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    The nervy color combinations of architect Le Corbusier have an allure that is hard to explain. When you walk through his interiors, you find yourself gravitating toward to the oddest shade of pea green or leaving the building set on painting your bedroom entirely salmon pink. The Swiss-born artist and architect had a purpose for every palette with colors selected for spatial and physiological effects. (He wrote about this in Polychromie Architecturale.) Take Maison La Roche in Paris, where Le Corbu connected rooms with monochromatic color, coated shadowed walls in gray, and made other walls disappear into the architecture by using dark umber paint. It’s a concept worth replicating.

    Thanks to Swiss paint company kt.Color, it can be done. Founder Katrin Trautwein, a chemist, licensed exclusive rights from the Fondation Le Corbusier to produce paint of the same palette, color names, and pure minerals once used by Le Corbusier. The LC 43 Series are the same 43 pigments introduced by the architect in the 1930s; his 1950s palette, seen in the LC 32 Series, is a different edit to be used with natural materials like lime plaster, raw concrete, and wood. Colors are designed to be grouped in three to five harmonious shades, according to mood. They're available through kt.Color in Zurich and at Aronson’s Floors in New York.

    Villa Noailles in Hyères-les-Palmiers, France | Remodelista

    Above: Burnt Sienna at Villa Noailles in Hyères-les-Palmiers, France. Photograph by Olivia Thébaut via Small-Spaces.

    Le Corbusier Apartment in Paris, Photograph by Alexa Hotz | Remodelista

    Above: Corbusier's Bright Green, inside a geometric bookshelf at the architect's own Studio-Apartment outside of Paris. Photograph by Alexa Hotz.

    Le Corbusier Maison La Roche, Photograph by Alexa Hotz | Remodelista

    Above: A stairway in Ivory and Iron Gray at La Maison Roche in Paris. Photograph by Alexa Hotz.

    Le Corbusier Villa Savoye | Remodelista

    Above: A bathroom at the Villa Savoye in Poissy, France, in Ultramarine Blue, a color inspired by Yves Klein blue, and contrasting white paint and porcelain.

    kt.COLOR Le Corbusier 43 Paint Palette | Remodelista

    Above: A palette of paints inclusive of Le Corbusier's Rose, Light Burnt Umber, Cerulean Blue, and Veronese Green, among others.

    kt.COLOR Le Corbusier 32 Paint Palette | Remodelista

    Above: kt.Color's Polychromie Le Corbusier LC 32 Series fan deck.

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    Turns out, a touch of dark suits the City of Light. Take a look at Dorothée Meilichzon's navy-inflected Art Deco design for the resurrected Hotel Bachaumont in Sentier in the 2ème (within strolling distance of the Louvre). 

    Photography by Paul Bowyer.

    Hotel Bachaumont in Paris designed by Dorothee Meilichzon | Remodelista

    Above: Situated in a turn-of-the-20th century building near Les Halles, the hotel is in its second incarnation: A happening place to stay in the twenties, it was later occupied by a medical clinic. Now owned by Samy Marciano of La Clé Group, it recently reopened as a hotel after a three-year renovation.

    Hotel Bachaumont in Paris designed by Dorothee Meilichzon | Remodelista

    Above: Taking inspiration from the hotel's origins, Melichzon and her team at Chzon took a glam retro tack starting in the lobby. 

    Hotel Bachaumont in Paris designed by Dorothee Meilichzon | Remodelista

    Above: Playful combinations of black, white, and blue surface in every room. Most of the furnishings and fittings are custom designed. 

     The restaurant at Hotel Bachaumont in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: The hotel's skylit restaurant incorporates backgammon-inspired tabletops, multi-patterned chairs, and navy banquettes. Breakfast for hotel guests is served here; there's also a separate cocktail bar.

    Hotel Bachaumont Paris | Remodelista

    Above L and R: The room is detailed with brass bracketed shelves and sconces and an upholstered wall. The lineup of mirrors echoes the lines of the paneling opposite them.

    Hotel Bachaumont in Paris designed by Dorothee Meilichzon | Remodelista

    Above: The Bachaumont has its own Versailles-style hall of mirrors. 

    Hotel Bauchaumont in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: Melichzon specializes in hotel design and is known for her inventive upholstered headboards. There are 49 rooms at the Bachaumont, all in a spectrum of blues. 

    Hotel Bauchaumont in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: Each room has a wall-mounted wooden desk, herringbone floor, and brass-accented globe lights. (For lighting that's similar in spirit, see the designs of LA's Atelier de Troupe.)

    Hotel Bauchaumont in Paris | Remodelista

    Above L and R: An executive room with a green-and-white tiled bath.

    Hotel Bachaumont in Paris designed by Dorothee Meilichzon | Remodelista

    Above: A living room suite with marble shelving that incorporates a bar sink. 


    Above: A bathroom for two with a harlequin floor and hex-tiled walls in Suite Bachaumont.


    Above: The room also has a claw-foot tub in a tiled niche.

       Hotel Bachaumont in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: Hotel Bachaumont is well-situated in the heart of Paris.

    Taking a trip? Here are three more hotels in our Paris address book:

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    Here's a look at what we loved this week. 

    North Vancouver House by Scott and Scott via Dezeen | Remodelista

    • Above: A house on the foot of Grouse Mountain in British Columbia gets a pared down update with marble and wood throughout. 
    • Step inside Mark Twain's haunted Connecticut house. 

    Food52, Brass Napkin Holder | Remodelista

    • Above: For keeping holiday tables tidy, we're eyeing a hand-forged brass napkin holder
    • Twenty-four noteworthy fireplaces from the Vogue archives. 

    For Sale: Apartment from Ghost via Elle Decor | Remodelista

    • Above: Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore's apartment from Ghost is currently on the market. 
    • On our next visit to Portland, we're making a stop at Dapper & Wise coffee.
    • Painterly wallpaper from Brooklyn textile designer Rebecca Atwood.

    Remodelista Market New England, November 14-15 at Lekker Home in Boston

    • Above: Reminder: The Remodelista Market is coming to Lekker Home Boston for a two-day shopping event, November 14-15. 

    Instagram and Pinterest Picks of the Week

    Remodelista Instagram Pick of the Week: @studiocarta, Remodelista Market New England Vendor

    • Above: We're following one of our Remodelista Market vendors Studio Carta (@studiocarta), a purveyor of fine Italian ribbons, on Instagram. 

    Remodelista Pinterest Pick of the Week: Automatism

    • Above: Our latest Pinterest obsession is illustrator Lori Langille's Holiday board.

    See more posts in our Color Stories issue. Curious about the week on Gardenista? Read their Spring Forward 2016 issue. 

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    This week in the world of design, David Chipperfield disowns the Milan Museum of Culture, Chartres cathedral's restoration is hotly contended, and Barcelona's Sagrada Familia may someday be complete.

    David Chipperfield Boycotts Milan Museum  

    Chipperfield Milan Museum | Remodelista

    Above: Photograph by Oscar DaRiz via BMIAA

    UK architect David Chipperfield has boycotted the opening of the Mudec Museum of Culture in Milan, which he designed, and is suing over the state of the building's stone flooring. He accuses his client, the Milan City Council, of making no effort to correct defects in the flooring, though he had raised concerns over its scratches and stains for more than two years. Chipperfield won a competition to remodel the former steel factory 14 years ago. Read more at Architects Journal.   

