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What We Loved from Around the Web…

Inside an art and fashion insider’s eclectic and collected hacienda in Mexico.

Expert travelers reveal their most memorable vacation moments.

Celebrated designer Ilse Crawford creates a history- and light-filled home for a young family.

Tour a lush property in Provence built for both winemaking and family-raising.

A noted fashion designer—known for her quirky style and love of organization—shares her top tips for keeping the office tidy.

Photo by Lesley Unruh.

Photo by Lesley Unruh.

What We’ve Been Up To… 

Nothing feels as good as starting out the new year on a fresh, organized foot. We’re slowly working through every room in the home, tidying up and tossing out—which we learned all about from organizing guru Marie Kondo. For those with clothes and accessories to spare, start in the closet, where clothing, shoes, and jewelry can always use a healthy comb-through. Those with a home office will no doubt relish these easy ideas, which are perfect for creating a more inspiring work space. Since the entertaining season is over, give your linen collection a thorough once-over to ensure you’ll be set the next time guests arrive. And of course, don’t forget to spruce up those small utilitarian spaces, which are the hardest-working areas of your home.

Photo by Jenna Peffley.

Photo by Jenna Peffley.

A Parting Piece of Knowledge…

Barley-twist furnishings may have gained popularity under Queen Victoria’s reign, but the spiraling shape has been celebrated in design for more than a thousand years. Known in architecture as a Solomonic column, it dates back to Biblical times when Solomon’s Temple featured helix pillars. Furniture with barley-twist details—often on the legs of tables and chairs—was originally rare and meticulously hand-carved but shot up in popularity once mechanical woodworking tools were developed. Designers love barley twists for their versatility and beauty—their elegant curves and coils add a layer of richness to any room.

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