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A Travel- and Fashion-Inspired Interior Unfolds in Style Guru Stephen Brady's Mission Bay Residence

For Stephen Brady, executive vice president of Creative Services for Gap Inc., home truly is a style statement. With a celebrated career in fashion and décor—including leading roles at Ralph Lauren Home and Williams-Sonoma—Brady is known for crafting iconic retail spaces and destination restaurants (including San Francisco’s debonair Spruce). And while his two-bedroom, park-view Mission Bay condominium certainly has more than a dash of haberdashery—a dressing area in chocolate brown and furniture clad in menswear fabrics—Brady’s artful appointments also tell the story of a global traveler.

From a Blank Canvas, Kem Theilig Creates a Home for Gallerist and Best Friend Lisa Dolby Chadwick

One week before San Francisco’s Bay Lights project went live, gallery owner Lisa Dolby Chadwick and her partner, Ian Schmidt, hosted a fundraiser in their home to benefit the hugely popular Bay Bridge art installation. In attendance was Leo Villareal, creator of the work composed of 25,000 LED lights, who thrilled the guests when he switched on the artwork via his computer. “Everyone gasped,” recalls Dolby Chadwick, whose Russian Hill perch provided the perfect vantage point. “We were all gathered in what we call ‘the view room’ for the magic moment.”

For Designer Campion Platt, a Humble Bungalow on the Water Is the Key to Summertime Fun

Most people would guess that the home of an architect and interior designer is always the biggest and baddest on the block. Not so when it comes to Campion Platt. Nestled in a neighborhood of iron-gated fortresses in the heart of Water Mill, the waterfront bungalow that he shares with his wife, Tatiana, and their three children is anything but amped up. “We’re the last holdouts,” he says. “We’re like the Clampetts!”

A Couple's Western-Style-Meets-Connecticut-Barn Aesthetic Takes Shape in Sharon, CT

When Henry Smedley and Kathy Chow purchased 40 bucolic acres near Sharon in 2003, rather than rush to build their weekend retreat, the Manhattan-based couple opted to take time to understand their surroundings.

A Behind-the-Seams Look at Fall’s Most Fabulous Fabrics

Editorial Director D.J Carey and designer Kerry Delrose rounded up the season's most alluring fabrics, including those with gradient hues, a splash of lime and all-over tangerine. Get inspired with selections from top designers including Thibaut, Stark, Pollack, Weitzner, Liora Manné, Scumacher, Fonthill, Black Edition, Designers Guild, Kravet and more.

Design Objects Inspired by the Fall 2014 Collections of Céline

Avian design elements, including pieces from Schumacher, Trove, San Francisco artist Nick Dong, Soane, Box Clever and Council, and Ironware International help interiors take flight.

The 2014 NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards Winners: Kitchen Design

The winning project in the 2014 NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards in the category of Interior Design came courtesy of Lorraine Bonaventura Architect, with runner-up going to Deane, Inc. and Finalist Recognition going to Ronald Bricke & Associates as well as DHD Architecture & Interior Design.

The 2014 NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards Winners: Architecture

The winning project in the 2014 NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards in the category of Architecture came courtesy of Mitchell Studio, with runner-up going to Radoslav Opacic Architects and Finalist Recognition going to Carol Kurth Architecture as well as Lorraine Bonaventure Architect.

Isabelle de Borchgrave Cuts a New Cloth with Sartorially Inspired Home Textiles

Isabelle de Borchgrave was first inspired upon seeing numerous collections within New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. "I wanted to possess each and every one of those costumes," she recalls. "I wanted to recreate them, to make them mine." She decided that "the easiest way was to make sculptures with the first media I ever used: paper." Today, de Borchgrave is best known for her meticulous interpretations of historic costumes that she crafts with paper and paint.

Inside Fashion Designer Dennis Basso's Glamorous Hamptons Getaway

At Basso and Cominotto’s house, any table—from the kitchen to the lounge to the dining room—has plenty of room for an extra chair.

In Sagaponack, Tamara Magel Displays Her Winning Ways, Decorating a House for Clients Near Gibson Beach

Even though this Sagaponack house is just steps from the ocean, you won’t find any sand on the kitchen floor. Or wet beach towels in a pile next to a screen door, or flip-flops by a hose. None of the scraps of summer can be found here, because this house isn’t a part-time beach escape, but rather a year-round, sophisticated home for a couple who came to the conclusion that weekends were just not enough.

In Rioja, High-Design Wineries Are Producing Even-More-Tempting Tempranillos

There’s a rebellion underway in Rioja, the Spanish wine region famous for its reasonably priced, aged red wines. Classicists—devoted to the old ways of aging Tempranillo (the dominant red grape) into restrictive categories (Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva)—are being challenged by modernists inspired by French techniques. The upstarts are excavating for the best terroir, using pricey French oak barrels, and aging their wines just long enough to express the grapes’ true personality.

