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Montage: 20 Reflecting Pools + Fountains

Ever since we worked on the design of our house on the Cape, I’ve been harboring desires for a concrete fountain. Not a round, multi-tiered monstrosity, or a mermaid spouting water from her breasts, but a concrete trough with a rusted steel spout. We didn’t do any fancy landscaping or hardscaping, save for a basic bluestone patio, but I still think about it. Here are 20 modern gardens that include water features, specifically reflecting pools, concrete troughs, and wall fountains constructed from Corten steel, and others in that aesthetic vein.

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Nelson Byrd Woltz

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Anthony Paul Landscape Design

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Amir Schlezinger of My Landscapes

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McCullough Landscape Architecture

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Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture

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Elysian Landscapes

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Huettl Landscape Architecture

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Ehrlich Architects

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Thuilot Associates

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Zen Associates

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Wagner Hodgson 

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Eco Green World

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Urban Exotic Landscape Architects

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Luciano Giubbilei

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Pulltab Design  •  Photo by Bilyana Dimitrova

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Sebastian Mariscal Studio  •  Dwell

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Filip Van Damme

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Hendriks Gardeners

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Studio 265 Architecture

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 Mesa Garden Studio

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Montage: Cognac Colored Leather Sofas

We all know that a classic brown leather Chesterfield sofa can look quite dignified in a traditional library setting. Thinking of other types of leather sofa in rich luggage tones, one might imagine a Danish modern setting, or something quite Italian and sleek. But there’s an in-between. I actually wouldn’t have guessed that I’d find so many examples of cognac colored leather sofas so easily, and that they’d be in such tasteful decors, including Scandinavian interiors,  Brooklyn brownstones, modern houses, and bohemian lofts. These leather sofas mix as well with sheepskin as they do with kilims. Some are clean-lined sectionals, other a tad squishy. While most are in mainly white settings, many are mixed with deep reds, or yellow and green accessories. Here are 26 rooms with cognac colored leather sofas that are worth studying (and emulating). For shopping suggestions see: ”Get the Look: 28 Leather Sofas in Cognac, Tobacco, & Caramel.”

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Femina

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Shoot Factory

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Rolf Benz Furniture

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Photo by Jean-Marc Wullschleger •  Elle Decoration UK

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Photo by Yolandé Marx

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Photo by Frederik Vercruysse

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Morrison Hair Co., Laguna Beach

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Nuevo Estilo

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Shoot Factory

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Jonathan Adler •  Elle Decor

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Jonathan Adler & Simon Doonan’s home on Shelter Island
Dwell

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Freedom Winter Collection 2012

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one forty three

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Shelton, Mindel & Associates

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Femina

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Home of Petra Bindel

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Home of Danish designer Birgitte Rabens
Photo by Raúl Candales •  Elle Decor Spain

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Photo by William Brinson  •  House of Brinson

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Editor Pilar Guzman’s Brooklyn brownstone
Matthew Hranek  •  Photo by Martha Stewart Living

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Nuevo Estilo

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Wood & Wool Stool

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Nuevo Estilo

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Photo by Will Pryce  •  Dwell

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Montage: 28 Hallways With Inspired Pendant Lights (In Multiples)

When I first started putting together my most recent post for the Lamps Plus blog, ”7 Hallway Lighting Ideas,” I didn’t realize how helpful it was going to be. I’m a big fan of statement lighting, even before everyone had to have it. (I used a trio of pendants in a guest room on the Cape, two frosted and one clear; the electrician thought my order was wrong.)

A stylist once told me that lighting is like jewelry for the home. So, why has it not occurred to me to add interesting lighting to our dreary downstairs hallway? True, the ceiling may be too low for pendant lights, but anything would be an improvement. Must investigate.

