Month: July 2019

Why Authenticity in Architecture Matters

Why Authenticity in Architecture Matters

I was 22 years old, full of myself and sitting in a seminar desk across from Charles Foreman Johnson, who had recently been named as one of the 100 best design professionals in the world by Architectural Digest. Between the others, sitting proudly on the desk, was a model. I had been describing to Mr. Johnson this model that I had lately finished in school had been the greatest function of structure of the previous 50 years.

Mr. Johnson listened quietly while he awakened the model, appearing from above and ducking to an eye-level view. My verbal dissertation finally stopped, but Mr. Johnson maintained quiet. Surely, I thought, he had been simply thinking about the magnificence that stumbled upon his seminar table. After a couple of moments, he leaned back into his chair and scratched his brow. Then, after what seemed like forever, he spoke: “What you have here, Eric, are three very good ideas. Unfortunately, you’ve stuck them all together into a single design. The home lacks integrity; it lacks authenticity.”

Then he motioned for me to cup my hands together and look through them the way a young child would pretend to look through a telescope. I looked in the front of the home, then the other hand, then the correct. Although I certainly didn’t wish to acknowledge it, I instantly understood what he meant. My great piece of architecture suffered from multiple personalities — there was no single notion that tied it together, and it did indeed lack authenticity.

Why does authenticity make for wonderful architecture? Let us look at six examples of authentic interiors and exteriors, and why they work.


1. Sweeney Lake House, Minneapolis

The facade of the home is clean and striking. Two substances, two bedrooms using parallel geometry and an opening that’s obviously the entry. What would you envision the interior to be, based on this facade? The answer determines the home’s authenticity.


Well, here is your master bathroom of the same home in the previous photo. Striking, clean lines. I love the simple usage of two substances to get the floor and a single big window with a view of the lake beyond. The design of the bathroom perfectly marries together with the exterior. This home has authenticity.

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Caputo Construction

2. Montecito Residence, California

The solution to this home is promising: intriguing substances, intriguing procession and small glimpses of this design. What would you expect the interior to be, based upon this image?

Caputo Construction

The interior doesn’t disappoint: exposed steel, open spaces, metal decking and an architectural dialogue that meets the promise of the home’s approach.

Too frequently we will see a film that does not meet the promise of this movie’s poster or trailer (I might be just a bit bitter about the last picture I saw). That can be a very disappointing experience. Authenticity in design maintains and meets the home’s promises.

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3. Nevada Home

Here is a picture of a dining room of beautiful lyricism with a rhythmic, exposed structure, a clean area and consistency in substance choices, all creating spatial integrity. The furniture was designed and constructed specifically for this particular space.

And this is your front door to the same home. The design in the doorway begins the rhythm of the distance beyond.

“This above all:
To thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”

— William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Architecture must share the very same qualities of authenticity that we appreciate in individuals.

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Neslihan Pekcan/Pebbledesign

4. Children’s Room, ” Turkey

This image is a wonderfully lively kids’ bedroom. The Lego notion is carried through consistently with imagination and creativity. Truth be told, I love Legos and still play them … together with my kids, of course.

The colour brings the space to life. Not overdone or underdone, this magnificent area has integrity.

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De Meza + Architecture

5. San Francisco Bathroom

This image reminds me of an Eric Carle illustration. The room has a wonderful use of colour and texture in the floor and in the drawers. It is a whimsical space that is not trying to be overly serious.

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Shouldice Media

Shouldice Media

6. Timber-Frame Home, Canada

Last, for people who may bewail my almost exclusive usage of contemporary design, is this gorgeous home. Too frequently homes of a more conventional style are merely a facade, together with the interior standard at best, as well as the promises of the exterior are unkept.

Thankfully, that’s not the case for the home. This is the interior of the room found in the tall roof portion of the former image. It is a real architectural experience that’s true to the style, right down to the thick, rough beams, tall distance (just as we would expect from the exterior) and detailed connections.

Architecture must be authentic, just like a person — true to its culture and its own historical context, together with the thread of a common notion carried consistently throughout.

We have all been lied to in art — if it be a film, a book or an exhibition. Little is worse, in the context of structure, compared to entering a home that promises much and delivers little. A home should deliver well beyond its own promises with whimsy and surprise, just like a great picture. Architecture needs to be authentic to be successful.

