It’s an A-frame state of mind
Ah, the A-frame. You might remember the quirky triangular structures from vacations of yore, full of shag carpet and tiny lofts cramped with beds. But thanks to Instagram, nostalgia, and the allure of a certain way of life, the A-frame is back and better than ever.
From coast to coast, entrepreneurial property owners are renovating—and sometimes even building—A-frames in order to rent them to architecture-loving vacationers. Often set in forests and always boasting the required front deck and the signature tall roofs, these A-frames cater to people who want a bit of style with their travel.
We’ve combed rental listings from across the country to bring you ten stunning A-frames you can rent right now. Know of one we missed? Tell us in the comments.
Less than one hour from Philadelphia, this three-bedroom, two-bath boutique A-frame by Stay Lokal has undergone a top-to-bottom renovation and comes with Scandinavian and modern interiors. It’s also located on the Maurice River for easy...
Online property management tools are moving the landlord-tenant relationship to the internet
Gino Zahnd was searching for an apartment in San Francisco when he noticed his credit score had unexpectedly dropped. Given the rental market in the Bay Area is ultra-competitive, he knew this could end up costing him an apartment and prolong his apartment hunt.
But even more frustrating than the score drop itself was the reason why it dropped: It wasn’t anything he did. Instead, a landlord had accidentally run a hard credit report—which can signal to lenders that a borrower is trying to open new accounts—six times by repeatedly refreshing a web browser when the initial submission didn’t immediately load.
“It pissed me off enough to think: ‘there’s gotta be a better way to start a relationship with a stranger than by handing them a packet of paper that has literally everything they need for identity theft,’” Zahnd said. “In San Francisco, you might do that half a dozen times before you actually get a place. You start wondering what all these people are doing with all that information.”
The experience ended up being the genesis of Cozy, one of a number of new online property management...
The “basement” gets plenty of sunlight
Here at Curbed, we appreciate a well-designed concrete home, and this Tel Aviv house is no exception. Designed by Israeli architect Asaf Gottesman with help from Tel Aviv firm GSArch, the Postscript House is Gottesman’s first residential project in more than a decade and he made up for lost time with a stunner of a residence that’s deceptively simple.
Designed for a family with four children, the Postscript House is equal parts practical and ingenious. The architects built the house into the landscape’s gentle slope, which allowed them to play with perspective. From the west, the house appears to be a single floor. Viewed from the east, it reveals a second lower story that looks out onto the garden.
The home unfolds on two levels, with the main floor playing host to the living room and master bedroom. Downstairs, each of the kids gets a bedroom suite that looks out onto the garden.
The architects kept the house intentionally minimal with a stark light interior that...
The sunken spa is a unique feature
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Location: Sacramento, California
One of the most enduring qualities of midcentury design is how often the interiors can surprise. From the street, many midcentury homes appear long and even at times boring; on the inside, however, light-filled rooms and post-and-beam ceilings make you look twice.
Take this four-bedroom, three-bath in Sacramento, California—a home highlighted in the Sacramento Bee in 1974. The exterior looks inviting, but inside the 3,298 square foot structure is where this home really shines. The focal point is a circular “Roman” atrium that functions as a central cathedral-ceiling courtyard with cement floors. Instead of a traditional Roman pool to catch rain water, the original owners installed a sunken hot tub and the main living room, dining room, and kitchen all surround it.
The atrium’s large windows at either end flood the interior with light and the bedrooms all have sliding glass doors that provide access to the...
Voters approve measures to boost public transit—and candidates who pledge to improve how they get around
Two years ago, voters across the country approved dozens of major transportation measures funneling billions of dollars into transit infrastructure projects.
While there weren’t quite as many major transit-related referendums on ballots last night, some notable measures to fund transportation saw big wins, including several victorious candidates who made transportation a key part of their platforms.
Several governors who won decisively last night campaigned on promises to bring better transit to their constituents. But none more effectively than Michigan’s gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer, who ran on the platform “Fix the Damn Roads” (which she later revised to “Fix the Roads,” due to FCC concerns).
Beyond simply addressing the state’s crumbling and pothole-ridden streets, Whitmer’s pledge is part of a comprehensive infrastructure plan she has laid out for the state that includes a big push for public transit, including reviving Detroit’s failed regional plan, which did not get placed on the 2018 ballot, and an overhaul of...
