2020 Pantone Color of the Year | Classic Blue

Since 2000, color matching powerhouse Pantone® has welcomed in the New Year with its Color of the Year announcement—a prediction about the hue and themes that will influence us over the next twelve months. The selected shade not only reflects the feeling and tone of the time, but surfaces in fashion, home décor, and graphic design as everyone from illustrators to tastemakers finds something fresh in the color of the moment.

Pantone has looked to the horizon for 2020 and forecasted PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, which the company says instills calm, confidence, and connection, and “highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.” Whether through paint, ornamental accents, or exterior elements, this rich blue takes pride of place in the eight properties below: find a rising trend to incorporate and welcome in the new decade with a splash of something new.

Camelot Estate in Brisbane, Australia

Glenn GracieQueensland Sotheby’s International Realty

With 10 bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a twelve-seat cinema, a tennis court, an outdoor kitchen, a guesthouse, and lush manicured gardens, this inviting Australian home is more of a modern-day palace than a house. The crowning jewel? The beautiful, Pantone Classic Blue resort-style pool surrounded by entertaining spaces and offering endless serenity.

A Restored Townhouse in New York, New York

Roberta Golubock & Mark Thomas AmadeiSotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

This bright five-story townhouse in Greenwich Village is the perfect Manhattan assembly point. Enjoy 6,750 square feet of elegance, including landscaped gardens and terraces and a rooftop garden with mesmerizing city skyline views. The entire home exudes warmth, but a bedroom featuring a beautiful Classic Blue accent wall adds a hint of cool sophistication and creates the ideal atmosphere for rest and relaxation.

A Palace Wharf Townhouse in London, England

United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

If you’d prefer to dip your toe in the blue rather than wade in fully, this 1,875-square-foot London townhouse is the perfect example of how to incorporate the trend with a deft hand. The crisp, airy living room with Classic Blue accents scattered thoughtfully throughout complements the fabulous views of the River Thames beyond the patio.

A Spectacular Golden Mile Estate in Montréal, Canada

Joseph MontanaroSotheby’s International Realty Quebec

With inspiration drawn from Mediterranean Villas, this estate in the heart of Montréal offers 10 bedrooms, six full bathrooms, and is said to be the only house outside of the United States designed by architect Charles Platt, who famously worked on properties for the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts. Among this estate’s many amenities is an inviting basement lounge, complete with a Classic Blue accent wall and velvet club chairs to set the tone for a refined evening’s entertainment.

A Classic Kitchen in Roslyn Estates, New York

Shahla (Golie) OhebDaniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty

Equally at home in the kitchen as the bedroom, Classic Blue brings a splash of opulence to an otherwise white space in this four-bedroom family home in picturesque Roslyn Estates. Paired with hints of gold and brass, this home’s blue kitchen cabinets are a talking point complemented by a white tiled backsplash and tastefully understated dining area. A blue stone patio, vaulted ceilings, and a designer bath round out this home’s timeless appeal.

Overboard Residence, Tucker’s Town, Bermuda

Margaret YoungRego Sotheby’s International Realty

Is there a more iconic warm-weather duo than blue and white? See them at their best on this Bermudian home, where Classic Blue shutters complement brilliant white walls. If it’s more shades of blue you’re after, turquoise ocean waters are at your toes at this 5,250-square-foot waterfront property, which also includes a private patio, outdoor pool, and a covered terrace for al fresco dining while taking in the sunsets.

A Mediterranean Villa in Admirals Cove, Jupiter, Florida

Todd Peter & Frances PeterSotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage

In a place as sunny as Florida, indoor/outdoor living is an expected luxury. With Classic Blue elements integrated on a covered terrace at this Admirals Cove property, the outdoor space becomes a serene extra living room. At 11,974 square feet, there’s plenty of space for sunning; additional amenities include a waterfront pool, dock, and golf cart parking spot—not to mention all the entertainment options offered by the Admirals Cove community, including golf courses, dog parks, restaurants, dog parks, and a marina.

A Contemporary Villa in Vandoeuvres, Geneva

Alan BazbazCardis Immobilier Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in Vandoeuvres near one of Geneva’s premiere golf clubs, this five-bedroom, seven-bathroom Swiss villa boasts modern architecture and elevated design. A lofty, elegant sitting room features Classic Blue artwork that matches the space’s contemporary grandeur—it’s the perfect place to lounge with friends and family after enjoying a soak in the heated swimming pool.

PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is a color that evokes feelings of calm, which is welcome news for the year ahead. It also carries with it a certain level of stately presence, which lends itself well to luxury design: it’s no wonder this rich shade is already present in many of the most coveted properties around the globe. Keep an eye out for the classics as you design your year; according to Pantone, we’ll all be singing the blues.

Looking to be inspired by more splashes of color? Ensure you’re always close to the blue in one of these waterfront homes.

Posted on December 16, 2019

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The 6 features your luxury seller should upgrade

Getting a luxury home into selling shape is all in the details…

Britt Klein, Associate Broker, Sotheby’s International Realty in Santa Fe

“Intimately understanding the strengths and weaknesses of your listing is essential for effective marketing,” says Britt Klein, Associate Broker with Sotheby’s International Realty in Santa Fe, New Mexico. “You want to place your listing in the strongest possible position for a sale.”

After all, buyers are quick to take things at face value. According to Jon Mand, Broker with Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty in Louisville, it’s crucial for agents be able to see a property from the buyer’s perspective so they know what to change. “The objective of my initial walkthrough is to view the home through the eyes of a potential buyer in order to accurately assess the current condition and marketability of the property,” he says.

Jon Mand, Broker, Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty

What are the first things he looks for? “Is the paint chipping? Is there visible water damage? Deferred maintenance is the first priority for our sellers to tackle. A beautifully staged room will quickly be overshadowed by heavily worn hardwood floors and drywall in need of repair.”

In some markets, what’s outside matters almost as much as the interiors. “My clientele are craving the ultimate indoor-outdoor living experience,” says Klein. “When possible, I encourage sellers to work with interior and staging specialists as well as landscape architects.”


So what are the upgrades agents need to stay on the lookout for? Here are our top six picks:

Take care of the basics

1. Refresh the walls
Paint chipping, water damage, and flaws in the drywall can steal the show from even the most elegant homes. Walls are a high priority, and they can be a quick fix — especially if the problem is simply the color. “Whether the home is $200,000 or $2,000,000, painting consistently remains the greatest return offered to sellers out of any pre-listing work or staging I recommend,” says Mand. While rich jewel tones are having a moment in design, for selling a home, neutrals still see the best return on investment in luxury properties: soft gray-blues, warm browns, and beiges create a blank canvas for allowing buyers to picture themselves in a space while conveying a sense of refinement. If the creative urge strikes, kitchen cabinets and bathrooms are places where a bit of color is less likely to deter luxury buyers.

2. Replace flooring
“Updating or refinishing flooring is a close second to walls,” continues Mand, “and can make a world of difference to a space.” Floors are a particularly nuanced feature because there are so many types to choose from. Hardwood remains appealing to buyers, although tastes regarding plank width vary between markets; in humid climates, ceramic and granite tile can provide sophistication without the risk of warping. Consistency in flooring throughout a house can matter more than type: sellers are well advised to choose an attractive option for the main rooms of their home in order to keep buyers from identifying flooring as a problem area.

3. Raise ceilings

Luxury Kitchen Interior

Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty

Along with walls and floors, ceilings are an oft-overlooked surface that can be improved in order to lift and lighten a space. Vaulted ceilings are highly sought after, and for luxury condo buyers, ceilings of at least 13 feet are in vogue.

“I once recommended several changes to a home, including a fresh coat of paint throughout, refinishing hardwood floors with a darker stain, and replacing an older dropped ceiling,” recalls Mand. “At that time, the clients decided to move forward with listing without making any improvements. The home sat on the market for several months before they decided to remove it and make the changes originally suggested. Upon reentering the market, we immediately received multiple offers and ultimately sold above ask.”

Brush up on the extras

4. Modernize the kitchen
When asked about the upgrades that bring the biggest benefits to sellers, both Klein and Mand are quick to mention kitchens. “As far as significant renovations go, sellers will see the most value for resale in a complete kitchen update,” says Mand.

This is an area of the home that builds up a lot of wear and tear; it’s also a space where buyers are especially concerned about having the latest features, whether it’s energy efficient lighting or a smart refrigerator.

5. Splash out on the master bathroom
Unlike the kitchen, homebuyers focus on the master bath as a luxury more than a necessity, but it’s another upgrade that Klein and Mand unanimously agree is one of the most important. It’s also one of the most likely to maximize the seller’s return on investment. Details like radiant in-floor heating, soaker tubs, and open-concept Italian showers can take a master bath from run of the mill to attractive oasis.

