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Wednesday August 20th, 2014

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Our Best of Texas

I don’t think I’m going to surprise you when I say that Texas is a big place. A big place made of some very different cities and that means there are some very different homes. I got to spend some time in Dallas and Austin when Grace and I were on the Design*Sponge book tour….

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Monday August 18th, 2014

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White on White in Nantucket

The first time artist Paula Madonna walked through this Siasconset, Nantucket home, it was staged with the seller’s furniture – part traditional/part antique with dark furniture and lots of shiny chrome. It wasn’t her style at all, but she could envision how her art and beachy decor could transform the place. The first thing she…

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Turning a Rental into a Home

When documentary filmmaker John moved to this apartment in San Francisco’s Noe Valley, he really wanted to turn this rental into a home. He travels frequently shooting all around the world (he just returned from China), and when he’s back in San Francisco, he needs a space where he can unpack and fully recharge. He…

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Thursday August 14th, 2014

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A Tobacco Curing Barn Turned Writing Studio

In the thirty years that Margaret and Alex Harris have lived on this property in Durham, North Carolina,  this early 20th century tobacco curing barn has been used for a number of purposes most notably as a children’s playhouse. But now that the children are grown, Margaret decided to use the barn space to create the…

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Monday August 11th, 2014

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Making Textiles Work in a 100-Year-Old Home

We peeked in Paige Morse’s house in 2011, but for this interior stylist, art director and prop and wardrobe stylist, her home is never really done. So in the last three years, she’s made quite a lot of changes. (You can compare the home’s different looks here.) When Paige bought this one-hundred-year-old home in Dallas, Texas…

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Decorating as a Couple in NYC

Alex Yeske and her boyfriend Grant Lipschultz have been dating for nearly seven years since they met during college at Syracuse University. But since this East Village apartment was their first together, it was important to the couple that it felt like a blend of their individual styles – not too girly or too masculine….

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Monday August 4th, 2014

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A Santa Barbara Dream Home

Moving to Southern California after years living in London, Caroline Diani was looking for a place to spread out, close to nature. When she saw the canyon views that this 1950 ranch-style Santa Barbara home offered, she knew this was where she wanted to be. The house needed a bit of work, but Caroline was…

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A Cottage with Plenty of Southern Charm

Growing up just outside the town of Laurel, Mississippi, Erin Napier, owner and creative director of Lucky Luxe, relished the opportunity to come into town and gawk at the beautiful homes on the avenues. In junior high school, she would come downtown to take photos and draw her favorite houses, and her most favorite of…

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Wednesday July 30th, 2014

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Our 10 Favorite California Homes

Even though I now call Brooklyn home, I have a soft spot in my heart for the architecture of my birth state. I love the tiny beach bungalows, the ranch homes in South California, the Victorian apartments of San Francisco and the Spanish-style architecture throughout the state. There is just something about the quality of…

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Monday July 28th, 2014

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Rustic Elegance in Savannah

Every year, Kelsey Garrity-Riley and Erik Riley host a huge Easter brunch in their Savannah home for all their friends. Everyone brings a little something over to eat, and they relax and sip summery mixed drinks. After dinner, they walk – with drinks in hand (legal in the Savannah Historic District) – the few blocks…

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Friday July 25th, 2014

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Making the Most of Tall Ceilings in Brooklyn

I always love checking out the work of the Homepolish team. I think because they are all about mixing high end pieces with budget and vintage finds, their rooms always feel modern and fresh. Homepolish designer Will Saks stepped in to help Matt and Allie Bond, a couple moving from Dumbo, Brooklyn to Williamsburg, who…

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Monday July 21st, 2014

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A Family Apartment in New York City

Not everyone can make a New York City apartment work for a family with three active kids, but Louise Youngson-Klasfeld, Chief Curator and founder of Viyet, a site that specializes in offering pre-owned designer pieces, has plenty of experience with creativity and with designing on a budget. For her, it’s really all about the mix…

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A Tiny Cottage in Venice Beach

Whitney Leigh Morris and Adam Winkleman don’t let size define their tiny cottage in Venice Beach. It might only be 362 square feet but they’ve managed to make use of every square inch of space. In designing the space, Whitney put her experience as a stylist and designer to work.  She is inspired by simplicity…

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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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