    RIBA Awards Keep on Giving

    Vitrahaus Interior | Remodelista

    Above: The interior of VitraHaus, the Vitra flagship store in Germany, by Herzog & de Meuron. Photograph via Design Boom

    On October 29, Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron received the 2015 RIBA Jencks Award, given to recognize a major contribution to both the theory and practice of architecture. Read more at Wallpaper

    Meanwhile, the RIBA 2015 Client of the Year award goes to the National Theatre, London, by architect Haworth Tompkins. The award “honors the key role that a good client plays in the creation of fine architecture." Read about it at RIBA

    Cooper Hewitt Design Awards

    MOS Architects Floating Home | Remodelista

    Above: Floating home on Lake Huron by MOS Architects. See more in A Floating House on Lake Huron

    On October 15, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum awarded its annual design awards to MOS Architects for architecture, Coen + Partners for landscape design, Commune for interior design, Heath Ceramics for corporate and institutional achievement, and the late Michael Graves for lifetime achievement. Read more at the Architect’s Newspaper

    Polarizing Restoration of Chartres Cathedral

    Chartres Cathedral Restoration | Remodelista

    Above: The newly white interior of Chartres in contrast with its former grit. Photograph via Fr. Ray Blake

    Debate is heating up over the restoration of Chartres Cathedral in France, considered one of the world's greatest Gothic cathedrals. At issue is whether the 800-year-old cathedral should retain centuries' worth of patina, or should be restored to its original 13th-century appearance. An online petition has been started to protest the work, though the debate is somewhat moot: More than half of the walls have already been cleaned and repainted. Says British designer Adam Nathaniel Furman, “A restoration that eliminates the patina of history and reinstates an illusory ideal moment in the an act of destruction dressed up in good intentions.” The restoration will be complete by 2018. Read the full story at The Independent

    The Sagrada Familia Nearing Completion

    Sagrada Familia Barcelona | Remodelista

    Above: A Bible scene on the facade of Sagrada Familia. Photograph via BugBog

    Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia cathedral—in construction since 1882—has entered its final building phase. When complete, it will be the tallest cathedral in Europe. The design is largely the work of architect Antoni Gaudi—though not the cathedral's original architect—who worked on it from 1883 until his death in 1926. Construction will still take about 15 more years, with estimated final completion around 2030. Read more at the Daily Mail

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    This year we're getting a head start: stocking the pantry, counting our napkins, and planning the party. Join us for a week of holiday prep.

    Remodelista Table of Contents: The Holiday House

    Above: Photograph from 10 Tips: How to Create a Laid-Back Thanksgiving, Northern-California Edition.


    Kaufmann Mercantile Dining Bench | Remodelista

    Above: A new line of lovely and well-made dining furniture and ceramics has us rethinking the dining table in our Shopper's Diary series.


    Dinesen Open Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: In our Steal This Look column, Alexa deconstructs the components of Noma founder Rene Redzepi's Copenhagen kitchen.


    Snowe Dinnerware | Remodelista

    Above: Stock up on entertaining essentials in our 10 Easy Pieces column.


    Boro Hotel | Remodelista

    Above: Guests in town? Put them up in a new hip hotel we'll be profiling in our Hotels & Lodging department.


    Jersey Ice Cream Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: In our House Call series, Margot drops in on a clever redo of a suburban manse.

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    UK landscape designer Emily Erlam wanted to move her children and husband from London back to the countryside where she grew up in Norfolk county, East Anglia. The couple found an old tithe barn and piggery, formally owned by the diocese, that still sits in the parish of Edgefield.

    While disused agricultural buildings dot the English landscape, reminding us of simpler bucolic times, they are less than simple to update for modern living. Enter Niall Maxwell and his London- and Wales-based firm Rural Office for Architecture, who are known for developing vernacular and contextual design responses. Working together, the pair developed an elegant scheme that is so sophisticated in its subtlety, it is barely noticeable against the characteristically flat Norfolk landscape. Come take the tour and see what they did.

    Photography by Ionana Marinescu.

    Old Barn in Norfolk, UK by Rural Office for Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: The existing piggery and tithe barn were originally separate buildings positioned at a 90 degree angle to one another. Maxwell connected the two buildings with a new structure that houses the main living area with an open kitchen, dining, and living space. The kitchen cabinets are from British Standard.

    Old Barn in Norfolk, UK by Rural Office for Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: The sliding barn door on the right opens up to the tithe barn, which can be seen from the kitchen window. Maxwell was careful to select materials that could balance the building's existing heritage and its contemporary use. The stained wood panels and brick floor, which run throughout the interiors, blend in seamlessly with the brick and flint masonry of the local agricultural vernacular.

    Old Barn in Norfolk, UK by Rural Office for Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: A view to the living area, which is the beginning of the private bedroom area. The new connecting structure has views of two courtyard gardens on either side. "The living area’s brick floor was inspired in part by a midcentury American house by the Bauhaus master Marcel Breuer," Maxwell says. "The client loved this and requested we use it here." The dining table is a Poul Kjærholms PK54 and is surrounded by Hans Wegner chairs. And in the living area, the vintage Danish sofa is by Fabricius & Kastholm. The large black and brass pendant over the dining table is from Rubn.

    Old Barn in Norfolk, UK by Rural Office for Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: The brick fire surround in the living area contains a deep recess for logs and kindling. On the left of the soffit of the portal is the new structure and on the right is the piggery, which has been converted into a suite of bedrooms and bathrooms. The brick floor unifies the two spaces.

    Old Barn in Norfolk, UK by Rural Office for Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: A view of the hallway from one end of the piggery to the other.

    Old Barn in Norfolk, UK by Rural Office for Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: Maxwell detailed the wooden barn doors and wall panels to create a continuous wall to link the rooms at either end and unify the space. The doors and wall cladding are all softwood stained with a gray toned oil. Shaker pegs help to keep things organized in the bedrooms. The sliding barn door hardware is by Coburn.

    Old Barn in Norfolk, UK by Rural Office for Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: A view down the hallway of the piggery in the other direction lends a view to a child's bedroom.

    Old Barn in Norfolk, UK by Rural Office for Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: Working within the constraints of a listed building, Maxwell's conservation remit was to retain as much of the traditional vernacular fabric as possible while inserting new accommodations within the existing remains. New window openings were, therefore, not an option in the piggery. The architect introduced light and ventilation from skylights above.

    Old Barn in Norfolk, UK by Rural Office for Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: The wood paneling in the rest of the house is consistently carried into the bathrooms. The brass fixtures and fittings are from Vola.

    Old Barn in Norfolk, UK by Rural Office for Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: A view of one of the two inner courtyards, which is formed by the connection of the tithe barn (L) and the piggery (R). "These gardens were imagined as rooms, connecting the spaces and providing a focus from each adjoining space," Maxwell says.

