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Dec 17

A Natural, Neutral & Sunny Duplex Penthouse in Barcelona — House Tour

Name: Fabiola, Javier, Claudia (5) and Guillermo (2)
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Size: 1,720 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years, owned

When Javi and Fabi first saw this space on the top floor of a beautiful duplex in the family-friendly neighborhood of Eixample, it was completely different. All of the fixtures were outdated and the layout needed to be reconfigured. Undeterred, they saw the potential of the space and decided to do a complete overhaul.

As the proud parents of two young kids, their main concern when redesigning the layout was making sure that each space served a practical function…and that they had plenty of storage. Working closely with talented architect, Abel Perez, and his interior design team, they were able to achieve all of their needs while creating an elegant aesthetic they both desired.

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13
Dec 17

A Textile Designer's Layered, India-Inspired Home — House Tour

Name: Deepali and Naveen Kalia, Annika, 8 and Akhil, 2
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Size: 1,800 square feet
Years lived in: 12 years, owned

Deepali and Naveen began their life together in a traditionally Indian way — through an arranged marriage. She had just finished studying fashion design in India at NIFT, and moved to Oregon to join Naveen who works at Intel. She didn’t know anyone and wasn’t working, so she started making things: “I was dying of boredom, I had to do something…I was making artwork and upholstering furniture pieces. I had some friends in the silk business, and I got silk samples from them, and started making pillows and curtains. One thing led to another, and then I opened my shop.”

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12
Dec 17

A Young Family's Cozy, Small Seattle Craftsman — House Tour

Name: Anna, Jason and Freddy
Location: Ballard — Seattle, Washington
Size: 600 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years, owned

After buying their Seattle home five years ago, Anna and Jason spent about two years updating elements that likely hadn’t changed in decades — all new windows, refurbished kitchen counters, new paint throughout — and the list goes on. Then when they knew their little guy Freddy was on the way, another transformation of sorts had to happen: Making room for a new baby in a one-bedroom, 600-square foot house. Anna was inspired by a house tour she’d seen on Apartment Therapy that made living in a small space with a baby look not only doable, but stylish and beautiful.

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10
Dec 17

A Pro Organizer's New Orleans Home (Named Barbarella!) — House Tour

Name: Tami Hills
Location: Central City — New Orleans, Louisiana
Size: 1,266 square feet
Years lived in: Owned 6 years

Tami Hills never imagined she would buy a move-in ready home. The professional organizer and DIYer dreamed of buying an old New Orleans house she could fully renovate. But after looking at nearly a hundred properties in a fiercely competitive market, she was exhausted. “I would fall in love and be outbid. It happened over and over again,” she explained.

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09
Dec 17

3 Friends Buy a Cozy Mountain Cabin Together in the Catskills — House Tour

Name: Amanda Jaffe, Kate McCann, Carina Romano
Location: Fleischmanns, New York
Size: 1,400 square feet
Years lived in: Less than a year, owned

Sometimes friends get together and profess their love of the same tall mountains and winding roads. For Amanda, Kate and Carina (me!), these confessions and conversations resulted in buying a dream getaway together in the ever-inspiring Catskill Mountains. Buying a home with ample land was at the top of our list, because we wanted to create a secluded retreat from Philadelphia — where we all live and work.

After three months of driving Upstate, seeing over 30 mountain homes with our adventurous realtor, and getting to know all of the best lunch spots along Route 28, the three of us settled on a perfect four-bedroom home in Fleischmanns, New York. Though the home needed some major cosmetic updating and TLC, it was easy to see the potential with five+ acres of mountaintop land laid before it.

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08
Dec 17

A Mid-Century Modern Home in Delaware — House Tour

Name: George Marrone
Location: Wilmington, Delaware
Size: 4,300 square feet
Years Lived In: 7 years, owned

George discovered this stunning house — just outside of Philadelphia — while helping a friend look for properties online. He works in healthcare, but has always had an affinity for architecture and design. Today, this artist-built 1959 gem is set along a creek among gardens in a setting that’s utterly captivating. But the house itself was near ruin when George found it. He saw nothing but potential, purchasing it immediately, and getting to work quickly with his pups in tow. “While builders wanted it for the land alone, I saw it as the retreat I was seeking,” recounts George. “A post and beam house that is at once warm and modern, curated spaces that are relaxed and comfortable yet cool and sophisticated.”

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07
Dec 17

A Nomadic Couple's Raw & Earthy Australian Beach Shack — House Tour

Name: Amelia Stockdale and Kayne Assan
Location: Busselton, Western Australia
Years lived in: 2 years, renting

After returning from traveling and living all over Australia two years ago, Kayne and Amelia were lucky enough to be offered this beach shack to rent in Busselton through a friend. Busselton happens to be Kayne’s hometown, and at first this rental was supposed to be a temporary visit before their next adventure. Yet, two years have now passed, and they have completely fallen in love with their affordable little beach shack…and can’t see themselves moving anytime soon.

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06
Dec 17

A Dutch Home in Hues of Blue — House Tour

Name: Karlijn, Daniel and their cat Harrie
Location: Utrecht, the Netherlands
Size: 1,076 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, owned

Karlijn is a teacher at a school for children with special needs. It’s a very rewarding job, though at times it can also be pretty challenging. When a day has been especially strenuous, she loves to unwind in the lovely home she shares with Daniel and their cat Harrie. In fact, decorating the house they bought three years ago has become quite a passion. “One can argue if it’s genetics, but I share this passion with my mom and sister,” she grins, “the three of us even have a WhatsApp group dedicated to all things interior design! We love to share inspiration and ideas, neat items we’ve stumbled upon as well as a new purchase.”

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04
Dec 17

Fun, Fabulous, Pink & Patterned in Edinburgh — House Tour

Name: Emily Murray, husband and two young sons
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Size: Four-bedroom Victorian terraced house
Years lived in: Owned 6 years

Lifestyle journalist Emily Murray, who’s also behind the fabulous interior blog The Pink House, doesn’t shy away from color. Or pattern mixing. Or pretty much any daring design element at all. Wanting to be closer to their parents while the kids were young, Emily and her husband moved to Scotland six years ago after living in London for over a decade, and she describes the home they live in as a “crazily colourful Victorian/Arts & Crafts terrace.” Though the house they occupy is located on an idyllic street with country vibes, Emily sometimes misses the hotels, restaurants and other fabulously decorated spots she used to hang in before kids. So she brought the excitement and boldness of the city to her home!

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01
Dec 17

A Happy Modern Renovated Melbourne Home — House Tour

Name: Sara, Damien, Vincent (7) and Lawrence (5)
Location: Bentleigh East — Melbourne, Australia
Years lived in: 2 years, owned

Sara and Damien purchased their home in Bentleigh East three years ago, and it’s been a great first family home for the couple and their two children. In fact, the process of renovating the house actually sparked Sara’s interest in interior design — so much so that after completing the reno she embarked on a “back to school” journey! She has also recently started up her own small interior decoration and design business, Sedia Studio.

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