Home & Garden

Pop Art and Ping Pong

Margo Downing didn’t let a complication like the recession get her down. “It was a good thing,” says the interior designer. “I had to be more creative and [take] more chances.” That included reaching out to local craftsmen for original pieces. When designing this dramatic, Pop Art living room for …

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Object: Love Shack

Some of my favorite memories from the mid-1990s are the weekends when I hopped on an Amtrak train to visit my best friend at NYU—trading fraternity parties at my (fantastic, but thimble-sized) liberal arts college for all-nighters dancing at the Limelight, table-sharing with strangers at the world’s best greasy spoon …

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Dream Destination

RIDICULOUSLY COMFY. SHOCKINGLY SOFT. INDISPUTABLY AWESOME. That’s how Yellow Leaf Hammocks describes their gorgeous, snuggle-fest-inducing, outdoor “nap” furniture—hand-woven by expert artisans in hill tribe communities in Thailand who earn middle-class wages working from home. Each model is named after a favorite vacation destination—this one’s the “Kilauea” inspired by molten lava …

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Camp it Up

Forget glamping. With this groovy tent modeled after the iconic Split Screen VW Camper Van (which, yes, my own family rocked in the ’­­70s) you can re-create the Summer of Love at your favorite music festival, campground or even in your own backyard. Hey, the proximity to running water never …

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Curb Appeal May/June

$1,725,000 Suburban Swimming Bedrooms: 6 | Baths: 6/2 | Square Feet: 5,700 “Located in one of the best neighborhoods in Howard County, this home is ideal for outdoor living. It’s fenced in, but there’s still an abundance of land outside the fence for recreation. The upgraded pool, which is accompanied …

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Object: April

Let’s not kid ourselves—we all have a touch of hipster inside that wants to make something nostalgic cool again. Enter the USB Typewriter, which pairs antique typewriters with iPads, laptops, desktop PCs and smartphones, so you can unleash your inner Hemingway, Stein or Kerouac in the 21st century. The company …

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Checkmate

Let’s face it, you’ve got game. And so does Oomph, the Connecticut-based furniture maker whose colorful casegoods are quickly becoming a designer favorite. The company’s new chess table boasts a tournament-size reproduction of the set used during the “Match of the Century” when 1972 world chess champion Bobby Fischer spanked …

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Globe Trotter

When Caleb Luke Lin studied illustration at MICA, he realized he preferred to depict literal rather than interpretive information. “I enjoy taking concrete points of data and conveying them in an artistic sense,” says the 23-year-old, who designed this eye-popping hand-painted Globe of Animal Migration Routes—a nod to his passion …

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Luxe Lather

Get a rock that’s even bigger than Kim Kardashian’s. No, these PELLE Soap Stones won’t fit on your ring finger, but they look like they belong there. Inspired by the shape and color of naturally occurring gemstones, such as rose quartz and aquamarine, and metamorphic rock such as jade and …

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As the Romans Do

“The top is really special,” says designer David Wiesand—owner of Baltimore-based custom furniture and decorative arts company McLain Wiesand—in describing his storied PXE Center Table. “It was inspired by a trip to the Walters Museum. The idea was to try to make a tabletop that looked like it had the …

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