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Montage: 20 Modern Barn Homes

Although in one sense, a barn is the quintessential, traditional all American dwelling, conjuring images of Old MacDonald and all that. On the other, it’s thoroughly modern, with its wide open interior space, large expanses of façade and clean overall silhouette, primed for loft-like living.

Whether re-inventing original farm out buildings or building from scratch in the early American barn vernacular, modern barn architecture is very appealing. Modern barn homes work in crisp white, natural grays, traditional red, or with the more current black exterior.

Modern barn architecture works in a variety of environments too. Left in unruly meadows or set amidst groomed suburban landscaping, or even as in an example below, in the desert, it’s a shape that’s simultaneous fresh and comforting. Here are 20 examples of residential modern barn architecture in varying degrees of shiny-ness.

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Turnbull Griffin Haesloop

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Paul Shurtleff Architecture  •  landscape architect Douglas Reed
Photo by Scott Frances  •  Architectural Digest

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Major Architekci

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Major Architekci

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Northworks Architects

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Pascal Francois Architects

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Rick Joy Architects

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Kwint Architecten

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Roger Ferris + Partners

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Architect Sergey Makhno

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Donald Lococo Architects

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D’Apostrophe Design  • Photo by William Waldron  •  Architectural Digest

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Faro Architecten

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Mell Lawrence Architects

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Jackson Clements Burrows

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McGarry-Moon Architects

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dRMM Architects  •  Wallpaper

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Carl Turner Architects  •  Dwell

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Montage: 20 Room Changing Windows

Windows are always good. My first apartment in New York was a grim little one bedroom on a charming, brownstone-lined block, with windows that looked onto an air shaft. Being on the first floor, I had to stick my head out and look way up, in hopes of ascertaining the weather. I remember hanging out an investment banker friend’s apartment to watch the marathon, a sleek highrise with windows all around, and realizing that windows make all the difference.

I’ve since lived in much better places, all with much-improved window situations, though I still suffer from window envy. We have a great bow window with an architecturally appealing city street view in our living room but tour bedrooms are underground. The window situation is kinda dismal down there.

In three of the places that I’ve (c0)-owned, we put in new windows during renovations. I always start out thinking that it’s a boring use of a lot of money, but I guess I’ve since learned a lot about windows. Good windows certainly muffle noise and keep out chill (we had FROST on our windowsill INSIDE when we first moved to Boston).  We recently upgraded the living room and family room windows; being able to open the windows, especially in the city, is huge. (Thanks honey for your insistence.)

I’d love to be able to open some of the windows we have high up in the stairwells in the house on the Cape. They are functional double hung windows, though way out of reach. I never really thought about it, but apparently you can get automatic window openers for hard to reach places, from companies like Rocburn Ltd. Perhaps worth pursuing.

Before getting caught up in the boring mechanical details, let’s turn to aesthetics. I’ve posted a bit about windows before, including Tubs With a View and Houses With Colorful Window Trim. Following up on Rooms With Spectacular Windows, here are 20 more spaces with windows that are space-changers. Living with soaring, expansive windows, and all that light would be heavenly.

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Architect  William O’Brien Jr.

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Strata Arkitektur

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Givone Home  •  Red Field Photography

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Nanna Lagerman  •  Philip Karlberg Photography  •  Elle Interiör

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Conrad Gargett Riddel Architecture

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Studio Four

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Wingardh Arkitektkontor

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Michaela Scherrer

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Carrier and Company •   Specht Harpman Architects  •  Architectural Digest

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Mount Fuji Architects Studio

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David Jameson Architects

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David Jameson Architect

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Michael Habachy

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Ouriço Architecture

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Olga Freyman  •  Afflante

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AOME Architects

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Photo by Jean Pierre Verger  •  Cote Maison

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Marie Claire Maison

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Montage: Walk in Showers with Frameless Glass Partitions

Door or no door? There’s no question that a walk in shower is the way to go (nobody wants to climb over a tub), but do you do just a simple, frameless glass partition, or do you add a door?

I was just having this conversation with someone (though I don’t remember who), and she pointed out that it’s a lot less expensive if you skip the door, not just in terms of the glass, but the hardware and installation. There’s also the whole hassle of shower door seals.

A shower without a door is good for a smaller space. We used one when we renovated our master bath down in DC, and also in the guest bedroom on the Cape. You also need to consider the shape. We did a door in the master because it’s square. And of course, if you don’t like a breeze on your naked body.

The other option is to do a tile wall or half wall. Not sure how the pricing works out. I guess it’s a decent option for more modest folks, but it definitely closes in the space, whereas glass keeps everything light and open.

Here are 15 walk in showers with frameless glass partitions sans doors.

