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Report From Dwell on Design 2011

Walking through the expo in the Dwell on Design seminar in Los Angeles June 24, I found lots of tips for improving modern living spaces I wanted to discuss with you. Below are a few of my favourite finds, from outside living innovations and kitchen and bathroom design options to a light that floats like a cloud. (I invite you to see the vendors’ sites to determine their whole product lines. Click on the green links beneath the photos.)

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Kismet Tile

Kismet Tile

These Moroccan cement tiles offer new geometries and daring color choices while adhering to traditional manufacturing methods. It is a union of the best that old and new need to offer. These gorgeous tiles are packed in color, provided in multitudes of shapes and designs, and can be used indoors or out.

Cloud Softlight Pendant

A exceptional lighting pendant made from pleated paper is a weightless, organic shape that floats in your area like a cloud. Like cloud formations, this design works well in a group. The business creates a corresponding distance divider also made of pleated craft newspaper.

Natalie Myers

Wallter Outdoor Post Planters – $92

Powder-coated aluminum pole figurines will liven up your yard with plants that are elevated and bright colors. All these are nothing like your neighbors’ traditional flower beds. How fun will be the orange posts? They also come in hanging and wall mounted styles.

Jory Brigham Design

Quiet Evolution – Jory Brigham

The bench is a composite of white concrete and timber, and functions as both seats and planter. Its mid-century-inspired silouette creates a really modern and sculptural piece that can be placed indoors or out. Versatility, a fresh material combination, and a solid layout are selling points for me.

Colorhouse Paint

Yolo Paints – $22

A lot of us are looking for greener goods to replace those made with toxic chemicals or that emit harmful gases. Yolo paints are a breath of fresh air (pun intended) for the paint marketplace and therefore are conveniently accessible at Lowe’s and Home Depot.

Radius Shop

Radius Design Shop – EUR 299

A modern style steel mailbox with glass front allows you to bring a personal touch outside your front door. You play with designer by choosing the font or by using your own signature.


AL028 Alia Vanity at Contemporary Vanities – $1,790

Lavaca’s product lineup is on the luxury end of this spectrum, but they are always a great inspiration and on the forefront of both edgy and modern bathroom layout.

Take this rounded variant of this wall mounted vanity. It showcases space-saving layout with clever interior engineering of storage compartments (I opened the cabinet doors in the display to watch for myself). Beautiful wood finishes and amazing matching hardware result in unrivaled bathroom components. Check out their rounded bathtubs too.

Unison Home

Sailor + Regatta Navy Duvet – $108

Always on the lookout for new linen collections, I had been attracted to the minimalist picture look of this striped bedding. The reversible duvet alternates between dense, picture sailor stripes and thin regatta stripes. Matching sheets and cases can be found in both layouts. This simple yet bold line of bedding could work well in a lot of bedrooms and styles of furniture.

Napoleon Fireplaces

HD81 See-Thru Gas Fireplace

A stunning translucent gas fireplace that offers warmth, a dance yellow flame, glowing embers, and a remote controller was a mesmerizing and sexy item. I can see many applications for this type of setup in both residential and commercial areas. It is a sexy touch to divisions between public/private or indoor outdoor spaces.

Terriplanty â Home – $76

Your house does not need to be uber-modern along with your pockets additional heavy to have the ability to bring a little of Dwell on Design into your home. The artful terrariums by LA neighborhood Terri Planty are one-of-a- type whimsical pieces full of beautiful collections of vegetation and miniature people and creatures. Custom work could be commissioned.

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Hallways Using a Beckoning Beauty All Their Own

The popularity of open floor plans in modern and contemporary residential design — most evident in the “great rooms” that combine living space, dining room and kitchen has not completely abolished the space which traditionally joins distinct rooms: halls. Even with open floor plans, halls could be integrated as transitional spaces between private and public, inside and out, or between various zones of the house.

