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Cluster of Black Dwellings Grouped Around a Central Courtyard: House in Colbost
Collect this idea Envisioned by Glasgow-based firm Dualchas Architects, House in Colbust is a project located on Waternish, a peninsula on the island of Skye, Scotland. According to the architects, its design is “directly
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Cabin-Style Refuge Mirroring a Perfect Landscape: Saturna Island Retreat
Collect this idea Located on an oceanfront property in British Columbia, Canada, the Saturna Island Retreat is a a contemporary getaway providing comfort on many levels. The cabin-style residence discovered on Sotheby’s
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Peaceful Rock River House Neighboring a Forest Reserve in Illinois, USA
Collect this idea Rock River House in Rockton, Illinois, USA is a modern residence completed by Bruns Architecture in a scenic environment. The new building is located near the bend of a meandering river and next to a
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Inspiring Display of Natural Textures: Nairn Road Residence in Dorset, England
Collect this idea Designed by David James Architects in Dorset, England, Nairn Road Residence displays a sober modern exterior appearance. The blend of stone, render, glass and aluminium making up the street facade creates
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Fresh Canadian Home Renovation Inviting Light Inside
Collect this idea Springtime brings about not only seasonal changes, but opportunities for home renovation projects. Canada’s season changes are better enjoyed from a home that carries an old charm while flaunting
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Vintage Looking Noveltree Bookshelf Ladder Inspired by Classic Libraries
Collect this idea Inspired by classic libraries which often hold towering high shelves to store the vast amount of old literature, the Noveltree by Nieuwe Heren is our star design project for the day. The books that are
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Surprising Modern Deronda Residence Located Just Below the Hollywood Sign
Collect this idea Deronda Residence is an imposing family home located near the apex of Beachwood Canyon, in the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles, California. According to the architects at Space International, the project
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Connecting Three Historic Dwellings with a Modern Extension: Inspiring House in Vexin
Collect this idea Recently completed by French architect Jean-Philippe Doré, House in Vexin is an inspiring project that connects three historic homes with a modern extension. One of the main challenges was to renovate
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Hidden Illustrations Revealed Under UV Lighting by Canada’s Newest Passport Designs
Collect this idea For those interested in design and its infinite possibilities, have a look at these Canadian passports and their surprising security feature! Canada’s newest passport designs may look common at a first
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Bright Two-Room Apartment in Sweden Exhibiting an Interesting Modern Layout
Collect this idea Making the most of its central location in the lovely city of Gothemburg, Sweden, this bright and spacious two-room apartment offers extensive surrounding views. Spotted on Alvhem, the crib is located in a
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Doomsday Clock set at 3 minutes to midnight 24 January 2015, 00.25 Living
Doomsday Clock set at 3 minutes to midnight
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists adjusts the clock based on threats to humanity's survival. The world is "3 minutes" from doomsday. That's the grim outlook from board members of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
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25 quotes that will rekindle your connection to nature
These wise words from great authors and naturalists provide wonderful material for meditating on wilderness and natural places. Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 10:30 AM Photo: Galyna Andrushko/Shutterstock Photo: BlueOrange
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Surprise! Fish lurk in Antarctica's dark underworld
The aquatic creatures likely survive on microscopic marine creatures that have been released by melting glacial ice. A fish seen at the Ross Ice Shelf grounding zone beneath nearly 2,500 feet of ice. (Photo: Deep-SCINI UNL
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8 unforgettable photos of the sun taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory
Celebrating the NASA observatory's 100 millionth image of our favorite star. All photos: Solar Dynamics Observatory/NASA Over the weekend, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) hit a major milestone. Just under five years
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See 3 moons of Jupiter perform rare triple transit
Break out the telescopes tonight to see Io, Europa and Callisto crossing the face of Jupiter. An extremely rare event occurs on the night of Jan. 23, 2015, when three of Jupiter’s moons and their shadows cross the face of the
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Why energy efficiency is the fifth fuel 24 January 2015, 00.25 Living
Why energy efficiency is the fifth fuel