    Old Barn in Norfolk, UK by Rural Office for Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: The interior of the tithe barn, which will be renovated in Phase II with additional living spaces.

    Old Barn in Norfolk, UK by Rural Office for Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: Looking toward the corner where the new building connects to the piggery, whose outer flint walls were retained with a new portal structure that could support a floating untreated zinc standing-seam pitched roof. This roof extends to include the connecting pavilion to the barn. The inner courtyard walls are clad in new red cedar timber.

    Old Barn in Norfolk, UK by Rural Office for Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: A rain chain drains the water from the roof.

    Old Barn in Norfolk, UK by Rural Office for Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: The view from the road shows that the hierarchy of the barn within the context of the complex and flat Norfolk landscape remains extant.

      Rural Office Architecture, plan of Old Barn in Norfolk | Remodelista

    Above: The plan illustrates how the the new structure containing the open living area connects the two existing buildings on the site.

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    Over the next two weeks, we'll be highlighting the lovely makers and artisans who will be participating in our first New England Market. If you are in the Boston area, please join us over the weekend of November 14-15. Our market cosponsor is Lekker Home, and the venue is their lofty showroom in the South End of Boston (ample parking in a lot nearby at 560 Harrison Ave.). Gourmet food trucks, live music, book signings, and samples of locally brewed and distilled beverages will supplement the market experience (admission is free to all). More details here.


    Above: A selection of offerings from 11 of the 35-plus vendors at Remodelista's New England Market (clockwise from the top left).

    dbO Home: Hand-formed serving and dining pieces from dbO's coveted Kashmir and Burl Collections as well as 30 to 70 percent off all dbO Ware.

    Annie Meyer Studio: Small-batch, sustainable cooking and serving pieces all lovingly handcarved by Annie. 

    Niho Candles: Architectural candles handmade with 100 percent beeswax by artist Niho Kozuru.

    DeRoucheau Handmade Knits: Cozy hats, scarves, and throws hand-knit by Deanna DeRoucheau.

    Brothers Artisan Oil: All-natural men's grooming products (that women can use too).

    Coral & Tusk: Introducing this textile company's new collection of fabric by the yard as well as their New Signature Collection inspired by designer Stephanie Housley's trips to the American West.

    Studio Carta: Designed in Brookline, Massachusetts, and imported from Italy—100 percent cotton ribbons in a rainbow of hues plus all that glitters for the holiday season.

    The Everyday Napkin: Handmade, limited edition, linen napkins designed for the everyday.

    Rachel Gunnard: Elegant and elemental pieces fashioned by architect-turned-jewelry-designer Rachel Gunnard.

    Always Piper: Breezy linens for the home and body, handmade in Maine.

    Taylor Ceramics: One-of-a-kind porcelain vessels and planters, handmade by Cara Taylor. 

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    Solid, sturdy, and resolutely unadorned: a new line of household essentials from Kaufmann Mercantile includes dining tables, chairs, and benches as well as a line of minimally detailed ceramic dinnerware.

    Kaufmann Mercantile Dinnerware | Remodelista

    Above: The Kaufmann dinnerware collection is made of porcelain and finished with clear glaze. Prices start at $29 for a Kaufmann Salad Plate and go up to $109 for the Kaufmann Serving Bowl.

    Kaufmann Mercantile Tableware | Remodelista

    Above: Each Kaufmann dinnerware piece is hand-thrown in Oregon by ceramicists working in an eight-person studio.

    Kaufmann Mercantile Chair | Remodelista

    Above: The made-to-order Kaufmann Two-Rung Chair in black walnut (also available in white oak) is a traditional ladderback design and is $575; with an optional black bridle leather seat inlay it's $675. "The simple form was inspired by the pared-down aesthetic of Danish mid-century design and the restraint of Japanese minimalism," according to Kaufmann Mercantile.

    Kaufmann Mercantile Bench | Remodelista

    Above: The 48-inch-long Gathering Bench is made from solid black walnut in upstate NY and provides seating for two at the dinner table.

    Kaufmann Trestle Table | Remodelista

    Above: The Kaufmann Trestle Dining Table in solid black walnut wood is designed to seat four to six people; $2,750.

    See all our Tabletop picks and our Dining Furniture selects in our Shop section.

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    A few years ago Danish chef and author René Redzepi was just beginning to gain ground for his experimental restaurant, Noma, in the Christianshaven neighborhood of Copenhagen. Today Redzepi is a household name; his cookbooks are on the shelves of most serious kitchen libraries, his restaurant is internationally known, and his Instagram account challenging the average brunch-goer's feed.

    The star chef enlisted Garde Hvalsøe, three cabinetmakers and an architect working with Dinesen wood, to design and build out a custom family kitchen in his house in Christianshaven. A couple of years ago, we profiled the humble dining room in Redzepi's former flat and took note of a few things he kept during the move (Noma ceramics, an antique bench, dining chairs). Here is a look at the key elements of the chef's latest home kitchen.

    Bespoke Copenhagen Kitchen Rene Redzepi | Remodelista

    Above: Glassware and Noma ceramics are seen in the open storage kitchen island.

    Bespoke Copenhagen Kitchen Rene Redzepi | Remodelista

    Above: Redzepi requested a long kitchen workspace to span the length of the room.

    Bespoke Copenhagen Kitchen Rene Redzepi | Remodelista

    Above: Weathered brass fixtures blend quietly with oak countertops.

    Bespoke Copenhagen Kitchen Rene Redzepi | Remodelista

    Above: Details of the cabinetmakers' work. A custom extractor range hood was built by Garde Hvalsøe.

    Bespoke Copenhagen Kitchen Rene Redzepi | Remodelista

    Above: The kitchen opens out onto a light-filled dining area.


    Grand Cuisine The Induction Zone Cooktop | Remodelista

    Above: The Induction Zone from Grand Cuisine by Electrolux Professional is an induction cooktop with a glass surface. Contact Grand Cuisine for pricing and availability.

    Grand Cuisine The Combination Oven | Remodelista  

    Above: The Combination Oven accounts for cooking in dry and wet heat with the option of using a steam generator. Contact Grand Cuisine for pricing and availability.

    Waterstone Fulton Suite Prep Faucet | Remodelista

    Above: The Waterstone Fulton Suite Prep Faucet in blackened nickel is $1,115.20 at eFaucets. The faucet in Redzepi's kitchen is a custom darkened brass Fushion Square Faucet from Quooker, which is available to purchase in polished or brushed chrome.

    Restart LVQ034 Burnished Brass Kitchen Sink | Remodelista

    Above: A similar sink to the custom one in Redzepi's kitchen is the Burnished Brass Sink from Officine Gullo in Florence, Italy. It has a brass edge and a drainer on the right side; $5,206.81 at Officine Gullo.

    Dinesen Kitchen in HeartOak Wood | Remodelista

    Above: The kitchen is built almost entirely of Garde Hvalsøe's Dinesen HeartOak wood. The long floorboards and countertops are created from a single plank for continuous grain patterns. Contact Dinesen for pricing and information.


