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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
Design

A Writing Utensil Fit for a King

Pens are, for better or for worse, lovely office items. The problem is, in 2014, you're probably typing more than you are scribbling. Still, for those who have a romantic streak and think that there's something downright polite about a handwritten note, do we have the pen for you. see more
Design

Friendly Reminder: Sitting All Damn Day is Bad for Your Health

Hey there! Do you sit all damn day on your ass? Me too, me too! Well, it turns out that's bad. Like, really bad. Like detrimental-to-your-health bad. Oops. see more
Design

Hot New Homes: Southern Estates With Eight-Figure Price Tags

The difference between putting down eight figures on a pad in Manhattan and on one in Mississippi is that in the south, you'll get the square footage to match. Seersucker suit, glass of bourbon (from hand-selected barrels), and loyal hound not included. You wish you lived here. Location: Multi-home estate in Palm Beach, Florida Price: $59,000,000 Size: 12,700 square feet Key selling points: This estate may be in one of the southernmost spots in the country, but it's no textbook southern mansion—and we're into it. The total package includes a 12,700-square-foot British Colonial mansion, a 5,500-square-foot Mediterranean revival-style home, a see more
Guest Blogger

The 10 Worst Halloween Costumes of 2014

You know how it is—every Halloween, when you show up to a party and it seems like a dozen people are all wearing the same very topical costume. One year it's Borat, the next it's Sarah Palin, or the rednecks from Honey Boo Boo. Don't be that guy (or girl). You're better than that. Halloween is a time to have fun, experiment, and do something creative. Don't half-ass it by going for the easy idea, buying a costume in a bag, or leaving it to the last minute so you have to get inventive with what's already in your closet. see more
Design

A New Breed of Sleek, Modern Recliners to Consider

More than 100 million LA-Z-Boys have been sold since 1928, most of them to football fans who, come Sunday, park themselves in the living room, beer in hand, screaming at the TV. But the enduring staple is getting an image rehab now that designers are turning out slimmer, sleeker models that don't rely on boxy rec-room aesthetics to be comfortable. "The best aspect of today's recliner is that it doesn't look like a recliner," says Michael Manes, president of the New York City–based European furniture importer M2L. "It's evolved into a modern piece of furniture with a lighter form and see more
Design

Hot New Homes: Why Just Drink Wine When You Can Buy a Whole Vineyard?

What's better than bottle service? Bottling your own vintage. But these vineyards aren't just for business—they have homes as stunning as their grounds. (How sweet it is.) You wish you lived here. Location: Modern mansion on a lush vineyard in Languedoc-Roussillon, France Price: $5,826,472 Size: 23 acres Key selling points: It's rare to find a vineyard with living quarters as polished as its stainless-steel winery tanks. This one has both a killer wine setup (a 3,767-square-foot wine cellar and tasting room) and a sleek mansion with multiple luxury suites, a spa, a steam room, two pools, and a heliport. Listing: see more
Design

Hot New Homes: Move-In Ready Private Islands

You know you've made it when the only thing left on your wish list is a private island to call your own. But if you're not looking for a major construction project, too, we suggest these listings, where your biggest task will be to load up the private plane and go. You wish you lived here. Location: Stora Rullingen, off the coast of Sweden Price: $7,428,860 Size: 81.5 acres Key selling points: This listing has some serious Nordic bona fides. The former Viking stronghold's hunting lodge, super-modern main villa, and stables were built with timber from the island's own trees, see more
Design

Meet the Compliment-Giving Mirror

Perhaps if the Evil Queen from Snow White's talking mirror were a little friendlier, the whole story would have turned out differently. see more
Food + Drinks

How to Have the Best Damn Dinner Table in Town

Whether you're throwing a dinner party or sharing a meal for two, these pieces deserve a place at the table. see more
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