strong linear lines and the use of earth elements—glass, steel, water and minerals—to connect the residence to the site. No matter the request, Brink Custom Homes is committed to delivering more than just a structure that will stand the test of time. “We believe we attract clients who appreciate honesty and transparency,” Brink says. “In order to achieve our goals—including wonderfully crafted, carefully designed and detailed homes—we’ve built a full-service organization that never stops working to exceed expectations.”

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01.A gas fire pit, the focal point of this outdoor conversation area, keeps everyone cozy as the sun sets over Tahoe. 02.The lower level of the home—which includes this wine room, home theater and craft room—reflects a “mining theme.” 03.The home theater, with timber posts and reclaimed wood walls in the bunk area, creates a comfortable spot for watching movies. 04.A kitchen designed for functionality utilizes thick granite slab counters and a hammered copper and steel hood. 05.The design of this Rumford fireplace allows for ample seating during family gatherings. Photography by Vance Fox 102 / 103


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The symmetry of this living space is nuanced through texture and tone, directing the eye to stunning views inside and outside.

INTERIOR DESIGNER


SCOTT CORRIDAN

SCOTT CORRIDAN DESIGN

Though his creative talents have taken him around the world on behalf of discerning clients, Scott Corridan is always right at home infusing the spirit of possibility into his stunning interior design projects. The most interesting man in the world looks like a couch potato compared to Scott Corridan. Since launching his eponymous design firm in 1994, Corridan has helped a who’s who of A-list clients realize their interior and architectural dreams, as well as their visions for weddings and special events. Along the way, he’s traveled the globe to work with politicians, entertainers and captains of industry, creating a signature brand in the process that speaks to the innovation and joy that he brings to his diverse portfolio of projects. As evidenced by his inspired array of high-end estates, mountain retreats and family compounds in Nevada and California, Corridan infuses his interior work with those gifts—and much more. “I strive to create an environment that reflects the client,” says Corridan, who studied architecture at the University of Southern California before ultimately focusing on environmental studies and urban planning at The University of California, Santa Barbara. “It’s important for me to know who they are, to understand their voice. The home and its spaces are all about them. So I ask questions—personal, general, intimate, broad— and I hunt and fish for the juicy tidbits. What will set this home apart from a pack of

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‘designer homes’? What will make these spaces unique to this client?” Corridan’s renowned approach, not to mention the hundreds of satisfied clients who sing his praises, have led to appearances on the Style Network and “The Tyra Banks Show” as a guest interior makeover expert.

“A well-designed home is an embodiment of its owner; it reflects their heart, their soul, their aspirations.” INSIDE THE PROCESS For an eventual “to-the-studs” renovation of a second residence in Lake Tahoe, the homeowners called on Corridan to serve as more than just an interior designer. They asked him to manage a challenging project that started as a kitchen remodel and evolved into the full-scale rebirth of a two-decades-old structure. Drawing inspiration from the wife’s Scandinavian lineage, while honoring the contemporary design trends inherent to the community, the finished project included re-engineered walls to capitalize on the breathtaking mountain views, 200-year-old reclaimed barn posts and beams to establish the new interior, a state-of-the-art kitchen and new furnishings that capture the mountain modern aesthetic from a fresh point of view. “I’m only as good as my current project,” Corridan says. “So every job we’re in the midst of, or have just completed, is my favorite. Each day is filled with a list of challenges. Our job is to find the solutions.”

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01.Blending old and new, this family’s gathering room embraces grandpa and the grandchildren. 02.The use of waterfall marble and drifted obeche elevate this kitchen remodel with floating glass shelves. 03.This cozy library is carved out of the space below a stunning floating steel staircase. 04.A soothing canopy, footed with soft upholstered pieces, adds to the warmth and coziness of this bedroom. 05.Classic lodge elements combine with modern trends to create a balanced dining space. 01. Kurt Williams 02. Kurt Williams 03.Vance Fox 04.Vance Fox 05.Vance Fox 106 / 107


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Custom motorized artwork with an exposed pulley system conceals this flat-screen TV when it’s not in use.

HOME AUTOMATION


“Our professional installations reflect our pride of work. Even wires hidden in the walls behind sheet rock are neatly bundled and secured.”

EPIC AV AUTOMATION

As its ever-evolving industry becomes more and more complex, the experts at Epic AV Automation continue to raise the bar by discovering new ways to simplify cutting-edge home technology for their discerning clients. Perhaps the only aspect of today’s contemporary luxury estate that’s more challenging than the innovative architectural design is the state-of-the-art technology that must complement interior and exterior spaces—while performing flawlessly for homeowners, often at the touch of a finger. Since opening the doors to Epic AV Automation in 2005, founders Scott Ruzich and Kacy Miller have sifted through those complexities in every imaginable residential setting, much to the delight of high-end clients in California, Nevada and Texas. “This is not an industry where you can become complacent and stay at the top,” says Ruzich, the firm’s president, who worked with Miller for five years in the telecommunications and information services departments at the University of California, Davis before launching Epic. “It is constantly evolving as new technology comes out. It is a requirement to keep educating yourself and the entire company. You are constantly being challenged to improve, and we embrace that challenge.” In doing so, the experts at Epic AV Automation have become renowned for delivering cutting-edge products and services across all platforms—

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from home automation and whole-house audio and video to lighting and motorized shades, energy management, security and home theater rooms that rival commercial cinema complexes. “Our clients have exceptionally high expectations,” says Miller, vice president at Epic. “We base our success on taking what is inherently complicated technology and simplifying it into an elegant user experience from mobile or touch-screen devices. Modern luxury homes are filled with technology; the trick is making it disappear and work seamlessly for the client.”

INTO THE FUTURE Part of the reason why Epic has enjoyed such word-of-mouth success is customer service that extends to the industry professionals with which it collaborates. At the start of each project, the Epic team analyzes floor and electrical plans before the initial room-by-room review at their headquarters. “Our office has a fully functional system, just like our clients would expect to see in their finished home,” Miller says. “This gives us the ability to have clients touch, feel and see the end results.” From there, the Epic team creates a detailed proposal that encompasses the client’s technology and budget needs. “Home automation will become a standard across more and more economic levels,” Ruzich says. “The industry will continue to become service-oriented rather than a product industry, relying more heavily on the networking and system configuration skills we possess—and that will continue to grow and refine.”

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01.A customized antique trunk features a motorized lift that can hide or reveal this bedroom TV at the push of a button. 02.A custom-mirrored TV (controlled with a Wi-Fi remote) adds to the elegance and function of this master bathroom. 03.Along with a three-screen video wall (perfect for sports viewing), this media room has a 110-inch drop-down screen for movie night. 04.An Elan g! system, which runs on iPad, gives this homeowner control over the recessed TV and the rest of this luxury home. 05.The AV equipment rack concealed behind this hidden door controls the technology throughout this 10,000-square-foot home. Photography by Vance Fox

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LAS VEGAS

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Beyond the bright lights, famed entertainment and epic resorts that dot its legendary Strip, Las Vegas also is home to some of the world’s most original and breathtaking examples of high-end residential construction and design. Mega estates and multimillion-dollar penthouse condos continue to raise the luxury bar with stunning custom treatments and cutting-edge amenities.


LAS VEGAS

REALTOR

a MacDonald Highlands is a luxury, guard-gated country club community with custom estate lots and spectacular views of Las Vegas, Mountains and The Strip featuring 5-star amenities.

K R I S T E N R O U T H S I L B E R M A N SY N E R G Y S O T H E B Y ' S I N T E R N AT I O N A L

As the premier luxury real estate agent in and around Las Vegas, Kristen Routh-Silberman never fails to find the region’s most stunning works of residential art for her A-list clients.

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The Rameses Estate at The Enclave: It may recall a majestic European estate,

The featured residences on Kristen Routh-Silberman’s website read like the Hall of Fame edition of Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing” series. Each jaw-dropping mega property in and around Las Vegas jumps off the page with features and details that seem too good to be true—a nearly 14,000-squarefoot single-family home with seven bedrooms and 14 full baths; a 3,000-squarefoot dream estate on 1.5 impeccably manicured acres, including a dramatic rose

“I’m honored to have successfully represented some of the largest transactions, celebrity clients and biggest names in Las Vegas.”

but this palatial property is part of Country Club Hills at TPC at Summerlin. The 1.5-acre property took more than five years to complete. The ceilings, walls, doors, fixtures, chandeliers, fabrics, windows,

garden; a penthouse condominium overlooking The Strip with 35 flat-screen

fireplaces, lighting and

TVs, a 20-person hot tub, helipad capability, and paintings by Dalí and Picasso

electronics were hand-selected

included in the $29 million price. For the renowned agent at Synergy, Sotheby’s

and crafted to complement the

International Realty in Vegas, such luxury listings are all in a day’s work. Lauded

design. The 13,000-square-foot

for her innovative marketing, fresh concepts and strong technical ability,

layout includes six bedroom

Routh-Silberman has become synonymous with luxury real estate throughout

suites and nine bathrooms,

the Vegas and Henderson region. A top-10-percent producing agent every year

as well as a private office,

since 2008, she never strays from the cutting edge when it comes to creative

screening room, billiard room,

sales and marketing strategies, utilizing state-of-the-art technology to help

art room and four-car garage.

generate unprecedented results. Once listed, Routh-Silberman diligently

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01.View from balcony overlooking busy Las Vegas. 02.Living room with glass wall and chandelier. 03.Sunrise over the Vegas strip.

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oversees every aspect of the home marketing and packaging— from developing a highly effective and innovative sales plan through negotiation strategies and closing. It’s no wonder that, in 2010 and 2015, she successfully closed the largest sale and largest sales volume in Las Vegas—as well as being Sotheby’s top producing

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agent since 2013 to present.

SIMPLY THE BEST Working in some of the most prestigious residential communities in the Western part of the United States, RouthSilberman brings unparalleled insights and detailed analysis to exclusive clients that include the likes of Wayne Newton, the Danny Gans Family, and Beyoncé and Jay Z. One of those communities, the mountainside oasis known as MacDonald Highlands, sits at an

being built,” Routh-Silberman

real-estate correspondent on

says. “This is going to be the

HGTV’s “Million Dollar Rooms”

closest place to heaven for people

and “Top 10 U.S. Houses,” not

who want an exceptional home in

to mention E! Entertainment’s

The glitz and glam of its

a full-amenity community with

“A-List Listings.” An active

famed Strip may snag

amazing views of the Las Vegas

member of the Greater Las Vegas

headlines on the tourism

Strip.” Routh-Silberman also has

Association of Realtors and

front, but residents of Las

listings inside The Ridges of

National Association of Realtors,

Vegas understand that some

Summerlin, another stunning

Routh-Silberman is equally

of the city’s true spectacles

community within a stone’s throw

committed to her community.

can be found inside the gates

of the foothills at Red Rock

The graduate of University of

Conservation Area.

California at Santa Barbara earned her MBA from Santa Clara

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of amenity-rich, luxury residential communities like the ones below.

elevation of 2,700 feet and

SPREADING THE WORD

promises custom home sites,

University. She also attended

Routh-Silberman’s real-estate

and access to DragonRidge

Standford and Berkley for a

+ MacDonald Highlands

clients and listings have enjoyed

championship golf course and

graduate marketing program

+ The Ridges

worldwide exposure on media

a state-of-the-art athletic center

that groomed her presentation

+ Anthem Country Club

networks CNN, ABC, CBS and

with tennis courts, a swimming

and marketing skills to be

+ Southern Highlands

MSNBC—as well as TV shows

pool and spa facilities. “There are

unparalleled to her competitors.

+ The Summit Club

“Access Hollywood,” “Inside

so many gorgeous hillside homes

Edition” and “The Insider.” She’s

with magnificent views that are

also been featured as a Las Vegas

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ARCHITEC T

This dramatic curved staircase and floating handrail lends another layer of luxury to an already striking space.


MARK JOHNSON

MRJ ARCHITECTS

Whether designing high-end residential projects in and around Vegas or worldrenowned tourist attractions, MRJ Architects continues to raise its lofty standards to new heights. For someone who had designs on a career as a chemical engineer at the University of Idaho, Mark Johnson certainly recognized an alternate blueprint for success when he saw it. After taking an elective course on the history of architecture, Johnson put the brakes on one path and passionately embarked on another. As homeowners residing in one of his firm’s masterfully conceived luxury estates will attest, Johnson chose wisely. Since its launch in 1992, Vegas-based MRJ Architects has built its reputation on the highest standards of design and unwavering commitment to its clients, consultants and contractors—and not just figuratively speaking. In addition to its innovative residential work, MRJ may be best known for its design of the Grand Canyon Skywalk, the horseshoe-shaped, glass-bottomed bridge that extends 70 feet past the edge of the canyon rim, some 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. The $30 million project consists of more than 1 million pounds of steel and 83,000 pounds of glass—yet visitors see no visible supports above or below

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when standing on it. “The Skywalk is our most publicly recognized work,” Johnson says, “but I feel we still have a great deal yet to learn; I’m not sure we’ve reached our peak yet.” That’s good news for future homeowners interested in the collaborative, boutique-style experience that MRJ provides. The firm does not push an agenda or preferred style; the emphasis, no matter the project, is designing forms to creatively follow function. “That means conceptualizing homes that are comfortable, interesting, energy-efficient and easy to maintain,” Johnson says.

“I try to surround myself with people who have passion for their craft. That always makes for the best results.” NATUR AL BY DESIGN Aesthetically speaking, clients continue to gravitate toward Johnson and his team of experts for their use of natural materials— stone, plaster, glass—and fondness for open floor plans that allow the house to be viewed from front to back. “The liberal use of glass in our homes further blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces, fostering an appreciation for the synergy between the two,” Johnson says. “That said, each client

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has different tastes/requirements, and we think it’s important to be diverse enough to satisfy those needs for each project.” The nature of its superior design and renowned

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professionalism also attracts some of the region’s top construction and design specialists. “Long-term relationships always will be the goal of the firm. We know that honesty; cooperative behavior and outstanding work quality are the necessary ingredients to achieve this result.”

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01.Stacked strips of colored glass tile and a backlit vanity add playfulness to this secondary bathroom. 02.Both sides of the second floor come together thanks to a bridge wrapped with wood and bordered by glass railing. 03.View of kitchen adorned with stone, wood and steel that features multiple islands for cooking and dining. 04.Dramatic elements including an onyx fireplace and metal-curved German ceiling panels blend seamlessly in this entertaining space. Phototography by Chawla Associates

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LAS VEGAS

HOME BUILDER

A grand entrance surrounded by water lends instant drama to this residence inside exclusive MacDonald Highlands.


“We feel all of our projects are notable, from solarpowered mountain retreats to Vegas penthouses with all the bling imaginable.”

MERLIN CONTRACTING

Its unwavering desire to deliver impeccably crafted luxury residences only begins to tell the story of why Merlin Contracting sets the standard for custom home building in Las Vegas Valley. After more than a quarter-century of constructing multimillion-dollar masterpieces throughout Las Vegas Valley, Merlin Contracting and Developing could stake its reputation on any number of brilliantly executed estates or penthouse apartment build-outs on The Strip. But why bother when your clients are only too happy to toss the gauntlet for you? At a dinner party held shortly after he moved into one such jaw-dropping residence, a homeowner offered a door prize to anyone who could find an imperfection in Merlin’s work. “The guests looked at everything: appliances, cabinets, floors, ceilings, tile, stone, electronics,” says company CEO Steve Jones. “No one got the door prize.” Perhaps no testimonial says more about a firm’s unyielding commitment to superior quality and flawless execution. Then again, that has been part of the Merlin mantra since Jones launched his firm in 1989 (five years later, he brought in his brother, Bart, as CFO). Considered the premier custom home and luxury condo builder in Las Vegas, Merlin has elevated the residential landscape in prestigious neighborhoods such as The Enclave,

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Tournament Hills, MacDonald Highlands

practices extends to its financial

and Shadow Creek Golf Course. “We enjoy

transparency. “When we take on a

problem solving,” Jones says. “We’re

project, we send out weekly reports,

thrilled that our clients bring us homes

detailed to the penny, that account for

with challenging structures, materials

all transactions to date with a budget

new to the market and finishes that are

that tallies,” Jones says. No matter

over the top.” Look no further than a

the size, scope and cost of a project,

five-building French Country-style

Merlin’s experienced professionals all

compound that stretched over three

share the firm’s core vision when it

acres at one of Vegas’ premier golf course

comes to exceeding client expectations.

communities. Merlin’s expert craftsmen

“Our success is created by bringing

and technical specialists incorporated

together the homeowners, architectural/

imported French antique slate and clay,

design/engineering teams, our staff, the

100-year-old French fireplaces, original

trade partners and material suppliers to

French cobblestone and hundreds of

focus on a ‘finish is first’ concept,” Jones

other specific details into buildings that

says. “This collaboration gets everyone

totaled more than 30,000 square feet.

aligned with the model of solving individual challenges in ways that realize the finish

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our clients envision as their new home.”

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01.A floating ethanol fireplace becomes the focal point of this chic, functional open kitchen and entertaining space. 02.The homeowner designed and joyfully uses this lively kitchen each and every day. 03.A hilltop home overlooks the valley, with grand rooms opening up to views of the Vegas skyline. 04.Twenty-two foot dome ceiling with egg and dart Verde molding, herringbone oak floor all framed in walnut. 05.This guest bedroom, featuring a hand-painted mural ceiling, oozes old-world charm. 01. Darius Kuzmickas 02. J. Mike Beals 03. Erhard Pfeiffer 04. Jim Lindstrom 05. Francis George


LAS VEGAS

INTERIOR DESIGNER

Commissioned art, a quartz pendant chandelier, lacquer panels and chic furnishings lend a haute air to this modern living room.


C R YS TA L S O L I S

FREDDIE RAMON DESIGN

After years of honing her craft at some of Las Vegas’ most visually striking resorts, Crystal Solis is bringing her own brand of “creativity” to high-end residential and commercial design. When Crystal Solis launched her Las Vegas-based interior design firm in 2011, she named it not after herself, but after her father. Freddie Ramon Design would differentiate itself by incorporating the vintage elements of 1960s and ’70s-era style that Solis’ dad always cherished and weave those pieces into contemporary spaces. But along the way, something happened that would have made Freddie Ramon even more proud of his daughter—she discovered her own voice, a prodigious talent that continues to turn ordinary Vegas spaces into extraordinary works of interior art. “Early on, we were asked to design a French chateau kitchen and then a Russian country cottage and then a modern loft,” says Solis, who studied fashion merchandising in Miami before moving to Vegas. We realized that we could do everything—and that our clients loved it. So we have evolved into an all-inclusive design studio.” To that end, Freddie Ramon Design commissions renowned artists in different disciplines to create everything from one-of-a-kind sculptures and works of art to custom furniture, wall covers, special finishes and much more for high-end

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residential and commercial projects. We strive to create the clients vision. Our passion is to take the clients dream, enhance it and make it a reality. We love to push the limits in design within our clients vision. Crystal’s creativity is on display at the Cosmopolitan Spa in Las Vegas and renowned restaurants on the strip.

“The best thing I love about my job is earning my clients’ trust; it’s important to our business to create clients for life.” PAVING THE WAY Solis learned to push style boundaries working for hotel magnate Steve Wynn and famed interior designer Roger Thomas, who crafted the aesthetics inside the Bellagio, Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Las Vegas. She spent several years working as a visual display manager while also attending night school to further learn the art of interior design, before going to work for Thomas’ team at Encore. “Roger is my icon,” Solis says. “He captures every detail in his design work, and it’s all a work of art.” Solis is making her own name in the industry as A-list clients seek out her firm for its original, thoughtful and personalized approach to interior spaces.

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01.An element of über-cool pervades this intimate bar area with a private-club vibe. 02.A minimalist thread runs through this bedroom thanks to the custom furnishings, chrome wall lights and woven wall cover. 03.Superior Builders crafted this striking luxury estate. 04.Luxe lacquer panels and crystal pendants add elements of dramatic flair to this contemporary kitchen. 05.With its smoked mirrors and crystal chandelier, this master closet recalls a Vegas nightclub. 01.Christian Luke 02. Jennifer Flynn 03. Jennifer Flynn 04.Christian Luke 05. Jennifer Flynn

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LEXINGTON Known internationally as the “Horse Capital of the World,” Lexington seamlessly blends its rich equine history and pastoral charms with a deceptively strong corporate thread and a fervent passion for its largest employer—the University of Kentucky. For discerning property owners, the area offers tracts of multi-acre splendor upon which sprawling estates and horse farms can be found.

PADGETT CONSTRUCTION


PHOTOG RAPH BY WALT ROYCRAFT


LEXINGTON

REALTOR

a The roads of downtown Lexington are designed like a bicycle wheel, with spokes that lead into the country.

JUSTICE REAL ESTATE

With more than three decades invested in the region and its equine culture, Bill Justice and his team of real estate professionals provide discerning clients with everything they need to know about Lexington’s horse country. Long before it became synonymous with Derby-winning thoroughbreds,

“Lexington pulls on the hearts of strangers and locals alike from all walks of life—all over the world.”

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From its ancient oak trees to its fiber optic cable,

the city of Lexington represented the best of America’s post-Revolution

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possibilities. By the early 1820s, the region’s natural splendor, fertile

unequaled thoroughbred

soil and access to the Kentucky River proved irresistible to early settlers,

country estate. Boasting

infusing Lexington with considerable wealth and even greater promise.

9,500 square feet, it has

These days, as the reigning horse capital of the world, Lexington

five en-suite bedrooms, six

possesses a different kind of cachet—but its allure remains as irresistible

reception rooms, cinema

as ever. No one understands the city’s equine connection quite like Bill

theater, nine fireplaces, and

Justice. Since launching his namesake real estate firm in 1980, Justice has

more. It sits on 270 acres of

established himself as the most knowledgeable and respected broker in

price Bluegrass pasture with

the area when it comes to estate properties and large-scale farms. His

four horse barns.

firm, meanwhile, has become the gold standard when it comes to customer service and unparalleled industry insights. “One of the major factors in our success is that all of the agents at Justice Real Estate are, in some way, involved in different facets of the equine industry,” says Justice, whose firm has sold the most farms, year after year, for more than three

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01.Lexington is known around the world for horse farms similar to this property. 02.One of the listings at Justice is this premier sport horse facility. 03.Trees canopy the entrance to this sprawling farmland estate.

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hunter-jumpers, saddlebreds, standardbreds—we have our finger on the pulse of everything

“The most important aspect of

going on. Because of this direct

real estate is location, location,

involvement, we are much

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location,” Justice says. “That’s

more capable to soundly advise

Over the years, Justice and his

certainly true with farms, but

our clients with their needs

team have handled some of the

another criterion is the quality of

and wants.” Adding to their

most significant farm sales in the

the soil. The limestone-based

understanding of the horse

region, from Spendthrift, Dixiana

soils found in Central Kentucky

community, Justice and his

and Greentree to The Vinery

are the best in the world for

team attend major horse sales,

and Waterford Farm. With sales

raising horses.” It’s no wonder

race meets and horse shows in

as strong as ever, including a

that the vast majority of

trend in polo players purchasing

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$5 MILLION A 400-acre, well-maintained turnkey horse farm with 100 stalls and six residences; home to a past Kentucky Derby winner.

$10 MILLION An estate-quality 265-acre

an effort to continually cultivate

thoroughbred stallions in North

and develop relationships. “We

properties, the market here

America stand in Kentucky—or

are uniquely qualified to assist

shows no signs of weakening.

that the Federation Equestre

clients, whether buying or

“Lexington has a culture of the

Internationale (FEI) chose

selling,” Justice says.

horse; it’s embedded in the

Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington

community like no other city in

to host its 2010 World Equestrian

the United States,” Justice says.

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Games, the first time the event

“The promise of future growth

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As much as Lexington’s famed

had ever been held outside of

is bright indeed.”

A 500-acre horse farm with

rolling hills and scenic vistas

Europe. “The investment in the

capture the eye, it’s what lies

infrastructure at Kentucky Horse

beneath the ground that proves

Park has and will continue to

critical to prospective buyers.

attract people here,” Justice says.

horse farm with a renovated Federal-style home, a stone grist mill guest house, plus 66 stalls.

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The exterior of this picturesque home presents scenic views from any number of spaces, including the outdoor patios and balconies.


“Architecture is a platform for life; we are storytellers, historians and visionaries. We seek to enhance the human experience through inspired design.”

GRAVES ARCHITECTS & PLANNERS

Along with an innate ability to interpret its clients’ spoken and unspoken residential needs, Steven Graves Architects distinguishes itself by never resting on its renowned design laurels. It starts with the simple act of listening, the first step in an inspired journey so in tune with the needs and desires of his client that the resulting project, whether a small single-family home or a 40,000-square-foot compound, speaks specifically to that homeowner. It’s a journey on which Steven Graves never tires of embarking. “Architecture is the most rudimentary creative form, and form should follow function,” says the founder of Graves Architects & Planners. “Our homes should be an artistic emulation of the lives we lead. For that reason, my style and process for residential design is highly collaborative. The end result should be a labor of love, and you should recognize the owner and designer in the final product. Each of our homes has a story to tell.” It’s the way that Graves and his experienced team of design experts render those stories that continues to generate word-of-mouth buzz from discerning clients in and around Lexington. Over the years, the firm has accepted an array of

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structure and style challenges in order to

impact peoples’ lives,” Graves says.

bring client dreams to fruition—

“Making sure the space melds to the

extravagant beach houses, neoclassical

owner’s lifestyle is extremely important,

estates, contemporary dwellings and

and I take that responsibility very seriously.”

the “traditionalism with a twist” projects

At the end of the day, Graves admits that

for which the firm has become known.

his greatest successes are the instincts

No matter the scope and size, Graves

that he’s acquired over the past 40 years.

