I can spend hours upon end looking through new releases at my local library or book store, and my browsing is often influenced by the beautifully designed book jackets. These book covers don't only inspire me to buy books, though; they often make me rethink home design, color schemes, or accent pieces. For instance, the cover of Italian author Margaret Mazzantini's latest novel has me thinking about moody blues and avant garde styling. To see some of my other literary inspirations, and ways you can use them in your own home, check out the slideshow.
Sometimes simple, elegant solutions can make all of the difference, such as these LED lights, which illuminate a low set of stairs at the Green Mountain Ranch. Design features such as minimal staircases, wide hallways that may accommodate wheelchairs, and showers with built-in seats are just a few of the features that make homes elderly-friendly. While my house is elderly-friendly in many ways, the long, uneven brick staircase that leads to the backyard is definitely not one of its more accessible features.
So tell me, could you grow old in your home? Is there anything preventing you from reaching the ripe old age of 80 or 90 within its walls? Tell me what makes your home elderly-friendly — or not — in the comments.
Wallpaper magazine, which focuses a discerning and design-savvy eye on topics such as travel, design, entertainment, fashion, and media, has just released its Design Awards 2009 issue, which goes on sale today. The 2009 Design Awards, which include recognition for everything from best grooming product to best women's fashion collection, also showcases a number of home and interior design items as well.
The judges, which included Kanye West, had their work cut out for them, but I have to say they came up with some great choices. Definitely check out the current issue (W* 119) of the magazine for the full portfolio of judges' portraits and full explanations of the winning entries. To see some of the home-related award winners, check out the slideshow. Source
I love to find examples of good design that's working for a good cause. In the case of designer Vinay Gupta's Hexayurt, those two elements are definitely present. The Hexayurt is, in Gupta's words, a "microbuilding." Gupta's design is a small, strong, and economic structure that can be erected in about two hours, and is made from easily accessible materials such as insulation board, plastic, and cardboard. The Hexayurt has a high R-value, which means that it is relatively comfortable in high and low temperatures.
Gupta's designs for the Hexayurt are in the public domain, which means that they are available for free download. While the Hexayurt was originally envisioned as a refugee shelter, it's recently gained popularity at campsites at the desert festival Burning Man.
To see a video explaining the Hexayurt, read more
From October 11-14, the Domino Home Bazaar is hitting New York City.
Tickets are $20 per day and only valid for day of admission. This is a great deal though: You also get a 1-year subscription to domino (a $10.00 value) with your ticket, and 5.00 of each ticket purchased benefits the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA), a collaborative and independent not-for-profit organization, that studies new treatments for HIV/AIDS and related diseases, and conducts a comprehensive HIV health literacy program. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
If any Casa readers are thinking about going, please let me know. And snap some pictures of your favorite home accessories while you're there! I'd love to see those photos.