    Futagami Ihada Black Uneven Pendant Lights | Remodelista

    Above: Black Uneven Ihada Pendant Lights are made from a special casting technique of Kobi brass. Contact Futagami for pricing and availability. For more on Futagami lighting, see our post Accessories: Brass Fixtures by Ohji Masanori.

    BDDW Walnut Slab Dining Table | Remodelista

    Above: BDDW's Walnut Slab Dining Table makes use of a live-edge slab of wood. Contact BDDW for pricing and availability. For more ideas, see our post 12 Favorites: Live-Edge Tables in the Spirit of George Nakashima

    Hans Wegner Wishbone Dining Chair in Black Lacquer | Remodelista

    Above: A similar chair with a paper cord seat is Hans Wegner's Wishbone Chair with a black lacquered frame; $599 at Design Within Reach.

    Antique Nordic Storage Bench | Remodelista

    Above: Source an antique storage bench similar to this 19th-century Swedish Bench from 1st Dibs; contact Dos Gallos for pricing information. For more ideas, see our post 10 Easy Pieces: Modern Wooden Benches with Backs.


    Mini Fermentation Crocks | Remodelista

    Above: Sarah Kersten's handmade Mini Fermentation Crocks in black glaze are $180 each at March.

    Electra Micro Casa Lever Espresso Machine | Remodelista

    Above: Elektra Micro Casa Lever Espresso Machine; $1,349 at Kitchen Universe. For more, see our post Appliances: Elektra Micro Casa Lever Espresso Machine.

    Staub Round Cocotte Cast Iron | Remodelista

    Above: The Staub Cast-Iron Round Cocotte is Redzepi's stovetop pot of choice; $285 for the 5.5-quart size at Williams-Sonoma.

    Staub Cast-Iron Mini Round Cocotte Set | Remodelista

    Above: The Staub Cast-Iron Mini Round Cocotte Set in Granite is $185 at Williams-Sonoma.

    Food52 Mortar and Pestle in Black Marble | Remodelista

    Above: Magnus Lundström's Black Mortar & Pestle is $120 for the large size at Food52.

    McCoy Antique Brass Cube Set of 3 | Remodelista

    Above: The McCoy Antique Brass Cube Sculpture of three is $168 at Pure Home.

    For more on Noma and Scandinavian design, see our posts:

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    Building on decades of experience in the textile industry, Stephanie Housley, designer and owner of Coral & Tusk, has embarked on a new concept: fabric by the yard, available not just to the trade but also to the general public.

    In addition its signature embroidered designs, which feature narrative characters and natural motifs, Coral & Tusk's new yardage also features the non-narrative, Wayfarer collection. Characterized by bold striped, lattice and geometric patterns, this line is inspired by the native landscapes, traditions, and crafts that Housley encounters on her travels.

    To see the collection up close and personal, stop by Remodelista's first New England Market at Lekker the weekend of November 14-15.

    Photos by Martin Scott Powell unless otherwise noted. Styling by Amy Lipkin.

    Coral and Tusk fabric yardage, Berber Sequin, Remodelista

    Above: Reminiscent of Moroccan wedding blankets, Coral & Tusk's Berber Sequin fabric adds a subtle bit of sparkle to your home; $296 a yard. Next to this rest pillows in Berber Black on Ivory; $164.

    Coral and Tusk fabric yardage, Portico Indigo, Remodelista

    Above: Portico Indigo Yardage features bits of gold and silver thread stitched onto a background of midnight blue; $328 a yard.

    Coral and Tusk fabric yardage, Portico Ivory, Remodelista

    Above: A glimpse of Coral & Tusk's new pillow collection for fall, featuring brightly stitched patterns on 100 percent linen. Styles include Souk Ivory Lumbar pillow; $252, Berber Bright on Ivory; $294, and Portico on Ivory Lumbar Pillow; $356.

    Coral and Tusk fabric yardage, Remodelista

    Above: Yardage in Portico Bright, Portico Indigo, and Berber Sequin.

    Coral and Tusk fabric yardage, Portico Indigo detail, Remodelista

    Above: Thousands of tiny stitches make up the patterns on Coral & Tusk's fabrics. A detail of Portico Indigo shows the fine quality of the embroidery.

    Coral and Tusk fabric yardage, Noridc Diamond, Remodelista

    Above: Scandi-inspired snowflakes adorn Coral & Tusk's Nordic Diamond Yardage; $172 a yard.

    Coral and Tusk -Quill and Herringbone pillows, Remodelista

    Above: A Herringbone Diamond Pillow; $132; and Navy Quill Lumbar Pillow; $196.

    Coral and Tusk narrative, yardage, Remodelista

    Above: Fabric yardage is also available in Coral & Tusk's signature patterns, inspired by the natural world, including their Pattern and Border collections. Photos by Kate Lacey Photography.

    See more Coral & Tusk in our Shopper's Diary.


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    The tradition of shouldering a basket dates back to early Native American times, and these days packs are woven in a number of wilderness pockets in the US and beyond. We decided to do some investigating and discovered a number of Adirondack basket weavers who create the packs the traditional meticulous way, out of local black ash, hand pounded, cut, and shaved into splints. They come in a range of sizes and shapes, all reinforced on the base with ash runners, and were traditionally made by wilderness guides and hikers themselves for toting everything from fishing rods and picnic gear to just-picked blueberries—DIY pack-weaving classes are regularly offered at workshops in the Adirondacks. 

    Five to Buy from Local Craftspeople

    Jonathan Kline Adirondack Black Ash Basket | Remodelista

    Above: Jonathan Kline of Black Ash Baskets in Trumansburg, New York, whose designs we spotlighted in Baskets as High Art, has a cult following and makes pack baskets to order in a range of sizes, with or without straps. Of his pack designs, he says: "Rims, handle, and skids are made of shagbark hickory that is split, carved, and bent to fit each individual basket. The basket itself is woven of heavy black ash splint. Like all my baskets, these strips are the annual growth layers that I pound and separate from the tree. I shave each strip to a smooth finish that is then beveled on the edges to make a tight weave."

    Swamp Road Baskets | Remodelista

    Above: Adirondacks master craftsman Jamin Uticone apprenticed for six years under Jonathan Kline, and makes a range of finely crafted baskets detailed with bridle leather, including the Medium and Urban Pack shown above. Fun fact: Uticone's Urban Pack Basket is in the Smithsonian. See his work at Swamp Road Baskets; prices on request.

    Backpack basket by Etsy seller Claire Swanson | Remodelista

    Above: The End of Summer Knapsack Basket, $75 on Etsy, is handwoven to order by Minnesota basket maker Claire Swanson.

    Adirondack Packs | Remodelista

    Above L: Maine basket maker Fran Doonan is a "self-taught black ash basket maker," as she says. She teaches the art and produces limited-edition, artfully formed baskets. Above R: Stephen Zeh uses Maine brown ash, English bridle leather, shearling shoulder pads, and copper and brass fittings in his luxe pack baskets. 

    Birch Store Adirondack Pack | Remodelista

    Above: The Birch Store in Keene Valley, New York, offers handmade backpacks in three sizes from Bud Ziolkowski and Sandy Muller of Clear Creek Weavers in Saranac Lake, New York. The couple also teaches workshops on basket making; visit the Adirondack Mountain Club for information. 

