Leslie Smith

Healthier Cereal – Surprisingly Homemade

Healthier Cereal – Surprisingly Homemade

Store bought cereal can contain things you may not want in your diet. Lots of sugar, high fructose corn syrup and other culprits may make you reach for a healthier option at the grocery store, but becoming sticker shocked at the price of a box of cereal can be reason to learn to make your own. It can save money, but also can increase the health benefits. Making your own cereal may sound daunting if you don’t like to be in the kitchen, but actually the following recipes are doable, and the ingredients can be adjusted to suit any cereal… read more

A Modern Day Fortress

A Modern Day Fortress

A sign of the times, this home was constructed with security and fortitude in mind. Dubbed the Safe House, this design from Robert Konieczny of KWK Promes is a surprising structure. The clients requested a home with optimal security features and wanted a unique safe haven from intrusions in its neighborhood near Warsaw, Poland. However, they also wanted an inviting family home that could be connected to the outdoors whenever desired. Enter the idea for the Safe House – and options galore. When open, the home has access to the blue sky and outdoor views. When closed up and in… read more

The Beauty Of Impermanence

The Beauty Of Impermanence

Is it possible to make the beach even more beautiful? For artist Andres Amador, it is. Amador is a sand artist who creates surreal beach murals, also known as playa paintings, which he refers to as earthscape art. Taking advantage of the low tide, Amador rakes the sand into patterns and generates geometrical forms as he engraves intricate designs into the beach shore. He also uses a rope to help make the patterns. The raking reveals the wet sand underneath and creates a notable varied toned presentation in the appearance of the sand. The patterns take over the beachfront and observers… read more

Energy Saving Thermal Cooling Is No Mirage

Energy Saving Thermal Cooling Is No Mirage

Homes that incorporate luxury with smart energy saving features can be nice to sight-see, but this one designed by Kois Associated Architects might make your mouth drop. This beautiful dwelling is perfectly in place with its gorgeous backdrop in Tinos Island, Greece. Called the Mirage home, it sits on a rocky hillside staring out at the stunning blue hues of the Aegean Sea. The design completely considered both the surrounding land and sea, situating the home in a way that does not detract from either. An intentional feature created by the way the house sits on its foundation is a nearly… read more

Connected Art

Connected Art

Making real down to earth connections in a digitally focused age can be complicated. While it’s easy to click a button, it is not so easy to always stand out and truly be meaningful. The following are a few artists who have captured a way to make a difference while having a universal impact in some unique ways. An unusual collection of portraits from artist JR has created a stir in its famous exhibition hall backdrop. Called Au Panthéon!, the Pantheon in Paris is canvased with numerous photographs which were provided by participants from all over the world. In addition to collecting uploaded submissions,… read more

Exploring Possibilities in Smart Clothing Design

Exploring Possibilities in Smart Clothing Design

The buzz swirling around the field of the smart clothing is constant as new technologies are developed, advanced and applied. A project called The Next Black is a film created and produced by AEG, a home appliance company, that is focused on how to make clothing manufacturing more ecological. Have a peek at the film: Several sustainably minded designers are featured in the video. Biocouture Ltd. is an innovative development in the market that uses an organic outlook in combination with a scientific approach to clothing. An exciting facet in garment production called biodesign integrates ways that allow types of grow your own clothing with natural processes…. read more

The Significance Of Architecture On Emotion

The Significance Of Architecture On Emotion

Perusing images of stunning buildings and elegantly composed structures is not a bad way to pass the time. However, there is something to be said about actually seeing an architectural work of art in person. Being able to see the arrangement of each detail, both the structurally based and ornate elements, in a construction that actually makes the observer pause to appreciate it is probably an occupational aim of many in the field. The importance of architecture in our experiences and relationship with our surroundings is probably not something most of us stop to consider. Though we may walk through… read more

Oceanic Architecture Of The Future

Oceanic Architecture Of The Future

Elaborate and awe-inspiring architectural concept designs don’t have to be purely land based. Some spectacular ideas for structures with sea legs are also floating around, literally. Aptly referred to as the Floating Island from AT Design Office, this concept design for an ocean based residential, entertainment and business district is an interesting proposal. The manmade island containing the rafted metropolis would stretch for miles. The foundation is constructed of hexagon slating, and underneath the flooring is a system of connected roads and walking paths that provide transportation outlets. Occupants have the option to be either above or below the ocean’s surface. A… read more

Try Coconut And Grapefruit For The Skin And Hair

Try Coconut And Grapefruit For The Skin And Hair

Things that are beneficial for the skin and hair don’t always have to come in a package. Coconut and grapefruit are seemingly simple ingredients, but they are both packed with nutrient rich properties that offer an all-natural boost. Coconut is moisture-rich and grapefruit is loaded with antioxidants that can remove dead skin cells, brighten and tone. For exfoliation, this homemade scrub uses coconut oil and palm sugar, ground coffee and cinnamon. These ingredients work together to exfoliate, reduce inflammation, moisturize and effectively cleanse the skin. This recipe for grapefruit sugar scrub comes with free printables including labels and a grapefruit… read more

DIY Patio Umbrella Ideas And Repairs

DIY Patio Umbrella And Repairs From Salvaged Parts

Adding shade to a patio makes it an instant outdoor gathering spot on sunny days. However, patio umbrellas can be pricey. Also, some are not made for durability and can’t make it through a windstorm, leaving a lopsided umbrella with ripped fabric and a less than perfect appearance. Making your own patio umbrella can be done by using salvaged pieces from a regular umbrella, or by reusing supplies and constructing your own. If you have an old umbrella that has seen better days but the frame is still together, it may be able to be repurposed into a bigger patio sized umbrella… read more