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30 Classic Home Library Design Ideas Imposing Style 10 September 2014, 18.53 Living
30 Classic Home Library Design Ideas Imposing Style
Collect this idea “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” ― George R.R. Martin Owning a home library conjures up feelings of excitement as well as promises of
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Ingenious Drawing Unit for Kids Shaped Like a Giant Paper Block
Collect this idea Designer Luc Lacroix of o-carre e-mailed us photos and information depicting his latest project, an ingenious drawing unit shaped like a giant paper block. According to the designer, BLOC is a chic version
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How Your Interior Design Is Influencing Your Subconscious
Collect this idea Tailor your design so it pleases your body and mind. Image Via: Jessica Helgerson Interior Design Usually when we discuss interior design, we talk about the aesthetic aspects – how to achieve a
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Modern Creativity on Display: Apartamento Cobogo in São Paulo, Brazil
Collect this idea Envisioned and implemented by Filipe Ramos Arquitetura Design, Apartamento Cobogo in São Paulo, Brazil is the result of a complete renovation. According to the project description we were e-mailed, all
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Massive Weekend Retreat Balancing Modernity and Coziness: Casa ALD
Collect this idea This weekend retreat designed and implemented by Juan Carlos Baumgartner of SPACE Architects is projected on a land of little over 1,000 square meters in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. Casa ALD consists of
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'Extinct' snail found alive on remote atoll in Indian Ocean
The Aldabra banded snail was believed to have been driven to extinction by climate change, but researchers have found a few stragglers precariously hanging on to existence. Climate change, widespread pollution and human
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Why big fridges are a bad idea 10 September 2014, 18.52 Living
Why big fridges are a bad idea
American-style refrigerators don't just waste energy, they can hurt your health and wallet too. Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 03:50 PM Your family and pets might disagree, but there are downsides to that huge fridge in your
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Lost ship from ill-fated Arctic quest discovered 10 September 2014, 18.52 Living
Lost ship from ill-fated Arctic quest discovered
MNN Originals Check out some of our favorite features - from interactive info graphics to videos, advice columns and more. Translating Uncle Sam Infographics Eco-glossary Ask Mother Nature Contests This Day in
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10 curious truths about Stonehenge 10 September 2014, 18.52 Living
10 curious truths about Stonehenge
The world's most famous ring of standing stones has been studied for centuries, yet we learn something new about it all the time. Humans have spent centuries studying Stonehenge, yet it still has a few tricks up its sleeve. New
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Stunning emerald green Arabian Sea may herald ecosystem disaster
The sea has a dead zone the size of Texas, and it's growing bigger every year because of sewage and fertilizer flowing into the waters. A Noctiluca bloom in the Arabian Sea, spotted by satellite. (Photo: Norman
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Toxic tornado twirls above Iceland volcano 10 September 2014, 18.52 Living
Toxic tornado twirls above Iceland volcano
The tornado over the Holuhraun lava flow was likely a spinning ribbon of sulfur dioxide gas. By: Becky Oskin, LiveScience Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 10:06 AM On Sept. 3, gas tornadoes (seen here in infrared) spewed from
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Interesting Home Extension in London Featuring Brick Walls and Sliding Glass Doors
Collect this idea Commissioned to provide a new kitchen and living room for a couple whose children had recently moved out, London studio Tigg Coll Architects implemented an original home extension. This addition connects
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Modern Home With Large Entertainment Areas and Ocean Views: Pearl Bay Residence
Collect this idea Gavin Maddock Design Studio completed the development of Pearl Bay Residence, an impressive retreat located 90kms north of Cape Town, South Africa and bordered by a nature reserve adjoining the ocean. A
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Colorful Scandinavian Apartment Infused With Rich and Inspiring Details
Collect this idea Looking for ways to add dynamics to your home? Have a look at this colorful Scandinavian apartment filled up with rich and tasteful decorating elements! Found by Freshome on Alvhem, this four room
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Sustainable House Design Paying Tribute to Modern Technology in Hong Kong
Collect this idea An existing 40-year old house in Sha Tin district, Hong Kong was recently given a complete make-over by the architects at Millimeter Interior Design Limited. Overall costs were lowered by building the
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Private Contemporary Home in Mexico Balancing Seclusion and Openness 
Collect this idea Imagine coming home at dusk to this marvelous contemporary home! With an illuminated facade composed of sleek design lines, this 7,168 square feet villa in Hermosillo, Mexico, is a private home holding
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Confined Argentinian Home Arranged Around a Small Courtyard Illuminating Modern Spaces
Collect this idea Within the confinement of a small plot, a modern home offering an open layout for enjoying both the inside and outdoors might seem close to impossible. But then again, architects have a way to
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Hillside Dream Home Embedding Dramatic Panoramas Into Casual Californian Lifestyle
Collect this idea Beautifully isolated to shape a luxurious environment, the Holmby Hills Residence rests on a 57,250 square feet site in Holmby Hills, Bel Air, Los Angeles, so you can see where it gets its name from. The
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Small Apartment in Stockholm Encapsulating A Glass-Walled Bedroom
Collect this idea This small apartment in Stockhom, Sweden impressed us with its original layout and stylish decorating scheme. Discovered by Freshome on Svensk Fastighets, the 34 square-meter crib displays comfortable
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10 Exterior Design Lessons That Everyone Should Know
Collect this idea There are some basic exterior design lessons that everyone should know about. Image Source: Cardello Architects While we all want a spectacular home that stands out amongst the rest; we also want a home
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Seattle’s First Certified Passive House: Modern Family Home Marrying Luxury and Sustainability
Collect this idea What you are about to visualize is the architecture and interior design of one of Washington State’s most energy efficient homes. Occupying 252 square meters in Seattle’s Madison Park neighborhood,
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Young coral won't move into smelly ocean neighborhoods
Deciding where to live is important for the continuation of marine species, and coral and fish have evolved so that they can identify polluted areas. Corals thrive in the marine protected area of Votua Village in Fiji, a
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The surprising reason hummingbirds love sweet stuff
