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For pre-baby boomers, luxury was about the intrinsic qualities of the things acquired — price, exclusivity, quality of materials and workmanship. The old European concept of luxury reflects this mode of thinking. Class distinctions were rigid, and the accumulation of wealth through fortune or celebrity did not necessarily provide access to the accoutrements of the upper classes.

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When developing the layout for the master suite in this spec-built luxury show house in Lake Oswego, Ore., interior designer Tina Barclay went to the kitchen for inspiration — literally. She made the focus of this master bath a striking center island, with back-to-back vanities, which not only gave the space a distinctive look, but also enhanced the functionality of the room.

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Although it was the first custom home that they'd ever had built for themselves, the owners of this seashore gem on Kiawah Island, S.C. approached the ambitious undertaking in the manner of seasoned pros. In fact, at the outset of the project, the couple presented architect Chris Rose with a detailed "manifesto" that they had created to serve as a design guide for him to use as he developed the...

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The spacious kitchen in this $2.7 million Las Vegas, Nev. spec-built residence is designed to promote "together time" says Joyce Mason, vice president of marketing for the home's builder, Pardee Homes. "Today's kitchen has really evolved into the social center of the home." The Los Angeles-based builder went right to its target market, the modern family, for input when planning this project, wh...

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With the advent of more modern, open space floor plans, glass and glass-type materials are quickly becoming a part of today's home designs. Glass can bring a more spacious feeling to a room and show off the flow of modern, clean lines by letting in natural and artificial light as well as adding continuity.

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This cedar-sheathed custom home "planted" amid the rolling hills of California's famed Napa Valley bears a striking resemblance to a vineyard shed. In reality, the 996-square-foot weekend escape is dedicated to providing its owners with a sanctuary where they can find respite from their hectic urban-oriented lifestyle.

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Crowned by a soaring, 16-foot coffered barrel ceiling and framed by massive cast stone columns, the luxurious spa tub at the heart of the regal bath is designed to pamper master and mistress in majestic fashion. "The home features a very formal, French Chateau design theme with a lot of honed marble and mosaic tile," says builder Bruce Bleiman, of the $3.

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Builder Bill Maroon dug deep to make this one-of-a-kind Tuscan-inspired spec home a standout in his high-end residential construction market in Winter Park, Fla. Not only does this 8,650-square-foot beauty feature lavishly-appointed living spaces on its first and second floors, but the home also features a walk-out basement — an uncommon amenity in the sunshine state.

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The SoHo Collection, inspired by New York's SoHo village, features clean-lined one-, two-, and three-light vanity fixtures, two-light semi-flush and three-light foyer fixtures. Scrolled arms support stylized glass opal globes accented with a contemporary brushed nickel finish. 864/599-6000.

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The Council of Community Services and the Art Museum of Western Virginia hosted some of the world's top leaders in design, housing and sustainable development on January 14 for the Cradle to Cradle Housing Design and Construction Competition. A team of international jurors reviewed more than 625 submissions.

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Custom home builders talk about what they do on the front end of a project to achieve better margins

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