This issue is the launch of a new direction as it relates to the editorial inside our magazine. Each month we will be focusing on a different topic related to homeowners, home buying and/or design and decorating. We hope you the reader find this to be not only helpful but also engaging content to complement all of the fantastic properties featured each month inside our pages.
— Thomas L. duPont, Publisher Emeritus
Incomparable Lakefront Family Compound
“Surrounded by stately Grandfather oaks, towering magnolia trees and rolling green lawns, lies Casa Di Vetro, a once-in-a-lifetime offering that defies comparison. White Trout Lake provides an enviable backdrop for this 8.38-acre compound punctuated by a sprawling 13,000-square-foot “House of Glass.” Thoughtfully crafted to incorporate Florida’s natural beauty and warm sunlight, the home features an abundance of seamless glass throughout interior spaces creating a setting that is as grand for entertaining as it is for comfortable family living.” View Editorial
“Cattle drives and grazing horses. Fenced green pastures and tree-shaded lanes. Rolling hills as far as the eye can see. These are the things of which legendary ranches are made. Welcome to Furst Ranch, a truly unique property that offers peaceful country seclusion yet is just minutes to city conveniences, major business districts and the Dallas/Fort Worth International airport.” View Editorial
By Alyssa Mammano
As majestic as an American bald eagle soaring through clear blue skies and as gentle and loyal as the family Golden Retriever, horses have been a visual inspiration and a vital part of history for centuries. We’ve compiled a list of luxury décor pieces for those who continue to be inspired by these impressive creatures both inside the home and out to the dressage arena on a sprawling equestrian property.
Lladró Handmade Porcelain
A leader in the world of design with a passion for porcelain, the iconic Spanish brand Lladró forms intricate horse-themed sculptures for the exclusive homeowner. The factory is located in Valencia, Spain, where each sculpture is meticulously hand-crafted. The artists painstakingly sketch and mold each original idea and then fragment the design into individually-reproduced segments. Some designs total more than 400 segments.
Vineta Sayer Equestrian Art
Latvian equestrian painter Vineta Sayer conceptualizes the movement and emotion that horses evoke, but she prefers for her works to be interpreted by each individual viewer. Beginning her full-time art education at a very young age, Sayer learned foundational artistic practices through respected Latvian artists. However, her journey to equestrian artistry was self-taught. Her unique process begins with small-scale sketches before putting oil to canvas. Bold brushstrokes and monochrome colors bring each of her paintings to life.
Hrvoje Dumančić Equine Art
Hrvoje Dumančić is a Croatian sculptor, born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1975, who specializes in bronze and aluminum equine works of art. His sculptures have been recognized with prestigious awards in Bosnia, France, the United Kingdom and the United States. Dumančić’s work has been displayed at nearly forty public and private international exhibitions across Europe and the United States.
“Acres of lush rolling hills, a pleasant year-round climate and a vibrant equestrian community create the perfect setting for horse and nature enthusiasts alike in the Central Florida city of Ocala. Located halfway between Gainesville and Orlando, Ocala boasts Southern hospitality and small-town charm amid a landscape punctuated by stately Grandfather oaks draped in Spanish moss and green pastures filled with grazing horses. According to real estate broker Joan Pletcher, ‘it’s very magical here.’“ View Editorial
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