Architects strives to establish harmony

“Being able to innately perceive proportion,

between the natural and built environments.

recognize the things that really matter

“Good site orientation in terms of sun and

and interpret a person’s body language

wind exposure, making sure the structure

during design are all developed above

complements existing topography and

and beyond architectural practice,”

allowing the home to fit within the vernacular

he says. “Intuition is one of the many

of its surroundings is imperative,” Graves says.

characteristics that separate good designers and great architects. If all else

POWER OF PERCEP TION

fails, never underestimate the influence

Along the way, Graves and his team are

a fine bottle of wine has on client

constantly reminded that the process

engagement and the creative process!”

of conceptualizing a luxury residence is about more than lines on paper. “Our designs have the potential to deeply

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01.Luxury meets rustic design in this one-ofa-kind chalet. 02.Traditional architecture is personified in this two-story, red-brick home, a detail-rich project customized to meet the owner’s needs. 03.The same stone is employed throughout the property at WinStar Farm, which features a symbolic horse statue in the circular driveway. 04.Spectacular landscaping accompanies this covered walkway and terraced staircase. 05.A covered, wrap-around porch overlooks the rolling hills and horse paddocks at WinStar Farm. 01. Brian Wilson Photography 02. Brian Wilson Photography 03. Steven Graves, AIA 04. Steven

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LEXINGTON

HOME BUILDER

This exterior represents a new country French home in the heart of “horse country” with a beautiful fountain view.


“Building or remodeling a house should have no surprises. It takes enormous planning and organization to pull this off.”

PADGETT CONSTRUCTION

In bringing world-class service principles to its custom home-building experience, the award-winning experts at Padgett Construction have redefined industry standards in Lexington. In the high-stakes world of luxury home building, a reputation for excellence doesn’t happen overnight. It takes years, sometime decades, of sustained quality and craftsmanship, not to mention superior customer service. But as the experts at Lexington-based Padgett Construction have discovered, once the word is out, it spreads. “Large homes present unique challenges that the average home builder doesn’t realize until it’s too late,” says Tom Padgett, who runs the award-winning firm with partners Chris Peoples and son Greg Padgett. “Large homes that include an enormous amount of detail provide a special challenges. That’s our sweet spot.” Is it ever. In the three-plus decades since the company launched, the Padgett name has become synonymous not only with brilliantly rendered custom estates but also with a highly organized, friendly and collaborative style of

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execution that the firm affectionately refers to as the “Ritz-Carlton” experience. To that end, Padgett Construction never rests on its laurels—even if those accolades include many “Outstanding Project of the Year” honors from local and state associations that the award should be retired or renamed. Plans for Padgett’s one-off residential works, as well as its remodeling projects and historic restorations, come from a variety of sources and incorporate an array of issues—challenges that demand the kind of experience and problem-solving capabilities on which the firm hangs its hat. “When building houses, it’s common to do everything the way you did it before,” says Padgett, a former administrator at the University of Kentucky whose passion for residential architecture led to a career change in his 30s. “We try to never fall into that trap.”

MUSIC TO THE CLIENTS’ EARS In striving to be the first builder when clients seek state-of-the-art construction and cutting-edge practices and materials, the Padgett team works with some of the region’s top artisans and industry professionals to secure resources and services beyond compare. Along the way, the firm turns to its clients for input and decisiveness, a huge key when it comes to a well-oiled, seamless process. “A well-constructed home is a carefully balanced combination of communication, art, craftsmanship and technology,” Padgett says. “We strive to bring that kind of harmony to our projects. It’s like an orchestra with everyone playing their part perfectly at just the right time.”

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01.Built on a 1950’s ranch that had been demolished, this was designed to blend with a well-established neighborhood. 02.This sun porch replicates an “island feel” for a client who has a winter home in Nassau. 03.Copper fenestration complements the country French architecture. 04.This living space was designed to capture natural light at every part of the day. 05.Farmhouse kitchen with de Giulio cabinetry from the Chicago Design Mart combines with reclaimed flooring and beams. 01. Shandon Cundiff 02. Shandon Cundiff 03.Walt Roycraft 04.Walt Roycraft 05.Walt Roycraft 138 / 139


LEXINGTON

INTERIOR DESIGNER

Shades of blue and taupe, along with a blue and cream patterned rug, help bring this living space to life.


LY N N P E D I G O

PEDIGO DESIGN

From the minute she puts pencil to paper, Lynn Pedigo is invested in giving her clients in and around Lexington distinctive, timeless residential design. In the same way that an artist’s preliminary sketch can pique curiosity, the custom hand-drawn residential plans that Lynn Pedigo delivers to her high-end clients in and around Lexington only hint at what is still to come. At the same time, the drawings serve as a commitment from the owner of Pedigo Design, a promise that the full-service firm she founded in 1990 will elevate even the most challenging interior and exterior spaces. “We give our clients what they ask for—and then we improve on that through our creativity,” Pedigo says. The University of Kentucky (UK) grad could see her destiny the minute she walked into the school’s college of design. Decades later, she would conceptualize the plans for and oversee the construction of an Italianate-style home purchased by UK’s college basketball coach when he moved to Lexington, a project still talked about to this day. By then, Pedigo Design already had established its reputation as a firm capable of delivering vitality to new construction or renovation projects in any number of styles. More impressively,

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the company offers a variety of services— from structural design and project bidding to interior design and material selection. “I love the diversity of work that our firm handles,” Pedigo says. “One of my favorite quotes involves the description of a designer: an interesting, multifaceted individual who is adept at translating the language of other individuals’ dreams and desires into habitable reality. That speaks to who we are.”

“I try to be a great listener because I like to get it right the first time.” ONE FOR ALL From horse barns and sprawling new estates to historic renovations, Pedigo Design tackles projects of all kinds, bringing the same out-of-the-box thinking and unbridled enthusiasm to each step of the creative process. For the remodel of an aging horse farm in Fayette County, the firm reworked the interiors with a French-New Orleans vibe that lent a historic elegance to the spaces. For a recent new build, Pedigo worked directly with the builder and homeowner to bring a coastal feel to the interior layout, including original woodwork details and ceiling

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01.This completely refurbished kitchen incorporates decorative Art Deco lighting, state-of-the-art appliances, marble counters and an array of custom accents and details. 02.Less is more in this elegant living room with plantation blinds, a perfectly proportioned sofa and lush dark green walls. 03.A mix of existing and new furniture, enhanced by the choice of paint and light fixtures, gives this space a transitional look. 04.By removing the walls, Pedigo opened up this entertaining space and then elevated it with contemporary cabinetry, unique furnishings and varying hues. Photography by Keni Parks 142 / 143


LEXINGTON

KITCHEN & BATH DESIGNER

The painted finish on the cabinets throughout this French Country-inspired kitchen creates an air of elegance.


“I continue to be inspired by the design process— from a rough pencil plan on flimsy paper to an eventual masterpiece.”

CREATIVE KITCHEN & BATH

The talented designers at Creative Kitchen & Bath can turn dull corridors of the home into statementmaking spaces. The times may have changed in the 75 years since Creative Kitchen & Bath began servicing discerning homeowners in the heart of Kentucky, but the intent has never wavered. True to its name, the design experts at this employee-owned company never fail to unlock the potential of the upscale interior spaces on which it focuses. Along the way, Creative Kitchen & Bath has become synonymous with client loyalty, engendering lasting relationships through its cutting-edge product lines and incomparable customer service. “Our philosophy behind the firm has always been to make the process fun and enjoyable,” says Derrick Whitaker, the company’s principal. It helps to provide mind-blowing visual inspiration, which the Creative team does from the comfort of a 10,000-square-foot showroom in Lexington (the company also has a showroom in Louisville). Inside, customers can peruse an array of high-end elements, from luxury countertops and cabinet treatments on the kitchen side to decorative lighting, artistic sinks, whirlpool

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tubs—and even a wall of working

increased interest in clean lines, a neutral

showerheads—on the bath side. “We

palette and a mixture of different materials

have the latest innovations and technology

to create a transitional style,” Whitaker says.

for kitchens and baths in our showroom,”

“Granite and quartz are still in high demand

Whitaker says. “It’s a great tool to visually

for countertops, but we’re seeing it mixed

show clients how they can customize a

with stainless steel or reclaimed wood to

space.” From there, a member of one of

create a more natural feel to the kitchen.”

the state’s most experienced design staffs

Creative Kitchen & Bath works with some

will help to bring the project to fruition.

of the industry’s most recognized and

01.A marble inset proves the perfect backdrop for this high-end transitional range with stainless-steel backsplash. 02.The combination of painted inset cabinets and stainless-steel floating shelves lends a chic vibe to this space. 03.The décor of this light, airy kitchen perfectly complements the open floor plan. 04.This luxury transitional kitchen combines classic elements with modern flourishes.

The myriad of material choices available to

acclaimed brands, including American

clients, along with integrated technology,

Standard, Barclay, Delta, Moen, Cambria

gives Whitaker and his team the potential

Stone, AFX and DIMOND lighting, Jeffrey

to create design that is both striking and

Alexander decorative hardware—and

functional. “We’re capable of creating a

countless other top-of-the-line companies.

very eclectic look that’s still timeless,

In addition, Creative Kitchen & Bath remains

warm and inviting,” he says.

committed to eco-friendly practices by only

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LONG ISLAND The most populated island of any American territory is also home to two of New York’s most affluent counties (Nassau and Suffolk). It’s no wonder that Forbes’ recent list of the country’s most expensive ZIP codes included 28 in Long Island—or that the region’s housing market remains red hot.

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LONG ISLAND

REALTOR

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a sailboat and lighthouse on Long Island Sound.

THE MARIA BABAEV TEAM AT DOUGLAS ELLIMAN

With an experienced and diverse group of professionals at its helm, The Maria Babaev Team at Douglas Elliman provides its clientele with the best service and results on Long Island.

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Long Island’s Gold Coast is dotted with grand estates, but few have a history as

Offering both the conveniences of the nearby city and the atmosphere and sense of community of the suburbs, Long Island has become a favored residential destination. As told by Maria Babaev, an elite local broker and principle of The Maria Babaev Team at Douglas Elliman, those who choose to live on Long Island are “not just buying a home, but a lifestyle.” Although she is known as a top-producing, results-driven agent

“On the Gold Coast, you really do have the best of all worlds.”

long and colorful as Fort Hill House. Standing majestically on a bluff overlooking the cerulean waters of the Long Island Sound, this 10-acre, 37-room estate features endless walkways, award-

throughout the island, Babaev operates most frequently on the Gold Coast

winning gardens and a

and considers the region her unique specialty. “The Gold Coast is famous

staircase descending to

for its old-world charm,” she says. “Although preferences may vary from

1,800 feet of beachfront and

buyer to buyer, most people looking to live here are drawn to Colonial-style

a 160-foot deepwater dock.

homes. Our international buyers tend to look for properties that are contemporary with tall ceilings, a lot of light and open spaces.” A modern mecca of great entertainment, dining, high-end shopping, outdoor activities, superb school districts and other luxury amenities, the area has quickly become a location of choice for city dwellers looking to relocate. Asked what qualities of the Gold Coast are often overlooked,

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01.Enjoy this view of the atrium at Historic Long Island gold coast mansion in Westbury, New York. 02.Relax and enjoy the view in these Adirondack chairs. 03.One of the most renowned attractions on Long Island has been the vast expanse of vineyards, simply known as Long Island Wine Country.

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of this area and all of its many enclaves, but also of the current market trends, which is critical.

each client to make a more

types of people in residence.

informed decision.” Babaev

“Last year, we saw a peak in

goes on to explain how

the number of millennials and

technological advances have

baby boomers moving here.

Hot-spot neighborhoods on

changed the way she does

The millennials are buying their

Long Island provide residents

business. “They provide new

first homes and many baby

with access to premier shopping,

opportunities to market and

boomers are either downsizing

restaurants, golf, tennis, parks,

sell properties, particularly to

or retiring to a new home,” she

nature, equestrian facilities,

AGE OF TECHNOLOGY

those buyers or investors who

says. “However, we are also

yachting and beautiful beaches.

Today, technology affects every

are not in the immediate area,”

noticing Manhattan buyers

For those looking to escape the

aspect of daily life. In the real

she says. “In fact, we are in

who are now being priced out

estate business, it manifests

contract on a deal right now

of New York apartments and

itself as an essential tool

with a buyer from California

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through which sellers, buyers

who is purchasing a home here

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and agents gain a near-limitless

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then realize the beautiful family

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“Technology allows me and my

showings to inspections, was

team to stay in contact with our

done virtually.”

People might know the legacy of Long Island as a Gatsbyesque playground for the rich and famous, but there is also a tremendous amount of political and cultural history here.”

clients and provide information almost instantly,” Babaev says.

THE LOCAL BUYER

“This creates transparency in

Of her clientele, Babaev speaks

every transaction and enables

to diversity, noting the varied

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M L OANR G K EI S T .LRAENGDI O N A R TC RH AI TD EE C. CT A T E G O R Y

A focus on sculptural massing and decisive detailing recalls the refined elegance of the Regency style.


“Joining forces means the classical conversation continues to beautifully affect the built environment.”

HARRISON DESIGN

The architectural possibilities are seemingly endless at awardwinning Harrison Design, which continues to redefine luxury residential splendor from coast to coast for its roster of discerning—and immensely satisfied—clients. The pillars on which Harrison Design was launched in 1990 speak as much to the journey of its founding principal as it does his vision and creativity. At age 12, William Harrison was eagerly assimilating the core elements of his future trade, working as a draftsman at an architect’s office during summers and on Saturdays. After college, Harrison bypassed plans to sail around the world and instead spent five years touring Europe—primarily Italy, where he discovered the timeless villas and palaces designed by the legendary Andrea Palladio. Today, those early influences continue to resonate in the inspired luxury residences, townhomes and specialty commercial projects that Harrison’s full-service firm brings to fruition for urbane clients throughout the United States. By fusing classical tenets of architecture with the best of contemporary design, Harrison and his award-winning team stir the senses with original, captivating works for celebrity entertainers and athletes, as well as captains of industry. “We endeavor to observe vernacular, or context, when designing,” says Harrison, whose firm has U.S. offices in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, St. Simons, Georgia, Santa Barbara, California, and Washington, D.C. “Homes are much more than what the naked eye can see. What one cannot see are the construction techniques that give a sustainable timelessness to our homes.” In addition to its architectural

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services—a category enhanced by

proportions and appropriate human

the recent merger with New York’s

scale,” Harrison says. “We strive for

Matthew Korn Architecture—the firm

excellent execution. A client’s home is

also offers interior design and landscape

their sanctuary.” As evidenced by the

architecture services. “Matthew’s team

firm’s jaw-dropping portfolio of projects,

was an excellent fit with our own. They

Harrison and his team never rest on their

have, for years, established a strong

laurels. Each undertaking brings with it

reputation for excellence and espoused

an opportunity to advance the concept

the same business acumen as ours: over

of the home as a work of residential art,

deliver, over deliver, over deliver. Joining

one with limitless possibilities. “Clients

forces means the classical conversation

and their homes are all unique, all worthy

continues to beautifully affect the built

of celebration; they are an unending

environment.” -William H. Harrison

source of inspiration,” Harrison says. “Our clients can relax and know that

LIVING THE DREAM

they can participate as much or as little

Discerning clients the world over

as they like in the process. They can ask

seek out Harrison Design not for one

us for anything, and we will guide them

particular style—but for the superior

to the home of their dreams.”

quality mandated by principals Harrison, Korn and John Albanese. “All of our homes are designed with proper

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01.This dramatic shingle and stone house in North Haven, New York, capitalizes on the surrounding scenery and vantage points. 02.The octagonal tower and bell-shaped roof of the Queen Anne main home is echoed in the cupola at the boathouse. 03.The asymmetrical lines, and stone and wood cladding of this estate blend naturally in the wooded landscape. 04.Following Beaux-arts design principles, the five-bay façade crescendos in the center with the giant order columned temple. 05.A circular vestibule serves to organize the circulation and axes of the master bedroom suite. 01. Nick Johnson 02. John Umberger 03. John

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LONG ISLAND

HOME BUILDER

“Twin Peaks” is an exceptional Kean shingle-style Hamptons residence with a pristine, modern interior.


“A Kean home has a strength and solidity in design and materials— as well as an intrinsic sense of beauty.”

KEAN DEVELOPMENT COMPANY

Exclusive clients in New York and Florida find a champion in Kean Development when it comes to luxury residential construction steeped in historic significance—and brimming with up-to-theminute conveniences. In the rarified air that Kean Development occupies as one of the nation’s preeminent luxury residential builders, it’s not enough to simply honor the past when it comes to the ultra-exclusive estates that it designs, constructs and landscapes. It’s about elevating it to heights never before seen. As evidenced by nearly four decades’ worth of projects that have changed the face of Long Island’s north shore, New York’s metropolitan region and the Hamptons, as well as Palm Beach, the award-winning firm led by president and CEO John Kean continues to live up to—and exceed—those lofty standards. Look no further than the breathtaking custom residences Kean Development is creating in Southhampton’s aptly named Olde Town, a settlement originally founded in 1640. Built over 43 acres among mature specimen trees and fragrant privet hedges, the firm’s in-house team of industry experts and artisans has designed sprawling traditional Hamptons estates with a thrilling array of contemporary

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interior amenities—from smart-home

century predecessor, we build with a

capability and geo-thermal technology

signature style that can beautifully recreate

to indoor bowling alleys. “With a uniquely

history’s architectural bounty.”

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to a more modern design is what we

HANDS- ON APPROACH

consider the future will hold,” says Kean,

With any Kean project, the goal, as well

who launched his namesake firm in 1980.

as the challenge, is to create a residential

“This collaboration of past and present has

legacy—a functional estate that stands

a refreshing, youthful approach that

the test of time both aesthetically and

allows for an enormous array of decorating

structurally. The company’s president plays

possibilities.” Building on such hallowed,

an ongoing role in that process, establishing

legendary parcels of Americana is a

a budget with the client, setting goals for

responsibility that the prodigiously

his team, and overseeing each project from

talented team at Kean never takes lightly.

inception through completion. “My name is

“We have always built with integrity and

on the firm, so I need to be an integral part

deference to history—and we continue

of each project,” he says. “It has been an

to share a modern romance with history,”

ambitious and incredibly rewarding

Kean says. “With an abiding love of

part of my craft. Admittedly, I thoroughly

gracefully hung windows, fluid winding

love the challenge.”

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01.This open-air great room, featuring a custom stone two-story fireplace, offers pool views from the adjoining breakfast room. 02.The front façade of “Twin Peaks” conveys its grand scale and sophisticated detail. 03.In addition to a bar/lounge, gym, sauna, theater and wine room, the lower level of this estate includes a two-lane bowling alley. 04.This formal stainless-steel kitchen features an iceberg marble island and Nano glass countertops. 05.This expansive foyer reveals a mirror-clad two-story ceiling, a staircase with exposed second-floor balustrade and superb millwork. Photography by Sargent Architectural Photography

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LONG ISLAND

INTERIOR DESIGNER

Mazzei designed the custom moldings in this dramatic living room, which features contemporary lighting, reclaimed oak flooring and a marble-encased fireplace.


KEITH MAZZEI

KEITH MAZZEI INTERIORS

Sophisticated clients from New York to South Florida look to Keith Mazzei for original, transformative interior design that heightens residential spaces while stirring the senses. The creative talent that courses through Keith Mazzei’s DNA continues to manifest itself in spaces that speak to the potential of interior design to exhilarate and inspire. It’s there in a master bedroom where a few decorative motifs become aesthetic touchstones, or in a kitchen that entices with color, scale and functionality. It’s there in a typically overlooked ceiling that receives a decorative mural or a vibrant palette, or in a living room that seamlessly combines clean-lined luxury with rich creature comforts. It’s no wonder that, throughout its two decades as a sought-after design firm in luxury markets in New York and South Florida, Keith Mazzei Interiors has worked closely with top architects, builders and contractors—often collaborating during the earliest stages of a high-end project. It’s also no surprise that discerning clients from Manhattan and Montauk to Miami and Manalapan call on Mazzei to meticulously and thoughtfully plan interior and exterior residential spaces. Along the way, Mazzei carefully learns every personal, lifestyle and structural requirement in order to select fixtures, finishes, furnishings and custom built-ins that resonate with his clients’ needs. “I’m often the first person into a project and the last person out,” says Mazzei, a graduate of the Metropolitan School of Design, one of the nation’s oldest and most accredited interior design schools. “It’s my goal to adorn each space with just the right art and accessories.” The firm, which

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specializes in modern and traditional interior styles, is as adept at ground-up construction as it is renovation work. No matter the scope or size of the project, Mazzei brings a critical eye and a highly effective managerial style—one attuned to all contingencies— to the process.

“Paying attention to detail is one of the key factors that complete a look. The so-called ‘little things’ can end up becoming focal points in a home.” FOR THE LOVE OF ART Part of what draws A-list clients to Mazzei’s interior vision is his ability to find works of beautiful art that manage to complement and elevate spaces of all sizes—all without breaking a budget. “Artwork is truly one of the most important design elements for any room,” he says. “It’s not something to be left for the end of a project. It’s something that should be incorporated into the space at the project’s inception.” Finding inspiration in an accessory, a fabric or a piece of art, Mazzei is able to integrate a room with a pop of color or a dramatic texture—just another example of how the brilliance of his design is often in the smallest details.

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01.This museum-quality dining room includes rock-crystal chandeliers, artwork with gallery-style framing and custom drapery. 02.Lime greens, greys and blues dominate this inviting pool room with a marble-top bar, and snakeskin bar stools and valences. 03.Mazzei split this great room into three sections: a comfortable seating area; a custom pool table; and a dark-cherry bar area. 04.This custom kitchen features modern appliances, marble flooring, a wine area, granite surfaces—and millwork all designed by Mazzei. 05.A stunning trey ceiling was the inspiration for this bedroom, which includes custom bedding, a geometric-patterned area rug, and silver-box patterned walls. Photography by Marco Ricca 162 / 163


LONG ISLAND

KITCHEN & BATH DESIGNER

This dramatic kitchen won first place in the traditional category at the Sub-Zero/Wolf design contest.


“My firm, like the philosophy of all luxury firms, is offering service that is equal to the high-end products we offer.”

T H E B R E A K FA S T R O O M

Vasi Ypsilantis brings a true artistic vision to the inspired kitchens that she and her team at The Breakfast Room deliver to exclusive clientele throughout New York. Like the innovative artists, architects and fellow interior designers she most admires, Vasi Ypsilantis never has been afraid to traverse the cutting edge in order to turn ordinary kitchens into extraordinary luxury spaces. For more than two decades, the owner of The Breakfast Room has seen the myriad of possibilities in, arguably, the most important room in the home, combining her award-winning aesthetic sensibility with an underlying client commitment that only adds to her rich legacy. “A cohesive style throughout a kitchen will ensure a good design that most people will feel comfortable in,” says Ypsilantis, who expanded her Long Island-based business in 2009 to include full interior design and build services. “But pushing the envelope and introducing an unexpected detail, or even a dominating element, gives a common space a distinctive style. Design can be exciting without being so esoteric that people cringe.” What consistently turns heads in custom kitchens crafted by The Breakfast Room team is original design, in any desired style, that never compromises function. “Each kitchen we design

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is created for that space and home and for the person that will live in it,” she says. “Our work ranges from French country to the most eclectic style. The consistency in our projects can be found in the well-balanced spaces, and the attention we always pay to the ceilings and architectural aspects of the room.”

ONLY THE BEST Ypsilantis’ discerning clients also can expect her team to elevate their spaces with state-of-the-art appliances, the latest technology and lighting, and some of the industry’s most renowned high-end manufacturers, including cabinetry by Poggenpohl and Downsview Kitchens. “Using well-respected manufacturers that invest in state-of-the-art factories and the most recent technologies guarantee a superior product,” she says. “However, selecting professional designers and installation crews are most important to ensure your high-end cabinets are designed and installed properly.” Of late, Ypsilantis is enjoying the challenge of blending elements into ever-morphing examples of transitional design. She points to an increased interest in combining metals with aged and rustic woods; the use of brushed brass, copper and aged iron in modern and simple forms. “Modern and minimalistic spaces also are being embraced more than they were a few years ago,” Ypsilantis says. As evidenced by her first-place honor in the traditional category at the Sub-Zero/Wolf design contest, not to mention countless satisfied clients, Ypsilantis always brings more to The Breakfast Room than meets the eye.

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01.Vasi Ypsilantis designed the kitchen and ceiling treatment for a family in Kings Point, New York. 02.Cabinets by Downsview Kitchens and countertops by Silestone contribute to the splendor of this space in Glen Cove, New York. 03.A hood stack built by Ypsilantis lends drama to a room that also features a new architectural ceiling she designed. 04.This New York beach condo features Poggenpohl cabinets and porcelain countertops. 05.Cabinets by Downsview Kitchens, countertops by Ceasarstone and a Ypsilantis-designed ceiling come together in this condo. 01. Keith Morton Scott 02. Marco Ricca 03. Keith Morton Scott 04.Thomas Decker 05.Thomas Decker 166 / 167


MONTEREY PENINSULA This pristine bay-front community in central California includes some of the most scenic stretches of coastal splendor in the United States. Home to fewer than 30,000 residents, Monterey offers a slice of luxury residential paradise amid the area’s rich history (think Cannery Row), famed marine life and outdoor lifestyle.

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REALTOR

a This coveted

coastline has seen impressive sales of late; Shelly Lynch has handled some of the most significant transfers in the region’s history.

C A R M E L R E A LT Y C O M PA N Y

Building on a family tradition that dates back a century, the experts at Carmel Realty bring an unparalleled understanding of the Monterey Peninsula’s extraordinary luxury residential market to clients from all over the world.

