A sustainable city for the green world of tomorrow

Cities built without planning often resemble chaos while those that are meticulously planned look artificial. There is a need for the city to be a model of harmonious co-existence of natural and man-made elements. And that is the inspiration for the design and development of the Bio Divercity concept for planning and construction of cities. The concept intends to create a biosphere out of the concrete jungles. The challenge in designing the city along the lines of the biosphere would be to retain the individuality of each structure and still make each of them work towards a collective identity and purpose.

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The designers have proposed to build the whole city as aligned along two axes. Different activities will be grouped and aligned along the axes. This will help in ordering the city to ensure that there is no crowding on the streets. Most of the crowding on streets takes place because of the parked vehicles. Now, the space for cars will get limited to a lane and thus the clutter in the area is removed making it more attractive to pedestrians and cyclists. Next, a green belt will be created along the hitherto parking areas of the cars. The traffic circles which are often converted into oases of greenery will no longer be that way for they actually obstruct the view of the cyclists, pedestrians and traffic.
One axis will get aligned with green social spaces. These include areas for picnics, art exhibitions and playgrounds. Organic gardens also will be planted, which will become community centers where everyone, irrespective of age, will work and maintain. This will also promote learning about gardening methods and techniques. Open public courtyards will make the produce from these gardens available for sale. This boost to local gardening is a vital part of growing a green world.
This means that instead of central outdoor spaces like the ones in Copenhagen, we have central indoor spaces. And these spaces act as a melting pot for people from all strata of society. During the summers, the mobile structures on the roof and wall can be opened up to allow for ventilation, while in winters, the area can be completely enclosed to make better use of the greenhouse effect! The design is such that there is reduced heat demand from the buildings.
The residential areas will be grouped together and be separated from the areas designated for commercial and business activities. While the former are clustered in the southern areas along with kindergartens and sports center, the latter are located in the northern areas. The overall design aims to eliminate any unnecessary traffic and movement of people.

