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Old year, new year

The new year has begun. I admit to wondering what this new year is going to bring. Last year was bad enough, could this year be worse? Could it be better? Could it be just a repeat of the old year? We expect New Year’s to give us a new start. We hope that it will be a good start, but many times it isn’t. Loved ones who have celebrated Christmas with us suddenly die soon after New Year’s is over. Crises that we have experienced in life don’t stop at 11:59 PM on December 31 and at 12:00 AM everyth...
Tags: England, Religion, Jerusalem, Rome, Jesus, Norwich, New Year's, Jericho, Marjorie, Julian, Rolle, Speaking to the Soul, Douglas Fir, Linda Ryan, Education for Ministry, Richard Rolle


Former camping site turned into gorgeous family home clad in charred wood and natural stone

When tasked with creating a family home in Austin, local firm, Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, decided to go with a blend of charred wood, locally-sourced stone and glass panels. The result is the stunning Llano retreat, a design that was strategically built to embrace the natural landscape, while providing a contemporary, but cozy living space.   Situated along the Llano River in central Texas, the building site was used for years by the family as a camping and fishing spot for the weeken...
Tags: Texas, Design, Austin, Architecture, Gallery, Interior Design, Home Design, Llano, Laura Roberts, Douglas Fir, Llano River, Charred Wood, Shou Sugi Ban, Nature Inspired Homes, Locally Sourced Building Materials, Shou sugi ban homes


Node Living Echo Park Opens in L.A.

Opening just in time for the New Year, Node Living Echo Park is the global co-living company’s latest curated co-community, located in Sunny L.A. on two historical 1900’s Bungalow Courts on Sunset Blvd in the burgeoning Echo Park neighborhood. From an architectural perspective, the project is especially auspicious as it protects and preserves an endangered historical style; only 350 are left in L.A. With “thoughtfully designed private apartments and dedicated community curators,” Node offers s...
Tags: Books, La, Node, Echo Park, Douglas Fir, Sunset Blvd, Co-living, Architectural Profile, Profiles and Research, Los Angeles co-living, Node Living, Node Living Echo Park Opens, Anil Khera


Ikea Kitchen Upgrade: 11 Custom Cabinet Companies for the Ultimate Kitchen Hack

Love the price and functionality of Ikea kitchen components but not the cabinet front choices? An array of new companies is offering custom cabinet fronts to pair with Ikea’s kitchen systems. “Ikea cabinets are like building blocks,” says Finnish company A.S. Helsingö. “The quality is solid,” adds John McDonald, founder of SemiHandmade. “And we especially love their price; even with SemiHandmade doors, you’ll easily save 30 to 40 percent on the cost of a typical custom kitchen.” With the bones o...
Tags: Books, UK, London, La, Brooklyn, Netherlands, Ikea, Portland Oregon, FSC, Kitchens, Dunsmuir, Sandy, MDF, Blum, Sussex England, Lisa Jones


From Reform: A New Line of Ikea Cabinet Fronts Made with Dinesen Wood

Copenhagen-based Reform, which makes Ikea-compatible kitchen cabinet fronts, is on a roll—they opened a Brooklyn showroom not too long ago and they work with cutting-edge architects like Copenhagen firm Norm. Their latest offering is the UP kitchen, a collaboration between the architects at Lendager Group and Dinesen, using the floor company’s high-quality surplus material. The cabinet fronts and countertops, inspired by the classic craftsman kitchen, are made using cuts from solid, reclaimed Do...
Tags: Books, San Francisco, Brooklyn, Ikea, Copenhagen, Douglas, Kitchens, Douglas Fir, Kitchen Cabinets, Dinesen, IKEA Cabinet, Kitchen Remodels, Ikea Hack, Custom Cabinet Companies, Dinesen Wood, Product Discoveries


“Feel-Real” Douglas Fir 6.5ft Christmas Tree just $197.73 on Amazon (orig: $449.99)

Amazon Black Friday HOT Amazon Black Friday Deal! Get National Tree 6.5ft “Feel Real” Douglas Fir 6.5ft Tree with Clear Lights is only $193.73 (originally $449.99). Great reviews and perfect if you need a tree! Everyone gets Free Shipping on Amazon right now too! Details on the Christmas Tree: Measures 6.5 ft. Tall, 49″ Diameter... Read More Read more about “Feel-Real” Douglas Fir 6.5ft Christmas Tree just $197.73 on Amazon (orig: $449.99)
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Black Friday Deals, Coupons, Online Deals, Douglas Fir, Amazon Black Friday HOT Amazon Black, 5ft Feel Real Douglas Fir