Better technology and more accessible data are helping drive new change. Energy efficiency is the right thing to do. But it is not often thought of as "sexy" in the same way as its cutting-edge clean energy cousins like wind or
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Friendly Leaning Loop Multi-Purpose Organizer Helps Declutter Your Home
Collect this idea There is something charming about this Leaning Loop organizer envisioned by Jason van der Burg of Urbanworm Design. Inspired by “a small place with a messy problem”, the designer created a
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What French Interiors Can Teach Us About Decorating
Collect this idea There is always a touch of casual grace and eclecticism within French designs. Image Source: Suzann Kletzien It is common knowledge that the French have a special je ne sais quoi when it comes to
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Re-Framing Family Life in Updated Victorian Terrace House
Collect this idea When re-framing your lifestyle, a new architectural language soon follows. Sometimes it’s adding or subtracting furniture, other times it’s adding and altering the architecture of the home itself. In
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Elliptical-Shaped Residence in Spain with a Futuristic Character: Balint House
Collect this idea Fran Silvestre Arquitectos completed the design and development of Balint House, a modern elliptical-shaped residence in Valencia, Spain. The volume neighbors a golf course and is placed leaving as
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Most Expensive Residence in Beverly Hills Purchased by the Creator of Minecraft
Collect this idea Located on a promontory in the high-end Trousdale Estates neighborhood, this bewildering 23,000 square-foot residence is officially the most expensive residence in Beverly Hills. The “1181 N Hillcrest
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Baby hurricane forms over Lake Erie 08 January 2015, 00.13 Living
Baby hurricane forms over Lake Erie
A rare lake-effect storm eye, similar to the eye of a hurricane, was seen on radar over the Great Lake. Thu, Jan 08, 2015 at 04:14 AM The eye of the baby storm hovering over Lake Erie (Photo: NWS radar) People
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Albino bottlenose dolphin spotted off Florida coast
Albinism can cause problems for some animals as it increases their chances of sunburn, and their white skin can make it hard to camouflage themselves. The fin of an albino dolphin peaking out from the ocean's waves. (Photo:
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Do Mars rover photos show signs of fossilized life?
Various features on Mars bear a resemblance to features on Earth, but scientists would need soil samples to understand their origins. A careful study of images taken by the NASA rover Curiosity has revealed intriguing
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10 new laws for the new year 08 January 2015, 00.13 Living
10 new laws for the new year
From tiger selfies to garbage and recycling rules, here's the most interesting new legislation for 2015. It's a new year, which means all kinds of new laws have taken effect (or will take effect soon) across the county. Here's
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Off with their heads! Tiny flies decapitate ants for meals
Triggered by the pheromones of a dying ant, flies often arrive while mating and then the female fly will commence with removing the ant's head. A female fly pulling the head off an injured lock-jaw ant. (Photo: Wendy
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This rare bumble bee is a 'ghost in the making' 08 January 2015, 00.13 Living
This rare bumble bee is a 'ghost in the making'
"Most people don't even know it exists," says conservation photographer Clay Bolt as he searches for one of the rarest bees on the continent in this beautiful short documentary film. Thu, Jan 08, 2015 at 02:07
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Paper Mill Converted Into Contemporary Loft in Anduze, France
Collect this idea French architectural firm Planet Studio sent us photos and information of the Labahou project, a paper mill the architects converted into a contemporary loft on a budget of €100,000. The 1,830 square
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Narrow Manhattan Townhouse Parading Vertical Design
Collect this idea Surprising the eye with a contemporary approach to facade design, this eye-catching urban townhouse in New York re-imagines Manhattan’s  typically narrow infill plot. Designed by GLUCK Partners, the
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Panoramic Dream Home in Lichtenstein Gathering Thrilling Views
Collect this idea The impressive Schaan Residence by k_m architektur sits on a sloping site overlooking the Rhine Valley in Central Europe’s microstate Lichtenstein. “Wohnhaus Schaan” stretches over the hilly
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Striking Wellness&Bathroom Design Merger: New Spa Suite by Alberto Apostoli
Collect this idea The spa suite designed by Alberto Apostoli captured the attention of visitors to Equip’Hotel 2014, the international event for the hospitality industry in Paris. As ambassador to Italy for architecture,
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10 Ways To Create Your Own Meditation Room 26 December 2014, 02.50 Living
10 Ways To Create Your Own Meditation Room
Collect this idea Imagine having a room in your home that heals your mind, body and soul? A meditation room will give you a place to participate in daily yoga, chants, and meditation without interruption. Image Source:
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Meet 2014's top 10 cutest animals in science 26 December 2014, 02.50 Living
Meet 2014's top 10 cutest animals in science
Academic journal Nature is known for publishing serious scientific research, and while it may occasionally feature studies about adorable animals, the publication typically doesn't acknowledge the critters' cuteness. Until
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World View captures spectacular sunrise with high-altitude balloon
The company hopes to offer space tourists a 'perspective-changing view of our world' by 2016. By: Megan Gannon, SPACE.com Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 11:32 AM This is what sunrise looks like from the perspective of a
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Active sun unleashes massive solar flare 26 December 2014, 02.50 Living
Active sun unleashes massive solar flare
The X-class solar flare sparked a high-frequency radio blackout over Australia and the South Pacific. By: Tariq Malik, SPACE.com Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM A powerful X1.8-class solar flare erupts from the sun on
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NASA unveils satellite's 1st CO2 map of Earth 26 December 2014, 02.50 Living
NASA unveils satellite's 1st CO2 map of Earth
Scientists are hoping to compile the most complete picture to date of how carbon dioxide is distributed, both geographically and seasonally. This map, pieced together with data from NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, shows
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NASA black hole telescope snaps dazzling shot of the sun
The dark matter-seeking spacecraft turned its X-ray vision onto the sun to study nanoflares and the sun's surface temperature. The first image of the sun captured by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), which
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How to see the Ursid meteor shower peak tonight 26 December 2014, 02.50 Living
How to see the Ursid meteor shower peak tonight
Since the moon just entered a new phase, its light shouldn't detract from watching meteors in the sky. December is usually marked by a series of meteor showers. Geminid meteors (like the one seen in this picture of Florida)
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Another Dust Bowl? California drought resembles worst in 1,000 years
A high-pressure ridge that blocks rain storms has been present each time California has suffered through an intense drought. By planting crops that lacked drought resistance, farmers during the Dust Bowl encouraged 'black
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Bear cub rescued from California dumpster 19 October 2014, 22.26 Living
Bear cub rescued from California dumpster
Wildlife officials in Pasadena first had to scare off the cub's mother to perform a safe rescue, but don't worry — there's a happy ending to this story. Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 02:50 PM After a long day in Pasadena,
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How to safely watch the upcoming partial solar eclipse
Solar eclipses can be dangerous to gaze upon, so make sure you have the correct filters for your telescopes or a viewing box. By: Geoff Gaherty, Starry Night Education for SPACE.com Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 01:43 PM A
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Terrifying tornado clusters on the rise 19 October 2014, 22.26 Living
Terrifying tornado clusters on the rise
Despite the rise in back-to-back tornado incidences, the annual number of tornadoes has held steady. The intensity of tornadoes may be getting an assist from climate change (Photo: NOAA) Tornadoes are touching down in
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Bizarre sounds from frozen lake explained 19 October 2014, 22.26 Living
Bizarre sounds from frozen lake explained
The same physics that created the sounds of laser bolts in 'Star Wars' are responsible for the 'pew pew' sound of rocks skipping on an icy lake. Cory Williams reacts to the bizarre sound of a rock hitting a frozen lake. (Photo:
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El Nino versus the polar vortex: Which will rule winter?
Since a fully formed El Niño is struggling to form, the battle for weather supremacy may be a mild one. Snow on a window in Chicago during the polar vortex in January 2014. Americans can expect a milder winter for the end of
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Live/Work Conversion Loft in San Francisco With Vaulted Concrete Ceilings
Collect this idea Concrete is not usually associated with a warm and welcoming home. In today’s post, we will try to demonstrate that with proper inspiration and decorating skills, beautiful things can occur. This
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Handcrafted Origami-Inspired Lampshade Adding a Stylish Touch Where Needed
Collect this idea Portugal-based studio blaanc borderless architecture shared photos and information regarding one of their latest works. Orikomi is a lightweight lampshade, made of high quality paper and carefully
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Vivid Ambiance Cleverly Achieved in Small Apartment Near Saint Petersburg
Collect this idea Welcome to a cheerful small apartment envisioned by Geometrium and located in Lensovetovskij, a village near Saint Petersburg, Russia. The crib was especially developed for a young couple who requested
