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from Metropolitan Home :: In the rolling hills of upstate New York architect Adam Rolston created this modern View-Master of a house with dramatically simple lines and an agenda as green as the surrounding landscape.  To read more click here.

from dwell :: Though it may not strictly adhere to the local aesthetic, the house takes its cues from a humble and prevalent form of local architecture: the boat barn. “We wanted the essence of a New England barn,” says Callahan. “The house is like a sculpture, a piece of jazz, like a riff on barnness.” The couple had initially planned two structures on their land, but when Campbell delivered exactly what they had imagined, the desire to build the second evaporated.  To read more click here.

Huddled in the shadows of the Cascade Mountains of Washington State, a compact cabin opens up its walls to the surrounding forest.  Glass doors fan out on three sides, including the corners, exposing the interior to the elements and the sounds of the river below.  To read more click here.

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from Dwell: Amidst a tangle of blackberry bushes and decaying tires, architects Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo saw the perfect site for their future home.  Despite their financial constraints, the architects seamlessly incorporated sustainable building design into their dwelling, disproving the stereotype that environmentally conscious materials are costly or complex to use.  Their house—1,350 square feet that combine the couple’s architecture and sculpture studio with their living space—is a box of unfinished wood, steel, and concrete.  To read more from this article visit

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From dwell: Like the people and homes or rural North Carolina, Farmhouse Redux is a modest residence, in both size and architectural features.  The new owners wanted to acknowledge the history of the local inhabitants – many of whom are descendants of the farmhouse’s original owner – but make updates for modern living.  “It’s an abstraction of the local vernacular buildings,” Chad says, “and it pays homage to more primitive and resourceful times.”

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Short for North Davidson is home to some of the very best art galleries and Friday night art crawls which happen once a month. One of Charlotte’s older neighborhoods, it is experiencing a true renaissance, especially over the past couple of years.

Anthea Designs :: Anthea touts itself as Charlotte’s first and only resource for sustainable interior design. With organic bath and bedding, natural rugs, non-toxic furniture and fair trade décor, it’s a great place to get your green on.

BEET :: a well organized collective of contemporary crafts and functional art by American artists, many are local. Pottery, fiber, metal and wood mean there is definitely something to delight all senses. Toys, instruments and furniture are just some of the unique finds here.

Another historic hood experiencing a major renaissance, Southend is an epicenter of creativity with ad agencies, film and recording studios, art galleries, antique shops, design centers, and specialty boutiques.

South End Exchange :: a favorite spot to trove for antique and reproduction furniture as well as art, accessories, rugs and linens. A unique pricing system (prices drop on designated dates) lets you plan for purchases but means you have to stop by frequently.

Interiors Marketplace :: this store has an endless selection of new and old, with well named pedigree pieces. Be prepared to spend some money here. Exquisite accessories for refined tastes.

Lu Lu Raccoon :: also on South Blvd offers custom upholstery and other brand names such as Mitchell Gold and Vanguard. Chic.

One of Charlotte’s most historic neighborhoods, Plaza Midwood is centrally located and quickly becoming a place for great food, fashion, antiques and design. The vibe is extremely cool and welcoming.

City Supply Co. :: located on Thomas Ave, this shop is full of chic and affordable furniture such as a gorgeous, organic petrified-wood console, colorful gourd lamps and coconut shell chandeliers.

1510 Antiques :: around the corner on Central Ave is full of amazing finds. Antique furniture, glass, china, and artwork from all eras, including a few mid century pieces.

To view the entire guide visit Design*Sponge.

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