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Located in the Santa Ynez Valley, Solvang is a small city in Santa Barbara County that’s steeped in Danish culture. During the early 20th century, an estimated one in 10 Danes left the poor economic conditions of Denmark, seeking greater opportunities in the United States. Three of these Danish immigrants, Reverend Benedict Nordentoft, Reverend J. M. Gregersen, and Professor P. P. Hornsyld, joined forces to create a Danish colony in 1911, which is what’s known as Solvang today. 

“Solvang” means “sunny field” in English, and it very much lived up to its name during its establishment, featuring abundant farms, primarily for dairy farming—work that many Danish immigrants were doing in their home country. As the city expanded and

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We make no secret of our love for mid-century modern architecture, always looking for and sharing about the latest ways to make mid-century style sing. But when you're considering how to refresh (or transform) your own interior using mid-century style, sometimes it helps to see what others are doing to make it all come together. So, we rounded up some beautiful abodes on Instagram that are flawlessly rocking mid-century style to meet all of your inspiration needs.

The following interiors pay homage to the timeless style while infusing it with contemporary twists that make the spaces feel just as fresh as they do nostalgic. If you’re looking for inspiration to update your own abode, then give the following accounts a follow. 

 

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When it comes to selling a home, there are a ton of moving parts to consider. But beyond finding the right real estate professional and setting a fair price, there’s one factor that may affect buyer interest in your home more than any other: Staging. 

When potential buyers enter your home, they want to be able to picture themselves living there. If your interior features a very specific aesthetic or tons of personal, miscellaneous stuff, then it’s tough for buyers to view it as a potential home of their own. Additionally, a lot of sellers tend to overlook their home’s curb appeal, but an untidy or neglected exterior can leave a bad first impression that’s difficult to overcome, no matter how meticulous you are about creating a stunning interior. 

If

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This month, the first net-zero energy and LEED Platinum-designated building in Orange County will open at the ENC Nature Preschool, a school designed to educate children, engage parents, and provide a research forum for early childhood and environmental education. 

Housed adjacent to the Environmental Nature Center, the preschool is one of only three preschools in the world that's LEED Platinum Certified, the highest designation that a building can receive for sustainability and energy efficiency. The Newport Beach-based school is also planning to participate in the Living Building Challenge.  

ENC Nature Preschool Newport Beach Breezeway

The Living Building Challenge is, "a green building certification program and sustainable design framework that visualizes the ideal for the built

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Rudolph Schindler is among the most prominent Southern California architects in history, famous for his innovative contributions to modern architecture. He was born in Austria to a father who was a wood and metal craftsman and a mother who was a dressmaker. He studied architecture at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 1911 and becoming inspired by the foremost modern architects of the early 20th century, like Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos, and Frank Lloyd Wright

During his time at the university, Schindler met Richard Neutra, who would become a lifelong friend and friendly design adversary. Both architects followed similar career trajectories, moving to Los Angeles and becoming among the most important architects who

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As we increasingly become slaves to technology and our phones accompany us to bed more than our partners, it seems that more and more people are looking for a tech break and turning to their home’s design for solace. A home with an indoor/outdoor living space allows dwellers to connect with nature rather than technology and creates a peaceful environment that makes it that much easier to take on the world each day. 

However, creating harmony between your indoor and outdoor space can be a bit of a challenge, so we’re covering our tried-and-true tips for seamless indoor/outdoor living that will give you the natural, zen-like oasis you’ve been dreaming of. 

 

Start With the Floor


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Your floor is

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Nestled in the foothills of the Mojave Desert, Joshua Tree is a census-designated place in San Bernardino County. With just around 8,000 permanent residents, the Joshua Tree community is small but mighty, and surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery this country has to offer. 

The high-desert area is best-known for Joshua Tree National Park, but it also offers plenty of lesser-known gems for art, design, and architecture enthusiasts, largely thanks to the artists, thinkers, and makers who flock to the region for the inspiration offered by its unique landscape.

Joshua Tree High Desert House by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg
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For instance, the High Desert House, designed by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, belonged to artists Jay and Bev Doolittle who

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Whether you’re trying to squeeze out every last drop of summer or you’ve been itching to pull out your fall sweaters and pumpkin spice candles, the truth remains: September is officially here, which means fall is upon us.  

The hygge feel of autumn lends itself to different decor than the summer months, like additional throws, sweet-smelling candles, and rich color palettes. If you’re looking around your space and unsure how you’ll go about making the transition, then add one (or all) of the following items to your cart to create a cozy interior for the seasons of hibernation.   

 

Capri Blue Pumpkin Clove Jar Candle, $30

Capri Blue Pumpkin Clove Jar Candle

There may be nothing that’s more quintessentially fall than pumpkin in all of its

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HGTV acquired the original Brady Brunch house after getting into a highly publicized bidding war for it with Lance Bass of *NSYNC fame. The network made plans to renovate the house for an upcoming mini-series that features the whole process in addition to cameos from six of the show’s original stars. 

Susan Olsen (Cindy), Mike Lookinland (Bobby), Eve Plumb (Jan), Christopher Knight (Peter), Maureen McCormick (Marcia), and Barry Williams (Greg) will accompany TV personalities from “Property Brothers” and “Good Bones” in an on-camera walk-through of the home, sharing their memories and commenting on the home’s updates. 

Last November, HGTV programming executive Loren Ruch shared his enthusiasm for the renovation: “What’s so

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Cliff May is an American architect who famously pioneered the California Ranch House. May was born and raised in San Diego, where he began designing and building Monterey-style furniture. Without a formal architecture education, May began designing homes, completing his first home in 1931 at the age of 23, which was a one-story tile-roofed house with a courtyard inspired by his family's adobe ranch house. 

Despite the Great Depression, May quickly sold his first design and continued to develop his groundbreaking style. May’s designs emphasized livability over facade. He sought to create homes in perfect harmony with the way that people wanted to live, maximizing the experiences

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