More: Simplicity vs. Simpleness in Architecture — and Why You Need to Care

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Double-Sided Fireplaces Multiply Design Options

Double-Sided Fireplaces Multiply Design Options

Whether it’s a habit floor-to-ceiling layout or a prefabricated version, a double-sided fireplace could be the element of warmth your space is missing. Double-sided fireplaces provide twice the form and performance of a normal fireplace by supplying two focal partitions and warmth on both sides — sometimes in two completely different rooms. Since these models require just 1 flue and a single chimney, they could work in just about any home.

Have a cue from the inspirational multiple-sided fireplaces from gas to wood-burning to electric to add comfort and beauty to your surroundings.

Industrial. This very pragmatic fireplace seems to take up no space whatsoever with its featherweight design, straight lines and vulnerable flue. It gives warmth while being simple on a budget, because of low material costs. The industrial design shows off the mechanisms.

Hint: For a different style and additional touch of dash, switch out the gray tiles for a few with color.


Transitional. Show off the charm of a living room with rock and put a metallic twist on it. This custom-made flue with flat banding perfectly stereotypical traditional and modern design.

Hint: Place accent chairs on swivels close to the fireplace so you can readily turn from dialogue to flame.

Beyond Home Theater

Contemporary. Update an area from ordinary to exceptional when you divide it with a floor-to-ceiling double-sided fireplace. The stainless steel flat panels here look sleek and contemporary, but the fireplace itself feels welcoming.

Hint: Add pillows close to the fireplace so anyone can grab a seat anywhere. Floor pillows are fantastic for entertaining.

Globus Builder

Back to back. Go the extra mile and then install two double-sided fireplaces back for a dramatic announcement. The only thing greater than 1 fireplace is two fireplaces.

Hint: Recall two wood-burning fireplaces take twice the amount of wood. Plan for timber storage. There are plenty of trendy wood storage suggestions for modern and traditional spaces.

Slifer Designs

Tall opening. Insert your own personality to your double-sided fireplace. This fireplace has an extra-tall opening which makes it a dramatic focal point.

Hint: When the fireplace opening starts to strategy eye level, folks are going to be able to see inside. Get creative with the materials you use on the inside.


Elongated. This extended double-sided fireplace appears to extend from 1 end of the room to another. With this much linear square footage, everybody in both chambers will get to feel the warmth.

Hint: Remember the larger your fireplace, the more expensive it is going to be. Ensure you opt for a layout that satisfies your budget.

Tate Studio Architects

Three-sided. This designer made a fireplace with three exposed sides to triple the enjoyment. The flames could be seen and the warmth can be felt from each angle.

Hint: This fireplace has no door, so remember if you have children or pets. Not many fireplaces make sense for many families.

Four-sided. Take away all the sides of a fireplace and you get 360-degree points of view of the fire.

Hint: A four-sided fireplace is a superb way to divide a space without blocking too much of a view.

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White Delights on Home Exteriors of All Styles

White Delights on Home Exteriors of All Styles

From tropical to traditional, classical to modern, the color white has been used with good success on home exteriors. What’s remarkable is the way that white suits so many home designs. While it might not be suitable for many late-19th-century houses, in which a polychromatic approach is best, certainly another fashion from the 17th to 20th centuries might look good in white.

White is the color we associate with innocence and innocence. But beyond this symbolism, it gives a stark contrast to the colours found in nature, while it’s the blue skies or the greens, apples and pears found in the landscape. Clearly, a white home is separate and distinct from a lot of the organic world.

Anna Berglin Design

White is perfect for a Cape Cod home, as it will earn a modest-size home look bigger. With its institutions of innocence and innocence, white also works nicely on a simple Cape Cod home because if there’s any home design that evokes notions of a simpler time, then it is this one.

Helios Design Group

Home designs in the 18th and early 19th centuries are perfect candidates for white exteriors. Whether colonial, federal, Georgian or Greek resurrection, these home designs are emblematic of the era of enlightenment and the search for facts. Cerebral and trendy, white plays to these styles’ formality.

John McDonald Company

White is also a great color for houses in the tropics. It repels the sun’s heat and stands out against the deep blue sky, lush green landscape and blue water. Few things look cooler than white stucco walls, coupled with a soft accent shade, reflected in a pool of deep blue water.

