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April 7, 2015
Let's raise a toast to the hosts at these ten festive residences.
Modern hallway with Bocci chandelier and inset shelving

Dr. Kenneth Montague's party-friendly penthouse in Toronto is filled with conversation-starting artwork and furnishings, like a chandelier from Bocci. “When I have parties, there’s always something to get people talking," says Montague. 

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© 2012 Naomi Finlay
Originally appeared in Party-Friendly Apartment in Toronto
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Austin Tree House Backyard

A U-shaped family home in Austin articulates its way around a mighty oak tree, and, in doing so, forms an ideal outdoor gathering spot. 

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Bryant Hill
Originally appeared in A Mighty Oak Tree Frames This Family Home in Austin
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Modern kitchen with Corian countertop and Heath Ceramics tiled wall

A storied 1980 party house in a California resort town enters a second chapter as an intimate gathering place for family and friends. Resident Stacey Chapman Paton credits her collection of vintage cocktail shakers for helping create a convivial atmosphere. “You’ve gotta whip out your shaker to get a drink right,” she says.

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Originally appeared in Modern Home in a California Resort Town
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Modern kitchen off an urban garden in Mexico City

At an open-plan retreat in Mexico City, an electric curtain is used to close off the kitchen from the living area when the residents are entertaining.

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Víctor Benítez
Originally appeared in Modern Open-Plan Retreat in Mexico City
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Outdoor deck in Los Angeles

The L-shaped configuration of this indoor-outdoor home in Los Angeles forms a partially enclosed patio. Sliding doors along the living room and kitchen offer easy access to the interior entertaining spaces. 

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Originally appeared in L-Shaped Indoor-Outdoor LA Home
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<p>The wet bar at the end of the kitchen is equipped with a spout for filtered water, ice maker, wine fridge, and over-sink shelving--and is the happy-hour hotspot.</p>Photo by <a href="http://www.benmayorgaphoto.com">Ben Mayorga Photography</a>

This unassuming home bar in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood is equipped with a range of happy hour amenities, include a spout for filtered water, ice maker, wine fridge, and over-sink shelving

Originally appeared in Pacific Heights Remodel
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Kansas City family home with outdoor dining area

The porch at this modern Kansas City home, which is furnished with a Saarinen Round dining table and Emeco Navy chairs, is a popular setting for warm-weather entertaining.

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Originally appeared in A Kansas City Home Packs Quite the Surprise
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living room and concert venue with a view

A lifelong devotee of architecture and music, Nathan Frankel added an 80-person concert venue and guesthouse to a converted barn in Beverly Hills. The stage features a Steinway piano. Elsewhere, an Enomatic wine dispenser is built into a staircase for on-the-go revelry. 

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Originally appeared in Wouldn't You Like to Have Your Own Private Concerts at Home?
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Justin Korhammer maximizes space in his Manhattan bachelor pad with a stainless steel kitchen that folds away. The doors are installed so that they fold in, not out, which leaves the hallway unobstructed for guests.

Originally appeared in Open Sesame
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wood paneled room Brazil

To foster a feeling of conviviality, the architect of this family retreat in São Paulo made the communal spaces flow together seamlessly. “[The father] can watch a football game in the media room, [the mother] can entertain guests in the living area, and the kids can be having a snack in the dining area or playing in the garden or pool—all at the same time,” explains the architect. 

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Originally appeared in Blockbuster Movies Can't Compete with These Monumental Views
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Modern hallway with Bocci chandelier and inset shelving

Dr. Kenneth Montague's party-friendly penthouse in Toronto is filled with conversation-starting artwork and furnishings, like a chandelier from Bocci. “When I have parties, there’s always something to get people talking," says Montague. 

Photo by Naomi Finlay. Image courtesy of © 2012 Naomi Finlay.

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