Doug is No Throw’s Sustainable Kitchen Table

No Throw design’s simple and enduring credo might be summarized as “thou shalt not throw away.” Three elements constitute this admirable philosophy: 1. Easy assembly and disassembly to facilitate repairs, part replacement, and recycling; 2. Exclusive use of certified sustainable materials and production practices; and 3. Free downloads to enable local construction. The aptly named Doug Table is a good example. Made of sustainably harvested Douglas Fir, Doug is a kitchen table that embodies the ...
Tags: Books, Recycling, Sinks, Sustainable Design, Cabinets, Doug, Wood Furniture, Douglas Fir, Kitchen Table, Kitchen and Bath, Kitchen Units, Easy Replacement And Repair, Local Manufacture, No Throw, No Throw sustainable furniture, Sustainable Kitchen Table


50 Photos from our Summer Adventures

Highlights from our 2018 Summer Our boys are back in school and we’re preparing for our Canadian Thanksgiving, so that means another summer is officially in the history books. It was a full summer for us. We had a good mix of travel and hometown fun. We even had a two-week trip to Europe without our boys – which was a first since Braydon was born, almost 7 years ago. Last year, around this time, we wrote a similar post about what we did in the Summer of 2017. It’s fun to look back at old phot...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Europe, Photography, Toronto, Georgia, Spain, Canada, Adventures, Portugal, Cameron, Vancouver, Victoria, Connor, Whistler


Architect crafts a new work studio from an old shipping container

When it came to expanding his practice after years of working from home, Canadian architect Randy Bens knew that he didn’t want to venture too far away. Instead, the architect and his team decided that his own backyard would be perfect for a new office space and set about transforming an industrial shipping container into a contemporary and cozy 350-square-foot work studio. Bens worked from home for over a decade for his New Westminster-based architecture firm, RB Architect. When the practice...
Tags: Design, Vancouver, Bens, Douglas Fir, Randy Bens, Ema Peter


Passive House-inspired home ushers in spectacular Grand Tetons views

The sublime beauty of the Grand Tetons is fully embraced in the stunning House of Fir, a forever home that boasts sustainable and durable elements throughout. Designed by Wyoming-based architecture firm kt814 for a pair of retirees who actively volunteer for the National Park Service, this Jackson Hole abode was crafted to prioritize low-maintenance comfort with passive house design principles and universal design for aging in place. In fact, the home’s energy-efficient construction was put to ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Wyoming, Energy Efficiency, FSC, Jackson Hole, Carousel Showcase, National Park Service, Walnut, Triple Glazed Windows, Cedar, Teton Range, Custom Furniture, Douglas Fir, Energy Efficient House


Off the Beaten Path: 5 Unique Places to Stay in Utah

Even the accommodations can be part of your next Utah adventure! Settle into an iconic architectural treasure, a cottage fit for Goldilocks or a treehouse sure to make the Swiss Family Robinson envious—all in close proximity to Utah’s resorts and ready for your next winter getaway.  (1) Towerhouse Spectacular views and an abundance of wildlife are all part of the experience at this four-story dream home located in Tollgate Canyon (12 miles from Park City)...
Tags: Utah, Sport, Skiing, Salt Lake City, Park City, Smith, Frank Lloyd Wright, Wright, Greg, Robinson, Uinta Mountains, Jemison, Ballpark, Sugar House, Douglas Fir, Salt Lake Bees


Minimalism adds a modern twist to this traditional farmhouse

Columbus-based practice Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design took cues from early 19th-century agrarian architecture for its design of the Sullivan House, a contemporary residence that comprises two gabled barn-like structures. Located in the leafy Ohio suburb of Worthington, this single-family home offers a modern take on the local farmhouse vernacular with its simple form clad in natural materials and large expanses of glass. Completed in June 2016, the Sullivan House is a spacious resid...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Ohio, Michigan, Columbus, Minimalist, Carousel Showcase, Farmhouse, Slate, Worthington, Slate Shingles, Limestone, Open-plan, Douglas Fir, Gabled Roof


