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Cheap and Chic

April 2011,
Vol. 11
Issue 05
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Great Design for Less
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Fine Finnish

A pair of crafty designers on a serious budget show that though their apartment may be short on square footage, it’s long on charm.

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A New Slant

In Seattle, where others saw only a severe slope and lack of municipal hookups, one couple spotted their ticket to their dream home.

mowhawk general

Shop Visit: Mohawk General Store in Silver Lake

Looking for mid-century furniture? Design tomes? Earrings? An LP? Sunset Junction’s Mohawk General Store lives up to its name.

Afforable modern designer chairs

13 Affordable High-Design Chairs

There are lots of handsome chairs out there, but sitting beauties that cost $250 or less are a rarer breed.

Salone Internazionale del Mobile 1961 Camillo Pizzigoni poster

Salone Posters

In the beginning, there was Italy. When a handful of furniture manufacturers formed Cosmit in 1961, Salone Internazionale del Mobile was conceived to promote homegrown talent.

Black chalkboard pegboard by Margaret Oomen

DIY Black Chalkboard Pegboard by Margaret Oomen

Sometimes the pursuit of a simple accessory can result in a surprising upshot.

Gardening illustration by Malin Rosenqvist

An Introduction to Home Gardening

Ever since Adam and Eve’s unfortunate eviction, their descendants have been plunging hands and seeds into the earth in hopes of bringing forth food, beauty, and the satisfaction of taming…

Home repair blogger illustration by Leif Parsons

Blogging it all Back Home

We are nothing but domestic voyeurs. More home owners are turning to the web to record the juicy ups and downs of tackling a grand remodel. We take a grand tour.

Boost Home Energy Boost Box

Green and Efficient: Boost Boxes

These days, it seems like everyone is busy saving the world.

Family sitting on an all wood dining table and chairs

Separate Boîte Equal

From the leafy sidewalk outside Paul Bernier and Joëlle Thibault’s home in the Plateau Mont-Royal neighborhood of Montreal, there’s no clue that their brick home is all that…

Modern box house made of HardiePanel siding

Green Urban Housing in Philadelphia

By keeping the budget strict, the insulation tight, and its values clear, Philadelphia’s Postgreen Homes shows a little brotherly love for green, urban housing.

Crafting a Meaningful Home by Meg Mateo Ilasco

Crafting a Meaningful Home

Anonymous mass production is losing its mass-market appeal, and there’s a growing movement toward owning things that have origins beyond an assembly line.

Print Workshop: Hand-Printing Techniques and Truly Original Projects by Christine Schmidt

Print Workshop

A blank canvas can really get the blood pumping. For some, the sight is a beacon. For others, it can be intimidating.

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Denver's Energy Efficient Home

John and Paige Damiano are snow worshippers.

Modern home with light-weight steel framing system

Appetite for Construction

Six years ago, architect Jorge Gracia came to Dwell’s attention with a house he built for his family that was radically different from any other in his hometown of Tijuana, Mexico, where the…

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