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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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Turning a Rental into a Home

When documentary filmmaker John moved to this apartment in San Francisco’s Noe Valley, he really wanted to turn this rental into a home. He travels frequently shooting all around the world (he just returned from China), and when he’s back in San Francisco, he needs a space where he can unpack and fully recharge. He…

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Who needs a couch with a view like this?

What does it mean to live in a 350-square-foot space in the middle of downtown San Francisco? It means that Rachel Gant and Andrew Deming have killer views from their 11th floor apartment. It means Saturday afternoon parties with friends that start with gin punch and end on the rooftop, soaking up the sun. It…

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Thursday August 14th, 2014

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A Tobacco Curing Barn Turned Writing Studio

In the thirty years that Margaret and Alex Harris have lived on this property in Durham, North Carolina,  this early 20th century tobacco curing barn has been used for a number of purposes most notably as a children’s playhouse. But now that the children are grown, Margaret decided to use the barn space to create the…

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Wednesday August 13th, 2014

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Our Favorite Canadian Homes

I don’t have an actual TV anymore – only Hulu – so I don’t watch as much HGTV as I used to. But when I go home to visit my mom, our activity of choice is binge-watching HGTV. She kindly loads up her DVR in anticipation of my visit. Our favorite shows have always been…

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Monday August 11th, 2014

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Making Textiles Work in a 100-Year-Old Home

We peeked in Paige Morse’s house in 2011, but for this interior stylist, art director and prop and wardrobe stylist, her home is never really done. So in the last three years, she’s made quite a lot of changes. (You can compare the home’s different looks here.) When Paige bought this one-hundred-year-old home in Dallas, Texas…

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Decorating as a Couple in NYC

Alex Yeske and her boyfriend Grant Lipschultz have been dating for nearly seven years since they met during college at Syracuse University. But since this East Village apartment was their first together, it was important to the couple that it felt like a blend of their individual styles – not too girly or too masculine….

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Friday August 8th, 2014

Monday August 4th, 2014

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A Santa Barbara Dream Home

Moving to Southern California after years living in London, Caroline Diani was looking for a place to spread out, close to nature. When she saw the canyon views that this 1950 ranch-style Santa Barbara home offered, she knew this was where she wanted to be. The house needed a bit of work, but Caroline was…

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A Cottage with Plenty of Southern Charm

Growing up just outside the town of Laurel, Mississippi, Erin Napier, owner and creative director of Lucky Luxe, relished the opportunity to come into town and gawk at the beautiful homes on the avenues. In junior high school, she would come downtown to take photos and draw her favorite houses, and her most favorite of…

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Our 10 Favorite Brooklyn Apartments

It seems impossible to parse through our Sneak Peek archives and distill it down to the 10 best homes that characterize the design hub that is Brooklyn. Through the editing process I realized that an important thing to acknowledge is that Brooklyn has lived a thousand lives. The Brooklyn of today is not the same…

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Wednesday July 30th, 2014

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Our 10 Favorite California Homes

Even though I now call Brooklyn home, I have a soft spot in my heart for the architecture of my birth state. I love the tiny beach bungalows, the ranch homes in South California, the Victorian apartments of San Francisco and the Spanish-style architecture throughout the state. There is just something about the quality of…

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Monday July 28th, 2014

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Rustic Elegance in Savannah

Every year, Kelsey Garrity-Riley and Erik Riley host a huge Easter brunch in their Savannah home for all their friends. Everyone brings a little something over to eat, and they relax and sip summery mixed drinks. After dinner, they walk – with drinks in hand (legal in the Savannah Historic District) – the few blocks…

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Scandinavian Style in New Zealand

Gemma Cagnacci and Andrew Meehan spend most of their time in an apartment in Sydney, but a couple of times a year, they travel to Dunedin, New Zealand to visit Andrew’s family. And when there, they stay in their own little cabin on his parents’ property. It was initially an old railway cabin used by…

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Friday July 25th, 2014

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Making the Most of Tall Ceilings in Brooklyn

I always love checking out the work of the Homepolish team. I think because they are all about mixing high end pieces with budget and vintage finds, their rooms always feel modern and fresh. Homepolish designer Will Saks stepped in to help Matt and Allie Bond, a couple moving from Dumbo, Brooklyn to Williamsburg, who…

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Tuesday July 22nd, 2014

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10 Beautiful Homes in France

Since our resident ex-pat, Anne Ditmeyer, gave us her insider tour of Paris today, I decided it would be the perfect time to look over some of my favorite French homes, from Paris to the countryside. Whether it’s the beautiful views, gorgeous detailing or their effortlessly chic minimalism, French homes je ne sais quoi. Click…

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