Honk, honk, beep, beep, hey buddy, move it! For kids that love things that go, the garage is equivalent of a dollhouse to lil doll lovers. Available at almost every price level and made from a variety of materials, wooden versions can stand the test of time and be handed down to future generations. The tall structures — full of ramps and elevators — can take the traditional route (like the Down the Earth version above) or go modern (like Melissa and Doug's). Take a look at some of our favorite wooden garage playsets and tell us which your tot prefers!
>> Here's the first glimpse of Dasha Zhukova's much-anticipated new magazine, Garage. Hitting newstands September 5th, the magazine's main editorial — as well as one of it's three covers — was photographed by Hedi Slimane and features some provactively-placed tattoos. "The 'INKED' project is really emblematic of the mission of the magazine — bringing together individuals from diverse creative fields to produce something compelling and bold," Zhukova said of the magazine's inaugural theme. Jeff Koons, Richard Prince, Paul McCarthy, and Damien Hirst were all tapped to design tattoos for the issue; it's Hirst's version that graces the main cover, which ships with a peel-back modesty sticker in the shape of a butterfly (left).
The two alternative covers of Garage feature the work of prominent artists as well: one cover features a Nick Knight and Dinos Chapman image of a doll house with a Lily Donaldson doll playing inside, while the other cover features a tattoo design created by Richard Prince. Despite the alternative covers, W.H. Smith has already banned the magazine from sale at its stores in England. However, Barnes & Noble will stock the magazine.
Click through to see all three covers from the first issue.
If you're lucky enough to have a garage, you probably use it as spillover storage for things that don't fit in your home, as well as a place to park your cars, of course. The garages we had in the homes I grew up in were always overflowing with lacrosse and hockey sticks, unused furniture, spare tires, gardening tools, and other odds and ends we didn't use everyday. They were also quite messy, I must admit. I've seen a few garages that are more organized than even the tidiest rooms in my home; it's so impressive to me! How does your garage stack up on the organization scale?
Dubbed Garage (the same as her flagship Moscow museum, the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture), it's set to launch in September and will be an art magazine with a strong fashion angle. "It's going to be a girls' magazine," Zhukova says. "I have more ideas than I know what to do with. I guess I'm a bit of a fantasist and a daydreamer — all sorts of things come to me during the day."
She's also enlisted former Vogue Paris editor Joan Juliet Buck as a consultant for the magazine, as well as Vanessa Traina. "I'll set projects up and hand them over," Zhukova explains. "I'm a delegator and I find that quite easy. I feel I do it intuitively. But I have to trust that the people I work with are going to make decisions I approve of."
In the '60s, the space age sitcom The Jetsons toyed with the image of a family of four flying around in the sky in a futuristic automobile. No one believed such a day would come. But, folks, we're almost there. Now some lucky citizens like Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban who live in luxury high-rise buildings have what's called an "en-suite sky garage." The tricked-out feature is essentially a garage meets giant elevator, accessed from the street. After driving their luxury automobile of choice into a private driveway, the prosperous peeps drive directly into a key-lock elevator that lifts their vehicle up to the same level as their apartment. After opening their car door, they're simply steps away from their very own living room. No run-ins with prying neighbors in the hallway or dodging paparazzi in the lobby necessary.
I spotted this photograph, shot by James R. Salomon, of a home on Squaw Lake, NH, and turned green with envy. Not only do these homeowners have a lake as their backyard, but they have a garage for their boats actually attached to their home. Maybe I'm not familiar enough with waterfront homes, but this seems really extraordinary. And if you hold your hand up to block the water, the house looks any other New England home with a garage you might see on land; it's seamlessly integrated. Better yet, the garage roof offers itself up as an expansive deck extending from the interior where the family can look out at the lake. Remind me why I'm living in a small apartment in the city again?
If you have an attached garage, don't forget to consider it when upping your energy efficiency this Winter. To keep your energy costs low, make sure that your garage door fits properly, and is closed, especially during storms. Also, make sure that the door leading from the garage to the inside of your home is insulated and highly energy efficient. This will help to improve the temperature and comfort of your home.
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I've brought up the idea of using the garage for additional living space, so when I ran across the garage reno on Sunset, I knew I had to share the fabulous results with you. Architect Jonathan Feldman was brought in to help expand a San Francisco, CA, family's living space by using their garage. While a garage is a relative luxury in San Francisco, it's not actually a necessity, especially when the space can be used for something much better than simply storing an auto.
To see the transformation, read more
If you're cramped for space but don't have enough cash for an addition on your house, consider converting your garage into an extra room. What do you need? A guest room? A play room? A home theater? See how other people have used the space when they've decided the car can stay on the street.
When January temperatures dip below zero, sometimes it's hard to get your vehicle started, especially if you keep it outside. Keeping your car in a garage overnight is often your best bet for ensuring it will start easily in the morning. Do you keep your car in a garage at your home?