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5 Industrial-Style Homes with Exposed Brick Walls

Exposed brick walls lend these otherwise polished homes a rough edge.
September 3, 2015
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8 Brilliant Skylights We Love

Modern skylights bring each of these sun-filled homes to new heights.
September 2, 2015
+Farm's 2015 summer mobile home's wooden exterior

Summer Design Program Crafts Its Own Mobile Dwelling

A summer design studio organized by +FARM was spurred by the challenge of new housing in certain upstate New York areas.
September 1, 2015
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7 Bold, Modern Fences That Challenge the Norm

Bringing new forms to their function, these unconventional structures go beyond the prototypical white picket in favor of more adventurous building materials—including Cor-ten steel and the landscape itself.
August 25, 2015
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Inside the Modern Safe Room: How Homeowners Today Are Fortifying Their Houses Against Burglars, Terrorists, and Hurricanes

If a family’s home is their castle, as the saying goes, some homeowners have begun to take that sentiment quite literally. Step into the heavily fortified world of safe rooms—otherwise known as panic rooms—with three designers working at the outer limits of architectural craft.
August 22, 2015
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9 Rooms With Graphic Prints We Love

Emphatic and colorful additions to each of the following rooms, these graphic prints and illustrations make the case for multiples and affordable art.
August 18, 2015
A cross between a red wooden cottage and a modern box home

This House Concept was Created by Data from 200 Million Clicks on a Real Estate Site

Following our recent issue dedicated to the new smart home, we've had homes driven by technology on our minds. Swedish real estate site Hemnet developed a housing concept that's actually created by data. By analyzing over 200 million clicks on the site, architects Tham & Videgård designed a residence that they believe represents the ideal Swedish home.
August 14, 2015
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Dry Goods: The Case for Cacti as the Ultimate Houseplant

Succulent success doesn't require much of a green thumb—lots of sun and a little water are all you need to nurture the hottest low-maintenance plants around.
August 13, 2015
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7 Modern Headboards With Personality

At turns decorative, space-efficient, and functional, these modern headboards are telling intimations of those that sleep beneath them.
August 13, 2015