Combinations for Your Dining Room

As told by Studio McGee.

Finding the right dining chair and table combination can be harder than it looks…

but once you get it right, it can completely change your space. There are so many elements to finding the right pieces that work together but still feel dynamic and interesting. We’re all about mixing materials, shapes, and tones to create a balanced look. There are so many ways to pair dining tables and chairs, and in this post, we’re going to break down a few of our favorite combinations from our recent projects and why they work.

Reeves Chair + Emory Extension Dining Table

In our Moody Bright Netflix Remodel from Dream Home Makeover, we knew our clients would use their dining space for more than just eating dinner. This is a multi-purpose room for their family — homework, dining, arts and crafts are all done at this table, so it needed to be durable, versatile, and of course, beautiful. We went with a light-oak extension dining table and timeless spindle-back black chairs that balance the dark wood tone of the floors perfectly. We consider black a neutral wood tone, so it’s always a simple go-to when it comes to mixing and matching materials!

Elton Dining Chair + Adrian Dining Table

In this dining space we styled for McGee & Co.’s 2021 Winter Catalouge, we chose a more formal setting with a beautiful round wood table and upholstered curved-back dining chairs. Upholstered chairs are a great way to soften any space and bring in an element of ease and comfort, especially when you have a cool wood tone on the table.

Eloise Woven Chair + Giselle Oval Dining Table + Laurie Chair

You really can’t go wrong with a monochromatic wood table-chair combo and an upholstered accent, and we love the way this look turned out in The McGee Home Dining Room.

Although we matched the wood tones on the table and dining chairs, the textural accents of the table and the addition of the upholstered end chairs keeps things interesting and give you the best of both worlds!

Madison Chair + Emory Extension Dining Table

In our Pine Brook Home, The Madison Chair paired with The Emory Extension Table brings a timeless look to the room while still adding interest through the contrast of the rounded chair silhouette and angular table design.

Jaime Chair + Preston Table 

In the Lazano Family project for Dream Home Makeover, we made one of their wishes of having a breakfast nook come to life by incorporating a round table next to a window seat. Pairing these textural wood chairs brought the perfect amount of added dimension, completing the look seamlessly!

Giselle Oval Dining Table + Crawford Chair

We love pairing upholstered chairs with a wooden table, and in this look, we incorporated contrasting tones of light and dark oak while keeping it soft with a light striped, tied upholstery.

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How to Paint Your Ceiling in 8 Simple Steps

Don’t ignore the fifth wall. Written by Architectural Digest

An apartment in Seattle’s North Capitol Hill neighborhood has a “Love U” message written on the ceiling of a dining room—you just can’t see it. Interior designer and principal at Le Whit, Liza Curtiss, scribbled it in a “cheesy earnest moment” of gratitude toward her girlfriend as she was prepping the ceiling of their new rental. “It was painted over, of course, but we both know it’s there, underneath it all,” Curtiss says.

To keep their rental apartment from feeling stark and impersonal, the designer chose a rich green color that came from the palette of a contemporary abstract painting that hangs in the adjacent living room. Curtiss color-matched the enigmatic green of the painting (Benjamin Moore’s Hidden Falls is similar to the now discontinued paint she used). “It looks like the water of nearby Lake Washington, which changes with the weather from fir green to inky green to somewhat black,” she says, noting that the reflective semigloss finish captures light differently throughout the day and adds to the impact. “I wanted to add a depth of color and a sense of home.”

“A darker color creates a focal point in the space,” adds Benjamin Moore’s color marketing and development specialist, Arianna Cesa. “It will immediately draw your eye up.” The effect is an “open night sky” moment that blows out angles to create curvature that amps up the grandeur.

The result: a cozy enclave that encourages long conversations over meals. Curtiss further enhances the ambience with dimmer lighting and candles. “The dark ceiling adds to this sense of intimacy,” she adds. “I want my guests to linger late into the night, like they’ve found some secret hole-in-the-wall where time slips away.”

Curtiss is not alone in giving her ceiling a fresh coat of paint. According to TaskRabbit, an online marketplace for services, ceiling painting requests have grown by 109% in 2021. When choosing your own hue, look at colors two to three shades darker than your walls for optimal contrast, depth, and a “distinctive design element,” Cesa recommends.

