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Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-23 23:13
Wallpaper designer Sian Zeng invites us inside her dreamy apartment in Greenwich, London, and shares secrets about her design process.
It's no wonder the enchanting, hand drawn, illustrated wallpapers of Sian Zeng have caught the attention of publications such as The Sunday Times and Elle Decoration. Her designs have been long adored by creatives all around the world. Inspired by dream-like, fairytale narratives, Zeng's beautiful work offers consumers interesting ways to bring both art and storytelling into their homes.
Recently, we spoke to Zeng to find out more about her design process, as well as how she has used her designs to decorate her 770-square-foot abode. Keep scrolling for a breathtaking peek inside.
Zeng finds inspiration in anything that tells a story—ballet performances, movies, photography, etc.—and particularly likes the works of British photographer Tim Walker.
"I gravitate toward nature in my designs, as I think it helps bring a sense of calm to a space. When designing a wallpaper, I like to imagine it's a backdrop to a theater set," says Zeng, who explains that the sheer size and scale of wallpaper impacts how she approaches its design.
"When you do a sketch or watercolor for a frame, you only need to consider the size of your paper, and perhaps the style of the room where it will hang. But when painting a wallpaper mural design, you need to consider how it’s going to repeat in a typical room," she notes.
"This means thinking about how big the individual elements will have to be in order for it to look striking—both up close and from far away."
When Zeng and her husband, Sebastian, first saw the flat that was to be their new home, they fell in love with its huge terrace, and decided to turn it into their own urban jungle by building trellises and adding plants.
"Prior to moving in, we didn’t own a lot of furniture, so we had to order most of it in advance before even stepping foot into our new home," Zeng states. "Creating mock-ups not only helped me plan our purchases, but also allowed me to imagine what the space would look like remotely."
"We envisioned a space that was minimal, but not at all sterile. A place that was full of design, yet still cozy. A home where we were able to relax with our friends on the weekends."
"Above all—taking inspiration from our huge terrace—we wanted to bring nature indoors, and find a way to have an outside-meets-inside feel."
Naturally, Zeng used her own wallpaper to help achieve these goals. She decided on the wallpapers for the different rooms first, then color-coordinated the furniture items to complement her choices.
"Before we moved in, I collected fabric cuttings in my notebook. It was a combination of my wallpaper samples and any inspirational images I found online. I would then divide these into sections of the apartment, based on color and mood. This process helped me conjure an overall feel for the apartment, and determine the color palettes of each room."
To learn more about Sian Zeng—or to shop her mesmerizing wallpaper collection—check out her website.
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Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-23 22:11
These homes in the Great Lakes State will have you reconsidering the possibilities of prefab design.
Prefabricated and modular homes, known for their time- and cost-efficiency, are becoming increasingly popular across the U.S. Today, we turn the lens on modern prefab homes in the great state of Michigan, from urban environments to small, lakeside towns. Check out five of our favorites below.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-23 21:33
Discover gardening ideas from all over the country.
Landscape designer, founder of Perfect Earth Project
There are almost as many names for Nyssa sylvatica (tupelo, black tupelo, black gum, sour gum, beetlebung, pepperidge) as there are reasons to love it. The deciduous tree naturally appears in wet spots, but it’s happy in almost any soils that can hold some moisture. The tree’s branches grow perpendicular to the tall, straight trunk, and its tiny twigs give it a witchy quality, especially in winter. Its leaves and flowers bloom at the same time, all lime green. In the fall, they go from shiny dark green to purple and then blazing red. Bees love the flowers; birds love the fleshy fruit. Squirrels, raccoons, and possums nest in the cavities left when the limbs fall off, which they have a way of doing. Deer eat most of the young seedlings as they sprout, but those that make it live longer than any other non-clonal flowering plant in eastern North America: more than 650 years.
Landscape designer and permaculturist, Evans + Lighter Landscape Architecture
Some would describe New Orleans as hot and humid. I tend to think of it as a liquid landscape, existing on the precipice of gulf, river, lake, groundwater, and atmospheric precipitation. The cathedral of live oak trees in New Orleans is astounding. I love the plethora of species that live symbiotically with the oaks, especially the resurrection fern (Pleopeltis polypodioides). To me, the resurrection fern is more than a symbol of resilience; it models a biomimetic solution for the future. It acts as a living sponge that intercepts rainfall where it lands, going from dry dormancy to green lushness within hours of a rain event. This is what our cities must become—not concrete-laden watershed superhighways, but networks of "green infrastructure" capable of adapting to variable climatic conditions and modulating the pollutants and flooding in our urban environments.
