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    After spending a decade in Brooklyn running a Williamsburg children's clothing shop (it was called Mor Mor Rita, after her Swedish grandmother), designer Ryan Roche moved to a 17th-century Dutch stone farmhouse in Hurley, a town in upstate New York, with her husband and young children to take stock and launch a grown-up fashion line. Working out of a renovated barn on the property, Ryan produces a line of ethereal cashmere sweaters, feathery shawls, and lightweight ponchos (some are manufactured in Nepal by a women's cooperative). Proof she's onto something? She was a finalist in the 2014 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards, her pieces are carried at high-end stores such as Net-a-Porter, and she's also launching a small collection for The Line and for J. Crew. Join us for a tour.

    Ryan Roche Home | Remodelista

    Above: Idaho-born Ryan Roche told Exposed Zippers: "I'm trying to master the perfect shade of pink, which happens to be my favorite color." 

    Ryan Roche in Upstate New York | Remodelista

    Above: Walls and floors are painted in bright white, creating a neutral envelope for the dashes of color Ryan favors. Photograph via Terms of Endearment.

    Ryan Roche in Upstate New York | Remodelista

    Above L: A sofa covered in white cotton twill. Photograph via Ryan Roche. Above R: A dash of acid green, via Terms of Endearment.

    Ryan Roche at Home in Upstate New York | Remodelista

    Above: Sunlight slants into the living room, illuminating a pink ball and a modern chaise. Photograph via Waiting for Saturdays.

    Ryan Roche at Home in Upstate New York | Remodelista

    Above: Even the fireplace brushes are dip-dyed pink. Photograph via Waiting for Saturdays.

      Ryan Roche Kitchen in Upstate New York | Remodelista

    Above: A view from the kitchen into the dining room, via @ryan_roche-ny.

      Ryan Roche Kitchen Detail | Remodelista

    Above: A kitchen still life: a mortar and pestle perched on a slab of pink Himalayan salt, via @ryan_roche-ny.

    Ryan Roche Pizza Dough Making Upstate New York | Remodelista

    Above: Pizza dough waiting to rise, via Terms of Endearment.

    Ryan Roche in Upstate New York | Remodelista

    Above: Ryan's dining room with Hella Jongerius-inspired vase, via Waiting for Saturdays.

    Ryan Roche in Upstate New York | Remodelista

    Above: A windowsill arrangement, via Terms of Endearment.

    Ryan Roche Pink Stairs | Remodelista

    Above: Pale pink stairs, via Waiting for Saturdays.

    Ryan Roche Pink Bedroom Upstate New York | Remodelista

    Scenes from the master bedroom (see 5 Favorites: Pale Pink Linen Sheets Roundup for purchasing ideas). Above L: Photograph via @ryan_roche-ny. Above R: Photograph by Joel Barhamand via Yahoo Style.

    Ryan Roche in Upstate New York | Remodelista

    Above: A pale pink sweater from the Ryan Roche collection; several of her pieces are available at Spartan. Photograph by Joel Barhamand via Yahoo Style.

    Ryan Roche in Upstate New York | Remodelista

    Above: A black Ryan Roche Cashmere Fringe Shawl, similar to the one shown on the rocker, is available from The Dreslyn. Photograph via Waiting for Saturdays.

    Ryan Roche Bathroom | Remodelista

    Above: The sunlit master bath. Photograph via Terms of Endearment.

    Ryan Roche in Upstate New York | Remodelista

    Above: Even the bath products are pink. Photograph via Waiting for Saturdays.

    Ryan Roche in Upstate New York | Remodelista

    Above: An artful tableau in the master bath, via Waiting for Saturdays.

    Ryan Roche Studio | Remodelista

    Above: Ryan Roche in her studio. Photograph by Joel Barhamand via Yahoo Style

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    See more fashion designers at home in Midcentury Meets Zen: At Home with Black Crane in LA and Copenhagen Cool: Yvonne Koné at Work and at Home.

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    Casual elegance via a limited palette of black, white, rough-hewn wood, and glass vessels. Here's how to get the look.

    Dewaal Kitchen Steal This Look | Remodelista

    Above: A kitchen in South Africa by Casa Doreen design consultant via Homestories.

    Wood Light by Animal Farm | Remodelista

    Above: The Lite-Wooden Bulb Pendant Lamp from Porky Hefer of South Africa design consultancy Animal Farm is €390 ($426.46) from Couleur Locale.

    Trappist Table Heerenhuis | Remodelista

    Above: The solid oak Trappist Table from Heerenhuis is made to order (contact them directly for pricing). For something similar, consider Restoration Hardware's 1900s Boulangerie Rectangular Extension Dining Table; prices start at $695 for the 36-to-51-inch-long size.

    Hans Wegner Wishbone Chair | Remodelista

    Above: The Hans Wegner Wishbone Chair in oak is $990 from Design Within Reach.

    White Canvas Flower Pot Holder | Remodelista

    Above: The Coated Canvas Flower Pot Holder by Marie Michielssen for Serax is €12 ($13.12) from Lili's.

    Esque Off Pitcher | Remodelista

    Above: The Esque Off Pitcher and Cup is $220 from Made Here PDX.

    Parfait Jars from West Elm | Remodelista

    Above: Made in France, Le Parfait Glass Jars from West Elm are ideal for pantry storage; prices start at $8 for the one-liter size.

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    "I’m a born and raised Brooklyn girl who turns out to have a soft spot for the country," says Casey Scieszka. "Before moving to the Catskills last year, I lived around the world in places as far-flung as China, San Francisco, Morocco, and Timbuktu. Literally. I’m a writer and graphic designer, which is what I did full time before I had this crazy idea to open an inn."

    "A tall, bearded guy"—Casey's husband, children's book author and illustrator Steven Weinberg—joined her in this venture, and together the two have hammered and nailed one of the most inviting weekends away from New York. "Nine rooms. One bar. So many stars," is how they bill their bed-and-bar, now named the Spruceton Inn.

    Spruceton Inn in the Catskills via Far and Close | Remodelista

    Above: The guest house is set in a defunct 1960s motel, Schwarzenegger’s Sunshine Valley House. ("Yep. That Schwarzenegger," says Casey. "It was built by Arnold's cousin Karl.)

    Situated in a green valley with a farmhouse (Casey and Steven's new quarters), the place hadn't been touched in decades: "We're talking cracked teal linoleum, ancient brown carpets, faux wood paneling, and one long strip of oil-powered baseboard heat for entire building," says Casey. "But the bones of the place were great." She and Steven hired a father/son carpenter duo to help them tackle things beyond their DIY abilities, "like replacing windows, installing new trim, and bringing the bathrooms down to the studs. We also had an electrician and plumber bring things up to date." All else? They kept things uncomplicated and did it themselves. Photograph via Far and Close.

    Spruceton Inn in the Catskills via Far and Close | Remodelista

    Above: The hotel has nine rooms, each with bedside tables that Casey and Steven built using their own barn wood. Framed maps—"vintage but still accurate"—hang throughout the inn. As for the faux wood walls, all they required was some white paint.

    Spruceton Inn, Catskills, NY | Remodeista

    Above: "My guiding design idea was to let the great outdoors be the star," Casey tells us. "That’s why there are so few things in the rooms—and big picture windows. It’s very purposefully muted and streamlined, so that the guest experience can be focused on returning to the simple pleasures of life: waking up in a cozy bed with a view of a wild meadow and mountains, going for a stroll, having a beer by the creek." Photograph via Far and Close.