Awe-Inspiring American Monuments


1. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA
Once the world’s longest suspension bridge, the 1.7-mile Golden Gate has since been surpassed in size-but not in beauty. Hundreds of people walk the span from San Francisco to Sausalito each day, so you’ll want to plan wisely. Bypass the two-hour meters at the overcrowded main lot off S.F.’s Merchant Road in favor of ample free parking at Crissy Field Center (crissyfield.org). There, fair-trade coffee awaits at the Warming Hut Café & Bookstore, a whitewashed shed near the shore that’s the perfect place to fuel up for the gentle, half-mile Bay Trail to the bridge. The Golden Gate’s best-kept secret: Although it’s closed to pedestrians after sunset, gates are opened for star-gazing cyclists.
We wouldn’t dare rank nation’s natural assets—who could choose between Yosemite and Yellowstone? But the man-made attractions? You bet. Behold, our picks for the country’s most epic buildings, monuments, and engineering feats, with advice for navigating them smarter, better, and with fewer crowds.
2. Hoover Dam, Boulder City, NV
It’s never been easier to visit this 75-year-old colossus, which provides 20 million residents of California, Nevada, and Arizona with water and 1.3 million with hydroelectricity. Some new engineering is now helping the flow of the near-million annual visitors: a four-lane, 1,900-foot-long Hoover Dam bypass bridge. This bridge is the second-highest in the nation, perched at almost 900 feet above the rushing Colorado River. Avoid the intense summer heat (as high as 110 degrees) by planning your visit during January or February, when temperatures hover in the low 60s. But be sure to arrive by 3 p.m. to tour the dam itself; visitors aren’t allowed to the top of the facility after dark, which comes as early as 4:30 p.m. during that time of year.
3. Hollywood Walk of Fame, Los Angeles, CA
Each year, another 20 to 30 luminaries are added to the more than 2,400 celebrities already immortalized in pink terrazzo along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. The Official Hollywood Walk of Fame iPhone app tells you exactly where to find Bette Davis, the Beatles, and both Harrison Fords (the other one was a silent film star). Parking in Hollywood is notoriously challenging, so this is a rare moment when L.A.’s subway comes in handy: The Red Line, which runs between NorthHollywood and Down-town, stops at Hollywood and Vine; riders can leave their cars at one of the 1,500-plus free parking spots available at the North Hollywood and Universal City stops at the line’s western end.
4. Mount Rushmore, Keystone, SD
You can’t actually clamber over the presidents’ heads like Cary Grant in North by Northwest. But the 500-foot-tall Mount Rushmore and the surrounding national forest still pack plenty of cinematic punch, thanks to the spiraling bridges, rock tunnels, and pinnacles of granite that line scenic Highway 89 north of Custer. There’s no fee to see the busts (sculpted by 400 men), other than an $11 parking permit that, once paid, is good for the calendar year. Don’t miss the equally epic Crazy Horse Memorial, slated to be the world’s largest cliff carving, just 15 miles away.
5. French Quarter, New Orleans, LA
Everyone knows about the delights of New Orleans in the spring, when Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest turn the 70-block antebellum French Quarter into a rollicking 24-hour party, but an off-season visit delivers far more value. Hotels are a particular bargain during the summer months, when venerable institutions such as the 125-year-old Hotel Monteleone, a favorite haunt of Tennessee Williams, slashes its rates from the Mardi Gras high of $179 down to just $129. The deals don’t stop there: The city was named the country’s most affordable dining destination last November by Zagat Survey. And as part of an initiative by Coolinary New Orleans, more than 30 ritzy Quarter restaurants such as Antoine’s offer three-course lunches for $20 during August and September.
6. Las Vegas Strp, Las Vegas, NV
Where else in the world can you find a permanent circus, an indoor sky, and a slice of the Roman Empire? Truth is, Vegas is famous for taking thrills to new heights-more so now than ever. Last April, the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower at the Strip’s north end debuted its SkyJump attraction, the highest “controlled free fall” in the world. (Think skydiving with a cable instead of a parachute.) Brave souls, who pay $100 for the privilege, can make the 108-story leap as late as 2 a.m. on weekends, when all the glittering lights amp up the drama.
8. Grand Canyon Skywalk, Tusayan, AZ
This gravity-defying glass bridge, perched 4,000 feet above the floor of the Grand Canyon, on its western rim, has hosted more than 250,000 visitors a year since it opened four years ago-and the knee-buckling privilege doesn’t come cheap. The only way to access the Skywalk is via Grand Canyon West, a tourist area run by the Hualapai tribe on land located outside the Grand Canyon National Park. The most affordable ticket option is the Legacy Gold package, an all-day pass that includes a meal, a tour, and tribal demonstrations along with the Skywalk ticket.
9. Millennium Park, Chicago, IL
This 24.5-acre park in the heart of downtown Chicago opened in 2004, and is a wonderland of cutting-edge architecture and design. Playful, family-friendly, and free attractions include the Cloud Gate sculpture, which reflects the downtown skyline and visitors’ faces like a series of fun-house mirrors, and Crown Fountain, a multimedia installation that pairs splash-worthy sprays of water with 50-foot-tall video portraits.
10. Statue of Liberty, New York, NY
Lady Liberty’s crown, which reopened after an eight-year hiatus in 2009, is scheduled to close again in November (along with the rest of the statue) for at least a year’s worth of safety upgrades, so act fast to see the famous 125-year-old French gift from the inside. As you exit the ferry at Liberty Island, you’ll need to purchase a Crown Visit wristband at the information center. The only thing you’re allowed to take inside is a camera. Even cell phones and wallets are no-gos, so travel light and bring two singles to feed the three-hour lockers where you’ll stash your goods. (There’s no change machine, and to complicate the matter further, only singles and dollar coins are accepted). One wardrobe must: shoes with good grip. Descending the crown’s 354 steps can be a slippery affair.
10. Gateway Arch, St. Louis, MO
Some Americans might be surprised to discover that the country’s tallest man-made monument isn’t the Statue of Liberty (305 feet) or the Washington Monument (555 feet)-it’s St. Louis’s Gateway Arch, a 630-foot wonder with vertigo-inducing views of paddle-wheel boats steaming down the Mississippi. Two tram services carry the 4 million annual visitors on four-minute rides to the top. Architecture buffs opt for the north leg, which features an exhibit on the arch’s construction, while armchair historians make for the south leg, which focuses on 19th-century life along the St. Louis waterfront. Either way, you’ll want to avoid gusty days, as the arch’s apex can sway up to 18 inches.