Scientists want to know why hummingbirds have kept their sweet receptors when the rest of their winged cousins have lost them. Hummingbirds are constantly wavering between a sugar rush and starvation, and to find stability,
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How to see the Milky Way in the summer night sky
You'll need a clear and moonless sky away from the lights of nearby cities to catch even a glimpse of our home galaxy. The Milky Way shines over the Bumpass Hell parking area in Lassen Volcanic National Park on Aug. 2 in
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Is heat trapped in the ocean responsible for the global warming 'pause'?
A new study puts a lot of the focus on the Atlantic Ocean, but some scientists remain convinced that the Pacific has played a larger role. Where, oh where, is the planet's missing heat? In 1999, the feverish rise in Earth's
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Could virtual reality convert skeptics into environmentalists?
A new breed of virtual reality games promises to not just teach about the environment, but change people's behaviors too. Photo: Igor ZH/Shutterstock The New Forest National Park in England recently opened a Tech Creche, a
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No one, not even animals, can copyright animal selfies
The U.S. Copyright Office recently ruled that photos taken by animals belong in the public domain, but photographer David Slater argues there's more to his 'monkey selfie' than meets the eye. In 2011, British photographer David
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Why Italian Household Goods Are The Best Choice
Collect this idea This luxurious bedroom features a lot of Italian stylings and furnishings. Image Source: Exclusive Home Bath Amazing craftsmanship does not happen overnight. Rather, it evolves throughout decades. Skills
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Minimalist “Catch the Views House” Frames Nature’s Perfection with Charming Design Lines
Collect this idea When your home is known as the “Catch The Views House “, the sheer joy of living each day overlooking unique panoramic landscapes can be enough to motivate you in the morning. And when your home is
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Intriguing LASSO Lamp Showcasing A Powerful Minimalist Design
Collect this idea Designed by Quentin de Coster Design Studio for French company Cinna, LASSO lamp pays tribute to minimalism and functionality. As its name suggests, this unconventional lighting unit resembles a lasso, but
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Modern Residence With a Luminous Character in Singapore: 65BTP-House
Collect this idea ONG&ONG Pte Ltd. completed the design and development of 65BTP-House, a private residence with a luminous contemporary character in Singapore. The project is surrounded by a vast garden that converges
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Engaging DNA Bench By True Design Adding Appeal To Public Spaces
Collect this idea Inspired by the DNA molecule, Leonardo Rossano of True Design together with Debora Mansur developed an engaging furniture piece. The twisting DNA Bench is meant for public spaces, bringing a highly
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Chances of eruption increasing at Iceland volcano
An eruption at the remote Bardarbunga volcano doesn't immediately pose a risk to any Iceland communities but it could threaten European air travel routes. Bardarbunga and Hamarinn lie under the westernmost part of Vatnajökull.
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SpaceX video shows reusable rocket returning to Earth
The video will give SpaceX engineers useful data that could be applied to future tests and rockets. The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket in July. The rocket managed a smooth splashdown. (Photo: SpaceX/Wikimedia Commons) An
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Toothless pterosaurs once dominated the world's skies
Scientists aren't sure what happened during the Cretaceous period that resulted in a shift away from toothed pterosaurs. An artist's illustration of the Azhdarchid pterosaur species Quetzalcoatlus northropi. (Image: Mark Witton
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Weirdest worm ever? Clawed creature adds new branches to family trees
The Hallucigenia sparsa's spines links it to velvet worms, but it disrupts the evolutionary connections among worms and other arthropods. The fossil of the bizarre-looking worm Hallucigenia sparsa that lived some 505 million
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Richard III ate and drank like the king that he was
Ribs and teeth can provide insight into the types of food, wine and even pollution that people were exposed to during their lives. Richard III ruled England for just two years and two months before he was killed in battle in
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Watch a cosmonaut toss tiny satellite from International Space Station
In addition to deploying the Peruvian nanosatellite, the two Russian spacewalkers collected and installed science experiments. The small Peruvian Chasqui-1 nanosatellite (the green and black box toward the lower right) is seen
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White Loft Apartment With Lovely Views Near Stockholm’s Hammarby Lake
Collect this idea Lumafabriken is an old lamp and light bulb factory from the 1920 that was completely redesigned in 2010 by Oscar Properties into an  apartment building near Stockholm’s Hammarby Lake. This loft
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Inspiring Kitchen Makeover Adapted To A Family Of Six in Virginia, USA
Collect this idea A family of six relocated from California to Virginia and purchased a large home, but knew the kitchen area needed a total transformation. The homeowners had an aggressive timeframe and chose to work with
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Remarkable Home Overlooking a Golf Course in Arizona Where Life Unravels Differently
Collect this idea Traditional is one way to describe this home, fabulous is another. Overlooking golf course views across the fabulous property all the way to the horizon line beyond, the elegant mansion was imagined by
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Experience Raw Nature While In Your Comfort Zone: Casa Quebrada in Chile
Collect this idea Casa Quebrada in Curacaví, Santiago de Chile was envisioned and implemented by UNarquitectura and showcases a high level of originality. Located on the creek, elevated by pillars, the uncommon retreat is
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 Asymmetric House in Canada Flaunts Surprising Design Solutions for Modern Living
Collect this idea Beautifully integrated into the neighborhood while still managing to turn heads, this contemporary asymmetric house seems guarded by two trees at the entrance. Cladded in cedar, the home showcasing a
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Bold Intervention on a Provoking Steep Site: Waiatarua House in New Zealand
Collect this idea Waiatarua House in Auckland, New Zealand was developed by Hamish Monk Architecture on a provoking steep site. One of the design challenges was to insert a bold intervention into a sensitive bush reserve
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Distinguished Pair of Homes with Contemporary Appeal Collecting UK Coastline Panoramas
Collect this idea What you are about to see in detail is an outstanding pair of homes in the city of Poole, England, United Kingdom. We’ve seen a fair share of modern English homes shining and this duo makes its clear
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The Terminators of the high seas: Lionfish's ruthless killing alarms scientists
The lionfish has proven a successful invasive species due to its venomous spikes, high rate of reproduction, and their willingness to eat everything in their path. In some places in the Atlantic Ocean, lionfish may be wiping
