The 3 Best YouTube Channels For Interior Design Lovers
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The 3 Best YouTube Channels For Interior Design Lovers

These channels on the video platform unpack of-the-moment architecture and interior design.

By Allison Duncan
Tue, Apr 26, 2022 6:19amGrey Clock 2 min

IF A PICTURE IS worth a thousand words, what does a seven-minute video weigh in at? In the case of these three YouTube channels, the answer is a lot of home-design advice and inspiration. Sweeping house tours canvas chic dwellings both inside and out. Brainy architects and creative interior designers guide your visit and share their motives and insights. Here, some details on our three favourite accounts.

G’day, Great Houses

What started as an Instagram account dedicated to celebrating standout Australian residential design—with a focus on modernist-inspired contemporary homes—has evolved in the past year into a YouTube channel called The Local Project. “Illustrating the architecture and design of a project will always be at the crux of our video content, but there seems to be a real appetite for seeing and hearing from the people behind these projects,” said Local Project founder and director Aidan Anderson.

In a typical clip, Sydney architect James Stockwell talks us through the rationales and execution behind his firm’s Bunkeren (Danish for “bunker”) project, a concrete dwelling that seemingly floats on the edge of a rocky forest just south of Newcastle, in New South Wales. Integrated into the landscape, the home has planted roofs that cater to the family’s love of gardening and cooking, explains Mr. Stockwell, while noting the virtue of concrete in the fire-prone bush: “[Avoiding] the risk of burning down is a pretty big relief for families.” High-quality production and editing, as well as involving music, make these 8-minute experiences more like movie shorts than videos.

Schumacher Movies

The videos from heritage fabric and wallpaper purveyor F. Schumacher are ultimately promotional (its products make not-terribly-subtle cameos), but like the New York company’s email mailings, the clips on the Schumacher1889 channel are well-presented and engaging.

Six-minute house tours sweep through projects like Atlanta interior designer Beth Webb’s glass-walled Brays Island, S.C., retreat and Jenny Holladay’s grand millennial-inflected Chicago townhome, but the educational how-tos and entertaining In the Bag series are also a plus. In a clip from the latter, bicoastal designer Mary McDonald rifles through her leopard-printed Dolce & Gabbana purse, digging out design tools like fabric swatches (from her Schumacher collection). Her most unexpected possessions are two striped paper straws, one blue and white, one red and white, that she defends. “Aren’t they cute?” Then, holding them side by side vertically, she outlines her vision: “Look. A whole room after this. Painted. On the doorways.” A telling glimpse into the creative process.

Big Plans, Little Spaces

Fans of Never Too Small, a YouTube channel dedicated to small-format architecture and design, describe watching the company’s videos as a “meditative experience,” said Australian creator Colin Chee. “There is a simplicity in the way we produce, and our shooting style is purposely still.” The intention: to give the audience time to absorb and appreciate ingenious design, like that of a 581-square-foot London apartment by British architecture firm Craft Design.

The seven-minute films also give the dwellings context. The Craft Design apartment, for example, is one third of what was once a single-family home in the jumping Camdon neighbourhood. “Amy Winehouse used to live literally around the corner,” the architect-homeowner tells us.


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Former “Dallas” star Patrick Duffy is putting his roughly 390-acre Oregon ranch on the market for $14 million.

The property sits along the Rogue River outside the city of Medford in southern Oregon, according to Alan DeVries of Sotheby’s International Realty, who has the listing with colleague Matt Cook.

Mr. Duffy said he bought the first roughly 130 acres of the property in 1990 for roughly $1.5 million with his late wife, Carlyn Rosser. The couple spent roughly two decades and about $3 million buying surrounding properties when they went up for sale, said the actor, who has made the ranch his primary home since the early 2000s.

“My family always felt like we were stewards as opposed to owners,” said Mr. Duffy, 73. “We kept the boundaries sacred.”

Mr. Duffy said he first saw the property while fishing with a friend. The property contained a few structures, including what is now the main house, but was mostly wilderness, he said.

“It was pristine,” he said. “There was no paved road. There were some trails through the woods and about a mile—a little less than a mile—of river frontage.”

Mr. Duffy said he flew Ms. Rosser out to see the ranch, and they bought it. The main house has four bedrooms, and connects to a gallery where the couple displayed their art collection. They converted a caretaker’s cottage into a one-bedroom guesthouse with a loft. They also added a building that contains a hot tub overlooking the river, a structure for an indoor lap pool, and a wine cellar built into the side of a mountain, all within walking distance of each other.

As they purchased adjacent properties over the years, they acquired eight more houses and several pastures that are rented out to local ranchers. One of the homes was demolished, six are rented to tenants, and one is used as the ranch manager’s house, according to Mr. Duffy.

“We became a working ranch but not with our own animals,” he said. “It added the most beautiful, bucolic sense of the place.”

A homestead that dates back over 100 years still sits at the entrance to the property, he said. In it he found an old stove, which he restored and put in the main house. But the majority of the roughly 390 acres remains wilderness. The property now has approximately 2 miles of river frontage, according to Mr. DeVries.

For roughly a decade, Mr. Duffy and Ms. Rosser used the ranch as a family getaway from their primary home in Los Angeles. Then in the early 2000s, when their children went off to college, they decided to move there full time.

Ms. Rosser died in 2017, and Mr. Duffy said he plans to move full-time to either California or Colorado. He will keep a few parcels of land that aren’t attached to the main ranch, according to Mr. DeVries.

Mr. Duffy is well-known for his role as Bobby Ewing in the TV drama “Dallas,” which ran from 1978 to 1991. He also played Frank Lambert on the 1990s sitcom “Step By Step.” Today he runs an online sourdough business, called Duffy’s Dough, with his partner, Linda Purl.

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