Want to learn how to paint your ceiling? Here is how to get started with your own DIY project.

  1. Don’t get in over your head: Should your rental require a reset, know that repainting a dark ceiling can take some effort. “Going from a darker to lighter color may require four coats altogether,” says Jay Walker, a New York City–based TaskRabbit tasker who has painted more than three dozen apartments this past year. You’ll likely need two coats of primer, followed by two coats of paint. If you’re going dark, skip the finicky trim altogether.
  2. Look for stains: If you’re painting white over white on a ceiling that’s in great shape—no cracks or stains—then you can paint over the surface. But stains from previous leaks must be primed with a stain-blocking primer; otherwise they will most certainly seep through, leaving ugly blotches.
  3. Tackle the cracks: This step is crucial if you’re painting light to dark. Skimping on spackle is sabotage—the original paint color can show up later as the crack grows. “Because a color discrepancy highlights imperfections, it could make a new paint job look years old,” Walker says.
  4. Clean the ceiling: Even a little dust can be detrimental. “Debris inhibits the proper bond between paint and the surface area,” Walker notes. “Eventually, the paint will separate, creating more work.” Use a clean broom to brush off any dust—don’t neglect the spider web–prone corners. If you spackle and sand, wipe the residue.
  5. Know your finish: Flat finishes just “stay there,” while glossier ones refract the light back into a room. A flat finish works for a standard job with minor imperfections, Walker says. Paints with a sheen, like semigloss, are more likely to show touch-ups, so you may have to repaint the whole ceiling for an even look.
  6. Get ready for a workout: Working on the ceiling is challenging because applying pressure to a surface overhead is not normal activity for your arms. What’s more, you’ll constantly have to watch for spray and drips that likely speckle clothes and anything left uncovered below. To prevent drips, Walker suggests slightly rotating the roller from the handle as you bring it up to the ceiling.
  7. Use a 3/8-inch roller: “Any more texture than a basic half-inch [nap] is a no-go,” Walker says. A heavily textured ceiling is challenging to repaint in the future. That extra texture can also make the ceiling look lower. If you notice excess (still wet) paint, come back to it and roll in another direction.
  8. Steady as you go: Take breaks and don’t rush. “To keep the paint on the ceiling rather than on you and everything around you, roll slower than you would a wall,” says Walker, who suggests you spread the paint evenly, with minimal pressure.

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Our Foolproof Guide to a Festive Tablescape

Enjoy these step-by-step ingredients for an elevated table setting. Written by Studio McGee.

Elevated entertaining starts with a tablescape as thoughtful as the menu…. 

and when it comes to the holiday season, taking time to create a beautiful environment makes all the difference in the experience of gathering. Whether you’re planning an intimate dinner party or a tablescape for two, setting the scene for a celebratory night in can be simplified with a few key ingredients. Here is our step-by-step guide for styling a festive tablescape: 

No. 1 – Bring the outdoors in to set the scene 

Build your palette with greenery or foraged pieces from your surroundings to create a jumping-off point. We love finding unique ways to incorporate greenery into our seasonal looks inside and out. Building a floral arrangement: If you’re creating your own floral arrangement, start by choosing a few tones you want to incorporate, select pieces with a variety of shapes of textures, and always make sure to cut the stems at an angle for a longer-lasting result! 

No. 2: Add centerpieces to create a focal point

Bring a focal point to your look with centerpieces that tell the story of the season. We love to use large vases, candles, or even a bowl filled with seasonal produce as centerpieces. 

No. 3: Layer in linens and textiles

Ground the table with tablecloths, placemats, and napkins and add an element of texture. Use a pretty tablecloth and placemats to ground the look and add a folded napkin to the top for a fool-proof table-setting look. 

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Here’s How to Use Benjamin Moore’s 2022 Color of the Year in Your Home

Creative painting tips for October Mist to try right now, as written by Architectural Digest. 

