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Renard Grand Tourer: Pure Art

Motorcycle design is pure art.

I’ve posted on bikes before, but this ride, posted over at TheCoolist blog, tops my list of favorites.

Decor Arts Now

Our Pelham Project is currently featured on Decor Arts Now; a great blog about architectural interiors and the decorative arts. Thanks for the post Lynn.


Bob is a friend of mine from architecture school. He designed and built the FernHouse, featured last week on the Tiny House blog.


Bob Swinburne an Architect from Brattleboro, Vermont wrote to share with me his unique structure called the The FernHouse.

The FernHouse is named for the sea of ferns it floats on for a few months during the Vermont summer.  It started out as a tent platform but inspiration hit and the project developed into something more.

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Are You A Tool Hound?

If you’re into tools, you’ll love Fine Homebuilding’s Tool Hound section. An insider’s guide to tools and materials for home builders, Tool Hound includes videos, photos, reviews, articles and even a daily blog.

Tool Hound is hosted by Justin Fink, Fine Homebuilding’s Senior Tool Editor.

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Slow Home: Design School For Real Life

Slow Home is packed with interesting articles and videos. Their mission is to educate the general public about architecture and residential design. Visit each day for an exercise and become a student of the Slow Home.


Slow Home provides design focused information and skills that empower individuals to make better, more informed, choices about how and where they live.

It takes its name from Slow Food which arose as a reaction to the processed food industry. The sprawl of cookie cutter housing that surrounds us is like fast food – standardized, homogenous, and wasteful. It leads us into shallow, unsatisfying, and unsustainable consumer based relationships with our home. In the same way that Slow Food’s Taste Education Program raises awareness about the food we eat and how these choices affect our lives, Slow Home provides non-professionals with fundamental architecture design skills and knowledge.

Our Design School takes its inspiration from demonstration cooking television. In the same way that Julia Child and others created broadcast versions of culinary school to demonstrate the basic skills and techniques of being a chef, we have created a web based platform to demonstrate the basic the principles of good residential design and how to apply them in a variety of real world situations. Slow Home empowers you to break the cycle of shallow fast housing and start making smarter choices about your home.

Living Well Link of the Week: Slow Home

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Cans for Kids

From OOCK:

This year the AIA Westchester/Mid-Hudson Chapter created the Design Club, an after-school architectural education outreach program for inner city youth. Select member architects serve as volunteer teachers to enrich elementary students in the field of architecture. In its first year, the club has already seen positive results at Martin Luther King Elementary School located in Yonkers, NY. Children learn through hands-on projects about the science behind building, physics and geometry. Topics range from climate and insulation to bridge building, decoration and biomimicry. The club also takes students on educational field trips; this year was to The Guggenheim Museum.

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House Museums

Katie Hutchison, over at House Enthusiast, posted a very nice piece about my Squidoo lens, Your Complete Guide to Residential Architecture.

She suggested that I add an architecture/house museum category. I think that’s a great idea and I am quite surprised that I don’t already have that list. My brothers and I grew up visiting every architecture/house museum within a day’s trip from home. It’s how Mom planned most Saturdays while Dad was working. (Now, as a father of three, I have a much better understanding of why Mom always had an interesting place for us to go… It’s called parent survival.) I am sure that our mini adventures to historic homes throughout the region had a huge influence on me becoming a residential architect.

Now, I just need to find the time to make the list for the lens. Maybe you can help. Send a link to your favorite architecture/house museum to

Here are a few to get us started.

Thanks for the idea and the kind post, Katie.

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Fivecat Featured on Wood Shavings

Fivecat Studio is celebrating our 10th anniversary in 2009. Throughout this past decade we’ve designed many kitchens, and many of those kitchens include Crown Point cabinets.

We think Crown Point is a great company. Their workmanship is tops and they clearly understand how important it is to serve their clients.

This week, Fivecat Studio is featured on the Crown Point blog, Wood Shavings.

Thanks to Stacey Nachajski, Crown Point’s PR Specialist for preparing the post and company President, Brian Stowell for the opportunity.

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Shedding Light on Stained Glass

From Westchester Magazine’s Resident Expert Blog:

It’s time to shed some light on stained glass. Do you have a beautiful piece sitting in the back of a closet or tucked away in the attic because it’s in need of some serious fixing? Here’s a piece of good news: stained glass can be repaired, restored, redone, or replicated.

Original stained glass, often found in the distinctive homes of Westchester, is a valuable asset that should be protected. Not only does it add character to your house, it pays homage to an art form that was an essential ingredient in décor from the late 1800s to the early 20th century. Today, stained glass is enjoying a renaissance again, so if you’re lucky enough to have it, it’s certainly a worthwhile investment to bring it back to life.

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Recession May Redesign the American Home

By Elizabeth Razzi

The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — What will new homes look like after this recession, which has brought construction nearly to a halt?

Consumers who have learned the bitter lessons about declining home values, burdensome debts and ephemeral retirement-savings values may well demand different houses than the ones that dot our recently built neighborhoods.

History hints that this downturn could change our tastes. Homes built in the 1940s and ’50s, for example, were usually smaller and simpler than large, frilly Victorians that had been in style before the Great Depression and World War II.

Materials remained scarce for years after the war, and returning veterans, boosted by mortgage-assistance provided under the GI Bill of Rights of 1944, bought Levittowns full of simple new houses as quickly as they could be made.

Virginia McAlester, author of “A Field Guide to American Houses,” said that after this recession she expects smaller homes built closer together, but with more attention to their positioning on the lot to better preserve privacy and the occupants’ access to a little spot of nature.

At the turn of the last century, the wealthy lived in elaborate houses with 20 to even 40 rooms, which required a tremendous income just to keep them going.

“You just had such overbuilding of size,” she said. “Now you have a lot of cul-de-sacs of great big, overbuilt houses way outside the city.”

Already, new homes are being simplified compared with those built during the go-go years. “We are going to have far more small houses and attached houses,” McAlester predicted.

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