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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.


Oak Goes Bespoke at Jonathan Alder

Oak Goes Bespoke at Jonathan Alder

Jonathan Adler, who began his career making pottery in Rhode Island, has gone on to become one of America’s most talented and inventive purveyors of hip, colorful housewares. His cheerful designs encompass a wide range of home products and accessories from bold-hued...

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Hardwood Floorboards Take to the Ceiling

Hardwood Floorboards Take to the Ceiling

Traditional hardwood planks have long been the leading material for residential flooring. Combining superior durability with eye-catching good looks, oak, cherry, walnut, or other solid-wood floorboards add value and beauty to any home they grace. But these days,...

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A Walk in the Treetops

A Walk in the Treetops

Maybe it’s those nature documentaries featuring lemurs swinging through the rainforest, but more and more Americans are taking to the treetops. In woodlands across the country, thrill seekers are flocking to adventure installations—aerial rope courses, floating...

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Kalon’s Hardwood Furniture

Kalon’s Hardwood Furniture

I’ve long been an admirer of the simple, elegant, and highly serviceable hardwood furniture designed and produced by Kalon, a small company based in Los Angeles. Founded in 2007 by husband-and-wife Johannes Pauwen and Michaele Simmering, the brand now has a...

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American Oak, Texas Style

American Oak, Texas Style

There are 90 species of oak native to the United States. Ever since the colonial era, we’ve been using the hardy, attractive, and plentiful hardwood for furniture, flooring, paneling, and building, making it familiar to every American; it’s even the country’s National...

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Hardwood Gifts for the Holiday Season

Hardwood Gifts for the Holiday Season

From safe and sturdy playthings for the nursery to sleek and stylish furniture for the living room, there’s a whole world of beautiful American hardwood products—made right here in the United States—that will check all the boxes on your holiday gift list. Here are six...

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Tree Talk: A Visit to Chesterwood

Most summers I try to visit Chesterwood, the former country home and studio of the sculptor Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), most famous for his monumental statue of Abraham Lincoln in Washington, DC’s Lincoln Memorial. The National Trust for Historic Preservation...

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Mixed Messages: Using Hardwood with Other Materials

I’m constantly delighted by the imaginative ways in which designers, architects, and style-savvy homeowners combine hardwood with other materials and surfaces. Depending on the species, stain, and finish, wood can be made to blend in unobtrusively with, or stand out...

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Hardwood at KBIS 2020

The annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), is always a source of interesting new hardwood products for the home. This year’s exposition, held in January in Las Vegas, was no exception. There was a spectacular range of wood cabinetry, furniture, accessories, and...

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The Legacy of American Red Oak

Last summer, our sister organization, the American Hardwood Export Council, collaborated with the London Design Festival on the Legacy Project in which ten leaders of British cultural institutions each commissioned a prominent designer to create an heirloom piece—a...

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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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