From midcentury stunners to vintage gems, here’s where to shop in America.  There are so many furniture and decor options in U.S. cities, it can be hard to know where to begin. Sure, big-box retailers like West Elm—and, of course, Ikea—offer great value and online ordering, but where should you head when you want to see a gorgeous showroom or try a special piece in person?

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We often look at wonderful apartments and wonder what they looked like before they were renovated to become contemporary havens of style and elegance and today's project gives us a good idea! You won't believe how old fashioned, cluttered and just unusable this home looked before a talented interior designer took it to task, so we are going to walk you through the transformation, room by room. Prepare to be awestruck by the new kitchen/diner, jealous of the fresh living room and beside yourselves over the dramatic bathroom turnaround as we take a look around!
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The passage of time has brought some innovations and advantages in the field of architectural design of private homes. Gradually, integrated spaces are gaining ground, and what once seemed impossible and unnecessary, today is a reality that makes many happy.Those with smaller spaces benefits from the merging of sections of the house to maximize space or at least have the appearance thereof. In addition, it is a fact that modern life is fast-paced, and we always ask that mobility within households is more practical and convenient, saving us from divisions and walls that no longer make sense. 

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When it comes to styling a neutral home, it’s all about balancing clean, simple sophistication overall with a few stylish statement pieces to add personality. And we’re pretty sure interior designer Danielle Colding understands this concept better than anyone. For her latest project, Colding set out with a neutral palette of white, gray, and black with brass accents to create an elegantly modern aesthetic for a young couple’s duplex in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill neighborhood.
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Throughout his life, Antonio Martins of San Francisco-based Antonio Martins Interior Design, has been surrounded by beauty. Born in Portugal and raised in Brazil, he would live in Switzerland and Hong Kong before settling in the Bay Area. So, his knack for crafting spectacular interiors seems as natural as his organic approach.

This time around, his creative genius would shine on a modern structure in the Mission District. “It’s really in the middle of everything. It’s a great location with three condominiums in one building that has the feel of a freestanding home,” says Martins.  At around 1,600 square feet, his client’s unit features several          levels of unique architecture. “It has four floors that are kind of staggered with a really high ceiling in the living room,” he says.

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The Boltons, South Kensington is one of London’s most prestigious locations. Expansive mansions with classical grace and splendor sit among lush communal gardens, making this a highly desirable area for England’s elite and global celebrities. The exterior of this newly built, magnificent 16,500-square-foot home is in the Edwardian style, conforming with other classical homes located in this conservation area.
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If you reside in a region with defined seasons, you likely wait all year for the sweet escape of summer.  Although each season has its own charm, there’s something about greeting the sun every morning that induces a child-like excitement for the day ahead.   Embrace the warmer weather by spending time outdoors with morning coffee on the patio and evening gatherings in the garden.
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A major remodel, new roof, new floors, and a very short timeline—it’s no wonder Charmean Neithart, owner of Charmean Neithart Interiors in South Pasadena, California, was a little worried when this project started. But the family, who bought this beach cottage as a vacation home, had faith in Neithart because of the work she had already done on their main home.

The family’s second home, located in the private community of Saint Malo in Oceanside, California, had not been updated in years and there was much deferred maintenance to tackle. To complicate the project, Saint Malo restricts when construction work can be done. During high season, from the end of May to early September, no construction projects, trucks, or crews are allowed in the neighborhood. When the owners approached Neithart, she had only two months available to complete the work.

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The days of driftwood shacks on Nantucket are long since passed, but older structures remain that hearken back to the time when Madaket was more fisherman’s haven than vacationer’s retreat. Ted and Kim Goodnow, founders of Woodmeister Master Builders, purchased one of these older structures, a fisherman’s shack on Madaket.
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Add enchantment to your garden with nighttime lighting. With the right lighting techniques you can create almost any effect you like, from dramatic and theatrical to romantic, mysterious, subtle, or subdued. Create your desired effect with the following tips from illumination designers.
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It was a classic story. A couple finds themselves with an empty nest and decides to ditch their traditional suburban home in favor of a more relaxed abode at the beach. Only this time, said beach house is less, well, beachy, and a lot more sophisticated. Such was the case when designer Tamara Magel was approached by her clients several years ago about designing their Sagaponack home in the heart of the Hamptons. “They wanted something that was elegant enough to be their full-time home but still casual because it’s right on the beach,” says Magel, a New York City–based textile and fashion designer.
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In the midst of transforming this Mediterranean-style residence, Jamie Herzlinger created a personal oasis so calming that it could lower anyone’s blood pressure. The designer and principal of Jamie Herzlinger Interiors, with locations in Scottsdale, Arizona and New York City, explains that her clients wanted classic interiors and some out-and-out glamour to make their home timeless and elegant.

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While your friends and family may not be in the know, you have an advantage in creating a guest suite sanctuary that rivals any posh boutique hotel so that your guests have the most enjoyable and comfortable stay while in your home. “There are so many small but meaningful things you can add to your guest room to make it inviting and like a home away from home,” says interior design expert Ronique Gibson from InStyleModern.com, a top source for trendy, chic, and affordable contemporary furniture. “Special touches also make your guest feel special and welcomed.” Here are six ways to make the most inviting guest room.
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This 1,000-square-foot pied-à-terre, located near downtown Miami, had been in the homeowner’s family for decades. As a young girl, she and her family would visit from Puerto Rico and stay in the apartment during their trips to Florida. Now she owns the residence with her husband, and although they live in another part of town with their children, they work close by. Because of its proximity to their workplaces, the apartment seemed like the perfect place to spend weekends in the city or the occasional weeknight when a planned social occasion made staying downtown more convenient than driving home.  The couple also wanted a spot that their three young children would  grow to love and use more as they got older.
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Two heads are better than one is a phrase that comes to mind when talking with Ashley Tracey, principal partner and creative director and Laura McLellan, principal partner and managing director for Toronto-based  The Design Co., especially when summing up one of the stunning projects tackled by this talented team. This time around, the designers were hired to do a custom build project with developers who specialize in historical revitalization.
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It takes vision for a house to learn another language, which is exactly what happened in the historic Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles  when a resourceful couple took a detour from the norm. “We found an aging, old Spanish house in our neighborhood, and we decided to reimagine a French provincial home. By the time we were done, we had taken it down to the studs and gutted it—doors, windows, everything,” says architect William Hefner with Studio William Hefner in Los Angeles, which provides architecture, interior design, and landscaping services.
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“Design is often about recreating something that has existed for a long time,” says Dean Herald, managing director and principal landscape designer of Rolling Stone Landscapes, in Sydney, Australia. “Building a chair differently, building a table differently, making water flow uphill, that’s the beauty of what design is all about. Good design challenges what is normal.” Challenging normal was the approach used in this show garden that Herald created at the Sydney Housing Industry Association (HIA) Home Show. “Clients often want something similar to what I’ve done before,” he says. “With a show garden, I get the opportunity to break new ground and show the next client what they could potentially have.”          
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Most of the Roman ruins still remain in the south of France, especially in Provence. Via Aurelia, an impressive stretch of road built by the Roman Empire to maintain its control of the region, still exists, but just a few remnants remain today. The road lead through Le Rocher, the large rock formation with dramatic shape and reddish-brown color. Not far from Le Rocher sits the historic winery estate of Château de Palayson.         
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