Mortise and Tenon

A mortise and tenon joint is the most basic joint in wood frame construction. Used for thousands of years to connect pieces of wood in a 90-degree angle, the mortise is a slot cut into the wood, and the tenon is its corresponding projection. It is quite simple but strong. Endless variations of this joint make construction with minimal or no nails or adhesive potential.

Alice Lane Home Collection

A square mortise hole and its corresponding tenon projection is observable on the bottom of this table. A peg retains the tenon out.

Sutton Suzuki Architects

You can view cuts . It is probably salvaged from a timber-frame building where it had been used structurally.


Mortise cuts have been exposed by this lintel and post door.

Murphy & Co.. Layout

Ordinarily, a mortise and tenon joint is hidden between the timbers it joins, using a groove and slot cut to fit seamlessly together. The peg in this beam marks where the tenon exists inside the hole.

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Guest Picks: 20 Outside Pieces for Less Than $100

Summer is almost here, which means it is time to get your outdoor area prepared for get-togethers, relaxing weekends, and plenty of fun. Spruce up your patio or porch without breaking the bank using a bit of assistance from such essential outdoor bits, all priced under $100. — Maria out of Layers of Meaning


Astro Bird Feeder – $48

My son just discovered how to make bird sounds and he’s completely fascinated by these. This contemporary bird feeder would deliver a lot of entertaining evenings in the home.


BROMMÖ Deck seat – $59.99

No one does affordable midcentury-inspired furniture better than Ikea. I’ve had my eye with this deck seat for a while, and I’m so excited they decided to bring it back to their summer collection.

Cost Plus World Market

Timber Cove Ottoman – $79.99

World Market makes some of my favourite affordable pieces, and also this comfortable ottoman is among my favorites. Ideal for indoor or outdoor use, it is the ideal option for extra seating.

Cost Plus World Market

Pompeian Red Metal Accent Stool – $59.99

Adding color is one of my favorite techniques to bring a room to life. This bright metal stool brightens any space, while being operational.

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler Jet Set Coasters – $48

The master of daring images, Jonathan Adler has created the ideal summer coasters featuring some of the planet’s best beach destinations. I’ve already been to 2 them — maybe I need to make a point to go to at least once again by next summer.


Pop Swirls Pillow – $39.95

While I have a look at this pillow, I envision late afternoons lounging on comfortable chairs, sipping a cold drink and relaxing with a fantastic decor magazine.

Home Decorators Collection

Modesto Fire Column – $95

I’ve been wanting to buy a tabletop fire pit for my back porch for some time now. When those summertime soirees continue into the night, just light this baby up and continue the party!

Cost Plus World Market

Red Ikat Rio Indoor-Outdoor Rug – $79.99

My favorite feature about outdoor carpets is how simple they are to stay clean; simply hose it down and you’re done!

Cost Plus World Market

Ipanema Ikat Slanted Party Tub – $19.99

This Ikat-print party bathtub (a necessity for any party) is currently my favorite outdoor thing and costs less than $20. You can’t beat that!

Cost Plus World Market

Coral Lobster And Crab Plates – $13.98

If you can’t entertain by the sea, then bring the sea to you with these hand-painted crab and lobster plates.


Orange Outdoor Pillow Cover By Mazizmuse – $75

By now you probably know I’m a massive fan of handmade and Etsy; I really like to encourage local artists and small businesses. While this graphic pillow cover is for outdoor use, I don’t see why you couldn’t bring it inside during those cold months.


Basil Mint Rosemary Thyme Silverware Garden Marker Set By Beach House Living – $30

For the last few decades, my husband and I’ve planted our own vegetable and herb garden. There is nothing better than eating fresh, organic produce every day. This four-piece classic spoon set are the ideal addition to our contemporary garden.

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Elephant Lucite Ice Removal Services Little Rock Bucket – $54.95

Cocktails anyone? Keep your summertime guests refreshed by employing this monogrammed lucite Ice Removal Services Aurora bucket.


Navy Chevron Dog Bowl – $39

Do not forget about Fido while relaxing outside. This hand-painted dog bowl features my favourite routine: chevron.

Jonathan Adler

Blue Positano Highball Glass – $11

Jonathan Adler is at it again! This Mediterranean-inspired acrylic highball glass is among my favourite pieces of his newest collection. Insiders tip: Use it like an outdoor vase.


