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REBLOG! 37 Home Library Design Ideas

Posted: January 27th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: REBLOG, Renovation Tips | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on REBLOG! 37 Home Library Design Ideas

REBLOG! 37 Home Library Design Ideas
The most “sacred” room of the entire crib? The home library combines relaxation with personal growth and completes the genuine atmosphere of a modern residence or apartment. As a tribute to these contemporary indoor oases, bobvila.com has put together a post of 37 beautiful home libraries, bearing a lifes knowledge, acting as a refuge from the hectic lifestyle :: Read the full article »»»»

WANT! Geneva Sound System Model XS

Posted: April 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, From The Web, Übergadget | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Geneva Sound Labs Model XS

The Geneva Sound System Model XS is the world’s first portable audio system with true Hi-Fi sound. Inspired by the classic travel clock, it comes in a sturdy leather-like clamshell case, that flips open to deliver rich and detailed sound. Closed, it’s a stylish accessory small enough to slip into any briefcase. Read the full article »»»»

Modular Housing Concept Boasts 64 Possible Combinations

Posted: December 8th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Concept Housing, Renovation News, Renovation Planning | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Modular Housing Concept Boasts 64 Possible Combinations

Gizmag Emergency Modular Dwelling

Italian Designer Gabriel Aramu has conceptualized a modular housing system that seems to offer endless possibilities. Dubbed “Sliding Hub,” these prefabricated cubes join together to create a temporary housing solution for multiple situations. In the event that emergency shelters are required, the modules can be packed and transported to any destination. On arrival, the modules are easily joined together, with the flexibility to house individuals, small groups or large numbers without limitation. Each module incorporates an insulation system suitable for all kinds of weather conditions. In addition, the temporary accommodation units provide a comfortable standard of living, important to natural disaster victims. READ MORE @ GIZMAG

Is Feng Shui a Load of Feng Shite!?

Posted: July 12th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Bipolar, Blip, Fun Renovating Ideas | Tags: | Comments Off on Is Feng Shui a Load of Feng Shite!?

I rather enjoy the principles of Feng Shui – I find them a fascinating diversion from the way most Australians decorate and plan their homes. This house, pictured above, is known as the Butterfly House, and was commissioned by a Malay-Chinese couple who were Feng Shui-obsessed. The story goes that they commissioned an Aussie architect to create a house with no corners. None at all. Corners, you see, are supposedly bad Feng Shui. Not long after the house began to be built, the owners got Fenged by their own Shui and had to sell quickly. Another family completed the build – at great expense – with curved windows, a curved stair well and curved everything. I rather like it. I also like Daphne Guinness’s story on guru Joey Yap’s Feng Shui secrets. You can read the full story in the link below, but his super shui-ness secrets include:

Rules of the door

Avoid trees outside, they stop the flow of qi.

Don’t sit with a door behind you, concentration will go (if you must, close the door and qi will flow).

Workspace rules

Don’t have your desk directly under a beam.

Don’t sit under a slanting ceiling. If you must, sit where the ceiling is highest.

Don’t sit with your back directly to a corner.

Bedroom rules

Accident-prone? Sleep in a bed with brass or other metal frame.

Squabbles with your partner? Put a red rug down, or a red table lamp, to negate the room’s bad effects.

Kitchen rules

Don’t put the stove right next to the sink, this creates blood-pressure problems. Make sure they are at least 30 centimetres apart.

Avoid an island with a stove. Food is affected by negative qi resulting in health problems.

Don’t buy a house with a kitchen in the centre. It causes qi disruption and frequent illness.

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Daphne Guinness’s take on Feng Shui



Watts Up, Lighting Tips

Posted: May 14th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Lighting | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Watts Up, Lighting Tips
At home, where we cook and eat, sleep and dream, read and entertain, lighting should be flexible and able to disguise all the ugly bits we don’t want to look at.
Unlike the purposefully soft, romantic lighting in a restaurant or the dark, dramatic lighting in a nightclub, planning how to light a home requires a smidge of thought and a dash of ingenuity to create just the right mood, atmosphere and functionality.

The very best lighting designers strive for a consistency in lighting, rather than dramatically bright overhead lights that tires out the eyes. Yep. Those fancy lighting designers seem to worry alot about this thing called “eye exhaustion” which happens when we are in a room with severe contrasts.

To create balanced light in a room, there should be at least three kinds of lighting:
1. Soft, indirect ambient light should illuminate the whole room with a glow,
2. Task lighting should be positioned (usually between the top of the head and the work surface) to enable working or reading.
3. Accent lights should be used to highlight artwork and decorative objects.
But some rooms call for creative solutions that go well beyond the basics. Particularly in  winter, when days are at their shortest, homes that do not get lots of natural light (and darker rooms even in those that do) can benefit from clever lighting design.

There are all kinds of tips and tricks, like artificial skylights or lighting built into furniture. Table lamps tucked under a low side table can also be dramatic.


Whether to go soft, bold or somewhere in between is a matter of understanding the three basic kinds of lighting: ambient (soft, for mood), accent (bold, for drama and waking up the eye) and task (direct, for working or reading). How they interact to change a room is perhaps nowhere more evident than in the home.
Terence Conran believes even the stingiest decorator can create a pleasant room with artful lighting to highlight the bold and play down the terrible bits.
The best thing any aspiring home-improver can do is devise their own lighting plan for a room – a plan that suits them, their taste and how they live.