Benjamin Moore just announced October Mist as its 2022 Color of the Year. October Mist is a gorgeous soft and earthy shade of green. This dusty hue connotes restoration, relaxation, and peace, and it is often tied to growth. It also sits in the center of the color spectrum, symbolizing balance and harmony. In addition, green represents the heart chakra or energy center, signifying a sense of love and compassion.

I’m a color specialist, designer, and creator of tools that work with the magic of color (Prism Oracle and Color, Form, and Magic), and one of my favorite ways of utilizing individual colors is applying them with intention and purpose, further enhancing their emotional resonance. Below are some creative tips for how to incorporate October Mist into your home, whether you’re ready to paint a whole room or want to get started with something smaller.

Where to Use It

When you’re choosing a color for your space it’s important to consider how the color makes you feel, how you would like someone else to feel within the space, and the purpose of the room that you’d like to use the color in. Since October Mist has such a balanced and restorative vibe, you may want to use it to enhance rooms that already have that feel or in spaces that you would like to bring that sensation to, such as a bedroom, living room, bathroom, or meditation room. You can also use it to make an office feel more peaceful, and help reduce stress. October Mist also works well in a kitchen or dining room, as it signifies love of the self, friends, and family. It’s also perfect in any space where you’d like to bring in a stronger sense of nature and growth.

How to Use It

There are many ways of using the Benjamin Moore hue in your home. Get your paint brushes prepped and try one of these projects.

Use it as an accent

Adding a pop of October Mist is a great way to incorporate its emotional properties into a space without having to commit to painting an entire room. It is also perfect for those with limited time on their hands. One way to do this could be painting a piece of furniture. A dining table would be a wonderful application as people gather around it, which would tap into this hue’s connotations of love and growth. Painting shelving in a study would be a good way to temper feelings of anxiety or burnout. Another idea is painting a door to enhance the feeling that you are entering a space of greater peace and tranquility within your home.

Create an immersive experience

Painting the ceiling of a room, in addition to the walls, creates an enveloping sensation and deeply immersive experience. Paint the ceiling of your bedroom to transform it into a calming oasis. Or try out this technique in your living room, where you want to feel a sense of ease after a long day.

Explore patterns and shapes

You also could consider using October Mist to create hand-painted wallpaper. This can be achieved by creating a pattern using a stencil (either pre-made, or you can make your own) in the design you would like, or painting a design by hand. The type of shapes you choose to use can also enhance the psychological properties of this color. Organic shapes can signify a sense of relaxation, while geometric shapes can connote a sense of stability. In addition, using more textural patterns with October Mist can also create a stronger tie between your home and the natural world.

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Our Guide to Styling Vintage Decor

We use vintage pieces in nearly every space we design… 

And we love the character, depth, and texture they bring. Like many processes in design, styling with vintage is very intuitive, and often it involves experimentation, adding and taking away, and stepping back to see the vignette as a whole. However, there are a few tips that help bring out the best in your character-filled piece. Here’s a few of our favorite tricks for styling vintage, as written by Studio McGee. 

 

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Enjoy Fall's Most Popular Recipes

Join Half-Baked Harvest to discover popular Fall recipes that will inspire you to cook and bake all season long. This collection of recipes is the top most popular autumn dishes on HBH. It’s the beginning of the coziest time of year, so cozy up inside and cook up something delicious with these warming fall dishes.

Slow cooker creamy wild rice soup with butter roasted mushrooms

The coziest, creamiest bowl of soup. And those butter roasted mushrooms? Too good for words.

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Healthier instant pot coq au vin

For those cold fall and winter nights when you want a fancy slow-braised chicken, but you want it ready in less than an hour.

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Slow cooker saucy Thai butternut squash curry

This most DELICIOUS autumn-inspired curry…extra saucy, spicy, sweet, and served over egg noodles.

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Fall harvest Honeycrisp apple and kale salad

All the best produce that fall has to offer combined into one big beautiful salad. Healthy, simple, delicious, and perfectly fitting for cool, crisp fall evenings.

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Crockpot three-cheese mashed potatoes

Simply put, these are the best. Serve them with everything.

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Sheet pan harissa chicken with chickpeas and sweet potatoes

Nothing beats a sheet pan dinner.