Craziest Homes from Around the World


 1) The AURA Residence on the island of Cyprus is a “very modern and futuristic-looking villa” that is being entered into the World Architecture Awards. “The philosophy behind the (exterior) design of The AURA Residence was based on the Great Wave off Kanagawa, a famous woodblock printing by the Japanese artist Hokusai.
2) The blog Hooked on Houses recently dug up photos of Wisconsin’s Futuro house, known as the “UFO house” because it’s, well, shaped like a spaceship. The good news: looks like you can rent it for a summer vacation.

3) Oh poo! This toilet-shaped house – named Haewoojae, which means “a place of sanctuary where one can solve one’s worries” – was designed by the chairman of the organizing committee of the Inaugural General Assembly of the World Toilet Association, who hopes that it will bring attention to the world’s sanitation problems, according to Freshome.com. It is located in Suweon, which is south of Seoul, Korea.
4) This 8,500-square-foot, crazy home in Mallorca, Spain is actually a renovation of a 1960s Mediterranean villa – though you’d never know it from its uber-modern facade. “Casa Son Vida 1 aims to redefine the notion of the luxury villa by moving most of the paradigms of luxury towards a more contemporary and forward-looking expression of architecture and technology. The project pushes the envelope in every direction and every sense; it is highly sustainable, basically off-the-grid, gives an unheard of sense of space and place, explores new construction technologies, and enters into a critical dialogue with the decorated box buildings in its vicinity. Casa Son Vida 1 is unavoidably exuberant and unabashedly outrageous,” the architects say.
5) This home gives the phrase “have you been living under a rock?” a whole new meaning. The house, built into a gigantic boulder, sits near the coast of Portugal. Search homes for sale and for rent in New York.
6) It’s quite the man cave. Jimmy Grey says he’s been out of work for almost a year and needed a project to stay busy. So with the heavy snowfall this winter, the 25-year-old laborer got to work on an extreme igloo in his family’s yard in Aquilla (ah-KWIL’-uh), about 30 miles east of Cleveland. His four-room creation has 6-foot ceilings and an entertainment room. He powers the TV with an extension cord plugged into an outlet in the garage. He also ran wires for cable television with surround-sound stereo. Grey says candles help add ambiance for nighttime get-togethers with friends, and the freezing temperatures mean that the beer never goes warm
7) The ‘Waldspirale’ (Forest Spiral) in Darmstadt, Germany was the final architectural masterpiece designed by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser before he passed away. It’s an apartment complex with 105 units, an interior courtyard with stream, a restaurant and a cocktail bar near the top of the tower. The roof is planted with grass and shrubs.
 This is the three-story home of Curt and Deborah Sleeper in Festus, Missouri. The home was built inside a cave.
9) The Dome Homein Pensacola Beach, Florida, constructed to withstand hurricane force winds, has proved its worth! While most of the homes around it were destroyed or heavily damaged, the Dome Home was basically unharmed.
10) This odd home sits all alone in the Alps, its feet proudly holding up the irregular shaped living area.
11) While at first glance this house looks to be a UFO, it’s actually the earthly product of a Finnish architect. Called the Futuro House, it was designed in the late 1960s by Matti Suuronen and was light enough to be moved by helicopter, according to the New York Times.
12) Brrrr … This crazy-looking home will make you feel a little, er, cold. Two Detroit artists are encasing this home in ice in an effort to draw attention to the housing crisis that has ramsacked America. They call the project “Ice House Detroit.”
13) This strange, “earthy” home is crafted out of rocks and covered in moss.
14) The master bed in this home is suspended against a wall, above another glass floor, bringing a tangible sense of the tropical outdoors into the house, according to sellmodern.com.
15) Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s designed house, Fallingwater, completed in 1939 as a weekend cottage for Pittsburgh department store owner Edgar J. Kaufmann, sits over a waterfall May 20, 2002 in Mill Run, PA. The house is undergoing an $11.5 million restoration project targeted at preserving the home.
16) It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a command center?! No, it’s a private home in Maryland. This uber-modern structure is made from brushed sliver steel.
17) This residential car-house in Salzburg was designed by architect Markus Voglreiter, who invested about one million euros for the exceptional building constructed in the shape of a Volkswagen-Beetle-car. The home was rented for 2500 euros monthly. Search for homes for sale and for rent in New York.
18) Thin is in – even in the housing market. This home, the skinniest house in New York City, had a pricetag that was anything but skinny! The red, 9 1/2 by 42 foot-long brick building sold for a reported $2.1 million.
19) This is the illuminated “Light House” in Drensteinfurt, Germany. The house’s owner, Gisbert Hiller, has decorated his home with around 420,000 little bulbs running with its own generator.
20) This house is one great catch! The homeowner had a Great White shark figurine plunged through the roof of his home on a suburban street in Oxfordshire, England.