    Spruceton Inn in the Catskills | Remodelista

    Above: A homemade barn wood bench and Ikea clothes rack. (See 10 Easy Pieces: Metal Clothes Racks for more ideas.) Photograph by Sarah Jayne Ellis.

    Spruceton Inn in the Catskills | Remodelista

    Above: "The bedding—and curtains, too—are actually just painter’s drop cloths sewn down to size and washed to softness," says Casey. The paintings throughout are by Steven—all created since the couple headed for the hills a year ago. You can see more of his work at Steven Weinberg Studio. Photograph by Sarah Jayne Ellis.

    Spruceton Inn in the Catskills via Girl Gift Gather | Remodelista

    Above: Under the drop cloths are duvets—much needed this winter. The bedside globe light is from Ikea. Photograph via Girl Gift Gather.

    Spruceton Inn in the Catskills | Remodelista

    Above: The rooms are TV-free, but there are towels aplenty. The carpets are indoor/outdoor Mad Mats woven from recycled plastic. Photograph by Tim Hannifan. 

    Spruceton Inn in the Catskills via Near and Far | Remodelista

    Above: The bar/breakfast room is furnished with the couple's barn wood tables, Ikea folding chairs, and Steven's art. Photograph via Far and Close.

    Spruceton Inn bar/breakfast room via Girl Gift Gather | Remodelista

    Above: For breakfast, there's coffee and Pop-Tarts (and a great diner down the road). Several of the rooms also have well-stocked kitchenettes. Photograph via Girl Gift Gather.

    Innkeepers Casey Scieszka and Michael Weinberg of the Spruceton Inn in the Catskills | Remodeiista

    Above: Steven and Casey dubbed their bar Conan's Corner. They serve West Kill Brewing craft beer, along with wine and cider. And perhaps to ensure that they always have interesting company, the two run an Artist-in-Residence Program open to visual artists and writers that offers six recipients each a weeklong stay at the inn throughout the year. Photograph by Ryan Essmaker via The Great Discontent.

    Spruceton Inn in the Catskills via Near and Far | Remodelista

    Above: A bouquet in a can.

    Spruceton Inn in the Catskills | Remodelista

    Above: Steven painting the motel eaves. Photograph by Casey Scieszka.

    Spruceton Inn in the Catskills owner Casey Scieszka at work on furniture for the hotel | Remodelista

    Above: Casey building the Spruceton bar. Photograph by Steven Weinberg.

    Fire pit at the Spruceton Inn in the Catskills | Remodelista

    Above: There are three fire pits on the property and four Weber grills. S'mores fixings and other country staples are for sale in the canteen.

    Spruceton Inn, a stylishly revived motel in the Catskills, NY | Remodelista

    The hotel is located in the town of West Kill, New York, about two hours north of NYC (and not far from the upstate towns of Phoenicia and Hudson). For more details, go to the Spruceton Inn: a Catskills Bed and Bar.

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    The ultimate luxury in our opinion? A set of handmade pottery, complete with slight imperfections, for the everyday table. Here are our favorite ceramic dinnerware sets made by US and Canadian studios.

    Carter Kostow Ceramics at March in SF | Remodelista

    Above: When Michelin three-star chef Christopher Kostow of The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena, California, was looking to create a line of dinnerware, he reached out to local Pope Valley artist and ceramicist Richard Carter. The two decided to collaborate, enlisting the help of potter Eric VanderMolen and Remodelista editor at large Sarah Lonsdale, to create the Carter Kostow line. The collection includes a small, medium, and large plate, a bowl, and a small and large cup, starting at $25. All the pieces are available at March in San Francisco.

    Irving-Place-Studio-Dinner-Plate-Porcelain-Banded-Remodelista

    Above: Under the helm of artist Dora De Larios, LA's Irving Place Studio—founded in the 1950s and revived in 2012 by De Larios and her daughter, Sabrina—offers ceramic dinner and serving pieces in different sizes and shapes. A Small Plate is $55, and a Dinner Plate is $70. To learn more about Irving Place Studio, see Ceramics that Once Lived in the White House

    Clam Lab Plates I Remodelista

    Above: Designer Clair Catillaz makes a variety of ceramic pieces at Clam Lab, her Brooklyn studio. See more in our post Ceramics Inspired by 20th-Century Dishware, and go to Clam Lab to inquire about pricing. 

    WRF Ceramic plates I Remodelista

    Above: West River Field Lab, an LA studio run by Japanese artist Nobuhito Nishigawara, offers two dinnerware options: Dinner Plates (shown here) and Deep Dishes, as well as bowls. The WRF Dinner Plate is $28 and the WRF Salad/Dessert Plate is $24 at Spartan Shop. See our post Currently Coveting Japanese-Style Tableware Made in LA for more of the WRF collection. 

    ERIC BONNIN KAM DINNER PLATE IN OATMEAL I Remodelista

    Above: Eric Bonnin hand-turns ceramic pieces in his studio in TriBeCa: see our post, A French Potter at the Wheel in New York. His Kam dinner collection includes plates, bowls, cups, and pitchers in three colors (white, black, and oatmeal). Shown here, a Dinner Plate in Oatmeal; $46 at Mociun. The collection is available at Mociun, Spartan Shop, and Steve Alan.

    New York Pottery Tableware | Remodelista

    Above: William Reardon founded New York Stoneware in Brooklyn in 2013 with the goal of incorporating pottery into people's everyday lives. "I've kept my dinner plate dimensions just smaller than the average," he says, "so that they can be used for any meal or type of dish. The combination of the rolled rim and the three stamps reference an English pewter charger of my mother-in-law's." The Dinner Plate is $95 and companion Mug is $45.

    Kati Von Lehman Place Setting I Remodelista

    Above: Artist Kati Von Lehman makes ceramic tableware from her home studio. A three-piece dinner set is $130 from Jill Lindsey. See more of Lehman's pieces on her own site. 

    Plates by Janaki Larsen I Remodelista

    Above: Janaki Larsen, co-owner of Vancouver cafe and grocer Le Marché St. George, makes her own ceramic dinnerware, which she sells via Le Marché's new online store: See Canadian Je Ne Sais Quoi. The dinner collection includes White Plates ($55), Shallow White Pitted Bowls ($45), and Pitted Soup Bowls ($45). Some of the plates and bowl are currently sold out; contact Le Marché for restocking. 

    Akiko Porcelain-Slab Plates I Remodelista

    Above: The hand-thrown Akiko Porcelain Slab Plates are available in Large ($48), Medium ($32), and Small ($16) from The Commons in Charleston, South Carolina. 

    Peter Sheldon Dinner Set | Remodelista

    Above: LA potter Peter Sheldon, who creates the ceramics for Silverlake restaurant Pine & Crane, offers a three-piece Stoneware White Dinner Set for $112.80.

    Felt + Fat Dinner Set | Remodelista

    Above: Philadelphia's Felt + Fat is making a name for itself designing tableware for restaurants such as Laurel in South Philadelphia. Their tabletop pieces (pasta bowls, dinner plates, salad plates) are available from The Commons; prices start at $52 for a White Dinner Plate.

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    Primrose Hill in North London is a neighborhood known for its clusters of modestly scaled artists' studios; one such house, built around 1873 for Frederick Barnard, an illustrator of Charles Dickens' books, was recently overhauled by London firm Sevil Peach. The client, a photographer, saw the potential despite the fact that the property had been divided into a series of "small, awkward, stuffy spaces," say the architects. "Our main goal was to transform the property back to its former glory."