In the meantime here are 28 hallways with lights in multiples. There’s an array of styles, from classic schoolhouse pendants and traditional lanterns to industrial cage lights, and others. I actually love all those red cords of the bare bulbs in the home featured in Dwell. And I love how the succession of glossy black drum shades in the offices of fashion label By Malene Birger looks so sophisticated. Also love the copper pendants in the Jean Louis Denoit-designed hallway. So many great examples here.

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Fox-Nahem Design  •  Architectural Digest

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Lewis/Schoeplein Architects

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Photo by Douglas Friedman

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Sutton Suzuki Architects

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Tim Barber Architecture

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Home of Gather and Build blogger

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Copenhagehn home of interior designer Tina Havmøller
Bo Bedre

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2fORM Architecture

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LGA Architectural Partners •  Dwell

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A Good Chick To Know  •  Tracey Ayton Photography

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Robert Passal  •  TradHome 2011

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Offices of fashion label By Malene Birger

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John Maniscalco Architecture

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Thomas Shafer Architects

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Peacock Pavillions  •  Photo by Patrick Cline for Lonny

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Jean Louis Deniot

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Home of By Nord designer Hanne Berzant  •  Femina

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A Good Chick To Know  •  Tracey Ayton Photography

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Photo by Lisbet Sporndly

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Photo by Petra Bindel

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Sandvold Blanda Architecutre + Interiors

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Whitten Architects  •  Photo by Trent Bell

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Parkyn Design

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J. Marshall Porterfield Architecture

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Kristin Rocke
Photo by William Waldron  •  TradHome 2013

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Jean Louis Deniot

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Photo by Simon Devitt for Urbis Magazine

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Montage: 26 Rooms with Wood-Clad Feature Walls

Today I did a roundup on Design Milk of a dozen contemporary feature walls. Here’s an expanded version of 26 rooms with wood-clad feature walls. The array includes large sheets of wood to cover walls, like the first one below, as well as horizontal and vertical slats. Some have a clean, smooth finish, while some of the feature walls are more rustic, having been created from reclaimed wood boards. Our contractor in Florida suggested that along with the plywood floor we want to put down, we should cover the main wall too. It’s a good idea.

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Photographer Frederick J. Uekert

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Architect Flavia Gerab

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Marianne Amodio Architecture

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 Vanni Archive Architectural Photography

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John Maniscalco Architecture

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Pollen Architecture & Design •  Photographer Casey Dunn

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Aerin Lauder’s Aspen home designed by Daniel Romualdez
Photographer François Halard for Vogue

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William Massie
Photographer Karina Tengberg for Dwell

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Arent & Pyke  •  Lucas Allen Photography

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Pollen Architecture & Design  •  Photographer Casey Dunn

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Bower Architecture  •  Photographer Shannon McGrath

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 Studiomates office in Brooklyn photographed by Julia Robb

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SHED Architecture & Design

Architectural photography from Austin, TX.

Miro Rivera Architects

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Line Architects

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Darren Palmer Interiors

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Minarc  •  Photographer Art Gray

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Fjall Lodge, Australia
Hecker Phelan & Guthrie  •   Salter Architects

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Slowpoke Espresso, Melboure, Australia
Anne-Sophie Poirier of Sasufi

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Photographer Angelita Bonetti for The Design-Files

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Hilary Swank’s NYC apartment desigend by Mark Zeff
Photographer Simon Upton for Elle Decor

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Briggs Edward Solomon

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Briggs Edward Solomon

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Montage: 32 Brass Kitchens

Following up on my last shopping post 34 Brass Accents, here’s a roundup of kitchens with brass details: brass handles and drawer pulls, brass lighting, brass ranges and hoods, and even one with brassy cabinetry. Brass hardware could be a good way of freshening up a white kitchen. A lot of the kitchens here are black; while black and brass is striking, it’s too much drama for me personally. I would however adore a gray kitchen and would be happy to experiment with brass fixtures. I also love the way the brass accents look with the natural wood details on the island in the Brooklyn townhouse featured in Dwell. Have a look for yourself; would love to know your preferences. Also, have a look at my post on Lamps Plus, “5 Ways to Add Brass Lighting in the Kitchen,” which includes a roundup of some great brass light fixtures (it will be live at 2 pm ET today).

