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How to Build a House for Leonard Bernstein

Maestro production designer Kevin Thompson on filming in the conductor’s actual Connecticut home (and going through his junk drawers).
  1. Living With His Husband and His Own Furniture Designs in Greenpoint Ever since Jeremy Silberberg started Studio S II with Erica Sellers, they’d been “digging for reasons to fund our own work!”
  2. Craftsman Home In a Prospect Heights floor-through, a set designer pays homage to her art form.
  3. The Empty Dry Cleaner That Became a Printing Studio Artist Leslie Diuguid needed a larger space to work (and her bedroom back).
  4. The Yoga Teacher Living Over an East Village Karaoke Bar Alex Schatzberg also teaches in his apartment, in an 1833 building on St. Marks Place.
  5. A Serene Gut-Reno in the East Village, Six Flights Up Magdalena and Jonathan Keck wanted to live on the top floor no matter what.
  6. Federico de Francesco Gave up Finance to Be an Artist (and Live Like One) A visit to his Bohemian Tribeca loft
  7. How the Nivola Horses Got Their Hooves Back All 18 modernist sculptures have been reinstalled in an Upper West Side plaza.
  8. How Do You Rebuild a Nazi’s House? For The Zone of Interest, a crew meticulously studied Rudolf Höss’s actual house, then created a replica down the street.
  9. You Should Know About Textile Designer Marguerita Mergentime From Radio City music hall to Keds sneakers.
  10. Have You Heard About the Hot-Girl Toilet Seat? Commodes with eggs and old cellphones suspended in resin aren’t for everyone. Maybe they’re for you.
  11. His Name Was Picked Out of a Hat to Get This Gramercy Park Apartment Michael Shane Neal is just the third artist in 117 years to occupy this studio at the National Arts Club.
  12. Down the eBay Rabbit Hole to Find a Bitossi Clock These chunky mid-century ceramics looked ugly at first. Then I had to have my own.
  13. A Look Inside New York’s Mountain Houses The remote beauty and real meaning of the getaway home.
  14. Curbed’s Most-Read Great Rooms Stories of 2023 Including a mosaic-tiled backyard, a loft with floating bedrooms, and a transformation.
  15. A Tribeca Duplex Inspired by Cloud City and the Fortress of Solitude After Inna Khidekel and Bert van der Walt bought this apartment, they let their designer, Timothy Godbold, surprise them.
  16. A Place, at Last, for Everything (Including the Teenager and the Shoes) A family thought they’d outgrown their apartment, until they met the architects Ideas of Order. Before and after photos for what they did.
  17. McDonald’s Lamps, Rubber Tables, and Anthony Haden-Guest at Design Miami Plus a literal trophy bookcase.
  18. The Photographer Who Taught Herself How to Renovate Her Own Apartment After living in this apartment for nearly 18 years, Amanda Weil wanted a change, but first she fired her architect.
  19. TM Davy’s Fairy-, Satyr-, and Plant-Filled East Williamsburg Loft “I don’t really know that there are many places left like this.”
  20. A Student of Corbu’s in Nutley Glenn Mariconda and Asaka Midorikawa’s house was designed by Edward T. Bowser Jr., who had worked with Le Corbusier.
  21. Leave the World Behind’s Apocalyptic Airbnb A modern farmhouse in Old Westbury, Long Island, was just what the design team wanted for the collapse of civilization.
  22. A California Artist Lives His Mexico City Dream Brian Thoreen’s studio and home has a tree growing in the middle of it.
  23. She Finally Got Around to Really Decorating Her Tribeca Penthouse Artist Claudia Doring Baez lived in the former Wool Club space atop American Thread Building for 22 years before enlisting the help of an architect.
  24. From the Floral, Red Rooms of Barbara Walters The broadcaster liked monograms, astrology, and her red Eames chair.
  25. Sarah Nsikak Is So Happy to Be Back in Bed-Stuy The designer of the upcycling fashion line Le Réunion tried living upstate. It wasn’t for her.
  26. They Still Make Art in Soho Reformed “wild man” artist John Alexander and ceramicist Fiona Waterstreet’s loft life together.
  27. Hollywood Regency in Park Slope When Anna Turner bought her first apartment, she wanted “eclectic, maximalist.” But somehow practical, too.
  28. Floral Storefront City When did fake wisteria take over every retail façade in Manhattan?
  29. Michael Henry Adams’s Candlelit Harlem Apartment The author and architectural preservationist has filled his home with the history of Harlem. He found some of it on the street.
  30. Sofia Coppola’s Bedrooms The director’s new book, Archive, is a showcase for the little temples, or little cells, she creates for her characters.
  31. The Sisters Sharing a House in Prospect–Lefferts Gardens Zoë Wendel moved into her sister’s three-story house to help with renovations. She made this floor entirely her own.
  32. It’s Giving Halston Evoking “the spirit of a bygone hedonism” in a sensible mid-century West Side co-op.
  33. Beverly’s Is Making It Permanent Beverly Nguyen’s roaming homewares pop-up signed a lease at 27 Orchard.
  34. Donald Judd’s Soho In His Own Words The story behind 101 Spring Street.
  35. Bye, Bouclé Resale sites are flooded with bubbly, fuzzy couches and chairs. Are we experiencing textural fatigue?
  36. Ten Years Later, Still Coming Soon Fabiana Faria and Helena Barquet opened the Lower East Side home-design shop on 11/12/13.
  37. A Decamping to a Broad Channel Swim Club Coming Soon co-founders Helena Barquet and Fabiana Faria left the Upper East Side for the Rockaways.
  38. Who Knew So Many Celebrities Wanted to Design Wallpaper Sarah Jessica Parker, Drew Barrymore, and Gwyneth Paltrow found a lucrative side hustle.
  39. A Fairy-Tale Beach Cottage in Cherry Grove Allison Michael Orenstein and Simone Saint Laurent have a motto: “When in doubt, paint it white.”
  40. Charles Renfro’s Fire Island Beach House Feels Like a Stage The architect bought the simple 1961 bungalow designed by Horace Gifford, and only added outdoor rooms.
  41. What If Wind Turbines Got a Makeover? From Western New York to Ocean City, New Jersey, fights against wind farms often begin with how they look.
  42. An Edible Garden in Bed-Stuy That Feels like a Living Room JC Garcia-Lavin and George Fesser had a barren backyard when they bought their house in 2019. Then things went wild.
  43. The Tribeca Townhouse of an Art Collector Who ‘Doesn’t Like Boring’ After Page West had the six-story building to herself, it was time for a bold redesign.
  44. Bad News About Kevin Costner’s Buffalo Sculpture After a decades-long legal battle, he may be forced to sell it.
  45. A Writer’s Shed in the Springs Glyn Vincent writes his books in a former workshop for duck decoys.
  46. Let’s Tile the Yard! Thirty friends pitched in on Ellen Van Dusen’s Bed-Stuy mosaic. “It felt like a quilting group.”
  47. Artists in the Potato Barn Designer Aelfie Oudghiri is opening a residency in her family’s place in Sagaponack.
  48. 54 Years on Washington Square North “Well, I married the apartment,” says John Githens of the floor of the 19th century townhouse he shared with artist Ingeborg ten Haeff.
  49. The Spon-Con Nursery Synchronicity Lindsay Lohan wanted soft neutrals. So did Naomi Osaka. And Mandy Moore. And …
  50. How to Collect Furniture Like Dennis Freedman “Function is not necessarily the point.”
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