      Vintage Adirondack pack basket from Diamond and Rust Shop | Remodelista

    Above: Vintage Adirondack pack baskets are available from a number of sources, including rustic antiques specialist Ralph Kylloe of the Adirondacks, and on eBay and Etsy—search Adirondack pack baskets, pack baskets, trapper baskets, and basket backpacks.

    Read our Object Lesson on the companion to the pack baskets, the Adirondack Chair.

    Go to Baskets & Bins for more of our favorite storage solutions. 

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    With Thanksgiving—and the whole holiday season—suddenly upon us, it's time to think about stocking up on party essentials. In the long run, if you entertain frequently, it's much more economical to buy than rent. We've sourced tabletop items that are versatile, durable, and readily available (in case you need overnight shipping).


    Crate & Barrel Set of 12 Party Wine Glasses | Remodelista

    Above: A set of 12 Party Wine Glasses is $24.95 at Crate & Barrel.

    Ikea Svalka Champagne Flutes | Remodelista

    Above: For large parties, Ikea's Svalka Champagne Glasses are good to have on hand in multiples; $0.79 each. N.B.: They are not the most durable, but for the price, they can't be beat.

    Ikea Ivrig Clear Stemless Glasses | Remodelista

    Above: If you prefer the stemless variety, consider Ikea's 365+ Ivrig Wine Glasses for $2.79 each. For more ideas on affordable glassware, see 10 Easy Pieces: Everyday Wine Glasses and 10 Easy Pieces: Basic Drinking Glasses.


    Crate & Barrel Set of Four Coupe Dinner Plates | Remodelista

    Above: A set of four Coupe Porcelain Dinner Plates is $10.36, marked down from $12.95, at Crate & Barrel.

    Snowe Home 5-Piece Table Setting | Remodelista

    Above: A Five-Piece Table Setting includes a cup and saucer and is $280 for a set of four, a total of 280 pieces, at Snowe. See 10 Easy Pieces: Basic White Dinnerware for more ideas.

    Pottery Barn Caterer's 12-Piece Dinnerware Set | Remodelista

    Above: The Caterer's 12-Piece Dinnerware Set includes a dozen dinner plates; $47 for a boxed set of 12 plates from Pottery Barn. A Caterer's Set of 12 Salad Plates and Caterer's Set of 12 Bowls are also available for $39 each.


    Flatware from Fishs Eddy, Sold by the Piece | Remodelista

    Above: Fishs Eddy sells Open Stock Flatware by the piece, starting at $1.99 for a salad fork.

    Antique Silver Flatware Bundles | Remodelista

    Above: Source vintage silver-plated flatware in mismatched sets from flea markets or on Etsy. Photograph via Bhldn.

    Set of Party Forks from CB2 | Remodelista

    Above: CB2 offers stainless steel Party Forks ($9.95), Party Knives ($14.95), and Party Spoons ($9.95) in sets of six. See more of our flatware favorites: 10 Easy Pieces: Everyday Stainless Steel Flatware.

    Table Linens

    White Hotel Dinner Napkins from Williams-Sonoma | Remodelista

    Above: A set of twelve cotton Hotel Dinner Napkins in white or ivory is $63.96 at Williams-Sonoma.

    Williams-Sonoma Cocktail Napkins | Remodelista

    Above: Williams-Sonoma's Hotel Cocktail Napkins are $25.60 for a set of six.

    Ikea Elly Dishtowel Set of Four | Remodelista

    Above: Ikea's Elly Dish Towels make affordable (and charmingly rustic) napkins; $3.99 for a set of four.

    Chilewich White Linen Napkin | Remodelista

    Above: Stock up on basic Chilewich 100 Percent Linen Napkins, $9 each at Sur la Table.

    For more holiday staples, see:

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on November 23, 2011, as part of our Thanksgiving Entertaining issue.

    Need a cutting board? See 10 Easy Pieces: Display-Worthy Wooden Cutting Boards.

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    The idea of dbO Home was born out of the desire of a former record industry exec (she worked with Metallica and AC/DC) to indulge three of her quieter passions: food, home, and clay. Quitting the corporate world and the big city, Dana Brandwein Oates, and her husband, sculptor and furniture maker Daniel Oates, decamped to an idyllic spot in Connecticut where Dana could begin her new endeavor.

    Inspired by her love of vintage pottery, as well as the natural world, Dana's work celebrates the organic form and the creative process. Each piece is shaped by hand, with minimal motifs and glazes, and no two are alike. With her original collections, Dana is careful to maintain the subtle variations and textures that show the hand of the maker. For her, these "imperfections" are what gives each piece its soul.

    To see more of dbO Home and to meet Dana in person, stop by Remodelista's New England Market at Lekker Home on November 14 and 15.


    Above: A warm and welcoming table setting featuring dbO Home's Indigo Kashmir Collection. Styled and photographed by Susan & William Brinson.

    dbOstudio2 via Burkelman, Remodelista

    Above: In a process called "hand building," Dana takes large, rolled sheets of clay and cuts them to the desired shape. The rolling process leaves a canvas imprint on the clay, creating a fine texture on the back of her pieces.

    Photograph courtesy of David Kimelman, owner of Burkelman, a home goods store in Cold Springs, New York, that carries a large assortment of dbO Home pieces, including an exclusive White Kashmir Collection. Read more about Dana's creative process on the Burkelman blog, Studio Story: Table Texture

    dbO home studio3 via Burkelman, Remodelista

    Above: Dana's Kashmir Collection was born when her friend, textile designer John Robshaw, gave her some of his old Indian woodblocks, used for printing fabric. Dana always applies her designs in subtly different ways, overlapping and varying the pressure to give each piece its own unique character.

    dbO Home studio8 via Burkelman, Remodelista

    Above: Once the work is fired, Dana applies earthly glazes, and then wipes them away, thereby enhancing the texture and organic feel of her pieces.

    dbO Home Kashmir platter at Burkelman, Remodelista

    Above: The finished piece, an Indigo Kashmir Rectangular Platter, is available at Burkelman; $125.

    DBO_Winter_2015_Battuto_Tea_image_by_Brinson, Remodelista

    Above: Battuto, the Italian word for "beaten," describes the process of forming the faceted shape of dbO's latest collection. Battuto cups are available at Lekker; $35. Photograph and styling by Susan & William Brinson.

    dbo home white kashmir platter at Burkelman, Remodelista

    Above: Large White Oval Kashmir Platter is part of dbO Home's White Kashmir Collection, available exclusively at Burkelman; $172.

    dbo Home honeycomb platter at Burkelman, Remodelista

    Above: Honeycomb Charcuterie Board available at Burkelman; $105. Inspired by nature, Dana's piece are often adorned with simple, organic motifs such as wood burl, birch, and Queen Anne's lace and honeycomb (shown).

    dbo home burl platter at GOOD, Remodelista

    Above: The dbO Home Small Oval Black Burl Platter is available at Good; $160. This collection is also available at Maker & Moss as well as on dbO's site.

    dbo home sm bowls at Burkelman, Remodelista

    Above: A set of Three Indigo Kashmir Dipping Bowls makes the perfect hostess gift. At Burkelman; $38.

    dbOHome-warepitch, Remodelista

    Above: Designed by Dana and made by Peruvian artisans in a workshop committed to fair trade practices, dbO's Ware collection will be on sale at Remodelista's New England Market—30 to 75 percent off while supplies last! So come early. See more of dbO's Ware collection here.

