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Raw Materials: A Minimalist Longhouse on Denmark’s Fanø Island, Starring Plywood and Clay

We recently spotted an intriguing house on Leibal, a website devoted to minimalist design. Unlike many of the sleek, modern projects featured on the site, this one, while high-design, has a pleasingly rural and humble look to it. Dubbed the “House on Fanø” by its architects, Copenhagen-based practice Lenschow & Pihlmann, the project is located on Denmark’s Fanø Island. It’s inspired by Scandiavian Viking-era long houses, elongated homes in which everything (including the barn) is under one continuous roof. “The house can be seen as a new interpretation of the traditional long house typology,” say the architects. “The intent of…

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10 Easy Pieces: Under-Bed Storage Solutions

Beneath the bed is some of the best storage real estate in the house. If you’d like to do something a little more intentional than just stuffing or kicking things under there, consider the under-bed storage solution. Designed in metal, wood, and soft or structured fabric, the right storage drawers and bags can make all the difference. Here’s our edit of the best. Above: Made to coordinate with the Floyd platform bed, the company’s Underbed Storage solution could feasibly be used for other platform style bed frames as well. It’s made of white or black powder-coated steel and canvas for…

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Choose the Right Type of Paint for Your Bathroom

Picking paint for your bathroom presents a special set of considerations. Bathrooms are constantly exposed to water and humidity, so selecting a moisture-resistant formula is crucial. In addition, bathrooms tend to be smaller-sized spaces, so if you want the space to feel larger, the right paint color can help you achieve your goal. Gloss vs. Matte Finish Bathrooms tend to be damp, with every surface exposed to moisture after each shower or bath. This means that it’s important to cover the drywall of the room—anything not tiled, including the ceiling—in a high or semi-gloss finish. The shinier and more reflective…

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Steal This Look: A Remodelista’s Minimalist Galley Kitchen in Brooklyn Heights

When my husband, Josh, and I moved to Brooklyn Heights a couple of years ago, we were lucky enough to find a parlor floor flat that hadn’t been updated for a couple of decades, so it was a blank slate. The kitchen in particular needed work, so we called on our friend Malachi Connolly, a New York/Cape Cod-based architect, preservationist, and longtime board member of the Cape Cod Modern House Trust to oversee the renovation. Here’s how to get the look: Photography by Matthew Williams, with styling by Alexa Hotz, for Remodelista. Above: My inspiration for the kitchen was English…

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California Takes the Lead on Light Bulb Efficiency

The Department of Energy attacked new light bulb efficiency standards this fall, but the state of California is pressing ahead just the same. Illustration courtesy of Jessica Russo/NRDC. California has once again demonstrated its environmental leadership by adopting updated energy efficiency standards that prohibit the sale of inefficient light bulbs in the state as of January 1, 2020. California’s state-level action is needed because of the Trump administration’s Department of Energy (DOE) efforts to illegally overturn the national standards that were due to go into effect on that date and complete the phaseout of inefficient light bulbs. Back in 2007,…

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10 Alternative Uses for Sawdust

Manufacturers use this common by-product in countless ways: to make particleboard or as a fuel source for boilers, for example. If you’re working on a home-improvement project, chances are you’ve got a few piles of sawdust in your garage, too. Here are some ways to keep it out of the trash bin: Make fake snow. Mix sawdust with white paint and glue to cover holiday crafts with simulated snow. Get a grip. Winter loggers spread sawdust on their truck paths. It provides traction and strengthens compacted snow while protecting the ground underneath. Soak up spills. Keep a bucket handy for…

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