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Intriguing Dear O’ Deer Planter Re-Shaping Perception of Everyday Things
Collect this idea Delhi based duo Re-culture recently presented Dear O’ Deer, an intriguing ceramic planter that works on the juxtaposition of the dead and the living. The plant grows outwards from a ceramic deer skull
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10 Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes in Interior Design
Collect this idea Have you made a massive decorating mistake without even realizing it? There are a lot of common mistakes to avoid. Image Source: Marcel Page Photography It happens to everyone— you are shopping and
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Ingenious Modern Makeover Reviving Malay Urban Heritage
Collect this idea With elegance and grace, a modern makeover can bring back the focus on living rather than preserving. And not just any kind of living. Owners of this remarkably renovated Peranakan shophouse in Singapore
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Your Luffa Sponge Paved the Way to Modern 3D Acoustic Tiles
Collect this idea What do you get when you mix a natural material used in a new way with a conscious choice of saving the eco-system? You get that distinctive feeling of being part of the solution, instead of the
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Expansive Rotterdam Market Hall Shaped Like A Giant Horse Shoe by MVRDV
Collect this idea From nine o’clock in the morning, until eight o’clock in the evening, the inhabitants of Rotterdam will have a chance to evaluate fresh food and other goodies inside a new massive arch-shaped venue.
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What is a LEED Certified Home? 08 October 2014, 23.45 Living
What is a LEED Certified Home?
Collect this idea Is a LEED home right for you? Image Source: Jeffers Design Group LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification program for green building. There are numerous levels and
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14 Inspiring Custom-Built Modern Cat Houses Revealed at LA Fundraising Event
Collect this idea All cat lovers out there will be pleased to see sculptural, artistic modern cat houses that not only provide their furry little pets with shelter and climbing fun, but also decorate modern
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Newfound S. American predator snacked on tiny dinos
The two-legged species is the first predatory dinosaur unearthed in Venezuela. An artist's illustration of the Tachiraptor admirabilis chasing after the herbivorous dinosaur Laquintasaura. A puma-sized predatory dinosaur that
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'Blood Moon' photos: Total lunar eclipse thrills skywatchers and photographers
The next total lunar eclipse is in April 2015, so you have time to get your cameras ready! The spectacular 'blood moon' total lunar eclipse of Oct. 8 is captured by photographer John W. Johnson of the Omaha Astronomical Society
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Typhoon Vongfong is 2014's most powerful storm 08 October 2014, 23.44 Living
Typhoon Vongfong is 2014's most powerful storm
Current forecasts have the storm weakening before it reaches Japan, which will be a relief as parts of the country are still recovering from Typhoon Phanfone. By: Becky Oskin, LiveScience Wed, Oct 08, 2014 at 10:48
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Court could decide if chimpanzees are legal persons
Activists seek to have Tommy's 'personhood' declared so as to free him from captivity and place him in a sanctuary that resembles a natural environment. The Nonhuman Rights Project uses scientific studies to argue that
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Alaska volcano blanketed Europe in ash 1,200 years ago
Mount Churchill ejected just 12 cubic miles of ash, but this ash spread for miles, leading scientists to reconsider the potential effects of even minor eruptions. An image of Mount Churchill in 1948 highlights other,
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BBC celebrates the 'glory and wonder of nature' 08 October 2014, 23.44 Living
BBC celebrates the 'glory and wonder of nature'
New website pulls together award-winning video, photos and stories and kickstarts the conversation about a topic that never ceases to amaze: Earth. Known worldwide for its spectacular, award-winning nature documentaries like
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Why You’ll Fall In Love With The Green Architecture Trend
Collect this idea Sustainable architecture is becoming more and more accessible to the residential market. Image Via: Duket Architects Planners A few decades ago, the concept of sustainable architecture was reserved for
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Scandinavian Apartment Jazzed Up By Industrial Design Elements
Collect this idea We got used to Swedish homes displaying unassuming comfortable decors, with a cheerful vibe throughout. Comparing to what we usually publish, this Scandinavian apartment is downright “irreverent”. It
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New Wooden House Extending Living Outdoors Salutes Modern Family Life
Collect this idea A new wooden house can invoke the fascination of rural life while compacting all the necessities of a modern family life within a sequence of spaces. Living in the city often means dreaming about a
