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29 Architecturally Stunning Staircases

A striking staircase can truly be the centerpiece of a home. From modern to traditional, these creative and sculptural staircases command attention.

Aquas Perma Solar Firma

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia<p>“Homeowners often quit at the first sign of complexity or budget escalation when building a self-sustaining home,” says Clinton Cole, principal of CplusC Architectural Workshop, a design-build firm based in Sydney, Australia. But Geoff Carroll and Julie Young are …

Aquaponics

Woodland House

With a palette of cedar and glass, the Woodland House fades into the forest landscape. It's situated on a wooded plateau. Comprised of three realms, …

Oxford Residence

Los Angeles, California<p>This new residence creates a spacious living environment on a small but prominent corner lot, and a timeless architectural addition to the architecturally eclectic beach community of Venice, California. <br>The open loft-like interior encompasses the common …

Architecture

Shoreline Residence

Minnetonka, Minnesota<p>Situated on a picturesque site on the east shore of a lake, this new home is designed to bring the experience of the lake into the house. The large living and family rooms feature panoramic lake views through floor to ceiling windows, and a clerestory above creates a sense of …

Architecture

10 Zen Homes That Champion Japanese Design

From mono no aware, the awareness of the transience of things, to wabi-sabi, the appreciation of imperfection, Japanese design principles have influenced architects all over the world.<p>Rhythmic wooden structural frames, narrow corridors, internal courtyards, sliding screen doors, tansu-style hidden …

Frank Lloyd Wright

Slip Away to These Sleek New Villas in a Costa Rican Forest

Nestled between a tropical forest and the Pacific Ocean, Joya Villas is an astounding, modern getaway designed by architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe.<p>Set against the lush, tropical backdrop of the Santa Teresa rainforest in Costa Rica, the newly opened Joya Villas designed by the award-winning Studio …

Costa Rica

Amanda Palmer Reads Polish Nobel Laureate Wislawa Szymborska’s Poem “Life While-You-Wait”

Consolation for those moments when you feel “ill-prepared for the privilege of living.”<p>One spring evening not too long ago, I joined the wonderful Amanda Palmer on a small and friendly stage at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music and we read some Polish poetry together from <b>Map: Collected and</b> …

A Dramatic Tree House by Budget-Conscious DIY Builders

In a remote second-growth forest in Sullivan County, New York, is an off-the-grid tree house that was constructed with the help of the trees around it.<p>Sited on a steep, sloping hill surrounded by trees, the 360-square-foot project was designed to accommodate a limited $20,000 construction …

Treehouses

28 New Fiction Books To Add To Your Must-Read List This Fall

The season promises a veritable cornucopia of enthralling novels and short story collections.<p>As we head into back-to-school season and long, blissful weeks of sweater weather, it’s only natural to be tempted to spend hours in the bookstore browsing fresh titles and adding to our to-read …

Amazing Virtual Field Trip Ideas with Google Street Views

Overview<p>We all know and love Google Maps. But did you know that the Street View Pegman has few more tricks up his sleeve? Google Street Views takes …

How an Extreme Skier Learned to Make Peace With Fear | Heleo

“You should never ignore fear for any reason because you think if you ignore it, it will go away. It’s just going to come back louder.”<p><b>READ ON TO</b> …

Not A Creative Person? Meditation Will Change That

<i>By Paul Harrison</i>Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso.Creative people. They’re the rock …

How to Beat the Imposter Syndrome Feeling

Every other creative professional you know has succeeded largely because of their talents and dedication. You, on the other hand, have got where you …

Self-help

How To Stop Windows 10 Installing Automatically

Upgrading to Windows 10 should be a personal choice, but increasingly it isn’t. In a series of ever more cheeky, arrogant and downright deceptive moves Microsoft has pushed Windows 10 upon millions of unsuspecting Windows 7 and Windows 8 users.<p>So how do you stop an automatic Windows 10 installation …

Articles about 7 tiny cabin retreats on Dwell.com - Dwell

It doesn't get much more idyllic than this: An illustrator of children's books who lives on the Sunshine Coast of British...<p>In New York’s Nassau County, a 125-square-foot garden retreat offers a haven from bustling contemporary life.<p>An unorthodox design is a comfortable escape from city …

A look inside the world's superhouses – in pictures

A new book and exhibition looks at some of the world’s most extraordinary houses, including a transformed cement factory outside Barcelona, a prefabricated house in the Netherlands, a restored 12th-century castle in England, and a futuristic seaside escape on the coast of Victoria.<p>• McCartney’s …

Architecture

Mr. Gauguin’s Heart: The Beautiful and Bittersweet True Story of How Paul Gauguin Became an Artist

What an invisible dog knows about the tenacity of the human spirit and the healing power of art.<p>Many great artists have in common the ability to transform trauma into creative power. Among them is the great French Post-Impressionist painter <b>Paul Gauguin</b> (June 7, 1848–May 8, 1903), whose work …

Art and the Mind’s Eye: How Drawing Trains You to See the World More Clearly and to Live with a Deeper Sense of Presence

A passionate case for learning “to search into the cause of beauty, and penetrate the minutest parts of loveliness.”<p><i>“It’s only when we look with eyes of love that we see as the painter sees,”</i> Henry Miller wrote in his forgotten 1968 gem <i>To Paint Is to Love Again</i>. Drawing, indeed, transforms the …

Literature

An Illustrated Meditation on Memory and Its Imperfections, Inspired by Borges

A most unusual invitation to repaint the reality we take for granted through the art of moral imagination.<p><i>“The least contaminated memory,”</i> wrote Sarah Manguso in her magnificent meditation on memory and the ongoingness of time, <i>“might exist in the brain of a patient with amnesia — in the brain of</i> …

Literature

Get Out of Your Own Light: Aldous Huxley on Who We Are, the Trap of Language, and the Necessity of Mind-Body Education

“In all the activities of life, from the simplest physical activities to the highest intellectual and spiritual activities, our whole effort must be to get out of our own light.”<p><b>Aldous Huxley</b> endures as one of the most visionary and unusual minds of the twentieth century — a man of strong …

Education Policy

A Zen Master Explains Death and the Life-Force to a Child and Outlines the Three Essential Principles of Zen Mind

“Zen practice … requires great faith, great courage, and great questioning.”<p>If death is so enormous a mystery that we remain unable to wrap our grownup minds around it, despite comfort from our great poets and consolation from our great philosophers, how are tiny humans to make sense of it all? …

Meditation

10 Mindsets That Will Radically Improve Your Performance

Success is something all career-driven individuals desire yet it eludes many people — at least at the levels desired. Why are some businesspeople …

How to Achieve Monkey Mind

An Alphabetical List<p>A definition of sorts from the <i>Guide to Buddhism A to Z</i>: “In Buddhism, the <b>monkey mind</b> (kapicitta) is a term sometimes used by the …