4 Matters Hurricane Teaches You About Superior Design

As I type this, Hurricane Sandy is currently making its way around the shore of New Jersey, over a hundred kilometers south of New York City, where I reside with my spouse and daughter. We’re at a two-unit, brick apartment building in northwest Queens, tucked between neighboring houses of comparable size and construction. Since only…

Habitat for Humanity Takes a Modern Tack

Since Habitat for Humanity’s founding in 1976, the nonprofit and its volunteers have assembled over 500,000 homes internationally. Nevertheless the ambition to provide shelter for those in need has not always been fulfilled with equal architectural ambition. Most of the homes are traditional in terms of construction and form, originating from the places where they’re…

Linoleum

Linoleum is a really enjoyable and inexpensive flooring material. It is sold as tiles and in sheet, wears well, is recyclable and can work with any style. Perfect for high-traffic areas and wet rooms, like kitchens and baths, linoleum floors may be an perfect substitute for wood, tile or carpet. What I enjoy the most…

White Is Right for Nurses

Anyone who is familiar with Ottawa’s winters will probably tell you: It gets cold in those parts. So when Andrew Reeves’ clients came to him later deciding on a plot of land for their dream home, they expressed visions of a shelter from the biting cold that didn’t detach them from character, along with a…

Quick Fix: Reupholster a Chair Seat

My design style is traditional, blending contemporary and vintage pieces and a few quirky accessories thrown. This diverse mixture of design components can create a fashionable home with a fun, classy vibe. While I’m always on the search for accessories, fabrics and furniture to bulge my home’s design quotient, more often I look for gems…

Great Design Plant: Apache Plume

Apache plume (Fallugia paradoxa) is a gorgeous, lively wild thing that’s certain to make your heart glow. A dizzy bulk of fine-textured branches, ever-blooming white flowers and gaudy plumed seed heads make this native shrub a yearlong advantage for dry landscapes and landscapes. Jocelyn H. Chilvers Botanical name: Fallugia paradoxaCommon name: Apache plumeUSDA zones: 3…

6 Collections Show True Passion

At a recent interview with Anderson Cooper, Olympian swimmer Michael Phelps revealed that he retains his eight gold awards in the Beijing Olympics in his mother’s makeup case. Having a promising Olympic run (or make this swim) ahead of him, Phelps will need more trendy — and protected — screen choices for the medals he’ll…

Eclectic Chilean Home Embraces Trees

A chandelier hangs amidst a grove of ficus trees. The trees were a part of the home’s unique design by Fernando Castillo Velasco, a renowned Chilean architect who built the home 27 decades back. The four ficus trees (and one almond tree) in the home’s interior courtyard are a part of what drew Katz to…