Melichar Architects

White is ideal for where you want to see a lot of texture and shadow. When it’s the lap of each siding plank or the moldings in the eaves, windows and much more, shadows will be highlighted against a white backdrop. This will go a long way in articulating a design’s abundance of detail.

LASC Studio

A home with a simple and easy gable shape, like a child’s drawing, is made stronger and clearer through using white. And white can be a reflection of our more rational side, so the general design is much more pure and abstract.

Kentaro Kurihara

Maintaining the exterior all white can perform to the design strength when the property’s form is easy and strong. White plays to the lack of any detail or feel in this scenario, permitting the overall form to be the dominant visual feature.

The”white box” made by the Europeans in the early 20th century and popularized in the States within the International style used white almost exclusively. It had been clear that the design of these houses was driven by an intellectual purity and a machine aesthetic.

Norris Architecture

The International style still proceeds in houses today. Rational, trendy and looking machine created, these white boxes provide a sharp contrast to the organic world and, in the process, observe the modern era.

More: Assist! What Colour Should I Paint My House?

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Clean-Burning Woodstoves Ignite a Greener Heating Trend

Clean-Burning Woodstoves Ignite a Greener Heating Trend

Who doesn’t love the warm, crackling blaze of a real fire in fall and winter? While nothing can substitute the profound, radiating heat and meditative flicker of a good flame, the smoke, dust and bad air quality which conventional fireplaces and old woodstoves cause can make you feeling less comfy. If you want to appreciate your fire while making an environmentally sound option, it’s time to look to the brand new woodstoves. Designers in northern states (who know their chilly weather) have led the way in developing stoves with maximum efficiency and minimal environmental effect — and thankfully, lots of the same models are now available from the States.

Discover for yourself the pros and cons of employing a woodstove to heat your house, from aesthetics and installation to long-term expenses and efficacy.

Stone Interiors

Used for both heat and cooking, woodstoves were once a common sight in nearly every home — they are what many of us picture when imagining the “hearth” in the core of the house. But as other fuels became widely available, woodstoves lost prefer. Today we are seeing a resurgence in their popularity, largely thanks to jumps forward in efficient layouts which are equally beautiful and environmentally friendly.

Studio One-Off Design & Architecture

Guru: Some models are carbon neutral. European woodstoves employing the Nordic Ecolabel system are so effective that the carbon monoxide when they are used correctly is equal to the carbon a tree naturally emits while decomposing from the woods. A few of those stoves (including the one by Rais, shown here) will also be available in America.

Stove: Gabo, Rais

Siemasko + Verbridge

Guru: Lower long-term heating expenses. Based on Popular Mechanics, the average annual fuel price to maintain a woodstove going is nearly half the price of oil and marginally less than natural gas. Those able to harvest their own wood possess the potential to save even more.

Stove: Edofocus, Focus

kimberly peck architect

Con: Much more work. Firing up the woodstove every once in a while is a pleasant activity for a chilly night — but chopping and hauling wood on a daily basis is another matter. If you commit with a woodstove as your main heat source, you need to be happy to deal with buying, preserving and chopping all the wood, in addition to the daily work of tending the flame.

Stove: Rais

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

Guru: Biomass fuels reduce reliance on fossil fuels. By choosing renewable wood rather than oil, natural gas or propane to heat your house, you’re cutting down on nonrenewable energy consumption. With the woodstove getting steam, it is possible we may even see new homes — or even entire buildings — equipped with incorporated efficient woodstove heat later on.

Stove: Shaker with brief seat, Wittus

Architects, Webber + Studio

Guru: Aesthetically pleasing. Scandinavian-designed woodstoves are something of beauty. From utterly straightforward to modern, and wall mounted, built in or floating, there are options to suit every space.

Stove: Heterofocus, Concentrate

Kaplan Thompson Architects

Con: High price for the initial purchase and installation. With whole-house models ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 (as well as $10,000 or even more for custom layouts), woodstoves using the highest efficiency ratings do tend to cost more at the beginning compared to other systems. The one is $3,199.

Stove: version 7648, Morso

Charlie Allen Renovations, Inc..

Guru: The coziness factor. If your home is heated by a fire you can see dancing on your very own little woodstove, coziness and heat are givens.

