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Easy Green: Discover the Appeal of 'Ecovillages'
Communities devoted to sustainable living are catching on across the U.S., with shared resources and a neighborly approach
"across the U.S., with shared resources and a neighborly approach... it is a new-urban development within a large city or a remote rural neighborhood... offering is a chance to connect with like-minded people and really get to know the neighbors... craftsman, a victorian, a modern, a Philadelphia row house, and a Charleston porch house... enough in a chintzy sort of way, when you put it next to a spanish mission, a craftsman..."
Houzz Tour: Jewel Tones, Comfort and Craftsmanship
"Takes Us Through a New San Francisco Renovation... and now a Millbrae-based interior designer, for a peek at her latest project in San... began as a simple bath remodel and ultimately turned into a complete renovation showcasing... required a casual, low-maintenance space for their three dogs and visiting relatives... could be a real nuisance. And who wants to be trying to have a nice dinner with the... beautiful. as a furniture designer, i really appreciate the simplicity of the dining table..."
Bike-Chain Chandeliers You've Got to See
Take a video ride with us to see how an artist creates amazing lighting fixtures solely from bike parts
"Take a video ride with us to see how an artist creates amazing lighting fixtures... working with a structural engineer and sourcing the material from junkyards. Over a two-week... — used a GoPro camera to record a time-lapse video of the assembly process. Check... roommates — a mix of artists, film producers and editors called the Catalyst Art Collective... not be a whole lot easier just to run them through the dishwasher a couple of times..."
Expert Lighting Design Secrets
A professional designer turns us on to the 10 most important things to know when lighting rooms and art
"A professional designer turns us on to the 10 most important things to know when... hiring a lighting designer is the easiest solution. But if you're on a tight budget... can make a project successful." If you can afford a lighting designer, Thompson recommends... making us look so good!" Daniel Entin, Director Notre Dame exhibit in South Bend,... underpinning a basement to 8' height. There will be one large window with window well in..."
Tepee Designs Tempt Kids and Grown-ups
For imaginative play or as a peaceful hideaway indoors or out, tepees speak to the children in all of us
"or as a peaceful hideaway indoors or out, tepees speak to the children in all of... emerged as a trend-setting accessory. Whether you're hosting a backyard bash or creating... creating a rainy-day reading nook, tepees are appropriate indoors and out. Using a DIY... whip up a tepee of my own this summer (although I imagine I will be tempted to purchase... purchase a kit). Either way, I officially dub the summer of 2012 the Summer of the Tepee..."
Louis Kahn's Modern Residential Masterpieces Get Coverage at Last
See 9 of the celebrated architect's lesser-known projects, U.S. homes, in a new book filled with photos and details
"projects, U.S. homes, in a new book filled with photos and details... y has a way of mythologizing people by embracing certain accomplishments over others... tap into a deep history: the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British... exists a void in the historical coverage of the architect. Enter The Houses of Louis... the book a few years back on a brick masonry restoration project as well as a historical..."
Want an Easy Tropical Oasis? Think Container Plants
Tropical plants have taken one coastal community by storm. Come on a walk with us to get ideas for your own porch, patio or garden
"Come on a walk with us to get ideas for your own porch, patio or garden... creating a lush tropical look for your outdoor environment, a tropical container garden... again on a recent trip to the northwestern coast of Florida. What struck me most about... creating a welcoming entrance. Nearly every front porch had one — if not several — container... s for a large focal pot! Thank you for some great ideas! I recently remodeled my..."
Guest Picks: Modern Morocco
"Inspires Us to Bring a Little Morocco Home... result is a refreshing style that celebrates the old, the new and a cultural history... sharing a new ideabook featuring beautiful spaces and products that speak to AphroChic's... stay in a Riad--a bed and breakfast type of establishment INSIDE the walls of the... create a well traveled look. I love all of your picks Jeanine...especially those zig... What a wonderful comment. I love that lantern. It's gorgeous! I know you are working..."
Style Guide: Bistro Chairs
European sidewalks gave us bistro chairs, but this classic furniture style is seen in homes around the world. Pick a fave from our roundup
"sidewalks gave us bistro chairs, but this classic furniture style is seen in homes around... Pick a fave from our roundup... take a virtual trip over to European bistros and cafés. The bistro chairs designed... articles on a few of our favorites in the past, but I thought I'd make it easy and lasso... choose a favorite. If you can't narrow it down to one, that's just fine; each of the... We love a good bistro chair, especially because you can usually pick them up for a..."
8 Design Tricks From Sunny Botanical Gardens
Take a yard from stale to stupendous with ideas from these expertly designed gardens in the U.S. Sunbelt
"Take a yard from stale to stupendous with ideas from these expertly designed gardens... already know a thing or two about garden design (and I'm sure you do), you'll still enjoy... always been a big fan. Desert gardening can be a challenge! Texture and color are a must... "borrow a view" as I am looking for ideas in my own yard to frame a lovely view of... I've been a member of Houzz for a while now, and this may be my favorite article ever..."
Art Nouveau Style Creates Verve With Curves
Its breathtaking fluidity is still sweeping us away a century later. See how art nouveau style is swirling through homes today
"sweeping us away a century later. See how art nouveau style is swirling through homes... — saw a rejection of Victorian styles, historical imitations and revivals. It... demonstrated a close relationship with the fine arts, incorporating them into architecture... than just a picture it creates a whole environment. It successfully puts together two... I'm a little sad that it's somewhat lost in the room. It literally took me a few..."
Great Design Plant: Solidago Rigida Brightens Fall Gardens
Create a pollinator feeding ground with this cheery, fuss-free goldenrod, native to much of the U.S.
"reate a pollinator feeding ground with this cheery, fuss-free goldenrod, native to... blooms atop a tall stem and the incredible number of beneficial, pollinating insects it... species in a mixed planting in a parking lot in the Boston area. It is a reliable early... (zone 6a) and here's what i want!!! I want a 3 stage plant. 1) A leafy thing when... As a gardener i'm such a newbie and i am quite sad at it. But live and learn...."
'Great Gatsby' Style: 9 Inspiring Art Deco Escapes
Kick up your heels at a jazzed-up room across Europe or the U.S., then bring your favorite 1920s design ideas home
"heels at a jazzed-up room across Europe or the U.S., then bring your favorite 1920s... bought a house from the 30s in Miami that has a cast stone fireplace that has a design... is such a treat to see. The giant library is a book lover's dream! I love art deco... amazing! for a mere $20,000/ person, you can have a 5 night journey. I wish I had appreciated... like a car, a toaster, electric light fixtures, radio etc. The middle class in..."
Northeast Gardener's May Checklist
Tiptoe through the lupines or dance under a flowering tree; warm weather brings abundant garden wonders to behold in the Northeast U.S.
"under a flowering tree; warm weather brings abundant garden wonders to behold in... bringing a riotous symphony of colors, new greenery in the forests and endless tasks... valley and a host of other perennials and of course rock gardens are a natural in Maine... within a few years. Keep it confined or use it as a ground cover, but I wouldn't add... adding a gravel path around/over it to help w drainage. Other then that we are going..."
Street Style: Florals Done Right
"spotted at a Brooklyn boutique gives us ideas for bringing vintage florals back home... on for a few wallpaper picks that capture that floral style, and some easy ways to... wallpaper on a window shade. I just have a couple of questions about it... 1) What window... pages from a discontinued Wallpaper Book is also a good source for making 'romantic'... wallpaper. For a bold, patchwork look, try a grid of square foam-core panels covered in a..."