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Padre Lane, Pebble Beach, California: With iconic views from Pebble Beach to Big Sur,

Of all the slices of California coastline that regularly draw interest, perhaps none stops visitors in their tracks quite like the aesthetic wonders that exist along the Monterey Peninsula. But beyond the jaw-dropping oceanfront visuals—the rugged Pacific shoreline, crashing waves and lush cypress trees—lies equally exquisite residential areas, high-end communities like Carmel and Pebble Beach that offer an unparalleled quality of life. “Everything about our market is unique, from some of the most significant natural beauty in the world to all the comforts and conveniences—galleries, restaurants,

“Our longevity is no accident. We’re strongly operated today on the same principles of integrity, work ethic, communication, collaboration and customer service.”

wineries, world-class golf, shopping—that one would expect in a sophisticated urban mecca,” says Shelly Mitchell Lynch, Managing Director at Carmel Realty. “Plus, the architecture and the real estate in the market is nothing short of extraordinary.” Lynch certainly should know. For the past 100 years, members of the Mitchell family have been the go-to experts when it comes to real estate throughout this pristine stretch of Central California. At the forefront of some of the area's largest and most complicated transactions, Lynch lives the pulse of the community and creatively brings style, structure and strategy to her

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01.This $27 million sale set the record for the highest price sold in the history of Carmel. 02.This $25 million estate located on the waterfront provides exquisite year-round views. 03.One of the 31 oceanfront estates on the iconic 17-Mile Drive for $11 million.

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clients. “Given that we have one of the highest average priced markets in the nation, our target audience is very affluent,” says Lynch, whose team guides buyers, sellers, owners and vacation renters through the idyllic

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possibilities inherent to the area. “Our market is strong in the high end, especially with properties

micro-communities and

THE BOT TOM LINE

over $5 million. Inventory is low

environments; value, amenities,

Whether considering $30

across the board, so the mid

quality—and even the

million trophy homes in Carmel

market is healthy as well as

temperature—can change

or golf-course properties in

The demand for oceanfront

oceanfront properties are in

in the course of a few blocks.

Pebble Beach, clients of Carmel

properties never wanes, with

very high demand.” While the

“Since each property is so

Realty want to know that they’re

clients from all over the world

legendary golf courses at Pebble

unique, comparable [listings]

receiving a fair value for their

inquiring about a slice of

Beach remain a signature

and internet programs are rarely

investment. “This is not a

attraction for homeowners, Lynch

accurate,” she says. “It’s essential

market where a simple analysis

also is seeing a spike in young

to truly learn how our clients

to establish value.” Lynch says.

professionals looking for second

want to live. Understanding that

“The need for an experienced

homes away from the bustle of

lifestyle, and using our local

professional is paramount for

the Bay Area. “This demographic

market knowledge to match

customers wanting assurance

is pleasantly surprised that their

their criteria, becomes crucial.”

that they’ve made a solid

dollar stretches further here than

The wisdom that Carmel Realty

business decision. We always

in the Bay Area housing market

imparts doesn’t begin and end

do what’s right for our clients;

and affords them a lifestyle that is

with the property itself; the

we’ll work to protect the future

healthy, fun and luxurious."

firm’s team of real estate

of this company and our clients

+ Carmel Valley Estates

experts can expound on

for another 100 years.”

+ Carmel Highlands

INSIDER’S VIEW

everything from water rights

Lynch describes the Monterey

to developmental restrictions.

market as a nuanced variety of

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Pacific Coast splendor. It’s no wonder, given that the quality of life these homes offer is extraordinary. That said, inventory always will be limited.

+ Oceanfront properties in Carmel and Pebble Beach + Golf-front properties in those areas

+ South Coast + Big Sur views

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Nestled along Seventeen-Mile Drive, this Italianate villa blends with its environment using natural materials like stone walls.


“Not only does IDG help clients realize their design vision and dreams, we typically create great friendships along the way.”

INTERNATIONAL DESIGN GROUP

Exclusive clients from the Monterey Peninsula to Turkey turn to IDG for its customized, boutique approach to service—and its inspired, eye-catching take on residential and commercial architecture and design. The impressive list of completed projects at International Design Group may read like an industry goliath. But the beauty of this renowned architectural, interior design and planning firm in the heart of the Monterey Peninsula lies in its boutique size—not to mention its thoughtful, personalized service. “I work with a project manager to oversee the process from the conceptual stage through construction,” says Jun A. Sillano, A.I.A., CEO and president. “Along the way, I involve myself in all aspects. IDG works on many levels to specifically fulfill our clients’ needs.” That’s hardly the only reason why Fortune 500 CEOs and captains of industry from all over the globe seek out IDG, which works hand-in-hand with its high-end clients to bring luxury residential and specialized commercial projects to fruition. In addition to their well-organized, detail-oriented and cost-effective practices, IDG’s team of visionaries infuses their blueprints with discernible artistry. Residential commissions of all sizes in Pacific Grove, Carmel, Big Sur and Pebble Beach—

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01.Contemporary design communes with nature throughout the interior and exterior at Hawk’s Nest in Big Sur. 02.The entry door’s corner glass fenestrations create a seamless relationship between nature and the built environment. 03.At Pineapple Hill Estates in Maui, Polynesian-style roofs add to the uninterrupted flow of indoor/ outdoor living spaces. 04.This example of hacienda-style living at its finest in Pebble Beach offers views of Point Lobos National Park. 05.Exquisite attention to detail and scale define this English manor design at Cypress Cove.

from a quaint Victorian remodel to a

consideration of climate patterns, spaces

$35 million oceanfront estate—become

and sustainability.” The IDG team puts

jaw-dropping examples of design at its

similar thought into a menu of client

purest. Those examples don’t end at

services that includes everything from

Seventeen Mile Drive; IDG has completed

site review and code analysis to existing

work in Florida, Idaho, Texas and Hawaii,

building evaluation, design presentation

as well as throughout California. On the

and construction documents. The firm

commercial side, projects include health

also provides qualified contractor

clubs, restaurants and office buildings.

references in each geographical area of

Internationally, the firm has received

development. Design is influenced by the

commissions in Thailand, Turkey and

client’s “wish list,” but once the direction

the Philippines.

is set, expect IDG to conduct thorough research of the style—English Manor,

FULL-SERVICE CAPABILITIES

French Country, Mediterranean, etc.—

Sillano, who grew up in the Philippines,

so that the finished product resonates

didn’t exactly follow in the footsteps of his

with the period.

father, a lawyer. But he was impressed by his passion for design. “My father designed

| idg-inc.net

the house I grew up in,” says Sillano. “I watched him work on intricate details of our summer home with thoughtful

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Magnificently restored Italian villa circa 1911, originally built for the former Dean of Yale Medical School.

HOME BUILDER


T H E D O B L E FA M I LY

DOBLE & SON CUSTOM HOMES

Luxury communities throughout the Bay Area can thank Doble & Son Custom Homes for turning architectural visions and client dreams into jaw-dropping residential reality. As a youngster joining his grandfather on various construction jobs, Paul Doble looked forward to accompanying his grandfather, who had contractor license number 12 given out in 1925 in Boston, Massachusetts. “Working with him spurred my interest and enthusiasm for home building,” Doble says. “But at a certain point I started thinking that I could do a better job than some of the builders my grandfather was working under.” Since launching his own firm in 1979, Doble has shown time and again that his childhood boast wasn’t just idle talk. As one of Northern California’s most prestigious luxury contractors, Doble & Son Custom Homes has created timeless works of residential art in communities throughout the San Francisco Bay/Silicon Valley metropolitan area (Blackhawk and Ruby Hill country clubs in East Bay; Silver Creek in South Bay; Los Altos in West Bay; the Monterey Peninsula’s areas of Pebble Beach, Carmel and gated community of Monterra. Even more impressive is that the firm’s portfolio includes a stunning array of architectural styles, from a

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1911 restored Italian villa (that was home to

resources,” Doble says. “Often we are

the Dean of Yale Medical School) to an

asked about the use of solar energy;

ultra-contemporary American Craftsman-

not only have we incorporated solar into

style home—and everything in between.

many of our projects, we now have a

“Clients hire Doble & Son not only for our

separate solar division of Doble & Son.

name but for our hands-on approach to

For years we have been advising our

their project,” Doble says. “A great

clients on timeless products and materials,

number of clients are referral-based.

as well as guiding them toward state-of-

Others see our completed projects and

the-art innovative options. Our focus

contact us. Our vast experience and

always has been and always will be on

01.This beautiful French château carries you away to France the moment you walk through the front door. 02.Elegant outdoor living space overlooking the pool area. 03.A truly remarkable kitchen, the materials and color palette create a warm, inviting ambience. 04.Go for a refreshing swim and then warm up around the fire.

long-standing relationships in the industry

homes that stand apart from the rest.”

Photography by Bernardo Grijalva Photography

Over the years, Doble & Son has become

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allow us to complete projects on schedule for our clients. I consider myself part The ‘creation’ of a home is a tapestry that we have all woven.”

THE QUALIT Y GOES IN synonymous with superior craftsmanship and unparalleled attention to detail. In addition to its show-stopping kitchens, Doble & Son Custom Homes is known for their casual elegance that fits today’s lifestyles. “We have many clients who are concerned more than ever about the environment and depletion of our natural

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| dobleandson.com

of a team of truly talented people.

“The more collaborative the effort, regardless of how much or little time a client can dedicate, the more rewarding the project.”


MONTEREY PENINSULA

A dark walnut island, chic lighting and custom cabinetry bring this contemporary kitchen to life.

INTERIOR DESIGNER


“The ability to understand homeowners and their intricate habits allows us to engineer spaces that resonate with our clients.”

VIVIAN SOLIEMANI DESIGN

In a matter of just a few years, Vivian Soliemani Design has generated interior buzz throughout the Bay Area with brilliant contemporary design and an equally impressive menu of interior design services. It didn’t take long for Bay Area clients to warm to the intimate, approach that defines Vivian Soliemani Design. It took even less time for discerning homeowners to appreciate the clean-lined sophistication and creative artistry that the firm brings to its luxury residential and commercial projects. In the two years since Soliemani launched her namesake firm, clients from Las Gatos, Tahoe to Martis Camp have seen their interior worlds transformed thanks to her firm’s full-service capabilities. Soliemani, a 30-year industry veteran, has combined her expertise with a team of experienced professionals to offer an impressive array of design services— color palette and art accessory advising; lighting and custom fixtures; exterior furnishing and modifications; not to mention conceptual design, space planning, project management, purchasing and installation. “We’re passionate about interior design, and we always deliver exceptional results,” says Soliemani, who earned a degree from the London College of Furniture. “We see our clients’ dreams as opportunities for long-term business relationships. As such, we understand the

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01.The custom design of this striking fireplace incorporates dark pewter. 02.Burnt-orange silk wallpaper sets the tone for a classic office space. 03.Natural light filters into a living room with a Donghia sofa and a custom fireplace with Corinthian marble. 04.A daybed with teak wood and a bamboo coffee table are highlights in this room overlooking the pool. Photography by Peter Medilek

responsibility that goes with creating

to put their own creative stamp on the

stunning, budget-conscious interiors.”

home’s 5,800 square feet—per the client’s

For an 8,300-square-foot home in Los

request. “We incorporated dramatic

Altos, Soliemani and her team designed

materials, dynamic lighting and durable

a traditional home, with a Cape Cod feel.

textures throughout,” Soliemani says. “We

Using a rich palette of, multiple textures,

created unique focal points in many of the

the result, a warm traditional home with

spaces; each space was designed to take in

a contemporary twist. “I am inspired by

the breathtaking view of Martis Camp. It’s

something different every day, “Soliemani

one of our most notable design projects.”

says. “Though my style is a warm

As a full-service design firm, Vivian Soliemani

contemporary vibe with clean design

Design also offers project and client support,

and not a lot of fuss, I’m also open to the

facilitates site visits, extensive design plans

style of the client. Ultimately, we’re trying

and specification and purchasing of finishes

to create timeless, functional spaces with

and furniture—yet more reasons why the

unique textures”

buzz about this enormously talented firm is more than justified.

SECOND TO NONE Many of the firm’s projects are second homes

| viviansoliemanidesign.com

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NASHVILLE

PHOTOG RAPH BY SH AN N ON FO NTAIN E

The capital of Tennessee may be known as “Music City,” but this thriving metropolis along the Cumberland River attracts businesses beyond the big four record labels—including a slew of Fortune 500 companies. With economic experts pointing to its growth potential, it’s easy to see why real-estate development in Nashville is exploding.


NASHVILLE

REALTOR

a Downtown

Nashville, aka “The District,” is an irresistible draw for residents with its restaurants, shops and entertainment offerings.

T H E L I P M A N G R O U P S O T H E B Y ' S I N T E R N AT I O N A L R E A LT Y

With growth and development at an all-time high, Nashville is having a moment—one that, on the luxury residential side, no firm understands better than the experts at The Lipman Group.

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Resting on more than six professionally landscaped acres on the edge of Green Hills and

While its deep-rooted Southern charms remain as pronounced as ever, it’s no secret that Nashville is undergoing the kind of sudden contemporary makeover that only a few cities around the United States have experienced. Buzz surrounding the capital of Tennessee has been off the charts in recent years, as steady job growth, its reputation as an entrepreneurial haven, and a massive influx of development—more than $2 billion worth of new projects—has led none other than The New York Times to deem Nashville an “it” city. Naturally, increased interest in the

“We live to give the extraordinary in all we do when serving our clients and the community.”

area also is reshaping the residential landscape. “With all the publicity pertaining to Nashville, we are now one of the top cities for relocation,” says Lawrence Lipman, principal of the The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty. “We have a progressive market; our inventory is low and the interest rates are still extremely reasonable. Thus, our market is quite active.” In 2006, The Lipman Group was awarded an affiliation with the prestigious Sotheby’s International Realty brand, further elevating the level of professionalism that the firm’s founder has been

Forest Hills, this Hillsboro residence is a true sanctuary. The understated Europeaninspired estate features five bedrooms and multiple living areas; natural light filters throughout the rooms of the home. In addition to a grand master bedroom that includes a master study, this home offers a stunning master bath that is sure to amaze. ã Offered at $2,749,000


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CAPTIONS

01.A pedestrian bridge connects downtown to recently renovated Nissan Stadium. 02.Schermerhorn Symphony Center is in the heart of Nashville’s thriving downtown. 03.“Music City” also features beautiful park-like settings, farmers markets, special events and much more.

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delivering to his exclusive real estate clients for nearly three

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decades. Today, the Lipman team prides itself on “artfully uniting extraordinary properties with extraordinary lives.” Renowned for its client dedication, The Lipman Group gives buyers and sellers the kind of thoughtful and thorough offerings that no other luxury real estate firm can match—from detailed analysis of a burgeoning community and advertising/marketing opportunities to relocation services.

to Retire Rich.” Meanwhile,

renaissance in Nashville, The

the community of 12 South

Lipman Group understands

continues to attract future

what’s trending (new

homeowners with its casual

construction in walk-able

vibe, historic homes, and fun mix

neighborhoods; open, flowing

of fashion-centric retail and hip

spaces; high ceilings) and

restaurants. Lipman also points

what’s most important to clients

to Germantown, East Nashville,

(whether or not they’re buying

Green Hills and Sylvan Park as

the right house in the right

$10 MILLION

thriving communities in and

location for the right price).

An even larger lot in a good

around the city.

“To be successful in real estate,

location with a layout that

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$5 MILLION Privacy, a sizable lot and an updated or remodeled home upward of 10,000 square feet.

it takes perseverance,

can encompass up to 15,000

HOT SPOTS

IMPECCABLE SERVICE

punctuality, consistent follow-up

square feet.

Trending neighborhoods

Though technology continues

and ongoing relationship-

throughout Nashville speak

to change the business of real

building,” Lipman says. “We

to the myriad of lifestyle

estate, with more than 90

understand that every priced

options available in the city. Belle

percent of buyers going online

home is a masterpiece. As

Meade, for example, has become

before even contacting an agent,

agents, our talents are geared

home to captains of industry,

nothing can replace the kind

toward a level of service—

entertainment legends and even

of insight that comes with

and not just a price range.”

a former U.S. vice president—

experience. Having worked on

which is why Forbes described

the front lines of this residential

it as one of the “Best Places

$15 MILLION The area’s most affluent communities with a sprawling property and an estate as large as 22,000 square feet.

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This prairie style-inspired home sits on a peninsula with lake views on three sides.


Kitchen features curving stone island, slate tile floor inset into reclaimed wood grid, and skylights positioned between the beams on ceiling.

SHARON PIGOTT ARCHITECT

The natural attentiveness that Sharon Pigott brings to the design process continues to fuel artistic works of residential architecture throughout the Nashville area. As far back as she can remember, Sharon Pigott has brought an intuitive sensibility to her architectural work. As a child, after overhearing her parents discuss the threats posed by the Cuban Missile Crisis, she promptly designed a bomb shelter for her family—one with room for a piano. “I’m afraid it wasn’t especially practical,” Pigott says with a laugh, “but, hey, I was taking piano lessons at the time. It did, however, get me started.” The simple act of listening continues to serve Pigott well as one of Nashville’s most thoughtful and versatile luxury residential architects. Since launching her namesake firm in 1994, Pigott and her team have delivered projects of all scopes and sizes—from small remodeling projects to sprawling residential layouts—always communicating closely with their clients along the way. For a large home in Nashville, Pigott worked with an owner who couldn’t quite

“The philosophy behind my firm is to do good work, make clients happy, enjoy the process and celebrate the project.”

decide on a particular style. After providing her with a variety of options,

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Pigott discovered a common thread—

of the many reasons why Pigott’s team

an interest in stone. That recognition

was selected as the sole architectural

became the launch pad for a project that

firm for Sneed Manor, a parcel with

Pigott calls one of her favorites. “I really

eight building sites that is one of the

want to hear the needs and desires of

last remaining land grant tracts from

my clients,” she says. “Next, I think about

the Revolutionary War. “My goal for

the project and let it marinate before

these homes is to blend stately beauty

ultimately sitting down to the drafting

and home functionality, while creating

table. Sometimes the process involves

a community with the latest in green

01.In order to satisfy the owner’s desire for commanding views, Sharon incorporated a three-story tower in the plan. 02.This mahogany and steel three-story elevator designed by Sharon, as well as the dramatic winding staircase, are set into a curving wall. 03.This Mediterranean Villa with open interior plan capitalizes on expansive pastoral views. 04.This English manor- style home with Indiana limestone accents overlooks downtown Nashville. 05.This contemporary home built of stone, stucco and stained wood is perched high on a hillside offering expansive views.

just getting something down on paper,

technology,” she says. “I truly enjoy

and then perfecting it from there. What

the variety of projects I get to do—

matters most to me is to satisfy the

and the friendships that we develop

goals of my clients in a beautiful and

along the way.”

Photography by Shannon Fontaine

integrated design. Those are just a few

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poetic manner.”

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HISTORY IN THE MAKING To that end, Pigott’s work does not fall into a preferred style; it runs the gamut from Craftsman and Tudor Revival to Beaux-Arts. What is recognizable, from one project to the next, is the consistently functional floor plans and 190 / 191


NASHVILLE

INTERIOR DESIGNER

Lambskin leather chairs and a custom Oushak carpet pick up the blue from the private lake in this farmhouse living room.


TODD RICHESIN

TODD RICHESIN INTERIORS

By creatively utilizing the tools of his trade, Todd Richesin delivers inspired, livable interior spaces throughout the Southeast that capture the essence of his clients. Variety has been part of the spice of Todd Richesin’s design life since launching his namesake firm nearly two decades ago. As the firm’s exclusive client base can attest, Todd Richesin Interiors is as adept at elevating traditional spaces as it is infusing modern and transitional rooms with discernible elegance. But no matter the style, one hallmark of a Richesin design remains consistent. “Comfort, for our firm, is paramount,” says Richesin of his award-winning work. “The space has to ‘feel’ good; it needs to be easy to live in. Even if a space is formal, it should want to welcome you to sit and enjoy. In the same way, scale is equally important. You have to make sure pieces fit and that everything works together in a seamless way.” Clients in Nashville aren’t the only ones who find the spaces designed by Richesin and his team welcoming; the firm has traveled throughout the region to tackle high-end residential projects of all scopes and sizes. For a home in Key West, Richesin adhered to the client’s wish for an atypical tropical vibe. Incorporating raw Miami-Dade pine walls, beautiful fabrics and antiques, and an infusion of bright Florida-inspired colors, the redesigned

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spaces radiate sophistication while at the same time capturing the casual spirit of the city. “I love a challenge, and sometimes my favorite things to do are things I haven’t done before because you learn about the style or feeling as you go,” Richesin says. “My strength is that I listen to my clients and what their desires are and then interpret those thoughts into a livable form.”

“My expertise isn’t just the ability to see a space before it’s complete. We have the vision—and we deliver.” THE PROCESS UNFOLDS Along the way, Todd Richesin Interiors collaborates with contractors, architects and landscape experts to ensure that the project maintains a cohesive thread. The firm’s full-service capabilities allow it to remain on the cutting edge of design trends, as well as to access custom furnishings, antiques, fabrics and accessories. It’s not uncommon for Richesin to cover the floor of his office with fabrics, studying which ones work best together, editing away the “unnecessary bits” and developing a focused direction for a given project. “Pattern is huge right now, and I have a way of combining and layering patterns in a space that is unique to me,” he says. “We want to bring the best possible quality products to our clients while always searching out incredible value.”

| toddrichesininteriors.com

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01.Custom hand-painted wallpaper from DeGournay provides a focal point in this intimate dining room. 02.Leather chairs from Bolier provide comfortable seating around the modern dining table in this loft space. 03.Antique marble flooring and custom mahogany cabinetry and walls lend a turn-of-the-century vibe to this exquisite master bath. 04.American Gothic details abound in this farmhouse kitchen with design-unifying, custom basket-weave tile backsplash. 05.A richly upholstered sofa from Baker Furniture, combined with fabrics from Cowtan and Tout, create an intimate conversation area. Photography by Ben Finch

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NEW ENGLAND It’s a good time to be a homeowner in and around Boston, where some experts are predicting that residential prices will climb as much as 20 percent or more over the next four years. Luxury neighborhoods like Beacon Hill and Back Bay, in particular, continue to lure residents eager to be closer to everything that the capital of Massachusetts has to offer.

PAUL WEBER ARCHITECT


PHOTOG RAPH BY PET E R VA NDERWARKE R


NEW ENGLAND

REALTOR

a This exquisite living room at Trinity Place, designed by Erin Condron Interiors, overlooks Back Bay.

JEANNEMARIE CONLEY - COMPASS

Along with a detail-rich knowledge of the luxury real estate market in Boston, Jeannemarie Conley brings the highest level of confidentiality and professionalism to dealings with her exclusive clients.

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$5 MILLION 2 - 3 BEDROOMS A single-family home/ brownstone upward of 5,000 square feet on Marlborough Street with two outdoor parking spaces.

$10 MILLION 3 - 4 BEDROOMS A large condominium or

When a client with whom she had previously worked asked Jeannemarie

single-family home/brownstone

Conley to sell his majestic estate in Back Bay—one she describes as

in Back Bay or Beacon Hill.

the most stunning home she had seen in all her years of Boston real estate—the proposition came with not one but two caveats. First,

“Buying or selling a home in Back Bay and Beacon Hill is like trading blue-chip stocks. There will always be sellers and there will always be buyers–no matter what type of market we are in.”

she only had 90 days; after that, he would entrust the sale to one of

$15 MILLION 5 + BEDROOMS

her competitors. Two, she could not put it on the public market or employ

A grand single-family home/

any traditional marketing. Not only did Conley sell the 10,000-square-foot

brownstone on Commonwealth

property, she set a sales record in the process. “I enjoy flying below

Avenue or Louisburg Square,

the radar on behalf of my clients who want that type of service,” says

or in Back Bay or Beacon Hill.

Conley, managing director at Compass. “As an expert in private-market transactions in downtown Boston, my notable listings—often some of the region’s most unique offerings—do not get published, but they’re coveted by a select group of clients. Confidentiality is of the utmost importance—as


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01.A commissioned mural of the Boston Public Garden graces a foyer at The Heritage on the Garden. 02.From high atop 70 Mount Vernon Street in Beacon Hill, residents have a breathtaking view of the Charles River. 03.This sophisticated livingroom/dining-room space allows for elegant city entertaining. 04.Downtown residents can’t get enough of Boston’s venerable skyline.

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well as protecting the exposure my clients have to the public, media and press.” Though sales in excess of $200 million clearly suggest that Conley has a thorough understanding of

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Boston’s affluent markets, it only begins to explain her comfort with exclusive, A-list clientele.

inventory, which is driving up

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The daughter of a former FBI

home values. With interest in the

As always, Boston offers an

agent, Conley actually interned

city at an all-time high, Conley

unparalleled mix of classic

at the agency’s academy in

sees buyers seeking larger

architecture, whether it’s

The historic allure of its Victorian

Quantico, Virginia. Not only

homes (with four- and five-

condominiums or single-family

brownstones and Greek Revival

does she understand and value

bedroom layouts) and trying

homes within brownstone

townhouses is one of many

discretion, she also brings an

to plant long-term roots. The

buildings. But for many

factors that draws affluent

analytical savvy to her client

problem is supply—or lack

prospective homeowners, it’s

strategies. “If I were baking a

thereof. “Some owners are

what’s on the inside that counts,

real-estate cake, it would be

willing to sell—but they have

specifically cleanliness and

one-third each of the following:

nowhere to go due to lack of

clutter. “They want to see a 10 on

response time, availability and

inventory,” Conley says. Over the

cleanliness and a zero on clutter,

numbers,” Conley says. “To the

past five years, Boston has seen

given that storage is so important

latter point, it’s important to be

an increase in full-service, luxury

in an urban market,” Conley says.

able to react to—and predict—

high rises. “Unlike New York, we

“Will clients find what they’re

+ Back Bay

market intel.”

did not see this type of building

looking for? The answer is 100

+ Beacon Hill

until recently,” she says. “Sales of

percent yes. You just need

+ South End

over $3,000 per square foot are

patience and clear focus.”