21) This home, designed by blank studio, inc. has won several international design awards. It sits in Phoenix, Arizona.
22) The Ennis-Brown House, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1924, is seen March 7, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. The historic 10,000 square foot home was yellow tagged (limited occupancy allowed) by the City of Los Angeles after a retaining wall began to fail after recent rain storms in Southern California.
Named “House for an Art Lover” this home was built in 1901 by Glasgow’s most famous architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The design was submitted as part of a competition to build a house for an art lover and disqualified because it was sent in after the deadline. However, it was awarded an alternative prize for its uniqueness and built in Glasgow.
23) There are regular houseboats, and then there are these high-concept homes. These homes are anchored to land but they sit on planks that float in the water. According to the company’s Web site, “what was required was the development of a uniquely maritime structure – neither house nor ship.”
24) This primarily glass, spaceship-looking home is located on 5.6 acres of lush green land 20 miles outside of London. It has three bedrooms, sitting room with games area, indoor swimming pool, and of course – a crazy design.
Wanna jump from your bed right into a refreshing swimming pool? Looks like one homeowner in Auckland did.
25) This is a wardrobe made out of ice inside the “ice house,” a house made, not surprisingly, from ice, in Valencia, Spain.
26) This “Spherical Tree House” sits high in the trees and is accessible by a suspension ladder.
27) This sleek Canadian home sits in Victoria, British Columbia. It has huge windows that overlook the water and a giant butterfly-looking gate at its entrance.
28) “The World Stands on its Head” (“Die Welt Steht Kopf”) House on the Baltic Sea Island of Usedom stands nearly completed on September 3, 2008 in Trassenheide, Germany. The upside down house, complete with upside down interior furnishings, is the brainchild of Klaudiusz Golos and Sebastian Mikiciuk.
29) A house built with petrol drums and an old passenger bus in El Progreso, Honduras.
30) This odd bubble-shaped pink home sits on U.S. Route 280.
31) Hey drunkards, this home is for you! The Houston-based Beer Can House, created by John Milkovisch, is made entirely of, you guessed it, beer cans. “The house and landscape are adorned with many different types of beer that John, himself, drank (though his neighbors and his wife, Mary, were always glad to lend a hand!). Did he prefer one brand to the next? His favorite beer was always “Whatever’s on special,”.
32) This mint green home was constructed in the shape of a spaceship.
33) Facade of the “Porcelain House”, built by Chinese collector Zhang Lianzhi, on November 1, 2008 in the Heping district of Tianjin, China. Over 400 million porcelain fragments, 5,000 ancient vases, 4,000 antique china dishes and bowls, over 20 tons of crystalline rocks and agate, 400 white marble stone carvings were incorporated in the five year refurbishment of the unique French styled house. Valued at over $65 million, ‘Yuebao House’ is open to the public as a museum, displaying wares of china, wood, lacquer and bronze collected by the owner over the past two decades.
34) This interesting abode is in Broughty Ferry, Dundee, Scotland. It’s glass structure gives residents tons of natural sunlight.
35) Maria Ponce, 76, stands inside her house made out of plastic bottles, in the village of El Borbollon, San Miguel Province, El Salvador. Maria built up the house four years ago with plastic bottles because she did not have enough money to make it in the usual way.
36) Vertical lines and large windows set this modern, single family house apart from the crowd.
37) Artist Sumer Erek builds a house out of freesheet newspapers March in London, England. The house will be constructed from newspapers delivered by Metronet, who collected the papers from tube trains.
38) Vladimir Michkov sits inside his house, which he built from empty bottles. The Russian builder took four years to build his dwelling.
39) Joyce and Irwin Hunt and their child relax on the porch of their Andrew Geller-designed summer home on Fire Island, New York.
40) Visitors walk past the “Dotty Wotty House.” Artist Tyree Guyton creates folk art by covering part of a neighborhood with polka dots in what he calls “art for the people and medicine for the soul.”
41) Men work on building a house with crates of Carlsberg beer in the Netherlands.
42) A Moroccan man wearing a hooded jalaba passes in front of a strangely designed house in Sharf with a glass windowed observation room in a 1970′s style of architecture.
43) Want to live by the water? Doesn’t sound so bad. How about in it? Um, maybe not so much. But that’s how this house, designed by John Pardey Architects, is situated. It’s stairs go right into the lake.
44) These homes look normal, right? Well, they’re not. The homes, near Chalford in England were built in such a steep area that residents cannot drive their cars up the narrow paths to the doors of their homes and have employed a donkey to help carry heavy bags 100 metres up the steep slopes.
45) Margaret Tyler poses for photographs in her home in North London with some of the estimated 2000 – 3000 items of Diana memorabilia.





