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 [...]