Leslie Smith

Planting Hope

Planting Hope

For residents in Bil’in, Palestine, planting flowers means more than just gardening lately. As a statement for peace, many residents in the area have planted flowers inside of used tear gas grenades left behind from wars between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers. Vast flower gardens have been planted in the last year as a memorial for protestor Bassem Abu Rahmeh and the many others who have died. The gardens are near the state’s capital, stretching across a 430 mile wall that was regained by Palestinians in the war. Unfortunately, the supply of containers seems never-ending. Luckily, neither is the ability to try and triumph… read more

Is It Recyclable?

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Of course recycling is a must, but sometimes it can be a time consuming venture. Drawers become stockpiled with cells, chargers and empty ink cartridges because we aren’t sure what to do with them. Things that don’t go into the regular recycling bin usually are put aside with good intention, but often get forgotten about in the daily bustle. Properly recycling used up or no longer wanted gadgets may take a bit more effort than just tossing them into a bin, but once you figure out what to do with them it can make the next time around easier. Check… read more

Rethinking The Walls

Rethinking The Walls

Walls have more options than to be covered only in coats of paint. Designing a wall space around lifestyle needs can be done to fit any budget. The following are neat ideas that take flat, dull surfaces and bring them to life. One concept design called Kids Interactive fills a wall surface with tiles meant for tactile play and motor skill development. The tiles are easy to care for, plus it brightens up the wall. If you want to try your hand at tiling, check out this tutorial for DIY mosaic tiles. Anything that will adhere to the walls can… read more

Zippers, Art And Exhibitions

Zippers, Art And Exhibitions

Zippers have been around for over 160 years. The idea was first developed by Elias Howe who initially created the zipper in 1851. Howe failed to properly market his design and in 1893 a mechanical engineer, Whitcomb L. Judson, received credit for inventing the zipper. In 1913, the zipper received an update by an electrical engineer named Gideon Sundback, and this revision went on to evolve into the zipper that is more widely used today. Though zippers are mostly thought of in regard to the fashion industry, an installation called Wink Space has turned them into an unbelievable feast for the eyes. Using… read more

The Biodiversity Factor

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The endless assortment of life on the planet beckons to be awed at. The sheer scope of it is completely unimaginable when you really think about it. So, who actually started counting species, and how is it even possible to keep track? Carl Linnaeus, a Swedish scientist, actually began creating the process in 1758 that is used to name revealed species. To date, researchers assess that there are anywhere from 3 to 100 million species on earth with United Nations Environment Programme research pinning the number at 8.7 million, with a give or take factor of approximately 1.3 million. Their… read more

At Home With An Architect

At Home With An Architect

Most would think that an architect’s home would be a top of the line, aesthetic retreat that is out of an affordable range for most. However, not all in the profession think the same of what luxury is, or what features an ideal home has. Emilio Fuscaldo, founder of Nest Architects, designed his own home with smart, practical elements that are more geared toward sustainability than extravagance. The lot size for this Australian home is compact, so every inch of the construction was considered for its usefulness. Though the brick exterior may look boxed and simple, it contains several serious green features that… read more

Skincare For The Sun Kissed

Skincare For The Sun Kissed

Taking care of skin year round is important, but during the warmer months the sun’s rays can wreak havoc on delicate facial skin, requiring additional steps for protection and treatment. Naturally detoxing and cleansing your skin can be done right at home with ingredients found in the kitchen. For a simple exfoliating scrub that isn’t too harsh, try baking soda mixed with a few drops of water. It will remove impurities and dead skin cells without using tough chemicals. For another way to gently yet effectively cleanse facial skin, try rice water. Rice contains vitamins and minerals that have healthful properties… read more

Putting It In Perspective

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Artists who put waste in perspective in a tactile way can really open our eyes. Trash is an unusual inspiration for art, but the following artists have used it as a medium to express a poignant message. Gregg Segal is a photographer and artist that literally captures our waste output, and it isn’t at all pretty. Taking snapshots of people lying picnic style in their refuse in a truth driven series called 7 Days of Garbage, Segal forces us to look at the reality of our lifestyles. From the artist: “7 Days of Garbage is a series of portraits of… read more

What Influences Kids’ Food Selections

What Influences Kids’ Food Selections

What shoppers purchase and why is always of interest to the retail industry and market researchers. Packaging, placement and other marketing tactics have a major influence on customers, even the youngest of consumers. But choices at the grocery store aren’t always predetermined at the place of purchase. They may actually be internally programmed long before arriving at the market. An article and webcast called Why We Overeat: The Toxic Food Environment and Obesity from Harvard’s School of Public Health discussed the food environment, which includes all aspects related to food in our daily lives. From what we are offered at… read more

A Cathedral-Like Home That Will Relax The Eyes

A Cathedral-Like Home That Will Relax The Eyes

Architect and designer Paola Navone is known for her breathtaking and well organized renovations and designs. Several of her interior spaces use elegant whites, presenting them in a non-formal and draped, fresh way. However, her spaces do not look anything like just white rooms. They are overlaid with warm tones and relaxed pieces that are not at all stuck up or untouchable. One example of her divine transformations can be seen in a project that turned an unused, old warehouse into a refreshing and flowing home in Umbria, Italy. Forget the vast, empty warehouse feel that probably existed before Navone got ahold of… read more