6. Design a tranquil outdoor space

Luxury home exterior at night

Sotheby’s International Realty – Santa Fe – 326 Grant Avenue Brokerage

A property’s façade is the first thing buyers see when attending an open house; that’s why, for Klein, curb appeal is non-negotiable. “The exterior experience is among the most important upgrades, and provides a great return on investment,” she notes.

Landscaping, patios, and the indoor-outdoor lifestyle is even more critical in secondary home markets. “In Santa Fe, buying a luxury home is often a choice rather than a necessity,” she says. “Most secondary homebuyers need to emotionally connect with the property, and are willing to pay a premium for a move-in-ready residence that offers an idyllic Southwestern lifestyle.”

On trend or timeless?

When it comes to advising sellers on upgrades, it’s vital agents know what’s current. There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to style, as long as you steer away from anything outdated. Mand advises his clients to focus on traditional aesthetics with wide appeal; Klein makes sure to identify and replace any features that have fallen out of fashion and may adversely affect marketability.

“Recently, I worked with a seller who had designed their Santa Fe residence with a dramatic French country theme,” she describes. “The home was exquisite and tastefully decorated; however, the design theme deterred buyers who wanted the Santa Fe experience. My sellers willingly replaced the antique crystal chandeliers with rustic wrought iron fixtures and restaged the home with a neutral theme. This rebranding broadened our audience, which resulted in a significant surge of activity and an immediate sale.”

Ultimately, your sellers are relying on you to tell them what requires an upgrade — whether or not they know the scope of work needing to be done. “Being an objective and knowledgeable third party during an often emotional and tiring process will make all the difference to your seller,” says Mand. In the end, superior service is what counts most in the luxury real estate space.


About Sotheby’s International Realty

Sotheby’s International Realty was founded in 1976 as a real estate service for discerning clients of Sotheby’s auction house. Today, the company’s global footprint spans 990 offices located in 72 countries and territories worldwide, including 43 company-owned brokerage offices in key metropolitan and resort markets. In February 2004, Realogy entered into a long-term strategic alliance with Sotheby’s, the operator of the auction house. The agreement provided for the licensing of the Sotheby’s International Realty name and the development of a franchise system. The franchise system is comprised of an affiliate network, where each office is independently owned and operated. Sotheby’s International Realty supports its affiliates and agents with a host of operational, marketing, recruiting, educational and business development resources. Affiliates and agents also benefit from an association with the venerable Sotheby’s auction house, established in 1744. For more information, visit www.sothebysrealty.com.

The affiliate network is operated by Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC, and the company owned brokerages are operated by Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. Both entities are subsidiaries of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY) a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC and Sotheby’s International Realty Inc., both fully support the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act.

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The Ruggiero Group Joins KLSIR

A Legend in the Field

We are pleased to announce Cynthia Ruggiero of The Ruggiero Group has joined us at our Mendham location. With over 30 years of experience as a Realtor in western Morris County, Cindy understands how to merge a client’s style of living with the perfect home.

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Cynthia Field Ruggiero

Clients trust Cindy to have helped her earned the Platinum level for the New Jersey Association of Realtors’ Circle of Excellence since 2014. With over $25 million in sales and over 60 units closed annually, REAL Trends has included Cindy and her group among their list of America’s Best Real Estate Professionals.

Recognized as a Five Star New Jersey Agent for nine consecutive years, Cindy has put together a team of professionals to provide top-level customer service for buyers and sellers alike. Led by Cindy, The Ruggiero Group includes: Alena Field, Kim Harwanko, and Peter Ruggiero.

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Alena Field & Kim Harwanko

Alena Field is a licensed real estate agent who provides support to Cindy in the office and out in the field. Alena also provides website support and social media marketing.

Kim Harwanko is a licensed real estate agent who brings a lifetime of local living and a strong background in marketing. Her deep roots in Morris and Somerset counties off an intimate knowledge of the area.

A 38-year resident of Long Valley, Cindy has volunteered as an elected West Morris Regional High School Board of Education member for eight years, coached girls traveling soccer and Morris County select soccer, as well as working with “Turning the Town Teal” for ovarian cancer awareness.

We invite you to contact The Ruggiero Group at 908.399.3408 or cruggiero@klsir.com to learn more about how our real estate professionals are the proven leaders in representing distinctive homes.

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Inside Musician Martin Johnson’s Hollywood Hills Home

It feels fitting for a musician like Martin Johnson—whose milieu is American rock and pop—to have settled here, in this modern cabin with a wide-open view of one of the  most iconic sights in the U.S., the Hollywood sign. Helmer of The Night Game and former frontman of Boys Like Girls, Johnson has also made career as a songwriter of multi-platinum songs. When he’s not touring, he retreats to this inviting haven, built in 1978 byaward-winning architect Tony Ngai and updated to reflect a modern sensibility with hints of timeless Scandinavian style.

