Ovens

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by Lorraine Eaton  photography by Keith Lanpher So much can go wrong in the belly of a restaurant – the dishwasher goes AWOL midshift, the fridge goes kaput, the wait staff plots an insurrection against the line cooks. Customers rarely sense the dark dramas within. But if the oven checks out, there’s no faking it. Bakers and cooks so rely on their ovens that over time, they … [Read more...]

Play Dress-up

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Welcomed into the fold, with a new take on the world. The impending birth of a niece led Meghan Wilkens to craft ocean charts into a dress for the baby’s wall – a touchstone of her identity in an extended Navy family. Wilkens, herself an officer based in Norfolk, folds maps and other ephemera, new and old, letting the paper itself guide her. She uses no patterns or ruler; … [Read more...]

Small Spaces

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  Making a smaller space work takes vision and willpower. We looked at three spaces – all 1,200 square feet or smaller – and found three very different takes on space, light, volume and the magic touch of reclaiming the old to bring in the new. Here are those three wonderful and artistic homes, and the owners who made them work gracefully. by DIANNA CAHN photography by … [Read more...]

Gift Guide 2013

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The kitchen truly is the heart of the home. So for this giving season, we’ve compiled an assortment of gifts that are perfect for equipping the kitchen. Some are timeless; some are just plain cool. All are sure to nourish the souls of friends and family during this season – or any season. photography by TODD WRIGHT styling by WENDY … [Read more...]

Bill Deal

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For hundreds of people, wealthy and poor, an architect’s ears and eyes and pen have made real the merely imagined. by Janine Latus photography by Eric Lusher Architect Bill Deal jots a note on an already-crowded piece of paper and sticks it back in his shirt pocket. He does this constantly, writing down ideas, penciling possibilities. Sometimes when he and a client are talking … [Read more...]