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    Stylist Vanessa Traina Snow specializes in conjuring fantasy worlds; in New York, she made her mark by masterminding online lifestyle shop The Line and its offline counterpart, The Apartment, a fully furnished SoHo loft where everything, down to the Italian toothpaste in the bathroom, happens to be for sale.

    Now she and creative director Melanie Glass have applied the concept to a laid-back luxe apartment on Melrose Place in LA. Consider it the design equivalent of a tasteful page turner.

    Photography via The Line.

    The Apartment in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: A fiddle leaf fig flourishes amid Scandi modern classics in The Apartment's bedroom. The light is Greta Grossman's Grasshopper Floor Lamp, $898, and that's an Icelandic Sheepskin from Black Sheep (White Light); $220. 

    The Apartment LA by The Line | Remodelista

    Above: The furnishings are a mix of contemporary and vintage; shown above is an Alvar Aalto table surround by a quartet of Original 68 chairs. Yes, even the drinking glass is for sale—it's made by artisans in Yachiyo, Japan; $11. The Black Glass Bowl, $195, is by Georg Jensen. 

    The Apartment for the Line in LA | Remodelista

    Above: The idea behind The Apartment is to create a shopable fantasy—all goods and furnishings are available straight off the floor and via online retailer The Line. The wicker and steel lounge chairs are Poul Kjærholm's PK22 by Fritz Hansen; $4,108 each.

    The Apartment for the Line in LA | Remodelista

    Above: Danielle would approve: Books crop up in most of the rooms; the Five-Volume Jean Prouvé Monograph is $225.

    The Apartment in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: A reading area opens off the formal living room.

    The Apartment for the Line in LA | Remodelista

    Above: The Apartment made its debut just last week, and many of it furnishings, including this armchair and set of nesting tables, are still being added to its online shop. Mission statement: "The vision of The Line stems from a desire to pare back, strip down, and pull together the search for refined, versatile, and honest goods."

    The Apartment in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: A trio of matte vases in the living room.

    The Apartment LA by The Line | Remodelista

    Above: Bench seating and storage in a corner of the kitchen. The Two-Toned Cotton Pillows—cream on one side, charcoal on the other, and stitched in NYC—are part of The Line's own housewares collection, Tenfold; $95 for the 16-by-16-inch size, down insert included.

    Go to 10 Easy Pieces for more examples of under-the-bench kitchen storage.

    The Apartment in LA by The Line | Remodelista

    Above: As in The Line's New York loft, the kitchen is fully outfitted and has a long marble-topped table where customers sit down with salespeople to make purchases.

    The Apartment in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: A stone countertop runs the length of the kitchen. The chromogenic print is by LA artist Mona Kuhn.

    The Apartment LA by The Line | Remodelista

    Above: The bedroom has a black-and-white theme. The Two-Toned Linen Throw Pillows, $135, are part of the Tenfold collection, as is the black Washed Linen Duvet; $498. The framed prints are by György Kepes.

    The Apartment in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: The bed frame is the Eden, designed for The Line by LA furniture maker Doug McCollough of DMDM. On the bedside table: Susanne Kaufmann's Calming Pillow Spray from Austria; $28.

    The Apartment LA by The Line | Remodelista

    Above: The bedroom's en suite soaking tub is one of the few things not for sale. Intrigued by the glass chandelier? See our recent High/Low post. The Apartment is on the second floor of 8463 Melrose Place; go to The Line to see more.

    Explore The Line's New York apartment in a SoHo Dream Loft (Where Everything Is for Sale)

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    Last spring we featured English woodworker Sebastian Cox's "urban rustic" design for deVol, the UK bespoke kitchen company. Here's the first domestic installation of the kitchen in an "industrial-style, large and very light space near Exmouth Market," according to deVol founder Paul O'Leary. "This design brings a bit of woodland into the city, with some style, using British grown (and often overlooked) sustainable timbers, a mix of natural colors, inky blue-black dye, and a dash of copper." 

    The Sebastian Cox kitchen range by deVol is handmade in their Leicestershire workshop, with prices starting at £15,000 ($22,900).

    Sebastian Cox Kitchen in Clerkenwell | Remodelista

    Above: "Materials include sustainable timbers, a mix of natural colors, inky blue-black dyed cabinetry, and a dash of copper," O'Leary says.

    Sebastian Cox Kitchen in Clerkenwell | Remodelista

    Above: A German Biergarten Table serves as dining table.

    Sebastian Cox Clerkenwell Kitchen for Devol | Remodelista

    Above: "The simple run includes a cooker, sink, dishwasher, and plenty of storage," O'Leary says. Plus windows overlooking the garden.

    Sebastian Cox Devol Kitchen Clerkenwell | Remodelista

    Above: "The Smeg fridge is always a good idea, and paired with the pantry it looks uncomplicated, practical, and so simple," O'Leary says.

    Sebastian Cox Clerkenwell Kitchen for Devol | Remodelista

    Above: Steel support beams are painted black and integrated into the design.

    Sebastian Cox Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: The first glazed glass pantry cupboard has slender beech panels, small copper knobs, and a woven panel.

    See more noteworthy culinary spaces in our Kitchen of the Week gallery.

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    Here's an idea we like: rather than fussing over which salad fork goes where on your Thanksgiving table, throw each set of flatware in a compact leather pouch instead. Pair it with a saddle leather placemat for a tidy table setting that feels at once refined and casual.

    RTH Leather Silverware Holder in Black | Remodelista

    Above: From RTH in Los Angeles, three-by-six-inch Silverware Holders, shown here in black leather, are $50 each at March. 

    RTH Leather Placemat in Black | Remodelista

    Above: The RTH Leather Placemat is an unexpected 13.75-inch square shape; $125 each at March.

    RTH Leather Silverware Holder in Brown | Remodelista

    Above: The RTH Silverware Holder in brown. Both colors of leather can be wiped clean with a damp cloth after use.

    RTH Leather Placemat in Brown | Remodelista

    Above: The saddle leather placemat in rich brown.

    RTH Leather Placemats and Silverware Holders | Remodelista

    Above: Mix-and-match leather.

    For more on RTH and designer Rene Holguin, see our posts:

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    Located in the Dutch Kills area of Long Island City (across the East River from New York City's Midtown), the newly opened Boro Hotel is the kind of hotel we can get behind, with just the right mix of novel design solutions (cinderblocks, pallet wood, and color-blocked paint) and modern furnishings (from Hay, Muuto, Plumen, and Tom Dixon to name a few).

    The hotel and its 108 guest rooms were designed by architects Matthew Grzywinski and Amador Pons of Grzywinski & Pons; most of the rooms feature broad industrial steel windows for views of the New York City skyline. Some say Long Island City is the new Brooklyn. If that's the case, you can bet Boro Hotel is the Wythe Hotel equivalent.

