Zinc

Zinc, a flexible metal, can be used on its own or combined with aluminum, lead, tin or aluminum when used as an alloy. Iron nails dipped in zinc keep rust at bay, and large surface areas could be electroplated with zinc to make them less prone to corrosion. The practice of coating objects in zinc …


Talk: Maynard Studios' Masterful Railings

It’s not simple to be discovered when you’re a craftsperson working in a small town in Kentucky. However, after being in business for over 12 years, Maynard Studios is finally ready for the spotlight. Matthew and Karine Maynard create hand-crafted metalwork, and also their individually designed, hand-forged stair railings are authentic works of art. The …


Stacked Stone

Stacking stone is an age-old strong and durable construction technique used for exterior cladding, fences, garden walls, supports, pool surrounds, fireplaces, road markers and sculptures (cairns). The three-dimensional look can be produced with true stone, artificial stone or stone paneling. TERRIGENOUS Landscape Architecture The stacked stone within this fireplace is tender set, without a mortar …


Top Tips From a Green Interior Designer

When Emily Prugar of M House Designs in Virginia turns her attention to some other client and job, she does not go out and start buying furniture and fabric first thing. She instead envisions her designs throughout the strategies of upcycling, re-covering and buying green while never sacrificing design. The results are amazing rooms which …


Guest Groups: Glam Central Home Office

I share a home workspace together with my husband. Though we discuss nicely and take turns, I don’t feel like I can fully personalize the desktop and allow it to reflect my feminine style. Recently I’ve been considering creating two distinct areas for our office work so he can appreciate his more industrial accessories while …


Guest Picks: Stitched to Perfection

Embroidery is one of my favorite hobbies, and handmade stitch work is a design detail which I definitely gravitate toward. This art form stems from so much tradition and history, but when done right, it can feel so fresh, fresh and contemporary. For my own house and my own layouts, I love the juxtaposition of …


Break a Bland Ceiling Up the Modern Way

All too often the ceilings of contemporary insides are treated in 1 way: apartment drywall. This treatment may coincide with a concentration on minimalism, but it can also be seen as unimaginative. Crown moldings and other ornamental features don’t work in contemporary insides, so this ideabook highlights other means of modifying painted drywall ceilings. The …


Focus Your Garden Palette

Color is all around us, and in the backyard it’s one of our resources. It’s also a unique means of expressing ourselves. When we decorate our homes, we are apt to use colour schemes — whether following personal taste or current trends. In our gardens, we are more eclectic and utilize crops. Gertrude Jeckyll, a …


Hit a Bold Color Balance

Implementing bold color to a space isn’t any haphazard procedure. Here’s the thing: When the eye finds a bold shade, it immediately starts searching for it elsewhere in a space. Thus, a space’s sense of equilibrium requires these attention-grabbing colours be performed throughout. This may sound harder than it is really is. Truthfully, mastering the …