Danish-inspired holiday cabin is a dreamy Pacific Northwest hideout

Seattle-based design practice Prentiss + Balance + Wickline Architects is no stranger to creating charming cabins that embrace nature in the Pacific Northwest. So when a local family tapped the firm for a vacation home on a wooded plot overlooking the Hood Canal, the architects delivered with a clean and modern dwelling thoughtfully integrated into the site. Called ‘The Coyle’, the gabled buildings draw inspiration from the owner’s Danish roots and are wrapped in dark-stained cedar siding to re...
Tags: Design, Washington, Architecture, Gallery, Seattle, Pacific Northwest, Cabin, Carousel Showcase, Coyle, Cedar, Danish design, Douglas Fir, Cedar Siding, Hood Canal, Gabled, Stained Timber


An old 1930s home gets a modern makeover into a cozy beach cabin

Seattle-based architecture firm Olson Kundig is no stranger to cabin design, having completed many beautiful retreats across the Pacific Northwest. So, when Alan Maskin, principal and owner of Olson Kundig, decided to a renovate and expand an original 1938 beach cabin on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, the results were nothing short of spectacular. In keeping with Maskin’s love for “the various uses of history,” the Agate Pass Cabin deftly combines the spirit of the 1930s with a modern refresh....
Tags: Design, Washington, Architecture, Gallery, Seattle, Pacific Northwest, Cabin, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Repurposed Materials, Olson Kundig, Maskin, Olympic Peninsula, Douglas Fir, Aaron Leitz, Alan Maskin


Elegant net-zero home wraps around a large pond in Connecticut

Cutler Anderson Architects completed a modern woodland home that fully embraces the outdoors. Built to wrap around a large lake, the Connecticut Residence takes design inspiration from its surroundings with a subdued palette comprised of natural materials. As an “emotionally sustainable” home, the dwelling not only provides a relaxing atmosphere for its homeowners, but also generates all the energy it consumes through renewable sources. Created for a family of five, the Connecticut Residence ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, United States, Gallery, Connecticut, Cypress, Solar Energy, Geothermal Energy, Pond, Carousel Showcase, Net-zero Energy, Net-zero Architecture, Net Zero, Douglas Fir, Zero energy, Full-height Glazing


BIG designs a high-end tiny house that goes off-grid

Bjarke Ingels Group has revealed images for the firm’s first-ever tiny house—the A45—designed for the prefab-housing startup Klein. Inspired by the traditional A-frame cabin, the A45 takes on an angular form conducive to rain run-off and easy construction. The 180-square-foot timber cabin boasts a completely customizable interior design and can be built within four to six months in any location. Constructed in Upstate New York, the prototype for the A45 tiny house is clad in blackened pine wi...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Big, Cabin, Prefab, Carousel Showcase, Off-grid, Prefabricated, Modular Architecture, Bjarke Ingels Group, Upstate New York, Klein, Douglas Fir, Scandinavian Design, Københavns Møbelsnedkeri


Traditional barn raising techniques bring a modern cost-effective farm to life

With traditional rural roots and modern flair, the Swallowfield Barn by MOTIV Architects builds community in a rural neighborhood in Langley, BC, Canada. Built for the architect’s parents, Swallowfield Barn not only meets the needs of the farm, but also serves as a community gathering space with room for concerts, weddings, art shows, and more. The cost-efficient design/build project was built with reclaimed materials and, combined with the use of volunteer labor via a traditional barn raising,...
Tags: Design, Livestock, Architecture, Gallery, Wyoming, Community building, Carousel Showcase, Reclaimed Materials, Rural, Farmhouse, Barn, Fraser Valley, Douglas Fir, Rural Architecture, Gabled Roof, MOTIV Architects


Today's Urban Design Observation: Minimally-Connected Scaffolding Levelers

We think of sidewalks as level, until the first time you drop something round or cylindrical and watch it roll towards the curb. Sidewalks are of course graded to send rainwater into the gutters. Just how sharply they are graded can be seen anywhere there is scaffolding. Look at the height difference between these two parallel uprights, which by necessity must have level bases. The base of the outermost uprights are always, at least in New York, raised up on a stack of 2x12 Douglas Fir cu...
Tags: New York, Design, Urbanism, Douglas Fir


Chris Thile: Thanks for Listening (album review)

