Home & Garden


ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME collaborates with emergent and eminent architects, artisans, designers, developers, builders and realtors to create beautiful content from distinct perspectives. Through thought-provoking writing, lush layouts and vibrant graphics, the quarterly publication offers meticulously curated product and trend coverage from around the globe.

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1 min.

Dorothy had her ruby slippers. I have my turquoise sneakers. I’ve had them for close to 30 years. They’re my summer kryptonite. They’re tucked away throughout the 3 seasons, but come summertime I fall prey to their allure. These sneakers are not fancy or high style – or even comfortable anymore – but they give me great joy. That’s because I’m not particularly what you’d call a summer person. Oh, I welcome a leisurely day and an iced tea as much as the next person, but as a winter baby, I’m just not built for the heat. (Give me a snowstorm and I’m happy!) This is unlike my father, who loved lying in the hot sun wearing shorts and boat shoes on our deck – no breeze, just sun, beating down!…

1 min.
2018 autumn forecast color

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2 min.

ANATOMY OF A GREAT HOME: What America’s Most Celebrated Houses Tell Us About the Way We Want to Live By Boyce Thompson Schiffer Publishing • $50 “Anatomy of a Great Home,” an insider’s look at more than fifty award-winning homes designed by nearly three dozen A+ American architects, features everything from urban homes to rural retreats and subdivision housing. An inspirational guide for designers, builders and anyone planning their own dream home. ARCHITECTS’ HOUSES By Michael Webb Princeton Architectural Press • $50 Thirty of the world’s most talented architects talk about the houses they designed for themselves. Norman Foster, Thom Mayne, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien are just a few of the architects who invite readers in for an intimate tour of their own homes, offering a treasure trove of ideas for homeowners, practitioners, and interior designers.…

3 min.
book nook up close

HOME DESIGN The subhead of Tanov’s book –“creating layered, lived-in spaces”– is clear once you touch the cover. “I wanted a striking cover, to reflect what the reader will find inside,” says the designer. She chose fine-tooth linen with embossed gold-foil ferns (a motif in her textiles) to echo the richly layered rooms shown on the pages. A passion for the outdoors began in Tanov’s California girlhood. “It started with hikes my sister and I took with my dad. Walking on winding paths, surrounded by tall trees, felt magical,” she says. “And my love of lived-in grandeur, I’m sure, stemmed from the Bay Area’s relaxed nature.” Far from facing culture shock at Parsons School of Design in New York, Tanov unearthed lovely things in unlikely places. “It was culture heaven,” she notes. “It’s not difficult for…

2 min.
kindred spirits florence dibell bartlett + rachel doriss

Florence Dibell Bartlett truly cottoned to traveling the world on her own and learning about local women and their customs in far-flung places. Born in 1881, Miss Bartlett was a Chicago hardware heiress (her father’s business became part of True Value Hardware) and folk-art collector. She defied gender norms, starting her world journey at the turn of the century and collecting textiles across the globe. She would come to recognize true artisans, the women who stitched samplers to teach their daughters the alphabet and the villagers who embroidered dresses with intricate patterns. In honoring their handiwork, Miss Bartlett showcased the crafters as carriers of tradition and culture. “A lot of women traveling alone back when Florence Dibell Bartlett did would go West, like Georgia O’Keeffe did,” notes Rachel Doriss, vice president and design…

2 min.
juliette hermant

“A gathering place for our community and a destination for all those seeking to nourish body and soul” is how French-born artist Juliette Hermant characterizes Fish & Bicycle, her latest venture in the tiny hamlet of Narrowsburg in New York’s Hudson Valley. Hermant, who owns Maison Bergogne, a store, or as she refers to it, “experimental space,” because “it’s really about how it allows people to mingle and what we can create with one another,” says the shop brought her “the great insight” to join the upstate revitalization movement. How? With the creation of Fish & Bicycle, her event venue and catering service, that supports the region’s farmers and artisans. Describing it as a “foodies’ and makers’ collaborative,” Hermant’s coterie of local chefs, artisans and experts “thrive on passing on genuine skills…