Seating That Doubles as Art

It’s no coincidence that these patterned chairs are strikingly regal—they were originally made as thrones by the Yoruba people of Nigeria and other parts of West Africa. Each is beaded over every inch of its surface, front, back, and sides—tiny seed beads are hand sewn onto fabric stretched over wooden frames.

The work has spiritual meaning and decorative impact, and reflects both longstanding traditions and European influences. Needless to say, each chair takes months to complete and no two are exactly alike.

Of late, Yoruba beaded seating is coveted the world over. We were introduced to our first example in Paris concept store Merci’s showcase apartment (shown above and below). Since then, we’ve been collecting sightings, and have yet to encounter an example that isn’t spectacular. Come see.

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Above: A Beaded Yoruba Chair via From the Tribe; a wildlife documentary filmmaker’s online shop in Bristol, England, that delivers worldwide. Prices
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Kitchen of the Week: A Material-Led Celebration of British

The owners of this handmade kitchen liken the design process to a trip to the farmers’ market. They set off with no preconceptions of what they might achieve. Instead, they were led by materials. In the same way that good-quality, readily available ingredients often make for the tastiest dishes, by working with readily available, responsibly sourced British materials, they have crafted a kitchen from a material palette that sits together as naturally as a seasonal, locally sourced plate of just-picked ingredients.

We take a tour:

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Above: Seb and Brogan’s handmade home.

This is the kitchen of the British couple, Seb and Brogan Cox. Seb is an award-winning regenerative designer, craftsman and environmentalist working with UK woodlands; his partner, Brogan, is the creative director of Seb’s eponymous brand. The couple moved into their Victorian terrace in the coastal town of Margate in 2020, taking on an unloved rental that had been

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French Work Jackets and Other Traditional Uniforms from

On a recent visit to Paris, Marie Hennechart, our well-dressed photographer friend, tipped us off about her current favorite wardrobe haunt. La Blouse de Lyon in Paris’s 9ème is a decades-old uniform shop that new owners, Gwendoline Van Opstal and Nicolas Le Jeune, took over when its longstanding proprietor was ready to retire. The couple preserved the store and its mission, to provide everyday, hardwearing clothing and gear, while adding fresh style to the operation.

They source from heritage brands largely in France but also the world over. Here’s a look at some favorites ideal for la rentrée, the return to hunkering down to work.

Wardrobe Staples

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Above:  Detailed with a standup collar and pleats, the German Carpenter Shirt, €59, is designed to be loose fitting and unisex. It’s made by FHB, which has specialized in German “corporate clothing” since 1947.
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Above: The Ecru Moleskin Suit Vest, €109, is traditionally
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space-enhancing tactics for a small apartment remodel on a

Lots of people get lost in novels; architect Mariana de Delás’s client wanted to curl up and live in her favorite book. Italo Calvino’s The Baron in the Trees is a fable about an 18th century young baron who breaks away from his restricted life by climbing into the tree canopy and leading a rich arboreal existence. Mariana, who runs her own multidisciplinary studio in Madrid, Barcelona, and Majorca, gamely did a deep read and dubbed the project House for Cosimo Piovasco after the novel’s main character.

Her client, she tells us, is an artist who runs an emerging gallery in Madrid, and her small one-bedroom apartment is in a 1940s four-story building near the city’s famed Rastro flea market. As an ode to Calvino, Mariana and her team removed internal partitions and in the exposed roof inserted an industrial treehouse-like mezzanine that turned the cramped setup into a duplex.

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The California amusement parks we’ve lost forever

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – News that the Great America amusement park in Santa Clara will be closing in the next 11 years may bring back memories of other California theme parks that have shuttered over the years. These are a few of the most memorable parks that are gone for good.

Playland at the Beach

Playland at the Beach straddled San Francisco’s Ocean Beach on the western end of the Richmond neighborhood from 1913 till 1972, though the first ride — the Gravity Railroad roller coaster — opened in 1884.

