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Modern Makeover
By Connie Dufner | February 1, 2017

The challenge: Design a stylish, family-friendly home for a newly divorced dad with three active children. Make it chic enough for a commercial real estate executive who likes to entertain and indestructible enough for the under-10 set. Oh,...

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No-Holds Bold
By Jessica Elliott | February 1, 2017

“It’s OK if you want to buy a boring beige sofa—just buy a chair from me and make the room interesting,” Verona Martinez says in an enviable Spanish accent. It’s a statement you would expect from the Puerto Rican-...

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Good Neighbors
By Melissa Jacobs | February 1, 2017

From new construction to summer houses, Catherine Brooks Giuffre is Houston’s go-to designer for clients who like to keep things private. She’s a classicist whose vocabulary eschews words like “on trend”...

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House of Windsor
By Phebe Wahl | February 1, 2017

Top tastemaker Windsor Smith has earned a fevered following for her chic, classic interiors that feature a flash of whimsy. For her product launch with...

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Outside the Box
By Helen Thompson | February 1, 2017

You could say that a condo in a high-rise building is the embodiment of the first three dimensions, defined by length, width and height. But when it comes to dimensionality—the unquantifiable quality that bestows personality on the...

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Artistic License
By Helen Thompson | October 19, 2016

The notion of maturity elicits a complicated range of reactions—from unpleasant associations with parental reprimands to act our age to awe at the accretion of experience and expertise that empowers creativity. The painter Claude Monet...

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Home Run
By Melissa Jacobs and Helen Thompson | October 19, 2016

Pursuit of Happiness
Interior designer Chelsea Chavez and her husband, Jason Navarette, have debuted a lifestyle storefront in Houston. The fresh concept, dubbed ...

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Inside Look
By Rhonda Reinhart | October 19, 2016

AIA Austin
This year marks the 30th anniversary of AIA Austin’s annual home tour. In honor of the big event, tourgoers will be treated to 12 homes designed by the city...

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All in Good Taste
By Rhonda Reinhart | October 19, 2016

It has been more than two years since Knoll acquired your company, even though you remain CEO. How have things changed for you since then? Actually, not very much. A little simpler in that I’m supposed to be focusing...

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Dramatic Entrance
By Bonnie Davidson | October 19, 2016

Fifty-two panes of thick, triple-laminated glass and 16 fin-shape beams made of carbon fiber—a superlightweight, superstrong material most often used in the aerospace industry and the construction of Formula One race cars—now...

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Hit Refresh
By Holly Crawford | October 17, 2016

When it came time to reinvent their former rental property as a second home, newly retired Mike and Julie Dawson wanted to transform the traditional 1970s patio home into a contemporary space with a generous helping of comfort for family gatherings...

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Opposites Attract
By Helen Thompson | October 17, 2016

Austin architect James LaRue refers to the glass, rock and metal house that stretches along the rim of a hill just west of Austin as “the upside-down house.” Its composed mien belies the suggestion that there is anything out of...

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