    Boro Hotel in Long Island City, New York | Remodelista

    Above: A monochromatic conference table surrounded by J104 Chairs and J110 Chairs, both in gray, by Danish design studio Hay. A pair of Tom Dixon Offcut Stools sits in front and a wall of original cinderblocks behind.

    Boro Hotel in Long Island City, New York | Remodelista

    Above: A glimpse of the original concrete structure, the Comeback Sled Chair by Patricia Urquiola for Kartell, and a library shelf kitted out with volumes from Strand Books in New York City. The hotel's floors are laid with hand-scraped white oak flooring.

    Boro Hotel Magazine Rack | Remodelista

    Above: A magazine rack fashioned from white powder-coated plumbing pipes.

    Boro Hotel Lounge Area | Remodelista

    Above: A built-in sofa in the lounge area.

    Boro Hotel in Long Island City, New York | Remodelista

    Above: A bar built on layered cinderblocks with BluDot's Copper Real Good Barstools and Tom Dixon Cell Tall Pendant Lamps overhead.

    Boro Hotel in Long Island City, New York | Remodelista

    Above: A minimalist fire pit in the center of the hotel's lobby and lounge area.

    Boro Hotel in Long Island City, New York | Remodelista

    Above: Hallways to guest rooms are color-blocked with a stripe of gray-blue paint (a color that comes close is Farrow & Ball's Railings paint).

    Boro Hotel in Long Island City, New York | Remodelista

    Above: A custom bed with an upholstered headboard by Grzywinski & Pons, an Accordion Sconce from West Elm, a leather and oak Lean Chair by Add Interior, and the Jasper Morrison Cork Stool.

    Boro Hotel in Long Island City, New York | Remodelista

    Above: One wall of a guest room is lined with pallet wood wainscoting painted in a dusky sage green; a Bruno "C" Arm Desk Lamp by Robert Abbey sits atop a simple table.

    Boro Hotel in Long Island City, New York | Remodelista

    Above: A sweeping view of the New York City skyline from Queens.

    Boro Hotel Bath | Remodelista

    Above: A Tom Dixon Offcut stool in the generously sized bathrooms.

    Boro Hotel Bathroom | Remodelista

    Above: A tiled backsplash.

    For more nearby design, visit our New York City guide and see our posts:

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    Design-build duo Tara Mangini and Percy Bright of Jersey Ice Cream Co. are known for immersion remodeling: They move into their clients' wrecked old houses and right them—and then move on to the next. But what to do with a decade-old builder special, a 4,000-square-foot house in Riverhead, on the North Fork of Long Island, that has wood-beamed ceilings, amazing sea views, but is otherwise pretty much devoid of character and history?

    "This was a huge change for us. There are killer ocean and garden views and the house is huge, but things fell pretty flat from there," says Tara. "Usually we take a lot of clues and hints from the existing space and original details; the challenge here was to create a sense of history and story in a house that hasn’t been around that long." The clients—a family of six who homeschool their kids and use the house as a summer and weekend getaway from Brooklyn—let Tara and Percy take over. Six months of hard work later, here are the results.

    Photography by Emily Hirsch and Erick Steinberg of Heidi's Bridge.

    Jersey Ice Cream Renovation in Riverhead, LI | REmodelista

    Above: "The house has a huge central stone fireplace that is awesome but creates two living rooms, which was a slight challenge," Tara tell us. "Sometimes there are just too many rooms and you find yourself saying, 'OK, well now what is this room for?' In this case, we let ourselves be influenced by the lighting of the space and went for one room that's light and airy with more of a daytime vibe, and another that embraces its darker side for a moody, maritime vibe."

    Shown here, the day half, with pigmented plastered walls, a labor-intensive specialty of Percy's, and a pink sofa, the Linen Edlyn Sectional in Petal from Anthropologie: "We got the go-ahead from the client that a pink couch was OK by them and used that as our guide." The corner screen hides a refrigerator-like standing air conditioner that the previous owners had installed. Percy built the triangular shelves with wood storage on one of their last days in the house as a final touch.

    Jersey Ice Cream Renovation in Riverhead, LI | REmodelista

    Above: Tara created a laid-back look by layering the room with Moroccan-style rugs from West Elm (the Souk Rug), Wayfair, and Overstock. The circular coffee table is from a nearby antiques shop.

    Jersey Ice Cream Company in Riverhead | Remodelista

    Above: "We paneled and stained the walls in the dark half of the living room. It was a huge amount of work, but now it is one of those things that everyone assumes was original to the house—of course, that's what we wanted, but it also makes us want to yell out “No, we did that! It was yellow before!” They found the nautical flags at Brimfield and furnished much of the room with purchases from Etsy sellers, including vintage leather chairs from Madsen Modern, the circular table from Oh So Mod Vintage—a driver found on Craigslist picked it up for them in Poughkeepsie—and a brass ceiling light by Triple Seven Home.

    Jersey Ice Cream Company in Riverhead | Remodelista

    Above: For an offhand touch of color and texture, Tara mixed throw pillows (the fringed one is from Target and the tropical from Wilma Long on Etsy). The sofa is Room & Board's Reese Curved Sectional and the White Linen Varanasi Curtains were made in India for ABC Carpet & Home.

    Jersey Ice Cream Company in Riverhead, LI | Remodelista

    Above: The room opens to the dining area, where the table, one of the few pieces that came with the house—"it's great to have a table you aren't afraid to get dirty," says Tara—is set against a bank of windows. "We played up the greenhouse vibe by introducing lots of natural texture and plants. We also washed the windows and couldn't believe what a huge difference that made."

    The dining chairs are the Hay J77 Chair from Nest.

    Jersey Ice Cream Renovation in Riverhead, LI | REmodelista

    Above: The couple replaced the existing kitchen with a clear conscience by selling it on Craigslist: "Someone was looking to buy the whole thing outright and even sent over a bunch of guys to remove it." 

    "We put so much thought into our kitchens, and this was no different. It’s a big endeavor and we first took a lot of time to figure out what sort of drawers you'd want and where, how much space you'd need for big items, and how to avoid having it all look like a hallway of cabinets."

    The cabinets are from Jersey Ice Cream Co.'s go-to Conestoga—an Amesbury paneled wood design, paired with Kohler's Whitehaven Apron Front Sink and Newport Brass's Pulldown Kitchen Faucet in satin-finished brass. The brass lights are Cedar & Moss Eight-Inch Pendants from Rejuvenation. The couple had planned to tile the walls but ultimately decided that it would look too modern. Instead, they painted the existing wood paneling and set off-white walls against gray-blue cabinets.

    Jersey Ice Cream in Riverhead | Remodelista

    Above: The counters are Taj Mahal Quartzite: "We had planned on marble but fell in love with these slabs. We actually discussed getting a storage unit and buying the stone for ourselves, we liked it so much. It has a smooth feel and this pleasingly imperfect look."