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Home of stylist Sasha Seymour • Canadian House & Home

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Amy Meier Design

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Amy Meier Design 

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Alecia Stevens • Photo by Susan Gilmore

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Tamara Kaye Honey, House of Honey  •   TradHome

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Cococozy

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Elle Decor

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Celerie Kemble, Kemble Interiors

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Ilse Crawford, Studio Ilse
Ett Hem Hotel, Sweden

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Kelly Deck Design with Aya Kitchens • Interior Design Show West 2012
I Dream of Chairs

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Curtis & Windham Architects

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Jessica Helgerson, JH Interior Design
Photo by Lincoln Barbour

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Lloyd Ralphs Design
Photo by  Virginia Macdonald for House & Home

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Karlavagen76

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Photo by Ashlee Raubach • Decor de Provence

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Homes & Antiques

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Jean-Louis Denoit

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Workstead
Photo by Matthew Williams for Dwell

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Charles Mellersh Design Studio

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Zoldan Interiors

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Skona Hem

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Workstead
Photo by Matthew Williams for Dwell

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Better Homes & Gardens

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Home of HGTV designer Tommy Smythe
Photo by Angus Fergusson for Canadian House & Home

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Betty Lou Phillips

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Home of designer Summer Thornton

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Beam kitchen for Ekoij
Designed by Tom Dixon in collaboration with Lindholdt Studio

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Ilse Crawford, Studio Ilse

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Bierly Drake Design  •  Traditional Home

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The Hunted Interior

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 Susan Dossetter and Andrew Skurman  •  House Beautiful

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Aerin Lauder in her Hamptons kitchen  •  Vogue

 

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Montage: 30 Outdoor Showers

We’re heading out for the summer on Friday, the day after my son graduates from the Montessori school where he spent nine years of his little life. I cannot believe I am going to have a junior high school kid. Yikes. But first, summer . . . I don’t think I ever pulled together an outdoor shower roundup for you, despite my intentions. One of the highlights of our Cape house, as I know I’ve mentioned, is the bathtub. We also have a decent outdoor shower on a deck off said bathroom, overlooking the woods. I’ll add a photo to this post once we get out there. My in-laws outdoor shower is lovelier, with wisteria overhead and an ocean-view. Sigh. For now I’ll scroll through these to get in the mood.

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LASC Studio

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Coastal Living 

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Fernau + Hartman Architects

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Architectural Digest

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Kontur Arkitekter

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David Jameson Architect

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Hotel Azúcar in Mexico

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New York Magazine

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Photo by Bob O’Connor

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Photo by Robert Granoff -

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Manka’s Iverness Lodge in California

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Robert Young Architecture & Interiors

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Rockefeller Partners Architects

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Murdock Young Architects

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Skona Hem

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The Novogratz

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1st Option Locations

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Tamarkin Co. Architecture - Dwell 

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David Hertz Architects

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Bureau Bernaskoni Architecture

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Pulltab Design

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House & Home

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Anderson Anderson Architecture

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Coastal Living

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Olsen Kundig Architect

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Bertram Architects

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Andersson Wise Architects

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 Jen Langston

Pure Style Home Corrugated Metal Outdoor Shower

Pure Style Home

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Pure Green Magazine

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Montage: 22 Exterior Glass Doors

This very minute I’m in the quad awaiting the annual Maypole dances at my son’s school. It’s gorgeous out —green, flowering, and sunny. When the kids were small, I’d perch on the playground bench equipped with my laptop. These days, it just doesn’t seem worth the effort since conditions are less than ideal. Although we live on the “garden” level, first floor Back Bay, Boston condos aren’t outfitted with much in the way of outdoor space. On  a whim, we looked at two houses across the river in Cambridge. One had such a lovely city-like patio and yard, I was tempted.

