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Monday February 25th, 2013

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Sneak Peek: Claire Coullon & Darren Johnson

If you were to see this sneak peek and not know where it was from, I bet you’d never guess: Prague, Czech Republic. Claire Coullon is a graphic designer and typographer specializing in custom lettering, and Darren Johnson is an artist who studies English literature and writes music. The two set up Op45, an independent design…

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Monday February 18th, 2013

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Sneak Peek: Isabelle Rivoire-Grange

Isabelle Rivoire-Grange is a French art director, graphic designer and stylist in the fashion and luxury industries. Working from her home in the heart of Paris — in the pedestrian area called Montorgueil — her clients include Issey Miyake, Kenzo and Narciso Rodriguez, and she edits her own collections every year. The building dates back…

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Monday February 11th, 2013

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Sneak Peek: Kristin & Michael DeKay

Kristin and Michael DeKay purchased their home in the Morton Meadows neighborhood of Omaha, Nebraska, in September 2009. Four months later, Michael was laid off from his job, and the couple — in the midst of renovations — decided to start a company. Grain & Mortar is a brand strategy and design company that Kristin…

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Monday December 17th, 2012

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Sneak Peek: Sandy Suffield

Sandy Suffield moved into her place in north London about ten years ago, but she rented it out for four of those years while she lived in California. From a family of retailers (both her sister and mother have shops), Sandy particularly loved the Alameda Flea Market, and many of the objects she purchased there…

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Monday November 26th, 2012

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Sneak Peek: Shara Henderson and Paul Wesolek

After graduating from college in Melbourne and spending six months in New York, Shara Henderson and Paul Wesolek arrived in London with nothing but their suitcases and cameras. The couple settled in Brockley, London, a leafy suburb in the southeast of London. Luckily, they’ve loved the process of furnishing their home by searching the streets,…

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Monday November 12th, 2012

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Sneak Peek: Michelle Weinberg + Brian Fatih

Michelle Weinberg’s work has always referenced architecture and design, with her projects frequently extending into surfaces for interiors, architecture and public spaces. What begins as a painting in her studio may end up as a handmade rug or tiles. Today, we have a peek inside the Miami Beach, Florida, home she shares with her boyfriend, Brian, and…

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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 September 24th, 2012

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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 July 9th, 2012

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sneak peek: lauren barr

Lauren Barr is a freelance graphic designer who specializes in packaging and dabbles in printmaking and ceramics. Her modest circa 1910 apartment is north of the panhandle, on the edge of the fog belt in San Francisco. Lauren is forever battling between accumulating and paring things down, while learning to deal with a major lack…

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Monday July 2nd, 2012

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sneak peek: wayne and angie wu

Wayne and Angie Wu recently moved out of their 1860s Queen Anne historic brownstone in the heart of Baltimore’s cultural district, but we wanted to give them a chance to show off this great space, which is a mix of Angie’s boho-vintage chic and Wayne’s mid-century modern, skateboard and street culture style. They’ve since made…

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Monday June 11th, 2012

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sneak peek: jessica comingore

As a freelance designer who works from home, Jessica Comingore felt it was important to create a soothing atmosphere in her Los Feliz, Los Angeles, apartment. Although she likes to keep things minimal, she has added several personal touches that illustrate her love of things rooted in tradition but with a modern twist. The great…

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Monday March 26th, 2012

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sneak peek: paul and megan wilkes

Paul Wilkes manages operations at The Foundry Collective, a boutique branding firm in Dallas, Texas, that he started with his long-time friend Scott Hill in 2009. Megan is a freelance interior designer and is also working on opening Dallas’ first pie shop, Emporium Pies, in the Bishop Arts District. They live in a former Goodyear Tire building…

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Monday March 12th, 2012

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sneak peek: husky ranch

Grace Hsiu is a designer for iTunes with a penchant for cooking (Two Dudes, One Pan style), watching the NBA and concocting the perfect Old Fashioned. These days she’s based in Pasadena, California, but her roots are in Virginia Beach, Virginia (the same as our own Grace Bonney!). Her home is dubbed “Husky Ranch” for…

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Monday January 16th, 2012

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sneak peek: sarah foelske and james milward

Sarah Foelske is an associate creative director at Bruce Mau Design, and James Milward owns a digital agency called Secret Location. After dating long distance for a year, Sarah packed up and moved from New York to Toronto, Canada. She moved into James’ place, and with some trepidation about mixing James’ clean and modern tastes…

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Wednesday January 11th, 2012

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sneak peek: kate challis & andrew hollo

The Melbourne, Australia, home of Kate Challis, Andrew Hollo and their 2.5-year-old son, Jasper, is in fact a 19th-century storefront in the inner city, complete with gallery shows in the front window. When they first bought the place seven years ago, friends thought they were crazy, but they loved the rawness of the area and…

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Monday December 19th, 2011

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sneak peek: bryan minnich & katie d’angelo

Creative couple Bryan Minnich and Katie D’Angelo treat their Washington, DC home as part apartment and part studio. Bryan is a graphic designer at ripe, a freelance illustrator and a fan of the Beach Boys, while Katie is the display coordinator at the newly opened Anthropologie in downtown DC, a freelance illustrator and an aspiring lounge…

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Monday December 12th, 2011

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sneak peek: josh & diana of casa de perrin

Josh and Diana Perrin are newlyweds based in Mar Vista, California, who recently combined their skills and opened Casa de Perrin, a boutique rental company that specializes in tabletop decoration and decor (you can see their work in action in the holiday issue of Rue). Josh is a photographer who lived in Russia for five…

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sneak peek: nerissa and peter of the new domestic

Nerissa and Peter live in a little seaside village outside of Vancouver, Canada, surrounded by trees, and the beach is just a couple blocks away. In the wintery months, it’s as if they live in the North Pole, while in the summer, chirping birds fill the beach air. Nerissa is a graphic designer who works…

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