+ Midtown

INSIDE THE MARKET These days, the high-end market in Boston offers minimal

no longer unheard of.”

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HOT SPOT NEIGHBORHOOD

residents to the renowned communities of Boston. Neighborhoods like Back Bay and Beacon Hill also offer prime access to cultural institutions and world-class shopping and dining.

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A formal Colonial revival faรงade contrasts a casual open plan for contemporary living.


“For us, the process is a balance of collaboration and coordination, poetry and pragmatism… and, most importantly, knowing when to listen.”

PAUL WEBER ARCHITECT

At Paul Weber’s architectural firm, the unwavering commitment to client needs is matched only by the innovative design approach with which his team tackles an array of projects. To another child in the neighborhood it probably was just another home. But to a young boy whose grandfather and great-grandfather were architects, growing up next to a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed residence stirred something in Paul Weber beyond mere curiosity. “I used to walk around that home with a sense of marvel,” Weber says. “It was so well-placed into the landscape—or ‘of the landscape’ as Wright would have said.” Decades later, Weber and his talented team consistently inspire their own sense of wonder in clients enthralled by the high-end residential, commercial and

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unique projects brought to life by the Newport-based architectural firm. As Weber describes it, his namesake firm was born out of a desire to offer thoughtful and sustainable design. “We place a great deal of attention on assessing the factors that will influence the solutions pursued for a particular project,” he says. “Our work seeks to realize the vision of our client’s program with creative results appropriate to context, climate and budget.” Part of what distinguishes the firm’s portfolio is a relentless attention to detail, no matter the size or scope of the project. Weber and his team bring the same enthusiasm and imagination to a golf clubhouse in Hyannis or a university dormitory building in Philadelphia as they do a sprawling seaside estate in Portsmouth. One recent large-scale home, projected to take 24 months to build, was completed in 14 months by tenting the house and removing winter conditions. The project was delivered in time for the client’s birthday. “We listen very carefully to our clients,” Weber says. “Our work is a reflection of their vision and aspirations. We believe every successful project is built on good relationships. We are always seeking to enhance their quality of life through good design.”

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and participate in the decisions that direct and define the desired outcome,” Weber says. “Our goal is to create the finest structure possible—and exceed our client’s expectations.”

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NEW ENGLAND

HOME BUILDER

This playful shingle-style home with a slate roof overlooks Narragansett Bay.


“Our greatest success is the next house and the house after that and the house after that. You never stop building a better house.”

HORAN BUILDING COMPANY

The foundation of expertise, innovation and passion on which the company was founded continues to inspire owner Mark Horan and his team to raise luxury home construction to new heights. Over the past quarter-century, Horan Building Company has established itself as one of the Northeast’s most respected firms when it comes to the construction of custom single-family homes. But what distinguishes the business launched by Mark Horan in 1992 aren’t the richly deserved accolades— it’s that the experts and artisans working on projects in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts never rest on those laurels. It’s a company-wide philosophy that starts at the top, where the founder continues to push the firm in fresh, innovative directions—think cutting-edge smart technology, state-ofthe-art sustainable practices and original aesthetic enhancements—based on the ever-evolving nature of luxury home building. “We continually aim to stay informed about the latest changes in our industry,” Horan says. “We’re driven by the desire to improve on each project—to perfect our craft. In that sense, we’re influenced by clients who challenge us with different styles or sites or interiors or technologies. We build a better house with each new project.” The proof is in

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a portfolio that illustrates the firm’s uncanny attention to detail in one superbly executed project after another—from a sprawling oceanfront property in Newport to an estate-style home built in 1864 that Horan thoughtfully brought into the 21st century. “Our job is to build to our clients’ specifications,” says Horan, whose firm excels at bringing a clean-lined contemporary edge to traditional and Victorian styles. “However, we provide added value, in a multitude of ways, by enhancing the choices they have made. We are extremely resourceful in choosing materials and providing the best options to meet their specifications.”

ROLL WITH THE CHANGES It’s no surprise Horan and his team revel in the unexpected windows of opportunity that present themselves during a project, situations often born of the creativity that surfaces throughout the entire project. “As we see things unfold, ideas come to us that can elevate elements of the design or finish work,” he says. “The creative process isn’t a one-time thing; it’s ongoing. That’s what makes a project exciting and unique.” Over the years, Horan Building Company has completed more than 150 custom homes on Aquidneck Island alone, a testament to the quality of its work and the trust that clients place in the firm. “If you rely on the same thing over and over, you won’t last,” Horan says. “The bar must always be raised. We pride ourselves on raising it.”

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01.The backyard view of the sprawling Narragansett Bay home speaks to Horan’s artistic capabilities. 02.Detailed panel columns and black-walnut flooring are highlights in this informal living room. 03.Each of the six bedrooms in this red cedar shingle-style house has its own private balcony. 04.This chic kitchen features custom cabinet inlays, mahogany counter tops and curved ceilings. 05.The mahogany curved-eave edge and center bead detail lend a dramatic feel to the space. Photography by Michael Osean

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NEW ENGLAND

INTERIOR DESIGNER

This is a formal living room in historic Concord, Massachusetts, with a mix of old and new furnishings and applied panel molding details.


K R I S T I N P AT O N

KRISTIN PATON INTERIORS

Original, timeless design and old-school professionalism find a champion in the creative hands of Kristin Paton and her team of dedicated associates. In an era where a Pinterest post can pass for insider industry knowledge, Kristin Paton brings more than just a classically trained background to the timeless luxury interiors she creates throughout greater Boston and beyond. Paton and her talented team of inspired designers deliver a conception-to-installation experience steeped in the kind of focused, detail-rich professionalism expected by the A-list clients that call on her namesake firm. The process, as homeowners from Harvard Square and Chestnut Hill to Back Bay and Nantucket will attest, can transform more than just the spaces inside a residence. “Besides looking beautiful, it’s most important to us that the design we have created truly functions,” says Paton, who spent a decade working in London before relocating Kristin Paton Interiors to Boston in 2009. “Well-designed interiors can influence how you live; you want to live better in a gorgeous space. When this happens it spreads to other parts of your life.

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You create a higher standard for yourself in all areas.” As part of setting her own bar so high, Paton purposely tackles only a few select projects at a time in order to devote the necessary attention to renovations like the double-fronted brownstone she and her team recently completed in Beacon Hill. “We worked with a young family as new owners [after another couple lived there for 50 years],” Paton says. “We love taking on projects with such great bones, revitalizing those classic elements and refreshing it with modern touches.”

“We listen to our clients’ needs and lifestyle requirements, and put that through our filter of expertise to create interiors beyond expectations.” IN KPI THEY TRUST Over the years, the graduate of Syracuse University (with a degree in interior design and illustration) has worked for renowned designers and firms—William Hodgins, Parish-Hadley, Pamela Banker—on projects ranging from private yachts to Swiss ski lodges. But KPI is building its own legacy on the strength of a strong design perspective that is rooted in classicism while reflecting the distinct lifestyle of a client base that comes from as far away as Hong Kong, Dubai and Indonesia. “I’m grateful for the accolades we’ve received professionally,” Paton says, “but, ultimately, winning a client’s trust means that we’ve truly been successful.”

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01.This custom-designed cook’s kitchen in a Nantucket cottage features a bleached-oak island with granite top and floorboards that recall old driftwood. 02.Lavender silk wallpaper and matching silk curtains deck the walls of this home office, which includes Art Deco chairs. 03.Chocolate colored lacquer walls and navy silk taffeta curtain panels set the tone in this Chestnut Hill dining room. 04.The silver leaf koi fish wallpaper in this home office speaks to the seafaring interests of the owner. 05.An ebony contrast—in the stained herringbone flooring and the Macassar wood sideboards and barrel stools—adds an elegant vibe to this entry. Photography by Eric Roth

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ORLANDO Though deserving of its status as the “theme park capital of the world,� Orlando has not-so-quietly emerged as a significant industrial and technology hub, one that includes a strong military connection. The accompanying influx of innovative talent is creating greater residential housing demand in exclusive communities throughout the area.

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ORLANDO

REALTOR

a Sunset lake view of the downtown Orlando skyline.

C A R O LY N M O R I A R T Y & C O M PA N Y , I N C .

The red-hot residential scene in and around Orlando is leading more and more discerning clients to Carolyn Moriarty & Co., renowned for its market savvy and full menu of realestate services.

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W H AT YO U G E T F O R :

$5 MILLION At this price, homeowners can purchase estates of some 8,000 square feet with at least two acres.

$10 MILLION Expect to find 15,000-squarefoot properties with upward

For the more than 60 million tourists who visit the area each year, Orlando

of seven bedrooms and baths,

represents the quintessential Florida escape, a family destination built

and multiple acres.

around some of the world’s most beloved theme parks. But for its greater metropolitan population of some 2 million residents, the region means much more. Covering more than 100 square miles, Orlando and its

“It’s important for buyers to be picky and patient until they find a home that feels absolutely right.”

$15 MILLION Build your dream home, with

surrounding areas provide a rare combination of big-city activities mixed

every imaginable amenity, on a

with pockets of pastoral, lakefront splendor. Quaint neighborhoods like

parcel of land that encompasses

Winter Park and Oviedo offer residents charming, tree-lined residential

20 acres or more.

communities within earshot of a hip, brick-paved commercial sector that features artists events, casual restaurants and laid-back nightlife. “What started out as a small, out-of-the-way town encompassing only four square miles in the late 1800s has blossomed into a great place to visit—and an even greater place to live,” says real estate professional Carolyn Moriarty. The founder of Carolyn Moriarty & Co. certainly should know. Over the past decade, the broker renowned for her customer service and market


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01.Stunning view of a Winter Park house backyard with pool. 02.Enjoy sunset walks and views around the many lakes in Orlando. 03.Orlando is home to and known for its plentiful golf courses.

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knowledge has sold more than $100 million in volume—and exceeded her personal sales quota by at least 25 percent each year. As she surveys the current residential scene in and around Orlando, Moriarty believes that there is still a large number of real-estate-owned (REO) properties that have yet to hit the market. “I think the

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market will continue to rise due to the enormous amount of new home construction for the

properties to vacation homes

quickly that it will get to a point

next year or more,” she says.

and investment opportunities.

where a whole lot of people

“And then I think the real-estate

Her handpicked team of

will not be able to qualify for

market will come down gradually

goal-oriented agents carries the

financing due to their current

As those who live in the area will

in order to stabilize. Currently,

Moriarty banner with great pride,

income,” she says. “The number

attest, Orlando offers residential

we’re in a seller’s market until

building on their owner’s

one concern for most buyers is

opportunities that speak to a

the banks start releasing some

reputation for delivering the

getting the home they love at

variety of lifestyles—from the

of their shadow inventory.”

consummate experience for

the right price. It’s my job to

thriving gallery corridor in the

clients in a host of Central Florida

give my clients as much accurate

Central Business District to the

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counties (Seminole, Orange,

information about the property

retail and dining experiences

Since launching her own firm

Volusia, Osceola and Lake).

and community as possible so

impressive with each passing year. Experienced in residential

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in the South Eola District.

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and commercial real estate,

new homes, townhouses and

this versatile, results-oriented

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professional has extensive

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knowledge about everything

impact on future homeowners.

from short sales and foreclosed

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AR M OR A LR AKN ED T .OR E G I O N C H I T ER CA TD E . C A T E G O R Y

This custom residence in Winter Park, designed and built as The New American Home, is owned by an NBA player.


“Dedicated to service and excellence, our mission is to provide the complete solution for award-winning design and construction of architecturally distinctive spaces.”

PHIL KEAN DESIGN GROUP

A commitment to superior, innovative architecture and construction only begins to tell the story of why luxury clients around the country are drawn to the signature full-service creations delivered by Phil Kean Design Group. The contemporary cornerstones that distinguish the architectural work at Phil Kean Design Group (PKDG) may be inspired by the masters of the genre, from Frank Lloyd Wright and Rudolph Schindler to Richard Meier and Philip Johnson. But the soul of this award-winning firm speaks to its namesake, who brings detail-oriented vision and relentless passion to each luxury design project, no matter the style. Kean, the son of a contractor who studied architecture at Harvard and Washington universities, has infused his design/build company (which also includes interior design and real estate services) with a global view that provides customized creations based on location, topography and the unique lifestyle of each client. PKDG homes reflect Kean’s signature approach to spatial and functional design, seamless transitions of indoor and outdoor living spaces, extraordinary attention to design detail, and sustainable construction. “We’re unique in that we’re capable of taking projects from architectural concept through construction and interior design,” says Kean, who launched his design firm in 2002 and then earned his certified residential contractor’s license in 2005. “This synergistic approach allows accuracy

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and consistency of the vision to be maintained with onsite fine-tuning of sometimes-evolving architecture as the home unfolds. Each home is the result of a close and very personal collaboration from concept until the client’s complete satisfaction.” In addition to Central Florida, PKDG serves high-end clients throughout the United States, and worldwide.

BET TER THAN EVER Part of what draws such exclusive clientele to PKDG is the personalized, dedicated commitment of its founder. After first walking the site, Kean, a marathon runner, often thinks through a project as he’s training. He brings his knowledge of diverse international architecture to the process, delivering unique elements to his stateside clients in styles ranging from modern and transitional to Spanish Mediterranean. It’s no wonder that PKDG was named National Custom Home Builder of the Year in 2013 by the National Association of Home Builders—or that readers of the Orlando Business Journal voted PKDG Best Architecture Firm from 2012 to 2014. Recently, the company was selected for the second time to design and build The New American Home; the 8,000-square-foot project, set for 2017 in prestigious Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Orlando, will showcase many of the details for which Kean is known—superb use of glass, superior energy efficiency, and indoor-outdoor lifestyle living. In addition, PKDG was tapped to design and build the 2017 Great American Remodel, which will feature a modern interpretation of island architecture. (Architecture by Phil Kean, LLC AA26002050/Phil Kean Designs, Inc. CRC1327855/PKD Studio, LLC IB26001665)

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ORLANDO

HOME BUILDER

Inspired by Addison Mizner’s Spanish Mediterranean architecture, this home is situated amid massive oaks in Winter Park.


CARLOS POSADA

POSADA CUSTOM HOMES

For more than a quartercentury, Carlos Posada and his talented team of industry experts have given luxury clients in and around Winter Park a place to call home in more ways than one. Like the foundation of a one-of-a-kind luxury estate that Posada Custom Homes brings to fruition for its exclusive clients, founder Carlos Posada has built his Winter Park-based firm on pillars that continue to stand the test of time. Whether creating a Spanish Colonial lakefront home, a European country cottage, a Greek Revival masterpiece or a sprawling estate steeped in New Classicism, Posada and his team of experts infuse the process with discernible passion for the project and nonstop communication with the future homeowners. “Our company’s style of building is truly a hands-on approach,” Posada says. “From start to finish, we lead our clients through the design process with the architect, materials specialist, interior designer, landscape architect, and, when needed, civil and structural engineers. I’ve always appreciated the collaboration of talent necessary to create a home. Each new project seems to ignite our creativity in the design-build process.” For more than 25 years, that creativity has manifested itself in first and, often, second homes for clients throughout Central Florida wowed by Posada Custom Homes’ ability to produce singular works of detail-rich residential art in any number of architectural styles. Along the way, Posada’s team of experienced craftsmen and project managers never fail to treat each project as if it were their own. “One of the high points in my career has been the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people and establish working relationships based on respect and trust,” says

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Posada, who studied building and architecture at the University of Florida. “Often, what starts as a business deal becomes a lifetime friendship.”

“Our design-build team is caring and passionate when it comes to the clients’ best interests—and we’re advocates in building their home.” AHEAD OF THE CURVE Posada’s interest in tackling an array of design challenges stems, in part, from his never-ending curiosity about architecture and building concepts. His experts remain on the cutting edge of market and industry trends—incorporating creative outdoor living spaces, sustainable products and systems, higher efficiency materials, integrated lighting designs, window shade automation and much more into its properties. “If one can creatively imagine it, it can more than likely be achieved these days,” Posada says. Ultimately, the timeless projects that Posada Custom Homes seamlessly weave into Florida’s natural backdrops represent a team effort in the truest sense. “Collaborating with a team of professionals makes my job rewarding,” he says. “Meeting with clients and seeing the vision they share is nothing short of inspiring.”

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01.This contemporary home sits on one of Central Florida’s finest lakes, adding to its outdoor splendor. 02.The use of authentic Jerusalem stone, as well as walnut, cypress and oak woods, adds warmth and beauty to this space. 03.Disparate elements come together in architectural harmony, creating a balance of distinct details in this farmhouse style. 04.The courtyard features a center fountain with surrounding gardens that speak to the tranquility of the property. 05.Spanish Mediterranean design preserves a timeless style that is a rich part of Florida’s architectural history. 01. David Montague 02. Stephen Allen 03. Alan J. Goulet 04. Alan J. Goulet 05. Harvey Smith 222 / 223


ORLANDO

INTERIOR DESIGNER

A custom ceiling treatment enhances this family room with ample seating and a featured wall that mixes materials and colors.


“I get to be inspired and create something original every day, which is exactly how I want to spend my time.”

SUZANNE NICHOLS DESIGN GROUP

A versatile, detail-rich approach to design, along with a client-first philosophy, makes Suzanne Nichols’ award-winning firm the preferred choice when it comes to luxury projects in Central Florida. The reviews fall under the “testimonial” category on her company’s website, but read between the lines and something deeper emerges about the Central Florida projects on which clients embark with Suzanne Nichols Design Group. Beyond the founder’s renowned attention to interior detail, impeccable taste and exquisite use of texture and color, customers invariably point to an overall experience that—like the firm itself—transcends the ordinary. “The biggest compliment I receive is when I have repeat clients or when the children of my clients are old enough to reach out,” Nichols says. “That means I’ve left a lasting impression and so has my work, which is what I aim to do every time.” Since its launch in 1992, Suzanne Nichols Design has delivered transformative custom design in styles ranging from traditional and transitional to contemporary. In addition to its diverse residential and commercial work, the firm has added to its reputation with award-winning model-home design. “I try to focus on the foundations of design, because

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01.The use of contrast, in color and texture, adds drama to this sophisticated master bedroom. 02.A pop of pink gives the room added character without detracting from the timeless architectural design. 03.This contemporary kitchen captivates with its sleek shaker-style cabinet design, contrast between finishes and functional island. 04.Suzanne Nichols incorporated Disney’s “Frozen” into this playful child’s room. 05.This cozy, modern upstairs outdoor area overlooks the pool.

furniture and décor can be switched out,”

process begins with the floors,

Nichols says. “These elements are what

walls and ceilings and works inward.

set us apart from our competitors and

From there, Nichols and her team

keep us on the cutting edge of design.”

will implement furniture, window

It’s hardly the only hallmark of a firm

and ceiling treatments—each piece

that goes to whatever lengths necessary

an eye-catching statement on its own,

to tend to its clients’ needs. For a

while complementing the space as

10,000-square-foot project located

whole. When it comes to finishing

in Singapore, Nichols worked closely

touches, few firms have the technical

with the homeowner and architect;

and creative skills to add the kind of

after determining the design course,

rich detail that distinguishes Suzanne

all materials and furnishings were ordered

Nichols Design. “Uniqueness in every

in the U.S. and shipped overseas.

home is our priority,” she says. “And our attention to detail is the key. The

EVERY LIT TLE BIT COUNTS

smallest design elements often leave

Though Nichols enjoys the funky,

the biggest impact. At the end of the

colorful pieces that can add elements

day, we strive to use our skills and

of surprise to contemporary spaces, she

resources to create magnificent

also appreciates the challenge presented

rooms and spaces.”

by infusing old with new in transitional design. No matter the style, the creative

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PALM SPRINGS This one-time Hollywood playground remains a desert haven, drawing discerning vacationers and recent retirees to Coachella Valley for a taste of the good life—which includes access to more golf courses than any region in California. The Palm Springs housing market is bustling, with the reliance on tourism leading to a boom in single-family homes.

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PALM SPRINGS

REALTOR

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BERNAL SMITH GROUP

The experts at Bernal-Smith Group, led by Lucio Bernal, bring residential opportunities in Palm Springs and Coachella Valley into sharp focus for clients looking for a slice of the good life.

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This retro-furnished 1969 home in the Twin Palms neighborhood of Palm Springs

It’s no surprise that the cities in and around Palm Springs and Coachella Valley often are referred to as the “Modern Oasis.” Between the miles upon miles of scenic hiking trails, the variety of outdoor events and festivals, the endless array of championship golf courses and the idyllic weather, this desert paradise has emerged as much more than a vacation destination. “The market in Palm Springs and Coachella Valley

“When I have a unique listing that speaks to me, I listen. Each home has a story to tell, and I excel at sharing that story.”

begs the question: shaken or stirred? The vibe inside seems straight out of a vintage James Bond film, with upscale '60s-era décor, patterned wallpaper, emerald green drapery and a hot-pink custom

couldn’t be more healthy,” says Lucio Bernal, team leader at the

furnished master bedroom.

Bernal-Smith Group. “For many years, this was a quiet resort and

This throwback property

second-home community of cities. But over the past five years, an influx

features three bedrooms,

of younger professionals from all over the United States—especially from

three bathrooms, a pool and

larger metropolitan cities—have discovered the desert. Our market

stunning views of the San

continues to strengthen and become more robust as we continue to

Jacinto Mountains.

enhance the lifestyle of visitors and residents.” Few real-estate professionals have a deeper connection to their market than Bernal, an industry expert for nearly two decades and the president-elect of his local 1,200-member realtor association. Part of what continues to

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distinguish Bernal is the thoughtful, holistic approach that he brings to the journey of selling and buying a home.

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“Real estate isn’t just about the property; it’s about the value we place on the human

downtown area thanks to

three-bedroom property in

experience,” says Bernal,

burgeoning retail and hotel

Palm Desert or a sprawling $15

whose group was formed

sectors; La Quinta, on the

million Palm Springs home with

within the Berkshire Hathaway

far side of the valley, is

an outdoor amphitheater,

The buzz-worthy communities

HomeService family. “When

experiencing similar buzz

Bernal brings the same passion

in and around Palm Springs

I finally recognized that, I

thanks to new development.

and integrity to the process.

attract particular buyers on

understood that real estate

At the end of the day, potential

“To be able to survive in an

a frequent basis. Typically,

can be a whole new experience

homeowners are drawn to the

industry that involves so many

the areas tend to be trendy

each and every day. You can

intangibles that the Modern

factors, an agent has to

with a variety of activities and

change the look of a home.

Oasis has to offer. “The most

transition from salesperson to

access to numerous amenities.

You can change the process

important aspect when

therapist in a split second,”

of a transaction. But you can

considering where to live

Bernal says. “To do that you

never change the value a

comes down to lifestyle,”

have to work seven days a

person places on happiness.”

Bernal says. “And what this

week sometimes. You also have

region offers is variety. If you

to be honest with a seller or

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have an idea of the lifestyle

buyer. You have to help them

Happiness for more and more

you want to enjoy, we can find

understand the nature of the

millennial buyers means finding

a neighborhood that best suits

business so that they can make

a slice of the good life in Palm

your needs.”

the best decision possible.”

Springs and Coachella Valley. Palm Springs, in particular, is seeing a resurgence in its

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The rear elevation on this 18,000-square-foot artisanal contemporary home showcases the roof’s subtle curves.


“We strive to create a structure that, when you walk in, you feel on a subconscious level that you are truly home.”

KHA ARCHITECTS

The art of listening and collaboration is elevated to new heights at Kristi Hanson Architects, which delivers stunning works of luxury residential design throughout the California desert. It can be something as nondescript as a hanging tree branch that catches her eye during a site review. Or something as personal as a keepsake that reveals her client’s passion. With that initial spark of inspiration, Kristi Hanson puts pencil to paper, the beginning of a collaborative creative process that has fueled some of the most original and dramatic luxury residential architecture in the greater Palm Springs area. “At its core, we believe that architecture is creative and optimistic; it’s about what’s possible,” says Hanson, who launched her namesake architectural firm in 1996. “We are intentional about fostering the ideal environment for nurturing ideas and exploration.” Over the past two decades, this intimate approach to client communications has distinguished KHA Architects as much as the striking works of custom residential wonder (most in the 5,000-square-foot to 20,000-square-foot range) for which the 10-person firm is known. In addition to full-service architectural services, KHA also offers interior design under the direction of Jennifer Wilhelmson, a natural extension of its aesthetic capabilities. Though clients who’ve been wowed by

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01.Expanses of glass, vanishing pocket doors and stone-clad surfaces connect guests to the serene, stark beauty of the mountains. 02.Ascending alongside an exterior staircase, this customdesigned wrought-iron railing makes a grand statement. 03.A ceiling’s design elements, as well as the curved steps that lead to an elevated dining area, create visual drama. 04.Organic shapes in monochromatic hues evoke the glamour of a bygone era (interiors, sofa and carpet designed by KHA). 05.This award-winning design by KHA creates an unparalleled entertaining venue with its seamless mix of indoor/outdoor living.

prior KHA projects will inquire about

In 2014, the university honored her with its

adopting similar strategies for their dream

Department of Architecture and Landscape

home, the award-winning firm works hard

Architecture’s Centennial Award. In addition,

to individualize each high-end project so

the firm has been lauded by industry

that it resonates with the environment and

organizations for its custom home

the owners’ needs. “More than a house,

excellence, including a 2012 ASID Palm

the home is a place where you know you

Springs/Inland Chapter “Best in Show”

belong,” Hanson says. “The most important

for a residence 7,000 square feet or more.

thing is when a client shares that we created

“More than any one accomplishment, it’s

something better than they could have

the satisfaction of knowing we’ve created

ever envisioned—that it’s absolutely

a business that is successful by any

perfect for them. That’s our purpose:

measure,” Hanson says. “I’m proud of

to design residences that reflect the best

the fact that we have succeeded based on

of who our clients are.”

word-of-mouth referrals. People come to us because they love what we’ve created,

BEYOND THE ACCOL ADES

and we’re delighted to do that work on a

Hanson, a graduate of the architecture

continuing basis.”

program at North Dakota State University, remains committed to providing

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HOME BUILDER

Hand-selected rocks from a Montana quarry, requiring 165 semi-truck deliveries, add natural grandeur to this 20,000-square-foot residence.


