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Hot New Homes: Minimalist Masterpieces

The elemental appeal of minimalism is far from cookie cutter, finding expression in spaces as different as a pied-à-terre in Paris' fifth arrondissement to a sprawling rancher's estate in the hinterlands of Australia. You wish you lived here. see more

We Want It: Tai Ping Carpets' Chroma Collection

If you're tired of the Moroccan-rug craze that took root right around the time we all started bragging about our furniture being made from reclaimed wood, look to Hong Kong–based Tai Ping Carpets and its Chroma Collection. These room-sweeping pieces (like the one pictured) double as artwork and are a welcome relief from the devotion to red. "They're not trying to be too perfect and pretty," says Yasmina Benazzou, Tai Ping's global design director. Achieving these imperfections is deceptively involved, however. The bleeding effect looks like a freehand watercolor painting, but it's actually created by weavers following a computer-traced pattern, see more

Hot New Homes: A Snapshot of the Astronomical Price-Per-Square-Foot in London, New York, and Paris

You can get a lot of bang for your buck—in the middle of nowhere anyone wants to be. In the world's most influential urban centers, however, the price per square foot is steep. Below are some of the most valuable pieces of property put on the market recently in London, Hong Kong, New York, and Paris. You wish you lived here. Location: Refurbished maisonette in London, England Price: $5,040,517 Size: 1,088 square feet Price per square foot: $4,633 Key selling points: Though it's short on space, this ground floor 2-bedroom maisonette in Chelsea has a killer conservatory, private garden, and see more

You'd Be More Likely to Travel By Trains If They Looked Like This

It's no secret that trains lost their sex appeal decades ago. But Japanese rail company JR East threw a middle finger to the status quo by tapping former automobile designer Ken Okuyama (the man behind some amazing Ferrari, Maserati, Pininfarina, and Porsche designs) to create an exclusive 34-passenger sleeper train with decidedly high-end furnishings. see more

Hot New Homes: Contemporary American Farmhouses

These luxe farmhouses and barns are hardly the homespun affairs of yore. In an age where a roomy balcony is considered "open space," those snapping up acreage in the country may be onto something--but see for yourself. You wish you lived here. Location: Modern barn in East Hampton, New York Price: $4,495,000 Size: 6,200 square feet Key selling points: This home's vaulted, beamed ceilings, stone fireplace, and sliding barn doors were inspired by utilitarian barns, but the rest of the house is utterly refined, with a 750+ bottle wine tasting room, floating staircase, a three-dimensional projection media room, a spa-like see more

Hot New Homes: The Biggest, Most Beautiful Pools On The Planet

That cute pool you've been sipping beer by this summer has nothing on these splashy million-dollar affairs. You wish you lived here. Location: Infinity pool with waterfall in Bel-Air, California Price: $45,000,000 Size: 16,000 square feet Key selling points: This three-level, glass mansion's custom-tiled, tiered, infinity pool looks over a private park, cascading down a stone wall to create a minimalist waterfall. Sleek in looks and function, a tap-and-swipe of your iPad controls the integrated audio system throughout the home's three living rooms, fitness center, home theater, two studies, six suites, and double-height gallery. Listing: The Agency • • • see more

Hot New Homes: Million-Dollar Listings Trying To Be Something They're Not

You name it, these million-dollar homes have it: infinity pools, home theaters, private elevators. But from a fancy French chateau in the heart of Texas to a Vegas penthouse aiming for art-gallery cool, their style is, well, a little off. Prepare to be confused. • • • Location: Dallas mansion that thinks it's a French chateau Price: $11,288,000 Size: 16,000 square feet Key selling points: An attempt at French grandeur with Dallas "bigger is better" sensibilities, this home has an over-the-top rotunda entrance, drapes thicker than your ski jacket, faux marble fireplaces, a home theater with a purple light-up ceiling, see more

Hot New Homes: Paris' Most Breathtaking Properties

In a city praised for its style, the multi-million dollar real estate listings are just as show-stopping as the haute couture. And these homes, with decidedly modern takes on Old World aesthetics, are the sleekest of the set. You wish you lived here. Location: Industrial home in Montparnasse Price: $7,731,000 Size: 5,166 square feet Key selling points: The former home of painter André Derain; masterfully mixes honey-hued wood, wrought iron, and glass to create a cool loft-like space near Paris' Parc Montsouris. The double-height ceilings, open floor plan of the gallery-like great room, and private courtyard garden make it perfect see more

3 Interior Designers on How to Use Color to Instantly Upgrade Your Home

Sebastian Wrong, London-based furniture and product designer "It's easy to make a big difference with something like a cushion, since the cost is low compared to the cost of a new sofa. You can spend $200 to improve the state of your sofa with cushions, rather than spending $3,000." see more

Hot New Homes: Italian Spaces as Fresh as Milan's Runways

All well-coiffed heads may be turned toward Milan's fashion offerings this week, but its real estate is just as noteworthy, with sleek reinterpretations of classic Italian aesthetics in Verona, Tuscany, and more. You wish you lived here. Location: Como, Lombardy (pictured above) Size: 14,638 square feet Selling points: The best part about this three-villa medieval estate is that it doesn't look like it belongs in the Middle Ages. Honey-hued wood flooring, select stone walls, brickwork, and exposed beams take on an industrial vibe when paired with tough accents like metal banisters and stainless-steel appliances. Listing: Sotheby's see more
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