Alpine renewal: A sustainable building with socially orientated interior spaces


 Ben Comber, an architectural designer by profession, has designed a sustainable building that has been named An Alpine Renewal. This attention-grabbing building has been crafted in a way, which will invigorate the Mt. Cheeseman ski area.
An Alpine Renewal
An alpine renewal will let people absorb themselves completely in the club field culture, which is truly unique and an impressive picture of the alpine region. The design comprises cedar slates that make it possible for the exterior of the building to form a beautiful bond with the immediate environment. This connection is possible because the cedar slates have been fitted thoughtfully in a vertical as well as horizontal manner. The presence of active and passive systems makes the building quite energy efficient. The eco friendly design has been achieved by making good use of natural elements, which include earth, water, snow and sun.

An alpine renewal has been created in such a manner that it responds well to the alpine climate. The energy efficient construction is totally functional and will unfurl features that are worth praising. The roof of this building not only catches snow with the help of a shelving system, but also provides protection against westerly winds. The snow catchment features make sure that additional insulation is provided without much effort. Excavation has been reduced to great extent by modifying the form in such a way that it matches with the land. A series of steps rule the form, which in turn ensure that north glazing is increased.
The interior spaces have been made in an interesting manner and will endow users with the flexibility to arrange the furniture as per their requirement. This will give birth to a lively space that will be arranged by users as per their whims and fancies. The inside of the environmentally friendly building has been designed in a way that will promote interaction between groups from different social backgrounds. The living area will come wedged with a large bookcase that will be piled with a lot of books. These books will be donated by visitors and will help cultivate social connections in a healthy manner.
The building features a geothermal heat exchange that will provide additional heat, which will be regulated through underfloor systems on each floor. Solar heat during winters by the presence of a concrete floor on the lower floor that remains shaded in summer. Nutrient rich water is made available because of the presence of an environment septic tank system.
An alpine renewal is a great way to interact with nature while evoking learning at the same time. It will help create a floating sensation, which will mystify visitors as they form an eternal bind with the alpine vista.