    Hardest part? "We struggled so much to find a paint color that we loved for the cabinets. The kitchen is huge and the light varies, so what looks dark in one place looks bright white in another. It also changes throughout the day: What seems like a nice neutral gray in the morning turns blue at night. And there was the red tone of the floor to deal with, which made so many colors just seem off somehow. And, believe it or not, I’m slightly colorblind which really doesn’t help in situations like this. I’m not exaggerating when I say we tried about 50 colors until finding this one. It's Porch Swing by Benjamin Moore Aura. It turned out to be a color that couldn’t be ordered, so we had to get the cabinets sprayed, and they came out looking less than perfect. So I hand-painted them all again myself. The things we do for kitchens!"  

    Jersey Ice Cream Renovation in Riverhead, LI | REmodelista

    Above: The quartzite reappears as a backsplash. The range is a 48-inch Smeg Opera detailed with a Millennium Pot Filler by Kingston Brass.

    "We mixed brass and copper and stainless steel, and we’re totally on board with it. Not many of us can afford a brass range or exhaust fan, and that doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy a really great brass faucet or hanging rack."

    Jersey Ice Cream Renovation in Riverhead, LI | REmodelista

    Above: Percy rigged the utensil rack that runs the length of the stove wall: "We ordered an 11-foot brass pipe from it was a pain to get it shipped that long but worth it." The brass-finished iron cabinet hardware is from Anthropologie. The knives in the see-through rack are a Schmidt Brothers Set from West Elm.

    Jersey Ice Cream Renovation in Riverhead, LI | REmodelista

    Above: One of the clients' requests was for an office where they could work with their kids on their studies. After plastering the walls of a second-floor room, Percy built a wood shelf along one wall that rests on pegs and has gliding panels. The desk is the Grove design from Room & Board and the brass lights are Schoolhouse Electric's Chapman Swing Sconces. The armchair is West Elm's Writer's Chair with midcentury legs that the couple swapped in for a lighter look.

    Jersey Ice Cream Renovation in Riverhead, LI | REmodelista

    Above: In the kids' bunk room, Percy built beds to match the existing beams. Tara hung a vintage map of Long Island and made up the beds with anchor-patterned sheets from Homegoods and Restoration Hardware quilts.

    Jersey Ice Cream Renovation in Riverhead, LI | REmodelista

    Above: The room has space for a Six-Foot Teepee made by House Inhabit. The circle-patterned tufted rug came from a nearby West Elm outlet.

    Jersey Ice Cream Renovation in Riverhead, LI | REmodelista

    Above: Melville wallpaper from Cole & Son patterns a second kids' bedroom. The coverlet is from Restoration Hardware.

    Jersey Ice Cream Renovation in Riverhead, LI | REmodelista

    Above: A vintage bedside table with a built-in book bin. The animal planter is from Anthropologie.

    Jersey Ice Cream Renovation in Riverhead, LI | REmodelista

    Above: "This was one hideous master bath when we started," says Tara. "There were so many different kinds of ornate tile, two tiny sinks in separate parts of the room, and a bunch of other things that just screamed, 'Why?'" Percy's textured plasterwork replaced the tile. And after a long search, the couple found the right vintage dresser to use as the sink base. The sink is the two-person Duravit Vero and the round mirror was a last-minute find from West Elm.

    Jersey Ice Cream Renovation in Riverhead, LI | REmodelista

    Above: The guest nook is papered with Farrow & Ball Aranami (the name means "raging waves"). "For the most part, we kept the walls simple, but we wanted a few corners to feel more vibrant," says Tara. "This paper seems very at home in this house by the sea."

    See more of Tara and Percy's hard labor:

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    We've been fans of Josh Vogel's work since day one, when we first spied his handcarved spoons at March in San Francisco. Now the architect turned master woodworker and founder of Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co. is sharing his craft with the world with his new book, The Artful Wooden Spoon. Vogel instructs us on the essentials: how to choose the best piece of wood, which tools you need, and more, in this step-by-step tutorial. Beginning and advanced projects are illustrated by 225 photos, all styled and shot by Kendra and Seth Smoot, resulting in a book that, like all of Vogel's work, is as beautiful at is it functional.

    The Artful Wooden Spoon cover, Remodelista

    Above: The Artful Wooden Spoon is available through Chronicle Books, $24.94, and via Amazon.

    The Artful Wooden Spoon, Vogel, spoons, Remodelista

    Above: Samples of Josh's many and varied spoons by Seth and Kendra Smoot.

    The Artful Wooden Spoon, Vogel, 4, Remodelista

    Above: Josh sketches out a design for one of his spoons.

    The Artful Wooden Spoon, Vogel, 5, Remodelista

    Above: Like the images, Josh's words breathe life into the age-old craft of carving spoons.

    The Artful Wooden Spoon, Vogel, 2, Remodelista

    Above: More inspiration. Similar handcarved spoons by Joshua Vogel are available at March, starting at $110.

    The Artful Wooden Spoon, Vogel, 8, Remodelista

    Above:  Josh's tutorials teach you how to bring out the best in each piece of wood.

    The Artful Wooden Spoon, Vogel, 7, Remodelista

    Above: Tools of the trade and step-by-step instructions.

    The Artful Wooden Spoon, Vogel, 3, Remodelista

    Above: The process, from another angle.

    The Artful Wooden Spoon, Vogel, 6, Remodelista

    Above: Finished results.

    To get a personalized copy of The Artful Wooden Spoon, stop by one of Josh's many book signings.

    • Nov. 7 at SHED, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Healdsburg, CA)
    • Nov. 13 at The Commons, 5-8 p.m. (Charleston, SC)
    • Nov. 20 at Colette, 5-6:30 p.m. (Paris, France)
    • Dec. 2 at Oblong Books, 6 p.m. (Rhinebeck, NY)
    • Dec. 5 at The Golden Notebook, 4 p.m. (Woodstock, NY)
    • Dec. 10 at Fair, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (NYC)

    See more of Josh's work here:

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    What's the latest in the world of landscaping? The Gardenista team takes a closer look at emerging trends (eccentric Berlin gardens) and what you'll likely see more of (kitchen gardens) in the new season ahead.

    Richard Miers Surrey Garden on Gardenista

    Above: A clean and classical residence in Surrey, England, is outfitted with kitchen herbs galore in Landscape Architect Visit: A Refined Kitchen Garden by Richard Miers.

    DIY Cotton Garland by Justine Hand on Gardenista

    Above: Justine graces us with another genius DIY, this time a between-season bough with flecks of bright orange leaves having just turned before being picked.

    Instant Curb Appeal on Gardenista

    Above: Embracing a bold, colorful door is just one of 11 Ways to Add Curb Appeal for Under $100.

    Gas Station Garden in Berlin on Gardenista

    Above: A Berlin gallerist transforms a 1950s gas station into an urban oasis, complete with Indonesian chickens, in A Gas Station Transformed: Gallerist Juerg Judin at Home in Berlin.

    Pathway Lighting 101 on Gardenista

    Above: With darker days ahead, the Gardenista team is thinking long and hard about adding light outdoors in Hardscaping 101: Pathway Lighting.

    Go to Gardenista for more ideas, including Waxed Amaryllis Bulbs for the Holidays (enter to win an array of six colored ones in a planter).

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