    Sevil Peach Great Room | Remodelista

    Above: The designers uncovered the original oak beams and restored the sash windows, which flood the studio with light.

    Sevile Peach Primrose Hill Studio | Remodelista

    Above L: A worktable. Above R: Evidence that an artist is in residence.

    Sevil Peach Architects Steels Road London | Remodelista

    Above: Sevile Peach kept the palette calm and serene with classic Scandinavian furniture, including a Poet Sofa by Finn Juhl.

    Sevil Peach Architects Steels Road London | Remodelista

    Above: A view to the rear garden from the living area.

    Sevil Peach Architects Steels Road London | Remodelista

    Above: A single long storage rail holds a kitchen's worth of utensils. (Get more ideas in Trend Alert: 13 Kitchens with Utensil Rails and Ultimate Budget Storage: 10 Kitchens with Ikea's Grundtal Rail System.)

    Sevil Peach Kitchen Primrose Hill | Remodelista

    Above: Hans Wegner PP503 Chairs surround the dining table.

    Sevil Peach Architects Steels Road London | Remodelista

    Above: A Hans Wegner PP501 Chair in a sunlit hallway.

    Sevil Peach Primrose Hill Studio | Remodelista

    Above: A dash of pink via a Scandi armchair.

    Sevil Peach Primrose Hill Studio | Remodelista

    Above: An ofuro soaking tub and a suite of Noguchi Akari Lanterns create a Japanese spa-like feel in the lower level bedroom/bath area.

    Sevil Peach Primrose Hill Exterior | Remodelista

    Above: The spa opens directly onto the rear garden.

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    Whether designing a tunic or tablecloth, Erica Tanov has our rapt attention. Now celebrating the 25th anniversary of her fashion label, Berkeley's ambassador of bohemian chic has expanded her home line and started offering it online. Here are some standouts, including a textile pattern so evocative of spring, it practically chirps.

    Erica Tanov Goes Floral

    Erica Tanov Lovebird quilt | Remodelista

    Above: Tanov finds her textile patterns in inspired places, such as bookend papers and Chinese embroidery. The latter is the source of her almost-sensorama Lovebird pattern, originally created for clothing and just reintroduced as a home collection. The printed cotton Lovebird Duvet Cover is made in India and comes in twin, queen, and king sizes, starting at $299. Lovebird Pillowcases, $72 for a pair, are currently sold out. Photograph by Ngoc Minh Ngo.

    Erica Tanov Lovebird throw pillows | Remodelista

    Above: Printed canvas Lovebird Throw Pillows come in two sizes: 18 by 18 and 26 by 26 inches; $85 each. Photograph by Ngoc Minh Ngo.

    Erica Tanov Lovebird tablecloth | Remodelista

    Above: The Lovebird Tablecloth, 67 by 98 inches, $164, immediately sold out, but more will soon be available online. Photograph by Ngoc Minh Ngo.

    Erica Tanov Lovebird napkins | Remodelista

    Above: A set of four 20-by-20-inch Lovebird Napkins is $74.

    Erica Tanov Classics

    Erica Tanov glass carafe and tumblers | Remodelista

    Above: Simple Glass Tumblers, $8 each, and a 32-ounce Simple Glass Carafe, $24. 

    Erica Tanov olive boat | Remodelista

    Above: A carved rosewood Olive Canoe is $24.

    Erica Tanov Turkish tasseled towel | Remodelista

    Above: A cotton terry Turkish Towel is $18 for the hand towel size and $38 for the bath size.

    Erica Tanov Natural Circle Star cotton yardage | Remodelista

    Above: Natural Circle Star Cotton is $42 a yard. Go to Fabrics to see other patterns and materials.

      Erica Tanov Circle Star quilt | Remodelista

    Above: The Slate Circle Star Quilt is on sale in baby size for $101 (marked down from $202) and king size for $226.50 (marked down from $453).

    Erica Tanov organic cotton pajama set | Remodelista

     Above: The Organic Cotton Cami PJ Set is $158. Learn more about the Erica Tanov look in our posts:

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    After 14 years of living with their 1960s kitchen, a Mill Valley, California, couple—she's an archaeologist, he's a fitness program manager, and they have two young daughters—turned to a team of collaborators to help them with their update. 

    The goal, in the archaeologist's words: "a high-functioning, clean, timeless space that meshes with the look of my grandparents' and mother-in-law's midcentury furniture." The solution: A newly opened-up space with custom solid-walnut cabinets (and retro circular cutouts) with a bean-shaped island/dinner table at the center. A new and improved version of the Brady Bunch eat-in kitchen? You tell us.

    Photography by John Merkl.

    CKD Mill Valley Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: The just-under-200-square-foot kitchen began as an urge for a slightly bigger, brighter, more-up-to-date space that takes better advantage of the views of Mount Tamalpais right outside.

    As often happens, the project snowballed along the way: "Interiors stylist Rachel Cleaveland Riedy [of Cleaveland & Kennedy Design], a friend, helped us come up with the look and materials," says the archaeologist. "We planned to just hire her cabinet guy John Donovan and fill him in on our ideas, but he recommended having architect Jeff Gustafson help with space planning and drawing. And then, when we decided to take down a wall in the old pantry, we called in our terrific contractor Michael Gordon, who saved us from having to move out during the remodel. Our island was built by furniture maker Tripp Carpenter. And we had a skillful tile crew, London Tile. I managed the whole project, but Rachel was our sounding board and helped with the details and aesthetic decisions at every step."

    CKD Mill Valley Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: The big new window over the sink offers mountain views and a glimpse all the way to the bay. To keep the space from feeling dark, Riedy encouraged painting the upper half of the room, the island base, and the adjacent living room white—it's Benjamin Moore White Dove.

    The undermount sink (with drainboard) is an Elkay Stainless Steel design paired with an Elkay Harmony Pull-Down Faucet. The new floor is wide-plank white oak, which the couple ended up extending throughout the house ("a big, logically challenging splurge, but a great impetus to clean out closets and get rid of a ton of stuff.")

    CKD Mill Valley Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: Architect Jeff Gustafson situated the range, a Bluestar, in an angled section of the room that was created by stealing space from the pantry.

    "Jeff made sure there was a good flow," says the archaeologist. "It was a tough space—lots of angles and different ceiling heights. He was insistent on maintaining certain distances between the island and surrounding cabinets, communicating proportion, and inserting little details that I would really appreciate later, such as the utility closet. But he also tried to talk me out of the cabinet cutouts and built-in seating—and those are two of my favorite parts of the space."

    CKD Mill Valley Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: "Everything takes place in our kitchen: homework, early morning work emails, family meals," the archaeologist tells us, "A big, super-functional island was a must, but one of the challenges of the remodel was figuring out a design for it. Ultimately, my husband came up with the almost-kidney shape. And it really works—the curve lets people have more interaction."

    The island has a 2.5-inch solid walnut top—"Rachel and I went to Tripp's studio and helped pick out and arrange the boards, so we had the right mix of colors"—and on the sink side, the base is kitted out with trash and recycling bins, and drawers for cutlery and bowls. Tripp Carpenter runs Espenet Furniture, a studio started by his father, celebrated woodworker Arthur Espenet. The bar-height Eames chairs, a Riedy recommendation, work well with the couple's midcentury furniture throughout the house.

