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Real Estate Porn: Accommodating Pads With At Least 9 Bedrooms

This time of year, there's nothing like a good home-cooked meal to make you wish you'd never left home—and a shoddy night's sleep on a leaky airbed to remind you why you can't wait to get back to your own place. But with no less than nine extra bedrooms a piece, these good-looking listings will make your guests wish wish they lived here, too. Location: The Penthouse Collection at The Ritz-Carlton Residences in Manhattan, New York Price: $118,500,000 Size: 15,434 square feet Beds: 12 Key selling points: Space is hard to come by in New York—unless you're the owner of see more
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Hot New Homes: Contemporary Pads With Five-Figure Square Footage

Talk about scaling up—these modern homes have about 10,000 more square feet for you to brag about than the average listing. You wish you lived here. Location: Quirky modern in Dubai, United Arab Emirates Price: Upon request Size: 42,000 square feet Key selling points: We've seen huge mansions, but we've never seen one with perks quite like these: a rooftop lounge, a Beau McClennan floating steel staircase, floors inlaid with 18-karat gold and pearls, a cigar room, custom Louis Vuitton furniture, and your own private Ayurvedic spa—because not every part of your life can be as cushy as your pad. see more
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Getting Someone an Eames Lounge? Here's How You Should Wrap It

The thing about giving a large and expensive gift for the holidays is that it can be really hard to wrap. Which is why the people at Design Within Reach asked four design firms how they'd wrap up one of the most iconic pieces they sell: the Eames Lounge. see more
Design

Norway Turns Boring Passports Into Covetable Design Objects

Leave it to some chic Scandinavians to recast a dull travel necessity—the passport—into something beautiful and whimsical. The designers at the Oslo-based design studio Neue did just that by taking inspiration from their homeland's terrain and turning it into a chic travel ledger—the results of which won a national competition and will now be the country's official passport. Check out the exterior design, offered in three different colors, above, and the interior design (plus the glowing landscape that's revealed once the booklet goes under UV light), below. [H/T: TNW via Liz Keen] see more
Design

No Hippies Required: An $820 Incense Burner Fit for a Grown Man

Made of brass, hand-cast porcelain, and leather, the Censer incense burner is part of the new Objects collection from Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson's influential Apparatus Studio. If you're worried that incense will make your apartment smell like a patchouli-drenched dorm room, don't worry—Apparatus collaborated with the scent studio Cinnamon Projects to include 120 sticks of incense (one called 11AM, for example, has notes of ginger, oud, and violet, while 10PM is a sexy mix of cedar, rose, and tobacco) that smell as luxe as the burner looks. see more
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Hot New Homes: Classic Facades With Shockingly Modern Interiors

Expert brickwork and stone masonry aren't typically the calling cards of a sleek luxury home, but these stunning listings don't play by the rules. You wish you lived here. Location: Brick Georgian manor in Mount Kisco, New York Price: $23,000,000 Size: 20,000-plus square feet Key selling points: Don't let the prim-and-proper exterior fool you—this four-level home's interior is as modern (and luxe) as it gets, with rare extras like an orangerie, an exposed-brick aviary, a kitchen with a breakfast nook and a lounge, a master bedroom with a fireplace and a private terrace, an elevator, and a seven-car garage. And see more
Design

Would You Spend $24 Million on a Watch?

There are people who whine about the fact that Apple's iWatch is probably going to cost somewhere around $5,000. And then there are people who have no qualms about paying more than the gross domestic product of some small nations on a piece of horological history. see more
Design

Let There Be Light: A New Wave of Stylish, Energy-Efficient Pendant Lamps

What's interesting about the Drop Top Lamp Shade pendant light (aside from its beakerlike aesthetic) is why the designer lighting brand Plumen made it in the first place. Despite the popularity of energy-efficient bulbs, most lighting is still meant for incandescents. But the Drop Top (starting at $90; usshop.plumen.com) was designed to fit Plumen's long-lasting 001 bulb, which it released back in 2010. The pairing lets people "update the technology but also freshen up the look of their space," says Nicolas Roope, Plumen's cofounder. Energy efficiency doesn't solely explain the pendant's resurgence: Designers are recognizing the impact these pieces can see more
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Hot New Homes: Log Homes That Aren't Campy

Log homes are shedding their low-rent rep as hokey summer-camp sleepers and frontier homesteads by upping the ante with plenty of square footage, natural light, and waterfront status. You wish you lived here. Location: Lakeside home in Ontario, Canada Price: $3,595,000 Size: 4,000 square feet Key selling points: A triple-height wall of windows and a two-story, three-slip boathouse quite literally take this log home to the next level. Listing: Sotheby's see more
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Hot New Homes: Five Real-Life Haunted Mansions for Sale

These well-known estates have creepy pasts . . . and price tags that are almost as disturbing. Haunted? Who cares—you wish you lived here. Location: Schweppe Mansion in Lake Forest, Illinois Price: $12,000,000 Size: 24,500 square feet Key selling points: This early-20th-century mansion was inhabited by Charles Schweppe, one of the heirs to the Schweppes carbonated-drink fortune, and his even-wealthier wife, Laura Shedd Schweppe—and it was rumored to be their domicile for many years after their sudden deaths, too. And now that it's been restored to its former grandeur, it's not hard to see why they'd want to stick around. see more
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