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Modern History

By Durham Magazine | February 6, 2015

If homes mirror their residents, then Deborah Chay has found her perfect fit. “This whole notion of adaptive ruse and sustainability is a recurring motif for me,” she says, “and for my sense of Durham, why Durham is such a cool place, and why I want to be here and why this […]

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The ABCs of Organization

By Perri Kersh | January 26, 2015

[dropcap type=”2″]Y[/dropcap]ou can’t pick up a magazine or newspaper in January without seeing some article about getting organized … doing it In 10 Simple Steps or In 30 Days or In Just 10 Minutes a Day! Organization, like any other goal, might be popular to strive for in a new […]

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Designer Digs

By Amanda MacLaren | October 21, 2014

With a portfolio that includes the funky chic-meets-swanky upstairs dining room of Mateo, it’s no surprise that interior designer Heather Garrett’s own living space is a sight to behold. “The truth is, things change a lot around here. When the kids were little, we would call it Crazy Furniture Change-Around Day,” Heather says […]

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View from the Top

By Durham Magazine | September 19, 2014

While Amanda Smith’s top-floor condo in the Kress Building is a sight to behold – outfitted in a well-curated mix of decor collected over a lifetime of gender equality activism and travel – it’s her rooftop terrace that steals the show. “If you’re looking at the front of the building, where it says […]

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A Life in Color

By Amanda MacLaren | August 12, 2014

The eight prints in the guest bedroom, wild and bold, tell you she’s still got it. Julie Staelin, who has a degree in architecture from N.C. State, has a legion of satisfied clients, but if you’re looking for a microcosm of her life and her work, these transformed pieces of […]

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