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  1. Salvaged Wood Renovation in Portland
    Houses We Love

    Salvaged Wood Renovation in Portland

    Custom woodwork and an open interior define a 520-square-foot backyard retreat for a busy family.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Lincoln Barbour
    10.17.13

  2. Modernist L-Shaped Charred Cedar Cabin in Alaska
    House Tours

    Modernist L-Shaped Charred Cedar Cabin in Alaska

    In the shadow of Mount McKinley, amid Alaska’s meadows and icy streams, a former teacher and a four-time Iditarod winner built a modernist cabin as expansive as the Last Frontier.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Kamil Bialous
    06.17.13

  3. Indoor Garden Kits
    Product Reviews

    Indoor Garden Kits

    Dear Dwell, I'd like to grow edible herbs and plants, but since I live in a tiny apartment with no outdoor space, I'm looking for a garden I can grow on my kitchen counter. Can you help?

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    01.26.09

  4. Living in a Material World
    Design 101

    Living in a Material World

    Americans have always held a soft spot in their hearts for futuristic materials, from the amazing light-weight properties of titanium to the chance to conquer Superman with kryptonite.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Aya Brackett
    01.31.09

  5. Power Plastic
    Design 101

    Power Plastic

    Every hour, enough sunlight hits the earth to power the entire planet for a year. But since they’re pricey—and, let’s face it, generally unattractive—solar cells are still woefully underutilized...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  6. PEC-MAT
    Design 101

    PEC-MAT

    As more and more Americans are quickly discovering, the land beneath our feet is not quite as solid as we thought. Houses slip down hillsides, trees float down rivers, and whole cities disappear...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  7. Lotusan Paint
    Design 101

    Lotusan Paint

    Product design that takes cues from nature, known as biomimicry, has produced a num-
ber of ingenious and popular products we use every day.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  8. Investing in the Market
    Profiles

    Investing in the Market

    With its community market initiative, PPS reinvents the public square on the international scale.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    03.14.09

  9. Roadside Attraction
    Green

    Roadside Attraction

    A Colorado couple handles their freeway-facing lot with flair, and incorporates a long list of sustainable features to boot.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Ron Pollard
    03.16.09

  10. The Color of Palo Alto
    Profiles

    The Color of Palo Alto

    Sam Yates will paint the town Palo Alto, once he figures out what color that is.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Jamie Kripke
    04.27.09

  11. Pool Houses: From Laps to Naps
    Outdoor

    Pool Houses: From Laps to Naps

    For those seeking refuge from an interminable game of Marco Polo, these four pool houses provide an artful escape.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Ron Pollard
    04.30.09

  12. Gaffney House Dining Room
    --Make It Yours

    Gaffney House Dining Room

    For their weekend home in Sharon, Connecticut, architect Lynn Gaffney and her husband, Bill Backus, filled their natural wood "shack" with eBay finds and classic modern design pieces.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Raimund Koch
    10.09.09

  13. Anju: Portland, Oregon
    Travel Reports

    Anju: Portland, Oregon

    A new restaurant named Anju recently opened in Portland, Oregon. With a darkly sleek interior, industrial finishes, and original art on the walls and ceiling, it comes as a pleasant surprise that...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    10.28.09

  14. Run by the Sun
    Green

    Run by the Sun

    In Holland, being green is not a choice, it's a governmentally enforced obligation. Architects Han van Zweiten and Gregory Kiss's project makes a case for obeying the law.  

    written by: Amara Holstein
    11.09.09

  15. The U*Shelf System
    Product

    The U*Shelf System

    Shelving often acts as a boring backdrop to the various vases, books, and knickknacks on display. Luckily, the U*Shelf's quirky tessellated forms are interesting enough to stand on their own.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    09.10.09

  16. Architect Series Dimmers
    Design 101

    Architect Series Dimmers

    The right lighting can bring warmth and atmosphere to any room.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  17. Retail Therapy
    Green

    Retail Therapy

    In the great American quest for more stuff, big-box stores are nirvana, laden with cheaply priced items by the ton, from diamond earrings to toilet paper. So isn’t it a good thing that many...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    01.21.09

  18. Canadian Beacon
    Green

    Canadian Beacon

    When most people think of locations for a holiday home, they have visions of beaches, golf courses, spas, and chalets. But few have the mettle to choose the sort of place that architects André...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Paul Orenstein
    02.01.09

  19. Elevator by Darrin Umboh
    Post

    Elevator by Darrin Umboh

    Tired of gliding between floors in bland metal boxes, Dutch artist Darrin Umboh designed an elevator interior for Antwerp-based advertising company DuboisMeetsFugger that's anything but boring.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    09.27.09

  20. Suburban Flight
    My House

    Suburban Flight

    It’s become an all-too-familiar scenario all across America: A city’s downtown, once a thriving place to live and work, has slowly withered and become decrepit.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Juliana Sohn
    01.16.09

  21. Eric Corey Freed Reviews 6 Sustainable Flooring Options
    Product Reviews

    Eric Corey Freed Reviews 6 Sustainable Flooring Options

    There’s trouble underfoot if you’re building a green home without considering your flooring. Take stock of these sustainable wood options that let you tread lightly on the land.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    03.03.09

  22. 101 Color
    Design 101

    101 Color

    Dwell explores the variegated use of color in our world, from industry to emotion.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    02.25.09

  23. Venezuela's Eco Cabanas
    Post

    Venezuela's Eco Cabanas

    An architectural idealist, Kristofer Nonn answered an online job posting for an ecological builder in Venezuela. The result of his short tenure in the country is two elegantly simple housing shelters.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    08.18.09

  24. Brand-New Secondhand
    Green

    Brand-New Secondhand

    Fifteen minutes from downtown Seattle, architects Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo transformed the neighborhood dump—a lot that had been vacant for 30 years—into their dream home.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Philip Newton
    11.04.09

  25. 101 High-Tech Materials
    Design 101

    101 High-Tech Materials

    Remember how the Predator had skin that made him invisible? That was cool. But these high-tech materials might be even cooler.

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    02.24.09

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