“We take a long-term view of building, making decisions with clients as though each project were our own.”

BRADSHAW CONSTRUCTION

Its reputation for bringing challenging, large-scale residential projects to life is just one of the mainstays of Bradshaw Construction, which continues to earn the respect of fellow professionals—and the loyalty of its high-end clients. As much as the renowned general contracting firm launched by Mark Bradshaw and wife Kelly is built on formidable experience and expertise, it’s the array of intangibles that never fails to impress the luxury residential clients and industry professionals who work with Bradshaw Construction. The La Quinta-based firm points to the power of inspired collaboration as a cornerstone of its philosophy, but the sentiment is more than just a company tagline. Just ask some of the nation’s top architects and interior designers, who regularly work with—and sing the praises of—Bradshaw Construction and its team of skilled craftsmen. “We are an extension of the design team’s ideas,” says Mark, who credits his grandfather, a longtime police chief, for instilling in him the commitment and work ethic at the heart of his firm. “As such, we help make their vision a reality in a fiscally responsible way, marrying design with the best craftsmanship and construction possible.” Better still, look closely at the challenging residential projects that Bradshaw Construction consistently brings to fruition, estates often in excess of 10,000 square feet. Not only does the

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Bradshaw team remain on the cutting edge of construction and technological advances, as well as sustainable practices, the firm seamlessly incorporates those elements into increasingly daunting design. “People know we have the ability to create custom homes with complex construction and highly sophisticated architectural plans,” Mark says. “In that sense, we are problem solvers. Our tallest order is translating ideas into a physical reality. We solve residential puzzles with equal parts expertise and innovation solutions.”

NEVER BET TER Over the past year, Bradshaw Construction has been working on a 37-acre ranch compound with multiple buildings and a sprawling main complex. Sometimes lost in the scope of such mammoth projects is the rich detail that Bradshaw, more than any firm in the region, brings to the table. “Good work with superior quality is recognizable for its own merits,” Mark says. “Clients get that feeling with our work because they can see those finer details. Whether they are outlets that are evenly spaced and the same height, or tongue and groove module sizes that are complete and matching, if you know what to look for, quality is apparent.” Mark credits his stable of talent and subcontractors for never resting on its laurels, one of the many reasons why Bradshaw Construction doesn’t just meet client expectations —it exceeds them.

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01.A dramatic spiral staircase includes a wrought-iron railing designed by architect Kristi Hanson that provides functional art. Interiors: Lori Gray 02.Main living spaces open up to the outdoor pavilion at this 2015 PCBC Grand Award-winning home designed by Frank Stolz. 03.The front entry water feature at this residence creates a focal point against the beauty of the desert mountains. 04.A recessed fire pit with ample seating offers an inviting entertainment space at this contemporary desert estate. 05.The owner’s private entrance echoes the crisp curves and lines at this stunning vacation retreat. 01.Toby Ponnay 02. Mark Davidson 03. Mark Davidson 04. Mark Davidson 05. Mark Davidson

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INTERIOR DESIGNER

Modern and traditional elements seamlessly blend in this colorful Holmby Hills living room.


“We aren’t afraid to mix bold colors, patterns and textures. Life is too short to live in black and white!”

GRACE HOME FURNISHINGS

The craftsmanship and creativity that define the pieces inside its two stunning Southern California showrooms are matched only by the commitment to a memorable customer experience at Grace Home Furnishings. What started in 2000 as a furniture and design showroom in Los Angeles’ Brentwood Village has not-so-quietly emerged as an interior way of life for the region’s luxury homeowners. Credit founders Michael Ostrow and Roger Stoker, who have infused Grace Home Furnishings—as well as their Grace Home Collection of custom-created furniture and fabrics—with the spirit of design possibility. Along the way, a brand that seamlessly meshes elements of East Coast refinement and Southern California calm with Old Hollywood glamour has become equally synonymous with delivering a collaborative and exhilarating client experience. “Our creative process is one of communication and editing with our customers,” Stoker says. “We discuss their vision and then work on space planning and selecting furniture, fabrics, finishes, lighting, wall coverings, window treatments and more. Our goal is to arrive at dynamic and comfortable spaces—spaces that they can call home.” It’s no wonder that style-savvy celebrities from Heidi Klum to the Material Girl herself, Madonna, have called on Grace Home Furnishings (with showrooms in L.A. and the Uptown Design

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District of Palm Springs) for its full range of

many years of experience designing

offerings and services. “Our clients inspire

interiors and building furniture for different

us,” Ostrow says. “We love finding the style

kinds of homes and people.” As Ostrow

that appeals to them most—whether it’s

adds, “We understand that the same fabrics

‘happy casual’ or ‘modern Montecito.’ Our

and accessories that work for a single

philosophy always has been that design

professional will not be practical for a family

should be fun; we make the process simple

with young children. We guide our clients

and exciting.”

to pieces that are not only aesthetically appealing but that work with their lifestyle.”

01.A contemporary curved sectional anchors the entertaining space of a modern Palm Springs home. 02.This bedroom cast in emerald green features the Grace Home Collection© Sutton bed and Halston chest. 03.An oval rosewood dining table anchors this classic Pacific Palisades dining room. 04.Bright orange drapes complement the custom Grace Home Collection© Hayworth buffet in this living room. 05.Bright orange drapes complement the custom Grace Home Collection© Hayworth buffet in this living room.

IT ’S IN THE DETAILS

In addition to the contemporary style so

Both Ostrow and Stoker bring considerable

prevalent in the design and architecture

talents to the table, with backgrounds that

of Palm Springs, the Grace team also enjoys

span the fields of interior design, furniture

designing for the traditional and Spanish-

manufacturing, art history and architecture.

style homes in L.A.

01.Lance Gerber 02.Teamwork Design 03.Everett Fenton Gidley 04.Everett Fenton Gidley 05.Teamwork Design

Stoker says. “Our clients benefit from our

Their passion and ingenuity are evident in the details that define the Grace Home

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Collection’s built-to-order pieces. “From lampshade trim to custom pillows, we make sure that each of our projects is unique and tailored specifically to each client’s style.”

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PARK CIT Y Once lauded primarily for its world-class winter offerings, including some of the nation’s best skiing and luxury ski resorts, Park City is being recognized more and more as a year-round destination. That, in turn, has generated high-end residential interest and a slew of new development, drawing investors and outdoor enthusiasts looking for a second home.

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PARK CIT Y

REALTOR

a The Sundance Film

Festival brings the most original storytellers together with the most adventurous audiences for its annual program of film and music events.

DOWIE WING REAL ESTATE GROUP AT SUMMIT SOTHEBY'S

In addition to offering unique insight into the world-renowned ski destination they call home, the real estate experts at Dowie Wing hold the keys to some of the most breathtaking properties in Park City.

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1334 Lucky John: Tranquility meets state-of-the-art technology at this stunning mountain estate in the luxury neighborhood of Holiday Ranchettes in Park Meadows. The 2.48-acre equestrian property combines modern

Park City just can’t help itself. As if being known for its Olympic-caliber skiing, five-star resorts and famed Sundance Film Festival weren’t enough, the crown jewel of the Wasatch Back region continues to draw year-round interest and vacation-home investors who fall for its off-season charms. “Our common saying in Park City is: ‘We came for the skiing, but we stayed for the summers,’” says David Dowie, who, along with Laurie Wing, handles many of the region’s premier luxury listings at Dowie Wing Real Estate Group. “This isn’t just another tourist town. People discover that

“We want to help our clients make the best decision for their family’s needs, as well as protect their exit strategy.”

this is a wonderful community of passionate residents with more than 100

flourishes (Creston home automation, home theater room) with Zen-like design and open-concept flow. Highlights include a suspended glass bridge that joins a spa-like master suite with the fourbedroom children’s wing; an elevated home office with 360-degree views;

well-funded nonprofit organizations—that just so happens to have two

multiple covered decks

world-class ski resorts in its backyard.” Dowie and Wing, part of the

and patios; and a six-car

Summit Sotheby’s International Realty family, bring more than 30 years of

garage. To see more stunning

combined experience in Park City real estate to the table. They understand

photography of this property

better than anyone that the exclusive clients interested in Park City are

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making a lifestyle decision tied to everything that the Wasatch Mountain Range has to offer. “It’s critical that we learn what’s most important to our

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01.Beautiful living room of the Lucky John house in Park City. 02.The return of summer means the return of outdoor concerts at the beautiful Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater at Deer Valley Resort. 03.Deer Valley Skiing is rated the #1 top ski resort for the past five consecutive years in North America by the readers of SKI Magazine. 01

clients and how will they be enjoying their home,” Wing

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says. “We’re well-versed in all segments of the Park City market, so once we identify those needs, we can find the best residential fit—from a year-round primary residence to a luxury ski in/ski out vacation home.” Coming off a year in which residential sales topped $2 billion, the Park City market is flourishing like never before. Activity is particularly strong, according to Dowie and Wing, in the area’s amenity-rich golf course developments that offer year-round recreation—stunning developments like Promontory, Victory Ranch and Red Ledges, where skiing actually takes a backseat to fly-fishing, tennis, equestrian and water activities.

IF YOU BUILD IT Utah’s strong economy, favorable tax structure and well-

educated work force is driving

THE DIFFERENCE

businesses into the state, just

In addition to the firm’s

as Park City’s irresistible allure

unparalleled insight into the

is drawing increased interest

market, Dowie Wing brings a

Our best-selling neighborhood

from international buyers.

personal touch to its client

is Silver Springs, halfway between

The resulting growth has

dealings. “We love when a family

Old Town Park City and Kimball

led to a run on single-family

is relocating to Park City to

Junction. It’s a high-end family-

homes under $1.5 million, and a

begin a new chapter of their life,”

subsequent shortage of inventory.

Wing says. “We both have lived

However, the demands are being

in Park City since 1991; between

addressed. “With Vail Resorts

us we’ve raised six children in

acquiring The Canyons Resorts,

this town. That has allowed us

and the merger of Park City

to develop many wonderful

Mountain Resort with the

relationships that serve as

+ Silver Springs

Canyons, there is significant

resources to our new Park City

+ Park Meadows

new condo development

residents—from painters and

+ Deer Crest

underway,” Dowie says. “There

yoga studios to massage

+ The Colony

is also growth east of Park City

therapists and orthopedists.

+ Jeremy Ranch

at Promontory, and around the

No matter their needs, we’re

Jordanelle Resevoir and in

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This transitional style estate encompasses 24,000 square feet of chic, functional space, including a six-car garage, two bowling lanes and stunning outdoor landscaping.


JAMES L. CARROLL

JAMES CARROLL ASSOCIATES

More than a quartercentury into a career that never fails to captivate discerning clients, award-winning architect James Carroll continues to find new ways to reshape the residential landscape. For as long as James Carroll can remember, the desire to design coursed through his system—so much so that, as a youngster, he set up a drafting board in his bedroom. But as evidenced by the innovative, masterfully conceived luxury residential projects at which his Salt Lake City-based firm excels, the best actually may be yet to come. “It was never a choice for me; I was born interested in architecture,” says the man who launched James Carroll & Associates in 1990. “Today, my passion for it has never been greater.” After exploding onto the scene with award-winning Deer Valley Club, the stunning 120,000-square-foot, multi-use project that earned a Golden Nuggets honor for Best Resort in the Pacific Rim, Carroll and his team of experts have helped to redefine high-end residential design in the Mountain West region. The firm’s uncanny ability to transcend set styles and, instead, create unique expressions that echo the clients’ needs and desires has become the

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standard against which custom design throughout Utah is measured. “People are often surprised to learn that I have designed many homes that they’ve seen—homes that are completely different architectural styles,” Carroll says. “That said, there are consistencies in my floor plans. What particularly stands out is the use of geometry—and not just a bunch of squares and rectangles connected together. Something as simple as an angled staircase into a square space immediately lends character and movement to an otherwise ‘boring’ area. The trick is solving the problems of the geometry so as not to waste space.”

“Customers seek us out for our unique custom designs; they want something different that reflects their lifestyle and desires.” DREAMS COME TRUE Whether crafting intimate single-family homes or big-budget dream estates with amenities from home theaters to bowling alleys, Carroll works with his clients to understand their lifestyle and wants. “I come up with several designs and configurations, this way, clients can see areas of different plans that they like best.” As homeowners will attest, perfection at James Carroll is more than just an aspiration. “There is no greater compliment for the firm than to have our customers, when asked what they would change about their new home, reply: ‘Absolutely nothing.’”

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01.Large outdoor entertaining areas, including an elegant poolside pavilion, allow for multiple gatherings throughout the year. 02.Interior spaces are designed with large expanses of glass, while the curvilinear bridge and staircase add artistic value and movement to the space. 03.At an elevation of 8,700 feet, this luxurious mountaintop retreat presents direct ski access to the slopes as well as breathtaking views. 04.Visitors can gather in the formal living room featuring a window wall that illuminates the home while overlooking the valley below. 05.Natural light filters throughout the day and a reflecting pool with waterfall fills the space with a calming sound inside this three-story atrium. 01. Benjamin Lowry 02. Benjamin Lowry 03. Peter Tata 04. Peter Tata 05. Peter Tata


PARK CIT Y

HOME BUILDER

The kitchen and main dining area of this Park City estate exude warmth and contemporary elegance.


GLENN WEIGHT

NORTH RIDGE CONSTRUCTION INC.

Time and again, the experts at North Ridge turn the challenges of high-end custom-home construction in Park City and turn them into high-elevation works of residential art. After successfully navigating countless commercial projects early in his career, Glenn Weight surveyed the residential scene in Park City and quickly saw the parallels between the two worlds. The renowned Utah ski destination needed a champion for its multimillion-dollar home sites, someone who could identify and address the challenges in a large-scale project—while, at the same time, infusing the process with the warmth and personal touches of a singlefamily residence. The region found that champion in North Ridge Construction. In the decades since launching the firm in 1996, Weight and his team of general contracting artisans have elevated the custom-home experience by tackling some of the area’s most demanding architectural challenges—and bringing the residential dreams of high-end homeowners to fruition. “I build every home as if it were my own,” Weight says. “I bring to the table all of the enthusiasm, attention to detail and pride for the finished project that I would if my own family were going to be living within its walls.” Along the way, North Ridge often finds innovative ways to solve architectural puzzles. Look no further than a

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residence that involved the manufacture of some of the largest custom glass panels ever fabricated in North America. The experts at North Ridge developed a steel structural component equal to a small commercial building in order to support the panels. The finished product provided spectacular panoramic mountain views and a brilliant inside-out vibe to the estate. “The quality of the work beneath the design isn’t always apparent unless you get up close and personal with every element of the project,” Weight says. “What is recognizable are the seamless transitions, exceptional finish work, beautifully crafted details and a succession of satisfied clients.”

“A personal connection from the ground up, during the construction process, is the difference between a house and a home.” NATUR AL SPLENDOR North Ridge has distinguished itself by staying on the cutting edge of trends in home technology and energy efficiency that architects regularly incorporate into residential designs for the affluent population in Park

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creativity and communication that North Ridge delivers speaks to a commitment to its clients that begins at the very first meeting— and lasts far beyond the completion of the project. “Giving the family a home that exceeds their expectations is definitely the most fulfilling part of what I do,” Weight says.

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01.Natural reclaimed barn wood walls with sliding barn doors bring a unique dimension to this kids bunk room. 02.The downstairs powder room incorporates mother-of-pearl wall tile and a marble vanity. 03.Northern Utah lichen stone and barn wood exterior finishes add to the splendor of this 7,500-square-foot residence. 04.Bridgewater Consulting Group designed all interior throughout the home, including the bar area. Photography by Susel Weight

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INTERIOR DESIGNER

Striking details abound inside this drawing room, including Barbara Berry for Baker lamps and Brian Kershisnik artwork.


MICHELE DUNKER & CODY BEAL

DUNKER BEAL INTERIOR DESIGN

The joy that Dunker Beal brings to its residential and commercial visions is shared by the firm’s clients, who find their interior worlds elevated by design that manages to soothe and inspire. Destiny may or may not have played a hand in the interior design firm launched by Michele Dunker and Cody Beal. But each certainly recognized a kindred spirit in the other when the two met and became fast friends at Utah State University. Both grew up with ties to the industry—Beal’s father owned a construction company; Dunker’s father drafted landscape and architectural plans. Both were intent on pursuing creative careers. And both drew inspiration from the splendor of Utah’s natural canvas. “Each day, we take a moment to breathe in the colors, shadows and shapes around us,” Dunker says. “Fresh snow on an evergreen, an azure sky, a spring tree budding with living green color—any of this can inspire our work for the day.” The scope of that work—from custom estates and hotel renovations to professional office spaces and clubhouses for luxury communities—has led Dunker Beal Interior Design to

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client projects in Greenwich, Connecticut, New York City, and Scottsdale, Arizona, as well as in its own backyard of Salt Lake City (the firm also has an office near the Idaho border, in Logan). Dunker Beal consistently delivers design that seamlessly complements the existing architecture while simultaneously captivating the eye with details that continue to reveal themselves over time. “We like to push the creative line with every project,” says Beal, who, like Dunker, loves Utah’s thriving outdoors environment and loves designing for that natural lifestyle.

“We believe that good design, like great art, makes a person really stop and think about what they are experiencing.” PUZZLE PIECES Though Dunker Beal is adept at mixing traditional styles and clean lines, as well as incorporating existing collections and furniture into striking reimagined spaces, the firm focuses less on certain styles and more on a journey that results in a look that will feel just as fresh 25 years down the road. Whether working on a large-scale hospitality project or a single-home remodel, the firm always strives to make the creative process enjoyable, exhilarating and ultimately satisfying. Let the experienced and talented team at Dunker Beal Interior Design take your project from hopeful ideas to beautiful reality.

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01.An antique Oriental screen and a custom table produced by Dunker Beal help bring this dining room to life. 02.The Dunker Beal team incorporated a Jonas Workroom sofa and dramatic chandelier by McEwen Lighting into this great room. 03.This state-of-the-art kitchen includes a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Blue Star range and lighting by Alison Berger for Holly Hunt Studio. 04.A Laura Kirar for Asteriors chandelier, Tufenkian rug and Conrad Woven window coverings add to the elegance in this bedroom. 05.This stunning entryway features Woka wall sconces, Indiana white limestone flooring and a stairway custom designed by Dunker Beal. 01. Dunker Imaging 02. Scot Zimmerman 03. Scot Zimmerman 04. Dunker Imaging 05. Scot Zimmerman 258 / 259


PHILADELPHIA The birthplace of American democracy continues to inspire current and potential residents with its rare mix of big-city buzz, professional sports and culture, higher education, contemporary amenities and historical reverence. Philly’s thriving start-up scene has added to an already diverse business sector, attracting aspiring entrepreneurs to the City of Brotherly Love.

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THE GEDNEY GROUP

As Philadelphia experiences an unprecedented growth spurt, future homeowners are turning to the real-estate professionals at The Gedney Group for their expert insight into the city’s high-end opportunities.

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916 Brushtown Road: This masonry masterpiece, with its European-influenced exterior features (pebble and dash, stone, solid timber), represents the high-water

It’s probably the last thing that fervent fans of the city’s professional

mark for luxury living. The site

sports teams want to hear, but Philadelphia is in a New York state of

allows a southern exposure to

mind when it comes to its thriving residential scene. The impact of corporate headquarters in the area, like Comcast, along with an influx of people who work in New York, where taxes are considerably higher than in Philadelphia, has factored into a building boom the likes of which the City of Brotherly Love and its outlying communities haven’t seen in decades. But those aren’t the only reasons, according to renowned real estate professional Linda Gedney, who agrees that Philadelphia is having

“It’s always so rewarding to help my buyers and sellers through each step of the process. I truly love what I do.”

a moment that shows no signs of diminishing. “The millennial generation is flocking to the city, as are many of the baby boomers who want to downsize and purchase one of the ultranew residences,” Gedney says. “The properties in the city may have less space, but there are more things to do, so it brings people closer to the action. Some people are saying we’re the next New York City. No matter what, it’s an exciting time to be

the rear “living” side of the estate, infusing the interior, private outdoor spaces and 62-foot lap pool and waterfall spa with natural light. The stunning layout inside includes a gym, private library, sun room and moisture-proof basement. Each room exudes opulence thanks to detailed millwork, shaped ceilings and multiple steps of crown trim. ã Offered at $4,400,000


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01.The best of 18th century history with sophisticated contemporary design. 02.Grand entry into the driveway of 916 Brushtown Road. 03.Philadelphia is full of history as seen here with the image of the old city hall.

here. There’s an electric feeling in the air.” For more than two

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decades, the leader of The Gedney Group has helped buyers and sellers sift through the nuances inherent to big-city real estate. Over the last four years, however, Gedney has seen her beloved region emerge as one of the nation’s fastestgrowing areas. “The growth is all over the tri-county area,” she says. “We are so convenient

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to the Philadelphia airport, as well as many small hubs being created. As business comes

security, and heat-reducing

that, no matter the age of the

here from our sports teams,

devices,” she says. “Homes

structure, require little to no

heavy convention-oriented

that are selling fast and over the

renovation work. “Where our

events, and the addition of new

listed prices are de-cluttered,

team excels is understanding

A strong sense of suburban

businesses and industries, more

immaculate and updated.

the inventory and its location,”

community permeates the trending

and more people will build in

Indoor-outdoor living areas

Gedney says. “We can share

neighborhoods in and around

the suburbs.”

also are a top priority.”

things like traffic secrets

Philadelphia. Most importantly,

with our clients; with more

future homeowners are looking

construction, there are more

for affordability, convenience and a

issues on our narrow streets.

sense of buzz about the nearby retail,

RECENT TRENDS

READY, SET, MOVE

Accompanying the dramatic

Though classic Colonial-

residential growth has been a

style homes continue to

shift in priorities when it comes

dominate the city’s architectural

to residential preferences.

landscape, newer construction

Gedney points to an increased demand for open floor plans

is trending toward the aforementioned clean-lined,

that eliminate cluttered living

contemporary style. If there is a

areas and instead allow for a

consistent thread to real estate

clean, contemporary aesthetic.

in the city and suburbs, it’s the

“Technology also is having a

client’s desire for turnkey

huge impact with smart homes,

opportunities—updated spaces

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restaurant and entertainment hubs.

fits their needs and an easy commute. The Gedney Group

+ Gwynedd Valley

will keep its blinders on, stay

+ Malvern

focused, and get our clients

+ Conshohocken

what they need.”

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The stone dormer heads at this stately residence have carvings of the birth signs of the owners and their children.


FRED BISSINGER

F.L. BISSINGER, INC.

When it comes to the language of luxury residential style, few firms are as fluent as F.L. Bissinger, which never fails to find the art in architecture that delivers a rare mix of timehonored craftsmanship along with innovative details. Once asked about the best advice he ever received regarding a career as an architect, Frederick Bissinger quipped, “Don’t be one unless you have to be.” As evidenced by the hundreds upon hundreds of brilliantly rendered high-end residential projects he’s produced for discerning clients on Philadelphia’s Main Line, Bissinger correctly heeded the call. Though no longer the design-build firm that was launched more than four decades ago, F.L. Bissinger Inc. continues to infuse its works of architecture with an understanding and appreciation of construction—insights that allow it to bring an array of creative possibilities to life. “Our relationship with custom craftsmen means that your house can have truly unique details without sacrificing budget or schedule,” Bissinger says. Though his boutique firm has gained a reputation for specializing in singlefamily Artisan Revival homes, Bissinger is hesitant to ascribe one signature style to his work. “Our motto—tradition plus innovation—captures the essence of our design philosophy,” says the Yale graduate who also attended the University of

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01.A graceful sweep of stairs completes a view through a center hall. 02.This new estate, with a reclaimed slate roof, blends in seamlessly with historic houses in Newport, Rhode Island. 03.Accommodating an eight-car garage and service entrance inspired this motor courtyard design. 04.Per the architect’s plans, the dining room doors were carved in England, lending a further air of antiquity to this new home. 01. Jay Greene 02. Mick Hales 03. Don Pearse 04. Jay Greene

Pennsylvania School of Architecture. “We enthusiastically mine the huge inventory of past creativity, while feeling free to create new gems that fit the programs, the site, and always, the individual client.” Bridging past and present remains one of the firm’s calling cards; it draws inspiration from the craftsmanship and quality of

continue to drive Bissinger—as does the

materials found in the best 20th-century

privilege, as he views it, of helping a client

suburban houses, and uses that to create

realize their residential dream. To that end,

a residential experience that meets the

Bissinger enjoys an open and honest

needs and aspirations of a 21st-century

discourse with his future homeowners.

homeowner. “We strive to design houses

Typically within a month of contracting with

that have ‘character’ and, perhaps, a

a client, he delivers personally drawn plans

touch of personal detail—both mine and

that include a bird’s-eye view of the luxury

the owner’s,” Bissinger says. “It’s that detail

home. Though other talented members of

that adds life, like the difference between an

his team complete CAD drafting, Bissinger

emoticon’s smile and a real person’s smile.”

works directly with the client on all design

“I can’t point to any one design as our greatest success, however I do enjoy defying the ‘you-can’t-get-thatanymore’ challenge.”

decisions. “We’re a small sized firm,” he says,

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL The opportunity to create, and the inherent challenges that come with each new project,

“but we have big output and big ideas.”

