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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Dressing Up the House0

I’m not sure when decorating your house for Halloween became as big as that other holiday – ya’ know, the one in December.  But it seems that these days, dressing up your house is as important as dressing up yourself.  Here are some of the creepiest things I found: a bag of rats, that moves, [...]

Ribbon Stairs0

People in Prague must have quite a good sense of balance. Why do I say this?  Check out the Ribbon Staircase: I know I would eat sh*t on those and probably cut myself up pretty bad in the process. Designed by Petr Hájek, Tomáš Hradečný, and Jan Šépka of HSH Architects, this potential deathtrap is [...]

He said, She said1

A shelf  in the kitchen. Sometimes the littlest things can make a big difference.   Door 16:   In this post at Door 16, Anna says where she got this cute little shelf (any guesses before you go over and look?)  and how she put it up!  Lots of other great stuff, too, on her blog about  [...]

House Hunting0

House hunting is a chore.  It can also be fun and exciting, but it takes a lot of time, and there can be some frustrating moments.  My girlfriend and I just went through a typical house-hunting scenario:   we made an offer, they made a counter-offer, we counter-offered their counter-offer . . . and then the owner [...]

Is It Snowing Yet?0

Winter is coming.  And, depending on where you live, snow is inevitable.  I’ve been lucky in this respect; it rarely snows in Florida (believe it or not, it has snowed a few times in The Sunshine State—but it usually melts upon hitting the ground). My experiences with snow are primarily related to business trips to [...]

Name This Tool0

Any guesses? If you said a jigsaw,  you’d be correct.  Me?  I thought it was a loom or some sort of sewing apparatus. The device above is a rare Schrofter Brothers jigsaw, patented in February 1876.  The one pictured happens to be in working order and is for sale at Union Hill Antique Tools for $1825. I [...]

More Toilet Talk0

If your home is anything like mine,  you have a bathroom that’s about the size of a phone booth.  For those of you too young to know what a phonebooth is,  just picture a coffin with a phone in it. Now for the bathroom image,  simply replace the phone with a toilet, sink, and shower, and you get the idea. [...]

Toilet Trouble0

My house has some funky water—possibly due to old, rusty pipes, though it might just be the area I live in.  It takes no time at all for a nasty, red-brown film to build up inside my toilet bowl.  And before you think about it – no, I don’t have anything to do with the brownish film.  [...]

Fogged In0

Cal Poly Architecture & Environmental Design students have devised an interesting (and beautiful) way of exploring how texture and light create an affective environment in a room: The Fog Bank is a Senior Thesis, designed by fifth year students Patrick Delorey and Keith Houchin for a class called Affective Environments, which is taught by Eric Nulman. [...]

He said, She said1

It’s the Little Things That Make a House Home:  Karla says displaying a meaningful quote on the wall of your home is subtle way to remember what’s important to you.  She got a beautiful hand painted look with a custom made vinyl decal – and she’ll tell you where to get one for your home.    Paintable textured wallpaper?  I [...]

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