Airbnb and other vacation rental services have completely changed the way we travel, allowing us to live like a local in locales around the world. But what’s often missing in these experiences is a hotel-worthy design. Airbnb owner Lauren Otero knew that her LA bungalow‘s look was far too basic for its funky Silverlake neighborhood. Due to the popularity of the area, she had solid bookings, but was making significantly less than the average nearby hotel’s per-night rates.  Could design be the culprit? She teamed up with designer James Tabb to find out, transforming the one-bedroom

Joy Wilson may have lived in LA, Miami, Vermont and Seattle, but her new adopted home of New Orleans is most certainly her spirit city. Irreverent and revelatory, bold and bawdy and come-as-you-are entertaining, it’s the perfect match for the blogger and cookbook author, known to her fans as Joy the Baker. “Living in New Orleans is like living in a different world. It’s magical, it’s joyous, the pace is much slower, and we’ll celebrate anything, everything, all the time,” she says. Joy bought an early 1900s double shotgun home

The average human spends 33% of their life sleeping. So it’s important to get your bedroom design right. And when you’re dealing with a newly built home or apartment, it can be hard to strike the right balance between style and coziness. That’s why Lennar, the nation’s largest home builder, called upon Laurel & Wolf designer James Tabb to transform four bedrooms in their new San Francisco Shipyard homes. Read More: Two Hip Homes in San Francisco’s Coolest New Spot   With two bedrooms in each model home, James kept the color palettes

Los Angeles real estate is kind of like a night at a Vegas casino – you either luck out or you end up blowing all your money on a really bad bet. Rebecca and Jared Raskind were all but ready to fold when their agent showed them a Spanish-style home that was definitely a fixer upper. And it’s the best bet they ever made. Rebecca and Jared embraced the home’s flaws as an opportunity. “We were actually happy that it was a fixer-upper because we could personalize the home while maintaining its character and

Moving into a new place can be a transformative experience, but figuring out how to make multiple empty rooms feel like home is often more daunting than it is exciting. And if you’re graduating from renting to buying, the idea of making long-term design decisions can feel especially overwhelming. How do you get the soul of an old home without a degree in DIY? Enter Lennar. The nation’s largest home builder recently transformed 750 acres of the historic San Francisco Shipyard into 12,000 brand new homes, one of the biggest urban transformations in SF history. Located between Bayview Hunters Point and Candlestick Park, this

Carly Kuhn grew up in an artistic family, but she never set out to become an artist. “That was always my brother’s world. Growing up, he could create these perfect photograph-like pieces.” But in moments of downtime during her gig as a TV producer at shows like Chelsea Lately, she started to doodle. Those doodles turned into an Instagram account, which caught the eye of Sarah Jessica Parker and Rachel Zoe, and led to work with brands from Dior to Prada and Capitol Records. “I suddenly realized that I don’t

No one ever said that being a parent is easy, but Bethann Wagner sure makes it look that way. As her five-year-old daughter Harlowe dances around the brand new bedroom she shares with baby brother Gunnar, Bethann gestures around the space. “Gunnar is probably going to walk because of this furniture,” she says, pointing towards a mirrored side table and dresser. “He stands up, looks at himself and gets all excited, then tries to take a step towards me.” As a YouTube Beauty Strategist who also runs her own fashion and

Valeria Girimonte and Alexis Bernard had to put their worldly travels on hold when their two children were born. But the international couple–she hails from Argentina, he from Belgium–still wanted to maintain a sense of adventure. They found it in Tahoe. Captivated by its crystal-clear lakes, towering evergreens, and glittering, snow-capped peaks, the pair purchased a rustic cabin in Tahoe Donner. “We wanted somewhere with a lot of opportunities to do sports,” says Valeria. From downhill and cross-country skiing to mountain biking and horseback riding, the Tahoe Donner area offers a

He doesn’t talk. He bites when he’s mad. And man, can he destroy a sofa. Our latest design client was no walk in the park. But he ended up being one of our all-time favorites. Who is he? Meet Pablo — a Maltese Mix from the mean streets of Los Angeles. What he lacks in breeding, he more than makes up for in swagger. And, while he may look sweet, he’s got serious bark. When he isn’t chatting up maltipoos at the dog park, you’ll find him buried in his books, studying the art of potty-training and postmodern

When you spend your days changing the face of new media and your nights at home raising an energetic two-year-old, decorating your space probably falls last on your to-do list. So, when Digital Media Exec Sarah Penna’s realtor showed her an off-the-market, modern stunner in Mar Vista, CA, she decided to leave the design work to the professionals. “I was driving myself crazy on Pinterest. I could probably do a hilarious [Youtube] series about things I saw on Pinterest, tried to do, and absolutely failed,” says Sarah. The Before: The After: And she knows a thing or two

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