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Workshop/APD and April Bovet Interior Design Team Up on a Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Gem

In the dining room, Eoos chairs ring a custom concrete table beneath a Rich Brilliant Willing pendant fixture. Photography by Donna Dotan.

Each of the five boroughs contains a constellation of neighborhoods with their own cultural quirks and pervading personalities. In Cobble Hill, ethnically diverse mom-and-pop shops and traditional brownstones entwine with a boho art scene, yielding an old-school yet forward-thinking Brooklyn vibe. It’s here that Workshop/APD founding principal Andrew Kotchen was given the opportunity to nestle a unique piece of architecture between two 1900s town houses, at once putting into relief the district’s dual natures.

GamFratesi stools pull up to the kitchen’s granite-topped island. Photography by Donna Dotan.

“It’s rare to get the chance to run an intelligent design process that isn’t based in historical preservation,” Kotchen says of the ground-up plan he conceived for his client, a married couple with two teenage children. After performing initial zoning studies, he and the WAPD team demolished the existing residence and inserted a modernist glass-and-steel town house, encompassing 7,000 square feet and four bedrooms across six floors. “We didn’t set out to take up every inch of buildable square footage,” Kotchen continues. “The focus was on creating comfortable, livable rooms.” Leveraging ideas from past projects with this client, he has devised, in its “calming simplicity,” an exemplar of the contemporary urban home.

White-oak built-ins backdrop an Antonio Citterio sofa and ottoman in the living room. Photography by Donna Dotan.

The streamlined program begins with a triple-height entry atrium that references elements from the facade. A screen of ebonized-oak slats rises the full 31 feet and then crosses the ceiling, the orientations nodding to the exterior’s vertical windows and horizontal Belgian bricks, which extend into the entry. Furthermore, the slat color links to the blackened steel framing those windows. It

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S.F. interior designer Jeff Schlarb conceptualizes penthouse in Nob Hill

A resplendent penthouse in Nob Hill awaits its next owner and showcases the vision of San Francisco-based interior designer Jeff Schlarb. Crowning the Crescent, the city’s newest collection of boutique residences, the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom penthouse that’s listed for $7.1 million is an artistic, inspirational oasis with more than 1,800 square feet of living space and 925 square feet of exterior space, with views of the Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco Bay and Coit Tower.

“My vision in designing the penthouse at Crescent was to imagine a resident feeling inspired every time they enter their home,” Schlarb said. “We kept drawing upon the idea of creating a custom, romantic space that feels exciting and familiar at the same time, straddling a careful balance of maximalism and softness while honoring the unparalleled architecture and world-class design of this one-of-a-kind building and its residences. The color palette, in particular, draws upon nature and complements the stunning sky and bay sightlines visible from terraces that span the home.”

Schlarb furnished and designed the elegant penthouse, which complements the building’s architecture and features a flowing floor plan awash in natural light. The refined interior embodies California lifestyle through its sophisticated, stylish material palette and thoughtful design scheme.

The Crescent is the work of Grosvenor Americas, which is part of the Grosvenor Group and one of the world’s largest privately-owned property companies.

“We are excited to debut this model penthouse at Crescent, which is an idyllic interpretation of a contemporary luxury retreat located in one of the world’s greatest neighborhoods,” said Steve Buster, Senior Vice President of Development for Grosvenor Americas. “The home is an indoor-outdoor top-floor oasis, as residents have a privately accessed sprawling rooftop terrace overlooking downtown San Francisco and the Bay, along with two private terraces immediately off the living spaces. Crescent’s model penthouse

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Three new model homes debut this weekend in Chapel Hill

Resident fun just got better in Chapel Hill with the addition of a second, competition-sized pool and a striking mid-century designed clubhouse complete with a covered patio and outdoor fireplace. Additional amenities include covered pavilions, a recreational pickleball court, a zero-entry, lagoon-shaped pool, a cabana and lanai, and tot lot. Walking trails are expanding through all phases of Chapel Hill.

Resident fun just got better in Chapel Hill with the addition of a second, competition-sized pool and a striking mid-century designed clubhouse complete with a covered patio and outdoor fireplace. Additional amenities include covered pavilions, a recreational pickleball court, a zero-entry, lagoon-shaped pool, a cabana and lanai, and tot lot. Walking trails are expanding through all phases of Chapel Hill.

