Building Health: The Link Between Architecture and Well-Being

Architecture has been shaped by health crises throughout history, here’s how experts believe that building designs may adapt as we learn from this one. This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined. Ask architectural historian Mohammad Gharipour what he believes to be one of the biggest influences on architecture throughout…
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A Top Designer’s Recipe for the Classic Kitchen of Your Dreams

New York’s St. Charles—maker of coveted kitchens since the 1930s—has now branched out into a new world of customization thanks to the enduring vision of its principal, Karen Williams August 23, 2020 This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined. There are kitchens, and there are kitchens. There are kitchen…
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Project Restoration: How to Restore Historic Properties and Features

This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined. The desire to own a genuine piece of history is a noble one, but navigating restorations can be a daunting task—but one that can be made easier if you have the help of an expert in the field Buying a property with…
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The Top Ten Eco-Friendly Features for Today’s Luxury Homes

This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined. In honor of Earth Day, we discover that for the world’s most innovative designers and architects, green is the new black A home can be luxurious, historic, glamorous, commodious, even fun. But can it also be sustainably designed and eco-friendly green? It can…
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The Art of the Modern Luxury Bathroom

This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined. No longer a merely functional space, today’s bathroom is part spa, part sanctuary, and part recharge station—and more lavishly designed than ever before On the upper floors of 551 West 21st Street, the 19-story condominium designed by Sir Norman Foster in New…
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Notable and Record-Breaking Real Estate Sales of 2018

This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined. The most expensive house in Australia; two trophy estates in the star-studded enclave of Beverly Hills, including the former homes of Gone with the Wind actress Ann Rutherford, Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman; and a Central Park West penthouse designed by…
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Grand Designs: 7 Homes with Signature Staircases

This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined. The stairway has always been the architect’s obsession. The ziggurats of ancient Mesopotamia are the first examples of ceremonial stairs that put worshippers closer to the gods. The Romans invented the spiral, or helical stairway, later adapted as a tactical defense…
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Health Benefits Of Balsam Fir Pillows

The medicinal properties of balsam fir needles have long been observed by Indigenous Peoples who believed stuffing their pillows to create balsam fir pillows encouraged tranquil, peaceful sleep. Not only do balsam fir pillows smell fresh and crisp, which is one of the reasons they promote a good sleep, but balsam fir is also good…
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Is It Better To Buy Or Rent A Vacation Home?

When you’re considering bringing a slice of the vacation life into your life permanently with the purchase of a vacation property, you need to make sure it makes financial sense. It’s a tough decision and that’s why so many people debate about whether it is better to buy or rent a vacation home. After the…
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Lake Simcoe

2015 Cottage Country Waterfront Real Estate Update

2015 Cottage Country Waterfront REAL ESTATE update With the allure of owning a recreational waterfront property in cottage country on the rise, it’s no surprise our analysis of the number of Lake Simcoe waterfront sales in 2015 shows an increase of 15 per cent since 2014. As an update on other cottage country areas, according to…
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