Sierra Platter – $58

This terracotta fish platter isn’t merely the ideal summer serving piece, but it also doubles as an outdoor dining table centerpiece.


high-gloss square white tray – $29.95

I’ve always been a fan of lacquer home accessories and also this simple tray is no exception. Use it as a serving tray, or put it together with an ottoman to hold candles or small potted plants.


ENHOLMEN Table/Stool – $59.99

I always gravitate toward furniture with numerous functions. It is possible to take advantage of this handwoven plastic sheeting piece of furniture as a table or as a stool.


Monogrammed Outdoor Pillow Cover In Daffodil By Designs By Them – $23.95

During the summertime I really like adding burst of color. This pillow cover features an embroidered initial in a mildew-, stain- and water-resistant cloth.

West Elm

Claude Planters, White – $16

I feel that no outdoor space is full without planters. These onyx and white ones add just the ideal quantity of boldness and contrast.

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Garden Tour: Colorful, Serene Woodland Close Boston

Six years back this backyard in Massachusetts was a failed landscape overrun with invasives like poison ivy, bittersweet and euonymus. But a few having a 2-year-old kid and a dog saw beyond the tangled lawn, attracted to the property’s woodland setting in addition to the city of Belmont Hill’s proximity to Boston.

Soon after purchasing the house, they called upon landscape architect Matthew Cunningham, who had a vision of a principal entry route through a colorful front lawn perennial garden and a calm backyard woodland garden. “My clients desired a rural feel with modern elements that could contrast with the simple and tasteful traditional lines of the house,” says Cunningham. They also desired for low-maintenance, drought-tolerant, critter-resistant and colorful plants at front.

Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC

Sneak peek! Salvia, miscanthus and peonies combine cool and warm colors.

Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC

“As soon as I saw the house, I had a vision of a perennial garden with a walkway route cutting it through,” says Cunningham. The front lawn enjoys full sun for the majority of the day, which produces a perfect microclimate for all these plants.

Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC

At the end of the entry route, a breezeway connects the main house into the garage and functions as the most important threshold to the house. The back side of the breezeway is all glass and enjoys views of the garden.

Two big pots of miscanthus flank the front door. “We play with all the plants in those containers seasonally … we have also used big boxwoods and fuchsia to add color, texture and elevation next to the doorway,” says Cunningham. “The backyard is constantly evolving.”

Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC

The mounded forms and spires of the perennials, ornamental grasses and inkberry comparison with all the boxy shape of the house.

“The plantings are seasonal,” explains Cunningham. Waves of color from various plants bloom during the season, whereas glistening and silvery leaves provide comparison for the majority of the year. The plant selection includes Russian sage, giant alliums, salvia and white peonies.

Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC

Catmint and geranium rozanne add ever-blooming shade down the front street throughout the summer.

The walkway and the driveway are made from Chip and Seal, which comes with an asphalt base, then a layer of liquified tar topped with a layer of embedded crushed pea stones. This gives the look of stones without the scatter brought on by shoveling and plowing in winter.

Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC

Purple coneflowers, Russian sage and ornamental grasses bloom through July and August.

Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC

Astilbes, geraniums and caramel coral bells show the vast array of color and texture in the blossoms and their own leaves.

Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC

“The recognized canopy at the backyard means that it enjoys dappled color all day long,” says Cunningham. Compared to this explosion of color out front, the garden takes its cues from its tranquil woodland setting. Plants like mountain laurel and ferns increase the softness and lush green surroundings.

Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC

Large elements of the yard’s new layout include this dining patio and a yard patio, created by dry laid stone retaining walls.

“From the garden, we utilized the brick to make texture and patterns that were not too loud,” says Cunningham. While the house has a running bond-brick pattern, the bricks at the garden were turned on edge to make contrast and tone down the busyness of their routines.

Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC

“I utilized manganese iron place brick to the backyard. I adore these particular bricks since they take on various colors,” Cunningham says. “In the morning, they have a rich mahogany color, while in the day they provide off iridescent purplish blue hues.”

Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC

Beneath the dining patio is a yard patio that overlooks the surrounding woodland. No mortar was used in building these walls, and Cunningham raves about the landscape building company that finished the renovation, Gardenform.

Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC

A hand-picked rock stairway connects either of the terraces into the remainder of the lawn. “The clients really wanted to use a local stone,” says Cunningham. Thus, he discovered this Goshen stone, a granite in a nearby quarry.