Stove: Morso

Johnston Architects

Certification. When shopping for a clean-burning woodstove, start looking for a model that has been certified from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Underwriters’ Laboratories of Canada (ULC) or an global tagging system such as the Nordic Ecolabel.

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A Screened-In Porch Communes With Nature

A Screened-In Porch Communes With Nature

To make the most of the fleeting summer at the Chicago suburbs, designer Cathy Zaeske’s clients wanted to make a screened-in porch which will keep the mosquitos at bay but make the most of the gorgeous forest views. Zaeske designed and constructed out a gorgeous warm-weather haven on the home’s north (forest-facing) side) Braided sisal, Scrabble-inspired cushions and wood accents make a relaxing place for drinking coffee, playing board games and relishing Midwest summer rainstorms.

Your Favorite Room From Cathy Zaeske

Varied textures add interest and depth to the space — especially important when using a monochromatic palette. Birch branches, a bronze alloy pouf, aged brass hardware along with a mix of fabrics add dimension whilst keeping the neutral plot.

Your Favorite Room From Cathy Zaeske

Inspired by the hot sunrise shine which greets the area each morning, Zaeske started using a gentle palette of creams, whites and honey brown. Hints of black break up the neutral scheme. “The black accents provide a location for the eye to rest, break up the monotony and add sophistication,” Zaeske says, “and let’s not forget, black is practical.”

Your Favorite Room From Cathy Zaeske

The family of four eats dinner out here every night. Natural Pottery Barn curtains soften the lines and provide the porch the finished sense of a living room.

Before Photo

Your Favorite Room From Cathy Zaeske

BEFORE: Throughout construction, the clients chose to keep the gorgeous ceiling vulnerable but wished to add a polished sheen. Two coats of high-gloss marine varnish “will help warm up the varying tones from the ceiling timber over time,” says Zaeske.

Before Photo

Your Favorite Room From Cathy Zaeske

BEFORE: The designer integrated a gabled roof to add natural lighting and complement the conventional architectural feel of the house. Four skylights and spacious walls bring in even more light — that is important considering the area’s northern placement.

Your Favorite Room From Cathy Zaeske

With the help of an electrician, Zaeske converted a gorgeous root ball sculpture into a light fixture. The other elements of the room work on this focal point. “I like how it brings nature into the area in an odd manner,” she says.

Your Favorite Room From Cathy Zaeske

A 8 estate-sale room divider, a 5 doorway in the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, spare timber, spray paint along with a twin-size mattress make up this sturdy swing seat. Zaeske assembled the pieces, along with her contractor brought it to life. Among the homeowners begins every day with coffee, her notebook and this hanging swing.

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Child-Friendly Two-Bedroom in Chicago

Child-Friendly Two-Bedroom in Chicago

Blogger and stay-at-home mother Jiye Lee once read a post about the way the French don’t babyproof their homes; they just use common sense. This very simple wisdom rang true for Lee and her husband, and remained with them since they redesigned their home.

“I forget the exact origin, but the gist of this piece was that French kids learn to live with all of the fragile pieces and delicate furniture,” Lee says. “In precisely the exact same way, we chose to not turn our house into a giant, padded, gated-off playroom like so many parents have done.” Even though the couple moved possibly hazardous things higher up and relocated their coffee table when their first kid (they have 2, ages 3 and 10 months) was learning to crawl, for the most part they’ve kept their contemporary sense of style. Here is a glimpse into their Bucktown flat, which will be within strolling distance of cool Damen Avenue.

at a Glance
Who resides: A couple and their two kids
Where: Bucktown/Wicker Park, Chicago
Size: 2 bedrooms, two bathrooms

Gia Lee, apparel up files

A navy blue light trellis area rug adds geometric pop and colour to an otherwise neutral-toned living room. Lee, a self-confessed private-sale enthusiast, purchased the carpet at a discount. “Shipping and handling included, the whole purchase was just $260. It’s a wonderful price to get an 8-by-10 carpet,” she says. Bonus: The carpet is 100% wool and free from chemical additives, supplying extra reassurance in a house with kids.

Lee excitedly shares the way the Eames molded plywood seat made its way into their home. “I was 39 weeks pregnant with our first girl. My husband knew how much I was admiring the seat, a functional sculpture on its own. 1 day I walked out into the living room after a shower and there it was!”

