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The Curator’s Apartment: A Design-Led Holiday Retreat in Bath

The Curator’s Apartment is a pared-back, art-filled holiday rental in the center of Bath that doubles as an artistic retreat. It is the first design-led rental created by Tina Liu, who—after a decade-long career in the City—is now a property developer intent on creating individually crafted spaces for passing travelers seeking ease and authenticity. Above: A view of Walcot Street. Tina lived and studied in Bath as a teenager and has been captivated by its elegance ever since. The light-filled apartment is situated on Walcot Street—a historic road lined with independent shops and antique emporiums. Taking this setting as inspiration,…

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Current Obsessions: Savoring July

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Seven Lakes Inn in Maine: Summer-Ready Lodgings by a Mother-Daughter Duo

The latest weekend escape I’m eyeing here in Maine? Seven Lakes Inn, recently opened in an 1840s farmhouse in Belgrade. I first spotted glimpses on Instagram and was struck by the design-minded but unfussy interiors: black-painted bed frames, natural-fiber rugs, classic quilts—the kind of place you can hang up your wet bathing suit after a plunge in the lake without having to worry. And no wonder: The four-room inn is the project of a mother and daughter—Carolyn Walker (mother) and Jordan Shaw (daughter)—who are also both alums of California-based vintage shop Elsie Green. “My mom and I have worked on…

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Creative Spice Rack Ideas

Part of the fun of having colorful jars of seasonings around is in organizing and exhibiting them in a creative way. And if you’re planning to use these containers as an integral part of your kitchen decor, we’ve got all sorts of clever and crafty DIY spice rack ideas for displaying your collection. Wall-mounted Spice Rack Nicolette Lovell/Courtesy Studio Plumb Eye-catching spices can do double duty as works of art on your kitchen walls. Display them in a decorative frame or repurposed pallet, or install floating wall shelves for a neat, minimalist look. Just make sure the shelves have a…

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Kitchen of the Week: A Modern Barn Conversion in the English Countryside

What this project lacks in color, it more than makes up for in texture. Brushed stainless steel, soft Corian, and light oak combine with the age-old timber ceiling beams and stone walls original to the structure, formerly a barn, for a particularly striking materials palette. The team behind Jack Trench, a bespoke kitchen design firm in London, was tasked with converting the barn into a guest house. With such strong textures in play, the decision was made to go for a minimalist design. “We kept the kitchen design as clean and pared-back as possible so as not to detract from…

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Kindred House, a New, Creative Coastal Retreat in Margate, England

Kindred House, on England’s southeast coast, is Margate’s newest guest house and a place that has been inspired by the shore along which it sits. In fact, when I asked the owner, Natasha Lawless, to share some images of the project, she responded with a selection of elemental landscapes and details from her surroundings: a close-up of the erosion holes in a slab of chalk, graphic rock formations, a piercing sunset, and a thick carpet of seaweed. Above: The Rie Room, one of two restored rooms in Kindred House. “The concept of Kindred House is an idea I have had…

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