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Enchanting Farmhouse Design in the Heart of Texas by Magnolia Homes
Collect this idea Chip and Joanna from Magnolia Homes shared photos of their home with readers worldwide, which is how we found out about this enchanting farmhouse in Texas, United States. After moving from one dwelling to
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Luminous 3 Bedroom Apartment Flaunting Modern Scandinavian Style
Collect this idea How do you choose your 3 bedroom apartment design? Maybe you fell in love with the modern Scandinavian style and that’s exactly why this apartment will inspire you. Beautifully distributed, the interior
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Lovely Range of Themed Children’s Beds Mixing Fun, Play and Rest
Collect this idea Balancing fun and rest, these new children’s beds from Danish company Lifetime are a treat. The collection below features special themes ranging from pirates and princesses to Morrocan style materials and
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Stylish Open-Plan Apartment in Taipei Showcasing Futuristic Design Ideas
Collect this idea This stylish open-plan apartment envisioned and implemented by J.C. Architecture is located in a busy area of ​​the city of Taipei, Taiwan. Tea-Art project is situated on the third floor of a large
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Stylish Modern Ranch in the Hollywood Hills Exuding a Welcoming Feel
Collect this idea This Modern Ranch in the Beachwood Canyon neighborhood of the Hollywood Hills is a spacious home with abundant natural light and a great indoor/outdoor feel. Built by Kenihan Development, the residence
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10 Reasons You Should Use Sustainable Building Materials
Collect this idea Sustainability doesn’t mean you have to give up luxury. Image Source: Maienza Wilson Do you really know the true definition of sustainability? It is a trendy word that is often tossed about, but the
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When you are paralyzed into in-action 20 November 2012, 18.02 Spiritual
When you are paralyzed into in-action
How to put the dynamic of hope into action. You have the same DNA as Gandhi, Václav Havel and Goenawan Mohamad DAVID RICKEY — Hope is a great four-letter word, but it gets lost in the shuffle of our lives if it
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To die for 09 August 2012, 15.37 Spiritual
To die for
Will Baby Boomers choose to expire in hospitals and nursing homes? Or will they take matters into their own hands? BY DAVID RICKEY —  Would you prefer to die on purpose — or with purpose? Late, great writers like Arthur
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Meditation lite 23 May 2012, 18.50 Spiritual
Meditation lite
They say that meditation is sitting on a cushion and emptying your mind. But I do mine while I’m thinking BY DAVID RICKEY  — I know it doesn’t come as a surprise to say that meditation is important for spiritual growth.
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Can an ‘Easter moment’ cure loneliness and fear?
How would you survive the loss if your best friend, mentor or shrink were crucified? You’d have to awaken your own inner guru. DAVID RICKEY — His career was short and ended with his crucifixion. It looked like failure. What
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Decoding codependence 20 March 2012, 01.46 Spiritual
Decoding codependence
If we are all co-dependents now, what is America’s turn-around? * BY DAVID RICKEY — Marriages, mortgages, and just-missed connections. In the annals of clinical psychology, the term “Co-Dependence” describes a
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Haiti, consciousness and charity 20 March 2012, 01.46 Spiritual
Haiti, consciousness and charity
A psychotherapist and Episcopal priest makes healing in Haiti a life – and spiritual – mission BY DAVID RICKEY – Haiti is a fascinating place in its own right, but for me it serves as a kind of microcosm of issues that
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What is codependence? 10 March 2012, 17.32 Spiritual
What is codependence?
If we are all co-dependents now, what is America’s turn-around? * BY DAVID RICKEY — Marriages, mortgages, and just-missed connections. In the annals of clinical psychology, the term “Co-Dependence” describes a
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Are we All codependents now? * 07 March 2012, 16.12 Spiritual
Are we All codependents now? *
If America is the most codependent culture on the planet, what is the turn-around? BY DAVID RICKEY — Marriages, mortgages, and just-missed connections. In the annals of clinical psychology, the term “Co-Dependence”
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We are All codependents now * 03 March 2012, 23.44 Spiritual
We are All codependents now *
If America is the most codependent culture on the planet, what is the turn-around? BY DAVID RICKEY — Marriages, mortgages, and just-missed connections. In the annals of clinical psychology, the term “Co-Dependence”
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On Ash Wednesday: Is your life filled by Ego, or Grace?
Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down. Ashes on your forehead can begin a reorientation of your heart. BY DAVID RICKEY — In the Judeo-Christian tradition, ashes are a symbol of penitence and mortality. In the Old
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Cluster of Black Dwellings Grouped Around a Central Courtyard: House in Colbost PDF Print E-mail