Chris Thile has become a bit of a cultural institution. As a member of Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers, he's forged a sensibility of pushing bluegrass and acoustic music into the modern era with folk accessibility and contemporary abstraction. His collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Brad Mehldau, and Edgar Meyer reflect his versatility with genre-hopping, fitting in traditional music as well as he does with classical and jazz. His latest gig hosting Live from Here (formerly A P...
Tags: Music, New York, Country, San Diego, Bluegrass, Americana, Folk, Bach, Balboa, Aoife O Donovan, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, Mehldau, Punch Brothers, Thile, Nickel Creek


5 of the Best Family-Friendly Days Out in North Wales

Travel Experta, Expat Mama, Educator and Entrepreneur - Inspiring Families to New Horizons North Wales is a great location for a family holiday. Your days can be filled with beach visits, railway rides, mountain explorations and much, much more! For your families next adventure, why not head to one of these fantastic attractions in the area? Zip World Fforest Zip World Fforest is perfect for those of you who are searching for an adrenalin-fuelled and action-packed day. The range of activities o...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, Wales, North Wales, Douglas Fir, Puffin Island, New Horizons North Wales, British Coast Tropical, GreenWood Forest Park GreenWood Forest Park, Puffin Island North Wales, Lyons Holiday Parks, Lyons Lyons


Worlds tallest hybrid timber building to boast Vancouvers most expensive new apartments

New details and renderings have been released of Shigeru Ban’s Terrace House, a collection of luxury homes in what will become the world’s tallest hybrid timber building. Developed by PortLiving, Terrace House will be set at the center of Coal Harbor overlooking the waterfront with condos starting at $3 million—which makes them the most expensive new apartments in the city. The 20 homes will be constructed as “individual works of art” with energy-efficient systems and wood harvested from sustain...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Apartments, Vancouver, Evergreen, Carousel Showcase, Shigeru Ban, Douglas Fir, Terrace House, Natural Materials, Shigeru Ban Architects, Hybrid Timber Building, Cornelia Oberlander, Luxury Residences, Sustainably-managed Forests


This swanky desert guesthouse was fashioned out of a former horse barn

This stunning modernist guest home bears little similarity to its previous form: an old concrete barn for horses. Design-build firm The Construction Zone led the adaptive reuse project, the Barn Guest House, transforming the old horse stalls into room dividers. Full-height north-facing glass gives the guesthouse an indoor-outdoor character that embraces a desert garden In Phoenix. Topped with a flat overhanging roof, the 750-square-foot guest home contains a master suite, kitchen, and living ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Arizona, Portugal, Desert, Contemporary, Modern, Carousel Showcase, Adaptive Reuse, Phoenix, Concrete, Barn, Douglas Fir, Full-height Glazing, Horse Barn


1920s Japanese Tea House Turned Zen Retreat – House of the Week

When Larry Genovesi set out to build a home on Massachusetts’ Little Harbor, he didn’t realize he would end up saving a piece of history in the process. It started as a typical day in 2000. He was strolling through Cohasset, a small seaside town of about 8,000, when a tiny, 1920s Japanese tea house caught his eye.  The view of the harbor - and the Atlantic Ocean in the distance - was a huge selling point; the ability to fish just beyond the doorstep was another. Photo by Brian Doherty. G...
Tags: Radio, New England, Atlantic Ocean, Brian Doherty, Cohasset, Douglas Fir, Larry Genovesi, Massachusetts Little Harbor, Brian Doherty Genovesi, Genovesi, Gail Petersen Bell of Home Center Sotheby


Exploring Tofino On Vancouver Island: Surfing, Hot-Springs, and Bears [PART 2]

Exploring Vancouver Island’s West Coast Vancouver Island, Canada The second half of my Vancouver Island road trip took me to the island’s West coast, and the fun little hipster surf town of Tofino. It’s a lush wilderness outpost on the edge of the sea. I was on a self-drive road trip with Canada By Design — their Coastal Cultural Explorer Tour of Vancouver Island. Which means I was following a basic itinerary, while my accommodation, a rental car, and some activities were included in the pric...
Tags: First Nations, Canada, Long Beach, Norway, West Coast, North America, Pacific, Pacific Northwest, Montreal Canada, YouTube Channel, Kris, Ramsay, Vancouver Island, Pacific Rim National Park, Courtenay, Tofino


Surfing & Hot Springs In Tofino On Vancouver Island [PART 2]

