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How to Throw a Great Party in Six Steps

We captured the highlights of a recent party at Laura Gabbert and Andrew Avery's Los Angeles house for our September 2012 story "American Pastoral." As evidenced in the magazine and our extended photo slideshow online, this family really knows how to entertain. Here, six tips from Gabbert and Avery on throwing a fun and inviting party—plus, a recipe for a garden-fresh Gimlet.
August 13, 2012
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Rethinking Boston

How do you remake a city that's already been made? That's the question a group of students at the Boston Architectural College (BAC) will be tackling in a new design competition sponsored by the Chelsea, Massachusetts–based firm The Architectural Team. With a directive to bring the mixed and multi (mixed-use, mixed-income, multifamily) ideals of 21st-century sustainability to downtown Boston’s commercial and retail districts, students who are enrolled in the competition’s studio course will develop new visions for a downtown that they could want to—and even afford to—live in one day.
August 13, 2012
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All in the Family

Young architects often design homes for their parents. But for Toronto's Julia Knezic, it was an especially intimate job: her mom Susan Farkas's new house is next to her own. When the property became available, she lured her parents into moving from their suburban neighborhood. "My mom said, 'Fine, but I want a new house.' " It was a deal: Julia designed a new 2,100-square-foot open-plan house, with generous public rooms and only one bedroom, for the site. The process became more intense when her father passed away—and more so as Julia gave birth to her two kids. But Julia's mother moved in, and welcomed Julia's clan to live in the basement as they remodeled their own place. "This was conceived as a house for one person," Julia explains,"but the idea was to make the spaces as comfortable as possible for the whole family." And with an intergenerational mix of decor and two happy kids, it's working out fine.
August 6, 2012
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Modern Lifestyle at Dwell on Design 2012

Each year, one of the most popular parts of the Dwell on Design show floor is the Modern Lifestyle zone. New furniture, the great Remodelista Market, an array of modern playhouses thrumming with kids, and family photoshoots sponsored by Infiniti all keep the high-energy area buzzing. Here are a few highlights from one of the most vibrant bits of Dwell on Design 2012.
June 24, 2012
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A Family Home in Israel

Located in Ramat-Hasharon, a suburb of Tel Aviv in Israel, this 2,100-square-foot house was designed by Keren Milchberg Porat for a family of six—a cinematographer and art director and their four children, ranging in age from one to 17 years old. Porat, who heads up the architecture firm Studio ID253, used a slew of recycled and raw materials, strategically located openings to maximize ventilation and natural light, and "circular passages" to create an open and flexible family home that works equally well for entertaining large groups of people—something the family loves to do. ‎‏Originally the owners were inspired by prefab techniques and concepts. But "due to the fact that they couldn't find any local Israeli contractor with validated prefab experience, and their budget was too tight to simply fly in a crew from the states or Europe, they decided to go the only way they could—with conventional and traditional building methods popular in Israel," says Porat. "But certain prefab-inspired design elements remained, such as cement floors, industrial roofing, extensive use of large windows, and large deck areas that surround the interior of the house."
December 6, 2011
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New From Petit Collage

Based in San Francisco, Petit Collage is "an incubator of new ideas, art and illustration for everything modern and children related," says designer and children's book illustrator Lorena Siminovich, who founded the company five years ago. Siminovich's home decor and accessories for contemporary families can be found in boutiques, museum stores and catalogs worldwide—as well as in the pages of the upcoming November issue of Dwell, where we'll feature her cozy and stylish 1,500-square-foot house. Stay tuned! In the meantime, here's a sneak preview of a few sweet items from her Fall  2011 catalog, along with Siminovich's explanation of the inspiration behind each new design.
August 18, 2011
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Family Matters

The open spaces and transparency of modern architecture turn out to be extremely useful when there’s a house full of relatives.
July 18, 2011
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Playgrounds Worth A Trip

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 design targeted to kids. Week 2: Playgrounds Worth A Trip.   What if you planned your next family vacation around a playground? Some playscapes are so amazing they're worth the trip! Stay close by, and take in other area sites while building in time to visiting these unique landscapes for play again and again.
July 18, 2011
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Play's the Thing

With ingenuity and plenty of elbow grease, architect John Tong turned an old Toronto dairy into the ultimate family clubhouse.
July 4, 2011