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MiCasa

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Silvio Rech + Lesley Carstens Architecture

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Lori Pepe-Lunché  •  Design Sponge

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Eric Roth Photography

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Fabio Galeazzo Design

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Minarc Design

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John Granen Photography

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Home of artist  Rory Dobner  •  Elle Decoration

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Canadian House & Home

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London loft of Hosh Ibrahim 

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Architects Felipe Hess & Renata Pedrosa  •  Fran Parente Photography

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Heath Tiles

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Montage: Artwork In the Kitchen

Since the layout of home is very open, there are no actual walls to our kitchen. However, as I’ve mentioned, the walls of our kitchen banquette area are covered with artwork. And there’s plenty of art opposite the kitchen island too, on the walls surrounding the staircase and going down the stairs. Since I spend more time than I’d like at the kitchen sink, I hung one of my favorites, a painting by my friend Lee Essex Doyle, directly across from it, so at least I have a good view.

The Florida condo has a little self-contained kitchen. So far, there is no artwork in the kitchen. On the other hand, the walls are still covered in terrible nautical-themed wallpaper. (I think I finally found someone to take it down and paint this spring.) Note to self: Add art to the kitchen in Delray Beach.  Here are 32 gorgeous kitchens, all with fine art and photography, for inspiration.

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Home of Mark and Louella Tuckey of furniture line Mark Tuckey
Photo by Sean Fennessy  •  The Design Files

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Home of  furniture maker Tim Leveson
Photo by Sean Fennessy  •  The Design Files

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Vogue Living Australia

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Architect Mauricio Arruda  •  Photo by Ricardo Labougle  •  AD Spain

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Photo by Belén Imaz  •  Architectural Digest

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Styling by Susanna Vento   •   Photo by Kristiina Kurronen

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 Tamizo Architect

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Photo by Paul Lépreux  •  AD France

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Southampton home of @OscarPRGirl Erika Bearman
Miles Redd  •  Elle Decor

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Francisco Calio

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Photo by Brooke Holm

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Isay Weinfeld  •  Photo by Ricardo Labougle  •  AD España

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Home of blogger Hannasinspo

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Photo by Mikkel Adsbøl

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Steven Sclaroff  •  Photo by François Dischinger  •  House Beautiful

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Sarah Lavoine  •  Photo by Felix Forest  •  AD Spain

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Photo by Mark G. Peters

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Photo by Henry Bourne

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Photo by Miguel Flores-Vianna  •  The World of Interiors

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Tom Delevan  •  Photo by Manolo Yllera   •  Architectural Digest

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Photo by Bernard Touillon   •   Maisons Coté Sud

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Ricardo de la Torre  •  Photo by Belén Imaz  •  AD Spain

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Sullivan Building & Design Group

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Styling by Heather Nette King  •  Photo by Lisa Cohen  •  Inside Out Magazine

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 Photo by Martin von Brömssen  •  Skona Hem

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Stylist and photographer Kara Rosenlund  •  Remodelista

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Mlinaric, Henry & Zervudachi

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Stephen Shubel  •  Photo by Luca Trovato  •  House Beautiful

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Virginia Kerridge Architecture  •  Photo Mikkel Vang  •  Vogue Living

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Photo by Annabel Elston  •  The World of Interiors

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Montage: 30 Kids Rooms with Teepees

Teepees, wigwams, play tents  (whatever you want to call them) have been trending for a rather long time.  However last week, the Wall Street Journal proclaimed them a trend:  Teepees: The New Urban Hideaway.  I’m not sure why a newspaper would be so slow to catch onto this (it’s not like there’s a three-month lead time). No matter, they’re still going strong. We had a refrigerator box playhouse for a while; admittedly not nearly as chic. But that was a dozen years ago.

The teepee is great because it looks good not only in a kids room, but in adult spaces too. As you can see from these 30 rooms with teepees, they work well in white Scandinavian interiors, minimalist black and white living rooms, nurseries with traditional childrens bedroom furniture, and of course colorful playrooms. You can even erect one outdoors.

I was obsessed with building forts as a kid, always enclosing my bunk beds with blankets, and wishing I had a way to hang a sheet from the ceiling. My kids, too, used to love taking all the blankets they could gather and draping them over chairs and ottomans to create fun enclosures. There’s definitely something satisfying, and practical too, about a kid constructing a hideaway on his own. That said, it’s also nice to have a ready-made private quiet space. Wonder if my boys are too big for one now?

 

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Photo by Lönngren Widell

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L.A. home of fashion designer Jenni Kayne
Photo by Roger Davies for Architectural Digest

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Home of architect Clare Cousins
Photo by Sean Fennessy  •  The Design Files

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Sukha Amsterdam  •  Vosgesparis

My Bedroom Retreat Contest  Kids Room

Apartment Therapy’s My Bedroom Retreat Contest

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Weekday Carnival

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Pour Jolies Momes

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Time of the Aquarius

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Little Birds Boutique

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Interjero Patarimai

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Little Kind

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Design Sponge

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Design Sponge

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Photo by Krista Keltnanen

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Desire to Inspire

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6th Street Design School

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Aesthetic Outburst

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Varpunen

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Moozle

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Home of Minnie Mortimer
Photo by Claiborne Swanson Frank for Vogue.com

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The Handmade Home

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IKEA Family Live

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Mokkasin

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Fawn Over Baby

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The Design Files

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Bolig Magasinet

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Jute Interior Design

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Photo by Christina Kayser Onsgaard for Bo Bedre

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