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‘McMansion Hell’ Reminds Us That Generic, Sprawling Houses Are Guilty Of More Than Bad Taste

The site’s author hilariously explains WHY we hate McMansions so much.

There’s no formal definition for a McMansion, but that doesn’t mean you can’t spot one when you see it. The term, around for decades, but proliferated more recently, refers to the type of overbuilt, often suburban, homes that believe that size trumps all else.

While their ability to get under the skin of neighbors or laypeople varies, there’s a consensus among design professionals that, well, McMansions suck.

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Check Out The $8 Million House The Obamas Just Bought

It’s a block away from Jared and Ivanka

Since former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama left the White House last January, they’ve been renting a gorgeous home in Washington, D.C. And, despite the new administration’s recent disappointments, the Obamas have decided to stay put in the district, buying the home they’ve been renting for a cool $8.1 million on Wednesday, CNN Politics reports.

The home, which boasts eight bedrooms and nine-and-a-half baths, sits just three miles away from the White House. But, more importantly, it’s 10 minutes away from Sidwell Friends School, where Sasha Obama will finish her last two years of high school. According to U.S. News & World Report, a president hasn’t stayed in the district after the end of his term since Woodrow Wilson, who left office in 1921.

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14 Mesmerizing Photos of Iranian Mosque Ceilings

Photography is banned in many Iranian mosques.

Middle Eastern architecture is known for its curved arches, spiraling columns, and high-domed ceilings. Iran is no exception, its mosques offering breathtaking symmetry, brilliant colors, and intricate ceiling detail. Instagram user m1rasoulifard’s amazing shots of kaleidoscopic mosque ceilings are a rare treat, given that photography is banned in many Iranian places of worship.

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Transforming an Old Church Into the Sistine Chapel of Skate Parks

We spoke to artist Okuda San Miguel about the inspiration and process behind the Kaos Temple.

Okuda San Miguel in Kaos Temple

In the Spanish city of Llanera, in the northwestern principality of Asturias, skateboarding is a religion. So much so, in fact, that a collective of skateboarders called the Church Brigade bought a 100-year-old church and converted it into La Iglesia Skate (“Skate Church” in English).

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Digital Artist Projects Breathtaking Visualizations on Walls of Chapel in England

Watch these Gothic chapel walls become a 3D immersive experience.

For a recent fundraising event at Cambridge University, groundbreaking digital artist Miguel Chevalier was commissioned to interpret the work of three of the school’s famous alumni: physicist Stephen Hawking, actor Ian McKellen, and naturalist David Attenborough. The resulting creation, projected onto the walls of Cambridge’s King’s College Chapel, marks the first time that the university has invited an artist to create a piece of art inside that centuries-old venue.

This video offers a glimpse of the breathtaking experience:

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This series is brought to you in partnership with Purina ONE®. These stories highlight how pets have provided creative inspiration in the worlds of technology, education, business, and beyond. Read more about how pets—and the people who love them—can brighten lives and strengthen our communities at the GOOD Pets hub.

Home is where the heart is, especially for pet owners. Where else do we spend the most quality time relaxing and playing with our four-legged best friends? Inspired by this natural companionship, a bevy of talented designers have created furniture made with both pet owners and pets in mind, balancing beauty with everyday functionality. From beds and dog bowl feeders to litter boxes and lounging chairs, these modern designs make a stylish statement by incorporating clever, pet-friendly twists.

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