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PHILADELPHIA

HOME BUILDER

The masterful exterior brick design, Ludowici tile roof and impeccable wrought-iron work recall an English country estate.


EDWIN B. MAHONEY

E.B. MAHONEY BUILDERS INC.

Building on a family legacy of 90 years, E. B. Mahoney Builders brilliantly crafts residential and commercial properties. Tailored homes and one-off buildings earn raves from industry professionals and the loyalty of high-end clients. The difference, the construction experts at E. B. Mahoney Builders will tell you, is in the details. As satisfied, high-end owners in eastern Pennsylvania concur, innovation touches everything above and below the surface. Original, custom homes, inspired renovations and distinctive commercial projects by the award-winning Bryn Mawr-based firm continually impact the landscape. What’s more, built into each project is a depth and breadth of history, technology and everyday convenience. “Our customers want something ‘off the wall’ not ‘off the shelf,’’’ says company principal Edwin B. Mahoney. “They want a builder that seeks a challenge to create the unthinkable.” Time and again, the talented craftsmen at E.B. Mahoney deliver on that promise, creating epic and enduring works. Driving each effort is an uncompromising work ethic and dedication that has evolved since 1926 when the company was launched by Edwin’s grandfather, Jeremiah Mahoney. Two generations later, Edwin remains committed to the family tradition of quality, with his team of industry standouts each aspiring to advance their craft. “The times have changed, but the values have not,” Mahoney says. “There’s an institutional memory of what that legacy means—for our company and for the clients who honor us with their business.” Mahoney points to the eagerness with which his supervisors,

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managers and specialists attack the day. Rising often before the sun, his team is comparing notes, coordinating details, reviewing budgets and assessing each of the day’s challenges. By 7 a.m., E. B. Mahoney staffers are out the door, with a plan for addressing any potential complications along with the errands and specifics of their day. “Nothing is left to chance; no detail is too small,” Mahoney says. “A day that begins in the pre-dawn darkness is more than just the E.B. Mahoney routine. It’s part of the E.B. Mahoney trademark—a metaphor for the focus that drives us. Our residential projects are easily recognizable: The homes look timeless upon completion and they’re extraordinary in detail.”

“Our residential projects are easily recognizable in the sense that homes look timeless upon completion, and they’re extraordinary in detail.” WELL DESERVED Top industry associations and organizations have honored E. B. Mahoney on countless occasions for its ongoing commitment to construction excellence. Among them, 16

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E.B. Mahoney its Builder of the Year honor. The company also earned Best of Houzz distinctions in 2015 and 2016. “Our team is in business for the homeowners, not for accolades,” Mahoney says. “The greatest reward we can receive is the continued loyalty of our clients.”

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01.The precise placement of radial openings run through this front hall showcasing the exquisite stair work and stenciled hardwood flooring. 02.White oak casework is the focus of this cozy den with superbly constructed pocket doors built into the woodwork. 03.Intricate ceiling finishes and large gothic head openings separate the formal living room from the sitting room. 04.The intricacy of the mahogany and the artistry of the wrought-iron railings elevate this oval entrance foyer. 01.Tom Crane 02.Tom Crane 03. Jay Greene 04.Tom Crane

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INTERIOR DESIGNER

Reimagined within the shell of a 19th-century townhouse, this room celebrates with sumptuous colors and textures.


Breezy interiors and expansive views offer guests a contemporary oasis for relaxation.

E B E R L E I N D E S I G N C O N S U LTA N T S LT D .

The past becomes perfect in the expert hands of Barbara Eberlein, whose nationally lauded luxury residential and historic restoration work is matched only by the thoughtful client communication she brings to each project. To say that Barbara Eberlein has enjoyed a design career of historic proportions only begins to explain her interest in—and impact on—the industry and the clients she so treasures. Since launching her namesake Philadelphia-based firm in 1984, Eberlein has charted an award-winning course framed by her never-ending fascination with classical architecture, material culture and the potential of interior spaces to inspire, enrich and endure. Nationally renowned for its transformation of 19th and early-20th century structures, Eberlein Design Consultants is equally revered for luxury residential work that has earned the firm more than 25 ASID Design Excellence honors. “When a house is truly responsive to its inhabitants, it enjoys a sense of purpose and relevance, ensuring its appreciation for generations to come,” says Eberlein, a graduate of the University of Chicago (with a degree in ancient history and religion). “Instead of adhering to one style, we focus on projects with unmistakable synergy between architecture and design. This is the

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foundation for homes with lasting appeal, comfort and graciousness. Our goal is to create a backdrop that allows people to live well, connect to their environment and cherish their experiences.” Over the years, Eberlein has enhanced her knowledge of architecture and decorative arts with continuing education at numerous museums and institutions, including Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

HISTORY IN THE MAKING Her passion has manifested itself time and again in historic restorations from the president’s house at Leigh University (an 1868 Edward T. Potter landmark building) to private residences originally designed by Horace Trumbauer in the early 1900s (the 20,000-square-foot “Portledge” and the 38,000-square-foot “Ardrossan”). More recently, the firm has revamped the interiors of two iconic buildings at Princeton University—Maclean House (circa 1754) and Lowrie House (circa 1858). A sought-after lecturer on classical architecture and design, Eberlein approaches interior projects of all eras with the understanding that, one day, those spaces will become part of the fabric of history. Her firm becomes a champion for its clients, demystifying the design process by involving them in each creative step. “Our clients are an integral part of the pursuit of beauty, comfort and personal expression,” Eberlein says. “Together we build a language to express unique ideas just as we build a house to satisfy a unique vision. We listen carefully, analyze thoroughly, dream big, explore widely, challenge boundaries, interpret freely, edit mercilessly—and polish what we’ve created together until it gleams.”

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01.Ornamental plasterers, gilders, textile conservators and museum curators combined to achieve this exemplary restoration. 02.Detailed millwork showcases a notable collection of American antiques in this waterfront home on Long Island Sound. 03.This mountain retreat features work by local blacksmiths and furniture makers. 04.Ornamental moldings, period marble mantels and inlaid floors are among the room’s highlights. 05.The sophisticated palette and natural textures of this beachfront estate bring the outdoors inside. Photography by Tom Crane 274 / 275


SAN ANTONIO The nation’s seventh-largest city—which sports more than 30 universities and colleges—continues to grow by leaps and bounds, thanks in part to its overall affordability and delightful mix of unique neighborhoods. In addition to its rich Southwest history and thriving cultural scene, San Antonio is home to several U.S. military bases.

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SAN ANTONIO

REALTOR

a Aerial view of the

downtown San Antonio skyline on a sunny day.

M I G U E L H E R R E R A R E A LT Y G R O U P

The buzz about San Antonio is echoing louder than ever, leading more future homeowners to the experts at Miguel Herrera Realty Group for insight into the city’s luxury offerings.

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9 Davenport Lane: This stunning hilltop estate, sitting on a private cul-de-sac that

It is no secret that San Antonio continues to undergo a remarkable growth spurt. From 2000 to 2010, none of the country’s top 10 largest cities (San Antonio is No. 7 on that list) experienced a greater population increase than the home of the NBA’s Spurs. However, what isn’t as well known is the segment driving this push to south-central Texas. According to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, San Antonio saw a greater spike in its millennial

“More than working as a team, we work as a family. We develop relationships for life.”

overlooks San Antonio and Hill Country, encompasses nearly 8,000 square feet of interior space. An open floor plan allows for spacious entertainment areas, including two eating areas, a separate

population (ages 20 to 29) than any metropolitan area in the United States

dining room, and three living

between 2010 and 2013 (9.2 percent). The same qualities that attract

areas. The five-bedroom,

millennials to the area—affordable cost of living, low unemployment rate,

5.5-bath estate also features a

and a thriving restaurant, cultural and downtown scene—have prompted

wine cellar and tasting room,

a growing interest from entrepreneurs and investors keen to plant roots.

a gourmet island kitchen, a

As the experts at Miguel Herrera Realty Group understand all too well,

study/library and a heated

this influx has ripple effects on the city’s equally burgeoning residential

pool with a hot tub.

scene. Not only is the market buzzing now, but, as the 20-something generation establishes itself, it could buzz for years to come. “We’ve always felt that a home is not just a residence; it is also an expression of your vision

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CAPTIONS

01.Enjoy outdoor dining and riverboat tours along the river walk. 02.A beautiful day for a walk along the scenic San Antonio River Walk canal park. 03.San Antonio Texas is home of The Alamo and is a must see when in town.

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and lifestyle,” says Miguel

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Herrera, a Best Realtor San Antonio, and an accredited international specialist. “We do

most exclusive neighborhoods.

drawn to San Antonio for its

not just sell homes; we create

Its current listings include

Southwestern charms and rising

relationships.” Herrera’s firm, the

sprawling estates in The

status as a business destination.

elite office for Keller Williams

Dominion, a master-planned

He has been a facilitator for

In San Antonio, like so many

Luxury International, specializes

community encompassing 1,500

Mexican investors coming to the

other thriving cities, location

in luxury properties throughout

acres in the city’s northwest

area, helping them to acquire

is the key when identifying

San Antonio, providing detail-

section. The Dominion is home

commercial real estate, homes

communities with the best

oriented services for buyers and

(or has been home) to several

and vacation retreats. More

investment potential—areas

sellers. “The more challenging

current and former members of

than ever, he is seeing future

with high-retention ownership,

the property, the more we rise to

the San Antonio Spurs, and actor

homeowners from coast-to-

striking home design and stellar

the occasion,” Herrera says. “We

Tommy Lee Jones. Such luxury

coast seeking their slice of the

enjoy working with properties

communities continue to draw

good life in San Antonio. “The

that have a long time on the

potential homeowners due to a

influx of people from New York,

market; when we list them, we

myriad of amenities, and the

San Francisco, Los Angeles and

apply our strategies and turn

+ Dominion

striking Mediterranean and

Latin America has given San

them into hot properties that sell

+ Huntington

traditional architecture common

Antonio a unique blend,” Herrera

fast. We are good at what we do.”

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to San Antonio (although

says. “What distinguishes our

+ Anaqua Springs

contemporary styles are gaining

firm is that we are able to cater

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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

increasing acceptance in the city).

to every taste and every style.”

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Herrera’s real-estate professionals

SOUND BUSINESS

work in some of San Antonio’s

Herrera, like so many others, was

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HOT SPOT NEIGHBORHOOD

amenities, all of which will contribute to future resale value.

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SAN ANTONIO

RESIDENTIAL DESIGNER

This modern minimalist estate, perched on a hill, occupies a corner lot in the northwest San Antonio area.


“Design and architecture is something that connects us all. A beautiful space brings families together. It transcends time and culture.”

OSCAR E. FLORES DESIGN STUDIO

By bringing his singular creative talents to the highend residential and commercial architectural scene, Oscar E. Flores is changing the face of design in and around the San Antonio area. For almost as long as he can remember, Oscar E. Flores dreamed of creating works of residential art. Inspired as a youngster by his father’s career as an engineer, Flores became increasingly passionate not only about the modern-day meaning and potential of architecture, but how a well-designed home can function as an expression of individualism and art. Since opening the doors to his namesake Design Studio in 2007, Flores has helped to elevate those expressions, blazing his own architectural trail in San Antonio and throughout south central Texas with commercial and high-end residential projects that push the limits of the region’s traditional styles. Though he favors modern and transitional work—with its clean lines and overall simplicity—Flores is setting new trends that include international and major metro preferences. “Every client, for me, is an inspiration,” says Flores, who was educated in Monterrey, Mexico. “My goal is to determine their individual needs—and then give them design that satisfies those needs.” In his contemporary interpretations, Flores has become

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renowned for implementing signature exterior walls with square openings, as well as freestanding staircase towers. But as countless clients have discovered, Oscar Flores Design Studio (OFDS) is truly a master of all traditional design styles. He begins each project by carefully interviewing the client in an effort to understand what they are looking for and why. Flores also visits the site to assess the environment and terrain of the property. He then processes the information and adds his unique vision to an early layout that later becomes a preliminary elevation design—all this while receiving constant feedback from the client. Often, the final results have to be seen to be believed. A recently completed out-of-the-box modern home design in the Cresta Bella subdivision of San Antonio generated so much buzz that the Greater San Antonio Builders Association uses it in marketing material.

AT YOUR SERVICE The experts at OFDS are committed to delivering personalized residential and commercial services—from conceptual 3-D renderings to collaboration with the builder throughout the construction process. No matter the project, Flores recommends that clients do their own research, review other designs—and never be shy about asking questions. “We want our clients to partner with the architect and create the spaces together,” Flores says. “At the end of the day, they are going to live there, so they must be a part of the process every step of the way.”

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01.The geometric elegance of this contemporary project in north San Antonio leaves a striking impression. 02.Chic, modern touches inside mesh seamlessly with the overall Mediterranean vibe. 03.Nestled perfectly amid its landscape, this soft contemporary home offers quiet seclusion for the homeowners. 04.The sun sets on this brilliantly conceived Tuscan villa in Texas Hill Country. 05.Suspended beams and dramatic lighting add to the modern ambience of this breakfast area. 01. Siggi Ragnar 02. Jason Roberts 03. Siggi Ragnar 04. Jason Roberts 05. Siggi Ragnar

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SAN ANTONIO

HOME BUILDER

This Asian-infused midcentury modern design sits high atop one of San Antonio’s most dramatic hillsides.


ADAM SANCHEZ

DIAMANTE CUSTOM HOMES

More than two decades after its founder’s initial foray into the industry, Diamante Custom Homes has emerged as the premier design and build custom home builder in San Antonio and South Texas. Coming out of Texas State University, Adam Sanchez had no intention of changing the face of high-end home building in and around San Antonio. At the time, the finance major was working in the credit industry as a sales/ marketing professional. But when the design process of his own custom home went horribly wrong, the San Antonio native made a life-altering decision. “I found the custom homebuilding industry to include some of the worst customer-focused companies I had ever dealt with,” Adam says. “I became frustrated with the process, fired my builder and proceeded to design and build the project myself.” The business world’s loss was the custom homebuilding industry’s gain. More than two decades after Sanchez’s do-it-yourself revelation, the company he founded, Diamante Custom Homes, continues to place unique design and customer experience above all else. However, the numerous ways in which that manifests itself, is what distinguishes the award-winning firm from its competitors. Diamante is the only custom home builder in South Texas that truly specializes in the design and build process—with expert teams in place throughout construction. Every project built by Diamante is a one-of-a-kind, luxury dream home designed specifically to the unique tastes of its owners. The firm works in styles ranging from ultra contemporary and Mexican hacienda to Tuscan Mediterranean, Texas Hill Country, and recently a renovation of a 100-year-old plantation-style project. Sanchez says, “Although our styles vary, our approach to the design and build process never wavers.” Sanchez and

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members of his 12-person team will first survey the site, looking for indications that will dictate the best design, orientation and placement of the home. Such as: Where are the significant trees? Which views should be protected? Where are the prevailing summer breezes? Adam addresses those specific land attributes before proceeding. “The site dictates everything that goes into the future design.”

“We truly believe in integrity, honesty and fairness for all—and we always handle our business relationships with that in mind.” NO STONE LEF T UNTURNED No matter the size and scope of the home, the commitment to the client at Diamante remains unchanged. “We strive for excellence on every project,” Adam says of his firm’s impeccable reputation. “We truly understand the complexities and challenges of the custom homebuilding industry, and we strive every day to live up to the expectations of our clients.” As Sanchez notes, the firm has seen many custom home builders come and go. It also has overcome construction challenges that most builders don’t even realize can happen, yet. “Twenty-three years of experience in the custom-homebuilding arena ensures that our clients are dealing with a firm with a proven track record for success.”

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01.Texas Hill Country meets Tuscany as this estate truly combines the best of both concepts. 02.Diamante’s artistic capabilities are evident in this stunning floating stairway with modern transitional décor. 03.This chic bungalow incorporates store-front glass windows and doors to maximize views. 04.Contemporary iron work and custom wall paneling complete this vision. 05.An entertainment bar and home theater add flexibility to this transitional space. 01. Siggi Ragnar 02. Jason Roberts 03. Siggi Ragnar 04. Jason Roberts 05. Jason Roberts 286 / 287


SAN ANTONIO

P OOL BUILDER

A properly planned outdoor setting can add a pop of color to an otherwise average backyard.


KEITH ZARS

KEITH ZARS POOLS

Thanks to its unparalleled combination of experience, technical savvy and creative vision, Keith Zars Pools doesn’t just imagine the possibilities when it comes to outdoor grandeur—it delivers them. In the three-plus decades since Keith Zars launched his namesake designbuild business, the firm has conceived and constructed almost 8,000 pools in and around San Antonio. But to quantify the dedication that Keith Zars Pools (KZP) brings to each custom project, the number truly stands out is 300. That’s how many technicians, craftsmen and industry veterans that KZP employs—many of whom have worked for the company for 20-plus years— to deliver everything from pool and hardscape services to landscape architecture. It’s a testament not only to the family atmosphere at KZP but also to the savvy and experience that its experts bring to one-of-a-kind pool projects that customers often refer to as works of outdoor art. “We never stop to rest on our successes,” says Zars, who started the firm in 1985. “We constantly strive to bring new ideas and products to the industry. We take the practical needs and the vision a customer provides us and apply our insight, creativity and sound design principles. The result is what is most important to KZP.” Those results are typically nothing short of astounding: A pool that

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01.This rectangular pool features a spa with a channeled flume and cascading water sculpture platform. 02.This faux-edge pool, complete with a boulder waterfall and overflowing spa, overlooks the Texas Hill Country. 03.With its dark colored water and Versailles-style water feature wall, this pool turned a San Antonio backyard into a European escape. 04.A water feature with a tiered overflow gives this 34-foot curvilinear swimming pool a touch of elegance. Photography Courtesy of Keith Zars Pools

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS KZP’s work for tract homes, gated communities, Hill Country ranches and ultra exclusive properties often incorporates the latest in pool design (think infinity edges and one of a kind water features), as well as outdoor environment trends (expansive

“Our firm always strives to create a one-off custom pool design for each and every customer.”

seemingly spills under a bridge and off an al

kitchen complexes, faux grass substituted

fresco dining area; a family pool surrounded

for patio space, mixing classical elements

by a lazy river that appears to cascade into

with contemporary materials). Thanks to

an adult pool 10 feet below; a courtyard

its registered landscape architects, the firm

pool that leads into a black river rock creek.

never fails to seamlessly incorporate pools

Such aesthetic masterpieces speak to the

into their natural backdrops, lending added

firm’s uncanny ability to infuse projects

drama to a property’s endemic qualities and

with as much imagination as cutting-edge

native flora through the use of elevation

technical prowess. “Given our large

changes or man-made walls. “At the end

range of clientele, the key word for us

of the day, we want to create a visually

is compatibility,” Zars says. “We feel our

pleasing space, a highly functioning

customers are best served when we provide

environment—and a happy customer.”

for lifestyle compatibility, architectural

Mission accomplished.

compatibility, environmental compatibility and material selection compatibility.”

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SA N TA BA RBA R A With its Mediterranean climate, rich architectural history and coastal California allure, Santa Barbara is more than deserving of its reputation as the “American Riviera.� Equally fascinating is the myriad of thriving and diverse luxury neighborhoods that add to the overall fabric of a community that consistently draws interest from out-of-state buyers.

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REALTOR

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gates of Solana guests are greeted by a grand sense of drama and their first experience with Solana’s singular beauty. www.solanaestate.com

RISKIN PARTNERS

It’s only a matter of time before sparks fly when the record-setting team at Riskin Partners introduces discerning clients from all over the world to some of Southern California’s most jaw-dropping residential wonders.

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Solana’s incredible history began in 1914 as the Peabody estate. Anchored by a stunning

It’s impossible to resist the idyllic seaside charms of Montecito, a slice of Southern California bliss that lures A-list celebrities, captains of industry and other affluent residents to its breathtaking vistas along the Pacific Ocean. But as Rebecca Riskin understands all too well about the elite real estate options in and around Santa Barbara, it takes more than a fleeting romance with a community for a buyer to find a luxury residential

“We want our clients to take the time to find a home that fits their needs and that speaks to them emotionally.”

interior courtyard, indoor/ outdoor spaces mingle effortlessly to capitalize on Santa Barbara’s amazing climate. In 1958, Solana ceased to exist as a residence and embarked on a new chapter

connection that’s meant to last. “Properties in Montecito are all about escape,

as home to the Center for

relaxation and serenity,” says Riskin, who launched her namesake firm 12

the Study of Democratic

years ago with partners Sarah Kelly and Dina Landi. “But, ultimately, the

Institutions, a leading American

most critical aspect when buying a property here, is to find one that you

think tank. At the beginning of

absolutely fall in love with—one you feel connected to the moment you step

this century, Solana emerged

foot on the property.” Time and again over the past decade-plus, Riskin

from an incredibly meticulous

Partners has played residential matchmaker with exclusive clients and

reformation and now stands in

equally exclusive multimillion-dollar estates; since joining forces, the team

her current glory.

has closed sales in excess of $1.9 billion. “Our market is largely a secondor vacation-home market,” says Riskin, who has more than 30 years of

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buyers don’t need to move to [an area like] Montecito. Instead, they want to move to Montecito.

that come to the Santa Barbara

keeps a deal moving forward—

We find that many buyers don’t

area often seek Spanish or

that continues to be one of the

have a sense of urgency to

Mediterranean architecture;

group's many hallmarks. “In

purchase. They take their time

homes reminiscent of the famed

recent years, the number of

until they find their own piece of

San Ysidro Ranch resort, with

inspections has drastically

paradise.” For buyers and sellers

French doors and wood floors,

increased and the paperwork

working with Riskin Partners,

are in high demand, followed

has doubled,” says Riskin, whose

that piece of paradise could

by soft contemporary styles.

firm also is adept at discovering

be located in Hope Ranch,

“Buyers also want open floor

off-market properties. “Expertly

Summerland, Carpinteria and

plans and great kitchen/family

guiding our clients through what

other private enclaves in the

rooms,” Kelly says. “Spaces that

can be a daunting process is key

region. “We make it a priority to

open to patios and gardens, so

to making the home-buying

educate our buyers on the

that the family can enjoy our

experience much more enjoyable

various locations and their

year-round temperate climate.”

for buyers and sellers alike.”

value,” Landi says. “It’s our job to

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$5 MILLION A 3,000-square-foot to 5,000-square-foot home on approximately one acre in a prime neighborhood—but minus a significant ocean view.

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guide our client to a home that

GUIDING LIGHT

website offers an impressive

suits their needs. We ask a lot of

Though the internet gives buyers

array of information and tools

$15 MILLION

questions, do a lot of listening,

more information than ever

or those just beginning their

An A-plus location in Montecito’s

and give honest advice.”

about a market, it’s the ability

search of the area’s

“Golden Quadrangle” with

of Riskin Partners to navigate

residential possibilities.

stunning views, a sprawling

HIGH-END TRENDS

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On the aesthetic front, buyers

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The U-shaped plan of this dramatic estate overlooking the canyon affords views of the great room, library and gym.


“I love everything about the process—from the creative journey to being on the project site during construction. It never gets old.”

STUDIO WILLIAM HEFNER

Luxury residential visions come to life in Southern California thanks to the innovative work at Studio William Hefner, which finds the personal thread for clients in each of its one-of-a-kind architectural wonders. At first glance, the singular works of architectural splendor created by Studio William Hefner can leave onlookers breathless. Each project—from a chic, open-air Hollywood Hills layout with infinity-edge water on split levels to the warm embrace of a Pacific Palisades residence with rich, dramatic interior details—catches the eye with something never before seen. But for the discerning clients fortunate enough to experience the residential majesty on a day-to-day basis, the connection runs much deeper. Spaces embrace outdoor views animated by the ever-shifting play of natural light. Rooms connect organically to the furnishing within them. It’s a seamless integration of property, environment and, most importantly, the homeowners. “Our approach centers on the client; we listen for their dreams as well as their requirements,” says Hefner, who founded his Los Angeles-based firm in 1989. “We observe, we talk, we test ideas. Our work begins with how the client will actually use the space, designing from the inside out. Ours is a holistic vision: architecture,

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interiors and landscape form a single

contemporary to deeply historic.

environment.” The award-winning results

Though the aesthetics change, there are

are nothing short of staggering. Look no

consistencies in the process as well as

further than a recent 65,000-square-foot

the finished product. “What distinguishes

French classical home that took five years

our diverse portfolio is a sensibility that

to build. By his own admission, the style

combines livability with a luxury of details

pushed Hefner out of his comfort zone,

and materials,” says Hefner, who earned his

but the challenge proved rewarding on

master’s of architecture degree at UCLA.

a variety of levels. “The satisfying part

“I also spend a lot of time working on

was educating myself, dealing with the

adjacencies, the flow of a home and its

complexities and size of the home—and

livability long before we settle on those

seeing it through to completion,” Hefner

details.” Although varied project type,

says. “Clients appreciate that we create

the firm’s work is marked by a quest for

tailored homes that reflect them rather

timeless elegance, an appreciation of the

than something dictated by the architect.”

craft of building and the use of natural materials. In addition to projects in

NEVER-ENDING QUEST

California, Studio William Hefner has

For nearly three decades, Hefner has

designed projects in locations ranging

infused a unique architectural character

from New York to South Korea.

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01.This new home in a canyon setting conjures visions of a grand old ranch house with sprawling yard and garden. 02.A wood-panel staircase provides an accent for the two-story living room in this Los Angeles residence. 03.This hillside home channels a warm contemporary vibe with black painted steel and aluminum. 04.The master bedroom to this estate overlooking Beverly Hills is intrinsically linked to outdoor areas, including the pool. 05.The staircase inside this Frenchstyled home is inspired by a love of Art Deco. 01. Laura Hull 02. James Ray Spahn 03. Benny Chang 04. James Ray Spahn 05. James Ray Spahn


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HOME BUILDER

The Kitchell team seamlessly meshes environment and client desires in this California ranch overlooking the Pacific.