Los Angeles, California | Patricia RubenSotheby’s International Realty – Los Feliz Brokerage

The interiors display an emphasis on clean lines, natural materials—including Swedish Kährs wood flooring and clear-cedar ceilings that mirror the home’s striking façade—and the maximization of natural light. This sort of warm modernism—relatable and appealing yet sophisticated—creates a deep-seated sense of comfort, furthered by such spaces as a cushioned “conversation pit” with a fireplace and a library with custom shelving and track ladder for accessing its upper reaches.

The charming and colorful Miele-outfitted kitchen features a cozy window seat and an adjoining dining area with doors to a balcony. Throughout, soaring ceilings contribute to an airy lightness, and oversized windows transform views of the surroundings into veritable works of art.

The home offers three restful bedrooms, four light-filled baths, and generous closet space—including a well-appointed room-size walk-in in the master suite. The master bath offers a soothing soaking tub, a relaxing steamshower, custom floating vanities, and—appropriately for the home of a musician—surround sound speakers.

Picture windows offer views of the enveloping canyons. The cabin’s enviable location—at the end of a cul-de-sac on a road less traveled—affords desirable privacy.

From a chic and modern cabin in Los Angeles to the castles of Ireland, discover incredible and unique luxury homes from around the world

Posted on November 12, 2019

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Design | 7 Futuristic Materials Having a Moment

Corona Del Mar, California | Linda Chan & Sana AmarithPacific Sotheby’s International Realty

What makes a house truly feel like a home? Aside from the events that take place between its walls, much of a home’s personality is found in the materials, textures, and accents that bring it together. While it can be time-consuming to keep up with the latest design trends—especially the perennials that come in and out with the seasons—incorporating the latest high-end materials into your home is an easy way to give a space an instant, luxurious update. From cozy fabrics to rich metals, here are seven futuristic materials to freshen any room.


Harrison, New York | Alix PrinceJulia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

An ultra-soft, looped yarn fabric, bouclé is a material that exudes warmth and whimsy. Traditionally a popular texture for coats, bouclé is adorning couches, loveseats, and throw pillows to add instant comfort—and a little fun—to the living room without sacrificing high-end style. Curling up on furniture made from this fabric is a lush experience; it’s getting up once comfortable that becomes a challenge.

Rice Paper

Naples, Italy | Sabrina MajelloItaly Sotheby’s International Realty

When it comes to the burgeoning trend of sustainable home décor, materials like rice paper, jute, linen, and wool are making a big name for themselves. Rice paper lanterns and floor lamps are perfect accents for bright, minimalist spaces that adhere to the design tenets of serenity and relaxation.


Cyprus | Anastasia YianniCyprus Sotheby’s International Realty

By no means a new material, ceramic is having a moment in 2019. Patterned ceramic tiles are an exciting way to spruce up walls and flooring, and artists worldwide are creating stunning bowls, flower pots, and vases in both high-shine and matte finishes. Whether for function or simply for display, unique ceramic artwork makes a clear statement.


Hamburg, Germany | Alexander StehleHamburg Sotheby’s International Realty

For a clean, minimalist look and feel, acrylic furniture is a fuss-free, futuristic trend to incorporate into your home. Acrylic coffee tables, end tables, and hallway or entryway pieces provide a balance of function and style without detracting from the overall design of the rest of the room. And in tight spaces, clear acrylic furnishings allow light to travel without adding any visual disruption.


Laguna Beach, California | Sean StanfieldAriana Gaffoglio, & Seth NelsonPacific Sotheby’s International Realty

There’s just something about velvet that elevates a room. A velvet couch, especially in a rich jewel tone, not only makes a glamorous statement, but the fabric’s plush feel is a luxury in itself. An example of the old being made new again, velvet is making a splash in contemporary rooms with a hint of Art Deco. Not ready to commit to a velvet couch? Try throw pillows, a blanket, or a headboard to bring this trend into your home.


Sydney, Australia | Michael PallierSydney Sotheby’s International Realty

From tables to benches to tiling, concrete has stepped into the interior limelight. A major component of industrial design, concrete can bring texture and contrast to spaces that are rich in other natural materials like wood and wool. Statement walls and concrete islands create focal points in bright and open rooms, and, when properly sealed, concrete is a resilient material to use in kitchens and workshops.