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Instant pot broccoli cheddar and zucchini soup

Better than Panera! It’s cozy but healthy, easy, and so delicious.

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Baked brie and prosciutto rolls

So easy, but also the best appetizer for just about everything. Nothing not to love about prosciutto and brie together.

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Slow cooker herbed chicken and rice pilaf

I turned everyone’s favorite dinner into an easy and delicious slow cooker recipe using pantry staples. This slow-cooked chicken dinner is a hearty, but healthy meal to come home to after a busy day.

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30 minute butter chicken meatballs

A delicious mix of cozy and healthy…and also everyone’s favorite.

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How to Mix Multiple Patterns in One Space

No more guess-work. Written by Studio McGee.

Pattern is expressed in many forms… 

From the textures of natural, living materials to printed fabrics, pattern brings movement and expression to any space. While mixing multiple patterns in one space can seem intimidating, understanding the basics of how shapes and scales work together simplifies the process. After years of working with patterns, we’ve learned a few things about what makes them blend seamlessly. Here are four of our top tips for mixing multiple patterns in one space: 

Tip No. 1: Choose a color palette

In mixing any element in a design, finding a common thread is a great place to start. When mixing multiple patterns in one space, identifying something cohesive is especially important! Start by choosing a color palette to work with to create a cohesive look and feel among your patterns and begin selecting pieces in the same tonal group.

Tip No. 2: Mix pattern types 

Using too much of the same type of pattern in one room can create a visual distraction. As a rule of thumb, we like to mix organic patterns – patterns with movement and curves, with geometric patterns – patterns with lines, grids, and repetition.

Tip No. 3: Play with scale 

When mixing more than one pattern within a vignette or an entire room, playing with scale will ensure that they don’t compete. For example, if we start with a large-scale print in a pillow combination, we might choose something with a smaller, more intricate pattern to complement it.

Tip No. 4:  Don't be afraid to go bold

Although we love subtle patterns to round out a design, we love choosing bold patterns to make a playful statement. Whether it’s florals on florals in a kids’ space or a sophisticated wallpaper in a powder bathroom, large-scale pattern choices go a long way to make an impact.

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The 3 Best Houseplants for Beginners, According to Experts

As featured on Architectural Digest.

Houseplants are definitely having a moment. But for those of us wanting to jump on the bandwagon, it’s important to know that not all varieties are created equal. You might opt for succulents or cacti, because well, the prevailing belief is these plants don’t require much water. They do well in the desert, so why not a bright corner in the home?

In actuality, succulents are deceptively tricky. Talia Halliday, the founder and owner of Bloomington, Indiana–based plant shop Oak, argues that everyone opts for cacti and succulents because they think they’re low maintenance when they’re the complete opposite. “I may not be the first, and certainly won’t be the last, but I will be the loudest when I say, ‘Stop it!’ They’re not easy, they’re not low-maintenance, they’re not great first-time-owner houseplants,” she says.

Indeed, there are other options besides the ubiquitous rose-shaped succulent out there. Here are the top three houseplants for beginners, according to plant experts.

ZZ plant

With its shiny leaves, the ZZ plant is often confused with an artificial plant. No wonder, since it basically thrives on neglect. Yet this plant offers so much more than a faux plant: It is said to improve poor air quality and even cognitive function, while working great as a tabletop plant. The ZZ plant loves dryer soil and bright, indirect sunlight, but can survive lower light as well. “If your place doesn’t get great light, then I suggest a ZZ plant,” says Paul Thompson, a plant consultant, stylist, and chemistry teacher. In terms of matching your home’s decor, he says you can’t go wrong with a ZZ because “they add a bit more texture and come in regular green or black.” Paul adds, “While they generally grow upward, they can sprawl out a little bit.”

Thus, a small ZZ’s stalky base and waxen leaves render it an elegantly modern centerpiece, particularly since it can tolerate lower light and rarely needs repotting. Paul highly recommends only repotting your plants in pots with a drainage hole: The easiest way to kill a plant is by overwatering it and not allowing the water to drain out. If the pot you have your eye on doesn’t come with a drainage hole, he suggests drilling a hole in it or placing the nursery pot into your chosen vessel.