Pops of purple from catmint and allium tie the back garden to front.

Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC

The terracing and use of stone walls provides crisp changes in quality.

Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC

“The garden’s geometry pulls in the house and channels views to particular plants and areas on the property,” explains Cunningham.These horizontal bands of brick slit through an herb garden. “The voids between the bricks comprise creeping thyme, culinary thyme, rosemary and chives … the kind of plants that are aromatic underfoot,” says Cunningham.

Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC

A narrow gravel walkway through the herb garden channels the opinion to a grove of existing paper birch trees. “All these beautiful trees function as living sculptures,” notes Cunningham.

Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC

Carefully placed punches of color in the foreground have a dark cricketing background provided by conservation woodlands.

Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC

Sedona, main critter of this garden, loves to hang out in this beautiful landscape, and seemingly likes to fit his Pucci-esque accessories into the perennials.

Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC

This house’s landscape continues to evolve, and Cunningham is currently trying to establish bud on the boccie court. Following is a glimpse at the plan to help you put each the photos into their higher context.

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The Family Home: Corral Kids' Books

Having five kids who love books is fantastic. A few days is sounds like each surface in our home is covered in board books, easy readers and young adult literature of some type or another.

But while I realize that there are a lot worse things, coming to terms with all these novels along with the storage that they need has compelled me to think creatively. Each kid has a bookcase in her or his room, but that hasn’t been enough. While hunting around for a few attractive techniques to store and display our ever-growing library, I found a couple of thoughts from fellow ers. They have me inspired, and I am sure they will inspire you also.

Displaying children’s books on a shelf for this not only keeps them off the ground, it highlights that the lovely covers. Plus, younger kids are more apt to see when they can pick from their favorites readily.

Jeanette Lunde

It’s easy to heap books on a shelf, but corralling them inside a wooden crate adds much more interest. This is an especially fantastic solution for brightly colored covers that will pop inside the darkened wooden interior.

colorTHEORY Boston

This screen is a similar idea, but the device is carried from floor to ceiling, providing kids room to cultivate their library.

Erika Ward – Erika Ward Interiors

Developing a novel pocket such as the one shown here is easy with a bit of cloth, two or three dowels and a few mounts. Not only can it hold your child’s current favorites, but it can add color to the space also.

I like it, I love it!

When keeping children’s books on a bookshelf, think about integrating some ornamental things just as you would in more grownup distances. They’ll add interest and keep the area from becoming too boring.

Look around your house for things such as baskets and crates where you can store novels. These things can easily be placed near the sofa or your favorite chair for suitable storytimes.

Lucy McLintic

Children’s books come with all the most fantastic covers in the most vibrant shades. Why not arrange them according to color to spice up the bookcase a little?

The Painted Home

In our home, the kids read in their beds until I announce lights outside. An easy shallow shelf such as the one shown here will be ideal mounted on the walls beside their beds.

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The Family Home: 8 DIY Projects for All Ages

I am a sucker for a DIY project. There is something about developing a practical, beautiful object with my own hands that invigorates me. As our family has grown, I have noticed these same feelings in my children. Nothing makes them more excited than hearing me announce we will be working on a project. So here we will be discussing ways to create with your children. From pillows to original artwork, there is something for every age and every aesthetic.

Just a Girl

Adding trimming to an current lampshade is only the type of thing my 10-year-old daughter would really like to perform. Buy a yard or so of rickrack and pom-pom trimming and get out the paste.

Cosmetic Outburst

Bring spring inside with bird centerpiece and a branch. Let your children choose brightly colored birds from a crafts store, and you may help wire the birds onto branches you locate together outdoors.

Natalie Myers

Some of my happiest childhood memories have been afternoons sewing together with my mother. If you have been thinking you’d like to teach your children to sew, this very simple pillow cover is a great project to start with. You may start by picking out fabric together and finish with a helpful thing you created.

Erin Lang Norris

If you’ve got a kid who is interested in building and you’ve got some basic tools, you could consider building a bench like this Erin Lang Norris made from reclaimed wood.

If you have earrings scattered on your bathroom countertops, creating an earring display like the one shown here may just get things in order. Grab some lace, a classic frame and your daughter. Just remove the glass from the frame, put in the lace and have fun arranging your rings together.

