D.C. Carriage House Transformed Into Urban Supper Club

Carriage House Collaboration A Team Approach Transforms a Derelict Building into a Home and Urban Supper Club Blagden Alley is a historic district in downtown Washington, D.C. Structures there date from the mid- to late nineteenth century. The original community mixed the affluent and the working class in close quarters. Alley dwellings often included stables, [...]

Challenging the Notion of Normal in a Sydney, Australia Show Garden

Challenging Normal A Sydney Show Garden Reveals New Uses for Common Objects and Design Icons “Design is often about recreating something that has existed for a long time," says Dean Herald, managing director and principal landscape designer of Rolling Stone Landscapes in Sydney, Australia. "Building a chair differently, building a table differently, making water flow [...]

Brooklyn Heights Brownstone Lovingly Restored and Expanded

Brooklyn Heights Brownstone A Two-Story Expansion Provides a Seamless Addition to This Nineteenth-Century Home This Brooklyn Heights brownstone first came to life in 1848. When the current owners purchased the home, it had already withstood a century and a half of updates and decor changes by other families. They knew the space needed renovation to [...]

A Toronto Victorian Is Brought Back to Life

Victorian Revival Humor, Passion, and Mid-century Finds Reawaken a Long-Neglected Residence Designer and architect Stephane Charmard left behind his Parisian business to move to Toronto with his husband, a Canadian doctor. The new couple needed a home and Charmard needed to relocated his business (stephanechamard.com). "I thought the house would be a good business card, [...]

Evolving Beauty—A Garden Estate Project in Caledonia, Ontario

Evolving Beauty This Caledonia, Ontario Estate Showcases More Than a Decade of Landscape Projects Some landscapes take on a life of their own. And sometimes you can never do enough; not because there’s a deficiency, rather, because there’s always an opportunity to enhance the natural beauty that already exists. This estate in Caledonia, Ontario, a [...]

Respectful Renovation in Western Massachusetts

Respectful Renovation An Eighteenth-Century Farmhouse Is Transformed into a Twenty-First-Century Vacation Retreat "Our reputation is that we respect old homes, but at the same time, we try to open them up, make them brighter, and modernize the [interiors],” says architect James Crisp of Millbrook, New York-based Crisp Architects. That reputation drew the owners of this [...]

Seattle Kitchen Provides Homeowners A Happy Place

When you buy an older house, it takes effort to personalize it and make it your own. Just ask designer Tammara Stroud of Seattle-based interior design firm Tammara Stroud Design. "The previous owners of this home installed a kitchen island that was about five feet tall and functioned as a display cabinet rather than an [...]

The Ocean Inspires the Palette of Vancouver High-Rise

The view of the Vancouver Harbor would provide sufficient inspiration for anyone. But the vista wasn’t the only reason for incorporating watery blue accents into this condo’s decor. “Our client works on the water and has a strong connection to the ocean,” says Gaile Guevara, owner of Gaile Guevara Interior Design & Creative located in [...]

Modern Day Meets Yesterday—Tribeca Apartment

"Construction on this modern New York City apartment began by completely gutting a circa-1870, five-story building. Where do you start a design when all you have is an empty shell? Asifa Tirmizi, cofounder and principal of Tirmizi Campbell—a New York City-based architecture and design firm—was hired by the developers of the property to answer that [...]

Making Moments—Narragansett Bay Landscape

"Breezes from Narragansett Bay whisper over the garden of this Newport, Rhode Island fishing cottage that is used as a summer vacation home by its residents. The homeowners asked New Jersey–based design-build firm Groundswell Design Group to create a landscape master plan for the cottage, which dates to the late 1800s. “They wanted a space [...]

Riverside Retreat in Heber Springs, Arkansas

There’s nothing fussy about Mara and Max Simmons. And there’s certainly nothing fussy about the home they’ve built along the Little Red River in Heber Springs. It’s a warm and welcoming reflection of who they are. Directional signs out front list distances to far-flung places where the family has roots, including Mara’s native Mexico and [...]

A Formal Garden Takes Shape in Lake Forest, Illinois

Giving a new home in the American Midwest an aged, “always-been-here” look is no easy task.The European-inspired architecture of this Lake Forest, Illinois, home helped, but the original landscape design gave away the illusion.The previous landscaping had been done in an informal style, which simply did not work with the classical lines of the home. [...]

Dream Houseboat—A New Float Home in Seattle

The words “new construction” and “houseboat” rarely go together. Most houseboat slips in the Seattle area are already taken. So when a retired couple looking to downsize approached architect Dan Nelson—principal architect at Designs Northwest Architects, of Stanwood,Washington—to design their new float home, it was a dream opportunity. Originally, the owners thought a Craftsman style [...]

Mediterranean Muse Inspires Manhattan Terrace

Muse. Flash of genius. Serendipity. Whatever you want to call it, a trip to Perugia, Italy delivered some powerful inspiration to Jennifer Duneier of New York-based Duneier Design. That inspiration came in the form of ceramic lava stone columns. “I saw them and said ‘I must do something with those!’ I brought them back with [...]

Beauty From Ashes—After a Fire a New Kitchen Takes Shape

In the fall of 2010, an accidental fire blazed through the home of Dr. Lance and Annetta Audirsch and their two children, leaving much of it damaged and unrecognizable. Despite the devastation, the family took a positive approach: “We were fortunate in that we lost a lot, but we didn’t lose everything,” says Annetta. “We [...]