Rural Retreat with Modern Flair

For a kid who grew up in Indiana Amish country surrounded by cozy quilts and period antiques, this modernist corrugated metal and concrete-panel house may seem a stretch. Not so. Inspiration for the structure’s cylindrical silo-like tower and blocky barn forms comes directly from Midwest rural landscapes, says Chicago-based architect Stanley Tigerman, who designed the […]

Rocky Mountain Holiday

Greg and Jane Hills and their two children, Austin and Whitney, celebrate Christmas as countless Americans do–at home, exchanging gifts and sharing traditional holiday meals. Here, their friends and neighbors also happily mingle and enjoy the festive music and cheerful repartee. What makes the Hills family holidays unique is the location they call home–Aspen, the […]

Renovated Summer Home

The first clue to the homeowners’ dual loyalties is the Texas state flag waving from the top of their Nantucket clapboard house–a bit of a disconnect in this iconic Yankee whaling town dominated by sailboat masts and church steeples. The flag unobtrusively announces the Massachusetts vacation home of Lone Star transplants Mary Helen and Michael […]

Renovated Family Home in Charleston

Looking back at her South Carolina childhood, Sarah Hamlin Hastings has always been able to find one constant among her fondest memories. The elaborate Sunday dinners, rollicking Easter egg hunts, and festive Christmas parties of her youth all shared a common setting: the gracious center-hall Colonial that her grandmother and grandfather called home. “It was […]

Remodeled Row House

Paul Corrie’s course of action as an adult has been perfectly legal. So by-the-book, in fact, that after finishing college, he followed in the steps of his attorney father by earning a law degree and then working at a small law firm. But not long after he switched the tassel on his graduation cap, Paul […]

A Fashion Designer’s Home in the Hamptons

“Dennis absolutely lights up a room. He’s larger than life,” says interior designer Kenneth Alpert of Dennis Basso, his friend and client for 35 years. “If you wake up in a bad mood, you should call Dennis. He’s like a vitamin B-12 shot.” An eye for glamour and unflagging energy have made Dennis Basso a […]

Family-Friendly and Colorful

Some clients keep their designers on a short leash to avoid surprises. Then there’s Lisa and Brad Weinstock. These Los Angeles homeowners confidently snipped the tethers restraining interior designer Ruthie Sommers and sent her racing into the realm of the unexpected. Their only mandate was a mild, “Surprise us, please.” Built in 1933, the Weinstocks’ […]

Exotic West Hollywood Home

Los Angeles homeowner Carmen Lopez’s treasured collections of books, silver, bracelets, dishware, antique wooden canes, Battersea boxes, and just about anything Hermès don’t just lend personality to the West Hollywood home she’s owned for more than 23 years. They also give her life the sense of permanence she lost when she left her home in […]

Elegant Edge

With both of their daughters successfully launched, Jim and Elsie Henderson were in perfect accord on a pair of polar opposite, his-and-her essentials for their newly purchased, downsized home. The impeccably kept 1954-vintage house in the heart of Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood had to serve as a sophisticated modern-art gallery with a soupçon of edginess for […]

Designer Home with Multi-Hued Holiday Palette

Everyone has a notion of what the season’s palette should be. There are the traditionalists, who celebrate with jewel-toned baubles and stockings in red-and-green plaids; the sophisticates, who prefer an elegant, snow-evoking montage of ivory and beige with the occasional gold sparkle; and those in between, who opt for both color and subtlety with the […]