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. robertallendesign.com Like what you see? Get it first with a subscription to ASPIRE Metro magazine!

Inspiration Blossoms into Organic Art: GROW by AGRISCULPTURE


Outside the front entrance of Sullivan County’s Cornell University Cooperative Extension grows a strange looking plant. Or is it even a plant at all? Three earthy, metal “stalks” of various heights have sprung up, each ringed by a number of discs ranging in size. Water trickles down from the top of each stalk, creating a […]

Inside the Homes of 4 Interior Designers


Ginny Padula Personal Style Kitchen Ginny Padula, designer for and owner of Town & Country Kitchen and Bath, applied her skills and expertise toward a project slightly closer to home – her own! It all began five years ago, when Padula and her builder husband, Lou, undertook an entire house renovation project; they gutted their small […]

ExpertEase: Outdoor Decor


At 125 East River Road in Rumson, NJ, Donna and Tom Bain have created a unique and eclectic marketplace for outdoor decor and furnishings. Their shop, Bain’s Outdoor Living, offers countless lines of outdoor furniture, accessories and gifts (nearly all American-made by small businesses), and is a partner store with Maine-based Walpole Outdoors for custom […]

ASPIRE’s Desires: Pastis Wallpaper


Sister Cities Collection: Marseille+Marrakech  From vanishing hotels to forgotten female scientists, each pattern has a story. Hand silk screened on responsibly sourced paper in beautiful Brooklyn, NY. See more at: growhousegrow.com Like what you see? Get it first with a subscription to ASPIRE Metro magazine!