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7 Beautiful Balconies

A place to catch morning rays or a bit of fresh air, balconies often become favorite spaces in modern homes. Click through the slideshow for a look at seven designs from the Dwell archive.
September 5, 2013
Sasha samples berries at the island while Wes, perched on the counter next to Deborah, clutches the whipped cream—similar in color to the backsplash, made of traditional Moroccan tiles and available through Emory & Cie.

Kitchen Design: 5 Backsplashes We Love

Time for that tired old backsplash to go? Here are five ideas for new looks, ranging from top-of-the-line modern tile to the ultimate DIY version for an Airstream trailer.
September 4, 2013
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5 More Dining Rooms We Love

We take a dive into our archives for five more of the best modern dining rooms (see Part One here) from a colorful British reboot to a Le Corbusier-inspired Parisian setting. Bon appétit!
September 4, 2013
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Angular Multi-Generational Home in Washington

For many baby boomers, "retirement" is just a long way to spell "the end." This wasn't the case for Mike and Fiona Goodchild, a pair of retiring Scottish UCSB professors who wanted a home that would easily adapt to meet their changing needs while helping future generations meet theirs. After purchasing a tear-down house next to their adult daughter's home and family in 2010, the Goodchilds connected with a pair of architects who shared their sensibility. The resulting Burke-Gilman Bike Trail house, named for the Seattle recreational footpath which it overlooks, is the playful embodiment of sustainability. From the adaptable office space upstairs to the back entry that has been designed for conversion into a wheelchair path, the house is as changeable as it is comfortable.
September 4, 2013
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10 Tips for Creating a Comfortable Living Room

A comfortable living space is about layers, creating conversational seating, and building a sensible room that’s both visually and functionally stimulating. A perfect living room teases and pleases the eye in a manner that feels edgy and fun while simultaneously catering to one’s need to pile up or curl in in the most casual way. Here, ten tips to help you on your way.
September 3, 2013
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Starry Night: Outdoor Wall Light Installation

A celestial light installation illuminates the garage door of a recently renovated Toronto house.
September 3, 2013
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How to Design with Hexagon Patterns

The hexagon has been long favored in design, most often implemented in tile. Here are examples from our design archives, plus our favorite products that celebrate the motif.
September 3, 2013
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6 Pieces by Paola Navone Only at Crate & Barrel

The American furnishings brand partners with famed Italian designer Paola Navone for a complete, Mediterranean-influenced home collection.
September 3, 2013
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5 More Cool Kitchen Islands

"No man is an island," wrote poet John Donne, but in the case of kitchens an aptly placed island makes the room. "My favorite way to make a kitchen sculptural is on the island," says designer Laurie Haefele." There are a variety of ways such as changing the countertop heights and juxtaposing different materials as well. Also, by altering the depths of the perimeter cabinetry can add some interest and sculptural elements." As a follow-up to our 5 Cool Kitchen Islands post, we highlight five more.
September 2, 2013
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