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comments • “The color is nice, and they didn’t clutter the home with too many patterns. Plus, there are clear views and a lot of light to balance it out.”
Rental Revamp • Just because you’re renting doesn’t mean you can’t live in the home of your dreams. Our new series on Dwell.com offers budget-friendly, landlord-approved ways people have upgraded their spaces, from replacing drab lighting to building custom furniture.
What do you love about your neighborhood? • Readers tell us what makes their corner of the world so special.
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Modern World • America’s Best Independent Design Shops
Lichen • BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
Stranger & Co. • EDINA, MINNESOTA
Good Neighbor • BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Spartan Shop • PORTLAND, OREGON
Yowie • PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
The Ups and Downs of Livability Rankings • When housing markets heat up, livability ratings help guide demand—but not all assessments are worth their salt, and some are, frankly, rank.
New Kids on the Block • We asked five households that recently switched Los Angeles neighborhoods what they had in mind when picking a new place to live.
Amy Stelly • The New Orleans designer, planner, teacher, and activist explains how cities can heal the wounds of racist development—without accelerating gentrification.
Our New Climate Reality • As increasingly extreme weather threatens their quality of life, communities across the nation are rallying around resilient and sustainable practices.
Market Value • A Phoenix couple turn a corner store into a home that has everything on their list.
LAYERS OF INTEREST • A SKINNY BROOKLYN TOWNHOUSE STACKS SPACES FOR LIVING, WORKING, AND ENTERTAINING.
Power House • A Memphis architect draws on decades of experience to build what, by one measure, is the first zero-energy, zero-carbon home in the world.
RISING FROM THE ASHES • In Northern California, a designer creates a resilient residence to replace a home destroyed by wildfire.
Coming Into Focus A stylist and a photographer reenvision a 1950s Los Angeles bungalow.
Nordic by Northeast • A designer builds a Scandinavian-inspired sauna that floats off the Maine coast.
sourcing • The products, furniture, architects, designers, and builders featured in this issue.
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