The Breathing Office by Creative Studio 'breathes' to save energy


People are migrating from rural regions to urban areas for the availability of various needs like jobs, transport, luxury etc. This migration along with population growth is also increasing the use of air-conditioners in offices and homes, which automatically increases energy demand and hence emissions resulting from the same. In order to provide a better solution for this issue, Creative Inc., the Indonesia based design studio has proposed a green concept. Titled as 'The Breathing Office', this concept describes an architectural design of an office, which utilizes natural air effectively to provide the required ventilation and to maintain an optimum temperature inside.


The Breathing Office
The architects of Creative Inc. studio have been inspired by nature to design this concept. Right from the trees to human beings, we live by breathing- inhaling the pure air and exhaling the impure air. The Indonesian architects decided to incorporate this concept into an office building. They came up with a creative design that lets natural air to flow in and exit through a wide opening in the corner of the building. The rendered 3D model of their conceptual building allowed the architects to express their vision.
Design
As mentioned earlier, the Breathing Office has a wide opening- it allows the flow of pure air from the surroundings into the office and also makes way for the impure air to exit back to the atmosphere. The passage for letting air inside is designed to allow optimum quantity of air and sweep inside with ease. To be literal, the design of this opening has to do a lot with the building's aerodynamics.
The architects have proposed the use of perforated materials for the construction of this building, which gives them various advantages like lightweight, high strength, durability and appearance as well. They have suggested to grow vines near the building that purify the surrounding air. Also, they have mentioned that the use of precast concrete and exposed materials will provide an easy installation process with reduced costs. This green concept not only provides fresh air, but also motivates the employees by taking them closer to nature.

Lakside Condominiums proposal for Austin relies on solar power


 Located at the junction of Townlake and Shoal Creek, this green structure has a whole array of amenities for its residents. The complex is integrated counterclockwise and has been planned by the architect Erik Leitner. The demand for developed downtown residences in Austin is quite high right now and these lakeside condominiums with a well planned layout are just what the people in the area need.
Lakside Condominiums
The project boasts of several environmentally friendly elements. Apart from vertical expansion and efficient space utilization, the project utilizes all possible resources optimally. Natural ventilation has been incorporated and natural day light has also been utilized to the fullest. Photovoltaics have been installed to harness solar power. Keeping in mind water conservation, facilities like rainwater collection as well as irrigation have been included. Native and drought tolerant plants have been given preference.

Facilities for residents
Besides, the entire complex has been planned out efficiently so that residents can enjoy lounging around and socializing. There are several parks in the building, which have been constructed vertically straight up, thus helping to save up on space. One cannot fall short of things to do here. For shopping, there are retail outlets and grocery stores. Recreational options include cinema, fitness center, restaurants and a poolside. The complex is linked to the Second Street Shopping District. There is even space for an office within the premises.
Going around the place is quite enthralling and enjoyable. To get from one spot to another, for instance, from the restaurant to the office, one has to traverse through different green zones. Thus, navigating through the complex is good fun and the view along the way is pleasant and scenic. In fact, many facilities have been provided in the building to help people enjoy the scenery around. The sights from the lofty points and elevations are simply breathtaking.

Bathroom Furniture By Nuvist


Here is one of the most beautiful WC pan designed by Nuvist. It's interesting how the clean line and color in this piece suggests purity and cleanliness, some essentials for the bathrooms. As they explain in their website:
"At this level, after we have designed Charme bathtub, Pare and Monotip washbasin, we wanted to complete the bathroom furniture series with Denovo wall-hung wc pan design. 
So we also wanted to stick to the previous design formations and keep the specific formal language. Curvilinear geometries allow us to design blending smooth continuous form in the three dimensional space. This continuous form provides ergonomic quality. And also we wanted to use new advanced technologies for the toilet seat cover part. We have designed full or semi-automatic cover system to open or close the cover part. So Denovo will be ergonomic, functional, singular and clear."