The Yellow Cape Cod

If sewing isn’t your thing but you’d really like to update your family room drapes, this DIY is for you. Sarah from The Yellow Cape Cod shared her tips for elevating so-so curtains into showstoppers with simply a little fabric, ribbon and fusible fabric webbing.

Michelle Hinckley

If your children require a place to flaunt their keepsakes, make a bulletin board together. The one shown here was created with foam-core board and an old potato sack.

Lauren Donaldson

My children are way more tech savvy then I was at their age. This tutorial from Lauren showing how to create original artwork from favorite quotes is something we’d enjoy doing together.

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Interior Materials Get Exceptional Effects Treatment

Interior surfaces — walls, ceilings, floors — are usually thought of as simple canvases where other substances are applied; painted drywall is the most apparent example. However, the following photographs demonstrate that more substantial stuff can be used indoors to create exceptional surfaces and spaces within a home. Finally the focus is on the consequences generated by using their articulation, not on the substances themselves.

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Schwartz and Architecture

OK, what’s this? An outlet cover gone crazy? It’s really a freestanding screen that acts as a guardrail on one side of a stair. The following photograph shows it in context.

Schwartz and Architecture

Produced by Schwartz and Architecture with consultant SUM, the screen is a billowing plastic wall whose expression was completely shaped with computers. Different-size rectangular openings are turned right into a grid which undulates to create a vertical counterpoint into the timber treads.

Rossington Architecture

Think porosity involving a stair and different parts of the home demands complex design and consultants to pull it off? Not necessarily, as this simple wall using spaced slats illustrates. I could observe the spacing of the slats varied to add interest and also to let more light and views between the stair and the adjacent room.

Schwartz and Architecture

Also by Schwartz and Architecture is the toilet renovation, an all-white environment which receives some feel in the shape of bowed tiles in the shower. The fitting grout gives the walls a distinctive monolithic look.

Island Stone

A similar monolithic look is found in this wall faced in rock with tiles offset in a relief pattern. The capacity for shadows is highlighted from the floor lights installed beside the wall.

Resolution: 4 Architecture

I’ve always been a lover of exterior stuff showing up indoors. Such is the case with the cement-board panels in this home by Resolution: 4 Architecture, in which an exterior volume is clad in the material. The other exterior surface is timber, echoed in the handrail that is propped upon a white metallic bracket secured to the panels.

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CAST architecture

In this mid-20th-century renovation by Cast architecture, I enjoy the juxtaposition of both old wood and new handrail and bracket. Both new bits are articulated with boxy borders, fitting into the house’s contemporary style.

Hufft Projects

At just shy of 8,000 square feet, there is plenty of room in the Curved House for Hufft Projects to experiment with substances. One of the more unique applications is that this etched and cut-steel box-out. I am not sure what purpose it serves — a radiator cover comes to mind — but it sure is beautiful.

Brennan + Company Architects

Corrugated metal on the interior? Yes, really. Brennan + Company Architects created an interior”street” in this renovation of an old street house. The corrugated metal is juxtaposed with different substances to let off each room the hallway stick out.

jones | haydu

Continuing with metal, here is an improvement by jones | haydu that yells steel into its differently tiles and wood palette. Steel grating can be utilized for the second-floor hallway, allowing light to filter down into the lower level and make the inclusion more spacious. Simply wipe your shoes before you walk on it.


Built-ins are a great chance to do interesting things using substances, especially where we interact with them. The openings in these closet doors are simple, yet they clearly say,”tug.”

Laidlaw Schultz architects

The color and texture of those timber cabinets are quite rich. However, what stands out is how the construction was carefully planned so the grain proceeds across the different panels. Horizontal reveals follow the direction of the grain, both countered by the projecting pulls at the lower portion of these panels.

Mell Lawrence Architects

My ideabook on exterior stuff finished with Mell Lawrence’s cast-in-place concrete studio, so this one does exactly the same, illustrating how the interior and exterior finishes are basically identical. While the scaly feel from outside is flattened inside, the horizontal lines and the various holes are consistent, furthering the belief that the studio has been carved out of a monolithic solid.

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Contractor Tips: Smooth Moves for Hardwood Floors

If your place does not have hardwood floors, you probably want it did. Wood makes amazing flooring. It’s amazing, long lasting and easy to wash. The Victorians weren’t too fond of it (they covered with rugs and oilcloths the same floors people are now refinishing), and I appear to remember wall-to-wall carpeting everywhere in the ’80s. But hardwood floors have almost always been in style for the past couple hundred decades, so they stay a smart investment.

