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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
Rack of Coats by Plywood Office

8 Modern Entry Way Accessories

Whether an entry hall, mud room, or foyer, the area for ins and outs has a habit of becoming a cluttered mess. Coats, keys, wallet, cell phone, spare change, bag, bike, etc. all get dropped off as you come home and need to be handy when you're rushing out. Here, we share eight pieces to help organize and beautify your entry way.
September 4, 2013
benoit residence living room

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
Miller House in Columbus, Indiana

When Autumn Comes: 9 Reasons to Look Forward to Fall

In San Francisco, we usually enjoy quite a lovely Indian summer, but for most, September marks the beginning of fall. We know it can be hard to let go of sunny, warm, and long days filled with parks, beaches, and all the other activities of summer, so we've put together nine reminders of why you should be looking forward to fall instead of wistfully wishing for summer to last just one more day. Enjoy this slideshow and as the wind turns chill, shut the windows, stock the wood, put an extra layer on the bed, and settle in for the fall.
September 3, 2013
exterior canada

Starry Night: Outdoor Wall Light Installation

A celestial light installation illuminates the garage door of a recently renovated Toronto house.
September 3, 2013
rue vignon dining room horizontal

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
Wood Riviera Windsor chairs in black white Paola Navone for Crate & Barrel

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
wood home kitchen

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
ascalon vases

Designer Focus: Brad Ascalon

As commissions for new furniture and lighting roll in, third-generation designer Brad Ascalon carries on the family tradition.
September 1, 2013
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