Rising Star: Sydney Maag

Like a lot of designers, Texas native Sydney Maag has been fussing with furnishings since she was a young kid. “I was always moving the furniture around and changing the rooms in our house,” she says. “Even at nine years old, I was constantly thinking about space, materials, finishes, and how to make a room look better.”

A Visit to a Grand Estate from the Birth of French Baroque

Before there was Versailles, there was Vaux le Vicomte. French-lawyer- turned-finance-minister Nicolas Fouquet finished this aesthetically pioneering French Baroque chateau and garden in 1661, several years before Louis XIV would even begin work on his glittering palace at Versailles, which he would go on to build using the same triumvirate of accomplished, forward-thinking design talents first brought together at Vaux—and many of their ideas, too.

From His San Francisco Studio, Paul Benson Turns Raw Materials Into Refined Furnishings

San Francisco based artist, Paul Benson, is known for turning raw materials into refined furnishings. He works with antique machines and hand tools in his San Francisco studio. His innovative and unique pieces are coveted by A-list designers throughout the nation. And whether an industrially inspired, riveted bedframe or a delicate, hand-turned vessel, each work speaks to a true artist's commitment to his craft.

On Fire Island, Bromley Caldari Architects Reinvents a 1960s A-Frame Overlooking Great South Bay

Several times a day at our home in Fire Island Pines, the same scene plays out. Visitors, in knots of twos or threes, stand unannounced in our entryway, craning their necks to get a glimpse of the suspended staircase dangling like sculpture above the 18-foot-high living room. “Excuse me, but we’ve known this house since we were little, and we’ve been watching it change the past few years, and well . . . .” At this point, my partner, Doug Harris, and I usually invite them in.

Congratulations to the 2014 NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards Winners

Announcing the winners of the 2014 NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards! Find out who took home awards in the categories of Kitchen Design, Bath Design, Interior Design, Garden Design, Architecture, and Innovative Product Design.

Fashion Designer Rebecca Taylor Kicks Up Her Heels in an 1890s Park Slope Brownstone

It’s a long way from Down Under to downtown New York—literally and figuratively—but for New Zealand–born fashion designer Rebecca Taylor, the trip has really paid off. After studying her craft at a polytechnic university in the Kiwi capital of Wellington, she decamped for Manhattan in 1992 and never looked back.

In His Duplex Penthouse in Chelsea, Decorator Scott Sanders Brings the Outside In and Vice Versa, Saturating Everything in Bright Color

In the course of his career, Sanders has developed a signature look he calls “New American Style,” and he’s known for designing homes that are rooted in tradition. But this apartment, with its many mid-20th-century pieces by Eames, Wegner, Wormley, Saarinen, and others, is more overtly contemporary than most of the work he has done for his clients. “‘New American Style,’” Sanders elaborates, “is about warmth, and creating spaces people feel comfortable in. There’s no velvet rope.

Designer Tori Golub Puts Her Signature Spin on a Carnegie Hill Apartment

Go with your gut: It’s an instinct that’s been said to lead to the right decision, and in the right direction, more often than not. When Amy and Mitchell Kaneff found themselves in need of a designer for their Park Avenue apartment, they did just that: Mitchell had met Tori Golub through mutual friends and thought of her immediately. The designer’s sensibility, not to mention demeanor, struck him as one that would fall in sync with theirs.

Erin Martin Brings the Loft Life to a Classic St. Helena Victorian

A pair of Virginia transplants who purchased a wine country Victorian commissioned designer Erin Martin to give their home an urbane yet laid-back look. Martin recalls of her initial meeting with them, “The wife was so chic my first thought was Anna Wintour has nothing on this woman!”

Taking Cues From Nature, Georgette Farkas Sets a Table on the Connecticut Coast That’s a Treat for All of the Senses

Farkas likes a menu that has a sense of place—for the party at Flying Point, she used vegetables from her mother’s garden to create a colorful spread of crudités and appetizer salads, and flowers for the tables’ centerpieces. Her mother, Francine Farkas Sears, has always enjoyed cooking and imparted the idea to her daughter that taking the time to invite guests to a meal in your home is like offering a gift.

With An Eye Toward Sustainability, Architect McKee Patterson Upgrades a 20th-Century Colonial

When you’ve completed three major interior design projects with the same couple, you might not be able to finish each other’s sentences but you likely know the answer to “chintz or stripes?” without having to ask the question. So when the owners of an early 20th-century Colonial Revival contacted Paul Stuart Rankin for a fourth go around, he knew just what to do.

