ModShop’s Mid-Century Modern Retreats in Palm Springs, CA



For most Californians you ask, they’ll say their life motto is, “Work hard, play harder.”


ModShop’s owners and designers, John and Taryn Bernard do exactly this. For over 16 years the duo developed a custom furniture company once called Room Service, which has now transformed into the brand ModShop. For them, it’s not just about selling furniture and eclectic accessories, but about selling a comfortable and relaxed lifestyle.

London’s Senate House to Undergo Major Art Deco RenovationJanuary 2015



When the Senate House at the University of London was completed in 1937, it dominated the city’s skyline, which had predominantly been characterized by Victorian governmental buildings and church steeples. The tower soared 215 feet, making it second only to the massive St. Paul’s Cathedral in height. While the building is considered relatively modest by today’s standards – London’s recently completed Shard tower reaches more than 1,000 feet from lobby to antennae – the building stands as a landmark to a significant period in the history of this major world center.

Designer Thom Browne Shows Off His Manhattan Apartment for Architectural DigestJanuary 2015

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It isn’t all that surprising that clothing designers also tend to live in expertly curated homes. After all, both interior and clothing design are visual mediums, and the same principles of scale, pattern, light and color apply to both. Many people look to the homes of their favorite clothing designers for ideas and inspirations that they can apply to their own residences. This is why Architectural Digest features a series of tours of popular clothing designers’ apartments and homes. Recently, the magazine took a tour of popular designer Thom Browne’s lovely Manhattan apartment.

What Would You Give Up For Quality Home Improvement?January 2015

These days, it’s hard to ignore the pressure to take your home improvement into your own hands and “do it yourself.” The movement has inspired numerous magazines, blogs, forums and even television networks completely dedicated to saving money by tackling projects without the help of a professional. However, while many of us love to watch television shows and read blogs about home improvement, far fewer people are actually willing to put in the work that these kinds of projects require. 

Living Between Buildings! Coming to a Building Near YouDecember 2014

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In major cities the world over, more and more residents are opting to move into smaller properties as demand for urban lifestyles drives up property values globally. While metropolitan areas in Asia and Europe have long embraced so-called “micro-apartments,” cities stateside have been slow to implement these relatively compact residential units. However, as the real estate market continues to boom in the state with home values increasing in every large metro area, according to the latest reports from analytics group Zillow, architects and landlords are getting creative and constructing new spaces that will find tenants living surprisingly comfortably despite a lack of square footage. 

Report: Interior Design Matters When Selling a HomeDecember 2014

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Recent reports have shown that the housing market is recovering at an extremely healthy tilt after the burst of the housing bubble in 2008. In fact, according to the recent Housing Market Recovery Index from real estate analytics firm RealtyTrac, parts of California are seeing property values increase in excess of 90 percent compared to their costs at the trough of the Great Recession, with the number of underwater mortgages significantly lower than the national average in central and southern regions of the state.

A Historical Property That Remains Untouched By TimeDecember 2014

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Here in Southern California, the architectural styles of the homes that dot the landscape run the gamut. From historical Spanish Colonial villas in the valleys to ultra-modern beachfront mansions, buyers have the option to step back in time or embrace contemporary trends when it comes to choosing a house of their own.


Make Every Day a Vacation Through Los Angeles Interior DesignDecember 2014


While summer may be winding down to a close, many of us are still holding out hope that we won’t have to wait until next year to enjoy a pleasant escape from reality. The kids are going back to school, and you’re likely going to see your workload increase as fall rolls around. But that doesn’t mean you have to completely abandon the summery aesthetic you’ve embraced in your vacation home over the past few months.

A Look at Cindy Crawford’s Vacation VillaDecember 2014

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Aside from the spectacular scenery of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, Cindy Crawford’s vacation home also boasts the view of a well-known neighbor. That’s right, Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber share side-by-side villas with George Clooney. The friends decided to build the property after becoming captivated by the oceanfront years ago. It didn’t hurt that Los Cabos, located on the southern tip of the peninsula, was just a short plane ride from Los Angeles.

Restaurant Design Has Big Impact on CustomersDecember 2014

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When it comes to restaurant design, those who work in the hospitality industry know that atmosphere is one of the most important features that attract customers. New-age diners are looking for more than just a tasty meal – they want to be treated to a memorable experience that they can’t get at home. Restaurants that have a layout and decorating scheme complementing the food they serve stand out from those that have a standard interior style. 

Can A Bathroom Be Artistic?December 2014

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While you wouldn’t typically think of the bathroom as a stylish space, these top toilets may prove you wrong. Bathroom supply company Cintas has revealed 10 finalists in its “America’s Best Bathroom” contest. The competition is solely open to public restrooms in America.


Here are five of the top 10 prestigious powder rooms from across the nation.


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