Author: Photographs by John Ellis

Architect Chip Bohl and his wife were like-minded about every step of the gut renovation.

Perched above the Pacific, a dream retreat is both a repository of worldly artifacts and a world unto itself.

Perched above the Pacific, a dream retreat is both a repository of worldly artifacts and a world unto itself.

They weren’t looking for a house, but a house, apparently, was looking for them.

They weren’t looking for a house, but a house, apparently, was looking for them.

After decades of running one of Manhattan's first mid-20th-century-modern shops, Full House, Robert Swope and Michel Hurst took the road less traveled in Mexico City.

After decades of running one of Manhattan's first mid-20th-century-modern shops, Full House, Robert Swope and Michel Hurst took the road less traveled in Mexico City.

Design firm Dufner Heighes created a contemporary home for a young family without losing any of the building's unique character.

I grew up street-smart in London. I window-shopped on my way to school; my favorite toy was a cash register; traffic noise lulled me to sleep. In other words, I was a confirmed city kid. The countryside? Definitely alien territory. As an adult, I’ve always lived and preferred to vacation in cities, and my work has often kept me on the road. Then a few years ago I realized that my NoHo apartment was almost becoming like another hotel room—a pit stop in my peripatetic life.

I grew up street-smart in London. I window-shopped on my way to school; my favorite toy was a cash register; traffic noise lulled me to sleep. In other words, I was a confirmed city kid. The countryside? Definitely alien territory. As an adult, I’ve always lived and preferred to vacation in cities, and my work has often kept me on the road. Then a few years ago I realized that my NoHo apartment was almost becoming like another hotel room—a pit stop in my peripatetic life.