Ken Fulk is an event planner and interior designer known best for his stylish interiors and over the top parties and events.  He and his partner, Kurt Wootton, a classically trained pianist, purchased a 3,200 square foot home in San Francisco, it was designed by Bay Area, modernist architect Warren Callister in 1959.  The home was well maintained by its owners, Dr. Cloyce Duncan and his wife Gwendolyn Evans, who agreed to sell the home to Ken only after he gave Gwendolyn his word that he would preserve the integrity of the home.  “In 50 years they hadn’t changed a thing – not a hook, not a single knob, nothing.  They treated it like a museum, and rightfully so,” said Ken during an interview with Architectural Digest.  The house sits atop one of San Francisco’s h...

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American singer-songwriter John Mellencamp fell in love with South Carolina’s remote Daufuskie Island, so much so that he bought several acres on the Atlantic Ocean. The land sat untouched for over a decade before Mellencamp was inspired by a church in Myrtle Beach and decided to hire architect Neil Gordon to design his South Carolina getaway. Heavily influenced by this church, the home features pointed arch windows and a nave-like central living hall. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer admits that the home never felt right but was inspired to change that when girlfriend, actress Meg Ryan, posed the question, “Why don’t you make it as beautiful as it can be?” So last year, Mellencamp hired New York City interior designer Monique Gibson to breathe new life into his home away from home.The l...

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When American actor and film producer Brad Pitt was asked what he considered his dream house to be, he replied Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Hill House in Helensburgh, Glasgow. Pitt describes the residence as “a good family home”, while others recognize the home as Mackintosh’s finest domestic creation. Mackintosh was an influential Scottish architect, designer and artist, he designed the Hill House in 1903 for publisher Walter Blackie ad his family. The home is a mix of Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, Japonisme and Scottish Baronial architecture and design, most everything inside was designed by Mackintosh himself including the iconic Hill House Chair. With the help of Landmark Trust, a UK-based company that restores historic buildings that are in jeopardy of deteriorating, Hill House an...

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Located an hour an half drive outside of San Diego, California on a secluded hill in Valle De Guadalupe, Mexico’s wine country, you will find Hotel Endémico. A hotel made up of twenty private luxury cabins which provide guests with an intimate connection with Mother Nature. The eco-friendly cabins blend in beautifully with their natural surroundings and are raised off the ground so that they have minimal impact on the land, the philosophy of the project was not to interfere directly with the landscape. The cabins are made of Corten steel, wood and pitched roofs that are covered with corrugated panels of weathered metal. Guests are provided with a “deluxe” camping experience, each modern cabin is 215 square feet and features a private terrace complete with a chiminea and sweeping ...

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American actor and race car driver Patrick Dempsey and his wife, Jillian, purchased one of Frank Gehry’s earliest houses in Malibu, California. Frank Gehry is an award winning architect with many world renowned projects, Vanity Fair has cited him as “the most important architect of our age”. In 1968 when the renowned designer worked on this home, originally a combined studio and residence for artist Ron Davis, he was still an outlier and was at the beginning of his career. The home’s original blueprint was largely intact when the Dempsey’s purchased it but they modified and made it their own with the help of decorator and fashion stylist, Estee Stanley, of Estee Stanley Interior Design.The home’s color palette is soft and soothing, it’s made up of glossy whites, warm neutrals, and rusti...

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Avant-Garde meets Mother NatureTom Reisenbichler, an architect and managing director at Perkins+Will, a man who has played an influential role in Health Care design, has recently completed the design and build of his new 8,300 square foot home in Dallas, Texas. The Caruth Boulevard residence is a LEED gold home with many sustainable features and strong architectural details with ninety percent of the materials and finishes being recycled or reclaimed. The open design concept evolved around the love of entertaining that Tom and his partner share, they have entertained over 3,000 guests since moving in last January. The rooms seem to effortless flow into the next, eventually leading you outside to the pool and outdoor area. The home is surrounded with lush green landscaping which creates ...

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California based interior design firm, Mister Important Design, has recently completed the interiors of the Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs. Located in downtown Palm Springs, the hotel was originally built in the 70’s, it features 163 guest rooms and suites, a restaurant, spa, lobby bar and nightclub. When asked to describe their latest accomplishment, MID has this to say, “In keeping with the vibe of Palm Springs and mindful of the Coachella music and art festival, we sought to create a Hard Rock experience that dovetailed with those two dynamics. To that end we selected memorabilia from younger artists as well as odd items from more established acts.” Mister Important Design collaborated with a number of talented artists to create a memorable, hotel experience.MID worked with Benoit M...

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23
Jun

Cliffhanger

Kevin Vallely Design is a talented and reputable design firm based out of North Vancouver, British Columbia who most recently added the Cliffhanger residence to their growing portfolio. The Cliffhanger residence is a 1,986 square foot, three level, energy efficient home, it is 25 feet wide, by 100 feet long and is located in North Vancouver’s Indian Arm. The modern home was built on top of a cliff and boasts sweeping ocean views. The interior is sleek and streamlined and was thoughtfully designed to maximize every square inch. The open floor plan is warm and inviting, the furnishings and décor are timeless and sophisticated and compliment the West Coast look and feel of the home. The architect describes the home as being “A regional adaptation to a modern esthetic that allows it ...

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The critically acclaimed, award winning movie, American Hustle is a crime-comedy-drama film, loosely based on the FBI’s ABSCAM operation which took place in the late 1970s and early 80s. It stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. The set design was led by Judy Becker who had previously worked with director David O. Russell on other productions, the set it is accurate and true to its time. She pulled inspiration from The King of Comedy, a film by Martin Scorsese and archived editions of Interior Design magazine. Retro revival is a growing trend in design, it consists of blending beatnik, bohemian chic with international treasure from around the world. Music heavily impacted this time as well, cue bronzed mirrors, disco balls and over the top glamor. There a...

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08
Jun

The Good Life

Award winning actress Julianna Margulies, the star of NBC’s The Good Wife, and her husband Keith Lieberthal, hired renowned designer and published author Vicente Wolf of Vicente Wolf & Associates to help them design their 2,200 square foot New York apartment. The actress bought two units, a studio apartment and a two bedroom, and combined them to create a bright and soothing eclectic home. Originally purchased with the intention to “flip”, the actress had a change of heart and decided to hold on to the apartment, “There’s just this sense of calm here,” she told Architectural Digest during an interview, “I didn’t realize what a smart buy it was.”Julianna also confessed to AD that she is “Obsessed with design magazines, and every time I’d get to a room I loved, it was Vicente’s. He ha...

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