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Gorgeous modern cabin offers airy perch above lake

Swoon<p>The innovative cottage experts at YH2 Architects have been at it again, this time crafting a gorgeous modern retreat overlooking the waters of Lac Plaisant in Quebec. The stark exterior architecture and comfortable interior give it a perfect balance of beauty and practicality.<p>The home has a …

7 Kitchen Design Trends That Are Poised to Be Huge in 2018

Some people smoke. Some people shop. But our vice? Spending a downright unholy amount of time looking at kitchen porn. Whether you’re actually …

Installing In-Wall/Ceiling Speakers: Part 2

Last month’s blog detailed the first part of the process of installing new speakers. Since planning <i>before</i> cutting is a massive part of retrofitting …

How to plan and decorate your bathroom: Top tips from an interior designer

If you’re designing from scratch, including layout and installation, make sure there is comfortable flow within the room. For example, when the …

8 modern oriental decorating ideas for your home

Create a calm and peaceful home with these stylish looks.

The 13 Best Spots to Buy Affordable Home Decor Online

When we’re shopping for furniture, we consult our 18 Favorite Spots to Buy Furniture Online, but when we’re looking for all of the decorative touches …

Outdoor Spaces

Container Cabin

California<p>One of our San Francisco clients had a dream of building a self- sustaining cabin on 1000 acres of pristine wilderness he owned just West of Mount Lassen. An avid hunter from his days growing up in Colorado, our client had spent years hunting on the property, and sleeping in an old …

The Gentrifier’s Aesthetic: 23 Totally Over-The-Top Industrial Lofts

From sweatshop to $25 million loft<p>Exposed brick walls, pipes covering the ceiling, polished concrete floors, exhaust cones transformed into light fixtures–these are staples of the industrial warehouse aesthetic, ripped right from the 20th century’s factories and transformed into the 21st century’s …

Interior Design

Napa Barn

Set on a small Northern California vineyard, this Napa Barn is a multi-use pavilion disguised as an agrarian shelter. The two-story structure is …

Architecture

How One Aspen House Lives Up to LEED

Smart technology helps a house in Aspen, Colorado, stay on its sustainable course.<p>The Aspen residence of architects Sarah Broughton and John Rowland aims to leave the pristine local landscape intact. "Every drop of water that lands on the property finds its way to the bocce ball court, which is our …

Ukrainian Village remodel finds beauty in black and white

When Chuck Droege and Julie Wroblewski, both 41, found a brick, four-bedroom home brimming with historic character in Chicago's Ukrainian Village neighborhood last year, the married couple leapt at the chance despite the house's shortcomings.<p>The flaws were many.<p>Think garish orange walls, dated …

Interior Design

16 Parchment-Wrapped Dinners For People Who Hate Dishes

Zero guilt. Zero dishes.<p>Cooking in parchment paper packets, aka "en papillote", is a long-standing French technique. These recipes are perfect make-ahead dinners you can pop in the oven for a mess-free meal anytime (although you should cook fish recipes no more than one day after prepping, and …

How a Food Critic Does a Juice Cleanse

Step 1: Don't do it unless you have to.<p>On my plate is a crispy-skinned piece of salmon, a blood orange and cara cara salad with radicchio, endive, and pistachios, and some jasmine rice spiked with cilantro. I’ve cooked a lot of Sunday meals, but tonight I’m savoring every bite like it’s my last. …