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    As we published our Holidays Abroad issue this week, here are more designs and spaces we found and loved from across the globe. 



    • Above: In the latest issue of Est Magazine, South Africa—based designer Otto de Jager's Cape Town pied-à-terre showcases his collection of "artisanal antiques."
    • Julie Child's house is for sale in the south of France
    • Fifteen iconic western home design styles. 


    Instagram and Pinterest Picks of the Week


    • Above: We've been getting our pattern fix via the Instagram feed of NYC design duo Tilton Fenwick (@tiltonfenwick).


    • Above: Blogger Katie Armour Taylor highlights beautiful kitchens on her Dream Home board

    For more Remodelista, visit our latest issue Holidays Abroad.  

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    Cabins, chalets, alpine huts, and our favorite pajamas: This week we're celebrating wintery living. Join us for cocktails by the fire.

    Winter's Light Issue on Remodelista

    Above: A sneak peek at Thursday's Architecture post: a rule-bending mountain hideaway in Slovenia.


    Vienna Weiss Tyrolean Chair | Remodelista

    Above: The Tyrolean chair is making a comeback. See its latest incarnations in Trend Alert.


      The Olde Bell Inn Designed by Ilse Crawford via Design Tripper | Remodelista

    Above: Steal This Look: our favorite cold-weather dining room by Ilse Crawford. 


    Ferro & Fuoco Wall-Mounted Fireplace Tools

    Above: Pokers and other fireplace accessories are this week's 10 Easy Pieces.


    Steven Alan Knit Boyfriend PJ Top | Remodelista

    Above: The winter uniform: In Editors' Picks we present our favorite pajamas for lounging. 


      Holiday DIY Projects for Children: Insta Tree Made from a Branch | Remodelista

    Above: Happy holidays, and a toast to our readers near and far. Turn to us for homemade Holiday Decor inspirations. And go to Gardenista for DIY gifts and greenery ideas.

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    After years of sneaking in visits to see architecture on our family holidays, my sons are now onto us and wary of our ways. ("Do we really need to see another cathedral?)" Next trip, I’m going stealth with a ski vacation at Chesa Wazzau, a renovated 17th-century Engadine farmhouse in the Swiss mountain village of Bever. Restored and preserved with care by a husband-and-wife team (he’s a photographer and she’s an interior designer) who have owned the property for 30 years, the house maintains its original character and charm—vaulted ceilings, rustic wood framing, and windows embedded into thick walls. With all modern amenities included, my sons won’t even notice that they have skied back in time.

    Photography by Christian Küenzi.

    Chesa Wazzau Exterior | Remodelista

    Above: Above the entry at Chesa Wazzau, the sgraffito (Italian for "scratched") plaster decoration framing the small window embedded into a thick wall—a detail designed for heat retention—is typical of 17th-century Engadine architecture. 

    Chesa Wazzau in St. Moritz | Remodelista

    Above: In the kitchen the thick walls create a deep window sill ideal for the display of potted greenery. Modern kitchen cabinets provide a base for a granite trough sink.

    Chesa Wazza Kitchen Orange Door | Remodelista

    Above: "Much of the furniture was inherited," says owner Christian Küenzi. "Some pieces were already in the house and others have been with us for a lifetime."

    Chesa Wazzau in St. Moritz | Remodelista

    Above: Vaulted ceilings in one of the house's six bedrooms. It has two baths and sleeps 12.

    Chesa Wazzau Bedroom | Remodelista

    Above: The small walls embedded in thick walls do a respectable job of funneling light through the interior.

    Chesa Wazzau in St. Moritz | Remodelista

    Above: The vernacular wood furniture of the region contrasts with a Wagenfeld Bauhaus Table Lamp and glass side table.

    Chesa Wazzau in St. Moritz | Remodelista

    Above: The palette of rustic wood and white walls extends into the bathrooms.

    Chesa Wazzau Bedroom | Remodelista

    Above: A small bedroom with wood floors and ceilings has a balcony from which to take in the Alpine views.

    Chesa Wazza Bedroom | Remodelista

    Above: "It took many years of gentle and respectful renovation to create this idyll and retain the charm and originality of Chesa Wazzau," Küenzi says. "It's an ongoing process; there is always something to do.”

    Chesa Wazzau Exterior | Remodelista

    Above: The village buildings of Bever represent the vernacular architecture of the Engadine, a long valley in the Swiss Alps known for its sunny climate and proximity to St. Moritz—a five-minute drive. See Chesa Wazzau's location on the map below and go to the site for rental details.

    For more snowy idylls, explore:

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on December 22, 2014, as part of our Winter's Tale issue.

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    From behind-the-scenes at Remodelista, here are our go-to homemade holiday gifts. Corral your helpers: These are projects for all ages and especially fun to do as a group.

    David Stark Design DIY pine tasseled table setting in progress | Remodelista

    Above: Follow New York party impresario David Stark's lead and block print a stack of $2 bandanas as napkins—to bundle as presents and to create your own for a Holiday Table Setting. Photograph by Corrie Hogg of David Stark Design.

    DIY Braided Wool Napkin Rings | Remodelista

    Above: Pair your just-made napkins with Alexa's DIY Wooly Napkin Rings. Photograph by Alexa Hotz.

    Last-minute holiday gift: potted bulb | Remodelista

    Above: A Potted Amaryllis Bulb can be delivered already planted or with all the ingredients (as Erin did here) so the recipient can time the blossoming. Photograph by Erin Boyle for Gardenista.

    DIY furoshiki cloth basic wrap | Remodelista

    Above: Present your gift in a Japanese-style cloth wrap, which can be reused in all sorts of ways. See Leigh's How to Wrap a Furoshiki Cloth. Photograph by Leigh Patterson.

