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Chunky Knobs • Oversize pulls resembling large door knobs are having a moment—but the style is divisive. Are they childish and impractical or an easy way to add some variety to a room? Readers and a particularly passionate Dwell staffer let us know what they think.
houses we love • These are some of our editors’ favorite homes posted on Dwell.com by architects, designers, and owners. For this edition, we focused on projects that embrace crafts—from woodworking to ceramics—and smart DIY solutions.
Modern World Dinner Party Design
A Grayscale Dinner for Two
Western Holiday Party
Taking Back Tradition • Emerging initiatives and new leaders are bringing power and profits to America’s crafting communities.
Close to Home • When creativity strikes, a Los Angeles couple head to their new backyard music studio and design space.
The State of Rip-Off Furniture • E-commerce revolutionized the furniture market. What’s at stake when fakes are easier to find than ever?
Auspicious Openings • An unorthodox houseboat in Sausalito references traditional gardens—and gives its owner permission to play.
Neighborhood Fixture • In Cambridge, Massachusetts, a storied building takes a circuitous route to become an industrial-inspired live/work space.
AMERICAN RUIN • Embracing the idea of adaptive reuse, a Northern California couple turn the abandoned concrete basement of a never-completed mansion into a home.
SUBURBAN SUBVERSION • A growing family gives a cookie-cutter house in New Jersey a glossy addition worthy of the design secrets inside.
POINTS OF REFERENCE • A true starter home in Columbus, Indiana, nods to nearby buildings by 20th-century giants.
LAWN GONE • Old-school, mowed-grass landscaping is so passé—and horrible for the environment. Swap your turf for something better.
Introducing The Dwell House
All Fired Up A ceramicist gets hands-on while renovating her midcentury home in Ojai.
sourcing • The products, furniture, architects, designers, and builders featured in this issue.
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