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Home Design

More Home Modification

Mitch has a couple of great posts (with photos) about his home modifications at Enjoying the Ride: Home Improvements – #1 Home Improvements – Installment #2

The Re-Education of Michael Graves

John Hockenberry interviews Michael Graves: When I visit Graves again one steamy morning last summer, he is confined to his bed due to a prolonged bedsore, under strict medical orders to heal it by staying down and out of his…
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Universal Design versus Visitability

Ruth (Wheelie Catholic) has got some discussion going about Universal Design and Visitability. Universal Design is based on the idea that products and environments should be designed in a way to make them usable by as many people as possible…
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Accessible Landscape Design

I’m currently obsessing about creating an accessible landscape design for our property. Found so far: Fun and Leisure: Home Enabling Garden, from NCPAD ACCESSIBLE GARDENING: Bring Mother Earth Within Reach, from MDA I’m trying to find resources which avoid tokenism:…
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Wheelchair Friendly Homes Nearing Completion

Wheelchair Friendly Homes Nearing Completion, from the Chatanoogan. Interesting what qualifies as “wheelchair accessible”. Notice that this home has what looks like 5-6 steps to the front entrance. Apparently the accessible entrance is hidden in the garage. This hiding of…
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!Spindles

I hate those colonial-looking turned spindles. Think you can cram any more dirt-trapping nooks and crannies into something? I have these things all over my house. Plus the kitchen cabinets match, with all kinds of little decorative grooves and edges….
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New Urbanism

Via Rolling Rains: Eleanor Smith of Concrete Change has some excellent observations on the shortcomings of New Urbanism in an article in the Ragged Edge. Prospect here in Longmont is an example of New Urbanism. While I applaud breaking out…
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The Will to Decorate

I think I’ve lost it. I’ve given in on wall colors and doors. Light fixtures can’t be far behind. A couple of years ago I bought the end of a bolt of this incredible fabric that I just adore at…
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Color III

And the winner is … white. Excuse me while I go cry in my beer and re-visualize.

Color II

Aaahhh!!! Heaven on Earth is pastel baby blue. My living room looks like a baby boy nursery. I don’t know if I can cope. Maybe once we add the many, many 7 foot bookcases, the large round cherry coffee table,…
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Color

The first coat of color is up in the living room, and my color-shy Beloved has proclaimed it too dark. Since he’s put up with screaming yellow and orange for several years, I figured the least I could do was…
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And the remodeling goes on, and on

I’m messing around with colors a lot lately. I’m having a lot of fun with a book called Choosing Colors by Kevin McCloud: 64 sets of palettes, with example photos, and lists of actual paint colors, mostly Benjamin Moore. I…
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