A Guide to Countertop Surfaces | Part 1

How do you choose the right countertop surface for your kitchen and other areas of your home? There’s a lot to choose from today and before you dive into a large purchase, check out your options below so you can find the best and right material to use for your home spaces.  Quartz Countertops Known…
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A Guide to Countertop Surfaces | Part 2

Find the best and right material to use for your home spaces in Part 2 of our Guide to Countertop Surfaces. If you missed Part I, you can view here. Tile Countertops Offering a wide range of looks for craftsman-styled homes to contemporary ones, tile is a versatile and attractive, inexpensive countertop material. Tiles come…
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Let There Be Light: How Architects Create Bright Homes

As humans are naturally programmed to crave daylight, architects have developed new tricks to ensure that our homes are illuminated in the best possible way This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined. Pity the villagers of Rjukan in Norway and Viganella in Italy, who until recently lived half…
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French Country Design

French country design evokes images of rustic, old world charm reminiscent of old chateaux and inviting, spacious country homes, against the backdrop of lavender fields and bright sunshine. The French are known for living well and creating charming country homes that are both aesthetically pleasing and welcoming. They design both elegance and simplicity in a…
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Creating Your Own Luxury Home Gym

Design your own space that makes you want to work out. Having a home gym offers convenience, privacy, greater hygiene and immediate access to your  personalized workout options right from the comfort of your own home. When it is your own space, you can design it the way you want to have an appealing aesthetic…
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The Art of the Modern Luxury Bathroom

This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined. No longer a merely functional space, today’s bathroom is part spa, part sanctuary, and part recharge station—and more lavishly designed than ever before On the upper floors of 551 West 21st Street, the 19-story condominium designed by Sir Norman Foster in New…
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Grand Designs: 7 Homes with Signature Staircases

This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined. The stairway has always been the architect’s obsession. The ziggurats of ancient Mesopotamia are the first examples of ceremonial stairs that put worshippers closer to the gods. The Romans invented the spiral, or helical stairway, later adapted as a tactical defense…
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For The Love Of Stone Surfaces: Counters, Floors, & Walls

STONE COUNTERS Our use of stone as the ideal countertop surface dates back as early as cooking itself when the rocks surrounding an open flame were the only work surface needed. And while granite has been the most popular choice for stone counters for about the last decade or so, there are other stone choices…
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