    DIY pinecone fire starter by Erin Boyle | Gardenista

    Above: Another of Erin's tricks: Festive (and Fragrant) Pinecone Fire Starters (just add cotton wicking and beeswax). Photograph by Erin Boyle for Gardenista.

    DIY foraged branch ornaments by Justine Hand | Remodelista

    Above: Justine's upgrade on the summer camp God's eye: Turn twigs (or popsicle sticks) into Snowflake Treetoppers and Scandi-Style Ornaments. Photograph by Justine Hand.

    Clove orange pomander| Gardenista

    Above: For perfuming drawers, closets, and rooms: Make Old-Fashioned Pomanders by patterning oranges with cloves. Use the same ingredients to concoct my Homemade Orange-Spiced Wine (it takes only minutes and everyone will think you've become an overnight vintner). Photograph by Erin Boyle for Gardenista.

    Finally getting in the spirit? Go to 10 Favorites: No-Cost Holiday Decor Ideas.

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    Spotted lately: the classic carved-wood Tyrolean chair (also called the Swiss mountain chair) and other folk art versions in stylish interiors.

    Pliscia by La Padevilla | Remodelista

    Above: Tyrolean chairs in a holiday house by Pedevilla Architects (see more at The Mountain Rental: A Holiday House in the Italian Alps).

    Chesa Wazzau | Remodelista

    Above: A peasant chair in the bedroom at Chesa Wazzau in St. Moritz.

    Vincent Van Duysen Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: Chinese farmer's chairs surround the kitchen table in Vincent Van Duysen's kitchen. Photograph by David Spero for the New York Times.

    Laura Silverman House | Remodelista

    Above: Humble peasant chairs from New York antiques dealer Paula Rubenstein in the home of Gardenista contributor Laura Silverman. Photograph by Michael Mundy (go to At Home in Sullivan County, NY, to see more).

    Five to Buy

    Bliss Home Mountain Chair | Remodelista

    Above: The Swiss Mountain Chair III from Bliss Home is $155.

    Casamania La Dina Chair | Remodelista

    Above: Venetian designer Luca Nichetto reinterpreted the traditional Tyrolean chair for his collaboration with Casamania. The chairs are made of ash and available in a range of colors; go to Casamania for ordering information.

    Vienna Weiss Tyrolean Chair | Remodelista

    Above: From Jan Kurtz Mobel, the Stuhl Vienna Chair is €198 ($242.47).

    Tyrolean Chairs from Etsy | Remodelista

    Above: Colorado furniture maker Tim O'Brien trained with an Austrian master; his Handmade Alpine Chairs are $750 each via his shop, Shamrock Fine Woodworking, on Etsy.

    Peasant Baroque Chair Etsy | Remodelista

    Above: An Antique Folk Art Spinning Chair or Brettstuhl Baroque peasant chair ("early 19th century or before") is $825 from Etsy seller Owl Song Vintage.

    See what's next by reading our Trend Alerts

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on December 22, 2014 as part of our Winter's Tale issue.

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    Ilse Crawford's design for the Olde Bell Inn, an Elizabethan-era hotel in the UK, is a brilliant mashup of rustic and modern—you can almost smell the wood smoke. Re-create the look with the elements shown below.

     Photographs of the Olde Bell Inn via Design Tripper.

    The Olde Bell Inn Designed by Ilse Crawford via Design Tripper | Remodelista

    Above: Ilse Crawford of Studioilse designed the dining room at the Olde Bell Inn, which features black-painted ceiling beams, chairs, and doorways.

    The Olde Bell Inn Designed by Ilse Crawford via Design Tripper | Remodelista

    Above: Crawford used leather straps to anchor Welsh blankets to high-back benches.

    The Olde Bell Inn Designed by Ilse Crawford via Design Tripper | Remodelista

    Above: Matthew Hilton Fin Chairs for De La Espada (see below) contrast with traditional textiles.

    The Olde Bell Inn Designed by Ilse Crawford via Design Tripper | Remodelista

    Above: Tea is served in traditional red-clay Brown Betty teapots.

    Davey Box Wall Light Remodelista

    Above: Venerable UK company Davey Lighting began making lights in the 19th century; the Box Wall Light is simultaneously modern and historical; available at Heal's for £438 ($651). For something similar in the US, consider the Union Filament Bath Sconce ($239) from Restoration Hardware.

    English Floor Rush Matting

    Above: Crawford sourced handwoven rush matting from Rush Matters in Bedfordshire, England. English Floor Rush Matting is made to measure, starting at £150 ($223) per square meter.

    Black Salt Chair from Design Within Reach | Remodelista

    Above: The simple Windsor-style Salt Chair in black is $129 from Design Within Reach.

    Bench With Black

    Above: Studioilse's Bench with Black for De La Espada is made of solid chestnut and has copper feet.

    Matthew Hilton Dining Chair | Remodelista

    Above: UK designer Matthew Hilton's Fin Dining Chair is available in American white oak or American black walnut; $1,125 at De La Espada.

    Tregwynt Welsh Tapestry Blankets | Remodelista

    Above: The dining room banquettes are outfitted with Welsh tapestry blankets. Blankets from Melin Tregwynt's Black and White Collection start at £129 ($192). For a leather strap like the ones fastening the blankets, try the Chestnut English Bridle Leather Strap; $8.50 for the 84-inch version from Outfitters Supply.

    Rae Dunn Ceramic Bee Plate | Remodelista

    Above: Stamped plates are displayed on the dining room walls. For a similar look, San Francisco–based ceramist Rae Dunn makes hand-stamped porcelain plates like this Wide Rim Wafer Plate for $34.

    Peugeot Dark Brown Wood Pepper Mill | Remodelista

    Above: Peugeot's Dark Wood Pepper Mill is $32.99 at Amazon.