If you are thinking about installing or refinishing your existing flooring, then read on for some insight from a contractor which can help you get the most from them.

Jordan Iverson Signature Homes

The region where you can lay the flooring affects the sort of flooring which can be used. If you’ve got hot-water or electric radiant heat, you can install wood floors, but you must follow the manufacturer’s directions, and you will likely be limited to engineered timber.

Main living areas such as the first flooring, kitchen and family room advantage from a more challenging wood, such as oak or walnut. In a bedroom on a third floor, a softer wood (such as pine) will hold up just fine.

Design Manifest

Wood is a nice option for floors at a kitchen, and though I don’t suggest it at a full bath, it holds up nicely in a powder room. But in both of these places you’re exposing the wood to water, which means you’ll want to clean up spills straight away.

Tip: In the event of a disaster — such as a leaky dishwasher supply hose which floods the floor — stay calm and be patient. Mop up as far as you can and operate fans to dry out the floor.

The planks will likely buckle from the moisture. Don’t attempt to sand down the surface to fix the problem. It might take several months, but given sufficient time to dry out, the flooring should go back to normal.

Coggan + Crawford Architecture + Design

When you see a wood floor that looks like it’s past its prime, the wear you’re seeing is most likely the end on the wood. Most floors nowadays are finished onsite with some sort of polyurethane.

Prefinished floors that are completed at the factory will also be offered. To protect the finish on your floors, sweep and dry mop often, and be certain there is a mat in front of and inside every door.

Buckminster Green LLC

I encourage everyone to consider the environment and the health of your family when doing renovations.

Installing a wood floor is a green option as it can easily last 200 decades, but to ensure that your choice is as responsible as possible, start looking for FSC or SFI tags on the timber, which attest that it had been chosen in a sustainable manner.

The walnut floors pictured here came from city trees which had to be cut, but timber from storm-damaged trees can typically be found. These days, logs which have been submerged for decades are being turned to floor, too. Wood holds up just fine in the bottom of a river or pond, because it is deprived of oxygen.

Crisp Architects

Salvaged timber is a great alternative for flooring that is wood. Having a salvaged floor you are becoming true personality — not fake hand scraping or nail holes. You’re reusing floors, therefore there is less labour and shipping involved, and no virgin timber is used.

Installing prefinished floors does frequently involve more labour onsite, however. Anticipate 10 percent to 30 percent more time spent on the task to cull unusable boards, pull stray nails, cope with wonky boards and so on.

In my view it is worth it, however. And remember, using your buying power to support the local labor force is among the most sustainable choices you can make.

Sroka Design, Inc..

This herringbone wood flooring brings to mind the other chance: using salvaged timber which was not originally used for floors or can not be reused for its original function. This will take even more labour, but sometimes the cost can be offset by decreased material costs.

My firm recently bought about 300 square feet of the older Palestra basketball court in the University of Pennsylvania. Because of the manner it was removed by the demo crews, it required several days to turn the pile into usable planks, and even then they were 2 to 3 feet long (too brief for a conventionally laid flooring). The tiny boards will be ideal for a herringbone design.

I can not stress enough the importance of reading the manufacturer’s directions when installing new floors. You may like to read — according to your reading a dry post about floors — but that does not mean that your installer does. If you’ve got your doubts, look up the directions online before install day.

Tip: Some manufacturers recommend you orient the floors based on the dominant light source inside the room. In this picture front door casts a flood of light on the floor. This bamboo floor has been sanded and completed onsite, so the way the boards operate in seems great. However, some prefinished floors look better if the planks run together with the light.

LKM Layout

Maybe you have hardwood flooring and they simply want some help. Or perhaps you just uncovered old floorboards underneath several other floors and you wonder whether they are turned into a beautiful flooring.

If your house is older, you might have uncovered the subfloor. These days, we use plywood for our subflooring, but in the past in my area they used old-growth pine and fir.

Can there be anything wrong with using this as your completed flooring? Not automatically. Just keep those items in mind: Gaps between boards will be open to the distance or joist bay below. Subfloor helps to stiffen the end floors above, so be certain the floor isn’t too thin to support daily usage.