Modern/contemporary hallways can be partitioned into three kinds: single-loaded, or outboard routes with rooms on either side; double-loaded, the internal corridors with rooms on both sides; and bridges, be they inside tall spaces or as separate amounts connecting two sides of a house. Hybrids certainly exist, but these distinctions are utilized to structure the examples that follow.

Sagan / Piechota Architecture

This house in Big Sur, Calif. uses all-glass walls to start up expansive views of the ocean and surrounding landscape. Here we can observe it to the left, along with the glass wall to the right way that view is not sacrificed by the hallway that offers entry to the ends of the linear plan.

jessop architects

Direct sunlight is not always desired, even if it’s into a hallway, where heat can build up and radiate to the remainder of the house. The exterior wall within this example uses louvers to cut back on the hot sun. Notice the pocket in the left foreground, which closes off this end of this hallway from the remainder.

Architects, Webber + Studio

This hallway uses solid panels to make a rhythm in the glass outside. As you can see, these panels are ideal for displaying paintings. The clerestories are a nice touch that illuminate the ceiling and lower the need for artificial lighting throughout the day.

John Lum Architecture, Inc.. AIA

More rhythm and art: one opposite the other, Here the Cabinets and photos work in concert.

Jeff Green Photography

The rhythm here, in what I am imagining is the exterior wall at right, is compact but splendid in the light it generates. This can be aided no doubt by the light onto the far wall and the world which appears to beckon.

Sutton Suzuki Architects

In this example the outside wall is a courtyard, so both sides are controlled, allowing for full-height glazing with no shades for privacy. Shelving on the left screens art which may be appreciated even from outside, as people lounge next to the pool.

David Vandervort Architects

This hall does a good job of opening views into the landscape of trees, but note how it also climbs in the distance to follow the topography. An exterior stair visible through the glass in the center of this photo demonstrates that this consideration of site extends into the spaces out as well.

John Maniscalco Architecture

Moving into double-loaded corridors, we can observe that spatially and with respect to pure lighting they are not as dramatic or special since single-loaded ones. But often they’re necessary. This one is treated, using a white wall reverse a wood wall with matching cupboard doors.

John Maniscalco Architecture

Lighting can definitely be used to make halls more unique, and in this scenario rhythmic. Often the doorways that line halls can be irrelevant, creating a random result (not the case here), thus a solid element like those lights may instill its rhythm. Notice the sliding door in the distance, a nice touch that enables the window to frame the end of the hallway when that space is not occupied.

Peter A. Sellar – Architectural Photographer

Even the barest of halls — and I can’t think of one more bare than those two white walls — can be made better by shaping the distance.

Ian Moore Architects

This seems like it could win the award for longest hallway on Houzz, but it’s actually comprised of two segments: In the foreground is a double-loaded corridor with sliding doors onto the left and some ingenious display distance below storage on the best; in the background is …

Ian Moore Architects

… A bridge which links the present house and also. Here again we have louvers cutting back on direct sunlight. This sort of visual “noise” also discourage birds from inadvertently striking glass walls, something which is raised in bridges with glass on both sides.

Fatima McNell

This large bridge seems like it could be utilized as a space, state as a really nice home office.

This second-floor bridge comprises a stair to connect two parts of the house. The dark remedy of this ground and ceiling helps to concentrate attention on the outside along with its daylight.

Kanner Architects – CLOSED

This ground-floor hallway bridges two parts of the house, but in addition, it acts as a transition between the outside (left) along with the courtyard (right).

jones | haydu

What at first glance appears to be only a double-loaded corridor is restricted by a net on the ceiling. From above …

jones | haydu

… we see that this is a bridge which follows the route of the hallway downstairs. In cases like this the location of this bridge is a given, since the distance below the swimmer’s summit is the only place to fit it with enough vertical clearance to walk.

