California New-Build Gets a “Modern Loft Bungalow” Makeover

John McClain’s newly-built, modern home in Los Angeles came with clean lines and endless potential – the perfect canvas for the designer to execute his “bold, colorful and undiluted design.” “As in most new-construction, builder-grade homes, the finishes were standard and, in some cases, subpar to my usual design selections,” says the creative director and CEO of John McClain Design.…

Introducing the Magnificent Mountain Lane Show House

Perfection takes time and at the Mountain Lane Show House, it was entirely worth the wait. This picturesque Colorado mountain escape has been a labor of love for owner Laura Umansky and her firm, Laura U Design Collective. Overcoming supply chain issues and COVID delays, the first showhouse in the Snowmass Village area is now finished. And the best part…

Culinary Power Couple Create Ocean-view Kitchen of their Dreams

The brilliant, calming colors of the ocean with a splash of Italian elegance. That was the inspiration for the home that Chef James Briscione and his wife and business partner, Brooke Parkhurst, imagined they would build when they moved their family from cramped quarters in the city to their hometown of Pensacola, Fla. “We started our lives together in New…

The 2021 Southern Living Idea House: Redefining “Home”

The famous line “there’s no place like home” took on new meaning as families hunkered down in their houses to stay healthy during the pandemic. In many ways, the experience has transformed our relationship with home, a place where versatility and comfort are more important than ever.  This newfound appreciation of “home” and all the ways it can serve a…

A Perfect Pairing: Home Cooking with Red Stick Spice Company and Monogram

“We believe in home cooks.” That’s the message visitors find on the Red Stick Spice Company’s website, prominently displayed on the homepage in all caps. It’s also the message they hear from its owner, Anne Milneck, a trained chef, host of the cooking podcast Smidgen, and true believer that home cooking is “key to happiness and health.” Problem is, the…

The Soul of Her Home

With a larger-than-life personality, a love-your-life-now view on the world, and a down-to-Earth approach to design, designer Jennifer Bertrand is driven to overcome any obstacle. “I am a firm believer that we all create our own destiny,” says the HGTV Design Star winner who has hosted multiple design television shows. “Of course, some have easier paths than others, but through…

Bright, Elegant Kitchen Makes Doctor Feel at Home

Luxury designer creates a space for fast dinners, drawn-out gourmet meals In a 1920s-era co-op in Chicago, a pediatric oncologist who loves to cook was looking for an updated kitchen that would better fit her empty-nester lifestyle. Luxury interior designer Jean Atchison, who had recently designed a kitchen for the doctor’s neighbor, knew she could create a space that fulfilled…