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House Tour: A Comfortable, Organized Montreal Home

<b>Name:</b> Aleks and Clay <b><br>Location:</b> Montreal, Canada <b><br>Size:</b> 1000 square feet <b><br>Years lived in:</b> Rented 1 year<p>Over the years, Aleks and Clay have acquired a lot …

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Landscaping

4 Parks That Are Making Their Cities More Beautiful–And Sustainable

When the landscape architecture firm Nelson Byrd Woltz designs urban parks, it looks at two things: cultural history and natural ecological systems. By blending the two, the firm creates public spaces that are deeply rooted in a specific place and that help cities become more environmentally …

Track Down

Nine Rooms with Unique Wall Designs

From decorative sculptural wall hangings to unusual surface treatments, these nine spaces showcase incredible wall designs that add an unexpected …

Unique

Before&After: Design transformations inside a mid-century modern home

Talented designers dramatically remade a Palm Springs, California estate, by updating and refurnishing a sprawling <i>mid-century modern home</i>, which is …

Mid-Century modern

Master figure drawing with this unique sketchbook

There are certain skills every artist needs to master, such as how to draw landscapes with realistic perspective or objects with a good sense of …

13 Spots You Never Thought to Paint (But Definitely Should)

Here's proof that a little bit of color can make a huge difference.<p>Here's proof that a little bit of color can make a huge difference.

President Obama’s Library To Be Designed By Small Husband-And-Wife Firm

The Obama Foundation selected New York-based Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects for its “commitment to scale, craft and materiality.”<p>Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects has been awarded the coveted commission to design and build the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago. The New York–based …

Architecture

A Flat-Pack Sofa Designed by the Bouroullec Brothers

French designer brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec turn down 90 percent of commission work offers, but when Danish design brand Hay asked them to …

10 Favorites: Architects’ Budget Kitchen Countertop Picks

When we reached out to members of our Architect/Designer Directory to take an informal poll on the best countertop picks for budget projects, we …

Home Improvement

Australia's best buildings of 2016 will make you want to move in

If you're sick of your crusty old office, here are some of Australia's best new buildings so you can start daydreaming.<p>On Friday, the Property …

12 Quotes that Will Bring Peace When You Deal with Difficult People

Are there people who constantly discourage you, tell you that you’re not good enough, and generally make you feel terrible about yourself?These are …

Self-help

10 Very Useful User Experience Tools For Every Designer

UX designer is responsible for improving the usability, accessibility, and pleasure provided in the interaction between the user and the product. …

archatlas: A House on a Rock Sforza Seilern Architects, an artistic collaboration between Studio Seilern Architects and Muzia Sforza, completed their first African project in Zimbawe: Gota Dam Residence. The 1500sqm building is situated atop a granite rock overlooking a large man-made dam, or reservoir for the extensive surrounding farmland. The area is, to say the least, breathtaking and awe-inspiring, and deserved a piece of architecture that is equally awe-inspiring The house consists of three basic elements: two granite blocks that enclose the bedrooms and support spaces, an oversized timber platform and cantilevering roof that frame the panoramic views and create shaded living spaces, and two glass boxes that enclose the winter living areas, emphasising the feeling of living within natural granite. A small horizon pool at the lower level visually integrates the dam reservoir with the lower levels of the house. Images and text via (via archatlas)

Smiling Even When Unhappy Makes You a Happier Person — Here's Why

Don't get it twisted: We're definitely not telling you to smile more — <b>being told to</b> <b>do that</b> <b>doesn't appear to improve peoples' moods.</b> That being said, …

Happiness

10 Ways to Make Your Home Look Elegant on a Budget

Get the elegant home of your dreams on a budget. Image Source: LMK Interiors Having a high-end looking home can be difficult, especially if you have …

Home Decorating

The possibilities of 'invisible' wood - CNN Style

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