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  1. The Little Gadget that Could

    The Little Gadget that Could

     A seated 12-course dinner may still exist in some corner of the universe, but our favorite kind of to-do is the one that keeps a host out of the kitchen. These gadgets take the work out of...

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    08.16.12

  2. Guest Services

    Guest Services

    A good host isn't defined by apartment size or an over-the-top chocolate fountain. Rather, party chops are awarded for flexibility. Incorporate these double-duty pieces for a pad that's hopping in...

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    08.19.12

  3. 10 Designs by Patricia Urquiola

    10 Designs by Patricia Urquiola

    Spanish-born and Milan-based designer Patricia Urquiola has been featured in Dwell a handful of times throughout the years (most recently she appeared in our Women in Design Timeline). One of...

    written by: Diana Budds
    09.07.12

  4. The Expandables

    The Expandables

    Whether you're living in a tightly packed apartment or making a minimal footprint in a stand-alone home, choose furniture that flips, folds, morphs, and stows away to keep interiors tidy.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    11.01.12

  5. Piping Hot

    Piping Hot

    Even the fluffiest sofa looks sporty and tailored when outlined in crisp edging. Whether zigzagged, contrast-stitched, or piped, the latest trend in upholstered furniture has us examining the seams.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    12.19.12

  6. Say Yes to the Desk

    Say Yes to the Desk

    Still saving up for the George Nelson Swag Leg desk of your dreams? Until then, kit out your workspace with a well-priced accessory that packs a visual wallop for less than $150.

    01.09.13

  7. Hot Stuff

    Hot Stuff

    The Danish concept of hygge—a sense of warmth that pervades even the sleekest modern household—is becoming familiar around the world, thanks to these cozy-making goods under $250.

    01.11.13

  8. Clutter Busters

    Clutter Busters

    Need a place to stash your stuff without investing in a custom shelving system? We've rounded up some design-forward, wallet-friendly options for less than five Benjamins.

    01.14.13

  9. Value Add Proposition

    Value Add Proposition

    Slow and steady wins the race when furnishing an entire room. Stick to a budget of $1,000 and under by splurging on one item at a time, from timeless lighting to a quality sound system to a show...

    01.17.13

  10. Fabric Focus 1: Digital Prints

    Fabric Focus 1: Digital Prints

    This season's bold fabrics can enliven even the smallest project. Three interior design experts share tips on making the most of limited yardage.

    02.04.13

  11. Fabric Focus 2: Textured Neutrals

    Fabric Focus 2: Textured Neutrals

    Black, white, and tan don't have to be boring. Choose neutral hues in raised patterns and velvety textures for maximum impact.

    02.05.13

  12. Fabric Focus 3: One-Two Punch

    Fabric Focus 3: One-Two Punch

    These Pop-inspired brights pack a double whammy of bold pattern and geometric influence.

    02.07.13

  13. Color our World

    Color our World

    In this collection of slideshows, we explore the myriad ways color can be incorporated into a modern home.

    02.13.13

  14. The New Guard

    The New Guard

    In our tireless search for what’s modern now, we’ve combed the globe for fresh talent, seeking out design stars in the making—our next generation of Bouroullecs, Jasper Morrisons, and Patricia...

    02.15.13

  15. Bookworm Diaries

    Bookworm Diaries

    From shelves that hold art periodicals to a slim-lined LED floor lamp to a sofa that’s as comfortable as it is sleek, here are a few ideas for carving out a corner for enjoying a good tome.

    02.22.13

  16. Shape Shifters

    Shape Shifters

    Incorporating a wide array of geometries—like a pendant lamp inspired by the Fibonacci sequence or six-sided acoustic wall tiles—is a sure thing for playing up visual interest in an interior.

    02.25.13

  17. Color Riot

    Color Riot

    We love bright hues, whether the color scheme references mid-century tastes or nods to a more contemporary palette. We’ve collected six brilliant objects that work together or apart.

    02.26.13

  18. Gilding the Lilypad

    Gilding the Lilypad

    Make restrained neutrals pop by adding a mix of high-end items, from a reissued 1920s side table with hidden compartments to wallpaper trimmed in bronze. Plus: new work from the late Eva Zeisel.

    02.28.13

  19. 40 Ideas for Inspired Interiors

    If you enjoyed our March 2013 Interiors Issue, here's a complementary handful of savvy tips for making the most of every room in your house. Look to this page for fresh advice exploring all manner...

    02.05.13

  20. Designer ABC's

    Designer ABC's

    As part of our partnership with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the largest organization of its kind in the country, you can catch smart tips and new product finds from leading...

    02.01.13

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