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Monday July 7th, 2014

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Relaxed Southern Living in Charleston

Just six months ago – and after after ten years living in New York – interior designer Kate Dougherty and her boyfriend Ben Towill (co-owner of the Fat Radish, The Leadbelly and The East Pole) moved to Charleston, South Carolina. They were ready to embrace a slower pace and take a break from New York City…

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Three Months from House to Home

I am always impressed by anyone who lets a photographer into their home after less than a year of living in the space, so you can imagine my amazement when designer Lauren Kelp and her husband Griffin let us peek into their home after only three months in Phoenix. The couple moved to Phoenix from…

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Monday June 30th, 2014

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The Perfect Rental in Seattle

The journey to Seattle’s Beacon Hill began about a year before Sara Knowles and Logan Cox settled into this 1924 Craftsman-style house they now call home. Last year, the couple decided to leave their life in Washington, D.C. to embark on a cross-country road trip and spend the summer in Sara’s home state of Alaska,…

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Modern, but not cold in New York

A Peace Treaty is one of my favorite online shops (Caftans, yes please!) – I love their mission of creating employment for artisans around the world. So I jumped at the chance to peek into the Chinatown home of co-founder Dana Arbib. When Dana found the apartment a little over a year ago, she enlisted…

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Monday June 23rd, 2014

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Monday June 9th, 2014

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Creating Memories at Home in Los Angeles

The three years that Simone Le Blanc and Ross Jacobson have lived in this Los Angeles home have already been filled with pretty special memories – like when Ross proposed to Simone at a friend’s art gallery and then the couple drove home for a “simple” dinner and Simone discovered that Ross had invited 50…

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Monday June 2nd, 2014

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Textiles from Around the World at Home in Charleston

If you follow Harper Poe’s Instagram feed, you’ll know that she’s always off on some great, textile-filled adventure – from Guatemala to Niger to Morocco to Peru. It’s all just in a day’s work for her Charleston-based textile company Proud Mary. Harper works with local artisans in five different countries to produce her ethically sourced…

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170-Year-Old House Becomes Home to a Young Family

Six years ago when Jill and Aaron Baker decided they were ready to invest in a home, they hunted all over Brooklyn. They were actually in the inspection stage of purchasing a Brooklyn co-op when they stumbled upon this 1840s home within the Palisades Historic District in Rockland County, NY. Realizing they could purchase an entire…

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Monday May 26th, 2014

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Bright & Cheerful in San Diego

Like most creative people, Heidi Andrews juggles a lot of different activities. Together with her twin sister, she runs True Birds, a Los Angeles-based jewelry company. She’s also the co-author of a children’s book series and mother to little Capri. Three years ago, Heidi and husband Paul started house hunting for a space that they…

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Monday May 19th, 2014

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Celebrating American-made Style in a Minneapolis Home

When I first met Rita Mehta at the end of last summer, she had just launched The American Edit, a website focused on celebrating American-made style. After lunch, we lingered in the street for a solid thirty minutes chatting about our favorite designers, with Rita recommending countless local boutiques for me (a Minneapolis newbie at…

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Monday May 12th, 2014

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Living with Textiles in Laurel Canyon

Carrie Olshan is a former New York City school teacher – and mother of two young boys – who transformed her passion for textiles into a full-time business. She started slowly, using her summer vacations from school to explore the world of textiles, traveling to Mexico and Europe, before finally taking the leap to start…

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Monday May 5th, 2014

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A Home Designed to Rival a Hotel

Ann Ueno and her husband, Rick,  spend most of their time thinking about hotels. Actually, they spend forty-plus hours a week thinking about hotels. Ann is the director of marketing for Starwood Hotels and her husband is the general manager of Sheraton Chicago.  So when it came time to decorate their own Chicago home, they kept…

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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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