Or scoring a bargain on something you actually want
When it comes to buying and selling used stuff on the internet, eBay and Craigslist probably come to mind immediately. But in the age of shiny websites and apps galore, there are more options than ever to help you score a bargain or offload used goods around the house, from decor and kitchenware to appliances and furniture.
We searched high and low to identify the most promising platforms for buying and selling old furniture and home goods. Some are turnkey services that will handle pick up and delivery. Others leave you to make arrangements with buyers or sellers directly—be sure to exercise caution in these cases. Here they are listed by alphabetical order (after numbers).
A go-to marketplace for luxury antique and vintage finds, 1stdibs is where you can nab rare home furnishings designed by the likes of Gio Ponti, George Nakashima, and Aino Alto. The site only allows vetted, professional sellers to list items for sale.
Like a streamlined, Pinterest-fied Craigslist, this mobile-focused service lets you buy and sell locally using your phone’s GPS location. Sellers snap a picture and enter a description...
Soup never looked so good
Every generation gets the Dutch oven it deserves (that’s how the saying goes, right?), and in 2018, that Dutch oven is Great Jones. Started by food writer Sierra Tishgart and Maddy Moelis, a former product manager at Zola, Great Jones is unabashedly gunning for food-minded—and aesthetics-minded—millennials with its new set of cookware basics.
The company is officially launching today, but you might have already seen it around on social media, thanks to its photogenic wares. The full line includes a series of just-shiny-enough silver pots and pans, but the star of the show is the Dutchess, a 6.76-quart Dutch oven that comes in a rainbow of colors.
The on-trend hues include cobalt blue, sunshine yellow, a forest green (the official color of the summer camp where the two founders first met), and—you guessed it—a very pleasing shade of millennial pink. There’s also a lovely and practical gray option in the mix, which was suggested by one of the founder’s mothers.
Looks aside, the wares incorporate some clever design gestures: The stainless-steel pieces all nest, four of the pieces share two lids, and the interiors are rivetless to...
‘Tis the season of giving
Sometimes selling used home goods you no longer want makes sense and sometimes it doesn’t. Perhaps the current market value of the items isn’t worth the effort or you just don’t feel like dealing with strangers, yet the products are still perfectly functional and it would be nice (and sustainable) to find them a new home. These are the times to look into donating.
Below, we’ve rounded up various channels for donating household items, from furniture banks to charity shops. Before donating, take care to accurately assess the condition of your items (consider checking with the organization first to make sure they’re in acceptable condition) and note that some buildings may require a certificate of insurance if movers will be coming in to transport larger items. And when donating to charities, don’t forget to get a receipt to claim a tax deduction.
The following resources, listed alphabetically, accept household items, furniture, and appliances of all sizes unless otherwise noted.
With locations across the U.S. and Canada, furniture banks collect gently used furniture and household items and distribute them to families in need for...
Hint: It’s all about housing
Today, nowhere is immune to housing crises: Developed and developing nations; cities, suburbs, and rural areas; prosperous regions and economically struggling ones. And there’s a common refrain echoing around the world: housing is a human right. However, that’s far from being a reality. How—in the face of considerable population, financial, regulatory, and spatial hurdles—can we boost supply to those who need it and do it in a considered, successful way?
“Housing as Intervention: Architecture towards Social Equity,” a recent volume of Architectural Design, explains how architects around the world are responding to social equity and justice issues through housing. Guest editor and housing expert Karen Kubey scoured the globe to find forward-thinking solutions that are specific to the problems in their respective cities, but hold lessons for architects everywhere.
Kevin Roche, Robert Venturi, Gunnar Birkerts, and even Balthazar Korab worked for the influential modern architect
Kevin Roche remembers his initial interview with Eero Saarinen in 1950. The young architect, having spent the last week drinking and partying in New York City, had been summoned by the famous Finnish-American designer for an 8 a.m. meeting in his room at the Plaza Hotel to talk about a potential job.
