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DIY Terrariums

DIY Terrariums

Terrariums are a fun way to bring some of the green indoors all year round, especially appreciated when the weather is cold and drab. When purchased from a plant nursery or storefront, terrariums may lean on the pricey side. With a few materials to get started, one can be made DIY style for a budget friendly version. Though they require some know-how regarding supplies and growing conditions, they do not demand extensive upkeep. Ferns, miniature palms, succulents and moss work well in terrariums. Plants will need a lot of indirect sunlight and attention to the moisture level is important. Terrariums… read more

Hillside Vierendeel Truss Home Blends With Nature

Hillside Vierendeel Truss Home Blends With Nature

At first glance, the JG House designed by Mpgarquitetura Architects seems a little elongated and peculiar. However, a closer look reveals a smart structure beneath the refreshing uncharacteristic features. This home located in Brazil utilizes a truss system. The Vierendeel truss uses rectangular ingresses, vertical supports and extremely durable networks that have to withstand force and bending. The stress points and employed building techniques in these types of structures can typically be more complex than some traditional constructions. A top and bottom steel beam forms a main support system. Placed right next to its hillside neighbors, this design contains many elements… read more

Open And Airy Raven Street House

Open And Airy Raven Street House

Boat houses are normally known for more function than style. The Raven Street house from James Russell Architect is a boat house inspired design that offers both. Docked in Australia, it feels like a curbside vacation home. With its combination of gorgeous glass and wood, the exterior façade with its lively appearance is also carried inside. The colorful glass panels are not only pretty; they also let sunlight filter in while the color and textured walls retain privacy. When the sun rises and sets, the glass walls illuminate. The second level open deck is a delicious place to have a master suite. It… read more

New Zealand Home With Modern Spaces And 3 Styles

New Zealand Home With Modern Spaces And 3 Styles

Deciding between apartment, house or studio living can be a dilemma. Mitchell & Stout Architects have found a way to incorporate them all – under one roof. This home in Auckland, New Zealand is a unique construction. It is an inclusive design that allows a variety of spaces and can accommodate various living set-ups for families, friends or even renters. It has 3 different buildings that consist of an apartment, main house and a spacious studio. The zones are set up to each be a private quarter and there are also warm, common areas in the home. The interior is an assortment of a somewhat… read more

The Sun Shines Bright on This Home

The Sun Shines Bright on This Home

Constructing around the landscaping and paying attention to natural elements can make the most of the sun’s power, saving energy that is needed to run the space. Called the Crook Cup Bow Twist home, this design utilizes organic materials and smart orientation to capture the sun’s energy. From Schwartz and Architecture, it is located in Nicasio, California. The residence was designed for clients who wanted to have a place to escape from the city, and it is quite a contrast from a city dwelling indeed. The name comes from the different ways to bend lumber and the hidden energy possibilities for movement found… read more

These Homes Refuse To Be Boxed In

These Homes Refuse To Be Boxed In

Homes that break out of a boxy style are refreshing, and attention to details like form, angles and natural lighting make them even more interesting. From Giovanni D’Ambrosio, this uniquely shaped home in Mount Hotham, Australia is an entertaining architectural feat. Taking natural stone and blending it with wood and metal, the house is formed into an interesting angle. The use of materials correlates to the outside surroundings and gives it an organic feel, only with an unexpected edge. Preconstruction took the existing landscape into account, and the home was built around already present trees. Almost as if drawing inspiration from the rough… read more

Terrace Living Offers An Outdoor Connection

Terrace Living Offers An Outdoor Connection

Homes that incorporate the outdoors into the design can open up the possibilities for living spaces. The following are a few houses that work terraces into the floor plan in attention grabbing ways. Architect Katrin Oggesen from Archibald Buero was the creative mind behind this geometric style lake house. The open home design is positioned to still offer privacy while remaining exposed to the forest and water nearby. The indoor floor plan is no-frills and allows a natural flow that is uncluttered and doesn’t detract from the gorgeous outdoor surroundings. Incorporating a strategically placed terrace upstairs makes the master suite… read more

No Shortage Of Views In These Glass Homes

No Shortage Of Views In These Glass Homes

Windows are a welcomed aspect of a room, letting natural light and fresh air in. The following 2 home designs make use of windows in an inventive way. Called the Flip House, this unique San Francisco, California family residence from Fougeron Architecture is a sunny, inviting escape from the average cookie-cutter home. This structure makes use of high spaces and gorgeous views with a vertical design. Though the shape is certainly a stand out design, it fulfills more than appearances. It was revamped to include the original window wall in order to make more use of the circulation possibilities in… read more

You’ll Want To Check Out The Library Home

You’ll Want To Check Out The Library Home

Remember libraries? This home from Khosla Associates – Architecture + Interiors certainly does. It brings back a fondness for libraries to the front of the line with all the fervor of a book hungry individual, several decades ago before the endless supply of digital words were available with just the click of a button. Called the Library Home, this family house located in Bangalore, India was a client-centered project, meeting specific needs and requests. The residents reportedly wanted a blend of an old city feel along with modern touches. According to the architects, the family of readers had an expanding… 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