    For more on islands, see 11 Kitchen Islands Gone Glamorous, Instant Kitchen Islands, and A Hamptons Kitchen with a Custom Island—Sourced on Etsy

    CKD Mill Valley Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: The walnut has a horizontal grain and the circular cutouts are a sixties-inspired detail. "I always pitch cutouts as an option," says Riedy, "but they take a certain client who understands the simplicity. To me, there's something nautical about them." As for the choice of solid wood instead of veneer: "It works better with the cutouts and really gives them a different quality and feel," says the archaeologist.

    CKD Mill Valley Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: The archaeologist is an avid collector of Heath Ceramics, based in nearby Sausalito. The open upper shelves were added to give her a display space: "I love having them, but I didn't want to manage the clutter of all open shelves, so we combined them with upper cabinets." The tiles are Heath's handmade Dimensional Crease design in Linen. (For another kitchen that makes use of the tiles, see A Budget Remodel with Heath Seconds.)

    CKD Mill Valley Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: The counters are cast concrete from Concreteworks of Oakland ("all the Heath stores have them," notes the Heath collector). Learn all about concrete counters in Remodeling 101.

    CKD Mill Valley Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: The kitchen faces a wall of built-in seating and storage and a new sliding glass door. "It's always a challenge to get people to sit in the living room," says the archaeologist, "so I figured we would just create a space like that right in the kitchen. Everyone hangs out here."

    CKD Mill Valley Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: No need to go looking for a bottle opener.

    Before

    Mill Valley kitchen Before shot | Remodelista

    Above: "The house was built in 1960," says the archaeologist. "We had made some improvements—put in a skylight and updated the appliances several years ago—but nothing fancy, just utilitarian. The old cabinets were falling off the hinges, the counter was speckled gray-black Formica—it was starting to feel ratty and run down." The old cabinets and replaced appliances, she adds, were donated and put to new use.

    See more of Riedy's work at Cleaveland & Kennedy.

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    And go to Remodeling 101 for advice on countertops, backsplashes, appliances, and crucial details, such as where to locate electrical outlets.

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    The last time I bought a new gas range was over a decade ago. I was lured (and somewhat intimidated) by the upper echelon of professional-style ranges with their 12,000 BTUs of cooking power. Fast-forward to today, and those would be considered training wheels for the new generation of high-powered stoves with burners that boast upwards of 25,000 BTUs of heat output. What do these higher BTUs really mean? Do home cooks benefit from more cooking power in the kitchen, or are we suffering from BTU creep? Read our BTU primer to find out.

    Commune Kitchen Viking Range, Remodelista  

    Above: A Viking Freestanding 48-Inch Range offers high-level cooking power in a Los Angeles kitchen by Commune Design. Since Viking was purchased by the Middleby Corporation (the largest food-service equipment manufacturer in the world), it has upped its BTUs and other professional cooking-like features. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista. 

    What is a BTU? 

    A BTU (British thermal unit) is a measure of heat output and applies to the power generated by gas stovetops and ovens. Technically speaking, one BTU is the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. The capacity of gas burners is measured in BTU per hour. Pro-style ranges for the home typically offer high-output burners varying from 15,000 to 25,000 BTUs.

    Capital Culinarian Open Gas Burners, Remodelista  

    Above: The open burners of the Capital Culinarian Gas Range offer a 23,000 BTU output with a low-level setting that provides a 145 degree simmer. Photograph via Capital Cooking

    When it comes to stoves, are more BTUs better? 

    The higher the BTU capacity of a gas burner, the hotter the burner can get; the hotter the burner, typically the faster the cooking times. But while BTU measures heat production, it doesn't necessarily translate into better cooking performance. Other factors come into play, such as efficiency of heat transfer. If your pan is not sized correctly for the burner, the high BTUs can heat the room more than the contents of the pan (an argument many make for the induction cooktop, but that's a topic for another post). Some manufacturers tout burners that are especially designed to direct all heat upward for more efficient heating. 

    Stoves with high BTUs come with some trade-offs, including higher price tags, greater consumption of gas, higher ventilation requirements, and difficulty consistently generating low heat.

    While there tends to be a focus on the high end of the burner power, a range’s ability to generate low heat is equally, if not more, important. Low-heat cooking and simmering can be problematic. Some ranges “cycle” heat for low-temperature cooking. This means that they alternate between low heat and turning off, but the clicking can be annoying and the heat is not continual. Manufacturers are addressing this issue and many have recently introduced low-BTU heat burners that are consistent.

    Wolf Dual Stacked Burner, Remodelista  

    Above: Wolf Gas Ranges have dual-stacked sealed gas burners with two tiers of flames: One delivers high heat, the other comes on for low-heat settings. Remodelista's Julie likes "the super firepower and the fact that it's easy to adjust the flame to a slow simmer" on her Wolf range. Read our recent debate about the Viking vs. Wolf Range. Photograph via Sub-Zero Wolf.

    How many BTUs do I need?

    A cooktop with high BTUs does not a professional chef make. Be realistic about your home cooking practices and needs. The superhigh BTUs in professional kitchens are designed for high-speed and high-volume cooking, not typically the situation at home, even when entertaining. Yes, it might be nice to have one very powerful burner to get that water boiling quickly, but beyond that flexibility is often more important. Look for ranges with a collection of burners with different levels of power and consider which you're apt to use most.

    Is there a sweet spot for burner strength for the home cook? The jury is out on that question. For most users, one power burner (12,000 BTUs or higher) is more than adequate—especially when paired with two medium-strength burners and one low burner for simmering. If you do a lot of cooking that requires quick high heat, such as stir-frying or searing, you may want to push the power up. The good news is that stove companies have heard the cry for better performance at lower heat, so getting an appliance that can do it all is easier than it used to be.

    Bluestar Wok Burner, Remodelista  

    Above: Bluestar Ranges and Cooktops feature wok-ready burners with up to 25,000 BTU searing power. By removing the top ring grate on the burner, the wok sits directly in the flame for maximum heat.

    I have a tattered copy of a 2001 New York Times article about professional-style ranges tucked in my kitchen remodeling folder. In it, New York chef Marcus Samuelsson offers his take on powerful ranges for the home user (in this case, himself). Despite the passage of time and the increase in BTUs offered on ranges, his comments still seem on target: “Flexibility," he says, "is most important in a range.” A variety of burners, one with high BTUs for fast stir-frying, and one with super low BTUs (200 or 300) for simmering, offers the most flexibility for cooking. And Samuelsson points out, ''You can create a high-heat effect, like leaving the heat on with a cast-iron pan, but you can't fabricate a low heat.'' 

    Elizabeth Roberts Brooklyn Kitchen Remodel with Bluestar Range, Remodelista  

    Above: A kitchen for two avid cooks by Elizabeth Roberts Design/Ensemble Architecture with a Bluestar range. (See more of the kitchen in Indoor/Outdoor Living, Brooklyn Style.) Bluestar's designs are handmade in Redding, Pennsylvania, and offer the highest BTUs on the market (25,000). They have French tops, which feature variable heat zones for slow cooking, sautéing, and wok cooking. Photograph by Dustin Aksland.

    What about ventilation? 

    When shopping for a new range or cooktop, don't ignore ventilation or you might be in for an unanticipated purchase. The bottom line: Higher BTU heat output requires higher power ventilation. How do you know if your current fan is up to the task? As reported in the New York Times primer, Your Stove Just Needs to Vent, "the rule of thumb for gas stoves is that the range hood needs to remove 100 cubic feet per minute for every 10,000 BTUs of burner output." This means a gas stove with 50,000 BTUs of total burner output requires a range hood that can accommodate 500 cubic feet per minute. And, add the Times, "Err toward a stronger vent if you frequently do Asian-style or stir-fry cooking." 

