Great Design Plant: Wildlife-Loving Dwarf Fothergilla Blazes in Fall

Great Design Plant: Wildlife-Loving Dwarf Fothergilla Blazes in Fall

My house is certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, and many of the plants in it draw beneficial pollinators and encourage insect larvae. One of the standouts is native fothergilla, a tree which isn’t widely used…

Father's Day Extravaganza! 19 Glorious Man Spaces by ers

Father's Day Extravaganza! 19 Glorious Man Spaces by ers

To celebrate Father’s Day, we asked you to reveal your man spaces. We have dozens of responses, the majority of that made us want to plug into an electric guitar and rock out while ingesting a hoppy microbrew. Here are…

8 Great Places for a Second Kitchen Sink

8 Great Places for a Second Kitchen Sink

Don’t underestimate the power of a second sink in your kitchen. When installed in just the right spot, a secondary sink could be equally as helpful as a primary sink. The ideal sink location allows two users to cook and…

A Toronto Rooftop Understands a Luxurious Makeover

A Toronto Rooftop Understands a Luxurious Makeover

The proprietors of this Toronto townhouse have neighbors on both sides, but they wished to take advantage of their rooftop terrace. As was the area privacy was an issue, and they desired to make the lounge maintenance and pet friendly….

Double Take: The Disappearing Home Office

Double Take: The Disappearing Home Office

“Every mother needs a cockpit,” says architect Elizabeth Emerson of E/L Studio. In this case the cockpit includes her customer’s long and linear office, extensive craft and wrapping paper storage, and a laundry area, with closeness to the kids’ craft…

Farmhouse Meets Industrial at a Restored New Jersey Barn

Farmhouse Meets Industrial at a Restored New Jersey Barn

The days of A historic New Jersey barn were numbered. “This barn was in horrible condition. It was looking sad and forlorn,” says architect Arturo Palombo. “It had reached the point at which the homeowners needed to rip down it…

Wonder and Wood in a Modern Carmel Residence

Wonder and Wood in a Modern Carmel Residence

Carmel-by-the-Sea (often called just Carmel), a little town on California’s Monterey Peninsula, is known as much for its own golf because of its natural beauty. Chicago’s Dirk Denison Architects tapped to this beauty in a house the company designed on…

11 Easy Ways to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

11 Easy Ways to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

We’ve all been there. It’s so easy to get carried away by the promise of a clean slate and jump into the new year with a running start … just to burn out by February. Whether you are hoping to…

Innovative Screens Add Architectural Wonder on 3 Modern Homes

Innovative Screens Add Architectural Wonder on 3 Modern Homes

Formerly I’ve looked at louvers and wood slats as devices for controlling sun and adding texture to an exterior. Screens can also be a strong formal gesture, giving a home an aspect of beauty while also filtering sun. The three…

Fantastic Design Plant: California Poppy

Fantastic Design Plant: California Poppy

Even though California wildflowers are alarmingly threatened in their natural habitats, a number of them function beautifully — if quirkily — in house gardens. In fact, the wildflower that’s easiest to grow can also be the best understood and the…