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Amy Azzarito

Friday September 19th, 2014

Thursday September 18th, 2014

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Best Illustrated Books

One of my favorite things about fall is the new crop of books out from publishers. And today, I thought I’d share some of my favorite recently (or soon to be) released illustrated books. These are all books that you’ll keep on your coffee table and keep coming back to – from the stories behind…

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Wednesday September 17th, 2014

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DIY 101: Flooring

Let’s be honest, making changes to your flooring can be a little scary. After all, it involves moving all the furniture. Anything that involves heavy lifting is a big commitment. But it can make all the difference between a so-so space and something fantastic. To get you in the mood to flex your muscles, we’ve…

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Monday September 15th, 2014

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Decorating with the Whole Family in Mind

When Kate Paillat, founder of Maurice and King, and husband Guillaume were looking for a London neighborhood to settle into with their two small boys – Etienne (4) and Jacques (2) – they knew they wanted to be in Notting Hill. They had always loved the neighborhood and wanted to be near parks for their…

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When the best color choice is white

Before Rebecca Crall and Eric Neagu found this apartment, they both lived in the Lincoln Square/Ravenswood area on the north side of Chicago. They thought about trying another neighborhood but the leafy streets, relative quiet and proximity to public transportation were too hard to let go. When they moved into this apartment, Rebecca impulsively painted…

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Finding Success in a Tropical Paradise

After finishing college, but before settling down to a 9-to-5 life, Kelsi Vande Velden hit the road with her best friend on an epic road trip. For three months, they traveled the country going to music festivals, national parks and stopping at every dive bar and curious antique store along the way. Towards the end…

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Wednesday September 10th, 2014

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Lighting DIY 101

One of the easiest ways to update the look of a room is by changing out the lighting, and as we start moving toward shorter days and longer nights, it can have a huge impact on the way you feel in a room. We’ve rounded up our favorite lighting DIYs plus some fantastic Before &…

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Monday September 8th, 2014

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A Textile-Inspired Design in Williamsburg

When textile designer Amira Marion and husband Pierre Carpentier moved back to New York after living in Paris for a couple of years, they rented a room in the apartment of an interior decorator from Airbnb while they apartment hunted in Brooklyn. They fell in love with the building’s high ceilings, whitewashed exposed brick and…

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Turning a Rental into a First Home

Hilary and Kyle Maloney moved into this 1930s Craftsman house in Athens, Georgia shortly after getting married two years ago. At the time, they were both full-time students at the University of Georgia, so they were taking a big risk as they set out to support themselves as creatives. They chose this house because it had so…

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Thursday September 4th, 2014

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Best of Oregon Homes

Although, I haven’t had the opportunity to explore as much of Oregon as I’d like, I’m lucky enough to have a couple of Design*Sponge trips to Portland under my belt. The trips were short, but they were just enough to fall head over heels for the city (Portland seems to have that effect on people)….

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Tuesday September 2nd, 2014

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The Kitchen is the Heart of this Berkeley Home

For most families, the heart of the home is the kitchen, but that is doubly true in the home of cookbook author, blogger and photographer Erin Scott. (Her gluten-free cookbook Yummy Supper just came out two weeks ago!) Thirteen years ago, Erin was living with her husband Paul in the Berkeley hills and on their drives…

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A Lesson in Design Compromise

For anyone who moves to New York City’s West Village, it’s location, location, location – after all, you’re just a stone’s throw from some of the city’s best restaurants and shops. But that premium on location means you sometimes have to settle for a smaller space with a challenging layout. So two years ago when…

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Wednesday August 27th, 2014

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What’s in Your Toolbox: Our Favorites

Peeking into the these toolboxes is a bit like looking in the host’s medicine cabinet where you’re at a dinner party. (Not that I would know.) But it is quite revealing and it’s fun to see what people consider to be their must-have items. There might even be something that makes its way onto your…

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Monday August 25th, 2014

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Our Favorite Classic Kitchens

The first question you might have after reading the title of this post is: “What is a classic kitchen?” I thought a lot about what makes a kitchen classic as I was looking through our sneak peek archives. And, for me, a classic kitchen is one that is timeless. And so unsurprisingly,  many of these…

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Around the World With Textiles

Last week, I gave a talk titled “The History Behind Design Trends” here in New York City, and when I finished talking about the history of black, of white rooms and of indigo, I was asked to comment on other trends in design. My answer? Bright, colorful textiles from around the world. We all seem to…

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Friday August 22nd, 2014

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Provincetown’s Salt House Inn

Once cottages for 19th century salt mine workers, the Salt House Inn opened as a refuge for those escaping from their own version of the salt mines in the city to the beach town of Provincetown, Massachusetts. The project was a collaboration between hotel industry innovator David Bowd and interior designer Kevin O’Shea, who purchased…

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Wednesday August 20th, 2014

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Our Best of Texas

I don’t think I’m going to surprise you when I say that Texas is a big place. A big place made of some very different cities and that means there are some very different homes. I got to spend some time in Dallas and Austin when Grace and I were on the Design*Sponge book tour….

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Monday August 18th, 2014

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White on White in Nantucket

The first time artist Paula Madonna walked through this Siasconset, Nantucket home, it was staged with the seller’s furniture – part traditional/part antique with dark furniture and lots of shiny chrome. It wasn’t her style at all, but she could envision how her art and beachy decor could transform the place. The first thing she…

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