    Wood Clad Range Hood, Remodelista

    Above: A wood-trimmed range hood over a Wolf range via Sullivan Building and Design Group in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

    When buying a gas stove, besides BTUs, what other factors should I consider? 

    Beyond burner power, there are a range of details and options that come down to personal preference. These include burner configuration, specialty burners (such as a grill or griddle pan), oven size and fuel source, self-cleaning features, auto reignition, range finish, positioning of controls, warranties, and size. 

    For more guidance and product options, see our features:

    Amica Zen Oven, Remodelista  

    Above: When will the BTU arms race subside? Or will it? In Top Interiors Trends of 2015, Julie suggests that kitchen appliances may move from the professional style to a more organic look. We do like the Amica Zen Oven, shown here, which mixes state-of-the-art technology with a stripped-down design. And see our post on the Ethical Kitchen Project, which questions the size of modern-day kitchens. 

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    As irresistible as a brown paper package tied up with string: a kraft paper dispenser at your fingertips. 

    wall-mounted kraft paper roller from George & Willy in New Zealand | Remodelista

    Above: The design is the work of George & Willy, a New Zealand duo devoted to making "life tools for enthusiastic humans," from cast concrete dog bowls to pegboards.

    wall-mounted kraft paper roller from George & Willy in New Zealand

    Above: Think of all the possibilities: The kraft paper can be used for making lists, creating artwork, and displaying the day's menu—and you always have a supply of wrapping paper and paper table toppers on hand. 

    George & Willy Studio Roller | Remodelista

    Above: The roll hangs from a simple steel bracket.

    Wall-mounted kraft paper by George & Willy in NZ | Remodelista

    Above: The Studio Roller in matte black or white steel is $240 NZD ($184 USD); shipping is available worldwide for an additional $80 NZD ($60.71 USD). George & Willy also offer the Wall-Mounted Paper Roller in black on Etsy for $187.87 USD, plus shipping. It fits a universal 24-inch kraft paper roll.

    Kraft paper from Boardwalk via Amazon | Remodelista  

    Above: A 1,000-foot roll of Boardwalk Kraft Paper is $34.40 on Amazon. Paper Mart sells 720 feet of kraft paper for $26.24. Go to George & Willy for their paper sourcing recommendations around the world and to purchase kraft paper from sustainably sourced forests.

    For more wall-hung rolls of paper and sourcing ideas, take a look at 7 Quick Fixes: Wrapping Paper Storage Stations. And go to The DIY Wall Clock to learn how to make a clock with kraft paper numbers.

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    Two far-flung sisters—one based in LA, the other in Hong Kong—set their sights on the relic next to their childhood home in Kanagawa, Japan, as their own bohemian work quarters when they're in town. The century-old Western-style brick structure was built as a servant's annex to the main house (the sisters once played in its crumbling rooms).

    Architect Takaya Tsuchida of No. 555 artfully shored up the annex by celebrating the simple beauty of the original design. He and his team of three now have their office in the building, and the sisters drop in every few months.

    Photography by Koichi Torimura.

    House in Japan by No. 555 | Remodelista

    Above: "In Japan, it's rare to find an old Western-style building that's still privately owned," says Tsuchida. "The house and maid's annex are in what had been a foreign settlement and were built for a German family." Vacant for years, the annex—known as ASE, a combination of the sisters' initials— was water damaged and crumbling when the sisters asked No. 555 to rescue it for them.

    House in Japan by No. 555 | Remodelista

    Above: Tsuchida set out to preserve the existing state of the building as much as possible, "It required a lot of repairing—structural reinforcement, plumbing and electrical work, and we installed drain outlets on the floor, so that the rainwater can flow out." The plywood stair is a new addition. 

    House in Japan by No. 555 | Remodelista

    Above: The original masonry and woodwork was updated with white paint. The painting and plastering crew included the architect himself, the sisters, and artist couple Juka Araikawa and Krister Olsson. See photos of the work in progress here.

      House in Japan by No. 555 | Remodelista

    Above: Plumen lights hang over the dining table. Read about Plumens in our posts World's Most Stylish Light Bulb and World's Most Stylish Light Bulb, Version 002 

    House in Japan by No. 555 | Remodelista

    Above: The sisters furnished their quarters sparsely with a few antiques and potted plants. The wire-framed hanging lights are Japanese construction site lamps.

    House in Japan by No. 555 | Remodelista

    Above: Tsuchida installed a new readymade pine floor and lightly whitewashed it so that the wood grain shows through. Learn about how to get easy Scandi-style whitewashed wood floors in Remodeling 101.

    House in Japan by No. 555 | Remodelista

    Above: An under-the-stairs sink—because the annex is used as a workspace, there's no kitchen or shower.

    House in Japan by No. 555 | Remodelista

    Above: The windows (as well as doors, peaked roof, and some of the baseboards) are outlined in black.

    No. 555 in Japan Light Switch | Remodelista

    Above: New plasterwork and an elegant light switch.

    The staff of Japanese architecture firm No. 555 outside their office in a 19th century Western-style house | Remodelista

    Above: The staff of No. 555 outside the annex. Go to No. 555 to see more of the firm's work.

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    For more Japanese design, go to our Lessons from Japan issue, and don't miss:

     

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    Riding the tide of the indigo trend, Japanese antique boro cloths have become increasing popular in design. Rustic and textured, these patchwork textiles lend not some color to a room, but also a sense of history and a touch of the handmade.

    But have you ever really paid attention to the sashiko stitching on these cloths? I hadn't until recently when I purchased a vintage Japanese zokin, a clothing fabric scrap repurposed with long, contrast stitching to create a dust rag. (It was too pretty for dusting; I've added mine to my prized pot holder collection.) Then I noticed the same stitching on a friend's jeans. Suddenly this striking embroidery seemed to be everywhere. I had to find out more.

    sashiko stitched boros and quilts from Sri Threads, Remodelista

    Above L: Sashiko stitching on an antique boro cloth. Above R: A stack of vintage quilts and boros from Sri, a showroom in Brooklyn that specializes in Japanese and Indian textiles.

    What is sashiko?

    Sashiko is a type of running stitch developed in rural Japan centuries ago, when, rather than buy new, the wives and daughters of Japanese farmers and fishermen would mend and patch worn clothing and other textiles. Made using a thick, embroidery-like thread, sashiko stitches are plainly visible and often form a regular pattern. Originally a rough, freeform stitch, sashiko evolved into increasingly elaborate geometric designs used for decoration.

    Lotta-Agaton-Living-room-Wall-Boro2-Remodelista

    Above: A boro cloth with sashiko stitching in Lotta Agaton's Stockholm living room.

    What's the difference between sashiko and boro?

    People often fail to distinguish between sashiko and boro, which is understandable because they often go hand in hand. Both are mending techniques—boro, meaning "rags" or "tattered cloth," refers to textiles that have been patched many times—see Design Sleuth: The Japanese Boro. Sashiko, meaning "little stabs," is a long, embroidery stitch used for mending or purely for decoration.

