Wallpaper Made to Induce CalmThe paint and wallpaper company Lick has teamed up with the organization Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) to produce a special wallpaper called Lick x CALM that you paint yourself. Featuring an outline of natural leaves, the peel-and-stick wallpaper is paired with six carefully-selected colors of paint to soothe and calm one's soul.Whatever life throws at you, our homes should be our havens. Enter our first calming colour palette and paint-it-yourself wallpaper in partnership with CALM. From grounding greens and blues, cuddly pinks, to soothing whites and beiges—each colour has been carefully selected by our team of in-house colour psychologists for its soothing qualities.
For Sale: A Pair of Mansions Owned by Identical TwinsThe Wall Street Journal introduces us to twin brothers Robert and Harley Lewin, who live in paired mansions on an estate outside of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Robert became wealthy as a chiropractor and built these homes for his family and that of Harley.The twins are identical, but the homes are not. They’re close, though, as you can see in photos provided by the Zillow listing. Robert’s is slightly larger.The two brothers have a close relationship and have always lived together. Their decision to sell is not driven by estrangement, though. It’s just that their kids are grown up and the brothers need less space. Now they’re thinking about moving in together into one house.-via Zillow Gone Wild | Photo: Jills Zeder Group/1Oak Studios#mansions #twins
A Home Built for the ViewThis home in Oregon by Scott Edwards Architecture has many lovely features that are only possible on a huge private tract of land. You can't put a glass house in a neighborhood unless you want to be the view! It's very wide, but it doesn't require too much of a level surface because one end is cantilevered to, you guessed it, enhance the view. The back of the house appears more accessible, but still has plenty of mountain-viewing area.
Color-Changing, Energy Saving Windows Inspired by KrillScientists and engineers have teamed up to develop a new kind of window that can go from transparent to opaque with a flick of a switch. The material is less than a quarter-inch thick, but is composed of two layers of transparent silicon with a layer of liquid between them. Most of the time, the liquid is oil, but when the sun beats down, colored water is introduced to make the window pane opaque, reducing the sun's heat absorbed into the room. The technique was inspired by krill, a tiny crustacean that can change its own body from transparent to opaque for defensive purposes. This new kind of window pane should be 30% more efficient than using blinds, according to computer models, which translates into a huge saving on air conditioning costs. So far, it has only been made in the size of a regular window pane. If it can be scaled up, this material might be suited to covering existing windows, or being the entire window in new construction, or could even be used as an entire building facade. Read how it works at Fast Company.​(Image credit: Øystein Paulsen) #window #windowshade #energyefficiency
Where a House Near the Beach Will Cost You The LeastIf your goal in life is a house of your own near the beach, you can save money by steering clear of that vacation town that made you fall in love with the seashore. You'll also want to avoid cities. There are five seaside small towns where you can buy a home for less than $100 per square foot, and plenty of places where the median cost per square foot is not much higher. Property Shark gives us a list of the ten more affordable beach towns to buy a house in, with a description of each location. The most affordable by their calculations is Port Arthur, Texas, which has plenty of opportunities to commune with nature. What's the catch? Well, there's that big oil refinery nearby, but you can't have perfection when you're only paying $65 or less per square foot for your dream beach house. -via Digg#beach #beachhouse #realestate
A Medieval Castle in IdahoCompared to other real estate listings, this one is pretty odd. The single-family home is 8,000 square feet and sits on 8.6 acres, including frontage on Lake Pend Oreille. But it only has two bedrooms, and the only heating sources are the fireplaces. We understand wanting to live in a castle, but most castle homes in the US have modern amenities hidden in the construction. It was built in 2022 and is not completely finished, but is already for sale.