Landscape designer, TLC Garden Centers
For a Midwestern state, Oklahoma has a very diverse climate, ranging from arid plains to subtropical forests and mountains. Our weather is famously erratic, as noted by favorite son Will Rogers, who, sending up Mark Twain, said, "If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute and it will change." Plants must adapt to heat, drought, and cold, as well as a wide range of soil conditions. We have a large palette of native grasses, wildflowers, trees, and shrubs to choose from, but one of my favorites is the possum haw (Ilex decidua). This deciduous holly has shiny leaves and an outstanding display of vibrant pea-size red berries in winter. It’s best used as a shorter clumping shrub or tree, or to create screens and hedges. The Possum Haw is also great for attracting wildlife, especially cardinals.
Landscape architect, L + A Landscape Architecture; professor of landscape architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology
American witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) is a fall-blooming understory species common throughout the temperate forests of the eastern United States, including in Chicago, where I live. It has a subtle woodland presence compared to dogwood, redbud, viburnum, or magnolia, whose spring flowers or bracts provide more substantial visual punch. Witch hazel is a rare fall blooming shrub, with small strands of lemon-yellow flowers that drift across the lower canopy of woodlands. These flowers occupy the stems at the same time as the previous year’s seed capsules, or nutlets. In the summer, its distinctively large, bright green oblong leaves with deeply incised veins are valuable in gardens for shifts of foliage scale and texture. Few plants reward close inspection of fine details like the American witch hazel.
Landscape designer, Wittman Estes Architecture + Landscape
In the Pacific Northwest, our maritime climate features mild wet winters and very dry summers. As a result, our native flora includes large numbers of both coniferous and broadleaf evergreens. One of our best broadleaf evergreens is the native salal (Gaultheria shallon). I love it for its pearly flowers, reddish new growth, and dusky blue berries, which can be used in jams and preserves. This shrub has great visual adaptability and is equally attractive in a woodland setting, a modern landscape, and a Japanese-influenced Northwest garden. I suggest generous swathes of salal for projects needing native re-vegetation.
Cofounder, Cactus Store
The ironically named teddy bear cholla cactus (Cylindropuntia bigelovii) is far from cuddly. In fact, it makes a formidable bouncer when planted in the garden.This obstinate opuntioid enjoys very wide distribution throughout the American Southwest and prefers environments that are hostile to humans. It’s so nasty that even the toughest shoe rubbers are no match for its barbed spines. On a mature plant (five to nine feet tall), the old growth turns black, while its new growth is a bluish-green color with white translucent spines that glow in the sun. Yellow-green flowers come out in May and June. Notwithstanding having features at odds with our general well-being, these many-pronged monsters seduce, like sirens with a silent song. Tie me to the mast of my Jeep and turn it off the road. I want to go into the teddy bears.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-23 20:51
Sited in Northern India, a holiday home is perfectly positioned for glorious views of the Himalayas.
In a landscape dominated by the Himalayan mountain range, the sensible architectural approach is a minimalist one. So, when Lokesh and his family fell in love with the sleepy Himalayan village of Satoli in northern India, they dreamed of a holiday home that would sit lightly on the land and blend into its scenic surroundings.
Teaming up with New Dehli–based Matra Architects, the family embarked on a five-year process to bring their dream home to life—no easy feat given the remote, rural location at 6,500 feet above sea level.
Careful studies of the traditional village houses and the community’s Spartan farming lifestyle inspired the design of the minimalist timber retreat—officially dubbed the Wood House—that steps down a three-acre terraced landscape. To minimize the home’s visual impact, the architects placed the 2,550-square-foot building on the lowest terrace.
Much of the exterior is clad in vertical planks of locally sourced oiled Indian mahogany. A continuous band of glazing separates the timber cladding from a dry stonewall base, built of materials excavated on site.
The timber-clad roof is supported atop four exposed truss frames built from glued sal wood planks fastened with steel tie rods. The truss frames span nearly 50 feet to provide an open interior space uninterrupted by intermediate columns.
Inside, pine-paneled rooms step down in three levels, each roughly 560 square feet in size to match the existing terraced terrain. The upper floor houses the main entrance as well as the kitchen and two bedrooms. The lower level comprises a mezzanine dining area that descends into a spacious living room and two additional bedrooms.
"Building this house has not been easy, especially with this kind of wood and glass facade," says Lokesh. "As you can imagine, transporting everything—including big sheets of glass onto the hills—has been hard. After five years of patience, labor, and resilience, we continue to furnish and fix the dwelling on an ongoing basis."