    By the way, if you're wondering why boro is almost always indigo, it's because Edo-era laws restricted the working classes from wearing bright clothes. For these rural citizens, indigo dye was both hard-wearing and said to repel insects. You can read more about the history of sashiko and boro at Studio Aika.

    vintage boro cloth with sashiko Stich from Mujo, Remodelista

    Above: Elizabeth Leslie sells a wide assortment of sashiko-stitched boro on her Japan-based online shop, Nature Collect, and her Etsy store, Mujo. This Antique Boro Textile is $270.

    vintage sake sack with sashiko stiched boro patching from Indigo Blue Japan, Remodelista

    Above: A vintage sake bag with sashiko-stitched patches that I bought to use as a pillowcase. Similar Boro Sake Bags are available through Etsy seller Indigo Blue Japan for $39 each.

    zokin mat with sashiko stitch by Mujo Store, Remodelista

    Above: Vintage zokin are often used these days as table mats and hot pads. The Zokin Dust Cloth shown here is available at Mujo for $22. Based in Yokohama, Japan, the Etsy shop Fabric Life is also an excellent source for zokin cloths.

    Sashiko Kotatsushiki from Sri, Remodelista

    Above: This Cotton Kotatsugake from Sri, made to cover a brazier-heated table, is embellished with a complex sashiko pattern. Inquire about availability and price.

    boro pillow by Ethical Life Store, Remodelista

    Above: UK artisan Sarah Matthews often uses sashiko stitching in her handmade pillows, which she sells at Nature Collect and via her Etsy shop, Ethical Life. Made from vintage fabric, her Sashiko-Stitched Indigo Cushion is available on Etsy for $88.

    Sashiko stiched boro aprons by Sasakiyohinten, Remodelista copy

    Above L and R: Sasaski Yohinten uses sashiko and boro techniques to revive vintage garments from Europe. I'm trying hard to resist her Vintage Czech Military Apron in indigo ($77) and Boro-Patched Jute Bag Apron ($101).

    Can I learn to do sashiko myself?

    Absolutely. I've recently taken up the technique myself to breathe new life into ripped jeans and to patch an ancient pair of lace pillowcases made by my grandmother. Purl Soho has several sashiko DIYs that tell you all you need to get going.

    Reversible Sashiko placemats from Purl Bee, Remodelista

    Above: Fashion your own Reversible Sashiko Placemats with a tutorial from Purl Soho's Purl Bee.

    N.B. Looking to infuse your home with more Japanese arts? See:

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    Too attractive to hide in the drawer: wood cutting boards of all shapes and sizes. Here's a roundup of ideas for displaying your collection.

    Cutting Board as Display | Remodelista

    Above: Vintage cutting boards in a summer house in Umbria from Elle Decoration via Style Files.

    Leigh Beisch Cutting Board Display | Remodelista

    Above: Spotted (and admired) on SF Girl by Bay: the SF photo studio of Leigh Beisch, who collects cutting boards and other props for her work as a food photographer. We love the way she puts her collection to work as art installation in her studio dining area. Photograph by Cindy Loughridge.

    Cutting Board as Display Art | Remodelista

    Above: Cutting boards as decor in the Brooklyn kitchen of Danielle Arceneaux (see more at Reader Rehab: Danielle's DIY Kitchen Remodel for Under $500).

    Cutting Board Display | Remodelista

    Above: A wall of cutting boards at the Norm Architects–designed Restaurant Host in Copenhagen (see more at The Viking Table Reimagined: Restaurant Host in Copenhagen).

    Linear Kitchen Rossana with Cutting Boards | Remodelista

    Above: A display of cutting boards in a kitchen designed by architect Massimo Castagna (see more at Bella Cucina: 8 Best Italian Kitchen Systems).

    Toast UK Cutting Boards | Remodelista

    Above: A selection of cutting boards from Toast in the UK. Toast currently offers Seasoned Oak Chopping Boards; £49 ($72.80).

    Remodelista Cutting Boards | Remodelista

    Above: Cutting boards by Canadian designer Geoffrey Lilge adorn the walls at Luce in Portland, Oregon (see more at Design Sleuth: Charcuterie Boards at Luce in Portland, OR).

    Hunch Living Cutting Boards | Remodelista

    Above: Cutting boards hanging from S hooks in a kitchen via Hunch Living.

    Josh Vogel Black Creek Mercantile Cutting Boards | Remodelista

    Above: Wood cutting boards made by Blackcreek Mercantile. See the company's latest in Blackline Collection.

    Source your own Cutting Board collections:

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    This week Michelle and her team celebrate the onset of spring with a roundup of tiny potting tables, garden ideas to steal from Martha Stewart, a new line of minimalist outdoor furniture by a Danish designer, and more.

    Cristiana Ruspa Rocca Civalieri Hotel | Gardenista

    Above: Dream Landscapes: 10 Perennial Gardens Inspired by Piet Oudolf.

    Michelle Slatalla Shed | Remodelista

    Above: Steal This Look: My Mini Garden Shed in a Garage.

    Mini Potting Table Roundup | Remodelista

    Above: The Gardenista 100: Best Mini Potting Tables.

    Maldives Chaise | Remodelista

    Above: Danish Designer Soren Rose for Restoration Hardware.

    Patio Pavers | Gardenista

    Above: Hardscaping 101: Design Guide for Patio Pavers.  

    See more at Gardenista's Spring Awakening issue.

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  • 03/27/15--10:00: Pine & Crane in Los Angeles
  • Pine & Crane owner/chef Vivian Ku, a Harvard premed grad who segued into food, named her restaurant in LA's Silverlake after her grandfather's 1950s noodle shop in Taiwan. Ku likes to keep things local and all in the family; she sources produce from Sunfield, her family's Asian vegetable farm in Bakersfield, and, after discovering local potter Peter Sheldon, commissioned him to create the dinnerware for the restaurant. Another neighbor, Sophia Lin, helped with the interior design. 

    PIne and Crane Exterior Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: The restaurant is located on the premises of the former Cru and specializes in Taiwanese-Chinese cooking. Photograph via LA Times.

    PIne and Crane in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: The simple dining room has polished concrete floors, rough-hewn walls, and simple pale wood banquettes and tables. Photograph by Daniela Galarza via LA Weekly.

    Pine and Crane Seating | Remodelista

    Above: A vintage shot of Ku's grandfather making noodles. Photograph via Pine & Crane.

    PIne and Crane in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: Aprons feature the Pine & Crane logo. Photograph via J. Chong Studio.

    PIne and Crane in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: A wall-mounted planter adds a touch of green to the interiors. Photograph via Eater.

    Pine and Crane in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: Various provisions and kitchen accessories for sale. Photograph via Eater.

    Pine and Crane Noodle Bowls by Peter Sheldon | Remodelista

    Above: Local potter Peter Sheldon, who has traveled in Taiwan, collaborated with Vivian on the ceramics for the restaurant. For more info, go to Pine & Crane.

    Go to our LA City Guide for more of our favorite haunts, including:

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    Take a look at what's been grabbing our attention this week.

    Kirsten Heckermann Pillows | Remodelista

    • Above: Our favorite throw pillows, made of hand-dyed velvet by London stylist Kirsten Hecktermann, are 20 percent off through April 12; use the promo code Spring. 
    • Ikea introduces flat-pack refugee shelters. 
    • Fighting fire with sound. 

    Vanessa Holle Melbourne House via Design Files | Remodelista

    • Above: At home in Sydney with a graphic designer and mother of three, teens included. Photograph by Eve Wilson. 
    • Traveling to these 10 countries won't break the bank. 
    • Designers from Herman Miller, Ammunition, and others forecast the 25 ideas shaping the future of design

    Volk Spring 2015 Bench | Remodelista

    • Above: The latest from Brooklyn furniture studio Volk
    • How to overcome an oddly shaped bedroom
    • Tiny rental bathroom makeover.

