Homes and Hues
Margaritaville in Suburbia
Zillow Gone Wild reveals to us the ultimate tropical paradise in which to waste away our time. This home, which is clearly inspired by the late Jimmy Buffett’s iconic hit song “Margaritaville,” is set right in the middle of the suburbs of Folsom, California. By my reckoning, that’s about a hundred miles from the sea.
A Short History of Beds
It was a long, long time ago that people discovered the benefits of sleeping on a raised platform. Who knows? Maybe we retained this knowledge from the experience of sleeping in trees or bushes. A raised bed got us further away from insects and other predators, it allowed for air circulation underneath, it kept us dry, and kept our furs and other bedding cleaner than sleeping on the ground. King Tut's tomb was found to contain six beds, some of which look astonishingly modern (shown above). But there has been a lot of experimentation with bed forms and styles over time. Wealthy ancient Romans had different beds for different purposes. Some cultures built beds like shallow boxes to contain the sleeper and bedding. Others went for a full box to stay warm. More bedding was added to make the surface softer, and ropes were strung to replace a hard platform with a surface that had a little more give. The invention of the mattress made for more softness, but also invited insects and other vermin. Read up on the history of beds at BBC Future. -via Everlasting Blort(Image credit: woodsboy2011)
A Tiny Glass Apartment in Tokyo is Cute But Terrifying
If you want to live close to where the action is in Tokyo, be aware that everyone else does, too, so apartments are smaller than you are used to. Tokyo Lens seeks out the strangest and tiniest apartments to show us, but this one is different. It's not only tiny, it's terrifying! It's essentially a glass box built around central staircase of a building, right on top. Yeah, you can tell yourself you're living in a penthouse greenhouse, but there's no room for plants, or furniture for that matter. You wouldn't be able to carry any of that up there, anyway. However, it's the glass that will give you the heebie-jeebies. It goes from floor to ceiling all the way around the apartment. You can't avoid stepping near it, which will make you feel as if you are about to fall to the ground, four stories below. And many of the glass panels open to the outside, with no ledge to save you! Sure, there are blinds, but when they are down, the place is more claustrophobic than ever. Even people who think they need very little space or belongings will find this apartment intense. -via Digg
Ryan Murphy's Eclectic Neutra Home
Ryan Murphy is a television writer, director, and producer. I had to look him up. He lives in a midcentury modern home that Richard Neutra designed in 1955 for the Brown family in Bel-Air. Murphy bought it just two years ago, and then decided he didn't want to live in a midcentury modern home. Instead of selling it, he furnished it with items from different eras and a lot of contemporary art. He wrote up an article about it for Architectural Digest, but that's paywalled, so he also called in a few favors and got celebrities to narrate a video about it, including Demi Moore, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Kim Kardasian, Naomi Watts, Niecy Nash, Chloë Sevigny, and Diane Lane. Is this a real estate ad? No, he's not selling the house, he just wants to show it to us. Are we supposed to like it? Not necessarily. I think the very expensive furnishings from different eras clash enough to make it uncomfortable, but that's exactly what he was going for. One commenter at YouTube said that if you took the art out, it would look like any middle school building. But you might like his ideas. -via Digg
A Custom-Designed Home Inside a Sports Stadium
In 2005, the Houston Astrodome was requisitioned as a shelter for people displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The accommodations were quite Spartan, because Roy Hofheinz's home inside the stadium had already been dismantled, making room for 10,000 more seats. But during Hofheinz's time there, it was quite luxurious. Hofheinz, the mayor of Houston at the time, financed the building of the Astrodome beginning in 1963. It was the world's first domed sports stadium in which baseball, football, and even rodeos could continue no matter the weather. What many people don't know is that Hofheinz and his family lived inside the stadium. Their living quarters were more than an apartment; their home was partially incorporated into the stadium itself and partially quite private. His living room and dining area was also a private box for watching the games. He had an office, bar, hair salon, theater, rec rooms for both adults and children, a conference room, and even a presidential suite for distinguished guests. And there was no waiting in line for a restroom in this suite! Read about the home inside a stadium at Messy Nessy Chic with a spread of photographs by Mark Kauffman published in Life magazine in 1968.
February Chores to Ensure a Great Summer Garden
If you plant a garden every year, you are used to your regular schedule: plan your garden and order your seeds in January, plant your vegetable seeds indoors in February. That makes March a busy time at my house, as I struggle to find window or grow light room for all the seedlings, and then in April I carry them in and out depending on the temperature. But if you are new to gardening, you'll need to work out your own schedule now, which will vary depending on where you live and what plants you want to grow. The map above shows the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones (see it much larger here). Different species of flowers and vegetables can be planted outside on different dates by zone. Seed packets should tell you when to plant outside by zone, and whether starting your seeds indoors is recommended. Harvest to Table has a guide for which vegetables to start indoors in February by planting zone.
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