Their effort has paid off in spades—the Wood House has been positioned perfectly for breathtaking views of the snow-capped Himalayans during the day, while the twinkling lights of Almora town and stars can be enjoyed at night.
A variety of large square windows have also been carefully inserted on all sides of the insulated envelope to frame "zen views" of the landscape.
Fortunately for us, Lokesh has opened his family’s holiday retreat to the public. If you're interested in experiencing this Himalayan haven, book the Wood House here.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-23 20:15
Floor-to-ceiling windows allow light and garden views to saturate this post-and-beam midcentury in Pasadena, California.
Designed in 1960 by architect Hideo Matsunaga, this midcentury post-and-beam is set behind a gated stone wall and overlooks private, garden grounds. The home incorporates Japanese design elements throughout, with walls of glass providing gorgeous views of the surrounding greenery. Now, this stunning property is on the market for $3,125,000. Scroll through for a tour.
420 Lakeview Road, Pasadena is now being listed $3,125,000 by Jimmy Wilson at Deasy Penner. See the full listing here.
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Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-23 19:09
Home ownership, luxury, downsizing, adventure—no matter what you're looking for, this travel trailer can be all that, and more.
From its black corrugated siding and streamlined modern profile, to its white-washed pine walls and plentiful windows, the team at Land Ark RV has without a doubt outdone themselves with Drake, their latest model.
At $139,900, this thoughtfully-designed camper is far from your average camper. Featuring a kitchen, full-size bathtub/shower, plenty of storage, and enough room to sleep up to six, the Drake offers all the essentials of a home in as little as 357 square feet.
"The unique shape and appearance of the Land Ark RV is an example of form following function—in this case, the spatial quality of the interior drives the shape of the exterior," explains co-founder Joni Buzarde.
"The front and back walls flare out not only to create a more usable space within the same footprint, but more importantly, it makes the space feel expansive rather than boxed in."
Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-23 18:21
The crimson dwelling, nestled in the Chilean commune of San José de Maipo, is composed of four modules stacked to form a cube-like structure.
Immediately striking for its scarlet hue, this 936-square-foot home by Santiago–based Felipe Assadi Arquitectos takes the form of a solid cube with part of its mass subtracted to create a double-height entrance terrace and a sloping roof.
The symmetry of the design allows for the incorporation of additional programs to the sides of the modules on both the lower or upper floors.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-22 23:08
Sited in the upper garden of a 17th-century building, a contemporary abode blends beautifully with its historical setting.
The award-winning firm OB Architecture has recently revealed its striking design of Holm Place, a new build nestled in the upper garden of Manor Court, a 17th-Century structure which is located within the South Warnborough Conservation Area of Hampshire in England.
The 3,735-square-foot residence has been designed to harmoniously merge with the surrounding heritage buildings and complement its original site, which it does seamlessly thanks to the use of similar materials, forms, and proportions. The team of architects have also crafted the new dwelling to feature a modern L-shaped plan that extends to the edges of the site to embrace the best perspectives of Manor Court's green gardens.
"From our first visit, we identified a strong relationship between the existing house and the brick boundary wall that bounded the site. This gave rise to the notion of a traditional English walled garden as a means to orientate the new house," says architect James Chapman.
A row of pleached holm oak trees line the garden on the East, hence the house's name.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-22 22:32
The first in a series of innovative pre-fab home concepts, owners and designers Arno Schuurs and Paulien van Noort of the Netherlands based Qoncepts agency created the cabin as a prototype and show model holiday home. Constructed in two prefabricated sections off site, the parts were transported to and installed on site using an innovative and simple screw foundation technique placing the structure above ground level. Using beautiful, all natural and low maintenance materials including untreated Oregon Pine planks for the facade, oak fishbone flooring, concrete and raw steel, the home is a modern homage to the rustic country cabin. The smart layout combines a modest footprint that creates the illusion of space, with large windows that blur the boundaries between inside and out and a welcoming sense of warmth and style.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-22 22:10
Travelers looking for a designer holiday home in Italy will love this white stone bed and breakfast, perched on a ridge overlooking the sea. It’s not only strikingly designed, but it’s located in an organic olive grove near the famously picturesque town of Ostuni, Italy. The owner of this property wanted a modern building that wouldn’t feel out of place among the ancient olive trees that surround it. To this end, he recruited designer Andrew Trotter to blend the traditional architecture of local masserie with contemporary minimalism. The result is a bed and breakfast that blends old with new – elegant lines with natural elements and rural simplicity. Recycled local sandstone, tufo, has been used throughout, and each room has a vaulted ceiling, with thick, cooling walls.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-22 22:02
Named for its perch in the mountainous region of Kumaon in the North Indian state of Uttarakhand, The Kumaon, which sits about 5,250 feet above sea level in the village of Kasar Devi, is a boutique hotel that enjoys magnificent views of the Indian Himalayas. Designed by Sri Lankan architects Pradeep Kodikara and Jineshi Samaraweera of Colombo–based Zowa Architects, the 10-room hotel is nestled in a sloping, terraced agricultural plot that overlooks uninterrupted views of undulating mountains and valleys.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-22 21:53
These unusual takes on the classic headboard are sure to shake up your bedroom decor.