    Cambridge, MA House by Anmahian Winton Architects | Remodelista

    Instagram and Pinterest Picks of the Week

    Remodelista Instagram Pick of the Week: @elisabeth_heier

    Above: If your Instagram feed could use more pale interiors, follow Elisabeth Heier (@elisabeth_heier), an interior designer based in Oslo. 

    Remodelista Pinterest Pick of the Week: Fox + Fen

    Above: There are more than 7,000 compelling pins in Fox + Fen's Home pinboard. 

    This week, we caught up with Creatives at Home while Gardenista celebrated a Spring Awakening

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    Meet the new minimalism with a British accent: timeless, tactile, and radiating human warmth (and discipline). This week, with spring cleaning on the to-do list, we're celebrating the London look.

    Herringbone House Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: In Monday's Architect Visit, Christine leads us on a tour of the brick Herringbone House in London by Chan & Eayrs. Photograph via The Modern House.

    Monday

      Wray Crescent House in Islington via Light Locations | Remodelista

    Above: Later today, Alexa rounds up 13 Kitchen Designs that gracefully straddle the line between state-of-the-art and classically British.

    Tuesday

      Brass pendant light by workstead | Remodelista

    Above: In 5 Favorites, Izabella presents variations of the minimalist pendant light of the moment.

    Wednesday

    Edmund de Waal Installation at Blackwell House | Remodelista

    Above: Artist/writer Edmund de Waal—author of the bestseller The Hare with Amber Eyes, a family memoir he describes as being "about memory and objects"—instructs on the art of considered display in this week's Organization & Storage post.

    Thursday

      Rosa Park of Cereal Magazine at Home | Remodelista

    Above: In Thursday's House Call,  Jane drops in on Rosa Park, editor of the travel and lifestyle magazine Cereal, at home in Bath.

    Friday

      Bouroullec Brother Tiles | Remodelista

    Above: On Friday, we're spotlighting the Bouroullec brothers' textured Tiles, which we discovered in an exhibit at the V&A.

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    Gardenista is joining us in London this week. Watch for Garden Ideas to Steal from England, the Gardenista 100: rattan lounge chairs, DIY pressed botanicals, 11 urban gardens with tree ferns, and more. 

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    In our DIY-enthused culture, there are some who might think they don’t require an architect’s design skills even for a ground-up construction. A project like Chan + Eayrs’s Herringbone House in Islington, London, reminds us so clearly of why we do. Despite its awkwardly wedge-shaped, urban-infill site, the elegant four-bedroom house, with its patterned-brick exterior, warm Scandinavian interior finishes, and front and back courtyards, appears deceptively simple and straightforward—truly the mark of good design.

    Unless otherwise noted, photographs by Mike Tsang via Arch Daily and Dezeen

    Above: Zoe Chan, cofounder with Merlin Eayrs of Chan + Eayrs, stands before their design. The house—which is currently on the market (see details at Chan + Eayrs and The Modern House) is comprised of two volumes, one of which steps back to created a courtyard. While the use of brick fits into the context of the surrounding Victorian terraced houses, the herringbone pattern is a contemporary update that sets the structure apart from its neighbors. Photograph by Thomas Giddings.

    Herringbone House courtyard garden by Atelier Chan Chan, London, Mike Tsang Photograph | Remodelista

    Above: Inspired by siheyuan, traditional Chinese courtyard houses, Chan, who was born in England of Chinese parents, introduced two walled courtyard rooms, one at the front and one at the back, as an effective solution for drawing light into the middle of the narrow and nonlinear site.

    Herringbone House living room by Atelier Chan Chan, London, Thomas Giddings Photograph | Remodelista

    Above: The open layout means that light and air flood through the length of the house, from the front walled courtyard to the combination kitchen and dining area in the back. Photograph by Thomas Giddings.

    Herringbone House in London | Remodelista

    Above: The courtyard turns the kitchen into an indoor/outdoor room. Photograph from The Modern House.

    Herringbone House Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: A wall of pearl-colored bricks is effective in reflecting light. See Remodeling 101: White Tile Pattern Glossary for ways to use brick and subway tile. Photograph from The Modern House.

    Herringbone House in London | Remodelista

    Above: Cupboards with limed wood doors provide ample storage. Photograph from The Modern House.

    Herrringbone House Kitchen by Atelier Chan Chan, London,  Pearl colored brick, Mike Tsang Photograph | Remodelista

    Above: The brick's texture keeps the room from looking at all cold or sterile.

    Herringbone House living room built in bench and storage by Atelier Chan Chan, London, Mike Tsang Photograph | Remodelista

    Above: Wall-to-wall storage in the kitchen doubles as a bench.

    Herringbone House courtyard garden by Atelier Chan Chan, London, Mike Tsang Photograph | Remodelista

    Above: The two courtyards—this one with built-in banquettes—ensure that light and air flow through the house. 

    Herringbone House living room by Atelier Chan Chan, London, Mike Tsang Photograph | Remodelista

    Above: A muted palette of whites, grays, and beiges runs consistently from room to room.

    Herringbone House stair by Atelier Chan Chan, London, Thomas Giddings Photograph | Remodelista

    Above: A sculptural steel stair with open risers is flooded with light from a skylight above. Photograph by Thomas Giddings.

    Herringbone House by Atelier Chan Chan, London, Mike Tsang Photograph | Remodelista

    Above: A view from one bedroom down the length of the house to another illustrates the effectiveness of the light-producing wall courtyards upstairs. 

    Herringbone House bedroom by Atelier Chan Chan, London, Mike Tsang Photograph | Remodelista

    Above: Limed wood brings warmth into the bedrooms while reflecting light. 

    Herringbone House Bathroom by Atelier Chan Chan, London, Thomas Giddings Photograph | Remodelista

    Above: Marble-tiled floors and above-counter sinks add an understated luxury in the master bathroom. 

    Herringbone House Bathroom by Atelier Chan Chan, London, Thomas Giddings Photograph | Remodelista

    Above: Cracked porcelain cabinet knobs introduce subtle texture to the white palette of the bathroom. 

    Herringbone House, exterior brick detail  by Atelier Chan Chan, London, Mike Tsang Photograph | Remodelista

    Above: Herringbone brickwork is a classic used in a new way.

    Herringbone House, Zoe Chang, Atelier Chan Chan | Remodelista

    Above: Eayrs and Chan in a bedroom window. The two introduced maximum glazing and a horizontal coursing of the brick pattern to delineate the floor levels. Photograph by Thomas Giddings

     

    Herringbone House Floor Plans, Atelier Chan Chan | Remodelista

    The floor plans detail the architects' inventive use of the wedge-shaped site. Above L: The ground floor shows the two walled courtyard gardens at the front and back of the house. Above R: The three-bedroom upstairs level.  See more of the architcts' work at Chan + Eayrs.

    Can you Spot the Difference Between Herringbone and Chevron?  If you're looking for more examples of artful brickwork, see 5 Favorites: Bricks Made Modern. And over on Gardenista, we show you What to Grow on a Brick Wall

    This post is an update; the original ran in April 2014 as part of our Warm Minimalism issue.

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    In recent months, we've seen the term "minimalism" increasingly diluted with each passing pin, social post, and tweet. One person's minimal is clearly another's cluttered nightmare, and plenty of self-proclaimed minimalists are maximalists in denial—leaving us to wonder: What does it all mean?

