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Thursday April 24th, 2014

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A Bakeri Grows in Greenpoint

I’ve spent some of the best years of my life living in the northern end of Greenpoint. Though I’m by no means a native, I feel like this small area just south of the bridge to Queens is my home. While it seems like a new space opens up every week in the neighborhood’s mid-way…

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Wednesday April 23rd, 2014

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Hotel Nord Pinus-Tanger in Morocco

If you’re reading this site, we probably have one thing in common (ok, we probably have many things in common): Morocco is at the top of our travel wish list. It has become a must-visit spot for most design enthusiasts and is a major influence on contemporary design. In addition to the already long list…

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Monday April 21st, 2014

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A Childhood Home Transformed

Chris and Amber Earl have only lived in their home for two years, but Chris’ history with the house goes back all the way to his childhood. In the 1940s Chris’ grandparents built this North Hollywood tract home and he spent many a summer playing in the back yard. Now he shares it with his…

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Best of Hardware

One of the challenges of living in the same space for an extended period of time is that you stop actually seeing it. But sometimes all it takes is a few little changes to make your home feel fresh and updated. And hardware is one of those oft-overlooked home details that can make a huge…

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Friday April 18th, 2014

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Coco

I’ve lived in Greenpoint for the better part of ten years now and it’s amazing to see the sort of changes the neighborhood is going through. While some of them are less than desirable and involve giant glass buildings without much character (or the affordable housing those buildings are supposed to offer), some of them…

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Wednesday April 16th, 2014

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Manka’s Inverness Lodge in California

I think the perfect vacation would be a drive along Highway 1 in California. I grew up in Southern California, but usually we were headed somewhere fast, so a leisurely drive up the coast is something I’ve never done. Now I have another stop to add to my dream road trip.  Manka’s is located in…

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Monday April 14th, 2014

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Two Artists’ Santa Barbara Carriage House

Hannah Vainstein and Nathan Hayden are both artists with their own separate practices who occasionally collaborate. Hannah runs an artist salon and boutique called The Lower Lodge, which is an outlet of seasonal making with the emphasis in an integrated sustainable lifestyle. Nathan makes drawings, sculptures and installations, and currently teaches drawing and design at the University of California…

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Carroll Gardens Apartment Remix

In addition to getting a peek inside the homes of so many creatives, we also love being able to showcase how spaces change over time. Back in 2011 we featured the Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn home of Maayan Pearl.  Maayan is a graphic designer/illustrator/artist/animal petter. Originally from Israel but living in the US for 20 years now,…

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Jewelry Designers at Home

Some of my favorite Sneak Peeks are the homes of jewelry designers. Whether it be a vintage sign, brass hardware or a piece of fine art, each designer’s unique eye for detail, color and texture is revealed through the pieces they display around their home. So today we decided to go through our archives of…

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Monday April 7th, 2014

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Light and Bright on NYC’s Lower East Side

After almost twenty years living in a crumbling tenement building on New York City’s Avenue C, food stylist Toni Brogan and her husband decided it was time for a change. The couple embarked on a six-month long apartment hunt before they found this building in the Lower East Side. The building was constructed in the…

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For Two Creatives, Making a Rental Their Own in Ohio

Danielle and Jarrod Evans live in the tiny Discovery District of downtown Columbus, Ohio. The area is home to many historically registered residences, from sprawling mansions to smaller, more affordable apartments like theirs. While they love the historic aspects of their apartment, what they really wanted was a modern space for work and play. They…

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Vintage in Nashville

Ruthie Lindsey is a decorator, designer and stylist in Nashville, Tennessee. Her job is constantly changing – sometimes she’s designing stages for a musician’s show, sometimes it’s styling for a photo shoot or working on a Kinfolk workshop, at other times, it’s decorating homes and businesses or hosting parties. Ruthie moved into this home in…

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Friday April 4th, 2014

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Monday March 31st, 2014

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A Parisian Apartment Full of Light and Pattern

I first came across the work of freelance French art director Noémie Cédille after discovering the food and travel-inspired Mint magazine, a soon-to-be realized, crowd-funded project where her designs and illustrations take center stage. Noémie’s own work (she also has an Etsy shop) has a clean, geometric style with a great use of soft color….

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Sneak Peek: Best of Illustrators’ Homes

Peppered throughout the hundreds of Sneak Peeks we’ve shared with readers over the years are a multitude of “Best Of” round ups. Whether it be colors, patterns, objects or even dogs, we’ve parsed through the archives to identify and highlight the common threads. Today we decided to take it a step further and shift the…

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Friday March 28th, 2014

Tuesday March 25th, 2014

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Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin

When Liz Lambert, designer/owner of the Hotel Saint Cecilia, bought the property and its sprawling Victorian house, she immediately started plotting the design of the hotel. At the time, she had an engraving on her bulletin board of Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music and poetry, which led to the first initial concepts. An…

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