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NASA probe may've picked up interstellar dust bunnies
The biggest of the particles weighed only a trillionths of a gram, and it would take a trillion of them to fill an entire teaspoon. This false color image shows a diffraction pattern from the first interstellar dust candidate
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What is a red tide? 15 August 2014, 18.25 Living
What is a red tide?
Harmful algal blooms pop up nearly every summer along the nation's coasts, often turning the water an eerie red and creating problems for marine life and humans alike. We have a lot of reasons to thank algae. Running the gamut
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Whee! Whales and dolphins squeal with delight 15 August 2014, 18.25 Living
Whee! Whales and dolphins squeal with delight
Like some other animals, the aquatic creatures experience a dopamine surge to the brain after completing a task. Researchers originally thought the squealing sound was related to informing other animals that food was nearby.
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Explore the neon world of nudibranchs (Photos) 15 August 2014, 18.25 Living
Explore the neon world of nudibranchs (Photos)
If you think hummingbirds and butterflies are beautiful, then prepare to be amazed at this underwater fashion show. There are tiny jewels decorating the ocean in every part of the world. The jewels are nudibranchs, gastropod
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Flock of ancient 'butterfly-headed' pterosaurs discovered in bone bed
Based on the sediment around the bones, the winged dinosaurs thrived in an area was once a vast desert with a central oasis nestled between the sand dunes. A new species of flying reptile from the Cretaceous Era, Caiuajara
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China uses drones to police its biggest polluters
China's pollution has sparked untold numbers of innovative--and sometimes far-fetched--plans to improve air quality from smog-sucking vacuums and air-cleaning bikes to the development of a thorium nuclear reactor and more
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How to track movement without a wearable device
From smart watches and sensor-laden shirts to electronic tattoos and rings synced to smartphones, wearable technology feels ubiquitous these days. What if instead of wearable sensors that track movement and monitor your health,
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Modern Private Residence Defined by Light, Tranquility and Reflection
Collect this idea A modern private residence stands out among neighbors with enticing design lines that hint towards an upgraded comfort and relaxation level. Occupying an urban plot in Winchester, England, this new family
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Raw and Sophisticated Design for Tough Mudder’s Brooklyn Headquarters
Collect this idea Working in a modern office should induce an understanding of the brand through the surrounding design. Clients who step inside the offices should be able to describe what you do and how you do it just by
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Why Interior Design Is Essential When Listing Your Home
Collect this idea Interior design is essential when listing your home. Image Via: Margaret Donaldson Interiors The decision to list your home for resale is a big one. No doubt it came about after much thought, weighing pros
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Delightful Modern Cottage Inducing a Warm Family Atmosphere in California
Collect this idea This charming modern cottage in Healdsburg, California, shelters an inspiring collection of open spaces perfectly suited for urban living. Known as Alley One Residence, the modern home was imagined by
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Majestic Residence in South Africa Pours the Exotic Landscape Inside 
Collect this idea Eye-catching both during the night and the day, the Aloe Ridge House rises above the ground with its volumetric architecture in an attempt to dethrone the landscape. Inspirational design lines shape a
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How to Sell Your Home Quickly In a Crowded Market
Collect this idea Beautiful mediterranean white house with water view. Image Source: Vanguard Studio Next to death and divorce, selling your home is one of the most stressful times in your life. Some of us get lucky—we
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Easy-To-Use Online Calculator Helps You Decide Whether to Rent or Buy
Collect this idea Has it ever been fun to stand face to face with your future? When you find yourself in the position of deciding whether to rent or buy a home, you must take into account a wide array of elements and
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Provocative Modern Architecture Approach for Bathroom Showroom in India
Collect this idea Mumbai-based architecture practice NU.DE came up with a provocative modern concept for bathroom showroom ABC Emporio in Kannur, India. Playing with perceptions, the team envisioned a sculptural geometric
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Swedish Apartment Revealing One Cozy Corner After Another
Collect this idea Living in the center of Gothemburg, Sweden has its many perks and Scandinavian interior design is definitely one of them. Just have a look at this tastefully decorated three-room Swedish apartment in
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Meet the desert rain frog, world's cutest amphibian
Yes, adorableness is in the eye of the beholder, but this super-squeaker takes the cake. Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 02:43 PM Mother Nature shows a quirky sense of humor with the desert rain frog. (Photo: Dean
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Disco clams! The secret behind the mollusk's flashy light show finally revealed
Unlike fireflies and plankton, this dazzling display is not due to bioluminescence. Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 11:51 AM The wondrous disco clam's rhythmic flicker lights up the seafloor. (Photo: Lindsey Dougherty/UC
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Nearby 'super-Earth' may be capable of supporting life
The system around the star Gliese 832 seems to resemble our own, from the Earth-like planet to a gas giant similar to Jupiter. Potentially habitable super-Earth Gliese 832 c appears in an artist's conception against a
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How to spot a scorpion in the night sky
Not only is the constellation Scorpius a treat to behold, but it also contains some finest deep-sky objects you can see. Image: Starry Night Software Scorpius is one of the prettiest constellations in the sky, and one of the
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1 in 10 beaches in the U.S. not fit for swimming
Beaches in the Great Lakes region had the highest rate of pollution, with beaches along the Gulf Coast not far behind. The NRDC looked for contaminants like E. coli when determining the cleanliness of the country's beaches.
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Why clearing forests for farming may not solve 'hidden hunger'
In 21 African countries, children who lived near forests had more varied diets, a study by the Center for International Forestry Research finds. People in the villages surrounding Ndélélé in Cameroon cannot afford many of
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Iconic Lamp Design by Alessandro Zambelli: Woodspot
Collect this idea Alessandro Zambelli has conceived Woodspot, an iconic lamp design assembled and varnished entirely by hand for Mantua-based furnisher Seletti. Joined to the molded support are a base and a light diffuser,
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“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

