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Monday September 29th, 2014

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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Monday July 28th, 2014

Monday October 14th, 2013

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A Bewitching Old Stone House in The Hudson Valley

My neighbor John McKinney is an optometrist with a serious eye for design (pun absolutely, shamelessly intended). Although his days are filled with eye charts, optical exams, and glasses fittings, his evenings and weekends are packed with trips to local auctions, estate sales, and flea markets—all part of his tireless and passion-driven journey to renovate and…

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Thursday October 3rd, 2013

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A Modern Rustic Restaurant in Brooklyn

To say that Taavo Somer is well-known in the New York City restaurant scene is a bit of an understatement. His first project, Freemans, on the Lower East side, set off a design meme that rippled throughout restaurants in the city. In 2004, when Freemans opened, taxidermy, peeling paint and antlers had yet to make their…

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Monday March 4th, 2013

Monday February 25th, 2013

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Sneak Peek: Ingrid Weir

For the past two years, this old schoolmaster’s house has been set and costume designer Ingrid Weir’s country escape from her city home in Sydney, Australia. The house is located high up in the hills, four hours from Sydney, in what was once a thriving late 19th-century Gold Rush town. A town that once boasted…

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Sneak Peek: Caroline and Olivier

When they bought their first home, Caroline and Olivier discovered a passion for renovating old houses in Provence. Their current home, located in St. Maurice de Cazevieille, Uzès, is their third home to date. In each home they renovate, they never adhere to a particular style; rather, the style is informed by the home itself,…

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Monday January 14th, 2013

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Sneak Peek: Derek James and Kristin Korven

When Derek James moved from Chicago to Los Angeles to be closer to his band, The Entrance Band, he rented space in this Laurel Canyon home. The house was home to an ever-rotating group of roommates, who all bonded over music. Finally, Derek was the one who had been in residence longest (he’s bunked in nearly…

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Monday December 10th, 2012

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Sneak Peek: Camilla Ebdrup and Andreas Stenmann

Camilla Ebdrup, half of the Danish duo behind LuckyBoySunday, and her husband, photographer Andreas Stenmann, live in the Sluseholmen neighborhood of Copenhagen with their four-year-old son, Sigurd. The three-level apartment they’ve called home for the past year and a half is at the waterfront with nearby canals and often inspires them to decorate with objects…

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Monday October 1st, 2012

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sneak peek: lisa neimeth

Originally from New York, ceramicist Lisa Neimeth has called San Francisco home for the past 18 years. She, her husband, Peter, and their kids, Jackson and Tess, have lived in this 1886 Victorian dairy farmhouse since 1999 (the former chicken coop out back serves as Lisa’s studio/office/showroom). Lisa describes their home as an eclectic urban…

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Monday June 25th, 2012

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sneak peek: julie pointer

For the past three years, Julie Pointer has called this house in the Buckman neighborhood of Portland home. The neighborhood is filled with large old trees, narrow avenues (the curbs still have iron rings for tethering your horse) and huge historic homes. Julie works for Kinfolk Magazine, coordinating the dinner series and helping on the editorial team….

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Monday May 21st, 2012

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sneak peek: merav sade

Interior designer Merav Sade loves her work: transforming a space so it’s functional for her clients, choosing colors and fabrics and shopping for just the right vintage touches. She’s a mother to two teenagers — daughter Hagar is 16 and son Eitan is 13 — and also participates in an online architecture and design forum…

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Monday March 5th, 2012

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sneak peek: kate and alden woodrow

Kate Woodrow is an art editor for Chronicle Books who also copyedits Anthology magazine in her spare time, while her husband, Alden, is a graduate student at UC Berkeley. They rent their 1,100 square-foot home from the 1920s in Berkeley’s Elmwood neighborhood. Through both of her jobs, Kate has the ability to turn words and art…

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Monday February 20th, 2012

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sneak peek: asher israelow and jamie goldenberg

Asher Israelow and Jamie Goldenberg are a creative couple based in New York City’s West Village. Asher is an architectural and furniture designer working out of Red Hook, Brooklyn, and Jamie is a photo editor for Bloomberg’s Businessweek. Their home is a collection of objects, both handmade and admired. They have many designer and artist…

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Monday February 6th, 2012

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sneak peek: amanda wright of wit & whistle

Amanda Wright and her husband, Daniel, have lived in this home in Cary, North Carolina, for nearly four years. Though the house is flanked by two cities and several highways, the huge windows in the great room provide panoramic views of the forest behind, giving the home a secluded mountain hideaway feel. In decorating the…

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Monday January 23rd, 2012

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sneak peek: gregory beauchamp

Gregory Beauchamp likes to say that his home in Venice Beach, California, is a stone’s throw from the ocean — but only if you have a good arm. With his penchant for oranges, reds and browns, Gregory likes to channel a sort of city version of 1970s off-the-grid living, but where the hippies would have…

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Tuesday January 3rd, 2012

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sneak peek: jennifer sarkilahti of odette

When Jennifer Sarkilahti first launched her jewelry line, Odette, she worked out of this Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment that she shares with her husband, Steve. It’s easy to see the connection between her jewelry — inspired by organic shapes, natural specimens and her travels — and this apartment; both are airy, organic and highly personal. The building…

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Monday December 19th, 2011

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sneak peek: steve soria

Steve Soria is a leather craftsman in Santa Barbara, California. He grew up working on DIY projects with his parents in this home. It was a fixer-upper that they purchased from Steve’s grandparents in the early 70s. His parents later bought a ranch house in the nearby Santa Ynez Valley, and Steve inherited this little…

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Monday August 1st, 2011

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sneak peek: rachel bending of bird textiles

Rachel Bending, the creative force behind Bird Textiles, lives in an 80-acre wildlife sanctuary in Byron Bay, Australia, with her partner, Campbell, and the couple’s 9-month-old daughter, Quincy. Byron Bay has been a popular vacation destination since the ’70s when it became known for its beautiful beaches and laid-back surf culture. Most of the locals,…

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