Couple bringing postmodern design to run-down Holyoke home

Nestled in a tight row of houses in the city’s Oakdale District sits an architectural anomaly. Covered entirely with black siding, and featuring no forward-facing windows, the small Victorian home has become a source of wonderment for passersby.

At first glance, the 850-square-foot, two-story house is unsettling and inefficient by appearance. However, a deeper look into the home itself and the mind behind it unveils artist and designer Kevin MacDonald’s knack for design innovation and eye for detail.

Once in shambles, the home has become a pet project for MacDonald, an artist specializing in modern high-end design architecture who spent the majority of his career in New York City and Los Angeles building furniture, homes and fine interiors. Eight years ago, he moved to western Massachusetts from New York, attracted to the artist community and architecture of the region.

“I am not in this to be status quo,” MacDonald remarks

Read More

Bringing home the bacon tops new California laws in 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It’s not often that bacon leads a roundup of new laws taking effect with the New Year in California.

But even in progressive California, that’s the headline-grabber.

It’s among a host of other legislation designed to safeguard employees, shield those seeking abortions, protect protesters from police, spare children from gender influence in store displays, and further ease criminal penalties to reduce mass incarceration.

Several of the laws mark national “firsts” — first minimum wage to reach $15 an hour, first to protect warehouse workers from quotas, first to mandate hourly wages for garment workers, first to require the gender-neutral displays.


They are among hundreds of new laws also addressing everything from stealthily removing condoms to handing out disposable packages of condiments.

But first…

WHAT ABOUT THE BACON?

The sausage-making stems from a 2018 ballot measure where California voters set the nation’s toughest living space standards for

Read More

Mountain Modern Home Design Trend Spotlights JLF Architects for Bringing Contemporary Style to Rustic and Reclaimed Materials

Incorporating a soothing water feature, this JLF Architects-designed Mountain Modern legacy home combines industrial steel and glass with rustic timber and stone craftsmanship (photo by Audrey Hall).

We believe that the most sustainable thing we can do as architects and builders is to construct houses that last a century or more.

With its wide open spaces and restorative connection to nature, the Rocky Mountain West’s appeal is growing with city dwellers interested in staking their claim on the stunning landscape in what one Aspen realtor has called “the great urban exodus.” That influx of interest has turned national design attention to a style known as Mountain Modern – and to top practitioners JLF Architects. While the Bozeman, Montana-based firm resists being pigeon-holed, JLF is an acknowledged pioneer – with over 40 years of experience – of the art

Read More

On Bringing The Joys Of Travel Home

Restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic have not only dramatically altered travel across the globe, they’ve also sparked interest in rethinking the design of the personal spaces where people are now spending more of their time.

Carol Kurth, FAIA, ASID, a principal of Carol Kurth Architecture + Interiors in Bedford, New York, is an award-winning architect and interior designer. Her extensive portfolio of luxury places to live, work and play are notable for their creative integration of site, form, structure and materials. 

An avid traveler herself, Carol is a highly sought-after speaker, always offering fresh insights on architecture, interior design trends and sustainability. 

Forbes.com spoke to Carol Kurth about the shifts she’s seeing in her industry, how travel can inspire architecture and interior design, and the creative ways—large and small—travel enthusiasts can

Read More