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Monday October 27th, 2014

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A Baton Rouge Home To Love Forever

Like many things in life, moving into a new home rarely happens at the exact moment you need it to, or with the exact circumstances you would have imagined. For Lindsey Smith, a designer and the founder of Makers Workshop, the hunt for her current home was born out of necessity. A few months pregnant with…

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Monday October 20th, 2014

Monday October 6th, 2014

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Bohemian Meets Beachy in California

This time of year when the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, I daydream about packing up our family and running away to California. Sunshine, salt water and fresh air seem like the magic ingredients for a happy life and floral designer Julie Martin has them all at her home, along with her…

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Monday September 29th, 2014

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A Multifunctional Apartment in Brooklyn

Furniture designer Katy Skelton Acuff and her husband Drew Acuff – who’s in the process of completing a graduate degree in publishing – have called Brooklyn’s neighborhood of Crown Heights home for the last three years, but they just transitioned to this two-bedroom apartment in May. For Katy, it’s more than just home, it’s also…

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Monday September 22nd, 2014

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A Modern Family Farmhouse in New York State

Dana McClure and her husband Chris Lanier split their time between two places – a loft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and a small farm in Olivebridge, New York. Today, we’re peeking into their home in Olivebridge. Like many creative couples, Dana and Chris wear many hats. Dana is a visual artist with a focus on printmaking,…

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Creating a Serene Home in Brooklyn

When Kristen Cesiro, an interactive designer at Gilt, moved into this prewar Brooklyn Heights apartment, her then-boyfriend (now husband) and film producer Andrew Goldman had already been living in the space for four years. Naturally, the couple’s first challenge was to find a way to revamp the apartment so it felt like it belonged equally…

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Room to Grow in Texas

When Emily and Colby Allen started looking for a home in Fort Worth, Texas, they first zeroed in on the neighborhood – the Fairmount National Historic District, filled with beautiful Craftsman homes, a community garden with chickens and a tight-knit community that hosts neighborhood parades and arts events. They had been living in an older,…

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Monday September 15th, 2014

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When the best color choice is white

Before Rebecca Crall and Eric Neagu found this apartment, they both lived in the Lincoln Square/Ravenswood area on the north side of Chicago. They thought about trying another neighborhood but the leafy streets, relative quiet and proximity to public transportation were too hard to let go. When they moved into this apartment, Rebecca impulsively painted…

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Finding Success in a Tropical Paradise

After finishing college, but before settling down to a 9-to-5 life, Kelsi Vande Velden hit the road with her best friend on an epic road trip. For three months, they traveled the country going to music festivals, national parks and stopping at every dive bar and curious antique store along the way. Towards the end…

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Monday September 8th, 2014

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A Textile-Inspired Design in Williamsburg

When textile designer Amira Marion and husband Pierre Carpentier moved back to New York after living in Paris for a couple of years, they rented a room in the apartment of an interior decorator from Airbnb while they apartment hunted in Brooklyn. They fell in love with the building’s high ceilings, whitewashed exposed brick and…

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Turning a Rental into a First Home

Hilary and Kyle Maloney moved into this 1930s Craftsman house in Athens, Georgia shortly after getting married two years ago. At the time, they were both full-time students at the University of Georgia, so they were taking a big risk as they set out to support themselves as creatives. They chose this house because it had so…

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Thursday September 4th, 2014

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Best of Oregon Homes

Although, I haven’t had the opportunity to explore as much of Oregon as I’d like, I’m lucky enough to have a couple of Design*Sponge trips to Portland under my belt. The trips were short, but they were just enough to fall head over heels for the city (Portland seems to have that effect on people)….

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Tuesday September 2nd, 2014

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The Kitchen is the Heart of this Berkeley Home

For most families, the heart of the home is the kitchen, but that is doubly true in the home of cookbook author, blogger and photographer Erin Scott. (Her gluten-free cookbook Yummy Supper just came out two weeks ago!) Thirteen years ago, Erin was living with her husband Paul in the Berkeley hills and on their drives…

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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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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 Sartor 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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