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7 Homes with Spectacular Bespoke Fireplaces

7 Homes with Spectacular Bespoke Fireplaces

There was a time when luxury living meant bringing the fire indoors, to a cave with a natural chimney. Fire cooked the food, brought light and warmth into the home—and it kept away the predators. Since the advent of lintel, post and roof, the fireplace has evolved into a highly decorative and symbolic architectural form […]

Supersized Homes: 7 Large Family Estates

Supersized Homes: 7 Large Family Estates

There’s no place like home for the holidays, when those welcome hordes of relatives and friends descend upon the family household, where merrymaking—and logistical chaos—ensue. Here we present an alternative to that “relative” chaos with this collection of supersized single-family houses and multi-dwelling compounds. These are no ordinary homes: Among this box of delights is […]

Eastern Ambience: Homes Inspired by the Ancient Art of Feng Shui

Eastern Ambience: Homes Inspired by the Ancient Art of Feng Shui

Feng shui, the Chinese art of placement, is an ancient architectural philosophy that dates from the Shang Dynasty (circa 1600–1050 B.C.). One of the Five Phases of Chinese metaphysics, feng shui, which is translated as “wind-water,” focuses on the art of creating abundance within the built environment. Its basic principles incorporate the placement and position […]

A Christie’s Expert on Collecting Hermès Handbags

A Christie’s Expert on Collecting Hermès Handbags

Whether you’ve got a few hundred dollars to spend or are ready to go to $50,000-plus, you will find just what you’re looking for at a Christie’s Handbags sale. Hoping to procure your first vintage collectible treasure, or add the most sought-after unicorn on the secondary handbags market to your extensive collection? Christie’s can help. […]