Leslie Smith

A Concept Design Committed To Nature And The Senses

A Concept Design Committed To Nature And The Senses

Concept designs can be innovative, fun and visually inviting. One over the top idea for a home by the sea is from Martin Ferrero Architecture. Called Xálima, this model for a multilevel mansion is pretty amazing. According to the design team, this is architecture that is committed to the senses and nature. Hugging into the side of a hefty cliff and enveloped in living greenery, the idea for the home’s foundation is a bit out of the ordinary, to say the least. The cliff backdrop and adjacent waters are important as they complement the surrounding area of the residence. Trying… read more

Why The Bad Mood?

Why The Bad Mood?

Sometimes a bad mood can creep up and you may not even be sure why. We can become irritable for many reasons, but science and research has actually uncovered some interesting findings about our bad moods. We are all susceptible to a bad mood now and then, and notably a less than harmonious mood shouldn’t be confused with depression. Moods come and go, some lingering more than others, but depressive states can be lasting and medical advice and psychological care are recommended in order to receive the proper treatment. There are some things to try that can help ward off… read more

LaChapelle’s Littered Landscapes

LaChapelle’s Littered Landscapes

Creating in your face art with unconventional messages, David LaChapelle is a name widely known in the fashion and photography industries. He has captured the glimpses on camera of numerous well-known celebrities, in ways that are never dull and are always intriguing, to say the least. The past decade the talented eyes behind the camera have been concentrating on more artistic feats and less commercial works. He has developed a series of images made from commonplace but unusually displayed items. Titled Land Scape, everyday objects work together to form models of unbelievably detailed constructions. Things like cardboard, cans, cups, straws,… read more

In Bloom

In Bloom

Cherry trees are a beautiful display of the onset of springtime. They are native to Japan as well as China and Korea, but the striking trees can be found across the globe. Plantings of cherry trees were initiated in 1912 as a symbol of enduring friendship to the U.S. from Japan. The line of original seeds that were sown during this time still continues to bloom today. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an ongoing celebration of this gift. For more on the history of cherry trees in the U.S., see the National Park Service. The blossoming plant, or sakura,… read more

Why Modern Lighting Is Bad For A Good Night’s Sleep

Why Modern Lighting Is Bad For A Good Night’s Sleep

When people decorate a room, things like furniture, textures and paint color tend to stand out. However another element that is significant, but possibly overlooked, is the lighting. Proper lighting is a necessity for functionality, but it also has another important use. A recent article in Psychology Today gives a great overview of depression, sleep habits, and how an unexpected culprit, contemporary artificial lighting, comes into play. As humans, we are pre-dispositioned to be active during the day and at rest during hours where there is a lack of natural light. Though our internal rhythmic clock has not completely abandoned… read more

A Shipping Container Home That Isn’t Boring

A Shipping Container Home That Isn’t Boring

Shipping container homes can often resemble, well, shipping containers. The rectangular form can sometimes get a little tedious, but one interesting take on this type of salvaged living space is designed by Todd Miller from Ziegler Build. This upcycled Australian home has many impressive features. Constructed from 31 shipping containers, it took just over 5 months to complete. The front appearance takes what would be a lackluster façade if left as a container and upgrades it with the different surfaces. Some have been given a glossy cleaning of their original look and some units have been covered in various textures of… read more

Where Have All The Board Games Gone?

Where Have All The Board Games Gone?

Sitting on the floor around a board game isn’t what usually comes to mind when someone mentions gaming. However, long before the digital age took over, families and friends used to gather around to play games of a different sort. Created by the Victor Aleman Studio, the Grid Game is a kickback to the days of the surface based, in person and interactive idea of games. This playful take on a design piece knocks on the door of nostalgia, and looks good doing it. From the designers: In a world of virtual connections where games have gone digital we play… read more

The ABC’s Of Things

The ABC’s Of Things

Decorating a children’s room doesn’t have to be an expensive project. Using flash cards as pictures, accents and even traveling games are a fun way to liven up a child’s space while also providing an opportunity for a learning adventure. Vintage, contemporary or fairy tale ABC cards make for an endless stockpile of crafty inspiration and hours of on hand, educational fun. The following printables and interior design ideas are motivation to find a set of letters to play with that will bring the primary student in you back to life, but you can do it in the name of learning. Mr…. read more

DIY Kaftans and Kimonos

DIY Kaftans and Kimonos

For comfort and style in one, kaftans and kimonos are go-to items. They are easy to wear, can be dressed up or worn casual, and look effortlessly glamorous. Though sometimes a good thrift store hunt may produce an unfound treasure of a vintage kaftan or a worn-to-the-perfect-softness kimono, they can sometimes be pricey investments if purchased new. Though well-made ones will last for many years, sewing a handmade version will be a project that will leave you feeling accomplished – and comfortable. Check out La Maison Bohéme for some flowy, visual inspiration to get started. If you have a pattern… read more

This Headband May Make You Smarter

This Headband May Make You Smarter

Researchers have figured out a way to “wake up” the brain during learning tasks. A team of psychologists at Vanderbilt University have recently published an article in the Journal of Neuroscience that offers their findings into research which examined prompted electrical currents in the brain and the effects on learning speed. A wearable device resembling a headband was produced for the study, and had an added feature – it can actually make the wearer smarter, even control their learning speed, with the onset of mild electrical stimulation to certain regions. The researchers wanted to further understand the natural response that occurs… read more