Check how much repair will be needed, too. You’ll want to add in planks that are salvaged to make repairs. This can be labour intensive, and you’ll want to source the timber. After repairs, you’ll sand, but if glue or paint is built up on the floor, this could use up more sandpaper and time than it is worth.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

Once your floors are sanded, they need to get completed. A full discussion of these available finishes might easily fill its ideabook, but here are a few points of conventional wisdom:
An oil end might be more durable, however you will have to cope with odors and VOCs when it’s installed. The glossier a end, the better it will hold up to traffic. Of course it is also going to show that traffic much greater than a matte finish. Polyurethanes, the very popular flooring finish, can not be touched invisibly, which means you have to refinish when the wear gets too bad.

Bona Naturale

Since many of my clients are asking to get a textured floor finish that seems like there is absolutely no end on the floors, I have been searching for a floor finish that holds up but still matches this description.

I simply used Bona Naturale for the very first time on a old white oak strip floor. It is the least glossy end I have seen, and predicated on Bona’s reputation for excellent products and also my observations employing the product, I recommend trying it if you are searching for the natural appearance.

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Tour Compound in California

A large property may seem like a luxury, but it may also be an immense challenge, especially when it comes to finding a building. Functional concerns like utilities and access may point to one place, while factors like sun and breeze may detect taste elsewhere.

With 1,200 acres, the Willits Compound in Northern California was rather an undertaking in terms of site selection. But the ultimate solution by David S. Wilson of WA Design meant that the remainder of the house basically fell into position. Continue reading for a tour of the house, which also contains a facility to get a nonprofit ecological foundation.

WA Design Architects

The Willits Compound is a U-shaped plan, composed of three rectangular buildings about a courtyard. Within this view from the north we see the garage to the left, the living space and master suite in the middle, and the bedrooms to the best. In the middle of the space between these three constructions is a large boulder, what turned into an organizing device to your house.

WA Design Architects

This view of the Willits Compound creates the U-shaped plan clear. Though bathed in a snowstorm, the exterior walkways that connect the three buildings will also be apparent. Each structure functions as a windbreak, making the courtyard a usable space in an environment which veers between chilly, hot and humid.

WA Design Architects

The native grasslands provide the house a distinctive circumstance. The reds and greens of the landscape pointed to a complementary exterior palette, most notably the vermillion stucco walls.

WA Design Architects

The other substances are evident in the approach to the parking courtroom. (The courtyard with stone would be to the right of the wall.) The stucco is accompanied by wainscot walls of Choctaw sandstone and steel gray standing-seam metallic roofs. Surprisingly, Wilson admits that”all along we planned to clad the whole building in Cor-Ten steel.” As constructed, the house includes a softer contrast with its surroundings and much more variant than one substance would let.

WA Design Architects

Among the reasons for choosing the outcropping since the middle of the house was the moss covering the stone. Wilson calls it”a living backyard” and admires the way the moss veers from lush green to dormant russet color:”The story of the seasons passing is advised every year on the surface of this boulder.” The gravel surface of the courtyard extends right up to the boulder, to intentionally recall a Zen rock garden.

This opinion toward the bedroom volume makes another mention clear: The covered walkways that connect the three structures are”reminiscent of an Old West street frontage,” Wilson says.

WA Design Architects

Outside of the main courtyard, at the elbow between the garage and living spaces, is a smaller outside square based on a pool. The large window on the ideal links this courtyard to an indoor pool adjacent to the garage.

WA Design Architects

Inside the fundamental building, the palette of whites and blues and the impressive scale of the space, much taller as it seems from outside, are apparent. The vermillion exterior gives way to a softer space with lots of exposed wood.

WA Design Architects

This photo, showing the opposite direction from the previous shot, illustrates just how narrow the plan is from front to back. This is helpful in supplying cross-ventilation and daylight to the interior.

WA Design Architects

Evident in the previous two shots is a second-floor bridge. This attribute traverses the entry space and divides the master suite on one side from the analysis in the opposite end.

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WA Design Architects

To one side of the entry is the dining area, located beneath the master suite. With functions stacked at the ends of the fundamental building, the scale of the spaces drops from what one encounters upon entering. Notice the timber ceiling and much more intimate scale to this area.

WA Design Architects

In many ways a detail may tell the whole story of a building. The Zen-like character of the principal courtyard can be located at the column base detail and paving. From the former the simple steel link illustrates the means of construction; at the latter the light and dark gray paving create a simple expression that’s very well crafted. Notice the feel of the paving and the way the dark gray strips are mitered in the column base.