― George R.R. Martin

Owning a home library conjures up feelings of excitement as well as promises of comfort, privacy and growth. Imagine walking in to find an almost forgotten world, where light, furnishings and scented books hold the collective key to diving into unique experiences of the mind. Whenever faced with someone’s home library, I avidly scan titles in search of that distinct feeling of comfort: aesthetic, sensory-based and promising. Classic library design holds the key to that specific feeling. As soon as you enter a classic home library, you bask in the ambiance of this promise of adventure, romance and transcendence. This dedicated space in your home is the fantastic realm of your imagination entangled with each author’s strain of though.

When Groucho Marx said: “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book” he might have been thinking about a dream home library like the ones you’re about to see. And trust me, details will stick with you for a long time.

Meeting the standards for a luxurious foray into the world of perspectives and artistic visions, the traditional home library above is part of a remarkable home overlooking a golf course in Arizona where life unravels differently. Part of this differentiated lifestyle is the existence of a two story traditional library with hidden reading nooks around the covered limetone fireplace. Reading in this home was definitely crowned as need.

Fabulous home library decor can really make the difference between a boring sequence of shelves and a unique place to relax while comfortably enjoying imaginative ventures and adventures. The Ellison Bay Manor library showcases a classic design that calls to all readers and could easily be the perfect background for literary endeavors or a private book club. Travel enthusiasts and adventurers with a passion for reading would be extremely comfortable here, do you agree?

Some prefer the freedom and openness of a garden library, others vibrate at the thought of a private library with a soothing light color effect. Bright and elegant, the sophisticated home library above connects the reader to a bright and warm environment to serve as reality check. Inspired by this mix of vertical bookcase lines and square ceiling geometry you can create your own reading heaven within a dedicated room of the house.

Bespoke shelving in a modern home can be seen alongside classic furniture in a successful effort of adding high-class and sophistication to this reading and writing space. A library ladder helps the reader reach high up while grounding the library design. Madrid-based multi-disciplinary designer Luis Bustamante guides his work towards creating a refined atmosphere reflecting his history as a sculptor and a painter.

A custom round library design speaks about space possibilities entangled with an adventurous design spirit. You can’t talk about classic library design ideas without at least mentioning a rounded staircase. This is a two story traditional library and den in stained ribbon mahogany in Newmark Custom Furniture and Interiors‘ portfolio – we can’t help but love it.

Having just mentioned the rounded staircase in the library, it’s time to see how one of these beauties would fit in your idea of a perfect library design. The example above seems to be have descended from a mysterious book – this classic library with wooden bookshelves and cabinetry hides its doors behind bookcases. Designed by Wiedemann Architects in Bethesda, this traditional library design proves that some clients appreciate the atmosphere and smell of library-kept books even though they might read e-books while in this blissful space.

Open bookshelves holding incredible adventures, a classic library ladder to reach every book and a cozy chair with ottoman is all you need to prepare yourself for diving into a world waiting to be discovered page by page. And although you can take the modern road and hide clutter behind book spines with these creative storage bins, it will never feel as authentic as a classic library room.

It’s easy to find the perfect library design when working with talented design professionals. The library above – by Doyle Coffin Architecture – features a corner fireplace that illuminates and creates a comfort zone around it, so that your readings can be accompanied by the crackling fire. Imagine writing love letters from that desk. After all, we might be the last generation that remembers a time when letters were the norm and romance traveled via scented papers.

Linked to a desire to maintain the effortless feelings of elation sending shivers down the spine at the sight of an unopened letter, a library desk or table seems appropriate to any library layout. Book nooks and warm flames, fresh flowers and cozy armchairs – what else would you add to create your dream home library? Take inspiration from the luxury Jefferson Hotel in Washington, DC – their library is stunning - readers break free from immediate reality while anchored in a beautiful space.

Books and family memorabilia go well together in a classic library room, reminding us how every memory is linked to an object. This is not unlike the way feelings attach themselves to fictional characters in books we read and remain with us as personal memories. This is the very private and customized contrast of this public library in an abandoned industrial landscape – what they have in common is the continuous desire to know more and understand different perspectives on the world.

In a vertical library you would be tempted to add plenty of books, encouraged by the apparently extra space. But keep in mind that simplicity should rule in a kingdom already heavy with complexity. This residential library was imagined as a “shuttle” into any world you choose to enter via books on shelves. And since modern libraries start adopting a contemporary design, classic library design that moves you is becoming increasingly important.

Libraries with a masculine vibe can be seen throughout history. This Victorian Gothic library design showcases how serious knowledge was taken back in the days as opposed to our experience of fun and exciting studying. With fully paneled walls and fire crackling under a large emblem, this space promises privacy until you choose to re-join the material world.

Library design encapsulated in wood might seem claustrophobic for some, but others figure it’s the best setting to enjoy the fight between good and bad or an evening with a couple of friends discussing your latest read. See the Minnesota-based family-owned boutique building company Stonewood‘s portfolio for a deeper dive into their style.

Library design including an office space is not only functional, but also a great help for those studying and working from home. Imagine lifting your eyes off the paper only to see such an inspiring interior design! Part of a hauntingly beautiful estate near Santa Barbara, this fantastic library will have adventurous readers and travel enthusiasts dream about it over and over again.

A home library in a Mediterranean custom estate looks like the one above. Part of a peaceful retreat just above Mount Eden Estates in Saratoga and overlooking impeccable landscapes, this home also shelters a library where knowledge, art and family rise at the highest level. An imposing masculine desk, armchair and library ladder provide the bare necessities in a space dedicated to reading and writing.