Lisboa, Portugal | Jose GorjaoPortugal Sotheby’s International Realty

It’s time to bid farewell to rose gold—last year’s ubiquitous accent metal—and say hello to the warm, earthy glow of copper. Integrate this rich metal into your home through lamps, kitchen and bathroom faucets, side tables, and even picture frames and plant pots. Keeping your copper from oxidizing involves the application of sealant, but the care of faded metals can be easily addressed with products found in most kitchens.

Whether you’re looking to update a space with on-trend touches or are planning a home renovation, there are plenty of futuristic materials to draw from to bring your spaces into the present. Choose from elegant details that accentuate a minimalist space or rich fabrics to add depth to a modern room—with elements made from acrylic or copper, velvet or bouclé, forward-looking design options are at your fingertips.

Explore these beautifully designed luxury properties for inspiration and find your next home.

Posted on November 5, 2019

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The Etiquette of the Housewarming Party


Westover Hills, Texas | Laurie Brants & Rob SchumacherBriggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

The finishing touch to any major renovation or move, a housewarming can mark a new era in the life of your home. And like any social gathering, there are guidelines for housewarming party etiquette that every host—and guest—should keep in mind.

Housewarming parties are traditionally more casual affairs, but there are a few ways to ensure they are a memorable and thoughtful occasion. Whether you’re hosting or attending, here are a few helpful pointers to make that fall refresh as celebratory as possible.

For the Host

Take Time to Settle In

Diablo, California | Anton Danilovich and Rebecca BurnsGolden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty

Establishing a new home—or finishing extensive renovations—is an exciting accomplishment, one you’ll want to share with friends and family. But there’s no rush to make your home party ready. Leave yourself time to apply the final coats of paint, hang art, and select the perfect pieces of furniture to make your space feel complete. Invitations can wait, and taking a moment to settle in ensures your home feels like yours—and is warmly welcoming when it comes time to host guests.

Think Strategically About Timing

Park City, Utah | Brian WilsonSummit Sotheby’s International Realty

Your housewarming will have a different feel and structure depending on what time of day you’re planning to invite guests into your new home. If you’re hosting a Sunday afternoon gathering, catered canapés and mimosas are a brunch-appropriate refreshment choice; if you’re aiming to welcome guests during dinner hours, be sure to serve enough food to constitute a meal. Hosting in the evening means refreshments can be limited to casual drinks and light hors d’oeuvres—the scale and scope of your party is best determined by when it’ll take place. Clarify the food offerings on your invitation, and confer with your caterer on ways to keep service natural and easy.

Invite the Neighbors

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico | Wesley GleasonAgave Sotheby’s International Realty

The main purpose of throwing a housewarming party is to settle into your new home by welcoming others into your space, but it can also mean settling into a community. By inviting your neighbors to your festivities, you’ll be setting the tone for future friendly interactions in the neighborhood. It’s an easy way for your neighbors to get to know you—and you them—in a low-pressure, casual social environment.

Go Light on Decoration

Perugia, Italy | Diletta Giorgolo S.Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

A housewarming party needn’t be weighed down with elaborate themes or grand gestures—this is a party designed to share your beautiful new space, so your home can do most of the work. Simple decorative measures like elegant pillar candles, fresh flowers, and freshly-pressed tablecloths are sufficient and allow your guests to take in your space without the distraction of ornate displays. If seating or servingware are going to be an issue, rent the appropriate pieces to help your evening progress smoothly. The goal is to keep the focus on your home; encouraging flow through your entertainment spaces and guiding guests on tours should take precedence over show-stopping extras.

For the Guest

Come Bearing Gifts

Raleigh, North Carolina | Susan BashfordHodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty

While a host should never request gifts or send out gift registries with housewarming invitations, it’s accepted practice to bring a small present when celebrating a new home. The gift need not be elaborate, but it should act as a small gesture of thanks for their hospitality and as a way to help them settle into their new space. A glass decanter is an elegant choice, as is a marble serving board or bottle of wine: think of gifts as a way to augment the host’s future social gatherings in their space. The gift is a token of appreciation for the invitation as much as it is a way to warm their home.

Bring Warmth

Encinitas, California | Kevin DalzellRyan Dalzell, and Jim DalzellPacific Sotheby’s International Realty

It may seem simple, but remembering to compliment the homeowner’s new space is an important part of being a gracious guest. Your host has invited people in their home en masse for the first time, and reassuring comments are a kind and simple way to help them celebrate this achievement. While it is a social gathering, it’s best to refrain from letting the food—or drink—distract you from the true purpose of the event: let the home and the host remain the focus.

