Design + Decor

Compass Rose

Compass Rose

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Outdoor living comprises 25 percent of northwest-facing home “The driveway approach winds up the hill, creating anticipation of arriving,” says architect Amy Conner-Murphy, founder…

Against the Flow

Against the Flow

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Early in her career, in Delaware, interior designer Kristen Levy had a job that kept her creative side underground. “When the city cleaned and…

Permanent Vacation

Permanent Vacation

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“I designed this cabin with no client in mind,” says Greg McGuffey, president of Earthtone Builders. “Rather, it was a fun opportunity for me…

Air Plants Meet Architecture

Air Plants Meet Architecture

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“I live in the forest.” So says Ally Mignaud, who, when she’s not in the woods, runs her one-woman business, Belle Decor Designs, out…

Raising the Roof

Raising the Roof

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“The manner by which the structure touches the sky defines the architecture,” says architect Rob Carlton, memorably. He adds that this is a key…

Comfort and Joy

Comfort and Joy

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“Let’s make a fort” is a childhood entreaty that’s as universal as “Mom, there’s nothing to eat.” Kids have forever fashioned compact play spaces…

From Beer to Bangkok

From Beer to Bangkok

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“While most 16-year-olds were working at McDonald’s, I was learning how to lay tile in a spec house,” says April Gahagan-Fore, whose grandparents and…

Brown Furniture + Beyond

Brown Furniture + Beyond

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The 32nd National Arts and Crafts Conference will be held February 15-17 at Asheville’s Omni Grove Park Inn. Dubbed “the most important weekend of…

The Best Laidback Plans

The Best Laidback Plans

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Laurie Sprenger is a dietician from a big Italian family, and she likes to cook. But she and her husband Chris “don’t live in…