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Monday April 28th, 2014

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A World Traveler Creates a Home Base

A former corporate attorney, Rena Thiagarajan spent seven years with start-ups in Silicon Valley, funding her travel obsession before she started her own travel-inspired company, Project Bly. Named for turn-of-the-century reporter Nellie Bly, who went around the world in less than 80 days, Project Bly is an online shopping site that allows visitors to explore…

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A Family Home in New York City

When Hallie Burton and her husband George Yannopoulos started looking for an apartment two years ago, they knew they wanted to be in the Upper West Side. It felt like the perfect family neighborhood for them – sandwiched between two beautiful parks, Central Park and Riverside Park – and there were great schools for when…

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A Spirit of Generosity in a Philadelphia Home

Designer Mike Smith and writer Chara Odhner have a spirit of generosity and openness that truly captures the spirit of the Philadelphia apartment they’ve lived in for just about three years now. Mike says they don’t have a specific decorating style, just that he’s not much of a minimalist and wants the space to feel warm…

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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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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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Monday April 14th, 2014

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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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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

Monday March 31st, 2014

Monday March 24th, 2014

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A Home Where Each Room Has its Own Personality

A few weeks ago, I interviewed set and interior designer Jen Chu for our We Want Your Job column. Not only did Jen give extraordinarily detailed information about becoming a set designer, but through the interview, I also realized how handy she is. So I asked if we could peek into her Fort Greene, Brooklyn apartment….

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A Textile Artist Lives and Works in Brooklyn

Before Rachel Gottesman moved into this Crown Heights, Brooklyn apartment (just 2.5 months ago), she lived in a small one-bedroom in Chicago. While her Chicago apartment was nice, it was also very dark. Rachel embraced, what she calls, the apartment’s cave-like nature, painting the walls a deep slate blue and accenting the dark color scheme…

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Monday March 17th, 2014

Monday March 10th, 2014

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An Oakland Home Filled With Travel Mementos

Emily Nathan and her husband, Jake, moved into this Oakland, California home eight years ago. Emily is a photographer and Jake is an artist, so the couple’s home is filled with color (they have a pink Pantone-inspired wall!), unique finds and art. They both love modern with a little bit of baroque touches mixed in….

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Creating a New Home inside a 150-year-old Building

We discovered Helen Dealtry’s beautiful scarves last summer. Helen specializes in hand-painted patterns and prints for fashion and interior markets. In addition to her line of scarves, she also teaches classes at her studio. Originally from just outside London, Helen, along with boyfriend Dan Barry (and their rescue dog Dudley and Moe the turtle) now…

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Monday March 3rd, 2014

Monday February 24th, 2014

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A Little Bit of Texas in Brooklyn

Textile designer Heather Winn Bowman has lived in this Park Slope home with Tibaut, her musician husband (of Auto Body) , the couple’s  two dogs, Oliver and Amelie, and cat, Kibis for the past three years. The home is a mixture of styles – Heather inherited a vast amount of furniture from her grandparents. Much…

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Monday February 17th, 2014