An Eames chair to get a push gift? “I will take it on jewelry daily,” Lee says.

Area Shade: nu-Loom Moroccan trellis; chair : Eames Molded Plywood Armchair in Ash; living room paint: Willow Creek, Benjamin Moore

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Lee spends the little spare time she’s online working on her style blog. In between diaper changes and mom’s wine nights, and during naptimes, she can be seen on the dining table evangelizing readers on the hottest Lara Miller collection or curating the top editorials on lady denim.

Fun truth about the suspension lighting: It’s the exact same one used at the movie The Breakup, starring Jennifer Aniston. “We were watching the movie and got excited when we seen our light in the center of it,” says Lee.

Dining table, chairs and mirror: Room & Board; suspension lighting: Clavius, from Lightology; infant chair: Boon Pedestal Highchair

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Lee’s favorite time of day: whenever she can carve out time to enjoy the Eames lounge chair and ottoman. “It’s the most comfortable place to sit with my Kindle plus a cup of tea,” she says. “It’s definitely my most beloved space in the house. My husband insists that it’s worth the investment”

Bedroom seat: Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair

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Framed wallpaper graces the space over the fireplace. “I love the combination of methods: screen-printing and painting,” Lee says. “The colors are hand-painted, so each sheet is unique,” says Lee.

Artwork: Nama Rococo

Gia Lee, apparel up files

Gia Lee, apparel up files

Prints appropriate for a child’s room line the main hallway. “We love the way the examples feature kids but are performed with sophisticated color schemes such as grays, blacks and taupes with splashes of colour to make them friendly to adults as well” Lee says.

She also credits the team at one of her favorite furniture stores with giving her the exact swatches to paint colors that she liked in their mock-up rooms. “Just ask should you like a particular detail at a retail shop, and should they have the info, they’ll probably give it to you,” she says.

Prints: Ashley G; wall paint: Iron Mountain, Benjamin Moore

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The conventional black-and-white silhouette print is tweaked in pink in Lee’s eldest daughter’s room. She explains, “We’re in a transition period right now and at the middle of moving out of a baby’s space to a big woman’s room. I’m searching for design inspiration”

Chandelier: Urban Outfitters; crib: Walmart; blanket and pillow: Etsy; print: Ashley G; wall paint: Pismo Dunes, Benjamin Moore

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Toy storage and organization are musts in almost any home that doesn’t wish to be completely overrun by toys, books and arbitrary little parts on the ground. Lee uses several baskets for storing odds and ends, children’s books and art equipment.

Baskets: Land of Nod; bookshelves: IKEA

Gia Lee, dress up documents

Although Lee largely uses online sources for inspiration, tried-and-tested printing materials occupy the top shelf of her bookcase. Neutral-spined style and design books find a house alongside a Thomas O’Brien clock and a framed print in bright yellow.

Hitter: Target

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Lee and her husband love the fact that there are 3 windows behind their bed, providing much-needed sun, especially during long and chilly Midwest winters. She intends to substitute their bedside tables, which she says are too low for your bed.

“The littlest one still sleeps in a bassinet next to the bed,” Lee says, adding that she nurses simply by propping herself and the infant) against the seat, which eliminates the need for a glider and ottoman.

Modern Bucktown Beauty
Modern Icons: Eames Molded Plywood Chairs
Modern Loft Living in Chicago

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10 Smart Organizing Ideas Which

10 Smart Organizing Ideas Which

Go beyond mere neatness by making little changes around the home that can help you out every day. When your home is prepared to efficiently support common activities and activities — from dealing with mail, bills and memorabilia, to gifting, cleaning and much more — it’s like a tiny weight is lifted from the shoulders.

Read on for 10 easy (yet innovative) organizing thoughts to try today.


1. Purchase enough storage containers to fill your shelves or cupboard — even in the event that you don’t need them all now. Having storage bins and boxes waiting for you will help avoid future clutter pileups. This is particularly useful for storage of all items you know you’ll be accumulating: photographs, kids’ artwork and financial records, as an example.

If you have kids, consider buying slender plastic containers with lids that can fit under a bed, and/or paper artwork portfolios. Restrict yourself to filling a container per school year, but supplement with electronic photographs of large or 3-D artwork that could be impractical to store.

