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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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Iconic Midcentury Bank Repurposed in Palm Springs

E. Stewart Williams’s Santa Fe Federal Savings and Loan building from 1961 gains new life as the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center.
September 30, 2014

Compact Australian Home Clad in Steel and Concrete

An Australian renovation uses industrial materials both indoors and out.
September 30, 2014
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Brick Garage Transformed Into Family Home

An architect reimagines an outdated brick garage by designing a graceful new family home atop its foundation.
September 18, 2014
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Modern Renovation of the South African Embassy in D.C.

Davis Brody Bond—a firm responsible for a number of prestigious cultural building projects, including the 9/11 Memorial Museum and the forthcoming Frick Collection expansion in New York—recently completed a subtle but tasteful renovation of the South African Embassy in Washington D.C. The remodel updates two existing buildings with green features, joining them together with a three-story glass atrium.
September 12, 2014

Complete Renovation of W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel

The lifestyle hotel chain’s $38 million renovation brings more swagger to Chicago's waterfront.
September 10, 2014
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Archtober: A Monthlong Celebration of Design and Architecture Returns to New York City

With Dwell on Design New York as an anchor, the festival enters its fourth year with programs and tours in all five boroughs.
September 9, 2014
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Garage Reimagined as a Family Gathering Space

After a tree falls in Santa Monica, a garage is reborn as a 600-square-foot family gathering spot.
September 5, 2014
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Modern Bathroom Renovation in San Francisco

When Chris Brigham, founder of Knife & Saw, discovered water damage in the master bathroom of his San Francisco home, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The furniture maker and his wife had never loved the space, and Brigham took the opportunity to renovate with the help of designer/builder Fidel Archuleta of ArcSon Design. Together, they planned out a complete overhaul of the room that features no shortage of custom built-ins. The end result: a welcoming, clean-lined setting in warm wood and cool concrete.
September 4, 2014
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