Back in the Gilded Age, all the nouveau riche robber barons of the east coast engaged in the sort of competition that only nouveau riche robber barons would ever consider engaging in; who could build the most ridiculously lavish mansion on Long Island? A banker built a fireproof castle on a man-made hill (the hill alone took two years to build), and JP Morgan’s son built a massive Georgian mansion that later became (supposedly) haunted, and was eventually dynamited, but the most over-the-top house is probably this one. (Note: Gatsby’s laughably vulgar mansion in the “Great Gatsby” was directly modeled on these houses.) … OWN THIS 48-ACRE PRIVATE EAST COAST ISLAND FOR ONLY $125 MILLION
I don’t know when the term “staycation” was invented, or who was able to twist the sad notion that they were just too tired to go anywhere on vacation into a hip thing that people strived toward, but….props to the 21st century for this one. If you’ve ever gotten back from vacation having seen a new slice of the world but honestly feeling like you probably should have just slept the whole time, you’re not alone – the act of actually going and doing is, quite frankly, exhausting. … DC’S HIPPEST HOTELS WORTHY OF A STAYCATION
Yoko Ono is being honored by the Hirshhorn Museum with a collection of artwork produced throughout the summer. The newest additions include a Union Market mural and a weekend tribute concert.
Before her summer-long exhibit at the Hirshhorn comes to an end, the artist displayed a new mural at Union Market, titled “RELAX. YOUR HEART IS STRONGER THAN WHAT YOU THINK!” … SO – YOKO ONO IS TOTALLY COOL
This weekend marks the end of this year’s summer and beginning of your best autumn yet. So ring in the new season this weekend with some of these awesome events.
ARTECHOUSE: Spirit of Autumn
In this new era renaissance of art and technology, ARTECHOUSE is pretty much the epitome of your 21st-century art experience. Brought to you by the minds behind ArtSoiree, ARTECHOUSE is a 15,000-square-foot area equipped with a versatile technology and art antiquates. It is installed to give people of all ages, a multi-sensory and digital art experience like no other. … RING IN THE FALL WITH YOUR WEEKEND HIT LIST
Before, things looked good because people genuinely wanted them to look good. If you had fluffed pillows on your couch, it was because you were so type A your drapes matched your rug down to the Pantone #. Or, if you had cute table place settings or the perfect curation of cute but worldly items on your shelf it was because you had a flair for home décor, not because you had to sweat it out in case your space was ‘grammed. Oh, Instagram, the source of all modern-day envy and the world where you can never let your guard down – it’s got to (all) be picture perfect. I mean what if somebody is over at your house and they check into your custom location (Casa de ______), and it’s not looking like you are a free spirited painted who went to town at West Elm on a lawyer-level budget? The horror.