RESIDE | Paint it Black

Shading your walls in black may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re considering paint colors. But black has a daring all its own that can bring character and chicness to your space.

“The result is both unexpected and incredibly sophisticated,” says Andrea Magno, a Benjamin Moore color and design expert.

“Black has an interesting effect on the walls of a room because the corners and shadows are obscured more than if a midtone or pastel color is used,” Magno says. “This can be used as a visual trick to give the space a less-defined appearance and can make a room feel a bit more expansive.”

Black walls can also bring coziness. “Dark walls coupled with dramatic lighting create an instant air of luxury and sumptuousness,” says Karen Howes, CEO and founder of London-based interior-design firm Taylor Howes.

Discover more about how you can leverage black accents in your home from RESIDE® Magazine

Posted on June 25, 2019

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5 Trending Summer Colors for Your Kitchen Renovation

Isle of Palms, South Carolina | Middleton RutledgeDaniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

The kitchen is where culinary magic happens—and where impromptu gatherings take place, morning cups of coffee are made, and long dinners turn into even longer conversations. More than just a functional space, the kitchen is the social hub of the home, and as such, your kitchen should serve as a place of inspiration and possibility.

Taking cues from the best design trends emerging during the 2019 summer months, these colors are elevating kitchen spaces to their fullest potential.

Deep Greens

Manhattan, New York | Louise C. BeitSotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

Let the vibrancy of summer into your home with shades that reflect the greenery outside. Rich, saturated greens are hot this summer, and this hue is more than just a passing seasonal trend. Cabinets painted in forest green make a dramatic yet classic statement, and pair well with brass fixtures, smoky glass features, and marble backsplashes. Balance out rich greens with neutral  hardwood flooring or white countertops—the key to executing on this trend is to pair the deeper tones with airier elements for lift. The result is something that feels both fresh and luxurious.

Dynamic Blues

Dana Point, California | Bryan GerlachPacific Sotheby’s International Realty

In tandem with saturated greens, moody blues are making their way into kitchen design this summer. Stormy blues in deep shades of navy give depth and drama to kitchen spaces, whether you’re committing to a full wash of color or are keen on more subtle accents like millwork and backsplashes. Alternatively, turn up the volume with a true blue like Behr’s Color of the Year, Blueprint: like the sky on a twilit summer evening, blue is a captivating choice that feels both youthful and elegant applied to cabinets or pantry doors.

Reimagined Whites

La Jolla, California | Amanda Loew RoccoPacific Sotheby’s International Realty

The most classic, summery shade of them all is a neutral white. Perpetually in style, white is breezy and fresh in a windows-open, warm, lilac-scented-sunlight kind of way. The key to making a white kitchen feel new is to complement the wash of white with sophisticated upgrades, like warm brown accents or gold fixtures. Opt for whites that skew towards natural tones rather than stark white: try creamy bone white or oatmeal for a moderated update. Retire the cool grays and give your kitchen a much-needed refresh with whites that evoke fresh linens on the line, achieved through a fresh coat of paint or details like white marble countertops. The goal is to strike upon a design scheme that is collected and bright in place of impersonal.

Warm Clay

Miramar Beach, Florida | Denise GreeneScenic Sotheby’s International Realty

Pulling inspiration from the dusky Southwestern landscape, earthy hues are making their way into kitchen designs this summer, and for good reason. The warm tones play well with neutrals while providing a boost of energy to tired spaces; ditch cooler shades of gray for subtle accents of coral with a coat of paint to cabinets or walls. Toeing the line between orange and brown, terracotta is a versatile color to work with and plays well with organic materials like wood, tile, and copper. Embracing the hues of the desert is one guaranteed way to invite the summer indoors all year.

Matte Black

Snowmass Village, Colorado | Chris KlugAspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty

Black kitchens have been on the rise in contemporary homes, and as glossy, easily smudged surfaces fall out of fashion, matte is there to pick up the slack. While black may seem anti-summer, pairing this hue with browns, grays, and taupes means that your rooms can both attract and refract the light of the warmer months. To evoke the past and embrace maximalist glamour, outfit your cabinets in gold or copper accents; for a more modern take, go black and industrial in your handles and plumbing fixtures. Whether you’d rather prepare drinks in an Art Deco oasis or a sharply tailored eatory, 2019 black has your cupboards covered.

