Not Your Average Fairy-tale: Bannerman’s Island Castle , NY


Did the new Cinderella 2015 movie get you craving a castle? Don’t worry, same here. We’ve got some comforting news for you: castles don’t only exist in fairy tales, in fact, there are quite a few scattered around the state of New York. One of our favorites is located right near the home of ASPIRE Metro […]

Get Involved: Volunteer at the 2015 Metro Designer Showhouse!


Do you love design? Do you love people who love design? Do you want to support the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter, and all of the incredible work they do? Then we want you to sign up and volunteer at the 2015 Metro Designer Showhouse! You will have the unique opportunity to experience a designer […]

Healthy Rye-Bread Porridge by Jeanette Bronée

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This rye-porridge is a favorite from my childhood. A typical Nordic meal that was re-found and re-invented by Noma in Copenhagen. I used to eat it for breakfast, but at Noma I had it for dessert. Rye is one of our heritage grains. It is a bitter tasting grain, high in nourishment and taste. Other […]

ASPIRE’s Desires Live at the 2015 Metro Designer Showhouse!


Wondering how you can still get involved in the 2015 Metro Designer Showhouse? Here is your answer! You may have heard of ASPIRE’s Desires- a select group of products and design objects in every issue of ASPIRE Metro magazine, chosen and highlighted because, well, they spark our desire! Now, with the Metro Designer Showhouse, we […]

Write an Essay, Win an Inn


The rumors that have been circulating the internet are true: an essay contest is underway for one lucky winner to be the new owner of the Center Lovell Inn and Restaurant in southwestern Maine. With views of the White Mountains in New Hampshire, close access to water, and unbeatable grounds, the property boasts many amenities […]

Opening Day Highlights: 2015 Arch Digest Home Design Show

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Thursday, March 19th was opening day at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show at Piers 92/94 in NYC. Style quotient was high, and not just among the 425 brands. Many of the designers, media people and buyers wore cutting-edge coats [leather details], edgy eyeglasses, and chic shoes. Some top notes: Born in the USA. A […]

Personal Style: Mark Zeff’s Hamptons “Black Barn”


  To stand out in the Hamptons, a home has to go beyond the traditional cedar shingle style to be the black sheep of the community – or in this case the Black Barn. New York-based designer Mark Zeff of MARKZEFF DESIGN, who has been designing global residential and commercial properties for more than 30 […]

Totally Transformed Brooklyn Home Before and Afters

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Light and bright were the keywords when these Brooklyn homeowners first came to mercer INTERIOR‘s founder and designer Elizabeth Aurandt with a desire to open up their downstairs space and gain a new kitchen in the process. Working within the restrictive flatiron-like shape of the home, which sits just off of Prospect Park, NY, Aurandt […]

An Interior Design Tribute to Peggy Guggenheim


A good part of my preparation for this project has been devoted to historical research about the fascinating life of Peggy Guggenheim: her contribution to modern art, to the time in which she lived and particularly to her contemporaries. The turn of the 20th century and the ensuing four decades witnessed great exchange between the […]

ASPIRE’s Desires: Spring Grass


Wild Oasis (Spring Grass) bursts with botanical inspiration, showcasing an array of flowers and natural elements on a cotton/linen blend. Wild Oasis is available in five vibrant colors: Spring Grass, Sunray, Water, Coral Reef, Calypso Blue. Like what you see? Get it first with a subscription to ASPIRE Metro magazine!