A 'Shoe-in' for Creativity in Brooklyn

It’s no surprise that Isobel Schofield, the creative mind behind Bryr clogs, lives in an apartment as magical as her handmade shoes. Located in the quiet area of Cobble Hill, Brookyln, Schofield’s 750-square-foot joint apartment and workplace shows off her commitment to handmade details. An eclectic mix of budget-friendly furnishings, DIY projects and a miniature …


Collected and Cozy in New Hampshire

Longtime collectors and crafters Sandy and Jim Gorman have filled their New Hampshire house with thoughtfully obtained antiques and repurposed, handmade items that nod into the surrounding nature. Despite the formerly dark, luxurious and wallpapered interior, Sandy immediately needed a vision and proceeded with it, whitewashing walls and adorning every room with antiques that are …


Old-World European Flair in Oregon

This Salem, Oregon, home has been undergoing remodeling for 18 years, transforming into a beautiful refuge. Geri and Sal Ortega have done everything from building cabinetry and furniture to placing rock and tile, to installing windows and built-ins. The yearlong construction has been done in stages over a period of weeks and months at a …


A Family Goes Sweet on a Traditional Texas Home

Craving a cozy getaway where they could increase their girls, Katie and Steve Aldrich chose this magnificent home near Dallas. After they gutted the house and fixed the outside, Katie infused the interior with her signature easy and feminine style, accenting with family antiques. “I just wish to make a happy atmosphere for our family,”she …


Unpretentious Update for Sydney Beach House

Donna and Chris Allen’s house in a beachside pocket of Sydney is a lesson in compromise. “We had architect-designed plans approved to knock down the existing house and rebuild a new, ecofriendly house from scratch, but the market put our plans on the back burner,” Donna says. With Donna’s interior decorating background, they decided to …


Break a Bland Ceiling Up the Modern Way

All too often the ceilings of contemporary insides are treated in 1 way: apartment drywall. This treatment may coincide with a concentration on minimalism, but it can also be seen as unimaginative. Crown moldings and other ornamental features don’t work in contemporary insides, so this ideabook highlights other means of modifying painted drywall ceilings. The …


Cozy Combination of Art and Antiques

Homeowner Theresa Lage had a common downsizing issue: how can you keep all of the beautiful items you have collected through the past few years at a significantly smaller space? Lage downsized out of a 6,000-square-foot house into a 2,300-square-foot home, then moved into this enchanting 1,700-square-foot home in Coral Gables, Fla.. Coral Gables is …


Vintage Classic: The Toledo Stool

The Toledo stool is a classic piece with an industrial aesthetic that can sidle right up to a counter or pub in only about any type of room. The company that designed them was originally a bicycle company that jumped to making furniture began to take over. Much like bicycle layout, The Toledo Metal Furniture …


A Soothing Retreat in the Heart of Chicago

This relaxing urban haven was designed for a suburban family whose primary home is just north of Chicago. The husband had a really demanding job at town, so the family decided to get an apartment there so they could enjoy and find out more about Chicago. Located just off Michigan Avenue at the heart of …