“It’s incredibly fulfilling to participate in a journey that starts with an idea, a seed, and grows into a family’s dream come true.”

KITCHELL CUSTOM HOMES

More than 65 years into its run as a leader in the residential building industry, Kitchell Custom Homes continues to take the steps necessary to give high-end clients an unparalleled luxury estate experience. Entrenched for decades as one of the premier residential and commercial builders in the Western region of the United States, Kitchell Custom Homes easily could point to its history as a calling card for potential business. But what distinguishes the firm that started in 1950 as a modest family-owned construction company is that it always looks to the future. That’s why Kitchell, which has a main office in Santa Barbara and a second base in Phoenix, remains at the forefront of innovative, state-of-the-art processes that result in dynamic, cutting-edge residential estates in California, Arizona, Hawaii and beyond. “Our favorite projects are those that are challenging, that allow us to draw on our full arsenal of building expertise,” says Shane Mahan, regional executive at Kitchell. “Building technology—from 3-D printing and the use of drones to building information modeling—is transforming the way luxury homes are being built. Our customers seek us out because they want the certainty that their home, their legacy, will be of the highest quality and delivered seamlessly.” In addition to the

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stability of a company with nearly 70 years of sustained excellence, Kitchell Custom Homes delivers an unparalleled team of craftsmen and artisans who understand the industry’s trends and constant evolution. Of late, the firm is seeing a greater emphasis on building performance and healthy indoor environments. Many consumers assume such pillars of construction are automatic, but as Mahan notes, that’s not the case. “We are changing the way buildings have been put together for the last 100 years,” he says. “Everyone is building ‘green’ because the codes are forcing it. We are taking it further by investing in training and education with specific focus on healthy indoor environments and building performance to be well ahead of the competition.”

YOUR PARTNER FOR THE LONG-TERM Because Kitchell Custom Homes wants to be a partner and trusted advisor in the creation of its clients’ residential legacies, collaboration is the foundation of its approach; even after the project is finished, a dedicated service team maintains the property. “The experience the client has while working with Kitchell should be as rewarding as the home we deliver,” Mahan says. That same approach applies to the way the firm interacts with the architect and other professionals on a project. “Nothing is as inspiring or gratifying as creating solutions that surpass the expectations of a homeowner,” Mahan notes, “while also executing the design, detail and craftsmanship that complements the level of design.”

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01.The hillside serves as a dramatic backdrop for this residence in Paradise Valley, Arizona. 02.The interior of this Paradise Valley residence brings the outdoors inside. 03.This classic Santa Barbara beach home conveys a sense of timeless elegance. 04.An eye-catching ceiling treatment delivers intrigue to the indoor loggia of this California coastal ranch. 05.Kitchell Custom Homes added a stunning indoor pool to this Colorado estate.

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INTERIOR DESIGNER

Tonal creams and shades of blue add to the casual sophistication inside this light, airy beachside space.


KARA SMITH

SMITH & FIRESTONE ASSOCIATES

Inspired by the exclusive clients that call on its exceptional eye for design, Smith & Firestone Associates continues to stir the senses with stunning, one-of-a-kind residential and resort interiors. If there is an obvious thread that binds the innovative interiors masterminded by Sue Firestone and Kara Smith—beyond the jaw-dropping overall aesthetic splendor and the eminent satisfaction of their A-list clients—good luck finding it. Since pooling their prodigious design talents in 1996 to create Smith & Firestone Associates, these industry visionaries have brought singular, one-of-a-kind artistry to high-end residential spaces and world-renowned hotels and resorts. “SFA doesn’t have a signature look,” says Smith, whose background includes creating her own fashion label, Karanina. “We work with our clients to really understand their aesthetic, functional and budget needs in order to craft a design that is not only achievable but that is tailored specifically to them. A successful project, for us, is when we take our client’s aesthetic, elevate it and execute the project in a fun, easy fashion. Ultimately, we want to deliver beautiful interiors.” As clients all over the world can attest, the firm (with offices in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and New York City) has found countless ways to interpret the sophisticated vibe its high-end clients demand, infusing each project with out-of-the-box creativity and meticulous attention to detail. “Once we have the scope of the project, we immediately start designing,” Smith says.

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“We pore over materials, color, schemes, furniture layout, everything under the sun—and we present the client with various incarnations of what the space can be.” On the residential side in California, those spaces have come to life inside a variety of properties—a Mediterranean-inspired beachside estate, a sprawling hillside home and a classic Euro French villa for the “heir” to the James Bond empire. On the commercial side, SFA has revamped interiors from Terranea Resort in Rancho

“While as designers we find inspiration from various outlets, our clients are the most influential part of the design process.” Palos Verdes to L’Ermitage Beverly Hills to the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa.

THE ART OF ST YLE When it comes to design, Smith explains, SFA isn’t interested in reinventing the wheel. Instead, the firm looks to make spaces just a little more fabulous. “A great design can stand the test of time. It can be simple, sexy and chic,” Smith says. “We love refurbished pieces, working with soft palettes and lush colors. I’m personally in heaven when I can cross over stylistically and meld contemporary textiles with vintage design. There is nothing better than finishing an installation and seeing the happiness in a client’s eyes as they see the final product.”

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01.Valley richness and contemporary refinement find common ground in a clean, modern room born out of organic elements. 02.Natural elements are juxtaposed against the industrial-inspired interior inside this wellness-infused space. 03.Ocean views, sand-swept surroundings and Mediterranean architecture are the design inspirations for this oceanfront property. 04.The interplay of light and shadow adds to the drama of the spaces at this hilltop compound in Southern California. 05.This true European villa-style home, once an odd muddle of classical French and retro ’70s design, is an example of SFA at its best. 01. Fred Licht 02. Photo Courtesy of SFA Design 03. Meghan Beierle-O’Brien 04. Photo Courtesy of SFA Design 05. Meghan Beierle-O’Brien


SANTA BARBAR A

RESIDENTIAL DESIGNER

This spectacular ocean view reveals the connection between the villa, stone terraces, outdoor garden rooms and distant wildwood.


MICHAEL DE ROSE

MICHAEL DE ROSE DESIGNS

As a residential designer, as well as a landscape and interior designer, Michael De Rose brings a discernible artistry to interior and exterior spaces at high-end homes, villas and estates in Southern California. The intimate connection that Michael De Rose finds between structural creation and landscape design has manifested itself time and again over the past 30 years in and around Santa Barbara and Montecito. Whether “serving the architecture gods” with creative curiosity that often speaks to the durability and splendor of Southern Europe and the Mediterranean—or designing exquisite outdoor spaces in seamless harmony with their surroundings—De Rose brings the same artistic sensibilities to his signature work. “Generally, my projects almost always include the house and the garden,” says De Rose, whose training and aesthetic were developed from his fine arts studies at the University of California-Santa Barbara (where he earned his master’s), as well as from years working in construction and design. “I strive to understand the personality of the area, the site, the conditions and the needs of the client—and then I shepherd solutions that seem so self-evident that the design ultimately arrived at appears as if it were already there.” On the architectural side, the founder of Michael De Rose Designs typically works on one project at a time, building a library of concepts, considerations and solutions that he distills into the “restrained simplicity” for which he has become known. “While my approach

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to design-problem solving may be recognizable, I don’t aspire to a ‘signature’ style of work,” says De Rose, whose firm also handles interior design and detailing. “That said, a well-designed home has to belong to its environs and become part of

“I love the opportunity, as a designer, to be creatively challenged— and to be responsible for an effort that is worthwhile.” its site.”

AT ONE WITH NATURE That sentiment also resonates in De Rose’s lauded landscape work—a creative array of gardens, patios, terraces and soft-scape arrangements that stimulate and inspire. “Most importantly,” De Rose says, “a garden should be a civilized refuge imbued with mystery.” Because he works in Southern California and frequently on villas— where neither the house nor the garden has greater weight—the landscaped areas just outside the home become part of the circulation patterns, with uses similar to interior spaces. His timeless creations consider everything from local weather conditions and native flora to the practical, emotional and visual needs of the client. “At some point, art, science and religion merge. From my point of view, with respect to landscape design, art or the search for beauty is the Master, and science the willing Servant.” 01

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SA N TA FE Standing out from the crowd never has been an issue for Santa Fe, the oldest (founded in the early 1600s) and highest (elevation 7,199 feet) capital city in the United States. Whether talking about its inherent Southwestern charms, vibrant arts scene, unique architecture or healthy housing market—one that has risen more than 10 percent annually over the past several years—the city remains one of the nation’s true originals.

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SANTA FE

REALTOR

a This contemporary architectural masterpiece has uninterrupted views overlooking Santa Fe with distant mountain ranges and legendary sunsets beyond. A lifestyle of casual elegance is enhanced with end-of-the-road privacy.

S O T H E B Y ' S I N T E R N AT I O N A L R E A LT Y

Santa Fe offers a lifestyle enriched with tremendous history, culture, climate, cuisine, and recreation—as well as a community with a unique residential market—one that an experienced expert like Chris Webster understands extremely well.

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An extraordinary hilltop estate privately accessed through an entry gate at the end of Cerro de La Paz is located just five minutes from the historic Plaza. Providing majestic panoramic views of surrounding mountains, this

The accolades bestowed on Santa Fe over the past several decades have repeatedly proclaimed it to be the “Best Small City in America.” Various print and digital publications continue to recognize the oldest capital in the U.S. with superlatives: “most romantic,” “most beautiful neighborhoods,” “destination for art lovers,” “top culinary town,” and “best night skies.”

“Delivery of professional services to my clients–with confidence, intelligence, integrity, and enthusiasm –continues to create many rewarding relationships enjoyed as a result.”

contemporary residence on 12.6 acres features three luxurious bedroom suites, a magnificently equipped kitchen, a spacious living room with high ceilings,

Home to The Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe Institute, Outside magazine,

concrete and wood floors,

and numerous cultural markets and exhibitions, real estate and art are

and contemporary furniture

two primary economic engines. For Chris Webster, senior global real

built-ins. Balconies, decks,

estate advisor at Sotheby’s International Realty and The Estates Club,

porches, a lap pool accented

appreciation for what Santa Fe has to offer comes as no surprise.

by a brilliant pink wall, and

“The biggest upward trend in our market is recognition of a lifestyle

complementary landscaping

unmatched and unsurpassed,” says Webster, who founded his brokerage

and gardens invite spirited

firm in 1976, one that, 22 years later, became the first-ever acquisition of

outdoor entertaining.

an independent Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate by Sotheby’s Holdings. The region’s environmental splendor, along with its rich historic

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01.The Carlos Vierra Home, built in 1918, is considered Santa Fe’s preeminent example of Pueblo adobe architecture and construction. 02.Extraordinary scenic vistas abound in the Land of Enchantment. 03.Locals flock to the Santa Fe Railyard and Farmers Market.

and cultural influences, only adds to its allure. “It’s important

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to understand development of all types around Santa Fe is severely limited by approximately 1.6 million acres of National Forest land to the east and other governmentally controlled lands elsewhere.” However, there’s much about Santa Fe that cannot be found in glowing marketing materials. That’s why so many prospective

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homeowners and homebuyers turn to Webster—whose brokerage practice today is

within close walking distance to

emphasis on incorporating

augmented with publishing

its famed Plaza and downtown

energy efficiency, environmental

Leading Estates of the World

districts, or properties on larger,

sensitivity, and sustainable

and serving as a managing

more secluded lots that overlook

materials into new design.

director of SYNTHESIS, a

New Mexico’s natural wonders. In

Aesthetically, the area’s unique

real estate consulting and

both cases, the most popular

Pueblo and Territorial architecture

development firm—for the lay

homes offer superbly crafted

and adobe construction continue

of the land. “There are many

architecture, dynamic outdoor

to attract the highest percentage

excellent opportunities to

spaces and Santa Fe-style

of buyers. “More recently,”

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W H AT YO U G E T F O R :

$5 MILLION Fabulous estate with superior architecture, interior finishes and amenities.

acquire extraordinary properties

interiors. “Santa Fe’s eastside

Webster says, “contemporary

Private residential estate

both in and out of town. Come

neighborhood—with its

architecture has been increasingly

compound with one or more

share the enchantment, as Santa

narrow, meandering streets

added to the inventory mix,

Fe evokes an ethereal sense of

and historic adobe homes—

subsequently providing fresh,

timelessness that soothes the

is an actively sought after

new choices and lifestyle

spirit, perpetually inviting you to

area,” Webster says.

enrichment fulfillment.”

step outside, and back in time.”

HOT SPOTS

guesthouses in a prestigious neighborhood.

$15 MILLION Grand estate or ranch with

ECO FRIENDLY In keeping with the city’s green

Demand continues to exceed

footprint, Santa Fe’s residential

supply in Santa Fe neighborhoods

communities are placing more

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ARCHITEC T

A storm approaches in late afternoon light over this 160-acre property, which maintains a low, dramatic profile.


“A well-designed home should appear as if it has ascended up out of the ground instead of being imposed down into it.”

ARCHAEO ARCHITECTS

The creative experts at Archaeo Architects bring a higher calling to the firm’s dynamic work, a thoughtful, personalized approach to Southwestern design that resonates with its discerning clients. When Jon Dick launched his architectural firm in 1996, he selected a company name that represents a far deeper creative connection than even the name suggests. In choosing the Greek word for “ancient,” Dick wanted his exclusive clients to understand that Archaeo Architects not only would honor the design vernacular that distinguishes the Southwest, it would seek out projects that speak to the underlying order found universally in the earliest architecture. “We focus as much on the intangible aspects of a home as we do those more obvious tangible elements,” says Dick, who earned his graduate degree at Cornell University. “Various functions of the house are important but so are the features you can’t measure—perhaps light that filters through trees onto a deep set window sill, the sound of water, the cool sensation of stone on bare feet, the scent of flowers wafting through a door from a garden courtyard. All of those elements, in an Archaeo design, become so important.” Even the cutting-edge contemporary styles toward which Archaeo gravitates possess the

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kind of lean, simple aesthetic that

higher purpose—namely, meaningful work

resonates with the ruins of the Southwest

that matters. “Business is the means to

and around the world. It’s no wonder that

pursue our passion, not the other way

the firm has earned some 25 design

around,” he says. “We empower staff by

awards for homes that have been lauded

providing state-of-the-art tools, teaching

for respecting the Spanish Pueblo Revival

of new techniques and as always, trust. We

style of the region while still weaving an

also do what is ‘right’ for our clients, even

inspired 21st-century thread throughout

when it does not seem to be profitable,

the dramatic spaces. “Our design expresses

expedient or conventional. We go the extra

01.A slot in the primary red wall frames a view of a portion of the home, as well as the landscape beyond. 02.Steel beams create a staccato effect of light and shadow over a defined area reserved for an outdoor hot tub. 03.An open concept plan for the living room is anchored by a stone fireplace. 04.One of four pinwheel walls that define the floor plan extends beyond the house and engages the landscape. 05.Various “Mondrian-like” sculptural details are accentuated in the early morning light.

the past, the present and, hopefully, the

mile. Archaeo Architects is attractive

future,” Dick says.

because what’s going on here is good, fun

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book Small Giants, imbuing the firm with a

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and interesting—and it’s something our

PHILOSOPHICAL PILL ARS As a boutique company, Archaeo focuses on a select number of projects, providing

clients want to be associated with.”

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personalized services, meticulous follow-through, and a rich, collaborative backdrop through which a dream design can come to fruition. Dick also adheres to a business philosophy influenced by the

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SANTA FE

HOME BUILDER

A meandering road runs through Alma del CaĂąon in the heart of art and culture on Canyon Road.


“There is something so poetic, so complementary, about a northern New Mexico pitched-roof home mixed with a contemporary interior.”

TRUE NORTH BUILDERS, LLC

An ongoing love affair with the region and its residential possibilities is at the heart of True North Builders, which is helping to change the face of construction in Santa Fe. As a fifth-generation builder, Cody North will tell you that the industry is in his blood. But one look at the custom-built homes and luxury compounds for which his firm has become known—projects that bridge the past, present and future of Southwestern design—and it’s evident that the founder of True North Builders brings an intangible element to his work that transcends family tradition. “My passion for building homes keeps growing with every opportunity I am presented,” North says. Since launching the firm in 2009, North has infused those opportunities—from the historic-meets-modern community vision at Alma del Cañon to the renovated homes and striking new adobe gems on the northeast side of Santa Fe that have earned critical acclaim—with

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a timeless, authentic charm that offers

subdivision that will employ the latest

high-end residents the best of all worlds.

construction methods and materials.

“We approach every home with a respect 03

architecture that has made Santa Fe the

WHAT ’S NEX T FOR SANTA FE LUXURY?

destination it is,” North says. “Then we

“Haciendas del Mirasol.” True North

fuse modern elements and a layout that

Builders owns a large portion of the last

will make our homes the most comfortable

undeveloped property in the heart of

to live in today—and 40 years from now.”

Santa Fe. They will be offering eight

01.This Tuscan-style kitchen delivers old-world charm with honed granite, 100-year-old viga ceilings and stained floors. 02.A kiva fireplace adds to the splendor of this award-winning home with a vaulted pitched roof. 03.Traditional wood accents enhance the elegance of a master bedroom with access to a private courtyard. 04.Turquoise cabinets become the focal point of the open floor plan in this territorial-style adobe home.

Though building in the historic section of

estate lots with amazing views of the

Santa Fe requires True North to conform

Sangre de Cristo and surrounding

to certain aesthetic guidelines, there’s

mountains. This unique subdivision will

more to the firm’s award-winning work

offer walking access to the Plaza where

than meets the eye—including an ongoing

you can access world-renowned shopping,

commitment to eco-friendly practices that

cultural artwork and exquisite cuisine.

keeps the company on the cutting edge

With large building envelopes, a private

of green building. “Sustainability should

trail system and close-to-town views, this

not be an option; it should be the

property is the most desirable residential

foundation we build on from here on out,”

real estate in the nation’s oldest capital.

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says North, whose firm most recently has

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SANTA FE

INTERIOR DESIGNER

The evening glow that illuminates this space each day inspired the magnificent artwork and fabrics.


PA M D U N C A N , G L O R I A D E VA N & BUFFY KLINE

WISEMAN & GALE & DUNCAN INTERIORS

For more than two decades, the experts at Wiseman & Gale & Duncan Interiors have opened up their luxury clients, in and around Santa Fe, to a world of original design possibilities. In many ways, the retail showroom at Wiseman & Gale & Duncan (WGD) Interiors offers the perfect snapshot into the firm’s potential for transforming spaces. The former convenience store, thoughtfully renovated and filled with a treasure trove of creative furnishings, dramatic antiques, and eye-catching accessories and fabrics, earned a Heritage Preservation Award from the city of Santa Fe. Disparate elements and complementary pieces spark the imagination with possibility after possibility—a wide-ranging palette that speaks to company president Pamela Duncan and her team’s interest in broadening the creative canvas and fulfilling their clients’ interior dreams. “In the end, we strive to create spaces that are comfortable, functional, timeless, warm and full of good cheer,” says Duncan, who launched the business in 1993 with friend and mentor Anne Gale before becoming sole owner three years later. “We also want each project to reflect the client’s lifestyle and sensibilities. The uniqueness of each project—experimenting with the juxtaposition of objects and placements— continues to intrigue us.” Clients are equally inspired by the array of services offered by WGD, not to mention the professional, collaborative manner in which they’re executed. The firm can assist its discerning clients with

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01.This sophisticated dining room includes many of the beautiful items that are indicative of Santa Fe. 02.This simple, colorful, lively dining room reflects the personality of the firm’s ebullient client. 03.A rustic fishing retreat on the Pecos River makes for a relaxing getaway. 04.A well-dressed kitchen and living room enhance the charm of this historic Canyon Road home. 01. Kate Russell Photography 02. Andrew Neighbour 03. Kate Russell Photography 04.The Neil Lyon Group & Sotheby’s International Realty

VARIET Y IS THE SPICE Part of what continues to distinguish the WGD brand is its ability to—and interest in—tackling a variety of projects and interior styles. One project involved

“We endeavor to inspire

everything from space planning and

the refurbishing of a Frank Lloyd Wright

finish selections to custom lighting,

home built in the late 1940s. Duncan and

window treatments, art installation and

her team had to provide textiles similar

furniture procurement. In addition, WGD

to the original draperies and upholsteries

works with some of the region’s top

(mostly yellow cotton of various weaves).

composing comfortable,

craftspeople, artists and vendors, thus

Another project, the renovation of

functional and uniquely

giving its clients access to one-of-a-kind

a historic home from the late 1600s,

pieces created specially for their homes.

unearthed a slew of antique artifacts

“Because custom items are such a large

that were incorporated into the design.

part of our business, the designers at

“Our favorite styles are the ones we’re

WGD truly appreciate the opportunity to

working on right now,” Duncan says.

work with such extraordinary people,”

“It’s such an honor to utilize our creative

says Duncan, whose firm services clients

capabilities on behalf of our clients.”

people to think creatively and productively by

designed environments.”

in Colorado, Arizona and Texas, as well as in and around Santa Fe.

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VERO BEACH This idyllic seaside community along Florida’s Treasure Coast may be one of the nation’s best-kept secrets when it comes to undervalued residential investments. Vero’s barrier island, rich with luxury oceanfront developments, already has lured several retired Fortune 500 heavyweights and international business magnates—but other affluent buyers are discovering its charms.

SPECTRUM INTERIOR DESIGN


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VERO BEACH

REALTOR

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John’s Island features an array of amenities and popular events for the entire family.

JOHN'S ISLAND REAL ESTATE COMPANY

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640 Ocean Road: This spectacular, private oasis unfolds on one of the highest

As the owner/broker of John’s Island Real Estate Company, Bob Gibb, is fond of saying, some communities simply sell themselves. However, even that may be an understatement when it comes to John’s Island, the private, member-owned club north of Vero Beach that’s tucked on a barrier island amid three miles of pristine beaches along the Atlantic Ocean and Indian River Lagoon. Originally conceptualized by famed developer E. Llwyd Ecclestone Sr., the 1,650-acre masterpiece doesn’t just offer a slice of the

“It’s incredibly fun and rewarding to sell a home to a client that makes them happier than they ever could have imagined.”

lots on John’s Island, thus maximizing endless ocean and sunset views. The exceptional five-bedroom, 6.5-bath oceanfront retreat encompasses nearly 10,000 square feet. Highlights include a double-height living room

good life—it gives its exclusive residents that rare opportunity to have

with fireplace and vertical

their cake and eat it too. “Beyond being so well-landscaped and so

windows, three levels of

well-maintained, beyond the timeless architecture, there is a friendliness

indoor/outdoor living, elevator,

to John’s Island that is tangible,” Gibb says. “Our role is to bring clients into

lush courtyard pool, limestone

the fabric of this amazing community.” The trend in South Florida toward

floors, custom finishes and

gated communities with state-of-the-art amenities and a strong financial

private beach access.

balance sheet—not to mention the allure, for those outside of Florida, of living in a low-tax state—continues to lead prospective homeowners to the entrance

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of John’s Island. What ends up keeping them there speaks to

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everything that lies beyond those gates. It starts with the community’s residential aesthetic—an English Georgian architectural style that’s complemented by a touch of edginess, all of which is strategically set in the shadow of majestic live oaks and lush, Florida fauna. 02

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SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE It continues with an

at restaurants inside the

HOME SWEET HOME

unparalleled array of

Beach Club, Golf Club and

Unlike any other real estate

amenities and recreational

West Club that range from

company, the team at John’s

options that reflect the

formal to casual. Residents

Island invests 100 percent of

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community’s exclusivity and

also have access to the stunning

its time and resources on its

This price point will deliver a

sophistication. John’s Island

50,000-square-foot Beach

namesake properties and

top golf-course home or a low-

offers three championship

Club and its famed illusion

community. “We know how

end oceanfront property.

golf courses—designed by

pool (the club also offers a

to sell John’s Island because

Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and

library with billiards and game

our team of experienced,

Tom Fazio—that present unique

tables, as well as a teen center

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professional sales executives

and much more). John’s Island

Residents can purchase

challenges and beautifully

are experts in understanding

a middle- to upper-level

crafted layouts. The community

remains one of the only private

all aspects of this unique

oceanfront estate, as well as

also features 17 Har-Tru clay

clubs in the nation with vertical

lifestyle, including property

a high-end riverfront property.

tennis courts, the only air-

membership—allowing three,

ownership, memberships,

conditioned doubles squash

even four generations of a

fees and assessments, water

court in Florida, four lighted

family to fully utilize everything

management and architectural

pickleball courts and two

the club has to offer. “This is

review standards,” Gibb says.

immaculately manicured

a community designed for all

croquet courts. Meanwhile,

ages with an eye to the future,”

fresh, seasonal cuisine awaits

Gibb says.

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W H AT YO U G E T F O R :

$15 MILLION For this price, John’s Island residents can revel in a top-of-the-market riverfront property or exclusive oceanfront home.

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ARCHITEC T

This example of Classicism, bathed in the glow of a Florida sunset, employs the Ionic Order and its melody of exacting components.


“Domestic architecture should fulfill a homeowner’s dream, while at the same time respecting the purest precepts of its chosen vernacular.”

