David A. Keeps

Travel and Design Journalist, TV Producer and Host

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Travel + Leisure

The Stylish Beaches of Tulum, Mexico
Tall and tan and young and lovely, the girl in the red bikini and cork sandals steps through a craggy passage in the walls surrounding the 1,000-year-old ruins of Tulum. She...
BRISBANE'S BOOM
Palm Springs and the High Desert
This is a tale of two deserts: one as glittering and artificial as a futuristic theme park, the other as spare and elemental as boulders and cactus. It's roughly a 32-mile...
T+L's Definitive Guide to Los Angeles
Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood still draw shoppers and sightseers, but a new generation of talented young transplants has helped transform Hollywood and...
Vancouver Rising
The Friday-night crowd jockeying for cocktails and microbrews at the illuminated marble bar of Lift, a swank Vancouver waterfront grill, looks like any well-heeled cosmopolitan...
Road Trip Across Michigan
Ask a Michigan native where he's from and he'll usually show you the palm of his right hand. Having grown up on the Lower Peninsula, the part of the state that looks like a...
A Drive Down Mexico's Pacific Coast
There is only one word you need to know when you are driving in Mexico: tope. That's Spanish for "speed bump." Topes pop up on big-city streets and on roads into and out of even...
Driving Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Sprawled out like a running squirrel-its hindquarters linked to Minnesota and Wisconsin, its head reaching eastward into Ontario, Canada-Michigan's Upper Peninsula was the...
Mérida's Moment
Church bells are pealing as I enter the Plaza Grande, Mérida's main square, which is bordered by 16th-century Spanish colonial buildings and the oldest cathedral in the...

TRAVEL PRINT

| Three Perfect Days: Los Angeles
Three Perfect Days: Los Angeles Although it's known for its sunshine, celebrities and laid-back attitude, L.A. offers a lot more variety for anyone willing to do more than just...
A long weekend in... Los Angeles
Endlessly envied for its ideal weather and downright derided for its plastic-pretty, pampered populace, Los Angeles is, nonetheless, the US's most successful company town. Its...

TRAVEL BROADCAST

David Keeps
Host reel for Ovation TV's Art & The City, World of Wonder Productions, edited by Ramsey Denison

DESIGN

Spotlight on The Haas Brothers
With new ideas and radical techniques, Nikolai qand Simon Hass have become design's latest enfants terribles. "Ridiculous." This is how brothers Nikolai and Simon Haas describe...
Redesigns For Living: Joe Doucet Reimagines Headphones, Whiskey And More
JOE DOUCET IS A LIVING BLUEPRINT FOR THE 21ST-century designer. He has produced brand identities for BMW, packaging for Procter & Gamble and concept appliances for Whirlpool and...
Brazil's Master Builder
Sao Paulo-based architect Marcio Kogan is bringing his muscular minimalism Stateside. The Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan is not one bit like Howard Roark, the uncompromising...
Designer Ilse Crawford on the Power of Dimmers and 'The Shining'
LONDON-BASED DESIGNER and educator Ilse Crawford -whose third book, "A Frame for Life" (Rizzoli), came out Oct. 21-is no fan of superficial décor. After stints working in an...
Jonathan Reed | 1stdibs Introspective
Jonathan Reed is a Google nightmare. Enter his name and up pops 1. a poet who writes verse that can be read in reverse and 2. a UFO hunter. Add the term "interior designer," and...
Grand designs
Interior designer Michael S Smith's modernist house in Los Angeles couldn't be more different from his previous home - a Georgian-style manor - but he loves its 'heroic'...
House Tour: An Arts And Crafts Cottage In Beverly Hills
More than a century old, Arts and Crafts architecture is certainly a venerated style. But it's hardly a fashionable one. "The last time the style was popular was back in the...
Lessons in Design - Articles - Departures
How to navigate four distinct styles.
Why Owning a Dog Adds Years to Your Life
Every weekday morning at the In Situ Foundation in Chico, California, an eager pack of workers awaits their shift. One by one, they are led into a laboratory where their boss, a...
Every Country Home Should Follow These Rules for Rustic Decor
DAVID A. KEEPS: We're deep in the woods here, but this home avoids log-cabin stereotypes. How did you bring such sophistication to a house in the middle of a pine forest? Where...
Inkblot-Inspired Décor That Adds Personality
IT DOESN'T TAKE a great deal of analysis to conclude that inkblots, an evaluation tool used by psychologists since Swiss doctor Hermann Rorschach devised his classic "tell me...
Interior Designer Bunny Williams on Dogs and Elegance
"I AM ALWAYS slightly suspicious of people who don't like dogs in the house," said the New York City-based interior decorator and author Bunny Williams, who is also mother to...
Peter Dunham, Newport Beach
David A. Keeps: Ocean blue starts at the front door and flows all the way through the house. Was that inspired by the colors of the bay? Peter Dunham: Well, the house is on Lido...
Modern Boston Apartment
This is a tale of transformations. When an empty nester living in a traditional house in a rural Boston suburb decided to move back into the city, she made a second...

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