Ultimately this detail shows an intersection which creates four quadrants. In three of them is the light gray paving, and at the fourth is your gravel. Just like a microcosm of the chemical, the gravel would be the courtyard, and the emitting would be the buildings.

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Up the Luck in Your House

St. Patrick’s Day obviously has me thinking about the luck of the Irish. I am not one to burn sage in a new area before residing there, nor am I going to really go overboard with luck-totem purchases, but I can’t help but think about how I can bring more blessings and positivity in my home. So I did some digging and found a few manageable tweaks and enhancements.

Shoshana Gosselin

1. Shamrock patterns. The four-leaf clover is famous for bringing good luck to the Irish. But who says you’re only limited to one? Throw pillows and partitions create ideal canvases for shamrock artwork. Create your own shamrock-filled space by employing this DIY stencil pattern …

Martha O’Hara Interiors

… or replace the coffee table with a set of upholstered, nail-trimmed four-leaf clover accent tables, like the ones in this chic sunroom.

2. Red doors. In Ireland, red doors are thought to ward off evil spirits and ghosts. Most civilizations — regardless of what their opinions are of the supernatural — regard the red door as a barrier dividing good and evil. Doesn’t this crimson door cause you want to find out what is on the opposite side?

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3. Lucky numbers. I’ve known those who have bought houses due to the home number’s auspiciousness, and no quantity is thought to be as blessed universally as eight: You’ll find eight days of Hannukah, Buddhism gets the Eightfold Path, it is the atomic number of oxygen, and it is the amount of unmoving stars in the skies symbolizing the perfect orientation of planetary energy. Add up the home numbers in the picture above and you get lucky number eight.

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4. Sapphire. The blue jewel is supposed to protect its wearer against misfortunes, accidents, unexpected and natural calamities, and psychological tensions — and what might be more agonizing than watching a televised game of your favourite group contrary to their number-one rival on your media room? If you can’t afford loose sapphire gems, experiment with sapphire paint.This otherwise impartial guy cave is wrapped in a lovely sapphire blue, bringing elegance and elegance (and hopefully fortune) into a manly area.

Rossington Architecture

5. Koi fish. A koi pond on one’s property is supposedly among the most powerful feng shui symbols of wealth and good fortune.

Design Studio -Teri Koss

If a pond is just not within your budget, paintings of swimming pool swimming, like in this paperweight sink, may also bring fortune, wealth and a joyful marriage.

Louise Lakier

6. Dream catchers. The Native American dream home, said to have originated in the Sioux Nation, is thought to catch bad dreams in the home, leaving its inhabitants with a peaceful and serene mind. If hanging one over your mattress doesn’t mesh with your design style, think about dream catcher artwork or décor similar to this nautical window in blown glass in the design of a dream catcher.

Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture

7. Bamboo. Heralded as one of the luckiest feng shui symbols, the lasting and hydroponic bamboo plant brings calmness and luck to virtually any environment. Bamboo also doubles as a durable barrier and ornamental plant in any Zen-inspired walkway or garden.

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8. Gold coins. Don’t we all wish we could have gold coins lying round the home to throw in the air for good fortune? Never mind the fact that gold bullions and artwork are just two of the most trustworthy financial investments you may make; seemingly, a few gold coins which are either glued into a path resulting in the front doorway, or put around the doorway, invite wealth and prosperity into the home or business. I wonder whether a gold coin throw cushion on the entryway slipper chair would suffice for good fortune?


9. Wishbones. Common lore has it that if two individuals tugging on a wishbone from a Thanksgiving turkey create a wish, following the wishbone fractures, the individual with the larger piece gets their wish granted. I hope that you all stick to actual turkey wishbones and stay clear of any pulling those blue Hans Wegner midcentury wishbone seats.

Anita Roll Murals

10. Elephants. The elephant totem is thought to be a harbinger of good fortune, wisdom and strength in several civilizations. Some think of the massive creature as being among the smartest animals on earth, and I have to agree. Elephants’ ordinary life span is 70 years, so that they have to be onto something. Wild, lovely pachyderms are celebrated in this nursery’s wall art …

For Folks design

… and gilded in this elegant Hollywood Regency–motivated console vignette.

ers, let’s How have you invited fortune and blessings into your home?

