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Monday January 21st, 2013

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Sneak Peek: Sasha Ritter

Five months ago, Sasha Ritter relocated from California to New York and moved in with her friend and collaborator, Kristin Morrison. Having worked together on many design projects in California, their new Brooklyn apartment became the perfect opportunity for their first New York-based collaboration. Working within a tight budget, they pooled their resources, scavenged thrift stores…

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Monday October 29th, 2012

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Sneak Peek: Lizzie & Kathryn Fortunato

Even the most enthusiastic travelers crave the comforts of home. For Lizzie and Kathryn Fortunato, that place is aptly referred to as the treehouse. Nestled on a tiny cobblestone street in SoHo, Manhattan, the two sisters (twins!) describe it as a little gem in the middle of the city, and they’re right. Every square inch…

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Monday October 15th, 2012

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Sneak Peek: Ariel Dearie

Even before moving to New York, Ariel Dearie had long admired the former sweater factory building in Williamsburg with beautiful, ornate rusted wrought iron and huge windows that she now calls home. Fourteen years ago, the factory was converted into lofts, and as Ariel says, “I kind of had to stalk the building to get in. No…

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Monday September 24th, 2012

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sneak peek: lotta nieminen

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a thing for small living. So nothing makes me happier than seeing small living done stylishly. Illustrator, graphic designer and art director Lotta Neiminen points out, “When you look for an apartment in New York, you generally need to leave out one of out three: location, rent or…

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sneak peek: rachel krauskopf

It has always been a dream of designer Rachel Krauskopf’s to live in New York City. First, she had to get through years of grad school — for both her and her husband — and then moves overseas and to DC, Seattle and Chicago before she finally got her wish, an apartment on Manhattan’s Upper…

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sneak peek: gilbert ford

Gilbert Ford is an illustrator and picture book author who works from a studio in his Clinton Hill, Brooklyn apartment. His style is what Gilbert calls “a combination of class and trash,” where he combines mid-century classic designers with cheap artifacts from the ’50s to the ’80s “that might appeal to the likes of Pee-wee Herman.”…

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Monday September 10th, 2012

Monday August 6th, 2012

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sneak peek: ariele alasko’s studio

Ariele Alasko’s sneak peek back in March was a huge hit. And rightly so — this girl didn’t let living in a tiny Brooklyn apartment impinge on her dreams of being a woodworker. She set up a spot right in the living room and just began making things. After eight months working in 100 square…

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Monday April 16th, 2012

Monday March 26th, 2012

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sneak peek: ariele alasko and isaiah palmer

Grace and I discovered Ariele Alasko’s work through Jennifer Causey’s fantastic The Makers Project. Ariele lives close to our Greenpoint office, so one morning before work, Grace stopped by to meet Ariele and see her work. Grace fell head over heels for Ariele’s home, which she shares with Isaiah Palmer, a 3D visual effects artist and…

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Monday March 12th, 2012

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sneak peek: michael freimuth

Michael Freimuth is a graphic designer, soon-to-be teacher (at the School of Visual Arts this fall) and aspiring sous chef. Much of his time is spent working as creative director of Franklyn, a design firm he co-founded last year. Originally from Chicago, Michael had been in Manhattan’s East Village for several years before making the…

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Tuesday February 21st, 2012

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sneak peek: trent and dara

Originally from Louisiana, Trent and Dara migrated to New York City for their creative endeavors. The two work together as the photography team behind Trent Bailey Photography, and Dara is also the designer behind the beautiful line Preston & Olivia. They want their personal space to reflect their personalities and the work they love to…

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Monday November 28th, 2011

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sneak peek: rachel been + ben brown

When Creative Director Rachel Been and MakeMeSustainable founder Ben Brown saw this apartment in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, they instantly fell head over heels for the loft’s exposed pipes, brick walls and 14′ high ceilings — they even loved the huge industrial-sized heater. The couple’s design choices were intended to mimic that unfinished aesthetic. They built cage…

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Monday November 21st, 2011

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sneak peek: kate hayes and jack ehrbar

Interior designer Kate Hayes and Jack Ehrbar like a little bit of everything — from Deco to Danish to warm modern — and their Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, home reflects this eclectic mix. Kate feels so lucky to love what she does (she started in women’s wear but found her love of design went beyond the…

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Monday October 31st, 2011

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sneak peek: bernadette pascua & andrew stinson

When I first saw these photos, the balcony convinced me that it was somewhere in Europe. It turns out that illustrator Bernadette Pascua and fashion photographer Andrew Stinson live just down the street from me in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This was the couple’s first grown-up apartment together (full kitchen, dishwasher, no roommates), and it’s been a team…

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Monday October 17th, 2011

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sneak peek: gretchen jones

Self-made fashion designer Gretchen Jones (with a fashion label by the same name) may call Fort Green Brooklyn home, but she spends most of her time on the streets of the garment district. Her line is heavily influenced by Southwestern Americana meets urban indie girl, and she describes the aesthetic of her home as romantic…

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Monday August 1st, 2011

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sneak peek: juliet gorman & elliott malkin

Ceramicist and jewelry designer Juliet Gorman and interaction designer Elliott Malkin live in a Brooklyn apartment that spans two floors, enabling the couple to feel like they’re living in a tree house. The building has a storied past — jazz musician Slide Hampton once lived in the building, and saxophone player Eric Dolphy supposedly composed…

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Tuesday July 5th, 2011

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sneak peek: kelli anderson + daniel dunnam

Independent graphic designer Kelli Anderson and her user-experience/user-interface designer partner, Daniel Dunnam, both work from home, so their space is under constant scrutiny. The one-room loft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, was a knitting factory in a past life before being converted to apartments in the 1990s, and it provides them with great light and open space. At…

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Monday May 23rd, 2011

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sneak peek: maayan pearl

sneak peek: maayan pearl

Maayan Pearl is a multi-disciplinary designer who moved to New York to attend Cooper Union; these days, she works as a graphic designer for Bloomberg BusinessWeek magazine. After graduating, she relocated to Brooklyn with her boyfriend, David. Since their move three years ago, they’ve been working to replace dorm-style furniture with a mix of thrift…

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Monday May 2nd, 2011