HARRY GANDY HOWLE ARCHITECTS & ASSOCIATES

Discerning clients from coast to coast—and throughout the world—turn to Harry Gandy Howle Architects & Associates for high-end residential work in a variety of styles that never fails to satisfy and inspire. It’s been said that “home” is not a place, it’s a feeling, and no one understands this better than architect Harry Gandy Howle, who for 30 years has been designing homes that respond not only to his client’s structural requirements but to their emotional desires as well. “People come to us with a dream, an inspiration, and it is our great joy to help them visualize and realize their dream,” says Howle, whose Vero Beach-based firm provides an uncompromising quality of design, execution of documents, and representation of the client’s vision and desired lifestyle. “Clients differ in their approach, and there are so many variables involved, ideas they hadn’t thought of or discussed. That’s why communication is so important,” Howle says. “Our business is highly detailed, and we pride ourselves on the level of attention we give to each project. Historical antecedents are paramount to the personality of our design solutions.” Howle’s early exposure to distinguished antebellum plantation homes while growing up in South Carolina’s Low Country imbued him with an intuitive

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classical approach that he honed at Clemson University and the University of Georgia. “In my opinion, a strict adherence to the lessons of Classicism results in residences that are not only beautifully designed but also vernacularly correct,” says Howle, whose certifications in domestic architecture, landscape architecture and interior design allow his firm to provide clients with multiple design details. “Our goal is to provide designs that are the essence of our client’s architectural dreams and wishes”

BUILDING REL ATIONSHIPS Howle also has been influenced by the Spanish Colonial vernacular Addison Mizner brought to Palm Beach in the 1920s, in particular, Mizner’s penchant for blurring the distinction between inside and outside through the generous use of wide balconies, glazed cloister ways and open loggia rooms. “We’ve become proactive in presenting the outdoor living area as a lifestyle feature,” Howle says. “These additions can almost double the interior family space.” Howle says that being in Vero Beach has afforded his firm an opportunity to work with clients from all over the world—clients who often turn to Harry Gandy Howle for second and third projects. “Having a relationship with someone who is investing their time and money in you, and is also entrusting you with an intimate part of their lives, is a huge compliment,” he says. “Having them come back with another project is part of the joy of the job. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.”

| hghowlearchitects.com

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01.The serenity of this verandah is used to bridge the seamless transition from the indoor rooms to outdoor spaces. 02.This angular expression is the result of the completion of an octagonal-shaped sitting room. 03.A striking helical stair with Saturnia stone treads and a wrought-iron handrail invites residents to ascend to the next level. 04.The wood flooring, pecky-cypress ceiling and cypress timber trusses lend eye-catching contrast to this living room. 05.The historical antecedents of architectural vernacular coined as “Anglo-Caribbean” recall 16th-century St. Augustine. 01. Kim Sargent 02. Michael Fuller 03. Kim Sargent 04. Kim Sargent 05. Robert Brantley

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VERO BEACH

HOME BUILDER

This French country-style estate features a Vermont slate roof and Crittall British metal windows.


The exterior of the property, which overlooks the Indian River, has a lap pool and Turkish travertine deck.

CROOM CONSTRUCTION COMPANY

For more than four decades, the talented craftsmen, project managers and industry experts at Croom Construction have exceeded residential expectations, much to the delight of luxury homeowners in and around Vero Beach. It’s one thing to establish a reputation as a leader in the luxury housing industry. It’s quite another to maintain that status decade after decade. However, for the experts at Croom Construction Company, it’s never enough to rest on hard-earned and much-deserved laurels. Originally launched in 1978 by David Croom, this second-generation firm is solidly entrenched as the premier custom residential builder in the market, crafting more than 800 majestic estates in the finest Vero Beach communities of John’s Island, Windsor, Orchid, Riomar and the Moorings. Part of the reason, along with its array of superior craftsmen and field superintendents, is that Croom is always searching for ways to improve the customer experience. “We strive to create a memorable project for our clients,” says Charles Croom, vice president of operations. “When we succeed, we develop long-lasting relationships on which we continue to build our business. But that only happens if we meet the expectations of quality, budget

“The rewarding, enjoyable building process we deliver comes from early and constant planning, and great communication.”

and schedule.” Croom Construction consistently delivers on those promises—

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and much more. In addition to award-winning construction in styles that range from traditional Georgian and Mizner-Mediterranean to British West Indies and contemporary transitional, the firm also houses a renovation/remodeling group recognized nationally for its standout services. Croom also employs a full-time coordinator who assists clients with their materials selections—plus, it has its own painting company, which consists of 28 artisans who are taught the exacting company standards for paint finishes. If that isn’t enough, the affiliated property management company that Croom developed in 1998, Whitehall, provides on-site services and preventive maintenance to 150 owners of luxury homes in Vero Beach.

FROM THE FOUNDATION UP Croom’s detail-oriented process begins long before the first mound of dirt has been moved. “David Lyons, our VP of sales and estimating, works with our two estimators to evaluate architectural plans at the earliest stages of design,” Croom says. “Often, our creative talents come into play with value engineering ideas that maintain the integrity and quality of a project while meeting a client’s budget.” Renowned for its stunning trim millwork, Croom brings an artistic sensibility to every aspect of the construction journey. The firm’s stunning works of residential excellence speak to a company that believes in and trusts its talent. As we have grown, even with 80 employees, we operate as a family. Croom says “I am proud that our team, some of whom have been with the company for 38 years, stays together. These are the experts who have made us what we are today.”

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01.The use of pecky cypress beams and acid-washed Palm Beach cast stone flooring elevates this space. 02. & 04.This covered outdoor living space includes a fireplace, chic stone flooring and remotecontrolled roll down screens. 03.This elegant yet comfortable family room/kitchen features wide walnut plank flooring and a dramatic ceiling design. 05.This stately residence is designed to capture the golf course views and Atlantic Ocean breezes. 01. Alan Karchmer 02. Jessica Glynn 03. Jessica Glynn 04. Jessica Glynn 05. Sargent Architectural Photography

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VERO BEACH

INTERIOR DESIGNER

The client’s business travels and family connections developed a love of Asian textiles and antiques. Our goal was to create an elegant beach house with contemporary styling and Asian influences.


“I have revisited projects that we designed 20 years ago that still look as beautiful as the day we completed them.”

SPECTRUM INTERIOR DESIGN

The timeless and artfully rendered spaces that Spectrum Interior Design re-imagines throughout luxury communities in Vero Beach only hints at the level of creativity and professionalism it delivers to its high-end clients. Though she graduated with honors from the University of Florida’s college of architecture and fine arts, Susan Schuyler Smith quickly realized that the vision she could bring to design projects existed well beyond the drafting board. It’s a sentiment that clients over the past four decades would unanimously echo after working with Spectrum Interior Design. The awardwinning firm, founded in 1978, relocated 30 years ago to Vero Beach, where Smith and her 10-person team have helped to change the residential landscape of luxury communities such as John’s Island, Windsor and Orchid Island. “I’ve never liked designing in a vacuum,” Smith says. “I love the ideas that come from great teamwork. At Spectrum, no day or project is the same. Our creativity is always being tested and developed. We look at projects in a different way, so our clients get the best possible outcome from our collaboration.” In addition to her firm’s high-end residential work, it comes as no surprise that clients have called on Smith’s discerning eye to re-envision the interiors of everything from a fire station and professional baseball locker

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room to a 134-foot German yacht and a

lifestyle and interests—as well as how the

medieval church in Tuscany. No matter

family plans to use its spaces. Spectrum

the size and scope, Spectrum casts an

then develops a vision for those spaces

elegant, classic and timeless thread

that resonates with the client’s needs

through its projects. “We survey our

and aspirations. That same collaborative,

clients at the completion of a project,

detail-oriented philosophy has distinguished

and we find time and again that clients

Spectrum Interior Design as a “Best Place

hire Spectrum for three reasons,” Smith

to Work” in Indian River County from 2012

says. “First is our creativity and great

to 2015 by Work Force Solutions of the

design sense. Second is the depth of

Treasure Coast. “It’s such a privilege to

our company, which allows us to fully

be a part of the world of interior design,”

complete a project in a timely and

Smith says. “The satisfaction our team

cost-effective manner. And the third

feels each time we create a beautiful

thing they come to appreciate is how

new environment for our clients is

the team approach ensures that all

incredibly rewarding.”

their needs are met.”

SEEING IS BELIEVING Smith’s team begins each project with a detailed questionnaire that gives her creative talent insight into a client’s

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01.Dining chairs were designed to be stylish and comfortable for frequent dinner parties with friends and family. Chandelier is from Visual Comfort. 02.A three-year design project this grand ocean-side winter home included extensive outdoor spaces to entertain visiting family members. 03.Colors of the sky and sea were influences in achieving simplicity and tranquility in this master bedroom. 04.Library blended old-world style woodwork with tranquil colors to create a calming work space within the home. 05.Blending existing pieces with new resulted in a welcoming guest retreat. 01.Gridley & Graves 02. Kim Sargent 03. Kim Sargent 04. Kim Sargent 05. Kim Sargent

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SPECTRUM INTERIOR DESIGN Vero Beach


PHOTOG RAPH BY KIM SARGE N T


KEAN DEVELOPMENT COMPANY Long Island


PHOTOG RAPH BY SARG EN T ARCH ITE CTURAL PH OTOG RA PH Y


BRINK CUSTOM HOMES Lake Tahoe & Truckee


PHOTOG RAPH BY VAN CE FOX


SMITH & FIRESTONE ASSOCIATES Santa Barbara


PHOTOG RAPH BY ME GH AN BEIE RLE


KHA ARCHITECTS Palm Springs


PHOTOG RAPH BY E THA N KA MINS KY


Atlanta

PHOTOG RAPH BY E MILY FOLLOWILL

JEFFREY DUNGAN ARCHITECTS


INDEX

Atlanta

024

Caribbean

(C O N T I N U E D)

Houston

R EALT OR THOMPSON KOFFLER & ASSOCIATES

INTE R IOR DE SIG NE R DESIGN STUDIO

INTE R IOR DE S IGN E R MICHAEL J. SILLER INTERIORS

3650 Habersham Rd. NW Atlanta, GA 30305

B105 The Regent Village Grace Bay Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

5120 Woodway Drive, Suite 190 Houston, TX 77056

404-915-9440

649-941-4848

713-528-4343

THOMPSONKOFFLERATLANTA .COM

DESIGNSTUDIO.TC

MJSINTERIORS.COM

(C O N T I N U E D)

AR C H I T EC T JEFFREY DUNGAN ARCHITECTS 1906 Cahaba Road Mountain Brook, AL 35223

205-322-2057

060

Charlotte

H OM E BU I LD ER THE GARRETT GROUP, LTD.

R E ALTOR KIM RAYMOND CHRISTIE’S LUXURY SPECIALIST

R E ALTOR TRINKIE WATSON - CHASE INTERNATIONAL

704-451-3322

530-582-0722

KIMBERLYRAYMOND.IVESTORJACKSON.COM

TRINKIEWATSON.COM

I NT ER I OR D ES IGNER STAN TOPOL & ASSOCIATES INC

AR CHITE CT HARBINSON ARCHITECTS

AR CHITE CT DENNIS E. ZIRBEL ARCHITECT

1100 Spring St NW, Suite 400 Atlanta, GA 30309

1311 Brookstown Ave. Winston-Salem, NC 27101

10056 Spring St. Truckee, CA 96161

404-885-9889

336-725-9122

530-582-8979

STANTOPOL .COM

HARBINSON-ASSOCIATES.COM

ZIRBELARCHITECT.COM

K I T C H E N AND BAT H D ESI GNER DESIGN GALLERIA KITCHEN AND BATH STUDIO

HOME BUILDE R PHILIP R. THOMAS CONSTRUCTION CO.

HOME BUILDE R BRINK CUSTOM HOMES

1125 E. Morehead Street, Suite 103 Charlotte, NC 28204

1760 West Lake Blvd. Tahoe City, CA 96145

404-261-0111

704-377-7588

530-583-2005

PRTCONSTRUCTION.COM

BRINKCUSTOMHOMES.COM

INTE R IOR DE SIG NE R EMC DESIGN + STILO

INTE R IOR DE S IGN E R SCOTT CORRIDAN DESIGN

1608 E. Blvd., Suite B Charlotte, NC 28203

PO Box 2381 Kings Beach, CA96143

704-594-1362

530-388-0214

EMCDESIGN.NET

SCOT TCORRIDAN.NET

2255 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 800-C Atlanta, GA 30339

GARRET TGROUPATL .COM

351 Peachtree Hills Avenue, Suite 234 Atlanta, GA 30305

DESIGNGALLERIA .NET

Caribbean

700 North Lake Blvd Tahoe City, CA 96145

4521 Sharon Rd Charlotte, NC28211

770-426-6402

044

R EALT OR TURKS AND CAICOS SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY

HOME AUTO MATION EPIC AV AUTOMATION 12177 Business Park Drive, Suite 10 Truckee, CA 96161

Venture House Grace Bay, Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands

649-946-4474

TURKSANDCAICOSSIR.COM

Houston

AR C H I T EC T RA SHAW DESIGNS

R E ALTOR JAY MONROE AT MARTHA TURNER SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY

930 Leeward Highway Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

649-941-4394

Lake Tahoe & Truckee

092

JEFFRERYDUNGAN.COM

076

877-627-2215 EPICAVA .COM

50 Briar Hollow, Suite 700W Houston, TX 77027

713-504-6936

HAR.COM/JAYMONROE

Las Vegas

H OM E BU I LD ER PROJETECH CONSTRUCTION MANAGAMENT & SERVICES

AR CHITE CT THE HOPKINS COMPANY

R E ALTOR KRISTEN ROUTH SILBERMAN - SYNERGY SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY

649-941-3508

713-622-2222

PROJETECHLTD.COM

HOPKINSCO.COM

I NT ER I OR D ES IGNER DESIGN STUDIO

HOME BUILDE R HANN BUILDERS

AR CHITE CT MRJ ARCHITECTS

The Strand, Unit 7, 46 Canal Point Road Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

5210 Spruce St. Bellaire, TX 77401

4790 West University Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89103

345-954-4977

832-384-8893

702-869-3808

DESIGNSTUDIO.TC

HANNBUILT.COM

MRJACHITECTS.COM

RASHAWDESIGNS.COM

P.O. Box 659, Project House, Leeward Highway Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

5100 San Felipe, Suite 155E Houston, TX 77056

112

8330 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 110 Las Vegas, NV 89117

702-467-7100

KRISTENROUTHSILBERMAN.SYNERGYSIR.COM


INDEX

Las Vegas

(C O N T I N U E D)

Long Island

(C O N T I N U E D)

Nashville

HOM E B U I L DE R MERLIN CONTRACTING & DEVELOPING

AR CHITE CT HARRISON DESIGN

AR CHITE CT SHARON PIGOTT ARCHITECT

6408 Arville Street Las Vegas, NV 89118

1047 Old Northern Blvd. Roslyn, NY 11576

3713 Woodmont Blvd. Nashville, TN 37215

702-257-8102

516-626-2800

615-297-0123

MERLINCONTRACTING.COM

HARRISONDESIGN.COM

SHARONPIGOT TARCHITECT.COM

I NT ER I OR DE S I GNER FREDDIE RAMON DESIGN

HOME BUILDE R KEAN DEVELOPMENT

INTE R IOR DE SIG N E R TODD RICHESIN INTERIORS

Art Square 1025 S. 1st Street, Suite 170 Las Vegas, NV 89101

5 Main Street Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

4514 Old Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37919

702-468-3232

631-367-9696

865-249-8170

FREDDIERAMON.COM

KEANDEVELOPMENT.COM

TODDRICHESININTERIORS.COM

(C O N T I N U E D)

INTE R IOR DE SIG NE R KEITH MAZZEI INTERIORS 6800 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 120W Syosset, NY 11791

Lexington

128

516-393-5805 KEITHMAZZEI.COM

National

REALT OR JUSTICE REAL ESTATE

K ITCHE N AND BATH THE BREAKFAST ROOM

HOME AUTOMATION ELAN, BY CORE BRANDS

518 East Main Street Lexington, KY 40508

1492 Northern Boulevard Manhasset, NY 11030

1800 South McDowell Blvd. Petaluma, CA 94954

859-255-3657

516-365-8500

800-472-5555

JUSTICEREALESTATE.COM

THEBREAKFASTROOM.COM

ELANHOMESYSTEMS.COM

ARC H I T EC T GRAVES ARCHITECTS & PLANNERS 270 S. Limestone Lexington, KY 40508

859-554-7563

168

GRAVESARCHITECTS.COM

Monterey Peninsula

HOM E B U I L DE R PADGETT CONSTRUCTION INC.

R E ALTOR CARMEL REALTY COMPNAY

R E ALTOR JEANNEMARIE CONLEY

1501 Nicholasville Rd. Lexington, KY 40503

Dolores Street South of Seventh Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921

745 Boylston Street, 8th Floor Boston, MA02116

859-276-1200

831-277-8044

617-312-3991

PADGET TCONSTRUCTION.COM

CARMELREALT YCOMPANY.COM

JMC@COMPASS.COM

I NT ER I OR DE S I GNER PEDIGO DESIGN

AR CHITE CT INTERNATIONAL DESIGN GROUP

AR CHITE CT PAUL WEBER ARCHITECT

559 North Broadway Lexington, KY 40508

721 Lighthouse Ave. Pacific Grove, CA 93950

449 Thames Street, Suite 202 Newport, RI 02840

859-231-6512

831-646-1261

401-849-3390

PEDIGODESIGN.COM

JEMIDG.COM

PFWARCHITECT.COM

K I T C H E N AND BAT H D ESI GNER CREATIVE KITCHEN & BATH

HOME BUILDE R DOBLE & SON CUSTOM HOMES

HOME BUILDE R HORAN BUILDING

1141 Industry Road Lexington, KY 40505

4161 Sunridge Road Pebble Beach, CA 93953

174 Bellevue Avenue, Suite 204 Newport, RI 02840

859-255-6838

925-922-3970, 831-920-8953

401-848-9284

CK ANDB.COM

DOBLEANDSON.COM

HORANBUILDING.COM

K I T C H E N AND BAT H D ESI GNER CREATIVE KITCHEN & BATH

INTE R IOR DE SIG NE R VIVIAN SOLIEMANI DESIGN

INTE R IOR DE SIG N E R KRISTIN PATON INTERIORS

4504 Bishop Lane Louisville, KY 40218

634 N Santa Cruz Ave, #103 Los Gatos, CA 95030

152 Mount Auburn Street Cambridge, MA 02138

502-657-0248

408-560-9604

617-491-9000

CK ANDB.COM

VIVIANSOLIEMANIDESIGN.COM

KRISTINPATONINTERIORS.COM

Long Island

148

Nashville

184

New England

Orlando

REALT OR MARIA BABAEV - DOUGLAS ELLIMAN REAL ESTATE

R E ALTOR THE LIPMAN GROUP - SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY

R E ALTOR CAROLYN MORIARTY & COMPANY

516-287-7716

615-463-3333

407-252-5457

1528 Old Northern Blvd Roslyn, NY 11576

LUXURYLONGISLAND.COM

2002 Richard Jones Road Nashville, TN 37215

THELIPMANGROUPSOTHEBYSREALT Y.COM

311 Maitland Ave Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

CAROLYNMORIART Y.COM

196

212


Orlando

(C O N T I N U E D)

AR C H I T EC T PHIL KEAN DESIGN GROUP

Park City

(C O N T I N U E D)

5139 N. Loop 1604 West, Suite 102 San Antonio, TX 78249

6421 N. Business Park Loop Rd., Unit C Park City, UT 84098

417-599-3922

210-341-6430

435-658-9460

PHILKEANDESIGNS.COM

(C O N T I N U E D)

HOME BUILDE R DIAMANTE CUSTOM HOMES

HOME BUILDE R NORTH RIDGE CONSTRUCTION INC.

912 West Fairbanks Avenue Winter Park, FL 32789

San Antonio

DIAMANTEHOMES.COM

H OM E BU I LD ER POSADA CUSTOM HOMES

INTE R IOR DE SIG NE R DUNKER BEAL INTERIOR DESIGN

POOL BUILDE R KEITH ZARS POOLS

240 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 201 Winter Park, FL 32789

620 E 100 S Salt Lake City, UT 84102

17427 San Pedro San Antonio, TX 78232

407-740-7707

801-961-8511

210-494-0800

POSADACUSTOMHOMES.COM

DUNKERBEAL .COM

KEITHZARSPOOLS.COM

I NT ER I OR D ES IGNER SUZANNE NICHOLS DESIGN GROUP

INTE R IOR DE SIG NE R DUNKER BEAL INTERIOR DESIGN

631 W Fairbanks Ave South, Suite A&B Winter Park, FL 32789

656 N 600 W Logan, UT84321

407-678-9651

435-713-0561

SUZANNENICHOLSDESIGNGROUP.COM

DUNKERBEAL .COM

Santa Barbara

292

R E ALTOR RISKIN PARTNERS 1250 Coast Village Road Montecito, CA 93108

Palm Springs

228

Philadelphia

260

805-565-8600 MONTECITO-REALESTATE.COM

R EALT OR BERNAL SMITH GROUP

R E ALTOR THE GEDNEY GROUP

AR CHITE CT STUDIO WILLIAM HEFNER

2905 Tahquitz Canyon Way Palm Springs, CA 92262

721 Skippack Pike, Suite 1 Blue Bell, PA19422

5820 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500 Los Angeles, CA 90036

310-383-2466

215-205-0181

323-931-1365

LUCIOBERNAL .COM

GEDNEYGROUP.COM

WILLIAMHEFNER.COM

AR C H I T EC T KHA ARCHITECTS

AR CHITE CT F.L. BISSINGER INC

HOME BUILDE R KITCHELL CUSTOM HOMES

72-185 Painters Path, Suite A Palm Desert, CA 92260

1502 Old Gulph Road Villanova, PA 19085

925 De La Vina Street, Suite 201 Santa Barbara, CA 93101

760-776-4068

610-525-6438

805-969-1531

KRISTIHANSON.COM

FLBISSINGER.COM

KITCHELLCUSTOMHOMES.COM

H OM E BU I LD ER BRADSHAW CONSTRUCTION

HOME BUILDE R E.B. MAHONEY BUILDERS INC.

INTE R IOR DE S IGN E R SMITH & FIRESTONE ASSOCIATES

46248 Roudel Ln La Quinta, CA 92253

718 West Lancaster Ave. Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

136 West Canon Perdido, Suite 220 Santa Barbara, CA 93101

760-347-4246

610-527-6584

805-692-1948

MARKBRADSHAWCONSTRUCTION.COM

EBMAHONEY.COM

SFADESIGN.COM

I NT ER I OR D ES IGNER GRACE HOME FURNISHINGS

INTE R IOR DE SIG NE R EBERLEIN DESIGN CONSULTANT LTD.

R E SIDE NTI AL DE S IGN E R MICHAEL DEROSE DESIGNS

1001 North Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA 92262

1809 Delancey Place Philadelphia, PA 19103

103 El Paseo Santa Barbara, CA 93101

760-904-6337

215-790-0300

805-965-2965

GRACEHOMEFURNISHINGS.COM

EBERLEIN.COM

MICHAELDEROSEDESIGNS.COM

Park City

244

San Antonio

276

Santa Fe R E ALTOR WEBSTER ESTATES - SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY

R EALT OR DOWIE WING REAL ESTATE GROUP

R E ALTOR MIGUEL HERRERA REALTY GROUP

1750 Park Avenue Park City, UT 84060

10 Dominion Drive San Antonio, TX 78257

435-640-3434

210-253-3138

DOWIEWINGREALESTATEGROUP.COM

MIGUELHERRERAREALT YGROUP.COM

AR C H I T EC T JAMES L. CARROLL & ASSOCIATES INC.

AR CHITE CT OSCAR FLORES DESIGN STUDIO

AR CHITE CT ARCHAEO ARCHITECTS

230 West 400 South, Suite 203 Salt Lake City, UT 84101

11550 IH-10 West, Suite 186 San Antonio, TX 78230

1519 Upper Canyon Road, Studio A Sante Fe, NM 87501

801-359-8517

210-679-4675

505-820-7200

JAMESCARROLLASSOCIATES.COM

OFDESIGNSTUDIO.COM

ARCHAEOARCHITECTS.COM

54 1/2 Lincoln Ave. Sante Fe, NM 87501

505-780-9500

CHRISWEBSTER.COM

312


INDEX

(C O N T I N U E D)

328

Vero Beach

Vero Beach

HOM E B U I L DE R TRUE NORTH BUILDERS, LLC

R E ALTOR JOHN’S ISLAND REAL ESTATE COMPANY

INTE R IOR DE SIG NE R SPECTRUM INTERIOR DESIGN

107 E. Lupita Road Sante Fe, NM 87505

1 John’s Island Drive Vero Beach, FL 32963

5099 North A1A Vero Beach, FL 32963

505-699-9858

772-231-0900

772-234-4427

TRUENORTHSANTAFE.COM

JOHNSISLANDREALESTATE.COM

SPECTRUMVERO.COM

I NT ER I OR DE S I GNER WISEMAN & GALE & DUNCAN INTERIORS

AR CHITE CT HARRY GANDY HOWLE ARCHITECTS & ASSOCIATES, P.A.

150 S. Saint Francis Drive Santa Fe, NM 87501

505-984-8544 WGDINTERIORS.COM

(C O N T I N U E D)

2801 Ocean Drive, Suite 302 Vero Beach, FL 32963

772-231-4222

HGHOWLEARCHITECTS.COM

HOME BUILDE R CROOM CONSTRUCTION COMPANY 1201 19th Place, Suite A-400 Vero Beach, FL 32960

772-562-7474 CROOMCONSTRUCTION.COM

PROJETECH CONSTRUCTION & MANAGEMENT SERVICES Caribbean

PHOTOG RAPH BY STE VE PASS M ORE

Santa Fe


PHOTOG RAPH BY JO HN UMBE RG ER

HARRISON DESIGN

Long Island


BRADSHAW CONSTRUCTION Palm Springs


PHOTOG RAPH BY MA RK DAVIDSO N


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