• Sleek and serene, this modern dwelling by Klopf Architecture exudes cool and collected charm, while infusing unexpected warmth. Klopf Architecture completely remodeled this once dark Eichler house in Palo Alto creating a more open, bright and functional family home. The reconfigured great room with new full height windows and sliding glass doors blends the indoors with the newly landscaped patio and seating areas outside.   The former galley kitchen was relocated and was opened up to have clear sight lines through the great room and out to the patios and yard, including a large island and a beautiful walnut bar......

  • Infused with the legacy of the Spanish heritage, Cartagena is a gorgeous fishing village on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, with beautiful beaches and breathtaking colonial architecture. The historic old town is a popular port of call for cruise ships, boasting a lively marketplace full of traditional Colombian artisans and yummy treats. These days, 200 years after Colombian independence, anyone can stroll the mighty ramparts. Visitors poke their heads through the cannon slots for picturesque views of the Caribbean. Cartagena was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984, and remained remarkably undamaged during the drug wars that plagued Colombia in the eighties and......

  • From outdoor adventures to ultra-chic lodging, here are some the best hotels to stay across the country as recommended by EV editors.     The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga   Set on 30,000 acres amid the unspoiled Sierra Madre range, this western resort executes the luxury dude ranch concept with impeccable skill: think spotted cowhide chairs in the lounge, fur throws at the edge of knotty wooden king-sized beds, and yurts decked out with antler chandeliers and chocolate leather couches. Guest rooms range from well-appointed spaces in the main Trailhead Lodge to elegant cabin suites, and large, super-secluded......

  • Our editors were blown away by the sophistication and charm of this Naples vacation home, envisioned by Chicago-based designer Summer Thornton. This home in Naples Florida was a ground-up build where the designer was brought in to oversee interior architecture and interior design choosing finishes as well as furnishings & decor throughout. The designer describes having found inspiration in a sense of pure escape. “When you spend most of the year in the midwest, you know the winters are tough, but the over-the-top tropical look just wasn’t right because she really loves a more refined and elegant look.”     For a fresh approach,......

  • Looking for a new idea for a tired fireplace? These fabulous fireplaces look gorgeous, warm toes, and transform each space with style and character.     A dramatic marble fireplace surround anchors the light-filled great room, which looks outside through expansive windows. Hintgen designed twin chaise lounges, made by Van Peursem and covered with Holly Hunt leather, and paired them with a coffee table by Century Furniture. (Photography: Emily Minton Redfield).     In this open concept home designed by Soler Architecture and Design, a modern two-way fireplace is given a reflective façade, thanks to metallic bricks that reflect the......

  • Designed and remoled by GCDD Group, the house was transformed from a run-down minimal traditional home into a funky 21st century, design-forward city home. Rehabs usually represent bigger challenges than new construction, and this project wasn’t the exception. When first approaching this project, Andres Galindo and his team knew that they were dealing with an old and poorly built structure with almost no architectural value. For most professionals in the field this house would have been a no-brainer teardown, but for this team, it was a unique opportunity to challenge their capacity to incorporate high-end and sustainable standards into an......

  • Few American artists are as ever-present and instantly recognizable as Andy Warhol (1928–1987). Through his carefully cultivated persona and willingness to experiment with non-traditional art-making techniques, Warhol understood the growing power of images in contemporary life and helped to expand the role of the artist in society. This exhibition—the first Warhol retrospective organized in the U.S. since 1989—reconsiders the work of one of the most inventive, influential, and important American artists. Building on a wealth of new materials, research and scholarship that has emerged since the artist’s untimely death in 1987, this exhibition reveals new complexities about the Warhol we......

  • At EV we just love this international project, where new life was infused to this old structure, for a modern, minimalist feel. Instead of opting for the Scandinavian minimalism of many contemporary renovations, Stockholm-based design house Note Design Studio chose to use shades of yellow, green and pink when transforming this old office into a home. Over a century old, the 2100+ sq ft property was previously the head office of a fashion brand. The clients asked Stockholm-based design collective Note Design Studio to transform it into a family home that maintained its “19th-century splendor”.   The designers’ response was to create......

  • For an active family with two young boys, this custom, Hill Country home with a contemporary feel marries interior with exterior, to create an ideal environment for family time, recreation and entertaining guests. A true collaboration between Austin-based architecture firm, Vanguard Studio, and interior design firm, Laura Britt Design, this home delivers in both form and function. When it came to the exterior of the home, the clients loved the warmth of wood, stone, and ironwork, as well as the old feel of a barrel tile roof. However, they also wanted the home to tie into the Texas farmhouse vernacular......

  • Let’s drift away to Corona del Mar on Newport Beach with one of our favorite designers, Rachel Horn. For her glorious Bahia Serena project, Rachel worked with award-winning architect, Brion S. Jeannette, on every detail of the interior, exterior and garden of this stunning 17,000 sq ft home on the coast of Southern California.     The Contemporary Mediterranean design is equally influenced by California Mission and Spanish Hacienda styles. Horn and her team participated in the design from inception and chose all of the hard finishes for the home. Rachel designed much of the furnishings and decor, most of......

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