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Current Obsessions: Summer Snapshots

How to soak up the last days of summer? With pretty ceramics for dinners outdoors, a newly opened upstate B&B, and a screened porch to live in 24/7 from here on out. Read on: Above: A late-summer scene from A Catskills Cabin Up the Hill from a Local Favorite, Available for Rent. Photograph by Paola & Murray, courtesy of Inez Valk. (In the market for gingham bedding? We like these offerings from Heather Taylor Home.) Julie has been eyeing Mama Farm, an organic farm and three-bedroom bed and breakfast, in Brookhaven, New York, founded by none other than Isabella Rossellini…


Creating a Forever Home: Aging in Place

This article appeared in the Fall 2021 issue of This Old House Magazine. Click here to learn how to subscribe. Just about everyone wants to live at home, well, forever, says James Vitale, an Altadena, CA, architect who specializes in disability access. But fewer than half of those age 55 or older and planning to remodel in the next three years paid attention to making their homes age-proof, a recent study by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies found. This mind-set is changing, however, driving up the value of homes that are safe and comfortable for all, especially in areas…


A Moody, Minimalist “Forest Estate” in Ibiza by Hollie Bowden

New from one of our favorite recent discoveries, UK-based designer Hollie Bowden: a four-bedroom holiday house sited on a wooded property on the Balearic Island of Ibiza. “The brief was to create a bohemian vacation home; unpretentious, serene simplicity with luxurious comfort, a little bit romantic and a little bit magical; high on ambience and warmth,” Bowden says. “The clients had seen my previous work and trusted my vision, they gave me a lot of creative freedom. They were keen for the scheme to incorporate more investment and statement pieces; with an emphasis on rare, unique items; they actively encouraged…


High/Low: Oversized Natural Fiber Pendant Light

Seemingly everywhere: feathery natural fiber pendant lights, for adding a touch of Moroccan bohemia to interiors. Here are two options: Above: The  Cousin Itt-like Ashburn Pendant from Arteriors measures 43 inches in diameter and is $2,625 from Asher + Rye. As Arteriors says, “The spheroid frame is made from natural buri midribs that are woven in such a way that they appear to whirl around the iron frame.” Above: The oversized—it’s almost 42 inches in diameter—handwoven Pipa Pendant is made from coconut ribs sourced in the Philippines; $349 from CB. For more high/low, see: High/Low: World’s Most Elegant Linen Tablecloth?…


Object of Desire: Hand-Embroidered Table Linens from Oeuvres Sensibles in Marseilles

Spotted (and admired) on Instagram: hand-embroidered table linens from Oeuvres Sensibles in Marseilles. Owner Sarah Espeute is a French artist-designer who uses “everyday imagery to tell familiar stories through functional yet aesthetically charming textiles,” as she says. Using traditional methods of embroidery, she creates personalized trompe-l’oeil table linens that “recall poetic and convivial scenes of shared meals.” Pieces are made to order and take a minimum of three weeks. Here’s a look: Above: The Table de Potager features antique linen and cotton hand embroidered with black cotton thread; €590. Above: The design features “four plates, one cabbage, one baguette, one…


10 Easy Pieces: Clear Glass Pendant Lights

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