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The BS* + Beer Show: Conspiracy Theories with the Green Police

In this episode of the BS* + Beer show Carl Seville and Michael Anschel, a.k.a The Green Police, deliver game show–style entertainment that is best described as “Jeopardy! meets Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!” For this Second Annual Halloween–themed show, they take building industry conspiracy theories to a place none of us could have predicted. It’s a royally ridiculous must-see episode. Prepare to be stumped, and when in doubt, “Passive House” is a good guess. Enjoy the show! [embedded content] Join us on November 4 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. ET when Christine Williamson will impart pearls…

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Electric Radiant Heat Under Tile Floors

One of the perks of following remodeler and expert tilesetter Josh Oduin on his personal cabin build is getting to see some of his impressive tile installations. In this episode of Job-Site Diaries, Josh describes why he is using electric radiant heat under the tile floors in his cabin, and shows off the unique plank tiles that he’s laid in a parquet pattern throughout the living room. He also gives us a tour of the bathroom, pointing out the custom Madrone-wood cabinets and matched patterns of large-format tile in the shower that make it look as if it were carved…

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Current Obsessions: Bewitching

Just ahead: 10 things to watch, read, shop, and do this Halloween weekend. Above: Out of the utility closet and into full view, brooms make for subtly spooky decor, as seen in this bedroom from A 1640s Georgian in an Affecting Palette by Cassandra Ellis. (More examples? See The Witching Hour: 10 Times a Broom Doubled as Decor.) Margot is eager to watch The Soul of a Farmer, a documentary about chef-turned-farmer (and “the Picasso of vegetables”) Patty Gentry, who oversees Isabella Rossellini’s Early Girl Farm in Brookhaven, Long Island. A bit of quintessential London, no matter where you live:…

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Counter Culture: Luxe, Low-Maintenance Quartz Countertops in Shades of White

The kitchen countertop: It’s the workhorse of the cook space and needs to stand up to nicks, scratches, spills, cooking projects, and messes of all sorts. But it also covers a significant amount of surface area and contributes quite a bit to the style and aesthetic of the kitchen, so it’s important to select something as beautiful and trend proof as it is functional. Enter Viatera, quartz surfaces by LX Hausys designed around the idea that the kitchen counter is “where life’s moments happen.” The surfaces in the collection channel the luxury of marble with none of the upkeep: Quartz…

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Multi-State Passive House Tour

Passive House projects in a number of U.S. cities will be open for tours November 5-7 as part of the International Passive House Open Days, promoted by Passive House Network. U.S. projects are located in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, and California. Most seem to be single-family homes, but there’s also a high-rise mixed-use office building in downtown Boston on the schedule. Times and dates vary, and registration in advance is required. A complete list of locations and times is available here. There also are virtual tours from last year’s event on a dedicated YouTube channel.…

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In the Stillness: A 1640s Georgian in an Affecting Palette by Cassandra Ellis

Recently the New Zealand-born, London-based designer Cassandra Ellis sent a note from across the pond: She’d completed a project in East Sussex, not far from her redone flint barn but “a completely different color palette,” she wrote. And because this is a designer who often describes physical spaces as poetry (see Expert Advice: Developing Style with Designer Cassandra Ellis), I was, as always, intrigued. The house is Well House, a historic Georgian building on a cobblestone street in the market town of Lewes. The structure dates to around 1640, with timber framing and a stone foundation taken from the ruins…

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