Source: http://www.nuvist.com/wp/2011/07/denovo-wall-hung-wc-pan-design-by-nuvist/

Interior Design by Color

For the last several days, I've been  focusing on color...what are the trends in interiors for 2011? What are the fashion experts saying? (I have to confess, I have a new client that has hired me to assist her with, among other things, the interior paint in her new home. Not that I haven't study the theory of color and know how it plays into interior design but as a professional, I try to stay abreast of what may be available for my clients, hence the sudden research into what's "hot" right now.)

All of the sources provide a great deal of what we use in our interiors and also what we wear; interior color and fashion are directly correlated and strongly affect our everyday lives. Interesting thing is, they all have somewhat different predictions of what the newest trend in color will be. From Benjamin Moore to Farrow & Ball to Pantone to Sherwin Williams to Architectural Digest and Veranda...I studied there predictions and here's my take:

What I have confirmed, is that color, specifically that of which is used in home interiors, makes a resurgence from the past...everyone knows that fact. Who would have ever thought, as an example that peach-tones and avocado-tones would be back? Perhaps these colors aren't on the "hot" list for 2011 but they have certainly been popular, especially for those whom decorate in the nostalgic. Nonetheless, my point is this: no matter what the trends may dictate (although I personally appreciate the studies and development of new shades), I believe we should color our world with what makes us happy, comfortable, energized, confident and true...whatever the mood we wish to create. Whether in our clothes, color on our walls or upholstery, what appeals to one may not appeal - or be popular - for all.

Many years ago, I sold high-end retail clothing at a very upscale boutique. I'll never forget a middle-aged woman who desperately wanted to wear the clothing but felt the "style" too young for her age. My advice to her was to wear whatever she felt comfortable in...whether or not the current "fad" agreed. Therefore, I encouraged her to hold herself in confidence and show her personality. Lesson: don't limit yourself to what others think...it's much too boring!

Very much the same thing goes with your interior design: don't limit yourself to what may or may not be the trend. Interior design is, and should be for the individual interior space in which you live. Pick up any magazine and you'll see multiple interiors designed in multiple ways...everyone has a different take on what is beautiful. The goal of a good professional interior designer is to interpret what the client wishes, not to impress upon them your taste or style.

So...this brings me to what the experts say is the trend for 2011, because I believe everyone should be knowledgeable. Check out the websites of Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Pantone, Architectural Digest and Veranda, regarding color and interior design. I do love the colors but remember, if they don't appeal to you, so what? Use your comfort indicator...your gut feeling.

Small Kitchen Idea

"This beautiful and smart kitchen design is made by Fevzi Karaman a designer from Turkey, Ankara who made the kitchen cupboard “silverline” which won a prize at a contest student. The colors of the kitchen pechues with a green apple that gives a sacred Deco touches to the kitchen. The modular furniture is very advanced with a work plan to be drawn into a table. This kitchen design is very clever, and when is not used as a kitchen it can be a sleek piece of furniture."


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God's Igloo: Eco friendly Church made entirely of ice


Have you ever thought how pure, the white occasion of Christmas would have been if everything were to be white as snow?! Well then, if you have not, come to the God’s Igloo, a huge Church built of nothing but snow at Mitterfirmiansreut. Its hugeness can be described by the fact that it is 65 feet tall and bags a record quantum of 49,000 cubic feet of snow. It is a total marvel that has attracted the attention of thousands of people around. And most remarkably, it has been named, quite appropriately, God’s Igloo.

A warm welcome at church made from ice!
A surprising revelation is in pipeline. This is not the first time that an ice church is being constructed. One of the similar sorts had also come into existence way back in 1911. The motive of the construction was to express protest against the lack of any church construction in the same region. The local residents had to tread a distance of 90 minutes on foot to reach the nearest church, every Sunday morning, for their masses.
This newer version of this marvel, however, does not mean to show any kind of revolution. The local people around just decided to remember their lost relatives and ancestors and pay homage to them. So rebuilding an already thought of and tested church structure would be the best idea to go for! Ask about the cost, it is a swirling €100,000. This antique beauty would be there for tourists to marvel at, till the springs this year. Summers are being feared to ruin the chilly beauty. But as far as you have taken a glance of it, you should be happy, because it would be a rare sight to see at many places on the earth.
 
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