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  1. Several years ago, Bruce Hannay—a senior vice president for Prudential Financials and self-confessed car addict from the tender age of 2—determined to construct a space at his Phoenix, Ariz., home to...
  2. A traditional soak tub allows you to immerse your body almost completely in hot, steamy water. The interior is free of whirlpool or air jets. There are no motors, no pumps, and no noise. The water is...
  3. Paul Mathieu named his new furniture collection Bianca after a photographer friend he goes horseback riding with. “She said that the pieces reminded her of a horse’s flank, and that’s exactly it,”...
  4. The September 1998 merger of Asprey London with Garrard had all the markings of a regal marriage made in heaven. Asprey, the royal jeweler, seemed like the perfect suitor for Garrard, employer of the...
  5. Clive Christian, creator of an eponymous collection of rarefied perfumes ( www.clive.com ) and owner of England’s 161-year-old The Crown Perfumers Co., claims to be selling the world’s most expensive...
  6. Good evening, sir," my house said. The face recognition camera cued the front door to open. I wiped my feet and stepped inside. "Hello, Alfred," I replied as I removed my coat. "I sense tension in...
  7. “I think California is the best country in the world and always will be no matter who comes into it or what is done to it,” wrote publisher and impassioned builder William Randolph Hearst in 1906. “...
  8. When Scott Jones decided he wanted to watch movies in his turn-of-the-century English manor near Indianapolis, he called noted home theater architect Theo Kalomirakis. “Top yourself!” demanded Jones...
  9. Streets filled with pantomimists, clarinet players, and bead-draped women give credence to the notion that New Orleans is more of a stage than a city. People watching, as much as dining, is the...
  10. In the world of Michelin three-star restaurants, there is much distinction, but little surprise. Not that the cuisine is homogeneous from one venue to the next, or the decor cut from the same cloth...

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