Emerald in the Rough
An architect and artist flee Dublin for the countryside to build a biodegradable house and raise their children.
This Norwegian Ski Cabin Is Rough Around the Edges—but Refined Within
A designer couple build a contemporary retreat inspired by rural fences.
This Australian Home Frames Theatrical Moments With Rough and Shimmering Surfaces
Splinter Society Architecture designs a versatile home that is full of high drama—from a sweeping roofline to light-reflecting...
Rough and Refined Details Play Nice in This Reimagined Melbourne Victorian
Behind a traditional facade, textured concrete ceilings combine with svelte surfaces for a deliciously moody effect.
These 8 Prefabs in Seattle Make Us Want to Move to the Emerald City
There's a reason why prefabs are becoming ever so popular in the booming northwestern corner of Seattle, Washington.
Architect Gert Wingårdh Builds a Dazzling Emerald Office in a Swedish Cemetery
Replacing a former administration center that was non-accessible, Wingårdhs develops a prefabricated, low-impact solution that...
Before & After: A Traditional Facade Hides a Dream Home With Emerald Green Accents
GRT Architects took a “gradient approach” to the renovation of this historic townhouse by carefully weaving in modern...
Bathrooms We Love: Rough Linen Founder Tricia Rose Showcases Her Beachy, Japanese-Style Bathroom
The founder of the natural bed-and-bath brand built her washroom herself.
Diamond in the Rough (and Ready)
Architect Ken Meffan's ten-years-in-the-making home is in the tiny Northern California town of Rough and Ready—a term that might...
8 Stellar Rentals For Your Next Visit to Seattle
Travel in style to the Emerald City with one of these well designed accommodations.
32 Camping Must-Haves for Your Next Outdoor Adventure
You don’t have to rough it to experience nature at its finest.
6 Striking Prefab Homes in Seattle
From a floating home to LEED Platinum-certified dwellings, the Emerald City is a stronghold for eco-conscious prefab housing.
A Shoddy 1920s “Hunting Cabin” Gets a Sea Ranch–Inspired Overhaul in Los Angeles
Grey Shaeffer of Willa Work recasts a rough-hewn Mount Washington home as a streamlined, breezy dwelling.
Dwell Made Presents: DIY Walnut Side Table
This how-to video and guide shows you how to flatten a rough slab of walnut and turn it into a table.
How to Shape a Shoji, Step by Step
Every order Miya Shoji receives is different, but the procedure follows the same rough pattern each time.
This Awesome Shipping Container Home Can Be Yours For $125K
This portable dwelling, made of two shipping containers, is ready for its next move.
Before & After: A Former Motorcycle Shop Roars to Life as a Breezy Home on Mallorca
Emerald-green tiles accent natural wood and limestone walls in this converted motorcycle repair shop in Palma de Mallorca.
This Darling Los Angeles Bungalow Just Hit the Market for $899K
A diamond in the rough now shimmers as a delightful retreat, complete with two turnkey bonus spaces and striking views of the...
21 Valentine’s Day Gifts to Spoil Yourself Rotten
You shouldn’t need an excuse to feel pampered, but we thought we’d give you a nudge.
This Pink Tiny House in Mexico Is a Millennial Dream Come True
Situated on a sweeping two-acre lot, this 452-square-foot abode is just right for two.
This Brooklyn Fashion Designer’s Cozy Loft Was Renovated on a Budget
A fashion label founder refuses to hide the rough side of her Brooklyn apartment, exposing pipes, columns, vents, and more.
Top 9 Kitchens of 2020
The nominees for this year’s Dwell Design Awards are the epitome of style and function.
30 Breezy Essentials for Dining Alfresco
Enjoy the longer days and warmer weather by entertaining en plein air.
Designer Jerome Byron’s Raw-Edged “Quarantine Quarters” Feel Like a ’90s Office Gone Rogue
Spurred on by the pandemic, the Los Angeles–based designer and architect builds a rough-and-ready workspace that’s indicative of...
An Ancient Building Technique Readies a Spanish Farmhouse for the Future
This finalist for the TERRA Award belongs to a growing mound of eco-friendly earthen architecture.
7 Vacation Rentals in Ireland That Put a Spin on the Classic Cottage
Home to rolling hills, a rugged coastline, quaint little towns, festivals, and gastropubs, the Emerald Isle offers visitors lots...
Before & After: A Stuffy Bay Area Midcentury Opens Up to Light and Hillside Views
Once dark and dated, the Cheng-Reinganum House in Orinda, California, now enjoys an outdoor connection thanks to a gut renovation.
An Architect Takes His Time in Building a Cozy Cabin in the Danish Countryside
Using recycled materials and by-hand techniques, Thomas Bossel of Pax Architects traded out refinement for rough-hewn edges to...
Before & After: A Creative Couple Give Their Spanish Revival Home a Punchy Upgrade
A design duo reimagines a neglected Spanish Revival in Sacramento, adding light, color, and graphic tile.
This Former Dance Hall Gets an Encore and Becomes a Designer’s House
Designer Barbara Hill transformed the derelict building into a sophisticated and slightly rough-around-the-edges retreat.
Views Stretch to Mexico at This Hard-Edged Texas Home
Mining inspiration from the mountains of West Texas, two architects burrow a home into the terrain.
Bathrooms We Love: Matthew Malin & Andrew Goetz Reveal the Tiny Bathroom That Launched a Business
Partners in work and life, the cofounders of grooming line Malin+Goetz discuss the little New York bathroom that started it all.
Three Timber Cabins Form a New Zealand Architect's Family Retreat
Architect Cymon Allfrey takes a page from the traditional “bach,” or holiday home, to design this alpine getaway.
11 Lush, Plant-Filled Dwellings That Pay Homage to Home Horticulture
Let us count the ways that keeping plants at home improves quality of life—from enhancing air quality to boosting calm and focus.
Tiny 1920s Garage Transformed Into a Charming Studio
A dilapidated auto shop in Seattle is reborn as an efficient studio rental.
16 Amazing Adaptive Reuse Projects That Will Make You Look Twice
You won’t believe what they’re doing now.

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