The housewarming party comes with best etiquette practices, like any other social gathering, but one of the most important things to remember is that it should be enjoyable. Whether you’re a host or a guest, keep things relaxed: the point of the party is to establish memories in a new space, and to turn a house into a welcoming home.

If thoughts of hosting have you aspiring to a new space, discover homes for living and entertaining among these inspiring listings.

Posted on September 26, 2019

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Sotheby’s International Realty® Brand Enters Oklahoma City

Credit: Oklahoma City Convention & Visitor’s Bureau 

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Sage Realty Partners in Oklahoma is the newest member of its global network and will now operate as Sage Sotheby’s International Realty. This addition marks the brand’s first affiliated office in the state and the brand’s continued growth in south central U.S. The announcement follows the brand’s recent introduction of Portfolio Sotheby’s International Realty in Arkansas, and Bash & Co Sotheby’s International Realty in Kansas.

Owned and operated by Chris Allen and Rob Allen, the firm will serve the luxury residential real estate market in Oklahoma City and its surrounding areas, including Nichols Hills and Edmond.

“The historic and urban core of Oklahoma City and its surrounding areas are what makes this market prime for growth,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty. “Chris and Rob have established a successful company that has set an industry standard for the past two years, and we are delighted to have Sage Sotheby’s International Realty part of the brand’s global network and represent the brand in Oklahoma.”

“Our mission has always been to create a company of professionals that set the standard in the industry, and our affiliation with the Sotheby’s International Realty®brand will further enable us to meet this goal,” said Rob Allen. “We support collaboration over competition, and intentionally work towards betterment every day while putting our clients’ interests first. We believe everyone deserves million-dollar service and the value of the Sotheby’s International Realtybrand’s immense global network and robust marketing resources will allow us to take our service to the next level.”

Sage Sotheby’s International Realty is located in Nichols Hills with 30 sales associates. It is the first Sotheby’s International Realty affiliatedcompany in the state of Oklahoma. The company and its agents also give back to its local community and are passionate about supporting a variety of causes, including veteran initiatives, particularly those dedicated to mental health.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 23,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in nearly 1,000 offices in 71 countries and territories worldwide. In 2018, the brand achieved a record global sales volume of $112 billion USD. Sage Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs. Each office is independently owned and operated.

Posted on September 5, 2019

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Our Favorite: Historic Home

We love listing historic homes! With our connection to the time-honored Sotheby’s Auction House, Sotheby’s International Realty is the best fit to sell these little pieces of history. KLSIR specifically has plenty of experience due to the cultured past of our marketplace. We currently have a Basking Ridge listing with authentic features and a wonderful story.

Let us introduce 3155 Valley Road…

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This home was stamped in granite stone with ‘J M VC 1764’. These are believed to be the initials of the builder or the original owner. We know the house was owned and offered for sale in 1781 by Captain Patrick Dennis, a ship captain commissioned by George Washington to command the armed cutter Vigilant. The Vigilant was one of 10 vessels patrolling our coastline against British invasion. These ten cutters were the forerunner of our present-day Coast Guard. Captain Dennis also worked as a spy for President Washington.

This charming old stone house, neglected for many years, was rescued by a young couple in 1964 on its 200th birthday. For the next 55 years they lovingly restored, renovated and eventually doubled the size of the home. Even during the major addition, the couple traveled to New England to find old floorboards, authentic period doors and hardware. The owners were dedicated to keeping the historical elements which earned them a Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission ‘Historic Preservation’ award in the year 2000 as a testament to their dedication to period authenticity.


Located on the corner of Valley and Stonehouse Road, this picturesque 1764 home gave Stonehouse Road its name. Maps of 1850 show the area named as such. The dwelling, deemed worthy of preservation, was documented in the Library of Congress’s Historic American Buildings Survey in 1936 with pictures, blueprints and a plaque. Stone House has been included in numerous tours over the years and in 1976 was named a Bernard’s Township Historic Site and marked with a plaque.

The home today, sits on almost two acres of mature trees and professional landscaping. The historical elements are still there but the updates are appropriate for today’s lifestyle.

Schedule a showing!


3155 Valley Road, Basking Ridge

4 beds  |  2.1 baths  |  1.92 acres  |  $675,000

Represented by Megan Bonanno
mbonanno@klsir.com  |  862.812.0634


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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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