Saarinen, who was just getting up, began talking in his slow, deliberate voice at Roche, who had been up all night with his cousin and slowly drifted off into sleep. Saarinen evidently didn’t notice, continuing his discussion about architecture and design. As Roche told Dwell, he eventually woke up with a start as Saarinen said “well, come out to Michigan.” Roche would then borrow some cash, buy an overnight train ticket, and begin working for Saarinen the next day.
Roche had the luck to not only ace the interview, but become a designer, architect, and eventually key associate at one of the more exciting architecture offices of the 20th century. Eero Saarinen and Associates of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, would go on to design some of the most iconic buildings of...
I just finished this dresser and mirror for a little girl’s room. The color they chose was Annie Sloan Napoleonic Blue. I was happy to give this set a pop of color! To see this shade of blue plus other Annie Sloan colors, please click HERE. The issue I had was that the set had...
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A quick update on our mini kitchen DIY renovation, and in particular the subway tile backsplash. This is a great example of a true snowball effect! It all began when I decided to repaint my cabinets white. I began the job by having Benjamin Moore Cloud White color matched at Home Depot. The paint was...
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Hey everyone! I have been super sick this week with a really bad cold and as soon as I recovered, I was hit with a bad case of food poisoning – yikes! This is why I’m sharing this week’s makeover on a Friday instead of in the middle of the week. – a poor excuse...
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It’s a daily driver and camper in one
The allure of #VanLife is strong, from the nomadic lifestyle to the ability to camp wherever, whenever. But although it seems like everyone wants a camper van these days, it’s not always practical for some people. Love campers and trailers? Come join our community group.
More than anything, most camper vans are expensive. Custom conversion rigs regularly run into six figures, and Class Bs from industry veterans like Winnebago and Airstream are top-dollar, too. It can also be hard to add another vehicle into the mix, and most camper vans don’t function as a daily driver.
Throw in height restrictions, HOA requirements, and storage space, and it’s easy to see while the #VanLife dream remains out of reach to many. Too often, the affordable, modular camper vans so common in Europe just don’t seem to be available here.
New companies want to change that. We’ve reported on the Recon camper van in the past, and today we’re looking at the Free Bird from Washington-based Caravan Outfitter. Built on the Nissan NV200 cargo van, the Free Bird uses a convenient slide-rail system that makes switching from camper van to cargo hauler a cinch.
Currently on display at Dutch Design Week
Throughout his career, Dutch designer Joris Laarman has pushed the boundaries of what’s possible with a 3D printer. Best known for his Bone Chair, Laarman is a pro experimenter with process and form.
Since 2015, Laarman has been working on his most ambitious project yet—a 40-foot 3D-printed steel bridge that will span an Amsterdam canal. Now, nearly four years after he started the project, the bridge is fully printed and ready to install.
Working with his 3D printing company, MX3D, Laarman and his team designed a six-axis robot capable of 3D printing a swooping load-bearing structure from molten steel. The bridge itself is an impressive feat of technology, starting with its complex form, which was printed in chunks before being welded together.
It’s also embedded with sensors that can collect data around the bridge’s health. In real time, the bridge can measure strain and vibration as well as the number of people who walk over it and how quickly. MX3D says it’s using this first bridge as a way to collect data that will inform future bridge designs. The...
In the market for something new at home? Check these out
Your home should ideally put you at ease—and the right furniture and decor can help. The only problem? Finding joy-sparking pieces that are also durable and wallet-friendly is easier said than done.
That’s why we’ve put together the following shoppable roundups across popular home goods categories—from sofas and ottomans to rugs and accent chairs—all at relatively affordable price points. Click through to each category for all of our picks and for even more ideas, make sure to check out our spring Home Shopping Guide.
Scooter companies are accused of “gross negligence” and “abetting assault” in a complaint filed in Los Angeles court
The two largest scooter companies in the U.S. are named as part of a class-action lawsuit filed Friday, where nine plaintiffs claim they or their properties have been injured or harmed by Bird and Lime scooters as a result of “gross negligence.”
The complaint, which was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court and has been obtained by Curbed, includes not just scooter riders but pedestrians who say they have sustained injuries which include broken wrists, toes, and fingers, torn ligaments, face lacerations, and “damaged” teeth.
