She’s Into Cozy, He’s More Modern—Here’s How Their Designer Found a Colorful Middle Ground

The first thing Karee Jones told Annie Downing was that she didn’t want a white house. “And she was like, ‘Oh, good, because I don’t do white houses,’” recalls Karee with a laugh.

When Karee and her husband, Loren, a urologist, and their two kids, 11-year-old Millie and 9-year-old Otis, moved into a new home in Austin’s Allandale neighborhood last year, the first thing she did was look up interior designers. Of the seven she interviewed, she clicked only with Downing. To Karee, she felt like a

Quebec: This Designer's Jewel-Box Weekend Retreat Was Once a Farmhouse No One Wanted

Montreal-based interior designer Luke Havekes is all about the cozy life. So when he set his heart on building a weekend home in the country town of Knowlton, in Canada’s Eastern Townships, there was only one catch—he would need a suitably snug Friday-to-Sunday getaway in the interim. An 1841 farmhouse in nearby West Bolton set on one-and-a-half acres of land checked all his boxes for a temporary nest. And luckily, no other buyers had seen its potential. “It sat on the housing market through the

This Couple Had a Hangover, Then an Epiphany: They'd Embrace a Brownstone's Dark Side

One morning in January 2021, new parents Will and Lauren woke up in their Brooklyn apartment with the sort of hangover that could only be possible from too much late-night champagne and tending to a 1-month-old baby. For the pair (she’s a product director at exercise equipment and media company Peloton; he’s a food and events entrepreneur), the nocturnal escapade led to a curious (and unrelated) epiphany: While many of their friends had retreated to the suburbs during COVID, they shared a sudden

This Brooklyn Home Is 1840s on the Outside, But Is Giving 2040s on the Inside

At the end of a quiet, leafy alley in New York’s historic Brooklyn Heights is a home that has lived many lives. Originally built in the 1840s, the structure was first used as a stable, then subsequently as a garage, before it was extensively renovated and expanded into a home in the late 1990s. And while the architect who took the project on more than 30 years ago received local historic preservation accolades for its facade design, the couple who bought the place in 2016—an author and a filmmak

A Mirrored Bar and Groovy Woven Built-Ins Helped This Laurel Canyon Home Find Its Cozy-Cool Harmony

When Caroline Edwards and Nicholas Kraft first stepped inside the Laurel Canyon home that would soon become their newlywed nest, they knew right away that it was the ideal place to begin their next chapter. What they didn’t anticipate is that they’d remodel the entire house. Their vision was initially limited to adding a tub to the primary bathroom, but their designer Gianpiero Gaglione’s enthusiasm combined with the couple’s love of a big project sparked a major overhaul. The cherry on top was