A nexus of activity and creativity, the kitchen is the center of the home for both the avid cook and the occasional host. Whatever your entertaining style, opt for wall treatments that feel modern and timeless, a balance that is achievable through considered design choices and a bit of inspiration.

Take a page from these thoughtfully designed homes to make your next kitchen renovation a colorful one.

Posted on June 24, 2019

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5 Luxury Condos in Manhattan

Living in Manhattan puts you in the center of New York City’s vibrant, ever-beating heart; with access to globally-renowned museums, Broadway entertainment, world-class dining, and sought-after retail experiences, there is arguably no better way to experience living in the “Big Apple” than by looking down at from a condo. From the Upper East Side to the Bowery, let’s take a look at five incredible New York City condos.

Linda M. MaloneySotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

This exceptionally rare home on Park Avenue home was recently renovated and re-designed by acclaimed decorator David Kleinberg, resulting in a truly one-of-a-kind space. The full floor apartment was converted from 11 rooms into 8, and is situated on a high floor with breathtaking unobstructed views in all directions.

Filled with abundant light, this prewar condo features a grand scale living room, a large gallery, and a formal dining room with 10-foot ceilings throughout the space. The home has four well-appointed bedrooms, each with its own expertly designed en-suite bathroom. The master suite includes an oversized bathroom with a steam shower, a Jacuzzi tub, and a luxurious dressing room.

Mara Flash Blum & Kaptan UnugurSotheby’s International Realty – Downtown Manhattan Brokerage

This Union Square condo is comprised of two apartments. The park view, three-bedroom home boasts soaring 16’ ceilings, original arched Tiffany windows, deconstructed columns, art opportunity walls and a floor plan perfect for entertaining. From the greens of summer to the crystal snows of winter, the park-facing views showcase the wonder of New York City’s seasons. The second apartment offers one bedroom, an interior guest room, full kitchen, washer/dryer, and sumptuous bath. The view is north onto West 15th Street.

Located at the crossroads of Greenwich Village and the Flatiron District, both apartments enjoy access to LIV concierge services, 24 hour doorman, spa services, massage room, sauna, swimming pool, hot tub, fitness room, boxing room, yoga studio, game room and more. Steep in history, this former Tiffany headquarters has been reimagined as boutique residences blending past with present creating a significant timeless architectural masterpiece.

Sybille NovackSotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

Spanning 2,600 square-feet over seven rooms, this contemporary residence is one block from Central Park and The Metropolitan Museum. The loft-like living room, formal dining room, impeccable kitchen with Subzero and Miele appliances, embody townhouse-style living while also offering access to white glove full-service concierge, doorman, and live-in super.

The home additionally includes three bedrooms with three baths, plus a powder room – included too is a mezzanine study with dramatic views and a private exercise space. There is an abundance of storage with eleven closets and a 375 square-foot planted and irrigated terrace with peaceful townhouse garden views.

Leslie S. ModellSotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

Designed by world-renowned architect Peter Marino, this three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo resides in a striking 20-story tower in Yorkville on the Upper East Side. Enjoy serene East River views and vistas capturing the vibrancy of NYC from every room.

Triple exposure to the east, south, and west bathe the home with natural light offer awe-inspiring panoramas, sunrises, and sunsets. Entertaining is seamless and dramatic in the open-concept living and dining rooms, accentuated by rich patterned oak parquet floors, 10-foot walls of windows showcasing river views, and glass doors leading out to their respective terraces.

Yvonne DeNigris & Ellen KapitSotheby’s International Realty – Downtown Manhattan Brokerage

Just off the Williamsburg Bridge between NoLita and the Lower East Side, this boutique condois behind a private key locked elevator that opens into a beautiful, light-filled two-Bedroom, two-and-one-half bath condo loft with oversized windows, Corian windowsills, and more than 10-foot-high ceilings, and white oak plank floors throughout.

A long hallway leads to two corner bedrooms, both with fabulous light and views. The spacious master bedroom features a private balcony and an ensuite windowed bath with a deep soaking tub and a glass enclosed shower.

This is only a taste of what Manhattan has to offer – explore more luxury condos in New York City.

Posted on June 18, 2019

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