“We filed this class-action lawsuit against Bird and Lime and the manufacturers of their electric scooters to address the terrible injuries they have inflicted on their riders and pedestrians, and the continuing harm they are causing,” Santa Monica personal-injury lawyer Catherine Lerer told Peter Holley, who broke the news of the suit in the Washington Post.
Lerer said she has received over 100 calls from people injured by the dockless mobility devices. Her firm, McGee, Lerer & Associates, has a page on its website dedicated to...
1970s vibes in full effect
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Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
If unique design inspires you, look no further than this towering five-bedroom, five-bath home in North Carolina. Custom built in 1975 for Winston-Salem resident Dr. John Hayes, the multi-level house was inspired by the “binuclear design” made famous by modernist architect and designer Marcel Breuer.
The binuclear layout features two separate wings with an entry hall at the nucleus, a way to organize the home’s sprawling 5,703 square feet. Renovations in 2013 updated and repaired problem areas, but left the house’s original California redwood paneling, imperial plaster walls, and oak parquet floors.
The building sits on 1.1 acres in the prime Winston-Salem neighborhood of Buena Vista, and also boasts a large master suite, wet bar, and a study with 12-foot ceilings and built-in bookcases. Outside, brick-terraced landscaping compliments a waterfall, pond, and extensive greenery, making this redwood giant look a bit...
Burly enough to go off-road
There’s a lot to love about the teardrop trailer. Even the tiniest of teardrops usually feature swooping classic lines, compact and functional design, and a reasonable price tag that looks downright affordable compared to other campers. Love campers and trailers? Come join our community group.
We’ve written about some of our favorite teardrops in the past, but the latest to cross our desk is Colorado Teardrops. Based in Boulder and founded in 2014, Colorado Teardrops currently builds four different models of trailers designed to get you camping quickly.
If teardrop trailers have any drawbacks, it’s that it can be hard to sleep a family. Most teardrops sleep two adults in the main cabin, although some add a rooftop tent in order to sleep a few more. But what’s a family with two small kiddos to do?
Enter the Summit. The Colorado Teardrop Summit model is 5 feet by 10.5 feet and boasts a dry weight of about 1630 pounds. The fully insulated trailer features an anodized aluminum exterior and light maple plywood on the interior for a woodsy, cozy feel. But the coolest thing about the Summit is the sleeping set up: The trailer cabin includes bunk beds...
The government has ordered the pilot program be stopped immediately
Updated: On October 19, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a statement saying it has directed Transdev North America to immediately stop running its Babcock Ranch autonomous school shuttles, calling the pilot program “unlawful and in violation of the company’s temporary importation authorization.” NHTSA says the Transdev shuttle was approved for “a specific demonstration project, not as a school bus.” While Transdev said it believed the program did meet NHTSA’s approval requirements, the company has voluntarily shut down the project.
The southwestern Florida town of Babcock Ranch bills itself as the nation’s first solar-powered town. Now, it can add another big high-tech notch to its belt: The first city to test autonomously driving school shuttle buses.
This fall, the planned community has partnered with Transdev to launch a pilot program for self-driving shuttle buses that can transport up to 12 children at a time.
Like other autonomous shuttles that are popping up across the country, the EasyMile Easy10 Gen II is pod-like vehicle that runs...
Columbus launches new downtown driverless transit trial
In Columbus, Ohio, a group of small, autonomous shuttle buses circling downtown offers a glimpse of what some tech and transit advocates see as a key component of future urban transportation.
Operated by Michigan-based startup May Mobility, the three shuttles have been running a test route on a roughly one-mile loop around the Scioto Mile, an area adjacent to a riverfront park, since last month. Currently operating in test mode—without passengers and with a backup driver—the shuttles will begin picking up riders on December 3. Moving at a steady 15 miles per hour, these vehicles show the slow but steady progress of this technology, billed as a potential solution to transit congestion in dense downtowns.
“We want this tech to be tested in all use cases, and know we can rely on it in all weather conditions,” says Jordan Davis, director of Smart Columbus, the smart city initiative helping oversee the trial. “We don’t want to launch something that leads to false hope.”
Run in partnership with the Ohio Department of Transportation’s DriveOhio initiative, this trial is a step toward Columbus realizing its ambitions to become a...
