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September Color of the Month: Pencil Eraser

09/19/18 specs+spaces staff

​Come September you can feel a subtle shift in the air. September’s ability to make us aware of the changes, both within us and in our environment, is why we selected Pencil Eraser as this September’s color of the month.

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Destination Inspiration: The Colors of Normandy

09/11/18 specs+spaces staff

The places we travel so often inspire our design choices — the textures, the styles and of course, the colors. The French countryside of the Upper Normandy region is filled with quaint villages, medieval architecture and gorgeous flora. Below we’ll show you how you can draw inspiration from Normandy’s color palettes into your next design project.

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Country Caper: A “Spirited Journey” through 2019 color+design

08/30/18 Sara McLean

“Country Caper,” our fourth trend story, highlights the Bohemian mood associated with idyllic countryside living in chic, subtle decorator styles. Immersed in casually colorful opulence, we learn to embrace the beauty of imperfection. Creativity and personal expression abound. Crafted and textured, authenticity is rewarded.

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Extreme Odyssey Home Focus: Twisting Courtyard

08/30/18 Grace Lennon

Completed by ARCHSTUDIO, "Twisting Courtyard" is a renovated residence in Paizihutong, Beijing. The property was once a Siheyuan (courtyard house) with a single entry. It has been turned into an attractive, urban public space within Beijing’s inner city.

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City Stroll Hotel Focus: CitizenM Gare de Lyon

08/22/18 Grace Lennon

Just a short walk from the historic Marais District and a stroll from the River Seine, citizenM’s third Paris location is perfectly placed for travelers in search of culture, commerce or community. Designed by Dutch studio concrete, the hotel features 338 rooms organized within a former office tower block and is located a block from one of Paris’s major transportation hubs, Gare de Lyon train station.

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Retail Space Gets a Sweet, Modern Makeover for Roll'd Ice Cream

08/15/18 specs+spaces staff

Finding the perfect white can make or break a project. No one knows that better than California central coast firm AGD Architecture and Design. For AGD founder and architect Andrew Goodwin, that perfect white for his remodel of the storefront was Igloo (DEW379) by Dunn-Edwards.

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Poetic Passage: A “Spirited Journey” Through 2019 color+design

08/01/18 Sara McLean

“Poetic Passage,” our third trends story speaks to the soft and subtle side of life that incorporates nature in a chic, minimalist atmosphere. Shadow and light dance in a marriage of masculine and feminine, luxury and lines. The aesthetic is minimalist, soft and subtle with chic and refined natural basics within tender, cozy atmospheres.

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Sarah Rosenhaus Interior Design: Blending Nature and Elegance

08/01/18 Sara McLean

Sarah Rosenhaus, principal owner of Sarah Rosenhaus Interior Design (SRID), based in Santa Monica, Calif., believes each home should tell a story of a well-traveled life. With a focus on luxury residential interior design, Rosenhaus and her team have faith in the importance of listening to clients and filtering their desires through their vision and approach.

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Extreme Odyssey Museum Focus: Zeitz MOCAA

08/01/18 Grace Lennon

Thomas Heatherwick has created South Africa’s biggest art museum — by hollowing out the inside of a historic grain silo building. Described by the British designer as “the world’s tubiest building," the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, or Zeitz MOCAA, is set to become the world’s most important exhibition space for African art.

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2018 Summer Color Picks To Steal For Your Front Door

07/18/18 specs+spaces staff

​Painting your front door is an inexpensive and easy way to freshen up a home’s curb appeal. The door is the first thing people see before entering your house, so why not make a statement?