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Celebrity-Owned Private Islands | From Johnny Depp's Bahamas Retreat to Leonardo DiCaprio's Belizean Haven

Dec 28, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Owning your own island may seem crazy to some, but to those who have the money to spare, it's not all that crazy...especially if they have their own private plane to take them there. Here are some of our favorite celebrity islands, past and present, from Johnny Depp's island retreat in the Bahamas to late Marlon Brando's French Polynesian haven.... Read More

Interior Design Inspiration on a Global Scale | Exclusive Pamela Peterson Interview

Dec 27, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Home décor inspiration can come from anywhere, from a flea market in Milan to a table setting at your local café. Interior designer Pamela Peterson travels the world, gaining inspiration from the smallest of details. With a biography that includes working costume design for three seasons of Saturday Night Live to working as the Art Director of Martha Stewart Living TV, Peterson knows exactly what she's doing when it comes to designing your home.... Read More

Winnie-the-Pooh Country Estate on Market for $3.22 Million

Dec 21, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Many of us grew up on the enchanting and heartwarming Winnie-the-Pooh stories of A.A. Milne. The huge heart of Winnie the Pooh, the ever-gloomy disposition of Eeyore, the bounciness of Tigger, the brave and timid Piglet, and the little lord and master of 100 Acre Wood, Christopher Robin, showed us what friendship really means and that sometimes all you have to do to show your love is remember someone's birthday. If you ever fantasized about living in the world of Christopher Robin, you actually have your chance now because for the first time in over 40 years, luxury real estate and Winnie the Pooh has collided.... Read More

My Secret | Heesen Delivers New Steel-Hulled Luxury Motor Yacht

Dec 21, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Dutch shipyard Heesen Yachts has recently announced the delivery of their 47-meter My Secret, which is a steel-hulled full-displacement motor yacht. Having been launched back in June, this luxury yacht was thought up by the company's naval architects, with the exterior commissioned by Omega Architects and the interior designed by Bannenberg & Rowell.... Read More

Gérard Depardieu Bids Paris Adieu and Lists Home for $65 Million

Dec 21, 2012  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

French actor and filmmaker Gérard Depardieu certainly has no problem enjoying the joie de vivre, and this is ever-apparent by his luxurious Parisian villa that looks as if it should be reserved for blue bloods only. This Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated Frenchman recently listed his massive 19th-century Parisian luxury home on the market for a cool $65 million.... Read More

The Döttling Guardian Allows You to Travel With Confidence

Dec 20, 2012  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

Travelling comes doused in anxiety and many stressful moments that will have you reaching for the Valium faster than you can say “Is this strip search really necessary?” Thankfully, the Döttling safe manufactory in Maichingen has relieved us from one travel concern by developing the world’s first security luxury luggage – the Guardian.... Read More

Feel the Beat with a Subsonic Chair

Dec 20, 2012  |   Contributor: Tina Stewart

Bone-shaking audio might not be much of a draw for the over 30 crowd, but for teenagers — well, that’s a market unto itself. Isn't it all too common to be stopped beside a car blasting beats so powerful, it rattles the windows of your car? Loud music — especially the bass range — is like a rite of passage for the younger generation, and though the car audio market is ample, music-loving gamers have mostly been limited to vibrating controls and a few oversized speakers.... Read More

Sundance Film Festival Premieres | Movies You Shouldn't Miss

Dec 20, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

It goes without saying that if a film is screened at Sundance, it has a very good chance at making it big. There have been many high-profile films that first started at this festival, including Reservoir Dogs, Little Miss Sunshine, Memento, The Usual Suspects, and Clerks, so I wouldn't be surprised if we have another monumental hit among the films premiering this year.... Read More

Bring Music to Your Home with Custom Pianos by ResInno

Dec 18, 2012  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

If you’ve been longing for the good old days when crowding around the piano singing showtunes was a post dinner party staple, then ResInno may have exactly what you are looking for. Known for their renowned one-of-a-kind piano modifications, ResInno creates stunning luxury pianos that are more than just works of art, as they are also specifically designed to enhance the instruments' sound.... Read More

Exclusive Interview | Award-Winning Nadia Salameh's Unifying World Photography

Dec 18, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Jerusalem-born and San Diego resident Nadia Salameh is an award-winning photographer who is internationally recognized, not only for her achievements, but for her intensely personal and emotive style. Holding a Master of Photography degree and the title of "International Photographer of the Year" from the Professional Photographers of America, Salameh uses her friendliness to pull you in, creating lasting relationships with people all over the world.... Read More

