Ulla Johnson’s NYC Boutique Takes After a Town House

What began as a residential project morphed into a women’s fashion boutique that resembles a residence. “Ulla originally contacted me about a town house she was considering,” Elizabeth Roberts recalls. “She hired me to design her New York store instead.” That store is Ulla Johnson, the 17-year-old, boho-chic brand’s first bricks-and-mortar site that Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design fashioned into “front and rear parlor rooms.”

White-oak chevron flooring flows throughout, except where it’s interrupted by a swath of green marble. Tall mirrors and coved crowns emphasize the high ceiling, and the palette of gentle pinks and yellows are sunset-reminiscent. Alexis Brown Interior Design helped select the mix of custom and Danish vintage furnishings and the artworks. Even the cash-wrap desk, a pleasing oval fronted in cord-wrapped oak dowels, looks like furniture.

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Dan Brunn’s Hip Debut Boutique for RtA in Los Angeles

It was uncharted territory for everyone. The first retail project by Dan Brunn was also the debut boutique for the seriously hip Los Angeles fashion label RtA, standing for Road to Awe. Dan Brunn Architecture did have a leg up, however. Having known RtA co-owner David Rimokh since childhood, Brunn was able to incorporate original, personal references into the design.

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7 Stylish Outdoor Furniture Options

Fuss-free pieces for the outdoors.

holly_hunt_enterprises_moray_manta_ray_daybed_croppedManta Ray daybed, part of the Moray collection by Holly Hunt Enterprises.

1. Designer: Holly Hunt for Holly Hunt Enterprises.

Product: Moray.

Standout: Sea creatures were the inspiration for Moray, a 25-piece collection two years in the making, due to the complexity of the fabrication process. The namesake Moray chaise longue has a powder-coated aluminum frame with wheels and solution-dyed acrylic upholstery.

sp01_design_tom_fereday_jeannette_chee_eileen_chairs_tablesJeanette, Chee, and Eileen chairs and tables by Tom Fereday for SP01 Design.

2. Designer: Tom Fereday for SP01 Design.

Products: Jeanette, Chee, and Eileen.

Standout: Steel is the constant for this trio of chairs and tables, the latter topped in high-pressure plastic laminate, acetylated wood, or marble. 

dedon_lorenza_bozzoli_brixx_modular_sofaBrixx modular sofa by Lorenza Bozzoli for Dedon.

3. Designer: Lorenza Bozzoli for Dedon.

Product: Brixx.

Standout: Mix and match the triangular or bolster backrests with the small, medium, and large seating modules, all upholstered in water-repellent acrylic. 

roda_gordon_guillaumier_leaf_side_tableLeaf side table by Gordon Guillaumier for Roda.

4. Designer: Gordon Guillaumier for Roda.

Product: Leaf.

Standout: A form invented by Mother Nature is reinterpreted by man, with an enameled top and a base in powder-coated stainless steel. 

sutherland_lee_mindel_continuous_line_cahirContinuous Line lounge chair by Lee Mindel for Sutherland.

5. Designer: Lee Mindel for Sutherland.

Product: Continuous Line.

Standout: The SheltonMindel founder and Interior Design Hall of famer pairs teak and stainless steel hardware for a lounge chair with Finnish flavor. 

giorgetti_ludovica_and_roberto_palomba_apsara_outdoor_sofaApsara by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba for Giorgetti.

6. Designer: Ludovica and Roberto Palomba for Giorgetti.

Product: Apsara.

Standout: Palomba Serafini Associati‘s founders envisioned the same platform in Afromosia wood both supporting seating and serving as a table. 

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How I See My Ideal Kitchen

Culinary expert Alison Roman and Anna Cappelen, along with Chloe Pollack-Robbins of the design firm Curious Yellow share how they envision the most popular room in the home and how including design features like the Delta Trinsic® Pro faucet go a long way in realizing this vision.

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Residential & Commercial Projects Awarded Top Honors by Marvin Windows and Doors

1960s Modern Shorefront
Best in Show Winner: Shorefront Camp in Trenton, ME, by William M. Hanley, AIA & Heli T. Mesiniemi, AIA.

In this complete renovation to an original modern shorefront, authenticity was of utmost importance. Marvin Awning Windows were used to perfectly match and maintain the original character of the house.


Small Space, Open Living
Best Contemporary Winner: Compact Living in Minneapolis, MN, by Christopher Strom Architects.

An Accessory Dwelling Unit allows for independent living, while strategic use of glass, partitions, and vaulted ceilings create a dramatic open feeling in a space smaller than 400 square feet.


House on a Knoll
Best Transitional Winner: Knoll House in Ferrisburgh, VT, by Elizabeth Herrmann.

