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When Claude Monet purchased his home at Giverny, he paid as much attention to its interiors as to its lush gardens and ponds, which he immortalized on canvas. The range he selected for the family...
David Teplica was looking for something to place on a pedestal, actually on the two limestone pedestals guarding the Romanesque granite home that he was restoring to its 1910 splendor. “There would...
Los Angeles designer Mel Lowrance is delighted when his touch cannot be detected in his work. “Somebody would really have to know my work to be able to say, ‘Mel Lowrance did this,’ ” he explains. “I...
Every city has one—a furniture showroom that showcases the new, the cutting edge, and the progressive. A place where you can see the shape of things to come. Chicago has been the beneficiary of two...
In 1996, when Chris Allen and her husband, Stuart, met architect Alexander Gorlin at New York’s Plaza Hotel, they were hoping to talk him into designing an Italian villa for the four acres they owned...
“Deep inside mother earth, some two billion years ago, in South Africa, was born a colorless, 10.71-carat rough diamond,” muses sixth-generation diamond cutter Gabi S. Tolkowsky in a handwritten...
“A little bit of the theater in a hotel doesn’t hurt,” architect I.M. Pei once opined. We presume he was speaking tongue in cheek, as the edifice to which he was referring was his own creation, the...
Carl D’Aquino knows the owners of the 1895 Pennsylvania country house well; he has, after all, decorated 11 other houses for the best-selling author and her businessman husband over the last two...
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...
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...
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,”...
From 1926 through 1931, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars crafted just over 1,200 left-hand-drive Phantom I (or New Phantom) chassis for its American customers. The resulting cars, dubbed Springfield Phantoms...
The Umanskys are lucky. They seem to suffer neither generation gaps nor family feuds. As proof, one need go no further than the contemporary Beverly Hills residence Alfredo and Betty Umansky have...
Range hoods perform the unglamorous but necessary task of sucking smoke, odors, and grease out of the kitchen. That does not mean they have to look ugly, however. A few designers have raised the...

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