1 Lake House, 10 Top-Notch Architectural Details

1 Lake House, 10 Top-Notch Architectural Details

This year I have had the chance of compiling the ideal renovation particulars on into renovation-related ideabooks. During 2012 I have slipped into the intricacies of Craftsman architecture, dissected outside architectural detailing and even gotten spicy with 50 Shades of Gray. Smith & Vansant Architects’ Lake Fairlee, Vermont, house neatly incorporates the components of 10 …

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Color Brings a Family-Friendly Show House to Life

Color Brings a Family-Friendly Show House to Life

Pittsburgh interior designer Alisha Gwen allowed her spirited character to glow in this series house in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. Her mission was to highlight key characteristics of their home whilst opening prospective buyers’ minds into the use of colour. She stands with her belief that colour is for everyone; people just have to get the …

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What My Kids Have Taught Me About Working From Home

What My Kids Have Taught Me About Working From Home

At the start of this season, I shut up my office space downtown and moved my architecture clinic to the sunporch of my residence. I’d been hitting the sidewalk to drum up work for the prior few decades, and that I was beginning to crack in the strain. So I shut up shop, took my …

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Would You Live a Full Life at 220 Square Feet?

Would You Live a Full Life at 220 Square Feet?

Tiny homes pose a problem: How can you make a pocket-size space comfy and stylish? The issue has special relevance in San Francisco right now, as the Board of Supervisors gears up for a November 2012 vote on a proposal to permit the building of microunits as little as 220 square feet. Small-space living can …

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Guest Picks: Have a Happy (Classier) Halloween

Guest Picks: Have a Happy (Classier) Halloween

I totally love Halloween, but as I have gotten older, I have begun to hunt down spooky accessories which are not of the plastic skeleton variety. Part of the fun of the vacation is the way silly and kitschy it could be, but imagine should you want to celebrate in a more complicated way while …

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A Modern Melbourne Home Finds Its Soul

A Modern Melbourne Home Finds Its Soul

Interior designer Andrew Mitchell toes the fine line beween style restriction and generosity in this Brighton, Australia, home. Inspired by customers who wanted to inject their house with much more warmth and personality, the designer brought in materials and texture without layering in too much old with the new. “Achieving equilibrium between the slick, contemporary …

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A Rare Tiny-Home Specimen at Sweden

A Rare Tiny-Home Specimen at Sweden

Architect Torsten Ottesj√∂ is making a statement with this home: If you design a space well, it does not have to be large — or angular, for that matter. Employed as a weekend and summer house by a few who reside in an apartment in Gothenburg, Sweden, the home has a working kitchen, an outdoor …

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Beach Cottage Chic in Rhode Island

Beach Cottage Chic in Rhode Island

When Kate Jackson’s customers called her, they had been desperately seeking a facelift for their guest cottage at the coastal village of Watch Hill, Rhode Island. The space is adjacent to the main house and utilized by their children and grandkids on the weekends and during summer holidays. Although Jackson kept mostly to the total …

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Modko Litter Boxes Address the Mess

Modko Litter Boxes Address the Mess

How can a man who is allergic to cats wind up designing clutter boxes?Brett Teper does not have a cat — he’s been allergic for some time — but he is devoted to revolutionizing this often-ignored item on the pet product industry. Teper and designer Rich Williams would be the founders of Modko, a New …

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Color and Art Light Up a Texas Home

Color and Art Light Up a Texas Home

Not everyone who sees a very small carport envisions a contemporary dining room, but Billy Brown had a vision for his house from the very beginning. After Brown first saw his house 12 years ago, it had lots of cosmetic work. When he walked in the door, however he had been sold. A huge backyard, …

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