Debuting this week during the 2020 HBA Fall Parade of Homes are three new floor plan model homes by Kansas City’s leading building companies.

Don Julian Builders, Inc., releases their Brentwood II reverse, which offers a master bedroom suite/wing plus an office off the kitchen. The lower level includes three bedrooms, a family room and a wet bar. Hollywood sliding glass doors open the space up to the covered deck as an entertaining bonus. Stunning touches of modern, clean-lined finishes enhance the experience all captured in a livable, almost 2,900 square feet of luxury.

NewMark Homes launches their newest reverse plan, The Timberland Reverse, a nice addition to their Timberland series of floor plan options. Features include two bedrooms on the main level, including an owner’s suite. Downstairs, the walkout lower level features a family room and two bedrooms. A covered deck is ideal for entertaining, and a soft modern farmhouse interior design includes architectural beams and other eye-catching enhancements. The home offers just over 3,000 finished square feet and several front elevation facades to choose from for prospective buyers to build their custom Timberland Reverse.

Additionally, Suma Design presents their newest reverse 1 ½-story. The Santa Claire R3 features stunning modern finishes, 12-foot folding glass doors that open to a covered deck, a glass handrail system, walnut hardwood floors and more. The new home is an ideal example of luxury at its finest, complete with more than

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Captiva model at Hill Tide Estates showcases interior by Theory Design

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BOCA GRANDE — Theory Design’s Vice President of Design Ruta Menaghlazi has created a spectacular interior design for Seagate Development Group’s furnished Captiva model that is now open for viewing and purchase at Hill Tide Estates, a 9.98-acre gated enclave on the southern tip of Boca Grande being developed by Seagate.  Theory Design was named recipient of a 2019 Aurora Award for the Captiva’s interior in the Best Interior Design of a Home Priced over $2 million category.  Seagate was presented an Aurora Award for the Captiva in the Best Single-Family Detached Home Over 4,000 Square Feet category.  Priced at $5,995,000 with furnishings, the Captiva is one of three models available for purchase at Hill Tide Estates.  Seagate’s Bal Harbour model is currently under construction and BCB Homes’ Beacon model is in development.

Hill Tide Estates’ sales personnel are located in the Captiva model.  Showing appointments between 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday can be made by contacting Seagate’s Heath Seckel at 863.207.2586 or via email at [email protected] 

The Captiva model includes 4,865 square feet under air with 11,184 square feet under roof.  The ground level features two garages and a lower foyer.  The first living level includes a great room, island kitchen, and dining area that open to the lanai, a study, and the master suite.  The master bath features separate vanities, a free-standing tub, and a walk-in shower.  The second level presents three guest ensuites and a bonus room with a wet bar.  In addition to a

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DOJ backs Capitol Hill Baptist Church efforts to hold services in DC

The Department of Justice is siding with the Capitol Hill Baptist Church’s attempts to hold outdoor worship services in Washington, D.C.

The DOJ filed a statement of interest in the case contending the Constitution and federal law require the District of Columbia to allow the church to hold services outdoors, in the same way D.C. allows other types of outdoor First Amendment activities, including peaceful protests.

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The U.S. government argues in the brief that, “While a local government has significant discretion to decide what measures to adapt to meet a public health threat, the Free Exercise Clause of the Constitution requires that, whatever level of restriction it adopts, government must treat religious gatherings the same as comparable nonreligious gatherings.”

The statement of interest was filed in Capitol Hill Baptist Church v. Bowser, which challenges DC’s refusal to allow certain outdoor worship because of the city’s COVID-19 restrictions. The suit points out that while places of worship are limited to 100 people at outdoor worship services, these limits do not apply to outdoor protests and rallies, which have been attended by thousands of people.

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“The right to free exercise of religion and the right to protest are both enshrined in the First Amendment of the Constitution. We are a nation dedicated to freedom of conscience and freedom of expression. The District of Columbia has, unfortunately, neglected these rights,” said Eric Dreiband, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. “The Department of Justice is committed to defending both of these fundamental freedoms and in supporting all Americans’ rights to worship as they choose.”

Capitol Hill Baptist Church has more than 850 members and its leadership wants to meet in person as a

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