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Shhh … It's a Secret (Door, Room, Staircase)

Raise your hand if you used to see The Munsters TV series and secretly envied the trendy lifting stairs where Spot the pet dragon, dwelt below. My hands is way up. The Munster mansion was positively riddled with secret rooms and hidden compartments. The laboratory of grandpa was obtained through a trapdoor in the floor. After you were in the lab, if you pushed on a stone in the wall, then part of the stone wall swung away to show a dungeon. When Herman had a call to make, he tugged on a bellpull, the wall slid open, and a coffin glided out and started to show the phone. Pretty slick. And those were only some of the secret doors and hidden rooms. You’ll need to see the reruns and see just how many others you’ll be able to spot.

You may not have a laboratory, a dungeon or dragon, and you probably use a mobile phone that you can just hide in a pocket, but it doesn’t mean concealed rooms, passageways or compartments are not a great idea. Check out how these homeowners generated a little puzzle and fun in their houses. Is there anything you want to hide?

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You really can have that lifting stairs on your own house with no creepy Munster décor. This one hides another stairs to a lower level. This is a lot more intriguing than a coat closet. I simply don’t understand how I’d keep it a mystery, because I’d like to reveal it to everyone.

Red Ridge Millwork

This wine cellar has a bounty of storage out in plain view. However …

Red Ridge Millwork

… the very valuable vintages become stashed in another wine cellar revealed when this whole storage tank opens up. Great idea to use a wine cellar to hide your own wine cellar.

Dan Waibel Designer Builder

In the movies, we observe a wall safe hidden by artwork. What about using artwork to hide things that simply are not that pretty to look at? Framed movie posters can be the perfect way to hide AV parts and that collection of DVDs.

Hidden Door Store

I began thinking about this when one of my clients asked a concealed room for guns. The customer wanted to be certain the guns were protected and concealed in case of a burglary. If what you are hiding is dangerous, put it behind a heavy-duty door that can be locked. The lock is significant if a person discovers your secret spot, but the concealed accessibility behind a bookcase keeps people from even thinking there might be some thing back there.

This photograph and the next three show a wall with sliding panels that appear to be as much for aesthetic appeal as they are for concealing storage compartments as well as the entry to a bedroom.

The ladder rolls along the wall to get access to storage. The wall panel on the left has restored back to show storage. The decorative metal panel slides to the right to demonstrate another doorway behind it.

When the whitened wall panel to the left is open to show the storage, it is hiding the workplace.

A bedroom is supporting the decorative metal panel and a white door. A real sense of solitude is generated while the bedroom entry is behind two layers.

The very best way to hide the entry to an area is to keep people from imagining it is there in the first place. This paneling on the entire wall on each side of the fireplace looks like a normal wall treatment in an upscale house.

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design Inc..

Who would even suspect among the panels opens? The hardware that you choose should be completely invisible. For this kind of door take a look at this invisible hinge from Soss.

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These doors are not actually hidden, since they’ve handles. But if they were used using the hardware shown in the previous photo rather, people would not assume they aren’t solid walls, since they move floor to ceiling and the wood is continued in paneling around the room.


Rather than hiding a door within a wall, how about making the whole wall the entry? You would think this is the end wall of a market, but the whole wall slides back to reveal a great little living room. It gives a whole new meaning to the thought of a hideaway.

Choice Wood Company

Using bookcases is by far the number-one way a concealed room is hidden. I believe this works best when you have a library or an office with several bookcases lined up so nothing appears out of place or leads people to suspect a concealed door. But how do you make a recessed bookcase swing open? Read on.

Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR

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Here is the hardware that you need to earn a recessed bookcase glide forward and then swing to the side.

Witt Construction

A display case is a bit less likely to arouse suspicion. Utilize museum wax to secure objects to the shelves.

John Lum Architecture, Inc.. AIA

Back again to the idea of that usable space beneath the stairs. You do not need to hide an whole room; drawers beneath the risers are a great idea. And if you only eliminate the noticeable manage …

… and use a little piece of almost-hidden pull or push hardware, then you have a convenient secret compartment — a great idea, even if it’s only for hiding sneakers.

Lipa Woodwork

The compartments beneath this stairway could be wholly secret with no pulls. Again, push latch hardware would do the trick.

Lipa Woodwork

And look at just how handy it is to access all that storage as it slides right out instead of you having to crawl into that deep, dark closet.

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