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Wendy Silverstein

Wendy Silverstein is a former editor at Architectural Digest, Home, Kitchen & Bath Customer Planner, and Home/Style magazines. A consultant to the design industry, she works closely with interior designers, architects and other professionals in the field.


The Beauty of Sustainable Hardwood

When artist Hadley Williams renovated her family home in California’s Bay Area, she asked the makeover team—designer Sherry Williamson, architect Andrew Mann, and builder Michael McCutcheon—for a clean-lined, elegantly simple, and ultra-eco-friendly residence....

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Hardwood Paneling Goes Dark

Although dark wood paneling is traditionally associated with the haunts of wealth and power—corporate board rooms, gentlemen’s clubs, grand public chambers—it’s appearing more and more in 21st-century residential settings. And while richly hued hardwood on walls can...

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Hardwood Gifts for the Holidays

​Each season I simplify my holiday giving by focusing on gifts made of American hardwood. There’s an enormous selection out there, ranging from the sleekly sophisticated to the charmingly rustic—and everything in between. Here are six items I’ve already got my eye on....

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Hardwood Media Centers

I love TV as much as the next red-blooded American. What I don’t like is how a TV looks—particularly the enormous flat-screen variety that, switched on, offers a stunning high-definition image as good as any movie theater’s but, switched off, becomes a black hole on...

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Tailored in Wood: The Ultimate Bachelor Pad

New York–based Gachot Studios is one of my favorite younger interior design practices. Founded in 2012 by husband and wife team Christine and John Gachot, the firm’s work includes corporate, retail, restaurant, hotel, and residential projects up and down East Coast. I...

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Can the American Chestnut Be Resurrected?

Until about a century ago, American chestnut trees dominated native forests from Maine to Mississippi. More than four billion of the noble hardwoods grew in the eastern U.S., accounting for a quarter of the trees in some areas. Thanks to its soaring 100-plus-foot...

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Red Oak Reimagined: A Design School Competition

American red oak—the dominant species in U.S. hardwood forests—is plentiful and affordable. The heartwood has a distinctive grain and ranges in color from pinkish to reddish brown, though not always. (The name refers to the color of its leaves in fall.) Being hard,...

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A Lake House in Michigan

American hardwoods often play an outsize role in projects by Desai Chia Architecture, a New York firm led by the husband-and-wife team of Arjun Desai and Katherine Chia. A lakeside vacation retreat in Leelanau County, Michigan, designed in collaboration with...

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Hardwood Takes the Stairs

Whether grand and sweeping, fleet and elegant, or strong and straightforward, a hardwood staircase offers homeowners a chance at truly elevated design. With its graphic shape and functional importance, a striking staircase of oak, walnut, maple, or some other...

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Hardwood at KBIS

The annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is North America’s largest trade fair dedicated to all aspects of kitchen and bath design. This year’s extravaganza, which boasted more than 600 exhibitors, was held in January at the Las Vegas Convention Center. It...

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Look at this gorgeous #RealAmericanHardwood countertop. The walnut and brass is a great pairing.

Photo and design by Gloucester Design | #AmericanHardwoods #AmericanWalnut #walnut #countertop #butcherblock #dreamkitchen

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