    Brown Betty Ceramic Teapot | Remodelista

    Above: The classic Brown Betty Teapot is made of terra cotta and finished with a brown glaze; the six-cup size is $30.99 at the English Tea Store.

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on March 13, 2012, as part of our issue The Celtic Angle.

    Steal This Look is a longstanding weekly Remodelista column. Have a look at all the Steal This Looks in our archive, including A Low-Cost Kitchen for Serious Cooks and A Finnish Cottage Kitchen and Dining Room.

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    Still a favorite for the holidays: an opening-party holiday drink from Mira Evnine of quarterly cookbook series Sweets & Bitters. She came up with this easy-to-make, citrus-spiked Winter Market Punch that's not only delicious but also a perfect accompaniment to snowy weather. (We served it up at our New York holiday market years back.)

    Punch, as Mira points out, is ideal for big parties: "Your guests can help themselves to as much as they like, while you visit with them instead of fussing over drinks." Here's her recipe.

    Winter Market Punch (adapted from David Wondrich)

    Makes 24 (three-ounce) servings


    • 4 lemons 
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 3/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice, strained
    • 750 milliliter bottle vodka
    • 1 quart cold water
    • Nutmeg (for garnish) 

    You can vary this simple recipe with whatever citrus strikes your fancy—clementines, blood oranges, Meyer lemons—or embellish it with a sprig of rosemary or handful of coriander seeds. Just keep in mind that if you use grapefruit or orange, you’ll need to adjust the balance of sweet and sour to taste.

    Photography by Liz Clayman.

    Sweets & Bitters Citrus Punch

    1. Peel the citrus with a vegetable peeler. Put the peels in a glass jar and add the sugar. Seal, shake, and leave overnight.

    2. Add the lemon juice to the sugar-peel mix, seal, and shake until the sugar has dissolved.

    Sweets & Bitters Citrus  WInter Market Punch

    3. Pour the mixture into a one-gallon punch bowl. Add the vodka and cold water. 

    Sweets & Bitters Citrus WInter Market Punch

    4. If serving immediately, add a quart of ice cubes; if the punch is to be ladled out slowly, add a one-quart block of ice instead. Grate nutmeg over the top, and ladle out in three-ounce servings.

    Sweets & Bitters Citrus Punch

    For more on Sweets & Bitters, see our Gardenista post Required Reading: Sweets & Bitters Quarterly.

    Looking for holiday entertaining ideas? Have a look at 5 Quick Fixes: Holiday Entertaining Prep.

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on December 24, 2013, as part of our Winter Wonderland issue.

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    There are so many satisfying ways to neatly stack firewood—on shelves, in open-air sheds, under tarpaulins. Here are 10 of our favorite weatherproof ways to stack logs and kindling this winter.

    Round Shelves

    Above: From Australia, the Wood Stacker is $2,200 AU ($1,587 USD) from Unearthed (custom designs are available).

    Above: A 43-inch-tall Steel Log Rack made by Pleasant Hearth measures 40 inches in diameter and is 14 inches deep. It is $162.99 from Wayfair.

    Above: A 14-inch-deep Steel U Shaped Firewood Rack measures 91 inches wide and 41 inches tall and is $156.99 from Wayfair.

    Bookshelf Storage

    Above: Made of steel, Custom Metal Screening keeps firewood tidy. For pricing and information, see Herrhammer.

    Above: A seven-foot-tall metal Firewood Shelf from Germany-based garden furniture manufacturer Garpa is £780 ($1,162).


    Above: A weatherproof Wooden Log Store made of spruce is £148.50 ($221) from Garden Trading (assembly required).

    Above: A Log Store from Euroheat has a pre-fitted felt shingle roof and is £226.80 ($338).


    Above: A Three Bay Store holds firewood and standard size garbage bins; made to order from locally sourced sawn timber. For pricing and more information, see Devon Log Stores.


    Above: A Self-Stretching Tarpaulin available in two sizes has reinforced eyes and corners; prices range from £47 to £60 ($70 to $89) from Manufactum.

    Above: An eight-foot Woodhaven Firewood Rack made of 16-gauge steel comes with a tarpaulin cover and holds a half cord of wood; $199 from Woodland.

    For more winter warmth, see:

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    Though the houses in Rizzoli's latest architecture tome are not modest, they're homes for lovers of architecture and nature.

    Retreat: The Modern House in Nature Book | Remodelista

    Above: The Pierre house by Seattle architect Tom Kundig has a sweeping view of the Puget Sound in Washington's San Juan Islands.

    Retreat: The Modern House in Nature Book | Remodelista

    Above: The architect had the site excavated so the house would sit among the rocks rather than perched atop them.

    Retreat: The Modern House in Nature Book | Remodelista

    Above: The retreat comprises three buildings by Fearon Hay Architects on New Zealand's Waiheke Island: one for bedrooms, one for working, and one for living and dining, shown here.

    Retreat: The Modern House in Nature Book | Remodelista

    Above: No space is wasted on hallways: the bedrooms are accessed directly from the outdoors.

    Retreat: The Modern House in Nature Book | Remodelista

    Above: A grove of protected New Zealand pohutukawa trees gave Herbst Architects a challenge to nestle a house within.

    Retreat: The Modern House in Nature Book | Remodelista

    Above: The double-height great room is covered in glass, lending occupants the feeling of residing inside the forest.

    Retreat: The Modern House in Nature Book | Remodelista

    Above: Retreat: The Modern House in Nature by Ron Broadhurst is $35.83 on Amazon.

    More design books we love:

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    Chad Oppenheim of Miami firm Oppenheim Architecture took a 1971 Aspen ski chalet with period interiors (read: nightmare) and did the seemingly impossible: turned it into an of-the-moment eco-chic retreat with a distinctly Axel Vervoodt vibe.