Perfectly settled into the wooded site, thoughtful materials merge the house with the natural environment. Each space uniquely shapes to its surrounding, while large Marvin Ultimate Casement Windows take in the beautiful sites.


Camp Timeless
Best Traditional New Construction Winner: Little Camp in MA by Jacob Albert.

This new construction feels like it has been there for years. Fitting to its surroundings, the camp uses exposed rafter tails, an entirely wood interior, and Marvin Ultimate Double Hung Windows.


Historical Town Hall Restored
Best Remodel/Addition Winner: Westborough Town Hall in Westborough, MA, by Brian Humes.

A once dilapidated town hall was renovated to address the aging conditions. Maintenance-free Marvin clad-wood windows were used to duplicate the originals still in the building.


Ranch Revival
Best in Commercial Winner: McClellan Ranch Preserve Environmental Education Center in Cupertino, CA, by Henry Siegel.

An 1870s ranch was given new purpose when an Education Center was built. Custom Marvin windows were used to match specific design needs, preserving the presence of wildlife.

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John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s Former Hollywood Hills Home Is Back on the Market

If you feel as if you missed an opportunity to snatch up John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s former Hollywood Hills home, this will come as good news: It’s back on the market! After the celebrity couple sold their home just three weeks after listing it in 2014, the new homeowners are relisting the property according to Trulia. The current price is $2.495 million, half a million more than Teigen and Legend sold it for in 2014, according to Trulia. Legend and Teigen updated the 2,200-square-foot home with the help of designer Don Stewart. They completely gutted the 1960s residence to reflect their “chic and tailored but also earthy and casual” style, Legend revealed to Architectural Digest after the update.

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New Zealand Home Masters Natural Material Palette

A house by Herbst Maxcey Metropolitan Architects in Piha Beach, New Zealand.

When Herbst Maxcey Metropolitan Architects was commissioned to design a residence in Piha Beach, New Zealand, the firm knew they wanted to fill the property with natural materials. “We wanted to achieve a soft, warm, and natural interior,” recalls co-founder Bodie Maxcey. To achieve this, the architect clad the living room and bedroom ceilings with oiled Gaboon plywood panels.


The living room’s high-stud ceiling, lined with rafter beams.

Installation posed a challenge. Using an adhesive would damage the plywood’s oiled finish, so the firm instead looked to Fastmount’s Very Low Profile range of fastening systems. The system addresses common issues with panel installation, such as insecure mounting, unsightly surface fixing, uneven alignment, and irregular spacing. The solution also lets users easily remove and replace the panels, with no damage caused to the finish.

herbst-maxcey-metropolitan-architects-fastmount-very-low-profile-system-03Fastmount’s Very Low Profile fastening system made for easy installation of oiled plywood panels. 


Fastmount’s system hides traditional fixings for an uninterrupted display.  

The living space’s high-stud ceiling, lined with rafter beams, offered the perfect location for the panels. Uninterrupted by traditional fixings such as nails or screws, the wood takes center stage and accentuates the room’s length. “The lack of visible fastenings in the plywood really takes the look and feel to another level,” the client says.

herbst-maxcey-metropolitan-architects-fastmount-very-low-profile-system-08The architects also used Fastmount’s Very Low Profile system to install plywood panels in the bedroom. 

herbst-maxcey-metropolitan-architects-fastmount-very-low-profile-system-09The panels are separated by a negative detail measuring 1/8 inch.

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Tiny Shanghai Flower Shop With a Big Personality by Alberto Caiola

“It’s a very far cry from the usual European florist, with its white-painted wooden planters,” Alberto Caiola says. He moved from Italy to Shanghai “for love” and opened Alberto Caiola Studio there. So he had plenty of East-West insights to offer when the online florist July’s Flower asked him for its first bricks-and-mortar store, to be located in a 1949 converted house in the city’s former French Concession. Intended as a brand experience to stand out in a crowded retail marketplace, his solution was a space that would not only showcase the flowers but also transform them into art.

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San Antonio House by Lake Flato Architects Exemplifies Indoor-Outdoor Living

If Texas has a soul, it can surely be found in the work of Interior Design Hall of Fame members David Lake and Ted Flato. They were both born and bred in the Lone Star State, the latter taking a temporary leave of absence in California only to earn his architecture degree from Stanford University. And the Texas vernacular looms large in the residential portfolio of Lake Flato Architects. Courtyards are the core, no matter the setting. Overhangs, of necessity, offer protection from harsh sunlight and brutal heat. Sustainability rules, not just as a programmatic constant but also as a keystone of the studio’s culture. An exemplar of all is a house that Flato completed with associate Laura Kaupp Jensen, a Texan by choice, for a father and his young daughter in Olmos Park, a municipality that’s part of San Antonio.

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