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7 Ways to Design with Heath Tiles

For over half a century, California's Heath Ceramics has been turning out coarse, colorful stoneware tiles. We've shared our love for Heath's artistry before through our Dwell Patterns collaboration. Now, we celebrate seven homes that integrate Heath's lovingly-crafted tiles into their kitchens and bathrooms.
February 26, 2015
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How to Design with Mahogany

Every variety of wood has its own personality. Rich yet restrained, mahogany is a soothing presence. Here's how seven modern homes put it to use.
February 20, 2015
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5 Modern Takes on the Bay Window

The bay window can be the stuffiest of portals to the outside world, but not when the roomy floor space it creates inside is used to great effect, or when its exterior shape takes a decidedly contemporary bent.
February 12, 2015
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How to Design a Memorable Pop-Up

Designed to look spontaneous, pop-up shops often obscure the enormous amount of planning that goes into creating them. For more than five years, Jaspar Jansen and Jeroen Dellensen of Amsterdam-based firm i29 Interior Architects have been designing modern yet ephemeral retail spaces. We spoke with Jansen and Dellensen about what goes into designing a great pop-up shopping experience.
January 31, 2015
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How to Buy a Shipping Container

You have decided to join the shipping container revolution. Your plans are drawn up, your site is prepared, and your welding torch is ready to transform a discarded steel box into the durable, stylish, and sustainable home of your dreams. Now what? To help you get started, we asked architects, DIY home builders, and shipping container experts from around the world for their inside tips on bringing home the best possible container for your building needs.
November 12, 2014
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6 Tips for a Pain-Free Kitchen Renovation

With the average kitchen remodel costing around $55,000, it’s easy to see why homeowners look for ways to save money on a renovation. And considering how many decisions are made with this highly functional room, the process of remodeling can be very overwhelming for a homeowner. Avoid a disastrous renovation by keeping these tips in mind. This post was provided by editor-in-chief Anne Reagan.
October 28, 2014
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How to Optimize Acoustics at Home

You've shelled out for a top-of-the line sound system or sleek, modern speakers, but are you getting the best listening experience at home? If you haven't thought about how your furnishings affect the way sound travels in a space, possibly not. Bill Bush, principal acoustics engineer at Sonos, offers seven easy fixes that will optimize your listening experience.
October 23, 2014
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Simple Ways to Upgrade Your Rental Kitchen

While renters might not be able to rip out cabinets or excise egregious countertops, there are practical fixes that needn’t last longer than your lease. Deb Perelman, author of the food blog Smitten Kitchen, has encountered her share of cook space conundrums in the 14 years she’s been a New York City renter—insufficient storage, unsightly counters, and one kitchen that was a mere 42 square feet. Despite those challenges, she’s been able to make do with a few effective, affordable, and temporary solutions. “I look for things I can take with me to the next apartment,” she says. Here, Perelman shares her tips.
September 30, 2014
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The Complete Guide to Designing with Color

Dare to paint a wall purple? Buy a blue refrigerator? Choose a yellow floor? Dwell gathered our best and brightest homes to create the ultimate color guide, with design ideas for every shade of the rainbow.
August 28, 2014