Originally a shield against poorly insulated walls, modern headboards are attention-grabbing details that anchor a bedroom. If you're looking for options beyond the traditional wooden headboard, look no further than these unconventional options below.
A typical headboard protrudes from the wall, providing a place to comfortably rest, but this version creates a composition of moldings and trim directly on the wall. Because classical moldings, medallions, and appliqués come in a tremendous range of sizes and depths—and run the gamut from ornate to minimalist—the options are endless.
What could be better than a multifunctional piece of art? While it may not be suitable to use a high-end piece of artwork painted directly on a canvas, or one framed with glass, a graphic, printed piece of art can work wonders to transform a bed and its environment.
One of the main visual functions of a headboard is to give presence to the bed in a room, but this can be done just as easily and skillfully by creating an accent wall where the bed is. Adding texture or color really helps to distinguish this wall from the rest of the space, and gives some flexibility for the bed's location if the room or wall isn't completely symmetrical.
Often, a low wall behind the bed can function not only as a well-placed shelf for storage, but also as a low, continuous headboard. By running the ledge along an entire wall, the bed no longer needs to be centered, and the low wall keeps the space from being overwhelmed by an entire accent wall.
Go the minimalist route with a painted headboard, which takes nothing more than a coat or two of paint directly behind the bed. Rather than covering the entire wall like an accent wall would, the painted headboard deliberately mimics the size and shape of a headboard—but without the cost or commitment, since it can be reversed with another bucket of paint.
While a plush, cushioned headboard might be something you would typically expect, hanging two individual pillows above the head of the bed is a unique, playful take on the concept. The two pillows suspended over the top of the bed mimic the placement of the pillows actually on the bed, but the use of contrasting colors or textiles helps distinguish them.
While it might seem counterintuitive to situate a bed directly under a window because of the natural light that streams through, it makes for a wonderful, bright headboard. If you're particularly sensitive to light, investing in heavy drapes or blackout curtains can be a good way to adapt to a windowed headboard.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-22 21:35
After working with a couple to design their custom trailer, New Frontier Tiny Homes decide to officially name the new model after the owners' daughter.
When their baby daughter Escher arrived last year, Bela Fishbeyn and her husband Spencer Wright decided it was time to buy their first home. They opted for a 300-square-foot dwelling by New Frontier Tiny Homes, which they have set up in the glorious hills of Boulder Creek, California.
Fishbeyn, who is the editor for The American Journal of Bioethics at Stanford University, spent months searching for the right tiny home designer and builder, but was having a hard time finding one that stood out from the pack.
"We didn’t want to build another studio on wheels. We wanted a house that featured everything—and more—than you’d find in a regular sized home. We thought that since we’d only be paying for 300 square feet, we should make the best of that minimal floor space," explains Fishbeyn.
"As soon as we saw New Frontier’s Alpha model by David Latimer, we knew he was the perfect builder for us. We immediately sent him an email, and pestered him constantly until we were finally able to enter into contract in December of 2016."
Although the couple commissioned an adapted version of the Alpha model, they ended up getting a full-custom design, which Latimer has since included in his portfolio as a new model named Escher, named after Wright and Fishbeyn’s daughter.
Fisbeyn is so satisfied with her family’s new way of life that she’s made it a mission to see tiny homes find a wider audience. "So far, there have been too many barriers of entry for most people to dip into tiny homes. We’re currently working on a model to change that, and distribute tiny homes to a much wider market," she says.
When building Escher, rather than solely focusing on maximizing square footage, Fishbeyn and Wright collaborated with Latimer to alter the perception of space within the shell.
They envisioned a home with lots of different areas—some for sanctuary, some for work, and some for entertaining. As a result, the couple worked with Latimer to integrate various soft barriers in the form of floor-to-ceiling curtains, as well as shoji paper doors.
Instead of a full rectangular layout, they designed the bedroom and bathroom in an L-shape so a larger area of the house would retain its high ceiling. This also meant that there would be enough space for Escher to have a room all to herself.
