With Fluted Details Galore, This Paris Pad Is as Chic as it Gets

Sarah Dray is an out-and-out Parisienne. The interior designer was born in the French capital and has lived in traditional Haussmannian apartments ever since she was a child. “The aesthetics of Parisian buildings fascinate me,” she says. “I’ve never seen anything quite so beautiful.”

Dray initially trained with two preeminent purveyors of French decorative taste. While in college, she interned in the offices of ELLE DECOR A-List Titan Jacques Garcia. She recalls seeing the iconic designer from afar and noting his bright red socks and green crocodile loafers. She later worked for Isabelle Stanislas, known for her revamping of three

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Culture as an urban catalyst. Media Library by archi5 and CALMM architecture | The Strength of Architecture


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Sainte-Geneviève-des-bois is located in the department of Essonne, 34 km from Paris. The project to build the Olivier Léonhardt media library arose from the local government’s desire to ensure access to culture for the inhabitants of the department. To this end, it decided to launch a competition for ideas to replace a disused market in the heart of the “U de Saint Hubert”, a residential area known for its difficult social, cultural and economic difficulties of its residents.

The landscape and the buildings in the neighborhood give the site a very strong

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Feds plans to develop catalog of pre-approved home designs




Nojoud Al Mallees, The Canadian Press



Published Tuesday, December 12, 2023 2:42PM EST





Last Updated Tuesday, December 12, 2023 4:57PM EST

OTTAWA – The federal government intends to resurrect a post-war effort to ramp up housing construction across Canada – but with a 21st-century twist.

A consultation process will begin next month on developing a catalog of pre-approved home designs to accelerate the home-building process for developers, Housing Minister Sean Fraser said Tuesday.

It’s a reboot of a federal policy from the post-Second World War era, when the Canada Mortgage and

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New Alabama State House design documents show expanded footprint, amenities

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama Legislative Council heard new details Wednesday about the new Alabama State House, including schematics that show the building will have an expanded footprint, more square footage in both the House and Senate chambers and several new amenities.

“It’s going to be a timeless building, it’s going to be here for 150 years and we’re going to be proud of it,” said Bill Wallace, lead architect on the project, told the panel of lawmakers. “It’s going to fit seamlessly with the capitol complex.”

Bill Wallace with the Montgomery-based engineering firm Goodwyn Mills Cawood speaks during a
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The story behind Charleston single house architecture | Features

Paul Douxsaint, the home’s original owner, earned his money as a merchant of people, regularly importing Africans to the British colony. The people he purchased likely made each brick comprising the house. Other enslaved people worked on the rice plantations, helping to make Charleston the richest of the colonies.


The history of civil rights and the Black experience is everywhere in Charleston

Small gestured to a brick column next to a heavy black door, explaining to the tourists how she knows the stones are local: The clay here has iron in it, leaving the red brick peppered with black dots.

The street-facing door opens not to the home’s interior, but a two-story

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Kips Bay Decorator Show House New York Reveals Designer Lineup, Design Fair Collectible Announces US Edition, and More News

From significant business changes to noteworthy product launches, there’s always something new happening in the world of design. In this biweekly roundup, AD PRO has everything you need to know.

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Kips Bay Decorator Show House New York unveils 2024 designer roster

The next installment of the Kips Bay Decorator Show House, the biggest fundraiser for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, will unfold in a 65th Street townhouse on New York’s Upper East Side. Opening to the public on May 2, the showcase will feature the handiwork of 24 powerhouse architects and designers, including AD PRO

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News Flash • City of Port Angeles Offers Free Permit-Ready P

The City of Port Angeles is pleased to announce the launch of its Permit-Ready Plans program. Through this program, pre-designed building and engineering plan sets are available to the community completely free of charge.

Port Angeles’ Permit-Ready Plans include designs for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), Small Lot Homes, and Townhomes, both single story and two-story, ranging in size from 480 to 2543 square feet.

“All of the plan sets were developed by professionals specifically for Port Angeles Municipal Code design standards and zoning requirements,” says City Manager Nathan A. West. “Multiple housing types and configurations have been included to provide

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Chesil Cliff House for sale: The fall and fall of Grand Designs’ saddest home – and the marriage it helped end

When Edward and Hazel Short put their life savings into building their fantasy home on the coast, they hope it will change their lives for the better and give their two children a fabulous childhood.

Instead, more than 12 years later, the luxury house has been relisted for sale once again at knockdown price, the couple’s marriage is over and millionaire Mr Short is still paying off some of the money he borrowed for the ambitious building project.

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