Simple Elegance: Holiday Décor in a Mediterranean-style Home

Thankfully, Klaas and Dede Vlietstra don’t believe in bad omens. Having just bought a beautiful home in Pacific Palisades, California, the Vlietstras intended to make only small modifications before moving in. Unfortunately, they learned that good intentions only get you so far. “Once we really started poking around, we found things that we simply couldn’t […]

Sibling Revelry

When Meg Selling and her husband, Ralf, were returning to the States with their three children (Adele, 10, George, 8, and Fritz, 6) after spending seven years in Ralf’s hometown of Frankfurt, Germany, they called on Joe Lucas and Parrish Chilcoat to help renovate the turn-of-the-century Colonial they’d recently purchased in Rumson, on the Jersey […]

Seeing Green

Atlanta interior designer Bill Murphy was on the hunt for a new home when he spotted an orange brick, 1960s-era ranch tucked among grand Tudors and elegant Georgians in the prestigious Buckhead district. The house’s deceptively generous size-5,700 square feet on two levels-and heavily wooded lot won him over. With encouragement and advice from his […]

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’ […]