Justrich Design

2. Store medicines in a labeled box in the kitchen. The medicine cupboard is actually among the worst places to store drugs. The warm, damp conditions can harm sensitive ingredients, and the tubes and bottles have a tendency to mess up what should be a spot for getting ready in the morning.

Rather, transfer your medicines and first-aid provides to labeled storage boxes with lids and keep them on a high shelf in the pantry or kitchen. Sort them in a means that makes sense, and tag accordingly. For instance: Kids, First Aid, Cold & Flu.

Alice Lane Home Collection

3. Be prepared for last-minute and birthdays events using a grab-and-go celebration prep spot. Keep a annual birthday calendar taped to the inside of the door, a basket full of easy gifts bought in bulk (along with an assortment of cards), as well as two or three favorite celebration beverages, snacks and serving dishes.

Extra charge: Pick a “signature” gift wrap and ribbon for your home and wrap all of your gifts with it, no matter the event. People might begin to anticipate it, and it’ll certainly save you the frustration of buying themed gift wrap for every holiday and event.

Nicole Lanteri Design

4. Make a moveable baking channel. Unless you inhale constantly (or have a massive kitchen), it’s likely you, too, struggle with where to maintain all of those specialty baking supplies. Instead of scattering them through the kitchen, maintain baking supplies (including equipment like mixers) on a moveable cart at the pantry. Simply wheel the entire thing out once you’re ready to inhale, and tuck it out of sight once you’re done.

East Hill Cabinetry

5. Store extra liners at the bottom of the trash can. Next time you take out the trash, put a sizable pile of liners at the base of the can. Do this for each and every trash can in the home, and you won’t ever find yourself in that horrible “who forgot to put in the new bag!?” Situation again. Bonus: Putting a dryer sheet under the heap will help absorb odors and moisture.

Willey Design LLC

6. Keep a “donations” box in your entryway. Any time you see something around the home you no longer need or want, plunk it in your donations box. When it’s full, carry it out to your car, therefore it’s going to be easy to drop the contents at the local charity thrift shop the next time you run errands.

Munger Interiors

7. Keep whatever you need to pay bills beneath your coffee table. Stock a pretty basket or lidded box with checks, envelopes, stamps, pens and current bills. When you sit down to watch TV, just grab the basket and write tests during the commercial breaks.

Moment design + productions, llc

8. Keep a second pair of basic cleaning supplies in the restroom. It’s so much easier to tackle an undesirable job like cleaning the toilet once the supplies you’ll need are at hand. So why do most people keep cleaning supplies just under the kitchen sink? Store a second pair of bathroom-specific products and tools in the cupboard under the bathroom sink, or in a lidded basket on a shelf or the ground.

Shoshana Gosselin

9. Presort your incoming email rather than putting it all in one massive tray or heap. Magazines, catalogs and other things you’d like to peruse get hauled at a magazine file; bills to pay go in your invoice basket (see No. 7 above); personal correspondence moves at a toast rack or on a pretty menu; notices for upcoming events and things to file can go in another magazine file or a folder.


10. Use photographs as labels — and not just for toys! Try snapping a pic of the contents of a box before storing it in the garage or basement, then use that photo to tag the outside. A fast glance at the photo and you know what is inside.

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New Classics: Sofa and The Bubble Club Chair

New Classics: Sofa and The Bubble Club Chair

The first time I Discovered Philippe Starck’s Bubble Club Chair was about the TV Series Boston Legal. At the end of each episode, James Spader and William Shatner would sit on a balcony overlooking Boston, smoking stogies at a pair of these chairs. I was always more interested in the chairs than the characters’ episode-wrapping musings; I wondered whether they were made of cement. Luckily, they are made of smooth polyethylene (a $10 word for”plastic”), making them a lot easier to move around than cement could. Designers have embraced these cartoon-like chairs, with them on traditional patios to contemporary roof decks. Below we will see them in both, in addition to in every kind of space between.

Heather Merenda

Certainly, this homeowner has a lively spirit, along with a black cartoonish Bubble Club fits right in with a taxicab yellow gnome and sharp picture prints. In fact, Starck himself designed a dining table that was gnome.

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Jennifer Weiss Architecture

This Bubble Club Chair blurs the lines between inside and out. It is set to become a rocking chair in the living area once the folding doors are open.