Surprise the Kids with These Festive Gift Ideas

Dec 17, 2012  |   Contributor: Carol Driver

There's nothing like the promise of gifts to get your kids on their best behavior. Whether or not they still believe in Santa Claus doesn't really matter because regardless of the giver, your kids are going to stay on your good side when these gifts are on the line.... Read More

Welcome the Newest Addition to Montage Residences Designer Model Homes | Alder & Tweed

Dec 17, 2012  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

This holiday season, instead of placing yourself in an awkward (and confined) situation with overbearing in-laws, why not cozy up with Montage Residences and the newest addition to their Designer Model luxury homes family: Alder & Tweed?... Read More

Become an Astronaut with the Space Expedition Corporation

Dec 17, 2012  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

Traveling across the globe can be great, but for us constant jet-setters we generally hit a point where we feel as if we have seen it all. If you have stars in your eyes – and by that, we literally mean stars – then this holiday season the Space Expedition Corporation has something that might be right up your trajectory; a luxury flight into space.... Read More

Max ID NY Brings Your Home to Life With the Panther Table

Dec 14, 2012  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

Lightweight and sleek, the Panther table is just as fierce as the feline from which it received its name. Launched November 15 by New York-based and German-born designer Maximilian Eicke, this limited edition (there are only 13 available) carbon fiber luxury dining table was manufactured in Germany and uses a combination of unidirectional carbon fiber...... Read More

St-Germain Debuts Bespoke Bicycle for Cocktail Lovers

Dec 12, 2012  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

St-Germain, the stylish spirit in the distinctive Art Nouveau-style bottle, has taken the world of mixology by storm since it first debuted in 2007. The only liqueur in the world made from elderflower blossoms picked by hand in the French Alps, its distinctive, subtle flavor has become an essential ingredient in many well-crafted cocktails. Now the artisanal tipple is offering something entirely different in time for the holiday season – a custom-made bicycle with a clever play on the usual practice of carrying a water bottle.... Read More

The Watch Winder Of The Future | The Döttling Gyrowinder

Dec 12, 2012  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

In the past, watch winders haven’t really been objects of desire. Yes, a necessity perhaps, but nothing to get the heart pumping and blood racing. That was before German company Döttling, lead by CEO Markus Döttling, came up with their luxury accessory, the Gyrowinder...... Read More

Delta is London Bound in New Merger with Virgin Atlantic

Dec 12, 2012  |   Contributor: Tina Stewart

Delta fliers should cross their fingers and hope the merger with Virgin Atlantic is approved by regulators. The deal was announced Tuesday and will allow Delta to strengthen its presence at Heathrow, among other advantages. Both airlines will continue to operate independently under their own names, but passengers will be able to book flights on both and earn and redeem miles reciprocally.... Read More

How to Tip Home Employees for the Holidays

Dec 12, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

For those who work in the service industry, getting tips can be a pretty big deal and could make all the difference, especially during the holidays. As always, everything is really up to your discretion and personal experience, but generally, anyone working in a service-oriented field would appreciate a tip or some token of appreciation. Plus, what better way to show your gratitude than to give your full-time nanny a nice holiday bonus or a thoughtful gift? He or she is helping you raise your kids, now right?... Read More

Our Favorite Gifts for Gadget Lovers

Dec 12, 2012  |   Contributor: Carol Driver

Gadget lovers can be hard to please when it comes to gifts. For those of you in a gifting rut, we've sorted through the countless options out there to bring you a quick list of some unique products. From a coffee machine that produces the perfect cup of java to sleek speakers built to give you the most from your iPod and iPhone, there's definitely something here that will stand out as a great present.... Read More

Dolce & Gabbana by Grado Headphones Combine Style and Sound

Dec 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

The luxury fashion industry is constantly evolving, incorporating new looks and receiving fresh design inspiration, but when high-fashion designers segue into the ever-growing world of technology are they simply setting themselves up for failure? One would think the old adage “don’t quit your day job” would apply, however, the Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana’s collaboration with high-end audio company Grado to create luxury headphones that are just as aesthetically pleasing as they are pleasing to the ears is a surprising success.... Read More

XGOLF Simulator Brings Golf Indoors

Dec 10, 2012  |   Contributor: Tina Stewart

Golf simulation machines come in handy when time restraints or weather conditions limit play. Of course, traveling the world to golf on internationally famous courses while staying at luxury resorts is the preferable route, but it is not always an option. There are many simulators on the market, and if cost is a determining factor, then the XGOLF model would rank pretty high.... Read More

