13 Spaces with High-Style Ceilings

These rooms take elegance to great heights — literally. Getting cupola envy?

15 Entertainment Rooms That Were Designed for a Good Time

These luxuriously fun spaces were made for watching the big game — or for playing your own games.

How to Spot a Counterfeit Louis Vuitton Bag

What are the telltale signs that you're holding a real Louis Vuitton and not a knockoff? We spoke with expert Diane D’Amato to find out.

This poseur has shoddy hardware, cheap trim and a style that Louis Vuitton would never imagine — wrong in so many ways. Unfortunately, it’s not always so easy to sniff out a fake. Photo courtesy of Heritage Auctions

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The Legendary Adolf Loos Designed This Modern Prague Villa

Peek inside the streamlined 1930s house that was way ahead of its time.

All photos by Martin Polak, courtesy of the City of Prague Museum

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Tour the Retro-Modern Loft of Designtel’s Benjamin Jay Shand

Vintage electronics, toy robots and mid-century modern furniture add tons of whimsy to this whitewashed Sydney home.

Benjamin Jay Shand’s entertainment lounge features (left to right) an Artemide Bacco bar designed by Sergio Mazza, Craft Associates sofa by Adrian Pearsall, Timatic sunburst teak clock, Bang & Olufsen BeoLab Penta loudspeaker by Lone and Gideon Lindinger-Loewy, Hille coffee table by Robin Day, Bang & Olufsen A2 CD storage tower, Bang & Olufsen Attyca 1 and 2 modules by Jacob Jensen, Bang & Olufsen BeoSystem 6500, also by Jensen, and Bang & Olufsen LX 6000 television set by David Lewis.

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The Exotic Look of Bamboo, in Every Iteration

See how interior designers use this versatile material and check out our mood boards of stylish bamboo furniture, decor, jewelry, fashion and more.

The bamboo-filled bar of Casa Fayette in Guadalajara, Mexico, was designed by DIMORESTUDIO. Photo by Adam Wiseman

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17 Comforting Chalet Interiors

This time of year, the cozy ski-lodge look is at its most inviting, whether you're off to the slopes or just dreaming of them.

January Birthstone: Garnet

Best known for its deep red varieties, this gemstone was once so sought after that Empress Marie Terezie banned its export.

The word garnet has roots both in Latin and English. In Latin, granatus means “seed,” and the old English word gernet, which means “dark red,” dates back to the 14th century. Regardless of the dictionary you are using, either term paints a picture in our heads of this beautiful stone, whose deep pomegranate hue is beloved by gem connoisseurs around the globe. While red garnets are the most popular, garnets actually come in a medley of colors. This gives January babies an opportunity to show off their individuality with a birthstone that offers plenty of variety.

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Get Nostalgic for Christmas in the Booming Mid-Century Years

The holiday season was a time for glitz and consumption in mid-20th-century America.

In her delightful and illuminating book Midcentury Christmas: Holiday Fads, Fancies and Fun from 1945 to 1970 (Countryman Press), Sarah Archer recalls a time in the United States when Christmas was truly great: factory workers were comfortably middle class, tidy new tract houses were in the reach of most families and brightly wrapped presents of Barbies, Slinkys and Silly Putty were plentiful under shiny aluminum Christmas trees.

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Decorators to Know: Alberto Pinto

The Moroccan-Argentine designer made Oriental interiors a global fad.

Alberto Pinto by Studio Harcourt. © Alberto Pinto Agency

If you want proof that “some are born to sweet delight,” as William Blake once augured, look no further than interior designer Alberto Pinto (1945–2012). Seldom does one come across a life so charmed. What he accomplished during his 41-year career of wild, wondrous creation — the extraordinarily opulent yet restrained decoration of palaces, villas, pieds-à-terre, townhouses, corporate headquarters, yachts, jets and hotels — is more than most of us might ever dream. What’s most remarkable about it all is that he had no professional training, although every aspect of his cosmopolitan life seems to have been a preparation for his adored vocation.

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