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January 16, 2014
Happy Thursday! As the weekend approaches, we've gathered ten of our most popular homes on Dwell this week for your perusal.
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A Modern Home on Scotland's Isle of Skye

A modern house steeped in heritage, history, and spirituality emerges on the fringes of Scotland’s Isle of Skye. Photo by Andrew Lee.

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Master bedroom with Artemide lighting and vintage lounge chairs

Converting a Commercial Storefront to a Home (and Studio!)

Seeking more space and a connection with the city, an artist and a designer turn an old Toronto storefront in Dundas West into a home and studio. Photo by Naomi Finlay.

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Originally appeared in Don't Let the Sign Fool You, This Old Storefront is a Home
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Rock the Boat

New Zealand architect Davor Popadich invoked nautical sheds in his unconventional design for his family’s home on Auckland’s North Shore. Photo by Simon Devitt.

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Dining room with black Smoke chair and Hella Jongerius vase

Baroque Meets Modern in San Francisco

Thanks to a contemporary interior that she’s been updating for a decade, modern architect Abigail Turin has learned to love her traditional 1925 San Francisco home. Photo by Justin Fantl.

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Originally appeared in One House Seamlessly Blends Baroque and Modern Styles
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A Renovated Midcentury Gem in Austin

A 1960s home with an unusual awning gets upgraded with 21st-century conveniences while maintaining its Austin street cred. Photo by Brent Humphreys.

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Operation Desert Shed

Architect Lloyd Russell’s design for this desert getaway passively mitigates the elements with a utilitarian solution, turning a modest modern retreat into a hardy, region-appropriate home. Photo by David Harrison.

Originally appeared in Five Open Decks
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Modern wood and glass house in San Francisco

Striking Slatted Wood and Glass Home in San Francisco

Teaming up with architect Craig Steely, an industrial designer and a mechanical engineer find just the right design for a striking home on a San Francisco hill. Photo by Ian Allen.

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A Modern Multiunit Prefab Prototype in Vancouver

A Vancouver architect maxes out a commercial lot to create a multiunit prefab tower that takes smart urban planning as seriously as good design. Photo by Kamil Bialous.

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Modern shipping container home office

Creative Re-Use in Oakland

Stephen Shoup is the kind of person to see potential in things that others might miss. In 2005, looking for a property that would house himself and his design/build firm, building Lab inc., he happened upon a roughly 6,000-square-foot lot in north Oakland, California. Undeterred by the condition of the building (it had served as a shop for the late master woodcarver Miles Karpilow) or the neighborhood (Shoup calls it “transitional”), he imagined what the property could become. Photo by building Lab inc.

Originally appeared in Creative Re-Use in Oakland
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The house features thick walls with deep shelves carved into them, intended to save space and convey the solidity of Spanish-style houses.

Casa Study House #1

Traditions collide in Los Angeles when architect Jeremy Levine hotwires SoCal Spanish with international haute-moderne. The resulting house of courtyards, shelves, and even some repurposed car parts is a hybrid sensation. Photo by Tom Fowlks.

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houlder residence exterior

A Modern Home on Scotland's Isle of Skye

A modern house steeped in heritage, history, and spirituality emerges on the fringes of Scotland’s Isle of Skye. Photo by Andrew Lee.

Photo by Andrew Lee.

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