Inside A Interior Design Match Made Right Here

Dana and Patrick Knorr didn’t know anyone in Seattle after moving there from Kansas and purchasing a 1970s home. So when they wanted a designer to help them redesign, they didn’t have a community of friends or tools to tap. Patrick got a couple of referrals from coworkers, but the professionals he contacted offered only…

Emerging Virtual-Reality Home Systems Might Blow Your Head

If you’ve seen one of those advanced games games that have come out lately, such as Irrational Games’ BioShock Infinite, you are aware that they’re evolving into incredibly sophisticated, almost cinematic spectacles that create artificial worlds that are believable. The largest restriction has been that they’re confined within the TV. All that’s going to change,…

Weep Hole

A weep hole is a perforation in brick or masonry buildings in which trapped water can escape. Water accumulates in masonry and brick through flows in the facade, condensation and seepage from the ground up into the foundation. Weep holes serve to circulate air to those moist areas and to supply an outlet for water…

Fantastic Design Plant: Fringe Flower's Star Rises

Seems like just yesterday that fringe flower, or Loropetalum chinense,was hardly understood; it was generally described as a quiet, dignified evergreen shrub. Now, after a rise in obscurity to the top as fast as actor Bradley Cooper’s or Dodger Yasiel Puig’s in June 2013, it’s become one of the most highly utilized flowering trees —…

Great Design Plant: Lilies

When is a lily maybe not a lily? As it turns out, quite frequently. A number of the plants which we call lilies — canna lily, lily of the Nile, daylily and calla lily — are all, in reality, not lilies at all. Although both magnificent, these blossoms belong to distinct plant genus entirely, so…

The Way to Joyfully Marry His and Her Designs

Girl finds her dream apartment and decorates it to her heart’s desire: female, elegant, glamorous. Girl meets boy, and he hates her decor. How can you strike the perfect balance of feminine and masculine notes so that both members of a couple can live? Caitlin Wilson Design Many women would rather have a gender-neutral or…

Must-Know Modern Homes: The Rietveld Schröder House

In November 1918 the De Stijl group, headed by artist Theo van Doesburg, published its first manifesto, eight factors aimed at abandoning tradition in favor of the organic blend of architecture, sculpture and painting. The name De Stijl, which is Dutch for “the design,” suggests not only that the group’s members planned for something fresh,…