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Habitat | Living Spaces in shades of Caramel + Mint

 

Elements in Doug Aitken’s house in Venice, California, blur the line between inside and out.  “The goal was to create a warm, organic modernism that’s also perceptual and hallucinatory.”

Silk-screened walls mimic hedges growing outside the windows; the corner window is amazing.  Microphones integrated into the foundation of the house amplify the sounds of the moving earth and sea.  Stairs can be musically played as well as tables that alternate as sonic tables that can be played like a xylophone.  A kaleidoscopic staircase is constructed of angled mirrors, reflecting the sun’s movement illuminating the interiors.

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Yard Remodel Project: Outdoor Entertaining and Relaxing

 

DIYer architect John Tong, founding principal of 3rd Uncle Design, turned a century-old industrial dairy in a back alley into a home with a colorful playground for three kids.  “The courtyard is an extension of the house, with a big table that hosts parties, a stage for impromptu performances, and part of an old loft overhead that will one day become a tree house for the children.”

photo credit: Stacey Brandford, via dwell

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DIY Tutorial: Hanging String-Bound Kokedama Moss Balls

 

 
photo credit: String Gardens 

 

A few weeks back I posted an article titled Modern & Eco-Friendly Indoor Gardens in which I talked about string gardens by Fedor van der Valk.  As promised, here is a tutorial on how to make your own hanging string-bound Kokedama moss balls.

Kokedama is an old Japanese botanic art form which has been lately revived.   The following tutorial with accompanying instructional photos are courtesy of Sicilian-born Amsterdam-based designer Aura Scaringi from  Miss Moussetache.  A portfolio of her work can be found at Mimimou; an urban exploration, graphic design and illustration studio.

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Modern and Eco-Friendly Indoor Gardens

 

Organic, recycled, reused, upcycled or urban green.  You can call it whatever you want!  Here are some fresh design ideas you can use to create your own modern and eco-friendly indoor gardens.

Many of us are apprehensive about having to care for houseplants, whether we believe to have a brown thumb, haven’t quite mastered creating the “perfect” environment plants need to strive or simply find it hard to incorporate them into our modern living spaces.  It is time to think outside the box with these innovative options for modern and environmentally responsible gardening.

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