Jenny Xie is the author of the novel Holding Pattern, a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree. She’s received fellowships from Bread Loaf, Yaddo, and MacDowell, among other organizations. She is the former executive editor of Dwell.

A Bibliophile Couple’s Brooklyn Apartment Finds a Smart Storage Solution for More Than 1,000 Books
Design-build firm Spot Lab reimagine an old 980-square-foot corner unit with birch-plywood built-ins for the family’s home...
Construction Diary: They’d Never Designed an A-Frame Before—But They Aced the Build
A Nova Scotia couple learn that although triangular homes may look simple, they can be devilishly complex.
With a Spectacular Glass Wall, the Dwell House Folds Open to Nature
Expertly engineered by NanaWall, a 12-foot bifold glass wall floods the ADU with natural light and fresh air while remaining...
The Energy-Efficient Dwell House Embraces the Outdoors
Thanks to a series of windows from Marvin’s Signature Ultimate line, the backyard house keeps nature in focus.
The Dwell House Kitchen May Be Compact, But It Packs a Punch
The 540-square-foot home comes fully equipped with Bosch appliances chosen for their sleek design and powerful performance.
Wrapped in Cedar, the Dwell House Showcases the Texture and Beauty of Natural Wood
Available in a natural or black finish, the Real Cedar exterior of the backyard house lends an air of warm Scandinavian...
Budget Breakdown: A Barcelona Bachelor Pad Gets Radically Reimagined for €10,000
How do you pull off a renovation on a shoestring budget? If you’re Takk Architecture, do the opposite of what’s expected.
Before & After: Siblings Turn a Neglected Victorian Into a Dreamy Catskills Hotel
The couple behind Field Theory help their brother reimagine a dreary 1890s estate as the irresistibly chic Hotel Lilien.
Construction Diary: A Brooklyn Couple Revive an ’80s Time Capsule in the Catskills
A subdued palette allows the pair’s collection of vintage furniture—and the tree-filled surroundings—to sing.
Gifts for the Minimalist Who Wants Nothing
Even someone who eschews most material possessions will appreciate these thoughtful items.
Unexpected Gifts for the Unapologetic Maximalist Who Has Everything
Indulge their magpie tendencies with these special treasures.
Talking Shop With the Duo Behind Scotland’s Newest Craft Showcase
Bard, which is now open to shop in person and online, hopes to highlight “the finest, most interesting ideas, objects, and...
A Sinuous Silicon Valley Retreat Is a Portal to the Outdoors
With the help of Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney (EYRC) Architects, a couple with three children build a home that pays homage to its...
My House: A Queens Couple Bring the Nightlife Home to Their Color-Changing Loft
A DJ and a mortgage banker turn an old knitting factory into a chameleonic space that’s part sanctuary, part private club.
Bobby Berk’s Desert Hacienda Celebrates Outdoor Living With a High-Tech Deck
The design expert and Emmy-nominated TV host explains why he chose TimberTech over traditional wood for his midcentury oasis near...
Catch This Butterfly-Roofed Home in Southwest Florida for $4.7M
Architect Andrea Clark Brown designed the edgy lakefront dwelling in 2018 for an avid art collector.
Move Into This Sun-Soaked Midcentury in the Hollywood Hills for $1.7M
The 1954 residence, designed and built by Val Powelson, embodies indoor/outdoor living with a wraparound deck enveloped in...
In London, a Dashing Apartment Atop a Former Warehouse Seeks £1.46M
Home to Brazilian architect and designer Juliano Cordano, the two-story penthouse boasts a spacious roof deck with views over...
For a Stunning, Sustainable Deck That Lasts a Lifetime, Use This Material
TimberTech’s premium composite decking brings the beauty of real wood—without any of its drawbacks.
Snag This Polished Desert Hideaway Near Joshua Tree for $649K
A creative pair turn a rundown midcentury cabin in Landers, California, into a clean-lined one bedroom with neutral tones and...
Eames Obsessives Have a New Mecca to Explore
With Ray and Charles’ granddaughter at the helm, a new nonprofit organization aims to inspire today’s creative thinkers with a...
This Modular Outdoor Furniture Line Snaps Together Like a LEGO Set
Mix, match, and move the pieces of the new Dwell x Chicory collection to create the perfect lounge for any season or space.
A Design Lover’s Guide to Asheville, North Carolina
Experts in the local design scene reveal the quirky Appalachian city’s most inspiring stops.
Sink Into a New Outdoor Furniture Line Designed for Superior Comfort
With the Dwell x Chicory collection, you’ll find sumptuous options perfectly suited to your lounge style.
Dwell and Chicory’s New Modular Outdoor Furniture Delivers Comfort and Versatility
We’ve collaborated with Chicory to launch a U.S.-made, eco-friendly collection that offers endless design options for your...
Listed for $1.95M, the “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” House Will Open for Tours This Halloween
Fans of the ’90s sitcom will be able to walk through Spellman Manor, but they won’t find a talking cat.
In the Idyllic Catskills, Designers Take Homes From Rickety to Ravishing
Lured by the siren call of the mountains, these New Yorkers wield hammer and nail to tackle the region’s fixer-uppers.
15 Ultimate Craigslist Scores That’ll Restore Your Faith in the Classifieds
From a $1,000 Nelson Marshmallow Sofa to scrap walnut plank flooring, these fortuitous finds may inspire you to start scrolling.
Grout Expectations: Ways to Play With Tinted Paste
These homes slip an unexpected dose of color right in the mortar.
12 Things That Got Me Through a Horrible Year
Dwell’s executive editor Jenny Xie picks her desert island essentials—if the desert island were a global pandemic.
This Beguiling Guesthouse in Belgium Has an Underground Cinema and a Watchtower
Crafted with layered wood and clad in Cor-Ten steel, a film lover’s backyard retreat offers a series of surprises.
Be the Star of Your Next Zoom Meeting With These Showstopping Backgrounds
Just like that, your kids’ LEGOs are out of the picture.
A Pair of Filmmakers Give Their San Francisco Edwardian a Sensuous Edit
Returning to the Presidio after two decades in New York, an auteur couple and their young daughters work with Geremia Design to...
This Mountain Hideaway in the Czech Republic Burrows Into a Meadow
Built in a rugged landscape, this concrete-and-larch wood retreat is designed to weather over the seasons.
This Japanese Home With Earthen Walls Was Inspired by Sandcastles
Instead of dumping excavated soil, ADX used it to build a new home for a client recovering from the 2011 earthquake.
8 Postmodern Buildings That Proclaim “Less Is a Bore”
From a cat-shaped kindergarten to a robot-like skyscraper, these postmodern buildings have a hearty sense of humor.