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Mechelen Patershof Hotel

by Dora Dmitriev

Built by the Franciscan monks in 1867, the "Paterskirk" in Mechelen, Belgium looks like an ordinary church- which is what I thought it was prior to entering. As I walked in I was greeted by a doorman ready to take my suitcase.Street view of Martin's PatershofIn 2009 the Paterskirk church opened as a 4-star hotel known ... Read More

08/17/17

Catskills Escape and a Soiree on the Railway

by Margie Lavender

The first weekend of August, my husband and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary (and 14 years!) by escaping to the Catskills for The Soiree on the Railway put on by the charming And North collective. We made a weekend of it, arriving at the Arts and Crafts style Deer Mountain Inn in Tannersville, NY Friday evening... Read More

08/08/17

Concrete Jungle

by Ross Padluck

Every July, the climatic conditions in Midtown equate to those of the jungles of Borneo, and my 8-year old Nepenthes pitcher plant begins its dramatic process of producing new pitchers.A new pitcher at the base of the plant.Newly forming pitchers on the upper vines.Nepenthes are a species of tropical carnivorous plants ... Read More

08/02/17

The New York Earth Room

by Dora Dmitriev

In a highly desired 3,600 square foot Soho loft with pristine white walls and large windows, lies 280,000 pounds of dirt. The 22-inch-high layer of dirt is 40 years old and is The New York Earth Room, an interior earth sculpture by American artist Walter De Maria. This is the third Earth Room sculpture executed by... Read More

07/27/17

Miami Art and Architecture

by Ashley Walton

Having studied architecture at the University of Miami, I tend to find myself coming back to the area every so often...any chance I get, really! This spring, I took a few days to escape down to explore a little bit of Miami Beach and Wynwood.Miami Beach- Ocean DriveWe started off the trip with a bike ride through South... Read More

07/20/17

Brutalist Paris

by Doug Crisp

On a recent trip to Paris I decided I would attempt to see some of the lesser known (and perhaps less respected) architectural landmarks. Most of these buildings were social housing complexes located on the outskirts of the city in areas that weren't exactly on the 'must-see' Paris list.I had read about these complexes ... Read More

07/13/17

Exploring Manhattan’s Village

by Philip Marcantonio

Six months ago, on a cold February day, I relocated from Detroit to Manhattan. I rented an apartment with a friend from college in the Upper East Side for a few months. Between searching for jobs, interviewing, and seeing old faces, I took the time to explore this great city.I dedicated every afternoon to exploring diffe... Read More

07/06/17

Putting the Cart Behind the Horse

by Molly Denver

A few years ago, we got a book for Christmas, "Journeys of a Lifetime" put out by National Geographic.  Whenever we leaf through, we find ourselves feeling an acute wanderlust.  We decided to experience one of those journeys firsthand by renting a horse and caravan in Wicklow County, Ireland.The idea of ridin... Read More

06/29/17

Grassmayr Bell Foundry

by Dora Dmitriev

Since 1599 the Grassmayr Bell Foundry in Innsbruck, Austria has been casting bronze bells ranging from small concert bells to iconic church bells weighing several tons. The Grassmayr family has carried on the bell making craft for 14 generations. This year the foundry set another record with the 25-ton bell nicknamed "B... Read More

06/21/17

Garret Room

by Molly Denver

At Christmas this year, my husband and I found ourselves hosting 10 family members in our small house, so we had to create more bedrooms in a hurry.  We decided to take on the attic.  I couldn’t find a proper “before” picture, but this is it in its early stages.First, we put down plywood over the floor j... Read More

06/14/17

Wood and Canvas Canoe DIYWH (with help)

by Margie Lavender

My husband, Morgen, and I bought a country house in Northwestern Connecticut. I wanted to get a canoe, specifically a basic plastic or Kevlar one that we didn’t have to be precious about – my husband is also an architect and is meticulous and I didn’t want canoeing to be a stressful experience. He asked aroun... Read More

06/06/17

Home Conservatories

by Andrew Dolan

Today, clients look for a very diverse range of amenities in their homes; fitness centers, wine cellars, home theatres, spas and even golf simulators. Of all the things that clients tend to look for, a conservatory is rarely on the top of the list, let alone on the list at all. Perhaps the idea of a home conservatory, o... Read More

05/31/17