Watch Light Play in 14 Homes By Paris to Texas

Watch Light Play in 14 Homes By Paris to Texas

Simple uses of sunlight can change our homes in the static and expected to the dynamic and unexpected. Anyone who has visited a building near water will probably be familiar with the beautiful effect created by bright sunlight reflecting on the walls and ceilings inside. Occasionally the added ingredient may only be sunlight refracted through …

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Kitchen of the Week: Buoyant Style on the New England Coast

Kitchen of the Week: Buoyant Style on the New England Coast

An oceanfront view serves as the backdrop with this kitchen. Set on the shore at Rockport, Massachusetts, the home incorporates the traditional materials of New England and beach influences, but the kitchen features a bold red-orange island to comparison with the gray-blue Atlantic Ocean. The owners, an active household with four kids, commissioned a leading …

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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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