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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…

Worth the Wait

Patience is a virtue that is not always easy to conjure when you’re ready to remodel a kitchen. Especially when you’re an interior designer…as Jill Kalman has learned. When the designer and her family moved into their Westport, Conn., home in 2002, it had just been remodeled by the previous owner two years earlier. “Even though it wasn’t our style,…

From Historic Ballroom to Modern Kitchen

A renovation that will make a difference ‘for generations to come’ Ask any architect and they’ll tell you even a simple kitchen renovation can present obstacles. Tackling the project in a centuries-old historic landmark? Well that takes the challenges to a whole new level. “Being in a historic house definitely limited our renovation options,” says Andrea Erda, referring to the…

The Peak of Design

Interior designer partners with Monogram to make her family’s dream-home a reality Laura Umansky had long dreamed of moving back to Aspen, a charming Colorado town known for exceptional skiing, breathtaking landscapes and relaxed vibes. When the pandemic forced the world to slow down, the Houston-based interior designer took the opportunity to consider her future — and it just made…

A Historic Kitchen Renovation: Part 1

Creating a 21st-century kitchen in a centuries-old home Andrea Erda grew up romping around Historic Westover. The bucolic Virginia estate dates back to the 18th century, and it’s been in Erda’s family since 1921. “It is an extraordinary space,” she says. “It’s also an enormous responsibility, but we felt a familial obligation to take on this albatross.” In 2012, Erda…

Kitchen Renovation During a Pandemic

After 30 years of hating their kitchen, designer Heather Cleveland’s California-based clients were ready to renovate. Eager for change, they demo-ed the kitchen.  Then, the pandemic hit, bringing with it restrictions, delays and plenty of frustration for a family that was all about cooking and entertaining. “They were without a kitchen for almost a year,” says Heather, of Heather Cleveland…

A Designer’s Family Kitchen – Reimagined

How Jillian O’Neill found a kitchen style that was all her own, while still making it perfect for family entertaining    When designer Jillian O’Neill decided to remodel her early 90’s style kitchen in her Houston, Texas home, she knew wanted a sophisticated, family-friendly space that fit her passion for cooking and bringing people together. What she didn’t know was…

Mindful by Design

Sustainability is more than just a buzzword. To Laura Muller, of Four Point Design Build Inc., it’s an opportunity to meld mindful creativity and wellness. And this year’s Pasadena Showcase House of Design did just that. “We wanted to highlight high-level, luxury materials and products that were manufactured, sourced, and installed using responsible building and manufacturing practices,” says Laura. Years…