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A Sophisticated Renovation of a 19th Century Manhattan Town House
Historic details and modern interventions commune in two bathrooms in a renovated West Village town house.
Hillside Mid-Century Home Renovation in Texas
An architectural designer and an artist harnessed the collective power of their design firm to remake a dilapidated...
Modern Interiors Shine Behind the 19th-Century Facade of This Nashville Home, Now Asking $2.1M
A Dutch renaissance home with a storied past in Nashville, Tennessee, has received a head-to-toe renovation that brings out its...
Modern Boutique Hotel in a 19th-Century Foundry
Designer John Tong’s inventive Ontario boutique hotel blends rural references with an urbane sensibility.
A Careful Renovation of a 19th-Century Flat in Gothenburg Brings it Back to Life
A 19th-century apartment in Gothenburg, Sweden, is reborn.
A Mid-Century Modern Home in Southwest Portland
Living in a state that’s saturated with rain for much of the year, Oregonians rightly have an obsession with sunshine.
A Monochromatic Renovation for a 19th-Century Montreal Home
Once a residence for the stable hands responsible for the horses and carriages of a grander home in Montreal, this structure now...
The Modern Renovated Home of Glee Star Jayma Mays
Armed with a keen eye for design and a yen for vintage furniture shopping, Glee star Jayma Mays and actor Adam Campbell...
Modern Meets Ancient in a Renovated Italian Vacation Home
The acclaimed Italian designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba carve a serene retreat out of a 17th-century oil mill in Salento,...
Renovation: A Breezy Modern Addition Opens Up a Historic Melbourne Home
A family with three young sons asked Mitsuori Architects to renovate and expand their venerable Victorian house to accommodate...
A 1925 Portland Home Is a Rad Mashup of 20th-Century Styles
A local design firm draws from many eras for a Portland renovation.
Putting Down Roots in Denver, Ballplayer Josh Thole Renovates a 19th-Century Victorian
The modernized dwelling is now home base for the Arizona Diamondbacks organization player and his family.
Collaborative Completion of a Mid Century Modern Home 48 Years Later
Just as people often say, it came to her in the middle of the night, the epiphany of epiphanies.
At Utopie Plastic, Futuristic Plastic Homes Make an Appearance at a 19th-Century Metal Factory
Somewhere in-between the mid-19th century, the 1960s, and the future, lies Utopie Plastic, or Plastic Utopia: an outdoor art...
Merging Old and New With These 10 Modern Renovations in Scotland
The thought of Scottish homes often conjures a vision of stone row houses nestled together on cobblestone streets, rolling green...
Renovated 19th-Century Terrace House Merges with the Outdoors
Pivot Studio fully modernized this 19th-century terrace house outside Sydney.
A 19th-Century Carriage House Is Transformed Into a Live/Work Residence For a Pair of Artists
Two artists transform a 19th-century carriage house into a home where they can both live and create.
10 Modern Homes in London
With streets lined with historical structures from multiple time periods—including Georgians, Edwardians, and neo-Gothics—London...
10 Modern Renovations to Homes in Spain
Homeland to Gaudí, Miró, and Almodóvar—just to name a few of the country's creative pioneers—Spain hosts a lively mix of both...

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