Thanksgiving Table Suggestions for a Table That Reflects You

November 17th, 2014

 
Yvonne at StoneGable has an effective philosophy towards setting a Thanksgiving table. Add elements that reflect your individuality. Other touches can be interactive or inspire guests to converse. Yvonne has 10 tips in all with photos that will start your creative juices flowing.
 
You’ll want to see these pictures.
 





Need More Windows? Try the Lookout House, Tasmania

November 17th, 2014

 
A house with a country view should have enormous windows and natural textures. The Lookout House, overlooking Tasman Island and the Southern Ocean from Port Arthur, Tasmania, has wood on the exterior but it has more glass in the way of floor to roof windows. Room11 designed the house.
 
Gallery at Gessato
 





Log Architecture Playground in Workingham, UK

November 17th, 2014

 

The Dinton Pastures Nature Play Space in Workingham, UK, uses log and twig architecture to create beautiful playground structures. Davies White Landscape Architects created the playground and opened it this spring. In this video, Adam White tours the playground accompanied by children of all ages.
 
More information at World Landscape Architecture
 





Antique Machinery Gallery at the Renaissance Woodworker

November 17th, 2014

 
Click below to view a gallery of antique woodworking machines including lathes. Granted, there is the story of how Shannon Rogers met his 1876 Barnes No 3 Velocipede Lathe, fell in love, and left his previous lathe. But let’s be honest here. We’re visiting to see all the old machinery.
 
So metal
 





This Farmhouse Exudes Rainbows

November 14th, 2014

 
There are many ways to fix up a country farmhouse. For example, Katwise, also known as Kat O’Sulllivan, loads both the interior and exterior of her New York farmhouse with bright, contrasting colors and shapes. ‘Cuz you know what? It’s her house.
 
When you see it…
 





Elderly German Baptist Couple Volunteer Together For Years

November 13th, 2014

 
The Daily Call has a good news story about a German Baptist couple. Allan and Virginia Miller of Pleasant Hill, Ohio, have been volunteering in the Emergency Department of the Upper Valley Medical Center for 16 years and counting. They must have too much love to keep in their home.
 
They make their Call by example
 





Ant Farms of Color for Biomimicry Thinkers

November 12th, 2014

 
Of course, one way to inspire architecture is to watch nature build on its own. So Brad Troemel filled some empty ant farms with colorful, edible, see-through gel. Then he let the ants build their tunnels. The networks of tunnels interact with the color gradients by affecting their translucency. It’s another inspiration for biomimicry.
 
Get inspired at Fubiz.
 





Pearisburg, Virginia Amish

November 12th, 2014

 
The Pearisburg, Virginia Amish are technically Old Order, but in subtle ways they are unusual. Visiting Pearisburg, or visiting vicariously through Amish America, could give you a more rounded sense of the Amish culture there. Amish America has several readers’ observations from visiting the community at different times. A reader named Shaun has expertly taken photos of the area.
 
Look at those photos.
 





Mill Valley, California Residence Combines Modern with Contemporary and Boho

November 12th, 2014

 
At Home Adore is a tour of a Mill Valley, California home with wood and visible woodgrain everywhere. While the design is mostly in a 20th century style, its current residents add bohemian and antique decor, giving each room a combined flavor. The windows let occupants view the outside in a way that keeps each room cozy.
 
Dreams
 





An Amish Card for a New Birth

November 10th, 2014

 
Amish America has a photo of a charming birth congratulations card complete with a poem and purposefully laid out handwriting. As the Amish prefer regular mail, they send cards on more occasions than we English have been doing since switching to email. Go read that adorable poem.
 
It has toes.