ASPIRE’s Most Popular Articles Of 2019

As we reflect on the past year, we are filled with gratitude to those who have made our success possible. It is in this spirit that we say Thank You to our devoted readers.

From the archives, these were ASPIRE’s top 10 most-read articles of 2019:

#10 A Family Affair: Architect Josh Manes Talks Rebuilding The Family Beach House He Grew Up In

We spoke with Josh Manes about this work in progress, the challenges of being both designer and client, and the importance of sustainability in his projects.


#9 The Pros And Cons Of The Breakfast Nook

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and sometimes a cozy ‘nook’ can help even the sleepiest of family members get excited for the morning. From George Bevan, principal at the Bevan & Associates architecture firm in Sonoma, CA, here are some pros and cons of the Breakfast Nook.


#8 Seven Designers Share Their Wisdom On Dining Rooms

From the ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME fall issue, seven designers share their favorite dining rooms, plus their personal philosophies when it comes to creating this crucial space within your home.


#7 Designer Friday: Kristen McCory

Kristen McCory, art historian and founder of McCory Interiors, lets us in on her basketball stardom, obsession with the strange and unusual, and industry inspirations in this installment of Designer Friday.


#6 Fine-Tuning A Vintage Townhouse In Hoboken, New Jersey

Designer Joan Enger spent several years, off and on, helping a client fine-tune a vintage townhouse in Hoboken, New Jersey. But the look is so unified, one would think the project had been executed in one fell swoop.


#5 Announcing The 2019 Designers’ Showhouse in High Point, NC

This year, 21 designers transformed the historic Dalton-Bell-Cameron house in High Point, North Carolina. ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME was proud to be the National Media Sponsor of this Show House from the Junior League of High Point.


#4 Designer Friday: Cristina Villalón

As one of the leading designers in Puerto Rico, Cristina Villalón designs at home and abroad, making her a worldwide presence. Meet Cristina in this Designer Friday.


#3 Meet The Woman Who’s Making Tiles From Recycled Plastic Bottles

From the ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME Magazine summer issue, meet environmentalist, tile maker and co-founder of Coldharbour Tiles, Emily Packer.


#2 Inside The Former Factory This Iowa Family Calls Home

Dan Hibma doesn’t need a study on housing trends or aging populations. The mind behind Vision Builders Iowa knows what’s going on in his state and he’s developing logical – and beautiful – solutions to address shifting housing needs.


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#1 Reviving a West Village Loft

We asked the duo behind Emporium Design about their meticulous gut-renovation of a West Village loft for Shake Shack CMO Jay Livingston earlier this year.

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