I’ve pulled together a collection of 22 exterior spaces all accessed by wonderful (mostly) glass exterior doors. There are the obvious sliding doors and French doors, but these are unique wood slat and metal-frame versions. I’ve included plenty of traditionally-hinged doors, though their shape, size, and applications are anything but run-of-the-mill. An  accordion door is incredibly appealing, and sadly not so common in the Northeast. (One could do accordion room dividers, however. I’ve seen a few amazing photos of these on Pinterest.) Interiors with sliding barn doors have become hugely popular; I found one outdoor example, included here. The most amazing exterior doors, aside from having a garage door in your living room, which I’ve always thought was cool, are glass pivot doors. I’ve found a number of gorgous examples for you. Every category could easily get its own post—which do you like best?

F R E N C H  D O O R S 

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Steven Harris Architects

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Home of designer Richard Shapiro –  Photographer Lisa Romerein

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Home of artist Rirkrit Tiravanija
Aroon Puri Tuttle and Neil Logan, Fernlund + Logan

A C C O R D I O N   D O O R S 

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Pitzo Kedem Architects – Photographer Amit Geron

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William Tozer Associates

B A R N   D O O R 

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Sunset Magazine

G A R A G E   D O O R S

Randall Mars

Randall Mars Architects

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The Novogratz

T R A D I T I O N A L L Y   H I N G E D   D O O R S

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Elding Oscarson

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Govaert & Vanhouette Architects

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Richard Shapiro – Photographer Lisa Romerein

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Photographer Mark Bolton

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Home of Ben David of bedding company Kas

S L I D I N G   D O O R 

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Atria Arquitectos – Photographer Edgar Cezar

P I V O T   D O O R S

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Home of Dwell magazine founder Lara Deam  -  Sand Studios

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T38 Studio

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Est Magazine

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Dear Architects – Photographer Karen Mendoza

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The Selby

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Lake|Flato Architects

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Graux & Baeyens

FOLLOW S T Y L E C A R R O T  ON P I N T E R E S T

Outdoor Spaces
Pools & Water
Architecture

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Montage: 34 Lofts and Houses with Mezzanines

I feel like I’m at the point in my life where I’m not collecting ideas for my “dream” house. Will I live here the rest of my life? No, but we’re set for now. And, I’m lucky enough to have a great apartment in Boston and a place or two to escape to in winter and summer. But having had the opportunity to build a house from the ground up a number of years ago, I definitely wonder what I would do differently if I were to undertake such a project today. I remember, at one of our first meetings, the architects suggesting a cathedral ceiling and open second floor mezzanine. I shot them down immediately. I’m still glad we didn’t do that (images of the boys hanging over the railings, yelling, shooting foam darts from their Nerf guns, and flying remote controlled helicopters from above still haunt me), but I can appreciate the appealing in certain situations. I love a mezzanine library, for instance. Or an open master bedroom, complete with enormous soaking tub, on a mezzanine in a romantic aerie for two. And certainly, the visual appeal of soaring ceilings and oversize plate glass windows is alluring, but I still maintain it’s just too noisy and impractical for a family, at least one like mine. Here are 34 residences with mezzanines, with many different vibes.

architects Ilse Lang and Trajan Straggiotti Silva.

Architects Isle Lang and Trajan Straggiotti Silva

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Architect Alejandro Rosuti Kotti

060 Woodland Drive in Beverly Hills REal Estate

real estate in Beverly Hills

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Studio Gang Architects

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Elia Mangia Industrial & Interior Design
100 Interiors Around the World

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Elding Oscarson Architecture

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B&B in De Aap, The Netherlands

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Chicago Home + Garden

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A loft in Paris

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 Paola Navone Interiors

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Photographed by Adam Friedberg for Dwell

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 Elding Oscarson Architecture

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 Geonik

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Klavs Rosenfalck  -  Elle Decor

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50/60/70 Iconic Australian Houses