"From both inside and outside the home, you can always see a multitude of different spaces and environments. This adds an intriguing vibe, and keeps the house feeling fresh," notes Fishbeyn.
By weaving numerous interesting details into the design, Latimer layered the interiors to make the home feel more expansive. He added contrasting exterior siding and end-walls, as well as floating bedroom lights and ceiling panels to create a greater sense of depth.
He also used LED valence lighting throughout the house, and incorporated an interior wall panel that was custom made by 1767 Designs, a wooden wall art studio located in Nashville, Tennessee.
Most of the furniture has been custom built by Latimer and the New Frontier team, who were also responsible for the copper backsplashes, shelving, and the bathroom vanity that has been crafted out of walnut.
For the interior decor, Fishbeyn has added natural colors and materials to the monochrome palette by using various materials—dried/fresh flowers, leather, wood, quality textiles, as well as a variety of stones, metals, and woods—to create contrasting textures.
"We sought out objects that would endure and evolve over time so that we never have to throw them away, and we also don’t end up accumulating junk," she says.
Fishbeyn says the biggest challenges the family faced during this process were financing, securing land, and dealing with the uncertainty involved in undertaking the project.
"Presently, there aren’t any banks offering financing secured on the value of tiny homes, and zoning regulations make finding land a big headache," she explains. "There are very few roadmaps for setting up homes such as ours, unless you’re a headstrong ‘do-it-yourselfer,’ which is one of the main reasons why we want to help other people do the same thing."
"So many people have the space to set up amazing tiny houses that they could live in, or open up to short-term renters, but all the hurdles along the way keep them from pulling the trigger. We think we can do a lot to remove those barriers, and open up this resource to a whole new wave of people who could benefit," she says.
To learn more about the family's tiny home, check out their website here.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-22 21:14
Overhauled by design development firm ASH NYC, an early 20th century Renaissance Revival building in downtown Detroit that once housed the famous Wurlitzer Company has become The Siren Hotel. Opened in March 2018, The Siren has 106 colorful guest rooms, a carefully curated food, beverage, and retail program, and one of Detroit's only rooftop bars with views into Comerica Park.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-22 21:14
Occupying the former home of The Circle of Trade and Industrial Union of Madrid, this historic landmark building was recently renovated to become an adults-only hotel in the heart of the city. Centrally located and offering 71 fully-equipped rooms that combine tradition and design, the Círculo Gran Vía Hotel has everything you need for a memorable trip to nation's capital.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-22 21:14
An eco-friendly restoration turns a ramshackle shack into a magical seaside getaway in Australia. In 2013, when Jamie Kwong and his wife Ingrid saw the "for sale" sign go up outside an old fisherman’s shack near their house, the two jumped at the opportunity. After all, the crooked little cottage wasn’t just any old beach property—Jamie first spotted it in a television commercial during the early 80s. Once the couple inadvertently discovered that the shack lay just across the bay from their home in Palm Beach, Australia, the modest fisherman dwelling continued to pique their curiosity for years to come.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-22 21:14
Located in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, Freehand New York is housed in the former George Washington Hotel—once home to many storied writers, musicians and creatives. Designed by Roman and Williams and featuring custom-commissioned artwork by Bard College students and alumni throughout, Freehand is revitalizing the artistic community in a historic NY neighborhood.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-22 21:14
One of the Latin Quarter’s greatest strengths, besides its ease of access to the Strøget and Town Hall Square, is the fact that it’s in Copenhagen at all — that is, homeland of all manner of mid-century design wizardry. It’s uniquely satisfying to transition from a vibrant street scene of cafés, vintage shops, and galleries to a crisp, contemporary interior, completely free of clutter, a veritable massage for the eyes. Such is Hotel SP34, boutique hotel that earns excellent marks for peace and quiet.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-22 20:44
The New Canaan, Connecticut, property boasts an impressive architectural pedigree and a classic emphasis on indoor/outdoor living.
Located in the modernist enclave of New Canaan, Connecticut, where the architects of the Harvard Five settled, this 3,692-square-foot home is set on 4.66 private acres. Boasting five bedrooms and five bathrooms, the bright home enjoys ample natural lighting thanks to expansive walls of glass. The abode comes with a swimming pool and a stunning guesthouse that is reminiscent of Philip Johnson's Glass House. Scroll through for a peek at this architecturally significant property.
90 Lambert Road, New Canaan, Connecticut is now being listed by Houlihan Lawrence for $2,750,000. See the full listing here.
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Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-22 19:31
If you thought you had to have a green thumb and lots of space to garden, think again.