    Located in the enclave of Red Mountain in Aspen, Colorado, the ski chalet is "an homage to the Japanese sensibility of wabi-sabi," according to Oppenheim. "The house is clad in reclaimed regional wood, stone, and steel, with the intention of making a minimal impact on the natural resources and merge effortlessly with its surroundings of forest, stream, and mountain. Solar collectors provide needed energy for power and hot water, while extremely large operable panels of insulated glass blur the boundaries between inside and out."

    Photography by Laziz Hamani via Arch Daily, unless otherwise noted.

    Above: A pair of Charlotte Sofas by Verellen are slipcovered in gray linen.

    Above: A series of grays intersect in the living room. The moss frame is from JF Chen in Los Angeles.

    Above L: A reading chair is draped in fur. Above R: A study in textures: moss art, antique oak dining table, and leather banquette.

    Above: Even the kitchen is completely clad in reclaimed barn wood.

    Above L: Oppenheim keeps the detailing simple. Above R: A dramatically positioned bathtub. 

    Above: A bed carved into a wall.

    Above L: A reclaimed barn wood console with stone sink. Above R: Mismatched reclaimed wood creates a headboard effect. Photographs by Robert Reck for the New York Times.

    Above: In the library, a pair of metal chairs serve as desk seating.

    Above: A lounging area with linen-covered sectional sofa.

    Above: Raw steel doors close off the fireplace when it's not in use.

    Above: A simple rectangular hot tub is cut into the stone patio.

    Above: Oppenheim wanted the house to disappear into the landscape. To see more, go to Oppenheim Architecture.

    And for more Rocky Mountain inspiration, have a look at our Architect Visit: John Pawson in Telluride. Are you as enchanted by cozy winter bedrooms as we are? Don't miss 10 Space-Saving Ski Cabin Bunks.

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on October 8, 2012, as part of our North by Northwest issue.

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    When a modern-design fan purchased a plot of land approved for construction of a traditional Slovenian hut, his architects created a very modern cabin that still technically follows the rules.

    The property in question is located inside Slovenia's Triglav National Park, where strict rules of design and construction are enforced. The building site came with a permit for a traditional Alpine hut, and though the owner wanted a modern design, he did not want to attempt to change the permit. So Slovenian architects OFIS Arhitekti designed a cabin with the same dimensions, roof pitch, and materials as were mandated in a traditional hut—but with a decidedly modern take. From a distance, the hut blends into the surrounding architecture, but up close the tiny home is a shining example of modern design.

    Photography by Tomas Gregoric for OFIS Arhitekti.

    An Alpine Hut by OFIS Architeki | Remodelista

    Above: The second floor is cantilevered above the ground floor and acts as a shade from the summer sun.

    An Alpine Hut by OFIS Architeki | Remodelista

    Above: Environmentally friendly features include extra thermal insulation between the wooden cladding and vertical pipes inside beams that collect rainwater from the roof.

    Minimal modern wood kitchen in winter cabin hut in Slovenia with open shelving and modern colors

    Above: The kitchen is small but entirely modern.

    An Alpine Hut by OFIS Architeki | Remodelista

    Above: Unlike a more traditional hut, in this version windows and doors were sited to maximize views.

    An Alpine Hut by OFIS Architeki | Remodelista

    Above: The ground floor has an open plan with kitchen, dining, and living rooms, and storage tucked under the central staircase.

    An Alpine Hut by OFIS Architeki | Remodelista

    Above: Vaulted beam ceilings are hallmarks of the traditional local architecture.

    An Alpine Hut by OFIS Architeki | Remodelista

    Above: The homeowners mixed occasional antique pieces like this armoire with the rest of the hut's simple modern furnishings.

    An Alpine Hut by OFIS Architeki | Remodelista

    Above: To maximize views and minimize furnishings, the architects extended the windows to meet low bench shelves that function as sofas. Sun-facing corner windows mean no heat is required on sunny days.

    An Alpine Hut by OFIS Architeki | Remodelista

    Above: Exterior features such as stone and wood columns came from local sources and echo the region's architectural vernacular.

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on December 21, 2012, as part of our Winter Cabins issue.

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    Putting on a favorite pair of pajamas is a sure-bet way to unwind. Here, the sleepwear that we swear by—plus some investment pieces that we dream about. Do you have a favorite? Let us know.

    Steven Alan Knit Boyfriend PJ Top | Remodelista

    Above: Julie is coveting the Steven Alan Knit Boyfriend PJ Top for $155; it's paired with the Knit PJ Pant for $125 at Steven Alan.

    Margiot Collection Maya Check Long Pajama Set | Remodelista

    Above: A reader tipped us off to Marigot, a New York–based maker of sleepwear. We like the Maya Check Long Pajama Set made of 100 percent cotton for $142 from Margiot.

    J. Crew Vintage Pajama Set in White | Remodelista

    Above: Francesca uses the same white towels (from Land's End) and white sheets interchangeably throughout her house. She sleeps—no surprise—in a white J. Crew Vintage Pajama Set; $95. A similar J. Crew design, the Classic Cotton Poplin Pajama set, $69.50, is available for men.

    Dosa Tassel Pants in Rice from Tiina the Store | Remodelista

    Above: The Dosa Tassel Kurta ($230) and Dosa Tassel Pants ($150), a night-and-day wardrobe staple made of the lightest khadi cotton by Dosa; both are available at Tiina the Store.

    Coyuchi Men's Flannel Pajama Set | Remodelista

    Above: Myles likes Coyuchi's Men's Heather Flannel Pajama Set. Made of organic cotton by a German family-owned mill in business since 1885; $158.40. Inquire about the availability of women's sizes.