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Arhitektonski Studio Fabijanic

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 Bassam Fellows

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Design Sponge

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Marie Claire Maison

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 unidentified

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Photographed by Fred Vant Slot

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Poteet Architects

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Proto Homes model home

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Andre Piva Arquitetura

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 Roche Bobois Spring/Summer 2009 collection

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 Skona Hem

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 Taylor Smyth Architects

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Marie Claire Maison

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Artist loft in Paris on Airbnb

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 Alvhem Malkeri & Interior

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 unidentified

Suyabatmaz-Demirel-Architects

Skona Hem

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Montage: 40 Kitchens in Every Color of the Rainbow

I’m down in Florida last week, and although the condo still needs work, I haven’t quite motivated to do anything. I had the pink tiles and tub in the master bath reglazed, but that’s about it. Mostly I’m waiting for the contractor to say he can start. We’re not doing a lot—the main objective is to put down a new floor, tear off the wallpaper, and repaint. Those are the must-do projects.

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Kitchen Before Blue Backsplash

The kitchen is fine, once we get the nautical wallpaper down. (Big thanks to my husband who ordered the perfect white shade and installed it, replacing the painfully outdated navy Venetian blind.) The appliances are not fancy, but they work (though honestly, how does anyone live full time with a fridge with a top freezer?) The countertops are white tile, and there’s a miniature backsplash of varying shades of blue tile. Not ideal, since they’re cobalt rather than Tiffany blue, but we’ll make it work. Right now the cabinets are an ugly, very glossy,  bone color with even uglier round black knobs. Obviously the knobs are an easy fix. But what color to paint the cabinets. Probably just white, but it’s fun to imagine . . .

Turquoise Kitchen Island Floor

William Diamond and Anthony Baratta
Photographer Tria GiovanHouse Beautiful

Turquoise Glass Backsplash White Cabinets

 Living Etc.

Turquoise Painted Kitchen Cabinets Tolix Chairs

Better Homes & Gardens

Blue Painted Butler's Pantry Kitchen

Miles ReddVeranda

Teal Blue Kitchen Walls Farm Sink

Photographer Miki Duisterhof

6-Susan-Serra-Modern-Navy-Kitchen

Photo by kitchen designer Susan Serra
at  IMM Cologne Living-Kitchen Fair

Gray Kitchen Cabinets Classic

Home of Jamie and Byron with Roux
Apartment Therapy San Francisco

J. Randall Powers Houston Interior Decorator Teal Kitcheb

J. Randall Powers Interior Decoration

Mint Green Kitchen Cabinets

unidentified

Dusty Green Glass Front Kitchen Cabinets

Better Homes & Gardens

Emerald Green Kitchen Cppper Pendant Light

Photographer Pernilla HedSkona Hem 

11-Green-backsplash-Susanna-Bilardo-of-Enoki

Susanna Bilardo of Enoki

12-color-kitchen-skona-hem-Herrangen-Gront-Kok

Skona Hem

13-Dwell-Concrete-Kitchen-Green-Oven

Dwell

14-Kelly-Green-Kitchen-Cabinets

unidentified

15-Miles-Redd-House-Beautiful-Kelly-Green-Kitchen

Miles Redd - House Beautiful

16-Bruce-Bolander-Green-Kitchen

Architect Bruce Bolander

17-color-kitchen-1

Home of interior designer Estrella Salietti

18-color-kitchen-Dwell-single-speed design

Single Speed Design ArchitectureDwell

19-Green-Kitchen-Island

Gideon MendelsonHouse Beautiful

Chartreuse Green Classic Kitchen Cabinetry

House Beautiful

Yellow and White Kitchen Skylight

unidentified

22-color-kitchen-photographer-Sean Fennessy

Photographer Sean Fennessy

23-Studio-Guilherme-Torres-Yellow-Black-Kitchen

Studio Guilherme Torres

24-color-kitchen-yellow-counter

Capri Suite Hotel in Anacapri, Italy
Zeta Studio Architects

25-Purple-Kitchen

via Apartment Therapy

26-AD-Espana-Pink-Kitchen

Architectural Digest Spain

28-Orange-Kitchen-Contemporary-Cabinets

unidentified

29-color-kitchen-Studio-Cerri-and-Associati

Studio Cerri

31-color-kitchen-London-by-Studiomama.