The couch and chair can be found in white, terra-cotta (found here), pale green, pale gray, black and pale yellow. Terra-cotta performs off brick.

The stools with this balcony will also be a Starck design; they are called Prince AHA Stools.

GMK Architecture Inc

Terra-cotta is also a excellent choice for a desert landscape, picking on colors found in the earth, rocks and mountains.

Robert Kaner Interior Design

Overstuffed-looking chairs definitely elicit a double take when put poolside. That is what makes these so much pleasure.

Texas Construction Company

While a rolled-arm shape is a very traditional couch contour, the polyethylene works well with contemporary and contemporary architecture. Starck is famed for having fun with these sorts of unexpected combinations.

Anthony Wilder Design/Build, Inc..

The couch lends itself to a living room–fashion furniture design.

Studio ST Architects, P.C.

The chairs are a wonderful alternative for a urban rooftop oasis and may add a loungey vibe to an outdoor space.

RDM Architecture

These chairs received the exact same treatment that Grandma’s classic wicker chairs could possess: cheerful pink chair cushions and throw pillows.

The Refined Group

I firmly feel that the Rat Pack could have lounged around Palm Springs in these chairs, had they been available then. I could practically see Frank and Sammy sitting with this patio.


Boston Legal – Season 2 – $21

But I could not resist adding this; I consistently liked this improbable bromance even as the show swirled the drain.

Iconic Furniture Moves Outside

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Architect's Toolbox: Partner a Window Using Its View

Architect's Toolbox: Partner a Window Using Its View

Which kind of perspective would you have, and just how do you need to capture this opinion to make it a part of your property? If the window help produce a bigger room or if it frame an opinion? If the window be an easy punched opening in the wall, or if it take more than the wall and even the roof? If the window act alone or be coordinated with other windows?

These and other questions are fundamental to inquire when designing the kind, design and location of your windows. And the best way to reply will have a substantial effect on the essence of your home space.

So let’s look at some fundamental approaches to designing a window and find out how each impacts the inside of a home.

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Made of glass that stretches from floor to ceiling and corner to corner, a window wall encourages an indoor-outdoor connection in which boundaries disappear. Ideally suited to a room that controls an expansive perspective, this kind of window design helps in making a space that isn’t quite a portion of the inside nor the outside, but a place between them both.

Chadbourne + doss architects

A shattered window is ideal for framing a distinctive view. Whether oriented vertically or horizontally, with thin or thicker casing, this kind of window treats the opinion as a framed object …

Burdge & Associates Architects

… like a photo or a painting of the landscape. However a framed perspective created by this kind of window is better than a static photo or painting, since the view is constantly changing with the time of day and the season.

The Couture Rooms

A conservatory or even a greenhouse, whether in a modern or classic idiom, is a great way to extend the indoor space outward. Not confined to only horizontal or vertical sight lines, these glass enclosures really make indoor rooms into outdoor spaces.

Crisp Architects

A flat group of transom windows set high up in the wall offers privacy while forcing upward the view. This is an great way to capture light and an opinion when what’s directly outside isn’t something that you truly wish to check at.

Bertram Architects

A corner window really opens a space up, particularly when there is not any corner post, as it directs the opinion out on a diagonal. It is ideal for smaller spaces and rooms, such as a home office or …

Ryan Group Architects

… a little bedroom. No matter the design, from traditional to modern, a corner window is an effective way to make a smaller room look much bigger than it actually is.


A series of thin and tall vertical windows divides the opinion into ribbons of light and greenery. Though mostly associated with a modern aesthetic, vertical windows …

Bosworth Hoedemaker

… can be utilized by ganging a run of traditional double-hung windows together. Ganging windows rows such as this allows for a room to capture the light and the view while still providing an ample amount of wall space for other needs.

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Get Your Lighting

We tend to think about light choices as a matter of personal taste, something that’s a part of the lamp-shopping checklist. Nonetheless, it ends up that the most essential lighting decisions have nothing to do with lamps. And light decisions can actually make or break your own family’s wellbeing, happiness and well-being.

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In fact, recent research has found that making the right lighting decisions in your house may even protect you and your loved ones from degraded eyesight, depression, weight gain, cancer and a host of different issues.

This ideabook contains bright suggestions for optimizing the lighting in your house, not just for aesthetics but for improving the overall quality of your family.