    Hanro Tonight Pajama Set | Remodelista

    Above: Christine's favorite: Tonight Button-Front Pajamas from 130-year-old Swiss company Hanro, are made from their signature silky mercerized cotton; $148.50 (pricey, yes, but they last for years).

    Olatz Two-Piece Pajama Set | Remodelista

    Above: For the woman or man who has everything: the silk Pajama Set from luxury bedding purveyor Olatz (Schnabel); $750 at Tiina the Store.

    Margaret Howell Linen Pajama Set | Remodelista

    Above: Alexa's dream pajama set is from Margaret Howell. The Boxy PJ Shirt and Gathered PJ Trousers are made of white linen in Margaret Howell's Edmonton Factory; £190 ($282) and £210 ($312), respectively. She likes the idea of the PJ Shirt doubling as a daytime top.

    Sleepy Jones Marina Pajama Set | Remodelista

    Above: Margot's vote goes to Andy Spade's sleepwear line Sleepy Jones. The Marina Pajama Shirt is $138 and the Marina Pajama Pant is $98.

    Muji women's flannel pajamas | Remodelista

    Above: Dalilah wears all-cotton Women's Flannel Pajamas from Muji, currently marked down from $49.95 to $34.97. Muji also offers Men's Cotton Pajamas.

    Araks Kate Mini Floral Pajama Top and Ally Pants | Remodelista

    Above: Understated luxury from Araks: made-in-the-US cotton pajamas with contrasting silk chiffon piping and mother of pearl buttons. The Kate Pajama Top Mini Floral is $280 and the Ally Pajama Pant Mini Floral is $200.

    The perfect settings to go with these pajamas? See our gallery of Bedroom posts. And for more loungewear, go to The Housecoat Reimagined

    Want to see our editors' handbags of choice for a night out? Go to 10 Easy Pieces: The Evening Bag Dilemma Solved.

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    Add an appointment to your electronic calendar and you might never see it again. Write it on a piece of paper nailed to your wall and odds improve.

    Here are six calendars we like for the new year.

    Appointed Wall Calendar | Remodelista

    Above: Newly launched paper company Appointed makes their signature notebooks and calendars in the Washington, D.C. area. The 2016 Wall Calendar is made of heavy paper stock with a cloth binding; $28.

    Margaret Howell Barbara Hepworth Calendar | Remodelista

    Above: Brit clothing designer Margaret Howell makes a calendar every year; the 2016 Calendar is an ode to the art of sculptor Barbara Hepworth; £15 ($22).

    Postalco Wall Calendar | Remodelista

    Above: We've long liked the One Year Wall Calendar from Postalco, which shows the year at a glance with room for a daily note. Printed in Japan, the calendar is $24 from General Store.

    Tea Towel Calendar | Remodelista

    Above: For a 2016 calendar on a nontraditional substrate, we like the 2016 Calendar Tea Towel in 100 percent linen by Brooklyn designers Sir/Madam; $28 from Burke Decor.

    Rocking Chair Calendar | Remodelista

    Above: A whimsical Japanese design, the 2016 Rocking Chair Calendar is a home-assembled miniature cardboard chair that rocks on your desk; $25 from Alder & Co.

    Columns Calendar in Blue | Remodelista

    Above: The one-year Column Calendar from Snug Studio has weekend dates written in bold and room for daily notes. Printed in Germany, the calendar is $28 from Need Supply Co. 

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    Wishing all our readers happy holidays and best wishes for the New Year from all of us at Remodelista and Gardenista.

    Here's a look back at the winter season thus far for a dose of decor inspiration.

    DIY Cotton Garland by Justine Hand on Gardenista

    Above: A garland for Thanksgiving to keep up through Christmas from DIY: A Winter White Holiday Bough on Gardenista.

    Ambatalia Linens | Remodelista

    Above: A dried eucalyptus branch with a golden hue is a simple favorite for dressing the holiday table with linens from Ambatalia from this year's Remodelista Market.

    Tricia Foley Burlap Wrapped Christmas Tree Stand | Remodelista

    Above: A lakeside Christmas tree with a stand wrapped in burlap from The Simple Life: 10 Christmas Holiday Tips from Tricia Foley.

    Foraged Branch Ornaments by Justine Hand | Remodelista

    Above: The quickest and most cost-effective way to decorating your Christmas tree? Twigs and sprigs shaped into stars from Last-Minute Holiday Gifts: 7 Favorite Holiday DIYs.

    European House Ornaments | Remodelista

    Above: European houses in porcelain for the tree from 10 Favorites: Scandi-Inspired Ornaments, 2015 Edition.

    Poinsettia Bouquet by Justine Hand on Gardenista

    Above: A poinsettia like you've never seen it before in DIY Poinsettia: A Common Christmas Plant Goes Luxe on Gardenista.

    Modern Wall Hanging Christmas Tree from Rosemary | Remodelista

    Above: A tree in rosemary from 10 Favorites: No-Cost Holiday Decor Ideas.

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    From Michelle and the Gardenista team: glimpses of a jolly holiday around the world (no subtitles required).

    Lilla Villa Vilta gazebo at Christmas | Gardenista

    Above: A white Christmas at Lilla Villa Vita in Sweden is this week's Garden Visit.

    Scandinavian-inspired God's eye ornaments by Justine Hand | Remodelista

    Above: Justine's DIY God's Eyes pay homage to Scandinavian snowflake ornaments. 

    Christmas ornaments at Detroit Garden Works | Gardenista

    Above: People come from all over to see Detroit's Garden Works, a nursery that knows how to decorate. 