Let's face it: herbs are the superheroes of plants. Not only do they contain healing properties that can treat a number of health problems, but with just a few sprigs, they can also transform an ordinary dish into a gourmet-tasting meal. And the best part? These impressive green leaves hardly need any space to works their wondrous powers.
So regardless of how big—or small—your current kitchen is, there's no question an indoor herb garden would make a great addition to your home. Scroll ahead for five easy tips on how to get started.
Herbs are happy with indoor temperature, but they need sunlight to grow well indoors. Find a warm and sunny spot near a window where they can get at least six hours daily of natural sunlight. Southern-facing windows work best. While herbs will grow well in any sunny room, we recommend finding a spot in the kitchen. This way, you will be able to snip fresh herbs as you cook.
It is very important to make sure that indoor plants have good drainage. For instance, if herbs sit in water for too long, their roots will eventually rot. Plus, if your garden happens to be placed on your countertops, any leakages could damage these surfaces. Therefore, we suggest using a saucer or a drain pan under the pot to catch water.
Beyond aesthetics, it is also important to pay attention to the material of the containers you choose. Although clay pots can help with drainage, they tend to dry out quickly and clay saucers let moisture pass through, which can also damage your countertops. We recommend going with plastic, rubber, glass, or metal options.
If you're just starting out, don't feel pressured to go overboard with your herb options. Start with your favorite herb and go from there. Instead of growing a variety, it might be better to grow a few batches of the same plant first so that you always have stock. If you're looking for herbs that require minimal maintenance, chives, peppermint, rosemary, and parsley are superb choices. Others, such as basil and thyme, need more sunlight and can be more challenging to grow indoors.
It is always best to grow each herb in its own pot because each type of plant has their own water requirements. For example, rosemary likes dry soil, while parsley and chives require more water. Mint is known to take over containers and crowd out other plants, so it's best to plant this herb by itself. Once you’ve figured out the logistics of which herbs to group together, follow the directions on the seed packets. Always use good quality soil and give the plants more space than you think is needed.
As with an outdoor garden, it is vital to regularly maintain your plants. Use your fingers or a scissors to pinch back the tops of the plants to keep them from flowering. Be sure to harvest the plants as soon as they are mature. Just be careful not to remove too much of the plant at once—no more than 1/3-inch at any given time.
Turning the plants frequently can also help ensure the plants are draining properly so the roots don't rot.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-22 19:00
The crown jewel of The Kumaon hotel in Uttarakhand is a cantilevered dining room with glass walls.
Named for its perch in the mountainous region of Kumaon in the North Indian state of Uttarakhand, The Kumaon, which sits about 5,250 feet above sea level in the village of Kasar Devi, is a boutique hotel that enjoys magnificent views of the Indian Himalayas.
Designed by Sri Lankan architects Pradeep Kodikara and Jineshi Samaraweera of Colombo–based Zowa Architects, the 10-room hotel is nestled in a sloping, terraced agricultural plot that overlooks uninterrupted views of undulating mountains and valleys.
The main building, where the public areas are located, sits on the most elevated point on the site and comprises two volumes.
The entrance to the building is located along the volume on the ground level, where the lounge, library, toilet, spa, and manager’s office are located.
The steel upper volume is placed on top of, and perpendicular to, this lower volume to create a cantilevered section that looks out towards India’s second-highest peak: Nanda Devi.
By spreading the chalets out across the site, the architects could circumvent the bulky, built-up look that too many structure can have in such a pristine, natural environment.
Because the buildings are spaced out, the entire complex connects better with its surroundings, and the overall environmental impact on the site is reduced.
Locally sourced pinewood was used for the floors, doors, and windows, and most of the furniture items were designed and made on-site.
Local artisans handcrafted the copper and stone accessories for the chalets, and Almora weavers made all the wool fabrics for the bedding.
"With The Kumaon, our goal was to highlight the stunning natural landscape, help guests focus on the mountain views, and pay homage to local materials, tradition, and culture," says Samaraweera.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-22 16:47
On the shore of Japan's Lake Nojiri, interrelated levels are cleverly used to create a multi-story home.
Designed by Tokyo–based SUGAWARA DAISUKE Architects, the lakeside cottage known as Nojiri-ko Nature Platform reexamines the spatial relationships between nature, building, objects, and humans.
Yet, that's not all. The home goes one step further, giving its occupants not only multiple perspectives on the use of space, but also providing various views of the breathtaking surrounding scenery.
A contemporary take on the traditional Japanese concept of fluid multi-purpose spaces, the interrelated platforms that compose this multi-layered home perform different functions.
