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Now Trending – Distinctive Architecture

The contemporary home at 830 Kessler Woods Trail is listed by Faisal Halum for $898,500. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

More buyers definitely have an eye out for high-quality architecture in today’s market. In particular, the number of people looking for contemporary homes has grown in the past few years.

That’s part of the trend toward homeowners in general wanting more indoor-outdoor living space. People have a greater awareness of the freshness of the indoor-outdoor feeling provided by contemporary and transitional architecture. Old World style is out.
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Design Trend: Chalk It Up With Chalk Paint! {Video}

More than 14 years ago, Annie Sloan showcased Chalk Paint in her Oxford, England, shop – showing that it can transform just about any surface. Sloan invented Chalk Paint more than 20 years ago, and it is now trending in the US.

Think about those great tables, cabinets and chairs you have tucked into a corner of the garage or attic — good bones … but a little dated, right?

Transform them into showpieces using Chalk Paint. Really.

This paint has a velvety, matte finish that works wonders on floors, furniture, walls, trim, doors, metals, concrete, wood, plastic and much more.  Chalk Paint requires very little prep work. It looks polished and pretty when applied straight up. But, if the mood strikes, you can use it to create a distressed look in several easy steps.

There are more than 30 colors to choose — from Antibes Green to Scandinavian Pink. You can use two or more colors for an aged, distressed look. And Sloan has a series of demo videos to show you how simple the process is.

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Chalk Paint allows you to bring old wood furniture into your current current design palette. See what Peinture studio owner Deborah Waltz does with a dated buffet in the video below. Or gather up some ideas on Pinterest.

CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake

Modern Monday: Inside a Rustic and Refined Los Angeles Contemporary {Video}

Constructed in 2006, this rustic yet sophisticated modern home sits on the coveted Riviera rim. Sitting outside in the lushly landscaped scenery, you’ll experience nightly breathtaking sunsets and westerly views of the Santa Monica Mountains and ocean.

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The home has five bedrooms and seven luxurious baths with more than 6,500 square feet indoor living. Outdoors, roam nearly two-thirds of an acre of vibrant grounds in your own personal green oasis, with ample spots for entertaining with its sleek pool, spa, lanai seating, cook center BBQ.

What you’ll love: The incredible master suite enchants, with a wraparound balcony, spa-like bath, two luxurious walk-in closets, and a see-through fireplace. And for those foodies out there, check out the chef’s kitchen and breakfast area, complete with a temperature controlled wine room. Interested in this property? Contact us or click here for more details.

11911 San Vicente Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90049

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As Seen on Second Shelters: Eagle Mountain Lake Retreat

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Meet 12509 Lake Shore Court - a four-bedroom, four-bath Mediterranean-style home with a Texas twist. Here it’s all about the infinity edge saltwater pool that seems to stretch right into the serene waters of Eagle Mountain Lake. Located within the area’s most exclusive, gated community, The Resort at Eagle Mountain Lake truly has it all – 18 hole golf course, private clubhouse, restaurant, fitness center and an ideal location just 30-minutes from the bustling stockyards and cultural districts of downtown Fort Worth. 

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Modern and Marvelous at 830 Kessler Woods Trail, Dallas

Clean lines, open expansive rooms with tall ceilings and lots of natural light are the hallmarks of this modern home at 830 Kessler Woods Trail in Kessler Park. Listed for $898,500. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

This home at 830 Kessler Woods Trail is in lush, green Kessler Park – just around the corner from the Stevens Park Golf Course and nearby Downtown, Uptown and the Bishop Arts District.

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Historic Elegance – a Lovely Home in Kessler Park 

Situated across from Kessler Park, this three-bedroom home features beautiful views and wonderful spaces for entertaining. The home at 2142 Kessler Parkway is listed for $998,000. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

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Oak Cliff has become the talk of the town. Beautiful new bridges have created a gateway for residents and businesses to explore and enjoy this incredible Dallas treasure just a stone’s throw from Downtown. A strong sense of community flourishes here, and local shops and restaurants bustle in the Bishop Arts District. Walking paths, a public golf course and tennis courts offer exceptional amenities. The home at 2142 Kessler Parkway sits on .633 acres of private and luscious landscaping in Kessler Park at the heart of this exciting area.
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Top 5 Books on Modern Architecture To Read this Summer

Looking for some modern reads this summer? Check out our top five picks on modern design, great for the architecture enthusiast and photo-lover alike.