    Peg and Awl Shanty Man Log Carrier | Gardenista

    Above: For toting wood without mussing sweaters or rugs, 10 Favorite Firewood Log Carriers. (The waxed canvas and leather example shown here is by Peg and Awl.) 

    Christmas morning breakfast, Oliva Rae James | Gardenista

    Above: Sweet and Savory: A Homey Menu for Christmas Morning. Photograph by Olivia Rae James.

    German barn conversion by Thomas Kroger Architekt, photo by Thomas Heimann via Home World Design | Remodelista

    Above: Ultramodern when it was built 140 years old and once again—see architect Thomas Kröger's conversion of a village barn in Germany in Before and After.

    Happy holidays, everyone! Spend your vacation catching up on all that we've been up to at Gardenista and Remodelista.

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    Here are a few things we love this week.  





    • Above: We're eyeing the industrial look of these spaces that incorporate hot-rolled steel. Photo by Adriene Williams.
    • An ode to brick
    • Over on Gardenista: A modern farmer and her 10 acres in Australia. 

    Instagram and Pinterest Picks of the Week


    • Above: The intagram feed of Toronto-based design firm Mason marries art, design, and technology (@mason_studio).


    • Above: 7115 by Szeki's Space board abounds with light-filled, airy spaces. 

    For more Remodelista, visit our most recent issue Winter's Light


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    A look back at our most popular posts of 2015.

    Greatest Hits of 2015 Remodelista Issue

    Above: Photograph from Improper Bostonians: Jeffrey and Cheryl Katz at Home in Beacon Hill.


    MIchaela Scherrer in Pasadena | Remodelista

    Above: In this week's Expert Advice column, Justine shares 12 no-cost techniques for making a room look larger.


    Built In Litter Box | Remodelista

    Above: In Storage news, we look at 12 ways to hide the litter box.


    Heidi Swanson's SF Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: Sarah talks kitchens with SF cookbook author Heidi Swanson in our Expert Advice series.


    Old Homestead in Provincetown | Remodelista

    Above: Janet rounds up 16 tricks for maximizing space in our Kitchen of the Week column.


      Ikea Disruptors | Remodelista

    Above: In our Furniture section, we review a half dozen Ikea-disrupting companies.

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    Isabelle Dubois-Dumee and Hubert Bettan, the couple behind interiors brand Les Petites Emplettes, left Paris in 2013 to set up shop in a 12th-century chateau with their three daughters in tow. Located near Angouleme, in the Charente region in the west of France, the chateau had fallen into disrepair when they discovered it on a holiday outing. Over the past two years, they've slowly brought it back to life, room by room. Stay tuned; Isabelle and Hubert will soon be offering guest lodging and dining events.

    Photography via Chateau de Dirac.

    Chateau de Dirac in France | Remodelista

    Above: The two towers date to the 12th and 15th century, and the house itself was reconstructed in the 18th century. 

    Chateau Dirac in France | Remodelista

    Above: The couple stripped the interiors back to their original state, removing false ceilings and other unfortunate interventions, and hewed to a green and white palette. 

    Chateau Dirac in France | Remodelista

    Above: The interiors are outfitted with simple furniture and natural materials: linen, jute, wicker, natural fibers.

    Chateau Dirac in France | Remodelista

    Above: Furniture is casually draped in lightweight cotton drop cloths.

    Chateau Dirac in France | Remodelista

    Above: In the dining room, the couple allowed wallpaper remnants to remain in place.

    Chateau Dirac Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: Whimsical tiles line the kitchen walls. 

    Chateau Dirac in France | Remodelista

    Above: A simple farm table anchors the kitchen, and drying herbs add color.

    Chateau Dirac in France | Remodelista

    Above: An installation made of wooden twigs by Vera Rybaltchenko is suspended in the couple's workroom/studio.

    Chateau de Dirac | Remodelista

    Above: A winding staircase leads to the upper levels.

    Chateau de Dirac Bedroom in France | Remodelista

    Above: Linens from the Petites Emplettes line and a string of wicker lights adorn the master bedroom.

    Chateau Dirac Bedroom in France | Remodelista

    Above: The couple's three daughters share a gauze-draped bedroom and bath.

    Chateau Dirac in France | Remodelista

    Above: Isabelle and Hubert host occasional pop-up shops and events. They plan to expand their offerings in the near future to include workshops, petanque tournaments, and more.

    Are you a dedicated Francophile? Explore our guide to the best design, shopping, and restaurants in our Paris City Guide.

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on July 13, 2015.

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    Like us, San Francisco blogger Caitlin Long of the Shingled House regularly turns to Commune Design of Los Angeles for a dose of inspiration. Perusing images on Pinterest from the firm's recent book, Commune: Designed in California, Long noticed window treatments that looked exactly like the upgrade her light-blasted bathroom needed. The hands-on remodeler—Long is an RISD grad in furniture design who blogs about family life and household improvements—whipped up her own burlap version.

    Start-to-finish time for three panels: five hours. Total cost per panel: less than $20. And Long assured us, "Anyone could do this project: Burlap is surprisingly easy to sew. It takes a seam very easily—although you will be covered in lint by the time you finish."  We're ready to give it go.

    Photography by Caitlin Long via the Shingled House.

    DIY burlap window panels by Caitlin Long of the The Shingled House blog | Remodelista

    Above: The (nearly) finished trio of panels hang from hardware store tension rods. They cover bathroom windows in Long's Cole Valley, San Francisco, house, which she and her husband built with Thompson Studio Architects. For privacy the shades are mostly left stationary, but can be raised at the corners. They're shown here temporarily pinned up (see below for final rigging).

    Intrigued by Long's teak tub? Go to DIY Household Teak, our post about how she refinished her bathroom.