For instance, steps become additional seating. Floorspace doubles as kitchen countertops and tables. These nifty, multi-purpose levels cleverly overturn a common layout. Scroll through for a closer look inside.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-22 00:37
Once tied to a rice plantation, a renovated farmhouse in Ritto becomes a bright family home.
Outside the Japanese city of Ritto in the central Shiga Prefecture, a 53-year-old rice plantation farmhouse was renovated to carefully balance old and new. Koka–based ALTS Design Office was careful to preserve the original interior and exterior heritage elements of the existing building as they worked to open up, brighten, and modernize the home.
By weaving together traditional, Japanese-style rooms in more modern configurations, Mizumoto created a home that exudes plenty of historical charm while suiting the needs of a modern family.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-21 20:44
These sleek cat accessories are so well-designed, they'll rival your own furniture.
Gone are the days of unsightly scratchers and subpar cat condos. Thanks to new designer collaborations, your favorite felines can perch on modern pieces that range from minimalist playpens to miniature sofas. Find some of our favorite options below.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-21 20:43
Affordable, adorable, and convertible, this camper combines a trailer, caravan, and yacht into one.
A feat of German engineering and production, this adventure vehicle boasts beauty and function with its sleek lightweight shell primed for relaxed outings on the lake, or luxurious camping beneath the stars.
Weighing in at approximately 1,100 pounds, the Sealander is light enough to tow by car, and can easily also float on water thanks to its monocoque shell made from glass-fiber reinforced plastic. The Sealander chassis is entirely galvanized and waterproof with sealed wheel hubs encased in oil.
Inside, the caravan melds modern and traditional elements, such as high-grade steel with wood and leather for a touch of warmth.
The interior accommodates up to six in the two benches that transform into a spacious bed. Built-in storage is hidden beneath the seats.
When transitioning from shore to water, users only need to attach an outboard engine to the back of the Sealander before setting sail. And the best part? No boating license is needed to operate this boat-like vehicle.
The Sealander is fully customizable with a suite of materials and colors to choose from. Those looking to get the most use from their unit may want to consider add-on features including a bathroom, cooler, and a kitchen unit, complete with a stainless steel wash-and-cooking module.
Interested in setting sail on a Sealander? The German company now sells internationally and offers rental services around Europe. Check their site to learn more.
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Nestled on a steep slope in the Hollywood Hills, this enticing piece of architectural history has been carefully restored and offers mesmerizing views.
Designed in 1942, this much-published property has been fawned upon by architectural critics for decades. In fact, it was even the subject of a 12-year restoration by former owner David Hay.
Set on a steep site, the two-bedroom, two-bath Bonnet House is embedded into the hillside as a series of redwood-clad cubes topped with an angled roof—an unusual find for a Neutra home—that parallels the incline.
Neutra carefully positioned the home to optimize southwest views of the wooded canyon and the city below. The connection to the outdoors is further emphasized with outdoor patios, International-style ribbon windows, and operable glass walls.
The Bonnet House maintains its original floor plan. Much of the carefully restored exterior is owed to Hay, who consulted with designer Daniel Sachs and renowned architectural photographer Julius Shulman to restore the early modernist gem and pay homage to its 1940s appearance.
When Anastas bought the property in 2004, he hired Woodson Rummerfield Design for the interior design. In addition to period-appropriate finishes, the home has been studded with iconic midcentury furnishings.
The roof, HVAC, plumbing, and electric systems have also been upgraded.
Architecture For Sale has listed the Bonnet House with an asking price of $1,795,000.
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The Red Hook home was once a warren of dark rooms.
When Joe and Ali Pivar purchased their 1890s townhouse in Red Hook in late 2012, their realtor told them they got the last good deal in the transitioning Brooklyn neighborhood. But like all good deals, it came with a downside. The house, unaltered since the ’70s, was a warren of small, windowless rooms, serviced by ancient utilities.
A gut job was needed, which Joe largely took on himself. By the time the couple met their architect, Allison Reeves of ardesign, through friends, the house had been hollowed to a shell. "Whenever there was an option between something fussy and something stripped down, we chose the latter," says Ali. The simplified interior allowed Reeves to focus on the one feature the owners wanted most: light.
In her design, Reeves "flipped" the layout of the two floors the couple use—totaling 1,200 square feet—putting the kitchen and living area on the top level and the bedrooms on the level below, in order to maximize illumination in the places where Joe and Ali spend most of their time. She removed the old pitched roof, and, by installing heavy-duty reclaimed timber beams, was able to raise the ceiling to almost 12 feet in the front half of the house. The heightened volume provides space for a large glass bulkhead above the stairs. Additional light funnels in through an oversized, angled box window that takes the place of two existing windows in the new dark gray brick facade.
