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GATES ARE the portals to our gardens. Push open a large, heavy gate, walk through and click it firmly closed behind you … You’ve arrived.
Both architectural feature and utilitarian element, gates can reveal or conceal, shut out the world or allow connection. Gates can be topped with arbors to produce a play of light and shadow as you come and go. A gate left slightly ajar creates mystery, a rough-hewn gate set into a hedge evokes an English garden. Gates can be flat and unadorned so they blend into the fence, discernible only by hardware. They can be painted bright red or yellow to draw the eye, or a deep, dark green garnished with ornate hinges and latch to evoke a Halloween feel at any time of the year.
What atmosphere do you want? How much privacy do you need? Gates can keep the dog in and deer out.
View of Hanalei Bay from Princeville. (above) This week, one “Weekend Photo” will not be enough.
I got back from Kaua’i late Tuesday night after a week long visit there with TE. My first visit to Hawaii ever. What a fantastic time!
So much to see, so many naturally beautiful scenes…unscripted, not manufactured, a tropical paradise island showing off its natural design!
White Plumeria flower on the very green grass. (above)
TE hanging on while sitting next to me as we took our ride over the green island of Kauai in a helicopter with “no doors”! ( Read full post…
The late architect Yves Bayard, who designed the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice, reconstructed a 16th-century sheep barn with his wife, designer Jacqueline Morabito, in the town of Saint-Paul de Vence (home to the Fondation Maeght). We like the ad hoc window treatments: pieces of fabric casually tacked to the window frames.
Today there are hundreds of ways to manipulate lighting and countless lighting fixtures available to find the perfect light that sets the right mood. Suspension lighting is certainly not a new concept, but today it is being handled in new and innovative ways. For instance suspension lighting has a way of endowing its space with a sense of futuristic minimalism, where practicality is key and a unique style remains present without unnecessary embellishment.
The concept of suspension lighting itself is thousands of years old. Ancient Greeks once hung clay lamps burning with the fat of animals for lighting. Over generations, new lamps started to be made with glass, becoming a prelude to the modern electrical version, by which is a single fixture with a single bulb hangs from a lone wire from the ceiling. Read full post…
If you’re looking for a little “wow” with your architecture, look no further – the Taringa House designed by Australian firm Loucas Zahos Architects created a contemporary addition that transforms this humble, existing cottage with a modern glass volume open to nature. The house sits on a steep slope of an inner west suburb of Brisbane, with its original structure fronting the street and the modern glazed addition cascading down the hillside and toward a creek at the rear of the property. The house is a lesson in opposites: historic and contemporary, front and back, public and private, visitor and family. Here’s the tour.
This house offers a beautiful balance between the old and new wings.
A particular design is almost always more than the sum of its parts, but it always starts with the line. That line will either travel smoothly around a curve or end in a hard edge, and the difference can alter the entire feeling of a room, a piece of furniture, a rug, a lighting fixture … anything.
It’s easy to dismiss the power of a line. They are too often lost in the static and controversy of the overall design; a single tree that can’t be seen for the very forest that it helps to create. In this way, a line is its own worst enemy – except perhaps when they’re battling one another.
Anger. Precision. Speed. Severity. These are the feelings that sharp lines often convey. They have a way of forcing our eyes to follow them until they terminate at some flat and absolute horizon. Sharp lines can seem unforgiving and unyielding in their creases and corners. They leav
Range hoods are kitchen essentials because they are especially designed to dissolve odors and smoke produced by stovetops. Finding the right range hood that can effectively keep your kitchen odor free and smoke free is extremely important. A range hood that matches your kitchen décor is also a favorable option.
If you have a classic-styled kitchen, you should settle for a vent hood that looks classic and elegant – a style that transcends even time. Range hoods come in different materials and each one complements specific kitchen designs. Ultra modern kitchens will look better if you have a stainless steel range hood over your stovetop. However, your best option is a copper vent hood for a classic style kitchen.
Copper, as is, has an old and traditional look. Th