    Then there's an image of a kitchen—a really spare but healthy looking kitchen—that floats by in our busy online feed, stopping us in our tracks. The British kitchen, time and again, is a reminder that minimal need not be cold, and traditional need not be outdated. Merging the two contrasting styles is, if you ask us, what makes the latest British modernism so compelling. Here are 13 of our favorite kitchens, all quite minimal and thoroughly English.

    Minimalist Kitchen on Steeles Road, London by Sevil Peach | Remodelista

    Above: A stripped-down kitchen in a remodeled 1873 Victorian designed by Sevil Peach architects for a photographer. The kitchen cabinets provide storage, as does the long above-the-counter rail (with Alvar Aalto cookie cutters, among other things, on display). Explore the project in Sevil Peach Studio in Primrose Hill.

    Feilden Fowles Designed Kitchen in London | Remodelista

    Above: This kitchen remodel by Feilden Fowles was designed to bring natural light into an apartment in a formerly unoccupied 1930s building in West London. For information on the industrial pendant lights, visit Design Sleuth: Gas Light Pendants from Ize.

    Victorian Kitchen in London via JJ Locations | Remodelista

    Above: In an open kitchen in a surpassingly calm London townhouse, clutter is kept out of sight in flat-front cabinets above and below Corian countertops. Learn about the durable, adaptable material in Remodeling 101: Corian Countertops (and the New Corian Look-alikes).

    Faye Toogood Kitchen in London Photographed by Henry Bourne for T Magazine | Remodelista

    Above: Designer and former World of Interiors stylist Faye Toogood built her small-scale London kitchen from Ikea cabinetry and Muuto Dot Coat Hooks. Photograph by Henry Bourne for T Magazine. See more in Muuto Dot Hangers Used in Unexpected Ways and Muuto-Style Cabinet Pulls on a Budget.

    Rundell Associates Mew House in Notting Hill | Remodelista

    Above: Set on the garden-level of a mews house in London, this kitchen was designed by Rundell Associates with natural light in mind (from carefully placed skylights, French doors, and windows).

    Wray Crescent House in Islington via Light Locations | Remodelista

    Above: Consistency in the form of pink-hued wood cabinets and a ceiling-high backsplash in an Islington kitchen, complete with classic Aga. Learn about the stove in Object Lessons: The Great British Range Cooker.  Photograph via Light Locations

    deVol Shaker Kitchen in London | Remodelista

    Above: Minimalism takes a traditional turn in a Shaker design from deVol Kitchens. See more in A Shaker-Inspired Kitchen in London.

    Minimalist Kitchen in London by Jamie Blake of Blakes London | Remodelista

    Above: British designer du jour Jamie Blake of Blakes London mixes industrial modern with farmhouse details for a friend's kitchen—see A Scandi Kitchen in a London Victorian.

    Botley House in Hampshire via Light Locations | Remodelista

    Above: A pared-down Georgian kitchen in Hampshire is at once minimalist and rustic. Source the elements in Steal This Look: A Minimalist English Kitchen and 10 Easy Pieces: Brass Bin Pulls.

    Harriet Anstruther London Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: Designer Harriet Anstruther and architect Alex Michaelis introduced marble and bands of brass to Anstruther's 1840s landmarked London townhouse—see Steal This Look: A Glamorous London Kitchen from a Designer with "Shit Loads of Talent".

    Plain English Battersea Townhouse | Remodelista

    Above: A longstanding favorite kitchen in Battersea by UK cult kitchen design company Plain English. See more of the firm's work in Kitchen Confidential: 10 Ways to Achieve the Plain English Look.

    Kempe Road Kitchen in London via Light Locations | Remodelista

    Above: A rustic kitchen in Queens Park, London, teams everyday appliances with a farmhouse sink. Photograph via Light Locations.

    Gingerbread House by Laura Dewe Mathews | Remodelista

    Above: A double-height, wood-paneled kitchen opens to a balcony in a house in Hackney designed by Laura Dewe Matthews. Photograph via Dezeen.

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    A new family of minimal yet vaguely rustic furniture by British architect David Chipperfield, inspired by the countryside, launches at Milan's Salone Mobile in April.

    David Chipperfield for E15 Table and Bench | Remodelista

    Above: The collection includes the Fayland table, the Fawley bench, and the Langley stool, designed for German brand e15.

    David Chipperfield for E15 Table and Bench | Remodelista

    Above: "The initial idea for the Fayland table came from a private project in a rural setting in England," Chipperfield's office told Dezeen. The Fayland table will be available in four lengths and in European walnut or solid oak, in oil or white pigmented surfaces, as well as in a black finish.

    David Chipperfield Fayland Table | Remodelista

    Above: The Fayland table shown in oiled solid oak.

    David Chipperfield Bench e15 | Remodelista

    Above: The Fawland table can also function as a long side table.

    David Chipperfield Stool | Remodelista

    Above: The Langley stool in black.

    David Chipperfield Desk | Remodelista

    Above: The smaller Fayland table used as a desk. Go to e15 for more details.

    See all of our furniture picks here.

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    When Dyer Grimes Architects took on a South Kensington remodeling project for a Swiss couple living in London, they turned the top floor into a spacious bedroom suite (including a sitting room and roof terrace), with a subtle color scheme and dashes of textural luxury. 

    Dyers Grime London Bedroom | Remodelista

    Above: The ceilings are 14 feet high, lofty enough to accommodate the dramatic Marcel Wanders–designed pendant light.

    Dyer Grimes Architects Bedroom in London

    Above: Crittall steel French doors lead to the bath. For bathtub ideas, see 10 Easy Pieces: Modern Bathtubs.

      Zeppelin Pendant by Marcel Wanders for Flos | Remodelista

    Above: The Zeppelin Pendant Light, designed by Marcel Wanders for Flos, is $3,995.

    Restoration Hardware Slipcovered Bed | Remodelista

    Above: Restoration Hardware's Belgian Slipcovered Parsons Bed in vintage cotton velvet is $1,240 (marked down from $1,550).

    Slip Covered Ottoman Crate and Barrel | Remodelista

    Above: The Lounge Slipcovered Ottoman and a Half is 43 inches wide, 17 inches high, and 27 inches deep; $599 from Crate & Barrel.

    Crafts Manhattan Etsy Side Table | Remodelista

    Above: The Minimalist Midcentury Modern Steel End Table is $150 from Crafts Manhattan via Etsy.

    Tivoli Radio | Remodelista

    Above: The Tivoli Audio Model One AM/FM Table Radio is $119 on Amazon.

    Marianna Kennedy Lamps | Remodelista

    Above: A pair of Tulip Table Lamps from Marianna Kennedy; contact her directly for pricing. See more in A Visit with Marianna Kennedy: London's Sorceress of Color.

    Tricia Rose Linen Bed Cover | Remodelista

    Above: Tricia Rose's Rough Linen Summer Bed Set consists of a bedcover, sheet, and two linen pillowcases; prices start at $420 for the twin size.

    Mohair Pillows from Crate & Barrel | Remodelista

    Above: Room & Board offers Mohair Wool Pillows with linen backs in a range of shades, including Rose (L) and Torte (R); $169 each.

    Oval Room Blue Farrow & Ball | Remodelista

    Above: Farrow & Ball Oval Blue is a good match for the paint color.

    Take a look at another glamorous, low-key London bedroom by Faye Toogood: Steal This Look: A Moody Minimalist London Bedroom.

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