Local designers’ tips for creating a cozy, comforting home, indoors and out

Robert Cipollone made a bouquet of autumn leaves for his desk. He gathered branches with a bit of moss on them. He added some pebbles to a clay bowl. 

“It just looks really sophisticated and uniquely different — and I would never have done it any other time except COVID,” says Cipollone, principal at Cipollone Creative, an interior architecture firm in Seattle.

He finds these small mementos of nature on walks, and brings them home so that the day feels more special. After a week or so, the objects go back outside to be composted or reused.

“You’re gathering things you wouldn’t normally bring in,” says Cipollone, who is working from home. “It reminds you, this year’s different. ‘Oh, these are unique to today’s experience.’ I want this day to feel different from yesterday.”

With so much happening in the world, having control over your space — even just to

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Tour a Stylish Austin Home Fit for a Top Designer’s Cool Mom

Remember the indelible “cool mom” character played by Amy Poehler in Mean Girls? She wore Juicy Couture sweat suits and allowed underage drinking at home. Designer Juniper Tedhams’s mother, Charlotte Herzele, is a different kind of cool mom. She’s got belly dancing and poetry on her résumé, an Andy Warhol Elvis with an intriguing Factory-era pedigree, and a seriously chic home in Austin, designed by her talented daughter. Now that’s cool.

“Juniper has the best taste of anyone I know. She’s the only person I ever let dress me. I trust her completely,” Herzele says of the soup-to-nuts renovation of her Austin home, a formerly nondescript spec house located on a generous corner lot in a vibrant neighborhood of University of Texas students, professors (Herzele herself is an assistant professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences), and assorted hippies. “The layout of the house was really strange. I could

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6 Common Decorating Mistakes And How To Avoid Them, According to Top Interior Designers

From Veranda

Many of us have been spending our spring and summer revamping our gardens, finally building out our dream home offices, and tackling other renovation projects we may have put off if we hadn’t been spending every moment inside these past months. Warren Shoulberg, a retail journalist and columnist for Business Of Home, says he is expecting the home furnishings industry to see a boost in the coming months as companies like Lowe’s and Home Depot did earlier this year.

Shoulberg explained during his panel at BOH‘s Future of Home virtual conference that when the housing market does well, ultimately the home furnishings business follows, and while home improvement stores feel this first, furnishings and decor companies are sure to follow suit in the next six to nine months. And if you spent even a few minutes at your local Home Depot this spring, you know there’s

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Kiwi kitchen designers knock out the competition in London

Auckland kitchen designer Morgan Cronin is one of three finalists for the International Designer of the Year Award. His sculptural "art" kitchen, which was cast in glass-reinforced concrete, has already won major prizes in New Zealand.

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Auckland kitchen designer Morgan Cronin is one of three finalists for the International Designer of the Year Award. His sculptural “art” kitchen, which was cast in glass-reinforced concrete, has already won major prizes in New Zealand.

What is it with New Zealand kitchen designers that makes them do so well overseas?

Two weeks ago, four of our designers were lauded as finalists in the prestigious SBID awards, based in London. And last year Davinia Sutton of Christchurch won the prestigious International Designer of the Year Award. The year before, she took out three awards in the German Design Awards.

And now, two Auckland kitchen designers – Mal Corboy and Morgan Cronin – are two of the three finalists in this year’s International Designer of the Year awards. Both designers have already taken out major NKBA awards this year, and are two of the SBID finalists for 2020.

There are timber accents on the island and benchtops to match the cabinetry and ceiling in the Mal Corboy kitchen.

KALLAN MACLEOD

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