The 2014 Hampton Classic Horse Show

Horses and riders in the ring aren't the only competitors on closing day of the Hampton Classic. Every year, innovative decorators play off equestrian themes, beach topics, end-of-summer flowers, business logos, bright bursts of color, to create table settings for their guests in the ringside VIP tent. The Editor in Chief of HC&G (Hamptons Cottages & Gardens), Kendell Cronstrom, selects the winning tables each year. Choosing among the myriad creations isn't easy but here is the outcome this year.

Dreaming Big in a Cozy Cottage Filled with Heavenly Hues and Classic Charm

I am still in my color phase,” says interior designer Kelly Hohla, standing in her dining room beside a pair of chartreuse chairs with plaid seat cushions and floral-pillow backs. “When I was younger, I did a lot of drawing and painting. I’m sure that influenced how I think about color—its layering and pairing, texture and pattern.”

New and Notable Design Objects from the Hamptons and Beyond: Style File for Fall

As fall approaches, bridge one season to the next with luxury in mind, including pieces from Custom Cool, Christell Campaign and Le Premier Parfum.

Designer Eric Cohler Brings Cinematic Glamour to a Nob Hill Penthouse

Ever since he was captivated in his early teens by Dark Passage, the 1947 Bogart crime drama set in San Francisco, interior designer Eric Cohler has been fascinated by the city’s film noir atmosphere. “It’s such a mysterious place,” says Cohler. “The fog, the thirties storefronts and that sense of a glamorous era when people dressed for dinner.” Now, the designer has brought that sensibility to the penthouse of what has been called San Francisco’s “most desirable” apartment, the Chambord atop Nob Hill.

Highlights from the Fourth Annual HC&G Innovation in Design Awards

On Thursday, August 7, HC&G (Hamptons Cottages & Gardens) hosted its fourth annual HC&G Innovation in Design Awards at Guild Hall of East Hampton. Here, highlights from the event, which included a cocktail party furnished by Room & Board and an awards ceremony where first place and runner-up trophies were given in the categories of Architecture, Interior Design, Kitchen and Bath Design, Garden Design and Innovative Product. Madeline Weinrib was presented with the 2014 HC&G Innovator Award.

Design Icon Paul Vincent Wiseman Celebrates a Life in Design and the Debut of His First Book, Inner Spaces

“When a room tells our life story and reflects who we are, it gives us license to open up to our true self,” says interior designer Paul Wiseman, by way of explaining the philosophy behind Inner Spaces (Gibbs Smith, 2014), the first monograph of his stellar 35-year career.

Architect Preston Phillips’s Bridgehampton Home and Studio Speaks Volumes About His Work

The house is a machine for living” is not a phrase that immediately conjures feelings of comfort and domestic tranquility, yet Le Corbusier’s words have been a mantra for architects since he wrote them in 1923. For Bridgehampton-based architect Preston Phillips, the master’s words couldn’t be more appropriate. While Phillips’s house, tucked deep in the woods near the Bridge-Sag Turnpike, might seem anything but “homey” to some, he designed it with comfort and style in mind.

Manhattan Design Firm Workshop/apd Creates an Environmentally Friendly Home by Mecox Bay

It’s an especially rare kind of kismet: clients who click with their architects right off the bat, who come to the table knowing exactly what they want their dream house to be. But it happened for Vicki Kaplan and her family when they hired the Manhattan design firm Workshop/apd to create a new home in Water Mill, overlooking a pristine reserve a stone’s throw from Mecox Bay.

East Hampton–Based Architect Maziar Behrooz Designs an Art-Filled House That’s Perfect from Every Angle

For many people, a primary residence calls for a more ordered existence, but in a weekend house, there are no rules. Marie-Ève and Michel Berty realized this widely accepted truth when they bought a house in the Hamptons. The couple started visiting the East End not long after moving to New York from their native France, and it didn’t take long before they desired a place of their own.

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Haver & Skolnick Architects
Haver & Skolnick Architects creates award-winning homes of timeless design, providing personal service & impeccable attention to detail. For 22 years, Charles Haver, AIA and Stewart Skolnick, AIA have offered a single source for architecture, interior design and landscape architecture, creating seamless environments which are a reflection of their clients’ personalities. The firm has been nationally recognized for comfortable, classic country homes and elegant apartments which reflect history while responding to a contemporary lifestyle.

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475 Flying Point Road, Water Mill, NY
Located less than a half-mile to Water Mill’s world-class Flying Point beaches, this super stylish compound on 3+/- acres offers two separate legal residences, a 3-car+ garage with sitting and bathrooms, 60'x20' heated Gunite pool with spa, and tennis court. Architect Alexander Antonelli with Fountainhead Construction used modern materials and systems that are intrinsic throughout, right down to the finished lower levels. Everything has been designed to integrate indoor-outdoor living and entertainment across this ideal Hamptons property.

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