Christie's Auctions Famed National Geographic Afghan Girl Photograph

Dec 10, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The National Geographic Collection: The Art of Exploration auction brought in a total sale amount of $3,776,588, as announced by Christie’s, the host of the event. The collection from National Geographic is part of the storied firm’s 125th anniversary commemoration. The auction occurred at Christie’s, in New York City, on December 6, 2012.... Read More

Playful Lamps Capture Nordic Themes

Dec 10, 2012  |   Contributor: Tina Stewart

With a generous amount of sun in the summer and almost complete darkness in the winter, natural light is special for Norwegians. In fact, it is here that one can witness the famous Aurora Borealis. Northern Lighting produces lights inspired by Nordic nature and culture, offering the masses unique luxury home décor options. Integrating light design with art and mood, the lamps come in playful shapes like a butterfly, a moose head, and an exploding bulb. However these fixtures are not tacky; they are artistic and well-suited as sculpture and light sources within the home or office.... Read More

Visually Stunning Images by Our Favorite Photographers for the New Year

Dec 7, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

This year has been full of great photography, from manipulated images of nature to invisible celebrity portraits, and we've talked to the artists responsible to get answers to some burning questions. For example, do you know which photographer Whoopi Goldberg refused to work with? Or which one created an inspired Wonderland series that evokes childlike innocence? Whether you're a collector, a fan, or an aspiring photographer yourself, these interview highlights should remind you of the great talent out there and maybe inspire you to make some art yourself. After all, after revisiting this group of interviews, you just might have a nice list of tips and tricks from all your favorite names.... Read More

Artists Impress and Demi Moore Rescues Stray Cat at Art Basel Miami Beach 2012

Dec 7, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Miami Beach, Florida is hosting the 11th edition of Art Basel from December 6-9, 2012, arguably the United State's biggest art event with over 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa in attendance. The event features work by over 2,000 artists from the 20th and 21st century, which means that the world is being introduced to thousands of groundbreaking artists (new and established), with opportunities to cough up large amounts of cash to display select pieces in their own homes.... Read More

King Kong Rules Vintage Movie Poster Auction

Dec 6, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Auctions gone wild remains a daily attention-grabber with lots selling at higher prices than ever being reported before. It is happening in so many categories in this year that it would require a bullet-point list long enough to fill the space reserved for this entire piece.... Read More

Combine Sound and Style with STELLÉ Audio Couture

Dec 6, 2012  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

Perhaps you walk into a party dressed to the nines, only to discover that the “must-attend” bash is in need of some major beats, or you are simply looking for a sleek way to enjoy your music at home; whatever the reason, new electronics brand STELLÉ Audio Couture ensures that these adventures sound just as stylish as they look. Bridging the gap between technology and fashion, the people at STELLÉ believe that sound is a fashion accessory to life, and if that’s the case, their Pillar speakers and Audio Clutch are definitely “in”.... Read More

Exclusive Interview | Photographer Gustavo Lacerda Creates New Beauty Standard with "Albino" Series

Dec 5, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Born in 1970 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Gustavo Lacerda is a photographer who turns his lens towards those who society has pushed into the background. With his "Albino" series, Lacerda has created a new standard of beauty that has nothing to do with the surface and everything to do with the quiet and resolute strength from within.... Read More

Historic Estate on William Penn's Land Listed at $2.99 Million

Dec 5, 2012  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

A historic estate situated on land that once belonged to English financier and philosopher William Penn, who founded Pennsylvania in 1681, has been listed for sale by Christie’s International Real Estate affiliate Long & Foster at $2.99 million.... Read More

What is a Private Jet Card and Why Use One?

Dec 5, 2012  |   Contributor: Anthony Newcombe

Private Jet Card: Cost-effective and simple method for frequent flyers to experience owning a private jet without dealing with maintenance. Private, quick, and reliable, jet cards are a type of prepaid debit card with a specific allowance of flight time that bypasses service fees and allows access to any private jet in the chosen company's fleet.... Read More

Balsam Hill Brings Life to Artificial Trees

Dec 4, 2012  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

There is nothing quite like the look and scent of a freshly cut Christmas tree. All of the needles are still on and it smells fantastic but within just a couple of short weeks, the needles start to fall, and the tree loses its luster – and then there are several more weeks to wait until Christmas.... Read More

 
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