A sculptural classic library and office space can put a smile on my face any day. With a sculptural desk under a fascinating ceiling, this classy library by Taylor Craft Cabinet Door Company exudes a decadent elegance seen in the intimidating spaces inhabited by admirable people. Vintage furniture is on our list of 15 Fresh Furniture Trends to Watch For in 2014 - incorporating “something old” in a modern home roots us to our history.

Toning down the regal feeling given by a truly classic mansion library, this apartment-version library instigates to reading your way into royalty. Imagine lying on the chic day bed after grabbing a great autobiography. Flooded with natural light oriented at the book’s pages as you rest your head on the rounded pillow, the rooms seems bright and cheery. The multitude of seating possibilities is one of the 10 interior design lessons everyone should know.

We’ve seen a round library before, but nothing like this impressive library/media room space shown above. Under a large, decorative wooden ceiling, a world of amusement and entertaining opens. Books on shelves, a spacious sofa escorted by a wood and glass coffee table and an envy-worthy media system, plus the office desk and armchair with lampshade – this space has it all! That’s one way for avid readers and movie enthusiasts to make their home feel like a luxury resort!

This light-flooded classic library and office example above is one I would definitely place on the masculine side of the scale. Warm wood radiates a feeling of belonging, light is filtered through the window frames, fresh air can be enjoyed beyond the large glazed doors while books provide the right knowledge to support the evolution of a healthy body. It seems masculine in its essence and if I was to guess, a men walk-in closet would link this office/library to the master bedroom. But that’s just my imagination.

Bookcases that run all the way up to the ceiling on two opposing walls make for a roomy library. Grey was chosen to create a neutral tone, while yellow was used to bring energy and color. Alongside these 10 must-have items luxury home buyers want most, I would definitely add a home library for those who understand George R.R. Martin’s perspective on reading: “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

A custom library ensures not only uniqueness and functionality within a given space, but also the aesthetic pleasure that comes from hand-made details like the custom round rug Julie Dasher designed especially for this enchanting private space. This is the library at the ASID Showcase Home designed by Angela Parker and it will convince you to take the custom road to having a dream home library.

Facing the fireplace, a cozy armchair invites you to take a seat and warm your legs with a book in your lap. This residential library appearing in a Connecticut home in Crisp Architects‘ portfolio hints towards the owner’s love for gardening, entertaining and relaxing in their country home. Everything that brings joy to the soul, knowledge to the mind and vivacity in the body is worth investing in. Within a naturally rural landscape, a country home library seems to be the crowning of relaxation.

Imagined by Peter S. Balsam Interior Design Associates in warm walnut paneling, this English style library design marries new and antique furnishings in a warm synonym and inviting environment. With light creating the perfect reading atmosphere, the library seems to lack modern technology. But don’t be fooled, a TV projector and screen drop from ceiling when you need them.

Custom library design starts with custom cabinetry and shelving. Imperial Design creates fine custom cabinetry for the entire home environment and the library example above is part of their portfolio. Showcasing a mix of deep, warm colors, this library provokes you to take a trip down memory lane while looking through your photo albums or share an adventure with fictional characters in a comfortable setting.

Re-purposing spaces in your home might get you that fabulous library you kept dreaming about. See Pierre Paul Design‘s work on a home library that did not exist in the original footprint of the house. The designer imagined this cozy library in a space reserved for the home’s second story open foyer.

This Far Hills home library and office boast a welcoming atmosphere, a symmetric library layout that cocoons you into a protective space while you sail adventurous imagination waters. Millwork & More created this delightful library showcasing mirroring bookcases, a distinctive area rug in the middle plus two different armchairs where you can have a cup of tea while reading your favorite novel once more.

This wood-paneled library provokes the mind to take a darker road, one mustering with adventure under the carefully dissipated lights. Susan Fredman Design Group knew how to create a classic home library design that acts as a quiet retreat and employs the aesthetic power of textures and subtle tones.

This is actually a clubhouse library and it holds inspiration for building your own home library inspired by classic design.  Part of the Village at Tuscan Lakes, this elegant library beautifully displays a wooden-paneled comfort zone where socialization and reading entangle in an effortless good time. Do you belong to a book club?

The Dome Penthouse at the legendary Plaza shelters a library you are rarely given the chance to see. This fabulous home overlooking Central Park and 5th Avenue was designed to bring together classic stylish elements in a very modern setting.

There’s one last example of a home library in our list – a comfortable, simple and serious library that bounces us from luxury library design back to cozy, welcoming reading/writing spaces within the home. This dedicated space can be seen in Ruth Mortensen‘s design portfolio – a library where there’s a place for everything and everything is in its place.

Now that we’ve seen 30 classic home libraries bordering on fairytale, we would love to know that people inspired by Freshome read the coolest books. We’re curious what book would you choose to read in which of the libraries in this list? So share with us your dream library setting in the comments below.

You might want to take a further look at these 37 Home Library Design Ideas With a Jay-Dropping Visual and Cultural Effect before you head out to live inspired.

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Ingenious Drawing Unit for Kids Shaped Like a Giant Paper Block PDF Print E-mail

Designer Luc Lacroix of o-carre e-mailed us photos and information depicting his latest project, an ingenious drawing unit shaped like a giant paper block. According to the designer, BLOC is a chic version of a small office for kids. It allows your child and his or her friends to draw together in one place. With four rubber wheels, it moves easily from one corner of the room to another, empowering adults to keep an eye on children, no matter where they are. And at the end of the day, parents are also free to join the fun.

We have to say we are pleasantly surprised to see a project that encourages offline creativity for children. This lovely design by Luc Lacroix ranks high in aesthetics, as well as versatility. Its base is made of laminated plywood against oiled wood finish and it includes one drawer and four wheels. Smooth, white, 120m paper makes this drawing unit ideal for any pencil or paint. Its rubberized peripheral coating (just like you will find in a standard paper block), separates paper piece by piece and allows children to remove them one at a time. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by designer Luc Lacroix ]

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How Your Interior Design Is Influencing Your Subconscious PDF Print E-mail

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Tailor your design so it pleases your body and mind. Image Via: Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

Usually when we discuss interior design, we talk about the aesthetic aspects – how to achieve a specific look, which decorating style you should emulate, new design trends that you should check out. That’s only one piece of the puzzle.