    DIY burlap window panels by Caitlin Long of the The Shingled House blog | Remodelista

    Above: "It's important that the burlap be heavyweight and 100 percent cotton," Long says. She also advises ordering a color swatch "because there are a bunch of variations in colors from more tan/brown to tan/gray. I used the most humble version of fabric I could find."


    Before shot of Caitlin Long/The Shingled House bathroom window panels| Remodelista

    Above: The burlap panels replaced thin muslin shades that, writes Long, "were (like me) looking a little tired. The muslin had torn in a few places and recently got a little blue marker on them (who even knows how that happened). And they had shrunk so much from washing that they didn't even fit the windows anymore." Long wanted to replace them with sun-filtering panels that would cast a more flattering light when she looks in the mirror. "The brightness of the sun from those windows is really unforgiving. Yes, I changed those curtains because of vanity!"

    The Inspiration

    Commune Burlap Curtains | Remodelista

    Above: Commune Design's Elsinore Street project in Echo Park, Los Angeles, has simple shades that can be draped to the side. See more of the firm's work in Expert Advice: Breaking the Rules with Commune Design and An Exotic Tiled Kitchen in LA.

    The Details

    Caitlin Long's DIY burlap window panels in progress | Remodelista

    Above: "The weave is very open in this burlap, so instead of a zigzag stitch on the edge to prevent fraying, I used a fairly tight straight stitch, and I used a one-inch seam instead of a standard half inch." Go to the Shingled House for more details.

    DIY burlap window panels cleat detail by Caitlin Long of The Shingled House blog | Remodelista

    Above: Long initially planned to install a hook as a way to suspend the panels; instead, as a final touch, she added a brass rope cleat. 

    DIY burlap window panels cleat detail by Caitlin Long of The Shingled House blog | Remodelista

    Above: She weighed down each shade by inserting a wooden dowel in a sleeve along the bottom, and sewed on a brass ring in the bottom middle using turquoise topstitching thread.

    The Results

    DIY burlap window panels by Caitlin Long of The Shingled House blog | Remodelista

    Above: The panels can be suspended in different ways, including this rakish angle.

    Caitlin Long of The Shingled House DIY burlap window panels | Remodelista

    Above: Long's verdict: "I'm very happy with the results: This room still has plenty of light, and boy am I looking better."

    There's more to see: Long won the 2014 Remodelista Considered Design Award for the Best Amateur-Designed Office Space. Take a look at her Backyard Shed Turned Home Office and go to Design Sleuth to learn about the room's portable camp stove.

    Inspired by Long's industriousness? See our catalog of DIY Projects for more ideas, including DIY Copper Pipe Curtain Rods for $35.

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on May 1, 2015, as part of our issue called The Organized Kitchen.

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    As a former New Yorker and current owner of a wee Cape Cod cottage, I am quite familiar with both the charm and challenges of small spaces. When done well, they can feel like cozy, Zen-like retreats. But often when you have to cram all your worldly possessions into one tiny space, the results can feel cramped, claustrophobic, and anything but restful. Achieving the former instead of the latter takes some conscious effort.

    The good news is that the key to successful small-space living might be easier than you think. It all boils down to tricking the eye into perceiving more space by employing three simple concepts: scale, light, and movement. 

    Photography by Matthew Williams for Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home, unless otherwise noted.

    1. Scale it down.

    harbor-cottage-living-room-yellow by Justine Hand for Remodelista

    Above: At Harbor Cottage in Maine, all the furniture, even the woodstove, has been downsized to fit the small living area.

    Furniture for the small space is all about proportions. Simply put, if a piece brushes up against the boundaries of the room, either up and down or sideways, it's too large. To create a sense of roominess, always leave a little air in between the sides of your furniture and the walls. (The one exception is a bed; a queen placed between two walls, for instance, creates a cozy sleeping cave.)

    Also avoid heavy, weighty pieces that eat up too much of the usable space in the room. For example, a sleek sofa or chair will give you as much sitting room as its overstuffed cousin but will take up much less of your room. If you long for a large, statement piece, hang it on the wall (a piece of art and mirror). Don't consume valuable living space by putting it on the floor.  

    2. Keep a low profile.


    Above: Designer Corinne Gilbert uses low-slung pieces to create an open feel in her living room. Also, notice that the mirrors are hung low so that they "relate" to the sofa. 

    Furniture that is lower to the ground will create a feeling of openness in a room simply by the fact that they leave more space above them. In the bedroom, choose a loft bed or even try placing a mattress directly on the floor. In the living room, embrace your inner Mad Men style with low-to-the-ground midcentury pieces. Or, if your tastes run more toward the romantic and ornate, 19th-century furniture also has a low profile.


    Above: Designer Michaela Scherrer's bed feels spacious even though the bed takes up most to the room. That's because both her bed and the art on the walls are positioned toward the lower half of the room, leaving the upper half virtually empty. The single bulb hanging from the ceiling also serves to emphasize the height of the room. 

    3. Show a little leg with lithe furniture.


    Above: The Hudson Valley retreat of Workstead's Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler is short on space and long on charm. To maximize the sense of light and air, the design duo employed leggy and lithe furniture and fixtures. 

    Here again, creating the illusion of more space is all about creating a sense of openness and movement. Furniture that is streamlined allows light and air to flow not just over, but also under and around it, so that it appears to float in space. Again, think midcentury modern pieces which are both low and "leggy". Or consider the perfect piece of soaring furniture: the butterfly chair. (See Object Lesson: The Classic Butterfly Chair.)


    Above: In her London living room, Remodelista's Christine Chang Hanway creates an open feel by employing midcentury furniture that allows light from the generous windows to flow through the room. Photograph by Kristen Perers for Remodelista.

    4. Mirror, mirror on the wall…

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    Above: In her small bedroom in Brooklyn, architectural designer Elizabeth Roberts cleverly positions a mirror so that it actually looks like another window.