A 300-year-old capital of Latinx culture on the cusp of change
It’s the nation’s seventh most-populous city—and the fastest-growing one. It’s welcoming 66 new residents each day and is on pace to receive 1 million new arrivals in the next 25 years. Downtown, a $57 million, state-of-the art school of data science will soon open, one of a score of pivotal developments reshaping the city’s core.
Few would likely guess that the above refers to San Antonio, Texas, the state’s second-largest city—and one of the U.S.’s least understood. As this capital of Mexican-American culture celebrates its 300th birthday, it also confronts a sizable shift in its character, economy, and ambitions.
“Historically, [San Antonio is] a city that was isolated, small, and didn’t see a lot of growth,” says Ian Caine, an associate professor of architecture and director of the Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). “You have a city that’s experiencing growth, but it’s not built for that.”
Caine describes San Antonio as a city of contrasting realities—especially now. Traditionally seen as...
Courtyard, but circular
There are a couple ways to approach a hot and humid climate: Either shut it out or embrace it fully. This house on Mexico’s western coast takes on both approaches and in the process creates a beautiful homage to the region’s balmy weather.
Mexican architecture firm Casas de Mexico (CDM) designed the house around a circular interior courtyard that’s filled with palm trees. According to Dezeen, the house sits on a former palm grove that was cleared to build the sprawling residence. What remains is a smaller but impeccably groomed yard landscaped with spindly palm trees, green grass, and a placid pool.
“We almost wanted that patio to feel like a chunk of the surrounding jungle had been taken from its original place and relocated in the inside of this home, with its palm trees reaching to the sky,” the studio told Dezeen.
CDM’s design merges the interior with the exterior through oversized doors that slide open to the courtyard and open-air corridors that connect different wings of the house. It’s a lovely effect that makes the house feel breezy...
Remember the HUGE Empire dresser that I purchased at a thrift store? It was a real struggle to get this one home but I’m so glad I did. I really had a lot of fun with this huge beast! This piece was not a custom job and it was liberating to choose whatever color I...
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I’ve finished the bedroom set in Paris Grey for a little girl’s room and with a lucky Target fluffy pillowcase find, the set is complete! Earlier this week I shared the Cottage Gray dresser that is part of this project and now am sharing the vanity. These pieces are not an actual bedroom set (see...
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I wasn’t able to share a Favorite Find with you this week because I’ve been flat out busy completing custom jobs and didn’t have a chance to go thrifting. I will share this Cottage Gray dresser makeover that I just completed. It was my favorite find Monday a few weeks ago. Here is the before:...
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Today’s find is a vintage chest of drawers that I am about to paint for a neighbor, Amantha. This piece is part of her childhood bedroom set that has now been handed down to her daughter. Amantha already painted the matching vanity and dresser but ran out of time and energy. I’m going to finish...
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This week, I’m sharing a video tutorial I created on the process of transforming the “beast” Empire dresser! I posted the “before and after” last week, and just finished editing the video tutorial and uploaded it to my YouTube channel. Using Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines chalk style paint in the color Olive Grove, the...
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The program uses “reminiscence therapy”
Inside a sprawling beige warehouse in Southern California is what some researchers believe could be the next big thing in dementia care. Town Square, a 9,000-square-foot replica of a 1950s-era town in Chula Vista, California, is designed to jog the memories of people with dementia by surrounding them with familiar places and activities from their past.
The replica, which is part of the George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Center’s roster of adult day centers, is impressively detailed. The town has 14 storefronts including a vintage shop, movie theater playing old films, a working diner, and an old-school gas station, complete with a 1950s Thunderbird that visitors can sit inside. Patients rotate through each location and participate in activities based on their abilities.
The whole thing is designed to get patients moving around and socializing with each other. “Every storefront lends itself to reminiscing,” Scott Tarde, CEO of the Glenner Centers, told CityLab. “In the library, they’ll do everything from puzzles to having storytellers come in. In the pet store, animal...
It’s pretty darn cute
When Sony first released the Aibo in 1999, the animatronic pup sold out within 20 minutes of its launch. Understandably. With its floppy-ish ears and well-timed tilts of the head, the robot passed for a beagle, albeit one that was made from silver plastic and didn’t poop.
