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 …


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 …


Greek Revival Style

Believe Greek (structure, that is), and columns must come to mind. Over 2,000 years ago, that the Greeks created three orders of columns: Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian. Each column had a base, shaft and capital, and every order was decorated and proportioned in a different way. A resurrection of Greek structure propagate throughout the United …


7 Ways to Take a Great Holiday Card Photo in Home

The holidays are upon us, which means in just a couple of weeks a lot of us will receive an onslaught of holiday cards from family and friends all over the world. “It’s the one time of the year when you’re deliberately contacting everyone who’s important in your life. You wish to make your holiday …


Get It Done: How To Clean Out the Pantry

True confession: My pantry is a nightmare. Each weekend I swear I will clean it out, but then I come up with an excuse to not. I am aware that hot cocoa mix from my secret Santa is lurking in the back among expired sauces and the jumbo box of straws I bought on impulse …


5 Cabins Right and Creative Studios from the Backyard

Sometimes once you would like to get creative, you need to leave the home. This can be mighty inconvenient, as crowds of angry latte swillers don’t take too kindly to you along with your notebook hogging a four-top table at Starbucks for eight hours every day. See how homeowners have discovered unique ways to add …


Tabby Wall

Tabby walls were originally constructed in coastal regions with a concretelike slurry of equal parts lime, shells, sand and water. The mixture is poured into a timber framework and left to harden, and then the planks are removed and place above the prior pour and the method starts again. The wall slowly grows taller using …


Hollywood Haven for Loved Ones and a Celeb

Meeting a star may be an intimidating experience — of working with one, the idea can be downright scary. However, while designer Elizabeth Gordon first met with actor and comic Joel McHale (of The Soup and Community) along with his wife, Sarah, she felt immediately at ease. “Despite his star, he was down to earth …


East Meets Southwest in New Mexico Home

This spacious adobe house perched on the top of a mountain out Santa Fe, New Mexico, is home to a retired couple with East Coast roots. The pair was seeking somewhere to host family members and friends that’s also comfortable and casual enough for only the two of them. Designer Karla Tewes utilized most of …