5: Shigeru Ban: Humanitarian Architecture

Foreword by Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson. Text by Claude Bruderlein, Naomi Pollock, Eyal Weizman, Michael Kimmelman, Koh Kitayama, Brad Pitt.

“In 1994, after seeing photographs of the plastic sheets given to Rwandan refugees to live under, Shigeru Ban went to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to propose ideas for better shelters.”

Why You’ll Love it: This book showcases beautiful, modern architecture with a cause. Oh, and did we mention that Brad Pitt co-authored this treasure? Fun fact, the famous hollywood star also dabbles in modern architecture and design. 

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4: West Coast Modern: Architecture, Interiors & Design

by Zahid Sardar. Photos by Matthew Millman

“Architects and designers are breaking new ground on the West Coast, incorporating tested ideas with modern technologies, materials, and concepts in thrilling and sustainable designs. This collection of more than 25 inspiring residences by such renowned western architects and interior designers as Ricardo and Victor Legorreta, Tom Kundig, Jim Jennings, Steven Ehrlich, Marmol Radziner, Aidlin Darling, Paul Wiseman, Terry Hunziker, and Gary Hutton showcases large and small homes that respond to the deserts, mountains, plains, and coastlines of the West. The sculptural forms and elegant interiors are at once both urban and rural, open to the outdoors, and always contemporary, comfortable, and stylish.”

Why You’ll Love it: This book leads new-comers to modern architecture gently by the hand, unpacking the more complex components of style and design without a bead of sweat.


3: Houses: Modern Natural Natural Modern

by Ron Broadhurst

An authoritative volume on the most innovative and environmentally sensitive new residential design. This carefully curated presentation of new and recent houses represents the vanguard of architects creating innovative structures that maintain a sensitive relationship to their natural contexts. Ron Broadhurst has selected projects on five continents demonstrating the inexhaustible potential of the modern house to enter into a dialogue with nature, either as an extraordinary object within the landscape or as an essay in environmental sustainability, or both. Featured here is work by such design luminaries as Kengo Kuma in China, Sean Godsell in Australia, and Allied Works Architecture in the United States. With exceptional color photography, the book presents houses created with sustainability and carbon footprint in mind, as well as houses constructed on spectacular sites.”

Why You’ll Love it: Gorgeous photography makes this beauty an easy read. Plus, when you’re done, it’s a great addition to any (modern) coffee table.


2: MVRDV: Book Mountain Spijkenisse
By Nicoline baartman & Winy Maas. Photographs by Marcel Veldman.

“MVRDV’s Book Mountain is a building with a mission: to encourage a town populated by the least enthusiastic readers in the Netherlands–Spijkenisse, in South Holland–to switch off their televisions and start reading books again.”

Why You’ll Love it: This direct, catchy narrative grabs the heart of those working on the ‘Book Mountain’ and the Dutch community in which it rests.


1: Superlight: Re-thinking How Our Homes Impact the Earth 
Text by Phyllis Richardson.

One of the most powerful design philosophies of recent years has been architect Glenn Murcutt’s dictum that buildings should “touch the earth lightly.”” 

Why You’ll Love it: From arid vistas to inner-city concrete jungles, this book offers practical eco-friendly answers to architects throughout the world.

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The American Dream: Owning a Home {Video}

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If owning a home is the American Dream, then North Texas is such stuff dreams as are made. While we’re still all thinking of backyard cookouts and fireworks, we take a moment celebrate the wonderful neighborhoods and architecture you can find across the region.
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Your Gateway to Calm – Discover Kessler Reserve {Video}

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Discover one of the most spectacular new developments Dallas has to offer – Kessler Reserve – a gorgeous, gated and private community set amongst gently rolling hills and majestic trees in the heart of North Oak Cliff, just minutes from both Downtown and Uptown Dallas.
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Modern Monday: Modern Design for Small Budgets- Modern Interior Designer Ryan Korban

Trying to grab the modern look of sleek pads like 3601 Euclid or 3520 Mockingbird Lane without busting the bank? Here are some great money-saving tips from modern interior design Ryan Korban, known for his extraordinary work for fashion designer Alexander Wang, actor James Franco, and the model Jessica Stam. (Korban’s Q&A appeared in Town & Country magazine; see the link below for the full article.)
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