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What started more than two decades ago with a small store selling slipcovered furniture and flea market finds in Santa Monica, California, has blossomed into the enormously popular Shabby Chic style and brand. We caught up with founder Rachel Ashwell to hear how her style has evolved over the past 25 years, and get a peek...
Luxurious Looks From the 2014 Hamptons Show House
What do interior designers create when they have no client, only their own imagination? Find out with this glimpse at the 2014 Holiday House Hamptons presented by HC&G,...
Trend Spotting in Milan
Milan, Italy, is always a great place to be for great design. April is a particularly hot month, though. The city hosts one of the biggest design events in the world then: Salone Internazionale del Mobile (International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition),...
21st-Century Amenities for an Old-Time Show House Bath
Designer Allie Mann’s challenge at the 2014 DC Design House was to reimagine a guest bathroom that was stuck in the 1930s, while making it still feel appropriate...
A Kitchen Opens Up for a D.C. Show House
One of the biggest challenges in remodeling a kitchen is improving the layout — as well as the flow into the adjoining rooms — to better meet the demands of today’s lifestyle. At this year’s DC...
Designers Get Creative in a D.C. Show House
The 2014 DC Design House was built in 1929 and originally owned by the founder of the city’s Madison Hotel, Marshall B. Coyne. Its three levels, including six bedrooms and five full baths, provided an ample canvas and an array of challenges for the...
New Book: Homes That Honor the Landscape
When designing a home, it’s important to calibrate the architecture to the landscape around it. Skillfully capturing views and allowing sunlight to enter can transform even the most modest dwelling into something quite special. When the alchemy...
The Seduction of Reduction
Can reading a book feel like a visit to a spa? After perusing Karen Lehrman Bloch’s new tome, The Inspired Home: Interiors of Deep Beauty (Harper Design, $35), I felt strangely cleansed. Its collection of nearly two dozen spare,...
Catch the Intrepid Design Spirit, Courtesy of Brian J. McCarthy
“One of Albert Hadley’s great talents lay in his ability to create surprise: to ring a delightful, sometimes audacious change on expectation that could make what otherwise may have been a very traditional room crackle with excitement,” writes Brian...
Timeless Design Ideas for Small Spaces
Inspiration can come in all shapes and sizes, and I’d argue that it can also come from any time. Architects and designers look to the past all the time, if to varying degrees, but generally the 21st-century tendency is to reward the new and the innovative....
Classic Decor Gets Its Due — in a Giftworthy Book
Way back when the design-blog landscape was just a wee fraction of what it is today, Jennifer Bole’s The Peak of Chic was one of my first daily reads. I have learned so much from her extensive knowledge...
Bike-Chain Chandeliers You've Got to See
Bicycles are great for exercise and cutting down on gas costs. But how about for stylishly lighting your bedroom? Sure, as Los Angeles artist Carolina Fontoura Alzaga has discovered. She turns salvaged bike parts...
A New Decorating Book Celebrates Expert Style Mixing
This collection of 16 projects by Stephen Sills will give your coffee table chic touch and teach you countless lessons on how to mix styles with careful editing. Sills is one of America's premier interior decorators, and the book features his projects...
Louis Kahn's Modern Residential Masterpieces Get Coverage at Last
History has a way of mythologizing people by embracing certain accomplishments over others. The great American architect Louis I. Kahn (1901–1974) is celebrated today for modern masterpieces that tap into a deep history: the Yale University Art Gallery...
The Other Eames House
The 1949 Charles and Ray Eames house in Santa Monica, California, is justly famous as an example of innovative design thinking. It was both a design studio and...
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