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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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Thursday August 21st, 2014

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10 Vacation Worthy Hotels

When it comes to most things in my life, I’m pretty low maintenance. I rarely wear makeup or blow dry my hair, I wear the same outfit pretty much every day and I think a little bit of dirt never hurt anyone. But, when it comes to travel, I can be a bit of a…

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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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