This indoor bridge is illuminated with a glass-block skylight which follows the walls. With indoor bridges, it’s often the situation that what lies in the conclusion is of some importance, like the master bedroom, so the special journey is suitable. A bathroom in the end of this hallway, for instance, would not make much sense.

Turnbull Griffin Haesloop

The last few examples show hybrids which combine bridges together with single-loaded hallways, what are basically mezzanines. This one finds books windows that are opposite , all under a roof.

Chang + Sylligardos Architects

I sense a pattern: more novels along with a sloping roof. Hallways are good places for novels, because they don’t occupy space in other rooms as well as the mental noise they create (look how a lot of the books I have not read yet!) Is tucked out of their way, yet they’re still easily accessible.

John Maniscalco Architecture

Here we’ve got art opposite windows below a sloping roof. The skylight is really a nice touch, illuminating the paintings which may be observed from below as well.

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Design Dilemma: Tricky Attic Conversion

Do you have an idea how to help Houzz user design4meisnoteasy turn her loft into a comfortable, well-organized bedroom? The Houzz Questions section has been buzzing with activity on the subject. Click here to see the original question and join the discussion!

Houzz Design Dilemmas

“I have no clue where to begin because the slanted walls are intimidating,” states design4meisnoteasy. “It doesn’t have large walls or ceilings that are high. It is just a bit in between.”

Houzz Design Dilemmas

She’s expecting to utilize the space as an additional bedroom. Can you help her develop ways to work with the angled walls?

Houzz Design Dilemmas

Click here to visit the original query, find out what others are saying and then discuss your ideas.

Have you been stumped by something in your home? Post your own Design Dilemma.

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Mistakes to Avoid When Doing Water Damage Cleanup

The best way to approach a water damage accident, whether big or small, is with the utmost urgency and care.  If you’re pretty confident in your Orange County water damage capabilities then, by all means, respond as quickly as possible to the water damage, as delayed cleanup can lead to even more damage to your property.

Read on to find out which mistakes you should avoid when doing a water damage cleanup in your home.

Not Recognizing a Dangerous Situation

One of the biggest mistakes that DIY-ers make when it comes to water damage restoration Orange County is taking the problem at face value. It’s important to not make any sweeping assumptions in a water damage situation, as a small puddle on the surface could be hiding some serious structural damage, chemical or sewage contaminants and even mold. That’s why it’s so important to start by evaluating the situation first before you start cleaning up to ascertain what recourse should be taken, and whether or not your expertise will be enough to sort the situation out or if you should call on the services of a water damage specialist.

Using the Wrong Equipment

The most common DIY tools used by homeowners to deal with water damage are the usual mop and bucket, or a wet-dry vacuum cleaner/sump pump for a more heavy-duty job. However, it’s important to note here that the absence of water doesn’t necessarily equate to a finished job, as there could still be water and moisture trapped inside the surfaces of your home.

The best way to figure out how much moisture is trapped inside the walls and floor surfaces is to rent moisture detection equipment and use it to determine the extent of the damage. This will inform your next step, which should be to completely dry out the entire area in order to avoid hidden damage and issues with mold in the near future.

The most efficient drying equipment that we recommend you use for this purpose is either a commercial grade fan or a dehumidifier, both of which you can rent out at a minimal cost.

Ignoring the Details

Oftentimes, it’s the small details that end up spoiling your water damage Orange County efforts. For example, things like removing the carpet padding, securing the furniture and other important valuables, keeping certain doors and drawers closed and others open, ending the drying process too soon, as well as making sure that everything is decontaminated in the entire area. These are all small details that many overlook.

Again, search for hidden damage using dedicated equipment, because moisture can easily hide your subfloors or drywall, causing a serious mold problem later that will take a lot of time and money to fix.  

As you can see, water damage repair Orange County is no easy feat, and is even harder when you’re a one-man (or woman) team. The best way to get the job done efficiently and properly is to act fast and pay attention to detail while making sure that you use the right equipment along each step of the way.