At Home with Filmmaker James Ivory

14 September 2015

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Last weekend the New York Times T magazine featured a tour of filmmaker James Ivory’s home in Upstate New York. The 19th-century mansion in Hudson Valley is filled with memories and ephemera from over 50 years of filmmaking with his late partner Ismail Merchant. Together, under the name Merchant Ivory, they produced films such as Remains of the Day, The Bostonians, and A Room with a View . . . amongst many other lovely features. Continue reading to view additional images and video. 

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Maison DuJour: Arts & Crafts Mansion in Hampstead London

13 September 2015

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This 19th century Arts & Crafts style home is located in the North London enclave of Hampstead. The stately home was constructed in 1881 by the noted architect Basil Champneys as his personal residence. A pioneer of the Queen Anne style, Champneys major commissions had included Manchester’s John Rylands Library and Cambridge University’s Newnham College. In present day the home’s owners called upon the Milan-based design firm Studio Peregalli to refurbish it’s interiors.  Continue reading to view the full set of images.

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Cindy Crawford’s Lake House in Canada

06 September 2015

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Model Cindy Crawford and husband Rande Gerber opened up the doors to their family retreat on Lake Muskoka in Ontario, Canada, for the September 2015 issue of American Vogue. The picturesque lake house features interiors that were designed with the help of Alfredo Paredes, head of Ralph Lauren Home. Continue reading to view additional images. 

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Jennifer Aniston’s Sleek Bel-Air Mansion

04 September 2015

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Jennifer Aniston purchased this $21 million estate in Bel Air a few years ago. The former Friends star recently married her longtime boyfriend Justin Theroux on the property. Featuring 8,500-square-feet of living space, the house was building 1956 by by architect A. Quincy Jones. Continue reading to view additional images of the home.

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West Village Townhouse with Dream Home Office

03 September 2015

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Located in historic Greenwich Village, this extensive reconstruction of a 1840s townhouse fuses past and present into a new, sophisticated 4,000 square foot home. The project is also the first townhouse to earn a LEED for Homes Gold rating in downtown Manhattan.

Striking a balance between historic and modern guides all aspects of design in this reinvigorated Greek Revival townhouse. Steel and glass windows line the basement and parlor floors’ South facades, drawing in natural light and air from the garden. Daylight is also funneled through the home via a skylight-topped 4- story open staircase. Industrial details of structural steel and an exposed manually-geared hardware operate a pivoting glass and steel Penthouse wall.

Interiors were done by Poonam Khanna for BWArchitects. Continue reading to view additional images of the property.

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Cuixmala Resort Mexico

02 September 2015

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Cuixmala is a resort located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Once the private estate of Sir James Goldsmith, the compound was designed in 1988 by Robert Couturier, a renowned Parisian architect and interior designer. Set in the midst of 25,000 acres of lush gardens, private beaches and lagoons, its an ultra luxurious retreat. Continue reading to view additional images. 

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Charming 1940s Laguna Beach Cottage

01 September 2015

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This adorable cottage is located in Laguna Beach, California, and was originally built in 1946. It was renovated by local designer and builder Clark Collins, who reinstated many of the original interior details and restored the character of the home. A relaxed contemporary decor completes the modern beach house vibe of the two-bedroom house. Continue reading to view additional images.

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“The Holiday” Movie Cottage

31 August 2015

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Arguably one of the best film sets of all time is the cottage owned by Kate Winslet’s character Iris in Nancy Meyer’s film The Holiday. Constructed in the midst of an empty field in the country side and decorated specifically for the film, “Rosehill Cottage” is every American woman’s dream of a charming English retreat. Continue reading to view additional images. 

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Kelly Wearstler’s Malibu Beach House

27 August 2015

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Interior designer Kelly Wearstler recently opened up her Malibu beach house for the pages of Vogue Living. Wearstler shares the 557-square-metre beachfront compound with her real-estate developer husband and two sons. Continue reading to view the full tour.

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Dream Kitchen Inspiration by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

22 August 2015

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This kitchen was renovated by Portland, Oregon, based Jessica Helgerson Interior Design. Of the project, which pretty much achieves my idea of the perfect kitchen, Helgerson writes:

“The original kitchen was a narrow galley, with one window. In order to create the new kitchen we removed a wall between the old kitchen and an adjacent family room. We also opened up the connection between the kitchen and dining room with a large arched opening that lines up with the opening to the living room. In order to keep the family room function, we installed a comfortable sofa at one end of the room, and a television hides behind cabinet doors. We designed the island in a style reminiscent of a traditional Spanish table, but made it higher for counter use, and added storage and seating.”

“When we were first meeting with the client she walked us through the whole house, and when we complemented her on a beautiful glass-front cabinet in the bedroom she said she did love it, but had never found quite the right use for it. We suggested integrating it into the new kitchen, and it now lightens and adds interest to a long wall of storage.”

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