When one door closes, another one opens. Such was the unofficial mantra of actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband, lawyer Justin Mikita, when the couple found out Ferguson’s long-running ABC show, Modern Family, was ending after 11 seasons. For Ferguson, the series’ end made it the ideal time to invest in a larger home in New York, as he’d no longer be tied to Los Angeles for filming. “I feel very at home here,” Ferguson says of Manhattan. “I was strictly a theater actor before moving to Los Angeles, so New York sort of feels like my true home.”
Confinement, unpleasant as it may be, has a history of inspiring great art. During the aftermath of the bubonic plague in 1606, William Shakespeare reportedly wrote two plays—King Lear and Macbeth. While recovering from the Spanish Flu in 1919, Edvard Munch (his The Scream feels a little too real right now) quickly resumed his painting practice. And it was in total (albeit, voluntary) isolation in Concord, Massachusetts, that Henry David Thoreau wrote Walden.
So, as shelter-in-place orders went into effect near and far, we couldn’t help but wonder what new creations would emerge from designers, stuck at home
When Ella begins a new project, she looks at her inspiration, then draws out her design in the rendering software SketchUp. But Ella isn’t a professional interior designer—she’s the insanely talented 13-year-old behind @life.in.a.dollhouse, an Instagram account and online store where she shares the detailed miniature rooms and furnishings she creates in the basement of her Minnesota home.
It all started two years ago: “When I was 11, I started watching tiny kitchen videos,” Ella tells House Beautiful on a phone call after school one day. “And I thought it was the coolest thing. So I started making miniature boxes.”
In her 16th-century Tudor-style home in England, legendary supermodel Claudia Schiffer is surrounded by beautiful things. She and her husband, film producer Matthew Vaughn, have an art collection that includes works by Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, and even an Ed Ruscha painting that says “marry me,” which Vaughn commissioned as his proposal to Schiffer. (They later commissioned a companion painting that reads “yes.”)
Along with the couple’s photographs of their three children, the Ruscha paintings are likely some of the most sentimental items in the dwelling. But recently the former face of Guess Jeans added some brand-new, highly
In 1972, architect Michael Reynolds came up with an unorthodox approach to solving what he perceived as a catastrophic ecological crisis. It was a mere two years after the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, long before conversations about eco-conscious design became fashionable. Still, the newly graduated architect took one look at the sheer volume of garbage the United States was producing and decided to take matters into his own hands—quite literally. The result was the Thumb House, a desert dwelling built out of roughly 70,000 discarded beer and soda cans that were wired and mortared together. “The Thumb House