Envisioned by Glasgow-based firm Dualchas Architects, House in Colbust is a project located on Waternish, a peninsula on the island of Skye, Scotland. According to the architects, its design is “directly inspired by a black shed on the adjacent croft, simple in form and clearly rooted to its landscape. The form developed out of a desire to lose the bulk of the relatively large building into the shadow of the cliff behind so that the 1 ½ storey element containing all the bedrooms sits behind the main simple communal living space in front.” The buildings are grouped around a courtyard, that offers opportunities for spending time outdoors, protected by windy weather.

Aluminum roofs finished in black Plannja Hard Coat surface coating and black rainscreen cladding contribute to the originality of these dwellings. All interiors are connected to the outdoors through generously-sized windows: “The brief was for an open plan living/dining/lounge but also separate games room and study/sitting room and four bedrooms. The main living space can be divided off from the back bedrooms by means of a sliding oak screen. There was to be a separate shed for storage and wood store and heat pump shelter.” Enjoy the virtual tour and tell what your thoughts are regarding the overall layout and design of this Scotland residence! [Photos by Andrew Lee Photographer]


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Cabin-Style Refuge Mirroring a Perfect Landscape: Saturna Island Retreat PDF Print E-mail

Located on an oceanfront property in British Columbia, Canada, the Saturna Island Retreat is a a contemporary getaway providing comfort on many levels. The cabin-style residence discovered on Sotheby’s features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 2,300 square feet of living space. Inside and out, wood and glass combine to create an alluring retreat, one able to frame the surrounded natural landscape. Pops of color add dynamics to the rustic-inspired rooms, while the array of natural materials make for an inviting feel.