Exploring Vancouver Island’s West Coast Vancouver Island, Canada The second half of my Vancouver Island road trip took me to the island’s West coast, and the fun little hipster surf town of Tofino. It’s a lush wilderness outpost on the edge of the sea. I was on a self-drive road trip with Canada By Design — their Coastal Cultural Explorer Tour of Vancouver Island. Which means I was following a basic itinerary, while my accommodation, a rental car, and some activities were included in the pric...
Tags: First Nations, Canada, Long Beach, Norway, West Coast, North America, Pacific, Pacific Northwest, Montreal Canada, YouTube Channel, Kris, Ramsay, Vancouver Island, Pacific Rim National Park, Courtenay, Tofino


Surfing & Hot Springs In Tofino On Vancouver Island

Exploring Vancouver Island’s West Coast Vancouver Island, Canada The second half of my Vancouver Island road trip took me to the island’s West coast, and the fun little hipster surf town of Tofino. It’s a lush wilderness outpost on the edge of the sea. I was on a self-drive road trip with Canada By Design — their Coastal Cultural Explorer Tour of Vancouver Island. Which means I was following a basic itinerary, while my accommodation, a rental car, and some activities were included in the pric...
Tags: First Nations, Canada, Long Beach, Norway, West Coast, North America, Pacific, Pacific Northwest, Montreal Canada, YouTube Channel, Kris, Ramsay, Vancouver Island, Pacific Rim National Park, Courtenay, Tofino


Forget Ant Colonies. Here's a Desktop Termite Habitat

It might be tough for me to sell you an inch-thick cross-section of Douglas Fir for $125. But if I encased it in acrylic and placed a live colony of termites in there, maybe you'd give it a second look. That's the hope of the folks behind the Termitat, a desktop termite habitat that's a twist on the ho-hum ant colony. Twenty of these little bastards will go to town on that Doug Fir, spending three years or more munching it into their new nest while you watch. All you have to do is add water e...
Tags: Design, New York City, Toy, Furniture Design, Object Culture, Douglas Fir, Doug Fir


National Picnic Week: 10 perfect picnic spots in Devon

World First Travel Insurance Blog - For The Most Comprehensive Travel Insurance Around Hungry? June 16th – 25th is the UK’s National Picnic Week. What better excuse to grab a blanket and a basket, and settle down outside with your nearest and dearest for a tasty outdoor treat?  As far as we’re concerned, there’s no better picnic county than Devon. The rolling hills, fresh air and sun-soaked coastlines provide an embarrassment of picnic riches to choose from. Then again we’re a little biased. ...
Tags: Travel, UK, Atlantic, Devon, Travel Insurance, Exeter, World Heritage Site, Lundy, West Country, Marine Drive, North Devon, South Devon, South West Coast, Plymouth Hoe, Douglas Fir, Woolacombe Woolacombe


Kinfolks hipster haven in Brooklyn oozes an off-grid, hippie aesthetic

Pacific Northwest hipster vibes meets Buckminster Fuller in clothing company Kinfolk’s beautiful multi-use events space in Williamsburg. Carved out from a former mechanic’s garage, 94 Kinfolk welcomes guests with two geodesic-inspired shells built of plywood, Douglas fir, and Western red cedar. New York-based Berg Design Architecture designed the events venue to meet the client’s desire for a space that feels “like it was designed for an off the grid Pacific Northwest hippy mathematician.” Loc...
Tags: New York, Design, London, Architecture, Brooklyn, Gallery, Bar, Garage, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Williamsburg, Wythe Avenue, Kinfolk Studios, Buckminster Fuller, Douglas Fir, Kinfolk


Gorgeous solar-powered Colorado home produces almost all its own energy

Sustainability and a love for nature inspired Colorado-based CCY Architects’ design of the gorgeous Starwood Residence. Set on a ridge line, this luxury mountain home with floor-to-ceiling glazing overlooks the Roaring Fork Valley and Elk Mountains. Solar energy powers the energy-efficient Starwood Residence, which is capable of producing 70% of the energy that it consumes. The Starwood Residence lies low on the landscape with a series of sloping rooflines that appear to echo the surrounding m...
Tags: Design, Colorado, Architecture, Gallery, Green Building, Passive Solar, Solar Power, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Energy Efficient Home, Green Home, Roaring Fork Valley, Douglas Fir, Panoramic Windows, Sustainable Architecture, Solar Powered Home