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Do-it-Right Product Spotlight | 2019 Idea House

Do-it-Right Product Spotlight | 2019 Idea House 1 × Smarter Circuit Breaker Smarter Circuit Breaker Photo by Nat Rea Instead of old-school, electrical-box eyesores, we opted for two sleek load centers with observation windows that keep the circuits dust-free. Their plug on design made installation easy. And we added Internet connectivity that will allow the future homeowners to turn off any circuit breaker remotely, view their energy consumption in real time, and calculate their monthly energy costs.LOAD CENTERS: Leviton 2 × Hidden-in-Plain-Sight Door Stops Hidden-in-Plain-Sight Door Stops Photo by Nat Rea (left), Courtesy of Ghostop (right) One of the innovations…

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California Style, Epitomized: An Airy Lakeside House Redone by Jenni Kayne

When it comes to laid-back, California-cool design, Jenni Kayne is the undisputed It girl. So when Fan spotted, on Instagram, a white-washed cabin on the shores of California’s Lake Arrowhead that was recently re-done by Jenni and her team, we took note—and asked Jenni herself for the inside scoop. “We fell in love with the cozy serenity of Lake Arrowhead from our first visit, and more specifically, with this home,” Jenni told us. “Nearly every room has a view of the lake, with endless potential and opportunity to create something special to enhance its natural environment.” Plus, the cabin wasn’t far…

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Nami Nori: In West Village, a Japanese Restaurant with a Beachy Vibe

Nami Nori, a new Japanese restaurant in NYC’s West Village, opened just a couple weeks ago, but it’s already generated a substantial level of buzz. This is likely because its three founders are all alums of Masa, the only 3-Michelin-star sushi restaurant in the country. Aside from its much-lauded menu, Masa is famous for serving the most expensive dinner in town (its omakase costs $595 per person); Nami Nori is the trio’s attempt to be more inclusive without sacrificing quality. This translates to a more casual menu (entirely gluten-free) that focuses on temaki hand rolls reimagined as “tacos”—as well as…

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Lung Disease Strikes Engineered Stone Fabricators

Cutting engineered stone under a jet of water reduces airborne silica, a serious health risk for unprotected fabricators. Photo by Scott Gibson. Fabricators in four western states who work with engineered stone to make kitchen and bath countertops are showing increased cases of a potentially fatal illness linked to job site exposure to silica. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 18 workers in four western states were diagnosed with silicosis in a two-year period, including two fatalities. Most of them worked with engineered stone. Engineered stone—sold under brand names such as Caesarstone and Silestone—is…

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Kitchen of the Week: A Frankensteined Historic House—Turned Guest Rental—in Philadelphia’s Fishtown, Before and After

It was a gray waxed canvas tote that first caught my eye thanks to its repurposed leather strap made from a World War II gun sling. That was at a trade show several years ago, where Margaux and Walter Kent of Peg and Awl were also showcasing wooden bath trays, “apothecary cabinets”, and rope tree swings, all of which looked as if they had been created by nostalgists with very good taste. “Our work is made from old things found and recovered from misfortune and neglect,” they explain. “When the old eludes us, we use sustainable materials. We started making…

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Before/After: A Space-Enhancing Historic House Remodel in Melbourne

Carole Whiting spent 20 years producing television commercials while moonlighting as her architect husband’s design sidekick. Eight years ago, she finally signed on full time with his firm. Several design awards, a white-hot laundry room—and a divorce—later, Whiting now runs her own busy South Melbourne design studio leading a team of four. We happened upon her stylishly practical interiors on Instagram and asked to see more. Here’s a favorite recent project: a new chapter for a compact historic house belonging to a recently married artist and builder and their blended family. The challenges: balancing tradition and modernity, creating order and…

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