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Next Stop, Peru!
Rima Suqi | October 8, 2012

Steaming from Machu Picchu en route to Cusco, the train turns into one big party. Not just any train, mind you: the Hiram Bingham, a grand Orient Express locomotive (

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Shack Adjustment
AnnaMaria Stephens | July 9, 2012

In the terra-cotta-dotted enclave of Emerald Bay, one home catches the eye among the architectural mix of usual suspects. Laid-back and comfortable, the three-story standout is no Tuscan transplant, but a modern spin on a more local...

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Abracadabra: Baradaran!
Andrew Myers | July 9, 2012

Imagine a designer’s alchemical magic is that of a hostess-with-the-mostest giving the Greatest Cocktail Party Ev-ah. She sets the stage, she draws you out, she makes you feel your wittiest and prettiest.

Such is how...

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Community Organizer
Gillian Flynn | July 9, 2012

Architect Brett Farrow got to choose his neighbors. All of them.

When Farrow, a sandy-haired surfer, stumbled upon an old lot with a rotting 1912 farmhouse owned by one of Cardiff’s most celebrated residents, he...

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Alison Gee | July 9, 2012

New Jersey native Robert Siegel has to laugh whenever a new acquaintance asks him the classic Los Angeles question: Did you move here for a Hollywood career? “I have to tell them, ‘No, I’m not an actor. I’m a potter,’” he...

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Turkish Delight
Rima Suqi | July 9, 2012

From the still waters of Mandalay Bay, a secluded spot off the storied Aegean Sea—stomping grounds for the ancient Greeks, Romans and their notoriously unpredictable gods—Amanruya resembles a small village. Nestled hillside amid olive...

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Renaissance, Reborn!
Rima Suqi | April 12, 2012

Even today you’d be hard-pressed to find a starchitect-branded glass structure in Florence, one of the few cities in the world with a skyline still relatively untouched by modernization (although rumor has it that Sir Norman Foster...

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Act Two
Alexandria Abramian-Mott | April 12, 2012

Monet Mazur’s design aha! moment happened on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. “When I first walked into the Viceroy Hotel all those years ago it was one of the first times the aesthetic of a space really hit me. I thought...

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Sea Change
Alexandria Abramian-Mott | April 12, 2012

When interior designer Taylor Borsari got a call from longtime clients to completely gut their 4,000-square-foot, coast-hugging Laguna Beach house, she quickly realized she wouldn’t be able to tackle the project on her own.


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Bio Pick
AnnaMaria Stephens | April 12, 2012

When it comes to J. Craig Venter, among the world’s most boldface scientific names, a simple motto may be the most apt: Work hard, play hard. The proof? Venter’s striking contemporary home in La Jolla, which serves as everything from an...

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Estate of Grace
Alexandria Abramian-Mott | April 12, 2012

Jane Buckingham is paid to know where hemlines are currently hitting, where they hit last year and where they’re going to land next season; she’s intimately acquainted with what kind of microbrews the 35-to-44...

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Open-Door Policy
By Alexandria Abramian-Mott | April 7, 2011

Not every architect is willing to admit complete strangers into their home. But when Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir and Tryggvi Thorsteinsson of Santa Monica-based design firm Minarc got a call from future clients Bruce Horwitz and...

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