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This Charming San Francisco Condo Asks $1.7M
High ceilings, hardwood floors, and endless bay windows make this Pacific Heights home an airy sanctuary.
Sunny Renovation of an Eichler Great Room
Two tech professionals living in an early 1970s Eichler home in Silicon Valley desired a more open space for their young kids to...
23 Renovated Eichlers That Epitomize Midcentury California Cool
From 1949 to 1966, Joseph Eichler collaborated with renowned architects to build some 11,000 of his trademark tract houses across...
An Interior Designer Launches Her Career by Renovating Her Family’s Midcentury Eichler
In a midcentury Eichler in Sunnyvale, California, a designer opens up the interior by connecting it to its surrounding...
Iconic California Midcentury-Modern Architect William Krisel Dies at 92
At the age of 92, William Krisel—the pioneering architect who brought elegant modernism to Southern Californian suburban tract...
8 Iconic Houses in Palm Springs, California
With its short distance from Los Angeles, Palm Springs is a popular locale for those looking to escape the urban sprawl for a...
Merging Inside and Out, an L.A. Firm Modernizes a 1940s Abode
When HH Design first saw this compact, 1940s stucco home outside Santa Monica, California, its street appeal was nonexistent.
A Look at 10 Iconic Case Study Houses in California
Architectural photographer Julius Shulman's iconic image of Pierre Koenig's 1960 modernist masterpiece, the Stahl House—also...
Creative Landscape Design for a Renovated Eichler in California
Landscape designer Bernard Trainor masterminds a seamless garden to surround a Silicon Valley Eichler.
A Northern Californian Renovation Brings Warmth to the Wilderness
A former architect and practicing artist transforms a neglected property into a welcoming homestead for creative pursuits and...
A Renovated Eichler Home in San Rafael, California
Faced with the unique challenge of renovating the work of mid-century master, design principal Stephen Shoup of building Lab...
6 Northern California Prefab Homes With Verdant Forest Vibes
Perched lightly on the land, these prefab homes celebrate the beautiful landscapes of Northern California.
6 Simple Ways to Save on Your Kitchen Renovation
Upgrading a kitchen is seldom a cheap endeavor, but you can save yourself a pretty penny by following these tips.
A Year of Careful Study Leads to a Thoughtful Renovation of a 1949 Eichler
Whenever Jay and Melissa of Serrao Design/Architecture are tasked with transforming an older home, they try to heighten its...
6 Modernist Icons You Shouldn’t Miss in Mexico City
Soulful, surprising, and awe-inspiring, these architectural stops need to be on your itinerary.
Nearly Slated For Destruction, a Restored Neutra in West Covina Asks $1.8M
Featuring the architect’s iconic “spider legs,” a Neutra-designed midcentury modern that was meticulously revived after years of...
10 Modern Iconic Masterpieces
From Frank Lloyd Wright to Charles Gwathmey, we revisit some of the most memorable midcentury-modern homes from a range of iconic...
The Top 6 Backsplash Materials to Consider for Your Kitchen Renovation
Whether it's tile, glass, stone, metal, brick, or wood, there's a wide variety of functional backsplash options out there to...
A Renovated Haven in a California Surf Town Asks $2.4M
A photographer puts Camp Wilder, her dreamy Bolinas hideout, on the market.
An Architect’s Beach House Brings California Surfer Vibes to Chigasaki, Japan
Architect and surfer Kenichiro Iwakiri renovates a beach house for himself in Shonan, a region of Japan known for its surf spots.
6 Flooring Options to Consider for Your Next Kitchen Renovation
Let's face it: your kitchen floor probably gets the most action of any of the flooring in your house.
The Parabolic Glass House in Northern California Is One Architect’s Utopia in the Redwoods
In the ’60s, using only materials found on their 400-acre plot of forest in Mendocino County, Charles Bello and his wife built a...
A Midcentury Time Capsule Captures an Architect's Love For Iconic Design
Midcentury architect Alden B. Dow was known for many things—midwestern modern style, the internationally recognized John Whitman...
Read These 5 Tips Before Buying Your Next Sofa
The design experts behind furniture brand Model No. share everything you need to know before buying a sofa to ensure it’s as...
Two Architects Build a Chalet-Style Getaway Near California’s Famed Lake Tahoe
Sherry Scott and John Kosich create a weather-ready retreat in the mountains of California.
Following a Two-Year Renovation, Northern California’s Sea Ranch Lodge Reopens This Fall
At the heart of architect Al Boeke’s 1960s seaside community is the Sea Ranch Lodge, which has now been revitalized for a new...
Less Is More: 10 Buildings by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's International Style was the impetus for the midcentury modernism we know today.
10 Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings We Love
“The good building is not one that hurts the landscape, but one which makes the landscape more beautiful than it was before the...
This May Be the Most Ecologically Ambitious Home Renovation on the Planet
On Bainbridge Island, off the Washington coast, Charlie Hellstern Interior Design and The Miller Hull Partnership create the...
In Berlin, an Auto Repair Shop Becomes a High-Performance Home for a Painter and Her Family
Playing into the space’s raw, industrial character, Studio Karhard creates a loftlike dwelling with bohemian flair.
6 Affordable Tile Options to Amp Up Your Kitchen Renovation
Rock your kitchen renovation with these on-trend and on-budget tile options.
Before & After: A Country Home Blossoms in the Ruins of an Old Stone Barn
Type rehabs a rundown stone structure into an elegant dwelling—and then sets about rewilding its site in the English countryside.
An 11-Year Renovation Helps a Couple Grow Simpatico With the Original Homeowner’s Quirky Vision
An inspired, if poorly constructed, Los Angeles home gets a proper retrofit that preserves its many idiosyncrasies.
A 1957 Midcentury in Seattle Receives a Striking Makeover
By removing walls, inserting new windows, and using a lighter color palette, Mowery Marsh Architects give this historic home a...
Outside Paris, a 19th-Century House Conceals a Minimalist Tableau Rich With Color
In a nature preserve, two creative directors design a colorful country home.
A Major Restoration Updated This Midcentury Landmark in Belgium
A Belgian couple abide by strict preservation rules to breathe new life into an International Style villa by architect Lucien...

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