Joanne Riley, Senior Designer at The Interior Edge, shares her musings, ideas, and inspirations on design and decoration.

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DESIGN CLASSIC: EAMES HOUSE BIRD

The small decorative black bird is considered one of the most famous Eames pieces, even though it wasn’t designed by Eames at all.
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8 WAYS TO DESIGN WITH PLYWOOD

Architecture gets expensive, so these homebuilders put their creativity to work by designing with plywood. Here’s how they saved a buck on materials without looking, well, cheap.
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THE MANHATTAN TRANSFORMATION

As head of retail development and legal counsel leasing for American Apparel, Michael Pozner spends a lot of time sorting out the details when a new venue is chosen for the brand’s purposes. But, he admits, “I’m not a big architectural design guy.” So when he decided to reinvent the diminutive Manhattan studio in which he lives and works, Pozner tapped Darrick Borowski of Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture with whom he’d collaborated on multiple American Apparel stores. Pozner explains what happened when, architecturally speaking, he took his work home with him.

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DESIGNS FOR PATIENTS WITH DEMENTIA

Stanford’s Center on Longevity recognizes a colorful table set designed to aid Alzheimer’s patients.
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10 TIPS FOR CLUTTER-FREE BEDROOMS

For our first post in a series featuring inspiring, clutter-free rooms, we begin with the space that is arguably the most important to keep clear of all visual noise: the bedroom.
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TOP NOTCH

Tom Hanks is not known for horror films, but his 1986 flop, The Money Pit, has a terrifying premise: A seemingly small renovation consumes a couple’s life, devouring their reserves of time, money, and sanity with nightmare contractors, intractable plumbing problems, and general calamity–like Boston’s Big Dig project in a living room. But as San Francisco residents Lisa Koshkarian and Tom DiFrancesco found in their third-floor addition, it doesn’t have to be that way. With a thoughtful architect and good communication they opened up a whole new vista by building upward.

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SUSTAINABLE, SOLAR-POWERED FAMILY RETREAT IN CALIFORNIA

Designed to harness the sun, architect Birgitte Hovmøller’s vacation house features a roof full of solar panels and plenty of space for an extended family to relax.
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PETER FEHRENTZ’S 7 TIPS FOR TRANSFORMING A SMALL SPACE

Previously featured in our November issue, Small Spaces Big Ideas, Dwell toured the inside of Peter Fehrentz’s recently renovated 646-square-foot apartment in Berlin. With many clever space-saving tricks up his sleeve, Fehrentz shares seven basic tips to help transform compact interiors.
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AFFORDABLE HILLSIDE HOME IN NEW ZEALAND

Three designers jump-start their practice with an affordably built abode in New Zealand.
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Open-Plan Concrete Home in Japan

In Tokyo, Japan, where the houses are crammed cheek by jowl, two old friends from architecture school have created a 793-square-foot home out of canted concrete boxes.
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CREATIVE LANDSCAPE DESIGN FOR A RENOVATED EICHLER IN CALIFORNIA

Landscape designer Bernard Trainor masterminds a seamless garden to surround a Silicon Valley Eichler.
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A SUSTAINABLE HOME IN SILICON VALLEY

Spatial efficiency meets energy efficiency in this Bay Area home designed by an architect for his parents.
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A Colorful, Custom-Built Guesthouse in London

Thanks to designers Nina Tolstrup and Jack Mama, an aging workshop in London’s once-gritty Bethnal Green is reborn as a colorful, custom-built guesthouse.

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Midcentury Kitchen Renovation in Austin

With the goals of improving storage and flow in their midcentury home, two Austin residents hired Rick and Cindy Black Architects to reunite their kitchen with an open-plan living space.

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