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Field Guide: Cork

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This week’s Field Guide is all about cork.

Cork has a great texture, is versatile, and is unexpected. To top it off, if you harvest it correctly you don’t harm the tree itself, making it sustainable. Here are a few ways to incorporate cork into your home. I’m especially loving the cork wall in Matt and Kathy’s home.

Field Guide: Display

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This week’s Field Guide is all about display cabinets and cases.

Steven has a knack for collecting design toys. I would love to be able to display them in a nice glass cabinet in his future studio, of course. Here are some great ways to display anything.

Field Guide: Bauhaus

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This week Nicole let me take a stab at the Field Guide (my favorite DC post), and I’m going to try and keep up. I figure I should stick to what I know. So the Bauhaus it is!

There is a ton of information out there about the Bauhaus, and the majority of the work is very well documented. I first remember seeing this stuff back in art school, and it immediately resonated with me. I tried to pull work (famous and obscure) from a variety of disciplines and from multiple designers. The Bauhaus did do everything after all.

Recent Projects: Lighting, Blinds, and Shelving

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Ok, so there is actually only one recent project on this post. Among the other two, one is a not so recent project, and the other is recent, but not really a project. First up is the non-project project, a new light fixture in the living room. The glass dome on the old fixture spontaneously fell off the ceiling one night— talk about startling. It was replaced with some inexpensive Ikea lighting.

When we picked up the light fixture from Ikea, we also picked up some venetian blinds for our back door. We had to use some wood shims to keep the blinds away from the knob and lock, which made for an unsightly mess in addition to the bulky metal hardware. We made a simple valence out of some left over wood, and I painted it and the slats a nice neutral color (Krylon, River Rock). Now all we have to do is hang some curtains.

The last project was one we actually did last year. I finally took some photos of the pipe shelving and put it up on the projects page. Click here for more photos and details.

Field Guide: Concrete

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This week’s Field Guide is all about concrete.

I think almost anything can be made out of concrete. It’s a cheap material, easy to work with, and depending on the type you use (and buffing you do), the end result can be rough or smooth. You can use concrete to make a big statement piece like shelving, or use it subtly as a plater or votive. Either way, it is a great way to bring a new element into your home. I also think it’s safe to say that, after putting together this post, I really feel the need to make something out of concrete.