The suffusion of light in the kitchen-living-dining area flows down to the bedroom level through a patch of glass flooring and an open staircase. According to Ali: "The bedroom floor is so naturally well lit during the day that we don’t need to turn on the lights."
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British maverick and architect Will Alsop passes away, Elon Musk plans to make bricks for affordable housing, Good Things launches a new line of home office furniture—find this and more in this week's roundup of design headlines.
Remote work is on the rise, and Brooklyn–based design brand Good Thing has launched a collection of furniture and lighting specifically designed to help those who work from home. The collection was launched as part of New York Design Week and includes five new pieces designed by MSDS Studio, Ben Kicic, Jamie Wolfond, Ferréol Babin and Earnest Studio. Highlights include a powder-coated aluminum stackable side table and a versatile shutter lamp which can be set on a table or mounted on the wall.
By now, most of us have heard that Elon Musk's The Boring Company is building tunnels under L.A. to escape traffic. Now, unsurprisingly, the high-tech CEO has already figured out what to do with all that dirt. Musk announced on Twitter on May 7, "The Boring Company will be using dirt from tunnel digging to create bricks for low-cost housing." The Boring Company FAQ page confirms the statement, and a spokesperson for The Boring Company confirmed these plans to Bloomberg, stating the bricks will come from "excavated muck," and that "there will be an insane amount of bricks." Future Boring Company offices will be also be made from these bricks.
Whole Foods has launched a new home decor boutique called Plant & Plate inside their new Bridgewater, New Jersey store. The recent Amazon acquisition will be testing the waters, selling home goods and other items with their new concept shop, which will be "dedicated to beauty, garden and home goods rooted in nature," according to their website. Plant & Plate will feature products such as Hedley & Bennett aprons, Beaucycled jewelry, Brooklyn–based Apotheke candles, and pottery by local Bridgewater–based maker Keiko Inouye.
Maverick architect Will Alsop died on May 12, 2018 at age 70. The British modernist was best known for designing buildings such as the Peckham Library in Southeast London (shown below)—a project he did together with German architect Jan Störmer. The structure won the 2000 RIBA Stirling Prize and is known for its "L" shape, double-height reading room, trademark columns, and the use of pre-patinated copper cladding responsible for its distinctive turquoise hue. Other notable designs include his proposal for the Centre Pompidou in Paris that was the runner-up to Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano’s design; the Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre, aka the Tube, in Cardiff Bay, Wales; and the North Greenwich Tube Station in London.
A new startup called Norn has launched a members-only club to address the need for accommodations that "fill the gap between visiting and living." Starting in London, San Francisco, Berlin, and Barcelona, the company is launching adapted townhouses aimed at "a global community of nomads." Members can stay for three to six months, a healthy chunk of time that encourages deeper cultural immersion rather than just a holiday. Norn joins a growing breed of co-living companies such as Roam and Outsite.
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A glass-fronted addition aims to re-engage a small-scale Melbourne home with its exuberant garden.
When Melbourne-based Taylor Knights was tapped by clients—a creative couple with a teenager—looking to add a flexible space to their existing bungalow in the suburb of Brunswick West, the team of architects crafted a handful of solutions to meet the family's evolving needs.
For starters, the team decided to repurpose the property's generous ivy-lined side access, creating a lush and unassuming new entry point at the center of the home. Existing rooms were converted to accommodate the family's private space, with the addition—accessed via the new entrance— now serving as the social heart of the home. Scroll ahead for a closer peek.
Architect of Record: Taylor Knights
Builder/General Contractor: Gareth Cannon/ GC &F Constructions
Structural Engineer: R. Bliem & Associates
Interior Design: Taylor Knights
Cabinetry Design/Installation: Marant Industries
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Zen and dreamlike, this is a daring example of less is more. We loved the dramatic geometric lines and complete lack of ornamentation which let the architecture and the landscape shine. Set in an almond grove on the southern part of the island, Mallorca Villa was designed by John Pawson and Claudio Silvestrin, the duo responsible for designing leading retail locations for Calvin Klein and Giorgio Armani. With stunning views of the sea and the mountains, it is a highly expressive and unusual structure, and a daring leap into what a residential space can mean. Grand in scale and humble in tone, it is reminiscent of an art installation, and it’s clean sharp delineated lines of vertical and geometric shapes evokes a modern take on antiquity. Equal parts mid century modern and ancient adobe castle, the striking minimalist emphasis in and out and use of raw, natural materials creates a harmonious palette with the landscape.