    Any discussion of small spaces needs to include the idea of using mirrors to create a greater sense of openness. Not only do they reflect light, they also reflect the view, thereby tricking the eye into perceiving more space.

    5. Ditch the drapes (and rugs).


    Above: In their Hudson Valley living room, Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler of Workstead maximize a sense of space by using leggy, low-profile furniture and fixtures as well as a mirror over the couch. They also keep the space looking uncluttered by ditching the drapes and the rug.

    As we saw with mirrors, it's all about tricking the eye. Curtains stop the eye from taking in the view outside, even if they don't cover the whole window. And drapes and curtains just add more "stuff" to the room. Eliminating them keeps the space simple. If you want privacy, consider shutters or lightweight mesh or cloth blinds. Or if curtains are a must for you, use a bar that extends far beyond the window frame, so you can fully expose the window.

    Ditto rugs. Cast your eye over all the small spaces in this article. Note how few have rugs or, if they do, how simple and minimal they are.

    pantry window Justine Hand Cape Cottage, Remodelista

    Above: In my own Cape Cod cottage, note how with the absence of curtains, the eye is drawn right through several rooms and out the window beyond.

    6. White it out.


    Above: Author Sara Emslie promotes the reflective power of white in her book, Beautifully Small.

    We all know of white's reflective qualities. It opens up a room, making it feel airy and light, calm and serene. Painting the walls and ceiling the same shade of white only enhances this cloud-like effect. And it serves to blur the boundaries between wall and ceiling, causing your eye to travel up, essentially making the ceiling seem higher. Finally, in small spaces that can quickly become cluttered looking, white is a good choice because it simplifies a space and emphasizes the architecture. (That's why architects love it so much. See 10 Easy Pieces: Architect's White Paint Picks.)

    If you're worried that an all-white space will feel too cold, then pair it with warming elements like wood, or textured elements, such as a shaggy wool throw. And remember that you don't have choose a stark white. (See Remodeling 101: How to Choose the Perfect White Paint.)

    7. Emphasize the vertical.


    Above: Sydney-based architect Christopher Polly used vertical shiplap to emphasize the height of this small living/dining/kitchen area. Note also the small-scale furniture and feeling of movement as your eye travels all over the room.

    Whether it's a tall shelf, some vertical shiplap, or the bare hanging bulb we saw in Michaela Scherrer's bedroom above, employing one element that emphasizes the vertical space in the room will increase the sense of openness. It also enhances the feeling of movement and flow. 


    Above: In her wee bath, clothing designer Dagmar Daley ditched her curtains, used all white to maximize the sense of light and air, and she incorporated vertical elements, wainscoting, and a shower curtain, to emphasize the height of the room.

    8. Emphasize the horizontal.


    Above: In this bedroom, designer Tiina Laakonen ran horizontal shiplap right up the walls and ceiling. The effect is a seamless transition from wall to ceiling that emphasizes the height and the width of the room. Note also that the curtains are pushed to the side to frame the view.

    It all boils down to creating a sense of movement. Like the leggy furniture that creates a sense of dynamism, or the mirrors that reflect light and a view back into the room, anything that causes your eye to travel around a room in an intentional and orderly fashion will make it feel larger. (I say "international and orderly" because a cluttered room with lots of distracting elements will also cause your eye to travel, but in a haphazard fashion.


    Above: In this small dining space, both the horizontal and the vertical are emphasized by the horizontal color band that divides the space in half. Note also how the large photo above the table acts as a window drawing your eye into the "view" beyond. Photograph by Nikolas Koenig via Desire to Inspire.

    9. Clear a pathway.


    Above: In her Napa Valley bungalow, Remodelista's Sarah Lonsdale cleared a path in her dining room by setting the table to one side rather than at the center of the room.

    When dealing with a small room, one naturally wants to maximize the space by pushing all the pieces to the edges. But if this causes you to bump into things, it can enhance a claustrophobic feel. Sometimes it is better to group the furniture on one side of the room, so people can pass through unhindered.

    10. Use breezy fabrics.


    Above: To maximize the open, airy feeling of this cozy Berlin apartment, Lea Korzeczek and Matthias Hiller of Studio Oink employed the reflective power of white coupled with breezy, lightweight fabrics.

    If possible, avoid heavy materials and fabrics that absorb light and weigh your room down. Linen is a perfect example of a lightweight material that will increase the sense of airiness in the room.

    11. Above all, keep it simple.

    Workstead Brooklyn Living Room, Remodelsta

    Above: As demonstrated in Workstead's Brooklyn home, keeping your palette and furniture to a minimum serves to create an open feel. A few choice pieces (in this case, a midcentury Eames lounge chair and Jean Prouve Potence lamp) go a long way to adding personality to a room.

    Small spaces are all about editing. The more pieces, possessions, and patterns you have in a room, the more cluttered it will feel. Avoid too many knickknacks, or at least group them so they read as an installation. Ditto with art; concentrate your framed pieces on one or two walls. Avoid busy patterns and overwhelming colors. Or, if you absolutely must have that William Morris-esque wallpaper, consider placing it on one accent wall. Same with color, try painting just one wall or a door and stick to a single shade. Now is not the time to embrace the whole spectrum.

    The bottom line is you need to be strict with yourself (actually, this concept applies to all spaces) and intentional about everything that goes into the room. If you go for the wallpaper accent wall, then keep the rest of the room simple. If you need that huge oil painting in your living room, try having it be the only art in the room. 

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    Above: The bare bones treatment of this bedroom by Father Rabbit Limited turns a small space into a restful retreat. 

    Looking for more small space and other design solutions? See:

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on May 22, 2015, as part of our Spring Awakenings issue.

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