An area that’s not always taken into consideration is the philological effect of interior design on your subconscious. Believe it or not, the choices that you make when deciding how your home will look have a documented effect on your emotions and perceptions. The color of the walls in your kitchen might be contributing to your anxiety and your brand of couch could lead others to assume that you’re standoffish.

Want to make sure that your home is giving off the right impression? Read on for more information about the psychological side of décor. Use this information to create a design that works for you – inside and out.

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By adhering to these concepts, your design will be aesthetically and psychologically pleasing. Image Via: Klein’s Custom Countertops

It’s no surprise that color is a main component of how we experience the world around us. But, what may be surprising to some is the fact that that the colors in our environment have a definitive effect on or moods and emotions. As you begin to conceptualize your home’s interior design, make sure that you are using colors in ways that fit with the tone you want to create in the space.

Modern color psychology dates its origins to the early 19th-century when Johann Wolfgang von Goethe published his book, Theory of Colours. Though there is some debate regarding the implications of certain shades, researchers, interior designers and marketing professionals seem to agree on these basic tenants:

  • Red: Symbolizes power and passion. It can be used to warm up spaces and make them feel more intimate.
  • Orange: Offers a jolt of energy and innovation. It’s best used as an accent because too much can leave people feeling overwhelmed.
  • Yellow: Associated with happiness, creation, and creativity. It works well in combination with a calming neutral and in rooms with lots of natural light to create a peaceful environment.
  • Green: Known for its soothing qualities. Green is the perfect choice for a foyer or entryway because it eases the transition from the outdoors.
  • Blue: Perpetuates feelings of calm and freshness. It’s a good fit for high traffic areas like kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Purple: Connotes royalty and luxury. Purple is a great choice for formal living rooms or master bedrooms because it adds an air of lush sophistication.
  • Gray: Gives a sense of relaxation and serenity. Use gray in spaces like home offices or bathrooms.
  • Brown: Like green, brown’s natural roots give it a relaxing touch. Choose it for rooms where the family gathers and furniture groupings that will incite conversation.
  • Black: An assertion of power. Use black for statement pieces that you want to draw the eye.
  • White: Relates a sense of cleanliness and purity. It is great for defining a space, but use white in conjunction with other colors since too much reads as sterile.

Remember, when you choose which colors to include in your interior, three picks are better than one. Choose a neutral for the largest items like walls and flooring, a calmer color for furniture and other sturdy items. Then, pick a third more dramatic color to pop in your statement accessories and décor.

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Pick colors based on what mood you want for the space. Image Via: Laura Casey Interiors

Once you put color on the walls, it’s time to decide how to fill the space. In his book, The System of Objects, sociologist Jean Baudrillard argues that every object chosen to fill a space helps to inform its function. But, beyond that, the combination of every item that fills an interior – from the seating arrangements, to the wall hangings, and down to the coasters that sit on your coffee table – act as an expression of our personalities and desires.

He suggests when we invite guests into our homes, they instinctively evaluate our interiors on four distinct value criteria, in addition to how the rooms look at face value:

  • Function: Will this item fit your needs? Is the kitchen table big enough to seat your whole family? Will this flooring cover the entire area of the room?
  • Exchange: Is this item worth the price? Would you rather have this singular high-end couch for $1,000 or a whole bedroom suit for the same price?
  • Symbolic: Does this item have an emotional attachment? Did you choose a collection of family photos for your décor or a print of a painting?
  • Sign: Does this item have a particular or status symbol? Is it a name brand or a generic?

Using these criteria, a person who chooses a smaller, designer couch over one that is a generic brand that offers plenty of room for their family to spread out together will be considered as very concerned with appearance and social status. Conversely, a person whose refrigerator door is covered in kids’ artwork and postcards from friends’ trips will be seen as more welcoming and sentimental than someone with a minimalist kitchen.

While there are no wrong answers, take Baudrillard’s work into account as you go shopping for items to fill your rooms. Make sure that you’re interiors are giving off the impression you want.

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Your design choices unconsciously show your personality. Image Via: Peter Salerno, Inc.

You know the saying, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have”? While that’s pretty solid advice for acing an interview, don’t stop there. The sentiment can just as easily be applied to decorating the rooms in your home.

Interior designers use a concept called Perception of Space for decades to make home’s appear more spacious and to make sure that rooms are as user-friendly as possible. Essentially, it just means using visual tricks to alter how others view the space around them.

If you want a room in your home to appear larger, choose furniture that is scaled to size and slimmer, place a large mirror on the back wall, and create depth with wall hangings. People who want their space to feel inviting should stick to a warm color pallet, create intimate groupings with furniture, and offer plenty of ambient lighting.

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Use optical illusions to control the perception of a space. Image Via: Ed Chappell

If you want to change your lot in life, why not start by changing your interior? The ancient Chinese art of feng shui has been practiced worldwide for over 3,000 years and participants believe that adhering to those principles can help attract good luck, success, love, and positive energy.

True adherence requires practitioners to analyze each space with a bagua, or energy map, and then use those readings to determine each aspect of their décor – colors, natural materials used. However, if you’re not ready to take that plunge, there are a few things that everyone can do to improve the energy in their home.

Make sure your entranceway is clean, colorful, and welcoming. Arrange all of your furniture to allow you to clearly see the room’s doorway and appear inviting to guests. Decorate with natural elements like flowers and stones. Be sure to keep your home in good condition and free of clutter.