Studiomama

32-Mark-English-Architects-Orange-Kitchen

Mark English Architects

33-kitchen color storage

S+H Construction

34-color-kitchen-Mae-Brunken-Designs

Mae Brunken Designs

35-color-kitchen-orange-window

Photographer Karina Tengberg

36-color-kitchen-desire-to-inspire

Desire to Inspire

37-color-kitchen-Remodelista

Burr and McCallum Architects

38-Red-Stove-Elle-Decor-Carey-Maloney-Hermes-Mallea

House Beautiful

39-Elle-Decor-Red-Kitchen-Cabinets

Elle Decor

40-Colorful-Floor

Agnes Catherine Baumiller Kossowska - Photographer Rafal Lipski

41-photo-magnus-anesund-stylist-lo-bjuruif

Stylist Lo Bjuruif  - Photographer Magnus Anesund


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Montage: 43 Kitchen Counters + Islands with Stools

Now that Meredith & Daniel’s dining spaces are set, it’s time to choose the stools for the kitchen island. The kitchen is a large, sleek space with bamboo cabinetry and floor-to-ceiling windows along one side. It opens to the living room/dining spaces on either end.

While there are a lot of very cool counter stools on the market (stay tuned for a round-up of 72 tomorrow), we’re leaning towards the Bertoia. The simple design works perfectly in the contemporary kitchen and won’t interfere with any design details in either living space. Meredith also appreciates that they have seat backs, so they’re safer for squirmy toddlers, and they’re virtually indestructible. They’re a bit pricey, but we’ve only splurged once so far (on the Saarinen dining table).

Here are 43 kitchens with counter stools. Seven have Bertoias. I noted in parentheses the stool designer where I was able. If you can name any of the other ones, leave me a comment and I’ll add it in.

Bonesteel Trout Hall
(Bertoia for Knoll)

Metropolitan Home
(Last Minute Stool by Patricia Urquiola)

Bates Masi Architects
(Spoon Stool by Antonio Citterio for Kartell)

Elle Decor
(LEM Piston Stool by Shin & Tomoko Azumi)

Photographer Moris Moreno

Marla Schrank Interiors
(Cherner stool)

Winter McDermott Design

The Nesting Game
(Tolix knockoffs)

House to Home
(Tolix) 

Light Locations

Amanda Nisbet

Desire to Inspire

Wetizman Halpern
(Bertoia for Knoll)

Elle Decor
(K65 by Alvar Aalto)

Architect Fiona Winzar
(K65 by Alvar Aalto)

House Beautiful
(Bertoia for Knoll)

Jessica Helgerson

Steven Gambrel
(Emeco Navy  stools)

Christopher Gaona

Elle Decor

Steven Gambrel

Jessica Helgerson - Photographer Lincoln Barbour
(Tolix)

Jessica Helgerson
(Onda by Jesús Gasca for Stua)

Dwell

Linda McDougald Design

Michele Michael
(Bertoia for Knoll)

Elle Decor

Photographer Sarah Blee
(Bertoia for Knoll)

House Beautiful
(Cherner stool)

Midwest Living

Chelsea Atelier Architects

ZZ Architects

Photographers Gridley + Graves

Photographer Mark Williams
(Bombo Stool by Stefano Giovannoni for Magis)

Living Agency

This Old House

Elle Decor

Jess Loraas – Design Sponge
(Bertoia for Knoll)

 Randy Weinstein Design

MU Architecture

Foley Fiore Architecture
(Bertoia for Knoll)

Skona Hem

Craig Spencer

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