See a Centuries-Old House in Puglia Transformed

Freda A. Nix

As part of her job, Bulgari’s creative director, Lucia Silvestri, spends a lot of time searching for excep­tional gemstones. But the ­­self-​professed gem hunter, known for her glamor­ous style, sun-kissed skin, and ­layers of gold jewelry, doesn’t solely focus on a jewel’s color and cut: She’s also seeking positive energy. “I look for stones that speak to me,” she says. When she’s holding a special gem, she can feel its energy. And when she first visited Italy’s Puglia region six years ago, she immediately experienced those same positive vibes.

“I felt a connectedness when I came to Puglia,” says Silvestri, who recently celebrated her 40th year at the legendary Italian jewelry house. “I’m instantly relaxed, and I feel at home here.”

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Custom banquettes are tucked into an arched cove in the family room. The hand-painted screen is custom, the sconces are by Egoluce, the walls are sheathed in hand-troweled
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Designer Thom Filicia – Thom Filicia New York House Photos

Freda A. Nix

As an Emmy Award–winning television personality on shows like the original 2003 Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and 2018’s Get a Room with Carson & Thom, both on Bravo, Thom Filicia is accustomed to reimagining—and overhauling—spaces for design-challenged folks on extremely tight deadlines. It is a highly calibrated process whose final goal is as much about improving the emotional well-being of the clients in question as it is about aesthetics. When it comes to his personal environs, however, Filicia takes a more casual, free-associative approach that provides ample opportunity for creative brainstorming.

Corner of room with chaise and Turkish poof as table
The media room’s chaise, chair, and bookshelves are all from the Thom Filicia Home Collection for Vanguard, the Turkish pouf and side table are from Sedgwick & Brattle, the floor lamp is by Lorin Marsh, and the rug is by Crosby Street Studios; the artwork (left) is by Barry Lantz.

Douglas Friedman

“My home feels more experimental.

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Walt Disney’s Former “Technicolor Dream House” Lists for $1.095 Million

Freda A. Nix

A colorful Palm Springs, California, house that previously belonged to Walt Disney is currently on the market for $1.095 million. The midcentury atomic ranch, known fondly as “Walt’s Technicolor Dream House,” was originally built by Disney and his wife, Lillian, back in 1962, and stayed in the family for several decades until it was sold to new owners in 2015.

The exterior appears largely unassuming, set on a quarter of an acre in Indian Canyons, with flagstone walls and a front yard dotted with desert growth. The red-painted double front doors open onto an entirely different world, however: The front foyer is outfitted with mirrored ceilings that reflects the space’s eccentric, bright-red accents. The living room, which features reflective white tiles, opens onto the backyard through an entire wall of glass sliders, with a dining area and galley-style kitchen situated adjacent to the main gathering space. Curtains in the room

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No one but Drake actually thinks Drake’s house is cool

Freda A. Nix

Drake opened up his 50,000-square-foot, $100 million Toronto mansion to Architectural Digest, which published photos Wednesday of the “extravagant” Beaux Arts home that the rapper has dubbed “The Embassy.” “Because I was building it in my hometown, I wanted the structure to stand firm for 100 years,” Drake told AD. “I wanted it to have a monumental scale and feel. It will be one of the things I leave behind, so it had to be timeless and strong.”

But it’s … maybe not quite generating the awe he expected. “Why does Drake live in a lobby” tweeted editor Silvia Killingsworth. “Airport Hilton,” chipped in The Wall Street Journal‘s Jason Gay.

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