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  1. Basic Instincts
    House Tours

    Basic Instincts

    Matt Jacobson doesn’t just abide by the mantra “less is more,” he wholeheartedly embraces it. His Southern California home is a compact ode to minimal living.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    05.19.11

  2. On the Waterfront
    House Tours

    On the Waterfront

    After purchasing a revered archetypal lake house designed by American architect Richard Meier, a retired couple launches into the home’s second renovation in 35 years.

    written by: J. Michael Welton
    photos by: Dean Kaufman
    08.22.11

  3. Backyard Retreat
    Finishing Touch

    Backyard Retreat

    When sustainable building advisor Megan Lea set out to build a backyard retreat, she knew that reclaimed materials would figure prominently into the design. What resulted is a polychrome of...

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Uwe Schneider
    12.06.11

  4. Butterfly Roof Meditation Hut
    House Tours

    Butterfly Roof Meditation Hut

    Illinois resident Mary Kalanzis rises every morning with a view worthy of the next world. "I wake up to the vision of the hut everyday," she says. "There's something about the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.11.11

  5. An Introduction to Modern Playscapes
    Outdoor

    An Introduction to Modern Playscapes

    In honor of our family themed July/August issue, we've invited guest writer Paige Johnson, who spearheads the blog Playscapes, to share her perspective on some of the most innovative contemporary...

    written by: Paige Johnson
    07.11.11

  6. Big Sur Airstream Renovation
    Renovation

    Big Sur Airstream Renovation

    "I found the Airstream in the high desert of Anza, California, and thought it was a pure TLC job. Wishful thinking!" says interior designer Caroline Brandes, who also rents renovated...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.08.11

  7. Grow Bottles
    Product

    Grow Bottles

    If you live in an apartment or otherwise lack a patch in which to plant a garden, Potting Shed Creations' Grow Bottles (also available at sustainable-living shop Branch) might be your answer to...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.16.11

  8. Neutra Box
    Product

    Neutra Box

    When Hector Perez couldn't find the ideal mailbox to install outside of his Eichler in Oakland, California, he decided to make his own. "It was really born out of frustration," says Perez...

    written by: Diana Budds
    05.30.11

  9. Urban Picnic Box

    Urban Picnic Box

    Don't just dispose of this alfresco fine-dining set—Boxsal offers a completely compostable spread.

    $25.00

  10. Hollywood Renovation: Week 5
    Renovation

    Hollywood Renovation: Week 5

    In this exclusive series for Dwell.com, Linda Taalman of Taalman Koch Architecture tracks the hands-on, tight-budgeted renovation of her and her partner's live-work rental in Los Angeles. Week 5...

    written by: Linda Taalman
    01.07.11

  11. On The Rocks
    House Tours

    On The Rocks

    For centuries, Spain’s Canary Islands have been the last outpost of civilization before European mariners sailed headlong into the vast Atlantic. That same sense of horizon-bound, seaside...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Gunnar Knechtel
    06.11.11

  12. Hollywood Renovation: Week 9
    Renovation

    Hollywood Renovation: Week 9

    This week the plan was to transform the back garden into a lush California native garden inspired in part by Maui, where we just returned from vacation. However, it has been raining almost every...

    written by: Linda Taalman
    03.25.11

  13. Seven Great Outdoor Spaces
    House Tours

    Seven Great Outdoor Spaces

    As summer comes to an end, we cheers to seven of our favorite outdoor spaces before the furniture is packed away for the winter.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.16.11

  14. Pip Pip Bird Feeder

    Pip Pip Bird Feeder

    Watch your backyard become prime real estate, simply by sticking Pip Pip straight into the lawn. The lacquered steel feeder by Swedish designer Stina Sandwall will give your feathered friends a...

    $75.00

  15. Hollywood Renovation: Week 10
    Renovation

    Hollywood Renovation: Week 10

    Now that winter is long gone, weʼre looking forward to spending more time outdoors in our front garden—which doubles as an outdoor room. To make it more inviting, weʼve decided to replace the...

    written by: Linda Taalman
    04.21.11

  16. Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet Grills
    Food

    Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet Grills

    For our new June 2011 Beach Houses We Love issue, I set up shop in a backyard with seven mini grills for an afternoon of barbecuing and product testing. These little charcoal cookers are great for...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.06.11

  17. Preview: New from Wallter
    Dwell on Design

    Preview: New from Wallter

    At Dwell on Design last year, Richmond, California-based design company Wallter made a splash with its powder-coated products and the debut of its new planter. Owners and designers Max and Linda...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.22.11

  18. Hello from the Salton Sea
    Travel Reports

    Hello from the Salton Sea

    After my stop at Salvation Mountain, my two travel companions and I headed north on 111 to see the handful of modernist sites on the Salton Sea. The massive saline body of water is the biggest...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.23.11

  19. Wood-Clad Seaside Retreat in India
    Finishing Touch

    Wood-Clad Seaside Retreat in India

    It’s hard to believe that this idyllic house sited in a coastal coconut grove in Nandgaon, India, is a mere hour’s drive from bustling Mumbai.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    06.07.11

  20. TerraTrellis Modern Trellises
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    TerraTrellis Modern Trellises

    Though it may be a little late to start planting, it's the perfect time to add items to your next year's gardening wishlist. Designer Jennifer Asher recently launched TerraTrellis, combining form...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.15.11

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