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 …


The Lower-Cost

While modern design can be viewed as cost prohibitive to most, its basic characteristics — open preparation, easy surfaces and details, and generous glazing — can still be accomplished with lower budgets. Trimming costs may come with the option of materials used, the kinds of details executed, and the size and scale of a house. …


Great Materials: Warm, Wonderful Pewter

I have always had a soft spot for pewter. Even in its shiniest form, it’s a warmth about it that I can not resist, yet it often gets overlooked in favor of its more stately cousin silver, or newer darlings such as stainless steel and nickel nickel. It’s time to rekindle this substance that is …


5 Best Design Occasions: Dec. 1-Dec. 23, 2011

Check some names off your holiday list and go shopping for a creative gift at The Temporarium in London, or the Portland Bazaar. If picking out gifts doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, go on one of three home tours that are all decked out for the holidays from Atherton, Calif. into Louisville, Ky. …


5 Beautiful Modern Range Hoods

Contemporary hood lovers tend to be more than practical — they can also be a showpiece for the kitchen. Some strategies and examples to consider on the next hood enthusiast purchase:Power. Look for components which will exhaust at least 300 cubic feet of air per minute (cfm). Remember that higher cfm will waste more energy …


Nesting Boxes: Houses With Homes of Their Own

The standard approach for creating buildings and defining their spaces is the straightforward erection of walls on flooring, capped by roofs and ceilings. This strategy leads to exteriors and rooms whose definition is clear, but it is not the only means of doing things. This ideabook appears at exactly what I refer to as “nesting,” …


Cleaning Out: The Ideal Way to Get Rid of Electronics

Whether you’re a part of Generation X, Y or Z, it’s difficult to deny that technology goes fast. The instant that you get a new pc, mobile phone or tv, there’s something much better and faster just around the corner. Sad to say, the faster technology goes and needs to be replaced, the electronics are …


How to Prevent Pest Infestations

One of the most annoying things about summer is the ever-present threat of pest infestation. It’s as if all kinds of pests come out of hibernation during this season, and if you end up with a pest problem, then it can put a real damper on your summer plans. The good news is that we’ve …


Guest Groups: Decorating with Neon

Decorators consistently borrow from the trends occurring in fashion, and now neon is making a major comeback on the runways. Including neon elements on your decor may seem daunting for people unaccustomed to bold colors. However, by pairing bright pinks and yellows with neutral tones and keeping shapes clean and easy, everyone may add a …


Color Splash: Cool Blue Kitchens

An unspoken rule of thumb in interiors is never to rely on blue in rooms like kitchens or dining rooms in which meals is being presented. The idea is that blue tones are both unnatural and also make food look unappetizing. I am not sure how accurate that is, but I do know that rules …