Why should the dining room only get used for holiday meals? Here are three other ways to make it work for you.
House Tour: Walls of windows open to stunning mountain and bay views on one side and a serene pool courtyard on the other.
A new prefab house in Montana's Ruby Valley takes cues from iconic Western ranch houses and adds a few twists -- like hydraulic lifts.
How New York architect Thomas Phifer uses simple forms and layered daylight to give a small house a big presence.
How San Francisco architect Anne Fougeron reinvents the bay window for a city house.
A tour of the design-filled home of sculptors Lucia Eames and Llisa Demetrios, daughter and granddaughter of Charles and Ray Eames.
Influential examples of Japanese architecture, landscape, and furniture design.
How one couple built their modern mountain cabin -- with its showstopper sliding barn door and cantilevered porch -- for $57,000, including the land.
Design insights about sustainability, bungalows, and living roofs from an architect specializing in ready-made house plans.
A deftly designed, compact but spacious-feeling mountain cabin in eastern Washington by Balance Associates.
A quick introduction to the rural Florida and Georgia house type known as the Cracker.
The designer, best known for her work on the Katrina Cottages, has co-written a new book called The Just Right Home (Workman Publishing, $12.95) engagingly explored popular American house types from Cape Cods to ranch houses to split levels, ending up at the much-derided McMansion.
The house of the late Robin Boyd, one of Australia's most famous architects, shows an imagination at work.
A quick review of Swedish furniture design -- prompted by the popular novels of Stieg Larsson including The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.