Pothos

If you regularly forget your plants, this meandering vine of heart-shaped leaves may be for you. Pothos grow quickly and work great in hanging pots. Not to mention, they can help remove pollutants from the air like carbon monoxide, making indoor air safer to breathe. While a pothos likes sunny, indirect light, it can do well in fluorescent lighting. Talia says, “I call them ‘the good communicators’ because although they’ll need more water at once a week, they will let you know because their leaves will get super droopy. It’s very noticeable, even for beginners.”

According to plant influencer and I Rap to My Plants owner Courtney Warwick, pothos don’t require a lot of attention and still thrive under some neglect. “I own pothos plants, and they’re very happy with the minimum amount of attention,” she says. “Prior to becoming a plant parent, I assumed plants need care daily, but honestly they don’t.” However, it’s more than okay to talk to them. She adds, “I personally rap to my plants and all of my plants love it.” Coming in varying striations of yellow, white, or green, pothos plants really can fit any plant parent’s style.

Snake plant

Because this plant produces oxygen throughout the day and night, it could actually improve your quality of sleep. But the snake plant may be the best for one reason alone: It’s difficult to kill. Snake plants can survive in almost dark light. And unlike the others, this plant is actually a succulent. While other succulents seem visually flat, the snake plant grows tall. It also doesn’t need the same high level of care as other succulents that grow toward the sun, need to be rotated regularly, and get “very leggy right away,” Talia says. As a matter of fact, snake plants are drought-resistant, and in the winter months, they can go two months between waterings. Courtney says, “Make sure that you always keep in mind underwatering is better than overwatering. I have noticed that a lot of new plant parents think that their indoor plants need to be watered daily, and that’s not true!”

“Snake plants are by and far the lowest maintenance plant,” Talia adds. In terms of decorating, “they can be very stark, so a lot of people use them in more modern decor. They have a very specific aesthetic but come in varieties of color.” Paul agrees. “There’s such a great variety of snake plants to go with any home decor,” he says. “The good thing about these is they can come very small or very big. They grow upwards, so if you’re looking for something to add height to an area, snake plants are a great option.”

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5 Ways to Make Your Home Feel Like Fall

Written by Studio McGee.

We’re getting ready to settle into our homes for fall… 

and we can hardly wait for the leaves to change. We love bringing seasonal elements into our spaces to reflect the environment around us. This year, we’re all about cozying up with layers, textures, and accents that create a feeling of comfort. Whether you’re looking to add new elements to a specific space or refresh your styling to create the feeling of the season, here are a few simple things you can do to make your home feel like fall:  

No. 1: Add cozy textural elements  

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, pillows and throws can go a long way in completely transforming the feeling of a room. In the fall, we love trading out lighter-weight fabrics with heavier, textural materials to add a sense of warmth.  

Add a throw to the end of your bedding look in the bedroom, switch out a few pillows on your sofa, or drape an extra throw on an accent chair to up the coziness.

No. 2: Bring outdoor seasonal elements in 

Incorporating the color palettes each season brings into your styling is a great way to make your home feel refreshed throughout the year. In autumn, look to the deep, warm hues of the leaves as inspiration.  

While you don’t need to re-haul all of your built-in decor or re-style the whole great room to make your home feel like fall, incorporating a few pieces can make all the difference. Add artwork that reflects autumnal moments or refreshed, seasonal greenery. 

No. 3: Add ambiance with candles and lighting  

Lighting can make or break the feeling of a space, and as we approach cooler, darker months, good lighting and ambiance is even more important. Consider adding levels to your lighting layers with sconces, floor lamps, or table lamps, and ignite the senses with candles in every room.

No. 4: Re-think the function of your space  

With a new season often comes new routines, and whether you’re getting ready for your kids to start school or you’re re-imaging your home office set up, it’s the perfect time to re-think the function of your space.  

Add beautiful and functional storage solutions like baskets for backpacks and shoes in the mudroom and boxes and trays in the entryway for dropping your keys on the way out the door. 