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Feng Shui your living spaces to bring good energy into your home. Image Via: Marie Burgos Design

The way that the interior design in your home looks is only one small facet of its impact. Behind the colors that you choose for your walls and the way that you arrange your furniture, there is an additional layer of meaning. Every design choice that you make has a distinct psychological impact on your subconscious. Read these tips above and take them into account as you conceptualize your space. Let us help you create a space that’s equally pleasing to your body and mind.

Would you consider decorating your home from a psychological point of view? If you’ve already done so, what design choices did you make?

 

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Modern Creativity on Display: Apartamento Cobogo in São Paulo, Brazil PDF Print E-mail

Envisioned and implemented by Filipe Ramos Arquitetura Design, Apartamento Cobogo in São Paulo, Brazil is the result of a complete renovation. According to the project description we were e-mailed, all walls found on the site were removed, and the existing concrete beams exposed. Windows were replaced and new millwork installed. Parts of the existing parquet hardwood floor were kept and the former kitchen area was filled with reclaimed parquet wood pieces in the same style as before. The entire floor was ebonized to make all pieces match in color.

The highlight of this 57 square-meter apartment is the see-trough concrete brick wall built to divide the living room and bedroom areas. These bricks are called “cobogo” in Portuguese and they are part of the history of Brazilian modernist architecture. This is one of the most inviting modern apartments we’ve seen lately and its design strengthens our belief that minimalism will soon have to make way for creative twists in order to increase the welcoming factor.  [Information provided via e-mail by Filipe Ramos Arquitetura Design; Photographer:  Maira Acayaba]

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Massive Weekend Retreat Balancing Modernity and Coziness: Casa ALD PDF Print E-mail

This weekend retreat designed and implemented by Juan Carlos Baumgartner of SPACE Architects is projected on a land of little over 1,000 square meters in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. Casa ALD consists of two main volumes: a prism into which another rectangular wooden prism is embedded. Since the very beginning, the purpose of this project was clear: to create a house in which a balance between modernity and coziness was struck. Therefore, the architects chose to use few materials in order to achieve a quick reading of the volumes.

The first prism consists of a black metal structure that ends on an exposed concrete staple. The two fronts of this volume are made of glass, which helps create a transparency to the interior area and gives a feeling of permanently being in touch with nature. The second volume is a cantilevered wooden cube, under which a terrace is generated. Requirements for the design of this project included a swimming pool, and the architects fulfilled them by creating one and covering it with black venetian glass tiles. In this way, the swimming pool was turned into a water mirror that reflects the house. For this project, the developing team decided to integrate art into architecture so that the selected works became a part of the design instead of functioning as mere decorative items: “With this principle in mind, we commissioned a hyper-realistic 2 x 6 m painting of a Porsche 78; which was placed in a double-height space. In addition to the painting, Juan Carlos Baumgartner designed a mural that works both as the visual end of the swimming pool and as the vestibule of the house entrance”.

The house has four bedrooms, a double-height living room and an open plan kitchen that is integrated into the space. In the living area, a modern cast glass sphere chandelier hangs from the ceiling. By using few but carefully selected materials, we created delightful areas that met our clients’ expectations. Sustainable design features for Casa ALD include the use of recycled content materials low in VOC levels and wood from certified forests. Furthermore, the lighting is almost entirely LED-based. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Juan Carlos Baumgartner Architect]

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'Extinct' snail found alive on remote atoll in Indian Ocean PDF Print E-mail

The Aldabra banded snail was believed to have been driven to extinction by climate change, but researchers have found a few stragglers precariously hanging on to existence.

Climate change, widespread pollution and human development have caused what scientists are calling the sixth great mass extinction in Earth's history. It's a grim projection, but occasionally a species offers a small glimmer of hope against the odds. 
Take, for instance, the "extinct" Aldabra banded snail, a small air-breathing land snail once found only on a small coral atoll in the Indian Ocean. Believed to be one of the first species to go extinct due entirely to climate change, the tiny mollusk has been found alive, reports Phys.org. Seven of the beautifully adorned purple-and-pink striped snails were recently found by researchers on Aldabra atoll's Malabar Island. 

Conservationists are popping champagne corks at the news. 

"I was so surprised; no one (on the expedition) had ever seen the snail before," said Shane Brice, a skipper on the voyage that rediscovered the resilient snail. "It's quite amazing."

Once-plentiful throughout Aldabra, the adorable snail's demise was linked to declining rainfall on the atoll, widely regarded as a consequence of global warming. The species' population began to fall precipitously between 1970 and 1990, and the last juvenile snail found (before its recent rediscovery) was identified way back in 1976.

Due to its distinct shell, which showcases bands of purple, indigo blue and orange, experts didn't take long to confirm the rediscovery of the species.

"Could we live without this little snail? Almost certainly," says Stuart Pimm, a conservation ecology professor at Duke University. "But we simply do not know what species are going to do for us in an economic sense. Probably from the time that somebody baked the first loaf of bread, a housewife said, `I hate bread mold and I wish it would disappear forever.' And of course we know the scientific name of bread mold is penicillin."

The Aldabra atoll is the world's second largest coral atoll, and it's a true ecological gem, remaining virtually untouched by humans. Besides the snail, the atoll is home to a number of distinctive fauna, including the Aldabra giant tortoise. Despite its isolation from humans, however, Aldabra is not immune to the impacts of humans via climate change. Rising sea levels, ocean acidification and reduced rainfall are just some of the impacts currently plaguing this ecological wonder. 

While the news of the snail's rediscovery is encouraging, the species still faces forbidding odds of survival.

"Only time will tell if they can survive the threats of climate change and sea level rise," says biologist Justin Gerlach, a scientific coordinator for the Nature Protection Trust of Seychelles.

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Why big fridges are a bad idea PDF Print E-mail

American-style refrigerators don't just waste energy, they can hurt your health and wallet too.

