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Textile Designer Sandra Jordan's Search for the World's Softest Fiber Leads to Peruvian Alpacas

Textile Designer Sandra Jordan's Search for the World's Softest Fiber Leads to Peruvian Alpacas

Growing up as the daughter of a diplomat in Peru, Sandra Jordan was taught the national legacy of the ancient alpaca. Considered “the gold of the Andes,” alpaca fleece, with its legendary softness, was reserved for the use of Incan royalty. But Jordan’s own impression of the fiber fell short of its lofty history: At the local farmers’ markets she visited with her mother, the fleece she found was scratchy and rough. This textural disconnect between the ideal and the real made an imprint on young Jordan, one that would later inspire her own storied journey.

Step Inside an Urban-Inspired Tahoe Interior

Step Inside an Urban-Inspired Tahoe Interior

Next generation Tahoe has set up camp and younger, fresher design is following in its wake. This look is what drew a young Bay Area couple with three small children to Martis Camp, a nine-year-old luxury development that has helped define the new Tahoe with its range of architectural styles. The couple hired architect Brendan Riley of Ryan Group Architects to help establish its design guidelines, also calling on Jay Jeffers to craft their urban-inspired interior.

Tour a Sophisticated Hillsborough Estate Designed by Heather Hilliard

Tour a Sophisticated Hillsborough Estate Designed by Heather Hilliard

When relocating from New York to California, a couple and their three children were prepared to embrace a new lifestyle. Thanks to San Francisco–based interior designer Heather Hilliard, however, transitioning from a SoHo loft to a Hillsborough estate didn’t mean abandoning their downtown aesthetic.

California Artist Robert Irwin Embarks on His First Permanent Architectural Installation

California Artist Robert Irwin Embarks on His First Permanent Architectural Installation

In the boundaryless space of Marfa, Texas, a broken-down ghost of a building sits devoid of roof and floor. What was once the Fort D.A. Russell Hospital is now an intersection of planes, providing fitting inspiration for artist Robert Irwin’s first permanent structure.

Designer Melanie Coddington Gives a Castro Victorian a Fresh New Face

Designer Melanie Coddington Gives a Castro Victorian a Fresh New Face

Interior designer Melanie Coddington gives a circa-1900 Victorian quiet glamour with a blush palette, chic prints and feminine-but-modern furnishings.

Sip Like a Savant with the Help of Master Sommelier Ian Cauble's New Website

Sip Like a Savant with the Help of Master Sommelier Ian Cauble's New Website

If you’ve ever wished you possessed the erudition of the sommelier who so superbly guided pairings at your last dinner outing, a new online service offers the next best thing. Master Sommelier Ian Cauble and business partner Brandon Carneiro have launched SommSelect, a website for enthusiasts that provides access to their trove of knowledge and a carefully curated selection of wines.

Frances Homan Jue Explores the Wonders of England’s National Trust Gardens

Frances Homan Jue Explores the Wonders of England’s National Trust Gardens

An Elizabethan gatehouse overlooking a garden filled with white roses and ancient yew hedges. The warm, gray-and-ochre stone of castle towers reflected in the water of a moat beneath. These were just a few of the things woven into the fabric of my daily life growing up in Southeast England as we explored nearby historic castles and gardens cared for by the National Trust, a nonprofit organization that conserves more than 350 natural and manmade sites in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

A Native Plant Species Inspires a Home by Schwartz and Architecture

A Native Plant Species Inspires a Home by Schwartz and Architecture

When architect Neal Schwartz and his team first visited their client’s site in the foothills of Sonoma Valley, they entered an otherworldly realm. Far from wanting to disrupt this natural element, he took it as inspiration for the design of a 3,500-square-foot family retreat, which will begin construction this summer.

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