No. 5: Create a new tonal palette with decor  

We love adding decor materials that resemble what we see outside with every season, and in the fall, it’s all about incorporating natural materials with deep textural elements. Incorporate decor pieces in wood, brass, or woven materials to bring warmth to any vignette.  

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Dale Chihuly Cares About Architecture Too

The famous glass artist chats with Architectural Digest about how it continues to inform his work.

Dale Chihuly is having a busy year. And while that’s often the case for the glass-blowing artist, this one is proving to be architecturally inclined. First, there was the recent publication of Chihuly and Architecture, and soon, there will be a special exhibition at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. In honor of the occasions, AD took the opportunity to ask the one-time interior architect about his thoughts on the discipline and more.

AD: What do you think our readers should know about how your work interacts with architecture?

Dale Chihuly: My work thrives on the interplay between the art, its audience, and its surroundings, whether that be a garden, home, or grand architectural space. When designing with an architectural setting in mind, I want my work to communicate with it and to change one’s experience in the space through the juxtaposition of forms and colors, and the bending of light. One of the aspects that excite me most about my architectural installations is the power they can have in bringing the unexpected, the element of surprise to everyone who passes through that space.

AD: Do you have a favorite piece featured in this new book?

DC: Each one of my projects holds a special place in my heart. I really can’t choose a favorite. With that said, Chihuly Over Venice [1996] is particularly special, as this was one of my first architectural undertakings at such an ambitious scale—15 different installations over the canals and in the piazzas of my favorite city. It still makes me smile to look back at those images and recall what we were able to accomplish together as a team in those early days.

AD: What are some recent projects that you think AD fans might be particularly interested in?

DC: We opened an exhibition at Singapore’s Gardens By the Bay called “Dale Chihuly: Glass In Bloom.” It is my first major garden exhibition in Asia, and I was thrilled to design work for such a stunning environment. The show [on view through October 3] includes 25 large-scale installations across the grounds along with drawings and pedestal works indoors. Tackling ambitious projects such as this one keeps me energized.

AD: Your home and studio in Seattle is so fascinating. What’s your favorite area of the interiors?

DC: I love to be where the action is, so you can usually find me working and creating in the Hot Shop, my glassblowing studio on Lake Union at The Boathouse. I have been working on the building since I bought it in 1989, and it has been through many changes. I have designed each room to include some of my favorite collections. . . fine art, sculpture, vintage objects such as old radios, accordions, cameras, Pendleton blankets, northwest-coast baskets. The Boathouse interiors reflect my personal aesthetic, my choice of materials. It’s a place where I can find inspiration and contemplate new creative projects.

AD: Is there anything else you’d like to add?

DC: It has been a great honor to present my work in conversation with important buildings by some of the greatest architects in the world. Given my early background in interior architecture, I have had remarkable opportunities to participate in the early phases of designing spaces to house my work, such as when we built Chihuly Garden and Glass at the Seattle Center, or when I was asked to design the Chihuly Sanctuary at the Buffett Cancer Center in Omaha. And yet, there is nothing like being asked to create an exhibition for an ancient, historically significant site such as the Tower of David Museum. Addressing that monumental, voluminous site in 1999 was one of the biggest challenges I had taken on to that point, and that project has continued to inform my work.

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The Frank Lloyd Wright Road Trip That Midcentury-Modern Lovers Need to Take

The official Frank Lloyd Wright Trail guides travelers to nine of the renowned architect’s most significant buildings in his home state of Wisconsin.

Frank Lloyd Wright once famously said, “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” Now, a self-guided motor trail honoring the visionary architect incorporates this sentiment by piecing together his architectural masterpieces with lovely landscapes in his birthplace and home state: Wisconsin. The Frank Lloyd Wright Trail winds and weaves through southern Wisconsin, featuring stops at nine of the architect’s most impressive buildings along the way. Take this architectural road trip to learn more about Wright’s philosophy on nature and design—and to admire some of the most beautiful midcentury-modern structures in the world. As written by Dwell.