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Your family and pets might disagree, but there are downsides to that huge fridge in your kitchen. (Photo: Michael Pettigrew /Shutterstock)

Dan Nosowitz over at Domesticity doesn't like large American refrigerators much. In fact, it's more accurate to say that he hates them with a passion: 

The size of the average American fridge is ever expanding: Including all the old refrigerators still in service, the average volume is somewhere around 22 cubic feet, but take a look at the best-selling fridges at Sears or Walmart and you'll see that few new ones dip below 26. Many break the 30-cubic-foot mark. Most people don't need these comically large, oversized novelty fridges. In Europe, where people also cook and eat food, the average refrigerator is around 10 cubic feet, less than half the size of the American jumbo product.

As Nosowitz notes, the bulbous size of most American fridges has a very real ecological downside — consuming considerable amounts of energy 24 hours a day, with older fridges consuming the equivalent of 50 gallons of gasoline a year. (Here are some DIY tips you can use to make fridges more efficient.) While new energy-efficiency standards in 2001 improved things somewhat, the sheer size of American fridges still means they are consuming more than their overseas counterparts. 

But that's not even the half of it. According to Nosowitz, the Ameri-fridge's rap sheet goes beyond energy consumption, including: 

  • Large fridges make you fat. Studies have shown that the more food you have in the house, the less healthy you eat. By encouraging families to shop less frequently and buy in bulk, American fridges may be contributing to obesity and other health problems. 
  • Large fridges waste food. If you fill your fridge with more food than you can eat in a week, there's a good chance that some of it will go bad. It's also likely that you'll be chilling stuff that doesn't need chilling — some of which will be worse off for it. From garlic to onions to bread and coffee, there are plenty of things that last better when kept at room temperature. Even eggs are perfectly safe when not kept in the fridge, as long as they haven't been washed to remove their protective outer layer. 
  • Large fridges take up space. OK, many oversized fridges live in oversized houses, but there's no reason it has to be that way. As many Americans discover the joys of dense, urban living, they may well find themselves leaning toward smaller fridges that don't overwhelm their more modest living quarters. 

These are all good arguments, and as someone who moved from the U.K. to America, I can attest to some culture shock at the size of most U.S. appliances (my current fridge is 22 cubic feet, more than twice the size of its European counterpart).

But Nosowitz missed one core argument that might be my favorite, made so eloquently by my colleague Lloyd Alter over at TreeHugger: Smaller fridges make for better cities. By encouraging people to shop more often, smaller fridges are a useful tool for promoting vibrant, walkable neighborhoods and local retail, not big box stores you drive to twice a month. And walkable neighborhoods encourage more exercise too, so it really is a win-win situation for all. Unless you happen to make big fridges, of course.

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10 curious truths about Stonehenge PDF Print E-mail

The world's most famous ring of standing stones has been studied for centuries, yet we learn something new about it all the time.

Humans have spent centuries studying Stonehenge, yet it still has a few tricks up its sleeve. New research reveals that the size of the world’s most mysterious megalithic monument is much larger than previously assumed, giving enthusiasts a whole new set of questions to ponder.

While many secrets of the sacred site will remain hidden, here are some impressive stats about Stonehenge that have come to light.

1. It has long been thought that Stonehenge stood in isolation, but new research — described in the BBC Two documentary "Operation Stonehenge: What Lies Beneath" – employed techniques to scan the earth below the surface and has uncovered something different. “Underground maps” show 17 previously unknown shrines and hundreds of other archeological features around the site, including types of monuments never seen before.

2. Stonehenge dates back to around 5,000 years ago. It began as an earthwork — a bank and ditch called a henge. Archeologists think that the ditch was dug from tools made of red deer antlers; the chalk underneath was likely removed with shovels made of cattle shoulder blades.

3. Merlin the magician, the Romans and the Druids have all been given credit throughout the centuries for building Stonehenge, but now archeologists think that the first stones were raised around 2500 BC by the native inhabitants of late Neolithic Britain, according to English Heritage, the government body that looks over England’s historic sites.

4. The first section, the inner circle, is comprised of about 80 bluestones that weigh a whopping 4 tons each. The stones were quarried in the Prescelly Mountains at a site known as Carn Menyn. Remarkably, the quarry is located more than 150 miles from the site. Modern theories suggest that the stones made the trip courtesy of rollers, sledges, rafts and barges.

5. Why they would select stone from so far away remains without a definitive answer. One theory claims that the builders believed that the rocks of Carn Menyn were endowed with mystical properties for recuperation, and since visiting the mountains was difficult, bringing the stones to Stonehenge was a way to create a more-accessible shrine for healing.

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The stones of the inner and outer circles. (Photo: Danny Sullivan/Flickr)

6. The giant stones that form the famous outer circle are made of sarsen, a type of sandstone. Most experts believe that these stones, weighing an average of 25 tons, were transported about 20 miles from the Marlborough Downs. The largest stone, the Heel Stone, weighs about 30 tons. While much of the route was (relatively) easy, modern work studies estimate that no less than 600 men would have been required to get each stone past Redhorn Hill, the steepest part of the journey.

7. To raise the stones, a large hole was dug, with half of the hole lined with wooden stakes. The stone would be moved into position and forced upright using ropes and possibly a wooden structure; the hole was then packed tightly with rubble.

8. To secure the upright stones with the horizontal lintels, Stonehenge’s builders made mortise holes and protruding tenons to ensure stability. The lintels were then fit together using tongue and groove joints. 

9. While those who have never visited Stonehenge may imagine it as a sacred site secluded in idyllic natural surroundings, in fact, there is a major highway less than 100 yards from the stones; in addition, the site is surrounded by what Brittania.com calls “a commercial circus,” complete with parking lots, gift shops and cafe.
10. Stonehenge has become such a recognizable symbol that it has made cameo appearances in no shortage of cultural features. It was in the Beatles film “Help!,” Roman Polanski's "Tess" and the classic mockumentary “This is Spinal Tap.” It has shown up in books, computer games and television shows. And let's not forget "National Lampoon's European Vacation," in which Clark Griswold bumps into one of the stones in and knocks them down, one by one, like a giant stack of dominoes. The Neolithic builders would not be pleased.

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