A very popular attraction at Playland was a fun house featuring animatronic characters. Until a 1983 remodel, the fun house at the Santa Cruz Beach boardwalk was identical on the inside to the Playland fun house.

There were also bumper cars, a Ferris wheel, a shoot-the-chute, a carousel and a giant camera called the Camera Obscura.

A scene near Ocean
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Bayport’s Jon and Dani Wrobel Costar in HGTV’s Flip to a

A Bayport couple who buy, remodel and resell homes are costarring in Flip to a Million, a new HGTV reality show premiering in August, just before their decor store debuts in Sayville.

Jon and Dani Wrobel compete against fellow professional house flippers Jason and EJ Williams of Chicago as the two couples try their luck in Dallas, starting with a budget of only $1,000 each. As the name of the show suggests, the challenge is to turn that seed money into six figures. The public will get a chance to meet the Wrobels during the upcoming soft opening of their store, True Place, which is also set to open in August.

“We love to just make houses beautiful again,” says Dani. “A house is not just four walls and a roof. We really like to put our whole heart and soul into every flip that we do.”

Flip to

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Woman Backed for Going Against Parents’ Wishes and Renovated

A woman has been backed for going on with her plans on renovating her childhood home, going against her parents’ wishes.

Published to Reddit’s popular r/AmITheA**hole forum, a woman under the anonymous username u/throwawayhouseparent shared her story to get the opinions of the “AITA” community. The viral post has over 5,000 upvotes and 600 comments.

The Redditor began her story by saying that she bought her childhood home from her parents about six months ago. She wrote that her parents had a tough time getting up and down the stairs and thought it was the right time to find something smaller.

The OP (original poster)’s parents wanted to keep the house in the family and were originally going to sell it to her sister because she had plans to have children. However, she wasn’t ready to purchase a home.

In a post going viral on social media, members of Reddit’s
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Here’s what you can expect at the 2022 Salt Lake Parade of

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No other place in the world is as important as your home. As your personal castle, every detail communicates who you are and mirrors the things you love most.

If you’re feeling dissatisfied with the current state of your humble abode, it might be time for a design refresh. While you don’t necessarily have to remodel your entire home, even simple tweaks like changing up paint colors or cabinetry fixtures can breathe new life into your living space.

One of the best ways to figure out what you want is to visit the Salt Lake Parade of Homes where the best work of professionals, general contractors, designers and manufacturers is on full display.

America’s first-ever parade of homes

Long before Pinterest and social media became popular, people got some of their best home ideas from touring them in person. From the very first Parade of

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Here’s The Difference Between a Renovation And a Remodel

If there’s anything the pandemic has taught us, it’s that a dream home wasn’t built (or purchased, or designed) in a day. As more and more homeowners are grappling with a competitive real estate market, limited resources, and major material delays, doing anything to improve our homes—or find a new one—can feel like a serious pipe dream.

If you’ve decided to sit tight on your property and put in a little sweat equity to make it the home of your dreams, you’re not alone. According to the 2022 U.S. Houzz & Home Study, 55 percent of homeowners anticipate taking on a renovation this year, a trend that shows no sign of slowing down. Here’s the thing, though—while you may be using the terms “renovation” and “remodel” interchangeably, there’s actually a distinct difference between the two when it comes to industry speak, and the more you can decipher what it

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‘Unique’ SC home looks like it’s expanding into a bubble



Screen grab from Zillow

Well, this is a new sight for sore eyes.

A uniquely shaped house on the shore of Lake Bowen in Inman, South Carolina, has landed on the real estate market for $650,000. But there is a pretty big catch:

It appears to be unfinished inside.

Exterior Screen grab from Zillow

“This is for sure a contractor or handy man’s dream,” the listing on says. “Majority of building materials on site to complete remodel. Home is being sold as-is where-is. There is 73 ft of water frontage, a dock in place and a patio down by the water near the dock.”

Dock Screen grab from Zillow

But what is drawing attention is the shape, which almost appears like it’s expanding into a bubble. It’s the form that attracted fans on the popular social media real estate page Zillow Gone Wild, where there wasn’t a shortage

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