The Administration Building’s one-half acre Great Workroom is known for its tree-shaped columns, which Wright referred to as “dendriform.” The Wisconsin Industrial Commission refused to approve the columns until Wright conducted an experiment that showed they could withstand sixty tons of weight—or ten times the required amount. In 1937, the construction was approved. Courtesy of Travel Wisconsin

SC Johnson Administration Building—Racine, Wisconsin

Start your journey in Racine, Wisconsin, with a free tour of the SC Johnson Administration Building—the only corporate headquarters designed by Wright that remains in operation. In 1936, household cleaning product manufacturer Herbert Fisk Johnson Jr. reached out to Wright to build the "best office building in the world" for his company’s global headquarters. In addition to designing "bird cage" circular elevators and more than 40 pieces of furniture for the open-plan office space—including rolling file carts that could be easily moved around—Wright crafted nearly 200 special shapes of brick for the building’s curved walls on the exterior and interior. Still, the crowning design achievement of the Administration Building is the tree-shaped (or "dendriform") columns in the Great Workroom, which are nine inches wide at the base and expand to 18.5 feet in diameter at the ceiling.


The Research Tower’s windows are comprised of 7,000 Pyrex tubes, and at certain times of the day, you can see the silhouette of the floor plan. Courtesy of Travel Wisconsin

SC Johnson Research Tower—Racine, Wisconsin 

Don’t leave the SC Johnson campus without visiting the Research Tower, which opened in 1950 and is still one of world’s the tallest cantilevered buildings. Like the dendriform columns in the Administration Building, the Research Tower is smaller along the base than it is at the top of the structure. In fact, the more than 150-foot-tall building stands on a base that measures only 13 feet wide at its narrowest point, which creates the illusion that the Research Tower is suspended in the air. To support the building’s 15 floors, Wright created a "taproot" core that extends 54 feet underground and offers stability for the structure, much like the roots of a tree. Guests can marvel over this architectural feat, as well as the alternating square and round mezzanine levels throughout the interior.


In 1939, Wright built the Wingspread estate on a wooded 30-acre lot with ponds and lagoons. The 14,000-square-foot Wisconsin home was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1989. Courtesy of Travel Wisconsin

Wingspread—Windpoint, Wisconsin

Just five miles north of the SC Johnson Administration Building and Research Tower is Wingspread, a 14,000-square-foot Prairie style home that Wright built for the Herbert Fisk Johnson Jr. family in 1939. The house is shaped like a pinwheel with four wings that extend from the central Great Hall, which is anchored by a 30-foot-tall brick chimney with five fireplaces on three levels. Earthy materials like limestone, brick, stucco, and wood are pervasive throughout the residence, as are an abundance of skylights and windows that take advantage natural light and views of the surrounding 30-acre lot. Like the other SC Johnson buildings that Wright designed for Herbert Fisk Johnson Jr., Wingspread is free to tour.


Wright’s American-System Built Homes featured prefabricated models that could be customized based on the needs of the buyer. Courtesy of Travel Wisconsin

Burnham Block—Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Wright developed the American System-Built Homes in the early 20th century to provide affordable prefabricated housing to the public. Today, you can see six of the still-standing American System-Built Homes as part of the Burnham Block collection in southwest Milwaukee. Some of the homes, which were built between 1915 and 1916, are in the process of being restored to their original glory for tours and future vacation rentals. The two-bedroom home at 2714 West Burnham Street is the best preserved of the bunch. Inside, visitors will discover an abundance of Wright-made furniture, plus an atrium and central fireplace in the living room, as well as original woodwork in the kitchen. Although the home is only 800 square feet, Wright’s thoughtful design makes the layout feel much larger.


Although Wright proposed his design for the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in 1938, the building—which features large, curved windows—wasn’t fully realized until 1997. Courtesy of Travel Wisconsin

Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center—Madison, Wisconsin

Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center differs from many of the other buildings on this list because it was constructed long after Frank Lloyd Wright died. The architect proposed his design for the convention center in 1938, but it wasn’t until 1997—38 years after Wright’s death—that the building was completed by architect Anthony Puttnam of Taliesin Architects, who was one of Wright’s apprentices. Puttnam stayed true to Wright’s vision for the curvilinear exterior of the building and ensured that the interior featured an aesthetic that Wright was partial to, such as circular patterns, desert tones, and midcentury-modern furniture. While the rooftop is open daily, you’ll need to book a tour to see the building’s interior. Rent a kayak on Lake Monona to get a full view of the convention center’s unique facade overlooking the waterfront.