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First, the advantages of darkness

Multiple studies demonstrate that sleeping at a less-than-dark room can harm your wellbeing.

The American Medical Association last month issued a coverage advisement stating that “exposure to excessive light at nighttime, for example extended use of various electronic media, can disrupt sleep or aggravate sleep disorders, especially in children and teens” This is particularly true of devices that emit “blue” mild, such as TV screens and touch tablets. Also:
Researchers in the Ohio State University Medical Center found that sleeping in a dimly lit room can result in depression and weight reduction. Scientists at the University of Haifa in Israel found a “strong and clear” correlation between girls who reside in regions that aren’t dim at night into an increased risk of prostate cancer. University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine researchers found that night-lights in children’s rooms may predispose them to myopia, or nearsightedness. To summarize all this research: Almost everybody is doing this wrong.

TV, video games and eBook reading before sleep are poor. Light coming in from outside at night is bad. Gadget lights on everything you own are poor. Night-lights are poor.

What should you do about all this lighting?

Block outdoor light with good sunglasses. Don’t read on a screen or watch TV just. If you’re going to use an ebook reader prior to bed, then choose the kind that requires an outside light source. Unplug or pay with electrical tape all those little status lights on electronic products.

If your kids truly require a night-light, then one option is a item that fades to black after the children are asleep. The Glo light from Boon (first picture) is an enjoyable option, for example. The light illuminates glow-in-the-dark balls, which can be removed and put into bed with the children if they need. They have a night-light, but only for a short moment. The balls fade gradually, allowing children to fall asleep with a mild but later sleep in darkness.

The bottom line is that the wellbeing and happiness of you and your loved ones will generally benefit by sleeping in total darkness, and it is very important to do as much as possible to darken rooms during sleep.

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Let there be light!

The previous section on sleeping in darkness is all on your eyes anticipating that a scarcity of light at night because of biological necessity. But the same goes for daytime. As your eyes expect darkness through the night, they expect sunlight during the day.

Australian National University scientists have explained radically divergent levels of childhood nearsightedness to the quantity of direct sunlight received by the kids. They found, by way of example, that almost 90 percent of kids in Singapore have myopia and invest an average of 30 minutes outside daily. Children in Australia, however, suffer with lower rates of myopia — just 10 percent — but spend an average of three hours outdoors every day.

Scientists feel that developing eyes young children want the body to produce dopamine, which is triggered by direct sunlight moving into the eyes.

Meanwhile, there’s an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency in part because people are not getting enough direct sunlight. As many as three-quarters of their adolescent and adult populations in the USA may be deficient in this vitamin. This is bad, because vitamin D deficiency has been linked with increased risk of diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s and other diseases.

Part of our sunlight lack is related to fear of skin cancer. However, what people should fear is any degree of sunburn. According to the vitamin D Council, your body gets all the exposure it needs for health long until the skin begins to redden. So getting sunlight in small, regular doses is healthier and less insecure than preventing the sun component of the year, then becoming sometimes sunburned.

The takeaway here is that the majority of people living outside the tropics are not getting enough sunshine. And the perfect way to acquire sunlight is in tiny doses quite frequently.

Allow the sun shine in

This truth can inform our decision making regarding house design and house investment.

By way of example, where to spend on house improvement? Retile the restroom or install skylights? Buy a costly new TV and home-entertainment system or playground equipment in the backyard? Replace a wall with drywall or floor-to-ceiling glass windows? Insert a pool table or a pool?

One intriguing possible update is a “smart” skylight known as the Ciralight Suntracker. With a normal skylight, a patch of sunlight will be cast on the ground or wall of your house, and moves throughout the afternoon as the sun moves. The Suntracker uses GPS, and mirrors track the sun throughout the day and bounce it directly down on a diffuser. As long as the sun is up, the skylight is catching all available sunlight and divides it into the house in a way that maximizes light. Many Ciralight clients are industrial or retail companies, however, the company also has house installation. The price is about $1,100 to accommodate a commercial unit for a home, and they are working on a 2-foot-square model for houses (price to be announced).

Science is telling us that light decisions can have far-ranging effects for our pleasure and well-being. Purchasing darker nights and sunnier days might be the brightest idea for the family’s wellbeing.

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