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Kitchen of the Week: Art and Soul in a Copenhagen Kitchen

Scandinavian contemporary kitchens are known for their pale, stripped-down allure. But this custom design by KBH Københavns Møbelsnedkeri (translation: Copenhagen Cabinetmaking) takes the opposite tack. Equal parts refined and homey, it’s composed of fumed oak, dark stone, and patinated brass offset by artwork and patterned tiles. A combination island/breakfast counter dominates the floor space. Look closely and you’ll spot the world’s chicest appliance garage. and there’s a true hearth in the center of it all. Photography by Line Klein (@linethiktklein), courtesy of KBH Københavns Møbelsnedkeri. Above: The 323-square-foot kitchen belongs to Rebecca and Peter Elbek—she’s a jewelry designer, he’s a tech…

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A Scottish Stone House with a Minimalist Soul (Available for Let)

When the setting is as dramatic as the windswept terrain of the Scottish Highlands, it’s best to leave interiors simple. Which is why, when tasked with saving an abandoned, century-old stone house in the Scottish countryside for conservationist/hotelier group Wildland (the same owners behind Killiehuntly and Glenfeshie Estate), Edinburgh-based architecture firm GRAS (founded by rising star Gunnar Groves-Raines, son of Nicolas Groves-Raines, the architect behind Killiehuntly) left the stone exterior intact but stripped the interiors. Now the rooms are “a series of finely detailed oak boxes” with oversized windows looking to the wilds outside. Kyle House—named for the shallow loch it…

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Photoshop Redo: From Dreary to Cheery Cottage

Photoshop Redo: From Dreary to Cheery Cottage 3 × Personality Supports Personality Supports Illustration by Drawgate Inc. An entry porch offers protection from the weather. Its flared roof and timber supports add personality. 4 × Finishing Touches: Door Color Finishing Touches: Door Color Photo (paint dab) by Brian Henn Cottage-style additions—from paint to plantings—freshen up a sleepy street front A summer-sky-inspired shade—called Spa—on the new paneled door extends an upbeat welcome and enlivens the whole facade. From $48 per gallon; Sherwin-Williams 5 × Finishing Touches: Wall Light Finishing Touches: Wall Light Illustration by Drawgate Inc. A single sconce in antiqued…

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5 Companies That Make It Easy to Upgrade Your Ikea Sofa

Seven years ago, Izabella wrote about the “thrillingly transformative” Ikea-ready slipcovers from Swedish company Bemz. (You can read her story here.) Since then, more businesses have popped up to help customers upgrade their Ikea sofas, either with new legs or custom coverings. We rounded up our five favorites, starting, of course, with Bemz. Featured photograph courtesy of Bemz. Bemz There are so many reasons to like Bemz—and not just for the quality and uncommon stylishness of their slipcovers. The company is big on sustainability, which means every cover is sewn to order (to prevent waste), and all materials are natural,…

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Bathroom Before and After: Kid-Friendly Remodel

Bathroom Before and After: Kid-Friendly Remodel 1 × BEFORE | Crowded and Dated BEFORE | Crowded and Dated A bath where children start and end each day should set a cheerful tone. That means enough elbow room for a squabble-free cleanup zone—a challenge at Claudia Van Dijk and Chris Ciarallo’s 1912 foursquare in Denver, where the existing bath was too cramped for their three children to share. It was dark, too, with its one window looking into a laundry room that had been tacked on to the house long ago. Shown: The crowded bath was dated and looked into the…

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Domestic Science: How to Sweep a Floor, Perfectionist’s Edition

Everybody should know how to sweep a floor. I got into the habit in college when I lived with a half dozen other reprobates in a shambolic wood-frame home on the edge of campus on the low Iowa prairie. Our house was a typical undergraduate hovel, with yellowed linoleum tiles that curled up at the seams and a Sears stove that hadn’t been cleaned since the 1950s. Some kind of rodent lived behind it. One of my roommates, a real freethinker, was the first to take up sweeping. Gradually, it caught on with the rest of us and me in…

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