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Tuesday September 2nd, 2014

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A Lesson in Design Compromise

For anyone who moves to New York City’s West Village, it’s location, location, location – after all, you’re just a stone’s throw from some of the city’s best restaurants and shops. But that premium on location means you sometimes have to settle for a smaller space with a challenging layout. So two years ago when…

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Monday August 18th, 2014

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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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Monday August 11th, 2014

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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

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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Monday July 21st, 2014

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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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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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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 April 28th, 2014

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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 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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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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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 3rd, 2014