Wright designed the First Unitarian Society Meeting House so that it lies on the brow of the hill that it is set on, rather than the top. Courtesy of Travel Wisconsin

First Unitarian Society Meeting House—Madison, Wisconsin 

Wright—a member of the First Unitarian Society and the son of one of its founders—was commissioned to design the Landmark Auditorium at the congregation’s First Unitarian Society Meeting House in Madison. The building has many Usonian features including concrete floors, wide eaves, and a copper roof, but it’s the southern side of the building that showcases Wright’s ingenuity. The glass- and wood-clad structure converges to form a shape that’s similar to the bow of a boat. This was Wright’s way of combining the steeple and church in one design feature, and the innovative technique has been utilized for many churches since it was created by Wright in 1951. Take a tour of the First Unitarian Society Meeting House to learn about the construction phase of this U.S. National Historic Landmark—including how members quarried for the exterior stones themselves.


Wright’s former estate, known as Taliesin, has suffered two major fires—but the architect rebuilt the residence each time, resulting in the house that visitors see today, Taliesin III. Courtesy of Travel Wisconsin

Taliesin—Spring Green, Wisconsin

A visit to Wright’s former home, studio, and country estate starts at the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, where you can peruse the gift shop and purchase snacks in the café on-site. From there, you’ll take one of six tours of the 800-acre Taliesin, which overlooks the Wisconsin River and includes buildings that Wright designed over the course of his decades-long career. Depending on your tour, you’ll explore such structures as the Romeo and Juliet Windmill, Tan-Y-Deri, Midway Barn, and Unity Chapel, or the Hillside Studio and Theater Building, which once housed the architect’s apprentices from the School of Architecture. Of course, Wright’s 37,000-square-foot former home is the star of the show. The outdoor spaces—gardens, courtyards, and the protruding Bird Walk balcony—are just as impressive as the living rooms and bedrooms, which showcase a variety of midcentury-modern furniture, as well as various ceiling heights, ample windows, and natural materials like wood and stone.


The Wright-designed Wyoming Valley School Cultural Arts Center just underwent a massive rehabilitation in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Courtesy of Wyoming Valley School Inc. 

Wyoming Valley School Cultural Arts Center—Spring Green, Wisconsin

Just three miles from Taliesin is the Wyoming Valley School, which was built in 1957 after Wright donated the design and two acres of his land in honor of his mother, who was a kindergarten teacher. The simple, concrete-block structure has a stone exterior and a flat-raised roof with red-painted overhangs and matching window accents. Inside, there is a split-level atrium with clerestory windows and a large, angular fireplace that mimics the arrow-like shapes of the wooden ceiling beams. Today, the Wyoming Valley School is a nonprofit cultural arts center that offers event spaces, workshops, lectures, and exhibits. Half-hour tours are free, but unfortunately, they’re only offered during a short period in the summer.


The AD German Warehouse is known as Wright’s first Mayan Revival building. Courtesy of Travel Wisconsin

AD German Warehouse—Richland Center, Wisconsin

The last stop on the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail is the AD German Warehouse, which is located in the architect’s birthplace: Richland Center, Wisconsin. The warehouse, which was completed in 1921, originally housed Albert Dell German’s grocery business. But even for a structure that was only used to store staples like coffee, tobacco, sugar, and flour, Wright couldn’t help but put his mark on it. The brick building is said to resemble a Mayan temple, with its eye-catching frieze of repeating concrete motifs that encircles the top of the structure. Wright designed the four-story warehouse to rest on a pad of cork for stability and shock absorption, while its concrete floor slabs are supported by columns that shrink in size with each ascending level. Today, the building has a gift shop, a small theater, and an exhibit of Wright’s architectural work, but there are plans to make the site a gathering place for arts, business, and dining in Richland Center.


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