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Every now and then I like to zoom in on houses and the materials they are made of. This ideabook explores the textures that can be expressed through concrete, stone, wood, metal and...
Every now and then I like to zoom in on houses and the materials they are made of. This ideabook explores the textures that can be expressed through concrete, stone, wood, metal and...
Materials Workshop: Polycarbonate — a Low-Cost Alternative to Glass
When it comes to transparent or translucent surfaces for the home, the choice of materials is limited. Glass dominates, and it’s often the default choice. But its high cost, heavy weight and low impact resistance — and the amount of energy needed...
Materials Workshop: Channel Glass Finds Its Groove in Homes
Heavy commercial and industrial projects often provide fodder for my residential work, especially when it comes to materials. Channel glass is one material that carries over well. It’s an eminently robust material whose translucency lends a soft and...
10 Countertop Mashups for the Kitchen
Mixing materials for kitchen countertops has many benefits. For one, you can save money by using a less expensive material for your perimeter countertops while splurging on something more luxurious for an island top. Plus, mixing materials is a great...
See Winning Modern Quilts on Display at QuiltCon 2015
Relationships with family and community. A ghostly face. A neon-green computer processing board. Geese in flight. These are some of the diverse themes and images seen on winning quilts on display through Sunday, February 22, at QuiltCon 2015 in Austin,...
35 Makers Show Us What They Do With Their Favorite Tools
Tools don’t make the maker, but boy, they can be fun to use. Recently we asked you to show us the tools and materials that inspire you to create....
How to Make an Interior Brick Wall Work
An interior brick wall can be considered a timeless treasure, an eyesore, a quirky feature or many other things. After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and bold brick certainly draws a lot of glances, imploring passersby to consider it, judge...
Are You a Maker? Show Us Your Favorite Tool or Material
Mastering a craft requires practice and time spent honing technique and developing a style and perspective. Throughout that journey, tools are our constant companions. We rely on them to cut a straight line every time, produce the same color and bring...
Add Gorgeous Sparkle With Rock Quartz Crystal
Though it’s the most common mineral found on Earth, there is something about crystal in its raw state that is so luxurious. Whether this semiprecious gem is hanging from a chandelier, decorating a mantel or taking a table...
Seeking a Quiet, Relaxed Spot? Try Upholstering Your Walls
There’s something extraordinary about a room with upholstered walls — and it’s not just the visual stimulation. When you walk in, you can immediately notice the difference in sound, too, or rather lack of it. Footsteps don’t resonate, speech is...
Bathroom Workbook: 7 Natural Stones With Enduring Beauty
There’s no other material quite like natural stone. No two pieces are exactly alike, and nothing else adds the same organic warmth and texture to a bathroom. Not to mention the longevity. If they’re well maintained, your stone surfaces can last...
Make Your Floors Terrific With Terrazzo
The popularity of terrazzo flooring peaked in the 1950s and 1960s as an economical option for slab construction houses in quickly developing Sunbelt states. But this versatile, durable, customizable and easy-to-maintain material deserves...
Are Stone Floors Right for Your Home?
Stone floors are beautiful, sturdy and extremely long lasting — and they can work in just about any room in the house. In fact, they are one of the only flooring materials (aside from perhaps concrete) that can be used both indoors and out with ease....
How Brick Fits Into Today’s Gardens
Leaning against a brick garden wall warmed by the autumn sun, I pondered whether this ancient building material has a place in contemporary garden design. Is it a relic of traditional gardens? Brick has been a favorite material for gardens for centuries,...
Use Wicker and Rattan for a Tropical Flavor All Year Round
Think you know the difference between wicker and rattan? Well, the truth is, they often are one and the same. Rattan is a plant material harvested from palm fronds to create a grassy, classic design essential. Wicker is a woven material made from natural...
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