Sony continued to sell the Aibo for several more years, incrementally improving on its technological dogginess until 2006, when Sony discontinued Aibo. Over a decade later, the robotic pup is back and for sale in the U.S. for the first time since 1999.
The new generation of Aibo is greatly improved in terms of sheer dog-likeness. It’s like Aibo trotted into Pixar and emerged a full puppy dog-eyed robot. This time around the robot is connected to the cloud, where its behavior is dictated by constantly learning AI. According to Sony, the Aibo’s personality is formed by its interactions with its owner, like a walking, woofing Tamagotchi.
Using its suite of internal sensors, the companion puppy will react to seasons and weather, learn new tricks, and use its nose camera (plus facial recognition) to seek out its owner. The robotic dog...
Hurricane Florence underscores how our current system of rebuilding after storms can’t afford a future of more frequent and powerful weather.
A flood of biblical proportions, the second 1,000-year rain event in as many years, a storm dumping 18 trillion gallons of rain that caused 16 major rivers to flood.
While the extent of Hurricane Florence’s damage to the Carolinas and Eastern Seaboard won’t be fully understood for months, preliminary estimates suggest that it will be staggering. CoStar estimated $33.5 billion in commercial real estate would be threatened. Moody’s prediction earlier this week that the total damage could range from $17 to $22 billion was immediately deemed too conservative in the wake of a storm that already dumped 36 inches of rain on parts of North Carolina in a single 24-hour period.
But more important and tragic is the human toll, both in lives lost and homes damaged or swept away. As of the afternoon of September 20, 41 people are reported dead, many whom were fleeing the rising waters on increasingly inundated and overwhelmed roadways. On-the-ground reporting also illustrated that the brunt of the housing damage will impact lower-income residents....
The shingle-style house sits on 3.5 acres
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Location: Petersham, Massachusetts
It’s not often you find an elegant mansion for under $1 million—unless it’s of the McMansion style—but this antique Colonial is delivering on all counts. Located on 3.5 acres about 1.5 hours west of Boston, the eight-bedroom, five-bath home was constructed in 1900 and painfully restored in the 1980s.
On the market for the second time in 118 years, the shingle-style house measures 4,388 square feet with spacious porches overlooking the rear lawn. Inside, gleaming wood floors have been well-cared for, bathrooms feature claw-foot tubs, and the house boasts an astonishing seven fireplaces.
There’s plenty of space on the property to build a barn and the house backs to a trail system for hiking, riding, and biking.
If you’re looking for value in a quintessential New England town, 28 North Main Street is on sale now for $650,000.
This is the house-hunting show we need right now
The last time I hate-watched House Hunters, I found myself seething as a woman rejected one perfectly good home after another because it lacked her most-prized feature: a window that would show off her Christmas tree to the neighbors. “No one wants to see your Christmas tree,” I yelled at the television, even as I wondered what it might feel like to consider such a feature a necessity. Like many other House Hunters haters, I live in New York, in an apartment building with stairwells so steep and narrow I’m not sure a Christmas tree could even make it to my third-floor apartment (let alone fit through the door upon arrival).
I love reading about real estate, so for a long time I wondered if I’d ever be able to watch a home-shopping show and not resent everyone on it, and also myself for judging them and for feeling incredibly jealous. As if by magic, My Lottery Dream Home, the fifth season of which premieres September 21, came into my life.
Episodes of My Lottery Dream Home hew to the same “so you want to buy a house” structure as other shows in the genre, but here, the buyers haven’t come into their money through inheritance or...
Not just for the youth anymore
Millennial pink, the color we all love to love (and love to hate), isn’t just for the youth anymore. At least if we’re to believe this beautiful and very pink retirement home in France.
Dominique Coulon & Associés, designer of inventive libraries, schools, and elder care centers created the Huningue retirement home with a single color palette: a peachy, pink hue just a touch warmer than the traditional millennial pink.
This—let’s call it retirement pink—covers the interior of the main building, which is part of a 43,000-square-foot complex that also includes a restaurant, hobby workshop, vegetable garden, and place to play boule. The color is the result of mixing red concrete with pink terra cotta, which also gives the space a beautifully imperfect texture.
