If you're looking for a spook today, we've got just the thing! New Orleans is perhaps America's most haunted city, so it's no surprise the place is full of ghosts, ghost stories, and floating entities. So, if you dare, come take a look at eight of the most frightening haunted houses — many of which are actually hotels — in the Big Easy! Happy Halloween!
In case you are already dreaming of an exotic getaway this Winter, we might have found just the thing. Nestled in the hills of the picture-perfect Greek island of Hydra sits a majestic stone house just waiting for you. Built for a shipping family in the 18th century, the house features hand-carved wooden ceilings, marble floors, seven fireplaces, plenty of space for entertaining (because you are going to get visitors, trust us), and a beautiful outdoor pool. Did we mention the spectacular bathtub? The 6,781-square-foot mansion is just part of the allure, however. The sprawling grounds feature stone pathways surrounded by well-established Cypress, olive trees, bougainvillea, grapevines, and ivies. Take a look at the photos that have us wondering how to drum up the $8.1 million asking price!
The Jetsons era has arrived. The City of Cupertino has given Apple the green light for its new "Halo" campus, with dramatic spaceship-like architecture — and it's not the only one ready to create buildings of wonder.
Some of tech's biggest companies also have plans in the works for mind-bogglingly grand and futuristic corporate campuses. From bio domes to halo spaceships to megaplexes, meet the incredible new digs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and more.
This shapely doorway in Marrakech has us rethinking what's black, white, and red all over. A far cry from the garish color trio that has long been the domain of circus performer outfits or tents, this combination is muted, worldly, and sophisticated. Try it in an outdoor area or entryway, and get ready to channel a Moroccan vibe.
Sustainable design has many facets. Whether it's incorporating unique architecture that maximizes light exposure, furnishing with reclaimed materials, or reducing carbon emissions with green power, these houses showcase the best in innovative eco practices and stunning design. Many of them are also fittingly located in breathtaking environments, where farmlands, seashores, and jungles complement the sleek architectural frames of these modern homes. If you're looking to incorporate eco elements into your own home through a remodel or are simply curious about the diversity of sustainable design, you'll definitely want to peruse this impressive collection of homes!
If you've been suffering Downton Abbey withdrawal for the past few months, you don't have to worry about long-term losses in the Crawley family anymore. Though we're still teary at the idea of Downton post-Matthew, we're reassured by the fact that season four is coming in January and prepping for season five has already started. To help you get your fill, we've put together a guide to the gorgeous Abbey the Crawley clan and their servants call home.
In case you've forgotten during the long (seriously, WAY too long) hiatus, Downton Abbey meticulously traces the lifestyle of an aristocratic English family just before and during World War I, as well as the family's staff of servants, all of whom are harnessed to Downton Abbey, the regal home they inhabit.
It may sound like a dull period piece, but that could not be further from the truth. Drama! Intrigue! Dinner parties!
Downton Abbey itself is actually Highclere Castle, a 1,000-acre estate in Hampshire, England, that was designed in 1842 by Sir Charles Barry. Highclere is massive, with 11 bedrooms on the first floor and 40-50 on the upper floors. Several of the bedrooms are used in the filming of Downton Abbey, and the majority of the series is actually filmed on site at the castle.
While the Edwardian era officially ended in 1910, the style is broadly noted to extend through 1919. The show, which is set in 1912, reflects much of the era's look in terms of decor and colors. The onset of World War I delayed the influence of the art-deco style, which was the next era in fashion, art, and decor to follow the Edwardian era — though you can definitely see some hints of art deco in the Downton Abbey sets, as well. Keep reading to see photos from the upcoming season and to find out more about the unique decor from the series.
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While black houses may seem a bit macabre, there's no reason that this dark color isn't a legitimate paint choice for any house. Granted, a black home will likely stick out in a neighborhood, but if you like being the center of attention, consider this hue. To get you inspired, check out these darkly painted houses from around the globe.
Designer Stephanie Fillbrandt and her team at Marsh & Clark Design transformed a 1913 San Francisco Edwardian for a modern family. Stripped down to its studs, the home was painstakingly re-imagined with custom cabinetry, moldings, stair railings, and fireplace surrounds. While the entire process took over a year to complete, we think you'll agree it was worth the wait! Keep reading to marvel at the bespoke details, the Golden Gate vistas, and the miraculous power of buckets of white paint.
Built in 2009 and featured in the April 2010 issue of Dwell magazine, this gorgeous modern home, situated in Yucca Valley, is absolutely dreamy. Even better: it's available to rent. Before you head to the Southern California desert for your picture-perfect design vacay, though, why not take a virtual turn around this house, built by Blue Sky Building Systems? With features including large sliding glass doors that lead out to decks and patios, a home theater A/V system, perfectly selected modern furniture, and a picturesque swimming hole, you may want to book a stay today!
One of our favorite authors, Michael Cunningham, has just listed his Union Square loft for $1.595 million. Besides some truly incredible features, including amazing views south to the new World Trade Center and north to the Empire State Building, original steel columns and architectural woodwork, it's a true haven for book lovers. See why when you take a tour of this property.
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