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

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Naples Art & Design Expo opens Nov. 19

The delayed Naples Art & Design Expo opens Thursday, Nov. 19, a double-hinged door to the importance of its L-shaped neighborhood behind Naples Boulevard: 

  • There is a vendor or manufacturer for nearly every aspect of home design — upholstery, stone,  furniture, draperies and cabinetry — inside the busy buildings in the boxy district behind Naples Boulevard.  
  • Similarly, the art studios that nestle against the design trade businesses hold everything from glass sculpture to classical portraits to small ceramics, dyed fabrics and wall-gulping abstracts.

With the same ingenuity that married peanut butter and chocolate into a candy bar, commerce and art have collaborated for three days of open houses and demonstrations. Their mission: To bring people a sense of the entire aesthetic of home design. Two specific workshops on Friday, Nov. 20, demonstrate ways of pairing art and furnishings (see information box for times locations and free registration instructions). 

Small art

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Home Design As Told By Your Zodiac Sign

Each of the 12 zodiac signs, from Aries to Pisces, say a lot about someone’s personality, attitude, and even style preferences. 

On Long Island and beyond, some homeowners are looking to the stars for zodiac-inspired décor ideas that reflect their own special mojo.

“Each sign has its own strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes — especially when it comes to home design,” writes Camryn Rabideau for marthastewart.com. “Lucky colors associated with the Aquarius sign include calm, serene hues like blues and grays. You can incorporate these colors into your living room (or really any other room) through a new wall color, a chic couch, or even a few accent decorations.” 

Focusing on one’s abode, especially these days, is a great way to escape the craziness outside your front door.

CELESTIAL COLORS 

Affectionate, kindhearted,

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These design secrets will transform an open-plan home


Looking for open-plan living room ideas? Airy, spacious and versatile, open-concept living rooms are a popular design choice for the modern home but a successful scheme requires careful planning. We’ve rounded up the best-kept design secrets to help you transform a large empty interior into a warm and welcoming sociable hub for the whole family. Click or scroll on for the ultimate open-plan inspiration…



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