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High-Energy Color Makes for Fun Interiors

Impactful Blue Walls and Ceiling William Geddes “In this room, we looked at that blue and went all in—that’s how to create impact,” says interior designer Denise Enright. Wrapping the walls with cabinetry not only offers more storage and display, it adds to the enveloping feeling of the space. Using semigloss on the cabinets highlights them as an architectural element; the ceiling’s eggshell finish helps it recede. A window seat provides an extra perch in a room that’s perfect for reading or quiet conversation. Paint: Jamaican Dream; OlympicArt: “Koi Zen I” by Amanti Art; Hayneedle.comRug: Prism hand-knotted jute rug; Dash…

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Webinar: Walls That Work–An Intro to the Four Control Layers

There’s more than one way to build a durable and efficient wall. Like most things, the devil is in the details—and in this case, the details refers to the four control layers. For a comfortable home and a wall that won’t fail, you must control water, air, vapor, and temperature. In this webinar we’ll study the four control layers, take a look at building codes and various climates, and open up a handful of walls that work. For more on this topic, see this collection of articles: All About High-Performance Wall Assemblies. -Brian Pontolilo is the editor of Green Building…

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How To Install Door Trim

Either you’ve installed a new door or decided to change the door’s trim for aesthetic reasons. Either way, to trim a door, you need to bridge the gap between the door jamb (the frame from on which the door is hinged and where the latch engages) and the wall. This is done with molding called casing. Casing can be molded or flat, and whether the casing legs and head meet at the top of the door in miter joints or butt joints depends partly on which you choose. First, Prep the Door For casing to sit flat and for the…

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The Comfort of Things: Artist Oscar Piccolo’s Modern Bohemian Studio Apartment

“I’ve never been by myself so much, but I’m treating this period as a good pause,” London designer Oscar Piccolo tells us. “I’ve always felt connected to domestic spaces so I am finding this aspect interesting. My home is my studio, really the two go hand in hand.” A 2018 fine arts graduate of London’s Chelsea College of Arts, Piccolo emerged as a multi-media talent to watch thanks to his Lampada Cappello, a serpentine lamp with a playful, hat-inspired shade that he sells on his website—and keeps selling out. Currently living solo and social distancing, he’s at work on a…

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Siding For Your Sustainable Home

Siding grading chart: This chart gives each siding material marks in each criteria category. They are given a score of 0-5. The green marks are good (more green = better) the red marks are bad (more red = worse). We know…you want siding that is beautiful, sustainable, maintenance-free, and affordable. The problem is that each of these criteria are completely subjective, and each homeowner places a different priority on each. This makes selection difficult. There are just so many options from which to choose and it’s difficult to wade through the ocean of literature and opinion to find the perfect…

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For Your Inspiration: 19 Home Offices We Love, Remote Work Edition

Like millions of quarantining families, for the past few weeks my husband and I have been working from home and our kids “distance-learning.” He and I, in general, don’t work well together (he’s on conference calls all day; I prefer to do my work while half-tuning in to the Brian Lehrer Show), nor do our sons (let’s just say one likes to hum and the other really, really doesn’t), so we’ve all retreated to separate corners of our house. My husband snagged the study as his remote office. Our 14-year-old son has taken over the den. Our 9-year-old has chosen…

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