Katz Architecture Crafts a Modern Gem in Midtown Manhattan

Real estate agents see a lot of Manhattan apartments that have fantastic river or city views on the outside, but leave much to be desired on the inside. Such was the case with this apartment before David Katz of Katz Architecture refreshed it with a mix of modern and classical influences. Katz started by modifying theRead more

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Inspiring Fabrics—and History—from Knoll, an American Institution

Even if you didn’t have a chance to see the recent exhibition of Knoll textiles at the Bard Graduate Center in New York, you can still access the information, imagery, and ideas it offered through a new book on the history of Knoll. Writer William Weathersby shared this post, which sums up some interesting news from Knoll.Read more

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Stunning New Additions to Waterworks' Kitchen Category of Products

Dedicated as it’s been for 30 years to innovation and quality, it isn’t surprising that Waterworks’ latest introductions to its expanding kitchen category are as gorgeous as they are functional. In addition to great faucets and hardware, its newest sinks, mixers, floor and wall surfaces, and accessories now extend the high-quality design, craftsmanship and service WaterworksRead more

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A Bathroom in a Box Becomes a Reality

Looking for an easy way to renovate your bathroom affordably? Richmond-based designer/reporter William Weathersby tells you how. If you have ever survived your own bathroom remodeling project, you’ll likely recall the many hours spent searching through the dizzying number of choices to select each necessary component—from your favorite faucet and tub to just the rightRead more

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Beautiful Boston Home by Designer John Stefanon

Any good real estate agent knows that one of the things that can most impact a buyer’s impression of a property is the scale and proportion of the rooms. The generous scale and balanced proportions in the rooms of this house, designed by Boston-based interior designer John Stefanon, go a long way to contributing to its appeal.Read more

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Transform Your Rooms with Window Treatments

Nothing softens a room and makes it more livable than curtains or shades on the windows. Practical plusses like privacy and light control aside, they bring in layers of color, warmth, and texture that make a room feel complete. Adding curtains and shades to the oversize windows in author Jean Nayar’s New York apartment made it muchRead more

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Smart Summer Decorating with Indoor-Outdoor Fabric

When it comes to smart summer decorating, nothing beats durable, easy-to-care-for indoor-outdoor fabric. These fresh new Sunbrella fabrics, designed by Joe Ruggiero, beautifully blend low maintenance with high style. Introduced at the most recent High Point market, one the most uplighting patterns in the collection is called Deville Parfait, whose zesty stripes on a taupe backgroundRead more

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7 Fundamentals of Good Design

When designing residential and commercial spaces, Chicago interior designer Mary Cook relies on what she refers to as “design fundamentals,” or seven characteristics that she says must be present in interior spaces in order for them to be successful. Here’s how she defines them:   1. Function: “Whether we are planning for specific small-scale functions like study, rest,Read more

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Architect William Rogers Designs a Green Oasis in the Village

Thanks to thoughtful architects and forward-thinking lawmakers and city planners, New York City keeps getting greener, particularly in the Battery Park City neighborhood (take a look at a piece in the summer issue of Downtown magazine on the greenest community in the city and its impact on the real estate market—the magazine is due outRead more

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Beautiful New Rugs from Shaw and the Designers at HGTV

Looking for a way to sweeten your home for summer? Then consider adding a new rug from Shaw. The company recently entered into an exclusive partnership with designers from HGTV to create a gorgeous assortment of rugs in transitional, contemporary, and traditional patterns (they’ve produced some beautiful new wood floors, too). The rugs are dividedRead more

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