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Best of Design: Best in Biz
By Nadia Dabbakeh, BeccA Hensley, Rhonda Reinhart and Helen Thompson | February 1, 2017

Best Architecture Firm
Lake|Flato
In the last 30 years, Lake|Flato has assembled a body of...

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Color Scheme
By Jessica Elliott | February 1, 2017

It took one drive through the tree-lined streets in The Woodlands to convince Californian Kim Menzie that her family belonged in Texas. The optometrist and her consultant husband, Mark, had been looking for a change of pace and a more familial...

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Smooth Move
By Helen Thompson | February 1, 2017

“Homes didn’t mean anything to us,” says Perry Noakes, “except as a place to put our keys and get ready for the next journey.” The retired high-tech company executive and his wife, Suzy, are avid globe-trotters. The...

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Modern Makeover
By Connie Dufner | February 1, 2017

The challenge: Design a stylish, family-friendly home for a newly divorced dad with three active children. Make it chic enough for a commercial real estate executive who likes to entertain and indestructible enough for the under-10 set. Oh,...

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No-Holds Bold
By Jessica Elliott | February 1, 2017

“It’s OK if you want to buy a boring beige sofa—just buy a chair from me and make the room interesting,” Verona Martinez says in an enviable Spanish accent. It’s a statement you would expect from the Puerto Rican-...

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Good Neighbors
By Melissa Jacobs | February 1, 2017

From new construction to summer houses, Catherine Brooks Giuffre is Houston’s go-to designer for clients who like to keep things private. She’s a classicist whose vocabulary eschews words like “on trend”...

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House of Windsor
By Phebe Wahl | February 1, 2017

Top tastemaker Windsor Smith has earned a fevered following for her chic, classic interiors that feature a flash of whimsy. For her product launch with...

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Outside the Box
By Helen Thompson | February 1, 2017

You could say that a condo in a high-rise building is the embodiment of the first three dimensions, defined by length, width and height. But when it comes to dimensionality—the unquantifiable quality that bestows personality on the...

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Artistic License
By Helen Thompson | October 19, 2016

The notion of maturity elicits a complicated range of reactions—from unpleasant associations with parental reprimands to act our age to awe at the accretion of experience and expertise that empowers creativity. The painter Claude Monet...

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Home Run
By Melissa Jacobs and Helen Thompson | October 19, 2016

HOUSTON
Pursuit of Happiness
Interior designer Chelsea Chavez and her husband, Jason Navarette, have debuted a lifestyle storefront in Houston. The fresh concept, dubbed ...

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Inside Look
By Rhonda Reinhart | October 19, 2016

AIA Austin
This year marks the 30th anniversary of AIA Austin’s annual home tour. In honor of the big event, tourgoers will be treated to 12 homes designed by the city...

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All in Good Taste
By Rhonda Reinhart | October 19, 2016

It has been more than two years since Knoll acquired your company, even though you remain CEO. How have things changed for you since then? Actually, not very much. A little simpler in that I’m supposed to be focusing...

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