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Sculptural Minimalism: A Winery Guesthouse by a French Architect in Portugal’s Douro Valley

Ever since Julie stumbled upon Quinta da Corte, a newly revamped guest house at a winery in Portugal’s Douro Valley, we’ve been admiring its warm minimalism, the way the silhouettes of the furniture balance each other, and how plenty of negative space—textural plaster walls—frames the rooms like art.The 200-year-old winery, renowned for its ports and red wines and owned by French art collector and winemaker Philippe Austruy, had fallen into disrepair before he bought it, and has recently been brought back from the ashes by French architect-of-the-moment Pierre Yovanovitch. Among the buildings is a guest house, complete with sitting areas, a library,…

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Current Obsessions: Glimpses of Spring

Ahead, 9 things on our radar this weekend: Above: Photograph by Greta Rybus from this week’s Nordic by Design: 16 Ideas to Steal from Iceland (and Icelandic Turf Houses). Design studio General Assembly just opened their first brick and mortar shop, called Assembly Line, in Boerum Hill, and we’re hoping to drop in for a visit. It’s at 373 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn; more info here. (Note: Monday and Tuesday are by appointment.) We’ve previously dropped into the Netherlands home of Sanne Hop and her family (see Elevating the Everyday), so we were eager to see that Sanne has opened a shop, Atelier…

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KEEN Utility’s Sparta 2 Work Sneaker Ready to Provide All-Day Comfort and Protection

KEEN Utility's Sparta 2 Work Sneaker Ready to Provide All-Day Comfort and Protection | 2022-02-25 | Walls & Ceilings This website requires certain cookies to work and uses other cookies to help you have the best experience. By visiting this website, certain cookies have already been set, which you may delete and block. By closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to the use of cookies. Visit our updated privacy and cookie policy to learn more. This Website Uses CookiesBy closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to our cookie policy. Learn…

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Nordic by Design: 16 Ideas to Steal from Iceland (and Icelandic Turf Houses)

Perhaps you’ve wondered at them on a drive around Iceland’s Ring Road, or just in photographs: dwellings seemingly built into the land, doors and windows cut into a hillock—Icelandic turf houses, their gabled roofs covered over with green. Turf houses are a tradition that dates to over 1,000 years ago in Iceland, to the 9th and 11th centuries, according to National Geographic. A very abbreviated history: The concept of turf houses was first brought to Iceland (and other parts of Europe) by the Vikings; turf was renewable, readily available, in no short supply, and extra insulating—the ideal building material for…

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Remodelista Reconnaissance: The Secret Behind the Faucets in a Black and White Bath

This week in Remodelista Reconnaissance: a faucet mystery, solved. A few weeks back, reader Petra wrote in asking about the faucets spotted in the featured photo in Remodeling 101: In Praise of Wall-Mounted Faucets. Our team did some sleuthing; here’s the answer. The Sighting Above: The photo in question is of the Bear Creek Bovidae Bath in Austin, Texas, an entrant in our 2017 Considered Design Awards. The faucets didn’t look like anything we’d seen, until we found the original entry. Photograph by Andrea Calo. The Inspiration Above: The verdict? They’re Chicago Faucets that have been stripped. “We followed Emerick…

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What to Know About Hiring a Professional Organizer

One day, you have total power over your possessions—you know where they are and enjoy accessing, using, or simply admiring them. Then, seemingly overnight, you can’t find what you need, and you’re distracted, frustrated, and stressed about the mess. Now, with so many folks sticking to a WFH modus operandi, keeping those belongings in check is more important than ever to your productivity, serenity, and sanity. What Does a Professional Organizer Do? A professional organizer may help you make sense of the muddle by introducing new storage systems or improving existing ones, encouraging you to minimize and neaten up any…

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