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  1. A Bolder Key Holder
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    A Bolder Key Holder

    We recently received a letter from Dwell reader Paula Pollachek asking for suggestions for a container in which to “collect all of your belongings, like keys, phone, and wallet, in one place...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.22.09

  2. LD Design: Botanical Design in an Austin Airstream
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    LD Design: Botanical Design in an Austin Airstream

    In 2007, Lauren Dolinsky left her marketing position at LePorte Modern Doors to focus full-time on her true passion: botanical arranging. She moved to Austin, Texas, and founded LD Designs, a...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.13.09

  3. Debra Prinzing Reviews 4 Prefab Outbuildings
    Product Reviews

    Debra Prinzing Reviews 4 Prefab Outbuildings

    From city slickers to country bumpkins, homeowners have always longed for a special place from which to escape the toils of day-to-day life.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Amanda Friedman
    02.27.09

  4. Interior Designer Peter Bentel Reviews 5 Barstools
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    Interior Designer Peter Bentel Reviews 5 Barstools

    Frontways, sideways, backward, or leaning against the back. Breakfast, beers, or bitters. The versatile barstool is indeed a perfect place to perch.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Patricia Heal
    03.01.09

  5. Writer-Gardener Debra Prinzing in SF March 5
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    Writer-Gardener Debra Prinzing in SF March 5

    While British author Virginia Woolf heralded the benefits of “a room of one’s own,” writer, master gardener, and outdoor shed-enthusiast Debra Prinzing rallies for an entire...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.02.09

  6. Andrea Cochran Landscapes
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    Andrea Cochran Landscapes

    Just like modern homes often bring the outside in, San Francisco landscape architect Andrea Cochran’s exterior designs extend the modern aesthetic from indoors to the outdoors. A new book by...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.06.09

  7. Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond
    Profiles

    Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond

    Of all American cities, you'd think Chicago would be at the forefront of celebrating and preserving its architecture. And while in many ways it does—the Chicago Architecture Foundation hosts...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.07.09

  8. Palm Springs, California
    City Guide

    Palm Springs, California

    In Palm Springs, California, “mid-century modern” connotes more than just Eames chairs and glass walls; it also hints at Hollywood Regency. From the 1920s through the 1970s, silver...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.24.09

  9. Quistgaard Pepper Mills
    Product of the Day

    Quistgaard Pepper Mills

    If you dig through your parents’ kitchen cupboards, chances are you’ll find a Jens Quistgaard design. Although “Quistgaard” never became a household name, the company he...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.07.09

  10. Lath House Doghouse
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    Lath House Doghouse

    I was recently in Palm Springs, California, to help judge doghouse designs for BARKitecture CHIQue 2009, a pet-sized architecture competition and auction to benefit Gilda’s Club Desert Cities...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.03.09

  11. William Krisel
    Interviews

    William Krisel

    Palm Springs architect William Krisel entered the arena of architecture in the boom times that followed World War II and left in 1979 when the profession became “too uptight” as a...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.13.09

  12. Built-In Style
    My House

    Built-In Style

    In Oakland, California, two designers transformed a 100-year-old barn into a (very) cozy home of their own by redefining the functionality of walls and windowsills.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Aya Brackett
    05.13.09

  13. Standolyn Robertson Reviews 5 Closet Systems
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    Standolyn Robertson Reviews 5 Closet Systems

    Our homes generally celebrate design you can see, but throw open the closet doors and behold a new frontier. These five closet systems not only make getting dressed easier and folding laundry more...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.13.09

  14. Built-In Beauty
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    Built-In Beauty

    While visiting and writing about small homes for our June 2009 “Think Smaller” issue, it quickly became clear that when space is sparse, the best way to get the most bang for your buck...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.25.09

  15. Dunkin' Danish
    Outdoor

    Dunkin' Danish

    The thought of stripping down for a communal skinny dip in a salty strait might make Americans a bit squeamish, but in Denmark, it’s the stuff that can save a city.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.17.09

  16. Buffalo Basics Founders
    Interviews

    Buffalo Basics Founders

    Buffalo, New York, regularly ranks among the top poorest cities in the United States. And with its heydays over 100 years in the past, it’s no surprise that though its people may be strong in...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.19.09

  17. Extended Interview: Willard Ford
    Interviews

    Extended Interview: Willard Ford

    Long gone is the era of single careers. In 2005, Willard Ford left the world of non-profits to follow his passion for furniture and design. He launched FordBrady in downtown Los Angeles with...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.22.09

  18. Ten Darling Apartment Building
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    Ten Darling Apartment Building

    When you live in an apartment, the surrounding city becomes an extension of your home. The nearby parks act as your backyard. The local coffee shop is your reading room. In South Yarra, a bustling...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.03.09

  19. Pacific Heights Remodel
    House Tours

    Pacific Heights Remodel

    In the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, what started off as a decorating job turned into a full-blown renovation for Nicole Hollis, founder of Nicole Hollis Interior Design. "...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.24.09

  20. Park Street Renovation
    House Tours

    Park Street Renovation

    The renovation of Katie and John Eller's Park Street Residence in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco began with a referral from a friend: "She said, 'I want your architect and...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.27.09

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