Though the interior is clearly the attention grabber, the architects paid equal attention to the facade, which is a pleasing mix of materials—large glass windows interspersed with a woven brick pattern whose color is pretty close to retirement pink, too.
Via: The Spaces
RB Components sells both custom conversion vans—like this one—and DIY van parts
The world of conversion vans has been growing by leaps and bounds, with new companies popping up every month. But one trusted name in the camper van business has been around since 2002, providing adventurers with both fully built out vans and the parts to do it themselves. Love campers and trailers? Come join our community group.
Based just outside of Los Angeles, RB Components is marketed as a one-stop shop for trailer, shop, garage, and van accessories. And unlike some van companies out there with subpar websites and service, RB Components delivers. We saw one of their vans at Overland Expo this past spring, and it was well-thought out and superbly constructed.
Take this Mercedes Sprinter 170 EXT 3500. It’s a beauty of a van to begin with—four-wheel-drive included—but RB Components transformed the Sprinter into a sweet adventure rig. Open the side sliding door, use the electric folding step, and you arrive into a living room area that has three removable seats depending on how many people you’re hauling. A gray and black color scheme keeps things modern, and a sleek kitchen area features a...
Interior designer Jessica Helgerson, tiny home designer and inhabitant, shares her time-tested strategies
Interior designer Jessica Helgerson and her husband, architect Yianni Doulis, bought five acres on an agricultural preserve ten miles from downtown Portland, Oregon, in 2010. The land came with two buildings, one of which the pair immediately began renovating into a weekend retreat.
The small 1940s cabin had already been poorly remodeled, so they gutted it, vaulted the ceiling, added new windows and doors, and reconfigured the entire floor plan. Once it was all done, they spent their first weekend there for Helgerson’s birthday—then never left.
They spent the following four years living in 540 square feet with their two young children. (They’ve since moved into a newly built home on the same property). Here, Helgerson shares her time-tested strategies for a successful small-space redesign.
"It starts with a logical layout," Helgerson says. When working with a client, Helgerson will identify their spatial needs and how they’ll use their home. She asks questions about their lifestyle, such as whether they like to entertain or need home office space, and...
Go ahead, walk right over it
From a house whose roof is made from seaweed and driftwood, to a town hall that serves as a physical bridge over a river, there is no shortage of buildings that are designed to blend into their surroundings. This school library in India is continuing the tradition with a sloping shape that merges with the ground.
Mumbai-based architecture firm sP+a designed a library for a school in Kopargaon, in the state of Maharashtra, to fit into a narrow space between the school’s existing buildings. The result is a vaulted brick structure that rises into a mound-like extension of the ground that people can walk over.
The architects say they arrived at the library’s final form through a combination of low-tech and high-tech processes. The arched shape is inspired by 16th-century Catalan tile vaults that were popularized by the 19th-century Spanish architect Rafael Guastavino. The vault’s actual shape was created with a special rhinoVAULT plug-in that allows the library’s arched shape to rely on pure compression.
With records of real accomplishment in cities, mayors and city leaders are hoping to win over voters statewide.
It’s not news that Democrats tend to win in urban parts of the country, or that they support programs that would help their urban constituents. But many candidates running in 2018—from both parties—have a significant amount of first-hand experience with modern city government and urbanism, suggesting there many be a fresh infusion of progressive urbanists in statehouses and the Capitol.
For instance, Beto O’Rourke, Andrew Gillum, and Karl Dean are all Democrats running for state or federal office in 2018 who feature in many Blue Wave narratives about the upcoming midterm elections.
They also also bring extensive city government experience to their potential jobs. O’Rourke, running for a senate seat in Texas, got his political start as a council member in El Paso, Texas, and helped push for a massive redevelopment project that improved walkability. Gillum, a progressive aiming to occupy the Governor’s mansion in Florida, previously served as Tallahassee’s mayor. Dean, who as mayor of Nashville from 2009 to 2015 oversaw explosive growth in the city, wants to become...
This week’s favorite find is actually two pieces and although I said it was a bedroom set in the post’s title, they actually are not truly a set. However, they are both going into a little girl’s room as her new bedroom furniture and need a cohesive look. We decided on pale gray for both...
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