6 Museums You Can Tour from the Comfort of Your Own Home This Weekend

While staying at home and practicing safe social distancing are the best courses of action to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, it doesn’t mean we have to miss out on cultural landmarks around the world. Thanks to the Google Arts & Culture Project, from New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, to Rijks Museum in Amsterdam, here are 6 museums you can tour right now from home.

MoMA, New York

The first museum founded to showcase modern art, The Museum of Modern Art in New York has been doing just that for more than 90 years. From Picasso to Van Gogh, the MoMA is home to incredible pieces of history from the world of contemporary art.

Museo Frida Kahlo, Mexico City

Tour La Casa Azul, the former home of world-renowned artist Frida Kahlo – and current home to the museum honoring her life and legacy. Visible here are not only works from Kahlo, but also numerous personal belongings including her clothing and a body cast she famously painted while ill.

Musée d’Orsay, Paris

On display at the Musée d’Orsay, you’ll discover famous works from French artists who lived and worked between 1848 and 1914. Paintings by Monet, Gauguin, and Cézanne – among others – are featured on this Parisienne art tour.

La Galleria Nazionale, Rome

With just about 500 of its approximately 20,000 artworks digitized for this virtual tour, La Galleria Nazionale in Rome features everything from antiquities to seminal pieces representing the Futurist and Surrealist art movements.

Georgia O’Keefe Museum, Santa Fe

Honoring one of America’s preeminent artists, the Georgia O’Keefe Museum settled in the same New Mexican desert she once called home. It is dedicated to enriching visitors in the incredible legacy left by the late artist with its collection of her paintings; of which 30 can be viewed online.

Rijks Museum, Amsterdam

One of the more thoroughly digitized experiences is Rijks Museum in Amsterdam. With over 145,000 works available to view virtually, enjoy incredible works from artists like Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Verspronck, to name a few.

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Posted on March 27, 2020

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Video of the Week: Take a Virtual Tour of an Award-Winning Modernist Retreat in Williamstown, Massachusetts

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week.

Williamstown, Massachusetts | Jeff Loholdt & Gladys MontgomeryWilliam Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty 

This sleek, stunning, award-winning Modernist retreat was designed by Williamstown architects Burr & McCallum and is privately set on 24 acres.

Here, the minimalist aesthetic and fluid communication between house and landscape combine to create the ideal sophisticated country escape, minutes from culinary, cultural and recreational amenities, including MASSMoCA, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Clark Art, and farms for artisanal cheese and fresh organic produce.

In recognition of its design, this home earned first prize in the Biennial Andrea Palladio International Design Competition and recognition by the editors of Architectural Record as a Record House. The 24 included acres comprises two lots (6 and 18 acres respectively) and the house can easily be expanded to more bedrooms if desired.

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Posted on March 25, 2020

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Putting Down Roots | How to Settle in to a New Home

Boca Raton, Florida | John Poletto & Mark NestlerONE Sotheby’s International Realty

There’s a difference between a house and a home. It can take time to personalize the interior of a new house with your own sense of style and décor, making it a welcoming place that becomes a family’s central hub. To help give any new house a head start, or refresh during an extended stay at home, we’ve compiled a few simple tips to make your new property feel distinctly yours.

Start Organized

Bluffton, South Carolina | Renee MeighanCelia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty

The best way to start off in a new home? Make sure you’re organized from the get-go. To make unpacking a breeze, ensure boxes are clearly labeled and organized by room, and that any furniture is placed in its proper spot from the very beginning. You’ll receive an instant sense of familiarity when you walk into your new house and see all of your belongings close to—if not perfectly—where they’re supposed to be. If you’re having renovations done, like painting or decorating, schedule them in advance to avoid chaos as much as possible.

Add Some Greenery

Riverside, Connecticut | Steve ArchinoSotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage

Bringing a touch of the outdoors inside is a sure way to make a new space feel fresh and welcoming—and plants have the added benefit of purifying the air. To spruce up your new home, try large potted plants like palms and ferns to brighten entranceways and living rooms. And if you’re looking to instantly achieve that at-home feeling before you’ve settled on more permanent plants, add some fresh bouquets of flowers to the kitchen on your first day in your new abode.

Making Scents

Chicago, Illinois | Tim SalmJameson Sotheby’s International Realty

Smell is a powerful vehicle for nostalgia. Just a hint of a certain scent can transport us to a memory of a vacation or a moment with friends. Whether through a candle, incense, diffused essential oils, or your go-to soap, adding fragrance to your new space makes it even more welcoming. If you’re looking for new scents to christen your new home, try light florals in the living room, something fresh and herbal in the kitchen, and relaxing lavender in the bedroom to aid sleep.

Sounds Like Home

Singapore | Veniz KwongList Sotheby’s International Realty

It’s hard to resist a thrill when a favorite song comes on the radio. Bring that magic mood into your new home by listening to curated music as you settle in. Make a playlist, press play, and let the music of your life fill your new space as you decorate and adjust to your new environs. Creating new memories through sound can smooth the adjustment process.