Here is an open invite from the project developers: “This home has been architecturally designed to take advantage of the full south west sweeping views and Low bank waters edge with private shell beach. Entertain or relax in easy comfort with a contemporary kitchen, featuring quartz stone counters, oak millwork all adjacent to great room with soaring 16 ft fir ceilings. Escape to the masters suite with private entry to deck, full ocean views and immerse yourself in the spa like en suite.”  Outdoor living space was one of the main concerns of the designers: more than 750 square feet of decks and 550 square feet of stone patios make spending time outside an inviting experience.


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Peaceful Rock River House Neighboring a Forest Reserve in Illinois, USA PDF Print E-mail

Rock River House in Rockton, Illinois, USA is a modern residence completed by Bruns Architecture in a scenic environment. The new building is located near the bend of a meandering river and next to a forest preserve. Views have been maximized so that the inhabitants could feel as close to nature as possible during their daily living rituals. According to the architects, the house is assembled “from a collection of stepping volumes that recall the nearby crescent shaped waterfall edge.” While the street facade is seemingly composed of enclosed wooden boxes, the opposite side opens up towards the river through large expanses of glass.

All interiors are defined by variety of texture, an abundance of natural light and a perfect connection with the outdoors: “Once inside, a scenic view is framed by wooden millwork elements. As circuitous as the river below, a ribbon of mahogany weaves the two levels of the space together. Beginning in the sunlit conservatory, the wood band continues over the kitchen and entry before wrapping down to become a folded wood stair that ascends to the art studio and terrace above. Commanding views of the flora and fauna inspire the owner’s own artwork.” [Photos by Tricia Shay Photography]


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Inspiring Display of Natural Textures: Nairn Road Residence in Dorset, England PDF Print E-mail

Designed by David James Architects in Dorset, England, Nairn Road Residence displays a sober modern exterior appearance. The blend of stone, render, glass and aluminium making up the street facade creates visual contrasts with the iroko timber gate. According to the project developers, the residence meets the client’s brief of creating a contemporary house using natural materials, which will ensure timeless architecture, while still providing privacy from neighboring houses, and has all the accommodation as would be expected in a house of this caliber.

The residence accommodates four ensuite bedrooms, an open plan living area, a cinema room, study area, separate dinning and lounge zone, plus a double garage: “The interior layout creates rooms that could form part of the main open plan feel of the house whilst the clever use of double doors provides the opportunity to create more intimate spaces. A key aspect of the project is the impressive cavernous entrance hall with a ceiling height of 6m. This room spans the full length of the house, and becomes the spine of the house connecting the floors below and facilitating flow on each level.” The central timber staircase adds a touch of dynamics, while visually contrasting the stone-clad wall. [Photography courtesy of David James Architects]


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Fresh Canadian Home Renovation Inviting Light Inside PDF Print E-mail

Springtime brings about not only seasonal changes, but opportunities for home renovation projects. Canada’s season changes are better enjoyed from a home that carries an old charm while flaunting spirited modern upgrades. Within a suburban Montreal neighborhood, this bright home was built by the owner’s father in the 1960s  and its heirloom features were respectfully dressed in modern skin. According to its architects, NatureHumaine, “the original house lacked natural light and had a series of closed rooms surrounding a central stair.” Now known as the Closse Residence, the old structure shines brightly renovated and brings a bit of modern sparkle to its neighborhood.

The first move was to open the south facade with large glazed patio doors. Removing the original partitions let the light penetrate deeply into the house. A new sculptural stair built of hot rolled steel, maple veneer, and frosted glass becomes the focal point of the house. The counter of the central island in the kitchen cantilevers 2.4 meters out from the cabinets becoming the dining table, uniting preparation and eating spaces. Two pivoting glass doors close off the entry creating a winter vestibule. The immense stone fireplace was conserved and restored. It’s textured materiality contrasts with the purity of the new elements. The exterior of the house was restored and repainted and the windows were replaced. A contemporary dormer was added to the roof of the house containing the two second floor bathrooms.

Knowing how to budget for a home renovation makes it easy to completely transform a home from dark & outdated to modern & fresh. An inherited home can be beautifully renovated, opening up interior spaces and capturing all the interior movement around a sculptural stair, as in this example of a modern dream home. This particular Canadian home photographed by Adrien Williams exhibits simplicity and brightness in an exemplary mixture.


