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The Elegance of Grey

Neutral but balanced, the color grey encompasses a coolness and a calmness that makes it a fantastic choice for any room. Choosing grey walls, a grey couch, grey cabinets or grey bed spreads, in shades either brighter or more subdued, allow...
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Designs of the Times

The winners of this year’s fifth annual AZ awards competition are a collage of some of the brightest ideas from around the world. They reveal a refreshingly optimistic global vision of the not-too-distant fu...
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A Slice of San Francisco

The city of San Francisco is growing fast, and in every direction — especially up. Architects explain that the surge in housing has been met in two ways. First, historical homes and buildings are being renovated and retrofitted with moder...
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Pooled Resources

These magnificent private pools give us a glimpse into the evolution of the traditional outdoor swimming pool. Set into the landscape as though naturally intended, the architects responsible for these works of art have added a unique dimens...
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Our Gardens, Ourselves

New York-based interior designer Charlotte Moss, also an avid gardener, describes her technique in creating memorable and inspiring outdoor oases. “Atmosphere, an ephemeral quality, is the perfume of a place,” she writes. In a garden, t...
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The Heights of Past Wonders

Taking the theme of the blending of past and present even further, a newly proposed project to build a skyscraper in Cairo, Egypt aims to reflect the majesty of the ancient pyramids of Giza by mimicking their shape and structure in modern m...
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Opposites Attract

When a space can hold opposites — soft and sharp, vivid alongside muted, ornate next to natural — each item is illuminated with new life in the collection. What better way to showcase a vintage (or a modern piece) than by placing it bes...
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Modern History

In this fantastic architectural feat, the inherited history of a neo-classical building from the 1930s in Tel Aviv, Israel has been honored with a facelift that preserves its past. The dwelling’s original features have been beautifully au...
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Pride of Place

The first woman ever licensed to practice architecture in California, Julia Morgan was a pioneer on many fronts. Esteemed for her skill in utilizing materials from the natural environment to create facades and interiors that merged elegance...
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Art of Preservation

Residents of Vancouver’s waterfront were watching the worrying rate of the ocean’s destructive capacity on the shoreline along which they lived. Architect Paul Sangha proposed a solution that capitalizes on the sustainability inherent i...
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Elevated Reality

Not so long ago, the elevated cargo train tracks that span over 30 NYC blocks, from the Meatpacking District to Midtown, were in a desperately neglected state. Today, the final section of this gloriously restored historic landmark — the f...
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Surface of the Center

The Graduate Center of the California College of the Arts in San Francisco has enjoyed an expansion of late, growing to twice its original size through the minimalist, functionalist additions of the Jensen Architects group. Two steel struct...
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New Neutrals

Nothing invites peace and quiet more than a room devoted to neutral hues — grey, white and flax — and a supple mingling of texture. In this Anthropologie blog, we are introduced to a space that is at once serene and sophisticated, crisp...
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Form and Foliage

Wild is wonderful, but a garden that honors precision and placement speaks to us in an equally remarkable way. Gardenista looks to the symmetry and geometry of French gardens in this compilation of great ideas for outdoor spaces. T...
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Timely Trends

Even the most time-honored traditions in interior design are amenable to fresh inspiration. The Aesthete takes us to the Kips Bay Decorator Show House in New York City for a stroll through some classic interiors, flush with new lif...
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A Cozy Conservatory

Temescal Alley is home to the recently relocated and expanded shop, Crimson Horticultural Rarities, where you will find unique and lovely living specimens to adorn your own living spaces. Plants, scents for home and body, gardening accoutre...
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Growing Downtown Oakland

It is undeniable that Oakland is experiencing a renaissance in popularity as a center for art and architecture, as well as an unprecedented surge in development, specifically in its downtown area. Oakland boasts more affordable living space...
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Durable Dimensions

The actual textured dimensions aren’t the only memorable facets of these wall panels built by the company Architectural Systems. They are also functionally resilient in significant ways: The stone used — recycled marble — is resistant...
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Full of Ideas at Half Moon

In so many branches of our society, emphasis is rapidly shifting to how we can better approach the challenges of limited resources with sustainable practices. This program in Half Moon Bay called “Future Mavericks” seeks to blend ethics...
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Duet of Dark & Light

There is an everlasting beauty in the simple juxtaposition of black & white. California Home and Design gives us a taste of the wealth of variations inherent in this classic contrast. Clean, sharp, and graceful, these rooms exhibit how ...
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What Lies Beneath

These brilliant rug designs, employing the materials and techniques indigenous to the Rabari tribe of western India, are a vivid example of how — contrary to popular belief — traditional motifs can abide by both classical and current ae...
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Oasis Outside Your Door

Some of the most complementary gardens are the ones that look inconspicuously yet perfectly coordinated with the home they enfold, promoting a feeling of connection to nature and serenity within it. The beautiful outdoor spaces designed by ...
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Homeward Bound

What a dramatic way to invite nature into your home! This photo essay from California Home & Design presents a sampling of the beautiful, unique ways — both decorative and structural — a tree can become more than a tree. Centerpiece...
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Dutiful Art

In the same way that sustainable architecture corrals the flexible and self-sustaining elements of nature, these rich designs mimic the beauty and simplicity of the natural world using new technologies to create sumptuous patterns and textu...
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Sustainable Frontiers

Sustainable design no longer signifies a compromise with traditional elegance and comfort. In fact, the homes I recently visited in Piedmont proved to me how seamless the integration of eco-friendly innovations can be, and how beautiful. Dw...
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