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  1. Supplant Your Lawn
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    Supplant Your Lawn

    It’s both water-wise and 
wallet-wise to consider alternatives to a grassy lawn. As 
more homeowners reach this conclusion, inventive designers are finding new ways to achieve beautiful,...

    written by: Amber Bravo
    02.21.10

  2. 10 clever storage ideas for the bathroom
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    10 clever storage ideas for the bathroom

    Flummoxed by the ever-present need for storage in the bathroom? Here are 10 ways to stash all your bath supplies in a modern way.

    written by: Erika Heet
    04.07.14

  3. A Tree Grows in the Dogpatch
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    A Tree Grows in the Dogpatch

    Located in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco, Treehouse Gallery is part of a movement of contemporary artistic practice that reconsiders the gallery space as a place for community dialogue...

    written by: Meredith MacKenzie
    04.11.11

  4. Bar, Desk, NewYorker
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    Bar, Desk, NewYorker

    The NewYorker is a savvy bit of furniture by designer Jen Turner that is at once a desk and a bar. We featured it in the November 2011 issue's 101 story on renting and here we present the fine bit...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    10.06.11

  5. Introducing SEMIHandmade
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    Introducing SEMIHandmade

    Eight years ago John McDonald had never picked up a woodworking tool in his life. An aspiring screenwriter in Los Angeles with a day job waiting tables, the frustrated 34 year old decided to try...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    11.04.10

  6. 8 Modern Carports
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    8 Modern Carports

    Though it's sometimes looked down upon as a dowdy counterpart to its enclosed cousin, the garage, the carport is a functional and—as these examples from Dwell's archives suggest—often elegant touch...

    written by: William Lamb
    01.02.14

  7. Yerba Buena Street Life Plan
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    Yerba Buena Street Life Plan

    Recently in San Francisco, the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District and CMG Landscape Architecture unveiled the Yerba Buena Street Life Plan. The plan is meant to serve as a master plan for the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.08.11

  8. 5 Luxurious All-White Bathrooms
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    5 Luxurious All-White Bathrooms

    White traditionally signifies purity and cleanliness—and where better to send that signal than in the bathroom? Take inspiration from these five luxurious, all-white rooms.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    09.01.13

  9. The Big Easy
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    The Big Easy

    Most prefab manufacturing facilities house loads of heavy machinery, but not every design must be constructed on the factory line.

    written by: Michael Sylvester
    01.28.09

  10. Bulthaup's B2 Kitchen System
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    Bulthaup's B2 Kitchen System

    With its updated version of the old walk-in hearth, Bulthaup deconstructs the kitchen into a freestanding system fit for a modern ascetic.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    04.16.09

  11. Runners Up, Color Me Impressed Round Two
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    Runners Up, Color Me Impressed Round Two

    We loved perusing the entries from the latest round of the Glidden Paint and Dwell.com Color Me Impressed Design Competition - so we decided to post our favorites! Check out our final four. First...

    written by: Ralston O'Neill
    10.19.10

  12. Dwell Holiday Giveaway 2010
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    Dwell Holiday Giveaway 2010

    Are you checking the Dwell Holiday Giveaway daily? There are 13 days left and plenty more prizes coming down the pike. Keep entering for a chance to win the giveaway of the day.

    written by: Ralston O'Neill
    12.13.10

  13. Edward Fields Iconics
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    Edward Fields Iconics

    Edward Fields—an American carpet maker whose rugs dress the floors in the Glass House, Hollyhock House, and Lever House—recently released "Iconics," a collection of eleven...

    written by: Diana Budds
    02.04.11

  14. Buffalo's "Blank Snow" Park
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    Buffalo's "Blank Snow" Park

    A few weeks ago, the possibility of snow at sea level here in the San Francisco Bay Area raised quite a stir. Will it? Won't it? Should we ready our toboggans and show shoes? Nary a flake has...

    written by: Diana Budds
    03.16.11

  15. HelioTrace Robotic Facade
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    HelioTrace Robotic Facade

    I was intrigued by a rendering featured in the latest newsletter from SOM, which came across my desk a few weeks ago. So I wrote the firm for more information. Turns out this new invention—a...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    04.11.11

  16. Family House with a Secret Room
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    Family House with a Secret Room

    This house on Lake Wenatchee in Washington was designed to be "cozy for two and comfortable for a crowd," as architect John DeForest puts it—thanks in part to a hidden media room.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    05.03.13

  17. 5 Modern Saunas
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    5 Modern Saunas

    A stint in a sauna rumored to have myriad benefits from the social and heath standpoints and if you've considered building one of your own, here are five examples from the Dwell archive. For more...

    written by: Diana Budds
    08.08.13

  18. Steal This Kitchen Idea: Creative Spice Storage
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    Steal This Kitchen Idea: Creative Spice Storage

    Architectural designer Chris Greenawalt's Boston kitchen renovation includes a striking approach to spice storage: a back-lit shelf accessed by a library ladder. Here's how he did it.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.14.13

  19. 5 Striking Black Kitchens Around the World
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    5 Striking Black Kitchens Around the World

    White is the traditional color for kitchens, denoting hygiene, brightness, and modernity. But these five black-clad kitchens, in houses from San Francisco to Copenhagen, show that some truly stand...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.23.13

  20. 5 Smart Kitchen Storage Solutions
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    5 Smart Kitchen Storage Solutions

    What to do when a tightly cramped kitchen yearns for more space? Here, five great examples on how to win the storage battle with arguably the most trafficked room in the house.

    written by: Eujin Rhee
    08.26.13

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