Architecture & the Love of Imperfection

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The imperfect has a certain charm to it. A rugged brick wall, faded paint, buildings that have visible defects – not because no one cares, but because time has done its thing and left its mark. It stands as a testimony to the history of the building, as well as to the people who have shared their lives within its walls. It has not been discarded and demolished, but continues … Continue reading

Storage Get Organized by Sir Terrence Conran

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I own a handful of precious books that I once and again take out of the bookshelf in search of valuable advice or inspiration; to read or just look at the pictures. This is one of them. Ever since I stumbled upon it in a bookstore – and couldn’t stop reading so I figured I might as well buy it – I’ve returned to this book whenever the fancy strikes … Continue reading

10 Reasons for Hiring an Architect

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“Why hire an architect?” you might ask yourself… According to prejudice only the rich can afford them, and only the less creative really need them anyway. Reason no. 1: You Have Plans For Your House The most obvious reason for hiring an architect is that you have plans to build or rebuild your house, because it no longer meets your needs. If this isn’t already a good enough reason for … Continue reading

A Postcard from our Holiday in Denmark (reposted)

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Going through a lot of old stuff I found this old postcard (posted previously on DFH) from the summer of 2010, and nostalgia swept over me. So here it is: Going on a Dynamic Family vacation is tricky because the family members have a range of different needs according to their age, level of stress, degree of boredom, etc. As the adults long for some place to unwind, relax and … Continue reading

Teen Room Makeover (part 2) the Result

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Some time ago, my daughter and I started on a joint venture; to transform her room into a place for solitude and concentrated work, more in tune with her interests and tastes (and her new-ish status as a teenager). Well, today I’m happy to say “we did it!” We painted part of the walls, the window sills and a mirror; bought and put up new shelves, a clothes rack, lighting, … Continue reading

Teen Room Makeover (part 1)

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Phase 1: defining the problem When we moved into our house in 2007, my daughter and I were both involved in picking out the colors and style, layout and furniture for her room. Together we chose the colors red, purple and white to be predominant, and were quite happy with the results at the time. But then her interests and tastes changed quite a lot. She was no longer comfortable … Continue reading

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