Fill in the Blanks

Beverly Hills, California | Eric LaveySotheby’s International Realty – Beverly Hills Brokerage

Unless you’re planning for a minimalist design in your new house, blank walls can be a deterrent in making your space feel homey. That’s not to say you should rush to add permanent artwork: while you decide on your chosen pieces, adding family photos and favorite decorative items from another home can quickly make your new space feel comfortable in the meantime.

Turn on the Lights

Beverly Hills, California | Almila GozenSotheby’s International Realty – Brentwood Brokerage

Lighting is crucial for setting ambiance in a new home. Consider if you need to make any updates to the placement and types of lighting in your house before you move in, so that rooms are cozy and welcoming when you arrive. Lighting candles can also set the tone for those first special evenings in a new space.

Stock the Kitchen

Wellington, Florida | Thomas BaldwinEquestrian Sotheby’s International Realty

The kitchen is the soul of the house, so your new address might not feel like much of a home while it remains empty. Fill your fridge upon arrival, whether you pre-order for delivery or pick up fresh produce on the way. Cooking a meal in your new kitchen is also a great way to feel settled. Invite some family and friends over for a casual meal in the early days of your residence: a celebration with company can make any house a home almost instantly.

Moving into a new space, whether as a permanent residence or a seasonal getaway, is always an exciting time. You may be looking forward to a change of scenery or the chance to create more memories with familiar faces. Regardless of the type of property or how much time you’ll be spending there, these simple ideas go a long way towards making your new home feel like you’ve lived there for years.

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Posted on March 23, 2020

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Get Smart | 5 Forward-Thinking High-Tech Homes

With environmentally responsible elements and the capability to manage entertainment and climate-control systems from anywhere in the world, these compelling homes set high—and high-tech—standards for luxurious modern living.

Contemporary Wine Country Compound

Napa, California | Ginger MartinSotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country – East Napa Street Brokerage

In addition to strikingly sleek contemporary style, four serene bedrooms—including two master suites—a 650-bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar, a swimming pool, and an alfresco kitchen and dining area, this residence and guesthouse have been outfitted with an array of high-tech amenities and conveniences. Home automation is managed via a Control4 system, the media room and other spaces are outfitted to accommodate top-tier wide-screen televisions or monitors, and the sound system is state-of-the-art.

Artful Living in East Hampton

East Hampton, New York | Dana TrotterSotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage

This custom-built modern minimalist home is a residential work of art distinguished by a series of sculptural arches that create separation in the public spaces while maintaining a sense of openness and classical grandeur. This is also an Energy Star-rated home boasting solar panels, high-efficiency water heaters, a generator, LED strip lighting, thermostats and a camera-equipped doorbell from Nest, and an electric-vehicle charger in the attached two-car garage. All the charms of East Hampton’s Main Street are minutes away.

Dynamic Modern Design

Los Angeles, California | Alison MacCrackenSotheby’s International Realty – Beverly Hills Brokerage

The layout, ambience, and dedication to top-tier materials and technology distinguish this 3,821-square-foot modern masterpiece. The interiors feature an ideal blend of wood, glass, concrete, steel, and light; while balconies, a patio, a lush lawn, and a rooftop deck encourage enjoyment of the outdoors. Outfitted with a wireless mesh network, the entire home—including Apple AirPlay, Hikvision cameras, an RTI sound system, Lutron lighting, Nest thermostats, and a DoorBird doorbell—can be managed via smartphone or tablet.

Sleek, Sophisticated Santa Fe Oasis

Santa Fe, New Mexico | David WoodardSotheby’s International Realty – Santa Fe – Main Downtown Brokerage

Santa Fe’s glorious natural light illuminates this majestic home, a bastion of striking modern Swiss style. Designed by acclaimed architect Jeff Harnar in 1998, it was impeccably reconceived and expanded to feature flowing open-plan living areas and four bedrooms secluded in separate wings. No expense has been spared in assuring consummate levels of convenience and style—the sleek, sophisticated spaces are impressively organized and are finished with the highest-caliber materials, cabinetry, appliances, media components, lighting, and fixtures.

California Charmer

Santa Ynez, California | Micah BradyMike Brady, & Jennifer NationSotheby’s International Realty – Santa Ynez Valley Brokerage

This three-bedroom contemporary Ranch-style home has an airy open floor plan and a wraparound covered patio, making it perfectly suited for indoor-outdoor living. Minutes from the restaurants and shops of Old Santa Ynez, it enjoys views of the Los Padres and Coastal Mountain ranges from its five-acre parcel, which features multiple barns, storage buildings, fenced pastures, and a swimming pool. Although classically charming, the home has eye toward modernity and technology, with environmentally conscious solar panels mounted on the roof.

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Posted on March 14, 2020

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