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Vintage Looking Noveltree Bookshelf Ladder Inspired by Classic Libraries PDF Print E-mail

Inspired by classic libraries which often hold towering high shelves to store the vast amount of old literature, the Noveltree by Nieuwe Heren is our star design project for the day. The books that are hardest to reach are always the most intriguing ones. This was the main idea behind this vintage-looking ladder which can easily be turned into a focal point when integrated in a contemporary design scheme. A great addition for the children’s room, this is the type of furniture piece that makes kids want to reach out and grab those seemingly forbidden stories.

This may not be the most practical furniture element to have around in a small home, but it sure is captivating and original. Moreover, it has the ability to highlight some artifacts that users are emotionally connected to: “We came up with the Noveltree as a place to honor and store your best reads. Plus, climbing a ladder to grab your books is just way more fun“, added the designers. Noveltree is available in a variety of colors and can be ordered by getting in touch with the designers through their website.  [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Erik De Nijs on behalf of Nieuwe Heren]


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Surprising Modern Deronda Residence Located Just Below the Hollywood Sign PDF Print E-mail

Deronda Residence is an imposing family home located near the apex of Beachwood Canyon, in the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles, California. According to the architects at Space International, the project is originally composed of two main volumes, “shifted off-axis from each another to accentuate the difference in program which lies within”. Terraces and sliding glass windows connect the interiors with the expansive views available from just below the Hollywood sign.

Separate living functions are delivered by the two volumes: “The more public living areas of the house are situated on the ridge of the site, so as to take advantage of flanking outdoor spaces which are designed as extensions of the living dining, and kitchen areas. The more private sleeping and bathing areas are situated in an enclosed cantilevered bar, which hovers over the hillside and is nestled amidst the tall pine trees located at the perimeter of the property.” The white plaster shell is probably the most captivating feature of the residence; this elements  acts as a floor plate for the private volume, then wraps the social block, serving as a clerestory roof plane. [Images ©Steve King Photography]


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Connecting Three Historic Dwellings with a Modern Extension: Inspiring House in Vexin PDF Print E-mail

Recently completed by French architect Jean-Philippe Doré, House in Vexin is an inspiring project that connects three historic homes with a modern extension. One of the main challenges was to renovate the existing buildings in the spirit of the village, while maintaining details such as the traditional roof tiles and the original lime plaster. On the other hand, it was necessary to highlight the contemporary volume with external aluminum joinery and internal raw materials such as polished concrete, black steel and oak.

The extension offers minimalist interiors, with white plastered walls contrasted by sober black and brown furniture elements. As you step inside, you are overwhelmed by the spacious living area flooded in natural light thanks to a massive glass wall. Take a few steps forward and you will come across an impressive atrium, livened by a purple accent wall. A rich texture array (including materials such as wood and stone) give away the vernacular character of this particular building. An elegant wooden staircase with metal framing leads the way up to the family bedrooms. Enjoy the virtual tour and let us know your thoughts on this complex architecture project in France!


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Hidden Illustrations Revealed Under UV Lighting by Canada’s Newest Passport Designs PDF Print E-mail

For those interested in design and its infinite possibilities, have a look at these Canadian passports and their surprising security feature! Canada’s newest passport designs may look common at a first glance ( with the information and photo area, along with the typical numbered pages), but if you place one under UV lighting, everything changes. Security additions that are revealed by black light are common, but this is something special and you have probably already understood why.

Take a look at the gallery below and head here to see original photos taken of Canadian passports. What a strange revelation the images turn out to be: each standard-looking page of the passport (including historical figures, well-known monuments and national symbols) is added pattern and color, resulting in miniature artistic works, only visible under a ‘black light’ or an ultra-violet light source. While the new colorful passports have been in use since July 2013, the media hasn’t “celebrated” their design until recently. We thought we would share the news further and see if they create buzz in the design industry as well. How do you find them?


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